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Madrid highlights + skip-the-line tickets and guided tour to Prado Museum

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Duration: 5 hours
Language: English, Spanish
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  • Discover Madrid with a panoramic city tour
  • Enjoy a guided visit of the Prado Museum
  • Stop at Hard Rock Café for a drink
  • Admire masterpieces from the Renaissance to modern age
What to expect

Your day will begin with a city sightseeing tour of Madrid and will continue with a visit of the Prado Museum.

Panoramic Tour of Madrid

Madrid shows the multiple contrasts inherited throughout history. You will be able to find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, characterized by the antiquity of its buildings and the taste of its typical restaurants. The tour also covers the Hapsburg Madrid of Felipe II, with its Renaissance and Baroque buildings walking and taking pictures on Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa. Then, you will also see the Bourbon Madrid and the urban layout made by Carlos III, the Royal Palace, the Cibeles Fountain, Neptune Fountain and the Puerta de Alcalá. You will get to know contemporary Madrid in areas such as Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana, Barrio Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as the commercial and financial areas of modern Madrid, like the emblematic Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

During this tour, we will stop at the famous Hard Rock Café, where you will enjoy a free drink.

Prado Museum Tour

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The Museo Nacional del Prado opened to the public for the first time in November 1819.

The Museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum's collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs. It is thanks to them that nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum masterpieces so great as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.

The visit will take place in chronological order, starting with the exhibit hall where the masterpieces of J. Bosch (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights, to continue with the rooms devoted to the Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation. Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.

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What's included
  • Air conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual official guide
  • Free drink at Hard Rock Café during the tour
  • Entrance and guided tour to Prado Museum (ticket is valid for 1 day, until closing time)
What's not included
  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified
Reduced price
  • Senior +65 / Children 6-15 years old: reduced
  • Children 0-5 years old free (meals and consumptions not included)
Where

Calle San Nicolás, 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Meeting point:

Julia Travel office at San Nicolás street N. 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales)

What to remember
  • The tour ends at Prado Museum
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When
  • Daily: April to October / Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: November to March
  • Depature time: 9.00am / Check-in time: 15 minutes before departing time
  • Block Out dates: 01 January, 01 May, 18 May, 25 December
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Provider
Julia Travel
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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