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Make a pilgrimage to the mystical mountaintop retreat of Montserrat during this 5-hour excursion from Barcelona with a small group. Join no more than 8 guests on an exploration of this nearly 1,000-year old Benedictine Monastery complex set high above Catalonia. You’ll see the famous ‘Black Madonna’ icon and visit legendary ‘Holy Cave’ where the virgin is said to have once appeared. Finish by enjoying the sublime singing of ‘La Escolania de Montserrat,’ one of the Europe’s oldest children’s choirs. A guide, entrance fee and private transport are included.

Highlights

  • Take a half-day trip to Montserrat with a small group
  • Make a pilgrimage to this mystical mountaintop monastery near Barcelona
  • Admire the famous 'Black Madonna' icon in the monastery basilica
  • Explore the 'Holy Cave' where the Virgin is reputed to have once appeared
  • Small group is limited to no more than 8 guests
  • Great way to explore the region near Barcelona

What You Can Expect

Half-Day Montserrat Tour

Montserrat

Customer Reviews

Christine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A wonderful trip with fantastic views. We booked the tour with pickup/dropoff at our hotel and we were lucky enough to be the only ones on our tour. Nuria, our tour guide, was great and made sure we were able to see everything we wanted to see, including seeing the boys choir. The cathedral was packed but we were able to hear them for a few minutes. We booked this tour for the morning of our cruise which was leaving at 5. Unfortunately, we hit a lot of traffic coming back and almost missed our cruise. Allow more time for this tour as it is well worth it.

Pamela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a marvelous tour of Montserrat Abbey. Since we were early in the day, it was less crowded and enjoyed cooler temperatures. Our guide was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the history of the area and the Abbey which deepened our appreciation of this beautiful, holy place. Now I want to go back again!!

Eric K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful place, congenial guide. What's not to like?

elaine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful - it was a great experience

rb1336

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

We throughly enjoyed this tour even though it didn't go exactly as planned. Since the other people reserved on this tour cancelled at the last minute, the local tour company sent a guide for the remaining two of us in an old beat up Audi, rather than cancelling the whole tour. He was an alternative culture sort of guy and very interesting. He was a character but knew his history and went out of his way to show us a good tour, helping us by pass lines, and helped us get seating for the boys choir at noon. He might not be for everyone, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the kind of happenstance that make travel worthwhile.

Donald R

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

great guide, mariuzaka Mario...small group, got there before the place got mobbed.

Daniel S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was friendly and very informative. Would have liked air conditioning in our car as it was extremely hot and uncomfortable. Also wished they didn't smoke. Monserrat was beautiful.

Rodger E

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

The mountain is beautiful and the Basilica amazing. The 45 minute walk to the cave is not with the time or the impact on your legs steep inclines the entire way. Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly, but pontificates incessantly about the Spanish oppression of Catalonia and the need for independence from Spain, and his dislike for the Catholic Church.

Edward W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2016

First of all, our guide Karles looked like a homeless person, long stringy hair, old clothing. He was completely thrown that it was a holiday and that Montserrat was crowded. He wasn't prepared and kept saying that he didn't know what to do and needed to come up with a plan.

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