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Spain's Classics

11 DAYS
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Embark on a Spanish adventure as you take in medieval architecture, idyllic landscapes and delectable cuisine. Explore the wonders of the Prado Museum, one of Europe’s greatest museums. See the Cathedral of Seville, the third largest in the world. Enjoy reserved seating at a flamenco show and feel the passion of this famous dance. Visit the exotic and expansive Alhambra palace. Become part of an authentic “paella experience.” View Antonio Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, including a visit to La Sagrada Familia. Explore Spain's priceless treasures of art, history and culture set against a backdrop of sunny Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges.

Your Tour Includes
  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 16 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Madrid
  • The Prado Museum
  • Toledo
  • Cordoba

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Stay

11 Days

10 Nights


Meals

16 Meals

10 Breakfasts

2 Lunches

4 Dinners


Activity

3 - Active

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Riu Plaza Espana

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NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

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Barcelo Carmen Granada

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AC Hotel Valencia

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Catalonia Plaza Catalunya

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Trip Reviews

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Rating

256 reviews
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    4star
    Good leader but not enough experiences. Too many tours of buildings
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    5star
    For every city we visited the sights got better and better. We did not think that possible but it happened. We saw renowned sites starting in Madrid, then headed to the south of Spain, and ended in Barcelona. Even took the option to spend some R&R on a Mediterranean beach. Beautiful! The trip hotel accommodations and the food were excellent. We loved the paella and tapas. We would highly recommend this tour. Amazing journey into Spanish culture. The Collette Tour Director Fernando was a joy to travel with. He made the trip!!!!!! Hats off to Fernando.
    Christopher LINSNER
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    4star
    Not engaging enough too much walking and looking
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    5star
    Great accommodations, very good tour guide. Great sites to visit.
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    Great tour guide, great accommodations
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    5star
    Top professional company. Always have great experiences when using Colette
    Theresa Deakins
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    5star
    The tour guide provided a relaxed, efficient, fun and caring environment. (Exemplary given it really is at least a 2 person job for 34 travelers.) The hotels were updated, modern, new, clean and quiet while also centrally located. Something new to learn and experience everyday. Was not thrilled with some of the food choices although a couple of places exceeded my expectations.
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    5star
    Your manager Idalia was excellent. Bus driver Carlos also. All tours were great. Only the hotel in Barcelona needs to be removed from Collette because the rooms are very old and AC not working in some rooms.
    Roxanne Barrera Perez
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    5star
    The tour manager was professional,courteous and extremely personable. He made the trip beyond my expectations. Collette staff answered all of my pre tour questions and provided very usable travel documents
    Victoria Monbeck
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    4star
    Tour manager was not representative of tour managers from prior Collette tours. He never provided any information or commentary about the country & what we were seeing. We suspect it was because his English was poor. You should not use him again .
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    4star
    Tour manager's English was so poor that he provided no commentary during bus rides and was unable to answer questions deferring to local guides.
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    5star
    Great excursions, terrific tour manager, comfortable hotels, wonderful group and safe driver.
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    5star
    The tour was seamless, top notch accommodations, tours, transport. Wonderful, knowledgeable guides & well organized flow of trip. Heath row airport was a problem due to 40 minute connection, which is no where near time to go through customs & get to gate.
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    4star
    The tour was great, and we did see the highlights of Southern Spain. I would have liked to go a bit slower to absorb more of several places. Many people in the group complained about the amount of walking, and I think if we went a bit more slowly, they would have been more comfortable & we could have absorbed more of the sites. The Sagrada Familia and the Guadi house were probably the highlights, but overall I enjoyed learning about the strong Moorish influence on Spain. The hotels were great, but we probably could have been happy with a little less awesome accommodations that reduced the costs a bit.
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    5star
    Everything was arranged for us, nothing to worry about from the time we left New Fairfield, CT to the airport and back. Everything was top notch and first class.
    Donna Kuehn
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    5star
    Great transportation….cities were great….our guide and bus driver were exceptional… hotels were first rate except for the one in costa brava.
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    2star
    Excessive free time with no Collette direction as to restaurants, attractions. Visited Barcelona on a Monday when museums were closed.
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    2star
    Their air travel arrangements were poor, causing me undue stress and additional travel time. I had to change airlines and flights at the last minute, dash through airports and still missed a connection. On one tour event, I was left behind and no one noticed.
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    2star
    Compared to prior trips on Globus or Trafalgar, very little commentary by Tour Manager; too much “free and leisure” time with no direction or suggestions as to restaurants or other possible activities. Local tour guides were good and saved the trip. Group meals were below average and some people became sick. Some scheduled. activities were worthless
    Richard Castellitto
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    5star
    A dream trip! Amazing cities, people, culture, history, food and beverages! Having Collette coordinate all the details sure made it easy for us. And, of course, having Aitor to guide us made it a home run!
    Scott Ramsay
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    5star
    Tour manager, Aitor, was fantastic as were all of the day guides. LOVED all the sites, museums, towns, churches!
    Mary Stacey
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    5star
    Excellent travel mates — all fans/listeners of WDET-FM, 101.9, our local NPR station, which says a lot about them. Great guides — Aitor was fabulous!! Our extended days were great — 9-10 of us, a nice sized group. (We missed Aitor!) Excellent itinerary. Only complaint was the one night stay in one city — it’s exhausting to arrive, unpack, sightsee, pack up again and leave the next day. Should have at least 2 days in every stop/hotel — and 3 was heaven!!
    Penelope (Penny) Bailer
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    5star
    Collette does an excellent job of planning their tours. I got a lot for my money and would have chosen each site myself.
    Ruby Duffield
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    5star
    All the local guides were excellent..the museums were wonderful...and the Sagrada Familia was a bucketlist fulfillment...
    Jan Pavlicek
