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i took this tour with Julia Travel company. First Ronda is a lovely city and El Tajo gorge/the new bridge is a work of wonder by nature and mankind. i really enjoyed the bullring, lot of history and culture. i'm ok with the wine tasting, i can do without. overall, the gorge is the highlight, amazing gorge formation, the valley below and the surrounding mountains are like paintings. highly recommend the location. the tour itself is ok. first, pick up and drop off, i stayed in Malaga so i was the 1st one to be picked up and last to be dropped off. since it is the low season, the bus has to stop and all the hotels on the coasts to pick up clients, long story short, it took 3hrs and 45 minutes each way. i got picked up at 6:50am and arrived in Ronda around 10:40am, we got the tour of the bull ring for almost 1hr 30mins including walking time, stop at the new bridge for 30 including walking time just to snap some photos and on to the wine tasting. after the wine tasting which is a round 1:40pm, we have until 3:15 to explore, take lunch if desire and find out own way back to the bus station. on the way back we stopped at Marbella for 35 minutes which is not enough time to explore and Marbella was not on the itinerary. i got back to Malaga around 7:15. i asked some locals and all said it should only take 1hr 30 minutes at most to travel from Malaga to Ronda 1 way. so a round trip of around 2hrs 30mins to 3hrs had become almost 8hrs ride on the bus.
so Ronda is highly recommended. the tour would change a few thing myself if i go next time. 1st, i'd take a smaller tour, it's very time consuming to manage a tour of 50-60 people. once the tour get smaller, the travel time should be shortened in 1/3 or 1/2 so clients would have additional 2-3 hrs to explore Ronda. second, i would take Marbella off the list and rather add that 35-40 minutes back to the exploring time in Ronda, simply because we don't have enough time in Ronda and spending 35-40 minutes in Marbella doesn't serve any purpose. Marbella has much more to offer and deserve much more attention than 35 minutes. third, keep the wine tasting but let people know that the tour end here, clients can skip the wine tasting if desire and explore Ronda on their own, since some people might not drink wine and rather do sight seeing. forth, the guide spent a lot of time curated on the bullring but offer no knowledge about Ronda, the history of the bridge or gorge which is the main attraction of the tour. so overall, i enjoyed Ronda and would rate the tour company 3 out of 5 stars.
I would not book this trip again as there were 54 people on this tour and the tour guide rushed us through everything and we didn't hear a thing. Ronda was beautiful.
Our guide was not good, he only took us around Ronda, no El Tajo Gorge and wine tasting .
On time to pick up from designated spot, not a hotel pickup. the bilingual guide on the bus spoke more spanglish than english, which was ok for the Spanish travellers but not so good for the rest of us. Plus the bus guide took off offering no suggestions for Pueblos Blancos, such as to where to get coffee, something to eat, toilets.
At Ronda, again he walked really fast and it was challenging to keep up with him. The guide at Ronda was knowledgable of the area but packed a lot into a 2.5 hour walking tour of the city. At the end there was a 45 minute break to get something to eat, which sound like a lot but by the time you walk to the meeting point it is more like 30 minutes.
Suggestions: make sure you have breakfast, pack a lunch, don't expect to have time to relax and enjoy Ronda - it is only a very quick overview to know if you want to come back or not.
Great trip to Ronda lovely city great guide enough free time to explore.
We were not told that there would be a 2.5 hour drive to pick up passengers and then drop them off at the end of the tour. Also, the tour guide was very rude and not informative. He never introduced himself or the driver. He told one passenger when she asked when we would finally be leaving to go to Ronda that if she was not happy with the tour that was her problem. We could not wait to get to Ronda and leave the tour even though we paid for the city guide and wine tasting experience. Julia Travel was the tour company contracted by Viator and Julia travel was horrific. I have taken tours with Viator before and was very happy with the tour. However after this experience I am very reluctant to recommend or take another tour with Viator. I am very disappointed with our tour and glad I canceled the other tour to Sevilla since it was also with Julia travel even though I lost money.
