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From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

1. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

Discover the 2 most representative cities of northern Catalonia, Girona and Figueres, on a full-day tour from Barcelona. Explore Girona's medieval monuments on a guided walking tour, and plunge into Salvador Dalí's surreal world at the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres. Meet your guide and set off from Barcelona to head first to Girona, a city founded by the Romans. Learn about Girona's history with your guide, and admire a city used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. See some of the finest historic architecture in Spain, including medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, Arab baths, baroque spaces, and one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Next, make your way to Figueres, the world capital of surrealism. Take advantage of priority entrance to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which contains the largest collection of the artist's works and is a surrealist work of art in its own right. Step into a different universe when you enter the museum, and immerse yourself in Dalí's unique world on an orientation tour. Take some time to explore the permanent Dalí Jewels exhibition, then conclude your tour with a return journey to Barcelona and the original meeting point.

From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

2. From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava on a full-day tour to Girona from Barcelona. Depart the Catalan capital for the city of Girona, where the remains of its Roman and medieval past make an interesting contrast to the present-day city. Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, and venture into the best-preserved Jewish Ghetto in Europe. Admire the cathedral, home to the widest Gothic nave in the world. Marvel at the brightly colored houses on the banks of the Onyar River. Then, transfer to the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Costa Brava, stopping at the medieval village of Pals en route. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and enjoy some of the best panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea whipped up by the fierce Tramontana wind. Marvel at the fields and plains of Empordà extending to the horizon. Discover dramatic views of the Catalan coast, surrounded by green mountains, sheer cliffs, and small villages of whitewashed houses. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, and feel as if you have been transported back to yesteryear. Explore the pristine landscape of Calella, and discover the ancient pathways of the Caminos de Ronda. Once used by fishermen, watchmen and smugglers, these paths allow you to explore the virgin coast at your leisure, where you will discover popular beaches and inaccessible coves and cliffs. Take a dip in crystal clear water, surrounded by unspoiled nature.

Barcelona: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip

3. Barcelona: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip

Enhance an exclusive experience on a full-day tour through 3 iconic sites: Montserrat, Girona and Costa Brava and discover Barcelona’s emblematic surroundings. The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain, topped by a Benedictine Monastery. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shape formations. Learn about the cornerstone of the Catalan culture, history, nature and spirituality. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour in the basilica—home to the revered ‘Black Madonna’ statue—and the atrium, cloister and main square. Continue this amazing experience ahed to Girona, an charming Old Town where the remains of a Roman and medieval past coexist with the present, offering an image full of contrasts. Your guide will reveal all the secrets of the city. Explore the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe. Admire the cathedral, boasting the widest Gothic nave in the world, and marvel at the colorful spectacle of houses along the Onyar River, which splits the city in two. Cross over Pont de les Peixateries Velles, designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls to enjoy the best panoramic views. If you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. Then you’ll have free time to have lunch and discover the city by yourself. End this exclusive tour in a beautiful village of the costa brava. Feel the breeze, relax yourself, discover amazing coves and admire the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres, and Cadaqués Day Trip

4. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres, and Cadaqués Day Trip

Explore the cities of Girona, Figueres and Cadaqués on this day trip from Barcelona. Admire the Jewish Quarter in Girona and see the Castle of San Fernando in Figueres. Head to the coast for a visit to the fishing village of Cadaqués. Meet your guide in Barcelona and hop aboard a spacious and air-conditioned bus. Settle in for the scenic ride to the city of Girona. Arrive in Girona and visit one of the most impressive historic centers in Catalonia. Soak up the vibe in the colorful Jewish Quarter. Continue to Figueres, an important communications hub that connects Spain with France. There, enjoy an optional visit on your own to the famous Dalí Theater-Museum, built on the grounds of the city's former theater, which has the largest collection of Salvador Dalí's works. We recommend to buy the tickets online for 13h because they get sold out easily. Have some free time to try delicious Catalan cuisine. Get recommendations from your guide on where to shop, eat, and drink. Finally, reach Cadaqués, a dreamy fishing village in the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. Uncover the charm of its narrow streets, the impressive church of Santa María, the artistic treasures of medieval times, and the quaint fishermen's houses that are in its historic center. Once the visit to Cadaqués is over, return to Barcelona by bus. 

