• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Be the first to step inside La Sagrada Familia just before the crowds arrive on this 2.5-hour tour in Barcelona. This tour allows you inside the unfinished church 10 minutes before it is open to the general public. Learn from your guide about the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Stroll among the columns as large as trees, admire the lavish decoration, and view the colorful stained glass windows that make this structure a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upgrade to include access to the tower for views over Barcelona.

Highlights

  • Early access gets you unobstructed views of the exterior and interior
  • A trip up to the Tower of Passion can be added as an upgrade; a perk not available with general admission
  • After the 1-hour tour, you can stay and admire the cathedral and grounds as long as you want

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What You Can Expect

Early Access to Sagrada Familia with Optional Tower Access

Enjoy early access to the spectacular La Sagrada Familia

Make your way to La Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona's best-known landmarks, to meet your guide and tour group. Get there just before 9am, when the popular site is open to the general public. Avoid long lines and be one of the first groups allowed inside.

Before entry, marvel at the ornate exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring sharp, soaring spires and incredible architectural detail.

Follow your guide inside for a tour of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's masterwork. Look up for dizzying views of 230-foot (70-meter) vaults, colorful stained glass windows and soaring ceilings. Walk down the five aisles in the shape of a Latin cross while listening to your guide's commentary about Gaudí's architectural philosophy and inspiration. Learn about the reason for the church's unfinished state; construction begun in 1882 and was only a quarter complete when it halted in 1926. 

Opt to upgrade your experience with exclusive, 30-minute access to the Tower on the Passion façade, where you will have a panoramic views of the city from a height of 215 feet (65 meters). Please note that access to the tower requires a climb of roughly 400 steps.

Following your tour, you are free to explore the site further on your own.

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Customer Reviews

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Highly recommend a guided tour of this Gaudi masterpiece work in progress! Our guide Jordi was excellent. Very informative and humorous. This is a Barcelona MUST SEE!

Steve

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I have nothing bad to say. We met our guide just outside of the Sagrada Familia and she was just fabulous. She got us in quickly and started the tour with enthusiasm. She was very passionate which made the tour even better. We also got the tower access which was done on our own, that gave us great views of the city below. It was all worth it.

saddoris2.0

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I have done quite a few of these tours on my current trip and this one was my favorite. Our guide, Sara, was fantastic. She had a great Catalan accent and personality and made the time very enjoyable. She also knew how to allow us our free time and share information about the site. Time well spent and such an amazing church. I had been 12 years previously but so much has been completed since then it is almost like a new place to me.

Jeff S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Everything was perfect. The guide provided such great explanations that really helped us appreciate the cathedral that much more. I can’t recommend this enough!

Joseph S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We were so pleased with our booking through Viator! This was an extremely pleasant experience and the staff was great to work with. We had an early tour and due to issues with transportation form the port; we were late and asked to book for a later tour and they accommodated us; without any hassle at all. It evidently was meant to be, because our tour guide was so amazing and we really built a rapport with her as well! We will use this company over and over again! The Sagrada Familia and the Tower was very spiritual for us and definitely exceeded our expectations. This is a must see if you are anywhere near the area!

Donald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

What a great tour. The guide was excellent. We beat the crowds and got a very comprehensive look at both the inside and outside of the church . We really enjoyed it.

Gerard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our guide was great ( Antonio I think ??) the pace was good and we were amongst the first to be let in so the views were quiet and beautiful. Our guides knowledge of the building construction methods and history was insightful and engaging , we are very glad we did this tour . The tower visit was worthwhile you have to like heights !!! We spent a further 3 hrs in the space afterwards as there is much to enjoy ( and we dont usually visit churches) this is very special place .

jkimmds

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Beautiful church which is well worth seeing. Our tour guide was excellent and we highly recommend this tour.

Oksana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Worth doing this, with the tower access. Our guide Jordi was very informative, and entertaining. Kids liked him too. He spoke excellent English, and his story telling and information were more than adequate. He guided our tour group through the stunning exterior and interior of the cathedral, pointing out very interesting details in engineering and architectural style, as well as of Gaudi's personal character and life.
After about an hour tour, we parted ways with Jordi by the elevator to the tower, and went up in small batches.
This was first time for our kids', second for us. If you are claustrophobic, skip this part, but it turned out fun for us. There are some 400 steps to get down there is no elevator ride down, in a very narrow spiral tower staircase. Kids couldn't help but imagine setting a slinky on those steps!

italy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Fantastic....Buy the tower access!!!

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