• Córdoba
  • Flamenco dancer, Sevilla, Spain
    Flamenco
  • Andalucía's Olive Country
  • The Alhambra in Granada
  • Ronda's Famous Bullring
  • Guitar Concert
  • Courtyard of the Maidens, Alcázar, Sevilla, Spain
    Sevilla's Alcázar

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Best of Andalucía in 10 Days Tour

from $3,395 per person + air

Single Supplement $625

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Traveling to the rhythm of strutting horses and flirtatious flamenco, this tour captures the passion and pride of Spain's Andalucía. Starting with the Moorish roots of Córdoba, you'll be immersed in the culture and history of this remarkable region. We'll ponder millennia-old mysteries at Menga, marvel at Sevilla's flamboyant cathedral, and time-travel through Granada's Alhambra palace. We'll also slow down and savor the flavors of Andalucía's wines and cuisine, the craft of creating olive oil in Úbeda, and the artistry of guitarists in Ronda. Join us for the Best of Andalucía in 10 Days!

Book a 2025 tour by 6/30/24 and save $100 per person! See details.

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 16 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Best of Andalucía tour:

  • Córdoba walking tour
  • Córdoba Mezquita
  • Flamenco performance
  • Montilla-Moriles wine tasting
  • Úbeda walking tour
  • Synagogue del Agua
  • Chapel of El Salvador
  • Olive oil farm visit & tasting
  • Alhambra palace (when available)
  • Antequera Menga Dolmen
  • Guitar concert
  • Bull farm
  • Sevilla walking tour
  • Sevilla Cathedral
  • Sevilla Alcázar (when available)
  • Sevilla carriage ride (weather permitting)

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 Andalucía come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Córdoba to Sevilla
  • 9 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 5 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Spain

We'll gather at our Córdoba 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 an Andalusian-style dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Córdoba.

Day 2: Córdoba's Moorish Maze and Modern City

This morning we'll explore Córdoba's maze-like Moorish old town, from its Roman foundations to its marvelous centerpiece — and Spain's best Islamic sight after the Alhambra — the Mezquita. This afternoon you're free to experience more of this magnificent city on your own, including its hidden patios and modern Plaza de las Tendillas neighborhood. This evening we'll celebrate the rhythm of Andalucía with an intimate flamenco performance.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Córdoba.

Day 3: Ruta del Vino and Andalucía's Olive Country

An hour's drive along Andalucía's Ruta del Vino brings us to the heart of the Montilla-Moriles wine region. We'll tour a local bodega to learn about the famous Pedro Ximénez grape — and its place among Spanish wines. After lunch, we'll continue through the province of Jaén, getting our first glimpse at a landscape dominated by more than 60 million olive trees. Our ultimate destination is the historic and quaint town of Úbeda, one-time home to Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Tonight we'll orient ourselves to the cultural delights of the town before enjoying dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Úbeda.

Day 4: Undiscovered Úbeda

There's more than meets the eye in this charming town, and this morning we'll meet our local guide to soak up some of its Old World charms. Starting with the impressive Chapel of El Salvador, dedicated to Francisco de los Cobos, we'll unravel its history and dive deeper into the impact of the man who put Úbeda on the map. Later, we'll visit the mystically inspiring Synagogue del Agua before diving back into the 21st century. Your afternoon and evening are free to make even more discoveries.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Úbeda.

Day 5: Rolling Hills and Royal Views

We'll start our day with a visit to one of Úbeda's nearby olive estates, where we'll learn all about olive oil production and put our newfound knowledge to a taste-test over lunch together at the estate. Then we'll head to Granada, where we'll begin with a neighborhood orientation before heading up the Albayzín hill for dinner together and a magical sunset view of the Alhambra.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Granada.

Day 6: Moorish Treasures of Granada

This morning you'll learn about Spain's Islamic legacy with a visit to the sprawling palace and garden complex of the Alhambra (when available). 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep: in Granada.

Day 7: Ronda

Today's destination is the hill town of Ronda, home to Spain's oldest bullring and its most breathtaking gorge. On our way, we'll pause to marvel at the 5,000-year-old megalithic Dolmen of Menga (the largest in Europe). Just before Ronda, we'll stop at a local bull farm to learn about this fascinating — and often controversial — cultural pastime and enjoy a country lunch together. In town, you'll have free time to explore the city's Moorish and Mercadillo quarters linked together by the famous gravity-defying stone bridge. We'll cap our day with an intimate guitar concert together before being set free to complete your quintessential Andalusian evening with dinner on your own.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Ronda.

Day 8: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

This morning we'll drive to Sevilla, Spain's most flamboyant and atmospheric city. After settling in to our neighborhood hotel, our local guide will introduce us to the Barrio Santa Cruz and the world's largest Gothic cathedral. Tonight you'll have time to do more exploring on your own or take in a performance of sultry, swirling flamenco.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Sevilla.

Day 9: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

We'll start today with a tour of the beautifully Moorish-style Alcázar palace (when available), 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!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Sevilla.

Day 10: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Please note: We may not be able to visit the Alhambra as a group or guarantee admission due to their new restrictive ticketing policy.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Andalucía in 10 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

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

Reviews

Kristen

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cathryn

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun! Interesting and challenging and relaxing too. I learned mucho.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We met some Spanish business men in Cordova at the church/restaurant and shared appetizers and view and discussed Spain and American views. Fascinating! Also connecting with our 26 year old adult son on the tour was amazing. He loved it and we saw the world through his eyes. "

Andi

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of all the tours I have taken, a significant number, this was at the top of my list of favorites!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose just one but particularly our exploration of the several religious sites. Cathedrals, previous Mosques, even a Synagogue uncovered in 2007."

John

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked staying in local hotels and not brand names ones..Experience was nicer for local flavor plus helping out local economy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ALAHAMBRA!!!"

Margaret

Tour: 06/02/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed each day’s itinerary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mid-renovation church and synagogue in Ubeda."

Sheila

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group , Andalusia was very interesting because of the Moorish,Christians and Jews culture all blended together that made Spain as a country ,the bus ride along the way was very interesting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tapas dinner in Ubeda with the view of the valley and the sunset dinner with the view of the Al Hambra, the moorish architecture was awesome and just elegant in the way it was constructed.."

