Kimkim Trip Reviews for Spain

4.9
Based on 188 ratings
Read 188 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

Memorable trip but wouldn't use KimKim or Espiritu Travel again
Spain | Dec 20 - Jan 5, 2023

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Suzy M.
Walnut Creek, CA | Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

Planning and booking were just okay. I wouldn't use the service again. There were gaps between communication from Katerina which only became concerning as we were coming up on our travel date and hadn't received documentation. This was the most $ we had ever spent on a vacation and while I see the value of an app combined with some service from Katerina, I would have liked more hand holding. One of the main benefits I was hoping for and that was promoted was having someone local where we were... read more

Planning and booking were just okay. I wouldn't use the service again. There were gaps between communication from Katerina which only became concerning as we were coming up on our travel date and hadn't received documentation. This was the most $ we had ever spent on a vacation and while I see the value of an app combined with some service from Katerina, I would have liked more hand holding. One of the main benefits I was hoping for and that was promoted was having someone local where we were traveling who knew the ins and outs of where we were going and could recommend great experiences. Virtually all experiences that were booked for us were available on Viator. On some occasions there would be a driver who would take us around or pick us up at a train station or airport while on others we were on our own. I couldn't quite understand the difference. We were traveling over the holidays and Katerina told us everything would be closed on Christmas and New Year's. I was a bit nervous but absolutely everything was open so I ended up booking activities for us at additional cost. Unsure what happened there, and is just an example where local information didn't pan out. On a couple of occasions I had to reach out to Katerina on the app but others at Espiritu Travel responded as apparently she was on vacation as the same time as us. They were very helpful. Katerina was also on vacation while we were planning the trip so that was the explanation for the delay in communication and why our travel documents were delayed. We were traveling for 3 weeks so would need laundry services. Katerina indicated the hotels would be able to provide but none of our hotels had laundry service. We were able to find laundromats. There were some other things like a flamenco tour that was a 15-minute cab ride shortly after a 3.5 car ride to arrive in Granada. We just didn't go, it was too much driving and a rest after arriving would have been better timing. I had requested 3-star hotels to keep the budget down but would have liked to have more input to the location of the rooms or option to upgrade. We also had two adult children w/ us, boy and girl, and needed twin beds. That wasn't available at (just) one of the hotels, they said it hadn't been requested by KimKim. In Seville there was only 1 tour planned (e-bikes, really fun), and then in Porto there was nothing planned at all so I spent more to book things. It was New Year's but again, everything was open. All that being said, it was a really memorable trip, some of our guides were fantastic, others just average which was fine. Bumps in travel are always expected but I wouldn't use KimKim or Espiritu Travel again and now that I'm more experienced I'd feel comfortable just planning the whole trip on my own. I read a lot of reviews before booking with KimKim and others seem to have had a great experience so not sure what to make of it.

Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Madrid

We had done another tapas tour in Barcelona and while there was zero history shared, the guide was a lot of fun. Here was the opposite, he talked too much, not allowing enough time for the group to interact. The food and drinks were really good, however, and a couple in our group were vegetarian which was handled really nicely, there were good options.

Train Madrid to Toledo, Guided Visit of Toledo, Train Toledo to Madrid
Madrid

Toledo was a highlight of our trip and our guide Natalia was wonderful. She was born and raised in Toledo and was very knowledgeable and generous with information, even sharing her phone number with us if we had a problem while we were traveling. The train ride to Toledo was fine and Natalia and a driver picked us up. We took a cab back to the station at the end of the day and met a really fun cab driver. We were curious about the 'new' Toledo and we asked him to take us through that part of town which he obliged. Just a really nice person and we had a lot of fun.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Visit of Granada Through Its Scents
Granada

This was a really unique idea but I think they just haven't figured out the execution yet. It's intended to be a tour of the 'smells' of the city. The guide takes you around and pulls out small papers for you and then sprays them with a scent he referenced in his talk. He was very passionate about the idea, and we even ran into him later at Alhambra and he was very friendly, offering to help with any questions. I had asked our tour planner about this one a couple times because I didn't think it was a good fit for us but she thought it was. I wish I had more strongly declined.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Spain

The guides really make all the difference and this was a first-class experience. We toured with a group through all of the beautiful grounds. This is a must when you're in Granada.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Seville by E-Bike
Seville

Super fun. Be aware you don't actually cover much ground and you do need to drive through crowds. But really a lot of fun.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day trip to Córdoba
Seville
Local specialist: Karenina Steinbach

So grateful to have found Kimkim. Everything...
Spain | Dec 30 - Jan 10, 2023

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Mareeni S.
Escondido, CA | Reviewed on Jan 21, 2023

So grateful to have found Kimkim. Everything was seamless. Great communication and wonderful ideas. The concert at Palau de la Musica was phenomenal. Pintxos tours sublime. Our guides Nereae and Diego so helpful and knowledgeable. read more

So grateful to have found Kimkim. Everything was seamless. Great communication and wonderful ideas. The concert at Palau de la Musica was phenomenal. Pintxos tours sublime. Our guides Nereae and Diego so helpful and knowledgeable.

Hotel Review
Ercilla de Bilbao
Bilbao

Breakfast was unbelievable! Rooms small but comfortable

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Raquel Aceituno
Raquel
Raquel Aceituno
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Hi Maareni! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and for your feedback, which I will make sure to forward to our team of local guides, who were very happy to show you around Barcelona and Basque Country! I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed this adventure and it was my pleasure to help you with this trip. Kind Regards, Raquel :)

Our trip to Spain was absolutely spectacular....
Spain | Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2022

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Mary L.
Lakewood, CO | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2023

Our trip to Spain was absolutely spectacular. Bea was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She suggested options for our itinerary that enhanced our trip. We so appreciate her expertise and for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. We had a fabulous time!

We visited Madrid, Toledo, Merida, Zafra, Seville, Grazelema, Ronda, Granada and Cordoba. Our trip was filled with historical tours of many of the cities and the guides selected for us were wonderful. Most were local to the... read more

Our trip to Spain was absolutely spectacular. Bea was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She suggested options for our itinerary that enhanced our trip. We so appreciate her expertise and for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. We had a fabulous time!

We visited Madrid, Toledo, Merida, Zafra, Seville, Grazelema, Ronda, Granada and Cordoba. Our trip was filled with historical tours of many of the cities and the guides selected for us were wonderful. Most were local to the town we visited and most were true historians; extremely knowledgeable, but also with a good sense of humor. We enjoyed all of them. We also visited an Olive Oil Estate , Countryside Wine Tour and a Gourmet Tapas and wine tour. Each tour was unique and enjoyable. Ester was our favorite wine from our wine tour.
We also participated in a ceramic tile painting workshop while in Grenada. I would definitely recommend this workshop for all. They explained the process, demonstrated and were very patient with us as we tried to replicate their handiwork. We had so much fun and it is nice to have our tiles as a perfect souvenir.

Driving through the country was quite easy and a little interesting when arriving at city centers. Some of the roads are quite narrow, but it added to the adventure.

If I have another chance to visit Spain, I would spend more time in Toledo and Ronda. And I would leave the last couple of days without any plans to relax. With so much to see and do, it is hard not to over schedule.

Thank you again Bea and KimKim!

Hotel Reviews
Parador de Toledo
Toledo

Amazing views and very friendly, fabulous service.

Staff
friendly, helpful
Catalonia Ronda
Ronda

Great views! We upgraded our room and were quite happy. Very spacious, clean and comfortable. We had champagne on the rooftop patio...wonderful!

Location
Close to everything
Staff
Friendly, helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable.
Activity Review
Granada Traditional Tile Decoration Workshop
Granada

This was a unique experience that we had not been exposed to before, and we absolutely loved every part of this workshop. I would highly recommend. It was fun to be creative.

Quality of Experience
Unique, very helpful in assisting us in creating our tiles
Guides, Drivers and Staff
staff was very supportive and helpful
Transport
We drove ourselves :)
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Hi Mary, where to start? Thank you!!! It was a great pleasure to organize this amazing road trip around Spain for all of you and I am so, so happy to hear you enjoyed your time here with your guides discovering new places and experiences along the way. If you plan to come back to Spain in the future, I will be more than happy to help with that :) Best regards! Bea

Everything we hoped for!
Spain | Aug 26 - Sep 5, 2023

Elisha
Elisha T.
Laguna Beach, CA | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Our trip was everything we had hoped it would be and Marina made it happen! I had a very limited amount of time to plan this trip and she made herself available to answer any questions or concerns we had. I will absolutely use kimkim again and highly recommend it. Marina is the icing on the cake!

Response time while in Spain was also exceptional. We had a couple of questions during our travels and we received help almost instantly.

Thank you for making our trip so memorable! read more

Our trip was everything we had hoped it would be and Marina made it happen! I had a very limited amount of time to plan this trip and she made herself available to answer any questions or concerns we had. I will absolutely use kimkim again and highly recommend it. Marina is the icing on the cake!

Response time while in Spain was also exceptional. We had a couple of questions during our travels and we received help almost instantly.

Thank you for making our trip so memorable!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel España Ramblas
Barcelona

Don't recommend. Location is good but that's it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
in the center of the gothic quarter
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Windows fogged and mold. bathrooms not comfortable and could be cleaner. Not great
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
Barcelona

Perfect location in Barcelona. Safe, friendly, beautiful, clean. We'd love to visit again. They treated us like royalty! Food was terrific as well.

Authenticity & Character
They keep true to the history and it's exceptionally maintained
Location
Staff
Can't compliment enough
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona

Beautiful location and private beach. Very helpful staff

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beach! Views!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean, comfortable. I wish they had more food options. Breakfast was great but after our first night, we left for meals elsewhere. Only drink service at pool. It would be awesome if they offered some kind of food service poolside instead of chips and prepackaged icecream.
Activity Reviews
Day Trip to Montserrat & Penedès Region Wine Tasting
Barcelona

Our guide made it special for us. Super friendly. Llopart winery was very fun!

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kayaking Excursion
Spain

Guide was great! Beautiful day and plenty of time to jump off of rocks and swim. Beautiful way to experience the seaside of Spain and it's ocean wildlife.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Hi Elisha, thank you so much for taking the time to write your trip review! I am thrilled to hear you and your family had such a marvelous time in Spain. It was my pleasure to work with you and organize this experience for your family. I will pass on your kind word to all the team :) I am sorry to hear that your experience at the Hotel España Ramblas was not pleasant, we have worked with this hotel before and always had good feedback so I will let the hotel know about your comments since it is unnaceptable. Thank you again for letting us be a small part of your trip :) Warmest regards, Marina

Unique Vacation Planning Platform
Spain | Dec 18 - Dec 28, 2022

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Samuel B.
Singapore | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

The platform KimKim provided was to me very useful and effective in putting together a personalised trip plan to a destination which I did not do much research into beforehand. It allowed me to choose the exact elements of what we wanted to see and do, and not just take an entire pre-determined package; but saved me the trouble of communication with tens of tour companies, hotels and transport and ticketing services. I just paid one single bill for it all, and though I did not do an... read more

The platform KimKim provided was to me very useful and effective in putting together a personalised trip plan to a destination which I did not do much research into beforehand. It allowed me to choose the exact elements of what we wanted to see and do, and not just take an entire pre-determined package; but saved me the trouble of communication with tens of tour companies, hotels and transport and ticketing services. I just paid one single bill for it all, and though I did not do an exhaustive comparison, I don't believe the prices were unreasonably higher.

Yuri who assisted my booking from start to finish was informative and helpful. The mix-up on one particular day's tour that occurred was addressed by him promptly and responsibly, and a generous compensation was subsequently offered by KimKim for the inconvenience caused.

Overall I was happy with the experience and would consider using Kimkim again

Hotel Review
Leonardo Hotel Barcelona Las Ramblas
Barcelona

Our family of 4 had 2 rooms at this hotel, of which one was just a poorly laid out and positioned room which though was unsatisfactory, in itself would not be a fair overall reflection of the hotel. But we had a case of bed bugs in the other room which is unacceptable. The hotel did immediately provide a change of room with out question when we complained. But the ease of their response only made us believe bed bugs is a prevalent problem they have,

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Samuel, thank you so much for your review. Really happy that you had fun on your trip to Spain. And thank you for sharing information about the hotel. We take them very seriously. I have disabled this hotel at our platform.

KimKim Exceeds all Expectations
Spain | Dec 25 - Jan 3, 2023

David
David C.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Jan 06, 2023

We admittedly were nervous entering our first experience with KimKim, not knowing whether the scheduled drivers and guides actually show up, what would the tours really be like, what about the hotels, would the restaurant reservations actually be reserved? Not to worry! Everything went exactly as scheduled, all drivers and guides were exceptional, the hotels were great (one spectacular), and the food astounding., and Marta was there every step of the way. The overall experience could not be... read more

We admittedly were nervous entering our first experience with KimKim, not knowing whether the scheduled drivers and guides actually show up, what would the tours really be like, what about the hotels, would the restaurant reservations actually be reserved? Not to worry! Everything went exactly as scheduled, all drivers and guides were exceptional, the hotels were great (one spectacular), and the food astounding., and Marta was there every step of the way. The overall experience could not be better. PS: We want especially to thank Marta for somehow getting us a New Year's eve reservation at José María after we had failed. It was a truly spectacular culinary experience. Marta is remarkable! Thank you.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Rector
Salamanca

This is a very small, boutique hotel is a perfect location related to the historic heart of Salamanca. The service was personalized and exceptional. The rooms were beautiful and well-appointed. We were greeted with champaign and some special treat every night. This is one of the best hotels we have experienced anywhere we have travelled. We cannot recommend it too highly.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful throughout; with very classy art and decoration.
Location
Staff
Carried bags to room before we knew they were gone. Nothing they would not do to be helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Simply perfect!
Hotel Palacio de Valderrábanos
Ávila

Perfectly located right next to the Cathedral in the heart of the old city. Nothing fancy, but very pleasant.

Authenticity & Character
In historic structure well repurposed.
Location
Could not be better located.
Staff
Professional and accommodating. Expect to carry your own luggage.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel San Antonio El Real
Segovia

We initially thought that the hotel was badly placed, outside the walls of the old city. It turned out to be a perfect location to follow the Roman aqueduct into town. For those with cars, it actually has a parking lot, which you will not find in the city center.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Expect to carry your own luggage. Facility with English was helpful. Accommodating in every way.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nothing special, but pleasant.
Hotel Madrid Alameda Aeropuerto, Affiliated by Meliá
Madrid

Much higher quality, more pleasant and less generic than your average airport hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
10 minutes to the terminal. In a neighborhood of apartment residences.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

This was the highpoint of our two weeks in Iberia. Coming from California wine country, BUT already hooked on Duoro red wines, we were not prepared for the steep hillsides and rugged beauty of the river. Second, the specific driver, Rui, was remarkable: Personable, knowledgeable, and responsive. He specifically approved of the choice of Quintos de S. Tiago in Mesâo Frio, which on the outside is a dump that no-one would pull off and visit on their own--burned out buildings, junky driveway, humblest of houses. But, upon entering the house through an open-hearth kitchen, we knew we were in for something special. The food, the wine, the atmosphere, and the host made this the Quinta an unforgettable experience. Keep using Rui and this particular Quinta.

Quality of Experience
It rained all day, and we didn't care. Even the river cruise was perfect.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everything you could want in a driver--and more. He really opened up after he became familiar with us.
Transport
Guided Visit of Salamanca
Spain

Our guide met us in a timely manner at the hotel and walked us through the University and Cathedral and associated areas. She was delightful, but overly detailed about things that interested her and not necessarily sensitive to whether or not it interested us. She was particularly absorbed with esoteric marginalia about the university. Eventually, after the tour was 30 minutes longer than scheduled, we (gently, I hope) asked her if we could have the opportunity to explore on our own.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Didn't like: Driver knew very little about stops along the way.
Guided Visit of Ávila
Spain

With certificates in tourism and theology, our guide provided the perfect introduction to Avila and its two saints--Teresa and Juan de la Cruz. He quickly picked up our interest in them and shaped the tour and his message to our interests. For instance, at the chapel built in the room where Teresa probably was born, he emphasized the holiness of the space, not the art of the chapel, and he asked if we wanted some time just to sit in prayer and contemplation; we did. He also recommended the monastery where Teresa had trained and lived, and we found it to be a deeply moving experience. I was in the museum business for 40 years, and I deeply appreciated the simple presentations, the unprotected access to the "things," and the freedom to explore on our own time. Our guide reflected that receptive and trusting attitude and helped us discover meaning and treasures beyond the formal tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The tour guide provided the perfect introduction and shaped it to our obvious interests as we went. He was responsive and suggestive, with great integrity.
Transport
Privately Guided Visit of Segovia
Spain

This was the most traditional tour of the trip. The handed us ear plugs, spoke into a microphone, and largely led with her back to us. She would have fit as a tour guide in San Francisco. At the same time, she provided a marvelous orientation to the city, not too detailed, but with enough off the wall items--like the first book published in Spanish--to make it fascinating. A special commendation: When she informed us that the Cathedral was closed New Year's Eve (the day of our tour) and New Year's Day, we noted that January 1st was a Sunday, she called a friend to check on service times, which we attended the next day. That is the kind of personal responsiveness you would seldom receive on a tour in the United States. She also helped us plan our walking for the next day. We are grateful for her tour and assistance.

