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  • Location:Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Montserrat Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket to La Sagrada Familia

Escape from Barcelona for a small-group visit to Montserrat during this half-day excursion. Join your guide as you ascend to this mountaintop monastery for a visit to the site's top attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. You'll also have time to admire the incredible views, visit the on-site museum or take a ride on the Montserrat cable car (at your own expense). If you want to continue the fun, add on an optional upgrade visit to the incredible Sagrada Familia, where you'll skip the line as you explore Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece up close. This small-group visit, limited to just 20 guests, also includes minivan transport.


  • Small-group tour from central Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Take a guided tour of Santa Maria de Montserrat basilica, home to the Virgin of Montserrat
  • Ride the Montserrat cable car (own expense), and enjoy fantastic views from the top of the mountain
  • Upgrade to include skip-the-line entry at Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia basilica
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience with your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The upgrade option is the only small-group tour that includes both the scenic Montserrat and the architectural wonder La Sagrada Familia.

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What You Can Expect

Montserrat Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket to La Sagrada Familia

Montserrat Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Optional Cable Car Ride and Skip-the-Line Ticket to La Sagrada Familia

This small-group visit to the majestic monastery of Montserrat, with optional skip-the-line upgrade to visit La Sagrada Familia, offers two of Barcelona's top attractions in one great package. If you're short on time or simply looking for a way to visit two Barcelona highlights, this excursion is a great option.

Start your trip at either 8:30am or 1:45pm (depending on the option you pick) from central Barcelona near the Palau de la Musica. Board your comfy minivan for the beautiful 1-hour drive up to Montserrat. Once you arrive at this towering mountain site, you'll have the option to ride the landmark's famous cable car (at your own expense) up to the top, enjoying incredible views of the surrounding area. If you prefer, you can simply stay on board your minivan for the ride to the top.

Upon reaching Montserrat, follow your guide on an exploration of its 1,000-year old Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica. Inside you'll discover the landmark's main attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. After visiting the Basilica, spend time exploring the Museum of Montserrat's many religious sculptures and artifacts. Guests who prefer to skip the museum can enjoy the hiking trail that circles the mountain, offering great views of Catalonia. Or take a ride on the rack railway (at your own expense) which winds its way around the mountaintop.

Finish your Montserrat excursion with a drop-off at your starting point in central Barcelona. Those who choose the optional skip-the-line upgrade at Sagrada Familia will continue the trip on the itinerary below.

La Sagrada Familia Upgrade:
Make the most of your time in Barcelona by combining your Montserrat tour with skip-the-line entry to Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia church. With this upgrade, you can choose the time and date of your visit, giving you the freedom to fit it in with your other plans. Simply request the time and date in the Special Requirements section any time between 10am and 6pm. If you do not yet know when you want to make your visit, you can inform the office staff on the morning of your tour, or when you call to reconfirm. This unique upgrade option allows you to spend as much time inside the church as you wish.

Simply make your own way to La Sagrada Familia and then head inside to enjoy a 45-minute visit on your own. The wait lines here are almost as legendary as the building’s fantastic architecture, but you can avoid them. Before you go inside, admire the sculpted portals, spires and chapels on a guided walk around the basilica’s exterior. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been under construction since 1882, and is not due for completion until 2026.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great trip with a small group. Got there before all the was not great but that is not under anyone's control. Beautiful place well worth the journey. Guide was also excellent

SusanW United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour was AWESOME!!! Traveling with a small group makes all the difference, Our tour guide was spectacular! She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She was the perfect guide..And skipping the line at La Sagrada Familia was a blessing as the cathedral was packed with tourists. Our guide also was terrific. He was very knowledgeable and friendly as well. Great tour combo. I strongly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great time on the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, the bus was comfortable and Montserrat was absolutely gorgeous! The tour gave us good overall info about Montserrat and enough time to explore on our own. We finished the trip with some wonderful purchases of goat cheese, nuts and honey by the locals! I highly recommend the tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Barcelona. Beautiful setting and to be able to walk a little on the St. James Way was special. The Boys Choir was an extra bonus. Our, guide, Rob ?, was perfect.

Gary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Guide did a really good job. We were the only people on the tour and had a very good experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was very nice and informative. We only got to see Montserrat because of time restraints, but I understood that. I would recommend Viator to others for tours.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Two amazing spots to visit in Barcelona. Friendly and capable guide comfortable ride to Montserrat.

Robyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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