- 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
Pass Monumento de la Encarnacion, Puerta de la Opera, Puerta del Sol and other well-known sights and squares, and learn that it was during the reign of Charles III in the 18th century that Madrid became an important cultural and scientific center, attracting artists and intellectuals.
Then see the sights of contemporary Madrid’s graceful boulevards Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire the architecture of the elegant Barrio Salamanca and Parque del Oeste quarters, and travel through Madrid’s commercial and financial areas. See modern-day icons such as Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and take a walk around the city’s newest park, Madrid Rio, from Puente del Rey to Puente de Segovia.
Take a breather at Madrid’s Hard Rock Cafe, and enjoy a free drink, then continue to Madrid's Royal Palace, the former home of the Spanish royal family. Built in classical Italian Baroque style in the 18th century, on the site of the ancient alcazar (Arab-fortress), it is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved palaces in Europe. Your guided Madrid palace tour places the building in its context, as part of the palatial complex encompassing the Plaza de Oriente, Sabatini Gardens and Campo del Moro.
Your tour of the palace reveals the royal family’s exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and artworks. Admire priceless paintings by Goya and Velazquez, visit the throne room, hall of mirrors and royal banqueting halls, and tour the private royal apartments. The tour also takes you through the royal armoury and pharmacy, and grand hall of columns.
Your visit concludes outside the Royal Palace at approximately midday.
I do not know the name of the guide, but he was excellent in his knowledge and his use of the English language. We understood all that he said and really learned a lot. This is a must tour for anyone who has limited time in Madrid. I highly recommend it.
Great tour and fabulous food!