• 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

2018

    • May 24–Jun 3 (Th–Su)
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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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • 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 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

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

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."

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....."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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)."

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."

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."

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!"

Susan

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 09/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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.)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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'."

Gayle

Brattleboro, VT

Tour: 10/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Grenada"

Janet

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 10/13/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The "My Way" tour helped us to satisfy our tastes and interests while determining our activity level. As it turned out our knees and backs were good for long walks through city streets looking for stamp collector shops and climbing towers and descending into gorges. I crossed a couple of things off my bucket list and my husband was able to find some Spanish colonial stamps that are difficult to find in the US. I enjoyed the social interactions with travelers and natives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough question, but I would say sunrise in Ronda. We were at a hotel near El Tajo - the gorge dividing the town. Before breakfast I went to see the sunrise on a patio overlooking the chasm. The valley was filled with thick fog and the early lights of farms and town were twinkling gold in the distance."

Carol

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 10/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed every location. We would have liked more time in Barcelona since we weren't able to arrive a few days prior to the beginning of the tour. One more day added to Barcelona would have been perfect. Overall, a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I lived in Alhambra,CA for over 40 years and always dreamed about visiting the Alhambra in Spain. Dream came true. Awesome experience!"

Donna

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 10/13/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! The "My Way" format is perfect for us with the lodging and transportation being provided, but giving us complete freedom in each location to see what we want and spend our time how we choose. Our escort, Amanda, was wonderful. She provided us with any information that we needed, kept the group running well and gave opportunities for optional group activites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada was an unexpected delight! The beauty of this palace was overwhelming. From the gorgeous tilework to the fountains and everything in between, it was a feast for the eyes!"

Debbie

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way tours are definitely "my way" of touring. The freedom to do what I wanted when I wanted, yet at the same time having someone else responsible for arranging hotels and point to point transportation was ideal for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one, but if I had to rank the "wow" moments, #1 would be Sagrada Familia, #2 The Alhambra, and #3 Ronda."

Richard

Tigard, OR

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and easy to use. Pal was our tour guide and was excellent in every way, very knowledgeable, organized, and friendly. The hotels and mode of travel were ready for us at each stop. The hotel rooms were great and always in the middle of things that made it easy to see the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Spain in general. I have been to England, France, Greece, Italy and Germany but not Spain. I was very impressed with each city, the Spanish people, and the food. I definitely want to go back, probably travel to smaller cities with less major tourist attractions."

Brian

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For my first trip to Europe and my first Rick Steves' tour, things couldn't have been better! We were a group of 7 with different wants and needs during our travels in Spain and this type of tour allowed us flexibility with the peace of mind that our accommodations and transportation to each city was taken care of. Our tour escort Pål was extremely helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable about everything Spain. I would seriously consider other tours under his guidance. Surpassed my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our escort Pål arranged for us to attend a flamenco event in Seville as a group, if we chose to. I had hoped to see some flamenco while in Spain. Seeing flamenco live and in person (and literally feet away from the performers) was an incredibly passionate and spiritual experience that I will not soon forget. Definitely added that extra "only in Spain" experience that capped off an already amazing trip!"

Pat

Waco, TX

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good transportation between cities. Nice to have that all arranged

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segradia familia"

Doug

Waco, TX

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada famlia"

Gordon

Port Hadlock, WA

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed having the time and ability to see and visit the sites that were of most interest to us. It was great to have the travel and lodging planned an provided. All of the hotels were very clean and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia was my "wow" moment. A Spectacular example of complex engineering. an outstaning visit."

Barbara

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we really liked the hotels and their locations. Rhonda was especially nice and most breakfasts were good with lots of choices. It was fun to be in thecenter of most of the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gorge in Rhonda was a wow. The Gaudy church was spectacular."

Martin

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. Our guide was very helpful and good at his job. The tour structure was a nice balance between taking care of the travel logistics for us while still allowing us to pursue our own interests and timetable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Alhambra - incomparable."

Lois

Port Hadlock, WA

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our hotels were very nice, the bus and driver were great and always on time. The breakfasts were terrific. Pal's directions and explanations were mostly clear and we always knew where to meet and everyone was always on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Sagrada Familia, although I loved the Alhambra and Alcazar."

