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

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Best of Spain in 14 Days Tour

from $4,695 per person + air

Single Supplement $725

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

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2024

What's Included

You'll get at least 24 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

  • Barcelona walking tour
  • Sagrada Família
  • Prado Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • Madrid walking tour
  • Segovia day trip
  • Segovia walking tour
  • Toledo walking tour
  • Santo Tomé Chapel (El Greco's Burial of the Count of Orgaz)
  • Toledo Cathedral
  • Tránsito Synagogue
  • Consuegra windmills
  • Alhambra palace (when available)
  • Ronda bullring
  • Bull farm
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Andalusian horse farm
  • Andalusian excursion
  • Sherry tasting
  • Sevilla walking tour
  • Sevilla Cathedral
  • Sevilla Alcázar (when available)
  • Sevilla carriage ride (weather permitting)
  • Flamenco performance

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 Spain come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Barcelona to Sevilla
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 7 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 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.

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

Day 2: Lively, Artistic Barcelona

This morning we'll explore Barcelona's stylish and modern Eixample neighborhood, home to many of Gaudí and his contemporaries' elegant homes. Then we'll make our way to his towering, dizzying Sagrada Família. Afterward you'll be free to experience more of this magnificent city on your own, from the Picasso Museum to Gaudí's playful Park Güell.

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

Day 3: Masterpieces of Madrid

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

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

Day 4: Madrid and the Royal Palace

This morning we'll meet our local guide for a tour through the sumptuously decorated Royal Palace. With 2,000 rooms, acres of luxurious tapestries, and a king's ransom of chandeliers, this is truly one of the great palaces of Europe. Our walking tour will continue through Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol to its elegant Plaza Mayor. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore Madrid's wealth of museums, stroll through the majestic Retiro Gardens (Madrid's most popular park), and maybe even catch a performance of zarzuela, Spain's delightfully light opera.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Madrid.

Day 5: Day Trip to Segovia

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

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

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 Tránsito Synagogue, and El Greco's Burial of the Count of Orgaz at the Santo Tomé Chapel. This afternoon and evening, you'll have plenty of free time to enjoy the winding streets and varied sights. 

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Toledo.

Day 7: La Mancha and Granada

This morning we'll drive through windswept "Don Quixote country," stopping to sniff the saffron and admire a whitewashed windmill or two. After taking a break for lunch at a traditional Venta, one of Andalucia's humble roadside eateries, we'll make our way to Granada, where we'll begin with a neighborhood orientation before heading up the Albayzín hill for dinner together and enjoy a sunset view of the Alhambra.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Granada.

Day 8: Moorish Treasures of Granada

Today 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. You'll also have free time to 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 9: Ronda

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

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). Bus: 3 hours. Sleep near Ronda.

Day 10: Spain's Pueblos Blancos

Today we'll wind our way between the olive groves and whitewashed villages of Spain's pueblos blancos. We'll head into the countryside to visit a bull farm and learn about Spain's most controversial pastime. Then we'll tour an olive oil mill, where we'll discover the traditional methods of producing this extra-virgin export. After a rustic lunch together, we'll press on to the quintessential Spanish hill town — Arcos de la Frontera — where we'll share dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Arcos (group may be split between two hotels).

Day 11: Sherry and Horses

We'll start our day with a visit to a local Andalusian horse farm. After learning all about these magnificent creatures and their connection to the local culture, we'll take a short drive to your guide's favorite Andalusian town. You'll be set free to explore and find a tasty tapas lunch before we regroup to sample the region's other famous specialty, sherry. This evening, we'll return to lovely Arcos with time to relax and enjoy dinner on your own.

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

Day 12: Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz

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

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

Day 13: Sevilla's Royal Alcázar

Today we'll start 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 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. Alternatively, you can hop on an AVE train to Madrid to continue your Iberian adventures. 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 Spain in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

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

Reviews

Michael

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Francisco was a great tour guide and showed us all so much about Spain and all the sights we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and touring the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. A very beautiful church to visit."

Theresa

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Francisco is so personable and enthusiastic and attentive to each guest. He set a wonderful tone for every adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"El Prado and later Guernica"

Ian

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Guide, Francisco, was exceptional. Engaging, caring, knowledgeable and kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia and everything else. The whole trip was amazing. "

Fionna

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was my husband's idea. I was a little reluctant to travel with a group. I have to say, it was probably the best trip I've been on. It was completely stress free and the group we traveled with were lovely. Our guide, Fran , kept us all together and punctual with a smiling face and sense of humour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to say which wow moment was my favourite because there were so many. The Sagrada Familia was amazing. "

Danilo

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An excellent, informative tour. A great introduction to Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've never liked picking one 'wow' moment because it makes me feel like I'm downgrading all the other beautiful sights and encounters, like the flamenco performance, for example. Nonetheless, being guided thru the Sagrada Familia opened my eyes to a unique and wonderful building; it is not a frivolity as I previously and mistakenly believed"

Suzanne

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As all the Rick Steve's trips we've been on, this trip was fantastic. Francisco was the best guide we've had yet, and that's saying a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral in Toledo and Ronda!"

Peter

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Lead by our fearless leader, Francisco, our merry band of 28 travelers had a very special overall experience. It seemed like we were given an insider's view to sites and restaurants. Replicating the experience "on our own" without the benefit of a RS tour would have been impossible. Mezquita-catherdal in Cordoba

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in Madrid, Francisco needed to be nimble due to circumstances related to the Princess formally announcing her intention to be in line for Queen. He took us to the Queen Sophia Museum where we saw Picasso's Guernica. Francisco shared a very personal perspective of what this artwork meant to him and his family. It was a beautiful moment for our group."

Jeff

Tour: 10/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A wonderful guide - Francisco! Much to see! Loved the art!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda"

Barbara

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of people, and everything was very organized, but included flexibility for individual needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the light from the windows changed with the clouds. When the clouds moved on, the light from the windows took your breath away. "

Priscilla

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very comprehensive tour of Spain with a very knowledgeable tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing inside the Sagrada Familia was a jaw dropping moment. The interplay and intensity of light from the stained glass windows was inspiring!"

John

Tour: 10/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first tour was fantastic. We loved it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel room at Arcos or our dinner in Toledo with the view of the Alhambra "

Suzanne

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. We saw all the big highlights in every city on the tour. I certainly went home feeling completely satisfied that I had seen Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several going into this tour but now reflecting on my trip, I would have to pick the Royal Palace in Madrid. I was very impressed by how much money they have put into restoring it, every room is furnished. It truly felt like I walked back in time."

George

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very enjoyable and educational

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sarcophagus of Columbus in Seville"

Janet

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although so many of the buildings were magnificent, my WOW was watching the human towers being formed in front of the Sagrada Familia. The strongest most powerful were on the bottom and at the top were small, brave and agile children who climbed up the backs of about 4 layers of humans, each layer standing on top of the layer below."

Karen

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We truly loved Amanda, our tour guide! She was just great in every way! I learned so much that I didn’t know about Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra"

Carmela

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it exceeded my expectations. The trip was extremely well organized, the tour guides were all exceptional. The tours were perfect allowing me to see the most of Spain. the whole tour was well planned. The hotel accommodations were perfect. I appreciated that the hotels were close to the centre of town. All in all I had a wonderful time. It was a great experience and adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "WOW" moments. It is difficult to pick just one. Visiting the gorges in Ronda is one of my favorites as well as staying outside Ronda at the family owned hotel. "

Larry

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The best of Spain in 14 days provided an understanding of Spain, its history and culture that was very informative. The tour met the expectation of strenuous somewhat due to the doubling up of site activities on a single day. (in Sevilla visits to the Alcazar and Cathedral were done on the same day because the Cathedral was closed on the trip scheduled day). In spite of crowded sites we were able to have meaningful visits to them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia"

Pamala

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Spain was beautiful, fascinating and diverse and I'm so glad we got to see so many highlights. Every city was unique and I wouldn't have skipped any of them. Architecture and art were amazing. The activity level was quite demanding, as we were led to expect. Our guide, Amanda, was knowledgeable, kind and enthusiastic. The weather in late October was great - layers worked well and no heat to battle along with all the walking and climbing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra, closely followed by the Sagrada Familia, the bull farm and the Flamenco performance."

Andrea

Tour: 10/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a mix between large cities and small towns. There was sufficient diversity in activities to please most people. There was adequate free time to seek out one’s individual interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall, observing the architecture in Spain which differs from many other European countries would be a collective wow moment. I learned the most new information when touring the bull raising facility. That was a particularly enlightening experience. "

Jody

Tour: 10/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided engaging lessons in 2000 years of Spanish history and how the myriad events manifest themselves in not only the Spain of today, but also countries around the world. Going beyond the history, we had experienced guides teach us about great works of art, unbelievable architecture, and tasty foods and drinks of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say seeing and touring the Alhambra was the biggest wow moment. The moment of the first night in Granada when we saw it lit up on the opposite hilltop with the moon rising over it, and then the tour of the grand fortress on the following day created lasting memories."

Myung

Tour: 10/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RSE tour and it far exceeded any expectations we had! We loved everything about our tour: our tour guide James, the itinerary, the country, the local tour guides, and especially our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many “wow” moments that it’s hard to choose just one, but the unexpected and unplanned extra moments are what made the most impact for us. For example, James our tour guide arranged an impromptu visit with a classical guitarist who performed a couple of songs for us. An unexpected power outage resulted in a candlelight group dinner and impromptu entertainment with solo singing by individuals from the tour group."

Paul

Tour: 10/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations. It took us to all the great cites in Spain and even got us to several experiences we couldn’t seen on our own. Our tour guide was also exceptional, sharing his knowledge freely. Overall a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia. It was even more wonderful than I anticipated. Our local guide was a wealth of knowledge and shared it very enthusiastically. "

Philip

Tour: 10/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent guide, a comfortable bus and well-thought-out hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada perhaps.."

