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Madrid

Awe-inspiring art, beautiful buildings, and culinary culture await you in Spain’s lively capital.

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Madrid: Prado Museum Entry Ticket

1. Madrid: Prado Museum Entry Ticket

Since it opened in 1819, the Prado Museum has acquired a dazzling array of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative art that cover the history of Spanish art to form one of the finest collections of European art in the world. Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Royal Museum would become known as the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, and subsequently the Museo Nacional del Prado. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of historic documents. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. The size of this collection can cause headaches for visitors trying to choose what to see, but the Prado has organized 3 routes that focus on its masterpieces, dating from the Romanesque to the 19th century. Once inside, you can purchase an audio guide (not included in ticket cost) to quickly lead you to works by artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Velázquez and Goya.

Madrid: Tour Bernabéu Entry Ticket

2. Madrid: Tour Bernabéu Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history of the Real Madrid football team in the Bernabéu Stadium museum. Tour exclusive areas, and learn all about Real Madrid's legendary players and football glory. Start your adventure with a panoramic view of the stadium, giving you an idea of the sheer greatness of the club. Hear about the different cups won by Real during its long history. Watch videos of legendary fixtures, and see some of the kits, boots, and equipment used by the team over the years. Plus, you'll have to chance to admire the vast array of club memorabilia.

Madrid: "Emociones" Live Flamenco Performance

3. Madrid: "Emociones" Live Flamenco Performance

Enjoy a live performance in the first flamenco theater in the world. Live the magic of the theater's latest work, “Emociones”, and let yourself be captivated by the passion of the artists. You will be hypnotized by the power of the dancers and feel the intensity from the first guitar note. Sit close to the performers and observe the details of their traditional costumes and movements. Enjoy flamenco in an authentic theater, which also serves as a meeting place for flamenco lovers and those who want to delve deeper into Andalusian culture.

Madrid: Royal Palace Fast-Access Admission Ticket

4. Madrid: Royal Palace Fast-Access Admission Ticket

Enjoy fast access to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of Spanish royalty. Enter through an express security check and explore one of the world’s largest palaces. Wander the corridors that have witnessed centuries of Spanish history. Admire the architecture and decoration of the salon rooms, including frescoes by famous artists. Enter the private apartments of monarchs, visit the throne room, and stroll through the banquet halls. Witness the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. See artworks by painters such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, and Velázquez. Visit the Royal Armory and discover its exhibits of porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and more. Explore the heritage of Spain’s monarchy at the Royal Palace.

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Reina Sofía Museum which represents an intersection of spaces, objects, and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the main building.

Madrid: 24 or 48 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

6. Madrid: 24 or 48 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages. Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puerta de Toledo • Gran Vía de San Francisco • Colegiata Mayor • Atocha 116 • Jardín Botánico de Madrid • Museo del Prado Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano 61 • Serrano, 66 • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá 25 • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: Live Flamenco Show with Food and Drinks Options

7. Madrid: Live Flamenco Show with Food and Drinks Options

Experience the passion of flamenco and Spanish music at the historical Torres Bermejas tablao in the heart of Madrid. Enhance your evening with a traditional menu and drinks if selected. Opened in 1960, admire the unique interiors inspired by the Bermejas towers of Granada's beautiful Alhambra. Marvel at the walls of Arabic motifs, ornate tiles and wood-carved ceilings as the flamenco performers captivate you with their unforgettable artistic interpretations. Watch the stunning choreographies of the Cuadro Flamenco, composed of the best singers, guitarists, clappers, and dancers of the flamenco tradition. Be part of this amazing folkloric culture at a flamenco night complete with dining options inspired by traditional Spanish cuisine.

Madrid: Royal Palace Tour with Optional Royal Collections

8. Madrid: Royal Palace Tour with Optional Royal Collections

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. Depending on the option selected, continue with a guided tour inside Royal Collections Gallery. This museum has the most important collections from the Crown of Spain. You will visit all the rooms where you can enjoy paintings and tapestries of very important painters such as El Bosco, Titian, El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez or Caravaggio. You will also visit the Royal Armory, one of the most important in Europe, and enjoy thousands of pieces of royal furniture, musical instruments and games that show you the daily life in the Palace.

