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Medieval Three Villages Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

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

Explore Catalunya Office. We are located in a little alley between the Palau de la Música building and Via Laietana, opposite the Palau de la Música's cafeteria.

8:30 AM
Hard Rock Cafe , Pl. de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Depending on the size of the group on the day, your tour will return either to the main office or to the Hard Rock Cafe- in Place Catalunya, which is just a simple 3-5 minute walk from the office.

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 Catalunya
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

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  • "There is also ample time to explore on your own so wear comfortable shoes." See review
  • "Keep this in mind if you are prone to motion sickness." See review
  • "People do need to consider their physical condition when touring medieval sites,however, as there are always stairs, slopes (up and down), and pathways that can quickly become slippery when wet." See review

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star-5
Informational and fun tour
Charlie_S
, Jun 2022
Gloria and Judith were excellent. They made the trip more interesting with facts and so many stories. All three towns chosen were unique and covered a different period/ centuries.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A peaceful day tour
Bruce_T
, Jun 2022
Small group of 6, a great guide, safe driver, great aircon, 38 degrees. Interesting non crowded villages
star-5
I would highly recommend...
Brigid_P
, Jun 2022
I would highly recommend this tour and our guide, Anna. It is a long day: from the time I arrived at the office to when we returned was nearly 11 hours but it is so worth it. The villages are beautiful and the scenery overall is gorgeous. Anna was a fantastic guide. She drove our group of 6 though the mountains of Spain and showed us around each village, pointing out interesting features and giving us a quick lesson is Spanish history. We had free time to explore on our own in each village and she made suggestions for different lunch venues.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, Good to see how much you enjoyed the day. Anna is one of our newest guides and it's great to see that she is doing such a good job. Thanks, Robert
star-5
The best tour guide service
Vanya_M
, May 2022
The places we visited were nice, Medieval, cobbled street towns. It was a lovely get-away from the city, tasting a different part of Spain! Although the rainy May weather,we spent great time with our guide. Honestly, this is exactly the way all guides should treat their customers, with great care! The guide was very knowledgable and he had personal attention to each of. We not only spent good time with him but were given great piece of advice for our stay in Barcelona. I highly recommend! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, This is quick reply to thank you for sending us such a great review. Although this might seem like a copy past reply, please know that we read each and every review, and address each negative review directly. When the review is as good as this, it’s hard to know what else to say apart from a great big thank you. Warm regards, Robert
star-5
Green and idealic
Gianni_L
, May 2022
Genuinely had a fantastic experience even though it was pouring rain when we went. Each Of the three medieval towns (Besalu, Rupit, and tavertet) had their own unique characteristic that made it special. Our tour guide was accommodating and always put himself forward with what we may need (amazingly he had several umbrellas to pass around) and had several recommendations not just from the tour but our stay in Barcelona. Would love to do this tour again and would suggest it to anyone that wanted a more green scenic experience of Spain.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Enchanting Medieval Towns
Vanessa_B
, May 2022
Rod was an excellent tour guide - very charismatic and humorous! He was very accommodating to our needs and answered all of our questions. He captured our attention with the history of these three towns through his personality. We also had adequate free time to shop, explore, and eat a three-course meal.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great guide!
Karen_R
, May 2022
Our guide was fantastic. Even gave us great recommendations for restaurants and activities in Barcelona.
star-5
Great time
Valerie_K
, May 2022
Enjoyed the medival villages, nothing like that where I live The history and maps really put things in perspective
star-5
Our guide was very laid...
Virginia_R
, May 2022
Our guide was very laid back, friendly, and knowledgeable as we made our way to the beautiful villages of Besalu and Rupit concluding with a gorgeous view in Tavertet!
star-4
A Day in the countryside
Richard_G
, May 2022
Bit of a drive, 2 hours and then onto the curvy roads, historic and quaint villages and awesome mountain scenery. Enthusiastic and informative guide- we are Gloria's people.
star-5
Excellent day trip into History
Susan_F
, May 2022
The 3 village trip was excellent!! Sergio our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip very personable and fun! He has a great sense of humour. He always let us know what to expect and we liked the free time to wander and explore. Sergio was the best. Thank you
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Susan, Thank you so much for your review! We will pass your comment on to Sergio! Kind regards, Patricia
star-5
Amazing trip
Ekaterina_B
, May 2022
The trip was amazing and the views were breathtaking. Out tour guide was superb. Would definitely recommend it
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Ekaterina, Thank you very much for your review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the Medieval villages tour. Kind regards, Patricia
