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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2140JTEBA07
Enjoy a getaway to the Montserrat mountains on a half-day trip from Barcelona! You'll visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat with its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin and, after hearing its history from a guide, enjoy free time to explore. If you want to make the most of the mountain scenery, upgrade to include a cog-wheel train ride from Monistrol to the royal basilica, too.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
After driving through picturesque little villages you will arrive at the incomparable setting of the craggy mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically up from the plain to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters) and has amazing views.

The Royal Basilica of Montserrat has been one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to its famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta (the Black Virgin). On weekday afternoons, there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs: La Escolania de Montserrat.

Having heard an introduction to Montserrat from your guide, learning about its importance in past and present times, use your free time (roughly 2.5 hours) to explore independently and discover the site’s magic on your own. Then, meet back up with your guide later to travel back to Barcelona by coach.

Tour plus Cog-Wheel Train:
Upgrade to include an ascent up to Montserrat by cog-wheel train! After traveling by coach from Barcelona to the small town of Monistrol, hop aboard your cog-wheel train and enjoy a 20-miunte ride through the mountains to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. Enjoy an introduction to the landmark from your guide, followed by roughly 1.5 hours of free time. Then, return to Barcelona by coach.

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Returns to original departure point

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9:15am Tour Only
Code: ENG915T

Montserrat Royal Basilica Morning Half-Day Trip from Barcelona with English speaking guide

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3pm Tour&Cog Wheel
Code: ENG15TC

Montserrat Royal Basilica Afternoon Half-Day Trip from Barcelona including Cog wheel train with English-speaking guide

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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Cog-wheel train ride (if upgrade selected)
  • Admission to Royal Basilica of Montserrat
  • Multilingual Official Guide
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors
  • Entrance to Montserrat's audiovisual room
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:

  • 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 does not perform in the afternoon
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Lisa S, USA, December 2014

Trip was great. Guide was terrific - very well informed and her English was perfect.

Reviewed by: P M R, December 2014

The trip to Montserrat is a must if you are in Barcelona.If you do not want to wander past the Black Madonna ,do not join the queue and go directly into the Basilica.The chapel behind the main altar has a wonderful feeling of peace The ride up the mountain on the cable car and the walk back is great

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Tour code: 2140JTEBA07