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Great tour! The guide Lale was super nice and competent. Great hotels too.
Be warned though, if you start this tour from Barcelona, the first day is just 95 driving towards Madrid with only one stop at Zaragoza.
Also, I would have enjoyed one more night in Madrid especially as the Hotel there, the Marriott, had an awesome room. Because as it is, we didn't see much of Madrid with just a few hours there.
Be that as it may, great tour and great memories for sure!
The trip was great and we really enjoyed it. Lots of travel though, but overall we are very happy we did this trip
There are many hours on the bus but the places visited were great and worth the time. We took the superior room and all hotels were 4 stars and very well located.
Fabulous tour and the sites were incredible. On 2 of 3 buses there were only 12 of us. The local guides were very passionate about their regions and were very personable. Our Valencia tour guide even helped us buy products like seeds and saffron in the huge crowded markets. Recommend signing up for the excursions, they're well worth it, especially the Flamenco show in Seville. All the meals were delicious, served at the hotel buffet style with plenty of selections that included Spanish dishes like paella, Sorano ham, chorizo, manchago cheese, potato torta and churros with chocolate. There was so much to see and do it was hard to absorb everything. I would do this tour again.
This was a great trip. Met some wonderful new friends. Suggest scheduling the optional tours in advance--well worth it!
Really fantastic tour with helpful guides, great accommodation and wonderful food.
All of the major sites of Andalusia were covered and it was a very great way to see many of the incredible sites of southern Spain in a short amount of time.
Special commendations should be given to our guides Josep, Hugo, and Juan from Granada.
I would score it as 5
Services, hotels, guides, timing, itineraries- everything was great and according to expectations!
Wonderful tour, nice people on board bus and tour guide, Josef, was amazing as was our driver. Hotels (we opted for the upgrades) were very good with nice breakfasts each morning. No complaints and I would highly recommend this tour to folks who want to see a lot of Spain in a short amount of time.
Great short tour of lots of places in a short period of time. Good value. My feet and rear end are sore. Didn't realize how big Spain was and how far apart the cities were. Good guide and bus driver. Wish we could have used toilets on bus.
The tour was excellent, lots to see and benefit from. The bus was comfortable , and the guid was good. However I wishe that the guide could have controlled the loud family on the bus. Lots of complain against them was there but the guid e said there was nothing he could have done.
The trips from one city to another were long but the hotels were good so we were able to relax between the rides.
Duc N USA
This tour is highly recommended. It is well organized by a local tour operator, Julia'travel. It is also worth while to upgrade to the superior hotel package. We have seen so much of Spain in 6 days , more so than my previous 2 visits to Spain. People might complain about the long bus rides, but to us that is the time to catch up with our sleep as We were so busy in the evening seeing all the cultures of Spain. Spanish people don't venture out until after 6 pm because of the heat. From the US, it is worth while to find a hotel near the pickup point on the first day. Use google maps, we found a hotel just about 5 minutes walk from the Julia' travel location near La Ramblas.
All and all, I don't think we can travel that far all over Andalucia region in that short of time on our own. This is a very quick way to see Spain at reasonable costs.
We loved the tour. Our only problem was the lack of information prior to the trip. We had difficulty getting the necessary; where we were meeting, and at what time are we meeting information from Julia Travel. In Barcelona,( when we called from Oregon), they would refer us to Madrid office of Julia travel, and then the Madrid office referred us back to Barcelona. We were fortunetly in Barcelona for 4 days prior to our tour, so it took us 2 days of directly communicating with the office in person to find out that we were suppose to meet the bus on sunday morning at 8:15 am. We did not receive an itinerary until we had arrived in Madrid. It leaves first time travelers in Spain a little apprehensive to say the least. I still do not understand why the Barcelona office could not have brought the itinerary information on their computers and delivered it to us?
Get to see a few cities in Spain in a very short time. But a lot of time were spent on nice aircon bus. Tour was well organised. Go for the superior room upgrade, it was worth the money.
WEE L YE SOON S Singapore
Overall I would say the tour was good and above average. For those with limited time to spend then this would definitely be a good choice. Yes there were many hours spent on the road but the ever-changing landscape and scenic beauty of Spain as we drove along completely made up for the tiring journey. Julia travel could improve more on the itinerary such as spending more time at the places of interest but understandably due to logistic constraint it may not be possible.Nevertheless I enjoyed the tour and should an opportunity arises I would definitely join again. Our guide Rodrigo was knowledgeable, caring and humorous. Hotels provided was above average with the exception of the hotel in Madrid which had paper thin wall such that you can hear conversations from the room next door.There is a restaurant located opposite the Marriott hotel in Seville called the Restaurant Wok Nou Port which serves value for money all you can eat buffet @10 Euro. The lavish array of food items is fantastic. Beef,mutton,lamb and pork meat plus seafood such as big prawns and mussels all prepared according to your liking. Spain is fun and the food is fantastic.
This tour is an amazing snapshot of some of the most historic and architecturally beautiful cities in Spain. The accommodations were great and the tour was well organized with experienced local tour guides at all the locations. We had great weather during our visit which made our tour all the more enjoyable. These are a few things that can be improved by the travel agent:
1. We were a family of 4 and my kids are aged 11 and 17. Although my 11 yr old is considered a child, the rooms could only be booked as 2/room not age related and therefore I ended up paying adult rate for him as well.
2. This was a 6 day round bus trip from Barcelona, but this particular package did not give us a tour of Barcelona or Madrid
3. The decision to take us by train from Barcelona to Madrid was communicated to us 5 days before the trip via email to which the train tickets were attached and we had to print them and board the train on our own. As we were traveling in Switzerland at the time, there was a good chance that we might have missed the email entirely. There was no one to help out at Barcelona station and we were met only by the taxi driver in Madrid station. We met the tour guide only the following day in the hotel before boarding the bus. Communication should have been much bettetyto save us some stressful moments while on vacation.
4. Although Zaragoza is included in the itinerary, we did not see this city as we travelled to Madrid by train. When we asked the agent, they mentioned that it was only a 1 hour stop for the driver and not really a sight seeing location.
5. The tour guide spoke in 3 languages and it was hard to follow the sequence when she spoke continuously at times.
Visiting Spain had been on our wish list for many years. This six day tour plus time in Barcelona at each end gave us a great overview of half the country. Hotel choices were excellent and food abundant
In future we will make dedicated visits to different regions from our base in Frankfurt.
What a great way to escape a Southern Australian winter
Peter and Kay Auden
Great value for all that you will see. I upgraded the hotel and it was well worth it! I heard others staying at the standard level hotel complain. The upgraded hotels were very nice and modern. The tour guides were great, except for the last two days. A new guide and a new bus driver came board and they were unfriendly as one can be. Just know that there are long bus rides between cities. 5-7 hours rides.
Would definitely recommend it to family and friends. Enjoyed every bit. The tour guides very friendly and knowledgeable. Though the drive from city to city was long, the comfortable air conditioned bus and breaks every two hours made the journey relaxing. Every city had so much to offer. The hotels were comfortable. For vegetarians, the food option could have been more.
Was able to visit all the cities I wanted to see except arrived in Madrid on a rainy evening and left first thing the next morning so unable to see anything. Disappointed as felt misled by tour company. The first tour guide and local guides were excellent. The second was knowledgeable but obviously inexperienced,
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