• Sagrada Família
  • Alcázar, Segovia, Spain
    Alcázar of Segovia
  • spain-madrid-royal-palace-women-sitting-by-fountain
    Madrid's Puerta del Sol
  • Tapas bar, Madrid, Spain
    Tapas in Madrid
  • Toledo
  • La Mancha
  • Alhambra, Granada, Spain
    Alhambra Palace
  • Bullring in Ronda
  • Arcos de la Frontera
  • 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!

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

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 2024 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

Today 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

Erin

Tour: 06/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great locations, hotels, transportation, tours and food. Our guide Amanda was absolutely outstanding. This may have been our first Rick Steves tour, but it will certainly not be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra and the olive oil mill were incredible."

Geoffrey

Tour: 06/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

selection of cities was excellent city selection, included both big and small, the local tour guides are still the best experience, they bring a passion that cannot be matched, the number of meals together are great, the hotels are as expected (you should understand what you are going to get), the tour guides are awesome, we (everybody) become family with the help from the guide, the bus is top notch along with the bus drivers (we love them), once again...awesome tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia...enough said. The guide (Mariona), the architecture, the history, the colors. Dinner at Carmen las Tomasas in Granda overlooking the Alhambra at sunset...absolutely stunning, both the food/drink and views. "

Ana Maria

Tour: 06/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely great itinerary, hotels, food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to see a zarzuela!"

Jim

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was outstanding from so many levels and perspectives. From the complete and comprehensive Tour details and logistics to the professional, interesting and very capable and knowledgeable guides the Tour certainly met our expectations. This was the first organized Tour we had taken so we were a bit unsure and apprehensive about tours in general. We had previously used Rick Steve's guidebooks for several trips and found them to the best and most appropriate guidebooks for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course as this was our first visit to Spain we wowed by the scenery, history, culture and people of Spain but we also loved the group dinners and lunches together and the spontaneous surprise performance at the Spanish flamenco guitar shop"

Roberta

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well planned tour which was expertly lead, including knowledgeable local guides, and shared with a great group of folks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was a mind blowing step into the past."

Paul

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great variety in seeing many different aspects of Spain: cities, towns, country, experiences, and food and wine galore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many experiences: dinner viewing the Alhambra, wandering the hill towns, Guernica at the Regina Sophia, saffron in La Mancha... and a wonderful group of new friends with James as our guide."

Beverly

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding hotels! Great food. Tour guide was wonderful about accomodating my food restrictions. Local guides, as always, added so much to our understanding of the history of the various locales.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The light streaming through the brillant blues, greens, red, yellow and orange stained glass inside the Sagrada Familia."

Maria

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

we had a wonderful group, knowledgable tour guide, had plenty of time to explore on our own and the tour gave us experiences to see Spain different than other tourits

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Granada and going to Alhambra was my wow moment"

Camilla

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide James was amazing, He is knowledgable, organized and lots of fun! There was a perfect balance between group time and free time. The accommodations were comfortable and well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments...... the view from our hotel in Arcos, dinner across from the Alhambra, the Toledo Cathedral and the relaxing retreat outside of Ronda"

Janet

Tour: 06/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and so informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull breeding tour."

Holly

Tour: 06/03/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was a very good introduction to Spain. We visited places we would have never gone to on our own. I enjoyed the mixture of “big city and small towns”.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The church in Barcelona The dinner spot overlooking the Alhambra The olive tour/lunch"

Stephanie

Tour: 06/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour after having traveled to Europe many times independently. We had a wonderful time. It was the perfect combination of interesting guided experiences, free time, meals planned for us, and meals on our own. Our guide, Helen Inman, was friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful, and funny. The guides who joined us for specific tours, such as at the Sagrada Familia, Prado, the Alhambra and Sevilla's Alcazar, were truly experts who made the visits meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time I learned something that was completely unexpected....from the reason Gaudi designed the cathedral as he did to the reason the Spanish Christian rulers kept the Moorish design that praises Allah. "

Kathy

Tour: 06/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Spain tour exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was excellent. She educated us about Spain and the culture in interesting and humorous ways. She was very thoughtful and caring in her planning for everyone's needs and wants. All the hotel accommodations were wonderful in their location and atmosphere. Our bus drivers were wonderful. The local tour guides were experts in their knowledge of the places we visited with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful sunset view of the Alhambra which included a wonderful meal!"

Steve

Tour: 06/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, Great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first view of the La Sagrada Familia"

Jaime

Tour: 06/03/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed talking a deep dive into Spain's history and culture. The hotels we're consistently good. The guides we had along the way we're well versed (and long wimded at times). Spain's food culture was not as diverse as I had hoped. Not asany surprises (good ones) toake the experienced extra memorable. Overall very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Segruda familia and olive farm. "

Jen

Tour: 06/03/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour packed with a great balance of big cities and small towns, incredible sights, opportunities to learn about the history of Spain from awesome local guides, good food, and lovely people. There was a nice mix of organized group activities getting us in to see the major landmarks in each location and plenty of free-time in each city to explore on your own (more free time than I expected). An excellent deep dive into Spain's history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several...a few favorites: Our group dinner in Granada overlooking the Alhambra was fabulous and very memorable. The day trip to Segovia - our first glimpse of small-town Spain after starting our tour in the big cities. Our time in the Spanish countryside, including the stop at the olive oil mill and the wonderful lunch the family shared with us. Seeing the Sagrada Familia - I hope to someday return to see it completed. "

Tom

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Norma

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour and the trip leader! Amanda was just wonderful, and made the tour so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely seeing the Sagrada Familla"

Jeff

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful country, excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada: lunch with a view over the Alhambra"

Sally

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Group guide and specialist guides were excellent. Group was very cohesive. Fantastic hotels and restaurants/eating experiences. Saw interesting things we wouldn't have on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia cathedral"

David

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to spain, enjoyed it very much the deep history with its many cultures, the food and the people ,great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always a difficult question, but I would have to say Granada and the Alhambra palace, it’s amazing it survived intact .and the city itself the river front walk I took was great as was our dinner that night overlooking the palace ,great experience!"

