Tue, Thu & Sat at 7.30 am
10 hours approx.
English
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour
  • Dalí Museum & Girona Tour

Dalí Museum & Girona Tour

Overview

Overview

“I want my museum to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be a totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.”

Dalí spoke those words in 1960 when he decided to buy an old ruined theatre in the heart of Figueres, his hometown. And his museum, which was completed in 1974, definitely achieved his objective. This brick-red castle, topped by whimsical eggs and studded with golden croissants, is now the largest surrealist object in the world.

Girona is a jewel box of painted houses and beguiling architecture topped by a magnificent Gothic cathedral and wrapped with a red-iron bridge by Gustave Eiffel himself. The Old Town and medieval Jewish Quarter are some of the best preserved in all of Europe.

Relax in a high-speed AVE train from Barcelona to Figueres for skip-the-line admission to the Dalí Museum and a full day exploring some of northern Spain’s most fascinating cities.

Tour Details

  • When: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 AM. From 2 April to 2 November
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Language: Only in English
  • The price includes: licensed guide, taxis, train tickets high speed and quick access to the Dali Museum (worth 14 €) and the Cathedral of Girona (cost € 7)
  • Transport: AVE train and taxis
  • Itinerary: Pick up at hotel in Barcelona> Sants> 140 Km in high-speed train AVE> Figueres-vilafant Station> Dali Museum Guided Tour> train to Girona> Free time for lunch in Girona> walk including the houses of the river Onar , walk through the Jewish quarter and the Cathedral> back to Barcelona

Why do our customers book this tour?

  • Spend more time enjoying each site and less time getting there.
  • Comfortable and fast transport by the AVE high-speed train.
  • Skip the line at the Dalí Museum.

What's included

  • Pick up at hotel.
  • AVE high-speed train and transport to each site.
  • Skip the line and entrance fees to the Dalí Museum and the Cathedral of Girona
  • Free time in the Dalí Museum and time for lunch in Girona.

What's not included

  • Lunch is not included.
  • Return to the hotel, the tour will end at the train station of Barcelona Sants.

Please note

  • Please note, you must travel with your passport. It may be required on the train.
  • This is not a wheelchair accessible tour.
  • The tour is only in English making it easier for you to follow the whole story.
What will I see?

What will I see?

Dalí Theatre and Museum

Dalí himself was involved in every aspect of building his masterpiece—it’s the perfect resting place for the master of surrealism. (Yes, Dalí’s crypt is below the stage floor of the theatre).

The Dalí Museum is more than just a collection of paintings and drawings. There are eye-popping installations like Taxi Plujos and Dalí’s reimagined Sistine Chapel in the Palau del Vent. Gala, Dalí’s wife and muse, is evident throughout, especially in Leda Atomica.

And don’t leave without seeing the Mae West Room, and Dalí’s collection of jewels.

Girona

After another quick ride on the AVE train, step into another world in Girona. Girona’s Old Town is wedged into a hill overlooking the Onyar River. Its main road, Carrer de la Força, was actually part of the Via Augusta, the longest Roman road on the Iberian Peninsula. The city is tied to its ancient past.

El Call, the Jewish Quarter, is deep inside the Forca Vella, which dates back to 1st century B.C. The maze of winding cobblestone streets, archways, and patios tell the story of the Jews who lived there between 982 and 1492, when they were expelled; it’s one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. The Centre Bonastruc Ça Porta, housed in a 15th-century synagogue, tells the story of El Call’s medieval past.

The Cathedral of Girona must be seen to be believed. Built over a period of seven centuries (from the 11th to the 18th, to be precise), it’s an amazing amalgamation of architectural features from Roman to Baroque, with a little Gothic to keep it interesting. Walk up the 90 steps and take a few pictures.

Feel like you’ve seen it before? If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you have. The cathedral from season six? It’s right here in Girona.

And don’t forget the bridges. There are eleven of them spanning the Onyar River, each more unusual than the last. There’s Monsieur Eiffel’s Pont de Ferro, the romantic Pont de la Princesa, and the arched Pont de Pedra, if you’re looking for places to start.

Before you leave, be sure to walk the Passeig de la Muralla, the old city wall, for some amazing city views, the Pyrenees gleaming in the distance.

