Costa del Sol, Spain
The bus tour guide would tell us a little about the areas we were passing as we were going to Seville (4 hr ride with stops), but he didn't make anything fun or interesting - just stating facts. Bus was comfortable. When we got to Seville, we were handed off to a local tour guide. We already had about 30-40 people in our group and then we got there, about 25 more people were told to join our group from another group b/c they only understood Italian. We requested an English tour guide. Not only did she (and the guide on the bus) have to speak English, but also French and Italian. They would jump from one language to another and we had to focus very hard on what they were saying because I had to wait for English to start. Sometimes the local tour guide would jump so much that I couldn't tell if she was speaking Italian, French, or English. She would tell a full story in another language and get to English and state one sentence. There was no chance for questions. It was hard to hear her since there were so many people and loud noises everywhere. Other tour groups had a tour guide with a speaker or headphones. Then they recommend a boat tour (you pay 14 euro extra) b/c there is nothing else going on in Seville from 2-5pm. It goes so slowly and they have a recording on that just states what buildings you are passing. Then on our ride home, they just left on the side of the street and told us to cross the bridge and find our hotel. Overall, glad I saw Seville, but I wouldn't recommend this at all.
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