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Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour

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Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour

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Overview

Experience two of Barcelona's best-selling excursions during this 9-hour day trip, including a visit to the hilltop monastery of Montserrat, followed by an exploration of the modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí, all at a discounted price. Begin your combo tour package by visiting the dramatic mountain religious site of the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, then spend the afternoon discovering the unique architectural creations of Gaudí. It's a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, with a bonus 5% discount versus buying each tour separately. Your excursion also includes a guide, all entrance fees and air-conditioned transport.
  • Combined visit to Montserrat and tour of Barcelona's Modernist attractions
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat and its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin
  • Enjoy spectacular views from Montserrat mountain while enjoying 2.5 hours of free time
  • See Gaudi's famous apartment buildings, plus Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia
  • Listen to entertaining commentary from an expert local guide
  • Relax with transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This combo makes it possible to cover Montserrat and top Gaudí sites in one day.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Guided walking tour outside of the Sagrada Familia
Guided walking tour of Park Güell with admission tickets.
Taste of 4 typical liquors and entrance to the audio visual “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
Tour operated in both Spanish and English.
Radio guide system
Gratuities
Tickets to Sagrada Familia and Sant Pau Art Nouveau Masterpiece.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80 , Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Julià Travel Office; Estació del Nord - ground floor, platform 19.

9:30 AM
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau , Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
Explore some of Barcelona's top highlights, including its incredible architecture and beautiful religious monuments, on this combo tour package combining two separate excursions together at a 5% discount. It's a great way to cover a lot of ground during your Barcelona visit, particularly if you're short on time.

Start your morning with an excursion to the famous Montserrat monastery just outside of town, meeting in central Barcelona for a departure at 9:15am. Weave your way through the scenic towns that line the roadside on the way to this beautiful attraction, eventually arriving at the Royal Basilica set high above the surrounding area on a rocky mountainside. This ancient religious site, which houses a carving of the Black Virgin (Virgen Moroneta) has been hosting pilgrims for centuries.

Get an overview of the monument from your guide as you learn about its significance to Catalonia and its many years of history, before explore the majestic setting and fascinating grounds for 2 hours at your own leisure. Meet again with your guide to continue the trip back to central Barcelona by coach. During the trip back, you'll have the chance to see the city harbor before reaching the bus terminal where you'll start the second half of your day exploring the work of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí.

Begin part two of your Barcelona adventure with a walk to the iconic La Sagrada Familia, known as the crown jewel of the many projects by Gaudí. Admire the exterior of this UNESO World Heritage-listed cathedral as hear about its construction from your guide and crane your neck up at its towering spires. Despite the fact work began in the 1880s, this incredibly intricate project is still under construction to this day.

Head next to Gaudí's Park Güell, an idyllic park adorned with colorful tile-covered benches, terraces and statues that's situated on the hill of El Carmel above the city. This eye-popping monument's beautiful decorations are known to attract huge lines at the entrance. Thankfully, you can skip the line using your fast-track ticket, spending the time you've saved wandering the gorgeous setting of this unusual park with your guide.

Leave the park and head next to the city center to admire the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Masterpiece from outside.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Abadia de Montserrat
Board a coach from our office in central Barcelona to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Montserrat Museum
Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audio visual exhibition once our guided tour finishes. Check in back again at our office in central Barcelona 15 minutes before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and come aboard an air conditioned coach towards Sagrada Familia.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
The first part of this afternoon tour will start with a walking tour around the exterior of la Sagrada Familia, where we will discover its history and the symbolism hidden behind its ornamentation.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Parc Guell
Board your bus back again for a short trip to the Park Güell, located in the upper part of the city. Enjoy a guided tour of the Park with your local guide and discover why it is one of the most emblematic works by Gaudí. Wonder at the magnificent skills of Gaudí and its organic style, displayed all over the park. Did you know the Park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO?
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
Follow your guide and board the coach again for a short trip to the Sant Pau Art Noveau Masterpiece. The guide will give you an explanation of the exterior of the building, which will allow you to learn about the history of the site and the ideas of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • There is approximately 35 min between both parts of the excursions, during this time you will be able to get lunch (not included) in the city center of Barcelona.
  • Note that the children's choir performance is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery.
  • Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • 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.
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • Queues to see the Black Madonna may occur depending on season.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Barcelona Combo Tour: Montserrat Day Trip and Barcelona Gaudi Tour.

