• Sagrada Família
  • Alcázar of Segovia
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Tapas in Madrid
  • Toledo
  • La Mancha
  • Alhambra Palace
  • Arcos de la Frontera
  • Bullring in Ronda
  • Sevilla

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Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour

From Gaudí and El Greco to tapas and flamenco, this tour captures the energetic diversity of Spain. Beginning in beautiful Barcelona and ending in sensual Sevilla, your Rick Steves guide will treat you to a sumptuous, two-week cultural buffet — with rich helpings of Catalunya's Gaudí, Toledo's El Greco, masterpieces of Madrid's Prado, and the Moorish and royal treasures of Granada and Sevilla. You'll also experience the delights of white-washed Andalusian hill towns, prancing horses, tasty tapas, and fine sherry. Join us for the Best of Spain in 14 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Spain come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • Barcelona walking tour • Sagrada Família tour • Segovia day trip • Segovia walking tour • Madrid bus tour • Royal Palace tour • Madrid walking tour • Prado Museum tour • Toledo walking tour • Santo Tomé Chapel (El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz) • Toledo Cathedral tour • Sinagoga del Tránsito tour • Consuegra windmill visit • Granada Royal Chapel • Alhambra Palace tour • Olive oil tasting • Ronda bullring • Sherry tasting • Andalusian horse farm visit • Sevilla walking tour • Sevilla Cathedral tour • Sevilla Alcázar tour • Sevilla carriage ride (weather permitting) • Cultural performance...and more
  • All group transportation from Barcelona to Sevilla
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves' Spain guidebook, Spanish phrase book, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2014
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

We'll gather at our Barcelona hotel around 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to Spain" get-together. Then we'll head out for an orientation paseo (stroll), including a look at the swirling, Modernista architecture of Antoni Gaudí along the "Block of Discord." We'll finish by getting acquainted over a tapas-style dinner together. Sleep in Barcelona (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

This morning, we'll explore Barcelona's maze-like Gothic Quarter, from its Roman foundations to the spires of its candle-, relic- (and geese-!) strewn cathedral. Then we'll hop the subway to Gaudí's towering, dizzying Sagrada Família church. Afterwards you'll be free to experience more of this magnificent city on your own, from the Picasso Museum to Gaudí's playful Parc Güell. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Madrid and the Royal Palace

All aboard! After breakfast we'll take one of Europe's speediest trains (the AVE) to Madrid. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy a panoramic bus tour of this energetic city's major monuments and classy boulevards then meet our local guide for a tour through the sumptuously-decorated Royal Palace. With 2,000 rooms, acres of luxurious tapestries, and a king's ransom of chandeliers, this is truly one of the great palaces of Europe. Later we'll stroll the lively streets of our neighborhood and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Madrid (3 nights). Train: 3 hrs. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Masterpieces of Madrid

This morning we'll take a walking tour from Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol to its elegant Plaza Mayor. We'll also tour one of Europe's premier art museums — the masterpiece-packed Prado — where you'll see paintings by Velásquez, Goya, El Greco and others. Your afternoon and evening are free to visit the Reina Sofía, stroll through the majestic Retiro Gardens (Madrid's most popular park), and maybe even catch a performance of zarzuela, Spain's delightfully light opera. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Day Trip to Segovia

We'll venture out of the city by bus, up to the history-rich town of Segovia and its beautifully-preserved Roman aqueduct. After a walking tour of the aqueduct and town, you'll have free time to wander and visit Segovia's medieval Alcázar fortress. We'll regroup this afternoon for lunch to savor a Segovian specialty together — roast suckling pig. We'll return to Madrid in time for you to enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Historic Toledo

It's a short bus ride to Spain's old capital city of Toledo (and back in time about 500 years). We'll take a morning walking tour that includes Toledo's magnificent cathedral, the medieval Sinagoga del Tránsito and El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz at the Santo Tomé Chapel. This afternoon and evening you'll have plenty of free time to enjoy the winding streets and varied sights (and some of Spain's best shopping). Sleep in Toledo (1 night). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: La Mancha and Granada

Today we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," stopping to sniff the saffron and admire a whitewashed windmill or two. Our destination is Granada, where we'll begin with a visit to the ornate tombs of world-changing Ferdinand and Isabella, who reigned over a new age of religious zeal at home and exploration of the "new" Americas. Then we'll head up the Albayzín hill for dinner together and enjoy a sunset view of tomorrow's treat — the Alhambra. Sleep in Granada (2 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Moorish Treasures of Granada

We'll spend our morning learning about Spain's Islamic legacy as we tour the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra with a local expert. This last and greatest of Europe's Moorish palaces will awe you with its grace and artistry. This afternoon and evening you'll be free to linger longer at the Alhambra, and make your own discoveries along the colorful streets and alleyways of Granada's Old Town. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore Ronda's Moorish and Mercadillo Quarters, linked together by the famous gravity-defying stone bridge (towering over the rubble of an earlier one that wasn't). Sleep in or near Ronda (1 night, groups may be split between two hotels). Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 10: Spain's Pueblos Blancos

Today we'll wind our way between the olive groves and whitewashed villages of Spain's Pueblos Blancos. We'll head into the countryside to visit an olive oil mill, where we'll sample the products and learn about Spain's traditional methods of producing its extra-virgin export. Then we'll press on to the quintessential hill town — Arcos de la Frontera — where we'll share dinner together and sleep (2 nights). Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Sherry and Horses

It's a short hop to Jerez de la Frontera where we'll learn the history of the town's specialty at a traditional sherry bodega (sampling the local product). Nearby we'll marvel at the prancing horses at an Andalusian horse farm, where we'll learn about these magnificent horses and their connection to the local culture. We'll return with time to enjoy a free afternoon and evening in lovely Arcos. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

This morning we'll drive directly to Sevilla, Spain's most flamboyant and atmospheric city. We'll begin our visit with a guided tour that takes us to the famous Macarena (Weeping Virgin), through the narrow whitewashed lanes of the Barrio Santa Cruz, and ends with the world's largest Gothic cathedral. You'll have time to do more exploring on your own before we regroup tonight for a performance of sultry, swirling flamenco. Sleep in Sevilla (2 nights). Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Sevilla's Royal Alcazar

We'll start today with a tour of the beautifully Moorish-style Alcázar palace, the Sevilla home of the Spanish Royal Family for the past 500 years. Afterward, you're free to walk in the footsteps of Carmen and Don Juan, linger in Sevilla's charming squares or stroll along the romantic Guadalquivir River. This evening we'll share travel memories and toast new friends at our final dinner together, capped off with a carriage ride through the streets of Sevilla. Salud! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Sevilla's airport is a bus or taxi ride away with easy connections throughout Europe. Alternately there is an AVE train to Madrid to continue your Iberian adventures on your own. Hasta luego!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Spain in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. In Arcos, walk 15 minutes up a steep street to the hotel (while bags are sent by minivan).
  6. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).

Reviews

Beth

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing sites, well organized itinerary, fabulous guide, wonderful local guides, unbelievable food and wine, perfectly located hotels, authentic and magical experiences that helped bond our group and forge friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. It was a pretty big surprise and the circumstances made it a wow moment when we realized Javier had rented horse-drawn carriages to take us to our final dinner together. He handed us champagne and glasses, and the rain stopped just before we departed to make it a beautiful evening for a ride. Magical."

George

Dalton, MA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Javier, was constantly full of surprises. His choice of restaurants for the group meals provided us with a good sampling of Spanish cuisine. The lunch on the train to Madrid, bull farm visit and the windmill picnic are particular examples of tour details that surprised us all. The carriage ride mentioned in my WOW section was the crowning achievement.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among the outstanding moments during the tour, two stand head and shoulders above the others. The evening meal overlooking the Alhambra in Granada was expected and did not disappoint. The carriage ride thru Seville en-route to our Farewell Dinner was truly magical. The weather was drizzly as we walked to our "surprise". However as we started to enter the carriages, the clouds parted, the last of the evening sun shined through and voila, like magic."

Sarah

Washington, NC

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality of the tour exceeded my expectations. The pace of the tour was very considerate and well timed. Just the right amount of free time, bathroom stops, number of cathedrals etc. Some of the timing of events could be tweaked. For example, the time in Rhonda could have been shortened to allow more time at the fabulous hotel. There was not enough time to hike but too much time to wonder through the bullring and touristy shops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got to have a birthday dinner while overlooking the Alhambra. Does life get any better than that? I don't think so."

