Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Barcelona Shore Excursion: Best of Barcelona Small-Group Tour - Skip the Line at La Sagrada Familia. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
We started the tour out in a downpour but our guide meet us at the cruise port and got us on a bus right away. The rain stopped soon after our tour so we were able get out and see all the things that were on the schedule. Anna was a fantastic guide telling so much about the history of Barcelona and the sights we were seeing. It was an incredible day. My only disappointment was that we did the half day and transportation back to the dock was our responsibility. I had called there office to check on this was told that during the lunch break the bus would take those of us on the half day tour back to the port. That didn't happen. It wasn't hard to get a taxi but it cost us more. The tour, all aspects of it was great.
Jordi (Jorges) picked us up at the pier and brought us to the meeting spot for the rest of the tour. We had 45 minutes until the official start of the tour but there were multiple coffee shops open and it was a pretty area to explore. We first rode to a great spot for a view of the entire city at Montjuïc and then headed to Sagrada Familia. I am so grateful we allowed time to go inside because it is awe inspiring! The sunlight through the stained glass is magnificent. We enjoyed our short tour of the Gothic Quarter at the end. I wish we had more time to do the full day tour!
Great guide who really knew the city and sights. Waiting in line was minimal compared to other lines a block long. Guide was very accomodating to all requests. Timely pick-up at the cruise port.
This was not the trip we signed up for BUT, Christian made the trip all worth while. He is an independant guide but hasa passion for Barcelona. He was the best guide on our entire trip and oh by the way where he took us was very interesting. Still have not gotten into the church, but there is always a next time. If Christian had not been so good the company would have heard from me. They still might for the matter
Great tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly! He def kept us entertained at all time!
Tour Guide, Enrique, was very knowledgeable. And skip the line was essential if you want to see so many great places in one day. The only thing missing was inside visit of Casa Batlo, which is a must if you are in Barcelona.
The tour and everything connected with it were great! They picked us up at the ship and took us on a city tour and the old city and Sagrada Familia and our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful in every way. We are only sorry we didn't get to take the full tour, but had to get back to the ship for departure. We have taken other Viator tours and have been very pleased with them and would recommend Viator to our friends and will book with you again whenever we travel. Thank you!
We were on a cruise ship vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line and Veronica (our tour guide from our Viator booking) met us at the Barcelona pier. On this day many passengers were getting off the cruise for the last time and I was afraid in the mass confusion that we would have trouble meeting up with this tour but Veronica was right on time and stood clearly with the limo drivers and had a sign with our name on it. It turns out that we were the only two people on the tour this day so we had a private tour! She was wonderful- very informative and relaxed. She took us to many historical and beautiful sights but my favorite place was La Sagrada Famila! (I didn't expect to be so moved by the beautiful church and the stories behind its construction- and it is still under construction!) We also stumbled upon a festival day in town and saw many exciting events (dancing and human pyramid competitions) taking place,. We were running behind schedule for the tour but Veronica never made us feel rushed. She completed the tour as planned and was a complete professional the entire tme, despite the fact we were the only people in the tour. I could't believe other cruisers hadn't signed up for this tour. Viator has a cruise ship guarantee for if you ever miss being back to the ship on time. At any rate, we took the half day tour and we had plenty of time to spend in town on our own and were back on board ship with many hours to spare. I highly recommend this tour!
a great tour--wonderful guide- saw a lot- learned a lot about Barcelona - wonderful city
It was really nice tour. The Guide Anna, she was just amazing. She had lot of patience, knowlege and details. We really enjoyed the tour because of her.
This tour was wonderful due to our guide,Victor. He made it very special. he was extremely knowledgeable and made it interesting by challenging us to think.
After a bit of confusion as to our pick up time, the local office managed to come pick us up at the ship terminal, 35 minutes late. However, our tour with Nicholas, or Nicco, more than made up for that delay. He was a walking historian giving interesting insight on all the places we stopped. Ask for him! I would never attempt to walk the Gothic quarter without his guidance. Fabulous!
It was pouring rain for more than half of the tour. About mid-point of the tour we considered leaving the group as we were soaked despite having the proper rain gear. In my opinion, if the weather is adverse, the tour company should have cancelled the tour. Not having to wait in line to see La Sagrada Familia was the selling point of this tour (especially in the heavy rain). Walking through the Gothic Quarter was amazing and we had a great meal at a local tapas restaurant. The other outstanding sights were Park Guell and lastly, La Pedrera. Our guide Anna had an incredible knowledge base. However, she needs to manage her time better as it was 6 pm by the time we completed touring our last stop at La Pedrera. As this was a Shore Excursion, we assumed we were going to be taken back to the cruise terminal. However, this was not the case and because we didn't stipulate returning back to the terminal or being dropped off at a hotel, we had to obtain transportation from La Pedrera to the hotel we were checking into. Thus, when a customer makes this excursion reservation, they should be asked about transportation options to do at the end of the full day tour.
