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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
  • Madrid sightseeing tour with Royal Palace visit
  • Learn about Madrid’s Moorish origins in Barrio de la Moreria
  • See Madrid's famous Habsburg monuments and squares
  • View the Royal Palace's throne room, banqueting rooms, and royal apartments with your professional guide
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Local guide
Entrance and guided tour to Royal Palace.
Air-conditioned motor coach.
Individual radioguided system for Royal Palace guided tour
Skip the line access.
Tour operated in both Spanish and English.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
C. de San Nicolás, 15 , C. de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Julià Travel Office

9:00 AM
Palacio Real , 28005 Madrid, Spain
Get an overview of the centuries of history, culture, and tradition that have shaped the Spanish capital of Madrid, covering its Arab and medieval periods up to the present. During this tour, you have the chance to visit some of the city's most important historical sites along with its opulent Royal Palace.

Start your day in central Madrid, heading out to begin your exploration of the many hundreds of years of architectural history that have shaped the boundaries and buildings of this dynamic urban area. Discover the Moorish history of Madrid in the Barrio de la Moreria, an old Moorish section of the city. Proceed from there to view some of the various structures of Madrid's Habsburg period, including Calle Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, the Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor, an era characterized by its renaissance and baroque architectural styles.

Continue your visit with an examination of the architecture of the period surrounding the reign of Charles III in the 18th century. During this era, Madrid gained importance as a critical knowledge center for culture and science, as artists and intellectuals flocked to its neighborhoods. Check out the Monumento de la Encarnación, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de la Opera, which provide excellent examples of the flurry of construction that took place during this time.

Head next into the contemporary era of Madrid's history, first by exploring the boulevards of Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Then head next to the beautiful structures of the Barrio Salamanca and Parque del Oeste neighborhood, along with a chance to view some of Madrid's most important commercial and financial areas. You'll also stop at modern architectural sites like Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, before taking time for a stroll at the city's newest public space Madrid Rio.

Then head to Royal Palace—the former home of the Spanish royal family. It was constructed in Italian baroque style in the 18th century near the city's historic alcazar (Arab-fortress). Take a tour inside this beautiful palace, among the best-preserved in Europe, as you listen to your guide place it into context with other surrounding structures like the Plaza de Oriente and Campo del Moro.

Then go inside the palace to admire the extensive collection of antique clocks, armor, art, porcelain, and tapestries that line its halls. Make sure to check out the works by Spanish masters Goya and Velazquez and stop by the throne room, banquet halls, and private royal apartments. You also have time to see the royal armory, pharmacy and grand hall of columns.

End your Madrid tour outside the Royal Palace.
Pass By:  
Plaza de Oriente
Last stop
Pass By:  
Paseo del Prado
Paseo del Prado
Pass By:  
Puerta de Toledo
Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Did you know its construction dates back from the Napoleonic era?
Pass By:  
Catedral de la Almudena
Almudena Cathedral
Stop At:  
Plaza Mayor
We will make a new stop here and we will be able to visit la Plaza de Villa and Puerta del Sol.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol
Pass By:  
Gran Via
Gran Via
Pass By:  
Prado National Museum
We will go through 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).
Pass By:  
Cibeles Fountain
Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories.
Pass By:  
Puerta de Alcala
Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city.
Stop At:  
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
Plaza de Toros
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu
Pass By:  
Paseo de la Castellana
Paseo de la Castellana
Pass By:  
Calle Mayor
Calle Mayor
Stop At:  
Royal Palace of Madrid
Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace. Did you know its size doubles the one of Buckingham Palace? Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931. Nowadays, it still is a great example of the establishment of Madrid as the capital of the kingdom. Today, it holds the most important receptions of the Spanish Crown. Know the audiences, dinner parties and signature of agreements celebrated through the years. Walk around the Armory Square. Marvel at the beautiful tapestries and elegant furniture. Follow your guide through the Grand Staircase, the Throne Room and the Banqueting Hall, among others. 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!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, we recommended comfortable shoes.
  • Royal Palace visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Palace Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the oficial acts to be celebrated in the palace.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that 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).
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • We 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 our guide.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour.

Traveler Tips

  • "I don’t know maybe it’s better if you take the hop on hop tour bus instead." See review


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Skip this sham company
, Oct 2021
Horrible experience. Simply awful. Terrible communication and not friendly, please use another organization for your touring needs in Madrid. A guide for the Palace isn't necessary and the free walking tours available in Madrid were great for €50 less.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Skip the bus tour of Madrid City Highlights
, Feb 2020
Our guides were very good. But the first part of the tours was two hours on a bus and if I were to do that next time, I would just do the Royal Palace portion.
Good for Limited time
, Nov 2019
This was a good overview of sights in Madrid. We had limited time and wanted to see the city. The guided tour of the Palace was excellent! My only complaint is there are no hotel pickups.
Somewhat ok
, Oct 2019
We had our sightseeing first around the city by coach there are some nuisance in the bus that some are talking while the tour guide Isabelle is talking about Madrid , we had only one stop in the plaza del toro for some photo op but in other places that is nice to take some photos we didn’t. I don’t know maybe it’s better if you take the hop on hop tour bus instead. The next one is the royal palace our guide is good sorry forgot the name Sergio or Jorge but he’s ok.Threw some jokes there and then so it’s not too boring. That tour is okey the Royal palace tou.
English sightseeing tour disappointment
, Oct 2019
First you meet at the travel office. It is wall to wall with people, no where to sit, no directions given. We finally went and asked and your Viator paper ticket is not good on this tour, like it has been on every tour I went on. You have to wait in like and get the travel companies ticket. Also out front are local beggers because they know it's all tourists, the company never asked them to leave or to stop harassing people waiting for their tour. Then it's a little walk and down some stairs to the bus, we were fine but some older people really had a problem. The tour isn't as good as the Hop On Hop off tour and it's in english and spanish. I was under the impression it was only english, so every sentence was english then spanish, english, spanish and it made for non stop talking by the tour guide. I understand that we are in Spain and they speak spanish, I expect that, but not on an english guided tour. The Royal Palace tour was ok, but it would have been better to just do a regular tour through the palace. It's crowded and hard to stay with the group. Plus you don't have time to read the plaques by each item or in each room. I would not recommens this tour or tour company.
Not my choice
, Oct 2019
2 different tours joined as one Madrid highlites, very disappointing delivery of the tour my the guide, she was not interested or passionate about what she does. Was surpose to be in English and Spanish, English was an after thought. The palace tour was done by another guide, she was interested and informative. This part of the tour was great
Not the ideal tour
, Aug 2019
Took the Madrid and royal palace tour. Not impressed by our tour guide Isabella. I was hoping for an informative tour, but instead got a tour filled with yelling and no clear time limit on each bus stop.
Amazing Place, but A Difficult Tour
, Jul 2019
Our visit to the Palace was amazing. The Palace is a very interesting and beautiful. Our tour guide was not very good. She was a nice person, but she wasn't good at explaining the Palace in either English or Spanish.
Not worth it
, Jul 2019
The bus tour was a total waste and the palace tour guide was very informative but I wish we went on our own with self guided sets as I felt I was rushed through. Only good thing about bus tour is the guide told us of the places we can leisurely come on our own see. So if you do take this tour my advice is it to take tips from bus guide and then visit the places he/she suggests.
Hot and confusing
, May 2019
Not ship the line, waited in hot sun for 30 minutes. Asked for English speaking, but got two languages: English and Spanish, which made the tour longer and you would lose interest while listening to language you did not understand. Loved the locations we visited.

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