Quality of Experience
There is so very, very much packed into this small city.
Quality of Experience
There is so very, very much packed into this small city.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Transport
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Hi David, I am in awe after reading your review. It was a true pleasure to be your specialist and an introduction to Kimkim for all of you. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the journey, from Portugal through Castille and Madrid. Your feedback will help us continue creating unique trips for future travelers. If you need help with future endeavors in Portugal or Spain, you have my contact. Warmest regards, Marta

Amazing Spain and Portugal
Spain | Sep 6 - Sep 29, 2022

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Kay N.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2023

This trip began in Nov 2019 just before Covid hit so unfortunately we had to postpone until Sep 2022. Sam was incredibly helpful with planning and tweaking to accommodate our changes.
We were amazed by the level of detail Sam provided and we actually spoke to him by phone from Spain which left us feeling very comfortable with the itinerary and that everything was above board.
We absolutely got value for money. Accommodation was 95% very good with just a couple of little glitches but... read more

This trip began in Nov 2019 just before Covid hit so unfortunately we had to postpone until Sep 2022. Sam was incredibly helpful with planning and tweaking to accommodate our changes.
We were amazed by the level of detail Sam provided and we actually spoke to him by phone from Spain which left us feeling very comfortable with the itinerary and that everything was above board.
We absolutely got value for money. Accommodation was 95% very good with just a couple of little glitches but these were compensated with other items. Drivers, guides and transport were above what we anticipated.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Kimkim in general but Sam in particular.
In fact, we are currently trying to organise a trip to the UK with Kimkim and do so very confidently

Local specialist: Sam Lister

Fabulous Trip to Spain thanks to Marina and kimkim!
Spain | Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2022

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Kathleen L.
Evanston, IL | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2023

We’ve traveled extensively through Europe and always planned our own trips but we didn’t have time to plan this year. Luckily we found kimkim which focuses on independent travelers.

Our journey started in Barcelona. We flew to southern Spain rented a car and stayed in Granada, Seville and ended our trip in Madrid.

Marina planned a wonderful trip for us. From the moment we started planning and throughout the actual trip Marina and her team were very responsive and always available to... read more

We’ve traveled extensively through Europe and always planned our own trips but we didn’t have time to plan this year. Luckily we found kimkim which focuses on independent travelers.

Our journey started in Barcelona. We flew to southern Spain rented a car and stayed in Granada, Seville and ended our trip in Madrid.

Marina planned a wonderful trip for us. From the moment we started planning and throughout the actual trip Marina and her team were very responsive and always available to answer any questions.

All the activities Marina organized went off beautifully. The guides we had for each walking tour of the cities were on time and excellent.

In Barcelona we enjoyed a tapas dinner and Marina got us excellent seats at a concert in the marvelous Palau Música and tickets to Gaudi locations.

Loved the Scents tour of Granada and all the recommendations given of what to do and where to eat in each city. We had a particular interest in Pedro Almadovar and Marina provided lots of information from film locations to where he lived and personal background.

The app was incredibly helpful and easy to use so all four of us knew the itinerary. The tickets were easy to pull up in the app and guides phone numbers available.

Thank you Marina for all your help. We look forward to using kimkim again.

Hotel Reviews
Midtown Apartments
Barcelona
Location
Cleanliness & Comfort
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments - Madrid Suites
Madrid
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Moi - Plaza Nueva Luxury Apartment
Granada

Incredible views of Alhambra from apartment and rooftop. Meticulously cleaned. Management very helpful. Loved this place.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Luz de Sevilla Apartment
Seville
Location
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Barcelona
Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona
Guided Visit of Granada Through Its Scents
Granada
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Spain
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Flamenco Show
Granada
Quality of Experience
Guided Visit of Seville
Seville
Self Drive {{start_location}} to {{end_location}} via Córdoba
Spain

Cordoba is a wonderful stop along the way to Madrid.

Guided Visit of Toledo
Spain

Take this day trip. High speed train excellent. Cathedral fabulous. Toledo incredible.

Guided Visit of Madrid: History, Culture & Architecture of the Capital of Spain
Madrid
Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2023

Hi Kathleen, thank you so much for taking the time to write your trip review! I am thrilled to hear you and your family had such a marvelous time in Spain. It was my pleasure to work with you and organize this experience for your family. I even learn my self some interesting facts about Almodovar when preparing your travel documents ;) I will pass on your kind word to all the team. Thank you again for letting us be a small part of your trip :) Warmest regards, Marina

We really enjoyed the pace and activities on ...
Spain | Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2022

Michelle
Michelle F.
Carmichael, CA | Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

We really enjoyed the pace and activities on our trip. The kids were not looking forward to the walking tour in Spain but Beatriz made it so much fun. The cooking class in Seville was wonderful too. So much fun for the whole family. The train rides to each destination was fun too. Between Seville and Granda we hiked/walked Caminito Del Rey. The kids really enjoyed this adventure. Each place we visited had something unique and memorable. read more

We really enjoyed the pace and activities on our trip. The kids were not looking forward to the walking tour in Spain but Beatriz made it so much fun. The cooking class in Seville was wonderful too. So much fun for the whole family. The train rides to each destination was fun too. Between Seville and Granda we hiked/walked Caminito Del Rey. The kids really enjoyed this adventure. Each place we visited had something unique and memorable.

Hotel Reviews
Dear Hotel Madrid
Madrid

Great location in the city. The accommodations for a family of four were good. Great breakfast!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Very professional and nice
Cleanliness & Comfort
Petit Palace Puerta de Triana
Seville

Seemed out dated. Rooms were small and had tile floors. Would recommend a small carpet by the bed. Bathrooms and rooms need makeovers. Breakfast was lacking. Staff were great and rooms seemed clean however.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Eurostars Puerta Real Hotel
Granada
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Madrid for Kids - Walking Tour with Activities & Snacks
Madrid

Beatriz is absolutely awesome! We had so much fun on this tour. We highly recommend.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Flamenco Experience
Seville

Was fun to watch. Was one hour in length. We wish the couple would have danced more together as they spent a considerable amount of time dancing solo. Other than that, they put on a good show.

Family Tour of the Alhambra
Granada

Alberto was our guide. He is very knowledgeable about everything. This was a good thing and a bad thing as he would talk forever about tiny details. The kids got bored very quickly with our pace.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Traditional Andalusian Market Visit & Cooking Class
Seville

Such a fun thing to do as a family. We are vegetarian and they helped us make dishes without meat. The kids were awesome and tried everything they made!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Hi Michelle, I am thrilled to hear you had such a marvelous time in Spain with your family. It was my pleasure to work with you and organize this experience for your lot. I will make sure to inform Bea and the rest of our colleagues about this positive feedback, as we endeavor to offer only the best for our travelers. Wish you a lovely New Year! All my best, Marta

Amazing trip with excellently curated guides and experiences.
Spain | Dec 19 - Dec 28, 2022

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vanitha p.
East Tremont, NY | Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

We had an amazing experience in Spain for the holidays! Yuri, our Kimkim specialist, was fantastic- flexible, patient and responsive. I cannot say enough about him- I was nervous at first booking a trip through this service- despite the reviews- because I was unfamiliar with Spain and also the idea that KimKim curated our experiences. That said, I would heartily recommend the service to anyone who is interested in traveling to a new-to-them location and wanting to have an authentic... read more

We had an amazing experience in Spain for the holidays! Yuri, our Kimkim specialist, was fantastic- flexible, patient and responsive. I cannot say enough about him- I was nervous at first booking a trip through this service- despite the reviews- because I was unfamiliar with Spain and also the idea that KimKim curated our experiences. That said, I would heartily recommend the service to anyone who is interested in traveling to a new-to-them location and wanting to have an authentic experience.
All of the tour guides provided to us- Laura for the Tapas tour in Madrid, Diana for the Toledo tour, Carlos for the trip to the White Villages and Ronda, to Nico (our family fave) for the in depth walking tour of Seville and Richard for the Montserrat Abbey experience- were amazing, knowledgeable, personable and warm. They were truly invested in the tours they gave- providing history, and context to the sights we saw.

Hotel Reviews
7 Islas Hotel
Madrid

We liked this hotel a lot- lovely rooms, spacious and well furnished. Its located on a side street but still extremely accessible to major streets. As a result, our rooms were blissfully quiet.

Authenticity & Character
Great art work that made the decor feel special
Location
Staff
Bar man was great- friendly and personable
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable rooms, good size. Only issue was we had been given a room with two twin beds- and when I inquired, was told that it was all that was available. (The hotel did not seem full though)
Hotel Gravina 51
Sevilla

This hotel was fantastic!! Upon check in we were told our room had been upgraded, we were greeted with a glass of Cava with an additional bottle in the room. It was luxuriously furnished, and we really enjoyed our stay.

Authenticity & Character
Very much a boutique hotel, a gem nestled in the City
Location
Side street location- quiet and restful but not isolated
Staff
All the staff were kind, personable and attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were well appointed, and had good sized bathrooms and wonderful beds
Activity Reviews
Flamenco & Tapas Night
Madrid

Laura was great- very articulate and wonderfully knowledgeable about the foods and drinks we had.

Quality of Experience
Food and tour guide was great
Food
Nice array of food and wine
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Laura was great
Transport
As mentioned earlier- would benefit from knowing and mapping locations prior to meeting -
Toledo Day Trip and Winery Experience
Madrid

Toledo was a wonderful City- so rich in culture and interesting on so many levels The winery was lovely and the wine was delicious.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half-Day Walk Through Seville
Seville

Nico was fantastic!! He demonstrated his love of the City during our walk- highlighting not just the typical tourist spots but providing color and depth from a historical perspective on our tour. Using a combination of humor, facts and in depth knowledge of Seville, he gave us possibly the best tour of our trip.

Quality of Experience
Great, comprehensive look at Seville
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cannot compliment Nico enough- he made the tour come alive!
Transport
This is a walking tour- so be prepared to walk! That said, everything was flat and easy to navigate
Ronda & White Villages Day Trip
Seville

Carlos- our guide, made this trip so much fun. He was engaging and informative and kept our attention throughout this (long) tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Comfortable van
Day Trip to Montserrat & Lunch at a Farmhouse
Barcelona

For this (larger) tour we had Richard as our tour guide- he was funny and engaging. He clearly was having fun on the trip- which made it fun for us! Very informative

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Thank you so much for your extended review, Vanitha.
It was a pleasure helping you plan your trip.
Consider kimkim for your next adventure anywhere around the world!

Best holiday wishes,
Yuri.

Extremadura Adventures
Spain | Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2022

Robert
Robert M.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Kimkim paired us with Spanish travel specialist Irene who coordinated our 7-day drive through the Extremadura region southwest of Madrid, after we spent 10 days with friends in Sevilla and Madrid. With minimal Spanish fluency, my husband and I were nervous about driving on our own through the countryside for a week, but Irene managed every detail, allowing us to experience this extraordinary agricultural and historical region. She designed an itinerary that incorporated each destination we... read more

Kimkim paired us with Spanish travel specialist Irene who coordinated our 7-day drive through the Extremadura region southwest of Madrid, after we spent 10 days with friends in Sevilla and Madrid. With minimal Spanish fluency, my husband and I were nervous about driving on our own through the countryside for a week, but Irene managed every detail, allowing us to experience this extraordinary agricultural and historical region. She designed an itinerary that incorporated each destination we requested and hit the mark in every respect, assuring that we felt safe and looked after throughout this part of our journey. She arranged the car rental, reserved exquisite hotels for no less than two-night stays as we requested, and arranged local English-speaking tour guides for each major destination we requested along the way. Although our tours ranged from laidback to frenetic, each guide was prompt, passionate, and informative, aimed to address our interests as well as share their favorite sites and stories, and helped us feel safe and welcome. The best guide for us was Álvaro with whom we spent two full days. An expert in the region’s “dehesa” and agrarian culture, Álvaro shared a thrilling visit to witness as hundreds of newly born lambs were vaccinated and marked to pair them with their mothers, a stroll among a herd of Iberian black pigs, and a tour and tasting at a family-run processing plant for curing ham. Álvaro also guided us through architectural antiquities in Plasencia and through the Monfragüe National Park, including a mountain top hike and birdwatching expedition, and provided two of the most outstanding culinary experiences of our trip: the tasting with the owner of the processing plant and a picnic with his colleague Esther at a panoramic mountainside location. We are grateful to Kimkim and to Irene for her understanding and for meeting our specific requests to create as seamless and stress-free a travel experience as possible.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Hospes Palacio San Esteban
Salamanca

Wonderful hotel and experience. Comfortable modern room in this historic renovated convent. Excellent breakfast buffet and table service and one of the best dining restaurants of our three-week travel through Spain. Convenient location.

Authenticity & Character
Peaceful interior courtyard, lovely dining room and bar. Low-key restful throughout. Simple and elegant decorations for the winter holiday season.
Location
We parked once at the hotel and were able to walk everywhere to visit antiquities and local sites of interest. Safe and central location on a side street a few blocks from the Plaza Mayor.
Staff
Helpful front-desk staff. Highly attentive and professional dining room staff.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean, orderly. Felt pampered simply by the ambiance of the facilities.
Hotel Soho Boutique Casa Don Fernando
Caceres

Spacious corner room with a great view of the Plaza Mayor. Airy and bright but easy to black out the windows for sleep and quiet. Good breakfast in convenient dining room. Front desk staff were attentive and accommodating.

Authenticity & Character
Modern facility in charming renovated building with vestiges of antiquities.
Location
Could not have been better. Directly on the Plaza Mayor, just a few steps from the walled city and numerous bodegas, restaurants, and shops. Parking was a few blocks away, easily manageable one we understood the arrangements.
Staff
Front desk staff were helpful and attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very comfortable room and bed, well appointed.
Parador de Trujillo
Trujillo
Authenticity & Character
Quiet setting, lovely interior courtyard.
Location
great location with rooftop views of centuries old structures. Blocks from the central sites and walled city. Gorgeous sites well within walking distance.
Staff
Front desk staff were attentive and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean, simple, well appointed.
Activity Reviews
Guided tour in Caceres
Cáceres

The tour began on the steps of the walled city, where we stood too long next to a loud generator that made it difficult to hear and understand our guide; we wish our guide had taken the initiative to step to a quieter spot much sooner. Our guide Javier was relatively low energy and, unfortunately, the night was cold and rainy, which detracted from the experience. Javier was well-informed and shared many intriguing stories and points of history. The sites themselves were stunning and beautifully lit at night. We did not know how long a tour to expect, so when Javier said at several points that we could go into a building or museum then or come back later on our own, we opted not to enter each time in order to walk and see more. In retrospect, I wish Javier had encouraged us to step inside from time to time to get out of the rain and cold. We were able to tour the walled city fairly thoroughly, and did return the next day, but might have enjoyed touring some of the interiors with Javier who had extensive knowledge about the architectural, political, religious, and art history of the city.

Quality of Experience
The walled city of Cáceres was fascinating, ethereal, and allowed a profound opportunity to imagine the lives of generations of inhabitants over the centuries.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided tour in Merida
Mérida

The Roman ruins in Merida were our primary focus and we were thrilled to walk among the ruins of the theater, amphitheater, and Temple of Diana. These spots have enough authentic relics to ground the viewer in their historical relevance and enough restoration to give a feel of their awesome grandeur. Our guide Juan Luis, native to the city, was informed, funny, and responsible to attend to our interests and comfort. Right away, he stepped up to help us find parking, paced our walk among sites to match our interests and stamina, then recommended restaurants for us to access following the tour. He relayed stories of historical importance and reveled in trivia about the daily lives of ancient Romans which made his tour especially fun and engaging.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
We strongly recommend Juan Luis. His knowledge about local businesses and personalities added richly to our experience beyond the historical sites of interest.
Discover the Dehesa
Trujillo

Perhaps the highlight of our three weeks in Spain, the experiences our guide Álvaro shared in the dehesa met and exceeded our hopes for pastoral experiences of the Spanish countryside. He shared deep knowledge and passion for sustainable agriculture and demonstrated an impressive grasp of the intersection of politics, economics, geography, and biology in determining the past and likely future of this region. We got rare glimpses of the workings of animal husbandry due to his investment in and commitment to individuals who work the land and whose efforts maintain the local culture and economy. We strongly recommend this experience for anyone interested to get out of the urban centers and seek to learn about the people and culture of this region of Spain.

