From Absolute Monarchy to Freedom: changing lifestyles in Madrid

This 3-hour itinerary explores the exciting social changes that took place in Madrid between the age of Absolute Monarchy with its display of fabulous wealth and power, to the War of Independence from Napoleon’s occupying troops in 1808.

Our narrative continues with the Spanish people’s loss of power upon the return of a despotic monarch, whose daughter would eventually be dethroned in 1868, giving rise to the First Republic and renewed hope to the oppressed workers.

We will visit sites that tell the story of the royalty, the main spots of action during the War of Independence, when the working class had a vital role in defending their freedom, and the Nineteenth-century Museum of the Romantic Era, a jewel-like showcase of upper-class culture during the 1840s-1870s.

On our way, we glimpse the city’s most stunning Baroque architecture, learn of its military history and the rise of the bourgeoisie. But, above all, we see the changing role of the working class as it shaped today’s freedom-loving city.  Power to the People! 

Length: 3 hours. Maximum group size: 8 people.


Group tour prices
Please note that we run our tours even if there is just one person signed up, so there is no minimum number of participants.  
If you want to book a group tour but nobody else signs up, we will stilll run the tour for one person for 90 euros.
Price per person decreases according to the number of people booking the tour:

2 to 3 people: 70 euros per adult
4 people: 60 euros per adult
5 people: 55 euros per adult
6 to 7 people: 50 euros per adult

Discounted rates:

60 euros for students or senior citizens (over 65 years)
50 euros for children under 18 (children under 4 free of charge)

Private tour prices
If you would like a guaranteed private tour, a supplement of 50 euros will be added to the total price. 
 For example, the cost for a private tour for 1 adult will be 70 plus 50 euros =120 euros, and a private tour for 2 people will be 140 plus 50 euros = 190 euros. 

Family Special offer
For family units of up to 6 members, including 2 or more children: 220 euros flat fee per family. This is a guaranteed private tour. 

Museo del Romanticismo tickets: 3 euros per adult - included in the price.
Please bring your passport to qualify for a reduced entrance fee to the museum (over 65 years old, children under 18 or students under 26 with a valid College or University ID).

No hidden charges: 21% VAT included in our prices.

Available days and starting times:
Please note that advance booking is required and that although we are flexible and can often accommodate last-minute bookings, it is best to book early to avoid disappointment. These are our suggested days and times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: starting at 10:00.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: starting at 16:30.
Sunday and Holidays: starting at 10:00 (no afternoon availability)
Please note: due to Museum’s opening times, this tour does not run on Mondays.

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