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Museo del Prado Castle & palace tours

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Madrid: Prado Museum & Royal Palace Guided Tour

1. Madrid: Prado Museum & Royal Palace Guided Tour

Begin your day with a morning visit to the Spanish National Art Museum. At the Prado, hear about the museum’s history as you admire the artwork. Explore the galleries with your guide and learn more about the artists represented in the museum. In the afternoon, be taken to one of Europe’s most memorable royal residences. Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid, which was formerly the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Today the palace is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies and official events. Your visit also includes a tour of the ceremonial lounges, which are opulent and well-preserved, and each with its own personality.

Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

2. Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

Explore the most emblematic attractions of Madrid throughout a guided walking tour. Begin with a skip-the-line guided tour inside the Prado Museum, which houses outstanding rooms and paintings, with an emphasis on the paintings that have changed the history of art and become canon. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. Continue with a 1.5-hour walking tour of the entire area between the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Accompanied by your guide, discover the essentials of the city, including the Fountain of Neptune, the Congress of Deputies, the house of Cervantes, and the Puerta del Sol. Finally, your tour concludes with a guided skip-the-line tour inside the Royal Palace, a building of gigantic dimensions that is bound to surprise you with its rich decoration and incredible rooms and lounges. This monument is considered a cultural reference for European monarchies and is the perfect way to conclude your walking tour.

Madrid: Royal Palace & Prado Museum Private Tour

3. Madrid: Royal Palace & Prado Museum Private Tour

Take a trip to one of the best-preserved palaces in Europe, enjoy a delicious lunch, and then tour one of the world's finest galleries in this inclusive experience. Start your day of culture at the Royal Palace, a symbol of the Spanish Monarchy from the Habsburg to the Bourbon dynasties. Take in its perfectly executed architectonic beauty as your guide explains its charm and decoration, and shows you the precious art held within. Next, take a gentle stroll through the historic city center towards the Literary Quarter. Stop for a delicious inclusive lunch of small and sharing plates, together with a drink of your choice. Then, head for your afternoon destination: the famous Prado Museum. Your expert, art historian guide will help you make the most of your visit to a place regarded as the pride of Spanish art.

Madrid: Skip the line Royal Palace & Prado Museum Tour

4. Madrid: Skip the line Royal Palace & Prado Museum Tour

Madrid is packed with art, architecture and culture and on this tour, you’ll experience the best of it with an expert local guide. Your day starts when you skip the line to the Royal Palace. Your guide will tell you how the discovery of the Americas created this amazing building and funded the powerful dynasties that once lived here. On your guided visit, you'll see the palace's chapel, the king and queen's dressing rooms, and the grand halls that make up the world's largest in-use royal palace. Leaving the palace, you’ll walk the medieval streets of central Madrid, stopping at famous landmarks like the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol as your guide tells your story of how the city went from an outpost of a crumbling Moorish empire to the preeminent Catholic power in Europe. Next, you’ll stop for coffee and churros with chocolate. After this mid-morning snack, you’ll be ready to continue exploring the streets of Madrid as you head towards the Prado art museum, home to one of the greatest collections of European art in the world. You’ll enter with skip-the-line tickets and enjoy a full tour of the museum’s highlights, including works by Caravaggio, Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Bosch, Tintoretto and more. Your guide will tell you the stories behind the art and help you understand what makes each piece so celebrated. You can choose to either spend more time enjoying the art or get recommendations for what to see, do and eat from your guide before heading off. Sites Visited: Palacio Real (guided inside) Prado Museum (guided inside) Plaza de la Villa Plaza Mayor Puerta del Sol Literary Quarter

Madrid: Royal Palace and Prado Museum Guided Tour

5. Madrid: Royal Palace and Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet at a central location in Madrid and first make your way to the Royal Palace. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful building. Admire its architecture which is of an Italian-Baroque style. The building was the residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931.  Discover some of the most important treasures of the Spanish Crown as you walk through the rooms of the palace. Admire the beautiful tapestries and elegant furniture and walk with your guide through the Grand Staircase, the Throne Room, and the Banqueting Hall. Once the guided tour finishes, board the bus to travel to the Prado Museum. Enter the Prado Museum and admire great European artworks by El Bosco, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Rubens. Discover one of the most important art galleries in the world, which is home to over 1,000 paintings dated across 4 centuries. See some of the most significant artworks with a guided tour of the museum, and navigate the galleries with ease.

Royal Palace + Armoury Museum + Prado Museum Tour

6. Royal Palace + Armoury Museum + Prado Museum Tour

Cruise past long lines on a skip-the-line tour of the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid. See one of the world’s richest collections of Spanish paintings and other European masterpieces. Then, explore the largest palace in Europe that has been standing for nearly 3 centuries. Start your tour at the Royal Palace, admiring its baroque structure and over 2000 gilded rooms. Visit the Throne Room, Hall of Mirrors, and Banquet Hall, peek into the Royal Apartments, then stroll around the palace gardens. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family. Then, follow your guide through the Royal Armory that houses the treasures of Carlos V and King Felipe II, including one of the jewels of the Spanish Historical Heritage, a collective wealth containing the most worthy expressions of the historical contribution made by Spaniards to universal culture. Continue to the Prado Museum and let your guide introduce you to its top highlights. See a diverse art collection by Spanish masters including Velázquez, Goya, Ribera, Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco and European artists such as Titian, Rubens and Bosch. Hear stories of King Charles III who commissioned the Prado's construction in the late 18th century. Discover the origins of the building and how it changed to hold one of the most important art galleries in the world.

Madrid: Day Tour with Prado Museum & Royal Palace Tickets

7. Madrid: Day Tour with Prado Museum & Royal Palace Tickets

Madrid hosts one of the most acclaimed museums in Europe: the Prado Museum. But that’s not all! Since 2020, the area surrounding the museum and the Retiro Park are listed as Unesco World Heritage due to the outstanding value of the works that pedestrians can find along this unique promenade. The Landscape of Light & Prado Museum Tour in English, Japanese, Korean or Chinese will not only allow you to enter Spain’s most important museum with a fast-track ticket, but also to understand what the works inside and around this art temple mean for Madrid and for all of Europe. After a lunch break (included) to taste some Spanish tapas, the afternoon continues with the old town, know as the Habsburg Madrid. Starting from Puerta del Sol, you will find a neuralgic spot where you will hear about landmarks like the famous Tio Pepe ad, or Spain's 0 kilometer where all roads start from. Then, you will explore Madrid's old town, discovering highlights like Plaza Mayor, the San Miguel Market, and even the glorious San Ginés chocolate store, where you will have a churros and chocolate tasting! At the end of the tour, you will get a fast-track ticket to access the Royal Palace with an audioguide to visit the monument at your own pace. If there is a palace in Europe that you can't miss, that is the Royal Palace of Madrid! With more than 3,000 rooms, this is the biggest palace in Europe, twice the size of Buckingham Palace in London! The Prado Museum and the Royal Palace are usually fully booked several days in advance. Book now before all our tickets sell out!

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What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

It was a little hectic at the start. Our guide was a bit surprised by the number of people and herding us and getting us in took some time. That needs more organization , but the tour itself was wonderful and the guide very knowledgeable

Amylia was a fantastic guide- she was so full of information and caring about the individuals in the group

This was a great adventure. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Long day but worth it.

Jose did a great job It is a lot of walking but there are areas of rest and bathrooms

The guide was awesome, very knowledgeable and patient.