Montserrat, Food & Wine | Private tour

Montserrat, Food & Wine | Private Tour


Barcelona is much more than a vibrant city. It lies in the core of a very rich region, filled with culture, medieval history and stunning landscapes. All of it spiced up by the healthy, flavorful and recognised Mediterranean gastronomy and its cherry on top: wine. Escape the city for one whole day to explore the heart of the region that surrounds it: Catalonia, one of Spain’s top wine-producing regions. During this full-day tour, be stunned by the views from Montserrat, one of the cradles of the region’s spirituality. Then dig deep into the soil by learning about the different terroirs in the surrounding country and tasting the range of flavours it can produce in the shape of wine (and olive oil!). In short, enjoy here a private and exclusive version of our top-selling tour that will carry you away!


Tour description

Get ready for a fantastic field trip and jump into our private means of transportation to be greeted by your local English-speaking guide, who will accompany you all day. If not arranged in a different way our first stop will be the Montserrat Monastery, which is one hour away from Barcelona and will meet you hanging spectacularly from the cliffs of this idiosyncratic Catalan massif. Learn everything there is to know about this fantastic location by hand of your expert guide about the one-thousand-years-long history of this important site. If you don’t wish it differently you will enjoy a one hour long guided visit, followed by more than two hours of free time to explore the different landmarks this Natural Park has to offer. Amongst other things to employ your free time in, check out the amazing collection the Art Museum has to offer (from Caravaggio to Dalí), hike up the hills to be mesmerized by the views, taste local made cheeses and other products at the farmers’ market, or visit the famous Moreneta face to face, a dark-skinned 12th century wooden carving of the Virgin Mary that made this monastery world famous.

After this spectacular immersion in the local history and culture, get comfortable to enjoy the countryside that surrounds Barcelona through the window again as your guide takes you to the stunningly located Oller del Mas winery. Feast at their restaurant while enjoying the views of the Montserrat massif from afar. Contemplating it from a distance you will get to understand how this particular mountain got to shape and influence the traditions and culture of the entire region of which it’s surrounded. Having had lunch, and after a short walk away from the restaurant, you will finally understand that we are not exaggerating. Find out in front of you this beautiful Catalan fortified country house, a castle dating as far back as the 10th century. Surrounded by vineyards and pine forests, the medieval ambiance of this chateaux boutique winery will captivate you from the very first moment.

Taste here 4 ecological top-end wines produced in the state, some of them awarded with the highest recognitions in the industry, accompanied by a locally produced cheese selection. Do it while learning about the long history in the family’s ownership of the winery and the key role this property has played in re-positioning this wine-making region back again in the international panorama.

Take your last pictures of the scenery as the day comes to an end and the moment to go back to Barcelona approaches. Your way back to the city will take one hour approx, and will delight you with some last views of Montserrat.


How to tailor this tour

Add another winery! If you really want to make the most out of this day and dig into the tradition of the famous cava, the Catalan sparkling wines, add a visit to Finca Ca n’Estella. It is located in a different wine-making region surrounding the Montserrat massif and in another beautiful typical country house. What you will learn and experience by tasting their premium cavas and learning their history blends perfectly with what we will offer you at Oller del Mas winery and will upgrade this tour to an unforgettable experience. Select the 10 hours long option when booking if you wish to include this on your private tour.

You don’t have a full day to invest on this? Check out the shorter version of this private tour and make the most of your field trip in a long morning.

Do you have a personal approach to this tour? This is your private experience, so it’s all up to you! Do you want to visit any particular place we didn’t include in the description? Share your thoughts with us, and our expert team will work with you to design your perfect experience.


Inclusions

  • VAT
  • Private transportation from/to Barcelona in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pick-up and drop-off service at your hotel or at a site of your convenience
  • Desirable departure time
  • Private professional English-speaking guide
  • Parking fees at Montserrat
  • Extended guided visit to Montserrat monastery
  • Free time at Montserrat
  • Guided tour through Oller del Mas winery, vineyards and castle
  • Wine tasting consisting of 4 different high-quality products
  • Multi-course Catalan meal and drinks at a local restaurant
  • Guided visit to Finca Ca n'Estella cava cellar and private house (if option selected)
  • 4 cava tasting (if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Tips and gratuities

Highlights

  • Learn about Catalan culture, at its core, by living and tasting it. 
  • Visit the spiritual natural surroundings in Montserrat’s National Park and Sanctuary. 
  • Walk along Montserrat the “magic mountain” where nature, religion, history and Catalan identity meet together. 
  • Delectate your palate with a full meal at a local restaurant.
  • Taste up to 4 top-end products with different organic and ecological certifications.
  • Do it all by yourself, with the only company of your guide and the gorgeous landscape.

Useful information

  • Duration: 8.5 hours (one winery) / 10 hours (two wineries)
  • You choose the pick-up time and location. If you ask us, we will advise what we think is the best time of the day to start considering the season and other aspects.
  • The price shown for this private tour is for a group of 1 to 6 people. Please contact us if your party exceeds this size and we will come up with an arrangement.
  • If you wish to tailor your tour in any way, please contact us via our contact form, write us an e-mail to info@castlexperience.com, or call any of our office numbers (+34 933 100 509 / US +1 347 560 5796).
  • Languages: English and Spanish. Other languages, such as Portuguese, French, Italian and German may be available upon request and may incur an extra cost. Please contact us before booking.
  • We cater for any dietary allergies or restrictions.
  • If you have reduced mobility, please let us know before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board!
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
  • Flexible cancellation policy - check it out by following this link.

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