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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) Tours

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The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) houses one of the finest art collections in the world, specializing in European art from the 12th to 19th centuries. Thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art are on display throughout its halls, and they represent merely a fraction of the total collection. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. Perhaps the most famous paintings are “Las Meninas” (The Maids of Honor), an inventive self-portrait by Velázquez, and The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych from Hieronymus Bosch.

The Basics
The Prado is to Madrid what the Louvre is to Paris, and that means just about every visitor to the Spanish capital makes a stop here. Travelers have plenty of buy-ahead options for touring the collection—everything from a basic entrance ticket or skip-the-line access to a private guided tour. Choose a standard admission ticket or a city attraction pass that also offers entrance to Almudena Cathedral, the Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes), the Madrid cable car (Teleférico), and the Barcelona Wax Museum (Museu de Cera). The museum is often included as a stop on guided city sightseeing tours. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This museum is a must-see for art lovers.
  • The museum offers a free locker and cloakroom at all entrances.
  • Nearly the entire museum, with the exception of areas in the Villanueva building, is wheelchair accessible.
  • If you’re looking for later works of art, Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum features a post-19th century art collection.

How to Get to the Prado Museum
Travelers visiting the Prado Museum independently can get there by taking the Madrid metro to Banco de España (Red Line 2) or Atocha (Light Blue Line 1). The latter is about a 10-minute walk from the museum entrance.

When to Get There
As one of Madrid’s most popular attractions, the Prado Museum often has long ticket lines, especially on summer weekends. Lines are much shorter or nonexistent in winter. To beat the crowds, especially during the peak summer season, buy a skip-the-line ticket. You can also plan to arrive a few minutes before the ticket office opens or in the late afternoon when most crowds have departed and Spaniards are enjoying their afternoon siesta.

A Short History of the Prado
In 1785 King Carlos III commissioned the Prado as a natural science museum to accompany the neighboring botanical gardens. When it opened in 1819, however, its purpose had shifted to displaying an extensive art collection gathered by Spanish royals.


Address: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014, Spain
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am - 8pm, Sun and holidays: 10am - 7pm, closed Jan 1, May 1, December 25
Admission: Adults: €15, free for students ages 18-25 and children under 18
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Madrid

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Great - just not enough time
danadeblasi
, Jan 2020
We really enjoyed, but the crowds were intense and there wasn't enough time to really absorb and explore...both items on our timing.
star-4
Great Access and great tour guide.
nenanav1
, Nov 2019
Although the access seemed efficient and best to do with so many tours going on at the same time you could barely hear your tour guide. It would be super helpful if you knew ahead time what artists or period they cover beforehand to see if that tour would be best. We enjoyed it but needs to be better organized so you can actually see the paintings they refer to and hear.
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Got left for just 2 minutes
Camer0n_W_13
, Oct 2019
We were two minutes late due to the cooking class that Viator set up that was held earlier that same day and the guide for the Prado Tour left without us. When we ask if we could join them they said no, so we lost all of the money we paid for the tour. We were not happy after all the money we've spent on Viator tours over the years for two minutes!

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Skip the Line: Tickets for the Prado Museum in Madrid

Skip the Line: Tickets for the Prado Museum in Madrid

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Skip the line at the Prado Museum in Madrid, and see some of the most influential pieces of European artwork like ''Las Meninas'' by Velázquez, ''The Garden of Earthly Delights'' by Bosch or ''The Three Graces'' by Rubens. The Museo del Prado opened to the public on 19 November 1819 as a Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture. In 2019, its Bicentenary is being celebrated as a commemoration that will reveal the path covered since 1819 until today. In total, there are more than 7000 painting and almost 1000 statues. However, this museum stands out for containing the largest holdings of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, some numbering more than 100 works. (You will skip the line to buy the tickets for the Prado Museum. However, there is a security check you must pass and it is possible that you may have to wait there for a moment).
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$18.09
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US$18.09
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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.74
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US$49.74
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Prado Museum Guided Tour | Skip the Line | 4 people max. per group | English

Prado Museum Guided Tour | Skip the Line | 4 people max. per group | English

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This tour goes through the Prado Museum highlights. There are more than one thousand paintings inside (no, we didn't make a mistake, that's the truth), so we can't explore it all, nevertheless, we provide the base for you to go on your own after the visit. That's why we like to describe this as a didactic tour. However, if you're an Art Pro, we've got good news: since we're going to be only 4 people, you can choose what to see and make requests, and that's why we like to describe this as a flexible tour. If you are coming in a bigger group, send a mail and we'll arrange the visit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.39
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US$40.39
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Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s top cultural attractions and draws crowds that pay testament to its popularity. Admire highlights by the likes of El Greco, Bosch, and Velazquez with your guide. You will visit Reina Sofia, home to masterpieces by Picasso and Dali.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$58.50
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US$58.50
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Museo del Prado: tickets and private guided tour of the Prado museum

Museo del Prado: tickets and private guided tour of the Prado museum

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Visiting the Prado Museum with us is the assurance of a unique and authentic experience. We make a point of honour of the quality of the visit, which is achieved through a totally personalised service adapted to your needs. The visit begins at your hotel where your English-speaking guide will pick you up to discover one of the most beautiful art collections in the world. Treating yourself to the services of a private guide is a unique moment during which you will learn the history of the works and the painters in an authentic way. Our visits are unique and different from all the others you can find in Madrid, we want above all that each visitor feels unique, the fast entrances are included in the price which ensures you enter directly into the Prado Museum without going through the classic queue. Your guide will be at your side throughout the visit and will make sure you feel comfortable.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$138.67
Price varies by group size
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US$138.67
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Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line

Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line

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Skip the notoriously long lines and save time with this guided tour, during which you can admire one of the best collections of Spanish art in the world. Don’t worry about figuring out where in the vast collection to begin; instead, you’ll be guided through some of the Prado Museum’s best exhibits, where you can enjoy Goya, El Greco, and Rubens masterpieces, among others.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$47.03
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US$47.03
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Guided Tour Prado Museum only in English

Guided Tour Prado Museum only in English

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The Prado is such a sizable museum, brimming with many of Europe's most celebrated works of art, that it's easy to get lost wandering its impressive galleries. On this guided tour, skip the line, and avoid the hassle of mapping your Prado visit. Follow your guide to the Prado's top masterpieces—including works by Durero, Bosch, and Goya—and learn the history of these celebrated paintings.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.03
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US$47.03

3 Hour private tour of The Prado Museum, Madrid

3 Hour private tour of The Prado Museum, Madrid

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Visit Spain’s most important gallery, the 3 hour tour will allow you to see the essential works. The guide can pick you up from your hotel or also at the entrance of the gallery, next to the statue of Goya. The price of the tour includes the entrance ticket, which will also allow you to avoid the large queues. During the tour not only will you get to know about the most important pieces, but also you will gain a general understanding of the evolution of art over the centuries. The greatest masters of all time are waiting for you inside.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$111.26
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US$111.26
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Prado Museum Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights

Prado Museum Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights

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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s most popular museums and it’s surrounded by magnificent architecture. On this private tour, admire surrounding sights like the Plaza de Cibeles, Neptune Fountain, and Retiro Park, before using your skip-the-line entrance tickets to gain priority access to the art museum. Once inside, enjoy a guided tour of the highlights including masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, and Rembrandt.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.36
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Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Madrid Custom Private Tour with Optional Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and intriguing history of Spain’s spectacular capital on a half- or full-day walking tour of Madrid with an accomplished private guide. Inform your guide of your interests prior to your tour then enjoy a customized itinerary that promises to satisfy all cultural cravings. Enjoy complimentary public transport and pre-planned logistics as you discover significant sights such as the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid whiles listening to commentary tailored to your interests.
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  • 3 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$165.10
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US$165.10
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Private visit at the Prado Museum