Tracy

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Mary

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We found this tour very informative as to the Moorish/Jewish/Christian influences on Spain as we observed the architecture and listened to the wonderful local guides explain this history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful Moorish architecture, with the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba and the Alcazar in Sevilla all being absolute "wow" moments. "

Shelley

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent locations, wonderful venues and a variety of cultural experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the moon rise over the Alhambra while sharing dinner with our group. "

Maria

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was fantastic. Our guide, Amanda, is experienced, knowledgeable and so helpful. She was very professional and kept everything and everyone organized. All the local guides were also quite good. The food was amazing and the others on our tour were fun, interesting and friendly people. Each destination offered a different glimpse of Andalucía. It would have been nice to spend two nights in Ronda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mezquita in Córdoba was my “wow” moment. The beauty and expanse of the open space with the tall columns and colorful arches was breathtaking. Our guide, Lola, took us in as soon as it opened and for a few minutes it was almost empty. It was enormous and serene. Spectacular!"

Mary

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour, had a great time! Javier is an excellent Tour Guide, he arranged several special experiences which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mezquita, the Alhambra and the carriage ride through Seville."

Elaine

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour included many interesting sights, and the scenery we passed during bus time was beautiful. I enjoyed the tour a lot. Overall, I thought this tour had less sights to offer than the other 3 tours I've taken (Heart of Italy 9 days, Sicily, Ireland).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ubeda is my WOW. What a hidden gem of cobblestone streets, history and the Jewish Synagogue! If I can have 2 WOW moments, the other would be the visit to the Bull Farm. It gave me a new perspective on bullfighting. I'll probably never be a fan, but I have a better understanding of the background, relationship between matador and bull. "

Kelly

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip, each day becoming more enchanted with this beautiful country. Enjoyed the company of many of our fellow travelers and our wonderful guide Javier and each of the guides who educated us along the way. We just wish we could do it all over again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment - just one?! Impossible. Walking through the Mezquita in Córdoba. Having a beautiful sunset dinner overlooking the Alhambra. And sunrise in Ubeda and Ronda. "

Terri-Anne

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wide variety of activities, nicely paced with time on our own. Great tour guides with wonderful local knowledge. Interesting, clean and well located hotels- so well done! Visit to the bull farm was a high point for me! Loved the driving and the chance to see the countryside- would never accomplish this on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The light quality in Spain is amazing! So many wow moments-the scale of the Mezquita, the Alhambra-from any angle! The gorge in Ronda!"

James

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Always throughly enjoy myself on Rick Steves tour! This was my 3rd RS tour. We usually travel as a family, my wife, daughter and myself

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was fortunate to have two “WOW” moments on this tour. The first was the view of the gorge from the bridge in Ronda, Spain and the second was the view of the Alhambra from the a opposite hilltop restaurant during dinner."

Sharon

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Not my favorite tour/country, but I had a good time, loved Javier our guide, and met some wonderful people who I hope will become lifelong friends. The language was difficult; not the Spanish dialect I grew up learning in SoCalif; should have prepared better. The pace of the tour was fine for us 70+ year olds (even the “hike” Javier took us on one evening in route to dinner). Beautiful, comfortable hotels; breakfasts adequate. Siesta time unexpected; shops/restaurants closed 2pm to 7-8-ish pm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull farm tour was outstanding along with the fabulous lunch. Best of all was the surprise meeting of THE matador himself. So enjoyed his story, his humbleness; learning about what the culture of bull fights is really all about. One other great surprise was the stay in Ubeda and searching for the four generation family of ceramic artists and their Arabic wood fire kiln. As a potter, myself, seeing their work and standing inside the massive kiln was inspiring. "

William

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was easily one of the best tours I have been on. The itinerary was amazing, and included so many memorable experiences. The hotels were excellent. Great locations with lots of character as well as comforts. The group dining experiences were a real highlight. They were not just fine dining, but they were built around unique settings and memorable experiences. Every place we visited was unique, fascinating and truly memorable. Also, our tour group was fun, interesting, and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were so many "wows" that it's hard to pick one. Nearly ever day held a true "wow" moment, so I would have to go with my first one, stepping inside the Mesquita in Cordoba for the first time."

Susan

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. We saw so many wonderful places and had experiences we will cherish. The guides were excellent and our tour companions were friendly and enriched our time on tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from but I would probably say the Alhambra. "

Charles

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While we had used Rick Steves guidebooks for years when planning our European vacations, this was our first Rick Steves tour and first guided land tour in Europe. It was terrific from beginning to end. Informative and helpful tour guides, comfortable, centrally located hotels, good food, good travelling companions. I expect we will do other tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose. The Mezquita in Cordoba was awe-inspiring. While I'd seen pictures of the Alhambra in Granada, I was not prepared for how ornately decorated the Palace was in real life. "

Deborah

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Meeting our group with Javier's guidance, was such a positive beginning to an interesting adventure in Andalucia Spain. As one of the "4 gals from California", it was a pleasure to spend time in unique destinations, eating regional foods, drinking wine, tasting olive oils, walking and talking with such an experienced group of travelers. Lots of fun and lifetime memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every town sparked a "wow" moment. Cordoba's Mezquita, wine tasting on way to Ubeda - overview of the Synagogue del Agua and later, education on the Spanish olive. Granada's spectacular dinner overlooking the Alhambra and next day strolling thru the ruins. Rhonda's expansive rock gorge and our informative morning on the bull farm with the owner's (matador) surprise visit at lunch. Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz and the tapas and wine Javier arranged for our group to say final farewells."

Christina

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations! This was my 5th RS tour. Javier was excellent as were every one of the other guides who did the town-based tours. The itinerary was excellent, and the group got along very well. The activities were thoughtful and varied. I really appreciate learning more about the Matador and his bull farm/experiences. The fortified wine tasting and tour was amazing. The Alhambra and dinner the night before was awesome. This is a top tour for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting the Matador and eating lunch at his bull farm; The olive groves and lunch at the olive oil facility; The Mezquita; The Alhambra; The Alcazar in Sevilla; The hike in Ronda; Granada and Cordoba; Eating Moroccan food; The hotels and locations of the hotels; Tapas at a bar with Javier and group; The fortified wine tasting and tour; The Agua Sinagoga; Lola and Andres and their tours; Tapas; I had a lot of wow moments!"