Quality of Experience
The sites and experiences on this day were varied, educational, and eye-opening, a welcome difference from our visits to urban areas in Spain. As we moved from one fascinating location to another, Álvaro provided informed commentary to make sense of the land we were traversing and its importance to the economy and culture of the region.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Álvaro's passion for the dehesa was evident from the first moment of the tour. He was flexible to our interests and needs while being driven to share as much as possible about his extensive knowledge and intimate experience with this region and its people. For the full two days of our tour, he got us safely from place to place, making the experience both intriguing and restful. A bonus was meeting his colleague Esther who joined us for an exquisite picnic at the end of our tour.
Transport
Our guide drove us from place to place from early morning into the evening, allowing us to view the terrain and activities he was describing. This made the days feel safe and easy, and kept us from getting weary along the way.
Excursion in Monfragüe
Trujillo

A tour of this beautiful park was a great change from the urban areas we also visited on this trip to Spain. We enjoyed a mountaintop walk to an ancient Castillo offering amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the area, birdwatching with binoculars and a telescope the guide provided, and a delicious picnic provided by our guide.

Quality of Experience
We were lucky to have a beautiful fall day: sunny and cool. We enjoyed the hike, the vistas, and a great picnic at the end of the day.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Álvaro drove us around safely, prioritized our interests and curiosity, and was keenly prepared for each of several varied activities. We felt very well catered to on this day.
Guided tour in Salamanca
Salamanca

This was a busy tour both because there was much to see and because our guide kept a fast pace to cover a number of sites in limited time. His knowledge and passion of this hometown were evident as was his professional commitment to being a guide. He encouraged us to return later to visit several sites we passed; we were able to return to a couple of them but the initial tour was so rushed that we could not get our bearings and had difficulty finding some locations when we tried to return. Nevertheless, Salamanca was one of our favorite cities to visit in Spain due to its remarkable architecture, profoundly significant 15th-century history regarding discoveries of the "new world," and the presence and influence of the third-oldest surviving university in Europe.

Quality of Experience
We greatly enjoyed touring the university buildings and learning the historical functions of particular classrooms and significant spaces. We were fascinated learn highlights of the history of the university and its alums and leaders and to see the mix of architectural influences on major buildings across centuries of varied cultural, religious, and political influences. We enjoyed the vibe of the city and the mere experience of walking within the central areas.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide had extensive information about the university and the political and religious history of the city.
Local specialist: Irene Carravilla
Irene
Irene Carravilla
Local specialist in Basque Country | Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dear both,It was a pleasure for me and my GenuineSpain colleagues to be your local hosts in our country.
We really appreciate your words and they help us to keep improving and offering responsible tourism experiences in Spain and Europe.
A big hug and we hope to have you back in Spain in the future.
Irene Carravilla, Susana and Giulia
GenuineSpain

3 cheers for Kimkim and especially for Irene!...
Spain | Nov 11 - Nov 28, 2022

Janet
Janet M.
Canada | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

3 cheers for Kimkim and especially for Irene! If we could give her 10 stars out of 5, we would. As 2 retired teachers who enjoy travel, had never been to Spain, and have enjoyed a number of organized small group tours, we wanted to plan an individualized trip to Andalusia. Enter KimKim, and specifically Irene, who is a local tour operator in the north of Spain. After sharing with her our preferences, she created an initial draft itinerary for us. We worked together on honing the plan for... read more

3 cheers for Kimkim and especially for Irene! If we could give her 10 stars out of 5, we would. As 2 retired teachers who enjoy travel, had never been to Spain, and have enjoyed a number of organized small group tours, we wanted to plan an individualized trip to Andalusia. Enter KimKim, and specifically Irene, who is a local tour operator in the north of Spain. After sharing with her our preferences, she created an initial draft itinerary for us. We worked together on honing the plan for a number of weeks until we knew it was exactly what we wanted. Not only was Irene tireless in planning every detail of our guided tours, transfers, accommodations and special meals, while we were in Spain, she was available to us via WhatsApp and checked in every day to ensure that everything was going smoothly. We told her that she was like our mother hen and we were her little chicks. Thank you so much, Irene, for a perfect introduction to Spain! Next time will include Barcelona and Madrid!

Highlights of the tour included Malaga, Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla, Cordoba, and Grenada.

The Petit Palace Plaza Hotel in Malaga was right in the middle of the pedestrian centre of the old city. We wandered the meandering streets that were buzzing with people enjoying a coffee or beer and tapas in one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants. We’ve never seen such a vibrant scene. After a short rest, we met our city guide, Pilar Domingo, who took us on a walking tour of the historical sites. Pilar was a superb guide, and she set the bar very high for all of the guides yet to come. We enjoyed seeing the Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre and Alcazaba where we had our first taste of Andalusia’s colourful history. Not only was Pliar a wealth of historical and architectural knowledge, she pointed us to the restaurant with the best fried artichokes in town!

We took the train to Ronda where we were met by driver, Diego, who took us to the famous Parador Hotel. Our stay in Ronda gave us a couple of days to relax and explore on our own. The Parador sits majestically atop a huge gorge and beside the Puente Nuevo built in the 18th century across the 400 ft chasm. Points of interest in Ronda are the Bullring where we enjoyed our audio tour and the museum in the Palacio de Mondragon. We were so lucky to get a reservation at the highly rated tiny mother/daugther operated restaurant called Casa Maria. There is no set menu, just an array of fresh local produce from which they produce the most delicious 6-course meal, including wine pairings. Unbelievably delicious and great value.

Diego collected us again for our drive to Sevilla. En route, we met our guide, Cecille, who took us on a wonderful walking tour of Arcos de la Frontera, one of the many “white villages” in Andalusia. We wandered the narrow cobbled streets imagining all of the peoples who had conquered and controlled this area through history, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Christians. What was harder to fathom was learning that they still practise the running of the bulls through those narrow steep streets! After a light lunch, Diego chauffeured us on to Sevilla.

Hotel Casa de Indias was another perfectly located hotel sitting adjacent to Las Setas, a huge sculptural structure resembling mushrooms. It was difficult to get lost with this landmark so prominent within the pedestrian streets of Seville. We had two very different tour experiences here. The first was a walking historical tour of the Cathedral and the Alcazar, led by the delightful Damiana. Her deep knowledge of art history was impressive and added to our appreciation of the Mudejar architecture that we were seeing in the palace. Later in the day, we met Manuel who took us to our first flamenco experience. The energy of show was riveting for us and Manuel was able to explain the importance of flamenco in the Spanish culture. He then took us to a local restaurant where we had our own tapas and wine tasting. Manuel was full of enthusiasm for his city and its culture.

We headed off to Cordoba on the super fast train. With only one day there, we had two more fantastic tours. First, we visited the Medina Azahara, the archeological restoration and remains of a palace/fortress and city built in the 10th century by Caliph ABD ar-Rahman III of the Umayyad dynasty. Unfortunately, this remarkable city was laid to waste during civil war that ended the caliphate in the early 11th century. The remains were discovered nearly 1000 years later. Our guide Enrique brought the remains of the city’s splendour back to life for us. His knowledge and enthusiasm were infectious and set the stage for our afternoon tour of the Mesquita. Known as the Mosque-Cathedral, beginning as an 8th century mosque on top of a visigothic church, later added to to become one of the largest mosques on the world, then having a cathedral built in the middle in the 16th century.! Luckily for us, our guide Jose, a practising archeologist, shared his vast knowledge and unsurpassed enthusiasm with us for over 2 hours. This was a fantastic experience. Our hotel, Las Casa de la Juderia, was delightful and perfectly situated in the old Jewish quarter.

Granada was another train trip away and was the icing on the cake! We looked up at the Alhambra from our room at Hotel Palacio Mariana Pineda. In our two final touring days we loved exploring the narrow streets leading up to the top of the Albacin where we watched the sun set over the Alhambra, the city, and the mountains. The Albacin is a neighbourhood of Grenada made up of meandering narrow streets built as early as the 13th century. While there, we were treated to some local musicians and dancer who performed flamenco for the gathered crowd. The following day, we had a wonderful tour of the Generalife (beautiful gardens, summer palace and country home from the 13th century built by the Nasrid rulers) and the Alhambra (11th century walled fortress/city and palaces built over time by the Muslims and reimagined by the Catholic Christians before being overtaken and damaged by Napoleon’s troops.) Even though we had rain while we walked through the gardens, we were spellbound. The whole complex of the Alhambra is stunning and a history lesson that would take more than one visit to fully appreciate. Once we finished the tour of the Alhambra, the sun came out for us when we climbed the watchtower where we had a spectacular view of the city and the Albacin. We could also see our hotel room! Our guide Maite was fantastic and delightful in her enthusiasm. On our last night in Grenada, we went to another flamenco show and dinner atop the Albacin.

While the organized portion of our trip was virtually over in Granada, Irene was still our faithful fairly godmother. We were driven from Granada to a private apartment on the coast owned by family friends where we stayed for another week. While we were there, we had another tour booked with Kimkim to visit wine and raisin country. Our guide Anna and driver Manu were very accommodating and we had a wonderful day driving through the mountains north of Malaga where we had a delicious wine tasting and got a flavour of the people who live and work so hard on the steep slopes of this beautiful part of the country.

We were fortunate enough to get tickets to watch Canada play Germany in the Davis Cup tennis held in Malaga. This entailed a bus trip there, but getting back to the apartment at night. Irene came to our rescue and arranged a driver to meet us outside the stadium in Malaga at 11 pm and drove us the hour’s drive back to the beach. She also arranged our return to Malaga the day before our 6 am flight, and she planned the most beautiful 6-course final dinner for us at the famous El Pimpi Restaurant.

We could not have been happier with our trip, from the initial planning through to our departure from Spain. We realize that we have barely scratched the surface of Andalusia let alone the whole country. More to come, and Irene is our gal!

Hotel Reviews
Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
Malaga
Authenticity & Character
We spent our first and last nights of the trip here. The building is beautiful and the rooms were modern and clean.
Location
So central and close to the action.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parador de Ronda
Ronda

Location, location, location!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Literally, the best view in town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa de Indias by Intur
Seville
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Las Casas de la Juderia Hotel
Córdoba

A beautiful, quirky old building. We kept getting lost, trying to find our room, but it was worth it and the staff were so helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Tons of character.
Location
Perfect.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palacio Mariana Pineda Hotel
Granada
Authenticity & Character
Location
So close to everything and the view of the Alhambra
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private tour of Malaga
Málaga

Pilar was outstanding.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit Arcos de la Frontera
Ronda

A great place to stop en route to Seville. There are so many white villages in Andalusia, we enjoyed seeing such a pretty one.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Diego didn't speak English but he understood us and was so accommodating. Cecille gave us an excellent tour, both from the car where we had a view of the town atop some very high cliffs and by foot which we enjoyed.
Transport
Guided tour in Seville
Seville

Damiana was excellent, an art history student initially from Italy. She knew her history and was so enthusiastic. We loved the walking tour with her.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Damiana was delightful.
Transport
Evening Flamenco & Tapas Private Tour
Seville

We weren't sure that we would enjoy the art of flamenco, but we were spellbound. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We enjoyed our time with Manuel at the flamenco show and then again over wine and tapas.
Transport
Exploring the archaeological site of Medina Azahara
Córdoba

The video about the archeological site before touring the real thing was very well done and worthwhile.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Enrique was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting.
Transport
We never heard our driver's name but she was excellent.
City tour in Córdoba
Córdoba

It is so important to see the Mesquita. Don't miss Cordoba.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jose was so passionate and informative. We were hanging on his every word.
Transport
Visit la Alhambra
Granada

We felt so fortunate having Maite guiding us. There were a number of large group tours and we knew that we were having a much richer experience having our private guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Maite was outstanding.
Transport
Flamenco Show
Granada

Once again, we were surprised by how much we enjoyed the flamenco, and the dinner was very good as well.

Quality of Experience
Raisin and Wine Route of the Axarquia
Almuñecar, La Herradura

We felt we were at the winery off season and would likely have enjoyed the day even more had we seen more of the wine process. We did enjoy tasting the final product though!

Quality of Experience
Beautiful country and charming villages.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Anna and Manu were both great.
Transport
Dinner al Pimpi
Málaga
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
It took a few minutes for the staff to understand who we were and that Irene had made a reservation for our pre-paid meal. We enjoyed the people watching while they sorted that out. Once we were seated, the staff and service were excellent!
Local specialist: Irene Carravilla
Irene
Irene Carravilla
Local specialist in Basque Country | Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

As I said before, thanks to both of you for making it easy.
It has been very pleasant to work for you from the creation of the plan to your return home.
Thank you for not only helping us but also future travellers.
I hope we can work together again.
Irene

Thanksgiving trip to Spain
Spain | Nov 20 - Nov 26, 2022

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Tamara I.
Pikesville, MD | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2022

We spent the week of Thanksgiving in Spain (family of four, including two teenage boys). James planned a very exciting and comprehensive trip for us, and Angela took care of any of our needs while we were there, including a last-minute switch I made to our itinerary which likely required some pretty impressive effort on her part to accomplish, but she did so quickly and graciously. We had extremely well informed guides to lead us through sites and cities, who shared with us a great deal of... read more

We spent the week of Thanksgiving in Spain (family of four, including two teenage boys). James planned a very exciting and comprehensive trip for us, and Angela took care of any of our needs while we were there, including a last-minute switch I made to our itinerary which likely required some pretty impressive effort on her part to accomplish, but she did so quickly and graciously. We had extremely well informed guides to lead us through sites and cities, who shared with us a great deal of history and knowledge. We particularly loved Maribel in Barcelona and Teresa in Madrid. James offered a few means of seeing cities we hadn’t tried before, including a Segway and horse and carriage. I questioned both, but we ended up loving them. James booked our hotels, booked our trains, secured our drivers, and set up all of our guided tours, and everything went off without a hitch. Literally no planning on my part, and that was just wet we needed in deciding on this last-minute trip during a busy time. I would absolutely recommend this travel agency and can’t wait to use them again. Thank you!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Sevilla, Spain | Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Hi Tamara! Many thanks for your review, we're thrilled you had such a fantastic time. Lots of happy memories created, I'm sure! It was a pleasure to plan and arrange this 'go-go-go' trip for and with you, and I'm pleased it all worked out well. Thanks again and un abrazo! James

Southern Spain - Fast Paced
Spain | Nov 18 - Nov 26, 2022

Landon
Landon G.
Mexico | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

This trip has changed my perspective on traveling! I usually wing it with minimal research ahead of time. This was the first time I have had a complete itinerary set up for me and it was great. It allowed my wife and I to meet people and see places that we would have never found.

The highlights of the trip for me were our Flamenco tour and out city tour in Granada. There was so much more to learn about Flamenco and the gypsy lifestyle than we expected. And the fact that our guide was... read more

This trip has changed my perspective on traveling! I usually wing it with minimal research ahead of time. This was the first time I have had a complete itinerary set up for me and it was great. It allowed my wife and I to meet people and see places that we would have never found.

The highlights of the trip for me were our Flamenco tour and out city tour in Granada. There was so much more to learn about Flamenco and the gypsy lifestyle than we expected. And the fact that our guide was performing at the end of the tour really made it unique. She introduced us to the culture and brought us to some great local places. I would change a thing.

Our tour with Pedro in Granada was also a blast. He was very passionate and prepared. Of all the tours he was the easiest to talk to and was very accommodating. After getting to know us he made some last-minute tweaks to the tour to show us a local spot that most people try to avoid. It was a genuine experience, and I would recommend him to anyone.

Our driver who Yuri coordinated for us was also a very cool guy. He drove us to Granada, and we talked the whole time. He shared great tips on things to do in town. The tapas are included in every bar and there are some many spots to check out.

I definitely recommend southern Spain to anyone. Very safe, clean and packed full of history.

The only things I would have changed are:
-The hotel Petit Palace Puerta de Triana which had a very strong odor throughout the building and our room. We choose to sleep with windows open.
-Our guide to Seville’s Cathedral & Alcázar was a little quiet and seemed kind of rushed. Nice guy but not quite the typical outgoing guide personality.
- Now that I know the spots, I personally would prefer another night in Granada and maybe skip Malaga.

Hotel Reviews
Petit Palace Puerta de Triana
Seville

Very clean and cute, great location but during my stay the entire building had a very strong drainage odor. I had to leave my windows open in the room.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casa Morisca Hotel
Granada

Very cool place! And located in some of the coolest nighttime views I had during my trip. It is on the edge of town but still close enough to all the bars and tapas.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Málaga Premium Hotel
Málaga

This place is right in the heart of the downtown area. The only thing to consider is cars cannot drive to it. You will need to wheel your luggage for a few blocks, but the walkway is very easy.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Catalonia Ronda
Ronda

Of all the hotel I stayed at in southern Spain, this one felt the most luxurious. Very clean and friendly staff. The hotel on the top floor is really good too!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hey, Landon.
Thank you so much for the review. It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip. I'll take into account your review of the guide in Seville's Alcazar.