Private visit at the Prado Museum

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Just you, the people you came with, the guide and Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Titian, Greco ... (Well, this people, they are actually painters, we mean, they are there but only in a symbolic way). This enjoyable tour goes deep into the Prado's collection, one of the largest in the world. We are up to discover the Art. LGTB version available too !!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$104.71
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Madrid Royal Palace and Prado Museum

Madrid Royal Palace and Prado Museum

A different way to get to know the two main monuments of Madrid without waiting in queues and with a guide who will explain the best of the Museo Nacional del Prado is the largest art gallery in Europe and one of the most important in the world. In our guided tour of the Prado Museum you will get to know the masterpieces of the Spanish, Flemish and Italian Schools. A place not to be missed visit to Madrid, and in it, thanks to our guides, you will understand the work of great artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Titian, Bosch, Dürer, Rubens, Fra Angelico, etc. Do not miss this experience! In addition, with this tour you skip the queues to enter the monuments. Guided tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid, the oldest active palace in Europe. On the tour we see the most characteristic rooms of the more than 3500 rooms.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$90.43
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US$90.43
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Prado Museum Tour & VIP Botin Lunch

Prado Museum Tour & VIP Botin Lunch

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Combine a visit to Madrid’s most popular museum with a delicious lunch at one of the city’s most famous restaurants. Avoid the long queues with a skip-the-line ticket for the Prado Museum of Madrid and discover masterpieces by Goya, Raphael, and Rembrandt on a guided walking tour. Then, tuck into a delicious lunch with wine at the Botin restaurant, whose former patrons include Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Kings of Spain.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$170.57
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US$170.57
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Prado and Royal Palace of Madrid private guided tour

Prado and Royal Palace of Madrid private guided tour

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An exclusive private 4h visit to discover the Royal Palace and the famous Prado Museum. Enjoy a morning to immerse yourself in Spanish culture with this exclusive private tour. It is along the famous Paseo Del Prado that you will meet one of the largest art galleries in the world: the Prado Museum. The Prado houses the best collection of Spanish painting, the most important works of Flemish and Italian painting and notable works from German, French and English schools. Let yourself be guided in this former headquarters of the Napoleonic cavalry become museum, you can admire Las Meninas de Velázquez, May 3 shootings of Goya or the Mona Lisa Prado, made at the same time as the Jocondedu Louvre by a disciple of Leonardo DeVinci. The museum also offers temporary exhibitions. A private and exclusive tour, enlightened by the expertise of our guides.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$320.68
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US$320.68
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.49
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US$54.49
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Museo del Prado Private Guided Tour

Museo del Prado Private Guided Tour

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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s most popular attractions and its impressive collection of Spanish and European art includes masterpieces by artists including Titian, Goya, Raphael, and Rubens. This tour lets you explore at your own pace with skip-the-line entrance, a private guide, and a tailor-made tour to suit your preferences. It’s also possible to combine your Prado Museum tour with a visit to the nearby Reina Sofía Museum.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$97.70
Price varies by group size
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English Guided Tour to Prado Museum in a Small Group

English Guided Tour to Prado Museum in a Small Group

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Skip the lines at Madrid’s Museo del Prado with fast-track access, and discover a world-renowned collection brimming with masterpieces by European artists including Velázquez, Goya, and Raphael. Explore both the temporary and permanent collections with a professional guide, and gain insight unique into works reaching as far back as the 12th-century.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56.00
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US$56.00
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Group or Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour & Optional Madrid City Stroll

Group or Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour & Optional Madrid City Stroll

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Save valuable vacation time with this skip-the-line tour of Madrid's Prado museum. Follow a guide on a carefully curated tour through the blockbuster collection to see the highlights, ensuring you don't miss a thing. This tour includes a guided stroll down the picturesque Paseo del Prado to learn about the city's architecture and history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.26
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US$54.26
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Prado Museum Art History Tour