Sally

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/06/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pal was great. The hotel picks were good. Spain was an interesting country to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Granada and Ronda the best. It seems I can get a handle around the smaller places"

Barbara

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way" tour through Spain took the trouble of planning accommodations and transportation out of my hands. The Escort, Asa, was an enthusiastic facilitator, referring us to our guides books, orienting us at our new arrivals, sharing local food samples, and even arranging a final evening activity. Spain is a diverse and friendly place to Visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was incredible and I'm so Glad the Tour had recommended early ticket purchases."

Clarence

St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I came away very impressed with just about everything. Asa was very pleasant, assessable, and knowledgeable. Moving from city to city was flawless, the bus was nice, and I enjoyed the high speed train. The hotel accommodations were fine with only one minor exception. The last hotel in Sevilla I was given a room directly over the front entrance with a lot of street noise at night. I requested another room for the 2nd night. More spacious and very quiet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed Ronda the most. A little less crowded and there were places you could get away from just about everyone, in the area of the Roman Baths. The hotel was fabulous as was my room. I had a health issue and the hotel staff called a doctor to my room that was under contract by the hotel, no cost to me. The staff were exceptional and my only regret was that we could only stay in the hotel one night."

Bill

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Familia Sagrada in Barcelona"

Phil

Tracy City, TN

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on our 'Spain Your Way' tour. I would recommend arriving in Barcelona a couple of days before the tour officially starts. This allowed extra time to explore the city and was well worth it. All our stops along the tour were well planned and the number of days we stayed in each town were sufficient to experience the "must sees" in each location. Well, we could have used one more day in Madrid. Without exception, the locals were very friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I guess it would have to be the Sagrada Familia. You have to see it to believe it."

Stephanie

Tracy City, TN

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great hotels, delicious food, comfortable transportation. The experience was everything I expected,and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona's Gaudi creations. Absolutely fantastic. Ronda... breathtaking Coffee and tortilla at roadside cafe...best I've ever had. Shrimp at a bar on Calle de Jesus, Madrid...."

Marilyn

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but one unexpected one was enjoying a flamenco performance in Sevilla, greatly enhanced by the experience and insight of our tour escort, Asa."

Bruce

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 09/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We liked the "My Way" concept very much. Will probably do it again in future years for other destinations. The hotels and intercity travel arrangements worked out very well and certainly saved us a whole lot of hassle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flamenco evening performance advocated and arranged by escort Asa."

Janet

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it won't be our last. We did the "My Way" tour because we had already been to Spain and Portugal and wanted a little more freedom to pick our excursions. Transportation between cities was a big plus. Our group of 22 got along very well. Our guide Pål was so helpful and cheerful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel in Ronda was one "wow" moment. While it didn't have the best breakfast of the trip the ambiance of the Spanish hotel that seemed more like a big house was great. Another "wow" moment was the 6 course meal that we were treated to on the last night of the tour. It was a great time for a group picture and for us to toast Pål and thank him."

Geren

Lumberton, TX

Tour: 09/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent choice for us[INVALID]a great way to see many of the highlights of Spain without all the time consuming "homework" it takes to pull off so many stops in one trip, something we didn't have time to do this year. We've enjoyed renting a car in the past, but this way we both enjoyed a comfortable bus and train ride without the navigating responsibilities. Pal was excellent, and personable[INVALID]a very helpful addition. Fellow travelers were a pleasure to get to know, very congenial tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was one of the favorite "wow"moments. It was a stop we really looked forward to and it didn't disappoint. Walking down for shots of the "new" bridge at sunset, the bullring and museum, old bathhouse and views from the Roman wall, etc. all made for great memories. The hotel there was memorable, too--our room was quaint and spacious--a very nice surprise."

Marilyn

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked the My Way style tour. Transportation and hotels taken care of! Help and advice if needed from our wonderful Escort Pal. The rest of the time we were able to [INVALID] exactly what sites we wanted to see and where and when we would eat. Sometimes we went just the two of us, but other times there were 4 or more. Nice to have options. Our group would share what we were planning during our bus trips so we got the benefit of everyone's research.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that visiting the cathedral Sagrada Familia in Barcelona may have been my favorite. I was totally overwhelmed by the scale and details. But our visit to the Alhambra in Granada might have been a close second. The architecture, history, culture and food in Spain were all fascinating to me and I really enjoyed everyday of the trip."

