MONTSERRAT TOUR: Start your half 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 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 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 need, one thousand years after it was originally founded. You will be given some free time to visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and to taste typical liquors of Montserrat. The Escolania 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. Our tour to Montserrat will finish in our office at Balmes 5, downtown, where the second part of the tour departs. ARTISTIC TOUR: Departure at 03:30PM. Check in at 03:15PM in Julià Travel Office, c/Balmes 5. 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 in Barcelona for the discerning tourist to discover. This Artistic Tour of Barcelona starts at the Julià Travel Office in Balmes Street number 5. From there we will take you to the Sagrada Familia, 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 Basilica to admire the richly and symbolically decorated facades. Next you will discover Gaudi's fascinating Park Güell, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But be careful! It's easy to get lost in the whimsical design of this eccentric but compelling public park with a perfect integration of the architectural elements in nature. Towards the end of the tour we will immerse ourselves in a walking tour of Passeig de Gràcia, where we will admire Gaudi's famous apartment buildings like Casa Mila “La Pedrera”, Casa Batlló and other modernist buildings. The tour ends near Casa Batlló at Passeig de Gràcia, 43.

Location : Balmes, 5 (Barcelona)

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NOTE FOR ARTISTIC: From 1ST of November to 31st of March we will visit the Park Güell before Sagrada Familia. INCLUSIONS: Air conditioned motor coach Bilingual guide Taste of 4 typical liquors and entrance to the audio visual “Espai Audio visual 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. Guided walking tour of Park Güell with admission tickets Guided walking tour outside of the Sagrada Familia Guided walking tour of Passeig de Gràcia (Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló) EXCLUSIONS: Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà “La Pedrera” and Casa Batlló admission tickets Food and drinks, unless specified Hotel pickup and drop-off ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please be aware that some walking is included in this tour, please be ready and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There is approximately 35 min between both parts of the excursions, during this time you will be able to get lunch (not included) in the city center of Barcelona. 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. At Montserrat there is a mountains climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold.

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