Barcelona Day Tours - Anyone used them

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#1
Iowa, USA
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We are considering using Barcelona Day Tours for a half-day tour in Barcelona prior to boarding the ship.

We are interested in peoples experiences.

Thanks in advance!
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#2
Rochester, NY
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We used this company for a half-day tour in May. Our determining factor was that they will pick you up at your hotel. Our tour was on our first morning in BCN - before we had a chance to get our bearings - so this was a huge bonus.

Our tour took us to all the highlights - all over the city. It included an hour stop at Park Guell - and we went to all the other places mentioned on the website.

Our guide was Donald - he was fabulous. He drove a late-model Mercedes mini-van with great air conditioning! It was hot in May so this was greatly appreciated.

Our tour had the 3 from my family and just one other couple. It was nice to be in such a small group. Stops take less time and you actually get a chance to converse with your guide.

Our tour ended up being 5 hours and we were dropped back at our hotel at the end.

We had a fabulous time and learned so much about BCN. I would not hesitate to refer this company to anyone.
#3
Elysburg, PA
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Joined Mar 2009
Originally posted by IA_Cruiser
We are considering using Barcelona Day Tours for a half-day tour in Barcelona prior to boarding the ship.

We are interested in peoples experiences.

Thanks in advance!
Have you used them yet? We have a tour booked with them Oct. 10. If you used them how were they? If not I can let you know when we return.
#4
Iowa, USA
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We decided to take a chance and booked them for late Nov 2009. I'd appreciate your input upon your return
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#5
Elysburg, PA
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Originally posted by IA_Cruiser
We decided to take a chance and booked them for late Nov 2009. I'd appreciate your input upon your return
Will do! They are picking us up right from the airport. I requested we stop for breakfast somewhere. We decided until we paid the transfer to the hotel, then the Hop-on-Hop off bus the price would be comparable. This way we can see all the highlights before checking in the hotel. After a short nap we know the layout of the city for later in the day/evening. Hope they are good!
#6
Phoenix, Arizona
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I'm not suggesting that you not take a tour ... just adding my two cents that we found it really easy to get around the city on our own when we were there in July. If you're staying near Las Ramblas, it's easy to walk to many places and the subway is cheap, clean, bright, and easy to use. I just bought a "pocket" map of Barcelona from Border's before we left to have a bit of a sense of the directions before we left.
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#7
Iowa, USA
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Thanks for the advice. I agree that it is easy to get around. With only a few hours in Barcelona, luggage, and jet lag, we chose a tour option
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#8
Elysburg, PA
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Originally posted by IA_Cruiser
Thanks for the advice. I agree that it is easy to get around. With only a few hours in Barcelona, luggage, and jet lag, we chose a tour option
That's exactly why we chose it! Let someone do the driving and get us to what we want to see instead of the cabs, subway and hop-on-hop off bus. It's worth the couple extra dollars to us!
#9
Buffalo, NY
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Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by BandBinPA
Have you used them yet? We have a tour booked with them Oct. 10. If you used them how were they? If not I can let you know when we return.
Did they give your an itinerary or did you make up your own? Marty and I booked them for Saturday, 10/10 in the afternoon.
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#10
Elysburg, PA
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Originally posted by boneshaker
Did they give your an itinerary or did you make up your own? Marty and I booked them for Saturday, 10/10 in the afternoon.
I'm just going by what's on their website. It covers everything we want to see, plus more. We will sit back and let them do the driving! Not to far away now.
#11
Elysburg, PA
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Originally posted by IA_Cruiser
We decided to take a chance and booked them for late Nov 2009. I'd appreciate your input upon your return
Barcelona Day Tours was excellent. Albert was waiting at the airport with our name on a sign. We were tired and glad not to hassle with a taxi. The tour was excellent and covered all the highlights we wanted to see. He would drop us off at a point of interest, stay with our luggage, and picked the time and place to meet us. I would certainly use them again. Enjoy your trip, I know we did.
#12
Buffalo, NY
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We used Barcelona Day Tours on 10/10 and they were great! Paco was our guide and was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and prompt. Couldn't have asked for a better guide!
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#13
Iowa, USA
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Thanks so much for the update! How many were in your party? Did they have any trouble stowing the luggage?
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#14
Buffalo, NY
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Originally posted by IA_Cruiser
Thanks so much for the update! How many were in your party? Did they have any trouble stowing the luggage?
We used them pre-cruise, so we didn't have luggage. We were picked up in a Mercedes sedan. If you let Oscar know when you book that you need a larger vehicle, I'm sure you'll have no problem. There were only 2 of us for the tour.
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#15
Elysburg, PA
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Originally posted by IA_Cruiser
Thanks so much for the update! How many were in your party? Did they have any trouble stowing the luggage?
We had 6 in our party right from the airport. We had 9 pieces of large luggage, plus carry-ons. No problems and Alberto stayed with the van when he dropped us off to tour. Excellent service!
#16
Iowa, USA
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Thank-you so much for the update! We will also have lots of luggage so it is nice to know that it can be accomodated. We plan on e-mailing them just before the trip to confirm our luggage and preferred itinerary.

We would appreciate feedback on the things you visited or feel you missed during your tour.
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#17
Long Island, New York
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We used them for a four hour tour of Barcelona for 300 euros. Our guide was Nancy. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would recommend them.
#18
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Joined Sep 2009
Did Barcelona Day Tours allow you to spend any time in Sagrada Familia? We were told by them that there was a lot of construction and we might not want to go inside, but we are interested in seeing it (considering booking the half day city tour pre cruise). Thanks!
#19
Columbus, Ohio
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Agree with BOTH SIDES! You can do Barcelona mostly on your own. BUT, an opening, introductory tour can offer a good "overview" for the wide variety of options in this charming city on the water. The main point is to see and experience Barcelona.

It bubbles with special vibrancy in its narrow Gothic Quarter alleys and along the grand boulevards. Barcelona has had an illustrious past as a Roman colony, Visigothic capital and 14th-century maritime power. Stroll down the main street, the RAMBLAS. This grand boulevard, more than a Champs-Elysees, takes you from the elegant Placa de Catalunya to the rough port, a 20-minute walk. You'll find the grand opera house, ornate churches, plain prostitutes, pickpockets, flower stalls, artists, street mimes, an outdoor bird market, classy cafes, great shopping, and never boring. The Ramblas, which means "stream" in Arabic, is an endless current of people and action. Wander deep in the Gothic Quarter, a tangled grab-bag of undiscovered and grand squares, schoolyard plazas, art nouveau storefronts, baby flea markets, musty and classy antique shops and balconies with jungles behind wrought iron bars. The centerpiece of the Gothic Quarter is its colossal CATHEDRAL, a fine example of Catalan Gothic, started in about 1300 and completed 600 years later. Rather than stretching toward heaven, it makes a point to be simply massive.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
#20
Buffalo, NY
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Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by OldFaithful
Did Barcelona Day Tours allow you to spend any time in Sagrada Familia? We were told by them that there was a lot of construction and we might not want to go inside, but we are interested in seeing it (considering booking the half day city tour pre cruise). Thanks!
We didn't go it - way too crowded by the time we got going because of our flight schedule. My daughter's on the ship and has been inside, and told us the outside is way more interesting than the inside and to see more of the other sites instead and that's what we did.
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