You’ll have a great time on the Spain tour. A few considerations:
1. We arrived a couple days early so we could check out the Gaudi buildings and park in town.
2. Consider going to the Picasso museum in town. It has his early works, before he went to Paris. So don’t expect to see much blockbusters paintings. However, it’s educational to see his early works, to see how he later developed his style. A self portrait done when he was 14 years old is amazing and showed his obvious talent.
3. If you are a foodie, check out the “Devour Barcelona” and “Devour Madrid” food tours. We took both and it was worth it. They take you to several tapas places to sample the speciality of each bar. If you do dinner, eat a very light lunch, since you’ll be eating large amounts of food.
4. If you are a vegetarian or don’t eat pork, you may miss out on certain important food aspects of this tour. If that is not an issue, you have to pay the money and get Jambon Iberico Bellota, the black footed, 5J (brand name). It’s about 180 euro per kg, but worth it. Get about 100 grams, sliced tissue paper thin (most important part). Just let it melt in your mouth.
6. They take you to meet a family that grows real saffron, not the often fake stuff you buy at market stalls. They sell it for about 1/4 what you will pay in the US. Plus they have a video on how it’s grown and harvested. You’ll then know why it’s so expensive.
7. We had a great bunch of travel buddies. Often everyone got together after touring and shared wine and snacks, before heading off the separate dinners. It was a great recap of the day for everyone.
8. On one day of the tour, you are broke up into small groups and taken to a local family’s house for brunch. Really good food, and you get to see how locals live. If you can team up with someone who speaks Spanish, so much the better for communication, since the families often speak little or no English. Better experience if someone in the group spoke a little Spanish (or take a quick course yourself).
9. Have a great time and just assume that you’ll gain about 2-5 pounds during the trip and will work it off back home.