Our guide, Pablo, was very knowledgable about both the history and the culture of Madrid. He pointed out several, made for tourist areas and pointed out authentic alternatives that are only steps away. The tour was a lot of walking, but it is in fits and starts and not a continuous slog. It's meandering route and relaxed pace are itself a wonderful introduction to Spanish culture where nothing seems to follow a straight line and patience is more than a virtue. After stting on a plane for 6 hours, it was a great way for me to start working on my jet lag as the walking part of the tour takes you to 2200 10PM . This is still very early for Madrid, so I went back to an area pointed out by Pablo for tapas before getting myself back to my hotel and collapsing for the night.