Grand Tour of Spain

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About This Experience

From the museums of Madrid to the sands of the Costa del Sol, Spain’s charismatic locals and cosmopolitan cities are always on. Madrid and Barcelona compete for the title of cultural capital, both boasting incredible art and architecture. Andalusia, once the crossroads of Islam and Christianity, is a showcase of mosques, churches and Moorish castles. Sample it all on this grand tour, traversing the country from north to south and back again.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Close your eyes, drift away and wake up in Madrid

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Madrid aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Madrid3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Good food, great company, sweet sangria—welcome to Spain

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Madrid! A Go Ahead representative greets you and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day you’re free to relax or begin exploring the city. Meet your fellow travelers at this evening’s included welcome dinner.

Day3

Keep an eye out for Goya and Velázquez at the Prado

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening

Breakfast

Prado

A professional local guide leads today’s tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends with entrance into the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.” This evening, you may wish to join our optional excursion, a Traditional Spanish Evening, where you can indulge in authentic Castilian cuisine.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Spanish Evening $99* pp

On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance in the evening light. After your walk, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Between traditional Castilian courses, you'll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain's universities.

Day4

Sip a cerveza in la Plaza Mayor or explore Toledo’s medieval streets

Optional Excursion - Toledo

Breakfast

Spend your free day visiting more of Madrid’s museums, exploring its churches and parks or sipping a cerveza at a sunny cafe in the Plaza Mayor. Or, join an optional excursion to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where a guided sightseeing tour brings you to the city’s Gothic cathedral, the home of an exceptional collection of religious and secular treasures.

Optional Excursions

Toledo $79* pp

Discover Toledo, the clifftop city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City). Upon arrival, you'll have some free time to explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which houses 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Gaze upon the cathedral's sacristy, containing masterpieces by the likes of van Dyck, El Greco, Rubens and Titian. After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, you'll visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some moderate walking over uneven terrain. Also, depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca is closed, you'll visit the Synagogue of El Tránsito instead.

Seville2 nights - hotel info

Day5

Relive the Moorish glory days in the seat of Córdoba

Breakfast, Dinner

Mezquita

Board a high-speed train for your transfer across the Spanish countryside to the ancient Moorish town of Córdoba. In Córdoba, embark on a guided sightseeing tour featuring a visit to the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the seat of the caliphs, the Mezquita was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then converted into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236. Following your tour, enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Córdoba on your own. Later, continue on to Seville, a city brimming with traditional Spanish charm. Dinner is included this evening.

Day6

Pay your respects to Christopher Columbus and his royal patrons

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride

Breakfast

Seville cathedral

This morning, a local guide introduces you to beautiful Seville, showing off the intricately tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España, the grand Gothic architecture of Seville Cathedral (where Columbus is buried) and the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz. The rest of the day is yours to explore Seville as you please. This evening, consider joining our optional excursion for a Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride.

Optional Excursions

Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride $75* pp

Savor a taste of old Seville tonight with a horse-drawn carriage ride and a flamenco show. Flamenco is a unique and colorful Andalusian art form, combining guitar playing, singing, clapping and dancing, and this excursion is sure to be one of the highlights of your Spanish journey. Please note: The carriage ride will run as weather permits.

Costa del Sol2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Come face to face with Barbary apes on the Rock of Gibraltar

Breakfast, Dinner

Pillars of Hercules, St. Michael’s Cave, Apes Den

Pay a visit to the British colony of Gibraltar as you transfer from Seville to the Costa del Sol. Best-known for the eponymous limestone monolith, Gibraltar boasts a rich natural, cultural and political history. On a guided tour, you’ll travel up the Rock of Gibraltar to reach St. Michael’s Cave and the Apes’ Den, home to 160 semi-wild Barbary apes that call Gibraltar home. As you travel up the Rock, take in panoramic views stretching all the way to Morocco. Later, continue on to your hotel in Costa del Sol and enjoy an included dinner.

Day8

Soak up some rays on the glamorous Costa del Sol

Optional Excursion - Morocco

Breakfast

Spend a day on the beaches of Costa del Sol, or join our optional excursion to Morocco.

