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The tour exceeded my expectations. "Most definitely it was experiencing the rainbow of light streaming through the stained glass windows of the Segrada Família in Barcelona. Touring Spain in the time of Corona Virus was an adventure non of of will forget. The beach of Barcelona was fantastic - only downside is an airport inspector stole my seaglass and seashells from my luggage. "THERE WAS NO "ONE WOW MOMENT" - TO ME IT WAS THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE AND I REALLY APPRECIATED THE VARIOUS GUIDE ARRANGED "WINE TASTING" AND OTHER FOOD VENTURES.". The tour was very well organized and it was nice to focus on two cities. Inside Rick Steves Barcelona you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Barcelona Rick's strategic advice <… The first night welcome dinner was a cooking class, which was fantastic! Hasta luego! Walking into Sagrada Familia was surreal. Photos of his creations don't do justice to the actual buildings and parks. This was our third Rick Steve's tour and like the others, it was wonderful. What a wonderful way to travel! The flamenco dance show in Madrid, while not a formal part of the tour itinerary, was a true highlight of the tour that will never be forgotten.". The quality and quantity of food was also most enjoyable. I also loved Toledo.". Our trip was terrific, it was a great group to travel with and our tour guide William was super knowledgeable, fun and certainly went above and beyond. Then we all turned around at the same time to see the huge church rising . He later explained that he told the teens that, "This is your history and if you can't respect it you need to leave." They next time I walk into a "Holiday Inn" type room will be so depressing.". Food was plentiful and full of local delicacies. It's been years that I've been wanting to travel to Barcelona and Madrid. "Its difficult to pick out any one moment, but perhaps the visit to Sagrada Familia. Again, because of the expert planning of RS tours, we were there in the morning (2nd group admitted) before the crowds. ), "The architecture of Barcelona -- modernism and Gaudí!". And you could tell how much Amanda loves it. Loved all the local restaurants-each night looked forward to where we would go. Our tour guide Helen did a fabulous job. "The museums, the Bascilica designed by Gaudi, and the Spanish palace were my favorites. I enjoyed the whole trip and wish I was still on the tour right now!! Our guide Nygil was the best RS guide we have had. I was reminded of Gaudi's comment that God was the true architect!". Frederico our guide led us into a very crowded room walked up tp the side of the painting while we took positions in the crowd to see the painting. Civil disruptions provided logistical challenges but did not distract from us accomplishing our objectives. The events planned were fun for all. We all had a hand in preparing the meal from gazpacho to crema catalana.". "There were so many, it's hard to pick just one. Try Prime EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Orders Try Prime Cart. We especially loved all the architecture, ancient and new. The Rick Steves Best of Barcelona & Madrid tour combines Spain's top cities to create a sparkling, full-bodied eight-day adventure. Absolutely spectacular! He was very well prepared, considerate, knowlegeable and alot of fun. Madrid was another magnificent tour. Each day brought new and exciting adventures.". It exceeded our expectations and was absolutely delightful, educational and filled with wonderful activities. Great recommendations for free time from guides: Casa Batllo and Hospital de la Santa Creu.". This was our first tour and it far exceeded our expectations. And of course the food and wine are excellent! The dining experiences were wonderful. The same was true of the local guides. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. "Guernica- the explanation of the bombing. Meet your guide and group at 5 p.m. at our centrally located hotel for an orientation meeting — then we'll join the party with a stroll through our surprise-filled, people-packed neighborhood before having dinner together. I enjoyed having a lot of downtime to explore the country with my husband, rather than constantly being in a group. No one felt left out. I felt like she was sharing her city with us.". Second was Federico's color coordinated outfits, especially his rain gear.". Wonderful is the only way to describe it. When we were first married we lived across the street from the current office, so we were familiar with Rick Steves and I am also a Edmonds High Alum. Upon arrival, we'll meet our bus for a tour of Madrid's major monuments and classy boulevards. The balance of group time with free time was perfect, and each day we had a few hours to ourselves to do as we liked, whether that was to hang out more with other tour guests, explore on our own, or take a nap. Our first trip to Spain was way more wonderful than expected. Not that that's a negative on the other tours, but it made for a more relaxing time. duty for the first few days but I never felt cheated or that the group was missing anything. Special guides also very informative. Each of you will get an autographed copy of the “Rick Steves European Festivals” book hot off the press this fall, when the companion public television special airs across the USA. Jorge and David were knowledgeable, engaging and fun guides and we had a great tour group--so many interesting, knowledgeable fellow travelers. ", Enjoyed learning from our experienced primary guid,e William, and the subject matter expert guides. This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was fantastic. In a word, amazing. The armoury room at the Royal Palace. