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Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid, Spain
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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See the sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a walking tour of Madrid. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace and listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the history of the city. See almost every major site in Madrid's beautiful city center and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
  • Walking tour of Madrid, including skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace
  • See the Royal Palace of Madrid from the inside out
  • Small group limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink in a traditional café
  • Set your own pace and choose your café breaks
  • Learn about the rich history of the city from a guide
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Bilingual guide in Spanish and English
Free drink at an emblematic Café during the tour
Guaranteed to skip the long lines at the Royal Palace.
Individual radioguided system
Skip the line access
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

C. de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Julià Travel Office

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

C. de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain
Greet your guide at a central meeting point and begin your walking tour of the city, once called Habsburg's Madrid. Learn about the history of Madrid during the Habsburg dynasty which began with Charles I. See some of the palaces and monuments commissioned by him and learn how Philip the second helped the city grow by making it the capital of Spain.

Wander past examples of gorgeous baroque and Renaissance architecture and peek inside traditional Spanish tavernas as the scent of sizzling chorizo wafts outside.

Then continue to the Royal Palace of Madrid, famed for its title as one of the most beautiful palace complexes in Europe, and skip the long lines with priority admission. Stroll through the baroque-style fortress and learn about its rich history as the official residence of the Spanish royal family from 1765 to 1931.

Refuel with a complimentary drink at a traditional café and then bid your guide and group farewell at another central location.
Stop At:  
Stroll through Madrid Old Town. Discover some of its most important buildings of Renaissance and Baroque style. This area is known as the Habsburgs' Madrid because of the dynasty that reigned in Spain until 1700. Charles I was the first king of the era and enriched the city with palaces and museums you will discover today. The city grew dramatically during the period and became the capital of Spain. Follow your guide on this walking tour and immerse yourself in the city history. See important sights such as Mayor Street, the beautiful Plaza de la Villa, Plaza de Oriente and surrounding areas. Learn about the representative Renaissance and Baroque styles. Stop at a café of this popular quarter of Madrid and enjoy a break courtesy of Julià Travel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Palace of Madrid
Skip the lines and dive right into the history of the beautiful Royal 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 visit the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Royal Palace visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Palace Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Julià Travel reserves the right to modify or cancel the tour itinerary without prior notice due to force majeure reasons.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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 Hapsburgs Madrid and 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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Hapsburgs Madrid and 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Might be a bit of a drag for kids and some teens." See review
  • "It's a very simple tour yet you get to see so much" See review
  • "A really good way to get to know the city of Madrid, recommend it highly!" See review


