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Historic & Modern Tour

Created with Sketch. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain
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Duration

1.4 hours. Start: 10:00-20:00, book anytime

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English, Español

Overview

Madrid is a city plenty of wonders. Discover them from a very special car, a handmake Vintage car unique in the world.
The audio-guide will let you know the history of the most emblematic places and their funniest anecdotes.

A spectacular tour through the heart of Madrid, including the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de la Cibeles, the Letras district, Puerta de Alcalá, the triangle of art, etc.

You can also get to know modern Madrid with its residential, business and Shopping areas and see the Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, home of Real Madrid.

Let yourself be surprised! Enjoy this day with us.

 

 

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The journey will start at a predetermined location. If you prefer to be picked up from your hotel, you will have to select the Historical + Modern Madrid Tour, as this is the only one that includes this service (from most of the hotels in the city centre).
  • Please, choose a time that let you be punctual because the Tour will end at the scheduled time in order to not to diserve the next customer.
  • When making the reservation, make sure to inform us of any kids who will travel in order to equip the car correctly (if needed). No extra amount will be charged for this equipment.
  • You can take pictures and videos freely.
  • To enjoy a better view the roof of the car will be either fully open or use a transparent roof during the tour. This will depend on the weather conditions.
  • The travellers must respect the Spanish traffic regulations, including the use of seat belts throughout the journey.

Itinerary

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Prado Museum

We are now in the Paseo del Prado within the so-called art triangle, one of the most beautiful and refined places in the world. In just over a kilometer, you’ll see the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofía Museum. Inaugurated in 1819, the Prado Museum is one of the most important galleries in the world, with more...

Puerta de Alcalá

Further along is the Puerta de Alcalá, a work of Francisco Sabatini that dates back to 1778. The gate is one of the most well-known monuments of the city, and one of the five royal gates of Madrid. As you can see, the door has the shape of a triumphal arch, but with five doorways instead of the usual three. Its two facades are different on each...

El Retiro Park

Right next to the Puerta de Alcalá is El Retiro Park, which was built in the first half of the 16th century for the enjoyment of King Felipe IV and his court. At that time, the park was the scene of lavish festivities which saw participation from the monarchy and European nobility. Count Duque de Olivares, however, was the royal power of the em...

Plaza de Colon

The first thing you’ll see here is the National Library. The collection boasts more than 5 million books, including the first edition of Don Quixote from 1606. A little further along is the Plaza de Colón, which is presided over by a monument to Christopher Columbus that was built in 1885. In the middle of the square, you can see the largest...

The ABC Building

We are now in the Paseo de la Castellana, which shows us the full extent of modern-day Madrid. Our tour crosses Madrid from north to south, passing distinct aspects of the city such as commercial office buildings, government agencies, mansions, shopping areas, restaurants, museums, and the legendary Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, which is...

Museum of Sculptures

Hidden under the Enrique de la Mata Bridge is the Public Art Museum of Madrid, which was formerly known as the Museum of Sculptures. This permanent outdoor museum houses 17 abstract works by Spanish sculptors, including the splendid "La sirena varada" by Eduardo Chillida, which hangs from the structure of the bridge.

Natural Science Museum

A little further along at the top of a small hill is the Natural Science Museum. Founded in 1771, it is among the oldest of its type in the world. The museum shares its building with the School of Engineering and contains permanent exhibitions on Biodiversity, Minerals, Fossils, and Human Evolution. In the park outside is a statue of Isabe...

AZCA Financial District

Now we can see the austere buildings of the so-called New Ministries. Next up is the BBVA building. The tower was built in 1981 and is the only specially designed rusted building in Madrid. The continuous steel sun shield that surrounds each floor is treated with a controlled oxidation technique, which gives it that reddish look. Further alon...

Santiago Bernabéu stadium

Next, you can see the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the official home of Real Madrid. Football is king in Spain, and most agree Real Madrid is the greatest team of the capital. Inside the stadium is a museum, which is one of the most visited in the city. Those lucky enough to witness a football match during their stay will not regret it, as a ga...

Council of Scientific Investigations

We are now on Calle Serrano within the El Viso neighborhood, one of the most exclusive districts in Madrid. Its name comes from a historical colony which was built between 1933 and 1936. Most of the neighborhood consists of two-story single-family homes which were inhabited by the intellectuals of the time. The per-capita income here is the hig...

Lázaro Galdiano Museum

We are now arriving at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. This formerly private collection now belongs to the state and houses a vast and heterogeneous collection which is characterized by its broad interest in all manner of arts and techniques. Consisting of some 12,600 pieces and boasting a 120,000 volume library, this exceptional collection was...

Luxury stores of Salamanca neighborhood

We are currently going through the Salamanca district, one of the most important areas of Madrid, both for its strange layout and for the residents who have traditionally inhabited its emblematic streets. Its construction dates from the second half of the 19th century during the reign of Isabel II. At the time, the city was undergoing a per...

