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Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

1. Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages. Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Princesa esq. Alberto Aguilera • Plaza de la Moncloa • Teleférico • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puente de Segovia • Puento de Toledo • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco el Grande • Catedral de la Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo de Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía • Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

2. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and Retiro and see the House of Cervantes and the Church of Los Jerónimos. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

Madrid: Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show

3. Madrid: Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show

Visit Madrid’s iconic Royal Palace to admire this important landmark and take photos of its exterior at sunset. Another fascinating site on this 3-hour tour is the Gran Via, where you'll walk along the most famous street in Madrid and join in the nightlife of the city’s residents. On your walk along this important thoroughfare, be sure to look up and take in the lavishly decorated buildings that are all around you. Some of the most eye-catching of these are the Edificio Metrópolis or Metropolis building and the Telefónica building, a skyscraper built for the Spanish telecommunications company in the 1920s. The ending point of the tour is the Plaza Major, one of the oldest squares in the city. Located in the center of Madrid, it is just a few meters from the Puerta del Sol. Take a leisurely walk past the main restaurants and bars and stop to enjoy some great food and drink after the tour as you continue enjoying the night in Madrid.

Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

4. Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

Explore Madrid in comfort and convenience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. Discover Madrid's historic landmarks and its modern attractions in detail with a single ticket. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two routes available: Blue Route: Historical Madrid • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Via  • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco El Grande • Catedral Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Reina Sofía  • Jardín Botánico Green Route: Modern Madrid • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour Hop-off at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to take a tour of the iconic home of Real Madrid. Relive more than a hundred years of Real Madrid history as you explore the interactive museum and audiovisuals displays which tell the story of this footballing giant. Step into the press room, the dressing rooms, and walk along the Player’s Tunnel until you reach the pitch, where global superstars have showcased their skills for decades. Take an interactive journey aboard a replica of the official first team bus. See the wide collection of trophies that the club has accumulated over the years. Access the presidential box, the most exclusive area of the venue, and get an exclusive VIP perspective on the stadium which can hold more than 80,000 spectators. Enjoy an interactive experience which is suited to football fanatics and those with a passing interest alike.

Madrid Royal Palace Guided Visit

5. Madrid Royal Palace Guided Visit

Immerse yourself in the history and of the majestic Royal Palace of Madrid, accompanied by an expert local guide. Take a guided visit to the beautifully furnished and decorated Royal Palace of Madrid, the former residence of the Spanish kings. Admire the reception rooms, the museum area, the Royal Chapel, visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your guide. Admire the exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take a look of the private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II before ending the tour.

Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

6. Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

Explore Madrid’s past and see its contemporary side as well on a comprehensive sightseeing bus tour, which ends with a guided visit to the Royal Palace.  Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city. Spot significant sights such as the Puerta de Sol on our way to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most artistic street in the city and look at the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. There will be stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring where your guide will share some insights on this famous monument. The last sights you will see on the first part of the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, well-known as the Broadway of Madrid. But no trip to Madrid would be completed without a visit to the Royal Palace. Thus, a local guide will pick you up from our office for a guided visit to the same. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace.  Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931.  Once your guided visit finishes, you can stay inside the Palace and go to the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square.

Madrid: 1-Way Luxury Transfer between Airport and Hotels

7. Madrid: 1-Way Luxury Transfer between Airport and Hotels

Sit back and relax in a Mercedes E class sedan on this 20-minute transfer between the Madrid airport and the city center. Your experienced, English-speaking driver will be waiting for you in the exit hall, holding a sign name with your name on it. As you make your way into the city, the driver will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You’ll find this transfer, priced for a group of up to 3 passengers, both reliable and convenient. Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you require a transfer from the airport, for a special occasion, or for business, you’ll experience top-quality service at an affordable price. You’ll have bottled water and an English-language newspaper available during your ride, and, if you like, the driver can take a route that enables you to see sites such as El Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Plaza de Cibeles, or Paseo de Castellana.

Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

8. Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

Discover the main sights of Madrid on a 2.5-hour orientation tour, and visit the most important monuments, squares and commercial avenues. Learn the history of the Spanish capital, from the old Habsburg and Borbon quarters, to the contemporary developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Discover the art deco buildings of the Gran Vía. Go to Plaza de España at its western end to see 2 of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers. Venture into Ciudad Universitaria (University City) to see the Palace of Moncloa, official residence of the Prime Minister of Spain since 1977. Continue down Calle Mayor to Puerta del Sol, where you will discover the clock with the bell that marks the traditional eating of the “Twelve Grapes” on New Year's Eve. Marvel at the monumental gate of Puerta de Alcalá, and go to Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square) for a complimentary soft drink at the Hard Rock Café. Continue along the wide Paseo de la Castellana to the Real Madrid stadium of Santiago Bernabéu. See some of Madrid’s most striking contemporary architecture in Plaza de Castilla, including the Caja Madrid Obelisk. Then, go inside the Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish kings, and look at the opulent furnishings of the official reception rooms, Royal Chapel, Throne Room and private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.

Private Tour: Lookout Points & Círculo Bellas Artes

9. Private Tour: Lookout Points & Círculo Bellas Artes

Experience Madrid from above with a visit to three unique panoramic terraces, which you won’t find in any travel guide. Discover the contrasts between the modern side of the city and its past on the Gran Via, one of the main streets in the city. You can also enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Madrid. At the first terrace you can enjoy a fantastic view of Plaza de España as well as a fascinating view of the Royal Palace on the other side. The second terrace offers a bird's-eye view of Plaza del Callao on the Gran Via, the Chamberí district, and the bustling north. Admire the third largest Christian dome of San Francisco El Grande Basilica in the La Latina district, where the famous El Rastro flea market is located. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink (included in the tour). You’ll finish the tour at an impressive panoramic point that clearly presents the proportions of the city. See the Buen Retiro Park, the Prado Museum, the Salamanca district, Chueca, and the Madrid Atocha railway station.

Madrid: Historic & Modern Panoramic City Tour

10. Madrid: Historic & Modern Panoramic City Tour

Enjoy almost 2-hours in a vintage looking car as you explore the best of Madrid. See the landmarks of Austrian Madrid as well as Bourbon Madrid. Visit the business and shopping areas of this wonderful city, seeing both the old and modern parts of the city. Relax as you travel across the city in style and listen as your audio-guide tells you everything you need to know about Madrid.  The tour itinerary is as follows : Prado Museum Puerta de Alcalá El Retiro Park Plaza de Cibeles Plaza Colon ABC SERRANO Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Museo Lázaro Galdiano Barrio de Salamanca Museo Arqueológico Nacional Gran Via Plaza de España Templo Debod Palacio Real Catedral Almudena Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande Plaza Mayor Teatro Real Plaza de las Cortes Paseo del Prado Plaza Mayor

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What people are saying about Gran Via

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based on 3,378 reviews

I have been to Madrid before, this tour took us to some places I was not familiar with. Hector our guide was knowledgeable, personable, the whole family enjoy the tour, information and time on this tour, will consider doing it again!

First time user of this bus tour --- EXCELLENT way to hit any highlights of the city. I am sold on my return trips to Europe !

Pablo is wonderful .smart, educated, pleasant and full with Full with patience. It was great to see Madrid with him!

Virginia our tour guide was fantastic… extremely knowledgeable and fun - I would highly recommend to a friend!

Our guide was very friendly, very knowledgeable and answered all our questions