Excellent tour

Lily Driskill from United States traveled to Portugal, Spain
5

We visited Porto, Faro, and stopped in Fatima en route to Coimbra, and back to Porto to take the train north to Santiago de Compostela. We took a Tuk Tuk tour in both Porto and Faro. Each driver and tour guide was unfailingly polite and helpful. Marina and GuWan in Porto made a good team, as did Alexandra and Andrea who drove us all the way from Faro to Coimbra. Ernesto, in Faro, stands out as an especially entertaining tour guide. Each guide, driver helped with either the wheelchair or accommodating Jim’s mobility challenges with the canes. The biggest challenge for us was getting onto and off the trains with all our gear. Other passengers were quick to help when they saw that we could use some assistance. The breakfast at Eva Senses provided an amazing variety of excellent quality, and we appreciated Fernando, the outstanding pianist there. None of the three hotels provided safety grips in the shower but this was not a problem because we brought a portable one that worked in each of the restrooms. The view from our room at Eva Senses was incredible and the hotel is well-located. The most spacious room was the Tivoli in Coimbra. When available, I would recommend first rather than second class train tickets. We lingered in Fatima, en route to Coimbra. The crowds were large due to an upcoming holy day. I telephoned the hotel in Coimbra and spoke with the tour guide who was to meet us there. In the end, we decided to cancel the Coimbra tour because it was such a long travel day and we were running late. The guide was gracious about the change: “Maybe next time.” Overall, we had an excellent tour and have now arrived safely in Santiago de Compostela. Big thanks to Firebird Tours.





























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October 10, 2022
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