• 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 $2,395 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $625

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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

2020

    • Apr 30–May 10 (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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

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

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

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

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

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

Day 3: Speedy Train to Madrid

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

Day 4: Masterpieces of Madrid

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

Day 5: Day Trip from Madrid

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

Day 6: La Mancha and Granada

Today we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," on the way to our destination of Granada, arriving at about 4 p.m. 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 enjoy 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

Bradford Joseph

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a fabulous time on this My Way tour of España! We loved all of the cities we visited and the hotels and various transportation modes were great. Pål was a superb tour manager. He was knowledgeable,approachable, thoughtful and humorous at all times. We will be recommending this trip to friends and strangers! And we hope to take another My Way tour in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was rounding a street corner and seeing the Sagrada Familia for the 1st time. It almost took my breath away!"

Robert

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Spain is perfect for headstrong explorers (me). RS is always professional with their hotel and transit connections, and their excellent, knowledgeable guides. But what is truly outstanding about this version, is that it gives you freedom to explore, while ensuring you have the basics for an amazing experience. I was able to immerse myself, not just in the museums and cathedrals (which are all worth seeing), but in the markets, parks, nature, and people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I have to pick one 'wow" moment, it would be hiking into the gorge in Granada, to experience this ancient beautiful city from below! The sunset was stunning. But I also got to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Catalonian independence demonstrators (peaceful families), channeling my inner Hemingway, and get a different world view, during a day trip to Morocco!"

Margit

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I've been on 2 other Rick Steves tours and this one was every bit as good as I expected it to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seville was a fabulous city, I wish I could have spent more time there."

Mireya

Miami, FL

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience in beautiful Spain! From the wonderful architecture to the beautiful iconic sites, delicious food and it's passionate people, Spain surpassed everyone of my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, La Sagrada Familia in beautiful Barcelona gets my #1 wow spot!"

Dale

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour! The 'My Way' option suited our style very well. Even though we could set our own pace, we found that we were stuck in 'non-stop exploration' mode. The ground transportation was excellent and the choice of the hotels could be rated from good to great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several moments that could qualify as "wow" but the Alhambra Palace and gardens has to take the prize."

Joan

Monson, MA

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taking the guess work out of the process was priceless. To walk out of our first hotel, catch a bus that was waiting for us, bringing us to the train station, having our tour manager walk us to the train, no stress, no language barrier, like I said, priceless. The remainder of the tour warranted this sentiment. Our tour manager Pal was knowledgeable, and very accommodating. His short but thorough walking tour overview of each city was greatly appreciated and utilized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a difficult question as so many activities were awesome, but I think our night tour in Grenada, though it was a chilly, rainy evening, was so much fun. We saw areas of Grenada that we wouldn't have known to explore. For an extra euro we had the opportunity to tour a cave inhabited by a Gypsy family.Also,in Madrid,my husband and I went on a Flamenco tour. It was just ourselves and the tour guide. Phenomenal experience."

Howard

Monson, MA

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the experience. This was our first time in Spain and letting someone else make the where to stay and how to get around decisions made things very easy. While those details were taken care of we could make plans or not as to what to do with our time there. We did not want to be locked into a tour where you follow, ducking like, a pennant on a pole in a group of twenty plus. Might as well just rent a (insert country of choice) video. We would do a My Way tour to a

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments: 1. Figuring how to make it back to our hotel with demonstrators burning trash in the streets of Barcelona while they were being fired on by police. 2. A night walking tour through Grenada up to the Plaza San Nicholas and the even higher and less trodden Sacromonte. Great views even in the rain."

Ronald

Lancaster, NY

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second RS tour and my first My Way adventure. The standards for tour guide are exceptional and out guide, Pal was absolutely wonderful! The itinerary was well planned and included all the places in Spain that an initial tour should visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"RONDA! Civil unrest in Barcelona FOOD! My fellow travellers"

Mary Ellen

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 10/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I are not typically "group tour" people, but this completely changed our minds. Having hotels and transportation taken care through Rick Steves of gave us so much more time to plan the things we wanted to do in Spain. We loved the daily independence, but it was so much fun to compare notes and share recommendations with our travel group friends over breakfast or an evening glass of wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably watching the sunrise over Ronda, standing above the 13th Century Puerta de Almocabar, one of the main Moorish entrances to the city."

Rebecca

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect tour plan for us. All of our travel between cities and hotels was taken care of. We didn't have to struggle to find the right metro stop to our hotel or figure out how to navigate the train stations to find our next stop. But then we had each day totally free to set up and do as much or as little as we liked. It was the help we needed to make it a smooth trip but not someone telling us what we would do each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two of them. 1. Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. Just an amazing building. Seeing it from the towers and watching the workmen was interesting. 2. Alhambra in Granada. What an amazing complex. Loved the gardens."

Edward

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We appreciated the "My Way" option. Our tour guide, Andrew, was very pleasant, and was eager to help when needed. The brief tours were helpful and instructive, and he did a fine job. We were very pleased with the lodging that had been arranged--the locations were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, almost one a day! From the Sagrada Familia, to the Prado, to the tapas tour, to the cathedral and the special dinner with the view of Alhambra in Granada, to the lovely San Gabriel Hotel with the Spanish Guitar concert, and the flamenco in Saville, as well as the final group dinner with several courses."

Mary

Lookout Mountain, GA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have taken student groups to central Europe frequently and had to arrange all transportation, lodging, and touring details. This tour in Spain was a welcome respite from that! We found the pace of the My Way tour to be just right for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was one each day! Favorite was being seated for dinner at Restaurante Las Tomasas Granada El Albaycin after months of unsuccessful attempts to visit Alhambra. We said, "This ain't a bad substitute!" The view was perfect. Dinner was delicious."

