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Girona: Game of Thrones Small Group Tour

1. Girona: Game of Thrones Small Group Tour

Take part in an intriguing journey inside the new official filming location of Game of Thrones. Guided by an expert of the show, who's also a medieval history accredited guide, this tour will take your knowledge of the series to another level. You will start your journey at the famous Saint Marti's stairs in central Girona, and continue admiring the stunning architecture and narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter. Linking architecture with one of the most famous medieval fiction stories, this tour is a must-do activity for GOT fans. The tour will start in one of the most famous stairs of Girona, the stairs of the Church of Sant Martí s'Acosta in the Pujada de Sant Domenech. Head deeper into the narrow and winding alleys of the Jewish quarter (Call Jueu), street of Claveria, Sant Llorenç street, Cúndaro street. Then, pass the Cathedral of Santa Maria to reach Cartanyà Bisbe Street, in the neighborhood near the Casserna dels Alemanys (German Headquarters). Return to the cathedral to admire its baroque façade and see the large stairs that lead down to the square. From there, you'll head to Ferran the Catholic street to see the Arab baths. Visit the Plaza dels Jurats and make your way to the magnificent Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Galligans. Finally, you'll see the surroundings of the Church of Sant Feliu, also with a grand staircase. These sites appear as locations in the fictional towns of Braavos and King's Landing. Your guide will have an Ipad to show you the locations of Game of Thrones filmed in Girona city and you can compare them with the real spots.

Girona: Jewish Heritage Guided City Tour and Museum Visit

2. Girona: Jewish Heritage Guided City Tour and Museum Visit

Meeting at 10 AM in Plaça de Sant Feliu, begin your guided tour through the Jewish neighborhood of Girona, one of the best-preserved in Europe. This district is located in the heart of the city and is full of ancient remains from its Roman and Medieval past. Known locally as “the Call”, this area was home to 1,000 inhabitants during the Middle Ages, making it one of the most important Jewish communities in Spain's history. As you explore the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter — hometown of Nahmanides, the Medieval Kabbalistic philosopher, physician and Sephardic rabbi — you'll visit the spots where the city's 3 synagogues were located. During the guided tour you will find out all about the customs and traditions of the Jewish people who lived here, as well as the tools that they used, and the design of their houses. You'll also visit the Museum of Jewish History to learn about their way of life. Your guide will then lead you around the labyrinthine streets while explaining the history of the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, an act that ended 600 years of coexistence. After 3 hours exploring the Call, your tour will come to an end, and you'll have newfound knowledge of the profound influence that the Jewish community left in Girona.

From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

3. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

Discover the 2 most representative cities of northern Catalonia, Girona and Figueres, on a full-day tour from Barcelona. Explore Girona's medieval monuments on a guided walking tour, and plunge into Salvador Dalí's surreal world at the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres. Meet your guide and set off from Barcelona to head first to Girona, a city founded by the Romans. Learn about Girona's history with your guide, and admire a city used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. See some of the finest historic architecture in Spain, including medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, Arab baths, baroque spaces, and one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Next, make your way to Figueres, the world capital of surrealism. Take advantage of priority entrance to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which contains the largest collection of the artist's works and is a surrealist work of art in its own right. Step into a different universe when you enter the museum, and immerse yourself in Dalí's unique world on an orientation tour. Take some time to explore the permanent Dalí Jewels exhibition, then conclude your tour with a return journey to Barcelona and the original meeting point.

From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

4. From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava on a full-day tour to Girona from Barcelona. Depart the Catalan capital for the city of Girona, where the remains of its Roman and medieval past make an interesting contrast to the present-day city. Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, and venture into the best-preserved Jewish Ghetto in Europe. Admire the cathedral, home to the widest Gothic nave in the world. Marvel at the brightly colored houses on the banks of the Onyar River. Then, transfer to the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Costa Brava, stopping at the medieval village of Pals en route. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and enjoy some of the best panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea whipped up by the fierce Tramontana wind. Marvel at the fields and plains of Empordà extending to the horizon. Discover dramatic views of the Catalan coast, surrounded by green mountains, sheer cliffs, and small villages of whitewashed houses. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, and feel as if you have been transported back to yesteryear. Explore the pristine landscape of Calella, and discover the ancient pathways of the Caminos de Ronda. Once used by fishermen, watchmen and smugglers, these paths allow you to explore the virgin coast at your leisure, where you will discover popular beaches and inaccessible coves and cliffs. Take a dip in crystal clear water, surrounded by unspoiled nature.

Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

5. Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. As the provincial capital, it has a long and distinguished history. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named it Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. But the most important time for the city was the middle ages, due to its location near the french border the city was under siege several times, so its main buildings are from that time. Girona has the huge 15th century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world which dominates the skyline. Much of the city's attraction lies in exploring the medieval streets, especially around the charming Jewish quarter. In the lower part of the city, you will enjoy spectacular images of steep alleyways and the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar river which provide the most emblematic image of the city.  Among the bridges that span the river are the lightweight Gómez bridge and the Ferreries Velles bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Also, if you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. This extensive visit will show you the most important monuments of Girona, its history, its Jewish heritage and also its legends. Join local guides who know all the secrets of the city.

