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Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

1. Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

An easy and fun way to meet the most emblematic places of Madrid is a tour by Segway. Visit the Old Madrid, New Madrid, Retiro Park or all. It is a one-hour tour which will pass through places as well known as: The Almudena Cathedral. The Royal Palace. Templo Debod.The Opera Square. Puerta del Sol or The new city as Prado Museum, Pza Santa Ana, Pta Alcala, Church of Jeronimos, etc or one hour in Retiro Park. For 3 hours, your guide suggests that you enjoy the Segway by designing your own ride. The fatigue will be minimal, with maximum fun thanks to the great Segways! You will go accompanied by an expert guide.

Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

2. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

Cruise through the Puerta del Sol, Malasaña, and the Las Letras neighborhoods on this guided bike tour in Madrid. Ride on convenient cycle paths, pedestrian zones, and parks so you won't have to navigate traffic. See sights like the San Nicolas Church, Plaza de la Villa, and the Prado Museum. Pick up your bike and listen to a short explanation of how to ride the bike safely. Begin the tour by heading to the literal center of Spain at the Puerta del Sol where you will see the 0 kilometer sign. Cross into the Malasaña neighborhood in the direction Plaza de España. Pass by the statues from the book Don Quixote written by Cervantes. Make tops to take photos and listen to your guide's anecdotes and commentary at places of interest. Cycle into Parque del Oeste to see the Egypt Templo Debod. Admire views over the west side of Madrid and see the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on a clear day. Continue on towards the oldest part of Madrid, Plaza de Oriente where you see the Royal Palace and the impressive statue of the Habsburg King Philip IV. Peddle past San Nicolas Church and Plaza de la Villa in the direction of the Plaza Mayor. Pass through Plaza Santa Ana into the Las Letras neighborhood to see the the Caixa Forum and Prado Museum. End your tour by exploring the greenspace of Retiro Park before returning your bike to the meeting point.

Madrid: Retiro Park Segway Tour

3. Madrid: Retiro Park Segway Tour

Explore the green heart of Madrid by Segway on a guided tour of the impressive Retiro Park. Get a short training session before you set off. Learn more about the history of the park, built as a retreat for the Spanish royal family and now home to more than 15,000 trees. Join the locals who come to stroll along the avenues or row boats on the lake. Hear about different features, such as the beautiful Rose Garden by Cecilio Rodriguez and the huge eucalyptus and cedar trees of the Jardín de Vivaces. See an old cypress tree – believed to be the oldest tree in the city – in the formal French-style Parterre Francés. Marvel at the glass pavilion by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco and encounter fountains and other features, such as the monument to Alfonso XII, an artificial mountain and the only statue in the world representing the devil.

Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

4. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado on this fun and exciting adventure through the city.

Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

5. Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

See the best sights of Madrid in a fun and relaxed way on this guided bike tour. The distance covered is around 9 miles, during which your guide will tell you about the legends, art, and gastronomy of the city. The tour will get you acquainted with Madrid's most popular tourist attractions, such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Retiro Park. Make several stops along the way where your guide will give you more information about Madrid's sights. Enjoy a 20-minute break halfway through. Bike and helmet are included.

Madrid: Retiro Park Guided Tour and Tapas Tasting

6. Madrid: Retiro Park Guided Tour and Tapas Tasting

Embark on a route through El Retiro's most famous sites such as the Crystal Palace and the Philip IV Gate, as well as some places that are not listed in guidebooks. Pick up insight from your knowledgeable guide along the way. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the most famous in the world and one of the main attractions in Madrid. Then, enjoy a tapas tasting in one of the most important restaurants in Madrid. You will have the opportunity to taste several tapas typical of Spanish cuisine. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience Madrid's unique food culture like a local.

Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

7. Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

8. Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway to explore the most beautiful park in Madrid. Start with an introduction to the electric vehicles, and once you are comfortable on the Segway, glide over to the so-called "Barrio de las Letras" ("Literary Quarter") where some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega, used to live. Journey down Calle de las Huertas to reach the Prado Museum, a world-famous temple of art. Then, follow your guide past one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid. See the magnificent facade of the Iglesia de los Jerónimos before arriving at Retiro Park. Ride around the park for about 40 minutes and see landmarks such as the lovely pond, Crystal Palace and monument representing Lucifer's fall from Heaven. Enjoy the relaxing sensation of gliding along the park's large avenues. Depart the park and make your way back to the start point, passing the Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate), Palacio de Cibeles (Cybele Palace) and Puerta del Sol at the true heart of the city.

Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

9. Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Cibeles Palace. This beautiful building, located at the intersection of Paseo del Prado and Calle Alcalá, was built in what at that time was known as the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Enter the building with your guide and get to know the opulent interiors. Then, head up to the rooftop for incredible views over Madrid and the Gran Vía.  After this, continue your tour by walking up Alcalá Street to enter Retiro Park. Find out how, in the 17th century, the Count-Duke of Olivares designed a space for the recreation of the king and his court, giving rise to the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Learn about how in 1868 the park became a municipal space and since then many elements have been added to its heritage. Listen as your guide explains the historical context behind the park's most outstanding attractions. Marvel at the size of the Big Pond and be dazzled by the beauty of the Crystal Palace.  Finally, contemplate the Fountain of the Galapagos or discover the legend of the statue of the Fallen Angel. At the end of the tour, you can stay in the park to discover more of its hidden corners, or sit down on the lawn and take a peaceful break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a guided visit to Prado Museum with an expert guide by selecting the relevant option when booking.

Scenic Madrid City Cycling Tour

10. Scenic Madrid City Cycling Tour

Enjoy the sights of Madrid as you cycle through the city, enjoying the freedom and convenience of traveling by bike. This 3-hour excursion takes in all of the city's major landmarks. The tour begins at the steps of Madrid's famous Templo de Debod. This is actually one of the few Egyptian temples found outside Egypt today. From here you'll cycle past the Royal Palace, and continue on to the Cathedral of La Almudena, Plaza de la Villa, and the San Miguel Market en route to the city’s main square - Plaza Mayor. After visiting the Plaza, cycle through some of the city's traffic-free zones to the Plaza de Santa Ana, then down to the Prado Museum. Afterward, climb up a gentle hill to arrive at Retiro Park. Leaving the park by the imposing Alcala Gate, the tour continues toward Calle Serrano and Plaza de Colon. Wind your way through the lively streets, past the boutiques and cafés of the Chueca district, to Calle Fuencarral and then Plaza de España.

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What people are saying about Retiro Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,798 reviews

We had never done a tuk tuk tour before, but were extremely happy that we took the chance with this one. I loved how quickly we zipped around the city, seeing so many sights in such a short amount of time. I was impressed with how much information our guide gave us about everything we were seeing. I will definitely book Tuk Tuk tours in other cities that we visit in the future.

Very good tour. Saw a lot of the city and learned a lot in a short period of time. Be aware though - Madrid is very hilly. There were a lot of climbs. To get an e-bike, you have to pay extra. Water is extra, as well as a couple other of things offered. But overall, good tour, and our tour guide, I believe his name was Eve, was really knowledgable.

Really nice tour! Our guide, Yves, knew a lot and explained clearly. The bikes are in very good state! We really enjoyed it.

Eduardo was informational, kind and funny. We loved our experience and learned so much. Thank you!

very nice tour, great guide, definitively worth booking!