GetYourGuide Offers Private, After-Hours Tour of the Sagrada Familia

Online travel experience platform, GetYourGuide, has launched an exclusive tour of Barcelona’s Basilica de la Sagrada Familia—a Catalan landmark and architectural marvel that has been under construction for more than 140 years—as part of its newly launched “Originals by GetYourGuide” collection.

The Sagrada Familia is a one-of-a-kind basilica, dreamed up by genius architect Antoni Gaudí. Its construction began in 1882 and five generations have watched its progress in the heart of Barcelona. It’s said that Gaudí’s complex design for the basilica was intended to emulate a musical instrument.

In a private, after-hours tour, visitors will get to explore Gaudí’s masterpiece, guided by the sounds of music and a rare color phenomenon only few get to witness. As the sunset fills the basilica and a symphony of color is revealed through its stained-glass windows, travelers will witness the architectural gem come to life, set to the live soundtrack of the Sagrada Familia’s Grammy-nominated principal organist, Juan de la Rubia.

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia’s Grammy-nominated principal organist, Juan de la Rubia
Sagrada Familia’s Grammy-nominated principal organist, Juan de la Rubia (GetYourGuide)

“With 3.7 million visitors a year, the Sagrada Familia is at the top of many travelers’ must-see lists when in Barcelona, and our newest ‘Originals by GetYourGuide’ will allow a small group to experience this masterpiece in a way most have never felt before,” said Jean-Gabriel Duveau, VP of brand at GetYourGuide. “Few understand the acoustics of the basilica quite like the esteemed principal organist, Juan de la Rubia, and we designed this exclusive tour so that travelers can truly appreciate the majesty of Gaudí’s vision set to the harmonic sounds of his compositions, chosen exclusively for the basilica.”

The Sagrada Familia’s principal organist will join a small group of visitors on an exclusive tour of the famed structure. As art of the private tour, guests can:

  • Gain private access to the basilica after it has closed to 16,000 travelers for the day.
  • Learn directly from the principal organist about how color and sound work together inside the basilica’s walls
  • Experience a rare color phenomenon that occurs outside of opening hours during peak summer months
  • Listen to a private performance by Juan de la Rubia as he plays a piece that complements the basilica’s acoustics
  • Visit the Cantorías, a balcony reserved for the basilica’s choir, and accommodating up to 1,000 singers, offering a completely different perspective of the basilica

For the chance to join the Sagrada Familia “Originals by GetYourGuide” experience after-hours and meet principal organist Juan de la Rubia, a limited number of free tickets will be available through GetYourGuide’s website for July 3, July 10, and August 4.

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