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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The upgrade option is the only small-group tour that includes both the scenic Montserrat and the architectural wonder La Sagrada Familia.

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What You Can Expect

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 request the time and date in the Special Requirements section any time between 10am and 6pm. If you do not yet know when you want to make your visit, you can inform the office staff on the morning of your tour, or when you call to reconfirm. 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

Anna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was an amazing trip! Very beautiful! Julie was very knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating! Can't wait to go back!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Montserrat was captivating. Breath-taking sights and a delightful walk. A fabulous experience for the family - very memorable and pleasant.

Thomas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Montserrat is a definite must when visiting the area and the guide was very knowledgeable. Everything was very well organized from the time we checked in to the time we were dropped off. Needless to say it was awesome!

Sue S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

great trip but would have preferred to do the morning one like I had booked.Tour guide was lovely.

Maria F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Montserrat is a very nice place to visit where you can touch the Black Madonna. Lots of religious history, etc

Stuart M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent sight and a must if you are in Barcelona. Would go early and after visiting the church, take the funicular to the top for a walk around. Wonderful scenery and quite an attraction

Elena K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Afternoon tour was great, avoid the crowd, no line to see Madonna either. Everything was great!

Ronald P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

So close to Barcelona by bus, this half-day tour was unbelievable in the geography of the land and the church. This is a sight your don't want to miss!

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Well worth taking this trip from Barcelona

Kyoko T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was definitely one of the highlights of my Barcelona trip. The morning tour was awesome - not as crowded. Once up on Montserrat -- we were guided towards the church where the Noir Virgin resides, but going further up the mountain is on your own. Once at the top via Tram -- take the left trail when you exit the tram -- to get to the cross. There really was no marker / map to guide you.

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