John

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding in every respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several to choose from, but the night before we toured the Alhambra we had dinner across the valley. The views of the palace were spectacular, especially with snow-capped mountains in the distance. It served to heighten our anticipation of our Alhambra tour the following day."

Barbara

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our trip to Andalusia. I felt the trip was very well organized, the travel between cities was smooth. The activities scheduled on the travel days were interesting and informative (especially the olive grove and olive oil factory tours. I enjoyed the guides that were provided as well, very informative and friendly . The hotels were very nice, comfortable with friendly staff. The hotels were also well situated to the sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I enjoyed touring the the Meziquita the most, but also enjoyed the tour of the early Jewish community ruins that had been excavated in Ubeta, I think."

Thomas

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide listen to our expectations and then checked back throughout the trip to ensure they were being met

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide (Jesus) taught me how to interpret European history versus US history. In so doing he demonstrated a deep understanding of both"

Barbara

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

a wonderful time with wonderful people. Our guide Jesus was fun and knowledgeable and 100% helpful. It took all the stress away from having to find tickets to sites and places to stay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the narrow streets in the old cities."

Milo

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well organized with each day having the right amount of structured visits to places we wanted to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Ronda, Spain during the annual 101 km races - bicycle and runners. The entire town was alive cheering participants as they approached end of their race, as did we all as we stopped to cheer them as they pasted us. This went on all day and night. The runners and bikers often acknowledged the crowd."

Irene

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Jesus was an excellent guide, knowledgable and patient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Cordoba cathedral/mosque"

John

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Toured in May, before it got too hot. Andalusia is a fascinating and beautiful area rich in history. This tour was very well organized. It far exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was stunning."

Patricia

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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Debra

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful…well organized, well paced, and fun. Andalucia is a fascinating place to visit. I’d never been on a tour before. Our guide Jesús was terrific and my fellow travelers were great to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was visiting the more recently discovered synagogue of Ubeda Spain. It is a modest, crumbly, small setting but the emotional impact exceeded for me, the grandeur of the Alhambra. I also loved the Mesquita in Cordoba. "

Bill

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jesús was a terrific guide. He made the overall experience very enjoyable, held the group well, and imparted a wealth of information to me and the group. I also enjoyed the balance of free time and scheduled time. I thought it worked very well. My only overall complaint was the amount of standing time early in the tour. I would have been more comfortable walking and talking, or having places to sit when we weren't walking. I loved the radio communication devices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the town of Úbeda - it was a place I hadn't heard of before. Both the Sinagoga del Agua and the olive mill were excellent. I particularly loved the story around the discovery of the synagogue. Incredible!"

Beth Ann

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting, character filled hotels in the heart of the most historic areas

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Synagogue in Úbeda and dinner on hillside across from the Alhambra"

Cher

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra despite feeling a bit rushed through. Would have liked to explore the book shop and the inlaid workshop more."

Steven

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great tour. Good teammates, great sights. Some hidden gems like the synagogue in Ubeda

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the olive mill tour in Ubeda. I make olive oil at a small mill in Oregon. It was so cool to see the massive operation of the coop. They were so willing to show me the entire operation, not just what was on the tour."

Michele

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a nice balance of "tourist" stuff and learning about Spain and the area we were in. As with other Rick Steves tours we've been on, there was an adequate amount of time to do things on our own in the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sheer expanse of olive trees! The overlook in Ubeda (behind San Lorenze, where we had stopped for a dinner/hors d'oevres) showed an expanse as far as the eye can see of olive trees. I've never seen anything like it! The other "wow moment" was looking over the gorge in Ronda. Amazing."

Frances

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada looking out at the ALhambra"

Ann

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Poor Javier! I was the one on the tour with back problems that I never had. He was great. Even with the medical problem, Spain was great. Tour was a nice combination of everything. People were very nice to me and generally fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mosque/cathedral of cordoba. That was stunning. And then to compare with the synagogue in Úbeda ."

Donna

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Visited a number of terrific venues---Cordoba, Ubeda, Ronda, Granada and Sevilla. Javier was wonderful as our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course the Alhambra but also the dinner before we toured it offered a great view of it--even though it was a pretty strenuous trek up to the restaurant!"

Mark

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved learning about the Andalusian area of Spain and visiting so many beautiful and historical sites. Enjoyed seeing the result of the blending of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures. We also learned so much about the olive oil industry , bull fighting , and flaminco dancing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the spectacular Alhambra and experiencing the Festival of the Crosses in Granada. "

Stephen

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of walking ! Great food and hotels !! As always , friendly , diverse , interesting , engaging , fellow travelers ❗️

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ReservaTauro : wonderful tour of bull and horse breeding farm with final talk and demonstration by a real toreador , Rafael Tejada ‼️"

David

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great mix of 3 cities and their world-famous monuments (Mezquita, Alhambra, Royal Alcázar) contrasting with 2 smaller towns (Úbeda & Ronda) and their special charms. Our tour guide and all the local guides were fantastic; these guides are one important reason I book Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will list two wows: 1. While I expected the Alhambra to be spectacular (and it was), I was especially wowed the evening before as we dined on a 7-course meal at a restaurant across the valley from Alhambra and watched its appearance change through the "golden hour", dusk, and nightfall. 2. The scenic carriage ride through Sevilla leading to our final dinner was magical."

David

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The attention to detail went beyond expectations. With a strong back ground in event planning I appreciate all the ‘small things’ that are perfectly executed ( behind the scenes ) that contribute to a very smooth Guest Experience! Generally these gestures go unnoticed but Jorge was such an awesome example to ‘perfect execution’. Jorge was always totally on and committed to make everyone’s experience a great one. He has to be the best example I’ve ever seen as a Leader in this role!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ‘WOW’ moments that Jorge would completely surprise us with around every corner! "

Richard

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best Rick Steves tours are truly perfected by the group. The tours themselves are always beautifully constructed but depend on people for the full effect. This was a happy bunch of travelers open to everything led by a dedicated group of guides who provided the depth of knowledge and thought provoking discussions we've come to enjoy so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The obvious answer would be the view of the Alhambra at night from our restaurant - definitely a wow moment, but the thing that really caused me to say "wow" was the work done in Ubeda by Andrea over his 30 years there to help the town as a champion of its history and culture. "

Bonnie

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour experience was terrific - despite from the fact that several of us were ill due to the norovirus. I enjoyed every moment of this tour (except getting sick)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment for me was in Ubeda - our guide Andreas was amazing - his passion for & knowledge of his community, the tour of the Sinagoga del Agua, the Jewish Mikvah & all the little gems of history to discover!"

