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Everyone was punctual to arrive at the tour pickup spot, so we got on the road on time. Halfway there, we stopped at a coffee shop for a potty break and headed up the mountain while the sun was rising over the mountain. We arrived and were one of the first groups in the monastery. Overall, it was a good half-day tour. As we were coming down the mountain, the traffic was snarled like a serpent. Half a day is more than enough for this place.
Went on this tour in mid January and enjoyed it very much. The early access made all the difference in the world as at this time there was practically no one else in the place. Sara, our excellent guide, told us much about the history of Montserrat and then took us to see the chapel and statue. After that, we were on our own to see the video tour, the museum and then taste some liquers in the gift shop. There was the perfect amount of time to accomplish all of this without feeling rushed. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Monserrat Monastery. I would suggest to bring something warm as it was about 40 degrees when we first got off the bus. It warmed up shortly after but it was nice to be warmly dressed as there was a long walk from the bus to the Monastery.
Amazing trip with an excellent guide! Plenty of time to see everything and take in all of the views. We got there just in time go for the earliest trip you can. The choir wasn't performing during our visit, but I picked up a few CDs at the gift shop and continue to enjoy their music. Breathtaking views!!!
Excellent tour, I highly recommend it, especially if your time is limited. We arrived early morning to see an amazing sunrise at Montserrat and had time to see all the highlights monastery, museum, grounds and visit the gift shop. By the time we were leaving, hordes of tour busses were arriving along with the crowds. Our tour guide Elizabeth was excellent and very knowledgeable. We were back at Plaça de Catalunya about 1:30pm, which gave me the rest of the day to hit the beach and enjoy my last day in town.
As others have mentioned here this tour to Montserrat is a must simply because you get to experience this beautiful place without the crowds. You get to see the Black Madonna without waiting in line, the church was empty. Our group was the 1st one on the funicular and my friend and I were virtually the only ones hiking around the mountain. By the time we came down the line up to get on was unbelievably long. And it was packed with tourists by the time we were ready to leave which ruined the tranquil atmosphere we experienced when we arrived. It's worth getting up early to gain the best experience for visiting Montserrat.
Our tour guide was fantastic and perky! She had a lot of stories to tell, very knowledgeable about the place and its history. The views are majestic, scenic and soulful!
Well worth getting up early for. Saw everything easily without having to line up.
Fantastic trip to a beautiful part of Spain. The views were spectacular and the ride up to the summit brilliant. Highly recommended. The tour guide knowledgeable and fun.
When we arrive, few people were there. When we visited Black Madonna, we found no queue. On our way out, there was already a long queue. The tour guide mentioned the important times for us to remember if we ride the funicular which we did. So we were able to visit the church, touch Black Madonna, eat breakfast, buy souvenirs, and went up the mountain via funicular.
What a gem! We took the cable car St Juan up to the top of the Mt. Then hiked to St Michael chapel. Awesome views of the valleys below. This a must see from Barcelona. The early access is worth the early departure from Barc. We arrived before anyone else. By the time we left, it was very crowded.. Our guide was very well informed and helpful..
The three of us got up very early in the morning to take the bus to Montserrat. It was worth the effort of getting up so early. While the tour bus was climbing up the mountains and approaching the site, we started to see sun lights creeping out of the dark clouds. This was a perfect time to see sunrise - so beautiful and worth the effort of getting up early in the morning.
Early access is the only way to go! We beat the incredible crowds that were still lined up coming up the mountain as we left and, best of all, going in October, we arrived in time to see the sunrise! It was fabulous!
Fabulous. Well worth getting up early. Could not believe the number of tour buses in the parking lot by the time we were finishing our time there. Definitely take the trip to the top of the inclined railway and the walk form there up even higher.
Excellent tour. Worth getting up early to beat the rush at the Monastery. We got to view wonderful sunrise once upon arrival. If you have limited time this is the tour to take to visit Montserrat, if you have more time I would suggest a longer trip. All in all I enjoyed this tour and would recommend it.
I highly recommend this tour. The bus drive was very smooth and comfortable. The Monastery is a master piece along with the actual masterpieces contained in their museum. The views of the Pyrenee Mountains from the Monastery in particular watching the sunrise shortly after we arrived was magical. You will not regret taking this tour. Visited Oct 17, 2017.
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. I had read that it might be more appropriate for people of faith. I am not and was amazed by the beauty of this monastery and its surroundings. Arriving early was the best way to see it. Our tour group was the only group in the church to see the black Madonna. By the time we left at 11:45am, there was an 1 1/2 hour line to get in. Keep in mind that we visited in late October. I can't imagine what it would be like in season. Amigo Tours was prompt, friendly and informative. This is a perfect way to get out of the city and enjoy the mountain air.
This tour was a highlight of our trip to Barcelona. I can recommend it 100%.
Our tour guide ( Amelia I think her name was ) was knowledgable, professional and fun .
The views at sunrise , no crowds! , the comfort of the coach, our photos made the early start well worth the effort. Glad we did it!
This tour was better than I expected. We arrived at Monserrat in time to watch the sun rise over the valley. Our Guide, Elizabeth was very professional and knowledgeable. It was nice to also have tickets for the Museum and liquor tasting. I especially liked the monks’ walnut liquor. Recommend.
Very good tour, it was worth the early rising. Visited 10/22/17
We highly recommend this tour, very informative guides and you get to Montserrat before everyone else to enjoy the tranquility and history that oozes from this serene location. Then easy coach trip back to town Barcelona with still plenty of the day left to explore/shop.
Go early. You will see gorgeous panoramas when the sun is rising, and skip what become very lengthy lines by late morning. Stunning views, awesome place.
Excursion exceptionnelle dans un site qui l'est tout autant. L'arrivée hâtive nous a permis de visiter le monastère en toute quiétude, bien avant que les hordes de touristes débarquent... La seule façon de goûter à la quiétude et à la sérénité des lieux.
The early morning tour was well worth the effort! We were basically the only people there! The Monastery was beautiful and the views of the surrounding mountains were impressive when they were visible. We were plagued by fog the day we went, but it was still great.
This was a great trip and the early access is a must do...we saw the sunrise through the mountains and when we got there it was pretty much empty, by the time we left it had gotten really packed. We were able to walk around and see everything pretty much privately with our tour guide. Loved!
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