star-5
Great Tour, great Guide!
Natalie_B
, Apr 2022
Breathtaking views and sites at these quaint medieval Spain villages!Xavier was such an excellent guide and made the experience that much more enjoyable despite the turn in the weather. He ensures a perfect balance of information and free time to do some self guided adventure. Thanks Xavier!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, I really big thank you for the review. Best regards, Robert
star-5
Incredible tour!
Jennifer_L
, Apr 2022
We were a little off with the start meeting location, but another guide saw us and flagged us down. We had a smooth check in and were introduced to Jordi, our guide. Engaging, personable, and knowledgeable! An absolute pleasure as a guide! All three sites were beautiful in their own right, and we were captivated most simply by the age, but everything brought to life by the teaching from our guide. Besalú was the first stop, after leaving Barcelona. Fascinating town! Rupit was where we spent some time in some shops, and where Jordi offered to set us up for lunch. Tavertet was smaller and the most remote, but the trip and the town offered some gorgeous views. Already told someone to not miss this tour and to ASK FOR JORDI!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi, That's one of the best descriptions of this tour I've seen. Thank you so much for the review. Best regards, Robert
star-3
Tour vehicle too small, too little time on location
Allen_P
, Apr 2022
We were excited to see these 3 villages and they are authentic. Our tour guide was well versed and explained well. We felt like the tour was too rushed. The tour is 9 1/2 to 10 1/2 hours long with a lot of drive time. It would be better that the tour company, Experience Catalluyna, would drop take off the 3rd village and give people more time to enjoy the other 2. Also, there were 8 people on the tour plus the guide in a 9 person van. Very tight and uncomfortable. Either buy bigger vans or reduce the group size.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello, I am sorry that this tour did not give you the experience you were looking for. The three villages we visit all offer something different, and it would be a pity to miss any of them out. The driving time between villages is about an hour, so I don't think that's too much. Regarding the size of the minivan, there is very little we can do about that. It is purpose built for 8 passengers, and there is adequate space. Some customers looking for a more luxury option, decide to do this tour as a private option so that they can have a vehicle all to themselves. Once again, I am sorry that there were parts of the tour you did not enjoy so much. Regards, Robert
star-5
Great tour of mountain villages
Kevin_K
, Mar 2022
It was a great tour! The order of stops made sense, with the impressive Besalú and its bridge a fun starting point. All three cities had interesting features, and it was fun going deeper and deeper into the hills/mountains as we went along. The weather was mediocre, but the trip was still enjoyable. There was a good mix between downtime in the cities and guided touring. The lunch (in a small-town restaurant) was amazing with a great value. And of course a huge part of a tour like this is the guide, who was nice and knowledgeable (and a good driver!). Would recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello, Another great review. It's one of my favourite tours, so I am super happy to see you liked it. Thank you, Robert
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous Day Trip!
morrisonfamily62
, Mar 2022
Fabulous day trip to three charming towns. Truly like opening a time capsule. Sergio was THE BEST! He was so much fun and shared so much history and insight. I highly recommend this trip!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi, I can tell you liked Sergio! Thank you for letting us know. Best regards, Robert
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
U’ll love this tour! TIP UR GUIDE :)
NgocChau_N
, Feb 2022
This was the best tour we’ve had in Barcelona. My family of 4 learned a lot about the Catalan’s language, authentic dishes, the people, tradition and about their beautiful country side. We would never have seen these places on our own or would never have tried fideua, calcot w/ salbitxada sauce, cava, amongst other things w/o Jordy. 1st stop- Get a drink n pastries 2nd stop- Have lunch here. Shop 3rd stop - small. No shops here. Jordy- We tried all of the authentic Catalan dishes and cava at the restaurant you recommend; amazing! Best meal we’ve had in Barcelona too! Gracies -the Veilleux’s
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hello, What a great review! Thank you very much. We are very happy to read your comments and to know that you had such a great experience with Jordi. We will pass you comments on to him. I hope you enjoy the rest of you holidays. Kind regards, Patricia
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Trip Outside Barcelona
Ilene_A
, Jan 2022
Interesting, knowledgeable guide who kept us had a great deal of knowledge about not only the towns we visited but Spain in general. A wonderful day.
star-5
Money well spent😁
Dumile_M
, Dec 2021
An absolutely great day with a fantastic tour guide! There is a lot to see and it’s worth the price, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to see persevered history in beautiful locations and wanting to learn a little bit about that History.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello Dumile, Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy to hear that you had a great day with Sergi. As you say, this tour combines beautiful locations full of history, a good way to learn about our country :) Kind regards, Patricia

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