Montserrat and Cava's Trail with Codorniu Cellars & Cava Tasting - Small Group Tour

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What To Expect

The day starts with a 4-hour visit to Montserrat for you to explore the monastic center of Catalonia, home to the famous Black Virgin & boys' choir La Escolania. You will also have time to explore the magnificent natural park & mountains with spectacular views over Catalonian plains. After lunch you are transported through the back roads to the Cava, to the cellars of Freixenet. Here you can tour the underground caves before finally returning to Barcelona.

Highlights

  • Enjoy free time to explore Montserrat Monastery's basilica and scenic parklands

  • Tour Codorniu winery's vast cellars and taste their Cava production

  • Personalized small group tour only in English

Specifications

Type:
Day Tours in Barcelona
Departs From:
Barcelona
Meeting Point:
Opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the Palau de la Musica, off Via Laietana
Duration:
1 day
Availability:
daily at 8:30 AM
Product Code:
3875
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Description

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.

Includes

  • 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

  • Cava tasting

Excludes

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Montserrat Museum entrance fee

  • Montserrat Cable Car

  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • 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.

  • The boys choir of Montserrat has a month of vacation during summer. (between July and August), however the monastery of Montserrat invites other choirs to fill in for the acclaimed boys' choir.

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% Cancellation Fee (Non-refundable): 4 days prior to date of activity.

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