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Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train provided by Julia Travel

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Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 22/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train
The safety of our passengers and employees has always been our key concern at Julià Travel. The fight against Covid-19 strengthens our commitment to safety and health. Therefore we have adapted our tours to avoid large crowds and we ensured that any places we visit follow high hygiene standards.
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Updated 22/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The mountaintop monastery of Montserrat is notoriously difficult to reach. Eliminate the hassle of coordinating times between trains and cable cars on a stress-free tour from Barcelona. In addition to a guided tour of Benedictine Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites, ascend Montserrat mountain in a cogwheel train that affords spectacular views. Plus, entrance fees are included.
  • You'll start at
    Carrer de Balmes, 5
    Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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  • 1
    Montana de Montserrat
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Abadia de Montserrat
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Carrer de Balmes, 5
    Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
    See address & details
  • A hassle-free day trip to Montserrat from Barcelona 
  • Avoid the headache of coordinating train times with the cogwheel train and cable car
  • Listen to info crucial to understanding the significance of the monastery 
  • Entrance fees are included
What to Expect
After convening at a central meeting point in Barcelona, board an air-conditioned coach bus destined for Montserrat, home to one of Spain’s most prestigious pilgrimage sites. On reaching the foot of the mountain, hop on a cogwheel train, and learn about the effect that hundreds of years of erosion have had on the mountain. On arrival at the Benedictine abbey at the mountain’s summit, take a guided tour and admire La Moreneta, otherwise known as Our Lady of Montserrat. After free time to explore the monastery grounds independently, return to your original Barcelona departure point by coach.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Carrer de Balmes, 5, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Cog-wheel train ride
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors made by the monks of the monastery
  • Radio guide system
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audio visual Montserrat”.
  • 20% off in the Sant Joan Funicular ticket.
  • 10% off in the Museum entrance fee.
  • 10% off in the buffet restaurant at the “Mirador dels Apostols”.
  • Entry/Admission - Montana de Montserrat
  • Entry/Admission - Abadia de Montserrat
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants travel free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Note that the La Escolania children's choir does not perform in the afternoon
  • 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
  • We recommend you to check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • For your comfort, a radio guide system is offered during the tour, in groups of more than 5 people.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • Queues to see the Black Madonna may occur depending on season.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Richard F wrote a review Jan 2020
Redding2 contributions
This is a full day tour. We met our guide Marta about 8:30 am in Barcelona. Marta gathered her group of eight tourists and off we went on a bus to the mountains. The ride of about an hour was comfortable on a large tourist bus holding about 60 people. Marta explained what we
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Date of experience: September 2019
Fernando C wrote a review Dec 2019
Sao Paulo, SP2 contributions1 helpful vote
The tours were very special. We were very lucky to have Clara as our guide. She was light hearted, funny and very very kind. A holy light in our trip.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Matthew B wrote a review Dec 2019
Toronto, Canada59 contributions5 helpful votes
This a must while visiting Barcelona. This takes half a day but worth it. You are bused to the train station in Montserrat a while the tour guide gives a commentary on the sites we pass in the bus. After the train ride, you are given a 45 min tour of the sites. Then it is free
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Bruce B wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
Poor tour. No time for exploring sites. Really just transportation to and from Barcelona. Difficult to understand guide
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Alex B, Director General at Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train
Responded 18 Nov 2019
Dear Bruce B, I would like to thank you for sharing your experience. I regret to know that you could not enjoy our tour fully and considered that the time spent on the mountain was not sufficient to wonder around as much as you would have wished. I will pass on this information with the corresponding team to improve the service. Sincerely, Alex B.
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Stephen V 🇨🇦🏝✈️ wrote a review Oct 2019
Kitchener, Canada279 contributions16 helpful votes
I was in Barcelona and was told to go here. It is an unbelievably beautiful and tranquil place. Hard to imaging how they built this on the top of a mountain. The cathedral is beautiful. The liquor they produce is very good. Try the tastings session if you go I highly
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Date of experience: October 2019
About the operator

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Amazing tour of a spectacular church
The guide was SO informative and interesting. You get to see the whole church, skip the long line and learn a ton o
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Life savers
We went with them on a very nice bus tour to Girona and to the Dali Museum, when a protest by Catalonian nationalis
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Very dissappointing second visit
Guide was not very good, mumbled a lot and therefore was hard to understand. This was our second visit, so we knew
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Barcelona from the top of a bus
This turned out to be a really good way to get a feel for the city on the first afternoon so scope out where to ret
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Mike P
Lovely day out
A great and interactive tour. A great day out with the family. Many of the areas in the stadium are under the canop
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We did both routes the day before the shut down of Barcelona and so glad we did. Great way to see all the sites and
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Great Experience
We used the bus services last month while visiting Barcelona. Great prices for two day use. At the end of the first
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We saw the game on Friday and then we did this tour on Saturday. It was amazing!!!! This is a must do in Barcelona!
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You can see everything!!!!
Best way around town for sure. Audio is provided and you learn history as you drive all over Barcelona. This was ou
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Segrada Familia great architecture
Nice place to visit and see the 19 th century beautiful architecture. The place is surrounded by excellent resturan
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Jan S
Great way to see the city
Gives you a great view of the city and its highlights with an emphasis of things you want to come back and visit in
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Excellent Tour of a wonderful place
Well worth the visit and price of tour with guide. This is a very unique building not available any where else in t
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Dreadful do not do it! 1). We didn't know that there was more than one company doing the bus tours in Barcelona. A
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Dreadful do it yourself
This is not a tour with a guide of any sorts just a pre recorded tape that sounds as though was recorded twenty yea
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Uli Gouws
We stayed at the city Novotel Hotel. Red bus stop no 10 was 50 m from the hotel. Busses on time every time. Our Tri
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