• Sagrada Família
  • Alcázar, Segovia, Spain
    Alcázar of Segovia
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Tapas bar, Madrid, Spain
    Tapas in Madrid
  • Toledo
  • La Mancha
  • Alhambra, Granada, Spain
    Alhambra Palace
  • Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
    Arcos de la Frontera
  • Bullring in Ronda
  • Matador on a buggy ride, Sevilla, Spain
    Sevilla

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Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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From Gaudí and El Greco to tapas and flamenco, this tour captures the energetic diversity of Spain. Beginning in beautiful Barcelona and ending in sensual Sevilla, your Rick Steves guide will treat you to a sumptuous, two-week cultural buffet — with rich helpings of Catalunya's Gaudí, Toledo's El Greco, masterpieces of Madrid's Prado, and the Moorish and royal treasures of Granada and Sevilla. You'll also experience the delights of whitewashed Andalusian hill towns, prancing horses, tasty tapas, and fine sherry. Join us for the Best of Spain in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2018

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Spain come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • Barcelona walking tour • Sagrada Família • Royal Palace • Madrid walking tour • Prado Museum • Segovia day trip • Segovia walking tour • Toledo walking tour • Santo Tomé Chapel (El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz) • Toledo cathedral • Sinagoga del Tránsito • Consuegra windmills • Granada Royal Chapel • Alhambra palace • Ronda bullring • Reservaatauro bull farm • Olive oil tasting • Andalusian horse farm • Sherry tasting • Sevilla walking tour • Sevilla Cathedral • Sevilla Alcázar • Sevilla carriage ride (weather permitting) • Flamenco performance…and more
  • All group transportation from Barcelona to Sevilla
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

We'll gather at our Barcelona hotel at 5 p.m. for a "Welcome to Spain" get-together. Then we'll join the locals in their nightly ritual and head out for an orientation paseo (stroll) through our neighborhood. We'll finish by getting acquainted over a tapas-style dinner together. Sleep in Barcelona (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

This morning, we'll explore Barcelona's maze-like Gothic Quarter, from its Roman foundations to the spires of its candle-, relic- (and geese-!) strewn cathedral. Then we'll hop the subway to Gaudí's towering, dizzying Sagrada Família. Afterward you'll be free to experience more of this magnificent city on your own, from the Picasso Museum to Gaudí's playful Park Güell. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Masterpieces of Madrid

All aboard! After breakfast we'll take one of Europe's speediest trains (the AVE) to Madrid. We'll tour one of Europe's premier art museums — the masterpiece-packed Prado — where you'll see paintings by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and others. Later we'll stroll the lively streets of our neighborhood and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Madrid (3 nights). Train: 3 hours. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Madrid and the Royal Palace

This morning we'll meet our local guide for a tour through the sumptuously decorated Royal Palace. With 2,000 rooms, acres of luxurious tapestries, and a king's ransom of chandeliers, this is truly one of the great palaces of Europe. Our walking tour will continue through Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol to its elegant Plaza Mayor. Your afternoon and evening are free to visit the Reina Sofía, stroll through the majestic Retiro Gardens (Madrid's most popular park), and maybe even catch a performance of zarzuela, Spain's delightfully light opera. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Day Trip to Segovia

We'll venture out of the city by bus, up to the history-rich town of Segovia and its beautifully preserved Roman aqueduct. After a walking tour of the aqueduct and town, you'll have free time to wander and visit Segovia's medieval Alcázar fortress. We'll regroup this afternoon for lunch to savor a Segovian specialty together — roast suckling pig. Then we'll return to Madrid in time for you to enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Historic Toledo

It's a short bus ride to Spain's old capital city of Toledo (and back in time about 500 years). We'll take a morning walking tour that includes Toledo's magnificent cathedral, the medieval Sinagoga del Tránsito, and El Greco's Burial of the Count of Orgaz at the Santo Tomé Chapel. This afternoon and evening you'll have plenty of free time to enjoy the winding streets and varied sights. Sleep in Toledo (1 night). Bus: 1 hour. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: La Mancha and Granada

Today we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," stopping to sniff the saffron and admire a whitewashed windmill or two. Our destination is Granada, where we'll begin with a visit to 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. Then we'll head up the Albayzín hill for dinner together and enjoy a sunset view of tomorrow's treat — the Alhambra. Sleep in Granada (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Moorish Treasures of Granada

We'll spend our morning learning about Spain's Islamic legacy as we tour the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra with a local expert. This last and greatest of Europe's Moorish palaces will awe you with its grace and artistry. This afternoon and evening you'll be free to linger longer at the Alhambra, and make your own discoveries along the colorful streets and alleyways of Granada's Old Town. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. This afternoon we'll visit the 5,000 seat bullring — and then the rest of the day is 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 or near Ronda (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 10: Spain's Pueblos Blancos

Today we'll wind our way between the olive groves and whitewashed villages of Spain's pueblos blancos. We'll head into the countryside to visit a bull farm and learn about Spain's most controversial pastime. Then we'll tour an olive oil mill, where we'll discover the traditional methods of producing this extra-virgin export. After a rustic lunch together, we'll press on to the quintessential hill town — Arcos de la Frontera — where we'll share dinner together and sleep (2 nights, group may be split between two hotels). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Sherry and Horses

It's a short hop to Jerez de la Frontera, where we'll tour an Andalusian horse farm. After learning all about these magnificent creatures and their connection to the local culture, we'll have some free time in a nearby town to explore and find lunch. This afternoon, we'll return to lovely Arcos to relax and sample the region's other famous specialty, sherry. Dinner is on your own this evening. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

This morning we'll drive directly to Sevilla, Spain's most flamboyant and atmospheric city. We'll begin our visit with a guided tour that takes us from the famous Macarena (Weeping Virgin), to the world's largest Gothic cathedral. You'll have time to do more exploring on your own before we regroup tonight for a performance of sultry, swirling flamenco. Sleep in Sevilla (2 nights). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 13: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

We'll start today with a tour of the beautifully Moorish-style Alcázar palace, the Sevilla home of the Spanish royal family for the past 500 years. Afterward, you're free to walk in the footsteps of Carmen and Don Juan, linger in Sevilla's charming squares, or stroll along the romantic Guadalquivir River. This evening we'll share travel memories and toast new friends at our final dinner together, capped off with a carriage ride through the streets of Sevilla. Salud! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Sevilla's airport is a bus or taxi ride away with easy connections throughout Europe. Alternately there is an 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 Best of Spain in 14 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. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. In Arcos, walk 15 minutes up a steep street to the hotel (while bags are sent by minivan).
  6. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).

Reviews

Marianne

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, and was enhanced by having a marvelous, fun, and experienced guide (Helen) and a tour group that really clicked with one another. (This is my 3rd RS tour, so I know that every tour group has its own level of camaraderie).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stayed at a country home outside of Ronda that had magnificent gardens. After so much hustle and bustle it was nice to have the quietness of the place (mostly) to ourselves. It would have been nice to spend 2 nights there to rest a little. Everyone in the group was feeling a little fatigued by that time. Maybe if you did that, some could rest by the pool while others (like my husband) could sign up for an optional day tour of something nearby, like the time to explore the gorge."

Claire

Westfield, NJ

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful time on this tour: it has become my favorite out of the four tours I've taken. Our tour leader, Helen, was a perfect combination of knowledgeable along with a wicked sense of humor. She posted our daily schedule along with a separate page of suggestions for our free time. This was a good mix of big cities along with small villages. I would suggest limiting Arcos de Frontera to one night and adding an extra night to the wonderful hotel in Ronda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved so many aspects of this tour but the most dramatic was eating dinner in Granada while looking at the Alhambra silhouetted against the night sky."

Mari

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide was fantastic and made us all feel at home. Her introduction to each city and walk around the hotel made it easy to locate the hotel and places to eat and see on our time off. Hotels were very very comfortable and well situated, the group was very nice. All the events scheduled on this tour were great choices and I learnt a lot from the local guides that took us around. The meals the tour provided were excellent and choices of places we ate at were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra in the twilight while dining on an excellent 3 course meal and of course touring the Alhambra the next day was a highlight."

Molly

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

tour was everything we expected; tour guide was just one of the best, professional, helpful, friendly, have used rick steves tours before and will use again

Thomas

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen Inman was a GREAT tour leader, and we had a great group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in the café outside the hotel with our tour family, just chatting."

Diana

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour. After we did Ireland, I wondered if there could ever be another amazing experience. YES, there was! Spain was incredible as well. We have traveled on our own using Rick's books for years. Once we tried a tour, we were hooked. The tour brought information, experiences, and new friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is the hardest question. Each day brought WOW moments. Probably when William had us turn around as a group and see Sagrada Familia. My wonder and watching my tour members reactions! Quite the moment."

Abbey

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. William is amazing (more about that in #5). The tour itself was also great. I enjoyed most of the places we went very much. In my opinion, we could have stayed in Barcelona and Granada longer and spent less time in Madrid and Arcos de la Frontera. The days in Ronda and Arcos were nice, but they were not highlights for me. I loved Barcelona, Toledo, and Granada the best. Sevilla is also amazing. Really, just a great trip! Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Barcelona - seeing the Sagrada Familia, exploring the parks and beach on our own, eating all the delicious food, seeing the amazing architecture. It was the perfect start to the tour."

Jerome

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide ( William ) was awesome. He went out of his way to blend the group into a traveling family. He also took care of an ill member as well. The Spain trip was loaded with plenty of great meals and wine . Along with plenty of sites. William added the sherry tasting and it was great. The high speed train was also a suprise. All in all the best of Spain really did have a wide variety of scenes and activities. All the local guides were excellent , especially Latishia in Sergovia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unlike most of the tour members who would say The Sagrada de Familia or the Alhambra , my wow moment is much different. I love the small hill towns and while in Arcos I awoke before sunrise both days to completely empty streets and found the perfect vantage point for the sun rising over the hills and me watching and taking photos high above in the city of Arcos. To me that was the essence of vacation and seeing a beautiful sunrise in a new country - Spain for the first time."

Susan

White Plains, MD

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The variety offered in the itinerary was good - art museums and architecture in cities, charming hill towns, bull and Andalusian horse breeding farms, olive mills, wine tasting, flamenco dancing, etc. The tour guide was helpful, knowledgeable, funny, organized, and engaging. The hotels were very comfortable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the towns of Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera"

James

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although the cities visited on this trip were mostly ones we had visited before, we enjoyed getting updated on their current status. We also visited new sites and learned things we hadn't known. Many cities have sights that were not available before or that we had missed. Segovia was a completely new destination/experience for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Churches in Europe are the principal repositories of art and history; there are a lot of them,but they need to be seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visits to Ronda's bull ring and the bull and horse farms were exceptionally interesting. Though I have seen several bull fights and read a lot about the fights and the training of matadors, the visits filled in many gaps in my knowledge. The city of Ronda deserves more time on the tour."

Jennifer

Loveland, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of our favorite tours, as we had a truly special guide in William, who so enthusiastically shared his love of Spain with us, fun and friendly travelers, bountiful food and wine, some beautiful hotels, and of course the beauty of Spain. The variety of cities, towns, and experiences made two weeks fly by!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved how William made us "look left" as we climbed the hill in Granada until we got to the top to be amazed by the beautiful Alhambra at sunset, then enjoyed a fabulous meal with that view as the lights came on."

Alfred

Kamloops, BC

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved seeing so many things. Everything from modern day celebration of the Corpus Christi to the antiquities, were wonderful. Everywhere we went we felt welcomed and safe. Planning was excellent and saved us so much time. Our tour guide, Agustin, was masterful at getting people to bond together quickly. Everyone was friendly and took care of others. There was no impatience shown ever, thanks to the pre-planning and organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the group dinner at sunset overlooking the Alhambra. The view of the fortifications with the snow-capped mountains in the background, was stunning."

Nancy

Helotes, TX

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour. I appreciate the amount of planning, scheduling, and detail that goes into your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing the Sagrada Familia in person for the first time!"

Abdelmohsen

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour and felt it was well planned. Good choice of sites, hotels, guides and transportation. Also the restaurants where we had group meals and the activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The scenery in Ronda, The Alkazars and Cathedrals. Segrada Familia."

Greg

Spring Branch, TX

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with the Village Italy trip we took in 2015, the Spain trip was a wonderful experience. The combination of history, sights, and "local color" was just right. We were kept very busy, and our guide, Agustin, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arcos. The view from the hotel was teriffic, and the dinner at a tiny restaurant (suggested by our guide) was a great experience."

Beverly

Galloway, NJ

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect group and wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra on the most beautiful night ever!"

Mike

Leland, NC

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour process and itinerary were superb. The itinerary was well balanced between group and free style elements, and procedures including meals, transportation, lodging and entertainment went as smoothly as they could. It is clear that the Rick Steves' tour company has benefited from many years of experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly impressed with a terrace dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra on a perfect weather evening. Sitting across a valley separating the group from this sight of such historic import and beauty with new friends served as we all were with a great meal and wine was complete vindication of our vacation choice."

Susan

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized with a variety of experiences. Our tour guide Jorge was knowledgeable and personable. The group worked well together which really added to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Familia Sagrada was a high point. Also the visit for brunch in a private home was a bonus experience. Love Rick's philosophy regarding interacting with people from family owned hotels and restaurants. But every day was special and it's difficult to pick just one. I especially enjoyed wandering the streets and hearing Jorge or one of the talented local guides talk about the history of the area, local customs and the people. The Flamenco performance was thrilling and emotional."

