Prado Museum Tour & VIP Botin Lunch
Visit two Madrid icons in one epic half day tour with an expert art and history guide.
- Try suckling pig—the specialty dish at the world's oldest restaurant, Sobrino de Botín.
- Step into the kitchen at Botín for a behind-the-scenes tour before they open to the public.
- Breeze past other groups in the museum and connect over an intimate lunch with just five other travelers.
- Get one-on-one time with your guide—an expert in art, history and Madrid.
- Make the most of your time in the Prado Museum on a curated, 1.5-hour tour of the highlights.
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Ewan gave a fabulous tour of the museum, focusing mainly on the Spanish artists, and it was intelligent, interesting, eye-opening and absolutely wonderful. Then on for a vermouth and brief walking tour of the literary quarter before a very special lunch at Botin. There was a crowd waiting outside the restaurant which we magically bypassed, and we had a private tour of the restaurant and wine cellar before our meal. I was worried that there would be too many people in the group and that the menu would be modified, but I worried for nothing. One of the most enjoyable dining experiences ever—great food and wine and tour. Cannot recommend this tour highly enough. If you can afford it, go for it...you won't be sorry!
We started at the Prado museum and Arantxa guided us through the massive museum to see all of the best paintings, all while giving us a history lesson of Spain using the art as her guide. We then stopped at a tapas bar for a vermouth and tapas before heading to Botin. Entering the restaurant before they opened and skipping the line! Since Arantxa is a professionally trained chef and cooking teacher, she provided us insights into the cooking process at Botin. The food at Restaurant Botin was amazing and going with Arantxa allowed us the access to the restaurant early and we were given a private tour of the restaurant’s various levels including the wine cellar, which truly takes you back in time. Book this tour if you are in Madrid. It’s also the best and easiest way to hit two of the big tourist spots in the city in just half a day. Also because the tour is a small group the whole experience feels like you are with your friends. Cannot recommend enough!!
Ewan gave us a masterful Prado tour, linking the art he showed us with Spanish history and challenging us to observe each work carefully in order to answer his leading questions. Instead of feeling overwhelming, the Prado seemed manageable as he guided us to the major works of Bosch. Velasquez, El Greco and Goya. His tour of Botin was equally informative and the suckling pig lunch outstanding - loved the croquettes, artichoke hearts and cheesecake dessert as well! Delightful 4 hours - well worth the price.
What to Expect
There are two things you have to do in Madrid—and we’re doing both today. Your guide, an expert in art and history, will bring the essential paintings in the Prado Museum to life for you, so you don’t have to worry about navigating the 7,000+ pieces of art on your own. Then, your small group of just six people will settle in for a three-course meal at Botín, featuring their specialty dish, suckling pig.
There’s no more fitting spot to meet than right in front of Francisco Goya’s statue! Before entering Spain’s greatest art collection, your expert guide will set the scene for the dramatic stories you’re about to hear.
And into the Prado you go! Your 1.5-hour Prado tour will cover around 20 masterpieces that highlight Spain’s storied past. You’ll discover the characters and events that inspired these works of art, and you’ll go beyond the paint and into the minds of those behind them. From Velazquez and Goya to Bosch and Titian, your expert guide will give you a firm footing to appreciate and understand each painting.
Next up, you’ll be whisked away for a stroll through the picturesque Literary Quarter, known as the stomping grounds for many of Spain’s literary greats. You’ll pop into a century-old tavern to open up your appetite and enjoy Madrid’s most traditional aperitif!
Finally, it’s time to head to the world’s oldest restaurant—Sobrino de Botín—for a three-course Spanish feast. Wave goodbye to the crowds outside Botín as you’re invited in before opening to explore the empty restaurant. Your expert guide will walk you through hidden escape tunnels and history-filled dining rooms before sitting down to a three-course meal.
The star of lunch is the roasted suckling pig, which is made in 300-year-old ovens. It’s paired with market-fresh vegetables and dessert. All of this, of course, is washed down with plenty of Rioja red wine. Take advantage of this time to speak with your guide—in such a small group, this is the perfect moment to get expert answers to all your burning Madrid questions.
We’ll part ways after lunch, and in just one morning you’ll have crossed two Madrid essentials off your must-see list. Where most tourists barely scratch the surface, you’ll know how these two icons fit into Madrid’s larger story.
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, you’ll receive our Devouring Madrid guide. Packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city, put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Madrid like a local!
About Our Expert Guides
Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!Meet them here!
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See two Madrid icons, the Prado Musuem and Sobrino de Botín, linked by a walk through Madrid's Literary Quarter.