David

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met my expectations. My wife and I are experienced travelers and comfortable touring on our own. We very much liked the "My Way" tour so we didn't have to worry about making all the travel and hotel arrangements. This saved us a lot of time and averted a lot of stress. We were able to hit the ground efficiently at each city or town on our itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. We very much enjoyed our escort providing the optional opportunities for the tour group to (1) attend a Flamenco show in Sevilla and (2) a dinner together on the last night of the tour."

William

Arlington, VA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our first experience in Spain. The 'My Way' tour was perfect for our needs. We've traveled to Europe several times in the past and have done all the pre-trip planning, including transportation between cities and hotels. Having this of transportation and accommodation planning handled by others, i.e., Rick Steves, made the planning that much less of a headache. Our tour manager who was available every morning as we planned our day was also very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was taken aback by the Spanish culture. While America seems to be consumed with social media (constantly checking our cell phones for texts, etc.), Spain is much more into direct personal contact. I was amazed at the hordes of people on the streets of Madrid and Barcelona after 9:00 at night. We should all be so lucky to have an evening paseo as a part of our culture."

Steven

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our My Way tour with Rick Steves. We had traveled a lot previously, but mostly in the developing world with various USG agencies. And me in 1968 backpacking. Initially we were a little daunted by a vacation in the developed world as an older couple, but the My Way was the way for us to jump in, and learn to travel in Europe. It provided exactly the right level of support [INVALID] transportation, lodging, and good advice from our escort (who was very good).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments. It would be hard to pick out one or two. Great churches, mosques, and other two and three star (in the RS Spain Guide) for sure. Most enjoyable to me was experiencing local neighborhoods with fewer tourists, and where Spanish families and youth were strolling or drinking a beer at a cafe. We love Spanish culture plan to return."

Victor

Glendora, CA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour immensely. It was our first time in Spain and I feel that the different cities we visited, each with its own unique personality, gave us a wonderful feel for the people, culture, and history of Spain. We were very pleased with the "My Way" experience. We felt that we were able to do more sightseeing on our own, rather than as part of a large group. Having the hotels and travel between cities taken care of was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments! The cathedrals, in particular, took my breath away with their grandeur, stained glass windows, VERY high ceilings, intricate artistic details on the walls, altars, and ceilings, and the solemn atmosphere that I felt as I walked through them. Sagrada Familia and the cathedrals of Toledo, Sevilla, and Segovia are among my favorites."

Patricia

Glendora, CA

Tour: 09/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour immensely. It was our first time in Spain and I feel that the different cities we visited, each with its own unique personality, gave us a wonderful feel for the people, culture, and history of Spain. We were very pleased with the "My Way" experience. We felt that we were able to do more sightseeing on our own, rather than as part of a large group. Having the hotels and travel between cities taken care of was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments! The cathedrals, in particular, took my breath away with their grandeur, stained glass windows, VERY high ceilings, intricate artistic details on the walls, altars, and ceilings, and the solemn atmosphere that I felt as I walked through them. Sagrada Familia and the cathedrals of Toledo, Sevilla, and Segovia are among my favorites."

Sara

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/23/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first My Way tour. Having all the logistical arrangements handled, especially as a solo traveler who can't speak Spanish, was just the support I wanted and had hoped for. At each new destination an optional orientation walk was offered. While I didn't use this service, Andrew made suggestions for ATMs and restaurants and attractions nearby. There was also an optional farewell dinner the last night, but I never felt pressured to attend. You can truly make it "your way"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I toured Barcelona before the tour officially started, so can't "count" all the incredibly awesome Modernism sites. There was a small bas relief wooden carving of a Christian soldier on a horse trampling a Moorish warrior, high on a wall in the cathedral in Toledo, that still has me thinking. Seeing the Bosch exhibition and several other "bucket list" masterpieces in the Prado in Madrid were also "wow" moments. Also, the intimate flamenco show in Seville."

Tim

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 06/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is rightfully proud of it's rich culture and long history. Bienvenidos is everywhere you go as people eagerly share their country, its many traditions and its incredible monuments. As a trip, it was valuable to have the "bones" of the itinerary in place so that you can add the skin and hairstyle that fits your profile. This trip definitely covered the highlights of the Andalusian area with Barcelona and Madrid included. Great group and escort-Andrew.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of Alhambra from San Miguel (thank you Andrew), Prado-Madrid, Flamenco-Sevilla, Cueva de la Pileta-Ronda, Gaudi-Barcelona, and Mezquita-Cordoba. Is that enough? There's more."