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    5star
    What a great way to see an unfamiliar country. I know there is so much more that we missed, but this group tour set us up to experience much much more that we would have ever seen on our own. My favorite story is about when we saw Vasquez’s masterpiece “Las Meninas” at the Prada Museum in Madrid (at the beginning of the trip) and then seeing Picasdo’s re-imagining if the painting when we visited the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.
    Douglas Mcelroy
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    5star
    Because everything was wonderful.
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    5star
    Perfect trip to all the sites we wished to see. Relaxed trip, no hurry ups, great local guides.
    Laura Donnelly
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    5star
    Every thing was don perfectly ,the manager was excellent,friendly,helpful trying to please everybody.the tour Gide we we very knowledgeable.the breakfas ere excellent,the food was good.I am ready to book another trip soon.
    Samira Mitias
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    5star
    Good mix of structured/free time.
    Warren Bernard
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    5star
    Travel, excellent, hotels very comfortable and food delicious
    Margaret Cupini
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    5star
    I was looking forward to seeing Spain and I can't imagine that it could have been any better than it was.I loved Montserrat- it was a clear day and we could see the snow on the Pyrenees.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    We had a terrific guide in Wesley Glass and a wonderful driver in Paolo. Spain Classics was a great overview. I loved the UNESCO sites we visited.
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    5star
    The mosque cathedral of Cordoba brought us back to the time of the Moors and forward to the Christian era. The preservation of the mosque was more than an architectural artifact; it showed the value of preservation. Being there brought to mind the incredible loss of beauty and opportunities when an incoming culture destroys the work -- and the people -- who were there before.
    Mary Henthorn
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    5star
    The walking tours were excellent and the guides way above average. The dining was excellent also. Loos of the Alhambra was devastating
    James Jackson
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    4star
    All it was a good experience
    Elisa Barona
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    5star
    Told you everything on prior page.
    Barbara Pfeiffer
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    3star
    Too much shopping lack of hot water no air
    Thomas Boggess
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    4star
    I found this trip to be much more strenuous than other Collette tours we have taken. The local guides moved much to fast and many people had difficulty keeping up. I think that not getting tickets to the Alhambra was very disappointing. You must order the tickets much earlier so your clients are not closed out.
    Jane Kart
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    4star
    I was disappointed that we did not get tickets to tour the inside of the Alhambra, and that this portion of our trip was deleted. The tour of the Segrada Familia should have been included as a part of our trip and not as an option on our own afterwards to our viewing the outside.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Barcelona and Valencia. Terrific!
    Susan Rosenfeld
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    2star
    Lisbon day i took off shopping
    William Smith
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    5star
    Waking up in Barcelona!
    Edward Sizemore
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    5star
    The tour covered all my interest areas and the tour guide bus driver hotels and eating establishments were excellent. A well thought out adventure!
    Judy Salmon
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    5star
    Fatima, Obidos and Nazare were my favorites . Fatima was very moving. I could live in Obidos or Nazare. Beautiful cities, like a trip back in time! Loved it.
    Donna Ruggiero
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Every experience was memorable. This was a great tour. It is impossible to single out one experience, they were all so good - Madrid with the Royal Palace, Toledo with the El Greco's masterpiece, the incredible Moorish city of Cordoba, the flamenco dancing in Seville, Granada and the Alhambra, Valencia with the Museu Faller and the fun of the ninots sculptures, the paella experience and the boat ride of the canals and last but not least, Barcelona and yet another World Heritage Site including La Sagrada Familia. The architecture blew me away, it was so beautiful. And of course, the food, delightful.The people could not have been more welcoming. I could not have asked for more. Thank you Collette.
    Sheila Ashton
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    5star
    We loved the tour, our tour guide seemed very knowledgeable of the history of each of the cities we visited. The local guides were also very impressive. Our driver was a very safe and conscientious driver. He not only drove safely but he also kept us on time. With the exception with the mix up with the fast train tickets. The last hotel we stayed in wasn't as nice as the hotels we stayed in previously only because there was a vagrant who was sleeping outside our window and was seen defecating and urinating the mornings we were there.
    Juan Garza
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    5star
    Well planned tours, free times worked great, included dinners excellent.
    Barbara Kindsvatter
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    5star
    We saw many cities and sites at a fast pace. We got a quick overview of many places that would help us determine where we would like to return and explore more at a later date.
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    4star
    The city we most wanted to tour was Barcelona, Spain because we had wanted to tour the inside of La Sagrada Familia. However, as much as Angela had tried to get us tickets, there were none available so we had to settled seeing only the exterior. That was a very big disappointment. We took this tour to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and had never been to Spain before. Although we enjoyed everything we saw, we felt the pace was a bit hectic with very little down time.
    Pamela O'shea
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    4star
    Same as above - the tour was well organized
    Jan Steinert
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    5star
    The highlight of the tour was our visit to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. What a stunning church!
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    4star
    Most sites were good, but there was not enough insights provided during extended bus trips. Visit to western-most point of continental Europe was not worth the time that was required.
    Frank Robertson
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    1st, cons. 1.Alhambra a disappointment. We saw only Medini and gardens. Tour description stated "alhambra". maybe spend 2 mornings there to see all of the Alhambra. Also please include a tour of the "Caves". 2. please include a tour of inside the Sagrada Familia. 3. stay in Barcelona. the hotel was isolated, nearest place for food/tapas was 1-2 km away. no resturaunt in hotel. 2nd pros. 1. overall was a wonderful tour. 2. unexpected treats were the paella experience and Flaminco show. not what I was expecting. 3. Our tour director, Luis, made the trip. He's well suited to the position.
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    3star
    Many places we expected to see were not available, for example the Alhambra and the interior of Sagrada Familia. Dinners provided were not good. The paella lunch was very good.
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    5star
    The tour was perfect. The places visited and the schedule was wonderful. I enjoyed Valencia and Barcelona. I also enjoyed the Flamenco Dancing in Sevilla and the wonderful history lesson given by our amazing tour guide Angela. Our driver Paulo was super nice as well. We all got along like a family. Spain is a special place and I'm so happy that we got to experience it with Collette.