Optional Excursions

Morocco $159* pp

Venture on to a full-day excursion to Morocco. Board a ferry from the Spanish port town of Algericas and head south to Ceuta, a Spanish town on the Moroccan coast, where a local guide will provide you with panoramic tour of the city. Next, embark on a walking tour of Tetuan, where you will visit the Plaza Hassan II, the Palacio Real (outside), the Plaza del Pilar, the Barrio Judio (Jewish Quarter) and the Zoco, as well as the great wall and the medina. Take a break with an included Moroccan lunch. Afterward and by request, enjoy a visit to the local handmade souvenirs market and a regional pharmacy. Please note: This optional runs as weather permits. As your trip will take you across an international border, your passport information is required when you reserve this excursion.

Granada1 night - hotel info

Day9

The Alhambra lends new meaning to “the beauty is in the details”

Breakfast, Dinner

Alhambra

Travel to Granada, which was the last bastion of Moorish rule in Spain. Your guided tour of Granada highlights the 14th-century Alhambra, an architectural landmark where aspects of Western art find their way into traditional Islamic designs. Unlike some Moorish relics, the Alhambra was not immediately converted into a Christian or secular structure, and by the early 19th century, the site had fallen into disrepair. Today, however, the Alhambra has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Dinner is included tonight.

Valencia2 nights - hotel info

Day10

The people of Guadix know their hometown inside and out

Breakfast

On the way to Valencia, stop in the cave district of Guadix, the Andalusian town where nearly half of the residents live underground. Later, continue on to Valencia.

Day11

Celebrate the Falles and sample the paella in Valencia

Breakfast, Dinner

Valencia Cathedral, Fallas Museum

On this morning’s guided tour, visit Valencia’s Cathedral and the Fallas Museum to see examples of the traditional papier-maché floats made in honor of St. Joseph’s Day. Following your guided tour, enjoy free time to explore Valencia at your own pace. Dinner is included this evening.

Barcelona2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Roam the ramparts at the seaside fortress at Peñíscola

Breakfast

Continuing along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, pass through Peñíscola, a seaside fortress built by the Knights Templar. Continue on to Barcelona.

Day13

Gaudí’s creations will daze and delight

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera

Breakfast, Dinner

La Sagrada Familia

A professional local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, with a photo stop at Casa Batlló, also known as the “house of the bones.” Stop at Montjuïc, the hill where much of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place, and end in the 14th-century Gothic Quarter. This afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to two more Gaudí creations, Park Güell, a garden village nestled in the heart of the city, and La Pedrera. Tonight, join your travel companions for a farewell dinner.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Park Güell & Pedrera $79* pp

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Day14

Wave goodbye to all things Catalan

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Barcelona City Stay $299*

From the twisting Gothic quarter to the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the visionary beauty of Eixample, Barcelona's architectural eye candy has no equal. And its music, theater, art, gastronomy and fashion set the pace for European style. (Plus, its nightlife will have you dancing until dawn.)

Barcelona2 nights - hotel info

Day14

Track the evolution of an artist on a trek through the Barri Gòtic

Optional Excursion - Picasso & Gothic Barcelona

Breakfast

tay in Barcelona for another two days to experience the city at your own pace. Today, you might wish to join an optional excursion to the Picasso Museum and the adjacent Gothic Quarter.

Optional Excursions

Picasso & Gothic Barcelona $65* pp

On today’s excursion, visit Barcelona's Picasso Museum. You’ll also venture to the Barri Gòtic, home to the city's massive cathedral. Commonly referred to as La Seu, the Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (named after the city’s patron saint), the cathedral opens its doors to you on a guided tour.

Day15

Shop the colorful market and get a taste of Catalonian cuisine

Optional Excursion - Montserrat

Breakfast

With a free day in Barcelona, you might decide to stroll along Las Ramblas, where sidewalk vendors, fortune-tellers and street performers fill the streets. Perhaps you’ll visit La Boqueria, pick up the ingredients for a picnic and watch the sun set from the top of Montjuïc. Alternatively, choose to join an optional excursion to the 1,000-year-old monastery of Montserrat to behold the revered 9th-century Black Madonna.

Optional Excursions

Montserrat $65* pp

Journey to the ninth-century monastery of Montserrat, which inspired the composer Richard Wagner as he wrote Parsifal. Ride a high-flying cable car up the mountain and enjoy magnificent views of the Llobregat River Valley and – if skies are clear – the Pyrenees. A local guide leads the way to the secluded monastery, where you will see the iconic Black Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s beloved and miraculous Madonna statue. Take some time to explore the monastery before driving back to Barcelona.

Day16

Say adios to beautiful, bustling Barcelona

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Tranfer to the airport for departure.