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) The beach at Sitges is ideal for a sightseeing time-out. The pace of the tour and attractions were spot on. "Watching my parents faces light up when they experienced La Boqueria market, when they toured La Sagrada Família, when we were navigating the subway systems, when we were enjoying churros and Chocolate or when we experienced a flamenco show. I'm excited to choose our next trip in Europe. The high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid was another good way for tour members to connect during a little downtime. Inside Rick Steves Barcelona you'll find: "The Sagrada Família, without question, hands down.". This was my first time in Spain so I gained a wealth of knowledge about the history, culture, food and traditions. "What is my WOW moment? I suggest you go to Barcelona Cathedral and from there you explore the area. And our group was interested and interesting. The tour guide had an entertaining, yet thorough manner of communicating historical facts. A short tour like this with less time on the bus was perfect for us. The local guides were so knowledgeable and passionate about their tours. Eating Suckling Pig at Botin was another wow, I would consider trying to get it on your tour.". "This is a very difficult question because so many sights were wow moments. Coverage of Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo was excellent. Specifically, we really valued the following: We are now ready to pack our Rick Steves guide to Spain and return to go exploring other locations. Catalonia Portal de l'Angel Hotel. Our Spain tour was fantastic and Jorge kept us all entertained throughout the trip. I don't remember all thie names, but my favorites were Freddy in Madrid, and the young woman who led us through the Prada Musuem. Then we'll visit the Reina Sofía, Spain's greatest modern art museum and home of Picasso's Guernica. We had a good pace between Barcelona and Madrid. And it exceeded our expectations. Helen did everything she could possibly do to make everyone enjoy the tour. After the tour we knew enough to spend 2 days exploring on our own, using high speed train and other local transportation. "An unexpected "Wow" was the Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona! The information about history and culture of Spain was phenominal! I had a wonderful time! I had a wonderful trip to Barcelona and Madrid. THE LARGEST VEG AND FRUIT AT THE MARKET PLACE. Our accommodations were in great locations and they were very comfortable after a long day of sightseeing. Barcelona was easy to explore because of the central location of our hotel. I cannot believe that I was there in person. Barcelona and Madrid's architecture is breathtaking.And great food/wine selections. I went with my husband and sister and we had a wonderful time.Federico was an excellent tour guide. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. I learned so much more about the Spanish culture and art than I anticipated. Awesome views, great history. Above all we were impressed with our tour directors organization and knowledge! ▲ Barcelona Cathedral Colossal Gothic cathedral ringed by distinctive chapels. Our tour guide, Federico, was exceptional... he added so much to the tour experience. Yea Amanda!! What a wonderful introduction to the continent! One that will stay with me was stepping into Sagrada Familia and seeing the play of light from all of the beautiful windows. Also the Picasso Museum was very impressive.". Note: This was our second Rick Steve's tour having just completed the Best of Paris tour prior to this one. The experience of traveling on the bullet train. This was an educational experience - I was interested in learning how challenging it might be for me to visit Spain and Portugal, & joining a tour seemed like a good start. For more information about transportation options to get to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Spain guidebook. What a well organized and flowing experience. Please keep the group size small; never more than 24– The local guides were not the best. Our day trip to Toledo was great, too. "The excursions were very beginner-friendly (I know next-to-nothing about art), and there were many wow moments. Agustin Ciriza was wonderful as our guide. This was our second Rick Steve's tour. We were not fans of Picasso but her stories and background made Picasso come alive. First, you'll experience the pride and energy of Barcelona — tapping into the tapas scene, digging into delicious seafood, and marveling at architecture and art by Gaudí and Picasso. There was generally the right balance of scheduled activities and free time. It is so beautiful, so well thought out, so ahead of it's time, every element has a purpose. This is my first time joining a Group Tour and joining Rick Steve's Tour doesn't disappoint. David did a great job of teaching us how to become locals. The walking tours are too long. Wow.". I learned and saw so much more than I expected. "I would say my favorite part of the entire trip was the Sagrada Família! This trip did this and so much more. My guide, Fredirico, was an amazing storyteller, knowledgable, and a fun guy. The train ride from Barcelona to Madrid was a perfect mode