Christine

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It really was wonderful! We were so lucky to have "Jorge" as our tour guide and he really took care of us. Each day, after breakfast, there was a plan to see a local guide in each city, and we never had any problems with getting tickets to major places to visit. My husband is gluten free and Jorge made sure he was taken care of. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have 2. First, was the mosque in Cordoba and the second was The Alhambra in Granada. "

Sibyl

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour in every way. We had a great group, wonderful weather, and a most charming host for our adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were countless wow moments on this trip, stunning vistas, wonderful towns.But for me personally, my biggest wow moment was a visit to a farm were bulls are raised for bullfighting. This was something I knew nothing about and wasn't sure I even wanted to, but it turned out to be a fascinating window on a part of the Spanish culture unknown to me. "

Cheryl

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour definitely met or exceeded our expectations at every level and having Jorge as our tour guide was fantastic! His attention to details and added touches truly made the difference. The accommodations were wonderful and the food was great. The itinerary was perfect as well....a good mix of interesting sights, as well as a nice balance between the guided tours and "on your own" time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many amazing moments but one highlight for sure was having dinner in Granada on a cliff overlooking the Alhambra! What a night!!!!"

Susan

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was very well organized, and was a nice balance of planned activities and time to be on our own. The activities were varied. The places we stayed were in perfect locations. And when we had meals, the food was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dining on the city walls of Ubeda. "

Rodney

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the History that we learned and the great food. Jorge was a great tour leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Alhambra tour and the dinner the night before"

Joyce

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Jorge, was outstanding,, and the local guides we had as we traveled were also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A fabulous dinner with an incredible view overlooking the Alhambra one evening."

Stephanie

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great leadership by Group Guide Jorge. Transitions between towns and hotels went very smoothly, punctually. Restaurants and special events were excellently chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada, the first night’s walk uphill to the restaurant looking over at The Alhambra, sitting on the outside patio, dining on special, delicious food choices. Very spectacular!"

Coenraad

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Exceeded my expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra in Granada"

Ruben

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steve’s tours never fail to impress, and this trip was no exception. Our guide Robert was charming, helpful, knowledgeable and hard working. The lodging was on par with other RS tours we’ve taken,the included meals were superb and transportation was safe and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Grenada overlooking the Alhambra. I’ve never had a more majestic dining vantage point!"

Gary

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. Overall, we couldn't have been more pleased. Excellent itinerary, which included unique excursions and plenty of free time. The balance between organized functions and independent activity was optimal. The hotels were surprisingly good, in beautiful boutique properties. Our guide, Robert Wright, was superb. Extremely knowledgeable about all things Spain (loved his poetry readings!), positive, enthusiastic, organized, and an skilled communicator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Seville Cathedral. Massive and magnificent. "

Jeffery

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Catherine

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Guides Robert (and Augustin, for the first half) were wonderful: organized, thoughtful, well prepared and well-paced. They did a great job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra and the St Nicholas overlook the night before. The special view from the patio that gave us a gorgeous preview along with a great dinner and the morning tour with Enrique... superb! I'd wanted to see the Alhambra since high school Spanish class. Our guides and the site did not disappoint! It brought tears!"

Algis

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized. The hotels were in great locations, close to historic sites. Restaurant selections were good. Our guide was well informed and did an excellent job relating the cultural and historical aspects of the region . I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many special moments on this tour. The Mezquita in Cordoba was a “wow” moment. Such beautiful architecture and history. Having dinner with a grand view of The Ahlambra was so special. The Alhambra tour was top notch and a personal favorite. I had visited the Alhambra as a young man so it brought back many memories. But overall I would say Seville was the best. We happened to be there during the April Fair or Féria. "

Robert

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was wonderful; Robert was a great guide and we appreciated Augustine the days he was with us. We had never been to Spain previously (though I've been to Oklahoma) and their expertise and guidance made it easy to experience the wonderful people and culture of Spain. I really have nothing but positive things to say about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dining across from the Alhambra was rather special and amazing. "

Patricia

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Entire process from initial booking, documents and meeting up with tour group was very efficient. Tour director Robert was charming, informative, organized and on-top of his game. I would definitely tour with him again. The hotels were better than expected with the exception of Rondo, I thought the need to use a physical key to lock myself into my room at night was a hazard if I needed to evacuate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Robert took us for snails at a pop-up restaurant. "

Bill

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The short bus time allowed you to pack in more experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of all the olive trees at dinner in Cordoba and the Alhambra."

Colleen

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I rarely give an "outstanding or 5" but this trip for a first time RS was more than I had hoped for in all respects!! Aside from all the wonderful monuments, buildings, olive groves, dolmens, and other remarkable sights, the trip would scored a high mark due to our primary tour guide, Robert. His longtime knowledge of and residency in Spain was evident and I so appreciated his reference to the literature, history and art, of each town visited. Lorca, Las Camachas, and Romeo de Torres included!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. However, I was surprised and in awe of the synagogue of Water in Ubeda. Uncovering this find from the 12th century below a soon to be apartment building left me speechless and with gratitude to the building owner and museum staff."

Nancy

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome! Every day had its "wow" moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having an evening dinner overlooking the Alhambra with the snow capped Sierra Nevadas in the background. "

Jan

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a fun time! So much to see and a great mix of small cities and rural areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A startling "discovery" . When walking through a forest of arches in the Mezquita suddenly you pass an arch and it oepns up to a cathedral which you cannot see until you get right up into it. It is beautiful, but such a architectural contrast and so out of step with the origional building. It was like walking through a hidden door."

Brian

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and experienced a lot of interesting things. I am always amazed by how much can be planned into a 10 day trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, visiting the olive orchard and seeing the vast areas of land given over to olive production was the wow experience. Overlooking the valley from the outer wall of an old church at sunset in Ubeda was the WOW moment."

Megan

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything about the trip from the cities/ towns we visited to our guide, Javier, to the different places we got to visit and tours we went on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Personally, it was visiting the bull farm outside of Ronda. I was not very excited about anything related to bull fighting, but this was such an enlightening experience, including how well they cared for all of the animals there. I had a paradigm shift away from my previous assumptions, and absolutely loved spending time with all of the horses as well!"