What to expect

What to expect

We’ll pick you up right at your hotel at 7:30 am in a hybrid ecotaxi—we like to get an early start so you have a full day sightseeing. Don’t worry! You can rest on the train. You’ll be in Figueres before the crowds arrive for the Dalí Museum and in Girona in time for a leisurely lunch.

You start with a guided visit—a must for fans of Dali’s work or those who never really understood his art. After that, you can explore the museum on your own—we want you to experience it in your own way.

Once in Girona, our guides will show you the highlights and landmarks of Girona using our whisper-guide radio system. You’ll also have free time to explore on your own before taking the train back to Barcelona.

Do book early—we only allow 25 people maximum on our Dalí Museum and Girona tours.

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.

Itinerary

  • Pick-up at your hotel by ecotaxi at 7:30 am
  • AVE train to Figueres
  • Skip-the-line admission to Dalí Theatre and Museum and the Cathedral of Girona
  • AVE train to Girona
  • Free time and lunch
  • Guided walking tour of Girona
  • Train back to Barcelona; tour ends at the Barcelona train station
Departure point

Departure point

We’ll pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 am by hybrid ecotaxi. The tour ends at the Barcelona train station—be sure to ask our guides if you want some recommendations for things to see or restaurants to try during your visit to Barcelona.

Reviews

Reviews

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

Posted by BGB - 03 Jul 2019

For Dali lovers and GAME OF THRONES

I wanted to do this trip and couldn’t get the logistics figured out, until I found this one that BGB offers. Pick up at hotel, met at train by local contacts who get you on the right train, where your guide meets you. I had Jessica, and she’s terrific local gal who loves Dali’s work and explains all the highlights. You have as much time as you want in your own to explore the museum and adjoining jewels display. Do not miss those. Then the high speed train to Girona for lunch on our own in a large square with many choices, and a walking tour of Girona. There were 3 of us that were GOT fans so shenot only pointed out the filming locations, but showed us on her smart phone. Jessica truly made it a trip to remember. Train returned to BCN on time. Thanks!
Reviewed on Tripadvisor by Judi, on June 2019.

Posted by BGB - 03 Jul 2019

"Dali and Girona on the one day, amazing"
The whole experience was fantastic. Jessica our guide lives in Girona so we had first hand knowledge
of this incredible town. The Dali Museum was amazing, full of surprises.
Reviewed on Tripadvisor by Susan, on June 2019.

Posted by BGB - 15 May 2019

Great day!
Extremely professional and well organized. The day went so fast. Our guide Jessica C was exceptional. She was well informed and it was fun to be with her.

Reviewed on Tripadvisor by Susie, Massachusets on April 2019.

Posted by Arbor - 15 May 2019

"Great Way to learn About Dalí & History of Area"
We spent the day with Jessica and it was worth every dollar! She was incredibly knowledgable and gave us insights about Salvador Dali that just a walk thru the museum would have never imparted. We were picked up at our hotel and escorted to the train station. There we were greeted and given our packets for the day. Jessica joined us at the Girona stop and came to each of us with a smile and hello. Then it was off to the Dali Museum. Next was a train stop in Girona. Tons of interesting stops with loads of information. When the day was over Jessica escorted us back to the train station, making sure everyone knew where to go and where to get off the train. A truly wonderful experience. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on tripadvisor Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 2019.

Posted by Brina - 02 May 2018

“Fabulous. Punctual. Well-organized. Highly recommend.” 5/5 stars
Tour guides were fabulous. Jessica was a pleasure. Very knowledgeable. Superb day!

Reviewed on Get Your Guide by Brina, from Canada

Posted by Bralph - 07 Aug 2017

"Dahli Museum tour – superior!!!!" 5/5 stars

My son (art student in college and real fan of Dahli) and I went on the tour of Dahli museum (originating from Barcelona). All I can say is – if you plan to stay in Barcelona and wish To see the Museum – this is the Only way to do it!!! I am not a real student of the arts but I wanted to enjoy the time with my son as he is passionate about Dahli and his surrealistic style!

Barcelona Guide Bureaus was great – everything was taken care of!

