Flexible Leisurely Montserrat Mountain and Sanctuary Discovery Tour
Only 1 hour away from Barcelona, discover with my chauffeured driven Montserrat Tour why is this the all times most popular excursion done from Barcelona with over 3'5 Million visitors a year?
How this whimsical rock formation was created?
The Black Madonna venerated in the Basilica. . . why is she black?
Why very many think that architect Gaudí was inspired from this 4000ft mountain for the design of The Sagrada Familia.
Why Montserrat is the most visited shrine of Christianity in the world after Vatican in Rome?
Why is there a very reputed school for approx 50 boys?
Why so many Catalonian people, even non believers, feel so affectionate to Montserrat?
Why is Montserrat such a strong political symbol of vindication for free from Spain Catalonia's movement?
Why a Benedictine Monastery was funded a 1000 years ago when Islam was a flourishing culture coexisting with thriving Jewish communities in the Iberian Peninsula?
What role played fighting the Moor's "Reconquista" with the existence of Montserrat Shrine?
We will leisurely drive to Montserrat explaining what is outlined in my Tour Description and on the way we will decide how to spend our time in the Holy Mountain.
It will depend on the day of the week, the hour and the amount of people up there.
We will have the following possibilities to choose from and combine:
-Admire the unique rock formation from different photo spots.
-Visit the richly ornamented Royal Basilica with its votive lamps.
-Revere the Black Madonna and light up a candle for a wish to come true!
-Visit the wonderful Museum with works of Picasso, Dalí, El Greco, Caravaggio, Renoir, Degas, Monet and renowned Catalonian Painters like Casas, Nonell, Rusiñol or Mir, etc. . . including an Egyptian mummy of a 2025 year old girl!
-Try the food at the farmers market and have a taste of typical cheese and liquors of the area.
-Shop for related crafts & souvenirs.
*** Should YOU WANT TO SEE THE ESCOLANIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR SINGING and/or have more time there, then an extra hour will required at 130€***
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: You choose: Hotel or Apartment within the City limits or your Cruise Ship Terminal. I will be there with a sign with your name on it.
But I am flexible.
***RECOMMENDED DEPARTING TIME TO BEAT THE CROWDS IS 8.30AM***
End location: When the tour ends I will drop you off at your Cruise Ship Terminal or at your Hotel or your chosen spot within the City limits.
I am very flexible.
Duration: 5 hours
Chauffeured Sedan for max 3 guests or Deluxe Van (SUV) with max 6 guests with no extra charge. PLEASE CONSULT FOR LARGER PARTIES.
Some light walking just to get to the Basilica and Museum.
Expertise Licensed Guiding conducted by myself with engaging, professional and entertaining as well as flexible explanations for all party's ages, background and preferences.
Safe and comfortable Chauffeured transportation from beginning to the end of tour.
I will treat you with an individual portion of the famous "Mato" cheese, the locals favorite!
Complimentary maps of the city.
Toilet facilities are available in Montserrat.
WE CAN NEVER GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE CHILDREN CHOIR SINGING EVEN IF OFFICIALLY THEY ARE THERE. WE WILL DO OUR MOST TO MAKE IT HAPPEN BUT WE HAVE TO WAIVE RESPONSIBILITY DUE TO THEIR UNRELIABILITY.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Euro - Per person for the only entrance fee to be paid if we visit the Museum .
The rest will depend on if you buy something at the farmers market or if you do some shopping in the nicely set-up stores of the Sanctuary.
Food and drinks are also not included.
Entrance tickets for the Museum that cost 8€ per person.
If your party is for 7 up to 18 guests, a cost increase will apply for deluxe minibus rental. Please message me for details and I will be customizing your tour to your party size.
Note also that if YOU WANT TO SEE THE ESCOLANIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR SINGING and/or have more time in Montserrat, then an extra hour will required at 130€ which includes guide and vehicle.
My Tours are always PRIVATE TOURS and EXCLUSIVE for you and your party only!!!
I am not driving when guiding but for your comfort I can arrange for a separate car and driver for tours in which the vehicle is not included. *Consult also for LARGER PARTIES.
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Our entire family truly enjoyed our tour of Montserrat with Josep. You will not find a tour guide more knowledgeable about Montserrat or the history of Spain/Catalonia. We travelled with four children (8-14) and Josep made it interesting for all of us. Highly recommended.