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What To Expect
Meet your guide in downtown Barcelona at 08:30 and head straight to Montserrat just over an hour and a half away.
Upon arrival your guide will explain the different things you can do at Montserrat to make the most of your free time.
A must, is a visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed. For almost 1,000 years now, pilgrims and other visitors have visited and climbed this spectacular mountain. At 13:00 on weekdays there is an opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat.* There is also a chance to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ran the range from Archaeology to Biblical East, Modern Painting and Sculpture.
Aside from these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you to a number of different walks, each one offering you a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape. Also, any of these 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 enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park. Another option is to take one of the two rack railways or the cable car that offer varying views of the area. The views, too, can simply be savored from the cafe.
At 14:30, the tour will leave Montserrat and lead down to the Cava capital Sant Sadurni d'Anoia via Gelida. Here you will be able 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 grape varieties any wine-growing region in the world could have. 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; the main difference between cava and champagne, in fact, simply lies in the region where they are produced.
One of the most famous wine producers of the Penedes region is Freixenet, and the tour will continue with a visit to its vast wine cellars. Here 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 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 18:30.
Transport in a small luxury mini-coach with full air conditioning
Professional English-speaking guide
Small group tour of 20 people maximum
4-hour freetime to explore Montserrat Monastery's basilica and scenic parklands
Guided visit of Codorniu Cellars
Hotel pick up and drop off
Montserrat Museum entrance fee
Montserrat Cable Car
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
To ensure that you will receive our guide's undivided attention, this tour is limited to 15 participants only.
Lunches are not included. We stop, however, in places where you have varied lunch options to suit your budget. There are picnic options available.
Because we believe in giving you the opportunity to get off the bus and discover the surroundings, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection.
All return times are approximate.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
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