• 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 $4,195 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

2020

    • Apr 20–May 3 (Mo–Su)
    • $4,295 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Spain come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 25 group sightseeing events • Barcelona walking tour • Sagrada Família • Prado Museum • Royal Palace • Madrid walking tour • Segovia day trip • Segovia walking tour • Toledo walking tour • Santo Tomé Chapel (El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz) • Toledo Cathedral • Sinagoga del Tránsito • Consuegra windmills • Granada Royal Chapel • Alhambra palace (when available) • Ronda bullring • Bull farm • Olive oil tasting • Andalusian horse farm • Jerez de la Frontera • Sherry tasting • Sevilla walking tour • Sevilla Cathedral • Sevilla Alcázar • Sevilla carriage ride (weather permitting) • Flamenco performance…and more
  • All group transportation from Barcelona to Sevilla
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

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

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

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

Day 3: Masterpieces of Madrid

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

Day 4: Madrid and the Royal Palace

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

Day 5: Day Trip to Segovia

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

Day 6: Historic Toledo

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

Day 7: La Mancha and Granada

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

Day 8: Moorish Treasures of Granada

We'll spend today learning about Spain's Islamic legacy as we tour the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra (when available) with a local expert. This last and greatest of Europe's Moorish palaces will awe you with its grace and artistry. You'll also have free time to linger longer at the Alhambra and make your own discoveries along the colorful streets and alleyways of Granada's Old Town. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. This afternoon we'll visit the 5,000 seat bullring and have free time to explore Ronda's Moorish and Mercadillo Quarters, linked together by the famous gravity-defying stone bridge (towering over the rubble of an earlier one that wasn't). Then we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel and sleep near Ronda (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 10: Spain's Pueblos Blancos

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

Day 11: Sherry and Horses

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

Day 12: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

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

Day 13: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. In Arcos, walk 15 minutes up a steep street to the hotel (while bags are sent by minivan).
  6. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).
  7. Eat group dinners as late as 9 p.m.

Reviews

Julie

Redding, CA

Tour: 10/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was an incredible life experience. My husband and I have traveled many times o our own, but a Rick Steve's tour gets you so much more. No time is wasted and the stresses of travel are eliminated. I'm sold. Our only dilemma is choosing which one to do next!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada was breathtaking."

Herbert

Salem, VA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. The hotels were fine and well located. The locations were well [INVALID]ed and the tour pacing was good for me. We had an excellent guide, and the local tour guides were very good and knowledgeable. The small group of people we traveled with were a great group of people, and were very congenial and looked out for each other. I don't have any negative aspects of the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the Alhambra and walking around inside that. Another wow moment was seeing the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which was truly an amazing experience."

Patricia

Salem, VA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip with a group of fun travelers. A problem developed with my walking ability and that made some days difficult though.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" was daily when we had a new adventure. We learned something new every day"

Brenda

Corte Madera, CA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was extraordinary in many ways. Our tour leader James was experienced, articulate, caring, creative. His organization was superb; perfect timing getting to see places like the Prado, Alhambra, and Alcazar; each time we hit a site, we were able to go in almost immediately. City guides were excellent, all of them warm, knowledgeable, and passionate about their cities/ towns and pertinent cultures. Accommodations were also excellent; creature comforts galore!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seville was our favorite city because it seemed to combine all the facets of Spain that we grew to love: music, art, food, spectacular sites like the Alcazar, ease of getting around the old city from our hotel. The Macarena and Alcazar tours plus the flamenco performance were especially fascinating! Our last evening was topped by a carriage tour and dinner at Carmen restaurant; we couldn't imagine a better, more memorable ending to our Spain tour."

Cynthia

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour was all I expected and more. The activities were a good blend of planned events and free time. Hotels were mostly local establishments and always located right in town and perfect for exploring on foot. Of course its always nice to get a cab back to the hotel, when you have taken the local guide's advice to "get lost and enjoy the city".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Famillia - it is a fantastical building inside and out. Gaudi must have been an genius time traveler. His designs were so advanced that construction techniques to complete his masterpiece were not even available in his lifetime. But now, with adequate funding, building is progressing rapidlly. I would love to see Sagrada Familia again when it is completed in 2026."

Debra

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The reason I chose this tour was the fast paced trek through Spain. I very much enjoyed the taste of all the cities. I was not impressed with the hotels after we left Barcelona. I know that one of Rick's philosophies is to stay in small boutique hotels at city center...however, there are plenty of 3-4 star hotels in equal numbers in those very same locations. I thought the local guides were very good. Inez was particularly engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona and the Gaudi sites---Sagrada Familia was AMAZING!"

Damon

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A beautiful tour through Spain, learning (and eating!) a great deal about culture, history, animal husbandry (bulls for the ring and Andalusian horses), olive oil making, and Spanish everyday life. A very helpful guide, James, and a very convivial group made the trip a pleasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The country side in the south was exquisite: more olive trees than stars in the sky. Another wow moment: the Cathedral in Toledo, which was opulent and exquisite."

Stephanie

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour achieved my goal, introducing me to Spain, a country I'd never visited before. It was also my first time traveling as a solo on a tour. Our tour group was friendly, welcoming, and helpful - I always felt part of the group. Whenever I needed a bit of help navigating slick stone stairways with no handrails (most of them!), there was always an arm cheerfully offered to help. I especially enjoyed the surprise experiences on the tour (bullring, county inn) I'd never have found on my own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra lit up at night, from a beautiful restaurant on the Albaizin. I note it's on the cover of the 2020 tour book! And a second "wow": Hotel Molino del Arco, the country inn outside Ronda, which felt like an offshoot of the Alhambra."

David

Land O Lakes, FL

Tour: 10/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain in 14 days tour has to be my favorite of my 8 tours. It was a good mix of museums and historical sites along with large and small cities. The speciality guides as always provide extra content whether in a museum or exploring a neighborhood. This gives context to what one has seen. Our guide Robert was a font of information and background which added meaning to what we were seeing and experiencing. What also impressed me was the improvement in food quality at the group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment had to be Alhambra. Having read about it and having Robert give in depth historical prospective and meaning made it a treasured moment."

Rene

Newark, OH

Tour: 10/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the aquaduct and the alhambra"

Susan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had so much fun on this trip. Great group of tour members. Great weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How much I had forgotten about Spain's history from high school history class and the reality of Spain's history not taught in a complete and honest basis."

David

Shohola, PA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the Alhambra tour which I thought was the greatest"

Ricardo

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very special tour for me. I experience the sights and places that my wife had previously visited. I enjoyed the varied regions and landscape. Even though the churches, museums art, music, food and culture were welcoming sites and outstanding I felt Spaniards to be standoffs, wit a superiority complex. Nothing Rick Steves Europe can do about this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra site was so remarkable. So much culture and beauty left by the Arab world in Spain."

Michael

Sisters, OR

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked visiting the grave of Christopher Columbus. The windmills were very cool and the drive through the country seeing miles and miles of olive groves."

Shirley

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rich in varied experiences, we hit the top tourist spots in the major cities and discovered many wonderful people and places that we never knew existed. Long bus rides were broken up by visits to very interesting places such as the olive oil growing and production facility between Ronda and Arcos. I am still smiling about this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite was petting the gentle Andalucian stallions at the breeding farm near Jerez. I have loved horses all my life, and this was a treat beyond my imagining. Plus the bonus of petting "baby horses" in their stable. So friendly and sweet."

James

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. Spain has been on our bucket list for some time now. So glad we were able to finally check it off to some degree. We saw and learned so much but there is so much more still. This was able to occur in spite of having a tour member that did not meet the Rick Steves guidelines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Quite a few but I was blown away by the Sagrada Familia!"

Emily

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I hope it will not be my last. The overall experience was top notch. The group was a great mix of people, and all very nice and welcoming. Our guide, William, was excellent and you could see his delight in sharing his love of Spain with us. I cannot think of any moments throughout the trip that I did not find thoroughly enjoyable and worth the visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one wow moment, but my top three - the beautiful aqueduct in Segovia, the view from my room at El Convento in Arcos de la Frontera, and La Sagrada Familia."

Michael

Covington, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful introduction to Spain! Outstanding tour leader (William), Always displayed a high energy enthusiasm and expert on Spain culture/history. Great hotel locations and tour events. Good balance of scheduled events and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to single out one. I had at least one per city/town visited. Our brunch with local family stands out as a favorite."

George

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William did a terrific job on this tour. Several times I asked him if this was typical of all tours with Rick Steves'. He assured me that it was. His ability to react quickly on his feet and prevent problems was very commendable and I admire his ability to do so. He was always thinking outside and ahead of the box during our tour. This tour provided a taste of Spain that I could have not imagined. I had not been on a tour this large prior to this experience. There were no expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the tour was a WOW experience for me from the execution to the experiences in the cities we visited. All cities and events were well done and greatly appreciated. This was a terrific way to see much of Spain in a very short time, allowing us to see the future potential."

Ralph

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William is a terrific guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the culture and people of Spain is contagious. He is someone who can make jamming onto an overcrowded local bus (because protesters were blocking access to taxi cabs) all part of the fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Palace of Catalan Music was a "wow" for me. I was impressed with what the architect and builders with able to accomplish with materials and techniques available at the time. As with many of the tours, the overall experience shared with fellow travelers is what I enjoy most these days."

Barbara

Englewood, CO

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While the normal experiences of a tour, the food, camaraderie, site visits with art and architecture, etc. were absolutely excellent, on this tour I also experienced something profoundly new. I found myself falling in love with the spirit of the people of Spain! I learned so much of cultural traditions and motivation that spring from that spirit that I have a new appreciation for so much I barely knew or understood -- including the complexity of Catalunya's separatist movement and bullfighting!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was originally a private tour for family and friends with William. I taught him in high school, and for the 35 years since he studied in Granada in college, I said I would never go to the Alhambra until I could go with him. So seeing the Alhambra for the first time over a spectacular dinner, and then visiting the next day, made for a 35 year dream come beautifully true!!"

Bonita

Tigard, OR

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, great hotels, pre-arranged group entrances were much appreciated as the crowds were large waiting for entrance to the most popular sites

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bull farm and olive oil tour and lunch"

Nadine

Covington, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am a little biased, but this is a great tour. It gives a very comprehensive view of Spain and our guide, William, brings it to life with his fantastic explanations of history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments: Visiting the bull farm and learning about how bulls are raised and the beautiful relationship between the bull and the bullfighter. Also the times we were able to speak with local people - like the saffron farmer and his family and the families that invited us into their homes for brunch."

Steven

Tigard, OR

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Personal preference, but would prefer the words "superior" or "excellent" over the word "outstanding" for ratings. Exceeded my expectations, which were admittedly pretty high, considering the tour reputation. Could title it "a Taste of Spain", literally and figuratively. Great advice on/at venues by tour director William added to enjoyment and safety.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"probably meeting the bullfighter."

Catherine

Covington, WA

Tour: 10/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience with a fantastic group of people. I loved the mixture of the grand attractions (cathedrals, etc.) and the smaller intimate experiences such as the home visit. Each day brought a new adventure. The sights, sounds and tastes of Spain will be with me forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't even begin to pick just one."

Eric

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour guide and wonderful experiences Good food and great events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco class and theater."

