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

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Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour

from $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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

Dates & Prices

2018

What's Included

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

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

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

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

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

Day 3: Masterpieces of Madrid

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

Day 4: Madrid and the Royal Palace

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

Day 5: Day Trip to Segovia

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

Day 6: Historic Toledo

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

Day 7: La Mancha and Granada

Today we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," stopping to sniff the saffron and admire a whitewashed windmill or two. Our destination is Granada, where we'll begin with a visit to the ornate tombs of world-changing Ferdinand and Isabel, who reigned over a new age of religious zeal at home and exploration of the "new" Americas. Then we'll head up the Albayzín hill for dinner together and enjoy a sunset view of tomorrow's treat — the Alhambra. Sleep in Granada (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Moorish Treasures of Granada

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

Day 9: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. This afternoon we'll visit the 5,000 seat bullring — and then the rest of the day is yours to explore Ronda's Moorish and Mercadillo Quarters, linked together by the famous gravity-defying stone bridge (towering over the rubble of an earlier one that wasn't). Sleep in or near Ronda (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 10: Spain's Pueblos Blancos

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

Day 11: Sherry and Horses

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

Day 12: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

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

Day 13: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Sevilla's airport is a bus or taxi ride away with easy connections throughout Europe. Alternately there is an AVE train to Madrid to continue your Iberian adventures on your own. Hasta luego!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Spain in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. In Arcos, walk 15 minutes up a steep street to the hotel (while bags are sent by minivan).
  6. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).

Reviews

Judy

Arlington, MA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

St Catharines, ON

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Kent, WA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flamenco performance in Sevilla."

Carolyn

Los Altos Hills, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gary

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 10/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Decatur, IL

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Group dinner in Granada"

Diane

Decatur, IL

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Constance

Detroit, MI

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frank

Detroit, MI

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzan

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fab. Better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carla

Bend, OR

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Glenview, IL

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Phoebe

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 10/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gladys

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Carson City, NV

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Chestertown, MD

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Duane

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanne

Downers Grove, IL

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mahala

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Arthur

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 10/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rae

Merrick, NY

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Wyoming, MN

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra. It is big and impressive."

Carole

Chisago City, MN

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nabil

Loma Linda, CA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Spring, TX

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kenneth

Spring, TX

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Loma Linda, CA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Ruth

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and a terrific guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendell

Chisago City, MN

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Redlands, CA

Tour: 10/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louann

Olympia, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Olympia, WA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lana

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beverly

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gloria

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pat

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelly

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Xavier

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 10/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra in Granada"

Jane

Bellbrook, OH

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Havertown, PA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jim

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gene

Sioux Falls, SD

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Barcalona demonstrations."

Janet

Tuckahoe, NY

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dick

Aptos, CA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ron

Lone Tree, CO

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Carlisle, PA

Tour: 10/07/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Shana

Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tina

San Diego, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marty

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marge

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from the Alhambra was outstanding."

Cassandra

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bobbie

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanne

Vista, CA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, great itinerary

Rick

Everett, WA

Tour: 10/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lea Ann

St George, UT

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Willy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Chandler, AZ

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anna

Endwell, NY

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katrina

Winfield, IL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Winfield, IL

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Howell, MI

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia. Wow!"

James

Endwell, NY

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Del

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anthony

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Wayne, NJ

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Cambridge, MD

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved everyday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Louise

London, ON

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

London, ON

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Helen

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Burleson, TX

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific! Loved it!

Linda

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynn

Belton, TX

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Beth

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Westerville, OH

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rita

Novato, CA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lloyd

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo. I was charmed by this town."

Constance

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jennifer

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Denise

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning Cathedral in Toledo."

Janet

Pitt Meadows, BC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charlene

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cindy

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gail

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marie

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia - especially the tour guide."

Wendy

Langley, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roswynne

Shawnigan Lake, BC

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendy

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Annandale, NJ

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intricate detail in design and architecture."

Jack

Saco, ME

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very comprehensive. Busy all the time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Accommodations outside of Rhonda"

Jan

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Mississauga, ON

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Fred

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Earline

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandy

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sue

Silverton, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada! The Alhambra!"

Helen

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia church and Barcelona. Beautiful places."

Becky

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Simcoe, ON

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia"

Tom

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco dancing!"

Kathy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donna

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ed

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jean

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bridget

West Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Riverside, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patrick

Hammond, IN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judee

Marysville, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Liam

Novato, CA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rollin

Valatie, NY

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carl

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeffrey

Sherman, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Regina

Westerville, OH

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Real Alcazar."

Thomas

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jenni

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Appleton, WI

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Modesto, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and we loved it. The Spain trip, like our previous adventure in Greece, was well paced and covered a variety of locations and subject areas. Our tour leader, Helen, was knowledgable, witty, and well organized. And the other folks on the tour were a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments: Walking into Sagrada Familia and exploring the Alhambra. Both were stunning."

Ross

Ojai, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If the only thing about a 14 day tour you can complain about is the heat, it was an outstanding tour, and that is true in this case. Our tour guide and fixer, Helen, is organized, knowledgeable, personable, friendly, and cheerful. If things went wrong, we didn't know it. Our travelling companions were fun and interesting. The hotels were VERY nice, and extremely well located, and the food and wine (and wine, and wine, and wine) provided by the tour were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't identify a single WOW moment, because there were so many. Sagrada Familia, the "Moorish" influence on culture, language and architecture, the nativity display hidden away in Arcos De La Frontera, the highly entertaining member introductions of travel buddies, and the night time carriage ride around Sevilla to end the tour . . ."

