This private tour is an extraordinary sample of the best tourism for individual visitors on account of the detailed immersion we will perform into the artistic and cultural treasures of ALL MADRID, undoubtedly the culture capital of Spain.
We will pick you up at your hotel and will drive you to the charming Old Madrid which was built 450 years ago. We will admire the beautiful parks of Green Madrid (it should be noted that the Spanish capital is the European capital with the most parks and gardens). We will drive through the broad avenues of Madrid’s Habsburg dynasty, the Gran Via with its surprisingly interesting buildings based on the ”Prairie School architectural style”. We will visit the exclusive Barrio de Salamanca and its modern and elegant shops (ideal for”shopping”). We will proceed to the El Viso mid 20th century residential neighbourhood, built originally for poor people and later to become an urban zone for the wealthy. We will then arrive to the Chamartin district where the stadium of Real Madrid is located surrounded by top class restaurants.
Thereafter, using the Bonoarte ticket (a special ticket for the 3 main museums in Madrid), we will proceed to the Prado Museum which hosts the masterpieces of the Habsburg and Bourbon monarchies. The artistic wealth is too vast to be seen in one day. Nevertheless, we will enjoy the colors, perspectives, customs, rituals, drama, people and characters, historical events, religious and mythological illustrations, etc. that have been incorporated into the paintings by the most outstanding artists of the period which goes from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. All this will be related in an entertaining manner in order to better appreciate the Masterpieces of the greatest Flemish, Venetian and Spanish masters
We will then cross the Paseo de Recoletos and walk to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, which is renowned for the exemplary reconstruction of its building as well as for its Collection of Paintings of a wide chronological range: 7 centuries. Here, we will enjoy, among others, the works of 17th and 18th century Flemish artists, masters from the impressionist period as well as expressionistic artists from the United States, Germany, France and Spain until we arrive to the contemporary works of Mark Rothko, Mark Tobey, Jason Pollock and other remarkable abstract art painters.
The tour continues to the nearby QUEEN SOFIA (Reina Sofía) modern art Museum. The building of the Reina Sofia was originally the 18th century St. Charles Hospital, designed by the famous Italian arquitect SABATINI, who was also in charge of finishing the Royal Palace. You will find a pleasure to walk through the spacious galleries, perfectly suited for a museum. REINA SOFIA organizes superb exhibits. We will climb up to the 2nd floor in the spectacular outdoor elevator designed by Ian Ritchie and Ove Arup. In the Chambers of the Permanent Collection we will take an entertaining and enlightening educational journey through the varied and fascinating 20th century art which includes works by Picasso, Miró, Gris and Dalí. The star of the Tour to the Queen Sofia Museum is undoubtedly Picasso’s Guernica masterpiece .
At the end of this intense session, we will visit the ROYAL PALACE which constitutes an architectonic jewel built by the three best architects of the 18th century. You will discover the luxurious lifestyle of the Bourbon kings and the wonderful creations of the royal workshops founded by the first Bourbon king of Spain. Here you will relish the impressive rococo mirrors and chandeliers, the impressive Royal silverware, the dazzling French cabinets adapted to the tastes of the various kings and imaginative decorations adorned with bronze-smith by different maasters of the Royal Workshops, magnificent rococo and neoclassical frescoes vaults and ceilings, etc.. forming a spectacular and unique set of decorative and artistic Jewels. The Royal Palace visit ends at the Royal Armouries which highlight the armor of the early Spanish Habsburg dynasty, Charles I and his son Philip II, who with the help of masters Grosschaedel, Negroli and Helmschmied turned armor design into timeless works of art.
Prices in €uros per tour, NOT per person (21 % VAT to be added)