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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:  5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take a short trip from Barcelona to nearby Catalonia's Montserrat on this small-group tour! With a local guide, head to the top of this rugged mountain to see its main attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. Then take a walk to enjoy amazing views, or check out a museum. You can combine this experience with another quintessential Barcelona activity by upgrading to include a skip-the-line ticket to Antoni Gaudi’s extraordinary La Sagrada Familia basilica. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.

Highlights

  • 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 Cable Car Ride and 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

Meet your guide in central Barcelona and board your comfortable minivan for the scenic one-hour drive to Montserrat. From the base of the craggy mountain, you have the option to ride up in a cable car (own expense) for fabulous valley views. Alternatively, stay on board with your guide to drive to the mountaintop by minivan.

At the top of Montserrat, visit the 1,000-year-old Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica to see its claim to fame: the Virgin of Montserrat. Then tour the Museum of Montserrat’s collection of religious art, artifacts and sculpture. If you don't want to visit the museum, follow trails that wind around the mountaintop for wonderful views of Catalonia. For equally stunning views you can take a ride around the mountaintop by rack railway (own expense).

Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at the start point in central Barcelona.

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. Our 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 to enjoy a 45-minute visit 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 on a guided walk around the basilica’s exterior. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been under construction since 1882, and is not due for completion until 2026. Your guide will point out the building’s Nativity and Passion facades, and explain the symbolism of the nature images hidden in the sculptures’ intricate details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My husband and I did this tour on April 5, 2014, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Aside from some minor difficulties finding the office where we met for the tour, we had zero issues. Our tour guide, Lydia, was fabulous, and she had extensive knowledge of the Catalan and Barcelona history. We were very fortunate to have a spectacular, clear blue sky day and moderate temps for Montserrat. We did the half-day Montserrat/Sagrada Familia tour, but you could easily spend a full day at Montserrat, and I would recommend doing a full day tour, and get an online ticket for Sagrada Familia for a different day. Regardless, we made the very most of the time we had at Montserrat, and Lydia drove us back to Sagrada Familia in time for our entrance there. Sagrada Familia should not be missed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Put this at the top of your tour list in Barcelona! Our tour guide Nickoli was amazing! Loved him! I always like to get out of a big city when we travel and see the countryside. This was perfect! Just 45 min drive out of Barcelona and just so beautiful! The stories associated with the monetary are so cool and the mountain is just so pretty. We travel each spring and book 3-6 tours with Viators each year for the past 5 years. Tihey are always so good. This is one that you should add to your list. Only negative is that we could have used about one more hour while we were at the mountain to see a few more things. My husband wanted to see the museum but we ran out of time.

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