Kimkim Trip Reviews for Spain

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Audra

Family Trip to Spain 2022 · Spain - Apr 17 - Apr 27, 2022

Traveler: Audra M. - Local specialist: Raquel Ferriol

Upon finding great online reviews about KimKim, we decided to go with them for our family trip to Spain. From the first contact to the last interaction, everything went smoothly.

We got excellent advise when planning our trip (it was our first time in Spain so this was important). Raquel -our local specialist- is very knowledgeable and, after making sure she understood our interests, she helped us design the perfect itinerary: Malaga, Granada, Sevilla and Madrid (including visits to Ronda,... read more

Upon finding great online reviews about KimKim, we decided to go with them for our family trip to Spain. From the first contact to the last interaction, everything went smoothly.

We got excellent advise when planning our trip (it was our first time in Spain so this was important). Raquel -our local specialist- is very knowledgeable and, after making sure she understood our interests, she helped us design the perfect itinerary: Malaga, Granada, Sevilla and Madrid (including visits to Ronda, Setenil and Valencia) in 11 days.

The hotels were all very unique and -as per our request- historic or representative of the Spanish culture. They were all perfectly located in the historic centre, so we could easily walk to all the interesting places, and stay late for shows or drinks and walk back to the hotel easily. The service was excellent and the buffet breakfasts were superb.

Raquel also assisted us in choosing the right tours and activities to keep all the family happy and booking everything for us. We had the perfect mix of cultural, gastronomic and fun activities.

Raquel was also very diligent in making sure everything was properly booked (hotel, drivers, guides, tickets, etc.) and that each evening we had the relevant information/tickets for the next day.

The drivers were always very polite and helpful, and on time every single time. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We could ask them all sorts of questions and they made each visit extremely interesting and informative. Bea -our tour guide in Seville- helped us have one of the best days during the trip. Federico was a wealth of knowledge when visiting La Alhambra, Tino was the best guide we could have had in El Prado museum, and Jaume in Valencia was a delight to spend the day with, just to name some, but all were fantastic.

I would definitely recommend planning and booking your next trip with KimKim. They took all the hassle and the stress of planning and travelling from us, we feel we made the most of our time in Spain, and we felt treated like royalty all the time.

Can’t wait until the next trip!

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Raquel Ferriol, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Audra!

It's been a real pleasure to host you and your family in Spain- All our guides and drivers have commented on your interest and kindness- People like you make us passionate about our job!.

Hoping that our paths cross again in the future! :)

All my best,

Raquel

Mary

Your Trip to Spain and Portugal is the best! · Spain - Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2022

Traveler: Mary B. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Patricia did a fabulous job of matching our itinerary to our interests. YTTSP gave us a local phone, preloaded with information we needed in case of questions. Only a few minor isssues occurred, and Patricia called right away to discuss the question and the solution. Her customer service is outstanding, and was very much appreciated on our first visit to Spain.

We spent 8 days touring 4 cities, and had incredible guides for all the important places we wanted to tour. Laura, who handled... read more

Patricia did a fabulous job of matching our itinerary to our interests. YTTSP gave us a local phone, preloaded with information we needed in case of questions. Only a few minor isssues occurred, and Patricia called right away to discuss the question and the solution. Her customer service is outstanding, and was very much appreciated on our first visit to Spain.

We spent 8 days touring 4 cities, and had incredible guides for all the important places we wanted to tour. Laura, who handled our tour of the Sagrada Familia and Guell Park in Barcelona, was a particular standout. Federico toured us through the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens in Granada with an incredible amount of background information and details drawn from poetry and letters written by the occupants and visitors of the time. Patricia handled all of our transportation, including flights, trains and drivers. Instructions were always clear and very straightforward. The hotels chosen for us were also standouts.

I highly recommend Patricia and YTTSP for a relaxing and rewarding vacation!

