Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Spain, Kiribati, Barcelona
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Barcelona
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

This half day tour will take you to discover one of the most emblematic places in Catalonia, the amazing and mystic Montserrat Mountain. During the first part of the tour, we will enjoy a guided visit to learn about the history and meaning of this place. We can visit the interior of the Monastery and the Church, where is located the famous virgin known as “La Moreneta”. The tour also includes the entrance to the audio visual exhibition and a taste of typical liquors.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Abadia de Montserrat, Montserrat, Catalonia

Montserrat is a rocky mountain located 50 km to the southwest of Barcelona. It is considered the most significant and important mountain of Catalonia. The etymology of Montserrat comes from Catalan Mont (mountain) and serrat (serrated). The mountain receives its name for its peculiar morphology. In 1987 Montserrat was declared a Natural Park to ensure its conservation. The highest peak is called Sant Jeroni (Saint Jerome) and stands at 1,236 meters above sea level.
Besides the main monastery of Santa María de Montserrat, there is a great number of small churches and chapels, some of them abandoned. The main monastery stands at 720 meters above sea level. Nowadays there is a community of 80 monks that live there and follow the rule of Saint Benedict.
When you arrive, you will enjoy an introduction to the history of the monastery.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Montana de Montserrat, Montserrat, Catalonia

The Mountain has many hiking routes. The routes are long and it can take hours to finish them. As you will have some free time, a good option is to walk to the cross of Sant Miguel (approximately 15 minutes away from the monastery), it offers one of the best panoramic views of the mountain and the monastery.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Escolania de Montserrat, Catalonia

You will be able to hear the amazing choir of Montserrat, which have concerts on weekdays at 13:00h.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Montserrat Museum, Montserrat, Catalonia

During your free time, you will be able to visit the audiovisual exhibition and to taste some typical liqueurs.

Duration: 45 minutes

Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors made by the monks of the monastery
  • Radio guide system
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
  • 20% off in the Sant Joan Funicular ticket.
  • 10% off in the Museum entrance fee.
  • 10% off in the buffet restaurant at the “Mirador dels Apostols”.

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • This is a large coach tour with a maximum of 50 participants
  • Note that the children's choir performance is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery.
  • Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals.
  • Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We recommend you to check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Departure Point

Carrer de Balmes, 5


Departure Time

9:15 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

5 hours 30 minutes

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Andaluza N

It was a very nice experience. I liked the organization, the care the guide had for us, the explanations, and of course other things that were not really depending on the trip organisers, like the weather, the fact that there were not so many crowds. I loved the experience.

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Mary_mccormack

Great tour! Super crowded spot.

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Sue S

There are not enough words to describe this breath taking, majestic, spiritual place. As we were driving up to the top, we were looking down over mountain peaks and clouds! OMG! The mountain peaks by the church entrance look like they were carved and angels and as if saints are looking over you! My number 1 regret is that I only booked a half day tour! I didn't have the time to get into the church! Long lines. I missed the boys Esconolia choir's little concert, along with the monastaries. I also missed seeing the ancient found in year 808 I believe wood carving of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I did see the statue of St. Jerome who's eyes are like the Mona Lisa always following you looking over you. There's so much to see there! Everyone there walks around in hushed awe! I MUST go back! Thank you La Vacanza Travel for a truly wonderful experience and a very knowledgeable Sweet guide Ruth and the driver! She and the expert driver deserve HEAPS of praise and acknowledgement for her most dedicated work and care of and for us! Thank you Ruth and driver!
Yes, La Vacanza Travel does a GREAT job with tours, guides, drivers, and exceptional experiences! I'll book again with them!
Thank you so much!
Sue S.

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AFTraveler

Booked through La Vacanza Travel yes, I was a little lazy if I would have searched for travel agents I hope I would have found Julia. I booked half day morning tour. Modern clean bus, excellent bus driver...not a fan of bus travel driver was the BEST! Very good tour guide knowledgeable Thank you Laura for a nice trip. 9:15am show time, confirmation ticket came with easy instructions where to show up. Counter staff at Julia were nice, just had to check in really didn't have much dealing with them. Only problem with tour, arrived at Montserrat around 10am or so made our way to Basilica 10:30am-12pm Basilica and door to Black Virgin closed till 12pm!! Thought that a little strange, so you just walk around kill time till noon, then meet tour guide at 1:15pm.

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Kathryn S

This tour is the perfect combination of a guided tour and time to explore Montserrat on your own. Our guide Ana was very friendly and knowledgeable, she gave information on the drive and on a short tour when we arrived in Montserrat. We had wanted to be able to take the funicular to the top and hike back down and we had plenty of time to do that. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants some flexibility to explore Montserrat!

User's Picture Gallery

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Its amazing to be here

Me

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Walking up to the monestery

great mountain scape

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View of Montserrat from a walking trail

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Montserrat Tour Participants Heading In

An eager crew walking past the unique shops and cafes

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This is the interior of the basilica during high mass.

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Our tour guide Suzanna always smiling! Thanks you Suz.

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Prayer Candles lit in the cave for Virgin Mary

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Montserrat

Misty!!

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prière à Monserrat

l'Essentiel est invisible

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Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey

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MONSERRAT

Basilique vue du funiculaire

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From the stations climb

This is a view of the monastery from a portion of the climb.

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in front of the monastery

Myself in front of the monastery

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basilica

the front of the basilica

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Interior of church

View of altar

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Drive to Montserrat

Photo from afar

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Monserrat valley

Overlooking valley from View Pount

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Royal Basillica square

Setting infront of opening to Royal Basillica

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Monserrat

Taken from public view point

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Montserrat, entrance to the Royal Basilica

Royal Basilica statuary

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