• Sagrada Família
  • Alcázar of Segovia
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Tapas in Madrid
  • Toledo
  • La Mancha
  • Alhambra Palace
  • Arcos de la Frontera
  • Bullring in Ronda
  • Sevilla

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Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour

from $3,895 + 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 white-washed Andalusian hill towns, prancing horses, tasty tapas, and fine sherry. Join us for the Best of Spain in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2016

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Spain come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • Barcelona walking tour • Sagrada Família tour • Segovia day trip • Segovia walking tour • Madrid bus tour • Royal Palace tour • Madrid walking tour • Prado Museum tour • Toledo walking tour • Santo Tomé Chapel (El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz) • Toledo Cathedral tour • Sinagoga del Tránsito tour • Consuegra windmill visit • Granada Royal Chapel • Alhambra Palace tour • Olive oil tasting • Ronda bullring • Andalusian horse farm visit • Sherry tasting • Sevilla walking tour • Sevilla Cathedral tour • Sevilla Alcázar tour • Sevilla carriage ride (weather permitting) • Cultural performance…and more
  • All group transportation from Barcelona to Sevilla
  • 13 nights accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement 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 walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

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

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

This morning, we'll explore Barcelona's maze-like Gothic Quarter, from its Roman foundations to the spires of its candle-, relic- (and geese-!) strewn cathedral. Then we'll hop the subway to Gaudí's towering, dizzying Sagrada Família church. Afterwards 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: Madrid and the Royal Palace

All aboard! After breakfast we'll take one of Europe's speediest trains (the AVE) to Madrid. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy a panoramic bus tour of this energetic city's major monuments and classy boulevards and then 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. Later we'll stroll the lively streets of our neighborhood and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Madrid (3 nights). Train: 3 hrs. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: Masterpieces of Madrid

This morning we'll take a walking tour from Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol to its elegant Plaza Mayor. We'll also tour one of Europe's premier art museums — the masterpiece-packed Prado — where you'll see paintings by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, and others. 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. We'll return to Madrid in time for you to enjoy dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hrs. 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 The 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 (and some of Spain's best shopping). Sleep in Toledo (1 night). Bus: 1 hr. 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 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 8: Moorish Treasures of Granada

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

Day 9: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. The afternoon and evening are yours to explore Ronda's Moorish and Mercadillo Quarters, linked together by the famous gravity-defying stone bridge (towering over the rubble of an earlier one that wasn't). Sleep in or near Ronda (1 night, group may be split between two hotels). Bus: 3 hrs. 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 an olive oil mill, where we'll sample the products and learn about Spain's traditional methods of producing its extra-virgin export. Then we'll press on to the quintessential hill town — Arcos de la Frontera — where we'll share dinner together and sleep (2 nights). Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Sherry and Horses

It's a short hop to Jerez de la Frontera where we'll marvel at the prancing horses at an Andalusian horse farm. We'll learn all about these magnificent creatures and their connection to the local culture. Nearby, we'll sample the town's other famous specialty at a traditional sherry bodega. We'll return with time to enjoy a free afternoon and evening in lovely Arcos. Bus: 2 hrs. 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 to the famous Macarena (Weeping Virgin), through the narrow whitewashed lanes of the Barrio Santa Cruz, and ends with 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 hrs. 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 (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. In Arcos, walk 15 minutes up a steep street to the hotel (while bags are sent by minivan).
  6. Travel on a bus without a toilet (rest stops every two hours).

Reviews

Maureen

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, the Rick Steves' tours are organized, well thought out, provide fantastic highlights of the each city--and have the best tour guides both the local ones and the overall supporting guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia--so much to take in both outside and inside--the characters, the stories, the symbolism, and the reality of building it--both past and current."

Margaret

Franklin, TN

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous! Every place had new "wow" moments, and each experience was tremendous. From Barcelona to Sevilla, everything was well planned, explained in advance, and appropriately adapted when necessary. I do wish all guides would emphasize to the group on the first bus day that we should rotate seats, try sitting in a new seat, and allowing others to sit in the coveted front row seats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona & the mudejar/moorish architecture in Toledo, Granada and Sevilla. WOW!"

Dick

Melrose, MA

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Helen was an excellent tour guide. She was very upbeat all the time. The tour started to drag a bit between Toledo & Granada. There was a lot of ground tie cover and not much to see along the way. I would strongly suggest that you put your guests on another Have train to Granada & skip the windmills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew I should have written this down! I remember saying to my wife this is the high point but now don't remember the specific moment. One that did stick with me was seeing & hearing about Christopher Columbus' tomb."

Anne

Melrose, MA

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Spain. It was a wonderful trip and will recommend this trip to my family and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved visiting with a local family. We went to their home and had a wonderful brunch waiting for us. Even though I could not speak Spanish, I could feel the warmth and friendliness the minute the woman met our tour group. What a nice idea. I really enjoyed this part of the trip very much."

Patricia

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A+ Culturally, I discovered a country of sophisticated Spaniards. The trip dramatically increased my knowledge of their history and a new appreciation of their heritage/culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW MOMENTS: Finally seeing Guernica Seeing the Sagrada/the Block of Discord Toledo cathedral tour(really a special surprise enhanced by the excellence of local guide) Seeing the Macarena/learning of Seville's Semana Santa tradition (another surprise) EXCEPTIONALLY FUN MOMENTS: Segovia roast suckling pig luncheon Hilltop dinner Granada/nite-view of the Alhambra Flamenco show Seville Morning brunch with a local family in Andalusia Horse farm tour"

Dale

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour (France and Italy prior), and even though we definitely enjoyed the first two, my wife and I both agree that this was the best of the three and, so far, the best trip of our lives. Crucial factors that lead me to say that are 1) Helen, our terrific guide, 2)the varied (and quite challenging) itinerary, 3) the wonderful food and wine in a very beautiful country, and 4) the outstanding group on the tour. Best ever in that regard for sure. We lucked out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call on that one, Rick. Sagrada Familia was certainly unbelievably awesome, but that early in the trip, it was hard for me to take it all in. Felt like a dream. The famous gorge was breathtaking, and for that matter, so was the [INVALID]-off and view from the patio off our room in Arcos. All the intricate work in the palaces and churches was simply outstanding. My vote, I think, goes to the suckling pig lunch because of delicious food and wine and wonderful camaraderie. Good vibes indeed."

Steve

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was great. The logistics were well handled. Helen was on top of everything. We enjoyed our time in Spain and plan on taking another Rick Steves tour next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roman excavations in Barcelona."

Thomas

Durango, CO

Tour: 10/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. I think that the wonderful RS tour guide plus the outstanding local guides were the key to such a great tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. After the complicated and "busy" exterior, the interior was refreshing and overwhelming. A wonderful space highness by the colored glass and the light stone used everywhere. A masterpiece."

James

Aurora, IL

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our main guide Nigil was the best . Along with a great trip Nigil was wonderful addition he made everyday more enjoyable .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner over looking the Elhambra ."

Jack

Olympia, WA

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative, fun, funny. Perfect pace for us and we're pretty fit. The itinerary was excellent. We appreciate the proportion of group time with expert guides, and individual time. The amount of waiting around time was minimal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra at night having dinner. Breakfast with the "locals". Nygil's wine tasting lesson. Prado. Sagrada Familiaris. Sherry distillery. Andalusian horse farm. Olive oil pressing."

Kathleen

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We chose it because we really liked the itinerary and the relatively low number in the group. Also, some good friends had a very positive experience with another RS tour. We were impressed with the high level of experience of our guide, the variety of activities offered and the interesting accommodations. We really enjoyed our local guides too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Spain certainly has wonderful sights to see. One of my favorites moments was arriving at the Hotel Molino del Ardo in Ronda on the Autumnal Equinox just in time to see the sunset. And as if that wasn't special enough, a gorgeous harvest moon followed. Our room was so cozy and romantic - a truly memorable night!"

June

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip! This was my 5th tour and the best. Nygil is fabulous. The local guides were all marvelous. The group became a family so quickly, it was like coming to your 20 year high school reunion and picking up as freinds. It was the best group of people I have travelled with. As a single traveller, the group really embraced me. That made a big difference Nygil has a wonderful way with people and with words. He made the history so interesting. His sense of humour is great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to choose. The interior of the Sagrada Familia. Granada's Alhambra and the view of it from our dinner location. In Arcos, the hotel terrace; so inviting. The Inn in Ronda. Sevilla for it's vibe and the Cathedral with the tower's ramp. I was also wowed by the miles of olive trees, as far as the eye could see. Sorry for the long list, too many great experiences."

Linda

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each RS tour is amazing. The tour of Spain seems to be the best. Very congenial group of tour members. The pace of the tour was exceptional. I appreciated having one day of an 11 am start rather than having a day off from our vacation. The variety of experiences was excellent. The loss of my suitcase caused me to practice the Rick Steves' travel light philosophy. I survived 12 days with only my carry on. I found the experience to be very freeing. Next trip, I will pack much lighter

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" experience was our last group dinner which included a carriage ride in Seville. Fun way to celebrate a special group experience."

Roger

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travellers, great tour leader and local guides, great itinerary!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's cathedral"

Claire

Needham, MA

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Spain. We enjoyed the pace of this tour with big cities followed by small town adventures. A great group of travelers and an exceptional guide, Nygil, who made the trip very educational and very entertaining. He was full of surprises! The local guides were all excellent. As always, it was a good balance between group activities and free time. We enjoyed being introduced to several Spanish wines and spirits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to choose only one moment. Alhambra was a treat but the entire visit to Sevilla was a wow couple of days. We loved wandering through the Barrio Santa Cruz and our visit to the Alcazar (building and gardens) made up somewhat for the rain we experienced at Alhambra."

Julie

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing from start to finish. Every detail was carefully thought out and couldn't have gone any smoother. Nygil was an absolute delight. My birthday fell in the middle of the tour and Nygil went out of his way to get me a special dark chocolate bar (my favorite) and made sure I had a very special day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really don't have a "wow" moment because every day exciting."

Mark

Laguna Beach, CA

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like our previous two Rick Steves tours (Germany-Austria-Switzerland and Greece), the Spain tour was most enjoyable. Appreciate the heightened authenticity of the experience due to exceptional guides and locales ... and the mingle-with-the-locals experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Nygil -- informative, interesting, social, attentive, helpful, sincere, knowledgeable, fun! He contributed to a lot of "wow" moments on the tour."

Alfred

Gulf Breeze, FL

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Superb! This was my first guided tour and it was just wonderful! This fact is directly related to the guide, Nygil Murrell. Without a doubt he make the tour. His knowledge, presentations and casual discussions were of broadcast quality. Extremely personable and caring for all members of group. Give the boy a raise!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra! As a child I saw pictures of Alhambra in a National Geographic, there was some color, which was not present on this visit. However, it was a dream to see it in person. Our local guide was terrific!"

Mary

West Linn, OR

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. It was a real emersion into Spain, its history and current day culture. We covered a lot of geography and had delightful experiences with local guides. Although this was my 10th RS tour (and we have always found our guides to be very good) Nygil Murrell has become our # one best guide so far.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many possible wow moments - it is hard to choose just one. Sagrada Familia is a contender, as was our visit to Segovia where we saw Roman aqueduct that is so well preserved and the Alcazar in Segovia. But the Alhambra probably is number one. It was fantastic to see it and our tour was preceded by the evening meal across the valley in the Albayzin where we dined viewing the Alhambra light up for the evening."

Marlene

Carmel, IN

Tour: 10/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain tour exceeded my expectations! The amount we saw and did in 14 days was incredible. The coupling of great weather, great food and drink, a terrific group of people and an outstanding tour guide has spoiled me now for future tours. What an incredible country, people and experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure I had a favorite as so many were either visual or taste overload."

