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This was a wonderful tour of 2 important but overwhelming museums. Our tour guide, Irene, did a wonderful job moving our group of 11 people through the busy Museo del Prado while explaining the significance of important works in both Spanish and English. The pace was quick, but her information was very interesting and she was always able to provide additional information when asked. After the tour we had about a half hour of free time in the Prado to explore on our own or to relax in the cafe with a cup of tea. From there we moved on to the Reina Sofia - a much smaller and quieter museum, and as a result, this part of the tour felt more personal. Once again Irene was extremely knowledgeable and very willing to share information and answer questions. The highlight of the day was seeing Picasso's larger than life painting, Guernica! One of the things that struck me about Irene was her enthusiasm for the art. Her discussion of the artists and the paintings felt fresh and was delivered with interest. My husband and I completely enjoyed this tour!
Good way to get an overview of Madrid with a taste of the different neighborhoods. The Prado Museum was very good. Outstanding collection of El Greco and Goya.
We didnt have much time to enjoy Madrid, that is why I purchased the above City Sightseeing. The enormous advantage of such a tour is not only visiting the important historic monuments as well as a modern architecture, but hearing the expert commentary about all these sites by the qualified guides. However, to confess, the highlight of the tour for me was the Prado, as I am taking courses in art history at the university. We avoided the crowds and again we were introduced to the great Spanish masters by expert guides and after the tour ended, we could stay at the gallery and follow our own tour.
First of all the tourguide didn't wear a paper with the name Viator but with another company's name, therefore it was confusing to find her. Then we entered the museum at a few minutes after ten and not like promised 15 minutes before the tour. When I asked the tour guide about that, she said the museum wouldn't allow early access. We were the only two non Spanish speakers in the tour so the tour guide described the same things first in spanish and then in english, which used many time, we expected different tour guides for each language. Finally the tour guide herself was quite knowledgeable and did a good job.
It felt a bit rushed to cover both museums in one tour but they are both very good museums.
We had a hard time finding our guide and the starting location. Most of the people were spanish so everything our guide said had to be repeated twice. Got a phone that we had to hold instead of a headset - rather inconvenient. The actual museum tour was pretty good and very enjoyable.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid
We signed up for a tour of the Prado Museum. It was horrible.The description of the tour was... 10-12 people and English.
We had over 25 people and the woman spoke mostly Spanish.. I asked her why she was not speaking English.. she said she was..
The first 3 words of the sentence were english but then she continued to speak spanish.. It was very poor. We never got her name and when the tour was over she left so fast no one knew who she was.. not even the staff at the Prado.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid
There was no early access at the Prado. The tour guide showed up only after I called the tour operator. She handed out our tickets and we went to wait in line like everybody else. The tour was in both English and Spanish so there was a lot of downtime while she gave her talk in the other language. I felt that she missed a number of important works which we did on our own. After that we went to Reina Sofia on our own. I wouldn't recommend this one.
We had the best time on this tour. I loved the Prado museum. We also took all day Madrid city tour which was excellent! !
Excellent overview of the city and the skip the line at the museum was a real benefit!
Wonderful tour of the best museums in Madrid! Our guild was extreamly knowledgeable, knew her art history very well, and answered all questions. I recommend!
My wife and I toured the Prado Museum calssical art and the Queen Sofia museum modern art with a small group. Our tour guide spoke in both English and Spanish and answered each and every question we had. We had a particular interest in Fra Angelico and Murillo which were not part of the official tour but our guide was kind enough to direct us to the paintings we wanted to see. Seeing famous works of art by Velazquez, Bosch, Goya and El Greco were a wonderful treat. We could have stayed there for the whole day. We did go on to visit the Queen Sofia and see Picasso's Guernica, but that is really the only interest we had in going there.
Irene is an amazing guide. We have enjoyed both museum. She explained us all the details of the paintings she was showing us and she gave us many pieces of advice very interesting.
I suggest this tour to everybody. Also Irene is very passionate and you can see she loves her job.
This tour was fabulous. Our tour guide, Irene, was very knowledgeable highlighting essential pieces from both museums. I would highly recommend working this tour in during your trip to Madrid.
A great way to see Madrid when you only have a short time there. The tour of the Prado was the best thing we could have done. There were long long lines waiting to get in and we just passed them by. Our tour guide was very interesting and certainly knew the Prado and its contents inside and out. Having someone discuss the more important paintings in detail certainly makes for a much better tour.
Need better headsets
Have to hold the earphone like a telephone and it gets tiring..
Otherwise pretty good overview of a very large museum.
Carmen our guide was knowledgeable and the Guide at the zPrado Museum was also very good
The guide Irene was great. The only thing is it is not early access to the museum. It opens at 10 and we met at 9:45, Irene went and got the tickets and then we waited on line until the museum opened at 10 am for everyone.
This tour is good. We wish there was more time spent for the Prado Museum. Tour guide was excellent. The tour lasted early and did not go full 5 hours.
The tour guide was not assertive enough and many groups moved in front of us and cut the line to Museo del Prado. Even the general line entered more quickly than we did. She was very knowledgeable once inside so we were glad to have someone lead us around, but again, she wasn't able to get the best positions in many of the rooms because other groups would butt in and talk over her. We walked a long way to the Reina Sofia and by this point we were tired, and our feet hurt! The Picasso Guernica was all we wanted to see in the Reina Sofia, and we were glad we went, but it was a bit too much to do in one morning.
Nice tour but 2 negatives stuck out. First, on the 3 hour tour of Madrid, we spent 30 minutes of it at a Hard Rock Cafe for pit stop and soft drinks. That seemed a bit much. On the Prado tour, we were told we'd have 90 minutes on a guided tour of the Prado and we spent less than an hour in it.
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