9. 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.