DESCRIPTION: We will begin with a city sightseeing tour of Madrid described on the program and will continue with the visit of the Prado Museum.
MADRID HIGHLIGHTS: Take your camera or smartphone and join our walking tours and motor coach tours to remember Madrid in a different way!
Madrid shows the multiple contrasts inherited through the History. Elegant squares such as Plaza de Oriente, Plaza de España, Parque del Oeste, Príncipe Pío, el Puente del Rey, la Ermita de la Virgen del Puerto, ending at Segovia’s Bridge – Puente de Segovia, one of the best viewpoints of the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Almudena. We will continue to Puerta de Toledo, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Las Cortes, Plaza de Neptuno, Atocha, Paseo del Prado, Puerta de Alcalá, Alcalá street, the Retiro’s Park and Las Ventas Bullring, plenty of cheers and colors in the afternoons of bullfight. We will return to the city center through Plaza de Colón. And we will continue towards the new Madrid, with its modern buildings, gardens, the great avenue Paseo de la Castellana, until Plaza de Castilla (Europe’s Gate) and we’ll go down towards Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Plaza de Cibeles, Gran Via and Plaza del Callao, to end at Plaza de Isabel II (in front of Royal Opera House).
We will make convenient stops for walking and taking pictures at Plaza Mayor, Templo de Debod and Las Ventas Bullring, if the weather permits and always accompanied by our guide.
Free drink by courtesy of our partnership Hard Rock Cafe.
PRADO MUSEUM TOUR: The building that today houses the national museum del Prado 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 national museum del Prado, 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 collection as we know it today, started to increase significantly in the 16th century during the time of Charles V and continued to thrive under the succeeding Habsburg and Bourbon Monarchs.
It is down to them than nowadays we can contemplate in the Museum as greatest masterpieces 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 the masterpieces of J. Bosch (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, to continue with the rooms devoted to the 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, ending with Goya (1746-1828): The family of Carlos IV Pictures, The Shootings of May 2, Pestles and Black Paintings.
PERIOD: 01 April 2017 – 31 March 2018
FRENQUENCY: April to October: Daily
November to March: Every Wednesday
DEPARTURE TIME: 9:00 AM
CHECK IN TIME: 15 minutes before departing time
DURATION: 4,5 hours, approx.
DEPARTURE POINT: San Nicolás 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales)
ARRIVAL POINT: The tour ends at Prado Museum. Valid ticket for 1 day
TYPE OF SALE: Free Sale with a release of 24 hours
CANCELATION POLICY: 100% cancellation fee applies if canceled less than 24 hours or no show
BLACKOUT DATES: 01 May, 18 May, 25 Dec, 01 Jan
VOCUHER TYPE: Printed voucher and E-voucher
- Air conditioned motor coach.
- Bilingual Official guide.
- Free drink at Hard Rock Cafe during the tour
- Entrance and guided tour to Prado Museum. Ticket is valid for 1 day, until closing time
- Lunch, beverages or other services not specified above.