• 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

Tour Questions? See our FAQ | Call 425-608-4217

Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

See Tour Dates

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

2019

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 25 group sightseeing events • Barcelona walking tour • Sagrada Família • Prado Museum • Royal Palace • Madrid walking tour • 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 (when available) • Ronda bullring • Bull farm • Olive oil tasting • Andalusian horse farm • Jerez de la Frontera • 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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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 Barri Gòtic, from its Roman foundations to the spires of its elaborate, Gothic 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 (when available) 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 have free time 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). Then we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel and sleep 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 Jerez 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).
  7. Eat group dinners as late as 9 p.m.

Reviews

Brent

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, William, was outstanding. This was our fifth land tour and the first w Rick Steves. William s the best of the 5 tour guides Also like the hotel locations, easy walk to historical places. Especially liked the dinners, always good. Liked the bull farm, olive processing plant, saffron stop and lunch w local family

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Talking to the bull fighter"

Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was absolutely filled with memorable sights and experiences. We couldn't have fit more into our 14 days. I laughed out loud ofter in response to our guide's commentary, our fellow bus friends, as well as the local guides in every venue. Couldn't have been better!

Albert

Aurora, CO

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour; the first, with Lisa Anderson, set a very high standard. I'm happy to say William Rosendin met that standard. I'll not make any comparisons because I've come to expect an exceptional product from RS. I would also comment that the support staff in WA should be commended for the behind-the-scenes work they so readily offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were invited to a brunch in a private home that proved people can communicate without knowing one another's language. It's all about smiling, being open, and working at it. It was a seminal moment for me."

Francie

Aurora, CO

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience. Spain was so different than I expected. Our tour guide, William, was fantastic. He was an encyclopedia of Spanish knowledge. The places we visited were amazing and the history of the country was far different than I knew. My husband and I got quite ill on the trip. William helped us find a doctor and we received excellent care. We rallied quickly and joined the group. William kept constant vigil on us.

Rebecca

Auburn, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite some bad weather, we had a wonderful time. Our guide William was excellent. Our accommodations and breakfasts were fine, good locations, no complaints. I enjoyed the varied sights and especially the local guides. I enjoyed all of the sights, even learning about bull fighting and how the bulls are raised. (Thank you for not including an actual bull fight on the itinerary).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra and many other sights were big WOWS! Also Flamenco! But my favorite activity was a brunch in the village of Salinas prepared by Loli and a group of local women. They invited us into their homes and made us feel like very welcome guests. What a great way to meet local people and learn about their lives. We may not speak each others languages very well, but we had no problem communicating on a very personal level. Great experience and wonderful food."

Irina

Eagle, ID

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour. I loved the itinerary, the great combination of big cities, small villages and a fantastic "out of the way" B&B. I looked forward to every day's schedule because there were always little surprises in between major attractions and there was always something new to learn about Spain, its history and its people. Our guide, William, did an outstanding job of preparing us for each activity and always had great suggestions about restaurants and places to visit on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While Spain is full of beautiful monuments, cathedrals and museums, my favorite moment was at the Arcos de la Frontera, a small town on the hill with lots of narrow streets and local businesses that carried on without paying attention to the visiting tourists. It was blissful to walk through the quiet streets, admire incredible vistas and ponder about the people who have lived in this place over the centuries."

Barbara

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an exceptionally good group of travellers. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone. The information was very interesting, and there was the perfect mix of group activity and time by ourselves. Spain is beautiful and diverse. Although I can't say that I have the history down - I did learn a lot and have a greater appreciation the country and culture. I also enjoyed being spoiled in having accommodations, transfers, entrances etc etc all organized for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say since, we had very diverse experiences but I must say that I love the smaller towns and seeing the family run businesses. I loved even just the short visits to the Saffron farm, olive oil producers, the bull ranch and having a lunch provided by a Spanish woman in her home--what a treat. However the Sagrada Familia was amazing as well. So I guess I had several "wow" moments"

Richard

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and offered a variety of experiences: culture, artistic, architectural and food wise. The local guides were passionate and well knowledge in bringing programs and history alive. Most favorite was the brunch we shared with a local family in Ronda, where we had to communicate with each other; that was a very exciting moment. The hotels were nicely located in historic parts of a city/town which gave amble walking opportunities to see different things. The days were well balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a couple of "WOW" moments. One being the visit to the Prado Museum, The Alhambra visit, and the time spent at Toledo. All filled me with awe at the artworks which I had studied many years ago and to see them in real time and space touched my heart and creative mind very deeply with better knowledge of the artist and time periods they live in. Also visiting all the Gaudi sights."

Howard

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I felt the tour itinerary was poorly planned. A day to see the bull fight ring in Ronda??? Really. A day day to see an Andalusian horse farm??. A day in Jerez without going to a Sherry estate?? Why not? The visit to the bull farm was great and showed both a bull ring AND Andalusian horses Went to Cordoba on our own after the tour. I seems unconscionable that this historic city with the amazing Mezquita was not on the tour. It easily could have been without the horses and bull ring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, Jorge, recommended a little bar in Jerez that had a flamenco performance at 2PM. We went. Had a ringside table. Great tapas and the best flamenco performance I've ever seen. We never could have have lnown about this place without Jorge's advice."

Eric

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great intro to Spanish culture.

Andrea

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learnedly lot about Spain. Loved the historic sights. Loved the bull farm. Great hotels. Loved learning about the history. Enjoyed our group. Got sick of the same food over and over. Wasted a day at Horse Farm (saw the horses at the Bull farm).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull farm. In fact, with what we learned there of bulls, Andalusian horses, and matadors...we could have skipped the bull ring in Ronda, and definitely the Andalusian horse factory farm. Other wow moments as well. The Alhambra in front of the snowy Sierra Nevadas!"

Greg

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great first-tour experience. The itinerary was great, except we had way too much time in Arcos de la Frontera, where there is absolutely nothing to do once you've seen the cathedral and the view, except drink and watch the cars try to make the turns on the street. That was fun the first day but two days of it was way too much. That time could have been much better spent in Seville.

Frances

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour! We had a fun group and an excellent guide. The itinerary let us see a lot of Spain, and it was paced so that it was not tiring. This trip is full of fun extras: saffron farmer, olive oil factory, sherry tasting, horse farm, carriage ride, chocolate & churros, brunch with a family. I loved this trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was walking into Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and seeing the afternoon light shining through the stained glass, turning the walls orange and yellow. The interior of that church was magical."

Marilyn

Holmes Beach, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Just the right amount of time together as a group and time on our own. What I loved best in both of the RS tours that we have done are the activities in the small towns. In Spain: the Andalusian horse farm, the olive oil factory, fun lunch at a local woman's home (delightful Lola who could not speak English but had wonderful personal communication skills), visit to the bull farm, the sherry tasting "get together", suckling pig dinner

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. Although the tour of the church was originally scheduled for the morning, it had to be rescheduled for the afternoon and so glad that it was. The afternoon sun pouring into the red, orange and yellow windows was breath-taking. Have never seen a church like the Sagrada Familia-magnificent. Second "wow" was the view of the Alhambra at night."

Ann

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great way to immerse oneself in Spain! From the historic sites and the landscapes to the flavors to the people...this trip covers it all. I didn't know I would be so in love with Spain until the Rock Steve's Company showed it to me. Helen was a perfect guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the works of Gaudi...esp the Sagrada Família and learning about it through our knowledgeable guide."

Andrew

Loudonville, NY

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour itinerary was very good and our guide Helen was great! Our tour group was a lot of fun. Enjoyed the tour experiences with the group as well as the exploring we did on our own when we had free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed having brunch at a local Spaniard's home. Lolly was a gracious host and we enjoyed trying to speak Spanish with her. Other wow moments was inside the Sagrada Familia...the way the light shone through the windows of the church were spectacular. Also our wine tasting was a lot of fun and a great way to learn about Spanish wine, Spanish tapas and get to know our tour group."

Susan

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour turned out to be more than I had hoped and imagined. Everything went smoothly and I loved the variety of places we visited: from the big cities to the countryside towns. I really got a feeling for the culture and knowledge of the history of Spain. We had a great group of people. I was a single person but never felt left out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably my standout "wow" moment was seeing the Roman Aquaduct in Segovia. Amazing!"

Edward

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Spain was everything I wanted to see and do and all the people on the tour were interesting and a pleasure to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado"

Mary

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the Rick Steves trips I have been on had great itineraries, good guides, and fun fellow travelers. That was true of this trip as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The carriage ride back to our hotel after our farewell meal was magical!"

Anthony

Holmes Beach, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour included the usual palaces, cathedrals, etc. which one expects in Europe. But it also included some other great experiences such as visits to a horse far,. a (fighting) bull farm including a matador who owned the farm, and an Olive farm and press. Our tour guide also organized a fun picnic to which we al contributed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gaudy church in Barcelona."

Laura

Lakemont, GA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 1st Rick Steves trip. Enjoyed the mix of cities & small towns, various hotels, excursions, & experiences. We loved Helen (see comments below). We also enjoyed the mix of meals together & meals on our own. Thought the Buddy system was a wonderful idea - had a blast the evening of Buddy Introductions while having our wine tasting - the more wine, the more hilarious & embellishing the introductions became. Rick's policy of No Grumps, No Slow Pokes, & No Late Arrivals works!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't have one WOW - highlights for me: Toledo Cathedral Alhambra & Gardens A group of 26 can be fun with no hassles!"

Phil

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our tenth RS tour and probably the most unique, in that we had three RS tour guides during the tour. They had to fill in for the scheduled tour guide who had unexpected medical issues. They were all wonderful and coordinated well in the hand-offs. I didn't feel in the least short-changed by the lack of a permanent guide. In fact, I think we benefitted from the various perspectives and styles. As always, we also had a great group of tour mates as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a hard question to answer, but I'm going to say that it was the interior of the Sagrada Familia. There are many tours of churches on RS tours, but this was different. It had sort of the basic layout of basic cathedral, but it felt dream-like and surrealistic. I had the feeling that I was standing in the middle of a gigantic work of modern art, which, I guess, in fact, I was."

Martin

Livermore, CA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

1. All 3 guides were outstanding and a joy to be with. 2. A little to many cathedrals and palaces. 3. Very much enjoyed the visit to the saffarion factory(?), sherry winery, and farms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a bunch."