Carol

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was another great Europe experience with a wonderful guide, Amanda, and a group that got along well and was a cohesive group. It was fun to see Barcelona and Madrid again. I hadn't been to Madrid in over 50 years so I got to see it with adult eyes verses a twenty year old. The cultural experiences were memorable with the brunch in a family home and the small olive processing plant....of course both involved food! The Alhambra was amazing. Sevilla was a favorite!

Kathryn

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time with a wonderful group of people. This was our 10th Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alhambra at night from the fantastic restaurant with an even more fantastic dinner!"

Karen

Waldo, OH

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After many tours with various companies on 7 continents, my 1st Rick Steves tour stood out as unique due to 1 factor-- a positive attitude. Even prolonged illness during the tour did not dampen my spirits or those of my fellow travelers. I think your pre-tour publication of tour "expectations" has tangible effects. For example, personal difficulties, like no luggage until the final day, became reasons to laugh & have fun. A very pleasant, realistic experience for me!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing & hearing my adult son's reactions to La Sagrada Familia was my "wow" moment. Dalí is 1 of his favorites. I got to experience this masterpiece through his expert technical director's eyes. It was a thrill for me."

Dale

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful from beginning?? to end??!!! Amanda was the quintessential host/guide with expert attention to every detail. The collection of fellow travelers made for a lively, fun, friendly group...not a grump among us. Loved, loved, loved the tranquil break in Ronda with our stay at Hotel Molino(sp)...the restored Olive oil mill. Our whole group spent time at the pool decompressing from the big cities...would have enjoyed staying another night. Appreciated the preplanning of activiti

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two... First, our private dinner across from the Alhambra...a totally magical experience for all senses. I felt transported into a dream where everything was perfect--the warm evening, delicious food and wine with new friends, wonderful conversations and, all these, looking out at the Alhambra. Second, the stay in Ronda-- such a peaceful, totally out of the way retreat with delicious meals, stunning grounds, kind staff and luxurious accommodations."

Noreen

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The varied types of locations we visited made this tour great. We saw large cities and small scenic hill towns. We visited great museums and had a lovely brunch at a family home. We went to the bull ring, but also to the farm where the bulls were raised, which gave us a better appreciation for the art/sport of bull fighting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Sagrada Familia."

Eric

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was a great mix of urban cultural exposure, along with agricultural centers and hillside towns. In our tour from Barcelona to Sevilla, we took in as much historical, architectural and artistic splendor as we could mentally handle, presented by incredibly knowledgeable and passionate guides. And the food! Amanda's restaurant and food choices gave us great gustatory adventures into the food culture, which we would likely have missed without her guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've got to list four: the glamorous moonlit dinner across from the Alhambra in Granada, followed by our visit to the Alhambra; the gorge in Ronda; and, of course Goudi's Sagrada Famjlia. And, Hotel Molino del Arco offered a pleasant, relaxing luxury in the gardens and swimming pool. Two more bonus highlights; the gorge down to the waterfall in Ronda, and the street musicians at Plaza Del Sol in Madrid, after 10pm. Amazing cultural transitions at each block!"

Joshua

Waldo, OH

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Wont be doing another Rick Steves tour in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia, but mainly exploring on my own without the group."

James

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was great. no problems with any logistics on the tour. Near the end of the tour, we were exposed to a heavy dose of Legonella in a misting unbrella in Sevilla. I sent you a email and have not received a response. We go quite ill but are now recovering at home in Washington. I am a retired family physician and after researching Legionaires disease feel strongly that you should advise your travelers to avoid any misting tents or umbrellas

Marianne

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was a wonderful trip! So many things to see, so much culture I learned. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Sagrada Familia. I had been warned it was nothing like i had ever seen, but it took my breath away....the most amazing house of worship I have ever seen...."

Nancy

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was great and it was a terrific easy-going group. Spain exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, The Alhambra and The Royal Palace in Sevilla."

Bruce

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect first exposure to Spain. Large cities, small cities, scenic towns and rural areas. A perfect mix. A well thought out itinerary of cathedrals, palaces, walking tours, food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Group dinner the evening of the day we arrived in Granada, walked up and up and up in the Albazyn, rang a buzzer on a wall, and found a glorious patio directly across valley from the Alhambra. Unobstructed view as the sun set and the lights came on. Very special night."

Nathan

Elkmont, AL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I guess every Rick Steves' Tour can't be a home run. This trip was a solid "Double" maybe a "Triple". At times, it felt like the tour was struggling to find places to go. Arcos de la Frontera and Jerez de la Frontera had very limited sights/activities and seemed to be stuck in the trip just to fill time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from my TRIP was seeing the Barcelona Guitar Trio & Dance at the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Also, attending a futol match in Madrid was enjoyable. My favorite "wow" moment from TOUR activities was the evening dinner with a great view of the Alhambra in the evening."

Peggy

Lakeport, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Food, attractions, amenities all top notches. A good variety of activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special meals especially those at Granada with a view of the Alhambra and the baked pig at Segovia."

Edward

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed learning about Spanish history and seeing the influence of the Catholic church on that history. Liked seeing famous places, visiting museums, gaining a better understanding of bull fighting, particularly visiting the "bull farm" and learning about the breeding and selection of bulls. Meals were very good especially since I checked the vegetarian box - always had great alternate meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra and the Alcazar in Sevella were great. The Sagrada Familia and the Cathedral in Sevella were both awesome."

Patrick

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This 14 day tour was a wonderful mix of historical sites and cultural experiences. Our expert guide, Jorge, was amazing in his knowledge of his home country, caring deeply for each of us on the tour and keeping it all meaningful and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sagrada Família. Even though this was our second visit to the basilica, we were even more astonished at the grandeur and majesty of the site."

Terry

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Jorge was an entertaining guide. He had the skills to instruct, share personal histories/points of interest, and treat us each as individuals - noticing our particular preferences and meeting them. A genuine asset to the enterprise. Itinerary ensured we would experience a good portion of the different aspects of Spain, the geographic, cultural and historical significance of each unique region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Simply Jorge and the interesting group that accompanied our tour."

Constance

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Itinerary was terrific, tour director was knowledgeable and great fun, coaches and drivers were first-rate, accommodations were simply wonderful, and the people on the tour were kind and generous. I especially valued the unique experiences--the tour of the olive oil company, the horse and bull ranches, and even the carriage ride through Sevilla.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the dinner looking out at the lighted Alhambra at night. It was magical!"

Ed

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience! A mix of small and large towns. I'd recommend a little less Madrid, and more small towns like Arcos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia blew me away!"

Sherry

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were impressed with the overall organization of the trip. It was our first RS tour and we plan on doing more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra, the bull ranch, and the Andalusian horse farm tours were outstanding."

James

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all the tour stops; I learned something everyday which was a special bonus for me. Our tour guide (Robert Wright) was outstanding and did a wonderful job moving 28 people from location to location. He made it enjoyable!! The guides provided at the museums and other stops were very good and informative. Highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many and I would have to say the "wow" moment was visiting the Alhambra and our dinner the prior night overlooking the lighted Alhambra. The Sagarda Familia tour was also excellent. And I enjoyed our tour of the bull farm and Segovia."

Patricia

Ankeny, IA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed another great tour with Rick Steves' Europe! The design of the tour really provided an opportunity to see the important sites in Spain with a chance to experience non-tourist locales.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alcazar in Seville was my personal favorite. That was a surprise as I expected the Alhambra in Granada to be superior."

Marie

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was truly all-encompassing. Food, flamenco, Andalusian horses, bull farm, cathedrals, museums, olive oil mill, windmills, crowded cities and beautiful, vast rolling hillsides filled with olive trees. The tour was well planned to give one a good sense of Spain and what she is about. I appreciated the small hotels, the family owned restaurants and the chance to talk to the locals and explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, so I'll mention several. Walking into Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. I was awestruck. I didn't think I'd like it because the outside was so strange to me. But after the whole concept was explained, I was incredibly impressed. The other definite "wow" moment was when I opened the double glass doors of my room at El Convento Hotel in Arcos de la Frontera. The hotel is built on a cliffside, so the view beyond the balcony was vast and beautiful. Sunset and sunrise was spectacular."

Dorthy

Defiance, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great historical perspective provided in light of today and wonderful sights to see in Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was so colorful and awesome! Seeing a cathedral being built in our times is quite a feat. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful. We followed up our tour visit with seeing two other Gaudi works--Casa Batlló and Casa Milà."

Michael

Conway, AR

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour. It was exhausting but I have no regrets. The tour leader was very knowledgable and was flexible. He has many behind the scenes issue to resolve which I thought he did seemlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art museums in Madrid."

Kate

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour overall. As always, with RS well organized, and a diverse mix of cultural and educational experiences, great dining, little surprises along the way, and free time. I found Barcelona and Madrid to be overly crowded, and think we have seen the bigger/most important sites (Sagrada Familia, Palace, Prado and Reina Sofia) in less time, so as to have more time to enjoy Toledo and Sevilla. Robert did a superb job as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our group meal overlooking the moonlit Alhambra in Granada was spectacular! As was our lovely little terraced room in Arcos de la Frontera and the restful "estate" in Ronda. And the Sagrada Familia in BArcelona was just beyond amazing."

Jonathan

Archbold, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour included many top attractions along with numerous local flavor sites. The time allowed for touring apart from the group allowed for some additional sites to be visited. The tour group members and guide were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The countryside, mountain, and gorge views from the Puente Nuevo and parks of Ronda."

Steven

Higgins Lake, MI

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Robert Wright was excellent. He handled our group well exposing us to the community spirit of Spain as well as the expected tourist destinations. He also handled unexpected difficulties like a pro, helping group members negotiate personal difficulties. The group was cohesive and cooperative and got along great together. Robert took every opportunity to praise us and encouraged togetherness as well as accommodating group members who wanted more alone time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of great sights but the one that stands out was the Alhambra. It's rich history and absorbing architecture were fascinating. It's position relative to the city and the view from our restaurant the night before our visit were marvelous."

Allan

Ankeny, IA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I didn't have any expectations of Spain so all was new and interesting. The crowds in the cities were almost overwhelming. (We hit Barcelona during Merce Festival.) The smaller towns and countryside are a "must include" part of the tour. The number of pickpockets was a surprise and a bit of a turn off. That just seems to go with touring in large cities, but seemed more prevalent in Spain than other locations we have visited in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two: View from dinner across to the Alhambra in the evening and walking through the Prado. (I am not educated in art or art history, but WOW.)"

Karen

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very impressed with our first RS tour. The organization of transportation, hotels, tours and meals was exceptional. The size of our tour group lent itself to ease of movement and proximity to sites. Plus, the group was very cohesive. We enjoyed everyone. Plus, we learned so much about the history of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One wow moment? Pretty difficult. Sagrada Família perhaps or dinner in Granada seated across from the Alhambra. Champagne in horse drawn carriages must be included."

Patti

Aptos, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! It was all we'd hoped for and more! We didn't see how it could be good as our previous Rick Steves' tour to France, but it was! Javier is a brilliant and fascinating guidel. Early in the trip, my partner got very sick with high fever. Within an hour, Javier had arranged for a doctor to diagnose him in our hotel room and prescribe medication. This kind of medical care never happens anymore in American. Despite this problem, we loved this fabulous Spanish adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The starlit view of the Alhambra from across the canyon at our dinner hillside restaurant was spectacular... but the carriage ride with champagne through the streets of Sevilla was a charming way to conclude our tour. Very exciting to see the flamenco from the front row -- wow! What athletes! What artists!"

