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Join us on a comprehensive guided tour of Barcelona’s major highlights, with skip-the-line access to Gaudi´s world-famous masterpiece: La Sagrada Familia. On this day tour you will also discover the ancient Roman part of the city, the impressive Mountain of Montjuïc and much more! Enjoy a personalized guide service in the company of a small, friendly group. To ensure your comfort we also include pick up and drop off at your accommodation.

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  • Sample the best of Barcelona on this exciting full-day sightseeing tour.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city, and tour the 1992 Olympic Village located on top of Montjüic Mountain.
  • Avoid long lines at La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s crowning masterpiece.
  • Enjoy a guided tour inside the Sagrada Familia.
  • Wander along the ancient Roman walls and narrow, winding streets of the Gothic Quarter before visiting a 2,000-year-old Roman Temple.
  • Stroll down the elegant Passeig de Gracia, marveling at Modernist masterpieces like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
  • Get a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle and enjoy Barcelona’s coastline through the city’s old fishing district and modern-day beach Platja La Barceloneta.

During this exciting day tour we will take you to visit some of the most beautiful places in Barcelona. You will also get to explore La Sagrada Familia. We offer the exclusive opportunity to skip the line at Sagrada Familia in order to save precious time.
We will pick you up at your accommodation and take you by private transport vehicle on a journey to experience the different faces of Barcelona. During the tour, our expert guide will share fascinating stories about the city’s one-of-a-kind architecture, culture and history.
Our tour will begin in Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central square. The plaza connects to the avenue Passeig de Grácia, which features some of the best examples of Catalan architecture. Take a moment to admire the striking façades of private Modernist buildings, among them Gaudí´s famous La Pedrera. Next, we will arrive at the “Illa Discordia Barcelona” (Barcelona’s “Block of Discord”), which not only includes Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, but also the Casa Lleó - Morera and Casa Ametller.
We will follow in the footsteps of Gaudí as we explore l’Eixample next. This district was designed in the 19th century by urban planner Ildefons Cerdà. It became an extension of the Old Town, as part of an orderly expansion strategy for the city. After visiting the majestic Hospital de Sant Pau, we will continue to another one of Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. You will see the different parts of the building and the many examples of religious symbolism hidden in its unique façades. You are sure to be captivated by Gaudi’s incredible architectural style: the peculiar shape of the columns, ceilings, walls and the organic architecture of the basilica.
After some time at the Sagrada Familia, we will continue towards the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, our group will pass by the Plaza de Toros Monumental and contemporary Agbar Tower, the newest reference point for Barcelona´s stunning skyline. We will reach breezy Bogatell beach, and walk down along the coast through Port Vell (the Old Port). As we continue along the port, we will pass the Gothic Drassanes and Columbus Monument, walking down the iconic La Rambla and ending up at the brand-new World Trade Center.
From here, we’ll head to Montjuïc Mountain and our guide will point out the Mirador de l'Alcalde, a beautiful terrace with wonderful views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline.
The Mountain of Montjuïc was once the main venue of the 1992 Olympics. Nowadays, you can still admire the Olympic Stadium, which was originally built in 1929 and was later remodeled for the Olympics. We will also encounter plenty of examples of urbanism and architecture designed specially for the International Exhibition of 1929. These include Plaça Espanya, which was influenced by St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Other beautiful highlights of this area are The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, the Mies Van der Rohe pavilion and The National Palace.
Finally, we will descend from the top of the mountain to the center of Old Town, where we’ll finish the day with a relaxed walking tour through the charming corners of the Gothic Quarter. Discover the hidden imprints left by the Roman and medieval city. After stopping at the charming Cathedral Square to admire the magnificent Gothic Cathedral with its Gothic revival façade, we will travel back in time to the origins of Barcelona in Plaça Sant Jaume, where the old forum was located. The plaza is now home to Barcelona’s City Hall.

 

points of interest

  • PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA: The most luxurious avenue of Barcelona, home to the most distinctive examples of Catalan Modernist architecture. Marvel at the surprising façades of Gaudi’s famous houses (Casa Batlló and Milà, also known as la Pedrera). Discover the ‘apple of discord’ - the word ‘manzana’ (apple) also meaning "block of houses” in Spanish.
  • EIXAMPLE DISTRICT: This district was designed by Ildefons Cerdà after 1859, when authorities approved his plan to expand the city. (The word “Eixample” actually means “expansion” in Catalan!) Cerdà’s idea of urban planning was revolutionary and utopian, a fact you will observe directly while walking through the streets of this elegant neighborhood.
  • SAGRADA FAMILIA: Perhaps the most emblematic landmark of Barcelona. There are no words to describe the feeling one gets when entering this magnificent temple of Modernism. The organic shapes found throughout its structure, the light filtering through its stained glass windows and the symbolic nature of the building’s sculpted façade will probably be the highlight of this tour (if not of your whole stay in Barcelona!)
  • WATERFRONT: Over time, Barcelonas coast has always adapted to the needs of the city’s people. Its latest architecture is best represented by the World Trade Center and the converted Old Port. The Old Port is now full of fantastic shops, restaurants and nightclubs, while still maintaining the charm of its past. Around the coast you will also find the Columbus Monument and the beautiful Gothic building of the Drassanes.
  • MONTJUÏC MOUNTAIN: Originally used as a strategic place from which to defend the city against attack, this impressive mountain borders the Mediterranean Sea. From its summit you will enjoy fantastic views of the Barcelona skyline. The mountain is home to several buildings that perfectly exemplify modern art and contemporary architecture. These include the sport facilities belonging to the Olympic Ring, as well as museums like the Miró Foundation and Caixa Forum. You will also discover examples of urbanism and architecture specially designed for the International Exhibition of 1929.
  • OLD TOWN: This is where the history of Barcelona first started. In Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella you will find a harmonious mix of modernity with Roman and medieval imprints right in the city center. Learn all about Barcelona’s origins and about some of the most fascinating Catalan traditions. Explore the charming corners, picturesque plazas and narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter. We especially recommend a visit to Plaça Sant Jaume and the famous Cathedral.
  • where: Barcelona.
  • Group: Max.8 persons
  • availability: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
    (except December 24th, 25th, and 26th and 1st of January)
  • Tour duration: 8H - Full day
  • Hour: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Language Available: English and Spanish
includes
  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Small groups (maximum 8 people)
  • Private vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Reservation with skip-the-line access to Sagrada Familia
  • Walking tour through the Historical Center
  • Tickets to the Sagrada Familia

Not included
  • Private expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)

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