Great experience- planning and traveling
Spain | Sep 5 - Sep 28, 2022

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Brian P.
Walnut Creek, CA | Reviewed on Dec 04, 2022

Great experience- everything met or exceeded our expectations. Marina and staff were accessible and responsive to any questions or concerns during the planning and the trip itself. We loved our custom itinerary and the travel app they provided us for the trip. We’ve recommended Kimkim to a number of family and friends. read more

Great experience- everything met or exceeded our expectations. Marina and staff were accessible and responsive to any questions or concerns during the planning and the trip itself. We loved our custom itinerary and the travel app they provided us for the trip. We’ve recommended Kimkim to a number of family and friends.

Hotel Review
Parador de Ronda
Ronda

Beautiful and spacious, best location,- probably the nicest hotel we stayed in Spain

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Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2022

Hi Brian! Thank you so much for taking the time to write your trip review and for your kind words to the entire team!! I'm really happy you enjoyed your time discovering our country and hope you created lovely memories. I am glad you liked el Parador de Ronda hotel, it is indeed a beautiful hotel and has the best location in Ronda. Thank you again for letting us be a small part of your trip :) Warmest regards, Marina

An intense experience-filled 18 days in Spain made possible by kimkim.
Spain | Nov 4 - Nov 21, 2022

Margaret
Margaret S.
Darien, CT | Reviewed on Dec 01, 2022

It's hard to know where to start. My first trip to Spain was filled to the brim with sites, tastes, and experiences. We must have walked 3 - 7 miles/day. Regarding the guides:
Tslila's Tapas and Wine/Vermouth Crawl in Barcelona was a superb intro on our first night. So much fun and delicious food and drinks. I must have tasted four different vermouths. Tslila couldn't have been better.
Miguel's tour of La Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter was superb, a highlight of our... read more

It's hard to know where to start. My first trip to Spain was filled to the brim with sites, tastes, and experiences. We must have walked 3 - 7 miles/day. Regarding the guides:
Tslila's Tapas and Wine/Vermouth Crawl in Barcelona was a superb intro on our first night. So much fun and delicious food and drinks. I must have tasted four different vermouths. Tslila couldn't have been better.
Miguel's tour of La Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter was superb, a highlight of our trip.
Our guide in Girona was amusing but he seemed more interested in taking photos of members of the group than anything else. The misunderstanding regarding the contents of the tour (Costa Brava instead of Figueres) was solved quickly and generously by Helena and the kimkim team. We were able to fit in the Jewish Museum and lunch on our own and then take a taxi to see the Dali Museum.
Our small group trip to Monserrat with Alex was memorable. The views are spectacular. He is an enthusiastic and well-informed guide. We were surprised and impressed by the art museum there, too.
Eduardo's tour of Granada via Senses was a nice way to weave in the history of the places we passed but the synthetic fragrances did not always hit the mark and we had little room to carry home the fragrance kits.
Our Alhambra guide was excellent but we don't have his name.
Flamenco dance experience was enjoyable but it was an hour instead of two hours and did not include "a fascinating overview of this culturally distinct musical genre, from its origins to its current global renown."
Eva was the perfect person to introduce us to the Jewish history of Ubeda since her family's home, which she opened for us, contained Jewish history.
Marta was an informative and entertaining guide to Baeza.
The driver who took us to Cordoba from Granada was accommodating and flexible when his instructions didn't match our expected tour. We were able to fit in most of what was listed (confusingly) for the day, although in a different order. We were not able to visit the olive oil factory.
Antonio Jose's tour of the Medina Azahara was well done. Impressive.
The guide for Cordoba (Saray?) was superb. She had a dramatic and informative way of showing us the steps in the transformation of the Mezquita.
Sevilla - our tour was supposed to include the Cathedral and bell tower as well as the Alcazar and the Santa Cruz neighborhood but ended up being split into two different tours, the latter led by Pablo who was excellent, the former afterwards led by Teresa whose stories about the two sisters was memorable.
Jorge's evening introduction to the Hapsburg district was interesting. He shared many insights and left us off at a wonderful restaurant friends had recommended which happened to be across the street from his hairdresser.
We enjoyed Esther's generous wine, vermouth, and tapas tour near our hotel in Madrid. She shared a wealth of information.
Our guide for Toledo (Antonio?) was excellent - so enthusiastic and informative. We appreciated his detailed discussion of the former Synagogue.
Elena's tour of Segovia included details and stories that were very interesting. Our only tour in the rain/drizzle went very well and the restaurant she reserved for our lunch was excellent. Love those artichokes.

The plane and train tickets Helena prepared were a big help.

The hotels:
All the hotels and breakfasts were great:
The Radisson Blu in Barcelona was the least charming but the breakfast was the most extensive - amazing spread. After being offered a room with no view - just the air shaft - they gave us what seemed to be the honeymoon room which had light coming in.
The Aurea in Granada was well situated and historical with lovely Garcia Lorca quotations on the wall.
We appreciated the whimsical creativity and light of our room at the Madinat and enjoyed the Hammam experience that was included. The staff was very nice as was the breakfast.
The hotel in Sevilla was very well situated and elegant with a slightly less extensive breakfast.
We enjoyed the art and craft nature of 7 Islas in Madrid but never did get to sample their craft cocktails - too busy. The staff was helpful and the breakfast was excellent.

Highlights for me:
Museums in Barcelona, Monserrat, and Madrid we went to on our own: Miro, Picasso, Dali, El Prado, Thyssen, Reina Sofia, Sorolla
La Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila
Wine/Vermouth/Tapas tours
Cordoba's Mezquita
Driving through the olive orchards
Olive oil tasting - guide was very good
Several superb restaurants

The experience working with kimkim was enjoyable. I appreciate the initial approach where we discussed the pros and cons of various scenarios - six iterations before we paid anything. There were a few mix-ups while we were in Spain but they were settled right away. We packed a lot in and, at 71 years old, were amazed at our stamina. Perhaps we should have left more free time.

Hotel Reviews
Aurea Catedral Hotel
Granada

Comfortable, historic, good location, very good breakfast.

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Hotel Madinat
Córdoba

Creative and comfortable with excellent staff and breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
originality
Location
Staff
helpful and English-speaking
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla
Sevilla

Elegant and fun location.

Authenticity & Character
Restored building Lovely breakfast area. Our room had a sitting area and bedroom.
Location
It wasn't noisy but was off a pedestrian street with restaurants and very near the Cathedral.
Staff
A few little problems with the wi-fi. Staff was helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
No complaints.
7 Islas Hotel
Madrid

Creative design and very helpful staff. Outside room with light but noisy at night since the Spaniards eat fro 10pm - 1am it seems and then hang out in the street.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Barcelona 1882
Barcelona

Superb breakfast. Not charming. Many rooms have air shaft views.

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Staff
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Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Barcelona

Guide was great. Excellent tour.

Quality of Experience
Food
Variety of tapas and wines and vermouths.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Half-Day Excursion to Montserrat
Barcelona

Go to the museum in addition to the church. May need more time to go up to the top of the mountain.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day trip to Medieval Girona & Dali Museum in Figueras
Barcelona

Mishap related to misunderstanding of the tour group was remedied very well by kimkim. Fit in the Jewish Museum in Girona.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided Visit of Granada Through Its Scents
Granada

Guide was very good. Senses part - nice idea but not that necessary.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Spain
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Flamenco Show
Granada

Would have liked an explanation of the history of Flamenco. Dancing was great.

Quality of Experience
Day trip to Úbeda and Baeza
Granada

Very nice addition but don't know if it is necessary given the amount of trips and activities that were put into our 18 days.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Helpful if the drivers speak English although our Spanish skills helped.
Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night
Córdoba

Wasn't at night but was very good.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Guided Visit of Córdoba
Córdoba

See my evaluation of guides.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Visit an Andalusian Olive Oil Estate
Seville

Very interesting and worthwhile.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Staff was great. The driver got a little lost - first time ever - but got us there.
Insider's Old Madrid Tour
Madrid

Very nice evening tour with history and interesting neighborhoods. Madrid is so large it's hard to get a feeling for it and this was just one special corner.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Train Madrid to Toledo, Guided Visit of Toledo, Train Toledo to Madrid
Madrid
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide was very knowledgeable.
Transport
Train was fine. Good to have the tickets purchased in advance.
Train Madrid to Segovia, Guided Visit of Segovia, Train Segovia to Madrid
Madrid

Loved the designs on the buildings. Tour included the Jewish quarter and other interesting sites and beautiful views.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Spanish Cooking Class
Madrid

We enjoyed the food tour in the market and the small class. We helped make salmorejo, spinach and chick peas, and paella. We learned how to make a real sangria and how to debone a chicken. Each person was involved and there were accommodations for vegetarians and pescatarians.

Quality of Experience
Private Wine Tasting, Tapas & Vermouth
Madrid

The guide was excellent and brought to us to especially selected bars where we were served generous portions of wine, vermouth, and tapas.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was excellent.
Guided Visit of Seville
Seville

An excellent introduction to Sevilla.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona

Guide was excellent. Everyone should experience La Sagrada Familia.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Helena Fernández
Helena
Helena Fernández
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

Hi Margaret!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review of your trip and for your kind words. I'm so happy you liked our country and I hope you created beautiful memories, thanks for the photos.
I am glad you enjoyed all the experiences of the trip, it was a pleasure to design it with you.
Warm regards, Helena

One week trip to Spain in November
Spain | Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2022

Kim
Kim G.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

kimkim set us up with Alfonso, who did a wonderful job helping us plan our one week trip to Spain in November. We spent time in Barcelona, Cadaqués and Menorca and lucked out with only having rain one evening and temps in the low 60’s. In Barcelona we loved our bike tour and the tour of Sagrada Família. We also went to Parc Guél and did a tapas tour the last night in the Gothic Quarter. Our guide for the bike tour and tapas tour was George and he was very funny and knowledgeable about the... read more

kimkim set us up with Alfonso, who did a wonderful job helping us plan our one week trip to Spain in November. We spent time in Barcelona, Cadaqués and Menorca and lucked out with only having rain one evening and temps in the low 60’s. In Barcelona we loved our bike tour and the tour of Sagrada Família. We also went to Parc Guél and did a tapas tour the last night in the Gothic Quarter. Our guide for the bike tour and tapas tour was George and he was very funny and knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Barcelona. In Cadaqués we did a 10 mile hike along the coast with Alfonso as our guide. It was a besutiful hike and the weather was perfect for it. Most of the shops in town are closed during this time but it was nice to have less crowds and just be able to explore the beautiful streets and relax. In Menorca we went on a horseback ride along the coast and had time to explore Ciutadella and Mahon. If I were doing it over I would save the island for a separate or longer trip because I would have liked more time in Barcelona. We wanted to see as much as we could though so we added it in. Overall kimkim was very easy to work with, very responsive and helped us set up and incredible trip for our family of four. We are already talking about where we might like to go next in Spain and would definitely use them again.

Activity Reviews
Visit Park Güell & Sagrada Família
Barcelona

I enjoyed Sagrada Família the most because it is such an incredible sight. I recommend the guided tour because you learn so much more about why he designed things the way he did. You receive headphones so you can hear the guide without her having to shout. Parc Guél was crowded so I can’t even imagine how it is in the summer.

Quality of Experience
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Transport
Horseback Riding in Cala Mitjana
Menorca

This was a wonderful way to explore the coastline and see a beautiful beach not accessible by car. Our Spanish is limited and our guide did not speak English. We wish we spoke Spanish better so we could have communicated with our guide more during the trip.

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hiking the Gr-92 Camí de Ronda
Cadaqués

Beautiful views, great exercise. There is some steep uphill but it is not too long and definitely worth it. We enjoy hiking and it was a great way to get outside and see some amazing scenery. November is a perfect time for this because we could wear shorts yet were not too hot.

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Evening Tapas Walk in El Born
Barcelona

We were originally thinking we would be going to more than one restaurant to try out tapas but this tour is a walk around El Born and you dine at one Tapas restaurant. Our restaurant was right by the Picasso Museum. I cannot remember the name of it but was very good. Our guide George was wonderful.

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Food
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Private Walk in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Barcelona

The Gothic Quarter is an amazing place to walk around and just get lost, but luckily with our guide we didn’t have to get lost. Ha. Jorge was so knowledgeable and familiar with the area and it’s history. This was a favorite part of our trip.

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Barcelona Bike Tour
Barcelona

I enjoyed this a lot because we were able to see many different neighborhoods and make it down along the water as well. It was an easy bike ride and our guide was great. It might not be as enjoyable in summer with hot temps and big crowds but November was perfect for it.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
He was funny, very knowledgeable, had an iPad to show us pictures of some of the areas in the past and was great with our teenagers.
Transport
We enjoy biking and it is a great way to see a lot of the city and take breaks along the way.
Local specialist: Alfonso Nuñez
Alfonso
Alfonso Nuñez
Local specialist in San Sebastian - Spain | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

It was nice sharing a couple of days with all of you.
I hope your review helps other travelers get a better idea of our territory in case they want to visit us.

Warm regards!

AMAZING 10-day trip to Spain!
Spain | Nov 19 - Nov 28, 2022

Natalie
Natalie W.
East Naples, FL | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Wow, where to start? From the beginning of planning the trip, we had an amazing experience with Beatriz. She answered all of our questions super quickly and I really liked that the budget we discussed was stuck to, so there’s no surprises at the end when you get the invoice. We did a 10-day trip to Spain (Barcelona, Sevilla, and Madrid) and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We wanted a trip that we had planned events like a tapas tour, cooking class, museums trips, day trips, etc.,... read more

Wow, where to start? From the beginning of planning the trip, we had an amazing experience with Beatriz. She answered all of our questions super quickly and I really liked that the budget we discussed was stuck to, so there’s no surprises at the end when you get the invoice. We did a 10-day trip to Spain (Barcelona, Sevilla, and Madrid) and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We wanted a trip that we had planned events like a tapas tour, cooking class, museums trips, day trips, etc., but also enough time to ourselves to enjoy just waking around the cities and doing our own thing. I think our favorite parts were the tapas tour in Barcelona, the cooking class in Sevilla (the guides on this one were AMAZING, highly recommend), and the day trip to Toledo. Unfortunately, on the day we were supposed to go to a winery, I was not feeling well, but it was very easy to cancel because all of the information I needed was in the trip app. When we’re ready for our next big trip, we will certainly use KimKim again - we loved the ease of having everything we needed like train tickets, museum tickets, and phone numbers for important contacts right in the app at our fingertips. Thank you Beatriz and the KimKim team for making our trip so amazing!!

Hotel Reviews
Arc La Rambla
Barcelona

The location is great because you’re in an area that makes it easy to walk around the city. The hotel itself was clean and the staff were very friendly! As many hotels are in Europe, it’s older so the walls are thin and you can hear everything going on around you. So if you’re a light sleeper (like me!) bring ear plugs and maybe install a nice sound machine app on your phone. We had the free breakfast included, but ended up only using it once. I’d recommend walking down the street to the local market and grabbing something there instead. Overall, a decent place to put your head at night, but if you’re looking for a luxury stay, maybe look elsewhere!

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Petit Palace Puerta de Triana
Seville

The aesthetic is super cool - very eclectic wall paper in the rooms and carpeting in the hallways. Breakfast was very good, lots to choose from. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Walls we’re very thin and the room would get very hot at night, despite trying to lower the temperature on the AC. Bathroom was updated nicely, but there was no shower door in ours, just a long piece of glass, so water would get on the floor when showering. For what we were looking for on our trip (essentially a place to put our heads at night, shower, and change) it was perfect. If you’re looking for a luxury stay, this is not the hotel for you!

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Petit Palace Preciados
Madrid

This hotel is in the heart of a large shopping district and in busy roads - so light sleepers beware! It’s also in a pedestrian area, so a taxi can’t drop you off right in front of the door. The room itself was fine, beds were comfy and the bathroom was nice and large. The shower was… interesting. Took me a few tries to master as there are multiple shower nozzles, a large shower head, and other odd features that were a bit confusing! The walls are paper thin, so again, beware light sleepers! The location was great to get around the city and if you enjoy shopping.

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Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Barcelona

This was a great experience. We visited 4 separate restaurants and got to try at least 4 different tapas at each location and a drink of choice at each location. We had about 10 people in our group and the guide was really knowledgeable. There’s a lot of different options for the tapas but if you’re a vegetarian or don’t like seafood, this may not be a good experience for you as most options had meat or fish in them. Overall this was a great first experience in Barcelona and we loved being able to meet other visitors in our small group!