Hazel

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave a comprehensive overview of Spain. There was a nice variety of sights and experiences, including various forms of transportation[INVALID]from metros and city buses to the terrific bullet train and our very comfortable tour bus. Our driver was very skilled, often navigating narrow, winding roads that I never thought a bus would fit on. We saw famous museums, small towns, friendly people everywhere[INVALID]and breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the hills and olive groves of southern Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick! The Sagreda Familia was amazing and inspiring. Seeing the Alhambra lit up at night was beautiful and magical; eating dinner in a restaurant with a view of it extended the pleasure. The carriage ride at night in Sevilla was a fun finale. And we also had a memorable multi-course feast featuring roast suckling pig."

Gloria

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 10/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was, as usual, excellent. My only comment is that I thought that the first week of the trip was a little hectic for an RS tour.

Patricia

Boulder, CO

Tour: 10/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is incredibly diverse and the tour took us from great history and great art to peaceful mountain villages and exciting city life. We loved all of the hotels and the fantastic food, but best of all were the knowledgeable and personable tour guides, a fantastic group of fellow travelers, and our fearless leader Jorge. This was our first official Rick Steves Tour (although virtually all of our European travel has been guided by Rick through his books) and we were thrilled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. Dinner facing the night-lit alhambra. Arriving at the Hotel Molina del Arco exhausted and wondering if you could keep up the pace and discovering paradise in the beautiful grounds, luxurious rooms, and fabulous food. The oh so charming Hotel El Convento in Arcos with fabulous views,and a wonderful picnic with friends in the roof garden. The suckling pig luncheon in Segovia. And finally the amazing Amadeus Hotel and climbing the bell tower at the Cathedral in Seville."

Douglas

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 10/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent but I wish that I had done more reading and general prep in advance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My room balcony at the hotel El Convento with the spectacular view! What a view, what a hotel! My favorite and the price/location is unbelievable."

Bill

Wilmington, DE

Tour: 10/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour, and it was outstanding. It covers a range of regions, with a mix of large, medium and small cities. Our group was great; most had been on other RS tours and were very compatible. Our guide Jorge(an enthusiastic Spaniard) was an outstanding teacher: fun and well informed. Our driver and the local guides were excellent. Hotels had helpful staffs and were well located, making it easy to explore on our own in our free time. Group meals were very good to excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I look at the number of photos I took as indicating what "wowed" me, I'd have to list: Sagrada Familia; Alhambra at night; view from our hotel in Arcos. Others: square filled with people dancing the Sardana and the band playing on Barcelona Cathedral steps; chef wheeling in a roast suckling pig at our Segovia lunch feast; Picasso's huge "Guernica" and photos of it in progress; Toledo Cathedral at night; seeing "Velocidad 300 km/h" displayed on the unshaking bullet train."

Dorothy

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 10/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well planned and the other tour members were all a delight to get to know. Many lasting friendships were forged due is partly due to the fact that we were happy, comfortable, stimulated by the beauty of Spain and well fed! Transportation, meals and scheduled visits to the various sights & venues were absolutely great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Visiting the Segrada Familia & seeing anything Gaudi was a thrill. Likewise the awesomeness of the Alhambra.."

Dawni

Springdale, UT

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well structured to give us a great overview of Southern Spain. Our tour guide was wonderful in providing the essential link to bring the plan to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra"

Ardy

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed Spain more than we thought we would. We really knew very little about Spain and we learned so much. I loved the combination of small towns and big cities and all of the historical things we learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Alhambra and its setting including eating dinner together overlooking it."

Kathleen

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado Museum tour guide was fantastic!"

Carol

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of fun with such a variety of activities. Loved the history lessons throughout from the local guides as well as our personal tour guide, Helen Inman

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Prado museum. Our local guide was fantastic. Also really enjoyed visiting the home of a local family in a small village near Ronda."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Exhausting but fun, all of the fellow tourists were in good moods, healthy and happy. We ate too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There actually were many from the cathedral in Toledo to the view in Arcos. Madrid is a city worth spending much more time seeing."

Janet

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was very well balanced in seeing the sights and free time. I thought Helen took very good care of us. I liked the combination and diversity of city and country, art and windmills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra! What a stunningly beautiful palace, followed by a stroll in the gardens. This was an outstanding experience."

Linda

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Firat of all Helen was wonderful! She was knowledgeable on a very wide range of topics, high energy,addressed every detail to make the tour comfortable and memorable. I know how much work and effort goes into hosting a group and she made it look easy. She was genuinely interested in the group members' personal preferences and her enthusiasm for Spain, her work and the Rick Steve's company was very apparent. I cannot think of a single suggestion to improve on the experience she provided

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me personally it was the timing of a quiet lovely "retreat" in Rhonda. The timing was impeccable. Just as one is getting a bit weary of all the activity a beautiful room; grounds to explore & refresh and a wonderful dinner and breakfast the next day. I will remember the night sky, the birds the view - perfect! I hated to leave. The other WOW was the quality, personalities and enthusiasm of the local guides - outstanding!"

Barbara

Metairie, LA

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is such an interesting country to visit, I highly recommend this trip. The tour was well organized with a variety of sites to see as well as lots of free time to tour on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments were the Prado tour, Toledo Cathedral, Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, the picnic on the train, the tour of Madrid."

Lucy

Columbia, MD

Tour: 10/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was amazing. The northern cities were cosmopolitan while the south was the Spain we hear about in story books. Couldn't get used to eating lunch and dinner so late so ate a lot of tapas when we ate on our own. Loved the moorish palaces and flamenco dancing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada. I loved the mixed culture feel of Granada and would have loved to spend more time there."

Leonard

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Typical fast-paced Rick Steves tour covering much ground in a short time. Tour was like a survey course that introduced many dimensions of Roman, Moorish & Catholic historical periods plus contemporary Spain a high level. Tour guide & local tour guides were outstanding. Tour hotels & restaurants were good to excellent. Tour began on biggest Spanish holiday weekend of the year (Oct. 12 is Spanish National Day) & the crowds in our starting city of Barcelona were daunting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow urban moment was the Prado in Madrid. Amazing collection of European art. Wow rural moments were the panoramas we saw at different places in La Mancha and Andalucia. Other Wow moments were the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and viewing Guernica in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. Neither of these were on the tour but were recommended for our free time in Rick Steves Tour Guide of Spain and by the tour guide."

Rita

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, our Rick Steves tour [INVALID] this time in Spain [INVALID] was full of fun, fascinating experiences and included plenty of free time for us to further explore on our own. Everyone in our tour group was congenial, & our guide was energetic, enthusiastic & helpful in every way possible. We liked the blend of time in big cities (Barcelona, Madrid & Sevilla)along with time in lovely medieval towns (Segovia, Toledo & Granada) and in more rural areas (Ronda & Arcos de la Frontera. Grand in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one "wow" moment. Here's my list -- my first glimpse of Gaudi's Basilica de Sagrada Familia, the amazing artwork in El Prado, wandering the quiet streets of Toledo in the evening, standing by a windmill looking out over La Mancha, and the carriage ride through beautiful Sevilla on our last night."

Allen

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This fine trip was on par with my other two RS trips in Italy, so "very good" instead of "outstanding." I am very pleased with the whole RS way of visiting Europe, and I expect to try more RS tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Spain before and I had seen the big sights, so the "wow" new thing for me was the suckling pig feast at the Jose Maria restaurant in Segovia. It was the best meal of the trip and it put everyone in a fine mood."

Adelyne

Homer Glen, IL

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the variety of sights and locations. I felt so much was covered within the time frame. Although the last two hotels were substandard, the majority were good to excellent. The information provided by the area guides was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra was my wow experience. The architecture and history of this castle was amazing."

Carol

Arlington, VA

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very interesting country, especially how different Spain's cities are from each other. Also enjoyed the stops with the family who grew, packaged, and sold saffron; the olive mill, with oil tasting and snacks; and lunch with a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Synagogue in Toledo with the incredible lacy-looking stonework. Also, the Palau de Musica Catalina and the interior of Sagrada Familia--both with sunlight streaming through gorgeous stained-glass windows."

Kathy

Deming, WA

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Except for catching a cold mid-way through the tour (one of half the group), it was a wonderful experience....just what I have come to expect from a Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of one "wow" moment. It was the combination of seeing the land, the art, learning some of the history, the culture, and so forth. I am partial to the smaller, more rural experiences like the surprise breakfast in a local home, seeing the family olive press operation and saffron operations, the old wind mills of Don Quixoti fame. And the carriage ride was cool...a wonderful way to end our trip! Oh, and meeting my fellow travelers...a fun group."

Michael

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The lodgings and meals were great and were varied to reflect the different places we visited. The dinners that Susanna arranged were exceptional. Overall, Susanna was exceptionally good at making sure that everything ran well, that we had a great experience, and that we were engaged with Spanish life, art, and culture. All the local guides were very, very good and added a lot to the experience. The picnic at the olive oil mill was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A toss-up between Barcelona architecture, La Mancha windmills, and the Alhambra."

Sylvia

St John, VI

Tour: 10/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' trip... It was ALL that I expected & wanted... enjoyed the time with guides & enough time alone... I would certainaly entertain using you again... but because you don't deliver to PO Box's... this is the ONLY way we get mail delivered here... I would find it difficult to use you again... guess you don't get much business from the US Virgin Islands...LOL

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the breathtaking gorge of Ronda... I could stared at that for a very long time... & enjoyed the oldest bullring also... it was a special day for me... would of liked to have been able to spend more time there... the Arab Baths were worth the visit & should be included for all... Forestier's haniging Gardens, a cultural hertiage site is more than worth seeing...the Secret Mine an Arab Fortess (14th century)is 318 steps down to the river & than back up,for anyone able."

Akemi

Spooner, WI

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour and people we traveled with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Barcelona natives (Catalonians) there are still moaning about their loss of independence from back in 1714 as though it was their personal loss and holding grudge!!!!"

Kathleen

Surrey, BC

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very enjoyable tour, enhanced by an excellent tour guide, Augustin, and a terrific group of fellow travellers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was my second visit to it, I was quite overwhelmed on walking into La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The sensation I felt there wasn't replicated anywhere else on the tour."

Helen

Chesapeake City, MD

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour, especially learning about the history and culture of Spain. One of the best aspects of the tour was that our traveling companions were a nice mix of people and easy/fun to travel with. In addition, Augustin took very good care of the group and provided a wealth of information about his country. I did feel that parts of the tour were rushed. The rooftop bar in Barcelona (time to go after 1/2 glass wine), the walk back from the fortress in Segovia (no "free time to wander")

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a WOW moment, but some of my favorites: the windmills in La Mancha, the late night Columbus Day parade in Madrid, the wine tasting in Madrid, the olive oil plant, the horse farm, buying saffron in the La Mancha area and buying spices in Madrid. And our last dinner, on our own, at Llamber in Barcelona."

Sue

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guides. Each venue or daily guide was outstanding. Our tour guide, Augustine, was excellent."

Suzanne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped for and more. I've come to expect excellent service on a Rick Steves' tour from responsive staff in Edmonds to well conceived and executed itineraries led by superb guides in country. And I wasn't disappointed on this trip. This was my first time in Spain and I have so much more to experience. I know I'll return and it will likely be on an RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The late afternoon walk up the Albayzín hill to view the Alhambra at sunset. The walk was quite the hike, but the reward was tremendous. Second on the list--flamenco in Sevilla."

Gordon

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 10/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled all over the globe, doing all the planning ourselves. This was our first organized tour. It was planned very well, fun and worth the cost. A good selection of time -keeping us busy and educated but also allowing for us to relax, shop or explore. Our guide, Augus, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no one wow moment, there were many! We particularly liked Barcelona and Seville, but we were also very impressed with the group of people we traveled with! People make the difference."

Kenneth

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 10/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour that covered a lot of territory. Sights were great, guide was great and food was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments: inside Basilica of the Segrada Familia with Ava Maria playing in Barcalona, then with the sunsetting behind the Alhambra at Granada."

Barbara

Valdosta, GA

Tour: 10/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw a lot and did a lot and had a tremendous overview of Spain, its culture, treasures, and geography. Overall, our experiences were interesting, enlightening, and engaging. We had some of the very best local guides we have ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two: the evening dinner with the view of the Alhambra and stepping into the Sagrada Familia and looking up and experience Gaudi's intent of "looking up to God in the heavens"."