From Barcelona: Girona & Costa Brava Trip with Swimming Stop

5. From Barcelona: Girona & Costa Brava Trip with Swimming Stop

Discover the history and beauty of Catalonia on a day trip to Girona and the Costa Brava from Barcelona. Get on board an air-conditioned van with your guide and enjoy the scenic drive. Visit the fishing town of Calella de Palafrugell and relax by the coast or take a dip in the sea. Depart Barcelona in the morning and head to Girona, a well-established city with a fascinating history. Explore its streets, and admire its rich architecture. See the cathedral, established in 1038 on the site of a former Mosque. Visit historical museums such as the Jewish Call and the Arab Bathhouse. Stroll around the colorful streets of the old town or sit down to have a cup of coffee and watch people walk by. Then, continue to the fairytale-like city of Pals, a small medieval village that came about from what was once a fortress. From Pals, head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, a beach village with whitewashed houses that ramble all the way down to the seafront. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the traditional restaurants (at your expense), and spend the afternoon exploring the rocky coastline, visiting the botanic gardens at Cap Roig, or taking a refreshing dip in the inviting waters of the Mediterranean.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Hiking, Sea Kayaking & Lagoons

6. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Hiking, Sea Kayaking & Lagoons

Explore the most pristine coastline in Catalonia — Costa Brava. Join a unique and personalized small group adventure that will let you experience the Mediterranean like a local. Hike the famous El Camino de Ronda, sea kayak in tandem among precious sand rock coves and cliffs, and finally, take a fabulous dip in a crystal clear lagoon. Embark on a full-day experience focused to foster positive natural dynamics in a small group (no more than 8 participants per guide) of likewise-minded and active travelers. To guarantee the best possible personal experience, guests are expected to be in good physical shape and confident swimmers in the sea. Enjoy a fabulous and easy morning hike in the early sun. Learn about the history of the region and recognize some typical Mediterranean herbs and vegetation that grow along the path. Your guide will share some exciting recommendations about local traditions, culinary treats, and top things to do in Barcelona. After arriving at the beach in Sant Pol de S’Agaró, waste no time getting ready and geared up for the kayaking. Learn some basic paddling techniques and activate and stretch the upper body before hopping in the sea kayaks. Find a secluded lagoon among the sandstone cliffs to enjoy a true Mediterranean dip and for those that fancy using the diving mask there will be enough time to chase some seabreams or picarels. Once landing the kayaks back at the beach grab a well-deserved lunch in the nearby restaurants or simply rest on the beach.

From Barcelona: Medieval Girona Tour

7. From Barcelona: Medieval Girona Tour

Depart from the meeting point in central Barcelona on an air-conditioned coach. Sit back and relax on a 1.5-hour journey to Girona, one of the most beautiful cities of Catalonia. Upon arrival, follow your guide to the city center for a 2-hour walking tour. Discover the old town and learn about some of the myths and legends related to the city. Stroll down La Rambla, see some of the most important plazas of Girona, and explore its winding alleys.  You may also recognize the picturesque bridge and houses along the Onyar River constructed by the Eiffel company in the 19th century. See some of the locations where the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones” filmed many scenes of its 6th season. Admire the exterior of the magnificent cathedral destroyed on the TV series. Walk along part of the city’s medieval walls and marvel at the amazing views of the old town. Originally built in the 14th century, the old walls were destroyed to expand the city in the 19th century. Today, due its reconstruction, it is possible to walk along them once again. Take advantage of some free time after the guided tour to visit the cathedral on your own or grab a quick bite to eat before returning to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour

8. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour

Explore the rugged coastline of charming coves, pine forests, and crystal-clear water on the Girona coast with this day trip from Barcelona. Travel aboard an air-conditioned bus to Lloret de Mar, and take a boat to to Tossa de Mar for a guided tour.  Depart from bus station "Estació del Nord" in central Barcelona in the morning for the drive to Lloret de Mar, the main tourist village of the Costa Brava. Upon arrival, find yourself immersed in the hustle and bustle of this vibrant town. Stroll along the promenade for breathtaking views of the majestic Lloret Beach and the hidden Sa Caleta. Walk through the narrow streets, which retain an ambiance of Lloret’s maritime past. Uncover the modernist architecture of the Church of St. Roma. Climb on board the Dofijets, and sail to the neighboring village of Tossa de Mar. Gaze at the characteristic landscape as you cruise, a procession of huge cliffs that have been shaped by the sea and wind into fanciful forms over centuries. Arrive at Tossa de Mar and explore its beaches, caves, and Medieval remains. Explore the Old Town of Tossa, listed as an artistic-historic monument since 1931, and one of the few remaining fortified medieval towns on the Catalan coast.  Discover traditional fishing neighborhoods, such as Sa Roqueta. Have free time for lunch in Tossa, where your can check-out an array of gastronomic offerings or visit the boutique shops. In the afternoon, head back to Barcelona by bus.

Barcelona: Girona Guided Day Tour & High-Speed Train Ticket

9. Barcelona: Girona Guided Day Tour & High-Speed Train Ticket

Start this incredible experience in the most comfortable way, aboard the fastest train in Spain (reaches a top speed of 310 km/h ), highlighting its punctuality, avoiding up to 2 hours of delays and traffic jams of big cities and journey through Catalonia’s countryside to Girona in just 38 minutes. You will get impressed by the countryside you often wouldn't see if you were driving the highway or flying thousands of miles in the air. Enjoy comfortable seating, toilet access, even take a break in the cafeteria to drink some coffee or beer and more service on board to guarantee your comfort.After a scenic ride, arrive in the charming Old Town, where the remains of a Roman and medieval past coexist with the present, offering an image full of contrasts. Your guide will reveal all the secrets of the city.Explore the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe. Admire the cathedral, boasting the widest Gothic nave in the world, and marvel at the colorful spectacle of houses along the Onyar River, which splits the city in two. Cross over Pont de les Peixateries Velles, designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls to enjoy the best panoramic views. Also, if you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed.

From Barcelona: Girona & Costa Brava Game of Thrones Tour

10. From Barcelona: Girona & Costa Brava Game of Thrones Tour

Discover the town of Girona on a guided walk through its old town and Jewish quarter. Admire medieval churches, ancient streets, and the colorful houses that line the bank of the Rio Onyar. This tour starts with hotel pickup in Barcelona. First, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to Girona for a walking tour of the city. See the cathedral steps and the Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, sites where season 6 of Game of Thrones was filmed. Take a break for lunch on your own and sample some of Girona's famous cuisine. Next, head to the medieval village of Pals for a stroll through its historic baroque centre. The last stop of the day is at a beautiful fishing village on the Costa Brava, where you can swim in the clear waters, soak up the sun, or take a walk along the shore.

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This was an amazing day trip on the final day of our vacation. Our guide Manu picked us up at our apartment in Barcelona at 8:20am. Manu was an excellent guide and very personable. The first stop was in Girona. We toured the Jewish quarter and many sites where Game of Thrones scenes were filmed. Then we stopped at a small coffee shop to grab some coffee and pastries. We headed back to the van to go to our next destination. The small village of Peratallada. We walked around the carved stone streets and stopped at small shop to sample Vermouth and Wine. Then we headed to the coast to Costa Brava. We took some amazing photos from a scenic viewpoint overlooking the town and then ate lunch at a restaurant with delicious seafood. Manu made sure we were well taken care of the entire time and got us back safely to our apartment by 6pm. I highly recommend this trip to anyone that enjoys Medieval and beautiful coastal towns.

This tour was very interesting. Seeing film sequences in front of the original locations is fascinating, even if you're not necessarily a GoT freak, you will enjoy this amazing tour that really makes you get into the medieval times.

This tour was arranged in small group and our guide Hengameh she is super knowledgeable person. Explained the ancient history about the city. And also the Costa Bravo trip was simply awesome.

Everything was great. The guides were very helpfull. We had enough time in Girona. Could have used a little more time in Figueres.

Sergio was very knowledgeable of the history and the places we visited.