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Alice Y United States of ...
This was a fantastic tour. We were picked up at Plaza Catalunya because our hotel was just a little down on the Ramblas. Our 15 people tour van showed up on time and our guide called us by name! We were the first to be picked up and we went to each groups hotels to pick our group up.
We were given a clear explanation of our schedule and were taken to Montserrat first. This was because our guide Dolsa wanted to beat the crowd of the long weekend. Dolsa is very warm and friendly. Her english is fluent and she gave us great information on our one hour drive to the mountain. We did not have time to explore every trail around Montserrat but it was a nice overview of the place.
In the afternoon, we went to a vantage point on Montjuic, walked around the outside of Sagrada Familia and then to Park Guell. Again, we did not see every corner of the park but had enough time to get a good idea of the place. We were then taken back to our pick-up point.
What made the tour so special was Dolsa. She knew when to let us doze off on the ride, when to give us the photo ops we want, gave great information, minimized how much we had to walk, and took great care of us all around. She actually sounded like she liked the places she took us to, which I cant say of other guides.
The tour was fun especially the cable car ride from
Montjuic. The walking tour could have been a little slower paced. There were people struggling to keep up.
Good commentary by our guide for the first part of the tour Barcelona and Montjuic, however the guide for the second part to Montserrat was unable to properly explain things. Nevertheless, Montserrat is worth visiting on your own using public transit.
Hotel pick up for this tour was extremely helpful. It's often stressful to be sure you find the departure point and arrive at the correct time for many tours, but the hotel pick up feature alleviated this stress.
We were picked up at the promised time by our skilled van driver and Elizabeth, our tour guide. the BMW van was extremely clean and comfortable The tour of the city began right away with items of interest in the commentary.
The visit to La Sangrada Familia was a walk around of the building. That was plenty for us, as we really didn't feel the need to enter the church, although we had heard it is quite beautiful. Gaudi was quite the whimsical architect and his creations are all so recognizable with the certain style he is famous for.
We then made our way to Park Guell pronounced Park Guay and saw the Gaudi created community. It was very interesting.
After that we headed to the countryside for the Montserrat portion of our tour. It was a pleasant van ride there some very curvy roads, however and once on top the air was so fresh and it was beautiful. We enjoyed a buffet lunch for 2 it was 31 euros but was tasty and included all you wanted and more. The complex/restaurant had the most amazing views. The entire complex is very clean and enjoyable. The visit to the Montserrat was well worth the trip.
Finally we drove back to Barcelona and viewed Montjuic by van and saw the site of the 1992 Olympics and gardens that thrive on this beautiful hill. We were all then delivered back to our hotels.
It was a wonderful, stress free day made especially great by Elizabeth whose knowledge of her home city of Barcelona was vast and made the trip very educational and pleasant. I would definitely recommend this tour for Barcelona first-timers as you feel you know the city quite well when it is complete.
This was a great experience and allowed us to get our bearings around Barcelona. The hill climb to Montjuic was certainly made easier using the e-bikes. Only minus was that we lost time due to one family on the tour that insisted on trying to bring their 8 year old son - not a good idea!
Montjuic tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgable. However Montserrat wasn't that good. The guide was knowledgable on our way up but once we were there, he really had nothing to do. He said ok we're here free time meet me by parking lot at 6:30pm. That was it. Beautiful place tho
Brilliant trip with a lovely guide with gorgeous red hair I am really sorry, but I can't remember her name - Jemma or Donna maybe?. Well anyway she was amazing. Her knowledge of Barcelona was incredible and she weaved us expertly around her city pointing out so many things of interest we would have totally missed if she were not with us. We booked the full day tour and I am so glad we did - we had an action packed day and saw the main sights and jumped the main queues especially at Sagrada Famila / Park Guell / Montjuic and Casa Mila. Would thoroughly recommend and encourage you book this tour for an amazing day. We saw so much - you just could not do that by yourself and get so much knowledge. Excellent trip. Will be booking up soon again with you somewhere else.
Definitely worth every penny for this full day tour! Our guide for the day, Rodrigo, was superb. Very knowledgeable about the city and all the sites we visited, and spoke excellent English. Our mini bus was perfectly comfortable and well suited for a small group tour about 20 participants and the driver was skilled and able to get us where we needed to be on time, despite the traffic troubles we encountered. We had free time at each place we stopped and although there is much to try to fit into a 1 day tour, we felt we were able to experience the top sights in the city and get a good in depth overview with the mix of walking tour and driving to the best sights. We marveled at the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudi with great commentary and detail from our guide, including the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and LePedrera, got to see the city from a view at Montjuic, had lunch on our own and time to explore the Gothic area a bit. GREAT JOB and thank you Rodrigo!!
Nelly United States of ...
This was a nice tour. First part we went over to Montjuic where we rode the cable car and were able to see the city from up there. We were also taken around the city to see the major parts of the city. We returned back to the agency, had lunch and then had the second part of our tour. The guide for our second part to Montserrat was really nice, even though he had twisted his ankle that morning, he was still walking around and showing us what we needed. Montserrat was small but is really pretty surrounded by mountains. You do have time on your own to walk around and see things on your own.
A nice drive not the Spanish countryside just outside Barcelona. The train up to Montserrat is good giving some great views over the countryside. The cathedral is well maintained and in good order and worth a visit. The mountains in the area have a rather unique shape.
