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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:  8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
This private day trip from Barcelona combines one of Barcelona's most iconic attractions, Montserrat, with the modernist architecture of one of Spain’s most famous sons, Antoni Gaudí, You’ll enjoy stunning views of the area, see historic artifacts and admire the work of one of the world’s most legendary architects.

Highlights

  • Private day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat and Antoni Gaudí sites
  • Explore Montserrat and see the 12th-century Black Virgin
  • Learn interesting facts about the fantastic Antoni Gaudí
  • See two of his works, Park Guell and Colonia Guell
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private English-speaking guide provides personalized attention

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What You Can Expect

Private Montserrat, Gaudi and Modernism Day Trip from Barcelona

Private Montserrat, Gaudi and Modernism Day Trip from Barcelona

Leaving Barcelona in your private minivan, your private day trip from Barcelona heads first to Montserrat, a craggy mountain outside of the city that is home to a Benedictine abbey. You'll visit a sanctuary in the abbey that houses La Moreneta, a 12th-century statue of a black Virgin Mary. The sanctuary has been a destination for pilgrims and other visitors for almost 1,000 years.

You’ll also have time to visit the Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ranging from Archaeology from the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture. Or discover the different walking paths on Montserrat – there are routes to suit all tastes and energy levels. You can also take one of the mountain’s two rack railways or the cable car, which offer different views of the area, or simply savor the views from the café, which offers panoramas of the valleys.

After lunch, you’ll visit Colonia Güell, where you’ll see an unfinished church by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi only finished the crypt, which you can visit.

Finally, finish your day trip back in Barcelona at Park Güell, the magical city garden designed by Gaudí that features some of his most creative designs. See the famous mosaic lizard and strange 'Gingerbread Houses' that enchant visitors of all ages. Follow the winding alleys, passing over bridges or under twisting rock pillars. Admire the fascinating ceramic benches and the fantastic view over Barcelona. Get lost in the fascinating labyrinth made up of rocks and pine trees. You can choose to stay at Park Güell after your tour ends, or return to your Barcelona hotel.

This private day trip from Barcelona is hosted by a professional guide. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, who will then prepare for your private tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Really enjoyed the trip especially Montserrat and La Grada Familia. Our tour guide/driver, Enrique was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Absolutely fantastic! Our guide/driver Nick, came with a lovely car, made us very comfortable and drove us around for 8 hours.
We went to the Montserrat Mts. with intentions of seeing the Monastery; however, my travel mate suffered a foot injury earlier in the trip, so we opted for the least amount of walking and sadly needed to pass on the Monastery. We spent the remainder of the day doing all things Gaudi and Barcelona. It was a packed agenda, filled with Nick's knowledgeable details, beauty and unlimited photo opportunities.
I would highly recommend this journey and if possible ask for Nick. He is a walking-talking Google Search Engine! I give it 10 stars!!!
I am a professional photographer, if you would like to see some photos of this wonderful shore excursion in Barcelona please email me at kris@kristenkay.com. I will put you on a list and send you a link when I post my photos to the website.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Another brilliant day! Anna was a fantastic guide. Again, I learned so much about the history of Barcelona and its surrounds. As I had already seen Parc Guell she happily varied the itinerary to suit. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Our guide was Alejandro and was delightful. He picked us up at our hotel right on time even though our hotel was a little hard to find. We started off by heading up to Montserrat. It had just snowed the day before so there was still snow and ice on the ground at the top of the mountain. We got there early enough to beat much of the crowd which was great. Alejandro has very knowledgeable about the area and history which was great. We had time to explore and we chose to ride the funicular to the very top (a must! the view was incredible) and do a little hiking. Afterward we headed back to meet our guide and wished we had a little more time to hike. Next time we'll make it an all day trip. From there we headed to Colonial Guell and got to explore Gaudi's crypt and the small town. The small museum they had there was very informative as well and had a great example on display of how Gaudi designed his buildings. We ate lunch in Colonial Guell at a great little restaurant that Alejandro suggested. We spent some more time walking around the beautiful area and then headed to Park Guell. This was by far the most crowded by this time of day, but we did manage to walk around, explore and get some pictures in. We did enjoy the view and our guide once again gave us a great history lesson of the park and Gaudi and took some pictures of us as well! One of the best private tours we took while in Barcelona. A must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

MONTSERRET WAS AMAZING... OUR GUIDE/DRIVER, ALEX WAS GREAT. HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO DO and SEE ALL THAT WE REQUESTED ... HE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE and UP ON THE MODERNISM OF GAUDI ARCHITECTURE. ALL OF US 3 LADIES JUST LOVED HIM. GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Our tour guide, Andrew, was excellent and even bought us Cava and cold drinks. A much more relaxed day than standard tours. We stopped at an authentic Catelonian restaurant for lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Great guide. The Gaudi portion of this trip was canceled due to a scheduled event so we went Cava tasting and it was great. The winery had the largest wine cellar in the world and an extremely interesting tour was given by our very dynamic guide. Montserrat was gorgeous and everything I ever imagined it to be. Since it was winter we were able to see and do everything we wanted. Unfortunately the cable car and cog wheel trains were being repaired that day, so we were unable to go to the top of the mountain. However, were still able to do a considerable amount of hiking with sweeping views; had ample time to listen to the choir; no line to see the Black Madonna; and also bought some great cheese on the way back. Excellent. My favorite tour of all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Montserrat was excellent! Well worth seeing for anyone visiting Barcelona!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Excellent!!! perfect A++++++

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2011

This trip was all that I hoped for as far as the history and spiritual significance of Montserrat . The visual beauty of the surrounding area was awesome. The best part of the tour, for me, was the trip to Colonial Guell and the insight into the vision Gaudi had for his future masterpiece, Sagrada Familia. An unexpected delight!

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