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“Definitly do this tour!”

Runner Bean Tours Barcelona
Ranked #3 of 697 Tours in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are a Spanish-Irish couple who started this project in 2010, offering FREE TOURS in Barcelona as well as other WALKING TOURS, inspired by our passion and love for everything with Barcelona’s name on it. As we became more popular over the years, we expanded our team to other like-minded locals. We are all professional guides ready to welcome you, share our knowledge and help you discover Barcelona in a fun and friendly manner. You will only find Runner Bean Tours in Barcelona. Recommended by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommers… Hope to see you here soon! The Runner Bean Team.
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This was my first time in Barcelona and the Runner Bean Tour with Ann Marie was one of the highlights of our trip.Ann Marie was so knowledgeble about the city and so eager to share. Her love of the amazing architecture was infectious and we wouldn't have had such a fabulous time there without all of her tips on where to go.It was so great to be shown how to use the metro and so we were able to find many more great places based on her advice.
The Gaudi tour lasted about 2.5 hours and there was no pressure to pay at the end.It was explained that you paid what you felt the trip was worth with no obligation. I would definitly recomend that you do this tour at the beginning of your stay in this beautifull city as it will enhance your stay so much more.

Date of experience: October 2012
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Sputrip, Owner at Runner Bean Tours Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Ann Marie will be so happy to know that she helped make your trip wonderful. Hope to see you in Barcelona again!

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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Runner Bean tours are a great way to see this city..Log into the web site and this gives you the time and where to meet .the guide we had was fantastic and new the old city well .She managed to answer all the questions .These tours are pay at the end so pay what you think it is worth . Do make sure that you do pay in some cities it can cost you 15 Euro for a walk like this .at the end of the walk the guide will direct you back to the an area you can get a bus or taxi from

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Sputrip, Owner at Runner Bean Tours Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2013

Thanks for joining us and many thanks for taking the time to write the review. As a small company, it's great way for others to get to know more about us. All the best to you!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We enjoyed our Runner Bean tour with Gorka in the Bari Gotic area of Barcelona. It was easy to make the reservations before our trip. There were several people waiting to join the tours without reservations. If you have a reservation, be on time. They will fill the tours with people who do not have a reservation. Some people with a reservation tried to join late and they were turned away because the tour was full. We learned a lot on the tour and would recommend them. They were very professional. Remember to tip because there is no fee for the tour.

Date of experience: January 2013
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Sputrip, Owner at Runner Bean Tours Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2013

Thanks a million for the review. Gorka will be pleased!

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We've tried free walking tours in 3 cities in Europe and this company was pretty good. They operate everyday at 11am in Winter which is great as it means you don't have to get up extra early and the tour takes 2.5 hours and ends at lunch so by then we're ready to eat.

Not knowing much about Barcelona we decided to do the Gaudi and book the Old City Walking tour. Since we didn't have a booking for the Gaudi tour, we turned up 25 mins early and got a number. The tour doesn't start till 11:05am so we got breakfast and coffee. Our tour guide was Jessi who was energetic, easy to understand and personable. She always found a moment to talk to individual groups to find out more about them. Jessi was humorous and was patient when teaching people how to use the Metro. What I also liked was that she was always willing to take our photos if we wanted and it was fascinating to learn about the complex mind of Gaudi. Afterwards, Jessi showed us a nice and cheap family run cafe near the Sagrada Familia that ended up costing 7 euros each for lunch and included a meal, drink and coffee. Oh and the sites visited included Batllo and Sagrada Familia and 2 others, well done Jessi!

Two days later we came back for the Old City tour and to be honest it wasn't our cup of tea. The sites visited had history attached but there didn't seem to be any sequence or flow. We visited more sites than the Gaudi tour and didn't have to take the train but it seemed like in a few places we were just standing around to take up some time. People had finished looking and taking photos but we were still milling around. Go if you like Gothic themes then go but I didn't get much out of it as the Gaudi tour.

So in the end, put on walking shoes and give this one a go. The guides worked on tips and of course we did but there was no pressure; tip what you think it was worth.

Date of experience: January 2013
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Sputrip, Owner at Runner Bean Tours Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2013

We often have people who prefer one tour to the other, depending on their interest. We´re very happy that you enjoyed discovering Gaudí with Jessi. She´ll be delighted to hear your wonderful words. Happy travels :)

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Jessie was our guide and she was knowledgeable and interesting. She made sure that the group was together and that no one got lost. Even though we did not enter the buildings, she had pictures and created a captivating story for all of us. Tomorrow my friend and I will do the Gothic Tour. This was my first "free" tour and I will continue to attend these. Truly a comfortable and wonderful way to learn about a city and their special architecture. Thank you for your time Jessie.

Date of experience: January 2013
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Sputrip, Owner at Runner Bean Tours Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2013

We´re glad that your first tour was a great success. Jessi will be pleased. Looking forward to seeing you on the Old City tour! Many thanks.

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