We had an awesome time on this tour! It was one of the main contributors to us loving Barcelona as much as we did. Our tour guide, Oriol, was very knowledgeable both about Montserrat as well as the winery and wine-tasting. Highly recommended!
Lorenzo was amazing and the tour was just right. I've read the reviews suggesting longer stays in Montserrat, which I would also suggest if you want to truly focus a whole day experiencing the monastery and surrounding grounds, which includes several long hikes.
The abbreviated monastery tour was enough for me to have a sense of the majesty and history of the place, and to experience the history of the surrounding lands, including a working winery on the lands of a feudal-times castle. Wine tasting was a nice end to a beautiful day.
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This was an excellent tour! We all enjoyed our full day so much. The meeting place was easy to find. We had several groups that shared a bus ride to Montserrat in a motor coach. Once there we split into our groups. I think ours had about 14. It was still a very crowded day there with tourists so I really appreciate that the guide altered the schedule and let us take the train ride down to meet the bus. The monastery is quite beautiful as are its surroundings. Unfortunately the boys choir doesn't sing on Saturdays. We were allowed some free time after the formal part of the tour and we chose to take a hike out to the cross and my step mom choose the museum both of which were great. You can also take a funicular ride to the top of the mountain. There is something for everyone here. The second part of our tour was at Oller De Mas vineyards. We had a really nice lunch at a big long table and it was fun to visit with other people on the tour from around the world. The winery tour was very informative even though I had done one before and the wine tasting held in the castle was fun. Everything was great from the transportation, guides , and places we visited. Thanks much to the tour company for a wonderful tour!
This was a wonderful tour with a lot of variety. This was our first trip to Spain so it was nice to see a little of the countryside. There were 6 people in our group and the guide was great and shared his knowledge about the local culture as well as the history of the areas that we visited. At Montserrat we visited the Basilica, listened to the Boy's Choir, and hiked up the mountain trail. There was also an art museum but we didn't have enough time to visit. After lunch, we drove to a vineyard and had a wonderful tour and then sampled multiple wines. We started at 8:30 sharp and returned at 7 PM. Highly recommend this tour.
Montserrat Cog Wheel train and views stunning.Thanks !!!!
Its difficult to grade this one.
We had a sunny, but not hot day. Group was relaxed and our guide Xavi was great.
As for the tour itself, there are two stops first youll visit Montserrat where you will get a short tour of the abbey, after which you will get about an hour of free time which is not enough to do anything substantial. If you see a queue before funicular, dont go up, because by the time you get to the top there will no time to do anything else but to go down. If your primary goal is to visit Montserrat choose another tour or go by public transport.
Second stop is at Oller de Mas winery where youll have lunch, learn something about wine making and do some wine tasting. Will this be fun for you its difficult to tell, it was for us. It depends on factors mentioned in the 2nd paragraph.
So, overall, we had a wonderful time, but in general this tour is nothing special.
Gives a great highlight of Barcelona. Montserrat was absolutely sensational. A definite must do for those who have little time in Barcelona. The guide was great and knowledgeable.
Unorganized tour guide for Montserrat who did not use English appropriately. Clearly no mastery. Lead us on a wild goose chase to find the bus initially. Arrived unprepared and that set the tone for the afternoon. Lack of communication was quite concerning.
This all day tour had pickup at our hotel, so that was great. The tour only had 8 people, which made for a much better experience, more personal, get-to-know-your-travel companions type of vibe. Plus, a smaller group made it easier to get somewhere, get out, tour around, get back in the shuttle and go to the next location. The tour took us around various points throughout Barcelona, then went straight up to Monserrat before lunchtime. Monserrat is a site to see, situated up in the mountains. Great views, great architecture and history. We also had a chance to hear the boys choir which is amazing. There really wasn't much time for lunch, so you would need to pick up something quick in the cafeteria or other restaurants in Monserrat. Then the tour continues again back in Barcelona to visit other notable places, with the last stop ending in Park Guell. Then everyone gets dropped off back at their hotels or the cruise port. Very informative, our guide was great, only English spoken on this tour. Overall, a great tour, would recommend to anyone.
Excellent tour! Montserrat was beautiful with the unusual shaped mountains framing the background for the city and cathedral. The wine tasting experience was the best, with tapas paired with wines. Our female guide was very knowledgeable, patient, and fun to be with.
Good guide, good value. Could have spent an extra hour at Montserrat and an hour less at the winery.
My wife and I are so happy to have been able to book a private tour through BCN Dream Tours. Our travel guide Eloi Morte was first class all the way.
From the very moment Eloi sent me an email to confirm my booking, I knew we would be in good hands. It started with an introduction, asking me if the time of pick up would be convenient for me and my wife or if I wanted to move it back a little and ended with him attaching a picture of himself so I could easily spot him the day of our tour when he picked us up at our hotel.
His SUV was clean and very comfortable for starters and immediately put me and my wife at ease with his laid back approach and enthusiasm to getting the day started.
So off we go to Montserrat, which I would highly recommend to everyone a must see.
