Daily at 10 am & 12.30 pm
5 hours approx.
English
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour
  • All Barcelona Highlights Tour

All Barcelona Highlights Tour

Overview

Overview

First visit to Barcelona? Not sure where to start? There’s so much to do and see in this wonderful city, it’s a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re pressed for time.

Wouldn’t it be great to see the really unique sights in Barcelona—the ones that make Barcelona, well… Barcelona—in a single, well-planned tour? Skipping all the lines so that every minute counts?

That’s exactly what we’ve done. We listened to our guests, discovered the things they really wanted to see in Barcelona, the experiences that excited them the most.

And we created the ultimate Barcelona highlights tour—and we’re really excited to share it with you. Want to know what the best of Barcelona looks like in just a single day?

Tour Details

  • When: Daily at 10 am all year round; and 12:30 pm except Sunday, from April to 3 November.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Language: English.
  • Price includes: Includes entrance fee to Sagrada Família (worth 18€) and Poble Espanyol (worth 14€).
  • Transport: Comfortable roomy air-conditioned private bus.
  • Itinerary: Plaça Catalunya > Passeig de Gracia with Gaudí Houses (Façade of Casa Batlló and la Pedrera) > Eixample > Sagrada Família (guided visit + free time) > Arc de Triomf > Port Vell> Colombus Monument > Gothic Drassanes (shipyards) > World Trade Center > Montjuic Hill (Miramar Look-out) > Olympic Ring > Poble Espanyol with about 45 min. free time for lunch > return to Plaça Catalunya.

Why do our customers book this tour?

  • Fast track entrance to the Sagrada Família and Poble Espanyol.
  • The tour is only in English making it easier for you to follow the whole story.
  • It is the easiest way to get a panoramic overview of the city, see Montjuïc Hill and Poble Espanyol.

What's included

  • Entrance tickets and fast track to Sagrada Família and Poble Espanyol
  • Roomy and air conditioned bus with panoramic windows
  • Free time in both Sagrada Família and Poble Espanyol

What's not included

  • Access to the towers in Sagrada Família.
  • Food and drinks. There is water available in the bus for 1 €
  • Hotel pick up. Departure point is in Plaça Catalunya, the center of Barcelona and with very good communications, near la Rambla, Gothic Quarter and Passeig de Gràcia.

Please note

  • This tour involves some light walking.
  • This is not a wheelchair accessible vehicle. However, if you have limited mobility (i.e. you can get on and off the coach) we can take your wheelchair with us.
  • Dress code inside the temple: for safety, no hats are allowed inside the nave or the museum except for religious, health or belief-related reasons.
    Visitors may not enter barefoot. As it is a Catholic church, visitors must dress appropriately, following these restrictions:No see-through clothing
    Tops must cover the shoulders
    No plunging necklines or exposed backs or bellies
    Shorts and skirts must come down to at least mid-thigh
    Visitors will not be allowed to enter with special clothing to celebrate any sort of festivities, nor with any decorations designed to distract or draw attention for artistic, religious, promotional or any other purposes.
What will I see?

What will I see?

Passeig de Gràcia

This is one of the most famous boulevards in Barcelona—perhaps even all of Europe. It connects the old Barcelona with the new, with marvelous sights and scents and sounds every step of the way. We drive past here for your first taste of Barcelona.

Start with the architecture—get your first taste of Gaudí at Casa Batlló. Also known as the “House of Bones,” you can’t miss its jeweled, dragon-back facade. A bit further on, there’s Casa Milà (the locals call it la Pedrera, or the quarry), another Gaudí landmark.

Then there’s Casa Amatller, the often overshadowed but no less marvelous Modernist stunner designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. You’ll also see Casa Lleó Morera by Domènech i Montaner—it’s a Barcelona architectural trifecta.

Passeig de Gràcia is Barcelona’s luxury shopping headquarters; brands like Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Hermès, Gucci, and Chanel line the boulevard.

Wonderful cafes, fabulous galleries, and El Nacional, our super-restaurant housed in a Catalan Art Nouveau building make their home on Passeig de Gràcia. It’s always a favorite of first-time (and returning) visitors.

Sagrada Familia

Let’s face it—if you could only see one Gaudí masterpiece, you’d choose the Sagrada Família. It really is that amazing.

The foundation stones were laid in 1882 and it won’t be completed until 2026. What kind of building takes over a century to complete?