From Barcelona: Medieval Girona Tour

6. From Barcelona: Medieval Girona Tour

Depart from the meeting point in central Barcelona on an air-conditioned coach. Sit back and relax on a 1.5-hour journey to Girona, one of the most beautiful cities of Catalonia. Upon arrival, follow your guide to the city center for a 2-hour walking tour. Discover the old town and learn about some of the myths and legends related to the city. Stroll down La Rambla, see some of the most important plazas of Girona, and explore its winding alleys. You may recognize the picturesque bridge and houses along the Onyar River constructed by the Eiffel company in 19th century. See some of the locations where the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones” filmed many scenes of its 6th season. Admire the exterior of the magnificent cathedral destroyed on the TV series. Walk along part of the city’s medieval walls and marvel at the amazing views of the old town. Originally built in the 14th century, the old walls were destroyed to expand the city in the 19th century. Today, due its reconstruction, it is possible to walk along them once again. Take advantage of some free time after the guided tour to visit the cathedral on your own or grab a quick bite to eat before returning to Barcelona.

Girona: Guided Walking Tour of the Old Town & Jewish Quarter

7. Girona: Guided Walking Tour of the Old Town & Jewish Quarter

Explore Girona on a guided walking tour of the city. Hear its legends and origin story, walk through the Jewish Quarter, and see the Girona Cathedral. Meet your guide in the Plaça de Catalunya and journey back in time. Begin with a look at the majestic Gothic Cathedral next to the square. Continue to the medieval Old Town. As you walk, learn how and why the Romans founded Girona. Head to the Jewish Quarter and listen to the tragic story of Spain's Jewish population. Hear about how the community lived until their expulsion in 1492. Return to the starting point with a deeper understanding of Girona's history, legends, and culture.

Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

8. Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day on a full-day trip to Girona and Figueres, two of the most scenic towns of the Costa Brava. First, visit the historic town of Girona to see Roman remains and medieval buildings. Lose yourself in a labyrinth of narrow streets, and travel through the best-preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe. Marvel at Girona Cathedral and the widest Gothic nave in the world. Then, see the colorful houses along the River Onyar. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls for panoramic views. Next, transfer to Figueres near the border with France, and experience one of the main destinations of the so-called “Dalí Triangle.” Explore the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, and enter some of the places he frequented as an adult. Go to the Dalí Museum, designed by Dalí himself on the ruins of an old municipal theater. Journey into the artist's mind as you explore the vast collection of his work, including some of the strangest artifacts imaginable.

Girona: Art Museum, Cathedral, St. Felix Church 3-in-1 Pass

9. Girona: Art Museum, Cathedral, St. Felix Church 3-in-1 Pass

Delve into Girona’s historical and artistic culture with this 3-in-1 pass. Visit 3 of the city’s most iconic monuments, including the Girona Art Museum, Girona Cathedral, and the Church of St. Felix. Enjoy a bonus audio guide at the art museum. Visit the Girona Art Museum first, where you can pick up your other two entry tickets. Housed in the old Episcopal Palace, discover the best collections of Catalan art dating from the 10th to the 21st century. Admire altarpieces from various churches and monasteries. Explore exhibits of valuable objects from the cathedral treasury at the Girona Cathedral, built between the 12th and 18th centuries. See the Gerona Beatus manuscript (10th century) and the famous Tapestry of the Creation (11th century). Visit the Church of St. Felix next, a longstanding symbol of Catalan Gothic architecture. Step inside this historic building to witness art such as the group of 8 sarcophagi (stone coffins) and the 14th-century sculpture of the Recumbent Christ.

Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

10. Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

If you are nature lovers and you like to discover new areas, this is the best option for you! On this full-day tour you will explore different areas. The first area you will explore is Besalú, where you will learn about the history and the medieval and Jewish heritage of the town.  Next explore the nature of La Garrotxa Natural Park, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. While there visit a medieval hermitage located in the middle of a crater. After, visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau a small village surrounded by volcanoes. To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to walk along the shore or sail on Banyoles Lake, the largest lake in Catalonia.

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Both guides in Girona as well as Figueres were very knowledgeable, interesting and very good communicators. The instructions were always crisis & clear. They ensured that every one knew their way back to the bus unambiguously & shared personal ohone number if anyone needed help. The head phones provided had good range & excellent voice clarity. My family thoroughly enjoyed the trip & learnt lots of interesting history from these two guides. Kamal Sodhi, India

girona is a small but an amazing town. ıt was very good to walk along side the town. In addition, I strongly recommend the Salvador Dali's museum. It was a fantastic tour and our guide ALEX was amazing. He almost told us every detail of the museum and he has a strong information on the museum and Salvador Dali. We discussed the Dali's illustrations with the participants and our guide Alex. He made the tour very enjoyable. You have to see this museum guys!

Superb experience. Sara knows and takes you in-depth into everything. She even showed us a few scenes from GOT to refresh our memories. She texted and gave the location on time. Highly recommend this tour if you are in Girona.

Sara, our tour guide was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and really made the tour so interesting for us. So much history in Girona. Definitely recommend.

it was very informative and visit to Beach was created. Our guide was very nice and informative.