Helen

Tour: 10/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a really comprehensive exposure to so many different aspects of life in Spain. We learned so much about art, architecture, and history in the major cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla. In addition, we visited local establishments where we learned about family saffron farms, windmills, bull farms and bullfights. We also experienced Andalucián horse farms, a family-run olive oil business, and Spanish guitar music. The Alhambra was a highlight, such a beautiful place!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment was the Alhambra. The palace and gardens were breathtakingly beautiful. It was like stepping into a totally different time and culture, and learning about Moorish history. Granada was a favorite stop for me. "

Floyd

Tour: 10/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time travelling on a Rick Steve's group tour and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the experience. Beginning with the communication and logistics, the choices for itinerary, lodging and dining, the guided site visits, the friendly and interesting travel companions and outstanding group guide, James, made for a wonderful educational, fun, and memorable travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The rich and diverse history and culture of Spain was enlightening. The Segrada Familia was mind-blowing. We are so fortunate to have the ability to travel and take away the experience of connection with others in this world and realization that we are not that different. "

Sue

Tour: 10/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and having always travelled on our own we were a little apprehensive about traveling with a group of strangers. It far exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed every minute of it and will definitely plan another tour. It will just be hard to decide which one next. We saw and learned so much. The guides were exceptional. The accommodations and food were much better than we expected. We felt very well cared for by our guide and our fellow travelers were the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia and Alhambra have to be seen in person to really appreciate and the guides really helped bring those places to life. Also I think everyone let out an audible wow when they entered their rooms in Arcos de la Frontera. What a view from everyone's private balconies on the edge of that cliff."

Karen

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide kept us on-time for every activity and was very personable while also being professional. Our group dynamic was awesome; people seemed to really enjoy traveling together as a group. Our dinners together were very fun and the food was outstanding. We were blessed (for the most part) with beautiful weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedrals in Toledo and Seville were incredibly beautiful! The palace in Madrid was also amazing. Of course, the Sagrada Familia topped them all in creativity and design. "

Elisa

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Spain. Javier was a fantastic guide, not only for providing an excellent narrative about the country, but also in his flawless attention to logistics of the tour. And, the itinerary was a fabulous mix of cites and smaller towns, museums and fun cultural explorations, and ample opportunities to sample the local cuisine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing a women's march on the streets of Sevilla. "

Paul

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Javier was outstanding. Really enjoyed the time once we got out of the big cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from the hotel balcony in Arcos"

Jeanne

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Sites and experiences were very good. With the exception of too much time in Arcos and a four hour drop off in Jerez with no plan. Our guide was not as involved as we expected. For example, in Sevilla he led us through a maze of alleys to a flamenco show at night without leading us back to the hotel. We don’t mind spirits as part of the cultural experience; however, sometimes the drinking went on from morning until night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the day turn from dusk to night over the magnificent lighted Alhambra."

Racheal

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William

Tour: 10/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was led by a seasoned and spirited guide, Javier, who introduced us to the remarkable history and culture of Spain. Our hosted meals were all extraordinary and we never lacked for samples of local food or drink during our travels across the country. Our journey began at the stunning Basilica of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and concluded with equally stunning experiences in Sevilla. The local guides who provided focused commentary, particularly the local guide in Barcelona, were quite good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visting the Plaza de Espana during a horse-drawn carriage ride at sunset in Sevilla. This stunning location came as a complete surprise to the group on our last evening in Spain as we began our trip to an amazing restaurant for our final dinner together."

Michele

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough. This tour was the ultimate immersion experience that left me wanting to get back to Spain as soon as possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prado. I never thought of the Spanish masters as my cup of tea, but this part of the tour changed my mind."

Carol

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all of it - so many beautiful and interesting places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was the get to know each other party Helen put together in Toledo. Everything is about relationship - the people you are with."

Larry

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our fabulous tour leader, Helen, kept us laughing, informed, fed and lubricated for our entire 14 days in Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I always hate this question because there were so many high points on our tour. If I have to pick just one I suppose it would be the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The unfinished basilica is one of most spectacular buildings I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to go back to Barcelona in 2027 to see the torre de Jesus completed."

Brent

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and will definitely being doing other tours. Tour provided us experiences in big cities, small cities and villages. The guides for each destination were a wealth of information. This was our first group tour and our fellow participants added to our wonderful experience. Helen Inman our tour guided was exceptional in making the tour a success, great sense of humour! The only negative was having to leave tour if tested positive for Covid 19.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many special moments that I will treasure. Loved the aqueduct and Alcazar in Segovia. "

Roberta

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain was a wonderful experience for our first time in Spain. We saw a variety of locations and learned a lot about the history and cultures. Our guide, Helen, was fantastic. She was cheerful, energetic, and very well organized. Also loved all the local guides. I love the free time that is built into the tours as well as suggestions during those times. I like how RS limits the group size so that you can spread out on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada was a wonderful city to see. The Alhambra was amazing. I loved seeing it all lit up at night on our dinner that first night as well as touring it the next day. Plus, we went back on our own in the evening to see the gardens again (with fewer people) and to catch the sunset. All we had to do was show our passport again. We happened to be in Granada during the Magna Granada where the different churches process their floats through the city. It went on for hours & was near the hotel"

Marjorie

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour, including fabulous sights and interesting history. Spain is a very complex country and our guide helped us begin to understand it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were lucky to be in Granada for a celebration held every 13 or 15 years, involving 22 or so heavy golden thrones or floats from the parishes around, all being carried very ceremoniously through town. The event began at 5:00 and lasted until 2:00 AM. The band following the floats were comprised by parish members of all ages. The drummers were quite serious as they led the pace of the men who carried the floats from underneath. The floats were all gold and depicted scenes of Jesus’s life. "

Mary

Tour: 10/07/23

Susan

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience, amazing guides in all locations, especially Helen our two week long tour guide. She was informative and very knowledgeable about the cities we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Famila in Barcelona "

Robert

Tour: 10/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good balance of guided versus free time. Expectations were clear and consistent. Main tour guide was very committed to the safety of everyone. She was experienced and flexible. Hotels were unique and comfortable. We appreciated they were locally owned and not corporate. Restaurants were well selected and excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night in Granada with the parade of 22 church floats / thrones with their accompanying bands. This was a one in 7-8 year opportunity to see all these in one location. A very special opportunity. "

Vincent

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was exceptional

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was we were walking through Granada seeing the Alhambra perched on a cliff during sunset"

Anita

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, it was really good, but a little bit too long (and too much "art museum"). Our guide, William Rosendin, was THE BEST (100 times better than our guide Arnot in Rick Steve's Paris a few years back) Could have skipped Madrid - I found the small towns much more interesting and worthy of time. I'm glad I spent a few days in Barcelona before the tour started - lots to see there

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard! I REALLY loved the bull farm. Also wow moments: Flamenco Dancing, learning about saffron, staying at the Convent hotel in Arcos - in general, all the little towns and stops along the way, like the windmills"

Anne

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve’s tour and we really loved it. Saw all the highlights of Spain, very cost effective, learned/relearned the history and made new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably reflecting after the trip and marveling at how much we had seen and done in 14 days."

Amy

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time with William and a great group of travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from balcony of hotel at Argo’s de Fontera"

Linda

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. The places we saw were amazing. Very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views around the aqueduct in Segovia"

George

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well run tour from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The horse show."

Meredith

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Every day was full and rich with sites, history, food, music and wonderful relationships!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The horse show in Andalucia - beautiful and so...Spain. The saffron shop followed by the wind mills - charming. Sitting in the beautiful park in Ronda listening to an amazing musician."

Diane

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I believe that Rick Steve's tours create memories and experiences that enhance European travel. The Spain tour was a perfect blend of big city and small towns that allow the traveler to experience the culture to its fullest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved LaMancha and Granada. Dinner on the Albayzin hillside with a view of the Alhambra at night was amazing. Seeing the windmills and getting a look inside was memorable. Of course, the Sagrada Familia was one of the most beautiful architectural structures that I've every been inside. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 10/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything I hoped my Rick Steve tour would be. Our guide William and my fellow travelers were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco in Seville. it took my breath away."

Lori

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great experience, especially meeting with the local guides and learning about their areas of expertise. Our tour guide, Luis, successfully managed our large tour group with obvious competence and a lot of humor

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite wow moment was the Sagrada Familia"

Denise

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all of the locations of the hotels we stayed in, including the ones we didn't get to because my husband tested positive for Covid on Day 8. The group meals were fantastic, and our tour guide, Luis Troconis, was informative and upbeat. I also enjoyed all of the insights from each of the local guides in the cities/towns that we visited. The free time was much appreciated, whether to explore on our own or get some much-needed rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot, but I think my favorite may have been our group dinner at Restaurante las Tomasas, sitting on the patio overlooking the sunset view of the Alhambra. "

Kathie

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and it was every bit as good as the others. Our tour guide, Luis Troconis, was outstanding, informative and always cheerful. He even came up with a fun and informative alternative to "the name game" that helped us get know our fellow travelers and promoted conversations amongst us. I loved the mix of big cities and small towns, especially our peaceful view in Arcos de la Frontera.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There as so many, but the reason I wanted to go to Spain was to see Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and it brought tears to my eyes. "

Blair

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I came down with covid 8 days into the 14 day tour but my experience up to then was outstanding. Our Rick Steves' s tour guide, Luis Troconis, was outstanding. It was fun being with him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Luis call them wowie moments! So many! One of the best experiences was standing in front of Greco's painting "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz' with our local guide giving a detailed explanation of the painting and the many messages that the painting contains."

Jennifer

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hands down an exceptional tour guided by Luis. Every day he brought his A game; positive attitude, was funny, and informative, kept us all on track, gave us suggestions on where to eat or go, etc. He went out of his way for a group of us who wanted to visit the Reina Sofia Museum to see Pablo Picasso's famous painting, Guernica. The tour was a good balance of group activities and free time to explore, get lost, and find our own "back doors".

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" moments were around every corner in all the different cities we visited, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the reason I wanted to visit Spain in the first place: La Sagrada Familia! If there is a portal directly from Earth to Heaven, surely this is it! I could have easily spent hours looking at this architectural masterpiece. Our local guide did an excellent job showing us the basilica's highlights that we probably would have missed on a solo tour. I'll definitely be back!"

