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Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour

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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Experience two of Barcelona's best-selling excursions during this 9-hour day trip, including a visit to the hilltop monastery of Montserrat, followed by an exploration of the modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí, all at a discounted price. Begin your combo tour package by visiting the dramatic mountain religious site of the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, then spend the afternoon discovering the unique architectural creations of Gaudí. It's a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, with a bonus 5% discount versus buying each tour separately. Your excursion also includes a guide, all entrance fees and air-conditioned transport.
  • Combined visit to Montserrat and tour of Barcelona's Modernist attractions
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat and its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin
  • Enjoy spectacular views from Montserrat mountain while enjoying 2.5 hours of free time
  • See Gaudi's famous apartment buildings, plus Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia
  • Listen to entertaining commentary from an expert local guide
  • Relax with transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This combo makes it possible to cover Montserrat and top Gaudí sites in one day.
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Local bilingual guide
Radio guide system
Air-conditioned vehicle
Guided walking tour outside of the Sagrada Familia
Guided walking tour of Passeig de Gràcia (Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batll
Guided walking tour of Park Güell with admission tickets.
Taste of 4 typical liquors and entrance to the audio visual “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
Discounts at some of the main attractions
Gratuities
Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló admission tickets.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Casa Batlló, Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Explore some of Barcelona's top highlights, including its incredible architecture and beautiful religious monuments, on this combo tour package combining two separate excursions together at a 5% discount. It's a great way to cover a lot of ground during your Barcelona visit, particularly if you're short on time.

Start your morning with an excursion to the famous Montserrat monastery just outside of town, meeting in central Barcelona for a departure at 9:15am. Weave your way through the scenic towns that line the roadside on the way to this beautiful attraction, eventually arriving at the Royal Basilica set high above the surrounding area on a rocky mountainside. This ancient religious site, which houses a carving of the Black Virgin (Virgen Moroneta) has been hosting pilgrims for centuries.

Get an overview of the monument from your guide as you learn about its significance to Catalonia and its many years of history, before explore the majestic setting and fascinating grounds for 2 hours at your own leisure. Meet again with your guide to continue the trip back to central Barcelona by coach. During the trip back, you'll have the chance to see the city harbor before reaching the bus terminal where you'll start the second half of your day exploring the work of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí.

Begin part two of your Barcelona adventure with a walk to the iconic La Sagrada Familia, known as the crown jewel of the many projects by Gaudí. Admire the exterior of this UNESO World Heritage-listed cathedral as hear about its construction from your guide and crane your neck up at its towering spires. Despite the fact work began in the 1880s, this incredibly intricate project is still under construction to this day.

Head next to Gaudí's Park Güell, an idyllic park adorned with colorful tile-covered benches, terraces and statues that's situated on the hill of El Carmel above the city. This eye-popping monument's beautiful decorations are known to attract huge lines at the entrance. Thankfully, you can skip the line using your fast-track ticket, spending the time you've saved wandering the gorgeous setting of this unusual park with your guide.

Leave the park and head next to Passeig de Gràcia, a boulevard near downtown Barcelona that's home to several Gaudí-designed structures, including Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, that have been turned into museums. Hear the inside story behind the well-to-do Batlló and Milà families that commissioned Gaudí to build the structures, and learn about the ensuing uproar from Barcelona residents when these eye-catching buildings were unveiled to the public. Finish your excursion near Casa Batlló.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Abadia de Montserrat
Board a coach from our office in central Barcelona to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Montserrat Museum
Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audio visual exhibition once our guided tour finishes. Check in back again at our office in central Barcelona 15 minutes before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and come aboard an air conditioned coach towards Sagrada Familia.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The first part of this afternoon tour will start with a walking tour around the exterior of la Sagrada Familia, where we will discover its history and the symbolism hidden behind its ornamentation.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Parc Guell
Board your bus back again for a short trip to the Park Güell, located in the upper part of the city. Enjoy a guided tour of the Park with your local guide and discover why it is one of the most emblematic works by Gaudí. Wonder at the magnificent skills of Gaudí and its organic style, displayed all over the park. Did you know the Park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO?
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Passeig de Gracia
Follow your guide and board the coach again for a short trip to Passeig de Gràcia, the most important street in the city. Stroll down the same admiring the many modernist buildings, learn about their history and significance.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Casa Mila - La Pedrera
Casa Mila - La Pedrera
Pass By:  
Casa Batllo
Casa Batlló
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • There is approximately 35 min between both parts of the excursions, during this time you will be able to get lunch (not included) in the city center of Barcelona.
  • Note that the children's choir performance is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery.
  • Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals.
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
  • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Queues to see the Black Madonna may occur depending on season.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear comfortable shoes and the people is all so friendly." See review
  • "The drive approaching and up the mountain to Montesarrat in itself was worth the investment." See review
  • "The half day trip to the monastery of Montserrat is enough to see the place." See review