Laurie

Moraga, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Guide, Helen very prepared, friendly, and hard working. Local guides excellent, especially Juanjo in Toledo and Connie (Concepcion) in Sevilla. Great group of people on the tour. High speed train terrific, air conditioned bus excellent with excellent drivers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Alhambra in Granada; Macarena Church in Sevilla; Castle, aquaduct, and town of Segovia: Town of Toledo and old Jewish section: Old Jewish secion of Barcelona including site of original synagogue which we did on our ow: Gaudi Park and buildings which we did on our own: Andalusian horse breeders; Olive oil fam and meal; amazing view and meal in Granada: Columbus home and sherry tasting; Alcazar; windmills; beautiful scenery in Ronda, Pueblo Blanco region, Zahara; small towns"

Debra

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

FANTASTIC! Our group of people (ages 11-67) meshed as well as if we were a family. Helen was fabulous as a tour guide and we had a couple of the best bus drivers one could ask for. Everyone was very respectful of each other. When it came time to say goodbye, it really felt as if we were leaving a family reunion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the trip itself. This is a trip that I've waited 42 years, literally, to go on. Spain is a wonderful place. I would recommend it to anyone."

Jeffrey

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful introduction to Spain, with a good variety of cities, rural areas, tours, food, and experiences. There was a good mix of programmed activities and free time to explore on our own. Helen and the local guides did a great job of providing background and insights. Our group had a good mix of people from different backgrounds and geographical areas, and to a person were all nice people to your with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all so amazing that it would be hard to note any one thing that was special. However, being able to see the Guernica exhibit in Madrid was something I never dreamed I would be able to do; it was so awesome!"

Hennie

Modesto, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything on the tour went very smoothly. Helen did a fabulous job of guiding us along and keeping us well informed. We had lovely accommodations, more elegant in some cases than we expected. The pace of the tour was good. After more strenuous days, we were given some time to ourselves to slow down if we needed to. Helen supplied a lot of ideas for exploring on our own. The local guides were consistently knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wasn't expecting to be so overwhelmed by the sights and sounds in the Basilica of the Macarena in Sevilla. I was moved to tears by the beauty of it all."

Brandi

League City, TX

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain Tour is very well titled. From the bustling cities of Madrid and Barcelona to the picnic in an olive grove to meeting the regal Andalusian horses. Every day of this trip was a new adventure. This was our first overseas tour as a family and we are very happy with our trip. Two weeks might seem like a lot of time to devote to one country, but it was perfect! The wide variety of experiences kept us on our toes and left us eager for the next day's adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having to pick a favorite moment for this trip was hard. It would probably be a tie between the suckling pig dinner and exploring the old windmills. The dinner was fun and relaxing with plenty of good conversation with our tour members, not to mention the delicious food! The windmills were gorgeous and the views of the countryside were memorable."

Patty

Ojai, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a truly great tour. It was our fourth Rick Steves Tour and I think the best one. Helen was very well organized, friendly, and got to know everyone on the tour. Spain is a very interesting country with lots of beautiful cities. We crammed a lot into our two weeks, but we always had down time. We needed the down time because it was SO HOT! If I were to do it again (after I retire) I would take the tour in April or early May.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The second night we stayed at El Convento Hotel in Arcos de la Frontera I was determined to find a "nativity scene" that Helen had mentioned in passing on the first night. After searching to no avail, I finally found it by taking the RS walking tour described in the book. The tour took me in a circle. The nativity scene was absolutely amazing. One of the artists was there to describe it and it turned out to be about 25 yards from the hotel. Going clockwise, not counter-clockwise!"

Lisa

Madison, WI

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience overall! I like to "go, go, go" while my husband likes to "siesta". There were opportunities for both of us to be as active as we wanted to be. Our group members got along together very well. Lots of variety in the experiences we had and places we went. Good to have some unstructured time to explore your own interests, although my favorite times were those with our group. I was glad to have suggestions from our tour guide on things to explore in those unstructured times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing. I loved walking the narrow streets and alleys of Toledo, Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla. Trying to speak my few words of Spanish with local people. Roast suckling pig in Segovia will not be forgotten[INVALID]it was delicious, and the restaurant staff was so proud to serve it to us[INVALID]fun! I really enjoyed being invited into a private Spanish home, being served a meal by the homeowner, and meeting the family. The delicious meal at the olive farm."

Annette

Higgins Lake, MI

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves' tour and it may have been my favorite. Spain is such an interesting country and this tour hit all of the high points I was looking for. Our guide, Helen, was a sweetheart and a terrific leader. It was the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment of the the tour was seeing the interior of the Segrada Familia with it's tree like pillars and amazing stained glass windows. Absolutley breathtaking!"

Roberta

Chicago, IL

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We toured Barcelona, Madrid and the south of Spain.The group size was 24. it was very well organized and executed. Our guide, Helen, was absolutely wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Macarena and Alcazar in Seville, and the Alhambra in Granada. Our tours guides were entertaining and informative in a variety of ways. So the educational and historical part, that interests me quite a bit, was well-covered. I also really enjoyed the afternoon in Santa Maria, which I believe Helen planned for us. The hotel with the swimming pool was amazing. I also loved our dinner with the view of the Alhambra. And cathedrals!"

James

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is impossible to describe our experiences in only 500 characters! Every aspect of our trip was fantastic. Our family has traveled through most of Europe on our own over the years and we thought we'd try an organized tour for a change. We were completely happy with the Rick Steve's tour. Our tour guides were professional, helpful, knowledgeable, and EXCELLENT in every regard (funny too). Javier and Robin (our ride-along unofficial company guide)were a joy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since we had several "wows" per day I will just mention the dinner across from the Alhambra. Fantastic meal, wonderful warm evening, and a gorgeous view!"

Lauren

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed every moment of our tour through Spain. We have done many self-guided tours around Europe in the past, and appreciated the thoughtful planning that made our trip great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group visited an olive oil factory and learned about the farming of olives and the production of olive oil. We were served a "picnic" lunch on the covered patio that was really delicious. I looked around while having lunch, watching my 23 co-travelers, our guides, and hosts talking and laughing while enjoying this wonderful experience surrounded by gorgeous scenery...wow!"

John

Loveland, CO

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour, and realized as we were in the process that we would never have gotten to see half the things we did without the organization of a tour. Javier facilitated that whole process - I'm sure he was exhausted at the end of a week of both entertaining a crazy group and managing the logistics. Plus the local guides made sure that we got the most of the time we spent at each local site.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia. I had seen many pictures of the outside, but was totally blown away by the inside. Great guide help bring the rational behind the architecture alive."

