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Our tour guide Felliciano was charming and funny. He drove us from central Barcelona out to Montserrat and gave a quick run-down of the town on the mountain. His suggestions of buying picnic ingredients from the farmer's stalls then walking up the mountain to admire the view were great. We then drove to the Freixenet winery for a guided tour with many other people. This was very interesting, including the history of the winery and a train ride through the grounds. I would recommend this tour as it was the highlight of our trip!
Stacey F USA
I thoroughly enjoyed the Montserrat tour. It was beautiful and serene and overwhelming all at once. It was the highlight of my trip to Barcelona. Our tour guide was excellent and talked about all of Spain including Montserrat. The only problem was the Cava place was closed because it was Easter Monday and I wish we would have been told that sooner as we really really really wanted to go to the Freixenet Winery. I think there could have been a better replacement for not having have the Cava Trail portion of the tour, i.e. lunch or another champagne place, a basket of champagne or a refund of that portion of the trip. Otherwise it was a fabulous tour.
An interesting tour if you have a day to spare.
Montserrat and its monastery were beautiful, however I felt the tour spent a little too long there.
I was a little disappointed as I thought we would be going to the Freixenet Winery (as stated in the tour description and was on of the main reasons I booked this tour). That aside, the winery we did visit, Pares Balta, was a charming and the hospitality we received was exceptional.
A good tour, but I would have preferred less time at Montserrat and possibly a visit to a second winery.
The Montserrat leg of this day tour was splendid. Our guide, Alex, was funny, well informed, and eager to answer our many questions about this gorgeous mountain site. February crowds were light and unobtrusive, and we got to enjoy the funicular ride and the walk up to St Joan's hermitage in a kind of resonant silence. Alex informed us of Napoleon's tragic destruction of the earlier basilica, which explains its austere, functional exterior... but inside, it is Catalunyan gorgeous, all black and gold, with light of every color streaming over the hundreds of people gathered to hear the boy's choir. We had as much time as we needed to explore, and admire the view, out over the city, and over the river and valleys toward the sea. Memorable.
BUT... the afternoon league of our tour was to visit Freixenet winery, for a tour and cava "tasting". This was odious. It was one long, boring 80's era infomercial. The videos did not share the people, the culture, the land or the ancient process; they touted F's business model, and seemed left over from some investor's promo. And the tasting? One glass of Friexenet, after which we could not wait to escape. And when we did escape, the "guide" followed us into the gift shop, to suggest purchases. We and a Belgian tourist literally fled. Please take future guests to a small REAL cava producer, with real people, who can share real history and ideas. We told Alex how appalled we were, and he suggested we write this review. Please folks, cancel the Friexenet tour. It is insulting and offensive.
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