Do you have a short time to visit Barcelona? Do you wish to cover as much as possible in a relatively short time? A walking tour is not an option for you or someone in your party?
Getting a good overview of Barcelona in a morning is mission impossible if you are on your own: there’s no way you’ll be able to to see more than a couple of important sites, and how stressful it would be! And that’s without speaking about all the planning, timing, admission purchases…
We designed this 4-hour chauffeured tour that combines the comfort and efficiency of a private driver with the knowledge and personal touch of a private guide, to show you the top Barcelona tourist highlights: the historical area of the Gothic Quarter, the Hill of Montjuic with its impressive city views and location to 2 important periods in our history (1929 World Fair and 1992 Olympics), and the major Gaudi sites, skipping the line at the Sagrada Familia Church with your Barcelona private guide.
If this is your only chance to explore the city, this is one of the best tours of Barcelona you can take: you’ll leave with a great overview of what the city has to offer. And if you are staying, you’ll have a wonderful base to decide how to spend the rest of your time in the city and what you want to explore next.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your pick-up and drop-off location, your pace and interests…)
Your private Barcelona highlights tour starts driving around the Montjuïc Hill to see the City views from a vantage point, then drive past the 1992 Olympic facilities and the Stadium, and continue through the 1929 World Fair & Plaça Espanya.
Next we’ll head to the Gothic Quarter to stroll around the medieval plazas and backstreet where hide Roman ruins and Gothic patios. We’ll also see the Royal Palace, the City Council and the Generalitat Government building.
Our main stop there will be the Barcelona Cathedral, a basilica from the Middle Ages with a historical the wooden choir, beautiful side chapels, the tomb of St. Eulàlia and a cloister where gees have lived for centuries. Or if you prefer, we can take you instead to the Call, the medieval Jewish Section, where one of the oldest synagogues in Europe is located.
Your Barcelona highlights tour continues with a drive along Eixample District / Passeig de Gràcia. The Expansion is the area where the local Art Nouveau or Modernism was developed between the late 1800s and early 1900s. We’ll explore Ildefons Cerdà’s city plan and we’ll learn about the 3 best architects of the time at the Block of Disagreement: Domènech i Muntaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course, Antoni Gaudí. Outside view of Casa Batlló and Casa Milà/Pedrera.
Next we’ll head to the impressive Sagrada Família Church, where you’ll skip the line with your Barcelona tour guide to get in. Gaudi worked in this project for 43 years until he died in 1926. Although ten more towers are still missing, the inside has been already consacrated and the rest is planned to be finished around 2026-30. A place you’ll never forget!
The last part of your private Barcelona highlights tour will be a light drive around the city to see the area of the 1888 World Fair, passing by the Ciutadella Park and the Arch of Triumph, to reach the Waterfront where we’ll see the Olympic village and the marina, the beaches, the Barceloneta fishermen district, the Port Vell (Old Port) and Columbus circle.
You’ll be dropped off back to your hotel, apartment or pier, or at some restaurant for lunch.
This private tour of Barcelona is perfect for those wanting to get a good overview of Barcelona and cover as much as possible in a short time, or for those who don’t want to walk much.
If you are traveling with children, this tour is kid friendly because they get to enough variety of things to not get bored, and it isn’t too energy demanding. Plus if you are 4 to 6 people, you won’t have to split in two taxis as you’ll all fit in the same minivan.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, this tour works great because it minimizes the walk and helps you cover much more than you’d do on your own and much faster. It is convenient and comfortable. Note, however, that in this tour you do get in and out of the car for stops that go from a 5 minute photo stop to a 1 hour stroll or site visit (that can be adapted to your physical needs).
If you are on a cruise, this is our best-selling shore excursion. We recommend to book it at least 30 minutes after your expected docking time and no earlier than 9AM, as long as you can be back at least 1 hour before your expected departure time (as you’ll be required to be back on board by then).
If you are arriving on a plane and want to get a tour as soon as you land, check out this tour starting at the airport instead.
If you’d rather tour longer, consider adding one or two extra hours to this tour or check out our full day chauffeured tour (8 hours).
If you are traveling in the Summertime when the weather is so hot, you’ll be so glad you booked a chauffeured tour on our air-conditioned Mercedes vehicles.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them in advance.
Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:
It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.
If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you can walk down, or if you chose the Passion façade you have the option to take the elevator down at no extra cost. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.
Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This Barcelona Sightseeing tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday.|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia.|
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours:||Anytime between 9 and 11AM.|
|Afternoon Tours:||Anytime between 1PM and 4PM.|
Outstanding overview tour!
It was wonderful having a driver for our group of 6, allowing us to see so much more in a 4-hour period.
The mercedes van was spotless.