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Visit an Andalusian Olive Oil Estate
Seville

We had a lovely private tour of this estate and our guide, Sarah, was so knowledgeable about all of the different olive types and what they’re used for (eating vs olive oil extraction). The estate itself is beautiful and you get to see the modern day way they make olive oil as well as the ancient way they used to make it. The owner of the estate also has an impressive collection of old horse carriages that was an unexpected, but very interesting, addition to the trip. We ended up buying a ton of olive oil to bring home with us as gifts!

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Flamenco Experience
Seville

The show and experience was really wonderful, but since we were there on a Wednesday night, we were one of only a handful of attendees in the audience. This was a bit weird and felt awkward at first, but once the show started you forgot about it. The dancers and musicians were highly skilled and you could tell that they love performing. This may be a better experience on a weekend day assuming more people attend at that time.

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Traditional Andalusian Market Visit & Cooking Class
Seville

Highly recommend this experience! The cooking class takes place inside the market and you do a tour of the market beforehand. The guide tells you about the local fare and what is in season. Then you get to cook with the ingredients that we’re discussed like saffron, purple garlic, and smoked paprika. Our chef, Dom, was so incredible! He was able to make a group of about 12 feel like a little family. He got everyone involved with chopping and cooking - everyone got a chance to be the star.

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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hi Natalie! Thank you so, SO much for taking the time to write such a detailed review and for your kind words to the entire team!! I'm really happy you both enjoyed your time discovering our contry and hope you created lovely memories. Thank you again for letting us be a small part of your special trip :) Warmest regards, Bea

Yuri and Kimkim are perfect!
Spain | Nov 17 - Nov 25, 2022

Kim
Kim R.
Keller, TX | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

I was nervous to use kimkim and now we are complete sold. We traveled to Barcelona, Madrid, and Mallorca for 9 days. Yuri, our travel specialist, is absolutely wonderful. He was quick to correspond and when I was nervous he reassured me on the processes. My husband didn’t know what everything we were doing on the trip. After trains, plains, and shuttle services, he said it was one of the best experience he’s ever had and grateful for this vacation. Everything was taken into... read more

I was nervous to use kimkim and now we are complete sold. We traveled to Barcelona, Madrid, and Mallorca for 9 days. Yuri, our travel specialist, is absolutely wonderful. He was quick to correspond and when I was nervous he reassured me on the processes. My husband didn’t know what everything we were doing on the trip. After trains, plains, and shuttle services, he said it was one of the best experience he’s ever had and grateful for this vacation. Everything was taken into consideration, and I was able to have meetings with Yuri when I had questions. He helped when we were lost on one excursion. It was our mistake, but he was able to connect us. We had shuttles, hotels, and excursions all set up for us and I was able to pick out the hotels around the areas we wanted to explore.

The hotels were in ideal locations and we walked everyplace to eat and explore. Everyone at the hotels were beyond accommodating to our needs. They made the guest experience unforgettable. We appreciate everyone's kindness to help make this trip a memorable one.

Excursions: Tapas tour (Mirko), Gothic Tour (Ann Marie), Iberico Ham class (Santi), Paella Cooking Class, and Wine Tasting. Beyond our expectations and sincerely delightful to learn from all these brilliant instructors.

Thank you again. We hope other people get to experience a wonderful vacation like this.

Hotel Reviews
H10 Madison
Barcelona

H10 was perfect for our first stop in Barcelona. We liked the location it was close to the Gothic Quarter. It was quiet but close to businesses if you wanted it. The morning breakfast was delicious and lots of choices. The wait staff always had a smile on their face and helped us through the menu. They entire team met us with such kindness, explained where to explore on the map, helped us with some laundry that needed to be done, and gave us recommendations on where to have some local wines. We couldn't have asked for a better place.

Authenticity & Character
Hotel was clean, bright, and so much character.
Location
We love that it was quiet but close to everything.
Staff
Everyone was wonderful! I wish I knew everyone's name. From the wait staff to the front desk (Alberto ?). No one made us feel less because we didn't speak english and they had a lot of patience.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fresh and clean. I am very particular about this and they did a fantastic job.
7 Islas Hotel
Madrid

Loved 7 Islas Hotel. It's in a location that is easy to walk around and lots of fun tapas restaurants. They gave us great recommendations for places to eat and would call ahead for reservations for us. This place has little clutter and minimalist which was perfect for us. The downstairs bar had fantastic drink and our bartender who works all the time was so kind to us. If you have a chance, try the apple crumble dessert with a cappuccino (so yummy).

Authenticity & Character
Unique and different from the other hotels and I love that it wasn't a replica of other places.
Location
This was a little more busy than our other stay but the hotel was quiet when we came in so it was perfect. Close to shopping and dining.
Staff
Absolutely fantastic. There was one restaurant they recommended that had the best dinner (pork, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes dish) and wine out of our entire stay in Madrid.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable.
Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Palma de Mallorca

LOVE the hotel! This was towards the end of our Spain tour and what a surprise. The beautiful architecture of the hotel, the sauna, and the roof top terrace were just some of the perks in this hotel. Watching the sunset while having a glass of wine before heading to dinner was one of the most memorable times of our trip. The staff was absolutely kind and helpful. We loved talking to them and they helped us through every part of our stay. We only wish it would have been longer.

Authenticity & Character
The decor and architect with the court yard of the hotel is such a treat.
Location
Perfect for walking around the area but also quietness.
Staff
So accommodating and they make you feel heard and important.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was so clean and spotless. It smelled clean and great beds.
Hotel Regina
Barcelona

This was towards the last part of our stay. It's a beautiful hotel in downtown Barcelona. It's a great hotel and is super busy. They have a great bar and room service and if you need anything such as groceries are right across the street. The room was a little hot so having the balcony door opened helped. What I learned is that when the AC is on in a hotel it's on for everyone. So when it's turned off and it's winter the heat is on. You can't regulate your own room. This is on all the hotels I stayed in. With that said, then you have a window open. If the noise of outside doesn't bother you then you are fine. I can sleep like that and most people can. This hotel had a great and friendly staff. You can go outside and get anything you need. Everyone is super friendly.

Authenticity & Character
Such a cool and historic hotel.
Location
Close to everything. Reminded us of New York.
Staff
They were super welcoming. Received a note and some fruit upon our arrival. The room service was delicious.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and beds were comfy!
Activity Reviews
Evening Tapas Walk in El Born
Barcelona

Loved our tapas event. Mirko was a great tour guide. Our first thought was to go out eat, drink, and watch flamenco dancing. We were so tired from our trip and he adjusted to our energy. We saw places we would have never visited and wen't back another time too because we loved it so much. We went to three different restaurants and learned about the different types of food, culture, and how the area is divided up. We were so glad to meet him and he was the start of our 9 day trip.

Quality of Experience
Everything was set up ahead of time. They had a table when we arrived. If we needed anything, Mirko helped us or got it for us. He would call ahead before the next restaurant so they would be ready for us. We learned about what we were eating and what was a common dish in the area. Such a great treat!
Food
The food was delicious. We went from authentic dishes to the new.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mirko was absolutely wonderful.
Transport
We walked everywhere.
Private Walk in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Barcelona

Ann Marie was a perfect guide! She showed us all around The Gothic Center and much more. We were able to go into stores, museum, and the chapel. She accommodated our request for tour and adjusted as needed. She is a wealth of knowledge and we didn't know how much history was surrounding us until we were done. What's cool is we weren't expecting to get what we received and it was a lot of unexpected history and information that we are grateful to learn and appreciate the culture a lot more. We had so much fun and learned so much.

Quality of Experience
Everything. Ann Marie was such a pleasure to learn from.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We walked from our hotel. 5 min. walk.
Jamón Ibérico Workshop
Madrid

Santiago (Santi) was such a great instructor! We learned so much and had the best Iberico ham tasting. The quality of pigs, how they are raised and how you will have different taste from the same pig. We learned that this is an art and it takes years of experience to understand. We learned that this is only from Spain and which one to choose next time we are out dinning. Such a great experience.

Quality of Experience
Lots of fun. Loved that it was a private class so we could ask questions and interact more. Great wine and ham.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff was kind and let us have our class while others had lunch.
Transport
We walked to restaurant. 15 min. walk from hotel.
Paella Cooking Class & Market Visit
Madrid

This was such a great class! We thought it was a private class and it ended up being a group class which ended up being a blast! Our instructor, Angel was so knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. We took a trip to the market and learned about what to buy for our paella, dessert, and also Sangria. We all worked together but also made some delicious food that we can try and recreate at home. Delicious food, conversation, and drinks! They also send you home with the recipes.

Quality of Experience
We had so much fun and learned so much! The food tasted so good we can't wait to try it again.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Angel was fun, always keeping it interesting and he was prepared for us too!
Transport
We walked. It was about a 20 min. walk from our home.
Wine Tour of Mallorca's Famous Fincas
Mallorca

Tucked away at a beautiful estate, is a little slice of heaven. We tried different wines, walked around a beautiful estate, and learned about their new wines and projects. This family has been making wines for decades but did it for trade. They made the wines to barter and trade on their island they live on. Now, this is newer and they are bottling their wines. It's just a serene time with yummy tapas and wine.

Quality of Experience
That it's family owned and they care about what happens to their wine and estate.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everyone was so kind and knowledgable about the history of Mallorca and wine.
Transport
They came and picked us up at our hotel.
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hi, Kimberly!
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much!
It's very helpful for me to help others choose the proper guides and experiences.
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip!
See you soon on kimkim! :)

OUTSTANDING!
Spain | Nov 1 - Nov 15, 2022

Lisa
Lisa M.
Greenburgh, NY | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

From start to finish, we felt like we were in good hands. We had a wonderful experience planning and taking our trip to Spain with Kim Kim. Our local agent, Beatriz De Pablo was consistently reliable and available to us both before we left, and also the whole time we were in Spain. And if she wasn’t in, she made sure to let us know the name and contact information of a colleague who was covering for her. That greatly helped in reducing the stress of traveling with my older parents, who... read more

From start to finish, we felt like we were in good hands. We had a wonderful experience planning and taking our trip to Spain with Kim Kim. Our local agent, Beatriz De Pablo was consistently reliable and available to us both before we left, and also the whole time we were in Spain. And if she wasn’t in, she made sure to let us know the name and contact information of a colleague who was covering for her. That greatly helped in reducing the stress of traveling with my older parents, who have some mobility issues. It was especially nice to get an upgrade to premium class on our train rides, with meals included. The hotel - train station and hotel – airport transfers were welcome, and even when there was a problem with one of them, the team worked to quickly resolve the situation to our satisfaction.

The driver who picked us up from MAD when we landed on 1 Nov was reassuring about waiting for us after we landed, as we navigated through the massive airport with my parents in wheelchairs. The driver who picked us up at the Granada train station was very nice too. Our guides in all destinations were uniformly outstanding: Alberto (Granada), Fátima (Córdoba) and Teresa (Sevilla). They had a solid knowledge base about the locations, as well as great personalities, which made spending time with them a pleasure. We appreciated that Bea arranged separate tickets to la Mezquita in Córdoba to accommodate my parents, who weren't able to accompany us on the official tour. We especially liked our driver, David, who picked us up at Atocha station on 14 Nov and brought us to our hotel in Madrid, and who also drove us to MAD on 15 Nov. He was friendly and helpful.

We loved it all, but especially the cooking class in Sevilla! Laura was a warm, kind, and patient instructor and the food was delicious (looking forward to receiving the recipes!).

Hotel Reviews
Eurostars Puerta Real Hotel
Granada

Clean, centrally located, but utilitarian and not very charming.

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Location
Staff
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Las Casas de la Juderia Hotel
Córdoba

This hotel is charming. It's ideally located in the old quarter of the city, steps from la Mezquita and the Roman bridge. Reception is wonderful and they gave us a very warm welcome, which was appreciated after a long drive. Breakfast was served in a large utilitarian room, but the choices were great, and the service was responsive and friendly. The courtyards and fountains were magical, but one caution I would mention is that the various steps up and down through the garden and courtyard areas were not well-lit or marked. We were traveling with my elderly parents, and I worried about them slipping and falling. Otherwise, it's a lovely property. We didn't get a chance to partake in the "honor bar" in the lovely library, but I loved the idea of it and we definitely would have if we had had more time in the beautiful city of Córdoba.

Authenticity & Character
Charming!
Location
Centrally located in the old city.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lighting in the guest rooms could be a bit brighter.
Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata
Sevilla

Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata was our favorite hotel during our two-week stay in Spain. Front desk staff were top-notch: warm and welcoming. The lobby area is tastefully appointed with eclectic furnishings and decor. The guest rooms are wonderful: spacious but cozy. We loved the bidet and the illuminated toilet :-) There was witty and whimsical art on the walls, eye-pleasing colors and - a first for us - a pillow menu!! The breakfast buffet was lavish and delicious, with more choices than we knew what to do with. Service at breakfast was warm, friendly and welcoming.

Authenticity & Character
Location
In the middle of the old city, in the pedestrian zone - ideally situated. May be difficult to reach, though, for folks with mobility issues, as the closest taxis can come is about 500m away.
Staff
Special shout-out to Fran, who walked out to help find us when were arrived in old Sevilla, and were lost with our rental car on the narrow cobblestone streets. He graciously helped us with our luggage and guided us to the hotel.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bidet and illuminated toilet in the bathroom. Pillow menu - oh my!
Catalonia Las Cortes
Madrid

Hotel is lovely, with excellent service, comfortable rooms and beds, and great breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
A nice mix of character and history, with modern amenities.
Location
Central location, near museums, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza Santa Ana
Staff
Consistently friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean. One issue is that the rooms on one floor (not sure which one) all have a substantial step up into the bathroom. This was a hazard for my elderly parents, to the point that they requested a room change, which hotel staff accommodated quickly and efficiently. There are also door stoppers affixed permanently to the floor, which are easy to walk into and stub one's toe.
Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Madrid

Jenk was a friendly and informative guide. We liked that it was in the Chamberi neighborhood, which has fewer tourists and so felt like an authentic experience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided Visit of Museo del Prado
Madrid

Christina was an excellent guide, with considerable knowledge about the museum, which she presented in a lively and interesting manner.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Guided Visit of Córdoba
Córdoba
Traditional Andalusian Cooking Class & Market Visit
Seville
Guided Visit of Seville
Seville
Guided Visit of Alhambra & Generalife Gardens
Granada

Alberto was outstanding.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Hola Lisa! Thank you for taking the time to write this detailed review and for your kind words to our team and all your guides! It was a pleasure to organize this trip for both of you and your parents, and I am thrilled that you had a great and relaxed time exploring our country. Sending you my best regards, Bea.

Our guides were for our tours were great. Th...
Spain | Nov 9 - Nov 19, 2022

Suha
Suha M.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Our guides were for our tours were great.
They were very knowledgeable and efficient.
The hotels we chose from the list were amazing.
Great choices to chose from. The wine tour to Rioja was wonderful. Iker did a great job as our guide for the day.
All the drivers were on time and we felt very organized the whole trip. read more

Our guides were for our tours were great.
They were very knowledgeable and efficient.
The hotels we chose from the list were amazing.
Great choices to chose from. The wine tour to Rioja was wonderful. Iker did a great job as our guide for the day.
All the drivers were on time and we felt very organized the whole trip.

Hotel Reviews
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Barcelona
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel The Principal
Madrid
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Hi, Suha!
It was a pleasure helping you have a great trip to Spain! Thank you for your kind words about our activities and guides.
Hope to see you soon on kimkim, planning your next trip to one of 60 destinations in the world.

Pintxos, Basilicas, and Pilota - Oh My!
Spain | Oct 12 - Oct 23, 2022

Joel
Joel S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Very satisfying experience with our specialist Marta. She made sure to understand our goals and wishes for the trip, and was very accommodating in assisting us in fine tuning the itinerary so that we got the most of the trip. We were so happy with kimkim’s process that we’ve already scheduled another trip with them! Moreover, we have recommended kimkim to friends, and will continue to do so.

The kimkim process was simple yet thorough, and working with Marta was rewarding. We enjoyed the... read more

Very satisfying experience with our specialist Marta. She made sure to understand our goals and wishes for the trip, and was very accommodating in assisting us in fine tuning the itinerary so that we got the most of the trip. We were so happy with kimkim’s process that we’ve already scheduled another trip with them! Moreover, we have recommended kimkim to friends, and will continue to do so.

