Guided tour

Madrid: Royal Palace, City Stroll & Tapas tasting

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Activity provider: Walks

Madrid: Royal Palace, City Stroll & Tapas tasting

Activity provider: Walks

From US$ 70.35 per person

See the best of Madrid including an expertly guided Palacio Real tour, early entry to a stunning lesser-known viewpoint, and tapas tasting at a local restaurant.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the Royal Palace with an expert guide
  • Get early access to a lesser-known panoramic viewpoint
  • Taste cheese, ham, and wine at a historic restaurant
  • Explore the medieval heart of Madrid with an expert
  • Our local expert guides only give tours in English
Full description
You’ll start near Madrid’s jaw-dropping Royal Palace where you’ll meet your guide and small group in the beautiful Plaza Oriente. Before opening hours, visit Almudena Cathedral where you'll experience a unique panoramic view of the area - just like one the royal family would have had a century ago. Looking down you can see your next stop: El Palacio Real. Enter the Palace to explore opulent interiors gilded in riches from the Spanish conquest of the Americas and decorated with paintings by Caravaggio, Goya, Velázquez, and more. Your guide will tell you the history of the palace and the immensely powerful royal dynasties that once called it home. Leaving the palace, you’ll step off the normal tourist trail and into Barrio de la Morería, where the city’s Muslim roots are still visible, and end up in a historic Spanish restaurant for an authentic food experience. Enjoy a crash course in Spanish food culture as you taste wine, olive oils, cheese and ham, and learn why the Spanish custom of tapas is one of the country’s most treasured institutions. The medieval streets of central Madrid await you next as you learn how the city went from being an outpost of the Moorish empire to a center of Catholic power in Europe. Along the way, you’ll stop in the jaw-dropping Plaza Mayor, where heretics were once burned at the stake, and the Puerta del Sol, the focal point of the modern city. From there your guide will point out the different neighborhoods of the city and give you plenty of recommendations for what to see, do, and eat during the rest of your stay. Sites Visited: Teatro Opera (outside) Almudena Cathedral Panoramic Viewpoint from Dome (inside) Plaza de Oriente Palacio Real (guided inside) Catedral de la Almudena (outside) Historic Spanish Restaurant Mercado San Miguel (outside) Plaza Mayor Puerta del Sol
Includes
  • Enter the Royal Palace with an expert guide
  • Get early access to a panoramic viewpoint
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Explore the medieval heart of Madrid
  • Taste cheese, ham, and 2 wines
  • Fully guided walking tour
  • Small group of 15 people
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This tour meets at the statue of Queen Isabel II, in the middle of Plaza de Isabel II.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Sites on this tour are subject to occasional closures. If modifications are needed and time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour.
  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Madrid government guidelines for the most up to date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

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  • Service
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  • Organization
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The guide was fine, palace beautiful.

The whole Tour was very focused on history. Lots of repetitions through the guide. The food market with tasting was also a lot of fun!

October 20, 2018

Excellent tour and excellent guide unfortunately only English and instead I had booked and paid for the Italian language ... serious negligence of the organization sin .... we should be sure of the product that is sold and instead .. Bad surprise

May 20, 2022

Product ID: 175065