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Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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
  • Tour of a winery's vast cellars and wine tasting
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small group tour
Wine Tasting of three different wines
Visit to the Black Madonna. Please read Additional Notes Very Carefully
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop off
Montserrat cable car (approx. 8 euros)
Montserrat Museum entrance fee
Gratuities
C/ Palau de la Música, 1 , C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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. 

Your tour ends back in Barcelona at around 7pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Catalan Music
This tour leaves from right across the famous Palau de la Musica, one of Barcelona's most visited attractions. It is not possible to visit inside at this time of the morning, but the Modernist facade is worth more than few photographs.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Port Vell (Old Port)
We leave for Montserrat at 8.30am, heading down towards the old port of Barcelona and then on past the Columbus Statue at the end of the Ramblas.
Pass By:  
Montjuic
As we head out of the city, you will pass Montjuïc. This area, is the site of the Olympic Stadium and is known as the lungs of Barcelona. Your guide will tell you more about the history of the famous hill as you drive by.
Pass By:  
Montserrat
Less than an hour after leaving Barcelona, the unforgettable sight of Montserrat Mountain comes into view. This geological wonder dominates the landscape for miles around, and is the perfect setting for the famous Montserrat Monastery.
Stop At:  
Abadia de Montserrat
The world famous monastery high up in the mountain of Montserrat is our destination. You will have a chance to visit the basilica, see the Black Madonna, hear the Boy's Choir on performance days, and wander around the stunning mountain paths. This is one of the most iconic attractions in all of Catalunya, and it never fails to delight.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vilafranca del Penedes
Our final stop of the day takes you deep into the wine region of Catalunya. You will visit a charming family owned winery for an intimate visit and a lengthy wine tasting.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • During this tour, you will have the chance to visit the famous 12th-century statue of the Black Virgin, and, on weekdays, La Escolania de Montserrat (Boy's Choir). Since the Covid Pandemic, the Monastery has changed the way you can visit the statue and hear the choir sing. It is now compulsory to make a reservation. There are two ways to make a reservation: You can either make the reservation yourself, or we can make the reservation for you. However, if we make the reservation on your behalf, the monastery will charge us 8 Euros per person, as they consider it an agency booking and therefore a group booking. We find this as crazy as you must do, and we have tried, unsuccessfully, everything possible to allow us to make a free booking on your behalf. To avoid paying this fee, we invite you to make the booking yourself as an individual. For the Black Madonna, you can make a reservation for free at Please make your reservation between 11am and 1pm. They will send your tickets to your email directly. For the Boy's Choir, please make the booking at The time is fixed. However, you might find that spaces are limited or even unavailable. Please don't worry, we will always make a reservation for you, just in case you find it too much trouble to book it yourself, or you were unable to book it. If you choose to take advantage of the booking made from the office we will have to pass on the booking fee to you, as we have to pay as an agency. We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this is causing you.
  • There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. Remember that temperatures at high altitudes will be much lower than in the city, so although it may be warm in Barcelona, please remember that it will be much cooler in the mountains.
  • On certain weekends and during July and August it will not be possible to hear the boys choir sing.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour is in English only.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore Catalunya
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Montserrat Monastery with Cava Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Barcelona.

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  • "No snacks/lunch was provided, which I knew, but I was a bit surprised we weren't even given water." See review
  • "Taking the train from the actual monastery to the very top of the city where the old monks of ancient times once went to die is breath-taking!" See review
  • "We had an extremely good guide, who gave some very interesting and all the necessary information without overloading us.Go on this trip!" See review