Judy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful sample of Spain and all that there is to see! Each day was better than the one before when I thought it couldn't be better. Guides were very knowledgable, bus transport was good - Jose was an excellent driver! Enough free time to pursue each place we were staying.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segrada Familla was indescribable! I marveled at all the detail incorporated into the structure - and it's not even finished!"

Elizabeth

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was just as I've come to expect on a Rick Steves tour. Hotels were convenient and comfortable. Guides were experts. Food and wine were delicious. The sites we visited may not have always been a place I really wanted to see, but they helped me understand the history and culture better and that's a big reason why I travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our window/door at the Hotel Convento in Arcos de Frontiera was so stunning that I know I will never forget it. We did not have particularly great weather while we were there, but I could have looked at that view from our high perch on that mountain for ever."

David

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was was my second 'Rick" tour and I was a little disappointed. Last year did Eastern Europe and it was wonderful! We had an amazing guide and this time we didn't. Well, partly. Had 3 different guides because the one we were supposed to get took sick. Maybe we should just not have chosen to go to Spain. i mean, really, who wants to eat ham for breakfast, lunch and dinner ? I have to admit that there were many interesting and charming moments but parts of the tour were just boring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra was pretty amazing. Had high hopes in seeing Toledo but I think it was not presented well. Segovia was pretty good."

Susan

Livermore, CA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have rarely felt more "taken care of". Not the least bit smothered, just knowing that there was someone to answer any questions about pretty much anything. I am a reluctant traveler and the tour guides made all the difference. Rooms and FOOD were great! I ate my way through Spain. We were lucky enough to have 3 fantastic guides. Sorry that Augustin took ill, but we got to "taste" 3 different, yet wonderful, guides. All in all, it was LOVELY.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guides asked us this, also. There were too many to name any one. I was aware that my mouth gaped open very often!"

Susan

Hadley, MA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour with great people and wonderful guides. I especially liked the guides which were local and the history was so informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The processions during holy week were amazing and so interesting. What a great time of year to visit Spain"

Kevin

Eureka, IL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think the trip was a testament to the Rick Steves organization. We had 3 different tour guides, but the tour quality was not impacted. One picked up after the other, seemlessly. Each guide had a different personality and a little different approach to guiding, but it worked out well. This tour was good in that we did not spend as much time in the bus as the previous tours we've taken. I enjoy the time spent in the smaller towns than in the big cities. The tour had a good, fast, pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day in Segovia - between the Roman aqueduct and the roasted suckling pig, it was a memorable day."

Wendi

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every aspect of this tour--our co-travelers, the sites, the food and accommodations, and the guides. Our tour was unique because our originally scheduled guide fell ill, so the Rick Steves' organization had to scramble and fill in with three different main guides. It worked well, and provided some different perspectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia was more than I expected: so beautiful and unique. Seeing the ceiling and walls glow gold, orange, and red as the light from sunset streamed through the stained glass window took my breath away. To be honest, the tour itself was a "Wow!" I kept thinking that the fun and excitement would diminish, and it never did."

Raymond

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Being in the "room where it happened" Columbus is commissioned by Isabella in the Alhambra. 2. The flamenco performance in Sevilla. 3. Breakfast in Salinas in the home of wonderful hostess and an adorable grand daughter."

Martha

Orange, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative our tour guide Robert was so on incredible helpful and kind to the whole group we felt so special and cared for. Thank you Robert. Looking forward for another trip with Rick Steves groups in another part of the world. Thanks from José and Martha Franco

Janet

Terrell, TX

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well organized, well planned, and meaningful. I understand this was the first time Holy Week was included and I certainly recommend it! It was wonderful. I had a birthday while on tour and this was pleasantly acknowledged--very special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first Holy Week procession in Granada. But also the early-morning procession in Arcos. Robert made sure we knew what was going on and could appreciate these events. Outstanding."

Martin

Terrell, TX

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert, our guide, was so well organized and kept us on track. We loved the various regions we were able to visit. So much territory for two weeks! Each region was like visiting a different country. The others on tour were so compatible and we all seemed to value the physical rigors of such travel. Hotels were always a treat...and well placed in the city/town were we in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard to say. I loved Barcelona, its spirit, and the introduction to Gaudi. The Alhambra seemed like a transport to Shambhala. I am now reading about its history. Seeing the bull farm and meeting the matador really opened a door to the culture."

Dorothy

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the bull farm, Holy Week activities and Flamenco dancing"

Mariette

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a marvelous trip! Robert Wright, our tour guide, was unfailingly upbeat and knowledgeable. He was incredibly caring and helpful when 70% of the travelers in our group fell ill with a nasty respiratory virus. (Thanks to one thoughtless tour member who arrived ill on day one but that's another story.) Spain is such a beautiful, vibrant country. The food and wines are scrumptious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is breathtaking in scope and creativity. The interior is magical. I was also amazed by the huge, well-preserved Roman aqueduct in Segovia. And I loved our olive oil tour and lunch with the charming owner of the Oleum Veride."

Michael

Lauderdale By The Sea, FL

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and once again we were very pleased with the experience. Unfortunately most of our tour group became sick which took away from our excitement in exploring Spain. Overall the tour was more or less as we expected from a Rick Steve's tour. Our guide, Robert, was very personable and very knowledgeable so he definitely added to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had previously visited Barcelona so my wow moment for this tour was the Prado. We enjoyed the art so much that we spent most of our free time there that day as well as the tour time."

Roberta

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour and it was a very good plus experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wow, there were several. Wow #1- La Mancha and Granada- the Alhambra the ride to Granada which included the stop at the saffron store and festival and the sweet little restaurant."

Melody

Herndon, VA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great introduction to Spain and its history. I learned so much. The activity level was very accurate averaging on most days about five miles of walking. Hills are inevitable as are stairs but all manageable if you are in good health. Because you can pace yourself nothing was impossible. I also feel like I gained 10 pounds. Food was very generous. The thing that made this tour even better was the friendliness and congeniality of the group. Many had been on RS tours before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the Alhambra. But there were many special moments that created memories. It was during this trip that I realized how important tourism as an industry is to some of these smaller villages and towns that modern day life has left behind. I think that what I takeaway is more how cultures blend and are similar when you step into the everyday world of any country away from the tourist experience. Any tour that gives me a better understanding of others is well worth it."

Howard

West Chester, PA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous; full of spectacular sites and varied content. We loved the ways in which the tour introduced us to the Spanish people and local customs and venues; like the bull farm, bullring, horse show, sherry tasting etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra lit up at night at night from our restaurant."

Debra

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "must see" sights (Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra etc...) exceeded expectations but there were so many unanticipated jewels from Andalusian horses to the night time carriage ride in Seville.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a favorite. But, the stop in Consuegra to see a family run saffron shop and the windmills, complete with working flour mill, on the plains of La Mancha is one of my top memories."

Bruce

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Art and architecture in Barcelona; Joan Miro and Antoni Gaudí. We arrived 3 days earlier than the start of the trip, but still had things to do and see for which we did not have enough time. Particularly striking and interesting were Gaudí's Parc Güell, and numerous features around town. Loved Casa Milà and wished we had found time to go to Casa Batlló."

Janet

Richmond, BC

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves Tour and it did not disappoint. Compared to other tours I would say that this one is particularly busy. We had three cities where we stayed for only one night so there was more packing up and moving than in other tours. Walking was generally moderate. The hotels were excellent with only one without an elevator (unusual for RS Tours:). Incredible group dinner including a multi-course gourmet meal overlooking the Alhambra and a feast of roast suckling pig!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it was freezing cold when we were there, the Alhambra was a highlight. The Alcazar in Sevilla was equally beautiful. I really enjoyed the side trip to Segovia to see the Roman aquaduct, but this may have been because local guide, Javier, sounds like Antonio Banderas:) I will never attend a bullfight. Nevertheless, I was happy to hear the perspective of those who breed the bulls and horses and for whom bullfighting is an important part of their culture."

Tom

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen our tour guide was terrific. She knew history, culture, cuisine and conveyed it all with a terrific sense of humor. Spain itself was awesome. The food, the culture - or should I say cultures, all were revelatory. Our group was terrific and I enjoyed the people a lot. The interaction of the three major cultures in Spain: Christian, Jewish and Moslem was fascinating and illuminating. An important learning for me. The visits to the Moorish or Moorish influenced sights was revelatory for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. For me the Jewish quarter in Toledo, the Alhambra in Grenada and the Alcazar in Sevilla were some of the wow! moments. We also had several wow! moments at the dinners in Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla to mention a few. The Moorish influence and architecture was the most impactful as far as culture and history are concerned."

Craig

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour and overall I enjoyed it. Helen was superb and I have great memories of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra; Saffron Store; Olive Farm."

Steven

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time with the cities and towns includedin the 14 day tour. Both our guides, Amanda and Mitch and all our local guides gave us so much information: cultural, language, history, food, art, sociopolitical. I enjoyed mixing up the tour with big cities, quaint towns. Spending a breakfast at the home of Spanish families was a nice immersive touch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the light in the Sagrada Familia as it shone through the stained glass. Ten minutes later the colors changed as the sun passed."

Stephen

Covington, LA

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and our first trip to Spain. Great selection of cities and tours but Rick should add Valencia either on the tour or at least as part of his tour books. At the end of the tour my wife and I took the train to Valencia for 4 days and absolutely loved it. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and worth a visit. Our tour assistant, Mitch, was very helpful in recommending the best place for Paella in Valencia....Casa Navarro on the beach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As my wife and I walked past the Cathedral on our way back to the hotel from our Farewell dinner on the last night in Sevilla we saw the All Saints Day parade of the Blessed Mother . Earlier that day we had visited the Macarena museum and Basilica and were so blessed to be there at that time."

Larry

Hermiston, OR

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The attention to detail and overall coordination was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman aqua-duct. Castles."

Marralee

Moscow, ID

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Except for northern Spain, the variety of cities and towns we visited represented Spain well. Cultural immersion on this tour was well done. My favorites were having brunch at someone's home in a small town, visiting a bull farm, and seeing a small olive farm. The restaurants chosen for our group dinners were very good. We ate food items we otherwise may not have ordered. Amanda was an outstanding guide, a natural. Having Mitch along was a bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was touring "La Sagrada Familia" in Barcelona."

