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Nov292013

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Private Tour: Madrid City Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The private tour go Madrid city was a pleasant experience. Most of the tour included traveling by car with limited stops. The driver and guide of a spacious Mercedes van, big enough to hold 6-8 people ( we were a party of 4), was knowledgeable, was a native of Madrid and was able to share very interesting stories of the city. Due to the number of attractions in Madrid and the limited duration of this tour we were unable to fully experience the history of attractions like the Prado and the Royal Palace. The driver/guide took us to a traditional bullfighters bar where we enjoyed a drink and native tapas; did not realize it took away about 30 -40 minutes from the 3 hour tour. Overall it met our objectives of being able to see the city in the limited time we had. Recommendation: Take the full day city tour if you have more time.

Nov282013

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Las Rozas Village Shopping Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Overall logistics and type of transportation of the tour was good. The outlet village had a good selection of shopping outlets but for folks traveling from USA this is a familiar concept in most big cities. We found most brands were available at comparable prices to the States. In one of two rare instances like Michel Kors, the price was significantly more competitive. We started the tour at 3pm but was able to get out of there by the 5pm bus. Tour guide and operator was respectful and could communicate in multiple languages.

Nov272013

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Seville Classical or Historical Morning Sightseeing Tour

Seville, Spain

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

The experience of this tour left a lot to be desired. The tour guide while conversant in English and Spanish struggled with communication delivery. Lola seemed to rush through the tour and transitioned from Spanish to English with little pause and accent we struggled to pick up. Seville is a beautiful town and we enjoyed the sights but felt handicapped by not being able to pick up the history and culture of the various attractions. What left us feeling more disappointed was that we were asked to leave the tour suddenly immediately after covering the Alcazar because the Cathedral, which was the next stop and adjacent to the Alcazar was NOT PART of the "Historical portion of the tour". This left us confused at multiple levels because we struggled to understand how the Cathedral was not part of Seville's history, we were not informed upfront (as part of the tour description) that the Cathedral tour was NOT part of our tour agenda and it was only 2.5 hours into what was promised to be a 3.5 hour ( provided in the tour description). We felt a bit cheated and did not feel we got our money's worth from a quality of tour standpoint. Recommendation: Please check what is covered and what is not, intricate differences between a 1/2 day "classical" versus "historical" tour and avoid the mentioned tour guide. I did call to express my displeasure and was asked to document by concerns over email.

Nov262013

Tour/Activity

Cordoba Day Trip from Seville

Seville, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was one heck of an experience. Paki the tour guide was phenomenal. She was intricately familiar with the history, culture and background of Cordoba and injected humor and interesting innuendoes from time to time to keep the long tour from becoming mundane. She spent a lot of time with both the Spanish and English speaking part of the audience. We had a little bit of a misstep catching the bus in the morning but that was easily overcome by the manner in which the whole tour was delivered. We were given time to shop and have lunch at the end which was delayed till about 2:30 PM. This would be our only recommendation to advance the lunch to around 1:00 PM and have a portion of the tour immediately following lunch versus packing it all in in the first 4-5 hours. Overall excellent tour barring the minor logistical things. Drive time from Seville to Cordoba is about 90 minutes one way in a very comfortable Mercedes Tour bus. Highly recommend the tour if Paki is the tour guide.

Nov252013

Tour/Activity

Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco El Arenal in Seville

Seville, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fascinating experience. Passion and intensity of the the Flamenco dancers is not not be missed! The tapas dinner menu versus the full dinner menu was very generous. While one drink is FREE be prepared to pay for water. Place may be hard to find, so please give yourself some extra time. Luckily our hotel was very close to the location and we got there using our GPS app on mobile phone in less than 10 minutes walk. Highly recommend this experience

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