Kelley

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. I loved the format. It was super to not have to book hotels and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sites were great in Spain but my favorite was the Alhambra Palace. It was a beautiful place to visit."

Patsy

Johnson City, TX

Tour: 06/23/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip itself was great. As always, a congenial group of travelers. My biggest complaint was not something that you could control, which was the heat. This is a product of my profession (teaching) unfortunately, Loved riding on the high speed train. Your guidebook with the walking tours and what to see in museums/palaces was invaluable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. First was the Sagrada Familia. We entered just as it opened so almost had the place to ourselves. Wow, the light, the color, the majesty was incredible! By far my favorite cathedral ever. The second was the miles upon miles of olive trees planted in straight lines as we traveled, particularly from Madrid to Granada. Up and down large hills and up to the edge of cliffs."

Kim

Missoula, MT

Tour: 06/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was amazing. We relied heavily on the Rick Steves' Spain book and took every relevant walking tour. Most of the hotels were wonderful. The travel arrangements were seamless. We appreciated having the logistics of European travel handled for us while still maintaining the freedom to do what we wanted. Andrew was very solicitous and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neither the book nor our guide explained that walking along the river in Granada (which is a charming walk)would lead to a park and cafe with stunning views of the Alhambra! Then again, if we had been forewarned it wouldn't have been such a "wow"!"

Kenneth

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain lived up to our most grand expectations. Beautiful country and wonderfully kind and understanding people (in spite of the fact they were dealing with hordes of tourists from all countries.) Amanda was very helpful and always available in the mornings. Her language skills were much appreciated. I know she had to deal with several unexpected issues that came up within our group - she handled these very professionally. Thanks again, Amanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the Alhambra in Granada was breathtaking. Pictures and descriptions simply can't do it justice. All of Spain's museums are beautifully and thoughtfully done. Lots of English exhibit descriptions and nice interactive displays."

Kathryn

Mt Pleasant, SC

Tour: 06/16/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour took us to a wide variety of cities & towns throughout Spain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow: one member of our group organized a bus to take several of us to see 30,000 year old cave drawings!"

Peter

Maryville, IL

Tour: 06/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour and we were a little nervous about trying this in a country we hadn't visited before. I guess our confidence level should have been greater because this was a very good experience. My Way touring gave us the flexibility of seeing what we wanted to see without the structure of a fully guided tour. Not having to worry about finding comfortable and convenient lodging or arranging transportation between each stop greatly enhanced the tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We maximized our freedom on the My Way tour by exploring nearby sites and probably the WOW moment for us was the day trip we took to Cordoba and the visit to the Mezquita while there. It was amazing to see the blending of two religions, Christian and Muslum in a single building. The fact that the original mosque wasn't razed by the Christians was quite something to see."

Tara

Maryville, IL

Tour: 06/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary, transportation and support from our guide Amanda were all great and just what we needed to give us the luxury of having some of our trip planned for us, but yet the flexibility to make it "our own". Also, Rick's Best of Spain book was a great compliment to planning our trip as it followed the cities we were visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in the Bari Gothic area of Barcelona, seeing the Mezquita in Cordoba (a side trip that we took from Sevilla) and having dinner overlooking the Alhambra in Granada. Amazing!"

Roy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra at sunset. The museums. The people(s)of Spain. Last but not least: how drivers managed to get their cars up/down narrow and winding streets!"

Peter

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well planned and executed. Myway design was excellent for the freedom, information provided, and just the right opportunity for natural friendships to develop. System for ensuring people were on time well executed. The final dinner was enjoyable, but expensive compared with when we previously visited the same restaurant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda"

Marie

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Perfection, no,glitches. All transportation on time, very comfortable. All hotel choices were nice. Andrew , our tour director really knew his way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of Alhambra from the opposite mountain top."

Jim

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour exceeded our expectations. The itinerary allowed us to get a good sense of Spain, its culture, and people in the short time we had. We like the unguided feature but found Andrew's availability comforting. He was enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, patient, and caring. He organized a final tour dinner-a nice touch. The hotels were all well-located and the brief orientation walks in each city were efficient and helpful. Can't say enough about the great people on the tour. Jim and Ann

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but if forced to pick, we choose the Sagrada Familia, particularly the interior. We've seen many cathedrals but this is the most spectacular. The Alhambra, as seen both from the St. Nicholas viewpoint and by tour, is a close second. While the architecture and design is the focus, the gardens are magnificent and don't get enough attention. Also, we will always remember our walk up to St. Nicholas on a cool sunny morning through the Albayzin. The Alcazar was also beautiful."