Drive was less than an hour and the history Eloi shared, stories about the progression of how this world wonder was built over time, was just fantastic.
Upon getting to our destination, he made it a point to let us know that he was there for us and that if we wanted to take pictures, as many pictures as we wanted, he would gladly take it for us again, one of the reasons I will not book a group tour again, if at all possible. In a group tour, even if it's a small group, you are still beholden to time frames for the group, so things are not as relaxed and the opportunity to take that perfect picture is sometimes just not possible, because you don't want to hold the group up.
Of course, I'm sure if it's a group tour that you put together with Eloi and his team, he will still manage to get you that perfect picture nonetheless, because he understands how important capturing that moment is.
Each step we took at Montserrat, Eloi made sure to share a little tid bit about what we were seeing. He was even able to snap a picture of my wife and I during our pause for a moment at the Black Madonna.
Not enough room to complete what we want to share about Eloi - so all we can say is HIRE him. Awesome.
Doing what: Montserrat 6-hour Private Tour from Barcelona
Enjoyed the ride to Montserrat and the place is breathtaking, and so magnificent. I just wish we had more time to see the Black Madonna, being a catholic. We spent an hour for the mass, being a Sunday, hence, missing seeing the statue of the Black Madonna. Guide, Juan was very professional.
Our tour was great because of our tour guide Marta. She spoke English without an accent and she patiently answered our questions and supplied us with a lot of interesting information about each place we visited - Montserrat, Park Guell and Sagrada. Wish we had more time though in Montserrat. Since we did not go inside the Sagrada Familia Church in this tour, we recommend that you take a separate Skip-the-line tour of Sagrada Familia.
The trip was great and our guide Emma was outstanding! Having time to explore Montserrat on our own was perfect. The Cava tour was very insightful video at the start of the tour could use a little refinement, but as a marketer, I guess I'm a little tough on marketing tactics!. The cava itself was great and I left with several bottles.
Montserrat really a winderful attraction, it is excellent trip with a great tour guide
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The drive to Montserrat was scenic and as we approached, I figure 30-45 minutes for viewing and pictures. Our guide gave us a briefing and then said we would meet in 3 1/2 hours. I looked at him like he was crazy.
Clearly, I had not done my homework. A cable car ride to the top, a nice paced walk down with breathtaking view the whole way, a short live mass viewing while waiting for the famous boys choir it was packed so full it was almost not worth it but they were amazing, a quick lunch, a walk through the art museum and I glance at my watch only to realize I have to briskly walk back to te rendezvous. The time evaporated!
Highly recommend if you are in Barcelona for more than a couple days.
Our trip then continued to the Parez Balta winery. A very nice small to medium sized place for the region. Our guide was passionate, knowledgeable and a great hostess. Tasted a limited edition that was smooth and refined. I'm not a big sparkling wine fan, but would serve this over most champaign I've had for even close to the price 22 in house! I didn't research local pricing. We had nice samplings of a white, rose and red as well. All were mid range wines but all were nice. The prize of this trip was the learning more fine details of the process and the science behind it, the tasting was more bonus.
If you're looking to taste a larger variety for comparison i.e. 84 to 90 rated red with reviews on how ratings were reviewed as displayed in the lobby, then this might not be the trip for you. If you're looking for great local insight of the process with a scenic ride in and out and a nice small sampling, it's would be hard to match.
Fantastic small group tour of the key Barcelona highlights especially those that are more difficult to get to via public transport and Montserrat. I highly recommend this tour!
Tour was excellent. Montserrat was hopelessly crowded. The location of the local tour company was not communicated to us in advance. Very frustration, difficult and lucky to have found it's location. Fojund it only from local police.
Elena and Gabby did a great job helping us to understand the background/history of the beautiful things/places we were viewing. Barcelona is such a wonderful city with a lot of variety of places to go/see!
Park Guell is an INCREDIBLE place to spend the day...Gaudí is quite the architect!!
The side trip to Montserrat is FABULOUS...the mountain views, the monastery are a wonderful site to visit!
What can I say, it was absolutely fantastic, Montserrat was a lovely experience,that I will never forget.
Excellent tour. Very professionally delivered. Good value too. Stunning scenery all around Montserrat. The Vineyard trip was both educational and thoroughly enjoyable. There were three decent samples of wine and a substantial portion of tapas for all. Highly recommend this trip.
Excellent tour and tour guide, worth every penny we paid. The tour was extremely informative both in regards to montserrat itself as well to Barcelona in general. Montserrat is a beautiful place! Totally recommended.
This is a very nice tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and witty. The mass at Montserrat is a must specially the choir.
The Cava tasting was also excellent. Learned a lot about wine making and tasting. Excellent presentation by our guide from Pares Balta
We had a great time on our Montserrat Tour. Our guide, Xavi, did a great job explaining the history in the area and allowing us time to explore on our own as well. We especially enjoyed the lunch and wine tasting in Oller del Mas. It was delicious! It was a great way to experience the area!
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