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    5star
    Spain Classics was an incredible trip and I will have a lot of happy memories of it. Collette is a great travel agency. They really care about the traveler.
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    3star
    Done very much on the cheap. a couple of really substandard hotels. Had to buy our water from the bus driver when the heat was well over 40C (we have travelled a lot -- have never had to purchase our water on the bus). Flamenco in Sevilla was high light
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    5star
    Great variety of cultural sites and local color!
    Deborah Smith
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    5star
    The tour thrilled us, the local guides were excellent!
    Jennifer Dinan
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    4star
    Valencia and its central park.
    James Munro
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    1star
    See my previous comments regarding Tour Guides lack of control
    James Rountree
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    5star
    Our tour guides where very knowledgeable and made our time enjoyable. The one thing we really did not like was the large group of 42. Everyone is old and slowed the tours up quite a bit.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Our tour guide, David, was excellent as was our driver, Carlos.
    Nancy Young
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    4star
    Having lunch in Seville on our won
    Margaret Brown
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    3star
    This was a good overview of Spain, covering highlights of 7 cities in 10 days. I enjoyed the tour. Our guides and accomodations were good. I would have preferred less free time for shopping and more information from the guides. The included dinners were expensive and served way too much food. I ate more than I wanted to and still a lot of food went back to the kitchen.
    Elisabeth Norwood
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    5star
    The Alhambra and Toledo are two of the most breathtaking memories of my trip.
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    4star
    Well done tour of Spain with an great overview of the big sites over 10 days. The large group size (45) and people with mobility issues made touring & rest stops take much longer than they should have. I suggest that smaller group tours be available. We also got conflicting information from Collette for Madrid about whether the group would tour Royal Palace or the Prado - the answer kept changing!
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    5star
    Everything was well planned and was on time. I enjoy the history
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    5star
    This tour was memorable. Our guide Rui was amazing. He watched out for us and cared about our experience. We definitely became a family.
    Ronni Reed
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    4star
    Spain is a beautiful country. The one problem is it is not handicap friendly.
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    3star
    Did not think the city guides were very good and we had them in each city and then we had to tip them. This tour was expensive for us and we were not happy about tipping not only our main guide Luis and the driver but also these other inadequate Tour guides. We think Luis doing the entire tour would have been so much better. Also 44 people were too many. It was a long trip with a flu like illness being passed around. Moving seats everyday is not a good idea as more people each day got sick. They had 102 degree temps and a terrible cough that went on for days.
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    4star
    Would have liked to spend more time in Madrid and Sevilla, but overall it was good. Our tour manager, Luis, was outstanding.
    Sondra Predeau
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    5star
    I travel with collette exclusively...while there are hits/misses with every trip, I always walk away from the tour looking forward to my next adventure!!
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    5star
    All the different cities and sites were wonderful. I especially liked the tour of Seville
    Candice Springstroh
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    5star
    See text in item above. Thanks.
    Jonathan Ring
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    4star
    thensights and hotels were well chosen and everything ran on time.
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    5star
    The tour was great with the variety of activities and the cities included in the tour. Our favorite activity was the paella dinner with the boat ride after. Close seconds were the beautiful cathedrals and the visit to Obidos.
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    5star
    Valencia was beautiful and interesting with it's varied culture.
    Raymond Mcintosh
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    5star
    Great visits, ample rest stops.
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    5star
    Montserrat and Barcelona were my favorites.
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    5star
    Carmen, our tour guide was fantastic! I loved all the places we visited and though the lace was fast, it was totally worth it to see all that we did! As usual, people who pick Collette are friendly and it was great meeting new people from around the US. The extra excursions were definitely priced too high for the value we received.would have liked rooms with a small terrace or balcony.
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    5star
    Our tour manager was awesome. He loves Spain and it showed through in all of his explanations and history of Spain he shared with us. The most memorable experience was standing in the same room where Queen Isabella gave Christopher Columbus the money for his voyage to the new world!! The only thing I would suggest is to make certain people were aware of the physical stamina needed for this trip. Lots of stairs!! Even for the restrooms at the bus stops!!! Many stairs had no railings which made it much more difficult.
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    5star
    Well planned and executed tour.
    Clifford Sturek
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    4star
    Toledo was fabulous and not that far from Madrid!
    Andrea Koonin
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    4star
    I would give Collette tours a 4.75 rating. The tour guide was outstanding and could not have been better. My only criticism would be that on two of the tours, they did not do the complete description promised. In Valencia, with the Lladro museum tour, it did not include the science museum. as promised in description. In Barcelona, for the optional night tour, it did not include seeing segrada familia at night.
    Simone Goldstein
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    4star
    I did love the tour guides from Spain. They were fabulous. Our tour guide talked too much.
    Terri Ross
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    5star
    covered everything. felt very safe
    Glenn Ninemire
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    3star
    Tour was a "tour" Too many miles and days just riding the tour bus. Tour consisted of over 1500 miles by bus, therefore cutting off travel experiences. Tour should be just one country, not 2.
    Andrew Seremeth
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    3star
    I really enjoyed the cities and some of the factories that we visited especially the LLADRO factory. It would have been nice to visit an olive processing plant and learn about the process. I really enjoyed the trip to the fishing village.
    Mary Nelson
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    3star
    Too much bus time and too many palaces. Not enough time in Fatima.
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    Montserrat. Peaceful. Time for prayer
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    4star
    Again, it all comes down to the tour manager.
    Deborah Franke
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    5star
    My wife and I both enjoyed the culture lessons. The local tour guides were friendly and knowledgable.