William

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Way better than expected and our guide Amanda was outstanding!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to say"

Teresa

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves' Tour and it was perfect. No early morning departures, spectacular food, a welcoming and fun guide (Amanda) and the best cities and sights. Plenty of time with group and on our own .We had a really fun group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the day trip to Segovia. The wow moment for me was seeing storks. Our guide told us the cutest story about the storks that I will always remember. The Roman aqueduct was spectacular too as was the Alcazar fortress and delightful lunch. A souvenir gift was given to us at the restaurant too! "

Daniel

Tour: 06/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful and enlightening tour of Spain!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Sagrada Familia inside for the first time! OMG, soo beautiful!!"

Rhandee

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Itinerary was fabulous and well paced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The deep sense of history in each of the locations we visited was palpable. Hard to choose just one wow moment!"

Adela

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour has a great itinerary; potentially some tweaking could be made with the 2 nights in Arcos de la Frontera and replace one with a visit to Malaga or Cordoba. The hotels were fine, the one in Ronda outside of the city was outstanding . The group meals were great with the dinner overlooking Alhambra being absolutely unforgettable. The local guides we had were absolutely great and totally made visiting various sites a complete experience. Would have liked to spent more time at Museo Prado.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra is hard to top but Sagrada Familia came close and also Segovia, Toledo and Ronda are absolutely fabulous. Cathedral of Sevilla also comes to mind, mainly because of the great guide we had through it."

Timothy

Tour: 05/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had lots of experiences that illustrated culture and history of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset dinner at terrace restaurant across from the Alhambra!"

Kirk

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Agustins guiding us every day with such a humble spirit. He kept the pickpockets away. The accommodations were mostly outstanding. Some better than others. The choice of sites was perfect. The food was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bull fight in Madrid was my wow moment."

Laura

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everyday of the tour. The itinerary was well thought out and I have a better understanding of Spain's history and appreciation for this beautiful country. Our guide Agustin was top notch and made our tour exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was traveling through the country. Seeing the diversity of the landscapes and enjoying the contrast between the cities that we visited and the countryside."

Steve

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good itinerary, got to see many highlights of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the local guide at the horse and bull breeding farm. Desiree was so enthusiastic!"

Varonica

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Sagrada familia and all of Barcelona was great. We went to the Picasso museum and it was fabulous. The cathedral in Madrid, and the palace were great. Walking up the hill in Granada to the restaurant was grueling on slippery steep cobblestones. The view of the Alhambra was worth it, Took cab to Alhambra and in Arcos. Concepcion in Sevilla was devout the first day, clearly a bit tired the second day. Cadiz was my least favorite, but OK.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Blanca in Madrid!. Sagrada familia, Alhambra, all of Toledo -loved walking there, JoseMaria's and the aqueduct, Alcazar. Cathedral in Madrid. Loved the Hotel Molina Del Arco! Mozart was also great. All of the hotels were fine. Two of us suffered food poisoning from the rooftop Japanese bar (?El Cercle?) two blocks from the hotel in Barcelona. "

Diane

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! Great lead guide, great local guides. Great food and hotels. Many magic moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bull farm. The bulls have a wonderful life until they enter the ring. When you compare that with cattle in feed lots most of their life, it may not be so bad."

Sharon

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. Our tour guide Augustin was informative and congenial. I think it is safe to say he took excellent care of the group. The local guides were very interesting and gave great insight into the sights we visited. It was a good mix of set time together and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night before we visited the Alhambra we went to a lovely restaurant on a hill, across the ravine was the Alhambra lit up in the early evening light. It was magical. Going to the Alhambra the next day was incredible as well. There were so many incredible moments : the Sagrada Familia "s stain glass windows with the light pouring in, the Cathedral Of Seville. The tile work everywhere was so amazing. Spain is so impressive, with its history of exploration and the mix of cultures. "

John

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was a great combination of thoughtfully guided visits to a range of interesting attractions interspersed with free time to explore further on our own. The trip was well-paced, informative and stimulating, and led by a well-organized guide who knew her stuff and related well to everyone in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First looking out my hotel window at Arcos de la Frontera and realizing we were perched at the top of a cliff overlooking the Spanish countryside."

Cathleen

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great mix of group activities and time on our own. We learned so much from the outstanding local guides and from our tour guide Helen. She is a gem, always positive, great knowledge of Spain, and committed to making the tour special for everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the country hotel near Ronda. It was a peaceful and lovely respite from the busyness of the tour. The shared patio provided a nice gathering place for our tour members. The sangria was delicious and so was the dinner and breakfast. Our room was awesome!"

Larry

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of structure while still having time to do your own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the cathedral in Barcelona "

Aubrey

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I had hoped it would be. The extra mile our hosts (Helen & John) went to make our visit to Spain was memorable. The sites we visited and the places we stayed were very nice. One in particular was this quiet villa outside the city of Ronda. It was nice to get away from the crowds for one night and walk in their gardens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Inside the La Sagrada Familia was a wow moment for me. The afternoon light showing through the stained glass windows was worth the trip. "

Mike

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time on a group tour. I had some reservations on how it would go, but overall a very positive experience. The planning and execution of the agenda went smoothly, the group on our tour were great to be with, and we saw and learned things we would’ve never fit in on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, how much more I enjoyed the trip freed from all the planning and logistics I typically take on when we go on our own. My stress level went way down and I could just enjoy the moment without the worry of when, how, where we needed to be next."

Judith

Tour: 05/18/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thank you for a very well organized and interesting tour. We met lovely people, fellow travellers and locals, and got a really good taste of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the view from our Arcos hotel room balcony was most 'wow'. "

K

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In many ways I consider it a trip of a lifetime, I felt well care for much the same way Robert cares for Spain, he shares it with a lot if insight, care and love. It opened my eyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole experience made me feel like i got a glimpse of what makes Spain tick, and I like it. Also, the unexpected insight ifrom the bull fighting talks and the art of it all - was very surprising/exciting. Art in general in Spain from the crafts surrounding religion to Gaudi’s commissions are amazing, beautiful and at times mind boggling."

Roger

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cohesive group with many interesting people. Great overall guide (Robert)...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to narrow it down. Particularly outstanding were La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Alhambra in Granada, Alcaraz and Roman aqueduct in Segovia..."

