Amanda Buttinger

Tour Guide & Travel Consultant


I’m Amanda and Id love to be your friend and guide in Spain. For close to two decades of my time here, I have guided Rick Steves Europe tours and researched and updated Rick Steves’ guidebooks on Spain, Morocco, France, London, and Amsterdam.

Being an American and having lived in Madrid for more than half of my life, I have an understanding and sensitivity from both sides of the ocean.

Lets design your visit and hit the streets together…from Madrid to the rest of Spain. With Gather To Travel I can accompany you and create your unique trip.

Amanda Buttinger, tour guide

Churros & Porras

Try this little appeteaser, and begin to satisfy your travel craving! This Spanish classic street food has been around since Roman Hispania times. Find a churrería in every neighborhood…
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Are you planing the trip ahead? Need help calculating days, chosing transport, or designing your itinerary? Drop Gather to Travel a line or book a travel consultation directly, and Amanda at Gather to Travel will be happy to help you.

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Amanda was an excellent tour guide.

She was knowledgeable about the cities, and she was approachable at all times. She was calm and reassuring about our abilities to explore on our own during our free time.
Sue (Aurora, IL)

My wife and I, as well as our friends found the 3 hour tour the best part of our visit to Madrid.

Her account of the history and development of Madrid brought the city to life for us. Also, her charm and attentiveness to our needs during the tour were much appreciated. We all hope to her you on our next visit to Madrid. 
David (Lexington, KY)

A warm, friendly & knowledgeable guide sets the tone from the start.

Yeah Amanda!! Spain was beautiful with many amazing things to see.

Mary Louise (Bismarck, ND)

In a word, amazing.

Amanda was an excellent guide; clear communicator, clear expectations, which I appreciated.

Amy (Des Moines, IA)