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Mushk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

A memorable excursion. Alhambra Palce and the Generalife gardens are absolutely beautiful. The bus picked us up on time and we loved our guide in the bus and also in the Alhambra. Highly recommend this tour. We had a wonderful time

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

James J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Ghita T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Alhambra as well as Tanger were great experiences. We had good luck with the weather, which I think contributes to the total impression of both tours. The guides did a great job on both trips, and the traveling compagnions in the two busses were nice - especially on the trip to Tanger on Christmas evening.

Sherry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Exceptional

Dan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

A great 2 day tour that fitted perfectly into our 8 day stay in Malaga. Value for money and well organised tour.

Elena Ecaterina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

An unforgettable experience. It would be a pity to visit Spain without seeing Alhambra. Well organized trip. Carlos, the guide of Alhambra tour, is loving the palace was a perfect host.

Assal A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

The trip to Morocco was great, our tour guide, Pedro, was awesome as was our Moroccan tour guide, would highly recommend this day trip!

CarolynS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

The tour was informative, gave us plenty of time to see the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Wonderful day. However, the trip to Morocco was unsettling. The wait for the ferry was long, the walk through the town was rushed. For many in the group, it was scary with too many pushy Moroccans trying to sell things. We were made to feel that the only reason we were there was to spend money. The camel stop and snake charmer were a tourist gig. The one good thing was the meal and the restaurant music. I had thought we would see a building and learn something about the culture that didn't happen. Overall, a disappointing day though I am glad I went.

Henry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

The tour and tour guide to Grenada were both outstanding. We had a great time, saw a lot, learned a lot and would do it again. Unfortunately, our trip to Morocco was canceled 3 times due to unfavorable weather on the Gibraltar Strait. We are looking forward to that tour sometime in the future. For both cases, the primary contact in Spain, Julia tours provided outstanding service.

Brenda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

excellent value for the 2 trips. Both went very smoothly - well led and organised. Early start to Tangiers was inevitable but getting collected at 5 am was a shock to the system!

ASANO T

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2016

Great experience!

Jon

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2015

Tangier was very exciting! I must share it was a long day and started rather roughly. We missed the bus at 6am because our hotel reception told us to go the wrong bank to wait for the bus, while the correct one was across the street. One important thing to note is that you HAVE TO CONFIRM the excursions through the tour company with your VIATOR vouchers. Although the vouchers have the location indicating where to go, just make sure the EXACT LOCATION of pick-up is crystal clear. If you are having the hotel confirm for you like we did, MAKE SURE THEY CONFIRM THE EXACT LOCATION. Although we missed the bus, we took a taxi to the next town to catch the next p/u location and luckily we made it. It was a long bus ride from Malaga and then a boat ride to Tangier. We only spent a few hours in Tangier including lunch and it was very interesting to see the diverse areas from the bus. The guide was very nice and informative. We wound up in the central area where all of the shops are, but it can honestly be a bit overwhelming with the people trying to sell you things. It is constant--they come up to you with everything from chewing gum to belts to shoes. For me, it was a great experience but I found this part to be a bit draining at times. Tangier is worth the visit--just wish we stayed longer to explore other parts of Morocco.

The trip to Alhambra was divine!! The town of Granada was one of my favorites and the center square area was special. Alhambra is something else! Entering the Generalife Gardens was beautiful and led you to the never ending Alhambra Palace. Breathtaking views throughout and the walking tour was great as well. The guide was very nice and informative. The grounds were exquisite and the detail throughout the palace were impeccable. This is one of the MUST-SEE events...make the effort and book early! They allow approx 8,000 people a day and we went in mid-October and it was busy. Peek season is very busy. Confirm pick up location!

Derek K

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2015

Took the full day tour of Morocco Day 1, then Granada Day 2. Call/confirm with the tour company on your pickup meeting point and pickup time. The voucher/tour description says downtown Malaga meeting point, but it depends on where you are staying in the Costa Del Sol. The bus will make stops between Malaga to Tarifa to pickup people along the way and from Estepona to Malaga when going to Granada the next day. We stayed in Torremolinos, so the bus stopped to pick us up at a meeting point there same spot on both days. Tangiers was an experience, somewhat similar to what I expected. Very busy, especially the Kasbar marketplace, you can easily get lost in there, so always try to keep up with the tour group. The tour leader has a couple other assistants that watch out for all the tour members to make sure everyone is accounted for throughout the day. There are a lot of shopping stops from oils/scents to carpets on the tour. You also get some time to shop on your own. The only bad thing about our Morocco tour is that our tour guide misjudged the time we had to return back to the port in Tangiers. We missed our scheduled ferry back to Tarifa. As a result, our tour was delayed in the Tangier ferry port for 2 1/2 hours long story. Did not return to hotel until midnight which was way too long a day. Granada was great, very picturesque and beautiful. The city is awesome, very clean, organized, like it a lot. The Alhambra was fantastic, a lot of history and architecture that should not be missed. A downside to our Granada visit was our lunch stop. The restaurant owners kept demanding that someone in our group did not pay for lunch when in fact everyone did. There was a big dispute between our tour guide and the restaurant owners which should have been worked out privately between the restaurant and the tour company HQ. The dispute created a delay in our scheduled time to visit the Alhambra. Overall, great tours though.

