This day tour combines one of Spain’s most beautiful and sacred places with the stunning artistic and architectural heritage of Barcelona.
Drive through picturesque villages to the craggy peak of Montserrat, rising majestically to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters). Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, home of the much revered 12th-century carving of the La Moroneta, the Black Virgin.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Barcelona taking in the artistic treasures of this magnificent city. Gaudi, one of the greatest innovators of his time, has left behind many treasures for discerning visitors to enjoy. These include Casa Batllo and La Pedrera – his famous apartment buildings and the whimsical Parc Guell, not to mention La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral, his unfinished masterpiece.
This action-packed tour is a superb introduction to Barcelona and a good option if you are short of time.
Approx. 10 hoursStart time
Please make your way to the local activity operator’s office at Calle Balmes, 5, Barcelona. (The closest Metro station is Universitat).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the Casa Batlló, Passeo de Gràcia, 43.
For your Montserrat excursion, you will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned coach from Barcelona accompanied by a bilingual guide, proficient in English and German.
Long before you reach Montserrat, you will see the mountains which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). The Rocks of Montserrat formed by natural cement of sand during the century affected by the wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving them names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins.
Upon your arrival at Montserrat, you will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin. The Benedict sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat has been founded at 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica.
Moving forward, you will head back to Barcelona and see the works of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi in the city during a walking tour. Stroll past the richly and symbolically decorated Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. The large Romanian church has astonishing towers which reach up to 70 meters.
Next, you will visit Gaudi's unconventional park complex, the Parc Guell which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keep an eye on your watch as it's easy to get lost in the whimsical design of this bizarre but compelling public park.
Your tour will end at Paseo de Gracia, near Casa Batlló.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
Please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
The tour duration includes travelling time from Barcelona to Montserrat and vice-versa (approximately 45-50 minutes each way).
There is approximately 1 hour time between both parts of excursions when you have a time to get a lunch (not included) in Centre of Barcelona.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Comfortable coach, safe driver, knowledgeable and fun tour guides, great experience. Montserrat is stunning and the Gaudi tour was superb. Highly recommended!...MR E CLARKE, United Kingdom, 19/Apr/2014
Excellent guide, very good equipment and organization. Both tours are a must see in Barcelona, specially if you are short on time....Miguel dajer, United States, 09/Mar/2014
Visite de Montserrat très intéressnate puisque temps libre permettant de visiter par soi-même....Karine Lejeune, Canada, 13/Nov/2013