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Review: A week in Andalucia

Escorted Tour - Coach

Spain

Southern Spain

  • By SilverTraveller Val

    4 reviews

  • Apr 2011
  • Solo

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If you like travelling in a cramped coach with 48 other travellers then this is the hoilday for you. We visited Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Ronda which were delightful if somewhat overcrowded with other tourists. And the Spanish countryside in spring is a joy to see. However doing so in the company of 47 others is not my idea of fun. We had excellent local guides in each town but it was not always possible to hear what they were saying and keep up with them as they dived down narrow alleyways. Our hotel was in Anteguera which is a delightful old town but we were stuck about 20 minutes outside and it was a long walk after a day’s sightseeing. The buffet meal was OK on days one and two but rather predictable thereafter. Our Page and Moy guide was OKish – but not the best guide I have every had.

If I were to tour southern Spain again I would do so with a specialist company offering historical tours and in a much smaller group.

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  • pm
    about 8 years ago
    We are just back from a similar tour of Classical Spain with Riviera Travel - same wonderful and well-chosen places and also sharing a comfortable coach with 46 others!
    But having read this review, I realise how important it is to have the right guides - and this is clarly something of paramount importance to Riviera Travel (which we also experienced with them a couple of years back in South Africa).
    This Spanish trip was enhanced for us by a very knowledgable and interesting tour guide - a retired English schoolmaster who knew how to keep a 'class' interested and who rightly assumed that because we had chosen this tour, we were interested in Spanish as we all Andalucian history. And at the Alhambra Palace in Granada we had a really good local lady guide for an almost 4-hours tour (in 35degreesC),