Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access
- Duration: 5 hours
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My husband and I had a great experience with our tour. Pau was our guide and he touched base with me the day prior to our planned tour which was very helpful and reassuring as we are navigating in a new country. He was very informative and funny and taught us a lot about the Spanish culture as well as Monserrat. He was very kind and even helped us get on a train to return us to our final destination. I highly recommend booking a tour with Pau.
It felt like you needed more time at Montserrat and they told us that the choir plays at 1 pm but we had to leave at noon and were not able to see all the grounds such as the Stations of the Crpss or the top of the mountain besides the choir. Maybe offer only 2 places like Montserrat and Stiges, or Montserrat and the wine tour. However, guide and the tours were beautiful places and a great tour.
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).
Amazing tour from start to finish! Our guide was friendly, knowledgable, and fun to tour with. Had enough time to tour the monastery, including seeing the Black Madonna, do a perfectly paced scenic hike (even saw wild goats), and have some free time to roam the monastery area. Would suggest this as a day trip to anyone who visits Barcelona and definitely this tour company.
Our guide David was excellent, both during the 2-way bus trip and at the monastery. The monastery was OK but without the views, the trip up the mountain in the funicular railway and the hike back down (including a trail and 800 concrete steps), probably not worth a visit, at least for me.