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Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Tour and optional Tapas Tasting

1. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Tour and optional Tapas Tasting

Discover masterpieces of art on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Prado Museum and explore the galleries of Spain's national art museum, located in the museum district of central Madrid. Widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to the early 20th century, the Prado Museum also boasts the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. See masterpieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Paul Rubens, along with acclaimed paintings by El Greco, Titian and Diego Velázquez. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. If you select the tapas tasting option, following the tour of Prado Museum, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid where you will have the opportunity to taste several tapas of Spanish food. 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 the food culture of Madrid like a local. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

2. Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the convenient meeting point next to the Prado Museum and enter with your skip-the-line ticket for your guided tour. See the most important paintings throughout the museum and admire great artworks by el Bosco, el Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Rubens.  Discover the aim of the original building and why it changed to become one of the most important art galleries in the world. The current exhibition holds more than 1,000 paintings from four different centuries. Given that for a first-time visitor this can be overwhelming, let your guide show you around the site and learn about some of the most important works and their backstories.  Once your guided tour finishes, you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish.

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

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

Visit two must-see attractions in Madrid with this guided walking tour of the Prado Museum and lunch at Sobrino de Botín restaurant afterwards. Learn all about the famous artworks on display in the museum with the help of a local guide, then head to the renowned restaurant for a three-course meal. First, enter the Prado Museum and take part in a 1.5-hour tour with a local guide. See the works of many great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, and El Bosco. Familiarize yourself with the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. Allow your local guide to bring the essential paintings in the museum to life for you, and give you a firm footing to appreciate and understand each one. Discover the characters and events that inspired each work of art, and go beyond the paint and into the minds of the artists behind them. Next, stroll over to the picturesque Literary Quarter, the old stomping grounds for many of Spain’s literary greats – including Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Soak up the atmosphere of this historic neighborhood, and pop into one of the countless lively taverns (drinks are not included in the price). Now it’s time to head to the world’s oldest restaurant, the Sobrino de Botín. Walk past the crowds outside and enjoy VIP access to the restaurant before it opens. Follow your guide through hidden escape tunnels and traditional dining rooms and learn about the history of this old restaurant. Sit down for a three-course Spanish lunch. The specialty is the roasted suckling pig, which is made in 300-year-old ovens and served with fresh vegetables. Savor some Rioja red wine with your lunch and take advantage of the opportunity to ask your guide all your burning questions about Madrid. Round off the meal with a traditional local dessert. Part ways after lunch, and enjoy the rest of your afternoon, safe in the knowledge that you have ticked off not one but two important attractions in Madrid from your bucket list.

Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

4. Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

See El Retiro's most famous sites including the Crystal Palace, the Philip IV Gate, as well as places that are not listed in guidebooks. 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 main attractions in Madrid. Along the way, you'll gain valuable insights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, walk with your guide along the Paseo del Prado until you reach the Prado Museum, which is the main Spanish national art museum. El Prado is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. It's based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of painting and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. Explore one of the greatest art museums in the world without having to queue. Once you get inside, you'll be able to marvel at the incredible works of Francisco Goya, the most extensively represented artist in the collection, as well as orks by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

5. Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

The Prado Museum is Madrid’s top cultural sight and one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters — such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, among other major Italian and Flemish artists — is housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building that opened as a museum in 1819. The Spanish queen at the time had been impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. The result is several thousand works from that time, with a recent modern extension allowing even more of them to be displayed. The tour begins with the most famous masterpieces from European artists like El Bosco. Continue delving into the work of Velazquez, followed by artists like El Greco and Goya, among many others. Gain an understanding of all the artists' aims, lives, and circumstances hidden behind the paintings, as well as the historic moment in which they were created. Learn about Spanish history from an art historian and get a closer look at local culture and Madrid's art scene.

Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

6. Private Skip-the-Line Prado Museum & Madrid Secret Gems Tour

Meet your private guide at Plaza de Cibeles, and begin your 2.5-hour tour learning about the monuments around the square. Continue to Retiro Park, Madrid’s popular and vast green space. Explore the park and see Madrid’s oldest tree and the San Jeronimos Church, where King Juan Carlos was crowned in 1975. Visit the Prado Museum with your private guide. Skip the lines and head straight into one of the world’s most important art museums. Admire works by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, El Bosco and Goya. The Prado guided tour lasts around 1 hour and you’ll cover all the must-see works of art. Your tour ends inside the museum, where you are welcome to stay after the tour.

Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Examine artworks by international artists such as Goya and Velazquez. Learn the use of different pictorial techniques and find out the customs and habits of society in the past. Marvel at Las Meninas, famous for the unparalleled use of the perspective. Hear about the characters, details, anecdotes, and secrets hidden in the paintings that otherwise you would not realize.  Prado Museum is located in the heart of Madrid. It is definitely an unmissable landmark in the Capital of Spain. Inaugurated in 1819, Prado Museum is the home to more than 7,000 paintings. Immerse yourself in Prado Museum and travel to the most brilliant epoch of the history of arts. Admire paintings from the North of Europe like the Flemish. Exquisite, precious, and full of detail paintings made by genius as Van der Weyden fill the rooms of the museum. Enjoy the enigmatic artwork by Bosch, which are a mirror of the society and beliefs of his time. See Italian paintings made by Fra Angelico, Rafael, and Titian whose equestrian portraits and religious painting became a source of influents for later artists. 

Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

8. Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

Learn about the history of the Prado on this 4-hour tour. See the dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and others with a professional guide. Housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building, the Prado opened as a museum in 1819. Spain’s queen at the time was impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. At the Reina Sofía Museum, see works by Spain’s top 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Your guide will provide commentary on the art, from abstractionism to cubism, to surrealism and modernism.

Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums Guided Tour

9. Prado, Reina Sofia & Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums Guided Tour

Enjoy the best of the permanent collections at the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofía museums in Madrid on a 5-hour guided tour. Start at the Prado Museum and admire paintings by Tiziano, Velázquez, Rubens, Goya, and others. Continue your tour at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and see works by Impressionists such as Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Take in the Pop Art and Dadaism collections, featuring works by Roy Lichtenstein and others. Finish at the Reina Sofía Museum. Admire Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and works by Salvador Dalí.

Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

10. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

If you want your visit be complete in Madrid, you cannot miss seeing some of the world’s great masterpieces located in this museum. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. The collection hosts thousands of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures to be discovered by the visitors. Don't miss the most important ones - the visit will be focused on Durero, Fra Angélico, El Bosco, Tizziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, and Goya.

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What people are saying about Las Meninas

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,179 reviews

The guide did an excellent job presenting some of the major pieces of art, then I stayed in the museum the rest of the day to visit by myself. For the rest of the day I had bought the official guide book (500 pages), at times listened to the audio guide (on my own smartphone, through the Prado's website, because they don't have the usual audioguides due to COVID), and overheard some explanations from other guides while revisiting the work we saw with this guide: none of that was as good as our own tour. I'd recommend this tour both for people who are very much into art and for people who only like to spend a little bit of time in the museums: you see the major pieces in an captivating way, and you can always stay longer if you want. Note that the meeting place is not at the statue but up the stairs, by the street. A tip: while they provide throwaway ear pods, I usually bring my own, which I find more comfortable and of better quality. The radios have a regular audio jack.

Our guide Patricia was very well versed in the history of the museum and she had a deep understanding of the various works of art displayed throughout the Prado. I left with an excellent understanding of the museum and I learned more about the culture of Spain in general. Amazing tour!

We had an excellent guide who showed us the most important pieces in the museum and pointed out fascinating details about each piece as well as each artist.

the guide was Beni, and it was wonderful, everything he knew about art, he revealed details that we would not have seen without his knowledge.

Without guided tour, it’s not much helpful to take this tour, it’s our realisation.