Elizabeth

Citrus Heights, CA

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This visit to Spain was a pleasure. I enjoyed chatting with Amanda and Mitch about life in Spain. I was struck by the societal changes from the Franco era to now, and gradually came to believe that modern Spain could teach the US a lot about inclusion, health care, and city planning. This trip allowed me to learn from experts in every city we visited, and to explore and interact with locals during free time. This trip felt particularly well integrated to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly, I most enjoyed meeting the family with the Saffron farm. The genuine kindness and goodwill of our hosts made this brief visit even more meaningful for me. Also, I had never seen saffron in its raw form. I now understand why saffron is so expensive. Breakfast with a few friends in a family home would be a close second. I cherish these views of normal family life."

Mary

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded expectations. I was impressed by the quality of the guides, the seamless organization of tickets, transportation, etc, and the beauty, history and culture of Spain. I'd recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick, but the Sagrada Familia has to be near the top. Also loved seeing Segovia and the Roman aqueduct, and so many sights in Toledo, Granada and Seville."

Toni

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip [INVALID] everything was planned like clockwork, maximizing the use of time. We especially appreciated the special events and tours (brunch in the home of a local, tour of a small olive oil processing plant, and visit to a bull ranch to learn about the particulars of bull fighting from a matador himself!) that we would not have had access to traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to decide --- there were many "wow" moments!!"

Craig

Danville, CA

Tour: 10/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda and Mitch were outstanding guides. The way that Rick Steves organized the tour allowed us to pack in activities that otherwise would not have fit into our do-it-yourself vacationing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's Sagrada Familia"

Daniel

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A tour like no others! Jorge exposed us to the real Spain, its people, customs and food. And he did it with a personal touch that I haven't experienced in previous tours. He started as our tour guide, and ended as our counselor, teacher and friend. A proud Spaniard, Jorge had an extraordinary instinct to guide our senses to the real Spain. The local guides he exposed us to were exceptional. Overall, this was a wonderful tour, made even more special thanks to Jorge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, group meals have never been the highlight of previous tours. Sitting down to break bread with Jorge has changed all that. He has raised the bar. Every meal was an event, a delightful chance to experience the joy of good food, drink and conversation. And all related to the country, the culture and the region we were in."

Barbara

Frederick, MD

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge was well organized and he gave us a wonderful overview of the Best of Spain. He listened to the tour members and did small but significant things to make each persons experience special. I do wish we had more time in Ronda de la Frontera and could have toured a bodega in Jerez, but time was limited. Seeing the windmills, dining in a local woman's home, learning about saffron making and olive oil were great moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been in Spain before but never traveled to Barcelona. Seeing the Sagrada Familia was a definite "wow" moment."

Peter

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 10/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour mates, Jorge, our guide and our local guides. The itinerary provided a good blend of city and country experiences. We did not anticipate the crush of tourists in the Barcelona and Madrid. It is regretful that not all tourists behave as well as our tour mates did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was during our "on-your-own" time, going down into the gorge at Ronda to take pictures of the bridge. Anne's favorite was the group dinner in Granada with the night view of the Alhambra. Another was immediately after the close of the tour when we went to Cordoba. She loved the Mezquita. Our guide there was Angel Lucerna whom we found through the Guide Book."

Mike

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, our tour guide was fantastic. Augustin Ciriza was very knowledgeable and well organized. He also is a very mindful person and was able to share his insight on Spain's history including current events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to almost all of the places on the tour before, so hard to really pick out a "wow" moment. Segovia is my favorite place. The Roman Aqueduct alone is a must see if anyone travels to Spain, and the cathedral and Alcazar are also great. Aside from the main attractions, it is a beautiful town set on top of a hill and quite charming just to wander in."

Lindsay

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/13/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was very well organized and we learned a lot about the culture of Spain. I would hardly define the tour as active although being guided around art galleries, museums et al can be tiring.

David

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 10/13/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Did not have one"

Tom

San Marino, CA

Tour: 10/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour. The Best of Spain tour was exceptional, made so by our tour leader Agustin whose leadership and interpretation of the history and culture of Spain helped our understanding and appreciation of our experiences. The tour itinerary was comprehensive yet allowed for ample time for personal exploration and relaxation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A special tour sunset dinner at a restaurant overlooking The Alhambra in Granada. It was special moments and events such as this which are typical yet very unique to Rick Steves tours."

Sherri

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 10/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best ever. Usually we plan our own trips from flights and hotels, to tickets to events. But this time things were easier having it done for us. Our tour guide Agustin Ciriza was wonderful. Nothing rattled him. He kept us all on track and found new accommodations when Rhonda flooded. He is a happy man and very easy to talk to and share with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food and wine was great. I loved seeing the pig on a plate and the ritual of how the plate gets dropped and used to cut it."

Elayne

San Marino, CA

Tour: 10/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was very positive. Spain was all I was expecting it to be even though we arrived on their national holiday and Barcelona looked like Times Square on New Years Eve! What made the trip so fantastic was Agustin our guide. When we couldn't go to Ronda because of flash floods, he changed the itinerary and took us to Malaga. He took us on a city tour and made the change in plans looks so easy. He did so many extra things for us that were beyond what was expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the view from our hotel room in Arcos. It was postcard perfect. The olive trees, the river, and the hills were what I was expecting to see in Spain."

Michael

Holbrook, MA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour...I've been to Spain many times before.....as a teacher leading groups of students and...as a student myself......but this tour went way beyond all my other trips there. James was great....going above and beyond what I've seen other tour guides do. Only thing he didn't succeed in doing was stop the rain!!! But...he didn't let that dampen our spirits or lessen the experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment...the meal of "cochinillo asado" in Segovia with Jose Maria......great meal and great entertainment when he had Susan cut the pig and then throw the dish on the floor!!!"

Paul

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James Scanlan was an outstanding tour leader. He is very wise in the ways of the Spanish people, fluent in Spanish, and works very hard at getting us the best experience possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bull breeding farm of Senor Raphael Tejada. An excellent indoctrination into a cultural institution of Spain, whether you agree with bull fighting or not."

Ann

Sanibel, FL

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was wonderful!!! As we age, traveling with a group and trusted leader is quite reassuring. Experiencing all we did in 2 weeks would never have been possible on our own. We definitely got a lot of "bang for our bucks"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it! But in thinking back to specific moments, seeing the Alhambra from our restaurant in Granada and the view from our hotel, Hotel Convento, in Arcos both brought out a WOW from my mouth."

Bob

Bethel, CT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What is there to say? Spain is a land of many contrasts. Will go back again as I love the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intersection of Velazquez's and Picasso's renditions of "Las Meninas". There's something to think about...hmmmm."

Victor Milo

Peoria, IL

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

They say the last place you have traveled is always your favorite. That is not true in this case. Spain will remain my favorite no matter where I go in the future. The 14 Day Best of Spain was our second Rick Steves Tour (Scotland in 2015). This was another great experience. Well organized. James was a great tour leader. The city guides were outstanding. The hotels were always nice, well located, and clean. The meals were excellent. The sites were magnificent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What can I say? The whole trip was a wow moment. In this case 14 days of wow. It is difficult to pick out one. So I will mention a few. the Sagrada Familia. The views and sites in and around Segovia, Toledo, Ronda, Granda, Sevilla and the country side in Andalucia. The Toledo Cathedral, the bridge in Ronda, the Alahambra, and Sevilla Cathedral were unforgetable."

Dianne

Peoria, IL

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It truly was the trip of a lifetime. From the places we visited to the people we met along the way, it could not have been any better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard. There were so may. I think in my particular case it was experiencing the town of Rhonda."

Paulus

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time on an organized tour from this company and I had a great experience, James was outstanding in many ways and nothing was too much. Had the feeling that with the introduction we all felt very comfortable for a great travel experience what we got.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow factors, all the local guides were great with their own character. If you can get everybody out of their comfort zone and engage everybody in churches, museums etc then you have a great program. Even take us to a bull farm and listening to their story while you are against bullfighting what gives us a different thought to think of these things."

Dolores

Bethel, CT

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour, and we were once again amazed by the quality of our experience. Spain came alive for us! The opportunity to experience both the cultural vibe of the big cities and several small villages was perfect! Our Rick Steves guide and our travel companions were simply wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many wow moments, some tied to the planned tour experiences, such as our dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra, our tour of the Alcazar in Seville, our visit to a working windmill and olive oil processing facility... and some wow as well as moments experienced during our free time. That balance between planned tour activities and free time (with fabulous guidance and direction from our tour guide) is what makes a Rick Steves tour so special. Travel like a pilgrim!"

Susan

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken two previous tours with Rick Steves' and could find nothing to complain about, nothing we would change and the same can be said for this tour. In spite of the two days of fairly heavy rain affecting the outings, James was on-point, doing what he could to keep things moving. It was a busy two weeks with late night meals and early morning wake ups, so we arrived home ready to rest but with 24 (and James) new friends who I would gladly travel with again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in awe of the tomb of Christopher Colon in Sevilla. The Cathedral was beautiful and the view from the tower was worth the climb up the 35 ramps and the 17 steps."

Rudy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves' tour. We have traveled on our own in France and this tour was so much easier and informative. The group size, lodging placement in historic areas and local guides with group access to sights are wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing! Room after room in palace after palace, the sheer scale of the architectural detail was simply amazing."

Patricia

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time is Spain. This was our 4th RS tour and once again we were not disappointed. We really appreciated the local guides. They add so much to the experience by providing local perspective on their culture and history. Added to the info that James provided during our many informative discussions/lectures, I learned so much. Looking forward to our next tour! Only minor complaint is concerning the Hotel Europa in Madrid: noisy and staff not very accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The roman aqueduct in Segovia was a big "wow" for me."

Gary

High Springs, FL

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! The places are tapas enjoyed in small portions until we return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, Prado, Sorolla, Alhambra,Alcazar"

Robert

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves trip and it again was phenomenal. The organization, logistics guides, and unique experiences created a trip that a traveler could not duplicate on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stumbling across a street performer in Granada. A goalkeeper with ball in hand posed motionless in mid air (supported a hidden frame)until he heard a coin drop in his cup and then quickly he changed to a different outstretched goal saving position. Watching the crowd's reaction was so much fun."

Ken

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour Great guides. Well-planned. Little bit exhausting.

Betty

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned so much about Spain in the 2 weeks. Loved all the local guides and also our guide James. Hotels were very good, but think the Madrid hotel could be better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't name one wow moment. The Alhambra, Segovia, Macarena, and bull ranch."

