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Barcelona: Camp Nou and FC Barcelona Museum

1. Barcelona: Camp Nou and FC Barcelona Museum

Tour Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, and visit the accompanying museum. Retrace the footsteps of the Futbol Club Barcelona's legendary players including Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Guardiola, and Ronaldinho. Begin your tour of the modern museum with large-format interactive walls, new showcases, and a wide collection of objects that reveal the history of FC Barcelona, explaining the values that have made Barça “more than a club.” Then, take the Camp Nou Experience tour. Visit key Barça areas, including the visitors’ changing room and the tunnel onto the pitch. Catch a panoramic view of the entire stadium. Experience the pitch in 360 Virtual Reality (if this option is booked). Visit the television studio, the mixed zone, the press room, and the commentary boxes. The tour ends on the second floor, where you can visit the fascinating multimedia space, which was renovated in January 2010.

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Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Fast-Track Access Ticket

2. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Fast-Track Access Ticket

Explore Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Skip the long lines with fast-track entry and discover the beautiful basilica at your own pace. Learn about its history with an included audio guide. Find out firsthand why Gaudi's iconic work — its impressive facades and interior — is one of Spain's most visited monuments. Admire a combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau forms in this UNESCO-listed structure that dominates the Barcelona skyline. Gaudi began working on the true symbol of Barcelona in 1882, and the Sagrada Familia remains a work in progress today. Although unfinished, the basilica remains a must-see.  

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Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

3. Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

The Barcelona Aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, and is the world's most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already been visited by more than 14 million people. The aquarium is the perfect place to learn about the seabed and the many species that live there. See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species. Most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species. With your ticket you'll also be able to visit the permanent exhibitions, Planeta Aqua and Explora! that show the importance of water in the development of the planet, and where kids can discover the underwater world, using all of their 5 senses. After your visit, you'll be able to enjoy the different services on offer, such as the café, shop, and others. 

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Hop-On Hop-Off Barcelona City Tour 1 or 2 Day

4. Hop-On Hop-Off Barcelona City Tour 1 or 2 Day

Discover Barcelona at your own pace on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour! One convenient ticket is valid for two routes, each with stops at the best sites in Barcelona! A complimentary map and guide with the routes and stops will help you choose where to get off and where to stay on. You will also enjoy audio commentary in 15 different languages. In addition to the open top, the buses also have an electric roof on top for use in the event of rain. The buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and are fitted with anatomical seats and heating on both decks. They also have an attendant aboard to help you with anything you may need. East Route • Plaça de Catalunya • Cathedral-Barri Gotic • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Platja del Bogatell* • Nova Mar Bella* • Forum* • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau • Parc Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Glòries-Torre Agbar (*) Winter Tour (November 2 to March 25): these stops are replaced by Ciutadella - Zoo, Teatre Nacional - Auditori. West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardins de Miramar • Fundació Joan Miró • Anella Olímpica • MNAC Museo Nacional de Catalunya • Poble Espanyol • Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe • Plaça d'Espanya • Estació de Sants • Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona) • Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial- Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes • L'illa diagonal • Avinguda Diagonal • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Plaça Catalunya

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Barcelona: Flamenco Show at City Hall Theater

5. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at City Hall Theater

Make your way to Barcelona City Hall to enjoy a traditional Spanish art form, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010. Soak up the unique atmosphere of flamenco as some of the most talented artistes in Spain seduce with music, singing and dancing. Surrender to the charms of some of the most prominent dancers on the Catalan flamenco scene as they perform in the former Teatro de Barcelona. Admire the beautiful features of the early 19th-century theater, including a stage framed with light bulbs, velvet curtains and original stage machinery. Let the improvised flamenco "jam sessions" get under your skin and sense the visceral emotion taking place on stage. Get back to the roots of authentic flamenco with performances such as the fast-rhythm "Bulerías," guitar "solos," beat percussion, singing in its purest form, face-to-face duels and "Soleás." See legendary dancers including Ivan Alcalà, Raúl Ortega, Patricia Dominguez and Yolanda Cortés. Hear seductive singers, such as Antonio el Mantecao, Miguel de la Tolea, La Tana and Josefa G.Contreras. Admire flamenco guitarists, Oliver Haldon and Eduardo Cortés, along with percussion by Joni C. Sanchez and Jacobo C. Sanchez.

