• La Pedrera (Casa Milà) rooftop, Barcelona, Spain
    La Pedrera in Barcelona
  • Plaza Mayor in Madrid
  • Toledo, Spain
    Toledo
  • Granada
  • Bullring in Ronda
  • Flamenco Dancer in Sevilla

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My Way® Spain in 11 Days

from $2,595 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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Your vacation to Spain begins in beautiful Barcelona and ends in sensual Sevilla — with the cultural delights of Madrid, Ronda, and Granada laced together in between. Rick Steves' money-saving My Way vacation package gives you the freedom to decide your own daily sightseeing priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a travel-savvy tour manager to advise you along the way. Join us for My Way® Spain in 11 Days!

Dates & Prices

2019

What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotels and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Barcelona to Sevilla
  • 10 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of neighborhoods in Barcelona and Madrid. Also includes radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2019
  • 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 your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

(r) = reserve a time before you leave the US
* = included in Rick's Audio Europe™ app

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

Welcome to Barcelona, one of Europe's most dynamic and diverse cities. Depending on when you arrive, today is a great day to wander through the maze-like Gothic Quarter, medieval cathedral, and refurbished harbor area. We'll rendezvous at our Barcelona hotel at 5 p.m. for a group get-together. Your tour manager will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood and Barcelona's public transportation system. Then you're free for dinner on your own, and maybe an evening stroll up and down the Ramblas. Sleep in Barcelona (2 nights). No bus today.

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

You have the entire day and evening free to explore this remarkable city. Armed with a guidebook and Rick's Barcelona City Walk audio tour*, you could hop the subway to see Gaudí's towering, dizzying Sagrada Família (r) and his colorful, playful Park Güell (r). Closer to the center, you can check out the Modernisme-themed Avenue of Discord, and a museum dedicated to another artistic visionary: Pablo Picasso (r). No bus today.

Day 3: Speedy Train to Madrid

All aboard! After breakfast we'll take one of Europe's speediest trains (the AVE) to Madrid. By mid-afternoon you'll be settled in your Madrid hotel, and free for the rest of the afternoon and evening, maybe to explore the lively streets around the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, or the majestic Retiro Gardens. Sleep in Madrid (3 nights). Train: 3 hours. Bus: 1½ hours.

Day 4: Masterpieces of Madrid

Today and this evening are entirely free to cover the best of Madrid with Rick's Madrid City Walk audio tour*. For many, that means the masterpiece-packed Prado (r) — featuring paintings by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and others. The Royal Palace is another great place to wander and soak up the opulence of Spain's capital city. Tonight, use your guidebook to put together a tapas crawl, and use your phrase book to connect with the locals (and to figure out what you're eating)! No bus today.

Day 5: Day Trip from Madrid

Your day and evening are free. It's cheap and easy to hop on a Spanish bus for a day trip to the old capital city of Toledo (for its magnificent cathedral, the Synagogue Santa Maria la Blanca and Santo Tomé Chapel) — or to Segovia (for its thrilling Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and imposing Alcázar). No bus today.

Day 6: La Mancha and Granada

Today we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," stopping to sniff the saffron. At about 4 p.m. we'll reach our destination of Granada. Once you've checked into the hotel, you might head up the Albayzín hill, find an interesting place for dinner, and enjoy a sunset view of tomorrow's treat — the Alhambra. Sleep in Granada (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours.

Day 7: Moorish Treasures of Granada

Your entire day and evening are on your own, and there's no better way to start than with a visit to the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra (r) — the last and greatest of Europe's Moorish palaces. Afterward, you might explore the colorful streets and alleyways of Granada's Old Town, and ponder the course of history at the ornate tombs of world-changing Ferdinand and Isabel, who reigned over a new age of religious zeal at home and exploration of the "new" Americas. No bus today.

Day 8: Ronda

This morning we'll drive to 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 Ronda (1 night). Bus: 3 hours.

Day 9: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

Today we'll wind our way between olive groves and pueblos blancos on our way to the flamboyant and atmospheric city of Sevilla. Our hotel's central location makes it easy to spend this afternoon and evening marveling at the world's largest Gothic cathedral — and window-shopping along the narrow whitewashed lanes of Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz. Tonight, you might look for a performance of sultry, swirling flamenco. Sleep in Sevilla (2 nights). Bus: 2½ hours.

Day 10: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

Your entire day and evening are free to do as you please. You could start with a visit to the beautifully Moorish-style Alcázar palace, the Sevilla home of the Spanish Royal Family for the past 500 years. Afterward, you can walk in the footsteps of Carmen and Don Juan, linger in Sevilla's charming squares, or stroll along the romantic Guadalquivir River. This evening, consider capping off your My Way Spain adventure with a carriage ride through the streets of Sevilla. Salud! No bus today.

Day 11: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our My Way® Spain in 11 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  4. Be responsible for your own daily sightseeing, admissions, meals (except breakfasts), and non-group transportation.
  5. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).

Reviews

Colleen

Rochester, MN

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, comfortable transportation in between cities, good input and direction from Tour Manager without being intrusive. We truly felt that we were doing it "My Way" and weren't tied into a rigid schedule. Really enjoyed the cities that we visited. The sights, food, drink and interaction with other tour guests was exceptional - and we wouldn't consider ourselves "tour group" people! - We like our independence. A perfect balance between a semi-guided tour and having an open schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. So historical, so breathtakingly beautiful. It was a surprise for me, as I hadn't been expecting such beauty."

Debra

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Enjoyed all the cities. The bus ride could have been more comfortable. The seats were a bit small and it seems the ride could have been smoother. Some people had a bit of motion sickness due to the up and down and etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two come to mind. The Sagrada Familia was stunningly beautiful and so different from anything I have seen. The city of a Ronda was so special and naturally stunning with the gorge."

Patricia

Montreal, QC

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went like clockwork. Great group of people, great guide, wonderful weather, fantastic sites to see, and fabulous food and drink.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things that I have always wanted to see were the Alhambra in Granada and the Alcazar in Seville, and I saw both of them, and was NOT disappointed."

Diane

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I very much like the set up of the My Way tour. We like having someone to answer questions and guide us but like that we can do what we want when we want. Doing as little or as much as we want each day. We also like not having to eat on a set schedule with a preplanned meal. We appreciate that the hotels and transportation between towns is taken care of for us. This was our second My Way tour and we would definitely do another in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally had more than one "wow" moment. In Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia was spectacular and literally took my breath away at every turn. In Granada, the Alhambra was just amazing! It is just mind boggling how long those structures have been in existence."

Michael

Bryan, TX

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotels were well located, clean, comfortable, and staff was always helpful. Our tour guide Amanda was excellent, we found her very helpful and knowledgeable. We particularly appreciated her arranging extracurricular activities. In particular a flamenco dancing event. She also arranged two dinners that we could attend. They were much appreciated as they gave us an opportunity to engage with her and our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unexpected events. For example we saw a religious procession and a "sheep" parade. The gardens of the Alhambra were particularly enjoyable"

Scott

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third My Way tour and it was great because of our guide Amanda, the cities we visited, amazing tapas and paella and the great people in our tour group that I was lucky enough to spend time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several wow moments, wandering the streets in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona and later enjoying Paella with tour members. Great tapas in Granada at the Bodegas Castaneda, and amazing views of the Alhambra from the Restaurante Las Tomasas. Hiking down into the gorge for some wonderful views of the old bridge in Ronda, climbing up the ramps in the Cathedral Bell tower for more great views and our farewell dinner in Sevilla."

Joan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good experence and the My Way approach suited us very well. Our guide was available daily for individual consultation. We would have liked more time in each city but were able to see the main sights that we had selected in advance. Fellow tour members were all very nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was a true wow moment."

Carol

Freeport, IL

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and we are sold on the My Way experience!! Having traveled independently in Europe previously, we found it to be the perfect balance between traveling on our own and as part of a fully escorted tour. Having Amanda available to us as a resource and to make arrangements really helped the trip go smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to choose just one moment! We saw so many wonderful sights and had so much fun with the other travelers in our group. The scenery and hotel in Ronda were spectacular and I was very pleased that we were able to see the Alhambra, thanks to Amanda's ability to secure tickets for us at the last minute."

Darlene

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For us, "the my way tour" worked really well. Enjoyed the structure but yet flexibility to set daily site seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was a cool stop over. The beauty of this area was unexpected and the hotel was fantastic. The staff treated us like family."

Thomas

Glenview, IL

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our My Way Spain Tour was fantastic and far exceeded our expectations. Providing transportation to each city, a centrally-located hotel and a good breakfast was just what we needed. We appreciated the opportunity to make our own plans and follow our own interests. It was great to travel with knowledgeable, experienced travelers; we made several new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments--the unique hotels, the guitar concert, the Alhambra, Ronda. But the Sagrada Familia was tops, absolutely magnificent!"