Megan

El Cerrito, CA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved our guide Andrew who was personable, respectful, patient and humorous. Loved the Spanish Guitar concert at our hotel in Rinda (LOVED our hotel there! and LOVED Ronda!) and the Tapas Tour with Ramon was GREAT - delicious, informative, and Ramon is a gem. Personally, I would have been happier skipping Madrid altogether, and honestly, our hotel in Madrid kind of sucked and smelled of mold and mildew and was a bit TOO central for my taste. But Great Tour.Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Andrew sharing his personal story with the group (towards end of tour), and Segrada Familia was truly spiritual (I am agnostic). and the moments in Ronda and Tapas Tour in Granada. Also: Everyone should go to the Miro museum."

Howard

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely incredible. Really more than I expected in terms of accommodations and organization. We selected the My Way tour because the full Spain tour sounded rather strenuous and I am 76 and have COPD. Doing it this way allowed us to see everything we wanted to but at our pace, which seemed to be the norm for a good part of our amazing travel partners. All of the great information from the book and literature we received made it a snap to pre-book everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Way too many to count; from the first amazing tapas and glass of vino tinto. The Sagrada and Picasso museum The wonderful smaller towns of Ronda and Toledo and Segovia. Octopus and Spanish vermouth. Way too much to describe in 500 characters."

Alfred

Yardley, PA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves Guide book helped greatly in planning our "on your own itinerary". Our host also helped fill in any local information needed in each city. He skillfully guided the group from the cities and hotels on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Família in Barcelona was beautiful."

Leanne

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such an eye opening experience. I did not go with any preconceived notions because I am an inexperienced traveler. Spain was so beautiful, our group was great and our tour guide was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually my wow moment was Alhambra, and all of Granada. I thought that the Spaniards were lovely people."

Diane

Yardley, PA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great venues, hotels. Liked that Andrew emphasized the choice of bus company as based on safety and reliability record. Other tour groups don't mention this important point. Love the "no grumps" tour ethic and smaller size of tours. Loved the my way option, allowing independence but providing an orientation walk at each new city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi architecture: Sagrada Familia and early home he built for a patron In Barcelona. Also Segovia, Toledo - particularly the cathedral and Alcazar. Guitar concert Ronda. Countryside of southern Spain. Churros."

Mary

New Lenox, IL

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! We loved the way our guide helped orient us to each new destination and were able to explore easily from the landmarks we were shown. Travel connections for day trips were very helpful -in our case a day trip from Madrid to Toledo. Our tapas guide in Granada was a highlight as was everything about Grandada. Our guide provided superior assistance to me in terms of accessing medical care in Grandada for bronchitis that was complicated by asthma.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rolling into Toledo was an absolute "wow" moment of unbelievable beauty as was the sight of the Alhmambra lit up at night!"

Ryan

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We weren't familiar with RS tours before seeing Rick speak in our town. The My Way tours sounded great because of the flexibility and independence they offered, but our tour exceeded our expectations. What an amazing experience. Our tour guide Andrew was a total professional, taking care of the logistics of our trip and providing us with information about every place we stopped, and left the rest for us to plan and enjoy. We fell in love with Spain thanks to My Way tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at the carmen in Granada and the professional flamenco dancers in Seville. Also just the beauty and vibe of Andalusia. I loved the way hundreds of years of diverse cultures surrounded us."

Wayne

Victoria, BC

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Andrew was an excellent tour manager who kept us focused and provided many useful insights into the cities and cultures that we visited. After nearly 3 weeks in Spain (we came early and stayed longer that the tour) I feel as though I have a small window into Spanish culture. I knew quite a bit about Barcelona and Madrid before hand but Ronda and Seville were interesting, partly because I had no preconceptions. Alhambra was great as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of moments that could qualify as 'wow' moments, from time in the Prado or Sagrada Familia or Alhambra, but the memorable times for me are smaller and more personal connection with people. Specific tour related moments would include the fabulous guitar performance in our hotel in Ronda, or our Tapas tour with Gabi in Granada. The hotel in Ronda was fabulous."

Mark

Felton, DE

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. First My Way tour we had taken and experience was excellent. The tour guide had arranged two (2) events, one of which conflicted with an event we had scheduled on our own 60 days prior. So, only negative from trip was that we wished we would have known that the tour guide had arranged the event (it was a flamenco guitar duo who came to the hotel as opposed to we had booked to go to flamenco guitar venue, so we didn't miss anything we had planned to do, per se).

Sara

Felton, DE

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing the five cities in Spain. The hotel choices overall were fantastic. I especially loved the hotel in Ronda. I was pleasantly surprised at the touches that Andrew provided (guitar concert, last night dinner, samples of food). Since it was a My Way I expected nothing except transportation especially compared to regular tours. He talked about what we were going to see on the bus. It was a pleasant surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia. We were so impressed we are planning on returning in 2026 to celebrate its completion. I loved the columns and the colors reflected off of them. The intricate detail on all the facades was amazing. A must see"

Robert

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and our first "My Way" version. We already had our own list of must-see attractions in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Granada (points in the tour) as well as a couple that weren't (e.g., a Dali day in Figueres and Portlligat) so we didn't think we needed a full guided tour. Things worked out fine. We were able to focus on planning and seeing the sights and enjoyed the fine RS logistics on travel and housing. I don't think would have found the same hotels on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final night dinner all together was a nice event, and again, in a great place we probably wouldn't have been aware of."

Heidi

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our overall experience on the tour was very good. The travel all went smoothly and the hotel locations were all great, in areas good for walking and seeing sights nearby. The organization and communication were both well executed and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think all of us would say being at Ronda was a favorite. A few others: La Sagrada Familia The Alhambra The Archeological Museum in Madrid Some of the restaurants we went to: Tickets, Bar Mut, Street XO"

Denise

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Spain tour was a terrific experience overall with the logistical planning for where to stay and how to get from city to city already done; we planned the fun part - what to see and do! Our tour manager Rich gave us excellent information to be able to navigate Spain's transportation on our own as we took a day trip from Madrid to El Escorial via the regional train and then on to Valley of the Fallen via taxi where we negotiated an hour's wait and return taxi pickup.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several "wow" moments including stepping into the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and looking up into the forest of stone 'trees'. The view from San Nicolas viewpoint overlooking Granada and the Alhambra at sunset and from the terrace viewpoint over the Bridge in Ronda at dawn were both gorgeous. The flamenco dance program in Seville and the classical guitar performance in Ronda were unique experiences. And The Burial of the Count of Orgaz by El Greco in situ in the small chapel - amazing."