Here is what I posted on TripAdvisor…We sta... · Spain - Apr 19 - May 5, 2022

Traveler: Maureen R. - Local specialist: Luis Fernandez de Vega

Here is what I posted on TripAdvisor…

We started to work with Luis on an itinerary and made many changes until we came up with a final version. Along that process, Luis was patient and helpful with great suggestions. Once we arrived in Spain, the hotels Luis booked were excellent and all very central and perfect for easy access to things tourists want to be near. We wanted a few tours included and I stressed that I wanted only “small group” tours. Luis found us perfect companies that... read more

Here is what I posted on TripAdvisor…

We started to work with Luis on an itinerary and made many changes until we came up with a final version. Along that process, Luis was patient and helpful with great suggestions. Once we arrived in Spain, the hotels Luis booked were excellent and all very central and perfect for easy access to things tourists want to be near. We wanted a few tours included and I stressed that I wanted only “small group” tours. Luis found us perfect companies that specialize in small groups and in each case, the tour guides were excellent ! He was in regular contact with us along the way and when we had a few questions, he was quick to respond. Everything he organized for us worked perfectly !
I highly recommend Luis and Hidden in Spain!
Maureen R.
Vancouver

Talented Tailormade Andalusia Team · Spain - Mar 23 - Apr 3, 2022

Traveler: Beth W. - Local specialist: James Monro

To the KimKim Team and James at Tailormade:

I have lost my survey email somehow but I cannot pass up the opportunity to tell you what a fantastic job James and Susanna did at the Tailormade Andalusia Team!

The customized itinerary was amazing, the accommodations perfect, the attention to detail unsurpassed, and the personal interaction and touches so perfect (and appreciated!). The drivers and tour guides were fun, interesting, well informed, and compensated for our lack of Spanish... read more

To the KimKim Team and James at Tailormade:

I have lost my survey email somehow but I cannot pass up the opportunity to tell you what a fantastic job James and Susanna did at the Tailormade Andalusia Team!

The customized itinerary was amazing, the accommodations perfect, the attention to detail unsurpassed, and the personal interaction and touches so perfect (and appreciated!). The drivers and tour guides were fun, interesting, well informed, and compensated for our lack of Spanish language with their English skills! With your assistance we discovered the friendly, historic, proud culture of Spain. Everyone made us feel like royalty!

What a great way to explore Spain! Thank you to everyone for making our trip so special. We would not hesitate to call you all again!

Hotel Review

URSO Hotel & Spa

Madrid

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We were treated like royalty here! Thanks especially to Lili at the front desk who went above and beyond to help us with everything; including finding lost luggage! Wonderful place to stay!

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi there Beth & Ed,
Thanks very much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to have you travelling with us and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it, and feel you got a lot out of your visit to Madrid and particularly Andalucia! I hope you took with you some very special memories.
Un abrazo from us all,
James & the Tailormade Andalucia team

We really had great tours and guides. The coo... · Spain - Apr 13 - Apr 23, 2022

Traveler: Margaux Z. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

We really had great tours and guides. The cooking class was lord of fun with great instructors. Jospeh our hiking guide and Pedro our 4x4 guide did an excellent job as well. The can Alberti was an excellent hotel with great service read more

We really had great tours and guides. The cooking class was lord of fun with great instructors. Jospeh our hiking guide and Pedro our 4x4 guide did an excellent job as well. The can Alberti was an excellent hotel with great service

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Casa Albertí Boutique Hotel

Mahón

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Boquería Market Visit & Cooking Class

Barcelona

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Margaux,
Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure helping you organize your dream trip to my beautiful country! I really appreciate all your feedback and I'm delighted to read that you had such a good time and enjoyed all our guides. It was a real pleasure to host you here in Spain! Warmest regards, Marina

Lynn

A Stellar First Visit to Spain · Spain - Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2022