Darryl

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th Rick Steve's tour and they have all been memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to Spain 11 years ago we had seen many of the attractions before. I think this time it was our guide, Jorge who as a native of Spain provided special insight into the culture, customs and politics."

Ann

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met and traveled with a diverse & friendly group of people. Lots of museums, art history, architecture, beautiful hill towns - the variety of events showed us many aspects of the country. This tour taught us how much Spain has given to the world thru exploration, art, music . . .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very much enjoyed visiting the bull farm. The surroundings were beautiful, the contentment of the animals in contrast to the hyper activity of the cities. Granada with its ancient aquaduct, the Alhambra in the moonlight was enchanting."

Kathleen

Riverside, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people. weather was wonderful. Jorge was attentive and knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"LaSagrada Familia was my wow moment. I had seen pictures, but was stunned when we walked in."

Marilyn

Chicago, IL

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! We learned facts about art, history, food, and the people of Spain. The tour was well-organized, but not overly so. The hotel accommodations were comfortable, and clean. The food was cultural but also individually geared to our health requirements. Truly, it was a wonderful memory of a. Lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have many aha moments. So e of my favorites are the tour guides we had. The tour guide for the Prado was fascinating. Also of course seeing Guernica in the Museo de la Reina Sofia. I thought the visit and meal in a Spanish family home was spectacular. I must say our tour guide, Jorge, added to many wow moments."

Patricia

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip!! Tour guide Jorge was wonderful Each and every guide was so knowledgeable, I was blown away. Perfect tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one thing. All of it!!!"

Richard

Riverside, CA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge or guide was wonderful, he helped us to immerse ourselves in the beautiful culture of Spain. As we wandered the streets in large cities like Madrid to small towns like Arcos, i felt a local, from entering a taverna in a small local lane standing at the bar saying hello and ordering a cana, and meeting and talking with locals to wandering the Marvels of the Prada museum. We felt immersed and at home. Our group like so many times on RS trips were were also wonderful.

Laurence

Woodland Park, CO

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great mix of city and rural. The tour group was fantastic. We all got along very well. I learned so much about Spain's history and how intertwined it is with our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that the visit to the Alcazar of Seville was my favorite "wow" moment. The art and architecture were magnificent. This tour provided my first experience in Moorish art."

Suzanne

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was well organized and full of typical touristy attractions. I enjoyed meeting fellow travelers and seeing the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular "wow" moment. I enjoyed seeing everything from the architecture to the people to the countryside."

Ann

Riverside, CA

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour format forces us to attempt "independent travel". We were empowered when we succeeded in reaching the hotel in Barcelona. Allowing us free time to explore on our own, often with hints of where to shop or eat, became an adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The PEOPLE Fellow travelers Guides Locals"

James

Riverside, CA

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain was an exciting adventure from start to finish. It felt good to have a capable tour guide like Javier there to see us along and help us with any questions we had. The transportation links from site to site was timely and comfortable. Javier excited us about what we were going to see when we got there, and not having to wait in any long lines was definitely a plus. The food was excellent at every place we ate, and when we were on our own it was great to follow Javier's advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a Don Quixote nut, and when we finally got to the site with the windmills I was thrilled. We had plenty of time for photographs, a wonderful lunch and time to shop. Absolutely GREAT."

Steven

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steve's tour. As always, it was a great experience with a wonderful group of people. Looking forward to the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping onto the balcony of our hotel room in Arcos de la Frontera and finding myself on the edge of a 150 meter (500 foot) cliff with a sweeping view of the valley below and swifts soaring by. Runner up: picnicking at the windmills in Don Quixote country."

Todd

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To make up for a last minute tour event cancellation, RSE added a guided culinary tapas tour of Granada. It was fantastic! Our local guide, Roberto, recognized we were having such a good time, he allowed us to stay out an additional hour (beyond our initially anticipated return time back to the hotel). Thanks to Roberto, for "going with the flow", and allowing us to continue to enjoy the food, fun, and evening night life culture of Granada.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While dining/people-watching in Seville, I felt a tap on the shoulder and a "hope we are not disturbing you." It was a European couple, traveling thru Spain. They recognized me from an earlier city. Our paths crisscrossed over the last several days. I joined their table. For the next 90 minutes, we were like old friends at a high school reunion, comparing notes and exchanging stories of our recent travels throughout Spain. It was a delightful, memorable, and rewarding cultural experience."

Sterling

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Barcelona was great and the Spanish countryside was very picturesque. Madrid was (like a lot of large cities) an insane jumble of traffic. The Prado was wonderful and seeing Guernica at the Reina Sofia was very powerful. The narrow winding streets of some of the country towns was a bit disconcerting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing La Sagrada Familia on the outside and finally now on the inside."

Roslyn

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/12/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Fun activities. Interesting information. Well paced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gardens at the Alhambra"

David

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are experienced Rick Steves travelers. Helen did a great job in mixing organized activities with free time. The local guides were all great, and very knowledgeable. The group dinners were pleasant, and had plenty of adult beverages. The artwork, churches and cathedrals that we saw were magnificent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't choose between visiting Gaudí's Sagrada Família and viewing the El Greco paintings in the Sacristy at one of the Cathedrals."

Myron

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent - We had a great time and the tour guide (Helen) was EXCELLENT.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one moment. Every stop had something that could be considered a WOW moment."

Carma

West Linn, OR

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

14 days in Spain was fantastic! Exceeded my expectations! The whole time I was feeling like I was the luckiest person in the world to be experiencing what we got to experience in those beautiful Spanish towns and cities, and in the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming around the corner and seeing the panoramic view of the Alhambra! Wow! And then discovering that we were going to eat at a restaurant that had that same panoramic view! We got to watch the sun go down and the lights go up on the Alhambra as we dined together. Incredible! And then at that same dinner, having Rick Steves come and pay us a surprise visit! That was such a great experience! Another wow moment: the tour of the Alhambra!!! Another wow moment: the Flamenco dancing in Sevilla!!!"

Andrew

Okemos, MI

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was incredible. William was a great guide with tons of knowledge, and really brought us all together like a family. I loved being able to dive deeper into the culture of Spain while also being a typical tourist. Amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"seeing the Alhambra from our dinner spot, from day until night."

Nancy

Vallejo, CA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of variety; lots of history details; good balance of free time and scheduled tour time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia; visiting the bullfarm"

Richard

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think this was the best of the seven Rick Steves' tours we've been on (and they've all been wonderful), thanks to a schedule filled with diverse activities as well as a tour guide who kept us learning and laughing. I also enjoyed the free time that was available for us to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, from the Prado to the Sagrada Familia church, but a combination of little events, such as a "tapas crawl," sherry tasting, and talking to a matador also made for memorable moments. But at the top of the "wow" list was enjoying the sunset and evening views of the Alhambra from the hilltop restaurant. To top it off, our travel guru and hero Rick Steves showed up for a delightful visit. He was greeted by the group with rock-star giddiness."

Anthony

Okemos, MI

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an excellent time on my Spain tour. William Rosendin is a great tour guide! He helped mold the group into a family and was helpful with suggestions and helping people make plans during their free time. He was instrumental in helping my son and I correct problems with a soccer game we attended in Barcelona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. La Sagrada Familia 2. Barcelona vs Real Madrid futbol match. 3. Breakfast in local homes."

Viki

Plano, TX

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I did not imagine that so many experiences could be packed into fourteen days. Using cell phone communication and well-timed transport, our guide William led us across much of Spain with remarkable efficiency and ease. I did not feel rushed. Our present and next day itineraries were always clearly written and posted. The choice of places to visit was excellent. Although independence was encouraged, I also felt secure that our tour guide would capably deal with any unexpected emergencies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Nasrid palaces of the Alhambra in Granada. It seems that this part of the Alhambra is increasingly difficult to get into. My husband and I had never been to the Alhambra before, and we weren't sure of returning to Granada in the future. I realize that our guide William and the Rick Steves team were working up to the last minute to gain entry for us. I was prepared to be "flexible" if it wasn't possible, but I greatly appreciate all the efforts made for our group."

Jean

Decorah, IA

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun group, great guide. The itinerary provided numerous opportunities to learn about history, art, culture, current affairs and geography. Spainish people were very friendly to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saturday afternoon in Granada we enjoyed the numerous bachelor and bachelorette groups partying in the narrow streets and at outdoor bars. There was dancing, singing and ridiculing of grooms. I felt the vibe and it made me wish I lived there."

Diane

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/05/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotels fine except the one Madrid, #201, was dirty in the bedroom. Bath clean. Arcos hotel charming, but the 50 gal. tank of hot water meant about 15 gal of hot & then progressively colder. NOT 50 gal of hot water. Ronda hotel wonderful! What a treasure. Food excellent with lots of guide help as to where to go. Breakfasts good. A bit scared of all the walking going into it due to our age & it was no problem. Been on tour to CHina, Egypt, Croatia & Germany. This the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to rate, but Sagrada Familia, Gaui's masterpiece."

Larry

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've taken other tours with other tour companies but this was by far the best and best organized from beginning of the application process to the end of the tour. Everything published or said was absolutely true and correct. This was our first Rick Steves' tour, but definitely won't be our last as we are already trying to decide with tour we will take next year. Our Guide and each of the local "experts" were all outstanding and the sights were absolutely the "Best of Spain".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it's almost impossible to pick one favorite but, if pressed, it would be a combination of a great dinner in a spectacular setting up on the high Albayzin hill while looking at the beautiful, lit up Alhambra on the next high hill, with a snow capped mountain in the background, in Granada, followed by a tour of the amazing Alhambra the following morning."

Marianne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was even better than I had thought it would be. Barcelona, Granada and Seville were amazing cities that I could visit again and again. The activities, meals and local tours were outstanding. Rick Steves does a masterful job planning these trips. Loved visiting the small towns too, with fewer crowds and beautiful vistas around every corner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first 24 hours in Granada, from the divine group dinner with the gorgeous nighttime view of the Alhambra to the next day tour of that beautiful sight, gardens blooming, amazing architecture, beautiful water features. That day will linger in my mind for years to come."

Rick

Auburn, CA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second tour with RS (first was Greece). Like the first, this tour was exceptional. The guide was excellent and the tour was a great mix of local sites, local guides, and, of course, fine dining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to a local person's home for a meal was a special treat. The tour group got split into four separate groups, and each went to an individual's home for a meal and conversation (we had a Spanish speaker in our group who served as an interpreter). This was not an experience you could ever have if you toured on your own."

Charles

Mission, KS

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Jorge was a great guide; knowledgeable, proud of his country, protective of us ("watch out, pickpockets up ahead"), the destinations varied from big city to small villages, food was outstanding (too much) and the pace demanding - but that was ok as there was much to do and see. We enjoyed the more intimate settings (bull breeding farm, brunch w/ local family, & the horse farm). Our lodging was exceptional throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi in Barcelona - simply remarkable!"

Jason

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome sites, wonderful tapas, and super guide combined to make a very memorable vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow would have to be standing next to and touching the Roman aqueduct in Segovia - such history - combined with the Sagrada Familia - such grandeur."

Linda

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything that it was written up to be in the information and description of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sagrada Familia! What an amazing work of art."

Sharon

North Stonington, CT

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. Jorge was a great guide. He was knowledgable, helpful, and a lot of fun. He organized the the activities and special treats well. The local guides were knowledgable and entertaining and gave us a good understanding of the sights and cities. The hotel accommodations were lovely and the breakfasts were great. Most of the meals were outstanding. Our two favorite hotels were the one in Ronda and the Amadeus in Sevilla. The best meal was the pig roast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the delicious dinner across from the Alhambra with the view. Then the next day we toured the Alhambra- amazing!"

Sally

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of people; great tour guides, beautiful flowers, lots of olive groves, fabulous food and drink, what could be better than that? Loved it all except the planning for Barcelona was terrible...everything closed because of their Labor Day, and then pouring rain to boot. Oh well, as the guide kept saying, "dit gives you another reason to return to Barcelona". I loved the combo between cities and country that this tour provided. The hotels were medium high end and fabulously located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at the country hotels outside Ronda was such a treat. Roses and a refreshing swimming pool allowed me to take out my suit. But the Alahambra was wondrous. Just loved the gardens both internal and external. Too many folks and felt a bit pushed, but altogether it felt magical. Afterwards meeting guide for a standup tapas experience was far more doable than I had thought, given how much we had been on our feet at the Alahambra. Altogether felt very Ole."

Doug

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always heard that Spain is a friendly and inviting destination. This tour took us to a multitude of sights and let us meet a number of wonderful people confirming what we had heard about the country. The tour got us out to locales that I would have never found on my own -- an Andalusian horse breeding and training facility, a farm for breeding and selecting bulls for bull fighting, a local home meal, Flamenco dancing, and a suckling pig dinner and other wonderful restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of our dinner spot viewing the Alhambra."

Lillian

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply great!! Great tour guide; Jorge Roman was amazing, great hotels, food and people in our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona La Sagrada Familia and Granada La Alahmbra"

Karen

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We/I had a great tour experience. We went to places that I don't think we would have sought out and gone to on our own. I also enjoyed the other participants in our tour group. We were pretty compatible in terms of attitude and interests. 25 is supposed to be small, but to us it was a large group (another tour we took had a max of 15 and the other one 12).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but if I have to choose it would be the first view of the Sagrada Família. We really appreciated that after the tour of this amazing site we were on our own. My husband and I stayed another 3 hours exploring this site."

