This tour was wonderful! It was just my friend and I with our guide headed to Monteserrat, so very private which was certainly a bonus. I and #39;m not sure if this is always the case. we saw every bit of it. We hiked to the top of the natural park for breath taking views. Make sure to hear the boys choir
I recommend this tour for a unique and beautiful experience. It is a great way to see Montserrat! Our 11 and 13 year old boys enjoyed the hiking portion the best. We went on a Saturday so there the choir wasn't performing which just made for a longer hike! : This tour also gets you to the monastery before the massive crowds so we were able to see the Madonna and baby Jesus without waiting in a huge line!
What a phenomenal experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves hiking.
Submitting this a little late, as we toured in late July 2016. However, because this was one of our most memorable excursions in the Mediterranean, we wanted to give a big shout out this outfit.
Our tour guide, Quim, picked us up in Barcelona. In a comfortable mini-van, we joined another family for the hour car ride to Montserrat. Quim excellent English was a great conversationalist and told us much about the Catalonian region.
Upon arrival, we visited the cathedral, where Quim told us the fascinating history of the Black Madonna, as well as the cathedrals fate during the Napoleonic wars. We then traveled on the funicular farther up the mountain where our hike started.
I cannot speak highly enough of what a great job Quim did. As we moseyed along, unbeknownst to us, we were slowly making an ascent up to the top-most peak. Quim would point out both easy and harder ways to climb, which really appealed to our 7-year-old daughter. He was a great storyteller about the features of the mountain, including the hermit caves, which we got to explore. When we arrived at the top, Quim jokingly confessed that he never tells people thats where they are headed, because it looks imposing, but it really is not. In huge part, this is due to Quims expertise as a climber, and his vast experience guiding groups on Montserrat. We always felt safe, and we were all in sandals! And what spectacular views of the region. So worth it!
The real litmus for this trip was our daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed herself. Quim understood how to keep her engaged and motivated to keep walking in the summer heat.
When returning to Barcelona, I would definitely return to this company for another excursion. Bravo!
This tour was what I envisioned it to be, with just 3 couples and our guide/driver who knows Monserrat like he lived there for thousands of years! We started early in the day but because of traffic 2016 Merci feast, we reached Monserrat quite late even with the driver's detours. The view at the mountaintop was breathtaking. When we got to the Monastery/Cathedral, I looked up and can't believe how I managed to walk downhill that far! We did not have the time to venerate the Black Madonna closer but we attended part of the mass in Catalan and listened to the heavenly Boys Choir. If there's anything I would change, it would be the meeting place. The Tourisme street is small. It would have been better if we met at Starbucks or by Lladro since the van was parked there anyway. This is such an experience and I would recommend this to anyone visiting Barcelona.
Amazing tour, such a fabulous place. Would definitely recommend! Tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the area and very energetic for the whole duration. He really showed us as much as we could have seen and was clearly enjoying it as much as we were. The only things I would say is that the hike was much longer than one hour which was great for us, but worth mentioning and there really was no time to stop for even a moment - rather a lot to pack in to a half day trip. The hike itself was quite strenuous, but totally worth it. Thank you!
Our guide, Joaquin, took four of us to Montserrat, a stunning destination. He was quite pleasant and knows the monastery history and current life. Fortunately he also knew to start early in the day, because Montserrat is a popular site. Driving different directions to and from there gave us a chance to are more of the area outside Barcelona. We recommend this company.
Great trip with a very small group.
The travelator was closed but we managed to get to the part in the hike and we all enjoyed the trip.
Excellent tour! Highly recommend it. Fermin is an amazing guide and very knowledgeable about the Monastery and the Natural Park. Amazing views from the top! We loved it! It was a great experience!
Wonderful trip with very comfortable travel arrangements and a fun, informative tour guide. Loved the spot and would highly recommend it.
Lovely, small group tour where we hiked the mountain for beautiful views. The guides were very knowledgeable and fun!
The tour was excellent! We had great guides that like hiking and mountain climbing. We had a wonderful 2.5 hours hike with outstanding views. Highly recommended.
We loved our tour guide Pere! He was extremely knowledgable about the history of Barcelona as well as Montserrat, and was eager to share with my family of 6. Pere's experience as a hiker was very evident on the trails of Montserrat. He nimbly managed a variety of terrain and showed us treasures we could not have explored without his encouragement. At the end of a long day in the mountains, Pere even made time to help our family manage a lost luggage debacle at the airport and delivered us safely directly back to our apartment. We highly recommend the experience!
This was my favorite tour of the week we did 6 total through Viator. Strictly based on that Montserrat is a must see. It is stunning and beautiful. There were only 11 of us total in the group which was awesome 4 in one van and 7 in the other van. Our guides we so attentive and informative. There is no time on your own here, you are guided 100 of the time would have preferred to hike on our own. The hiking registered about 4 miles and 75 flights on my fitbit. It took my husband and I a few minutes to adjust to the dropoffs and elevations the ride up is a bit heart-pounding.
Our tour guide was so helpful and enthusiastic about the tour. The funicular workers was on strike so we hike up the mountain. The tour ended up to last 7 hours total and we hike for 4 hours to the top of Montserrat and down. The view was amazing from the top of the mountain. We took some amazing pictures. It was my son's favorite tour.
A very nice trip. The guide drove us from central Barcelona to Montserrat in a good condition van. He was very knowledgeable of the history and natural features of the area. He helped one part of the group down the trail and returned to our members who wanted to hike a more technical portion. A highly recommended trip.
Great trip to a beautiful and very interesting place. Highly recommended. We did the monastery visit and a hike. Both were great. The hike of about 1.5 hours was beautiful and makes us want to go back for a longer hike. Tour guides were fantastic. Knowledgeable and fun. The made sure we saw what we came to see as much as they could.
We absolutely loved this tour! The funicular workers were on strike the day we toured, so we couldn't go up the mountain in that way. Our guide was amazing and went out of his way to hike with us all the way to the top of the mountain and back down in time to hear the choir sing. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was great!
Great tour! Joaquim went above and beyond to make the hike enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable about the area and made sure that we had a great time. I would definitely do another tour with him again!
Excellent hike through Monserrat. We were given the choice of spending more time inside the monastary or outside on the trails and we chose the trails. Hiked to one of the highest points with breathtaking views of the surroundings. Would do it again.
We had a most wonderful, memorable day. Montserrat, and the walk in the hills above, is well worth the visit. A huge thanks to Jose for going out of his way to make our day extra special, despite some fog and rain. I would highly recommend this company.
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