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Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Reina Sofía Museum Entrance Ticket

The museum represents an intersection of spaces, objects and times: a place where narratives are woven together and stories told, rendering every intersection meaningful as it leads off in one direction or another, turning it into an intense experience of discovery and knowledge. This is why everything that is exhibited, in all its strangeness, all its questions, has to actually touch the visitor’s everyday reality, bringing about a genuine learning experience. The Museo Reina Sofia’s presentation of its collection posits a multi-narrative journey, which adopts a definite standpoint and not only keeps the mystery inherent in art alive, but also strengthens resistance towards the single, fixed reading. Traditional genres coexist side by side with photography, film, sound and dance. With your full-day ticket, you will have access to more than 21,000 works currently on display in the main building.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

2. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Goya Statue outside the Prado Museum and begin your guided tour of its vast collection.  See the work of a variety of great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens, and El Bosco. Discover some of the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. The museum contains more than 8,000 paintings, 9,000 drawings, 5,500 prints, and over 900 sculptures. See some of the 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. Learn about the history of European art, and the story behind some of the works on display.

Madrid: Museum of Illusions Ticket

3. Madrid: Museum of Illusions Ticket

Discover the Museum of Illusions, Madrid, and explore a mysterious world of illusions. Once inside, encounter funny and amazing tricks which aim to teach you about vision, perception, and the human brain. Every illusion is designed to surprise you, showing you that sometimes things are not always as they first seem. Enjoy this experience with your parents, your partner, your grandparents, or friends. The museum is a unique place filled with incredible attractions, where madness and fun are guaranteed. Make sure your phone is fully charged, and take photos which will blow your friends' minds back home.

From Madrid: Toledo and Segovia at Your Own Pace

4. From Madrid: Toledo and Segovia at Your Own Pace

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Toledo. The guided tour begins in Toledo where monuments and unique enclaves await to complete an unforgettable day. Explore Toledo with your guide and visit the Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, a cultural treasure in the form of a labyrinth, the Alcázar de Toledo, and much more. Toledo is a true heritage jewel of humanity that maintains the legacy of the three cultures that have lived together. Get caught up in the city and transported back in time to centuries ago immersing yourself in a scenario full of palatial mansions, churches, mosques, synagogues, towers, all surrounded by the impressive wall that overlooks the Tagus River. Head back to the bus and continue to Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Visit the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon of the city. From the Aqueduct, visit the main monuments, enclaves, and viewpoints that make Segovia a must-see. Admire the Plaza Mayor, where the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María shines its own light. Then, discover the viewpoint of Canaleja, and of course, the Alcázar de Segovia, a unique castle with the appearance of a fairytale palace.

Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights in the greatest contemporary art museum in Madrid. Meet your guide and avoid the long queues. Get to know the backstories of all the paintings you'll see. The Museum's permanent collection contains works from the 1900s to the present day. Today, it has more than 20.000 different artworks. Visit both the Sabatini and Nouvel buildings, the 2 parts the museum divides into. Learn about the museum's history and discover why it was created. See the Guernica rough sketches and compare them to the final work, exhibited in the Museum. Important information: please note some paintings in the program might not be available on the day of your visit due to circumstances out of the tour operator's control despite belonging to the permanent collection of the museum. In these cases, visits to these paintings will be replaced by others of similar artistic value.

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

6. 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: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

7. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Prado Museum Tour

The Prado Museum is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, containing an enormous number of works. Together with your guide, you will tour these masterpieces, with explanations of each work provided to you by your experienced guide. You will span in detail this great collection of European western art, from the 12th to the 19th century. Besides works of the major artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Roger Van der Weyden and Dürer, you will get to know everything of Spain's most famous painters; Goya and Velazquez. You will encounter "The Third of May 1808" which, complete in 1814, is about the execution by Napoleon's troops painted by Goya with great drama in which he contrasts the coldness of the soldiers in gray uniforms with the colorful anonymous citizens who are going to die. You will also discover the most famous work of Velazquez, "Las Meninas", which is a scene depicting a normal day in the Alcázar of Madrid with members of King Philip IV's family and Velazquez himself. "Las Meninas" has been the inspiration for later artists like Goya and Picasso.