Traveler: Lynn K. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

This was our first experience planning travel with kimkim and we will definitely use you again. The trip was really flawless due in large part to Marina and the kimkim team listening to what we thought we wanted to do and acting on, and enhancing, our ideas. Our local guides in Madrid (Geza, fun, enthusiastic, knowledgeable), Cordoba (Olivia, extremely knowledgeable, loved her visual aides), and Sevilla (Raul’s love of the city and the Alcazar really came through), were OUTSTANDING. Each... read more

This was our first experience planning travel with kimkim and we will definitely use you again. The trip was really flawless due in large part to Marina and the kimkim team listening to what we thought we wanted to do and acting on, and enhancing, our ideas. Our local guides in Madrid (Geza, fun, enthusiastic, knowledgeable), Cordoba (Olivia, extremely knowledgeable, loved her visual aides), and Sevilla (Raul’s love of the city and the Alcazar really came through), were OUTSTANDING. Each hotel was more charming than the last and I am ready to move in permanently to the H10 Casa de La Plata in Sevilla. Gorgeous lobby, great room, A+ staff. The hotel staff in Madrid were also top-notch. We found the tour and olive oil tasting at Hacienda Guzman to be another highlight: our guide there, again, knowledgeable and engaging. But the overarching positive was Marina and her hands-on attention to every detail. She anticipated everything we needed and was readily available via messaging, even phone, on the occasions we needed anything while we were there. Marina helped us have the perfect introduction to Spain. We are grateful to have had her guidance throughout the trip.

Hotel Review

Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata

Sevilla

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Location, lobby, room, bathroom, breakfast, staff members, were all exceptional. You really cannot improve on the location: walkable to so much shopping, dining, sites.

Tips for future travelers

Be aware that it is not accessible by car. Your taxi/Uber driver will need to drop you about a block or so away and you will walk through the narrow streets to the hotel.

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Cleanliness & Comfort

Perfectly clean.
Staff

Very friendly, professional, accommodating, spoke excellent English.
Authenticity & Character

Beautiful decor, elegant and updated.
Activity Review

Visit an Andalusian Olive Oil Estate

Seville

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Our private tour guide was engaging and knowledgeable. The tour and tasting were both so enjoyable.

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lynn! Thank you SO much for writing such a detailed review and for your kind words! It has been a true pleasure helping you plan your trip to Spain and I am so glad you had such a fantastic trip. The olive oil experience is one of my favorites visits in Spain and I am glad you enjoyed it too. I will share your review with our team in Spain ;) It's been wonderful working with you to plan this trip to Spain and I look forward to helping you plan another adventure in the future! :). Warm regards, Marina.

Pam

Dream Trip to Barcelona · Spain - Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2022

Traveler: Pam C. - Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

Our family trip to Barcelona and Madrid was the perfect 10. With the exception of some rainy days everything else was planned perfectly thanks to Bea! From our arrival when customs lines were longer than expected, to one rainy day when we needed some indoor activity ideas, to planning covid tests for our return flight, Bea was available and responded quickly every time we needed her or had questions. It was so reassuring to have someone to ask questions to during our stay--and it removed any... read more

Our family trip to Barcelona and Madrid was the perfect 10. With the exception of some rainy days everything else was planned perfectly thanks to Bea! From our arrival when customs lines were longer than expected, to one rainy day when we needed some indoor activity ideas, to planning covid tests for our return flight, Bea was available and responded quickly every time we needed her or had questions. It was so reassuring to have someone to ask questions to during our stay--and it removed any anxiety we had about making the most of our time without wasting it on unnecessary google searches! The highlight of the trip was our private tour with Jordi to Montserrat and a Winery where the iconic cava is made. Jordi was informative, and friendly and a joy to spend the day with--and all we had to do was enjoy the spectacular views and countryside! Overall I was blown away by the personal planning I received before and during or trip. I would not hesitate to recommend Bea and Kimkim to friends and will certainly use their service again in the future.

