The vibrant capital of the Catalunya region beckons with outstanding art, dreamy architecture, and fabulous food. We'll explore Barcelona from tip to toe as we trace the footsteps of Gaudí, Picasso, and others while strolling the lively Ramblas past the Gothic Quarter and down to the revitalized port, where sandy beaches are just steps away.
Portugal combines history-rich Roman, Moorish, and Baroque architecture with charming small towns, beautiful seacoast, delicious food and wine, and soulful music. We'll begin our travels in lively Lisbon, then meander south to the Algarve coast and Évora, and north to the coastal town of Nazaré, Coimbra, the vineyards of the Douro Valley and Porto.
Our journey begins in Barcelona, gawking at astounding architecture and rambling down the Ramblas. Then it's on to Madrid, where we'll fill up on tasty tapas, visit top museums and venture out to the smaller towns surrounding this metropolis. We'll finish up in the south with Granada, Sevilla and the whitewashed hill towns of Andalucia.
Spain and Portugal are packed with world-class art treasures, vivid folk life, fine foods, and a welcome that matches the sunny climate. We’ll explore the big city thrills of Barcelona, the majesty of Madrid, the Moorish treasures of Granada, the whitewashed hill towns around Sevilla, and Portugal's romantic Algarve Coast, before finishing in bustling Lisbon.
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The Basque region is known for its independent spirit, lush scenery, and amazing cuisine. Our travels go from the laid back seaside town of San Sebastián to the modern architecture of urban Bilbao to the charm of French Bayonne, and introduce you to a corner of Europe that many Americans have yet to experience.
The Camino de Santiago began as one of three major Christian Pilgrimage routes in the Middle Ages and today it is still walked by thousands of people. Learn about walking the trail, including understanding way markings, where to eat and stay, equipment and packing, and spiritual and mental aspects of the journey.
Considering a Rick Steves tour to Italy, France, or Spain? Our experienced tour guides give a preview of these destinations, then answer your questions about some of our most popular itineraries.