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Madrid: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Product ID: 117453
Journey through the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid on an early exclusive access tour and enjoy the typical Spanish Cuisine with a tapas tasting in a famous bar near the Royal Palace (if option selected).
About this activity
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the long lines to the largest royal palace in western Europe
  • Explore the history of the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Spanish monarchy
  • Visit the opulent state rooms and grand private apartments
  • Enjoy a tapas tasting in one of the most important bars in Madrid, near the Royal Palace (if selected option)
Full description
Skip the long lines to the Royal Palace of Madrid and learn the history of the Spanish monarchy on a guided tour. Hear how the palace has changed through time with informative observations from your expert guide.

Discover an exquisite collection of tapestries, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art from the royal collections, including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. Visit the private apartments, throne room and banquet halls, along with the Hall of Mirrors from the reign of Charles IV. Admire the Palatine Stradivarius collection of musical instruments and see the 19th-century English-style gardens and 2 neoclassical fountains.

Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local, select the Tapas Tasting option. Following the tour of the Royal Palace, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history.

Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.
  • Bilingual guide
  • Early exclusive access to the Royal Palace
  • Guided Tour
  • Tapas tasting in one of the most important bar in Madrid (if you select this option)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please check which option you select as the inclusions are different depending on the option
• As per Royal Palace policy, and in order to preserve the monument, your time slots may be changed before to your ticket date
• Please note that this tour takes place with a bilingual guide giving explanations in both English and Spanish for the duration
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 555 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The tour was interesting but I found the guide not as prepared. We always had to wait for her to purchase the tickets, then the audio guides and finally when she translated the tour in Spanish. I would recommend not taking a bilingual tour, a lot of information is missed and slows the tour down.

January 1, 2020

Purchased the tickets online - no issues at all! The meeting spot was easy to find, the guide Ivan was friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour was in both English and Spanish. Initially I thought that this would be a bit boring as Ivan said everything in both languages, however, it actually gave us time to look around each room, which was quite nice as other tours you are frequently rushed through.

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December 31, 2019

Our guide had to work very hard since non-English speakers joined the tour. It was distracting. This is not a criticism of the tour guide--he was excellent--but we would suggest that a tour publicized as English (or any other language) be kept strictly to folks who speak that language. Everything the guide said had to be repeated in another language.

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October 9, 2019

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Product ID: 117453