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Plaza de Oriente Tours and Activities

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Plaza de Oriente
One of the last great monumental squares of Imperial Madrid, the Plaza de Oriente boasts an enviably grand location, flanked by the magnificent Royal Palace to the west and the Teatro Real opera house to the east. Although originally planned by Joseph Bonaparte, the plaza wasn’t finished until 1844 under the reign of Isabel II, opening to the public in 1850.

Laid out by architect Narciso Pascual y Colomer, the plaza features a set of beautifully landscaped gardens, punctuated by a series of 44 statues depicting prominent Spanish monarchs. Most famous is the 17th-century bronze equestrian statue of Felipe IV, designed in 1640 by Italian sculptor Pedro Tacca. The iconic figure shows the King’s stallion rearing up on its hind legs – a striking sight which towers 12 meters high over the central walkway.

A popular location for state occasions and public addresses, the tranquil oasis makes a scenic location for a stroll, especially at night when the palace and gardens are dramatically lit up. A number of cafés also line the square, offering great views of the formal gardens, most famously the Café de Oriente, with its terrace viewing area proving a big hit with tourists.
Address: Calle Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

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Beat the crowds with this tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your guide through parts of the "Palacio de Oriente" that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the Throne Room, and more. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

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Treat your taste buds to this 3.5-hour walking tapas tour of Madrid! Gain insight into the cherished Spanish culinary tradition from your local guide as you visit four or five eateries around the city on a lunch or dinner tour. Sample authentic tapas like Iberian ham, locally produced cheeses and paella, accompanied by regional wine or beer at each stop. All tapas and drinks are included, so be sure to bring your walking shoes and your appetite!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
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  • 4 hours
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$56.42
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3 hour Madrid Bike Tour

3 hour Madrid Bike Tour

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With limited time to explore Madrid, it can be tough to see all the top sights. On this bicycle tour perfect for travelers hoping to see more in less time, you can visit several of Madrid's most notable sights, in only a few hours. Just grab your helmet, hop on your bike, and let your guide lead you through some of Madrid's most scenic neighborhoods, like Malasaña and Barrio de Las Letras, with several stops along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.61
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Walking Tour Madrid Old Town: Secret Spots and Hidden Gems

Walking Tour Madrid Old Town: Secret Spots and Hidden Gems

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Discover the history and culture of Madrid as you walk the medieval streets of Old Town during this guided, walking tour that brings the city’s story to life. Visit Plaza Mayor where markets once flourished and stand in the center of iconic Puerta del Sol square before visiting the world’s oldest restaurant. Discover the world of Spanish food and along the way and see the Royal Palace and grounds.
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  • 3 hours
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Top walking tour of Madrid

Top walking tour of Madrid

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This tour is great if it is your first time in Madrid. You will see everything you need to see in old Madrid and learn everything you need to know about Madrid. We will walk through the most beautiful squares and hidden streets. You will learn not only about history and culture but also about everyday life in Madrid. You will have the opportunity to ask as much as you want.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private running tour of Madrid - Sol, Palacio, Plaza Mayor, Retiro and more

Private running tour of Madrid - Sol, Palacio, Plaza Mayor, Retiro and more

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Welcome to this private running tour of Madrid. Our guides all have great knowledge and experience of Madrid and we will take you on a running guide tour around the centre of Madrid. We can tailor the tour to fit your interests and can cover some of the main attractions or something a bit further afield if you choose. We can also cover some of Madrid’s history or give you some insight in to where to go for food and drink. You have the chance to ask us for recommendations and tips on how to make your stay in Madrid as memorable as possible. You can choose if we should do a full stop at some attractions for your guide to give you some information as well as having time to take some photos. You choose the speed and if it’s several of you then we will run as fast as the slowest member of the group.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Madrid 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour

Madrid 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour

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Get personalized tips from a local guide during this private tour in Madrid. Explore the city on foot including the top historic and architectural landmarks such as Puerta del Sol. Catch a glimpse of Madrid’s culture and lifestyle as you stroll through a local market and buzzing plazas. Learn about where to find some of the city’s best churros.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Fun segway tour around Madrid 1h