Ruth

Cortez, CO

Tour: 10/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We know very little about Spain in the U.S. due to isolation of Spain under Franco. I learned a great deal about the culture, history, art, and food of Spain. The tour was intense and I was soon overloaded with information and food. As predicted, the tour was demanding with lots of walking, stairs, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I got goosebumps unexpectly in the Sangrada Familia church. Not so much the outside but the unique and magnificent structure of the inside. Learning about the modernista architecture was so interesting. The Roman aqueduct in Segovia - amazing along with suckling pig The windmills of La Mancha The Alhambra - seeing it at dinner and then walking through"

Robert

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the Tour. I felt the Tour was well organized. The Tour Leader kept me informed about each day's routine and his communications about his own experiences and knowledge were expressed in a personable and educational manner. The local Tour Guides were very well versed and related well about the sights and history. The accommodations were very adequate. The transportation modes and means were easy to deal with and comfortable. The fellow Tour members were enjoyable to interact with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was experiencing Toledo and, in particular, visiting and gaining awareness about the Synagogue and its history - the religions and the history of the people that were connected to it over the centuries."

Mary

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was the perfect mix of history, art and scenery. Nice mix of rural and cty experiences, too. We covered a lot of ground and Jorge made sure everything went smoothly. The food and wine on this trip were a real bonus. All of our group meals were excellent. I am recommending Rick Steves tours to all my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado and Alhambra were both tops for me. I also loved our stay in the beautiful country inn near Ronda."

Brian

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour. Maybe a bit too active at the expense of relaxing and enjoying the ambiance, but can't argue with seeing as much as possible on such a short schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No specific wow moment. Enjoyed the city tours."

Susan

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Learned a lot about Spanish history. Weather was spectacular. Wonderful group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the matador at the Bull Farm."

Andy

Guthrie, OK

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was an outstanding guide. Lots of informative information. He was very helpful in several instances, and Genuinely cared about others. The places we toured great and interesting. We met some very nice people we hope to stay in touch with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The country Spanish villa where we spent the night and had dinner. It was fabulous, the birds singing I late afternoon, the gardens, and so many places to relax."

Kathryn

Canonsburg, PA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gosh, how to begin. This, our first Rick Steves tour, far exceeded our expectations... And they were high! Everything about our tour was fabulous. Our hotel accommodations were wonderful. We enjoyed the central location as well as the intimacy of small hotels. All the hotel staffs were friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make us feel welcome. The cities we visited...we never would have been able to do so much with such fabulous experiences on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to choose??? Breakfast in the house of a local family; visiting Segovia with the Roman aqueduct; enjoying a visit to the windmills in Castille-La Mancha; exploring the cities In our free time; Andalucia's white hill towns; Alhambra; Granada cathedral; Hotel Molino del Arco; the olive oil mill; Seville and the Macarena; the bull farm/meeting the matador; Barcelona; the local food and wine; buying sweets from the cloistered nuns; many more!! Sorry, I couldn't pick one moment."

Ivan

Auckland,

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the balance of arranged tours combined with free time to either have a rest or go off and make my own discoveries. The itinerary was well planned and covered all the highlights of the different areas. The tour guide was enthusiastic and vey knowledgable and answered all questions asked. He went out of his way to explain local culture and gave us a course in basic Spanish so that we could communicate reasonably well.Hotels were clean and appropriate with very good meals where provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but for me the favourite was the Alhambra and the areas around Granada. I also especially liked the breakfast that we had with a typical Spanish family where we saw the internals of their house and met their families. The basic grounding in Spanish language, provided by our tour guide, helped us no end as there was much smiling and a real sense of being included in the family."

Robert

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having done trips on our own, I was relieved not to do all the arranging and planning. Robert did not disappoint. The days were well planned with very little down time. The tour was very diverse with just the right mix of cathedrals, museums, countryside excursions and visit to homes. I was surprised about the number of tourists and really appreciated not standing in the long lines that were present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado. I live the trip before we arrive and had read about the paintings. To see them in person was a thrill, especially Inez's commentary and historical perspective. More down to earth with a different WOW was the bull and horse farms, very up close and peaceful compared to the busy cities. I really enjoy churches and cathedrals. These were good but the other experiences were more memorable."

Kenneth

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic experience. Beautiful country, wonderful people, great hotels, unbelievable food and the best fellow travellers one could ask for. May have been too many Cathedrels. After 7 cities it gets old.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Familia Cathedrel as well as the Bull Farm and Horse stables."

Deborah

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again Rick Steve's has provided us with a memorable trip to Spain. It is such a wonderful blend of big cities, small villages, and cultural activities. Any tour can show you these places but the tour members and guides on our trip made it so exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Barcelona where my grandmother was born and learning the history of her name! Another WOW moment was visiting the Royal Chapel in Granada to view the simple coffins of Isabella, Ferdinand and their children. To view Isabella's crown! A visit to the Cathedral in Seville to see where Christopher Columbus is buried. Our guides did a wonderful job of expanding our knowledge of Isabella, Ferdinand and Columbus!"

Carol

Arvada, CO

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of Spain was my 8th Rick Steves Europe tour, and was outstanding as all of them have been. The country of Spain has a very unique culture, different from any other place in Europe. I learned so much from our wonderful guide, and also very much enjoyed the great group of people that we travelled with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 3 moments that were unforgettable: Dining outside with our group in Granada, and seeing a view of the Alhambra lit up across the way. Sitting on our patio at our hotel in Los Arcos sipping sherry and watching shooting stars. Seeing the passion of the flamenco dancers in Seville...they were amazing!"

Hugh

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful, enriching, fun experience. It was our second RS tour, and it met or exceeded the very high standards set by the first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to identify any one "wow" moment. Several come to mind: (1) dinner in Granada with an incredible view of the Alhambra; (2) the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona; (3) the view from our hotel in Arcos de la Frontera; (4) riding through the streets of Sevilla in horse-drawn carriages. There were many more."

Joy

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never taken a tour before and had some doubts about whether one would suit me. However, I was very pleased about how much I enjoyed being with our "gang of 24" plus Robert Wright, who does a topnotch job and is very sensitive and kind. Learning about Spain was delightful! Our hotels were fab and the food so delicious. I was a bit slower than the others[INVALID][INVALID][INVALID]bad knee, but kind men in our group always offered an arm. And it was great to have a bit of rest and relaxation in the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't name just one!!! Madrid, Alhambra, Ronda"

A C

Mcloud, OK

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a non stop party with 23 of my now best friends, celebrating the beauty and culture of Spain, while learning the historical importance of the country. A terrific experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from all the sights, my favorite times were the interaction with the locals, in the coffee/pastry shops, restaurants/tapas bars, or just walking the streets, and using my limited language skills."

John

Arvada, CO

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good locations, things to do, happy campers, good food and fun guide, Roberto. Eighth tour for me and I'm pleased to have seen most of Europe 50-plus years ago when my family of five travelled Europe, including Spain. I enjoyed using my little Spanish with locals and as a "translater" for some. The Royal Palace in Madrid was a bit too boring for me, and some tours (horse training, Prado following city tour) were too long standing. I liked the home visit and not doing the "name game."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow for me is visiting big sights without big crowds through good planning. Biggest Wow from inside Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church."

Mary

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great Time! The variety of experiences was excellent, and the days were well paced with plenty of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was unexpectedly "wowed" by how clean everything was in the cities! Also impressed by the vast extent of the olive groves and by the bull farm...things I knew nothing about."

Lois

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour guide, the people in our group, and the local guides in each destination. The variety of the hotels on our visit, and the exposure to different kinds of meals proved to be an anticipation and a delight. Our superlative guide, Robert Wright, opened up Spain through our exposure to some of the poets and writers of the country. In fact, the tour will not be over anytime soon as he has forwarded a reading list, and I plan to build a timeline of things learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been thinking a lot about community. Spain is characterized by its historical and current traditions involving others: festivals, fraternities in the church, gatherings at the tapas bars, the evening walks and social events. Once different communities lived together: the Jews, the Muslims, and the Christians. They were allowed to be their own communities under singular rulers. It seems that the politics of a time fracture the everyday lives of its citizens, but something remains."

Diane

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen Inman was fantastic-smart, knowledgeable, caring, and funny. Professional guides for special sites were the best. Hotels were comfortable and situated in optimum locations so we could walk everywhere in the cities and towns. The tour took us to places that would be difficult to get to if you were traveling independently. We experienced the food and flavor of the country. It was a fabulous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Granada and the tour of the Alhambra...but the best part was our dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Alhambra at night. It was breathtaking as were the cobblestone streets on our way back after dinner."

Lynn

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour, well balanced between cities and countryside, group activities and free time, enhanced by Helen, our outstanding guide. Her knowledge, caring, fun spirit and sense of humor greatly augmented the wonderful memories. The group bonded instantly and most of us even dined together on our free night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment. I thought I never wanted to leave Hotel Molina del Arcos in Ronda then was amazed with the hill town of Arcos with its narrow cobblestone streets and the breathtaking views."

Ed

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was our 5th RS tour and one of the best. Great country, great group of people, excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"dinner at night across from the Alhambra was amazing food and view."

Barbara

Lake Lotawana, MO

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started with an absolutely fantastic tour guide, Helen Inman. Then, our group was cohesive and fun, and the tour itself was amazing! We saw the highlights of each city and felt like we really got the flavor and culture of Spain. Kudos overall to a fantastic experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night of the tour when we all went on a magical carriage ride through Seville with sparkling wine to top it off! My second was our last night in Arcos when the tour was winding down and everyone in the group decided to eat together on our free night at an Italian restaurant. The funny thing was that the restaurant didn't appear to be ready for us and then suddenly they moved people, got us our bottles of wine and presto our food was ready in record time! It was so amazing."

Paulette

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well planned and effectively carried out. I enjoyed the contrast of the big cities with the small towns. There was a good variety of things to see...from cathedrals and castles to horse farms and flamenco dance. The local guides were outstanding and made each location more meaningful and unique. Helen set a good pace that allowed us to see the highlights of each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew I wasn't going to like Barcelona's Sagrada Familia. Was I surprised! The local guide helped us to understand the thought and architecture behind it and with that in mind it became beautiful and unique. The triple layer Roman aqueduct was really a highlight. I was amazed by the mortarless fitting of those huge blocks that have lasted for close to two thousand years. Sure wished those stones could have talked. The Alhambra was a major sight. Just beautiful by day and night!"

Rickard

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth RS tour and our first visit to Spain. Like the other trips, it was the perfect blend of the "must see" iconic experiences plus "back door" experiences which would be almost impossible for us to find for ourselves. The local guides at every stop were incredible. The whisper mike audio system is perfect....much nicer than crowding around trying to catch the explanations. Of course Helen was invaluable. Always prepared, always cheerful. Perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing and beautifully explained to us. The Sagrada Familia was a big surprise....I thought it was not especially attractive until I was actually there. Again, the guide made it come to life. And, as with other tours, having brunch in the home of a local resident....finding things we have in common and things that are different."

Fletcher

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was a wonderful experience. Helen, our tour guide, was very knowledgable, well organized and made for an enjoyable with her great sense of humor. The local guides in each city were also very good. There was a good balance between tour time and free time which allowed everyone to explore further or just sit back and relax.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo cathedral."

Dorothy

Boyne City, MI

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was an adventure Helen prepared us for the different experiences with background info and made us all feel comfortable and valued. Her sense of fun made the trip even more memorable The tour guides were so knowledgable and the lunch provided by locals provided insight into a typical home and life. In a word, The experience was FABULOUS

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Sagrada Familia was so moving. Though I am not religious , it was a spiritual experience We ended up following the Gaudi trail But there were many WOW moments"

Judith

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour (or any tour for that matter) and it was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Helen, was outstanding in every way, and the local guides were so knowledgeable and made each site or city so much more enjoyable or meaningful than they would have been had we been on our own. The hotels were good to amazing, as were our room in each, but all were certainly acceptable. The food at the group dinners exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one! The dinner overlooking the Alhambra, the flamenco show, the Prado (the local guide was outstanding), and Sagrada Familia, stand out."

