Barcelona & Montserrat
Barcelona & Montserrat
You will start your day by departing the port area after your arrival, in a safe and comfortable vehicle with your English-speaking guide. Make your way to the famous Monastery of Montserrat just a short and scenic ride outside of Barcelona and visit the beautiful basilica.
Enjoy the incredible views along the way up to the top of the mountain. When you reach the top, like thousands of pilgrims before, you will be touched and inspired as you explore the magnificent mountain and its spectacular rock formations. Learn about the legend of the Black Virgin and enjoy a performance by the "L' Escolania", which is the oldest children's choir in Europe (if available).
After your visit to Montserrat you will continue your tour back in Barcelona where you will have the opportunity to see some of the most famous of the city's sites.
La Sagrada Familia, the world-famous architectural masterpiece of Gaudi. In 1883 he took over the design of the Sagrada Familia, while also working on other projects. He worked for 43 years on the temple until 1926, and the work still continues today.
Park Guell, Gaudi's greatest park with beautiful city views. Originated in 1900 when Count Eusebi Guell bought a tree-covered hillside (then outside Barcelona) and hired Gaudi to create a miniature city of houses for the wealthy on landscaped grounds. You can avoid the long lines with your skip-the-line tickets as you visit inside the park.
Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's most luxurious strip. This is one of the major avenues in Barcelona and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
La Pedrera/Casa Mila, Gaudi's most famous building in Barcelona. Casa Batllo, Gaudi's most astounding contribution to Modernism. Casa Amataller and Casa Morera, part of the trio "Apple of Discord".
Plaza Espana, one of the most impressive plazas in Barcelona and one of the most important squares in town. This is the gateway to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, one of the newest shopping centers in Barcelona and a major transport hub.
The National Palace, a very impressive site with great views. It is probably the most emblematic building of Montjuic and was built for the international Expo in 1929.
The Olympic Ring, just to the south of the city and close to Barcelona Harbor. The main features of the Olympic Ring are the 70,000 seat Olympic Stadium, built for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Montjuic Hill, with loads of history and great city views. Home to an old military fortress with roots dating back from 1640, Montjuic Hill offers great panoramic views from Mirador De L' Alcalde.
The Columbus Monument, a 60-meter tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla. It was constructed for the Exposicion Universal de Barcelona in honor to Columbus' first voyage to the Americas.
Port Olympic, with its marina, shops, restaurants, galleries and more. Located east of the Port of Barcelona, it hosted the sailing events for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Plaza Cataluna, the most famous plaza in the heart of Barcelona, is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city center and the place where the old city and the 19th century-built Eixample meet.
Please Note: This tour includes pick up from the cruise ship pier or hotel, and drop off at the cruise ship pier, hotels, or the airport. Please indicate your preferred pick up and drop off locations above when booking your tour. Luggage can be accommodated and will be stored safely during the tour. Luggage capacity is one large suitcase and one carry-on per person.
Reviewer: Wayne Moore
One of the highlights of the cruise for us was this day in Barcelona and Montserrat. The views from Montserrat were stunning and the small group left you with the ability to see more in less time. Barcelona with its focus on the Gaudi architecture was an absolute delight. Would highly recommend this tour if you’re coming to Barcelona.
Reviewer: Yvonne Russell
It was a wonderful trip, well organized. Even though there were some issues in Barcelona at the time, our guide and bus driver took very good care of us and made sure we made it to our pick up/drop off point with no problems.
Reviewer: John Boscarino
They picked us up at our hotel as planned. When we got to the meeting place our guide called the taxi to say she was running late, He left us on the corner to wait for our Guide to arrive. She was there in about 10 minutes. She was great. very well spoken and a wealth of information. We really loved having a small group (14 of us) it was easy to keep track of people and everyone was very responsible to keep track of our meeting times. Would have liked a longer stay at Montserrat to explore more, but it was fine. When we got back she had a taxi take us and another couple back to our hotel - except he dropped us a few blocks away and we had to figure out where we were and how to find out hotel, little unnerving. I would take another tour with Marta again.
Reviewer: Bruce Efflandt
We traveled from Barcelona by air conditioned bus through the scenic mountains to Monserrat. Olive groves dot the hillsides as well as quaint small towns. You are above the clouds when you arrive to the expansive grounds of the monastery. Plan lots of time to see the beautiful architecture as well as scenery. Take the train or walk paths to the cross on the bluff. Eat lunch and buy souvenirs at the stores or get local products from street vendors. On Sunday, you can hear the boys choir if you go early for the limited seating. Coming back down to Barcelona by a different route, our knowledgeable guide Bernard gave us insights into Gaudi designed buildings that we toured walking in the downtown area. This tour picks you up at the port or hotel and returns you before your ship leaves or takes care of your luggage and drops you at a downtown hotel for an overnight stay. I highly recommend it.
A well run tour. They were a little late picking us up at the ship, but the bus was a comfortable size & the guides were personable & knowledgeable. Montserrat was stunning once the clouds cleared. And since we arrived in the morning, it was only moderately crowded. Do not visit there later in the day or you might wait an hour plus just to get in. Part 2 of the tour was visiting several Gaudi sites in Barcelona. We had already toured La Sagrada Familia on a previous tour where we went inside the cathedral, so this second visit focused on the outside in greater detail. But be aware that you will not get to see the interior on this tour, which is HIGHLY worth seeing. Park Guell was very nice. And then as part of the tour they dropped each of us off at our hotel or the airport which was great.