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Insider's Madrid

Madrid, Spain
+34 699 49 31 93
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Ranked #10 of 196 Activities in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Description: Our food and Tapas Tours, the Botin Experience and Flamenco Discovered are some of our most popular tours alongside our Private Walking Tour
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Vancouver BC
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101 reviews 101 reviews
30 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We started our visit to Madrid with the gourmet tapas tour and were not disappointed. We had Joanna as our guide and by the end of the evening it felt like we had been out with friends. Her choices of location were all excellent, very authentic, good fun and of course excellent food (and there was a LOT of food... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We went on our back of house tour of the restaurant prior to our meal with Phil. Fantastic insight into the history of the restaurant. We had dinner at the table where Ernest Hemingway is reputed to have dined when at the Botin. Tour, food and service were fabulous. A truly memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Had a private group walking tour with Joanna around Madrid and experienced a very memorable, enjoyable and personal view of this beautiful city. We felt we really had exposure to locally frequented venues (eg Flamenco school, bullfighter outfitters, amazing haberdashers, along with tapas and jamon sellers, shops selling hand made goods) as well as being educated about key sites and... More

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Orlando
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My husband and I had so much fun with Heather! It was just the two of us with her so it was just like having a fun night out on the town with a friend (who happened to know a lot about Madrid). We visited several spots, of which a couple we probably would have not ventured into. What struck... More

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Ilsington, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were a group of 10 (two families with teenage kids) so decided it would be better to arrange a private tour. Sounds extravagant, but at what was effectively only €27 per head for a 3 hour tour it represented great value for money. Joanna (a yorkshire lass) has a real passion for Spain, and Madrid in particular, and is... More

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Youngstown, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We booked this tour after reading the reviews of the tour with Joanna. Unfortunately, she was out of town and we were taken around by Heather. She is very sweet, but we were disappointed in the quality of the tour especially after reading the raving reviews below. We got more of an outsiders view of Spain, not insiders. We expected... More

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insidersmadrid_com, Owner at Insider's Madrid, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. Both Heather and I are sorry to hear you were not satisfied with our gourmet tapas tour. We aim to give our guests a good understanding of the tapas culture, how it works and, being a food-focused tour, give you insight into the wines and tapas your are trying. We don’t like to cut... More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My family and I took both the evening Tapas Tour and City Walking Tour with Joanna this past July. Both tours were fantastic, but the Tapas Tour was the highlight of our trip. Joanna took us to some great bars and restaurants that we would not have tried on our own. We have a 10 year old daughter, and it... More

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Birchrunville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I was on a wonderful tapas tour led by Johanna on a Saturday night in Madrid. There were 5 other people for a tour scheduled to go from 8pm to 11pm. Johanna took to us an interesting and educational selection of bars. We were having such a good time that Joanna continued the tour to 1 am the next morning... More

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insidersmadrid_com, Owner at Insider's Madrid, responded to this review

Dear Lawrencestone, thank you for taking the time to write this review. It was such a pleasure to take you for tapas that night . Admittedly, it is not the norm to continue so late as the tour is indeed scheduled to finish at 11pm. As I remember, we had some late starters join us, and when the conversation is... More

Fayetteville, Georgia
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Five friends and I were looking for a private tour in Madrid. The friend of our Barcelona guide referred me to Joanna Wivell. My travel companion located Joanna on Trip Advisor. It was serendipity. We booked Joanna for a walking tour of Madrid that morning, then met her again for a Tapas tour in the evening. For our walking tour,... More

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9 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We took the Botin Experience with Joanna in March and what an experience it was! From the time that we met her out front of the restaurant it was obvious that she was full of facts about both the restaurant and town that you could not find in a tourist book. She was very excited about sharing her information with... More

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