Barbara

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about it except the extreme heat which you cannot control and I do like 90 degree heat! The places we went were fabulous. I learned a lot of history which I loved. I loved all the meals provided by the tour and the hotels were much better than I imagined. Javier was great & I liked the way he made us mix with the rest of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments. The most fun was the carriage ride with campaign thru the streets of Seville. Next was Sagrada Fami1ia - it was beautiful. Then the Prado museum, Alhambra, the town of Jerez and the Flamenco Dancers."

Paul

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After planning this vacation wirh our friends for almost a year we were thrilled when we meet everybody at the Hotel Catalonia Portal de Angel on Saturday. We enjoyed our first Barcelona dinner together at Les Quinze Nits and a short walk down the Ramblas. The only negative was the HOT weather the next 2 weeks with temperatures 95 f to 105 f. Enjoyed on all the wine and port tastings, breads, cheese, olives, olive oil and local snacks. Very disappointed that we did not have more time in Rondo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments was a very tough choice as there were many. I have go with two. Sunset dinner in Granda on Albayzill Hill above Alhambra. The View was fantastic and the dinner was even better. The Carriage ride in Sevilla and our final group dinner with our singers entertaining. The ride would have even better if not 104 f that evening."

Carolyn Hardin

Hamden, CT

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I got a "glimpse" of Spain and its people, history, cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo! Arcos!"

Thomas

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good except for all the stairs & inclines, even though I was warned of them. Some hotel rooms were very tiny but some others were fabulous. Learning about history & culture was superb both of what we saw & what Javier told us. If Javier joins the Class of 2017 Tour Member Reunion on Jan 26 & 27th, 2018, I will give serious thought to seeing everyone in Edmonds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Learning about history & culture from Javier, Adolpho and Prado guide. At Juan Maria tapas bar, Javier, exceptional guide, encouraged me to stand up, not sit with 3 of our group. Great advice, I let go of my fear of talking in Spanish with locals. 2) Sagrada Familia 3) All the great tapas throughout Spain. 4) Alhambra 5) Sevilla-Great Amadeus Hotel & great town."

Charlotte

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved this trip! It was a wonderful way to explore (in depth!) the food, people, and culture of Spain. I liked how we toured during the morning, but still had plenty of time to ourselves during the afternoons/nights. I loved getting to know the other people on our trip- I probably would've gotten tired of my family if it was just us for 3 weeks! I also really loved our tour guide, Augustin. While there were ups and downs, I thought it was a great way to experience Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. I'm not very religious, but the ceilings felt as if you were looking into the eyes of God... the way that the architecture played with shadows and light was incredible."

Margaret

Redwood City, CA

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved it! The activities were well-paced and varied between major historical, art and architectural sights, and lighter, fun cultural events. I felt fully engaged, but never overloaded or bored. Having all of the travel accommodations, museum and site tickets taken care of in advance was so wonderful. The local tour guides were all terrific. The bus was also very large and comfortable with more than enough seats for our group; it was very nice to be able to spread out while we travelled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Toledo Cathedral was amazing - especially the Sacristy full of El Greco paintings! The interior of the Royal Palace in Madrid, with so many of the original furnishings, hand-restored wall paper and clocks, was equally impressive. The Alhambra was mind-boggling."

Donna

Mount Juliet, TN

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was excellent, from hotel accommodations whether in large cities or in the countryside, means of travel whether by bus or train, and dining out as a group was always top notch. We all loved our tour guide Agustin Ciriza who was attentive and considerate to everyone and extremely knowledgeable about history past and present. Every local guide was equally knowledgeable which made our tour a true learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment besides the amazing museums and cathedrals was the evening our group walked up Albayzin hill in Granada for a five star dinner and sunset view of the Alhambra, it was a picture perfect dining experience with friends and a most magnificent view. A perfect evening in every way. I would also have to add the evening in Sevilla where we were treated to an amazing Flamenco performance!"

Maurice

Mount Juliet, TN

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was spectacular - educational, interactive, culturally revealing to understand there was a time when Spain ruled half the world. Loved the descriptions of the architecture, churches, art, and the importance of water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the flamenco dancing - WOW - emotional and artful. I was hoping the lady would give me a dance lesson. My wife and I along with another couple celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary having dinner facing the Alhambra at night along with the entire tour group. This will be a time I will always remember."

James

Folsom, CA

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Augustin was a fabulous tour leader - knowledgeable, patient, and with a great sense of humor. The local guides were outstanding as well. We experienced things we never would have considered had we made this trip on our own. We loved the planned vs. on-your-own time balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Alhambra in Granada were on our bucket lists, but we were surprised at how many other sites we visited took our breath away."

William

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was an amazing experience from the first day to the last. There was a good mix of learning about Spain as a whole, its histories and its various regions, cities and towns. The varied hotels were all an experience and beyond expectations in every case.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wonderful brunch prepared by Loli in Barriada de Salinas. Touring the bull and horse farm (and meeting current bull fighter Rafael Tejada)and the Andalusian horse farm. Touring and learning about the Macarena. Having ice cream in Seville at 10 o'clock at night with a French(him)/Portuguese(her) couple celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, with the conversation taking place mostly in French and English, with a little Spanish."

William

Herndon, VA

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Augustin, was fabulous. Very knowledgeable and social.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting the sagrada Familia. Also dinner overlooking the Alhambra"

Martha

Seneca, SC

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour made our Spain trip one of the best trips we've ever had. The special tours and activities were very enjoyable and educational. The 4 in our family group, which included our 17-year-old grandson and 17- year-old granddaughter, enjoyed meeting local people who shared insight into their lives with us. Also, our whole tour group was quite compatible and we all had fun together. The "buddy system" really works well and certainly kept us on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had several "wow" moments on this trip. Experiencing the Sagrada Familia was one of those moments. But the best "wow" moments for my husband and me were the moments when we saw our grandchildren experiencing "wow" moments. Their interactions with the local people in which the granddaughter learned she could converse at ease in Spanish (with her high school Spanish) was one such moment. Now she wants to study in Spain for at least a semester when she is in college."

