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Private tour guide Jim


Barcelona, BCN, Spain

I'm an architectural historian, married into a Catalan family for over 20 years, and teaching American study-abroad students the history of the city, its architecture, life and people.

I'll help you discover and understand Barcelona, how it got to be the way it is and what is going on right now, including the 'independentista' struggle, and we experience the best sites on a range of stimulating and entertaining routes. Any tickets we can buy in advance, so no lines or waiting.
The most popular itineraries last four or eight hours, but we can easily set up a longer custom tour or a layover visit to suit the time you have available. Within the city center, we can see everything by strolling or jumping in a taxi. If a private car suits you better I have a hybrid Honda which will get us wherever we want to go in air-conditioned comfort.

If you want a custom tour, just give me an idea of what you'd like to see and how much time you want to spend seeing it, and I'll plan an itinerary. Everything is exactly as you want it to be, just the best private tour I can arrange.

Get in touch as soon as you know when you're coming and let's arrange your visit.

A Recent Review of this guide

Jim was a fantastic guide. He was very responsive to our interests and very knowledgeable and energetic. During our 4 hours, we learned so much about Barcelona's history and current culture. We highly recommend Jim to any visitor to Barcelona. What an amazing morning in an awesome city. Thank you Jim!
Amy R.

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I'm a professor of American Study Abroad college students, exhibition curator and cultural resource consultant (my particular obsession is with Barcelona's architecture). I'm not a 'licensed tour guide'. I keep close tabs on the local political developments and current cultural debates, and can explain what is happening in Catalonia and its historic capital as we explore it on your own private tour.

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Barcelona overview tour with private,...

3-hour introductory drive: Barrio Gotico, Gaudi, Sagrada Familia, Park,...

280 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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The best of Barcelona, Gaudi and the,...

The Barrio Gotico, Jewish Call, Ramblas, markets, Modernisme and Gaudi

374 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

4 hours

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Catalonia, Montserrat, Colonia Guell,...

Private vehicle to Montserrat monastery, a cava tasting in the Penedes,...

641 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

8 hours

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Family and friends day out to Montserrat,...

Up to seven in a private minibus to explore beyond the city

535 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours

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Gaudi and Guëll, a private introduction,...


The palace, the estate, the church and the park by this historic partnership

339 USD per tour

(max 4 people)

6 hours

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Barcelona private day tour

Barcelona Roman, Jewish, Medieval, Gaudi, and modern

560 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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