Donna

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an experience for my first tour and travel abroad! I had no idea of the level of knowledge that I'd be exposed to, nor the unparalleled experiences that filled me with awe and gratitude. I fell in love with Spain! Exploring the beckoning mountains as the sun rose, orange trees, delicious tapas and Gaudi's light, oh the astonishing light, will forever be imprinted upon my soul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scope and breadth of the Roman aqueduct took my breath away. Segovia resonated deeply with me. Saturated in the history, storks flying on the wind, a beauty and oldness of the town to wonder and wander in. I felt as if this was a sanctuary and was completely at home."

Philip

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of large cities and smaller towns was excellent and gave us a more complete sense of Spain. Javier, our main guide was knowledgeable and genuine and all the local guides were terrific- informative, personable and passionate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3 very different "wow" moments: 1. Eating a gourmet dinner while watching the Alhambra changing colors as the sun set was a dreamlike experience. 2. Sharing a homemade brunch with our host in Salinas and meeting her family was really special and felt like an opportunity we'd only get on a small tour like ours. 3. Looking over the valley from our hotel room's patio in Arcos was breathtaking."

Lisandra

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized with a lot of surprises! Our guide Javier was very knowledgeable and encouraged us to use our personal time to enhance our knowledge and spirit of the people and country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are way too many to condense to one. I think everyone in our group enjoyed the delicious meal and the view of the Alhambra in Granada. My personal favorite was our time in Segovia...great memories from a previous visit and it was every bit as special this time around. Amazing architecture, wonderful food, and places to explore."

Lesley

Boulder, CO

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Would have appreciated warning about the May 1 holiday and crowds in Barcelona and Madrid, and would probably have picked different dates. But I appreciated the centrally-located hotels and our tour group was very congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Gaudi cathedral on leaving the metro."

Steve

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have used the Rick Steves' Tour Guides for years and decided to go on one. It went well beyond our expectations. The accommodations and food were excellent. And all the guides were well versed and entertaining. We will definitely take another Rick Steves Tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "wow" moments (there were many) was having lunch with a local woman in her house who made all the dishes and spoke no English. We were still able to communicate with her and the meal was fantastic."

Christie

Avon, IL

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Guide had lots of information and kept everyone informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra Palace at night was outstanding. I enjoyed the meal the night before and having the view of the Palace."

Judith

Caldwell, ID

Tour: 04/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the different experiences provided. Loved seeing the country areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't have a specific wow moment. The country of Spain is a wow itself."

Ginan

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time to visit Spain, and we had a great time. The variety of the places visited was very wonderful, and there was a nice balance of scheduled and free time. There were touring days that were challenging because of the topology of the towns, but all sites were worth the effort. Local guides were great. Our tour guide Amanda Buttinger was beyond excellent and added greatly to the enjoyment of the trip. She was knowledgeable, insightful, and very fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many and each stop brought a new experience: Sagrada Familia, our "Rick Steves suite" patio balcony in Arcos with an expansive view, experiencing Alhambra with few other tourists, blending in with the evening crowds nearly every night. New "wow" moments pop in to my head each time I look at my pictures or tell others about the trip."

Laurence

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda did an excellent job balancing organizing the tour members and encouraging us to explore independently. Really enjoyed her enthusiasm, contemporary local knowledge and the way she related to the tour members individually. Local tour guides were very good - especially Ines' Prado art history tour in Madrid, Juanjo's humanism in Toledo and Leticia in Segovia. Great food choices (suckling pig in Segovia, last dinner in Sevilla stand out) - but enough walking I lost 3 lbs!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a wow moment. The Alhambra was amazing - so was the Toledo Synagogue of the Transito (and local guide). Loved the Prado (even went back for 5 hours the day before we flew back to the US). I never liked El Greco until seeing his works in Toledo. Sevilla cathedral. Olive oil mill tour and lunch. Great stuff."

James

Loveland, CO

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good balance of guided tours and free-time. Enjoyed the relaxed attitude of the tour and the structure w/o rigidity, Group was quite compatible and it was nice to see people open up after a few days. Saw all the major sites and really enjoyed the small things we wouldn't see on our own - olive oil farm, saffron tienda, brunch in a local home etc. There was a good sense of supporting the local people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Family cathedral in Barcelona. Mind-blowing. Also found the flamenco dancers in Toledo fascinating."

Janke

Loveland, CO

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had expected a well organized tour what was unexpected was that every event, walk, bus ride and experience was purposely chosen to help all of get a greater understanding of Spain than if we had travelled by our selves. As a result I felt I was getting "my moneys worth". All was done with excellence.

David

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a very good time. Enjoyed the Spanish culture and cuisine. Having been to Italy several times it was interesting to compare and contrast the two countries. I do think we may have spent too much time in cathedrals but that was the nature of the tour and I knew that going in. Thought we got too much sermonizing and not historical perspective. Would like to see different cultural experiences that would enhance our understanding of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra in Granada were the two wow moments for me. Got to see Park Guell and La Padrera on our own and those sites were very cool."

Robert

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that on the whole the tour was first rate and it exceeded my expectations. Would suggest that future tours only spend one night in Acros and spend more time in Ronda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"N/A"

Elizabeth

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the tour. It more than met my expectations. I thought the tours were first rate and made me feel like a VIP. I would recommend this tour and would definitely consider other Rick Steve's Tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner overlooking the Alahambra and then the tour the next day of the Alahambra."

Jean

Auburn, WA

Tour: 04/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very knowledgeable guide and city/museum guides as well. I learned a lot as always and enjoyed some unusual experiences I'd never have put together on my own (i.e.sherry tasting). It was a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Al Hambra was amazing but just one of many "wow"s. The aquaduct in Segovia too and on and on."

Amie

College Station, TX

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sagrada Família in Barcelona was amazing! The architecture and decorations - not to mention the size of the church! - were stunning."

Mark

College Station, TX

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour - very busy, so much to see! Very well put together itinerary to introduce us to as much of Spain as possible in 2 weeks! Best mix of hotels we have had with a Rick Steve's Tour to date - all with great character and locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from, but probably the tour of the Alhambra in Granada."

Thomas

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we had an amazing time. Great host, great food, great sites, great companions. We felt very lucky to have discovered this tour. What I most appreciated was the thought that went into each day...a hearty breakfast with a chance to meet our travelling buddies, a nice tour coach (although I don't understand the no bathroom thing and would have appreciated onboard WIFI), and a well laid out itinerary with WC stops a travelling necessity. Incredible time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments. I'd say walking into the room in Arcos was breathtaking, the view, the room, a breath of rural Spanish air. Another one was discovering Spanish architecture, Gaudi, and the variety of views that the cities and small towns of Spain offered...I had no idea. Another was arriving at the Amadeus hotel in Seville and realizing I could play the instruments scattered around - as a musician that was a cool moment. The Flamenco dancing and playing was also amazing."

Margaret

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. Beginning to end. Well planned (of course) and more educational than I expected (big plus in my book).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were the quiet unexpected ones; the peaceful ambiance in the quaint Andalusian country side, sitting on the balcony of my room with a glass of amazing Spanish wine, watching the sun set accross the golden valley below, listening to the church bells chime, and hearing the sheep and their dog and human minders working below."

Terry

Rochester, MN

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this was a very good tour which captured all the highlights in an overview of Spain. The structured tours with guides were excellent and my personal favorites. The tour dragged a little between Madrid and Seville but overall I was very pleased with the structured time vs. free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the stop at the "working" bull / horse farm. This was an experience you would never think of on your own. When we also had the owner and matador, Rafael Tehada, stop by to address our group, it was icing on the cake!"

Ann

El Granada, CA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a fabulous tour that provided us with a delightful exposure to a vast area of Spain. Though fast-paced, it was thoughtfully balanced to give us a meaningful sense of the country's people, culture(s), history, politics, as well as its physical beauty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow . . . this is a hard one. From Gaudi and Picasso to Roman aqueducts to Moorish palaces, incredible tapas, and live flamenco . . . Well, I must say I really enjoyed the Alcazar palace in Seville (yes, even more than the Alhambra)."

Diane

Costa Mesa, CA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized from beginning to end. Susanna was an excellent, informative, interesting guide. The sites that we visited were very interesting. Our schedule was busy but not exhausting, though not appropriate for people who have a difficult time getting around. Thanks to Rick Steves rating systems people in the group knew what to expect each day as far as the exertion level of the tours. Our group became "good friends" after only a couple days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda stood out most to us. Walking the city, crossing the old Roman Bridge and hiking up the side of the cliffs to the New Bridge was awesome. The fact that the buildings are right at the edge of the vertical cliffs hundreds of feet high was beyond belief. Then, for the evening we stayed at a wonderful, quiet inn out in the olive groves was a great cap for the day."

Jody

Sonora, CA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Our guide, Susanna, was incredible. She was so knowledgeable and pleasant. The tour went to very interesting places and we were fortunate enough to stay in fabulous accommodations. I also very much enjoyed the local guides and the local restaurants. There were lots of little special things that Susanna did that added to the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was going to the hotel that was a converted olive oil factory. It was so incredibly beautiful and relaxing."

Billee

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it won't be our last! The combination of culture, history, art, exploration, experiences and free time suits us very well. We also appreciate that the tour is an active one as we enjoy walking to. see the sights as opposed to sitting on a bus. Spain is a delightful country! There was a pleasant surprise or beautiful sight around every corner. Our tour group was also a special one, enjoying each other's company and sharing the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Toledo, Ronda and the lovely inn in the countryside, Arcos de la Frontera, Sagrada Familia, Each place we visited was my new "favourite"."

Frederick

Wayzata, MN

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Could not have been better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"They were all wow"

Jill

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well organized and stress free. We saw the "must sees" of Spain and had well situated and comfortable accommodations. I have mixed feelings about the bull breeding tour.Well done but a hard sell on accepting the tradition.Maybe more time in Seville and less in Madrid. I'd like some nature mixed in with cities. Maybe a National Park or coast experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segovia! A beautiful setting for a great aqueduct and a lovely town."

Mary

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I got a taste of Spain taking the Barcelona and Madrid tour many years ago and have always wanted to see Andalusia. I was so glad that I was able to achieve that goal. Spain really grabs you. From the wonderful friendly people to the gorgeous cities and landscapes to delicious food and wine, it really hits the spot. As always, this RS tour was planned with great organization and wonderful hotels and fantastic local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segovia and Toledo had great reputations but I was unprepared as to how beautiful both cities are. But seeing the Cathedral in Sevilla from the rooftop at the gorgeous Amadeus Hotel early in the morning gave me chills"

Doug

Concord, CA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great. Good weather, great guide and a relaxed group of tour members. The tour moved along well with no problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sevilla's Alcazar palace and grounds were magnificent"

Joanne

Reno, NV

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An exceptionally well planned and executed tour. The best so far out of my last 3. A wonderful country with lots of surprises. We were warned that this was NOT the RS slimming tour - and it wasn't - but what wonderful food we were introduced to and came to love. The exposure to history throughout the tour was intriguing and well presented by knowledgeable local guides. The pace of the tour was good with some very strenuous days, described in advance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Meeting a local family and visiting their home in Salinas (Archedona, Andalucia) where we were served desayuno and learned about their lives. 2. ??Real Alcázar de Sevilla?, ?Seville?, ?Spain?"

Kathy

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful country and Helen did a great job! Enjoyed all the wine! We had an amazing group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia did not disappoint! Also the Alhambra! But the amount of olive trees in the southern part of our trip was incredible. They went on and on and on and on....you get the idea!"

Debbie

Concord, CA

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour. The tour was awesome and the tour guide Helen was excellent and attentive. The bus driver has excellent driving skill. Most of the travel companions were RS veterans. We all got along well. The group dinners were very good and the local tapas were equally delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona was amazing. The inside the building was modern, beautiful and a lot of lights came through the stain glasses - a magnificent view. Watching the Flamenco dance was very memorable in Seville."

Carolyn

Wayzata, MN

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour guides, wonderful country, and great travel group (everyone agrees)! Bus was comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of one wow moment - they were all good."

George

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 04/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent introduction to Spanish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To see and feel the often profound effects that the Catholic faith has had in Spain and still seems to have today."

Carol

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our arrival in Barcelona was delayed by two days due to the French Rail strike. Our guide contacted us in Paris and laid out the plan for us. He greeted us as soon as we got to the hotel. We were very thankful for his contacting us, plus I got to be his buddy! We loved Spain and the tour. Some of the walking city tours seemed a bit long but all of the city guides were so knowledgeable and fun. The late dinner times were definitely a change from our regular routine but "when in Rome"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Toledo and the white washed hill towns. It's difficult to choose one experience as we had so many wonderful ones. We loved the people of Spain as well."

Debbie

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip to Spain was our 3rd tour with Rick Steves. Our tour guide was fantastic and our tour buddies were great. We enjoy staying in the heart of the cities we visited. We loved the unique rooms of our hotels. Rick Steves tours are always a great adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment were the art work in the museums we visited. Amazing the art work the artist painted in the early centuries. The architecture of the buildings are just beautiful."

Michele

West Harrison, IN

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better guide as Agustin was informative, friendly, thoughtful and kind. Our group of traveling companions were such fun to spend time with as everyone was pleasant and cheerful and genuinely seemed to enjoy spending time together. Rick Steves' tours truly seem to attract the friendliest and most interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to pick one "wow" moment out of the two week tour but I would have to say I was absolutely captivated by Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera."

