Prado Museum Tour & VIP Botin Lunch
Visit two Madrid icons in one epic half day tour. Learn the story of Madrid through your expert guide's selection of the Prado's masterpieces and then enjoy behind-the-scenes access at Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world!
- Special access—skip the line and see the best of the Prado Museum in just 1.5 hours!
- Early behind-the-scenes tour of the oldest restaurant in the world, El Sobrino de Botin
- Experience Botin's famous cuisine & hospitality over a hearty Spanish 3-course lunch
- Visit a century-old tavern steeped in history and serving some of Madrid's best local vermouth!
- Discover the mystery and intrigue behind the Prado Museum's masterpieces with your expert guide
- Explore the gorgeous Literary Quarter where many of Spain's most famous artists lived and worked
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Joy picked out specific paintings for us to view and provided interesting historical background and Spanish context for each one. It's fascinating to learn about individual paintings and have them brought to life. We arrived at the world's oldest restaurant just prior to opening time, and made our way to the front of the expectant crowd and straight through the door, much to the surprise of those who had obviously been queuing for a while to get in. Joy provided us with the history of the restaurant and gave us a brief tour before the rest of the crowd were let in. While this is one of the more expensive tours offered by Devour Madrid, it is worth every euro.
The Prado is quite overwhelming so to concentrate on a few wonderful pieces is the only way to appreciate and enjoy a visit. When you end up with enthused teenagers who talk about it afterwards, well, you know it was a success! Devour Madrid clearly has a special relationship with Restaurante Botin which allows the small tour group a behind-the-scenes sneak preview before the doors are opened to diners. That really was a special experience.
Ewan was so kind and knowledgeable and showed us the highlights of the Prado museum. Even though we aren't art buffs, he is, and he made everything very approachable and understandable. He is so personable as well and it felt like he was a friend touring the museum with us. After an amazing lunch and private opening tour of the restaurant, he gave us insider tips of what to do the rest of our trip.
What to Expect on Your Tour
Experience the best of Madrid’s culture and cuisine at its two most famous landmarks—the Prado Museum and Sobrino de Botín, the world’s oldest restaurant! Spend the morning walking through the Prado and soaking up Spain’s complicated history. Tales of intrigue, power and mysterious love affairs swirl behind each masterpiece you’ll see! After an aperitif in the famed Literary Quarter, you’re off to Botín, where you’ll enjoy a traditional 3-course Spanish meal, complete with Rioja red wine and roasted suckling pig.
There’s no more fitting spot to meet than right in front of Francisco Goya’s statue! Before entering one of Spain’s greatest art collections, 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 tour will cover 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 gorgeous Literary Quarter, well 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. Your expert guide will walk you through hidden escape tunnels and other history-filled secrets before sitting down to a three-course meal. You’ll enjoy roasted suckling pig, which is made in their 300-year-old ovens, market-fresh vegetables and dessert. All of this, of course, is washed down with plenty of Rioja red wine.
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Madrid guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So 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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Step back into the Golden Age along the narrow streets where Spain's literary greats lived and worked!