Activity Review

Day Trip to Montserrat & Penedès Region Wine Tasting

Barcelona

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This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. Jordi was a spectacular tour guide, friendly, funny, informative and a joy to spend an entire day with. Doing this as a private tour made it the most memorable part of our vacation. Montserrat was breathtaking and so inspirational. The wine tour was informative and entertaining and we left with some amazing cava to enjoy for the remainder of our trip.

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clean, comfortable, on time, completely stress free.
Guides, drivers and staff

top notch
Quality of Experience

Bea's suggestions allowed us to vere off the beaten path of typical tourists and show our son some sights he hasn't seen while studying abroad in Barcelona.
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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pam! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this review and thank you for your kind words :) It has been great to help you plan this amazing trip during the entire process and I'm so happy you got the opportunity to enjoy the country with your family. It would be a pleasure to help you again in the future! Best regards to you and your family, Bea.

george

Trip was wonderfully planned out. A perfect b... · Spain - Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2022

Traveler: george h. - Local specialist: Joël Courchay

Trip was wonderfully planned out. A perfect blend of oversight and self-determination.
Joel was there for me every step of the way, when needed, both before and during my trip.

Victoria

Spring Break in Spain · Spain - Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2022

Traveler: Victoria H. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

We are a well-traveled family of 4. I usually plan our trip itineraries but just couldn’t this time due to work/life. KimKim and Sam to the rescue. I was a bit hesitant but Google Reviews were all good, so I took a chance in reaching out. After the first interaction with Sam, I knew I’d happily let him take care of our 9 day trip.
Prior to the trip, he was great at keeping me informed on ideas and planning progress. He asked questions (and made recommendations) re preferences on hotels and... read more

We are a well-traveled family of 4. I usually plan our trip itineraries but just couldn’t this time due to work/life. KimKim and Sam to the rescue. I was a bit hesitant but Google Reviews were all good, so I took a chance in reaching out. After the first interaction with Sam, I knew I’d happily let him take care of our 9 day trip.
Prior to the trip, he was great at keeping me informed on ideas and planning progress. He asked questions (and made recommendations) re preferences on hotels and excursions/tours, and then just took care of all of it. From the private transfers to/from airport, COVID tests, train tickets, and tours, it was all done seamlessly for us. When the cloudy/rainy weather caused us to cancel a bike tour in Barcelona and our Costa Brava excursions on a boat and e-bikes, Sam and the tour guides were able to shift to make sure we still had a fun and full day.
The on the ground tour guides were excellent. Teresa, an art historian, was so knowledgeable at the Prado and walking us around Madrid; Samuel had great stories at Montserrat and was a pleasure to talk with; Craig was excellent showing us around the medieval towns in Costa Brava and giving us so many little tidbits at the Dali museum that we’d never have seen or experienced without his info; and Maribel was informative and interesting during our day in Madrid experiencing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. All of them interacted with our 11& 12 year old boys and made sure to keep them engaged. I even appreciated that our drive to and from the airport (Walter) was the same person to book end our trip with a safe and friendly drive.
The hotels were all 5* with excellent family room setups. I was very impressed.
I can’t recommend KimKim, Sam or the various tour guides enough. We can’t wait to go back to Spain!

Hotel Review

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

Torrent

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Great connecting room set up. Beautiful. Excellent cocktails, wine and food. Very relaxing spa. Boys loved the tennis courts.

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Victoria!
Thank you so much for writing such a detailed review! I really appreciate all your feedback and I'm delighted to read that you guys had such a good time and enjoyed all our guides and services so much. It was a real pleasure to host you here in Spain!
Un abrazo fuerte

Bea was amazing. Constantly working with us ... · Spain - Mar 4 - Mar 12, 2022

Traveler: Benjamin G. - Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

Bea was amazing. Constantly working with us both before AND during our trip to help us have a wonderful experience. We even changed activities and times while in Spain and she made it happen. I would use her again in a heartbeat and hope to do so on our next trip.
By way of background, there were 8 of us in the trip, ages 13-73. We went to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona and also north in Catalunya. We tackled around three activities per day all thanks to her! read more

Bea was amazing. Constantly working with us both before AND during our trip to help us have a wonderful experience. We even changed activities and times while in Spain and she made it happen. I would use her again in a heartbeat and hope to do so on our next trip.
By way of background, there were 8 of us in the trip, ages 13-73. We went to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona and also north in Catalunya. We tackled around three activities per day all thanks to her!

