This was a great way to see a lot of Spain in a short period of time and also learn historical and culturally important facts. The only draw back is the very long bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid. It was at least a 9 hour trip and about 7 pm by the time we reached Madrid. We left the next day at 7:30 am so there was no sightseeing in Madrid. Some of the participants avoided this by starting the trip in Madrid, arriving a few days earlier and doing their own sightseeing there and avoiding the long bus ride. Madrid can be reached from Barcelona by train or plane. Or plan your trip to fly into Madrid and leaving from Barcelona.
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's
Best way to see everything. I met some other tourist who missed seeing the Sistine Chapel, because they didn't know how to reach it on their own. Our guide was very knowledge about Michelangelo and gave us a brief history of the paintings that made the viewing so much more interesting. Only complaint is the huge crowds. If you want to miss the crowds I understand the night tour is better and beautiful with lights.
This was the best Idea I had in Italy as a solo traveler. Everything was taken care of and someone else made the wise decisions of what to see. Hotel, transportation, even many meals were taken care of so all I had to do was enjoy the sights. Other people in the tour became friends making the whole experience double rewarding