This was the second day trip through Viator my husband and I (young couple in early/mid 20s) booked on our trip to Madrid early July 2013. The tour was provided through Julia Travel, a local company in Spain. The trip departed on time. We were very happy with our experience -- the guide switched between Spanish and English often. It was never a problem knowing what she was saying. The trip is moderately paced, but the roads in Toledo are hilly, so be sure to wear good walking shoes. We did not take the lunch option and we are so glad we didn't! For less than 10 euros each, we had an AMAZING lunch at a restaurant/cafe in Toledo and still had a few minutes to take some extra photos that we missed during our tour of the city earlier that day. The tour ends with a trip to a local damasque artisan shop... but I could have done without it. It was nice to see an art traditional to Toledo, but it seemed a little touristy and we weren't interested in making any purchases here. However, it was only maybe 30-40 minutes of the trip, so I highly recommend it despite of that one stop. **The stop to get a panoramic shot of Toledo is fantastic. With these tours, I wouldn't mind them being 2 hours longer and giving the attendees an opportunity to explore on their own. There were little shops, or the castle nearby that would really have been exciting to view.
This is the first tour my husband and I (young couple, early/mid 20s) took in Madrid through Viator, who was a partner to Julia Travel who actually ran the tour our of Madrid. The tour left right on time with a fantastic guide. She spoke English and Spanish very well and was easy to understand. We don't feel as though we missed anything as she switched back and forth often. The trip is moderately-paced. Wear good walking shoes! The roads are cobblestone and can be tough on the feet. As other reviews have said, it would be nice to spend longer in Avila, but I understand the travel between the 2 cities and back to Madrid takes time. It was overall a great tour. The only thing I wish the tours from this company/partner would provide is some free time, 1 or 2 hours in each location. The best part about this trip was that we did lunch on our own in Segovia so we were able to explore more near the aqueduct. As a tourist to Spain, I would definitely love the tours to have 10-12 hour options and provide for that free time.
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