Robert

Uncasville, CT

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and my second My Way tour. I prefer the My Way tours since it allows me to better utilize my time to see and experience the tour at my pace and to do what I want when I want. The tour manager was very helpful in suggesting activities and transportation options for the day trip from Madrid. Our tour companions were excellent and fun to travel with and to share stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segovia. The Roman aqueduct and the Alcazar of Segovia were wonderful to experience, especially after the large crowds in Madrid the day before. Oh, and the suckling pig was delicious!"

Susan

Bristol, NH

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This wa a perfect hybrid tour experience--lots of guidance in advance for pre-booking tickets to places of interest, and the ability to do our own thing in each of the cities. Wonderful to have the hotels chosen and booked in advance, and to have the tour manager, Rich, onsite to provide daily advice or guidance when needed. Special to have Rich book dinner for those who wanted at Alhambra in Granada, and House of guitar and flamenco performances were fantastic opportunities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moonlit dinner with views of the lighted Alhambra in Granada was spectacular for both the view and the food! Also loved being exposed to all things Gaudi in Barcelona & appreciated his linking of nature and spirituality to his architecture. Also, the incomparable restaurant Blavis, in Barcelona. Needs to be added to Rick Steves guidebook as an outstanding eating experience & owner Paco delivers personalized experience to each of the guests at his 7-table restaurant. High speed train!"

Donna

Antioch, CA

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I went on the Prague-Budapest tour last year and wanted more freedom to do things we were interested in. The Spain My Way tour fit the bill. I was happy that we met other people on the tour, but we were free to see what we wanted but also the comfort of knowing we didn't have to worry about transportation and dealing with hotels, etc. All in all, it was a good experience and we found that we much prefer the My Way tour then the guided ones.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Madrid with all the beautiful buildings."

Patricia

Merrimack, NH

Tour: 10/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my husband and I have been great fans of Rick Steves' travel books and PBS travel shows for many years, the "My Way Spain in 11 Days" was our first Rick Steves' tour experience. It exceeded all our expectations! Our escort, Richard, was great - very knowledgeable and helpful and friendly. We LOVED the cultural and dining experiences he arranged for us. We were very happy with our hotels and with the well-organized transportation between the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from! I think it's a tie between watching the moon rise over Alhambra in Granada as we enjoyed a fabulous gourmet dinner or watching the sun rise across the gorge and over the mountains in Ronda!"

Kathryn

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed our Our Way tour of Spanish cities very much. It was nice to have lodgings and transportation between destinations all taken care of. The orientation walks Andrew lead helped me to get oriented and were informative. I liked being able to focus my sightseeing on things that interested me and enjoyed my own pacing. Two optional, for an extra charge, experiences added to my trip. The tapas experience in particular have us more confidence to explore this dining style in our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My jaw dropped and I almost fell to the floor when I walked into Familia Sagrada in Barcelona. It was 6:00 p.m. the reflected light on interior surfaces was astonishing, like walking into a rainbow. I also loved the Alhambra and could have stayed another day in Granada. Ronda was accessible and fun."

James

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first RS tour. Enjoyed the flexibility & self-directed opportunities My Way provides, but it was difficult to get to know other members because of the few times we were together as a group. When traveling & at breakfast, members tended to sit with people they were traveling with. Exceptions were the tapas crawl & farewell dinner. Wish more My Way tours were offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Roman Aquaduct in Segovia & it's Alcazar. Also hiking into the gorge in Ronda."

Kristine

Lodi, CA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I've been on many Rick Steves tours, this was my first experience on a My Way tour so I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing that surprised me was that I got acquainted with my fellow travelers more than I thought I would, since we wouldn't be spending the days together. I loved the combination of having all of the travel details taken care of and just being able to focus on what I wanted to do in each city we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada. Although I'd seen many pictures of it, nothing could prepare me for actually seeing it firsthand. I've traveled extensively and this is one of the most spectacular man-made sites I have ever seen."

Jon

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. I never thought I'd go on a tour, because I'm a pretty self-sufficient traveler, but when I read about the My Way tours, I thought they sounded promising, removing the burden of some of the logistics planning. It was definitely a good choice. I got to see and do everything I wanted to, at my own pace, and yet still enjoy the group experience. Spain is a wonderful country, and I've already been thinking about what I want to see when I return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out of a Metro station in Barcelona and turning to see the architect Gaudi's "Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family)" church, a project that has been in progress for decades (he died in 1928!) and is due to be completed in 2026. This was a wow moment because the structure is literally so enormous, and so complex and striking to look at, that the very sight of it just took my breath away. Just seeing it in the morning light, after emerging from the Metro, was a visceral experience."

Mary Pat

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotels were good and the transportation was well organized and Andrew knew his stuff and was very helpful for the tour member who had her passport stolen. I agree with what one of our waiters said....I loved everything about Spain but the weather. It was a bit more moving around than I prefer. Which is why it wasn't outstanding for me. I hope you'll consider doing tours that visit fewer places and spend more time in each place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was seeing Guernica again. I saw it in the early 70s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It was such a powerful piece of art it stuck with me; the best anti-war art I've ever seen. I never thought I'd see it again especially after the Met correctly returned it to Spain. When my friends and I decided to go to Spain it was top on my list of things I had to see. It literally brought tears to my eyes to see it again. I could have stood in front of it for hours. It is just as powerful"

Carol

Havre De Grace, MD

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well run from start to finish and met our expectations. Not having to worry about lodging and transportation combined with the freedom of "doing our own thing" was a great combination for us. While we enjoyed the opportunity to visit several parts of Spain, the pace sometimes felt too fast. For example, another day in Granada and perhaps Ronda would have enabled us to experience those cities at a slower pace or given us some downtime a week and a half into our itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments standout: the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona and the Alhambra in Sevilla. Both were breathtaking in their own way."

