Spain's Coast & Islands Walking Tour

10 days Walking
From sweeping coastlines to sleepy fishing villages, discover the natural beauty that sets the backdrop for Catalan culture. Step into the imaginative world of Antoni Gaudí. Dive into Menorca’s untapped waters and find out how the “Wild Coast” earned its nickname. Trail along Mallorca’s sun-splashed shores and romantic old town. After ten days of exploring, you’ll walk away knowing what it means to be Catalan.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved trails, cobblestone streets and slippery walkways, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 5 escorted walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Spain Coast

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona.

Barcelona 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and take in the panoramic views at Mirador de l’Alcalde park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya, one of the city’s most important squares, and stroll past the soaring Columbus Monument, dedicated to the legendary explorer

Enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & La Pedrera $85pp* Details

Discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Take a guided tour of Casa Milà, 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 bourgeoisie. 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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show $115pp* Details

The clapping, the singing, the stamping—experience the dramatic art of flamenco dancing, one of Spain’s most celebrated traditions. Expressive and colorful, this Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). Dinner will be served before the performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 4: Walking tour of Costa Brava

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Costa Brava to explore the ribbon of coastline backed by craggy cliffs, tranquil coves and stunning seascapes. 

• In the small town of Begur, walk along the trails connecting the beaches and fishing villages

• In nearby Pals, stroll the medieval town’s cobbled streets on your way to the weathered stone buildings of the Gothic Quarter

• View the Plaça Major, the tombs in the Carrer Major and the Church of Sant Pere

Menorca 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Walking tour of Punta Prima

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to the golden sands of Menorca, where you’ll take a guided walk through this untouched island’s coastal landscapes.

• Following the Camí de Cavalls, trek past a defense tower dating to the 1700s 

• Stop in Punta Prima, a white-sand beach resort where you’ll have free time to relax or explore

• Stroll through the port city of Ciutadella, passing Menorca Cathedral, Bord Square and the Castle of St. Nicholas, a defensive tower built of sandstone

Day 6: S’Albufera National Park walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Uncover Menorca’s many delights on a day-long tour of the island.

• Make your way to S’Albufera Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-named Biosphere Reserve. Take a guided walk along the reserve’s paths and wooden promenades, cross lush wetlands and find natural beauty at every turn

• Wander past the area’s lagoons and lakes to the shores of Es Grau Beach 

• Get a taste of Menorca’s culinary staples with a stop at a cheese farm, where the famous Mahon cheese is made

• Board a boat to get a glimpse at Fort Marlborough, an 18th-century British fortress constructed to help maintain control of the Mediterranean

Mallorca 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Ferry to Mallorca

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer by ferry to sunny Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands and a beach-lover’s paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore the island on your own.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Palma & guided walk in Fornalutx

  Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a walking tour of Menorca’s capital, Palma, with a local guide.

• Take in historic sights like the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a Gothic structure over 300 years in the making

• Enter Bellver Castle, one of the few circular castles in Europe 

This afternoon, explore the alluringly isolated village of Fornalutx on foot. Mountainous surroundings and the Mediterranean set the backdrop for this morning’s stroll along the piedra seca—a dry stone pathway on a well-worn route through the region.

• Meander through fragrant orange groves and terraces of olive trees on your way to the charming village of Sóller

• Take a tram to the port, where you can relax by the sea or take in the town’s beautiful 14th-century buildings

Madrid 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Caves of the Dragon

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your exploration of Mallorca this morning.

• Descend into the Caves of the Dragon, a network of limestone caverns that feature jagged stalactites and stalagmites formed over centuries 

• Discover majestic Lake Martel, a massive underground lake considered to be one of the largest of its kind 

Fly to Madrid this afternoon to say goodbye to your fellow travelers at an included farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Madrid.

Add Madrid Starting from $379 pp

Madrid celebrates around the clock. After spending much of the 20th century sequestered at the center of a totalitarian regime, Madrid has burst back onto the world stage with an energy reminiscent of its 16th-century golden age, when painters and playwrights swarmed to Spain's royal court. A vibrant crossroads for Iberia and the world's Hispanic cultures, the Spanish capital has an infectious appetite for art, music, food and fun.

