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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/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. Entry to the monastery is included in the tour price. 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.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

2. 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: Park Güell Admission Ticket

3. Barcelona: Park Güell Admission Ticket

Visit Park Güell with your timed admission ticket and explore the unique site at your own pace. Marvel at Antoni Gaudí's colorful mosaic art such as the Dragon Stairway with its world-famous salamander. Have a break from the city life while strolling through the green Austria Gardens and take stunning photos of Barcelona from the park's viewing points.  The plan for the park was assigned to Gaudí by Eusebi Güell, a Catalan entrepreneur who wanted to recreate a British residential park on Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain). It was opened as a municipal park in 1926, recognized as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. While you have to enter the park at your booked time slot, you can stay for as long as you like after and take it all in.

Barcelona: Camp Nou and FC Barcelona Museum

4. 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.

Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

5. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Catch a flamenco show at an historical venue in Barcelona's famous La Rambla district with this entry ticket. Sip on a complimentary drink while watching passionate dancers perform. Be moved by live music and singing. Upgrade your experience by choosing an option with traditional food. Make your way to the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes theatre and take your seat in front of the cozy and traditional tablao (flamenco stage) where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back in time. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Listen to live music and talented singers. Upgrade to the tapas option and go on a culinary journey with gazpachos (cold tomato soup) and delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Satisfy your appetite with dinner option where you can choose from dishes like an authentic paella from Valencia or another mouth-watering options from a menu with over 40 different delicacies to try.

Barcelona: Flamenco Show at City Hall Theater

6. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at City Hall Theater

Make your way to Barcelona City Hall to enjoy the traditional Spanish art form of flamenco, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010. Watch as some of the most talented artists in Spain create a unique atmosphere 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 like 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 like Antonio el Mantecao, Miguel de la Tolea, La Tana, and Josefa G.Contreras. Admire flamenco guitarists, Oliver Haldon, and Eduardo Cortés, along with percussionists Joni C. Sanchez and Jacobo C. Sanchez.

Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

7. Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

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: Catamaran Cruise with Cocktail or Live Music

8. Barcelona: Catamaran Cruise with Cocktail or Live Music

Jump aboard the catamaran boat and set sail on the Mediterranean sea. Take a break and relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. Soak up the sun, sail on the ocean waves, enjoy cocktails, or dance to live music, depending on what you book. Choose between a daytime cruise with a local cocktail included and chill-out music atmosphere or sailing in the golden hours while enjoying the sunset with a live music show. Fancy a drink or a snack? You can take advantage of the bar service onboard to purchase what you look for. This catamaran trip is a great day out for all the family. Enjoy breathtaking views of this city's skyline that you won't forget.

Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

9. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

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

10. 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 • 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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Me and my boyfriend purchased this ticket for Montserrat and I can't fault it at all. We enjoyed the experience and definitely recommend taking a day to visit. I was concerned that it would be complicated to get to judging by the reviews but I have to say I'm not sure what people have found so difficult. The instructions clearly state that you have to pick up your tickets from Place de Catalana. The information desks are all clearly signposted and the people on the desks are very helpful. The train departs from Espanya Station. The train you need is the R5 - it departs at 36 minutes past the hour, the first one being at 7:36 - the station is well signposted - you just need to follow signs for R5. You need to get off this train at Monistrol de Montserrat if you've chosen the Cremella (track railway) or Aeri de Montserrat if you've opted for the cable car. Again, this was all very well marked out. We opted for the Cremella and again this was very easy. Definitely recommend this ticket.

Absolutely incredible! Gus with Get Your Guide was terrific. His knowledge of all aspects of the Montserrat was top notch. This tour was one of the best ever. The basilica at the monastery was inspiring as was the boy’s choir, who we were fortunate to hear / beautiful. So much to see there, could have stayed longer. Then on to the Oller de Mas winery with so much history and fabulous wine and nice lunch. Gus even gave the wine tour and lead the tasting session. He had great knowledge of the winery, the grapes and the wines selected This is a full day and worth it every minute. Great job Gus and to all at Get Your Guide!

Nice music and dancers. However has a poor feeling about it. I believe because of the costumes. Dancers were very good but dreased poorly which reflects negatively on the overall show and performance. Overall we did enjoy the music and traditional flamenco.

Fantastic half day tour. Our guide Alex did an amazing job and was very knowledgeable. 3 hours free time was plenty for lunch, a short walk and browse. Very well organised

Giovanni was an awesome tour guide and the tour was an amazing way to see the city