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Montserrat with Cogwheel train, Tasting in a Boutique Winery with Tapas or Lunch

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Marvel over Montserrat, and then enjoy tapas and wine on this full-day, small-group tour from Barcelona. Ride the cogwheel train to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat, admire views over the Catalan countryside, and sample local treats such as coca de Montserrat and Montserrat liquor. Next, head to the Oller del Mas château, where you can tour the wine cellar, stroll the vineyards, and indulge in an expert-led winetasting. Finally, choose to dig into a delicious tapas brunch at the château, or enjoy a 3-course meal at a local restaurant.
  • Choose between a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant or a delicious tapas brunch
  • Ride the cogwheel train to the mountaintop at Montserrat Monastery
  • Taste organic wines at the Oller del Mas château
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a personalized experience
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Transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned shared bus
Local English-speaking tour guide
Guided visit to Montserrat Monastery
Regional tapas lunch with dessert (tapas option only)
Multi-course meal with wine (lunch option only)
Visit a boutique winery
Three wine tasting
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tips and gratuities (optional)
Estación del Norte , Carrer d'Alí Bei, 78, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Castlexperience Office (1st Floor - Section B - Ticket office A, B or C) Estación de autobuses Barcelona Nord (North Bus Station) (5 min walk from Arc de Triomf) YOU MUST CHECK-IN IN THE FIRST FLOOR BEFORE GOING TO THE BUSES AREA (GROUND FLOOR)

9:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Castlexperience Office (1st Floor - Section B - Ticket office A, B or C) Estación de autobuses Barcelona Nord (North Bus Station) Carrer d'Alí Bei, 80 (5 min from Arc de Triomf) YOU MUST CHECK-IN IN THE FIRST FLOOR BEFORE GOING TO THE BUSES AREA (GROUND FLOOR)
  • Departure time will be 9:45 A.M Please arrive at the meeting point 9:25 A.M, 20 min before the start of the tour
  • There is a limit of 20 people per guide, although transportation will be shared with other groups.
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended as there is some walking involved.
  • Temperatures in Montserrat and the winery tend to be more extreme than in Barcelona. Please check the weather forecast the day before and dress accordingly. We advise bringing water, especially in the summer season.  
  • Infants aged 3 or less may join the tour free of charge, but note that no car seat or meals are provided.
  • If you have reduced mobility, please contact us before booking. We do our best to welcome everyone on board!
  • We cater for any dietary allergies or restrictions – no need to warn us beforehand.
  • We work daily with different low-production, family-owned boutique wineries. Due to logistic reasons, you might visit another cellar instead of Oller del Mas.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Our company is composed of a deeply committed team of people. We are working hard in our team, and with all our partners, to be up to the current circumstances. When operating, all our services will abide by all health and security policies issued by the competent administrations. Our top priority is and will be ensuring a safe environment for all our customers and our team.
  • The tour is led in English
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Castlexperience Wine Tours
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montserrat with Cogwheel train, Tasting in a Boutique Winery with Tapas or Lunch?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Montserrat with Cogwheel train, Tasting in a Boutique Winery with Tapas or Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "Taking this tour leaving Barcelona at 10 am and getting up to the Monastery at 11:30 - 12:00 in tourist season will not allow you time." See review
  • "Do note that there is only ONE winery visited and you get around 4 half-glasses so it's not that much of a tasting exactly." See review
  • "We usually avoid large group tours, but this tour keeps the group size small enough to enjoy." See review

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star-5
A great day trip
Tony_O
, Aug 2022
The views were amazing. The Montserrat and wine tasting experiences were better than expected. Of course, our tour guide, Merak, made it even better.
star-5
Worth Doing.
upstate102
, Aug 2022
This tour, led by guides in groups of no more than 20 each (our guide was Toni and there were about 14 people in our group), was the perfect balance of structure and opportunity for exploration on our own. While access to more of the Monestary and other proprietary sites on the premises might have been interesting, having the opportunity to walk around and "pick our own adventure" was too. The knowledge and humor of our guides was welcome. The breaks, mostly in the cooler shade on record warm days, provided an opportunity to be educated while also coordinating the re-united of our group after individual activities. The scenery is breath-taking. Even with the massive complex of religious buildings and the surrounding community, the natural beauty still dominates. It is no wonder that centuries of people seeking meditation, spirituality and a better understanding of our existence would retreat to such an amazing place. The afternoon portion of the the trip was very different, but equally enjoyable. After a lunch with wine at a vineyard/country club, we took a short walk to a winery that has served for probably more generations than almost any other winery on earth. After a tasting of three different varieties, again we were given time on our own to explore the premises and purchase a glass of wine. The guides divided up the presentations on the bus trip to, from and between locales. Each brought their unique and bright personality, a touch of humor and a wealth of local knowledge and the bus was kept cool on a sweltering summer day. It's a long experience from start to finish (nearly 10 hours), but enjoyable throughout. We recommend this tour and, if you are lucky, you will get our guides to accompany you on this relaxing visit to Montserrat and an historic winery.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear traveler, Wow! Thank you very much for your review and recommendation. It is very nice to notice you enjoyed your visit with us. We are proud about your comment by listing some of the positive aspects from our tour that you enjoyed the most, like the tour itself, the spirituality and natural beauty of Montserrat and our guides work, especially Toni. I will personally transmit your review to them. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon. Best regards, Castlexperience Team
star-5
Great tour and fantastic guide.
