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Madrid Highlights and Prado Museum Guided Tour

Madrid Highlights and Prado Museum Guided Tour

4.5 hours From
AU$98 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach tourCoach tour
  • Duration
    4.5 hours
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-1852
  • Operating Days
    Daily
4.5 hours From
AU$98 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach tourCoach tour
  • Duration
    4.5 hours
  • Tour Code
    JUT-19-1852
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Admission Admission Entrance to monuments includedAdmissionAdmission Skip the line pass for Prado MuseumEscorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide InclusionInclusion Radio guide system

Summary

Explore in this walking tour the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque period of Madrid. Use your skip the line pass to explore Prado Museum.

Departure Time: 9:00 AM

April to October - Daily

November to March: Friday & Sunday

Meeting Point: San Nicolás Str, nº 15 (corner Plaza Ramales)

Itinerary

Take your camera or smartphone and join this exciting tour to remember Madrid in a different way!

Settle comfortably in the coach that will take you to Plaza de Oriente, then you will arrive at the Debod Temple where you will stop for a walk and take some pictures accompanied by your guide.

After this visit, you will return to the coach and head towards Plaza Mayor where you will make a new stop and visit Plaza de la Villa and Puerta del Sol.

You will return to the coach to continue your tour with a visit to the Carrera de San Jerónimo Street, Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament), Neptuno’s Square (Famous artistic fountain), Paseo Del Prado (Walk of Art: Thyssen, Prado & Reina Sofía Museums), Atocha Railway Station, Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid, Cibeles Square (Famous artistic fountain), Alcalá Street, Alcalá’s Gate, and Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Bullring) where you will make your last stop.

To conclude, you will return to the coach and end up seeing Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Home of Real Madrid CF), Paseo de la Castellana Street, Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square), National Library, Gran Vía Street, Plaza de España, and again, the stunning Plaza de Oriente.

Prado Museum Tour

The building that today houses the Prado national museum was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III.

However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza. The Prado national museum, opened to the public for the first time in November 1819.

The Museum's first catalogue, published in 1819, included 311 paintings, although at that time its collection comprised just over 1,510 pictures from the various Reales Sitios (Royal Residences). The exceptionally important royal collection, which represents the foundation of the Museum's compilation as we know it today, increased significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs.

Thanks to them, the public can now contemplate in the Museum masterpieces such as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya.

The visit will take place in chronological order:

- Starting with the exhibit hall where you will find J. Bosch’ masterpieces (El Bosco) (1450-1516): The Table of the 7 Deadly Sins, The Hay Wain, The temptations of San Antonio, The Stone of Madness and The Garden of Delights.

- You will then move on to the rooms dedicated to El Greco (1540-1614): The gentleman's hand on his chest, The Trinity, Christ embraced the cross and The Annunciation.

- Velázquez (1599-1660): The Worship, Drunkards, Equestrian Portraits, the Forge of Vulcan, The Christ, The spinners, Spears and Las Meninas

- You will end with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.

Note:

You will make convenient stops to rest and take pictures at Plaza Mayor, Debod’s Temple and Las Ventas Bullring, if the weather permits and always accompanied by your guide.

The itinerary is subject to change due to the events to be celebrated in the City (demonstrations, sport events, cultural events, official acts and public works).

Inclusions

  • Air conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual official guide
  • Entrance and guided tour to Prado Museum (ticket is valid for 1 day, until closing time)
  • Monolingual guided tour at Prado Museum
  • Individual radio-guided system for Prado Museum guided tour

Exclusions

  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified.
  • Hotel pick up/drop-off

Important Notes

  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Prado Museum visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Museum Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.

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