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Tour code: 2140PANORAMICPRADO
Discover all that Madrid has to offer, including art, architecture, culture and history, during this 4-hour combined sightseeing tour and Prado museum visit. Combine two of Madrid’s most popular excursions in one trip, starting with an exploration of some of the city’s most interesting attractions by luxury coach, including the Plaza Mayor, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Los Austrias neighborhood. Then enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Prado Museum, investigating the most famous works in this sprawling institution with a guide. Your combined coach tour and Prado visit also includes complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Café.

Highlights

  • Combine two best-selling Madrid tours and do them in one day
  • See top Madrid attractions on a morning city tour by coach
  • Learn about Madrid’s complex history and different rulers, from Moorish sultans to Bourbon kings
  • Admire the architecture of Los Austrias, Calle Mayor, Gran Via and more
  • Explore the Prado Museum in the afternoon with an expert local guide
  • Marvel at European masterpieces like Velazquez’s Las Meninas and El Greco’s The Annunciation

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What You Can Expect

Madrid Combo: City Sightseeing and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour

See a statue of Velazquez at Madrid's Prado Museum

Explore the incredible cultural treasures, amazing architecture and fascinating history of Madrid during this 4-hour combined coach sightseeing tour and skip-the-line visit to the Prado Museum. If you're looking for a big dose of Madrid culture in a short period of time, this excursion combining two of the city's most popular stand-alone tours is a great option.

Spend your morning exploring some of Madrid’s most famous attractions on a 3-hour sightseeing trip via luxury coach bus. During your trip you’ll learn about the city’s incredible wealth of architecture and history, starting with the city’s Moorish quarter before continuing to the neighborhood of Los Austrias, which is known for its importance to Habsburg-era Madrid. Check out the city’s iconic Plaza Mayor and then make a stop at Madrid’s Royal Palace. Proceed next to the more modern section of Madrid, traveling down Gran Via, passing through the trendy Salamanca district and stopping by Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to the Real Madrid football club. Then take a 2-hour break before continuing your afternoon tour.

In the afternoon you’ll meet your guide in front of the Prado Museum, skipping the line with a priority-access ticket. During your visit you’ll follow your guide as they explain some of the museum’s most famous works, including Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, El Greco’s The Annunciation, Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s The Family of Carlos IV, among others.

For a full run-down of each half your day’s activities, please read the itinerary details below.

Itinerary

Madrid City Sightseeing Tour (3 hours)
Meet your guide in central Madrid and start your 3-hour morning coach tour. Since its foundation, Madrid has had a succession of different rulers, with each one stamping his or her mark on the city. The different styles of architecture amassed throughout the ages are incredible to behold; you'll see influences from surrounding countries, as well as the different art eras that are prevalent in so much European architecture.

Start with a look at the city’s Moorish Quarter to learn about Madrid’s Arabic (Moorish) roots, seeing sights like the Arabic fortress, and then move on to an area known as Los Austrias or Habsburg’s Madrid, in reference to the Habsburg Dynasty who once ruled. Travel along Calle Mayor, seeing Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa -- two of the town’s main squares – and then continue to a neighborhood lavished with Bourbon treasures to see A-list attractions such as Madrid Royal Palace.

Hear tales of the eccentric kings and dignitaries of the different eras, and then visit some of the city’s more modern sites. Travel down Gran Via to see the hustle and bustle of Plaza de España, and then see the streets of Salamanca – Madrid’s trendiest neighborhood where bars spill onto the streets. Stop for a look at Las Ventas Bullring and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and then finish your tour with a drink at Madrid’s Hard Rock Cafe. Spend two hours at leisure before your afternoon Prado Museum tour starts.

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour (1.5 hours)
Meet your guide near the Prado and head straight inside with your priority-entrance ticket. As Spain’s National Art Museum, the Prado’s size and complexity means a visit to it can be overwhelming, so let your guide introduce you to its highlights on your 1.5-hour tour.

Learn about the museum’s history as you walk around admiring the artwork. Having started out as the idea of King Charles III in the late 18th century, the original Neo-Classical building soon outgrew itself, and so two further annexes were added to hold the ever-growing collection of art.

Explore the works in chronological order, starting with the Bosch exhibition to see masterpieces like The Garden of Earthly Delights, and then continue through to rooms devoted to Greco – a much-celebrated Spanish Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect. See his oil canvas painting The Annunciation, and then visit one of the most influential pieces of artwork in Western history – Velazquez’s Las Meninas. Finish with a look at Goya’s incredible The Family of Carlos IV.

Your tour finishes inside the museum, and you can continue exploring independently if you wish.

Customer Reviews

marciryansf

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was great to be able to see so much in one day! Especially loved the Prado tour!

Berta P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent!! The Translator/instructor very knowledgeable. I will do it again. Madrid is a magical city.

twong12

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour, lots of time on bus seeing sights, but you get to view all the key highlights of the city.

Hannah T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful tour all around. Our guide for the Prado tour was amazing in his knowledge of the art we focused on.

Mercy A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My tour guide, sorry I forgot her name, excellent. Very thorough specially at Prado

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Good guide to take us around the city, great guide in the Prado. So delighted we took the entire tour.

Raymond F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We enjoyed the tour and tour guide - it was well-done and our tour was done as it was described

Graham

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An excellent excursion. Our guide Isabell was very learned and knew her subject well. She made the entire trip a very enjoyable and informative experience. I would highly recommend this trip. Very good value for money.

Doroteo D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding tour of Madrid. The tour guide Carmen was very knowledgeable and professional.

Brenda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved this tour--especially the Prado Museum tour. Have to warn you that you'll need more than 1 visit to the Prado Museum, though. I spent 3 hours in this museum alone. While admission is free after 6 pm, wouldn't recommend it during that time as the lines are extremely long and crowded. While you can enjoy the museum on your own, it was best to have a tour guide to explain particular details.

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