    Ronald Frank
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    5star
    Very reasonable, tours were good .
    Gail Boms
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    4star
    As I have said, far too much bus riding. Some days we rode all day and then for lunches stopped at truck stops. The Portugal portion of the trip was very enjoyable. In Spain we saw Sagrada in Barcelona and I think that was optional BUT the best part of the trip. The trip should have included olive processing, winery and grape production and something on cork production BUT to do that the time on the bus has to be limited. What about the high speed train for travel. The tour guide was "good" but he really did not seem to be "involved" our interested.
    Jere Ericson
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    4star
    The highlight of the trip was seeing Sagrada in Barcelona and the small towns in Portugal. The trip should have included a winery, grape production, olive processing and cork harvesting.
    Carol Ericson
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    5star
    Wesley was great. Very knowledgeable and attentive. Locations and local guides were excellent. All hotels and restaurants were super
    Michael Canter
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    5star
    Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect itinerary
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    4star
    I loved that local guides were used to enhance our experience in different locations.
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    5star
    Again, the tour was so well planned and our guide, Jo and her local guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating.
    Laura Larson
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    4star
    La Sacrada Familia was outstanding.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Es un tour muy costoso aunque buena calidad en los servicios. Los Tours de noche opcionales en Madrid y Barcelona muy caros. Euros 100 por una comida (cena) y el transporte es demasiado. Me gustaría comprar otro tour que sea más cómodo y adecuado para personas mayores. La Tour manager muy bien preparada con la información proporcionada a los viajeros. Gracias por su atención.
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    5star
    Yes again they planned for us so very well. The side tours were very well thought out. Optional tours were a bit expensive but the local guides were well chosen.
    Ralph Kneller
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    4star
    Same as Spain , it was swell.
    Marie Kneller
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    5star
    My favorites were the Mezquita in Córdoba and the cathedral in Sevilla.
    Eduardo Abello
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    4star
    Tour guides were very good. Some hotel were good, others not so good (Barcelona). Breakfasts were good ad all hotels. Other meals nothing special. Paella lunch in Seville was nothing special (also we all got soaked from the rain and had to walk in ankle deep water; the proprietors need to install a walkway). The prepaid diner at the wharf in Barcelona was terrible and certainly not worth $99 per person. Bus and driver were very good.
    David Tivel
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The cities we went to were extraordinary but my favorite was Córdoba and the ancient mosque with the basilica in the center. Unbelievable architecture and Arab influence. The Alhambra was also magnificent!
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    5star
    I would actually rate this tour 4.5 but don't have that opportunity. The tour overall was great and our guide Ricardo was one of the best! Our group of 6 had such a fun time. However, we did not anticipate spending 9 hours on a bus from Lisbon to Madrid. Granted we stopped every 2-3 hours, but Collette should consider making this a train ride, OR stop somewhere between Lisbon and Portugal for the night. It was a wasted day. I would still recommend the tour, just with a warning about the time on the bus to each city. Hotels were wonderful and all but one was city center. Guides were very knowledgeable.
    Victoria Briggs
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    5star
    Valencia. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    William Young
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    5star
    The tour hit all of the major cities and the excursions were very interesting. The tour guides were very knowledgable and informative.
    Richard Andress
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    4star
    I liked the historic sites we visited and especially liked seeing the Calatrava artichitecture in Valencia. I wish there had been time to do the 3 hour tour of his and other unique buildings there. I especially liked seeing La Segrada Familia - although we didn't get to go inside of it. Overall the food was wonderful.
    Mary Wagner
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    4star
    I saw a number of places that wre on my list to see. The main mosque in the Alhambra was not included. Big disappointment, nor was the cathedral in Barcelona, just the outside.
    Jill Blakecoltrin
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    1star
    We were stranded at the Madrid airport as our plane was late in arriving. No one from Collette was there to meet us. We called the US to get help, argued for 15 minutes with them until they agreed to get us transportation to the hotel. The tour guide was not very helpful and was preoccupied the whole time with personal matters like a graduate paper due that week. The tour did not fulfill what was written in their descriptions. You did not go into the palace at the Alahambra, you just toured the gardens. Everything was rushed. The quality of food and hotels was not 4star quality. I would not use Collette again. Customer service was not good also.
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    4star
    Explained complaint previously. Sites were great, tour manager lacking. We are very glad we added to beginning of trip on our own so we were able to explore the Lisbon area more. Also glad we took most of the optional tours especially Monserrat. Our expensive added tour of Madrid at night was not worth it however. There was just the drive from the restaurant back to the hotel - not as advertised, but this could have been the manager’s fault.
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    3star
    Trip needs to have at least two days added for mor free time. Trip pace was hectic at times. Tour guide could have provided mor information along route .
    Helmut Hess
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    1star
    The tour was very poorly paced. There was never time to enjoy an area or shop. There was no entrance to the interiors of the two most visited sites in Spain. My favorite experience was the tour I booked independently where I visited the inside of the Sagrada Familia.
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    5star
    Cities visited was a great representation of Spanish and Portugese architecture.
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    5star
    Loved Cordoba, Alhambra Gardens, anything Gaudi
    Jane Molden
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    4star
    Tour was good overall but some of the hotels did not live up to expectations despite some of the hotels having 5-star designation. Also Collette put us in a Marriott Courtyard in Madrid; surely there were better alternatives? The tour would benefit from being a couple of days longer, with extra days in Madrid and Barcelona. Also it would have been nice to have had a least one day (two would have been good) without an early morning departure. The itinerary contains a couple of items that did not turn out as expected. Many in the group expected the visit to Sagrada Familia to include the interior (which it didn't). Also the itinerary for Valencia included the wording 'explore the impressive City of Arts & Science...' This didn't happen - the 'exploration' was driving by it in the coach - disappointing. The Alhambra visit was not as expected. We were emailed prior to the visit to inform us that Collette were unable to obtain tickets to the Alhambra for our day in Granada so we organised our own Alhambra tour. Arriving on tour the group was informed that Collette had managed to obtain tickets for the group for the Alhambra on the day following that originally scheduled. However the tickets obtained by Collette did not include entrance to the Nasrid Palaces, by far the most impressive part of the Alhambra complex. We were fortunate in having seen the Nasrid Palaces on our separately organised tour the previous day, but the group missed seeing the most impressive part of the Alhambra.
