Small Group Andalucia Tour – Oct ‘19
The tour was excellent. Small compatible group, well-planned itinerary. The tour guide, ‘Yolande’, was a standout, extremely helpful, and we were very grateful for her efforts in re-organizing our last day and ensuring our accommodation for an extra day in Madrid. I’d recommend the tour to anyone genuinely interested in educating themselves about Spanish history & culture.
Regards, Michael & Deborah
A Private Trip for 2 Ladies Travelling in Morocco, June 2019
A belated, but heartfelt thank you for the wonderful tour you organised for us through Morocco. We had the best time, particularly also because Houssein was the most amazing driver/tour guide. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He was a true gentleman and looked after us really well. The itinerary worked very well and we liked all the accommodation too.
Thank you so much for organising such a beautiful and memorable trip. Missing the desert was also a good tip.
Warm Regards, Ernestine & Janet
12 days North of Spain and Portugal Coach Tour – May 2019
In appreciation of the professional manner displayed by your staff in organizing the above trip for us here are a few highlights.
Each and every tour guide showed courtesy, passion for and deep knowledge of their subject areas. Translations to English were clear and informative. Each of our 4 drivers showed patience and kindness conducting us safely in many different environments.
Santillana, Santander, Lugo, La Coruna and Santiago de Compostela in particular were stand-out destinations in Spain. In Portugal the Celtic house ruins and museum at Valenca do Mino were arresting as were Brago and Porto. Coimbra’s university history and ancient laneways fascinated us and in Lisbon the full day guided bus tour packed in almost too much in one day! A boat trip that evening gave amazing views of both sides of the Rio Tejo and the Belem Tower.
Thank you all so much for booking the extra experiences such as the Sagrada Familia as well as tips for eating, dining and generally have wonderful adventures in Barcelona and Madrid before and after our 12 day coach trip.
We’d have no hesitation in endorsing your company to others.
Alasdair and Rachel MacRae
Madrid & Andalucia Coach Tour, Oct-Nov ’18
Thank you so much for arranging our recent travel to southern Spain including travel, transfers and relevant accommodation. ALL bookings made by you worked out 100 percent and we were completely satisfied.
Further, the service provided by YOU during our dealings was exceptional which included telephone contact, email and relevant document delivery.
A VERY BIG THANK YOU from us both.
Kind regards, Ian Haigh and Christine Sharry (Canberra)
A trip to Spain/Morocco – Sep ‘18
Again, thank you for organising such a great trip for us. The culture, monuments and buildings are unique and of such historical interest. There were no problems at any stage.
I would like to thank your local operator, who met us at the hotel initially, left her phone number if any problems arose and organised things so well.
The hotels were all of excellent quality, close to the action with very friendly, helpful staff.
We had really good guides along the way – Momo the standout in Fes- and our Morocco driver Mouard was a really nice guy, though a bit of a rally driver, which took some getting used to. Driving in Spain was quite easy and Google navigation worked well except for the narrow tight street areas, where I think any system would struggle – the road system generally is excellent and easy to manage.
Madrid- Hotel Villa Real is very central, a nice hotel- close to shops, restaurants and monuments and museums-we walked everywhere (the local metro station was out of action anyway)- Julia Travel office was about 20 minutes away, where most of our day trips started. The hop on-off bus was a good idea- was a good way to orientate ourselves- the English commentary was good. The Prado guide was great, taking us to selected artworks, rather than being overwhelmed by the whole gallery. Avila and Segovia are a must visit- Avila had their Santa Theresa festival, with lots of people in medieval costumes dancing and doing medieval things. Toledo was also a fascinating place with the “three cultures” represented and the various associated buildings/churches. The Finca Loranque winery was also well worth the visit- Lorenzo the owner/winemaker was a very hospitable fellow and the wine was very good.
The train to Cordoba was very easy-the stations close to both hotels. The NH Collection Hotel again easy walking distance to all activities and historical sites in Cordoba and had no trouble with AVIS car pick up.
The Alhambra and Generalife gardens in Granada was the best palace- the hotel was very central to restaurants and night life and a longish but manageable walk to the Alhambra. We also visited the Capilla Real to see Isabela and Ferdinand’s tomb and the Calle Calderia Nueva was interesting for shopping/market stalls, which prepared us for Morocco.
Malaga-the highlight was the Picasso museum, close to the hotel. We had a walk to the beach and had a swim which was quite scenic- we are so lucky having the blue Pacific Ocean here and not the brown Atlantic.
