Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 8-Day Southern Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The tour was excellent value for money! In general the hotels were exceptional, the guide was great (good English) and the coach was acceptable. Overall we were happy with the experience, considering how difficult and costly the trip would have been if we had done it alone. The convenience is the best part!
The only complaint we have would be the lack of communication in Costa Del Sol. It is really important, when in a foreign country, that the tour guide always lets you know what is going on and unfortunately they really let us down here. Also, the hotel on the last night was WAY too far out of town! Particularly considering we had paid for the hotel upgrade, it was disappointing to have to catch 2 buses to get into the city!
Nevertheless, we were really impressed over all.
thanks for a great experience!
Nice trip. Three days is too long at Costa Del Sol and 3 hours is not enough for the best city on the trip Toledo. Hotels were nice with the exception of Granada which was too far from town and had terrible food. Bus drivers and tour guides were all nice. Be aware that Madrid tour office has no bathrooms and first stop is two hours at the beginning of the tour.
I'm very please withThe tour, the guides and the hotels. If is any thing that cut be improve is the tour time in Toledo, I think that the time that we expend in a big and historical city like Toledo was to short.
My 8 day tour was great. I booked three star and a couple of the hotel were not three star. Also i made friends with people who had booked four star and there was a huge difference between the hotel, but also the treatment the three star people received. The hotel in Granada was fabulous. Best one of the trip. Sol principe is like a small town with thousands of people staying there. Restaurant for brek and dinner unbearably noisy, with queues to get food. Catalonia st just in Seville was awful, incl. food. All the tours with local guides were excellent. It is tiresome to have three languages explaining all the time. Very big groups.
Carlos from Julia tours did not advise e of pick up from sol principe in torremolinos. I was the only one from the 8 day tour staying there. I made four phones to madrid and Alabama before i found out my pick up time.
Carlos was remiss and it cost me €4.80 which the hotel charged me to find out the pick up time.
had a good holiday ,Spain is the best ,the tour was part of our 14 day stay in Spain and was perfect,nice to have tour guide at each stop,hotels were OK,however the hotel in Granada is way out of town needed to take taxi into Granada..
Have been on much better tours in other countries. Tours were not that detailed and way too many people (50 people, which is conveniently not mentioned on the voucher). Three languages is way too much to sit through on a tour and only sometimes were head sets used. The included tours did not go into enough significant buildings - felt I could have gotten the same experience by wandering the streets with a Lonely Planet book. Hotel in Torremolinos was great - excellent food, cleanliness, and location. Other hotels were too far from the centre. Giuseppe - our second guide who picked us up from Torremolinos - was fantastic. Good energy and a lot of fun.
I thought the destinations included in the tour were excellent and we enjoyed seeing them.
That is only one of a few positive statements that I can make. Joining the tour and dragging luggage across 4-lanes of traffic was difficult but obviously could not be corrected without major physical changes to the street location. The initial tour guide Christina was very disappointing. On the trip from Madrid to Seville, she spent most of the time trying to get the paper work squared away. She spoke for less then 10-minutes on Spain despite the fact that we were driving past fields of solar panels, grape trees and other sites. On three occasions I asked if the air conditioning could be adjusted to make the bus cooler. Several other passengers made the same request and you could see almost everyone trying to open the overhead vents to get more air. I also asked the driver during a stop and was told that it was automatic. Christina did not have the temperature adjusted and spent most of the trip, other than the paperwork, sitting in the front seat with a large hand fan cooling herself or sleeping. The tour groups were mixed and she briefed the portion of the group that was staying with her on what they would be doing. When she was asked by our group that was going to Torremolinos what we might do in Costa del Sol and Grenada, she explained that she would not be with us and could not help us. We were specifically told that although there would be no guide for the Costa del Sol portion, the tour guide would provide a host of information on the area. We received absolutely nothing and merely picked up by a new driver and dropped off at the street in front of the hotel with no information, not even the time we would be picked up for the rest of the tour. Josef called the day before and left word for the pick-up and took us on the rest of the tour. The bus was air-conditioned and he was pretty talkative and helpful.