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$105.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona

Discover the beauty of Catalonia ’s medieval villages on this small-group day trip from Barcelona. Meet your guide in central Barcelona and relax in a comfortable minivan as you take in views of the green countryside on the 1.5-hour drive to Besalú.When you arrive, enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. See the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue.Continue by minivan toward the village of Rupit. On the way, pass by Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with 1,000 habitants in just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters), located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy two hours of free time to visit this beautiful village at your own leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs, located by the Ter river valley. Pass by a megalithic tomb -- a field of funerary urns -- and the Iberian Wall until you reach the village of Tavertet. With your guide, visit this charming village, declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn interesting facts about this village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break to grab a coffee at a local café (own expense) or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau lake.Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

$354.95 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour

Your 7-hour private adventure begins when a friendly, professional guide picks you up at your hotel and begins the journey to the city of Girona. Home to a historic Jewish quarter, Girona has steep steps, old streets and barri vellshops to charm and delight the visitor. Despite the expulsion of Jews in 1492 from the area, today the ‘call dels jueus’ remains in the same location it has been since the Middle Ages. Break for lunch and chose to buy something in town or just wander the streets before continuing on to the small country village of Besalú. This town has been a Mikveh since the 12th-century and had a synagogue as far back as the 13th-century. It remains one of the most important Jewish areas in Catalonia and in 1966 was declared a national historic-artistic site. Traces of ancient Jewish history continue to be discovered in Besalú and the town remains similar to how it was back when it was home to a rich Jewish population. Wander the irregular medieval streets and snap photos of the ancient steps, arches, stone houses and shops that still sell local handicrafts and goods. Don’t forget to pass over the striking Romanesque bridge that provides access to the town over the Fluvià river, one of the most memorable sights in town. After a full day of exploring, your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

$212.97 Day Trips & Excursions

La Garrotxa and Besalú Private Tourfrom Barcelona

Lace up your walking shoes, depart Barcelona, and begin your tour of La Garrotxa’s most beautiful spots. Explore Catalonia’s famed beech tree forests, one of the 26 reserves inside the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa. Traverse the fairy-tale landscape, visiting any of twenty or more volcanoes, and linger inside one of the craters. Hike to the Croscat volcano, where an old stone extraction allows you to see into its depths. From there, hike through beech forests, admiring spectacular views. Make the easy climb up the Santa Margarita volcano, and stop to see the Templar chapel located in its center. We recommend you bring a small picnic to enjoy while you take in the panoramic view from atop the crater.Continue to the medieval walled town of Besalú, a prime example of Romanesque architecture and widely regarded as one of Spain’s most beautiful villages. An important commercial center during the Middle Ages, the town hosted merchants from all over Europe, who came to trade and do business. See the 10th-century castle, fortress, ramparts, church, and monastery. Stroll through the Jewish quarter, glimpsing the old synagogue, the Royal Curia, and the fortified bridge, and allow yourself to be transported to the time of kings and knights. Savor the beauty one last moment before journeying back to Barcelona.

$112.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Besalú and Medieval Towns Small Group Tour From Barcelona with Hotel Pick-Up