National Archaeological Museum

We are now approaching Calle Goya, one of the most important streets in the city, as we arrive at Plaza de Colón. Further along is the National Archaeological Museum, which shares a building with the National Library. It was founded in 1867 by Isabel II with the aim of preserving Spain's past. The museum takes us on a journey through Spanis...

Plaza de Cibeles

We are arriving at Plaza de Cibeles, in the center of which lies the emblematic Cibeles Fountain which was sculpted in 1782 following a design from Ventura Rodríguez. During the Spanish Civil War, it was covered with sandbags to protect it from damage, as were many of the capital's great public works.

Each of the four corners of the square is dominated by imposing buildings, which were built between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. The most impressive is the Communications Palace, which has been the seat of the Madrid City Council since 2007 and remains one of the most iconic buildings in the city. You can also see Palacio de Linares which is the current headquarters of the House of America. The building is believed to be haunted. In the other corners, we have the Bank of Spain and the Army General Headquarters.

The Plaza de Cibeles is where triumphant celebrations take place for the victories of Real Madrid. The team has won countless national and international titles over the years.

Calle de Alcalá

We are now entering Calle de Alcalá. With 720 residences, this has been the longest street in Madrid since 1992. In this part of the street we can see the gardens of the Buenavista Palace which surround the General Army Headquarters and date back to 1777. Right in front of these, we can see the Banco de España building, then the Zurich Building, and then the Círculo de Bellas Artes Building, which was built by Antonio Palacios in 1926. It is crowned by a 3,000 kg statue of the goddess Minerva that stands six and a half meters tall. Up top, there is also a rooftop terrace which is popular among locals on hot summer evenings to relax over a drink with magnificent views of the city.

Gran Vía

We are now entering the Gran Vía, one of the main arteries of the city and one of its most distinguished avenues. Frantic, delirious, and at times chaotic, the pulse of the Gran Via is undeniably addictive. Nowadays, the avenue and its surroundings – such as Fuencarral street, the Callao Square, and Preciados Street - are full of restaurants, fashion retailers, cinemas, and theaters, making it one of the most popular leisure spots in the city. The area is often crowded with locals and visitors, so it is best to visit outside the rush hour.

Plaza de Callao

We are arriving at Plaza de Callao, Madrid’s "Times Square" which is full of life and color at all hours. We will continue along the Gran Vía towards Plaza de España. This section of the Gran Vía is full of theaters and musicals, making it one of the most valued entertainment hubs of the capital.

Plaza de España

Further on we have the Plaza de España, one of the largest squares in Madrid. In the center, you can see a monument to Miguel de Cervantes who is the author of Don Quixote.

Within the square stands the Torre de Madrid, a massive tower designed by the Otamendi brothers who finished their prized construction in 1960. For some years, Torre de Madrid was the tallest concrete building in the world. It was the also tallest building in Spain until the Torrespaña telecommunications tower was completed in 1982. Not to mention the tallest building in the European Union up until 1967.

Temple of Debod

Now we’re arriving at the Principe Pio Mountain, the home of the old Cuartel de la Montaña barracks where General Fanjul proclaimed the Spanish Civil War on July 19, 1936. Today you can see a monument to those who perished during the assault on the barracks.
At the top of the hill, you will find the Temple of Debob, an authentic Egyptian temple in the heart of Madrid. The Egyptian government donated the temple to Spain in recognition of the scientific and financial assistance they provided in saving a vast heritage area during a flood of the Aswan Dam. The 2,200-year-old temple was brought over from Egypt, stone by stone. We recommend visiting at sunset to enjoy the magnificent city views.

Palacio Real

We are now looking at the Sabatini Gardens. Despite their name, these were not designed by the architect Francesco Sabatini. They are, however, located around the old royal stables which the famous architect did indeed design. The two-hectare gardens feature geometrically arranged flower beds, fountains, sculptures, and ornamental plants, all of which create a peaceful and reflective atmosphere that sharply contrasts with the hectic concrete world outside.

The Royal Theatre

We are now outside the Royal Theater. Despite being inaugurated in 1850, it was not until 1997 that it became the magnificent opera house that it is today. It is located in Plaza de Isabel II, which is known by the locals as Plaza de la Opera.

The square is presided over by a statue of Queen Isabel II, a great lover of churros and chocolate, which are still popular in Madrid today. The most famous place to taste this local delicacy is the nearby San Ginés Chocolatería, which attracts both early birds and night owls looking for a sweet snack. It is open 24 hours a day.

The Almudena Cathedral

Next to the Royal Palace is the Almudena Cathedral. Even though its first stone was laid way back in 1883, it is one of Spain’s most modern cathedrals because it was not consecrated by Pope John Paul II until 1993. This is because religion in Madrid depended on the diocese of Toledo until the end of the 19th century. The diocese of Madrid-Alcalá de Henares was created during this time, which motivated a construction project that would last 110 years. For this reason, Madrid does not have a medieval cathedral, unlike other Spanish cities.

