Having our guide, Amanda, guide us through the metro, buses and train decreased any anxiety about associated with being in a foreign country. The train was clean, fast and easy to negotiate. Very pleased with the tour and my experience! "Seeing Picasso's Guernica and getting a different perspective on this painting from our local guide, Monica.". ▲ Maritime Museum A sailor's delight, housed in a medieval shipyard. After it was over we both agreed we would do another R S tour with no hesitation! This evening we'll toast to our last night in Barcelona with dinner together. This was our first RS Tour, and it lived up to the excellent reviews. "I think, for me, seeing Picasso's Guernica was the most surprising and inspiring thing that we did. This was an exceptional trip for me... a solo traveler in a group of mostly couples and a family pair... a terrific bunch of travel companions. 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. "It's a tie for me. A great combination of scheduled and free time. Our guide Javier was amazing and reorganized everything so we still had a wonderful time. This is our first time with Rick Steve's tour. "Without question, seeing Guernica at the Reina Sofia. I don't know what I was expecting but the Spain we experienced was more beautiful, friendly and delicious than I thought it would be. Having pre-ordered tickets at the activities saved much time and frustration. "Sagrada Familia, and everything Gaudi was very impressive, and very well explained by our local guide.". Very good experience. Definitly looking at Southern Spain for a future trip. Lodging & restaurants were great. Our neighbors took two Rick Steves tours recently and their wonderful experiences helped us make the decision to sign up. Eating Suckling Pig at Botin was another wow, I would consider trying to get it on your tour.". Our accommodations were in great locations and they were very comfortable after a long day of sightseeing. "For Hanan, it was the tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. We enjoyed every moment of our Rick Steves tour: Best of Barcelona and Madrid in 8 Days. With 2,000 rooms, tons of luxurious tapestries, and a king's ransom of chandeliers, this is truly one of the great palaces of Europe. In retrospect, when describing Barcelona and Madrid, I would say we were constantly surrounded by incredible art! Our first trip to Spain was way more wonderful than expected. This group was my favorite to date, although I am not sure why. The people were so friendly, the food was fantastic, the wine was wonderful. Also the Picasso Museum was very impressive.". I CAN RESEARCH THE SPANISH HISTORY AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS BUT THE VALUE ADDED BY QUALITY KNOWLEDGABLE GUIDES IS IMMERSABLE. We enjoyed all the sites and the amount of free time. Today we'll visit the Picasso Museum, Europe's best collection of Picasso paintings, where we'll trace the story of this hometown boy-genius' art as he evolved from a kid who painted like an adult…to an adult who painted like a kid. I was pleasantly surprised to find that both cities were pedestrian friendly with many streets designed for walking with no or little traffic. We saw sunshine every day while in Spain. Overall, we tremendously enjoyed this, our first Rick Steves' tour. ▲ Frederic Marès Museum Quirky museum highlighted by Marès' collection of bric-a-brac from 19th-century Barcelona. The light from the stained glass creates a magical sense of being in a rainbow. As usual, a very well organized tour schedule with an excellent leader Frederick! The tour insured you got to see the main sites yet left you It is definitely unlike any other cathedral.". I also loved Toledo.". "The high speed train! Toledo was a pleasant surprise. This is our second time to travel Europe and having the major sights scheduled with local tour guides made our limited time fully used. They immersed us in all aspects of Spain in a way that was fun and memorable. I'm not sure if it was that we just walked that far for a really average churo or wow imagine that the people who arranged the tour are surprised the Royal Palace is not available to tour on one of the biggest national holidays of the year.". His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. "Experiencing local and family owned restaurants and businesses! Great guide! Once you looked past the crowds, you saw the peace and beauty of the building. After the tour we knew enough to spend 2 days exploring on our own, using high speed train and other local transportation. Our hotel on Gran Via was an excellent perch for experiencing the astounding energy filled display of solidarity of what most surely must have been EVERY woman in Madrid. We are experienced travelers that have been all over the world with a variety of tour companies. "La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, truly awe-inspiring!". Being there in the morning before the mass of crowds made it an even better experience. I really enjoyed just walking and "seeing the sights" and the convenience of very good public transportation.". We'd lived through a hard winter in MN and appreciated the perfect weather. It was a "wow" experience. "Hotels were selected in the middle of the city and easy and safe to move around.". Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Catalonia Portal de l'Angel Hotel. "The guides insights into the Sagrada Familia - we never would have absorbed all the details surrounding this incredible cathedral.". You must see for yourself!". The convenience of not having to take a bus or the hassle of air travel. We were expecting a lot from our first Rick Steves' tour and we were definitely not disappointed. We learned so much about the man behind the dream from the local Barcelona expert. Inside Rick Steves Barcelona you'll find: I had a fantastic time. Bus: 4 hours. Our guide, William, was outstanding, we had a wonderful group of people and we really enjoyed the trip. The cafe's were open and we went right in. Transportation arrangements were very good and promoted independent exploration. I highly recommend it. I loved our local guides who I looked forward to meeting on each part of the tour- They were knowledgeable and all had their own special charm. Barcelona Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . I wish we could have stayed longer in Toledo. "My husband had been in Barcelona many years ago, so seeing the change in the city was the biggest one for him.". From there we'll walk to — and through — the sumptuously decorated Royal Palace. From Day 1, meeting our fellow Tour mates and establishing friendships, and throughout the 8 days of meals, museums, and sites my wife had an awesome time. This evening we'll regroup for an introduction to Spanish wine at a local bodega, before setting you free for dinner on your own. I enjoyed having the comraderie of being with the group and the feeling of safety the tour provided along with the amount of freedom in the schedule to have time to be on my own whenever I felt I wanted to. Very knowledgeable, passionate and kind. the Roman ruins of Barcino that lay under the present city of Barcelona, ▲ Sardana dances Patriotic dance in which proud Catalans join hands in a circle. BTW I am a repeat customer. This was our sixth Rick Steves' Tour and, once again, it exceeded our expectations. 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