of transportation. This tour made the most of the time that we had. As always, the tour experience was very organized and well planned. Toledo was historically well-preserved and fascinating. "I particularly enjoyed La Sagrada Familia and the Picasso museum.". Especially the freedom to explore on our own. As a architectural student my only connection was from photos which were mostly cluttered with extensive interior and exterior scaffolding. Bus: 2 hours. A second Wow goes to the stark realization that all the Jewish people really did have to leave Spain during the Spanish Inqusition. It was amazing!". I SAW ALMOST ALL OF WHAT I WANTED TO, INCLUDING SOLO TRIPS TO PARK GUELL AND THE PALAU DE MUSICA CATALANA FOOD AND WINE WERE WONDERFUL. etc., follows its own slant/bend. the staff was excellent and helpful, and the rooftop terrace was a treat. "The favorite part for all of us was the tour of the Royal Palace. It is hard to pick one thing from such an amazing experience!". The cathedral was a "wow" for me. We had a beautiful experience, thanks to AMANDA!!!!! At first I wondered how good it could be. Our presentations about the history, art, music, and culture of Spain were absorbing and enriching. "Sagrada Familia was spectacular, and Federico singing opera was the icing on the cake!". Particularly the monstrance.". These two city tours covered a lot of ground, and were a great introduction to Barcelona and Madrid for first-time visitors like me. Both hotels were centrally located and within easy walking distance of major attractions and sties. There were a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" and "wows." My personal favorite was the churches. This was my first trip with your group and I was happy and impressed with your org. OUR TRIP WAS FACILITATED BY A SUPERIOR GUIDE. Our guide stayed ahead of events, managed conflicting news and a vast array of concerns and anxieties with grace, calm, and expertise. I look forward to doing another Rick Steve's in the future. Unfortunately I did not get to say goodbye in person since my kids woke me up during the middle of the night telling me to get home STAT. It was great to be able to contribute to their successes.". All of this makes Rick Steves' Barcelona a worthwhile digital guide to load on your tablet or phone and use while making your way around the city. This was my second Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint! The tour was great! ▲▲ Palace of Catalan Music Best Modernista interior in Barcelona. I love the sites, the food, and the people. Ricardo was explaining the painting to us, when he stopped and started talk in Spanish. The others on the tour were friendly and made the trip more enjoyable. A balanced mix of architecture, art, history, eating, and touring. Probably Toledo! My husband and I often travel to Europe on our own, but I can absolutely see the advantage to a guided tour. This group was my favorite to date, although I am not sure why. I'm now sold on Rick Steve's tours and am planning Then pointed out key points for our own time were recognized, remembered so we were not really lost in these new places. Deliciously memorable in so many ways. Your local guides were uniformly marvelous though the woman who took us through the Picasso museum in Barcelona was spectacular. We love traveling independently. Our guide Nygil was interesting, educational and extremely attentive to all our needs. The last evening group dinner was lovely. Ramble down Las Ramblas, relax on Mediterranean beaches, and marvel at the sweeping curves of Gaudí's architecture with Rick Steves! He's so funny and full of information. This was my first tour to Europe. ", It surprised me by walking my way through the country really was the best way to go. First, The weather was perfect, not too cold and not too hot. Barcelona was great with all things Gaudi. He loves his country and was anxious to show it to all of us. ... Festa Major de Gràcia. "Maybe 2: all of the spectacular buildings in Madrid, and seeing Picasso's "Guernica".". The hotel accommodations were superb and our meals at the various restaurants were delicious and great fun! ▲▲ Catalan Art Museum World-class showcase of this region's art, including a substantial Romanesque collection. Very well organized. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we loved it! AT THE TOP OF THE CATHEDRAL WAS A GREAT VIEW OF THE CITY OF TOLEDO. The small size of the group made it easy to tour as a group. I was not able to experience grandeur of the space that unfolded before me when viewing the space firsthand fifty years after those student years.". I could have skipped the Royal Palace guide said better than Versailles - I would respectfully disagree, "Barcelona beach! The view of Barcelona from its upper terrace and stepping in to the grandness of the Oval room took my breath away. Her love for this area of Spain was obvious in a way that rubbed off on us all. Keeping the tour group small allowed us to get to know our fellow travelers. Our neighbors took two Rick Steves tours recently and their wonderful experiences helped us make the decision to sign up. Now, enjoy this opportunity to imagine joining in on all this Euro-festival fun. We were definitely not disappointed! "Holy Toledo"!!". It was great, Hotels were lovely and local guides were awesome. Jorge and David were very knowledgeable regarding Spain's history and culture. "First, Javier. Accommodations were centrally located. Overall, the tour was very good. Although most of