Robert

West Harrison, IN

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed seeing Barcelona, Seville and the small towns, not so much Madrid. I really enjoyed walking the neighborhoods with our local guides. Our guide, Agustin, was great. He really gave us insight into the Spanish culture. All the lunches and dinners included in the tour were outstanding. It was not that easy to find the truly unique restaurants on our own, even with help from the guidebook and hotel staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the interior of the Sagrada Familia. The exterior is kind of Gaudí, but inside it was truly amazing!"

Clare

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was wonderful. Agustin was a great tour guide who made the trip fun. He has a wonderful sense of humor and was also very helpful when we needed it. He was always available, often dining with us. Can't say enough good about him. Also, we were lucky to be with a group of wonderful fellow travelers who seemed to blend together effortlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many to choose from, but the one that stands out the most is the bull farm where I learned all about the bullfight. While I do not wish to attend a fight, I have a different perspective on it and better understand the culture behind the fight. I knew nothing about the sport and now feel a little better knowing the animal is not wasted and why he has to be killed at end of fight. Also, why they make him bleed before the fight. Not out of cruelty, but to protect him."

Klaus

Olympia, WA

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour and lived up to expectations. As usual it was the right mix of sightseeing, free time and eating. The uneven cobblestones street gave my ankle some problems but the sights make up for it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing, so was the Prado, both well led tours."

Linda

Springfield, VA

Tour: 04/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Remarkably congenial and unflappable guide in Augustin; very likeable fellow travelers; great weather and well-planned tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada's Alhambra at dusk and the special dinner at that site with the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas in the background"

Carolyn

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour through Spain was very enjoyable. The cities and the cultural experiences with the people were quite different than many tours we have done. The gothic cathedrals and buildings were very interesting and quite different than other parts of Europe we have explored in the past. The guide made sure we understood the people and their traditions. The Bull Farm, horse training facility,and the Saffron tour was a lot of fun. Ending the tour with the carriage ride to dinner was a WOW!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra Palace and Garden in Granada was great. The beauty of the architecture and the gardens filled the day with memories and great photos."

Joan

St Catharines, ON

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding throughout! Awesome guide and group. Beautiful country and such interesting history, culture, museums. Really enjoyed the variety of modes of transportation (TGV, horse carriage and the Naranja bus). Great weather (thanks for arranging that). As always on a Rick Steves tour, everything was so smoothly run. Never felt rushed, although would have liked more time allotted to Ronda and Cadiz. Really appreciated the focus on Jewish and Moorish history.how relevant for today!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"-Horse carriage ride to last dinner in Seville -great evening with several others at La Flor de la Esquina in Toledo. So much laughter and conversation. -walk up to Alahambra and viewpoint. Then amazing dinner with attentive servide as Estrillas de San Nicolas. -wine tasting that Agustin arranged in Madrid. Wonderful wine and amazing appetizers. -windmills!"

Gary

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My tour experience was really learning about the Spanish culture, the people, the history, and the sights.. My wife and I had just as much fun in the small towns and places as compared to the major cities and "wow" sights. Sometimes it's better to explore and find things on your own rather than in the group. Agustin let us explore just about anytime we wished and gave us great info and directionss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moments for me were views from the Castle above Zahara and our hotel room at Arcos de la Frontera. The sunrise at Arcos was spectacular. Sure, Sagarda Familia, the Alhambra,etc. were great, but the smaller sights and other experiences made my trip."

Nancy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the third RS tour for my husband and me. We had a fantastic trip! The combination of the large cities with their museums, cathedrals, and "must see" sites with the charm of the smaller towns' inhabitants and lifestyle made for a unique experience. The hotels were charming, the food was terrific, and our guide Agus was a real professional. He provided us with insight and background on our activities, kept us moving in the right direction, and joined in our laughter and merriment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a "wow" moment every day. We took each day as its own experience, breathed in the sites, sounds, and culture, and appreciated all things, big and small, for their uniqueness."

Judy

Arlington, MA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the opening meet-and-greet to the final dinner, the trip was "outstanding". No day was without highlights and insights into Spanish life and manners thanks to Augustin, our excellent guide and the engaging local guides There was a great balance of supervised touring and independent time. One could relax over lunch or take in additional sights depending on mood and stamina. We departed Spain enriched by the culture and dazzled by the beauty of its historic cities and changing landscape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day had its "wow" moment... the grandeur of Sagrada Familia with the sun shining through its colorful windows, a suckling pig banquet in Segovia, a full moon over Toledo's winding streets, a leisurely carriage ride through the misty evening in Sevilla...and so many more memory making moments. I was struck by the nice pacing provided by the Rick Steves Tour personnel. Even on travel days the schedule was broken up by unique stops designed to enhance the traveler's experience of Spain."

Christine

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour (Best of Spain) and I can say unequivocally I will be back. The tour was conducted by an affable, knowledgeable guide. He was a steady presence throughout the trip. The intinerary was well planned, the hotels were good to excellent. The local guides were friendly and informative and chosen tour sites were interesting. The provided meals were excellent and the overall "exposure" experiences were nicely done had their intended result.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two: the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Real Alcazar in Seville."

Roger

Kent, WA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Agus Ciriza again froved to be the consummate guide. He gave us a wonderful introduction to his Spanish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flamenco performance in Sevilla."

Phillip

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Steves tour and I thought the first one was outstanding. This one was just about as good. Maybe slightly better in some respects. Seems like outstanding may be more like the norm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For sites I would have to say Sagrada Familia. Although I must give special mention to how good our group was."

Robert

Decatur, IL

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group of people, Helen and Heidi were a great team supporting each other without overlap,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Group dinner in Granada"

Phoebe

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the agricultural outings, olive oil and saffron."

Scott

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well placed hotels, great guide Hiedi with assist from Helen. very good local guides, good choices of restaurants, great transportation assists and scheduling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"getting in first at Royal Palace and Alcazar Sevilla Arcos hotel room Prado"

Constance

Detroit, MI

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the whole tour of Spain. Wonderful sample of life in Spain. Helen gave us lots of good information about all aspects of life in Spain: agriculture, politics, family life, government, schools, history, etc. she was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Sagovia we had roast suckling pig & because it was my birthday, Helen set it up with the owner for me to cut the pig with a plate. Then to prove the late was real, they had me break it. It was a magical day, Sagovia aqueduct, walking around the Tower, Oct 25 th festival in the town with lovely music in the cathedral, a band in the square, then the pig dinner made for a great birthday. Helen & Heidi treated me to a noval that realated to a cathedral we stayed near in Barcelona & flowers!"

Frank

Detroit, MI

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent tour. The group we were with was into Rick Steves type of travel which made the tour even better. I know you try hard to get Rick Steves types on your tours. This time you really succeed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado and Sagrada Familia. I had wanted to visit the Prado for years. I could have spent an entire day there. Sagrada Familia was a total surprise. Luckily after our tour we had free time so we went back inside and had a wonderful time watching the light from outside come into the church and just absorbing the atmosphere."

Carolyn

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For the most part I enjoyed the tour group which was unusually convivial, but even so, as is often the case, a clique formed which excluded others, almost always the single travelers (who were all women). I wish Rick Steves would consider offering tours for single travelers -- and by this I mean women. I don't know how the logistics would work, but I think it's worth a try. Married couples flock to each other or stay separate and even the "buddy" system fails to connect people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was not part of the tour, but a destination I found in the Rick Steves' Best of Spain guidebook: the Hammam Arab Baths in Granada. With Helen and Heidi's able assistance, I booked a reservation for 10 pm. which seemed late to me, but when in Spain, you know. Everything about it was beautiful and peaceful from the warm, hot, and hottest pools, to the frio pool. I felt as though I were bathing in the Alhambra pools. The massage was the cherry on top. 5 stars and counting."

Diane

Decatur, IL

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome tour with two great guides. I?t was fun to have Heidi from the home office but she had to spend a lot of time with a tour member who wasn't up to the physical requirements of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Participating in the Segovia special service at The Cathedral. Came upon a holiday and special service. The music and celebration was incredible. Helen made I?t happen!!"

Suzan

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fab. Better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My OMG moment was, again and again, gazing upon the number of olive trees on almost every hill/mountain during our road trip in Spain. Each planted in perfect symmetry. And did I mention the steep walking paths of Toledo and Arcos de la Frontera?"

Carla

Bend, OR

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was a terrific guide, and having Heidi along was a plus. We were fortunate to have a congenial group who interacted with each other from day one. I enjoyed the side trips to have brunch with Loli, and the suckling pig dinner was something I won't forget. The hotels were welcoming and comfortable. I always enjoy being in the middle of the old towns. The horse carriage ride on our last night in Seville was also a nice activity. Thanks to Pablo for his driving skills and his helpfulness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Alhambra was outstanding. We walked 3.4 miles to see it, and it was worth it. Our local guide made the history come alive; I have raved about that outing to friends. Going to the restaurant overlooking the Alhambra the night before our visit was a very good idea--- A build-up to our outing the next day."

James

Glenview, IL

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow for the entire tour. Excellence began with tour guide- Helen- who was all things to all 25 of us. Local guides were spot on. Best of Spain delivered in all the sights, scenery, centralized hotel locations, comfortable bus, experienced bus drivers, efficient luggage handling, and on time scheduling throughout. The food and wine provided by the hand-picked restaurants was excellent. The steady, consistent pace worked well. Our group of fellow travelers was a bonus to all facets of the tour.

Arthur

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well paced tour with the right amount of free time. Wonderful group of fellow travelers. Almost overload on cathedrals, but interesting and enthusiastic local guides always made each stop unique and interesting. All hotels wonderful and centrally located except Ronda (where we got plenty of free time in the city) which was a nice break. Excursions were wonderful, timely stops along the way were great. We were unprepared for the extra time in Jerez, but made good use of it nonetheless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many. Segovia, Toledo, Granada, Arcos, and Ronda. Loved the smaller towns, although the plaza outside our hotel in Madrid was a real fun "circus". LaMancha home visit, windmill area, and lunch were special."

Diana

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour: busy sometimes and yet, some time off to explore on our own, find our own food, wander and generally feel the beat of the people and the place. We used to travel on our own, but having a knowlegable guide is nice and it's nice not to have to be reading the guide book all the time. I also liked how certain tours would end, in, say the Prada or the Sagrada Familia, so that if you wanted to stay and look, you were already there and didn't have to worry about getting back in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Alhambra. I have wanted to see it for a long time. Having spent many years in Saudi Arabia, I was always interested to see some of the influence of the Moors in southern Spain. We take Saudi Arambo World magazine and they frequently feature articles about the Alhambra- so it was really exciting for me to finally, actually be there and wander through its magnificent rooms and gardens. The Royal Palace at Sevilla was also astoundingly beautiful."

Joanne

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour, and it was just great! The nicest people travel with Rick Steves. Love the local guides, and the time saving of visiting attractions "through the back door". Nice blend of activities along with some personal time to do things on our own. The best tours in the business!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra at night! Absolutely breathtaking! I also really loved the horse-drawn carriage ride through Seville."

Duane

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As we have come to expect, our Rick Steves Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour was outstanding. Susanna was a wonderful, amiable and very capable guide. We really liked that the hotel rooms were pre-assigned so we didn't have to wait when arriving at a new location. Even though the news that reached the USA about Catalonia sounded ominous, we always felt comfortable and safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most enjoyable event was brunch with a local family where we were able to share information across cultures. On our 50th wedding anniversary trip, we were fortunate to be able to stay in the Rick Steves room at the Hotel El Convento in Arcos de la Frontera. Very special to us."

Jeff

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour number three for us. All great. Right balance between tour and time-on-our-own. Tour members were great. Great getting to know our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our home stay, ie, breakfast with our family on our way to Ronda. Actually second breakfast."

Stephen

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 14 Day trip to Spain was a wonderful cultural, educational, and Eating experience! We had a very compatible group, and our guide as exceptional. Spain is at an interesting time in its history, and we were able to talk with people and have experiences that really enhanced our understanding. The cities were interesting and quite accessible. We had many days where we walked over six miles, but this is because Linda and I chose to explore on our own, even on our 'free' time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably my biggest 'Wow' came from visiting the Sagrada Familia. Its grandeur was breathtaking."

Larry

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I enjoyed our trip very much. However it was very tiring, since our days were very long due to the late Spanish dinners. It would also have been nice to have a vacation within a vacation as we have had on our other trips. This would have been possible in Arcos, but our room was very small and did not have a balcony like most of our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alcazar was a big surprise; it was even more spectacular than the Alhambra."

Deborah

Carson City, NV

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations in so many ways. This was my 15 th tour with ETTBD and all I really knew about Spain was that I hadn't been there. I came away with a knowledge of the history of the culture, the architecture, and an appreciation for the food and wonderful people that live in this fine country. Everywhere I went I was showered with friendliness from the people and wondered why I hadn't visited sooner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a WOW moment in each city visited. But the top two are the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Alhambra in Granada. It was mesmerizing to see the Sagrada Familia on the outside but once inside I burst out with WOW! The Alhambra and the gardens were simply beautiful."

Mahala

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since we had taken tours from other companies we were anxiously awaiting to see how this tour went. Our tour guide Susanna was fabulous! I enjoyed her humor and her knowledge of the area was fantastic! We had a very wonderful group of people to tour with and since there was only 1 other couple that were on their first Rick Steve's tour they took us in and made us feel very welcomed. I enjoyed every place that we went. I would most definitely go on another tour with this company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Segurda Familia cathedral was the most impressive sight I have ever seen! It was truly my WOW moment."

