Synonymous with Barcelona, explore Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece and discover the story behind the iconic landmark with this tour. This extended tour also includes a visit to the beautiful arched crypt which holds Gaudi’s tomb and a ticket to the top of one of the towers for stunning views over the city of Barcelona and an up-close encounter with some of the Basilica’s more intricate architecture.
Consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, the Sagrada Familia, meaning the Holy Family, was started in 1882 and due to the complexity of Gaudí’s incredibly ambitious plans, is due to be completed in 2030. The entrance fees collected from groups such as ours continue to ensure enough funding to see Gaudí’s dream through to completion.
For the most comprehensive and inclusive visit, the itinerary has been specially crafted so that it takes you through the immense Basilica from its many layers and perspectives. During the course of the tour, the English speaking guide will tell you the story of the Basilica, from its conception by Josep Maria Bocabella to how Gaudí came to lead the project and the frustrations and hardships it caused him in his final years.
Save your valuable time to appreciate the immense beauty and detailing of the monument as you skip the line for a fast track entry to the Basilica.
For the La Sagrada Familia Tour including Tower and Crypt, your English speaking guide will meet you in the corner of Carrer Sardenya with Carrer Provenca.
The most visited monument in Spain, the Sagrada Familia is still under construction after more than 100 years. Expected to be completed in 2030, it was originally intended to be a church that would compensate for Barcelona’s revolutionary ideas. But when architect Antoni Gaudi took charge, he saw the project as a reflection of his own spiritual and nationalist expression. Hence, the great architect soon became obsessed with this project and he planned to build facades which would represent the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. Gaudi devoted his last fifteen years completely to the project, before his death in 1926 and only lived to see the completion of one facade, one tower, the apse and the crypt.
The guide will first escort you to the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia. This underground room has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses the tomb of Gaudí himself. It was one of the very few sections that was completed at the time of Gaudí’s death. On the course of the tour, the guide will share tales of Gaudí’s love affair with his final work, how he considered the project his personal holy mission and the great personal sacrifices he made to ensure its completion.
After the Crypt, skip the long entrance lines and head straight to the heart of the Basilica. Apart from its immense beauty, the monument is an epitome of symbolism. Gaudi’s impeccable modernist style can be seen in its stunning interior which represents branches and trees with colourful columns, intricate stained glass windows and soaring arches.
Most detailed parts of the church are the three magnificent facades – the Passion facade known for its unorthodox sculptures, the Nativity façade, built on the theme of nature and the Glory façade, which is still under construction.
After having experienced the Sagrada Familia from below in the crypt and then at the spectacular main level, your visit includes a ticket to the very top of one of Gaudí’s dizzyingly high towers. Your guide will see to it that you make it to the elevator, after which you’ll be free to spend time enjoying the views of Barcelona and the cathedral below, before heading back down. You are then free to continue exploring the Basilica at your leisure.
Start time: 0830h (8:30am)
Duration: 2 hours
In the corner of Carrer Sardenya with Carrer Provenca. It is located in the corner of the park side that is in front of the entrance to the Crypt.
Arriving by metro or tram: Metro Sagrada Familia(Lines 2 and 5)
Sagrada Familia (Elevator to towers)
This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Spain ́s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
This is a physically challenging tour that involves a considerable amount of walking and stairs. For this reason, we do not recommend this tour for customers with health conditions and recommend comfortable shoes for all guests.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Large bags/tripods/umbrellas/backpacks are not permitted and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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