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Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

1. Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

Explore one of the most mysterious and bloody institutions in European history on a walking tour of Madrid. Investigate the brutal period of the Spanish Inquisition and learn how it weighed over Spain like a curse. Hear how the ruthless founders oversaw the torture, repression and banishment of hundreds of innocent and terrified people, all In the name of religious orthodoxy. What began as an attempt to protect the sanctity of the Catholic church and the morality of the population swiftly became an oppressive regime that would leave a dark shadow over the history of Spain. Visit key areas of Madrid where the bloody tribunal took place, and hear the truth about the motives behind it and the people who ran it. Learn how more than 3,000 people were killed in 4 centuries during this troubling relic of Spain's cultural history. Listen in awe as your guide brings the streets and buildings to life. Visit an old and haunted jail from the Spanish Inquisition, and go to the site of a dramatic mass trial. Explore the origins and influences of the myth of the "Black Legend" and how it influenced the way the Spanish Inquisition was perceived abroad.

Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

2. Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway to explore the most beautiful park in Madrid. Start with an introduction to the electric vehicles, and once you are comfortable on the Segway, glide over to the so-called "Barrio de las Letras" ("Literary Quarter") where some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega, used to live. Journey down Calle de las Huertas to reach the Prado Museum, a world-famous temple of art. Then, follow your guide past one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid. See the magnificent facade of the Iglesia de los Jerónimos before arriving at Retiro Park. Ride around the park for about 40 minutes and see landmarks such as the lovely pond, Crystal Palace and monument representing Lucifer's fall from Heaven. Enjoy the relaxing sensation of gliding along the park's large avenues. Depart the park and make your way back to the start point, passing the Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate), Palacio de Cibeles (Cybele Palace) and Puerta del Sol at the true heart of the city.

Madrid: Treasure Hunt Experience

3. Madrid: Treasure Hunt Experience

Take part of city-exploration activity ideal for groups that want to get to know the city of Madrid in a unique way, separating the group into different teams for them to compete against each other. Have fun running around the city while being challenged to use different skills while you play, solving puzzles, and riddles. This is a perfect activity to test your teamwork and your intellectual and physical skills. Everything will start in Puerta del Sol, once in there, you’ll receive your first riddle to being the game. Go through the streets of Madrid trying to find the next clue that will take you to the next puzzle. During the quest, be treated to 2 drinks in 2 bars, which will be part of the game. The winner will be the first team to complete all the tests and get to the treasure.

Madrid: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

4. Madrid: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Chueca, Madrid's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out San Anton Market, Plaza del Dos de Mayo, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of Madrid. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Madrid Historical Centre & Old Town Walking Tour in French

5. Madrid Historical Centre & Old Town Walking Tour in French

Meet your guide at the central square of Puerta Cerrada, a symbolic and interesting departure point. After a short meet and greet with your guide you will start the tour as you stroll through the colorful streets and learn about Madrid's history. Visit the beautiful and famous Mayor Square, explore San Miguel Market and arrive later to Plaza de la Villa, the oldest square in town. Continue towards the famous square of Puerta del Sol, home of the Bear and the Tree statue. Walk through Arenal Street and arrive at the Opera House. Explore the Orient Square and the Sabatini gardens. Admire the impressive Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family, and Almudena Cathedral. To finish, follow your guide through the narrow and medieval looking streets of La Latina district. Admire its beautiful and quiet squares, its old churches and local markets. Enjoy the traditional architecture, learn the origins of its name, and find out why this area was once the heart of the city and home to the Patron Saint of Madrid.

Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

6. Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

On your own, with friends, or with family, make the most of your vacation and discover the historical wonders of Madrid on this fun-filled discovery game and tour. The exploration app provides all the directions you need for the adventure, so you won’t have to wait around for guide or rely on maps and GPS. This tour is designed for travelers looking to see the city of Madrid from a different perspective, and gain an experience unlike any other. Along the way, you’ll visit locations that even the locals don’t know about, and see sights you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. Benefit from the freedom to complete the tour at your own pace, and pause the game at any time. Solve each clue to unlock the next destination, and wander around the city streets, visiting iconic landmarks. You’ll also reveal hidden gems, bursting with fascinating secrets, legends, and myths.

Madrid: Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer

7. Madrid: Personal Travel and Vacation Photographer

Enjoy a professional photo-shoot while in Madrid, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or an adventure with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving only the task of meeting the photographer on the day and letting them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. The photographers are highly experienced and are local experts who will be able to share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Once your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour allows you to look back over your travels with fond memories, and a momento that will last a lifetime and beyond.

Madrid: 2-Hour Private Off-Road Segway Tour of Casa de Campo

8. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Off-Road Segway Tour of Casa de Campo

During this 2-hour Segway tour, explore Madrid's largest park, Casa de Campo. You won't be riding a regular Segway, however. Feel the adrenaline as you go off-road on a Segway x2, which allows you to explore Casa de Campo's various types of terrain. Perfect for groups of 12 people or more, this is a tour you can enjoy with the whole family, a big group of friends or other travelers looking for an exciting experience in Madrid. And with your expert guide riding alongside you the whole time, enjoy a more personalized and informative experience in one of Europe's largest parks.

Madrid: Book a Local Friend

9. Madrid: Book a Local Friend

Madrid is a city so full of life and culture and although it may be impossible to see it all in just a few hours, getting an authentic and memorable impression of this beguiling city is not impossible with this personalized tour. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a bespoke itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Madrid that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private tour and let your local show you the Madrid you will love.

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This was an unbelievable experience the tour presenter, Lexi Hadfield, was knowledgable, clear and provided an excellent presentation on all aspects of the inquisition history of Spain. I was there with two children one of whom was nine years old and that was amazing to note him closely listening and unable to take his attention away from Ms. Hadfield’s presentation. Lexi Hatfield is it an exceptional professional, knowledgable expert in her field. I will definitely recommend the tour to my friends and family planning to visit Barcelona. This tour has become the highlight of our trip. Thank you.

Do not skip this during your time in Madrid. Our guide Ms. Lexi H was absolutely amazing with her knowledge of the events that led to the Spanish Inquisition and the key events that took place during the 350+ years it was on. The buildings are still there, in plain sight, in downtown Madrid. Some walking involved, lots of history involved, zero boredom because of the marvelous storytelling skills of our guide.

Amazing. our guide LEXI was not only knowledgeable, she had an history degree and was On Spot when it cames to narrate facts . It's a tough part of history. It's shivers . But it was needed

Excellent Tour! I learned so much. Our guide was outstanding and was very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend!

Enrique was very informative!! The best tour guide ever!