My boyfriend, friends and I LOVED this tour. It was the PERFECT way to spend our last day in Spain. Monserrat is absolutely stunning. Our guide was sure to give us enough time to view the Black Madonna, hike to St. Michael’s cross, as well as visit the Farmers Markets and the cute cheese vendors. Not to mention you get a Golden Ticket to do a small liquor tasting of the liquors the Monks make! We got the meal at the winery, and it was fabulous, it definitely filled us up. The wine was good, and the grounds and castle was beautiful. We highly recommend this tour! It was a great way to site see but also relax after a busy, busy trip!
A must see when in Barcelona. Our tour guide, Clara, was excellent. She was very informative and entertaining. The pace of the tour was just right with enough free time at Montserrat to wander the grounds, visit the church and enjoy the peace of the site, and take in the amazing views. The visit to the vineyard was equal to others I've been on, except to our surprise Clara conducted the wine tasting and was very knowledgeable! The tapas was delicious. We took this tour on our daughter's recommendation and now it is our turn to recommend it to others! A day well-spent.
This tour was excellent and Ana was a great guide. She gave us a summary of what to expect including the all so important information on rest stops. It is a shame that time did not permit us to do more activities up at Montserrat. Perhaps you could consider leaving earlier (even though this is already a long day tour); I would have loved hearing the choir and going up the funicular as well. The hike to the cross was pretty challenging but well worth the spectacular views. After returning from that hike, I told Ana she needs to give two times, 20-25 minutes for young people and 35-40 minutes for older people like me. The short tour of the winery was amazing – it is owned by an unbroken line of the same family and over 1,000 years old. Best of all was the wine tasting and tapas experience. The tapas were delicious (Ana also made accommodation for me changing out the fish for garbanzo beans) and wine very good. The only surprise was the bus ride over – I expected just a small group, but we were combined with two other groups going up to Montserrat. But it was a big, comfortable bus and the other two guides provided great narration to all. I would definitely recommend this tour and your subcontractor, Castle Experience.
Great trip! Very well organized. We were put in small groups. Our guide, Sarah, was very informative and fun. She was extremely helpful, answered all questions, and even made a list for us of her favorite restaurants in Barcelona. This is the perfect trip for a family with older teens (18+).