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Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. After the guided visit, feel free to take a relaxing stroll on your own through the Royal Gardens and visit other highlights such as the Royal Armory and Pharmacy.

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Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) with a licensed guide, and discover the former official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with your direct entry access. Also known as the "Palacio de Oriente" due to its close proximity to Plaza de Oriente on the east side of the palace, today the building is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies, and official events. The Palace has an extensive collection of upholstery, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. You can also stroll through some of the private rooms where royalty lived, the throne room and the royal dining rooms, as well as the mirror room of Charles IV's reign. Admire the rich ornamentations of official rooms, each one revealing its own personality. Visiting the Royal Throne room, the Gala Dinner room and the Royal Chapel.

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Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

3. Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Get the most from your visit to the Royal Palace, by joining a tour conducted by a professional guide and skipping the long ticket lines. Learn about the building’s history and its large collection of artworks. A visit to the palace is a must for any visit to Madrid. The Royal Palace has a total area of 199,000 m² and consists of 3478 rooms, being the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was ordered to be built by King Felipe V on the remains of the Royal Alcazar, which was destroyed by a fire in 1734. During this tour you will learn about the palace’s collection of musical instruments, among which the Stradivarius Palatinos is one of the most important. The Royal Palace hides many years of stories and secrets that the guide will tell you during this guided tour. You’ll also see many impressive paintings, sculptures and upholstery that have been well preserved.

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Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

4. Madrid: 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 expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and La Latina and see the House of Cervantes and the La Latina Theatre. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Church of Los Jerónimos, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

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Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

5. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Skip the long lines to the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn the history of the Spanish monarchy on a guided tour. Hear how the palace has changed through time with informative observations from your expert guide. Discover an exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art from the royal collections, including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Visit the private apartments, throne room and banquet halls, along with the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. Admire the Palatine Stradivarius collection of musical instruments and see the 19th-century English-style gardens and 2 neoclassical fountains. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local, select the Tapas Tasting option. Following the tour of the Royal Palace, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

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Royal Palace and Cathedral of Almudena Madrid Guided Tour

6. Royal Palace and Cathedral of Almudena Madrid Guided Tour

Step back in time with a guided tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid, and the Almudena Cathedral - the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. Be enlightened, inspired, and enchanted by history-laden stories, legends, and anecdotes from your experienced expert, who'll leave no ancient stone unturned. Begin your tour of two of the most emblematic icons in Madrid at the Ópera metro stop, and head on to the Cathedral. Then, cross the Plaza de la Armería to see the Royal Palace. Inside, treat your eyes to the most emblematic areas in the building: the Gasparini Chamber, the Throne Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and more. Enjoy quick access to both monuments, plus in-depth anecdotes, stories, and legends from Madrid's exciting history.

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Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

7. 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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Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

8. Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

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Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

9. 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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Skip-the-Line and Early-Entry Madrid Royal Palace Tour

10. Skip-the-Line and Early-Entry Madrid Royal Palace Tour

Madrid’s Royal Palace was built in the 18th century on the site of the Old Alcazar. With its Italian Baroque style, it is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved palaces in Europe and a symbol of the permanence of Madrid as the capital of the kingdom. You’ll enjoy skip-the-line access as well as early entry to this important monument for a 90-minute guided tour. The Palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1765 to 1931. Since that time the most important receptions of the Spanish Crown are still celebrated at the Palace. This includes royal audiences, dinner parties, the signing of agreements and the traditional ceremony of the presentation of credential letters of foreign ambassadors to His Majesty the King.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Madrid

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,273 reviews

Great guide - and definitely appreciated the Palace far more than we would have going alone with our guide book. My teenage/early 20s children also enjoyed it - as she was funny, interactive, etc. Highly recommend.

Beny is the best tour guide ever! Not only did he describe all of the knowledge you need to know about the palace but in a very humorous way! Will actually want him to be the tour guide again specifically!

Our guide (Rocio) was amazing. She was friendly, humorous, and shared a lot about the history of the Royal palace (and family). Had a great time as a solo traveler :) Muchas gracias!

Our driver, Felipe, gave us a wonderful tour. He was informative and kind. He shared local information that was very helpful for us.

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