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Spain and Gibraltar (a British colony), as well as Morocco on the optional excursion, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Spanish consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Spain. During the summer, travelers should take extra care for sun exposure, particularly in Southern Spain. It’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Madrid and depart from Barcelona. Included transportation on this tour is by high-speed train (from Madrid to Córdoba) and private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. Madrid’s main center is compact and walkable, but you’ll want to take advantage of the fast and efficient metro system for most attractions. Buses and taxis (which are inexpensive compared to most European cities) are also readily available and well-regulated.

The city centers in Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Valencia are all easy to explore on foot. Take local buses and taxis to reach outlying areas.

For the novice traveler, navigating Barcelona can be a little daunting, due to the spread-out and ever-expanding design. However, most of the main attractions and tourist hangouts are near the area known as Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Use Las Ramblas as a base—it runs all the way down to the Columbus Monument and the harbor. For access to the other attractions and the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona, use the excellent metro system.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. In Spain, breakfast is very light, usually consisting of only rolls and coffee. Lunch is traditionally a three-course meal, which can take much of the afternoon to consume. The traditional dish is known as paella and is made from chicken, meat, vegetables, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Tapas, a series of small samples of various appetizers, is an evening staple at Spanish bars and cafes.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Spain, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the Cirrus and Plus networks, but make sure to check with your bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: With the conversion to the euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside of Europe’s major cities, and they often attract higher fees.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Get ahead with Go Ahead

From the online and phone support to the trouble shooting and ability to get a question answered by anyone in the office, this crew/company is first rate. Service was good from the start right up through calls to the airlines and airport to make sure our seats were taken care of. The website and online info specific to each traveler is very helpful as we geared up; mailings and emails to help travelers with their checklists, on a timely basis, were a great asset in being prepared to travel...not to mention the handy nametags and carry bags! Then the trip itself: wow, the in-country guide was, as promised, fantastic from start to end; full service, attentive, she paved the way all along the trip to be sure all details were ready in advance, from hotels to meals to local tour guides. She made it seem easy but she was ALWAYS working on our behalf in the background while we enjoyed ourselves. She also added cultural perspective and deep historic understanding as we traveled to enrich our understanding. She also gave out, in each city, a list of suggested eateries and sites to visit during freetime. The bus and bus driver were like home and family; he even bought water for us to have each day while traveling. The end result was a focus on each tour site, enjoying the variety of tastes and histories and mini cultures that is spain, and on the whole group getting along and enjoying each other. I've been with EF Tours, and now Go Ahead; you can't do finer in service rendered, value, or planned and optional experiences. Get Ahead with Go Ahead!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unforgettable experience!

We absolutely loved our tour through Spain! Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and the destinations were just perfect. We highly recommend taking advantage of as many optional tours as possible, they add so much flavor to the experience.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/15/2007

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unexpected gems on this trip!

This was our first trip with Go Ahead Tours, and it was a great time! Our tour director, Fernando, was the best tour director we've ever had; he was very friendly and made sure all details were taken care of throughout the whole tour. Also, being from Spain, he was able to give us great information and tips along the way! The food was nothing spectacular (or maybe just not our taste), but the hotels were all very nice and mostly centrally located (with the exception of Madrid - a bit off the beaten track). The city tours were informative and well-run. We loved all of the places visited on this tour, but were so pleasantly surprised with Toledo, Seville, and Valencia - absolutely beautiful cities to explore! And, of course, Barcelona is awesome - so much to see and do there...we were glad that our tour ended there and we could do a 2-day add-on to allow more time to explore and enjoy all there is to do in this fantastic city. We would definitely consider Go Ahead Tours for another trip!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

