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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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 were with Ewan for a day at the Prado Museum and Sobrino de Botin. It was just the three of us on a random Thursday, and we had the best time. Ewan brought so much knowledge and enthusiasm for art at the Prado. He definitely aided us in gaining even more an appreciation for art. As we made our way through Madrid to Botin, we made a stop for vermouth. Botin was incredible! The food was SO good! We definitely needed a siesta after that. That tour was one of our favorite things we did in Madrid!
Literally every element of this tour is fantastic: from the coordination, the content of the tour, the experience with the group and the meal at Botin! Not only is this tour unbelievably engaging but it's also super educational and fun! There's an amazing mix of history, culture, and enjoyment. You leave this tour much more knowledgeable about Spain, Madrid, and the role history played in shaping it. After the Prado a quick walk takes you to a fantastic stop in a historic bar for a glass of vermouth. The perfect aperitif before an unforgettable meal at Botin. We loved every second of it!
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!