Madrid: Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights

8. Madrid: Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights

This is a new way for independent-minded travelers to discover the majesty and culture of Madrid, including its fashionable shopping streets and its artist treasures. This self-guided sightseeing method is a state-of-the-art application that uniquely gives to you walking tours with high-quality audio narration, rich visuals, helpful text and offline navigable mapping to transform your smartphone into an intelligent assistant and reliable travel companion. Live the city at your own pace, while discovering more than any guide could ever tell you. You’ll learn about curiosities, culture, stories, and secrets, at over 100 points of interest, while listening to your local story tellers in a choice of six languages. You can navigate to personal drop-pins, and travel across the city while enjoying auto-play commentary on carefully mapped routes using buses, trams, or bicycles. You will even receive help seeking out the best photo-spots and free WiFi areas. Whether you follow the suggested itineraries, or simply explore at your own will, you’ll uncover Madrid’s glories in your own way and at your own pace, day or night.

Madrid: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

9. Madrid: Tapas, Taverns and History Tour

Learn to do tapas like a local as you make your way through Madrid’s city center. In between 4 iconic tapas bars, you’ll hear the story of how Madrid went from a small village to the capital of one of the world’s greatest empires. Your expert guide will bring the city’s fascinating history to life as you wind in and out of grand plazas and mystery-filled streets.   Start your night off surrounded by locals as you sip vermouth and nibble on tapas in a historic tavern with connections to the Spanish Civil War. Discover here what going for tapas really means in Spain. Next up is a walk down to Madrid’s Royal Palace, where you’ll get a mini-lesson on how the city was founded. As you wander through the oldest parts of Madrid—the Habsburg neighborhood—you’ll discover some more of its hidden squares and secrets.   The next tapas bar is known for one thing—fantastic grilled mushrooms. While here, learn what most locals drink (hint: it’s not sangria) as you enjoy its famous mushrooms and Padrón peppers. At the third tapas bar, taste gambas al ajillo, a dish this family-run bar claims to have invented. You’ll also be able to order a glass of wine made from the same family’s vineyard in the Toro region. Before heading to your last tapas stop of the evening, you’ll walk through another of Madrid’s iconic squares where your guide will bring to life stories from Madrid’s fairly recent past. Finally, squeeze into one of Madrid’s last remaining traditional tapas institutions: a no-frills place where locals pack in for favorite dishes (including the Madrid specialty, pig ear).

Madrid: Guided Tour Prado Museum in English

10. Madrid: Guided Tour Prado Museum in English

Enjoy the chance to examine renowned artworks that have been gathered by the Royal Family and the Museum for centuries. See art in person, staring at paintings that everybody knows as "The Garden of the Earthly delights" or "Las Meninas". Discover how the pictorial techniques changed depending on the period and the origin of the artist. Marvel at Las Meninas, and listen to the history of Spain through the characters portrayed in the paintings, and find out secrets details that only a guide can point out. Don't miss the chance to visit Prado Museum and its fascinating collection of paintings which will make you travel to the history of arts: from the north of Europe to Italy and Spain. Admire Titan's, Velazquez's and Goya's painting.

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What people are saying about Madrid

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 724 reviews

Our guide was excellent. Was pleased with the in-depth explanations of the select paintings. We went for lunch at the cafe and walked through a more picture-by-picture on our own afterwards. Only surprise (think time limitation) was no Murillo chosen as a highlight. Murillo is most of every USA Catholic parish calendar. So made a point to see those originals.

It gets busy at certain times of the day so it’s great to have a ticket that you can use when volume is less. Don’t bring big bags - everywhere requires going through scanners. A worthwhile visit!

Great experience and a whole wide range of activities to do. Very hands on and great opportunities to take photos and create memories. Really enjoyed the experience

Excellent guide and well-led tour! Very organized and informative. I highly recommend.

Guide was amazing! Well prepared and truly knowledgeable.