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May182013

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9-Day Best of Spain Tour Including Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona

Madrid, Spain

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3 star rating: Worth doing

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This 9-day tour is actually 3 individual tours combined from the local travel company Julia Travel.
The Panoramic Sightseeing Tour of Madrid: While the tour itself was okay in terms of the sights we are shown (albeit briefly), our tour guide had mediocre English abilities at best, which quickly led to our sustained disinterest for the rest of the tour because we couldn't understand what was being described. Furthermore, to fill the bus, the tour is multilingual - Castilian Spanish and English. On this particular tour, English was definitely a second priority, and there were more English-speaking patrons in the group. 3 stars
This tour was followed by the 4-Day Spain Tour: Cordoba, Seville and Granada from Madrid tour. This is the best of the 3 tours. Our tour guide Cristina and driver Jose Luis were very professional, organized and friendly. They kept everyone on time, because Jose Luis always had the bus ready a good time earlier and Cristina posted a schedule in the lobby of every hotel we stayed in. Cristina introduced us to our local guides at every stop, spoke French, Castilian Spanish, and English flawlessly and had wonderfully interesting things to say as we drove through the Andalusian countryside. 4 – 5 stars.
We changed our bus in the middle of a service area for the last part of our tour: 4-Day Spanish Mediterranean Cities Tour: Valencia and Barcelona from Madrid. The bus was 45 minutes late to arrive at our service stop. Throughout the 4 days, our tourwas 45 minutes late to arrive at our service stop. Throughout the 4 days, our tour guide only spoke to us couple times, mostly to announce our arrival or estimate time to our next destination. While his language skills were reasonable - he spoke the same languages as Cristina - he failed to explain anything about the cities we were traveling to or the regions we were traveling through during the bus rides. The explanations of our schedules was poor as well. (Continuos on next review space)

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