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Keith

Australia

Sep222012

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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I did the full day trip. Anna was the guide and she seemed to explained and described more in Spanish than English, regardless she's quite nice and it's obvious she's been doing this for many years.
Be prepared for a lot of walking over 4 hours going to many places until lunch which is after 2pm

Sep202012

Tour/Activity

Rail Tour to Seville by AVE Train

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

It's not so clear in the description that you will pretty much be left in Seville to wander around for 6 hours after the initial ~2hr walking tour, so be prepared and get a good map as Seville city center is very disorienting.
I was the only person on this tour and arrived by train (note it usually leaves about 5 mins before the set time!) When I arrived I was driven by a nice driver to the city center where I was pointed at to the meeting point for the walking tour at 11am. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The tour is a little short and only visited the Palace (pay your own) Jewish Quarter and the Cathedral. There are many many other nice places to visit in Seville for the remaining hours, including Plaza de Espana, the Bullring. The train station is a walkable distance (about 1 km) from the center to catch the fast train back to Madrid.
Another note is that you will need to go to collect your train tickets at a travel agency a day or 2 before the tour - this is not obvious in the Viator description. Also the Atocha train station is massive and you need to go to the Renfre departures section, not the same as the Metro station so give your self plenty of time to get there. I almost missed that 7:30am train in the morning.

Sep192012

Tour/Activity

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide Horhay was fantastic and the walking tour was just at the right pace (for a 30 year old guy). He spoke English very well and explained things in English and Spanish equally. We went to many beautiful places. I also did day trips to Toledo and Sevilla so visiting Avila and Segovia is a little repetitive with the cathedrals and alcazars, but each city does have its own unique but subtle differences.

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