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  • "Wear comfortable shoes and the people is all so friendly." See review
  • "The drive approaching and up the mountain to Montesarrat in itself was worth the investment." See review
  • "The half day trip to the monastery of Montserrat is enough to see the place." See review

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star-5
Remarkable history! Stunning Vistas! Gotta Try Cheeses!
jrweasmer
, Sep 2019
The drive approaching and up the mountain to Montesarrat in itself was worth the investment. Options at the top suited every traveler's desires. For those seeking geological phenomena, historical awareness, spiritual connection, thrill rides (by gondola or mountain (sharp!) incline, hiking on paved trails, or perfect photo opportunities, this tour cannot disappoint! Our time in Barcelona was limited, so the half day tour worked well, but on a second visit, we would spend a full day at Montserrat. The Gaudi tour was the best of our two week European whirl! Wish I knew the Julia tours male guide's name, but can say his vast knowledge, quick wit, storytelling prowess, and warm manner maximized our exposure to the quirky talented artist/architect. Julia agency folks devoted extensive energy toward helping us figure out transportation to our distant hotel. Pleasant, eager to help, and devoted to customer satisfaction.
star-4
Most highlights of Barcelona in one day
YikHo_W
, May 2019
Both trips were amazing. Enthusiastic en passionate guides. Especially the Gaudí tour, little details and amazing stories about the buildings and architect.
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Top Attractions
MariaConcepcion_V
, Oct 2018
The half day trip to the monastery of Montserrat is enough to see the place. The place is serene and beautiful. We were lucky to hear mass inside the Basilica while we were there. Our guide was knowledgable but a bit sedate in his delivery of facts so it was kind of a sleepy ride.Were it not for him, I would have scored this 5 stars. Cristina, our guide for Artistic Barcelona tour, was excellent. She was passionate and well versed about the sites we saw. I learned to appreciate Gaudi and the other artistic sites in BArcelona through her narrative. She knewsubject matter and kept the annotation of the tour lively and interesting.
star-5
The Great Monserrat Experience
brendahW6443JH
, Sep 2018
I had an awesome time the black Madonna was georgeous. The scenery and the guide was awesome. I had a great time. Wear comfortable shoes and the people is all so friendly. I will probably do this trip again. Book early
star-5
The Gaudi tour guide was...
Yvette_P
, Mar 2018
The Gaudi tour guide was outstanding. She was patient with us Americans and her English was quite good. She was also, kind, respectful and very knowledgeable.
star-4
Enjoy tour. An excellent tour guide...
Arvind A
, Mar 2018
Enjoy tour. An excellent tour guide, who was a lot of knowledge
star-5
A long day, but a great trip. The...
Heidi_R
, Jan 2018
A long day, but a great trip. The trip to Montserrat was beautiful and very interesting. Loved the Gaudi tour of Barcelona. Would love to do again!
star-5
Great experience! these tours were...
DANIEL S
, Dec 2017
Great experience! these tours were absolutely exceptional. Tour guides and very nice, knowledgeable and helpful. Bus rides are clean and enjoyable. And of course the sights are ridiculously cool! Highly recommended!
star-5
Not to miss. We had not heard of...
Laura J
, Nov 2017
Not to miss. We had not heard of this but had a milennial tell us it was worth the trip. So right. I would actually go again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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I would give 3 star for Montserrat...
Najat_A
, Oct 2017
I would give 3 star for Montserrat Trip but 5 star for Gaudi Tour. I was handled by an agency called Julia Travels which was really professional, efficient, and on time, but the tour itself was so-so. For Montserrat, unless you're interested to check out the Basilica and get time out from the city to hang around in the compound of the cathedral up on the mountain itself wasnt very high, then that's OK. Not the most beautiful of mountains either in my opinion. Artistic Gaudi tour on the other hand was superb. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the guide but he was passionate and just very knowledgeable of the buildings he brought us to see. It was quite a long tour 3-4 I can't remember but definitely, definitely, worthwhile.
star-5
I went on this tour with my eldest...
gracelands35
, Aug 2017
I went on this tour with my eldest daughter we enjoyed every minute, we would have liked to have gone up on the funicular railway at Montserrat but there were very long queues and due to the time allowed we would not have made it back down in time. But the trip was very pleasant and moving especially when the bells began to chime just after our arrival. During the afternoon the Barcelona Gaudi tour the guide was so informative he made sure we had a day to remember. Although some people were 'moaning' about the heat but this obviously was out of the guide's control! you cant please everyone. Be prepared for a lot of walking but you wont be disappointed. I feel we both learned a lot about Gaudi and a lot more. At the end of the tour we asked for directions back to the area of our Hotel and our guide was familiar with this and was extremely helpful. He did show some concern if I was tired, I was but I am so glad myself and my daughter went on this tour. We learned so much on the Gaudi tour.
star-5
The Montserrat tour was great, we...
janet h
, Aug 2017
The Montserrat tour was great, we had a lot of free time and did what we choose. The second part of the tour, the Gaudi tour was excellent. We saw more than we thought we would, the guide was great, very knowledgeable. She also helped us find out was back so we would not get lost!!!
star-4
The Montserrat trip was very nice...
Deeptha R
, Aug 2017
The Montserrat trip was very nice except there is not enough time to get to the panoramic spots at the top for great pictures. I would highly suggest a separate trip there. The tour guide however was very mediocre. For you vegans out there, there is a great vegan restaurant-Veggie Garden very close to the Julia Travel Office where you start your tour. Excellent service and food!! The tour guide on the ArtisticBarcelona Gaudi tour was awesome. If at all possible do a day trip to Montserrat and spend another half day going inside La Sagrada Familia with a reserved ticket and a reserved Park Guell Tour with a tour guide.