139 Reviews

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Valentines Day in Spain
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide Beatrice was great, on time and very knowledgeable, The Royal Palace was beautiful and great views of Madrid from the courtyard.
, Aug 2019
This was a very good tour! Our guides were very informative and accommodating. A really good way to get to know the city of Madrid--recommend it highly!
Very informative & interestong tour.
, Jul 2019
We enjoyed the tour. Very informative and interesting. Might be a bit of a drag for kids and some teens.
Morning tour was great, Royal palace was rushed. You might be better off doing palace on your own with audio guide
Gopi D
, Jul 2019
We had a walking tour of Madrid from 9 to 11:30 where we made half an hour stop for Churros and chocolate. Our lady guide was very witty and we walked around the parts of the city as she explained the history of different buildings which was really interesting. However, she dropped us off at Royal Palace around 11:40 since we were supposed to go with a different guide from that point forward. She told us that our new guide was would pick us up before 12 noon to start the Royal Palace tour. We kept waiting for a long time outside the palace since this other guide had to collect a large group of people. We did not enter the main gate of the palace after clearing the security until after 12:15 and then she went to pick up something else back to the windows. By the time she really took us inside the Royal Palace, it was almost 12:35. Our tour's end time was 1:30, the palace was really crowded which is normal. She started showing us around different rooms that were open to public but she was commenting in two different languages - English and Spanish; and due to slight accents (which is normal), it was hard to keep up with when she was switching from one language to another. And since, we got late start, as soon as she was done doing her commentary about a particular room, she was just walking to the next room with her group following her. We could not ask any questions or have a little conversation about the room. We felt like we needed a few more minutes to take in the beauty of each room; our tour already ended by 1:20 pm. I asked her if I can stay inside the palace and revisit some of the rooms and she said, "I don't think you can go back in". The palace is huge and people enter from one side and exit from other I felt like if we had bought the tickets on our own and got audio guide, we could have chosen the language we wanted to hear and taken our own time to tour the palace.
“Small Group” is Deceiving
Eddie H
, May 2019
The tour was conducted in two separate parts. The first of which, we met at the central tour office and walked around the old section of Madrid with a tour guide who seemed quite knowledgeable. As stated, our initial group was indeed “limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience.” However, after concluding the initial part of the tour, much to our surprise, our guide left us off at the gardens by the side gate of the palace, and informed us that we needed to wait for second guide to tour the palace. We waited for over 20 minutes and then were greeted by a second guide who had an additional over 30 persons. As the size of our group was too large for one guide, we then waited nearly an additional 30 minutes for the arrival of an additional person to usher us through the Palace grounds and buildings. Although the second guide was personable and knowledgeable, due to the size of our group, we were not allowed to stop in several points of the Palace. We felt misled that we paid for a smaller group and yet were eventually bunched together in a large for group for half of the tour while waiting in between for nearly an hour of downtime.
Walking tour and Palace
, Nov 2018
I enjoyed the walking tour of Habsburgs Madrid the best. The Royal Palace was beautiful, but crowded. Our tour guide for the walking tour, Carmen, was excellent. She told us about how some cloistered nuns in the convents make and sell cookies (they weren't selling them that day), but later in Granada we found a convent and were able to buy the cookies because Carmen had explained it to us. We were so excited to buy the cookies from the nuns! We also enjoyed our break for churros and chocolate!
An excellent walking tour
, Oct 2018
The walking tour section (with Carmen) was excellent; it was informative and fun, and Carmen was happy to answer any questions which the group had. The Palace section of the the tour was good, but the crowds meant that it was difficult to keep the (now larger because of joining with another tour) group together, and we were in a different room to the one being described on several occasions. This was not the fault of the (new) guide but a result of the crowds at the Palace.
Tour guide: I did not catch her name...
, Sep 2018
Tour guide: I did not catch her name: nice blond lady. She was very good tour guide. Old city is nice, picturesque, full of history. City has so much to offer. Chocolate drink and Churo was nice touch. It was very educational and learned so much fact of Madrid which is capital of Spain. Royal Palace was just amazing. So much wealth and power showing from this building. Shame they don't take picture inside. Amazing rooms so many of them, lost count. I recommend this tour.
This was an amazing tour! Both guides...
, Aug 2018
This was an amazing tour! Both guides were incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining us with stories. The first half of the tour was spent walking around Madrid, just basic places though but with a stop at a local chocolatería where we could have some churros and chocolate and a coffee no charge. Then we went to the palace where we got a new guide who took us inside the palace which was breathtaking and absolutely beautiful. It's a very simple tour yet you get to see so much
The guides Isabella and Sylvia were...
Regina B
, Jul 2018
The guides Isabella and Sylvia were pleasant and informative. However, the organization of the tour leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the tour was bilingual. The guide had to explain each attraction along the route in English and Spanish. Luckily, Sylvia was able to do that effortlessly, and I didn't mind hearing it in another language and trying to decipher the message. The walking portion was a little longer than I expected especially because it also included a trip through a food market and a detailed explanation of eating and ordering Churros. During our cafe stop, we were told we would be there for about 10-20 minutes. We were there closer to the latter time. Following the break, we were told that we would be transferred to another guide to tour the Royal Palace. The group waited in the garden nearly 20 minutes for the next guide to escort us inside. I was disappointed that we wasted almost 40 minutes a 10 minute cafe break is sufficient.. Also, I would recommend that only one guide accompanies and remains with the group throughout the entire tour. At the start of the tour, we did not introduce ourselves to the group which is common. After all, you will be spending the next 3 1/2 hours with these people. Fortunately, we met a family the previous night who also attended who also attended the tour. During our wait for the 2nd guide to come, we got to meet the others. At least, the others from the initial group. Sylvia, the 2nd guide brought along another group of individuals who we then joined. This became challenging to follow the group in the palace because we had been combined with new people who we did not recognize. I only knew if they were in the group by looking at the Julia Travel tag on the front of their body. As a result, the initial intimate group of 12 swelled to nearly 20. Due to a prior engagement, I had to depart the tour prematurely. However, if we had not wasted so much time at the cafe and waiting for the 2nd guide then I would have finished almost all of the guided tour. Instead, I had to go ahead independently so that I could see the palace in its entirety, This tour could be far better with the suggested corrections because it is due to its organization. The guides did a very good job, in particular, Isabella because she spent the majority of the time with our group. This can also be a disadvantage for the tour guides who may miss an opportunity for a gratuity as a result of the poor planning of the agency. This skip-the-line option is an attractive feature, but more thought needs to go into planning and logistics.

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