Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Meets at front of Passeig de Gràcia, 41, (Casa Amatller) , Barcelona, 08007, ES
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, (La Sagrada Familia), Barcelona, 08013, ES
Antoni Gaudí was a titan of 20th-century architecture, who developed a unique style deeply rooted in the culture, materials, religion and the environment of his beloved Catalonia. This comprehensive Gaudí tour takes you into his story with skip-the-line tours of three of his best-known works, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, and La Sagrada Família Basilica; along with external viewings of Casa Milà and Casa Vicens.
Led by our passionate guides (experts on all things Gaudí), you'll immerse yourself in the history of the city and the Art Nouveau movement that gave it some of the most exciting architecture in the world.
Your Complete Gaudí Tour begins with a special Casa Batlló tour. With the first entrance of the day, you'll get inside Gaudí's signature home renovation before the crowds. As you admire the house's visionary light well, your guide will tell you how the house began as a religious vision, then became a study in the use of diffusing natural light through otherworldly, organic spaces. The roof, which is frosted in broken ceramics to resemble the spine of a great dragon, is one of the most iconic sights in Barcelona.
As you learn the story of Gaudí - from his time as a youth in Rural Catalonia to his days as the darling of Barcelona's industrial elite - you'll move on to the Casa Vicens and Casa Milà. The Casa Vicens was an early project that has been described as an 'Orientalist Fantasy', the work of a man still developing his style and vernacular. The Casa Milà, aka La Pedrera, on the other hand, is quintessential Gaudí, a facade of such power and strangeness that you won't see anything like it anywhere else in the world. As two works at different ends of Gaudí's career (Casa Vincens was one of his first homes, Casa Milà one of his last) they offer a fantastic insight into how Gaudí's style changed over time. Casa Vincens is a particular treat; located a distance from the other houses, it is rarely visited by tourists.
Not all of Gaudí's projects were successes in his own time, however. You'll take a private vehicle to the next stop, Park Güell. This whimsical complex was intended to be a gated housing development, but no one wanted to move there. Today it's one of the most beloved parks in the city, and in much demand, as you'll see from the lines that stretch outside. With pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets, you'll stroll right inside with your guide. Walking through the park, you'll take in its fanciful colours and alien shapes, learning how Gaudí's deep connection with natural imagery came from an extended childhood illness. You'll also pause here for roughly half an hour to get a snack. Since the tour doesn't finish until after 2pm, we encourage everyone to have a little something to eat to tide them over.
Your Gaudí tour ends in the building that Gaudí intended to be his greatest legacy; La Sagrada Família. Toward the end of his life, this Basilica was Gaudí's obsession and he put every last bit of himself into its execution. Today every surface of the building holds something to ponder, decode or puzzle over; like a great mystery box just waiting to be solved. Luckily, you will spend a full hour exploring it with your guide, who among other things, is an expert on Gaudí and can tell you everything you want to know - from the way the architect harnessed light with his stained glass windows, to the discussions surrounding how the church is to be finished in the absence of any sort of formal plans. Your ticket also includes access to the Basilica's Museum. Your guide will not accompany you, but they will be happy to tell you what to look out for when you visit.
Finally, you'll use pre-reserved special access tickets to ascend one of the spindly towers of the church for 360-degree views over the city that Gaudí gave his life to.
The places we visit on this tour are immensely popular and usually have long lines in front. You won't have to worry about this at all, however. With a pre-reserved entrance to all sites, a small group of 10 people or fewer, and headsets so you will never miss a word from your guide, you'll see each site as a VIP. You'll also be shuttled between sites on a private minibus, ensuring that you see as much of Gaudí's work as is possible in one morning.
About the Supplier: Walks offers exclusive small group tours across 13 locations and special access to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and attractions as well as unique cultural experiences.
Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Group Size: Max 10
Luggage Restrictions: Large bags, backpacks, suitcases not allowed
Wheelchair Accessibility: No
Dress Code: Shoulders and knees must be covered.
Always keep a photo ID handy for security checks.
You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Barcelona government guidelines for the most up to date information.
The rooftop terrace of Casa Batllo may be closed during heavy wind/rain.
Due to the religious nature of La Sagrada Familia, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. You can bring extra covering (scarves, etc) to put on just before entering. Walks cannot be held responsible for those denied entry.
All guests must pass through security at La Sagrada Familia.
To optimize our time, we suggest bringing water and food to the tour. Due to long wait times at available food options, it is not possible to include a longer lunch but small breaks are given to enjoy your snacks throughout the tour.
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