Barcelona's favorable location, in perfect harmony with its immediate surroundings, together with its ease of access and varied climate, make it a starting point for discovering new landscapes and enjoying contact with nature. Your tour departs from the port passing through the main streets of Barcelona, to reach Catalunya Square, considered the heart of the city. From here, you'll continue the panoramic drive along Passeig de Gracia, the best-known boulevard in town. Your guide will point out two of the masterpieces of Gaudi's architecture: the Casa Mila and Casa Batllo; two of the best-known landmarks of the city. Reaching Diagonal Avenue your tour continues to Montserrat, a peculiar rocky mountain range which is the site of the monastery where people come to worship 'La Moreneta,' the black Madonna who is the patron-virgin of Catalonia. The Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat was founded in the 11th century and is located in a natural park 37 miles to the west of Barcelona. The Benedictine community, now numbering some 80 monks, has served the shrine for almost a thousand years. They are dedicated to a life of prayer, to working, and to welcoming pilgrims, making the site a place for dialogue, prayer and culture. Besides the monks, the Escolans also live in Montserrat who form the oldest boy's choir in Europe. During your stay and visit to Montserrat, you'll visit the sanctuary and have free time to take-in the activity of your choice. Spend extra time at the sanctuary, explore some more, take pictures, shop for that last minute souvenir, have lunch or grab a coffee at one of the restaurants and cafeterias on location. Once you finish the visit you'll be driven to a Norwegian Cruise Line program hotel, Mont Blanc, Catalunya Square, or the airport.
Note: This tour is available for guests with flights after 4:30pm, or that are staying at a hotel in Barcelona.
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6 of 6(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
While the focus of the tour was Montserrat, we got a great tour of Barcelona en route. We learned about the city and the Catalonian culture. When we arrived Montserrat, it was still early in the morning and we were above the clouds, looking down over Barcelona. By the time we left, the clouds had cleared and the views were breathtaking. Our guide provided us a comprehensive history and walking tour of the monastery, embedded into the rocky mountainside. There was time for those who wanted to queue and see the black Madonna up close. For others, there was time to wander and great photo opportunities.
What a shame it is for people to begin or end their cruise in Barcelona and not take the time to stop and see this fascinating city. Just as sad would be missing a chance to get out of the city and visit this amazing monastery in a very unusual mountain setting. While we didn't have the time to stand in the 1 hr. line to get a closeup view of the Black Madonna, we had ample time to visit the church. The museum attached is definitely worth a visit as well. The guide provided an excellent tour of Barcelona and the bus let us and our luggage off near our hotel.
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Review 3 for Montserrat With Transfer
Date:May 23, 2012
Great Final Day Choice
Just the right amount of time to go on one last excursion to this truly hidden secret. The church is fabulous and the view from the mountain is breath-taking.
I would liked to have seen a monk but they like their privacy.
Nice shops,cafeteria and tour guide was fantastic.
An added bonus is being dropped off at your hotel or airport. And you get off the ship quickly and travel with your luggage in the bus.
This was an excellent trip. So much history and so very beautiful. Wish we had more time to spend.
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Review 5 for Montserrat With Transfer
Date:January 8, 2012
Beautiful and relaxing
We booked this have a way to get off the ship quickly and it worked like a charm. We were off within 15 minutes of our group meeting in the lounge. Luggage on the bus and rolling toward Montserrat. We were not prepared for the visitas and beauty of the site. Wish we would have had time to take the ride to the top of the mountain, but we saw plenty. See the Black Madona, and some people went to Mass, see the wonderful art in the underground museam(the building is fab), got great pictures. Then we had a city overview tour which got us knowledge for our next 2 days in Barcelona. We were not staying in an NCL hotel but we were dropped off in a central location and given directions by our tour guide how to get to the hotel. The tour was a great way to end the cruise.
This excursion was a nice ending to our cruise. Our tour guide Betina was very knowledgeable and shared her insights all thru the hour long drive to Montserrat. The drive up the mountain is thru steep swithcbacks which offer great views. The monestary and cathedral are pretty and it is cooler up on top of the mountain which is a nice change from the heat of the city. We enjoyed seeing parts of the Spanish countryside that we would not have seen. Would totally reccommend this excursion.