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Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour

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icon10 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

See the best of Barcelona on a packaged trip combining two excursions, including visits to the Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, Olympic Village (Vila Olimpica), Montjuic Castle, Montserrat and much more. Your trip includes a ride by cog-wheel train to the Royal Basilica of Monserrat to admire the site's 12-century Black Virgin and sample some local liquor. Hop aboard the Montjuic cable car for a bird's-eye view of the city, including the magnificent La Sagrada Familia and harbor.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes a walk through the Gothic Quarter
  • Take in views of Barcelona’s skyline, including La Sagrada Familia, on a cable car ride up Montjuic
  • Relax on a cog-wheel train ride up Montserrat for unbeatable vistas
  • Visit Montserrat, see the royal basilica and 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin, and sample local liquors

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Combining two tours—with visits to multiple attractions—makes this excursion excellent value.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Bilingual local guide (English and Spanish)
Montserrat cog-wheel train and Montjuic cable car ride
Entrance to the audio-visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
Entrance fee to Barcelona's Cathedral
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80 , Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

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

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This super saver tour of Barcelona combines the city's top sights into one convenient, money-saving package. Whether you're a first-time visitor to Barcelona looking to get an overview of this unique Catalonian capital, or simply hoping to cover a lot of ground for one discounted price, this combined excursion is a great option.

Start your morning by meeting your guide in central Barcelona. Proceed on a sightseeing tour of central Barcelona during the morning, including a stroll through the Gothic Quarter and a visit to Montjuic via the sky-high Montjuic cable car.

Then in the afternoon, continue on to the mountaintop retreat of Montserrat just outside Barcelona proper, where you board a cog-wheel train to explore this unique pilgrimage site, including its 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta (Black Virgin).

For full details of your day-long excursion, read the full itinerary below.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
The first part of the visit consists in a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barcelona Cathedral
Visit the exterior of the beautiful Cathedral of Barcelona.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Barceloneta
Board an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic tour through the city. Discover the changes to the coastline of Barcelona for the Olympic Games in 1992. See the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman’s quarter from the bus, called Barceloneta.
Stop At:  
Montjuic
Head to the Montjuïc Mountain, main scenery of the Olympic Games in 1992. Ride the cable car for amazing views over the city. At the end of the tour, you will stop in the MNAC viewpoint to see one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Casa Mila - La Pedrera
During the way back to the office, the bus will drive through Passeig de Gracia and you will see some of the most emblematic Gaudi buildings such as Casa Batlló and la Pedrera.
Pass By:  
Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló
Stop At:  
Abadia de Montserrat
Check in back again at our office in Estació del Nord before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and come aboard an air-conditioned coach to Montserrat. After a 1h drive, board the cog-wheel train up the mountain and enjoy the amazing views of Montserrat. World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the 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. Enjoy free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audio visual exhibition once our guided tour finishes.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • You have approximately 1 hour and 15 min of free time for lunch (from April to October) and 30 min (from November to March) between both parts of the excursions. Lunch not included.
  • From the end of January to the beginning of March (dates to be confirmed) the cable car doesn't work due to maintenance tasks. The service will be replaced by the Port Cable Car.
  • Proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or flip flops.
  • 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.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the events to be celebrated in the City (demonstrations, sport events, cultural events, oficial acts and public works).
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing 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: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing 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: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing 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: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Barcelona Combo: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing 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: Highlights Barcelona and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour.

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  • "We toured on a a Sunday when many places are closed and people might want to take that into account when scheduling." See review
  • "There was an one and a half hour break between the morning and afternoon tours." See review

