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He did a good job, especially for doing three languages, but it would have been better if the company separated the languages and did not try to put everyone in one group.
The Royal Palace was worth seeing. It had a lot of history and beautiful interiors. The tourist trap was the Flamenco dancer and shop. Had nothing to do with the tour.
It was Sunday morning, no big traffic. Our guide was quite a nice lady. We could have spent more time in royal palace with the Cathedral visit, which was not part of the tour.
I thought we spent too much time at the University City, we could have used a bit more history of Madrid.
The guide had to speak both english and spanish which limited the amount of information conveyed
This is an interesting tour but sort of a mixture of tours. After the initial chaos and confusion about what tour this is and etc. We are loaded onto the bus, taken off, and put back on. There are four differing tours bunched together to be dropped in different places...
The first part, on the bus takes us through the city for the sightseeing tour which is ok, but seems to be long for some reason, there is a lot to see, but the hop on off bus could have been better. The palace tour though, was quite good and the guide knew his stuff. The palace is good to see and the tour moves along quite well considering the amount of people here. Thanks to George for his good knowledge of the tour.
Good overview of Madrid, tour of Royal Palace was very good.
The tour was divided into two parts really, a coach tour around the city with the guide calling out points of interest and relating some history and interesting facts. It was OK and allowed you to note certain things you might want to go back and look again. The second part was the tour on foot around the Royal Palace with a guide providing a commentary in each room. Very grand place and enjoyed this opportunity.
Overall worth doing if you have a few hours to spare.
Sightseeing part was a waste of time. Tour of the Palace was very well done.
To me a good way to get introduced to a new city when you have a limited amount of time is to go on a bus tour. So that was very well done, even though the guide was a little hard to understand sometimes. We passed all of the major points of interest. It was January, the weather was cold so it was nice to be on a bus rather than walking around with a map. The palace tour was very informative and the palace itself is quite spectacular. I do wish we had spent a little more time in each room, there was so much detail to appreiciate. Also interesting, though not part of the guided tour was the arms room and the pharmacy. Our guide told us where they were before she left us and we did these on our own. Bottom line, I'm glad we did this tour.
Guide gave only basic information in English.
Food, pre-booked as vegetarian, bit limited.
Tour still worth doing/
Tour was supposed to be in English only but was in Spanish as well, very awkward, no time for questions. However, the guide tried very hard to make it work and supplied some interesting insights at the palace and on the sightseeing tour.
As new arrivals in Madrid, this tour was worth doing - except for the long break at the Hard Rock Café, which was really all about kickbacks for the tour company. The walking part was the best, particularly the Royal Palace. On the bus, you drive past lots of sights which you only get to see from the bus window as you go past. It would be nice to stop for a few minutes so you can take some decent pictures.
The Royal Palace tour was excellent - the rest was just OK. There was not a dedicated English speaking guide, so we had to listen to everything in both Spanish and not very good English.
I loved seeing the palace and walking in the garden. I didn't really care much for our tour guide, she wasn't very friendly or approachable, I don't even remember her name.
It was just OK. Would have liked more of a walking tour for the sight seeing part rather than being on a bus. The Royal palace tour was good too.
A nice introduction to the city. We did get out to see the Royal Palace, otherwise we were just viewing key sites by bus.
Very much like the Hop-on Hop-off, but with ability to get into the Royal Palace. The guide was helpful, but the Royal Palace tour was very short. Taking the time to go into the Cathedral next door is well worth your time.
Royal palace is great !!!
Sightseeing tour was ok, very hard to understand accent !!!
The tour itself was excellent in terms of what we saw. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable but lacked in personality and enthusiasm. We just felt she "was going through the motions" for yet another bunch of tourists. In other words, her heart clearly was not in it. However Madrid had some wonderful sights and she provided plenty of historical information to accompany the visual side.
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Arrived at the venue early but the tour guide only announced the tour in Spanish so we missed the bus. Julia travel called the bus back to pick us up. Very confusing for all since many tours were leaving at the same time. The city sightseeing was poor as you could not understand the guides English. The guide at the Palacetour was excellent. She knew a lot of details and took time for everyone.
TOUR GUIDE speaks more spaish and little English, Viator advertises English speaking, Do not use Viator