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Montserrat (often used interchangeably for the monastery and mountain) is a hugely popular day trip from Barcelona. The monastery throngs with visitors, but serenity can still be found on the walking trails or by staying overnight.


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$102.07 Day Trips & Excursions

Montserrat and Cava-Tasting Small-Group Tour from Barcelona

Departure is from Barcelona at 8:30am, and from Barcelona we will head straight to Montserrat, just over an hour and a half away. On arrival, you have various options. A visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. There is also the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ranging from Archaeology from the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture.Besides these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you around a number of different walks, each offering a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape, and many of which are peppered with small chapels and hermitages. There are routes to suit all tastes and energy levels, from fairly strenuous treks to gentle strolls around the park area, all of which allow you to marvel at the views and to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park. Another option is to take one of the two rack railways, or the cable car, offering different views of the area. Alternatively, the views can simply be savored from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.At 2.30pm, the tour will leave Montserrat, to drive down to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the Cava Capital, via Gelida, to visit some of the biggest underground wine cellars in Europe. Sant Sadurni d'Anoia is situated in the Penedes wine-growing region, which boasts one of the widest varieties of grape of any wine-growing region in the world. The region received a major boost in the late 19th-century when French vineyards succumbed to parasite, although Penedes itself was later struck by the same problem. Production has since recovered, and Cava is now a major rival to French champagne; in fact, the main difference between Cava and champagne is simply the region in which they are produced.The tour will continue with a visit to one winery, where they will demonstrate exactly how the famous sparkling wine is produced, from the first pressing of the grapes to the second fermentation in the vast expanse of cellars. This will of course be accompanied by the chance to sample the product, to see exactly why it has acquired such international fame. From here, the tour returns to Barcelona, arriving at 7:00pm.

$108.90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Montserrat Tour from Barcelona with Lunch and Wine Tasting

Begin your tour in Plaça Catalunya, where you will hop aboard an air-conditioned bus to the Natural Park of the Mountain of Montserrat, just an hour away from Barcelona. A unique massif famous for its gothic shapes, beautiful views and trails - Montserrat is said to be the most important mountain in Catalonia. Upon arrival, your guided tour consists of an extended visit throughout the Basilica and Monastery, with free time to explore the site on your own afterwards. There are many activities to choose from – you may want to see the Black Madonna, visit the Museum, make your way to the Holy Cave, ride a funicular to the top of the mountain, or shop at the farmer’s market. At the end of the visit you'll have the chance to attend a performance by l’Escolania de Montserrat, the oldest Boys’ Choir in Europe. After Montserrat, head to the estate winery of Oller del Mas. Located in a castle dating back to the 10th century, the winery is home to 1,500 acres of land and a public golf course. Make your way into the restaurant, where you will be served a multi-course meal with wine. Following your meal, take a stroll through the vineyards and visit the cellar for a guided tour of the estate's wines. Learn about the production process and other winemaking secrets. Before heading back to Barcelona, enjoy a wine tasting session with three ecological wines. You will be returned at the end of the day to your original departure point. * Please note that l'Escolania does not sing on Saturdays, school holidays, and several dates throughout the year.

$121.57 Day Trips & Excursions

Barcelona and Montserrat Tour, Park Güell Skip-the-Line Entry

Leave your Barcelona hotel (or cruise port) by air-conditioned minibus and travel up Montjuic – Barcelona’s famous 755-foot (230-meter) hill – while enjoying breathtaking views. Located at the hill’s peak is Anella Olímpica, where the 1992 Olympic Games were held. Stop for photos near the Montjuic Castle for panoramic views of the city and harbor and then head back down the hill and into town.Barcelona is famous for its links to Antoni Gaudi – Spain’s most celebrated Modernist architect.  The city is scattered with his highly acclaimed work for you to discover. Pose by one of his more extraordinary creations -- the still-unfinished La Sagrada Familia cathedral -- as you embark on a panoramic visit outside the church. Travel along the glitzy shopping strip of Passeig de Gracia, passing other architectural sites of interest like Casa Amataller and Casa Morera, and capture the eye-catching exterior of Casa Batllo.  Then head to Gaudi’s Park Güell to make your way past the long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket to explore this charming public park of gardens and architectonic elements on Carmel Hill. Easily one of the most impressive public spaces in the world, the gardens are said to encapsulate Gaudi’s creative genius with an abundance of colorful mosaics and intriguing gatehouses.After a break for lunch (own expense), or in the morning (depending on the order of touring), get back on board your minibus and travel west to Montserrat, the craggy mountain in the middle of Spain’s first national park. Walk through the park and learn about the area’s history, and head inside Santa Maria de Montserrat, the beautiful Benedictine abbey and basilica where thousands of Christian pilgrims have journeyed over the centuries. Learn about the Virgin of Montserrat (known as the Black Virgin) and take in incredible views toward Barcelona. If you’re lucky, you may catch a performance by La Escalonia – the oldest children’s choir in Europe – who performs regularly here.Return to Barcelona by minibus, and finish your tour back at your central hotel or cruise port in the early evening.

