My brother and I were as impressed as other reviewers with this excursion and Ferran. Montserrat was about 40 minutes away (in traffic), so it gave us a better feel for Barcelona and nearby areas. Once there, Ferran showed what a patient and considerate person he was by always waiting for a couple with a woman who had great difficulty walking. And Ferran never seemed the least bit frustrated (terrific to see). The cable car ride up was fun and included in the price, as was the return, if you opted NOT to walk down. But the walk down was not too difficult and well worth the effort, especially since Ferran pointed things out along the way. The monastery and adjoining buildings are beautiful, and the restaurant even offers beer, if you need a drink (also food and other beverages). In short, it was a terrific half day for us!