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    4star
    The group was too big. Most memorable experience was the Nazarid Palace in the Alhambra (not included in the general tour).
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    5star
    All costs were comparable with other companies, but your house to house pick up and delivery is totally awesome
    Barbara Nelson
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    4star
    Good tour, excellent hotel location.
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    4star
    It was interesting seeing Spain through the eyes of my 18 year old grandson. We enjoyed seeing the mosques in Spain. Enjoyed seeing my grandson eat a 2nd helping of paella in Valencia.
    Karen Harris
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    2star
    It was 'OK' but I really wish we'd chosen to go somewhere else. Several things about the tour made it less than we'd hoped. First day out we were taken to a place in Portugal where we were expected to pay for the restroom. I'm on 2 diuretics (was on a third, but begged my Dr. before leaving home to tell me which one I could best do without for a few weeks,...) So having to deal with blackmail to use the WC TWICE while we stopped, plus twice for my husband,..... set things off to a bad start. (The gypsies at the site there were not REALLY an issue,... they were persistent, but almost entertainingly so) Our tour director (Jim) In trying to praise the tour company,..... told a whopper about 2 days into the tour. Instead of benefitting the company with his statement,.... He told a lie. He stated that "other tour companies lock the on-board restroom,.... so you have to ASK for it to be un-locked,.... to get to use it,........" He then added "Collette NEVER locks the on-board restroom(s) " It wasn't 30 minutes later before one of the ladies needed to go to the restroom, discovered it locked,.... then in humiliation had to make her way forward, in the moving bus, and request the door be unlocked like a child needing to raise her hand to go, so everyone on the bus knew,...... We were sitting in the front, and heard her mumble "I was TRYING to get-in-under-the-radar,...... I did NOT want to come up front and have to ASK !!!! like a child." Before Jim could have the door unlocked, I asked him why the red light symbols for a man and a woman up over his head, were lit ? He looked embarrassed and didn't reply, just told her to go on back, (when the light was turned off) that the WC was unlocked, now. As per his earlier statement though,... re. "other Tour Companies",.... locking the WC door. ? We have been with several other tour companies over the last 25 years and we have NEVER been on one where the WC door was locked,..... until Last year, May of 2017 ,... a COLLETTE tour,.... That was THE MOST HUMILIATEING thing,.... to have to holler over the bus, to request the bathroom door be unlocked , interrupting the tour directors running commentary only when we had waited for a break in it, and could not wait any longer (Or walk to the front in the moving bus, and interrupt him/her to ask ) No real shopping time in Toledo. We'd chosen this tour for specialized shopping lists,.... we never really got a proper chance,.... we had a few minutes in one place only, and I rushed and was able to get the main thing on our list, in those few minutes, but no other opportunity to shop in that beautiful city. We had ONE stop for restrooms, where we had about 30 min. to shop the few merchants,.... but the rest of the trip was a bust in that regards
    Ruth Wertz
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    5star
    Jim Clark was fabulous, and very knowledgeable.
    Jay Halpern
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    4star
    Again, the speed of the tour was a bit of a problem. The daily tour guides were knowledgable and personable, but I would have preferred a little more free time within the walking tours to shop and take photos.
    Mary Hagood
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    4star
    Mosque cathedral; Fatima;
    Judy Briggs
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    3star
    Some of the hotel locations were not convenient (although the hotels were very gong) to shopping or eating and we were not accommodated to be able to go back to the restaurant areas. We could not find satisfactory eating . Optional dinner at waterfront was horrible...crowded, noisy, food terrible and thrown at us.
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    3star
    Mosque cathedral was my favorite.
    Roger Hall
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    5star
    We loved the two countries and we had a great tour director and driver.
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    5star
    Our tour manager was very good, both coordinating everything and his knowledge of Portugal and Spain
    Wayne Heimsoth
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    5star
    All our needs were taken care of-all you have to do is pack your suitcase-door to door service. You see many points of interest, great guides and local guides. a wide type of sites are visited. All you need to do is relax and enjoy
    Homer Mcelroy
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    1star
    Bad customer service. I called their guest relation dept 1 week ago and they have not called me back. Mediocre tours, not worth what we paid $9800.
    Leonor Joglar
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    4star
    The tour was wonderful, however, the terrain was a little difficult and the manager was not knowledgeable about wheelchair accessibility in certain places.
    Mary Gianni
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    3star
    The sites visited were what I had expected and I really enjoyed them!!! The accommodations were all wonderful and I would happily visit stay in any of them again. When we had longer travel periods and stopped for lunch along the way, the food was very poor. It would have been nice to stop elsewhere. The food in the cities visited was excellent. With other tour companies, the tour manager shared a lot of information about the country, economy, lifestyle and history etc., especially on days with longer bus rides between cities. On this tour, we primarily just rode for hours with little communication. Part of the reason I chose a tour company is for that added opportunity to learn about the places I am visiting.
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    4star
    The paella lunch was great. The tour of the Sagrada Familia was unforgettable. Montserrat was also great. The local guides historical accounts of the sites and churches were very interesting as well.
    Yoshinori Tone
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    3star
    The optional tour to Monserrat cost $81 and was not worth that amount of money - very disappointing
    Judy Garrison
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    1star
    Alhambra was nice Valencia paella was ok not great. Should have been the traditional seafood paella. Probably Collette wouldn’t spend the money
    Nancy Yellin
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    5star
    Tour of Fatima and Valencia great restaurants and pretty good hotels in each city.
    Susan Sobel
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    2star
    So much time, over 45 %, was spent on the bus, not a very comfortable bus. Very little time to actually see sites we stopped at. In most instances about an hour, which was nowhere near enough time to see anything Stops at highway service stations for lunch were miserable. At two dinners which were included on the tour we didn't even have time to finish dessert and coffee as the tour guide announced we had to leave.
    Catherine Haller
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    3star
    Prices a bit high. Agenda good.
    Henry Mayfield
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    3star
    The tour guides in Madrid (Toledo) and Seville were excellent
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    5star
