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Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

1. 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, and has a special emphasis on the paintings that have changed the History of Art and became universal referents. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. You then 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.

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Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

2. Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

Meet your private guide at Plaza de Cibeles, and begin your 2-hour tour learning about the monuments around the square. Continue to Retiro Park, Madrid’s popular and vast green space. Explore the park and see Madrid’s oldest tree and the San Jeronimos Church, where King Juan Carlos was crowned in 1975. Visit the Prado Museum with your private guide. Skip the lines and head straight into one of the world’s most important art museums. Admire works by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, El Bosco and Goya. The Prado guided tour lasts around 1 hour and you’ll cover all the must-see works of art. Your tour ends inside the museum, where you are welcome to stay after the tour.

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Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

3. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

The Prado Museum is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, containing an enormous number of works. Together with your guide, you will tour these masterpieces, with explanations of each work provided to you by your experienced guide. You will span in detail this great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century. Besides works of the major artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Roger Van der Weyden and Dürer, you will get to know everything of Spain's most famous painters; Goya and Velazquez. You will encounter "The Third of May 1808" which, complete in 1814, is about the execution by Napoleon's troops painted by Goya with great drama in which he contrasts the coldness of the soldiers in gray uniforms with the colorful anonymous citizens who are going to die. You will also discover the most famous work of Velazquez, "Las Meninas", which is a scene depicting a normal day in the Alcázar of Madrid with members of King Philip IV's family and Velazquez himself. "Las Meninas" has been the inspiration for later artists like Goya and Picasso.

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Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

4. Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the popular Prado Museum before setting off on a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour, which has been designed to showcase the very best of Madrid in a short space of time. Follow your guide through the bustling city, watching the locals go about their day in the busy capital. Pass by historical landmarks including Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace, and learn about their fascinating history from your guide. You’ll also wander through narrow streets, bursting with authentic charm and tales of the city. Discover ancient stories and hidden treasures as you explore and see sights including Cervantes House and the Old City Hall. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Madrid’s impressive history, as well as of the landmarks themselves.

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Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

5. Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

Enjoy a combined 5-hour sightseeing tour of Madrid’s historic neighborhoods and fabled Prado Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art. Take a journey through history and explore Madrid's medieval origins, seeing sites such as the Arabic fortress from the days of Muslim rule and the Art Deco buildings of Gran Via. See the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa from the Hapsburg Madrid of Felipe II. Learn about the Bourbon layout laid down under Carlos III, and see the ostentatious Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain, and Puerta de Alcalá. Discover a more contemporary side to Madrid at the emblematic Ventas Bullring and Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium. Experience Paseo del Prado (Walk of Art: Thyssen, Prado & Reina Sofía Museums), Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid, Cibeles Square, Alcalá's Gate or Gran Vía Street. Then, skip the line and explore Madrid’s Prado Museum and see some of the world’s great masterpieces. Start with the works of Bosch, including The Garden of Earthly Delights, and continue through rooms devoted to Greco and Velázquez, and end with Goya’s portait of the family of Carlos IV and the masterful Third of May 1808.

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Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

6. Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

The Prado Museum is Madrid’s top cultural sight and one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters — such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, among other major Italian and Flemish artists — is housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building that opened as a museum in 1819. The Spanish queen at the time had been impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. The result is several thousand works from that time, with a recent modern extension allowing even more of them to be displayed. The tour begins with the most famous masterpieces from European artists like El Bosco. Continue delving into the work of Velazquez, followed by artists like El Greco and Goya, among many others. Gain an understanding of all the artists' aims, lives, and circumstances hidden behind the paintings, as well as the historic moment in which they were created. Learn about Spanish history from an art historian and get a closer look at local culture and Madrid's art scene.

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Madrid: Prado Museum & Royal Palace Guided Tour

7. 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.

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Madrid: Historic & Modern Panoramic City Tour

8. Madrid: Historic & Modern Panoramic City Tour

Enjoy almost 2-hours in a vintage looking car as you explore the best of Madrid. See the landmarks of Austrian Madrid as well as Bourbon Madrid. Visit the business and shopping areas of this wonderful city, seeing both the old and modern parts of the city. Relax as you travel across the city in style and listen as your audio-guide tells you everything you need to know about Madrid.  The tour itinerary is as follows : Prado Museum Puerta de Alcalá El Retiro Park Plaza de Cibeles Plaza Colon ABC SERRANO Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Museo Lázaro Galdiano Barrio de Salamanca Museo Arqueológico Nacional Gran Via Plaza de España Templo Debod Palacio Real Catedral Almudena Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande Plaza Mayor Teatro Real Plaza de las Cortes Paseo del Prado Plaza Mayor

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Madrid: Retiro Park and Literary Quarter by Bike

9. Madrid: Retiro Park and Literary Quarter by Bike

Escape the busy city streets of Madrid and enjoy a 2-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. Discover the green oasis of the city at the heart of its arts and museum district. Cycle through a green oasis in the heart of the city, and glide gracefully across the "Barrio de las Letras" (Literary Quarter). Learn more about some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Continue to the Prado Museum via Calle de las Huertas. Admire the façade of this temple of Spanish art and pass through the Prado promenade, where you'll discover the art triangle. See one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid as you pass the San Jerónimo el Real Church. Once inside the park, discover a lovely pond, a crystal palace, and a monument to the “Fallen Angel”, one of the only sculptures of the Devil in Spain. As you depart the park, pass through the largest street in Madrid and see sights such as the Alcala Gate, Cibeles Palace and Puerta del Sol in the true heart of the city.

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Madrid: Royal Palace & Prado Museum Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Museo del Prado

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 554 reviews

All I can say is WOW! Elena was an amazing guide! She was so knowledgeable about all of the art in the Prado Museum. And she was also very engaging and entertaining. We had kids with us, and she made the tour interesting for the adults as well as the kids. The museum is so huge, but Elena was able to take us to see the most important highlights and still give us enough time to appreciate the art. We learned so much more about the art with her than if we went by ourselves. She was also kind enough to give us her restaurant recommendations, as well as photos she took of us. Totally recommend this tour! Elena was the best!

Excellent everything. Inside the museum Marcos 10 points. And for the tour from the Museum to the Royal Palace we had the company of José María who was fantastic. The itinerary was very complete and it was obvious that he was also very good in presenting his knowledge. highly recommended

We had Alicia and she was an incredible guide. Knowledgeable and kind. Entrance was quick and hassle-free. Definitely recommend.

Our tour guide Elias was very knowledgeable and gave good highlights. Good introduction to the Royal Palace and Prado Museum.

Easy to follow along on bilingual tour Steady pace with time to sight see