A cab was arranged to pick us up at our hotel residence in Barcelona – (names were on a name board ) took us to the Barcelona train station – we were met at the cab by a company rep – handed our speed train tiks and led into station.

While on speed train – (very very comfortable and efficient) midway to figueres – we were greeted by our host / expert tour guide ( Laura Coch) – what a wonderful lady!!!! – extremely pleasant and very professional !!!! A joy to be around!

Our group had 15 in it at the museum – and Laura was incredible! We arrived at 9am (early is much much better!)
Laura was amazing – very knowledgeable – very engaging – we moved at a very comfortable pace – yet spent enough time at several key points of museum
She was informative yet not "encyclopedic" allowing personal views and senses to be part of the experience!

I would say – if you are going to see the Dahli museum and elect not to do it thru Barcelona Guide Bureau – big big mistake!

The guides are great (cheers to Laura) and the service from door to door was fantastic!

6 stars out of 5!

Thank you for a great day shared with my son!

Cheers!

Visited June 2016. Reviewed on tripadvisor by DBralph from Chantilly, Virginia, USA

Posted by Armand - 24 Aug 2016

“Dali Museum and Girona with Jessica” 5/5 stars
“Surrealism and tranquility”
The Dalí museum was over the top and Girona was very cool. Our guide, Jèssica, was superb. The train transfers added to the overall experience as they were clean, fast and punctual.

Reviewed on Get Your Guide by Armand from USA

Posted by Xpert936 - 21 Aug 2016

“Dalí and Girona” 5/5 stars

Great tour with excellent english speaking guide, Jèssica, who possessed an in-depth knowledge of the Dalí museum and Girona. The tour included a taxi ride to the Sants train station and tickets on the high speed AVE train. Everything was well organized and we arrived early enough in Figueres to enjoy the museum before it got too crowded. Girona was a real treat. The guide was very patient and made sure everyone enjoyed the tour. I would book with them again.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Xpert from Texas, USA

Posted by Pauleen B - 04 Jul 2016

"The Dali Museum and Girona Tour" 5/5 stars

We took this tour on June 16th and Jessica was our guide. It was recommended to us by our hotel. It was an early start and we were picked up from our hotel and taken to the Barcelona train station to meet the rest of the group. There was a slight hiccup in finding them – we were given what we thought clear instructions where to meet but the group was in a different area of the train station to what we thought. All ended up well with plenty of time to spare before we caught the train. We probably had about 14 in the group. Jessica, the guide was very knowledgeable. The Salvador Dali museum is well worth seeing and Jessica's explanations of his work made the morning great fun, interesting and enjoyable. We then went to Girona for lunch and a tour around the city. Once again Jessica's knowledge of he city was amazing. At the end of the day we caught the train back to Barcelona. It was a fabulous day and I would highly recommend this tour.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Pauleen from Adelaide, Australia

Posted by Niah707 - 26 May 2016

“Dali Museum and Girona with Jessica” 5/5 stars

This was so well run and organized. The train rides, vans, cabs, etc. were all well coordinated. Jessica is a great guide – very personable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We went first to Figueres and the Dali museum where she talked about Dali's life and the significance of some of his works, which was very helpful. We had lunch in Girona and spent over two hours walking around and visiting the cathedral, again gaining insight about its history through Jessica's informative guidance.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Niah707 from Massachusetts, USA

Posted by Mariyam - 16 Apr 2016

“Figueres (Dali) and Girona combined 1-day tour” 5/5 stars

I spent a wonderful day today with my tour guide Yesika on the combined Figueres-Dali Museum + Girona combined tour. Highlights / info:

(1) I got lucky, and there were only three tourists including myself for the Figueres-Dali segment, and just me for the Girona segment, so this ended up being a private tour for the price of a group tour.

(2) Girona is a lesser-known destination compared to Figueres, which is famous because of the Dali Museum. I am very very happy that a Barcelona local strongly recommended visiting Girona.