Linda

Gonzales, TX

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Andrew, our tour guide, gave us excellent orientation to each city. He advised us on the sites and provided information regarding ticket purchases, transportation, his faves for food and drink. It was the trip of a lifetime for me and my friends! We enjoyed being part of such a great group of folks and have made friends that we will remain connected to in the future. The accommodations were ideally located in the city and were clean and pleasant. The staff at the hotels was helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I and my tour mates said "WOW" a lot! The architecture and artistry of Spain is evidenced by the various cultures from the past and present. The countryside is breathtaking. The Park Guell was our first introduction to everything bright and beautiful" WOW", including the Monk parakeets in the trees.The Sagrada Familia Cathedralwas the next set of "WOWS" and it just grew at each destination."

Fred

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful. Andrew, our guide, provided just the right amount of direction. Every hotel was perfect. Each was unique, very clean, helpful staff, and centrally located. Our transportation was very efficient, both train and bus. This was our first trip with Rick Steves Tours, although we have used the travel books for years. The "My Way" worked perfectly for us, and is something we will do again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing, but each city had it's highlights. From the beauty of Barcelona, to the bullfight in Madrid, to flamenco in Sevilla, we loved Spain."

Gretchen

Rochester Hills, MI

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the My Way tour because it allowed us to do our own thing such as spending hours in an art museum which we did in Madrid, 8 hours in the Prado. We went to Barcelona early to have enough time to really see the city and returned to Barcelona by high-speed train to see a bit more and fly out of the same city we flew into.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed Ronda as it was a nice break from large cities. Also, for a small place the museums were quite good and of course, the scenery was awesome."

Matthew

Los Olivos, CA

Tour: 05/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

11 Days Spain was our third "My Way" tour, and just like the previous 2, we packed as much into this one as we did in Italy and the Alps. This is made possible because of the logistics your company is so good at, and makes this type of tour so rewarding. The hotels are located right in the middle of everything, with staffs that are courteous, accommodating, and extremely helpful, giving us more time to do what we came for...see the stuff we want to see at our pace. We LOVE this format!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"500 words of WOW?...The cleanliness and beauty of Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia, the HUGE British flagged yachts in her harbor. Coming up from the Metro in the Puerto del Sol after the bullfight in Madrid to 400,000 screaming Real Madrid fans who were there to welcome home their team as Campeones after their victory in Milano. Toledo and its Cathedral. Granada and the Alhambra backed by the snow capped Sierra Nevada Mtns. Ronda with the Secret Stairway and the Bullring..and then Sevilla!"

Maureen

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the locations. Would have loved two nights in Ronda. Pal gave us ideas every day to fill our time. We enjoyed the times we got together with the rest of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Ronda - the hotel, the bridge, the views, the break from the big cities."

Judy

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoy traveling "My way." I like having someone else make all of the hotel and travel arrangements and I like being able to set my own pace on the trip and [INVALID] my own activities. Having a competent guide with us made planning and [INVALID]ing activities on the trip easier and helped us to make better decisions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the Alhambra. This was my first exposure to Moorish architecture and I was quite taken with the beauty of the building and the sense of nature and peace. Just as memorable as the things we saw, were the people we met. I will always remember the British mums we met on the bicycle ride around Barcelona, The Indonesian woman and Scottish man we drank wine with in the Madrid market and the humor of our waiter in Granada."

Ma'lisa

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. Everything went smoothly. There were no hitches whatsoever. I will be returning to Spain and I will definitely do another Rick Steves My Way tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra: the incredible details of the buildings, the lovely gardens and the beautiful views. Also the surprising tranquility of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the opulence of the National Palace in Madrid, the Granada cathedral and royal chapel, and the jaw-dropping Plaza de España in Sevilla."

Maureen

Columbus, OH

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. Thoroughly enjoyed Spain the second time around. Good companions, fantastic sights, food etc. would not have changed anything except the long bus ride to Madrid. Wondering if the train was too expensive?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. We had last traveled in Spain in 1974, when Franco was still dictator. It was very difficult traveling in Spain at that time, especially via the trains. It was impossible to get reservations, yet they were required because it was tourist season. Also, it was the month of August and unbearably hot. We enjoyed Spain much more this visit. The trains and buses were excellent, the food superb and the people very welcoming. We especially liked Barcelona."

