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Madrid: Prado Museum Entry Ticket

1. Madrid: Prado Museum Entry Ticket

Since it opened in 1819, the Prado Museum has acquired a dazzling array of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative art that cover the history of Spanish art to form one of the finest collections of European art in the world. Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Royal Museum would become known as the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, and subsequently the Museo Nacional del Prado. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of historic documents. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. The size of this collection can cause headaches for visitors trying to choose what to see, but the Prado has organized 3 routes that focus on its masterpieces, dating from the Romanesque to the 19th century. Once inside, you can purchase an audio guide (not included in ticket cost) to quickly lead you to works by artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Velázquez and Goya.

Madrid: Private City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

2. Madrid: Private City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado on this fun and exciting adventure through the city.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the Prado Museum and experience in a unique setting full of art and beauty. The emblematic Prado Museum is the center of the beautiful monumental complex known as the "Paseo del Arte de Madrid", a privileged place in the heart of the city surrounded by trees and very close to the Retiro Park. The worldwide recognition of the Prado Museum is due to its vast and invaluable art collection. See essential paintings by the most famous Spanish and European artists from the 14th to the 19th centuries, including Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Raphael, Tintoretto and Van Dyck, among others. Discover some some of the most spectacular collections in the world, such as Velazquez's Meninas, Goya's Black Paintings, or El Bosco's Garden of Earthly Delights. Admire the works of the best painters from Italy, the Netherlands or Germany, of various styles and periods from the Gothic to the Baroque of Rubens, from the Romanesque to the Renaissance or Neoclassicism, knowing the context in which they developed their different techniques. paintings that were so influential after his artistic periods.

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

4. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

Discover masterpieces of art on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Prado Museum and explore the galleries of Spain's national art museum, located in the museum district of central Madrid. Widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to the early 20th century, the Prado Museum also boasts the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. See masterpieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Paul Rubens, along with acclaimed paintings by El Greco, Titian and Diego Velázquez. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. If you select the tapas tasting option, following the tour of Prado Museum, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid where you will have the opportunity to taste several tapas of Spanish food. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour (with E-bike Option)

5. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour (with E-bike Option)

Cruise through Madrid on this guided bike tour as you take in many of the city's highlights. Ride on convenient cycle paths, in pedestrian zones, and through parks so you won't have to navigate traffic. Have the option to finish your tour with local snacks and a refreshing beverage.  Start your tour with a short explanation about how to safely ride your bike. Make your way to Plaza de Oriente and hear the stories about the creation of the statue of Filip IV, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and the San Nicolas Church. Admire the some of the oldest buildings in the city at the Plaza de la Villa and asorb the bustle of the Mercado San Miguel. Pass through the grand squares of Plaza Mayor and Santa Ana, before viewing the living wall of the Caixa Forum museum.  Pass the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, and Puerta de Alcalá before making your way to Puerta del Sol. Add to your experience by selecting the tapas option and enjoy 3 pintxos (small plates) and a non-alcoholic drink and the end of your tour.

Madrid: Panoramic Open-Top Bus Day or Night Tour with Guide

6. Madrid: Panoramic Open-Top Bus Day or Night Tour with Guide

Experience Madrid's electric energy and vibrant culture by day or night on an open-top panoramic sightseeing bus tour. Learn about the rich history of the city with an onboard guide, and admire Madrid's sights, including the Royal Palace, Biblioteca Nacional, and more.  After boarding the bus, head through the heart of Madrid to see iconic cultural spots like the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums. Feast your eyes on the city's most beautiful buildings, such as Palacio de Cibeles, Estación de Atocha, Edificio Metrópolis, and Catedral de la Almudena. In this immersive, al-fresco experience, you'll feel the warm Spanish breeze on your skin and enjoy the city's buzzing atmosphere like never before. Admire lush parks like the Reales Jardines Botánicos and Parque de Atenas. Listen to your guide's bilingual commentary, and learn about Madrid's rich history and cultural importance. There has never been an easier way to discover Madrid's beauty and charm.

Madrid: Big Bus Open-Top Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

7. Madrid: Big Bus Open-Top Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

Experience the electric energy and vibrant culture of Madrid on Big Bus open-top panoramic sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax as your live guide explains the history behind famous sights like the Royal Palace, Biblioteca Nacional, Puerta de Alcalá, and many more. Travel through the heart of Madrid, and admire iconic cultural landmarks like the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. See lush parks like the Reales Jardines Botánicos and Parque de Atenas. Feast your eyes on the city's most beautiful buildings such as Palacio de Cibeles, Estación de Atocha, and Catedral de la Almudena. Feel the warm Spanish sun on your skin and enjoy the city's buzzing atmosphere like never before. Enjoy your professional guide's commentary and learn about Madrid's rich history and cultural importance. With 11 daily departures, make the most of an easy way to discover Madrid's beauty and charm. For a different perspective on the city, you can also choose to take the tour at night time, to enjoy the sights of the city illuminated for the evening.

Madrid: City Highlights Guided Vintage Bike Tour

8. Madrid: City Highlights Guided Vintage Bike Tour

"Experience Madrid in the most immersive way possible by exploring its iconic and essential places. Our tour takes you on a journey through the city's stories, legends, and emblematic corners on comfortable vintage bicycles, making it easy and adding a touch of adventure to reach even the most distant places. In only 3 hours you will become a madrilenian. Visit : Caixa Forum & art triangle Prado Museum & San Jeronimo la real church Retiro Park & retiro Palace Alcalá's Gate & Gran Vía Sun's Gate & the Bear and the Madroño Tree Real Palace & Orient Gardens Plaza de la Villa & Old Madrid Plaza Mayor Literary Quarter & house of Miguel de Cervantes

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

9. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Goya Statue outside the Prado Museum and begin your guided tour of its vast collection.  See the work of a variety of great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens, and El Bosco. Discover some of the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. The museum contains more than 8,000 paintings, 9,000 drawings, 5,500 prints, and over 900 sculptures. See some of the 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. Learn about the history of European art, and the story behind some of the works on display.

Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

10. 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 beautiful 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 570 reviews

This absolutely highly recommended tour. Our guide Davis was very knowledgeable, he explained the different techniques which added even more sense and context to the paintings. He was also very patient and charismatic. We certainly appreciated that he led us to see the most outstanding paintings because of course the museum is huge. Another great thing to mention is that this tour is true to its description, it includes the tickets and you do actually skip the line, which is a huge plus bcz the lines were outrageous. Thanks Davis for a great tour !

Davis is the best guide ever! The tour is short (1h30), but very well organized. Davis shows all the main masterpiece of the ground floor of the Prado (venitian and Roman renaissance, velazquez and Goya, Bosh), with nice and fun historical overviews. The ticket is valid until the closing time, and Davis gives good hint on how to go on, by yourself, with the rest of the exhibition, after the end of the tour.

Deyvis was a great guide ! I have learned so much during the visit, his explanations was clear and so interesting ! I'm glad I could visit the Prado Museum with such a great and easygoing guide :) Thank you Deyvis, you made this tour interactive and very special. I recommend this tour for every art lover how want to get the most out the Prado Museum !

Delfi was the most amazing guide. She knows details about the artists and paintings like no one else could know. She’s also a lovely lady and a very warm person. She is a brilliant tour guide! The tour will blow your mind!

Benito was very knowledgeable about the artwork. He made us want to learn so much more. Thank you Benni!! Highly recommend. 😃