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From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

1. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

The tour departs Barcelona and heads into the peaceful Catalonian countryside. On the drive, listen to your guide share stories and anecdotes about the fascinating history of Montserrat and the religious influences of the site. Admire the luscious rolling landscapes from the minibus, before arriving at the region’s most famous mountain range, Montserrat, named after its jagged edges and imposing structure. Ride the rack railway to the top of Montserrat and admire the stunning views across the mountain range. From here, visit the Benedictine Abbey and the Santa Maria de Montserrat, which houses the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary, and learn about the rich history of these beautiful buildings cut into the rock. There’s also time to visit the famous Montserrat Monastery, where the image of the Mare de Déu de Montserrat is venerated. Widely and affectionately known as La Moreneta, she has been the patron saint of Catalonia since 1881. Providing the date and time of the tour, there’s also the option to see Montserrat’s boys choir, one of the oldest in Europe, famed for their prestige and worldwide performances.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour excursion to Montserrat. When you arrive you’ll be in the capable hands of a certified mountain guide as you explore this popular site. Discover the charm of Montserrat mountain, visit the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat with its Black Madonna, or Virgin of Montserrat, and admire the chapel in the monastery garden. If you’re visiting on a school day, you may also be able to enjoy listening to the famed Montserrat boys’ choir. Ride the cable car to the top, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the region. Take an easy hike to appreciate the fresh air and mountainous terrain.

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Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

3. Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day and head to the stunning Montserrat Monastery, nestled between jagged mountains and breathtaking scenery. Meet your guide near the train station and take the train to Montserrat, admiring panoramic views of the surrounding area along the way. Upon arrival in the village, board the cable car which will take you to the monastery, where you will have incredible views of Montserrat from above. Inside, listen to a live performance from the Boys Choir of Montserrat and meet 'La Moreneta', the Black Madonna. The tour can be customized for children with a visit to a playground and ice cream for the little ones. After visiting the monastery, head to the local farmers market. Enjoy a sample of some of the region's best cheeses and take a stroll around Santa Maria Square. Finish your tour with a relaxed hike through the mountains to reach the San Miguel Viewpoint. Here, admire panoramic views of the surrounding valley as you enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to Barcelona.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

4. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

Escape to the natural landscape of the Montserrat mountains on a half-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Barcelona by bus. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, taste Catalan wines at a local winery, and walk through historic pathways, learning about the region from your local guide. The strange shaped mountains of Montserrat is the location of a Benedictine monastery that has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries, thanks to its story of the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary and the fabled 12th-century image of Our Lady. After a short visit to this historic site, head to a boutique winery, just a few minutes away, and tour one of the most important wineries in the region. Located in an impressive castle that’s more than 1,000 years old, the winery boasts more than 1,000 acres of beautiful land. Tours are kept to a maximum of 16 people for a more intimate experience, and include a tour of the vineyards and winery, where the local wines become older and wiser. Thanks to your guide, you will sense the history, soil, sun, and rain that influence the 3 wines you will taste. Learn about the upkeep of the vines, the grape harvest, how the French oak barrels impact on the flavor, and more. To keep you on your feet, the tasting table will be laden with the finest Spanish tapas, including the tasting of six traditional dishes and dessert.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

5. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

After a half-hour drive in an air-conditioned minivan, you will arrive at Montserrat. Start your day by visiting the Benedictine Abbey and discover its amazing history. Montserrat literally means “sawed mountain” in Catalan, and it is called this due to its multi-peaked rocky range. It is well-known as the site of the Benedictine Abbey. Once you have visited the abbey, get ready to start hiking from the monastery. Follow a beautiful path around the needle formations of the mountain and pass by many natural viewpoints that offer awesome views over the abbey and the forests. Continue until the highest point of the mountain, from where you will have breathtaking 360-degree views over the multi-peaked rocky range. On a clear day, you will be able to see the Pyrenees and Mallorca island. After admiring great landscapes, taking some pictures and taste a selection of traditional Catalan snacks. Next, start descending through a shady path between the needle formations and forests. Head back to the Abbey to enjoy some free time and wander around the farmers market. You can also listen to the famous Escolania de Montserrat choir sing on weekdays, except for public holidays, and is subject to the basilica's capacity.

