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.
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.
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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Outstanding guide! Excellent English, great understanding of our needs. Knowledgable, personable and flexible. Able to work around mobility issues with someone in our group. I highly recommend him!