William

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well done and enjoyable from start to finish. Andrew was a thoroughly prepared, readily available and extremely resourceful guide. Everyone in the tour group bonded well, no drama and great camaraderie. The real star was Spain, its people, vibrant cities and towns, beautiful buildings, art and culture. On top of that we had 10 days of perfect weather and the smaller crowds that go with traveling in the fall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Great cultural moments - in Granada as a local tried to point out the buildings of the Alhambra from our vantage point at San Nicolas and a Spanish Guitar concert Andrew arranged at our incredible hotel in Ronda. Visual wow moments too numerous to count, but with a tip of the hat to Sagrada Família, the Alhambra, Alcazar and Porto Nuevo."

Barbara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was overall a great experience. The fact that the accommodations and transportation was taken care of was exactly what we were looking for. Our guide provided us with background on where we were going and provided help where we needed it.

Adrian

Arlington, TX

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda! The Alhambra was great but the smaller town atmosphere in Ronda along with hiking opportunities there were the best."

April

Arlington, TX

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was surprised that we had an orientation tour of the cities near our hotels which was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was great and the hike into the canyon there in the morning was amazing but needed more time at that location. The architecture of many buildings in Barcelona was amazing. Especially liked the Palau de La Musica Catalana. Recommend going on a tour there and going to a concert at night."

Kathleen

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the convenience of letting you take care of the transportation and lodging and the freedom to do what we wished at each destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: The Alhambra, on my bucket list for decades, surpassed all of my expectations - just magnificent and so fascinating. And Ronda - what a lovely surprise! I had no expectations at all, and it was such a charming, clean and welcoming small town; a perfect respite from the big cities."

Dan

Oviedo, FL

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this "do it yourself tour" gave us timely transportation with a really great guide-Rich. We supplied our own tickets to the attractions, but we went to a city (Ronda) that we would have missed had it not been for this tour. We were not familiar with Ronda prior to our tour. The only reason for not scoring "Outstanding" in question 1 is because the assigned hotel rooms in Madrid, Granada, and Seville were very depressing and annoying to be in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner that Rich planned in Granada across from the Alhambra (Carmen de las Tomasas) was outstanding!"

Linda

Oviedo, FL

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

. Excellent "Introductory Meeting" on the first evening of the tour . Efficient organization and flow of the entire group when leaving/entering a new city . Comfortable buses and plenty of room to relax . Excellent seating on the trains

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rich did add his special flair in every city that we visited. However, the "Wow" moment was in Granada. Rich planned an optional dinner for anyone interested at Carmen de las Tomasas. Everyone in our group signed-up to attend. It was outstanding. The view of the Alhambra from the outside balcony where we were seated for dinner was absolutely awesome! It was a remarkably perfect weather day which transitioned into a glorious sunset and evening."

Doug

Milford, OH

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and Rich Earl was a great tour leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra tour. Also, Rich organized an optional group dinner looking across the valley at the Alhambra which was beautiful at night with lights."

Randy

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife & I simply love the My Way tours. We've been on both types of RS tours now. Our most recent trip to Spain was one of our favorites. I don't know if we didn't know what to expect beforehand or just didn't know that much about Spain, but this trip surprised and pleased us very much. We experienced much of Spain's vast history, of course, but I found myself being repeatedly impressed by the overall culture. The sights, sounds, smells & tastes were all wonderful, as are the Spanish people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to pick just one, but I think it is probably visiting the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. My "wow" moment came from just standing there, looking at the way the outside light coming through the stained glass totally floods the interior corridors to immerse you in two different color schemes, depending on time of day and where you are standing. The photos I took of this simply don't capture our being there, experiencing the real thing. That is something I will remember always."

Walt

Aurora, OR

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great experience with a very nice group of people. Our tour manager, Rich, was wonderful. The "My Way" tour fit us perfectly, saving us the hassle of booking hotels and transportation ourselves, while still giving us the flexibility to craft our own daily itinerary and do things at our own speed. The choice of different cities and towns visited by the tour and the amount of time spent at each was just about perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a new "wow" moment. From cathedrals, to castles, to shopping, to art and museums, to wandering medieval streets, dining at street cafes, to just experiencing the culture, there were so many awesome experiences that there is no way I can choose one over another. We had the bonus of almost picture-perfect weather for the entire trip."

Jean

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our first tour; usually we travel as a group with family or friends and make all of our own plans. It was nice to have someone else worry about the hotel and travel arrangements, but still leave the daily schedule pretty much up to ourselves. We did enjoy some of the impromptu group events that Rich arranged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating dinner across from the Alhambra was pretty cool. Also, we really enjoyed Sagrada Familia."

Jenny

Milford, OH

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our My Way tour of Spain was outstanding. Spain is such a beautiful country! Taking the train from Barcelona to Madrid, instead of the bus, made efficient use of our time and made it possible to visit all the other cities. The activities we had scheduled for each stop and the beautiful weather only enhanced our experience. This was our 6th RS tour, and our 4th My Way tour. Please offer more My Way tours as we have taken all of them! For us, it's the way to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop on the tour had a "wow" moment or two. At the top of the list would have to be Barcelona's Sagrada Familia with the afternoon sunlight shining through the stained glass windows. Another high point would be seeing the Alhambra lit up at night while our group dined at a restaurant on a hillside directly across the valley."

Robert

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very well organized - the "Buddy System", time frames for the buses and train. Rich threw in some extra sight visits that were optional attendance - guitar show, tapas bar, dinner with the Alhambra view. All in all my wife and I were very impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with the view of the nighttime Alhambra."