Perry

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We knew very little about Spain and were quite pleasantly surprised with the food, sights and people of Andalucia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the bull farm and learning about the bulls raised for bullfighting."

Audra

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour overall was absolutely outstanding. This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it will not be my last. Our guide Javier did a wonderful job and was very informative and keep the group moving when needed and kept the mood light.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the light dinner at an old cathedral that was turned into the community center. Walking the grounds while it was just our group was truly an amazing experience. The dinner that was provided was truly outstanding, and not an experience one could have experienced on their own. "

Bonnie

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that each day was filled with wonderful destinations and great opportunities to learn about each town or attraction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Alhambra, standing in the Hall of the Ambassadors where so much history was determined"

Vickie

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another Rick Steve’s tour that did not disappoint. Had a great time. Wonderful tour members and great attentive funny guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner looking at the Alhambra was definitely a wow moment. Food was excellent. Such a fun enjoyable evening "

Kari

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of travelers, great guide, great sites, great sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a wow moment at each town or city we visited - be it food, sites, or the vibe of the people who lived in the areas we traveled to. I think Ubeda was my favorite town as it offered so many great places to visit: a hidden synagogue, a church being restored, locals in a pub, an olive co op. "

Margaret

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our time in southern Spain. Each city we visited was interesting, tours in each place were wonderful and we had time to explore on our own every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A highlight was a fantastic dinner one evening overlooking the Alhambra. Stunning view, amazing meal."

Thomas W

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nicely paced, Javier was a wonderful guide, and there was a positive group dynamic. Wonderful places to visit in southern Spain with quality local tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Grenada viewing the Alhambra."

Behrooz

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a pleasant and safe travel with great local tour guides giving us a taste of the Anadalucia. we were less impressed with the hotel rooms. non of our assigned rooms had windows with views. but we made up for it by spending time outside

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a few wow moments one of them was at Granada's group dinner with the view of Alhambra with the rain storm and the food was fantastic!"

David

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As our first experience in Spain, we enjoyed a new country and it's culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The New Bridge and gorge and our own scenery walk in Ronda, the Flamenco dancers, the patio tour in Cordoba, the narrow streets, and the Maria Luisa Park."

Philip

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the overall organization of the tour and the locations of the tour. Our host/tour guide Jorge Roman was very organized, very cordial and very knowledgeable. He made himself available to all members of the group to answer questions. He provided some important context regarding Spanish culture and history. The other tour guides were very good as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the historical sites and realizing the impact of Moorish culture on Spanish history. I was truly impressed with the Moorish architecture and engineering in-regards to providing water to the palaces and the surrounding buildings. I think the ingenuity and knowledge of the Moors is overlooked by many in the west. The tour of the cities provided me with a greater understanding of their critical role in European history. "

Gail

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a good tour. Saw wonderful sites. Ate good food. Jorge was a good guide. Knowledgable and he cared about all of us guests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was outstanding. Wish we had more time there"

Jeanmarie

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ubeda’s synogogue museum. "

Mikel

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had to deal with some serious rain at times, which caused me to rethink the notion that it is always better to stay at a small hotel that is unapproachable by bus. But other than that the tour content was excellent and our guides were quite good. I particularly enjoyed the rich, personal knowledge that Jorge Roman brought to his job, and his quirky humor was most enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying evening tapas and wine in Ubeda on the terrace of the church/community center. What a view of the thousands of olive trees in the valley below! "

Susan

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A well balanced tour with great sites, food, music, and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although we are not particularly religious, and we had no expectations, the Shrine at Fatima was probably the WOW moment. "

Sara

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! Robert did a fantastic job and we loved all the things we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely dinner overlooking the Alhambra and then touring the Alhambra the next day. "

Cynthia

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide, enjoyed and appreciated all tour activities. We at times had too much time for what there was to see other than what we saw together in some towns. Cordoba. Really 2 nights would be about right but since starting point most of us had 3 nights. Obeda was 2 nights and I loved the Synagogue del Agua but one night would have been enough. Ronda could be 2 nights as not time for all we wanted to see. The bull farm which was great could be a day trip from Ronda possibly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mezquita in Cordoba; It was so huge and beautiful with the arches. Amazing to discover the Moors talent for architecture so many years ago. "

Livia

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fascinating itinerary, outstanding guide (Robert), perfect pace with 2 or 3 nights in almost every place (just one 1-nighter). Learned so much about the 1,000-year sweep of Moorish and Spanish history, and thoroughly enjoyed all the tastes (olives, wine, tapas, nuts, cookies, pomegranites) and sounds (Spanish guitarists, flamenco dancers and singers, church bells, children's laughter) and sights (colorful tiles, stunning views, astonishing gold and jewels in the palaces). Incredible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada, watching the sunset over the Alhambra and then having dinner on the most beautiful patio under the stars, with the Alhambra all lit up in front of us. Breathtaking view, delicious dinner, and great conversations with the other tour members."

Leyla

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about Spain and Spanish traditions. I met some amazing people. It was a wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about bull fighting was enlightening in the best possible way. "

Fred

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While the tour was relatively short, we learned a lot and had fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say... Alhambra of course... olives tour... wine tour... Robert's insightful perspectives on the Andalucians... and of couse, more..."

William

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very professional, and well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The synagogue of water in Ubeda."

Gail

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice mix of big cities and smaller towns

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the size and symmetry of the Mezquita the old Jewish synagogue in Ubeda that was "found'"

Jay

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the mix of tour guides, free time to explore, limited travel time on bus and recommendations from our guide. Great people to travel with as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambre."

Margaret

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well organized, with some excellent visits to historic sights. The group of people was outstanding. Everyone was friendly and happy to share some delicious tapas at lunch or dinner. Robert, our guide, was friendly and well organized, even when some tour members became I’ll.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dolmens at Menga were a fantastic surprise to me. I really enjoyed visiting them and learning about ancient Spaniards."

Mitchell

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a huge success, primarily because of our BRILLIANT guide Robert Wright. Robert is special, even compared to the other wonderful guides we’ve had in our now 5 Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Grenada, and the Alhambra was our favorite wow of the successful tour. "

Margarita L

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. It truly exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba. It was amazing. Breathtaking."