Veronica

Westminster, CO

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The cities were beautiful, Barcelona probably being our favorite. Each town offered a little something different and worth seeing. The hotels were great and our accompanying couples and individuals were so much fun! All transports ran smooth which made the journey so nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think we could pinpoint one wow! The four bests in Barcelona we La Familia Bascillica, L'Padrera, the "market", and walking Ramblas. Granada's Alhambra (which we couldn't see as we didn't get tickets in time), Hot Baths, and city streets were amazing. Ronda was a beautiful town to walk through. Our trip to the bull raising farm was a great surprise. Sevilla just felt warm and welcoming. A big surprise was the mushroom Metropolitan and Plaza de Espana"

Sarah

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour, and it was the best experience for us. Wish there were more options for taking My Way tours! It is so nice to have transportation and hotels planned for us, and we are comfortable exploring on our own. We had traveled to Spain once before but had several locations we had not visited before. Barcelona, Granada, Ronda, and Sevilla were my favorites. Madrid is too crowded and loud for me now. :) We look forward to our next Rick Steves experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was my most anticipated "wow" moment. It was amazing! My "wow" reaction to Sevilla was unexpected and wish we had extended that part of the trip. We have a reason to go back which we are already talking about."

Tony

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the MyWay tour fit my wife and I perfectly. Having the transportation and lodging arrangements made let us focus on the activities we wanted to pursue each day. Really nice tour, great group of fellow travelers, beautiful cities and scenery, and an excellent tour manager. Couldn't have asked for anything better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i would have to say the gardens at The Alhambra, and the view of the Alhambra from across the river in the Albysin neighborhood from a group dinner location. Both were beautiful. From a different perspective the Plaza Mayor in Madrid and all the different people enjoying the Paseo. Families, tourists, old and young just enjoying being together. Spain is a special place."

Joanne

Depew, NY

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd. My Way Tour and I really love the idea of not worrying about hotels & transportation. Every hotel was centrally located, which made it easy to navigate the cities we were in. Since I had gotten tickets to everything we wanted to do, we just had to find out how to get there. We could just walk or when we needed the Metro, we were never very far from one!! Our guide was always available for any help needed & she organized a few group activities which were great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was my WoW moment. And the city was so much fun to explore! Every city had something unique to offer! Madrid had the museums! I also liked the vibe & shops in Granada. Ronda was a complete surprise.It was awesome! The hotel there was outstanding! And I loved the Real Alcazar and Plaza Espana in Seville! All in all, it was a wonderful trip!!"

Randall

Carbondale, CO

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well run and the cities chosen were a good mix to get the flavor of southern Spain as the pace was not too hurried and the hotels were located with easy access to city sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me there were a few "wow" moments. I added four days to the beginning of the trip in Barcelona so that I could see as much Gaudí work as possible as I have wanted top see them for many years. The Alhambra was a "wow" as was the Real Alcázar in Seville."

K Tiana

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, Cicerone tour of Albayzin (Albaicin) and Sacramonte with Beatrice."

Alice

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the best I have ever experienced, as I have toured on university tours before as a leader (AHI and Collette Tours). Great choice of cities and towns, loved Ronda. It was a great experience and I will recommend it to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia"

Margaret

Monterey, CA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was exactly as offered. Hotels were excellent and in great locations! Paul our guide was very patient and knowledgeable and a great help to everyone. Transportation wise on time. Everything met or exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada was my favorite location and the hotel in Ronda was exceptional!"

Yoko

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized. I like the itinerary (places we went, length of stay at each place except Ronda). The size of the group was perfect (not to big or too small). The tour guide (facilitator) was very pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our stay at Ronda. After two busy cities, it was really nice to stay in a small town with pretty surroundings. the hotel was beautiful. Unfortunately, it was too short. I wanted to stay at least one more day to relax."

Susan

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pål was an excellent guide. His initial tours of the cities to help us get oriented were so helpful. (We really appreciated this after we were traveling on our own) his advice on restaurants and customs were so appreciated. The bus treats and gatherings were also very thoughtful. We appreciated the last dinner together and the Flamenco night. We would visit fewer cities in future tours and intersperse with longer visits in smaller places like Ronda, Incorporating outdoor activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Street opera in Barcelona near the Roman gates. Eating at the Carmen's in Granada at sunset. Coming out of dinner in Ronda to see a procession of St Francis at a street fair in Ronda."

Sandra

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Andrew Lyon was so helpful. He was always ready to help everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our buggy ride in Sevilla."

William

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"My Way" was truly my way. We were able to do exactly what we wanted to do without the headaches of setting up transportation and lodging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the cathedrals from the gothic Sevilla to the modern Familia Sagrada."

Kathleen

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steve's Tour (both were My Way Tours) and we felt that our first one to Italy may have been our favorite. The weather was hot during this trip and it made it uncomfortable for many of us. We wish we had waited till the last tour of the year. The language was more difficult and we even know a little Spanish. Seems that Spaniards don't speak English as much as the Italians we met. We loved the sites, but in the end we felt it was too big of cities. We were wanting smaller

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Palace in Madrid, personal guitar concert in our hotel in Ronda (sorry that was 4)"

Bill

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was everything I expected it to be and more! Our guide Andrew was prompt, informative, efficient, smart, and a genuine nice guy! We really enjoyed his company. On several occasions he went out of his way to make our trip more enjoyable. ie, One night in Ronda, we asked him to show us a good restaurant and he just said, "follow me I'm hungry too". He took four of us to a small out of the way place that looked like it was only frequented by the locals. It was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but I have to say it was when I looked over the rail in Ronda and viewed the spectacular gorge far below. I actually said WOW! (I read later that Ronda was the same town that Hemingway used as an example in his classic "For Whom The Bells Toll".)"

Karen

Black Diamond, WA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My husband and I wanted to try a My Way since we've had a great time on 2 previous RS tours. We thought it'd be fun to have an unstructured tour, to get up when we wanted, go where we wanted, without having a firm schedule. Turns out we aren't dedicated enough travelers to be left unattended:) But it was a good experiment! From this tour we also found out we are NOT big city people, but prefer the smaller towns like we experienced in our Villages of Italy tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada, not just one "wow" moment but the entire city. We enjoyed it to where we'd like to come back to just here."

Lynn

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an awesome tour experience with Andrew! Such a fun, cool, knowledgeable, unflappably generous guide! The accommodations were close to the general points of interest, usually within walking distance. The train and bus rides were excellent! A great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, so many! Looking over the bridge in Ronda! Our hotel room was awesome in Ronda and we were treated to a guitar concert that was very moving! Could have stayed there another night! Walking inside the Mosque-Cathedral in Granada! Wow!"

Anne

Aurora, CO

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and our time was used efficiently, not any standing around waiting, which I appreciated very much. Our guide, Andrew was great! He was so personable and he really went above and beyond in doing things that made our trip more fun. He even found a bar in Madrid and got the bartender to show the Bronco game so some of us could watch it! I'm sure he did many more things like this for others that I don't even know about. I enjoyed his obvious love of travel and of his job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't name just one: -the evening we got to Ronda, the classical Spanish guitarist that played for us in the lobby for about an hour! What a great surprise! -seeing the Alhambra -Grenada!!"

Rosalind

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was exactly what we had hoped for. The difficult aspects of booking hotels and transporation were taken care of and we only had to plan the fun part- what sights to see, where to eat. It was great to plan our day to suit ourselves - as busy or laid back as we chose. We have travelled to Europe a number of times independently and did one Rick Steves guided tour. The My Way tour was perfect mix of the two..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one moment, but I keep remembering touring the fabulous gardens at the Alhambra. It was so wonderflly peaceful and beatiful. I could have stayed there all day."

Sherrie

Pflugerville, TX

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour, and we were very pleased. We definitely liked being able to do the "my way" tour since we are very, very active, and it allowed us to pick what we wanted to do. Having Rick Steve's arrange all the hotels and transportation once we were in Spain was a huge stress relief for us. Since we are not familiar with Spain and how the train schedules are and which hotels are best, using Rick Steve's was a godsend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda, Spain. We thought it was going to be a sleepy little town with not much to offer, but it was the complete opposite. It was amazing. It has a beautiful gorge that we hiked around and at night it is lighted, so the gorge had a surreal feel to it. We also stayed at a 400-year-old mansion converted to a hotel with around 20 rooms. The owners of the hotel were very friendly and sweet, the rooms were amazing (and huge), and the entire experience was AMAZING!!!"

Ann

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have nothing but praise. I've told everyone who inquires that this tour was well organized, well run, well thought out, and beautifully guided.