1st - we were 2hours driving around to pick up other people. Maybe for future it makes sense to make few main points - otherwise in Malaga itself we had 1 stop, but outside we were hitting every hotel for even 1 person.
4 languages are too many for one tour - we got small amount of information, but poor guide was talking all the time.
Ronda itself was beautiful and nice. But I would suggest to take a car and go there in 2-3hrs instead of whole day where several hours are picking up and dropping off people.
The tour was very short to my expectation - lasted for only 8 hours instead of the 11 hoursThe White hills tour was good but the Ronda trip was not worth the money. A lot of time was spent in the bull ring and the tour guide seemed to enjoy the way Bulls were killed. Not worth the money.
Joining this tour made everything really easy, from figuring out where to meet in the morning to actually getting to Ronda. Even though we ran into many obstacles along the way with road closures due to the 101km bike tour going through, we ended up still going to all the sights we were supposed to, albeit in different order.
Once getting to Ronda, we met with a local guide who gave us a 2 hour tour of the city, including Spain's first circular bullfighting ring, the cathedral and Casa del don Bosco, now a home for the elderly but represents a mix of Arabic and Christian culture typical to all of Andalusia. After the tour, we had about 1 hour to explore the city for ourselves.
But the views! The bridge of Ronda, the view from Zahara de la Sierra the Pueblo Blanco, and the view from Casa del don Bosco, WOW WOW WOW.
Enjoyed the tour very much and fell in love with Ronda. Will have to go back and stay there for a couple days. The wine tasting was ok.
This was a very good tour. The unscheduled stop in Zahara was particularly agreeable and the tour guide in Ronda itself was superb.
The tour office in Seville is not impressive. I sent them 5 emails in advance of the tour and never received a response to any of them. I visited the office in person and was given conflicting information.
Great day out! Long tour but stopped for breakfast of churros on the way not included in price. Zahra was lovely.
Great day, with good tour around the town and visit tot he Bull ring I'm not sure about Bull Fighting but to see the museum and to learn about this huge part of the culture was a great expereince. Not sure I'll book to watch a bull fight in the future though.
Our Guide Ramon was really nice and informative and looked after the group well.
Ronda is a lovely place and the views are stunning. A busy town though, so I was glad I went with a small group to make the visit easier to navigate.
Trip was all to plan. Really worth to see. Fairs distance by coach to Ronda. Bit of nice history, wine tasting, bull ring visit, free time in town about 1 and a half hour to have some lunch. Man showing us around very good and organised. Thank you .We did enjoyed it.
Ronda is well worth a visit. Just don't go with this company. The trip to Ronda would normally take about 2 hours from Malaga straight there. The problem is, this company spends the first two hours picking up people from their hotels all along the Costa del Sol. This takes 2 hours before you even leave the coast and head up into the mountains, another 2 hours with very shot stop for a cuppa, but with the whole bus waiting in line, not enough time to get a hot drink and drink it before leaving again. In all, from Malaga, the trip takes 4 hours there and another 4 hours back, for just 3.5 hrs in Ronda. On top of is, if you are staying in Malaga they don't pick up from your hotel, you have to make your way to a central pick up spot. For me this added another half hour each way, as I was staying on the other side of Malaga and the buses did not go very frequently at 6.30am to get to the pick up spot in time. The stop at Marbella on the way back was pleasant, but it involved a super quick 20 min walking tour and no time or location for a toilet break even though for me I still had another 2hours of travelling before the final stop in Malaga. Definitely see Ronda if you can, but unless you are staying close to Ronda, it is a very long trip.