Todd

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Javier kept us moving but challenged us also. If we didn't know where an event was on our free time, he made us find it. He was great.

Robert

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well designed itinerary. Good variety of activities; history, culture, and good eating. We had a very good group of travelers, who were all interested in the variety of activities on this tour. This makes touring with a group a pleasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. The windmills of La Mancha were a surprise, they were real and a nice change from art and Cathedrals. The surprise night concert in the plaza around the corner from our hotel in Toledo. And several of the Cathedrals. Oh and the Flamenco performance ."

Mary

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour agenda, organization, and content were superb. The transitions between stops were handled, beautifully---just the right amount of time between scheduled stops and great choices for transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had more than one. First was the dinner across from the beautiful view of the Alhambra. I was also very surprised at how much I liked and learned about Flamenco."

Molly

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring Moorish Spain has been on the top of my travel list. Friends highly recommended your Best of Spain tour and the trip exceeded all of my high expectations. Though I have traveled overseas for work and fun quite a bit, I tell friends that this was one of my best trips ever. Our guide William was outstanding and went beyond to make the trip special. All the local guides were amazing and I really learned so much. The hotels were great and centrally located,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The cities of Granada and Sevilla and the sites and history that they offered were highlights. I also learned that your trips attract wonderfully interesting and experienced fellow travelers. Although my friend and I were the only travelers who had not traveled with your company previously (that speaks volumes about the quality of your tours) we were warmly welcomed and were made to feel a part of the group immediately."

Ken

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the tour as this was a country we had not explored much previously. The Moorish influence recognizable in the architecture, food and vocabulary was very interesting to me. The illness of our scheduled guide right before the start of the tour resulted in some discontinuity the first few days, but with what must have been some heroic efforts by the Edmunds staff along with similar efforts by Nigel and Amanda things went much smoother than it could have been. RS tour members are flexible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clearly, it has to be at the restaurant on the Granada hillside looking across the valley at the Alhambra as daylight turned to dusk then to darkness with the Alhambra impressively sitting on top of the hill well lit up. And, in the other direction, the lights of the city illuminating it as the night unfolded. And the meal was probably the best we had as well!"

Nancy

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've wanted to visit Spain since high school & college Spanish classes. Our experience was unique, since due to unforeseen circumstances, William our excellent guide, wasn't able to join us for the first few days of the trip. Nigel & Amanda gave us an extra special treat of having 3 knowledgeable guides during our tour! In addition, the local guides were fantastic-Mariona, Inez, Rosana, Letithia, Concepcion, Mercedes & the Toledo one whose name I can't remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to pick just one. I loved the Prado, the Andalusian horses, the spectacular cathedrals, the olive farm, brunch in a Spanish home, the Alhambra, Sagrada Familia, Segovia's Roman aqueduct, and the horse-drawn carriage ride in Sevilla."

Mary

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our balcony in Arcos de la Frontera. The room was spartan but sufficient; however, the balcony was magnificent. We did not want to leave. The horse and bull farms and the olive press were a nice balance to all the palaces and cathedrals."

Dennis

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable and informative. Good guides, nice variety of historical and cultural sites and experiences. There were ample opportunities to explore on our own and visit with other tour members. I like being able to stay at hotels near the main attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wouldn't classify any sites or experiences as a "wow" moment, but several activities were very enjoyable or memorable: Sagrada Familia, High-speed train to Madrid, suckling pig dinner at Jose Maria Restaurant, tour of working windmill, sunset dinner in Granada, the Alhambra, the visit to a working olive oil mill and the accompanying lunch, the Alcazar Palace in Sevilla, the carriage ride to dinner in Sevilla, special treats such as churros, wine & cheese, etc."

Jodi

Amityville, NY

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the education and appreciation in all aspects that Spain has to offer.....Art, History, Music, Customs and Vino!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia!"

Marti

Eau Claire, WI

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience on our tour, traveling with another couple and a tour group of 24. The group was very amiable and we all shared a love of travel and a "go with the flow" attitude. Our guide Helen was amazing, made everything go smoothly and had wonderful sense of humor, always kept us laughing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably 2, Sagrada Familia, and our terrace at Arcos de la Frontera, with a gorgeous view on the top of a cliff!"

Beverley

Redmond, OR

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my favorite trip yet. Helen was a fabulous guide and Spain was so welcoming. The daily excursions were wonderful and well guided by the locals. Food was fabulous! Helen made sure my vegan food needs were met and I was always full, Can't wait for our next tour!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food alternatives for the roast suckling pig were wonderful and the tour of the synagogue/cathedral in Toledo. Guide was very good,"

Betti

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Super Guide Helen set the tone of a fun adventure from the get-go. The local guides were outstanding, most especially Inez at the Prada and Royal Palace; her knowledge and enthusiasm was off the charts. Nice mix of big city and smaller town sites. Many things we did we would not have been able to do on our own (i.e. visit the olive oil makers and have a fabulous lunch, have brunch with the locals in Salinas, visit the bull farms, etc. Getting to know the group was great too; very nice folks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but La Sagrada Familia would have to be a high point. All of Gaudi's work was awesome to see throughout Barcelona; not enough time so will try to return for an encore visit."

John

Eau Claire, WI

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a wonderful tour experience that started with the itinerary that had a good mix of enjoyable experiences and time on our own. Our tour guide Helen was fantastic and the local tour guides were knowledgeable, passionate and interesting. To top it off, we had a fun and friendly tour group that made our group experiences that much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to identify a favorite wow moment when there were so many outstanding moments. However our tour of the Alhambra topped them all."

Ellen

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was very warm, approachable and orgqnized. We had a great group of interesting experienced travelers. We were able to get in and see all the things we had hoped would be highlights of the trip. I was surprised that things were still packed; I was thinking that by late Sept the tourist season might be slowing down a bit. Last year we took the Portugal tour and had an outstanding trip. This trip had less opportunity for direct experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was as spectacular a structure with lovely gardens as expected. It is always so impressive to know when these marvels were built and how they have evolved through the centuries in areas with wars, climactic events and political regimes that don't treasure historical architecture"

Albert

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour overall was great. Helen was knowledgeable and fun. Transportation was flawless, comfortable and always on schedule. The sites visited were well chosen and awesome. Hotels were well located,comfortable, sandwell staffed. The provided meals were very good. In all, a lovely and enriching 14 day journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list!"

Michael

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and what a way to start. I taught high school for thirty plus years in the Fine Arts, and I had to be organized, have all the supplies necessary for my project, be enthusiastic, care about all my students, and create a positive learning environment. The "Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour," was all of that and more. We are definitely looking forward to our next Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be very hard to narrow down to a favorite "wow" moment - there were many. I was looking forward to all of the architecture that was scheduled. Those were my favorite "wow" moments. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the "side" trips, the fantastic local guides, and the wonderful group of people that we became very good friends with."

Mark

Eau Claire, WI

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was amazing. Th tour was very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada familia"

Jean

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Agustin, was excellent. He was knowledgeable, intelligent, friendly and had a good sense of humor. The local guides were also superior. We had a warm and friendly group to travel with. I thought the hotels were even better than previous tours I've taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to the Sagrada Familia some years ago, so the stained glass windows were breathtaking. The Alhambra was equally stunning."

Suzanne

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After having gone on several Rick Steves tours, the pace was not a surprise. At this point in my life, I often need to make choices to keep up with the pace of the tour by NOT trying to fill my free time with a lot of activities. I would not change any of the planned stops or activities! Highly recommended!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinner prior to the visiting Alhambra and the tour of Alhambra the next day! Seeing Alhambra at sunset while enjoying a delicious and visually pleasing meal was breath-taking. The sequence of having a sunset view of Alhambra before taking the tour made sense."

Susan

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the tour was great with all the places you would want to go in Spain, cities mixed with countryside, meeting people. Tour was smooth, guide Augustyn was attentive and provided history, commentary on the Spanish way of life. Could have used less rain though!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmm, loved so many moments. Alhambra was majestic. I loved the horse farm, interacting with horses, the bull farm docent was very passionate about educating on bull fighting.We got to meet matador Rafael Tejada! The last night horse carriage ride to the Spanish pavilion then dinner was such fun."

MaryLouise

Seatlle, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was very conscientious: organized,on time, informative Smaller towns were much more quieter more relaxing Barcelona was only great for Família Sagrada. Hotels were great except for the recommended hotel in SalemaCasa Praiamsr Our view was a graffiti covered bus stop! More strategies were needed to meld the group telling each other how many Rick Steves trips we had been on was not a "joining activity " Holger is great at this

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull farm, well explained, offered insights I never thought of"

Donna

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From what we had researched before hand, we thought the tour would be good. However, it wasn't good, it was outstanding. Much more than we expected. Agustin was by far the best guide we have had with any tour group. He took excellent care of the entire group, showing genuine concern for everyone. He also gave several interesting history type talks during the few longer bus rides on the tour. The hotels were on the whole very good, with a few being exceptionally good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in Granada on a beautiful balcony that looked over towards the Alhambra skyline, showing the lit buildings of the Alhambra beautifully. The food and wine were also exceptional!"

Brad

University Place, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Guide was amazing. Plenty of free time and the local tour guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around the city streets."

Phil

Geelong, VIC

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were very happy with all aspects of the tour. Our guide Agus did a fantastic job. He kept us informed and on time in throughout. He was not pushy, but positively encouraged the group to be on time with departure times and meeting points. His general knowledge of Spain gave us a reasonable understanding of the current situation the ordinary person lives with in Spain today. He certainly projected a positive image on behalf of 'Rick Steves'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Al hambra But the overall tour was great - the bull farm where Mr Raphael was doing his training with his team was good, we interrupted him, and he was generous enough to give us some of his time regarding his training regime. Our final dinner with Agus was great, the carriage ride and quality of meal was all good."

Nancy

University Place, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves tour and it fabulous in every way: guide was wonderful, meals were delicious, sites were exciting & the trip was extremely organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia"

Maureen

Florence, AZ

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Agustin was a super guide. He helps us understand Spanish culture and the sights. We had a blast and learned a lot .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Spain was WOW! Loved every minute."

Sheila

East Amherst, NY

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I have to say it was outstanding in every way! The hotels were all in city centers within easy walking distance of attractions and restaurants. The provided meals were over the top, introducing us to local specialties and wines. All the logistics along the way were handled in a very professional manner. And of course our guide Javier provided outstanding leadership, local color, cultural information, and much appreciated happy hours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in Granada with the view of the Alhambra was spectacular, both the food and the view. It was a magical evening at a 5 star restaurant that we would have never experienced on our own. And we thoroughly enjoyed the company of our lively tour group. My personal wow moment was interacting with the horses at the equestrian center near Jerez. As a horse lover and rider, this was a huge thrill and a surprise at how friendly the horses were."

Dan

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made this tour experience outstanding was the daily balance of a structured tour provided by our RST guide along with sufficient "free time" for my wife and I to linger, photograph and explore each attraction and city in depth and at our pace. Executed as advertised, our hotels were all centrally located, so we were able to safely and conveniently return each evening late on our own. Armed with a list of local cuisines to savor and experience, we were able to check them all off.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, I have two favorite "wow" moments: The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the stone bridge over the gorge in Ronda. The Sagrada Familia - awe-inspiring, majestic cathedral that's 135 years in the making. With its 2026 completion date within reach, it's so amazing to see Gaudi's nature integrated architectural hopes, dreams and desires attained in the completed structure. The Moorish Bridge in Ronda - after the strenuous hike down the gorge to the "perfect spot", the view!!!!"

