- Barcelona Super Saver tour, offering a 10 percent saving
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes a walk through the Gothic Quarter
- Take in views of Barcelona’s skyline, including La Sagrada Familia, on a cable car ride up Montjuic
- Relax on a cog-wheel train ride up Montserrat for unbeatable vistas
- Visit Montserrat, see the royal basilica and 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin, and sample local liquors
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This combo tour is excellent value and includes some top Barcelona attractions, amazing aerial views from the cable car ride and an afternoon visit to the dramatic Montserrat pilgrimage site.
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What You Can Expect
Start your morning sightseeing tour with a stroll through Plaza de Catalunya; admire its many fountains and statues, and then wander along the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter. As you walk, your guide will explain interesting details about Barcelona’s historical sites. See many buildings from the 15th century, including Barcelona Cathedral, as you continue to Plaza Sant Jaume, where important government buildings are located, including the Palace of Generalitat and the Town Hall.
Next, board a coach and take in views of the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona’s coastline on the drive to Montjuic, a hill near the coast that features many attractions. Pass the Olympic Village (Vila Olimpica), which was home to athletes during the 1992 Olympics, and drive by Port Olympic. Continue up Montjuic for a panoramic view of the city and harbor, and then enjoy a tour of Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi and Calatrava Tower. Next, visit the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) to see architecture and traditional crafts from different regions of Spain.
Finally, board Montjuic cable car and take in aerial views of Barcelona landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia as you ride down the hill to Montjuic Castle. Admire the castle from the outside, then head back to central Barcelona, for a short lunch break (own expense).
Montserrat Royal Basilica Tour and Cog-Wheel Train Ride: (4.5 hours)
After driving through picturesque little villages, arrive in the small town of Monistrol to hop aboard your cog-wheel train for your 20-minute ride through the mountains. Gaze out at the glorious scenery, and hop out on the craggy mountain of Montserrat, a peak that rises to roughly 4,051 feet (1,235 meters).
The Royal Basilica of Montserrat has been one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta (the Black Virgin). On weekday afternoons, there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs: La Escolania de Montserrat.
After hearing an introduction to Montserrat from your guide, learning about its importance in past and present times, use your free time (roughly two hours) to explore independently and discover the site’s magic on your own. Then, meet back up with your guide to enjoy a tasting of four typical Montserrat liquors and learn more details about the site by watching the 'Montserrat Inside Closed Doors' video, at the visitor's center. Later, travel back to Barcelona by coach.
This tour is split into 2 parts, morning and afternoon, the morning it gives you a highlight tour of the city, Olympic Stadium, Spanish Village, a cable car ride and more, and the afternoon you go up to Montserrat on a cog wheel train and see the Black Madonna, amazing views also.
This tour was well worth it. Plenty time of free time on the tour to for you to get some of your own exploring in. The guide we had (Fernando ) was absolutely brilliant. This is actually 2 tours with a break of about 1hr 45 mins in between which gives you plenty of time to refuel between pick ups.
Very nice trip
Montserrat was absolutely beautiful. Great day drip overall.
Great way to see a sampling of Barcelona and some of the countryside. Montserrat was definitely a destination not to miss!
Great day, good guides
Had a great day.both tour guides were very knowledgeable and this was a great way for first time travellers to see Barcelona
A nice drive not the Spanish countryside just outside Barcelona. The train up to Montserrat is good giving some great views over the countryside. The cathedral is well maintained and in good order and worth a visit. The mountains in the area have a rather unique shape.
Montjuic on the edge of Barcelona gives you some good views over Barcelona. The Spanish Village didn't live up to its reputation for us, but others on the tour raved over it, so it's one of those either you like it or you don't places. Overall a good day.
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This was a nice tour. First part we went over to Montjuic where we rode the cable car and were able to see the city from up there. We were also taken around the city to see the major parts of the city. We returned back to the agency, had lunch and then had the second part of our tour. The guide for our second part to Montserrat was really nice, even though he had twisted his ankle that morning, he was still walking around and showing us what we needed. Montserrat was small but is really pretty surrounded by mountains. You do have time on your own to walk around and see things on your own.
Really enjoyed the afternoon up in Monserrat...my only complaint was that the businesses were closed quite a while before we left, so many of us didn't get to do the taste testing.