George

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As before with a RS Tour, my expectations were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Last night's diner and carriage ride. Also Moorish Bath in Saville."

Mavis

Morgantown, WV

Tour: 09/26/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the diversity of the experiences that we had as well as the amount of free time that we had to explore on our own, or to just relax if desired. The other tour members were exceptionally compatible and we all had a lot of fun together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I had previously seen a lot of cathedrals and museums in other countries, these were not as 'wowing' to me as perhaps to others. I think the final dinner and carriage ride at the end was maybe my 'wow' experience. That was very unique and fun. The hotel in Ronda also was a 'wow'. I loved it."

Margaretha

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All was very good! (But I think I need to invest in new walking shoes...I think I wore out the two pair I brought from home!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The saffron warehouse was a fun surprise. The view from our restaurant that looked out at the Alhambra lit up at night was spectacular. The horse drawn carriage ride and tour before our last dinner together was a delightful surprise. While at the hotel in Arcos de la frontera we saw sheep being herded along the road below; we could hear the roosters crowing far below us. It was a lovely view from the hotel room."

Laura

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Packed with diverse opportunities to immerse myself in the local festivities, understand and appreciate Spanish arts, history, and regional traditions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A day which started in Salinas Malagra in which as brunch guests of a local senora we learned some Spanish, then visiting a bull farm, taking in the beauty of Ronda countryside, and ending in this countryside at the very classy and historic Hotel Molina del Arco."

Claire

Fairhaven, MA

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had both excitement and trepidation prior to the trip, since we have always traveled independently, including almost a dozen prior trips to Europe, and weren't sure what to expect from a tour. We never anticipated that we would have such an outstanding experience! The itinerary was perfect, including the "must see" sights, along with other experiences that truly provided a comprehensive understanding of the history, beauty, and culture of Spain. We are hooked!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to mention...Sagrada Familia, the view from our hotel room terrace in Arcos, the home hosted brunch, the evening processional in Toledo, Seville's Alcazar, the fun and camaraderie of the group."

Andre

Fairhaven, MA

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was our first we have traveled extensively but this was our first. We had a great time! Susana was a great guide and made the experience one never to forget. eVery thing from the tours to.the knowledge of our guides was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving up to and experiencing the windmills."

Allen

Clearwater, MN

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent intergration of sites, history, food, wine, outstanding tour group, knowledgeable, experienced, organized guide and special surprises such as sharing a meal in a private Spainish home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Sagrada Familia church took my breath away. This dazzling Gaudi structure can't be adequately captured in photos or described in words."

Walt

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A good mix of: ...free time and group time ...big city and small cities/villages ...history and present-day life

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing specific...just a much better sense of life in Spain (historic and present-day)."

Lynne

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fourth RS tour and all of them have been stellar! The excellence of the tour is determined by the Tour Guide and we've had top-notch leaders. As usual, a terrific group of 'fellow travellers'' enlivened the experience - and made the group dinners and bus rides fun and entertaining. Well-thought out itinerary made each day intriguing and even if one aspect of the tour was of less interest, another venue would some along to engage one's interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hello El Greco! And, major "wow" for the superb flamenco at the Casa de lo Memoria in Sevilla! A balmy night in a resto overlooking the Alhambra was a true "wow" moment as were the guitarists and flamenco groups playing in the streets for tips. Absolute WOW WOW WOW????? La Mezquita in Córdoba...how could you not take your groups to see the most beautiful, meaningful, important site in Spain?...sure, the Alhambra was gorgeous but this, this was spectacular!"

Margaret

Point Pleasant, NJ

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour! I wasn't too sure about Spain and I'm so glad I went. The itinerary was excellent, seeing all the most famous sights in the country. The hotels were nice, the food was fabulous, the tour members were congenial, and the guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the square by the cathedral in Toledo about 9:30 at night, I heard a band and looked around. A procession was coming out of the cathedral with a huge wreath, then a band, the the most exciting part-a statue of Santa Maria del Alcazar on a float carried by 12 men. They were going to the Alcazar and I got to see them winding though the narrow streets of Toledo. What a thrill!!"

Peggy

Cadet, MO

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was one my husband wanted to take for a few years. It wasn't my first choice but is was our 50th wedding anniversary celebration trip and he was so excited about it I gave in. Well, I must say now that we have been, my choice wouldn't even be in the running as to how much we both enjoyed our trip to Spain. The experience was perfect. We enjoyed each and every adventure, looked forward to the forthcoming day and fell into bed every evening exhausted. WOW!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Mancha!! What a moving experience. Being a fan of Cervantes' the view of the terrain and those windmills along with the the basic offerings of the town of Consuegrau brought back to mind that loving character, Don Quixote."

Meg

Delta, BC

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A fun tour packed with excellent wine, unending tasty food and the best sights ever. Saw so many cities in all their splendor and experienced cultural events that made me appreciate Spanish life. The pace of the tour was demanding but necessary in order to see all the things we did. Really enjoyed the visits to the smaller cities Arcos, Ronda and Segovia. Good group of fun people to travel with and a great guide, Susanna, who made sure we had a variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With so many to choose from, it is difficult....but one memory is lasting. As I was leaving Sagrada Familia, I turned around to see the light streaming through the stained glass windows which were "autumn coloured." The image of the orange hues on the inside of the Church was breath-taking."

Rebecca

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't realize how little I knew about Spain! I learned so much and now would love to see more of Spain. This trip seemed a little more "vigorous" than previous trips. Maybe I'm just getting old!! The only thing that might have made it better is if we could have stayed another night in Rondo. That hotel was fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole day that ended in Rondo. From the breakfast in a real Spanish home, the Bull and horse Ranch (where I got to try the bull fighting cape!), the breathtaking town of Rondo and finally the hotel in Rondo. A perfect day."

Carol

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour and it did not disappoint. Everything was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Javier had several surprises for us that were memorable. The breakfast with the local ladies was a highlight, the dinner in Segovia, dinner across from the Alhambra. Our last night dinner and the carriage ride was the perfect way to end the tour."

Wendy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every planned activity on the Spain tour was worth doing: I learned a great deal every day from Javier, the knowledgeable local guides, and the Rick Steves' book which, though I thought I'd studied it beforehand, continued to provide a wealth of useful and interesting insights along the way. Our fellow travelers were congenial, and we were frequently surprised by how much we enjoyed the various activities we knew were coming up, from suckling pig to lunch with Lolly to the Andalusians...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olive trees olive trees olive trees! Just had no expectation of the thousands and millions of them! Spain provides the world with olive oil!"

Brian

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best tour imaginable. We had a tremendous variety of experiences, from great walking tours in historic cities to a fighting bull ranch, dinner with the best view of the Alhambrah at night, a phenomenal view from the hotel in Arcos de la Frontera, and so much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed like every day there was an unanticipated pleasant surprise. My wife and I enjoyed the tour f Sagrada Famila, the trip to Segovia, including the luncheon of Suckling Pig at Jose Maria's with a group member cutting the pig with a plate and then Javier breaking the plate to prove it was a real plate, Javier's visits to nuns in various cities to introduce us to that and to their pastries. The visit in the village in La Mancha with Lollie and her fellow ladies, etc."

Susan

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken two other Rick Steves tours and I have to say the Spain tour was outstanding. Our guide Xavier was very good at planning ahead and giving us options. He was very knowledgeable and efficient and had a good sense of humor. He gave me the feeling that his main purpose was to ensure. We had a successful tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment was the surprise carriage ride on our last night in Sevilla. What a wonderful experience."

Kay

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good overall tour experience, I would say. I came home feeling as if I had really seen the best of Spain with our toured cities and experiences. I would definitely recommend being in good shape for this tour because it is energetic. After touring morning into afternoon each day with the group, my husband and I would have preferred not to reconnect so frequently as a group during the same evening for a group activity and/or dinner--high on the togetherness factor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A glorious moment on the tour[INVALID]Granada: At nightfall viewing from a distance the spectacular Alhambra palace-fortress basked in gold from starlight and moonlight was like seing into an otherworldly realm. Magnificent!"

Angela

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour, the guide was excellent and fun, the group was very compatible, and I feel we saw the highlights of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two: one was the dinner in Granada (seated on the patio of one of the Carmens of Albayzin, watching the sunset, the moon rise, and the Allhambra walls come alive with the lights as it got dark - food was good too); the other was the "grand finale" in Seville (carriage ride with champaign around Seville followed by the best dinner of the whole trip). I loved both evenings."

Donna

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It couldn't have been better. And you didn't scare me off with all the warnings about steps and cobblestones and miles to be walked. Perhaps you should back off on this or risk losing some timid clients.for no good reason.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all WOW. Especially the Toro Bravo ranch for reasons you will never know."

Cathy

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible! The special experiences planned were excellent-- especially impressed with being able to have breakfast in the homes of some village people and learn a bit about their lives..... The suckling pig dinner, dinner on terrace looking out at the Alhambra, the carriage ride on our last evening were all incredible. We enjoyed every experience that was planned for us-- as well as the fellow tour members and our guide. A+ all the way around.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One was the unplanned nabbing of the would be pick-pockets in the tourist information office.... others were the Alhambra and the suckling pig meal"

Miriam

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour! I think about it everyday! The tour was well planned to provide a wide variety of experiences from cities to small towns to countryside and it provided a real taste and understanding of Spain today and in history. I expected and found the art and architecture to be outstanding. Our tour guide, Javier Menor, was outstanding. Travel is a life changing experience; my life has been enriched by this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were WOW moments everyday! Javier enjoyed providing enough background information then letting the experiences surprise and enchant us. The Alhambra was a wow moment; it is enchanting! And of course, breakfast with Lolly was a fabulous chance to meet local people! She was delightful!"

Greg

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, wonderful destinations, terrific hotels, outstanding group meals - what more could you ask for?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia. Not just the structure itself, but he story behind it. Great local guide opened it up for us. Followe4d by Shaw (one of our tour members) cutting the suckling pig with a plate."

Dave

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Third time was a charm. Our 2002 tour of Turkey was Very Good, our 2003 Eastern Europe tour Adequate, much of that was because of our tour guide. Our primary guide on this tour, Javier, was spot on, local guides absolutely superb, food was to die for and accommodations surprisingly lavish. What "back door"?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.I had read several articles about it including a very detailed one in National Geographic. That did not prepare me for what a truly amazing sight it is. Much credit goes to local guide Christina, her running commentary of what to focus on and the significance of what we were seeing could not have been surpassed."

Ken

Bailey, CO

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our previous Rick Steves tours this was terrific. We loved the food, the sights , our tour group and our superb guide (Amanda).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking across the valley at a lit up Alhambra."

Sharon

Freeland, WA

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic group, best guide ever in Amanda. I went as a unprepared, tag along with my spouse. I got so much out of all the venues, local guides and history as well as tasty meals. Loved the expressive culture, the street scenes at night. from falcons, to hip hop demo, to churros and chocolate. I still marvel being from the Northwest that they have outdoor, uncovered escalator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Love the phrase"in this moment". a statement made by Rafael Tejada. This so tells a story about one mans passion to not only fight as a matador, but to build, bred, and raise horses, and bulls used in the Bullfighting ring. His dream took form in 2008 and he was fighting professional in 2011. This just so exemplified the human spirit and passion of Spain to me."

Martine

Russell, ON

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I had gifted myself for my 50th birthday, the trip to a country that I had always wanted to visit. I chose a Rick Steves tour on the promise of a smaller, more intimate group, and on a blend of tour activities that would ensure that I saw the big and great sights,along with those that represented the more typical lifestyle of the regions I would be visiting. This tour did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Churros con chocolates in Madrid. Eating suckling pig in Segovia. Hearing Amanda's summary of Cervantes' Don Quixote on the way to Consuegra. Sunset dinner across the Alhambra in Granada. A much awaited tour of the Alhambra & the Palacio del Generalife. Staying at the Molino del Arco outside of Ronda. Sipping amazing sherry in Jerez. Flamenco and a horse-carriage ride in Sevilla."

