5 star rating: Highly Recommended Beautiful scenery and hike. The tour guide was really informative and at the same time interesting. Great photo ops. Most definitely recommend the tour. At Monsterrat, I'd recommend buying some local cheese from one of the vendors, a fresh bread from the bakery shop there, and hike to the top of Montserrat for lunch! Reviewed by: Cathreen A, Netherlands, March 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended Wow! This tour was wonderful! Our meet up with the tour very easy... our guide Gemma excellent, friendly, interesting and of course a great driver too! The trip to Montserrat had breath taking views! Listening to the boys choir, checking out the "Black Virgin" taking the beautiful trails...everything was wonderful! And then to top it off going to the Cava Winery was great! It was all better then we expected! Reviewed by: V. & M. J, United States of America, March 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended This was a great trip the small group is a million times better than a huge tour bus, and our guide Robert was excellent - laid back, funny, and gave us a lot of free time to explore on our own, which was exactly what we were looking for. We basically wanted to get out of the city for a day to see some smaller towns and go hiking, but didn't want to worry about arranging our own transportation or walking around in a herd of 50 people - this was the perfect solution. We had such a good experience that we booked a second day trip with the same company Explore Catalunya to the Costa Brava as soon as we got back. As an added bonus, our guide was able to tell us about a few local events happening in Barcelona as well, that weren't tourist traps. Highly recommend this trip, as well as the company. United States of America, August 2009
Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour
Tour Summary -
Capture the heart of Catalunya on this day tour to the iconic Montserrat and it's Royal Basilica and enjoy some sparkle in the rural cava cellars of world famous cava producer, Codorniu.
The day starts with a morning visit to Montserrat where you’ll explore the monastic centre of Catalonia, home to the famous black virgin & la Escolania (children’s boy choir). You’ll also have time to explore the magnificent natural park & mountains with spectacular views over the plains of Catalonia.
After lunch, you’ll be transported through the back roads to the wine country, where you’ll visit the renowned local winery, Codorniu for a tour in their vast underground cellars followed by a tasting of the famous Cava 'champagne'.
Full Tour Description -
A day tour from Barcelona to Montserrat is a must for the majority of visitors to Barcelona. It's probably the one place that they have heard all about before they arrive.
The advantage of taking one of our small group day tours from Barcelona is that we can avoid the crowds and stay well clear of the other larger tour operators.
Our day starts at 9am from Plaça Catalunya right outside the Hard Rock Cafe, from where all our Day Tours from Barcelona depart.
The journey to Montserrat takes us about an hour or so.
One of the main reasons people book with us is that they want the intimacy of a small group, but like to have somebody there to explain things.
Keeping to our philosophy of giving you plenty of free time to explore on your own, but guiding you in the right direction, the first thing we do on arrival is explain the 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.
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.
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.
Besides these cultural possibilities, there are 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, many of which are peppered with small chapels and hermitages.
You'll easily find a route to suit your taste and energy levels. But whether they're fairly strenuous treks or gentle walks, they all give you fantastic views to marvel at the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park.
If you'd rather not walk at all, then another option is to take one of the two rack railways, or the cable car, offering yet more views of the area.
After a morning in Montserrat, we leave the mountain at around 2:30pm, heading for Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, home to the famous Cava champagne and, in particularly, home to Codorniu where we'll visit their vast underground wine cellars. (check out our other Montserrat Tour, Montserrat, Gaudí & Modernism Day Tour from Barcelona, if you want to see Montserrat but don't want a winery visit.)
Sant Sadurní d’Anoia is situated in the Penedès wine-growing region, which boasts one of the widest varieties of grape of any wine-growing region in the world.
The tour at Codorniu is a great chance to 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.
Of course, no winery visit would be complete without a taste of the stuff! At the den of the tour you'll get the chance to try some of the best Cava the region produces.
We leave the winery at around 5:30pm, returning to Barcelona for around 6:30pm.
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Departure point: Tours depart from opposite the outdoor cafe of the famous Palau de la Musica off Via Laietana. The exact address in C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona
Inclusions: Transport in a small luxury mini-coach, with full air conditioning. The services of a professional guide, who will provide a guided tour in English.
Exclusions: Lunch and refreshments. Entrances to all museums and attractions.
Important information: Customers need to call during office hours to confirm their booking. Our office hours are: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 14:00 PM and from 16:00 PM till 19:00 PM.
Lunches - are not included. However we stop in places where you have a range of lunch options to suit all budgets. Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to get out and about, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection.
All return times are approximate.
Departure time: 9:00am
Leaves from opposite the Palau de la Musica
Price: 79 euros