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Early Entrance Royal Palace Full-Day Madrid Tour with Prado Museum and Tapas

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    What to Expect
    Step inside the Royal Palace a full hour before the general public for a guided tour of the opulent interior. This palace, which is still used for ceremonies throughout the year, is Spain’s answer to Versailles and it’s just as impressive, including lavish decorations and works of art by the Spanish masters.

    Next, stroll through the Barrio de la Morería to learn about Madrid’s Islamic past, then enter the famous Mercado de la Cebada for your second highlight of the morning: tastings of wine, cheese, olive oil, and the world-famous iberian ham at our favorite food stall.

    After your tastings, explore the medieval streets of central Madrid as you learn about the history and culture of the city, stopping off at the beautiful Plaza Mayor, and the vibrant Puerta del Sol. Then, for a better view of the area, head up to an exclusive rooftop terrace for panoramic views of the city.

    After a break for lunch (not included), you’ll reconvene for a walk down Madrid’s most famous avenue, the monumental Paseo del Prado. Stop off at iconic monuments like Cibeles Plaza, the Fountains of Neptune and Apollo, and the Banco de España as you learn about the ways that the Bourbon dynasty beautified the city with jaw-dropping architecture.

    Finish with skip the line tickets at the Prado Museum where you’ll see the highlights of the world-famous collection, including works by Goya, El Greco, Bosch, Tintoretto and more. The star of the collection is Velazquez’s “Las Meninas”, a work that is as famous as it is mysterious. Your expert guide will explain the story behind the painting and why it continues to frustrate and enchant art lovers. When your visit ends, you’ll be free to continue exploring the museum or get some recommendations for what to see, do and eat from your guide and head off, content that you have seen the best of Madrid in a single day.

    Sites visited:
    • Teatro Opera (outside)
    • Plaza de Oriente
    • Palacio Real (guided inside)
    • Catedral de la Almudena (outside)
    • Mercado de la Cebada (for tapas, wine & olive oil tasting)
    • La Moreria neighborhood (also called LA LATINA neighborhood)
    • Mercado San Miguel (outside)
    • Plaza Mayor
    • Puerta del Sol
    • Calle Alcala
    • Madrid Casino (outside)
    • Panoramic 360 degree viewpoint (Circulo De Bellas Artes) 
    • Monumental Madrid (Paseo del Prado, Cibeles & Neptune Fountains & Banco de España, Ritz Madrid, Palacio de Cibeles, Apolo fountain - all from the outside)
    • San Jeronimos El Real church (outside)
    • Prado Museum
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Opera, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    2: Círculo de Bellas Artes, Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid, Spain
    Departure Time
    8:45 AM
    Return Details
    Museo Nacional del Prado, Calle de Ruiz de Alarcon, 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain
    • Early access Palacio Real (enter 1 hour before the general public)
    • Skip the Line entrance to Prado Museum
    • Expert Walks tour guide
    • Tour in English only
    • Tapas & 2 wines tasting
    • Olive oil tasting
    • Lunch
    • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Please keep in mind that the Palacio Real is subject to unforeseen closures due to events, which are out of Walks (or any other tour operator's) control. If for any reason we cannot run the tour as described, we will contact you as soon as possible, offering the best alternatives.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note from 1st March 2020 our group size will be 15 maximum per guide
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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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