Gabriella_B
, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful tour and Nuria, our tour guide was fantastic. She was very accommodating with our slow walking pace. Montserrat is a truly sacred place and we really enjoyed it
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Gabrielle, Thank you for your kind words about our tour and for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing time. We appreciate your great comments regarding our wonderful guide Nuria. Please rest assured your comments will be passed among our guide. Warm regards, Castlexperience Team
star-4
The experience overall...
Olga_F
, Aug 2022
The experience overall was good, it was organized professionally, transportation and recommendations. The only thing was disappointing is lunch. It was below average (4 out of 10). Gazpacho was watery and for main was just chicken leg. Including a piece of cake for dessert and 2 glasses of wine.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Olga, Thank you for your honest feedback. Glad to hear you overall liked the experience and you found it perfectly organized. So sorry the lunch disappointed you, as you know, food is always a matter of taste, and we try to give a menu that suits everyone's taste and represents our country. Three glasses of wine are included in the wine tasting, and you could ask for more glasses at our wine bar. Again, sorry we couldn't fulfill your expectations on that part of the tour. Hope the rest of Barcelona was great! Kind regards, Castlexperience team
star-5
On top of the world
Primitivo_A
, Aug 2022
The Cogwheel train ride and the visit with Royal Basilica of Montserrat, the whole family enjoyed it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear traveler, Thank you for your stunning review as for your recent visit to our tour. We would love to welcome you again if you come back to Barcelona. Kind regards, Castlexperience team
star-4
Good trip
karinorbom
, Jul 2022
Good trip, we would have wanted more free time in Montserrat. Our tour guide Jon was really good and knowledgable!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear traveler, Thanks for your review, we do appreciate that very much. We know that Montserrat has a lot to see and do, some people stay there for days and still don't manage to see everything. We think the best option for you would have been choosing one of our longer tours, which include 2 hours of free time in Montserrat instead of 1 hour. It was a pleasure having you on tour with us and I am sure Jon will be glad of reading your kind words as well. We wish you lots of wonderful experiences in the years to come. All the best, Castlexperience team
star-5
Marcel was an excellent...
David_S
, Jul 2022
Marcel was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable, entertaining and made sure everyone was well taken care of. We had older parents with us and he made sure they were safe and had a great time. I appreciated him sharing his culture as a Catalan. Great excursion!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear David, Thank you for your kind words about our tour and for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing time. We appreciate your great comments regarding our wonderful guide Marcel. Please rest assured your comments will be passed among our guide. We would love to welcome you again and thank you for recommending us! Warm regards, Castlexperience Team
star-5
Simply stunning
Christina_H
, Jul 2022
Hands down one of the highlights of our trip. I could not recommend more. This was a wonderful break from the city. The views were amazing and we learned so much. Lunch at the winery was delicious. Thank you Edu for an amazing experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Christine, First of all, thank you very much for sharing your experience with us in such a beautiful way. Edu is also going to love these nice words. Your opinion and the fact that you enjoyed the tour that much are extremely important to us. Hope you come to see us anytime you visit Barcelona! Best wishes, Castlexperience team
star-5
Winery Tour with Exceptional information
Pamela_K
, Jul 2022
This tour was unique and a must do. The history of the family and tasting of a local wine is a must. Don't miss out!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Pamela, Thank you for sharing such a positive review on Tripadvisor. We are very happy to hear that you loved the history and the wine of Oller del Mas and you had a wonderful time. We are very much looking forward to welcome you back in our tours. Warm Regards, Castlexperience Team
star-5
Excellent in all regards
Matthew_C
, Jul 2022
Bus left on time, tour guide was amazing! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch was excellent followed by a very nice wine tasting at a tiny Vineyard. Tour guide gave our group plenty of attention.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Matthew, Thank you for your stunning review as for your recent visit to our tour. Your wonderful words encourage us to continue working hard to fulfill visitors’ experiences and make them live a memorable day. We would love to welcome you again if you come back to Barcelona. Kind regards, Castlexperience team
star-5
Wine testing was great:...
marina_m
, Jul 2022
Wine testing was great: well organised, nice lunch, beautiful venue, very knowledgeable guide, comfortable bus
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Marina, Thank you for your stunning review as for your recent visit to our tour. Your wonderful words encourage us to continue working hard to fulfill visitors’ experiences and make them live a memorable day. Kind regards, Castlexperience team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The trip to Montserrat I...
Andy_L
, Jul 2022
The trip to Montserrat I a great experience, with lot to see. I would come back to see it again. You should go to the bus station early because the directions is unclear and the operator direction is unclear. Problem is in Europe they call ground floor is first floor. We all went to the bus station an hour early but turn out we still get hard time to understand their operation and the tour guide warning us will be left behind if we late. When I booked the trip with Viator. The operator told me the bus will wait for us even we would be late up to 15 minutes. It never happened But unless you love wine. This trip is for you. But if you love to see the church marvelous. This is a wrong tour
star-5
Tourist STOP!!! DO this tour!!!
