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Early Access to Sagrada Familia with Optional Tower Access

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona
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Overview

Be among the first inside La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on this 2 hour tour. Head inside the famously unfinished church by late, great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, and marvel at its design right as the structure first opens. Check out the tree-like columns, rich decoration and stained glass windows; admire the religious symbolism of the facades; and learn about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site from your guide. Upgrade your ticket to include access to the tower.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide


What You Can Expect

Admire the incredible exterior with its soaring spires, and head straight inside for a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Roman Catholic church, considered the master work of Antoni Gaudí. As one of the first visitors of the day, experience the full force of Gaudí's artistic genius with fewer crowds, and listen as your guide recounts the architect's vision for the church.

Gaze upward and soak up sights of the towering columns, stained glass windows and rich ornamentation. View the five aisles — designed like a Latin cross — and learn how Gaudí drew inspiration from nature, eschewing straight lines in favor of curves and jagged edges. Hear, too, how construction of the church began in 1882 and was only a quarter complete when Gaudí died in a road accident in 1926.

Check out the vaults that reach some 230 feet (70 meters) high, and, as you walk around, learn about the rich Christian symbolism of the decoration, facades and planned spires.

Having explored the church, enjoy some time to roam the area at your own leisure. To upgrade your experience, opt for a 30-minute visit (self-guided) to the top of church's tower, where you can look out on sweeping views over Barcelona. Please note that the trip to the top includes a climb of roughly 400 steps.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • Entrance fee to the Cathedral
  • Local guide
  • Tickets to the Tower on the Passion Facade (if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and Hotel drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise: there are around 400 stairs to go up to the tower
  • The access to the tower subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Minimum age is 6 years to the tower access
  • Please note the towers will remain closed by rain or wind.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Centrally located meeting point in Barcelona

Departure Time

8:50am

Duration

2 hours

Return Details

Sagrada Familia

Tour Options

Early Access + Tower English

Code: EXCSAGRADATOWEREN

Early Access Sagrada Familia in English with access to the Tower on the Passion facade 8:50 AM
Early Access in English

Code: EXCSAGRADAEN

Early Access Sagrada Familia in English. Please note:you cannot buy the towers on site 8:50 AM

User's Reviews

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Tariq M

I was impressed with the spiral staircase and the history of building the church

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Bill S

The information that was provided made this experience worth 10x what we paid. I felt bad for everyone that was touring the site without a tour guide.

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Eliza11

Gets you in, gets you through it. You can't visit Barcelona for the first time without seeing La Sagrada Familia. The tour is highly recommended even for those who don't love Gaudi but are traveling with others who do. We paid for optional tower access but our guide told us it wasn't available that day and we would get a refund. It took awhile but La Vacanza Travel did refund part of our purchase price.

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Ulrike N

Just do it. Yes, you could try for a self guided tour, and it would not disappoint. Yet the mix of early access into the cathedral for awesome photos without tons of people already, as well as early access to the relatively small capacity elevators for the tower visit before long lines form, coupled with special insights, and delightful anecdotes make this an unforgettable experience. Just do it. You can thank me later.

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Jake P

Outstanding! Guide was very friendly and informative. Amazing place and we were able learn much more by taking this tour. Highly recommend.

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The crucifix, suspended over the altar.

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The crucifix, suspended over the altar.

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The sun passing through the elaborate stain glass windows

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A view as you enter La Sagrada.

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Just one of many amazing photos of La Sagrada Familia

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Our guide, Francisco.

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Stunning interior light

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