(3) I don't think it is possible for tourists to visit both Figueres and Girona in one day on their own. There are too many logistics in terms of trains (not very frequent) to get to the two places, getting from the stations to the attractions, waiting in line to buy tickets to the attractions, and then navigating the attractions / finding the highlights. The tour seems a little pricey at 140 Euros, but it is excellent value for money given the quality of the tour guide and the fact that all logistics are organized for you and included in the tour price, e.g., cab to pick you up from your hotel in the morning to get you to the train station in the morning, your tour guide getting on the train to find you, skipping the line to enter the Dali museum, etc.

(4) The only out-of-pocket expense is lunch in Girona.

(5) My guide Yesika was wonderful, extremely knowledgable, very personable, and clearly enjoyed showing us around. She even texted her friends to get me information about good chocolate shops in Barcelona when I asked her for suggestions. Since it was just me and her for several hours, we ended up having several great conversations about both Spanish/Catalan and American culture.

(6) Tip: Yesika mentioned that the Dali museum is less crowded on Saturdays, since it is a prime school field trip destination on weekdays.

(6) Destination #1: Dali Museum: I thought that nothing would impress me after all the Gaudi stuff I had seen in Barcelona. I was wrong. Dali's work is trippy and provocative and sheer genius. I am not super-artsy (I am an engineer by trade), but I appreciate good/interesting art, and was quite blown away.

(7) Destination #2: Girona: This is a lesser-known, but breathtaking, old Roman town between Barcelona and Figueres. (It might become better-known soon, though, because the 6th season of Game of Thrones was filmed there.) It is a well-preserved fort on a hill, with lots of steep, winding little roads. Yesika did a great job telling the story of the evolution of the town from the Roman days down to Napoleon's invasion with reference to the architectural evolution of the town (repeated reinforcement of fortress, construction/reconstruction of churches in architectural styles of the day, the ghetto-ing and eventual elimination of the Jewish quarter, etc.) The Girona cathedral is very beautiful and imposing both from the outside and the inside. I specially enjoyed the Biblical stories engraved in the pillars of the large, beautiful, serene cloister. The museum has some fascinating pieces, including a huge, one-of-a-kind embroidered tapestry and a relic supposed to be the Virgin Mary's breast milk. What I found most fascinating about Girona is that present-day Girona actually lives inside the fortress, which has houses/apartments, restaurants, shops, etc.

(8) Final comment: take this trip! Both destinations are stunning in their own ways. The length of the trip at 10.5 hrs, starting at 7:30am, seems less then appealing when you are on vacation, but this might end up being the highlight of your vacation.

Visited April 2016
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Mariyam

Posted by Rachel C - 02 Aug 2015

“Barcelona Guide Bureau: Dali Museum in Figueres and Girona Walking Tour” 5/5 stars

In my mind, there are 3 categories on which you would judge such a tour:
(1) Content of the places visited.
(2) Quality of the specific tour guide.
(3) Quality of the overall experience with the booking agency.

In all three categories, this tour should get 6 stars, but I'll start from (3) and work up to (1). On (3), the Barcelona Guide Bureau clearly wants to make sure you have a positive experience. We booked this tour at the front desk of our hotel simply by asking the front desk staff to call and make a reservation. I confess that I thought this tour was a little pricey, but I really wanted to go, so I booked it anyway. I don't think I fully understood the value of what I was getting though. In the morning, a cab driver met us at our hotel and delivered us to the train station where someone from BGB was there to greet our taxi driver and pay him. From there, Carla (the person who met us) gave us 3 sets of train tickets: 1 set for getting to Figueres, 1 set to get to Girona, and 1 set to get home from Girona. These train tickets already added up to 34 Euros in cost. I didn't have to deal with booking them, and I didn't have to deal with checking in at the train station. BGB handled all of this, which was nice, since we were on "Spanish time" and the tour had such an early start.

After the first stop of the train (Girona), another tour guide, Jessica, came onto the train, introduced herself, and told us she would be our guide for the day. When I booked the tour, I didn't fully understand/appreciate that we would have a private guide taking care of us all day long. I quickly was beginning to see where the value was in the trip. When we got off of the train in Figueres, Jessica led us to a van, where a driver was waiting to drive us to the Dali Museum. Jessica gave us a very nice tour of the museum (more on that later), and then the same driver took us back to the train station so we could go to Girona. In Girona, she gave us time to have lunch, and then she gave us a very nice walking tour of Girona (more on that later).

