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Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Face masks provided for travelers
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Overview

Journey back in time as you discover the charming medieval villages and stunning countryside outside Barcelona on this small-group day trip. Explore the charming hamlet of Besalú, including its medieval synagogue and Jewish bath. Then continue on to the village of Rupit, to discover its baroque Church of Sant Miquel and the castle ruins. Finish the day in the area around Tavertet, including a stop to admire the sandstone cliffs.
  • Visit the charming medieval villages of Besalú and Tavertet with your guide
  • Enjoy free time in Rupit to visit medieval locations and time for lunch (own expense)
  • Take in stunning views of the countryside from the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs
  • See the beautiful Castellfollit de la Roca village located at the edge of a basalt cliff
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Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Explore Catalunya, C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Hard Rock Cafe, Plaça de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Start your trip from central Barcelona, continuing by an air-conditioned vehicle on a drive through the lush countryside to the charming village of Besalú. Once you arrive, hop out to begin a walking tour of this ancient city, stopping to admire its streets lined with medieval-era architecture. Then visit a nearby mikveh (a 12th-century Jewish bath) before stopping by a medieval synagogue. 

Continue next to Castellfollit de la Roca, a positively minuscule town situated on the edge of a basalt cliff. This tiny village harbors 1,000 citizens in a town that’s just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters). Proceed to Rupit, where you have time to wander this beautiful hamlet at your leisure. Stroll the cobblestone roads lined with 16th-century houses, cross the city’s hanging wooden bridge, and make a visit Rupit’s baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Feel free to have lunch (at your own expense) before checking out the ruins of the Castle of Rupit set on a picturesque rocky peak.

After Rupit, take a scenic drive towards the sandstone cliffs at Cingles de Tavertet, set in the Ter River Valley, passing by the area’s megalithic tomb and its Iberian Wall as well. Then arrive in Tavertet, taking time to explore the area’s 48 preserved homes from the 16th and 17th centuries with your guide. Hear a few details about the village from your guide before checking out the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. You then have time to take a break, grabbing a coffee (at your own expense) or enjoying a short walk to the scenic overlook at Panta de Sau lake.

Finish your trip with a ride back to Barcelona, during which you enjoy vistas of verdant-green forests like Magatalls, along with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed El Montseny natural park. You are dropped off back at your departure point in Barcelona at the end of the day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Catalan Music
8.15am - You will start your day at our main office, which is right next to the famous Palau de la Musica. You will meet your guide, have time to use the restrooms, and perhaps even grab a quick coffee before the tour begin. Your guide will explain all about the day ahead and what to expect as you wait for you tour to leave.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Eixample
8.30am - You will leave Barcelona though the Example district of town. As you head out of the city, your guide will give you a brief history of Barcelona, before letting you sit back and relax on the 90 minute drive to Besalu.
Stop At:  
Besalu
10.00am - The charming medieval village of Besalú is our first stop of the day. You will begin with a walking tour of this ancient town, stopping to admire its streets lined with medieval-era architecture. You will have free time to wander around the narrow streets or to find a secluded café and sit back to watch people pass by. Some of the highlights to visit are the 12th Century Romanesque Medieval bridge, the 11th Century Monastery of St. Pere, and the Jewish Baths, otherwise known as the Mikveh, dating back to the 12 Century.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Castellfollit de la Roca
12.30pm - From Besalú, we will head to Rupit. On the way, we will pass by Castellfollit de la Roca, located high up on the edge of a basalt precipice. It's one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 habitants living in just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters)
Stop At:  
Rupit
1.00pm - Once in Rupit, you’ll have around two hours to wander around this beautiful hamlet at your leisure. You will be able to stroll the cobblestone roads lined with 16th-century houses, cross the city’s hanging wooden bridge, and make a visit Rupit’s baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. This is also where you will have lunch. There are a number of traditional restaurants to choose from. Your guide will be happy to help you, or even make a reservation for you. After lunch, you can visit the ruins of the Castle of Rupit set on a picturesque rocky peak, or you could even take a picnic and eat outside there. From Rupit, we take a scenic drive towards the sandstone cliffs at Cingles de Tavertet.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tavertet
4.00pm - In Tavertet, the final medieval village we visit, enjoy a short walk to the stunning cliffs overlooking Pantà de Sau lake. Hear a few details about the village from your guide before checking out the 11th-century romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Montseny
5.30pm - Finish your trip with a ride back to Barcelona, during which you’ll enjoy vistas of verdant-green forests like Magatalls, along with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed El Montseny natural park.
Pass By:  
Plaza de Cataluna
6.45pm - After a day stepping back in time we will arrive in Barcelona around 6.45pm. You guide will help you find a taxi or the way to the metro to return to your hotel, or recommend some restaurants where to have dinner.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour operates only in English
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Catalunya

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona.