Consider its three massive, ornate facades: The Nativity facade was completed under Gaudí himself, while the Glory facade remains a work in progress and the Passion facade is cloaked in controversy if Gaudí would’ve liked it..

Inside, columns resembling tree branches reach toward the ceiling, and there are countless chapels, towers, portals, and intricate inner features. There will be 18 spires when the church is complete, and when the final spire representing Jesus Christ is finished, the Sagrada Família will be the tallest church in the world.

You skip the lines and walk right in on our Barcelona Highlights tour—it’s a VIP perk reserved for our guests.

The Barcelona waterfront

Barcelona is the busiest leisure port in the Mediterranean, and it’s got an exciting waterfront to prove it. There are miles of lovely urban beaches, endless esplanades and boardwalks, and the gorgeous expanse of the sea.

It’s the perfect melange of old and new—La Barceloneta, the charming 18th-century fishing village (with the very best seafood restaurants) side by side with ultra-modern Port Vell and the Olympic Port with Frank Gehry’s famous fish sculpture.

You’ll even see the Columbus Monument standing tall over the Plaça de la Porta de Pau while we drive along the waterfront.

Montjuïc

Montjuïc, or “Jew’s Hill,” rises 600 feet above sea level and originally served as Barcelona’s first line of defense against invasion.

Today? It’s one of Barcelona’s most fascinating art destinations, home of the Fundació Joan Miró, the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and the CaixaForum.

If that’s not enough, there’s also the 17th-century Montjuïc Castle, the dancing Magic Fountain, and the Olympic Stadium.

And it goes without saying that the views from the top of the hill are…breathtaking. It’s the best spot to take pictures of views over the city—tried and tested.

El Poble Espanyol

Although it’s technically part of Montjuïc, Poble Espanyol is an attraction in its own right. The Spanish Village is an open area museum built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition.

It’s a representation of all that makes Spain unique and amazing—there are replicas of buildings and streets from the 15 different autonomous regions of Spain such as Andalusia, Aragon, Basque Country, and Cantabria, complete with craftsmen and artisans selling traditional wares.

And as you’d guess, there are some incredible bars and restaurants so you can sample regional cuisines. It’s a great place to grab a bite and take in the sights and sounds of Spain.

What to expect

What to expect

See the best of Barcelona your way

Our Barcelona Highlights tour runs twice a day every day*. No matter when you’re in Barcelona, you can join a tour. No need to book in advance—although it’s a good idea if you know when you’d like to do the tour (they’ve been known to sell out, unfortunately).

Best of all? Pick your start time to suit your schedule and touring style. Our 10 am tour starts at Sagrada Família and ends at Poble Espanyol. If you want extra time to explore the outdoor museum after the tour, this is a great option.

Our 12:30 tour starts at Montjuïc and ends at Sagrada Família; there are fewer people in the late afternoon, and you can stay as long as you like to look around.

*Our 12:30 pm tour is available Monday to Saturday between 1 April and 1 November.

Why visit with a guide

Your guide is here to help you uncover our beautiful city’s secrets and enjoy its charms in an unforgettable way. They can answer any question about the city, its historical sites and attractions, and give you the ultimate Barcelona experience.

Our guides are local experts who share interesting background knowledge and insights you’d never find on your own. Plus, you skip the lines with VIP admission to Barcelona’s popular sights and are driven around in a modern, luxury vehicle; we make every minute of your holiday memorable.

Get to know our city with the experts at Barcelona Guide Bureau; we make it easy to do Barcelona your way.

A few things to keep in mind…

You do need to dress modestly for admission to the Sagrada Família, a Catholic church—no bare shoulders, bare midriffs, or plunging back or necklines. Shorts and skirts should hit mid-thigh.

Tours begin and end in the Plaça Catalunya, which is a fabulous place to explore before or after your tour. Our guides are happy to give you a few pointers of things to see and do. You’ll ride in our roomy air-conditioned coaches (most are WiFi enabled) and have great views from the huge panoramic windows. You can even buy bottled water (€1) in case you forget to pack a drink.

The tour involves light walking, and our tour coaches are not wheelchair accessible. However, if you can get in and out of the vehicle, we are happy to bring your wheelchair with us.

Note: We use our whisper-guide radio system so you can easily hear your guide but passers-by are blissfully unaware there’s a tour in their midst.

 

Still have questions? Check our FAQs for everything you need to know about doing Barcelona your way with BGB daily tours.

