- Madrid sightseeing tour with Royal Palace (Palacio Real) visit
- Learn about Madrid’s Moorish origins in Barrio de la Moreria
- See Madrid's famous Habsburg monuments and squares
- Visit Rio Madrid and other sights of modern-day Madrid
- Stop for a drink at the Hard Rock Cafe
- View the Royal Palace's throne room, banqueting rooms and royal apartments with your professional guide
What You Can Expect
Start your day at 9am in central Madrid, heading out to begin your exploration of the many hundreds of years of architectural history that have shaped the boundaries and buildings of this dynamic urban area. Discover the Moorish history of Madrid in the Barrio de la Moreria, an old Moorish section of the city. Proceed from there to view some of the various structures of Madrid's Habsburg period, including Calle Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, the Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor, an era characterized by its renaissance and baroque architectural styles.
Continue your visit with an examination of the architecture of the period surrounding the reign of Charles III in the 18th century. During this era, Madrid gained in importance as a critical knowledge center for culture and science, as artists and intellectuals flocked to its neighborhoods. Check out the Monumento de la Encarnación, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de la Opera, which provide excellent examples of the flurry of construction that took place during this time.
Head next into the contemporary era of Madrid's history, first by exploring the boulevards of Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Then head next to the beautiful structures of the Barrio Salamanca and Parque del Oeste neighborhood, along with a chance to view some of Madrid's most important commercial and financial areas. You'll also stop at modern architectural sites like Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, before taking time for a stroll at the city's newest public space Madrid Rio.
Stop for a break at the Hard Rock Cafe for a free drink before heading to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real). This former home of the Spanish royal family was constructed in Italian baroque style in the 18th century near the city's historic alcazar (Arab-fortress). Take a tour inside this beautiful palace, among the best-preserved in Europe, as you listen to your guide place it into context with other surrounding structures like the Plaza de Oriente and Campo del Moro.
Then go inside the palace to admire the extensive collection of antique clocks, armor, art, porcelain and tapestries that line its halls. Make sure to check out the works by Spanish masters Goya and Velazquez and stop by the throne room, banquet halls and private royal apartments. You'll also have time to see the royal armory, pharmacy and grand hall of columns.
End your Madrid tour around noon outside the Royal Palace.
This tour was a good way to get a quick overview of the city and to help acclimate to where things are located in case you want to go back. Enjoyed doing the Royal Palace tour as part of this tour as the line to get in the Royal Palace on your own can be quite long.
This was a great way to be introduced to Madrid. And the Royal Palace tour was a nice addition. I ended up returning to many of the sights we saw on the tour, just so that I could spend more time there.
Excellent tour and guide with plenty of photo stops and it's always good to have a guide in the palace for all the extra info you find out
very educated guide and the royal palace is worthwhile. To be recommanded!
Excellent tour! Much better than visiting the Royal Palace and simply taking photos. Would highly recommend it.
Great tour, highly recommend it.
The tour was very interesting and informative! I really enjoyed the guided Royal Palace part and I would definitely do it again! I think a sightseeing tour is a must for all cities that you visit! On my tour, the guide spoke half English and half Spanish which was kind of redundant since I speak and understand both languages. Other than that, everything was perfect!
Tour was excellent. Guide was knowledgable and made interesting comments along the way.
Excelletn English speaking Guide. Very informative. Palace was amazing!