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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

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Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

2. Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your group in an air-conditioned private vehicle for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat. Enjoy the views as you hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of la Moreneta (Black Madonna). Unlike other tours, this experience allows you to gain early access to visit the Montserrat Monastery, well before the crowds arrive. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour throughout which you learn about Montserrat including its secrets. This tour also sees you visiting the farmer’s market and entering the basilica. You guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can visit la Moreneta (Black Madonna), enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

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Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

3. Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

Upon arrival at the monastery, northwest of the city, learn about the lives of the monks in the monastery and sacred mountain. Visit the Museu de Montserrat and see a collection of artifacts that range from Egyptian mummies to canvasses by Picasso. Although much of the collection was lost in the Napoleonic War, the museum continued to add to its collection and the museum is now home to important works of 20th-century Catalan art. See archaeological finds from Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Palestine. Admire old paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries by artists such as Morales, El Greco, and Caravaggio. Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture of the 16th-century basilica. Go to the atrium and sacristy, and see the permanent collection of images of the Virgin Mary. If you book the option that includes entrance to the Monastery you will enjoy a liquor tasting.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Royal Basilica Guided Tour

4. From Barcelona: Montserrat Royal Basilica Guided Tour

Board a coach from the office in central Barcelona and set off for the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat's beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Then, learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction. Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

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From Barcelona: Girona Game of Thrones and Montserrat Tour

5. From Barcelona: Girona Game of Thrones and Montserrat Tour

Discover the Old Town of Girona and learn about some of the myths and legends related to the city. See some of the locations where the HBO hit series Game of Thrones filmed many scenes of its sixth season. Admire the exterior of the magnificent Cathedral and walk along a part of the medieval city walls. Originally built in the 14th century, the old walls were destroyed to expand the city in the 19th century. Take advantage of the free time after the guided tour and visit the interior of the Cathedral on your own, or grab a quick bite to eat. The second part of the tour takes you to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meters). You have the opportunity to take in breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s unique creations. Take a ride up Montserrat on the cogwheel train, which drops you off at the Monastery. During the 15-minute ride you’ll have spectacular views of the mountain from the panoramic windows of the train. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat that houses the 12th-century romanesque carving of the Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You’ll have some free time to take in the audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and to taste typical liqueurs of Montserrat, made by local monks. Both of these activities are included in the tour price.

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Montserrat & Artistic Barcelona: the Best of Gaudí

6. Montserrat & Artistic Barcelona: the Best of Gaudí

Board the bus at the office of the local partner in central Barcelona and travel to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont and Serrat, which means "serrated mountain." Discover a site world-famous for its rocky geography and beautiful scenery, which was declared a National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural importance. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. Find out more about the community of 80 monks who currently live in the Monastery and follow the rule of Saint Benedict. Admire the Gothic and Renaissance style of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. See the wood carving of this event known as "La Moreneta," which is kept in the Monastery. Enjoy some free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats, or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes. Choose from a number of small churches and trails you can follow at your own pace. Check in again at the office of the local partner in central Barcelona 15 minutes before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and hop on an air-conditioned bus which will take you to the Sagrada Familia. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the exterior of the Sagrada Familia. Marvel at the extensive symbolism of its façade. Return to the bus and travel to Park Güell, located in the upper part of the city. Enjoy a guided tour of the Park with your local guide and discover why it is one of the most famous works by Antonio Gaudí. Continue the tour with a short trip to Passeig de Gràcia, the most important street in the city. Stroll down the street and admire the many modernist buildings, and learn about their history and significance. Stop in front of La Pedrera and at Casa Batlló, two more fine examples of Gaudí’s talents, before finishing the tour.

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Barcelona Highlights City Tour and Montserrat Excursion

7. Barcelona Highlights City Tour and Montserrat Excursion

For the first part of the activity, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. Stroll down one of the most important streets in the city until you reach the Cathedral of Barcelona. Take some free time to explore the Cathedral on your own. Meet your guide again to continue the walking tour. Walk through the narrow streets of the oldest part of the city and discover the many secrets it holds. Marvel at the quaint medieval places hidden to the crowds and learn about their historical significance. Follow your guide to Plaça Catalunya to board an air-conditioned bus for a panoramic tour through the city. Drive through Passeig de Gràcia and admire the most popular Gaudí Houses, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Note some of the most important modernist façades. Next drive along the coastline of the city as your guide provides information on how this area was significantly redeveloped for the 1992 Olympics. See the Olympic Port, the beach, and the fisherman’s quarter of Barceloneta. Head to the Montjuïc Mountain, the primary location of the Olympic Games in 1992. See the Olympic stadium and ride the cable car for amazing views over the city. Check-in back at the local partner's office on Balmes Street before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and board the bus which will take you to Montserrat. Visit the Benedictine monastery with your guide and learn about the history and architecture of this beautiful site. Admire the Gothic and Renaissance details of the Basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Then, enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Follow a number of walking trails or shop for some local products and liquors, before returning to Barcelona.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 509 reviews

Very organized tour. Booked on-line and met at the designated area. We traveled via coach bus to Monserrat (approximately 1 hour). Pol did the tour of Barcelona on the way to Montserrat and it was very informative. He was articulate and funny. Beautiful countryside and efficient way to travel there. Luis was our guide for the remainder of the tour and was amazing. He had tremendous knowledge of Montserrat. We walked in to Montserrat monastery/Basilica as he gave us an overview of Montserrat, including the history and architecture of the Monastery and Basilica. In addition, we had time options of exploring the area including the Museum (with pieces by Casas, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, Monet, Dali), Basilica and Black Madonna, hike to the Cross, Funicular, and shops and local farmers' market/restaurants. Although we only had a half day tour, we could have easily spent 1-2 days there. Our return trip was a 15 min train ride the remainder was by bus back to Barcelona.

Dont miss this activity its worth the time and money Only the weather was not helpful on our trip. Other than this all good and excellent The guide was perfect

Good historical and spiritual experience, plus good booze and a nice hike make this a must do when in Barcelona.

Tour guides were fantastic, great organisation with meet up point... shame about the weather! Gracias a todos!!

The trip was very well organized. Timely and informative with lots of humor