Eric

Columbus, GA

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Agustin Ciriza was a teriffic tour guide. The tour was very well organized and Agustin was always pleasant, helpful and full of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the bull farm was my wow moment."

James

Columbia, MD

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding and Helen was a fantastic guide. Just the right mix of guided activities balanced with time on our own. A side benefit was being taught how to travel light ! No checked luggage for a 2 week trip is the way to go ! We feel much more educated on how to travel light .... thanks Rick Steves and crew !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow-moment took place in Grenada at Alambra where we stood in the very room Isabel and Columbus met to discuss the voyage. Wow."

Pearl

Columbia, MD

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best trips my husband and I have had. The weather in Spain was remarkable with only 1-2 hours of rain out of a two week period. I would say that is GREAT odds. It was warm, sunny and beautiful all the other times. Spain is remarkable with such a beautiful and varied culture and history. Food and wine was outstanding. Scenery was amazing, especially the palaces, castles, cathedrals, music and dancing. It was so nice to have time on our own too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that I can't choose, but seeing the Alhambra was amazing to see. Scenery made me want to pinch myself to see if I was really seeing what I was seeing. Loved Granada too and the Moorish Quarter for some great shopping which is always a wow moment for women!"

Mary

Yuba City, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was great. We enjoyed meeting all the other tour members. Helen was outstanding at her job. We would love to go on another tour with her as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night when we went on our horse drawn carriage ride."

Marianne

Morton, IL

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary, guide, and travel companions. Great combination of large and small cities. Enjoyed learning of the past and experiencing today's Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments - view of the Alhambra at night, walking in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, brunch with a local family, and windmills on the way Granada."

Laurence

Lake Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved Spain, overall this was a most enjoyable tour. The trip did an excellent job of building on itself with each site nicely preparing us for things we would see later in the tour. It was also nice that most of the guides knew what we had heard at previous stops and were able to remind us of what we had heard and connect the dots with what we were seeing. Well done!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was my favorite "wow" moment. It was even more spectacular than I had expected. Our guide did a good job of walking us through and explaining Gaudi's vision. Also loved the Alcazar in Seville. The blending of the Moors and the Catholics really came together beautifully there."

Karen

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Great group. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable tour guide. (Helen was awesome!!!!!) Our local guides were also very informative and not at all boring! There was enough downtime for people to explore and do what they wanted to do more of. Nice mix of group meals and meals on your own. I am not a "tour person" as a rule but the trip through Spain was one I would highly recommend. It was wonderful having all the transportation, hotels and tickets handled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, there were a few in Spain! It was such a great mix of historical and cultural locations. I like to think of myself as an amateur photographer, so I was in heaven! From the landscapes, to the food, to the music and the architecture, I was truly bowled over. The bridge in Ronda. The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia. The Cathedrals. But....The Alcazar in Granada.....just breath taking. Thank you Queen Isabella for making sure it was saved."

Anne

Medford, OR

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We travelled throughout Spain. Sights, hotels and food were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking down the streets of Madrid."

Jane

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best experiences with a tour we have ever had. We will definitely be returning Rick Steve's customers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Guadi's Grada Familia church was amazing- I was truly unprepared for the sheer size and many unique representations of architecture and time periods. The history and meaning, and intent with the still yet unfinished project was definitely a wow. I can agree and relate to the desire that it would be a continual growing project in that the church is a growing and relational part of history and is meant to encourage the generations and participation. I think the entire tour provided wow moments."

Michael

Morton, IL

Tour: 05/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. There was enough structured time and enough free time. Helen is an excellent our leader. She adjusted the tour to accomadate a very active group. Great bunch of travelers. Everyone was friendly and courteous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was eating dinner with the lit Alahambra as the backdrop. A spectacular sight. There were other great experiences as well. The meal with the family was enlightening and the food was good too. I enjoyed the contrast of the big and small cities. I also enjoyed taking a dip in the ocean."

Carol

Prince Rupert, BC

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of it. From the large cities to the smaller towns it was a continuous feast of history, food and wine. The guides along the way complemented Robert and increased our knowledge of history during our walks and tours. Visiting a Spanish home, an olive oil farm and saffron shop were wonderful experiences. I was traveling Solo which provided me with the opportunity to shop, have meals or visit a gallery with different members of the tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've seen quite a few church's and cathedrals however when I entered the Seville Cathedral my jaw dropped it was massive. The height and space is mind bending. Small wonder some of the pillars have fallen over time. I'm happy they have restored them to keep it in all its former glory."

Robert

Marietta, OH

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour in every way. Great tour guide (Robert, Thank You!), amazing scenery, excellent learning experiences, very friendly local folks, and a great tour group (new friends). And the food was fantastic. A couple ideas for improving the tour: Maybe one fewer cathedral and/or palace. It seems like on other Rick Steves tours we had more opportunities to visit outdoor scenic spots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one? Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Madrid: Prado Sevilla: Alcazar Palace"

Marijane

South Salem, NY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a perfect combination of the history of Spain, which I admit I was very short on before, the art and architecture that spanned a millennium, and a great appreciation of the lifestyle of Spaniards today. The combination of guided tours and free time made it possible to find the corners of each town that resonated with me. The good company of my guide and group made each day a special event. I was very sorry to have it end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wandering the Jewish quarter in Toledo by myself and noticed a tile in Hebrew every 20 feet or so. It jolted me past Spain's notorious expulsion of the Moors and Jews by clearly saying "We were here." I felt a visceral connection to those people and appreciated the modern Spaniards who put the tiles there."

James

South Salem, NY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip overall was great, particularly once we left behind the crowds in Madrid. While we had been concerned about the Spanish culture of dining very late it did not prove to be a problem. While appreciating the art and architecture of Spain, we also appreciated the thoughtful treatment of bull fighting and the visit to the bull and horse farm, as well as the flamenco performance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to isolate one wow moment. Among candidates were the initial view of the Sagrada Familia (twice - outside and then again inside), and the view of Toledo from across the gorge."

