Madrid is a beautiful city in Spain with many interesting experiences to offer tourists; in order to truly appreciate the beauty of the city, I highly recommend going on sightseeing tours (especially if it is your first time in Madrid). There are endless attractions in Madrid, and it may seem impossible to fit them into a busy itinerary but sightseeing tours make them easy. The sightseeing tours also help disoriented tourists become familiar with the different areas while gaining access to some of the most picturesque sites. Below is a list of the some of the best tours available in Madrid.
The Madrid Panoramic Tour
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Price: $26 US Dollars
This tour is typically in a tour bus with tourists from all ages and walks of life. The majority of the tour is aboard a tour bus which goes through the prominent neighborhoods in Madrid. The prominent attractions range from The Royal Palace (Palacio Real), Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas Columbus Square (Plaza de Colon), Bernabeau Stadium, and more. This tour also has a few opportunities for tourists to step out of the bus to take photographs and purchase items at Planet Hollywood Madrid.
The Panoramic Tour can also be combined with tours of places such as Bernabeu Stadium (if you are a big soccer fan) or The Royal Palace or Bullfighting. The Royal Palace is highly recommended; you will have the opportunity to see the private areas where royals once resided. The reception areas of the palace are used occasionally for special meetings with foreign dignitaries.
Hop On Hop and Off Tours
Prices: 1-day pass $16.99 USD (adults) and 1-day pass $8.50 USD (children)
2-day passes $20.99 USD (adults) and 2-day passes $10.00 USD (children
The Hop On and Hop Off Tours are similar to the panoramic tours except for the fact that you can tour the city at your own pace. For most tourists, taking photographs is very important and this tour gives you the ability to spend as much time as you want at a given attraction. Tourists are generally picked up at a stop and let off at a stop of their choosing typically in front of a prominent destination in the city. These buses run quite frequently and schedules and reservations can be made online or through hotel concierge.
El Escorial,Toledo, & Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos)
Duration: 11 hours
I highly recommend taking the combined tour to El Escorial, Toledo, and Valley of the Fallen. El Escorial is a royal monastery known as one of the Eighth Wonders of The World built for King Phillip II. The tour in Toledo will take you on a tour through a tour of Primate Cathedral, Church of St. Tome, and more sites that demonstrate that co-existence between Christians, Catholics, and Muslims. The Valley of the Fallen will offer picturesque moments outside where there is a monument in the form of a cross on the way to the basilica. For the most part photographs are not allowed to be taken inside but there are plenty of opportunities to take photos outside.
Segovia and Avila
Duration: 9 hours
I highly recommend touring Segovia and Avila together on a 1 day tour. During the tour you have the opportunity to explore the medieval city of Avila which was the birth city of St. John’s cross. The tour focuses on a tour of the Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, Mayor Square, and the Covenant of San Vicente. This tour also includes an opportunity to enjoy a Segovian lunch before tour the city. The biggest highlight of Segovia is the Alcazar; other notable attractions include the Roman Aqueduct from the Emperor Augustus, and of course the unforgettable Cathedral.