Greet your guide at a central Madrid location and receive an interesting introduction to the Spanish capital’s rich history as you stroll over to your first destination, the grand Museo del Prado. Be amazed by the incredible collection of artwork, admiring oeuvres by great painters, and then head over to the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) to marvel at the royal residence’s ornate façade.
After soaking up the ambience of Plaza Mayor, make your way to El Escorial, a structure considered one of the most unique examples of Renaissance architecture in Europe. Wander around the Gothic cemetery; capture photographs of the basilica built into the side of a mountain; and see the monastery founded by the monks of St. Jerome.
At the end of your tour, bid your guide farewell at another central location and continue exploring independently if you so desire.