Half Day Montserrat Tour - Barcelona

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Overview

Dive in the Catalan culture myths in a classic visit to the Magic Mountain of Montserrat. Spend one morning in the most mysterious and magical site of Catalonia to a unique natural monument, the Mountain of Montserrat. Avoid large massive tours and meet our specialized guide who will help you to immerse in our most rooted cultural myths.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included

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Begin the tour between8:30am-9:30am, when your driver/guide picks you up from your Barcelona hotel. Drive north into the mountainous countryside for about an hour in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle as you take in the majesticrocky landscapesaround you.

With your small group of 8 people or less, seeSanta Maria de Montserrat the mountains Benedictine monastery and its 12th-centurywooden carving La Moreneta ("The Black Madonna").Discover the Holy Cave where, according to local legend, the Virgin Mary once appeared and has been a center for pilgrimage and prayer ever since.

To cap off the experience, listen tothe angelic voices of La Escalonia de Montserrat, one of Europe's oldest children's choirs. Your mountainous adventure concludes around 2:30pm, when you're dropped back off at your Barcelona hotel.

Inclusions for Half Day Montserrat Tour

  • Hotel or apartment pickup and drop-off
  • Professional local guide
  • Small-group (max 8 people)
  • Walking tour
  • Transport byprivate vehicle
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions for Half Day Montserrat Tour

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Nuvia, the guide, loves to tell the history of Montserrat... its origin, purpose, destruction, recreation.. and continued place in
    the hearts of Catalonia. Thanks for coupling the people,passion, and place of Catalonia in our common human venture for
    peace, justice, compassion, serenity, and ultimate security in each other's care, competence, and commitment to living a life of community.
    J and R Naples Florida

  • Very knowledgeable guide and only 6 of us in the van. Definitely a step above the larger jam packed buses and
    the hotel pick up and drop off make it the best choice over all. We did this tour in mid December so really needed
    to bundle up. Montserrat is truly stunning and we were lucky enough to hear the Boys' Choir sing three songs while
    we were inside. wonderful!

  • The worst tour that I have ever taken! Tour was not as advertised. A complete rip-off. I do not recommend In-Out Barcelona Tours. I recommend Julia Travel or Insòlitbarcelona instead.

    The company tour description advertised a small group of 8 or less and a tour that lasts until 2:30 pm. Our tour guide confirmed the site's description and itinerary by advising my fiancé and I that we were going to walk around the monastery, visit the basilica, wait in line to walk to the Black Madonna, watch and listen to the famed children's choir, and hike to the Holy Cave. He confirmed that we leave Monserrat at 2:30 pm.

    My fiancé and I were picked up first. The tour guide told us that he is just picking up one more family. It ended up being a family of about 8 or 10. We had to wait for another van to pick up the remainder of the family. Once we got to Montserrat, they divided the group into two, my fiancé and I as one, and the other family as two. Once we began the tour, our tour guide informed us that the tour had to be cut short and end at 1:30 pm because the other family had other plans! WHAT??!! Why didn't you tell us prior? He says that he did not know until we got there. His boss had just told him. He couldn't do anything about it. So we weren't able to do what the tour had promised. We ended up only doing the Holy Cave trek.

    If we would have known that our trip was going to be cut short, then we would have not attended. Maybe that is why they waited until we were up in Montserrat so that they can justify a reason not to refund our money.

  • Our guides arrived at our apartment at 8:30 AM for our tour of Montserrat 90 minutes from Barcelona. It was a rather cramped van ride, as other people joined our group of five and we all squeezed in with our driver and tour guide. Our guide was rather animated, which actually made the trip all that more interesting. Montserrat is home to a well-known boys choir, which we had hoped to hear but they were touring in the United States. That was a bit disappointing but not the fault of our guide or the tour...just timing. Our day at Monserrat began with a mile long walk to the Santa Cova Holy Grotto where La Moroneta Virgin Mary first appeared. The walk to the Santa Cova included statues and scenes representing 12 events in Christs life. These are called the 12 mysteries. After the walk to Santa Cova we went to the cathedral and the cloister. In front of the cloister are four trees: Palm, Cypress, Olive and Cedar of Lebanon representing eternal life, the spiritual, peace and strength respectively. I have to say that the English major in me was so drawn to the stories and symbolism of everything. Totally related to the tour.

  • Fantastic! Our tour guide and driver were great.
    We drove about 45 minutes out of Barcelona into the hills, very pleasant drive. When we arrived we were dropped off right near to the entrance, no long hike up from the carpark, and afterward collected at the same point.
    The tour was very informative, we learned about the monastery and why it was there, taken to see the Black Madonna and shown some of the sculptures along the walk, even one by Mr Gaudi himself! Also rode on the funicular which was fun, but we didn't go up the top of the mountain, as the top funicular queues were very long. Plenty of free time to take a closer look at the monastery buildings and grounds.
    The views from the courtyard are breathtaking and the whole experience was worth the money paid.
    Only downside, was the traffic on the return journey, it took us twice as long to head back into town. As we had another tour booked for the afternoon, we only just made it back in time.
    I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time for the journey back to Barcelona.
    Recommend this tour highly!!

  • My wife and I began our two week Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona. We optioned for an extra day to get acclimated to the time change. We chose a half day trip to visit the Monastery at Montserrat. We were in luck, as it turned out, due to a cancellation, we had a private tour with our guide Nuria. In a word, Nuria was exceptional! Her command of the English language was impressive and communication was easy. She has a teachers demeanor, and as her students, we took advantage to soak up her knowledge. During the ride up to Montserrat, we discussed everything from the current independence movement in Catalan, to the culture and life in Barcelona as well as the history of the area and architecture. Nurias understanding of the issues faced by the United States was profound. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with her. More about the tour: we arrived at Montserrat, rode a cable car to the top,
    followed a path to the end to visit an old church built on the site of a vision of the Virgin Mary by some herders. We then rode a funicular, train to the Monastery. We viewed the sights and got to see and touch the Black Madonna. While we in line inside the church, we heard the boys choir! The weather was beautiful and the vistas from the Monastery were awesome. All in all the experience was worth it. Having Nuria as a guide made it that much more incredible.

  • Great tour of Montserrat. Would highly recommend this tour. Guide was very helpful and ever in Barcelona again would take this particular tour. Vehicle was spotless!

  • The guide was very weak. She drove a car that had no microphone, so we had no information about our destination during the hour and twenty minute drive. Once we arrived, she gave us a very brief description of Montserrat history, took us to the train that wasn't running so we could see the view, took us into the church at 11:00 am, where we sat for an hour waiting for the boys choir to perform which was supposed to be the big attraction there, and at noon told us they were not performing that day. It was a long ride home!

  • Our guide was right on time in picking us up at our hotel. There were only four of us in the group so it made it easy for the guide. Montserrat is a definite must See when in Barcelona, but the guide was more interested in getting back to the city to make an appointment than allowing us time to take in all the available options at the site. He finally consented to standing in line to gain entrance tp the upper level statue. The cog railway to the top of the mountain was made unavailable due to our guide's schedule.

  • This was a worthwhile tour. Our guide Nuria picked us up at our hotel in a van max 8 passengers and pointed out sights along the way. She was pleasant and informative. The views from the mountain are spectacular. The trail to the Holy Cave is a strenuous walk, but worth the effort.

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