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Discover two of the premier tourist sites near Barcelona on this 8-hour day trip to Colonia Güell and Montserrat. Stop by Colonia Güell, one of the more intriguing projects of celebrated architect Antoni Gaudí. Then take a board the rack railway for a ride to the alpine retreat of Montserrat, where you'll take in sublime views and view the site's Benedictine monastery. This partially guided excursion also includes free time to wander the two sites at your own pace.


  • Day trip to Colonia Güell and Montserrat from Barcelona
  • Visit the stunning Gaudi crypt at Colonia Guell
  • Ride the rack railway to the top of Montserrat for panoramic views
  • Partially guided tour provides free time to explore each location on your own
  • English-speaking guide

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Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat, Colonia Guell and Gaudi Crypt

Barcelona Day Trip: Montserrat, Colonia Guell and Gaudi Crypt

Explore two of the most interesting attractions in the Greater Barcelona area during this 8-hour day trip to nearby Montserrat and the Antoni Gaudí-designed Colonia Güell. This partially guided day trip is a great chance to get outside the city while exploring some the amazing scenery and fascinating architecture of the Catalonia region.

Start your day at 8:30am at the bus stop at Pl. Catalunya, in front of El Corte Ingles department store. Click on the Additional Info link for a map of the depature point. From there, proceed from Barcelona to the Colonia Güell, a worker's village first constructed in 1882 by famous Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí. During your stop at this intriguing site, you'll enjoy a guided visit inside Gaudí's crypt, a striking church built by the architect but never completed.

After finishing your Colonia Güell visit, head next to Montserrat, a picturesque mountain-top retreat just outside of Barcelona. Montserrat is also known as the sight of a Benedictine monastery dating to the 11th century and to the Virgin of Montserrat, a religious artifact located in the monastery's Royal Basilica that celebrates this patron saint of Catalonia. During your time at Montserrat, you'll also have the opportunity to ride to highest point of the mountain via the rack railway, where you'll take in fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. 

Spend some additional time at Montserrat exploring the site at your leisure, taking a break to sample some Spanish cuisine for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Your excursion's guide will also be available should you have any questions about the site or about the day's itinerary.

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Customer Reviews

Jayme D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a long, tiring day, filled with lots of walking but it's well worth it. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. We had a wonderful tour guide and a great driver. Scenic view was awesome. I would do it again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Gaudi Crypt was worth while to visit.
I've been in monastry of Monserrat several times before, at this time I spent most of time in hiking.
The view from the mountain was great. I was sorry I had only 4 hours free time in mosserat including lunch time.

Howard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This day trip to Montserrat and Colonia Guell was fantastic because of the knowledge and friendliness of our guide. A comfortable bus ride, plenty of free time, and a most accomodating and enthusiastic guide.

Dana L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We certainly received much more than I was expecting from the tour. Everything from the Cava at Colonia Guell to the boys choir at Monserrat was very enjoyable and interesting. The day was paced perfectly. Our guide, Carlos, was fabulous! He was very knowledgeable, upbeat, and made sure that we understood his directions and explanations. He gave us great tips throughout the day about what to see and how to best avoid the crowds. Great day!

Isa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour. Beautiful places!

Gayle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Montserrat and the rail rack ride were great. Well worth seeing the basilica and surround art works. The highlight of the tour for me, though, was seeing Gaudi's crypt currently used as a church. Beautiful and inspiring. Definitely recommend. .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The guide of this tour was amazing. The site was also fantastic and a must see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The overall trip experience was enjoyable. It's quite an experience and fun taking the almost vertical train up to the very top of the mountain. The only heads up is that lunch takes place at Montserrat and the options are very limited as there are only a couple cafes up there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a really nice tour. An amazing tour guide, Olga, who is really eager to share her love to her country with the group. Colonia Guell is off main track, but with Olga's help this where I started to understand Gaudi, his innovation in architecture and structural design. MOnserrat was also very interesting, and the tour to the boys' school building was impressive. I would highly recommend this new tour.

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