Karen

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the Best of Spain in 14 Days tour. It was an amazing two weeks. I knew very little about Spain and learned something new everyday. The food was fabulous! Our tour group members were very fun and our guide, Amanda, was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed every city/town we visited for different reasons. The most surprising to me were the Andalusian hill towns. My “wow” moment was our stay in Arcos de La Frontera. We were given a room at Hotel El Convento in the Rick Steves wing and had a large terrace that overlooked the Guadalete River. The views from the terrace were breathtaking. From sunrise to sunset it was a mesmerizing experience. "

Judy

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful adventure. Amanda was a wonderful guide and teacher. It was great variety of experiences starting with the Sagrada Familia and the amazing light streaming in through the stain glass windows to the Andalusia farm and the magnificent horses. So much history and so many ancient treasures inches away from us. The food was wonderful. Each day brought so much enjoyment. Thank you Amanda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The light streaming through the windows at Sagrada Familia is on the top of my list. Chatting with the horse trainer getting a small peek into her daily life. Our group dinner on the patio across from the Alhambra as the sun was setting and the lights came on..... magical. "

Tracy

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good and our tour guide Helen was amazing. We saw things that I wouldn’t necessarily have seen on my own which was nice. Some of the hotels were great, but some were mediocre. Finally, the pace was VERY fast moving from city to city. I’m not sure I’d do this type of tour again. I was exhausted halfway through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The olive oil processing business. This is something I would not have sought out on my own, but I’d say it was one of the best things of the trip, and I repeatedly have told people about it after the fact."

Rose

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader was excellent and the guides in each city were quite good.

John

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very comfortable accommodations, much informative information from the guides at various venues, and above all, our excellent tour guide. William was consistently at his best, showing thoughtful attention to details, gracing us with his fun and energetic spirit and attentive to the needs and concerns of each participant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, too many to name."

Dawn

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour. William was the perfect guide. So knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring. The tour members were so friendly and got along really well. Rick picked the perfect sights for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick just one. I would have to pick turning around to see Sagrada Familia for the first time. It was so amazing and monumental."

Linda

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed the immersion into a new culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The aqueducts and the alcazars."

Diane

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain tour was one of the best experiences in my many travels through Europe! Our tour guide William and all of the local guides were fantastic, expertly sharing their knowledge of Spanish history, art, architecture, culture and so much more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose one "wow" moment out of so many unique experiences, but I would have to pick our tour of the Alhambra in Granada. Truly amazing!"

James

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guide, William. Managed to insure all tour members were happy throughout entire tour. Made our life comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flamenco dancing in Sevilla."

Paul

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very well-organized tour with an extremely knowledgeable and informative guide who had exceptionally good communication skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many "wow" moments, but I would have to say that the tour of the Alhambra in Granada was at the top of my list."

Lisa

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Our tour guide, William, was great. He added so much with his knowledge and experience, and wish for each of us to love his “adopted” country as much as he did. He was successful! The local tour guides and bus driver too were fantastic! We had so many interesting experiences. As a solo traveller, I found my tour mates fun, interesting and inclusive. I cannot recommend this tour more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra, and dinner across from the Alhambra the evening before. I loved all of art, architecture and the unique experiences like the sherry tour, Olive oil manufacturing and lovely picnic, and seeing the horses. We happened upon a local festival in Arcos which was amazing with all of the ladies dressed up in their finest flamenco wear and fans. I loved the flamenco dancing too- so passionate and lovely. Meals were so good! Hard to choose- I loved everything!"

Gary

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was obvious that our guide really wanted us to have a great experience. He really took great care in providing detailed information and helpful tips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada."

Gary

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Spain has been on my bucket list for several years and I finally got to go there. It was great to finally see Sagrada Familia, the Prado, the Segovia aqueduct, the Alhambra, Ronda and many more interesting places. What I call Rick Steves extras really makes the trip. The extras included the olive oil mill, the bull farm, the stud farm, the saffron shop, windmills and castle in Consuegra. These extras I would be very unlikely to experience if I were traveling independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was touring the interior of Sagrada Familia. There's still a lot of construction on the outside, but the interior looks completed. The stained glass and interior lighting were fantastic."

Diane

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide Augustin, wonderful mix of guided time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada we had a group dinner on the terrace, overlooking the palace as the sun was setting. Simply stunning!"

Doug

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Food at most of the group dinners was well below what we had experience in Greece one year earlier.Don't know if that was due to the various travelers that were on this tour with their various food allergies and proclivities, or the menu the guide picked out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudy Familia Church on the 2nd day, first full day in Barcelona."

Leslie

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves’ tour, and actually my very first tour trip. From the very start at the welcome meeting the energy/experience was set for a fantastic tour. At the welcome meeting Amanda gave as such a warm greeting and we began the tour at a wonderful pace. Every city lead tour was filled with historic information and we had a nice balance of a lead experience with time on our own to soak in the local vibe as well. I enjoyed all the eats we had together as well as on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Sagrada Famila… it took my breath away. The experience when walking into the cathedral and it’s spacious ceilings with the light and color from the windows was the “wow” moment."

John

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Raymond

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia - Gaudi’s greatest work. I was awe struck by the imagination, creative genius, technical genius, and collaboration evident in this masterpiece. It is breathtaking in its design and its use of the forms of nature, and much more. The second best “wow” was the view of the valley and hills below us from the balcony of our room at Hotel El Convento in Arcos de la Frontera. Another Rick Steves gem!"

Patricia

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was a good mix of city and rural, cultural and historical events, and great history lessons from tour guides. We like the combination of structured tour activities with our own free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the light inside the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Viewing the Alhambra from the restaurant terrace. "

Leslie

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Roman aqueduct in Segovia made me realize the amazing things people could accomplish many centuries ago through leadership, intellect, collaboration, persistence, and physical strength. It gave me hope that communities today can use these same strengths to solve modern-day challenges."

Roger

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was well organized. Great hotels in convenient locations. Guides were well informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with a view of Al Hambra - simply stunning!"

Dan

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was an adventure in history and people. I enjoyed the mix of historical guided tours and opportunities to explore, with ideas, the surrounding city and villages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra and Sagrada Família were amazing. Each had a slice of culture and history that made them significant. But they were also amazingly beautiful. "

David

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As advertised. Excellent in almost every way, except for group size. You advertise small groups of 24-28 people but I’ve been on four tours now with 29 people. 24 would be better by far. We couldn’t even do a walking tour of our neighborhood, the Gothic Quarter because the group was too large. And going through places like the Prado with 31 people (two guides) is a zoo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Antoni Gaudì. What an architectural genius. I was blown away by the things he did or started. Why was he never brought over to the US during the heyday of 5th Ave mansions and “summer cottages” of Newport?"

Thomas

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first guided tour of any kind was a huge success. I will definitely take guided tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tour of the Alhambra was extraordinary. Prior to the tour there was concern that the tour might not be able to obtain tix, but they did. Thank you!"

Christopher

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Spain was a great vacation/education trip. We enjoyed our in Spain with our wonderful guide and a great group of travelers.

Steven

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great Rick Steves tour. A good tour guide is important to a good experience and Javier was exceptional. He's a local and well versed in Spanish history and culture, as well as being very personable and enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned with all the things you would expect from a trip to Spain. Flamenco dancing, tapas, wine and olive oil tasting, the Prado and Alhambra, Don Quixote's windmills, incredible and varied architecture, etc. The hotels and meals were also wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While many will consider La Sagrada Familia to be the more impressive building, I was most in awe of the stunning cathedral in Toledo. I also loved the ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia, the incredible bridge in Ronda, the carriage ride thru Sevilla and the stunning architecture in several cities."

Susan

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Margaret

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide with the right amount of history information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hotels with personalities"

Melville

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience and Helen, our guide was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alahambra. "

Denise

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well structured - seeing most of the important sites in each city but also having a lot of free time to taylor the tour to our own interests

Lisa

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Helen made the tour so wonderful. She is kind, funny and very knowledgeable. She gave us daily free time recommendations and spent time helping travelers who were traveling on to other destinations - suggestions for transportation as well as recommendations on what to see. She was just so fun! I appreciated having time in the itinerary to shop and explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hillside hotel in Rhonda The Hotel Molina del Arco. It was an oasis! Magical gardens, swimming pool, cocktails whenever you wanted. Would have loved to have a second night there. It was a relaxing break from the go, go, go of the tour. "

James

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I could not have been more satisfied. The arrangements -- as extensive as they clearly had to have been -- ensured an effortlessly enjoyable and memorable trip. Our main guide and local guides brought a wealth of experience, the itinerary afforded a rich picture of Spain, free time to explore was nicely balanced with the tour events, the food and accommodations were excellent, and you couldn't have asked for a greater bunch of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many vistas and moments that we experienced -- the intricate architecture of cathedrals and palaces, the sheer scale of these ancient monuments, the countryside and cityscapes seen from on high, the sumptuous meals and camaraderie. But the moment that was jaw-dropping for me was that first sight of the aquaducts in Segovia. To see a picture of them is one thing but to stand among them is something else!"

