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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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A note from Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona
The safety of our passengers and employees has always been our key concern at Julià Travel. The fight against Covid-19 strengthens our commitment to safety and health. Therefore we have adapted our tours to avoid large crowds and we ensured that any places we visit follow high hygiene standards.
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Updated 22/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
On this trip to Montserrat Monastery, enjoy the convenience of included round-trip coach travel from Barcelona, along with the freedom to explore the Benedictine abbey independently. On this half-day experience see the basilica—dramatically set into the rocks—Black Madonna, grotto, and audio-visual museum and enjoy panoramic views. Entry to the basilica and audio-visual museum is included.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Carrer de Balmes, 5
    Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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  • 1
    Abadia de Montserrat
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 2
    Montana de Montserrat
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Escolania de Montserrat
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 4
    Montserrat Museum
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Carrer de Balmes, 5
    Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Highlights
  • 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
Duration
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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”.
  • Bilingual tour in English and Spanish
Exclusions
  • 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
  • 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.
  • We recommend you to check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
  • 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.
  • Queues to see the Black Madonna may occur depending on season.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Valerie B wrote a review Jan 2020
Oakland, United States3 contributions1 helpful vote
Guide spoke in spanish, catalan and english but didnt seem to know any of them. It seemed like she was trying to translate as she went. Sounded like william shatner. Used the word “peculiar” to describe everything. Bus broke down near the destination. We had to walk the rest of
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Alex B, Director General at Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Dear valeriebN4421TP, Thank you for taking the time to review our tour to Montserrat. I am concerned to know the tour did not live up to your expectations. I would like you to know our guides are officially accredited in the language they conduct the tour, reason why I am surprise to read your comments. Regarding the bus situation, unfortunately, although our fleet of vehicles is checked frequently, breakdowns may occasionally occur. I regret you experience that situation. I hope you had a nice time in Barcelona! Sincerely, Alex B.
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Snehal W wrote a review Jan 2020
New York City, New York58 contributions15 helpful votes
I had signed up for a half day tour to Montserrat in the afternoon. Overall experience was good. Check in was easy. I took the voucher to their office and they handed me an audio guide and ticket. Our guide Aaron picked us up exactly on time and took us to the coach. As we
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RSRS82 wrote a review Dec 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
We took the half day tour which began at 3pm. The 1 hour coach journey up was very comfortable and we got a good view as we went further up the mountain. This place is definitely not one to miss. It has breathtaking views, calm and enjoyable. We visited at a time where there
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Date of experience: December 2019
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A.I. wrote a review Dec 2019
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I was in Barcelona with friends for the week of Thanksgiving. During this week, we went on three tours, one of them was a morning trip to Montserrat with Julia travel on Wednesday, Nov 25, 2019. We booked this trip through a hotel concierge, who advised us that Julia Travel runs
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Alex B, Director General at Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Dear AIPDX, Thank you for dedicating your time to write this review. Kindly take note the special Black Friday offer published on Julia Travel website was only applicable for purchases done directly at the web. The staff at Julia Travel office was not allowed to offer this price for bookings made through your hotel. It saddens me the fact that you felt misinformed since we strive to provide an outstanding service to every customer. I regret to hear the Montserrat morning tour did not live up to your expectations. Please bear in mind it is designed to provide a general view of the area major features in a half day tour. I appreciate your comments and suggestions and do not hesitate they will be taken in count for future tour options. Sincerely, Alex B
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Sammy P wrote a review Nov 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States476 contributions35 helpful votes
Booked travel and arrived at 9 AM in time to depart at 9:15. Got on the bus and then they discovered that there was a marathon being run that morning around the entire city center. Bottom line: we traveled around the city center for two hours looking for a way out, didn't
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Alex B, Director General at Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona
Responded 18 Nov 2019
Dear Sammy P, I would like to apologise for the inconveniences you faced during your tour. Kindly take note that at times different events may interrupt our service. Bear in mind that these situations are causes of force majeure and out of our control. Notwithstanding we strive to ensure that the affectations caused the minimum disruption to our tours and we try to adapt our service to the circumstances. However, in some cases the magnitude of the affectations is difficult to foresee. Sincerely, Alex B.
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