1. Spain
  2. Catalonia
  3. Barcelona
  4. Vila Olimpica

Barcelona Highlights City Tour and Montserrat Excursion

Product ID: 23572
Experience Barcelona by land and by air with this full-day expedition through the city and to nearby Montserrat. Take in the urban city life as you walk through places of historical significance before taking in the rural countryside atop a mountain.
About this activity
Duration: 10.5 hours
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Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Gaze up at the neo-Gothic architecture of the Barcelona Cathedral
  • Visit the Gothic Quarter, formerly the center of the old city
  • Pass by the Barcelona Olympic Stadium, built in 1927 and renovated in 1989
  • Admire the interesting architecture in the city
  • Sail through the air in one of the Montjuic cable cars
  • Visit the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat
  • See the famous statue of Black Madonna
  • Sample liquors common to the region
Full description
For the first part of the activity, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. Stroll down one of the most important streets in the city until you reach the Cathedral of Barcelona. Take some free time to explore the Cathedral on your own.

Meet your guide again to continue the walking tour. Walk through the narrow streets of the oldest part of the city and discover the many secrets it holds. Marvel at the quaint medieval places hidden to the crowds and learn about their historical significance. Follow your guide to Plaça Catalunya to board an air-conditioned bus for a panoramic tour through the city. Drive through Passeig de Gràcia and admire the most popular Gaudí Houses, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Note some of the most important modernist façades.

Next drive along the coastline of the city as your guide provides information on how this area was significantly redeveloped for the 1992 Olympics. See the Olympic Port, the beach, and the fisherman’s quarter of Barceloneta. Head to the Montjuïc Mountain, the primary location of the Olympic Games in 1992. See the Olympic stadium and ride the cable car for amazing views over the city. Visit the Montjuïc Castle for a guided visit of the oldest fortress in the city, which provides a fantastic view of Barcelona.

Check-in back at the local partner's office on Balmes Street before the starting time of the afternoon activity. Meet your guide and board the bus which will take you to Montserrat. Visit the Benedictine monastery with your guide and learn about the history and architecture of this beautiful site. Admire the Gothic and Renaissance details of the Basilica and sanctuary. Learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Then, enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Follow a number of walking trails or shop for some local products and liquors, before returning to Barcelona.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee to the Montjuïc Castle
  • Entrance fee to The Cathedral
  • Montjuïc cable car ride (closed from January to March due to maintenance)
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery.
  • Entrance to the audiovisual “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat” exhibition in Montserrat. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery, and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation, and significance of this pilgrimage site.
  • Ride on the cog–wheel train
  • Radio guide for groups of more than 5 people
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Julia Travel Office, Balmes 5, Barcelona

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• The stop at the Olympic Stadium will take place unless there is any event that prevents access
• Some walking is included during this tour, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes
• You have approximately 1 hour and 15 min of free time for lunch (April to October) and 30 min (November to March) between both parts of the excursions. Lunch not included
• Proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. Tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals are not permitted
• At Montserrat there is a mountainous climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold
• The duration of the tour includes transportation
• Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the events to be celebrated in the city
• From January to the beginning of March the cable car is under maintenance. The service will be replaced by an appetizer at the Montjuïc Castle.
• A radio guide system is offered to groups of 5 or more
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

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  • Organization
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  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The group was rather large, so if you're looking for a personal experience this isn't it, but it was a great way to see key sights in Barcelona and also make it out to Mont Serrat. The only thing was we were so rushed at Mont Serrat and barely had any time to get to the viewing ledge and snap a quick shot of the mountains before sprinting back to the bus (we were 5 minutes late).

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October 26, 2019

Amazing!!!

The excursion was absolutely fantastic! And myself and other tourists in my group were very pleasantly surprised at how much is included in one day. You cover so much and the tour guides were very informative, friendly and provided great interesting facts (but not boring atall) they were also very helpful and gave tips on where to eat and places to see aswell. My only feedback is that I wish we had more free time walking around Montserrat as it is just truly outstandingly beautiful and I wanted to spend more time there! On a whole really enjoyed my experience and would reccommend to all.

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March 21, 2018

Excellent trip.

June 26, 2019

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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 23572