Antoinette

Bradford, MA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tours...and like all the others it was amazing. Again great guide, best locations, good advice and lots of fun. Can't wait for the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There really were too many to pick just one....each location was special in its own ...eating at the Furnace pops I to mind though. It would take an hour to type it all.....it was that good."

Joseph

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra, Sagrada Familia and bull fight in Madrid"

Martha

Sonora, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so relaxing to know that the hotel accommodations and transportation concerns were taken care of. The cities we visited were beautiful. I could have stayed longer in each one. The accommodations were nicer than what we usually choose on our own. The hotels were located in the hearts of the cities we visited. Perfect! Pal was the perfect guide for a My Way tour. He was available every morning to answer questions and advise - always with a smile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had not heard of the city of Ronda until I saw it on our itinerary. Wow! The bridge, the gorge, the incredible views. I stood on the bridge gazing at the surroundings in hopes that my brain would retain what I was seeing. I took so many pictures with my phone and with my mind. And, the hotel...what a treat! Also, I didn't expect to be so awed by the Flamenco experience in Seville. The performance brought tears to our eyes."

James

Sonora, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got what we signed on for. We were certainly on our own when released each day after breakfast. We could have used a conference each day before we set out. Perhaps I want to have it both ways - My Way and a more structured approach. Some days the range of choices seemed overwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Spanish Civil War Tour in Barcelona. The tour guide was outstanding in her knowledge of the subject matter and ability to communicate a very complex subject. I appreciate Rick Steves' direction to this opportunity."

Beth

Ottawa, IL

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a delightful experience. The tour members blended very well. We traveled with different members of the tour when our schedules matched, which was enjoyable.The My Way option allows for independence, but a support system.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took a relaxing side trip to Segovia and loved the suckling pig which was served with a flourish at the Meson de Candido. The Pileta Cave outside Ronda has pre-historic cave drawings, which were certainly awesome. Finally, the authentic Flamenco show in Sevilla was very memorable."

Doran

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect. Wanted hotels and transportation provided for but our days free to fill as we wished. Great to have Pål as a resource person and he arranged just the right amount of group activities - a wine pot luck, a Flamenco experience and a lovely group dinner. Please tell him that yes we were able to see Gibraltar, just barely, as we passed over the mountains on the scenic route to the Costa del Sol after "the tour" ended. Gracias.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in a carmen watching the sunset and the colors change on the Alhambra across the valley AND visiting the Prado to see Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and Goya's black paintings AND witnessing National Catalunya Day in Barcelona AND hearing the wail of Flamenco in Sevilla."

Francis

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all facets of our trip and we also had a wonderful group that got closer as the trip progressed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Barcelona and also Madrid but the WOW moment was Ronda. Probably spending another half day would have been perfect"

Ted

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was wonderful. Andrew was delightful, knowledgeable and eager to help. Our hotels were nice and incredibly located. Spain "My Way" was a wonderful way to see the beautiful country. It was a great blend of independent travel and having a great group to be with.

Virginia

Columbia, MD

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first attempt at solo travel. I've always enjoyed the Rick Steves' shows and books, so when I had a chance to join the 'My Way' tour as a 'bridge' to true solo travel, I took it! The tour met all of my expectations, and my travel group was fabulous. Andrew was a great tour manager - just the right amount of 'hands on' and availability to allow our group to really get to everything we wanted, without getting in the way of actually doing it. The city orientation walks were just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I know everyone says this, but Ronda is spectacular. The gorge, the bridges, the white-washed buildings ... it's all visually stunning. Additionally, there was an amazing flamenco show (with gourmet dinner) in Madrid, Wagyu beef tapas in an unassuming tapas bar in Sevilla, a wonderful (and last second - thanks, Andrew) tapas and wine tour in Granada ... and just looking UP in the Sagrada Famiglia. Every wooden door in Spain seems to be unique - I never stopped being impressed by that."

Ron

Kirkwood, MO

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour, but first "My Way." We found it to be "just right." I enjoy doing the planning (using Rick's guidebooks), and Lucy values the security of having a tour guide. Most important - Lucy has walking limitations, so this format allows us to move at our own pace. We love running into (and doing activities/dinners) with fun RS tour-mates. This group was the best researched & most adventurous of any RS tour group thus far. This group was awesome, and Andrew was a wonderful host!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two WOW moments! #1) Attending early Sunday Mass at Sagrada Familia. Exiting the Metro tunnel, I turned around & looked up in awe! Mass was spoken in 5-languages, choir & organ music filled the chambers, incense galore! All in Gaudi's inspired spiritual rain forest at sunrise! #2)The Alhambra in Granada. We started early, entering via the huge back door (Justice Gate) entrance. Indescribable beauty! We also enjoyed a late dinner from a Carmen terrace viewing Alhambra sunset with new RS friends!"

Kora

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Spain was incredible! It was the perfect mix of guided/preplanned details (great hotels and easy transportation from city to city) and the freedom to see what we wanted and spend as much time as we wanted! Andrew was fantastic, going above and beyond and telling us about Spain's history and current issues. Every hotel was centrally located and had good rooms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Ronda, we experienced a flash rainstorm that caused the river in the gorge below the city to rush. We all got soaked, but it was a fun and memorable experience. The flexibility of our tour guide, our bus driver, and all of the tour members amazed me."

Constance

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Let's start with our guide Andrew. Right from the start he was approachable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaging. He encouraged us to remember our role as travelers and to be good ambassadors for our country, as Rick Steves Travelers and as a group, which I really appreciated. We covered a lot of ground and got a very good overview of Spain but I never felt like we were going too fast, although I would have loved a few more hours in Ronda. The hotels were very nice and well located

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were some very pleasant extra bonuses that I had not anticipated or expected such as how much I enjoyed the other travelers in our group. I have been in contact and hope to stay in contact with several of them and may book trips with them in the future. The cocktail party and the exceptional dinner our last night of the trip was amazing. Thank you. I'm now a Rick Steves fan for life."

Linda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way was a great way for me to travel to Spain as a single person. I'm pretty autonomous, but it was lovely to have company when I wanted it. Our little community of travelers became great resources for each other- someone always knew something about something. And of course, Andrew, our manager, knew everything. I loved that all the hotels were located in the heart of the oldest and most interesting parts of town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada and the Alhambra was my biggest wow moment."

Jenny

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is amazing! My Way was great for us - we enjoyed the flexibility, but appreciated not having to worry about hotels, breakfast, or transportation. Hotel locations were excellent and very convenient. Andrew was a great guide, very willing to help with individual interests and recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra itself, but also the views from it and of it (from San Nicolas and San Miguel Alto). Ronda was stunning and being in a smaller city was a nice change of pace. Casa del Flamenco in Sevilla was amazing. And the food everywhere was fabulous!"

Michelle

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was excellent. Our guide was a great help in taking care of the logistics so we could focus on relaxing and planning the activities we wanted to do. He provided great tips and stories during our travel times. He also provided options when we asked for additional information. The interaction with our fellow travelers, while limited, was fun. It was really a pleasant group to share our travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Alhambra in Granada were particularly moving. Overall, Granada and Ronda were the preferred cities. They are smaller and allowed you to relax away from the chaos of the larger Barcelona and Madrid."

Deborah

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I've been on several "traditional" Rick Steves Tours but this was my first experience with the My Way tour. I did enjoy the increased level of independence with activities, but I did miss the incredible amount of history and stories of the region shared by the previous tour guides due to the amount of time we spent with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each location we visited had a special wow moment for me. The three top wow's were the Royal Palace in Madrid, looking over the rim of the Gorge in Ronda, and the Cathedral in Seville!!"

John

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall - I like Rick Steves. I would have liked more help in understanding how to order Tapas.

Andy

Ripon, WI

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoy the My Way tours! Andrew did an exceptional job - very knowledgeable and helpful. He helped us straighten out a logistical issue in Granada, which was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed our day outside of Madrid. We saw El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, Segovia, and Toledo (although that was just for dinner and it was after visiting hours!) We rented a car to make all of that happen, and even renting and driving the car added to the great day. I also thought the Royal Palace was stunning."

Shelley

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first My Way tour and it exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed not having the hassle of arranging hotels and transportation. Our hotels were conveniently located In each city. We could walk to most of the sights. I liked traveling by bus through southern Spain's lovely countryside. Our guide Amanda was wonderful. She arranged several outings for our group that made the trip more memorable. I would definitely do another My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Alhambra in Granada, the gorge in Rhonda and flamenco in Sevilla."

Scott

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way concept worked well with the way we like to travel and site-see. We like to pick and choose the sites to see rather than have a rigid schedule planned for us. Amanda did a wonderful job of keeping us informed of sites to see and good eating venues in each town we visited. We could tell that she enjoyed her work, and helped to make our trip easy and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra and Sagrada Familia were amazing. I like to wander the old parts of the cities and sample the local food specialties. Seeing the countryside while traveling between cities was interesting, as well."