Ronda was wonderful- the views, the bridge Puerto Neuvo (our Parador was just above the this, which we preferred to the old town area) and the old town- The church Inglesia de Santa Maria le Mayor is worth a visit.
Arcos de la Frontera, a fascinating “white” town on a hilltop- parked the car in a carpark at the bottom of the hill (very cheap) and walked up or there was a motor train. There are fine buildings, though closed in the old plaza but the views are spectacular.
The hotel in Cadiz was quite a long walk to the old town, Cathedral and Roman theatre, – we opted to walk but there is a bus available. We were very happy with the beach location and had several swims, also was close to restaurants/bars.
Seville – the Becquer Hotel again was ideally situated and an easy walk to most activities. –the river and restaurants, the bullring, the shops and the sights-the Cathedral was huge and the Alcazar a hit– we had an excellent guide here. Great area to walk around. I can highly recommend the night concert at the Museo del Baile Flamenco.
Ryan Air to Fes was no trouble at all- on time and very comfortable, though I gather the next week many staff went on strike over wage disputes.
Fes was a highlight-we had an excellent guide Momo, who had been a university English teacher and he was such a nice guy. The buildings, ceramics and plaster work were amazing in the Merdesas and the Palace. We did the rounds of the ceramic factory, leather goods, woodwork and even a musical instrument shop and bought useful items. We had a very good medina tour and ate at a local restaurant, though Lee had trouble with the camel and goat heads and entrails on the butcher shop counters.
Volubilis was impressive as a Roman outpost, with much still standing. We had a good guide Ben Ben in Meknes (he said he had had 7 wives) who was very charming and friendly- the golf course built by the King in the Royal Palace grounds looked in great shape-shades of Donald Trump.
The Atlas Mountains trip was impressive. The drive up the mountains had plenty of hairpin bends but the views were spectacular. The hotel Widiane at the dam at Bin El-Ouidane was probably one of the best on the trip.
Marrakech was all I had imagined- The Riad Vanilla Sma was very comfortable and close to the action- located in the middle of the medina up several narrow alleyways- they gave us a detailed map which was easy to follow, though once we were a bit lost and a friendly shop keeper pointed us in the right direction. Had early difficulties with the motor bikes driving at speed up the crowded medinas, but everyone seemed to manage. The Djemaa el Fna Square is certainly never dull! Several good restaurants on the square-all alcohol free- though there are bars in streets leading off the square, but food and drink costs are much higher there. Our guide Younes took us up many shopping streets and shops and to the Palace though the Museum was closed.
The Essaouira trip was very worthwhile to see the countryside and the farming aspects. Was a great walk through the town and port with another Younes, who said he had learnt his English watching films and TV.
No problems with the flight to Madrid- a final walk around there and a bit of shopping and the transfer to the airport the next day.
Overall a great trip with the history, the vast array of buildings and monuments, the great food variety and the friendly helpful people. We found various good restaurants along the way.
Once again thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful trip. Would be happy to pass on any further thoughts/information if needed.
Best Wishes Tony and Lee
Just thought I would touch base regarding our wonderful no drama holiday to Europe.
Everything ran smoothly so I thank you for such good organising.
Loved the Rove City Hotel in Dubai (2 min walk to Deira shopping mall, hop on off bus & metro station ) it was modern, quirky, clean, with helpful staff & all that was needed.
Loved Porto – Morocco was great and also hectic.
It was hectic getting to Italy as plane sat on tarmac for 2 hrs from Madrid so timetable was tight. I would recommend the Villa Accini in Monterosso as it was a good choice, laid back for 4 days off main strip also Monterosso was the better choice for us of all Cinque Terre towns after seeing them, we even caught a train to Levanto for morning.
So with no hitches really it was a great trip.
2 weeks in Northern Spain (Basque – La Rioja – Cantabria) – May 2018
The hotel in San Sebastian (Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra) was terrific. Its position is great & a sea view room a must. We had a great one so thanks for ensuring this for us. The hotels bar, overlooking the esplanade, was enjoyed a couple of times. There was an excellent concierge. She obtained a last minute booking for us at Mugaritz (Michelin star & currently 9th best restaurant in the world) on the first night (a WOW experience & such a fluke that she got the booking). She steered us very well for every evening meal that followed (from traditional fare, to more modern gastronomy with a vege focus – Astelena). We filled the days well, with the guided cycle tour of the town that you’d organised, taking a local bus to the fishing village of Getaria, walking the San Sebastian esplanade daily, doing its funicular climb (with the unmissable view), wandering the old town, making some (Texan) friends, discovering a terrific little art gallery (selling works by current Spanish artists), going on the Rioja day tour, and much Basque eating & drinking. Andrew braved the sea temps, not me. The weather was mild and mostly clear. The place wasn’t teeming with visitors/tourists. All in all a very good time of year to visit I think. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Rioja day tour was excellent. Our guide, Mikel, couldn’t have been better. Well informed on the wine industry, but also the history of the region, and its current social and political conditions. We enjoyed everything we explored with him, from the vineyard stops and tastings, to small towns, and driving through the various landscapes. His vehicle was very comfortable, his English excellent, and the weather delivered bright blue sky all day.
