CITY GARDENS TOUR 1/2 DAY

SUMMARY

  • Tour length: 4 Hours

  • Max. number of Participants: 9

  • Tour Type: Transport Based*

  • Tour Price: Please ask for an updated fee

  • Tour Exclusions: Transportation and entrance fees are not included.

*Transport: using taxi cabs, inexpensive and abundant in town. The subway and the cable car can also be a good option in part of the itinerary.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Take a delightful stroll through the city’s two most impressive gardens: the century old Botanical Gardens of Montjuïc and the Horta Labyrinth, created in the 17 hundreds. An ideal tour for plant lovers.

The BOTANICAL GARDENS of Montjuïc, 14 hectares large, are home to some 1,300 species of plants from several parts of the world with a Mediterranean climate: California, Chile, South Africa, Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. Created in 1999, it was an extension of a smaller, much earlier garden: the historic Botanical Garden, constructed in 1930 and starting spot of the tour.

The gardens have excellent views over the Olympic Ring and the Llobregat delta, while the skyline is framed by the Garraf and Collserola Ranges in the background. Since 2003 the upper part of the gardens host the modern headquarters of the Institut Botànic de Barcelona, first started in 1934.

In May there can be a stopover at the gardens of the Parc de Cervantes in order to marvel with an extraordinary collection of roses. Almost 10 hectares big, it possesses 11,000 rose bushes of some 250 different varieties.

The LABYRINTH park of HORTA is the oldest garden in town. Although work on the labyrinth and the nearby gardens began in 1791 as part of a wealthy estate owned by the Desvalls family, most of the gardens were created in the mid-1800’s, particularly the Neoclassical section, designed with an Italian influence. The gardens were donated to the city in the 1960’s, which turned it into a public park.

The maze covers 600 m. of zigzagging tall hedge walls that lead to its core, where to find a statue of Eros, the Greek divinity of love. The pavilions looking over a pond and the maze are displaying other Greek gods, becoming a great romantic setting while in the surrounding areas the water runs playfully through little canals and waterfalls.

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REFERRALS / REVIEWS

We really enjoyed the tour of Barcelona. We saw so many wonderful sites in such a short time, thanks to your ability to reschedule events due to our flight delay. Thought you would enjoy having this picture with the Levy boys – Jack, Jude and James. Should we return to the area, or have friends that visit, you’ll be the first person we recommend to show them around the city!

Diana, JULY 2016

Ton-David Jover was the perfect guide for our first time visit to Barcelona. His extensive knowledge and experience are impressive, but it was his passion for sharing his love of his home and his heritage that made our tours with him unforgettable and our joint time together both informative and fun. Ton-David brought Gaudi to life as he walked us through Casa Batlló and Park Güell. It provided the perfect background for us to fully appreciate the incredible Sagrada Familia. Throughout our walking tour of the Old City, Ton-David gave us unique insights into both Catalan and Jewish history, bringing its people and buildings to life. We enjoyed the Picasso Museum immensely, as we learned about the artist’s early years and works. Our train trip to Girona was beautiful, and learning about the city through Ton-David’s words enabled us to understand what once was and is no longer. And of course, the food and cava! Ton-David shared our culinary interests and his recommendations were outstanding!

Shari L. (NY, USA) JULY 2016

We had numerous guides during our Spain and Portugal vacation, but Ton-David was definitely the best. He was knowledgeable, personable, interesting and took great care of us. We have already recommended him to friends and will use him again when we return to Barcelona

Cindy P, 02 MAY 2015

A five-star service

Renato M, 27 DEC 2014

Excellent guide – abundant information – gave us plenty of insights and loads to think about after. Would highly recommend.

Christine B, 05 JUL 2013

Ton-David was a very knowledgeable, interesting and accommodating tour guide. He had a great wry sense of humour. He took us to four Gaudí sites in 5 hours

Theresa C, 30 JUN 2013

Our tour with Ton -David was a lifelong dream come true. In a few short hours , he made sure I saw and learned everything I ever wanted to know to satisfy my passion for the life & work of Antoni Gaudi. Even after my pre trip exhaustive research, this charming & energetic man had much to teach and show us. I HIGHLY recommend Ton- David for your special adventure; you will be totally satisfied

Dorothy W, 17 SEP 2012

Amazing!!! We learned so much from Ton David. He went above and beyond by teaching us so much about Gaudi and his designs. He made the day so interesting and fun. We also now understand and appreciate the Catalan part of Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Ton David is a wonderful guide who we would highly recommend

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Wonderful experience visiting the Old City! Loved not waiting in lines for museum access.Ton David was enthusiastic and so very knowledgable. He is an excellent guide. We loved visiting the market. What interesting foods are sold! The tour pace was quick and we were thrilled as we got to see so much on this 4 hour tour

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Very good tour. So glad that we decided to visit the Jewish area of past. Ton David is so knowledgeable and made the Jewish history of Barcelona come to life. He is an excellent guide!

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Ton-David was extremely knowledgeable and interesting to be with. Enjoyed he guidance through the Picasso Museum, the Jewish Quarter, and everything Gaudí

Jacob K, 18 MAY 2012

Ton-David combined the Old City Walking Tour and the Jewish Barcelona Tour for us based on his understanding of our group’s interests. He took the time to answer in detail my questions prior to booking the trip and met us promptly at our hotel on the specified date. He was a true pleasure to be with and was eager to show us around a city he feels passionate about. He is extremely articulate. We learned many interesting details. Great guide

Gail W, 12 JUL 2011

Ton-David was a fabulous tour guide. He showed us all the sights of Barcelona in a fun and interesting way. He was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, as well as European history in general. We truly enjoyed our day with Ton-David and would highly recommend him to anyone going to Barcelona

Jennifer C, 01 MAY 2011

Excellent job –fluent in English– very knowledgeable and made the tour very, very interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone

James A, 04 MAY 2010

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