San Francisco El Grande

Next, we have the San Francisco el Grande, a monumental basilica which houses the paintings of Zurbarán and Goya. Its enormous dome, which is the third largest in Christianity, is a structural highlight. It was built by Francisco de las Cabezas between 1761 and 1768, the year in which Antonio Polo relieved it. The church consists of a circular central floor which is covered by a giant 33-meter dome. Surrounding it are several smaller chapels, each with their own mini domes. An exhibition of paintings from the 17th to the 19th century can be found within.

Plaza de la Villa y Plaza Mayor

We are now on Calle Mayor, a street which connects the Royal Palace with the Puerta del Sol. Here we can find La Plaza de la Villa, one of the most important medieval centers of Madrid and the former seat of the city council. Next, we pass through Plaza de San Miguel which houses the Mercado de San Miguel. The market has been converted into...

Puerta del Sol

During the Bourbons dynasty, especially throughout the reign of the “Mayor King” Charles III, much of the urban and monumental layout of Madrid came to fruition. Examples include the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de la Cibeles, City Hall, the Puerta de Alcalá, Retiro Park and the art triangle of the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofía museums....

Barrio de las Letras

The Barrio de las Letras, which we are entering now, bears its name in honor of the great wordsmiths who inhabited its streets during the Golden Age: Cervantes, Quevedo, and Lope de Vega. Today, this is one of the most popular areas in Madrid due to its charming pedestrian thoroughfares and its buzzing shops and restaurants, which come alive o...

Calle Huertas

We are now entering Calle Huertas, the main thoroughfare of the Barrio de las Letras. The name of the street comes from it once being the road that led to the vegetable gardens which provided food for the city. In those days, the street had a bad reputation as a place for prostitutes and criminals. Later, its status would change as the neighbo...

Duque de Medinaceli Street

We are now on Duque de Medinaceli Street. Here, we can see the Basilica of Our Father Jesus of Medinaceli, which is the Catholic Church on your right. The temple stands over the former convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians of Our Lady of the Incarnation. Within the basilica is the Cristo de Medinaceli, an image that generates great devotion amo...

Plaza de las Cortes

We are now arriving at the Plaza de las Cortes. To the front and to your left you can see the Congress of Deputies, a building which dates back to 1850. The main door of the Congress is flanked by two lions, which were forged from the bronze of the cannons captured in the African War in 1860. Commonly known as Daoiz and Velarde, the lions are...

Museo Thyssen

Here we are in the Thyssen Museum, which houses works by Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Picasso. The list of great artistic names found within is impressive, not least considering it is the result of only two generations of collecting. All Western artistic movements can be seen here, from 13...

Included/Excluded

  • Classic car.

Tour Categories

City & Classic cars tours
City Tours
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Durations

0 – 3 hours

Languages

English
Español

Start Time

10:00

Time

Morning (5am-12pm)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain

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Mary M

22/01/2020

Mary

Our tour took two hours and we were taken to all the important sights in Madrid in an amazing vintage car which attracted more attention than the sights themselves. Our driver spoke good English and was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. We would definitely recommend this tour.
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Nastya L

22/01/2020

The fanciest way to see Madrid

If you want to feel a real VIP dying sightseeing try this tour. The driver Pablo brought us all over the center by retro car made in vintage style of the 30’s. It’s not very expensive. You will receive a unique experience and will get a lot of attention. So be ready to salute all the curious ones
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Sof28

22/01/2020

Laughed, Learned, Smiled!!

We enjoyed our tour with Pablo as our driver in the blue vintage car. We learned so much about Madrid in the little time we had with him! Don’t forget how much he made us laugh! And he was so nice about all of the stops we could make for pictures and taking our time enjoying the cites! And we didn’t have to worry about our teenage daughter because she found the tour exciting and beautiful too! Definitely recommend Vintage Tours for anyone looking to learn and have a good time with a family of any age!
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Paulo1990

22/01/2020

A great way to see the city

We had a wonderful tour of Madrid. We left from our hotel at 9 pm and enjoyed some daylight sunset and then a evening. Seeing the city at night is recommended as it is quite beautiful to see. Much better than the bus
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Johnny K

22/01/2020

Glamourous, stylish and very comfortable private tour of Madrid in an air conditioned vintage automobile!! So Fun!

possible in under two hours. It was a private tour in an air conditioned old-style English car with water provided for our comfort. The driver was friendly, considerate and super sexy. Most of the tour was on audio tape with the driver pointing out the different locations.His English was good enough for us to be able to communicate and his driving skills were excellent. We stopped at a couple of locations, which was quite nice, but at times it was a bit hard to see some of the sites through the windows of the vehicle that said we had planned to go back to some of the more unique locations and spend more time there anyway. If you want to feel like royalty then this is the tour to take. Comfort and class all the way.
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