Departure point

Departure point

We meet in front of the Deutsche Bank and the Hotel Olivia Plaza at Plaça Catalunya 19. Look out for our guide who will have an orange umbrella.

Itinerary

Gaudí and Sagrada Família

  • Meet in Plaça Catalunya in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza
  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
  • Eixample – The Expansion District
  • Guided tour of Sagrada Família with free time to explore

 

Montjuïc and Poble Espanyol

  • Arc de Triomf
  • Waterfront, port beaches and Old Port
  • Columbus Monument
  • Montjuïc Hill including Mirador l’Alcalde (Mayor’s Lookout)
  • Poble Espanyol guided visit + 45 minutes free exploration
  • Return to Plaça Catalunya
Reviews

Reviews

Check our reviews and see what our customers say about this tour.

Posted by BGB - 03 Jul 2019

"City Highlight Tour and Gaudi House"
The tour was incredible. Our hostess Irina Sytchevs was charming and informative. I would recommend the tour, especially with Irina, to all if iur friends and family who visit Barcelona.
Reviewed by Jeff in Tripadvisor on June 2019

Posted by Rha - 15 May 2019

Must-do Barcelona experience!
This is a must do when visiting the City of Barcelona. With the expertise of our guide Nuria and our driver Jesus and the kindness of the staff who welcomed us in Plaça Cataluña, our trip to the city was complete regardless of our short stay. Kudos to everyone in BGB!

Reviewed by Rha in Tripadvisor on March 2019

Posted by BGB - 18 Feb 2019

Great trip, worth it to skip the lines
TripAdvisor review: on Nov 26, 2018

Tanya did an excellent job discussing the details during the Barcelona highlights tours. It was raining, so lines were long to get into Sagrada Familia, but we were able to get in quickly. The earpieces were very helpful to be able to hear in the cathedral, as there were many tourists and construction noise. I felt that the bus tour covered all of the top-tier sights in Barcelona. It may have been nice to have more time in the Cathedral, but it was a full 5 hours of touring.

Posted by AnnMarie C. - 07 Aug 2017

"Barcelona Highlights" 5/5 stars.

My husband and I really enjoyed our day tour.
We had tour guides Amaya and Irini- both guides were exceptional and very informative.

We enjoyed the beautiful sites of Barcelona! We got to see in detail La Sagrada Familia, and learn of its colourful history- breathtaking.

I only recommend that the company invests in newer transmitter radios for the tours as a few people had theirs cut out or not sound clear- quality was poor.

Other than this, everything was PERFECTO.

Visited March 2016. Reviewed on tripadvisor by AnnMarie C.

Posted by BGB - 07 Aug 2017

"Make the most of your time in Barcelona" 5/5 stars.

We were fortunate to have Sonia Crespo as our guide for a couple of days. She is knowledgeable and friendly, and opened up this wonderful city to us in a memorable way. I hope to return to Barcelona again before too much more time passes, and would definitely look to have her as a guide again and explore even more.

Visited June 2017. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Houston from Texas, USA

Posted by Tom T - 09 Jul 2016

“All Highlights tour is a must do on your first day” 5/5 stars

The Barcelona All Highlights tour combines the Sagrada Familia church in the morning and Mont Juic/Panorama tour in the afternoon. I highly recommend this tour although it may not be for everyone, as I explain below.

Sagrada Familia is an amazing must-see sight, and the tour gives you fast track entry, a lively and knowledgable guide, and takes care of transportation without having to worry about parking or the Metro, all of which is well worth the price above the entry ticket alone. Our guide's English was very good and she gave a lot of details of the history and design of the church. The afternoon part of the tour covered many of the significant sites in L'Eixample (the "expansion" part of the city built between 1850 and 1900) and Mont Juic (site of the 1992 Olympics and several museums). The tour does not cover the Gothic quarter because the streets are too narrow for buses, but you can walk the Gothic quarter in a couple hours and see the major sights. Between this tour and a walk through the Gothic section, you should have a pretty good list of things to visit in depth during the rest of your stay.

I said the tour might not be for everyone. The Sagrada portion includes some free time to look at the museum and the gift shop, but it may not be enough for you if you are really into architecture or religion or photography. I think the tour has done a good job of giving enough free time for most people but if you think you might want to linger, I suggest taking the Sagrada solo tour, and skipping the bus ride back. You can stay as long as you like and make your own way home via the metro. The second part of the tour stops at Poblye España, which is a group of model buildings copied from all over Spain for the 1929 International Exposition. So it's an exhibit for tourists, but a historical one. You have time here for lunch and shopping but again, probably not enough time if you want to hit all the stores or want to experience all of Spain through the eyes of a 1929 tourist. Overall, this tour is an excellent introduction to Barcelona.

