Ronda is Beautiful and the tour guide is nice and helpful, in the end we visit the white house, that's amazing, make the whole trip more memorial.
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.
Bitter disappointment and felt tricked. The tour stops at the Ronda winery that lets you taste a sip of the wine. They have a small shop and the shop assistant tricked me. I was looking at two glass wine stoppers when the shop assistant took them out of my had quickly and tried to ring up the till. I took the of fof her and said I was still looking but she rushed me. In the end I selected two but she kept taking them out of my hand every time I wanted to open the little box to take a closer look at them. Later I found out why. Both where broken and could not be fixed. The shop assistant clearly knew this and rushed me into buying them without checking properly they weren't broken, she kept saying, 'it's busy and your tour might leave soon.' Felt VERY TRICKED - waste of 24 euros. Obviosuly you can't go back and get a refund. BE WARNED.
Fabulous vistas of the countryside, the bridge over the gorge and the sections of town perched on the cliffs. The bullring was well worth the visit, too. It would have been nice to have more free time in the town - particularly as we had an unnecessary coffee and toilet break both coming and going - we were only 15 minutes out of Ronda both times!
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.
This was an excellent tour well worth the money. We were a small group and had a driver and guide.
Ronda was wonderful to see and passing through the countryside was also interesting.
We could have missed Costa Del Sol
More time in Granada and less in Costa Del Sol
Was very pleased
Exquisite city! Worthwhile the investment!
Overall I was disappointed with this tour - I don't believe it was a tour really with the group changing and spending two days left to my own devices in Madrid. The activities were great, travel in coach great and hotels satisfactory but the feeling of being on tour was not there at all :-(
This tour combines many separate tours between Madrid- Costa del Sol-Madrid, sharing transportation and hotels. Don't expect too much.Check the itinerary, the guide Carlos and driver Jesus follow it, don't count that there will be some adjustments to your personal likes/needs.Great places on the way, but do some research and plan "free time"( lots of it) on your own.If you can,choose the seats on the bus entry side( vews appear to be better and the sun is not spoiling the pictures). There is no emergency toilet on the bus and you have to pull window curtain to block the scorching sun)
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