Kissed by the sea and embraced by mountains, Barcelona offers you a warm welcome, offering something for everyone: the beach, the landscape, wonderful food, lively crowds, delightful weather, narrow streets and magnificent boulevards. Let us take you for a luxury private tour of Barcelona and Catalonia!
Take a private tour of the Gothic quarter of the city today. This is the center of the old city and it extends from the Mediterranean Sea into the heart of Barcelona. You will see all of the most important attractions here- the most important being the imposing Catalan Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar. Your guide will reveal all of the secrets of the history of Barcelona, as you see the remains of the Roman Temple of Augustus, the splendor of the Romanesque churches and monasteries, perfectly preserved; public buildings and palaces of the new social classes which emerged as a result of the wealth brought by the sea.
Gaudi’s Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Basilica
Today is a good day to explore Gaudi’s Barcelona. At the start of the 20 th century, Barcelona underwent a notable transformation into a modern, thriving city that was suitable for the new Catalan bourgeoisie, and which looked enthusiastically to its European neighbors with a desire to be seen as an equal. The architecture that line the city’s wide streets is from the Modernism movement and Barcelona is the home of the movement’s greatest master, Antoni Gaudi. Explore the Paseo de Gracia, where you will see some of the most outstanding Modernist architecture. Continue on to the Sagrada Familia Basilica, one of Spain’s most breathtaking Basilicas. It is also one of Gaudi’s most famous works. This Basilica has been under constant construction since 1882 and is the most visited of all places in Barcelona. Of course, your guide will be with you, sharing the history of the building, its architect and the city. Continue on to Park Guell, a “must see” park composed of unique gardens, art and architecture.
Museums & Shopping in Barcelona
Barcelona offers so much in terms of art and architecture. Where should you begin? The spectacular National Art Museum atop Montjuic or contemporary galleries such as Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art or the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona welcome you to visit! Of course, the Palau de la Musica Catalana or the Picasso Museum are some of our favorites. Our professional art guide will be with you to open the doors to Barcelona’s most famous museums as well as some of the less well-known (but amazing) galleries for those who may like to purchase some art of their own! For those who enjoy shopping, Barcelona has so much to offer! Art and artisan shops, the most magnificent of markets and food shops and fashion-forward boutiques are ready for some retail therapy. We know the best places to visit and our guide will tailor your day to your interests.
Barcelona’s fresh produce, its closeness to the sea and the locally produced ingredients provide a fantastic and incredibly varied cuisine offer- from the traditional tapas bars and taverns to the most innovative Michelin-star awarded chefs. Our local experts and hosts know and love the best spots in town, from the Barceloneta fishermen taverns to the coolest upper town bistros. Learn the secrets of Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine with us!
This morning we take you to the sea, the Mediterranean Sea that makes Barcelona such a special city. We have arranged for a private 2-½ hour family tour on a sailboat so that you can see the city from a different light. The city looks out on the Mediterranean and the sea brings the city to light. Your skipper will take you for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where the wind will whip through your hair. Of course, the boys will have an opportunity to pilot the boat and will learn how to sail, with the ability to participate in all of the tasks. A glass of cava and some snacks will be included while you are out on the sea. This includes private transfers to/from the port.
Montserrat & Pendes
We have an amazing day of adventure in store for you! This morning, your driver and guide will pick you up to take you outside of the city to Montserrat. Emblematic of Catalonia, this magnificent mountain and its sanctuary are full of history, legend and ancient culture. The monastery of Montserrat is located in a unique natural environment and you will have an opportunity to venture among its corners and its unique landscapes. Visit Montserrat Sanctuary, where you will have a tour and where you will also have the pleasure of listening to the Escolania, one of the oldest boys’ choirs in all of Europe. There has been a religious music school in existence here since the 14th century. The choir will perform The Virolai hymn for you before you continue into the countryside for some wine touring.
The culture of wine is linked to the flavors of and life in Barcelona. A short trip to the Pendes will lead you to centuries-old wineries surrounded by acres of vineyards. Here, the winery owner will open the doors to the authentic flavor of Catalan wines and cavas. The experience will continue with a tour of the vineyard, where you will enjoy the breathtaking Pendes landscape.
Catalonia has many charming corners and today is a day of adventure beyond Barcelona to visit some medieval towns and coastal landscapes. Founded by Iberians, Girona was an important stop along the Via Augusta during Roman times. Its huge 15th century cathedral dominates the skyline and its medieval streets, especially its charming Jewish quarter, beckon you to visit. Your private guide will take you to see the Arab Baths, ancient squares and Roman Wall.
Other Exciting Ideas In Barcelona
We have some really special experiences for our most discerning travelers who are looking for a unique way to spend their time in Catalonia. Here are just a few examples:
- Become a cheesemaker for a day and create delicious goat cheese in the countryside
- Be a part of a castellera, a human tower. You will have a private visit at a castellera practice, where you will learn how they build a nine-story tower collectively with each person being a part of the human tower
- A private Gaudi workshop where you will learn how to make a mosaic in the style of the artist himself
- Have a professional photographer join you and your family on your adventures in Barcelona. Take home gorgeous portraits as the ultimate souvenir
- Attend a private cooking class in the kitchen of a friendly local chef and then enjoy the meal that you prepared together as you listen to tales of life in Barcelona.
We suggest that you continue on with a visit to Madrid and the Castilian Countryside!
Join SVP Tours on your next adventure in Barcelona and Catalonia! Luxury private tours tailored to your unique interests are our specialty.