The medieval tour will begin in Barcelona, where our guide will pick you up at your hotel with a private vehicle. In a small group of maximum 8 people you will start this amazing journey back in time. Your first destination will be Vic, then you will visit the most beautiful and magic towns of Catalonia like the charming Santa Pau or the spectacular Castellfollit de la Roca, to finally finish in the Catalan medieval jewel: Besalú. Your next destination will be Vic, a town that offers visitors one of the most memorable medieval settings in all of Catalunya. Due to the town’s destruction and reconstruction after the Saracen invasion in the 9th Century, Vic has been completely rebuilt. A whole new city grew around some of Catalunya’s most important landmarks, including the Episcopal Museum, Cathedral and Main Square (also home of a popular weekly market). Our professional guide will point out some of the most important corners of the medieval city, including the paintings of Josep Maria Sert in the Cathedral, and the Roman temple. He will share with you the history and hidden secrets of these wonderful relics along the way. After the tour, your guide will give you tips on where to find authentic Catalan cuisine for lunch. On your way to Besalú, your group will cross la Garrotxa , where you will observe volcanoes and other magnificent geological structures, before arriving to Santa Pau, where you will do a tour through one of the most charming towns of Historic Catalunya, where, in the company of your guide, you will have the chance to walk down along the beautiful medieval streets of this town and visit the main square. You will also stop at the foot of Castellfollit de la Roca, a spectacular medieval town that hangs from the edge of a basalt cliff. This is a great place to take some photos while enjoying the view. Our journey back in time will end in Besalú, your final and most important stop. With its incredibly rich heritage and wide array of monuments, Besalú offers visitors one of the best-preserved medieval settings of Catalonia. The town was even classified a Historical and Artistic National Monument in 1966. Our guide will explain the importance of the Jewish community that once resided in the city, from the 9th to the 15th century, and share with you the patrimonial inheritance that this community left behind. You will also be taken to one of the most special corners of the city, and get the chance to cross the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which is a must for anyone visiting this medieval city.

$195.22 Cultural & Theme Tours

Game of Thrones Locations Small Group Tour: Dalí Museum, Girona & Medieval Besalú

Take an air-conditioned minibus out of Barcelona (stopping for breakfast en route) and get to the Dalí Museum before most of the crowds arrive so you can be first through the door and into the most popular rooms. These are unforgettable spaces designed by the artist himself, less to showcase his paintings and more to bring you inside his wonderfully twisted mind. Your guide will be on hand to explain everything and help you interpret all the surrealistic images you encounter. A short drive from the Museum is the Medieval town of Besalú, where you’ll take a pleasant city stroll and sit down for a lunch of fresh local ingredients and a glass of wine at one of our favorite restaurants (included). Don’t forget to snap a few pics of the stunning Roman bridge. Finally, it’s on to the city of Girona, an ancient metropolis predating the Roman Empire that is packed with medieval architecture, beautiful cathedrals and an immense amount of interesting history. Enjoy a fully-guided city stroll which includes the old jewish quarter, the Cathedral, and various filming locations from the TV show, ‘Game of Thrones’. On the way out of town you’ll drive over a bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel and get back to Barcelona in just over an hour (traffic permitting).

$189.31 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Day Guided Tour: Three Medieval Towns Plus Lunch

Departure from Barcelona is at 8:30am to Besalu. We’ll take you in a comfort vehicle approximately an hour and a half away. We’ll take a scenic route crossing La Garrotxa Natural Park, a volcanic area. Besalu’s most significant feature is its 12th-century Romanesque bridge, nestled between Fluvía and Capellades rivers.. You’ll be awed by it’s arcaded streets and squares. We’ll see the restored mikveh, a ritual Jewish bath, as well as the remains of a medieval synagogue. The synagogue, documented in 1264, was from the Jewish community that settled from the 9th to the 15th century, when they were expelled by the Christians. Then we’ll arrive at the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere, founded in 977 and consecrated in 1003. We’ll give you some free time to explore on your own and take photos. Then we’ll continue on to Girona. Here you’ll have a walk through the Cathedral and The Gothic Quarter before you arrive to a local restaurant, where we’ll take pleasure in a three course meal and have the chance to sample the local wines and products of the area. After we'll travel to Pals, a charming village from the Middle Ages, built from a fortress. We’ll roam around its idyllic cobbled streets and tiny squares and take in the most beautiful landscape views from on top of the hill next to the Tower of the Hours, from the 13th century. Here you will be treated with amazing panoramic views and you’ll be able to spot the Medas islands, a natural park and protected area, in the distance. This is where the tour ends and we’ll take you to the central Barcelona where we started our wonderful day.