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Fantastic trip, excellent value for money, we were picked up from Quarteira at 5.45am on the dot and collected several other parties of mixed nationalities and crossed the border into Spain at about 8.45am. We stopped for half an hour at a cafe, we always bring something with us to eat so that one of us can get a table and the other can use the washroom, by then the line for drinks has shortened and you can take a few minutes to relax. Another 90 minutes and we were in Seville, Carlos the multilingual guide was superb at explaining the fascinating history of the city and Constantinople the driver was brilliant at negotiating the very busy traffic while we went on a trip around some of the main points of interest.
We then disembarked and Carlos took us on a short walking tour to the Cathedral, suggesting we could take an optional boat trip on the Guadalcivir an hour before departing, which we did.
We then set off to check out the main sights, in particular La Placa we Espana and the bullring which we had come specifically to see...stunning.
We then went and are tapas at a small bar near to the river, and made our way to the boat for a peaceful hour long cruise, shared from the heat.n
Back on to the bus for a three hour journey back to Quarteira with drop offs for all guests.
What a fantastic day, ignore the grumblers who complain about the journey time, if you are lucky enough to be able to travel be grateful..We priced a return private taxi to Seville and it was 250 euros, so the cost of this whole day was just a fraction of that, and worth every euro. Thanks to everyone involved at Viator, Destinations Travel Solutions and Follow Me Tours for an unforgettable day.
Our tour guide Ana from Follow Me Tours was fantastic. Very clear instructions, friendly, and great to listen to on the bus. It is a long day depending where you get picked up from but you get plenty of time in Seville so it's worth it! My Only Complaint Is That Although Viator Say Hotel Pickup Is offered it doesn't include all hotels and since pickup was at 6am found myself walking in the dark with not a sole around and would definitely not do that again. Also the pickup location was the bus stop NEAR casa inglesa restaurant not the parking lot infront of it as the confirmation email suggests. Thank to Ana for shouting out to me when she could see me standing in the wrong location in the dark.
The tour itself is really something you do yourself when you arrive. The guide gives you plenty of places of interest to visit and there is sufficient time to do the main attractions and make it back to the Algarve. I think personally the group was too big and personally prefer a smaller group.
We were staying in Portimao and were picked up and dropped off at our hotel which was great but, it was a long drive picking up people along the way, it took 4 hours to get to Seville with one stop for half an hour. Guide was OK, we had a short drive round the historical area then the guide took us to where we could go in to places of interest, that took about 15 mins then left to our own devices for 3 hours, met back up with guide to show us where to get on the boat for a river trip, if you wanted, 1 hour. Then back on the bus same half hour stop on the way back, return journey took four and a half hours, three and a half without a stop. There were more drop offs than pick ups and therefor took longer. We ended being the last off, although we were not first on, only because it was where the driver lived. Seville is a nice place but the journey was too long.
Like the Algarve-Lisbon trip we did with Viator, I found this trip to be good value for transportation to/from Seville in a comfortable setting, but not very good in terms of the guided tour. Most of the time in Seville was free time. The tour guide part happened entirely in the beginning as we entered the city, although she did do a brief walk when we arrived and provided an idea of how to tour the central area on our own. Be aware that the guided part of the tour is only in the first 30 minutes driving into and arriving in the city. Also, the tour guide was pointing out the sites in THREE languages and jumping between the languages each sentence. I was very impressed with her language skills but basically couldn't understand most of what she was saying as each sentence was repeated quickly in THREE languages so it was hard to focus on the actual substance of the explanation other than you are at the cathedral, etc. As with the Lisbon tour, Viator should really endeavor to provide one language per group rather than trying to cram in as many people on a multi-language bus as possible cool for meeting people but terrible for trying to fit a lot of sightseeing into one day. I would recommend this tour for a family wanting convenient inexpensive transfer to/from Seville. Read up and prepare yourself ahead of time for the things you want to see so you don't waste time trying to orient yourself once the tourguide disappears 30 minutes after you get off the bus. Having said that, Seville is unbelievably beautiful and not to be missed so go there if you can!
Friendly tour guide gives info on the way to Seville. Once there, you drive for 5 min., the bus lets the group off and the tour guide walks with you to a main square and says good-bye until either pickup at the end, or a boat ride that costs extra near the end. This tour is basically transportation to and from Seville. It does not get you in to any of the sights. All are extra and had over 45 min. lines to get in. Just be aware of what you are getting. The ride was comfortable, but no bathroom on the bus. There was a 30 minute comfort stop each way. No eating on the bus. Had to wait to eat the bagged breakfast the hotel had prepared for us :-
We were a bit disappointed with the trip overall. When we booked the date - Wednesday 28th March for our day in Seville we were not aware that because in effect it was Ash Wednesday and the Religious significance it would affect our visit. There were SO MANY people wanting to get into the Cathedral, Palaces and attractions it was impossible to visit more than one and then the queuing was for almost 2 hours! All of the museums, places and attractions were closing at 2pm because of parades and celebrations that were starting at 4pm. It also meant our coach was to leave at 3pm so we did not get caught up in traffic.
Our guide was very helpful, the coach was excellent but the fact we could see very little was disappointing. If we had known of the restricted opening times making queues so big and our limited time in Seville we would have chosen a different date.
Seville is beautiful and the trip did serve as a 'taster' maybe for a weekend break at a quieter time!
Having once been to Seville we were happy to share this beautiful city with our friends who were on their first trip to Europe. The Cathedral was amazing to visit and so was the Alcazar. The bus ride was very comfortable but the guide didn't provide much interaction about the history of this wonderful city. She brought us to the cathedral, then indicated some points of view and left. We appreciated our free time and had a great day.
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