Gary

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert, our guide was exceptional. His in-depth knowledge and experience gave us a better insight and appreciation of the history and sites. We had one of the best fellow travelers and plan on keeping in touch. This was the first time we traveled as a group on the bullet train to get from Barcelona to Madrid. Great efficiency.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too Many to list. Visit to the Sagrada Familia (also did Park Guell & Dali Museum on our own) in Barcelona. The opera and dinner show i Madrid (Recommended on RS Site). The sunset dinner overlooking Alhambra in Granada. Our FULL MOON overview from our patio in Arcos de la Frontera. Tour of the Alcazar Palace and our walk up the tower in Seville. Our last dinner, Tapas and wine as our group mingled together like the locals. This was a wonderful trip."

Laura

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert, our guide, was a significant factor in our outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Alhambra was on my bucket list so the entire day was amazing; from visiting the actual site to the very special dinner overlooking the palace."

Tanya

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Robert did a good job showing us the best of Spain. Our group bonded well. We enjoyed the architecture, the Spanish way of doing things, trying new foods I got to use some of my very rusty Spanish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia tour."

Linda

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had never been to Spain and, except for the crowds, it didn't disappoint! Robert is an outstanding tour guide! Our fellow traveller's were wonderful, the food, without exception, was delicious, and the history, art, and countryside were beautiful. I loved my first carriage ride ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but the experience that was an absolute paradigm shift for me was one that we would never have had were we not on a Rick Steves tour. It was the visit to the bull farm where we saw how the bulls lived, met a matador who answered our curious questions, and saw the museum with his bullfighting experiences, including the chapel where he prays before a fight. Although I still don't want to watch a bullfight, I came away changed, with great cultural respect and understanding."

Richard

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel that we got a good overview of Spain including highlights of a Spain visit

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time in Toledo and learning the history of Spain"

Ken

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jorge is an incredible guide. He set an upbeat tempo from the start.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seville"

Regina

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time! Our group of fellow travelers quickly became friends. Every day was well planned and we were guided to each destination with care. The guides at each location were incredibly knowledgeable and fun to listen to. The Spanish cuisine includes a lot of ham, so we were a bit challenged since we don't eat it, but we still managed to eat well! And the wine is superb! The hotels were excellent, especially in Ronda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudi's other sites were why we chose to go to Spain. The church is the most beautiful I've ever walked into. His genius and nature inspired designs touch my soul. The Moorish architecture in the Alhambra also captured my heart and soul. The rest of the trip was icing on the cake! "

Laura

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was great! The food, our tour mates, our guide, the wine, the experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Motoring up the mountain town of Arcos in a little train, with Spaniards smiling and waving to us. Also, the olive oil tasting was pretty great!!"

Samuel

Tour: 05/11/24

A good mix of education and entertainment. Some things, e.g. touring the bull ranch, were unexpected and most interesting. Individuals traveling may not get to do some of the things a group does.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in Granada across the river gorge from The Alhambra. What a view! And a great meal. "

Rachel

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I went as a solo traveler. From the very beginning, I felt taken care of, educated, included, and overwhelmed with wonder and surprise at every turn. There is simply no way I could have covered as much in 14 days without this tour and its stupendous guides. I feel that I have really experienced Spain - and have fallen in love with it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most used word on the tour was "wow". I had to laugh at how often I used it. Countless times each day, I heard myself say "WOW". This tour covers so many remarkable sites and experiences that there is no way I could pick just one as my favorite. "

Joanne

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent arrangements, hotels, food, guide, activities with lots of free time to make sure we were able to do what we wanted to do and see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Outdoor dinner overlooking Alhambra."

Wesley

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great locations and a great guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the beautiful scenery."

Michelle

Tour: 05/11/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing as always! Our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable & fun! The locations were beautiful and filled with fun experiences, history and cultural knowledge. And lots of yummy food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia. Unlike any church I've ever seen. When we walked in I was met with beautiful colored light. I was not prepared for this amazing visual!"

Melinda

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were treated to iconic Spain moments: Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Toledo, Segovia with the classic suckling pig meal with the daughter of Jose Maria serving us personally. Our group was remarkably close and caring. Our tour guide, William, was a great storyteller that brought the history to life and his love for all things Spanish shone in every interaction. His genuine affection for each of the people he introduced us to made us care that more for what they shared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though we had visited Sagrada Familia a few days earlier, seeing it again with the guide in the afternoon, the light flooded in through the stained glass in such a way, it was on fire! That was right after William confronted two pickpockets and got pushed! "

Kelly

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent way to visit many places in a short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments to narrow down!"

Laraye

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. As a first timer I don't have anything to compare it to but was pleasantly surprised! A very reputable and organized company for sure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I fell in love with the quiet little city of Ronda and loved the hotel there! AND our guide was amazing - William for the Win! "

Lee

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent, informative tour with awesome guide, great group and fantastic weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of family owned olive oil mfg company and meal they served. "

Deborah

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visited great places in Spain. Our guide, William, was OUTSTANDING!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alhambra Palace"

John

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow world travelers. Most had been on RST before, this was our first and was well organized

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The palace in Seville. Stunning experience"

Pamela

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We hit the highlights of Spain, our tour guide was engaged, helpful, caring and managed the 28 of us with aplomb. Under his guidance we became a unit who cared about each other and enjoyed each others company. Our bus driver was included in the revelry of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Olive oil morning was very interesting. The palace in Seville was outstanding. My wow moment was how we began as individuals and soon became a family of fellow travelers, and friends. That made the tour run smoothly, and reinforced our concern for each other."

Raul

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide William was exceptional. The group dynamic was the best I’ve ever experienced. Everything was run perfectly, and the end result was well beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many “wow” moments it is hard to pick just one. However, our visit to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and our dinner overlooking the Alhambra in Granada rank among the most memorable. "

Janice

Tour: 05/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and it was everything we hoped for made even better by our outstanding guide, William, and our happy band of travelers, who followed William’s lead and genuinely came together as family. William is an impressive communicator who obviously truly loves sharing everything Spanish. His knowledge of Spain combined with his personal stories added so much to our tour. The local tour guides were deeply engaged and interesting as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The light streaming in from the windows of La Sagrada Familia; the sunset view of Alhambra; the architectural detail of the Moors; the gorgeous countryside w/ rows of olive trees; the olive oil facility (and delicious lunch the family served); a street opera singer outside of the Barcelona cathedral; exploring the narrow streets, sampling tapas with the locals. Also in our free time, a symphony concert at the Palau de Música Catalana in Barcelona, and the Thyssen museum in Madrid. "

Yvonne

Tour: 05/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely my best tour, this is my third one with RST.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to choose from but I would say our visits to the bull farm and to the Prado and the Reyna Sophia museums where tops for me."