Lisa

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love having an itinerary that is packed with many opportunities but also having time where my husband and I can go off on our own. The tour offered events that I may not have chosen myself but added variety and enjoyment. Several mornings it was hard to get up due to typically late Spanish dining the previous day. But, there was often time during travel or in hotels for a siesta. The stay at the lovely hotel outside Ronda was like being at a resort. It was beautiful, quiet and restful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had seen Sagrada Familia in photos taken from afar-looking like a Dr Seuss set. But to get close with the guide explaining Gaudi's intent, seeing its ongoing realization in concrete, sculpture and stained glass was a spiritual experience for me."

Robert

Freeland, WA

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

you made it easy.....action packed...very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"unesco towns"

Damaris

Bailey, CO

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, our tour experience was enhanced by the knowledge, enthusiasm, organization and concern exhibited by our most delightful tour director Anmanda. That being said, we loved the opportunities to learn something of the history, culture, people, geography of Spain. Highlights: Sagrada Familia, Alcazar and Alhambra; Segovia, Toledo and the white hill towns. It was interesting to be in Barcelona during the campaign for independence of Catalunya. Loved the whole trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking inside the Sagrada Familia after learning something of Gaudi's inspiration and desires for this truly wonderful cathedral."

Dennis

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 09/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset dinner in Grenada looking out at the Alhambra."

Sandra

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour. We saw and did so much. Perhaps a bit more down time would be nice. The way that the tour is set up encourages travellers to get to know each other. The buddy system is an excellent idea. Meeting and getting to know other tour members was a huge addition to the enjoyment of the trip. The group meals were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment was viewing the Alhambra. It was absolutely stunning in every way."

Claudette

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary included both big city and small town experiences that reflected the real Spain. Staying in the city center, within walking distance of so many options, works so well and gave us an opportunity to comfortably explore on our own during our "off time." Travel on the bus and metro was sooooo easy. Food, lodging and travel accommodations were very well done. The only venue that I didn't care for was the bull fighting museum in Rhonda. Better to have spent my time at the gorge or

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia and our good fortune of being there on a Sunday morning when the three Castles teams were making their human castles. It was impressive and clearly a glimps into a cultural tradition in Barcelona. The back[INVALID] of the Church and then the amazing tour of the interior just extended an amazing experience. (Answering this question was difficult. We had a lot of wow moments... The Alhambra, the view from our veranda in Arcos de la Frontera, the Plaza de Espana in Sevilla.)"

Sandra

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so much more than I expected but at the same time what I expected, that Spanish feel in the small square and walkways. I have traveled all over Europe except for Spain and I was very excited about going. We have been on other RS tours and this did not disappoint. I am so sad to see that everything seems to be buy your ticket in advance. I wish I had had more time everywhere we went. Except for going to a bullfight, I can't think of anything we missed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basque tapas and sangria which I could enjoy almost every day. We tried to locate our favorite Madrid bar several times but never did. Another wow moment was after the trip and we stopped in Cordoba. We actually found the RS recommended restaurant and it was wonderful. The Alhambra was the icing on the cake. What a remarkable building!"

Beth

Denton, TX

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a wonderful experience! Trip of a lifetime made possible bc of our tour guide Robert and our great travel group... Now friends! Definitely arrive at least a day early bc tour gets started quickly and packed daily with great sights, (loved)history & plenty of ham, cheese & bread! Hotels were in great locations ( very small) in every city... Favorite was country inn near Ronda. Loved the people of Spain, our interesting tour guides in every city and the variety of everything we experienced!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" would have to be the tour of Alhambra Palace & tour group dinner the night before with the palace all lit up. Sagrada Familia will always be one of the high points but we loved the breakfast with the local family, evening in Toledo listening to local musicians with lighted cathedral as our back drop & our champagne toast on the rooftop bar in Madrid. In Ronda, we kissed the hand of Sister Teresa! Loved the matador owned bull farm & Andulusian horse farm. Fav. City Granada! OH...PRADO??"

Judith

Norman, OK

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about the tour experience! Our guide, Robert, was wonderful from the very first day, he is so well informed about all of Spain including all of its history back to Roman times. The people on our tour were very likable, friendly and curious about everything we saw. The architecture and art and history really made Spain come alive for us. We walked a lot and saw a lot, but we had free time every day to take a siesta or shop or "tapas crawl".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think we were the most impressed with Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona. Absolutely the most beautiful building I have ever seen in my life! Second would be the evening dinner outside in Granada with a view of the Alhambra. Fabulous!"

Ellen

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was impressively well organized. Our guide, Robert, was fantastic. Having daily free time was great. Food was good but I wanted more fresh vegetables and fruit. Cathedral & museum tours should minimize the standing, which is so tiring it detracts from focusing on - and caring about - what is being said. Adding a musical event, such as a talk from a guitar maker and/or a performance would be good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was my personal favorite, because I fell in love with the tile designs. The Segovia aqueduct was a close second. The old city of Barcelona, the hotel in Ronda, the "get to know each other" potluck Robert organized, and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona (on my free time), and the Spanish Civil War walking tour in Barcelona (also on my free time) were also terrific."

Doug

Alamo, CA

Tour: 09/12/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love the selection of towns and cities. We also like the selection of museums, hotels, and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the structures and gardens of the Alhambra."

Nancy

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt my trip to Spain was excellent, in every way. The itenerary was the best of any of the tours I considered. The coordination was excellent and I think the accommodations were the best of the five trips I have made with Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting Sagrada Familia. I have visited many churches, cathedrals, etc., but Sagrada Familia was really "other worldly". I felt like a tiny being on the magical forest floor. It was spectacular."

Keith

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge made the visit a most memorable event. I could not ask for a more informative or interesting tour guide. He made the visit one I will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"sagrada familia visit alhambra alchazar"

Greg

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge really made Spain one of the best countries I have visited. He was full of surprises and made our travels very enjoyable. Spain is a beautiful country and the hotels we stayed in had some of the greatest views we have ever experienced. The entire trip was a festival of food. Suckling pig, paella and jamon and tapas everywhere you look. Really enjoyed the sherry tour (art exhibit)at Bodegas Tradicion as well as the wine with almost every meal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada on Albayzin Hill overlooking the Alhambra at sunset. Wonderful view and terrific food. Jorge's surprise, sunset on the Terrace in Madrid. Windmills in Consuegra. Ronda El Torero Bull ranch tour. Sagrada Familia Church."

Bob

Fall City, WA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was full of experiences ...even better than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of the Sagrada Familia church.....that interior was not expected."

Mary

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall a great first experience. Jorge was very helpful and thoughtful and tried and succeeded in giving us a great trip experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia was simply stunning. I had walked away from group to get a picture and turned around to look at the group and it was so great to see the looks of awe on their faces. That was THE wow moment for me."

Timothy

Centerville, OH

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific trip in every respect. The variety of places and events that were included was incredible. Hotels were excellent and varied. Unique. Interesting. Our guide was excellent. The group was wonderful and entertaining to travel with. This trip exceeded our expectations by a wide margin. Likely the best tour we've been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada is magnificent. We had dinner across the way from the Alhambra the night before we visited it. We could see it lit up at night. Incredible. The views of the mountains from the Alhambra itself (across the city of Granada) the next day were also amazing."

Kathy

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We traveled from Barcelona through Spain and ended in Seville. The trip was a great experience and our guide as well as the local guides were wonderful. We saw many of the most interesting and educational sites in the large cities and enjoyed our time in the smaller locations. The trip was well organized and it was great to avoid the lines at many of the attractions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the Rick Steve's dinner in Granada with beautiful views of the Alhambra at night. The Sagrada Familia was wonderful in Barcelona."

Tom

Chester, VA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Jorge insisted we immerse ourselves in the Spanish tradition. One of the highlights of the trip was the group being divided into groups and joining a Spanish family for brunch. This forced us to use our knowledge of the Spanish language/Rick Steve's Phrase Book to interact with our host. Jorge definitely worked hard to insure all members of the tour were truly satisfied with the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See above"

Peter

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 09/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the best of the 5 great tours I have had with Rick Steves. What made this tour was our main guide JORGE. He maintained the tempo with his knowledge of Spain coordination of the activities on the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The diverse geography and the size of the architectural design and size of Sagrada Familia."

Sandy

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/05/15

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour was not as expected. We were on your 21 day Europe tour and found it to be outstanding. The Spain trip was not informative and the hotels were lousy. The guide did not always pay attention to the group. People were lost and often times ignored.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"no wows"

Sue

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 09/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose the Spain tour as I'd never been there before. I wasn't sure what to expect but now would like to go back and expand on the areas we covered. It was an awesome tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was expecting to reflect and come up with one or two wow moments. But in review I realize that each different area had it's own unique wow moment. This is a wonderful tour! The Alhambra, flamenco dancing, guitar concert in a cathedral, Gaudi, Goya, light shows in Toledo, captivating windmills...need I go on...?"

Ken

Saugatuck, MI

Tour: 09/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Helen was great and the free time to explore local sites iw much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating brunch in the very small town with a local family was the "wow" moment. I was surprised how large her home was. I lived in France for 5 years and by European standards, it was huge. The host was delightful even though she di not speak English. However, she was a brilliant communicator. It was a great experience!"

Jerry

Seatac, WA

Tour: 09/05/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great group of people, Helen our guide was very knowledgeable about Spain and helpful in providing ideas for sights and accommidations for our post trip to Portugal, as were the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "Sagrada Familia Church""

Trudy

Oakwood Hills, IL

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our very first fully guided Land Tour and I must say we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The balance of the various sights--cultural, historical, educational and scenic-- was extremely well designed.. As well as the ample built-in free time, which gave everyone the opportunity for total absorption of every experience or to fulfill the desire for additional touring. The help received for the latter, was very helpful and much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra. This has been on my Bucket List since I was a teenager!!! I was totally in awe of this historical palace, its art, architecture and history. The view from San Nicolas the evening before served perfectly to enhance the experience next day. It was truly THE WOW moment for me!"

Richard

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our group was nice, interesting and congenial. Susanna led the group well and was helpful for those as they needed it but also allowed us to be independent enough as we desired. There was a good variety of different activities planned. The travel was spaced out well enough considering the distance that we covered. Also, the planned "break" time in the middle where we could have our wash done was appreciated ( especially by those of us who planned to stay over here in Europe longer).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing!!! Also, enjoyed the Bull ring and Bull farm visit. Architecture in Barcelona was fascinating and enjoyable. Seville was a nice & mellow place to end the tour."

Todd

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting, educational, moving, filling, physically challenging and great fun! Susanna not only is a GREAT guide, but helped everyone with future plans. She is one of the most organized and caring people I've ever met, (and in great shape, boy can she walk). Ya know,, " they can't take that away from me" is all I could say.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me I liked the square in Madrid in the middle of the night, I guess I'm a little different, but I liked the craziness of the young people and the location of the hotel."

Donald

Hot Springs Village, AR

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

every move of the group was carefully planed....the meals, hotels, places visited were all very interesting.....great group of travelers... Susanna was both charming and helpful to the group and to my wife and i..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"pig roast..........the wonderful selection of local wines"

John

Bentonville, VA

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While this was our first tour, we'd used the books in the past. For Spain, this is the only way to tour as all the arrangements are made with only one check. We love the RS approach of going as a temporary. Even at our age we could do the necessary walking to get into city centers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but in Arco we walked and eventually stopped at a tapa bar across from St. Peter church. There the owner's brother sang to my wife. It was a meal we will recall forever. We did a flaminco in a cave in Granada as well as the one on tour in Sevilla. They were so different, I am glad we did both."

Robert

Bend, OR

Tour: 08/31/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time I took a guided tour. I was a little overwhelming having to be ready every morning, but it was worth it seeing and learning so much about Spain and Europe. I miss the food back in Oregon everything taste bland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Segrada familia and the Alhambra, and the flamenco in Sevilla, I really like Sevilla."

