Are you interested in Jewish Heritage? Or are you passionate about history, specially the Middle Ages? Or would you maybe want to sped a day outside of Barcelona, visiting some picturesque area away from the tourist crowds? Are you maybe a fan of Game of Thrones?
The city of Girona is specially known for its medieval section and a remarkable Jewish Quarter (the “Call”), plus its history is full of interesting facts, and its architecture hides fascinating details and lots of photo opportunities that never fail. That might be why it was chosen to be Braavos for the 6th season of Game of Thrones!
But unless you are used to take trains abroad and navigate alleys and backstreets just for the pleasure of getting lost… visiting in Girona on your own can be tricky. Or at least, you are likely to miss a lot!
Instead, with this private Girona day tour from Barcelona you’ll get to visit everything easily with your tour guide, who knows her way and the local history, and will be happy to adapt to your interests and preferences. You’ll also have a dedicated driver to take you there and back to Barcelona, for maximum travel comfort.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace and main interests…)
Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your location and drive you to Girona, crossing the Catalan countryside with its masia farmhouses, its woods and the Montseny mountains. On the way you’ll start learning about the history of Girona and Catalonia, to prepare you for your visit.
Follow your guide around the Old Town of Girona exploring the medieval walls of the city with its views over the surrounding forrests, its Cathedral (learn why it was so challenging to build it), its now charming Call (medieval Jewish Section) and its cruel past…
If you wish, you can decide to enter the Medieval Baths, the Cathedral or the Museum of History of the Jewish, or maybe have a coffee break in one of its lovely bars. You’ll feel like being in Italy, but without the crowds!
On a 6-hour tour you’ll be back to Barcelona on time for a late lunch on your own. But if you prefer, you can add two extra hours so we can take you to an authentic Catalan restaurant open in a traditional masia farmhouse, for a traditional meal.
Back to the car, your guide will be happy to continue discussing with you anything of your interest and answer your questions or give you recommendations for the rest of your stay.
You’ll be dropped back at your hotel or apartment or other location of your choice within the city limits.
This tour works great for people able to walk, very interested in history (specially medieval and Jewish), or that just want to spend a lovely day out of town away from the tourist crowds.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is child-friendly if we focus more on the exploration and the local legends than in the historical part.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, please note that the visit of Girona involves sections of stairs and uphill cobblestone streets. We recommend to ask your guide to take you on the little tourist train instead of walking you around.
If you’d like to have lunch during the tour but a farmhouse doesn’t sound appealing enough, we can take you to the seaside instead! Check out our Costa Brava and Girona tour.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
Depending on train tickets availability
8-HOUR TOURS ONLY
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
Clients are requested to pay for the guide’s train tickets, that will be paid beforehand upon booking.
OPTIONAL – Not included.
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
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 Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This day trip to Girona is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: the Museum of History of the Jewish of Girona is closed.|
Sunday: the interior of the Cathedral of Girona is not available for visits as there is mass going on (you can visit the Cloister and the Treasure Museum, though.
|UNIQUE||In May, Girona celebrates the “Time of Flowers” festival. A great time to visit it and see the usual sites covered in flower decorations.|
Tour starting time:
|HALF DAY:||Anytime between 8AM and 9AM.|
|FULL DAY:||9 AM. This tour starting time is not flexible.|
Miriam took me to Girona, the delightful medieval city about an hour away. Having attended university there, she knew both the history and the fun experiences of having been a student, living initially in a convent with the nuns! You can't go wrong choosing this private tour company.