The town of Ronda was wonderful and beautiful, however it took us over 3 hours to do all of the pick ups from the various hotels and another 1 hour to arrive in Ronda. Our tour guide Poco never said one thing to us until 3 hours into our tour. During our tour of the town, there were over 30 people in the group and we were not able to hear one word that our tour guide was saying. If there is going to be that many people, a headset with an ear piece needs to be used. We decided to take the public bus back to Malaga as this took us 1 hour and 45 mins as opposed to over 4 hours. I would not recommend this tour, you can simply take a public bus and tour on your own.
Ronda trip made me think of some things. It was our second trip with Viator and the fancy of travel had already worn off. I need to give this advice to Viator. Passengers from Malaga have one spot to catch the bus, but the bus picks up all the other passengers from their hotels from the near by towns like Torremolinos, Benalmadina etc. For the life of me I can't understand why those passengers are not given a spot to two as pickup spots there. An exception can be made for the differently abled passengers, but the rest can definitely walk a bit to catch the bus, we did in Malaga. Imagine this...you sit in the bus in Malaga at 7am and by the time the bus picks up everyone to get going, it is already 10:15am! And don't ask how irritating it is when people can't even make it to the lobby of their hotel at 9 in the morning. Out of our entire 12 hour Ronda trip with Marbella included, we got only a little over 4hrs of actual sight seeing and rest of the 6hrs were spent in the bus! Choose it if you want a nice sleep in the bus and not really interested in sight seeing. Even if there is not much sight seeing to do, people would rather spend their time exploring the town, shopping etc., than sit in the bus for 6 hrs. Viator has to do something about it. This also goes for the most other trips that they have!
It was a wonderful outing even though we had rain. I had read that the pick ups took a long time before heading up into Ronda, with this being said I was prepared for it and got to see beaches that we wouldn't have seen if not on the bus. The only one thing that we could really complain about was finding the tour bus. We were told that the bus picked up on n11 bus route in Malaga in front of a bank and a green newspaper stand, they are every where. Luckily another tour bus took us down the street to our ride. The tour guide was really very good and informative. Great tour and wine tasting.
Straight forward pick up, comfortable coach and informative guides. Ronda is lovely with a spectacular gorge and the oldest bullring in Spain. Our guide was very informative and ensured that after some free time to explore Ronda we could fiind our way back to the coach park easily. Only issue is the fact that 48hours prior to taking the trip, one has to phone during office hours to get an English speaker. With modern communications, surely an email or text with relevant details reference number and name should be sufficient to confirm that one is travelling!
The pueblos blancos section of the tour was a bit disappointing in that little historical information was provided. However, I enjoyed the walk up into the township. Warning though to others - you need to be pretty fit as it is quite a steep climb. The local guide in Ronda was very knowledgable and informative, despite his rather abrupt manner. This didn't detract from the tour and I enjoyed his commentary. It would have been great to have had more time in the bullring museum as we raced through there - perhaps a re- entry ticket for the free time later in the afternoon. The view from the bridge is wonderful. Worth doing.
Please don't be mislead by the rating. The trip itself to Ronda was great, but I am very sorry to say that our tour guide was very inconsiderate and seemed to not want to be there. Attention VIATOR, please advise people on vouchers that ANOTHER bus company may be used and to not necessarily look for of the actual tour company bus 'logo' on the side of the bus. Look for a SIGN in the 'front window of the bus' as well with the tour company's name and destination. This can be very misleading as we already were waiting at 7am looking for the tour bus when another one appeared. Initially, the guide did not even get out to see if anyone was waiting and when we told him we were looking for the tour bus, he very grumpily said that they used a different bus. No good morning either. He never introduced himself by name, but some say he was Paco NOT to be confused with the other 'nice' Paco that took us to Tangier days earlier. This 'Paco' was terrible! He was rushing through the tour, jumped from one location to another without looking or taking a head count and we basically had to chase him. We lost several people on the trip and 2 missed the Plaza de Toros bullring and its museum. Keep in mind this was a prepaid trip and some lost out. In addition, when we went to wine tasting--we had to use the restroom and the group was gone. He never said they were leaving and we luckily rushed out and ran to find the group. In the end, he never said goodbye to anyone in the group and even got into a tiff with one of the patrons in the group. Aside from that--Ronda was beautiful and worth the majestic views and great wine tasting. We were told it's get VERY HOT during the summer and it's very quiet then. Best time to visit is when the weather is cooler. Again, the views are stunning and the town is very quaint. Worth the trip hopefully with a better guide.