$29 Day Trips & Excursions

Early Access to Montserrat Monastery

Relax on route to Montserrat, the famous multi-peaked mountain in Catalonia. With your ticket in hand, avoid the crowds and enjoy early access to Montserrat Monastery — widely considered the mountain’s top attraction. Follow your guide on a tour of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey before the crowds arrive, and admire the beautiful gothic and renaissance architecture. Gain insight into the spirituality for which the abbey is famous and hear how it ties in to Catalonia’s colorful culture. See the beautiful atrium and sacristy, get an appreciation of the talents of the singers, composers and teachers through the explanatory audiovisual showing the choir line. Discover ancient history and rich heritage during a visit to the Museum of Montserrat. Explore the galleries and hallways, and learn of the losses the region felt during the Napoleonic War. Discover archaeological styles influenced by Cyprus, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and marvel at 13th- to 18th- century paintings by famous by artists including Berruguete, Caravaggio, El Greco and Morales. Afterward, travel back to Barcelona to conclude your tour.

$68.81 Cultural & Theme Tours

Montserrat Tour with La Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Option

Meet your guide in central Barcelona and board your comfortable minivan for the scenic one-hour drive to Montserrat. From the base of the craggy mountain, you have the option to ride up in a cable car (own expense) for fabulous valley views. Alternatively, stay on board with your guide to drive to the mountaintop by minivan.At the top of Montserrat, visit the 1,000-year-old Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica to see its claim to fame: the Virgin of Montserrat. Then tour the Museum of Montserrat’s collection of religious art, artifacts and sculpture. If you don't want to visit the museum, follow trails that wind around the mountaintop for wonderful views of Catalonia. For equally stunning views you can take a ride around the mountaintop by rack railway (own expense). La Sagrada Familia Upgrade:Make the most of your time in Barcelona by combining your Montserrat tour with skip-the-line entry to Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia church. With this upgrade, you can choose the time and date of your visit, giving you the freedom to fit it in with your other plans. Simply inform in the Special Requirements section when you want to visit the church between 9am and 6pm. If you do not state a specific time to visit the church, your tickets will be purchased automatically for the same day of your visit to Montserrat. If you are doing the afternoon tour, your tickets will be bought for a time between 10am and 12pm the following day. If you are doing the morning tour, your tickets will be bought for a time between 3pm and 6pm the same day. Please contact the office to arrange collection of the tickets. Please note, these tickets are non refundable, and cannot be modified after purchaseThis unique upgrade option allows you to spend as much time inside the church as you wish! Simply make your own way to La Sagrada Familia and then head inside to enjoy a 45-minute visit on your own. The wait lines here are almost as legendary as the building’s fantastic architecture, but you can avoid them! Before you go inside, admire the sculpted portals, spires and chapels around the basilica’s exterior. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been under construction since 1882, and is not due for completion until 2026.Please note: audio-guide and towers are not included in this ticket.

$63.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Santa Maria de Montserrat Tour from Barcelona with Train Ride

Board an air-conditioned coach from the prearranged meeting point in central Barcelona and relax as you pass through Catalonia’s countryside on the journey to Montserrat. As you travel, listen to your guide share details about the region and its history, and discover why the craggy Montserrat mountain and its monastery have been among Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites since the 12th century.On arrival at the foot of the multi-peaked mountain, board a cogwheel train and take in the natural vistas as you ride up the mountain. Learn how over the centuries wind and rain have shaped Montserrat’s striking pink rock face, and have your camera ready to capture the peculiar rock formations along with panoramas of Barcelona, Catalonia, and beyond.After around 15 minutes, arrive at Santa Maria de Montserrat, the mountain’s Benedictine abbey. Explore the site with your guide, and discover how it plays an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of Catalonia during an audiovisual presentation.Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which is nestled next to the monastery, and see up close the sacred, 12th-century polychrome wooden carving of Our Lady of Montserrat, commonly known as La Moreneta (the Dark One). After your tour, sightsee independently and visit the monastery’s shop to sample four local liquors. When the time comes, return to your air-conditioned vehicle and journey back to Barcelona, where your tour concludes at the original departure point.