Flavia_L
, Jul 2022
Jon was the BEST tour guide in Barcelona!!!! Knowledge with a vibrant engaging account on the area, history and FUN and INTERESTING facts and legends!!! Definitely the best tour we experienced!! Montserrat was breathtaking , lunch was magnificent and the wine tasting exquisite!!! LOVED LOVED LOVED it all!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Wow! Thank you very much for your review, Flavia! We are really glad you had a great time in our tour with Jon. Please rest assured that we will pass your comments. He will love to hear such lovely words about him/her! Hope to see you soon! Don't hesitate to reach us if you ever come back to Barcelona:) Castlexperience Team
star-5
Loved it
Robyn_S
, Jul 2022
Fantastic place to visit. Great tour guide, wine and tapas. The train ride up the mountain was breathtaking and the monastery was brilliant
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Robyn, Thank you for your stunning review as for your recent visit to our tour. Your wonderful words encourage us to continue working hard to fulfill visitors’ experiences and make them live a memorable day. We would love to welcome you again if you come back to Barcelona. Thank you for recommending us! Kind regards, Castlexperience team
star-5
Great trip w Anays! Wine tasting was excellent .
Vincent_J
, Jul 2022
Anays was awesome! She was well spoken, knowledgeable, fun and all around great as a tour guide. I would recommend you promote Anays as she is excellent at her job and has amazing people skills.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Vincent! Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback :) We are very happy to read you enjoyed the tour and will make sure that Anays knows that her charm, knowledge and hosting skills didn’t go unnoticed! Kind regards, Castlexperience team
star-5
Great tour
ORIAN_D
, Jul 2022
Great tour! Montserrat was beautiful and the wine was fantastic! Tour guides are friendly and very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Orian, Thank you for your kind words about our tour and for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing time. We appreciate your great comments regarding our wonderful guides. Warm regards, Castlexperience Team
star-5
This is a Must Do!
Lynne_B
, Jul 2022
Wonderful tour! Our tour guides were amazing. Great views and excellent wine tasting experience. Definitely recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Lynne, First of all, thank you very much for sharing your experience with us in such a beautiful way. Your opinion and the fact that you enjoyed the tour that much are extremely important to us. Hope you come to see us anytime you visit Barcelona. Best wishes, Castlexperience team
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Great tour guide, interesting tour of Monserrat and winery, but only mediocre lunch and wine
Louis_G
, Jul 2022
Anays was a fun, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. She gave us a great history lesson on Barcelona and Catalan on the bus ride out. At our first stop in Mon Serrat, she gave a good overview tour of what was available and where, then set us free to spend our free time on the activities of interest to us. Lunch was acceptable, but was mostly like conference food fare than anything special to the region or country. We then walked a good ways to the winery next door along the roads through the grape fields. The old castle was interesting, but rather hot. Anays gave us an interesting history of the winery and did a great job leading us through a tasting of several wines. Unfortunately I found the red wines to be drinkable rather than enjoyable. (I'm not much of a white wine drinker, so am a poor judge of those.) Anays was the highlight of this tour and made it fun and enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Louis, First of all, we are absolutely thrilled with your very kind words and proud to hear such wonderful things about our guide Anays. We will pass along your compliments. I am very sorry that the second part of the tour disappointed you. Regarding lunch, we offer a 3-course menu from the region in which we put gazpacho, chicken seasoned with Spanish spices, and Catalan cream cake. We try to a balance between a Spanish menu but at the same time that suits everyone's taste. Sorry that the wines did not meet your expectations, but like food, wine is a matter of taste. Oller del Mas has a milenium traidition, many rewards and very unique processes in the wine bussiness and that is why we trust them for our tours. Again, sorry we could not fullfill your expectations on all parts of the tour. Kind regards, Castlexperience team
star-5
Fantastic!!
Raymond_J
, Jul 2022
Had an amazing trip with my wife and daughter. Montserrat was spectacular and a must do when in Barcelona. I have a much better appreciation of its history and importance in Catalan culture. The wine tasting was very enjoyable and our host Edu could not have been more knowledgeable about history AND wine! Edu was truly outstanding. His breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm helped make our trip one to remember!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear traveler, Thanks for your review, we do appreciate that very much. TripAdvisor and its community wouldn't exist without people like you, who take the time to write comments about their experiences. It was a pleasure having you on tour with us and I am sure Edu will be glad of reading your kind words as well. We wish you lots of wonderful experiences in the years to come. All the best, Castlexperience team
star-5
Monserrat & Wine Tasting
Terrence_M
, Jul 2022
Nerea was very informative and entertaining in her commentaries through out the day. The wine tasting was informative and enjoyed the tapas.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Terrence, On behalf of all the team I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your comments about our tours. We are very happy to read you enjoyed the tour as much as you enjoyed your guide’s work. Please rest assured your comments will be passed on to Nerea. Warm regards, Castlexperience Team
1 traveler found this review helpful

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