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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

6. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

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Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour & Ticket

7. Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour & Ticket

Make your visit to the Sagrada Familia unforgettable with a 1.5-hour guided tour of Gaudí’s masterpiece. See the Basilica’s dream-like façade and interior in a small-group or private tour setting accompanied by an expert guide. During the tour you will learn about the ongoing construction, the current predicted completion date, and the generations of craftspeople, architects and artists learned how to bring Gaudi’s vision to life. Your guide will meet you outside, starting the tour with a little introduction before heading to the Basilica’s entrance. After you’ve headed through security, hear all about the Nativity Façade, the first completed section of the Basilica. Next, you will step into the interior of the Sagrada Familia. Marvel at the world created by the intense colored light from the stained glass windows and the branch-like columns extending over the ceiling. Gaudí intended for the interior to look and feel like a walk through the woods, with the light exuding a sense of sifting through forest leaves.  As you exit the Basilica you will hear about the Passion Façade, representing the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Experience the drama of the Passion through the tower’s stark and angular sculptures. This façade, like most of the Sagrada Familia, was built after Gaudí’s death.  Head to Sagrada Familia Schools next, designed for the children of the workers building the Sagrada Familia. Hear how it was reconstructed more than once and even moved locations to make way for the Basilica.  Your last stop will be the Sagrada Familia Museum, where your guide will share original sketches and plans with you that demonstrate the complexity of Gaudi's architecture and vision. Find artifacts here from Gaudi’s life and the Basilica's own history, such as his upside-down model of the Basilica.

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Sagrada Familia: Tour

8. Sagrada Familia: Tour

Start your tour outside the UNESCO-listed basilica and meet your guide. Gaze up at the immense facades and towers and get your first impressions of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Then, enter the basilica and see the awe-inspiring interior with its forest of pillars. Bathe in the colorful light from the stained-glass windows and understand what Gaudí meant when he said that "the sun is the best painter." Discover a vibrant clash of Gothic and Art Nouveau designs. Home in on the symbolic details and modernist representations of the Holy Family with your guide. Hear how the current construction is progressing after over a century's worth of work. As you walk around the basilica, learn more about Gaudí's life through his work and the legacy he left behind. At the end of tour, enjoy the freedom to keep exploring with your newfound knowledge.

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Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

9. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Watch a flamenco show at an historical venue on Barcelona's famous La Rambla, and experience a traditional folkloric experience from Spain. Make your way to the tablao (flamenco theater), where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. The theater still brings the most important flamenco artists to its stage for an assurance of quality. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back to the time of the Moors. Upgrade to the dinner option and go on a culinary journey through the foods of Spain and its regions, from the gazpachos of the south to the delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Savor an authentic paella from Valencia amongst more than 40 different delicacies to try.

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Barcelona: Casa Batlló Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour

10. Barcelona: Casa Batlló Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour

Immerse yourself in the "Casa Batlló 10D Experience," which combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and machine learning. Delight in a unique experience of one of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí, an architecture and design legend. Journey into a Gaudinian universe of seemingly impossible volumetric projections, binaural sound, motion sensors, immersive spaces, tastes, and smells. Access Lord Batlló's Bedroom and take home a photo as a souvenir (if gold option selected). Enjoy two new immersive rooms: the Gaudí Dome (the first room with a dome featuring more than a thousand screens) and the Gaudí Cube (a six-sided LED cube unique in the world). Listen to a script available in 15 languages, as well as a soundtrack created exclusively by the composer Dani Howard and performed by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Among the novelties on offer, discover a new core of vertical communication designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, a floating ladder of 13 tons of polished marble suspended in the air, the first 6-sided indoor mapping on a patio of Gaudí's lights, and the new “Simbolic” store.

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Our group consisted of three adults and five teens ranging from 13-18. We booked this tour as a final day trip at the end of our two-week Christmas trip through Spain and Italy. This was a fantastic tour - I cannot say enough positive things about it. Our guide, Gaspar, was so knowledgeable and eloquent. We walked away from the Dali museum with a real appreciation for the artist. Gaspar was sensitive to providing the right level of detail and he captured even those who were not Dali fans prior to the trip. The trip to Gerona was equally appealing. The town is amazing and Gaspar gave us all a real sense for the long history of the city. It was very moving to think of the all of the people who have walked the streets throughout ancient history. (Bonus if you are a Game of Thrones fa - much of Season 6 was filmed here.). Do this tour and request Gaspar if you can. You won’t be sorry.

The tour started on time and the guides are just so informed about Gaudi and Barcelona. Thats what made the tour experience memorable cause we got to learn things from locals themselves.

Gaspar was the best tour guide we could have asked for. Took us to so many beautiful spots and the BEST lunch in Girona

The performance is just amazing and something to see when visiting Barcelona.

Loved it Nou Camp was amazing , hotel Gran Havana fabulous & so central