Connie

Trial, BC

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Spain was a surprise at every turn. Barcelona was so rich in natural beauty. Guell Park and La Sagrada Familia were amazing. The two private Gaudi homes that I toured were also enjoyable. Barcelona's use of the waterfront was excellent civil engineering. From Madrid to Sevilla the surprises just kept coming. Roman aqueducts, windmills, bulls, and food. People are always the best thing about Rick Steves tours. The guides and the guests are where the richness of the experience dwells.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Granada was my "wow" moment. The Alhambra is beyond words. The dinner on the patio looking out to the Alhambra was such a beautiful setting."

Sue

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/29/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I did what I set out to do: Experience the diversity of Spain and be in-the-moment when taking in the many highlights I know I can trust the Rick Steves folks to curate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral and soaking up the extraordinary vision -- part vintage Catholicism, part Disneyland, part sci-fi double feature -- of architect Antoni Gaudi"

Peter

Winnetka, IL

Tour: 09/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Helen Inman was fabulous as a tour guide -- and a lot of fun to boot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either the Alhambra palace in Granada or the Alcazar palace in Seville."

Frederick

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Helen Inman, was excellent, helpful, informative and a pleasure to travel with for two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia"

Donald

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 09/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable visit and saw things that we didn't expect, Horse show at the Stud farm, Olive oil facility tour, great White hill towns, getting lost in the Jewish area of Toledo,easy to do. Found the large cities uncomfortably crowded but understand it is what it is. The tour guide, Helen, was fantastic, in control and anticipating ALL events. BRAVO to her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the horse show which was unexpected and unplanned."

Anita

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Far exceeded my expectations! Our guide Helen was smart, funny, totally accommodating - using one of her expressions, totally "upmarket". Federico (guide)in Madrid is a treasure - funny as heck - and - made the Prada (Museum)LIVE. Very impressed that they try new approaches, the tours are not a set blueprint. Perfect balance of structured touring/learning and free time. Laser focus to see top sights. Great "real" rooms, perfect locations, great food/wine. Fun people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Andalucian horses (Arcos)- and fact we saw the Sat. show - very awe-striking & emotional when mares & young re-united. Dinner viewing lit Alhambra (Granada)-beautiful. Wonderful country olive oil estate where we stayed (Ronda). Sagrada Familia of course!(Barcelona)- & Casa Batillo,in free time. And can't forget the "drum parade" before the group arrived - first jet lag day - right when we took a nap - lulled us to sleep - really."

Jane

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all of this tour!! We had such a wonderful guide, Helen, and a great group. All the places so fascinating..I was always looking forward to the next days excursions. You gave us so many great Spanish experiences in her lively and culturally cosmopolitan cities and those medieval towns crawling up rocky promontories crowned with those mysterious haunting alcazars and magnificent cathedrals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected horse show we saw at the Yeguada de la Cartuja-Hierro del Bocado after touring the farm in Andalusia. Never forget the wild beauty of those horses as they entered the arena. Another WOW moment was in Granada. We had dinner on a terrace of a wonderful restaurant looking over at the Alhambra dramatically lit up against the night sky."

William

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was somewhat skeptical about a "tour" as we have traveled most of Europe, eastern Europe, Russia and China on our own. I can't tell you how much the pressure was taken off by having arrangements made, perfectly [INVALID]d, and traveling with a small group of like demographics. Well done! You obviously have done the research you purport on your PBS travelogues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was beyond my expectations, but Fredericko at the Prado was absolutely amazing! I am not a art museum-type person, but with his passion and enthusiasm I could accompany him to a museum 365 days a year. TRULY AN UNEXPECTED DELIGHT!"

Lisa

Simi Valley, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain in 14 Days was such an awesome introduction to Espana. We explored in depth the major attractions of the cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville while also enjoying the flavor of the rural countryside. Our fellow vacationers and tour guide came together over the course of two weeks into a well-oiled (extra virgin) machine...the group's unlimited enthusiasm and energy made the whole experience extraordinary. Can't wait for our next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia, dinner overlooking The Alhambra and cocktails at the Arcos hotel."

Kevin

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour as usual. It was especially nice to visit some smaller towns instead of staying in the big urban areas all of the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating with the local family and using our very poor Spanish to attempt communication!"

Richard

Richmond, VA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. It will not be my last. I liked everything about this tour. I would be very hesitant to change anything since I think you have got it just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset dinner overlooking The Alhambra was spectacular."

Dorothy

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our first Rick Steves tour and our 7th trip to Europe. We've traveled in Europe on our own, but have mostly done AHI alumni tours and one Viking River cruise. We found our tour to Spain with Jorge Roman to be excellent in the pacing, the information, the locations of the hotels, the local guides etc. We were pleased with the amount of activities and also the free time we were allotted to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few 'wow' moments including the Alhambra, the town of Ronda and the charming rural inn there, the gorgeous terrace room with an amazing view at Arco, and the horse carriage ride in Seville to the excellent restaurant. That was the night of my birthday, and Jorge surprised me at the 'farewell dinner' with a cake, candles, and singing. What a very special birthday that was!"

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding experience! It was on-the-move as we covered a lot of ground in Spain. The trip was filled with activities and sights that taught us so much about the culture, the people, and the history while enjoying the company of a great group of people on the tour who were enthusiastic and ready to roll!! The tour guide, Jorge was the best (will write more about him later!), and the local guides were not only knowledgeable about their subject but their presentations were engaging and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am sure everyone must write something like there was no single "wow" moment - which is really true. What can one say about the Prado, Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra, etc.!! I would have to say my personal "wow" was to meet Loli in Salinas and have brunch at her house with a small group and be shown around her house. That personal experience meant a lot to me as it was a connection with a wonderful, gracious lady who happened to be Spanish (and didn't speak English!)"

Linda

North Richland Hills, TX

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really liked each stop and was hard pressed to find a favorite. They were all great in their own ways. I have traveled abroad quite a bit and find 14 days is about as long as I like to travel at a time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name just one... Ronda, Alcazar, Alhambra, and miles and miles of olive groves!"

Ruth

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was outstanding. The tour covered all the highlights of Spain; its history, culture, cuisine and customs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was dining at a restaurant overlooking the Alhambra and then visiting the Alhambra the next day."

Theresa

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My ancestors came from Spain in the 1600's so I have wanted to visit for a long time. This was our 9th Rick Steves' tour and while we enjoyed seeing the major sites, most of them were in the large cities, which is not our favorite place to travel. We knew this would be the case, but the attraction of seeing the Alhambra, Prado Museum and the Alcazar Palace etc. were worth going to the larger cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra, the Alcazar Palace and taking the trail down to the bottom of the gorge in Ronda for the incredible view of the bridge."

Laurance

Ojai, CA

Tour: 09/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra. And the dinner across the valley the night before."

Brian

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour checked all the boxes with amazing sites and lots of cultural and historical learnings, all for a good value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Sagrada Familia and witnessing the interior was simply jaw-[INVALID]ping. The festive meal in Segovia was unforgettable. And ending the day with a glass of wine from our Arcos hotel balcony ranks as one of the best sunsets ever."

Lynn

Rancho Murieta, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific - our 3rd RS tour and it met all our expectations and more. It is so much fun and more enriching to travel with a compatible group of people. Being able to travel and interact with friends, and with the leadership of a great guide are the key factors in these tours for me. My memories are more about the people and sharing the experiences than they are about the specific things I see and learn. Loved that we had lots of photo ops - very important to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many wonderful and memorable experiences, but I wouldn't characterize any of them as a true "wow" moment. Closest was walking into Sagrada Familia. Next were the first view of the valley out the balconies of our Arcos hotel, seeing the aqueduct in Segovia, the view of the Alhambra lit up from our dinner across the valley, the view of Toledo from across the river, getting caught up in the Festival of San Miguel in Arcos, and walking the Consuegra hills among the "Don Quixote" windmills."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unbelievable experience that brought together a wonder tour guide, tour members and a wonderful country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One moment is hard to define. Sagara Familia, suckling pig in Segovia, the hotel in Ronda, Arco de la Frontera, the Sherry tour (mostly the private Museum with Goyas and a El Greco and many special moments that were total unexpected."

Dhyan

Turlock, CA

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved exploring Spain with this special group of people. We had an amazing guide and destinations, with perfect Fall weather. We felt as though we hit all the major landmarks in the country and had adequate time to see everything we wanted to see. Very enjoyable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I would say the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona."