Monica

Fort Mitchell, KY

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My "WOW" moment is all about Amanda and how she how handled 4 people that were sitting in on our first "get to know her meeting" In Barcelona. She knew right away that there were too many people in the room, there were not enough chairs. Instead of finding out who was lost, or who didn't belong, she didn't miss a beat. She just assumed they were part of our group (even though she knew they were not) As we went around the room and said a little about our selves

Favorite "WOW" moment

"(cont) we all figured out quickly they were not part of the tour group. Amanda let them participate as we introduced ourselves and she spoke about the trip. Amanda represented Rick Steves in such an awesome and positive way, just letting those 4 people be a part of her group for those 2 hours. I was so impressed how she handled the situation. She is outstanding!"

Teresa

Westerville, OH

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fantastic experience! Loved the immersion into Spanish culture, food, history. Amanda was an excellent guide - so helpful and cheerful. This was our 2nd My Way tour (did Italy 3 years ago). Both were just what we were looking for in travel...having the arrangement end taken care of and having the freedom to explore on our own pace and within our own interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide on one! Sunset dinner viewing the Alhambra probably tops the list although a private Spanish guitar concert at our Rhonda hotel is there as well."

Elinor

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain in 11 days tour with Amanda as our guide was outstanding! The hotels were located in the center of each city we stayed in, making it easy to navigate around the locations we were hoping to get to. The food was fabulous, loved the art, the culture,discovering tapas and Tingo Verano. The tour mates were good company, friendly, as curious and delighted as we were to be in such amazing and beautiful areas of Spain.This was our first trip to Spain and the memories will bring us back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments to mention really.Barcelon's Segruda Familia and Gaudi's astoundingly beautiful architechture, the gardens stand out. Discovering tapa bars, buskers playing, Spanish guitar music[INVALID]-etc. The Alhambra in Grenada,the tile work, the Moorish quarters with delicious food and tea. Appreciated the opportunities to see so much beautiful art,museums fabulous! Lots of opportunities to explore and wander on our own. Amanda made us all comfortable with her good humor and quick to help."

Becky

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We've been on two previous Rick Steves tour, but this was the first "My Way". We really liked the format, but did miss the more in depth historical information along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say- it was all good. Ronda was very nice."

Ann

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary was well constructed. I wondered why the small town of Ronda was included - until we arrived there! The RS book provided great suggestions for things to see and visit, along with restaurant recommendations that we found helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the most pleasantly surprising museums (and I love museums) was the Archeology museum in Madrid. It was so amazing and I think it should be on RS's "must see" list. I would also have to say that the views in Ronda were so beautiful and unexpected that might be the winner for my "wow" moment."

Kelley

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the experience was really excellent from beginning to end. Some of the highlights for us (first time with RS tour) were: great group of like-minded people on the tour, great itinerary, very good treatment by airlines (even thought not part of the trip it was an important factor! We spent just enough time in each city. Appreciated the rules of the group and the trip (timeliness, etc.). Amanda was very good although made several mistakes (wrong busses, wrong street addresses, etc.) but ok

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there were several WOW moments: -Palau de la Musica, Barcelona. The tour guide, who was also a staff member at the Palau, was excellent. He did a great job explaining the history, architecture, highlights, Unesco world heritage site uniqueness and surprised the tour group by playing a piece on the organ. -Flamenco guitar "concert," in Ronda. We had a private "concert" at our hotel. Frederick was outstanding and the experience was unforgettable. -Flamenco Dancing, Seville."

Suzanne

Glasgow, KY

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was just as I hoped. WE had the support of our guide but the freedom to follow our interests in Spain. My husband and I are in our 70s and were afraid that a traditional tour would involve more that we wanted to do. We obtained the tickets for activities/tours that we wanted to see. All in all, the My Way experience was just right for us. The hotels were just right too. They made activities very accessible. I wouldn't change a thing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the Alhambra in Grenada. Tickets were hard to obtain but so worth it. Breathtaking."

Mary Jo

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational, inspiring, beautiful, very organized, loved the accommodations and how they were all located in the middle of each city, tour guide was always available & resourceful & very approachable. Loved the cities we toured. Each had their own special uniqueness, character, & charm. Our group bonded well which, I believe, is very important--no conflicts. Loved all the opportunities presented for each city. The Alhambra, Sagrada Familia, Alcazar, etc. were spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Moorish & Christian influence in the architecture & art displayed at the different monuments (i.e. Alhambra, Alcazar). Absolutely beautiful! I couldn't help but stand in awe & wonder how all of what I was observing was done. Such detail & beauty!"

Ronald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As expected, this my way tour was very goood. All the hotels were more than decent. It is very relaxing that all the hotel accommodations and transportation is taken care of. Despite visiting Spain for the first time, the location of the hotels were central making exploring each destination a snap.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite destination was Ronda. The town was adorable and the landscape unforgettable. The gorge was breathtaking. This was not at all what expected."

Tillie

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This is our third Rick Steves' tour, and was most disappointing. Although we signed up quite late, we did not know we needed advanced tickets for important tour sites such as The Alhambra, Segrada Familia, Park Guell, etc. We paid a premium for these sites in order to visit. In addition, we spent a good portion of time trying to secure tickets with poor website connections during the tour. Had we known, we would have signed up for the fall instead.

Reuben

Oxford, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide (Rich Earl). Well-coordinated travel arrangements. Hotels were well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda!"

David

Cadillac, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything. Rich, our tour director did a very good job of guiding folks and even took one member of our tour to the ER. Most of our group knew each other from a Rick Steves' Italy trip a few years ago so we made our own plans for tours, meals, etc. We plan to use your tour services again to go to Ireland, hopefully next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A special all inclusive dinner in Madrid at the number 2 rated restaurant there. It is not on your guide and is out-of-the-way."

Kathy

Cadillac, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our "My Way" tour was pre-planned months ago by one of our participants, so we did not have many activities with our tour guide Rich, but he was always available and very pleasant to travel with. We did some food tours and bike tours that would not have been a part of the Rick Steves agenda, but it was a lot of work for our organizer to get our okays for participation, and payment in advance. I don't think I would do a "My Way" tour again because of the amount of work involved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was an unexpected bonus on our tour--we absolutely loved the town with all its festivities, and enjoyed our hike down to the bottom of the bridge and back up along the gardens."

Shirley

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'm still on the fence about a My Way tour. Rich felt we way overbooked ourselves, but I feel having done both guided and unguided in Spain, that yes we overbooked ourselves, but our guides were much more thorough in their presentations than on the guided tours.Spain is a hard trip and you note that in the catalogue. I still don't know if it's better to take a guided tour and not participate in what you don't want to see, or go the other way.The crowds are huge now days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the interior of the Sagrada after a 10 year absence. Wow, the progress inside was incredible. Ticket mixup shortened our interior time; a bummer!"

Pauline

Marysville, WA

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, it was lovely! All Ricks suggestions, comments, and cautions were right on. The length was just right, with hotels and transportation well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada and the Alhambra! I also loved The Sagrada de familia. I adore Gaudi's work."

Nancy

Oxford, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We're glad we went in May. Temps were in 70's for high and 50's in the evening. Only problem I had was poanllens and molds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed view of Alhambra at night from the restaurant where our group enjoyed a wonderful meal. but my favorite "wow" moment was Ronda. I loved our family run hotel. We enjoyed flamenco guitar concert and wine tasting recommended by hotel."

Ann

Gurnee, IL

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a group of 22 friends, 16 of whom met on a guided Rick Steves tour to Italy in 2012. We picked a My Way tour since our group is of varying ages and abilities and this format allowed everyone to go at their own pace participate or not in our planned activities. We were also joined by 6 people who weren't part of our group of 22 and all of us got along great. We now have 6 new friends - so a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Madrid surprised me. I didn't expect that I would like it as much as I did. We did a Bravo Bike tour to Segovia one day from Madrid and it was one of the highlights of the trip."

Susan

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The big value on our tour was our tour manager. I believe he went above and beyond expectations to make the tour members feel comfortable and taken care of. He was generous with his knowledge and his time. I liked the orientation walks he took us on when we reached a new location. And I also enjoyed the information he gave us on our journeys from location to location. They were very helpful and allowed us to feel comfortable with the new destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think there wasn't one moment but learning about the influence of the Moors and seeing that influence in Granada and Seville was very educational and of special interest to me. I also liked feeling that I had prepared for this trip. So the information we received before the trip took place assisted me to be able to feel that I was ready to get the most out of the places we were going."

