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May092013

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Ronda and El Tajo Gorge Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Malaga

Malaga, Spain

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

My Review

Allow me to start by saying that Rhonda was spectacular! The disappointments in our journey were based on the operation. Had we better understood the logistics, we may or may not have decided to go – but we would not have been frustrated by the surprise. So here are the facts:

The bus picked us up at 07:10 in Málaga. We did not arrive in Rhonda until 11:30. At 15:30, we left Rhonda and did not arrive back in Málaga until around 19:30. 8 hours of this 12-hour trip were spent on the bus, and only half of that in Rhonda. The rest was spent making between 10 and 15 stops along the Costa del Sol to pick up other passengers at their hotels.

The tour guide on the bus did not begin until all passengers had boarded, more than 2.5 hours after we were picked up, and around the first time a bathroom break became available. When the tour officially began, all information and announcements were made in 3 languages: English, Spanish and French. When the same helipad was pointed out 3 times in 3 languages, we heard the announcement 9 times.

Once we arrived in Rhonda, the groups broke out by language and we had an all-English tour, albeit in a low volume for the size of the group (many people didn’t bother trying to crowd around and simply couldn’t hear). The two+ hour guided portion was rushed, and it was repeatedly stated that that those who fell behind would be left. In reality, those who wanted enough time to take pictures of the {magnificent} sites were admonished to the rest of the group; but I don’t believe anyone was left. After the wine tasting we had some free time for a late lunch.

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