Montserrat and Wine Country Day Tours - Barcelona, Spain

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Food Pairing, Tour, Chauffeured Tours
Included
Meal, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Outdoor, Countryside, Nature
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
121
49
/ Person
Filippo S
Response rate: 
50%
Response time:
several hours
Activity Overview
Looking for a day filled with Gothic and Modernist art, architecture, astounding rock formations, unbeatable views and exceptional food and wine tasting - look no further! 

Our Montserrat and Wine Country day tour is a well-rounded, all-inclusive, all-day experience for travelers of all ages and interest levels. The day begins with a guided visit at the impressive Monastery of Montserrat, located 50 minutes west of Barcelona and standing at an unexpected 725 mts. / 2378 ft. above sea level. 

This tour consists of a 1000 years of legend, history and culture. Legend has it that in the 9th century, shepherds claimed to have spotted the image of the black Madonna in a cave on Montserrat. The original carving was discovered and removed by local religious figures, and the first church, followed by the monastery, were established in the 11th century. By the 12th century, news spread far and wide of the miracles of Montserrat. The monastic community settled, which prompted pilgrims from around the world to flock to the sacred mountain, as they still do today. The Monastery of the Virgin was founded in 1025, reconstructed various times, destroyed by Napoleon in 1811 and rebuilt in the late 19th and early 20th century by the Catalan Modernist masters, including Gaudí, himself.  It is, in fact, one of the key inspirations to Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. 

The day includes: hearing the famous Boys’ Choir perform (most days), visiting the “Moreneta de Montserrat” (one of the black Madonnas of Europe) and a light walk to Santa Cova, where the black Madonna is said to have originally been found and rescued. We leave Montserrat and head over to enjoy a fantastic lunch of local Catalan country cuisine in a traditional restaurant at the base of Montserrat, followed by private field tour, guided exclusive visit and three-product wine and cava tasting at one of the premier, small, boutique vineyards in the Penedès wine region.

Montserrat and Wine Country Day Tour consist of only 2-8 guests and are guided by one of our fun, informative guides who give you a great, detailed explanation of the history of Montserrat, as well as the history of the region of Catalunya. The tour can easily be catered to both young and old, to those with or without specific religious interest, and to both wine connoisseurs and wine ‘enthusiasts’.  A truly fantastic and authentic day trip outside of the city during your visit to Barcelona!

Important
There will be a surcharge of 15 EUR / person if you end up being the only two clients on any non-private tour. Although this is not likely (especially between April and October), it would be necessary in order to cover guide fees and other costs that would normally be covered by having more than two clients on the tour. The positive side of the supplement is that you would end up getting a private tour at a fraction of the normal private touring price!
 
Practical information
Very comfortable walking shoes
Dress comfortably anticipating fluctuation in temperature
A light rain jacket and/or umbrella (if necessary)
 
Included
  • Very knowledgeable and entertaining, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned touring van
  • 4-course restaurant lunch with wine
  • Visit and wine tasting at a local boutique winery
Group-size:
2 - 8
Rates
Per
Price
Person
$
121
49
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Weekly on Monday, Friday8:30 AM
Duration
10 H
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
2 reviews   0 comments
Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
We took the Monserrat & Winery tour, which comprised a full day outside of Barcelona. Monserrat was completely stunning. The lunch at a local restaurant was a good respite before moving on to the winery, which showcased some of local wine. Our guide, Jose, kept us informed of the history associated with what we were seeing, as well as local customs, myths, and more. It was a full, long day but we ... more enjoyed it all!
Overall Experience
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We had an absolutely fabulous day on our tour. Our guide Andrew was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects relating to Catalan culture. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning in Monserrat, lunch in Monstriol was fantastic and to top it all tasting wine in the vineyards of Pardas with owner Ramon was a truly unforgettable experience. Andrew’s attention to detail assured a world class experience. I would ... more highly recommend this tour to anyone considering a day out of Barcelona.
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Duration:
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You will experience a Back to school moment where you will get to learn the perceptions of the Mediterranean cuisine with first-hand experience provided. We will taste our food after a great cooking session and enjoy the lunch with a good selection of Wine and Cava. The menu includes Bravas Potatoes, Baked Onion Carpaccio with Xató Sauce Sea Food Paella, Gazpacho, Catalan Cream and much more.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
You will kick-off the day with a delightful taste of conventional gourmet bites, as you let yourself go to the suggestions of a professional chef as you are guided through the brilliant Boqueria Market, a world-famous market recognized for its incredible diversity of products on offer. You will be amazed by new tastes of regional gourmet delicacies and also get a chance to visit traditional groceries that have been carefully selected by chef Alex Lopez.

You will proceed with the visit through the maze of the old town Barcelona which takes you to the Santa Caterina Market while you enjoy the splendid curved rooftop of the market which was recently reformed by renown architects Tagliabue and Miralles. You will get a chance to savor genuine delicatessens of the market, which comprise a selection of appetizers that will surprise your taste buds.

You will earn an opportunity to enjoy a hands-on cooking experience workshop where you will learn how to prepare a proper paella to surprise your friends with your cooking skills. This trip gives you a unique chance to learn first-hand from a professional chef on how to cook a classic Spanish meal. You will learn how to select fresh ingredients and also how cook them, how to choose the correct rice and then witness the magic with your own hands.

The experience will see you prepare a complete menu of 3 different courses that include: Bravas Potatoes and Gazpacho as starters, Baked Onion Carpaccio served with Xató Sauce and Sea Food Paella as main courses and then finish with the distinctive Catalan dessert, the Catalan Cream.
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Duration:
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We welcome you to a Back to school experience where you will learn the realization of Mediterranean cuisine with first-hand experience. We will taste our food and enjoy the lunch with ... morea good selection of Wine and Cava after a great cooking session. The Menu includes Baked Onion Carpaccio with Xató Sauce, Bravas Potatoes, Sea Food Paella, Gazpacho, and many more.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
We welcome you for a trip which grants you unique chance to learn through the hands of a professional chef on how to prepare a typical Spanish meal. You will learn how to choose fresh ingredients and the proper way to cook them, as well as how to select the proper rice and witness the magic with your own hands. This opportunity will see you prepare a complete menu of 3 different courses:
Baked Onion Carpaccio with Xató Sauce, Gazpacho, and Bravas Potatoes as starters, and Sea Food Paella as main courses and then finish with the classic Catalan dessert, the Catalan Cream. It is a rare opportunity where you will enjoy a small group for a personalized experience as you share good memories of your journey while you taste the paella you prepared coupled with a selection of wine.
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Duration:
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We welcome you to a trip for a chance to learn more about the national and local gastronomy where you will discover Boqueria and Santa Caterina 2 of the best markets in town and later ... morevisit traditional grocery shops thoroughly selected by a professional chef. We invite you to taste Iberic Ham, Olive Oil taste, Tomatoes, Manchego Cheese, and many more as you join us in this delicious exercise with Chef Alex López.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
You will Start your day with a lovely taste of conventional gourmet bites as you let yourself go to the suggestions of a professional chef as he guides you through one of the world famous markets, the colorful Boqueria Market, renowned for its phenomenal varieties of products on offer. You will amaze yourself with new tastes of regional gourmet delicacies as you visit traditional grocery shops thoroughly selected by chef Alex Lopez. Afterward, you will continue your stroll through the maze of Barcelona old town to reach the Santa Caterina Market where you will enjoy the splendid the market and its arched rooftop which was recently reformed by the renown architects Miralles and Tagliabue. You get an opportunity to savor original delicatessens of the market, served with a selection of appetizers that will shock your taste buds.