Pauline

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. The people on our tour were lovely. I don't believe we could have gotten into a nicer group. We made friends very quickly. Everyone just went with the flow. I loved riding on the high speed train and bus going from north to south and seeing the landscape change. I learned a lot about Spanish politics, art, people and history. I didn't even know about the Spain-Catalonia issue.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the Alhambra all lite up at night and the landscape filled with olive trees as far as I could see."

Kay

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was really good. My other tour experiences have been excellent. May have had to do with the fact that I was the only single on tour. On other tours that did not seem to matter - groups were more open. Everyone nice - just not the warmth I have experienced on my other 3 tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prado Museum. Alhambra, Seville. I really thought the experiences were great - horse farm, oil tasting, wine tasting was lots of fun in Madrid - great guide there. Great guide in Segovia."

Milton

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was not only a great deal of fun, it was also a learning experience. I learned much about the languages, the cultures, the history, and even the wildlife of Spain. We could not havre asked for a better guide than Agus and William was a huge font of knowledge, as well, plus they were both genuinely nice people! The local tour guides were all absolutely outstanding...knowledgeable, well organized, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 3 wow moments: 1. The suckling pig lunch in Segovia, complete with "plate carving" of the pigs! 2. A very close encounter with an enormous Griffon Vulture atop the tower in Zahara! 3. Our last dinner together in Sevilla, where I got to try, for the first time, sea urchin. Delicious!"

Sarah

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves' tour and it was as sensational as the other four. I saw and experienced so much of Spain. The tour included a wide variety of activities. It was a good mix of tour time and free time. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable and clearly explained Spain's complicated history. Jorge also had many surprises for us along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra! It started the night before. We had dinner overlooking the Alhambra. It was illuminated against the night sky. The next day we toured the Alhambra, with a local guide. It was extremely interesting learning about the history, and seeing its beautiful interior and lovely grounds."

Robert

Dudley, MA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was a very nice blend of art, architecture, and history, along with the beauty of Spain and the integration with the local culture. I didn't realize how spectacular Barcelona, Madrid, and Sevilla are and how beautiful the countryside is. Well done on the choice of stops along the way, the hotels (particularly their locations), and the balance of free time and guided time. Really, a trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of folks ask me this; tough to say. Having dinner on the Albayzin Hill looking at the Alhambra is right up there. So was the Prado (we went back after the guided tour and stayed all day), Segovia, dipping my feet in the pool in Ronda, the view from my room in Arcos. I'm sure that you get the point; it was all pretty cool."

Debbie

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great way to see and learn about Spain - especially as it was my first time in the country. Our primary guide Jorge, was helpful, informative and kept us all in line and moving - without being too strict, which was great. The hotels were all wonderfully located and made the trip even more enjoyable, as you could walk outside and be in the middle of the most interesting parts of the city. And Spain! An interesting, surprising and beautiful country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Far and away [INVALID] it was seeing and visiting the Alhambra in the town of Granada. The view from the hillside dinner was incredible, and the fortress itself was stunning. I've been to many castles and churches, but none like this one."

Johanna

Kelso, WA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was thoroughly enjoyable, it exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, well organized, and personable. It was wonderful sharing the experience with the other tour members, everyone was extremely friendly and positive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments! It was memorable, enjoying brunch at the home of a community member in a small Spain town. Also, in Ronda, hiking to the bottom of the gorge by way of stairs made by the Moors in the 14th century."

Greg

Tarzana, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized. The main guide Jorge Roman was efficient and helpful @ every step during the trip. I highly appreciated the knowledge and insight information of the local guides.I liked also the choice of the boutique hotel which had local characters.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The horse buggy ride in Sevilla to the restaurant for last dinner."

Dottie

New Bern, NC

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided just the right amount of guided and self discovery time! The meals were outstanding and provided the flavor or the region. Loved the buddy system so the guide did not have to do counting all the time to make sure everyone was present. The system also encouraged people the interact and get to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several! The La Sagrada Familia Church was one that will always stand out in my mind! The dinner over looking the Alhambra was incredible! Ending with a horse and buggy ride to the farewell dinner was the topping on the cake!"

Babak

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I particularly enjoyed the attention to detail planning, local tour guide in madrid and her level of knowledge in art history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada, Alhambra and Toledo"

Linda

Dudley, MA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Spain trip in 14 days absolutely exceeded our expectations!! It was a trip of a lifetime! The landscape, the art & architecture, the gastronomic delights were eye opening and mouth watering!! We had a great group of tour mates! Most importantly, our guide Jorge was outstanding! The trip is now over but we still can't stop talking about it which means it was a success!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but our group dinner in Grenada overlooking the Alhambra at night was breathtaking!! My " bucket list" was the Prado and that didn't disappoint! Our final evening in Seville was a night to remember with our horse & buggy rides, the lovely meal and our fun farewell party on top of the hotel roof! Yes, many, many wow moments!"

Pawel

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good, but not as good as our previous trip with you, which was to Turkey. It is subjective, of course, but we believe that the style of the tour guide was less appealing to us, this time around. (Burak in Turkey was really excellent.) As a former tour guide myself, I don't say it lightly, because I do not want hurt Jorge. He was a very decent guide. But I do need to stress that I felt a big difference between these two trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure. That doesn't mean that there weren't any."

Doug

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I liked Barcelona the best. Fortunately we arrived 2 days early so we were able to see the Gaudi Casa Batllo and take a city bus tour. The walking tour of the Gothic quarter was not memorable. The Sagrada Familia was outstanding. Madrid was also good;h, I would rather have seen the other 2 art museums than the palace. Toledo was unimpressive; just another church and a synagogue. There were no restaurants or bars open on the streets near the hotel giving the feel of a dead city. Skip it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's Casa Batllo was the high point of the trip for me."

Gloria

Azusa, CA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was my first time to join Rick Steves' Tour group of Spain. I found it very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The suckling pig lunch at Segovia was a blast!"

David

Oro Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides. Great hotels and cities.

Albert

Washington, DC

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unusually compatible group of participants. Excellent experience of history and present life in Spain. Good food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra despite the only average guide. (All the other local guides were outstanding.)"

Nancy

Washington, DC

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since my Rick Steves Scandinavia tour was so enjoyable I had high expectations for Spain in 14 Days. And this trip lived up to my great expectations. I have traveled with several different tour companies but Rick's tours are the best! Besides Helen Inman being an outstanding tour leader, the members of the group were exceptionally compatible and interesting and cooperative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with a view of The Alhambra at sunset and lighted after dark."

George

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Is a good overall view of Spain - get to see both big cities and small rural towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Magical fountains in Barcelona"

Susan

Mt Pleasant, MI

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. Helen was a terrific guide and all the city guides were enthusiastic and passionate about their cities and were eager to share their wealth of knowledge with us about those cities. I liked the variety of experiences: the cities, the countryside, the olive mill, the train, the brunch in a local's home, the windmills, the many museums, the different foods, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess my "wow" moment wasn't exactly a moment, instead is was all the fabulous art we saw in so many locations including parks, cathedrals, museums etc. An unexpected temporary El Greco exhibit in Toledo at the Santa Cruz Museum gave me some insight into how artists worked in that time and I really enjoyed that."

Kenneth

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour. The guides were great, the variety and selection of tour sights very good. We liked the mix of scheduled activities versus free time on our own. Also liked the orientation walks at each major site so we were comfortable going off on our own. Nice touches such as the brunch in private family homes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner on the Albayzin hill overlooking the Alhambra lighting up at night. What a great view and good food & service."

Elaine

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local guide in each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Helen our guide arranged for a horse and buggy ride after dinner. It was a very nice touch."

Arnold

Oro Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was well organized and full of interesting experiences. The free time was valuable as it gave all of us a chance to see some of the culture, and sights not offered on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite WOW moment was when we saw Ronda for the first time. Andalusia is beautiful."

John

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A typically great Rick Steve's Tour. An experience that you can only get with people that really know and love the area. The local guides and special tours like the ranch where they raise bulls for bullfighting make it a tour that you just can't do yourself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had so many "wow" moments it is hard to say, but in Sevilla our Carriange ride followed by our dinner with our new friends overlooking the Alcazar Palace, had to be near the top of the list."

Susan

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steve's tour and we found it as excellent as the others. Javier was really great. His offer to help whenever a need occurred, and his ability to meet our needs was really beyond expectation. Loved his smile. We had lots of great excursions and yes we did feel like a happy band of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one - so many to pick from. Breakfast at the home of a resident in a small town was one of my top pics. The gentleman, host, was really interesting, had a great house, and made a great breakfast."

