Tours and experiences
Madrid can only be described as magnificent, a vibrant and creative metropolis with plenty to see and experience. Its grandeur is manifest in the Royal Palace and the Austrias’ quarter. Its elegant squares, monasteries and churches recall the Spanish Golden Age, when Madrid was the centre of an empire stretching from Latin America to the Philippines.
Art lovers will delight in visiting the numerous galleries of the capital, and mainly the must-see Prado Museum, one of the world’s finest collections of art. Discover Madrid from its many perspectives, touring the old markets and popular taverns.
Box of experiences
MADRID OF THE HABSBURGS (HALF-DAY)
Half-day private tour: our expert guide will pick you up at your hotel and introduce you to the Habsburg legacy in Madrid. The Royal Palace, vaulted in stone and brick along the lines of Versailles, was once Carlos III’s residence. The nearby Almudena Cathedral is a late and imposing construction in neo-classical and neo-Gothic style, only completed in 1993, and gives the capital its grandest temple. The Austrias’ Quarter, with its monasteries, churches and elegant squares like Plaza Mayor, recalls Spain’s Golden Age when Madrid was the capital of an empire extending from Latin America to the Philippines.
Duration: This half day tour of approximately 3 hours will provide you with an essential exploration of the rich heritage of the capital of Spain.
MADRID OF THE HABSBURGS & PRADO MUSEUM (FULL-DAY TOUR)
Full-day private tour: Our expert guide will pick you up at your hotel and introduce you to the Habsburg legacy in Madrid. The Royal Palace, vaulted in stone and brick along the lines of Versailles, was once Carlos III’s residence. The nearby Almudena Cathedral is a late and imposing construction in neo-classical and neo-Gothic style, only completed in 1993, giving the capital its grandest temple. The Austrias’ Quarter, with its monasteries, churches and elegant squares such as Plaza Mayor, recalls Spain’s Golden Age when Madrid was the capital of an empire extending from Latin America to the Philippines. This tour also includes a visit to the Prado National Museum which houses one of the world’s finest collections of art, featuring priceless works by Spanish painters like Velázquez, Goya and El Greco, in addition to European geniuses like Titian, Rubens, Raphael and many others.
Duration: This full day tour of approximately 5 hours will provide you with an essential exploration of the rich heritage of the capital of Spain. (Break for lunch)
MADRID FROM THE ROOFTOPS
Located in the heart of Castile, only 70 km south of Madrid, Toledo is proud of its central role in the history of Spain. Capital of the Visigoth Kingdom, the old city reveals its historical prominence in every corner. Toledo boasts treasures embracing Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.
You will discover the Gothic Cathedral of Toledo, undoubtedly the temple that best expresses the mysticism of Catholic medieval Spain, its Jewish quarter with its Synagogue of El Transito, now home to the Sephardic Museum, and the delicate Mosques, Tornerías and Bab Mardum, the main vestiges of a rich Islamic past.
Duration of the tour: 3:30 hours with private guide. Transfer to Toledo: by High Speed Train (25 minutes) or optional private transfer. Lunch in Toledo. After the tour, the guide will recommend the different culinary choices that Toledo offers so that you may enjoy your lunch at leisure
SEGOVIA, THE CONQUEST OF THE WATER
Segovia, built by the Celtiberian tribes in a rock made of limestone, is one of the most beautiful ancient cities of Spain. Although its foundation date remains unknown, there are traces from pre-Roman times. It is a monumental city where you will discover a stunning heritage and a magical atmosphere of tranquillity and peace of mind. Its most renowned monument is the Aqueduct, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your private expert guide will introduce you to the most delicate corners of this Castilian city. You will visit the Aqueduct, the old city centre and the Cathedral. Round off your day by tasting the best Castilian gastronomy in a restaurant suggested by your guide.
Duration of the tour: 3 hours with private guide.Trip to Segovia: private transfer (1h30 drive).
Lunch on own in Segovia. After the tour, the guide will recommend the sublime culinary choices that Segovia offers.
OLD MARKETS OF MADRID. GASTRONOMIC TOUR OR WINE PAIRING
The Gastronomic Tour in Madrid is an experience that combines a visit to two local markets and a walk through history. The duration of this visit is approximately three hours and includes an English-speaking guide who will meet you at your hotel. You walk through the historic centre and see the most emblematic buildings - Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral de la Almudena, Plaza de Oriente, etc. – your guide will trace the history of the city and its important role in Madrid´s way of life. After an hour-long walk you will be taken to the markets. In San Miguel, the only iron-structured market surviving to the present day, you will enjoy drinks and sample a selection of tapas - the best way to get a flavour of Madrilenian gastronomy. This tour can also be focused on wine-tasting or wine pairing.
Duration: 3 hours
A fascinating heritage
The nerve centre and capital of Spain, Madrid is nothing short of magnificence, a vibrant and creative metropolis with plenty to see and experience. The prominence of Madrid started late, only when Philip II decided in 1561 to move his imperial court from Toledo to the modest castle and city on the banks of the Manzanares river. Since then, Madrid has enjoyed, in an almost uninterrupted manner, the status of capital.
The culture of Madrid was dominated by the monarchical history, the centre of the Spanish Empire, the Royal Palace, large estates and buildings, used by the Spanish monarchy. Today Madrid is a Cosmopolitan city, full of modern architecture, lifestyle and culture, with roughly 3,3 million inhabitants (6,5 million including the whole metropolitan area)
If you are an art lover, Madrid offers you the “Museum Triangle”, where you can discover three major art museums clustered along “Paseo del Prado” just east of the old city. The Prado Museum is one of the finest art museums in the world, the Thyssen-Bornemisza is a baron`s private collection of classical art, and the Reina Sofía is Madrid`s modern art museum.
Elegant and varied shopping can be done in Madrid. The Salamanca neighbourhood is where you can find the national and international shops.
Arts, shops, impressive squares, and imperial monuments await you in the capital of Spain