Joel

Benicia, CA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of energy with a wonderful, fun bunch of folks and a passionate, knowledgable leader, Javier. Spectacular art and architecture. The days flew by. Even the time on the bus was filled with commentary and insights into the Spanish culture courtesy of the irrepressable Javier, although he was also mindful of when his flock needed quiet, like on the way back from Segovia, filled with wine and fabulous roasted, suckling pig! Spain came to life for all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Gaudi's unbelievable Sagrid de Familia cathedral. Also meeting a real, live matador, Rafael Tejada."

Bruce

Morongo Valley, CA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide ,Javier's enthusiasm to share Spain with us was part of everything we did and saw. His interest in us and his country was infectious. This was my 6th Rick Steves trip and without a doubt Javier made it the best of the lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many moments of interest and wonder but my "Wow" moment, the one that makes me grin, came early in the trip. On the train from Barcelona to Madrid I was the member that had to share a pair of seats with someone not a tour member. It could not have turned out better. My seatmate was a young man raised in Barcelona, a music teacher/student going to Madrid with 3 others to play with an orchestra. We talked and taught each other our languages all the way to Madrid."

Jenna

Silverdale, WA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience of Spain in 14 Days was beyond our expectations! We were amazed at all that we were able to do with the tour as well as on our own and at the amount of cultural and historical information provided. In addition, the accommodations, food and group activities were even more wonderful than even expected, and we expected them to be great after reading reviews from previous travelers. All together they made for a truly unforgettable vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While we expected the Sagrada Familia and other architectural wonders to [INVALID] "wow" moments, we were not prepared for the view from our room in Los Arcos de la Frontera. Stepping out on our balcony at the very top of the cliff and seeing the entire valley below was amazing! Rivaling it was the "wow" moment when all the information from the tour of the Sagrada Family on Gaudi sunk in and we understood Gaudi's engineering genius!"

Ricardo

Mt Pleasant, MI

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love RS tours, my 4th one already, and won't be the last. The use of whisper system for narration is great; no need to huddle together to listen to the guides's narration, and I can wander a bit taking photos while still able to listen to the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The usual wows have been raved about by other travelers' reviews. For me, who has visited pretty much all the countries of Western Europe, the surprising wow was how friendly and warm the Spanish people I encountered were, including the taxi drivers, really!!, including of course our "surprise" local host in Salinas . The pickpockets in BCN and MAD are probably nice too but I did not have any direct encounters with them :-(."

Nancy

Benicia, CA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was thoughtfully planned. Javier was incredibly professional, yet not afraid to share his views on any subject! It was a great trip/tour, with plenty of "surprises." Great location of first hotel, K&K Barcelona.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was at least a "wow" a day! The Sagrada Familia! Incredible! Our dining spot looking over to The Alhambra! Being dropped off to have brunch with Lolly and her "gang!" Sharing a sunset in Toledo!"

Francisco

Irvine, CA

Tour: 06/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our family's third RS tour, and so far it has been the best ... and the first two really set the bar high. Everything from the lead guide (Javier), the local guides, the surprises, the tour members, almost all of the hotels, and did I mention Javier, were fantastic. For me, the best part of an RS tour is that it's not about "checking the box" of sights, attractions, and activities. RS tours are well planned but with a touch of the tour leader's personality. This tour was no exception.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where do I start? Sagrada Familia, "Las Meninas" at the Prado, Madrid's Royal Palace and it's complete Stradivarius quartet, Segovia's Roman aqueduct, the hotel in Arcos, Granada's Alhambra, and the list goes on. However, Breakfast with Encarna, was the most enjoyable. Despite our halting Spanish, it was teamwork in action as our group of new-found friends searched for words to ask, explain, clarify, and truly experience a slice of Spanish life, away from the tourist must-sees and must-dos."

Phyllis

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Church"

Steven

Henderson, NV

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was, simply put, an outstanding experience in every way. Our guide, Helen, was absolutely wonderful. The tour group was composed of friendly, generous, like minded people who were there to have fun, experience a great country, learn a bit and contribute to tour's success. This was our third Rick Steves tour so we had very high expectations that were exceeded in every way. We loved Spain - it's people, history, art and architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment. The Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra were very special. All the local guides provided special moments in places they obviously loved. The whole day in Toledo was a surprising wow for me. The art of the Prado and the Picasso Museum were amazing. I have to mention our stay in Arcos was an amazing couple of days and nights. We will never forget the turkish style baths in Seville."

Pamela

West Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have wanted to return to Spain especially to Barcelona, Granada and Seville and the Rick Steves Best of Spain in 14days satisfied all my requirements. Marvelous tour. It was well organized and our Tour Leader Helen Inman was excellent. Thoughtful, knowledgeable, flexible, caring and made learning fun. Our hotels and meals were great and so were the members of the tour. How nice not to line up at Sagrada Familia Church and Alhambra in Granada and other locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day there was something. My WOW's included Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Spectacular. The Royal Palace in Madrid. Toledo's magnificent cathedral. The drive through the windswept "Don Quixote" country and seeing the windmills. Loved it and will return. The Alhambra in Granada - extraordinary. Sherry tasting and those magnificent prancing horses and their foals. Our final dinner and carriage ride through the streets of Seville."

Annie

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was a good day. I was pleased how we were able to explore with the group, led by our informative and personable leader Helen. Each day we were offered a variety of experiences. We also had special local guides who were experts when we visited a museum or large cathedral or other attractions. The tour was not too strenuous and we took lots of breaks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being inside the Sagrada Familia with the sunlight shining through the Stained glass windows was my favorite experience. It was surreal."

Patrick

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thought the tour was well organized, i.e.,things were on time, time was used well, buses, guides were on schedule etc. The tour was set up to give us a great variety of events and settings which allowed us to get a good feel for the variety of life styles, areas and interests of Spain and its people. i enjoyed the history "lessons" we got, since that helped explain so much of what we saw. Helen was terrific as were all the local guides. They were very informative and being local helped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am an art guy, so for me the Prado and Picasso museums were a real shot in the arm. Second: A guitar recital of classical Spanish music in Barcelona. Also rans: Tapas and sangria on a veranda overlooking the gorge in Ronda, dinner at 10:30, the hotel outside Ronda, Gaudi's cathedral, our last dinner in Sevilla, the Alhambra, The dinner looking across a ravine to the Alhambra, more tapas, wife taste spectrum of sangrias, strong coffee, good breakfasts, the people on the street at night."

Andrew

Lexington, MA

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. We saw many cities and had guides in many that were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The transportation was easy and efficient. Our driver, Pablo, was a wizard in small spaces and on back roads. Helen, our tour guide was just the right mix of planned activities and flexible free time. Each city seemed to be better than the last. We met many friendly and interesting tour members. We left on a high note after the spa massage, final supper and horse and buggy ride around Sevilla

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. If I had to pick one, it would be the dinner overlooking the Alhambra as day faded to night while we ate a delicious dinner and watched the lights come on across the valley."

Raymond

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had a good mixture of local sites and museums, time to do personal exploration, and great food.Our tour guide, Helen, was excellent, being very informative, accommodating, and an overall pleasure to be with. I also was able to learn a lot about Spain's history (which I did not know much about) and its culture. I was genuinely surprised with how interesting and fun a trip to Spain could be!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I actually had two "wow" moments. The first was our visit the the Alhambra in Granada. The beauty of the place with its intricate designs and astounding architecture was mind blowing to me. My second "wow" moment was witnessing a local procession honoring St. Peter in Arcos de la Frontera. I felt lucky to be able to watch locals celebrating an important part of their culture."

Cindy

Littleton, CO

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Spain tour was an outstanding introduction to a delightful country. Our tour itinerary was EXACTLY as described in the website. Our guide, Helen, was an energetic and cheerful leader to our group of 23 "family" members. Traveling with a Rick Steves tour group gave us a stress free vacation enabling us to experience every destination without the headache of logistics. Helen gave us historical context, modern culture, and up to date news relating to each destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada was my WOW moment, Pictures can never do it justice and you will just have to see it for yourself."

Timothy

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 06/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A TRULY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I COULDN'T POSSIBLY CHOOSE ONE, THERE WERE SO MANY. MAYBE HAVING DINNER ACROSS THE VALLEY FROM THE ALHAMBRA AT SUNSET."

Mary

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were simply blown away [INVALID]by the beauty of Spain, the genuine friendliness of it's people, the amazing sights (the Prado! the Alhambra! the Flamenco! the Andalusian Horses, the Stud (bull) Farm! the Windmills! the Cathedrals & Basilicas & Churches! the breakfast w/a family @ their lovely Salinas home! and on & on & on!), the friendly, interesting & congenial co-travellers on our Tour and the fun, fantastic, friendly Tour Guides! Yay Agus & William!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No way can I choose just one "wow" moment -- every minute of every day was a "WOW"! The entire tour totally exceeded all my expectations! I was "wowed" by it all! Thank You, Rick Steves, your staff AND Agus & William! A wonderful trip! I get a bit teary-eyed thinking back on this marvelous, magnificent & magical tour."

Jeff

Peachtree City, GA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife and my 4th Rick Steves tour. And it was special. Our fellow tour members, our guides, the sights, the cities, the hotels/resorts, the churches, the food, etc., etc., etc. I could go on and on. But, mostly it was the tour members. What a special group, the best ever. Everyone got along very well and we all had a blast. I can't say enough. We, along with our guides, Agus and William, hit it off from the very first meeting and never stopped having fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spain was the highlight. But, if there was one moment that stood out it was during brunch in Salinas. A small, country town where the groups (we split in two) enjoyed an authentic meal with a local family. The food and conversation, in Spanish, were great. As we finished, in walked grandpa wearing a red Georgia Bulldogs baseball cap. I couldn't believe it, out in the middle of the country, in Spain! Pictures were taken and sent to our son in law, a UGA grad!"

Doris

Beatrice, NE

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had a nice variety of activities with plenty of free time to explore the things that interested us.Our guide Agustin and his apprentice William were very knowledgable and accommodating and made the extra effort to see that everyone was having an enjoyable time.The people we met in our group and the Spanish people we met on the tour were lots of fun and helpful to others. The city guides did a super job of explaining the local sites and seemed to enjoy their jobs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My very favorite moment was seeing the Alhambra lit up at night across the way in Granada. I thought it was beautiful. (There were many other "wow" moments, but I loved that one in particular."

Denise

Aloha, OR

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was a fantastic country. Our hotels were very nice, two of them were spectacular! Agust and William were great, very helpful and caring. The high speed train from Barcelona to Madrid was wonderful. I also liked the sherry and horse tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo was one of my favorite cities with it's narrow winding streets and magnificent cathedral. The Alhhambra in Granada was fantastic!"

Rob

Aloha, OR

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Augustin and William were great: humorous, knowledgeable and patient. They shared enough of themselves to make them accessible and that insight adds a dimension to the trip that I appreciate. For example I liked how Augustin talked about Basque pride and the current separatist movement. I really like hooking up with the local guides. We get some general history and perspective from Augustin and William, but the local guides are exceptional in their knowledge and passion. Like free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was pretty awe inspiring, as are the other Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. As an Issac Newton Junkie I was surprised and delighted to see the Principia Mathematica in the Archives in Savilla. Dante's Divine Comedy was also displayed."

Loi Dene

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's Tour and we enjoyed it just as much!! I like the balance that is struck between organized sight seeing and just being on my own to snoop around AFTER I've been given some direction! A special part of the tour for us was the professionalism and knowledge of each of the guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments.....the ending crescendo of the Flamenco dance and/or the moment we saw the Alhambra at night all lit up."

Judy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/01/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting and really fun beyond any expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the art work in the Prado in Madrid that had inspired Picasso's obsessions in his work seen at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. I appreciated Picasso's artistic and intellectual process so much more. He seemed like part of an historic line from Velasquez to himself. Also, revelation in Seville--Gaudi's Sagrada Familia was inspired by cathedrals like the cathedral in Seville. Awesome history!"