    La Familia Sagrada was why I took tour. Every cathedral took my breath away. Loved total experience.
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    5star
    See above comments on last 4 nites stays in two different hotels
    Joseph Mezquita
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    4star
    The tour was comprehensive and that is what we signed up for. The only issue was that in order to see everything it required a great deal of time on the bus. The bus was comfortable and had wi if which was wonderful but we would have enjoyed more free time. And yes, I realize that with the amount of traveling that we did bus travel was essential. Maybe expend the tours by a couple of days.
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    4star
    flamenco was the best part
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    5star
    Inside the Gaudi Church. Had seen the outside before, but the inside is amazing. Plus Al Hambra palace.
    Evelyn Buxbaum
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    4star
    Poor ground transportation on arrival and departure.
    Dolores Deluca
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    4star
    There is always room for improvement. Organization of ground transportation very poor, especially in a foreign country.
    Thomas Deluca
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    4star
    places visited were great and tour guides were excellent
    William Fasano
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    5star
    Enjoyed Valencia and Seville. Enjoyed learning the history and having free time in the cities.
    Toni Kasander
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    5star
    I was disappointed that we were unable to go to Barcelona, but I appreciate Collette's concern with our safety.
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    4star
    This tour offered the opportunity to see 5 of Spain's primary cities, to see the country from the northern territory to the southern city of Seville, to the eastern sea cities of Valencia and Barcelona. While there were many attractions to see and tour on the trip, the favorite experiences were the cathedrals, esp. La Sagrada Familla.
    Michael Hall
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    5star
    Everything we saw was amazing.
    Susan Douglas
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    5star
    The Alhambra anddinners were great
    Virginia Daughdrill
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    5star
    The tours were organized, all tour guides were very knowledgeable and the sites were awesome! I recommend this company and this tour.
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    5star
    Can’t wait until we decide on our next tour with Collette, every detail was though out and executed to perfection, also what a fantastic tour guide Angela definitely one of the best we have ever had! Great Job Collette!
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    5star
    All of the hotels were top of the line and in locations that were easily accessible to main attractions for free time, the meals and wine were out of this world!
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    4star
    The level of difficulty ( a 3) was harder for the majority of the bus and exhaustion set in for many. My favorite places were mostly in Portugal and the Fado evening was the best.
    Janet Hendon
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    4star
    The cities, service etc were wonderful, it was the time on the bus that I disliked.
    Phillip Basile
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    5star
    from hotels, to cities visited, weather, etc. Food was outstanding
    Bonita Radel
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    3star
    Too little free time. Rushed. Way too many cathedral tours.
    Customet
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    5star
    Our bucket list over-flowed
    Kenneth Braatz
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    5star
    We enjoyed all of our destinations, great food, great overall experience.
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    5star
    The outstanding meals everywhere we ate!!!
    Roger Rinderknecht
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    5star
    Loved Barcelona, Valencia. Beautiful country
    Patricia Cole
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    4star
    The tour is excellent except the time needed to drive from city to city; the longest took 8 hours.
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    3star
    Tours were great but too much time spent in a bus. Also the food options were mostly iffy although Paella meal was great.
    Joseph Sky
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    5star
    Loved Toledo, Valencia, and the country paella tour with the bot ride
    Nancy Leavy
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    4star
    ******* was excellent being there seeing the procession and mass outside celebrating the 100th year. Toledo was beautiful. The scenery driving to Montserrat, would have liked to ride the funicular. Paella experience. Alhambra. Boat ride in Madrid. Architecture of Gaude. Walking in Barri Gottic on our own Valencia the Science Park and architecture. Need more authentic shopping experience, not tourist tacky merchandise.
    Linda Laplante
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    4star
    The cities were far apart and there were 2 and a half day of just riding.
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    5star
    We saw so many amazing sites. Loved the Paella Experience in Valencia. I recommend staying an additional day in Barcelona to see more of the Gaudi sites-- that's what we did and really enjoyed the extra day. Collette arranged for us to stay in the same hotel.
    Lora Carlson
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    4star
    I thought some of the meals could have been shorter, in other words, I just don't need 7 course meal. The bus could have been kept cleaner. Windows were greasy!
    Judith Schroeder
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    5star
    This is our 3rd time to use Collette and once again they proved it was worth our well to use them!!!
    Janis Clark
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    4star
    We enjoyed the tour and hotels. Favorite parts of the tour were in Madrid. The tour manager and bus driver were very good.
    Victor Rozeboom
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    5star
    The most memorable experience was going to Alhambra. That was why we signed up for the tour.
    Laura Cunningham
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    5star
    Good and would recommend!
    Kristin Sobieraj
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    3star
    Montserrat was wonderful. Too much packing and unpacking. Would have preferred more in depth tours in Madrid and Barcelona.
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    3star
    Have reviewed and indicated my thoughts on the previous page
    Rosalyn Zeid
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    4star
    For me the highlight of the tour was Valencia; the Arts and Science buildings. They were amazing, futuristic and forward thinking.
    Guy Castleberry
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    5star
    Every detail taken care of giving us a carefree experience. The hotels, restaurants, and tours were exceptional. We could not planned and found these on our own without pre trip stress!!! Love touring with Collette!!
    Diane Kosbau
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    5star
    As already stated, the itinerary was really great. I had never heard of Gaudi before this tour and found his creations in Barcelona (Guell Park and the Sagrada Familia) so amazingly awesome. And the extra side trip to Monserrat was breathtakingly beautiful. Experiencing paella at the source was delicious as well.
    Nancy Mullaney
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    5star
    I actually prefer our free days because my husband and I are active travelers and we can cover a lot of ground pretty quickly. On the other hand, we would probably not have seen so much on our own because we didn't know the region well and we appreciated our excellent tour guide and local guides.
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    5star
    Cannot choose any specific tour. All were wonderful.