Paula

Tour: 05/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and had no idea what to expect. It exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was when we were having a lunch at Oleum Viride (the olive oil processing plant and winery), outside with all of the tour group. Looking out at the hills and having to pinch myself; there were roosters strutting around, everyone enjoying our lunch (the food and wine were incredible) and wine and each other. The whole lunch just felt so rustic and right."

Sally

Tour: 05/04/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the 4th RS tour that we’ve been on and I must say it was the most compatible group of people on the tour with us. I could have kept going with this group for another two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments. First was getting to go inside the Sagrada Familia at sunset and the Flamenco dancers. Both were simply jaw dropping in my book. "

Virginia

Tour: 05/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was a fantastic tour guide. I loved her sense of humor and generosity. She surprised us often with a little something extra and ran the trip very smoothly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Andalusian horse farm"

Pete

Tour: 05/04/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After Barcelona and Madrid, it was nice to get into the smaller cities like Toledo and Granada. Smaller crowds and a slower pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia without a doubt. "

Valerie

Tour: 05/04/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amanda was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gaudi church in Barcelona was a wow for me. I had read about it for years and it was wonderful to experience. "

Linda

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great balance between guided moments and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Granada Familia"

Betty

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was steeped in history, culture, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was amazing. Who knew is would be such a beautiful, finely crafted complex."

Jeffrey

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steves tour, and it confirmed for us that these tours are worth every penny. Had a great experience, learned so much about the area traveled, and enjoyed the people we traveled with! There is no way we would have the same experience traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had two - Sagrada de Familia actually brought me to tears when we stepped inside. And Alhambra was magnificent as well. So thrilled to have the opportunity to witness these iconic places firsthand, with guides that help point out the significance of some of the engineering and detail. "

Stephen

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! We loved Spain and the tour did not disappoint. We saw/participated in so many places/events. We feel we experienced Spain to it's fullest

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on top of the hill with the windmills"

Tony

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My least favorite of the 5 tours I have taken. There were way too many churches and cathedrals on the tour (many could have been suggestions for visiting in your free time). The historic bull ring and visit to the bull ranch were overkill. However, the visit to the olive oil mill and the Andalusian horse farm were highlights of the trip. The sherry tour and (brandy not sherry) tasting was disappointing and rather commercial. Segovia, Granada and Sevilla were definitely worthwhile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several WOW moments: The Prada Museum, Segovia and the Roman aqueduct, Granada and the Alhambra, and Sevilla's Barrio Santa Cruz and Alcazar palace."

Susie

Tour: 04/29/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved all the different places we went to. Everyday was a new adventure . A great blend of "tour" and personal time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from dinner overlooking the Alhambra. "

Jeffrey

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Agustin was an excellent host and really deepened my understanding of his culture. All travel coordination and recommendations were spot on. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The warmth of the people in Andalusia, especially Granada and Sevilla. Families everywhere in the evenings. Caught a religious procession our last night in Sevilla with children, float and marching band. "

Alberto

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! It was our second Rick Steves tour but not our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My encounter with the cochinillo at the Mesón de San José restaurant in Segovia. "

Mark

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotels, tour provided meals, & transport were excellent. Enjoyed all areas selected for guided tours. Appreciated free time between planned activities. I have 2 suggestions. First, local Gods talk continuously the ENTIRE time. No time to think/admiration the topic. 2nd, one has to continuously watch the group as you move so can't enjoy/view the surroundings without getting left. Consider a location app to quickly find the leader if you get separated such as an apple i-Tag

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moments but several noteworthy sights. We are will travel throughout Europe so it takes more to generate a wow moment that when we first started traveling 20 years ago"

Janice

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on the tour. Agustin was an excellent tour guide. Everything went smoothly and and as planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia. First, the basílica is so breathtakingly beautiful. And second, that it’s still under construction after 142 years! "

Sara

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was one of the most well planned and organized 2 week trip I’ve ever taken! But above that was the memorable places we saw, the cultural experiences we had and the fun people we met that elevated this trip to awesomeness!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two landmarks that were simply magical! Visiting the Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra were equally wow after wow after wow! "

Joseph

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual this RS tour was very good...our guide Augustin and the local guides were all outstanding. The only negative was staying 2 nights in Arcos...my wife and I feel another location would be much nicer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"visiting the Alhambra "

Katrina

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Organization and layout of tour schedule, our guide, Augustin, was professional, friendly, and very well educated of all areas. Hotels were of high quality/comfort with friendly welcoming staff. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in the countryside after Ronda which was wonderful. All of the tour guides in each city for our visits to sites were knowledgeable with a friendly personality. Overall the tour met and exceeded my expectations and desires.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments, but in Toledo the painting of El Greco's "Burial of the Count of Orgaz" in the Santo Tome Chapel came to life for me by our guides very descriptive of each aspect of the painting and overall meaning. "

Inda

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Augustine, was fabulous and really added to the experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cadiz. We hadn’t expected to see the ocean"

Maria Elena

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rebecca

Tour: 04/27/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour exceeded our expectations! Everything was flawlessly organized and we learned so much more than we would have on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had so many “wow”moments that it’s difficult to pick but the group dinner in Granada with an incredible evening view of the Alhambra was breathtaking and unexpected. "

Lorne

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves vacation. The first one was so good we decided to become return customers. Everything was better than we had hoped. Our tour guide was top notch, the buses were great, the hotels were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say the visit to the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was the best wow moment. The weather didn't cooperate, it was cold and windy, but the church more than made up for it."

Susan

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned itinerary that showed us much more than we anticipated! Robert was a wonderful guide and his love for Spain was evident always.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our patio at Arcos was absolutely breathtaking. I didn’t want to leave!"

