Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat at 8.30 am
6h30 approx.
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  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars
  • Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars

Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars

Overview

Overview

The two most popular sites near Barcelona are combined in this tour. Make the most of your time and visit the Penedes wine region on the way to Montserrat Sanctuary.

Discover the Cathedral of Cava. Codorníu has the largest underground cellars in the world; it stocks up to 100 million bottles which are housed in a Modernista building declared a historic artistic monument. The visit includes a tour around the cellar in a small electric train and a taste of cava (method champenoise wine).

Tour Details

  • When: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat at 8:30 am – Except Sunday – From the 1st April to the 1st November
  • Duration: 6h30 approx.
  • Language: Exclusively in English
  • Price includes: Professional guide, spacious coach and experienced driver, entrance to Codorníu Cellars (worth 12 €) and a taste of cava.
  • Transport: Comfortable and roomy air-conditioned bus.
  • Itinerary: Plaça Catalunya > Barcelona >  Sant Sadurni d´Anoia – Codorníu Cellars > Parc Natural de Montserrat > Sanctuary (Monastery, Basilica, Chapel of Our Lady) > Free time for lunch > Return to Barcelona

Why do our customers book this tour?

  • Codorníu has the world’s largest underground cellars – 34 km of tunnels to store the Cava
  • There are spectacular views both from Montserrat and with Montserrat in the background of the wine region
  • See la Moreneta up close, the black Madonna of Montserrat

What's included

  • Guided visit including a tour along the underground cellars by a small electric train
  • Taste of cava – method champenoise wine. Children have some grape juice.
  • Boys’ Choir in Montserrat… if you’re lucky! (subject to their schedule).

What's not included

  • Funicular, track railway or cable car.
  • Food and drinks. There is water available in the bus for 1 € and there’s free time for lunch in Montserrat.

Please note

  • This tour involves some walking.
  • Dress a bit warmer for Montserrat, it is colder than the city.
  • Silence must be kept inside the church so the guide will give all the explanations outside.
  • This is not a wheelchair accessible tour.
What will I see?

What will I see?

Beyond Barcelona are spectacular and diverse landscapes. The most stunning of all is Montserrat, with its serrated profile, views, ancient monastery and holy shrine. South of Montserrat is el Penedes, a rough and dry region with an ideal climate for vineyards. The tour combines a visit to the modernista Codorníu Wine Cellars at the Penedès with the mystical experience of Montserrat.

Caves Codorníu (wine cellars)

Caves Codorníu’s vineyards and winemaking activities date back to 1551. Since then the Catalan traditional values have gone hand in hand with innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. They are the largest underground cellars in the world, where the first bottle of Spanish sparkling wine was produced in 1872 by the traditional method Champenoise (the same as French Champagne), it was named cava.

Architecture and landscape, with Modernista-style buildings amidst rows of vines, provide a unique first impression when arriving to the Cathedral of Cava. The Codorníu Cellars were created between 1895 and 1915 by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It is one of the most important examples of how the Modernista architecture combined visionary designs with the practical needs of industries.

It is the ideal place to follow the whole process from grape pressing to labelling the bottles. The wine ferments at least 9 months in a bottle, in the dark, still and at the constant temperature of the underground cellars.  The visit to the vast cellars continues in a small electric train and ends with a taste of wine.

Montserrat

Montserrat is a mountain, a unique Natural Park, and a massive rock over 4000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky; there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views.

Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery nearly 1000 years old, perched half way up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks. There is a basilica with the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat known as La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, and a presence strongly felt and revered. The community of monks also runs a boys’ school devoted to the study of music.

Montserrat is culture: a library of nearly 300,000 volumes; the oldest boys’ choir in Europe; a basilica full of paintings, gold lamps and decorated chapels, a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí among many others and treasures from ancient Egypt.

Picturesque Drive: along the Llobregat River to the foot of the spectacular Montserrat mountain (its name means serrated, a reference to its jutting peaks), a natural park, and then up to the Sanctuary 725m (2380 feet) above sea level. Your guide will entertain you with tales, history and legends of the mountain, the monastery and the shrine. The return journey will be an alternative route accompanied by recordings of a variety of traditional Catalan music.

Montserrat Monastery: guided orientation tour. On arrival to Montserrat your guide will give a tour to orient you to the main places of interest: monastery, basilica, museum with a marvelous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops and home products market.

Montserrat Basilica: Silence must be kept inside the church so your guide will give you explanations outside and show you Our Lady’s Chapel with the 12th Century figure of Our Lady of Montserrat.

What to expect

What to expect

How to find us?

The tour departs from plaça Catalunya, in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza and Deutsche Bank. You will recognize us with our orange umbrellas. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.

Will I have free time?

Yes, there’s time to enjoy your taste of cava at Codorníu Cellars and time for lunch at Montserrat.

Guide

Discover Barcelona by the hand of a friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Driver

Enjoy the peace of mind of being driven by a professional driver, who will take care of your safety and will adapt the pace of the tour so you have time to look out and take pictures.

Coach

Roomy and air conditioned bus with big windows – great to enjoy the fabulous views to Montserrat.

