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My mother and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Luis David Zapata Madronal was incredible. He planned the tour in such a cohesive, enjoyable way that we were able to absorb and understand all the information and really grasp the chronology of events. After 4 hours of walking we really had a good sense of the history of Madrid. We highly recommend this tour.
Excellent day tour in Madrid - highlights but also local insights. Highly recommended.
What a great day! Pedro was awesome. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the city of Madrid and the architecture. I would highly recommend this tour!
It is important to be really clear with your expectations up front, so that you get the maximum value from this tour. It is an excellent tour to get to know your areas of interest quickly. We were able to get to know the central areas of Madrid through this tour and so were able to plan the rest of our visit. Madrid is a city that needs to be walked to appreciate its architecture and history.
Our guide Pedro made this tour a memorable experience. We travelled through the back streets to find hidden plaques dedicated to Spain's famous writers and poets. Pedro described the differences in the buildings of Madrid, from the centuries old structures to the incredibly beautiful new buildings on the Gran Via, explaining how the architects designed the buildings to retain the flavour of the past. He took us inside buildings to view underground Roman structures that were clearly visible as you walked over the glass frames that protected them as if they were in a time capsule. His passion was obvious as he talked about a city that he loved.
This was a great way to understand more about Madrid, and we finished the tour with wonderful memories and knowledge that we would not have gained on our own.
Enrique was awesome! Kids loved it. He was very passionate about his culture and it showed. He took us to some off the beaten path places and we loved it. Highly recommend him.
Given our limited time in Madrid this custom half day walking tour was well worthwhile especially given the great 'local knowledge' of our guide, Ester. She did a good job of sourcing out the main sights we indicated that we wanted to see for example, Puerta del Sol, Calle de Postas, Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace, Plaza de Oriente and Calle del Arenal and she explained the significance of each in just the right amount of detail so as to not overwhelm us with too much detail.
We had only 8 hours in Madrid, so we decided to book the 2 1/2 hour walking tour. We are so glad we did! Pedro showed us his Madrid that he loves so passionately. We love history and art, and Pedro is an art historian. He generously gave us over 3 hours of his time and showed us the highlights of the area bounded by Gran Via and Calle Mayor and the Palace and Paseo del Prado. There were many amazing moments on this completely enjoyable tour. Pedro was so warm and friendly and wonderful to be with. It was all that we hoped for and so much more!
Unfortunately we had to do the half-day tour due to time constraints but our guide was very knowledgeable. He even helped us arrange transportation around the city which is something he didn't have to do. We definitely recommend the tour especially if you are there for half a day like we were
I arranged this tour as our first activity in Madrid so we would then be familiarized with the city for our week long visit. Turns out to be one of the best Viator tours ever. It started as soon as I booked it about three months in advance when Karolina communicated by email to gather all necessary information to tailor the tour to us and our interests. She even went beyond and helped me obtain a Madrid Card for multiple sights when I was having difficulty buying it on line. She made me feel like I had a family member there helping out! Then came the tour itself. Luis David arrived at our apartment exactly on time and our education and entertainment began at once. His knowledge of his city was inexhaustible and he was prepared with countless pictures and visual aids on his iPad. He is a Madrideños but spoke nearly perfect English vocabulary and completely understandable accent. He introduced Madrid in a fascinating combination of chronological history coupled with a strolling tour of meaningful sights and contemporary customs. His assistance extended to marking up maps and making recommendations for meals at the end of our seven hours together which flew by because it was so interesting and fun. I know this tour is a little pricey, and I hesitated before booking, but let me tell you that it was worth every penny. We have already found ourselves better prepared to fully enjoy this rich city. The company, Discovery Walks, provides similar services in many other places and I plan to use them again and again. Thank you Karolina, Luis and your whole team.
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