Religious Heritage

Religious Heritage

Jewish Heritage

07.0 JEWISH HERITAGE (3h)

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Jewish Heritage (3h)

SHALOM!

Barcelona had one of the most important Jewish communities in Europe. Its relationship with the city was of great importance to the city’s history, but its relationship with the Christians was always tense. The 1391 events made them begin their exile, and with the Inquisition they disappeared entirely.

While we walk around their old Quarter, called “Call”, we will discover their customs, why they weren’t understood and what happened in 1391. We will see what were once their houses, some of them with the mezuzah mark on the door, the purification baths, the recently discovered Major Synagogue, the biggest of the 5 synagogues that the city had, and the Call Interpretation Centre (a research centre about Jewish heritage in Barcelona).

TOUR PRICE

DURATION & START TIME

Duration: 3 hours
Recommended Start time: 10a.m.

Itinerary:

Our entire visit is focused on the GOTHIC QUARTER.
– the old Jewish Quarter, where the old Jewish community was settled.
– the Major Synagogue (inside): the oldest one in Europe.
– the Interpretation Centre el “Call” if it is open (a research centre about Jewish heritage in Barcelona)

Transportation Method

Walking through the Old Town.

Notes / restrictions

AVAILABILITY: it is not possible to do this tour on Saturday because the Synagogue is closed.
DRESS CODE: none.
DISABILITY: Unfortunately this tour can’t be done by people who use wheelchair.

What's Included?

* My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
* LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: it authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.

What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

* Ancient Synagogue admission tickets: 3,50€ per person
* “Call Interpretation Centre” admission tickets: 2,20€ per person

Minimum & Maximum travellers

1 to 9 persons

Meet up location / End location

MEET UP: I suggest starting the tour at Catalonia Square (in front of the Zurich Cafeteria), but I can pick you up at your hotel/apartment/cruise Ship or wherever we agree as long as it is in Barcelona.
DROP OFF: wherever you want. I can suggest some restaurants (it can be a kosher restaurant) or some places to visit on your own.

Suggestions
  • If you are interested in the Jewish heritage, maybe you will appreciate to visit Girona city, with the best preserved Jewish heritage in Spain; and Besalú, a town close to Girona where Jewish had an important activity.

MAP OF THE TOUR (click the icon at the upper-left corner to display the sites)

Montserrat

20.0 MONTSERRAT (6h)

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Montserrat (6h)

The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat is more than a place of worship; it has always symbolized the identity of the Catalan people. First at all we will visit the Sanctuary, we will understand what it represents for Catalan people, we will learn about the Benedictine monks, and it is a must to greet the Black Madonna, Female Patroness Saint of Catalonia.
But, when we go up to the mountain it is not only for spiritual reasons, but to be in contact with the natural reserve as well. We will reach the very top of the mountain by funicular to go hiking following an easy path to see the magnificent views: the Pyrenees Mountains (border with France) and to admire the peculiar shapes of Montserrat, reason of its name. (If hiking is not for you, we can visit the museum of Art; to stop for a coffee; or to taste the typical home made food at the Farmers’ market as “Mel i Mató”).
Finally we will listen to the boys’ choir (the oldest choir in Europe).

On our return journey, we can do the last part of our trip by taking the cable car or the rack railway.

TOUR PRICE

€ 505

by my vehicle 4 adults + 2 children + me
(by chauff. Mercedes 6 p + me + driver €725)
(by train & rack railway €380 + €35 per person)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

DURATION & START TIME

Duration: 6 hours (7h. train option)
Recommended Start time: 08.30am / 2.30pm

Itinerary:

– I will take advantage of our trip (one hour) to introduce Catalonia, our economy, history and Montserrat
– Basilica of Montserrat
– Montserrat Farmers’ market: taste the typical home made food
– Funicular to go hiking or just to admire the panoramic views / or Art museum with one of the 5 Caravaggio in Spain (recommend funicular)
– To listen the boys’ choir of Montserrat
– Optional: to take the Cable Car or Rack Railway on our return journey

Transportation Method

According with your choice:
* My private car (KIA Sorento); capacity up to 4 adults + 2 children + me
* A chauffeured Mercedes; capacity up to 6 adults + driver + me
* Minibus (up to 15 travelers). Cost of the bus + my services: €700
* Train

Notes / restrictions

AVAILABILITY: it’s not possible to see the Boys’ Choir on Saturdays; neither in their Holy week holydays; or in their summer holydays; or on Christmas, but it doesn’t prevent us to do this tour.
DRESS CODE: confortable shoes for hiking (in case that you want to do this activity). Note that it is a Sanctuary.
DISABILITY: all the places of this tour are wheelchair-accessible.

