Skip-the-line Palacio Real de Madrid & The Old City Guided Tour - Private Tour

History and architecture will collide in Madrid on this combo tour of the Royal Palace and Old City. This 5 hour private guided combo tour will explore Europe’s largest royal residence as well as the streets and attractions around it. It’s the ideal way to make the most of your time in the Spanish capital.

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  • What's included :
    • Guided Museum Tour & Walking Tour
    • Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
    • Duration 5 - 5.5 Hours (Including A Lunch Break)
    • Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine
    • All Entrance Fees
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Palace of Madrid
    What's excluded :
    • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
    • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Royal Palace of Madrid, Calle de Bailen s/n, 28071 Madrid Spain

    Start at the Royal Palace, which features some 3,000 rooms that have been perfectly preserved. The palace is open to the public, since the royal family only uses it for official receptions. Marvel at the main staircase, designed by Sabatini and comprising over 70 steps. Visit the Throne Room and admire the ceiling painted by Tiepolo, and the Hall of Alabarderos, the palace guards. Your guide will also point out works of master artists along the way including Velázquez, Goya, and Caravaggio. In the Royal Pharmacy, you’ll explore cabinets with medicinal plants, ceramic pots, and formulas dispensed to the royal family. Visit the Royal Chapel and see its collection of stringed instruments made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari.

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena, Calle Mayor 92 Catedral de la Almudena, 28013 Madrid Spain

    After a break for lunch, we will then make our way to the Almudena Cathedral, a Catholic Church consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. You will also see the Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena, a museum that is part of the church.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Arab Wall, Cuesta de la Vega S/N, 28013 Madrid Spain

    Next we will visit the Muslim Walls of Madrid, also known as the Arab Walls, located on the road Cuesta de la Vega. The walls are probably the oldest construction surviving in the city, and their construction is linked to the origin of Madrid.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Calle Mayor, Madrid Spain

    After this we will walk along the Calle Mayor, a centric street in Madrid starting in the Puerta de Sol and ending at the Cuesta de la Vega. Created in the Middle ages, this road became the main thoroughfare of the city in the Early Modern Period.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de la Villa, Calle Mayor, Madrid Spain

    Along the Calle Mayor we will see the Plaza de la Villa we will see the Plaza de la Villa, one of Madrid’s best-preserved monuments. Located in the historical zone next to the Puerta del Sol Gate it is one of the main medieval centres of Madrid.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: La Latina, Madrid Spain

    You will then walk through La Latina, a historic neighbourhood in the centre of downtown Madrid. The area occupies much of the oldest section of Madrid and is filled with small narrow streets for you to explore.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de la Paja, 28005 Madrid Spain

    A major marketplace during the 13th and 14th century, Plaza de la Paja is known for its crowed streets pulsing with life. However, one can find small moments of serenity in the most surprising places. The square is an idea place to have a drink or bite to eat while admiring beautiful architecture that spans several centuries.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de los Carros Madrid, Plaza de los Carros, Madrid Spain

    Plaza de los Carros is a nice little square with a lovely fountain. Here you can enjoy a nice drink and and take in the buzzing atmosphere.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza De Puerta Cerrada, Calle de Segovia, Madrid Spain

    Following on you will then see the Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, located in the La Latina neighbourhood of the historic center of the Spanish city of Marid. Built on a medieval Islamic fort, the La Latina neighbourhood is city’s oldest and one of its liveliest.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Arco de Cuchilleros, Cuchilleros, 28005 Madrid Spain

    Afterwards you will see the Arco de Cuchilleros, a well-known historical archway with stairs leading to the 16th century Plaza Mayor, arguably the most famous plaza in Marid.
    Well-known historical archway with stairs leading to the prominent, 16th-century Plaza Mayor.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sobrino de Botin, Calle Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid Spain

    Next we will head to the Sobrino de Botin, supposedly the oldest restaurant in the world and a benchmark of Madrid’s best traditional cuisine.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Mercado San Miguel, Plaza San Miguel, 28005 Madrid Spain

    Afterwards you will visit the Mercado San Miguel, located in the heart of the city centre, next to the historic Plaza Mayor. This historic market is not only considered beautiful but is full of food from all around the country.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza Mayor, Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid Spain

    We will then head to Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square in the centre of Madrid. First build during the Habsburg period of Philipp III’s reign, it was once the centre of old Madrid, and is very popular with locals and tourists alike today.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Real Casa de Postas, Plaza Pontejos 3, 28012 Madrid Spain

    Following, you will see the Real Casa de Postas, an administrative building, neoclassical in style which was the home to the telegraph service offices of the National Police force until it was bought by Madrid’s Regional Government in 1985.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid Spain

    Getting to the end of our tour, we will visit Puerta del Sol, a bustling square in the center of Madrid and one of the city’s most famous sites. It is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads and also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Plaza de la Armería, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
    • Notes: The Palace might be subjected to occasional closures or delayed opening or special event limiting access to our tour. When this occurs, we will provide guests with a reschedule option, or appropriate alternative. There is a link provided to verify beforehand the exceptional closing days online. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Babylon Tours LLC

Activity ID: V-49144P9

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