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Plaza de Oriente Tours and Tickets

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One of the last great monumental squares of Imperial Madrid, the Plaza de Oriente boasts an enviably grand location, flanked by the magnificent Royal Palace to the west and the Teatro Real opera house to the east. Although originally planned by Joseph Bonaparte, the plaza wasn’t finished until 1844 under the reign of Isabel II, opening to the public in 1850.

Laid out by architect Narciso Pascual y Colomer, the plaza features a set of beautifully landscaped gardens, punctuated by a series of 44 statues depicting prominent Spanish monarchs. Most famous is the 17th-century bronze equestrian statue of Felipe IV, designed in 1640 by Italian sculptor Pedro Tacca. The iconic figure shows the King’s stallion rearing up on its hind legs – a striking sight which towers 12 meters high over the central walkway.

A popular location for state occasions and public addresses, the tranquil oasis makes a scenic location for a stroll, especially at night when the palace and gardens are dramatically lit up. A number of cafés also line the square, offering great views of the formal gardens, most famously the Café de Oriente, with its terrace viewing area proving a big hit with tourists.

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Madrid Highlights 10km Running tour

Madrid Highlights 10km Running tour

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Welcome to this personal running tour of Madrid. Our guides all have great knowledge and experience of Madrid and we will take you on a running guide tour around the centre of Madrid. We will cover most of the main attractions during our run and this will also give you a great overview of Madrid and how the city is laid out. This is great if you want to continue exploring on your own later during your stay. The tour also covers areas of history, day to day life in Madrid, great restaurants and bars. You have the chance to ask us for recommendations and tips on how to make your stay in Madrid as memorable as possible. At some attractions we will do a full stop for your guide to give you some information as well as having time to take some photos. The tour guide will also point out additional sights etc. during the run between the stops. We will run as fast as the slowest member of the group.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner
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Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

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Treat your taste buds to this 3.5-hour walking tapas tour of Madrid! Gain insight into the cherished Spanish culinary tradition from your local guide as you visit four or five eateries around the city on a lunch or dinner tour. Sample authentic tapas like Iberian ham, locally produced cheeses and paella, accompanied by regional wine or beer at each stop. All tapas and drinks are included, so be sure to bring your walking shoes and your appetite!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group

Royal Palace of Madrid Early Access in a Small Group

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Beat the crowds with this tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid before public opening hours. Breeze in and follow your guide through parts of the "Palacio de Oriente" that most visitors don't get to see. Marvel at the collection of weapons in the Royal Armory, take in the Throne Room, and more. Along the way, learn about the history of the Spanish royal family through your guide's engaging narrative.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$34.00
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$34.00

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
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  • 4 hours
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$54.30
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Walking Tour Madrid Old Town: Secret Spots and Hidden Gems

Walking Tour Madrid Old Town: Secret Spots and Hidden Gems

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Discover the history and culture of Madrid as you walk the medieval streets of Old Town during this guided, walking tour that brings the city’s story to life. Visit Plaza Mayor where markets once flourished and stand in the center of iconic Puerta del Sol square before visiting the world’s oldest restaurant. Discover the world of Spanish food and along the way and see the Royal Palace and grounds.
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  • 3 hours
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Segway Ride in the Old City of Madrid

Segway Ride in the Old City of Madrid

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An efficient, eco-friendly Segway is one of the best ways to explore the dispersed yet dazzling landmarks of Madrid. Tick off top attractions such as Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), and Almudena Cathedral as you cruise the city on a Segway. No previous Segway experience is required to enjoy this tour — the self-balancing Segways are incredibly easy to use and require only a short orientation session. Small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 1 hour
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Madrid

Private City Kickstart Tour: Madrid

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Get personalized tips from a local guide during this private tour in Madrid. Explore the city on foot including the top historic and architectural landmarks such as Puerta del Sol. Catch a glimpse of Madrid’s culture and lifestyle as you stroll through a local market and buzzing plazas. Learn about where to find some of the city’s best churros.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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3 hour Madrid Bike Tour

3 hour Madrid Bike Tour

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With limited time to explore Madrid, it can be tough to see all the top sights. On this bicycle tour perfect for travelers hoping to see more in less time, you can visit several of Madrid's most notable sights, in only a few hours. Just grab your helmet, hop on your bike, and let your guide lead you through some of Madrid's most scenic neighborhoods, like Malasaña and Barrio de Las Letras, with several stops along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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$29.51
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Private Walking Tour: Madrid Old Town With a Local Guide

Private Walking Tour: Madrid Old Town With a Local Guide

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Benefit from the ability to travel at your own pace (no large group to keep up with) and personalized attention on this half-day private walking tour of Madrid. As you tick the major sites off your list—Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, San Miguel Market, Old Town, Palacio Real—listen to insightful guided commentary and ask plenty of questions. This private tour will be tailored to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
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$171.18
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Private Group Walking Tour: Secrets of Madrid

