Barcelona, Spain

The 1992 Summer Olympics revealed to the world what Europeans and seasoned travelers already knew - Barcelona is one of the world's greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia. Stroll along the wide, tree-lined promenades of Las Ramblas and marvel at the spires of Gaudi's Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Or visit the former Olympic Ring on the hill of Montjuic - also home to world-class parks, fountains and museums. Barcelona, which nurtured such artistic giants as Picasso, Dali, Miro and Casals, is definitely a traveler's paradise.

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Points of Interest

  • Barri Gothic
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium
  • Las Ramblas
  • Montserrat Benedictine Monastery Complex
  • Park Guell
  • La Pedrera
  • Picasso Museum
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  • Barri Gothic

    Featuring labyrintine streets and the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, the Gothic Quarter is the center of the old city of Barcelona. Some buildings date back to medieval times and the remains of a Roman wall are visible.

  • La Sagrada Familia

    The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona's most idiosyncratic and flamboyant church, is regarded as architect Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece and has been under construction since 1882. It features breath-taking spires and awe-inspiring stained glass windows.

  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium

    This stadium hosted the opening ceremonies for the 1992 Olympic Games

  • Las Ramblas

    Barcelona's famed promenade is alive and colorful with flower stalls and cafés. Stroll the old medieval quarter of Barri Gothic.

  • Montserrat Benedictine Monastery Complex

    This wonderful monastery, considered Catalonia's most important religious retreat, is hidden high in the craggy Montserrat Mountains. The world's oldest publishing house, established in 1499, is also located here.

  • Park Guell

    Designed by Antoni Gaudi, Catalonia's master architect, this glorious park features many works of wonder, including a serpentine-shaped bench, stunning views of the city and a mosaic dragon at the park's entrance.

  • La Pedrera

    Known locally as Casa Mila, Gaudi's most accomplished, finished work features an ornate façade with undulating walls and iron art nouveau balconies.

  • Picasso Museum

    The Picasso Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, it consists of five adjoining medieval palaces.

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Montserrat

5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-205
  • Montserrat Benedictine Monastery Complex

Leaving Barcelona's vibrant port, drive an hour and a half through glorious Catalonian countryside to the awe-inspiring town of Montserrat. Perched 2,300 feet above sea level, the town is home to one of the great Benedictine monastic complexes of the Middle Ages. You will have an hour and a half to explore this amazing set of buildings, including the stunning Montserrat Basilica. A superb example of Roman architecture, the basilica is decorated with statues of Christ and the 12 Apostles. The interior is renowned for its gilded wooden sculpture of Catalonia's patron saint La Moreneta, also known as the 'Black Madonna'. Pay homage to the silver altar dedicated to the Virgin or visit their museum, which boasts works of art by El Greco, Dali and Picasso. Then stroll the Plaza, browsing the many shops or simply enjoy a refreshment in one of the many colorful cafes.

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Discovery Family Barcelona City Tour & Aquarium

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-600
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium

Your Discovery Family half-day tour begins when you board a comfortable motorcoach that will whisk you into the city, past some of the most interesting sights, including the 197-foot-tall Columbus Monument, commemorating Christopher Columbus's triumphant return from America. You'll head up to the Montjuic district, a wide, flat-topped hill that overlooks the city and was the site of the 1929 International Exposition and the 1992 Summer Olympics. This stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies plus numerous events. Pause for a photo stop on top of the mountain so you can capture the incredible views across the city and harbor. Continue on to the impressive Barcelona Aquarium, which houses over 11,000 animals representing 450 species in its 35 tanks. This state-of-the-art marine center with hands-on displays entertains as it educates. It also contains a café and souvenir shop. Reboard your motorcoach for the brief ride back to port.

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Easy Barcelona (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-291
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium

This easy half-day narrated driving tour of the city is perfect for those who have difficulty walking yet still enjoy sight-seeing. Enjoy a panoramic view of Columbus Monument, which was built to celebrate Christopher Columbus's triumphant return from the Americas, before driving through the Olympic Ciutadella Village and under the impressive archway of the wonderful Arc de Triomf, a red brick structure built in 1888. In the distance you will view La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished yet strikingly modernist church which has been under construction since 1882. Continue the drive through the Gothic Quarter and the Paseo de Gracia, which boasts fabulous Art Nouveau buildings. Head to the Montjuic district for astounding views of the city, then drive home past the Miro Foundation, a museum of modern art built in 1975 to honor Barcelona's famous painter and sculptor, Joan Miro.

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Easy Barcelona

3.5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-290
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium

This easy half-day narrated driving tour of the city is perfect for those who have difficulty walking yet still enjoy sight-seeing. Enjoy a panoramic view of Columbus Monument, which was built to celebrate Christopher Columbus's triumphant return from the Americas, before driving through the Olympic Ciutadella Village and under the impressive archway of the wonderful Arc de Triomf, a red brick structure built in 1888. In the distance you will view La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished yet strikingly modernist church which has been under construction since 1882. Continue the drive through the Paseo de Gracia, which boasts fabulous Art Nouveau buildings. Head to the Montjuic district for astounding views of the city, then drive home past the Miro Foundation, a museum of modern art built in 1975 to honor Barcelona's famous painter and sculptor, Joan Miro.

