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: Mary Wozniak
We loved that this was a small group excursion and that it included hotel pick up for us. Joseph was polite, knowledgeable and attentive to our needs as tourists. We visited Montserrat in the morning to avoid the huge crowds which, based upon the long line when we were leaving, was the right choice. A lot of sites toured in one excursion. Would recommend for anyone looking for the small group experience.
Reviewer: Susan Owens
Excellent tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of each site and of general history of the area. Marta was passionate about her job! The tour was small and the transportation was very comfortable. The tour was on time and met us in the lobby which was so convenient. Also. Marta was easy to keep up with! Each site that we visited was wonderful. Montserrat was amazing!
Reviewer: Marcus Weitzman
We enjoyed this historical tour, there was a lot to see.
Reviewer: Bill Honey
We had one of the best tour guides ever. She really knew Barcelona, had also lived in the US, so was very relatable. The weather was very rainy, but it didn't spoil the excursion. We fell in love with Barcelona and part of the reason was this excursion. Montserrat is not to be missed. Even in the rain. Just wish we could have seen more of Parc Guell through the raindrops, but at least we have a feel for the place! I highly recommend this tour.
This was a really wonderful experience. The guide was friendly and really knowledgeable, a real pleasure to be with. There's a fair amount of walking on this tour, and the pace is moderate. You get some time on your own at Montserrat, but is goes pretty quickly, we ended up the last people back to our bus and were actually late by about 5 minutes. All we did was grab a bite to eat, a very small amount of souvenir shopping and listen to the choir for 10 or 15 minutes. That said, we loved Barcelona and would love to come back again. The tour was a perfect 1 day introduction to this lovely place.