Montserrat & Girona in one day

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  • Lenght: Full Day
  • Transp: Chauffeured

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Full Day Montserrat & Girona day trip from Barcelona

Visiting Montserrat and Girona is your dream? Only have one day to visit them and your desire is so strong that not even the long rides between them will make you change your opinion?

The Monastery of Montserrat and the medieval town in Girona are two of the top destinations for a Barcelona day trip. Unfortunately, they are quite in opposite directions and if you are willing to cover them in just one day, you’ll have to be ready to spend as much time inside a car than out exploring the sites. However, it’s doable! Tricky and exhausting if you try to organize on your own, but manageable with our help.

However, make sure to read all the pros and cons: it’s a long (and not cheap!) day, and we want to make sure you are booking it fully conscious of what it involves.

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This is what your Montserrat and Girona tour involves:

  • Ride to Montserrat
  • Montserrat Monastery area
  • Lunch stop
  • Ride to Girona
  • Old Town of Girona
  • Ride back to Barcelona

TOUR ITINERARY

Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace, your main interests, day of the week…)

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  • Meet guide and driverDRIVE TO MONTSERRAT

    Be picked up at your hotel, apartment or the cruise pier by your private tour guide and your driver to drive you to Montserrat, driving along the Llobregat river, the orchards and factories along it, all the way to the foot of the Mountain of Montserrat.

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  • Cable car, Rack Train or DriveGETTING TO THE MONASTERY

    There are 3 different ways to get to the Monastery:

    • Cablecar*: Our favorite way, unless you are scared of heights. The ride takes less than 5 minutes, and even if guides can’t skip lines, there isn’t usually many people when we get there. Not recommended for people with walking issues either, as the walk from the upper station to the Monastery is uphill and involves some steps.
    • Rack (cog wheel) train*: The option for those who are scared of heights and get motion-sickness. Unfortunately, guides can’t skip lines there either and specially in the weekends and high season they can be particularly long. The ride takes 15 minutes.
    • Drive: You can of course choose to just stop to take a picture of the Monastery from the bottom of the mountain and continue by car. It’s a very scenic winding road and the ride takes around 15 minutes.

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  • What can you do?MONASTERY AREA

    The Monastery area offers lots of activities to choose from. Here are some ideas:

    • St Joan Funicular and optional hike back. Best as you arrives in case there are long lines, it departs every 20 minutes and takes you to a high point from where to enjoy the views over the Monastery and the rest of the mountain. The ride takes 5 minutes, and once there you can also visit a small exhibit about the geology and the nature of Montserrat (15 minutes). You might also choose to hike down a relatively easy path (walking shoes needed, though) that takes about 45 minutes to walk. The views are spectacular and it can be done with kids at a slower pace.
    • Art Museum. If you like art, you will be impressed by the beautiful collection the monks have gathered throughout the centuries! The visit takes at least 1 hour.
    • Holy Cave. If you are into churches and able to walk, you might want instead to walk to the Holy Cave Ermitage, where it is said the Black Madonna was originally found by miracle. The little church isn’t especially beautiful, but the views are and the path is partially decorated with sculptures representing the Misteries of the Cross, one of which was designed by a very young Antoni Gaudi. A funicular saves you 10 minutes of the way, that takes around 40 minutes (one way). The walk involves steps.
    • Via Crucis path. This shorter walk with decorative panels describing Jesus Path of the Cross takes around 30 minutes and despite a few steps here and there, it’s quite easy to walk and it takes you into the nature and away from the pilgrim and visitors crowds for a while, with also some nice photo opportunities.
    • Audiovisual and Exhibit. A 10 minute audiovisual explains what the Mountain and the Monastery of Montserrat mean for the locals, from its history, its religious significance, the art and the nature. Then the visit continues through a nice exhibit that explains how the monks and the children of the choir live (about 20 minutes more, after watching the video).
    • Shopping. There are two gift shops and a small farmers market with a dozen stalls selling local food products such as cheese, honey, fig bread and caramelized nuts.

    You’ll discuss the options with your guide, and spend your time focusing on your favorite activities. Your guide will stay with your during the entire time.

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  • What you won’t be able to do:

    In order to see both Montserrat and Girona in one day, some sacrifices must be made. And for most people, the Boys Choir is a must. Therefore, the timing for this tour has been designed so it can be included. But unfortunately, that results in you missing other Montserrat sites:

    • Black Madonna Shrine. When you arrive to Montserrat, the lines to see Her, touch Her and make a wish as it’s traditional will already be way too long. So unless you wish to just wait in line and don’t do anything else (even risking missing the Boys Choir), you’ll have content yourself with seeing the Black Madonna from the distance when you enter the Basilica for the Choir. ONLY EXCEPTION: Saturdays and school holidays, as the Choir won’t be singing and that’ll allow you to start your tour two hours earlier and get to Montserrat before the crowds.
    • Mass. Services take place at 11AM, and by the time you’ll get to the basilica it’ll be almost over. ONLY EXCEPTIONS: Saturday and school holidays, since there is no Choir, Sunday, when the choir sings at noon, as long as we start the tour at 9:30AM.

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  • Oldest Boy Choir in EuropeESCOLANIA CHOIR

    The Escolania Choir sings every day except Saturdays and school holidays at 1PM (Sundays at Noon) two songs: the Salve and the Virolai, two hymns to the Virgin Mary. The Basilica gets packed, so for the best experience we recommend arriving 30 minutes earlier to get a good spot standing as close to the altar as possible (or one hour if you wish to be able to seat). During the waiting time your guide can continue whispering you explanations, and as the Choir time approaches, a monk will read some passages of the Gospels in different languages and encourage people to join him praying the Our Father.

