Rail Tour to Seville by AVE Train
Reviewed by: Andrew C, August 2012
This was great. Logistics were incredibly easy and smooth and our guide, Angel, was GREAT. At first his accent was heavy for us but our ear tuned quickly. He is extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to give us local insight. This was expensive but well worth it!
Reviewed by: Rosemary V, USA, March 2010
Reviewed by: Susan C, USA, August 2008
Reviewed by: Keith, Australia, September 2012
It's not so clear in the description that you will pretty much be left in Seville to wander around for 6 hours after the initial ~2hr walking tour, so be prepared and get a good map as Seville city center is very disorienting.
I was the only person on this tour and arrived by train (note it usually leaves about 5 mins before the set time!) When I arrived I was driven by a nice driver to the city center where I was pointed at to the meeting point for the walking tour at 11am. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The tour is a little short and only visited the Palace (pay your own) Jewish Quarter and the Cathedral. There are many many other nice places to visit in Seville for the remaining hours, including Plaza de Espana, the Bullring. The train station is a walkable distance (about 1 km) from the center to catch the fast train back to Madrid.
Another note is that you will need to go to collect your train tickets at a travel agency a day or 2 before the tour - this is not obvious in the Viator description. Also the Atocha train station is massive and you need to go to the Renfre departures section, not the same as the Metro station so give your self plenty of time to get there. I almost missed that 7:30am train in the morning.
Reviewed by: olga.rink, February 2012
Good. Confused with a meeting point at Seville. So that instructions are not enough
Reviewed by: cazzen, November 2011
This was a great tour. We had to catch the train at 6.30 am in Madrid and arrived at Seville at 9.15 and went to a hotel near the station for the start of the tour. Our tour guide was very good and we enjoyed walking through the Jewish quarter (Santa Cruz). We had a tour through the Cathedral and then surprisingly the tour ended. We were stranded in the middle of Seville at lunchtime with no idea where we were but managed to eventually find a tourist information centre (not an easy task) and get a map. We had wanted to visit the Royal Palace (Real Alcazar) which we did. At the end of our tour our guide gave us various options to fill in the rest of the day but didn't mention the Alcazar which was on our wish list. He also pointed in the general direction of how to get to various places like the river but that proved not to be easy without a map. Our train back to Seville did not leave until 7.15 pm so we had plenty of free time in Seville but without a map were unsure of how best to use that time.
Reviewed by: Michael S, USA, August 2010