What's Included?

* My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
* LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: it authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.
* The ENTRANCES are not included in the cost of the tour but I will PURCHASE them in advance.
* The kind of TRANSPORT that you have chosen (included tolls, fuel, parking).

What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

* Ticket for the FUNICULAR of Saint Joan: 9,8€ per person / or Montserrat MUSEUM: 7€ per person
* Optional: to take the CABLE CAR or the RACK RAILWAY: 7,5€ per person
* Optional: FARMERS’ FOOD HOME MADE PRODUCTS

Minimum & Maximum travellers

According with the transportation option that you have chosen.

Meet up location / End location

MEET UP: at your hotel/apartment/cruise Ship or wherever we agree as long as it is in Barcelona.
DROP OFF: wherever you want: hotel/apartment/cruise Ship. I can suggest some restaurants in Barcelona.

AIRPORT: If you want to start or finish this tour at the Airport, it has an extra cost of 40€

Tour Extensions
  • Extend this tour by 2/3 hours to eat in a typical Catalan restaurant and to do one of these activities:
    – to visit the Güell’s Crypt (a lovely work of Gaudi 25 minutes away from Barcelona).
    – to visit a familiar champagne winery (called cava)
    – to take a hot-air balloon and to see the surroundings of Montserrat from the air.

MAP OF THE TOUR (click the icon at the upper-left corner to display the sites)

Dalí & Girona

23.0 DALÍ MUSEUM & GIRONA (9h)

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Dalí museum & Girona (9h)

“Je suis le surrealism” (“I am the surrealism”) – Dalí said.

Let me tell you that this is the most unusual museum I have ever seen. Forget the concept of a museum as an exhibition of pictures. Dali wanted to surprise who visits his theater-museum and I can tell you that a lot of people confessed to me: “it’s the first museum that has surprised me”
Being inside it is like being inside his mind. He liked things with double effects: making people see one thing that hides another fact. My aim is to show you this hidden reality. It is impossible to be indifferent after visiting this museum of Figueres.

We will have lunch at Girona, where history and legend come together.
In Girona we will visit the old Jewish synagogue with the recent discovered Mikveh, inheritance from the large Jewish Community that settled here; the Girona Cathedral, with the biggest Gothic nave in the world; and the Arab Baths to see how people lived in the Middle Ages. We will also walk along the Rambla of Girona and the Archeological Garden.

TOUR PRICE

€ 695

by my vehicle 4 adults + 2 children + me
(by chauff. Mercedes 6 p + me + driver €1025)
(by high speed train €xxx + €xx per person)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

DURATION & START TIME

Duration: 9 hours
Recommended Start time: 09.00am

Itinerary:

– Ones in Figueres (it’s an hour and a half driving time away from Barcelona), in a cafeteria, I will introduce Dalí’s World
– Dalí museum and Dalí Jewels Museum
– Cathedral of Girona and Saint Felix Church
– Arab Baths of Girona
– Old Jewish synagogue of Girona

Transportation Method

According with your choice:
* My private car (KIA Sorento); capacity up to 4 adults + 2 children + me
* A chauffeured Mercedes; capacity up to 6 adults + driver + me
* Minibus (up to 15 travelers). Cost of the bus + my services: €xxx
* Train

Notes / restrictions

AVAILABILITY: It is not possible to do this tour on Mondays from October to May (the Dalí museum is closed). On Sunday is not possible to visit the Arab Baths of Girona but it doesn’t prevent us to do the tour.
DRESS CODE: none.
DISABILITY: The visit of Girona is complicated for those who move in wheelchair and I don’t recommend this part of the tour for them.

What's Included?

* SKIP THE LINE GUARANTEED AT ALL SITES
* My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
* LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: it authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.
* The ENTRANCES are not included in the cost of the tour but I will PURCHASE them in advance.
* The kind of TRANSPORT that you have chosen (included tolls, fuel, parking).

