Bespoke, expert-led day tours of the archaeology of Barcelona and Catalonia

Welcome to Artoba Tours, your bespoke, expert-led day tours of the archaeology of Barcelona and Catalonia.

Nestled on the western Mediterranean coast, Catalonia has a spectacular array of prehistoric, historic, and modern landscapes, from coastal plains to mountain peaks, lush orchards to picturesque vineyards. Barcelona and Catalonia offer an outstanding range of archaeology and heritage sites and monuments to visit and explore, such as the caves where Neanderthals lived tens of thousands of years ago, the mysterious Stone Age dolmens in the Catalan hills, the UNESCO prehistoric rock art sites, the plethora of Roman ruins, and the majestic medieval castles, churches, and villages dotted throughout the landscape. Are you ready to start exploring?

Rock art in rock shelter, with scene of hunters and cow at the UNESCO site of Abric del Mas d
Rock art in rock shelter, with scene of hunters and cow at the UNESCO site of Abric del Mas d'en Ramon d'en Bessó, Muntanyes de Prades

With Artoba tours you will receive a personalised tour designed and led by archaeologist Killian Driscoll, to help you discover and experience the Mediterranean of the past and the present. Just as no vacation is the same, no expert-led tour with us is the same. You tell us what would be your ideal trip, and we’ll design a tour for you, whether it is a half day, full day, or a multi-day trip.

To get started you can look at our suggested itineraries to discover the archaeology, history, and culture of Barcelona and Catalonia.

One of our suggested itineraries is the ‘Archaeology of Wine Tour’, that combines the archaeology, gastronomy, and the beautiful landscape of the Penedès wine region of Catalonia. Your day begins with a visit to an active excavation of a prehistoric hilltop settlement in the stunning Penedès wine region with evidence for grape production from about 3,000 years ago. Here you’ll learn about the history and archaeology of wine; this is followed by a visit to a boutique olive oil producer, then a three course lunch in a traditional Catalan restaurant overlooking the vineyards and the majestic Montserrat, or enjoy a specially prepared gourmet picnic. After lunch, you’ll visit an organic Penedès vineyard, with a private tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting. Throughout the day, you’ll see and visit other sites as we explore the countryside, from medieval castles to the grand Modernisme-style country homes.

Springtime in a Penedès vineyard with Montserrat Mountain in the background
Springtime in a Penedès vineyard with Montserrat Mountain in the background

Our services

Private tours

We only run private day tours for small groups of up to six people. Every tour is run exclusively for you, your own friends or family, with no other strangers grouped together in your individual tour

Your itinerary

We will start and end the tour from wherever you wish in Barcelona or Catalonia, including different pick up and drop off points. You tell us your needs and interests, and we’ll develop the itinerary to suit you. Contact us today for suggested tour itineraries of the archaeology of Barcelona and Catalonia

Travel in comfort

All our driven tours include your expert guide, along with a chauffeur. This allows your guide to give you and your group attention throughout the trip. For tours of up to three people we use a chauffeur-driven luxury sedan, and for groups of up to six people we use a chauffeur-driven minivan

Expeditions expert

Your tailor-made tour is designed and led by Dr Killian Driscoll, archaeologist and founder of Artoba Tours. Killian is an archaeologist with archaeology projects in Catalonia and Ireland, and a love for and a keen interest in the culture, history, and archaeology of his adopted home of Catalonia

Personal service

We offer bespoke tours from beginning to end. This includes organising site visits, restaurant recommendations and bookings for lunch during the tour, the best places to stop for a coffee, or the best vista for a panoramic photo