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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.


  • 1.5-hour tour of the Prado Museum in Madrid with skip-the-line entrance
  • See the highlights of the Prado Museum’s incredible collection with an art expert guide
  • Hear tales of King Charles III who commissioned the Prado to be built in the late 18th century
  • Learn about influential European artists like Hieronymus Bosch and El Greco
  • See masterpieces like Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Francisco Goya’s The Family of Carlos IV
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

See 'Las Meninas' by Diego Velazquez

Skip the long lines and get right inside the Prado, Madrid’s most famous art museum, during this 90-minute guided tour covering its top highlights. This insider’s discovery of this top-notch cultural institution, limited to just 20 guests per group, is sure to give you a new perspective on Spain’s incredible art history.

Start your visit at 3pm outside the Prado, where you’ll meet your guide for the day and receive your priority-access admission to the museum, allowing you to jump right past the crowds and head straight inside. 

This incredible art museum is one of Spain’s, and Europe’s, finest, covering more than 9,000 paintings plus numerous sculptures, drawings and prints. Learn about the museum’s founding as you wander with your guide. Originally devised by King Charles III in the 18th century, the collections housed in this neo-classical building soon outgrew the space available, resulting two-further expansions.

Follow your guide as you visit some of the museum’s top pieces in chronological order, beginning with a look at the work of Hieronymus Bosch including his The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Seven Deadly Sins. Proceed next on an exploration of the works of Spanish renaissance artist El Greco, whose output includes sculpture, architecture and painting. Learn about his unique style as evidenced in his work The Annunciation. Continue to view Las Meninas by Velazquez, considered by many to be one of the most iconic artworks in Western history. End your art tour with a look at The Family of Carlos IV by Francisco Goya, a work that includes an image of the artist himself — an unexpected decision at the time it was painted in the 19th century.

End your Prado visit inside the museum, where you can continue your exploration at your leisure.

Customer Reviews

Courtney F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great tour. we really liked having the guide who knew what pictures to focus on. We had skip the line entrance which is definitely worth it since these lines can be super long. You receive a headset to hear the guide on and they take you through the most important art in each century. The greatest part was seeing the 2nd Mona Lisa up close! This was only found a couple years ago and it was done the exact same time as the real one! Great tour guide!

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a wonderful museum that was shown to us by a very knowledgeable guide who obviously enjoyed taking visitors around it. Her enthusiasm and pleasant manner made our visit an extremely interesting and enjoyable one.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

great tour of the museum. 3000 paintings. the guide was very knowledgeable on all the works.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was excellent. Only 90 mins which allowed time to see selected artworks - this meant that we didn't get too tired. The guide was very knowledgable and provided an excellent insight into those pieces chosen for the tour. You can stay on after the tour if more time is desired.Highly recommended

carole g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lovely to be able to skip queue. Guide was very good and knew what she was talking about. Would recommend this trip.

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide was excellent, and really a good thing to do with so much to see at the museum.

Clara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent guided tour with stories and historical references galore. It was well work it!

Cindy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was well worth the money. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and also very funny. She spoke English very well. My two teenage sons also enjoyed the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour! You get to see some highlights and key pieces. Then after the tour, you can wander on your own. It was awesome!

Suzanne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great way to tour the Prado. No lines and a guide that showed the highlights in about an hour and a half. After the official tour was over we went back to see some things we had missed.

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