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Sitges Highlights and Time On Your Own

5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-285

This lazy day by the sea begins when you board your motorcoach for the stunning drive along the Catalan coast, through mountain tunnels to the charming beach town of Sitges. You will have three hours to independently explore this delightful fishing village or enjoy a walking tour with your guide. Lunch is at the time and place of your choosing, and for beach lovers there are plenty of opportunities to tan on one of the many sandy beaches. Some of the more popular sites include the Church of St. Bartholomew, which has two Gothic burial chambers, and the Maricel Museum, which houses medieval paintings and sculptures. Or, simply wander the narrow streets, browsing the many cafes, galleries, and boutiques. Look out for the impromptu market stalls that appear around town during the summer months, and as Sitges is home to a yearly wine festival, you may wish to sample some local wines.

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Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-210
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium
  • Barri Gothic

Join your guide for this tour of Barcelona and the Gothic Quarter, the center of the old city of Barcelona. Tour the wonderful Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, an imposing 600-year-old building with magnificent spires and stained glass windows. Then enjoy another hour to stroll the labyrinthine streets on a guided narrated tour. Marvel at the Plaza San Jaime, where former palaces now house Catalonia's government, as well as the many impressive courtyards before exploring La Rambla, a mile-long tree-lined pedestrian walk that boasts many different shops. Board the motorcoach for the short ride to the Montjuic Mountain for a photo stop before a drive around the Olympic complex, constructed to host the 1992 Summer Olympics. The journey home takes you past many sites including the Columbus Monument, built to celebrate Christopher Columbus's triumphant return from the Americas.

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Debark Tour - City Drive

3.5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-965
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium

This three-and-a-half-hour driving tour of Barcelona caters to passengers who are keen to enjoy the city up close yet do not wish to spend a lot of time walking. It is also a fun option for passengers who have flights booked later in the day and are looking to spend an enjoyable few hours before leaving for the airport. Relax as we drive you around the Columbus Monument, the Moorish-inspired Arc de Triomf and the Olympic Village, which sits by the waterfront and was a significant location for the 1992 Olympics. Then travel to Antonio Gaudi's majestic masterpiece, the La Sagrada Familia church for a fascinating photo stop,before continuing the tour through the Passeig de Gracia and the Plaza España. Climb Mount Montjuic for panoramic views of the city, then take photographs at the Olympic Ring and the grandiose Miro Foundation building.

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Jamon Experience

3.5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-300

Wander around the historic old town while you also get to live daily life in the famous fresh food markets. Your adventure begins with a guided walking tour that takes in the famous Les Rambles promenade, where you'll get to see La Boqueria Market. Continue through the Gothic old town, contemplate Santa Eulalia's Cathedral. Continue to Santa Catherina Market where you will see an abundance of local (like jamon) and exotic products. Enjoy the unique tastes of several cured hams and other local products paired with a glass of wine (water or soda). Finish your visit walking down the full of design-shops alleys, heading to Santa Maria Del Mar basilica, a stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture. If permitted by opening timing, admire its glorious airy interior and examine the remarkably preserved stained glass that has survived the ages.

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Barcelona Highlights

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-230
  • Barri Gothic
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium

See the top attractions of Barcelona on this relaxed excursion that begins when you board a comfortable motorcoach and set off on a comprehensive city tour led by an experienced guide. Venture into Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, where many of the buildings date back to medieval times and some as far as Roman times. This picturesque enclave is crowned by the 600-year-old Santa Eulalia cathedral. You'll continue on down the Passeig de Gracia, a wide boulevard lined with almost magical-looking art nouveau buildings, winding around Barcelona's grand university building. Next, keep your camera at the ready for Antonio Gaudi's unfinished yet majestic masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia church. From here, you will wind your way up Montjuic Mountain, a 700-foot-tall hill, to enjoy panoramic views of the city. You will then circle the Olympic Ring, an architecturally fascinating complex built specifically to host the 1992 Summer Olympics.

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La Sagrada Familia & City Drive

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-200
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium
  • La Pedrera
  • La Sagrada Familia

This exciting four-hour, narrated tour of Barcelona starts with a panoramic of the Columbus Monument. This impressive Corinthian column was erected in 1882 for Christopher Columbus, in order to celebrate his historic return from the Americas. Then to the wonderful Arc de Triomf on the way to La Sagrada Familia church. Here, you can explore this unfinished yet striking modernist religious center, which was the brainchild of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. After souvenir shopping, discover more city gems including the Paseo de Gracia, one of the wealthiest avenues in Barcelona and an important business district, before viewing another of Gaudi's masterpiece's, the modernist house of La Pedrera. Drive on to the Plaça Catalunya, the largest square in the city, known for its fountains, statues and flocks of pigeons. The final part of this wonderful tour takes you up Montjuic Mountain for incomparable panoramic views of Barcelona city.

