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.
IN THIS PRIVATE GAUDI TOUR YOU WILL SEE:
(ride with photo stops)
1888 WORLD FAIR
CATHEDRAL / JEWISH SECTION
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.
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.