Stephen K

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2014

Very worthwhile trip for the beauty and the history....guide was informative and helpful!

Jeena

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

The Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens tour was fantastic albeit a short 3 hours. Morocco - Tangier is entirely missable except possibly the 1/2 hour City tour which might be of interest to some....

Gina

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

Morocco was great and it was a good experience being so close.

Aina F

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

The Granada day trip is very well organised. Our guide, though repeating everything in 4 languages, was knowledgeable and funny. I ended up taking the lunch option which was fantastic- 13 euro for 3 courses! The Morocco day trip was unfortunately cancelled because of bad weather. So disappointing.

Don

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

The best part was that fact that your tour company did a great job of making sure we were able to travel to Morrocco. The weather was not suitable for the ferry and they postponed the original trip. The wait was well worth it as out guide, a lecturer at the local university, was fantastic. His knowledge and awareness of local custom and behavior was an excellent addition to the sightseeing. Granada was treated the same as we were turned over to a Al Hambra specialist who knew the ins and outs of this great structure.

Alison P

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Over all we enjoyed the tours. I was a bit disappointed that our free time in Granada was when all the shops were closed. All of our tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely use Viator again.

Sabina T

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Very nice trip. Nice idea to have the 2 trips one after the other. Granada is a very touristic place, so the Alhambra was a bit crowded and we had to wait to go in. The guide was informative and the information was interesting. For Morocco we had to catch the bus at 5 am, but the trip was worth it. Great trip!

Sandra K

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

The trip to Morocco was smooth sailing all the way with Viator handling all the details. Although we had a rental car for a week, we appreciated the driver being able to view the surroundings as we drove through southern Spain, It would have been much appreciated if we were given information on the areas we drove through, but that was not the case. The bus tour of Tangiers was informative and brought us to a high point in the city where we had a fun time interacting with 2 baby camels - adorable is the only word for them! The camel "ride" for some amounted to nothing more than mounting, having the camel stand up fully, and then dismounting after the camel folded its legs. No ride at all for our friend, but then the price was only a Euro for the owner. The lunch was bountiful enough, and we enjoyed most of it. However, we noticed that unfortunately this was not a universal experience. In addition, skip the wine; while far from a connoisseur, I could not drink it even though it was an extra cost. The live musical entertainment throughout the meal was a nice touch.
The walk around the Kasbah was fascinating. A survival tip: don't make eye contact with the street hawkers pursuing your tour group unless you are really interested in what they are selling, or they will hound you without mercy. The talk on Moroccan handmade rugs was interesting, as we noted the differences between their methods and those used in Turkey. However, as expected, it concluded with the usual sales pitch, and with a sales person apparently dedicated to us personally, who followed us down all 3 floors of merchandise until we finally tore ourselves free. 90% of our tour group was already on the trail of the next shop and sales pitch for natural healing products. Exactly 15 minutes were allocated for independent shopping outside the rug/multiproduct enterprise - our main criticism of this tour. A second suggestion would be to upgrade the luncheon, and provide an alternative vegetarian meal.

Noelita

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

The Granada tour was an excellent opportunity to experience the cultural milieu and history of the Alhambra. The tour guides from the Julia's were very professional and knowledgeable. I'll give a shout-out to Pedro Jimenez the Spanish guide for the Morocco tour and his counterpart in Morocco, Hassan. Overall a great experience.

VESKA T

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

I booked Malaga super saver. Unfortunately it was only Granada trip, because there was no trip to Marocco. When we arrived at the port there was no boat to Tanger. I think that it was a big mistake of the company because they didn` t check in advance and we made unuseless trip to the border and wasted the day . Several days before the trip the weather forecast had predicted a wind. So in Granada everything was O.K.

j f gubb d

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2015

Hated the Morocco trip! We were hassled constantly and felt like we were rushed and taken to places to make money for the guides. Not a spare second to stop for photos or even walk into a market shop. Camels were being pushed up and down on concrete and didn't seem to be treated well. Harrased by beggers, children and street sellers every second of the trip and aggressively so. Tour guide from Malaga to Morocco was sort of ok but thought it was cool to yell at people! It is not we are paying for this service. Lunch was great. Being followed through the carpet place was not cool. Wanted to buy a couple of things but hubby got too upset with being hassled so we left.
As for Granada the next day, we were treated entirely different. Our guide was amazing on the bus. We got commentary. A stop for coffee. Our guide through Alhambra was fun, interesting and took his time. What a stunning place. Have the best photos ever. One extreme to the other with the two trips.

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