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    4star
    Area was very clean. Cities were beautiful. Local guides were excellent. It was nice having "the Whispers".
    Ruth Seeber
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    5star
    Loved Seville. But everything was my favorite. Couldn't have been more enjoyable
    Betty Zielinski
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    5star
    Visit to Granada and Valencia
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    5star
    Toledo - The old buildings, the narrow streets, the beautiful places of worship - and the friendly people as well as the great wine
    Paul Neutz
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    2star
    Done already in previous box
    Kevin Connolly
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    4star
    la Alhambra was the best tour...and the flamingo dancers...
    Jackie Osborn
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    5star
    Valencia paella and boat ride! BEst paella! yum!
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    5star
    Loved the trip hope we don't have to go through Newark Airport again
    Patricia Shoemaker
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    4star
    Outstanding tour guide and bus driver. Local guides and activities were excellent, almost all of the expected highlights and so much more. Missing the Alhambra was a huge disappointment but not Collette's fault in any way. The boat tour and huge paella in Valencia were fantastic after all the cathedrals!
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    4star
    loved the blend of old and new -- from Al Hambra, Moorish mosque, and other sights to Gaudi's Barcelona treasures..... with time on our own for the modern buildings from the aquarium to opera house in Valencia
    Martin Poretsky
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    3star
    refer to above comments. Inexperienced Tour Manager even though knowledgeable of Spain. Hotel Colon was excellent--definitely a high point especially since we extended for 3 days in Barcelona
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    3star
    See previous comments in Your Customer Experience
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    5star
    La Alhambra in Granada, also dinner in Madrid and Seville sights and dinner. Madrid Prado we did on our own-a must. Old cities of Toledo, Cordoba and Valencia.
    Ursula Melendi
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    5star
    Spain Classics hit all the right notes all of the stops were great but Valencia and Barcelona were my favorites.
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    5star
    This was an overall fantastic experience. The included sites were wonderful, and there was time to explore independently. Hotel locations were excellent. This is a great tour for those who enjoy art, history, culture, and having a good time! It is a busy tour because travelers are exposed to so many places and experiences. Spain is a big country, and we were able to see so much of it on this tour. Our tour manager facilitated and orchestrated the trip very well. She really provided a top quality experience that we could not replicate on our own. Collette takes the worry out of logistics so that you can really enjoy your trip.
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    5star
    Our tour guide was remarkable. Dealt easily with several serious health issues w/o missing a step with the rest of the tour. Adapted our itinerary quickly to accommodate closure of one of the highlight locations we all wanted to see. More than made up for that closure. Ernesto was the best!
    Randy Holmberg
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    4star
    As previously stated, a bit disappointed in the quality of the accommodations and the included meals. Also, it would be reasonable to expect to know the available additional excursions more than 7 days prior to departure.
    Higino Paula
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    2star
    I meant to do 5 stars but could not redo--- tours were very good
    Elsie Dobrzanski
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    3star
    My previous review is sufficient. Fatima rates very high on my favourite memories; also would be Obidos. On both these stops we spent most of the tours on our own. Alhambra ranks right up there. Our tour of th Lladro factory and the Paella experience are two of my favourites as well.
    Lynn Cameron
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    5star
    Too many to mention loved the cities visited and all the attractions in all the cities we spent time in.
    Dennis Fusco
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    4star
    As stated above, good overall tour. The Flamenco evening was memorable, as was the tour of the Cathedral/Mosque in Cordoba, was great.
    Norman Johnson
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    3star
    This should have been rated 5 because of all the walking, up and down hills.
    Janet Lundeen
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    3star
    See above for more specific tour comments. Most enjoyable times for us were walking around Seville and Valencia, beautiful cities. Also, a tour of the Seville bullfighting museum was a highlight and not a part of the tour. Not including the heritage of Spain in the tour would be like skipping the Civil War battlefields in the USA. We understand that bullfighting is not politically correct and controversial but part of their culture in the past and still occurs in many places.
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    5star
    Variety and organisation all done efficiently and smoothly
    Beverley Dyson
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    2star
    Optional excursions were overpriced. Made relatively few personal purchases while on tour other than nominal gifts to bring to people back home.
    Elliott Rosenberg
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    3star
    Granada, Toledo, Barcelona streets.
    Steven Broughton
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    4star
    The tour was very nice and the guests were very congenial. I most enjoyed the Sagarada Familia in Barcelona.
    Jackson Fray
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    5star
    First class tour manager and coach driver took us to a good variety of must see sights. Favourite was the interior of the non-scheduled Segrada Familia in Barcelona. Otherwise the Mesquito in Cordova. You should include this!
    Terrance Kirby
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    5star
    All of it. It was a wonderful tour and are guide was excellent and caring.
    Jeffrey Wilson
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    5star
    Since this was the first time in Spain and Portugal I didn't know what to expect. The countries were amazing while different from some of the other European cities I've visited. I really enjoyed getting to see the countryside and the excursions taken outside the large cities. One complaint was not being able to go to Al Hambra. I was really looking forward to it. But Collette and the guide did an excellent job on making up for the mistake. As well, I was really disappointed in the extra excursion I paid for - the night tour of Barcelona. While the dinner was good, what I really paid for was the tour of Barcelona at night. But we never got the tour. The bus driver drove us around pretty much where we had already been that day, and it seemed like all we did was drive around and around the tunnels. I was pretty disappointed and in the future will not pay for any extra excursions ahead of time but will make the decision while on the trip.
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    5star
    I would love to go back to Sevilla and spend the whole day at Plaza de Espana.
    Jo Ann Mercado
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    4star
    The tour group was too large.
    Philip Oldershaw
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    5star
    Outstanding leader. Very professional and friendly.
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    5star
    Great experience, loved Barcelona, and all tours during trip. Had wonderful weather, which was a pleasant surprise.
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    5star
    Loved Lisbon and Barcelona, Alhambra was amazing
