5. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
Join an unforgettable guided tour of the Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudí's most renowned masterpieces. Accompanied by a certified guide, you'll experience the dream-like façade and interior of the Basilica. During the tour, learn about the ongoing construction, the current predicted completion date, and the generations of craftspeople, architects, and artists who have brought Gaudi's vision to life. The tour starts with an introduction by your guide before heading to the Basilica's entrance. You'll hear all about the Nativity Façade, the first completed section of the Basilica, after passing through security. Inside 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 resemble a walk through the woods, with the light exuding a sense of sifting through forest leaves. As you exit the Basilica, your guide will discuss 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. Next, visit Sagrada Familia Schools, designed for the children of the workers building the Sagrada Familia. Learn how it was reconstructed more than once and even moved locations to make way for the Basilica. Your final stop will be the Sagrada Familia Museum, where your guide will share original sketches and plans that demonstrate the complexity of Gaudi's architecture and vision. Discover artifacts here from Gaudi's life and the Basilica's own history, such as his upside-down model of the Basilica.