Vicki

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better tour guide. Robert was so knowledgeable and the tour was jammed packed with sights and education. The hotel stay near Ronda was well placed as it afforded us a chance to veg before charging up again. Our group got along so well; the most congenial of any group we've ever been a part of. Local guides did a great job also. This trip has given us a lot of wonderful memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra."

Medge

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So far, and I've done quite a few, this is the BEST tour I have taken!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. I can't put into words the "AWE" I felt when I saw and experienced Divine inspiration captured both inside and outside this magnificent Basilica...all the details...marvelous. I can't get enough. I will return."

Pamala

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first group tour was an incredible experience! Our tour director, Robert Wright, was organized, professional and a wealth of information from history, literature, culture, and customs to the perfect places to visit in our free time. Now we understand why so many people have participated in multiple Rick Steves Tours. Everything occurred on time and the expectations for being punctual were set from the first meeting. We will definitely look forward to another trip in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to choose just one! Our tour guide, Robert, was the most patient man I have ever met. Spain was amazing, but the tour was incredible because of the planning and organization of the guide. Our tour director and local guides were not only knowledgeable, but passionate about the cities, the historical sites, the artwork and the culture that they were representing. Each and every one of the guides wanted us to love their cities as much as they do."

Darrel

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour - well-planned itinerary with some excellent experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were certainly many but I would have to say the Alhambra tour coupled with the group dinner the evening before was tops. In addition, the tour guide in Toledo (Juan) was captivating!"

Julie

Santa Ynez, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous experience and William was exceptional. It was enjoyable and educational at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Granada and the Alhambra"

Lori

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steves tour. My first was to Ireland last year. I love the fusion of culture, history, food and social interaction with locals and other tour members that you offer. As a solo traveler who has toured independently throughout Europe and Asia, I particularly value the opportunity to have independent time to do things that interest me as an individual.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is nothing like being in a town for a festival! The El Rocio pilgrimage was taking place in Sevilla when we were there (as if being in Sevilla were not 'wow' enough!). Concepcion was our local guide, and she brought such an amazing personal perspective to the pilgrimage. She explained not just the fraternity system, but also shared her own response to seeing the procession and how it brings back a flood of childhood memories as a past participant. Personal connections make wow moments."

Christine

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the "Best of Spain" tour. We did A LOT of walking, about 5 miles a day, but we saw so much in 2 weeks that it was worth it. After eight cities, and informative local guides, we have a much better understanding of the history, culture, people, and food of Spain. The days were long, so we cherished the free time when we could take a siesta or be on our own. We really liked the extra stops,like visiting an olive farm, that aren't offered with other companies. Super trip !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, left me awestruck. I gained a whole new apprciation for Gaudi while witnessing his masterpiece. The local guide helped me understand the great undertaking he took on. I wished I had more time to see his other works like the Park Guell or Casa Mila."

Dan

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This our second Rick Steve's tour had us filled with great expectations all of which were met and exceeded. Spain was a significant destination for us and one that allowed us to regain parts of being Spanish that over time we took somewhat for granted. Our guide William was knowledgeable, humorous and had a skill for bringing history and culture to us in unexpected and thoughtful ways. We're excited to think of our next trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have a catalog of 'wow' moments beginning with the Picasso Museum in Barcelona; meeting and befriending Luis at Oleum Viride with his original art work from surrealist Jorge Camacho; and making some lifelong friends among our fellow travelers. Our hotel in Arcos with the balcony and view were 'wow' evenings."

Joseph

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this was an outstanding tour. The length, level of difficulty, Cities visited, weather, etc. were all about perfect. The tour was made even more fascinating by the knowledge and energy of our tour guide William Rosendin. His passion and enthusiasm for Spain certainly rubbed off on each and every one of us. Our group of 24 people was also a plus. We all got along well and got to know one another during the two weeks. We had no one who was a problem in any way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia Church had to be the most impressive sight for me. A close second would be the canyon and bridge in Ronda. An even more impressive general thing was the pristine condition Spain seems to be in compared to other places I have been. Given that it is thousands of years old, it has been well cared for. It appears that conservation is a high priority for Spain."

John

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the places we visited and the intimacy of the experience. The accommodations were nice. Some days they were fantastic, sometimes the bathroom was a bit too small and tight, but the location always made up for that. Travel was easy and we were on a reliable schedule that William maintained effectively. I found myself wishing we had more time in almost every place we went, which is the mark of having a good time for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada was an amazing place to see, and there were fantastic food experiences, for example, José Maria. There was an impromptu visit to learn and taste Sherez at a small bar in a small town that turned into a lovely evening where I felt privileged to see and be a part of how locals live. All these "wow" ed, but my favorite was the Sherez evening."

Dale

Richardson, TX

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THis tour of Spain was very education, good humored and well organized. I appreciated the expertise of our Guide, William and his willingness to assist any one above and beyond his role.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many 'wow; moments: THe property Hotel Molina Del Arco is so astounding and beautiful that I wanted to stay and to savor it for a couple of days. The night time view of the cathedral in Toledo reflecting into the water pool in front of the Cathedral was mystical Certainly our dinner across from the Alhambra was a 5 star sight and experience at Restaurant Las Tomasas in the Abaycin quarter in Granada. Experiencing the Prado and the Gaudi art was such a wonderful memory."

Daniel

Brier, WA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding, I loved the PRADA and the huge Cathedral in Barcelona. The visit to the Andalusian Horse farm and the Bull Fighting farm were also a high point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across the valley from the ALHAMBRA the 7 course meal and as lights came on the castle. Then the next day the extensive tour of the castle incredible!"

Mirtha

Fountain Valley, CA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip. Spain is a beautiful country with a clean environment y a lot of trees, prettier than I could imagine. in particular it was a pleasant experience because in addition to seeing such wonderful places I was able to visit friends and family during our free time on the journey in different cities. I consider this trip was very well organized from the beginning to the end. Our tour guide William was outstanding, he really made our trip easy and pleasurable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to mention only one. The first "Wow" was The Church La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Next "wow" was Picasso's masterpiece GUERNICA in Madrid, and there were many more in every city that we were in; but, my favorite "wow" was the spectacular view of the Tajo Canyon from the stone bridge in Ronda city. Besides,our visit in Ronda coincided with the celebration of the day of the romantics and we were able to appreciate the local people with typical dresses."

