March Tour News

Hi from Rick: Spain's Cauldrons of Culture

Hosting our annual tour guides’ summit last month, I enjoyed how our guides from each country stirred favorite travel memories. It’s these memories — these experiences from different cultures — that are the most treasured souvenirs of our travels. And for people who take our tours, it’s the guides who connect us with mountains of unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories.

Our Spain and Portugal guides are particularly full of energy when it comes to celebrating their culture, and sharing vivid travel moments. For example, popping into a rustic tavern for tapas, a traveler can look up to see a stampede of cured ham hocks hanging from the ceiling, their toned legs with pointed toes like barnyard ballerinas. On barstools beneath them... Read more

In this issue

Slideshow: The Best of Spain, Day by Day

From Gaudí and El Greco to tapas and flamenco, Rick Steves’ Best of Spain captures the energetic diversity of this country, with rich helpings of Catalunya's Gaudí, Toledo's El Greco, masterpieces of Madrid's Prado, whitewashed Andalusian hill towns... Read more

Slideshow: The Best of Barcelona & Madrid, Day by Day

Rick Steves' week-long getaways typically feature one city, but this one delivers two! Barcelona and Madrid are two of Europe's most festive places, where food and art are a celebration of culture. And we even give you a day in historic Toledo... Read more

Slideshow: The Basque Country of Spain & France, Day by Day

Straddling the modern-day borders of Spain and France is one of Europe's most ancient, independent-thinking regions. Starting in Bayonne and ending in Bilbao, Rick Steves’ Basque Country tour happily immerses you in the rich art, history, and culture... Read more

Slideshow: The Heart of Portugal, Day by Day

Starting in lively Lisbon and ending in proud Porto, Rick Steves' Heart of Portugal combines a dazzling mix of Roman, Moorish, and Baroque architecture with the small towns, seacoast, food, wine, and music of this tradition-rich country. Venturing far... Read more

Tour Members' Raves from Spain and Portugal

On the way back to our hotel after our last night's Best of Barcelona & Madrid group dinner, we were in Madrid's principal plaza. Our guide, Federico, approached a street accordion player, talked to him, and gave him some coins. Accompanied by... Read more

The Best of Spain and Portugal, Back-to-Back

Spain and Portugal have so much to offer, it pays to experience all you can in a single trip. To help you assemble your dream vacation, we’ve put together different combinations of our Best of Spain, Heart of Portugal, Barcelona & Madrid, and Basque... Read more

Video of the Month: Barcelona's Beaches & Gothic Quarter

Barcelona's once-seedy waterfront was completely transformed when the Olympics were held here in 1992. The man-made beaches — a series of golden crescents that stretch for miles along the Mediterranean — are a huge hit... Watch video