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    Barcelona Highlights & Montserrat

    MONTSERRAT BARCELONA (MONTSERRAT AM ARTÍSTICA PM, BEST OF GAUDI)

    DEPARTURES

    Daily from: April 1, 2015 to October 31, 2016

    • Air conditioned motor coach
    • Multilingual official guide
    • Taste of 4 typical liquors and entrance to the audiovisual 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.
    • Guided walking tour of the Park Güell with entrance
    • Guided walking tour of the outside of the Sagrada Familia
    • Guided walking tour of the Passeig de Gràcia (Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló)

    PRICING DETAILS

    Full day
    Adults ..............$145
    Child (4-12yrs) ..$110
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    Full Day Trip (Without Lunch)

    ITINERARY

    Start your half day trip from Barcelona in a comfortable Bus to the mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 meter) above sea level. The rocks of Montserrat were formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries. The wind and rain shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. The popular imagination has seen human or animal shapes in some of these peaks, giving those 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 Virgen Moreneta (the Black Virgin). You will be able to see this famous statue of the Black Virgin from a distance. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat has been 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 to the needs to pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded.
    You will be given some free time to visit the audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat. And taste typical liquors of Montserrat.
    On some days the children's choir sings in the monastery and so you may be fortunate enough to catch one of their delightful performances.
    On the second part of the tour (start at 15.30, Check in time at Julia Travel Office Balmes 5, at 15.15) you will visit the most emblematic artistic monuments of Barcelona.
    Barcelona is known as the capital of Modernism and the place where the famous architect Antoni Gaudí worked and lived. Gaudi, one of the greatest innovators of his time, has left behind numerous treasures for the discerning tourist to discover in Barcelona. This Artistic Tour of Barcelona starts at the Julia Travel Office (Balmes 5), we will take you to the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Basilica, Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece which is Barcelona's most famous landmark. The guide will take you on a walking tour of the exterior of the Sagrada Familia, to admire the richly and symbolically decorated facades, where vaults reach up to seventy meters.
    Next you will discover Gaudi's bizarre Park Güell which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be careful, it's easy to get lost in the whimsical design of this bizarre but compelling public park with a perfect integration of the architectural elements in nature.
    Our tour continues to Passeig de Gracia to see Gaudi's famous apartment buildings la casa Mila “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló. The tour ends near the Casa Batlló at Paseo de Gracia 43.