Travellers ; a family of 5, children aged 11, 15 and 17.
Booking: as usual, booking with Viator is easy as well as the communication with them, when need.
Tour: mainly historical and cultural but also very nice sightseeing for people not into history.
Hotels: 1. Novotel Caen: a tired hotel in a desolate area, good enough for a 1 night stay, just to sleep.Nice staff.I've read good reviews about the food there, but in our case, you could see dinners having nice food while tour groups were all served " something" without beeing given an option (many plates were barely touched). Even airlines in economy seats give you an option !.
2. Mercure Gare...: Nice hotel, the dinner was in a restaurant outside the hotel, also no menu options but this time food was good. PLEASE Viator, negociate dinner options.
Tour guide: Ours was Mr. Carlos Martinez, a knowlegeable and very sympathetic guy who added humour to every visit.
Transport: Very comfortable coach. Some stretches of road could be very long, but one could easily nap (much needed)
The experience: it was a very nice and enjoyable tour for every member of our family.Everything was timely and very well organised.
We were the only family with children (ages 16, 14, and 10) on this tour and it was pleasant and interesting for everyone of us. We only wished we had more than 7 days to explore the six cities we visited, but we still mananged to see a lot thanks to the pleasant and experienced tour guides from Julia Travel. The Hotels were good and well located - close to the market and metro.
As for the transfers they were also arranged by Julia Travel. We were duely met at Barcelona airport, even though our flight was an hour late and again from our hotel to Barcelona train station and then from Madrid train station to our hotel by designated private drivers who were very frindly and gave us useful tips along the way.
All in all it was a very nice and enjoyable trip.
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