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Time4 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace during a 3-hour excursion. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods, during which the city's palaces and central squares like Plaza Mayor and Puerto del Sol changed dramatically. Then visit the Spanish Royal Palace (Palacio Real) where you'll see the royal collections and admire its Baroque details. Finish your day at Madrid Rio, the city's newest public park. This Madrid sightseeing tour also includes all entrance fees and a soft drink refreshment.
  • Madrid sightseeing tour with Royal Palace (Palacio Real) visit
  • Learn about Madrid’s Moorish origins in Barrio de la Moreria
  • See Madrid's famous Habsburg monuments and squares
  • Visit Rio Madrid and other sights of modern-day Madrid
  • Stop for a drink at the Hard Rock Cafe
  • View the Royal Palace's throne room, banqueting rooms and royal apartments with your professional guide
Get an overview of the centuries of history, culture and tradition that have shaped the Spanish capital of Madrid, covering its Arab and medieval periods up to the present. During this tour you'll have the chance to visit some of the city's most important historical sites along with its Royal Palace and its newest city park at Rio Madrid.
Start your day at 9am in central Madrid, heading out to begin your exploration of the many hundreds of years of architectural history that have shaped the boundaries and buildings of this dynamic urban area. Discover the Moorish history of Madrid in the Barrio de la Moreria, an old Moorish section of the city. Proceed from there to view some of the various structures of Madrid's Habsburg period, including Calle Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, the Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor, an era characterized by its renaissance and baroque architectural styles.
Continue your visit with an examination of the architecture of the period surrounding the reign of Charles III in the 18th century. During this era, Madrid gained in importance as a critical knowledge center for culture and science, as artists and intellectuals flocked to its neighborhoods. Check out the Monumento de la Encarnación, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de la Opera, which provide excellent examples of the flurry of construction that took place during this time.
Head next into the contemporary era of Madrid's history, first by exploring the boulevards of Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Then head next to the beautiful structures of the Barrio Salamanca and Parque del Oeste neighborhood, along with a chance to view some of Madrid's most important commercial and financial areas. You'll also stop at modern architectural sites like Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, before taking time for a stroll at the city's newest public space Madrid Rio.
Stop for a break at the Hard Rock Cafe for a free drink before heading to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real). This former home of the Spanish royal family was constructed in Italian baroque style in the 18th century near the city's historic alcazar (Arab-fortress). Take a tour inside this beautiful palace, among the best-preserved in Europe, as you listen to your guide place it into context with other surrounding structures like the Plaza de Oriente and Campo del Moro.
Then go inside the palace to admire the extensive collection of antique clocks, armor, art, porcelain and tapestries that line its halls. Make sure to check out the works by Spanish masters Goya and Velazquez and stop by the throne room, banquet halls and private royal apartments. You'll also have time to see the royal armory, pharmacy and grand hall of columns.
End your Madrid tour around noon outside the Royal Palace.

Reviews

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C
, Oct 2018

Tour guide was very sweet and knowledgable. Large, Clean bus. I would have like to seen more of Madrid sights. Drove pass at of the sights. But the palace was a gorgeous tour!

R
, Sep 2018

We loved our guide pablo, who was so knowledgeable and fluent in English. Will use them again. Thanks Julia travels

K
, Jun 2018

I loved this tour! The Palace was amazing!

T
, Jun 2018

Good value. We thought we had signed up for a walking tour and then the palace. However we got the sightseeing tour on a bus and then the palace. Turned out ok. Bus trip allowed us to see parts of city we probably would not have seen. The palace tour was wonderful. Excellent overview of the palace and excellent tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyed

V
, May 2018

I really can't recommend this tour. We were told to get off the metro stop, Opera, and walk to their office. Unfortunately we got lost at Sol3 floors underground. It would have been far better to tell us to take a taxi to the palace and walk one block to their office. We arrived late which was our fault and I understand that. However, in Spain, the guide/tour groups usually do not buy entrance tickets in advance. They wait until they know how many persons are in the group and purchase the tickets when outside the monument. When I asked about the entrance tickets to the palace which we had paid for in this tour, I was told we would have to go to the palace and buy new ones. This cost me another 20 Euros. If the guide was given tickets in advance, he would have known that 2 persons were missing they all have lists of passenger and all he had to do was leave the tickets at the office so that we could pick them up when we arrived. I'm certain that we were not the first people to arrive late. This organization pocketed the entrance fees in my opinion and made no attempt to be customer friendly. Something similar happened to us in Cordoba but--that tour group did did everything to satisfy us their customers. If you decide to take this tour, and you are not familiar with the Madrid metro system, take a taxi to the palace gate and walk to the office.

s
, Apr 2018

Good value for money

p
, Apr 2018

Great tour! Informative and easy

m
, Mar 2018

Victor booked us on the wrong day even though our printed receipt was for the correct day. Thus, we did not get to do the tour. I am not sure how this happened.

M
, Mar 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour that was conducted by Carmen Gonzalez. She is an excellent guide who clearly knows a lot about Madrid and has a great passion for her city. As it was raining on the day of the tour, we stated off at the Palace. What an amazing place to see in Madrid, complimented by the fact that Carmen's knowledge of the place meant everyone on the tour really got a great understanding of each individual room they were standing in and the significance of the symbols in the rooms. We carried then on outside and saw many beautiful parts of the city, including Plaza Mayor -wow - its truly incredible! I would recommend this tour for sure and thank Carmen for the time she spent with us.

R
, Feb 2018

Ok trip, it was on our first day in. Madrid and after staying an additional 3 days we figured the driver was taking us round and around the city multiple times
The bus was a big bus and we were just 10 of us, they should have provided a smaller bus and maybe could have maneuvered the bus better and show us more
There was stop at the Hard Rock Cafe other than a bathroom stop it made no sense to stop there
We did a tour of the Palace and since we were the only ones who took that option we had the guide to ourselves
It was a very quick guided tour around, for someone who needs more info or time to linger around, this would not work for them
It was ok for us though a bit hurried


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