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Madrid: Hapsburgs and Royal Palace Guided Tour

Product ID: 1259
Learn about the history of the Hapsburgs, who reigned over Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. On a small-group walking tour of Madrid, you'll admire the Renaissance and Baroque architecture and take a tour of the Royal Palace with your guide.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the highlights of Madrid on a guided walking tour
  • Learn about the Hapsburg dynasty in Spain
  • Stop for a drink at one of the most emblematic cafés in the city
Full description
Discover the Madrid of the Hapsburgs on a 4-hour small-group walking tour. The Hapsburg dynasty began in Spain with the reign of Charles I, who enriched the city by building palaces and monuments. Later, Philip II declared Madrid the capital of Spain, leading to the city’s dramatic growth. Admire the Renaissance and Baroque style buildings that are perhaps some of most picturesque and representative of Madrid. Stop for a break at a traditional café in this popular area of the city, and enjoy a complimentary drink.

Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace, which was built in the 18th century in the Italian Baroque style and is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved palaces in Europe. The palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1765 to 1931. To date, the most prestigious receptions of the Spanish Crown are celebrated here, including audiences, dinner parties, signings of important agreements, and the presentation of credential letters of foreign ambassadors to His Majesty the King.
Includes
  • Expert guide
  • Skip-the-line entry and guided tour to Royal Palace
  • Individual radio-guided system
  • Complimentary drink at a traditional café
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch, beverages, or other services not specified above
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tours depart from the Julia Travel office at C/ San Nicolás 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Infants are free (food and drink consumption is not included)
• 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 Hapsburgs Madrid Walking Tour only runs with a minimum of two and a maximum of 12 people per departure
• In case this minimum has not been reached, an alternative date or cancelation option with a full refund will be offered
• Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the official events to be celebrated in the Palace
• Failure to show up at the established check-in time may result in missing the tour
• Tour operated in both English and Spanish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

2.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3 / 5
  • Organization
    2 / 5
  • Value for money
    2 / 5
  • Safety
    3 / 5
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Introduction to nowadays Madrid plus skip the line at the Place.

When booking the tour I was under the impression, that the walk through Habsburgs' quarter would be focussing more on historic facts, relating to the places seen on the tour. However it turned out to be a walk thought the district in the course of which the guide explained about difficulties of life in Madrid these days and pointed out plenty of shops worth visiting - as almost all of them are located right on the main street or in the immediate surroundings of Plaza Major and illustrate their merchandise in the windows, everyone on a shopping spree can find them easily without a guide. To be fair, here and there a few historic facts were mentioned, however far less than I had expected from a themed tour but the guide was motivated. Unfortunately we were provided another guide for the tour of the royal palace. Positive: It was convenient to skip the line. Down-side: the (overworked?) guide rushed through the rooms giving an obviously repeatedly well trained speech. Done after 1hour.

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December 30, 2015

Tour con 2 guías diferentes

La primera parte del tour se hizo con una persona, y la segunda con otra y ambos discursos estaban un poco desalianeados. Sólo a petición mía se explicó como fue el cambio de una dinastía a otra. Ya que Madrid por desgracia no tiene un centro que explique los pormenores dinásticos ni tampoco un museo de historia nacional, creo que sería enriquecedor ampliar contenidos.

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October 22, 2018

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