i really loved this tour! 4* hotel rooms (including food) were amazing. bus was new and comfortable since it wasn‘t completly full (we traveled in october, though). hotels weren‘t in city center, but not exactly far either so one could use public transport or taxis to get there without breaking the bank. hotel melia on the seaside (torremolinos) was a nice surprise.
overall, tour was well organized, guide carlos was great and informative. we had english, italian and spansh speaking people so explanations would get long, but it gave us time during other two explanations to take in views and make photos on locations. tour guides in cordoba, sevilla, granada and toledo were also great.
only downside were two optional activities: boat tour (sevilla), and gipsy night (granada). on the other hand, i highly recommend optional flamenco night (sevilla). having seen these professional flamenco dancers, gipsy night and their dancing was just plain sad. walking tour through gipsy quarter and beautiful nightview of alhambra after that somewhat made up for time lost.
i recommend spending free afternoon in sevilla visiting real alcazar (a must!) and cathedral. don't be scared by long queues, they move quickly. when in torremolinos, malaga visit is very doable, since it's less than 30-minutes train ride away and you can visit picasso's birthplace and museum.
one of the highlights was (oddly enough for andalucian tour) toledo. view of the city is one of the best views you‘ll ever see! it's also nice that stop in ronda is included, it's really a special little place.
all in all, great value for money, even more so if you get „4* for the price of 3*“ offer.
finally, travellers on my tour were really delightful.
recommending this tour to everyone!
i prefer walking my way through the city, but i guess it's alright when you are tired and just want to sit back, relax, and take a "guided" bus tour.
since i was exhausted from madrid museums visits, i decided to take this pass, see where the main sights are and how to get around town. after that it was easy to visit everything by foot.
but next time, i would probably just skip this kind of tour altogether.
if you plan to visit majority of madrid museums and sights, this is a must!
you will save some money and priority entrance to prado, thyssen-bornemisza and reina sofia museums as well as royal palace make it that more valuable if you plan to visit madrid in the high season.
don't miss the museum of america ;)
i know i will try to find and use this type of card anywhere i go next.