Madrid 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the Spanish capital on a guided walking tour. 

• Visit the Prado Museum, home to the works of Goya, Velásquez and more 

• Pass the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España, where you’ll spot the Don Quixote statue  

• View the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt

• Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence

• Walk through Madrid’s historic streets to Plaza Mayor, a grand square at the heart of the city

Day 11: Free day in Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Toledo $79pp* Details

Discover Toledo, the cliff-top city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (“The Imperial City”). Upon arrival, you’ll have some free time to explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at Toledo Cathedral, a massive, Gothic structure that 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 Church of Santo Tomé and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa María la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some walking over uneven terrain. Also, depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca is closed, you’ll visit the Synagogue of El Tránsito instead.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.         

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved trails, cobblestone streets and slippery wallkways, with some steep hills.  
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

    

Walks on this tour

Depending on local weather conditions, seasons and trail closures, the activities and sequence of your included walks may change. * Bergur – 1.5–2 miles / 1.5 hours. Traverse the hard-packed, moderately hilly trails that connect the colorful fishing villages along Costa Brava. * Punta Prima – 1.5–2 miles / 1–1.5 hours. Walk the flat coastal trail around the island to the charming fishing village of Punta Prima. * S’Albufera Natural Park – 3 miles / 1.5 hours. Stroll the flat paths and wooden promenade past saltwater lakes and through forests to view local wildlife. * Fornalutx – 1.5–2 miles / 1–1.5 hours. An easy downhill walk through orange and olive groves and along the piedra seca to Soller. * Cuevas del Drach – .75 miles / 1 hour. A challenging hike up- and downhill through one of the island’s most sought-after attractions. Route includes 250 stairs. Caves may be wet and slippery.  

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Barcelona and depart from Madrid. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Barcelona to Menora, Mallorca to Madrid and a ferry between Menorca and Mallorca are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

    

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy sneakers are recommended for the cobbled stones and uneven terrain.
  • You may want to consider packing a collapsible walking stick for more challenging walks.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).   

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In Spain, breakfast like a local with just a pastry and coffee. Then, tuck into a three-course lunch featuring a Spanish staple like savory seafood paella or grilled meat and fried potatoes. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Snack on small plates called tapas any time of day.
  • Catalonian cuisine, which can be found in Barcelona, is markedly different from food in other parts of Spain. Nearly every restaurant will offer pa amb tomàquet—toasted bread with tomato and olive oil. Fresh seafood, hearty meat dishes, cheeses and locally grown vegetables, such as wild mushrooms, are culinary mainstays.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Spain operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Spain.   

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Spain. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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 international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Gaudi, oh Gaudi

Barcelona was amazing, Gaudi was amazing, the sea was amazing, the tour guide was amazing, the people on the tour were amazing. How many amazings am I allowed? Bernardo is the best tour guide, helping with luggage for the old ladies, making sure everyone gets to see what they want to see, giving us his free time. But Spain, oh beautiful Spain, I loved you and want to live with you. In other words,,,I liked it.

 

Hi Jackie! You are allowed an infinite amount of ‘amazings,’ as far as we’re concerned! Thank you for the kind feedback regarding your Tour Director. We will be sure to share it with him. We’re so glad you loved Spain, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/29/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Loved Spain

Go Ahead was not difficult to work with. I was especially happy with the last minute hotel change in Barcelona. The hotel right on the circle by the old bull ring was awesome. We could go anywhere in Barcelona from there. The view of the Magic Fountains was breathtaking. We walked up there every night and enjoyed the show. We loved La Sagrada Familia but wish we had been told that we could have stayed there and that there was a great museum underneath. Our guide was very nice but we felt he didn't give us enough information about local things to see and places to eat. Our hikes were beautiful but too short. We felt that if we could have left earlier in the morning, we could have taken more time to enjoy the hikes. We were rushed along and didn't have time to enjoy the scenery or take pictures. I would recommend the tour but would like to see more time allowed for the hikes. The choice of hotels was excellent. Transportation was excellent.