Connie

Mcminville, OR

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour. We enjoyed our first trip to Italy so we were really excited to begin our trip to Spain. We initially signed up for a Rick Steve's tour just as an introduction to educate ourselves on the ways to travel in Europe; but enjoyed it so much we signed up with Rick Steve's for another trip. So far we feel so very fortunate to have had wonderful, thoughtful and caring tour guides. They truly make you feel you are family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well we love all the sights and adventures you have with a Rick Steve's tour however my discovery with this 2nd tour is that EVERY TOUR GUIDE MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE FAMILY!!!!. They truly make the experience so pleasant. The guides have a truly unique way of making you not only experience Europe but FEEL EUROPE. They really are the icing on the tour."

Julia

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this tour, Jorge, and our tour-mates. We've used Rick Steves' books for years, and finally took the plunge to try a tour, with NO regrets. We'll do a Steves' tour again, no doubt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm torn between seeing/learning the story of Segrada Familia and touring Oleum Viride and understanding how a small producer like Luis makes quality olive oil, and wastes nothing in the process. A larger tour would not have been able to have that intimate experience with an olive oil producer."

Doug

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was extremely well organized! Jorge did a great job keeping everyone engaged and dealing with any needs anyone on the tour had. I felt that there was a good balance between group activities and free time. I always felt safe and comfortable (especially based on specific warnings from Jorge).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Familia Segrada is truly something to behold. After seeing probably 100's of cathedrals/churches over the years, this one is really over the top. I also enjoyed the tour/tasting of the olive oil farm. It was really neat to see the total picture of farm to store story."

Raeford

Lexington, KY

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fifth trip with Rick StevesEurope and I believe that it was the best thus far. This should not detract from our previous experience which has been phenomenal, but this trip had something different, our tour guide Jorge. I cannot say enough about Jorge. he was well prepared, knowledgeable, funny, and went way beyond to assure that everyone had a good time. Also, he was the best girl and boy scout leader I've seen, giving detailed instruction along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ther were many - The Sagrada Familia, having dinner across from the Alhambra, and the wonderful local guide in Sevilla - Concepcion. Her analysis of the importance of the Holy Week in Sevilla was wonderful."

James

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Tour was quite different from my last one (2011). Was expecting more unstructured time, to discover cities and sites. My previous tours were in 2007 & 2011 and occurred before your "my Way" program. If I do another RS tour again, I will try the My Way option. Current tour probably is intended to appeal to travelers who want less independence. The Tour group were great people and Spain is incredible. RS is still doing a great job on logistics and quaint hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't have one persay, but I was amazed with the La Familia Sagrada and the view from the balcony in the Arco hotel room."

Charlotte

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Spain is an amazing country. We loved it. Our tour guide was a real mother hen. He tried to control every moment and chattered constantly. I like a little more trust in my ability to take care of myself. For example, He would repeat meeting places and times 4-6 times. Fortunately, his love of his country was quiet infectious and compensated for his overzealous directions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I adored the Sagrada Familia. It took my breath away."

Laura

Berea, OH

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Spain and now I wonder why I waited so long. As far as the arrangements, everything seemed to work smoothly and the hotels were charmingly varied (from RS economy to RS luxury).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, I think, the art in Barcelona--how organic it was, how it was not confined to museums, but was--instead--part of the city. Walking in the neighborhoods was great too."

Chris

Victoria, BC

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour experience was very positive and was due, in no small part, to the experience and leadership of our guide Jorge and the fascinating cities and sites included in the itinerary. This tour gave us a good sampling of the history, diversity and cultural depth of this marvellous country and left us wanting more. The exertion level is accurately described - it requires some enthusiasm and stamina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Segrada Familia was a wow moment for sure - hard to beat the awe inspiring grandeur opened up to you when first walking into this magnificent church. Alhambra was also a favourite for us although it might have been better with a more enthusiastic guide (see below)."

Helen

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great time. Great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was magnificent!"

Cathy

Lexington, KY

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain tour was incredible! Much of that was due to Jorge, our fabulous "cultural interpreter. " He truly made it his mission for each of us to have the best trip ever. I enjoyed the entire itinerary, as well as our group. I think that had we done the tour on our own, we would have seen and experienced about half as much as we did. BTW, Jorge arranged for a memorable cava toast for our daughter's 24th birthday!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Love the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona!"

Candi

Princeville, HI

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought your Main Guide, Javier, as well as individual city guides were excellent, especially the woman guide in Seville. The hotels in the first & last city, Barcelona & Seville were quite good but the Hotel Europa was very "bare bones" & the bed extremely hard, & not very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona & Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. Also, The carriage ride on the "farewell dinner" night in Seville. With champagne, no less!"

June

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth tour and it was truly a unique experience. The passion and animated personality of our guide , Xavier set the tone of a trip of a life time. None of our friends had traveled to Spain so our expectations were only based on Rick Steves' videos. As always, the hotels were always in the most central locations in the old town centers so you could walk everywhere and close to public transportation. What made this trip so special were the many surprises that were unexpected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were centered in the seeing the warmth of the Spanish people and their culture. The unexpected breakfast served by three Spanish ladies, in their homes. in a small town, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Their pride and grace preparing the meal and using their best dinner ware and table cloths brought a reality to Spain for me. Their English was little, but their love and hospitality were great! Another wow was seeing the sun set over the Alhambra in Granada."

Kenneth

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Friendly and informative. As before, the local guides were outstanding and added to the learning experience at each city. Others on the tour were friendly and not too demanding. I wish we had more direction in Barcelona. For such a big city we were only there for a short time and did not get to see much. Spent too much time wandering around since it was the first day. Perhaps having a free afternoon was not the best way to use our limited time there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the hotel in Arcos where we did the sherry tasting."