Brian

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The choice of cities to visit was excellent. It allowed us to get to see many different parts of Spanish culture. The hotels were nice in Barcelona, Sevilla and Ronda. They were so-so in Granada and Madrid. The optional group dinner in Grenada was great. The final night dinner could have been better. Rich, our Tour Manager was enthusiastic and personable. The train was excellent, the bus between Madrid and Grenada not so much. Overall, a nice experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While dining on tapas one night in Barcelona in a small restaurant from the 1700's on a narrow lane, an absolutely crazy parade of hundreds of revelers walked by for about an hour. There must have been 50 different groups representing different organizations (churches, clubs, neighborhoods, we never found out), each with their own "monster" and drum band, composed of people all ages, from children to senior citizens. They danced, played music, tossed candy, squirted water, lit fireworks. WOW!"

Karla

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrew was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and gave a wonderful overview of each city. We really enjoyed the My Way Tour experience. The tour provided the independence we wanted but also gave us the opportunity to meet the other members of our tour. The pre-planning information for the tour was very helpful. We would not recommend the hop on hop off bus in Barcelona. The audio was terrible and the map # didn't match the stops. Waste of money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Andrew had arranged for two individuals to play their guitars in Rondo at our beautiful boutique hotel. They were amazing. Andrew had also arranged for a happy hour with cheeses,crackers,wines. Great time to get to know members of our tour. Our last meal together was in Sevilla at a culinary school. My husband turned 70 on the 23rd. Surprise, a special treat with a candle. Andrew was amazing."

David

Rice Lake, WI

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love to travel on our own normally but liked to have great hotels in the heart of the places we visited picked for us and of course transportation helps too. The My Way concept is perfect for us in this respect. We got to know some of the tour members but did our own thing during the days. We met one couple whom we will probably visit in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia was my favorite moment on the tour. Enjoyed the AVE train ride also!"

Richard

Middlebury, VT

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it. The "my Way" tour was a good mix of self and tour direction. The "orientation walk in each town was good and made you fell you could navigate a place you had never been I liked the restaurant recommendations, didn't always agree but wanted the personal account. Walking in "old town" part felt stimulating- hotel placement was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Alhambraand understanding history go Granada"

Robert

La Canada, CA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour, and we were nervous about it, but it was fantastic. My biggest "complaint" is that I would have liked a more detailed schedule far in advance. Because we're responsible for booking our own tickets to everything, it would have been helpful to know when we'd arrive in each town and if there was an event like an orientation tour. Those orientation tours were a great surprise and really helped us in every city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"* The interior of the Sagrada Familia. The lighting, the colors, and enormity of the space was breathtaking and moved me immensely. Photos do not do it justice. * Picasso's Guernica: I had wanted to see this for a long time, but the size of it is overwhelming, and the sheer terror of the bombing is captured in a way that a realistic painting would not have. * Ronda - the gorge and views were more spectacular than I had imagined. * Tapas and wine! We had about 25 different kinds of tapas!"

Stanley

Millbrae, CA

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've always used Rick Steves books and videos as guides in the past and travelled on our own. This was the first group tour we've ever tried. The MyWay approach fit us very well as we like to be independent. The My Way tour took care of hotel and transportation, the stuff that's takes time and energy (and occasional hassle); allowed us to use our time for the good stuffs. Andrew our tour manager was awesome, made the tour great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda! The Alhambra."

Robert

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tried the MY Way Tour for the first time and it exceeded our expectations. Our guide Andrew was exceptional and just the right amount of guidance. Not only were the Hotels very nice, Andrew was with us on all the connections between the different cities providing background information on what we would be seeing at the next stop. Additionally we met many wonderful people that would be life time friends if we lived closer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all the cities, sites, and the people were friendly. I would say I was surprised at how very European Spain is and impressed with their Culture. Many wow moments but one that stood out was when Andrew arranged for two guitarists to play for one hour for our tour group in the hotel. They were both incredible."

Ronald

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The format of the my My Way tour was perfect for us! Having our Hotels and transportation booked for us was ideal. Our tour guide Andrew Lyons was excellent at giving us the information we needed to navigate in each city, as well as highlighting the areas of interest. We loved that we were not all herded around the city, and that we had the freedom to go see what we wanted on our own. Andrew always made himself available for any questions that we might have.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh there were so many that it is hard to choose just one. Probably the small town of Ronda, and all that it had to offer. It was our first trip to Spain, so seeing various cities, and the sights in each city, was a great introduction to Spain. We will definitely go back to Spain, as now we have some favorite areas we would like to spend more time at."

David

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good tour. It was my first My Way Tour. I should probably take a regular Rick Steves tour in order to compare. It was quite hot on most of tour, but we had been warned about the heat. No rain. I guess that this factor made the tour of Alhambra even more impressive. The very careful use of water in the palace and gardens by the builders was evident and remarkable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the view of Alhambra from the terrace of the Restaurante las Tomasas. It was particularly impressive since Alhambra seemed to change in the transition from late afternoon, dusk and to darkness. The lighting focused on Alhambra made the view so impressive and dramatic."

Karen

East Durham, NY

Tour: 06/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great mix of pre-planned tour and ample independence. Rich did an outstanding job and offered a lot of really great advice. The tour worked well for us. I do think we may have done too much, but the extreme heat during our visit may have been a factor. I will definitely consider other My Way tours in the future. We met a great bunch of people and had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flamenco show! It totally blew us away. What an unexpected pleasure."

Buckner

Auburn, AL

Tour: 06/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been happier. Even the temperature of 106 in Madrid did not decrease our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was Madrid because our son and his wife, who live in London and we do not see often enough, joined us for the weekend."

Sarah

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good group of people - all very compatible with one another. Everything ran smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada la Familia was amazing as was Alhambra."

