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

Bravo!

This is the first time I use the goAhead tour. I am very happy about the experience throughout. From booking the tour to the activities of the trip and the trip director, everything seems well planned and executed. I signed up all the excursions except one. I found them well worthy. And our tour director Luis was excellent and patient. He even showed the tour group something not on the itinerary. This is a great trip my family enjoyed very much!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

He Truly Was the Best Tour Director I Have Experienced

I didn't have any sort of expectation going into this trip. This was the first time my husband and I had taken a land package tour. To date we had only traveled by ocean liner or river cruise. Perhaps this is why I was so pleasantly surprised. Our tour director, Francisco, made every stop seamless, and he added such history and knowledge of Spain as well as humor along the way. On our way back to Madrid from Toledo he shared El Greco marzipan with all of us on the bus. It was these little touches that made him very special to me. He made all of us individually feel special by giving his undivided attention when questions were asked. This is quite a feat when you are juggling 44 people. Our hotels were all in great locations, which allowed us to explore each city on our own simply by walking out the front door of our hotel, and the buffet breakfasts provided at each hotel varied from sufficient to bountiful, but I never walked away hungry following breakfast. Our group dinners (6 of them) were adequate. I am a confessed "foodie" and have very discerning tastebuds. Most everyone in our group liked the group dinners. My favorite group dinners were in Granada and Costa del Sol. Our tours in each city gave us a nice overview, so that we could go back out on our own to explore further. The cities we visited in Spain didn't have issues with crime. We were only cautioned to watch out for pickpockets and to guard our belongings. Many nights we walked out and didn't return to our hotel until around 11:00 pm. Our bus seemed to be brand new and had skylights both down the middle and on each side which allowed us to see tops of buildings when driving down narrow streets, and our driver for most of the trip, Herme, navigated the tight turns with ease. Our hotel in Marbella (Costa del Sol), H10, was a beautiful resort hotel with easy access to the beach and a beautiful pool. (It had an attached Casino, which we did not explore.) We even had a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean ocean. Their buffets both breakfast and dinner (one of our paid for dinners) were extensive and good. This is the hotel at which those not going on to Morocco (optional excursion) got to spend the day. It was a nice treat and really made me feel like we were on vacation to have the lounge time. My only complaint about this hotel is that they were not big on service. The front desk made you feel like any request was an imposition. Three of our "bathroom stops" along the way turned out to be such treats. One stop was at an olive orchard where we learned how their extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed) was made and they treated us to chocolate, chocolate chip ice cream with a drizzle of orange infused olive oil. Sounds strange, but it was decadent. We brought some of this oil home with us. Another stop was in Gaudix where we toured a home of a family who lived in a cave. The city of Gaudix has thousands living in caves. A third stop was absolutely gorgeous...Peniscola. The light sand was fine and the ocean cool. The fort on the cliff was where they filmed the movie El Cid with Charlton Heston. This was also a lunch stop and we had the best tapas here of anywhere in Spain. We shared razor clams, roasted peppers, fried calamari (so tender), and fried anchovies. YUM! When we took our Mediterranean cruise and also our river cruises I left each town wishing I had more time to explore on our own. This way of travel with Go Ahead provided that time. Because of the great value and the great experience, we will definitely consider Go Ahead as the way to see more of our world. We have already recommended this Spain trip to friends of ours. It was well worth the expenditure. I will treasure the memories.

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Grand Tour of Spain

Just got back from our tour of Spain. It was an amazing 16 day experience led by an incredible tour director, Francisco. My wife and I have been on 5 Go Ahead or EF Tours, and Francisco is the best tour director of them all. The hotels were excellent, and the activities and excursions were really fun. We highly recommend Go Ahead to our friends and family, and look forward to our next trip.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Unforgettable Trip of Spain"

I had traveled six times with "GoAhead Tours" in the past. This time for my 7th tour, the value of tour is just countless, amazing and unforgettable more than my previous trip. I found that the churches and museums are gigantic and seem to be invaluable. I was amazed at "Parque de Maria Luisa" in Seville, "14th-century Alhambra" in Granada, "Valencia's Fallas Museum and Cathdral", "La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) in Barcelona and the 1000-year old monastery of Montserrat". Besides these, I enjoyed spending time at "Picasso"s museum and Joan Miro's Museum in Barcelona. I should say that the people of Spain are not hesitated to say that "we are really proud of these painters". I have to mention that our director, Francisco, was very industrious, and had led all our 44 group members timely without any instances. I have to appreciate his leadership and consistent efforts. I recommend "Grand Tour of Spain" to any one without hesitation who is interested in overseas trip.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip - great group

Overall: Overall this is a great "busy" vacation - not restful as you are always on the move. The itinerary - was perfect. We took all the excisions and loved them with one exception. Hotels: overall hotels that cater to groups, clean, well located and courteous staff, with one exception. Tour director: Paz was very very good. She was a kind, soft spoken and warm individual that kept us moving without herding or being pushy. She was knowledgeable and always with a good story. Food: ok, nothing spectacular - breakfast was hectic with lots of tours other than ours - so not a great way to start the day. I have no complaints on food - was filling, nourishing and plentiful. Details: Excursions: Traditional meal - was the exception. Ate in a restaurant off the Plaza Major - 8 rounds of Tapas and great wine. The students who sang were fun and it was a good night out. Toledo- worth every penny - a great visit to a magical location. Wear good shoes - long day. Flamenco and Carriage - was good but I was so nervous I did not enjoy. The place is packed in like sardines, there are lit candles every where, no sprinklers, 2 exits and doors that swing inward. Not a good situation - also hard to see dancers as everyone is holding up smart phone and cameras - they need to make it camera free. Drinks awful. Carriage ride was great. I would forgo & see in the caves in Granada area. Morocco - awesome day. Ferries very safe and efficient. Great guide - felt like back 500 years in history. Food ok - some folks got sick. We did not. Would definately recommend. Hotels: Only one poor hotel: Granada - Hotel MA Alhamar - dirty bathroom, bathroom door handle in pieces, bathtub handle broken - I almost fell, linens dingy and showing wear - thin - scratchy towels, one tiny bar of soap - no attention to details - overall poor experience. Pointers: Washer/Dryer on 6th floor of the Princess Playa- need to get 1 washer token and 2 dryer token (need 2 cycles to dry) - They are 3 Euros each - bring soap - cheaper The laundry closes at 830p - so do asap as you arrive. When pre-calculating your bus tour tip - starts on day 5 and ends day 12 - so not with you the entire time.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Tour!

We just returned from the Grand Tour of Spain and it was a wonderful experience. The tour has a great mixture of active sightseeing in the city with some down time near the sea. Most of our amazing experience we owe to our tour director, Paz. If you are lucky enough to have this tour director then you will not be disappointed. She was extremely knowledgable and was constantly working hard to please everyone!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

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

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