Madrid in a Day: Early Entry Royal Palace Tickets, Monumental City Stroll and Prado Art Museum

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Why take this tour?

Experience all the must-see sights in Central Madrid on this full-day tour of palaces, museums, markets and historic neighborhoods. Explore the Royal Palace a full hour before the general public, taste wine and cheese at a local market, soak in city views from atop a hidden terrace, visit monuments along the Paseo del Prado, and end your day touring the Prado art museum with an expert, English-speaking guide.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enter the Palacio Real / Royal Palace an hour before the general public so you can see the Versailles of Madrid without any crowds
  • Created with Sketch.Step inside an authentic local market and taste wine, cheese and olive oils at our favorite stall
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a Madrid walking tour that introduces you to the history of the city, from the Islamic roots in the Barrio de la Morería, to the grandeur of the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy the views from an exclusive rooftop terrace
  • Created with Sketch.Stroll down Madrid's most beautiful street, the Paseo del Prado, to take in buildings like the jaw-dropping Banco de España and monuments like the fountains of Neptune and Apollo
  • Created with Sketch.Take a skip-the-line Prado Museum tour with an expert guide and enjoy one of the finest collections of art on earth, including works by Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and Diego Velazquez's iconic Las Meninas
  • Created with Sketch.Our expert guides are passionate about art and history. Many guides host Spanish and English-speaking groups at the same time, but our guides give our tours exclusively in English, meaning you have plenty of time to interact and ask questions

Take a day to experience all the must-see sights in Central Madrid

Your Madrid in a Day Tour starts when you enter the heart-stopping Palacio Real a full hour before the general public. Madrid's answer to Versailles is one of Europe's most opulent palaces and you'll explore the interiors with your expert guide (and without the crowds) to learn about the dynasties that once lived here.

Passing through the Barrio de la Morería, you'll learn about the city's Muslim roots, then enter a local market where you'll taste wine, cheese, and olive oils at our favorite stall.

Your Madrid walking tour continues in the medieval neighborhoods of the city center. Stop at the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol as you...

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Your Madrid in a Day Tour starts when you enter the heart-stopping Palacio Real a full hour before the general public. Madrid's answer to Versailles is one of Europe's most opulent palaces and you'll explore the interiors with your expert guide (and without the crowds) to learn about the dynasties that once lived here.

Passing through the Barrio de la Morería, you'll learn about the city's Muslim roots, then enter a local market where you'll taste wine, cheese, and olive oils at our favorite stall.

Your Madrid walking tour continues in the medieval neighborhoods of the city center. Stop at the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol as your guide explains how the city went from a small Moorish outpost to the preeminent Catholic power in Europe. Then it’s time for a surprise: we’ll take you to the top of an exclusive rooftop terrace for jaw-dropping views over the entire city.

After a lunch break, your guide will take you on a stroll down Madrid’s most beautiful street, the Paseo del Prado, where you'll view iconic monuments, like the stunning fountains of Neptune and Apollo and the Banco de España, Madrid's neo-classical masterpiece.

Your stroll leads you to the steps of the Prado Museum, home to one of the greatest collections of art in the world. You’ll enter with skip-the-line Prado tickets and enjoy a full tour of the museum’s highlights, including works by Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, Bosch, and more. The star of the show is Velazquez's Las Meninas. Your guide will devote special time to this iconic work and help you understand why it's widely considered one of the finest paintings ever made.

Your Madrid City Tour ends in the museum; you can either spend more time enjoying the art or get recommendations for what to see, do and eat from your guide before heading off, safe in the knowledge that you have experienced the very best of the city in a single day.

  • Sites Visited
  • Teatro Opera (outside)
  • Plaza de Oriente Palacio Real (inside)
  • Catedral de la Almudena (outside)
  • Mercado de la Cebada (inside for tapas / wine and olive oil tasting)
  • Mercado San Miguel (outside)
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Calle Alcalá
  • Panoramic Viewpoint
  • Monumental Madrid (Paseo del Prado / Cibeles and Neptune Fountains and Banco de España)
  • Prado Museum Masterpieces - including Las Meninas by Velázquez
  • Tour Includes
  • Early-entry Madrid Royal Palace tickets
  • Guided Madrid Royal Palace tour
  • Wine / cheese and olive oil tasting
  • English-speaking guide
  • Panoramic viewpoint
  • Central Madrid walking tour
  • Skip-the-line Prado Museum tickets
  • Guided Prado Museum tour
  • Guided Madrid City tour
Madrid's Royal Palace
The view from the roof terra
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David was excellent!

Absolutely brilliant guide David was informative, interesting and really made the tour a great experience. I would highly recommend the tour - so much information and facts about Madrid. Our guide loves Madrid and his enthusiasm was brilliant. If you are visiting Madrid this is a must do!