star-4
This is a must for travelers to...
Rosie T W
, Jul 2017
This is a must for travelers to Barcelona. The whole day tour was jam-packed with many new discoveries. Tour guide Natalia was very knowledgeable. She managed her time very well, guiding all members professionally and efficiently.
star-4
A long but good day. Montserrat in...
glenn.robertson
, Jun 2017
A long but good day. Montserrat in the morning followed by Gaudi in the afternoon. Cant fault either trip even though the bus trip out to Montserrat is looong - I managed to catchup on some sleep, at the cost of some background info but :-. Mountain road also not trip for delicate travellers. I misread the Gaudi tour side and thought we would actually enter the church, but having seen the size of the queue I'm glad we didn't! I'd walked part of the outside of La Sagrada Famila a day or so earlier so it was great to hear some explanation of what it was all about. Interesting, but after a few hours I'm not still not sure what he was about or even on! Nothing against the tour but I think like all art you either get Gaudi or you don't ... and I'm not sure. What I would say though is, do the tour, appreciate the sheer brilliance and eccentricity of the guy and decide yourself ... or if you cant there is a delightful Irish pub just around corner from meeting / drop off point which worked wonders for me :- One downside to the booking process - I found the meeting place hard to find. Really would have helped if the name of the touring company and meeting point Julia Tours was better flagged on Viator rather then central Barcelona especially before the confirmation voucher issues. Would have allowed me to better map not just the route before I left home but also hotel choices. I was 30 mins away and on foot :-
star-5
The tour was very well organised...
FreddyZarir_D
, May 2017
The tour was very well organised. The guide was informative and there was enough time to see the sights.
star-2
This could have been a good trip...
Helen C
, Apr 2017
This could have been a good trip. But the tour guide forgot us twice. We had to make our own way up to monastery and we missed the information about the place. Also we only spent a short time there.
star-4
We really enjoyed the tour to...
bodine_p
, Apr 2017
We really enjoyed the tour to Montserrat in the morning,but the lines were so long we didn't have time to go inside to see the Black Madonna. But we enjoyed the ride through the countryside and the views and fresh air once we got there and our guide gave us a very interesting history lesson. We had free time to go to the museum or ride the cog train. Our complaint was there were so many people at the agency , the guides would make a quick announcement inside and lead the people out holding his sign about face level so the people on the sidewalk were never informed the tour was leaving. The guides need to have microphones so we can hear and sticks to hold up their signs. In the afternoon on the Gaudi tour , once again they put on on the wrong bus and we had to get off and join another crowded bus where 2 people ended up standing. We had 3 tours on board . We went somewhere and waited for a bus that came and got one the tours off our bus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed his talk but at the last stop, when he finished talking he told us the tour was over and to walk straight down Passeig de Gracia to Placa Catalunya , when we got there, there are many streets leading off of the Placa and we were really tired . It took us about 30 minutes to find the right street to turn on there are several Ramblas , once we were on the right street we went into the nearest Tapas bar and drank much wine.
star-5
This was soooooo worth our money. To...
wilfredZoilo_m
, Apr 2017
This was soooooo worth our money. To get up close to Montserrat was amazing and to get inside Park Guell was so worth the entire trip. I do recommend to bring some money because at the very end, you may want to see the inside of Casa Batlo. To walk the streets of Barcelona and see the architectural gems, is so worth the effort.
star-5
The trip to Montserrat was...
Barbara_S
, Mar 2017
The trip to Montserrat was wonderful. The guide was very amiable and moved skillfully between Spanish and English. Her knowledge of the highlights of Montserrat was very helpful. The museum is absolutely amazing, I'm so glad she recommended seeing it. I could have spent half a day there easily. Hearing the boy's choir at noon was so lovely, even if they weren't the regular choir because it was on tour. The youngest members of the choir performed beautifully and filled the cathedral with joy. And the black Madonna was worth the trip. If you want to have lunch, pick it up at the cafe when you arrive and carry it along with you. We waited until the very end and everything was closed! Luckily we had some snacks of our own. There are lots of local farmers that offer their honey, cheese and nuts for sale - several to choose from and all are willing to give you a sample to try first. That and the gift shop with its lovely alcoholic beverages were a great local touch. The Barcelona Gaudi tour was excellent in terms of what we saw. Amazing, in fact. The only difficulty was that because we were outside for so much of the tour it was very difficult to hear the guide. Having an audio system with earbuds for the tourists and a microphone for the guide would have been better. She was so knowledgeable and I know we missed a lot of what she was saying because the background noise of traffic, other tour groups, other tourists etc. made it very challenging. We were a large group so we couldn't all stand right up next to her to hear. If you are planning on taking the package of 2 tours, just know that it is a long day and you'll be doing a lot of walking. It's definitely worth it and since we had such a short time in Barcelona it was the only way to make the best of our time. Very tired at the end and very glad the bus had been so comfortable and the guide so gracious. Would take tours with this group again.

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