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Early Entrance Montserrat & Gourmet Cava Tour with Lunch at Historical Vineyard

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    Pass By: Abadia de Montserrat, Carretera BP-1121 S/N, 08199 Montserrat Spain

    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, we’ll whisk you 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. Needless to say, this lady is in hot demand but, because of the crowds that visit and irregular opening hours, many visitors never get to see her up close. On this early morning tour, 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.

    Of course, there’s more to your experience than that. Your guide will give you a full tour of the beautiful church here, along with its side chapels, telling you about the rich history of the building, which survived both Napoleon’s army and the Spanish Civil War.


    Pass By: Montserrat Museum, Montserrat Spain

    Montserrat Museum

    Pass By: Montserrat Scenic Walking Tour, Ticket office at the Catalan Rail, Montserrat Spain

    Back in the parking lot (just as the crowds are starting to arrive) 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 the cafe and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee.


    Pass By: Cava Guilera, Masia ca l'Artigas s/n, 08739 Lavern, Subirats Spain

    You’ll hop on the bus again at midday and drive an hour to the Penedès region, famous for its sparkling wine, Cava. Vineyards here follow the same production process used in the more famous region of Champagne; the difference is in the grapes. As vineyards start to appear on either side of the road, your guide, a local wine lover, will explain what makes cava so special and how it stacks up against its more famous cousins, champagne and prosecco.

    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, local bread, cold cuts and 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 and how their processes have changed (or, in some cases, not changed at all) over four generations. You’ll even get a chance to ‘riddle’ a few bottles; a process of turning the bottles about one-eighth of a turn every day, to help consolidate sediment. Today it’s usually done by machine, but on this traditional farm, the 70-year old father of the family still does it by hand every day.

    Now that you appreciate how its made, it’s time for another tasting of the three finest vintages, culminating in a 10-year cava reserve that would give Dom Perignon a run for his money.

    Fed, watered, and by this point, perfectly relaxed, you’ll hop back in your comfortable minibus and drive an hour back to the city. You’ll arrive at 4:00pm, just in time for a quick siesta before heading out for an evening in the city.


    Pass By: Take Walks, Barcelona Spain

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    Departure Point
    Via Laietana, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    8h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Guided tour in English of Montserrat Monastery
    • Vineyard tour led by the owners
    • Generous cava-tasting including a 10 year reserve
    • Lunch at the vineyard
    • Round-trip transport to Penedés & Monserrat from Barcelona by air-conditioned minibus
    • Small Groups of 15 people
    • English-speaking guide
    • Lunch
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    Exclusions
    • Tickets to Montserrat museum
    • Funicular to the higher part of the montain (not to be confused to the 1st funicular up to the monastry!
    • Snacks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • For those with food allergies or other special requirements, please provide this information in the "special requirements" box at the time of booking and then again as soon as you meet your tour guide
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note that the weather at Montserrat is always a bit cooler than in Barcelona.
    • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed June 23, 2019

    It was lovely to see the Black Madonna at the incredible Monserrat Monastery, which IMO is one of those places with a sacred quality, much like Assisi in Italy. We had plenty of time to thoroughly explore the basilica as well as the small outdoor...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank sclark30
    TakeWalks, Public Relations Manager at Take Walks, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2019

    Dear sclark30, Thank you for continuing to Walk with us as you travel! We carefully pick these locations so that our guests can get the most out of their travels. It's wonderful that you were not only able to enjoy these places but savor them,...More

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