It's a long day - we had to be at Honolulu airport at 5 am and got back around 7 pm - but it was worth it. We had Mika as a driver/guide. What a terrific guy! He knows every pothole, turnout and vista point on the road and has a wealth of knowledge about Hawaii, Maui, and the Hana area. He also provided unlimited bottled water and soft drinks. Most of the group opted for the buffet lunch (about $30 extra), but we chose the box lunch ($10) and were delighted with it. Choice of sandwiches, packed in an insulated lunch bag with chips, fruit and a bottle of water. Mika would tell us what photo ops were coming up, stop when he could for them, or drive very slowly so we could snap them. The side windows were nice and clean for that purpose. There were also a number of planned stops ranging from 5-45 minutes. Scattered showers that day, but they didn't bother us, and we had a marvelous time. I've always wanted to see the area, but didn't want to drive the road. This is definitely the way to do it!
The tour company has easily identifiable company reps met us at Honolulu Airport to get us checked in for our flight and at Maui airport to get us onto the bus (holds 25 passengers). They made sure we knew where we would check in for the flight back to Honolulu. They also provided a continental breakfast with plenty of coffee and juices. A wonderful organization. We highly recommend them and are delighted Viator booked us with them.
The Gaudi crypt was excellent - although we almost missed our opportunity to see it. The guard was on the point of leaving (a little early) when we arrived. The visit to the factory town was interesting; we had a group lunch for 8 euros each at a local place that caters to workers. Excellent food - especially the bean soup.
The Montserrat portion in the morning could have been better organized. There is a mass in the church, with times posted in a permanent sign; the tour cannot get in then and shouldn't waste time trying. We were told the children's choir would be singing at 1:00; they actually started at 12. However, the visit was very satisfactory.
The tour guide was terrific, very attentive to the needs and desires of members of the group (6 of us). I highly recommend the tour.
We would have liked a bit more information on the buildings and monuments we drove past in the bus, but the tour guide was working in 4 languages, so she couldn't do everything. She was an excellent guide, and we enjoyed both portions of the tour very much. We also opted for the lunch at a restaurant in El Poble Espanyol and it was delicious. We highly recommend the one day tour with lunch.
Please note that if the stairs at Park Guell are too difficult, there are switchbacks available just outside the wall. The "longest bench in the world" is also incredibly comfortable - offers back support I wish I had at home!
As seniors, we didn't need the discounts offered at museums with the Barcelona Card, but if we were younger it would have saved us even more money. The discount at the Turisme shop was wonderful. I recommend buying this card for just the days you need the museum discounts and for shopping at the Turisme office in Placa Catalunya, using it for transportation on those days (must be consecutive), and getting the 10-ride tickets for further travel.
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