Hotel Review

CoolRooms Atocha

Madrid

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Lovely hotel and great staff

Tips for future travelers

It was great for our last night before we returned

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Diego!
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Tapas Culinary Experience

Madrid

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Raul was delightful and informative

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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ben! Thank you so much for your kind words! It's been wonderful working with you to plan this trip to Spain and I'm so glad all of you had a great time here, that is the best reward. I look forward to helping you plan another adventure in the future! :). Best regards, Bea.

The trip of our dreams! · Spain - Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2022

Traveler: Valerie M. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

I don’t even know where to begin with this review, because our trip to Spain was perfect…and I mean PERFECT-from start to finish.

Patricia was incredibly patient and kind during the planning stages. She quickly and seamlessly accommodated the many changes we had to make because of flight changes , Covid, etc Due to storms back home, we has to stay in Spain extra days. Patricia set up a new and wonderful hotel and our new Covid test appointments.

We spent 3 days in Barcelona, took the... read more

I don’t even know where to begin with this review, because our trip to Spain was perfect…and I mean PERFECT-from start to finish.

Patricia was incredibly patient and kind during the planning stages. She quickly and seamlessly accommodated the many changes we had to make because of flight changes , Covid, etc Due to storms back home, we has to stay in Spain extra days. Patricia set up a new and wonderful hotel and our new Covid test appointments.

We spent 3 days in Barcelona, took the high speed train to Madrid, and took a day trip to Toledo from Madrid. In Barcelona, we had a bike tour in the Gothic Quarter with Clara who provided an fun and enlightening information as well as tips on where to go for tapas! We also has an intellectually stimulating tour of the Gaudi Masterpieces and Güell Park with Elena, whose historical knowledge was stunning. For us, the icing on the cake was the guided tour of La Boqueria Market and subsequent cooking class with Carlos. We learned to make paella, crema catalana, Spanish omelette, pan tomate, and flat bread with spinach, pignoli, and raisins. We highly recommend all of these activities

After arriving in Madrid, we were greeted by the most gracious driver, Ricardo. He ended up driving us three times while we were in Madrid, and by the end we felt like he was family. Our day trip to Toledo was life-changing. Toledo was one of the most physically beautiful places I had ever seen! We were so fortunate to have Inma as our guide. We took a cab tour to see the bigger picture, and then we saw the Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter. She left us at a wonderful place for lunch.

I can’t think Patricia enough for this trip. It was truly magical, and she was the one who made it happen. I would recommend her 1000 times over. Thank you! You made me and my husband fall in love with Spain. We will be back!

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Valerie,

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure helping you organize your dream trip to my beautiful country! It was lovely that your dreams came true with this trip, and I will be ready to help you plan and discover other areas of Spain and or Portugal for your future trips!

Best,

Patricia

Rosario

Karin was very patient in putting together ou... · Spain - Jan 15 - Jan 27, 2022

Traveler: Rosario A. - Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

Karin was very patient in putting together our trip. We booked two weeks in advanced which is too short and Karin was able to make an excellent trip for us. Thank you Karin, we always remember you and Kimkim.
Once Beatriz de Pablo took over in Spain and Portugal it was an awesome trip. We told her our flight and she was able to adjust in short notice our accommodation. Beatriz make our trip so it won't be tiring for us. We have enough rest and go sight seeing, shopping, walking downtown and... read more