Susan

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip! And our Guide Helen Inman was the BEST! She went out of her way numerous times to help various members and was such a delightful person and Guide. Helen continually praised and gave credit to the great team that does all the behind the scenes work for RS. We would jump on another trip with her. We could not ask for more as each town was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Grenada experience cannot be explained!!! The restaurant, a Rick special jewel, was the best with a fabulous dinner as we gazed at the nite lights of the Alhambra, then I crashed a wedding to go to Mass. Then on Saturday nite - we had a real Rick Steves experience as we stumbled onto a Plaza in the local area with a HUGE dance and band. It was very warm, but we got up with everyone and danced and sang along to many American songs alll evening with the locals!!!!! "

John

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. Having Luis Troconis as a guide was great. He is knowledgeable (bring from Spain), friendly & organized. We had lots of different activities - walking tours, local guide tours, meals, “happy hours” that were fun and our group got along very well. My wife & I ended up getting Covid before the tour ended but Luis took great care of us to make sure we were “set” before they had to leave us behind. We made great friends we will probably travel with in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada. Amazing architecture, gardens, city! Also the amazing care we received from the staff at Molina del Arco near Ronda - that’s the most beautiful place EVER. When we tested positive for Covid they brought us our meals, checked on us regularly and they’re the loveliest people. (We got sick before going to Sevilla so we can’t answer for that location)"

Richard

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We covered a lot of territory and hit the highlights of each location, plus we were left with plenty of time to explore on our own. We totally lucked out with the weather, which dropped about 15 degrees from the previous week. Once again, got to see places I would have never visited on my own, like the small white towns in Andalusia, but they were interesting, historic locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved touring the Alhambra in Granada. So much history and beauty, even among the ruins from Napoleon. I enjoyed wandering around Granada, and Sevilla, which have a more exotic and old world feeling than the big cities of Madrid and Barcelona. We were encouraged to take time to wander and get lost. Some of the best memories are sitting in a little square, enjoying some gelato, or a cold drink and watching the locals go by."

Polly

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing. We learned a lot & it was the perfect mix of group dinners & “on our own time”.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada & the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. "

Lynda

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was such a great experience. The trip leader, Luis, and all the local guides were the best we have ever been with. They created a fun and engaging environment for all trip members . The trip itinerary included the major “ must see” attractions , and wonderful vignette memories, such as hot Spanish chocolate with fresh churros, sharing group experiences and photos over a glass of wine, climbing the narrow stairs inside a windmill, and so many more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The very evident care, passion and pride that the people have for their work and their culture, such as in making quality olive oil, breeding and caring for Andalusian horses, judging a bull’s characteristics for the ring, or making the best roast suckling pig. The PEOPLE of Spain were the “Wow”."

Lu Anne

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a once in a lifetime experience, seeing historical and artistic sites with outstanding guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although many of the sights were wonderful, the Gaudi LaFamilia Sagrada, Alhambra, the gorge in Ronda, Castles and Cathedrals over the trip from begining to end stand out. The busy streets with locals was refreshing and amazing from morning to night."

Michael

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Luis did a great job, kept us on track and well informed without overloading us with too much information (history). His knowledge of Spain was impressive and he always had great recommendations for places to eat, things to do in our own time etc. It is never easy to handle situations where individuals are resistant to the possibility of contracting COVID but Luis got the job done and thus greatly reduced the risk for the rest of us. The local guides, as always, were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Sagrada Família in Barcelona was my "wow" moment" particularly with the background and insight provided by our local guide."

Carol

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As promised, hotel rooms great, breakfasts all good some fantastic, guide in the spot, pleasant, went above and beyond to make the trip good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona add on Flamenco Show fantastic! These were virtuoso performers and the venue was historic. Javier didn’t have to add this on but he did and it was a trip highlight for me."

Ann

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although it was hot, we had an excellent time and saw many wonderful sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra"

David

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the windmills in Consuegra. I realized that there was no way that I would have thought to go there if I had decided to make all of the arrangements for visiting Spain on my own."

Marc

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Spain tour not only provided my family and me two weeks of off-the-grid, high-level, meticulously organized entertainment. It also plugged a huge gap in my knowledge of the history and culture of a great nation. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when I realized (perhaps on the second day) that I was in the hands of a guide -- Javier -- who was at once a meticulously organized leader, a proud and skilled teacher, and a man of infinite patience and attention to our needs. At that moment, I relaxed in the knowledge that I would have a great trip and would do virtually anything he told me or suggested to me that I do "

Bridget

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing! It was like a dream.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the rows upon rows of olive trees. "

Kathryn

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was outstanding. Javier was a gem. The tour was a wonderful balance of tours, meals and free time. The hotels were lovely and the locations were thoughtfully chosen to help us experience the most we could given our time constraints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was during lunch at the olive oil farm. We were 10 days or so into our trip and had experienced so much already. The food was so delicious and we had become friends with our fellow travelers. We were outside under a canopy, surrounding by the olive trees. I just felt a deep sense of peace and relaxation. "

Christopher

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, a great tour group to be with for 14 days. Agustin, our guide, was all business as we went to the various towns and cities before he shared cultural and historic insights as well as places to explore on your own. I appreciated that! Pack light because you do haul your own bags for some distance before getting to the hotels. The hotels were great and many had memory foam beds, which I love. The mix of cathedrals, palaces and museums was perfect for an immersion into Spain's culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food, specifically the group meals. The suckling pig lunch in Segovia, with all of us at the table enjoying a great meal and even better wine was a blast. The dinner in Granada with a full view of the Alhambra was incredible and the picnic at the olive oil factory near Zahara, complete with roaming chickens, was very special. I do feel we bonded and transformed from a group of individuals and couples to one big family at these meals!"

Sharon

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and a wonderful guide. We were given a tremendous amount of Spain’s history and varying personal perspectives from our local guides. Believe it when they say this tour is rigorous. If I were to do it over, I would bring a pair of loose pants and a couple tops and then buy lots of lightweight dresses there. They are beautiful, plentiful, and inexpensive. Our tour included many lovely settings where a dress was not necessary, but nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to choose, but the first that comes to mind is our dinner overlooking the Alhambra on the Albayzin hill. The meal was elegant and the sweeping view, breathtaking. "

Shawna

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I could have imagined. Stressful, full of surprises and perfect in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eating dinner across the ravine from the Alhambra as the sun went down. Excellent food, endless wine and the ambience I was looking for in Spain. "

Mark

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This our third tour and they just seem to get better and better. The guides, venues and food are extraordinary. We could never have these experiences on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group dinner venue in Granada with the view of the Alhambra Palace at sunset."

Nancy

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so pleasantly surprised by our tour experience. The days were filled with enriching experiences, while also allowing for time on our own to explore each area we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona was so amazing. The way the sunlight reflected off the walls of the cathedral was so beautiful. The ancient cathedrals, are beautiful, but this was so different from them."

Peggy

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels we stayed in were excellent and the local tour guides were superb. For those reasons alone, the tour was a great value. Our tour guide, Robert Wright, was also extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many memorable moments. Learning about architect Antoni Gaudi's achievements, dining in Granada at Las Tomases, viewing Picasso's Guernica at the Reina Sofia in Madrid, learning about the layers of architecture in all of the cities through Roman, to Moorish to Christian domination...."

Diane

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was ok. The local tour guides were excellent. The knowledge and exposure to different things was good. Some areas visited were not very interesting or had little to offer. Everything was beautiful, of course. Food was ok. Not great. Hotels were mostly low budget with hard beds. Lots of cathedrals and palaces. 95% of the places we visited were so packed with tourist, it was hard to get any feeling of 'awe'.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the day trip to Ronda and Segovia. I would rather have stayed there than in Arcos."

Eric

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a terrific time from end to end. First time for both Spain and an RS tour. Really appreciated the way the tour was put together with fast paced cities and then quiet relaxing hill towns. Tour guide was great, hotels were nicely chosen, interesting visits (I actually liked the bull farm even though I cannot agree w/bull fighting), and welcome amounts of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Geez, a ton of wow moments. I’ll go with the whole Spanish countryside experience of our Molina del Arcos stay. I found myself walking through a garden to a sunny pool looking up at mountains and the white buildings of Ronda. It was there that it hit me, “omg I’m in Spain and this is truly special “. Maybe it was the people - they were super nice and made the best sangria ever."

Kelly

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour was amazing! I have never gone to Europe or been on a tour before and this experience was better than anything I could imagine. Europe was amazing, our tour guide Robert was fantastic, and the food and history were huge highlights. This was hands down the best vacation I've ever been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many! Stepping inside the Familia Sagrada, dinner overlooking the Alhambra, and seeing the amazing sunset at Arcos De la Fronterra. "

David

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have asked for a better experience with a better group of people. It was our best vacation ever, and a great introduction to Europe and the Rick Steve's tour style.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From the breathtaking views to the narrow organic cobble stone streets Spain was incredibly impressive. But one of the biggest 'wow' moments had to have been approaching and the entering the Familia Sagrada Basilica in Barcelona. Maybe the most incredible building I have ever seen, the inside is otherworldly, the details and passion that have gone into its creation are unmatched. "

Rae

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so well thought out. We had previously used Rick's books for reference on trips to Paris and Italy. This tour alleviated the need to book places to stay, attractions and transportation. Our exceptional tour guide, Robert Wright, added information, history and even poetry to make our trip complete. I would recommend the 14 Days in Spain as money well spent. I ran out of expressions of awe after the first few days. The accommodations were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one. Sargada Familia, dinner at a terrace overlooking the Alhambra, the chasm at Ronda, the breath taking view from our hotel terrace in Arcos."

Anne

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall concept was fantastic, alternating between excellent group experiences and free time to be immersed in the local culture. The itinerary and guides were first rate, and there were special and memorable moments at each location. Our group spirit was excellent, and I enjoyed the alternation between the more social group time and quiet time on our own. We especially enjoyed getting to explore the more rural areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments brought tears to my eyes, experiencing the soaring interior and light of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the raw emotion of Flamenco in Sevilla."

Qun

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain Tour is well organized regarding locations, time, transportation, and activities. With exceptionally knowledgeable tour guides, I have completely immersed myself in Spanish history, literature, arts, custom, etc. The hotels are carefully selected either providing convenient locations in cities or offering spectacular views of the countryside. Also, authentic delicious Spanish food has been presented to you many times on the tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was so impressed by the landscaping of the Hotel Molino Del Arco! The fantastic view from the swimming pool area attracted tour members to join the pool immediately after settling in their rooms. Most of us wish to stay one more day in the hotel and explore more."

Alexandra

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was so amazing to experience with new friends I can’t wait to go on another Rick tour. I loved experiencing something new everyday there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment of the whole trip was, barcelona. It was my favorite city and so beautiful and fun.The sagrada Família was the cherry on top!"