Michelle

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 5th Rick Steves tour. It was wonderful as expected!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sangrada Familia!"

Richard

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of travelers in the tour group. Very knowledgeable tour guides. Everything was well organized. A good variety of experiences during the two week tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say my wow moment was seeing the Sagrada Familia."

Jeffrey

Tour: 04/22/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

You need to invest in new Whisper devices. It was often difficult to hear. Full of static. We tried different headsets but that didn’t help. We did a Viking tour after our Rick Steve’s tour and their devices were 100% better than yours. You need an upgrade.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sangrada Familia. "

Cheryl

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our third Rick Steves tour, and our fifth tour of Europe, and this one was outstanding. We all agreed the group was one of the most compatible and agreeable. James was superb-knowledgeable, fun, eager to share his love of Spain and its people. Our local guides added depth to the visits. James mentioned Spain doesn't seem to self-promote in the states-olive oil, history, architecture, food-what a mistake for Spain! I would love to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the steps Columbus climbed to report his discovery to Ferdinand and Isabella! Kim and the roast suckling pig! Hotel Molina del Arco! Miles and miles of olive trees! Matador Rafael Tejada! The Andalusian horses! Dinner with a view of the Alhambra! Dinner with new friends at restaurant AlJibe in Arcos! Don't ask me to name my favorite child!"

Jiatong

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brenda

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional local guides, hotels, and tour leader's knowledge of Spain history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Granada"

Stacy

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour and all of the surprises along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved eating dinner with a view of the Alahambra."

Mary Ellen

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded all expectations. Our guide James, set up special experiences for the group. Everything was well planned and executed. It was a joy to experience Spain for the first time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alhambra from our group dinner, la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, enjoying a Moroccan dinner with new friends in Arcos."

Richard B

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thought James, our tour guide, was outstanding; the balance of organized tour and free time was about right;, and the variety of sights and experiences were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the tour of La Sagrada Famalia. The dinner overlooking the Alhambra in Granada was very picturesque and outstanding dinner. "

Tim

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour with a great guide and pleasant, congenial tour-mates. I learned so much about a country that I had little knowledge of. It also helped that the weather was so comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia was the one sit that I was looking forward to seeing and it did not disappoint. Gaudi's masterpiece was amazing. His take on a cathedral was so unique and uplifting that I found myself just staring and marveling at his (and the subsequent architects') designs. I'm so glad I was able to finally see it."

Kenneth

Tour: 04/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spain was an amazing tour. Our group seemed especially compatible, and James made sure we all were well taken care of. The sIghts, the people, the food, the countryside, all were beyond our expectations. Local guides were great at explaining history, culture, customs, architecture, and art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I guess the moment we walked out onto the dining area of our restaurant in Granada, and saw the view over the valley, of the Alhambra. The meal was incredible, and watching the sunset color the Alhambra was amazing."

Pat

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were on the Best of Spain tour and it surpassed what I expected. The amazing Alhambra, the gorgeous Seville Cathedral, the Sagrada Familia - beyond description.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no idea the Alhambra would be so exquisitely and intricately beautiful. When I considered the amount of skill and work the craftsmen accomplished, it just was mind-boggling. "

Rylien

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The group was too large. The whisperers did not work when guide went around corner. We lost our guide in Sevilla. The pace was too fast for this older group. Finally slowed down toward end of tour. It would have been nice if he ask us what we were interested in?? We heard all about what he liked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many places were my favorites: Toledo with its old buildings - Medieval Synagogue. Segovia and the agueducts. Alhambra- beautiful beyond words. And the Alcazar. Almost forgot the Sagrada Famila in Barcelona."

Sue

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familla And Alhambra "

Tim

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great tour guide and group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toledo cathedral, but all the meals with the group were most often the best part."

Lorie

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my fourth excursion to EU, first time to Spain. Tour was well planned and provided opportunities to see diversity in the traveled destination

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass windows in Sagrada Familia. "

Everett

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It exceeded my expectations in every way, thanks to the amazing guide, the great weather, and the incredible places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our dinner at the foot of the Alhambra, as we viewed it at sunset, with great food, and new friends."

Keith

Tour: 04/15/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

tHIS WAS A TRIP I COUILD HAVE NEVER CONSTRUCTED MYSELF AND BEING WITH 25 OTHER CONGENIAL TOUR MEMBERS MADE IT A GREAT EXPERIENCE

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudi Church in Barecelona"

Joseph

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experiences, from sights to local meals! Filled with Wow moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picnic meal on a hill beside Don Quixote's windmills."

Benjamin

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Well organized and everything went off as planned

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaudy"

Phillip

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia"

Carol

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, great co-travelers, and a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one? Gaudi windows, Andalusian horses among them!"

Kenneth

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were very satisfied with our tour. Javier our tour guide was excellent and provided us with a very informative and fun tour. We were happy with the hotels we stayed in and the provided meals were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra was beautiful and dining on the hillside across from it was an unforgettable experience. I also enjoyed the Olive Oil Tour and lunch. "

Stephen

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves Tour, and, as usual it was full of interesting sights and activities. The schedule and itinerary were well coordinated with easy to understand information from the various site tour guides. Be that as it may, probably the most memorable and cherished moments were those which we discovered on our own (with the help of the RS Spain tour book) such as Arrayanes Moroccan restaurant for dinner in Granada.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite tour “wow” moment was actually a wow day: The day trip out of Madrid to Segovia included the well preserved and sizable Roman aqueduct, the Alcázar fortress (where our group photo was taken), and a group luncheon of roast suckling pig. Segovia was a welcome respite from the encountered urban crowds in Barcelona and Madrid."