Bilbao was the start of our holiday as you know. Andrew had gone in advance of me for the rugby events. When I arrived we did well exploring each day. Visited the Guggenheim, explored the old quarter, used the hotel bikes several times to explore the streets, discovered some very enjoyable restaurants (including one in the hillside overlooking Bilbao (Kate Zaharra) for Andrews birthday lunch). We had a particularly good day catching the local metro to the port town of Portugalete. We crossed the landmark iron Vizcaya bridge and on foot walked much of the seaside’s grand esplanade, ogling at the historic mansions (there’s good signage on the esplanade describing the individual grand homes). We stumbled on a super sea view restaurant mid-way, for a most enjoyable lunch. The Portugalete day was certainly a joint activity highlight.
Santander also surprised us. We didn’t have huge expectations of it but it capped off the holiday well, a little taste of Cantabria. The new Renzo Piano designed art gallery on the water is a fabulous space. The hotel was in a good location for us, affording long walks by water, and all well landscaped. The Magdalena park, with its palace, is lovely and affords some great views. We also worked out the local bike hire system and enjoyed exploring some flatter routes of the city that way. Yet again, we indulged in some excellent eating and wines, notably at La Bombi, which the hotel recommended.
Again, thanks for organising us so well. Lindy
Spain – Tren Al Andalus 7 Day Luxury Train Andalucia Itinerary, Seville-Seville – April/May 2018
We’ve been back nearly two weeks and have reflected on the impact of our trip to Spain and Portugal in various ways; overall it was very positive and we would do it again.
Firstly, let me say that all the trip activities you helped us with went off very smoothly. I would certainly recommend a day trip to Gibraltar having gone as far south as Seville. The Hotel Alphonse XIII was certainly a luxurious (5-star) hotel in a beautiful location; we enjoyed our stay there. All the short train trips were on time and the seats you selected were excellent; snacks/light meals were severed in the first class compartments.
Secondly, the most positive aspects of the Tren Al Andalus activities were the guided tours of towns (especially Ronda and Cordoba) and the description of their features (e.g., fortress-like structures and the Gothic mosque/cathedral). The English-speaking guides were generally excellent (language and historical knowledge-wise), such that some of the German-speaking guests joined our tour group! The train crew (especially the major directress) was superb and readily made adjustments when needed. As the train merely went short distances it remained overnight in train stations, much like a ‘stationery-type hotel’ or cruise ships. The composition of the guests (56 in all) included: 26 German speakers (two were from Austria and the rest from Germany); 10 Spanish speakers; 2 French speakers; and 18 English speakers (four from Australia, ourselves and a couple from Canberra; four from the UK and ten from the US).
In closing, I would recommend the Tren Al Andalus (Seville to Seville) tour to prospective travellers and I would certainly recommend Timeless Tours & Travel.
19 days in Morocco – April/May 2018 – Family Adventure
Morocco was fantastic! The trip you planned worked really well for us, we wouldn’t have wanted to skip any of the parts, if only we had a bit more time to spend extra time in some of the towns… Essaouira especially, the riad there was really beautiful (and the people who ran it were so laid back and helpful).
There was a few times where we thought you must have done even more than you needed to when Bianca was offered a vege meal before she asked or we ended up with the best room in the place… we might never know, maybe it’s also the Alize people? I spoke to Mr Simo once, I think it was a Sunday but he got straight back to me and made sure our connection was certain.
And special mention to Houcine – he was amazing. He took us to local places which were tastier and cheaper than the tourist places. When I left my hat in Chefchaouen he somehow arranged for it to come back to me in Marrakech… god knows how many hands it had been through but there it was at the door of the riad from some guy on a motorbike more than a week after I’d left it behind thousands of kms away… he really went further than anyone would expect.
So thanks so much for all your efforts, you really know your stuff. There were no problems and so many amazing memories. We feel like we saw every part of it he country but never felt stressed even though we covered a huge distance.
