Montserrat Morning Tour by Bus from Barcelona

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Let yourself be enchanted by the spirituality of Montserrat, the magic mountain of Catalonia. The Monastery and the beauty views will captivate you

Highlights

  • Montserrat mountain is special for its rocks shape that remind of a human and animal appearance.
  • The Basilica de Montserrat holds the Montserrat Virgin, known as La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), which is the patron saint of Catalonia.
  • L’Escolania, the children’s choir, takes part in the sanctuary prayers with sacred music.
  • Breathtaking views of this natural park and towns around are enjoyed from the mountain.

Inclusions

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors. Handmade by the monks of the monastery.
  • Entrance to the audiovisual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat”. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site.

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Other services not specified.

Please Note

  • Starting Time: 09:15 AM / Check-in Time: 09:00 AM
  • 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.
  • This tour is bilingual.

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Jan 01 2018
good tour informative and interesting
May 28 2017
Best way to see Montserrat
Sep 07 2016
Excellent
Aug 19 2016
Bus company very unorganised - should offer hotel pick ups and returns - not have to cross the road and get on a bus - left late (both leaving and returning) passengers - not the problem for the majority - tour guide stopped talking in English as she announced that we were not interested even though the people talking were not English speaking. your website also said to wear sleeves - this is not true at all - people were wearing whatever they wanted! Not worth the money - too many rude people and loud kids on board - worst experience in Barcelona - not enough time to see the black statue as our tour guide showed us ridiculous things there and we had no time to line up for this . Barcelona tourism needs to pull its socks up and get more organised.
Reply From Gray Line:
Hi Peter, 

Thank you for detailing the issues you experienced on your tour in Barcelona. We want to apologize for both the tardiness of our bus, as sometimes transport and picking up passengers throughout Barcelona can be prone to delays. We do our best to work this into the agenda, but there are instances where delays occur. 
In response to the language issues and dress code: While we are happy to provide live, bi-lingual tour guides, we're sorry to hear that on this day, the information was not as clear as everyone would have preferred. We will kindly remind our Spanish Team that this needs to be taken into consideration on a daily basis. 
You are correct that we state on our website that a proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. The rules of the Basilica state that It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals. We wish to honor and respect their rules and guidelines, as it pertains to a religious nature. Obviously, we can't control what people in or not in our tour group wear (or how they wish to act, for that matter). But we can request that members of our group show the respect that has been requested by Montserrat. We kindly hope you can see our point of view on the matter. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding this tour, we will gladly discuss the matter offline with you---should you want, we can be reached via email at: info@grayline.com


-The Gray Line Team
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ITINERARY

Start your half day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable Bus to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter). The rocks of Montserrat were formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries. The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shape in some of these peaks, giving those names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.

You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat has been founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs to pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded.

You will be given some free time to visit the audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat. And taste typical liquors of Montserrat.

The Escolania of Montserrat is one of the oldest boys choirs in Europe (XIV Century). On some days the children's choir sings in the monastery and so you may be fortunate enough to catch one of their delightful performances. Their timeframe is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery.