What a treat. The Palau de la Musica is an architectural marvel. The guide there was outstanding. Our guide for the walking tour, Nil, was extraordinary. He gave us a marvelous walking tour of the Gothic Quarter and was very attentive to our interests. Highly recommend.
we had a great time! The planned sailboat had problems but they quickly found another and we loved it!
Well organized trip with a great guide. Very nice that it was just a small group (around 20 people). In Montserrat there was time enough to see the monastery and do some walking around the amazing scenery. I could maybe have used more time, but then it would have been too long a day. The visit to the cava winery was very interesting, we had a great tour around the winery and down in the wine cellars. Finished perfectly with nice cava tasting. I can only recomend this trip.
This was a superb trip, led by local tour operator Explore Cataluyna http://www.explorecatalunya.com
Only 8 people in the van, the guide was engaging and explained everything, but in both Vic and Pyrenees, also gave us plenty of free time to explore on our own. The Valle de Nuria where we went was very scenic and beautiful, great hiking all around it with beautiful views. Something for everyone there, from horseback riding to boating to strolling to hiking to riding a cable car. We went on another Explore Catalunya trip in Barcelona as well and the same small group experience is really worth the extra money compared to something like the Hop-Off-Hop-On or even so-called "personalized" bus tours.
If you want to learn some history of Barcelona and don't mind walking, then this is an awesome tour. It included things I wanted to do anyway and our guide, Gloria, was so knowledgeable about the city and made it much more fun than if I just walked around to each place.
One of my favourite tours definitely. Loved the trip to Vic also - bought loads of delicious fresh fruits from market stall. Our tour guide was fantastic. (can't remember his name!!) He was so knowledgeable and he made the trip to Vic really worth it. Also gave very informative details about Catalonia in the coach.
Pyrenees was v beautiful and a quick walking tour to the stone village afterwards was interesting too.
If you want a nature day out from busy hustle and bustle of Barcelona, I'd definitely recommend this one.
We had a wonderful time and the experience was better than expected! We arrived early and they didn't make us wait and drove us by car to the port. We had some drinks and snacks and enjoyed about a 2 hour sailing trip. My daughter go to "steer" the boat and we had a wonderful swim in the sea. The captain, Roger, was super nice and we had a great time with him. We would recommend this tour to everyone visiting Barcelona!
It was a wonderful experience as the tour guide walked us to 2 nice tapas restaurants. The walk took us through the old part of barcelona. Then the evening ended with a flamenco performance in a very intimate setting in a nice hotel. The dancer and guitar player were about 6 feet from our table. Highly recommended.
Phillip was an excellent guide. We really enjoyed our walk, stops for tapas , drinks and flamenco. Overall it was a great experience.
Our tour guide Felliciano was charming and funny. He drove us from central Barcelona out to Montserrat and gave a quick run-down of the town on the mountain. His suggestions of buying picnic ingredients from the farmer's stalls then walking up the mountain to admire the view were great. We then drove to the Freixenet winery for a guided tour with many other people. This was very interesting, including the history of the winery and a train ride through the grounds. I would recommend this tour as it was the highlight of our trip!
The sailor that AWESOME! Funny, personable, engaged....a true pleasure to have on the boat with us! He was from England and I can't remember his name! Please send my regards! :-)
We had a fantastic experience touring Montserrat with our guide, Veronica. It was very personalized and she drove us in a mini-van to Montserrat giving us important background information prior to our arrival. It was about an hour drive from Barcelona. Wonderful views but we didn't stand in line to touch and see the Black Virgin because we wouldn't have been able to walk around the grounds and experience the beautiful architecture and views. Veronica was an experienced and knowledgeable guide who made this a memorable excursion.
We really enjoyed our guide on this tour. Belen was so nice and friendly and made our tour personal. She spoke English very well and explained things also in Spanish at the request of my son who was studying Spanish in Madrid. I wish we had more time at Montserrat as a half-day tour did not allow us to see or trek around this majestic place. One or two more hours would have been fine. We were so glad to skip the line for La Segrada Familia,as we walked right in,while there was a line around the block to but tickets. This is a must see site in Barcelona. Thanks again Belen!
Had a fascinating sail in the Med. The captain and mate were very hospitable and friendly. My grandson even had the chance to take a swim....even though he was back out as fast as he went in as the Med is on the chilly side even in June. Definitely recommend this over the larger type cruises out of the port of Barcelona.... Joan VZ
This trip was amazing! The tour guide, Belen (I think I have her name right), was really great! She was new to the company and did a really good job describing the tour and all of the various locations and landmarks. I feel really bad as there were about 4 members in our group that treated her horribly and acted like fools and gave her a hard time as she was not able to always answer all of their questions. Montserrat was beautiful and I highly recommend taking the lift to the top of the mountain as the views were breathtaking! The boys choir at 1pm was nice but the church was very crowded and I would have rather just bought a CD. The wine tour was also great! The winery is huge and has a lot to offer! It is a lot of walking so for those that have a hard time walking I would not recommend this tour. We loved it and definitely recommend!
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