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Madrid: Wine and Tapas Walking Tour

1. Madrid: Wine and Tapas Walking Tour

Go beyond the usual tourist's perspective of Madrid's main sights on a guided tapas tour. Taste tapas like the locals do and discover hidden spots in the very heart of Madrid. Enjoy at least 12 tapas at four different places, as well as a glass of wine at each location. Find something special at each venue, be it a typical dish, a specific type of wine, or the atmosphere. Go to a bar, enjoy your wine and free tapas, order something extra to eat if it catches your fancy, and, once you’ve finished, move on to the next venue. It's as simple as that. Get ready to taste your way around Spain with a range of dishes and wines from various regions of the country. Learn about the origins of the dishes, and hear anecdotes about Madrid from your guide.

Madrid: Local Tapas and Wine Tour with Drinks & Views

2. Madrid: Local Tapas and Wine Tour with Drinks & Views

Enjoy the true art of Tapeo in this experience in which you will discover Spanish gastronomy from bar to bar visiting different neighborhoods. The tour will start at the San Miguel square and head to La Latina, Cava Baja street, where most of the famous sites for Tapeo exist. There, taste traditional Spanish croquettes, particularly ham or even shellfish, of course, a good wine to pair. The route will continue through different bars in the center of Madrid, where you taste typical mushroom tapas or Padrón peppers. Answer the important questions, why are some hot and others not? accompanied by a beer or cider. Near the last stop, the tour arrives in the San Miguel Market, to taste the famous pintxos of Bilbao accompanied by a Txakoli glass. Afterward, walk through the Plaza Mayor and Barrio de las Letras, where famous poets and artists spent the best years of their lives. The last tasting stop is a traditional meat cheek with mashed potatoes, paired with a good wine, preferably red. Can you think of a better ending than going up to a terrace with excellent views of Madrid to enjoy a drink? (Only available on the evening tour.) Have fun and feel unique in your experience in a small group premium tour.

From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

3. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Segovia from the sky and the ground in a hot air balloon and a guided walking tour. Fly over the Cathedral and Alcázar Real before exploring the Aqueduct with a local guide. Begin your day with a comfortable, early morning ride from Madrid to Segovia for an early morning hot air balloon flight. Arrive in time to see the inflation of the balloon and receive instructions from your pilot before taking off. During the 1-hour flight, soar over the Aqueduct, Cathedral, and Alcázar Real at heights of up to 1,000 meters and learn how the balloon works from your pilot. After landing, enjoy champagne, breakfast, and a certificate. Once your tour has finished, receive pictures and videos from your flight. Depending on your option selected, continue the tour with a guided walking tour of the Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this historic 1st-century monument, considered Spain's most important example of Roman-era civil engineering. Next, see Spain's last built Gothic cathedral and the former royal palace and fortress, the Alcázar Rea. Stand on a cliff at the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and enjoy the view of the fortress and rivers. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time in Segovia for lunch. Ask your guide for tips on the best place to taste the typical cochinillo (roast suckling pig). After lunch, head back to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus.

Madrid: The Original Tapas Crawl

4. Madrid: The Original Tapas Crawl

Take part in an exciting outing with your knowledgeable local guide who will show you the best tapas Madrid has to offer. This tapas crawl will allow you to visit 4 locations, including a market cuisine restaurant, a well-known ice-cold beer bar for locals, a new slow food tavern, and a one-century old bodega in a high-quality and non-touristy tapas area. Feel like a local as you dine amongst true Madrileños. Learn from a local guide who will share with you their years of knowledge and insights into the area. Your guide is also well acquainted with many of the families that own the businesses, giving you special insight into what makes their version of tapas so special. There is a lot of food on this tour, up to 12-15 tapas servings, so make sure you come hungry!

Madrid: Paella and Tapas Cooking Class with Local Market

5. Madrid: Paella and Tapas Cooking Class with Local Market

Meet your expert guide near one of Madrid’s most historic markets, where neighborhood residents have been shopping for over a century. Head inside to discover a gastronomic haven of delicious, high-quality Spanish products that form the building blocks of local cuisine. After stopping at several stalls to learn about some of Spain’s most essential ingredients, you’ll enjoy a typical aperitif of sweet vermouth and light tapas. Now that you have a solid understanding of Spanish food basics, it’s time to get hands-on. You’ll head behind the scenes of one of the most exciting restaurants in Madrid’s Huertas neighborhood into a beautiful cooking space reserved just for your small group. Here you’ll meet your instructor, a talented chef who’s studied at the Basque Culinary Institute in northern Spain and worked under a Michelin-starred chef in NYC. Over the next few hours, he’ll help you make a selection of traditional tapas representing the best of regional Spanish cuisine, along with the star of the show: authentic seafood paella. You’ll sit down to enjoy your homemade lunch and dessert with your choice of beer or wine, and head home with a deeper knowledge of Spanish cuisine (and several easy and delicious recipes to recreate in your own kitchen).

Madrid: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tasting

6. Madrid: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tasting

Start an exciting journey through the region surrounding Madrid, where you will discover one of its most traditional wineries. Accompanied by the professional guide, you will visit all the facilities of the winery and learn about the traditional winemaking process. At the end of the half-day tour, you will also enjoy a typical wine tasting. Continue the conversation about winemaking and ask the winemakers any questions you may have.  After finishing your excursion, you will return to Madrid with a greater understanding and interest in the world of wines.

