The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
Get ready to enjoy a unique experience in Montserrat, a mountain filled with mysticism and beauty that will surprise you as soon as you arrive.
In this day trip you will discover each and every corner of Montserrat, even those normally closed to the public, such as the Sacristy and the Crypt. You will see the Black Madonna from a close up, have ample time to enjoy the views and at the end, listen to the prayer of the Vespres, sung by the Boys’ Choir Escolania. The day tour will give you the complete experience of Montserrat, all with a small group and accompanied by an insider guide.
- When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. Available from 2 May to 28 September.
- Duration: 8.5 hours approx.
- Language: Bilingual tour in English and Spanish.
- Itinerary: Barcelona > Parc Natural de Montserrat > Sanctuary > Audiovisual > 2 hours of free time > guided visit in the Basilica > Black Madonna > exclusive entrance to the Sacristy > Evening prayer sung by the Escolania or the Monks > return to Barcelona.
- Transport: Comfortable roomy air-conditioned private bus.
- Includes: Insider guide, spacious coach, entrance to the Museu de Montserrat and Audiovisual, 20% discount for the funicular to Sant Joan chapel, evening prayers sung by the Escolania (the Boys’ Choir) or the Monks.
Why do our customers book this tour?
- This tour is in small groups, normally less than 10 people.
- This is the official tour of Montserrat, organised in partnership with the Abbey of Montserrat.
- It is the most comprehensive tour. The itinerary has been carefully thought to combine a guided visit and free time.
- The tour ends in the evening, which may seem late but it will allow you to listen to the Escolania Boys’ Choir in the Vespres Evening Mass, when there are far less people than noon.
- Visit to the interactive exhibition about Montserrat and its significance
- Tasting of local product mató (fresh cheese).
- Discount for the funicular to Sant Joan chapel.
- The prayer of the Vespres, sung by the monks and the Escolania, the Boys’ Choir.
- Entrance fee to the museum of Montserrat.
What's not included
- Lunch or drinks.
- This is a bilingual tour, the guide will combine English and Spanish.
- Silence must be kept inside the church so the guide will give all the explanations outside.
- Dress a bit warmer for Montserrat, it is colder than the city.
- This tour involves some walking so wear comfortable shoes.
- The choir in the evening includes the children (Escolania) on Monday and Wednesday. On Friday, July, August and other school holidays the evening mass is sung exclusively by the monks.
What will I see?
Your guide will reveal the stories and legends hidden throughout the Montserrat Natural Park, and will take you along each and every corner of the Sanctuary, even those normally closed to the public, like the Sacristy.
We will all meet at 11:45 am at plaça Catalunya and will set out to Montserrat at noon. The first you will see is the serrated skyline of this extraordinary mountain, drive up the mountain and enjoy the wonderful panoramic views. It will be about an hour drive, once there you will start with a stroll towards the plaça de Santa Maria.
You will get an interesting introduction to Montserrat with an audiovisual, walk along the small market with local produce where you can taste some mel i mató (fresh cheese with honey). It will be the perfect moment to enjoy some free time and explore the mountain, you can even take the funicular to Sant Joan chapel which has some privileged views.
At the Montserrat Museum you will see works by Picasso, Dalí, El Greco, and many other collections including archeological pieces from the Ancient World to vanguard art. You will continue with the guided visit to the Monastery and the Basilica, where you will have direct access to see the Black Madonna from a close up, and even enter the Sacristy, normally closed to the public.
Finally, the best of all, you will experience one of the most spiritual and mystical moments of the day, with the prayer of the Vespres, sung by the monks and the Escolania, the Boys’ Choir in Montserrat, where you will enjoy the magical atmosphere created and the marvelous acoustics in the interior of the Basilica.
Enjoy every detail of Montserrat, even those which are usually closed to the public, the Sacristy, for example. This is an amazing secret place that you will enjoy just with our tour in exclusive. The Sacristy is where the monks get dress and keep the wine for the Mass. You will be amazed by the incredible carved wooden cabinets, the paintings, the marbles and the traditional costumes of the monks who keep for the most special celebrations. The crypt is another secret place you will enjoy just with us!
What to expect
The best way to understand what the experience to Montserrat is about is to join our tour, but you can get a taste of it by watching this video:
The tour will start from plaça Catalunya, 19 in front of Deutsche Bank and Hotel Olivia Plaza. You will recognize us with our orange umbrellas.