Lynn

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Spain was our third tour and the experience and quality was consistent with my high expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After two weeks of non-stop wow moments, my favorite was being whisked along the streets of Sevilla in a horse-drawn carriage to the 1929 exhibition grounds and then to a wonderful final dinner where all 28 of us sat around a huge table at a restaurant that "does good.""

Joseph

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed virtually everything in the tour. Upon reflection, my main take-away is how much I learned about the history, society, and cultures of Spain. On this tour, I learned more about these aspects of the country I was visiting, than I had on any previous tour. Perhaps this was because Spain was something of an unknown to me, but even my advance study hadn't prepared me. It was a valuable experience and I credit Javier and the other guides for two weeks of "teaching moments."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying the flood of colors on the interior surfaces of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, from sunlight coming through the stained glass."

James

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour group, wonderful guides and itinerary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada familia"

David

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Javier and bus driver Jorge were a great team. Javier is passionate about his country and shared his knowledge and insights on all things Spanish with us every day. He was helpful, informative and knowledgeable. Javier was always smiling and available, if needed, during our free time and he made valuable suggestions on things to do and places to shop or eat. Overall an outstanding tour experience thanks to Javier and Jorge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on this tour -- the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Roman aqueduct in Segovia. Also the Toledo cathedral, the restored windmills in Consuegra, the magnificent Alhambra palace in Granada, the quaint pueblos blancos villages, the fighting bull and Andalusian horse farms, the Gothic cathedral and flamenco dancers in Seville. Finally the horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Seville."

Roy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of stops--historical, cultural, artisan; great guides, great restaurants, great hotels. Overall super experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Roman parts incorporated into Moorish baths in Roda, with midieval city walls nearby, and unspoiled countryside in the background."

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary. All the hotels were amazing and located in interesting parts of the town. Local guides really helped us to get a feel for the various locations. A good mix of guided tours and free time to explore. Also a good mix of group meals and opportunities to find restaurants on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Moorish architecture and gardens in the Alhambra and the Alcazar in Seville."

Heather

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall a good overview of Spain, it's history and culture, but there was not enough time in each place, particularly the big cities (where 3 days should be the minimum). The tour also missed the coast. The pace is frenetic. Early morning starts, combined with 3-4 hour walking tours with inadequate breaks, late lunches and dinners made it quite exhausting. This is a tour for the young and fit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gorge at Ronda"

Renee

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert (guide) was so knowledgeable and passionate about Spain that he immersed us in the country. His personal insights gave more than just facts and exposed us to the culture of Spain. Our band of merry travelers made the exploration that much more fun. What a great combination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing how Spain's history is so connected to the Americas through the mariners sailing out of Sevilla! Gaudi was a surprise. I did not expect to enjoy the whimsical architecture, but learning more about him and seeing his visions come to light in Park Guell and Sagrada Familia changed my mind. Also seeing the Moorish influence in Spain and understanding more about the changes to Christianity and how people still managed to live together."

Randall

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Sagrada Familia 2. Toledo 3. Dinner night before Alhambra Tour with views at night & the meal. 4. Alhambra 5. Arcos de Frontera- views!"

Roger

Spring, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overview of some key areas of Spain. Very professional guide and good local experts during the course of the trip. Hotel and group meals were all very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two favorite experiences included visiting the Alhambra and also visiting the olive farm and olive oil production facility. The Alhambra is amazing but understandably there were seas of tourists. The olive farm is an operating business and I loved the simple but excellent meal and the intimacy of the experience."

Brian

Winnetka, IL

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

jus what we have come to expect from RS . good tours, good pace, some real wow moments

Favorite "WOW" moment

"cliff side dinner over looking alhambra"

Lee

Hollis, NY

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I had a good experience with the tour. The tour guides were very helpful. They gave us all the information they had and everything that we needed for the tour. The hotels were very good and the meals were decent most of the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd say, visiting the Alcazar in Seville was absolutely amazing along with the Alhambra in Granada."

Gregory

Kihei, HI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is chocked full of sights sounds and experiences which Helen expertly assured we saw what we could in the time allotted. The bull farm, Flamenco and tapas galore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco"

Wendy

Kihei, HI

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our third tour with Rick Steves was just as good as expected. Our guide, Helen was full of knowledge and insights about her adopted country, Spain. Her sense of humor was a great asset on the trip. Trip has a good mix of touring and down time. Learning about a country, it's people and cultures through these tours is fantastic, with a local guide in each city. We enjoyed many experiences that we wouldn't have been able to see on our own, Rick Steves hunts them out!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were the dinner before the Alhambra with it lit up at night in the background--Andalucían horse farm and of course the flamenco dancing!! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the flamenco and even went again to another show."

Geoffrey

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Long exhausting journey because of the heat and pace. There were no hiccups thanks to a extremely well organized team, mostly Helen. Well worth it. Seen a lot. Learn a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aqueduct. Sunset view of Alhambra. Touching beautify Spanish horses. Morning strode in the countryside Incredible piglet BBQ in Santa Marie"

Dennis

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love Rick Steves tours! We learned about the history of Spain. All the hotels were great. Very neat and clean with central locations. The food in Spain was delicious. I liked the tapas dining experience. You could try several different dishes at first. If you liked one dish, order another one! Our tour guide, Helen was THE BEST! She provided us information about Spain with interesting stories. She was very helpful to one of our friends on the trip in his time of need!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in Granada on the terrace of the restaurant with fabulous view of the Alhambra."

Timothy

Perth Amboy, NJ

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"28000 bulls are tortured and killed in Spain every year. I was disgusted and appalled that my tour dollar was spent to support this barbaric activity. What next? Bear baiting, cock fights, dog fights, Christians to the lions? There is no defensible argument to support this horrific activity. Stop spending money on bullring tours and bull farm tours. You guys are better than this. This activity put a damper on my enthusiasm for Spain and made me feel ashamed to have support this "sport"."

Patrick

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall good experience. The pace kept us going everyday. I would have liked more options to be presented for the free time. What we came up with was limited. Partly, this seems to just be the way Spain is, compared to Italy, Germany, or UK. Ronda, in particular, was lacking things to do with free time. The use of trains vs. a bus was a plus. In spite of the already lengthy trip, we added the Mezquita on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The realization that Spain is such a young democratic country. The styles of painting that originated in Spain - Hieronymous Bosch, and Goya. The grand scale of both Moorish and Christian buildings: Sagrada Familia church, King's palace (over 2000 rooms). The view of the Alhambra from the restaurant: billowy clouds, rugged mountains, views of the bay/sea. The scale of the Cathedral in Sevilla, and the Mezquita."

Pedro

Kokomo, IN

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife, Peggi, and I enjoyed The Best Of Spain tour thoroughly. Our guide, Helen, was exceptional. She made the whole experience just wonderful. She was so knowledgeable about all the cities & towns we visited. She made us feel very comfortable & happy all the time. The cities all had different aspects we liked. Shopping was exceptional when we had free time. I would maybe spend one less day in Madrid & add that day onto Ronda, we didn't get to see As much of Ronda as we would have liked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cathedrals & Royal Palace were wow moments, one thing that stands out is when the ladies met us at the bus & took us into her home & fed a delicious brunch & a tour of her home. My husband Pedro "Pete" speaks Spanish do conversing with the locals was easy."

Jeanny

San Diego, CA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience that perfectly hit the highlights of Spain's history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset dinner on hilltop overlooking the Alhambra Palace in Granada."

Roberta

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The inside of the Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra, and I really enjoyed Sevilla."

Linda

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met all my expectations. I've visited Madrid and Barcelona in the past so it was so enjoyable and informative to see other parts of the country and learn more about the culture and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments were visiting with local people and businesses the are so essential to the Spanish culture such as the bull farm (meeting the owner and matador), the Andalusian horse farm and the olive farm. I had no idea there was so much that went into raising bulls and selecting those for the bullring."

Loraine

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I was fighting allergies, a possible viral cold and extreme swelling of my feet, ankles and calves due to the salt level of the great food, overall the tour was great. I'd been to some of the locations in the past, but seeing them with our guide and the local guides was far superior to seeing them on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was visiting the Andalusian horse farm. I'd never been around that many horses at one time before. The young ones were so sweet and the moms were friendly, too. Only slightly below that WOW was visiting the matador's farm where we saw horses, bulls, cows and calves all in the same place. I've never been opposed to bull fighting and learning more about how all the animals are raised, trained and treated plus the sport/art itself was fascinating."

Shannon

Amarillo, TX

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. Agustin was one of the best guides anyone could have. He explained things so well and took us to do fun things. I enjoyed the food, the places we went to,and the towns,

Brenda

Abilene, TX

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had done this tour in 2013, and chose it again to bring my nieces. It was great. The hotels in Barcelona and Madrid and Sevilla were better than in 2013. Also, the addition of the bull farm was great. Agustin was a great guide. He was friendly and professional. There were a couple of very difficult people in our group, and he handled the situations very quietly and calmly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't ever argue with the Sageada Familia or the Alhambra. Plus the dinner overlooking the Alhambra was just magical."

David

Roswell, GA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is a fantastic country! we had high expectations and expectations were wildly exceeded. The tour was so well done---easy travel, hotels perfectly located, restaurants were awesome---delicious with perfect wines. The 'side trips' and special RS 'events'(Bull farm--with Matador, Horse farm, wine tastings, horse carriage ride, breakfast in a Spanish home) made the trip that much more special and we connected with local people in ways we would have never done on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In a country full of 'wows' picking one wow moment is not easy but it's a toss up with dinner overlooking the Alhambra Palace in Granada as the sun slowly set (stunning) and the entire town of Sevilla (also stunning)"

Ruby

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was everything I hoped for and more. We took your Best of Italy tour last year, and although Italy may have been more spectacular--Spain was more endearing. The people of Spain seem less resentful of tourists and more willing to engage with them. The tour itself was neither too fast nor too slow; the cultural experiences were interesting and the accommodations were lovely. Highly recommend it to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jogging through Retiro Park in Madrid one afternoon. I imagined myself a local as I ran past picnickers with bottles of wine (for who goes to a public park without wine?), considerate teens on scooters, well-dressed seniors with little dogs, and seemingly endless paths that wound through well manicured gardens."

David

Hoboken, NJ

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was incredible. Javier was a wonderful guide and was able to recommend places/things to eat that would be more off the tourist path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say one of my favorite moments was touring the royal palace in Madrid. The architecture, the artwork, and collections were all just amazing. I just wish the Stradivarius instruments were able to have been on an open display and not encased in glass. Or if there was a chance to see a concert performed at the palace with those knstr7would have been remarkable."

Martin

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Javier Menor was the ultimate tour guide. Professional, humorous, charming, caring, and knowledgeable can only begin to describe Javier. The itinerary was well paced and gave time to see the sights and to explore on or own. I really have no other words to say, except I was really blown away by this trip. I wish I hadn't waited so long to take a Rick Steves tour. If the other tours are as good as this, then sign me up for all of them! The local guides were also top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can only choose one "wow" moment? That is hard, because there were so many. I guess I would say that seeing the flamenco dancing in Jerez, at a small bar/cafe, that was recommended by Javier, was my favorite "wow" moment."

