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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex.  Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Entry to the monastery is included in the tour price. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

2. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Explore Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, and discover the beautiful basilica at your own pace. Learn about its history with an included audio guide. Find out firsthand why Gaudi's iconic work — its impressive facades and interior — is one of Spain's most visited monuments. Admire a combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau forms in this UNESCO-listed structure that dominates the Barcelona skyline. Gaudi began working on the true symbol of Barcelona in 1882, and the Sagrada Familia remains a work in progress today. Although unfinished, the basilica remains a must-see. 

Sagrada Familia: Tour

3. Sagrada Familia: Tour

Start your tour outside the UNESCO-listed basilica and meet your guide. Gaze up at the immense facades and towers and get your first impressions of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Then, enter the basilica and see the awe-inspiring interior with its forest of pillars. Bathe in the colorful light from the stained-glass windows and understand what Gaudí meant when he said that "the sun is the best painter." Discover a vibrant clash of Gothic and Art Nouveau designs. Home in on the symbolic details and modernist representations of the Holy Family with your guide. Hear how the current construction is progressing after over a century's worth of work. As you walk around the basilica, learn more about Gaudí's life through his work and the legacy he left behind. At the end of tour, enjoy the freedom to keep exploring with your newfound knowledge.

Sagrada Familia: Private Tour

4. Sagrada Familia: Private Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a dedicated expert. Meet your private, local guide outside the monument, where you will enjoy separate group access. Allow yourself to take in the forest-like interior, with its towering pillars and colorful stained-glass windows. Listen to stories about the most important events to have occurred in the basilica. Feel yourself dwarfed by the detailed Nativity and Passion facades. Let your guide explain the contrasting architectural styles and bring the symbolism of the stone sculptures to life. Trace Gaudí's exciting life through his work and learn about how his legacy is steering his masterpiece's ongoing construction today. Satisfy your curiosity and ask your guide any questions that come to mind about the Sagrada Familia and its creator.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

5. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

Admire the interior of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Skip the lines and follow your guide through the heavy doors with hand-carved vines. Witness Barcelona from one of the towers. See the rows and rows of tree-like pillars that seem to reach to the heavens stretch out before you. Look up at the stained-glass windows and bathe in the warm light that filters through. Note the Christian iconography as you hear about the history of the church. Understand Gaudí's modernist vision as your guide brings the symbolism of the stonework to life. At the end of your tour, ascend one of the basilica's towers and gaze out over the views of Barcelona. Once back down at ground level, continue exploring the monument as long as you like.

Barcelona: Cathedral of Barcelona Entry Ticket

6. Barcelona: Cathedral of Barcelona Entry Ticket

Discover the jewel of Barcelona's famed Gothic Quarter with this entry ticket to the Cathedral of Barcelona. Learn about the historical background of this church which was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries. Begin by going through the external doors of Pieta and Saint Eulalia to enter the cathedral's cloister. Next pass the Romanesque interior door, made of white marble and archivolts decorated with geometric patterns and a Gothic pediment. Wander through the cloister and its four galleries with ogive arches separated by pillars. Gaze at the reliefs sculpted into the pillars of the cloister arches, showing scenes from the Old Testament. Learn about the Holy Cross, and the keystones of the vault depicting scenes from the New Testament. Next take some time to check out the chapels arranged along the three galleries, each initially dedicated to the patron saint of an institution or guild, and placed under the protection of a specific family. Then observe the cloister garden with palm trees, magnolias, an orange tree, and a fountain. Here, the traditional “ou com balla” (dancing egg) takes place each year for the celebration of Corpus Christi. There is a large pond in the cloister that is home to the 13 white geese of the Cathedral. Continue by taking the elevator to the rooftops, through the chapel of the Innocent Saints, next to the door of San Ivo. From the rooftops, gaze upon the two bell towers, the two lateral pinnacles, the cimborio crowned by the Holy Cross, the cloister, and a spectacular panoramic view of Barcelona. After enjoying the rooftop views, visit the historic Chapter Hall, converted into a museum space. This is located under the gallery of the cloister, next to the chapel dedicated to Saint Lucia. Originally, it was the site of a soup kitchen for the poor. Once inside the Chapter Hall, wrap up by checking out the 11th-century lobed baptism font from the former Romanesque temple and the terracotta sculpture of Saint Eulalia by Giuliano di Nofri, from the pediment over the door of Saint Eulalia.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

7. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

Explore 2 of Gaudí's best-known works in one day. Enjoy the convenience of organized transportation to get you from one place to the next. Begin at Park Güell Park and admire stonework and mosaics in the Modernisme style. See the salamander statue, “El Drac,” at the park entrance. Then, take a break for lunch. Travel to the Sagrada Familia and start by comparing the contrasting Nativity and Passion façades. Go inside the forest-like basilica to bask in the rays of light through stained-glass windows. Learn about how the ongoing construction of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece.

Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

8. Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

Visit Montserrat Monastery on this half-day trip from Barcelona.  Scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train. Admire the beauty of the monastery's architecture and hear stories about its famed Black Madonna statue. Board a bus from Barcelona and set off on a ride to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Discover its rocky geography, beautiful scenery, local liquors, and cultural wealth with a guide. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the monastery. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Then, learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Visit the Church and see the Black Madonna. Enjoy free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

Sagrada Familia: Private Tour with Tower access

9. Sagrada Familia: Private Tour with Tower access

Dive deep into the history and mysteries of the Sagrada Familia on an in-depth tour guided walking tour of the famous sight. Follow your private guide around both the outside and the inside of the basilica to fully understand this unfinished masterpiece and iconic sight of Barcelona. Admire Gaudí's mastery of modernism as you gaze up at the tree-like pillars and soft lighting from the stained-glass windows. Allow your guide to decode the symbolism the architect used to represent Christian ideology as you marvel at the surrounding architecture. Immerse yourself in the history of the basilica's construction, noting recent milestones and newer additions – with some still being added today. Learn about and see first-hand how Gaudí's life influenced his work and how his vision is still being completed today. Finish your tour with grand, unfurling views of Barcelona from one of the basilica's high towers overlooking the city. Take your time at the end of the tour to continue exploring the sight to your heart's content.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

10. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

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The audio really enhances the experience. Very informative. The view from the Passion Tower is worth seeing.

Was having difficulty booking on the official website. Get Your Guide made the process quick and easy!

Fabulous trip, we loved it. I booked last minute and there was no issue. Definitely worth seeing .

Was were good, Marcel our guid was GREAT, kind and profesional.Good work. Br Uroš

Well organised, informative and a really beautiful place