Robert

Chestertown, MD

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain tour was simply outstanding. Our tour leader was a complete professional and did an extraordinary job both leading the group and bringing us together. The transportation was well planned, the accommodations adequate, and the day to day experience was excellent. I loved the way we were turned loose almost every afternoon with free time to explore on our own, but never without enough orientation to know our way around and how to visit additional sites. Great value for money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking out on the balcony at the hotel in Arcos de Frontera, one can not help but to have a special "wow" moment. Sweet..."

Gladys

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think we could have had a more positive experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide, the local guides, and the sites included in the tour. Even though the size of our tour group was at the maximum (26), we all got along well. No high maintenance people on this tour! Susanna went over and above to insure that we all had a wonderful experience. She is a terrific tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow was the opportunity to have breakfast in the homes of Spanish residents. It was very special getting to interact with locals on such a personal level."

Michael

Redlands, CA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great being able to show up at designated times and know everything was taken care of. It was easy to see the highlights of Spain with minimal effort on my part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinner we had in Granada. The view of the Alhambra was amazing and the food was fantastic. It was a splendid evening to share with fellow tour members."

Kenneth

Spring, TX

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional tour experience when compared to other tours we have done. The pace was good with not too much driving between stops and sights. The sights selected were all worthwhile but I would have liked to have spent more time at some of them. There was also an excellent variety in the types of sights visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be seeing the Alhambra at dusk and then dinner overlooking it. That's not a "moment" but it was a definite "wow" experience."

David

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A good overview of Spain for a first-time visitor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra. It is big and impressive."

Howard

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I had a great trip experience. My only regret is I came alone and traveling with a partner would have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to know our guide Robert Wright and thinking about the history of Spain."

Patricia

Wyoming, MN

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exciting being in Spain, especially during the Catalonia declaration activity. It was a good perspective on how a few demonstrations get all the news.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Prado Art Museum was fantastic. The guide opened our eyes to the most famous Spanish painters."

Eric

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour, and what a delight it was. From our guide, Robert W., to the ever-changing scenery, scrumptious included meals and wine, a wonderful group of tourers, every moment was to savor, a class experience. Yes, and that included the bull stud farm and olive plantation. Well done and more than worth the cost.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sevilla, our final stop, was the absolute best of the best of Spain. Every tour was breathtakingly beautiful, loved the horse and buggy rides,and I think I counted sevev delicious courses in the good-bye dinner. Oh, and the Hotel Amedus was the cutest place to say, love the musical theme and breakfast on the 4th flour patrio"

Ruth

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was excellent. It was well planned and flawlessly carried out. The hotels were all in a perfect location. They were comfortable and well appointed. Since there was some experimenting to substitute for the sherry tasting, we went to Cadiz. Cadiz was cool, but I would have rather had another day in Seville. Maybe just one night in Arcos and add one day to Seville. I would have loved to have gotten down to the river in Seville.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was when my friend, Mary, and I got a glass of wine and walked out into the garden area of the Inn outside of Ronda. The view was sensational, the inn luxurious, and it was a serene moment. The other moment was the dinner across from Alhambra. The view was spectacular, and the food was superb! There were many other "wow" moments - lots, in fact. Many of the sights were breathtaking."

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been home since Nov 1st and am still basking in the glow of fond memories. Telling not only friends, but casual acquaintances, what a wonderful tour the Rick Steves organization put together in Spain. Good balance between big lively cities (Barcelona, Madrid etc) and small historical towns (Segovia, Ronda) and local businesses (saffron,olives) etc. Cadiz was a much appreciated bonus with a very personal introduction from our guide, Robert. Great lunch suggestion too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bull and horse farms for sure! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would find these businesses of raising animals so interesting. Each was beautiful in their own way. Magnificent! Second "wow" was our 3-day personal add-on in Lisbon, Portugal. More about that at the end of this posting."

Rae

Merrick, NY

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Beyond our expectations in terms of the number and quality of experiences. All the information and experiences helped us understand the culture, which took the trip way beyond that of seeing churches and museums. Robert was great. We were lucky to have nice people in our group. Pleased with hotels, especially their locations within walking distance of sites. We enjoyed hearing about all the Muslim and Jewish history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I loved the Alcazar, especially the bedroom. The Alhambra gardens and fountains were amazing. Loved seeing the countryside while driving in southern Spain. The bull reserve was a great learning experience and provided insight into Spain's bullfighting tradition."

Nabil

Loma Linda, CA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour, very well planned and implemented. Robert was a superb host from the first minute to the end of the tour. The tour mates were all great[INVALID]a group of gracious and mature travelers who all respected the rules, always showed up on time and always watched for each other. The choice of sites visited and activities was an excellent mix with something for everyone. Cathedrals, museums, Palaces and fortresses are plentiful in Spain, but equally interesting were the side visits

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that my favorite was the stop at the little town where we were met by one of the locals and taken to their family home for a home made breakfast. There we met three generations of the family and enjoyed a hearty meal and gracious service."

Debra

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a good mix of the cities and countryside of Spain . The experiences were varied which was very nice. We travelled with a wonderful group of people too which contributed to the overall experience. Loved that the tours support some of the small towns where people struggle to make a living.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three wow moments....the wonderful dinner across from the Alhambra all lit up at night was incredible. My other wow moment was the bull farm. I found the whole farm fascinating and to meet the matador was very special. The third wow moment was being in the home of Encarna and having her make us a meal. It was a very real experience and we enjoyed this very much."

Carole

Chisago City, MN

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's difficult to summarize another awesome trip! Spain has interesting history with fantastic old buildings with amazing carvings and tile work. We saw so many things, it is difficult to digest and remember it all. Personally, I was impressed with the cleanliness everywhere, the friendly spirit, and how well dressed everyone seemed to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One was meeting a real, live matador!! Another WOW for me was the elaborate Holy Week parade floats and some explanation for the catholic religion's reverence for Mary. The cathedrals certainly bring out WOW!"

Margaret

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and a terrific guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one. Sagrada Familia and the changing interior lighting on a sunny afternoon, with the added extra treat of the building of human towers just outside the main doors. The Alhambra."

Wendell

Chisago City, MN

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert is an outstanding guide. The depth of his knowledge on matters of Spain, current and past is truly amazing. In addition he is highly organized and possesses a very good sense of humor. His enthusiasm raised our interest in the variety of experiences we shared. Accommodations were overall very good. We do think that the meals we had were inferior to those in Italy, but they were ok. The museums and cathedrals were fascinating. I suggest that the tour include some time on or at the sea

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many wonderful experiences, visiting so many special places. Great [INVALID]ions! I was particularly impressed with the Alhambra with it ornate mosque and area, and the tragedy of losing it to the incoming Christians of which I am one. Sagrada Familia was very impressive, and where I should have spent far more time. The Prada Museum was outstanding"

Kathy

Spring, TX

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was perfect! The 26 tour members were a very easy going group, and our guide Robert was fun, enthusiastic, organized and so very knowledgeable. He taught us a lot about Spain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several for me. The sunset and view of the Alhambra lit up at night while we ate a fantastic dinner; the La Mancha area windmills and the outstanding view; the Sagrada Familia was breathtaking inside and out."

Donna

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert said 'Spain is different' and it was. This was my Rick tour #6, and I expected more of the same with a different language. Yes, Spain has different language(s), but also different customs, different traditions, different history, different expectations. We learned about them all. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected to love the exterior of Sagrada Familia, and I did. The wow moment was after the tour, when we sat inside for a moment to cool down. We watched the sunlight pour through the windows and turn the interior from orange to blue. It was magical. We stayed way longer than anticipated. At Reservatauro Ronda, realizing that we were talking to a REAL bull fighter. At Yeguada Cartuja, when I stopped petting the horse, he reached around and grabbed my shirt. Gummed by a beautiful Andalusian."

Janet

Loma Linda, CA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great group of people to travel with. Days were well planned with guided tours and free time to pursue our own interests. Our guide was knowledgeable, competent, helpful nice. Hotels were varied, clean centrally located.

Kelly

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is what we come to expect from RS Tours, an excellent blend of culture, history and food! We had the usual low maintenance tour group, which is always the self-selected benefit of the RS philosophy. Our primary guide was excellent and the local guides were the best I've encountered through three tours. Everything ran on time and adjustments were made seamlessly for holiday issues etc. We were a little nervous given the Catalonia independence movement, but it all worked out for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segovia and the perfectly preserved aqueduct - amazing history within a small town. The were several honorable mentions - the dinner with the stunning sunset view of the Alhambra, the Prado museum, the visit with the Bullfighter, Raphael, and his ranch where they raise the bulls and train the horses."

Gloria

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A fantastic experience. Our tour guide was terrific! He had a great sense of humor,, was incredibly knowledgeable, and genuinely cared about each tour member. We were able to see so much in such a short period of time. I would like to potentially see an extra day in Barcelona and only two nights in Madrid. We only had one full day in Barcelona which is not nearly enough for that beautiful city. All the logistics which makes independent travelers crazy were handled beautifully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but my two favorites were the Bull and horse facilities. Loved the opportunity to ask questions of the matador!"

Pat

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was worried about being in a tour group but we had a fantastic experience. I loved having some time with the group and then time on our own to explore

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Macerena madonna being carried in a procession to the Cathedral on our last night in Sevilla. Apparently it was a practice complete with a band ,penitents marching, candles and incense."

Louann

Olympia, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was beyond my expectations and they were very high! Everything went off without a hitch. It was wonderful to have all arrangements made for us. Our tour guide Javier Menor was very personable and so knowledgeable. He was a major reason this tour was such a success. Stephen was also delightful. I enjoyed the excursions to the cathedrals and palaces but it was so special to have lunch in a Spanish home and visit the olive oil factory. It gave us a little taste of real Spanish life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being a history nerd, I was blown away seeing the Roman aqueducts in Segovia. To see something almost 2000 years old was awe inspiring. I was also wowed by the group dinners ."

Cynthia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were so many wonderful sights, experiences, meals and chances for camaraderie. We had a great variety of places to visit and a good introduction to a country I had not visited before. We had a lovely group of people who all enjoyed each other's company, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from the Alhambra as the sun was setting. The dinner was outstanding and the vision of the Alhambra was breathtaking. Visiting the Alhambra the next day was also awe-inspiring. Oh, and the Sagrada Familia. And a our visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid was wonderful, too. Of course, there were too many "wow" moments to list here!"

James

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. Good hotels, meals and sightseeing. Very nice bus. Excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Alhambra. Sagrada Familia a close second."

Xavier

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the entire tour. The locations we visited where very interesting. I really liked having some free time to rest or to explore on our own. The lodging was quite good. The planning by our guide showed that he really cared about our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was visiting the Alhambra. Very interesting and enjoyed learning the history."

Lana

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cultural input, group exchange and free time-- all nicely balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views of the Alhambra at night from our wonderful carmen restaurant in the Albycin. This was a very special tour splurge which somehow didn't feel too "groupish," due in art because of the smaller round tables."

Beverly

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first organized tour and it exceeded expectations. Smart informed guides especially lead Jauvier;efficient logistics; variety of activities; enough private time; good food and cozy digs. Will sign up again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Cathedrals in Toledo and Seville; palace in Segovia and Madrid."

Charles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. We went places we never would have found on our own, ate meals we never would have purchased on our own, even if we had known where to find them. Javier, our guide was outstanding. Knowledgeable and funny, he made the tour thoroughly enjoyable. The local guides in each city were enthusiastic about their cities and sights. Especially enjoyed our immersion in the Catalonia independence and union controversy. Old history and new history in the making.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between the Javier giving us a tour of the 2,000 year old aqueduct in Segovia and the evening meal in the private home/restaurant across the gorge from the Alhambra in Granada. A 2,000 year old structure constructed of stone with no mortar or cement and standing 100 feet tall, was awe inspiring. The perfect meal while watching the sun set illuminating the Alhambra was magical."

Bill

Carlisle, PA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife taught AP Art History for over twenty years, and seeing the Prado, "Guernica," Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi buildings is something she's been waiting years to do. We hit them all. It was interesting to take a tour in the fall when we weren't some of the older people on the trip. Lots of tapas and LOTS of wine. It was a treat to get to see Cadiz and the ocean, which we hadn't expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among all the artwork and architecture, the highlight of the tour for my wife was seeing El Greco's "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz" in the Santa Tomè church in Toledo. She had been teaching about the painting for years, and seeing it in person was more than a check-off on her bucket list. Our biggest surprise was the stop at the bull farm. It made us understand the culture better."

Susan

Havertown, PA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Perfect balance of group and independent time. Felt that we were able to see all of the "must sees" and have plenty of free time to explore what we found most interesting. All of our tour members were interesting, considerate, and fun. Couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. First Rick Steves' trip but certainly not the last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, impossible to have a favorite but dinner on the terrace overlooking the Alhambra was definitely a night to remember!"

Gene

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience in Barcalona was most interesting with the pro Spain demonstrators. Though very peaceful, they were vocal. Experiencing Spain overall was very different from central Europe, browner, drier, and warmer. Seeing the multitude of different cultural influences was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Barcalona demonstrations."

