Explore Madrid of los Austrias (the Austrians) to learn about the history of Madrid during Spain’s Golden Age. The Habsburgs were the Austrian royal dynasty who were responsible for moving the capital from Toledo to Madrid in the 16th C. and commissioning many of the buildings and monuments found in the old center of the city.
On this 3 hour private walking tour you will discover the history and places in Madrid related to the city’s growth as the capital from the 16th – 17th centuries under the reign of the Habsburgs.
Learn about the history of the Plaza Mayor, Cuchilleros Arch and the narrow streets that surround the plaza. Stroll past the Casa de la Villa square (the old Town Hall) and the Casa de Cisneros palace. Visit the famous San Miguel food market and stop for a snack at the popular Chocolatería San Ginés to try their specialty, chocolate con churros (light, crispy sticks of deep-fried dough). Continue on to the Puerta del Sol, which once marked the eastern gate of the city. Today the Puerta del Sol is the symbolic center of the city, where people come from all over Spain and the world to celebrate the New Year, as well as the literal starting point for all roads out of Madrid (noted by the Kilometer Zero plaque).
All tours can be customized to meet your specific interests.
2017 Prices (for up to eight participants) and other info:
- US $299 – Monday through Friday (start time from 8:00am – 5:00pm)
- US $350 – Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (start time from 8:00am – 5:00pm)
- Price includes a tour with an official licensed guide for 3 hours
- Price does not include entrance fees and transportation costs (if any), which are extra
- Tours with more than 2 participants: If transportation is taken, multiple taxis will be needed
- Common languages available: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German
- Gratuities are not included and are at the discretion of the client
- Prices are subject to change
For more information and reservations, contact us.
Photo credit: © Christopher Pappas · All rights reserved. Photo of Plaza Major / Statue of King Philip III
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