Brittany

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 06/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating at the carmen across from the Alhambra in Granada was spectacular."

Steven

East Durham, NY

Tour: 06/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My way tours are the way to go for my wife and I. It takes out the hassle of arranging hotels and transportation headaches out of the equation of travel. We can tour on our own and find things without tagging along after a guide's umbrella like a group of ducklings trying to get close enough to hear what was being said. My way tours was a brilliant idea-give the originator a raise-looking forward to others-Portugal would be great(just a suggestion)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one-the al hambra, the alkazar, gaudi, the gorge at granada, Segovia-if I had to pick just one of would be the sun setting at the al Hambra from the restaurant across the valley that Rich took us to"

Jessica

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the flexibility of the My Way tour. The tour covered the cities I wanted to visit - the length of stay within each city was perfect, with the exception of Ronda - perhaps add another night in this charming location! Amanda did a great job in introducing us to each stop as well as providing tips and suggestions while we were there. The group size was perfect as well as the tour members. This was my first time in Spain and won't be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sagrada Familia! I was in awe from the moment I stepped outside of the metro stop and turned around and saw it for the first time!"

Monica

Cornelius, OR

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our first Rick Steve's tour. We very much enjoyed the My Way experience -- the hotels were outstanding, the breakfasts were terrific and generous, our host, Amanda, was lots of fun and very friendly. She knew a lot and she seemed very excited to include everyone in activities whenever possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my husband it was the guitarist at our Ronda Hotel and the scenery, as well as the tapas bars! For me it was probably Sevilla, which I thought was a charming city, including the flamenco show which Amanda arranged for our group."

Steven

Wilmington, OH

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I'll focus on things Rick Steves Inc has control over: Bookings for hotels and travel were perfect! Amanda Zurita is likeable, professional, and well-connected. She said she knew she was assigned to this trip about 2 months in advance. It would've been nice to have a note from her with all the things she planned, because (for example) we booked out own Flamenco experience and had other bookings or plans for events we would've rather shared with the group (but had paid for in advance).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, but I'm going the exact opposite: my worst "wow" moment was realizing that I'd bought hook-line-and-sinker the admonishment in the Spain 2019 book to never wear shorts or tennis shoes or, God forbid!, shorts with tennis shoes and white sox. I was always hot, uncomfortable, and standing out like the tourist who didn't want to be recognized as a tourist (until, that is, someone realized that I don't speak Spanish). All tourist wear shorts. Spaniards on-the-job wear pants."

Parker

Canton, GA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, no kinks in the schedule and we got to see everything we wanted. Time in each city was well scheduled, and travel was smooth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending time with locals in the plazas of Barcelona at night."

Christine

Canton, GA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 'My Way' tour was perfect for our family! We loved being with a group of people, but also having lots of time to ourselves. The hotels were all outstanding, and their locations were incredible. The kind of gems we never would have found on our own. We're already talking about which tour we'd like to do next!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra was probably my #1, but the view from Ronda was definitely #2"

Leslie

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was great! So helpful, kind and funny The group was a fun mix of educated and interesting people The sites were awesome. Hotels were very nice and so well located we could walk almost everywhere. I loved these little gems and would not have found them without you. Would like to have had another day in Granada and Ronda. Went early to Barcelona but if we hadn't the tour time would not have been long enough. Consider making this a 14 day tour?? As hoped this kind of your met our need

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia and flamenco"

Carolyn

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip! This was my first experience on any tour, having previously travelled independently. And I would definitely do another "my way" tour. It was well worth the money to have the hotels picked and transportation taken care of. Our Tour Manager Amanda was also a great resource when we had questions or needed a suggestion on restaurants or what to do. The bus was full sized so we had plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable while traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alahambra visit was a wow moment. It is a fascinating place and the views from up there are amazing. However, I most enjoyed sitting at a cafe and drinking in the culture. The Spanish people we met were warm and welcoming. Also the food was fantastic and very reasonably priced."

Hanna

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 06/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was excellent. The tour leader, Amanda, was wonderful. She guided my granddaughter and me when we needed it. Her suggestions were in line with what we wanted to see and experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was Sagrada Famillia, The Toledo cathedral and several other cathedral. To see the various architectural examples was wonderful. I had traveled before but this was my Grand daughters first time abroad. Seeing the Alhambra and then the Alcazar was impressive. I just wish we had more time in each city."

Tim

Wilson, NC

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way format was awesome. We liked having travel and lodging logistics taken care of while experiencing the adventure of planning our own activities.

Maxwell

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second My Way tour so I knew what to expect. Great hotels in fantastic locations combined with easy travel logistics. Guide was excellent. Utilizing the high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid was a plus. Felt like we hit a lot of really special attractions due to the cities included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia. Enough said. If you haven't been there, you can't understand."

Scott

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Tour flawless. Guide amazing. Not our first Rick Steves tour, and they are always wonderful, this one exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little extra things our guide set upo including dinner overlooking The Alhambra and guitar players in Ronda."

Marilee

Wilson, NC

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an incredible time on the Rick Steves My Way Spain trip with Amanda Z!! She was a fun, energetic, informative host who always had a suggestion or answer to our questions. Every offering she made turned out incredible and we had such a great time. We will 100% do a My Way tour again and LOVE Amanda!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Goodness! There were so many!! The dinner in the Albayzin that Amanda arranged for our group was 1- a fantastic meal and 2- who could beat the view of the Alhambra. One person in our group was in tears it was so breathtaking!! However, how can you beat Ronda!! We used Jesus- a Rick Steves recommended guide- and he was so much fun. Great sites and views and gave us the best tip for a sunset pic at the top of a hotel overlooking the bullring. I could mention something from every day!"

Margaret

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way" format was perfect for my first trip to Spain. I was the only solo traveler in a group of 28, all independent travelers who got along well when together. Our guide was amazing, helpful and calm. She organized four group experiences, which was perfect for the 10 day trip. We were free most days to organize and have our own adventures. The hotels were all in the Centro (perfectly located) and near recommended sites and restaurants. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada. It made me weep."