This tour was good , we were only four in a comfortable van and the drive wasn't to long, the driver was good who gave us a short tour in Pueblos Blanco, after the tour we then continue and meet by the local guide in Ronda. After the tour around the city and the Bullring we went for wine tasting. We had about an hour of free time to have lunch and spend by ourselves before going back to Seville. We took two tours with Andalsur and both enjoyed the tours and would be happy to recommend this tours company.
A really excellent trip with a very knowledgeable guide. Ronda is a lovely town to explore. Travel time from Malaga with hotel pick-ups is a bit long so take a book.
Ronda is simply beautiful. I would definitely recommend a visit.
I wish we had a few hours more there to perhaps have a walk into the gorge.
We didn't get to see the bullring as advertised, because there was a big bull fight happening on the day so instead we were shown a rather stunning church.
It was also the day of the fair or festival so an interesting mix of activity and excitement and very well dressed attenders lots of traditional Spanish dress .
The 'english' guide at Ronda kept swapping languages which made it difficult to follow at times, but he got us to a few cool spots like the winery which i'm sure we would have found if we'd gone on our own.
Pickup and drop off was lengthy, but i suppose there is no way around that other than running smaller tours from each town.
On the whole it was a good day out.
Ronda is a lovely old town. The only downside is that the guide was not organised and didn't care too much about the group. There were a couple of times when group members were lost and didn't know where to go as she was walking so fast. The lunch was a disappointment.
THIS IS A BILINGUAL REVIEW -- ENGLISH FIRST, THEN SPANISH:
FANTASTIC!!! EXCELLENT!! We had Alicia as our guide and Juan Jose as our driver, from Andalsur and we couldn't have been more pleased with this tour. There's alot to cover but Alicia was not only knowledgeable, but had a warm personality. She actually had us singing on the bus!!! Our guide in Ronda was equally knowledgeable and was fantastic. We wish more guides were like them. The Pueblo Blanco we visited was Zahara de la Sierra and speechless is how you are left with the views!! This tour is a MUST for those who want to see Ronda...which we highly recommend as you cover some of the MAIN sites. After going on this tour and seeing what Ronda has to offer, we decided that next time around, we will spend a full day there or even make two trips...next time we are in Malaga. Our thanks to Alicia and Juan Jose for a wonderful day...you really made our trip to Ronda special.
Que podemos decir...este viaje fue magnifico!!! Alicia fue nuestra guia y Juan Jose el chofer, ambos de Andalsur, y estamos sumamente complacidas con este viaje. Mucho que cubrir en este viaje pero Alicia es toda una profesional que conoce la materia y en varios idiomas, ademas de tener un caracter placentera..pues hasta nos tenia cantando canciones en el autobus!!! Nuestra guia en Ronda era igualmente profesional y con pleno conocimiento de su pueblo, Ronda. Ya quisieramos que todos los guias fueron como ellas... El Pueblo Blanco fue Zahara de la Sierra y uno se queda sin palabras con las vistas!! Recomiendo este viaje a Ronda porque cubre mucho de los sitios que uno, como visitante, quiere ver. Para nosotros, despues de pasar un dia fantastico en Ronda y disfrutar de todo lo que Ronda tiene que ofrecer, hemos decidido hacer uno o dos viajes para ver mas de Ronda, mientras estemos en Malaga en nuestro proximo viaje. Queremos darles la gracias a Alicia y a Juan Jose por hacer este viaje a Ronda muy especial!!!
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