    The singing is considered a sung prayer – not a concert. This is why it is not appropriate to clap at the end. It is also free of charge for this reason.

    After the Choir, you’ll head straight back to the car. We need to depart quickly in order to avoid the tremendous traffic jam that happens after the Choir when dozens of tour buses try to leave the Monastery at the same time via the single road that takes there. This is why toilet and shopping must be done BEFORE the Choir.

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  • LIGHT LUNCH

    After the choir, you’ll have some time for a light lunch at the Monastery canteen. Unfortunately, the food options aren’t great: sandwiches and cafeteria reheated food (chicken, sausages, omelettes, fries, salads…). But if you wish to see the choir, I’m afraid that’s the only option (unless of course you prefer to wait until 3.30PM and eat a decent lunch in Girona…

    ONLY EXCEPTIONS: On Saturday and during school holidays there is no Choir, so we can start your tour at 8:30AM and be in Girona at 1:30PM for lunch. On Sunday the Choir sings at noon, and if we leave right after, we’ll be in Girona by 2.30 for lunch.

  • DRIVE TO GIRONA

    Use this long ride for a lovely nap, or to enjoy the views as you cross the landscapes of the central Catalonia: mountains, farmlands, villages, woods and local industries. Your guide can answer any questions you might have about our history and culture, or start filling you in about what you’ll be seeing in Girona.

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  • A medieval gemGIRONA

    The Old Town of Girona keeps a charming Call (medieval Jewish Section) with a fascinating (and unfortunately sad) history. No Jewish Heritage tour here would be complete without a visit of its Museum of History of the Jewish ( closed on Monday).

    Besides this, there’s also some interesting Medieval Baths, the path along the city walls and an extraordinary Gothic Cathedral. You’ll also get to walk around the medieval alleys and squares to enjoy the local atmosphere. Almost like being in Italy, but without the crowds!

  • DRIVE BACK TO BARCELONA

    Back to the car, enjoy a well deserved rest or continue chatting with your tour guide about what you’ve seen today, ask any other questions you might have about the local history and culture, and get recommendations for the rest of your stay.

  • TOUR ENDS

    You’ll be dropped back to your hotel or apartment, or any other location within the city limits of your choice.

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

This tour is ONLY RECOMMENDED for people with lots of energy willing to do both Girona and Montserrat in one day despite the long rides.

If you are traveling with kids, this tour won’t work at all. We suggest you stick to only one of the two destinations: Montserrat is usually more child-friendly, and it makes a lovely combination with a seaside lunch in Sitges if you wish a light full day. As for Girona, kids usually loved it in combination with the Costa Brava beaches.

If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, please note that the visit of Girona involves sections of stairs and uphill cobblestone streets. Plus you might not have enough stamina to keep going for 10 hours… We recommend you stick to just Montserrat instead, which will be a more leisurely option for you (the funiculars, the cablecar and the various hike options are NOT wheelchair accessible).

If a ten hour trip sounds too long or is out of your budget, then we suggest you choose one of our shorter Montserrat day trips (5 to 8 hours) or Girona day trips (6 8 hours) instead.

If you are traveling in the winter, please note that the weather is likely to be wet, cold and foggy. November through February we recommend warmer destinations such as Tarragona or Sitges, or indoor destinations like a winery or the Dali Museum instead.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Entrance fees are not included, but all paid attractions are optional.
  • Lunch is not included. A quick meal in the Montserrat canteen can cost around €10-15/person, while the optional full lunch in Girona would be some €30-40/person.
  • At the end of the tour we can drop you back to your hotel/apartment in town, or at some local restaurant for dinner.

BOOKING INFORMATION

MONTSERRAT & GIRONA

10 HOURS:

€1375

Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver

LUNCH

NOT INCLUDED

Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.

ENTRANCE FEES

OPTIONAL – Not included.

PAID ON SITE in Montserrat:

  • Cablecar: €7/person (ONE WAY)
  • St. Joan Funicular: €8.10/person (ONE WAY)
  • Audiovisual show: €5/person
  • Art Museum: €7/person

PAID ON SITE in Girona:

  • Medieval Baths: €2/person
  • Cathedral: €7/person
  • Museum of the Jewish: €4/person

 

* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.

IMPORTANT

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.

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Schedule

This day trip to Girona & Montserrat is:

AVAILABLEMonday through Sunday
SOME SITES CLOSED Monday: the Museum of History of the Jewish of Girona is closed.

Saturday and school holidays: the Montserrat Boys Choir doesn't sing.

Sunday: the interior of the Cathedral of Girona is not available for visits as there is mass going on (you can visit the Cloister and the Treasure Museum, though.

UNIQUEIn May, Girona celebrates the “Time of Flowers” festival. A great time to visit it and see the usual sites covered in flower decorations.

Tour starting time:

10.30 AMRecommended tour starting time. It allows you to see the Boys Choir in Montserrat (unless it's Saturday or school holidays, since they don't sing then).
8.30 AMYou'll be seeing the Black Madonna Shrine instead of the Boys Choir, leave at 11.30 for Girona and eat there at 1.30PM. The Cablecar will still be closed by the time you arrive to Montserrat.
9.30 AMYou'll arrive to Montserrat on time for Mass but miss the Boys Choir (unless it's Sunday), as you'll be leaving at 12.30 for Girona to eat there at 2.30PM.

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