Meryl

Westboro, MA

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Great hotels and very comfortable transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fantastic meal with the tour group at the top of Ronda, the view was beautiful !"

William

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first "My Way" tour gave us the perfect hybrid experience, an enjoyable "middle way" between a full service tour and a plan everything on your trip. We added two extra nights and three day trips (Figueres, Toledo, and Corboda) to our itinerary and found the Spanish high speed train system easy for beginners to use. The choice of cities on this tour provided us with a wide selection of interesting activities: cultural sites, parks, museums, restaurants, and shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from: Sagrada Familia, strolling Madrid's El Retiro Park on a Sunday afternoon, all of Toledo, the Alhambra with its Generalife Gardens, the magic of Ronda, and Sevilla's Alcazar and Cathedral. Still, Cordoba's thousand year old Great Mosque (Mesquita),filled with an endless forest of marble columns topped by two-tiered horseshoe arches, was the "wow." The Museum of Al-Andalus (across the ancient Roman Bridge) and the Jewish Museum added to Cordoba's historic charm."

Jayne

Weaverville, NC

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an excellent tour! We loved visiting the different parts of Spain and we had plenty of time to explore everything we wanted to. The accomodations were top notch and traveling between cities was efficient and comfottable. We can't wait to return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so, so many "WOW!!!" moments. I enjoyed learning about the history of Spain. My hands down favorite sight was the streaming sun through the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia. I will never forget that. Visiting The Alhambra and learning about the sophisticated way it was developed was amazing. And finishing up with Seville and The Alcazar was just perfect."

Robert

Irvine, CA

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amanda was a great tour guide! She provided great information when there was a question and came up with a couple of volunteer group events. We were a little disappointed that some of these events were things we had already organized for ourselves, so we lost out on a chance for group travel experience. But, overall we had a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada, an optional group dinner on the terrace across from Alhambra. A beautiful evening for the view, dinner, and companionship."

Jeffrey

Westborough, MA

Tour: 05/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip and tour were wonderful. The sites and food and hotel accommodations were all great. The hotels were all centrally located and very comfortable. Our guide, Amanda, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia was amazing, No matter how much I read about it in advance, it was still awe inspiring to see it in person. The Alhambra Palace was also quite stunning."

Jan

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 05/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. It was a great group and Andrew did an excellent job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia"

Twyla

Lloydminster, AB

Tour: 05/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was new to us so I was a bit nervous on how it was be. It did not disappoint. We had a wonderful time, met great people and did some amazing tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our favorite was moments was the little sleepy town of Ronda. Not only was the hotel amazing, with quant rooms for each of their guests but also Andrew brought in a guitarist and singer. Truly amazing."

Catherine

Little Neck, NY

Tour: 05/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were very excited about planning our first trip to Europe but were a bit anxious about some of the logistical details. The My Way Spain tour was the perfect answer. We were able to plan our days and nights as we wished and the hotels and transportation to the next cities were all taken care of. Our tour manager, Andrew, was wonderful! A wealth of information and at the ready for any concerns or problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Segrada Família for the first time was an awesome experience."

Paul

Little Neck, NY

Tour: 05/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well arranged transportation and good hotel choices and locations. Andrew was a knowledgable and pleasant tour host.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was an off the beaten path, low key destination that I might have skipped otherwise, but it was gorgeous and way beyond my expectations."

Tim

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful in every respect: guide, sights, bus, hotels and traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"250,000,000 olive trees in Andalucia and the olive oil tasting tour."

Jerry

Girard, KS

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Patty has already done this. I double it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spain!"

Brian

New York, NY

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an outstanding time on the tour. I usually travel solo, and this time I decided to let someone else handle all the hotel, transportation, and amount of time to spend in each city. It probably saved me a months worth of work. I liked how open-ended the days were so I could set my own pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the tapas market, Mercado de San Miguel, for the first time. I was blown away be all the food and how everyone was eating at communal tables. I met some great people there and had a wonderful time."

Anthony

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was very good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked Ronda the best"

Michael

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The first time we ever did a group tour. We had always traveled on our own. The "My Way" tour was a good way to try out a tour. Travel with a group by when we got to the next location, my wife and I were on our own. We spend about 9 days in Portugal on our own and then flew to Barcelona to hook up with the "My Way tour. Pal did an excellent intro to the group and provided how we would operate throughout the tour. He also was available each morning to answer any questions and provide tips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado Museum and the Sagreda Familia."

Hank

Black Canyon City, AZ

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour and it was great. The Hotels and Transportation on oour My Way Spain tour worked to perfection. Our tour guide, Paul, was superb. He was skilled at bringing the group together and I am sure that many of us will keep in touch due to his fine structuring of get togethers. The Itinerary and their sequence on the tour worked beautifully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. 1.As a professional Artist/Photographer I love to begin my workflow Photographing Walls.I found Rhonda to be the ultimate "Wall Photograph's" town. 2. Photographing/Experiencing Gaudi's Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia. 3. Meeting/Photographing a fine jazz trumpeter playing Cool Jazz on the streets in Madrid. 4. Travelling South and seeing the beautiful landscapes of Spain. 3. Experiencing Alcazar in Sevilla. 4. Our Final Group Dinner. 5.The Picasso Museum."

Lisa

Glendale, CA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect trip! Our guide and our group were wonderful. Rick Steves just seems to attract quality people. This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I am already trying to figure out which one to do next. Everything about the tour was fantastic. I loved the hotels - great locations! The Ronda hotel was my absolute favorite. I could have stayed there for a month. This trip was completely stress-free. Our guide Pal was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was completely surprised by the town Ronda. I had never even heard of Ronda before visiting there. This Cliffside town is breathtaking, and I absolutely loved being in the bull ring. I also adored Granada, and the view of the Alhambra at night was stunning."

