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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.

Customer Reviews

Jeffrey O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. Everything was handled well from beginning to end. Guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Bus was very comfortable. We had a great experience and highly recommend this tour.

gibbsr56

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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srear

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed our tour very much. So glad it was recommended. Our guide Joseph was a delight. The views were spectacular everything about it was first class. The funicular was fun and what a bonus at the top. Take the hike to the right.
Gracias the liveseys

Gina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The half-day tour was perfect. The bus ride was very pleasant. The tour guide spoke English well and the views were spectacular. Would recommend this excursion very highly.

Dennis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful country side!! We did not go that day to La Sagrada Familia.

Gary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Montserrat is a must see if you are in the Barcelona area. Not only the facility but the view from the mountains is breath taking.

Lisa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Joseph was GREAT! So personable and knowledgable, highly recommend!!

Douglas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great Montserrat tour!!! Our tour
guide was good too!
Margriet- Explore Catalunya was so helpful in changing our La Sagrada Familia tickets to add the Tower on the Passion façade. Seeing the towers is a must!

Ashley L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I highly recommend this tour. Our guide Rodrigo was funny, kind, and interesting -- not to mention full of great recommendations when the tour was over. I don and #39;t like tours that are completely guided, and this was a great mix of educational and free time. Not a single complaint!

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.

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