What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

* ADMISSION TICKETS:
• Dalí Museum: €10 per person
• Cathedral of Girona & Saint Felix Church: €7 per person
• Arab Baths: €2 per person
• Old Jewish museum and synagoghe: €2 per person
* LUNCH: €25/30 per person.
* (TAXIS, if you have not chosen the train option: €40 (estimated))

Minimum & Maximum travellers

According with the transportation option that you have chosen.

Meet up location / End location

MEET UP: at your hotel/apartment/cruise Ship or wherever we agree as long as it is in Barcelona.
DROP OFF: wherever you want: hotel/apartment/cruise Ship.

AIRPORT: If you want to start or finish this tour at the Airport, it has an extra cost of 40€

Tour Extensions
  • Extend this tour by an hour and a half to eat and see Besalú a medieval town with an important Jewish heritage (lunch in part of the river).

MAP OF THE TOUR (click the icon at the upper-left corner to display the sites)

TAILORED-MADE TOURS

10.0 TAILORED TOUR

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Frequently traveler told me what they want to visit. Let me know your interest and I will customize your tour.

Below you will see my fee for different kind of tours and you can consider that to visit the inside of a monument o museum takes us 1 hour (the Sagrada Familia usually 2 hours). As a tip I can tell you that it doesn’t make sense to visit a lot of places without understand it; in this case you wouldn’t enjoy your trip.

TOUR PRICE

  • Tour Price 4h (regular tour): € 240
  • Each extra hour costs: €60 (so 5 hours costs €240 + €60 = €300)
  • Tour Price 2h: €195
  • Tour Price 3h: €220
  • Chauffeured Mercedes 4h (6 p. + guide + driver images): € 250 (please add this cost to my fee)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

DURATION & START TIME

If the tour last 4 hours i recommend to start it at 10a.m. or 3p.m.

For 5 hours at 09.30a.m. or at 2p.m.

6 hours or more we should stop to eat something

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    Itinerary on foot & taxi:

    – Cathedral (exterior only)
    – Augustus Roman Temple (1c BC)
    – King Palace (exterior only)
    – The Arch of Triumph (pass by).
    – Casa Batlló (exterior only).
    – Sagrada Família (interior, towers not included. If you want to visit them, please let me know before the tour).

    Itinerary with a chauffeured vehicle. The previous places plus:

    – Montjuïc Mountain: Spain Square, Olympic Stadium and panoramic balcony.
    – La Pedrera (exterior only).

    What's Included?

    * SKIP THE LINE GUARANTEED AT ALL SITES
    * My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
    * LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: to have passed the official exams of the Catalane Government, it is a guarantee of my knowledge for you. Besides, the license authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.
    * The ENTRANCES are not included in the cost of the tour but I will PURCHASE them in advance.
    * The CHAUFFEURED VEHICLE, if you choose this option.

    What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

    * Sagrada Família admission tickets: 29€ per person – SKIP THE LINE GUARANTEED AT ALL SITES
    * TAXIS (if you have not chosen the chauffeured vehicle): 3 taxis x 10€ = 30€ (estimated).

    Transportation Method

    Either taxi or chauffeured Mercedes.
    Note: taxis are perfect and less expensive, but to get the most out of 4 hours a vehicle would help on it.

    Meet up location / End location

    I will MEET YOU at your hotel/apartment; at the cruise ship terminal or wherever we agree (as long as it is in Barcelona).
    I will DROP YOU OFF wherever you want: hotel, cruise ship terminal etc. An option is the downtown area, where I will suggest some restaurants or some places to visit on your own.

    AIRPORT: If you want to start or finish this tour at the airport, it is necessary to choose the vehicle option and the tour will last 3.30h

    Minimum & Maximum travellers

    1 to 9 persons

    Notes / restrictions

    DRESS CODE: none.
    DISABILITY: a wheelchair accessible taxi it’s preferable, but if you use a scooter it is necessary to rent a habilitated taxi for this tour. Please ask for prices. Maybe it will be necessary to extend the tour by an extra hour to reach the described places (you can decide during the tour).

Tour Extensions
  • Extend the tour by one hour to visit the interior of one of the houses of Gaudí (I recommend la Pedrera) – cost of the extra hour: 55€