We booked several tours through Julia travel (their tours not third party). We did the highlights of Barcelona (full day) and Freixenet/Stigas (1/2 day). The highlight tours of Barcelona were exactly that an overview of what is to see. However, the afternoon and morning were entirely different experiences with some common items anyone should be aware of.
The major difference was the tour guide. In the am the guide did NOT adhere to the schedule and waited for some people to return to the motor coach (after having said there was a few minute grace period. At one stop it was over 20 minutes which caused us to miss some sights. The afternoon we actually left one person who did not return after 10 minutes and had a much better experience.
A common item is language. Even though both tours were primarily english speaking the guides both started in Spanish (the first 1/2 day was 90% english speaking), the afternoon was about 60% (with 3 other languages). This means that as you pass points of interest you may MISS the place entirely by the time the explanation is provided.
That being said we would have had to take taxis to several of the points which would have cost more. Also it was a highlights which means no time to really explore. If the morning tour had followed the schedule and both tours had started with the language of the majority of the visitors it would have been okay
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