Finally, we took a taxi back to the Girona station and boarded a train for Barcelona. When I total what all of the different transportations would have cost me and my husband together with the three museum entries (one for the Dali museum, one for the Dali jewels, and one for a church in Girona (these alone add up to 22 Euros)), I actually am concerned that the trip is priced too low! When I initially saw the price, I did not understand that train tickets would cost 34 Euros, that in order to see both sites, I would need to take 4 taxi rides (probably another 20 to 22 Euros in total), that going to the three museums would be another 22 Euros. We are already at 78 Euros, and I didn't have to book anything, or think through any of the timing issues. Meanwhile, our guide was superbly trained and knowledgeable.

Really and truly, it was a very very high touch service. They took care of so many things (pre-booking museum tkts, so we didn't have to wait in line, printing out train tickets, having coaches ready to take us to the next destination, etc.) The day was just so nice and smooth.

(2) Our tour guide Jessica was beyond amazing. My husband and I are not scared to explore on our own. We were in Barcelona already for a week, and we took public transit everywhere, and never got into a taxi. As nice as the "high touch" service was, I really think the two of us could have managed getting out to Figueres on our own; however, we both said that going to the Dali museum on our own would have been kind of interesting, but nothing more. We don't know enough about Dali to even begin to appreciate his works. We needed a knowledgeable tour guide to show us some of the most important works and fill us in on the background behind them. My only real complaint about this trip (other than maybe the issue that Jessica was under-compensated for how wonderful she is) is that I would have liked an additional hour in the Dali museum to explore. I felt a little rushed at the end, and so did my husband; however, we both agreed that the alternative (going there on our own and having no clue about the background of the works) would not have been better. My suspicion is that BGB is somewhat at the mercy of the Renfe high-speed train schedule, and that maybe "giving us an extra hour" would have cost 3 hours in terms of the overall schedule. I did not look closely at the AVE schedule to really know. But seriously, Jessica knew so much. She was so interesting, and so kind. She was really lovely to be with all day.

In Girona, she was also a tremendously excellent guide. I was confused by the sheer breadth of her knowledge. How was she able to field absolutely any question we had about the town's ancient history? Again, I had wanted to see Girona, but it's not clear what the point would have been in going on my own. I would have gotten there and just looked at everything and not known where to begin. She took us on a great walking tour which included both the large cathedral there, a museum about the cathedral, and the old Jewish quarter. (And by the way, she drops you off in a plaza for lunch that has just about the best gelato ever…=-))

(3) The content of the tour: IT's possible that even though Jessica is amazing, and the BGB put together a very nice day for their customers, that the Dali museum or walking around Girona might not be your thing. Here is why I enjoyed it: Dali is super interesting. We had gone to both the Picasso museum and the Miro museum. My husband and I enjoyed the Picasso museum, but found the Miro museum a little underwhelming. We had had a tour at both museums. Once you see Dali's work and have a window into his mind (through Jessica!), Miro's work didn't seem as interesting or novel to us. Dali seemed like a complete genius (if also a little interestingly crazy!) In any case, I really really enjoyed the Dali museum, and I think I would have even if I didn't have a great guide, but obviously, having a great guide who knew how to help me navigate the museum did make the experience that much better. I also would have simply missed a lot of important aspects of many of the works there.

Finally, I think if you've enjoyed any of the walking tours that are given in Barcelona, you'll find the walking tour of Girona very historically interesting.

My husband and I went on this trip without our kids. I do not think young children would thoroughly enjoy this trip, as the history might not seem interesting to them.

Visited August 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Rachel C

Posted by Bunny583 - 03 Jun 2015

“Outstanding day tour” 5/5 stars

We took a day tour to Figures and Girona with an outstanding guide, Jessica Casanovas. There was only one other couple so we felt like it was a private tour. We were promptly met at the train station and began a very well organized and fascinating day of exploration to the Dali museum and the beautiful town of Girona. Jessica is so knowledgeable and personable.. We learned so much from her and we loved hearing about her family and her life during a lovely lunch together. It was a most memorable experience and a highlight of a trip to Barcelona. Don't miss it.

Visited May 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Bunny from Atlanta, USA

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