ABOUT

 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Since 1978 in the travel business and an official Tourist Guide since 1989 for Barcelona and Catalonia, Ton-David was always searching for professional excellence. Be it conducting adventure tours through the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala, or being one of the youngest hotel managers in Minorca. He also worked for a couple of seasons as a tour guide in 8 languages for the best canal boat companies in Amsterdam, Holland.

 

With a solid international working experience and traveling background, his clients range from Prime Ministers, Nobel Prize winners, TV teams, Travel writers, celebrities, etc., to private groups or individuals who asked for a special Catalan touch during their discovery of Barcelona.

 

Most reputed hotels, travel agents, corporations, and individuals who wanted a quality tour and accuracy in the explanations have hired him.

 

Other activities include simultaneous translation from English, French, German and Dutch into Catalan or Spanish.

 

TRAINING, LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Catalonia’s Official Tourist Guide License. Certified to conduct tours in English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and Spanish. 1989
  • Spanish University Degree in Hotel & Tourism (TEAT). Escola de Turisme Terres de Lleida. Lleida. (1984-86)
  • Language Teacher. Spanish and French. Benedict School. Osnabrück. Germany. 1979-80
  • Hotel and Travel Management Administration course. Hotel & Travel Training College. London (UK). 1978-79
  • French Language and Literature. First cycle. Faculty of Philosophy. Universitat de Barcelona/Estudi General de Lleida. (1973-76)
  • French Language Certificate. Université de Toulouse – Le Mirail. France. Alliance Française, Lleida. (1966-74)

 

LANGUAGES

Fluent in: Catalan, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

 

EXPERTISE

  • Jewish legacy in all Catalonia: rich and well preserved
  • Picasso & Barcelona: the city that grew with the young artist
  • Antoni Gaudí: in-depth approach to all his works
  • Architecture: Modernisme & contemporary Barcelona
  • Art: Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Modernist, 20th c. Catalan (Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Antoni Tàpies)
  • Agriculture: farming, forestry, gardens, wineries, oil mills.

 

 

«If no guide can accommodate to your demanding program, try Ton-David:
he’s an expert in unconventional tours»

 

 

RATES

Blocks of 4 hours, plus additional hourly rates. Ask for a rate information list.
Not included: Entrance Fees to Museums and Sites. Transportation.

 

AVAILABILITY

Booking in advance is far better, but short notice bookings do most often fit in the agenda as well.

 

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TON-DAVID
OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE-INTERPRETER

“Ton-David can make the difference in helping you discover the real Barcelona or Catalonia’s highlights”

REFERRALS / REVIEWS

  • We really enjoyed the tour of Barcelona. We saw so many wonderful sites in such a short time, thanks to your ability to reschedule events due to our flight delay. Thought you would enjoy having this picture with the Levy boys - Jack, Jude and James. Should we return to the area, or have friends that visit, you’ll be the first person we recommend to show them around the city!

    - Diana, JULY 2016.

  • Ton-David Jover was the perfect guide for our first time visit to Barcelona. His extensive knowledge and experience are impressive, but it was his passion for sharing his love of his home and his heritage that made our tours with him unforgettable and our joint time together both informative and fun. Ton-David brought Gaudi to life as he walked us through Casa Batlló and Park Güell. It provided the perfect background for us to fully appreciate the incredible Sagrada Familia. Throughout our walking tour of the Old City, Ton-David gave us unique insights into both Catalan and Jewish history, bringing its people and buildings to life. We enjoyed the Picasso Museum immensely, as we learned about the artist’s early years and works. Our train trip to Girona was beautiful, and learning about the city through Ton-David’s words enabled us to understand what once was and is no longer. And of course, the food and cava! Ton-David shared our culinary interests and his recommendations were outstanding!

    - Shari L.  (NY, USA) JULY 2016.

  • We had numerous guides during our Spain and Portugal vacation, but Ton-David was definitely the best. He was knowledgeable, personable, interesting and took great care of us. We have already recommended him to friends and will use him again when we return to Barcelona

    - Cindy P, 02 MAY 2015.

  • A five-star service

    - Renato M, 27 DEC 2014.

  • Excellent guide - abundant information - gave us plenty of insights and loads to think about after. Would highly recommend.

    - Christine B, 05 JUL 2013.

  • Ton-David was a very knowledgeable, interesting and accommodating tour guide. He had a great wry sense of humor. He took us to four Gaudí sites in 5 hours!

    - Theresa C, 30 JUN 2013.

  • Our tour with Ton -David was a lifelong dream come true. In a few short hours , he made sure I saw and learned everything I ever wanted to know to satisfy my passion for the life & work of Antoni Gaudi. Even after my pre trip exhaustive research, this charming & energetic man had much to teach and show us. I HIGHLY recommend Ton- David for your special adventure; you will be totally satisfied.

    - Dorothy W, 17 SEP 2012.

  • Amazing!!! We learned so much from Ton David. He went above and beyond by teaching us so much about Gaudi and his designs. He made the day so interesting and fun. We also now understand and appreciate the Catalan part of Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Ton David is a wonderful guide who we would highly recommend.

    - Carol S, 08 JUN 2012.

  • Wonderful experience visiting the Old City! Loved not waiting in lines for museum access.Ton David was enthusiastic and so very knowledgable. He is an excellent guide. We loved visiting the market. What interesting foods are sold! The tour pace was quick and we were thrilled as we got to see so much on this 4 hour tour!.

    - Carol S, 08 JUN 2012.

  • Very good tour. So glad that we decided to visit the Jewish area of past. Ton David is so knowledgeable and made the Jewish history of Barcelona come to life. He is an excellent guide!.

    - Carol S, 09 JUN 2012.

  • Ton-David was extremely knowledgeable and interesting to be with. Enjoyed he guidance through the Picasso Museum, the Jewish Quarter, and everything Gaudí.

    - Jacob K, 18 MAY 2012.

  • Ton-David combined the Old City Walking Tour and the Jewish Barcelona Tour for us based on his understanding of our group`s interests. He took the time to answer in detail my questions prior to booking the trip and met us promptly at our hotel on the specified date.He was a true pleasure to be with and was eager to show us around a city he feels passionate about.He is extremely articulate. We learned many interesting details. Great guide.

    - Gail W, 12 JUL 2011.

  • Ton-David was a fabulous tour guide. He showed us all the sights of Barcelona in an fun and interesting way. He was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, as well as European history in general. We truly enjoyed our day with Ton-David and would highly recommend him to anyone going to Barcelona.

    - Jennifer C, 01 MAY 2011.

  • Excellent job--fluent in English--very knowledgeable and made the tour very, very interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone..

    - James A, 04 MAY 2010.