Michael

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way" experience was unbeatable! Having hotels all [INVALID]ed in advance and completely ready for our arrival made the entire adventure all the better. Each hotel was perfectly located and afforded a great place to rest and refresh. The transportation was equally well-[INVALID]d. Our high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid was outstanding! Our guide Andrew did a fantastic job - offering just the right amount of info, advice and orientation in each city. Overall, a Five Star vacation!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Ronda offered the most surprising and spectacular views and perspectives! To have had only one night there was a real teaser - and the Hotel San Gabriel was truly outstanding! Can't wait to go back..."

Patricia

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first My Way tour. It was excellent, and my husband and I will likely do another someday. The only hiccup was the need to purchase our own tickets to massively popular (i.e. sold out) locations. Although we'd been reminded of the need to plan ahead, I only tried to buy Alhambra tickets 1 month ahead, instead of the 3 months suggested in the still-unread guide book. All 3 methods listed were sold out. Thankfully contacting the HOTEL from home was successful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia. Again, I hadn't realized tickets would be so scarce and we had to leave the welcome meeting to visit. Astonishingly beautiful."

Paul

Meadow Vista, CA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain tour was better than I expected, particularly Barcelona where I was a little concerned over the political situation there. But none of that was evident, I think this was my favorite city. The people were wonderful everywhere we went and the food and wine was amazing (and very inexpensive!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the sunset over the Alhambra while eating at one of the Carmens."

Lorraine

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's My Way Spain was exactly what I wished. I wanted to travel to Spain but without the worry of how to get to where I wanted to be and the quality of the hotel. The travel through the country was seamless and hotel quality was very good. The rooms were clean and the beds much better than I had hoped. Andrew our escort was wonderful; he was very patient, very organized, and had a wonderful easy personality.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada was a real surprise. I expected the Alhambra to be amazing, what I did not expect the beauty of Granada. I will definitely come back to Granada and spend more time in this amazing city. Also, Ronda was really amazing, absolutely beautiful!"

Jim

Forest Lake, MN

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first "my way" tour with Rick Steve's. The accommodations were good and the location of the various hotels was excellent. At each location we were in the "heart of the City" and a short walk to most sites of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was the "new" bridge at Ronda. Another tour highlight was the bull ring at Granada. Although I doubt if I would ever attend a bullfight I found the site along with the background of bull fighting provided by our guide, Asa, fascinating!"

James

La Pine, OR

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good time. Ass added a lot. Extra effort for special tings like drinks dance

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco dancing"

Debra

Arvada, CO

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the cities visited and length of tour. We liked the "our way" tour option. Asa was a pleasure to be with and exceeded our expectations in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bus ride to Ronda, Spain as the scenery was spectacular."

Barbara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Spain was everything we wanted. The [INVALID]ion of cities, transportation, hotels, and support from the tour manager were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The Madrid City Hall put a big sign on its facade saying REFUGEES WELCOME HERE. 2. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was startling in its size and design; the tour was well done and the guide spoke well. 3. Our tour manager organized an evening of a flamenco dance program, educating us in advance."

Jan

Forest Lake, MN

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! Saw a lot of Spain. We had great hotels in great locations. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The train and bus rides were enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably looking down on the Alhambra from the San Nicholas viewpoint with Flamenco music and dancing in the background."

Margo

Lee, MA

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I traveled together for the first time in Europe. Rick Steves My Way provided us with a perfect way to travel that guaranteed us a great time together. We were not pre-occupied with finding the perfect hotel or with struggling to figure out travel plans. We were left to spend quality time together. Ousa, our tour manager, enhanced our daily plans with her city orientation and outstanding recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We are both foodies-JOY found a paella cooking class where I learned that the paella I had been making for years was not authentic....."

Frank

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My Way - I spreadsheeted the cost and can't argue the economics. That being said, the structured aspects were daunting. Getting into tour time which is very USA like: early to bed early to rise was adjustment. A note about Barcelona, unrelated to Rick Steves Tours: Pedestrian walk ways allow skateboarders and bicycles that can mow tourist down. Saw many, too many instances of pedestrians knocked around. I myself had to dodge skateboarders, riderless skateboards and plenty of bicycles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"lack of salt in food, which is a good thing."

Jean

Raymond, MS

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour, and we chose it because my husband was recovering from back surgery and was not sure he would be able to keep up with swift walking of previous Rick Steves tour guides. We pictured ourselves spending most of our time sitting at sidewalk cafes. At that time we knew so little about Spain, but once we studied the tour book we found there were many must-sees. Luckily his back had healed and we were able to move quickly ourselves to try to see everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual Rick Steves tour hotels were so marvelously located. Just down the street from our Hotel Nouvel was the old Santa Ann Church with posters outside about classical guitar concerts in its small intimate chapel. We experienced Ksenia Axelroud and Joan Benejam playing pieces from Carmen and other [INVALID]ions just a few feet from the audience. Afterward there was a reception just outside within the historic cloister with complimentary wine and an opportunity to speak to them."

Jon

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the way the transportation and lodging was arranged for me. Then, I was informed of great things to see and do. All features of this tour was flawless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Asa arranged a flaminco performance for us. She explained in detail the subtlest of the performance. Very entertaining."

Karen

Point Reyes Station, CA

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Spain and all the cities we visited. Would have enjoyed another day in Barcelona. So much to see there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Asa arranged for a small group of us to visit a cave outside of Rhonda. Wonderful cave paintings! A real adventure."

Fred

Point Reyes Station, CA

Tour: 10/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gourge in Rhonda and a seafood restaurant in Barcelona that went from almost empty to 300 people in a half hour. The coordination of the staff in handling all this was amazing."

Katy

Monterey, CA

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this trip, the itinerary, the pace, our Escort and the other travelors.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking across the "new bridge" in Ronda and peering into the cool, shaded gorge below. It was such a dramatic linkage of the old and new parts of Ronda, which was a very interesting town."

Carl

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual the Steves' organization provides great hotel locations and accommodations. Travel arrangements are timely and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Barcelona...Ronda was spectacular and best hotel."

Timothy

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Spain tour was both relaxing and stimulating. I enjoyed being in control of my time and being able to do and see what I wanted. Having a very knowledgeable My Way Tour Manager, paved the way for that to happen in the best possible way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to tour the Alhambra in Granada, has been very near the top of my bucket list for a long time, since studying Landscape Architecture in college. It exceeded my expectations. I wasn't able to get reservations before leaving home, but our Tour Manager, Andrew, was able to make that happen. WOW!"

Gail

Hood River, OR

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the itinerary and the ease of having hotels and travel arrangements made. Andrew was an outstanding guide. Also loved the opportunity to meet new friends and to share wine and tapas with them in the evenings

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alhambra"

Lawrence

Lebanon, OH

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful experience -- far exceeding our expectations -- on the MyWay Spain tour. Transportation, check-ins, communication in general were all so professionally handled that we cannot seem to be able to stop talking about it! Special kudos to our Escort, Andrew Lyon who held 2-hour "office hours" daily to help those on the tour. An interesting side effect of the "My Way" type tour is you get to know the 20+ other folks pretty well after a couple of weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. For me, it was a tie between the majestic vies in Ronda and the Al'hombra."

Tim

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were clean and very comfortable. The bus and train were fantastic. Andrew is the best and very passionate about his job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night in Ronda. Wish we had two or three nights in Ronda."

Rich

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time in Spain - and Andrew was a big part of it being successful. He was well organized, kept us informed, and very knowledgeable about what to see and do in each location we traveled to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually my favorite part of the "My Way.." tour was the dinner the night before the tour ended. I would suggest that future tours hold a group dinner early - maybe one week after the tour begins - and again at the end of the tour. At our dinner I felt that I connected better with my fellow travelers and would have enjoyed this earlier."

Rebecca

Aptos, CA

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent country to visit. Andrew Lyon was very helpful and available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona full moon rising at beach, Sagrada Familia, Alcazar Palace"

Judith

Vineyard Haven, MA

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on two other Rick Steve tours and liked the My way tour very much. We are older folks and found that we could pace ourselves much better on the My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Sagrada Familia church. View of the gorge in Ronda."

Susan

Lebanon, OH

Tour: 10/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have used Rick Steves' books to plan our travels for many years, but this was our first tour and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide Andrew was a gem - thoughtful, knowledgeable and fun to be with. He gave us an orientation walk in each city and was available each day to answer questions and make suggestions of what to see and where to eat. Every hotel was located right in the heart of the city making for an easy start to each day of sightseeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No way to pick just one - Alhambra palace and the views from the Alcazaba were amazing. Ronda was breathtaking. I guess I have to say that my favorite was when the streets of Seville FILLED with people to watch the gilded float of Mary being carried for hours through the neighborhoods as a lovely Spanish woman explained to us the significance of the festival."