Carol

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Spain is overwhelming esp with the crowds so I am so glad we went with RS. I loved Barcelona and Seville the most. Food in these 2 best and easiest to find. Most of the food found on own bland and repetitive. Lots of fun on tour and got good first view of Spain. All meals provided by tour excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra including restaurant view night before. Barcelona streets esp at night. Night at the farmhouse near Ronda. The castle in Segovia also nice."

Janet

Tuckahoe, NY

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was as great as the other tours I have taken. Good tours, good guides and good groups. I am always amazed that although I have certain sites I want to see, some of the sites we visit I would have had on my list if I knew about them. There is always a good mix of tour events and free time to explore other places and the walks from the book are always worthwhile. The guides always have a Plan B at hand if circumstances warrant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The front wall of the synagogue in Toledo. I had to walk to within a few feet of the wall until my brain would accept that it was not a lace curtain. Amazing. I have to add the hotel Molino in Arcos. I do love cities and staying in the center of towns. But after all the sights and walks and moving around it was like going to an oasis. I'll never forget the beautiful grounds and patios."

Dick

Aptos, CA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second Rick Steves tour after many independent trips. This tour removed much of the hassle and inefficiencies of trips on our own. All tickets to museums/castles/cathedrals were provided w/o us ordering online or waiting in lines, etc. All accommodations and furnished meals were superior to what we'd arranged on our own in past trips. In fact, they were better than our R.S. Croatia tour of 3 years ago. We especially enjoyed eating a brunch in a private Spanish home to see how they lived.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing and different architectures of the churches and castles as we moved throughout Spain. Our "wow" moments: (1)in Seville, the horse carriage ride through the city enroute to our final dinner together. (2)The smooth high speed (180 mph) train between Barcelona and Madrid."

Ron

Lone Tree, CO

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 8th European tour with ETBD, so taken with high expectations, and as always, we were not disappointed ! Spain is a beautiful country with a fascinating history ( portions of which seems to be being written again as I write this), beautiful architecture and wonderful food. This is an active tour and taking it in the fall felt like a great idea as the temperatures were very pleasant. I can imagine this trip being very hot during summer months.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Sagrada Familia was a fabulous start to the tour in Barcelona. Having toured cathedrals all over Europe, this is "must see" building for any architecture lover."

Jim

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well paced and caught a lot of highlights of the country. I especially like that your tours offer experiences that a tourist on his own would never get, like dining with a local family and touring a bull farm and horse breeding facility. Our tour guide, Agustin, was excellent, and the local guides were very informative. I got a slant on The Inquisition that I'd never heard before...made sense!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have one outstanding favorite on this trip. The Sagrada Familia Basillica was certainly impressive, while the various cathedrals kind of ran together for me after a while...might have been different if I was Catholic."

Eileen

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I traveled with my sister who has done several. so through her I knew a bit of what to expect. Spain was incredible, especially Barcelona and Seville, and I liked the mixture of cities and countryside we experienced. The people in our group all got all got along very well, and it was a pleasure spending time with them. The amount of group time versus free time was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Barcelona was a wow for me and a highlight was touring Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, which we did on our own. One of the most memorable experiences was climbing up to San Nicolas Viewpoint in Granada at sunset. The view of the Alhambra was breathtaking. Having dinner overlooking the Alhambra was a total and wonderful surprise, after a very steep climb to the viewpoint."

James

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour overall. Good mix of tour and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra in Granada"

Jane

Bellbrook, OH

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were in Spain at a politically charged time and I felt this heightened our experience especially in Barcelona and Madrid. Our tour guides were certainly affected by the transpiring events, but they were totally professional in providing us with amazing experiences, while keeping us informed about the unfolding events. To me the sign of a great tour is that it keeps me wanting more. I am already thinking seriously about the Basque Country tour ending with 3-4 days in Barcelona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada, our walk up the Albayzin hill with its fascinating sights, smells :-), and cast of characters, capped off by the incredible sunset view of the Alhambra, and our delicious and elegant dinner in this amazing environment. In the Prado and Madrid, seeing the works of Bosch, Valesquez, Goya, and other masterpieces "up close and personal", as well as El Greco in the Cathedral in Toledo. Not an "official" part of the tour, but seeing "Guernica" up close brought me to tears."

Marge

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was pleased with our overall trip. We got to see some special things that I probably would not have done on my own. The hotels were delightful and the locations could not have been better. Amanda was amazing, having to change the schedule at the last minute due to events in Barcelona. For me, two weeks of a structured tour was a little too much. Next time I would go for a week tour and then explore on my own. Of course, I would certainly choose Rick Steves tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from the Alhambra was outstanding."

Shana

Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great and a lot of fun. Amanda was a terrific leader and handled all of the challenges from the referendum, demonstrations and strikes which occurred during the Barcelona portion of our tour, like a pro. A nice blend of big cities & small towns. Great to be able to visit the popular attractions and not have to wait in a lengthy queue, plus the less-touristy spots such as the olive farm and the bull ranch- Reservatauro Ronda where we even met a matador!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with an evening view of the Alhambra, the Hotel Molino del Arco outside of Ronda & the flamenco show."

Bobbie

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing! Amanda was an unbelievable guide with great people,skills. The food was great and the hotels were very comfortable and centrally located. There was a good balance of group time and alone time. The sights chosen were exactly the kinds of things we wanted to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was when we were in the cathedral in Toledo and the choir was practicing. We were treated to the hallelujah chorus with amazing cathedral acoustics. We have been In Europe many times, always trying to get to an evensong without any success, so,this was a real treat. I will never forget that sound. The second wow moment had to be the flamenco dancers. I had no idea what a treat that was going to be!"

Michael

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall trip was great! Our tour guide (Amanda) did an exceptional job throughout the tour, and did a great job trying to navigate the situation in Barcelona with the political situation and helping get the most our of our time there despite the constraints she faced (general strike and protests). All of the logistics worked well. Our local guides were also great. I have nothing but great things to say about this tour, which was my first (but certainly not my last) with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada at the restaurant facing the Alhambra. The food was exceptional and the setting was spectacular."

Rick

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I was pleased with every aspect of our tour. Amanda was an amazing and wonderful guide, Jorge did an excellent job transporting us all over Spain, and our group was friendly and welcoming to one another. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to single out one. The royal palace in Madrid, the Prado Museum, the Roman aqueduct, the windmills, and the Alhambra, just to name a few, were all highlights that I'll not soon forget."

Suzanne

Vista, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, great itinerary

Marty

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. I was exposed to many things I probably would not have seen on my own. The mix of structured time and free time was ideal for me, and not having to choose hotels and buy tickets to things was a particular plus. The group of fellow travelers was an unexpected delight, and we all got along quite well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but to pick just one it was the hotel in the country outside of Ronda. The place was originally an olive plantation and the building, grounds and rooms were magnificent. This night was an oasis of calm in the middle of the tour. I loved it and I think our group wanted to stay there longer!"

Cassandra

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have traveled extensively in Europe and I'd rate this trip as #1 favorite of all time. This was our first Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Spain and it's people are beautiful and our travel group great company. I wore a pedometer and tracked our steps -- we did between 7-14 miles per day and many days did not seem that tough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was everything about Spain. As this was my first trip to Spain I was amazed and impressed with the country, the people and history."

Tina

San Diego, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived in Barcelona as the Independent Protests were starting. Amanda was right on it and made some new plans for us. She was flexible and calm. Our group of people were all great so the combination of our leader and our new friends in the group was always fun and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada and the dinner across from the Alhambra. A delicious meal and a beautiful view."

Lea Ann

St George, UT

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with Helen's guidance. Everything was planned perfectly and went without a hitch - or at least I was unaware of any hitches. I felt like we got a good sample of history and culture of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Andalusian Horses. And the hotel in the country"

Katrina

Winfield, IL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great way to experience so much of Spain! It was our third Rick Steves tour, so we had expectations based on our positive experiences from our first two trips. This tour was a perfect mix of organized events and free time, and Helen made suggestions at each stop for things to do when we had time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved every part of the tour. Postcard views from our hotel in Arcos and the country inn in Ronda were just two highlights. The food and drink provided as part of the tour were a delicious sampling of Spanish fare."

Diane

Howell, MI

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Events moved very rapidly. I could not absorb all that I would have liked to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia. Wow!"

Anna

Endwell, NY

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen is the consummate guide: considerate, knowledgeable, witty, ]delightful company. The itinerary was engaging with surprises and quirky moments. We had a wonderful group of intelligent travelers. Barcelona's independence referendum was very interesting, and well-explained by our guide Sonja. Madrid, Toledo and Segovia and Granada were splendid, but we preferred the Thyssen to the Prado. Loved Guernica and the saffron farm, windmills and our guide José, and Concepcion in Sevilla.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Moorish palaces in Segovia, Sevilla and Granada were breathtakingly lovely: serene and severe, ]such a contrast to the sumptuousness of Spanish Baroque. Dinner on the terrace opposite the Alhambra was a once in a lifetime moment, and then the full moon rose to embellish perfection. The country inn in Ronda was charming, however the convent in Arcos was inconvenient and uncomfortable, the only blemish among otherwise perfectly chosen hotels."

Judy

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As its all Rick Steve's tours, the trip was well organized and had very pleasant tour members. Our tour guide, Helen Inman, was superb. I love the mix of history, buildings, real life people and the explanations of the current economy and way of life in different areas of the country that are included in RS tours..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last day of the tour when we walked through the old Jewish quarter of Sevilla and then toured the Real Alcazar was quite enlightening with the tour guide's explanation of how Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in tolerance for a time. She also pointed out the art and decor showing symbols from the three religions. If only we and our leaders could really absorb the lessons of history, the world could be a better place. Sevilla seemed to bring it all together."

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour. Although it was very good, it came in fourth place behind eastern Europe, eastern France, and Scotland. Although I was aware that it was heavy in churches and cathedrals, it was more than I anticipated. I prefer more experiences than old buildings and relics. There were a couple days, particularly the trip to Puerto de la Santa Maria, that I wished I had stayed behind to do something on my own. The beach was wedged in between industrial areas and not inviting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman aqueduct at Segovia was spectacular. It was quite emotional for me imagining that if I was 2,000 (or so) years younger that I would have worked on this project for several years. Distant, but honorable, seconds were the Picasso "Guernica" in Madrid and brunch at the home of Lolli Cano in Consuegra."

James

Winfield, IL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all our guide Helen was outstanding. She went out of her way to make this trip very memorable. All the hotels we stayed in were very nice and clean. The local guides were also good. This two week trip was well planned and we still had some down time to do our own things. This tour met all my expectations and more. This was our third Rick Steves tour and I look forward to the next one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many its hard to pick one. The Prado and Palace in Madrid were great. Viewing the Alhambra at dusk was impressive. And the evening paseos in all these towns was very enjoyable."

Del

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th tour and it met our expectations of combining the cultural, historic and scenic highpoint of Spain. The variety of time spent in the larger cities of Barcelona and Madrid were contrasted with visits to the smaller towns. The contrast is always interesting to note and gives a good cross section of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were, of course, many highlights but perhaps my favorite was the brunch hosted by the four ladies of Argos. We enjoyed a fine meal at the home of Loli and it was outstanding. The opportunity to actually visit a local home was very worthwhile."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much history, so much education, so much architecture, so much beauty. But to top it all off was the best guide ever! Helen is completely capable in any situation and her wonderful sense of humor made for a a very fun trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the deck off our room in Arcos! The small hill towns are breathtaking."

James

Endwell, NY

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall everything was terrific. This is our second Rick Steves trip (the other Sicily) and we had a high level of expectation and you and your team met every one of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall immersion in Spanish society. I loved the people, the sites, the food and the wine."

James

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fulfilling overview of Spanish life now and past. It satisfied my quest for some of gaps in American history classes. Helen Inman was a delight to be tour guide. I have been on tours when the guide used English as a second language but the reverse was a marvel. Walks thru the public markets, the small hotels and stories of daily life were the highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing stands out as wow, but there were many insightful moments."

Donald

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great tour with another nice, inclusive and interesting group of people. The locations visited were obviously selected with care to provide a good overview of Spain although I thought Arcos was so small that one night would have been sufficient and another town or area could be visited. The local tours of Madrid, Granada, Seville, and the windmill hill town were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like so many others, having a wonderful dinner outdoors overlooking the Alhambra lit at night. It was certainly a memorable experience."

Willy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the variety. It was nice to spend some time in the smaller cities/towns. Even though there is often more to do and see in the larger cities, the smaller cities/towns have a special charm. My favorite spots were the smaller cities/towns. It was nice to learn about the olive oil and saffron industries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful tiles and ceilings in the Alhambra and Sevilla's Alcazar."

Robin

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour! The tour seems to attract like-minded individuals who don't expect to be coddled and want truly authentic experiences as they travel. I had taken the Berlin, Prague, Vienna tour in 2011 and was not expecting to enjoy this as much. However, I am just as thrilled about this tour as I was about the other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is so hard to narrow down! However, I suppose seeing the Familia Sagrada in Barcelona, eating dinner in Granada as we watched the sun set and the Alhambra was entirely lit up were pretty incredible. The hotel just outside of Ronda was another surprise that really took my breath away. I could have stayed there for several days!"

Anthony

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

tour was well organized. Logistics were handled very well with most problems well anticipated and addressed before hand. local guides were top notch; well informed and presented info in an interesting manner. tour guide's love of spanish culture and history a definite plus. tour stops for food were good and well thought out. Side stops were interesting and a good break. overall it was a good tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment would be the Alhambra. It's beauty and architecture is amazing, It must have been magnificent in it's day. So rich in history and design it's still a marvel today."

