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Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

1. 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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Montserrat & Artistic Barcelona: the Best of Gaudí

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

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!!

My husband and I had a great experience with our tour. Pau was our guide and he touched base with me the day prior to our planned tour which was very helpful and reassuring as we are navigating in a new country. He was very informative and funny and taught us a lot about the Spanish culture as well as Monserrat. He was very kind and even helped us get on a train to return us to our final destination. I highly recommend booking a tour with Pau.

The group was rather large, so if you're looking for a personal experience this isn't it, but it was a great way to see key sights in Barcelona and also make it out to Mont Serrat. The only thing was we were so rushed at Mont Serrat and barely had any time to get to the viewing ledge and snap a quick shot of the mountains before sprinting back to the bus (we were 5 minutes late).

We met our guide in Playa de España and went on a train out to Monserrat. Fred was awesome! He engaged the whole train ride, spoke to the history, of both the Monastery and the city. He reached out prior to ensure the lunch was great and met any dietary restrictions. The Monastery was beautiful and views were breathtaking. Seeing the La Moreneta was truly inspirational.

Our trip was a wonderful and our guide Lucy spoke Russian which was a great surprise could not have spent a better time on a tour highly recommend this tour thanks for everything Fred and Yana