I took the Sagrada portion twice (for reasons of my own) so a shout out to our guides Tiana and Noemi and drivers Jesus and Carlos. Thanks for the great tours!

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Tom

Posted by Castlerob - 09 Mar 2016

"Barcelona City Tour" 5/5 stars

Took the complete Barcelona City Tour on March 8, 2016, I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see as much of Barcelona in a short amount of time. (We only had a couple of days here.)

Our guide, Mariona, was knowledgeable, funny and charming. Her knowledge of the history of all the areas that we went was excellent.

Very professional, ran according to schedule.

Visited March 2016. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Castlerob from Texas, USA

Posted by Roger W - 28 Dec 2015

'Barcelona Highlights' 5/5 stars

We have to commend Barcelona Guide Bureau and their guide, Laura, for providing us with a wonderful day touring Barcelona. We took the tour that combined a visit to Sagrada Familia with a tour of the City. The five hour tour was excellently managed as we arrived at Sagrada Familia early in the day when picture taking was perfect. The later tour of the City provided an excellent overview of Barcelona. Our guide Laura was excellent. She combined terrific local knowledge with a wonderful sense of humor to keep us interested and involved throughout the tour. She is also an excellent picture taker, so be sure to ask her to take a family picture in front of some sight. :-)

Visited December 2015. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Roger W from California, USA

Posted by Jeff W - 01 Nov 2015

“Outstanding Sightseeing Tour” 5/5 stars
We did the Barcelona Highlight Tour and it was outstanding. The tour was on time the entire day, the bus was clean, the driver was safe and courteous,but most importantly, our Tour Guide, Oliver, was wonderful. He spoke perfect English, was extremely knowledgable about all of the attractions that we visited, he was funny, however the reason he was so good was due to his pride and passion for his city. This was the reason we enjoyed the tour as much as we did.

Visited November 2015. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Jeff W from Illinois, USA

Posted by FF13 - 26 Oct 2015

“The Way to Go!” 5/5 stars
We signed up for the All Barcelona Highlights Tour which was a 5 hour shared motor coach tour of all of the must-see attractions in and around Barcelona. Since this was our first full day in the city, we felt that this was the way to go to get a feel for the city and its highlights. We weren't disappointed.
We saw the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, the waterfront, the Spanish Village, and Montjuic Hill among others. Our tour guide was excellent and she shared many interesting facts and stories during the tour. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Visited October 2015. Reviewed on tripadvisor by FF13 from Maryland, USA

Posted by DrMike1 - 23 Sep 2015

“Barcelona Highlights Tour: excellent” 5/5 stars

50% Familia Sagrada (Gaudi Cathedral), 50% other highlights of south-central Barcelona, including stopping at Montjuic Hill (a lookout photo-op) and Poble Espanyol (a shopping center featuring virtually all types of architecture from around Spain), with drive-bys of other Gaudi houses, Arc De Triomf, and many other major sights. The guide spoke decent English and kept excellent track of the attendees. Time well-managed. Highly recommended!

Visited September 2015. Reviewed on tripadvisor by DrMike1 from Wisconsin, USA

Posted by Pat S - 23 Aug 2015

"Great introduction to Barcelona" 5/5 stars

We took the Barcelona highlight tour which included a tour of inside Sagrada Familia! We got priority entry and a guide who was very knowledgable and had personal experience with the church since childhood. The guides spoke English very well, were very knowledgable about the sites we saw and were very friendly and open to questions. We liked the tour so much we have booked another tour with them to Montserrat

Visited August 2013. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Pat S from New Jersey, USA

Posted by MargotDH - 20 May 2015

"Very Good Tour – Barcelona Highlights" 4/5 stars

The tour was well planned and organized at a very convenient location. We began with the tour of La Sagrada Familia with Aida. She provided us with an excellent history of the basilica, Gaudi and his life as well as pointing out the essential interpretation of his architecture. We had some free time at La Sagrada Familia before heading out to see the rest of the city. I especially enjoyed Monjuic and the views of the city and visiting the Spanish Village. This is a perfect tour to understand the basics of Barcelona with a very competent tour guide.

Visited May 2015. Reviewed on tripadvisor by MargotDH from Maryland, USA

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