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Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

1. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Explore Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, 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. 

Barcelona: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Barcelona: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. See the major sites aboard an open-top double-decker bus, hopping off at key points of interest to you, such as the Gothic Quarter or the Picasso Museum, before jumping back on the bus to continue the route. Sit back and relax on an open-deck double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. See all the major sites of Barcelona, hopping on and off at your leisure. Stop to see the Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world. Walk down La Rambla and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries. Marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona boasts. Especially remarkable is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city on your tour. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours. The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Francesc Macià - Diagonal • Estació de Sants • Plaça d’Espanya • Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe • Poble Espanyol • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Anella Olímpica • Fundació Joan Miró • Telefèric de Montjuïc • Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera • World Trade Center • Colom - Museu Marítim • Port Vell • Museu d’Història de Catalunya • Port Olímpic • Zoo • Parc de la Ciutadella Blue Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Sagrada Família • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista • Park Güell • Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo • Sarrià • Monestir de Pedralbes • Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell • Futbol Club Barcelona - Camp Nou • Diagonal Les Corts • Francesc Macià – Diagonal • Eixample

Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get access to two routes with one ticket for a complete sightseeing experience. Each route has an approximate duration of 2 hours. Take a complimentary map to help you decide where you want to go and enjoy audio commentary. 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 • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Poble Nou - Zoo • Teatre Nacional - Auditori • Glories- Torre Agbar • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau • Park Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardines 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 • Spotify 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

Sagrada Familia: Fast-Track Access Guided Tour

4. Sagrada Familia: Fast-Track Access Guided Tour

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, like his upside-down model of the Basilica.

Fast-Track Access: Sagrada Familia 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

5. Fast-Track Access: Sagrada Familia 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

Benefit from fast-track entry with pre-arranged admission to the Sagrada Familia. Enter the astonishing interior of this majestic Roman Catholic church, and learn about its beautiful architecture and ongoing construction on a guided tour. Meet next to the Sagrada Familia. An experienced guide will pick you up from the office and walk you to the Basilica. Enter the monument and discover the ultimate must-see landmark in Barcelona. Learn about the history and significance of Sagrada Familia by the hand of your local guide. Marvel at the astonishing interior, rich in symbolism inspired by natural wonders. Walk freely around the nave whilst listening to your guide’s explanations of Gaudí’s masterpiece on your headsets. Take in all the details of the perfect fusion between architecture and spirituality. Tour the outside façades and wonder at the magnificence of details. At the end of your tour you can stay inside Sagrada Familia and visit the museum. An exhibition of drawings, models and pictures narrate the story of the Basilica. The museum also displays information on Gaudí’s life and career.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

6. 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.

Barcelona: Skip-the-Line Sagrada Familia & Park Güell Tour

7. Barcelona: Skip-the-Line Sagrada Familia & Park Güell Tour

Discover Barcelona through the eyes of the city’s most famous architect: Antoni Gaudí. Join a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with skip-the-line tickets. Enter via a large staircase dominated by a dragon of mosaic ceramic tiles. Explore the park and learn about this Catalan style, known as “trencadís,” on a guided tour. Admire the 86 Doric columns arranged like trees. Continue by bus to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's unfinished basilica in the Eixample district. Skip the lines and step inside the cathedral. Marvel at its vaults that tower 70 meters above, as well as the rich ornamentations of Gaudi's Latin cross plan. Learn about Gaudi’s use of symbolism, and see original drawings and models that follow the construction of the church in the Sagrada Familia Museum.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour & Optional Tower Visit

8. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour & Optional Tower Visit

Take a fully guided tour of La Sagrada Familia Basilica accompanied by your guide. Learn about Barcelona’s most iconic landmark and admire Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Meet your guide and begin your tour of this world-famous site, which started at the end of the 19th century. Striking for its architectural features and art, the Sagrada Familia became Gaudí's all-consuming obsession. Learn about this site's history, Christian iconography and symbolism, and the contrast between the different façades. Also visit the Museum Gaudí, located underneath the basilica. At the museum, learn about Gaudí's life and work, visit the crypt where masses are held, and visit the viewing platform above Gaudí's burial site. Also, enjoy access to one of the towers of the Sagrada Familia to take in panoramic views of Barcelona.

Barcelona: Fast-Track Sagrada Familia and Towers Guided Tour

9. Barcelona: Fast-Track Sagrada Familia and Towers Guided Tour

Enter the monument and discover the ultimate must-see landmark in Barcelona. Learn about the history and significance of Sagrada Familia from your local guide.  Marvel at the astonishing interior, rich in symbolism and inspired by natural wonders. Walk freely around the nave whilst listening to your guide’s explanations of Gaudí’s masterpiece on your headsets. Take in all the details of the perfect fusion between architecture and spirituality. Tour the outside façades and wonder at the magnificence of details. At the end of your tour, stay inside Sagrada Familia and visit the museum.  Listen as an exhibition of drawings, models and pictures narrates the story of the Basilica. The museum also displays information on Gaudí’s life and career. At the end of the tour, go with your guide to the elevator entrance for you to go up one of the towers by yourself. Admire the panoramic views over Barcelona. 

Barcelona: Small-Group Catamaran Cruise with Sunset Option

10. Barcelona: Small-Group Catamaran Cruise with Sunset Option

Come aboard our exclusive catamaran and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the sea while you enjoy spectacular views, moments of fun and an incredible feeling of freedom with a drink in your hands. The experience begins in the exclusive port of Marina Vela, right next to the renowned W hotel and Barceloneta beach. Upon arrival, the crew will welcome you on board with music, a courtesy drink and a typical local tapa to start the experience in a Mediterranean style. Discover all the areas of the catamaran and make yourself comfortable where you prefer. You can sit in the shaded aft seats to feel the sea breeze, or lie on the forward nets in the sun to tan and be closer to the sea. You will leave land to set sail out to sea for 2 hours. If you have selected the daytime option, the boat will make a 30-minute stop to take a dip with inflatables in the blue waters of the Mediterranean. If you have selected the sunset option, you will have the opportunity to admire the fantastic sunset over the Barcelona skyline. The catamaran has enough space to accommodate a small group of only 30 people with its captain and sailor in a spacious and comfortable way. It is also a fully equipped boat and one of the most stable.

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based on 4,542 reviews

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Barcelona. It was crowded even though we visited in the off season. This was an amazing experience. From the beauty of the stained glass windows to the view from the tower. Rich with religious symbolism I recommend the audio guide and tower access. I am deathly afraid of heights so the trip down the spiral stairs was terrifying. Keep that in mind. Obviously I made it! Next time I will be hiring a professional guide to explain the symbolism and meaning.

These two sites in Barcelona are amazing and seeing them in a small group (only 7 in ours) made a huge difference. It was a very personal tour with a fantastic guide (Jordi or George (in America). He explained so much and included stories that brought the experience of the creation/building to life. He helped (with things like stairs and getting the best photo from certain sites). Plus, he knew a great deal of history and was obviously deeply appreciative of Gaudi's works. He was the best guide!

Easy booking system, you can use the service in advance or on the day. Sagrada Familia is a little overpriced however when you have a beautiful sunny day and you can see how the sunlight is moving through the cathedral window it is all worth it. Breathtaking stonework

Amazing tour!! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and had an awesome personality. Very easy to interact with. Did not feel rushed throughout the tour. Went at a great pace and was able to get amazing photos along the way. Would highly recommend booking this tour!

I was lucky to get Rog. He was very kind, patieent and told us EVERYTHING. I loved this tour, would definalety recomend it to friends and family coming to Barcelona <3