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Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

Skip the line to enter a museum which represents an intersection of spaces, objects and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the main building.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

2. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Goya Statue outside the Prado Museum and begin your guided tour of its vast collection.  See the work of a variety of great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens, and El Bosco. Discover some of the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. The museum contains more than 8,000 paintings, 9,000 drawings, 5,500 prints, and over 900 sculptures. See some of the 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. Learn about the history of European art, and the story behind some of the works on display.

From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

3. From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Toledo. The guided tour begins in Toledo where monuments and unique enclaves await to complete an unforgettable day. Explore Toledo with your guide and visit the Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, a cultural treasure in the form of a labyrinth, the Alcázar de Toledo, and much more. Toledo is a true heritage jewel of humanity that maintains the legacy of the three cultures that have lived together. Get caught up in the city and transported back in time to centuries ago immersing yourself in a scenario full of palatial mansions, churches, mosques, synagogues, and towers, all surrounded by the impressive wall that overlooks the Tagus River. Head back to the bus and continue to Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Visit the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon of the city. From the Aqueduct, visit the main monuments, enclaves, and viewpoints that make Segovia a must-see. Admire the Plaza Mayor, where the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María shines its own light. Then, discover the viewpoint of Canaleja, and of course, the Alcázar de Segovia, a unique castle with the appearance of a fairytale palace.

Madrid: Museum of Illusions Ticket

4. Madrid: Museum of Illusions Ticket

Discover the Museum of Illusions, Madrid, and explore a mysterious world of illusions. Once inside, encounter funny and amazing tricks which aim to teach you about vision, perception, and the human brain. Every illusion is designed to surprise you, showing you that sometimes things are not always as they first seem. Enjoy this experience with your parents, your partner, your grandparents, or friends. The museum is a unique place filled with incredible attractions, where madness and fun are guaranteed. Make sure your phone is fully charged, and take photos which will blow your friends' minds back home.

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

5. Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

Explore one of the most mysterious and bloody institutions in European history on a walking tour of Madrid. Investigate the brutal period of the Spanish Inquisition and learn how it weighed over Spain like a curse. Hear how the ruthless founders oversaw the torture, repression and banishment of hundreds of innocent and terrified people, all In the name of religious orthodoxy. What began as an attempt to protect the sanctity of the Catholic church and the morality of the population swiftly became an oppressive regime that would leave a dark shadow over the history of Spain. Visit key areas of Madrid where the bloody tribunal took place, and hear the truth about the motives behind it and the people who ran it. Learn how more than 3,000 people were killed in 4 centuries during this troubling relic of Spain's cultural history. Listen in awe as your guide brings the streets and buildings to life. Visit an old and haunted jail from the Spanish Inquisition, and go to the site of a dramatic mass trial. Explore the origins and influences of the myth of the "Black Legend" and how it influenced the way the Spanish Inquisition was perceived abroad.

Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

6. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

Join a private tour of the Prado Museum, one of the greatest art museums in the world housing a great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century. View the many masterpieces here and listen to explanations of each work provided by your experienced guide. Besides works of the major artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Roger Van der Weyden, and Dürer, you will get to know everything about Spain's most famous painters; Goya and Velazquez. You will encounter "The Third of May 1808" which, complete in 1814, is about the execution by Napoleon's troops painted by Goya with great drama in which he contrasts the coldness of the soldiers in gray uniforms with the colorful anonymous citizens who are going to die. You will also discover the most famous work of Velazquez, "Las Meninas", which is a scene depicting a normal day in the Alcázar of Madrid with members of King Philip IV's family and Velazquez himself. "Las Meninas" has been the inspiration for later artists like Goya and Picasso.

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights in the greatest contemporary art museum in Madrid. Meet your guide and avoid the long queues. Get to know the backstories of all the paintings you'll see. The Museum's permanent collection contains works from the 1900s to the present day. Today, it has more than 20.000 different artworks. Visit both the Sabatini and Nouvel buildings, the 2 parts the museum divides into. Learn about the museum's history and discover why it was created. See the Guernica rough sketches and compare them to the final work, exhibited in the Museum. Important information: please note some paintings in the program might not be available on the day of your visit due to circumstances out of the tour operator's control despite belonging to the permanent collection of the museum. In these cases, visits to these paintings will be replaced by others of similar artistic value.

Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

8. 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.

Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

9. Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Ávila. Armed with your tourist information pack provided by your escort guide, step back in time in this fascinating city. Immerse yourself in this medieval experience and discover the history, curiosities and legends of this mythical and mystical city, known as the birthplace of Santa Teresa - a proclaimed doctor of the Catholic Church. Wander along the incredible medieval wall and admire the city’s stunning cathedral, the romantic Basilica of St. Vicente, the small Market Square and the Baroque church of Santa Teresa among other places of interest. After your stroll around Ávila, head back to the bus and to the next destination of the day, Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Learn about the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon that represents this beautiful city. From the Aqueduct, head into the medieval part of town and enjoy the stunning views from the Canaleja, then continue onto the Plaza Mayor and marvel at the spectacular Segovia Cathedral. Next, walk towards the Alcázar of Segovia which was once the fortified residence to the kings of Spain and boasts a magnificent architecture inspired by palaces.

Madrid: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

10. Madrid: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

Your evening begins at a historic tavern in the heart of Madrid, where you’ll enjoy your first tapas of the evening along with vermouth—Spain’s favorite aperitif. Here you’ll start to get a crash course in the art of tapeo as your guide shares some of the secrets of going out for tapas here in Madrid. After that, you’re off to discover Madrid’s history up close on an expertly guided walking tour! From iconic sights like the Royal Palace to hidden squares only locals know about, you’ll discover how each stop along the way has played a role in the city’s story. After working up an appetite, it’s time for more tapas at two more beloved bars in the historic center. Each of these bites is a time-honored local favorite that has won the hearts of generations of madrileños over the decades! And as you make your way from one to another, you’ll get even more insights into Madrid’s fascinating past. Last but not least, you’ll sit down for a dinner of shared plates at one last classic tapas bar that’s consistently packed with locals. You’ll leave with plenty of knowledge of how to do tapas like a local in Madrid, and how the city’s history and food go hand in hand.

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4.6 / 5

based on 724 reviews

We had taken 2 tickets for a day x, unfortunately for personal reasons we had to postpone the departure thinking that we had lost the money of the tickets purchased, we still went to the museum to visit it. The girl at the entrance didn't hesitate for a moment to get us those tickets by changing the date. I state that it was not possible to do all this on the site. It simply magnifies her and all the other colleagues. Must visit museum ❤️

Fabulous museum! Really too much to see in one visit. We highly recommend seeing it with a guide who can share the background information and help create a greater appreciation. Our guide, Mya, was knowledgeable, engaging, and fun!

It was only very short, we're all adults so about 30mins out of the allocated hour but it was heaps of fun!

It is nothing like you’ve seen before. Makes you think..

Muy bonito lugar,ir con tiempo porque hay mucho que ver.