See the best of Barcelona with packaged trip combining two excursions, including visits to the Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, Olympic Village (Vila Olimpica), Montjuic Castle, Montserrat and much more. Your trip includes a ride by cog-wheel train to the Royal Basilica of Monserrat to admire the the site's 12-century Black Virgin and sample some local liquor. Hop aboard the Montjuic cable car for a bird's eye view of the city, including the magnificent La Sagrada Familia and harbor. Best of all, when you book these two trips together, you'll save 10% on your visit.
- Barcelona Super Saver tour, offering a 10 percent saving
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes a walk through the Gothic Quarter
- Take in views of Barcelona’s skyline, including La Sagrada Familia, on a cable car ride up Montjuic
- Relax on a cog-wheel train ride up Montserrat for unbeatable vistas
- Visit Montserrat, see the royal basilica and 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin, and sample local liquors
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This combo tour is excellent value and includes some top Barcelona attractions, amazing aerial views from the cable car ride and an afternoon visit to the dramatic Montserrat pilgrimage site.
This 10:45-hour super saver tour of Barcelona combines the city's top sights into one convenient, money-saving package. Whether you're a first-time visitor to Barcelona looking to get an overview of this unique Catalonian capital, or simply hoping to cover a lot of ground for one discounted price, this combined excursion is a great option.
Start your morning by meeting your guide at 8:45am in central Barcelona near the city's Plaça de Catalunya. Proceed on a sightseeing tour of central Barcelona during the morning, including a visit to scenic hillside Montjuic and ride aboard the sky-high Montjuic cable car. Then in the afternoon, continue on to the mountaintop retreat of Montserrat just outside Barcelona proper, where you'll board a cog-wheel train to explore this unique pilgrimage site, including its 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta (Black Virgin).
For full details of your day-long excursion, read the full itinerary below.
Barcelona Sightseeing Tour Including Montjuic Cable Car: (4.5 hours)
Start your morning sightseeing tour with a stroll through Plaza de Catalunya; admire its many fountains and statues, and then wander along the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter. As you walk, your guide will explain interesting details about Barcelona’s historical sites. See many buildings from the 15th century, including Barcelona Cathedral, as you continue to Plaza Sant Jaume, where important government buildings are located, including the Palace of Generalitat and the Town Hall.
Next, board a coach and take in views of the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona’s coastline on the drive to Montjuic, a hill near the coast that features many attractions. Pass the Olympic Village (Vila Olimpica), which was home to athletes during the 1992 Olympics, and drive by Port Olympic. Continue up Montjuic for a panoramic view of the city and harbor, and then enjoy a tour of Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi and Calatrava Tower. Next, visit the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) to see architecture and traditional crafts from different regions of Spain.
Finally, board Montjuic cable car and take in aerial views of Barcelona landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia as you ride down the hill to Montjuic Castle. Admire the castle from the outside, then head back to central Barcelona, for a short lunch break (own expense).
Montserrat Royal Basilica Tour and Cog-Wheel Train Ride: (4.5 hours)
After driving through picturesque little villages, arrive in the small town of Monistrol to hop aboard your cog-wheel train for your 20-minute ride through the mountains. Gaze out at the glorious scenery, and hop out on the craggy mountain of Montserrat, a peak that rises to roughly 4,051 feet (1,235 meters).
The Royal Basilica of Montserrat has been one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta (the Black Virgin). On weekday afternoons, there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs: La Escolania de Montserrat.
After hearing an introduction to Montserrat from your guide, learning about its importance in past and present times, use your free time (roughly two hours) to explore independently and discover the site’s magic on your own. Then, meet back up with your guide to enjoy a tasting of four typical Montserrat liquors and learn more details about the site by watching the 'Montserrat Inside Closed Doors' video, at the visitor's center. Later, travel back to Barcelona by coach.