Laurie

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was friendly, Agustin was knowledgeable, local guides were incredible, sites were worthwhile, nice variety (small towns and large cities). and bus rides were interspersed with fun things to see and do. The first several days were tough (jet lag), but I was still amazed. The only negative was the person who basically showed up coughing and did not wear a mask until two to three days later--TOO late.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tie between Sagrada Familia and Alhambra. Although I was a little jet lagged during the Sagrada tour, the light from the stain glass windows on the walls was a definite WOW. The intricacies of the Alhambra was such a visual treat."

Anne

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful two weeks! Thanks to our group's guide Agustin, my mom and I had a great trip to Spain and enjoyed all the informative and entertaining local guides as well. The food was fantastic (especially considering I asked for vegetarian options, and everywhere provided) and the travel pace was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, one of the best moments of the tour was watching a live flamenco performance in Sevilla (at La Casa del Flamenco). The performers were talented and clearly passionate, and whatever I had been expecting, the show was better."

Gerry

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since this is my eighth RS tour I am used to excellent guides, the ideal itinerary, fabulous sights, and superb food, and once again all my expectations were met! Agustine was consistently helpful, always cheerful and a fountain of information about Spain. Looking forward to my ninth trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Naturally the royal palaces, Familia Sagrada, Alcazar, Alhambra, the Prado, and the walking tours around the cities were excellent. But I am going to have to bundle together experiences that I can’t begin to put into some rank order because each of the following was unique: the Roman aqueduct, synagogue, the windmills, saffron stop, the bull and horse farms, olive oil, sherry and brandy tasting and last but not least the underground archaeological site! One favorite, “Wow” moment? Impossible!! "

Jim

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the tour - the diversity of all of the places that we saw, the humor and extensive knowledge of all of the guides, the great accommodations, and the camaraderie with all of our fellow travelers. The first part was really go go go, so we appreciated having some days to relax a bit more in the 2nd week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra has to be seen in person to appreciate it!"

Stephen

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very well organized and great guide. per usual the tour included ample opportunities to have cultural exposure as well as free time. It was a good value for all of the things we did, the length of time, the accommodations and the meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"segrada familia"

Kathleen

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda was a surprise with the bullfighting museum and affordable tapas and drinks. Plus a lovely view from the bridge."

Doug

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader, Robert, was terrific in all aspects, very proficient in role, with great insight into Spanish culture & history, plus great restaurant suggestions. Note that Barcelona top attractions for free time need advanced purchases, no other reservations needed in trip. THC cartridges can be obtained at some shops off the Rambles in Barcelona, near the Placa de Catalunya, but nowhere else in Spain. We had thunderstorms for six straight days, but hardly got wet due to fortuitous timing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3rd Place: Gaudi's Barcelona headlined by Sagrada Familia, combined with Casa Batllo, La Padrera, and Park Guell, visit on Day 2. 2nd Place: Picasso's masterpiece Guernica, hanging at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Everyone agrees its the most powerful anti-war painting in history, but I would argue that it symbolizes all forms of oppression, thus even more significant. 1st Place: Grenada, headlined by the Alhambra and its gardens, plus ate at Los Diamantes & Bodegas Castenedas during rainstorms."

Julie

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed Spain and our fun, friendly group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the Alhambra. Spectacular place."

Greg

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So well organized. Robert was a wonderful host, full of knowledge about Spain and anxious to share his knowledge and love of Spain with us. The guides provided at various times were excellent, some easier to understand than others. Sometimes just mic placement I think. Robert was thoughtful and did his best to meet our needs, including returning to a restaurant to pick up the purse I forgot! He got there faster than I did. Much appreciated. Hotels and food mostly great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oddly enough…the intensity of the flamenco, real or practiced. Did not expect it to be what it was. The churches, art, architecture all wonderful but expected. "

Marilyn

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our tour to Spain. Our guide Margaret was wonderful. She had first hand knowledge of the area and the people and she just made everything fun. I couldn’t say enough good things about her. Our fellow passengers were so interesting and ready to try new things and experience a new places and all with a fun sense of humor. The sights we saw were amazing and the local guides were awesome as well, giving us interesting info to enable us to appreciate what we were seeing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to say, as there were several. I’ve got to say the Alhambra was probably the most impressive and memorable place we visited, although Segovia was mind-blowing as well. The Alhambra was incredible to view from a distance as well as experiencing it from inside. But all the cities were lively and fun as well"

Susan

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding guide Margaret; a nice combination of big cities (Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, etc), smaller towns (Rhonda, Arco), and very interesting 'excursions' (bull farm, horse farm)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, the Prado, the Alhambra, Alcazar, The Royal Palace, Sagrada Familia rank as 'wow'. My wow? The smile on Margaret's face as she came out of the group ticket office at the Royal Palace, having been granted permission for our group to enter in spite of it being super busy, with a long line of locals and tourists waiting for entry due to "Free Admission Day". She was so invested in making our trip amazing."

Maria

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well planned for a stress free travel experience from our excellent tour guide to the schedule of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Alhambra because it has been a desire of mine for years to see it in person."

Gregory

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great experience overall. The only slight downgrade (and this is definitely an individual thing) is that over the years we've tour enough castles and cathedrals to last a life time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local culture. The making of olive oil and the bull farm tour were both very interesting."

Edward

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our groups guide and the local guides were excellent. Hotels and transportation were very good. Tours we wouldn’t have booked for ourselves(bull farm, horse farm, and flamenco) were great experiences. Group meals were delicious, but chaotic. Group “shuffle” tours through towns and sites were painful. Guides stopping in narrow areas with traffic was unsafe. Guide feeling a need to talk. Unnecessary walking should have been avoided - up and the hill in Arcos when the little train was a blast

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hotel El Convento views from the “Rick Steves” room!"

John

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time and tour made good pivot when our guide became ill

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedrals"

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour but definitely not my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest "WOW" moment was the amazing people we toured with and met along the way. Our leader Margret mad the trip unforgettable. The local guides were passionate and knowledgeable. Loved that the tour limit was 28 people. Really got to know everyone."

Judith

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our group guide and the local guides were excellent. Very good hotels and city to city transportation Shared meals were good some very good. Great people and lots of fun times getting to know everyone. Not so fun was escorting a large group through tiny streets (thought of you Rick and your advice to avoid the crowds!). And the long walk up the hill to Arcos was really tough after a long day! They have a little train we used the next day which was really fun. Please use for the next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For two first timers, the wow moment was how everyone stepped up to keep the tour going when we lost our group guide to illness. The daughter of the hotel owner, our bus driver and more seasoned group members got us to Sevilla. Priceless. "

Terry

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, our fellow travelers. Nice balance of big cities, small towns, palaces, museums, farms (bull and horse). Margaret is a terrific guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our room in Arco. Spectacular!"

Paul

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was amazing. The itinerary was great, the cities we visited were beautiful and full of history, the tours and food provided were unforgettable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra, in Granada, what an amazing history and structure."

Vicki

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain is beautiful and intriguing. Our guide Margaret was perfect in every way. She made our experience magical! We started out as 27 strangers exploring our surroundings (with all of our senses) and soon became a merry band enjoying inspiring sights, tasting outstanding food and wine and experiencing hilarious moments together. Priceless!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra from near and far, in dark and light. The Moorish tile patterns are a wonder!"

Debra

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very well planned out and we saw such a variety of the country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull farm was so interesting and provided insight to the cultural foundation of the sport. I probably still will not attend a bull fight, but now understand so much more."

LeAnn

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, the entire experience was wonderful - our guide, our group, the tours, the special treats, the chosen cities and villages - all together made for a fantastic first trip to Spain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Seville - the whole vibe of it - the history, the late nights walking around, having a light meal - truly felt like a European! It was a perfect place to end our 14 day tour of Spain! "

David

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing Guide Margaret!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every corner turned was a Wow for us!"

James

Tour: 05/13/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia in barcelona "

Diane

Tour: 05/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Highly informative; well paced, a variety of experiences; Rick Steves guide and daily/venue guides were superb. Comfortable participating as a single senior.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring La Sagrada Familia "

Nancy

Tour: 05/13/23

Having never been to Spain before, I was very impressed with the architecture and history of this country. Denise did a great job leading our. tour, and she was so helpful to me when I had an accident and needed to find a dentist. She did the research and found a place close by and my problem was solved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cathedral in Barcelona. When the colored light shone through the windows, it was truly magical."

Kathleen

Tour: 05/13/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. My suggestion is that the days and 2 nights spent in Los Arcos de La Frontera be skipped. The tour could spend another night near Ronda and still do the activities and add a night to Sevilla. Loved the visit to the horses, olive oil farm, the matador and bull farm. Arcos was not all that interesting. Everything else on the tour was excellent. The local guides were awesome. Enjoyed the suckling pig dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Sagrada Familia and the walk by Gaudi's houses. The cathedaral is absolutely beautiful. Loved hearing the story of the facade (front of the church). The architecture was so impressive."

Anadruzela

Tour: 05/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed ourselves as well as the company of the other guests and tour director.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the tour in Segovia and Plaza dela Espana in Sevilla."

Eileen

Tour: 05/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was enjoyable and educational! Amazed by diverse landscape of Spain. And tour members and guide added so much to experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two: seeing light streaming into Sagrada Familia Church, and watching dusk approach Alhambra from opposite hill."

Patti

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the combination of large cities and small towns and the free time. Our tour manager and the local tour guides were all great. I came home with a much better understanding of the history and culture of Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The interior of the Sagrada Familia"

Bruce

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From our first meet-n-greet session, I had a sense the tour was going to be well oiled and thought out, and I was right. Our tour guide, Helen, was wonderful, the right amount of in charge, but ready to help us get out on our own. I looked forward to her on-bus information talks, which were entertaining. She got us to all our appointments a tad early. All the local guides were excellent. All the hotel selections and locations were also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia and Alhambra wow'd me, as I thought they would, but a true, unexpected wow was the Prado Museum tour with the local guide. I learned so much background to more appreciate the museum's treasures. I would recommend hiring a guide for a full day in the Prado."

Kristine

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As my first tour, it was beyond belief. I was shocked with the deluxe hotels, excellent breakfasts, hotel curtesy no matter metropolis or rural. The “out of the way” places of farms, hilltop windmills, local small town luncheon enroute, wineries, and ranches all brought a mix of adventure, knowledge, and flavor to every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group. There is nothing to compare traveling with those of wide eyes, desire to learn and experience new people and places."

