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Montserrat Full Day Tour with Brunch

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Let yourself be enchanted by the spirituality of Montserrat, the magic mountain of Catalonia. The Monastery and the beauty views will captivate you

Highlights

  • Montserrat mountain is special for its rocks shape that remind of a human and animal appearance.
  • The Basilica de Montserrat holds the Montserrat Virgin, known as La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), which is the patron saint of Catalonia.
  • L’Escolania, the children’s choir, takes part in the sanctuary prayers with sacred music.
  • Breathtaking views of this natural park and towns around are enjoyed from the mountain.

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Exclusive entrance to the Sacristy.
  • Brunch composed by: three “tapas” of the typical gastronomy of the area paired with a glass of white wine, a glass of black wine and a glass of “cava” typical sparkling wine of Catalonia.
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors. Handmade by the monks of the monastery.
  • Entrance to the audiovisual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat”.

Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Other services not specified.
  • Ticket del Funicular

Please Note

  • Starting Time: 08:15 AM / Check-in Time: 08:00 AM
  • This tour is bilingual.
  • Proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals.
  • Please be aware that some walking is included in this tour, please come prepared and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at: Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona
  • Print your voucher and give it to your guide. E-voucher accepted.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 93 317 64 54 / incoming@julia.net
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

Start your full day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable bus towards the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically up to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter).
Montserrat is a multi-peaked rocky range formed of sedimentary rocks shaped by the wind and rain. The popular imagination has seen human and animal shapes in some of these peaks, giving them names and inventing legends to explain their fantastic origins. This trip to Montserrat will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking views of the Montserrat Mountain, one of nature’s special creations.
You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Madonna from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat was founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending the pilgrims needs, one thousand years after it was originally founded.
You will visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat, afterwards we will take you on a short walk to the hermitage of Saint Benet, dedicated to the founder of the Benedictines, St. Benedict of Nursia, who lived during the fifth century and founded Montecassino the first monastic center in Europe.

The Escolanía of Montserrat is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe (XIV Century). On some days the children's choir sings in the monastery and so you may be fortunate enough to enjoy one of their delightful performances. Their timeframe is subjected to the school calendar and special events of the choir and monastery.
Around 01.15pm the guide will take you to an exclusive visit to the Sacristy that was built by the architect Francesc Folguera and which consists of a hall, a spacious room with cupboards and a small apse. In the vestibule, there is a sarcophagus and a statue, a bronze of Joaquim Ros, of the Venerable Friar Josep of Saint Benet, a monk who died in 1723 with fame of saint. The whole vault is decorated in a concrete idealism style by Josep Obiols with biblical allegories of the Eucharist and representations of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. The mahogany cabinets on the side walls have marquetry panels - also designed by Josep Obiols - representing saints and characters linked to Montserrat. The whole set is of great beauty and very balanced.

Towards the end of the tour we will go to a special space outdoors, where we will enjoy the brunch. Then, you will have free time to taste the typical liquors of Montserrat or to take the funicular (not included).

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