• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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 with Small Group and Hotel Pickup

Montserrat

Customer Reviews

Armando C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great tour with a great tour guide! If visiting Barcelona, this tour is a must! If you can do it with a small group is even better. Lots of history and lots to see and photograph.

Kenneth F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We went to Montserrat on a foggy, rainy day but it was still an outstanding trip. Our tour guide Elisabeth was great and her ability to make even a rainy day interesting with her knowledge about the church and its history was outstanding! Would love to come back on a clear day and see more of the mountain.

Jack Rose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Nuvia, the guide, loves to tell the history of Montserrat... its origin, purpose, destruction, recreation.. and continued place in
the hearts of Catalonia. Thanks for coupling the people,passion, and place of Catalonia in our common human venture for
peace, justice, compassion, serenity, and ultimate security in each other's care, competence, and commitment to living a life of community.
J and R Naples Florida

Henry W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very knowledgeable guide and only 6 of us in the van. Definitely a step above the larger jam packed buses and
the hotel pick up and drop off make it the best choice over all. We did this tour in mid December so really needed
to bundle up. Montserrat is truly stunning and we were lucky enough to hear the Boys' Choir sing three songs while
we were inside. wonderful!

wlsmith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fantastic! Our tour guide and driver were great.
We drove about 45 minutes out of Barcelona into the hills, very pleasant drive. When we arrived we were dropped off right near to the entrance, no long hike up from the carpark, and afterward collected at the same point.
The tour was very informative, we learned about the monastery and why it was there, taken to see the Black Madonna and shown some of the sculptures along the walk, even one by Mr Gaudi himself! Also rode on the funicular which was fun, but we didn't go up the top of the mountain, as the top funicular queues were very long. Plenty of free time to take a closer look at the monastery buildings and grounds.
The views from the courtyard are breathtaking and the whole experience was worth the money paid.
Only downside, was the traffic on the return journey, it took us twice as long to head back into town. As we had another tour booked for the afternoon, we only just made it back in time.
I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time for the journey back to Barcelona.
Recommend this tour highly!!

Joseph B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

My wife and I began our two week Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. We optioned for an extra day to get acclimated to the time change. We chose a half day trip to visit the Monastery at Montserrat. We were in luck, as it turned out, due to a cancellation, we had a private tour with our guide Nuria. In a word, Nuria was exceptional! Her command of the English language was impressive and communication was easy. She has a teachers demeanor, and as her students, we took advantage to soak up her knowledge. During the ride up to Montserrat, we discussed everything from the current independence movement in Catalan, to the culture and life in Barcelona as well as the history of the area and architecture. Nurias understanding of the issues faced by the United States was profound. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with her. More about the tour: we arrived at Montserrat, rode a cable car to the top,
followed a path to the end to visit an old church built on the site of a vision of the Virgin Mary by some herders. We then rode a funicular, train to the Monastery. We viewed the sights and got to see and touch the Black Madonna. While we in line inside the church, we heard the boys choir! The weather was beautiful and the vistas from the Monastery were awesome. All in all the experience was worth it. Having Nuria as a guide made it that much more incredible.

Hoyt K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Guide was great

Mike J Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour with knowledgable guide. No rush timetable. Could have done with a larger vehicle for four adults! Highly recommended.

Evgenii B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our guide from In-Out Barcelona Tours planned everything in terms of timing so that we were able to avoid the crowd. He also appeared to be very knowledgeable and full of stories that relate to you no matter what part of the world you're from.

Britt E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We took our kids 6 and 8 years old to this tour and it was a great success! We loved the walk down to the chapel, and the explanations along the way. The kids were able to run and play and have fun while the adults learned about the 12 stations, the architecture and many other things.
Our guide was very patient and fun. If we had more time, we would have liked to hike a bit into the mountain, but unfortunately, we had to go back to town. only regret

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