Madrid, Spain

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See the sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a 3-hour walking tour of Madrid. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace and listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the history of the city. See almost every major site in Madrid's beautiful city center and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
  • 3.5-hour walking tour of Madrid, including skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace
  • See the Royal Palace of Madrid from the inside out
  • Small group limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink in a traditional café
  • Set your own pace and choose your café breaks
  • Learn about the rich history of the city from a guide
Greet your guide near Plaza Ramales and begin your walking tour of the city. Set out at a leisurely stroll and listen as your guide acquaints you with past and present stories of Madrid. Skip the line inside the Royal Palace of Madrid, famed for its title as one of the most beautiful palace complexes in Europe.

Admire the majestic façade and then head to Plaza de Oriente to absorb the bustling charm of the central square. See, too, the verdant Sabatini Gardens and Campo del Moro, the former residence of the Spanish royal family. Venture within to admire its opulent interior and the tapestries and classic art that adorns the walls. Wander past examples of gorgeous Baroque and Renaissance architecture and peek inside traditional Spanish tavernas as the scent of sizzling chorizo wafts outside.

Refuel with a complimentary drink at a traditional café and then bid your guide and group farewell at another central location.


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, Nov 2018

I enjoyed the walking tour of Habsburgs Madrid the best. The Royal Palace was beautiful, but crowded. Our tour guide for the walking tour, Carmen, was excellent. She told us about how some cloistered nuns in the convents make and sell cookies (they weren't selling them that day), but later in Granada we found a convent and were able to buy the cookies because Carmen had explained it to us. We were so excited to buy the cookies from the nuns! We also enjoyed our break for churros and chocolate!

, Oct 2018

The walking tour section (with Carmen) was excellent; it was informative and fun, and Carmen was happy to answer any questions which the group had. The Palace section of the the tour was good, but the crowds meant that it was difficult to keep the (now larger because of joining with another tour) group together, and we were in a different room to the one being described on several occasions. This was not the fault of the (new) guide but a result of the crowds at the Palace.

, Sep 2018

Tour guide: I did not catch her name: nice blond lady. She was very good tour guide.

Old city is nice, picturesque, full of history. City has so much to offer. Chocolate drink and Churo was nice touch. It was very educational and learned so much fact of Madrid which is capital of Spain. Royal Palace was just amazing. So much wealth and power showing from this building. Shame they don't take picture inside. Amazing rooms so many of them, lost count. I recommend this tour.

, Aug 2018

This was an amazing tour! Both guides were incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining us with stories. The first half of the tour was spent walking around Madrid, just basic places though but with a stop at a local chocolatería where we could have some churros and chocolate and a coffee no charge. Then we went to the palace where we got a new guide who took us inside the palace which was breathtaking and absolutely beautiful. It's a very simple tour yet you get to see so much

, Jul 2018

The guides Isabella and Sylvia were pleasant and informative. However, the organization of the tour leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the tour was bilingual. The guide had to explain each attraction along the route in English and Spanish. Luckily, Sylvia was able to do that effortlessly, and I didn't mind hearing it in another language and trying to decipher the message. The walking portion was a little longer than I expected especially because it also included a trip through a food market and a detailed explanation of eating and ordering Churros. During our cafe stop, we were told we would be there for about 10-20 minutes. We were there closer to the latter time. Following the break, we were told that we would be transferred to another guide to tour the Royal Palace. The group waited in the garden nearly 20 minutes for the next guide to escort us inside. I was disappointed that we wasted almost 40 minutes a 10 minute cafe break is sufficient.. Also, I would recommend that only one guide accompanies and remains with the group throughout the entire tour. At the start of the tour, we did not introduce ourselves to the group which is common. After all, you will be spending the next 3 1/2 hours with these people. Fortunately, we met a family the previous night who also attended who also attended the tour. During our wait for the 2nd guide to come, we got to meet the others. At least, the others from the initial group. Sylvia, the 2nd guide brought along another group of individuals who we then joined. This became challenging to follow the group in the palace because we had been combined with new people who we did not recognize. I only knew if they were in the group by looking at the Julia Travel tag on the front of their body. As a result, the initial intimate group of 12 swelled to nearly 20. Due to a prior engagement, I had to depart the tour prematurely. However, if we had not wasted so much time at the cafe and waiting for the 2nd guide then I would have finished almost all of the guided tour. Instead, I had to go ahead independently so that I could see the palace in its entirety, This tour could be far better with the suggested corrections because it is due to its organization. The guides did a very good job, in particular, Isabella because she spent the majority of the time with our group. This can also be a disadvantage for the tour guides who may miss an opportunity for a gratuity as a result of the poor planning of the agency. This skip-the-line option is an attractive feature, but more thought needs to go into planning and logistics.

, Jul 2018

The best way I can describe this tour was on our last night, we all went around the table at dinner and named our favorite part of the vacation. This Tour and our guide Aranxta were everyone's favorite. She was absolutely the best guide and made this tour what it was! I cannot say enough great things about her and Julia Travel.

, Jul 2018

We loved this tour because it was quick and informative! Our guide was very nice and she did a great job explaining all the history. Touring the palace felt like entering a movie set so unreal yet all real and beautiful! Would recommend to anyone looking to see the palace.

, Jul 2018

Really enjoyed the walking tour. Told us a lot about the history of Madrid. Would definitely do this again.

, Jul 2018

My 12 year old daughter and I took this Walking Tour with another 7 people. It was very nice. Our guide Silvia was very knowledgeable and took us for a short walk around a few churches and squares before leading us to the wonderful 2700-plus room Royal Palace. Of course only 20 rooms are made available to the public and that was quite enough. We had enough time for photos and to ask questions. Worth the 3.5 hours, and you can naturally stay on the palace grounds longer if you like. When you leave, you can see the long line (queue) of people waiting to get in that you skipped ahead of with this tour. That alone made it worthwhile!

, Jul 2018

Great trip would certainly recommend!

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