Branda

Port Angeles, WA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the trip from start to finish. William was a wonderful guide and he did so many fun things with the group. The group was outstanding and everyone had fun together. So glad that we took this trip and got to see Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several "wow" moments. Loved the Aqueduct in Segovia. I think we enjoyed all the small towns better than the busy cities of Barcelona and Madrid. The views in Toledo were fantastic. The hotel in Ronda, was just the most beautiful setting and we were fortunate enough to get the suite. Enjoyed the wine tasting, olive oil farm, the bull farm, flamenco dancing, the carriage ride in Sevilla was so fun, etc. Having a meal with the local family in Salinas was very nice."

Robyn

Salinas, CA

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Boy, travelers hit the ground running in this tour as Barcelona and Madrid are the first two stops. The Spainish culture of very late dinners coupled with Rick Steves' belief that his groups should arrive at sites before other groups makes Spain a bit more challenging, but so worth the effort! We loved all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For different reasons, these three: Las Tomasas, terrace dinner with stunning Alhambra view! Basilica de la Macarena which touched me on a very personal level and Yeguada de la Cartuja (Andalusian Horse Farm). I was ready to become a volunteer to be around these huge and powerful but gentle and social animals."

Charles

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. This was my first time in a tour group and my concerns of long delays while being part of a large group never materialized. Group movements were in fact very efficient and we did more on the tour than we would have done on our own. William made us feel we were having a special tour. The bus travel was more pleasant than I anticipated with adequate space, informative commentary and interesting stops along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire tour was well crafted. The mix of big city, small city and rural settings and "unscheduled events" provided well timed changes of pace. Every day was a pleasure."

Phil

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and our guide, William, exceeded any preconceived ideas I had about the value, interest and professionalism of this trip. Everything was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Visiting the farm where the bulls are raised for bull fighting."

Elizabeth

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! I was nervous about it, having never done organized group travel before. But traveling with a group and an experienced, passionate guide made the whole experience so easy and pleasant! We were able to see and do much more than I would have taken on independently. The local guides were informed, friendly, and professional. Our fearless leader, William, was the best teacher, guide, and friend we could have asked to accompany us for two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose - Spain is truly a beautiful country! We had a good mix of architectural sites and stunning natural beauty. The camaraderie that developed within our gr"

Barbara

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 10/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I doubt if I would have travelled to Spain on my own and had as many exciting experiences. This was an active, fast paced tour and William (our guide) took care of all the details seemingly effortlessly. During our first evening meeting with our tour "family" there may have been some hesitation but by the last week we were all great friends coming from different backgrounds held together by a common experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the WOW spur-of-the-moment ideas that William organized that were not on the itinerary. Stopping at one of the roadside Osborne Velerano bulls for pictures, Sherry tasting in the south of Spain, breakfast in rural Salinas with locals to speak Spanish, learning about Spanish wine in a Madrid cellar."

Catherine

Nine Mile Falls, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice variety between large cities & small communities.. Local guides were passionate about their portion of our tour. Helen took very good care of us & arranged many outstanding meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner after dark on the patio of a restaurant with view of Alhambra was breathtaking. The meal & service was outstanding. That evening is etched into my memory."

Irma

Coeur D'alene, ID

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in Spain. We loved it and our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner across from the Alhambra in the evening when the lights were on the palace. Breathtaking!"

Shelly

Blaine, MN

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent tour! As always, we saw big cities, small towns, and had a variety of tours with local guides which were interesting. Helen was a FABULOUS guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several WOW moments - I loved the windmills, I loved slipping into a local bar in the afternoon for a flamenco show. The dinner across from the Alhambra was wonderful - beautiful view and great food! The acorn liqueur we had at the windmills was also a 'wow' (and the hunt for it was fun!) What made it all even more special was the great group of people I traveled with!"

Donna

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable: Every arranged lunch/dinner was delicious and a wonderful local experience. Very informational: From Rick's tour book,to his city audio guided walks, to Helen's city walks and her insights into local and national customs and events. Also,the historical and cultural information from Spain's past to present was very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sagrada Familia. It was so beautiful, artistic, with amazing architecture and engineering, and sacred - all at the same time!"

Charles

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met or exceeded our expectations. I hadn't realized the wide variety of sites in Spain. From Barcelona's Segrada Familia to a bull farm to Columbus's impact on Sevilla. Every day was a new experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching them grind corn in the La Mancha wind mill. We saw the whole process from putting the clothe on the windmill arms to bagging the corn flour. It was an unexpected delight and look at how things got done in a bygone era. Helen provided Acorn Liquor tasting and we looked to buy some but could not find any. In Seville one of our group found a small family run store, ProductosdleaSierra.com, that sold it. The wife's family has an acorn farm and makes the liquor."

Garry

Coeur D'alene, ID

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great and enriching experience. Our guide, Helen, was very informative, caring and watchful ("Look out here for Jimmy Dean's," pickpockets.) Her humor and energy we're infectious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the desolate La Mancha area to be especially surreal."

Maureen

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

love the small group, free time, nice hotels and GREAT guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra lit up from our dinner restaurant."

Sara

Westlake, OH

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen is a fantastic guide. The local guides, too, were wonderful. I could tell they loved their country. We had a great group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, however on the walk back from the wonderful Alhambra someone wrote a message in English, "Tourists go home, we want our city back." Later that night, several of us took Rick's suggestion and had dinner at a local restaurant in Granada. The owner treated us as honored guests, since we were on Rick's tour. I felt much better."

Ernie

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every respect. Helen is awesome, knows her stuff and great sense of humor

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra"

Corinne

Edina, MN

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. I thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide Helen. She went over and beyond the call of duty to give us the best experience in Spain that we could have. It also helped that all the folks on the tour were also very nice and easy to be with at all times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a few wow moments. I was wowed at the overall architecture in every city and town. I loved the cathedral in Toledo, and the windmills in La Mancha. I was also wowed in Segovia overall. The roman aqueducts and the castle were wonderful. The overall town was really cute and beautiful. The suckling pig meal with everyone was really a great ending to a great day. I also enjoyed the evening eating at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the Alhambra, that was eliminated in the distance."

Robert

Westport, ON

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great and I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reconnecting with friends from the Greece tour. The evening dinner on the Albayzin hill with a view of Alhambra."

Patricia

Westport, ON

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Helen was wonderful, very helpful, personable and hard working. Enjoyed the mix of large cities and small towns. Dinners together with the group were all excellent. Hotels were for the most part very good to excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at Alhambra, lovely ,lovely. Sagrada Familia is breathtaking!"

Linda

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have travelled to Europe many times, using Rick Steves' guidebook but this was our first group tour. And it was wonderful! There was just the right amount of time with pre-planned group activities and free time. Some of the best times were serendipitous finds with friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, so many wow moments it is hard to say what is my favorite. Of course the dinner with the spectacular view of the Alhambra in Granada was amazing. The Alhambra and the Alcazar in Seville were spectacular. One unexpected moment was the religious procession from the cathedral in Seville to mark the Dia de Hispanidad. When the float with Mary came out of the cathedral, there was a hush over the crowd, then a loud cheer. Very moving."

David

San Jose, CA

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour with an amazing guide, local guides and a wonderful group of travelers to share it all with. Just the right amount of balance of organized events and on-our-own time. I loved that Helen posted ideas for our free time at most of our stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot disagree with the WOW moments that others on our tour have posted, but mine was the brunch with the local ladies in Salinas. SPOILER ALERT: Each woman invited us into their home and cooked a special brunch for a few on the tour (the tour was divided up among several women of the village). The best part was the conversation between the woman, who understood very little English, and us, who had, at best, a few years of high school Spanish. It was awesome!"

Pippa

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 10/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding trip. Wonderful group of fellow travelers. Very knowledgeable guide. Interesting places to visit. Lots of good food and plenty of wine! What more is there to say! Found the mixture of Moorish, Christian, architecture very beautiful and fascinating to learn about. And the people were so friendly. They certainly know how to live and interact with each other. We should learn from them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I have two wow moments. Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona is one and the Alhambra is another. Both extraordinary architecture."

Carl

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect combination of an amazing Tour Guide and a wonderful group of travelers – all in all a dazzling array of locations and experiences. Barcelona: Viewing the Sagrada Famillia, Gaudi was a genius. Madrid: An evening of Jazz at the City Center Club was an unexpected delight. Segovia: Enhanced by the "suckling pig roast" at Meson de Jose Maria. Granada: Breathtaking dinner with view of the Al hambra. Sevilla : Flamenco Class with Ava, will always be memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three actually. 1) The tour of the Sagrada Famillia – breathtaking in scope and unbelievable lighting effect. 2) View of the Al hambra at sunset from the St. Nicolas Terrance, and a wonderful dinner. 3) A visit to the Triana Quarter of Seville and the Flamenco Dance Class with Ava."

Rob

Edina, MN

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

amanda was amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"barcelona and gaudy"

David

Santee, CA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves'tour. It was everything I was told it would be and more. Our guide Amanda was wonderful. I will definitely go on another Rick Steves' tour and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so so many. It would be hard to pick out one. It was "WOW" every day."

Susan

Garberville, CA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveled with a great group of people and an amazing tour guide, Amanda. It was a great mix of experiences and I loved each one. The dining experiences were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day there was a "wow" moment. Dinner overlooking the Granada, breakfast in a traditional spanish household, priceless works of art, and visiting the Moorish palaces and Gothic cathedrals were incredible experiences."

Elizabeth

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations and because this was our second Rick Steve's tour, we had high expectations. Please not that I rated everything as outstanding so I hope that says it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having never been to Spain before, everything was new to me so I can safely say that there was a daily WOW moment. I really hate to rate my moments but if I must, seeing the Alhambra from the restaurant patio while dining with our group was sublime. The restaurant was superb and the view incredible."

Connie

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was personable and knowledgeable, while also running a "tight ship". I liked Spain more than I thought I would, and I think the Spanish have some things to teach us about quality of life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner on the terrace outside Alhambra, seeing it dramatically lit for night."

