Mon, Wed & Fri at 12 pm
8.5 hours
English & Spanish
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour
  • The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour

The Complete Montserrat Premium Tour

Overview

Overview

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.

Tour Details

  • 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, up to 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.

What's included

  • 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.

Please note

  • 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?

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

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:

Departure point

Departure point

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.

Reviews

Reviews

Check our reviews and see what our customers say about this tour.

Posted by BGB - 16 Jul 2018

Rita B. On Google 26 May 2018.
On rainy, nasty June 6, 2018, my husband and I were the only ones who showed up for the Montserrat Premium Tour and had one of the best experiences of our vacation. Our now private tour guide, Anna-Lluïsa was wonderful – incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about all things Montserrat, as well as especially personable and professional. She had undergone extensive training at Montserrat, and had even gotten to know some of the monks so had some interesting insight. This is a fabulous tour since it includes evening vespers, exclusive access to the Sacristy, a tour of the museum (itself a hidden gem) and time to explore the site, with its breathtaking views. Highly recommended!

Posted by Janelle - 09 Jul 2018

On Tripadvisor 24 May 2018.
"Great tour, Amazing Guide!"
We were lucky to have Anna Louisa as guide. Not only was she very knowledgeable, but extremely attentive to what we wanted to see and do. I loved the free time we had to hike down the mountain. The view was beautiful. And the premium tour gave us access to several things that most tourist don’t get to see.

Posted by Marg - 09 Jul 2018

Palmerston, New Zealand. On Tripadvisor 18 June 2018.

"A highlight of our time in Barcelona".
We highly recommend the day tour rather than a shorter one, which would have been far too rushed to enjoy both the cultural elements and the stunning natural setting. We were so glad we heard vespers sung later in the afternoon, with the boys’ choir participating. This was wonderful to experience in its natural setting. Anna Louisa was a fantastic and extremely knowledgeable guide and the day remains in our memories as one of our most satisfying experiences. A stunning place and excellent tour – don’t leave Barcelona without going here and allowing plenty of time for the experience.

Posted by Roger - 09 Jul 2018

United Kingdom. On Tripadvisor, 2 July 2018

"Exceeded expectations".
We started at Plaça Catalunya at 12:00 and were dropped back at the same spot at around 20:30. Beatrice, our friendly and very knowledgeable guide, explained later that Montserrat is generally busier in the mornings, and BGB, therefore, scheduled their tours for the afternoon.

The coach ride to Montserrat took about 70-75 minutes each way. During which Beatrice pointed out sights and provided some history.

The tour is split into three sections: first, there is some introduction to the national park, the sanctuary and the way of life of the monks at the monastery. Then, at 14:30, we had two hours of free time, which we used to have a beer and a roll and then took the funicular to the Sant Joan Chapel. There is a 20% discount on the ticket price if you announce you are with BGB; this works out at €10.40 each. It’s worth taking the funicular, but be aware that there is some moderately stiff walking, if you want to explore at the top.

At 16:30 we met Beatrice outside the museum (entrance fee included). Beatrice was obviously well-known to the museum staff, so we were afforded the courtesy of being able to leave our bags in a side room during our visit. Beatrice showed us a few highlights of the museum, which has a wonderful collection and is beautifully presented.

We then moved onto the Basilica and Monastery. A highlight was a visit to the sacristy not open to the normal visitor, followed, of course, by getting close-up and personal with the Black Madonna. The visit ended with attendance at Vespers (18:45 to 19:15). This is optional, but it does give a chance to see the interior of the Basilica with the lights turned on.

The coach took a different route returning to Plaça Catalunya, so there are different views.

This was was an excellent tour that exceeded our expectations.

Posted by Ewslinn - 09 Jul 2018

Palmerston North, New Zealand – On Tripadvisor, 7 de Julio 2018.

"Splendid experience of mountain location, boys' choir and spiritual significance".
An excellent tour, providing fine insight into the history of the monastery at Monserrat, including its importance for Catalan culture as well its spiritual significance and long history of fostering a boys choir. The tour included access to the inner courts of the church and attendance at a vespers service where the choir sang, providing a wonderfully memorable experience. Our guide, Anna-Lluisa, was an enthusiastic and well-informed source of information about the region, the mountain and the monastery. I thoroughly recommend her and this tour.

Posted by Rita Bloem - 20 Jun 2018

On rainy, nasty June 6, 2018, my husband and I were the only ones who showed up for this tour and had one of the best experiences of our vacation. Our now private tour guide, Anna-Lluïsa was wonderful – incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about all things Montserrat, as well as especially personable and professional. She had undergone extensive training at Montserrat, and had even gotten to know some of the monks so had some interesting insight. This is a fabulous tour since it includes evening vespers, exclusive access to the Sacristy, and a tour of the museum (itself a hidden gem) and time to explore the site, with its breathtaking views. Highly recommended!

Posted by Adam McClow - 09 Aug 2017

Hard to put into words the views from this mountain monastery and basilica. Our guide, Irina, spoke several languages, which was particularly helpful when we had English, Spanish, and Russian speakers on our tour. They picked us up at 12 noon and we returned about 9PM. There was plenty of free time to shop or hike up the mountain like we did. One warning, if you get motion sick or are afraid of heights, this tour might not be the one for you. The bus ride up the mountain was a little wild….we really enjoyed this tour.

    Posted by BGB - 11 Aug 2017

    Many thanks for your comments! we are happy you enjoyed the tour :)

Posted by Ibeydoun - 07 Aug 2017

"Excellent Montserrat Tour with Knowledgeable Guide" 5/5 stars

I signed up for the full day official Montserrat tour and I couldn't be any happier! Everything was so well organized and though the bus was large we were lucky to have this wonderful experience as a small group of 8 persons. Our guide Beatrice was absolutely fantastic, knowledgeable, and an expert on Montserrat and the city. You'd be luck to take the tour with her. She is so passionate about what she does and spared no moment on and off the bus to explain the history, culture, and unique features of the monastery and the area. We still had some free time for a short hike and to listen to the monks sing. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2017. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Ibeydoun from New York, USA

Posted by Jenny - 07 Aug 2017

"We had a fantastic tour of Montserrat with guide Beatriu" 5/5 stars

We took the official tour that leaves Barcelona at 12:00 noon, arrives at Montserrat around 1:00 p.m. but does not return to Barcelona until about 9:00 p.m. at night. It was extremely crowded when we first arrived but as the tour buses started leaving we had the whole place almost to ourselves from about three in the afternoon. We were very surprised about how much there is to see and do, with the incredible museum, the funicular to the top of the mountain, the numerous trails, the basilica, the statue of the virgin, the movie about Montserrat, the crypt, the chorus and the Sacristy, we could have easily spent another day there just hiking all of the trails to the various chapels and shrines. To me one of the highlights was the art museum. We have been to the Louvre and El Prado but this collection is extensive and you are so close to paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Renior, Dali, Picazzo, and no crowds. That was a complete surprise for us and we just wanted more time to see everything. Beautriu explained everything in detail and answered all of our question with a depth of knowledge that was just astounding. Her love for Montserrat is infectious and now when friends ask us what was the best experience we had in Spain the immediate answer is Montserrat.

Visited June 2017. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Jenny from USA

Posted by R. Tapp - 25 May 2017

My wife and I took this trip on May, 24, 2017. It was an amazing trip by bus to Montserrat. Our guide, Anna Louisa, provided us amazing information and access to the sights here. Her knowledge of the history and operations of this monastery was over the top and help us to understand the site. She was able to take us to places that others couldn't accesss. She had very good control on time and all activities that were planned were accessed.

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