Being the major metropolitan city that it is and a major tourist destination, you can imagine just the amount of tours to explore the city of Madrid that are available out there. Just looking through the internet at all the options had my head spinning…well, until I came across In and Out Madrid and – given their logo I’m pretty sure you can tell why I clicked immediately on their website to inquire about more information.
Their tour through the city of Madrid was a blast and the highlight of my trip in Spain. Why, you might ask? Let me break it down for you!
I’m not going to say that this VW Bus wasn’t the main reason that I booked this tour. Sure, yes, I also wanted to learn about the city – but why wouldn’t you want to learn about the history of Madrid while cruising around the comforts of this retro van!
The van is the perfect size for 4, but you could probably squeeze in a few more. I loved being able to stretch out and for the winter months, they have blankets to cozy up with.
Andres was a delight! He did a great job of taking us around the city to see the most important sights, but also through some of less touristy neighborhoods so we could see what real life is like in Madrid for a local.
He offered the tour in both English and Spanish and was also kind enough to offer us recommendations of restaurants in and outside of Madrid.
While most of the tour is spent in the car, we did enjoy a few stops along the way, so we could get out, take photos, and stretch our legs.
During our tour, we visited the Templo de Debod, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas .My favorite was defintely the Temple, as it offered some amazing views of the city and a great photo opp!
They give you snacks and wine! Did I mention there are snacks? and wine? After our first stop at the Temple, we were welcomed back to the van with a platter of traditional Iberian ham and cheese, as well as a local wine that was so very tasty!
I really can’t even express how content we all were, snacking on the ham and wine, sipping on the wine, as we absorbed the rest of our tour of the city. While this might not seem like must, this was the perfect addition to this tour!
Overall, its just the funnest experience. Between the amazing guide, the stellar ride, and the tasty tapas and wine – its just the full package! I will say, I got some extra joy from the looks of jealousy while the VW bus was parked outside my hotel. All the other tourists were green with envy!!
Also, be ready to get stared at during your tour! At pretty much ever stop light, we had people pointing and staring and taking photos of the bus. We even had a guy in the motorcycle stop us so he could ask for more information about booking it for himself!
Saying all that, I defintely think you should check out the trip options from In and Out Madrid for your next trip to Madrid. Make sure you contact them well in advance, as their VW bus is actually booked for a lot of wedding and promotional events – so you need to make sure you get on their schedule for a tour of Madrid!
This really was the most memorable evening for me during my 10-day trip to Spain and I just know it would be for you as well!