Private Custom Tour: Madrid In A Day

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Overview

Experience the best of Madrid, and see the sights that you want to see on this private tour. Choose from a half- or full-day tour, then let your local guide know your interests and leave the rest to them. With a flexible itinerary that is customized to your preferences, this tour has everything you need to explore Spain’s capital with ease, including preplanned logistics and complimentary public transport. Visit the city’s must-see attractions, such as Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid, and discover hidden gems that many visitors miss.

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

Make the most of your time in Madrid with this premium service. Discuss your interests ahead of time with your guide, then simply look forward to discovering Madrid according to a personalized itinerary – complete with transport and recommendations from your local guide. On the day of your tour, your guide meets you at your hotel. You can make any final adjustments as you set out to see Madrid's legendary landmarks.

Venture to the Royal Palace of Madrid to admire the structure’s imperial majesty. Enjoy skip-the-line tickets into the Prado Museum to experience the masterworks of Velasquez, El Greco, and Goya. Discover secluded secrets like El Rastro, the city’s old flea market. Marvel at the neoclassical splendor of the ancient Alcalá Gate.

And enjoy the sweet life of Madrid like a local. 

See the Itinerary for a sample full-day tour.

Inclusions for Private Custom Tour: Madrid In A Day

  • Local guide 
  • Transportation (including taxis in city center)
  • Customized tour planning services 

Exclusions for Private Custom Tour: Madrid In A Day

  • Food and drinks 
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Prado Museum (you can pay for the tickets separately directly to the guide)
  • Gratuities (optional) 
  • Full-day chauffeur/airport transfer

Itinerary:

Sample Itinerary     
9:30am: your friendly, private guide meets you at your hotel. Make your way to Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, the city’s most famous and most central square. Then head to Plaza Mayor, hop onto Teleférico, the city’s scenic cable railway. Have your camera ready as you enjoy the mile-long climb through scenic views of the city. Spy sights such as the old railway station Principe Pio and the Manzanares River.           
11:15am: Follow your guide to Gran Via, the main thoroughfare in Madrid. Stroll along this bustling street, lined with shops, eateries and bars. Take in what makes Madrid so special: its unique mix of Art Deco, Vienna Secession, neo-Mudejar and Plateresque architecture.                  12:30pm: When hunger strikes, stop off at a deli to try cocido, a local dish made of chickpeas, vegetables and meat. Or perhaps head to a tapas bar and sink your teeth into a selection of tantalizing Spanish dishes.                
1:30pm: Pass by Glorieta de Bilbao, a star-shaped roundabout. Continue to the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, once the city’s Jewish quarter. Stroll down the streets and see Spanish shops sandwiched among African store-fronts, Asian stalls and Indian cafés. Listen as your guide talks about the Movida Madrileña, the countercultural movement that began in Madrid in the 1970's after the death of dictator Franco. Then, discover hidden venues that are the center stage of Madrid's vibrant music scene.         
3pm: make your way to El Rastro, the popular open-air flea market in Madrid. Weave your way through the stalls crammed with bric-a-brac. This is a great place to find souvenirs or trinkets for your family.       
4pm: Jump into a cab and travel in style to the district of Retiro. Here, see some of Madrid’s showstoppers. Choose the Prado Museum (with our optional skip-the-line tickets) or Almudena Cathedral. Discover Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) and Alcalá Gate (Puerta de Alcalá).           5pm: End your tour at the lush Parque del Buen Retiro ( translated ‘Park of the Pleasant Retreat’). Stroll past the park’s many sculptures and take in soothing views of the gardens and lake. Relax with a refreshing drink and talk with your guide about your plans for the evening — your guide will be more than happy to help you find the perfect dinner reservation.    

Then, bid your guide a reluctant farewell and head to a popular local restaurant for dinner.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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22 reviews by the users

  • What a great day! Pedro was awesome. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the city of Madrid and the architecture. I would highly recommend this tour!

