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Barcelona in a Day: La Sagrada Família, Casa Milà & Historic Center

This tour distills the finest elements of the culture, cuisine, history, and architecture of Barcelona into a single, unforgettable day that will immerse you in the life of the city, past and present.

Join your local expert guide and a small group of 14 people or fewer and explore the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Before you go inside you will be able to snap a few pictures at the nicest viewpoint of the church, then take a stroll around to see the various facades of and learn why they look so different. As you tour the inside, your guide will tell you the Gaudí’s extraordinary life story and point out the elements and details that will give you a deep insight into the mind of one of the most unique geniuses of the 20th century. After a full tour of the sanctuary, including a peek into Gaudí’s crypt, you will also step into the museum to learn exactly how Gaudí planned this puzzle-box of a building and why his methods were truly groundbreaking.
Aside from the Sagrada Família, the houses that Gaudí designed in in the late 20th century are his most beloved works in Barcelona. For the next part of your tour, hop on a subway to get across town. En route, your guide will give you plenty of tips and hints on how to use public transport in the city and the best ways to get around. Back above ground, step out onto the Passeig de Gracia, which has the highest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. Here you will see The Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller, and the Casa Lleó Morera. As you study their facades your guide will point out the very Gaudí-esque details that you might miss and help you understand what makes each structure so special. All of this will help you put your next stop, the Casa Mila / La Pedrera, into context as you take a full tour of its stunning interior.
As you move through the organic, undulating rooms (try to find a right angle - we dare you) which still contain period furniture, you’ll get a feel for what it was actually like to live in a space designed by one of the greatest architects to ever live. No tour is complete without stepping onto the roof, which is arguably the best in Barcelona. Considered a masterpiece of outdoor sculpture, each chimney has been sculpted into a different totem, giving it the feel of an open-air art gallery.
After hopping back on the metro and taking a quick stroll down Barcelona’s most famous pedestrian street, La Rambla, you will break for lunch. It’s not included but your guide will give you recommendations on where to eat at any price point and taste, including some amazing stalls in the Boqueria Market. Your local guides will never recommend a spot where they wouldn’t eat themselves
In the afternoon, reconvene in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter for a stroll through the history of the City. Walking past Roman Walls that date back thousands of years, you will learn how this city went from a provincial fishing village to the heart of an entire region unified by a very hairy king.
Next, explore some of the most beloved areas of the city center, like Gaudí’s favorite square. Learn about Barcelona’s old Jewish community, the dark history of the Spanish Inquisition and the Spanish Civil war as you visit spots like the Old Jewish Quarter, Sant Felip Neri Square, and the Plaça St Jaume. You will also see the city’s second most iconic church in the neighborhood of El Born and a shop selling trinkets you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Finally, head down to the historic port, see a sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, and learn how the sea has shaped the city before hopping aboard a 85-foot sailboat for a relaxing, hour-long cruise up the coast with a complimentary glass of wine.
When you get back to the port, don’t forget ask your guide for restaurant recommendations and suggestions for other things to see and do. Now that you’ve seen Barcelona in a day, the rest of the city is at your fingertips.

Experience Includes

  • Skip the line tickets at Casa Milà
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Sagrada Família
  • Explore the historic heart of Barcelona, including the old Jewish Quarter, Gothic Quarter, beautiful public squares, El Born Neighborhood and Santa María del Mar
  • Take a 1-hour sail-boat cruise up the coast and see Barcelona from a completely different perspective while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine.
  • Public transport tickets
  • Expert local guide
  • See the majority of Gaudí’s most famous buildings in Barcelona, including skip the line access to La Pedrera House and a full tour of the Sagrada Família.
  • Small Groups of 15 people

Experience Excludes

  • Entrance to Casa Batllo
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel tranfers
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenirs

Departs

April - October.

Departure location

Tour meets next to "Picasso" Bar, 422 Carrer de Mallorca, 08013 Barcelona, on the corner of Carrer Marina and Carrer Mallorca.

Start times

Varies, please see calendar.

Duration

7 hours - excluding lunch break

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Please remember that the attire must be appropriate for the Cathedral visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings (e.g scarf) with you to put them on before entering to the holy areas. We/your guide cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Please note there will be a security check before entering la Sagrada Familia.
  • The rooftop terrace of Casa Mila might be inaccessible during heavy rain.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Casa Batlló will undergo restoration works until June 2019. You will have the unique opportunity to observe how the restorers' team are working to reveal the original skin of Gaudi's Casa Batllo. The ongoing restoration works may cause some inconveniences.