From Madrid: Toledo & Segovia with Optional Ávila Tour

9. From Madrid: Toledo & Segovia with Optional Ávila Tour

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo and Segovia, and select whether you prefer to do so in a shared or private tour experience, always departing from Madrid. The first stop will be at the Mirador del Valle before arriving at Toledo, here you will admire a breathtaking view of the city, where you will be able to take an astonishing panoramic photo of the city. Then, you will continue the bus journey until the historical district of Toledo, where the guide will give you an incredible guided tour. Next, you will discover the city of Segovia, where you will be visiting its impressive and famous Roman aqueduct, as well as its imposing cathedral. You will continue to the Alcázar of Segovia, one of Spain's most famous castles, which you will explore at your own pace. Afterward, you will have some free time to explore the city with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems. You can also enhance the experience with an optional tour of Ávila. Start your guided visit at the Four Postes viewpoint, admiring the skyline of this ancient city. Then, follow your guide through the historic streets, strolling past the San Vicente Church, the impressive Cathedral of Avila, and more. You will also learn about the history behind each corner.

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

10. Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

Take a day trip from Madrid to visit two of Spain's oldest cities, Avila and Segovia. Explore the rich history of these UNESCO-listed cities with a guide. Admire Avila's walls, cathedral, and Basilica of San Vicente. Then continue to Segovia's Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and Alcazar fortress. Drive for an hour from Madrid and find yourself in Avila. See the stunning 11th-century walls surrounding the city. These fortifications are the most complete in all of Spain. Next, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente to see the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the country. Pass by the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral. At your next stop, enter the church-convent of Saint Teresa of Jesus that was built by the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in the 17th century, supposedly in the same place where Saint Teresa of Avila was born. Following the visit to Avila, enjoy free time to have wine, beer, soft drinks, and an aperitif, or continue exploring the city on your own. Regroup at 2 PM to head to the city of Segovia. Begin your tour of Segovia with a visit to its main symbol, the Roman Aqueduct, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms. Pass by the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo and Plaza Mayor. Arrive at the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Enter to see its size, elegance, and blend of late Gothic style and Renaissance features, to understand why it's called the Lady of the Cathedrals. Finally, go into the Fortress of the Alcazar of Segovia, a medieval castle, located on a rocky crag at the confluence of 2 rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama. Witness one of Spain's most distinctive castle-palaces by virtue of its shapes, such as the bow of a ship. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

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Madrid: Prado Museum Entry Ticket

Madrid: Prado Museum Entry Ticket

Since it opened in 1819, the Prado Museum has acquired a dazzling array of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative art that cover the history of Spanish art to form one of the finest collections of European art in the world. Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Royal Museum would become known as the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, and subsequently the Museo Nacional del Prado. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of historic documents. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. The size of this collection can cause headaches for visitors trying to choose what to see, but the Prado has organized 3 routes that focus on its masterpieces, dating from the Romanesque to the 19th century. Once inside, you can purchase an audio guide (not included in ticket cost) to quickly lead you to works by artists such as Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Alonso Cano, Velázquez and Goya.

Madrid: Tour Bernabéu Entry Ticket

Madrid: Tour Bernabéu Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history of the Real Madrid football team in the Bernabéu Stadium museum. Tour exclusive areas, and learn all about Real Madrid's legendary players and football glory. Start your adventure with a panoramic view of the stadium, giving you an idea of the sheer greatness of the club. Hear about the different cups won by Real during its long history. Watch videos of legendary fixtures, and see some of the kits, boots, and equipment used by the team over the years. Plus, you'll have to chance to admire the vast array of club memorabilia.

Madrid: "Emociones" Live Flamenco Performance

Madrid: "Emociones" Live Flamenco Performance

Enjoy a live performance in the first flamenco theater in the world. Live the magic of the theater's latest work, “Emociones”, and let yourself be captivated by the passion of the artists. You will be hypnotized by the power of the dancers and feel the intensity from the first guitar note. Sit close to the performers and observe the details of their traditional costumes and movements. Enjoy flamenco in an authentic theater, which also serves as a meeting place for flamenco lovers and those who want to delve deeper into Andalusian culture.

Madrid: Royal Palace Fast-Access Admission Ticket

Madrid: Royal Palace Fast-Access Admission Ticket

Enjoy fast access to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of Spanish royalty. Enter through an express security check and explore one of the world’s largest palaces. Wander the corridors that have witnessed centuries of Spanish history. Admire the architecture and decoration of the salon rooms, including frescoes by famous artists. Enter the private apartments of monarchs, visit the throne room, and stroll through the banquet halls. Witness the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. See artworks by painters such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, and Velázquez. Visit the Royal Armory and discover its exhibits of porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and more. Explore the heritage of Spain’s monarchy at the Royal Palace.

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Reina Sofía Museum which represents an intersection of spaces, objects, and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the main building.