Fun segway tour around Madrid 1h

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For Madrid sightseeing with a fun twist, don't settle for a sleepy walking tour when you can glide around the city on your speedy Segway, to several of Madrid's most emblematic sights. Start with a quick training and then get to exploring, from Plaza de San Miguel and Plaza de Ramales to the steep streets of Madrid de los Austrias—which you climb with ease on your Segway.
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  • 1 hour
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Walking Tour - Ancient Madrid: the essentials of the city

Walking Tour - Ancient Madrid: the essentials of the city

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Join us to know the Habsburgs Quarter, that emblematic area of the capital populated by tourists and natives, where the traditional is united with the current and the traces of monarchical dynasties, republics, dictatorships, democracies, rises, and attacks converge. Art, gardens, monuments, gastronomy, and history are perfectly mixed in those streets of a virtual medieval layout, making Madrid one of the most visited cities in the world and the inspiration of the most varied creators, who for centuries have paid tribute with their work. Walk with us through the most essential Madrid, where you will discover the true origins of the capital, it's past of fire and water, the same landscape that powerful kings, miraculous saints, and attractive bandits toured, the villa of palace intrigues, the squares of unjust executions and the corners of furtive romances, the place of the war and the one of the reconstruction… the Madrid of yesterday and the Madrid of today!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Segway Ride in the Old City of Madrid

Segway Ride in the Old City of Madrid

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An efficient, eco-friendly Segway is one of the best ways to explore the dispersed yet dazzling landmarks of Madrid. Tick off top attractions such as Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), and Almudena Cathedral as you cruise the city on a Segway. No previous Segway experience is required to enjoy this tour — the self-balancing Segways are incredibly easy to use and require only a short orientation session. Small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 1 hour
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Madrid's Private Tour with your Family: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Madrid's Private Tour with your Family: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Enjoy Madrid like a real local family! Take in the beautiful sights and some of the city’s unique hidden gems on this tour that combines the main attractions of Madrid with a few places known only by locals. All of this next to great local stories from your private host. It's created exclusively for you and your family! Visit highlights like the Cibeles Palace and the Neptune fountain. The two fountains in these squares are some of the most beautiful and majestic ones in the city. From here, your local host will also give you some family-friendly tips about visiting the nearby Prado Museum and Retiro Park. Go to one of the best-known spots in the city, Puerta del Sol. Originally this was one of the gates in the city wall, and here your kids will love to see the symbol of Madrid - a massive statue of a bear eating fruit out of a tree. Discover Calle del Arenal, a pedestrian shopping street that will lead you towards Plaza Mayor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace Guided Tour in One Day

Prado Museum and Royal Palace Guided Tour in One Day

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The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum are two of Madrid’s most visited attractions, but it’s easy to waste hours standing in line. This two-part tour ensures a hassle-free experience, with skip-the-line entrance to the palace in the morning and a guided evening tour of the Prado art museum.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Toledo Half-Day Trip from Madrid

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Toledo Half-Day Trip from Madrid

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Combine two incredible tours and save money with the Madrid Super Saver tour; delve into the medieval myriad of Toledo, a treasure trove replete with El Greco artworks and ancient architecture, and discover the best of Madrid on a panoramic sightseeing tour. In the morning, see Madrid's spectacular sights on a comfortable coach. Pass by Gran Via and the Castellana and see Plaza de España and Puerta de Alcala. Then head to Toledo in the afternoon to stroll along the cobbled streets and hear of the city’s rich history from your guide. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back in Madrid.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private Group Walking Tour: Secrets of Madrid

Private Group Walking Tour: Secrets of Madrid

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Feel like a true Madrileño (Madrid resident) during this 3-hour private walking tour covering the city’s top sights and hidden secrets. Relive the 16th through 19th centuries as you learn about Madrid’s royal Habsburg and Bourbon families, discovering the secret history and fascinating anecdotes of these dynasties. As you walk, you’ll visit the Plaza Oriente, the Royal Palace, Cibeles Square, San Miguel food market and tour the architecture of Gran Vía. A professional art historian guide, plus hotel pick-up and drop-off are covered.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Downtown Madrid Custom Guided Walking Tour