should have a better arrangement in time frame

Spain is a beautiful country, and I was really surprised by its rich religious culture. I really enjoy the beautiful scene and incredible art work in the churches we visited. The only complain is the time frame was not arranged very well. I do think gohead tour can do a better job in arrange the time frame for the whole trip. Since this is a glimpse of Spain, It can skip Gibraltar and Marbella. Gibraltar doesn’t have a big relationship with Spain’s culture, Marbella stop is because the optional tour to Morocco. And I have to say Morocco trip is a waste of money and time. All we did was walked in local market on a narrow uneven path seeing no different vegetable from the States, can’t take any pictures for peoples, then we were brought to a rock store and a “local pharmacy” it actually just tried to sell us some local products such as argan oil, some facial creams, etc. It’s not worthy to spend one day there. The days in Gibraltar and Marbella should be added to Madrid and Barcelona. We actually have only 1.5 days in Madrid and 1.5 days in Barcelona, which is far from enough to see the city. The time in Alhambra is really too short. We run from one spot to the next without any break. We stop in each spot probably just 5 minutes and was pushed to move to the next. Didn’t have time to enjoy the amazing details the ancient Spanish did. The extra stop to visit the home of a cave dweller outside Grenada should be skipped which could give the visit of Alhambra a little bit more time. The local tour in Valencia is not good, we were just visited the local church and the Fallas museum. The Fallas museum was boring. All we saw are the pieces of art work from each Fallas festival. There are many beautiful model buildings, and we didn’t visit any of them. And thanks to Laura gave us a bonus stop at the Calatrava science museum, then we have some pictures for this beautiful building. Hotel locations are good, good condition and good breakfast. The director Laura is excellent. She organized everything very well. The transportation is good. In overall, I gave the trip 3.8 point out of 5.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Fall in love with Spain

It seemed like a decent way to get a glimpse of Spain - Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Sevilla, Gibraltar, Ceuta, Marbella, Grenada, Valencia, Barcelona. Spain's first three cities and names that filled childhood fairy tales and adolescent glimpses of the rich and famous. But, the sheer number of places evoked images of endless packing, long waits for uncomfortable bus rides, questionable hotels, local guides of unknown quality and personality and maybe too little time to explore alone. But El Prado and Reina Sofia and the Alhambra and Calatrava's eye-popping science center won me over. Still, I was unsure if the dark side would overshadow. Laura, our Tour Director, made such quick work of the complex arrival and settling logistics, that my fears of endless waits dissipated [and she kept up good organization in a way that would make Disney want to steal her away]. She removed the administrative hurdles to our enjoyment of even the first afternoon in Madrid and replicated the magic for the rest of the tour. She wrangled us 40 kittens with the skill and concern of a favorite aunt paired with the experience of someone who knows how to make all the parts move together. And she welcomed us, pampered us, and made us laugh while she shared information that made our introduction to Spain rich and tantalized us. The local guides were a real surprise to me: Federico in Madrid, Francisco in Cordoba, Ana at the Alhambra in Grenada -- wow! a quality no one could even dream of. Their insights and the obvious joy they displayed while sharing information and answering questions of all sorts kept a grin on my face for hours. [Perhaps the single best example is Federico, while showing the music room of the Royal Palace in Madrid, hummed Ode To Joy in the part of each of the Stradivarius instruments so casually on display: violin, viola, cello….pitch perfect, just like all else he did.] The other local guides were generally quite good [except for the one in Barcelona who seemed to resent having to take us [in the rain, but the resentment appeared deeper rooted] and refused to acknowledge the mobility problems of 1/4 of the visitors on the slippery tiles at Parc Guell], but those three were superb. And Laura did her own supplements while on the bus: an extra stop to visit the home of a cave dweller outside Grenada; a bonus stop at the Calatrava science museum as the sun began to set on the reflecting pool…. The group was large, 40, and it showed at included dinners. 40 is a lot of people to serve at once and the results showed it [at least to our American taste for hot food]. There was never a choice; the service was usually flinging rather than attentive; things were [for my personal taste] both overdone and bland. But, what can one do with 40? Bland has to rule. Still, the most memorable meals were ones we wandered around and found. In the land of street food, new culinary trends and tapas and pinxtos, it was possible to try numerous local specialities and Laura always gave us a list of what each area was known for. So, overall, the eating was wonderful with the included dinners being my personal low point. Hotel quality varied: Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona shone. Sevilla was small but charming. In Marbella, some people had gorgeous rooms; some did not. All the hotels seemed safe and clean [except Grenada]. Overall, just a bit more attention to small detail can be helpful: we Americans like to safeguard our passports, etc. Having a functioning safe in each room is really important. Transportation and porterage was almost just right. The porter services were inclusive and really appreciated. The high speed train was terrific. The bus changes were evidently necessary. Our main bus, however, was fitted with seat backs that moved when they wanted to [as opposed to when we wanted them to move or remain stationary]. Since it was the bus we used the most and the one in which we made the longest trips, it was a strain on the back and on relations with the person into whom our setback descended. We were told this was not Armando's 'regular coach' but a better conditioned bus would have been welcome. The little trips [breaking up longer drives] were fun: have you tried orange-infused first cold press extra virgin olive oil on chocolate ice cream? [after walking through the olives groves and watching it made?] The Grand Tour makes me want to return to explore the places for which there was not enough time, to see the north of Spain, to drink in more of the aromas and flavors of a country made magical by Cervantes and the tour conducted by Laura.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Tour for Family.

