Day trip to Girona & Besalu from Barcelona

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  • Day Trips Out of Town
  • Girona Tours
  • Jewish Heritage
  • Kid friendly
  • Lenght: Full Day
  • Transp: Chauffeured

Description

JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR NEAR BARCELONA: Girona & Besalu

Are you looking for a Jewish Heritage tour near Barcelona? Or would you rather spend a day in the countryside away from the tourist crowds? Are you fascinated by the Middle Ages? Game of Thrones anyone?

The city of Girona has kept its magical medieval atmosphere in a beautiful way (enough to be chosen to be Braavos in season 6 of Game of Thrones), and it’s famous for its Jewish Quarter. And Besalú is pretty close, with its charming lay out along a river, its imposing bridge and one of the few medieval mikvah kept in Spain.

Leave all the logistics in our hands and come exploring Girona and Besalú with us.

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THIS FULL DAY TOUR COVERS:

  • Girona
  • Besalú
  • Catalan lunch

TOUR ITINERARY

Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace and main interests, mikhve reservations…)

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  • Meet guide & driverDrive to Girona

    Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel/apartment and take you to Girona. On the pleasant ride along the highway you’ll cross first some industrial areas and subburbs, then the countryside presided by the Montseny mountains. Your guide will start filling you in about the history of Girona and Catalonia and answer all your questions.

  • A medieval gemGIRONA

    The Old Town of Girona keeps a charming Call (medieval Jewish Section) with a fascinating (and unfortunately sad) history. No Jewish Heritage tour here would be complete without a visit of its Museum of History of the Jewish ( closed on Monday).

    Besides this, there’s also some interesting Medieval Baths, the path along the city walls and an extraordinary Gothic Cathedral. You’ll also get to walk around the medieval alleys and squares to enjoy the local atmosphere. Almost like being in Italy, but without the crowds!

  • Drive from Girona to Besalú

    A lovely ride around local roads and accross the countryside will take you to Besalú, where your day continues.

  • A cute medieval villageBESALU

    Besalú is a picturesque medieval village in the countryside, that features the first Medieval Jewish Baths (mikvah) found in Spain. You can continue learning about the history of our local Jewish community, as well as the Christian life that run parallel to it. The Besalu bridge, 1000 years old , is not to be missed. And kids love the walk along the riverbank.

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  • Time to eat!CATALAN LUNCH

    Enjoy a leisurely lunch at some local restaurant serving Catalan and Spanish specialties.

  • Drive back to Barcelona

    Back to the car, enjoy a little nap or continue chatting with your tour guide about what you’ve seen today, ask any other questions you might have about the local history and culture, and get recommendations for the rest of your stay.

  • TOUR ENDS

    You’ll be dropped back at your hotel or apartment or other location of your choice within the city limits.

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IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

This tour is perfect for people able to walk, with a strong interest in the local Jewish Heritage, or that just want to spend a lovely day out of town away from the tourist crowds and see the countryside.

If you are traveling with kids, this tour is child-friendly as we can focus the tour on the exploration of the sites, instead of the academic 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. There are cobblestone streets in Besalú as well. We recommend you book a 6-hour Girona tour and ask your guide to take you on the little tourist train instead of walking you around.

If you are also interested in the Jewish Section of Barcelona, add one extra hour to your tour to be able to visit it, or check out our Barcelona Jewish Tour.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Tour length: 8 hours, with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
  • Entrance fees are not included.
  • If you are interested in visiting the Mikvah in Besalú, PLEASE LET US KNOW as we need to arrange access in advance (otherwise we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to visit it).
  • Lunch is not included. A lunch in a countryside restaurant typically lasts around 1.5 hours: take it as part of your local experience! Cost is around €30-40/person.
  • Transportation provided in private Mercedes Viano minivan (upto 6 of you) or Mercedes E Class car (couples), depending vehicle availability, with a dedicated driver. Groups of 7 or more will need larger vehicles at an extra cost.

BOOKING INFORMATION

GIRONA & BESALÚ

8 HOURS:

€1125

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

LUNCH

NOT INCLUDED

Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.

ENTRANCE FEES

OPTIONAL – Not included.

PAID ON SITE skipping lines:

  • Medieval Baths: €2/person
  • Cathedral: €7/person
  • Museum of the Jewish: €4/person
  • Besalú Mikhva (on request only): €2.25/person

* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.

IMPORTANT

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.

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Schedule

This day trip to Girona and Besalú is:

AVAILABLEMonday 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.
MIKHVAThe Mikvah of Besalú is only available on request.
UNIQUEIn 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:

9 AMThis tour starting time is not flexible.

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    RafainLA (Los Angeles, California, USA)

    We had a wonderful day with Pepus, our tour guide from ForeverBarcelona. We were met at the port as we exited our shop in Barcelona and taken by a very nice and comfortable van to our tour in Girona and Besalú. Pepus was an excellent guide who proved to be very knowledgeable on the matter of Jewish History and the entire area of Catalonia. He took us to very interesting places and provided together with our van driver, excellent servcie and ag reat experience. A beautiful day we will never forget.