Mary

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fantastic tour - we saw and experienced so much. It was a good balance of city/country, ancient/modern etc. Javier, our guide, was excellent, as were the various local guides. And our group was the best! Such fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three of many: The view from the top of the aquaduct in Segovia, everything Ronda, and the windmills of La Mancha."

Carol

Gold Canyon, AZ

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a phenomenal experience. Everyday was a joyful present being unwrapped. I must say, that this was our 7th tour with Rick Steve's and this particular group of traveling companions was exceptional.....it was a joy traveling together.......we had so much fun. Our guide, Javier, was exceptional.....Spain was magnificent ......and the food was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tilting at the windmills of Don Quixote country was exceptional....and the miles of olive trees. I think the thing I will always remember was our spectacular dinner with a stunning view in Granada. Yes, Wow....."

Donn

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good mixture of people, excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset a Alhambra"

Janice

La Verne, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First our guide Javier Menor was fantastic! He was on time, courteous, friendly, and worked hard to ensure a good time for everyone. He educated the group on all aspects of Spanish culture, life and the additional guides brought in were superb also. We all appreciated the extra goodies he brought for tastings, and his recommendations on where to eat to taste the best food items he was so proud of. There were people who were on their first tour and one who was on her 17th tour. It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but coming out of the subway in Barcelona, turning around and seeing the Sagrada Familia Basilica was jaw dropping, as well as the inside. I also loved visiting the Andalusian horse farm, and the food was so good"

Janet

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that I developed a cough my 3rd day on the tour which I'm still recovering from. Nevertheless I made the best of it enjoying some locations more than others. Really enjoyed Barcelona, especially the time we spent before the tour at Park Guell and La Padrera.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia was my favorite wow moment. Loved everything Gaudi and didn't know much about him prior to the trip. Other highlights included the olive oil farm tour and lunch, bull farm, windmills, Sevilla"

Dottie

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have used your guidebooks to plan trips and had high expectations for this, my first tour. I can say unequivocally that it exceeded all expectations! I believe my great experience happened because of: Javier, our amazing tour guide, all of our expert local tour guides, our friendly, diverse, inclusive group, all of the opportunities to use my Spanish, all we got to see and do, the big and small surprises along the way, our luck with the weather, the awesomeness of Spain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Macarena in Sevilla with Concepcion and Sinegoga del Transito with Adolfo, the moments when each guide made me cry in connection with what they were saying, because they each made themselves vulnerable in the telling of important cultual information."

Sarah

Greenville, SC

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it. I went with my grandma and my sister. We were the youngest in the group but it didn't matter we still had fun and I enjoyed talking to everyone. I liked our guide and how he kept surprising us with different things whether it be food related or taking us somewhere. I enjoyed going to see the horse farm and the bull farm. I like how the tour gave you some time before dinner to do your own thing and relax after a long day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating dinner up on the mountain where we had a view of the al Hombre and we got to watch the sunset."

Norma

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptional - much more than I had anticipated! The group bonded quickly on day one and continued to feel like a family throughout the tour. The tour guide, local guides, food, hotels, "surprises" from the tour guide were all exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many; however, the tour to the bull farm was very enlightening in my understanding of the bull fights. I was in awe of the history of the country and the many cathedrals and palaces. The aqueducts and their preservation were impressive."

Edward

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent Guide leadership, hotel accommodations and food exceeded expectations, and city guides were informative and well prepared.

Raymundo

El Paso, TX

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really liked the Spain Tour. We really enjoyed using the public transportation system instead of just using a bus. The meals provided were delicious. Wine was great. The tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No favorite one but various wow moments. Segovia, Granada, Toledo. Sevilla was especially nice."

Nora

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There were so many wonderful experiences on the Spain tour that were interesting, fun and educational. I like that they were varied from churches, palaces, museums visits to olive, horse and bull farms to sherry tasting and meeting the local people. The variety really made the whole experience magical - especially ending in Sevilla.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the evening dinner overlooking the Alhambra that was lit up so beautifully."

Nancy

Cedar Lake, IN

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a single traveler, I sometimes go into a trip with a bit of apprehension, not knowing anything about the group. I am pleased to say that on the RS Best of Spain tour that I recently went on, everyone, without exception, was wonderful and a lot of fun. The group was small, only 15, which I was told, was unusual, but great for us. The sites we visited, from Roman ruins and aqueducts, art galleries, Churches, Cathedrals and Basilicas to bull rings and olive groves, were a daily history lesson

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most folks would say their "wow" moment was the Sacrada Familia, and I wouldn't disagree, however, that was just one. A few others would be: the Royal Palace in Madrid, Segovia's Roman aqueducts, Toledo's Cathedral (the magnum opus of the Gothic style), the windmills outside the town of Consuegra, Capilla Real (Isabel & Ferdinands tombs), meeting the matador, Rafael Tejada, at his Reserva Tauro, Cathedral of Sevilla (Columbus' tomb) and the Real Alcazar in Sevilla"

Deborah

Westminster, CO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the perfect type of trip for someone like me, who is a widow. I love the history and the chance to explore ancient sites and medieval towns, but with the reassurance that there is someone there for me if I need help. The sense of comfort in the unknown is a testament to the Rick Steves way of traveling. I always felt safe, knew I had a nice place to stay, reliable transportation, but also the freedom to explore on my own, experience the local culture, and look forward to the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it is hard to pick. The hacienda we had to ourselves outside of Ronda was so beautiful, but the hotel in Ronda on the gorge was great too. The dinner overlooking the Alhambra at night was delightful. The Royal Palace, which we had to ourselves on our tour was the most beautiful I have ever seen. The Alhambra, of course, is so special. It seemed every day we though we had experienced the highlight, and the next day there was yet another one."

Daniel

Georgetown, MA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second 'Best of..' tour. Frankly I'm amazed at the amount of history, culture, art and immersive experiences that you've been able to plan for these tours. Certainly countries like France and Spain have a lot to offer but Rick Steve's tours and their guides deserve credit as well. Our guide this time, Roman, was wonderful. It was a pleasure to spend 2 weeks with him. His cultural knowledge and sense of humor made this a memorable trip - definitely in the top 3 trips of my life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments could be highlighted. The tour of the Alhambra would certainly be one, especially after having had dinner the night before with the spectacular nighttime view of the warm floodlit palace."

Donna

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful people in our tour group who were easy to travel with. I enjoyed each of the places we visited and appreciated the "on your own time" in each place to explore areas of interest. It was great to be directed to local restaurants, venues,and sites rather than the tourist areas of some tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was one big WOW, but visiting the smaller towns with family owned businesses and interacting with the people was very special. Barcelona and Madrid had interesting sites and vibes, but the slower pace and viewing the the history and beauty of the country was a highlight for me."

Judy

Arvada, CO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome trip, each day was exceptional. I loved all the expected tourist sites like the Sagrada Familia and the Ahlhambra and the things one doesn't see on any other tour, like the visits to the family homes in Salinas, the olive producer, and the saffron merchant in La Mancha. Jorge always had new things to show us, and new things to taste. He was a wonderful guide and so conscientious about my friends, one vegetarian and one with sulfite allergies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment. I loved the Hotel Molino del Arco outside of Ronda. It was a beautiful vacation within a vacation. None of us wanted to leave."

Heather

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour! Amanda was very organized and knowledgeable about Spain and there were so many small touches that made the tour even more special. Spain was magical! The sights were amazing, the food and wine was fantastic, and the other tour members were fun and kind! What a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada and the Alhambra! What an amazing place!"

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 10th Rick Steves tour, the 2nd to Spain (2005), this exceeded most of our expectations and was a considerable upgrade from our previous experience in this country. The walking tours, the sights selected, the hotels and the meals were all improved over the prior version. Major takeaways: Barcelona a definite hedge over Evola and Lisbon; limiting Segovia to a day trip was fine; and skipping the Valley of the Fallen and the Escorial were also good decisions. (Continued in blocks 15 and 16.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner opposite the Alhambra. The Alhambra itself, the cathedral in Toledo, the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Royal Chapel in Granada, the stay in the countryside outside of Ronda, and the visits to the bull farm and olive orchard were all close seconds."

Laura

Camas, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the Spain tour. Although I would have liked having more time to spend in several of the cities, I felt like I received a good introduction to Spanish culture and history. I visited Spain in 1970, as a 20-year-old student, while Franco was still in power. I was too young to understand much of the history, but I knew I would come back some day. I'm sorry that it took 50 years to do that, but I was happy to see how vibrant and resilient the Spanish culture is. I thank Amanda for that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was my most emphatic "WOW" moment, as I expected it to be. I have wanted to visit it since my childhood, so it was a dream come true. Unexpected "WOW" moments abound, though: the Sagrada Familia, visiting the old Jewish quarter in Toledo after viewing the magnificent cathedral, the great-taking gorges of Ronda, Sevilla's Royal Alcázar."

Stephen

Camas, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda is an excellent guide: she set a positive tone for the tour by inviting everyone to introduce themselves and express their personal goals for the ensuing tour. Then she endeavored to assist everyone in reaching their objectives. One of our tour members was suffering from prostate cancer and Amanda made a point of allowing everyone WC stops frequently at the beginning of every side tour. She was sensitive and compassionate. That is important to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Alhambra and the Alcázar. Recognizing the Moorish influence on Catholic Spain and the residual importance of the "infidels" impressed me. I also loved learning about the Macarena cult and the local guide we had was superb in separating the cultural from the religious. The cult of bullfighting in Ronda, the Sagrada Família in Barcelona and the forest columns of its interior were a big "wow"!"

Robert

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we manage to get to all the expected tour locations, the tour was very effective at getting us to all the places. I really enjoyed being in Spain. the tour was filled with pleasant people. I always enjoyed Rick Steve's tours for that the tour members get along, engage and have fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"meeting the matador on his Bull ranch and also going to see the allusion horses. I also loved the horse carriage ride in Seville that was just wonderful. you hit that one out of the park!"

Cathy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another interesting and educational tour with a wonderful guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say that walking into the Sagrada Familia was definitely a stand-out moment. The atmosphere in there took my breath away, and I could feel the presence of God. Considering that I wasn't crazy about the outside architecture, the inside was a total surprise. That was probably my favorite "wow" moment."

Rita

Fontana, WI

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really felt the tour gave us an authentic "taste" of this fabulous country. We got urban and historical perspective as well as rural and family perspective of Spain ????. Amanda really insured we received optimal experiences and a warm fellowship among our group. The guides were excellent at all our locations. Plenty of free time allowed us to explore on our own after we had seen the "must sees" in each location. We especially appreciated the stay in Ronda. It was a great way to decompress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the Sagrada Família was mind boggling. We will never forget it. Ray loved being in the room in the Alahambra that Christopher Columbus pitched his plan to Isabella to sail to the New World. Also, the Flamengo dance and singing was absolutely amazing and seemed to gel in our mind the many facets of the Spanish culture."