David

Durham, CT

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides and choices of places to visit. Excellent mix between time with group and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hard to say, there were many, but perhaps The Alhambra"

David

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never been to Spain before and did not know what to expect. The country was wonderful with an incredible wealth of historic,cultural architectural and artistic treasures. The food, wine and people were wonderful. My problem is that I can't get decent tapas around our home. The places we visited by and large were large and densely populated cities. Without a skilled guide we would not have learned as much about the country and its heritage, nor appreciated the sights and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed so much, but probably the favorite was the horse drawn carriage ride in Seville to the park and expo site. This was truly special and magnificent. The final dinner was outstanding and left us all on a high note."

Thomas

Princeville, HI

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of the dozen plus tours we've taken in the 18 years since I've retired this is number 3. We are extremely happy we took the tour and the reason 2 tours beat you out was only because we like smaller numbers of participants and the destinations were places that had higher appeal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona and Gaudi."

Nancy

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Our tour members were great travel partners and our guide Javier was outstanding. From Barcelona to Sevilla and all points in between,it was a marvelous experience. From the food to the wine;from the windmills to the white pueblos of Andalusia to the Arab inspired palaces with their tiles and mosaics that were beyond imagination, Spain was a cultural experience like none other I had experienced in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful "wow" moments, but I think the horse drawn carriage ride with champagne through the streets of Sevilla to the Plaza de Espana was an experience I will always remember."

Becky

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great group of travelers. Lots of laughter. Our guide, Javier, was fabulous. Great sense of humor, organized, lots of surprises for the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra Palace in Granada, all aglow at night, was absolutely my "wow" moment. Along with being given the "Rick Steves" room at the hotel in Arcos de la Frontera. We felt pretty cool..."

Thomas

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. Tour was well planned and flawlessly executed. Even the weather was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an architect, seeing the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona had been on my bucket list a very long time. Experiencing the Sagrada Familia was a once in a lifetime experience. On my own, I also toured the Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. They were all outstanding and unforgettable. However, I also really enjoyed our tours of the Andalusian horse farm, the fighting bull ranch, and the olive growing and processing farm."

Meredith

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each of the three Rick Steves tours we have taken has been excellent. The choice of sites, hotels, and tour guides have been outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many different kinds of experiences, it's hard to say. I thought the luncheon with the Spanish ladies in the small village was meaningful; the tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid stood out especially for me because of the four Stradivarius string instruments on display; the hiking up the steep hill to the small town watch tower (with owls, birds of prey, and a mongoose) were all great."

Sheila

Coburg, OR

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't have been more pleased with our tour. The physical demands were at a perfect level for my fitness and abilities. The sights were interesting and the local guides seemed knowledgeable and some were funny and entertaining as well. The achitecture in Spain was amazing and every day we seemed to see new and more wonderful buildings. The gardens we visited were lovely and the food provided in our dinners were delicious. This was truly a trip of a lifetime for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment had to be visiting the sancricty in the Toledo Cathedral. Seeing El Greco's masterpiece up that close and personal, without a guard, camera, or "velvet rope" between the viewer and the artwork was quite an experience. I really enjoyed the group of people we traveled with and must share that traveling with that many people from the west coast of the US was a major "wow" as well. So many like minded people in one place..or several places. Thanks for a grand trip!"

James

Coburg, OR

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the overall experience was very good. I enjoyed it. We were busy. I thought our group size was just right. There were far more unexpected get-togethers, snacks, and special treats than I expected. I especially enjoyed the ratio of free time to group time. Having tickets purchased in advance, getting through lines without much waiting, and transportation to out of the way spots was really appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To me, the biggest wow moment was walking into the Gaudi church, Sagrada Familia. I didn't realize that the ceiling had been completed. The morning light shining through the upper windows on the tree-like pillars was beautiful. The video in the church that showed how the light and color changes as the sun hits different windows was special."

Karen

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain tour was one of the best ever! Helen was fantastic, so fun, thoughtful, kind, energetic, and a great leader for a variety of personalities. We did have a cohesive group that were very inclusive of us single participants. I thought the hotels were pretty special in individual ways, great locations for individual time, and the meals that were provided were super, especially some of the big meals. Helens historical explanations and the great local guides were really super!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, it is hard to pick a favorite. Architecture is a special interest of mine, so I guess the interior of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral was probably it. I spent time later to absorb it all. The exterior was amazing too. The special dinner at the restaurant across from the Alhambra was another amazing experience. I felt so special to be there and enjoy every aspect of the view and the amazing dinner. The Macaraina Church in Seville was an intense intimate experience for me."

Sara

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exactly as advertised - well organized, excellent guides, unique hotels in the best locations. If you want to learn about a country, a Rick Steves tour is the way to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For some odd reason, I will always remember La Mancha and the windmills."

Thomas

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was everything we hoped it would be. Top-notch tour director and the best local guides; good hotels in the best locations; a great itinerary with just the right amount of free time; and the right-sized group. Everything was top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really looking forward to Granada and the Alhambra and was not disappointed, but the Gaudi creations in Barcelona were the "wow" for me - - especially the Sagrada Familia. The size and beauty of this undertaking is breath-taking. In fact, Barcelona in general was a wow, with more to see than even our extra day in town allowed - - the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's La Pedrera apartment house and the Palace Music where we caught a performance of La Traviata were all fantastic."

Thomas

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is was my second Steves' tour. As with my trip to Italy, this was both ambitious and comfortable. Our guide Helen was great. My fellow travelers helped make it a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say, on our first day in Barcelona at the Sagrada Familia Bascillica."

Cindy

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 05/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I came home feeling that I had learned about Spain's history, culture, art, people and food. But the price of all that learning was exhaustion that hit after Madrid. I perked back up after our night outside Ronda but personally needed more independent time/down time. Skip Ronda (a bullring and a gorge aren't enough), Barcelona worked because we came in 2 days early (loved this city which has so much to see), My husband loved the home visit to the village.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner across from the Alhambra. Sagrada de la Familia. Prado. Toledo cathedral (Some of us went to an organ concert at night). Driving south through olive groves."

