GIRONA AM + MONTSERRAT FULL DAY: GIRONA AM + MONTSERRAT PM
GIRONA TOUR: Start your full day trip from Barcelona with on a comfortable bus with guide on board. We offer you to visit one of the biggest cities north of Barcelona: Girona, medieval city with one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe and stage where some chapters of one the seasons of the hit series Game of Thrones were shot. Girona is a monumental city where you can experience its 2000 years of history thanks to its fortified walls and the small streets of the old city center. There you will see about “Forca Vella”, a roman foundation and the medieval expansion of the walls during the centuries XIV & XV. You will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city center, visiting the Cathedral, with its well-preserved medieval streets that lead you towards the famous pastel colored houses at the edge of the river bank. The old city center of Girona holds an important artistic heritage. You will be given some free time in Girona to enjoy the city by yourself. Our Girona tour will finish in our office at Balmes street, 5, downtown, where the second part of the tour departs. MONTSERRAT TOUR: 01April-31October: departure at 3:00PM. Check in at 2.45PM at Julià Travel Office, c/Balmes 5. 01November-31March: departure at 2.30PM. Check in at 2.15PM at Julià Travel Office, c/Balmes 5. 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 or 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 go up to Montserrat with the Cog – Wheel Train, which leaves you in the middle of the Monastery. It is a 15-minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The train has panoramic windows which make the actual journey an interesting attraction. The train is air-conditioned and they are completely wheelchair-friendly. 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, 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 free time to visit audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and taste typical liquors of Montserrat, handmade by the monks of the monastery (both activities are included).
Things you should know about this activity
INCLUSIONS: Air conditioned motor coach. Bilingual guide. Guided walking tour to Girona. Taste of 4 typical liquors. Handmade by the monks of the monastery. 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. Cog – Wheel Train. EXCLUSIONS: Girona’s Cathedral 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. You have approximately 35 min of free time for lunch between both parts of the excursions. Lunch not included. 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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BLACKOUT DATES 24Sep. Others to be confirmed. LANGUAGES: Guaranteed in English & Spanish.