 

Dear Carol, Welcome home, and thank you for writing this thoughtful and detailed review. We are so glad that you loved Spain, and that the hotel choices were excellent! You have made some very interesting points about the length of the hikes and the time allotted that we have shared with our Operations Team for further consideration. I have also shared with them your sentiment about your Tour Director, and we will be sure your comments are addressed with him. Thank you again for your constructive feedback, and we hope to see you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 23, 2015

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Worst Tour Taken

Your accommodations and meals were fantastic. Tour seemed very unorganized. Our tour guide knew nothing of the history of Spain. He depended on the two local guides, one of whom spoke very poor English. Buses were often late and we were hurried through towns on our agenda to see. According to our itinerary we were to go to a pottery workshop and cheese factory. We did neither of these activities and Goaheadtours did not provide a substitute. The itinerary was great! It just didn't live up to what was promised. What a shame, because Spain is such a beautiful country and we missed so much.

 

Dear Nancy, Thank you very much for speaking with us about your experience on tour in Spain. We very much appreciate all your feedback, and are working to address your concerns internally. Our traveler feedback is the basis for all our on-tour improvements, and we thank you for being a part of our decision-making process. Thank you again, and we hope that you travel with Go Ahead again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful Location!

The Costal Island's tour was gorgeous! We saw so much of Spain, and really appreciated getting off the beaten path while on the tour. The breathtaking views will not be forgotten anytime soon, and there are definitely a few spots we will make plans to go back to! Thanks, GoAhead, for helping us discover Spain!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Coasta Brava, Bravo!

This was a lovely adventure. Key word: lovely! Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Coasta Brava, the walks, the food, the wine, the village of PALS, the Cavern of the Dragon (spectacular concert), the salt marshes, the wine, the bullfighting ring that is now a mall, Gaudi, the islands of Mallorca and Menorca, the ferry to Menorca, the wine....did I mention the wine? Even Sean, our wonderful tour director, was.....excellent! This may be weird, but one of the best things about this tour was that nearly every coach ride was under an hour! I hate sitting on coaches for three hour stretches. This tour was perfect for coach travel. You're off the coach in under an hour so you can experience something memorable for a longer period of time. (I loved the impromptu buffet lunch before the ferry ride to Menorca!) The champagne (Moet) in Port Ciutadella on Menorca with five of my lovely traveling companions will never be forgotten. And, the lovely British couple that joined us (after sending us a lovely bottle of Menorcan red wine) are forever captured on my video (Clive and Beverly). Eight lovely days. Thanks, Sean. Thanks, Go Ahead. And thanks to Stephanie, a customer rep for Go Ahead, who joined us on this adventure. Lovely!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

extremely good tour director

to summerize all of my tours with GO AHEAD have been pleasantly memorable. I've been very pleased with all my of the travelers with in the various tours. the walking tour of Spain had such a variety of spotlights. the guide at the Rrada Museum was exceptional., he is so knowledgable and entertaining at the same time. and last but not least our guide Dina was over the top. Friendly, aware and at the top of her game. very very pleased.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

More Walking

This tour was my fifth Go Ahead tour. Last year my wife and I took the Amalfi Coast Walking tour which was excellent. Unfortunately, the Spain Coast & Islands tour was not so good. The locations we visited were beautiful, but there was very little walking and the planning by Go Ahead was subpar. On the first day of walking (Costa Brava) our tour director and the bus driver learned they could not take the bus to the scheduled walk location. They had to improvise a walk which was brief. The walk on Mallorca (Fornalutx) was nice, but only about 45 minutes. The two walks on Menorca were nice, but again, they were brief. The brevity of the walks seemed to be linked with the bus availability: we were always being told that the bus had to be back at our hotel by 4 or 5 PM. Whatever the reason it seemed poor planning by Go Ahead. Also, except for one walk on Menorca, none of our walks had an expert local guide. We only had our tour director with us on the walks. On the Amalfi Walking Tour we had a local guide for each walk. We have enjoyed all our previous Go Ahead trips so it was a bit of a shock to have this subpar tour.