Chasey

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Javier is amazing!! He was so informative and personable. He made us all feel welcome, like one big family! I highly recommended this tour and your amazingly lucky if you get Javier as a guide. He is great for younger groups!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow monument was a few things. My boyfriend now fiancé purposed to me on this trip!!! But my other wow moment was the hotel outside of Rhonda! Just amazing"

Rachana

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Highlights: 1. Location of hotels 2. Transportation 3. Meals (I am a vegetarian and I ate the best food possible). 4. Main guide 5. Supporting guides 6. Support from office staff in Edmonds

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at Granada was wonderful. The view was breathtaking, the meal delicious and the company excellent!"

Calvin

Essex Junction, VT

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Javier's hard work and experience, this tour just got better every day in every way. This is our third Rick Steve's tour, and Javier set a new standard for excellence and for sincere concern for the needs of every individual tour member. We enjoyed Italy and Ireland, but our memories of Spain will linger longest. I think that Rick will be pleased to know that we came home with an understanding of and a love for the Spanish people, and that may well be the highlight of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even having known that this question would be asked, I can't pick just one WOW from so many. Each day had WOWs that topped the last! Many of the WOW's involved places, scenery and history, but many other experiences involved conversations with Spanish people (some without more than a word or two in common) that seemed to be appreciated by both parties. If I must pick the very best WOW, perhaps it was the visit, home tour and breakfast in the home of Carmen Morales."

Lora

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. We had high expecatations and were not disappointed. The balance of planned activities and free time was great.Having scheduled activities enables you to experience things you think you might not be interested in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was not particularly interested in the bull farm but then found it a moving wow experience to remember. The flamenco performance was breath taking and a "wow" experience. Breakfast with the Cano-Mejia family was very special."

Barbara

Essex Junction, VT

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best trip yet! Our guide was fantastic and the other participants were wonderful. All the museums,the art works and the eating experiences (love those tapas!), the beautiful landscapes, the people in Spain, the flamenco show, the architecture in Spain, all the history, and the cathedrals & churches.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many special wow moments - hard to pick one. One of our group meals where we ate on a balcony with the Moorish buildings in the distance and the sun setting - just magical. Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church Royal Palace in Madrid Alhambra Flamenco show Our Group Dinners"

Sandor

Jensen Beach, FL

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized without the feeling and appearance of forced fun march through Spain. Struck the perfect balance of touring, free time and stress free travel. The biggest surprise was the excellent food all throughout Spain. The arranged group meals and the recommendations by our tour guide Javier and those found in the book were the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely it was the opportunity to visit a Spanish home. Our host Salvador was wonderful he opened up our eyes to a whole different world that we would of never seen or have witnessed without a prearranged visit by an organization such as yours. Thank you for making it possible."

Angela

Vernon, BC

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it did! I loved all of Spain, but the smaller towns were my favorite. Less hustle and bustle and more relaxing. Loved seeing the bull farm and the horse farm. The best was the experience with Salvadore Getting to meet and interact with a local over breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada The history, the Alhambra and the dinner to end the day."

Timothy

Durand, MI

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was wonderful and informative, the pace of the trip was just right, and the group dynamics were terrific. I is a bit heavily weighted toward churches, but they can't be separated from all the history of Europe. The other activities, such as the visits to the olive oil mill, Andalusian horse farm, sherry bodega, etc. all made the churches worthwhile. I especially enjoyed the brunch with Salvatore (a local) in his home in Archidona, and getting to know him a bit was a real treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia has been on my bucket list for several years and it did not disappoint. Spectacular! The Roman aquaducts in Segovia were equally breathtaking, and also in Segovia the Alcazar was much more than I expected."

Bill

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. Spain was an interesting but different European country with a complex history. My wife and I have already taken the 21 Day Tour, Ireland, and Greece. The Spanish sites, whether Roman or Moorish or Christian, were amazing. Our tour group had nice people, good energy. The Spanish people were friendly and open, food good, and the weather not too hot, yet. I would recommend this RS tour to anyone interested in visiting Europe and Spain in particular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot identify any specific wow moment. The Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Alhambra in Granada were all amazing as were many additional sites we visited along with the experiences with local people."

Andrea

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting Spain was like living in a fairy tale-the landscapes, the culture, food, and history was so much more than imagined. I had hoped that the tour was going to be excellent, but it far exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking inside the Alhambra in Granada looking at all of the beautiful tiles, hearing the birds flying overhead and seeing all of the intricate carvings simply took my breath away. The Generalife water gardens seemed to be out of a dream..."

Kenneth

Winona, MN

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the past, I've always found group tours either too constricting or too sloppily organized. This Rick Steves tour was therefore an eye-opener. What a great experience! Perfect balance of activities; excellent choice of hotels; superb guides. All was so very well planned and executed. I loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two, really. The Alhambra was simply overwhelming. I understand perfectly why Washington Irving found it so enchanting that he had to write about it. And our guide made the history come alive. Second wow was the inspired idea of arranging for us to have "brunch" with a resident of a country town. Salvatore and his little puppy enchanted us all! And his stories about real-life Spain touched us at a personal level. Group tours don't often allow such connections."

Michael

White Rock, BC

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

well organized with good city visits nice hotels with some rather small rooms but others spectacular views good meals with interesting decor group came together quite well guide was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"gaudi cathedral"

Earl

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada familia in barcelona"

Carole

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 06/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Worth every penny of the price! Total immersion in history and current day political happenings, interesting and fun sights(especially the Andulusian horse farm), incredible group dinner restaurants, so many extras!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's always hard for me to choose just one "wow" moment, but I know I will always remember the Australian herding dog puppy at the Andalusian horse farm who "herded" the ponies in their enclosure. She knew what her role was at the farm and was very good at it!"

Gilbert

Port Ludlow, WA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Did get to see country and some interesting sights. Did not always appreciate how tour was conducted.

Ann

Bothell, WA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I had hope and much more. Nygil was such an incredible guide. He is personable and so knowledgeable if he didn't know the answer to something, he looked it up. He made the history of Spain come alive for us. All the little surprises and extras were wonderful. We had a great group of people and I loved Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say because there were so many. One was the Roman aquaduct in Segovia. The Alhambra was amazing and the view from our hotel in Arcos was breathtaking."

Nancy

Saint Helena, CA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Spain was more than I could have imagined...beautiful, clean cities, charming small hill towns, incredible museums and churches, delicious food and wine, and, of course, fun-loving fellow travelers. Our guide was passionate about his adopted country, and his enthusiasm and knowledge enhanced our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new experience often rated a "wow"...from the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, to the awe inspiring Alhambra, to the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, and to the lovely lunch in a small town with a delightful lady, we were thoroughly entertained."

Amy

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very educational and informative tour. It was great to taste the local cuisines, restaurants are well [INVALID]ed. I also appreciate the free time enabling us to wander or rest. Wine tasting was a wonderful experience. Oooh... sherry wine! Thank you for taking us from city to city, town to town...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at the restaurant in front of Alhambra will stay with me forever. Lovely horse farm visit, we got to touch these beautiful creatures! We saw the dancing practice, wish to see the horse dancing performance. Of course, the horse carriage ride/champagne was a huge surprise! For me and my husband, staying in the hotel room at Jerez, that Rich Steves stays was a big thrill! The view was incredible."

Barbara

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was good for a 14 day trip (travel/visit ratio)and the other tour-mates became good friends. Our guides, Nygil and Amanda, gave us history, politics, food advice, tried to teach Spanish, kept us from getting lost or late, plus Surprises! Unfortunately you cannot advertise the surprises without giving them away but these make Rick Steve's tours special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner on the hill looking at the Alhambra in Granada. After wondering up a narrow path, we entered a private home turned into a restaurant (all for us) with a spectacular view of the Alhambra lite up a night. It made the next day's tour more special."

Albert

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was much more than expected. Made all the more so by Nygil & Amanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to mention. Nygil's "surprise" moments & having breakfast with the ladies in the small town in La Mancha were very special."

Ann Sherry

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour & it was great. Everything that Nygil & Amanda organized for us including our get togethers & all of the planned sights were great. We have used Rick Steves travel guides for planning trips to Italy & France & each of those trips worked out well with the help from the books. Nygil seemed to always have a "special" surprise for us like horses & carriages for all of us for a ride to a park & then to dinner. The visit to the locals homes for breakfast .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at the Hotel Molino del Arco outside Ronda was the "WOW" for me. It was my birthday that day & we were given a great room with a rooftop terrace. The food & wine at many of the venues was really good & plentiful."