Charles

Westford, MA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the trip! Our guide, Amanda Buttinger, gave us loads of historical information that made each place we went come alive. The group dinner locations were fabulous. The hotels just OK. They were located in central locations which was great but often, air conditioning was regulated such that it was way too warm in our room and beds were very, very uncomfortable. As you know, we need a good night's sleep to go through each active day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra and the tour of the bull farm (did not think I would). The brunch we had in local ladies' homes was just wonderful."

Daniel

Garberville, CA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great food, lodging, tours and amazing Amanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Segovia."

Karen

Frederick, MD

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved all the sights. I thought the lodgings were very good. Given enough free time. Just love these tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner across from the Alhambra then going into it the next day."

Elaine

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip and a great group to share it with. Javier is a knowledgeable Spaniard, who made sure we got the most out of every place we visited. The wine and sherry tastings were a nice touch. I did not like the crowds and construction in Madrid, but once we left there it was pleasant to be in smaller cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not know much about Moorish architecture, so seeing it up close was definitely my "wow" moment. I had no idea it was so intricate and colorful. Along with that was eating across the way from the Alhambra and watching it light up as it got darker."

John

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned about the history of Spain while enjoying the current atmosphere, sights, people and food/drink. It was relaxing to know that the tour hit the must-see sights and provided knowledgeable guides for them to supplement the deep knowledge of the RS guide. The tour included a few events which would be difficult to duplicate in a larger group or on our own, such as a visit to a typical Spanish family home and dinner overlooking the Alhambra.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra palace. Unforgettable."

Anne

Owego, NY

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing thanks in large part to well-informed and friendly guides. Javier, our main guide, was very professional and loaded with interesting facts and stories. He was like a border collie keeping all us clueless travelers in line! We enjoyed all our tours and stops. Hotel were comfy. Fun activities with Javier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Sagra Familia, the Don's windmills, views from Arcos, Alhambra at dusk from our dining spot, amazing Moorish architecture, the respect shown to the bulls and cows at the bull farm. We really enjoyed our brunch with Loli and her family in Salinas? I would suggest that a meal with locals would be a grand addition to every tour!"

Karen

Bedford, TX

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a wonderful experience which immersed us into the past and the present culture and history of Spain. The tour had the right balance of structure and free time, and we had the opportunity to talk with Spaniards who were living there. I value the experiences with the local people, listening to their views about life and local politics, which is why I like Rick Steves' tours. There was a lot of walking (uphill), a lot of churches and museums- all highlighting what Spaniards hold dear

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing Grenada and the Alahambra and the influence of the Moors was one of my favorite days on the tour. This culminated in a group dinner overlooking the city and the Alahambra."

William

Bedford, TX

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized. The hotels were charming and comfortable. The hotels were all centrally located which allowed for easy access to available attractions. The tour guide was excellent and well versed in the history of the various regions. He explained the local customs and had great tips on getting around and protecting against the ubiquitous pick-pockets. The food was absolutely fantastic. I was struck by how inexpensive the restaurants were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were very many "wow" moments. I was most wowed by the Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. The painting Guernica by Picasso is very moving when taken in context with other paintings nearby and the history of the Spanish civil war. Another would be the fish market in Jerez. The prices for the freshest fish were so incredible. I also liked the oxtail stew at a local tapas restaurant."

Bryan

Frederick, MD

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour of Spain was our 10th RS tour. We were very pleased with the itinerary, tour guide, local guides, food and wine, special events and the hotels. My favorite part of the tour was the visit to Ronda. The hiking around the gorge was spectacular. Every aspect of the tour was seamlessly planned and [INVALID]d by Javier, our tour guide. We learned so much during this tour and there was a good balance of cities vs. countryside. We have a much better understanding of Spain from our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around Ronda was my "Wow" moment. I was so impressed with the fantastic bridge across the gorge in central Ronda. Hiking to the bottom of the gorge provided wonderful views of Ronda and the surrounding area."

Debora

Roseburg, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra."

Stephen

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot of the highlights of Spain. Having prebooked tickets to sites like the Prado was a major plus. If I had done a solo tour, I wouldn't have experienced so many great locations and experiences. The camaraderie of the group was excellent, we were like family by the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of WOW moments but the best has to be seeing the Alhambra from the outside at sunset, it was fabulous! Honorable mention to Ronda and the home visit with a Spanish family in Salinas."

Patrick

Mankato, MN

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip with well organized tours not only to the museums, churches and historical sites but also the side trips to ranches, olive oil farms, and wineries. Our accomodations were generally good and what we had experienced with our Heart of Italy tour last year. There were a couple of hotels that may need reconsideration where the room was crowded with one person and almost impassable with two. As stated later wifi was an issue in many of these hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This had to be the dinner in Grenada on the hill opposite the Alhambra we were going to tour the next day. Dinner was just after sunset, the Alhambra was very visible across the gorge and beautifully lit. We had gone to the top of the hill and participated in the sunset party ritual before walking a short distance to the restaurant. Our only "miss" was the fact that we were about 15 minutes early for the "call to prayer" at the local mosque."

Raymond

Rocky Mount, VA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert's first night intro set an excellent tone which was maintained for the entire trip. The schedule was thoughtful and everything went smoothly. The other travelers were good company and followed the RS philosophy well. The mix of scheduled events versus free time was well thought out, so many outstanding activities and experiences. Great food and accommodations. I haven't done a tour since 1983, and enjoyed this one greatly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Following the group meal in Barcelona on our second night as we returned to the hotel, we encountered a street festival with dragons/monsters floats that shot fireworks into the crowd. After we all watched for a few minutes, Robert made sure everyone had clear directions back to the hotel, then offered to walk back with anyone who didn't want to stay so the rest of us could stay as long as we wished. The rhythmic music and drums and street dancing combined with the sprays of lights as each group"

Barbara

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Robert's knowledge was awesome and made the tour so much richer. In general, most people were very friendly and inclusive. Due to an accident a few days before the tour, my traveling companion was unable to come, so I had to adjust to being a single in a mostly doubles group. It took a few days to figure out who was open to "company" and who was not. This was a little stressful for me. I enjoyed most of the venues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bull farm was a great surprise to me. I was taken off guard by a gentle, friendly, warm guide and owner who conveyed a great love of the animals, themselves, at the farm and in the country. I was surprised at what a good life they lived and her comment about how feed lot animals live and that only the last 20 min. of the bull's life is hard, really made me think. I am always looking for ways to expand my understanding of people and cultures, and this was a good lesson in being open."

Maureen

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour gave us an overall experience of the flavor of Spain and it's varied cultures from Barcelona to Madrid to Seville. Seeing the production of saffron, learning about the different tastes of Sherry, learning about the bulls and their care as well as the Andalucian horses was amazing. And of course, there are Cathedrals in every city to explore and admire. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and added many small details of both history and the present. He interacted well with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The La Marce Barcelona Festival that was going on in the city when we arrived was stunning. I've never seen anything like it. What fun for everyone."

Mary

Ormond Beach, FL

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was a wonderful guide. Appreciated his knowledge of Spain, its culture and the people. It's obvious that he loves Spain! Local Tour guides were wonderful as well. This is our first Europe experience and it was unbelievable. We saw more than we ever dreamed possible. Enjoyed the large cities but the best were the excursions to offbeat places where we experienced the Spanish culture and people (Bull Farm, Spanish horse farm, Olive oil farm, eating breakfast in a Spanish home etc).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The off the beaten track excursions and small local hotels."

Denise

Murrieta, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IT WAS A VERY REWARDING EXPERIENCE. MET SOME WONDERFUL NEW FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY. OUR GUIDE ROBERT WAS EXCEPTIONAL WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF SPAIN.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY WOW MOMENT HAD TO BE THE THE ANDALUSIAN HORSE AND BULL FARMS."

Joan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour. We enjoyed every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the tours in the countryside more so than the larger cities. My favorite "wow" moment would have to be touring the Alhambra."

David

Landenberg, PA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide made it fun and informative. Our group was friendly and welcoming. The activities, hotels, meals and transportation were all good. There were no glitches, and we were able to focus on learning about and enjoying Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide shared his reflections on his experiences in Spain. We could tell that he loves the country, its people and its history. We've been on tours with other companies but the guides have not always been as open."

Astrid

Toronto, ON

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I felt this was a great trip. William is well versed on Spain and this came across time and time again. I liked the different things we did such as visiting the bull farm and bull fighter as well and the Andulusian horse farm all of which I found very interesting. It was a super contrast to the city tours and a welcome change too. I also enjoyed just sitting in the bus looking out at the countryside seeing endless olive trees. I also loved the accomodation out in the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot say that there was any massive wow moment. I really liked the Prada museum with all its wealth but also lots of other things."

Michael

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was educational, interesting and informative. The sights were wonderful and varied. Our tour guide, William was very knowledgeable about Spain as it is currently and its history. We got to experience and learn about many things that we would have never have done on our own. The transportation from the high speed train to the bus were first class. Our hotels were all very nice and clean. The staff at each hotel was friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"touring the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona."

Manuel

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Emotionally Exhausting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia was amazing. Also, View of The Alhambra at dinner was quite the spectacle."

Larry

Stockton, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fantastic! Everything about the experiences was wonderful. The itinerary, the members of the group, the guide, William. Also, the accommodations and the meals, the "extras", such as olive tasting, food specials, etc. made the entire experience an unforgettable memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. The beauty of the Alhambra, both during the day and evening was tremendous. The architecture, gardens, history, local guides were all fantastic. Also, the Sagrada Familia, the Alcazar in Seville, cathedral of Toledo. The hill towns, etc."

Sarah

Pierson, MI

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was informative, fun and a great experience. I enjoyed everything. The guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra view from the opposite side. Even better from where we dined that night. Great restaurant with outstanding views!"

Tina

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a good tour....unfortunately my husband got sick in Barcelona and that colored the remainder of the tour. William was always helpful and trying to make the best of the situation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Alhambra...both seeing it at dinner the night before we toured and the very excellent tour the following day. I also loved the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona."

Suzan

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide William was wonderful. He was easy to understand, patient funny, informative and knowledgeable. We had a great group, kept on schedule and did some not-in-the-book activities. It was my first experience with RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My birthday dinner in Alhambra was elegant and dreamy. The guide tour of the Macarenia was surprisingly emotional for me. Never forget."

