• Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

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.

Customer Reviews

Roberto L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very nice. So good that i want do 2 times the same tour!

Cheryl Berardi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The only way to see and appreciate the palace is on a guided tour. We had a great guide and it was worth every penny. Do it!

Peter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really loved this tour but disappointing the palace wont allow photos inside. Nevertheless its still a wonderful place to go and Id definitely recommend this tour.

Susan Lizardo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is a good tour. Our tour guide, Martha, was very knowledgeable and answered all questions posed to her. The palace, though, no longer the official residence of the royalties was magnificent.

Charlie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This a good tour to see whats available in the city and decide if you want to return to certain locations. Drive you around the neighborhoods and you are shown the Real Madrid Stadium and Plaza de Toros. The guide was very knowledgeable. The highlight was the tour of the Royal Palace. It was very grand.

Anna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Sightseeing nMadrid gave us the highlights which we found useful to go back and enjoy them more. The Royal Palace is beautiful- our guide gave us a lot of information regarding the palace.

Amal G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent trip.

Roberta B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Love our tour guide, great information, she was full of energy and so funny. Palace tour was amazing. A must see. Info on history of the city was great. Gave me insight and appreciation for Madrids history.

Valerie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Another great Viator way to skip the lines. A must see when in Madrid.

Felicity A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent

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