Emily

Henrico, VA

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour to Sicily last year was so wonderful we were doubtful our second one to Spain could be as good. Happily I can report it was equally as great. Some of the best things about the tour include 1) great guides in all of the places we visited, 2) our overall tour guide Susanna, 3) our fellow tour companions (unlike in many group situations there was not a single annoying person I preferred to avoid), 4) Spain which is a beautiful, friendly, and fascinating country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra has been on my bucket list for years, and that was amazing. However, I think the Sagrada Familia was the single most amazing building. After that we visited all of the other Gaudi designed buildings and the park on our own time. He was a genius."

Ginger

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and we are pleased to say that the caliber of the tour group, the guide and the tour itself, certainly met our expectations! We appreciated the kind and curious people on this trip, many of them experienced RS travelers. Our guide, Susanna, lived in Madrid for many years and was well aware of recent events, as well as the historical past of Spain. And, as usual, the itinerary offered both "Wow" and quiet moments to help us learn more about Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ah, so many! As other tour reviewers have stated, the Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra have to top the list. To me it was striking how "space" was used in both sites to honor the builders' religions. From the soaring forest columns by Gaudi to the intimate gardens and courtyards designed by the Moors, I was amazed at how different people demonstrate their feelings. Quiet "Wows" included having a surprise lunch with our abuela in Salinas and watching the rider train his Andalusian horse."

Jacqueline

Nanaimo, BC

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great way to see Spain! Our tour guide, Susannah, and local guides were excellent. Our group of travellers was very compatible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"so many moments! My absolute favourite was visiting the aqueduct in Segovia."

Thomas

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 7th RSs' tour and they have all been fine experiences. My wife and I had never been to Spain before, and we knew very little about it's history and culture (unlike Italy and France, which we had visited previously). As a result, we learned a great deal at almost every turn. We had multiple "new experiences" on this tour, and that was really delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because basically everything was new to us, we were energized by our experiences daily. If there were "Wow" moments, they probably both occurred on the same day. First, we visited the historic, Andalusian horse farm, and followed that with a visit to the traditional Spanish fair in Jerez."

Barbara

Woodway, WA

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was wonderful. I enjoyed the mix of small towns, such as Ronda and Arcos, and the big cities, such as Barcelona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and the Flamenco performance in Sevilla were my two favorite "wow" moments of the tour."

Gail

Fairview, NC

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and wow were we impressed. Every detail was done well. The other participants were a joy and made the trip extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was probably viewing the Alhambra from restaurant across the hill at sunset."

Wendy

Decatur, GA

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. We saw a nice variety of places in Spain and enjoyed both the cities and the smaller towns. We learned a lot about the history, art, and food of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wendy--touring the Alhambra, magnificent and incredibly beautiful! Allen--seeing the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, never seen anything like it!"

Thomas

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect mix of planned activities and free time to explore on your own or with other tour members. As for my tourmates, a fun and interesting group that were wonderful to travel with. And Susanna and the local guides, were knowledgeable and entertaining, providing great historical and local color to the sights we visited. Definitely, will take another RS tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to pick one. Sagrada Familia and Ballo in Barcelona, the Prado in Mardrid, the Alcazar and Cathedral in Sevilla, the brunch in Lolli's home in Salinas, the view from my room's patio in Arcos de Frontera, too many to choose from."

John

Johnsburg, NY

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second Rick Steves tour and the same excellent time was had. The combination of Art, History, and architecture was great. Each stop was a thrill. Fun group and great guide. We also enjoyed our own get lost time too. Every detail was taken care of for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo was a step back in time. The Roman aqua-duct in Segovia was most interesting. The bigger and bigger Cathedrals The Sagrada Familia. Olive trees and olive oil pressing. Windmills and Safron. The Valley of the fallen. Bullrings and bulls. The breakfast with a real Spanish family in their home. The Alhambra The Andulisian Horse breeding farm."

Craig

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/06/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were newbies to taking a tour, any tour. Rick Steves' lived up to its reputation of wonderful well thought out, well executed and perfectly paced tours. Your many years of experience has dialed in this tour to perfection with your long standing relationships with personable guides, great local insights, exceptional hotels, quality restaurants, unique sites and special events. All the surrounding support with staff and emails before leaving is exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sharing a surprise breakfast prepared by a local woman in her home in Barriada de Salinas. Unexpected, delightful and touching, even when I managed to spill much of a pitcher of milk on her uneven table."

Todd

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a superb balance of history, art, culture, language, and people. I loved seeing buildings pushing 500+ years old on average mixed in with urban growth. I loved seeing the landmarks in a time-efficient manner (no lines) and then having free time to walk around and smell the air, taste the food, and talk with people. I personally loved trying to relearn Spanish at every turn. I loved having the same bus for that portion of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visual WOW moment: Dinner across the revenue from the Alhambra. Spiritual WOW moment: Hearing Concepción explain the emphasis on "Mother" for Mother Mary. Cultural WOW moment: Hearing William talk about the bombing of a small village endorsed by Franco. Emotional WOW moment: Seeing Maria (Arcos hotel) working three shifts and realizing how hard she works while wearing a smile."

Carol

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well planned, including the most beautiful areas and site of Spain. Hotel locations were awesome. Barcelona, we were able to get around easily to see the city and by walking,subway cabs. Fun just getting around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my birthday breakfast in Barcelona, lunch on the AVE to spending the day at the Royal Palace and topping off with a tapas dinner in Madrid Made the trip exciting from the first days."

Cecile

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the effortlessness of the tour [INVALID] I loved not having to worry about finding hotels, how to get train tickets, how to get tickets to the important sights, being able to skip the lines, etc. I appreciated that William or the local tour guides made it a point to show us how to find our way around each city. I appreciated that I could look around in awe while William watched out to make sure that we weren't pick-pocketed. I loved the friendliness of the people that choose Rick Steves tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm having a hard time picking one, but my most memorable wow moment was riding into Madrid and seeing the "Refugees Welcome" banner hanging from a beautiful government building. It was a beautiful and touching statement that contrasts our current climate in the US."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

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

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

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

Packing

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

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