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: Susan Carpenter
Almost didn’t do Montserrat. So glad we did! Ended up being one of our favorite stops. The views, the gardens, and the mountain itself… Stunning! The group was small enough, our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Throw in all the highlights of Barcelona including La Sagrada Familia and it was a perfect day!
Reviewer: Susan Cimino
We were in Barcelona for a couple of days prior to embarking on a cruise. This was the perfect tour for us, consolidating both Montserrat and Barcelona in one day. Our guide, Marta, was outstanding. She was extremely knowledgeable and eloquently explained history and all the various sites with passion and pride.
Reviewer: Joseph Sacomano
No problem finding the tour at the dock.This is a long tour so be prepared. You need to be able to walk most of the day and do some hills. It fills the whole day but it is worth it to see all the things we viewed. Montserrat is beautiful and our guide worked around the heavy crowds. After a nice lunch you head to Barcelona and see as much as you can with the time you have.
Reviewer: Jing Gao
My husband and I toured Barcelona and Montserrat less than a month ago. Montserrat was beautiful and we love the city of Barcelona. We really enjoyed our tour guide Elena. She is fun, helpful and helps us develop a love for the local culture. She also helps take beautiful pictures!
Since my wife and I had spent five post-cruise days in Barcelona many years ago, we knew what to expect. Montserrat, on the other hand, was unknown and we considered it merely an "add-on" to the main event...Barcelona. We were wrong! Montserrat is amazing and could itself be a resort destination: two eateries, a cafe, one lodge (plus a large hotel under construction), a world-class art museum, and an awe-inspiring dramatic mountain setting. The Barcelona part of the excursion was good but not great. Too much time visiting the Sagrada Familia--no entering the building but rather a walk to each side with a lengthy presentation at every stop. On the other hand, while Las Ramblas was mentioned several times on the tour we neither stopped there nor had the opportunity to ramble La Rambla (ironic!). I'd give this tour a full five-star rating if it reallocated the time in Barcelona better. Still, I'd highly recommend this tour especially for the small group (about 8 or 9) size.