 

Paul, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We truly value the feedback you have shared, though we are sorry to hear your tour experience fell short of your expectations and your past tours with Go Ahead. We are currently working to improve the descriptions our walking tours so that all travelers will be able to select the tour that best fits their preferences. We also look forward to reviewing the tour evaluations from your tour departure so we may use the feedback to make improvements going forward.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 14, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Walking Tour

The overall trip was great. Dina did a remarkable job considering that a few snags arouse. In Menorca we were not able to go to the Mahon cheese factory but Dina arranged a cheese tasting in town. And at the end of the day she surprised us with a visit to a vineyard. There were 3 marathons in Madrid. Many streets were closed so Dina arranged for us to go to the Prado in the morning since we could walk there from the hotel. We went for a bus tour in Madrid in the afternoon. There still was a lot of traffic. All the hotels were very well situated and very nice. My room in Menorca was stuffy (luckily it was on a street is no traffic so I could open the window) and the tub was very slippery. Last year I was on the religious Heritage tour. The weekend you picked for the start was very, very busy in Paris. The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Queen was visiting and it was the finals of the French Open tennis tournament. As a result there were places we couldn't see and we spent most of the day in traffic. This year was really busy in Madrid with 3 marathons. I know you plan the trip way ahead of time but maybe when you find out there are events in the cities we are visiting you may want to adjust things.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent Experience

I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this tour. It was a good mix of walking, sightseeing, planned activities and free time. The hotels we stayed at were by and large excellent. I say "by and large" because one could nitpick around the edges here and there, but all provided fine accommodations overall. The hotel breakfasts were sumptuous spreads, as was the provided dinner at the Hotel Ciutadella, where we stayed in Menorca. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of the two restaurant dinners that GoAhead hosted in Barcelona and Madrid; both were mediocre. The tour director, Dina, "made" the tour. She was warm, wry and funny - the perfect hostess. She also dealt well with several unanticipated developments, most notably a taxi driver who wanted to give up on taking some members of our group to the Madrid airport for departure due to traffic disruption caused by the running of a big marathon and two other road races. Of our five local guides, four were excellent. Federico, who took us through El Prado in Madrid, delivered a 90-minute art lecture that I'll never forget. Javier, a naturalist, led a really informative hike through Park Grau in Menorca. This tour involved a lot of moving around, but all of our bus, ferry and local airplane transportation went off without a hitch.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: ME

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Spain Is Awesome

Barcelona, Mellorca, and Menorca should be visited by everyone.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

It Wasn't Bad, Pros and Cons

This was my third trip with GoAhead Tours and probably my least favorite, although it was not bad. First, the pros, I loved my time in Barcelona, and the islands of Mallorca and Menorca were absolutely gorgeous and at times, absolutely breathtaking. I loved the Costa Brava as well as the trip to Fornalutx and Soller. The group was absolutely awesome. I travelled with friends, and made many new friends. The welcome and farewell dinners were great, and I really enjoyed the tour of the cheese factory. As indicated in my review title, it was not a bad trip. I enjoyed it and have fond memories from the trip. But, there were some "cons" to the trip. First, the hotels on this trip left much to be desired. The hotel in Barcelona was very centrally located and very close to Las Ramblas. However, the front desk staff at the hotel was absolutely awful. The wifi did not work at all, and once it did, we were given the wrong passwords, etc. Every time we attempted to speak with them, the line was long and slow, and the staff was of no help. On the return visit back, we were out late that night and returned to a room that we quickly discovered was apparently near housekeeping. We heard loud voices all night and clanging of dishes, etc. At the point we realized it, it was too late to change rooms and we were not able to sleep at all. The hotel in Mallorca had a wonderful view overlooking the city, however the bed was completely uncomfortable and it was a long walk or tram ride down/up a large hill, or a bus/cab ride, into the center of town. Several of the folks on the tour attempted to take the bus into the city based on the tourguide's instructions, and ended up on the wrong side of town. There was a leak in the roof outside our room and they never came to repair it, so there was always a large puddle of water outside our room that we had to dodge. The hotel in Menorca was very modern and quite nice, however, also a long, somewhat dark, scary walk into town, although we were told that the island was extremely safe and crime was very low. Next, I was very aware that there was a ferry ride from Mallorca to Menorca, but the weather that day was not good and the seas were pretty choppy for those of us prone to seasickness. I did fine because I brought my wristbands, but my friend was very sick the entire time and was down the rest of the day. It appears as though they have since replaced the ferry with a plane ride, which is awesome if you're considering this trip. Also, there were some excursions that I did not particularly enjoy that perhaps should have been optional. For example, the trip to Majorica, the handmade pearl factory, was a complete waste of time. It looks like they have since removed it from the itinerary which is good. There was no guided tour, and most of the men were completely bored. I was completely bored at the pottery "factory" in Pals. We all know how pottery is made; it's apparently the same in every country. They were lovely people, though. That pottery tour is apparently seasonal now, also good. Lastly, I probably would've enjoyed more "down time" in Barcelona upon arrival. Our tour took us back to Barcelona at the end, but we were a bit exhausted at that point from all the island hopping. I see that the trip now ends up in Madrid, which is awesome! I think that's a great improvement to this trip! Anyway, I don't want to give the wrong impression, I did really enjoy the trip for the afore-mentioned reasons. I acknowledge that this is a realtively new trip and we were one of the first groups to do it, but I just think that there are ways that this trip could be improved, and it looks like it already has been since we took this trip in September 2014. That said, as always, a pleasure to do business with, and travel with GoAhead Tours. Just booked my fourth trip with GoAhead and super excited about it! I'm a repeat customer!

