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How to Spend 3 Days in Madrid

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How to Spend 3 Days in Madrid
Madrid is a sensational city for foodies, art lovers, night owls, and football fans alike. In three days, you’ll have time to see the city’s highlights, explore your personal interests, and get out into the countryside for a day trip. Here are some options to ensure you make the most of your time in Spain’s vibrant capital.

Day 1: Art & Culture
Start your time in Madrid with a morning overview of its top attractions. Take a ride on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus to see a vast array of highlights in a short amount of time, or join a guided walking, biking, bus, or Segway tour for a more in-depth experience with commentary from a local. After lunch (consider grabbing a bite to go from San Miguel Market), spend the afternoon touring Madrid’s cultural icons: the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. In the evening, take in more culture with a walking food tour through Old Madrid to sample traditional tapas and wine or a flamenco-and-dinner show in one of the city’s legendary flamenco venues (tablaos).

Day 2: Special Interests
Now that you’ve gotten a feel for the city, spend the day diving deep into what interests you the most. Foodies could opt for a market tour and interactive cooking class to learn how to create traditional Spanish favorites back home. Sports fans won’t want to miss a behind-the-scenes tour of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the legendary football pitch of Real Madrid, where you can see a museum, a trophy room, and the locker room of one of Spain’s best teams. In the evening, step and clap your way through a flamenco lesson, taught by some of Madrid’s best dancers. If dancing’s not your thing, opt for an evening of wine tasting to hone your palate and get a feel for the Spanish terroir.

Day 3: Day Trips from Madrid
With three days in Madrid, you’ll have have time to explore a destination further afield on a convenient day trip with round-trip transportation. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage–listed cities of Segovia and Avila to see the giant Roman aqueduct and Alcazar fortress, or make your way to Toledo, Spain’s “city of three cultures,” where Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities coexisted for centuries. Alternatively, discover El Escorial Monastery, what some consider the eighth wonder of the world, before touring the Valley of the Fallen—a monument to those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

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Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting TourDining Experiences

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

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Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a delicious tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample delicious tapas dishes at popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by items like Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more. To keep this experience intimate, group size is limited to 12 people.
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Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-OffHop-on Hop-off Tours

Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums, and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Discover Spanish history on a guided half-day visit from Madrid to the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen monument. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Then see the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument built to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.
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Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

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See the sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a 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.
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Iberico Ham & Spanish Wine Small Group - Madrid Food TourFood Tours

Iberico Ham & Spanish Wine Small Group - Madrid Food Tour

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Savor the best of Madrid’s world-famous cured meat and wine during this 2.5-hour tasting session at two top Iberian ham producers. Taste high-end samples of specialty products like salchichón, lomo, chorizo and more, complimented by local wines, Spanish Manchego cheese and other classic tapas. During your visits you’ll also get to observe the slicing methods of a professional Iberian ham cutter, learn about the different curing styles and get tips on shopping for some of your own. An expert food guide, plus all ham, tapas, cheeses and wines, are included.
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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in MadridCultural Tours

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 90-minute guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Spanish Cooking Master ClassCooking Classes

Spanish Cooking Master Class

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Immerse yourself in Madrid’s rich culinary culture with a 3-hour cooking class and tour of a traditional market. Browse stalls bursting with exotic produce at the Mercardo de Torrijos, then venture within its esteemed cookery school to learn the secrets of Spanish specialties. Under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare signature dishes like flavorsome paella and Spanish omelet while sampling refined red and white wines. An intimate atmosphere is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 10 people.
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Don Quixote Experience: Windmills, Belmonte Castle and Local Gastronomy!Full-day Tours

Don Quixote Experience: Windmills, Belmonte Castle and Local Gastronomy!

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Discover the birthplace of Don Quixote while enjoying fine food and wine on a full-day tour of La Mancha from Madrid. Ideal for history enthusiasts, this excursion reveals landmarks associated with Cervante’s timeless protagonist: visit the medieval Belmonte Castle and admire Mota del Cuevo’s famous windmills. Plus, gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish novel at the House-Museum of Dulcinea del Toboso, where Don Quixote fell in love with Dulcinea.
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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum ComboCultural Tours

Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo

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With over 3,000 rooms and a veritable museum worth's of paintings by the likes of Caravaggio and Velazquez, the Royal Palace of Madrid greets its visitors with nothing short of splendor. See where the kings of Spain once lived on this guided tour of the Royal Palace, which provides insightful commentary into the history and significance of this must-see Madrid attraction.
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Madrid Segway TourSegway Tours

Madrid Segway Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Madrid on a sleek, self-balancing Segway on this tour of the captivating Spanish capital. Glide through the vibrant streets of the city and see some of its most iconic landmarks on your futuristic machine; cruise past the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and the Templo de Debod and listen to entertaining and educational commentary from your expert guide. Choose from various routes and tour durations and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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Avila and Segovia Tour from MadridDay Trips

Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid

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Explore the wonderful architecture of Segovia and Avila, two of Spain’s lesser-known gems, during this this 9-hour tour from Madrid. Discover the charming walled city of Avila, dating to the 11th century, along with the Gothic palaces, Romanesque churches and other treasures that hide within its gates. Then step back to Roman times in Segovia as you admire its spectacular aqueduct and fairy-tale style Alcazar fortress, one of the most striking in Spain.
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Toledo Full Day Tour from Madrid Including Cathedral admissionDay Trips

Toledo Full Day Tour from Madrid Including Cathedral admission

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Immerse yourself in the stunning hilltop scenery and historic landmarks of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 9-hour sightseeing trip from Madrid. Marvel at the gigantic, gothic-style Prime Cathedral and admire the El Greco painting at the Church of Saint Tomé. You’ll also learn about Toledo’s historic blend of Muslim, Christian and Jewish culture at landmarks like the Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca and Cristo de la Luz Mosque. Finish your day with a panoramic bus ride, offering superb views from across the river. A local guide and pickup from select hotels are also included.
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Skip the Line:Flamenco Lesson & Show Ticket @ Café de Chinitas w/Drink or DinnerDance Lessons

Skip the Line:Flamenco Lesson & Show Ticket @ Café de Chinitas w/Drink or Dinner

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Find your groove during a flamenco lesson in Madrid along with a show at a flamenco venue. Stomp and clap your way through your lesson in this traditional Spanish dance, taught by some of Madrid's most elite dancers. Then take a break and sip on a complimentary drink while you watch an incredible dance show, featuring some of the city's top flamenco talent. This immersion in the traditions of flamenco includes the entrance fees for the show and class, along with an optional upgrade during the show for a 3-course dinner.
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