The kimkim process was simple yet thorough, and working with Marta was rewarding. We enjoyed the flexibility of being given suggestions, then identifying which components of the itinerary were most appealing. She helped us pick activities we might not have thought of on our own, and was great to communicate with during our time in country. If we had planned the entire trip ourselves, the amount of choices about what to do and where to stay would have been overwhelming. Using Marta, Espiritu, and kimkim, we had an excellent set of experiences and will look back fondly on this trip for many years to come.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel España Ramblas
Barcelona

The hotel itself is stunning in its preservation of historical detail. The beds and pillows were very good, supportive and comfortable without being too soft or too firm. The modern sinks and faucets can be a challenge, depending on your room. The auto shutoff was an irritant regardless. Breakfast was excellent, and in an absolutely beautiful space. The staff were attentive, but not oppressive, and seemed truly happy to be of service. One criticism would be the difficulty of vehicles getting to the hotel entrance -- taxis had the proper transponders to lower the bollards to access the street, while private drivers did not.

Authenticity & Character
One of the oldest hotels in Barcelona, and tastefully updated rooms without losing old world charm in the common areas.
Location
Central without being obnoxiously loud.
Staff
Friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfort and style.
NH Ciudad de Zaragoza
Zaragoza

This hotel was in a *perfect* location for exploring Old Town Zaragoza, enjoying views over the river (sunrises, sunsets, and fireworks at the close of the Festival de Pilar), and gave easy access to shopping, dining, transit, and major attractions. While the building lacked the historical appeal of other accommodations, the room itself was extremely comfortable, well appointed, and clean. We ate one dinner and two breakfasts at the hotel restaurant; the meals were good, but did not stand out as exceptional when compared to virtually any other meals we enjoyed in Spain. The staff were capable and friendly.

Authenticity & Character
Authenticity and character are not what NH is known for. The hotel was nice.
Location
Perfect central location.
Staff
No problems to report. Bartender was friendly. Front desk staff were helpful. Breakfast staff was adequate, friendly but not always attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and very comfortable.
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Hi Joel, thank you for taking the time to submit the review. It was a pleasure to organize this trip for you and Natalie, and I am thrilled that you had a great time exploring the must-sees and other hidden spots in our beloved country. If you consider a trip to Portugal or Spain in the future, let me know and I will be happy to help. Have fun on your new adventure! Best, Marta

Spain trip - 1 week
Spain | Nov 3 - Nov 9, 2022

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steve o.
Birmingham, MI | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Yuri was a fantastic Spain kimkim planner as all of our planned events and tours went extremely smoothly and very timely. Arrived in Madrid with perfect transfers to hotel, Tuk Tuk tour of the city, Tapas tour the following day and a fun Flamenco dance class with Fernando leading the way. We then moved on to Barcelona in the same fashion via train with smooth transfers.
Toured Sagrada Familia with Maria who was an excellent host. Finished the trip with a sunset sailboat ride and a live... read more

Yuri was a fantastic Spain kimkim planner as all of our planned events and tours went extremely smoothly and very timely. Arrived in Madrid with perfect transfers to hotel, Tuk Tuk tour of the city, Tapas tour the following day and a fun Flamenco dance class with Fernando leading the way. We then moved on to Barcelona in the same fashion via train with smooth transfers.
Toured Sagrada Familia with Maria who was an excellent host. Finished the trip with a sunset sailboat ride and a live Flamenco show all in Barcelona.
Have never used kimkim before but would recommend using their service as it helped tremendously with planning. Thank you again Yuri!

Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Hi, Steve!
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip to Spain. Glad that you have enjoyed it and that all went smoothly.
Looking forward to see you soon with your new trip request at kimkim.com

Luis was wonderful in understanding what my d...
Spain | Oct 6 - Oct 15, 2022

Jessica
Jessica S.
Columbia, SC | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Luis was wonderful in understanding what my daughter and I were looking for in this trip. He found out-of-the-way places and experience that made our first time to Europe an unforgettable one. We will definitely be returning, and when we do, we will contact Luis first and foremost. read more

Luis was wonderful in understanding what my daughter and I were looking for in this trip. He found out-of-the-way places and experience that made our first time to Europe an unforgettable one. We will definitely be returning, and when we do, we will contact Luis first and foremost.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Villa Favorita
San Sebastian

Everything about this hotel exceeds your expectations. From the setting, to the people, to the food, you will not be disappointed. For someone who values, excellent service, and clean and unique accommodations, Villa Favorita, does not disappoint.

Authenticity & Character
Unique and well appointed
Location
Views are spectacular
Staff
My daughter was practicing her Spanish and the staff were excited and willing to help her.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ohla Barcelona
Barcelona

It’s in the heart of Barcelona shopping district, but it still feels out of the way. The staff go out of their way to make you feel special and invited. They upgraded my daughter and me too sweet our last night there, and it made her feel so special and was a perfect ending to our first vacation in Spain.

Authenticity & Character
Modern and sleek without pretension
Location
Great location and easy walking distance to restaurants and fine shopping
Staff
Always went out of there way
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Luis Fernandez de Vega
Luis
Luis Fernandez de Vega
Local specialist in Gijón, Asturias, Spain | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Hi Jessica,

Thanks a million for sharing your experience with us. I really appreciate you took the time to do so because we can control our providers and accommodations and use the ones you prefer.
It has been a pleasure organize this for you and your daughter. I wish I could plan a new trip for you in the near future.

Best wishes,

Luis

Spectacular trip, made planning feel effortless!!!
Spain | Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2022

Franca
Franca M.
Baltimore, MD | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

I asked Irene to plan a trip for my family. I wasn´t going to be able to attend & wanted to feel like they would be in good hands and have an easy experience on the ground. Irene planned an amazing trip!! It was perfectly catered to them and their health needs. She was super attentive, even late into the night. And when one of our family members had health issues, she did everything possible to make sure they could still enjoy their experience - helping to adjust our itinerary as needed.... read more

I asked Irene to plan a trip for my family. I wasn´t going to be able to attend & wanted to feel like they would be in good hands and have an easy experience on the ground. Irene planned an amazing trip!! It was perfectly catered to them and their health needs. She was super attentive, even late into the night. And when one of our family members had health issues, she did everything possible to make sure they could still enjoy their experience - helping to adjust our itinerary as needed. They loved their stays, all very lovely with great breakfasts! And I heard rave reviews about their tour guides in the different cities.

Local specialist: Irene Carravilla
Irene
Irene Carravilla
Local specialist in Basque Country | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Thank you very much for your kind words, it is a pleasure to have served you during your trip to Spain. It is the way we understand to be your local hosts and to offer the best travel experiences in our country.
See you soon! Best regards.
Irene, Giulia and Susana
GenuineSpain

Irene muy atenta a nuestras necesidades
Spain | Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2022

Monica
Monica M.
West Palm Beach, FL | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Irene estuvo muy atenta a nuestras necesidades lo cual nos dio un sentimiento de seguridad. Los hoteles escogidos x ella estuvieron perfectos para nosotros, muy céntricos principalmente, bonitos y cómodos. Los 4 tours todos muy informativos y amenos. En verdad nos hizo el viaje cómodo y fácil. Todo fluyó fácilmente y sin trabas. Mi rating para Irene es = excelente.

Mónica Muller read more

Irene estuvo muy atenta a nuestras necesidades lo cual nos dio un sentimiento de seguridad. Los hoteles escogidos x ella estuvieron perfectos para nosotros, muy céntricos principalmente, bonitos y cómodos. Los 4 tours todos muy informativos y amenos. En verdad nos hizo el viaje cómodo y fácil. Todo fluyó fácilmente y sin trabas. Mi rating para Irene es = excelente.

Mónica Muller

Hotel Reviews
TOC Hostel Madrid
Madrid
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Apartamentos Cuna 41
Sevilla
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mihlton Barcelona
Barcelona
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Irene Carravilla
Irene
Irene Carravilla
Local specialist in Basque Country | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Thank you very much for your kind words, it is a pleasure to have served you during your trip to Spain. It is the way we understand to be your local hosts and to offer the best travel experiences in our country.
See you soon! Best regards.
Irene, Giulia and Susana
GenuineSpain

Took the stress away/lifetime trip to Spain!
Spain | Oct 30 - Nov 8, 2022

Emilie
Emilie T.
Matthews, NC | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

Marina was fantastic. The organization and transports really took the stress out of planning and traveling. We absolutely loved every city, especially Granada and Cádiz where we had the opportunity to relax and really take in the amazing history and culture. Fantastic tour guides, great hotel locations even with a smaller budget. I also loved that even with some downtime and free afternoons, there were a ton of great recommendations and literature about each city on the itinerary. We never... read more

Marina was fantastic. The organization and transports really took the stress out of planning and traveling. We absolutely loved every city, especially Granada and Cádiz where we had the opportunity to relax and really take in the amazing history and culture. Fantastic tour guides, great hotel locations even with a smaller budget. I also loved that even with some downtime and free afternoons, there were a ton of great recommendations and literature about each city on the itinerary. We never felt lost, stressed, or like we didn’t have hundreds of exciting options, even on free afternoons. We were also having trouble getting tickets to some of the Gaudí sites in Barcelona and Marina was able to quickly get us tickets at great times. If we had a question about anything, she always responded quickly and was able to help us in record time. Thank you so much Marina and KimKim for a fantastic trip!

Hotel Review
Palacio de Santa Inés Hotel
Granada

This hotel is lovely and comfortable with amazing views. We also loved the breakfast. The location is fantastic, right next to a bustling plaza with some of the best tapas we had the entire trip. Thanks so much for making our stay in Granada even more beautiful.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful, great location, incredible views.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Spain

Jaime was an amazing guide! His passion and excitement for the Alhambra was inspiring and apparent throughout the tour. He was patient and answered any question we had. Highly recommend this experience. It was a main highlight of our trip!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided Visit of Seville
Seville

Pablo was a wealth of information. He is so clearly passionate and knowledgeable. His energy was infectious and the 3 hours flew by!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Hi Emilie, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your trip review and for your kind words! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your guided tours and the selected hotels. Alhambra is indeed a must-see if you visit Granada and in my opinion Spain, it is breathtaking. I will pass your kind words to all the team :) It was truly a pleasure helping you organize this trip to Spain and I hope to help you plan your next adventure! Warmest regards, Marina.

Our trip to Spain was absolutely fantastic!
Spain | Oct 15 - Oct 22, 2022

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Wes E.
Bon Air, VA | Reviewed on Nov 06, 2022

... and it's all thanks to Irene! She was very patient as we learned KimKim and helped us to plan, and then setup a wonderful vacation that worked well for both me and my wife. What's more, whenever we found ourselves missing our driver, on a late train, or just confused in general, she was a quick message away to help us navigate our trip. She even checked in on us a few times to make sure we were having fun and enjoying ourselves as much as possible.

We started our trip with a group... read more

... and it's all thanks to Irene! She was very patient as we learned KimKim and helped us to plan, and then setup a wonderful vacation that worked well for both me and my wife. What's more, whenever we found ourselves missing our driver, on a late train, or just confused in general, she was a quick message away to help us navigate our trip. She even checked in on us a few times to make sure we were having fun and enjoying ourselves as much as possible.

We started our trip with a group tapas tour in Madrid, led by Neomi, who was very knowledgeable and made excellent suggestions at every step. It was truly a blast! We got to sample numerous delicious beverages, food, and make great conversation with our fellow travelers. Next, we enjoyed a guided tour in Madrid, where we learned all about its history, even joking and having fun with our guide (whose name I unfortunately cannot remember - but she was amazing!). Our time in Seville was also well planned, with Barbara showing us the Great Cathedral and the Alcazar our first day, making some fantastic recommendations for dinner. The day trip to the White Villages and Ronda was filled with beautiful scenery, fun shopping, and good food that truly left us wanting more. Granada is a gorgeous city, with so much to see, including the much (and rightfully) touted Alhambra. Our guide, Gabriela, was very knowledgeable and fun, leaving us once again feeling more like we'd been shown around by an acquaintance, rather than a stranger we hardly knew. We discovered a nice coffee house - Cafe 4 Gatos, that I would strongly recommend for good coffee and excellent food (bring cash!). Finally, our dinner at Aben Humeya was the perfect end to our last day in Granada, coupling delicious food with a view neither of us will ever forget.

I know I've gone on for quite a bit already, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that every hotel Irene found for us was fantastic, with comfortable beds, polite helpful staff, and delicious breakfasts. The drivers were all polite, professional, and very helpful. And our information packet was very thorough and helped us avoid making numerous mistakes we likely would have made on our own.

Thank you Irene and everyone who helped make our trip such a success!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel One Shot Luchana 22
Madrid

Nice location with very comfortable beds. Polite, helpful staff and a delicious breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa de Indias by Intur
Seville

Nice location with comfortable beds. Polite, helpful staff and a delicious breakfast.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palacio de Santa Inés Hotel
Granada

Very location with a lot of history in the building, converted in a very charming and aesthetically pleasing way. Extremely helpful staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Aben Humeya
Granada
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Restaurante Casa Suecia
Madrid
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Visit la Alhambra
Granada
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tapas tour
Madrid
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
City tour
Madrid
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lunch in La Bola
Madrid
Guided tour in Seville
Seville
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day trip : Ronda and White Villages
Spain
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Irene Carravilla
Irene
Irene Carravilla
Local specialist in Basque Country | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2022

Thank you very much for your kind comments, we were very happy to hear about your excellent experience in our country and we were delighted to be your local hosts. It is the way we have to work in our local operator specialized in responsible tourism, GenuineSpain. We try to take care of all the details and give a personalized service and always improve, so your comments help us to provide a better and better service.
Thank you very much and see you soon!
Irene, Giulia and Susana
GenuineSpain
www.genuinespain.es

This was our first time in Spain and we will be back!
Spain | Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2022

Rachelle
Rachelle E.
Norwood, OH | Reviewed on Nov 05, 2022

This was our first time in Spain and our first big trip since Covid-2020 shutdown. We did not have a lot of free time to do our own research and book a trip on our own. Luis understood the types of activities we wanted to do and the places we wanted to see. He provided a lot of background information on the places we will be visiting and summary itinerary with times and locations of tour meeting places. He responded on a timely manner whenever I sent a message with requests or... read more

This was our first time in Spain and our first big trip since Covid-2020 shutdown. We did not have a lot of free time to do our own research and book a trip on our own. Luis understood the types of activities we wanted to do and the places we wanted to see. He provided a lot of background information on the places we will be visiting and summary itinerary with times and locations of tour meeting places. He responded on a timely manner whenever I sent a message with requests or questions. The accommodations he booked for us were exactly where we wanted to be - centrally located and near public transportation. They were clean and comfortable. The staff in the hotels/apartment were cheerful and helpful.

We enjoyed the private walking tours Luis arranged for us. It allowed us to see many sites at a more flexible pace. Our guides - Almudena (Madrid), Maria (Toledo) and Luca (Seville) were very knowledgeable of the area and pointed out things that we would have missed if we were just walking on our own. We appreciated that they were checking in on how we are doing with all the walking. They were all open to receiving feedback as to what is and is not interesting to us.

Luis also arranged for group tours to Cordova, Granada and Ronda. We were first concerned about going on a larger group tour but the tours were well organized and efficient. Although the bus ride were long, they were comfortable. We were in awe of the Alhambra as well as the view of the town from Alhambra. Just amazing! It was unfortunate that I got sick and missed the Cordova tour.

The last trip that Luis arranged for us was a small group tour to Montserrat from Barcelona. It so happened that our guide only had 1 tour that day so we had the flexibility to stay a little longer in Montserrat and listen to the Boys' Choir. It was a blessing to hear the angelic voices of the choir.

Overall, we had a great time! Exhausted but full of fond memories! Thank you Luis and staff for helping us enjoy our first time in Spain.

Hotel Reviews
Eurostars Hotel Plaza Mayor
Madrid

Our room was clean and comfortable. The location was great -near many sites and public transportation. The staff was very helpful. The breakfast buffet had a wide selection of food and tey were delicious.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We are walking distance to many sites, restaurants and public transportation.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sacristia Santa Ana
Seville

The building exterior and lobby has character. It is not very big hotel so there is not a lot of people going in and out of the hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful - they helped us arranged for take away breakfast on days we had early tours. We were only able to eat breakfast at their restaurant once and we wished we ate there every morning because what we had was yummy! The hotel is located in a busy street so at night you can hear some commotions. One thing they need to update is that their website says they have laundry service but we were told that service is no longer provided.

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Happy Apartments
Mostar

This 1 bedroom apartment is spacious and had all the amenities we needed. The facade has character but the inside is very modern. It's in the heart of Las Ramblas across Palau Guell and a short walk between to Metro stations. It was nice that the entrance is keyless and we felt safe walking in the street of the apartment even late in the evening.

