This tour was just what we expected. The monastery was delightful and a wonderful spiritual experience as well as a great historical perspective from our guide. He was just fabulous and very friendly, informative and clear on the details of the region. The wine tour was better than many others I have been to over the years and well worth it to understand the sparkling wine industry in Spain...specifically the Cava wines produced by the winery we went to. The tour at the winery was all inclusive and detailed in every way. The sparkling wine was great as well. I highly recommend this tour and know you will enjoy your day in the mountains of Spain.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide was a lovely young man, very knowledgeable who bought the history of Colonia Guell to life, of which none of our group knew anything about. Gaudi Crypt was inspiring and amazing and Montserrat's history incredible. Stunning views from the rack railway trip up the mountain and we also took the optional trip further up the mountain by cable car to Saint Joan, well worth the extra few euros.
Was a good day. I certainly don't think a full 16 person bus is a small group, but that may just be my expectation. Also at Montserrat is only a very brief overview, almost all of the time you are left on your own. There is plenty to do and we had a good time there, but don't expect a tour.
Very nice time at the winery.
The trip was in Spanish and English which was a pain. There were a lot of very slow people on the trip who needed things explaining around 5 times - not info on the tour but about toilets and bus stops, which wasted loads of time. There was plenty of info on bus on the way there and back but once we got there there was no info on the buildings, history, architecture. Montserrat is a stunning place but the tour was a disappointment.
The site is incredible. Climbing the mountain on the bus was an experience but the driver was excellent. The guide, Anna, was great. She has a wealth of knowledge and presented it well. She was very organized and that made the trip even more pleasant. The Cava winery also presented a very well done survey of wine making including the making of Cava the Spanish "Champaign." Highly recommend.
Long tiring day, but the only way to see Barcelona and Montserrat in one day. Knowledgeable guide. Spent plenty of time at Montserrat and saw several Gaudi works. I would recommend it, but be prepared to be exhausted by the end of the day. Moderate activity that anyone in reasonable condition can handle.
Colonia Guell small - not that much to see but visiting the the Gaudi crypt was definitely worthwhile. Very small but you definitely get a feel for Gaudi's work and puts La Sagradia Familia into perspective. Train ride to Montserrat pleasant if fairly short. When we arrived the guide suggested going straight to the Monastery in order to sit/see the boys choir. However even arriving with 45 minutes to spare in the church it was standing room only as Mass was in progress. The boys choir eventually arrived - sang one very beautiful piece and then more of a folk song which was not to my personal liking. All in all possibly 10 minutes worth of music and near to an hour and half standing. We had a look around the Monastery following the service, had a quick bite to eat then paid and queued for one of the two funicular railways. Unfortunately we did not manage to get on the railway as it took just 48 passengers by which time we had to abandon the queue and ask for a refund. Had a quick look around the free exhibition included with the ticket and then back to the coach. Personally I think a little more information about waiting times for the railways would have been very useful to have prior to wasting time in the queue. In essence I think if you just want to see Montserrat then do this by train from Barcelona under your own steam. Bit 'touristy' for my liking even in the Monastery!
Unfortunately the day we had prebooked for this tour was raining and absolutely fooged in on the mountain so we could not see the views , which I was told are spectacular, nor hike the trails. Not a fault of the tour. However, we did take the funicular for the experience even though we could see nothing . The funicular was an extra cost which I thought shoould have been included.
Guide spent too much time speaking to the 4 spanish tourist. Took english speaking tourist time which was already too short for Montserrat to give a briefing. Spent all time on bus with spanish speaking tourist, no history discussion with group.
I loved the trip to montserrat and would recommended to everyone!
Really great value....Montserrat was a must see!
We are not tour people - this was just enough.......it was gorgeous sunny day as well.
Excellent guide. We had a detailed commentary on both sites, and plenty of free time to spend inside the Sagrada Familia by ourselves, and to do some shopping in the cathedral shop. Skip the Line was definitely the way to go - the queue for other visitors was very long - at least an hour to get in. At Monserrat we again had ample free time to take photos and do shopping etc. We visited late in the day so the queue for the black Madonna was very short. Our guide suggested that if we wanted to take the cable car that we do it on the way down, which we did, and the bus met us at the bottom. On the bus trip up the mountain we had a commentary on the monastery. The tour started at 12.30pm and we were dropped off at Christopher Columbus monument (close to cruise ships) at about 6.30pm. If you have limited time in Barcelona and want to do one or two sites well rather than a fleeting look at lots of sites, then this is a good option. The only negative comment would be that the bus was old and needed some mechanical work.
Amazing place. While not exactly a small group, 20 plus, it was more comfortable in a large bus than in the 9 seater vans. Montserrat is an amazing place and our visit and tour of the Albert I Noya winery was delightful. Cannot recommend highly enough!!
If you don't have enough time to go for longer than this is perfect to get a quick feel for the place. I would have opted for the full day tour, so you can walk up to the mountain peaks. You will not have enough time to do it on this tour. You get a 1 hour guided tour and then 1 hour to walk around yourselves.
Very comprehensive and informative. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and was up to date with all the locale information! Cog wheel train was spectacular as was all aspects of the Montserrat excursion.
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