Tim

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and [INVALID]d. Expectations were well set and consistent with what was both outlined in the tour communication and Rick Steves' Spain book. If trip attendees reviewed all this they were ready. However, the difference between "Outstanding" and Good can be directly attributed to our tour guide, Rich. He did an excellent job in being available, providing key insights and balancing individual tour interests while bringing the tour together as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada. Both the old city, Albayzin and Alhambra. The history, transition of powers and integration of multiple cultures."

Barbara

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rick Steeves Tours are always terrific! First time we did my way version. Our adult children met us in Madrid where Elvira's parents live. We spent our time touring with them and enjoying her homeland. We enjoyed the hotels, the tour guide's knowledge and interest in creating the best experience possible. This type of tour was perfect for us this time. we had our own family tour guides in each city but enjoyed the secure structure of your tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia!"

Marcia

Kodiak, AK

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every minute of our Spain tour and the "My Way" style was perfect for us. Key to the success was the daily conversations with Rich, our seasoned guide, who provided suggestions and information about each area and how to get around, not lost! Also, each hotel, in every city, was perfectly located at a central plaza, which made it easy to walk out the door and start the day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Alhambra was the highlight, but I really appreciated attending two professional, small venue "Spanish Guitar" and "Flamenco" performances. Something very special, away from the typical tourist crowd."

Lynn

Paoli, PA

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip totally exceeded my expectations (and it was not my first RS "my way" tour). Each city we visited was a "must see". Every hotel was perfectly located. Our tour director was outstanding. Every day was an adventure.... I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Introducing me to Spain was like letting the genie out of the bottle. I had no idea! The colors, the flavors, the landscape, the charm....everything was incredible. If I could only do one thing again it would be Rick Steves' walking tours in the old sections of each city (particularly Barcelona and Sevilla). Without that guidance we would have missed some of the most fascinating sights and details that made the overall experience so extraordinary. You MUST do this!"

Joseph

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought everything went smoothly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had two. The Familia bascilica in Barcelona and the Cathederal in Savilla"

Cynthia

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have used Rick Steves books for several of our trips but have never done an organized tour. Doing the "My Way" tour was a great way to start and this group of people seemed like a good mix. We feel like it was very positive overall and well worth the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose but probably the Granada part of the trip stands out the most. Our tour guide Rich offered up a dinner option and made a group reservation for those interested. It was a spot we would never have found and ended up being a great evening complete with full moon looking across at the Alhambra."

Kara

Stoneham, MA

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice people on the tour, friendly and engaged tour manager, just the right amount of time at each location. This was my first Rick Steves tour and I would definitely do another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with our group at a Carmen overlooking the Alhambra - gorgeous! Also, biking along the beach in Barcelona followed by an unexpected gourmet-quality lunch at one of the little restaurants (chiriguitos?) on the beach."

David

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Tour was fantastic. The hotels were very good, some better than others but overall very good. Rich, our tour guide was fantastic. He provided wonderful guidance and organization to the tour. He went, as I consider, way above what I would have expected in a my way tour: 1) he acclimated the tour members with a brief walking tour at each destination, 2) organized optional happy hours or dinners, and 3) offered and provided any information or assistance to the tour members daily.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally like the town of Ronda. I prefer small towns where you can walk around leisurely, eat and drink and enjoy the local flavor. I would have liked to stay there for two days and see some of the local sites."

James

Worthington, OH

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour information provided ahead of time greatly facilitated our preparations and planning for the trip. Letting Rick Steves tackle the hard part of arranging for hotels and transportation and prioritizing sites worth seeing made the trip relaxing and enabled us to enjoy at our own pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: Gaudi's La Padrea and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona; evening dinner overlooking the Alhambra Palace under a full moon in Granada; the hill town of Ronda; the Alcazar Palace in Seville."

Shannon

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second my way tour, and frankly, the tour guide sets the tone. Rich is wonderful and amazing. His knowledge, kindness and ability to 'read the group' made for a great trip to Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had nothing to do with the tour, but meeting up with my high school exchange student after many years. We wandered all over Madrid walking and talking. I also enjoyed the politics of the Catalunia vote taking place in Barcelona and Madrid during our stay. There were many other wonderful highlights and wow moments, but one doesn't stand out more than the rest."

Omar

Bridgewater, NJ

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. Richard's personality and knowledge was a big part. What bring us back is the free time to explore and do what we like. The train ride was great, but the bus was smaller and tighter that we one we had previously. The hotel rooms were generally good, except some had really small bathrooms, even for Europe. The location of the hotels was fantastic (right in the middle of it all. I would suggest 2 days in Madrid is sufficient and apply the additional day to Ronda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada was my favorite place. The Alhambra was the epic; the whole experience, the castle, the gardens, the dinner Rich arranged the day before. I also liked the narrow alleys (Reminiscent of Venice)."

Florence

Heathsville, VA

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You did a very good job managing my expectations. The hotels were very well located but rooms were typical European rooms small but adequate. Location location location made up for any shortcomings in hotels. Moving from town to town was very comfortable and well thought out. Our "shepherd" Rich Earl was very helpful. Several activities I really wanted to do he arranged for the group if others were interested. You have taken the stress out of trying to either drive or use public transport

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner on a hill across from the Alhambra"

Karen

Branford, CT

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was just the right amount of my time sprinkled with a little bite of group time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The activity in Barcelona leading up to the election."

Mary

Galesburg, IL

Tour: 09/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th My Way Tour and we have enjoyed each one. We appreciate having the hotels and transportation arranged for us, and the added advantage of a tour guide giving advice. An unexpected highlight is being able to meet other travelers in the group as desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We both loved the Gaudi sites-Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and La Padrera. It was interesting to see how Gaudi's mind developed architectural concepts based on nature. We also thoroughly enjoyed an optional dinner arranged by our guide, Rich, with both a full moon and the lighted Alhambra in the background. Trying to blend in with the culture of a country is always a goal which we enjoy pursuing."

Leslie

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Just what we were looking for! We appreciated the structure that Rick Steves provided us with all of the hotels and the travel details (buses, trains, walking tours etc...) taken care of and also appreciated the flexibility it encouraged. Amanda was a terrific guide to Spain. She was knowledgeable about the history as well as the current political climate and of course had detailed knowledge about sights in individual cities that we might be curious about. Would go anywhere with her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but truly one that stands out for me was the evening we had checked in to our beautiful, intimate Hotel San Gabriel in Ronda. Our welcoming hosts had arranged for an incredible Spanish guitarist to play for us. We all sat together in the comfortable lounge, Amanda helped the host serve us sherry and as the light became dim with the sun setting, we listened to the guitarist play. It was a magical moment for me--I still get goosebumps thinking of it."

Robert

Easton, PA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic!! In 11 short days we experienced much of Spain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seville Cathedral and the Prado"

Susan

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra!"

Barbara

Casper, WY

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed Spain immensely. We thought the hotels and transportation were good and especially liked the locations of the hotels. It was our first Rick Steves tour and our first My Way Tour and we found some things we liked and some things we didn't. This isn't a reflection on Amanda or the tour; it is just a decision we have to make about how we want to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. We really enjoyed the Prado and the Spanish Royal Palace in Madrid. I think part of that was based on the location of the hotel and our ability to walk everywhere."

Stephen

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I spent the better part of a year looking forward to this trip and it did not disappoint. My wife and I talked over our various options for what to see in each location and how to spend our time. We could see the sites at our pace and on our schedule making the trip our own. I look forward to other My Way trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pileta Cave, the entire experience!"

Mary

Eagan, MN

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never taken a RS My Way trip and we found it to be great. The headache of researching hotels and driving from city to city was taken care of we got to enjoy the sights we wanted to see. Our TD was great. She was very knowledgeable and her 'office hours' were very convenient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See the vastness of the Alhambra at night."

Molly

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about our experience with RS tours. We expected a different escort in each city so having Amanda for the entire trip was a pleasant surprise. Having her so accessible was a real bonus. The accommodations could not have been better situated, the rooms were bigger than expected and very quiet. The "Your Way" format is perfect for us. We liked the flexibility of making our own schedule but still having the opportunity to connect with other travelers if we chose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some special moments included the private Spanish guitar concert provided by the hotel in Ronda, the breathtaking beauty of Alhambra, and wandering the warren of ancient streets in each city we visited."

