Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Spain, Cataluña, Barcelona
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Barcelona
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Leave Barcelona and travel back to ancient times on this small-group tour of Catalonia’s medieval villages. Visit the beautifully preserved villages of Besalú and Tavertet and learn interesting facts about these historical locations from your guide. Have free time in Rupit village to see the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel and have a traditional Catalan lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. Take in views of the remains of the Castle of Rupit, Castellfollit de la Roca and the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. This small-group tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Palace of Catalan Music, Carrer Palau de la Musica, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona Spain

8.15am - You will start your day at our main office, which is right next to the famous Palau de la Musica. You will meet your guide, have time to use the restrooms, and perhaps even grab a quick coffee before the tour begin. Your guide will explain all about the day ahead and what to expect as you wait for you tour to leave.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

8.30am - You will leave Barcelona though the Example district of town. As you head out of the city, your guide will give you a brief history of Barcelona, before letting you sit back and relax on the 90 minute drive to Besalu.


Stop At: Besalu, Besalu, Province of Girona, Catalonia

10.00am - The charming medieval village of Besalú is our first stop of the day.
You will begin with a walking tour of this ancient town, stopping to admire its streets lined with medieval-era architecture. You will have free time to wander around the narrow streets or to find a secluded café and sit back to watch people pass by.
Some of the highlights to visit are the 12th Century Romanesque Medieval bridge, the 11th Century Monastery of St. Pere, and the Jewish Baths, otherwise known as the Mikveh, dating back to the 12 Century.


Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Castellfollit de la Roca, Castellfollit de la Roca, Province of Girona, Catalonia

12.30pm - From Besalú, we will head to Rupit. On the way, we will pass by Castellfollit de la Roca, located high up on the edge of a basalt precipice. It's one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 habitants living in just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters)

Stop At: Rupit, Rupit, Catalonia

1.00pm - Once in Rupit, you’ll have around two hours to wander around this beautiful hamlet at your leisure.
You will be able to stroll the cobblestone roads lined with 16th-century houses, cross the city’s hanging wooden bridge, and make a visit Rupit’s baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel.
This is also where you will have lunch. There are a number of traditional restaurants to choose from. Your guide will be happy to help you, or even make a reservation for you. After lunch, you can visit the ruins of the Castle of Rupit set on a picturesque rocky peak, or you could even take a picnic and eat outside there.
From Rupit, we take a scenic drive towards the sandstone cliffs at Cingles de Tavertet.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Tavertet, Tavertet, Catalonia

4.00pm - In Tavertet, the final medieval village we visit, enjoy a short walk to the stunning cliffs overlooking Pantà de Sau lake. Hear a few details about the village from your guide before checking out the 11th-century romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol.


Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Montseny, Montseny, Catalonia

5.30pm - Finish your trip with a ride back to Barcelona, during which you’ll enjoy vistas of verdant-green forests like Magatalls, along with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed El Montseny natural park.

Pass By: Plaza de Cataluna, Placa de Catalunya, 08206 Barcelona Spain

6.45pm - After a day stepping back in time we will arrive in Barcelona around 6.45pm. You guide will help you find a taxi or the way to the metro to return to your hotel, or recommend some restaurants where to have dinner.

Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour operates only in English
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Departure Point

Explore Catalunya, C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Departure Time

8:30 AM


Return Details

Hard Rock Cafe, Plaça de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Voucher info

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

Duration

10 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Elizabeth C

13 Apr, 2020

We really enjoyed this day trip. We got to see a lot of the countryside around Barcelona. Areas we would never have been able to see if we tried to go it on our own. I highly recommend it!

Adriana N

09 Mar, 2020

We enjoyed a day tour with Xavier and Miki to three wonderful medieval towns of Catalunya: Besalú, Rupit, and Tavertet. The visit was a discovery of medieval life and a history lesson. Xavier was very dynamic, interactive, inclusive, and extremely knowledgeable. His English skills were impecable. We truly appreciated his recommendation about what to do and see in Barcelona, even beyond this tour. His lunch recommendations were outstanding and the whole day went by smoothly. Miki was a very careful and prudent driver and made us feel safe at all times. We highly recommend this tour and congratulate Xavier and Miki for a job very well done.

danielleribaudo

05 Mar, 2020

We had such an amazing time! Our tour guide was great. We learned so much about the surrounding towns and enjoyed eating local cuisine. We had free time at each of the 3 town. Definitely would do again !

Anthony B

27 Feb, 2020

Anna, our tour guide was delightful and charming. Loves sharing the culture the language and history of Catalunya. Very fluent in English and we learned so much about architectural and cultural history of Medieval and Modern Catalunya. And knows all the most spectacular VIEWS! TOOK US THRU GORGEOUS COUNTRYSIDE and MOUNTAINS! Loved the winding streets and walled cities. And the FOOD!

Garrett A

25 Feb, 2020

Our guide Pablo was very knowledgeable and was able to give us the local history we were looking for in this tour. Our family of 4 was part of a group of 8 and it was the perfect size for exploring the area. We had free time in each village and the scenery on the drive was beautiful.

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Besalu

Entrance to town

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Besalú

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Rupit

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Tavertet

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Tavertet

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Tavertet

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Tavertet

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Besalu

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Rupit

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Rupit bridge.

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Rupit

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En el pórtico del castillo principal al ingreso de Besalu

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Rupit, a peaceful image out of time.

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Rupit boasts spectacular scenery and architecture.

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The streets of Rupit.

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The cliffs near Tavertet.

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