Hugh

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Spain tour was wonderful from start to finish. A beautiful country, lovely cities and towns, great local tour experiences, a very nice group of fellow travelers, and an outstanding guide - really enjoyed it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many fine experiences, most expected, some unexpected. The flamenco performances in Seville, the majestic Alhambra lit up at night, the soaring cathedrals and basilicas, the olive mill, the stunning gorge and bridge at Ronda, the bull farm and horse farm, the food, the people, and so much more. This was our 6th RS tour and one of our favorites. "

Susan

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything outstanding! Helen is an extraordinary guide, but I’m sure you all know that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were surprises everyday that made it all so special. We also gelled quickly as a group and enjoyed being together."

Simeon

Tour: 05/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an excellent tour. In addition to the very good planning and the proper amount of free time versus planned visits and activities, we were very fortunate to have an outstanding tour guide in Amanda, and great local guides that provided great color in addition to their expert knowledge of their particular area. What also made this tour a lot of fun was the people. They were all genuinely pleasant and we socialized very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city had its own very interesting aspects. If I was to pick one, it was the Alcazar in Sevilla, possibly because I did not have great expectations."

Flora

Tour: 05/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide was knowledgeable, weather was perfect, members great, awesome food. Some hotels were mediocre

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Madrid, Ronda, and Seville. Horses, and nature in Ronda, flaminco dancers, and museums."

Lisa

Tour: 05/06/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Seville- Alhambra dinner was the highlight. Seville is a not to miss Spanish city."

Tom

Tour: 05/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS Tour and it was hard to tell if we liked this tour the best or the Turkey tour the best. It was outstanding and we had a great time bonding with some fabulous tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were "wow" moments every day and all a bit different, so not a single one. The dazzling light & beauty of the Sagrada Familia was incredible. The Prado had amazing paintings. The Royal Palace of Spain as amazing. The Reservatauro Ronda & Yeguada de La Cartuja Hierro del Bocado was a great experience and having the opportunity to pet the Cartujanos stallions as well as seeing all the young folds was a treasure. Loved the Sevelle Flamenco show, the Royal Alcázar of Seville, and buggy ride."

Barbara

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour and everything was fabulous. There were changes to our itinerary due to last minute festivities, which exceeded any expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alahambra, meeting Rick Steve in person, and the festival (Feria del Jerez) in Andalucia"

George

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was excellent. Our tour guide Robert did a fantastic job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments during the tour. However, the favorite would be the bull fighting ring and history. "

Steven

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience, great tour, great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra"

Shirlee

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was excellent! Robert was a great guide! Knowledgeable, fun and set a positive tone for the group. Itinerary was perfect paced - efficient yet relaxed enough to make it enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved that Robert made a last minute adjustment to the schedule so we could experience the "feria" in Jerez."

Carrie

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall good tour, we had an awesome guide (Robert Wright) and wonderful group of people, but traveled solo & paid single supplement of $57/nt. to get the smallest, least desirable room in every city. At that price should have had rooms equal to the couples. Tour spends a lot of time in large cities and huge tourist attractions, so crowds crowds everywhere. The best parts were in the smaller venues/cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"no big wows, favorite moments - rustic lunch at the olive farm, dinner across from the Alhambra, joining in religious procession in Sevilla, Fair in Jerez."

Michael

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granade overlooking the Alhambra"

Janet L

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great: our guide, Robert Wright, the local guides, the museums, cathedrals and places we went to. I enjoyed the visits to learn about bull breeding, olive oil production and Andulusian horse breeding. The hotels were clean, comfortable, and well located to access the central areas of the cities and towns. This was a great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had too many to list just one, but I loved the Sagreda de Familia, the Cathedral in Toledo, dinner with a view of the Alhambra, the Alhambra palace, going to the Jerez Equestrian Fair, Alcazar in Sevilla, seeing the religious procession in Sevilla, the flamenco performance, and singing Happy birthday to Rick Steves!"

Martha

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first rick steves tour, but definitely not the last. From our first meeting with our guide, I knew we were in good hands with Robert. Our group was very compatible with many teachers and most people from Washington. We had the pleasure of meeting rick steves when he surprised us at dinner and we sang happy birthday to him in Spanish. The other big surprise was when we were able to go to a fair in Xeres and see the colorful costumes and horses and carriages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the sagrada familia. It took my breath away; the light, the soaring towers, the architecture is just the most beautiful I have ever seen!"

Joann

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was jam-packed with fun, education, laughter, and beautiful sights. Robert, our guide, made every experience educational and exciting, as well as giving us helpful hints on where to eat and what to visit during our free time. He even rounded up a few surprise visits to nicely capture the Spanish culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Granada, our dinner across the valley from the Alhambra, watching the sun set on the buildings was a 'wow' and more!"

Philip

Tour: 05/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The food and drink was better than I expected. I did pass on the suckling pig and the oxtail, but was accompanied without embarrassment to me with other choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in The Rick Steves Room in Arcos and having Rick drop by to say hello! Thankfully he didn't ask for his room back!"

William

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another memorable trip into the culture of others. It was well-planned, full of variety, and all of the people (fellow tour members and guides) were fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I hate to admit it, but the "wow" moment was when we were chatting with some members of our group at an outdoor cafe and Rick Steves walked up. We all acted as if Elvis had appeared. He graciously took a selfie with us. Other "wow" moments include noting that our train was traveling 186 miles per hour without feeling it, the extraordinary view while we ate an excellent dinner as the sun set and the lights came on at the Alhambra across the valley, observing the Spanish people as they enjoy life"

Debbie

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and it was another great tour. We traveled with a very fun group, had good guides, and learned so much about Spain and the culture. I love the ease of having everything planned for you – hotels, tickets, guides, transportation. It makes the trip so much more enjoyable, and I get to see a lot more than if I had planned the trip myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing. I really enjoyed the guided tour during the day and especially liked seeing the Alhambra lit up at night while enjoying an amazing dinner. I also loved Barcelona and the hill towns. Meeting Rick Steves in Arcos was also very memorable!"

Rosemary

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Augustine was a brilliant tour leader. We really enjoyed his careful and thoughtful guidance and coaching in tour etiquette. We were the only Aussies and found the company of our fellow Rick tourists very pleasant even stimulating. The whole experience was very rewarding and great fun The local guides were extremely good value- so much better than our normal experience with other guides. Many of our fellow travellers had been on Rick tours and their company and advice was often important.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me apart from meeting Rick in the street in Arcos!! was for Rosemary the bullfarm and meeting the bullfighter in Andausia and for Rod it was the cathedral and the Alcazar in Seville. The tour was a eal wow for us!"

Jeffrey

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy overall. Augustin was a very good person and an excellent guide. His unwavering good spirits were a pleasant surprise each morning. The itinerary was interesting and complete. The hotels were better than we expected especially the Arcos hotel with the terrace overlooking Andalusia. The food was excellent, again better than expected. Honestly, we have no complaints only praises for Augustin and all else. I would

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say my ‘wow’ moment was when the bus stopped our motorized tour of Toledo and we had a panoramic view of the old city, the walls, the river etc. We loved visiting all the cathedrals and museums but my favorite day was waking up in Arcos, having breakfast on my terrace, visiting the Andalusian horse farm in Jerez then the Jerez street fair, which we came to learn was an ‘add’ to our itinerary. The sherry winery visit that day was not much but a nice try. The guide could have been better."

Hamish

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Much better experience than I could have had if I organised the trip myself All guides were amazing Group activities were very well chosen and generally inaccessible for the solo traveller Breakfasts were generally not substantial enough and I was often hungry afterwards Would have been good to have some optional activities for which we can pay extra to do in the spare time. Sometimes I didn't feel like organising anything myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the matador's farm. This was a very memorable experience that I couldn't have ever done by myself. It was amazing to meet the marador as well."

Paula

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cassie

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much fun. Perfect balance of structured and free time.

Jim

Tour: 04/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed every part of Spain. The guided tours hit the highlights of each area. Plus we had plenty of free time to explore and enjoy the areas on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To pick one moment is hard however choosing one, its the overlook of the Alhambra at sunset and the absolutely wonderful dinner as night fell on such a awesome sight. We did have a couple of encounters that rate as “wow” moments also. At lunch in Grenada we encountered a bridegroom party of young men who were genuinely eager to interact with us and enjoy a photo opportunity or two. In Arcos we happened to meet Rick S. on the street and had a selfie taken with the rock star of European travel."

Leigh Ann

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves' Tour but definitely not our last! Amazing experience! Excellence in all areas from the guides, to the hotels, to the food, to the experiences! Loved every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to say-- Turning around from the Metro stop and seeing The Sagrada Familia "right there"(!), The Alhambra, seeing Picasso's "Guernica" in person, feeling like a time traveler everyday!"

Lorraine

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group, just the right amount of group activity. Excellent guide, Javier Menor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it, until we got covid on day 9 and had to leave the tour."

John

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We, unfortunately, got COVID on day 9, but loved everything about the tour up to that point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was having dinner across from the Alhambra and watching the sun set on it. "

Lois

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved having our transportation, group meals, and tickets for sight seeing attractions all taken care of. When I did venture on my own my guide had given great advice on how to use local transportation. I also enjoyed our little stops to sample some of the local food such as churros and the cookies that the nuns made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many highlights I could mention but my favorite was dinner on a beautiful restaurant outdoor seating area overlooking the Alhambra."

Sally

Tour: 04/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Spain was fabulous! We loved each place we went , but I have to say Granada was my favorite. The guides at each site were wonderful—so knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being with our tour guide, Javier was the very BEST! You must always keep him. He is smart, kind, fun, and so dependable. He is what made our trip a success!"

Peter

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Despite have ng some kind of allergy or cold most of the trip, I got to meet some interesting folks and see some things I’d only read about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia. Far and away."

