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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

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

See Madrid’s top city sights from the comfort of a luxury coach, and then spend your afternoon exploring Spain’s national museum – the Prado – with an expert local guide! This exciting combo tour offers the perfect introduction to the city, showcasing its history, culture, architecture and art. After visiting neighborhoods like Los Austrias and seeing star attractions like Madrid Royal Palace (Palacio Real), visit the Prado Museum with a skip-the-line ticket to learn about legendary European artists such as Diego Velazquez on a tour.


  • 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

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

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.

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent overview of a great city. Prado tour delivered in-depth insight into a world treasure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

great trip the museum is to big to see in one day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The city tour was nice and the guide provided lots of great information. It really helped you get a good overview of the city and brought you to areas that you may not have found time to see like the Plaza de Toros. However, the guided visit of the Prado Museum was the absolute highlight of this trip! Our guide brought us to the notable pieces of art and provided excellent explanations and stories behind the artwork. After the tour, you are able to stay in the museum for as long as you like.
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