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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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    Get an overview of the centuries of history, culture and tradition that have shaped the Spanish capital of Madrid, covering its Arab and medieval periods up to the present. During this tour you'll have the chance to visit some of the city's most important historical sites along with its Royal Palace and its newest city park at Rio Madrid.

    Start your day at 9am in central Madrid, heading out to begin your exploration of the many hundreds of years of architectural history that have shaped the boundaries and buildings of this dynamic urban area. Discover the Moorish history of Madrid in the Barrio de la Moreria, an old Moorish section of the city. Proceed from there to view some of the various structures of Madrid's Habsburg period, including Calle Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, the Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor, an era characterized by its renaissance and baroque architectural styles.

    Continue your visit with an examination of the architecture of the period surrounding the reign of Charles III in the 18th century. During this era, Madrid gained in importance as a critical knowledge center for culture and science, as artists and intellectuals flocked to its neighborhoods. Check out the Monumento de la Encarnación, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de la Opera, which provide excellent examples of the flurry of construction that took place during this time.

    Head next into the contemporary era of Madrid's history, first by exploring the boulevards of Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Then head next to the beautiful structures of the Barrio Salamanca and Parque del Oeste neighborhood, along with a chance to view some of Madrid's most important commercial and financial areas. You'll also stop at modern architectural sites like Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, before taking time for a stroll at the city's newest public space Madrid Rio.

    Stop for a complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Cafe before heading to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real). This former home of the Spanish royal family was constructed in Italian baroque style in the 18th century near the city's historic alcazar (Arab-fortress). Take a tour inside this beautiful palace, among the best-preserved in Europe, as you listen to your guide place it into context with other surrounding structures like the Plaza de Oriente and Campo del Moro.

    Then go inside the palace to admire the extensive collection of antique clocks, armor, art, porcelain and tapestries that line its halls. Make sure to check out the works by Spanish masters Goya and Velazquez and stop by the throne room, banquet halls and private royal apartments. You'll also have time to see the royal armory, pharmacy and grand hall of columns.

    End your Madrid tour outside the Royal Palace.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Palacio Real, 28005 Madrid, Spain
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Entrance and guided tour to Royal Palace.
    • Air-conditioned motor coach.
    • Individual radioguided system for Royal Palace guided tour
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Palace of Madrid
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, we recommended comfortable shoes.
    • Royal Palace visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Palace Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
    • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the oficial acts to be celebrated in the palace.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the events to be celebrated in the City (demonstrations, sport events, cultural events, official acts and public works).
    • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
    • We will make convenient stops to rest and take pictures at Plaza Mayor, Debod’s Temple and Las Ventas Bullring, if the weather permits and always accompanied by our guide.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

    Though the Royal Palace was beautiful this is perhaps the worst tour I’ve been on. The tour guide, I believe her name was Sylvia, was very unenthusiastic, on her phone throughout the tour, and was arguing with guests at one point. In addition the tour...More

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    Edgar W, Director General at Julia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2018

    Dear Molly B, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your experience with our tour. I would like to comment on the duration of the tour you joined as it is indeed 4h long. Moreover, there has been a change on...More

    Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

    Was late starting the tour, when asked where the tour guide was, an employee got an attitude with me for asking a simple question. It was 8 minutes after 9 when I asked the question. They are un-accommodating for disabilities, tour guide was a little...More

    3  Thank JMM0407
    Edgar W, Director General at Julia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

    Dear Juanita M, Thank you for posting a review on our Highlights tour and Royal Palace tour. I am sorry if you felt you were not treated appropriately in any way; I will look into it so that such a situation is not repeated. Unfortunately,...More

    Reviewed January 23, 2018

    Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The city bus tour was great, and we saw many monuments, buildings, plazas and learned about Madrid's architectural history and neighborhoods. But we especially enjoyed seeing the Royal Palace and glad that we took our tour guide's...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
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    Response from MML17 | Reviewed this property |
    This tour is a combination of bus ride and walking. Majority of the time will be spend on the bus with stops at various locations that people can get off and walk around a bit and take pictures. The main part of walking is... More
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