We leave Morocco hoping we can go back sometime but we’ll just have to settle for seeing our rug and putting our feet up on a big leather poof…
Father – Daughter Private 6 day Program in Morocco: Casablanca – Fes – Rabat, April 2018
Thanks Holly. Trip was great. We will check out desert and Marrakech next time.
Thanks for good service. Michael
5 day Andalucia & Toledo Coach Tour – December 2017
Just wanted to tell you that the Schnabls loved their tour. There were only 17 pax and the guide etc was fantastic.
Thanks so much. Regards, Debbie from Sabra Travel
Spain Holiday – Madrid , Andalucia & Barcelona Coach Tour Package – April 2017
Jenny & I arrived home earlier this week after a fantastic 6+ weeks in Europe. Whilst the weather particularly in the UK was cold , we had very little rain overall – about 3 days only. We enjoyed everything, but without doubt the highlight of the holiday was our 2 weeks in Spain and the Timeless tour of Andalucía & Barcelona.
Spain was fascinating the old cities with the “Moorish” influence in the buildings – so beautiful, the fabulous food, the weather, and above the great people on the tour. We enjoyed our time in Barcelona with the Gaudi buildings, but we would return to Madrid tomorrow. We are sorry you missed our group “night out” in Valencia – all the Australians had a night out which cemented new friendships that had been made.
Finally it was a delight to meet up with you – who would believe the great personal service we received from Timeless in sending you as our own travel adviser on our tour !!!
Jenny and I would be most happy to recommend Timeless to our friends and potential customers of Timeless.
Thanks again, and we look forward in getting in touch with you in regard to our next trip to Spain.
With our best wishes,
Jenny & Duncan
Spain & France Holiday – April 2017
Hi Tom & Holly
Many thanks for your travel arrangements, A few comments:
Train travel was great!
The tour from Bordeaux to St Emilion was very wine focused which Glyn enjoyed, I would have preferred more time to walk around the town, but was good, San Sebastian was really fun. We took local bus one day to Bilbao to see the Guggenhein museum.
Loved Barcelona, the flamenco show was excellent. I was a bit sceptical as have seen flamenco dancers previously & found them boring, but this show had some excellent musicians, 2 male dancers, & male singers – really good. Tour of Sagrada Familia was wonderful. Tapas evening tour was just great, had a wonderful young guide who led us all around the city, up back streets, into little shops (which we went back to the next day), to markets, can recommend this tour. Hop on, hop off bus pass was worthwhile and The tour to Montserrat was interesting, there was only the two of us on the tour. Gave us a delicious lunch at Santa Cecilia Church. Was great that our tour went early before all the buses arrived.
All our hotels were excellent. Don’t think there were any that had any issues.They were all pretty central & close to city centres & walking distance from sights.
Spain Holiday – Julia Barcelona, Andalucia, Madrid Coach Tour Package – January 2016
Lovely tour arrangements, thank you. Will look you up for any other vacations that we take.
Europe in the Winter – Spain Coach Tour Package – Jan ‘16
Hi Holly, the tour went really well. gr8 cities. excellent guides and fun tour group! thx for everything. they have given us a good room at santo domingo this time!
Private Tour Portugal, Spain, Venice, Dubai Sept/Oct 2015
I am sorry I haven’t contacted you before to let you know what a great trip Jim and I had thanks to all your organising.
Most things went very smoothly. Dubai was great, Venice was beautiful, Portugal and Spain were great and the accommodation amazing.
All the flights were very good and loved our seating on the way home.
Thanks again for your hard work to ensure we had a great holiday.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the new year.
Lynda and Jim
Spain and Portugal Tailor-made program – June 2015
All in all it was a great trip. I am very grateful for all the trouble you took to cater for my needs and particularly to accommodate me in with Dianne’s group. I loved my time in Portugal,especially in Porto, really related to the Fado music and felt at home with the Portugese people. I think my great, great grandfather’s spirit was working on me. I had been disappointed when I left Ireland that I hadn’t had the experience of a lock – what a great surprise to have two on the Duro river – it was very exciting and a highlight for me. I had no trouble with my dietary requirements as I had a notebook with them written in both Spanish and Portugese and once the wait people read it they were so helpful. Great for tourism.
The northern Spain tour (E-478) was great, only nine people on a sixty seater bus. Hotels generally good. Tour guide great.
Self-drive a bit stressful, very narrow streets, some places hard to find. We would recommend the train too. Tour people in Madrid very helpful.
Overall a terrific holiday, maybe better in May or September as we had 40c in Madrid and Seville!
Many thanks for all your arrangements. Steve