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Our 1st stop was Girona which was a lovely medieval city with a fortress wall that you can climb to and walk along. I enjoyed doing so very much. After walking along the wall I came down and explored several gardens (public) that are in several locations though the city and also entered I church. I then went shopping in several of the small markets and bought a delicious dessert, some fruit and some cold drinks. We then were driven to Pals. Pals is the most charming and romantic little village and I would have loved to spend more time here but all they gave us was 20 min. I think we must demand a longer day tour so that we can spend at least 1 hr in Pals! The last stop was a gorgeous seaside village and the views were spectacular. The guides pointed out 2 trails to hike. I chose the one that had you hiking thorough tunnels and it was charming, deserted (which I like) and easy to walk but still a good work out. The beaches there are lovely too so plan on a swim. Now this is where they tell you to plan on eating. This last stop. Well: the prices were very high and the food was bad. If I knew now, I would have bought a picnic lunch in Girona where there were lots of shops and then had my delicious picnic on the beach in the seaside village. I recommend you consider doing that.
We ended up having a private tour since the other scheduled couple did not attend. It was an absolutely beautiful tour through the Spanish countryside and coast. I would do it again and have already recommended it to others.
While researching Girona and Costa Brava I stumbled across the tour operator and it was exactly what I was seeking. I didn't fully realize that they focuses on small tours. That would explain the need to check in the day before with them to confirm the logistics. This was one of the best tours I have taken and it really made my last day in Europe delightful. Our host was very knowledgeable and so personable with a sunny disposition that it seemed you were being led by an old friend. We first started with a tour of Girona as he pointed out the more noteworthy sites and then we were given the option of exploring on our own for a good 90 minutes, probably more. Moving on to the photogenic small hill town of Pals, he pointed out such unusual sights as the Placebo Castle on an distant hilltop and to a reconfigured vending machine in a very small, very old church that dispensed candles, both of which were so unexpected. Finally, we arrived on the coast, which turned out to be my favorite part of the trip. Normally, when a tour mentions there is time to take a dip in the sea, it usually means a very quick dip. Not here was we had about 3 hours to explore. As we walked along the coastal path of Calella de Palafrugell, we came upon one small beach after another with restaurants surrounded by low lying holiday villas. The water temp. in early June was cool but delightful and it was hard to get out. If left to my own devices, I would have found Girona but not Pals or this part of Costa Brava and that was worth the very reasonable price of admission alone.
The company that this is through overbooked and didn't have room for me on this trip. To their credit and excellent customer service they put me on the Pyrenees tour which was more expensive and offered me 2 free excursions another time. Even though I didn't get to go on the tour I wanted I feel like this is a very good company. The tour I did go on was excellent and the guide was knowledgeable and very personable. (If you get a trip with Feliciano you are in luck, he's great!)
We really enjoyed the day trip and the nice seafood lunch at the seaside of Costa Brava. Our tour guide is great and speaks good English.
Good. Small group allows personal attention. The guide speaks good English and is very helpful in other ways too. Please give him compliment!
Great trip with one of the best guides we have ever had. Lovely area to visit if you want a easy trip out of Barcelona.
This was a wonderful tour! Veronica was an excellent tour guide and very accommodating. The van was comfortable and clean. We had time on our own to explore the cathedral at Girona, some wonderful shops in Pals, and to enjoy a great meal seaside on the Costa Brava. Tour meeting spot hard to find, though.
Alexis V N
The tour guide was excellent. The tour started on time. Great tour to go
The Trip was excellent to describe it in one word. Our Guide was very friendly and answered all our questions. He made our trip really nice. Thanks Adrian. Regards, Soma.
Trip was good. Guide speaks in good english and provides a lot of information about spain as well.
Great trip!! We had a fantastic guide - full of interesting facts and enthusiasm. Girona and Costa Brava are charming.
This trip was amazing- worth every $. All the visited places in this tour were beautiful! Definitely more than what I expected. Our group was so small (just me and another girl), that it seemed more like a private tour. Our tour guide was great!!!
Fantástico. Tudo perfeito com lugares lindos. A guia ANA é a melhor guia turistica que já conheci com muito conhecimento e simpatia. Tivemos um dia maravilhoso e muito alegre. Recomendo esse passeio, é nota 10
This was a wonderful trip, it only would have been better if we had good weather. Girona is a beautiful town had plenty of time their to sightsee. The guide was very informative.
Our guide was fabulous and made an unscheduled stop so we could see the palace Dali built for his Gala. The Costa Brava is simply beautiful. The water is a very clear blue/green and warm enough for swimming. We didn't have snorkeling masks but bought them at a shop when we stopped at the beach. There were lots of fish to see very close to shore. A black bird, possibly a corcoran, swam underwater right past me. How often does anyone see that? Girona was a well-preserved medieval town which we enjoyed tremendously. If you can take only one excursion, this day trip is the one you should not miss.
great tour. Ana was a great tour guide and the small group was fantastic
Excellent I had the best day. My Guide Anna was great and as the numbers were small it was a very personal tour
The area is magnificent and the tour guide did a great job at explaining.