Wayne

Greer, SC

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great experience. Outstanding tour guide. I would compare to our experience in our Best of Italy tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the bull fight in Madrid."

John

San Pedro, CA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many interesting sites and fun activities. Great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bullfight."

Judy

Greer, SC

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met our expectations providing great food, gorgeous terrain, outstanding landmarks, and a very informed tour guide. I especially enjoyed the combination of large cities and smaller rural settings and villages. A highlight of the trip was having brunch with a local lady in her home in Salinas. Up close and personal! A real window into a typical family's way of life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Carriage ride and dinner afterwards in Sevilla!"

Tom

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was very good but not outstanding because of the hotels; see below

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flamenco performance was stunning and memorable. Other highlights included the bull farm and most of the hosted meals."

Jeanne

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good trip with generous allotment of sights, visits, meals and free time. Well thought out and organized, and well improvised at times. Good assortment of onsite visits (bull raising farm, olive oil production, sherry production, etc.) in addition to museums, churches, palaces, historical places, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reticent of seeing one more chapel, I found myself totally enchanted by the one built by Ferdinand for Isabella's final resting place. The The other 'wow' moment was seeing the Guernica painting by Picasso in Madrid. Few of our group went off to the Reina Sofia museum to see it."

McIver

Kennett Square, PA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were happy to give up some hotel luxury in order to gain central locations, great local guides, and interesting restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I missed signing up for what would have been the greatest - the 4-organ concert in Toledo Cathedral."

Lee

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nygil was awesome... as a guide and a wine expert and a historian. He was a great group leader who included everyone in all our activities. As a result we all bonded quickly and had a great time as a group. in this our 7th RS tour, we had the most fun of any of the prior tours. There were 19 of us all very compatible.... lots of laughter and lots of stories to tell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flamenco show followed by the visit to the architectural mushroom in Seville was totally unexpected as was the carriage ride to the farewell dinner."

James

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We didn't think that anything could top our Best of Italy tour from 2009. but Nygil managed to make this most interesting and memorable trip in our experience. Our group of fellow travelers helped quite a bit. There wasn't a "grump" in the group and we never had to wait or alter our schedule as everyone joined in the spirit of RS travel. We have traveled extensively in Europe and this trip was the best yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What we enjoyed most were the "back door" parts of the trip. Visits to the windmills in La Mancha, breakfast with the ladies in Salinas, the family operated olive oil production and tasting, the bull ranch, the horse "factory" and, not least, the traditional sherry bodega in Jerez, were all memorable, instructive and great fun."

Carol

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved traveling in Spain! The people, sights, smells, tastes, sounds were all amazing. The Rick Steves Tour company made it so easy to focus on these features without worring about where to stay, tickets to buy, what to see and where to eat. It was as stress free as travel can be. Nygil and William were so dedicated, caring and informative that the trip was truly beyond my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It definitely was celebrating my 65th birthday with wonderful fellow travelers as we ate dinner and viewed the beautiful Alhambra! Can't beat that!"

James

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience. Having no expectations as to what Spain had to offer I found every day to be fun, well organized, and filled with interesting city tours led by local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona."

Guillermo

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very satisfied, from the first day when I called your company to make my reservation for my trip to day when the tour ended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering the New Spain in comparison to the Spain I visited in the mid 1980's found a country full of vibrant energy,pride and joy of life. Difference between Day and Night."

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What was not to love...the history, architecture, art, culture, food and drink far exceeded my expectations. This was my eighth trip with Rick Steves, and it was one of the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning Nigel, our guide, was a sommelier. We had some amazing food and wine on our trip."

Geoffrey

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 05/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was one of the best (of eight) we've taken with RSE. Spain was a new area of Europe for us, we had a close and very friendly group of travelers, and we have an excellent guide (Nygil) and assistant guide (William). It was a great combination that blended together to make a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada in a nearly private restaurant clinging to a cliff looking across a valley at the flood-lit Alhambra. What a sight! What a night!"

Marlene

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain in 14 Days was fantastic[INVALID]inspiringh architecture, beautiful scenery, delicious food, charming hotels, and, energetic fellow tour goers who shared our curiosity about Spain's history and culture and politics. Best of all, our tour guide, Robert, and local guides put it all in context so we understood more about what we were seeing. I also like having free-time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments, it's hard to pick one. In fact every day, was another wow moment and I kept thinking how are they going to top this? [INVALID]from Sagrada Familia to the week-old Andalusian colts, the Alhambra, the Alcazar and its gardens, the Prado Museum, breakfast with a family in Salinas[INVALID]so much more. I loved it all."

Judith

Hixson, TN

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a very congenial tour group that got along well together. There was a good variety of activities, both historical and cultural. We learned lots of history and each guide reinforced the information we had received from other guides. The history of Spain impacted the formation of our own country(USA) in many ways. We had lots of meals together and enjoyed trying special Spanish delicacies. The art museums available to visit in Spain are outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The intricate carvings and stained glass windows were overwhelming in their quantity and quality. My "wow" hotels were the eco-hotel outside Ronda, and the lovely El Convento in Arcos. It was so peaceful in the countryside."

Alan

Hixson, TN

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, varied and interesting activities, very good food except for the last night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sangrata Familia"

Michael

Ponca City, OK

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUR GUIDE WAS QUITE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND SHARED HIS LOVE OF THE COUNTRY. COULD HAVE USED AN EXTRA DAY IN BARCELONA. TOO MANY GAUDI SITES TO SEE IN TWO DAYS. LOVED THE BREAKFAST WITH A LOCAL RESIDENT AND THE SPANISH EMERSION IT REQUIRED.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE LA SAGRADA FAMILIA IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE. ENJOYED THE VIEW FROM MY ROOMS' TERRACE IN ARCOS LOOKING DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP HOTEL."

Joe

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely great in all aspects. Possibly the most uniformly comfortable, congenial,and compatible group of any of the 11 RS tour groups we have been with. Robert W was super excellent. We have done 4 RS Italy tours and have had Spain on our to do list for several years. We were not disappointed in any aspect of this tour. Spain is beautiful, intriguing, exciting, fascinating, and full of very diverse history. None of our prior RS tours exposed us to as much Moorish influence as this tour did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For a long time I was going to say my WOW moment was seeing the inside of La Sagrada Famillia as I have never seen interior photos before. But I think my WOW moment was walking into our Room 6 at Hotel El Convento in Arcos and looking out over the countryside from the very very large terrace attached to our room. The hotel is high up on a cliff and the view is breath taking. To add excitement this is the room where Rick stayed and there are tiles on the wall in the hallway recognizing this."

Francie

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was nicely paced with lots of new experiences, but still enough free time to just relax or explore on our own. On day 9, I would have preferred less time spent in the villager's home and more time in Ronda. Because of the language difficulties, the visit in the home was uncomfortably long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our balcony at the hotel in Arcos."

Donna

Fairway, KS

Tour: 05/16/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guiding context and values for the tour's style and design were a great fit for us. The excellent guides in every location provided education and insight we would not have gained otherwise. The mix of structured and unstructured time enabled us to take in, appreciate, and feel part of the local scene in addition to major cultural sites/experiences. We enjoyed the general atmosphere of conviviality, flexibility, and fun among our group -- modeled throughout by our five-star guide leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many: sighting of the Sagrada Familia, inside and out . . . Alhambra at sunset seen from restaurant across the hills . . . Breakfast at Encarnacion's house in Consuegra . . . guitar concert at small chapel in Barcelona . . . in-depth exploration of four Spanish artists work at the Prado . . . castle of Segovia . . .(non-touristico) flamenco show . . . Giralda tower views from top . . . gardens of the Alcazar (Seville) . . . Corpus Cristi procession (Granada). . . hotel near Ronda."

Sharon

Orinda, CA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first tour experience and it exceeded my expectations. It was jammed packed with sight seeing, museums, cathedrals, history, architecture, art, culture etc. it was extremely well organized and well orchestrated. It's not fancy or high end, but a good price performer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Every time I turned around I was wowed. The cathedrals from the middle ages were jaw-dropping. The narrow, winding, cobblestone streets with flowers on windowsills were lovely and ubiquitous. The landscape., the history, the tile, the whitewashed buildings, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, castles, the Roman aqueducts, the Alhambra, Alcazar, the pueblos blancos (whitewashed hill towns).. Really, too many favorites to pick just one!"

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First ever trip to Spain! I have traveled on five contenents and used other travel services. This trip was fantastic! Great itenery, great host guide in Helen and super guides in each local. Loved the architecture and art, the people and food and wine. There are many places I have traveled to in the past that I would not go back to. I would and have strongly recommended Spain and specifically your tour. Very much enjoyed our travel group! Again, Helen was great as our tour host.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona! Gaudi and Picasso! The Ramblas, Tapas at Taverna Basca Irati! Good affordable wine. Fantastically beautiful city and people. Loved it all!"

Nancy

Rockport, TX

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great, couldn't have gone better. Great destinations & great experiences! Wonderful guides & good group....everyone had traveled before so were interesting, considerate & on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The great country inn in Acros de la Frontera! What a surprise! An absolutely gorgeous place. The gardens, rooms & food were all exceptional! Also LOVED the dinner overlooking/across from Granada at sunset...what a spectacular view & experience!"

Kirsten

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, this was a wonderful learning experience. I had very little previous knowledge of the complicated and fascinating history of Spain. The mix of big city, small towns, big and small historical sites, as well as the bus rides through the ever-changing countryside was a wonderful experience. Granted, we only get a little taste of the country in the 2 weeks but I am eager to return for further experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, some more spectacular than others. Barcelona and the Salgrada Familia rate high, both the exterior and the interior, also other examples of Gaudi's genius, and the Picasso museum. In Madrid, the tantalizing glimpse of the Prado and seeing "Guernica." The magnificent Toledo cathedral, the awe inspiring Alhambra, the "White Villages" on their mountain tops, walking among the Andalusian mares and their foals, the cathedral in Seville and the wonderful Alcazar palace and gardens."

Edrie

Little Canada, MN

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most fantastic trip I've ever taken. I love that the details were taken care of, reserving hotels, getting tickets to museums, etc. The choices of what cities we went to and what we saw there was good; we saw some things I would never have thought to do on my own, like the olive mill. While the tour was somewhat grueling due to my being out of shape generally, I was able to keep up and knew I could opt out if I needed to. I feel like I really saw Spain, not the tourist Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Flamenco performance edges out Sagrada Familia. I've seen Flamenco before, in NYC and MN, but nothing like what we saw at the Casa de la Memoris. The male performer had stylized movements (like a mix of tap dance and tai chi!) and the fiercest facial expression, and the female dancer showed passion in a different, more interactive way. To me, Flamenco as they did it is the essence of Spain."

Gregory

Little Canada, MN

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best way to see the sights, learn the history, eat the food of a far-away country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia"

Marian

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour immensely. The itinerary was interesting, the hotels charming and comfortable, the group activities enhanced the itinerary and our guide was excellent. Had we travelled to the same sites on our own, our understanding of Spain's history and politics and our appreciation of its culture would have been so much more superficial. We enjoyed the group activities and dinners but there was plenty of free time too. I wouldn't change a thing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. The day trip to Segovia was all "wow". Seeing the amazing 2000 year old Roman aqueduct, touring the Alcazar fortress and then having a roast suckling pig lunch with all the accompanying ceremony made for an unforgettable day. The view from the rooftop patio of the Hotel El Convento in Arcos was another big wow, as was the gorge in Ronda. And I'll never forget watching the sun set on the Alhambra while dining with our tour group in a spectacular hilltop restaurant."

David

Plover, WI

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything that could be controlled was really good. Unseasonably hot weather could not be controlled, of course, but Javier, our tour leader, deftly compensated for any issues that arose. Part of the success of the trip can be attributed to something you expect from a Rick Steves tour: Our fellow travelers were always ready, there were few complaints, and our group demonstrated a high level of collective independence and initiative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not a "wow" person but rather appreciate the cumulative impressions from a trip. Rick Steves tours do a particularly good job of supporting that. Sagrada Familia (on the tour) did stand out, but so did Park Güell, which we visited on our own before the tour started. Perhaps the greatest "cumulative wow" was the degree to which Spain is permeated by the Catholic Church, declines in attendance and participation notwithstanding."

