Visite intéressante pour celui qui pratique la langue de Shakespeare, notamment dans le minibus local où le conducteur se contente d'expliquer en anglais et de mettre une cassette pour les francophones, qui malheureusement ne correspond à rien !! En outre les formalités administratives d'entrée et de sortie du territoire anglais sont assez rébarbatives ! Sinon la visite de la grotte et le spectacle avec les singes sont super !
If you start this trip from Malaga, you will spend about 2 hours each way on a bus as you pick up other folks at hotels along the way. The Marbella passengers were lucky...last pickup, first drop off. Time in Gibraltar is short, but you have time to walk down Main Street have lunch, drink, etc. The bus tour of the rock and cave was fast...but we had a awesome bus driver that made it interesting. Worth the time as an intro to Gibraltar to see if you want to go back and see more.
Gibraltar was beautiful and the staff was kind, BUT I felt mislead just before we arrived. When I purchased the tickets online weeks before the trip, I was under the impression that our tickets would take us all around the island, including up the mountain where most of the attractions are located. Minutes before arriving, we were told that I needed to purchase two additional tickets with cash to board a smaller bus that would actually tour the island for 50 Euros (25 per ticket). I don't like carrying a lot of cash during our travels, lucky for us I brought a 50 Euro bill with me that day. If I didn't bring cash with me, our trip would have been limited to the small town near the bus depot. The town is quite charming. But still I was extremely upset that I traveled to Gibraltar and almost missed out seeing the highlights; monkeys, St. Michael's Cave and the distant Africa outline on the southern side. Finally, my last huge complaint is that I was told to meet the tour in Malaga at 7 am. The reason that I was given was that the bus would not pick us up at our hotel which was a few towns west of Malaga, but east of Gibraltar (somewhere in the middle). This was no issue at first as we rented a car for our trip. We drove the Malaga, spend an additional 30 Euros to park and boarded the bus. Minutes into the trip, the bus started making stops picking up additional tourists. There were between 10 to 15 stops. This didn't bother me until we made a stop in the town that I was staying at, which was about two hours in! WHY, WHY, WHY was I told to travel to Malaga, when I could have met the bus at this other hotel? So not only did I have to spend an additional 80 Euros, we wasted at least six hours of our day because we were told to meet the tour at the first stop. Again, it pains me to write this complaint because both bus drivers and the tour guide were extremely nice. And Gibraltar is extremely beautiful and would recommend anyone to visit, just not on this tour. I've been on many site seeing tours throughout Europe, this was our worse.
Gibraltar - interesting yet odd. The monkeys were great to see in person. St. Michael's Cave was magnificent. The town/main shopping area itself was OK. Cute but nothing special. I felt the tour was rushed and would have liked at least one more hour to be on my own to explore. The tour guide Paco was really quite good - speaking 5 languages.He was knowledgeable and funny. The customs
I booked the tour directly from the website of VIATOR although it was more expensive than that advertised by Julia Travel. The reason for this was that when I read the reviews on the tour organised by Julia Travel many complained that the trip from Malaga to Gibraltar took much more time than the advertised duration of two hours. However, to my astonishment, when I booked I received an email form VIATOR informing me that the tour would be organised by Julia Travel. Thus I had paid the extra fee in vain.
The coach from Malaga took almost 4 hours to arrive at Gibraltar despite the fact that VIATOR advertises that the trip would take around 2 hours. This delay was due to the fact that there were many pick-ups on the way and the guide had to distance herself from the coach several times to pick up persons along the way. A more clear indication of the time which would be taken from Malaga to Gibraltar should have been given. We arrived at Gibraltar at around 10.45am and were given free time up to 12.30pm. Then we were led to different mini buses according to the preferred language and were informed that the coach would leave Malaga at 3pm sharp. The local guide for the city tour named Paul was commendable and he was both knowledgeable and friendly. However, we were rushed through the places we had to visit. In fact we were spared only 20 minutes to visit St Michaels caves and on our way to the coach parking area, at 2.45pm, Paul even received a telephone call asking him where we were. However, we arrived at the parking area within the following minute.
Our return to Malaga took much less and we arrived at our destination prior to 6pm. This means that although the tour was advertised as having a duration of approximately 12 hours, in our case it lasted only 11 hours whereas more time could have been allotted to us either during our city tour or during our free time. Prior to dropping the participants off, the guide even told us that whoever wished to give tips to her and the coach driver was free to do so. Notwithstanding this, almost none of those who were dropped off in Malaga gave any tips.
All in all, I opine that the tour was not quite worthwhile and it should give more value for money. It would pay whoever wishes to visit Gibraltar to do so on his own if he is able to do so.
This tour was underwhelming. We spent 7 hours on the bus and 4 hrs. actually touring at Gibraltar. Felt like we were on the milk run stopping at the various hotels/locations to pick up passengers. It was an exhausting and pricey tour for so little. The Julia Bus tour guide was pleasant but inefficient. He was not clear in his explanations of what passengers were to do next thus creating confusion. The small bus tour guide at Gibraltar, Phil, who drove us to St. Michael's cave and the monkeys was a 5 star guide. He did a great job. Our tour was on a Saturday which is the Sabbath day for the Jewish shop owners. Therefore their shops were closed thus giving less shopping options during the time on Main Street, Gibraltar, a major portion of the tour. Felt a little cheated in this aspect. I would not recommend this tour.