Donna

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very informative. We liked the way it was structured: educational tours, group dinners and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was the group dinner in Granada with the view of the Alhambra at sunset."

Erik

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Solid balance of less-discovered spots and blockbuster sights

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra"

Kathryn

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jorge surprised us several times with the location and beauty of our evening meal…we were definitely “wowed” dining on the old city wall in Ubeda and by our restaurant overlooking the Alhambra in Granada."

Michael

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderfully educational and interesting tour. Amanda did a fabulous job of highlighting and alerting us to aspects of Spanish life that made activities all the more interesting and insightful. Particularly interesting was the "lesson" on flamenco before seeing the performance. Amanda was exceptional in looking out for tour members and their needs as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cordoba and Spanish guitar. Cordoba (and the Mezquita) because I knew almost nothing before the tour and was captivated by the history, art, and importance of the city, and enjoyed great food as well. Spanish guitar because of the energy and artistry that we witnessed at flamenco, and our concert in Ronda."

Linda

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience in Andalusia. Visited many amazing sites - mosque in Cordoba, the Alhambra, the alcazar in Seville, the gorge in Ronda, ancient cities and villages, etc. Even the visit to the bull farm was interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Eating dinner with a sunset view of the Alhambra during a big thunderstorm that ended with a beautiful rainbow; 2) The beautiful fountain with arching water at the Alhambra."

Carol

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was eye opening in so many ways. We marveled at the multilayered history and multicultural impacts that Islamic, Judaic, and Christian peoples have had on this land over the centuries. I have a greater appreciation for how successful these groups (for the most part) were at living in peace for so long. I was also struck at the immense wealth accumulated by Spanish monarchs from their conquests in the new world and how quickly it all was squandered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the small towns of Ronda and Ubeda. "

Sayumi

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planted. Our tour guide, Amanda was so friendly and knowledgeable. She made our trip so enjoyable! All the members were friendly. This was my husband and my first RS tour and we already reserved tow trips for next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in a restaurant that looked out at Alhambra. We had a great time! Unexpected surprise was the Sinagoga Del Agua in Ubeda. It was unprecedented space and “WOW” moment from my tour."

Patricia

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute! The hotels were charming, comfortable, and well-situated for exploring historic neighborhoods. Our guide provided loads of interesting information and tips for getting the most out of our tour. I enjoyed every one of the activities, but I also appreciated the well-timed free hours for resting or individual exploring. Local guides were professional and extremely knowledgeable. I can't think of a single thing I would improve.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to identify one favorite! I'm a sucker for flowers, and so the patios in Córdoba were especially interesting to me. It was fun to talk with the owners about their patios. The thunderstorm at the restaurant overlooking the Alhambra. The incredible view from the Ronda bridge."

Jessica

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. I had never been anywhere in the Andalusia region of Spain and I learned so much about the history of the region and of Spain in general. I loved the itinerary because there was just the right amount of time in each place, although I do wish we had an extra day in Sevilla, but my bad for not doing an extra day there myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to give you two: the Mezquita in Cordoba absolutely took my breath away for its architectural beauty. And Ronda for its natural beauty."

David

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda did a great job of being our guide!! The group was very compatible; the hotels and provided meals were outstanding. The tour itinerary was excellent. We are big fans as a result of this experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several aspects were favorite "WOW" moments: dinner during the rainstorm with a rainbow, mosque architecture and cultural experience, the bull fighting stuff in and around Ronda, and most interesting to me now, I enjoyed and appreciated the "history and cultural" monologues and lectures by Amanda while we were on the bus."

Bonnie

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Organized, hit the highlights, great hotel locations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mezquita visit"

Michael

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had high expectations but they were exceeded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group dinner with a view of the Alhambra at dusk. "

Barbara

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the midst of stunning scenery and sites (Alhambra, Mezquita, Royal Palace and Alcazar), Amanda made this trip very special for me with her seamless organization and informative bus narratives which gave me a complete history of Spain, She is a fabulous tour guide, thank you Amanda. In addition to the big sites in Cordoba, Granada and Seville, it was the smaller places like the San Lorenzo church and Sinagoga de Agua in Ubeda and the bull farm/lunch in Ronda that were special to me..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In addition to all the the sites I mentioned above, the additional "wow" moment for me was when I learned that all that Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil I buy at Trader's Joe is actually Spanish olive oil exported to Italy!"

Miranda

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Locations are excellent Local guides are great Amanda is an outstanding and very well organized tour leaders and she is very honest and upfront about information that she does not has an anz She is an excellent communicator and specific with her instructions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda with the guitar performance and the landscape of the area oh and also the dinner at the Granada a rainbow , sunset after heavy rain fall "

Catherine M

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good about this tour! It greatly exceeded all my expectations! Our main tour guide, Amanda, was wonderful - so very knowledgeable, organized, kind and fun! So were each of the tour guides we met with along the way! I learned so much! The hotels and restaurants were all amazing; the places we explored so very beautiful and inspiring; our tour members bonded and enjoyed each other, filling our times together with wonder and joy! I did not want the tour to end!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda! It was spectacular!"

Kimberly

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was great. The itinerary was well planned and the local guides were excellent. Our guide Javier wasn't up to the standard we expected or had experienced on previous tours with cheaper companies. We expected much more information about the cities or events we were headed to and he either gave very little info or none at all. At the halfway point he offered us an opportunity to give anonymous feedback so I did and he did improve.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments on this tour but my favorite was visiting the Mesquita in Cordoba. What a place and what history. "

Celia

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed all the eye candy! I liked not going at a 24/7 pace. I liked the less populated cities more. Ubeda and Ronda were my favorite destinations. Quiet and beautiful. The church we visited in Ubeda and the tapas and drinks over the valley was so beautiful and refreshing! The docents were fabulous! Don’t get me wrong, I loved the tours of Mezquita and the amazing Alhambra. The dinner the night before the Alhambra was my favorite! I’m definitely very glad I was on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner facing the Alhambra, then visiting it the next day. Flamingo in Cordoba, the view from the bus believe it or not. The beautiful blue sky and the olive trees. The Jewish dwelling in Cordoba? The tour and photo offerings were wonderful. I loved the bull farm. The woman was so informative. We learned a lot from her. The carriage ride the last night was so beautiful. We had a bit of a problem worrying about the horses, but they were very healthy looking. "

Carole

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent, full, group of friendly people. The locations were amazing, the pace was perfect, not too much or too little. I learned an awful lot about Spain, particularly Andalucia, which was helpful in our further Spanish travel, and we made amazing friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner in Granada was outstanding, but my personal favorite wow was the bull farm near Ronda. I learned so much about a subject I formerly was repulsed by, and Mr. Tajeda and our local guide were so welcoming and accessible. The Alhambra and Mezquita and other monumental places were fascinating, but the personal touches at the farm, the olive oil, the winery, that was the best."

