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Top 7 Guided Tours of Madrid - Walking Tours of Madrid

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Guided tours are an ideal way to get to know a city on your first day, before you go off and explore on your own. The tours on this page offer all sorts of specialized tours. Plus, there's a tapas walking tour that gives you a real taste of Madrid - literally!

Christmas Special If you're in Madrid close to Christmas, you can take a Christmas tour that combines a normal sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to the Christmas markets. Learn about Christmas in Madrid with your local guide: Christmas Walking Tour of Madrid

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1. Madrid Walking Tour (with Tapas)

Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Madrid while sampling some of the city's culinary delights along the way too. With so many bars and cafes in Spain's capital, a little helping hand in deciding where to go can really make things easier.

This tour takes you to four tapas bars, where your guide will help you decipher the menu and make sure you get a good idea of tapas culture.

2. Madrid Hop-on-Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

Flexible bus service that takes you around Madrid's biggest sights. Take the whole tour at once or get on and off throughout the day. OK, not a walking tour as such, but, well, it allows you to walk when you get off!

If you'd prefer the personal touch of a real guide, rather than a recording, try the service below.

3. Panoramic Madrid City Sightseeing Tour

On this tour you are driven around Madrid's biggest sights, including Plaza de Espana, de Oriente, Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha, Neptuno, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Colon and Plaza de Castilla; the historic quarters of Austrias, the Borbouns and Salamanca, Casa de Campo and Retiro Parks, the bull ring and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of the famous Real Madrid football team.

This tour is similar to 'hop-on-hop-off' version, but with a few major differences. For a start, you have a real guide, not a tape recording, and the bus stops less often than the other service (no one is getting on and off.

4. Madrid City & Royal Palace Tour

Takes in the same sights as the above tour bus while adding a tour of the Royal Palace too.

5. Madrid Tour with Visit to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Same as the above tour bus but with a guided tour of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium thrown in for good measure.

Santiago Bernabeu is home to Real Madrid, Europe's most successful soccer team of all time. Your tour will take you around the stadium, including the locker room, trophy room and tunnel.

The Santiago Bernabeu stadium is out of the historic center so if you plan on visiting it on your trip to Madrid, it makes a lot of sense to combine it with a tour such as this one.

6. Madrid Cycling Tour

Oh yer bike! Cycling is one of the best ways of getting around any city. In this two-and-a-half-hour tour you will see a lot more of Madrid than you could on foot. You have two options - the 'urban route' and the 'country route' (though to be honest, you won't see a huge amount of green on either tour).

7. Madrid Segway Tour

Segways look fun, don't they? These strange self-balancing two-wheeled vehicles are great for getting around the city. Create a buzz among passers-by as you see all the biggest sights in Spain in eccentric style!

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