Started out great but then we got in the middle of a labor demonstration. The Hop on Hop Off solution was to cancel all bus service for the next 2-3 hours and let us off in the middle of a city no one knew.
Not recommend waste of time
We walked for about 45 minutes, looking for the bus stop. We finally came to a hotel, and the concierge gave us a map of the hop-on hop-off route, and we were then easily able to find the bus stops.
Why in the world didn't you offer this map when we booked the tour?
We would have been much better off just taking a taxi to the sites we wanted to see, as the traffic in Valencia is too heavy to get off the us at more than one stop and still get back to the cruise ship in a mere 7 hours. Again, we had to get off the bus and walk in order to get there in time.
The commentary on the bus was good, however. Still, the tour was a waste of money.
The Albufera park was just a slow boat ride in a lake, to see nature. Nothing more than that, we saw a couple of egrets and birds. Boat driver spoke only Spanish. If you have ever seen the Everglades in Florida it looks just like that. Trip was not worth the time, it is better to use your time in the city sights, if you are staying a short time.
The bus tour and aquarium were really good. The only problem, which was really annoying, was that when we presented our excursion ticket to the Hop on HOp off bus, he printed us two receipts and kept the Viator printout. We assumed the receipts/tickets he gave us were enough since it said right on it about the aquarium. When we got to the aquarium, the ticket booth said she had never heard of such thing. We had to ask her supervisor to use their internet to reprint our viator Vouchers. Wasted about an hour of our aquarium time to do this.
Valencia hop-on hop-off line is very long. Make sure what you want to see before you go. I suggest Viator providing hop-on hop-off maps BEFORE each excursion so we know what to expect. Also Hop-on hop-off should set up a desk right at the ship exit to answer the questions and give directions. The morning driver was really nice and helpful while the afternoon driver is rude and arrogant. He could understand English pretty well but refused to answer question if we couldn't speak Spanish or Italian to him. He put his one foot up next to the ticket box and checked his smart phone whenever he stopped while everyone on the bus had to wait. Albufera Natural Park Tour took a big chunk of the day and all we really saw was the rice field and sit on a 1/2 boat trip. Driver didn't speak any English so it's very difficult to communicate. We could have used that time to see more of Valencia.
Great way to see the sights of the city. Bus covered the fantastic stops.
Fine trip, enjoyed Valencia very much. Had difficulty finding bus stop 7 at the port. Wasn't close to where we came out from the ship. Apart from that all was fine.
Our tour was very much enjoyable but once we bought the tour package 'Viator' did not provide any information about it, like time schedule of arrival and departure from different cities, hotels, we needed to know before - they just referred to 'Julia Travels'. Otherwise the tour guides, bus transportation, hotels were good. We would sure consider tours like this through Viator in future.
Very good tour with clear commentary in English. Easy to find stops.
I hopped on and off quite a bit, wonderful.
Fantastic day out.
For the price this tour did everything it should with the little time we had in port. We do recommend paying the $12 cab fare from the port to La Reina square - this will save you time and energy as the stop is extremely hard to find (we could not find it and none of the locals knew where it was either). There is always a bus waiting at La Reina so your day can begin right away.
Too much time on bus. Included tours were weak and addtional tours seemed like a rip off. They should have been included. Having two levels of hotel waisted time going from one hotel to the other. Should have only been one.
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