Half-Day Montserrat Tour with Small Group and Hotel Pickup

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Ensured small group tour of maximum 8 pax.Round-trip hotel pick-up & drop-off included.Make a pilgrimage to the mystical mountaintop retreat of Montserrat in this 5-hour excursion from Barcelona with a very small group. Make the best of such a small group and decide how you want to spend your time.Your guide will invite you on an exploration of this nearly 1,000-year old Benedictine Monastery set high above Catalonia. You’ll see the famous ‘Black Madonna’ icon and visit legendary ‘Holy Cave’ where the virgin is said to have once appeared. End by enjoying the sublime singing of ‘La Escolania de Montserrat’ one of the Europe’s oldest children’s choirs.- Half-day trip to the mystical mountaintop monastery of Montserrat with a small group from Barcelona- Admire the famous 'Black Madonna', icon in the monastery basilica- Explore the 'Holy Cave' where the Virgin is said to have once appeared- Enjoy astonishing views of the natural park- Great way to explore the region near Barcelona
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Plaza de Cataluna, Barcelona, CataloniaStart this tour directly from your hotel. Your guide will come to pick you up, so be sure to let us know exactly where you are staying. Enjoy an overview of Barcelona city along the route and pass by Catalunya square, the main square of the city centre.Pass By: Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona, CataloniaAlong the way, pass through Passeig de Gràcia, with its typical Catalan architecture. The avenue is home to the most remarkable façades of modernist buildings, including Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Domènech’s Casa Lleó - Morera or Cadafalch’s Casa Ametller.Pass By: Casa Lleo i Morera, Barcelona, CataloniaAlong the way, you will pass by Casa Lleó - Morera or Casa Ametller, built by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech, the University teacher of Gaudí.Pass By: Casa Batllo, Barcelona, CataloniaAlong the way, pass by the Casa Batlló, one of Antoni Gaudí’s most impressive houses. This facade is an absolutely must see while being in Barcelona.Pass By: La Pedrera, La Pedrera, Rocha DepartmentAlong the way, pass by casa Milá-La Pedrera and get enchanted by its atypical shape. Listen to your guide telling you about this piece of art by the hands of Gaudí and get to know why this building is known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the house of stones).Stop At: MontserratGet on the road and head to the mystic mountain of Montserrat. This natural park, with its very peculiar peaks, protects the spiritual essence of Catalonia. For almost 1,000 years, a Benedictine community has lived in these mountains located 60 km away from Barcelona. On the way, listen to some interesting stories about Catalonia and its bounding to the holy mountain, scene of pilgrims since ancient times and part of the route to Santiago de Compostela. Your guide will share important information to understand the heritage you will discover during the tour.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Montana de Montserrat, Montserrat, CataloniaThe Rocky Massif of Montserrat has been declared as Natural Park in 1987, and characterised by the rounded shape of its peaks. This incredible 4000-foot wonder is easily recognizable by its ''serrated'' top from which it got his name.Once you reach the monastery, you have plenty of options and your guide will always adjust to your interests. We invite you to take an easy walk of around 30 min to enjoy one of the most astonishing views of the natural park, but if you wish you can also decide to enjoy other activities that the mountain offers.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Abadia de Montserrat, Montserrat, CataloniaVisit the Basilica of Montserrat, house of the serene image of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, a poly chrome Romanesque carving dating from the 12th century.The legend says that in the year 880 some shepherd boys found a statue of the black madonna, the "Moreneta", in a grotto. A chapel was built on this site that soon became a place of pilgrimage.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sant Joan Funicular Railway, Montserrat, CataloniaDecide with your small group of 8 pax if you want to enjoy a ride in the rack railway that will bring you at the top of the holy mountain. Enjoy astonishing views along the way.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Sant Jeroni, Montserrat, CataloniaReach the peak of the holy mountain to enjoy a bird's eye view of the entire Montserrat Monastery and of the natural park. On clear days, you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the whole of Catalunya.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Aeri de Montserrat, Montserrat, CataloniaIf you skipped the funicular, you can enjoy the cable car, a breathtaking journey over the Llobregat River and Valley, up the mountain and right up to Montserrat Monastery.The cable car first started running in 1930. It travels at a speed of 5 metres per second and at a gradient of up to 45%.This is a trip that is not for the faint heart - you will be travelling 1350 metres up the mountain in a small hanging car! However, if you are not afraid of heights, you will be in for a really memorable and rewarding experience.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Montserrat Museum, Montserrat, CataloniaIf you wish, you can also decide to visit the Montserrat museum. It has an important section of early paintings, spanning the 13th to the 18th centuries, with works by El Greco, Caravaggio as well as a large collection of Catalan paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries that includes major names such as Fortuny, Rusiñol, Casas, Picasso and Dalí but also of French impressionism such as Chagall, Braque, Le Corbusier, Miró, Dalí and Picasso.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Santa Cueva de Montserrat, Montserrat, CataloniaSince the funicular that brings you to this holy place is under revision, we leave the option to you. If you feel like walking for around 30 min, you can have access to the Holy Cave, where, standing to the legend, the virgin is said to have appeared. The site has, since then, become an authentic center for pilgrimage and prayer.From there, you will also be able to see the Cross of San Miguel and the wonderful views from this side of the mountain.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Escolania de Montserrat, CataloniaEnd your tour listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability). This musical treat will conclude your mystical Montserrat visit.Duration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Hotel or apartment pickup and drop-off
  • Professional local guide
  • Small-group (max 8 people)
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Visit to the Montserrat Monastery Abbey
  • Listen to the famous Escolania Boy's Choir
  • Short walking tour with astonishing views of the natural park (we suggest comfortable shoes)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Sant Joan Funicular Railway
  • Entry/Admission - Aeri de Montserrat
  • Entry/Admission - Montserrat Museum

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
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