Experience Madrid your way with an itinerary devised to suit your every need. Discuss the sights you wish to see with your guide prior to your tour then simply look forward to discovering Madrid according to a personalized itinerary.
On the day of your tour, greet your guide at a convenient pre-arranged location and set out to see the legendary landmarks scattered around Spain’s capital city. Public transportation costs are included in the tour, however meals, entrance fees and private transportation are not.
Venture to legendary landmarks such as the Royal Palace of Madrid to admire the imperial majesty of the structure; discover secluded secrets such as El Rastro, the city’s oldest flea market; and marvel at the neoclassical splendor of Acalá Gate, an ancient gateway.
See the Itinerary below for a sample full-day tour.
9:30am: your friendly, private guide meets you at your hotel. Make your way to Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, the city’s most famous and most central square. Then head to Plaza Mayor, hop onto Teleférico, the city’s scenic cable railway. Have your camera ready as you enjoy the mile-long climb through scenic views of the city. Spy sights such as the old railway station Principe Pio and the Manzanares River.
11:15am: Follow your guide to Gran Via, the main thoroughfare in Madrid. Stroll along this bustling street, lined with shops, eateries and bars. Take in what makes Madrid so special: its unique mix of Art Deco, Vienna Secession, neo-Mudejar and Plateresque architecture. 12:30pm: When hunger strikes, stop off at a deli to try cocido, a local dish made of chickpeas, vegetables and meat. Or perhaps head to a tapas bar and sink your teeth into a selection of tantalizing Spanish dishes.
1:30pm: Pass by Glorieta de Bilbao, a star-shaped roundabout. Continue to the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, once the city’s Jewish quarter. Stroll down the streets and see Spanish shops sandwiched among African store-fronts, Asian stalls and Indian cafés. Listen as your guide talks about the Movida Madrileña, the countercultural movement that began in Madrid in the 1970's after the death of dictator Franco. Then, discover hidden venues that are the center stage of Madrid's vibrant music scene.
3pm: make your way to El Rastro, the popular open-air flea market in Madrid. Weave your way through the stalls crammed with bric-a-brac. This is a great place to find souvenirs or trinkets for your family.
4pm: Jump into a cab and travel in style to the district of Retiro. Here, see some of Madrid’s showstoppers. Choose the Prado Museum (with our optional skip-the-line tickets) or Almudena Cathedral. Discover Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) and Alcalá Gate (Puerta de Alcalá). 5pm: End your tour at the lush Parque del Buen Retiro ( translated ‘Park of the Pleasant Retreat’). Stroll past the park’s many sculptures and take in soothing views of the gardens and lake. Relax with a refreshing drink and talk with your guide about your plans for the evening — your guide will be more than happy to help you find the perfect dinner reservation.
Then, bid your guide a reluctant farewell and head to a popular local restaurant for dinner.