Museo del Prado is a MUST SEE. mustmustmust
I enjoyed the tour especially the Prado museum
It was a great tour of the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very well organized. Again our other guide at the Prado Museum was very good as well. I'd recommend this tour for anyone who'd like an overview of Madrid with a "front of the line" entrance to the Prado with a guide who'll inform you of the top masterpieces in the museum to see.
The inside staff was quite good. Carmen went outside, waved some diofferent colored passes in one second and said if we had that color to follow her. Nearly missed the bus. She wasn't easy to understand. The bus tour was a half hour less than described. The bus drive went over the same streets more than once. Ana at the Prado was not easy to undertand. She finished each sentence with "OK?" or "Eh?". Her delivery was singsong and she ended the tour at one hour instead of one and a half hours as advertised. Read a guide and walk to the locations on the bus tour and save money there. Get a guide and walk into the Prado. The lines aren't bad.
excellent value for money. I spent lots of time in the Prado and also in the thyssen.
Doing what: Madrid Card
This tour was fantastic. The first part of the tour is mostly via bus. A tour guide takes you all over the city and explains the history of the city and points out major landmarks and points of interest. The information provided during the tour was interesting and definitely helped us come up with walks and areas to investigate for our remaining days in Madrid. The Prado Museum was definitely the highlight. I truly believe that the only way to really tour a museum as big as the Prado is to have a guide. Our guide was so helpful in explaining the historical significance in some of the works in the museum and was just phenomenal all around. The nicest part is that after the guided tour, you can stay in the museum as long as you want. We were able to leave and have lunch and come back to tour the museum some more on our own
It was surprising how well the "priority" status worked at the museums and the Royal Palace. We were glad we purchased this.
Doing what: Madrid Card
The bus portion of this trip was Not good, however, the Prado tour was amazing. The guide, Isabella, was outstanding. She made the artwork come alive.
All a bit confusing at beginning. Found office easily enough and received tickets for voucher and then confusion all round. A number of tours leave at same time and there is much shouting pushing and confusion. I expected Manuel from Fawlty Towers to join in confusion. Finally got a direction that we are on bus 122 on other side of the four lane road in peak hour. A traffic cop overrides the lights and it is past our departure time despite fact we picked up tickets 30 minutes earlier. All works out and we get into bus and all is good. A bit of delay trying to find a couple of missing passengers and we get away only 10 minutes late. My tip is once you get ticket hang about and watch the various guides like a hawk. Our guide was professional but under pressure as she was covering not only English and Spanish plus I think Portuguese. This limited information available but we still got a feel for Madrid and an appetite for more exploration. The Prado guide was superb. Avoided the queue and our group of about 14 were treated to a great experience. Antonio knew his stuff and was enthusiastic and informative. I find it much more enjoyable to do a museum with a knowledgeable guide. The experience is so much more meaningful than doing it on your own. Tour finished in time to allow you some hours to do your own thing. All in all a good day. Not to long.
Don't know if we got full value from the 72 hrs when one day was Sunday when museums are free anyway. But the best part was dodging the queue at the Prado That was worth it!
Doing what: Madrid Card
First, on the day we toured there was no line at the Prado. Our tour guide dutifully ran us past the masters in 45 minutes and then ran off...it was a waste of money. She was not interested in the museum and was often seen texting while walking. My advice is to buy the ticket and the self-guided audio tour.
The panorama was okay but seeing things only from the bus isn't all that interesting. The hip on and off bus would have been much better. The guide at the Prado was excellent.
The whole experience was wonderful. To see all of Madrid in one trip and then to have a whistle stop tour of the Prado was just a perfect way to plan our stay working out what and where we wanted to go and spend more time seeing rather than just aimlessly walking round looking for places to see. We ended up having a whole day in the Prado as we wanted to see more of the art. I recommend this tour to anyone.
A good whirlwind tour of the museum.
Madrid city tour was very good but the Prado Museum was excellent thanks to Carmen.
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