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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

Rey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Oversleep ..... Did not make it to the tour. Staff at travel agency are great people try to accomodate us for the afternoon tour but we do not have time. Keep up the good work. Thank you all.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide, David, really made our trip fun. He was informative and entertaining. After the guided portion of the tour we had 2 hours on our own to explore, which was very nice. Also, getting a skip the line ticket to La Sagrada Familia was an added bonus, as there was a LONG line when we were there. I definitely recommend this tour!

Regina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing views! We had a tiny hick up on departure because of one unhappy traveler but all in all this tour was great! We had a clean and comfy transport by mini coach. Driver was good - well done with the winding roads _ Julia, our tour guide was great and informative. Would definitely recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great guide could spend a whole day there

richard w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We really enjoyed this trip. At first the guide seemed like he could have ben better informed about a few things, but by the end of the trip, we enjoyed listening to him. He was truly informative about the Iberian Acorn fed ham. We tried it that evening and it was AMAZING!! We would do this tour again and possibly add a Cava tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Stunning views and very personable and knowledgeable tour guide!

Eric M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was one of our favorite parts of our two week vacation. Guide was informative and communicated meeting points and times very well. Very beautiful place. Serene and relaxing.

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

La Sagrada was cancelled without warning but they did book us the evening of our arrival. The advertisement did not say that there wouldn't be a guide in the cathedral.
Montserrat was fabulous allowing plenty of time both guided and to be on our own.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We took the tour with another couple. Trip out was enjoyable and we thoroughly enjoyed Montserrat. Well worth the time and I would recommend to others.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Gloria was an excellent tour guide and provided us with other helpful information to make our stay in Barcelona a memorable experience. Our group was smaller which made it more personalized. Fernando our bus driver was kind enough to drop,us off at our next destination so we didn't have to figure out how we were going to get there. It was our best day so far in Barcelona!

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