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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover two top Barcelona sites 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 board the rack railway for a ride to the alpine retreat of Montserrat, where you'll take in sublime views and see the 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
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. From there, head to the Colonia Güell, a worker's village first constructed in 1882 by famous Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí. Enjoy a guided visit inside Gaudí's crypt, a striking church built by the architect but never completed.

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 (own expense) at one of the nearby restaurants. Your guide will also be available should you have any questions about the site or about the day's itinerary. Your trip will conclude with drop-off back at your original departure point.

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l
, Aug 2018

A great day out - although we did feel it was a little long...didnt need to have quite so much time at Montserrat.
Great to be able to skip the queues and see the Black Madonna...........a little to long wondering through the school boys choir dormitory.
Unfortunately they were on school holidays when we were there so didnt hear/see them sing.

K
, Apr 2018

This was one of the best day trips during our 2-week trip to Spain. Laila, our tour guide, was exceptional! She explained everything very well and was very much conscientious of the needs of the people in the tour. The tour is well-organized. Everyone is given a one-way bluetooth headset so that you can hear clearly the guide speaking.

Colonia Guell was pretty interesting. The church was amazing. The church is a Gaudi masterpiece that you don't hear often but it's worth a visit.

Montserrat was wonderful! I think we were lucky because there weren't too many people. It was just unfortunate that the Montserrat boys choir was on break the week we came it was a week after Holy Week and they sang non-stop during Easter week so this was their scheduled break. We had an exclusive tour of the facilities of the boys' choir school and we didn't have to line-up to see the Black Madonna. After the tour, we literally came out just beside the huge altar and had an unobstructed view of the altar and 1PM prayer.

M
, Apr 2018

Mark was a fantastic tour guide. Very detailed in his explanations. Lovely day!

A
, Mar 2018

We had a terrific tour. The balance of guided time versus free time was perfect, both at the Colonia and at Montserrat. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and enhanced our appreciation of both destinations. It was a delight to hear the boys choir sing. I recommend this tour highly.

A
, Jan 2018

This is a trip not to be missed. While there are a multitude of trips to Montserrat I didn't see any other trips that included Colonia Guell and the Gaudi Crypt, indeed I hadn't heard about the Gaudi Crypt but would highly recommend it if you have the chance to go. The crypt had all the components of La Sagrada Familia. Montserrat itself is beautiful. I would highly recommend the art gallery as the collection is really amazing.
If you are looking to join an organised tour to Montserrat then this is the one to get.

A
, Nov 2017

We liked it a lot!!!

M
, Nov 2017

Very well organised and informative tour. We both really enjoyed the day. A good mix of organised part and free time.

l
, Oct 2017

The works of Gaudi intrigue me and seeing the Gaudi Crypt and having his works and imaginations explained to us by our tour guide were so impressive. I would have liked more time in the town though to really appreciate it. The views driving up to Monsterrat have to be seen to be believed. We experienced a real treat at the school. We not only had a closeup of the students singing and the black Madonna but we were also given an inside tour of the boys school. A really great experience

J
, Oct 2017

I sent my parents and my 8 and 9 year old children on this tour. They came back raving about their day. Their tour guide Alex was very informative and they had exclusive access to a few things that many other tours did not provide. They loved hearing the boys choir sing. They were also very intrigued by the things they learned in Colonia Guell. They had packed a lunch to bring with them which made it possible for them to make the most of their free time. They truly had a wonderful experience.

E
, Sep 2017

Brilliant trip. From colony Guell and Gaudis crypt to the thrilling train trip up Montserrat and the spectacular view, from the beautiful singing of the boys choir to the wonderful guide Lyla that gave us the background to what we were seeing and answered every one's questions this trip was amazing. We also visited the art gallery at Montserrat which was interesting. It did rain so we didn't climb any higher than the monastery but we were able to appreciate the view before the rain. Well worth doing. We also visited the black Madonna and I found it quite moving.


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