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Small-Group Tour: Traditional Food and Wine Day Trip from Barcelona

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  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3142BCNGOURMET

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Discover the flavors of Catalan food and wine on this small-group day trip from Barcelona. Sample cheese and wine in a beautiful medieval farmhouse overlooking the mountain of Montserrat; visit a former Benedictine monastery to sample local delicacies like home-cured meats; and taste different types of olive oil at another medieval farmhouse. Enjoy a traditional Catalan lunch at the farm's restaurant, and end your day trip with a guided tour of a winery, where you will enjoy cava and wine tastings. On this small-group tour, you will receive personalized attention from your tour guide.

Highlights

  • Free snacks included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Meet your guide in central Barcelona, relax on board a comfortable minivan and take in views of the Catalan countryside on your way to Montserrat, the craggy mountain that rises above the region. Stop in a charming village, famous for cattle raising and cheese making, and visit a beautifully restored medieval farmhouse to sample local cheese and wine. As you savor your tasting, admire views of your backdrop – the north face of Montserrat.

Continue to Santa Cecília, a former Benedictine monastery that is today a mountain shelter and a great example of early Catalan Romanesque architecture. Enjoy a short stop here to learn interesting facts about the history of the region, as how the monks influenced the farming and the gastronomic traditions. As you listen to your guide, sample locally grown treats like almonds, peaches, honey or home-cured meats, depending on the season.

Next, relax on the drive around Montserrat and discover the south face of the mountain, which has a different climate and landscape from the north side, making it ideal for olive trees and vines. Get closer to nature as you leave your minivan and follow your guide through a path between fields of olive trees.

Arrive at a 16th-century farmhouse, originally the property of the Monastery of Montserrat. Visit the farmhouse's old olive mill and the medieval water tanks, and learn about olive oil pressing and the different types of olive oil. Sample some of these, then enjoy a traditional lunch of products grown at the farm (upgrade your experience by traveling on a Sunday, where the menu features typical local Catalan dishes)

After lunch, head to the Penedés, a vibrant wine region known for its production of cava (Catalan sparkling wine). Stop at a local winery, where you will learn how cava is made on a guided tour of the winery's underground cellars and barreling room, and finish with a tasting of four different types of cava and wine.

Then sit comfortably in your minivan and admire views of the landscape on your way back to Barcelona.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Barcelona, near Via Laietana
Departure Time:
9am
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm

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Small-Group Tour: Traditional Food and Wine Day Trip from Barcelona

Small-Group Tour: Traditional Food and Wine Day Trip from Barcelona

Inclusions:
  • Local guide
  • 3 food tastings
  • 4 wine and cava tastings
  • Winery tour
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    Additional Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age for wine tasting is 18 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved
    • Products you taste are subject to change depending on the season
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    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: See, October 2014

    The best of our choice !
    Good food; nice wine and excellent choice of restaurant !
    The winery tour at Pares Balta was a great experience for us.
    Thumb-up !

    Reviewed by: Jane P, Australia, September 2014

    This tour only had 5 guests, so it was very small and intimate. Our guide/driver was great and very knowledgeable. Our first stop for breakfast was fabulous, the trip up to the monestrey to see the Black Madona would have been spectacular but due to the foggy weather visibility was very limited. Lunch was superb and the trip to a winery was very informative. All in all a great day in the country.

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