Sandy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the scheduled activities and sites were wonderful and educational.This tour was a perfect combination of history, beauty, and information with enough personal time to explore on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful views at the Albayzine hill dinner, followed by the tour of Alhambra was a close second, but my favorite was being able to explore the Synagogue del Augusta in Ubeda. It made the history and culture of that town come alive."

Kenneth

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

A bit challenging in that our bags did not get to us for 5/6 days and at that point I contracted a prolonged and severe case of dysentery that lasted the remainder of the trip. At least 3 of the group got this at about the same time but none of our spouses did. So likely from something eaten in common. Customer service at RS in WA was helpful in pointing out large department stores for clothing and toiletries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the bull farm/ranch and meeting Rafael was fascinating, educational and inspiring. "

Nigel R

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first RS tour. Guide Javier was administratively excellent. Efficient, well organized, immediately attentive to our needs when we had questions or an issue (see medical issue below).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mosque and cathedral in Cordoba"

Kurt

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing variety of sites both man made and nature

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Alhambra"

Peggy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had dinner in a place that looked out at the Alhambra. Ambience, food, and service were all excellent."

Ross

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful combination of sights, hotels, transportation, meals, and Javier was delightful. The local guides were equally wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. The mosques, chruches, Ronda, all breath taking. The church restoration project in Ubeda was very interesting, but the meal we had outside, overlooking the valley was most delightful and memorable."

Kristy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour and guide were fabulous! The excursion time and time on our own we’re just right as well as meals together verses eating on our own. My dietary requirements were met everywhere we went without reminders which I really appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk up the hill was somewhat strenuous but so worth the views of the Alhambra were very well worth it. The changing of the colors as the sun was setting added to the experience. The food at the restaurant was delicious and the wine was superb! Of course dining with our new friends added to the great experience. "

Jay

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well coordinated, fantastic guides, and wonderful introduction to Spain Andalusia region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Al Hambra tour, dinner, and city of Granada."

Joni

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, excellent regional docents. Pleasant spacing of group events and private/independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bull farm outside Ronda"

Catherine

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was dedicated to the small Spanish area of Andalucía and allowed lots of time to luxuriate in the beauty, history and culture of the Moors and the Spanish. My fellow travelers were friendly and a pleasure to spend time with. Our guide James was a Spanish enthusiast and navigated our needs in spite of the twists and turns that can happen on a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although driving along the boulevard into Seville with the jacaranda trees in full bloom was an amazing experience leading us to the incredible cathedral, it was not the highlight. Sitting at our rooftop restaurant eating a deviously curated meal and watching the Alhambra emerge from hills bathed in light was otherworldly. The warm breeze wafted across our tables, conversation flowed and even a full moon rose in the sky to complete a perfect picture. How could anyone ask for more."

Norleen

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Michael

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well run, great tour guide and local guides, met expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra, local parade in Ronda, Flamenco dancers and Spanish guitar concert."

Daniel

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience overall. There were things that I experienced that I know I would not have done if I arranged things on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the synagogue that was recently uncovered along with its history."

Mona

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at Tomasos restaurant in Granada"

David

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Valerie

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour. The first two were so good that we were not sure if we could expect this to measure up but it did and we were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada for Henry and the Alcazar for Val."

Stephanie

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary. Visited the spots that I really wanted to see. Amanda was a great tour leader and cultrual guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tapas on the roof of the church in Udeba. "

Mary

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would love to do the exact same tour again with the same sights, the same guide (Amanda) and the same group of traveling companions. It was all absolutely outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a "wow" ranging from the expected highlights like the Mezquita in Cordoba to the unexpected experiences in smaller towns and the countryside. Dinner in Ronda in a narrow space between the city wall and a church roof, looking out over the countryside - very special."

Rachel

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was absolutely wonderful. Our guide, Amanda, was superb in every way - caring, kind, and indefatigable! Every single tour member was fun and engaged. The tour was well organized, the hotels were comfortable and well located, the ease of entering all of the sites at the best times was wonderful. This was our 6th Rick Steves tour - one more booked for 2023 and just booked two for 2024.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra - just wow! The exceptional camaraderie of the tour members too!"

James

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was better than i expected from a group tour. We had always done trips on our own and found this experience and tour exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra"

Margaret

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"The Best of Andalucia" was an outstanding tour, a nice blend of strenuous sight-seeing and unscheduled time. It ran quite smoothly, and Amanda, our calm tour leader, kept us all well-informed. The cathedrals and palaces were stunning; the side trips interesting; the food terrific. We luckily drew an extremely congenial group of travelers. The hotels were very attractive and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most loved the three evenings our group had an evening meal together, outdoors, with amazing views: at Cordoba, Obedo, and Granada. "

Deanne

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about the tour. Our guide, Amanda was amazing. The food was incredible. But most importantly. I feel that I really understood southern Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely, my wow moment was the canyon of Ronda. It was wonderful to have a sublime experience with nature as part of the tour. "

Deb

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Surpassed my expectations in diversity of experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A happy hour atop a restored church in Ubeda looking out at Spanish countryside "

Anne

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great sights, nice hotels - a well-rounded, stimulating experience and a good value

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The horse-drawn carriage ride in Seville to the Plaza Espana"

Alison

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects were what I have come to expect from my previous two guided Rick Steves tours: experienced/excellent tour guide and local guides, central and/or interesting hotels, great food, extra surprises, wonderful participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments involved food and a view: Carmen dinner across from nighttime Alhambra, San Lorenzo tapas with a surprising view, Welcome dinner on beautiful rooftop, plus the expansive gardens and views of our Ronda "retreat.""

