Montserrat Monastery Guided Visit + Cava Wine Tasting Tour in Codorniu Cellars (Small Groups)

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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

perfect trip, perfect guide, we had fun.
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Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
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Inclusions: Transport in a small luxury mini-coach / Cava Tasting / English-speaking guide
Montserrat Monastery Guided Visit + Cava Wine Tasting Tour in Codorniu Cellars (Small Groups)
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Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Transport in a small luxury mini-coach / Cava Tasting / English-speaking guide

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Schedule

  • 08:15

    Check-in

  • 08:30

    Your Montserrat and Cava Tasting Tour begins!

  • Montserrat Sanctuary

    Your day will start with a morning visit to the sanctuary of Montserrat where you’ll explore the monastic centre of Catalonia. The sanctuary has been the center of pilgrimage for almost 1000 years for those who wanted to see the famous Virgin of Montserrat.

  • Museum of Montserrat

    You’ll also have 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.

  • La Escolania de Montserrat Boy Choir

    A highlight of visiting Montserrat is listening to one of Europe’s oldest children’s choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. They usually sing at 1pm on weekdays and noon at the weekend.

  • Free time to explore Monserrat

    Enjoy your free time and explore one of the numerous walks around Montserrat, ranging from easy strolls to serious hikes. Each trail offers a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape. You will also have some time to enjoy lunch (not included in the price).

  • Transfer to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia region

    After a morning in Montserrat, you will leave the mountain and head for Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, home to the famous Cava champagne and, in particularly, home to Codorniu where you'll visit their vast underground wine cellars.

  • Codorniu Wine Tasting and Tour

    See 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. At the end of the tour you'll get the chance to try some of the best Cava the region produces.

  • 19:00

    Arrival back in Barcelona

  • (For Check-In) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 08:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Explore Catalunya (C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona) Time: 19:00:00

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

  • Cava Tasting

  • English-speaking guide

Notes

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • Montserrat cable car and entrance fees to Montserrat Museum are not included in the price.

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Reviews

perfect trip, perfect guide, we had fun.
we reccomend without anz doubts.

Martin

Excellent Loved it. Our guide was wonderful. Thank you very much

Jeanette M.

Stefan and the tour guide did a great job. She was very knowledgable about Montserrat and explained with just enough detail. Bot...h were friendly and make the tour a great way to end our vacation! more

Barry

Great tour with a very knowlegeable guide who gave us plenty of time to ourselves at Montserrat for a leisurely lunch and photo sh...oot. The Cavas part of the tour was really great also with a very interesting learning experience and good sampling at the end. All in all excellent a must do. more

Robert

The Tour was really great. The guide was very knowleadgable. Transportation was also good. Meeting place should have been in th...e bus stop so as not to walk from the office. more

Ernesto

Wonderful tour! Joseph was a knowledgable and enthusiastic guide. Explore Catalunya was a terric company to work with. It was a ...high quality tour and great value! more

Judy A.

Very very good tour with fantastic tour guide! He was knowledable and enthusiastic to share with us all he knows. This small group... tour is a good combination and recommended to those who do not want to do only hiking ALL day. Recommended to those who want to do a bit different than shopping and city centre of Barcelona. more

So Young

The tour guide is pretty nice.We have enough free time walk around Montsettat.Cava tasting where we tast the good red ,white wine ....If you like wine ,you have to join the group. more

CHEN HSIANG WEN

Montserrat was lovely. Spectacular scenery. The tour of the winery was much more than expected - very interesting. Our tour guide ...Lydia was perfect. Having been a history teacher she made the drive to Montserrat so interesting by giving us the background story. more

Amanda

Monserrat was like no other mountain we had seen, and the tour allowed us plenty of time to visit and explore more than just the m...onastery, although it would have been great to have had fast track to see the Black Madonna, as the queue was very long, so we passed, and just took pics. Our group was very small, just 3 of us, so it was very personal...great with great guide. We loved the Cavas tour, and the winery we visited was fantastic. Would highly recommend this tour. more

Sandra

We took a combined trip to Montserrat and Cava winery. The visit to Montserrat was absolutely awesome! the views from the mountain... are breathtaking. e also visited the art museum there. There is a nice collection of paintings and sculptures from famous artists such as Dali and Picasso. Not too overwhelming, and you can see the whole exhibition in about hour and a half. The church on Montserrat is beautiful, and even for non-religious people, it is totally worth is to see. We wish we had more time to enjoy the trails and the nature. Since we had to go to wineries, we only got about 4 hours to spend on the mountain.
The winery was ok, nothing extra special, maybe, because we were one of the last groups there and the guide from the winery wasn't very enthusiastic.
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Elena

This was a great day trip and I actually thought it was better than a recent day trip I did to Champagne from Paris which was a ve...ry pleasant surprise. more

Nola

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