Montserrat (6h)

The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat is more than a place of worship; it has always symbolized the identity of the Catalan people. First at all we will visit the Sanctuary, we will understand what it represents for Catalan people, we will learn about the Benedictine monks, and it is a must to greet the Black Madonna, Female Patroness Saint of Catalonia.
But, when we go up to the mountain it is not only for spiritual reasons, but to be in contact with the natural reserve as well. We will reach the very top of the mountain by funicular to go hiking following an easy path to see the magnificent views: the Pyrenees Mountains (border with France) and to admire the peculiar shapes of Montserrat, reason of its name. (If hiking is not for you, we can visit the museum of Art; to stop for a coffee; or to taste the typical home made food at the Farmers’ market as “Mel i Mató”).
Finally we will listen to the boys’ choir (the oldest choir in Europe).

On our return journey, we can do the last part of our trip by taking the cable car or the rack railway.

TOUR PRICE

€ 505

by my vehicle 4 adults + 2 children + me
(by chauff. Mercedes 6 p + me + driver €725)
(by train & rack railway €380 + €35 per person)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

DURATION & START TIME

Duration: 6 hours (7h. train option)
Recommended Start time: 08.30am / 2.30pm

Itinerary:

– I will take advantage of our trip (one hour) to introduce Catalonia, our economy, history and Montserrat
– Basilica of Montserrat
– Montserrat Farmers’ market: taste the typical home made food
– Funicular to go hiking or just to admire the panoramic views / or Art museum with one of the 5 Caravaggio in Spain (recommend funicular)
– To listen the boys’ choir of Montserrat
– Optional: to take the Cable Car or Rack Railway on our return journey

Transportation Method

According with your choice:
* My private car (KIA Sorento); capacity up to 4 adults + 2 children + me
* A chauffeured Mercedes; capacity up to 6 adults + driver + me
* Minibus (up to 15 travelers). Cost of the bus + my services: €700
* Train

Notes / restrictions

AVAILABILITY: it’s not possible to see the Boys’ Choir on Saturdays; neither in their Holy week holydays; or in their summer holydays; or on Christmas, but it doesn’t prevent us to do this tour.
DRESS CODE: confortable shoes for hiking (in case that you want to do this activity). Note that it is a Sanctuary.
DISABILITY: all the places of this tour are wheelchair-accessible.

What's Included?

* My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
* LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: it authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.
* The ENTRANCES are not included in the cost of the tour but I will PURCHASE them in advance.
* The kind of TRANSPORT that you have chosen (included tolls, fuel, parking).

What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

* Ticket for the FUNICULAR of Saint Joan: 9,8€ per person / or Montserrat MUSEUM: 7€ per person
* Optional: to take the CABLE CAR or the RACK RAILWAY: 7,5€ per person
* Optional: FARMERS’ FOOD HOME MADE PRODUCTS

Minimum & Maximum travellers

According with the transportation option that you have chosen.

Meet up location / End location

MEET UP: at your hotel/apartment/cruise Ship or wherever we agree as long as it is in Barcelona.
DROP OFF: wherever you want: hotel/apartment/cruise Ship. I can suggest some restaurants in Barcelona.

AIRPORT: If you want to start or finish this tour at the Airport, it has an extra cost of 40€

Tour Extensions
  • Extend this tour by 2/3 hours to eat in a typical Catalan restaurant and to do one of these activities:
    – to visit the Güell’s Crypt (a lovely work of Gaudi 25 minutes away from Barcelona).
    – to visit a familiar champagne winery (called cava)
    – to take a hot-air balloon and to see the surroundings of Montserrat from the air.

MAP OF THE TOUR (click the icon at the upper-left corner to display the sites)