Theodore

Missoula, MT

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall our tour was both fun and informative. Pal gave us good advice and was invaluable helping us find great places to eat and visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was in the naval museum in Barcelona. I didn't know until I saw it that the museum had a full scale replica of the royal galley from the battle of Lepanto."

Patty

Girard, KS

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this My Way trip. Pal did a splendid job of covering the highlights of each city and introducing us to the culture of Spain. Despite not spending much time in one location I feel we had enough time to check out the main attractions of each locale and time to enjoy the food, drink, and culture of each region. The My Way travel format is perfect as there are no worries of lodging or transportation between locations. The added benefit is getting to know your fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was pretty spectacular. If I had to choose just one "wow" it would be viewing the Alhambra at sunset from San Nicholas viewpoint. It truly glows red and with the snow covered mountains in the background its stunning. And you have to stay for the lights to shine on the Alhambra after dark. That is equally a special treat."

Nicole

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Given the reasonable price tag of any Rick Steves tour,there is very little that would have enhanced my experience. Everything went smoothly. The hotels were good to excellent. The train and bus rides went absolutely without a hitch. There were just enough interactions with Pal, the tour leader, and the group as a whole that I felt well-supported without being smothered. I would recommend this tour highly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ah, so many moments to choose from, but this is one...Pal arranged for us to see a flamenco show (optional, of course, this being a My Way tour). Frankly,I expected it to be a little cheesy and touristy. Instead, I was knocked out. I'm no expert, of course, but the performance seemed authentic and of high caliber. My breath was taken away. The stopover in Tembleque was my favorite "surprise" moment. What an interesting little town!"

Robert

San Diego, CA

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Spain tour was the perfect blend of European tour planning and individual free time to explore, eat and shop at our own pace. We flew to Barcelona a few days early to start the journey, stayed at the same tour hotel and began the fun. An unbelievably good start for an unknown experience. Every move, check in or transport was easy and adventurous since I didn't have to plan, schedule, or execute the move. This tour was an incredibly good experience across Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A place and a tour guide. The full tour of Granada's Alhambra and Dobla de Oro monuments by Stephanie from MiReservaOnline (in the Spain book). Spending an entire day with Stephanie was a chance to learn centuries of history in a fabulous setting. She had stories to tell, century by century, rulers on top of rulers that pieced together a wonderful and unforgettable picture. Alhambra is massive, the history complicated and was my favorite "wow" moment provided by a great story teller."

Penny

Girard, KS

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. It was a "my Ways" tour, but we followed many of Rick Steves suggestion that were in his book, and were very pleased at what we saw. Our Guide, Pol, was also very helpful anytime we had questions or needed recommendations on where to go or the best way to get somewhere. He arranged a very lovely dinner for us the last evening. I truly believe that our experience would have been much less satisfying without his input and guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Familia Sagrada! Was very glad we had our tickets before arriving. It was stunning."

Bonnie

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide who was fluent in English and Spanish...and always willing to help with suggestions and information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alcazar's beautiful gardens and the hilltop town of Toledo."

Diana

Missoula, MT

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed by Spain's beauty and I loved exploring each city we visited. We ate so much delicious food and still miss our daily dose of Spanish ham. Our hotels, especially the one in Ronda, were charming and in convenient locations. We had just finished the guided Portugal tour, and we enjoyed the "My Way" freedom to set our own schedule and follow our own interests. Pal was a great tour manager!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda! In the evening, we stood on the bridge and tried to absorb the immensity of sunset above the gorge - hundreds of ink-black swifts detached themselves from the cliffs and performed an arabesque against the sky. I gasped at the beauty of it and tried to imprint the moment on my memory."

Amy

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 05/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind, and so my husband and I opted for a My Way tour as we wanted help with hotels and transport but once in a place wanted to do our own thing. The My Way tour certainly fit that bill! But it had unanticipated delightful moments. Our group was wonderful, and it was such fun to run into friendly faces at a restaurant, museum, or while out for a stroll. We chose Spain because the timing worked, and were so pleased. I would highly recommend My Way Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took a day trip to Córdoba to see the Mezquita and would highly recommend it. The cathedral plunked in the middle of a mosque was quire a sight."

Patricia

Montreal, QC

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Bryan, TX

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Darlene

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Glenview, IL

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Freeport, IL

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really loved the type of tour this is. It takes the hassle that can come from of the means of travel and where to stay for the trip. It allows you to enjoy the sites at your own pace. Best type of tour to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really had two "wow" moments. first was looking across at our dinner to see the Alhambra Palace lit up. The second one was the Bridge in Ronda."

Scott

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Freeport, IL

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Colleen

Rochester, MN

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 10/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Depew, NY

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Veronica

Westminster, CO

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tony

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 10/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Yoko

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Monterey, CA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alice

Watkinsville, GA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia"

K Tiana

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randall

Carbondale, CO

Tour: 09/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our buggy ride in Sevilla."

Rosalind

Georgetown, ON

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Black Diamond, WA

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Aurora, CO

Tour: 09/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Sonora, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

Ottawa, IL

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Sonora, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doran

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra, Sagrada Familia and bull fight in Madrid"

Antoinette

Bradford, MA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Francis

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherrie

Pflugerville, TX

Tour: 09/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ron

Kirkwood, MO

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ted

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Virginia

Columbia, MD

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kora

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jenny

Lexington, KY

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andy

Ripon, WI

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 06/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Scott

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tillie

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

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

Suzanne

Glasgow, KY

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelley

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Becky

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shelley

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elinor

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jo

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Westerville, OH

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Monica

Fort Mitchell, KY

Tour: 05/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Oxford, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Reuben

Oxford, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda!"

Ann

Gurnee, IL

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shirley

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Cadillac, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pauline

Marysville, WA

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Cadillac, MI

Tour: 05/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorraine

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Meadow Vista, CA

Tour: 05/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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