Gaudí – The Sagrada Família Tour
Fast track entrance to the Sagrada Família. Relax in a comfortable bus while a friendly guide reveals Gaudí’s world of fantasy and geometry.
You will start with a drive along Passeig de Gràcia avenue, which has two of Gaudí’s most famous works: Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. You will then go towards the Sagrada Família for a guided tour and some free tour.
- When: Daily at 10 AM all year round; and at 3 PM, except Sunday, from April 1 to November 2.
- Duration: 2h30 approx.
- Language: English. This tours is also available in French from April.
- Include: Guide, transport and entrance fee to Sagrada Família (worth 18€).
- Transport: Comfortable roomy air-conditioned private bus. Please note that all our coach tours involve some light walking.
- Itinerary: Plaça Catalunya > Passeig de Gràcia > drive past the façades of Casa Batlló and La Pedrera > Eixample > Sagrada Família guided visit + free time > Plaça Catalunya.
Why do our customers book this tour?
- Fast track entrance to the Sagrada Família.
- The tour is only in English making it easier for you to follow the whole story.
- Sagrada Família is at the end of the tour, so you can stay on and savor the building for as long as you like.
- Entrance tickets and fast track to Sagrada Família.
- Roomy and air conditioned bus with big windows
- Free time in Sagrada Família
What's not included
- Access to the towers in Sagrada Família.
- You will drive past, but not get out of the bus for the passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera part
- Food and drinks. There is water available in the bus for 1 €.
- This tour involves some 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?
Who was Gaudí?
Antoni Gaudí was a visionary architect during Barcelona’s modernista period early 1900. He graced Barcelona with nearly all its extraordinary buildings. No less than 7 have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, including Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló.
Open your eyes, heart and mind – wonder at how Gaudí used nature as his source of inspiration, you will find that what seems like chaos is actually based in sophisticated mathematics. Each detail is full of surprises waiting to be discovered.
Passeig de Gràcia
You will start with a drive along Passeig de Gràcia, a broad elegant avenue that was built for and by the wealthy Barcelonians and they have never left; luxury and design shops line the street along with major banks and the stock exchange. Architectural details include modernist lampposts and Gaudí’s tiles for the pavement and a myriad of grand buildings:
- La Pedrera, Casa Milà. Check out the wavy façade with its extraordinary balconies, and don’t miss the top with the weird chimneys that resemble soldiers looking out for the residents.
- Casa Batlló. Casa Batlló is not just a building but an artistic legend. There are so many stories about the Casa Batlló! From the exceptional façade that reflects a tranquil sea to the battle between Saint George and the dragon,
- The block of discord. Passeig de Gràcia was where the main architects from the modernista style had the chance to show their best: Gaudí with Casa Batlló, Domènech i Montaner with Casa Lleó Morera and Puig i Cadafalch with Casa Amatller
The jewel in the crown of Gaudí’s works, the temple is a synthesis of his overall conception of architecture. The richness of detail and its significance need explaining in order to appreciate this fascinating and extraordinary building in full.
Gaudí wished the temple, which is still being built, to be financed by the people, not by taxes or funding, and that’s just what your entrance fees do (included in our tour price): finance the completion of the building started in 1882.
- Outside. Each façade explains a chapter of Jesus’ life. You will walk in through the Birth Façade – look closely, the whole nativity is represented there. At the other side of the basilica is the Passion Façade, representing the stages before Jesus died.
- The basilica. There are no words to describe the first time you enter the Sagrada Família. The curved columns resembling trees, the light that dances and plays across the hall in a constant change of colors. Just wait and see!
- Museum. The studio workshop is essential to understand how Gaudí worked and thought. The models he used are beyond anyone’s imagination.
What to expect
You can choose to do the morning tour at 10 AM or afternoon at 3:15 pm.
- Departure point in Plaça Catalunya, in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza
- Passeig de Gràcia avenue
- Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, from outside
- Eixample – the expansion district
- Sagrada Família: guided visit of the exterior and interior + free time
- End of tour and return to Plaça Catalunya
Will I have free time?
Yes, we balance the tour with some free time in Sagrada Família. And if you are hungry for more, you can always stay longer at the Sagrada Família, as that is where the tour will end.
Discover Barcelona by the hand of a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Enjoy the peace of mind of being driven by a professional driver, who will take care of your safety and will adapt the pace of the tour so you have time to look out and take pictures.
Discover the city from a roomy and air conditioned bus with big windows – great for pictures!
How large is the group?
The absolute maximum is 40 people.
Will I hear the guide easily?
Yes, we use a radio-guide whisper system. You will listen to the guide directly from your earphones.
- Secure and easy booking
- Instant confirmation
- All departures are guaranteed
The tour will start from plaça Catalunya, in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Look for the guide with the orange umbrella!