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La Sagrada Familia & Park Guell

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-235
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Park Guell

Discover the whimsy of the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi on this four-hour art lovers tour of Barcelona, which may be unsuitable for those with walking difficulties, due to the locations and time constraints. First stop of the day is the glorious Park Guell, which showcases Gaudi's signature mosaics and quirky designs, such as the serpentine bench and multi-colored mosaic dragon that sits at the entrance to the park. Then stroll around the famous La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished yet strikingly modernist church which has been under construction since 1882. Admire the many towering spires, stained glass windows and intricate designs before moving along to the Passeig de Gracia, a stunning promenade that's home to many of Gaudi's buildings.

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Gaudi's Barcelona

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-225
  • La Sagrada Familia

Celebrated Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi has left his mark throughout the city of Barcelona. Spend a delightful four hours exploring his art nouveau legacy on this exhilarating guided adventure. Begin with a scenic motorcoach ride to Sagrada Familia (the Holy Family Church), Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, under construction since 1882. This dramatic building is slated to be completed in 2026, but it remains open for worship. Your detailed visit provides ample time to fill your camera with images of the stained-glass windows, towering spires and modernist design. On the lower level, you'll find a Gaudi Museum, which exhibits the architect's achievements. A panoramic drive through Passeig de Gracia, the best-known boulevard in town, showcases exquisite examples of Gaudi's modernist architecture. Stop for a photo at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, both representing Gaudi's extraordinary style and designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to the pier after this spectacular art lover's day.

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Debark Tour - Gothic Quarter & St. Eulalia Cathedral

6 hours | Barcelona | BCN-960
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium
  • Barri Gothic
  • La Sagrada Familia

The wonders of Barcelona await on this delightful tour designed for passengers who have late flights booked and are looking for a fun way to fill their hours with souvenir shopping, walking, and sight-seeing. Board the motorcoach for the 25-minute drive to the Gothic Quarter to view the 600-year-old Cathedral of Barcelona before a guided tour around the marble crypt of St. Eulalia, to whom the cathedral is dedicated. Then, stroll along the narrow streets and many courtyards before browsing for souvenirs on the Ramblas promenade. Visit the magnificent La Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi's magnificent church, which features massive spires but lacks completed walls and a roof. Ascend Mount Montjuic to tour the Olympic Ring, the site of the 1992 opening and closing ceremonies, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Those with flights booked will then board the motorcoach for the transfer to the airport.

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Montserrat & Barcelona City Drive

7.5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-105
  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium
  • Montserrat Benedictine Monastery Complex

This all-day tour starts with a 75-minute narrated drive around Barcelona, enabling you to soak up the incredible architecture, first passing through the Columbus Monument , before driving around the Placa Espanya to gaze upon it's fountains and two 47-foot-tall Venetian towers. You will also see the spectacular Olympic Ring, created specifically for the1992 Summer Olympics Next stop is La Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi's unfinished yet strikingly modernist church for a photo opportunity, before the one-and-a-half hour drive to Montserrat through rich countryside. Here you will have 90-minutes to explore the Benedictine Monastery Complex, which is home to the superb Romanesque basilica. This world-famous religious retreat is renowned for the gilded wooden sculpture of Catalonia's patron saint La Moreneta, also known as the 'Black Madonna' of Montserrat. After a delicious sit-down lunch at a local restaurant, there's time to explore the stalls in Montserrat Plaza.

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Flamenco and Dinner

3.5 hours | Barcelona | BCN-255

Just say the word Barcelona and your imagination may conjure up a spirited flamenco dance or the aromatic flavors of rich and hearty paella. Experience both of Barcelona's most famous cultural exports during this fascinating excursion that showcases its famed flamenco and food. Once you disembark, you'll enter the dining room for a true taste of Spanish culture. Paella is a humble, yet revered, Spanish dish with centuries of savory history behind it. Developed 1,200 years ago when the Moors brought rice to Spain, the dish is also made with vegetables, meat and fish. After dinner, you'll be treated to a lively flamenco performance whose origins date back to the 16th century. Watch dresses whirl and castanets clap as the guitarist's fingers fly over the strings. Following this passionate performance, you'll rejoin your transportation for a scenic drive through the city en route to your ship.

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La Sagrada Familia & City Drive (Guided in Spanish)

4 hours | Barcelona | BCN-202
  • Montjuic / Olympic Stadium
  • La Sagrada Familia

This exciting four-hour, narrated tour of Barcelona starts with a panoramic of the Columbus Monument. This impressive Corinthian column was erected in 1882 for Christopher Columbus, in order to celebrate his historic return from the Americas. Then to the wonderful Arc de Triomf on the way to La Sagrada Familia church. Here, you can explore this unfinished yet striking modernist religious center, which was the brainchild of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. After souvenir shopping, discover more city gems including the Paseo de Gracia, one of the wealthiest avenues in Barcelona and an important business district, before viewing another of Gaudi's masterpiece's, the modernist house of La Pedrera. Drive on to the Plaça Catalunya, the largest square in the city, known for its fountains, statues and flocks of pigeons. The final part of this wonderful tour takes you up Montjuic Mountain for incomparable panoramic views of Barcelona city.

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