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Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

1. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

Discover masterpieces of art on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Prado Museum and explore the galleries of Spain's national art museum, located in the museum district of central Madrid. Widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to the early 20th century, the Prado Museum also boasts the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. See masterpieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Paul Rubens, along with acclaimed paintings by El Greco, Titian and Diego Velázquez. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. If you select the tapas tasting option, following the tour of Prado Museum, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid where you will have the opportunity to taste several tapas of Spanish food. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

2. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

On the Guided Tour of the Prado Museum, you will spend your time living an unrepeatable experience in a unique setting full of art and beauty. The emblematic Prado Museum is the center of the beautiful monumental complex known as the "Paseo del Arte de Madrid", a privileged place in the heart of the city surrounded by trees and very close to the Retiro Park. The worldwide recognition of the Prado Museum is due to its vast and invaluable art collection. Here you will find essential paintings by the most famous Spanish and European artists from the 14th to the 19th centuries, including Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Raphael, Tintoretto and Van Dyck, among others. You can see some of the most spectacular collections in the world, such as Velazquez's Meninas, Goya's Black Paintings or El Bosco's Garden of Earthly Delights. You will also be able to admire the works of the best painters from Italy, the Netherlands or Germany, of various styles and periods from the Gothic to the Baroque of Rubens, from the Romanesque to the Renaissance or Neoclassicism, knowing the context in which they developed their different techniques. paintings that were so influential after his artistic periods.

Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

3. Madrid: Prado Museum Small Group Guided Tour

The Prado Museum is Madrid’s top cultural sight and one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters — such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, among other major Italian and Flemish artists — is housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building that opened as a museum in 1819. The Spanish queen at the time had been impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. The result is several thousand works from that time, with a recent modern extension allowing even more of them to be displayed. The tour begins with the most famous masterpieces from European artists like El Bosco. Continue delving into the work of Velazquez, followed by artists like El Greco and Goya, among many others. Gain an understanding of all the artists' aims, lives, and circumstances hidden behind the paintings, as well as the historic moment in which they were created. Learn about Spanish history from an art historian and get a closer look at local culture and Madrid's art scene.

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

4. Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the convenient meeting point next to the Prado Museum and enter with your skip-the-line ticket for your guided tour. See the most important paintings throughout the museum and admire great artworks by el Bosco, el Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Rubens.  Discover the aim of the original building and why it changed to become one of the most important art galleries in the world. The current exhibition holds more than 1,000 paintings from four different centuries. Given that for a first-time visitor this can be overwhelming, let your guide show you around the site and learn about some of the most important works and their backstories.  Once your guided tour finishes, you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish.

Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

5. Half-Day Prado Tour with optional Reina Sofia Museum

Learn about the history of the Prado on this 4-hour tour. See the dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and others with a professional guide. Housed in an 18th-century neoclassical building, the Prado opened as a museum in 1819. Spain’s queen at the time was impressed with the Louvre in Paris and wanted to showcase an enormous collection in her own country. At the Reina Sofía Museum, see works by Spain’s top 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Your guide will provide commentary on the art, from abstractionism to cubism, to surrealism and modernism.

Madrid: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Private Tour & Commentary

6. Madrid: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Private Tour & Commentary

The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, named after its founder, is an art museum located near the Prado Museum on one of city's main boulevards. It is known as part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia national galleries. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills the historical gaps in its counterparts' collections: in the Prado's case this includes Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century.

Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

7. Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

See El Retiro's most famous sites including the Crystal Palace, the Philip IV Gate, as well as places that are not listed in guidebooks. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the main attractions in Madrid. Along the way, you'll gain valuable insights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, walk with your guide along the Paseo del Prado until you reach the Prado Museum, which is the main Spanish national art museum. El Prado is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. It's based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of painting and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. Explore one of the greatest art museums in the world without having to queue. Once you get inside, you'll be able to marvel at the incredible works of Francisco Goya, the most extensively represented artist in the collection, as well as orks by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

8. Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Examine artworks by international artists such as Goya and Velazquez. Learn the use of different pictorial techniques and find out the customs and habits of society in the past. Marvel at Las Meninas, famous for the unparalleled use of the perspective. Hear about the characters, details, anecdotes, and secrets hidden in the paintings that otherwise you would not realize.  Prado Museum is located in the heart of Madrid. It is definitely an unmissable landmark in the Capital of Spain. Inaugurated in 1819, Prado Museum is the home to more than 7,000 paintings. Immerse yourself in Prado Museum and travel to the most brilliant epoch of the history of arts. Admire paintings from the North of Europe like the Flemish. Exquisite, precious, and full of detail paintings made by genius as Van der Weyden fill the rooms of the museum. Enjoy the enigmatic artwork by Bosch, which are a mirror of the society and beliefs of his time. See Italian paintings made by Fra Angelico, Rafael, and Titian whose equestrian portraits and religious painting became a source of influents for later artists. 