We took our children, spouses and grandchildren (19 year old twins), a total of 8 people and we enjoyed everything on the tour!! We always take all the Optional Tours so we don't miss out on anything interesting. Our guide for the trip was Paz and she was extremely informative, nice and nothing was too much trouble for her to help you. She met us at the airport & took care of us the entire time. Federico, the guide we had at the Prada Museum made the art come to life, he was fabulous!! The train ride from Madrid saved time & was a chance to see the countryside. Toledo was a beautiful walled city, enjoyed walking around. Cordoba, the incredible size of the Mezquita was amazing with beautiful arches and craftsmanship. Seville, the beautiful round building that was in Star Wars where each province depicted what was special about them with their own tile work. The Alcazar where each room was different & more beautiful than the one before. The Carriage ride & Flamenco Show was fantastic, should not be missed! Gibraltar was interesting, but watch out for the monkeys because they do bite. Morocco to see how other people live in the ancient Tetuan (walled market from 1100AD) & how fortunate we are to live in the USA! Granada, the incredible Alhambra Palace with beautiful architecture. Valencia had modern architecture, buildings almost space age. We all loved the Fallas Museum where the paper-mache floats are saved from St. Joseph's Day!! Gaudix (half the town live in caves) something quite interesting to visit and see how they have made lovely homes with electricity & indoor plumbing. Montserrat is a 9th century monastery built in the side of a mountain & you have to go up in a cable car, we don't know how they ever built it! After touring Barcelona, we stayed on the extra days & enjoyed every minute. Gaudi's Casa Batlo house is beyond fabulous, and his La Sarada Familia Cathedral from the outside was wonderful. Make reservations on line to get inside & miss the long lines waiting to get in. And Gaudi's Parc Guell, his whimsical garden with beautiful mosaic benches, floors & storybook shaped houses were fabulous! Our hotels were excellent and the one in Barcelona was the best location, across from the fountains and the bullring turned into a shopping mall with restaurants on the top for beautiful views. Paz took us to the airport for our departure, greatly appreciated.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Fernando is an excellent tour guide for the Grand Tour of Spain. He really made the tour more enjoyable - his friendliness, helpfulness, knowledge, and experience were appreciated by everyone on the tour bus. The hotels we stayed at were very acceptable - not the greatest, but certainly above average. They were always located in city areas within walking distance to subway, bus, restaurants,stores, and some tourist sights. Our favorite places on the tour were Valencia, Seville, and Barcelona. We, unfortunately had to cut our trip short and leave Barcelona for the U,S., due to illness in the family. Again, Fernando aided us in getting this accomplished, and the GoAhead emergency U.S. folks were great, too. All in all, a great tour - and we made some wonderful friends. We would definitely travel with GoAhead Tours again. Thank you for a fantastic experience!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director

Africa was our tour director. she was caring and funny too. She tried all she can to help the travelers.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

It was the walk of a lifetime! I haven't walk this much In all the tours my husband and I have have taken these past 30 years. It was well-worth it considering we have a great tour director Marcello who really went out his way to guide us and introduce us to the glamour of Spain. The places we have visited were all worth-looking and very interesting.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spain with a Great Spanish Tour director

My wife and I went almost two years ago. I have waited to write a review in order to do this after long thought and deliberation. The tour guide was a keen intelligent native who was "cool" and youthful minded but very mature and capable to handle everyone's varied interests and questions. She helped many individuals with great interest and tenacity, including our requests for a special excursion that we independently planned following the end of the scheduled tour in Barcelona. We enjoyed this very much. It is not necessarily academic, but certainly the information imparted is timely, very informative, and the expert tour guides (numerous of them at various sites were in general very skilled and some were born in the city or area in which they spoke) were very good to excellent. I have studied Spanish culture in the past and took 10 years equivalent of Spanish instruction, I thought I would be bored on a group tour. Just the opposite. There was plenty of time for independent intellectual investigation and questions, most of which were answered. It went very fast, but the tour was very realistic. We did not feel insulated from the lives of everyday Spaniards, and to this I give credit to our expert tour director. She is truly superb. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone and with good value for money spent.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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