Combine city sightseeing in Barcelona with a trip to the multi-peaked mountain of Montserrat on this full-day excursion! You will be picked up directly from your hotel or the cruise port, and you can bring your luggage with you if needed. With an expert guide you’ll see all the top attractions of Barcelona including La Sagrada Familia, Passig de Gracia, the hill of Montjuic, and Park Güell - Antoni Gaudi's famous park - where you will bypass the queues with your skip-the-line tickets. In addition, take a trip to the famous Montserrat National Park and enjoy amazing views and a visit to Santa Maria de Montserrat, the mountain’s stunning basilica.Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see everything with personalized attention from your guide. Pickup and drop-off is possible from anywhere in Barcelona and you can bring your luggage with you if needed.
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.