Towns were stunning and are must-see places.I went on two of these tours while based in Madrid and this is my opinion: They're for people who want an easy visit. I wanted an easy visit. I didn't want to deal with the trains and I knew my friend and I would have a better chance of leaving town if we had expensive tour tickets waiting for us. I would have enjoyed myself more if I had gone myself, but it would have been more of a hassle. That's the tradeoff. The trip didn't get off to a smooth start; we left an hour late because 3 people were either late or lost and we had to come back for them. I already had to go to the bathroom--no services in the agency office and the bus toilet was broken. Yay. We stopped en route, but we were outside of Avila by that time. The tour guide was better than the one we had for Toledo. She said she has been doing this for years, and she was extremely knowledgable about the towns. Tour was in both English and Spanish, and that is what you get with these tours. I could understand both, she definitely gave the same info in both languages. Because we started late, we were late in general, but we hit every stop on the itinerary. Here's something to note: if you leave the group and go off on your own and come back to the bus on time, you might be waiting. This happened to a family and they were irate. Embarrassingly rude, in fact. Yelled at the guide for being an hour late. But policy is to hit the stops paid for. Keep that in mind.
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