Prado Museum Art History Tour

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I will show you a special selection of masterpieces in the best gallery in the world, while explaining the historical details of each painting, as well as the meaning and techniques used. We will see not only the most important masterpieces in the Prado, but also some of my favorite and lesser-known pieces. You will enjoy some of the great masters: Bosch, Patinir, Rubens, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Goya, Velázquez ...very impressive! And I have some other special surprises for you :-) My explanations of the legends will give you a fuller perspective of the art, and of Spanish history, overall.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$47.77
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US$47.77
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Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

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Experience the highlights and hidden gems of the Spanish capital on this private tour. Accompanied by your private guide, visit memorable landmarks such as Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace; escape the crowds to explore Park Emir Mohamed I and Retiro Park and more. As this is a private tour, you can explore at your own pace and spend as long as you want taking photos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59.08
Price varies by group size
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US$59.08
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Majestic Madrid Walking Tour

Majestic Madrid Walking Tour

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Madrid is a grand, picturesque city with so much to see that it's easy to miss the top attractions. On this guided walking tour, travelers get outside of the city center and uncover the hidden side of Madrid. See the city's stunning, 20th century architecture, its most literary neighborhood, and the house where Miguel de Cervantes wrote his magnum opus, Don Quixote. Along the way, learn about the history of Madrid and the Bourbon Dynasty.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$17.18
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US$17.18
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Madrid Highlights Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance

Madrid Highlights Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance

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Experience the best Madrid has to offer on this combination excursion covering a Real Madrid stadium tour and city sightseeing trip. First, explore the architecture that has shaped this Spanish capital, exploring the city’s Moorish origins along with the key structures of its Habsburg and Bourbon eras. Then, head to the legendary Santiago Bernabeu stadium for a behind-the-scenes visit inside this legendary team’s locker rooms, bench and presidential box. This Madrid combination trip also includes admission for the Bernabeu tour, a guide, and transport by coach.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$65.38
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US$65.38
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Discover many of Madrid’s attractions and cruise effortlessly around Retiro Park, the city’s green oasis, on this Segway tour. Traveling by electric personal transporter, glide around the park’s beautiful highlights, seeing the lake, Crystal Palace, and monuments including the famous Fallen Angel statue. Plus, take in other landmarks such as cobbled Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Segway training and a helmet included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$43.41
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US$43.41
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Prado and Reina Sofia: tickets and private visit

Prado and Reina Sofia: tickets and private visit

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An exclusive private 4h visit to discover Madrid and the famous Prado Museum. Enjoy a morning to immerse yourself in Spanish culture with this exclusive private tour. It is along the famous Paseo Del Prado that you will meet one of the largest art galleries in the world: the Prado Museum. The Prado houses the best collection of Spanish painting, the most important works of Flemish and Italian painting and notable works from German, French and English schools. Let yourself be guided in this former headquarters of the Napoleonic cavalry become museum, you can admire Las Meninas de Velázquez, May 3 shootings of Goya or the Mona Lisa Prado, made at the same time as the Jocondedu Louvre by a disciple of Leonardo DeVinci. The museum also offers temporary exhibitions. A private and exclusive tour, enlightened by the expertise of our guides.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$320.62
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US$320.62
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Madrid Panoramic Tour by Double-Decker bus

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Madrid Panoramic Tour by Double-Decker bus

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Get an in-depth view of Madrid in a limited time on this city tour. In the company of a multilingual guide and equipped with a multilingual sound system, learn about the city’s history. Visit highlights that include Puerta del Sol, Gran Vía, Plaza de la Cibeles, Paseo del Arte, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) hours of operation?
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Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) hours of operation: Mon-Sat: 10am - 8pm, Sun and holidays: 10am - 7pm, closed Jan 1, May 1, December 25. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 143 Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) costs USD 18.09. Guided Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) tours start around USD 18.09 per person. See all 143 Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) tickets and tours on Viator.
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