Robert

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an excellent experience for me, and I really like the "your way" model. I thought the tour really hit the highlights and places I was interested in. Paul was an excellent resource for places to go, to eat, to shop, to get around, etc. I found the other tour members to be very pleasant, friendly and easy to travel with. The transportation (buses & trains) was very comfortable, efficient, and close to our hotels. The hotels were all very well located, comfortable, & good food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Famalia cathedral, the Al Hambra, Mezquita, were all "wow" moments for me."

Ralph

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Only minor complaint was the poor remodel of our last hotel in Seville: their design people had emphasized 'eye appeal' over function - which was offset by the usual excellent location and the usual friendly, helpful staff (plus the fact that it was a last minute substitution.) I was particularly impressed by the attention to detail and 'anticipation' of tour participants needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch and dinner in Ronda patio restaurants built into the gorge cliffs. Food matched the views."

Carol Lou

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned, centrally located hotels, except in Sevilla. ( Too far from main attractions.) Friendly tour mates. Really needed cell phones that worked in Europe. Didn't realize how much we would need them.Hadn't taken a RS tour in 20 years.( In our 80s)No one near our age!! Many changes. Much nicer hotels, due to needed internet Wi-Fi? Great breakfasts. Would do it all over again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say, there were many. First sight of Toledo from bus window. Dinner at a Carmen with sun setting on the Alhambra. Ronda gorge and wonderful hotel Dinner at 4 cats in Barcelona where Picasso first displayed his art work."

Beverly

Farragut, TN

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time on a "my way" tour, and I enjoyed it. My daughter and I were crazy busy during our first stop in Barcelona, but began to be more laid back after Granada. I have been on a number of tours with Globus and Tralfagar, all enoyable, but I liked being able to choose what events to do, what restaurants to go to -- and what not to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of memorable moments: the Picasso tour and museum, the Gaudi cathedral in Barcelona, the tapas tour in Madrid, the Gardens at the Alhambra, the afternoon in Toledo, etc. But, I might pick the Moorish Baths in Granada as being a "WoW' moment, maybe because it was something we hadn't planned on doing before we went, and maybe because we were ready for such a relaxing treat."

Diane

Angleton, TX

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This evaluation is for Greg and Diane, we are completing it together. We had a wonderful time. the "My Way" concept fit us perfectly. The oppertunities Pal put together to get us together as a group allowed us to meet our fellow travelers and feel like a unit without feeling like a ridged tour. His interaction with us was exactly right. This was one of the least stressful vacations we have taken, we'll look at what is available from Rick Steves the next time we travel to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alhambra at sunset the evening before our tour."

Michael

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent way to have a first time on Spain experience.The tour's choice of locations, hotels, transportation was wonderful and really gave one an overview of significant historic, cultural, and geographic aspects of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's Sagrada Familia!"

Linda

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love the My Way experience because I know what I wanted to see in each city, but needed help with hotels and transportation, The hotels were all superb and located in the historical areas and were convenient to all I wanted to do. Pal Johansen was fabulous. He did orientation tours which were so easy to follow on our own later. He arranged a flamenco night and our final group dinner. I would certainly recommend him. He was available to ask questions and was very thorough in his answers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one? The Spanish classical guitarist in the Basilica del Pi small chapel in Barcelona certainly set the mood for the rest of the trip. The best food was at Los Quatros Gatos in Barcelona. The Flamenco show was fabulous. Once upon a time I was an art major, so seeing paintings I had only seen in books was very meaningful to me. The Prado was fantastic, but the Thyssen had my favorites. Besides the wonderful people on our tour, we met the most fascinating people sitting next to us."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about Spain: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies. Download the free Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, which includes self-guided walking tours of Barcelona and Madrid.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. 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.

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

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

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Barcelona before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Spain guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Spanish, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise. Check the guidebook for museum hours (some are closed one day per week; some stay open late one day per week).

Remember, you will be in charge of your own sightseeing for ALL destinations on this trip. We strongly suggest you begin planning well before you fly to Spain! To guarantee entrance, make reservations for the Alhambra in Granada in advance from home. We also recommend reserving the Sagrada Família and Prado Museum a few days in advance. See the Rick Steves Spain guidebook for details on how to reserve.

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

Packing

We recommend that you bring a smart phone, tablet, or other device to assist in planning your activities, and to access Rick's Audio Europe app and self-guided walking tours.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.