 

Angela, Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your time on tour. The feedback you provided is most helpful and we will certainly be passing along your comments to our Operations Team regarding the hotels in Barcelona and Mallorca. While we have not yet officially made the change to flying between Mallorca and Menorca, it is something we are actively looking into changing. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to seeing you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 24, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome trip

Almost everything was perfect with this tour. It is impossible to select a favorite part as it was an awesome trip. The La Sagrada Familia was amazing as was everything Gaudi. The optional excursion to Park Guell is a must. Dan, our local guide for Barcelona, was excellent. Of the islands, Menorca was my favorite with its incredible natural beauty. Francisco, our tour guide, was exceptional. He was great at keeping everything organized and entertaining. He is a great teacher. We learned an incredible amount about the culture and history of the areas we visited. The only improvements would be to skip the cheese factory and find a hotel in Mallorca that is closer to the town square. I definitely give this tour 5 stars :-).

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome sight!!

Just returned from Spain's Coast and Islands Walking Tour. Paz was attentive and extremely knowledgeable about her home country. Loved her history lessons on the bus. I learned so much about Spain!! Makes me want to learn more. Meals were great. I will definitely return to Spain sometime. Once again, pleased with my GoAhead tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sister Trip Part 2...or more Sangria please

What an incredible adventure. This is my sister and my second trip with Go Ahead. We had an amazing time. Barcelona was so interesting with the architecture, food, sangria...the Gaudi buildings were my favorite part. Majorica was beautiful. The beautiful tree lined streets of the historic district was amazing. The caverns of the dragon were just breath taking. Mallorca was my favorite part of the entire trip. The food was fantastic and the scenery out of this world.....beautiful beaches, blue blue waters fantastic buildings. Francesco could not have been a better guide. He was so knowledgeable and entertaining. Never a dull moment...always kept us entertained and educated.... I would be remiss if I didn't mention that we just had the most wonderful group of people on this tour....is was so nice to meet such a fantastic group of people...we are even talking about doing another tour together.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Blend of City & Island Flavor

This tour was nicely designed with a good blend of the art and architecture of Barcelona and the natural beauty of Mallorca and Menorca. The tour exceeded my expectations (1) partly due to the tour Director, Francisco, who is very knowledgeable and passionate about his country...he even made the colorful history interesting! Also partly due (2) to the fact that the group numbered 13 which made for an easy cohesive comraderie. The Catalonia Plaza on Espanya was a great location, the Catalonia Majorica had great views, the Port Ciutadela Set hotel was excellent. We really had too little time in Barcelona. I would suggest that you add 1-2 days with an included or optional tour to Monserrat. Lovely tour.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience the beauty of the Spanish coast

I just returned from the first departure of Go Ahead's new walking tour and I was absolutely blown away by the itinerary - everything from accommodations, tour director, and locations were perfect. We had a great group and got to experience the island majesty of both Mallorca and its lesser known but arguably more beautiful neighbor, Menorca. I could not say enough good things about the tour and our tour director.

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