Stefani

Richardson, TX

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated the attitude of our guides and the participants of the tour. Everyone had a positive, "can do" attitude. The Rick Steves' quality of the tour we purchased showed in every aspect. Obviously we enjoyed the sights that we saw. The way we were brought to each point was handled with such ease due to the planning of our delightful guides. Even changes that were necessary went very smoothly. It was just a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just can't' say there was a favorite "wow" moment. Those moments kept happening all day every day. Nygil kept having surprises for us. Maybe the most unexpected was the carriage ride with champagne in Sevilla. That just topped off 2 weeks of wonderful things happening."

Jon

Richardson, TX

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed every moment. ` great itinerary maybe next time add Cordoba, which we visited on our own I usually don't rate many things outstanding even when they are excellent. This was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"carriage ride was a complete surprise and delightful Could probably name great moments in each city we visited each day was a genuine treat"

Karen

Seaside, CA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing Rick Steves adventure! The trip was well paced, with a good balance between big cities and smaller towns, art, culture, history. My favorite thing about a RS tour is the amount of information that is given, both during the local tours and on the bus, something we could never get traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra, both the tour through the palaces and the gardens and from the overlook at our dinner the night before, watching as the light changed on the palace from the setting sun. La Sagrada Familia, especially the interior. We choose to stay for another 1 1/2 hours after our group tour ended just to absorb the beauty."

Jason

Seaside, CA

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding from start to finish, with excellent regular and local guides, about the right balance of programming and free time, and about the right amount of time in each city and town. Our guide Nygil's bus and orientation walk talks were superb [INVALID] extremely informative and with the dual perspective of a local who has lived in-country for over a decade, but is originally from the U.S.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner the night before touring the Alhambra, and then our tour of the Alhambra itself, were positively magical. Just a stunning place. We also absolutely loved Toledo and the Gaudi structures in Barcelona."

Sandra

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with a lot of diversity. I got a good understanding of each location and Spain overall. Interesting, beautiful and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed each place visited but loved Barcelona and the Alhambra in Granada."

Joyce Marie

Franklin, TN

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A trip of a lifetime! Exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to select one. Roof top of La Predrea in Barcelona. The AVE ride with a picnic lunch. The Prado with Inez's leadership Then art collection at the Sherry Botega Hotel Moline Del Arcos"

James

Durham, NC

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

14 Days is Spain was spectacular - my 2nd favorite of the 6 total taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Sevilla, watching the procession of the Macarena - the history and pageantry. The chocolates served during sherry tasting were also a "wow'."

Kathleen

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was fantastic we loaned so much about the culture

Kevin

Gresham, OR

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This being our fourth RS "Best Of" country tour, it completely met the high expectations we have come to know and love with the EBD organization. This particular tour was a bit different from the others in that it employed many more "local" guides along the way, which definitely served to the betterment of the experience. For first-timers to any country, it is hard to imagine any other tour company providing as much "bang for the buck" where the rubber meets the road on Europe's tourist trail.

Barrie

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide was very good.Group was very congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the cathedrals in particular"

Charlotte

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour with you was absolutely wonderful, so we had high hopes for another great experience. This second tour did not disappoint! Helen was the perfect guide and "hostess." She is very organized, knowledgeable, attentive, and has a great personality. The tour itself had the right mix of group time and on your own time. We were pleased with the group events - a good mix of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time at Granada, the dinner across from the Alhambra and the tour of this fascinating place,"

Laura

Hughson, CA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our virgin voyage with RS was everything we expected; small group, great city-guides who were proud to tell us about their city, cathedral, etc...Fabulous Helen (our RS guide) who "Wow'd" us with knowledge, humor, and organizational abilities, centrally located hotels, and enough on-your-own time. We cannot say more and we will be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few! Segovia's Roman aqueduct wins for me though. I am calling Segovia my Spanish Savannah."

Patricia

Butte, MT

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. The sites were amazing , the whole tour ws flawless, Helen was excellent, the food was good representing the flavor of Spain, the accommodations were very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose one moment. The Sangrada Famila, the Alahambra did take my breath away. However, I loved the beautiful scenery and the old cathedrals and castles."

Terry

Kent, WA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic. We travelled with a wonderful group and had an amazing guide, Helen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are always so many "wow" moments on the Rick Steves Tours. I had two special "wow" moments. First was dinner at the wonderful restaurant overlooking the Alhambra in Granada. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner as we watched the sun set and the lights come at the Alhambra. The second "wow" moment, for me, was going directly to the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Macarena upon entering Seville. The Macarena was on display ready for 50th anniversary of her coronation procession."

Janet

Butte, MT

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all the places we visited and the guides we met at each new city. Helen was a great tour guide and gave us information and tips for finding our way around and shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sagrada Familia (Gaidi Catherdral) was a wonderful experience. It certainly set the tone for the rest of the trip. The Park Guell seemed like a Spanish Disney World. We could have spent much more time in both the church and the park."

Melody

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Spain. Spain proved to be one of the most beautiful countries we have ever visited. This was our first tour experience and we were not sure what to expect. What we realized almost immediately is that the tour included activities that we would never have experienced on our own and our guide was so knowledgeable and fun that she definitely enhanced the experience. I enjoyed the big cities as well as the small towns and felt it was a good mix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments. The scenery traveling along the white washed village highway, the hotel in Ronda, dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra, the Prado and Royal Palace to name just a few."

Carl

Ogdensburg, NY

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful introduction to Spain with depth of understanding, humor, and knowledge. We had a great group. good weather, and were able to take advantage of serendipitous opportunities that came our way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In spite of language differences, having lunch in the home of a local village person . What a special moment to meet someone who shares his home and table with a bunch of "gringos" and shares his interests and revels in building relationships with someone from far away."

John

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain exceeded our expectations as a place to visit. Helen was especially great in that all parts and times fit together perfectly and I know she is responsible for making it all go well. She brings many diverse talents to her job and did it very well. The major cities were outstanding in the feel and activities. Hotel locations were great and enhanced the ease of the experience; very good choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Holy Family Cathedral in Barcelona; the overlook of Toledo; the Seville cathedral."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marvelous tour! Exceeded my expectations. While I knew something about Spain, I had never been there until this tour. The sites and activities are well planned, the timing very good and our tour guide, Helen Inman was fantastic (informative, organized and funny!) I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My birthday happened to fall on our group dinner in Granada. Our dinner was at an outdoor restaurant with a view of the Alhambra at sunset. Weather was fine as was the food and company. Certainly a magic moment for me. Could not get any better!"

Joe

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves Tour and we were impressed once again. The cities were great, the food was excellent, Helen was a great guide and it is always a pleasure to spend time with a group of fellow travelers who enjoy the rick steves way. We would highly recommend the tour to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Dinner in Granada with the view of the Alhambra."

Anna Marie

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour went smoothly, the people were friendly and always on time, the buddy system worked very well. Helen was wonderful. She knew what we needed before we even thought about it. She handled my GF needs very well and gave me information on resources to follow up on. El Convento in Arcos de la Frontera gets a 10 from me for providing me with gluten free toast and muffins to go with the rest of my breakfast. The tour was well put together and the guides were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner we shared in Granada overlooking the Alhambra. The scene was beautiful in the evening as the sun started to set, then the Alhambra was lit up as darkness fell. The food and comaraderie were wonderful as well."

Renate

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! We are still overwhelmed by all the different impressions, the many places (and churches) we saw, but each one was worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arcos de la Frontera. I love the small towns with medieval flavor."

Joseph

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I had been on 2 previous Steves tours (Paris & Southern France, and Greece). I enjoyed them greatly; they were far more leisurely and less physically demanding than the Spain tour. Here, we walked far more and spent long periods standing on hard pavement while local guides spoke endlessly about points of marginal interest (to me). My feet became increaslingly swollen and painful and I had to fly home early. I would not repeat this type of tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia"

Libby

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We recently returned from two weeks in Spain with our wonderful guide Javier de las Casas, and a great group of new friends. We managed to see a lot of interesting things each day -- including those on our "bucket list" like the Prado in Madrid, the Alhambra in Granada, and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona -- and yet have occasional free time for resting, and exploring places on our own. We really liked the itinerary, and arrived a day early as advised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many "WOW" moments to pick just one favorite! In Barcelona, we were meandering back to our hotel one afternoon when we came across a fine classical Spanish guitarist playing in a small plaza which was a wow moment for us, and my husband loved Gaudi's architecture. In Madrid, of course, the Prado museum among other treasures. The Alhambra in Granada. And the flamenco and our last night in Sevilla."