John

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized. The Hotels were well situated.Each group dinner was at a local restaurant where we had an authentic dining experience. While it was an active tour, we had plenty of opportunity to explore each town on our own. It matched other Rick Steves tours I've been on. In fact it was more than a tour, it was an experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinner in Granada was situated in a restaurant across the valley from the Alhambra. We had a front row seat to enjoy the palace at sunset ."

Chuck

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good pace, hotels, extras, and specialty guides(local guides.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly liked the many examples of the architecture in the Mudejar style or influences. We’ve traveled to Northern Spain and really saw the differences— influenced by the Muslim traditions and art."

John

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The local guides were exceptional. There were wonderful highlights, e.g., Alhambra and Alcazar Real, but there was too much down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Albaicin, Granada with evening view of the Alhambra."

Maria

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Christine

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Well organized, well guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing the Alhambra was made of sandstone & will disappear at some point."

Steve

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Not up to our former experiences with RS tours

Marie

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and it met all my expectations. Judging by the good spirits of fellow travelers, I would say that everyone enjoyed the events of the day, the loving nature of our tour guide, and the open conversations between everyone on the tour. By the way, the meals were great, the hotels beautiful and the bus rides through the countryside spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pin down the most "wow" moment because there were so many on this tour. Since I am into gardening, the landscapes, olives trees, formal gardens, the bull farm, the megaliths, seem to predominate my photos. I do have to give kudos to the wine tasting, olive oil tasting, delicious meals, Flamenco dance and Spanish guitar performances, and all the archeological sites we visited. My "wow" is that there is a lot to like about this tour. "

Marsha

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very lovely

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many. Flamenco, olive oil farm, bull farm, Jewish history."

Tom

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour overall was excellent. The hotels and food were very good and the Rick Steves personal were excellent. The only recommendation that I would make is that only a lunch or dinner be provided by Rick Steves, with both I ended up eating to much food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having dinner overlooking the Alhambra."

William

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Have no complaints tour was as advertised

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in Ubeda"

Debra

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Rick Steves tour was well organized, yet offered plenty of flexibility.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I had never been to Spain. For us, the overall exposure to daily life and Spanish culture in the Andalusian region was a daily wow!"

Barbara

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was fantastic, his knowledge of the area and helpful hints along the way was quite useful during the tour. The other guides during our visit also did a phenomenal job in each of the unique experiences along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the size and scope of the Alhambra was quite a sight to see!"

Jeanne

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best Rick Steve’s tour I have been on yet. I credit the excellent experience to our guide, Robert Wright. Robert helped us enjoy the heart and soul of Spain through his explanations and tips to experience and enjoy Spain like a Spaniard. I also found the local guides to be outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra visit. "

Doug

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was phenomenal and extremely well organized and crafted. Robert was a great tour guide, and the contract guides at each location were equally impressive. There was a ton of information that was provided, sometimes too much, but it also managed to capture my attention virtually the whole time and opened my senses and pores to learn more and take it all in. The locations chosen were thoughtful and methodically chosen. Liked the honest acceptance of both the good/bad sides of spanish history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the group come together and really begin to enjoy each other. The Alhambra night was stunning and staggering. Getting there at sunset and taking it all in for a few moments was neat but then reading 'Tales of the Alhambra' on the way home, really brought it home too. I can't count the times I just stepped back in awe and said WTF to myself."

Anne

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting history and architecture in Andalucia. Visit was very thought provoking. Although I had been there multiple times before I saw and understood new facets of Moslem rule in this part of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mosque/Cathedral in Cordoba. Built at the height of Moslem tolerance and learning, continuing life with a Catholic church and numerous chapels inserted in its sanctuary. A really incredible space."

Michael

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 3rd RS trip! From Cordoba to Seville, there was a wonderful surprise everyday. Whether it was a beautiful view, an amazing piece of architecture, an 'RS only experience' (meeting the Matador on his bull farm!!) or new connections with wonderful people; this trip was designed especially for us. A few words to describe our guide and friend, Amanda B. She gives life to the experience (this is our second trip with her) and so much love to people and places.So lucky to share this trip with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ubeda! We had never heard of this town. Having tapas on the back patio of San Lorenzo church that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, overlooking a beautiful valley at sunset, and is now more art than religion during its renovation. Wow. The Sinagoga de Agua was both beautiful and moving. Many wow moments...Alhambra dinner at sunset, Casa Don Bosco in Ronda (views and guitars), Mesquita, Andrea the local guide in Ubeda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda..how do you pick just one?"

Deepti

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was as expected, tough maneuvering bags to hotels, figuring out plans for a lot of free time. At first, I was taken aback by the free time given, but it grew on me; what did not grow on me is in general the philosophy of getting into a old historic hotel, meaning old hotel problems and limited amenities; I think a revisit recommended on this strategy as there are other better hotels in city centers. Lastly, engaging a cheap bus with uncomfy seats, with no WiFi, was a huge disappointment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) Drinks in evening at old church, with grans Ubeda views, 2) Granada first night dinner with Alhambra views, and 3) the city of Ronda"

Ramon

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our trip to Spain as our guides Robert and Jesus made sure everything ran smoothly and that we all were having a great time. Not only did they take care of all the logistics at every stop (hotel, museum, or restaurant) went perfectly, but most importantly helped us understand the rich culture of Spain both historically and also practically so we could enjoy our free time exploring the shops and tapas restaurants like locals!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of all the wonderful moments on the trip I would say our group dinner with a sunset view of the Alhambra in Granada was the most magical. Most definitely a highlight on the tour. "

Chaling

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Itinerary! Visited most charming places in S. Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city/town has a Wow! Great selection of the visiting points. I would say the old Masque in Cordoba. Consider this history of the place. The newly uncovered Jewish site at Ubeda made an unique experience."

Jacqueline

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved it! It's a great itinerary, including several cultural activities in addition to the incredible historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many to choose from! However, the guitar concert brought tears to my eyes - beautiful music in a gorgeous setting."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and June and from September through October are good times to take a Best of Andalucía tour. However, the months of April, May, September, and October offer the best combination of good weather, lighter crowds, and long days.

Spain / Sevilla

Sevilla Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Sevilla (SVQ), about a 45-min train ride from Córdoba, where the tour begins. You can also arrange to fly into Madrid, about a 2-hour train ride to Córdoba, and out of Sevilla.

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