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clock-o90 to 240 minutes (Approx.)
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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s top cultural attractions and draws crowds that pay testament to its popularity. This 4-hour Viator VIP tour, available nowhere else, allows you to enter the museum before it officially opens to the public. Admire art in the absence of crowds and admire highlights by the likes of El Greco, Bosch, and Velazquez with your guide. Also on this Viator Exclusive tour, you’ll visit Reina Sofia, home to masterpieces by Picasso and Dali. Upgrade to a private or small-group tour and enjoy a full hour in the Prado Museum before public opening.
  • Prado Museum early access tour, a Viator VIP experience
  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of the prestigious Prado Museum, only with Viator
  • Admire masterpieces by Bosch, Goya and El Greco, without the general public
  • Learn about Velazquez’s Las Meninas from a knowledgeable guide
  • Tour the Reina Sofía to see its surrealist 20th-century Spanish art
Depending on the option selected at booking, greet your guide outside of the Prado Museum 10 minutes in advance of your 9am or 9:45am entry time. If you have opted to take a private tour, your itinerary can be customized according to your artistic interests. With your early-access pass in hand, you’ll enter the museum and relish relative solitude and peace in which to admire the art.
Your guide takes you to the museum’s highlights, all the while delivering commentary that contextualizes the art and allows you to appreciate minute details. Marvel at masterworks such as The Annunciation by El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, and Las Meninas by Velazquez, noticing their refined composition and style.
Then, proceed to the Reina Sofia Museum, dedicated to Spanish art of the 20th century. Surreal scenes and cubist masterpieces by luminaries such as Dali, Picasso, and Miro abound here. Learn about each artist’s life and the mediums they use to convey meaning before bidding your guide farewell at the Reina Sofia Museum.


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, Nov 2018

We enjoy doing a guided tour of museums so that you can hit the highlights and not wander around needlessly. Our guide Paola was excellent--we were amazed at how knowledgeable she was about all of the art and she went back and forth between English and Spanish effortlessly. My favorite painting at Prado was The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch (so much going on and Paola did a great job of explaining it) and at the Reina Sofia it was Guernica. We had a little bit of trouble finding the meeting location. The instructions said to the right of the museum entrance, which is correct, but you have to walk back a ways to find the meeting point.

, Oct 2018

A great visit with our guide Miverna, she was very informative and we really enjoyed our visit, make sure you have time after the Reina Sofia Museum to have a further look around , we had booked another tour after this one and could easily have spent more time in this Museum.

, Oct 2018

The tour guide was very knowledgeable but she spent way too much time explaining. We would spend 20-30 minutes on 1 painting causing only to see a few rooms. I would rather spend a shorter time on each painting and be able to see more.

, Aug 2018

We are a family of 4. We enjoyed the tour Museum del Prado and Reyna Sofia. Khan our guide is the best. We recommend this 100%

, Jul 2018

I enjoy art and history, but as I don't have an extensive education in art, I prefer to have a guide who can explain the history and significance of the art. This tour was just perfect for that. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful, and the group was not overly large. If you are wanting something more in depth and time to ask lost of questions, you may be better off going with an individualized tour. For the money and the time though, this tour was worth it. I don't know that the early access business is about--we did not actually get in before the public, but right when the museum opened. That didn't matter to me, but just fyi as that part seems misleading.

, Jul 2018

great tour!

, Jun 2018

I have contacted Viator customer service regarding experience with this tour. First, I do want to say that the tour guide was great and shared freely his knowledge.
My major concern was that I received a call from the tour company providing the service the evening before the tour notifying me that the scheduled tour was cancelled and we would be either moved to a 2:00 pm tour or could seek a refund through Viator. When I asked for additional details about the cancellation, they provided none. When I reminded them that the original tour was for early access to the Prado, and this rescheduled tour would be mid-day at one of the busiest times, they again, said the tour was cancelled and in passing noted that they offer no early access to the Prado.
I told them and Viator that the description of this tour is deceptive.
After several phone calls to Viator and over a month since our visit to Madrid, we were offered a partial refund.

, May 2018

The combination of the two museums was a real delight. Plan your whole day for this tour. We would highly recommend it to all.

, May 2018

Terrible tour!
Viator promised this VIP tour with early entrance to the Prado museum before it opened to the general public. We were gathered at the meeting point and waited and waited. The guide from Amigo Tours Roberto showed up 20 minutes late we were supposed to enter at 9:45 AM and he showed up at 10:05 AM didn't apologize for the delay and wasn't in that much of a hurry to get us inside. Then, instead of just going in, he had to get the tickets which we thought he already had and then wait in-line with the rest of the groups to get inside the museum followed by the security line and the headphones to listen to him. By the time we managed all that it was 10:30 AM and plenty of crowds were already inside. We told him about the early entrance and he said Amigo Tours had nothing like that and that it was just a Viator issue. So, in reality, there was no early entrance and nothing VIP about this tour.
Inside, he described the most important paintings in the museum but his descriptions were sometimes overly detailed and delivered with very little enthusiasm in both English and Spanish. We finished the tour around 12:15 and only had 15 minutes inside Prado to see a bit more or buy something in the cafeteria or use the bathrooms as we had to walk to the Reina Sofia Museum.
Too expensive and there was NOTHING VIP about it, so you're better finding a cheaper tour or going inside by yourself and getting the museum's audioguide.

, Apr 2018

Not an art expert or even that interested but felt that we should visit these famous museums. Our guide, Minerva, was excellent and had so much knowledge. She took us to see 10 paintings in the Prado and explained the features and stories behind them all. We did the same at Reina Sofia finishing with seeing the painting of Guernica. You had the chance to go back to both museums but for non experts as we were the time spent was in each one was enough for me. Thoroughly enjoyed what we did see.

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