Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 1.5 hours
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The visit to the palace was very good. Our guide was knowledgeable and spoke good English (not to be taken for granted in Madrid). The only issue is that the Retiro park is quite far from the palace and the connection between the two was supposed to be on foot. We were blessed with beautiful weather, so for us the walk was very pleasant -- but I cannot imagine what would happen if it would be raining... It would be good to warn people on the tour description... Finally: we had booked the tapas upgrade. It turned out that we were supposed to have it between the palace visit and the park visit! So this would imply that the others (guide and one more tour participant) would have to wait for us while we would be eating. We asked that this be rescheduled so we would go to the tapas bar after the park visit. The guide arranged this. But, again, please warn people about this aspect of the tour!
Our guide, Rocio, was just wonderful! She was incredibly knowledgeable and patient with us as we asked so many questions. Even when walking from the Royal Palace across the city to Retiro Park, she was pointing out important buildings. At the end of the day, she even wrote down several places we might like to see on our own. Rocio made our first day in Madrid a truly special day!
We were a part of a small group and for the afternoon session we were alone with Patricia. Her knowledge of the history of the two locations was excellent and she freely answered questions about Spain in general and Spanish politics in particular. Thank you for an excellent 5 hours.
This tour was excellent and Sean our guide was an expert on both Spanish and Madrid history. He was very engaged and genuine in his pride and passion for his city and country. He even provided local restaurant recommendations per our request. Super nice tour!
Tour of the palace was great, guide was very knowledgeable. Retiro park is really nice but would skip the tapas; tapas place could not cater for vegetarians