Madrid: 24 or 48 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Madrid: 24 or 48 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages. Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puerta de Toledo • Gran Vía de San Francisco • Colegiata Mayor • Atocha 116 • Jardín Botánico de Madrid • Museo del Prado Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano 61 • Serrano, 66 • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá 25 • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: Live Flamenco Show with Food and Drinks Options

Madrid: Live Flamenco Show with Food and Drinks Options

Experience the passion of flamenco and Spanish music at the historical Torres Bermejas tablao in the heart of Madrid. Enhance your evening with a traditional menu and drinks if selected. Opened in 1960, admire the unique interiors inspired by the Bermejas towers of Granada's beautiful Alhambra. Marvel at the walls of Arabic motifs, ornate tiles and wood-carved ceilings as the flamenco performers captivate you with their unforgettable artistic interpretations. Watch the stunning choreographies of the Cuadro Flamenco, composed of the best singers, guitarists, clappers, and dancers of the flamenco tradition. Be part of this amazing folkloric culture at a flamenco night complete with dining options inspired by traditional Spanish cuisine.

Madrid: Royal Palace Tour with Optional Royal Collections

Madrid: Royal Palace Tour with Optional Royal Collections

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. Depending on the option selected, continue with a guided tour inside Royal Collections Gallery. This museum has the most important collections from the Crown of Spain. You will visit all the rooms where you can enjoy paintings and tapestries of very important painters such as El Bosco, Titian, El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez or Caravaggio. You will also visit the Royal Armory, one of the most important in Europe, and enjoy thousands of pieces of royal furniture, musical instruments and games that show you the daily life in the Palace.

From Madrid: Toledo & Segovia with Optional Ávila Tour

From Madrid: Toledo & Segovia with Optional Ávila Tour

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo and Segovia, and select whether you prefer to do so in a shared or private tour experience, always departing from Madrid. The first stop will be at the Mirador del Valle before arriving at Toledo, here you will admire a breathtaking view of the city, where you will be able to take an astonishing panoramic photo of the city. Then, you will continue the bus journey until the historical district of Toledo, where the guide will give you an incredible guided tour. Next, you will discover the city of Segovia, where you will be visiting its impressive and famous Roman aqueduct, as well as its imposing cathedral. You will continue to the Alcázar of Segovia, one of Spain's most famous castles, which you will explore at your own pace. Afterward, you will have some free time to explore the city with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems. You can also enhance the experience with an optional tour of Ávila. Start your guided visit at the Four Postes viewpoint, admiring the skyline of this ancient city. Then, follow your guide through the historic streets, strolling past the San Vicente Church, the impressive Cathedral of Avila, and more. You will also learn about the history behind each corner.

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

Take a day trip from Madrid to visit two of Spain's oldest cities, Avila and Segovia. Explore the rich history of these UNESCO-listed cities with a guide. Admire Avila's walls, cathedral, and Basilica of San Vicente. Then continue to Segovia's Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and Alcazar fortress. Drive for an hour from Madrid and find yourself in Avila. See the stunning 11th-century walls surrounding the city. These fortifications are the most complete in all of Spain. Next, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente to see the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the country. Pass by the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral. At your next stop, enter the church-convent of Saint Teresa of Jesus that was built by the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in the 17th century, supposedly in the same place where Saint Teresa of Avila was born. Following the visit to Avila, enjoy free time to have wine, beer, soft drinks, and an aperitif, or continue exploring the city on your own. Regroup at 2 PM to head to the city of Segovia. Begin your tour of Segovia with a visit to its main symbol, the Roman Aqueduct, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms. Pass by the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo and Plaza Mayor. Arrive at the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Enter to see its size, elegance, and blend of late Gothic style and Renaissance features, to understand why it's called the Lady of the Cathedrals. Finally, go into the Fortress of the Alcazar of Segovia, a medieval castle, located on a rocky crag at the confluence of 2 rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama. Witness one of Spain's most distinctive castle-palaces by virtue of its shapes, such as the bow of a ship. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

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The tour was great. Our guide was wonderful (I'm sorry I can't remember her name). The stories where interesting and she presented so well. The tour was perfect for my first night in Madrid.

Cesar was an excellent guude. Very friendly and outgoing. He always takes the people on the tour first and foremost - safety, having fun, and just be themselves. Highly recommended!

Nico was informative and punctual! He shared some great information about the palace. I would definitely reserve a tour with Nico again.

Our guide was dedicated and with sense of humor which brought every body together enhancing the experience

That’s an incredible experience. I’m from Brasil and Cesar makes me feel in home.