Traveling to spain with rick steve's...

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This past year we went to Spain on a Rick Steve's Tour and it was absolutely incredible- a trip that has left us with some really great memories.  We saw architecture unlike any we had seen before, we went to museums that highlighted Picasso and El Greco paintings, and we learned about Spain's history from actual locals.  We also made and ate paella, sampled lots of jamon, and explored Spanish wines. Ummm, yes, please.


As fairly independent travelers, we were initially hesitant to chose a group tour for our vacation.  We love the freedom of creating our own schedule and choosing a path that best serves our interests. But we also had concerns with the language differences associated with international travel- we certainly do not speak Spanish, or Catalan, or any of the other languages of Spain.  Two of our very best friends have traveled with Rick Steve's on multiple occasions and convinced us that this tour would alleviate any travel concerns we had.  Rick Steve's would provide an itinerary highlighting local attractions, provide the tickets and local tour guides, get you from one location to another without much fuss, all while giving you plenty of free time to do your own exploring.  

Our friends were correct- Rick Steve's is a great way to travel.  We got to see all the major highlights of Barcelona and Madrid with really smart, interesting, local guides while also being able to chose some of our own adventures. Our Rick Steve's guide, Amanda Buttinger, was absolutely fantastic! She was smart and funny and really tried to make the tour work for everyone.  I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see what Spain has to offer.