Announcing Two New Spain Tours
|Memorable meals in charming places are a big part of our fall, 2008 tours.|
We've just finished designing a couple of new Rick Steves tours for our 2009 season — but we've decided they're much too good to keep secret until then — so we've opened up departures for fall, 2008!
The Best of Barcelona & Madrid in 8 Days: We've combined Spain's top two cities to create a sparkling, full-bodied adventure.
In Barcelona you'll be immersed in the pride and energy of today's Catalunya — rambling on the Ramblas, marveling at Gaudí's architecture, getting personal with Picasso, and digging into the region's freshest seafood. Then, aboard one of Europe's premier high-speed trains, we'll whisk you to majestic Madrid in time for lunch, and more of Spain's artistic treasure trove and festive lifestyle.
Your guide is an expert at managing your time — and giving you the freedom to make your own special discoveries — so you'll come home with more memories than you ever thought possible in an eight-day getaway.
The Best of San Sebastián & Basque Countryside in 7 Days: Straddling the modern-day borders of Spain and France is one of Europe's most ancient, independent-thinking regions — the Basque Country.
In this week-long getaway you'll get to know a corner of Europe that's long been ignored by history books, guidebooks — and governments — yet has much to offer travelers. From idyllic harbors to craggy peaks, from ancient footpaths to ultra-modern museums, and from near-tribal allegiances to EU-driven prosperity, our tour of the Basque Country will have you saying, "I never knew that!" more often than on any other trip we offer.
You'll comfortably settle in to one hotel for the entire week, in the elegant seaside town of San Sebastián. From there we'll take a mix of walking tours and day trips — from St. Jean-de-Luz in France to the Guggenheim in Bilbao and everything in between — that capture the rich culture, history and art of this region. And we'll stop to taste its fine wines and legendary tapas every chance we get.