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Sep052013

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Morocco Day Trip from Malaga to Tangier

Malaga, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a wonderful tour. The tour bus picked us up right across the street from our hotel instead of us having to travel from Mijas into Malaga. The tour director Pedro spoke perfect english and was very informative. He guided us through customs both coming and going with no hassel. The tour itself was just as described. We arrived in Tangiers by ferry, was met by our Moroccan tour guide and ushered onto a large comfortable bus. We were driven around the city until we arrived at the Old Town part of the city. We had a walking tour and then had a great lunch that consisted of soup, shish-ka-bob, couscous with chicken, desert and mint tea. We were then taken to a rug factory and given a demonstration of the different rugs. There was no pressure to buy anything. The factory consisted of several floors with the first two being pottery, jewelry, etc. After the rug presentation we were given time to shop all floors. We were taken to a spice factory with another demonstration and no pressure to buy. After that we were given about 40 minutes to roam in a town square with shops and outside vendors. By outside vendors I am referrering to the men who had followed us all through out this tour with their wares of jewelry, wooden camels, pottery, mirrors,etc. I am from NYC and have travelled enought to other placed where street vendors do not bother me. I simply say "NO" or just ignore them. For some people this can be annoying because they are very persistant, but not harmful. I purchased two beautiful mirrors, a decorative bowl and some jewelry from these street vendors at good priced after much bargaining. Cheaper then in the shops. We had stops at a snake charmer, camel rides and the Caves of Hercules, which were all fun and beautiful. Many took a camel ride for one euro, including my husband. We were taken back to the ferry in plenty of time for the ride back to Tarifa and our journey back to our hotel. Lots of fun had by all and a good tour to take.

Aug292013

Tour/Activity

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

My husband and I only had one day to spend in Madrid. We spend the afternoon on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour, which was a great way for us to see the sites. We though that the Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour would be a good way for us to spend the evening. We met at the required place and time. Our tour guide was there and was very friendly and informative. There were 8 other people also waiting for this tour. The group was friendly and the people were from all over. We walked to the first tapas bar and were ushered into a corner of the bar. The guide brought over some tapas and a cider, where he proceeded to show us how to pour it. Cider was the "thing" of this particular tapas bar. It was horrible. Neither myself or my husband liked it. Our guide offered to bring us what we did like and I asked for a glass of wine. He was very accommodating because our drink was paid for only at the first tapas bar. After that all drinks are to be paid for by "you". He suggested that we put 20 euro each into a kiddie for the next 3 bars. I was aware from reading the information on Viator that only the first drink in the first bar was included in the price of this tour, so I am not knocking Viator or the guide. However, after spending a few hours after the Hop-on-Hop-off bus wandering around these wonderful streets and just going into a few tapas bars on our own I already knew the price of drinks and how easy it was to do a "bar crawl" on your own in this city. Wine and beer were around 2.5 to 3 euro each, so we were paying 6 euro at each bar and at each bar they gave you free tapas and kept refilling the plate. We had already had olives, sardines, chips, sausage and crackers at no charge. With only 3 bars to go it seemed steep for us to give the guide 40 euro (20 euro each). This was after paying the price of this tour. After 1-1/2 hours of walking we had only done the cider bar. We said good-bye to the group and went off on our own. Had a much better time.

Aug292013

Tour/Activity

Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We arrived in Madrid by 9:30 am on a Thursday morning and were leaving for Malaga the next morning, so we only had the one day to spend in Madrid. We had decided that the Hop-on-Hop-off was the way to go. We were not disappointed. We saw all the major sites and many quaint side streets. After we did the loop we got off on stop number "15" just behind the Plaza Mayor and walked around the lovely small streets, winding up at square of Puerto del Sol. This tour was a good way for us to see the city in short time period, which was perfect for us.

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