This tour was one heck of an experience. Paki the tour guide was phenomenal. She was intricately familiar with the history, culture and background of Cordoba and injected humor and interesting innuendoes from time to time to keep the long tour from becoming mundane. She spent a lot of time with both the Spanish and English speaking part of the audience. We had a little bit of a misstep catching the bus in the morning but that was easily overcome by the manner in which the whole tour was delivered. We were given time to shop and have lunch at the end which was delayed till about 2:30 PM. This would be our only recommendation to advance the lunch to around 1:00 PM and have a portion of the tour immediately following lunch versus packing it all in in the first 4-5 hours. Overall excellent tour barring the minor logistical things. Drive time from Seville to Cordoba is about 90 minutes one way in a very comfortable Mercedes Tour bus. Highly recommend the tour if Paki is the tour guide.
Doing what: Cordoba Day Trip from Seville
This tour was perfect. Our vendor was Julia travel and our Guide Hugo was very nice and knowledgeable. In 4 days, we were able to see so much. It would have been impossible to do it on our own in such a short time.
All the local guides were very nice and gave us lot of historical info. during our walking tours which made it very interesting to see the sites. Highly recommended.
We totally enjoyed the guided tours to Madrid, Toledo, Cordova, Seville and Granada.
The tour staff and the guides were very cooperative, on time and helpful in every way
they can. The only draw back was the dinner served at the Tourist class hotel in Seville
was not to our expectation.
this tour was well conducted and professional. The guide informative, knowlegable and personable.Quite sufficient for the sights available, and very important, the guide was in control of her group. I wld recommend this tour and Company
Everything went smooth as explained in the web. We had two kids who are 9 and 11 and we paid full price for them, but we saw they are free admission in the both palace and mosque. They should lower the kids price. We wished the tour should include the ruins of the palace outside of the city in the afternoon.
Doing what: Cordoba Day Trip from Seville
Our tour to Cordoba was really interesting. Our tour guide was Silvia. She was very knowledgeable, professional and personable. We really enjoyed the day! I must add that Andalsur Excursions as a company must improve it's game. They moved and did not inform us of the new location prior to our departure for Spain. They also did not return my e-mails that I sent to ehm prior to our trip. Silvia made the difference for us and the day itself was very good. Again Silvia was the saving factor, as she was terrific!
Overall, the tour was great. Take advantage of the free time to explore on your own. The tour guides were helpful, and our tour guide in Toledo was amazing. Be prepared to spend some time on the road traveling from one city to the next. We saw everything we expected, and more.
Very well organized tour.
Very well organized tour.
Overall, this was a good tour, with just enough walking and sightseeing for the number of days. The local guides in Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo were excellent -- each quite a different personality and each quite entertaining in their own way. The tour guide was adequate -- good at managing the tour, but didn't provide information that a well-informed tourist wouldn't already know. The hotels were comfortable (although not usually conveniently located), and for the most part, the included breakfasts and dinners were fine. The mandatory stop at a handicrafts workshop (all coach tours seem to do this at least once) was OK because the "information session" was brief and there were no high-pressure sales tactics. However, a sour taste was left by the lunch stop on the last day, at a village lunch spot between Granada and Toledo (clearly frequented by tour buses) which was outrageously overpriced for mediocre quality. My advice to anyone taking this tour is to plan a "brown bag" lunch for the last day.
Skip this 8-day nonsense and just do the 4-day starting in Madrid. The only difference is that they pick you up at the airport and arrange subpar accommodations, buy you 2nd class train tickets and arrange a silly walking tour through attractions that are free anyways (which we didn't get on because the group left us and then wouldn't wait for us at the first stop). If you are capable of finding your own hotel for two days and exploring the cathedrals and Olympic stadium then I would not suggest you pay the added expense for the 8-day. It was more of a headache for us as Viator literally left us stranded at the hotel once and we had to find our own way to the train station and then nearly forgot us once we actually got to the train station in the next city. However, once we got on the actual tour part which starts day 3 in Madrid, it was really nice. Our tour guide (Josep) was fantastic and really made the experience for us. In each individual city we got great tours and was worth the money. But like I said, don't do the 8-day, just jump on the Madrid/Cordoba/Seville/Granada/Toledo tour.
I also didn't find that paying for the superior or "first-class" rooms was worth the money. Viator does a poor job (atleast on this specific tour) of finding decent hotels. They are sort of crumby service, not the cleanest, in awkward parts of the city and one hotel didn't even offer us Wi-Fi for free (hotel princessa in Madrid) which in this day and age is a little strange (you'll find that nearly everywhere gives you free Wi-Fi even the starbucks in Granada). Also, the people staying in the "tourist class" rooms were all 4star hotels in any case and they seemed just as nice. So save your money and go "tourist class".
The local tour guides for the cities were amazing! As for the tour guide wh accompanied us on the bus. She was okay but a little disappointed we didn't get more narrative along the way on the bus trip to the different cities. Seemed to be a lot of road time and not enough time in the cities. Toledo is a quant, most beautiful city yet we were not there three hours maximum. On the way to Toledo, our guide dropped us off for lunch which was half an hour and there were no restaurants open, only a bakery, and a couple of other shops where you were left to fend incur own. Not sure where she went for the half hue, but it was disappointing . . felt we were on up own. Don't bother taking the seven day trip. You'd be best to do the 4 day trip and see Madrid on our own. Thei plus was the pick up and departure ride to the airport as it is about a 25 minute drive. The driver was great and prompt. The santo Domingo for being an upgrade was a little disappointing. In North America, it would be a three star tops. The room we got in Madrid at that hotel at the start of our trip was a decent size with a amazing view of a garden wall. On our last leg of the trip our final night in Madrid at the same hotel, we had a tiny room with terrible cot type beds. I asked for a different room and was shown one even smaller!!! For 40 euros though I was told I could upgrade. No thanks. We did two tours which were "optional" which was a flamenco dance performance for 37 euros or thereabouts each. Also in Granada for another 38 or so euros was another " optional" excursion of old part of granada. I feel these code been included with the cost of the trip. Overpriced for too much time on the bus.
Fantastic tour of Southern Spain which is simply gorgeous! By the end of the tour you will be amazed at the number of things you saw in a 5 day period. Great tour guide who covered everything in detail. Be sure to select the four star hotel option - it's not much more and definitely worth it.
This 5 day tour covered a lot of territory and history of Spain. The tour guide on board was excellent, kept track of all the wanderers and provided excellent background information and history of the various cities. We visited Cordoba, Sevilla, Toledo, Costa del Sol and Granada. The onsite specialized guides in place such as the cathedral in Cordoba, Alhambra, the old Jewish quarters were all well informed and made the arduous walks uphill in the heat, on cobblestones in the rain fun. We took an excellent side trip to see traditional flamenco dancing one night and that was spellbinding. All the hotels were comfortable, some more than others with the Hotel Los Angeles in Granada being a real treat. i did not want to leave the hotel but there was so much of interest to see in Granada besides the Alhambra. All breakfasts were great, filling with lots of variety and most of the dinner buffets were the same.
There is a lot of walking and they do prepare you for this in the description of the trip but it is uphill on cobblestone and by the 4th day this can wreak havoc on old bodies. Just be prepared with good shoes. Also if you need a CPAP machine be sure to alert the hotels ahead of time because several hotels on this trip as well as others in Madrid, did not have outlets in the bedrooms. All in all it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it epecially if you are pressed for time. There is no way you could do all this on your own. You would also miss the history lessons and not get to share in an opportunity to meet fellow travellers and share their interesting experiences. The bus was comfortable but did not have a washroom. WE could have used more washroom stops along the way.
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