Danny

Camas, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fun and educational from start to finish. Javier was knowledgable and engaging. He made everyone seem relaxed and equal. I always say that the members of a Rick Steves tour understand their expectations and are willing and anxious to march on with their fellow members. There was the right amount of organized group activities blended with free time. Local guides were top-notch and provided gracious responses to all questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many impressive sites. The windmills made Don Quixote come to life, but I think I felt a WOW when I had breakfast with 7 friends in a private home. We communicated with Spanish only and experienced the wonderful hospitality she provided."

Jimmie

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredible! This was our first Rick Steve's tour. We went with family which was awesome. They had been on a Rick Steve's tour before. We were a little tentative as this was our first trip to Europe and our first tour. A little worried about the group thing, but it was a great balance of time with a great group and time on our own. Didn't have to worry about anything. The hotels and food were great. We are planning our tour for next year. Francs,Italy, Ireland... We just need to decide:)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide Javier provided a lot of wow moments. Our favorite... Probably Lollie and how welcoming she was to us in her home. Sorry can't remember the town right now. Also we got to see the King at a bullfight !!!"

Jerrianne

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Spain was our fourth Rick Steeves tour. Although every one (Italy, France, and Ireland) of our previous trips were amazing, this vacation exceeded all our expectations! Xavier was a true shepherd , taking care of personal needs as they arose, and surprising us with unique experiences over and over again! Highlights included: a bull- fight, lunch in a private home, a picnic by the windmills of La Mancha, incredible sunset dinner in Granada, carriage ride in Sevilla...Salud!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many...especially enjoyed our last night[INVALID]- we were treated to wine (again) and an opportunity to play the musical instruments in the lobby of our hotel[INVALID]which our delightful group took advantage of!!"

Margaret

Plover, WI

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip with Javier, the best guide! Outstanding food, good and quiet hotels, excellent choice of things to visit (except go a day early and do Park Guelle, stay a day late and do Cordoba).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Rhondo, the buggy ride in Seville, dinner across from the Alhambra as the sun went down, the change in the Sagrada Familia church since I saw it in 1971!"

Dick

El Macero, CA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with a great group of people orchestrated by Javier a fantastic tour guide. Excellent hotels and group dinners. Javier provided many surprises including picnics, churro demo and tasting, home cooked meal with a local family in Salinas, annual fair in Jerez, cookies from convent nuns,etc, etc. Lot's of great tapas and wine and/or beer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many, many wow moments. Cutting the suckling pig with a plate and then smashing the plate in Segovia after wine and tapas and a tour of the aqueduct. An unforgettable experience of a bull fight in Madrid arranged by Javier. Dinner with a spectacular view across from the Alhambra in Granada. Visits to a bull ranch and to a horse ranch. And, in Sevilla the spectacular Macarena Church with religious floats, getting lost and wandering and a carriage ride to dinner."

Nanjoo

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 05/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had great vacation on this Spain tour and thinking about planning Greece tour on 2017. We totally trust Rick Steve's tour that we will have a FUN!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there was many "wow" moment but Toledo was "wow" moment."

Tom

Chico, CA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amanda is our favorite guide through 4 RS tours. She is extremely versed in Spain and obviously loves her adopted country. Offers just enough information to peak your interest but not so much as to be overwhelming. Again, provides a great amount of information that you don't receive from the local tour guides (who were all excellent by the way), but sufficient time to digest and decompress between venues. Great and fun young woman. Must give a shout out to Nigel as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Artificial insemination of a mare at the Andalusian horse farm, LOL. Now that's a Rick Steve's moment. How many Euro travelers can put that in their scrapbook. Seriously. I think the interesting side trips, i.e., ranch for fighting bulls. Wouldn't want to go to a bull fight myself, but if you have to live and die as a bull, it's death with some dignity. Loved Barcelona, St. Mary's Toledo, skylight sculpture behind the alter was particularly amazing, and dinner overlooking Alhambra."

Haisun Leslie

Monterey, CA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time traveling with a group. I was uncertain about traveling with strangers since we are not too outgoing or social. However, I felt very comfortable soon after we started the tour. It was wonderful to experience & see Spain for the first time and I don't think we could have done all we did in our limited time without the organization of Rick Steves' Tour. We learned a lot and got the real feel of Spain. Overall a great trip filled with unforgettable memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra!!! Seeing Alhambra with our local tour guide in a smaller group was the highlight of the trip. The dinner across Alhambra under the moon lit sky was magical. You just have to be there to experience it, too beautiful for words!"

Doug

West Linn, OR

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a delightful tour. I'm very impressed with Rick's ability to mix rigid minimal structure with plenty of free time. It's especially helpful to get suggestions from Rick's travel book or our guide on what to do with that free time. We learned a great deal and enjoyed the local tours even when we didn't initially think we would. They were all terrific. I wanted to practice my Spanish with locals, and the free time allowed me ample opportunity to do so. And Spaniards are just so good at it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure about this. There were many moments that I'll remember for a long time. The suckling pig dinner and associated rituals were pretty amazing even though I"m not sure it's my favorite dish. The view from our hotel room balcony in Madrid was pretty "wow," overlooking the Plaza del Sol as it did."

Mike

London,

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toleda cathedral. Totally unexpected."

Frieda

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to our WONDERFUL tour leader AMANDA, our trip was the very best! Amanda was both mother hen and good buddy. She kept us on time and on task and made everything fun. Her grasp of the history and timing of when to tell us was perfect. She was so funny too!!! Loved her sense of humor!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Granada, summer palace, and gardens... and ESPECIALLY the night before we toured there because Amanda surprised us with a moonlight dinner at a fancy restaurant across from the Granada. So we sat looking at the beautiful site of the Granada lit up at night while we dined on the terrace."

Lynda

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain in 14 Days Tour was fabulous - a wonderful introduction to the people, places, and customs of Spain. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe but never before to Spain. This was a well-timed, beautifully [INVALID]d way to learn more about its cultural highlights, its Moorish heritage, and the significance of Isabella and Ferdinand to the creation of Spain. We know the basics of the Isabella, Ferdinand, Columbus triangle but it was nice to see the history from the Spanish view.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many it is hard to recount but let me try - the beautiful moonlit dinner overlooking the Alhambra, the majestic Alcazar, a daytime walk through the Alhambra and its exquisite gardens, lunch at a Morroccan restaurant, brunch in the home of a local family, and many more. Spain was filled with surprises at each stop! Seeing flamenco up close as an art form was beautiful!"

Lisa

Benicia, CA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Spain in 14 days gave us exactly what we were looking for: a fairly brief visit to many cities and regions in Spain, which we will use in the future to plan return trips. That said, we got in-depth looks at many of the key sights in each city, all of which just added a nice depth to our trip. We were fortunate to have a great group of people on our trip, and a superb guide who made our experience very worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was eating dinner across from the Alhambra, watching the sunset and the lights come up illuminating the Alhambra across the valley. The location was excellent, the food outstanding, and the evening one of the most memorable of our trip."

Margaret

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience with a Rick Steves Tour. After having a couple of weeks to digest the experience I find I am even more impressed with the entire tour. We added days at the beginning and the end of the tour which was suggested and was the perfect thing to do. I honestly loved every minute. It was such a comprehensive experience of a beautiful,diverse and historic country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our experience in Granada. We arrived during a "festival day" our guide was so excited that we would be able to experience all the city does to celebrated that she changed her original plans and had us take a walk around the area to see the festivities going on in the neighborhoods. Amanda also gave us the option to walk with her up the hill to our restaurant that evening which was amazing. Not only was the staff and food wonderful the view of the Alhambra at night under a full a full moon."

Vijay

Monterey, CA

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is well organized with the right mix of guide lead group events and self guided exploration time. All the hotels were great. We were center ally located to all major sights. For our independent exploration our guide, Amanda, gaged us well and offered us suggestions that lead us so many hidden gems giving us a fuller Spain experience. Members will truely appreciate walking to the front of the line to each cities star attraction lead by city guides that truely know their stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada the San Thomas Restaurant across from the Alhambra. A sunset to die for."

Pauline

London,

Tour: 04/27/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. Loads to see and as usual we were up and out and making the most of each day. The hotels covered a wide spectrum which kept it interesting. The tour gave us a more restful part in the middle which was appreciated with a longer tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of lovely places but the wow moment was the cathedral in Toledo. Every time you turned around it was even better. Just amazing."

Max

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good, intense tour with excellent guides and a compatible group. I learned a lot about Spain's history and culture--enough to realize how much more I don't know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose. There were many. One was the realization that Spain's Catholic culture and religion, while interwoven, are not the same thing. Another was having brunch in a Spanish home with a charming hostess who shared something about her family and her life in a village."

Marjorie

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved this tour. I enjoyed learning many things, the food, and the fascinating sights. I especially enjoyed stopping in Salinas to have lunch at Incarna's cozy little home. Bull fighting disturbs me so I did not like going to the bull farm but I remained a "fun and flexible traveler." I also found the information about the breeding process at the horse farm disturbing, and got bored sniffing 26 kinds of sherry and brandy. I loved seeing the Moorish gate that was relocated to a Granada park.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to our guide, Javier, tell us about the Law of Forgiveness and why he is more in favor of reconciliation than justice when it comes to the Franco era."

Shelby

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! Friendly people, beautiful weather, fantastic food, great tour companions, exceptional guides, colorful cities, unique architecture, sumptuous palaces, unforgettable art, amazing history, tasty wines...but mediocre beer. Overall? Yeah, it was pretty good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I actually uttered a 'wow' when, walking up out of the subway, I caught my first glimpse of the Sagrada Familia. But the most memorable wow moment of this trip might be when we stopped in tiny little Salinas and were treated to brunch by our non-English-speaking hostess, Lola. She went out of her way to demonstrate the most cordial hospitality to seven strangers, feeding us and showing us around her home. That was wow, but there were others, including the carriage ride in Sevilla."

Richard

Branchburg, NJ

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Years ago I visited Spain but I can now say that with this tour I have a much deeper understanding and a much better appreciation of this wonderful country.We experienced so much for the amount of time we were there and everything on the tour moved along so seamlessly from place to place.There were so many special moments that were given to us like stopping at monasteries and having cookies baked by nuns or a wonderful tapas lunch with fine sherry wine at a renowned sherry winery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.What blew me away was the interior of this church.The design incorporated Gaudi's love of nature with long columns fashioned as tree trunks,as well as branches and leaves.What made this experience so powerful was to learn about the life of this deeply religious man and the thinking that went into the design of the church."

Anthony

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptionally well planned, organized, and conducted tour: history, culture, architecture, art, music, dance, food/wine, and warm local people we met. I enjoyed many, many surprises that our tour guide gave and appreciated each moment of the 14-days in Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was filled with "wow" moments. Just name a few of my favorites: Alcazar Fortress and Roman Aqueduct in Segovia; Alhambra Moorish Castle of Granada; Andalusian horse farm and Sherry/Olive Oil tasting in Arcos areas; and Alcazar Palace in Sevilla. Sampling delicious Paella, variety of Tapas, and Spanish wines with lunches/dinner together were also "WOW" moments."

Jim

Moscow, ID

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The country itself has the makings for a great tour (architecture, art, cultures, large urban areas mixed in with small towns, and history). We were amazed at the incredible numbers of olive trees throughout the entire country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra with its incredible Moorish architecture was a sight to behold. The home visit with local ladies with our Spanish phrasebook in hand was a fun and unique experience. Seeing the well known and incredible art throughout Spain was a real treat."

R. Paul

Eugene, OR

Tour: 04/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, well-placed hotels, efficient planning for museum visits, friendly travel companiosn

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo at night"

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Planning Tips

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

Trip Resources

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

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

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

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

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

Packing

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