the sites on this trip were repeats from our previous trip, they were just as great as our first trip. knowledgeable. The planning and efficiency of the tour was well appreciated and certainly made travel more enjoyable. We were able to travel again by train when we left the tour in Barcelona and travelled to Seville. Spain was beautiful with many amazing things to see. Our tour guide, Federico, was fantastic. The insights we have come home with are rich and vivid! We could have been overwhelmed by churches and cathedrals, but each seemed to tell a story that enchanted us. Travel arrangements were top notch. We were surprised at how nice the whole experience was; how easy it made it to travel, how friendly and thoughtful our fellow travelers were, and much more we learned and saw, and how much we loved it. Barcelona is a beautiful city, but Madrid surprised me at its size and how much they go all in for the Christmas holidays. "Seeing Picasso's preteen paintings. THE UNIQUE PLACES FOR FOOD AND WINE. Either we were extremely lucky or this time of year is the best to go to Spain. There were far more people waiting than could fit on one bus. I don't consider myself religious in any way but when I went into this cathedral, it took by breath away and had a lump in my throat, it is truly a work of art and I will always remember it!". Federico was an amazing guide and made this trip amazing! We had a variety of great experiences - a nice balance of art, architecture, food and history. Rick's 48 itineraries include Italy, France, Turkey, Ireland, Britain, Spain, and much more! The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining, each day was well planned with enough down time to explore on our own or just relax. Very nice way to get to know our tour mates. Fantastic! On our third day we arrived in Madrid to find that all the museums were closed because of the Corona virus. I have seen a lot of holy places, including Yorkminster and Canterbury on this trip, but nothing compares to Gaudi's miracle.". The tour was great fun. Both Barcelona and Madrid were great in such different ways. Federico is among the best RS offers (top two), the guide I would want to be in my next life. ....to wonder about the people who lived there hundreds of years ago......". Our tour group was a good size at 24 people. I was really hoping that this first experience would spark a love of travel. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, especially the art museums, palaces and churches. As always it has the best guides, great itineraries, hotels in great locations, and super nice people to be with on the tour. To be fair, the tour went off for the most part, as described in the online description. Excellent hotels, great group dinners (especially the cooking class! NOTE: the street it is on is closed to traffic - foot traffic only - so you will have to tote your luggage a block (or more) to get to it but it is worth it. "Touring Toledo, imagining what it must have been like when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in harmony.". Toledo was interesting, I'm glad we there early before the crowds.We enjoyed the people in our tour and locals, the maze of the streets, the hotels were nice and comfortable, the food was "yummy", the high speed train- a first for my husband, even the subway was fun. "Seeing all the old architecture in Barcelona.". "The group we were with congealed well through the leadership of Federico. Amazon.com: rick steves barcelona guidebook. I ENJOYED THE FRIENDSHIP OF EACH PERSON IN THE GROUP. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. The food at every restaurant we tried was very good. The local guides were OK. The tour group size is perfect. They went above and beyond so that bus elements were right there. Going to Spain was on my bucket list and we enjoyed our time in Barcelona, Madrid and I really liked Toledo. ▲ Magic Fountains Lively fountain spectacle near Plaça d'Espanya. Also with good free time and alternative activities. "My "wow" moment was being able to go to the beach in Barcelona, explore and have lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants along the coast. He also surprised us with a stop at a tapas bar, and other small surprises like marzapan! I had never been to Europe, and never on a tour with strangers, but I had seen Rick Steves on TV, so when a friend invited me to go with her, I figured, why not? ", "Toledo Spain, church in Toledo totally unexpected.". This tour was our first Rick Steves tour experience. I advise planning your free time in advance and definitely have mapping software downloaded on your mobile device before trekking off on your own as it's easy to get lost. Gaudi is probably a "wow" moment for almost every visitor to Barcelona. The pace was busy but not too hectic, the insight provided by our guide was phenomenal and really added to the experience. Because of Helen and the RS tour book, we are far less intimidated by foreign airports, high speed trains, metro systems and of walking and talking on the back streets of Madrid and Barcelona. We participated in a cooking class, toured museums & churches and tried some amazing restaurants. I wish we could have stayed longer in Toledo. The tour was well planned and executed. Barcelona and Madrid were amazing. - Great hotel location in both Barcelona! I dont want to just read plaques on the wall, to get some vague idea of what is happinging.". The check-in process at the hotels was simple, the tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the food at the group meals was tasty, and the tours of the attractions were beyond anything that I expected. Two busy cities with lots to see, do and eat. 0 Comment Report abuse Mcgeezer. We loved staying in the heart of the city and walking to most venues. Terms of Service | Privacy, Barcelona’s Beaches & Gothic Quarter (clip), Beyond Barcelona: Montserrat, Figueres, Cadaqués, and Sitges, Engaging Experts Enrich European Experiences, In Studio: Roaming the Homes of Europe’s Top Artists, Park Picks: Favorite Green Getaways in Paris, London, and Barcelona, Barcelona's Sagrada Família And croquetas at the wine-tasting in Madrid.". I said "wow" when I walked in both rooms. Great trip! In general, I love the Rick Steves video on his web site and the books are just as entertaining and useful. A nice mix of planned activities and free time. We loved some of the "tasting" opportunities such as the wine tasting and tapas tasting. The "whisper system" was such a wonderful way to communicate during the tours/walks! I loved it.". The people were so friendly, the food was fantastic, the wine was wonderful. 425-608-4217, from $2,695 "There were so many "wow" moments that it's hard to pick a favorite. She was calm and reassuring about our abilities to explore on our own during our free time. First, you'll experience the pride and energy of Barcelona — tapping into the tapas scene, digging into delicious seafood, and marveling at architecture and art by Gaudí and Picasso. Starting out early in the day it seemed to be a quiet, picturesque village with so much history. We'll take a traffic-free walking tour that includes Toledo's magnificent cathedral, the historic Tránsito Synagogue, and El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in Santo Tomé Chapel. were first rate; the tour dinners were at small family run restaurants that used Like our other Pocket guides, Pocket Barcelona is smaller than the complete guidebook (and in full color), but still offers our best sightseeing advice, a handful of self-guided city walks and museum tours, and a foldout map. Barcelona, the proud capital of Catalunya, may be the most festive city on the Mediterranean. It is so beautiful. I had a fantastic time. Nice hotels, good meals, good and quick access to main sights. Our accommodations were clean, nicely staffed, centrally located and had fantastic breakfasts. We're not novices, so will be careful. This really took my breath away. The people were warm and interested in our backgrounds.". This tour exceeded my expectations! Our local tour guides were very knowledgeable and interesting. Salud! There was nobody else that could have given the best well. This tour was very well organized. The tour was great for my family and I! ▲▲▲ Picasso Museum Extensive collection offering insight into the brilliant Spanish artist's early years. I wasn't ready to come home, we had been gone since August 26! Rick Steve's travelers are always so excited to be on tour, it makes for a wonderful experience, add a passionate guide and you're bound to have a fun adventure. Barcelona and Madrid are lovely places, but the guides that you employ to teach us about those places are so knowledgeable and fun to be with, that I learned so much more than I thought that I would. ▲ Gaudi Exhibition Center Fine exhibit about the man who made Barcelona what it is today. Having our guide, Amanda, guide us through the metro, buses and train decreased any anxiety about associated with being in a foreign country. "1. He has an amazing ability to teach through story telling and drama. The cathedral, the apartment building were the main reasons I wanted to travel to Barcelona. We will only be submitting one. I felt like I had stepped back into to the 1500s. This was our first group tour experience ever, although we have traveled to Europe several times. She was knowledgeable about the cities, and she was approachable at all times. This trip had more free time than other Rick Steves tours I've taken and we enjoyed exploring Madrid and Barcelona on our own once Javier had made us feel comfortable in the cities. All of the other members of the tour were pleasant. My family enjoyed all of the activities and often used the book as well to find restaurant suggestions. From the beautifully appointed and comfortable hotels to the excellent local guides, delicious meals together and the extraordinary tour guide, Amanda, I could not have asked for anything more from this trip. We'll start today with a panoramic bus tour of Barcelona, leading to Gaudí's famed Park Güell. It was all the historical information given, everything we saw and experience inside. Our guide Javier was amazing and reorganized everything so we still had a wonderful time. That and, of course, virtually every meal !!!! Jorge was a good guide and was very helpful when someone needed extra help, like when my daughter was sick at the beginning of the tour and we had to find a pharmacy that was still open before our first group dinner. Javier, our tour guide, did an outstanding job teaching us about Barcelona, Madrid, and the overall Spanish experience. A GOOD TIME WITH A NICE BUNCH OF PEOPLE. I would suggest going during the week although that might cause other problems for the activities shifted to Saturday. Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo are all amazing cities. I highly recommend it. 2. Our tour buddy, Helen, was fun, knowledgable, and organized. 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