Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, history, and wine during this 10-hour, small-group excursion that includes a visit to Montserrat Monastery 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.
Full-day, small-group tour by minivan to Montserrat and a winery
Personalized small group and commentary
Free time to explore Montserrat Monastery and its scenic parklands
Spend the day exploring the history and winemaking 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 Barcelona at 8:30am for a visit to Montserrat, a monastery that sits 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 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.
"It is quite a long bus ride, but once arrived it is worth it." See review
"Worth the trip- BUT there is a boys choir that sings at 1PM ." See review
"I definitely recommend walking up to the cross or to the top if you have the time for an incredible view." See review
Reviews by Viator travelers
Montserrat Choir and Cava- Fun day
, Mar 2020
Cam was a fun and informative tour guide. We went with 2 families. The tour included the Montserrat tour as well as a Cava Tasting tour. We went to a Cava vineyard call Olive Batllori.
Honestly the only negative is the food offering in the Montserrat Cafe. I think the nicer dining option was closed for remodeling so maybe the are better options there. However this is not a reflection on the tour as they have no control of that. Cam constantly gave us history and was very engaging. THe Cava portion was super interesting for the older kids as we went thru the Cellar and learned many facts about the process of making Cava. Of course, tasting the Cava was a fave. We went on a smaller bus that had capacity for about 15 people.
Our tour guide, Cam, was awesome! He had so much knowledge about Montserrat and the history of the area which helped make the bus ride pass quickly. When we got to Montserrat, he gave a detailed 45 minute ish tour of the site before letting us explore on our own for a few hours. The vineyard was awesome and after touring the facility and learning in detail the entire process of making wine, we sampled 4 bottles. I highly recommend this tour! Thanks for a great day!
Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and gave us a great understanding of the culture and background of the country. She also gave us good tips so that we can manage to visit Montserrat based on our preference within a limited time. The wine tasting tour is also great. Everyone have fun.
I had such a great time. It was an intimate tour and I learned so much. Marta was really friendly and knowledgeable! We had enough time to explore the mountain and see the black Madonna. The winery was REALLY great too. But the best part was driving and listening to Marta! She even told us a bit about Catalunya politics!
I recommend this tour
PLEASE NOTE: the town of Montserrat is a religious site, It is mostly chapels and monk monasteries. That is the only thing to do there. The views were spectacular, worth the trip- however the town itself was a bit underwhelming, especially if you are not religious. We also visited a winery named Pares Balta and had a fantastic time there. Our winery guide was so informative and knowledgeable.
Absolutely wonderful tour of the monastery and the Pares Balta winery, plus an extra stop at a picturesque church. Marta was our excellent guide who spoke very good English. There were five people on the trip as three cancelled at the last minute. Marta provided very interesting information about the history of Spain and Montserrat. Upon arriving at Montserrat, she gave us a walking tour around the monastery explaining what all there was to see, then let us venture on our own to give everyone an opportunity to explore. We were able to see the choir play, take amazing photos, explore the museum, eat delicious baquette sandwiches at the cafe and purchase cheese to take home to the States. We then stopped at an old church built in the 9th century to take pictures. The winery was the last stop and we met up with a couple of other small groups to get a tour and wine tasting. Learned some fascinating information about biodynamic techniques used in wine making. I can't thank Marta enough. She is very competent and so friendly, willing to share information about Spain, even while driving through Barcelona and outside the city. This exceeded my expectations and we are glad to have chosen this tour.