Explore the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace in a Madrid Full Day Tour
If you don’t have much time in Madrid, this is our recommended solution to discover the most amazing highligths of Spain’s capital: with our Madrid Full Day Tour combo, you save time and money!
In just one day, you will visit the most spectacular places of Madrid and you will explore the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the old town, and the Royal Palace with a fast-track ticket included. This is a full day tour with the following schedule: get ready to enjoy Madrid.
Madrid Full Day Tour Schedule
8:30am – Meeting point at the Puerta de Alcalá
The day starts near one of the most famous monuments in Madrid: the Puerta de Alcalá! In the old times, this used to be the noble entrance to the city center. So what could be a better way than that to start your tour? The name of the monument comes from the name of Alcalá, the village where Miguel de Cervantes, the author of El Quijote, was born. The road to the village started right here: let’s start making our way!
8:45am – Cibeles Palace, Madrid City Hall
After a short walk, you will arrive at one of the most instagrammed spots of Madrid: Plaza de Cibeles, named after the Greek goddess of Nature. Here you’ll enconunter the masjestic Madrid City Hall, and also the soccer Mecca Cibeles fountain, where the fans of Real Madrid celebrate the victories of one of the best football clubs in the world.
9:00am – Madrid Art Walk
The Paseo del Prado, known as Madrid’s Art Walk, is an authentic itinerary through more than a thousand years of Spanish and European art: from Velázquez’s Meninas to Picasso’s Guernika, get ready to discover some of the world’s most renowned pieces of art.
Just one mile -a twenty minutes walk- separates the three most important museums of Madrid: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofía Museum. Apart of this art temples, this boulevard is spotted with sculptural fountains and other monuments that celebrate Spanish milestones: your guide will tell you all about them!
9:30am – El Retiro Park
The El Retiro Park was built in the early 1600s, and for centuries it was a private park that only Spanish monarchs were allowed to enter. However, Carlos III, one of the most loved and respected kings of Spain’s history, made the park public and opened its doors to all the citizens.
The park is more than 350 acres and has more than 15.000 trees, so you will need a guide to discover all the treasures in it! We will take you to the big lake, the rose garden, the Crystal Palace, and the statue of the Fallen Angel – the only statue in the world that represents the devil!
10:30am – Prado Museum fast-track entrance
If you’re an art-lover and you like museums, this is probably one of the reasons that brought you to Spain! The Prado Museum is the temple of Spanish art, and this is where its most important masterpieces are kept. Outside the museum, the statues of Velázquez, Goya and Murillo, the of the grandest artists of all times, watch the three museum’s doors: don’t miss a selfie with each of them!
Your guide will give you a suggested itinerary with a selection of the 25 highlights of the Prado so you can find your way through this art labyrinth. Also, thanks to our fast-track ticket you will be able to skip the line to buy the tickets!
12:00am – Lunch at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and free time
After the Prado Museum, you will have 2 hours of free time to have lunch. Your lunch is included at the restaurant of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Before you enter the Prado, your guide will give you a vocuher that allows you to enjoy the set menu and to visit the museum’s collection as well.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza has an amazing collection that ranges from early Renaissance works to avantaguard artists like Picasso, Monet, or Dalí. Once you’re done with the museum, you can meet your guide again at Puerta del Sol, just ten minutes away.
2:00pm – Meeting point at Puerta del Sol
Your guide will be waiting for you to start the second part of the tour next to the El Oso y el Madroño statue, at the Puerta del Sol. This is one of the most famous places of Madrid, where the locals gather to welcome the New Year.
From here, you will start exploring the old town of Madrid, also called the Madrid of the Habsburgs, the name of the dinasty that brought the city to its highest splendour.
2:30pm The Madrid of the Habsburg (old town)
Royalty may get a little hazy, so we will explain where the Habsburgs come from at the world famous Chocolateria San Gines. You can stay focused while enjoying the best churros and chocolate of Madrid!
After this express visit to the sweetest spot in Madrid, you will learn all about the Habsburg Madrid and the imperial buildings with your expert guide. Walk past the legacy that left Charles I, and marble at how Philip II brought splendor to Madrid when he turned it into the Royal center of power in Spain.
4:00pm – Royal Palace of Madrid fast-track entrance
If there is a palace in Europe that you can’t miss, it is the Royal Palace of Madrid! With more than 3,000 rooms, this is the biggest palace in Europe, twice the size of the Buckingham Palace in London!
At the end of the tour, you will receive a fast-track ticket so you can skip the long lines to enter the palace. Your guide will organize everything before the farewell. Once inside, a video guide in your language is also included so you can visit the palace at your own pace.
Madrid Full Day Tour Details
Meeting point: Puerta de Alcalá (Plaza de la Independencia). Next to the entrance of El Retiro Park. Your guide will be wearing a blue cap with The Touring Pandas logo.
End Point: Royal Palace of Madrid. Plaza de Oriente.
Departure time: -Japanese: 8:30am -Korean: 8:45am -Chinese: 9:00am *Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the tour
Included: · Small group guided tour (max. 12 people) · Explanations in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese · El Retiro Park · Prado Museum fast-track ticket · Guide with the highlights of the Prado Museum · Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum ticket · Set menu at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s restaurant · Madrid of the Habsburgs guided visit · Royal Palace of Madrid fast-track ticket · Royal Palace of Madrid video guide in selectable language
Cancellation and amendments:
You can cancel your tour up to 72 hours before departure time. After that, the ticket is non-refundable. In case of force majeur or inclement weather, the guided tour can be cancelled or rescheduled by The Touring Pandas, and the corresponding amount will be refunded.
Reschedule is subject to availability, and possible up to 24 hours before the departure time.For more details, you can check our terms and conditions.