Welcome to Montserrat
Before its lower two thirds became devastated by cataclysmic eruptions of the Soufrière Hills Volcano in 1995, Montserrat was a carefree little island paradise famous as the birthplace of the late Alphonsus Cassell, creator of the soca hit ‘Hot, Hot, Hot,’ and as the home of Air Montserrat, the famous recording studio founded by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Sting and Eric Clapton were among the stars who... Read More
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Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona
Leaving Barcelona, you'll head straight to Montserrat to visit the Royal Basilica where the famous 12th-century statue of the Black Virgin is housed. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. While you're here there's time to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, go for a walk or ride the rack railway or cable car up the mountain. In the afternoon, leave Montserrat to visit one of the most famous wine producers of the Penedes region, to visit a winery. Visit their vast wine cellars, sample the product and see why this sparkling wine has acquired international fame.
Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona
After driving through picturesque little villages you will arrive at the incomparable setting of the craggy mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically up from the plain to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters) and has amazing views. The Royal Basilica of Montserrat has been one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta (the Black Virgin). On weekday afternoons, there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs: La Escolania de Montserrat. Having heard an introduction to Montserrat from your guide, learning about its importance in past and present times, use your free time (roughly 2.5 hours) to explore independently and discover the site’s magic on your own. Then, meet back up with your guide later to travel back to Barcelona by coach.
Antigua Shore Excursion: Round Island Tour
Tour the island of Antigua and see some of its best sights while you’re in port. You’ll be picked up from your cruise ship port and driven across the island to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, where you’ll admire the beautiful English Harbour, internationally well-known as a yachting destination.You’ll also have time to stroll around and view the Admiral's Inn, Copper and Lumber Store, Sailmakers's Loft, Mystery Pillars, the art gallery and the fabulous yachts moored to the old quay side.Visit the Blockhouse Ruins overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Indian Creek and, on a clear day, the island of Montserrat. Afterwards take a short visit to Shirley Heights for a bird's-eye view over Nelson's Dockyard.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to St John's for your ship’s departure. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Half-Day Guided Montserrat Tour
Meet your guide, who will be holding an orange umbrella, outside of the tourist office in Placa Catalunya. Here, you'll board an air-conditioned coach for the 1-hour drive to Montserrat. Travel through villages traversed by the Llobregat River (Catalonia’s second longest) before arriving at Montserrat, a mountain famed for jutting peaks that soar to heights of 4,051 feet (1,234 meters). On arrival in Montserrat, you’ll embark on a guided tour of its monastery, basilica and museum. Then, you'll have two hours of free time to explore Montserrat independently. Opt to visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat — known for its 12th century carving of the Lady of Montserrat (the Black Virgin). Explore the mountain’s pathways, stairs, caves and hermitages and see Montserrat’s 1000-year-old monastery. Montserrat's museum is also home to a library of nearly 300,000 volumes and a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí, among others. Afterward, meet back up with your guide and group for the journey back to Barcelona. Your driver will take an alternative route so that you can enjoy additional scenery and entertain you with recordings of traditional Catalan music.
The Ancient Churches of Montserrat Mountain Tour by Tebes Trail
Meet your guide at the Monastery of Montserrat in the morning to begin your exploration of the Tebes Trail. From the monastery, board the Funicular of Sant Joan for the short journey to Pla de les Taràntules (funicular ticket at own expense). Follow your guide on a 2 hour trek along the Tebes Trail, where you'll learn about the history of the ancient churches of the region, as well as the geology, botany, and human history of Montserrat Mountain.After the trek, you can return to the Monastery of Montserrat on your own by funicular or on foot through the mediterranean forest. Accident/rescue insurance is included, but transportation to the Monastery of Montserrat is at your own expense. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking on uneven mountain terrain.
Island Safari Adventure
The tour will first stop at Dow’s Hill, where you'll be able to see breathtaking views of the yachts in the English and Falmouth harbors. On a clear day you can even see an active volcano over to Montserrat. Next you'll visit the national parks and listen to your knowledgeable guide narrate Antigua’s famous history. The tour will wind its way down the hill and into Fig Tree Drive, the rain forest, and past the beautiful white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters of the South West Coast.The tour will stop for a delicious local lunch at Turner’s Beach Restaurant, after which you’ll have time for a refreshing swim heading back to the hotel. Don't forget to bring comfortable clothing and shoes, swimsuits, towels, sunscreen and a camera. Lunch and local hotel pick up and drop off are included.