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Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat Tour with Lunch and Wine

6. Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat Tour with Lunch and Wine

After meeting with your guide, you will travel to Montserrat where you will visit one of the best Cava cellars of the 14th century. Experience the nature of this unique jagged mountain and the ancient monastery hidden between the peaks. You will also get to know "La Moreneta", the Black Madonna, and her fascinating story. Next, visit the Local Farmers' Market where you can try the fabulous regional products of Catalonia. You'll stroll through the Plaza de Santa Maria, where the Romanesque architecture of the Monastery and the Church of Santa Maria de Montserrat merge with the stones of the mountain’s peaks. You can get to know "La Moreneta", the Black Virgin inside the Benedictine Monastery, and can listen to the Children's Choir of Montserrat, which is made up of fifty pupils from the monastery school. Following that, take a short and easy hike up the mountain to the viewpoint of the Creu de Sant Miquel, and enjoy the extraordinary view of the valley. You can then taste a delicious Catalan lunch in a traditional restaurant, admiring the incredible views of the Penedès Valley and the mountains of Montserrat. Your next stop will be to a 14th-century winery, which is one of the most important in Catalonia. You can take the opportunity to tour its plantations as you learn the cycles of vineyard growth and organic viticulture whilst accompanied by an expert guide. Get to know the place where both wine and sparkling wine are produced, before you end your fantastic tour tasting two different sparkling wines and one reserva sparkling wine accompanied by Iberian ham and cured cheese from the area.

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Montserrat & Artistic Barcelona: the Best of Gaudí

7. 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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Skip-the-Line Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-up

8. Skip-the-Line Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-up

See the best of Barcelona on a full-day tour with personal pickup and drop-off service. You’ll travel to the city’s top sites in a first-rate van or minibus. In addition, your driver will take you to the famous mountain monastery of Montserrat, which is said by some to be the location of the Holy Grail. You’ll be picked up from your Barcelona hotel or your cruise ship terminal. Explore the city in comfort and style with a personal service and travel in a small group with a maximum of 12 participants. Drive to the top of Montjuïc for breathtaking views across the harbor and city. Montjuïc is home to several splendid museums, including the Miró Foundation, and was also the site of the main Olympic stadiums for the 1992 Olympic Games. See many of the buildings designed by the city’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. Several are located in the 19th and early 20th-century city extension of Eixample. Visit the Gaudí and other Modernista buildings, such as Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller, and Casa Lleó Morera on the luxurious shopping strip of Passeig de Gràcia. Head across town to one of Gaudí's most extraordinary creations, the still-unfinished Cathedral of La Sagrada Família. Depending on the option you book, you can either enjoy access to the cathedral with skip-the-line tickets or admire it from the outside. Drive into the hills to see his lovely urban park, Park Güell, filled with multicolored mosaic sculptures and fairytale houses. If you book this tour with Park Guell entrance included, you can enjoy skip-the-line entry and avoid the long lines at the entrance. If you choose an option without Park Guell entrance tickets included, you can wait outside and join the tour group again when they are finished with their visit. You’ll leave the city to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat. Perched high on a mountain of the same name, the Abbey can be reached by road, cable car, and rack railway. It is also accessible by a 4,000-foot hike. Your driver will take you up to the top so you can enjoy the impressive views. If you’re lucky, your visit may coincide with a performance by La Escalonia, the oldest children's choir in Europe.

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Barcelona Highlights City Tour and Montserrat Excursion

9. 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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From Barcelona: Montserrat and Santa Cecilia Full-Day Tour

10. From Barcelona: Montserrat and Santa Cecilia Full-Day Tour

Board a tour bus to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). Famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat was declared a 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. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction. After the guided tour, you will be given about 3 hours of free time.  Then, you can shop for locally produced treats, have lunch, listen to one of the oldest Boys’ Choir in Europe (subject to their schedule), visit the audiovisual exhibition, the museum (optional), or taste the finest liquors made in the region.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Jennifer was outstanding! She was very knowledgeable, patient, respectful and over the top helpful! We met her at the pick-up location and she lead us to the train. We had a very nice train ride to Montserrat and she told us about the countryside as we traveled through it. We rode the cable car up to the monastery. She explained all about the site. We walked around for a while, sampled some local cheeses and nuts. After a few more stops looking at more of the monastery, we had lunch. She brought very tasty sandwiches; we had some chips and warm drinks. Montserrat is such a beautiful and amazing place. You could easily spend a few days there seeing all there is to see. Highly recommended, good price, and if your fortunate enough to have Jennifer show you around, you are in for a great trip!!

One of the best tours I have ever done! I definitly recommend this tour. Breathtaking! Pictures online don’t do justice. You HAVE to see this in person! Tour guide very well informed!

I really liked the historical overview that Paul gave at the beginning of the trip. David was knowledgeable and personable.

Our guide Alex was great. The mountain and monastery were beautiful. Just a shame that we couldn’t hear the boys sing.

Everything went smoothly. I can only recommend it.