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Overview

Be among the first inside La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on this 2.5-hour Viator Exclusive 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.

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  • 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.

Customer Reviews

Fred D

24-Mar-2017

The only way to visit this incredible sight.The lines and crowds are overwhelming. You avoid them and our guide gave us and excellent overview of Sagrada.

Michael F

19-Mar-2017

By going early we avoided most of the crowds. Our guide did such a great job of explaining everything and giving us so much of the history. We spent about three and a half hours with her. A must see in Barcelona.

Noreen R

16-Mar-2017

We met our guide 8.45am at the appointed spot and he suggested that we nip across the road to take a photo of the basilica reflected in the pond. He gave us a brief history and explained Gaudi's eventual plan, then he took us in jumping the queue already forming. As there were only six of us, it was easy to hear him. A larger group might have been more difficult, especially as the Basilica became more crowded as we did not have audio equipment. He stopped frequently to point out features of note and explain how Gaudi took civil engineering well beyond the then current thinking, e.g. Slender, sloping and twisting pillars, resembling trees, to allow maximum light as the sun moves around the outside of the Basilica through the magnificent stain glass windows. The trees changed colours as the sun moved around. The experience was magical. We were taken to the lift up the tower and across an adjoining bridge to view the roof-top and City. Then we walked down the 400 step stone spiral staircase with occasional windows and nooks for viewing/overtaking. We were taken into the museum which holds drawings, plans, photos, models showing the growth and evolution of the design and engineering techniques used. This was equally fascinating/educational. At the end of the museum there were samples of Gaudi's church furniture and cabinets to house the altar cloths, robes, etc. Then we visited the on-sight school Gaudi built for his workers' children - it. too was a beautiful building. We certainly benefitted from having a guide and, when he left, we were able to stay on site and review everything except the towers at our own pace, and watch the sun perform its magic on the inside the of the Basilica. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND the early access guided tour. The basilica is, quite rightly, extremely popular, so an early start is recommended. Photographs simply cannot do justice to this magnificent and magical building which is due to be finished about 2027. Don't let the fact that it is still under construction put you off. The inside is breath-taking.

Maria Cleofe S

14-Mar-2017

It was a great tour. 5 thumbs up!!!

Michael W

28-Feb-2017

This was the third La Vacanza Travel tour taken by my wife and I on a one week Paris and Barcelona trip in February 2017. We also booked tours at the Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris. The Sagrada Familia tour was exceptional. Our tour guide was very well prepared and had deep knowledge of the history and features. Her English language skills combined with her enthusiasm for the topic made it special. I'd read considerable material about it and have heard stories from friends who have visited and she still added depth and new information. So Sagrada Familia is amazing by itself of course so it's just a question of whether to pay for a tour. I say yes! I should add that the Optional Tower Access isn't essential in my opinion. You get to see ongoing work on some of the higher towers closer than you would from below but I think people probably are attracted to the tower simply because it would seem that going to the highest point possible would be amazing. It was nice - but not amazing. And for people who don't like navigating many narrow steps, walking down can be tedious or uncomfortable. But take the tour if you have time and I hope you get the same tour guide - she was a pro!

Details


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 30 minutes

        Return Details

        Sagrada Familia


Tour Options

Early Access in English

Code: EXCSAGRADAEN

Early Access Sagrada Familia in English. Please note:you cannot buy the towers on site 8:50 AM
Starting From 1984
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Early Access + Tower English

Code: EXCSAGRADATOWEREN

Early Access Sagrada Familia in English with access to the Tower on the Passion facade 8:50 AM
Starting From 3110
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  • Sagrada Familia
  • Colours
  • Look up
  • The roof
  • Sagrada Familia
  • The Group at Sagrada Familia

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