Heidi

Ashland, OR

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first time we have done My Way and I think it was perfect for us. The hotels and transfers were all very good. Amanda did a great job of giving us opportunity to be with and enjoy the group. We loved Spain.The itinerary was well structured and the chosen stops were excellent choices. The weather was great but of course I guess your company isn't responsible for that. The guide book was very useful as was the preparatory information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one. I guess the east wall of the Mezquita in Cordoba. Also the Transillumination behind the altar in Toledo - wait - that wasn't part of the Steve's tour. It's easy to say that the best group experience was the Flamenco show that Amanda arranged. I'm a great lover of dance, and this was extraordinary. Apparently it was new for her to get the full, true flamenco experience with 3 singers/vocalizers/clappers/stompers plus guitar plus of course the two fantastic dance artists."

Sharon

Langley, WA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the mix of freedom to explore and good advice and tips from our Tour Manager, Amanda. One of my favorite spots was the Sorollo house museum and garden in Madrid. This is a small, intimate, beautiful space filled with beautiful paintings. Amanda had great tips for tapas bars...I'm really missing the olives, croquettes, fried squid sandwiches washed down by sangria or a very dry sherry.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above and the impromptu guitar performance in the hotel in Ronda. The hotel was amazingly beautiful and comfortable; the guitarist was an unexpected highlight. He was extremely talented."

Jeanne

Draper, UT

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with Spain. Amanda was a great tour coordinator - very knowledgeable, made great suggestions, and was very accessible. I loved Barcelona. Would have spent more time there. Sevilla was a pleasant surprise [INVALID] I'm not sure what I expected, but I quite liked Sevilla. I don't know that I need to go back to Granada. Having seen the Alhambra once is plenty. It was a great experience, but don't need to repeat it. I loved eating tapas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments. The first was experiencing the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. That is just an overwhelming and reverential feeling. I booked a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia and am glad I did because I would not have learned as much as I did had I just gone on my own. I would have liked to spend more time learning about Gaudi and have gone to Monseratt, but now I have a reason to return to Barcelona. My second "wow" moment was viewing the Guernica mural in the Reina Sofia. Wow!"

Sally

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been on a tour before and after having done the Spain my way tour, I can't wait to do another one. I can't say enough about how well orchestrated and enjoyable this tour was. The hotels that were chosen, the amount of time spent in each place (except we could have used one more day in Ronda, what a PLACE!) our wonderful tour guide Amanda, and the amazing sites, smells and tastes of Spain were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montserrat was my favorite few hours of wow, from hearing the priest sing inside the cathedral, surrounded by all the beauty, to standing in the black circle in the courtyard where I could feel the forces of spirits? the universe? God? Don't know what it was, but I felt it. The mountain is spectacular and mystic. My favorite wow moment was in Ronda, when our innkeepers arranged a special concert for us from a Spanish guitarist by the name of Frederico. To hear him play was so incredible."

Gary

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed seeing different parts of Spain. Train and bus rides were fine. I thought Amanda was in control of the group. She was very positive and helpful to everyone in the group.Would do another trip with Amanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, and the Aqueduct in Segovia, all stood out for me, also Barcelona."

Gary

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia. Breathtaking! Ronda. The bridge and gorge."

Margaret

Bellaire, TX

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was beautiful and we covered a lot of ground in 11 days. We enjoyed all of our hotels which were both nice and in great locations in each city we visited. Our tour guide, Pal, was wonderful and very informative. Also, while this was a MyWay tour and our time with the other group members was limited, I must say that it was such as great group of people. We really enjoyed everyone. Having never been to Spain, this was a nice way to figure out where we would like to visit again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Toledo and Granda. The cathedral in Toledo along with it's charm and of course the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada."

Carl

Stratham, NH

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time, one of the best times of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I research these tours in detail thanks to Rick Steves videos and I had no Idea that Park Guell was the whole side of a mountain. This was a big surprise."

Charles

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized for hotels and transportation. The 5 selected cities and the length of time in each were appropriate for this 11 day tour.Our tour manager Pal Johansen was excellent. He kept us well informed on timing, provided short orientation tours in several cities and answered our questions. He was professional, respectful and helpful. The hotels were centrally located and nice although,as to be expected, smaller than US standards and provided very good breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's Sagrada Familia was simply astounding. Clearly Gaudi was a genius of architecture and its elements."

Kathryn

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience (we have traveled on our own in the past) and I am happy to say that I would consider another Rick Steve's "My Way" Tour again. Barcelona with the pots and pans banging at night for Catalunya independence, Rolling Stones fans, Picasso Museum, Sagrada Familia and the choirs singing outside Barcelona Cathedral were some highlights. Bus and train travel and hotels centrally located were much appreciated and enjoyed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "bucket" list consists of seeing great paintings. Being a big fan of Picasso since childhood, I have always wanted to see Guernica. That was my "wow" moment and one I will never forget. Sagrada Familia was second to that and third would be walking among the thousands of Rolling Stones fans heading to a concert at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona at sunset. I wish I had had the forethought and knowledge to purchase tickets!"

Betty Anne

Haddonfield, NJ

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Spain and first time using a Rick Steves' tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We found the accommodations were in convenient locations and travel between cities comfortable and efficient. We also had a good group to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was our favorite stop on the tour. We wished we could have stayed another night at SAN GABRIEL! My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at ALBACARA overlooking the gorge and saw a magnificent sunset. We took a walk before going to the bus the morning we left and happened into the beautiful chapel of one group of cloistered nuns who make their home in Ronda while they were preparing for their morning devotions."

Wendy

Alamo, CA

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was "as expected". This was a "My Way" tour, and this is what we got.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spain is a beautiful country with many wonderful sites to see - Alhambra, Royal Palace, etc."

Michael

Alamo, CA

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was as expected. This was a my way tour and it was exactly what we expected. We enjoyed to moderate accommodations, exploring on our own and having some group contact.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights of Spain, the Palace in Madrid, the Alhambra, some of the restaurants that we found on our own."

Christine

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rhonda was one of my favorites and really wish the tour could have stayed there for an extra night. Big cities are great because there is so much to see. Rhonda was a smaller town in the middle of the trip that was worth an extra night to recharge and do a little outdoor hiking and enjoy the ambiance."

Gregory

Miami Shores, FL

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide was amazing! She was very thoughtful and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tours of the cathedrals and state castle."

Pepper

Carson City, NV

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As expected, the tour was excellent with great hotels, a great guide, beautiful locales, and amiable fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra, although the bridge at Ronda was astounding."

Danna

Carson City, NV

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the My Way flexibility to do things at my own pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was magnificent!"

Yuying

New York City, NY

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At Ronda's bridge."

Sonja

Sidney, BC

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steeves tour and I am already looking at the glossy 2018 brochure for the next one. I had been travelling on my own for about 18 years and felt it was time to have someone else make all the travel arrangements for me. The 'My Tour' enabled me to spend time on my own when I wished but I also enjoyed making some excursions with others and having get togethers with the group and tour leader. It was an enriching experience from many aspects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but one that stood out was an evening in Granada. A few of the tour members and Amanda our guide hiked up on to the hill facing the Alhambra.Watching the sunset with the Alhambra lit up first by the evening sun and then artificial light was amazing. We concluded the evening with a meal and a hike back to our hotel. This was much, much better than my day visit where I was barely able to move amongst the many visitors at the sight."

Eric

Miami, FL

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each location is special, great itinerary. Amanda was chock full of suggestions and able to handle any recommendations with ease. Second Rick Steves tour, first My Way. Enjoyed both scenarios, liked the flexibility of My Way. Great group of people as usual with Rick's tours. All the hotels were great, well located and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all the "must see" sights in each city, the most unexpected was the Pedrera apartment by Gaudi. I appreciated the fact that it is still used, and felt as if it was the best introduction to Gaudi. I would do that one first, then the Sagrada Familia after."

David

Hilton Head, SC

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We wanted to try a My Way style tour which gave us the ability to do our own excursions at our own pace, which is pretty fast for a couple of 60 year olds. It worked out well with plenty of alone time and just enough group togetherness time. We picked Spain because neither of us had ever been there and so happy we did. The food and drink was plentiful, low in price, and tasty albeit salty. Spanish history and culture is vibrant and varied. Local familia celebrate life between 10pm and 2am.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda. Loved this village and its amazing views of the gorge. Hiking down in and viewing the new bridge from below, and accidentally discovering the old bridge was a highlight. Also, the Hotel San Gabriel treated us like royalty and the bullring was a classic. Our small group walkabout in the evening was fun."

John

Gulfport, MS

Tour: 09/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the Rick Steves Italy tour so much two years ago that I was worried that this tour could never be as good. But the Spain tour exceeded our expectations. We bonded with the tour members. Amanda,the tour manager, was wonderful. We enjoyed the different cities and towns. It was a perfect blend between the two. The "My way tour" seems to fit us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia was amazing."

Katy

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything! We took My Way Italy in 2015, and this trip was as organized, congenial, and beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hill town of Ronda and the beautiful hotel, and hiking down into the valley to look back at the town. Looking back at the Alhambra from the top of the Albayzin neighborhood. Joining the crowds wandering around beautiful Seville at midnight...there were many wow moments."

