Fabulous tour and the sites were incredible. On 2 of 3 buses there were only 12 of us. The local guides were very passionate about their regions and were very personable. Our Valencia tour guide even helped us buy products like seeds and saffron in the huge crowded markets. Recommend signing up for the excursions, they're well worth it, especially the Flamenco show in Seville. All the meals were delicious, served at the hotel buffet style with plenty of selections that included Spanish dishes like paella, Sorano ham, chorizo, manchago cheese, potato torta and churros with chocolate. There was so much to see and do it was hard to absorb everything. I would do this tour again.
This was a great trip. Met some wonderful new friends. Suggest scheduling the optional tours in advance--well worth it!
Really fantastic tour with helpful guides, great accommodation and wonderful food.
All of the major sites of Andalusia were covered and it was a very great way to see many of the incredible sites of southern Spain in a short amount of time.
Special commendations should be given to our guides Josep, Hugo, and Juan from Granada.
I would score it as 5
Services, hotels, guides, timing, itineraries- everything was great and according to expectations!
Wonderful tour, nice people on board bus and tour guide, Josef, was amazing as was our driver. Hotels (we opted for the upgrades) were very good with nice breakfasts each morning. No complaints and I would highly recommend this tour to folks who want to see a lot of Spain in a short amount of time.
Great short tour of lots of places in a short period of time. Good value. My feet and rear end are sore. Didn't realize how big Spain was and how far apart the cities were. Good guide and bus driver. Wish we could have used toilets on bus.
The tour was excellent, lots to see and benefit from. The bus was comfortable , and the guid was good. However I wishe that the guide could have controlled the loud family on the bus. Lots of complain against them was there but the guid e said there was nothing he could have done.
The trips from one city to another were long but the hotels were good so we were able to relax between the rides.
Duc N USA
This tour is highly recommended. It is well organized by a local tour operator, Julia'travel. It is also worth while to upgrade to the superior hotel package. We have seen so much of Spain in 6 days , more so than my previous 2 visits to Spain. People might complain about the long bus rides, but to us that is the time to catch up with our sleep as We were so busy in the evening seeing all the cultures of Spain. Spanish people don't venture out until after 6 pm because of the heat. From the US, it is worth while to find a hotel near the pickup point on the first day. Use google maps, we found a hotel just about 5 minutes walk from the Julia' travel location near La Ramblas.
All and all, I don't think we can travel that far all over Andalucia region in that short of time on our own. This is a very quick way to see Spain at reasonable costs.
We loved the tour. Our only problem was the lack of information prior to the trip. We had difficulty getting the necessary; where we were meeting, and at what time are we meeting information from Julia Travel. In Barcelona,( when we called from Oregon), they would refer us to Madrid office of Julia travel, and then the Madrid office referred us back to Barcelona. We were fortunetly in Barcelona for 4 days prior to our tour, so it took us 2 days of directly communicating with the office in person to find out that we were suppose to meet the bus on sunday morning at 8:15 am. We did not receive an itinerary until we had arrived in Madrid. It leaves first time travelers in Spain a little apprehensive to say the least. I still do not understand why the Barcelona office could not have brought the itinerary information on their computers and delivered it to us?
Was able to visit all the cities I wanted to see except arrived in Madrid on a rainy evening and left first thing the next morning so unable to see anything. Disappointed as felt misled by tour company. The first tour guide and local guides were excellent. The second was knowledgeable but obviously inexperienced,
Wonderful tour and a great tour escort although we spent most of the time in the coach on the first and last day.
The tour was rather good. From organizational point of view everything was good. The hotels were very good, in most cases very close to the city center so that you could walk in the evening to the city centre. Wifi was in every hotel. The bus was very good as well, well air conditioned and with very good drivers. The itenaty is quite good as well, the cities are wonderful even though maybe I would switch almost two days in Seville to one additional day in Madrid or to two days in Granada as in Madrid we were only one evening and of course did not do any sightseeing, museums, etc. And one day in Seville is quite enough. The guides were ok. Frankly speaking, I expected more information from them. More stories , legends and historical facts. Overall, I did enjoy the tour a lot.
The guides and included tours were very enjoyable. The food was consistently good except for the meals in Granada. Christina's attention to detail and her planning ahead always made departure and arrival very easy. Jesus, the driver, fixed the air conditioning, and the delay was only an hour. Our travelling companions were very pleasant and friendly. The stops every two hours made the road trip quite easy.
My sister and I took this tour at the beginning of August 2013 and we were both in general content with it. This package allowed us to visit a significant number of places in a very short timeframe and offered the convenience of having all travel and accommodation arranged for us for an affordable price. However, one can always nitpick on the details of the included services. One of the most important downsides was the rather mediocre English level of most of our tour and local guides in comparison to other guides we randomly bumped into later on. So, they remained somewhat laconic and distant. Moreover, the included city tours were superficial, some of them very short (Zaragoza 30 minutes on your own) and some comprised mainly glimpsing the buildings from the bus window (Seville). Optional city tours of Seville and Granada, and flamenco and zambra shows were offered for 30-40 euros each. We stayed in standard hotels and found them all acceptable and well located except that the service in Best Western Mayorazgo in Madrid was rather unwelcoming. When it comes to food, we couldn't emphasize it more, the included overpriced diner style dinners served in the hotel basement were a disgrace. Also, most of the lunch breaks on the road were in gas station diners while some of them could have been in the towns we visited. On a more positive note, our guide Josep accompanying us from Granada to Valencia and Barcelona was very helpful and gave us plenty of tips from Valencian delicacies to getting around town, visiting other sites in Spain and what not. All in all, I'd recommend it to those short of time or not adventurous enough to go around on your own.
enjoyed everything except the guide in Seville. Personally the guide was fine but we had to endure 3 seperate translations at each site. It was hot and a lot of wasted time. All other days were great because we only had one translation at each site.
Poo Hoon T Singapore
It was a surprise for my husband and myself. We were on this 6 days tour with our little girl of two and a half year old and the tour guides have become friend with my daughter. They have put in much effort to make everyday a happy one for my girl. Thank you so much!!
This was a great way to see a lot of Spain in a short period of time and also learn historical and culturally important facts. The only draw back is the very long bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid. It was at least a 9 hour trip and about 7 pm by the time we reached Madrid. We left the next day at 7:30 am so there was no sightseeing in Madrid. Some of the participants avoided this by starting the trip in Madrid, arriving a few days earlier and doing their own sightseeing there and avoiding the long bus ride. Madrid can be reached from Barcelona by train or plane. Or plan your trip to fly into Madrid and leaving from Barcelona.
The only downer was my hearing doesn't let me hear conversation with too many outside noise distractions...That being said the individual headsets are a must! Not enough of them on the tours. The little amplifier the tour guide used with large groups was worthless...
Everything is good but the local tour guide at Córdoba was belong average. Mumbling all time.
This was OK. Our Tour Leader Josep Tio Pares made this trip very enjoyable. His commentary and presentation was EXCELLENT!
The tour was good with the exception of Madrid. Having started the tour in Barcelona at 8.30am we did not get to our Madrid hotel until approx. 7pm and we left at 8am the next day - not really enough time to see much of Madrid.
Also, as a suggestion, why not hand out maps of where the hotel we are staying in each night is (in relation to the city centre of the city being visited)? - wouldn't feel so 'lost'