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“Not what I had envisioned”

Excursions Barcelona
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Sailing in Barcelona
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Owner description: TO CONTACT US. Just a websearch with excursionsbarcelona. City tours, Sailing & our famous Kayaking & Snorkeling Day Tour in La Costa Brava. We're a group of guides, instructors and adventure seekers that take pride in making your vacation something that we ourselves would like to experience: relaxed yet exciting, organized yet open-ended. In a word, we'd like to make your trip different than any other tour company could offer. Avoid the masses with our small group bike and walking tours and witness the lights, history, architecture and funny stories of Barcelona. Explore the famous Montjuic on an electric bike or wonder the historic small streets of old Barcelona. Get out of the city and experience the beautiful Costa Brava via Kayak and Snorkeling. We're affordable, fun, and like a very knowledgeable friend that you are visiting here in Barcelona. We look forward to hearing from you!
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Disclaimer, this is not a bad tour, it just did not meet my expectations as a solo traveler with kayaking and diving experience. But if you have either, please read review

I signed up to this tour for the advertised 'get away from the crowds of Barcelona and relax in private coves'.
There where 50 people on our tour, we filled a coach, I was a solo traveler, looking to relax and swim in the med.

The tour started from the main strip at Costa brava, which was not the private coves advertised. We were split into groups of 10, as 50 is alot of people. But the tour did not say it was a two person kayak. So we all had to share. Not comfortable to share with a persons husband you don't know. Who's family pictures im now in (poor bloke) There was no consideration of ability either, but guy I was paired with was thankfully awesome. Still an option to have a single kayak would have been appreciated.

Then there's the snorkeling. There was no snorkeling. It was all jumping off rocks and scaring fish. The marine conservation site you pushed us through, there were no fish. But with 50 people pushed through, no surprises.

Our guide was great, and his personality lifted the group. I'm sure everyone had a great time, but for someone with experience it was a tourist trap nightmare.

I do love the med though, so average marks.

1  Thank Natalie C
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Stevie P, Manager at Excursions Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

First of all, all feedback is important to us and we appreciate all our clients helping us to keep growing and improving our service. Though we wish you had read our website before booking this tour or I wonder if you are confusing two different websites.
Unlike some other sites, we do not state anywhere on our website that we visit private coves nor escape from the Barcelona crowds. Barcelona and surrounding areas are hugely popular with holidaymakers. Private coves just don't exist this time of year in Spain.
You can also not only read on our website that we use double kayaks but you can also see them in our many photos. Not sure how we can be more clear about that.

We use the kayaks are a means of exploring the area. These are silent without the use of motors, unlike dive boats. Not sure why you think that silent kayaks are worse than big dive boats with big engines and propellers.

But we are very happy that you had a great experience with our guide, we pride ourselves on our professional and dynamic team!

For those who read this review, please note. We go to a beautiful spot on La Costa Brava. Now that we are in peak season there are others there and it can become a popular place, like all beautiful places in the world. We also use double kayaks as stated on our website. We encourage everyone to read all the information on our website before booking a tour with us so you will know exactly what to expect.

The review above this one is from actual dive instructors. Experienced divers know that you are never guaranteed to see the same animals and sea conditions every day. This is nature and we never know what to expect.

Thanks

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

The kayaking and snorkeling excursion was AMAZING! The staff members from Excursions Barcelona were welcoming, professional, and so much fun. I highly recommend going on an excursion with them. The memories made while on an excursion with them will last a lifetime. We will definitely be going back next time we're in Barcelona.

***Gerard was our tour guide and we couldnt have been happier with him. He was so fun to talk to, included each person in every activity, made an effort to learn all of our names, told us stories about the areas we explored, took tons of amazing pictures for us to have, made us all laugh the entire time, carried on fun conversations, and was an overall amazing guide. He's the best!

Thank Janelle R
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Stevie P, Owner at Excursions Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thanks for your great review!

Gerard will be blushing reading those lines!!
He is a great member of the team and a friend, we are glad you spent such an amazing day kayaking and snorkeling with him!
Hope to see you again next time you visit Barcelona!

Excursions Barcelona team

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Elena is a wonderful guide for this tour. She has a great personality and is constantly cracking jokes and having fun while still taking care of the group. This a beautiful adventure and a great work out!

Thank sydnee h
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Stevie P, Owner at Excursions Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review!

And thanks for trusting us to show you the beauty of la Costa Brava whil kayaking and snorkeling!

Excursions Barcelona Team

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We loved our excursion to Costa Brava with Elena! The area we went to was beautiful. The kayaking was so fun and we saw an octopus while snorkeling. Elena was very kind and was attentive to the needs of everyone in the group. She took pictures so we will be able to look back on them and remember the fun we had that day. Highly recommend.

Thank Debbie C
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Stevie P, Owner at Excursions Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thanks for your very nice review!

And thanks for joining us on our kayaking and snorkeling tour on la Costa Brava!
We hope you will like the photos!

Excursions Barcelona Team

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

The day was absolutely wonderful. Started off with welcoming staff at meeting point continued with a bus ride to destination. Good instructions for kayaking and snorkeling, clear blue sea and exciting tour around the mountains. Our guide Elena, was the best - funny and caring for her guests. Extra plus for vegetarian option for lunch.

Top recommended if you want a fun and different day close to Barcelona!

Thank VildeN22
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Stevie P, Owner at Excursions Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thanks for your amazing review!!

It is so nice to read you had a great time kayaking and snorkeling with Elena!
And thanks for mentioning our vegetarian option, we are trying our best to accommodate everyone!

Esxcurions Barcelona Team

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