Downtown Madrid Custom Guided Walking Tour

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Feel like Madrid royalty thanks to this flexible-length, easily-customized, private walking tour of the city. Join your private guide as you step back in time through the centuries of history in the Spanish capital, exploring its royal palaces, scenic parks, elegant public squares and modern neighborhoods. Among the sites you might visit are Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park or the neighborhoods of La Latina and Chueca. Pickup and drop-off from your hotel are also included, letting you focus on sightseeing instead of navigating.
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  • 4 hours
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$232.99
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Sunset in Madrid by segway

Sunset in Madrid by segway

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Be enchanted by the magic of Madrid on a Segway tour of the city by night. Follow a knowledgeable guide as you explore illuminated landmarks and nascent neighborhoods under the balmy cover of darkness; steer you self-balancing Segway to alluring attractions like Teatro Real, Plaza de Oriente and the Royal Palace of Madrid and gain a unique perspective of the luminescent landmarks. Feel the vibrancy of Madrid’s nightlife as you explore in a small group limited to only eight people.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Combo:Toledo and Segovia Plus Royal Palace of Madrid

Combo:Toledo and Segovia Plus Royal Palace of Madrid

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Combine two of central Spain's most popular tours at a great value with this combo tour from Madrid. In one day, visit both Toledo and Segovia— ancient, UNESCO-listed cities known for remarkably well-preserved landmarks like the Cathedral of Toledo and Segovia’s old Roman aqueduct. The next day, get a glimpse into into the once-lavish lifestyle of Spanish monarchs with a guided tour of the opulent chambers, chapels, armory, and gardens of the Royal Palace of Madrid, one of Europe’s most lavish palaces.
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  • 2 days
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Sightseeing Electric Bike Tour in Madrid

Sightseeing Electric Bike Tour in Madrid

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Explore Madrid by electric bike on a 2- or 3-hour sightseeing tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy the flexibility to pedal as much or as little as you want, using the bike’s electric assist so you can cruise with little effort. Visit historic neighborhoods, bustling plazas, gardens, and a path along the Manzanares River, with all necessary equipment provided. Departures are available throughout the day.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.55
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Madrid Walking Tour and Flamenco Show with Tapas

Madrid Walking Tour and Flamenco Show with Tapas

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Stroll through several centuries of Madrid history during this 3.5-hour guided walking tour with an evening Flamenco performance. Stomp around Madrid on two feet with a local guide, discovering landmarks like the iconic Plaza Mayor, the Arch of Cuchilleros and some of the city’s oldest buildings. Then let the performers handle the stomping (and dancing) during a performance hosted at Madrid’s famous Flamenco Torres Bermejas venue, accompanied by an included tapas dinner. Hotel drop-off is also covered.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.29
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

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Madrid’s Royal Palace (Palacio Real) and the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) are two of the city’s most popular attractions. Ensure you see them both on two consecutive days, and bypass crowds with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Alongside a guide, explore the opulent chambers of the Royal Palace, highlights of which include the Official Lounges, the Royal Armories, and the Royal Pharmacy. Then, on a different day, marvel at the masterpieces housed within the Prado Museum, home to thousands of European artworks.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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Madrid ebike fun and sightseeing tour (11 am and 3:30 pm)

Madrid ebike fun and sightseeing tour (11 am and 3:30 pm)

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Experience Madrid on two wheels on this guided bicycle tour. Gear up with a bicycle and a helmet.  In the company of your guide, set out into the city and hear stories about Madrid’s history. Ride past some of Madrid’s highlights, including Catedral de la Almudena, Palacio Real, Jardines de Sabatini, Puerta del Sol, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.69
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Madrid 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Madrid 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Sample the historic highlights of Madrid during this 2-hour guided walking tour. Meander past Madrid’s iconic Plaza Mayor and stroll the winding alleys of Plaza de la Villa. Learn about Madrid’s royal Habsburg dynasty and discover the city’s medieval heritage during stops at attractions like the House and Tower of Lujanes. A guide, plus hotel pickup, help ensure you spend your day sightseeing instead of navigating.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.19
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Essential Madrid Bike Tour

Essential Madrid Bike Tour

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Embark on a comprehensive guided tour of Madrid, traveling like the locals do: on a bike. With a guide leading the pack to point out the sights and provide directions, you can focus on pedaling and taking in the scenery. Pass most of the city's key historical, cultural, and architectural landmarks while listening to in-depth guided commentary. Cycle along the Manzanares River, down Calle del Toledo, and through Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, among other important spots.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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