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Cicerone Visit Granada
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Granada and Albaicin Walking Tour
Ranked #8 of 91 Tours in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: CICERONE is the oldest company in Granada in individual tourism. Since 2003 we offer the best guided walks in Granada, because we are specialists in the city and we guide our clients, helping them to take a pleasant memory of our city. Today we have no competitors in Granada and our tours have numerous awards and certificates of quality guaranteeing us. Our most popular services, besides our private walking tour, are our Walking tour: Historical city centre an Albayzin, the Walking tour at twilight: Albayzin and Gipsy Sacromonte, the visit to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, or our ghostly route of Mysterious Granada.
Yonkers, New York
1 review
“it can improve”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

I felt some areas received far too much emphasis (like the Alcaicin, the Coal Inn etc) and with less dwelling on topic for each site (whose importance culturally and historically was usually reiterating the same story and tended to be repetitious) the guide could have shortened the tour which for my group went over the two hours. Too often the heavily accented guide whose limited (not too fluent) command of English caused her to suffer in clarity would use the same phrases with rare variation to drive the similar points throughout the city. She should learn a variety of synonyms to enrich her talk. I think "The Catholic monarchs" was heard far too frequently. "Nobeeleety peepol" can be expressed as nobility, aristocracy, the nobles, the aristocrats, the ruling class... etc. It took us a long while to decipher that something she kept referring to turns out to be "hydraulics" Many times I wished that I had taken the tour in SPANISH (which I suspect might have been more explicit and engaging, using the exact terms for what was being conveyed, rather than simple and basic attempts at communicating important historic concepts. It came off as an all too simplistic explanation of almost everything you saw. It had very little to teach me. However, as it was essential in taking you through areas one might have gotten lost in, or bypassed, with little understanding of what one was seeing, I did enjoy the experience. Hence the 4 stars. I Just wonder if that is their best tour guide and envy whoever lucked out with a more English-proficient one.

Visited August 2012
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Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good walking tour”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Good walking tour (about 2 hrs), covering the main history and buildings in old Granada. Pointed out buildings and other things I would have otherwise missed. The guide's accent can sometimes be hard to understand but this is the case for most Spanish speakers. Enjoyable and interesting - bring your camera.

Visited July 2012
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Austin, TX
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Walking Tour”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

The tour at a little under two hours was just the right length. Covered enough of the Old Grenada area to get a good sense of the city. The guide was enthusiastic and spoke English well. The tour took us to a couple of sites that we probably wouldn't have found ourselves like the old merchants inn (sorry, forgot the proper name). Planning Note: the tour does not cover the Alhambra.

Visited July 2012
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mariacicerone, Gerente at Cicerone Visit Granada, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
We thank you very much for your review Our most importan task is to offer our clients an experience of our wonderful city that they will keep in their memory in the future.
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Enjoyable but a little difficult to understand”
Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

Our tour guide was Stephanie and she was obviously very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Granada. For the most part, I found her to be very interesting and we visited places that we probably would have skipped or, if we had visited, not completely understood. I also greatly appreciated her willingness to comment on subjects that didn't directly relate to the tour. My rating of 4 stars rather than 5 is due to Stephanie's accent, which at times was extremely heavy and difficult to understand.

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mariacicerone, Gerente at Cicerone Visit Granada, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
Dear client, we thank you very much for your report. Regarding Stephanie´s accent, she is aware of the complaints & she is on the way to improve her accent & intonation in english. We are happy to hear that the rest of the aspects of our tour have been positive for you & thank you & other participants for giving objective & real reports of your experience in Granada, they are the best help for us to improve.
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“Great tour”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

A great way to start your visit in granada.to get to know the layout of the city and it's history. We normally don't take city tours but this one was fantastic and made us understand and recognize architecture from diffrent times.

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, Maria A. Valdecasas at Cicerone Visit Granada, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
We are happy that you took our tour & are also happy that, being your first time with walking tours, the experience was positive. The city of Granada has an amazing history to tell, & in CICERONE we are happy & proud to be able to tell it to visitors like you, who end up loving our history & our city.
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