Linda

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our 1st RS Tour and we thoroughly enjoyed all the organization and planning done for us. Our guide, Javier, was super informed and prepared. He set the tone for fun and cultural immersion. The whole group were an interesting mix with lots of travel histories to share.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, its hard to say my favorite...Toledo or Granada or Ronda were all enchanting. I'll pick an evening of delicious dining at a cliffside restaurant after a rigorous walk viewing the Alhambra Palace as the sun set. "

Marguerite

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour! The itinerary was a strong one, well paced, with a nice mix of different types of activities, interesting city guides, and a good tour group led by an experienced guide who kept things moving perfectly. Loved trying different types of Spanish food and wines. Honestly, my first sentence says it all - I would go again without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia at twilight was definitely a wow for me! Other favorites were the Alhambra, dinner the night before overlooking it, and the carriage ride in Seville. "

Victoria

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves' tour and again we loved everything on this tour; our guide Javier, hotels, local guides and the meals that were included. The weather in Spain in April couldn't have been any better with blue skies and sunshine and perfect temperature for touring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spain offers so many wow moments; Barcelona with Sagrada Familia, Madrid, Prado & the Royal palace, and then Granada & the Alhambra! Another wow moment was the visit to bull farm and learning about bull fighting& having my photo taken with a real bull fighter!"

Walter

Tour: 04/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Virtual ride on America‘s Cup racing yacht at America‘s Cup Exhibition "

Susan

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the tour very much. It was my first and I tried to keep expectations in check as I had no idea how things would work. I loved our guide, Helen. She was knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. It was a bit overwhelming at times, but we got to see a lot and had a good amount of personal time. The group bonded quickly, which was also nice. No grumpy people there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting all the cathedrals, basilicas, and local churches. I prefer to see art in context and for much of that, a church was where we needed to be. And I'm not sure why, but Segovia was one of my favorite spots on the tour."

John

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful country with fun guide and pleasant fellow travelers. Great weather and right amount of activity time and self time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada familia basilica/construction"

Susan

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th and best RS tour yet. Our guide, Helen Inman was outstanding! Besides imparting us with her knowledge of Spain, she was always looking out for our safety and wellbeing. She gave us a whole new perspective and history of this country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment was having lunch at the top of the cliff’s overlooking the ravine in Rhonda. My other “wow “ moment was a group dinner in a restaurant and gazing at the Alhambra across the way as the sun was setting. "

Laurence

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was excellent from Helen our guide to all the towns , places , sights, experiences, food and the other travellers in group . Never would have seen or learned as much on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra and the Alcazar were spectacular "

Ellen

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Was very good with interesting itinerary and great guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrata Familia blew me away"

Gail

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time on our first Rick Steves tour. Helen, our group guide, was phenomenal. The small “extras” were appreciated - preloaded metro cards to use during our free time, the local snacks Helen would purchase for the group. The local guides were very knowledgeable. The restaurants selected for group meals were generally excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra in Grenada"

Dennis

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Helen, was outstanding and the members of this tour were all so agreeable and friendly. And the diversity and beauty of Spain’s cities and geography exceeded all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several: seeing the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Alhambra in Granada, the gorge in Ronda and the Alcazar in Sevilla. Plus eight of us had an amazing time at the April Fair in Sevilla and actually got invited into a family’s private caseta and were treated to food and drink and wonderful conversation with members of the Spanish family."

Nancy

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. It was made special because of our tour guide, Helen Inman.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but probably the overlook at the gorge at Ronda."

Edward

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time I had been to Spain, so no better way to do it, and with a Rick Steves tour. Everything was excellent, from the included meals to the hotel locations to the transportation, and especially our tour leader, and the amazing local guides. Helen let us beautifully, with a sense of humor, and always watching out for our well-being and safety. The special things you get on Rick Steves tour, such as visits to local farms or businesses that nobody else goes to are fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although all of the museums, Royal Palace and cathedrals were amazing, I would have to say it is a tie between the Roman aqueduct in Segovia and the bridge in Ronda. "

Cheryl

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour. I loved and appreciated every day. Helen was an exceptional guide---knowledgeable, well organized, attentive and has a great sense of humor. Unfortunately I broke a bone in my foot three weeks prior to the start of the trip. I was still able to participate in all activities, but was slower than the rest of the group. Helen was patient with me as I was healing dally. The itinerary was outstanding and the accommodations and meals provided very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite wow experiences was when six of us went to the April Fair in Sevilla. A lovely family invited us into their private casita where we had a fantastic visit as they generously provided us with plate after plate of tapas and drinks. That entire evening was like nothing I had previously experienced. Helen also provided us with a beautiful wine tasting party one evening."

Robert

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well managed. Good balance of structured and free time. Many varied activities. Truly the Best of Spain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ronda gorge"

Donald

Tour: 04/08/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very special. The group bonded, Helen, our guide, was outstanding, and the sites visited were both varied and, in many cases, unique. The tour was well thought out, with great hotels and food. The local tour guides imparted in depth insights into the local history and culture of each site visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being is Seville during the April Fair, attending the Fair, and being invited into a private tent to meet a local family while being treated to tapas and drinks. A true Rick Steves moment. "

Loren

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Francisco was outstanding, each city had its own charm and mystique and the tour group was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one. Tour of Barcelona, the view from our hotel room in Arcos de la Frontera, the view of the Alhambra from the restaurant across from it. "

Gerald

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. The highlights of Spain were much more interesting than I expected. The tour was made even better by a fantastic tour guide, Francisco.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Undoubtably seeing the exterior of the unfinished Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It's so far out there it just blew my mind. Upon seeing it for the 1st time, for a minute I thought that I was having a flashback to the late 1960's. Groovy!"

Patsy

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide (Francisco), fun and cohesive co-travelers, interesting\ and different experiences, stunning architecture, and an altogether lovely tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I cannot choose just one, and even these selections cut the list short: the stunning "otherworldly" feel of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the group dinner directly across from the Alhambra at night, the authentic flamenco dancing program in Seville, and the extremely serendipitous opportunity to experience the customs and carnival atmosphere of Feria (complete with an invitation into one family's caseta.)"

Patty

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best! I learned so much about Spain, the culture, the food, and the people. I saw enough of Spain and had such a good experience that I’d like to return. Our guide was so informative and took great care to keep us updated, well entertained, and cohesive. Francisco was such a great guide, my husband and I are looking into another Rick Steves’ tour next year to another part of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had “wow” moments in every city in Spain. However I was particularly wowed by a hotel outside of Rhonda. I loved the country feel and the rooms were comfortable and had great amenities. The tour had the place to ourselves and it was a memorable time."

