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May252013

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Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I highly recommend the second half (Dali Museum) of this tour to all. Our guide provided a good orientation to Dali's works and plenty of time to explore Dali's works on our own. The first half of the tour consisted of an almost 2 hour drive to medieval town of Girona and 1 hour tour of the city. After visiting Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Toledo, Girona was somewhat lackluster. It has excellent shopping but lacks the cultural and architectural appeal of these other cities. Having said this, I think it only fair to say that the local guide in Girona was enthusiast and knowledgeable of the history of his city.

May232013

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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tour group was much smaller than expected (2 couples) allowing the guide to provide individual responses to questions. Ample time allotted for all sights including 15 minute line for Black Madonna. Guide was knowledgeable and responsive, bus driver professional, and overall trip was well worth cost.

May122013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Évora Day Trip from Lisbon with Olive Oil Tastings

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our small group turned out to be just my wife and I so our guide was able to provide undivided attention to us. She was well versed in the culture and history of Portugal in general and the Evora area in particular. Her love of Portugal and enthusiasm to provide excellant service for foreign visitors was a refreshing change of pace from large group scripted tour guides. The winery personnel were gracious and spent time answering our questions about their wine making process. Needless to say, the wine was excellant. I highly recommend this tour to this UNESCO world heritage site.

May112013

Tour/Activity

Fátima and the Sanctuary Basilica Half Day Tour from Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

We were somewhat disappointed by the tour guide's monotone rendition of what sounded like a script on the bus ride to Fatima. Questions of some passengers were not accepted if it interrupted the prepared script. Upon arrival, the guide did not provide much commentary other than to explain the pilgrim groups coming for remembrance of the first vision on May 13, 1917. We gleaned much of our experience from some printed material available and some friendly locals who tried to respond to our questions in English as best they could. This was not the tour we expected based on the Viator description.

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