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We had an early morning pick up at our hotel on Plaza Real. An excellent trip to Monserrant, and then cable car to the top. Enjoyed the excursion of the Basilica and hearing the boys choir.Our driver was informative,, left the group to discover the site, and informed us best time to enter the Basilica.
Our guide Miquel ckearly explained many items of interest on the hour long drive from Barcelona to Montserrat. When we arrived he explained the history of the monastery and the structure of the community of Benedictine monks. The walk to the cross was arduos, but Miquel modulated the pace so I didn’t pass out. The view when we arrived made the trek worthwhile. The highlight of the visit was the concert by the boys choir in the beautiful church. All in all, this was a great half day excursion. Btw, Miquel is a great driver!
We went to Montserrat on a foggy, rainy day but it was still an outstanding trip. Our tour guide Elisabeth was great and her ability to make even a rainy day interesting with her knowledge about the church and its history was outstanding! Would love to come back on a clear day and see more of the mountain.
Nuvia, the guide, loves to tell the history of Montserrat... its origin, purpose, destruction, recreation.. and continued place in
the hearts of Catalonia. Thanks for coupling the people,passion, and place of Catalonia in our common human venture for
peace, justice, compassion, serenity, and ultimate security in each other's care, competence, and commitment to living a life of community.
J and R Naples Florida
Very knowledgeable guide and only 6 of us in the van. Definitely a step above the larger jam packed buses and
the hotel pick up and drop off make it the best choice over all. We did this tour in mid December so really needed
to bundle up. Montserrat is truly stunning and we were lucky enough to hear the Boys' Choir sing three songs while
we were inside. wonderful!
The worst tour that I have ever taken! Tour was not as advertised. A complete rip-off. I do not recommend In-Out Barcelona Tours.
The company tour description advertised a small group of 8 or less and a tour that lasts until 2:30 pm. Our tour guide confirmed the site's description and itinerary by advising my fiancé and I that we were going to walk around the monastery, visit the basilica, wait in line to walk to the Black Madonna, watch and listen to the famed children's choir, and hike to the Holy Cave. He confirmed that we leave Monserrat at 2:30 pm.
My fiancé and I were picked up first. The tour guide told us that he is just picking up one more family. It ended up being a family of about 8 or 10. We had to wait for another van to pick up the remainder of the family. Once we got to Montserrat, they divided the group into two, my fiancé and I as one, and the other family as two. Once we began the tour, our tour guide informed us that the tour had to be cut short and end at 1:30 pm because the other family had other plans! WHAT??!! Why didn't you tell us prior? He says that he did not know until we got there. His boss had just told him. He couldn't do anything about it. So we weren't able to do what the tour had promised. We ended up only doing the Holy Cave trek.
If we would have known that our trip was going to be cut short, then we would have not attended. Maybe that is why they waited until we were up in Montserrat so that they can justify a reason not to refund our money.
Our guides arrived at our apartment at 8:30 AM for our tour of Montserrat 90 minutes from Barcelona. It was a rather cramped van ride, as other people joined our group of five and we all squeezed in with our driver and tour guide. Our guide was rather animated, which actually made the trip all that more interesting. Montserrat is home to a well-known boys choir, which we had hoped to hear but they were touring in the United States. That was a bit disappointing but not the fault of our guide or the tour...just timing. Our day at Monserrat began with a mile long walk to the Santa Cova Holy Grotto where La Moroneta Virgin Mary first appeared. The walk to the Santa Cova included statues and scenes representing 12 events in Christs life. These are called the 12 mysteries. After the walk to Santa Cova we went to the cathedral and the cloister. In front of the cloister are four trees: Palm, Cypress, Olive and Cedar of Lebanon representing eternal life, the spiritual, peace and strength respectively. I have to say that the English major in me was so drawn to the stories and symbolism of everything. Totally related to the tour.
Fantastic! Our tour guide and driver were great.
We drove about 45 minutes out of Barcelona into the hills, very pleasant drive. When we arrived we were dropped off right near to the entrance, no long hike up from the carpark, and afterward collected at the same point.
The tour was very informative, we learned about the monastery and why it was there, taken to see the Black Madonna and shown some of the sculptures along the walk, even one by Mr Gaudi himself! Also rode on the funicular which was fun, but we didn't go up the top of the mountain, as the top funicular queues were very long. Plenty of free time to take a closer look at the monastery buildings and grounds.
The views from the courtyard are breathtaking and the whole experience was worth the money paid.
Only downside, was the traffic on the return journey, it took us twice as long to head back into town. As we had another tour booked for the afternoon, we only just made it back in time.
I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time for the journey back to Barcelona.
Recommend this tour highly!!
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