Vickie

Santa Clara, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing 14 days! William was a wonderful guide-so passionate about Spain and life, fun to be with, and an excellent teacher and communicator. The itinerary was well planned, taking us to big cities and small towns, popular tourist sites, and out-of-the-way places, too. The local guides were outstanding. The hotels were comfortable and in good locations, making it easy to explore when we had time. Group meals were delicious and provided a good introduction to Spain's culinary delights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was "WOW" for me. Each day brought wonderful experiences and special moments. But my biggest "wow" moment had to be La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The interior took my breath away. Seeing the Alhambra in Granada at night, then visiting the next day was definitely a highlight. A special memory for me is having breakfast with Encarnacion in her home in Salinas, and trying to communicate though she only speaks Spanish. Drinking Tinto Verano! Flamenco in Sevilla!"

Kathleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I will recommend! Our guide was knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful, attentive to detail, and had a great sense of humor! The hotels were wonderful. The planned meals were well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our dinner in Alhambra was delicious. The moon rose in the sky, stars twinkled and Alhambra was lit in the background."

G. Michael

Milton, PA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Combine a comprehensive, well planned itinerary with a great guide, great weather, and a great group of fellow travelers and you get a great tour! The sites were wide and varied...from fabulous churches and cathedrals, historical art and architecture, beautiful natural scenery, small towns and big cities... And the experiences were likewise diverse. We saw and learned so much of the history and culture of España. Helen did a fabulous job! A wonderful tour experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list them all...Sagrada Familia, Prado, Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Toledo Cathedral, Windmills and La Mancha in Consuegra, Alhambra dinner and tour, brunch with the senoras, bull ring and bull ranch in Ronda, the country hotel, the views from Arcos, La Macarena, Real Alcazar palace...Everything was a "wow"."

Cheryl

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was an excellent tour guide. She shared her knowledge enthusiastically and provided little tips to make the most of our free tme (eg, avoid the lines at the gelateria by going to the back entrance). She kept us well informed about each day's activities. Local guides were also a great resource, particularly the local guides in Segovia, Toledo and Seville. Before the tour, I was concerned about the size of the group but we all bonded well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Basilica of Hope of the Macarena and learning about the Hermanidad of the Macarena. Our guide advised us to notive the devotion of the worshipers. It was palpable!"

Anne

Pleasant Hill, CA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain tour was all I expected...and more! From Barcelona to Sevilla, and all points in between, it was wonderful. Beautiful scenery, magnificent cathedrals, royal palaces, and those fabulous white hill towns and La Mancha countryside...so much to see and enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be The Alhambra. It is such a magnificent place with so much history. Our guide made it come to life, but just taking in the beauty of it all was wonderful. An added treat...the gardens are lovely!"

Victoria

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen, our tour leader, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She took wonderful care of us and was quite fun and funny! I enjoyed her a lot. She was well organized and the tour ran smoothly. The local guides were excellent as well. The tour group was a wonderful bunch,too. Flexible, interesting and enjoyable people! Some were RS veterans and others were new to RS, as we were. Overall, this was a wonderful tour; sorry that Cordoba wasn't included. Its cathedral/mosque is a wonder!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting La Macarena in Sevilla. Also La Familia Sagrada! We were there at noon when the bells rang after which someone sang Ave Maria. That gave me chills!"

Ronald

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the tour, the tour participants, and Helen was a great leader!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Aqueducts in Segovia -- out local guide was excellent, and the aqueducts were fascinating to see and learn about."

Sarah

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have planned all the sights, meals, and experiences better if I had spent a year researching it myself!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I only get to pick one!? OK Wandering around the 'hood in Barcelona and seeing all the locals on the street enjoying the evening and eachother."

Susan

Rockton, IL

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was a good balance between our free time and tour time. This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and we'd rank it close to the top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. Fully enjoyed viewing the Gaudi cathedral and other architectural wonders in Barcelona. In Madrid, the Prado Art Museum was a maze of masterpieces. The Royal Palace and gardens were outstanding. Segovia's Roman aqueduct was a wonder. Had fun getting lost in the village! While in Sevilla, enjoyed viewing the flamenco dancers and guitarists. Visiting the bull ring and interviewing a bull fighter was memorable."

Stephen

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very nice tour of Spain.

Patrick

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third RS tour. I enjoyed the variety of experiences and the other tour members of this group. Susanna was knowledgeable and her command of English was good. Touring Spain was interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the view from the room at Hotel Convento in Arcos de la Frontera."

George

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Satisfied my expectations of seeing attractions with expert guides, and seeing things I would have missed on my own. The tour added more experiences than what I could have accomplished on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada familia was great. Another WOW moment: I had the worst tour tour experience in 28 years of taking tours. In a downpour in Ronda, Susanna made us walk 10-15 minutes through flooded streets, shin-deep in rushing water, and driving rain to the bus station to our bus. Everyone was soaked through. She showed no flexibility in finding an alternative and insisted on a very dangerous action, then showed no remorse and wouldn't even treat us to a hot tea at the hotel."

Jennifer

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the trip very much, just the right amount of free time, and group time. I like surprises organized by the tour guide. I enjoy every locations, and I appreciate the detailed planning and whole orchestration to make the trip memorable, packed and full of experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many wow moments. Having dinner at St Nicolas overlooking Alhambra is my favorite."

John

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The whole Ronda experience the tour went wrong . It is my humble opinion the tour guide made a critical error in judgment in forcing our group to walk through 5 inch rain on cobblestoned sidewalk for 1/2 mile from our rondevu point to the bus terminal. It was an adventure that I so not want to repeat despite me asking her to stop and take cover in a restaurant or nearby shelter. It was incredible the amount of rain that fell in such a short amount of time making no taxis available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. visiting Familia Sangrada 2. viewing the Alhambra at dinner on the patio 3. visiting the family for lunch and purchasing Saffron 4. Carriage ride at the end of the tour 5 visiting on our own Montserat monastery (subway-Train-chair lift ride)"

Melinda

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In my opinion, the tour was well paced, taking me to the highlights of a city while allowing me free time to explore on my own. The logistics were well planned. Thank you, Susanna. Having your Spain Guide along was very helpful. And I must say this was the most congenial group of travelers in eight tours with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed touring the Alhambra. What fun to see it all lit up the night before and then walk through the beautiful Moorish Palace and Gardens. To top it off, we had a thunderous rain storm while there. Didn't stop us touring or having fun. Another impressive site was the aqueduct in Segovia."

Susan

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time on a Rick Steves Tour. Many tour veterans in this group. I loved not having to worry about making arrrangement for travel and hotels and tours. I feel like I had some unique experience (for example, the ranch raising fighting bulls and the matador to talk to us about bullfighting). Right mix of planned time and free time. Javier is great, lovely sense of humor and informative on history, economics and politics of Spain. I'm looking forward to my next trip with you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch in a small village with a resident who spoke little English. We worked it out and I think through a smattering of words, sign language and show and tell, we got a glimpse into his life. Absolutely delightful."

Evelyn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"when they called my name to cut the suckling pig with a plate after which the plate was thrown on the floor & broken as per custom of the restaurant. The suckling pig was soooo good , tasty & tender."

Bonnie

Surrey, BC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves' tour and what a wonderful way to see the best of Spain. A real variety of stops from big cities to small towns and some outstanding views from some pretty unique places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Roman acqueduct in Segovia was really special and the view of the Alhambra from the restaurant in Granada was top notch. All of the places we visited had something special to see and the tours were very well done."

Mary

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is an amazing place! History is brought to life when you see all of the buildings that were constructed from the wealth brought from the Americas. Also, from the sessions Javier gave about the reconquesta. Not enough can be said about the food. I enjoyed every meal. It was interesting to learn about wine and sherry even though I don't enjoy either drink. Spain has a very interesting culture and life style. People seem to enjoy their lifestyle and value their culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There could not be only one. The architecture alone provided wow after wow. The Plaza de Espana ion Barcelona leading up the the Art Museum, the Alhambra in Granada and the Plaza de Espana in Seville are only a few. The new foods I tried were a wow!! Sitting on a bench in a shaded plaza on a hot afternoon listening to a Spanish guitar is something that is hard to beat for enjoyment."

Patricia

Torrance, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall this was a great tour of Spain. I felt the amount of time that was free versus structured was just right. Our guide Javier let us know at our first meeting that if you wanted to opt out of any scheduled event you just needed to let him & your buddy know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra. What more can you say?"

David

Orlando, FL

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Got to see the diversity of Spain. Stayed in locations in the heart of each city we visiting (except in Arcos where we staying in a cozy villa in the country side). Local guides were terrific. Food was wonderful. Our group was very congenial. Javier was the perfect tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting the Alcázar palace in Seville. Because it is kept up for the royal family it was more beautiful than the Alhambra. Plus we were able to see the locations where Dorne in the Game of Thrones was filmed."

Kevin

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome!!!! We loved Spain, the sites, the history, the food, the companionship. The history of Spain is fascinating. It was very helpful that my wife and I read a couple of the recommended books before we came. The Roman aqueduct, the Moorish Alhambra, the Renaissance paintings, and the 17th and 18th century architecture and history...the Franco period...and standing in the very room where Columbus was given permission for his exploration...I could go on and on...Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the horse drawn carriage across Seville, toasting with champagne, and arriving at the magnificent and breathtaking Plaza de Espana!!! The evening continued with a wonderful dinner celebrating an amazing 2 weeks."

Margaret

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband, Kevin Keane and I wrote comments together. Please refer to his evaluation.

Matthew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to spend some time in a land that is so rich in history and culture. While I have been to Spain several times before, each time is good, yet different, and this time was no exception. I felt that this experience helped to provide me with a better understanding and appreciation for the "Spanish Lifestyle". I felt at peace with my surroundings and thankful for the opportunity to engage in such an Adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the "Bulls" up close on the farm and learning more about Bull fighting before stepping into the actual Arena of a Bull Ring. Amazing!"

Leanne

Mendota Heights, MN

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In general the tour was great. Had the Arcos experience been different this would have been an outstanding tour, best RS tour we have been on. See comments about hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra. The Sagraga. Both were better than expected. Barcelona was amazing! Great city from which to launch the tour."

Chaille

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip! Excellent guide, great food, incredible places and wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to list just one."

Al

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'm just very impressed by the broad array of experiences to be had in Spain. Given the amount of time we had, the tour exposed us to a great variety of sights, foods, history, architecture, art, culture, music, religion, life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. And it's difficult to pick just one. Looking up inside the Sagrada Familia Basilica - staring down from the cliffs of Arcos - standing among the white windmills of La Mancha - getting caught up in the emotion of the flamenco - the golden glow of the Alhambra at night - and more!"

