Skip-the-line Palacio Real de Madrid & The Old City Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Duration: 5 hours

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History and architecture will collide in Madrid on this combo tour of the Royal Palace and Old City. This 5.5 hour semi-private (8 Guest Maximum) guided combo tour, you 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.

What's Included

All Entrance Fees

Duration 5.5 Hours (Including A Lunch Break)

Professional Tour Guide

Semi-Private Walking Tour & Museum Tour

Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum

Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine

What's Not Included

Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)

Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 5
  • YOUTH: Age: 6 - 16
  • ADULT: Age: 17 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • 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
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Royal Palace of Madrid
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.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Arab Wall
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Calle Mayor
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plaza de la Villa
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

La Latina
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plaza de la Paja
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plaza de los Carros Madrid
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plaza De Puerta Cerrada
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Arco de Cuchilleros
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mercado San Miguel
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plaza Mayor
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Real Casa de Postas
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Puerta del Sol
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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Sunny Madrid
Y243ONjohnd, 15-05-2019
Jaime was an informative and knowledgeable guide. He explained many aspects of the palace and the history of the Spanish Royal Family. During the city tour he was equally knowledgeable of the history of the city. An enjoyable day out exploring.
Incredible Tour with Marta
tdpezzi, 19-10-2018
My husband and I absolutely enjoyed our tour of the Palacio Real de Madrid followed by the Old City Tour. From a skip the line ticket into the palace, we were given an incredibly in depth tour of the palace- incorporating the history of Spain and Madrid, the art and architecture, as well as the cultural changes through the centuries, all through the lens of the palace. It was delightful to have such a well informed and knowledgeable guide, and to have such a small group (we could ask as many questions as we wanted without feeling like we were hogging the guide!). After the palace, Marta showed us around older districts of Madrid that we hadn't visited before. She recommended an absolutely delicious restaurant for lunch, then off for the second portion of the tour. Since it was just us, she tailored the walking tour to what we were interested in. Whenever we had a question about something, she would take us in a new direction to answer it. It was an absolute pleasure to go on this tour!
Ana and Sebastian were great!
Onno S, 12-05-2018
We did the city tour with Sebastian and the Royal Palace tour with Ana. Both guides were very engaging and added a lot to our appreciation of the sites. These tours give you a much deeper insight into the history and meaning of all the many neighborhoods, buildings and works of art in a big cultural and historically abundant city like Madrid. Recommended!

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