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star-5
Great tour!
Sherel_S
, Jul 2022
Great tour! Our tour guide was amazing! I highly recommend it. The views are stunning. I love that we had a two hour break in between the highlight tour and Montserrat to go grab lunch. The day was perfect. No complaints at all.
star-5
Very nice tour of Barcelona and Monserrat and great value.
Paul_D
, Jul 2022
Going up to Monserrat and the beauty of the rock formations. We also enjoyed Mount Juic although there was a lot of walking and very hilly.
star-5
Amazing Monserrat
Michelle_P
, Jul 2022
I would definitely recommend taking the tour of Monserrat. These mountains are amazingly different from any I’ve ever seen. Once at the top, of course the views are amazing.
star-4
Good but rushed
happyrvers2014
, May 2022
We enjoyed the overview of Barcelona which included a walking tour. Very Lovely. The Monserrat portion was extremely rushed. Directions were not very clear at times. Shops closed at 6 pm or just before. Recommend giving more time
star-5
AMAZING!!!!!!!! MUST TAKE!!!
alwayslivinglife40
, Feb 2020
I hope I don't run out of space. I wish I could give him more stars because he totally deserves it. First, the walking part in the morning with Eduardo was better than FANTASTIC! He gave me so much information like about the flags, St. George, Santa Eulalia, all about Monjuric Casle and so much more. I, as well as many others, had no idea about Valentine's day. Even how Holy week begins. When I mentioned what I learned about picasso people were amazed. I enjoyed the tour soooooo much. When I went on the second part and on a different tour the next day I already knew somethings because we talked about everything. You definitely have to take it and with Eduardo if possible. He even gave me information on other things to do on my visit. Then Gabby in the afternoon was terrific. I enjoyed montserrat mountain. I learned a lot then also, but the view was incredible. So was the view in the morning. And let's not forget the exceptionally great customer service in the morning! What an all around great group of people. Thank you for being a part of and helping to make my visit be a reason to come back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience!
Michael_S
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide was Christine, and she was awesome. She gave the tour in English and Spanish, which was nice since my wife and I speak English and understand most Spanish. Our tour started with a walking tour of the gothic quarter, which is very quaint, and full of history. On the way to Castel Montjuic (a fort/castle near the ocean) via bus, Christine gave us a tour thorough Barcelona and pointed out the history of Barcelona. So much to look at, it was hard to take it all in. We took a cable car gondola to see stunning views of the city. We then visited the castle, the dungeons, and Christine explained the history of it all. We were very impressed with our tour guide and Barcelona in general, and highly recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Sabrina_D
, Nov 2019
Excellent tour. Tour guide was awesome and driver was excellent. I definitely recommend this tour!!!
star-1
Stay away from Julia Travel tours
RinkiD19
, Nov 2019
They are horrible here in Spain. Even the locals agree. The staff lacks proper training and they will make you miss your trip. Please go with another travel agency for this tour. Dont get tricked by five stars from other comments. They are absolutely careless and do not value your time. They will make you miss your tour because staff dont know themselves when to report.l for the tours especially one in the afternoon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very good tour
Ingrid_W
, Oct 2019
This was wonderful. Montserrat is not to be missed! The only problem was that this is actually 2 different tours put together so you have to go to the office twice at different times. They should combine it!
star-3
Barcelona combo
Kimberley_N
, Oct 2019
The morning tour guide was lovely.. very informative and Friendly.. we waited about 30 min For the bus when we finished the walking tour. Would have been nice to stop at a few more site instead of driving by them. 2 hour break in between morning tour and afternoon was way too long
star-5
Lots to see
David O
, Sep 2019
Aaron was an excellent guide. We had him for both the AM and PM tour. Easy to understand and excellent knowledge. Fast paced, but not feeling rushed. Well organized.
star-1
Stolen backpack
Experience86505
, Aug 2019
We were inside the office of Julia Travel in Barcelona. There were lots of CCTV in the office. The security guard was not around. My husband sat and put his backpack down. A man inquired from my husband regarding a tour and my husband directed him to the desk where he can ask. But instead of going to the desk, he walked fast going out. We then noticed that my husband’s backpack was gone. We asked the manager in Julia Travel if he can help us since there was a lot of CCTV inside the office but he refused. The security guard came but was of no help at all. He just stared at my husband when he started narrating what happened. We were warned regarding pickpockets and thieves in Barcelona but we never realize that this can happen even inside JULIA TRAVEL OFFICE IN BARCELONA despite CCTVs inside the office. It was not a good day for us.
star-4
Good overview for quick trip!
Debra_P
, Aug 2019
We only had a limited time to spend in Barcelona and enjoyed this tour - a good way for us to see part of the city that we might not have found on our own. We toured on a a Sunday when many places are closed and people might want to take that into account when scheduling. Aaron, our tour guide, knew the area and was also also very helpful with restaurant recommendations.
star-5
Highlights
siturner7
, Jul 2019
Arron our guide was professional. Excellent tour. Loved the sites . the organization was great. Recommend to everyone.no hassels.
star-5
No money well spent
Grave_D
, Jul 2019
We were only able to do the first half of the tour. We enjoyed a brisk walking guided tour and then boarded a bus that drove past the Olympic village and then on to ontjuic. This allowed us to look over the city up in the mountain affording beautiful views. These tours require a LOT of walking. Even though we did not make the second half of tour, it was money well spent. I will book with Viator again. We saved tremendously compared to purchasing from cruiseline.
star-2
Too Many People
capecodtraveler88
, Jul 2019
Our tour in the morning was fantastic. Very interesting history of Barcelona explained, and our tour guide was fantastic! We ended the day visiting a fort that overlooked the city of Barcelona and it was quite magnificent. In the afternoon, our tour guide was excellent, and this review is in no means a reflection of her service. Checking in during the afternoon was extremely hectic and people were cutting in front of us to get to the counter first. The tour was a full busload of people and bilingual. We wasted a lot of time from what I thought was an English tour with our guide translating back and forth. There was also a problem with the whisper devices which took a long time to resolve. At the end of our brief tour at the Monastery, we could not find food anywhere more than an ice cream or an old sandwich. All of the restaurants were closed and not serving real food. We were told we would be able to eat there. In the morning, one of the guides was running late, and our tour guide did a wonderful job trying to relieve this stress. Still, it took away time that he would have spent with us and not translating back and forth. If you would like a more personal experience, I suggest choosing a different tour group.
star-5
Awesome Tour!
Dawn_S
, Jul 2019
Great tour, guides were good and made the experience enjoyable. Would recommend her be this as s great way to spend your day.
star-5
Great tour with profesional guide tour
Eva_T
, Jun 2019
Nice tour and enjoy with the profesional guide make us Happy. Well organisation. Great combo tour for the sightseeing monseratt and hightlight Barcelona.
star-5
Barcalona Combo
Melvin_H
, Jun 2019
This tour was worth the cost. Although it was a long day it was a very pleasant one. Would recommend it.
star-5
A Wonderfull samples of excellent guides! *****
Explore67804707137
, Apr 2019
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by Narella and David, with such a friendly atmosphere we had a fantastic start! Narella and David was extremely good, very flexible, very adorable and for that they deserves a special thanks. We had two great tours. All respect for Narella and David who does a great job; a true samples of excellent tour guides! Many thanks again and I recommend this tour for everyone!

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