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Tour of the Perimeter Sites of Barcelona

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  • Barcelona City Tours
  • Kid friendly
  • Lenght: Half Day
  • Shore Excursion
  • Transp: Chauffeured

Description

Practical itinerary around the sites outside of the city center

Have you already explored the city center with us and now want to explore the sites that are in other districts? Or maybe you’ve already been to the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia (or plan to do that on your own) but would rather have us help you getting to those sites that are beyond that area?

After visiting the city center, there are three main sites you must still visit – for which having a private driver will make the visit more efficient: the Hill of Montjuic, Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia church (if you are also taking the city center tour with us, that day we’ll take you inside Casa Milà instead of Sagrada Familia, so both tours don’t overlap).

And besides the convenience of having a driver to move around, the other huge advantage of this tour is that we take care of securing access to the two sites where getting tickets is most difficult: Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.

Enjoy your sightseeing with us!

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HERE IS OUR SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR THE PERIMETER SITES OF BARCELONA:

  • Waterfront
  • Montjuic Hill (1929 World Fair area, City views, 1992 Olympics)
  • Park Güell
  • Sagrada Família church

TOUR ITINERARY

Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)

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  • Meet your guide & driverWATERFRONT

    Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your location and your tour will start with a ride along the waterfront: beaches, Barceloneta district and Old Port marina. It’s a great way to start connecting with the city, as your tour starts gathering momentum.
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  • City views and international eventsHILL OF MONTJUIC

    At the end of the Old Port marina and in front of the cruise piers rises the Hill of Montjuic, Southern limit of the city and one of its green lungs. From here you’ll enjoy magnificent views over Barcelona before heading to the Olympic Ring where most of the 1992 Olympic facilities are located: a pleasant area with interesting photo opportunities. After that you’ll continue your ride to the 1929 World Fair area, from where you’ll see the impressive Palau National (MNAC Museum) building, and Plaça Espanya with its Venetian towers and the former Las Arenas bullring.

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  • The city expansionEIXAMPLE DISTRICT

    Next you’ll continue driving across the largest district in Barcelona, the Eixample district, on your way to your next stop. You’ll learn about how the city grid was designed by Ildefons Cerdà and get familiar with the Modernism style and the influence we received from Paris in the 1800 and 1900’s.

    No photo stop is planned during this ride.

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  • Fairy-tale landPARK GÜELL

    Your drive will take you past the Gracia district on to Park Güell, famous for the ceramic tiles that decorate a gorgeous undulating bench, and a fantastic main entrance that looks just like gingerbread houses. Here is also located the famous Gaudi  Dragon (or salamander) fountain.

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  • UnbelievableSAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH

    Your tour leaves the best for the last: the fascinating Sagrada Familia church, Gaudí’s masterpiece. You will go inside with our guide without waiting in line, and you will be amazed at the breathtaking inside of this magnificent church that is still not finished. You’ll also learn everything about how Gaudi planned it and how it’s going to be when it’s finished. You’ll want to come back in a few years to check out its progression!

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  • TOUR ENDS

    After visiting the church you’ll get back to the car and your guide and your driver will drop you off back to your hotel or apartment, or at some restaurant of your choice (or our recommendation) for lunch.

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IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

This tour is designed for people staying at least 2 days in town, who are taking our city center walking tour and want to see the rest of the top city sites. It also works great for independent travelers who have already seen the city center but need help to visit Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and the Hill of Montjuic.

If you haven’t seen the city center yet and only have one day in town, book our Chauffeured Sightseeing Tour to get the best overview of the city, and add one extra hour to include Park Guell. Or consider taking one of our full day tours.

If you are staying more than two days, check out our other multiple-day options to spread your sightseeing and see everything more in depth.

If you are traveling with kids, this tour is totally child-friendly.

If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, this tour works quite well for you except for Park Guell, that has several short flights of steps and skipping them requires a longer detour. We might then start the tour here and leave the Hill of Montjuic and the waterfront for the end, so if we have to shorten the itinerary neither the Park nor the Church are affected. Alternatively, book an extra hour to ensure you’ll have time for everything without rushing.

If you are on a cruise, this is a good option for you if you’ve already been to Barcelona and want to revisit the Church and the Park. If it’s your first time here, our Barcelona Sightseeing Tour will give you a better overview of what the city has to offer (add one extra hour if you want to include Park Guell).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Entrance fees are not included*. Prices range from €8 to €15/person and can be paid cash or credit card.
  • Transportation is provided in private Mercedes car or minivan with dedicated professional driver.
  • The final order of the itineraries might vary depending on your location, as well as Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability.
  • 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.

* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell and Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them in advance.

CAN WE CLIMB THE STAIRS AT THE SAGRADA FAMILIA?

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.

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.

BOOKING INFORMATION

PERIMETER SITES

DURATION: 4 hours

CHAUFFEURED TOUR

€530

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

SITE TICKETS

Not included

CHARGED UPON BOOKING:

  • Park Guell: €8.50/person
  • Sagrada Familia: €15/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 tour is:

AVAILABLE Monday through Sunday

Recommended starting times:

Morning Tours Tours: Anytime between 9AM and 10AM*

The Olympic Stadium doesn't open until 10AM, but if your tour starts early you'll still be seeing it from outside.

Afternoon Tours: Anytime between 1PM and 2PM (Summertime up to 4PM).

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