The tour itself was fine; however, connecting with the tour people was nearly impossible. Our ship docked at the N Terminal in Barcelona. We were instructed to be there by 7:30 and not be late. We got there at 7:15 and waited with 4 other people until 7:55 and no one showed up with the promised "sign" indicating they were there to pick us up for the tour. Filled with anxiety and not wanting to miss this important tour, we elected (after a phone call from the port to the tour company was unsuccessful - the phone recording stated the tour company didn't open until 8:15) we (the 6 of us) elected to take a taxi (16 euros) to the plaza where our tour was supposed to begin at 8:30. There was no evidence of any tour operators. We were unsuccessful in trying to get any information. We stood on all four corners of the plaza, hoping we'd find our guide. Finally, we stopped two women and asked them if they would be so kind as to call the phone number on our document since they had local phone service. We then reached the tour operator who tried to give us directions to her office quite a distance away. We told her "you find us". Finally we walked several blocks, met her at the Burger King and she walked us to her office and ultimately to the bus with other tourists who were waiting for us. Bottom line: Why didn't the tour company know where our ship was docked and get there to pick us up? If it hadn't been for those kind women on the street willing to make a call for us, we would have missed our only opportunity to see La Familia Segrada. Thankfully we were eventually connected, but what a way to start! The tour was fine and I'd recommend that - but not the tour company you used.
This was a good tour. We were in port for one day and wanted to make the most of our time. We chose the half-day tour so we would have some time on our own and also to skip-the-line at La Sagrada Familia. The tour ran long and we left the group just short of the end. We were getting quite hungry and concerned about having time on our own. Our tour guide was quite good and we enjoyed the sites that we would never have found on our own. It includes an hour long walking tour.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the bus driver was great, but we didn't get what was advertised.
We had to find our own transportation back to the ship and pay for it. We thought everything was included in the price we paid Viator. Our only other complaint was the guide got so carried away with stories, the tour ran long. I had to ask twice how to get back to port. People who were on the whole day tour were compaining about not getting lunch until much later than advertised, but the guide just kept on talking.
This was poor value. Be aware that this was 80 walking out of a full day tour. The best part was 'skip the line' at Sagrada Familia'.
Alexandra was our small group tour guide to La Sagrada and other sites in Barcelona. For some reason our small group of eight had to take two taxis to Montjuic and meet her there with the van she was driving. It was inconvenient and cost us precious touring time.
After touring La Sagrada and driving away from it, we were stopped by the police for not having a current van inspection certificate. Consequently, Alexandra could not drive the van any longer and the tour group of nine including Alexandra had to take two taxis wherever we went. This, of course, caused us to lose a lot of touring time.
We lost about one hour of time at the police stop, and had to cut short or eliminate entirely some planned stops. At La Pedrera we only had about 20 minutes, so we practically had to run through the building and weren't able to visit Park Guell at all. I can only speak for my group of four people, that we were very disappointed with this shore excursion, but not necessarily with Alexandra. She tried her best to make the most of a bad situation.
Because of the facts I have mentioned, I think we should be compensated for a shore excursion that did not meet our expectations nor supply what was promised.
This tour started off with you telling us that they would not provide transportation back to the ship.the tour guide was very knowledgeable but just rattled off facts so fast you couldn't comprehend them. It was full busload of people. When we got to the sites, she would hold her flower up in the air to follow and started marching. She never looked back to see if her group was with her or not. One of the people in my group does not walk fast and this tour guide did not seem to care. Her mission was to get to that site. When we got to the church in Barcelona, we had to get headsets to listen. We all tried to tell her none of ours were working and she didn't believe us. After that tour she marched back to the bus at rapid speed and then was surprised that half the group wasn't there. She kept saying we have to follow the flower, but he was so far ahead of us we couldn't even see the flower!! My group was glad we had only booked a half day with her instead of the full day tour.
Not the best tour. Nearly missed it at the beginning because the paperwork had not been changed into our name. Glad to have the skip the line pass into La Sagrada Familia but the walking tour around the Jewish quarter was kind of a waste of time.
Unfortunately a washout day, Was very much looking forward to the day, saw the church and appartments but unfortunately PLAN B well there wasn't one. Disappointing but we will now return and try to see the sights again.
Tour company sent a taxi to pick us up at ship who stood quietly hidden in parking lot and who spoke absolutely no English. We were told the tour ends in the middle of the city and we were responsible for our own way to get back to ship. Tour leader did not wear a microphone nor were we given headsets. Needless to say, we heard very little. Not worth the money or the aggravation.
Our guide Rose was TERRIBLE. She barely spoke, was completely uninterested in making it fun and insightful, then most of Barcelona was closed since it was a Sunday, we spent more time waiting to get on the bus to move to other areas that had nothing to show really. The skip the line at La Sagrada is a must though. We left the tour early to go to Las Ramblas on our own, waste of money overall