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Remarkable history! Stunning Vistas! Gotta Try Cheeses!
jrweasmer
, Sep 2019
The drive approaching and up the mountain to Montesarrat in itself was worth the investment. Options at the top suited every traveler's desires. For those seeking geological phenomena, historical awareness, spiritual connection, thrill rides (by gondola or mountain (sharp!) incline, hiking on paved trails, or perfect photo opportunities, this tour cannot disappoint! Our time in Barcelona was limited, so the half day tour worked well, but on a second visit, we would spend a full day at Montserrat. The Gaudi tour was the best of our two week European whirl! Wish I knew the Julia tours male guide's name, but can say his vast knowledge, quick wit, storytelling prowess, and warm manner maximized our exposure to the quirky talented artist/architect. Julia agency folks devoted extensive energy toward helping us figure out transportation to our distant hotel. Pleasant, eager to help, and devoted to customer satisfaction.
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Most highlights of Barcelona in one day
Yik-ho W
, May 2019
Both trips were amazing. Enthusiastic en passionate guides. Especially the Gaudí tour, little details and amazing stories about the buildings and architect.
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Top Attractions
C C
, Oct 2018
The half day trip to the monastery of Montserrat is enough to see the place. The place is serene and beautiful. We were lucky to hear mass inside the Basilica while we were there. Our guide was knowledgable but a bit sedate in his delivery of facts so it was kind of a sleepy ride.Were it not for him, I would have scored this 5 stars. Cristina, our guide for Artistic Barcelona tour, was excellent. She was passionate and well versed about the sites we saw. I learned to appreciate Gaudi and the other artistic sites in BArcelona through her narrative. She knewsubject matter and kept the annotation of the tour lively and interesting.
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The Great Monserrat Experience
brendahW6443JH
, Sep 2018
I had an awesome time the black Madonna was georgeous. The scenery and the guide was awesome. I had a great time. Wear comfortable shoes and the people is all so friendly. I will probably do this trip again. Book early
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The Gaudi tour guide was...
ympierre
, Mar 2018
The Gaudi tour guide was outstanding. She was patient with us Americans and her English was quite good. She was also, kind, respectful and very knowledgeable.
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Enjoy tour. An excellent tour guide...
Arvind A
, Mar 2018
Enjoy tour. An excellent tour guide, who was a lot of knowledge
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A long day, but a great trip. The...
berryrasp
, Jan 2018
A long day, but a great trip. The trip to Montserrat was beautiful and very interesting. Loved the Gaudi tour of Barcelona. Would love to do again!
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Great experience! these tours were...
DANIEL S
, Dec 2017
Great experience! these tours were absolutely exceptional. Tour guides and very nice, knowledgeable and helpful. Bus rides are clean and enjoyable. And of course the sights are ridiculously cool! Highly recommended!
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Not to miss. We had not heard of...
Laura J
, Nov 2017
Not to miss. We had not heard of this but had a milennial tell us it was worth the trip. So right. I would actually go again.
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I would give 3 star for Montserrat...
najat
, Oct 2017
I would give 3 star for Montserrat Trip but 5 star for Gaudi Tour. I was handled by an agency called Julia Travels which was really professional, efficient, and on time, but the tour itself was so-so. For Montserrat, unless you're interested to check out the Basilica and get time out from the city to hang around in the compound of the cathedral up on the mountain itself wasnt very high, then that's OK. Not the most beautiful of mountains either in my opinion. Artistic Gaudi tour on the other hand was superb. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the guide but he was passionate and just very knowledgeable of the buildings he brought us to see. It was quite a long tour 3-4 I can't remember but definitely, definitely, worthwhile.
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