  • This is a new bus. It is comfortable and also has a low emissions engine. This means we help reduce the air pollution in Barcelona and reduce the CO2 climate change emissions.

How large is the group?

The absolute maximum is 40 people.

Additional information

  • Secure and easy booking
  • Instant confirmation
  • All departures are guaranteed

You don’t need to print your voucher.

Departure point

Departure point

The tour will start from plaça Catalunya, in front of Deutsche Bank and Hotel Olivia Plaza. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Look for the orange umbrellas!

Reviews

Reviews

Check our reviews and see what our customers say about this tour.

Posted by Linda - 07 Aug 2017

"Very knowledgeable and convenient" 5/5 stars

We chose the Montserrat, Cordorniu cellars, and Sagrada Familia combined tour. Though it was most certainly a busy and full day, I feel like I left Barcelona seeing everything I really wanted to see during a far too short stay. The cava cellars were expansive, the monastery impressive, and the basilica overwhelming.

I knew almost nothing about Gaudi before this trip, but Irina's extensive knowledge on the subject really added another dimension to the Sagrada Familia portion of the tour. She provided in depth explanations of elements in the architecture that helped me to understand and appreciate the unique architecture much more than I expected.

Get ready to see a lot and learn a lot in a short amount of time.

Visited March 2016. Reviewed on tripadvisor by Linda from Orlando, Florida, USA

Posted by Phoenix - 07 Aug 2017

"Outstanding Tour and staff!". 5/5 stars

We did a lot of research ahead of time to find the right tour and the right tour company. We chose the tour that included a combination of Montserrat & Codorníu. This was a present to my sister and her husband for their 40th wedding anniversary. We wanted Codorniu because that was the champagne they had at their wedding. My husband is a History Prof. and he wanted to see Montserrat, so the perfect combo. Everything was handled with ease and efficiency from booking the tour online, to getting directions where to meet. Our guide and driver were awesome. Personable, full of great information, and the tour was run extremely well. They were on top of every little detail and made sure the day ran smoothly, without any problems. We owned a tour company in the past so really appreciated how well everything was handled from start to finish. The tour of Codorniu was very interesting, the electric train ride thru the cellars was fun,and the perfect ending was in the tasting room. Montserrat was amazing and we could have spent a lot more time there. Don't miss the art gallery at the Monastery and the Funicular. The vendors had all kinds of delicious honey and fruits and even some great liqueurs made from plants grown on the mountain. We would definitely return here and spend the whole day. We went the end of May so it was not too crowded, temperatures were lovely and it could not have been a more perfect day! Thank you!!!! We highly recommend the Barcelona Guide Bureau.

Visited July 2017. Reviewed on Tripadvisor from Phoenix, USA

Posted by M_in_the_city1981 - 30 May 2016

"Fantastic tour, amazing service" 5/5 stars

I booked a tour that visited both the codorniu vineyard and montserrat. The tour was fantastic, we were led by Sonia and she was a superb guide, full of interesting information and witty anecdotes and at no point did i ever feel that we were short of time to see anything I would definitely book another tour with them.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by M_in_the_city1981 from United Kingdom

Posted by Shelley Y - 23 May 2016

“Cava and Montserrat your with Sonia ” 5/5 stars

We loved it! Sonia is knowledgable and made the trip more interesting, organized and fun. She kept us entertained and informed. Definitely take this tour and ask for Sonia.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Shelley from New Jersey, USA

Posted by Shona - 5/5 stars - 04 Apr 2016

We took the combined trip to the Cordorniu Winery and then to Monserrat. Both tours were fabulous, well organised and our guide, Laura, was fantastic. We would recommend to all, day not too long and not too short with the added bonus of having some sparkling wine in the morning. Thank you so much for a wonderful day – Shona (Scotland) X – Reviewed on Facebook 5/5 stars

Posted by JCA585 - 25 Oct 2015

'Excellent trip to Montserrat and Cava Country' 5/5 stars

We enjoyed a well organized day trip to Montserrat and cava Country. The winery visit was very very informative and there was lots of cava to taste! The drive up the hill to Montserrat was exciting and the monastery visit everything we had hoped for. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was on time coming and going…

Reviewed on tripadvisor by JCA585 from Canada

Posted by BON12345 - 14 Sep 2015

"Excellent tour" 5/5 stars

Visited Maseratt & wine cellars. Really enjoyed it. Beautiful scenery. Tour guide was brilliant. V informative and friendly. Highly recommend this tour…. And the Cava was fantastic!!!!

Reviewed on tripadvisor by BON12345

Posted by ddiston - 26 Aug 2015

“An amazing day.” 5/5 stars

My wife and I did the BGB Montserrat and winery tour. From the very start we were welcomed so warmly. The whole day was brilliant. The first stop was the Codorniu winery, where they make cava, Spain's version of champagne. This was absolutely amazing. Going down to the caves, trips via a little train system and a great tasting at the end. No pressure was put on us to buy anything either. The whole experience here was so well planned. Then onto Montserrat. Again, so we'll done. A quick tour around and some explanations, and we were given 2 hours to ourselves. We ended up doing the walk to St Michaels cross, and although it was arduous, the view was worth it all. Fantastic. We had a great driver and our guide was superb. She really helped us with everything, and was so informative. This is a very worthwhile day excursion, and the 66 euro per person. Very professional. We had a superb day.