Marilyn

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Renaita

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything - itinerary, daily activities, places visited, food... Our tour guide was also really good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the Reservatauro farm was a real WOW for me. Unexpected and absolutely fascinating place!"

David

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the art, the tapas, and our guide,Todd!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia and Alhambra at night"

Marsha

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I felt I had a thorough orientation to Spain, both the history, architecture, cultural, and economics. Todd was very knowledgeable and helpful in learning about Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra---seeing it the evening before from a wonderful outdoor dining area with the lights on it and a tour the following day!!!"

Stanley

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have taken quite a few Rick Steves' tours and I would have to say this tour ranked at the top. Our guide Todd was fantastic and very knowledgeable and made the Spanish culture, history, and food come alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was dinner across the valley from the Alhambra as the sun was setting which drenched the Alhambra with a warm glow. Just Beautiful! I believe the groups most exciting moment was seeing Rick in person and taking a group picture with him in Toledo."

Kay

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Todd was a fantastic guide, who provided us with all the information and help we needed. Spain is beautiful and, although the weather was unseasonably hot for April and early May (some temps reached more than 90), we had a fabulous time. Todd provided us with his own personalized maps and historical, as well as gastronomical, information. He was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many fabulous sights on this trip — the Alhambra, the Real Alcazar de Seville, the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, etc, but the real wow moments were the outstanding food! Based upon Rick’s suggestion in the guide, we went to Chocolateria San Gines in Barcelona. We ate traditional hot chocolate and churros. The chocolate is very thick (similar to hot fudge) and warm. The churros are dipped into the chocolate and then savored. So delicious!"

Richard

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The quality of a Rick Steves tour always starts with the guide. Todd was a great guide on so many levels. His knowledge of Spanish culture and history was great and his teaching style lent itself to easy understanding. His attention to detail kept Arturo on schedule, and when the worst little snafu‘s he was able to adjust. I appreciated this about Todd and plus he was very passionate about what he did and it rubbed off. The places we went or amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra was special. I particularly enjoyed the countryside more then the big cities, but I enjoyed the museums and art of the big cities."

Don

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and it was as enjoyable as our first two. Todd was an excellent guide and his knowledge of the country and his experience as a tour guide for many years really showed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As many have said, the dinner on the outdoor patio as the sun set and the lights came on the Alhambra had to be the top wow moment. Close seconds were the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the view from our room's patio in the hill town of Arcos de la Frontera, and actually meeting Rick Steves in person while he was doing research in Toledo."

Kay

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed Sagrada Familia and also the quieter Arcos area. Scenery beautiful!"

Carol-ann

Tour: 04/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved each of the tour days we were able to experience. Todd was an outstanding guide! He put together a detailed handout for each stop that was particularly helpful. His care and attention to the group’s needs were exceptional. Unfortunately, my husband ended up being hospitalized on day 5 of the tour so we were unable to continue with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, honestly my answer has to be my husband’s release from the hospital on what would have been the final day of the tour. While we enjoyed the tour stops, nothing exceeded our joy of his full recovery!"

Shirley

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned a lot from olives to bulls, to the raising of beautiful horses, not to mention, wine tasting, sherry tasting and amazing, old, and very modern Spanish art and architecture. The local guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining, as was our, guide, James Scanlan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Alhambra was the 'wow' moment, and a close second was the Prado art collection. "

Ken

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour. 1,000+ years of history and architecture, Spanish culture meant lots to look at. Add in fun tour colleagues and the tour was a enjoyable delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The massive Alahambra. Astounding beauty. The work effort to construct is incredible."

Mary

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Found it educational as well as fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra in Granada. "

Sylvia

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour was extremely well organized and our host, James, was on top of all details and potential threats. while on a city tour in Toledo, James was bringing up the rear of our group and was spot on to intervene and recover the stollen wallet of one our tour members. Some cash was lost, but all personal documents were recovered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely the wow moments of each Rick Steves tour for me is getting out into the countryside and personally experiencing how the people of each particular country live and survive. In Spain to be able to be on a farm when bulls are raised for bullfights, to tour and experience a family owned Olive Oil Mill and also visit a local Andalusian Horse Farm. The variety of venues on this tour is nothing short of outstanding."

Brian

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people, interesting places, good food and wine. Few decisions to be made and everything goes so smooth. A great way to see a new country. This was our 4th RS tour and we will be back for a fifth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide was supper alert and somehow recovered a purse stolen from one of our group members in less than 10 minutes. WOW!"

Joe

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour. It met all expectations and more. I commend the RS organization for their operational excellence!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I would have to distill it down to the people on the tour. They were all welcoming, conversational, inquisitive and a pleasure to interact with. "

Mark

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I got an excellent introduction to Spain, its people, history, geography, historical landmarks and culture. Generally well paced. Accommodations and transportation we’re comfortable and efficient. Our guide, and all local guides, we’re very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra at night!"

Walter

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Filled with wonderful cultural experiences

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagradia Familia"

Jean

Tour: 04/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our time in Spain! We learned so much and had a great time with our traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised how much the visit to the bull farm changed my attitude toward bull fighting. I don’t know that I am a fan now, but I have so much appreciation for it now."

Bart

Tour: 04/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed our first time RS tour. The breadth of the experience, sights and subject matter expertise on the cultures, history and places visited were wonderful by all measures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening dinner across from the Alhambra in Grenada. The view as the sun set was spectacular."

Joe

Tour: 04/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The our was almost perfect. The guides, Robert and Francisco, were outstanding. There was only one time I would have referred a different stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but if I had to pick one, i would have to pick La Grata Familia Cathedral. The April Festa in Saville would be second."

Mike

Tour: 04/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have now taken 6 RS tours and found Best of Spain to be one of the best. We believe Robert to be one of the best guides we have had of our tours, his knowledge and excitement about Spain, one of our highlights. We loved the Best of Spain, however a few suggestions. The 2 nights in Arcos, the tour of the Government Horse farm and lunch in Jerez could have been replaced with just a lunch in Arcos for the view ( taxi ride to top of tour). an added nite in Sevilla or trip to a coastal town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guide Robert and Assist guide Francisco bringing Spain to life for us and the nights in Granada and Sevilla. Dinner overlooking the Alhambra, WOW. The food was a treat as if was different then Europe and who could forget yummy Tinto De Verano's by the pitcher ! The history is so different and mostly untouched by WW I and II. Thank you "

Victoria

Tour: 04/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was our guide and he did everything to make our visit to Spain memorable. Without an experienced, professional tour guide like Robert our trip would not have been the same. I hope your company continues to hire quality guides as I believe they make the difference. I believe this is where the Rick Steves organzation distinguishes itself from the competition.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia was breathtaking. We were told that it might be finished in 10 years. Not sure, but if that happens, we will return to Spain on another Rick's Steves trip. Other "experiences" that your trip provided added so much to understanding and enjoying Spain. For instance, the olive oil manufacturing and the lunch provided for our group. Not only was the lunch delicious but the family dog played fetch with many of us! Thank you"

David

Tour: 04/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Barcelona and Madrid were very crowded, but that is not related to the tour group. I especially enjoy staying in the smaller hotels and of the cities enjoyed Sevilla the most.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arcos la Frontera "

David

Tour: 04/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. Fast paced and more to do than the time allowed. The group meals were varied and we got a wide range of the foods in Spain. The tour guide had great suggestions on restaurants, places to visit in our free time, and helpful ideas on transportation around the cities, towns, and villages. The individual guides in the cities set a good pace, were easy to understand, and provided excellent information about each site. They also had good suggestions on things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a toss up between touring the windmills in LaMancha and eating dinner in Granada as the sun set on the Alhambra as our entertainment."

David

Tour: 04/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour but, like the brochure says, it’s rather strenuous. Personally I thought the tour got better as it went on and Sevilla was perfect. Shout out to our guide, Helen, who was attentive, friendly and was always on top of the logistics!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia was on my bucket list so that was my favorite moment, but there were many others."

Robert

Tour: 04/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience of a Rick Steves tour is always great. It's an efficient way to see a number of places in a short period of time. It's just for me, my personal desire is for good photos and it's not specifically geared towards that. So I was disappointed in some cases an in some locations (e.g. staying OUTSIDE of Ronda). But I accept all of that and will continue to consider other Rick Steves tours in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would probably say that going through the Alhambra in Granada was my favorite moment."

Jerry

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great agenda, great guides, excellent planning and preparation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seville procession floats tour."

David

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Competent and engaging guide, interesting experiences, mostly acceptable lodging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in el Prado before the Masters. "

Beverly

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour and my favorite thus far. The tour was well organized, full of interesting activities, lead by an experienced and enthusiastic tour guide, Helen Inman, and two additional tour guides in training who added so much to the overall experience, plus an enjoyable and nice group of tour members. It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments. Touring La Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, and the Easter brotherhood floats in Sevilla were all spectacular."

Teresa

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a fun group of experienced travelers, everyone got along well. Our guide, Helen Inman, is fabulous... caring, knowledgeable, and just an awesome person! We also benefited from having two fantastic assistant guides, Adriana M. and Todd H. The weather cooperated with blue skies, and warm sunny days. I was not a fan of the bull farm visit, and feel that it was unethical to contribute to the terrible tradition of the bullfight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sagrada Familia was amazing, and certainly qualifies as a wow moment! The Alhambra in Granada and Alcazar palace of Sevilla are unbelievably beautiful, and also on the 'wow' list."

Michelle

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! We have 3 phenomenal guides and Spain is an amazing country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out of the metro and seeing Sagrada Familia!"

Beth

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, this RS tour of Spain was excellent! Enjoyed every single minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but if I have to pick one "wow" moment, it would be the La Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona."

Andrew

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was wonderful as an introduction to Spain. The guides (Helen, Todd and Adriana) were outstandingly good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The City of Sevilla -- it was stunning. "

Sherri

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Variety and knowledge

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segovia"

Eric

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I likes the fist hotel and dinner"

Michael

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Typical Rick Steves tour! Excellent all the way around. Tour number five for us, expectations exceeded!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Barcelona Familia! "

David

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great variety of walking tours along the way as well as plenty of free time to explore on our own. Accommodations were of high quality. And the guide was the best!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia. WOW!"