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Local specialist: Luis Fernandez de Vega
Luis
Luis Fernandez de Vega
Local specialist in Gijón, Asturias, Spain | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2022

Good morning Rachelle,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a complete review. Believe it or not it is very important to test if our providers do a good job and the selection of hotels matched your requirements and take actions if something is not like we both expected. Other than that I'm very glad you both enjoyed the trip, are happy with the planning and discovered part of this beautiful country. Maybe next time I can take you to visit other areas not so well known but amazing as... read more

Good morning Rachelle,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a complete review. Believe it or not it is very important to test if our providers do a good job and the selection of hotels matched your requirements and take actions if something is not like we both expected. Other than that I'm very glad you both enjoyed the trip, are happy with the planning and discovered part of this beautiful country. Maybe next time I can take you to visit other areas not so well known but amazing as well. Thank you very much for your flexibility and way of traveling. I can see you are very experienced and wise travelers with lots of interest in discovering our culture.
Please do not hesitate to contact back for anything you may need from Spain. I'll love to read back from you every some time.

My best wishes for a great end of the year!!

Luis

Anniversary Trip 2022
Spain | Oct 14 - Oct 27, 2022

Krista
Krista M.
Mequon, WI | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2022

We had a fantastic trip to Spain and it was largely due to the planning and thoughtfulness of our agent Marina. She helped us plan a fantastic anniversary trip while staying on budget! She also kept us informed and up to date on any changes and was consistently responsive to any questions we had both in planning the trip and while we were there! Would definitely use her for a trip in the future!

Local specialist: Marina Courtaut
Marina
Marina Courtaut
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Nov 04, 2022

Hi Krista, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your trip review and for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Spain and I hope you and Daniel created lovely memories :) It was truly a pleasure helping you organize this trip to Spain and I hope to help you plan your next adventure! Warmest regards, Marina.

I can’t remember what Marta arranged or what ...
Spain | Oct 13 - Oct 27, 2022

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Ann E.
Chico, CA | Reviewed on Oct 30, 2022

I can’t remember what Marta arranged or what I arranged so I will tell you our favorites with only one negative.
Cuenca - great tour with Daniel
Cartegena - we did not enjoy our time with
Gemma
Venice - great hotel Helen Berger, good bike tour, great restaurant Tagomago
Girona - excellent history & food tour with Gina
Huesca - amazing Castello de Corvinos
San Sebastián - excellent hotel Villa Favorita, excellent tour with Diego
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I can’t remember what Marta arranged or what I arranged so I will tell you our favorites with only one negative.
Cuenca - great tour with Daniel
Cartegena - we did not enjoy our time with
Gemma
Venice - great hotel Helen Berger, good bike tour, great restaurant Tagomago
Girona - excellent history & food tour with Gina
Huesca - amazing Castello de Corvinos
San Sebastián - excellent hotel Villa Favorita, excellent tour with Diego

Activity Reviews
San Sebastian Pintxo Experience
San Sebastián

This tour was cancelled for us prior to our trip but I would book it with Diego if we go back.

Hiking Cuervo River and Callejones de las Majadas
Cuenca

Daniel was a great guide. Nice to get out & walk. Went a little long.

Privately Guided Tour of Cartagena
Cartagena

Our guide seemed quite nervous & uncomfortable & had a hard time answering specific questions. We moved much slower than we wanted.

Hiking through Mount Galeras + Christmas Fort
Cartagena

We did not hike but took the boat which was fine. Same problems with the guide as the other tour.

Valencia Seightseeing Bike Tour
Valencia

Excellent guide, good speed of tour, good information, felt safe riding

Food & Market Tour
Girona

Our favorite. Gina was great & we did have a very compatible group. The places we stopped were diverse & were well prepared & awaiting us. Wouldn’t want to change a thing.

Guided Visit of San Sebastian
San Sebastián

Diego gave us an excellent tour of the city with lots of interesting information. We moved quickly which works best for us. Would love to go on another tour with him.

Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

Hi Ann, thank you for the review of some of the activities of your trip. In your review, you mentioned Venice although it is Valencia you stayed in. During your trip, we were in touch and we received all good feedback so some of the facts you mention are new to me and I will forward all the comments to our local guides. I do hope we keep in contact for your future travel endeavors in Spain or Portugal :) Warm regards, Marta

An amazing trip in Andalucia Spain!
Spain | Oct 16 - Oct 26, 2022

Ariana
Ariana T.
Peachtree City, GA | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

James did a great job creating a trip exactly to our specifications! All of the guides were so informative, professional and fun! Our hotels were gorgeous and we saw so many highlights of each area. All the stress of planing was handled by the team and it was wonderful! Thank you! read more

James did a great job creating a trip exactly to our specifications! All of the guides were so informative, professional and fun! Our hotels were gorgeous and we saw so many highlights of each area. All the stress of planing was handled by the team and it was wonderful! Thank you!

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Granada

This hotel was amazing!! It has so much personality and history. My number 1 recommendation! I also advise against driving to the hotel. Park your car at public parking and take a cab or walk to the hotel. You will find yourself on the tiniest alleyways. Save the stress and get a cab. This hotel had charm and a daily tea time that was so much fun to partake in!

Authenticity & Character
So cool to have a hotel with such history.
Location
It’s close to everything you want to see in Grenada!
Staff
The staff were so friendly and accommodating.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Sevilla, Spain | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Hi there Ariana, Thanks very much for your comments and great news you loved it! It was a pleasure to plan it out with you too! All the best and I hope you'll be back sometime soon. Best wishes, James and the Tailormade Andalucia team

Alfonso was incredibly helpful to us as we we...
Spain | Oct 12 - Oct 24, 2022

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Elizabeth M.
Ashland, MA | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Alfonso was incredibly helpful to us as we went along. We’re an older couple who needed a little guidance from time to time and he was always available to give us answers. He was responsive to our pace as well as our interests. And he was so nice about requests that were impulsive on our part, nicely flexible. We learned he is also a wonderful guide for hiking and outdoor activities. He’s a great asset to your organization. read more

Alfonso was incredibly helpful to us as we went along. We’re an older couple who needed a little guidance from time to time and he was always available to give us answers. He was responsive to our pace as well as our interests. And he was so nice about requests that were impulsive on our part, nicely flexible. We learned he is also a wonderful guide for hiking and outdoor activities. He’s a great asset to your organization.

Activity Reviews
Gastronomic club experience
San Sebastián

Great fun to explore the market and then prepare the meal. It was a great change of pace after all the educational activities.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Punctuality, depth of knowledge
Transport
Punctuality
Premium winery tasting visit
Laguardia

Fabulous food at the restaurant, amazing facility. It’s an interesting contrast to the usual winery setup

Quality of Experience
The whole visit
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Knowledge imparted
Transport
Didn’t apply
Sunset Sailing in Barcelona
Barcelona

Lovely change of pace. A bit crowded

Private Extended Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona

Fabulous building, but large tour group. Well handled considering the crowds. Loved learning some of the ideas behind the building. Most impressive!

Private Walk in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Barcelona

Guide seemed a bit low-key. We saw interesting historic relics, chanced upon a group doing human pyramids.

Prado Museum Private Visit with an Art Historian
Madrid

Excellent guide —an architect and artist

Local specialist: Alfonso Nuñez
Alfonso
Alfonso Nuñez
Local specialist in San Sebastian - Spain | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

It was a pleasure having you among us. I wish both of you the very best.
Take care!

Exploring Mallorca and Ibiza
Spain | Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2022

Jonathan
Jonathan B.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

We were finally able to take our long-delayed trip (due to COVID) and we're very happy with every aspect of the trip. Karin was extremely responsive and took the time to explain everything thoroughly. The excursions were all top notch and we were pleased that most of them were private. The guides were excellent and very friendly. We hiked in the Tramuntana mountains with Nina, did e-cycling in Ibiza with Heather and had tours of Palma and old Ibiza. The hotels were also excellent. Due to... read more

We were finally able to take our long-delayed trip (due to COVID) and we're very happy with every aspect of the trip. Karin was extremely responsive and took the time to explain everything thoroughly. The excursions were all top notch and we were pleased that most of them were private. The guides were excellent and very friendly. We hiked in the Tramuntana mountains with Nina, did e-cycling in Ibiza with Heather and had tours of Palma and old Ibiza. The hotels were also excellent. Due to hotel renovations, Karin had to find us a new hotel in Ibiza and we're very happy with the hotel that she rebooked us into. The Balearic islands are truly incredible and the trip had the right amount of free time built in to allow us to fully explore them.

Hotel Review
Finca Sa Cova den Borino
Campos

A nice hotel in a rural setting. The kitchenette enabled us to make our breakfasts and couple of dinners at the hotel. Includes a nice pool and some farm animals (ponies and chickens).

Authenticity & Character
The room was comfortable and the building had the character of a very old castle.
Location
A little hard to access due to very narrow and rather rough roads.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Privately Guided Visit of Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca

Andres did a great job adapting the tour to what we were looking for and was very friendly. He even produced an iPad with drawings and maps of the cathedral!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Andres was friendly and patient.
Local specialist: Karin Eckhard
Karin
Karin Eckhard
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain and USA | Reviewed on Nov 02, 2022

Thank you very much for the review and I am so pleased that you were very happy with your long-awaited to beautiful Mallorca and Ibiza. It was a pleasure to help you with this trip.

Go to Spain -- and work with Bea. She will take good care of you!
Spain | Sep 25 - Oct 16, 2022

Ellen
Ellen G.
Shaw, DC | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Everything about the planning was wonderful-- and the reality was equally good, except for the hotels. So the logistics, the events, the guides were wonderful. Everything worked as planned -- and that is of course hugely important. The hotels selected were a big disappointment, and we should take part of the blame because we should have taken a closer look at the hotels selected. But we were under the impression that we'd be staying in 4star hotels and that speaking for myself, Kim... read more

Everything about the planning was wonderful-- and the reality was equally good, except for the hotels. So the logistics, the events, the guides were wonderful. Everything worked as planned -- and that is of course hugely important. The hotels selected were a big disappointment, and we should take part of the blame because we should have taken a closer look at the hotels selected. But we were under the impression that we'd be staying in 4star hotels and that speaking for myself, Kim Kim's "on the ground" team knew selected hotels first-hand. The reality was far different: almost all were 3 star with most of these characteristics: tired decor, few to no services, dated plumbing, not well-located, catered to huge tour groups. Posted hotel photos and "budget traveller" reviews often do not reflect the reality and I am guessing, given what they cost per night (as I later learned) our expectations were way out of line. Otherwise-- the trip and the notes and other helpful recommendations included on the wonderful KimKim trip app were all good.

Hotel Reviews
Gallery
Barcelona

The rooms are spare but plumbing is up to date and the bed very comfortable. The restaurant and reception staff are top notch. The location couldn't be better.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Bed4U Bilbao
Bilbao

This is a three star that is bare-bones as far as hotel services and comfort. The bed and the shower were very good, the breakfast was find, there was a gym, and the room was very clean. But creature comforts were practically non-existent: no closet, no drawers, not even a glass in the bath "area." Good for no-frills travellers looking for value over creature comforts. Location far from ideal-- go out the wrong way at the front door and you'll be in a drug market in five minutes.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
clean and limited comfort
Adriano Hotel
Seville

well-located but (decor, plumbing) very dated-- stylish for the 1950s.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Hotel Macià Alfaros
Córdoba

Well located and comfortable accomodation. But caters to large tour groups-- breakfast can be noisy and competitive.

Granada Five Senses
Granada

Very well-located with great staff. Room very up to date/stylish and comfortable. Breakfast not so great- ended up going out for breakfast a couple of mornings.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Walt Madrid
Madrid

No cab driver knew this place-- a tiny hotel with some style and comfort. But off a small street, off a side street, off another small street-- all dark. If you're looking for comforts, this isn't the place for you. More like a two star. But very cheap.

Staff
Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Barcelona

Ghislane was an amazing hostess and guide. Lots of fun.

Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona

Ann Marie was outstanding-- wish I could have taken her along for the rest of the trip. Knowledgeable and fun.

Day Trip to Montserrat & Penedès Region Wine Tasting
Barcelona

Eduardo was a fanstastic companion for this magical day trip.

The Best of Pintxos Gastronomy Experience
Bilbao

Omayo (sp?) was just fantastic and this whole evening was great fun, with good food, wine and companions.

Privately Guided Visit of Bilbao
Bilbao

Again our guide Irene was outstanding and we enjoyed every minute we spent with her in Bilbao. She went out of her way to be helpful to us-- even checking on how we could get to San Sebastien the next day. Which we did with great success!

Guided Visit of Seville
Seville

Teresa was a good guide for us in Seville.

Visit an Andalusian Olive Oil Estate
Seville

Enjoyed this visit very much. Learned alot.

Traditional Andalusian Market Visit & Cooking Class
Seville

yes amazing and wonderful fun; learned alot. Ate even more. The best event of the trip if you ask me.

Private Guided Visit of Córdoba
Córdoba

We had two guides for our touring in Córdoba-- Isabel and Sarah. Both were outstanding in their knowledge and passion for their city and its amazing sites. Great tour

Private Transfer {{start_location}} to {{end_location}} via Ronda & White Villages
Spain

Antonio was a great driver and beautiful car! Though he didn't speak much English, it was a very enjoyable trip through beautiful countryside, and lovely time in Ronda. So glad we were able to squeeze this in!

Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Spain

We were with a group for this tour (@ dozen people). Our guide made the visit even more special given his African background and multi-cultural view of the world.

Flamenco Show
Granada

I thought this might be a bit hokey-- but really enjoyed the show!

Train Madrid to Toledo, Guided Visit of Toledo, Train Toledo to Madrid
Madrid

Probably one of our best guides for the whole trip. Carlos had a wealth of knowledge AND passion for all things Toldeo. It was an honor to experience Toledo with Carlos!

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tuk Tuk City Tour - Valencia Historic Center
Valencia

A great guide and a lot of fun!

Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2022

Hi Ellen! Thank you so much for this incredibly detailed feedback! :) I really appreciate the details you put into it and thank you so much for your kind words to all your guides, I'm so happy you had a great time exploring our country with all of them. As I mentioned during your trip, we had to lower the category of your hotels to match your budget during the planning and booking process, but thank you so much for the feedback about them, all this information will be really helpful for us as we are constantly trying to improve. Sending you my best regards, Bea.

Spain Trip
Spain | Oct 13 - Oct 20, 2022

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Lynn E.
Franconia, VA | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

We had a very enjoyable trip and were pleased for KimKim's work in booking our hotels, tours, etc. KimKim was very responsive in resolving problems that arose when we were in Spain. However, we were very disappointed when our tour of "Triana & Flamenco" did not happen. We wanted to see Triana & visit multiple tapas bars before seeing a flamenco show. Instead, we sat in one tapas bar, not in Triana, and then rushed to a flamenco show. When we went to leave for the show, our guide informed... read more

We had a very enjoyable trip and were pleased for KimKim's work in booking our hotels, tours, etc. KimKim was very responsive in resolving problems that arose when we were in Spain. However, we were very disappointed when our tour of "Triana & Flamenco" did not happen. We wanted to see Triana & visit multiple tapas bars before seeing a flamenco show. Instead, we sat in one tapas bar, not in Triana, and then rushed to a flamenco show. When we went to leave for the show, our guide informed us that tips weren't included; when we gave him 10 euro, he said that wasn't enough and followed us to the cab to get more money from us. This person should be fired. KimKim did all they could to get us to a flaemenco show, which we appreciated, but we still don't believe we got what was advertised.
Alll the other guides we interacted with were professional, enthusiastic & knowledgeable. One other issue was that a 4 hour tour of the Alcazar & Cathedral in Seville, starting at 3pm in the afternoon was exhausting. We wished it was divided into 2 tours, which would be easily done, since the whole next day had nothing scheduled until 8pm.
During the planning process, KimKim responded when we contacted them, but they rarely reache out to us. This trip was planned before the pandemic, and we interacted with 3 different individuals who were not all from the same subcontractors, so maybe this was the reason for some of the unresponsiveness. We give KimKim high marks for supporting us in Spain. Irene is a very nice person who is conscientious about her job.

Local specialist: Susana Conde

Great trip to Spain.
Spain | Oct 1 - Oct 17, 2022

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Malcolm L.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

From start to finish Beatriz was on top of things. She customized the trip for us and made changes, at our request, as we moved along. Also, she also provided the name of a backup when she was off so we always felt connected. Eduardo was very interesting and he took us on the walk around Granada through its scents - what a novel and interesting way to explore and learn about Granada. Jose Miguel, our hiking guide in the Sierra Nevada Mountains very quickly realized we were experienced walkers... read more

From start to finish Beatriz was on top of things. She customized the trip for us and made changes, at our request, as we moved along. Also, she also provided the name of a backup when she was off so we always felt connected. Eduardo was very interesting and he took us on the walk around Granada through its scents - what a novel and interesting way to explore and learn about Granada. Jose Miguel, our hiking guide in the Sierra Nevada Mountains very quickly realized we were experienced walkers and he took us on a great walk, up and down the hills. Luis, in Malaga, gave us a very thorough tour through the old town and was able to sneak us into a very popular restaurant for a peak and a shot of something strong! We met Jose in Ronda and again, he was very informative and gave us an interesting walking tour - on the spur of the moment, at our request, he took us through the bullring and its museum. In Sevilla, Pablo showed us the sights and was able to provide some very interesting historical perspective. In Lisbon, we had Gisela take us around and she was fantastic - very interesting to get her perspective on Lisbon and its different areas to explore.