Private Group Walking Tour: Secrets of Madrid

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Feel like a true Madrileño (Madrid resident) during this 3-hour private walking tour covering the city’s top sights and hidden secrets. Relive the 16th through 19th centuries as you learn about Madrid’s royal Habsburg and Bourbon families, discovering the secret history and fascinating anecdotes of these dynasties. As you walk, you’ll visit the Plaza Oriente, the Royal Palace, Cibeles Square, San Miguel food market and tour the architecture of Gran Vía. A professional art historian guide, plus hotel pick-up and drop-off are covered.
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  • 3 hours
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$389.58
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Sunset in Madrid by segway

Sunset in Madrid by segway

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Be enchanted by the magic of Madrid on a Segway tour of the city by night. Follow a knowledgeable guide as you explore illuminated landmarks and nascent neighborhoods under the balmy cover of darkness; steer you self-balancing Segway to alluring attractions like Teatro Real, Plaza de Oriente and the Royal Palace of Madrid and gain a unique perspective of the luminescent landmarks. Feel the vibrancy of Madrid’s nightlife as you explore in a small group limited to only eight people.
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  • 1 hour
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$46.86
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Photography Class between Opera and Palacio Real in Madrid

Photography Class between Opera and Palacio Real in Madrid

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I have seen many gatherings of people taking photos together, but few actual outdoors photography classes in Madrid. It´s a great way to learn meanwhile meeting like-minded people on a fun activity. Professional cameras and mobile phones are welcome. As your photography guide, I got 17 years of experience, author of a photography book, and winner of two photography awards in China. You won't just receive group information, but also ill have one on one time to answer you any question regarding photography. By being a maximum of only 6 people I make sure to have enough time to spend with you. I have done this activity for 4 years in Shenzhen, China, and got more than 400 students from all over the world. Even this activity is meant for everyone, you can ask as many difficult questions as you want during the one on one time. My specialty street and landscape photography, but also got experience in fashion and product photography.
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  • 2 hours
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Madrid's Private Tour with your Family: Highlights & Hidden Gems
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Madrid's Private Tour with your Family: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Enjoy Madrid like a real local family! Take in the beautiful sights and some of the city’s unique hidden gems on this tour that combines the main attractions of Madrid with a few places known only by locals. All of this next to great local stories from your private host. It's created exclusively for you and your family! Visit highlights like the Cibeles Palace and the Neptune fountain. The two fountains in these squares are some of the most beautiful and majestic ones in the city. From here, your local host will also give you some family-friendly tips about visiting the nearby Prado Museum and Retiro Park. Go to one of the best-known spots in the city, Puerta del Sol. Originally this was one of the gates in the city wall, and here your kids will love to see the symbol of Madrid - a massive statue of a bear eating fruit out of a tree. Discover Calle del Arenal, a pedestrian shopping street that will lead you towards Plaza Mayor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sightseeing Electric Bike Tour in Madrid

Sightseeing Electric Bike Tour in Madrid

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Explore Madrid by electric bike on a 2- or 3-hour sightseeing tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy the flexibility to pedal as much or as little as you want, using the bike’s electric assist so you can cruise with little effort. Visit historic neighborhoods, bustling plazas, gardens, and a path along the Manzanares River, with all necessary equipment provided. Departures are available throughout the day.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.92
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Private Segway Tour of Madrid

Private Segway Tour of Madrid

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A different experience, you will know all the fascinating stories and secrets that the center of Madrid hides and also on wheels. Don’t be afraid of the Segway, it’s a lot easier than it looks and once you get on it you won’t want to get off.
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  • 1 hour
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Vintage Tour Madrid Taxi 1500

Vintage Tour Madrid Taxi 1500

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Our tour is an original activity, funny and cultural. We are from Madrid and we want you to fall in love with our city, to accomplish this we have one of the best tours in the city, with stops on the most important and mithycal places. One of those stops is to have a drink and a tapa, included on the price. If this seems little to you, the tour will be made in a fabolous classic car from 1963, the typical taxi of Madrid on the 1960s. In it, you will see how everyone takes photos and greet you. We are the only company that can go in to the city center with classic cars. In our tour you will discover what you cannot miss from the city and you will learn secrets that dont appear on any guides.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$237.08
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Half-Day Small Group VIP Culinary Tour in Madrid

Half-Day Small Group VIP Culinary Tour in Madrid

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The best way to get to know the true authentic nature of Madrid is through your stomach. From traditional dishes that millennials will never give up on, to a whole range of different variations of international cuisine, originating from the city´s immigrant community who have come from all over the world. Eating at a Tapas restaurants in Madrid is an enjoyable experience in itself. The city streets are full with tables and people for whom eating is more of a social gathering than a culinary experience. They enjoy watching the city life - and the people walking around it -for hours. As part of the culinary tour of Madrid, you will be learn about the traditional culinary customs of various provinces throughout Spain. You also visit family taverns and tapas bars where you will be able to taste a wide range of diverse dishes, enjoy fine alcoholic beverages, as well getting to know the chefs and people who have made Madrid the culinary capital of Spain
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  • 3 hours
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace Guided Tour in One Day
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace Guided Tour in One Day

