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Montserrat & Sagrada Família in a Day with Express Access

Product ID: 217815
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Experience Montserrat Abbey and Sagrada Família, one high in the mountains and one sprouting from Barcelona’s urban sprawl. With express access and expert insight, a day is all you need to take in these two very different places of worship.
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Duration: 7.25 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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  • Beat the crowds with early access and skip the line tickets
  • Experience a round trip to Montserrat from Barcelona by comfortable, air-conditioned private coach
  • Enjoy a guided tour with historical and architectural insight from an expert guide
  • Take free time in Montserrat to explore the museum and shops or admire the spectacular view from the peak
  • Visit the iconic Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s magical and eccentric basilica
Full description
Start your day by hopping aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned private coach which leaves from Barcelona’s Plaça d’Espanya. On the way into the mountains, your expert guide will provide you with historical insights into Montserrat national park and its Benedictine monastery. Early access is included as part of this tour, so you’ll enter the majestic Montserrat Abbey long before the crowds get their. This quiet time is perfect for viewing the world-famous Virgin of Montserrat, or ‘Black Madonna’. Legend has it that the Benedictine monks couldn’t move this wooden icon, so they simply built the abbey around it.

You’ll have time to tour the museum, browse nearby shops for local honey and herbal liqueurs, or even ride the cable car higher to peer out across the mountain peaks. After the coach drops you back in Barcelona, you’ll have a little more time near the Sagrada Familia to find some lunch. The view may feel familiar: the Basilica’s architect, the visionary Antoni Gaudí, took inspiration from the peaks of Montserrat.

You’ll be able to enter the Sagrada Familia without a wasted moment thanks to Skip-the-Line Access. Inside, your guide will help you make sense of the bizarre combinations of art nouveau and gothic design, religious iconography and seemingly organic forms. You’ll also hear Gaudí’s own story: the passion he discovered for his final work and the tragedy that kept him from seeing it complete. Still unfinished after more than 100 years of work, this unique place of worship won’t fail to move you.

  • Return transportation in air-conditioned bus from Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Entrance ticket to the Sagrada Familia
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

AM Meeting Point: Coming from Plaça d’Espanya, look out for the two towers (Torres Venecianes). Your meeting point is under the tower on the right hand side, located in Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina. PM Meeting Point: Just across the road of the group entrance to the main façade of the Sagrada Familia (Nativity Façade), your meeting point is in Carrer de La Marina, next to the lake in Parco de Plaza de Gaudi, under the big spotlights.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• This is a moderately active tour that involves a considerable amount of walking and stairs. For this reason, we do not recommend this tour for customers with health conditions and recommend comfortable shoes for all guests
• Spain´s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit your crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours
• Please note that some free time is included in the total tour duration
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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 217815