Alice

Snyder, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful way to spend 14 days in Spain!! Amanda was a great tour guide as were each and everyone of the city and site guides that we had along the way. Our hotels were great...especially the Amadeus in Seville and the Hotel Molino del Arco near Ronda. Such great treats!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments, it is very difficult to pick a favorite. I loved La Alhambra. The architecture and gardens were spectacular. I enjoyed Granada, Segovia and Seville the most, and I hope to make a return visit some day. Segovia especially was packed with wonderful surprises--the cathedral, the lovely baking nuns, the storks, the castle, the aqueduct and the great lunch at Meson de Jose Maria."

Robert

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

NOTE: RESPONSES REFLECT VIEWS OF BOTH ROBERT AND JUDY HEINRICHS. - Very well organized. - Great hotels - Outstanding guides. - Quality restaurants. - Good pacing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three "Wow" moments for us: -Tour of Sangarda Familia. -Dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Alhambra. - "Break Day" at Hotel Molino del Arco - spectacular rural hotel outside of Ronda"

Cheryl

Fresno, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional experience. Our guide, Amanda, did an awesome job in coordinating our 2 week trip through Spain; providing info on the local culture, politics, history, architecture, art, religion, etc. Amanda was more than fair in her room assignments & supported all health needs or informational requests from the group. Every one of our "special expert guides" knew their material and made various cities, cathedral, monuments, and the local history & current culture come alive. Food was awesome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sangrada Familia, historic Toledo, eating breakfast with the local ladies near Rhonda, man of LaMoncia, Sevilla... all extraordinary & memorable!! I also enjoyed the olive oil production plant - great local effort & product!!"

Sylvia

Ankeny, IA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Exceeds expectations. I especially liked Helen, our guide. She went out of her way to make sure our trip was comfortable and fun. The excursions were educational and fun. The dinners were wonderful. We had a fun, adventuresome group that made our trip so nice. Loved those people! Spain is glorious and beautiful. The hotels, my gosh, were stunning, especially Ronda. Clearly, Rick Steves is the "go to" travel group. I loved the bus driver. We all enjoyed Isreal.sic?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the breakfast with our host in Ronda. The cathedrals were stunning. I did get tired, but they were worth it. I liked the Flamenco dancers. I did change my mind somewhat about the bull farm. I realize this is part of the culture of Spain. I still would never go to a bull fight and think they are barbaric, but try to keep an open mind about the "sport". I also liked the Morocco shopping district."

Margaret

Cambria, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best Rick Steves' tour I've taken (#4). It was the perfect blend of big cities and small towns - structured time and free time - planned sightseeing (museums) and spontaneous joy (paseo strollers and Sardana dancers). The city hotels were centrally located - easy to catch the metro or walk - had great breakfasts - and helpful, kind staffs. The hotel in the countryside outside Ronda was a lovely and welcome break (and so nice, I might come back on my own sometime).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Madrid, I took a break from the Royal Palace tour and found myself walking beside a protest march. It was the first day of parliament and two elected representatives had been jailed for their activities related to Catalan independence. The large group was protesting their incarceration - media was everywhere - politicians being interviewed, noise. Past all this, at the end of the street, a small group of older (my age) folks were gathered and began singing a song of peace and unity."

Renee

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Spain in 3 words - ham, bulls, Catholics. I had expected a very depressed country, due to being under Franco rule for so many years. Not so. Spain was modern, classy, vibrant, energy efficient, clean, and respectful. I was disappointed to find out how popular bull fighting is and to see it is so accepted. Barcelona is the only place where it is outlawed. The trip to the bull farm was incredibly depressing. We were on our way to the next hotel and could not skip the farm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the night that I simply wandered around Granada by myself and heard some Leonard Cohen music coming out of a shop. I went in and stood and chatted with the shop owner. He said he was a Moroccan and was very proud of it. I wish we could have taken the ferry to Morocco as we were so close and you could so feel the Moroccan influence the further south we went in Spain."

Zita

La Mirada, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain tour was truly amazing and enjoyed it immensely - it had the right mix of experiencing the big cities and the hillside towns with whitewashed homes. The balance of group activities and the free time to explore on your own was also a big plus of the tour. Every one in the group was fun to travel with and Helen did an outstanding job leading the group and a great teacher of Spanish art and history. Also enjoyed her sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of several "wow" moments, but those that stood out were the Alhambra visit, the Sagrada Familia and the cathedrals in Toledo and Seville. We had the opportunity to attend Mass at the Seville cathedral and the fact that it was a "special" mass being the feast day of St. Ferdinand, their patron saint, made it more memorable."

Phyllis

Olympia, WA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. I was traveling with my sister and it was a good time for us to catch up and bond! The tour itself was wonderful. Beautiful scenery, interesting history and unique (WOW) experiences I've come to learn are typical of RS tours. I'm a satisfied customer and I hope to book another tour next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner at the restaurant below the Alhambra. The meal was fantastic, the scenery breathtaking and the camaraderie and ambience was wonderful! I felt so blessed and grateful to be there!"

Ramon

La Mirada, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been to Spain before, but never experienced it like this, exciting, informative, and fun. The itinerary was an excellent mix of large metropolitan cities and small rural towns, from major museums and grand cathedrals to small town produce markets and olive oil farms, from elegant dinner with a view of the Alhambra to very simple breakfast at Encarnacion's kitchen in a small town in Andalusia. I immersed myself in Spain's history, traditions, and cultures. Thumbs up to Helen, our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the Sagrada Familia Basilica with local guide and afterwards attending Sunday mass at the crypt with local folks and tourists alike. Also, tour of the Alhambra in Granada and the Cathedral in Seville."

Sandra

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we had a great time in Spain. we enjoyed especially the trips to see how the olive oil was made and the fighting Bulls were raised. We learned a lot about the History and the culture of Spain from Robert. On our free time we walked quite a bit and enjoyed interacting the Spanish people to us were friendly and gracious. One of the things we liked the most was the Flamingo Dancing. We both thought Robert and Hailee did an outstanding job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Flamingo Dancing"

John

Happy Valley, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me this was a tour of a life time. I have never been to Spain before. I was fortunate enough to arrive in Barcelona four days before the tour started, using Rick Steve's Barcelona guidebook. I was able to see many of the sights before the tour. From the very first I knew Robert (our guide) was special and the participants were going to be great companions. While most of the trip was central and southern Spain, it's okay because now I am excited about returning to nothern Spain and Portugal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the tour was the Sagrada Familia. As we exited the subway, my jaw dropped open. I haad read and watched videos of the Sagrada Familia, but the actual experience was indescribably moving. The weather was perfect with incredible sunlight streaming in through the windows to light up the nave. Our guides gave us a great tour, by passing the crowds and explaining all the details."

Kathleen

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great but exhausting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the dinner on the terrace overlooking the Alhambra in Granada. The view was surreal."

Scott

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A joy from beginning to end. Robert was excellent, the tour was efficient and we saw a lot without feeling too rushed. The local guides were uniformly outstanding. Accommodations were good and centrally located. Really enjoyed learning about olive oil, sherry, Andalusian horses, and bullfighting. We had a lovely group of people who got along well and enjoyed each other and the experience. I did this tour with my college aged daughter and we both had a blast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sooooo many: Alhambra at sunset Muhedar art Cathedral in Toledo Sagrada Familia- nothing can prepare you for that"

Gregory

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we booked it after investigating a few competitors. During our kick off meeting in Barcelona everyone in our tour group was given the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their previous international travel experience. I was very pleasantly surprised that most of our fellow travelers had been on one or more Rick Steves' tours before. Repeat business is the best endorsement! This two week Best of Spain travel adventure exceeded by expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Sunset dinner together in Granada and following day's tour of the Alhambra palace. Granada is amazing! 2) Front row seats at an electrifying flamenco performance in Sevilla. 3) Getting lost in historic Toledo. 4) Unforgettable roast suckling pig lunch experience in Segovia. 5) Small things like enjoying homemade cookies we purchased at local convents."

Lynn

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it all. Well planned, well thought out, executed well. I especially loved those special things not available to the general public: bull and horse farms, olive producer, sherry maker, etc. Robert's vast knowledge and enthusiastic embrace of his adopted country added immensely to the value of this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several, each when walking into an astounding space like the Alhambra, Alcazar, etc. Loved the boutique hotels."

Earl

Midland, MI

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was excellent. We had more sights and experiences than I could have imagined. The inclusion of special visits like the bull farm, the horse farm and the olive oil pressing facility and the lunch at the olive oil facility made the tour very special to me. I especially enjoyed the contact with the families who were our hosts at these experiences. The local guides were also very good and they brought the visits to life. The guide at the Prada was so knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens at the Alhambra were what I dreamed of since first reading about the Alhambra many years ago."

Gregory

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The interior of La Sagrada Familia"

Deborah

Santa Monica, CA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time. Our guide William(s) Rosendin was so knowledgable and helpful that we were able to be really relaxed about all the travel arrangments. It was wonderful having a guide who is so experienced in the Spanish culture and language, and understands the American perspective so well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've got 2 wow moments: La Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra. Both wonderful and unique places, and we had local guides who were very knowledgable..."

Norm

Santa Ana, CA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel group.

Jan

Cottage Grove, MN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My trip to Spain was more than I imagined it would be, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. This was our 4th trip with Rick Steve's travel, and it convinced me that I absolutely want to do a 5th, 6th, etc. We have traveled with other tour companies and none have done as good a job overall or met the same standards. I love that the focus seems to be on getting to know the country, its history and the people and not just seeing touristy things. The trip was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, that is a hard question as there were so many "wow" moments, but the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Alhambra in Granada definitely come to mind."

Kirk

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra. This was one of several upside surprises on the tour. Our guide did a great job of slightly 'underselling' upcoming events so as to allow us to enjoy experiences exceeding our expectations."

Jane

Burlington, WA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our fourteen day tour of Spain was simply fabulous! We were a merry band of travelers. From the beginning of our trip in Barcelona, to our last dinner together in Seville, we shared a bond of warm, good-natured fellowship. William's joy and enthusiasm inspired a wonderful comeraderie that enhanced our inspiring, enlightening, fun and deeply fulfilling adventure. I feel so lucky to have been immersed in the colorful, swirling mix of Spanish life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have dreamed of visiting La Sagrada Familia ever since I took Hermann Pundt's wonderful History of Architecture class at the University of Washington in the early 70's. I can't begin to describe my emotions as I entered into the experience of that magnificent space; it was a moment I hope will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Ron

Cottage Grove, MN

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William Rosendin made this tour fantastic! His enthusiasm was contagious, and his knowledge of Spanish history, art, and especially culture turned what might have been only a very good trip into an outstanding trip. William truly helped us to experience Spain as travelers rather than tourists. The Rick Steve's organization put together a very well balanced trip, including visits to several large cities as well as several smaller cities. The activities chosen were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's a tough one! The aspect of the trip that "wowed" me the most was the obvious change in culture, art and architecture as we moved from Barcelona down to Sevilla. The specific site that was most impressive was a tossup between the Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra. Dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra was truly one of the most memorable moments."

Bill

Burlington, WA

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation I've ever taken. William, our guide, was a wealth of information about Spanish people, culture and history. His teaching made the whole trip so much more than a mere sightseeing tour. His organized scheduling moved the group efficiently from place to place. We ate quite well, and I may have put on a little weight on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't make me pick! There were so many... Barbecued tuna ribs at a restaurant in in Jerez were really great and unique! "Tuna ribs" are really dorsal fin spines, and who knew they could be so big?"

