The experience of this tour left a lot to be desired. The tour guide while conversant in English and Spanish struggled with communication delivery. Lola seemed to rush through the tour and transitioned from Spanish to English with little pause and accent we struggled to pick up. Seville is a beautiful town and we enjoyed the sights but felt handicapped by not being able to pick up the history and culture of the various attractions. What left us feeling more disappointed was that we were asked to leave the tour suddenly immediately after covering the Alcazar because the Cathedral, which was the next stop and adjacent to the Alcazar was NOT PART of the "Historical portion of the tour". This left us confused at multiple levels because we struggled to understand how the Cathedral was not part of Seville's history, we were not informed upfront (as part of the tour description) that the Cathedral tour was NOT part of our tour agenda and it was only 2.5 hours into what was promised to be a 3.5 hour ( provided in the tour description). We felt a bit cheated and did not feel we got our money's worth from a quality of tour standpoint. Recommendation: Please check what is covered and what is not, intricate differences between a 1/2 day "classical" versus "historical" tour and avoid the mentioned tour guide. I did call to express my displeasure and was asked to document by concerns over email.
Good tour. Excellent multilingual guide. Nice city.
Doing what: Seville Day Trip from Malaga
Other than the female guide herself complaining about the lack of organization from the company who hired her and the fact that she manage to lose 4 people right before entering the Royal Alcazar Palace this tour was not good. Also they advertised a visit to the Bull Fighting Ring that never happened, their excuse was that a national holiday interfered with the visit, my question to them is how didn't they know about this? Other than that, the bus that they use for transportation is very comfortable and clean, they were on time for the visits and they were knowledgeable about the locations.
we had not the time to walk on the top of the Giralda and the guide could split of the groups on the church yard and not outside; so who was intrested to go on the top of the Giralda could do it on his own. The guide Daniel was not very motivated and his explication on the bus in german were the most of the time incomprensible. the tour could be best definited as a touch and go tour.
Doing what: Seville Day Trip from Malaga
Wasn't worth the time, too long of a trip, too few sites, then it was suggested to take a river cruise, extra $15. and it was worthless. The tour guide at the cathedral hardly spoke English. She spent 90% of her time speaking every other language but English.
Doing what: Seville Day Trip from Malaga
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 :-(
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and a private tour is definitely the way to see these great spots. I especially liked the walk through the Jewish quarter. We took many different tours during our 2-week vacation through Spain and Portugal and this tour was pricey and didn't include entrance fees.
Doing what: Private Monumental Seville Walking Tour
This was doomed from the start. Our contact left a message for us stating he'd pick us up at a coffee shop down the street not at the hotel as planned. The next morning we waited for 10 minutes then called him. He said he was in a traffic jam and would be there in 15 minutes. 15 minutes later, a lady comes up to us from a huge tour bus and says come with her. This was suppose to be an English speaking tour guide in a luxury mini van. Now we are with a huge tour. The translator spoke Spanish first - English 2nd then French. The Spanish translation was always long, English and French much shorter. We didn't see the Royal Alcazar Palace that much, because we were already 30 minutes behind schedule and she rushed us so much. She didn't have a microphone, so we could barely hear her and her English was poor. She had a bad attitude and nobody was happy on this tour.
An excellent tour but be warned it covers a lot of kilometres
The tour was excellent, lots to see and benefit from. The bus was comfortable , and the guid was good. However I wishe that the guide could have controlled the loud family on the bus. Lots of complain against them was there but the guid e said there was nothing he could have done.
The trips from one city to another were long but the hotels were good so we were able to relax between the rides.
It was just me and Nick and we had a fabulous time! He gave me some great background on the city, allowed me to ask questions when I wanted, and I really enjoyed the Electric Bike. This was my first time riding one and I loved it!
Doing what: Seville Electric Bike Tour
This was the highlight of our stay. We were the only 'takers' of this tour and the firm made certain that all was done for us. We were collected from our Hotel and put on the train from Granada to Seville, and met the other end to be taken to our Hotel there where there was a message that we would be collected for an evening tour and a visit to the Flamenco show. We were duly picked up by Carlos who This was quite fascinating and enjoyable (especially with a glass of Manzanilla in hand!) which lasted about an hour. The following morning we were met at 10 by Paloma at our Hotel. She was fantastic and gave us far more time that we probably deserved (just my wife and me!) and was an Art Historian. (She proudly told us that she has been chosen to be the guide for the Duchess of Cornwall during 'the Wale's' recent visit.) In the afternoon we took the river cruise which was the only forgettable part of this trip - dull! Just a warning - although the Melia Hotel was perfectly comfortable, it did not include breakfast which was extra.
My sister and I took this tour at the beginning of August 2013 and we were both in general content with it. This package allowed us to visit a significant number of places in a very short timeframe and offered the convenience of having all travel and accommodation arranged for us for an affordable price. However, one can always nitpick on the details of the included services. One of the most important downsides was the rather mediocre English level of most of our tour and local guides in comparison to other guides we randomly bumped into later on. So, they remained somewhat laconic and distant. Moreover, the included city tours were superficial, some of them very short (Zaragoza 30 minutes on your own) and some comprised mainly glimpsing the buildings from the bus window (Seville). Optional city tours of Seville and Granada, and flamenco and zambra shows were offered for 30-40 euros each. We stayed in standard hotels and found them all acceptable and well located except that the service in Best Western Mayorazgo in Madrid was rather unwelcoming. When it comes to food, we couldn't emphasize it more, the included overpriced diner style dinners served in the hotel basement were a disgrace. Also, most of the lunch breaks on the road were in gas station diners while some of them could have been in the towns we visited. On a more positive note, our guide Josep accompanying us from Granada to Valencia and Barcelona was very helpful and gave us plenty of tips from Valencian delicacies to getting around town, visiting other sites in Spain and what not. All in all, I'd recommend it to those short of time or not adventurous enough to go around on your own.
We did see a lot of sights on the tour and all the guides were excellent. However it felt a little rushed at times. There was no time to see Madrid except in the evening to find a place to eat.
For us there was too much time spent on the coach and having to buy lunches at motorway service stations is not my idea of good eating. The evening meals in the hotel Melia Seville were poor quality although the breakfast itself could not be faulted apart from the very noisy and rather surly service.
The visits to major sites were well organised with very good guides. I would like to revisit some of the towns and cities to spend more time exploring and think high speed train would be a good idea.
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