Madrid: Guided Tour of the City, Prado Museum, and Toledo

9. Madrid: Guided Tour of the City, Prado Museum, and Toledo

Take a walking tour of Madrid's vibrant neighborhoods, like Plaza Mayor and Las Letras, before visiting the Prado Museum for a guided tour of Spain’s greatest masterpieces. Get driven to Toledo to see the historical side of the region and take an optional tour of its gothic cathedral.Start your day at Plaza San Miguel where your guide will be waiting for you. Take a walking tour through Plaza Mayor, on to Plaza del Sol, and to the historic district of Las Letras. Pass by Congreso de los Diputados and the Thyssen museum until you reach the Prado museum.Enter Prado to learn about Velázquez, El Greco, and more great figures from Spanish art history with almost 8,000 works on display. Marvel at the majestic architecture of the museum that’s almost 200 years old and take some time to walk through the pristine gardens.Head to Toledo and discover its inspiring reputation as the "city of three cultures" with your guide. See landscapes of the Spanish countryside while you relax during the ride to this UNESCO World Heritage city.Choose the upgraded option for a guided tour inside the Primatial Cathedral, whose architecture is a perfect example of the Spanish Gothic style. Notice the intricate architecture and golden-detail of the interior that are characteristic of the gothic style.Enjoy some free time to explore Toledo on your own and picture life in the Middle Ages walking through the narrow streets of the old quarter. Ask your guide for recommendations on some hidden gems for coffee or lunch before your ride back to Madrid.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour & Lunch at Sobrino de Botín

10. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour & Lunch at Sobrino de Botín

Begin at the statue of Francisco Goya, where you’ll meet your expert guide and start your exploration of the Prado Museum. Before skipping the line and heading inside, your guide will set the scene of the storied halls you’re about to enter. Your extensive tour of the museum will span 15–20 masterpieces that highlight Spain’s fascinating history, including the influence of the monarchy on art. You’ll learn about the characters and events that served as inspiration for these pieces and get to know the artists behind each one. Delight in the master strokes of Velazquez, Goya, Bosch, and so many more as you wander the museum’s halls. Next, discover another aspect of Madrid’s history on a stroll through the charming Literary Quarter, where many of Spain’s literary geniuses have trodden these very paths. Along the way, you’ll stop at a century-old tavern to whet your appetite and try one of Madrid’s classic aperitifs. Afterward, it’s time to step inside the world’s oldest operating restaurant, Sobrino de Botín. Cooking and perfecting the same delicacies since it opened its doors in 1725, eating here is a chance to explore both Madrid’s cuisine and its history. What’s more, before it opens its doors to the hungry lunchtime crowd, you’ll get to take a VIP tour through its hidden underground tunnels, historic kitchens, and storied dining rooms. Hungry yet? Time to get off your feet and sit down to a delicious three-course lunch. The star of Botín’s menu is suckling pig, slow roasted in the original ovens from when the restaurant first opened, joined on the plate by seasonal vegetables. Enjoy a specially prepared dessert afterward, along with plenty of Rioja red wine throughout the meal. Take the opportunity to chat with your guide during this intimate meal and get insider tips for the rest of your time in Madrid. By the end of your meal, you’ll have checked two must-visit sites off your list and gained a unique insight into Madrid’s past and present.

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What people are saying about Las Meninas

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,326 reviews

We moved quickly from gallery to gallery, because there is SO much to see. Our tour guide was armed with many interesting insights and helped us understand the context of the paintings. She gave us nearly an hour to explore the Prado on our own before we walked over to the Reina Sofia Museum.

Excellent Tour for families with young kids and teenagers! Disfrutamos mucho este tour guiado. Nuestra guía explicó las obras más famosas y mantuvo nuestra atención, incluso nuestros hijos pequeños y nuestra hija adolescente estuvieron atentos.

Very informative and easy explanations of the artists and the time/history in which they lived in. So many things within each painting that the guide points out- you wouldn’t noticed or if you do, wouldn’t necessarily know the significance.

Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable about the artists, the paintings and the history. The tour was most enjoyable. Stephi was amazing. Highly recommend.

Our guide Sergio was excellent, very nice and very knowledgeable.