Hotel Review
Hotel Boutique Molino del Arco
Ronda Málaga

The staff at the hotel were incredibly friendly and offered numerous options for activities, including great restaurant recommendations in Ronda.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Hi Malcolm! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this detailed review and for your kind words to all your guides! I'm sure you already let them know during your trip, but I will share this awesome feedback with them :) I'm so pleased to know you had a great time around our country. It's been truly a pleasure to help you organize this trip. Warm regards, Bea.

All the guides were very pleasant and knowled...
Spain | Oct 8 - Oct 23, 2022

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Homaira N.
Worcester, MA | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

All the guides were very pleasant and knowledgeable.
Trip to Malaga was most memorable.
Hotel locations were very good but hotel in Granada was very noisy as there was an outdoor restaurant in front of the hotel and people were talking loud till after midnight.

Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Hi Homaira, thank you so much for your feedback! Is really helpful for us to keep improving each day. I'm so glad you had a great time learning about our country with your guides and discovered amazing places on the way :) Best regards, Bea.

Barcelona and Costa Brava
Spain | Oct 7 - Oct 14, 2022

Leona
Leona V.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

The Sagrada Familia tour with our guide Danni was very interesting and he was able to answer all our questions.

We also had a great adventure on the wine tour with Catherine and her husband.

The tour to Montserrat was also good. The only suggestion we would have is to allow more free time to explore all Montserrat had to offer. Our guides, Mateo and Roger, were very informative.

The hotel choices provided by were Yuri were perfect for our purposes. We were very happy overall. read more

The Sagrada Familia tour with our guide Danni was very interesting and he was able to answer all our questions.

We also had a great adventure on the wine tour with Catherine and her husband.

The tour to Montserrat was also good. The only suggestion we would have is to allow more free time to explore all Montserrat had to offer. Our guides, Mateo and Roger, were very informative.

The hotel choices provided by were Yuri were perfect for our purposes. We were very happy overall.

Hotel Reviews
Astoria
Barcelona

We loved the location of this hotel and enjoyed the breakfast. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona

This hotel is well located near the beach.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Vineyards, Wines & Tapas in Penedès
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Catherine and her husband were great guides
Transport
Private Extended Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona

Loved the architecture.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day Trip to Montserrat & Lunch at a Farmhouse
Barcelona

Great experience. There is so much to see that the free time allowed was not enough to fully appreciate the location.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Roger and Mateo were great guides
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Leona, thank you so much for your review.
I will make sure that in the future travelers will have more time in Montserrat to admire and explore for themselves.

The trip to Portugal and Spain was planned ou...
Spain | Oct 7 - Oct 18, 2022

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Hung T.
Modesto, CA | Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

The trip to Portugal and Spain was planned out very well. Beatriz gave great advice on how many cities to visit with the 12 days we had , she advised not to pack too many cities due to time constraint and concerned that we would not be able to enjoy our time in each cities if we did not stay long enough in each city. Karin was also a great support and answered our questions. The itinerary in Trip plans was a great tool because we were able to download it and view it anytime. I like that all... read more

The trip to Portugal and Spain was planned out very well. Beatriz gave great advice on how many cities to visit with the 12 days we had , she advised not to pack too many cities due to time constraint and concerned that we would not be able to enjoy our time in each cities if we did not stay long enough in each city. Karin was also a great support and answered our questions. The itinerary in Trip plans was a great tool because we were able to download it and view it anytime. I like that all the contacts were in one place. The communication via Trip Plans app was helpful and easy to use . Helena was helpful in answering our question regarding tax refund for purchase. I really like that they booked our tour guide that spoke great English and was knowledgeable on the topics related to the tour. We loved our experience in Sintra Hike in Portugal and the bike tour experience. The wine tasting tour was excellent , we meet friendly people in the tour. This kimkim travel experience was slightly different from my previous experience, where my contact person met up on my first day of landing , I thought that was a nice touch. The airport experience was slightly anxious, we were 2.5 hours early in line before our boarding time, but we barely made it on time for boarding. Overall, the kimkim team was great and I would recommend them .

Hotel Reviews
ICON BCN by Petit Palace
Barcelona
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa del Poeta
Sevilla
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Villamar Style Maison
Nazare
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown
Porto
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rossio Boutique Hotel
Lisbon
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Madrid
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Get to know Porto by E-bike
Porto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ana Lopes from Blue Dragon City tour was very accommodating and shared an abundant of information on the city of Porto.
Transport
Sintra Heritage Hike: Hidden Secrets
Portugal

Felipe was an excellent tour guide. He was knowledgeable of the area and history of Portugal. Felipe was also very easy to talk to , he shared his travel experience and it was inspirational. He was very communicative during our stops. I really appreciate his professionalism.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Hi Jake! Thank you so much for this detailed review and for your kind words to our team! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with your guides along the way and I hope you created lovely memories with your sister :) It was truly a pleasure helping you organize this trip to Portugal and Spain! Best regards, Bea.

Southern Spain
Spain | Oct 1 - Oct 17, 2022

Joanne
Joanne M.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Beatriz and her team did an amazing job organizing our Gems of Southern Spain and Lisbon trip and was extremely responsive both before and during the trip when we needed help. She quickly grasped during the planning stage the type of accommodation we preferred and understood the type of activities we enjoy. The trip exceeded our expectations which were high! read more

Beatriz and her team did an amazing job organizing our Gems of Southern Spain and Lisbon trip and was extremely responsive both before and during the trip when we needed help. She quickly grasped during the planning stage the type of accommodation we preferred and understood the type of activities we enjoy. The trip exceeded our expectations which were high!

Hotel Review
Palacio Solecio
Málaga

Extremely central; helpful staff; parking close by; great historical atmosphere and great breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Hi Joanne! Thank you so, so much for your kind words to the entire team and for taking the time to write this review! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip and the activities you had along the way, this is what our team always strives for :) It has been a true pleasure working with you to plan your trip to Spain. Best regards, Bea.

Overall we were very pleased. Yuri provided ...
Spain | Oct 7 - Oct 14, 2022

Marinus
Marinus V.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Overall we were very pleased. Yuri provided the guidance we expected and fulfilled our experience. The trip was great.
Pickup at the airport was a little disorganized but then which airport isn’t. Checkin was good but had to wait for our room. After 15 hours in airports this was unfortunate but again not surprised.
Tour of the Familia Sagrada was great. Danny was informative and helpful. What a place!
Wine tour was also great. We’ve been on many but this one was more informative... read more

Overall we were very pleased. Yuri provided the guidance we expected and fulfilled our experience. The trip was great.
Pickup at the airport was a little disorganized but then which airport isn’t. Checkin was good but had to wait for our room. After 15 hours in airports this was unfortunate but again not surprised.
Tour of the Familia Sagrada was great. Danny was informative and helpful. What a place!
Wine tour was also great. We’ve been on many but this one was more informative and extensive. Plus portion size was large compared to North American wineries.
Montserrat was good but did have it’s issues. Many unavoidable but it still made the day a little rushed. Our guides Matteo and Roger did what they could to alleviate the delays however it did take away from some of the attractions we wanted to do.
Overall though Barcelona is a beautiful, clean and friendly city. Costa Brava is also a beautiful area with much to see and do. Slightly off season definitely helped us enjoy our time.

Hotel Reviews
Astoria
Barcelona

Well located. Walking distance to many attractions or alternatively the metro was two blocks away. Service was friendly, rooms clean and typical European size. Would stay again.

Authenticity & Character
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Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona
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A little complicated to get their
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Private Extended Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona
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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Hi, Marinus.
Thank you so much for your review. I always take notes and work with our suppliers to create the best experience for our travelers. Thank you for your input it will help future travelers.
Hope to see you soon in kimkim on your new trip.

Best,
Yuri.

Excellent trip with Kim Kim Travel
Spain | Sep 6 - Sep 29, 2022

Michelle
Michelle C.
Australia | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

After a two year delay we finally got to start our trip from Australia to Spain & Portugal.
From the moment we landed in Spain everything that we planned with Sam and his team were in place.
From being collected at the airport, drivers, guides, hotels and updates along the way, everything was well organised. He even booked restaurants in each town for us.
Sam and Chaima kept in contact with us during our tour, making sure everything was going OK.
The details this team put together was... read more

After a two year delay we finally got to start our trip from Australia to Spain & Portugal.
From the moment we landed in Spain everything that we planned with Sam and his team were in place.
From being collected at the airport, drivers, guides, hotels and updates along the way, everything was well organised. He even booked restaurants in each town for us.
Sam and Chaima kept in contact with us during our tour, making sure everything was going OK.
The details this team put together was excellent from the length of time of tours, pickup times, guides names, recommendations in each place we stayed as to where to eat, shopping and sightseeing in free time.
All the drivers and guides were excellent with their care for our wellbeing and local knowledge.
All the accommodation was excellent and central to all attractions.
We would highly recommend Sam and his team for your travel needs in Spain and Portugal.
Sam thank you and your team for a wonderful experience we had a great time.

Hotel Reviews
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Madrid

We had a great room at the front of the hotel overlooking the main street. The room was very spacious and with a large bathroom. It was in a great location and the staff were very helpful.

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Hotel One Shot Goldsmith Aliados
Porto

Lovely hotel in Porto. The rooms were very clean and large enough and the bed was very comfortable. Our rooms had great views of the town square. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

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very central in town
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H10 Duque de Loule
Lisboa

Great hotel with spacious rooms and very clean. The hotel had a great select for breakfast and all the staff were very helpful. It is in a very good location, short walk to the hop on hop off bus station starting point and close to a metro.

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L'and Hotel & Vineyards
Montemor-o-Novo

This hotel is in a very beautiful spot for relaxing. The hotel and rooms are very clean, rooms are very spacious and the bed was very comfortable. Good size pool and lovely vineyards to walk around. It is a little out of town so you do need transport of some kind. The breakfast here is great with lots of choices and the restaurant was great. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

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Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata
Sevilla

This is a beautiful hotel centrally located in Seville. The staff were very friendly and helpful even helping to suggest restaurants and shopping. The rooms are comfortable and very clean. Can highly recommend this hotel.

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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Granada

This is a very charming hotel in a good location. The rooms were very spacious and clean and the bed was comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a let down but this may be due to Covid impact. Overall this is a lovely hotel and I would recommend it.

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Las Casas de la Juderia Hotel
Córdoba

This is a really beautiful charming hotel. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It is centrally located but still quiet. The rooms were spacious and very clean. Even though we only stayed one night we would of loved to stay more we would highly recommend this hotel.

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Activity Reviews
Guided Walk of the Gothic Quarter with Tapas Dinner
Barcelona

This was a great tour and our guide Olga was very informative. We learnt about the history and culture and enjoyed the walk around the city and enjoyed some tapas. Would definitely recommend this tour!

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Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona

This tour was amazing, and the La Sagrada Familia is just something else. Having our guide Olga to explain this history was also very helpful. Highly recommend this tour.

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Private Walking Tour of Madrid & the Prado Museum
Madrid

This was a great tour learning about Madrid's history and the museum was very interesting. Having a local guide who knows the history helps bring the town to life. Great tour.

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Enjoy a Private Walking Tour of Porto
Porto

This is a great tour taking in a lot of the city of Porto. Walking the streets gives you a great insight into Porto. Our guide was very helpful and answered all our questions.

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Day Trip All About Dali
Spain

The trip to the home of Dali was a great day. Dali 's home is very quirky and interesting from the inside to the gardens to the beautiful seaside position it is located. The Dali museum again very interesting and worth seeing. Our guide Craig did a great job bringing its history to life for us and was very informative and helpful.

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Day Trip to Toledo
Madrid

This tour was excellent. This city is beautiful and its history is very interesting. Our guide was informative and help answer our many questions. Great day.

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Day Trip to the Douro Valley for a Wine Tour & River Cruise
Porto

Our guide Catarina helped make this a great day out for us. This day trip from Porto to the Douro Wine Region was great. The drive is very beautiful through the wine regions and the history of wine making is interesting. Sitting in the beautiful mountains sipping wine is a great day out.

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Explore Lisbon with a Private Walking Tour
Lisbon

Margarida was a wonderful guide for our walking tour in Lisbon. She provided so much information along the way and answered all our questions. We loved all the different parts of this tour. Great tour.

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Take a Day Trip to Magical Sintra & Cascais
Lisbon

This tour was a great day out. Our guide provided so much information along the way and the Palace was worth seeing. Stopping along the way at the Natural park and driving along the coast was great.

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Private Flamenco & Tapas Tour
Seville

Our local guide Sam took us on a tour through Seville giving us information about this beautiful city. The tour included a local flamenco venue where we had the pleasure of watching a beautiful show with local artists. Sam explained the history behind a Flamenco performance. We then went on to enjoy a few tapas bars with excellent choices of food.

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Private City Tour of Seville
Seville

Our guide Estela provided us with a great insight to this city. From the beautiful palace and its gardens to the Jew quarters and the Cathedral. She was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Seville is a lovely place.

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Day Trip from {{start_location}} to {{end_location}}, via Ronda
Spain

The town of Rhonda is a must see. Our guide made this day very memorable proving us with information about the old and new town and the beautiful Rhonda bridge that joins them together. We enjoyed our walk through the streets and the Plaza De Toro's bullring and its history is interesting. This was a great day.

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Private Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Granada

This was a great tour of the Alhambra. Our guide provided us with information along the way and answered our many questions. The building and gardens are amazing and the view over Granada was worth seeing. This is a really lovely town.

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Private Tour of Córdoba
Córdoba

This tour was great. Our guide was very knowledge and answered many questions from us. The history behind the Mezquita mosque-Catholic church is interesting and our guide helped bring it to life. Exploring the winding streets and hearing the history was great.

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Local specialist: Sam Lister
Sam
Sam Lister
Local specialist in Sevilla, Spain | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much for your kind words! Im so glad that after a long wait we could finally make it all happen and im glad we got to meet in Seville as well!

Un abrazo
Sam and Chaima

If you go to Southern Spain and are adventuro...
Spain | Sep 20 - Oct 13, 2022

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Joe A.
Eugene, OR | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

If you go to Southern Spain and are adventurous, get on the internet and do your thing for 5 or 10 hours and hope you got it right. If not, hire Raquel and Kimkim. It costs a little more but you get the best location of 4 star hotels, great local guides, meet and greet at airports and train stations and great advice on travel matters.
I can't say enough about the destination hotels that Raquel selected. Hotels in Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, and other cites were in "Centro" locations... read more

If you go to Southern Spain and are adventurous, get on the internet and do your thing for 5 or 10 hours and hope you got it right. If not, hire Raquel and Kimkim. It costs a little more but you get the best location of 4 star hotels, great local guides, meet and greet at airports and train stations and great advice on travel matters.
I can't say enough about the destination hotels that Raquel selected. Hotels in Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, and other cites were in "Centro" locations making most sites walkable for the city tour Raquel arranged or even when we were on our own. These Andalusia cities have "Old Town" districts formed many centuries ago that I think you would want to be near so you can enjoy all they have to offer. You may never have a chance to get back so enjoy it!
We traveled Southern Spain for 2 weeks and Kimkim set everything up. Raquel recommended cities (don't miss Ronda), arranged a 9 course set menu lunch (we could only get to #6) and made the trip fun and exciting.

We then we explored Paris (Kimkim arranged the flight) for 6 days on our own (Airbnb) then back to Madrid for an additional week (Airbnb).

Best trip to start our retirement years and we'll be back to Kimkim the next time we travel.

Hotel Review
AC Hotel by Marriott Málaga Palacio
Malaga

Private elevator, roof top bar, great service

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Located where you can walk to "Old Town" or the harbor area where we enjoyed a nice 1 hour boat cruise for $24 Euro (12 each).
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Bar guys on top level always in a good mood
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Nice room
Local specialist: Raquel Ferriol

Great trip. Yuri was very helpful and easy to...
Spain | Jul 22 - Jul 25, 2022

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Reyna V.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Great trip. Yuri was very helpful and easy to work with. I appreciated his prompt assistance and responsiveness both before and during my trip to Spain. read more

Great trip. Yuri was very helpful and easy to work with. I appreciated his prompt assistance and responsiveness both before and during my trip to Spain.

Hotel Review
Hotel The Serras
Barcelona

Great hotel. Highly recommend.

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