Madrid: Old Madrid Walking Food and Wine Tour

7. Madrid: Old Madrid Walking Food and Wine Tour

Explore the streets of the Spanish capital with a local guide. Learn about the history and food of Madrid while sampling traditional tapas at local hotspots. Try Iberian ham, manchego cheese, churros, and more. Take in major attractions such as the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and San Gines Church. Begin your tour with a local expert in history and gastronomy to some of the most popular tapas bars in Madrid. You will experience the same venues that the locals go to, seeking traditional tapas such as Iberian ham, manchego cheese, garlic shrimp, fried cod (a typical tapa from Madrid) padron peppers, bravas, Spanish Omelette, and more tapas according to the tapas bars that you will visit on the day. You will also get to try a delicious dessert of chocolate with churros. You will also pass by iconic Madrid landmarks such as the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa (the old city council), San Miguel Market, the Austrian neighborhood, and the San Gines Church. During your tour, you will learn more about the history of Madrid as well as about the tapas tradition, being able to ask as many questions as you like during your tour.

Madrid: Escorial, Valley of the Fallen, Segovia with Lunch

8. Madrid: Escorial, Valley of the Fallen, Segovia with Lunch

Leave Madrid and head to the beautiful Valley of the Fallen, declared a National Heritage Site. Tour the amazing location and discover Spain of the 20th century. Have the special chance to admire the largest Christian cross in the world.  Following, visit El Escorial, the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance, and learn about Spanish royalty. Immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of the place before following your expert guide into the heart of Segovia. Visit the aqueduct and the areas of the convents, along the way listening to stories and legends that span back to the centuries before the Muslim conquest. Discover the most emblematic places of the city, its history, its hidden corners and anecdotes, and its main monuments such as Alcazar of Segovia or the Cathedral. Following this cultural pitstop, discover Spanish gastronomy, settling down at a traditional restaurant for a famous Cochinillo Segoviano (suckling pig). The suckling pig has had a constant presence in the culture and cuisine of Segovia. Learn the tastes, recipes, and tradition of preparation across different countries and you may arrive to the conclusion that Segovia's version is the most surprising of them, due to its simplicity and natural cooking approach.

Madrid: Market Brunch Tapas Tour

9. Madrid: Market Brunch Tapas Tour

Dive into the rich terrain of Spanish cuisine in the country's bustling capital city. Head to a vibrant local market alongside a friendly guide who will ensure you taste only the most authentic and delicious favorites of Madrid gastronomy. Make 5 different stops and learn 3 ways to enjoy the food on offer. Get in touch with food culture and local lifestyles. Come hungry as the different dishes will add up to the equivalent of a hearty meal. And don’t forget the drinks. Every tapas dish you try will come with the ideal drink pairing so you can enjoy the full gastronomic experience.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour & Lunch at Sobrino de Botín

10. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour & Lunch at Sobrino de Botín

Take in two of Madrid’s best experiences in one morning. Begin at the statue of Francisco Goya where you’ll meet your expert guide and begin your exploration of the Prado Museum. Before going inside, your guide will set the scene of the storied halls you’re about to enter. Your extensive tour of the museum will span over 20 masterpieces that highlight Spain’s fascinating history. You’ll learn about the characters and events that served as inspiration for these pieces and get a picture of the artists behind each one. Delight in the master strokes of Velazquez, Goya, Bosch and so many more as you wander the Prado’s halls. Next, discover another aspect of Madrid’s history on a stroll through the charming Literary Quarter. Many of Spain’s literary geniuses have tread these very paths. Stop into a century-old tavern to whet your appetite and try one of Madrid’s classic aperitifs. Afterwards, it’s time to step inside the world’s oldest operating restaurant – Sobrino de Botín. Cooking and perfecting the same delicacies since it opened its doors in 1725, eating here is a chance to explore both Madrid’s cuisine and its history. What’s more, before it opens its doors to the hungry lunchtime crowd, you’ll get to take a private tour through its hidden underground tunnels, historic kitchens, and storied dining rooms. Then sit down to a delicious three-course lunch. The star of Botín’s menu is the roast suckling pig, slow roasted in the original ovens from when the restaurant first opened, joined on the plate by seasonal vegetables. Enjoy a specially prepared dessert afterwards along with plenty of Rioja red wine. Take the opportunity to chat with your guide at the table and learn more about the historic setting you’re dining in. By the end of your meal, you’ll have checked two must-visit sites off your list and gained a unique insight into Madrid’s past and present.

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4.6 / 5

based on 870 reviews

Noemi was our guide and she was terrific. My wife and I are from the US and it was our first time in Madrid. We were grouped with a couple from the UK and 3 young professional ladies from Singapore. Everyone spoke a English well (thank you to those that learned another language!). We made 4 stops during the afternoon. Each restaurant had great history and some were in the same family for 100 years. The variety of tapas were excellent as were the wine selections. I had never had Spanish vermouth before. Excellent! I highly recommend Noemi! She was the best!

Pedro was a wonderful guide, and is very knowledgable about Jamon Iberico and all things Spanish wine and tapas! My dad is extremely interested in beef and food production and this made the absolute best birthday gift for him as a tourist activity to do with our family in Madrid. Pedro was very kind, patient, and was able to answer all of our questions. We had a great time and would definitely recommend!

This tour was amazing! Laura was very knowledable and an absolute joy to be around. I would do another tour with her any day. The tapas were delicious, the drinks were great, and the atmosphere of the tour was wonderful. I learned things about the city I would never know without a local like Laura giving you the extra knowledge!

Absolutely amazing! Our guide was Agustin and he is amazing! Bring his energy and vibe to the group! We were a mix of all ages and we were a big group enjoying the great tapas and company! Highly recommended

This was our fourth tour with the company. It did not disappoint! Our guide Lisa was vibrant, knowledgeable, and very informative. We had a great group and lots of fun.