Visited August 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by ddiston, from Melbourne, Australia

Posted by Gigi B - 17 Aug 2015

“Montserrat et Codorniu” 5/5 stars

The Barcelona Guide Bureau prepared a fantastic visit of Montserrat and the Codorniu winery. Our guide was extraordinary, speaking at least 4 languages and giving us a cultural tour on the way to the mountain! What a wonderful day!

Visited July 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Gigi from Montreal, Canada

Posted by Regina R - 19 Jul 2015

“Many tours, all fantastic & well organized!” 5/5 stars

While in Barcelona for 2 weeks, I took 5 tours with this company and 2 with different companies. The tours I took were The Magic Fountain Night Tour, The Gaudi Tour, The Dali Museum Tour, Picasso Museum & Gothic Quarter Walking Tour, and Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars Tour. I thoroughly enjoyed them all!

Comparing this company to others, I think this one is the best. They are very organized & structured, with all the staff exactly knowing what to do and when. The tour guides were very personable, knowledgeable, and professional. I was staying in the Gothic Quarters, so it was very easy for me to find the meeting point for the tour departures. They made getting to the destinations easy and I learned so much while being on these tours. They knew all sorts of interesting tidbits, legends, facts, and history to tell while traveling to the destination and, of course, while at the destination. I definitely would not have enjoyed visiting the sites near as much without a tour from this company.

While all 5 tours I took I greatly enjoyed, The Magic Fountain Night Tour and Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars Tour were probably my two favorites. The Night Tour is a great "introduction to Barcelona" tour because they drive you around (great way to get your bearings) and show you the main sites on the way up Montjuic (which isn't easy to get to otherwise) all before the Magic Fountain show. Afterwards they drop you off near your hotel so you don't have to worry about finding your way back in the dark.
The Montserrat & Codorníu Wine Cellars Tour was also one of my favorites because you got to see some sites outside of the city center that otherwise would be near impossible to get to without your own vehicle. If you like wine, and amazing monasteries (or just mountains and the view from them), then this is a must do!

Visited June 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Regina

Posted by john h - 01 Jul 2015

“Montserrat and codorniu wine tour” 5/5 stars

The wine tour alone was worth the price the tour includes two small train rides one in the cellars 30 Kilometers of underground wine cellars with genuine antique wine making equipment and the wine tasting gives you two full glasses of cava. The Montserrat mountain is a must visit just for the ride up the mountain

Reviewed on tripadvisor by John from Perth, Australia

Posted by Gravenhorst - 12 Jun 2015

“Montserrat & Codorniu Wine Cellars” 5/5 stars

We booked this tour from our hotel Alexandra Double Tree by Hilton. The young lady who sold us the tour was very friendly and helpful. Our tour guide Arturo was excellent! He was friendly, thoughtful and respectful; his passion for history came through. Not only did he make our tour interesting, he gave us helpful hints on touring Barcelona, this information helped us with the rest of our visit. First we went to the Cordorniu Wine Cellars, since my husband and I are interested in history, food and wine; we really enjoyed the tour. Montserrat was breath-taking, next time we want to spend an entire day at Montserrat. Thank you to the staff at Barcelona Guide Bureau for providing us with such beautiful memories of Spain.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Gravenhorst from Missouri, USA

Posted by NILZA D - 09 Jun 2015

“Montserrat and Cava Tour” 4/5 stars

Good tour and service, we didn´t have any trouble booking and during the trip. Beatiful places we enjoyed it very much.

Visited June 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by NILZA

Posted by Martin K - 05 Jun 2015

“Nice trip to Codorniu and Montserrat” 4/5 stars

Small group + great guide (named Arthur) + nice places = pleasant day 😉
Everything was well planned and executed.
We were a little disappointed by the cloister children choir – we were waiting for it in huge crowd for an hour and it was not worth it, but that is not the fault of the BGB.

Visited May 2015.
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Martin K

Posted by TomCHG-2010 - 22 May 2015

“Doing 2 of Barcelona's Must-See Places in 7 Hours!” 4/5 stars

On an impulse booked online at 530am a tour of 2 of Barcelona's most interesting attractions & I was on the tour bus by 830am to see the Gordionu winery & Montserrat monastery. Our guide, Aida & driver, Peter, took care of everything & trip went off without a hitch. Aida was full of very useful tips on what to look out for & had plenty of interesting facts to share with the small group of only 5. As a result, I got to pretty much cover everything I wanted to see – the caves, Black Madonna, choir, museum & even had time to check out the cava (Spanish champagne) before we left the winery! I am very satisfied with the quality & professionalism of our tour guide & driver and would recommend this agency anytime! Definitely one of the best combination tours to do for a day. Bring along a jacket or sweater as the caves & the monastery can be a bit nippy.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by TomCHG-2010

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