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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

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This half day tour will take you to discover one of the most emblematic places in Catalonia, the amazing and mystic Montserrat Mountain. During the first part of the tour, we will enjoy a guided visit to learn about the history and meaning of this place. We can visit the interior of the Monastery and the Church, where is located the famous virgin known as “La Moreneta”. The tour also includes the entrance to the audio visual exhibition and a taste of typical liquors.
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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have travelled all over Europe for the past month with Julia Travel tours. All have been good except this one. Main disappointment was the old bus used to travel over 1 hour to get to Montserrat. Air conditioning was poor, seats dirty and the guides...More

3  Thank robk657
Alex B, General Manager at Julia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear robk657, Thank you for your feedback. While I appreciate your nice feedback on the tours you have taken with us around Europe, I sincerely regret you felt the Montserrat tour provided whilst in Barcelona did not live up to your expectations. Your comments will...More

Reviewed 16 June 2019

Manage your expectations. Our guide told us we would have to pick either the cultural or the scenic. There are a couple of walks to take in the views or go into the cathedral to see Black Madonna and hear boys choir. Unfortunately the cue...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank DebbieNYC1075
Alex B, Director General at Julia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2019

Dear DebbieNYC1075, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I appreciate you took the time to provide your constructive feedback on Tripadvisor with regards to our Half Day Montserrat tour. Our guide did inform you correctly on the possible options...More

Reviewed 8 June 2019

We picked the morning tour, leaving at 9.15 a.m. to try and miss the crowds. It was well worth it and the trip was excellent. The views on the way and the commentary by our tour guide, Xavier, were great and we really enjoyed this...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Judith L
Reviewed 21 May 2019 via mobile

We were a party of four & $55eu a head. Full bus. We were expecting a educational guided tour of Montserrat. Mark our tour guide was very disappointing. He was hard to understand. Hadn’t done his honework. He told us virtually nothing on the 1...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 15 May 2019 via mobile

Our friends went here 25 years ago and took us back. What an awesome experience! Those mountains are very unusual to say the least. The views are over the top, no pun intended!More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank George S
Alex B, Director General at Julia Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2019

Dear George S, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on our Montserrat tour. It is great to learn your friends loved Montserrat so much 25 years ago they decided to visit its beauty again with yourselves. I am trully happy to...More

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2 December 2018|
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Response from Tom1021 | Reviewed this property |
HI Alejandro, I do not know what Julia Tours' refund policy is but unless something very bad happens, I would not expect them to give you a refund. I suggest you check with them about their refund policy and what would... More
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If I remember correctly, you should be back at around 3:30 pm
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Tin Y
31 August 2018|
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Response from 656mauricei | Reviewed this property |
Hello, the pick up point is at Julia Travel’s office in Balmes street near Plaça Catalunya. You’ll have to check-in there (at the office), then a guide will take the group towards the bus.
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