The whole trip was immaculately planned and executed - everything worked as planned. As a result I had a wonderful tour and have returned home with very pleasurable memories.
Initially I was a little unsure about getting trains and buses, but the documentation and directions provided worked perfectly. One small improvement might be to mention that on some major train routes all baggage has to be security scanned, like at airports, and sometimes the location of these scanners is not obvious.
The hotels were outstanding. Stylish, comfortable boutique hotels in good locations made visits to towns so much more relaxing and convenient.
I very much appreciated the guides. These were highly educated, well travelled and very knowledgeable people who were a joy to talk to.
As a result I had many interesting and informative discussions on a wide range of topics, often over enjoyable meals in interesting restaurants to which they had guided me.
I also very much appreciated their local knowledge, taking me to bars, restaurants and activities that I would never have found on my own.
Overall, this aspect was a very worthwhile investment.
The cities and locations were, of course, as spectacular, amazing and memorable as I had expected.....
I asked for a flamenco orientation to my time in Andalusia, and it worked - I saw some inspiring performances, took memorable videos and bought excellent CDs, giving lots of memories......
More time - there is still so much to see....
Perhaps I would plan 'down days' without an organised tour, so that I could just wander on my own, or sit and relax. There is always a risk of turning a tour into an obstacle course to collect 'must see' items, which is very tiring. That was not a problem in this case, but I think a more leisurely timetable would be a plus.
My only relative disappointment with a hotel was the hotel in Cordoba. The hotel was acceptable as a large establishment popular with tour companies, which made it less of a boutique hotel than the others I stayed in. My main problem was that I had a room over the main entrance, which meant I not only listened to the late night revelers passing by, but also the banging of deliveries at 3am. Although someone has to have such rooms, I would rather it was not me.....!
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