Montjuic on the edge of Barcelona gives you some good views over Barcelona. The Spanish Village didn't live up to its reputation for us, but others on the tour raved over it, so it's one of those either you like it or you don't places. Overall a good day.
Barcelona highlights seemed unfinished without even the mention of sagrada familia, park Guell etc., I do understand the difficulty in covering everything in half a day. But we crossed sagrada just by a lane after, and we thought we might have as well went through it. Montjuic was ok. Montserrat was good.
The tour was bilingual and the guide's command of each language was less than stellar. We could barely understand the heavily accented English and my husband, who speaks French, said the French part wasn't much better. The tour itself was boring. The walking part at the end of the tour involved too much standing around while the same facts were explained in two languages and the Montjuic portion was too concentrated in the Spanish Village, which is really touristy and not too exciting. This one is definitely not worth the time or the money.
Highly recommend the sight seeing tour for an overview of this large city! make sure though you have another day to go back to the places you have seen during the sightseeing. Montjuic cable car was very quick- 5 minutes - would be better to continue on and go over the water however it only takes you one stop during the tour. Montserrat though is beautiful and once in a lifetime- amazing views- good amount of free time.
Spectacular view from Montserrat and montjuic
The Montjuic part was ordinary but Montserrat Tour is spectacular. The journey to Montserrat by the funiculor and the visit to Black Madonna is quite thrilling. The Montserrat part should be a tour in itself as that way one can spend more time in the museum.
Absolutely FABULOUS tour with Kwan- our family of 5 had him all to ourselves- we saw SO MUCH of the Montjuic side of town that we wouldn't have been able to see without this easy FUN tour. The bikes were so easy and comfortable to ride- we had a BLAST!! Best 30 euros spent touring!!!
The tour with name itself is so inviting and tempting but it is hectic as well. It definitely includes the best of Barcelona. The Gothic quarter, mount montjuic, sagarda familia, park guell, la pedrera all in one day. Imagine, how hectic will it be and how much of walking it will be. First thing get the best walking shoes you have and try to learn a little more about all these places a little more, so you know what to ask your guide. Our guide was good but we ended in to a chaos, because we missed two of the members somewhere during the tour which pretty much messed up the tour. But still This is a long day you may want to divide in two days, to see more details but if you don't have time then this is it. I would have preferred to stay and spend more time in Sagrada Familia which is the best in Barcelona among gaudi's creation. So Take a look at your time before you book this tour.
Fantastic experience for my daughter and me. Very personalized bike tour through the city streets, along the waterfront and up Montjuic with beautiful views. Our e-bike guide was extremely courteous and informative.
The Montjuic cable car was alright but Montserrat was amazing!
On both spots, we had time to explore.
The bus trip to Montserrat takes a while but the tour guide was very chatty and full of information so it was never dull.
Montjuic Tour: Male guide was knowledgable but not dynamic and unable to keep track of group, although very nice. Told us wrong time to arrive for the Montserrat tour, so we almost missed it.
Female guide for Montserrat was fantastic!
This is a great tour and well worth the money. You will save about 30 off of what you would pay booking it through a cruise line. Our tour guide, Josef, was incredible. He really has a passion for what he does and for his homeland. One of the first things he did when we boarded the van was to ask us what are the most important things we want to see. We were able to see all of Gaudi's major work. Sagrada Familia was stunning! Pictures can not do justice. Montserrat is a must see. We were able to go into the cathedral and it is beautiful. 7 to 8 hours that the tour lasts is not long enough to go into all of the buildings we saw, so you have to make a choice in what you to see in the time you have. We even had a little time at the end to go up to Montjuic and see the city. We didn't feel like we were running from site to site, but we did have to move through areas fairly quickly to fit in everything we had on our must see list. You will not go wrong if you decide to take this tour. We booked through Viator, and two of the places we visited Malaga and Barcelona we used Top Day Tours. I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and attention to detail. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to understand. Josef was a great tour guide, if you have the opportunity to have him as your guide you will not go wrong.
This was an awesome way to see parts of Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia. We saw views of Barcelona from Montjuic Hill which were spectacular. Our journeys through the Gothic Quarter , Park Guell, and La Pedrera were sensational. The different views of the church gave one for thought.
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Jordi, our young guide, was helpful and full of information the entire day. We did a walking tour of Barri Gotic, drove for a brief stop in Montjuic overlooking the city, visited one of Gaudi's houses in Barcelona, toured Parc Guell and spent time at the indescribable Sagrada Familia. It was a whirlwind day. Our only disappointment was the brief time allowed at Parc Guell. This was no fault of Viator there was simply too much to see and tourist groups were allotted a certain time.
This tour was solid, but unspectacular - a very efficient way to hit the major sites in Barcelona and the inclusion of Skip-the-Line access to La Sagrada Familia made it worth the price. This was a fairly large tour - I believe there were 18 of us plus our guide, Gemma, and the minibus driver - and it comes with the typical large tour pro's and con's. I suspect that we might have wanted a little more time at Montjuic had we been there on a nicer day it was rainy the day we went. Similarly, it was nice to get the historical overview of La Sagrada Familia which was stunning, but with 18 people to deal with and a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter afterward the time went VERY quickly. As for the walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, headsets would really have improved this aspect of the tour. When my wife and I wound up in the back of the pack, hearing the guide was a constant struggle.
The tour of Gothic quarters and Montjuic was made more enjoyable by the guide who was very well informed.
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