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The Royal Palace and the Prado Museum are two of Madrid’s most visited attractions, but it’s easy to waste hours standing in line. This two-part tour ensures a hassle-free experience, with skip-the-line entrance to the palace in the morning and a guided evening tour of the Prado art museum.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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$66.00

Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

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Madrid’s Royal Palace (Palacio Real) and the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) are two of the city’s most popular attractions. Ensure you see them both on two consecutive days, and bypass crowds with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Alongside a guide, explore the opulent chambers of the Royal Palace, highlights of which include the Official Lounges, the Royal Armories, and the Royal Pharmacy. Then, on a different day, marvel at the masterpieces housed within the Prado Museum, home to thousands of European artworks.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00

Running tour (6k) - Must see Madrid

Running tour (6k) - Must see Madrid

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Welcome to this personal running tour of Madrid. Our guides all have great knowledge and experience of Madrid and we will take you on a running guide tour around the centre of Madrid. We will cover most of the main attractions during our run and this will also give you a great overview of Madrid and how the city is laid out. This is great if you want to continue exploring on your own later during your stay. The tour also covers areas of history, day to day life in Madrid, great restaurants and bars. You have the chance to ask us for recommendations and tips on how to make your stay in Madrid as memorable as possible. At some attractions we will do a full stop for your guide to give you some information as well as having time to take some photos. The tour guide will also point out additional sights etc. during the run between the stops. We will run as fast as the slowest member of the group.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.32
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$41.32

Guided visit to Madrid May 2

Guided visit to Madrid May 2

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The first Edecán is an official tourist guide specialized in military history by the UCM, providing the visit with highly specialized knowledge about the Napoleonic period. In fact, it is a guide to battlefields, with Madrid being another battlefield in the so-called War of Independence.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.64
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$82.64
Price varies by group size

Combo:Toledo and Segovia Plus Royal Palace of Madrid
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Combo:Toledo and Segovia Plus Royal Palace of Madrid

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Combine two of central Spain's most popular tours at a great value with this combo tour from Madrid. In one day, visit both Toledo and Segovia— ancient, UNESCO-listed cities known for remarkably well-preserved landmarks like the Cathedral of Toledo and Segovia’s old Roman aqueduct. The next day, get a glimpse into into the once-lavish lifestyle of Spanish monarchs with a guided tour of the opulent chambers, chapels, armory, and gardens of the Royal Palace of Madrid, one of Europe’s most lavish palaces.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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$98.00

Essential Madrid Bike Tour

Essential Madrid Bike Tour

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Embark on a comprehensive guided tour of Madrid, traveling like the locals do: on a bike. With a guide leading the pack to point out the sights and provide directions, you can focus on pedaling and taking in the scenery. Pass most of the city's key historical, cultural, and architectural landmarks while listening to in-depth guided commentary. Cycle along the Manzanares River, down Calle del Toledo, and through Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, among other important spots.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.88
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$29.88

Architecture Tour Old Madrid, from the Arabs to the Borbons, trough the Austrias

Architecture Tour Old Madrid, from the Arabs to the Borbons, trough the Austrias

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We propose that you learn more about the origins of the city from the urban, historical and architectural point of view since the arabs founded it at the end of the 9th century, following with the conquest of the city by Alfonso VI of Castilla in the 11th century or the moment when Felipe II decided to fix the capital in Madrid, in 1561. We will begin in front of the Royal Palace, reviewing its history since the Arabs built the Alcázar, the defensive castle when Madrid was founded till the moment Felipe V ordered to built the Royal Palace as we know today. From there, we will learn more about the history of the Cathedral and the the new Royal Collections Museum designed by Tuñón and Mansilla. We will enjoy the only rests we have of the Walls built by the arabs. Crossing the Viaduct of Segovia, we will enjoy the views of the forest called Casa de Campo, the green lung, three times bigger than Central Park, the King’s private hunting site until 1931 and a Civil War front, stopping at a viewpoint from which we will enjoy the views of part of the cornice of Madrid. We will continue the walk trough La Latina where the muslims lived for centuries. Walking throught these old small streets and squares we will arrive to Plaza de la Paja where we will find the Palace of the Vargas and the Church of San Andrés where San Isidro were buried, close to the Museum of San Isidro. We will continue our walk discovering some of the rests of the Christian walls built in the XIIth century. Crossing Cava Baja full of old taverns and bars of tapas, we will arrive to the Square of Puerta Cerrada, one of the old gates of the old city. Mercado de San Miguel will be other of one stops where you could have a drink and tapas after visiting Plaza de la Villa where the old City Hall of the city is located. From there you will learn the history of Plaza Mayor, the best example of castillians squares, built 400 years ago.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.02
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$40.02
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Should I book Plaza de Oriente tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Plaza de Oriente can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Plaza de Oriente 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Plaza de Oriente costs USD 3.84. Guided Plaza de Oriente tours start around USD 3.84 per person.
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