Louise

London, ON

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels were great and centrally located except for the one in Arcos. It wasn't great climbing up the hill in the afternoon sun and the terraces were mostly in full sun when we were there. The meals were very good and the guides gave excellent recommendation for restaurants especially in Sevilla. The Barcelona hotel and Robert were amazing in finding my husband's wedding ring and sending it to us in Sevilla.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Segovia day with the aqueduct, castle and suckling pig dinner being the highlights. My other favourite was touring the Alhambra and having dinner on the hill facing it."

Carol

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain tour was well deigned to have you experience big and small cities, historical sights as well as cultural ones all while including an interesting and varied introduction to the cuisine of Spain. The travel between cities was comfortable as well as interesting. It made me want to explore even more of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was astounding. It is a work in progress but the basic architectural techniques were amazing. That was just one of several incredible sights we saw on this tour."

David

London, ON

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What I really like about Rick Steves' tours is the variety of excellent experiences. For this trip it ranged from lunch with a local family in a small town to countryside visits not available on other tours to the major tourist sites. Our guide, Robert Wright was excellent, one of the best guides we have ever experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple. One was seeing the Moorish architecture and how different it was from other European styles. That part was stunning. The other was the over-the-top ecclesiastical bling that was present in several churches. That part was stunning and a bit disturbing in view of where the money and gold came from."

Helen

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had pretty high expectations for this trip and I have to say the tour exceeded them. I have heard a lot about Rick Steve's tours since I live in the Seattle area and always wanted to join one. The trip to Spain was my chance to do so.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many of these "wow" moments its hard to pick onw out. Robert, our tour guide, did an excellent job of introducing us to so many different things. Every day was a new experience."

Brenda

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the history of Spain and what a big factor the Muslims played in the past."

Peter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved everyday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra dinner....the restaurant location and timing was over the top. Food was OK ..."

Paul

Cambridge, MD

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great tour with an outstanding guide. Spain was remarkable, the sites, the food, wine and ambiance (largely due to the our guide, Robert) were perfect. Rick Steeves should listen carefully to this guide - he knows how to make an experience unforgettable. Sometimes on a tour you wonder why you didn't do it yourself, on this tour we were sure we could not have done it by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Was it the Sagrada Familia, the Prado, the Cathedral in Toledo, the Alhambra, Pinedo Museum in Ronda or Flamenco in Seville? - very hard to say."

Nancy

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent tour. Our local guides were all very good. I had been to both Barcelona and Madrid before but the tour company I traveled with left everyone on their own at the visited sites. Not so with this tour. We were given in depth information about each site we visited. As a result I learned a great deal about the history and culture of Spain. I liked the fact that we started in two very metropolitan cities and then the pace changes as we traveled south and west. Very well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Before we began the tour I thought that seeing the Alhambra would be the "wow" moment for me. It was wonderful but having brunch at the home of a local woman in the small town of Salinas was very special and has to be my "wow' moment. She was so gracious and it was fun learning about her family and seeing her home. Of course the food was wonderful and very plentiful."

Linda

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Truly a very good trip & my first RS tour. The negatives had more to do with me. I choose not to travel in touristy season. Didn't realize tourist season would still be going on or would have made another travel date choice. Find it hard to opt out of a specific tour offered. Overload on churches & castles. Perhaps more free time toward tour's end. This tour involved many large cities & not so many small cities which I prefer. Maybe if there hadn't been so many tourists, I'd been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The flamenco performance in Seville was outstanding and felt so intimate. There was an intense connection between the dancer, singer and guitarist and through their passionate performance I experienced such a powerful connection with all of them. 2. There were a couple WOW hotels, some WOW meals with beautiful presentations & of course the fabulous hill top dinner viewing overseeing the lit Alhambra."

Susan

Burleson, TX

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific! Loved it!

Denise

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really loved the pace of the tour, all the stops, hotels and just fantastic personal attention Javier gave to our group. He really made the tour "come to life"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning Cathedral in Toledo."

Rita

Novato, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We concur that our two weeks in Spain with Javier as our talented guide was one of the best trips of our lives. The mix of big cities and small towns, UNESCO heritage sites, wonderful food experiences was perfect for us. It was the daily personal touches however, that we enjoyed so much....Javier telling us about life as a Spaniard, sharing what he thought were memorable places like the Jerez fish market, showing up with warm churros as we exited from a cathedral.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It could be climbing up into that windmill in La Mancha and viewing the countryside...then coming down to a pop-up tasting of local wines and cheeses. Or maybe it was the magnificent Andalusian horse "dancing" at the bull farm owned by Rafael Tajada."

Charlene

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th tour with Rick Steves. We have loved every trip, and our 14 day trip to Spain was exceptional. The combination of time in the cities, and time in the small towns and at the wonderful hotel in the countryside were outstanding. Our guide Javier was excellent and we really appreciated learning about his country from him. What an enjoyable time and what a great group of tour group members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I looked forward to visiting Barcelona and was especially for time at Sagrada Familia. It was such a thrill to see Gaudi's ideas being implemented in this modern and light filled cathedral. As we traveled throughout Spain, I was so glad for each successive area to which we traveled. What beautiful countryside, modern infrastructure (the high speed bullet train experience from Barcelona to Madrid was incredible)."

Gail

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour ever and it was nothing less then amazing. Javier is just the best and he has set a pretty high bar for us to compare future trips. I loved everything we did, everywhere we went, everything we ate, and everyone we traveled with. I was worried that I would have to search out bathrooms but that was always taken care of. Recommendations for extra things to do and great places to eat were always attended to. I loved the extra surprises.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved the city walks with the local tour guides in the larger cities and was very excited with all we did and saw in the hill towns, Ronda was a highlight. Meeting the matador and touring his ranch has wonderful."

Lynn

Belton, TX

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much to see. So much history to understand. So much to experience. We did it all and our guide was the very best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably entering a local woman's home with seven others in a group to be totally immersed in her Spanish heritage, from a homemade breakfast feast to exploring her lovely home, interacting with several generations, and hearing her family's story.... all in Spanish. Not a word of English spoken."

Beth

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the fifth Rick Steve's tour that we have taken. I have enjoyed them all but this was the best. Javier made every day an adventure. Food and drink were the best. The guides were all good. I liked the choice of cities and hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from the Alhambra was spectacular. The view was stunning, the food was superb and service was flawless. Also loved the sherry tasting that Javier did. Beautiful view and a lot of fun. Also a learning experience."

Lloyd

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fairly well thought out itinerary, really liked the opportunity to explore on our own. The knowledgeable local guide was excellent at suggesting things off the beaten path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo. I was charmed by this town."

Jennifer

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was amazing. Everything was well thought out and planned perfectly. Javier, our guild brought out the best of each adventure and we were challenged each day to embrace the culture of Spain. The different guilds that we had for many cities and activities were always so interesting. Our group of people were all good hearted friends who encouraged each other and enjoyed being together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull fighting ranch. Javier wanted us to experience a new way to embrace a Spanish culture. Going to the ranch, seeing how it is operated, meeting the owner and how welcoming they were to us."

Constance

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think we had as comprehensive look at Spain as is possible in two weeks. Every effort, by our guide and the city guides, was made to explain and experience Spain's culture and history. The group of people we travelled with was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was probably the tour of Sagrada Familia (the main reason my friend and I were on a Spain tour to start with). That's an amazing piece of architecture! Several of the included meals were pretty "wow!", too (Segovia, Grenada, Sevilla)."

Cindy

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a really, really good time. It was our first group/bus tour ever and we were skeptical, but friends who have been on your tours convinced us we would enjoy it! And we did! Tour members were corraled effectively and politely so we were always on time. Hotels were great. I think the quality of rooms was distributed among all of us. Sometimes stupendous, usually very nice. Bus was great. Sights and information well chosen. Never a dull moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Sagrada Familia. Enjoyed the tour then spent hours there on our own. Especially so wonderful because it was our first big site."

John

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada at restaurant with incredible view of Alhambra"

Janet

Pitt Meadows, BC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I I love to walk, and I was delighted that with the group activities and my own time was able to clock 11-19K each day. Javier and the other guides were very informative with the right amount of time to each site. The quality of food and "beverage" was beyond excellent. I appreciated the extra touches like warm churros waiting for us after a cathedral exploration, or marzipan on the streets of Toledo. The company of the 24 other members was excellent: however you are vetting your members works.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stopped for a photo at the foot of the Alcazar in Segovia. Looking up at the fortress perched on the hill took my breath away. The Alhumbra in Granada was, thanks to the gardens, even more beautiful than the Sultan's Palace in Istanbul I saw on a previous Rick Steves tour, and I thought that would never be beat. The self guided walk to look back at the bridge in Rhonda was unforgettable"

James

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply outstanding. Lived up to all of my expectations. Simply a great way to learn about Spain. Our guide, Javier, was superb and very so very helpful to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A bit out of the ordinary for "wow" moments, but my wife accidentally left her billfold in a taxi in Arcos. We were doing a day trip to Jerez when she discovered it gone. Javier called the taxi company and they said the billfold had already been returned to our hotel. When we returned to the hotel, the billfold was there, all credit cards in place, and a significant amount of cash was in place. That was a "wow" for me and left a big impression for us on our honest cab driver."

Marie

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the care and thoughtfulness of the tour. My first time ever guided tour was more than I expected. The Rick Steves philosophy - experience all a county's history, language, food and people- was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia - especially the tour guide."

Sandra

Mississauga, ON

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not know what to expect touring with 24 strangers, but found I had the best time of my life. Touring Spain was fun as well as a time to learn many, many different things. Loved getting to the front of the line because we were Rick Stevens tour. Loved getting the best seat at a restaurant because of Rick Stevens tour. The hotels were quaint and beautiful instead of sterile and common. Also hotels were always in city centre making it easy to get around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments, but loved the bull farm and horse farm. Meeting a real life matador was a very special treat! Also loved the olive farm. If I had done this on my own I know I would have never visited them by myself."

Roswynne

Shawnigan Lake, BC

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

did not think anything could match last years Heart of Italy, but this was spectacular too.tour companions courteous and friendly. the choices of places to visit and different experiences was perfect.amazing sights and excellent help and guidance from William our guide.I believe the formula you have for putting together like minded clients and being so upfront about the workings of the tour is really really helpful.the local guides were all enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the Toreador!! Visiting the bull farm, amazing tradition and tour done with such class, a superior guided visit enjoyed by all, evening you dont like the idea of bullfighting (like me) you still really gain a whole new respect for the process of raising the magnificent bulls, keep this amazing stop on your tour!"

Bill

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a pleasant, informative and enjoyable trip through Spain with the group and our guide William.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Gaudi Church in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia, what an amazing structure. William backed us in to the first view, so you turned around and it was right in you face. And then it was a short wait to get in as we were in the tour line rather than the buy tickets line. Of course, there were several other moments close to this one!"

Jan

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time exploring Spain with our guide William and our fellow travelers. We particularly enjoyed the variety of experiences, from visiting the well-known tourist destinations such as Familia Sagrada in Barcelona and the Alcazar in Sevilla to sharing a Sunday morning breakfast with a Spanish family in their home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day that we traveled from Toledo to Granada was particularly special, so many interesting stops and such beautiful scenery. But that evening was above and beyond. We viewed the Alhambra at dusk (imagine rich deep oranges, gold and reds) from an overlook, then walked to a restaurant where we had an amazing meal outside, and from where we could see Alhambra being lit as it became dark. The entire day was a "wow"."

Wendy

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with other Rick Steve's tours, I felt like the itinerary was very fine tuned to give us both adequate exposure to the amazing sights and adequate time to explore and experience Spain on our own. I like that we see the "best" of the sights throughout the trip - not every cathedral, every fortress, every palace. The local guides add so much value to the trip for me; I remember more of what they say than anything I can read in the guidebook myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved the experiences that we got as tour members: tour of the bull farm, the horse ranch, the small safron farm store, the olive oil mill, the brunch with the ladies in the small town near Ronda. Those are the things I wouldn't attempt on my own."

Jack

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very comprehensive. Busy all the time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Accommodations outside of Rhonda"

Richard

Annandale, NJ

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. I learned a lot about Spain, it's culture and people. The cities and smaller towns we visited all had a lot to offer, particularly in terms of architecture and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intricate detail in design and architecture."

Wendy

Langley, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour and we loved every second of it. As with out other Rick Steve's tours, the itinerary covered the major sights but gave us time to gave us time to see Spain on our own. The hotels were all perfect and in the center of the cities. The food was wonderful. The wine, of course, was superb. We reallyenjoyed the group of people we were travelling with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many WOW moments. I loved the Alhambra and the tour to the Andalusian horse farm. I also enjoyed the tour of the bull rings."

David

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed everywhere we went. Barcelona, Segovia, Granada and Seville were my favorites. I certainly enjoyed the smaller places but the larger ones seem to have more to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there are many wow moments, I was most surprised at how much I enjoyed the 1-hour (included) flamenco show in Seville. We also caught portions of another one on our own and it was good too."

Sue

Silverton, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James and Rich went out of their way to make this a wonderful experience for us! Great cities, transportation, and hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada! The Alhambra!"

Sandy

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Overall experience was outstanding. James was a great tour and having Rich Earl as an assistant was a bonus. Rich was a wealth of knowledge, very friendly, and fun to be around. I appreciated James knowledge of history and his personal experiences.This was a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if I had one favorite wow moment. I loved many things such as The Royal Palace, Alhambra. the dinner in Granada, breakfast with the local women, and all of Seville."

