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Discover some of the best-kept secrets of Barcelona during this half-day or full-day private tour of the city’s top sights. Get personalized attention from your guide as you skip the lines at the iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral. Then stroll the atmospheric streets of the city’s Gothic Quarter on a walking tour, stopping to admire a 2,000-year-old Roman temple. You’ll also get to sip cava, Catalonia’s signature sparkling wine, at a local food market, check out modernist architecture in the city’s Eixample district and take in gorgeous views from the hilltop Montjuïc area, among other stops. This private tour also includes round-trip transport from your hotel and optional upgrade to a full-day tour featuring afternoon visits to architect Antoni Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Park Güell.

Highlights

  • Best of Barcelona private half-day sightseeing tour
  • Skip-the-line access to La Sagrada Familia
  • Panoramic view of Barcelona from Montjuïc hill
  • Complimentary cava wine tasting in typical local market
  • Drive through the Eixample, Barcelona's modernist center
  • Walking private tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, including the 2,000-year-old Roman temple
  • Upgrade to the full-day tour to include Park Guell and La Pedrera

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

See the best that Barcelona has to offer on this private half-day guided excursion covering some of the city’s top highlights (and optional upgrade to a full-day visit). Best of all, this intimate, personalized visit allows you to customize some portions of your visit to cater to your specific interests.

Start your day with pickup from your Barcelona hotel around 8:30am. Depending on your specific itinerary, it may also be possible to adjust your start time once the booking is confirmed. Begin by driving with your guide to the hilltop sanctuary of Montjuïc, a combination park, cultural and recreational area that hosted the 1992 Olympic Games.

Enjoy superlative views of the Barcelona cityscape before making a quick stop at the Catalunya National Art Museum and then heading back down to Plaça Espanya and through Eixample, a neighborhood known for its modernist architecture.

Continue the trip with a drive down Passeig de Gracia, one of the city’s most upscale shopping streets, passing the famous architectural works of Antoni Gaudí, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, as you go. Soon you’ll arrive at the towering La Sagrada Familia cathedral, where you’ll take advantage of your included skip-the-line admission ticket, heading right inside to view the incredible construction feats inside this one-of-a-kind religious structure.

Proceed next on a walking-based wander through the narrow streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Sip on an included glass of cava (sparkling wine) at one of the district’s local markets, then meander your way back in time, passing the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman temple and the area’s ancient Jewish Quarter and Royal Palace.

You’ll then head to El Born, a trendy area just adjacent to the Gothic Quarter, where you’ll stop for a short lunch break before visiting the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar church. Those on the half-day tour will end their trip here around 1pm.

For those who select the full-day tour upgrade, you’ll continue in the afternoon with guided visits to two of the magnificent creations of Antoni Gaudí, the hillside Park Güell and the beautiful La Pedrera. See the itinerary below for more details on the full-day and the two tour options.

Itinerary

Upgrade:
Upgrade to the full-day private tour to include visits to two of Antoni Gaudi’s most fabulous sites – Park Güell and La Pedrera. At Park Guell, enjoy a private guided tour of the famous city garden, where you’ll be introduced to some of Gaudí’s most bizarre creations. At La Pedrera, you’ll skip the line again and have an hour to explore the interior of the building.

Tour options:
8:30am Barcelona Half-day Tour
Half-day tour includes skip-the-line access and guided visit at La Sagrada Familia (45 min to 1 hour). Tour concludes at Santa Maria del Mar Church at 1pm.

8:30am Barcelona Full-day Tour
Full-day tour includes skip-the-line access and guided visit at La Sagrada Familia (45 min to 1 hour). In the afternoon, enjoy guided visits of Park Güell and La Pedrera. Tour concludes at 4pm.

Customer Reviews

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Outstanding, Brilliant, fantastic.

Our guide was so amazing we booked another tour to Montserrat for the following day.

I cannot rate this company and particularly Rodrigo highly enough.

we have used other companies in other cites an this was the best ever!

kmiller4051

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour guide, very helpful, insightful...all enjoyed.

Sally B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We took a full day private tour of Barcelona with Enrique in February of 2016. It was an awesome experience! Enrique was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We skipped the long lines at various places of interest Sagrada Familia is amazing!, and we had a great lunch in the Gothic Quarter.

Jerald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide Enrrika was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable, very patient with us and is passionate about his job and his love of his city. We saw things that most people would never have seen on a larger group tour. He stopped when we wanted pictures or would go around the block so I could get a picture.
Well worth the money to have your own private tour guide.

Brian F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Anna was excellent and we had a great tour! We will highly recommend to anyone we know heading to Barcelona - thanks!

Janicehalphen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What a great way to start our stay! Anna was our guide and she made it special for our group of four. She gave us a great overview of Barcelona. Seeing Sagrada Familia with our grand daughters was wonderful. To see the awe in their eyes at this magnificent cathedral. Can't wait to go back in 10 years and see if finished. The Skip the Line was so easy!

Grant M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent Guide Anna. Thank you

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide was Alexandra. She was simply amazing. Our group enjoyed her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the city/country and it's treasures. Her professionalism and navigation skills added to our enjoyment. We had the full day tour and it just flew by as we were immersed in the beauty of Barcelona and the history lessons she provided.
I hope if you take this tour you are lucky enough to get Alex, because this will be the very best part of your vacation.
Thank you Viator!
Steve and Barbara B

Marie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a terrific tour!!! Our tour guide Alexandra Alex was FABULOUS!!! She made the trip! She was extremely knowledgeable about everything with a great personality! Big thank yous to her and Viator for this experience!!!

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Alexandra was a wonderful, knowledgable guide with many interesting insights. We enjoyed the tour immensely.

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