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Enjoy a great full-day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat Mountain and the Güell colony. 

Come with us on a tour around Gaudí’s crypt, modernist masterpiece and UNESCO world heritage, and visit the Benedictine abbey Santa Maria, nestled in the spectacular mountain scenery of Montserrat.

Fast Facts 

Transport
Transfer in air-conditioned coach and rack railway

Languages
Tour guide in English, Spanish and Catalan

Audio Guide
available in 10 languages (English, Catalan, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian)

Sightseeing
guided tour of Gaudí Crypt, overview tour of Montserrat and guided tour around the facilities of the choir of Montserrat

Overview

  • Comfortable coach with tour guide in English, Spanish and Catalan
  • Visit of Colònia Güell, modernist colony from the 19th century 
  • Guided tour around Gaudí’s crypt, modernist church, and glass of sparkling wine
  • Ride on the rack railway to Montserrat Monastery
  • Guided visit around the Escolania de Montserrat, music school of the monastery choir

What to expect

Discover more of Catalonia, its history and culture on this exciting day trip to two national treasures. Learn more about the region’s history on a visit to the former industrial colony Güell and its famous crypt, and join us on a tour around the outstanding art-nouveau church by Antoni Gaudí. Enjoy your visit of the site with a glass of sparkling wine and let your tour guide explain the building’s architecture and its similarities to the Sagrada Família.

Your trip continues to Montserrat Mountain, which rises abruptly from its flat surroundings to 1,236 metres. Enjoy a scenic ride on the rack railway up the mountain and arrive at the monastery, which has played an important role in Catalonia’s cultural and spiritual life for many centuries. The Benedictine abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat, whose history goes back to the 10th century, is famous for its image of the Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin) and attracts until today pilgrims from all around the world. The monastery is also well-known for its boys choir Escolania de Montserrat. Visit the choir’s music school, founded in the 12th century the oldest in Europe, and, with a bit of luck, hear the choir perform its daily Salve Regina, before you head back to Barcelona.

What is included?

  • Transfer in air-conditioned coach
  • Official tour guide (English, Spanish and Catalan)
  • Brochure with detailed information about the tour destinations
  • Guided walk around Gaudí’s Crypt (Colònia Güell)
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Train ride on track railway to Montserrat Monastery
  • Overview tour around Montserrat
  • Guided visit of Escolania de Montserrat

What’s not included?

  • Food and drink, if not stated otherwise
  • Audio guide (available on the bus for €5)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off


Additional Information

  • Daytrips to Montserrat and Gaudí’s Crypt take place all year around, except on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 6:
    • Middle of November to middle of March: Monday and Friday
    • Middle of March to middle of November: daily except Sundays
  • Departure: 8.30am (Please arrive 20 minutes before departure.)
  • The daytrip takes about 11 hours.
  • Arrival: 5pm, Plaça Catalunya 
  • Audio guide (5€) with information about the trip and tour destinations available in 10 languages onboard the bus (English, Catalan, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian)  
  • The excursion involves some walking, so we recommend bringing appropriate clothes and shoes. 
  • The abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat is a catholic church and has clothing restrictions, so visitors are asked to dress appropriately or might not be admitted to the building. 
  • Montserrat is a mountain region and, depending on the season, you should bring weatherproof clothing. 
  • Children under 9 years of age travel free.

How to get there

  • Meeting point: Plaça Catalunya (in front of department store Corte Inglés), Barcelona 
  • By bus lines 16, 17, 41, 42, 55 and 141 to nearby stops 
  • By metro lines L1 and L3 to station ‘Catalunya’