Jeremy

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour , Francisco was a tremendous guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Gaudi’s work"

Susan

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Francisco was a terrific, knowledgeable, kind, and empassioned guide. I still miss him. I feel like I've "seen" Spain and like I have a better understanding of and appreciation for the country and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow: Seeing the Sagrada Familia, having dinner while watching the Alhambra, and the lovely, lovely countryside hotel outside Rondo which was a delightful respite from the pace of the tour Ew: Eating the roast suckling pig and Segovia"

Kathy

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Spain tour exceeded our expectations. It was a great blend of cathedrals, museums, parks and much more ~ but truly captured the diversity of Spain. Loved the community dance in Barcelona, flamenco dancing and Féria in Sevilla and the cuisine throughout!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a wonderful full schedule in Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, Toledo and Granada, visiting all the ‘must see’ sights for the first 10 days. At the end of our lovely day in Ronda, it was pure heaven to enjoy an evening at the lovely Hotel Molino del Arco located in such a quiet, picturesque setting. Exactly what I needed! ❤️"

Kathy

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome guide provided us with a comprehensive voyage across Spain, with appreciated focus on history and culture. The hotels were all selected to reflect their individual locations and the group meals provided an excellent sampling of the regions visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one but many. Several stops elicited a WOW. Dinner overlooking the Alhambra is one; the Prado Museum; Gaudi in Barcelona; the list is long. Both notable stops and quiet moments (a cocktail on the roof with a nighttime view of the cathedral in Sevilla)."

Patrick

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour, well-organized, supported by excellent logistics. Our tour leader Fran (Francisco Glaria Baines) could not have been more helpful and kind. Fran was outstanding in all respects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finally seeing the Alhambra, a life-long goal."

John

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was fantastic. Spain is a beautiful country and the locals are so nice and so courteous to visitors. There is so much history to appreciate and many ancient buildings, churches, cathedrals, Roman ruins, etc.... to appreciate. There was a good mix of large city activities and small town sights. The food was fantastic and many of the meals are so memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A single 'wow' moment is difficult. The one that surprises me the most was my appreciation and awe for the Flamenco dancing we attended. Our guide did a good job explaining what to expect and fortunately, it was enough to pique my interest and cause me to pay attention to all the intricacies of the dance. From the footwork, to the snapping, clapping and slapping, to the ballet-like movements, and the singing and guitar in the background, it was all so remarkable."

Gregory

Tour: 04/06/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great blend of major sites (Prado) and off the path gems (olive processor for tour and great lunch). Busy city life in Madrid was nicely contrasted with the quiet afternoon and evening at the hotel outside of Ronda. We learned that Spain is a tapestry of many different regions and lifestyles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra gardens and palaces, the Prado with a knowledgeable guide, and lunch on our own at a cliff-side restaurant in Ronda."

Gerard

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love exploring new places and this tour did just that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say our day in Segovia with the castle, the church and the meal with the sucking pig."

Denise

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alhambra! spectacular We had dinner overlooking it sunset and night beautifully lite"

Kimberly

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour! This was my first trip to Spain and I was thrilled to learn so much about the history and culture. The architecture and beautiful views were amazing. Our group was so much fun and everyone bonded in such a lovely way. The places were interesting and the people made the tour really special. I have so many wonderful memories that I will always treasure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing vistas in southern Spain were a surprise for me. I especially appreciated the beautiful views in Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera. The visit to the bull farm was special as well. It was interesting and inspiring to learn about bullfighting and how important it is to the Spanish culture. "

Beth

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on the Spain tour, from learning about Spain's history to seeing its amazing geography. I loved the places we visited and the cultural events we attended. Our guide Amanda Buttinger was absolutely great. She is very informative and gave us great tips on dining and sightseeing options along the way. She is a great guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a difficult question because there were so many "wow" moments. I would have to say that visiting the bull and horse farm outside of Ronda, visiting the Andalusian horse facility, and learning about olive oil production were highlights for me. I also loved visiting the Alcazar in Sevilla."

John

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide and local guides were all excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The horse carriage ride to the Spanish pavilion in Seville"

Thomas

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are hooked. We will sign up for Rick Steves tours from now on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, but there were many others."

Jeff

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moorish archetecture."

Shawn

Tour: 04/01/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 7th RSE tour and it did not disappoint. Our guides were excellent at being very organized, friendly and informative. Once again we found our fellow travelers to be fun, friendly and really nice people to hang out with for 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me I really enjoyed the olive oil farm/factory. Learning about how they use every bit of the olive was fascinating. But my very favorite activity was going to the Flamenco performance. I found it to be mesmerizing. I cried it was so soulful. "

Ruth

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spending two weeks with fellow travelers and a wonderful guide was an experience I will always cherish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The carriage rides on a beautiful evening in Sevilla was a perfect ending to our awesome tour."

Beth

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Janice

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel companions and Javier was an excellent overall guide. The local guides were all very knowledgeable and outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Horse carriage ride to final dinner."

Larry

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized, and all the arrangements were made for us for the major sites on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from. Maybe Sagrada Familia, hill country whitewashed villages, Roman aqueduct in Segovia and millions of olive trees"

Melanie

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As first timers with the Rick Steves tours, we were absolutely thrilled with the experience. The pace kept us on our toes, and the variety of experiences left us in awe of Spain and all she had to offer. Our tour guide, Javier, was exceptional - knowledgeable, patient (I am sure it sometimes felt like herding cats!), caring....definitely above and beyond. Even with inclement weather, he kept our spirits high. We can't wait to take another tour soon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my husband, the town of Ronda took his breath away with the ravine and the bullring history. For me, it was Gaudi's work and Barcelona's appreciation of him. There were so many spectacular moments, though - the processionals, the narrow cobblestone streets, the fresh fish vendors, the olive oil plant, the lessons on sherry and wine, and the crowds - always walking with intention while we meandered enthusiastically! And the guides - all with personality and depth of knowledge."

Kimberly

Tour: 03/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first (and most likely last) experience in Spain. It was such a great experience. Our guide could not have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"La Sagrada Familia!"

