VIP Best of Madrid Walking Tour with Early Entry Royal Palace Tickets & Tapas Tasting

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Location: Madrid
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 270.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Madrid
Highlights - Enter the Royal Palace a full hour before the general public.
- Taste tapas, wine, and olive oils at one of Madrid’s oldest authentic Markets.
- Explore the medieval heart of Madrid with an expert, English-speaking guide, including at the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor.
- End your day with one of the best 360 degree views of the city from the rooftop bar of a local landmark building.
- Our guides are all local experts who are fully bilingual and only give tours in English.
See the very best that Madrid has to offer on this VIP walk through city’s historic center with a local expert guide. Start with early entrance tickets to the Royal Palace, then enjoy a full tour of the historic city center with stops at the most famous monuments and plazas and tapas tasting at one of the city’s most iconic authentic markets. End your day atop the city’s most stunning 360 degree viewpoint. 
You’ll start near Madrid’s jaw-dropping Royal Palace where you’ll meet your guide and small group in the beautiful Plaza Oriente. Enter the Palace a full hour before the general public and explore opulent interiors gilded in riches from the Spanish conquest of the Americas and decorated with paintings by Caravaggio, Goya, Velázquez, and more. Your guide will tell you the history of the palace and the immensely powerful royal dynasties that once called it home.

Leaving the palace, you’ll step off the normal tourist trail and into Barrio de la Morería, where the city’s Muslim roots are still visible, and end up in one of the largest authentic food markets in the city, the Mercado de la Cebada. Enjoy a crash course in Spanish food culture as we take you to our favorite stall to taste wine, olive oils, and small plates and learn why the Spanish custom of tapas is one of the country’s most treasured institutions. 

The medieval streets of central Madrid await you next as you and learn how the city went from being an outpost of the Moorish empire to a center of Catholic power in Europe. Along the way, you’ll stop in the jaw-dropping Plaza Mayor, where heretics were once burned at the stake, and the Puerta del Sol, the focal point of the modern city. 

Before you go, we have a final surprise. Popping into the lobby of the nearby Circulo de Bellas Artes, your guide will take you up to the rooftop terrace which affords the best  jaw-dropping view over the entire city.  From there they’ll point out the different neighborhoods of the city and give you plenty of recommendations for what to see, do, and eat during the rest of your stay. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Early access Palacio Real (enter 1 hour before the general public)
Guided visit inside Palacio Real
Tapas & 2 wines tasting
Olive oil, ham, cheese tasting
Expert Walks tour guide
Excluded Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
Know before you book Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
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.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside Palacio Real. Larger backpacks, umbrellas and sharp items, etc. must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the entrance to collect these after the tour part.
Photography is not permitted in most interior rooms of the Palacio Real.
The panoramic viewpoint might not be accessible during a heavy rain or wind.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

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Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-03-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 15 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
November 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 8:45 AM Departure - Fri, Sat (except: 25 Dec 2020, 01 Jan 2021, 01 May 2021, 2021, 15 May 2021 )


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.4179966, -3.7094902
Address: Statue of Isabel II, Plaza de Isabel II, Madrid, 28013 , ES
Notes: Arriving by Metro: Metro Ópera is on Line 2 (red line) & Line 5 (green line) of the Madrid Metro.
Start Location Notes Statue of Isabel II, Plaza de Isabel II, Madrid, 28013 , ES
End Location Address Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2, Madrid, 28014 , ES
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 40.4183886, -3.6963222
Address: Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2, Madrid, 28014 , ES
Start Location Notes Statue of Isabel II, Plaza de Isabel II, Madrid, 28013 , ES
End Location Address Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2, Madrid, 28014 , ES


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years €65.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €60.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

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