Barcelona Tours and MSC Shore Excursions
Put simply, Barcelona is a bewitching city. Our MSC shore excursions allow you to move around with ease, learning along the way. Visit Barcelona to put yourself in the middle of a cosmopolitan seaside locale bursting with architectural greatness and high culture.
MSC Cruises’ Barcelona tours go deeper into the history and stories of the city’s sights, ensuring you don’t miss the best bits. Gaze at the ever-changing Sagrada Família, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. Learn about the Catalan Modernista movement at his other buildings, including the shimmering Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (aka La Pedrera), with its wave-like façade.
See the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) and its historic treasures, come to life including Barcelona’s formidable cathedral and the lively plaza, Plaça de Sant Jaume, home to the seat of the Catalan Government and Barcelona City Hall. Wander famed La Rambla, with some added pit-stops to browse the stalls and pick up delicacies at La Boqueria market, which dates back to 1840.
Excursions in Barcelona
Our Barcelona tours make it simple to see another side of the city and learn about Catalan culture. And although there are seemingly countless things to see in Barcelona, MSC Cruises’ excursions pick purely the best activities.
Some of the many unmissable Barcelona attractions include the designs of Antoni Gaudí, historical remnants in the maze-like streets of the Gothic Quarter and nearby sacred Mount Montserrat.
Gaudí: Barcelona has been shaped by a visionary architect
Gaudí and Barcelona: the two are intrinsically intwined. Discover how Barcelona’s favourite son changed the face of the city and why he remains one of Spain’s best-loved architects.
Stroll through the fairy-tale world of Park Güell to admire its whimsical sculptures, then visit Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, marvelling at its intricate details from every angle. Complete the journey along Barcelona’s famous boulevard, Passeig de Gràcia, home to two more of Gaudí’s unrivalled creations, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.
Stroll the labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter
Explore the alleyways of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), the oldest part of the city, and learn its secrets. Stroll up famed La Rambla and on to the centre of the old medieval town at Plaça de Sant Jaume, where sits the grand City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government.
Snap photos of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic streets, Carrer del Bisbe, and its ornate covered bridge, and then on to Barcelona Cathedral, the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, named after one of Barcelona’s two patron saints – Santa Eulàlia.
See things differently from high up on Mount Montserrat
Leave the busy city behind and head for the Catalan countryside and the sky-high glory of Mount Montserrat, a vast craggy massif. Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims throughout the centuries to reach the peak, topped by a peaceful Benedictine monastery with a basilica dating back to the 16th century.
Top it all off with a taste of sparkling Catalan cava in the Penedès wine region, surrounded by acres of vineyards.
book your cruise TO Barcelona
With cosmopolitan culture, incredible architecture on every corner and first-rate dining, it’s not difficult to fall in love with Barcelona. Book a trip with MSC Cruises and see for yourself. When your adventure ends, there’s more to enjoy on a Mediterranean voyage. Sail to France’s oldest city, Marseille, and on to the colourful Italian port of Genoa and down to Naples. Or see more of Spain on the enchanting Balearic Islands. Book a Barcelona cruise and start discovering.
Barcelona tours and excursions FAQ
In which language Barcelona excursions are conducted?
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Can Barcelona excursion programme be changed?
Does MSC Cruises offer a Barcelona bus tour?
MSC Cruises offers several different options for those seeking a Barcelona bus tour. One option is the Highlights of Barcelona and Pueblo Español shore excursion. On this tour, guests will be driven past many of the city’s most iconic sights and attractions, including the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral, situated in Barri Gòtic (the renowned Gothic Quarter), and several of the most well-known works by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí: Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and – of course – the world-famous Sagrada Família.
The Panoramic Tour and Shopping shore excursion is another option for those wanting a bus tour. This excursion drives guests through the city’s main streets and squares, with stops along the way at famous viewpoints and attractions, including Montjuïc hill, Sagrada Família and Plaça de Catalunya, which houses a range of shops, boutiques and malls.
Does MSC Cruises offer a Barcelona bike tour?
MSC Cruises offers two options for a Barcelona bike tour to choose from: a traditional cycling tour and an e-bike tour.
The Cycling Tour of Barcelona will lead you around the city’s extensive network of cycle lanes, taking you to great harbour viewpoints and past the Sagrada Família, as well as many other famous landmarks. You’ll also see the boutique shops and tapas bars of the Gothic Quarter, (Barri Gòtic), and the buzzing La Rambla boulevard.
Alternatively, take the Best of Barcelona on an E-Bike shore excursion, which allows guests to take in all the sights offered on the Cycling Tour, but with all the ease of travelling by e-bike. The bike’s electric motor will be especially useful when ascending Montjuïc hill, from which you can see Montjuïc Castle and the Olympic Stadium.
Does MSC Cruises offer a Gaudi tour in Barcelona?
For those people looking to embark on a Gaudi tour of Barcelona, MSC Cruises has several choices to select from.
The Gaudi’s Masterpieces shore excursion is a prime opportunity to view some of his most famous works. This includes time to explore Parc Güell (one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, with mosaics, ceramic benches and stunning views of the city below) and Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera), one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. The tour also drives past other Gaudi works, such as the Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló.
Alternatively, the Gaudi’s Experience shore excursion lets you experience the interior of the Sagrada Família, and you’ll still get to admire colourful Casa Batlló from your coach.
The Sagrada Família and Gaudi’s Best Buildings shore excursion again lets guests explore the wonders of the Sagrada Família from the inside. Afterwards, a walk on the elegant Passeig de Gràcia avenue takes guests to Casa Batlló, before moving on to Casa Milà.
Does MSC Cruises offer a Barcelona wine tour?
Anyone interested in a Barcelona wine tour can book on to the Highlights of Barcelona, Montserrat and Wine Tasting shore excursion, which offers the chance to sample local Catalan wines, as well as helping guests learn about the region’s winemaking techniques and production.
Before the tasting, guests will be taken on a coach tour of Barcelona’s most famous sights and attractions. These include Passeig de Gràcia and the Sagrada Família, before being transported to Mount Montserrat, where great views of the city await, alongside the tranquil Monastery Santa Maria de Montserrat.
After lunch with these beautiful surroundings as your backdrop, guests will be taken for a wine tasting at a wine cellar near the village of Sant Sadurni. Gain an insight into sparkling wine and Spanish cava at these cellars, as well as the more traditional wines of the area.