Meet a Local in Madrid - Private Tour
- The perfect welcome: Get the overview you need as a new visitor to feel comfortable navigating the streets and sights of Madrid. This tour enhances your stay by providing knowledge that puts your sightseeing and city experiences in context.
- Personalized services: Your guide meets you at your hotel or apartment at a time convenient for you and customizes a walk that's in step with your passions. We also provide maps at the end of your tour to help you plan the rest of your visit.
- More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Known as "docents" (from the Latin word for teacher), these Ph.D. and M.A.-level scholar-guides make the difference between seeing and understanding this vibrant city.
About This Madrid Tour
Get to know the city like a local! With a Madrileno as your companion on this walk, you'll discover the highlights and tucked-away gems in and around the area of Madrid where you are staying. Along the way, your guide answers your specific questions, giving you the ideal introduction for your visit to Spain's captivating capital.
We begin the tour by meeting you at your apartment or hotel lobby, explaining the layout of the city and the district where you are staying, and offering practical tips about local customs. Then we head out for a stroll. Along the way, we share lively discussion about the city, stop to talk about monuments and landmarks, and pause to take in the local ambiance.
This private experience is tailored to your interests. Want to learn some language basics? We make it easy. Interested in cultural happenings? Let us point you to can't-miss galleries and insider events. And, of course, we know the best spots to shop and where to feast like a local. By the time we say adios, your imagination is opened to Madrid's myriad opportunities and you are ready to make the most of your stay.
The many felines of Madrid
Madrileno isn't the only word used to describe the millions of people who live in this enchanting city. They're also called "gatos" (cats) because of a legend that goes way back to the 11th century when Madrid was ruled by the Arabs. One night, an agile soldier climbed the city wall as silently as skillfully as a cat to replace the Moorish flag atop the wall with a Christian flag. This nimble maneuver inspired the Christian troops to conquer the city.
Please meet in the lobby reception area of your hotel - your guide will be holding a sign with your name/the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up. Your tour begins there.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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