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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.
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?
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.
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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 trip is okay for a quick taster of the cities. A lot of time is spent on the bus getting from one city to another.
Barcelona to Madrid is particularly long and wasn't helped by the fact that the driver remembered he had left his suitcase in the hotel 45 minutes into the journey so we had to go back. The stop in Zaragoza was pleasant, there was a church feast day happening when we arrived. We got to our hotel in Madrid about 18:30 and were leaving at 07:30 the next morning which only gave us time to freshen up, find somewhere to eat and then sleep, so I've no real idea of what there is to see in Madrid! On the way to Seville we stopped at Cordoba and visited the Cathedral where we had a knowledgeable local guide. In Seville we had 2 nights, we had a guided tour the next morning taking in the Alcazar and the Santa Cruz area. The next day we headed for Granada where we visited the Alhambra Palace, we took an extra walking tour in the afternoon and the extra flamenco show in the evening. Do not do both as the evening dance show also includes a 60 to 90 minutes walk around the area we had done in the afternoon. We also did not get back to the hotel until 1AM and had to be up at 6:30 for the drive to Valencia. The drive to Valencia entailed a change of bus part way, as some of us were doing a different tour to the others. We left the tour in Valencia after a guided tour of the city.
The hotels in general were fine, we opted for the superior hotels, mainly because I have special dietry needs and we thought I might have more chance of coping food wise. The hotels in Seville and Valencia had included dinner and the catering people did try. Usually these are buffet and I was taken through what I could eat and asked if I wanted something grilled, the first night was fine but the second night was a set meal.
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.
We did see a lot of sights on the tour and all the guides were excellent. However it felt a little rushed at times. There was no time to see Madrid except in the evening to find a place to eat.
For us there was too much time spent on the coach and having to buy lunches at motorway service stations is not my idea of good eating. The evening meals in the hotel Melia Seville were poor quality although the breakfast itself could not be faulted apart from the very noisy and rather surly service.
The visits to major sites were well organised with very good guides. I would like to revisit some of the towns and cities to spend more time exploring and think high speed train would be a good idea.