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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Madrid City Sightseeing and Royal Palace Tour

Marvel at the historic sights of Madrid on this city sightseeing and Royal Palace tour. Learn the story of Madrid through its buildings as you travel from Moorish Madrid to the Habsburg and Bourbon eras of palaces and grand squares such as Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Admire the Baroque grandeur of the Royal Palace (Palacio Real) on a tour of the royal collections, and visit Madrid’s newest park, Rio Madrid. This tour shows you the very best of Madrid, and highlights the city’s sumptuous Royal Palace.


  • 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

Madrid City Sightseeing and Royal Palace Tour

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Departing from central Madrid, discover the centuries of history that have shaped the city, from its Arab and medieval origins through to the present day. Learn about Madrid’s Moorish roots in the ancient buildings of the Barrio de la Moreria, the old Moorish quarter. Then take in the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of the Habsburg era in Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. Photograph the elaborate Baroque fountains, and see the famous Prado Museum.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour was excellent. Guide was knowledgable and made interesting comments along the way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excelletn English speaking Guide. Very informative. Palace was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Excellent tour...the highlight definitely being the visit to the Royal Palace which is beautiful Our tour guide was informative and knowledgeable.

Ramin R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

nice and interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was exceptionally interesting, especially the Royal Palace visit in which my wife and I were the sole clients with our informative tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour and fabulous food!

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