  • It is important to be really clear with your expectations up front, so that you get the maximum value from this tour. It is an excellent tour to get to know your areas of interest quickly. We were able to get to know the central areas of Madrid through this tour and so were able to plan the rest of our visit. Madrid is a city that needs to be walked to appreciate its architecture and history.

  • Our guide Pedro made this tour a memorable experience. We travelled through the back streets to find hidden plaques dedicated to Spain's famous writers and poets. Pedro described the differences in the buildings of Madrid, from the centuries old structures to the incredibly beautiful new buildings on the Gran Via, explaining how the architects designed the buildings to retain the flavour of the past. He took us inside buildings to view underground Roman structures that were clearly visible as you walked over the glass frames that protected them as if they were in a time capsule. His passion was obvious as he talked about a city that he loved.
    This was a great way to understand more about Madrid, and we finished the tour with wonderful memories and knowledge that we would not have gained on our own.

  • Enrique was awesome! Kids loved it. He was very passionate about his culture and it showed. He took us to some off the beaten path places and we loved it. Highly recommend him.

  • Given our limited time in Madrid this custom half day walking tour was well worthwhile especially given the great 'local knowledge' of our guide, Ester. She did a good job of sourcing out the main sights we indicated that we wanted to see for example, Puerta del Sol, Calle de Postas, Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace, Plaza de Oriente and Calle del Arenal and she explained the significance of each in just the right amount of detail so as to not overwhelm us with too much detail.

  • We had only 8 hours in Madrid, so we decided to book the 2 1/2 hour walking tour. We are so glad we did! Pedro showed us his Madrid that he loves so passionately. We love history and art, and Pedro is an art historian. He generously gave us over 3 hours of his time and showed us the highlights of the area bounded by Gran Via and Calle Mayor and the Palace and Paseo del Prado. There were many amazing moments on this completely enjoyable tour. Pedro was so warm and friendly and wonderful to be with. It was all that we hoped for and so much more!

  • Unfortunately we had to do the half-day tour due to time constraints but our guide was very knowledgeable. He even helped us arrange transportation around the city which is something he didn't have to do. We definitely recommend the tour especially if you are there for half a day like we were

  • I arranged this tour as our first activity in Madrid so we would then be familiarized with the city for our week long visit. Turns out to be one of the best Viator tours ever. It started as soon as I booked it about three months in advance when Karolina communicated by email to gather all necessary information to tailor the tour to us and our interests. She even went beyond and helped me obtain a Madrid Card for multiple sights when I was having difficulty buying it on line. She made me feel like I had a family member there helping out! Then came the tour itself. Luis David arrived at our apartment exactly on time and our education and entertainment began at once. His knowledge of his city was inexhaustible and he was prepared with countless pictures and visual aids on his iPad. He is a Madrideños but spoke nearly perfect English vocabulary and completely understandable accent. He introduced Madrid in a fascinating combination of chronological history coupled with a strolling tour of meaningful sights and contemporary customs. His assistance extended to marking up maps and making recommendations for meals at the end of our seven hours together which flew by because it was so interesting and fun. I know this tour is a little pricey, and I hesitated before booking, but let me tell you that it was worth every penny. We have already found ourselves better prepared to fully enjoy this rich city. The company, Discovery Walks, provides similar services in many other places and I plan to use them again and again. Thank you Karolina, Luis and your whole team.

  • To fully understand Madrid and its rich history, a walking tour is a must. Our guide, Enrique, was passionate and well versed in its steeped history. In the middle of the tour , we stopped at a tavern and enjoyed wine and tapas. That's where I learned that tapas are free in Madrid. This is not necessarily true in other parts of Spain. I truly left the tour with a deep understanding of this amazing city.

  • David was terrific. He was energetic, responsive to our questions and very knowledgeable. It was great that we were able to see the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum and many other sites during the day. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire day with him. The tour was pricy -- the only negative.

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