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  • "There is also ample time to explore on your own so wear comfortable shoes." See review
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  • "For touring in general, whenever possible do a small group tour, may be a little more, but so worth it!" See review

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Absolutely beautiful!
Elizabeth_C
, Apr 2020
We really enjoyed this day trip. We got to see a lot of the countryside around Barcelona. Areas we would never have been able to see if we tried to go it on our own. I highly recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Hello, A very big thank you for taking the time to send this review in such difficult times. Thank you! Robert
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Fun trip
DRiz
, Mar 2020
Comfortable bus and competent driver, Toni, made those switchbacks not so scary!! Gloria, our guide was very knowledgeable and theatrical. The 1st and 2nd villages were the most interesting historically, the 3rd with best scenery.
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Discover Middle Ages in Catalunya
Adriana_N
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed a day tour with Xavier and Miki to three wonderful medieval towns of Catalunya: Besalú, Rupit, and Tavertet. The visit was a discovery of medieval life and a history lesson. Xavier was very dynamic, interactive, inclusive, and extremely knowledgeable. His English skills were impecable. We truly appreciated his recommendation about what to do and see in Barcelona, even beyond this tour. His lunch recommendations were outstanding and the whole day went by smoothly. Miki was a very careful and prudent driver and made us feel safe at all times. We highly recommend this tour and congratulate Xavier and Miki for a job very well done.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, First of all, thank you for the great review. We are happy to see that you enjoyed the tour. We will pass your comments to Xavier and Miki! Kind regards, Ester
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Great tour
Danielle
, Mar 2020
We had such an amazing time! Our tour guide was great. We learned so much about the surrounding towns and enjoyed eating local cuisine. We had free time at each of the 3 town. Definitely would do again !
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, Thank you so much for sending us the review. We also appreciate that you still travelled under the current circumstances. Best regards, Robert
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Beautiful Catalunya!
Anthony_B
, Feb 2020
Anna, our tour guide was delightful and charming. Loves sharing the culture the language and history of Catalunya. Very fluent in English and we learned so much about architectural and cultural history of Medieval and Modern Catalunya. And knows all the most spectacular VIEWS! TOOK US THRU GORGEOUS COUNTRYSIDE & MOUNTAINS! Loved the winding streets and walled cities. And the FOOD!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, Thanks for the great review. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, Ester
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medieval towns
Jen
, Feb 2020
We had a great day. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. Easy to find the tour to start. Good recommendations for lunch.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Jen, Thanks for taking your time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoy the tour. Kind regards, Patricia
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star-5
Nice Tour Outside of Barcelona
Our_Family
, Feb 2020
Our guide Pablo was very knowledgeable and was able to give us the local history we were looking for in this tour. Our family of 4 was part of a group of 8 and it was the perfect size for exploring the area. We had free time in each village and the scenery on the drive was beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, Thank you so much for your great review. Kind regards, Ester
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Great tour!
Santiago
, Feb 2020
Great tour! I highly recommend it. Ana put together a really interesting selection of towns to visit, all the stops are worth your time (my favorite was Rupit!). Ana was very nice, fun, kept the group entertained and interested during the whole trip with relevant information and great insights.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello, Thank you so much for this great review. Ester
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Very enjoyable.
joanne59
, Feb 2020
We enjoyed our tour with Anna. The villages were lovely and there was enough time spent in each one. The bus was comfortable and the ride pleasant. It was a great way to spend a day outside of Barcelona.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi, I a glad you took this tour. There is so much to see and do outside Barcelona, and the medieval villages we visit are truly amazing. Thank you, Robert
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History, beauty and lifetime memories
frnkiegirl
, Jan 2020
This tour was amazing and the memories will stay with us for a lifetime. Our tour guide was fantastic!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi, Thank you for sending us this review. We really appreciate all the feedback we get. Best regards, Robert
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