• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Escape from Barcelona for a small-group visit to Montserrat during this half-day excursion. Join your guide as you ascend to this mountaintop monastery for a visit to the site's top attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. You'll also have time to admire the incredible views, visit the on-site museum or take a ride on the Montserrat cable car (at your own expense). If you want to continue the fun, add on an optional upgrade visit to the incredible Sagrada Familia, where you'll skip the line as you explore Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece up close. This small-group visit, limited to just 20 guests, also includes minivan transport.


  • Small-group tour from central Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Take a guided tour of Santa Maria de Montserrat basilica, home to the Virgin of Montserrat
  • Ride the Montserrat cable car (own expense), and enjoy fantastic views from the top of the mountain
  • Upgrade to include skip-the-line entry at Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia basilica
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience with your guide

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Montserrat Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket to La Sagrada Familia

Montserrat Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Optional Cable Car Ride and Skip-the-Line Ticket to La Sagrada Familia

This small-group visit to the majestic monastery of Montserrat, with optional skip-the-line upgrade to visit La Sagrada Familia, offers two of Barcelona's top attractions in one great package. If you're short on time or simply looking for a way to visit two Barcelona highlights, this excursion is a great option.
Start your trip at either 8:30am or 1:45pm (depending on the option you pick) from central Barcelona near the Palau de la Musica. Board your comfy minivan for the beautiful 1-hour drive up to Montserrat. Once you arrive at this towering mountain site, you'll have the option to ride the landmark's famous cable car (at your own expense) up to the top, enjoying incredible views of the surrounding area. If you prefer, you can simply stay on board your minivan for the ride to the top.
Upon reaching Montserrat, follow your guide on an exploration of its 1,000-year old Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica. Inside you'll discover the landmark's main attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. After visiting the Basilica, spend time exploring the Museum of Montserrat's many religious sculptures and artifacts. Guests who prefer to skip the museum can enjoy the hiking trail that circles the mountain, offering great views of Catalonia. Or take a ride on the rack railway (at your own expense) which winds its way around the mountaintop.
La Sagrada Familia Upgrade:
Make the most of your time in Barcelona by combining your Montserrat tour with skip-the-line entry to Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia church. With this upgrade, you can choose the time and date of your visit, giving you the freedom to fit it in with your other plans.Simply inform in the Special Requirements section when you want to visit the church between 9am and 6pm. If you do not state a specific time to visit the church, your tickets will be purchased automatically for the same day of your visit to Montserrat. If you are doing the afternoon tour, your tickets will be bought for a time between 10am and 12pm the following day. If you are doing the morning tour, your tickets will be bought for a time between 3pm and 6pm the same day. Please contact the office to arrange collection of the tickets. Please note, these tickets are non refundable, and cannot be modified after purchase.

This unique upgrade option allows you to spend as much time inside the church as you wish.

Simply make your own way to La Sagrada Familia and then head inside on your own. The wait lines here are almost as legendary as the building’s fantastic architecture, but you can avoid them. Before you go inside, admire the sculpted portals, spires and chapels. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been under construction since 1882, and is not due for completion until 2026.

Please note: audio-guide and towers are not included in this ticket.

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Customer Reviews

Jeannette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Beautiful trip. We met at Explore Catalunya, near the Palau Musica. Nice small group -- 6 in all. Extremely knowledgeable guide. Friendly, and with a great sense of humor. He was from Ireland but has been in Barcelona for quite some time. I especially appreciated the tips about checking out the library at Montserraat and also the Art Museum there. We had plenty of time to explore on our own.

Jamea W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Montserrat was such a majestical place. In my opinion I could've spent an entire day here. Whatever you do please carve out time to ride the monorail up and down. The views are amazing, even the hike is worth it.
La Sagrada Familia is an amazing basilica.
Visiting both locations help me to have a deep understanding a growing love for Spain.

Benita E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Montserrat has spectacular views. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. I was so happy I had the same tour guide I had on my previous tour, Sergio. We were there early in morning so the clouds were still up in the mountain. We had free time so I decided to stay in the Basilica and museum. There are restaurants in the lower parts of the ground where you can get food and drink. I took this tour in the morning with the option to the skip-the-line visit to the Sagrada Familia in the afternoon. Once we returned to the tour site after Monserrat I hopped in a taxi to the Sagrada Familia and had enough time to eat at a restaurant near by before seeing the Cathedral. I am very pleased with all the Viator tours, well organized and great tour guide.

judy p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our guide was very knowledgable and since this was a small group of about seven, we were able to see and do a lot. I would
recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a well organized and well planned trip. Scenery was beautiful and guide did a great job of explaining the history behind the religious significance of the Madonna at Montserrat. There was ample time to browse the gift shop and outside vendors and have a light lunch. It was very convenient as well to buy the skip the line ticket to La Sagrada Familia as part of the package. We went there after the morning tour to Montserrat was over. The ticket significantly reduced the wait time to get in and of course the cathedral is a must see destination. Both can easily be done in the same day.

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Wonderful experience

Karyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour with very knowledgable and personable tour guide. Loved it and highly recommend this tour.

Kirsty M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour. Lovely and knowledgeable tour guide with great information and sense of humour thanks Gloria. I can recommend and suggest the 8.30am start as we did so that you can see the Virgin Mary and also enjoy the funicular railway before it gets crowded. Kirsty and Paul

zabrina s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great guide!

zabrina s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great guide!

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