The best way to see Andalucia within a short space of time. We had a great guide in Hugo. Everything went like clockwork and really smoothly. Coach was very comfortable and clean. I would certainly recommend this tour. The local tour guides were also very knowledgeable and passionate about their subject. Would certainly use viator again.
This trip was AWESOME. Our guide, Gracia, was a consummate professional. She called us her family and we all felt that way after the first day. The tour guides in the cities were fantastic-especially our guide in Cordoba. His knowledge and love of Spanish history and his passion about his country were infectious. All of the art, monuments and cathedrals were exciting. This trip was a perfect solution for us as we wanted to cover a lot of territory, but did not want to drive a car.
We loved it and will definitely recommend it to others.
This was a great trip. Mariola was our guide on the bus. She was exceptional. Very good English and a positive, bubbly attitude. Very knowledgeable. Our city guides were very good, although we should have been using a whisper device every time. The tour bus was without a restroom which would have been better, but frequent stops were always planned. This was a quick and easy way to see Spain.
Good tour overall, comfortable coach with ample rest stops, Wifi on coach did not work. Guides and driver were very good. Main downside are the fellow travelers. By nature, coach tours will be populated by older patrons and some families with small children and therefore there will be some grumpiness that will occur, and the tours can be delayed cutting down on free time. Hotels were on the whole good, although I had anticipated better amenities. Only one hotel had a pool on the tour, and therefore exercise time was somewhat limited. I think that for travelers who do not feel comfortable setting up self tours this tour is a good value, and the company, cared well for us.
A great tour !!! Our tour guide Joseph and the Bus Driver Chabi made the entire journey an excellent one. Highly recommend this tour. Value for money.
Wonderful trip! Of course not enought time and too much to see. Loved our tour Gide, Grace, what an unique women
This tour was fantastic, our Guide Gracia was wonderful and really was the icing on the tour cake, very informative, funny, caring and very organised, she took great care of her 'family'. The places we visited were beautiful and we got to see a lot inside and out of the Cordoba Cathedral and The Alhambra, which were highlights among a lot of highlights. The local guides were very good too, the additional El Palacio Andaluz Flamenco Show in Seville I would highly recommend, the only sour note was the Gypsy Flamenco visit, we were picked up at 9pm and went to see the Alhambra at night which was good but we stood around for ages, 10mins would have been sufficient then the Flamenco show didn't start until 11pm which was late for a group who had an early start and it was nowhere near as good as the previous nights show I would tell people to pass on that one but that was the only downside the rest of the tour was as good as it gets.
This was a great trip made even better by the wit, humor, and knowledge of Josep our tour guide. With a short time available and the difficulties of reaching these cities we decided to take this tour. It was worth every penny. The accommodations were outstanding and the pace of the trip was perfect. I recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn more about this part of Spain and how it related to the United States.
Very well organised, a good way to see these places in a short time, not too big a group; hotels were in good locations and meals were relaxed/buffet style (travellers did not have to sit together at the same time - tables were reserved for Julia)
An absolutely wonderful road trip. First class tour guides for each major site as well as our on-board coordinator and the superb bus driver. The Julia Travel folks in Spain do a great job. We loved every minute of it even though we normally avoid "mass tourism". But if you want to see all the incredible sights of Andalucia and La Mancha in a few days this is the only way to go. Highly recommended.
Our experience was very very good! It was efficicient, and an excellent way to tour the South of Spain from Barcelona. I would book another viator trip most certainly.
I and my husband are very satisfied with the tour. The tour was comprehensive, and our guide Grace was very informative, funny and efficient. Everything went smoothly and our visit to Cordoba Mezquita was amazing... the local guides in Cordoba and Sevilla were great. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat !
The tour was very good. There. Was no way we could have seen so much in so little time as we did on our tour to Andalusia. Our guide Joseph was amazing
Amazing trip, but The itinerary is too light in comparison to what was describe on website. Too many optional tours offered to gain extra money.( but some of them was very good- like Spanish dancing in Seville and Gypsy in Granada- so charming, walking tour in Granada- was the best!, some is shouldn’t be offered at all – river trip) There were many walking tours with local guides in the different locations. Unprofessional Tour Guides in many places and specially in Alhambra. Not enough time in Toledo- 2hr, this is must be a joke., and at the same time spent 1 hr in La Munch village with only one dirty street ?! Our tour host Christina was ok, but she should provide more historical information, legends, stories, answer the questions and so on during the driving. Mix more than two languages- BIG mistake!. The bus and air on was working fine, and the drivers are by law instructed to stop every two hours to rest, even food on rest areas was awful. Take the 4 star hotel options - but the 3 star is more convenient is in Granada and Seville. Food in 4 star hotel in Seville was not eatable at all, dishes was dirty, all drinks during the dinner (including water) was provided by additional cost. There the 3-star hotel is in walking distance of the charming city centre whereby and the 4 star is a bit far away.(should be known prior to order the trip.
Amazing trip. We had a wonderful host Christina l who spoke good English and Spanish. There were many walking tours with local guides in the different locations, and I felt that all of them were proud to be showing us their country. The bus and aircon was working ok, and the drivers are by law instructed to stop every two hours to rest. Take the 4 star hotel options - the only place where the 3 star is more convenient is in Granada. There the 3-star hotel is in walking distance of the charming city centre whereby te 4 star is a bit far away. There were also options for Spanish dancing in Seville and Granada. Did the Granada one but found it rather commercial - but Granada is just so charming that all was forgiven. I found Spanish people in general to very friendly and helpful.
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Tour booked through Viator mainly for Alhambra. Signed up for the 4 star package. Once in Spain, the main vendor was Julia Travel.
PROS: The Alhambra in Granada was breathtaking and worth seeing from the outside and inside. The Mezquita in Cordoba was also spectacular. Our main tour guide, Margarita, was very nice. She is proud of her heritage and LOVES to talk about the history of Spain. History buffs will appreciate this tour. Every major site includes knowledgeable local tour guides. Our driver, Francisco, was patient and provided us with a smooth/safe ride throughout our trip. There were a good amount of restroom stops on the tour. Most of the hotels were clean and 4 -star quality.
CONS: Viator and Julia Travel had some form of miscommunication and so our hotel got mixed up on our first day in Madrid. Initially dropped off at the wrong hotel and the front desk people spent the next 2 hours trying to figure out where reservation had been made. This was all fixed in the end however, 2 hours were wasted which couldve been spent exploring more of the city. Hotel Husa Princesa in Madrid is NOT a 4 star hotel. It needs major remodeling/repairs. We had signed up and paid for a 4 star hotel package meaning every hotel we stay at should be a 4 star hotel. Margarita failed to mention that the bus had wifi until Day 2 of the trip. The bus seats were very tight. We did not get the FULL Alhambra experience. After booking our trip, we twice made sure with Viator that the Alhambra visit would include the full grounds tour including inside the palace. Once we got to Alhambra, the tour guide said that we would not be able to see inside of the palace on that day. During the trip, we made about 3-4 stops at Abades truck stops which are like AM/PM's with basic gas station food. Would've been great if we had stopped at actual restaurants. Hotel breakfasts were OK i.e., eggs, fruit, bread, meats, etc. but dinners were not very good. Wish they had more authentic Spanish food.
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Most of the tour was fine, just wanted more free time and more time inside the Cordoba mosque on our own. Telling people ahead of time where to meet the bus would help for those who wanted to stay in the mosque longer. The main disappointment was not being able to see the palace at the Alhambra. That was a huge and unexpected omission and should not have happened. We could have booked our own tickets online months ahead of time--surely Viator could also have done that. I will not recommend this tour to my friends, based on that great omission. This was my one chance to visit Spain, and I will always regret not getting to see the palace at the Alhambra.
What I saved in the cost of the tour I lost in hours on the phone at international call rates following up. Poor pre tour communication, inconsistent messages from Viator and the travel agent and the supposed 4 star Marriott hotel in Madrid is just awful
The first hotel we stayed at Husa Princessa was TERRIBLE. There was no shampoo, no kleenex, and there were all sorts of problems with the wi-fi which we paid for. After these problems, we cancelled it and they still tried to charge us. In addition, I called up and asked for ice and they told me to go down and get it in the cafeteria. And THIS was supposed to be a 4 star hotel. The daily trips were good and the guide Josep was knowledgeable and nice. The other issue was that I believe it said in the description of the tour that breakfast, lunch and dinner was included and lunch was not included. Neither was dinner on the first night. We probably wouldn't take another Viator tour.
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