Dale

Tour: 03/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip with my wife the tour guides were fantastic Helen, Adriana and Todd. One of the best tour group I've been with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening carriage ride thru Sevilla "

Timothy

Tour: 10/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well done tour. Excellent guide. Hotels were great. We got to see a great cross-section of Spain

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alihabra "

Dodie

Tour: 10/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour definitely covered the highlights of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was having a group dinner in Granada with a view of the Alhambra and seeing "Guernica" at the Reina Sofia, and visiting Sagrada Familia."

Nancy

Tour: 10/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was great. Very well planned and organized. Our guide, Helen, was amazing and she went out of her way to make sure we were all safe, healthy, and enjoying the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite spot was the Alhambra in Granada. Very impressive. I also enjoyed the beauty of Arcos de la Frontera and the Andulsian area."

Stephen

Tour: 10/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides at various locations were knowledgeable. There was a great mixture of highlights of large cities and small towns. There were a variety of great experiences from views from a cliff top hotel to seeing masterpieces in museums and the guide giving some local color to Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alhambra. Both the dinner with a view at night and touring the facility the next day was a "Wow" moment."

Ann

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's a joy to travel with a group of friendly people who are eager to learn about other cultures, with a guide who is so knowledgeable and exudes enthusiasm.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to The Alhambra and its amazing architecture and gardens."

Bonnie

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour and tour guide Robert met all expectations and then some!!! What a memorable travel adventure!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from, however, the terrace view from our hotel in Arcos was a dream come true!!!"

John

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We give each of our grandchildren a Rick Steves trip for graduation. Spain was number 3. As usual it exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spain was a new destination. Our previous Rick Steves trips we ate very well. On this trip, "We Dined". The food was over the top! and we are foodies. The Alhambra blew us away. You have got to see it to believe it."

Stephen

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time thanks to Robert and our group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day waking up to new adventures."

Mary Beth

Tour: 10/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was my 8th with Rick Steves and was definitely one of the best. All of the tour activities were top notch, and Robert was an engaged and always enthusiastic guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from my room in Arcos. The entire experience with the Carthusian horses was a WOW as well."

Jan

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful itinerary. Lots of walking and climbing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sites: Sagrada Familia Hotel El Convento Calle Maldonado, 2 Arcos de la Frontera. It was worth the climb."

Michael

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

this was my 10th rs tour so i know what to expect. my first was the barcelona/madrid tour almost 10 years ago. i wanted to return since there's so much to see in barcelona & i wanted to see the morish architecture of the south. the tour met my expectations. the tour director was knowledgeable as i expect from rs. we stayed on schedule & saw all the sites & more. all the hotels were nice to very nice & centrally located. the food was good. another good rs experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the alahambra in granada. it was one of the main reasons i took the tour. love the architecture, but especially how the fountains & water combined with the environment inside & out. the gardens were lovely. the guide was good. a place where you want to spend more time, but there were so many people. also the alacazar in seville for many of the same reasons. less crowded & had more time to explore the beautiful grounds & reflecting pools throughout."

Patricia

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"LaMancha. I loved the windmills, blue sky, saffron store and the fabulous outdoor lunch. "

Alan

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. I really experienced Spain and loved it. Beautiful country and people. The food, the monuments, the cities and towns, the art, and more - all outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada - Dinner overlooking the Alhambra and touring it the next morning. Toledo, Sevilla, Segovia, Rhonda and the Fronteras were awesome as well! "

Sandra

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was excellent—the hotels, the guides, the special local guides, the tour destinations and all the people on the tour were friendly and respectful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group meals were fun and delicious."

Marc

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed our trip and had a great tour leader. Fellow tour group were all great. So many amazing sights and panoramic vistas. Delicious food and some fantastic meals. Some excellent local guides. I am ready to go back and spend more time in Spain perhaps some long term stays. However, too many cathedrals and too much time in them. It was not easy enough to opt out. Although I did on one occasion. In 2 others it was too difficult to opt out. I was not the only one in our group who felt this way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of the Alhambra from our restaurant"

Sharon

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed by Spain. I used to think the Northern France tour was my favorite RS tour, but the 14 day tour of Spain topped that. The cathedrals, castles, palaces, museums were impressive as were the visits to two bullrings (one on our own) the bull, horse and olive oil farms and visits to Segovia, Toledo and Ronda. The food was good to excellent everywhere. The tour guide, Mayte was fun and knowledgeable, we enjoyed spending time with Eszter and the entire travel group worked well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Goudi buildings including the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Alhambra in Granada and the aqueduct in Segovia. "

Frank

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found Spain to be fascinating and extremely enjoyable. The people were friendly and welcoming, the country was beautiful, and the food was tremendous. James was an an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide and his insights added a great deal to the overall experience. The local tour guides were also outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of such moments. My big one, however, was being in the room at the Alhambra in Granada where Queen Isabella agreed to fund the voyage of Columbus. Think of how the course of the world and all of history changed in that room."

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What a great adventure! Nice people to travel with, very knowledgeable guides, interesting stops, and good food to try.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Outdoor dinner at the corner restaurant in Arcos with spanish guitar and singing provided by a local musician."

Ann

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was wonderful! Our guide spoiled us with "treats" (both food & experiences). My husband & I were supposed to take this tour in September 2020 so I was a bit hesitant about traveling in a COVID world but I followed protocols and masked in crowds--no problems whatsoever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but my two favorites were: outdoor dinner in Granada across from Alhambra Moorish palace which was illuminated; the view from our hotel room in Arcos especially at night."

Andrea

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. It was extremely active!We saw so much and had so many extra special experiences. Helen and the other tour members were great. We made wonderful friends on this trip. We did get Covid the next to last day of our trip. The hotel in Seville, Helen, and the Rick Steves staff were very helpful and accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several “wow” moments from this tour. However, the Alhambra lit up at night was breathtaking! I have never seen such a beautiful landscape! "

Idalia

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was a wonderful tour. Breathtaking sites, good weather and Helen was awesome with an impressive knowledge of history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our hotel and the gorges in Ronda! That was my WOW moment! "

Judy

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Spain tour was amazing! With Margaret as our guide, we experienced all of Spain's culture, food, history, beauty and people. Visiting big cities such as Barcelona and Madrid and then smaller towns such as Granda, Sevilla and Ronda, among others, really kept the tour interesting. We had a wonderful group of people that we travelled with, as it seems to be on each Rick Steves' tour that we take.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many really, but I would say that the gorge in Ronda was amazing! What a "Wow" it was!!"

Ronald

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great destinations, activities, and local tours. As always, the most fun part was the people--our guide Margaret and the tour members. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with our tour friends with the illuminated Alhambra in the background. Stunning setting. "

Terri Pauline

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Spain was a lovely, cultural experience with many beautiful sites to see. Margaret was a wonderful guide and we enjoyed her tour very much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lahambra was beautiful and the gardens were spectacular!"

Dave

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific guide (Margaret), great food, great history and culture teaching and wonderful accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to list but the vibrancy of Barcelona and Madrid come to mind as well as the amazing vistas at Ronda and Arcos."

Larry

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour took us to a variety of small towns, large cities, museums, churches, local businesses and cultural experiences that I will not forget. Local foods/dishes provided when lunch or dinners were provided. Not a lot of free time to see all of the sites in Barcelona, so my advice is to arrive 2-3 days before the tour begins. It was very evident our guide loves Spain and proud of her country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Flamingo Dancing was fun and fascinating to watch."

Gail

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well organized with just the right amount of guided activities and free time for us to explore each city on our own. Margaret, our tour guide, was outstanding. At each stop, after group activities were over for the day, she gave recommendations for places to visit and restaurants to try in our free time. And, the local guides for each city tour were informative and entertaining as they shared the history of the locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with any Rick Steves tour there were so many "wow" moments it's very difficult to narrow it down to just one. My top three were: seeing the Sagrada Familia in person, visiting the opulent Royal Palace in Madrid, and the view of the Alhambra from our dinner venue while the sun was setting."

John

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and run. Amazing! Loved Margaret's leadership and warmth!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner overlooking the Alhambra"

Linda

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting learning experience enveloped in fun atmosphere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudy cathedral "

Bart

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour seem to start out with some challenges. The guild was new to running a Rick Steve's tour and appeared to be a bit nervous and had some communication issues. However, as the tour progressed she settled down and her sense of humor came through. Our guide was very knowledgeable but the information she was trying to provide was not well organized and she would offer go off on tangents. Nevertheless, we truly enjoyed the tour and the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say we had two "wow" moments on this trip. First, in Ronda the "assistant" guide, Gabrielle, joined my wife and I on a hick down into the gorge to see the water fall - beautiful. The second moment came in Arcos, a beautiful little town on a hill-side. Our hotel was wonderful and our room had a large deck with an amazing view. In the evening, we sat our on the deck with friends and watched the the sunset enjoying a fine bottle of Cava that we had pick up in Barcelona. Fantastic!"

Rebecca

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really liked meeting our fellow travelers. We loved the location of the hotels. All guides were very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra. "

Edward

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding Tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alahambra and Alcazar"

Darrel

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, good group of attendees. Our guide did a terrific job. Accommodations were very nice, great food and good guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alcazar in Sevilla and the Alhambra in Granada. Remarkable history. "

Juan

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a gift to my wife and I’m so grateful that it was a great experience for her. My wife is now going to be making tapas and tinto de verano at home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra in Granada. I was amazed by its beauty and its historial significance. In fact, our goal was to gain a better understanding of how España’s history related to our own history and the connections were uncanny."

Patti

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved our group, everyone was so friendly and got along so well. Our tour guide Jorge really cared about us and did his best to ensure we had a great time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was breathtakingly beautiful. "

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and June, and from September through October are good times to visit Spain. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for offering good weather, long days, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

Spain / Barcelona

Barcelona Weather

 


Spain / Madrid

Madrid Weather

 


Spain / Sevilla

Sevilla Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in 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 into Barcelona (BCN) and out of Sevilla (SVQ) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Spain.

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