Robert

New York, NY

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 12th RS tour and all I can say is this trip was a blast from cradle to grave. We walked, ate, drank, danced, laughed and slept (have to love those siestas) our way through Spain! A terrific mix of "big cities" and charming villages coupled with a great group of travelers transformed what we thought would be another interesting trip/vacation in to a truly spectacular adventure. The tour leader for our adventure, William, was simply terrific and brought Spain to life for us all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A favorite "wow" moment? Hmmm How does one choose your favorite star in the sky? For me it was a collection of moments. A sunset dinner opposite the Alhambra. Waking up to the sound of ancient church bells and then walking out to a panoramic balcony view of the Arcos de la Frontera plain. Walking through the gardens of the Alcazar palace. Experiencing the Sagrada Familia. All spectacular moments all very moving. I choose them all as my "wow moment!"

Marilyn

Midland, MI

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary gave a first timer to Spain a good overview of the country - history, heritage, cultural(art, food, architecture), current life. We were blessed with great weather in May and so Spain shone at its best. The nature of RS tours brings forth travelers of like mind: curious, active, well-read , sociable people; those you look forward to conversing with. The group guide was an exceptional leader and a great guy; his career as a Spanish teacher was evident.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having traveled in France, Italy, Germany and England, the cathedrals we visited were the most spectacular. I favored the Royal Alcazar in Sevilla over the Alhambra."

Carmen

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed very minute of our Spain tour. James Scanlan,our guide, was knowledgable and friendly. We immediately felt at home with the entire tour group. Everyone was friendly and we enjoyed each others company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights from the Alahambra and the shopping in Seville."

John

Dix Hills, NY

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour. It was more active than many of the other RS tours that I have been on. There was very little free time. The meals provided were the best meals I ate. Given the eating schedule of Spain, I did not have many good meals on my own. I enjoyed the activities, especially the bull ranch, horse farm, and olive oil place. The guide was very organized and did a great job behind the scenes to make the tour run smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Sagrada Familia from the inside, with the afternoon sun shining through the stained glass windows."

Carolyn

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptional in every way and really gave us an in-depth cultural experience in Spain. The beauty of the country from big cities to tiny villages was fabulous showcased each day by a deep shade of blue sky that is hard to describe. The meals were delicious and a good mix of elegant and warm country cooking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alhambra at night from a charming roof top patio was a spectacular treat."

Richard

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having used Rick's tour books as the foundation for four previous trips to Europe, my wife and I decided to take the leap and take this tour. To say we were thrilled with the results is an understatement. The food and accommodations were wonderful. All of the local guides were first rate and, as an avid photographer, I especially appreciated all the free time to discover on our own. Our tou guide, James, was amazing, and the feeling of being part of an extended family took no time to develop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most obvious answer was the evening in Granada, having dinner on a beautiful patio while watching the sun's rays strike the Alhambra at sunset. The less obvious for me, was the feeling I had each time we checked into our hotel and quickly realized that we were in the perfect location to discover the magic each location had to offer."

Richard

Gettysburg, PA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited somewhere around a dozen cities and towns through Spain and had so many fantastic experiences. Our tour guide, James, was a wealth of knowledge about a huge variety of subjects ... more well versed than many of my college professors. And he made sure each one of us was included and had a good time. I still marvel at how much I saw and learned on this tour. I now have a much greater appreciation for and knowledge of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"James picked a wonderful restaurant in Granada with an incredible view of the Alhambra both in daylight and at night across a valley. It created a wonderful expectation for our upcoming visit to the Alhambra itself."

Kimberly

Edmond, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I totally feel like I have EXPERIENCED Spain. I did not just look at Spain. I feel like I lived in Spain during my 3 weeks trip. It's a wonderfully easy country enjoy. This itinerary is Fantastic. This tour is correctly rated strenuous, as walking in the Hill Towns is dramatic. Absolutely amazing the way drivers and pedestrians accommodate each other in these places. Has to be experienced to be understood

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each Hill Town was a WOW; Segovia, Toledo, Granda, Arcos, Ronda"

Judy

Claremont, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is a great way to start exploring Spain because of the variety of places you'll see, the experiences you'll have, the opportunities you'll have to learn about and participate in Spanish culture, you'll get a refresher course on the history and influence of Spain, and you'll be impressed with the characteristics of the country and the character of its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Instead of a particular place or experience, my "wow" moment was the reminder of Spain's former glory with its colonial exploration and the immense wealth that brought into the country."

Daniel

Claremont, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this was our third Rick Steves Tour, we went in feeling confident that this tour would be as wonderful as the others were in Italy and France. Our Spain trip of course, was fantastic. We loved the mix of big city, Barcelona and Madrid, but also hitting the roads to the smaller hill country towns in the south. Seeing places such as Segovia, Toledo, the Alhambra, Seville, well, they are places that will always stay with you. We love the mix of urban and rural experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Restaurant dinner overlooking the Alhambra at sunset before touring the Alhambra next day. 2. Sevilla: cathedral, flamenco, carriage ride in city 3. Arcos de Frontero: we decided to skip tour that day and enjoy our cliffside former convent hotel and very small town at the top of the hill in Arcos. We did absolutely nothing all day, but poked around and were probably the only Americans in town. We really got the sense of being in Spain."

Roland

Everett, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. The hotel locations, exceptionally good tour guides and general pace of the tour was excellent. I liked the diversity of the itinerary, experiencing many places we wouldn't have seen if we were traveling on our own. Communications with the Rick Steve's organization leading up to the tour was also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The aqueduct in Segovia was amazing and the gorge in Ronda were big highlights. The dinner in Granada with the fantastic view of the Alhambra were big highlights as well."

Lois

Maineville, OH

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS Tour so our expectations were high. This tour far exceeded our expectations. Spain was a wonderful surprise. I loved the big cities and the small towns. The history and architecture were unique and fascinating. The sites that we visited gave us a great variety of experiences. As with past RS tours we enjoyed our fellow tour members and quickly became part of an friendly group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick one wow moment. There were so many unexpected spectacular moments.The obvious are seeing the Alhambra at sunset and then lit up from our beautiful restaurant and the interior of the Sagrada Familia. But I was also wowed by the first sighting of the walled city of Toledo and the view of the cliffs from our hotel balcony in Arcos. and the gorgeous town of Ronda."

Carolyn

Auburn, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour was wonderful. We visited many amazing places and we really enjoyed seeing the beautiful countryside. We certainly had a many positive experiences throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra and the Alcazar Palace."

Scott

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was excellent!! Great balance of Spanish culture and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two moments on this tour that left a lasting impression on me: Sitting at the restaurant in Granada with my tour mates having dinner across from the Alhambra was just a special night. Also, the brunch with a Spanish lady at her home was special just because it of the interaction between her and our group she was just special!!!"

Jane

Moraga, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge Roman led us on a wonderful journey through the history and culture of Spain. A bonus was lots of delicious food and wine and meeting interesting and gracious locals along the way. I had no previous connection to Spain and wasn't sure what I would come away with after the tour. I have spent lots of time reliving moments and places and thinking about what I learned, and its pretty amazing what was included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was the first WOW. I was unfamiliar with Gaudi, the creator of this masterpiece, and wish I'd had more time to explore other works by him. In Madrid, the WOW was the Royal Palace. Sevilla was my favorite city. I loved hanging out at the olive oil farm. Wonderful family business, great lunch and wine. The baby colts at the Andalusian horse farm a WOW. So were Don Quixote windmills. GRANADA! Double WOW!"

Ron

Shingle Springs, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great [INVALID]ion of sights and events. Overall the entire tour went smoothly and without any problems or inconveniences. The tour group was especially delightful and we made many friends. All of this was well orchestrated and made special by our excellent tour guide Jorge Ramon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the most impressive experience was the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The beauty of Southwest and Central Spain, while not a particular moment, is a lasting memory."

Susan

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have been on 9 Rick Steve's tours and this was the best of them all. We've had wonderful guides on all the tours but Jorge was outstanding!!! He's arranged for his Best of Spain in 14 days Tour members to be fed a "2nd breakfast" as it called, at different private homes. The food was home cooked and good. I had a medical issue as the tour was starting and Jorge found me a laboratory to have tests done to send home to my doctor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The horse drawn carriage ride in Sevilla was one of my wow times. That was a special treat for me. I also loved going to the open markets and Jorge teaching us how to order tapas and drinks."

Stephen

Santa Barbara, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour. Each one has been outstanding, exceeding our expectations each time! The Spain tour has to be one of the best, although a little more demanding than some of the others. The group of fellow travelers makes a big difference and we were very fortunate to be with some great people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose from among so many greats. However, I think our favorite was having dinner in an elegant setting watching the sunset colors on the Alhambra in Grenada"

Jon

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Jorge, was outstanding. He gave the group so many "extra" experiences, demonstrated so much passion for his country, and was so giving to the group that it bears extra special mention. I was sick for two days and he went out of his way to make me comfortable and taken care of, taking time from his important tour duties to make me happier. Jorge also helped us on train to air connections in Madrid on our way home. So helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the Barcelona experiences related to Gaudi were the highlights. He will be the most memorable individual. Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Park Guell are the best of the tour."

Brian

Hudson, FL

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour from beginning to end. The local guides as well as our tour guide Jorge added positive insight to all we were seeing and experiencing. The cities and places we visited were well chosen and a representative value of Spain. The personnel at the hotels and restaurants that were part of the tour were very friendly and accommodating. I thought the pace of our activities was ideal for experiencing all we wanted to do while allowing personal and downtime to recharge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked walking down the quiet old streets of Toledo the night we stayed there. It was quite romantic."

Bruce

Moraga, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Good mix of cities and country. Saw all the main sights I wanted to see and tasted a wide range of food. Jorge gave us many surprises and a good history of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roast suckling pig dinner in Segovia and seeing the Sagrada Familia."

Randolph

Martinez, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional hotels when balanced between location and luxury. Great to have wine included with some meals.....nice touch. Excellent Guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Família...inside. Thought the outside was Disney-ish, but once inside absolutely fantastic. Unique because while we see soooo many cathedrals, it's nice to be part of one that is currently being built. Rick Steves guides 500 years from now will have to explain things like modern sculptures etc."

Dennis

Lucas, TX

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was through and covered most of the areas we wanted to see in Spain. There was adequate free time to do things on our own. There were 28 people on our tour. At times this seemed like too many. When walking in the city we were strung out so that the ones at the end of the line were out of range of the headsets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of the Sagrada. We were in Barcelona nine years ago but did not get to see the inside. It was amazing and so much different from the other cathedrals we saw."

Marlene

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour. Helene our tour guide was very informative and fun. We ran into marching bands, relic parades complete with bands, and celebrations just about everywhere we went. I am not sure if they just party that much in Spain or if we were there at the right time. We even enjoyed a horse carriage ride through the April fair in Seville which was an unbelievable experience. The costumes and music were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the Alhambra from a restaurant terrace all light up at night. The next day actually seeing the palace and fantastic gardens was a delight."

Terri

Portland, ME

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, and it's hard to believe we packed so much into two weeks! Helen was a delight. Her sense of humor and immense knowledge of everything Spain were much appreciated. She was a veritable fountain of facts! Our group was curious about everything, and to a person they were thoughtful and friendly--not a grump in sight. We came home tired and happy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from. Arriving at the restaurant in Granada on the gorgeous porch looking right up at the Alhambra has to be the top. Seeing the inside, with the ancient but so-well-preserved carvings was also wonderful. Entering the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was breathtaking."

