Montserrat Morning Tour

Montserrat Morning Tour (Benedictine Monastery, Royal Basilica of Montserrat)
Price: $79.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10 to 15 minute taxi (not included, approximately 8 to 12 EUR each way) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Tastings of 4 typical liquors of Montserrat are included.
Recommended Dress As you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sun glasses and sun screen are recommended. Some guests may appreciate a light waterproof jacket, due to the mountainous climate in Montserrat.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are steps required to enter several of the sites, including the Basilica Plaza, and to view the Virgin, as well as steep curbs in some areas.

Montserrat Morning Tour

Visit the jagged and serrated mountain of Montserrat and its Benedictine Monastery on this morning tour.

After departing from Barcelona, you will drive through the picturesque countryside dotted with little villages during the 90-minute drive to the incomparable setting of the mountain of Montserrat. Rising majestically to 4,051 feet, the peaks of Montserrat can be seen long before you arrive. The curving road around the mountain will offer you incredible views out across the valley.

Upon arrival at the parking area, you will join your guide and climb several steps to reach the plaza of the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. Its cliff-side location and neo Romanesque architecture is a scenic wonder, but it is perhaps the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin, that draws so many to this mountain location. The Royal Basilica has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain for hundreds of years.

After an orientation tour of the grounds and description of the basilica, you will be given ample time to visit the sites that interest you the most. On most weekdays, the children's choir sings in the monastery at midday. There is a museum, restaurants and shops, as well as the opportunity to view the Black Virgin from a passageway that circles the altar where she is located. You will also be given the opportunity to taste some of the typical liquors of Montserrat. At the appointed time, you will meet your transportation and begin the drive back to Barcelona.

Please Note: Your tour departs from the Estacio del Nord area, which is near the Arc de Triomf. The tour ends near the Casa Batllo at Paseo de Gracia 43. The placa is the city center and the place where the old city (Gothic Quarter and Raval) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet in Placa Catalunya: Passeig de Gracia, La Rambla, Portal de l'Angel and Ronda Universitat.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  21 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great Experience
November 06, 2019
Loved it all! Although we never made it into the church itself (way too long a line to enter) we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If you have the time, walk to the cross. It's a bit of a struggle but very well worth it.
Reviewer: William Haddon
5 Stars
Montserrat
October 21, 2019
Excellent and knowledgeable guide. Wonderful tour.
Reviewer: Sherry Waters
5 Stars
Montseratt Morning Tour
October 20, 2019
Delieved all that was promised and more.
Reviewer: Evan Jones
4 Stars
Montserrat Morning Tour
July 28, 2019
Very worthwhile tour if you want to get out of the city and see a bit more. Fantastic views all around the mountain. The Basilica was amazing.
Reviewer: Enid Mitchell
5 Stars
Montserrat tour
June 04, 2019
The morning tour to Montserrat was wonderful. The bus was comfortable. The tour guide was very personable and very knowledgeable. The tour itself was wonderful. We were a bit rushed between hearing the boys choir sing and getting to the bus. We had to leave the boys choir a few minutes early to make sure we were there on time. The cheese market out side the building was wonderful and it was great to be able to taste such beautiful cheeses. All in all it was a wonderful tour, a great experience.
Reviewer: Catherine Lawlor
5 Stars
Amazing Montserrat!
May 27, 2019
Was on the fence about this tour but so glad we did go! The Mountains are amazing. Definitely worth going even for the half day!
Reviewer: Cheryl A Pearson
5 Stars