Enjoy a tour that combines spectacular landscapes, spirituality, history, wine tasting and a lot more! Get a glimpse into the world of viticulture at the Torres wineries, discover the captivating landscape of Montserrat, visit the Benedictine sanctuary and explore the picturesque fishing village of Sitges- all in a day!
Sample great wine, immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of your surroundings and follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who go to see the statue of the Black Madonna! You can also upgrade your tour to include a guided visit to Bacardi House where you can learn about the origin of the Bacardi rum, how to whip up a Mojito or Cuba Libre and enjoy a cocktail prepared by you!
Due to operational reasons, Bacardi House will stay closed to the public until further notice.
Meet the tour at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of departure. You will be driven in a comfortable bus to the famous Torres Wine Cellars, in the heart of Penedés, where you will get an insight into the fascinating world of the wine through your senses. The visit begins with an audio-visual introduction to the history of Torres family and their wineries.
The next stop will be the vineyards of the state Mas La Plana, a short train ride away. Learn about the features and installations of Penedés wineries. Enjoy an exciting journey into the Middle Ages and pick up the best kept secrets of the winemaking process since its origins and see the aging barrels of the best wines of state. You will also sample two of the wines at the winery.
After the visit, you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Montserrat Mountains which rise majestically to 4,051 feet. Soak in the spectacular views of the mountains, visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna) and observe the striking human and animal shapes of the rock formations. The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat forms a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica.
You have 3 hours to explore on your own and enjoy lunch (not included in the package). At the audio-visual exhibition “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat”, learn about the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. Also, sample typical liquors of Montserrat, handmade by the monks of the monastery.
The Escolania of Montserrat is one of the oldest boys choirs in Europe (XIV century). On special days, you might be fortunate enough to enjoy their performance at the monastery.
Reconnect with the guide at the appointed time and depart for the pretty seaside village of Sitges. A popular tourist attraction in Catalunya, you can explore the quaint streets with your guide. After the tour, you can continue discovering Sitges with its old town centre, magnificent beaches and its charming shops in the old town. At the end, you may have tasting of 2 wines and a full local appetizer brunch.(applicable from 23 Mar 18).
Optional Bacardi House Tour:
The tour starts at 5:45pm in front of Bacardi House. Discover the history of the most famous Indian family of Sitges, the Bacardi family. Unravel the famous Sitges-Bacardi connection as you learn about Bacardi rum’s history, the ingredients of rum and enjoy a lesson on how to make one of the most famous rum cocktails, the “Mojito” and the “Cuba Libre”. The experience culminates in you making your own cocktail and enjoying it.
The tour ends at the local operator’s office.
Air-conditioned motor coach Bilingual official guide Entrance and guided visit to Torres Wine Cellars, including tasting of two glasses of wine Tasting of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery Entrance to the audio-visual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat” Guided walking tour in Sitges Guided tour of Bacardí House (optional) Appetizer- brunch consisting of Coca bread with tomato, cold meat and cheese
Food and drinks (unless specified) Hotel pick-up and drop-off
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
The Bacardi house was not available for us, but the Torres winery was very impressive including a tasty tapas-type lunch. <br />Montserrat was amazing & well worth the visit, steeped in history!<br />Sitges was a big disappointment for me. The city had a limit as to how far the tourist buses were allowed to go, which led us to have to walk several kilometers in the extreme heat. I am older & not good at walking, I never made it to the site. I feel that some other place with less walking would have been preferable!!
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