Clifford

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, good selection of cities, wonderful tour group, some good hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several great sites but no wow moment"

Linnet

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience and it far exceeded our expectations. James was an exceptional tour guide - engaging, knowledgeable, and handled the myriad of logistics with apparent ease. We were impressed by the outstanding and timely communication. We were happily surprised by the group camaraderie. The local tours and guides were very good. In no way could we have replicated the experience on our own and very much appreciate the value of a Rick Steves' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was filled with at least one "wow" moment. The Sagrada Familia was unbelievable! The most unexpected "wow" moment was the bull farm - so enlightening."

Chris

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide James was amazing! He was knowledgeable, organized, and adaptable. He went above and beyond on a daily basis to maximize our enjoyment, insure our comfort, and exceed our expectations. Each hotel was in a perfect location and had its own beautiful, unique ambience. Shared meals were delicious and a wonderful time to bond with new friends. Each day tour was a fascinating entry into Spanish culture and history. The transportation was spacious and comfortable. Driver Pablo was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Park Guell, the Prado, the Royal Palace, the Roman Aqueduct, the Easter festivities, the Flamenco performers, La Macarena. The surprise find of the Don Quixote museum and the tour of the olive oil mill were especially unique experiences. The sunset view of the Alhambra was extra special."

Larry

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a delightful introduction to Spain’s culture and to some great traveling friends! Our entire group wants to do a reunion on the Basque Country tour next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absorbing the impact of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica painting in the Reina Sophia museum in Madrid"

Heidi

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! All 14 days were full of wonder and new adventures. Our group clicked early on as one unit. James Scanlon, our tour leader, was superb. He kept the trip running smoothly and continually shared news and information relevant to the trip. I also appreciated his extra efforts including the sherry and wine tastings, the stop at the old sugar facto see the nesting storks, and giving all of us a group print photo at the end. He even checked in via email after we returned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meeting a real life matador, Mr. Tejada; visiting the olive oil factory; and seeing the Andalusian horses at their farm."

Connie

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide, our group bonded better than I’d anticipated, the tour took us to places I’d always wanted to go, the location guides were uniformly spectacular, and I was in Spain! I can’t tell you how many times I would just marvel that I was really truly in Spain. While the weather wasn’t the warm spring I’d hope for, the experience was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Alhambra and the Moorish art and history. "

Richard

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always these tours are chock full. Great variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and extent of the Moor builders and craftsman. Simply stunning. "

Veronica

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great trip! The itinerary was a fabulous mix of cities, smaller towns, and cultural experiences. I enjoyed it all- the museums, cathedrals, and palaces of the cities, and the cultural experiences we had in the local areas, including the windmills, saffron farm, olive oil factory, bull and Andalusian horse farms. James was a fantastic tour guide, and a great group of travel mates made this an unforgettable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to answer! Everday was filled with unique, unforgettable experiences. I have been on several RS tours, enjoyed them all, but this trip is right at the top. "

Pamela

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm so very glad that I took this tour! Spain has really not been on my "bucket list" and I didn't have that many expectations, but was delighted and awed and intrigued by the country. Our guide James was charming, informative and made a difficult job look easy. He truly loves what he is doing; his enthusiasm was contagious! The tour group was thoughtful and considerate, local guides were great, hotels and meals were uniformly good...some fabulous. I highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments! I didn't expect to be moved by the Sagrada Familia but was filled with wonder by the structure. The view of Granada's Alhambra from the wonderful restaurant in the Albayzin. The aqueduct and castle in Segovia. The view from my room in Arcos. Getting delightfully lost in all the medieval old cities. And the Easter week processions! But the most surprising thing was the tour of the bull farm. My sentiments changed from horror to respect; it was eye opening!"

Marilyn

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, James, awesome sights, great hotels, excellent food, overall the best!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Easter activities up close!!"

Gregory

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the trip exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments! Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, the Bull Farm and the country inn outside of Ronda come to mind first."

Kay

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

James was awesome. The groupo was awesome

Janice

Tour: 03/23/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire adventure was outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing and viewing the Semata Santa procession 15 feet from our hotel entry door in Madrid. Enjoying the processions in Barcelona and Granada as well. Loved Toledo, Segovia, Sevilla and Barcelona, the horse estate, the bull farm, and the incredible host and lunch at the olive oil farm. The countryside Hotel Molino del Arco was amazing! Of course, our incredible tour guide James and the comradery of our tour group and newfound friends top the list of well. I miss them all!"

Rosemarie

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very enjoyable -- well-paced, good group, fine guide, some outstanding sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that there was one 'wow' moment, but the Alhambra came closest."

David

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the fellow travelers. The city guides were all very good with the one at Segovia outstanding. The walking wasn't difficult but there was a fair amount of stopped standing that tended to drain one's energy. If only benches existed. Hotel location was excellent but cramped. The hotel room plumbing at Arcos was a disaster. Material changes to the itinerary were announced at the last minute even when known days before affecting scheduled free times where I had made ticketed plans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 favorites in Barcelona. i didn't know much about Antonio Gaudi before the trip. i would start with the Sagrada Familia, go the Park Guell and then go into any home of his you can. He is a wizard of a structural engineer, an unabashed lover of nature but a genius on the interplay of light and color in interior spaces... Second. Music Place. Do an English speaking tour during the day and go back at night for a performance. Simply captivating. Skylight in hall blue in day, but scarlet at night"

Kim

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides plus great people equals great fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Asking a bar tender/server their name and watching their eyes light up"

Mary

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was so good. Agustin was a great guide with his quiet, kind and confident style. Very professional. The group was very friendly and engaged with everyone. Except for almost everyone catching a 24hr bug, activities were on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the architecture of A. Gaudi and the La Cartuja horse farm."

Andrea

Tour: 03/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything that was planned. Book was helpful. We are art lovers so spare time was spent on art museums. Our tour guide was wonderful and helpful when I had a medical incident. The bus schedule was broken up very well. I would have appreciated nametags because I never got people's names straight. Pacing was wonderful as were all the sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is too hard to say. Everyday had some wows. "

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"

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."

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 "

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. "

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"

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. "

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"

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."

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.."

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."

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. "

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. "

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."

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. "

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."

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. "

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."

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. "

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."

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 "

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. "

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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. "

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."

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"

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!"

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. "

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. "

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.

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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?"

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"

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!"

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.