BEST HALF DAY BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

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.

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IN THIS PRIVATE GAUDI TOUR YOU WILL SEE:

MONTJUIC HILL
(ride with photo stops)

CASA MILA
(outside)

GOTHIC QUARTER
(stroll)

Tour Barri Gotic

1888 WORLD FAIR
(drive past)

CATHEDRAL / JEWISH SECTION
(optional)

WATERFRONT
(drive past)

CASA BATLLO
(outside)

Tour Casa Batllo

SAGRADA FAMILIA
(inside)

  • Skip lines everywhere. No need to pre-purchase tickets yourself.
  • Cover the best of Barcelona in a time-efficient way.
  • Hear stories of the Old Town that don’t come in guide books.
  • Learn why the center of Barcelona looks like Paris.
  • Discover when will the Sagrada Familia be finished and why.
  • And much more, in a private tour just for you and your party!

ADAPT YOUR TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

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.

HINT: Add one or two extra hours to see more sites or include a great tapas lunch.

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.

If you are spending more than one day in town, you might want to spread your sightseeing in two or more days, or check out our excursions from Barcelona.

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 must walk down: it is not permitted to use the elevator to go down anymore. 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.

Tour operators like us are only allowed to book tickets for the Passion Façade towers – should you be interested in the Nativity Façade towers you’ll have to go back to Sagrada Familia on your own some other day as those tickets are only available for individual visitors.

THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.

TOUR SCHEDULE

TOUR LENGHT

4 hours
Possibility of adding extra hours upon booking.

CALENDAR

AVAILABLE: Every day.
SOME SITES CLOSED:
Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia.

RECOMMENDED STARTING TIME

MORNING TOURS: Anytime between 9AM and 11AM
AFTERNOON TOURS: Anytime between 1PM and 4PM
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DRESS CODE

  • To enter the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia you need to cover your shoulders and your skirt or pants must be long to your knee.
  • The dress code at the Sagrada Familia Church isn’t usually too strict, but they have occasionally banned access to people wearing short shorts (closer to their butts than to their knees), deep plunging necklines or open backs.

Barcelona Sightseeing Tour

TOUR AND BOOKING INFORMATION

  • TRANSPORTATION

    Mercedes car or minivan for upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver.

    Pier pick-up and drop-off is included. Supplement applies if you are carrying luggage, though.

  • ENTRANCE FEES | Not included

    CHARGED UPON BOOKING:
    Sagrada Familia: €25/person
    Cathedral (€3/person) – OPTIONAL
    Medieval Synagogue (€3,5/person) – OPTIONAL

  • LUNCH | Not planned

    This tour does not involve a lunch stop. If you’d like to stop for lunch, please book one extra hour (meal not included).

  • PRICING (2019 fees)

    €575 – TOTAL PER TOUR (not per person)

    EXTRA HOURS:
    Guide only: €93/hour
    Guide + driver: 

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  • BOOK NOW

    Our team is small and we can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out.

* Site ticket costs are given as an orientation only, as they can change without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.

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REVIEWS FROM TRAVELERS LIKE YOU

Cobaden (Montreal, Canada)

On our day stop in Barcelona from cruise we have booked half day private tour with ForeverBarcelona. Marga and her chauffeur pick us right on time, guide us through Barcelona main attractions. Within few hours she manages to show us all very interesting places, got us tickets, without any waiting time, to go inside La Sagrada Familia church, and to end the tour by refering us to a great tapas restaurant.

TimothyC1982

We hired ForeverBarcelona for a private tour of Barcelona with a driver. The vehicle was new, clean and quite comfortable. Our guide Montse was very fluent in English. She was very informative and a delight to spend time with. When we made it known we wanted to deviate from the standard tour this was no problem. The cost is well worth the value.

Michael B (Manhattan Beach, USA)

Driver got us close to all of the attractions and kept the van nice and cool for our return. Lidia was excellent and gave us some great insight into the city and the regional culture.

Stutz55 (Purchase, New York, USA)

Miriam arrived right on time, picking us up with her driver at our hotel. She was a very knowledgeable guide – very friendly – and took great care to give us a wonderful tour and perfect overview of Barcelona. Of particular interest was Gaudi, and she showed us several important buildings in town and then took us to Guell Park which was very special and unique. This was a great introduction to Gaudi, as we had already reserved tickets to visit the Sagrada Familia a few days later. It was wonderful having a driver for our group of 6, allowing us to see so much more in a 4-hour period. We were won over by Barcelona (we had never visited before) and Miriam’s introduction was the perfect way to start.

Utcyn

It was so nice to have a private car drive us from place to place. Miriam knew all about the history of Barcelona and her love for the city definitely showed in our conversations. It also was great that she showed us lots of fun shops and the culture of the city.

VT_traveler_ilbcnu (Hartland, Vermont, USA)

Our visit to Barcelona would not have been as perfect if we had not started the first day with a chauffeured tour of the city with our guide Marga from ForeverBarcelona. Our group of six was 3 couples. Marga and our van driver arrived promptly on time — the van was immaculate and they were both very professional but also extremely warm, welcoming, personable and totally accomodating to our wishes. After outlining possible areas and points of interest to focus on and soliciting our input, we arrived at a joint plan for our time together. We visited multiple key areas of the city and with the van at our service were able to cover more distance and diversity than if we had taken a walking tour, while still doing a good deal of walking within focused areas – it was a great balance for our group. Marga and the driver coordinated the logistics “on the fly” beautifully, so we could maximize every minute and felt completely pampered.

PVK2015 (Prairie Village, Kansas, USA)

The mercedes van was spotless.

Steve O (Temecula, California)

Outstanding overview tour!

Pwebsterco (Granbury, Texas, USA)

We only had a half day in Barcelona before our flight and wanted to get some photos of the city while learning about life there. We were delighted with our guide and driver. Maria Jesús informed and entertained while allowing us to take time for photos. She gave us excellent background information on life in Barcelona. We saw enough of the city to know that we want to come back for an extended visit. Eric dropped us off and picked us up in strategic spots so that we could maximize our time. It was an excellent experience.

TacoSchwa (Toronto, Canada)

We took a 4 hour tour of Barcelona’s Highlights with Miriam. We had a family of 3 adults and 3 kids age 6, 9 and 14. The tour was perfect! The adults and kids were engaged the whole time and we loved the overview she provided to us! We were only in Barcelona for 48 hours – the tour was the best possible way to get a good overview of the city and still have time to ourselves to shop and enjoy the city on our own.

TravelTravelTravel7 (Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA)

We were traveling as a family of four, including two teenagers, and booked a half day tour that gave us an overview of Barcelona. The tour was exactly what we were looking for and we really enjoyed the combination of walking and driving in a brand new upscale Mercedes van. Marta was booked that day so our guide was Miriam who was very knowledgeable, professional and fun. She was able to share information reagarding Easter weekend and other cultural traditions that I am sure we would not have discovered through other resources. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

Danpammc

We arranged for a private, half day tour for 6 persons to acquaint ourselves with Barcelona, and to help us assess which sites to return to over the following days. The tour included “skip the line access” to Sagrada Familia. We were met at the hotel by a private van driven by Eugene… An excellent driver, and very personable. Our guide, Montserrat, was fantastic. Her knowledge of the city, its history, and its important landmarks was outstanding. Made for a truly enjoyable morning.

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