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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.

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 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

Alan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent tour to see 2 of the wonderful sites in and around Barcelona. Our tour guide/driver was very informative and did a wonderful job of telling us about the area from a natives perspective and giving lots of history as well. Loved this trip.

Joseph A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent value, very informative and very inspiring

Susan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide Enrique was great and the views from the top were amazing! Loved this tour!

S M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Memorable enjoyable trip. Joseph was an amazing tour guide. He made it informative and interesting. Views and monastery can't be missed. The Black Madonna pilgrimage was truly special. We didn't try the funicular as we are afraid of heights. But we still had awesome views. Enjoyed sampling and buying locally made cheeses and fig cakes to take back home with us. I would visit again and use this tour. Thank you.

Camille B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing. Our guide Josef provided excellent commentary throughout the trip A real pleasure!

Ragnhild F Norge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I absolutely recommend these small-group tours in stead of large groups. We were 8 the guide and it was perfect. The guide told us about all kinds of things we passed on the way, and when we arrived Montserrat he first took a guided walk with us and then we were on our own to choose what we wanted to do. I visited the basilica where we could touch the black madonna and the art museum that the guide recommended as it have some masterpieces of famous artist, but still the art museum is not well known. The rest of the time I was wandering around taking pictures. Many good spots for nice pictures there.

Melancholita D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We love the Monserrat tour!! Arnau our tour guide was very accommodating, friendly and detailed in giving us information about the place and Barcelona and #39;s history. He even joined us in going to the Black Madonna and #39;s shrine. We love him. Felt like we were with a family member. We will come back!

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!

Chee.andrea

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!

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