Lisa

Martinez, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overall. Beautiful country, great guide, very nice group of fellow tour members. Excellent local guides as well. We enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you for providing beautiful weather for us for our entire trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the dinner at Carmen de la Tomas restaurant. The view of the Alhambra at sunset was just stunning. The food and service was amazing. I loved touring the Alhambra and the Sagrada Familia. Also loved Toledo and Segovia! Also loved the Flamenco dancers and the horse and carriage ride through Seville!"

Maya

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

These review comments reflect the opinions of myself and my husband, Jim. We have never been disappointed with a Rick Steves tour, and this one was as fulfilling as our previous ones. We had the hustle and bustle of the big cities, but also enjoyed the peacefulness of the small hillside towns. We saw the grandness of the large cathedrals, and felt the intimacy family-owned businesses. As usual, our guide was the best, and we thoroughly enjoyed our fellow travelers. What more can you ask for ?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating dinner on the terrace looking across at the Alhambra! As the sun set the shadows crept across the buildings and the walls. And then the lights came on. As it got darker, the lights of the Alhambra made it look more magical. The dinner was exceptional too ! Walking into the Sagrada Familia took my breath away too ! The late afternoon lighting was ethereal. And there are no words to express the wonder of the interior of that cathedral."

Mary

Lucas, TX

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Helen Inman was excellent. She was organized, thorough and efficient. She also has a great sense of humor. The pace was good except for the day in Madrid when we had to tour the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum on the same day. It was unavoidable due to circumstances but it was a very long day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The white washed town of Ronda."

Lois

Comox, BC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all we expected from the itinerary, and more. We didn't expect to have brunch in a Spanish home, nor did we expect to attend the April Fair, arriving by horse drawn carriages! All the comments in this report are from both Barry and Lois Warner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a room in Arcos de le Fronteria which was on the edge of the cliff. The view from both room and deck were spectacular (Barry) Lois had dreamed of eventually going to Rhonda to cross the bridge over the ravine - and was not disappointed!"

Richard

Portland, ME

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We experienced so many things on this tour. Since I didn't know much about Spain prior to the tour the whole experience can best be described as an eye opener. As I've come to expect from my 5 previous Rick Steves Tours the guides were excellent. The people we met were welcoming and so very interesting. And the sites were just incredible. I was surprised by the Spanish terrain (so many mountains) and olive trees everywhere. I look forward to traveling again in this marvelous country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating our luxurious dinner on the terrace in Granada looking up at Alhambra as the sun set and the evening lights emerged. I also loved the cities of Barcelona and Seville. I so hope to return to these marvelous places one day."

Debra

Yorkville, IL

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative, I now have a better understanding of Spanish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seville evening of flamenco dance class and performance, saw bulll fight on TV in a bar, then to the April Fair to observe hundreds of parties with all ages."

Fern

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We hit almost all the highlights in each city. We ran into some difficulties with scheduling because of national or city holidays causing some highlights to not be available: Park Guell closed on Sunday, Reina Sofia closed on Tuesdays and closed early on Wednesday due to holiday. That being said, the tour gave me a sense of really coming to know Spain. As always, feeling to need to go back to fill in the rest. :-)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most interested in the Alhambra. I had visited in 2006 on my own. That, surprisingly, was NOT my wow moment. Instead, it was the Sevilla Alcazar. The moorish architecture and design was every bit as beautiful as the Alhambra but since it is younger and was better protected from weather, the color worked in the design is still very vibrant."

Ruth Ann

Provincetown, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I hadn't researched much before the trip, I enjoy the excitement of not knowing everything that I'm going to see. There were so many wonderful sights!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was a simple one..I was amazed at the windmills! Don Quixote is a favorite book!"

Pat

Madison, WI

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and lived up to all of my expectations and more. Amanda was wonderful- organized, punctual, sensitive and has a great sense of humor. The tour is a perfect blend of organized sightseeing and free time. The hotels were exceptional, especially the Amadeus in Seville.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2 WOW moments.1.brunch with a native Spaniard who was so gracious, forced me to use my pathetic Spanish (she spoke no English) and see her beautiful home, eat her home cooked food. She was delightful as was her brunch. 2.In Barcelona, after we got out of the subway, Amanda suggested that we not look immediately at the Sagrada Familia. She had us turn around as a group and that was definitely a WOW moment. It is so ugly it is beautiful(to me)!"

Armando

El Paso, TX

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour full of culture and history. All the local guides she provided were so full of enthusiasm and desire to relate their knowledge of the history and pride of Spain. The two weeks passed too quickly What made the trip so amazing too were the rest of our tour mates, many of whom were Rick Steves veterans. They all knew "the drill".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, the Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Prado Museum, The Alhambra, the Andalusian horses, the magnificent bulls, seeing the "backs of birds" from the hotel terrace in Jerez de la Frontera, etc. but my "WOW" moment was having brunch with a local in Salinas. Our local host, Salvador was such a pleasant and accommodating host."

Christopher

Franklin, WI

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well organized tour. It delivered all that was promised and more. Our guide was outstanding. She kept us on track while making sure all the details were right. The local guides were experts on where they live. The local guides were experts who provided much information. It's difficult to identify the best part. I enjoyed itinerary items and having free time to explore on my own. The hotels and bus driver were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having breakfast in the home of a Spanish women was special. Breakfast in our first hotel was also a wow moment. So much food and great coffee."

Anne

Arcata, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting Spain has been on my to-do list for some time now and the Best of Spain in 14 days Tour did not disappoint! We arrived a day late, due to airplane mechanical issues, (yes, always buy travel insurance!), but the rest of the trip was wonderful. Having a guide that actually lives in Spain, like Amanda B, our tour guide, is an excellent way to learn about the people and culture. Any of the "guest" guides along the way were also very informative. The pace is doable but good shoes are a must!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia! Words cannot express what an amazing work of architecture! But actually, every town we visited had Wow moments...Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct; La Mancha and the windmills of Don Quixote; Alhambra in Granada, and last but not least, the beautiful gardens of the Royal Alcazar of Sevilla!"

Charles

Yorkville, IL

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased by this tour and the information and help of our EXCELLENT guide.

Elizabeth

Boulder, CO

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect tour to learn about Spain's history and to see the remnants of the Islamic art and the outstanding skill that the Moors had in their building techniques.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple "wow" moments. One was the dinner on the Albayzin hill in Granada overlooking the Alhambra. Walking through the Albayzin was fun. The other "wow" moment was the carriage ride through Sevilla especially since we were there during the "Faire" time of year. It was so much fun to see all the women dressed up for the faire."

Diane

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't really have a "wow" moment. Almost all of the places we visited were so interesting."

Susana

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, we enjoy the hotel locations in the heart of town. That allows us to walk around and see the sights on our free time. We enjoyed Amanda's commentaries about the Spanish customs and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel room in Arcos de la Frontera, right on the edge of the cliff in the center of old town. Other WOW moments were seeing the New Bridge in Ronda and the Alhambra from across the valley from our restaurant."

Cami

Provincetown, MA

Tour: 04/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour. It was not as strenuous as I thought it would be. It was a nice mix of busy and quiet days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I loved the Sagrada. I loved the Prada. I loved the church in Granada as well as the gardens. I loved the gorge in Rondo."

Martha

San Diego, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The locations we visited, William (our tour guide), the bus driver, the food, the wine, the hotels, the kind owners of all the establishments where we stayed or had such fantastic meals and the local guides were all AMAZING.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was in Granada, I walked back up to San Nicolas Plaza early in the morning, there were only a few people at the view point of The Alhambra, (the evening before the plaza was packed with tourists and selfie sticks) with the snow covered Sierra Nevada mountains in the background, I sat on the wall and just took "it" all in. After a few moments a young man started playing acoustic guitar and that absolutely completed my moment, "it" was wonderful."

Rebecca

Auburn, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Francie

Aurora, CO

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Irina

Eagle, ID

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Albert

Aurora, CO

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Valerie

Nashua, NH

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Most days I felt like I was in an exotic movie as we experienced the beauty and grandeur of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"too many to say just one. The open and friendly spirit of the Spanish people was my "best" experience."

James

Lajas, PA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, diverse agenda, minimum inconveniences, maximum exposure, knowledgeable guides, and lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi architecture and the Palace in Madrid."

Brent

Laguna Woods, CA

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Talking to the bull fighter"

Barbara

Lajas, PR

Tour: 04/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not knowing what to expect it was quiet the surprise to have so much information about each city and its history, so much incite to how they lived and kept peace in their country. Also amazed at the wealth in each city. Actually less walking than anticipated and only a couple of bad weather situations that we all made the best of. Outstanding restaurants with amazing waiters and staff, making us feel special. Loved every minute of the experience and our guide was amazingly knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Gaudi church in Barcelona Amazing!"

Bill

Lithia, FL

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour that covered a lot of ground. Even after just 2 weeks I feel like I really know and appreciate Spain. We had a great group of tour mates and Jorge did an OUTSTANDING Job as our tour guide. This was my 4th RS Tour and although all our guides were very good, Jorge topped the list. I think I will be dreaming about Spain and hearing "Vamonos Chicos!" for a long time to come!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, and so little time. From Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, to Roman aqueducts in Segovia to the Alhambra in Granada it is difficult to pick. Honorable mention would have to also go to the Columbus tomb (one of his many) and the city of Sevilla as a whole!"

Eric

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great intro to Spanish culture.

Howard

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andrea

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Washington, DC

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind, let alone a Rick Steves tour. We very much enjoyed the tour, so much so that it was hard to return to work afterward. I wondered why I don't do this all the time. Our future definitely includes more Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was easy. Entering La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Simply unbelievably beautiful!"

Chris

Winnipeg, MB

Tour: 04/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and overall, the experience was good. I liked the idea of using local guides for each of the various tour locations. I was not sure how I would like travelling with a group (27 of us) as usually it is just my wife and I or with 1 or 2 other couples but it was a really good and fun group to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe the bull farm, mostly because it was so opposite of what I was expecting, it was extraordinarily clean and pleasant ... I wouldn't mind being a bull living there ... except the 4 year deal would be a bit of an issue. The Roman aqueduct in Segovia was incredible, the suckling pig not so much. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Alhambra in Granada ... dinner in Granada with the Alhambra in view, were all highlights. Ronda's gorge, the olive farm, the narrow streets of Sevilla etc etc etc."

Marilyn

Holmes Beach, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laura

Lakemont, GA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Mount Vernon, IL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado"

Frances

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Greg

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Susan

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Red Wing, MN

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anthony

Holmes Beach, FL

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gaudy church in Barcelona."

Andrew

Loudonville, NY

Tour: 04/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phil

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wendi

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martin

Livermore, CA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a bunch."

Judy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Hadley, MA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Livermore, CA

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Houston, TX

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kevin

Eureka, IL

Tour: 04/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mariette

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raymond

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dorothy

Beaufort, SC

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martin

Terrell, TX

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Terrell, TX

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Lauderdale By The Sea, FL

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Orange, CA

Tour: 04/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Melody

Herndon, VA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Howard

West Chester, PA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Craig

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 10/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra; Saffron Store; Olive Farm."

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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