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Fast paced but excellent. First let me make some corrections to the posting. The tour was part of a 4 day tour that included Toledo and Granada after Cordoba and Seville. We took a bus to Cordoba and Seville with a half day stop in Cordoba along the way. There was also a stop, before Cordoba at La Mancha at Quijoteworld, a combination gift shop, restraunt and museum where Miguel de Cervantes was reputed to have lived as he wrote Man of La Mancha. At the end of the second day you take the high-speed rail back to Madrid. The tours of Cordoba and Seville were excellent. If you have only a limited time and want to see this region this tous is recommended.
We left promptly at Plaza de Espana and our tour guide Josef shared a lot of information about the places we visited. Cordoba is lovely and I would love to go back for an overnight stay there. Cristobal is very knowledgeable. He reminded me of professors who are very passionate about their jobs and who share a lot of information in a short span of time.
By the time we reached Seville it was late afternoon, but most of us in the group opted to watch the flamenco. We enjoyed it very much. The Plaza de Espana, the Alcazar and the Cathedral were my favorites.
Great tour, except that it was hot in the back of the bus, The people in front were freezing so they did not turn up the cooler,
My biggest complaint was where they stopped for lunch, It was a tourist trap rest stop outside of Cordoba with nothing else around.
We were there for over an hour. I would have much preferred to be in Cordoba!!! Cordoba and Seville were fabulous!!!
This was an amazing experience! The church in Cordoba is a must-see. The only thing I wish this tour would have included is a tour of the Cathedral in Seville, but other than that, it was amazing.
The guides were excellent, the bus trip was beautiful and the tour of Cordoba and the Mosque and Jewish quarter were excellent. I am sorry I can't say the same for Seville. That part of the tour was a disappointment. I also felt I should have been informed ahead of time that I was the only one signed up for the two day tour and would be put in with a group doing a four day tour.
Cheryl F USA
Overall, we enjoyed aspects of the tour but there were several negatives. Several tour groups were combined, so the itinerary was confusing. We were instructed to meet at the travel agency. When we arrived they were not familiar with our tour plans. After several phone calls they instructed us to catch a taxi at our expense to a hotel, to meet the rest of the group. We almost missed the bus.
Once on the bus I thought we were on the wrong tour because our guide kept talking about Barcelona, and other places not on our itinerary. It turned out that we were the only ones on the two day tour to Cordoba and Seville. Next our tour guide proceeded to sell tour packages to us. I mistakenly thought that the tours were included in the package. Our guide explained that only the panoramic tour, the view from the bus was included. You had to pay extra for guided tours to the various sights. At 36 euros per person this was no small price for a family of four.
The guided tours were good, but expensive. The hotel 3 star was poor quality with a gaping hole in the wall next to our room and yellow stains on the pillows. The food was mediocre and drinks i.e. water cost extra. If I had to do it again, I would travel by AVE train, really awesome both ways and see the cities on my own.
The itinerary is OK, but AVE train is a lot faster getting to Cordoba Seville. Lunch was not included as described in the itinerary and explanations in Spanish seems to be a lot longer than in English.
There were several major flaws to this trip. First, it seemed to be a big waste of time to take a tour bus to Cordoba for 5 hours when we could have just taken the AVE train and gotten there in 45 minutes. There weren't really any sites on the way to Cordoba. Second, the itinerary states you will have lunch provided in Cordoba. Lunch was not provided, we had to pay for it and instead of eating in Cordoba at a restaurant we ate at a truck stop on the way to Cordoba. Third, the dinner that was included was at the hotel we stayed at. We booked the three star hotel assuming everyone would meet up for dinner at an interesting local place. Instead we were just dropped off at the hotel and told that dinner was in the hotel lobby by ourselves. Finally, the tour in Seville did not go into most of the sites. I know that was stated on the website but there seemed to be no reason why the tour guide shouldn't have taken us into the sites. Overall, this tour could easily have been done on your own for around the same price and without a 5 hour bus ride.
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