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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

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This half day tour will take you to discover one of the most emblematic places in Catalonia, the amazing and mystic Montserrat Mountain. During the first part of the tour, we will enjoy a guided visit to learn about the history and meaning of this place. We can visit the interior of the Monastery and the Church, where is located the famous virgin known as “La Moreneta”. The tour also includes the entrance to the audio visual exhibition and a taste of typical liquors.
  • Explore Montserrat independently on a coach trip from Barcelona
  • Free time to view the basilica, Black Madonna, grotto, and more
  • Hear the Escolania boys’ choir (if performing) and taste liquor made on site
  • Ideal for independent travelers who want transport included
What to Expect
Join your guide and board an air-conditioned coach in central Barcelona for a drive up the mountain of Montserrat, admiring its saw-toothed peaks. Along the way, hear about Montserrat’s Royal Basilica and Monastery, famous as the home of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta), a revered 12th century statue of the Virgin Mary. On arrival, savor the panoramas over Barcelona and the countryside, and after an introduction to Montserrat, explore as you want. Admire the basilica inside and out, see and learn about the Black Madonna, and, if time allows, climb to the grotto where it’s believed the statue was found. Enjoy entry to Montserrat’s audio-visual museum, and choose to sample and purchase the monastery’s homemade liquors at the gift shop. Depending on the date of your visit, you may also hear a recital by Montserrat’s acclaimed Escolania boys’ choir. Your trip concludes with a coach drop-off back in central Barcelona.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors made by the monks of the monastery
  • Radio guide system
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
  • 20% off in the Sant Joan Funicular ticket.
  • 10% off in the Museum entrance fee.
  • 10% off in the buffet restaurant at the “Mirador dels Apostols”.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • This is a large coach tour with a maximum of 50 participants
  • Note that the children's choir performance is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery.
  • Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals.
  • Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We recommend you to check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

349/5000 This tour was interesting. Don't miss the children's choir from 1pm If you want to reach the black Madona statue you have to stand in line - 20 - 25 minutes. Unfortunately, it is very crowded at Monserrat. The tour is well organized by...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marius P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Unfortunately, it was raining and foggy the morning we went but it was still beautiful and a great experience. If you want to see everything that Montserrat has to offer, then definitely do a full day tour. There's a lot to see and hiking involved...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank dessykrystal
Reviewed 1 week ago

We purchased the 5 hour tour... which actually allowed 2.5 hrs at the most, for viewing the site. The bus ride was 1 hr 10 min (both ways, plus 15 min.lead time to reload). During the bus ride there, the tour guide spoke to us...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really should have booked the full day option to enjoy more of Montserrat. The half day doesn’t allow enough time, particularly when standing in line is required for different parts.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dottie K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place, the mountains were stunning, unfortunately I didn't get to see the black madonna, due to a mass, hence it was closed. Too many queues.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mariav1956
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2 December 2018|
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Response from Tom1021 | Reviewed this property |
HI Alejandro, I do not know what Julia Tours' refund policy is but unless something very bad happens, I would not expect them to give you a refund. I suggest you check with them about their refund policy and what would... More
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12 September 2018|
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Response from 656mauricei | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly, you should be back at around 3:30 pm
Tin Y
31 August 2018|
Response from 656mauricei | Reviewed this property |
Hello, the pick up point is at Julia Travel’s office in Balmes street near Plaça Catalunya. You’ll have to check-in there (at the office), then a guide will take the group towards the bus.
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  • Duration: 5h 30m
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