Lynda

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most amazing tour! I have traveled all over the world at various times in my life but had never before taken a tour. I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it and how much more I learned by being on a tour. I had been to Spain once before many years ago but I did not come away with as complete a flavor of the people, their history, and their culture as I did from this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Seeing the Roman aquaduct and Isabelle's castle in Segovia, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the beautiful Alhambra, and the city of Sevilla were impressive. Having the experience of seeing a bullfight and then going to the farms where the bulls and the Picador's horses are raised and then seeing the oldest bull ring in Spain and a former bull ring turned into a shopping complex in Barcelona gave me a more complete picture of this unique Spanish tradition."

Rosemary

Miami, FL

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third ETBD tour and it was the most enjoyable. Here are a few reasons why: 1) This was the most congenial group so far. Everyone was very positive and friendly. They were all interesting people and great traveling companions. 2) We enjoyed perfect weather the entire trip! 3) Our guide Javier was excellent. 4) In Arcos, we "took a vacation from our vacation" - as Rick Steves likes to say. It really helped to be off the bus and enjoy a quiet day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada we went up to the Albayzin and saw the Alhambra Palace at sunset, with the Sierra Nevada in the distance. Then the next morning we toured the palace and gardens. Seeing the Alhambra gave me greater insight into and respect for Moorish history and Islamic religion."

Susan

Elkridge, MD

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think this trip could have been better. Besides the variety and number of places we saw, a lot of thought went into how we saw them. For example, we visited the Alhambra in Grenada in several stages; first from the outside at a distance, then during dinner from a restaurant terrace, then lit up at night during a walk down from the restaurant and along the river, and then from a tour inside the next day, followed by free time for the gardens. We absorbed rather than saw the Alhambra.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the significance of bullfighting in Spanish culture by direct experiences including attending a bullfight in Madrid, visiting a bull raising farm and meeting the toreador-owner, touring the historic bullring and museum in Ronda, stopping to get out and pat one of the 200 gigantic black metal bulls along the road, and listening to Javier talk about the politics, art, history of the bullfight, and what it means to him personally (tradition, Spain, family) remains thought-provoking."

Rodney

Paradise, CA

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour took us to nine different cities. Small and large towns and cities combined. What a great way to experience and see Spain from all avenues. The tour guide Javier Menor to all the local guides and the bus driver Jose made for a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many to choose from and I can say everyone was a wow moment. The tour of the horse farm and the bull ranch to the museums and cathedrals. WOW. But for me the little town of Castillo where the home owner took us into her home and served breakfast to us in there lifestyle that was a WOW moment."

Kitty

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. I could not have planned the itinerary better. The whole tour was well planned and [INVALID]d. I specifically like the following: 1. accommodation is centrally located to interesting sites. 2. for important sites (e.g. Prado), you gave us a good overview and then left us to finish the tour at the pace we want.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada with view of Alhambra in the back. Carriage ride with champagne as the grand finale! Visit to Sagrada Familia. Roast pig lunch at Jose Maria in Segovia."

Gloria

Paradise, CA

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Magical!!!! This is my husband and my second RS Tour; it's as good or better from our first. Javier, our guide made the trip flow with ease, yet he managed the travel details and (his surprises for us) with no worry to us. All we had to do was be open to excitement, wonder, and learning about Espana, Ole'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My number one wow moment, I think was when we were having our third dinner together in Madrid, and Javier asked us, not seat with our mate(husband), at first I was taken back by that thought, but we all did as he asked. Halfway through dinner, I could feel the positive energy in the room and we started to act like old time friends, we were clicking. Instead of traveling with strangers, we started traveling with friends."

Clay

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Javier is a jewel, knowledgable and helpful. The local guides varied in quality. The itinerary was well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult. I liked the Madrid bullfights and the Jerez sherry and brandy tour, since Spanish brandy is a favorite.. All liked the dinner looking at the Alhambra!"

Linda

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience - it was like traveling with family. Javier, our guide set an interesting pace but made sure we were safe & happy with our options. We learned so much about the history, the culture, the politics, & the food of Spain. Great blend of guided group tours, small group events, & free time. Javier was available for any questions, conversations, or advice about independent options. We had a very compatible group which enhanced the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments - from the overwhelming Sagrada Familia. guided tour of the Prado in Madrid, sunset group dinner overlooking Alhambra, visit to Alhambra, to our last evening together which began with a horse & carriage sunset ride with champagne to dinner"

Jim

Solana Beach, CA

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The level of activity with scheduled and free time was such that you could see everything you could want, without being over or underwhelmed. My time inside the cathedrals and museums could generally be shorter,but I enjoyed all of Alhambra! I am generally happier outside, but inSide sagrada familia was sensational. I enjoyed the windmill tour, the sherry tour, and all the walking about. I am 6'6" so I was disappointed in the bus seats, made for about 6' max. I now siesta!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra and gaudi, and the authentic flamenco."

Helen

Solana Beach, CA

Tour: 05/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I begin? Seriously, it was the absolute trip of a lifetime. We had been on a Rick Steves' tour to Italy a few years ago and never dreamed we would be fortunate enough to go on another one. Spain was magical - from the hilltop hotels with breathtaking views - to the four star five course meals - to the cathedrals and local guides (anyone of who could teach comfortably in a college setting - to Javier, the kindest and most perfect of gentlemen; with more patience than a Saint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No rating as they were all fantastic! The carriage ride The Andalusian horse farm The visit with the local folks for breakfast The windmill tour The hotel outside of Ronda The Flamenco performance The dinner with suckling pig The Alhambra, Sagradia Familia The rooftop view of the sunset on the Alhambra Too many to recount"

Kathy

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Spain was excellent in every way. Great breadth and depth of info, lots of ground covered and Helen made it fun and seem effortless. Good balance between planned and free time and lots of diversity and laughs to keep things interesting. The local guides were pros and made their cities come to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many: - ducking into Gaudi's Sagrada Familiale as the sun was coming out; the light streaming through the windows takes your breath away - dashing around the windmills of La Mancha sipping almond liqueur and munching on queso and of course JAMON! - sipping ice cold mint lemonade at a Morrocan restaurant in Grenada while the owner brought out all kinds of specialties to try - the Surprise Baroque "hole" in the back of the Toledo cathedral dome"

Richard

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was great, seriously went above and beyond. Hotel room in Barcelona was very noisey. Hotel room in Madrid very noisey and bad breakfast. Loved our bus driver, Jorge, and Rosie. She really helped with Helen's many details. Lunch with ladies after Ronda was a keeper on all levels. Tour guides were exceptional. The woman at windmills had trouble being understood. Seeing horse show made the day, w/o. the show it would have been a bit of a bore. Sherry tour not great, but tasting good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Inside the Sagrada Famila...not the outside. Unreal light and color. Playing golf near Arcos. Seeing the Alhambra at night with lights from our great restaurant."

Jennifer

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling the Rick Steves way was a wonderful experience. Although he warned us about street noise in our hotels, I never had to deal with that in the hotels where I stayed. The group dinners surpassed my expectations; the food was delicious and plentiful, as was the wine. It was great to have most of the planning done and the travel arrangements taken care of. Not having to wait on lines at major tourist sites dealing with tipping guides was great. Our tour guide, Helen was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of my experiences were "wow" moments, except for those described below. The carriage ride after our farewell dinner was a special, unexpected treat, along with a bottle of cava provided. Going to a local classical Spanish guitar concert at a church close to our hotel in Barcelona was an unexpected pleasure."

Marcia

Fort Pierce, FL

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful - great guides with Helen and Rosie, terrific group dynamics, and a fun itinerary. Each day was well paced. I enjoyed the entire trip, especially the smaller hillside towns of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a number of wow moments. The Andulusian horse show that was being staged for the school children was amazing, such a treat to be entertained while watching the children enjoy the beautiful horses perform. I loved visiting Segouia and Toledo, the suckling pig lunch, dinner on the Alhambra at night, really too many experiences to mention. It was all good!"

Don

Fort Pierce, FL

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great tour experience. The group was exceptional as well as Helen and Rosie, our guides. The Spanish food and people were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having brunch in small groups with locals where we sat down in their house and were able to tour the house after a wonderful breakfast."

David

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, as did my wife. The group was a good mixture. Our guide knew her stuff and was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona took my breath away. The Alhambra in Granada. History was very where. After the tour I visited Scotland and I found myself thinking that every church, castle or palace will now pale by comparison to what I viewed in Spain."

