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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!
I was glad I got the early access there are crowds and lines all day long and I wanted to take my time. I got the audio tour which was great and I when I left the Reina Sofia I realized I'd spent 6 hours viewing some of the most amazing art of our world! Bosch's In the Garden of Earthly Delights was the perfect thing to see the day before I went out to Salvador Dali's house. And viewing Valesquez's La Meninas is a must before viewing both Picasso's and Dali's work - such fun seeing the rifts on these treasures.
Incredible tour! Highly recommend!
Best way to appreciate the art work and history of the building at the same time.
Flaneuretta United States of ...
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.
Irene was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this tour.
David N USA
Irene was a fantastic guide. Learned a lot about Spain through the history of some of its greatest artists.
It felt a bit rushed to cover both museums in one tour but they are both very good museums.
Our guide Irene was great. She explained very well the history of paintings and stories behind them. She connected the medieval painting of the paradise and hell to Dali in 1920s. She is very educated on the art history and she speaks perfect English, too.
This was a good tour. The guide, Irene, who studied art history in college, gave more insight into the works of art than I would have gotten without her. The tour was a little long because she was explaining the art work in both English and Spanish. If it was only one language at a time, we could have either seen more art of have been finished earlier. Overall, though, I recommend it.
Tour would have been much better if it were only in one language per tour.
Our tour guide had to spend half of her time speaking in Spanish and the other half in English. Also you had to listen intently even when it was not your language, because we didn and #39;t know when she would switch back to English
Very disappointing after always praising Viator.
Guide was 1/2 hr late so any possibility of jumping then lineup went out the window.
Guide very bogged down with detail.
Unless you are an academic purist I recommend you do this activity on your own.
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.
Nearly missed our time slot as we were waiting at one entrance , but not by the right statue. Where there are a lot of entrances and statues perhaps a map sent out at time of booking would be an advantage. We phoned our guide who gave us directions and waited for us. She was a first class guide. I think her name was Irene. She explained not only the paintings but how the art work was achieved . I have never understood cubism, but she opened our eyes to some of the paintings. She spent a long time with us and also allowed us to have our own free time. Thorougly recommend this tour.
Wonderful experience with a very personable and knowledgeable young female guide.
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.
The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions great tour because you see the most important and skip lines
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.
Avoiding the lineups is essential and this pre booking facilitated that. Guide was knowledgeable and flexible obtained tickets for us for the visiting exhibit at no extra charge.
Need better headsets
Have to hold the earphone like a telephone and it gets tiring..
Otherwise pretty good overview of a very large museum.
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.
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.
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