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Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, history and wine during this 10-hour, small-group excursion that includes a visit to Montserrat and a winery tasting near Barcelona. Drive by air-conditioned van to the hilltop religious site of Montserrat, where you'll enjoy spectacular views and see the Black Virgin, a 12th-century religious icon. Then head to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the nexus of Catalonia's wine industry, where you'll visit a winery for a tasting. Along the way you'll get personal attention from your knowledgeable guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day small group tour by minivan to Montserrat and a winery
  • Personalized small group and commentary
  • Free time to explore Montserrat Monastery's basilica and scenic parklands
  • Tour of a winery's vast cellars and wine tasting
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert guide
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan

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What You Can Expect

Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Catalonia, Spain

Spend the day exploring the history and wine-making of the region near Barcelona on this 10-hour, small-group excursion. Not only will you have a chance to enjoy the area's spectacular scenery, you'll also gain a newfound appreciation for its religious significance at Montserrat and its many years of winemaking traditions at a local winery.

Leave from Barcelona at 8:30am for a visit to Montserrat, a monastery sit amongst the craggy mountains just outside of town. See the complex's famous Royal Basilica, which contains the 12th-century statue of the Black Virgin, a venerated icon. If you visit during the week, you'll also get to hear the angelic singing of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. During your visit you can also stop by the Museum of Monserrat to explore the site's history, or take a ride aboard to the rack railway or cable car for sublime mountain views.

During the second half of your day you'll head to Catalonia's Penedes region to learn about the area's vast wine industry. Stop by a winery, where you'll have a chance to view the vast wine cellars and taste some of the wineries' top-notch products. For a more detailed itinerary description, please see below.

Itinerary

Departure is from Barcelona at 8:30am, and from Barcelona we will head straight to Montserrat, just over an hour and a half away. On arrival, you have various options. A visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. There is also 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.

Besides these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you around a number of different walks, each offering a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape, and many of which 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 marvel at the views and 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, offering different views of the area. Alternatively, the views can simply be savored from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.

At 2.30pm, the tour will leave Montserrat, to drive down to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the Cava Capital, via Gelida, 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 varieties of grape of any wine-growing region in the world. 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; in fact, the main difference between Cava and champagne is simply the region in which they are produced.

The tour will continue with a visit to one winery, where 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 of course 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 7:00pm.

Customer Reviews

Josephine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The only negative was that the guide was very new, this was actually his first tour, so a supervisor came along and the result was that there wasn't much commentary during the drive to Montserrat or from Montserrat to the Codorniu Winery. We were given an overview when we arrived at Montserrat and then about 3 hours on our own to tour the area. I took the funicular about 10 euros up to the summit and then hiked further to a small chapel high on the hillside. The views on both sides of the summit are breathtaking. There is a very informative display at the funicular terminal about the geological and cultural history of Monserrat, along with information about native plants and wildlife. Back down the mountain in time to hear the boys' choir, and so glad I did that there was a guest choir of young girls whose singing was quite beautiful and the main attraction, the resident boys' choir, was remarkable. A simple lunch on the terrace on a beautiful afternoon overlooking the valley was very memorable. Then the tour of Codorniu Winery was one of the best winery tours I've had and I've done dozens! The resident guide had many years experience at that winery in different fields of work and was very knowledgeable and charming. This family has owned the land for over 500 years and there are lots of winemaking tools from past centuries to see up close. The tour in the caves deep underground was outstanding and we took a little train to see a small portion of the 35 km of hand carved tunnels. During the tasting I learned a lot about Cava and Codorniu is now my new favourite sparkling wine!

Penny C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a lovely day with a small tour group. The guide David was wonderful, very funny and knowledgeable. He was very enthusiastic about all the places we visited and full of information. It was well worth the long drive.

Anna Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

David the guide was great! He was very knowledgeable and gave us great tips!

Lourdes B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Highly recommend it

Charmaine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Although the weather was not great, our tour guide David did has best to still make it an enjoyable day tour. I was thoroughly impressed by his knowledge of the history of the Catalonia region and enthusiasm about his job. Bravo! I would definitely suggest this tour to anyone with an interest in art, Christianity, and wine.

Andrew P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really enjoyed this tour to Montserrat - lots to do and see. Then off to the winery where we had a great tour and tasting.

Monique C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Unfortunately the morning started off very cold and raining. However, our guide David from Experience Catalunya was awesome! He made it fun, interesting and he was extremely knowledgeable.

Phe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

What a beautiful day! Loved Montserrat, the history, the beauty and to hear and see the boys choir was wonderful! The Cava Tour was top notch! Our tour guide, Feliciano Dominguez was the best! Above and beyond expectations!

Katarzyna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip. Visit in Montserrat was extraordinary. Vineyard and wine tasting was really fun.

John B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The day was an excellent experience and the tour guide was very informative. The wine tasting was brilliant and the journey back to Barcelona was amazing!

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