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star-5
Wonderful experience at Monserrat!
Ron_C
, Jun 2022
Cheerful and informative guide in Robert! Had a great experience at Montserrat as well as the winery.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi, Thanks Ron. I had a great day with you guys as well. Robert
star-4
its ok
Drika_R
, May 2022
The tour was in Montserrat, and it was great because coincidentally it was Saint of Montserrat's day. It was an incredible experience. Our guide was great. The Tour was in English but I had no trouble following along. The second part of the tour was at a Cava winery and I thought the focus was on cavas, and that it would be at one of the big producers. Unfortunately it was in a small winery and the focus was on wines and not cavas. The person from the winery who took us had bad English, full of tics, which made the tour tiring.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Timothy_H
, Apr 2022
Great guide with lots of info with Riamorte. Views were amazing too! Wine taste location was an excellent place as well!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello, A quick not to say thank you for taking the time to review us. Best regards, Robert
star-5
Montserrat was amazing!
alendri_a
, Apr 2022
Great value and Cam was an amazing guide! Everything was on time, enough allowance in Montserrat to view the essential sites. The wine tasting was very detailed and all tasted good.
star-5
Great experience
Kim_H
, Mar 2022
Monserrat is a must see! The views are beautiful and the cathedral is breathtaking. Hearing the choir was magical. The cava wine tasting was well done and enjoyed by all!
star-5
Fun & Interesting Day!
Divyea_P
, Jan 2022
Montserrat is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen! We got there early in the morning which was perfect because it gets pretty crowded towards noon. We spent a couple hours there and it was good because there were a couple different options to check out. After we went to a winery that was awesome. I learned so many interesting and the wine was great! Overall great experience and our guide Arnau was great as well
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hello, You are not wrong about Montserrat.It's simply stunning! Thank you for the review. Warm regards, Robert
star-5
A Lifetime Experience
HamzaBen_A
, Nov 2021
A lifetime experience. George our guide was full of knowledge, he cared about every aspect of a comfortable tour. I learned complete history of Montessarat. The vine tasting experience was another attraction. I could observe how interesting and how much work go behind a superb vine in different tastes. Overall it was amazing experience.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for the review. It is so appreciated to see that we are doing a good job. Thank you again, Robert
star-5
Great day trip. A good mix with the history portion in the morning followed by a relaxing glass of wine
jose_c
, Jul 2021
The guide Arnauo (Arnold) was exceptional. The guide was able to tell us about the history of Monstserrat in great detail. The Monastery has a wonderful story, when I viewed the Madonna I experienced a moment of peace that I have never felt. These few minutes were one of the many highlights. We took the train to the top and hiked down, that was a good choice, much easier than hiking back up and taking the train down, therefore buy a one way ticket unless you want a challenging hike for the day. The second leg, the wine tour was also very quaint. Barcelona is just now getting back to having tourists and we felt very welcome. Our guide was very happy to be back to work and this was very encouraging, we were worried about traveling and intruding, but people were very kind.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Breathtaking experience
Kevin_R
, Jul 2021
We enjoyed the history the guide provided of the Barcelona region as well as the monastery. The views of Monserrat and the basilica were amazing. Also the tour of how cava is made was Fantastic!! Steven was a great guide who was willing to let the group explorer their own adventure as well provide interesting information throughout the tour. The wine was good. Don’t feel pressured to buy but if you like it, take advantage because of the price you get direct from the vineyard.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Montserrat Choir and Cava- Fun day
Andrea_O
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi, Thank you so much. I love this tour! I will pass on the review to Cam. Regards, Robert
star-5
Pablo was fantastic!!!!
Cynthia_D
, Mar 2020
Pablo was fabulous! He was very engaged & knew Monserrat very well! I would highly recommend Pablo to anyone!!!
star-5
Great Experience!
Lisa_S
, Dec 2019
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!
star-5
Great tour guide
SoonYen_C
, Oct 2019
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.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Hagit_L
, Aug 2019
Alex was amazing. Knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommended. The kids rated it at the highlight of the trip. Hagit ( Israel & USA)
star-5
Marta was GREAT!
Navigate05458186005
, Jun 2019
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
star-5
Beautiful views
STEPHANIE_L
, Jun 2019
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.
star-5
Excellent tour
Ron S
, May 2019
Excellent guide told us exactly how to spend our time did a nice hike and were able to secure from row seats for the choir based on her advise
star-5
Fantastic trip
Michael_S
, May 2019
This was a great experience. We had an extremely good guide, who gave some very interesting and all the necessary information without overloading us.Go on this trip!
star-5
Exceeded expectations!
Dawn_H
, May 2019
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.
star-4
Good but could have been better
Ron S
, May 2019
Great guide her suggestions on how to spend our time to make sure we could do a hike and have good seats for the choir were spot on....however she just left us on our own at Monserrat instead of coming up the mountain and leading a hike...disappointing good tour could have been much better with more guide participation
1 traveler found this review helpful

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