Do you want to see Barcelona and Montserrat but you don’t have much time?
You’ve heard great things of Montserrat, but are only one day in Barcelona and you don’t want to miss it out. Who knows when you’ll have the opportunity to be back and visit it? But Montserrat on your own will take you the whole day, and then you’ll miss Barcelona… Don’t worry: we are here to help you out!
If you only have one day for touring and are ready to condense everything in one long single day, this Barcelona & Montserrat tour is the perfect option for you.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (location and pace, staying for the Escolania choir or not, your chosen city sights and their availability…)
Your tour guide and your driver will pick you up at your location and drive you along the Llobregat river. You’ll start learning about our land from what you see on your way: industry, farming, local history… And as you approach Montserrat you’ll also start learning about its history and geology.
Once you get to the foot of Montserrat, you can choose to take the cable car up to the Monastery or continue 15 minutes by car up the winding road (we don’t recommend the cog wheel train because lines are long and guides can’t skip them).
Once in the monastery area, you can decide with your guide what you feel like doing:
PLEASE NOTE that departing Barcelona at 9.30 you won’t arrive early enough to get to see the Black Madonna from close, touch her and make a wish as it’s traditional (but departing earlier would mean either missing the Choir or having one hour less for Barcelona).
Hearing the Escolania Choir is a highlight of this tour. But because it’s so popular, there’s not enough room in the Royal Basilica of Montserrat for everyone that wants to attend (even if the Basilica isn’t precisely small…). That’s why we recommend to head there 30 minutes earlier in order to get a good spot standing as close as possible (if you want to be seated, then you should arrive 1 hour earlier).
The Escolania sings 2 songs: the Salve (an anthem in honor of the Virgin Mary), and the Virolai (the hymn of the Black Madonna), and it lasts 15 minutes. They sing every day at 1PM, except Sundays when they sing at noon right after mass, and Saturday when they have their day off and don’t sing at all.
After the Choir it’s time to head back to the car. There’ll be no time for toilet or shopping as we need to live quickly to avoid the horrendous traffic jams that happen at that time, so make sure everything is done before hearing the Choir.
Enjoy the descent from the Monastery via the other side of the Mountain, so you get to see a different scenery until you join the main road. There are less curves, too.
Back in the city your guide will take you to some lovely tapas bar for lunch. You’ll try a variety of local specialties and will be able to discuss with your guide what else you feel like visiting next.
The afternoon is a custom itinerary with your favorite sites. We recommend to discuss it with us in advance, to make sure your expectations can really be done in that time. Also, if you wish to go inside Sagrada Familia or Park Guell we need to know as tickets must be purchased in advance because they sell out.
If you’ve booked a full day chauffeured tour, you’ll continue using the driver to move around. Otherwise, you’ll take taxis or walk to get to the sites as necessary.
If you kept the driver, at the end of the tour you’ll be dropped back to your hotel or apartment. Otherwise, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel.
This tour is the perfect solution for adults full of energy, with only on day in town but wanting to visit the Montserrat Monastery but also get a good overview of the Barcelona sites.
If you have 2 days or even 1.5, we strongly recommend to split your sightseeing in two (one day for Barcelona and one for Montserrat), as this 9-hour tour is quite energy demanding. The cost will be pretty much the same but you’ll enjoy it twice as much (and you might even get to see more in less time). If you are likely to be tired after a long overnight flight, consider this tour with airport pick-up for your first day.
If you are traveling with children, this tour is too long for them. Consider taking a half day Barcelona tour, and use the afternoon for some a family activity. TIP: taking them to the Castle of the Hill of Montjuic on the Montjuic cablecar can be a nice alternative to Montserrat for kids.
If you are traveling with teens, this tour is likely to be too long for them too. Check with them before booking and make sure they are totally enthusiastic about the plan. Otherwise, please split the tour in two days or choose a shorter Barcelona tour.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, consider if you’ll have enough stamina for a 9-hour day. In Montserrat we’ll be walking, but there are opportunities to seat and it is also wheelchair friendly. As for Barcelona, keeping the driver is absolutely recommendable and some sites involve steps: check with us before booking, so we can recommend the best itinerary for you according to your capacities and set the right expectations.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, if you wish to visit Park Guell or Sagrada Familia in the afternoon, you’ll be charged for the tickets as we’ll need to book them in advance.
AFTERNOON BY TAXI
Taxi rides, if any, not included.
Morning transportation: Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
Afternoon depending on booked option
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
OPTIONAL – Not included.
IN MONTSERRAT (OPTIONAL):
IN BARCELONA (DEPENDING ON YOUR CHOICE):
Charged upon booking:
Paid in site skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|ESCOLANIA CHOIR||Not singing on Saturdays nor their summer holidays.|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: Boqueria Market only partially open. Most art museums (Picasso, Miró...) closed.|
Sunday: Cathedral of Saint Eulàlia closed to visitors. Boqueria Market closed. First Sunday of the month: no tours allowed inside the Picasso Museum.
Tour starting time:
|9.30AM||This tour starting time is not flexible.|
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