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Combine a trip to one of Barcelona’s most iconic natural landmarks with the modernist masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi on a private full-day tour of Montserrat and Park Güell. With an erudite guide, explore the rural magnificence of Montserrat and its ancient Benedictine Abbey, home to the 12th century Black Virgin, and then embark on a guided tour of some of one of Gaudi’s most impressive creations. Explore the eccentric sculptures within Park Güell and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.
  • 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
Depart from a central Barcelona location in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the craggy peaks of Montserrat, a natural landmark home to an ancient Benedictine abbey. Venture within the sacred sanctuary home to 'La Moreneta', a 12th-century statue of a black Virgin Mary that has been attracting pilgrims for more than a millennium.

Delve into the rich history of the region in the Museum of Montserrat and browse exhibitions that speak eloquently of sculpture, archaeology and biblical writings. Discover a selection of picturesque walking trails around the mountain and take a rack railway or cable car ride to absorb sweeping vistas of the incredible surroundings.

Revitalize with a traditional lunch and then head to Colonia Güell to see a famously unfinished church by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. Descend to the depths of the crypt, the only part of the construction to be completed, and then head to Park Güell to discover a hallucinatory landscape of sculptures and artwork. Gaze at lizard mosaics and ‘Gingerbread Houses’ reminiscent of fairytales; sit on colorful ceramic benches; and lose yourself in a mystifying labyrinth made solely from rocks and pine trees.

Choose to return to your Barcelona hotel or continue exploring Park Güell at the end of your tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Parc Guell
Admission Ticket Free
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Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
Admission Ticket Free
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Explore Catalunya
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Pass By:  
Montserrat Museum
Admission Ticket Free

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Amazing! We had a private tour, he took...
Edwin A
, Jul 2016
Amazing! We had a private tour, he took us to the Monastery and left us to explore for a few hours. The venicular was a fantastic ride giving us a terrific view of the Monastery. The lantern s in the monastery were beautiful!.
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Really enjoyed the trip especially...
Robert D
, Jul 2015
Really enjoyed the trip especially Montserrat and La Grada Familia. Our tour guide/driver, Enrique was excellent.
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Guide arrived,pleasant, but there were...
elisabeth r
, Jun 2014
Guide arrived,pleasant, but there were definitely some communication problems. On the drive to Montserrat, she made little effort to provide more than a perfunctory description of our plan to go to Montserrat and what we could see there, then mostly fell silent or just played radio. On arrival she showed us around and gave set speeches, which were educational and fine. We were then on our own, to walk around or eat either at the awful cafeteria or have honey and cheeze from vendors for a while, or go up the funicular, but had to leave on a schedule to get to Colonia Guell, our 2nd stop. There we toured a pretty unfinished Gaudi church and an interesting museum set in a not so interesting suburban neighborhood that dates back to the workers paradise that Guell had set up as part of his textile factory. The museum started getting stuffy as the AC was not working, and the toilet was clogged, so I left the building to get air. The guide suggested we walk in the neighborhood, but I told her I just wanted to go to "the next stop" (I knew there was supposed to be a third attraction, just forgot what it was). She seemed surprized and said, "That is going back to Barcelona." I thought maybe I'd misread that there were 3 stops, or that perhaps the 3 stops were supposed to be Montserrat, the church, and the museum, so that meant that was the end of the tour. So she just drove us back to the hotel. Only later when looking at the tour description again did I realize that the third stop was actually supposed to be Park Guell, which she did not mention at all and totally skipped. I don't know if she got confused and forgot it was supposed to be on the tour we'd paid for, or thought that because I did not want to walk around the boring suburban town outside the church and musuem at Colonia and said I wanted to go to "the next stop" she assumed that meant hotel.
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Another brilliant day! Anna was a...
Dr Pamela M
, Jul 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!
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Our guide was Alejandro and was...
Nathan
, Mar 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.
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Tour was a disappointment. Tourguide...
Stacy S
, Nov 2012
Tour was a disappointment. Tourguide complained about picking us up so early (9am), then had to stop by her office to pick up money for tour. Barely spoke on the drive to and from Montserrat. Car was tiny, my husband couldn't sit up straight without hitting his head. She argued over what to see.
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Anna our tour guide was excellent, very...
Mary K
, Oct 2012
Anna our tour guide was excellent, very informative. The sight were incredible!
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Our tour guide, Andrew, was excellent...
Rick J
, Jul 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.
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Great guide. The Gaudi portion of this...
Tracy
, Jan 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.
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Montserrat was excellent! Well worth...
Chris
, Oct 2011
Montserrat was excellent! Well worth seeing for anyone visiting Barcelona!

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