This was one of the best day trips during our 2-week trip to Spain. Laila, our tour guide, was exceptional! She explained everything very well and was very much conscientious of the needs of the people in the tour. The tour is well-organized. Everyone is given a one-way bluetooth headset so that you can hear clearly the guide speaking.
Colonia Guell was pretty interesting. The church was amazing. The church is a Gaudi masterpiece that you don't hear often but it's worth a visit.
Montserrat was wonderful! I think we were lucky because there weren't too many people. It was just unfortunate that the Montserrat boys choir was on break the week we came it was a week after Holy Week and they sang non-stop during Easter week so this was their scheduled break. We had an exclusive tour of the facilities of the boys' choir school and we didn't have to line-up to see the Black Madonna. After the tour, we literally came out just beside the huge altar and had an unobstructed view of the altar and 1PM prayer.
This is a trip not to be missed. While there are a multitude of trips to Montserrat I didn't see any other trips that included Colonia Guell and the Gaudi Crypt, indeed I hadn't heard about the Gaudi Crypt but would highly recommend it if you have the chance to go. The crypt had all the components of La Sagrada Familia. Montserrat itself is beautiful. I would highly recommend the art gallery as the collection is really amazing.
If you are looking to join an organised tour to Montserrat then this is the one to get.
I sent my parents and my 8 and 9 year old children on this tour. They came back raving about their day. Their tour guide Alex was very informative and they had exclusive access to a few things that many other tours did not provide. They loved hearing the boys choir sing. They were also very intrigued by the things they learned in Colonia Guell. They had packed a lunch to bring with them which made it possible for them to make the most of their free time. They truly had a wonderful experience.
Brilliant trip. From colony Guell and Gaudis crypt to the thrilling train trip up Montserrat and the spectacular view, from the beautiful singing of the boys choir to the wonderful guide Lyla that gave us the background to what we were seeing and answered every one's questions this trip was amazing. We also visited the art gallery at Montserrat which was interesting. It did rain so we didn't climb any higher than the monastery but we were able to appreciate the view before the rain. Well worth doing. We also visited the black Madonna and I found it quite moving.
I really enjoyed this tour - Colonia Guell was very interesting and our guide very knowledgeable. Montserrat was amazing! Although it was a cloudy day with some rain at the end it was still an awesome experience and there was lots to do - I highly recommend the museum as there are some incredible painters on display there!
Great experience. Wasn't sure what to expect from the Colonia Guell and Guadi Crypt but found that part of the tour to be very interesting. I especially appreciated the Guadi Crypt and learning a bit about his architectural approach before going on to see Sagrada Familia later in my stay. The context on a smaller scale was helpful to better appreciate Sagrada Familia.
The Monserrat tour was exceptional. The tour of the boys choir school was vey interesting and we got premier viewing for their performance. I the took the funicular up the St. Joan which provided great views and a nice hike.
The only regret is that I needed more time. Would have liked to go to the holy cave but would not have made to back in time. Would also suggest that you pack a lunch before leaving on the tour. There were long lines to get food and given the short time left, I opted to go without lunch instead of waiting in line. It would have been great to have a picnic at the top of the mountain and take in the views.
The instructions were clear on paper. We found the man who distributed radios and left with another tour guide. Fifel carried a small flag, went thru with the group and shared the history of the Eiffel. He was very knowlegeable, pretty funny and offered to take me and my hiusband's picture. We enjoyed the views and the tour guide took time for us to ask questions, if any. We enjoyed the tour, most specially the Seine River cruise, which also had a glimpse of where we were going. Pretty spectacular package. Thank you!
With the Barcelona, it was more than spectacular too! The tour guide was a female and we could not have asked for more than a beautiful memories of the scenes. The bus was huge and comfy!!!! The meet up was very clear too.
My wife and I enjoyed our day trip to Colonia Guell, Gaudi Crypt and Montserrat. Our tour guide, Layla and our bus driver Jose Antonio were excellent. Layla was very informative with sights we have seen, and I was even more impressed with her having to speak in both English and Spanish. Colonia Guell was our first stop and it was a nice little town. We got there early, so we avoided any other tour groups that might go and visit. In Montserrat, we had a separate tour inside the boy's choir music school, which was a nice added feature. We were able to skip the lines and know a little more about the school. The afterwards, we saw the choir perform 2 songs in the basilica and went up to see the Black Madonna. FYI, the choir doesn't perform on Saturday, so if you want to see the choir perform, you have to book between Monday-Friday. The only issues we had was that sometimes the headphones we used to hear Layla had interference, but that was to no fault of hers. We also wished we had another hour or 2 in Montserrat, because during your free time, you can take the Sant Joan finicular to the top and hike around. We only hiked halfway, b/c we ate first, and then wanted to hit the gift shops before we got back on the bus. I recommend this trip, during your stay in Barcelona, you must have this as a must-do.