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Complete Gaudí Tour: Casa Batlló, Park Guell & Extended Sagrada Família with Tower Climb

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5hrs 15 mins

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Why take this tour?

This is the most comprehensive Gaudí tour on the market. You'll explore all of his most famous works, with first entrance at Casa Batlló, to enter before the crowds; stops at Casa Milà & Casa Vincens for a rounded view of Gaudí's architectural style; a skip the line tour of Park Güell; and an extended tour of La Sagrada Família with tower climb and full museum visit. With small groups of 15 or fewer and a passionate expert guide, your experience will be relaxed, insightful and intimate.

Take a step into the world of Antoni Gaudí

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 artchitecture in the world.

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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 artchitecture in the world.

Your Complete Gaudí Tour begins with a special Casa Batlló tour. With first entrance of the day, you'll get inside Gaudí's signature home renovation before the crowds. As you gape upwards into 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 otherwordly, 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 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. 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 colors 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 2:00pm, 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 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 though; with pre-reserved entrance to all sites, a small group of 15 people or fewer, and headsets so you will never miss a word from your guide and you'll see each site like 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.

  • Sites Visited
  • Casa Batlló
  • Casa Milà aka 'La Pedrera' (outside)
  • Casa Vicens (outside)
  • Park Güell
  • La Sagrada Família
  • La Sagrada Família Tower
  • La Sagrada Família Museum
  • Tour Includes
  • First entrance Skip the Line Casa Batlló tickets
  • Skip the Line Park Güell tickets
  • Pre-reserved La Sagrada Família tickets
  • Special access Sagrada Família tower climb
  • Transfer between sites by private vehicle
  • Passionate expert tour guide
  • Headsets
Casa Batlló from outside on our Complete Gaudí Tour
The clever interior of Casa Batlló on our Complete Gaudí Tour
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We had a wonderful tour in Barcelona- it was the highlight of our trip.


FAQ

Does the Sagrada Familia have a dress code?
Yes. In the Cathedral, both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings (e.g., a scarf) with you and to put them on before entering to the holy areas.
Can I bring a bag with me into the Sagrada Familia?
Yes, but you can only bring small bags and backpacks. They will be checked before you enter the church. If you are going to climb the towers you have to leave backpacks in security lockers located at the base of the towers and costing €1.00.
Does this tour always visit the Sagrada Familia Towers?
The only times the towers close are during high winds and heavy rains. Although this does happen, it isn't a regular occurence. For security reasons wheelchairs, baby strollers, persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women & children under 6 years old are not allowed to climb the towers. Also, children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Does this tour include lunch?
No, but because it's over five hours, we stop in the Parque Güell and give you time to buy a snack.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Some of the Gaudí residences are not completely wheelchair accessible. Because of this, we regret that we cannot offer this tour to people who use wheelchair or have mobility limitations.
Is this tour good for children?
The only issue regarding children (under 6 years of age) on this tour is that they are not allowed to climb to the top of the tower in the Sagrada Familia. They are welcome on all other parts of the tour, though.