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Madrid: 24 or 48 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Madrid: 24 or 48 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages. Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puerta de Toledo • Gran Vía de San Francisco • Colegiata Mayor • Atocha 116 • Jardín Botánico de Madrid • Museo del Prado Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano 61 • Serrano, 66 • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá 25 • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: Wax Museum Entry Ticket

2. Madrid: Wax Museum Entry Ticket

Brush shoulders with some of the most important figures in history, and mingle with the famous faces of today's pop culture, this timed entry ticket to the Wax Museum Madrid. Capture selfies and have fun posing with these incredible wax creations. See recreations of iconic scenes and environments from major events and historic time periods that help you to learn about the central characters and storylines of Spanish and world history. Behold the might of the Roman Empire, pay homage to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, hang out with the legendary explorer Christopher Columbus, the first figure created for the opening of the Wax Museum in 1972. Marvel at a miniature bullring, and meet the heroes of Star Wars and the current Spanish royal family. Share your thoughts with the wax figure of Donald Trump. View lifelike recreations of the world's best athletes and music stars. All are possible at the Wax Museum Madrid! Discover the artistic process of these handmade figures that require a rigorous attention to detail. Learn about how these creations are made over the course of a 6-month process.

Madrid: Private Christmas Lights Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

3. Madrid: Private Christmas Lights Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

See the festive side of Madrid during a private tour of the city's Christmas lights while riding in an electric tuk-tuk. Pass by the museums of Paseo del Prado, the Fountain of Neptune, and other illuminated landmarks. Meet your guide on Calle de Antonio Maura and board an auto rickshaw to begin your tour. Discover twinkling lights that brightly decorate the exterior of some of Madrid's most famous sites and monuments like the National Library of Spain and Cibeles Fountain. Ride through the elegant neighborhoods of Salamanca and Retiro, whose streets are lined with designer boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, and luxury hotels. Marvel at the facades of the Church of Saint Jerome the Royal, Museo del Prado, and Palacio de las Cortes. Take in incredible views of the Puerta de Alcalá in Plaza de la Independencia and the Fountain of Neptune in Plaza de Cánovas, both highlighting neoclassical style.

Madrid: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Extras

4. Madrid: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Extras

Explore the best of Madrid on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, valid for 24 or 48 hours. Enjoy multilingual audio commentary and learn fascinating facts about Madrid's culture and history as you sit back and relax on an open-top bus. Get 2 walking tours when you book a 48-hour ticket. Hop-off at the stop next to the impressive Prado Museum to discover the staggering collection of Spanish and international masterpieces from the likes of Rubens and Rembrandt in Spain’s most famous museum. Visit the Reina Sofia Museum, one of the world's largest modern art museums that offers an array of 20th-century masterpieces. Finish your visit to Madrid’s golden triangle of art at the Thyssen National Museum, which showcases a vast mix of European art. Be sure to visit the Palacio Real — Europe's largest palace and home to the Spanish Royal family. Marvel at this spectacular palace, which boasts 870 windows, 240 balconies, and over 3,400 lavishly furnished rooms. Hop-off at Plaza Mayor, Spain's biggest square, for a stroll, and be sure to visit the famous Gran Via for a shopping trip or tapas tasting. Head to the amazing Templo de Debod, a temple donated by the Egyptian government in the 2nd century. With many more attractions besides, enjoy the freedom to see what interests you most. Both ticket options include a self-guided walking tour via QR code. If you book the 48-hour ticket, take 2 extra walking tours to explore Spain’s capital further. Learn about the history of the Habsburgs on a 1-hour “Madrid of the Austrias” walking tour, and find out more about art on a 1-hour tour of the “Art Walk.” Bus Stops: 1. Museo del Prado 2. Puerta de Alcala 3. Barrio de Salamanca 4. Plaza de Colon 5. Plaza de Cibeles 6. Gran Via 14 7. Gran Via 32 8. Gran Via 54 9. Plaza de Espana 10. Templo de Debod 11. Puerta de San Vicente 12. Puerta de Toledo 13. Gran Via de San Francisco 8 14. Colegiata - Mayor 15. Atocha 116 16. Jardin Botanico

Panoramic tour of Madrid with tapas tasting

5. Panoramic tour of Madrid with tapas tasting

Discover Madrid on an "All-in-One" Panoramic Tour with a live tour guide, Vip Class panoramic bus, photo stops and tapas tasting. Enjoy the best views of the capital of Spain in a unique tour. You will get to know the most emblematic places of Historical Madrid, Gastronomic Madrid and Modern Madrid including 4 photo stops (without getting off the vehicle) to be able to take the best photos in the most outstanding monuments of the city. 2 stops with vehicle drop off are also included; a stop for a tapas tasting with a drink included in a traditional tavern, and another stop at Las Ventas bullring to take the best pictures from outside the vehicle. The tour starts and ends at Plaza de España.

Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

6. Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

Explore Madrid’s past and see its contemporary side as well on a comprehensive sightseeing bus tour, which ends with a guided visit to the Royal Palace.  Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city. Spot significant sights such as the Puerta de Sol on our way to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most artistic street in the city and look at the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. There will be stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring where your guide will share some insights on this famous monument. The last sights you will see on the first part of the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, well-known as the Broadway of Madrid. But no trip to Madrid would be completed without a visit to the Royal Palace. Thus, a local guide will pick you up from our office for a guided visit to the same. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace.  Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931.  Once your guided visit finishes, you can stay inside the Palace and go to the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square.

Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

7. Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

Enjoy a combined 5-hour sightseeing tour of Madrid’s historic neighborhoods and fabled Prado Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art. Take a journey through history and explore Madrid's medieval origins, seeing sites such as the Arabic fortress from the days of Muslim rule and the Art Deco buildings of Gran Via. See the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa from the Hapsburg Madrid of Felipe II. Learn about the Bourbon layout laid down under Carlos III, and see the ostentatious Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain, and Puerta de Alcalá. Discover a more contemporary side to Madrid at the emblematic Ventas Bullring and Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium. Experience Paseo del Prado (Walk of Art: Thyssen, Prado & Reina Sofía Museums), Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid, Cibeles Square, Alcalá's Gate or Gran Vía Street. Then, skip the line and explore Madrid’s Prado Museum and see some of the world’s great masterpieces. Start with the works of Bosch, including The Garden of Earthly Delights, and continue through rooms devoted to Greco and Velázquez, and end with Goya’s portait of the family of Carlos IV and the masterful Third of May 1808.

Madrid Panoramic Tour by bus

8. Madrid Panoramic Tour by bus

Climb aboard a panoramic bus for a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Madrid, and get your bearings in the Spanish capital as you learn its long history, from the Habsburg Empire to the present day. You will see the most important buildings, avenues, and squares in the city, from the historic quarters of the Courts of Castille to the state-of-the-art stadium of the Real Madrid football team. Drive down Gran Vía to admire the Art Deco buildings, such as the Telefónica headquarters and Edificio Grassy. Marvel at the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España, and see the official residence of the Spanish Prime Minister in Moncloa Palace. Discover where Madrid celebrates New Year by eating grapes in Puerta del Sol, and look at the Neo-classical Puerta de Alcalá just outside Retiro Park. Pass the historic Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, the largest bullring in Spain, and continue to a square named in memory of Christopher Columbus. Continuing down Paseo de la Castellana to the Real Madrid stadium of Santiago Bernabéu. En route back to the bus terminal, end with a look at the Caja Madrid Obelisk on Plaza Castilla, and the ornate fountain of Cibeles, built in the reign of Charles III.

Tour en Tuk Tuk por lo mejor de Madrid con audioguía

9. Tour en Tuk Tuk por lo mejor de Madrid con audioguía

Discover the highlights of Madrid on a 120-minute Tuk Tuk tour. See the city's most iconic landmarks and hidden gems, and enjoy a unique and fun way to explore the city. Meet your guide and driver at your hotel in the city center, or at a central meeting point. Climb aboard the Tuk Tuk and set off on your adventure. Pass by the Plaza Santa Ana, Plaza Canalejas, and the Congress of Deputies. Admire the Fuente de Neptuno, and drive along the Paseo del Prado. See the Museo del Prado, the Iglesia Los Jerónimos, and the Parque El Retiro. Continue to the Puerta de Alcalá, Calle Alcalá, and the Plaza de Toros. Drive through the Barrio de Salamanca, and along the Paseo La Castellana. See the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, and the El Viso and Nuevos Ministerios neighborhoods. Pass by the Plaza de Colón, the Paseo de Recoletos, and the Fuente de Cibeles. Admire the Palacio de Cibeles, the Banco de España, and the Gran Vía. See the Plaza de Callao, the Plaza España, and the Templo de Debod. Drive through the Jardines de Sabatini, and see the Principio Pío, the Palacio Real, the Catedral de la Almudena, and the Plaza de la Villa. Finish your tour at the Mercado de San Miguel.

Madrid: Private Custom City Tour with Driver and Guide

10. Madrid: Private Custom City Tour with Driver and Guide

Enjoy this private 4-hour tour with your private official tour guide and get to know Madrid’s most emblematic sights very comfortably in a luxury private vehicle with a separate chauffeur. You can choose between a morning or afternoon departure directly from your hotel or place of choice. This is a completely personalized a la carte tour. Here is an example of a great and complete tour to give you an idea, but your tour will be completely personalized to fit your exact needs. The tour can start off by heading towards the Plaza de España and then head through the Barrio of la Morería and enjoy the sights of the city’s medieval origins. Once you are there and after you have seen this great historical part of the city, you will be able to enjoy an ancient Arabic fortress (Royal Alcazar) as well as the Royal Palace of Madrid. You will then be able to enjoy and admire the great architecture of Madrid, mainly centered in Baroque and Renaissance era and enjoy squares like Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. The tour will then continue towards Cibele’s Fountain, a very important celebration point for the Real Madrid followers. You will also have a chance to enjoy the famous Alcalá Gate where you can just picture the scenery for one of the 80s tits. The tour will also take you the the Gran Vía and the famous Paseo de la Castellana. Once here you will be able to enjoy the Barrio Salamanca and see the difference between the ancient Madrid and the modernist Madrid. Along this ride you will see the Real Madrid Stadium (Santiago Bernabeu) as well as the great bullfighting ring Las Ventas. The tour will continue along to Plaza Colón and enjoy the great and emblematic Parque del Retiro. When the tour is finished, your private vehicle will take you back to your hotel or place of choice.  You will be able to personalize this tour and go down and take impressive pictures whenever you want. This is a completely personalized unique tour for you and your party. During the private city tour, you will be able to visit amongst others: -       Panoramic view of the Santiago Bernabeu -       Retiro park -       Plaza Colón -       Gran Vía -       Paseo de la Castellana -       Barrio de Salamanca -       Bullfighting ring Las Ventas -       Cibeles Fountain -       Alcalá Gate -       Barrio de la Morería -       Plaza de España -       Royal Alcazar (Royal Palace of Madrid)

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What people are saying about Plaza Colon, Madrid

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(4,152 reviews)

On time, and it exactly matches what the brochure mentioned... waiting with our name when we leave the airport.

it was very convenient to hop on and off. you are able to visit all the major attractions at your own leisure.

Nice course of the route! Buses should run more often to the bullring and Plaza Castille.

professionalism, dedicated. They could better identify the times and locations of stops

It is the best way to get an idea of Madrid and how to get around the city.