Montserrat and Cava Trail Tour from Barcelona

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: Spain, Kiribati, Barcelona
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  • 10 hours
  • Barcelona
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Combine mountains, history and wine on a visit to Montserrat and either the Freixenet or Codorniu winery on a full-day small group tour by minivan from Barcelona. You'll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and receive individual attention from your expert tour guide. On this small group tour, you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Led by a local guide

Departure is from Barcelona at 8:30am, and from Barcelona we will head straight to Montserrat, just over an hour and a half away. On arrival, you have various options. A visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. There is also the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ranging from Archaeology from the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture.
Besides these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you around a number of different walks, each offering a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape, and many of which are peppered with small chapels and hermitages. There are routes to suit all tastes and energy levels, from fairly strenuous treks to gentle strolls around the park area, all of which allow you to marvel at the views and to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park. Another option is to take one of the two rack railways, or the cable car, offering different views of the area. Alternatively, the views can simply be savored from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.
At 2.30pm, the tour will leave Montserrat, to drive down to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the Cava Capital, via Gelida, to visit some of the biggest underground wine cellars in Europe. Sant Sadurni d'Anoia is situated in the Penedes wine-growing region, which boasts one of the widest varieties of grape of any wine-growing region in the world. The region received a major boost in the late 19th-century when French vineyards succumbed to parasite, although Penedes itself was later struck by the same problem. Production has since recovered, and Cava is now a major rival to French champagne; in fact, the main difference between Cava and champagne is simply the region in which they are produced.
The tour will continue with a visit to one winery, where they will demonstrate exactly how the famous sparkling wine is produced, from the first pressing of the grapes to the second fermentation in the vast expanse of cellars. This will of course be accompanied by the chance to sample the product, to see exactly why it has acquired such international fame. From here, the tour returns to Barcelona, arriving at 7:00pm.

Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Wine tasting
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Small group tour
  • Entry/Admission - Montserrat Museum

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Montserrat cable car (approx. 8 euros)
  • Montserrat Museum entrance fee
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. Remember that temperatures at high altitudes will be much lower than in the city, so although it may be warm in Barcelona, please remember that it will be much cooler in the mountains.
  • On certain weekends and during July and August it will not be possible to hear the boys choir sing.
  • This tour is in English only.
Departure Point

Carrer del Palau de la Música, 1


Departure Time

8:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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rlacad

I went on this tour with my husband, both sets of parents, and my grandmother, and it was great for all of us. I wanted something where more time was spent on Montserrat so this was better than the half-day tours I'd seen. We had plenty of time to split off--some of us went walking/hiking on the mountain, others stayed at the monastery to see the boy's choir, eat lunch, etc. The winery tour was also fun (and delicious, haha). Overall, it was a highlight of our stay in Barcelona. The guide was great as well, and the group wasn't too large, which was nice. No snacks/lunch was provided, which I knew, but I was a bit surprised we weren't even given water. Other than that, Montserrat is beautiful and worthy of the time spent here, and I'd recommend this tour.

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connery_Tahoe

Good!

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David L

The trip to Montserrat was excellent. The time allotted was perfect. Bring your walking shoes - it’s eorth it. And the wine tour was fun!

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Mervin J

This tour was not on my radar but turned out being one of my favorite things while away on vacation! The story of the monks who lived, protected, and died on the holy grounds was just amazing! Taking the train from the actual monastery to the very top of the city where the old monks of ancient times once went to die is breath-taking! I have to admit I was so scared during the van drive up due to the narrow roads and extremely deep drop-offs still having nightmares about it. Visiting Barcelona? Then Montserrat is a must see if youre this close to it:

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Meryl T

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time on this tour! Visiting the Montserrat Monastery up in the mountains was breathtaking we got to hike, visit the old chapel where the famous choir boys sang, and see the black madonna. The hiking was our favorite part because the geography is so beautiful and unique. Our guide was fantastic: funny, informative, and sweet. The second part of the day was the Cava Winery tour and that was fantastic as well! We loved visiting the vast and gorgeous grounds and hearing about the history there. We had a different tour guide there because he specialized in the history of the winery Pepe was so funny and delightful, he honestly made the whole experience even better. We go to taste great Cava and meet nice people. Overall, this was our favorite tour of the trip we had zero regrets at the end of the long day because it was filled with this great new experience.

User's Picture Gallery

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Cava and very long corridor

Some vine bottles

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Big wine barrels at the Codorniu Winery with the Cava Tour

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Grape plants at the Codorniu Winery with the Cava Tour

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View at Monserrat Monastery Tour

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View from hiking at the Montserrat Monastery Tour

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Photos from the cava tour.

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Photos from the cava tour.

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Photos from the cava tour.

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Photos from the cava tour.

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On our way....yeah

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Mountserrat Monastery

What you see when you get there

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Montserrat buildings from the Sant Joan Funicular station.

Waiting for the Funicular

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Santa Cove Cross

walking to Santa Cove

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