Alan

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was great. Hotels were great, everything was organized, group was very friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia church and Barcelona. Beautiful places."

Earline

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I would say one of my favorite was having brunch at a Spaniard's home and getting to interact with the people of Spain."

Helen

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour! It offered a good cross-section of different parts of the country with exposure to its art, history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dining at sunset overlooking Alhambra was definitely a "wow" moment."

Becky

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and I was not sure what to expect. I have to say it was a wonderful experience! We visited so many interesting, historical places with guides available to answer questions and share history. The others in our group were all pleasant, easy-going people. We really enjoyed the hotels, the food and the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great moments... one that comes to mind was the dinner in Granada with an amazing view of the Alhambra. Great food and wine, with a view of the sun setting on the golden buildings surrounded by the green gardens."

Fred

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was simply a wonderful tour. We had never visited Spain, so we were not quite sure what to expect. Everything and every place we encountered was an inspiration to our now total love for this country and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments for me. Riding the AVE at 190 miles per hour was certainly a thrill. Others were: standing in awe of the Sagrada Familia, viewing the Alhambra for the first time at night and gaining the comfort of standing at the bar of a bodega and confidently ordering cerveza and tapas in Spanish."

Michael

Simcoe, ON

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and also the first time I had taken a two week group land tour. Although I had read reviews and chatted with an acquaintance who has taken several of your tours, I still wasn't quite sure what to expect. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and wouldn't hesitate now to recommend a Rick Steves tour to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two actually: seeing the Sagrada Familia and having dinner overlooking the Alhambra."

Christopher

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very enjoyable from beginning to end. This was our fifth RS tour and they keep getting better and better. I very much liked the variety. I didn't preview the tour too much, so everyday was fresh and had a surprise experience awaiting us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say... each place had something great for us. Sagrada Familia for architecture, "El Guernica" for art, cutting a pig with a plate experience, relaxing outdoor jazz concert in Toledo, windmills and and a patio meal, The Alhambra, a spa oasis near Rhonda, Yeguarda De La Cartuja, and the romance and vibe of Seville. Maybe we just had more "Ahhhh, this is the life" moments than "wow" moments. More tapas, please!"

Donna

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nick (my husband) and I and really enjoyed the two week of Spain tour. It's hard to pin point our favourites as each area we visited had its own highlight. But we really enjoyed the beauty of the whitewash villages. Each day we seen something special or experience something special, learning about the culture of Spain. We enjoyed staying at the hotels that were centre to everything within our reach. My husband got his way and we went with another couple to a bullfight."

Tom

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Spain itinerary was excellent mixing in history, culture and sites. I enjoyed the Flamenco, olive oil plant/picnic, horse breading tour, and brunch with Spanish Grandmothers. The itinerary made up for the lack of good leadership from our guide. This is the reason I rated the tour very good instead of outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco dancing!"

Steven

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Nice balance between free time and touring. Arcos De la Frontera / Jerez was a bust and boring the way we did it. Would liked to have seen a horse show, not touring a horse farm( I lived on a farm) , gone to a Bodega and not be left roaming the streets at siesta time. Had seen enough churches and forts by this time. Enjoyed hiking Ronda gorge. Would have liked more time there. Would liked to have stayed there instead of where we did stay so we could have had some nightlife.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia"

Kathy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the trip but did like several days on the trip. Hotels were all very nice, I wish we had not stayed in the convent, or Arco, isolated, Rhonda better choice. The views were very nice, Family very nice and hospitable. The Meal they prepared was delicious. Did not like visit with local family. They were hospitable. Just felt awkward, uncomfortable. Jerez was a total waste! Disliked tiptoeing thru horse manure, wanted to see a show, Visit bodega, not be there siesta time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Flamenco show in Sevilla. I enjoyed the carriage ride in Sevilla. I was awed by La Sagrada Familia."

William

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very good tour, well organized and well-run.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the simple things like the breakfast at the rural Spanish woman's house. And the late-night street music in Toledo."

Peggy

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring Spain was wonderful. Experiencing the culture and history as well as the food was fantastic! The people are warm and friendly. There was a nice balance of scheduled and free time. All of our accomodations were nice and well located. Our guide Jorge really made the trip come alive. His love and passion for Spain was contagious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada at a hillside restaurant with the most incredible view of the Alhambra, and delicious food! Seeing the bull farm, learning how it operates and meeting the owner. Also our hotel outside Ronda was amazing!"

Ed

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every respect. Our guide, Jorge, had a great deal to do with its excellence. He was well informed, intelligent, a good planner, handled unanticipated events with knowledge and good humor. His command of English is very good. A real PRO I got to know many tour group members and heard zero negative remarks about him, but did hear a lot of positives about him. He gave us practical tips about dealing with Spanish people and situations during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra. Others more qualified than I have struggled to describe its overwhelming beauty and masterful engineering. In one word, I would call it "glorious"."

Patrick

Hammond, IN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the best of Rick Steves Tours. The guide, Spain and the tour participants were all very special. I thought it was a brilliant idea for us to spend a morning and have lunch at a Spanish womens' home. I also thought the idea of a pot luck dinner requiring everyone in the tour group to go to the market and buy something for the pot luck dinner was absolutely brilliant. You are forcing tour group members to communicate with the people in the country which is necessary for all to learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the Cathedral de la Toledo was a real surprise. I had no idea there was that much art work in that cathedral. Specifically, the paintings in the sacristy were remarkable. The cathedral itself being probably the best example of gothic construction in Spain. You know most cathedrals and basilicas in Europe are like mini art galleries but this Cathedral was special."

Jean

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We were able to visit so many beautiful cities, got to see many historically important sites, sample great tapas and other regional foods, and meet many local people. I learned much more about the history of the country than I new prior to the trip. Our guide, Jorge, was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip itself was such an eye opener to the beauty of Spain. I was amazed at the architecture, the craftsmanship, the artistry of the churches, the Alcazares, the monuments such as the Plaza de Espana, etc. Too many 'wow' moments to choose from. Our dinner on the patio at the restaurant across from the Alhambra was unforgettable. The hotel itself and view from Hotel el Convento- amazing! Familia Sagrada! The Bridge in Ronda, the Aqueduct in Segoia,,,,,"

Bridget

West Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went to Spain with preconceived notions about its colonial history and came away with a deeper understanding of a complex culture with a rich history.Sometimes, I felt like I was in San Francisco, others, I felt like I was in the middle of Costa Rica. I really enjoyed the guided tours and the free time after because our free time became less about trying to figure a place out and more about either exploring or enjoying a tinto de verano con limon in the plaza. I will return!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to choose just one: dinner overlooking the Alhambra and the tour the next day stole my words, and I'm a writer. Barcelona: walking up a street passing Picasso art on a nondescript building while the Roman wall sits just ahead and a street musician strums his guitar. Segovia: laying my hands on the aqueduct. Madrid: side trip to a flamenco show that taught me how duende feels."

Michelle

Riverside, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour and so far in my top two favorite destinations thus far! The number one reason why I keep coming back is because the guides have all been outstanding and Jorge Roman was not an exception to this rule. From Barcelona all the way to Sevilla the trip just kept getting better and better with each passing day. Waking up with wonderful views of the valley floor and San Pedro church at the top of hill in Arcos de la Frontera had me wishing I could freeze time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many that it's difficult to choose my favorite but the one moment that nearly brought me to tears was the view of the Alahambra from our restaurant on the Albayzin hill. RS tour outdid themselves on this one. It was completely unexpected and such a wonderful treat."

Daniel

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steves tour. Didn't know what to expect. Made the investment due to just not having the time to plan all the details for ourselves--which we have done in the past. The long and short of our experience with this tour is that we were blown away! We could not have imagined how simple, fun, interesting and educational a tour could be. Our primary guide Helen, and each of the local guides we encountered were wonderful. Booked another trip for this year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, there were just too many to recall them all. We experienced multiple wow moments EVERY day!"

Regina

Westerville, OH

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the people we went with. I liked the free time to recuperate. I liked the specialised guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Real Alcazar."

Jenni

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! Each destination was a delight in it's own special way. I feel that we really got to experience each locale and enjoyed learning and experiencing Spain with boots on the ground, highly informative guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the dinner on the veranda that looked upon the Alahambra was a definite highlight. It happened to be on the night of a full moon and watching the sunset and darkening sky was breathtaking. So many others also but that night was really exceptional."

Judee

Marysville, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed it very much, it would have been fun to not only visit the horse farm but take a lesson. I imagine that is not possible due to liability issues however. I thought the wine got better with each restaurant. Love the family places that practice farm to table.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from Alhambra, what a view. The cute little country inn was delightful. Some of the rooms were wow and some were like oh, I thought they all were fine."

Carl

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed all of it. Helen was exceptional. She had us on schedule and all activities well planned in advance. She and the other tour guided were informative and very responsive to any and all questions. I do not drink alcohol but was well provided for. The meals were later than usual for me, with early rises, but as they say "when in Rome?" I do hope to do another tour in the next year or two.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At how fast two weeks went by. And our visit to the Museo Nacional Del Prado."

Rollin

Valatie, NY

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip and Helen was an outstanding tour guide. I enjoyed Barcelona and Madrid, but the trip really got spectacular after the big cities. Every day brought new surprises and explorations: Segovia, Toledo, Granada, Rhonda, Zahara de la Sierra, Arcos and Sevilla. I loved all of them. Also quite a few group activities: horses, sherry, wine, olive oil, carriage ride. This was a really good group of people to travel with as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The suckling pig lunch at Jose Maria's in Segovia and the climb up to the Watch Tower in Zahara de la Sierra."

Thomas

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We usually travel 'on our own', but that may change after this excellent experience. We had a more in-depth view of Spain than we would have seen alone, and the fact that our guide was exceptional and that transportation and hotels were taken care of was a real bonus. We were able to travel with a great group of people, no drama, no chaos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spain is a wonderland. I had a "wow" moment everyday just walking the narrow streets of the ancient districts of each city and town. Of course, La Sagrada Familia, Museo del Prado, every church or cathedral I walked into, the Alhambra---"

John

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a fine exposure to Spanish history, architecture and food. The accommodations and tour leadership from Helen Inman were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra is no. 1. Helen very efficiently organized the cab rides to the top of the hill and of course the food was great. The tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid was a close second. The local guide was excellent and being able to avoid the crowds by touring early was a big plus."

Liam

Novato, CA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain Tour was really great. Since I am an architect I am always looking up at buildings and asking questions. Love the Moorish Architecture and the Modernismo stuff in Barcelona. The Architecture, food, horses, wine, Sherry were all really great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Brunch with a Local family. Helen split us up into groups of 6 so we could have brunch with a local Spanish family. Since I am first generation Irish american visiting a home in Andelucia really hit home for me. It was like visiting my relatives home in Ireland. Luckily we had one of our tour members Tom who was fluent in Spanish and could serve as interpreter. With my high School Spanish I could make out bits and pieces. It was very educational to see how people really live."

Steve

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 14 day tour of Spain was fabulous. From the personalized tour guides in each city to the cultural experiences we had, the quality was outstanding. Helen, our guide was extremely knowledgeable about Spain, sensitive to the needs of individual team members, and mixed a nice blend of humor and story telling to make for an extremely enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Alhambra and the adjoining gardens was excellent. This coupled with the team dinner the night before overlooking the Alhambra under the light of a full moon was magical and a wow moment for me."

Jeffrey

Sherman, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was wonderful from the accommodations to the food, guides, local experiences, and fellow tour members. This tour gave us a really varied overview of Spain. There was a great balance of scheduled and free time. Helen Inman was fantastic and brought a lot of personal experience and colorful background information to the tour. She was simply outstanding. Two local guides stood out to me, Inez in Madrid and Concepcion in Sevilla. All others were great too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were really several but if I had to pick one it would be the Sagrida Familia. Also loved the visit to the Andalusian horse farm. The brunch in the home of a local woman in a small village was a fantastic experience. The Prado in Madrid, the city of Toledo. And finally the Alcazar in Sevilla and its connection to Game of Thrones."

Mary

Appleton, WI

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Probably the best group of people we've toured with thus far and that really helps make a tour. We learned more about Spain, its customs & its history which we were weak on beforehand. Learned I have allergies to olive trees & May & June is NOT the time to be around them! Very happy we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, Madrid's Royal Palace, the Alcazar in Sevilla, views of Holy Toledo & the Alhambra from day to night at dinner. I was stunned at how much I loved the Royal Palace...perhaps even more than Versailles."

Daniel

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo was my favorite image and the main town center was my favorite also. I really felt I could live in that area."

Weather

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Spain / Madrid

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Spain / Sevilla

Sevilla Weather

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

Learn more about Spain. Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

For specific details about traveling elsewhere in Spain, see the Rick Steves Spain guidebook. If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Barcelona before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Spain guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Spanish, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Many of Barcelona's sights are closed on Mondays. See the guidebook for more details. Confirm all sightseeing plans with any tourist information office.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Barcelona that we do not do as a group: Park Güell, La Boquería Market (closed Sundays), Picasso Museum (free admission Sunday afternoons; closed Mondays), La Pedrera, Catalan Art Museum (closed Mondays), Fundació Joan Miró (closed Mondays), Palau Güell (closed Mondays).

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

Packing

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.