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    4star
    Felt their was too much time on a bus and not enough diversity in what we were taken to when off the bus.
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    5star
    Notice should be given in the travel documents that the hotels in Spain do not provide wash cloths so you would know to pack your own. The Montserrat optional excursion was outstanding.
    Sherry
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    5star
    Well organized and good pace for tours and sites, competent and knowledgeable tour manager, mostly good hotels in good locations Toledo and Cordoba city tours were the highlight for us since we had previously visited Barcelona Air travel from Toronto via Philadelphia to Lisbon works well because we cleared US customs before boarding in Toronto and our luggage was sent through and we didn't have to re-enter security before boarding the international flight to Lisbon. Very different story returning to Toronto from Barcelona via Philadelphia as we had to clear US customs, reclaim our luggage and re-enter departures and clear security again...very crowded, nearly missed our flight to Toronto, our luggage didn't make it and had to be delivered to our home a day later. Collette should have arranged direct flights from/to Toronto which were available. Corinthia hotel in Lisbon was outstanding, hotel meals were excellent quality and moderate prices. Melia Galgos hotel in Madrid leaves a lot to be desired. Because of the short time in Madrid, a better hotel outside the city centre would not be a problem because there was no advantage to being near the city centre.
    Keith M.
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    5star
    the only problem was we arrived early in the morning after 9 hours on planes and had to sit for 5 hours to get into our rooms. either get a later flight or reserve some rooms for those who arrive early. alsoneed more shopping time.
    Mary
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    5star
    I think that the tour covered the highlights of Spain very well. However, we would have liked to spend a little more "free time" in Cordoba, Seville, and Toledo. The two extra days that we spent in Barcelona were well worth the additional time. It should be noted that the tour of Cordoba is a relatively strenuous "walk" for some of the older people that we had on our tour....that should be rated as a "4" and not a 3. The tour of the Lladro factory should perhaps be an "extra: and not necessarily included in the tour.
    Ronald
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    5star
    This is a fairly intensive tour, with lots of places visited and a couple of long bus rides. Several people had trouble with the substantial amount of walking, some of it uphill over broken pavement. The tour manager helped them use taxis to avoid the worst parts and yet not miss anything of the tour. Madrid is a large modern city, not much different from any other large modern city but with lots of monuments and some world-class art museums. We knew we had most of the day we arrived in Madrid to ourselves, so we used the time to visit the Prado, and that was great (get tickets in advance online!). Toledo, Cordoba, and Granada have impressive remnants from the Moorish occupation and the Catholic reconquest, but Collette is right to not schedule a lot of time there. Seville and Valencia were enjoyable to visit, but the various cathedrals do start to look alike. The final stop was Barcelona, which I think was everyone's favorite. The architecture of even the most pedestrian buildings, the extensive park areas, the Gaudi buildings, and the cheerfulness and helpfulness of the people really made it stand out. Nowhere in Spain did we encounter hostility or indifference, but we had quite a bit of free time in Barcelona and our interactions with the locals were always memorable. The highly-publicized Las Ramblas was wall-to-wall tourists, and the side streets were largely empty. The markets were fun to walk through. One mistake we made was to use tapas as a substitute for a normal meal, thinking that this would let us try a wide variety of dishes. Tapas, though, is the equivalent of pub food, and it does not provide the same experience as sitting down for a standard three-course restaurant meal. Eating food that is different from what we eat at home is an important part of the travel experience for us. Our final meal on our own in Barcelona in an ordinary restaurant was excellent and came to about $100 for the two of us. We did not go on any of the optional trips. Our experience has been that dinner-and-nightime-tour options are not as enjoyable as walking around the city and making our own dinner arrangements, and they are expensive. We feel that all of the included meals are prepared and served for quick service to a horde of people, people who might not enjoy truly "native" cuisine. The local guides were a mixed bag; they sometimes added to our enjoyment, but often they just recited a long list of names and dates that went in one ear and out the other. We had brought euros, but we did most of our spending using our US chip-and-signature/no foreign fee credit card, and never had a problem. The hotels were very nice with one one-night exception (which we all told Collette about!), and the included meals were OK with the exception of one dinner where the food was very simply prepared and poorly served (a lot of us told Collette about that, too). As we expected, we had excellent weather throughout the trip, important when you spend a lot of time outside. Most places were crowded with tourists, although May is considered pre-season; Barcelona was particularly overrun because several cruise ships were in port. Bottom line: this was a very enjoyable trip, and Collette is a reliable provider of packaged tours.
    Harlan
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    4star
    More of a variety is needed on this tour. Entirely too many churches included as part of the tour.
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    We did not have to second guess anything because everything was taken care of for us.
    Susy
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    Tour to be recommended if you want to visit and learn about some of Spain's cities. Favourite place was Valencia.
    Linda
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    Most memorable? How does one choose?? However, I loved Gaudi in Barcelona and Montserrat. Also, LIsbon is a fascinating city.
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    The tour manager was great! Although there was lots of walking, I expected it and the sights were marvelous. Could have used one more day in Barcelona. Nice balance of tours and time on our own. Local guides were very good, except Yvonne needs more practice. She had a lot of dead air - she could have told us lots of trivia and it would have added to the experience.
    Juliana
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    5star
    We enjoyed the city tours in Obidos , Madrid and Lisbon tours.
    Clifford
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    I would not do the Barcelona by Night Tour. You can' see anything from the bus. Loved all the cities, just wish there was more time to visit some of the art museum.
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    The best part of our tour was, by far, our tour guide, Jo! She was knowledgeable, funny, kind, informative and took great care of us.
    Margery
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    Each city we visited had a unique beauty which made it special.
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    Favorite meal was the paella in Valencia . OMG it was delicious along with watching it made. I loved the fanfare when it was brought into the dining room.
    Barbara
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    The picture post card view of Toledo and the Alhambra tour in Granada.
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    4star
    The tour was good and the tour guide was great! The hotels were varied..some were good but, small..some were better. The meals provided neede improvement in most cases. Some thought should be given to making bus rides shorter so that a whole day isn't limited to a day on the bus...maybe high speed trains? More time to explore Madrid and a more centrally located hotel...the town's center should be a reasonable walking distance.
    Joan

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