Angie

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour completed my experience in Spain. I had not been to the south of Spain, and I was not disappointed. As usual, the tour was first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our approach to visiting the Alhambra was perfect. We had dinner across from the Alhambra the night before our tour where we watched the sun set on this beautiful structure. As darkness approached, we witnessed the lighting of the exterior. The next morning we toured the Alhambra and the magnificent gardens. Many of our group went to a Moroccan restaurant for a late lunch where the owner "cooked" for us. WOW This was another Rick Steves' perk."

James

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th RS Tour and one of the best. Our guide, Helen , did an outstanding job of making our trip so wonderful. She was well prepared, very knowledgable, she had a number of suggestions for what was available to our free time. All the local guides were excellent with their presentations further affirming the advantage of taking a RS Tour. Our fellow tour members also helped make the whole experience very memorable, no grumps, everyone got along, which is always nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stop in Granada and the Alhambra, the dinner over looking the Alhambra the night before and our tour of it the next day."

Lesley

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip with a Rick Steve's tour. We enjoyed the small group, which allowed us to get to know each participant. We adored our trip leader, Helen. She was knowledgable, helpful, organized, and she enlightened us with great stories and history as we travelled the country. She has a heart of gold. We enjoyed the mix of city and small town stays. We got the vibrant city experience and we also got to watch the sunrise and sunset over beautiful agricultural fields.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments happened with the incredible local guides each time we had one. They opened our eyes to aspects of history and culture that we would not have gotten on our own. That enriched the experience greatly. I got a year's worth of art history with the FABULOUS local guide we had at the Prado. Conception gave us a vivid picture of the brotherhoods, the Holy Week processions, and history of the Church and culture of Seville. The Andalusian horse farm tour was a highlight for me also."

Terry

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent introduction to Spain with an excellent tour guide and very compatible tour members. Thanks to Rick's "self-selection" process, nearly all tour members were up for the high level of activity of the tour, and I appreciated that there were no whiners, no slow-pokes. We had an excellent mix of culture, architecture, history, landscapes, food, and all of it was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe it sounds hokey, especially knowing they were built (or rebuilt) not long ago to please the tourists, but I was quite wowed by the windmills of La Mancha!"

Constance

Ashland, OR

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an absolute joy to travel in this group. Our guide Helen Inman orchestrated a fine (and often hilarious) blend of fascinating sights, great local food, free time to pursue personal interests, and informal fun. Perfectly located hotels--the history and charm of Spain was on my doorstep each morning and something intriguing was always just around the corner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I woke up early one morning at our country inn and strolled under orange trees through terraced gardens on up the hill. From there I watched a pink and gold sunrise over the mountains, olive orchards and vineyards. I could have stayed there forever."

JoAnn

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To evaluate Spain/14 Days as an OUTSTANDING experience, which it was, I need to reassess my former 3 trips as somewhere between good & adequate. I don't wish to downgrade them. Yes, Spain has more zing than England, Scotland & Ireland but it was the tour guide that made this trip sizzle. Helen exudes an overall feeling of loving her job as well as the country we were touring. She is extremely at ease, giving the impression (to me) that Spain was the country of her birth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, almost too many to single out a favorite. In general, traveling by bus allowed me to drink in the countryside that would not be so appreciated if traveling by car. While not maybe my favorite, but the first sight of a "Don Quixote" windmill followed by exploring the interior, was a definite "wow." Segovia's remarkable (WOW) ancient aqueduct more than captured my immagination. I couldn't help but compare its beauty and substance to our modern structures."

James

Venice, CA

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent group, very good tour leader and some hotels and places we might never find on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night time view of the Alhambra."

Carole

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was beautiful, much more than I expected. I just wanted to see the Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra. I was wowed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra in the moonlight, lit up in the darkness."

Richard

Toronto, ON

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfectly planned trip. It hit all the right notes in terms of education, experience and holiday. Our guide and all around manager, Jorge, was upbeat, positive and, I think, really concerned with our learning something about his country. The local guides were, once again, top notch. It is one of the things I value most about Rick Steve's tours; the quality of the local guides. The detail, history and anecdotes make every stop an entertaining and educational experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our favourite moments was being brought to understand and respect the cultural traditions of Holy Week in Seville. Again, through the professionalism and talent of our local guide, Concepcion. There were also the wow moments of a couple of hotels at which we stayed. One in particular in Arcos de la Frontera. Beautiful views and amazing sangria. Can't go wrong!"

Donald

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun. Busy. New experiences and a great group of co travelers made for a wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but I would pick the fabulous dinner at the restaurant with the view of the Alhambra."

Daniel

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Making reservations was excellent and easy. Our Tour Guide; Jorge , was the best guide we have had in a long time. He is intelligent, knowledgeable, informative, being born and raised in Spain, lives in Madrid was a real plus. He made the entire group feel special, comfortable, and interested. He watched out out closely for everyone in the group. While traveling via bus or just walking to designated places, he gave a constant commentary of the area, history, sights of interest, food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All was new to us therefore WOW"

Candis

Toronto, ON

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think the tour was planned very well with the stops in southern Spain like Ronda and the great hotel there (a great break from our tour) and Arcos de la Frontera. I have been on 2 other tours but the people on this one were definitely the best!!! Everyone was so great and we hung together so well and had fun. (Luck of the draw, I know.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Arcos de la Frontera and the hotel (convent) in Arcos. It was definitely a "wow" moment with the view from our balcony."

Dawn

Evergreen, CO

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so packed with activities and sites to go to. There was hardly a dull moment. Overall just a jam-packed fun-filled tour. Wonderful tour companions and guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were plenty of 'wow" moments. The first one was the Sagrada Familia. So unique. Of course the Alhambra and the dinner the night before. The special roast suckling pig meal in Segovia was oh so good. The carriage ride was great, not exactly wow but so appreciated. Simple things like going to the market in Madrid for dinner of tapas and wine were so memorable."

Craig

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain (2013) was our third Rick Steves tour (Adriatic 2010, 21 Day Europe 2011) and delivered good value and experiences via Jorge Roman, our excellent guide, tour route, accommodations, food and places visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but the Alhambra stole the prize."

David

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I really enjoyed the tour. It hit most of the highlights of Spain that I wanted to see, and I was able to stop in Cordoba on my way back to Madrid after the tour for the big highlight that wasn't on the tour. I liked the mix of included tours and free time, and enjoyed my traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada was amazing. The detail work throughout was impressive, with new surprises around every corner. A close second was the Sagrada Familia, especially the inside, with the amazing pillars and colors."

Patricia

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Country, docents and Jorge exceeded our expectations. We have traveled abroad a fair amount and this will be be among our best experiences. We will definitely consider another Rick Steves tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most everything was a well balanced wow. The compatibility of a group of 25 was a bit of a wow!"

Charles

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 10/07/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time throughout the two weeks. Toledo had a certain charm and character to it that were delightful and unexpected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Flamenco dance was so awesome and so unique to Spain that it was the top tour moment for me. My expectations were extremely high, and it lived up to my hopes."

Greg

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Maybe that was because it was my first Rick Steves tour. Maybe it was our tour guide - he really kept surprising us as our adventure developed. Crescendo seems to be the appropriate term. Maybe it was the perspectives we heard across the great landscape of Spain covering economics, politics, people, and of course history. It was an intense 2-week crash course in Spanish history kneaded together with olives, manchego, jambon; expertly muddled with drink.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to sort, but for those of you who have never taken a carriage ride in Sevilla let me assure you, this should be on your bucket list."

Cheryl

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Due to American Airlines travel problems, we arrived in Barcelona as our group was continuing its morning tour of day #2. Our guide, Javier, quickly transitioned us to events of the day. From then, until completion in Seville, we were well guided, being filled with local wine, food, taste treats, history, customs, and many "wow" moments. Comfortable lodging each night completed each day's experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Naming one? Hmmm...difficult. We had a fabulous group dinner on an outside terrace, overlooking the Alhambra. By riding crowded city buses, we arrived at our dining site after meandering through the evening life of the people in the area. White clothed tables were the site of our many wine accompanied delicious dinner courses. Buying treats created at the convents by the nuns was a quaint, delicious custom. The boxed goodies were never disappointing."

Jorge

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing experience. Federico, Amanda and NOW javier! Rick, you sure know how to pick your tour guides. The 14 day Spain tour was just amazing! Unexpected towns, foods, wines, stops galore. The way Javier handle it all behind the scenes was outstanding. He is truly an asset to the Spain team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arcos de La Frontera and the Bull farm. The view from my room over looking Arco was splendid. I just wish I had bought that Cuabn cigar to enjoy it with some Harveys cream. The bull farm was an eye opener for me. How they train thier horses was just amazing."

