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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.

Customer Reviews

Teresa L K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We loved the Montserrat half - Day tour. It let us see some of the country side around Barcelona. The views from the top of the peak were amazing.

Lynne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Love the mountains? Then a short drive from Barcelona find Montserrat, the beautiful mountain home of some monks and a great place to get a 360 degree view of the valley all the way to the Pyrenees mountains. There are also several hiking trails to various points. Our guide did a great job of explaining the history of the area and the buildings. We had plenty of time to do some exploring on our own. There was also a local farmer's market onsite the day we visited selling local products honey, cheeses, etc....

Tara A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Such an amazing day! We loved Montserrat! I had no idea what to expect, and it was unforgettable. My 11 year old daughter was very happy with the experience too! We also loved Sagrada Familia, the light and colors definitely left an impression!

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent tour. The tour guide was very good. The tour only consisted of me plus an american couple though the husband just wanted to have a beer and smoke his pipe - so the tour guide Anna, the gentleman's wife and myself left him at base camp taking the funicular to the top and walking back down with stunning views before visiting the basilica and seeing the black Madonna. Highly recommended.

Lynette H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Adrienne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide Victoria was pleasant and informative. We truly enjoyed visiting Montserrat. We never felt rushed and had time to do everything we wanted.
The Skip-the-Line to La Sagrada Familia ticket worked well, but we did not know that we needed a different ticket to access the tower or to have a guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very enjoyable visit. The guide Jozef was very friendly and explained the history of the place well and guided us well on the must see places.

Kathie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was awesome - what a wonderful place to visit - the view was spectacular - our guide was superb! This is a must-do tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I loved it


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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