Elli

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved seeing so much of Spain and learning about the history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner at LasTomasas across from the Alhambra was amazing. The private tour of the Alhambra was fantastic as well. I loved the surprise stop in Salinas for brunch with a local family."

Lance

Surrey, BC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the agenda, the organized stops, the time to explore on our own and the great companions. We are very happy with the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of them. The invitation to lunch in a residents home was a great surprise. The suckling pig in Segovia. The carriage ride and our final meal together was excellent"

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Flamenco- the dancing, guitar & singing was "duende". 2) Touring the bull ring, breeding farm & learning the art of the bull fight from Robert & other guides was a real eye opener. 3) Alcazar- its beauty & history 4) ALL of the ABOVE!"

Mirna Heidy

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time in Europe and I am glad I made the decision of making this first trip with Rick Steves tour. The very organized and planned routes to all the wonderful cities will be in my heart forever. Loved Spain and hope to be back in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot say which I loved better because they were all splendid! I must add however that sharing time with the small local entrepreneur at the olive groves , the Zafron farmers, and the family who hosted us for breakfast was so special and important to support these hard working families. What a great ideas for tour."

Martha

Canton, OH

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best of Spain tour was a wonderful cultural experience. The pace was challenging but well worth it. We saw the regal beauty of the cities to the eye [INVALID]ping views of the country. The visit to learn about the breeding of bulls, the breakfast in a village home, and the tours of the cathedrals are just a sampling of how varied and informative this tour is. The hotels were all located in the heart of the local culture. I would love an extra day in the Ronda area or Seville.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Flamenco experience in Seville. This event was a chance to experience authentic Spain."

Laurel

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and personable guide. He was able to read his audience, was fair and decisive when needed. The group was respectful and listened attentively which made the experience very pleasant for all. Robert's love for Spain brought additional character to the sites and experiences. He is an accomplished historian and the tidbits from having a lived experience were priceless! A "bug" ran through the group: cheers to Robert and the response of those affected!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! I would rank the breakfast in Salinas with local women in their homes - priceless! So much more than the food!! A second favorite of mine was sunset dinner with the view of Alhambra at night, followed by a lovely stroll back to the hotel through the Moroccan area of town. Third - introduction to the gorgeous animals at Yeguada de la Cartuja! Fourth - Robert's enthusiasm for Seville's Holy Week tradition!"

Orlando

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed our primary guide and the group, seemed well suited. The itinerary was laid out well, enjoyed the sights, historical information as well as the sights and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Interacting with local residence, hearing and understanding their lives and views of life. Wow moment was having breakfast w/Loli in Salinas a very endearing and sweet woman. The Palaces in Madrid, Granada and Seville were amazing. Love the exhibits of Moor, Jewish and Christian representation in the architecture, designs and imagery. The Adalucian horses were beautiful, majestic and awesome."

Maria

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very productive, informative and positive experience for me and my friends

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The awesome castles... hard to pick just 1 "wow" moment. I think seeing the bulls up close, the horses, the milling of olives, the saffron farm... Not to mention the fun sherry tasting event."

Anne

North Oaks, MN

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have been more pleased with this tour. Our guide Helen was always cheerful, energetic, highly informative, fair, generous, funny, professional, and it was obvious that she has a very good relationship with the local guides. The local guides were all outstanding and interesting. The trip was like taking a two week compressed semester of a Cleese class on Spain with no final at the end. We love to learn and get immersed in the history, culture, art, food, and geography of the locales

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening before our Alhambra tour we had dinner on a terrace looking across to it. It was a magical evening and an outstanding dinner. Then the Alhambra! To have a guide take us through the whole grounds and buildings was superb, and this stop on the trip was our favorite"

Lynelle

Woodbridge, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of Wows! As this was our 15th Rick Steves Tour, we would say we are hooked. We always do a tour and also independent travel using all of Rick's books. Already planning next years tour and trip! We had been to a couple towns in Spain on our own including Barcelona. But we knew we wanted to return. So many unexpected wows. Enjoyed our group, which Helen said was one of the easiest and I have to agree it was definitely a low maintenance group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of Wows! I know one of mine was being chosen to be the plate slicer of the suckling pig! That is something I would have never done on my own. Stopping above Toledo for a perfect picture with the town behind us, beautiful. We have been to a lot of places but the Alhambra was a WOW and also the dinner the night before with its view behind us (or in front for some). Also the Flamenco dancing!"

Mary

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely recommend the Best of Spain Tour. I learned so much about the culture and experienced things I never could have done on my own. Our tour guide was very helpful and interesting, making our time in Spain very special. I enjoyed the variety of each locale, beautiful sights and wonderful people. Local guides were outstanding on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was seeing the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. It was an awesome church, and I can't imagine how even more beautiful it will be when finished. Another wow moment was dining in view of the Alhambra palace in Granada, I couldn't believe I was really there."

Nancy

Monroe, NC

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide, food, hotels were the best compared to last two trips. Wine addition to meals a plus.

Eric

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it exceeded our expectations! it was smooth and easy. I was a bit worried that my wife would get a bit overwhelmed after awhile, but she instead was delighted with every day. It had a bit of everything and just the correct balance - worry free connections, time with and apart from the group, group meals and meals on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from the Alhambra, it was how easy and organized it was."

Paula

East Aurora, NY

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was more than expected. Thoughtful hotel placement, meals, transportation, touring and guide. We traveled with lovely fellow travelers - bright, kind and considerate. With all experiences included we thought the price was a great value having been on other tours that nickel and dime for optional experiences and tipping. My favorite thing was just how easy and stress-free the whole trip was. Now if you could only add an airfare package you'd have perfection!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seriously too many to count. Especially loved the impromptu tapas scavenger hunt at a local market for a sherry tasting party later that evening held on the convent hotel's balcony overlooking the most beautiful valley vista at sunset! Tour guide magic!"

Sheri

La Quinta, CA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour, but I doubt it will be my last. Everything was as promised and went above and beyond what I expected. Our guide was wonderful as were the local guides. Tours of sites were just the right amount of time. Transportation was great. Food was very good and in some cases, outstanding. It was educational in a fun way and I learned a lot. The fellow travelers were a good group and we had a lot of laughs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Flamenco singers and dancers were so emotional and powerful and our seats were the best. That, along with our final night dinner with the added surprise of a "parade" starting right under our window were the "wow" moments for me."

Richard

Pilesgrove, NJ

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well organized and went off as planned. The sites we seen were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the white hill towns of Andalusia were the highlight for me. Also the wind mills of La Mancha and the Roman aquaduct in Consuegra were equally impressive. Also, the Alhambra in Granada was outstanding!"

Matteas

Monroe, NC

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food, the art, the history."

Danielle

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Segovia, Spain. The Aqueduct was amazing to see in person, and feasting on suckling pig was a wonderful cultural experience. I enjoyed the flamenco show in Seville, Spain. Another awesome cultural experience involved having brunch with one of the locals in their home."

Bill

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experiences with how bulls are raised and selected for bull fighting; Apalusian Horse breeding farm tour: dinner at night overlooking the lighted Alhambra; brunch with in a real Spanish home-she couldn't speak English and we didn't speak Spanish; lunch of suckling pig and how chefs chop the meat with a dinner plate and then break the dish; good tour companions; great local guides and a great tour director-Helen is so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the above. Some of the meals were quite speciaL. DURING OUR LAST MEAL THERE WAS A VIRGIN MARY PROCESSION WITH A BAND AT 10 PM. IT WAS THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD. WE all got up to watch the procession of a statue we had seen in the Sevilla Cathedral."

Ava

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. Our guide, Helen was fun, energetic, and efficient. We had a wonderful experience seeing the best of Spain. All was so well organized and seamless; the tickets, tours, transportation, hotel check in/out, & meals. The experience exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect balance of time with the group and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in the Convent in Arcos de Frontera. Opening the door to the room and seeing the view from our veranda was spectacular!"

David

North Oaks, MN

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip far exceeded our already high expectations. Helen was a tremendous guide and the itinerary was well-designed. The hotels were located just where we would have wanted them and the activities were well planned and interesting. Helen and our driver Pablo added a great deal of personality and fun to the trip. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to boil it down to one moment, but I would probably pick watching the sunrise from the edge of the cliff in Arcos. Second would probably be dinner with our group overlooking the Alhambra."

Carol

Stockton, CA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love Rick Steve's tours mainly because of the travelers who choose this company. They are always interesting, inquisitive, adventurous, and most important, gracious. The tour guides (both our main guide and the individual city tour guides) are fun, outgoing and just the most pleasant people to spend time with. Since I am a teacher myself, I am kind-of addicted to learning...and I learned a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pinpoint any one "moment", but the overall experience of learning history from a Spanish perspective was fascinating. Honestly, I just learned SO MUCH about the world and culture on this trip. I think the best "moment" was when the tour group arrived at the hotel outside of Ronda and everyone headed for the pool. What perfect timing! We all knew one another fairly well by that point, but the relaxed atmosphere and cool water made that afternoon perfect!"

David

Phila, PA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Robert was WELL prepared and VERY knowledgeable throughout our entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that staying at the country Agriturismo with the outdoor pool was the BEST. It was so unexpected. We should have stayed there for at least two nights. Also the second breakfast at Ms Lola's house was more than I could ask for in really getting a first hand taste of how a native Spaniard lives. The entire trip was really a WOW moment."

Brenda

Garibaldi Highlands, BC

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour but a bit rushed with a few one night stays in hotel. We just finished the Heart of Italy in 9 Days Tour the week before and it seemed much less rushed than this tour. Overall we enjoyed all the stops on the tour and liked that each location was a different type of city/town than the others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I both really enjoyed Madrid. The hotel was very nice and its location near the Puerta Del Sol was perfect...always lots of action in that area. The tour of the bull farm in Arcos and the group dinner overlooking the Alhambra were also highlights for us."

Rod

Garibaldi Highlands, BC

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour but a bit rushed with a few one night stays in hotel. We just finished the Tour of Italy 9-day tour the week before and and it seemed much less rushed than this tour. Overall we enjoyed all the stops on the tour and liked that each location was a different type of city/town than the others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I both really enjoyed Madrid. The hotel was very nice and its location near the Puerta Del Sol was perfect...always lots of action in that area.The tour of the bull farm in Arcos and the group dinner overlooking the Alhambra were also highlights for us."

