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  2. Catalonia
  3. Barcelona
  4. Montserrat Monastery

Early Entrance Montserrat & Gourmet Cava Tour from Barcelona

Product ID: 137459
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Traveling the beautiful Catalan countryside in a air-conditioned minibus, you’ll visit the monastery of Montserrat, and experience the peace of the mountains and the famous ‘Black Madonna’. Then tour one of the best small-batch cava producers in Spain.
About this activity
Duration 8.5 hours
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Arrive at Montserrat before the crowds for guaranteed entrance
  • Enjoy a full, guided tour of the church at Montserrat
  • Discover the cava region of Penedès with a vineyard tour and tasting
Full description
Your tour starts early in Barcelona, where you’ll meet your local guide and hop into a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus. In just one hour, head out of the city and up to the Montserrat monastery, which sits atop a mountain with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Aside from its natural and architectural beauty, the monastery is home to the ‘Black Madonna’, a 12th-century statue of the virgin that is one of the most venerated Catholic icons in Europe. You’ll arrive just as the monastery opens, guaranteeing you a close look, and if you are visiting on pilgrimage, the opportunity to touch her.

After the tour, you’ll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore. You can take the cable car to the top of the mountain for jaw-dropping views over the rolling hills below; explore the engrossing monastery art museum which features works by El Greco, Caravaggio, and Monet; peruse the local food market, or just sit in a cafe and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee.

You’ll hop into the bus again at midday and drive an hour to the Penedès region, famous for its sparkling wine, cava. When you arrive at the vineyard, the owner, a fourth generation winemaker, whose family has run the vineyard for over 100 years, will greet you and serve you a lunch of fresh bread, cold cuts and local produce. Sitting down to eat, you’ll also enjoy the first of numerous cava tastings, with animated commentary from your host who is passionate about her work. After lunch, she will show you around the property, while giving you an in-depth explanation of how cava is actually made. Then it's time for another tasting of the three finest vintages, culminating in a 10-year-old cava reserve. Return to Barcelona by 16:00 PM.
Includes
  • Guided tour of Montserrat Monastery
  • Vineyard tour led by the owners
  • Generous cava-tasting including a 10-year-old reserve
  • Lunch at the vineyard
  • Round-trip transport to Penedés & Monserrat from Barcelona by air-conditioned minibus
  • Small groups of 15 people
What’s Not Included
  • Tickets to Montserrat museum
  • Funicular to the higher part of the mountain (not to be confused to the 1st funicular up to the monastry)
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

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Meeting point

On the main steps of the Edificio de Correos (post office), 1 Via Laietana, 08002 Barcelona. On the front of the building you can read "Correos Y Telegrafos".

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Important information
Know before you go
• If you have any dietary requirements please contact the supplier when booking
• Please remember that the attire must be appropriate for the Cathedral of Montserrat visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings (e.g. a scarf) with you to put on before entering to see the Black Madonna. The supplier cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
• Please note that the weather at Montserrat is always a bit cooler than in Barcelona
• Unfortunately guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
• Comfortable walking shoes recommended
• Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
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Product ID: 137459