The trip was excellent and exciting. I enjoyed the whole activities. I liked the hotels and the punctuality and caring of the tour coach (Carlos). However two minor things we disliked: the guide in Alhambra Palace was very fast and we could not follow and missed some sites. The second was the restaurant in the hotel in Granada was charging every drink (during dinner) including water despite the good buffet it offers.
Great Trip, the two guides were very very good and thorough. We liked the radio headsets because you could always hear what they were saying, and we actually spilt into two smaller groups all though we travelled in one large bus to each place together. A bit more time for lunch would have been nice.
Love this tour so much! Thank you!
I have to give our bus driver and tour guide a 10 on this one. Service, service and more service. I had such a great time!!
This was an excellent tour.. Our guide was personable, organized and knowledgeable. The hotel in Granada wasn't central and that would be our only negative comment. The tour overall was well-paced, interesting and we had a great time!
This tour was amazing!
This tour, with the operator, was well planned and efficiently organised. A lot (but not too much) was packed into five days. The tour guide who accompanied us for the whole journey was knowledgeable, fluent in several languages, and unfailingly good-humoured. On four occasions local guides were added to cover important historical sites. The bus was modern and comfortable, and the air-conditioning worked well in the late July/early August heat. When a mechanical problem showed signs of developing on the last day, the bus was changed. There was thus a delay at a rest stop, but the tour was not curtailed. It was very good value for money. The hotels were generally excellent, and the meals were usually oustanding.
The tour was excellent value for money! In general the hotels were exceptional, the guide was great (good English) and the coach was acceptable. Overall we were happy with the experience, considering how difficult and costly the trip would have been if we had done it alone. The convenience is the best part!
The only complaint we have would be the lack of communication in Costa Del Sol. It is really important, when in a foreign country, that the tour guide always lets you know what is going on and unfortunately they really let us down here. Also, the hotel on the last night was WAY too far out of town! Particularly considering we had paid for the hotel upgrade, it was disappointing to have to catch 2 buses to get into the city!
Nevertheless, we were really impressed over all.
thanks for a great experience!
Excellent tour. Great guide - Carlos. First day is a long driving day broken by an excellent tour in Cordoba. Great day in Seville and the Ronda tour was good. Food in hotel was fine. Only complaint was that the Santa Justa hotel (3 star) had no twin rooms and so I had to share a bed with my 71 year old mother. Not ideal but the aircon was good and the rest of the hotel was fine.
I would say that the tour was generally very good. The guide that we had lack experience and seemed to get easily nervous. It would have been nice to have a documentary showing on Spain while we were on the long bus ride.
This tour was amazing!
This tour was amazing!
Tour was done in August 2014.
Pros for the tour:
1. Good Guides especially Hugo from Madrid to Valencia.
2. Well organized and everything was on time.
3. Dinner and breakfast were well laid out.
4. On time pickup on arrival and for departure towards the airport.
5. Most of Local guides were very good except the one in Granada.
1. The organizer of the tour was very rude with the exception of one lady in the Madrid office. Staff in Barcelona was terrible and had no manners.
2. Lot of time in Bus.
3. Second bus form Valencia to Barcelona had a murky odor.
Ratings of Hotels:
1. Husa Princesa in Madrid -- 4 star --- They let us check in very early on arrival
2. Hotel Melia in Seville -- 1 star -- Room had such a bad moldy smell. Wall paper was peeling off.
3. Hotel Melia in Granada -- 4 star, excellent location and good rooms.
4. Hotel ABBA -- Valencia -- 2 star, very old and dilapidated
4. Hoel Catolina -- Barcelona -- Rooms 4 star, location 5 star, Room service or any service -- 0 star. They are so busy with the tour operator travelers that they do not care for one individual.
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Have been on much better tours in other countries. Tours were not that detailed and way too many people (50 people, which is conveniently not mentioned on the voucher). Three languages is way too much to sit through on a tour and only sometimes were head sets used. The included tours did not go into enough significant buildings - felt I could have gotten the same experience by wandering the streets with a Lonely Planet book. Hotel in Torremolinos was great - excellent food, cleanliness, and location. Other hotels were too far from the centre. Giuseppe - our second guide who picked us up from Torremolinos - was fantastic. Good energy and a lot of fun.
It was my first time visiting Spain, and I felt booking a guided tour would help my boyfriend and I navigate all the attractions in a timely manner. Man was I right! Not only were all the tour guides knowledgeable about all the different sites making the trip rather educational because you're not only sightseeing, but the tour made good use of our time, allowing us to make the most of our trip. I choose to three-star hotel option and was really pleased. The hotel rooms weren't fabulous, but they did meet our needs: clean beds and restrooms and good meals. We aren't high maintenance or picky eaters either, so it was good. Most of the travelers on tour with us stayed at the four-star hotels... they seemed to have more complaints about in terms of the dining options at the hotel. However, they did say their rooms suited their American lifestyle. So if you can manage the simplistic rooms, the three-star option is cheaper and decent.
The tours itself during day demanded lots of walking. Although you have a tour bus for transportation, most of the time travelers are required to walk throughout the cities. Prepare yourself by packing comfortable walking shoes. If you're not use to walking, start taking daily walks. I estimated that we were on foot for an average of five hours a day, and that does not include the time independent time you have to just roam the cities. I also recommend packing snacks. The tour does try to get you to see as much as possible, and sometimes that means not eating lunch until late in the afternoon. You do start out with a large breakfast at 7:00 am, but even so people starving by 1:00 due to all the walking. Just make sure you have a little something to hold you down until lunch.
Overall, I highly recommend this tour. Because we were booking online, my boyfriend and I were skeptical. But have no fear, Viator will help with everything... just give them a call. The travel company in Spain was also very helpful.
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