Dean

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace of the tour was perfect with plenty of free time and never feeling rushed. Hotels were great and the locations were ideal. Centrally located within easy walking distance to all the desirable attractions. Our tour guide Javier and each of the local city guides added immeasurably to the experience. You can only get so much out of a guidebook. The food and wine were amazing and at times it felt like we were on a gourmet tour of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Has to be the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona followed closely by the group dinner featuring roast suckling pig and the Alhambra."

Jonathan

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided an excellet taste (literally and figuratively) of the country. The pace was good, and there was a good balance betwen visiting sights and being exposed to the culture and the people of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments linger in my mind. A few of my favorites: the Sagrada Familia, the impromtu group paella dinner, Javier's dining service on the train ride to Madrid, the aqueduct in Segovia, every moment in Toledo, the picnic at the windmills, staying atop the cliff in Arcos, the Hotel Amedeus, the carriage ride in Sevilla."

Brian

Aptos, CA

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was very good. We had a great group and they all subscribed to the Rick Steves method of travel. I think our average age overall was around 60 but everyone was young at heart and fairly fit in order to do all the walking etc. Of course I suscribe to the thought that 60 is the new 40. The tour was just the right mix of tour and free time. I would have liked it to be a little longer and include Morocco, as it did when our daughter took the same tour a few years before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 2 favorites were: When we arrived very late in Barcelona, we checked in to our hotel at about midnight and the city was still very much alive. At about 1 am out in the street below our window a huge group of roller bladers came by. There were hundreds of all ages. It was a great family thing and made us aware that Europeans offer so much more for young kids and teens to do at night that are safe activities. Our other moment was the horse carriage ride with champagne to the beautiful square."

James

Columbia, MD

Tour: 09/30/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a smashing success thanks to the exceptional stewardship of Javier and the incredible professionalism of the various local guides. Javier is truly an asset to your organization. He went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that all of his travelers were well taken care of. He demonstrated enthusiasm, knowledge, and patience for the entire tour. My only suggestion is that the radios we used for most of the trip be included for the tour in Seville.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a difficult question. There were so many "wow" moments. From the magnificent cathedrals, suckling pig dinner, the bull farm, the windmills, etc., etc., etc. However, I would have to rate the cathedral in Seville as the wowest. After all, it did take 250 years to build!"

Julius

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was outstanding. The itinerary was excellent and provided a nice representation of places from Barcelona to Sevilla and a variety of locations from large city to rural (villa outside of Ronda). We had and outstanding tour group - definitely no grumps - which always adds to the enjoyment of a tour. We got a good sampling of different cultures, as well as food, and gained an understanding of Spain's history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Certainly La Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, dinner overlooking Alhambra, the villa outside of Ronda and a morning walk there, Alcazar in Sevilla, witnessng a Mary-float procession, including drum/trumpet accompaniment, outside the cathedral in Sevilla, and Sevilla itself. And a carriage ride at night after our farewell dinner in Sevilla."

Robert

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You hit all the good points, very comprehensive. Good food, good experiences, excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived in Granada in the rain and there was a procession blocking our way. Helen, wonderful guide found a way around and to the hotel. We all laughed and enjoyed the fun of something different. But of course the suckling pig dinner was a wow."

Stephanie

Dumas, TX

Tour: 09/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spaniards were pleasant whether crowding together for a parade, strolling the paseo or sitting all around you for street-side dining. The weather was perfect in late September. We saw all the sites and more without difficulty. The tour group was larger than we expected at 28 and made up of older folks. They turned out to be very experienced travelers arriving punctually, hiking/walking with vigor and very congenial and pleasant travelers. Helen was tops!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was magnificent. I was wowed by the grandness of it and the moorish architecture. I was also wowed by the Sagrada Familia. I can't say that I was prepared for the celebration in Madrid with the firing of live guns by the military or for the large crowds turning out in several cities for parades / processionals."

Romona

Pasco, WA

Tour: 09/14/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience of Spanish culture, art, architecture, and food. The Flamenco dance is passionate. Goya's delicate brush strokes a masterpiece, as well as the Prado Museum. Gaudi's Palace, Sagrada Familia Church, Royal Palace, Roman Aqueduct, Alcazar Palace, Toledo Cathedral, LaMancha Windmills and especially the Alhambra provided a lengthy study of magnificent, ancient architecture. Seafood Paella, Rioja Wine, and multiple varieties of Jamon, cheese and olives were treats for the palate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona absolutely takes your breathe away. Would love to go back in 2026 when the church is to be completed. It is such unusual architecture in which to feel the presence of GOD. Watching sunset on the Alhambra Palace while eating a superb dinner, visiting a bullfighting farm, and watching a horse perform at the National Andalusian Horse farm receive honorable mention."

Bruce

Mesilla Park, NM

Tour: 09/09/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I both speak Spanish, and she had lived three years in Spain in the 1970's. So this tour was ideal for us, Having just completed our Basque tour, we arrived one day early in Barcelona and were glad we did. What a magnificent waterfront! And the Picasso Museum was also a must. Toledo was an ideal city for walking. We loved the El Greco Museum. The bus ride down to Granada took us through some spectacular mountains -- rugged and vertical! Everything was superb!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of them was riding the bullet trains. Clean, on time, fast (180 miles per hour!), and whisper quiet. El Prado is one of the world's great museums; I spent the entire afternoon there after our regular tour. The Roman aqueduct in Segovia is amazing, despite the sign at its base ("The Home of the Whopper"), in English! We also greatly enjoyed the wine tasting in Madrid, and the sherry tasting (with its private art gallery) and the Andalusian horse farm in Jerez de la Frontera."

Linda

Mesilla Park, NM

Tour: 09/09/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a return trip to Spain, having lived in Madrid in the 70s. It was fascinating to see changes and learn about Spain today, and the country seemed both familiar and new at the same time. I loved every minute of it and wanted to stay longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one? It's so hard to choose between the stunning view of the Alhambra during our evening group dinner, the magnificent aqueduct in Segovia, the first view from the terrace of our hotel room in Arcos, Velasquez paintings in the Prado, the whole city of Toledo, and a beautiful, untouristy flamenco show in Sevilla. I thought the tour was full of wows."

Kathryn A

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/09/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour from start to finish. Our guide, Amanda, was wonderful, our 25 travelling companions formed a very friendly group and we saw so much in just 14 days. I liked the mix of organized activities and free time during which you could explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that would have to be when I entered the Sagrada Familia. The interior was so beautiful with the sun streaming in through the stained glass windows. A close second would have to be the view of the Alhambra in the moonlight from the terrace of Carmen Las Tomases."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Barcelona before your tour begins, use Rick Steves' Spain guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Spanish and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Many of Barcelona's sights are closed on Mondays. See your guidebook for more details. Confirm all sightseeing plans with any tourist information office.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Barcelona that we do not do as a group: La Boquería Market (closed Sundays), Picasso Museum (free admission Sunday afternoons; closed Mondays), Casa Milà, Catalan Art Museum (closed Mondays), Fundació Joan Miró (closed Mondays), Parc Güell (closed Mondays).

If you are interested in attending zarzuela, the Spanish light opera in Madrid, you may want to check the schedule and buy tickets before leaving home. More information can be found in Rick Steves' Spain guidebook; schedules and booking information are at http://teatrodelazarzuela.mcu.es.

Transportation

Most tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. We recommend talking to your travel agent about "open jaws" airline tickets (flying into and out of different cities). Barcelona and Sevilla both offer good transportation options, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

The most direct option is to fly into Barcelona and home from Sevilla (which may require an overnight in Madrid or elsewhere within Europe). If you have extra time and flexibility, you might want to consider a round trip flight into and out of Madrid or Barcelona. This option will require either a train journey or low-cost flight from Sevilla and an additional overnight in the original city.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips and decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

If you are continuing on after your tour (especially to Portugal), we strongly suggest you research and consider booking your transportation before leaving home as last minute bus and air fares can vary greatly in price. If you do not book your post tour hotels or transportation in advance, be sure to make time at the start of the tour to make all your post tour travel needs.

For specific details about traveling elsewhere in Spain, please see Rick Steves' Spain guidebook. If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425/608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Spain Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Packing

For ideas on what to pack, check Rick's Packing List and our Women's Packing List.