Robert

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third trip with Rick Steves' tours, and it did not disappoint! From sherry tastings to suckling pig to tapas tapas and more tapas, we never went hungry or suffered from a lack of variety! Cathedrals, Alcazars and incredible views never let us down, and as always, the friends we made on the tour made it all the more special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching our daughter get to cut suckling pig with a plate... and then see her smile as she smashed the plate on the restaurant floor... now that's a memory to "wow" over!"

Jan

Rochester, NY

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed by the way the tour was constructed - time was not wasted but enhanced when traveling from one location to the next. I expected to be impressed by the architecture of Gaudi, the art of Picasso and famous sites in each city. What I didn't expect was to find the side trips slipped in the itinerary about bull and horse breeding, milling olive oil, and sherry production to be so fascinating - they broadened my appreciation and understanding of Spanish culture!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Granada experience was my "wow" moment. Specifically, having our group dinner at Carmen de las Tomases on the hill directly across the from the Alhambra. Viewing this extraordinary site as the light changed its character in daylight, evening to twilight was magical. One couldn't help but play stories in ones mind of all the historical events that took place there! By the way, our dinner was one of the culinary highlights as well!"

Kathy

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was impressed with the tour guide and his knowledge of the history and the areas we explored our Best of Spain tour. I enjoyed the hotels and meals that were provided and all of the sights. I think my overall experience was a very good one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to see the Andalusian horses was very impressive and I am not a horse lover but certainly learned a lot on the history, training and care of these beautiful animals."

Monica

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

exceeded my expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"many: the cathedrals, paintings, hotel locations, activities, restaurants, neighbourhoods El Alcazar, La Alhambra, La Sagrada Familia. Everything had the WOW factor."

Hugh

Duluth, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour for us. It allowed us to do so many different things and all was great. Our tour guide, Augustin, did a great job. He immersed us in the Spanish culture and I really was looking forward to that. He was so helpful and made sure that everyone was having a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the wow moment was the visit to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Truly amazing! I hope I get to see it when it is completed in 2026."

Brittany

Kyle, TX

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance of site-seeing and relaxing. I really enjoyed all of our guides, and the hotels were fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting three different places of worship in Toledo: acsthedral, a synagogue, and a former mosque (on our own)"

Daniel

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra"

Lisa

Hinesburg, VT

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an absolutely fantastic time on my Best of Spain in 14 Days tour! The itinerary, group outings, hotels, and planned meals were all amazing. Our guide Agustin was absolutely fantastic! I had a great time on the tour and could not recommend it highly enough to my friends and family!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its so hard to narrow it down to a single "wow" moment so I'll settle for two. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was spectacular. Words cannot describe the inside of the cathedral with the light shining through the stained glass windows. My second "wow" moment would have to be visiting the Alhambra in Granada. The Islamic architecture was stunning and the use of water and the gardens was beautiful! Of course, there were many more amazing moments throughout the trip!"

Regis

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I had a great experience on this Spain tour Our guide, Agustin Ciriza, was well organized and kept on schedule to visit all the sites on schedule. We visited 8 cities, each with its unique Roman, Moorish and Spanish history that was displayed in its architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Sagrada Familia", Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece church in Barcelona and Picasso's "Guernica" (1937) painting in the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, were the most impressive sites I saw."

Carolann

Redlands, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joining this tour as a last minute decision, I had no expectations except that it would be better than traveling to Philadelphia to visit family. The trip turned out to be outstanding. First of all, Agustin, our guide, could be an ambassador for Spain. His knowledge of Spain's past as well as the present helped to explain the people and their culture, which is a big reason why I travel. In addition, the well planned agenda added to the richness of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest "wow" moment for me was the Roman acqueduct in Segovia. Second place "wow" moment was the Alhambra in Granada."

Lorne

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Rick Steve's tour was outstanding. The organization was super. Really enjoyed the front of the line or back door advantages. I was particularly impressed with the support the tour provided when two tour members have to discontinue due to medical conditions. Hotels [INVALID]ed were good food and restaurants where superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoy food, and my wow moment was that day we had roast suckling pig for lunch. It was a bucket list item for me!"

Michael

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we've travelled quite a bit, this was our first tour- Rick Steves or otherwise. It was a uniformly positive experience. Javier was an outstanding guide- professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The itinerary was a good blend of planned group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment on itinerary: Alhambra palace in Granada. Wow moment from free-time activities: Bullfight in Madrid (I know, I know)."

Susan

Mount Juliet, TN

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and our first tour of any type. We will definitely use Rick Steves' tours again. The time was very well planned out with enough free time to do what we wanted or to rest. Very active tour. The local guides were great at the different cities and sites. I cannot say enough good things about our own tour guide. Javier was the best ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was seeing the windmills of the La Mancha region. After we toured the site, our guide had set up a small table with bread, local cheese, chorizo and wine. We toasted a couple in our group who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. The setting and the good feelings were just amazing that day!"

Patricia

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour Great Guide in Javier, he MADE the tour. Lots of individual, personal touches. Great people on the tour. Loved the combination of scheduled activities and free time. Definitely will look at another Rick Steves' tour, well worth the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one. Many great meals at incredible places. The Familia Sagrada definitely a wow."

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."

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."

Walter

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife, Kathleen Krueger, and I had an excellent experience. Helen kept it lively with her British sense of humor and taught us some new words that will be permanent additions to our vocabulary. When something is less than good, that is dodgy; her father, a bird watcher, she called a twitcher; and last, watch out for Jimmy Deans, i.e., pickpockets. This is the most homogenous of our four group tours, a great bunch of fun, interesting,and caring human beings, not a Trumper in them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's cathedral in Barcelona was the wow architectural moment, but Picasso's Guernica in Reina Sofia was the most meaningful for me. In hind sight I wish we had hired an art professor to help us see it. We were there first in the am and had the room almost to ourselves and had plenty of time to enjoy and study it."

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

Carol

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Helen, was an expert in leading our group in a fun, informative, and without-a-hitch tour. The local guides were a bonus as they all were extremely knowledgeable. We loved the variety of experiences, meals, and destinations. We started as a group of 25 strangers and within days, felt connected as a group due to Helen's sense of humor, caring manner, and activities designed to let us get to know each other. There was a good balance of free time and group activities. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Interior of the Sagra Familia was magical. We are not religious people, so the overwhelming spirituality experienced here filled us with joy."

Neil

Stevenson, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was fantastic. The itinerary was ideal with a good mix of busy and calm days. I enjoyed the evenings at leisure combined with the educational days. The pace content and education were the key pluses. I thought the meals that were included were exceptional and unique. Did not feel like fabricated for tourists. Genuine experience meals. I did not like the way the visit to a local home was unannounced and felt forced with no choice to participate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roast Suckling Pig Alhambra dinner before and next day at Palace"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

Thea

Mahtomedi, MN

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the 5th consecutive RS trip I've taken with my daughter. We have loved every one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, come on, don't make me pick...there were so many."

Susan

Leland, NC

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel companions in the group! We were nervous about our first tour vacation and that it would be geriatric. But everyone was lovely, well-educated and never a moment's complaint. I was disappointed to not get inside the Alhambra, but we hit peak rose season so the gardens were fantastic. I think we would have been on overload to cover all of it (inside & gardens & dinner) in one day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from La Alhambra [INVALID] amazing view and one of my top restaurant meals ever. I also loved the Corpus Christi festival in Sevilla. Our tour guide got us tickets for seats on the parade route, and we felt like we were a part of her family on a Sunday holiday event. We were so lucky to hit this city for the holiday. It was great insight into local culture & religion."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Robin

Spring Branch, TX

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour. The smaller towns were especially enjoyable; less crowded and more interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farmhouse was my favorite part. After Madrid, the beautiful scenery and the peaceful country setting was truly a breath of fresh air. I was reluctant to get back on the bus after just one night there!"

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!"

John

Forest Park, IL

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, as always and as expected. We really enjoyed every city and town that we visited on this tour, particularly with Agustin as our guide. We had a great group of fellow travelers on this tour, which just added to our enjoyment of the tour and the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I suspect it would have been the Alhambra, but we were unable to go there due to issues with the group tour reservations. As usual, there were many wow moments on this tour, but I'd say my favorite was the Alcazar at Sevilla, which was stunning."

Ruth

Kamloops, BC

Tour: 05/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time with Agustin. This is the second Rick Steves' Tour we have taken. The first being "Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days" in 2016. It was a last minute decision to try Spain as a destination and the paperwork was clear and handled without difficulty. Everything was just great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, fascinated by the building and engineering of the Romans, my "wow" came as we turned the corner in Segovia and first saw the aquaduct. I was not alone in being impressed. Everyone on the bus gave out an "ooh" at first sight."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steves tour, Jorge was excellent and had a great rapport with the group. Enjoyed his humor, and insight into history of Spain, and Franco, as well as regional problems with separatists. Our first time in Spain (except for Barcelona, and the Basque tour which we finished just prior to this tour). Loved Spain, would return again to many of these areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The friendliness of the people, the food, and each of the areas visited."

Catherine

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge is a wonderful guide. So much fun, interesting and knowledgeable about so much more than the usual "tour info". We loved everywhere on this tour, but what makes it so special is the cultural experiences as in "one on ones" with the Spanish people Especially our brunch where we met the delightful lady who made us breakfast (we broke into three groups and fortunately each group had someone that spoke a little Spanish, but no worries with lots of sign language we got along nicely).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, besides the usual highlights of Barcelona and Madrid, meeting a real matador, the bull farm, the horse farm, the gorgeous view of the Alhambra from our restaurant in Grenada after sunset, the Flamenco dancing especially the casual one in El Pasaje bar in Arcos de la Frontera area. The beautiful hotel with the magnificent gardens in Ronda, an the amazing food and wines at all the restaurants."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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."

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."

Rich

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 5th Rick Steves tour and another outstanding experience! Jorge made it lively and fun as we experienced many of Spain's greatest hits!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner together in Granada with sunset view of the Alhambra and the snow covered Sierra Nevada as the backdrop."

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!"

Weather

Spain / Barcelona

Barcelona Weather

 


Spain / Madrid

Madrid Weather

 


Spain / Sevilla

Sevilla Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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