Judith

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great Tour overall. I liked the itinerary, hotel's central location, fun travel mates and helpful tour guide. I couldn't eat many of the breakfasts because there was no accommodation for gluten and dairy intolerances. I wish Amanda had at least an one and 1/2 hours for questions in the a.m., the late riser contingent. I'm a Rick Steve's fan as you can see my the numerous tours of taken.

Patricia

Towson, MD

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels were awesome and in perfect locations. Amanda, tour escort was wonderful! Transportation arrangements were terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't think of just one. Sagrada Familia, La Alhambra,Royal Palace"

Maria Teresa

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The accommodations were wonderful. I loved the choice of the cities also. Amanda, our escort was great. I am Cuban and discovered how very Spanish so much of my family culture is. I had so many moments of recognition 'Oh this is Spanish (saying, food, way of acting, etc.) It was such a meaningful trip. Thank you for all the on-going research for the book - recommendations, guided walks, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit with Celia, flamenco guitarist in Ronda. We asked her if we could recommend her to you to name her as a visit you would encourage and she said yes, by all means. Six of us from the tour attended her fabulous concert with pieces from many different styles of flamenco. She and her husband were so knowledgable and answered many questions after. I was very deeply moved by her playing and our conversation after. It was the highlight of my trip."

Anthony

Te Aro,

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like the way the entire tour is designed to empower the traveler to have a great adventure. It is much more enjoyable to be empowered than having ever detail planned out in advance on a fixed tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, The Prado in Madrid and the gorgeousness of Granada."

Kathleen

Cedar Park, TX

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved that the tour was so well organized and guided. Even though this was a "My Way" tour, our guide Amanda helped everyone with little practicalities, and in some cases major issues. It was wonderful to have the assistance when it was needed. We can't say enough wonderful words about Amanda! This was our first Rick Steves' tour. Can't wait for the next!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda - the hotel and seeing Flamenco Guitarist, Celia Morales up close and personal. She even chatted with us after the show. What an amazing musician!"

Gary

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 06/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All was great with the transportation being taken care of. Amanda gave us short walk arounds in each city that helped acquaint us with the layout, pointing out points of interests, restaurants etc. and her recommendations were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona was the over the top attraction."

Lynne

Vashon, WA

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a MyWay tour, it came up to our expectations; the accommodations and transportation were excellent. We liked the orientation walks after we got to each city. Our escort made himself available for questions and helped with reservations. We particularly enjoyed Ronda, because it was smaller and had spectacular terrain. It should rate two nights instead of one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the Gaudi works in Barcelona were amazing. La Pedrera's beautiful and functional architectural features, Parc Guell's hidden surprises, and the serene beauty of the Sagrada Familia filled us with appreciation for the man's intellect and soul."

Sara

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Andrew, did a fantastic job of guiding us through Spain--explaining customs and sharing some history of this marvelous part of the world. The hotels were centrally located; easy to get quickly oriented to each city (though Andrew also helped by offering a quick orientation tour at each stop.) Transportation being cities was well-organized and provided a chance to see a little bit more of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to say, but the gardens at the Alhambra (Granada) and Alcosser (Sevilla) were spectacular!"

Kenneth

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and our first My Way. We loved it. My Way is the way to go. Love the flexibility, but not having to worry about accomodations and transportation. Group tours are a fine choice too, but could do without the group dinners. Too much group time for us. Our tour guide, Andrew, was the best. A super cool guy. Friendly, professional and just a pleasure to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, entering the Sagrada Familia. It gave me chills. It's been on my bucket list a long time. It greatly exceeded expectations. Another moment was when Andrew went way out of his way to get me a refund on a non-refundable ticket to a bullfight. I was wowed. Didn't think that was going to happen. Thanks so much, Andrew."

Michael

Sanford, NC

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable trip. I particularly liked the freedom that the "MY Way" schedule gave to choose my own itinerary and set my own pace. Andrew did an a fine job organizing and managing the trip. He was particularly good at keeping us informed and responding to any questions or issues. Having traveled on my own a number of times,it was a real plus to have a capable resource person around. Another plus was the location of the hotels. All were very convenient to the key sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of "wow" moments and choosing one is hard. I would have to say the flamenco performances in Seville because it was my first time seeing the dance and its power was both unexpected and impressive."

Julie

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrew is the consummate guide! In addition to his vast amount of knowledge about Spain, his first and foremost concern was that our group was getting the most out of our tour experience that we possibly could. He always made certain that we understand thoroughly any instructions, and he covered every last question we had. He demonstrated a genuine care and concern for each of us in addition to just being one of the kindest, gracious, and most hospitable persons I have ever met!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would have to be the Alhambra and the view from the Carmen Mirador Restaurante with a jaw-dropping view of the Alhambra!"

Ren

Bismarck, ND

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was excellent. We enjoyed the country, the culture, the guide, and fellow travelers very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the bull fight we attended in Madrid. It was a championship night and we did not expect the atmosphere and event to be as exciting as it was."

Ken

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our trip through Spain. We did a my way tour three years ago and loved it. This one also did not disappoint us. Andrew, our guide was always very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. We had a great group of people that were really fun to hang out with. The great thing about a My Way tour is that you can do things on your own time frame and at your own pace (except making sure you're up and out to take the bus to the next town).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think we had just one wow moment on this trip. We loved Sangrada Familia, Segovia, Ronda and Gibraltar. We would have loved to stay at least two nights in Ronda. After the crazy pace of the big cities, it was so nice to stop where the scenery was beautiful and the town was a lot quieter. Gibraltar wasn't on the My Way trip, (we did that on our own), but I really felt it should be. The views, scenery, hiking and caves were amazing and absolutely beautiful."

Terri

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Spain tour offers great little hotels in the heart of the destinations so most sights are within walking distance, not requiring use of Mass Transit. The bus transportation makes getting to new destinations fun and easy. My tour guide Andrew was very helpful when I needed help with side trips and in giving us an overview walk around the area and recommendations. The small group (28) made it easy for this single traveler to get to know others during breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt like I had discovered a new cultural Disneyland learning about the Moors' math based architecture and design in Barcelona."

Thomas

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 05/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We're not "tour people" type of travelers, but the My Way structure allowed us to experience places that we'd normally never see utilizing its bus connections. The group we were in was an interesting and fun group--just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breathtaking views in Ronda, Spain, which is something we'd never have experienced on our own because we normally travel exclusively by train while in Europe."

George

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much loved the trip. After our fantastic tour with you in Italy we were concerned that Spain would not be as good, but it was! We would go back to Spain (and Italy).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagara Familia tour in Barcelona."

Helen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the hotels were in a great location but the noise level at night was a little loud. The selections of the towns were great and we enjoyed the time we had with our fellow tour people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment include the Alhambra, the town of Rhonda, the hotel room in Rhonda."

Wayland

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything worked very well logistically, with no surprises in getting from place to place, to and from hotels, etc. The itinerary is well planned and well executed. Steves' guide books were very helpful in planning beforehand as well as acting as great suggestions. His tip on viewing the Alhambra at sunset from the opposite mountain was a highlight for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra viewing at sunset and the visit the following day."

Susan

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much, however, I believe a better job of helping orient tour members could be done. A once around the block isn't all that helpful when the blocks are not rectangle. I suggest a map covering blocks immediately around the hotel with numbered routes and the tour guide walking those routes with those who want to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra garden."

James

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travel arrangements between cities went smoothly (& Pablo was a good driver who had his own suggestions). Accommodations excellent (I have to say too, it was GOOD @ each place to have a top sheet rather than just a duvet comforter, as on these warm tours I can't sleep uncovered & the duvets are always too warm!! -ref. our Alps tour two years ago). Asa was a great help w/ enthusiasm, cheerfulness & good orientation @ each location before setting us loose on the city. She also was warm & friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was happiest in Barcelona. IT is just such a special place, particularly the architecture (both the old and the modernisme). The people are great, and the atmosphere tremendous. There is just so much! (We started several days early there, with no regrets.)"

Michael

Stittsville, ON

Tour: 10/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time with a tour. Generally, we like to plan our own trips but the 'My Way' tour sounded like a good fit, solving the accomodation and transportation issues while leaving us with our own time on site, especially since we don't speak more than a word or two in Spanish. Turned out to be a great decision; our guide Amanda was friendly, knowledgeable and accessible and really added to our experience. The hotels selected were all very good and we would gladly stay at any again if we returned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amanda organized an evening out to attend a Flamenco performance and it was quite impressive. The dancers were so talented and had so much 'presence'."

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Barcelona and out of Sevilla ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Spain.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Spain guidebook.