Karin was very patient in putting together our trip. We booked two weeks in advanced which is too short and Karin was able to make an excellent trip for us. Thank you Karin, we always remember you and Kimkim.
Once Beatriz de Pablo took over in Spain and Portugal it was an awesome trip. We told her our flight and she was able to adjust in short notice our accommodation. Beatriz make our trip so it won't be tiring for us. We have enough rest and go sight seeing, shopping, walking downtown and having tapas. Beatriz also made sure we are doing fine by texting via WhatsApp everyday, if our pickup was there. She also got all the professional guides for us. It turns our almost all out tours were private. Hotels she choose with our budget were excellent. They were very clean and comfortable and made us feel welcome. Staff at the hotel were accommodating as well, they guided us where to eat, shop, what to see on our free time.
Hello Bea, Hats off to you, you did awesome. It's a trip we can't forget. Please also thank our professional guides Cristina, Enrique, Sergio in Barcelona. Jorge in Madrid. Train ride to Toledo was excellent and the place great. It was sooo cold. But anyway we were able to change our return trip to Madrid earlier. Oh gosh, we were having a good time and I forgot the names of our guide in Granada Please so sorry. Our guide in Seville Andres who waited for us to get our antigen test and was very patient. Our driver Juan Pedro going to the Andalusian Olive Estate thank you for being an excellent guide. Now in Lisboa, our last destination this trip was suer great. Miguel our food tour guide was so professional, friendly with a god sense of humor. Maria our guide to our Lady of Fatima was to drive and guide us was very good. It was an hour and a half drive from Lisboa. Tireless woman.
Overall, five stars to all who made our trip worth remembering. Hats off to all!!!

Hotel Review

Ciutat de Barcelona

Barcelona

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Easy access to shops, restaurants, points of interests. Hotel can call a taxi for you. Excellent location. Very clean rooms and we had free buffet breakfast. Breakfast selection was very good.

Tips for future travelers

No parking nearby.

Location

within City Center
Cleanliness & Comfort

very clean, good wifi connection
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Friendly and accommodating
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Activity Review

Tapas Culinary Experience

Barcelona

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Excellent tapas. Wine or any drink you like to have. Cava was our favorite.. We went to three bars and tapa place and they were all very good. Tasted parmesan cheese cake!! Cristina was a professional guide.

Food

Awesome!
Transport

we walked
Guides, drivers and staff

Very Professional
Quality of Experience

we had the best tapas
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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rosie! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write such a detailed review and thank you for your kind words to the entire team. It's been truly a pleasure to help you plan this amazing trip to Spain and Portugal and I'm so happy to see that you created lovely memories for a lifetime :) Best regards, Bea.

Great trip organized well · Spain - Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2022

Traveler: Ravi R. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

Due to Covid, this trip was booked last minute due to several iterations. Karin made it possible and was even available during the trip in spite of a personal situation. She is the best to work with.

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ravi, thank you so much for this review. I am so pleased that you were finally able to make the trip despite having reservations about traveling because of the Covid situation in addition to having flight cancelations. I look forward to helping you plan another trip. :-)

Excellent trip to Spain · Spain - Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2022

Traveler: Bruce H. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

I found kimkim with a Google search, and was impressed with the positive feedback given by former travelers. Now, I am the one giving the positive review without any hesitation! Our trip to Spain was planned excellently and with attention to detail by Sam. We certainly had some anxiety due to COVID restrictions, but decided to go ahead with the trip and had a wonderful experience. In addition, my wife had a fracture in her foot that limited her ability to walk distances, but wheelchair... read more

I found kimkim with a Google search, and was impressed with the positive feedback given by former travelers. Now, I am the one giving the positive review without any hesitation! Our trip to Spain was planned excellently and with attention to detail by Sam. We certainly had some anxiety due to COVID restrictions, but decided to go ahead with the trip and had a wonderful experience. In addition, my wife had a fracture in her foot that limited her ability to walk distances, but wheelchair assistance was arranged for her when possible. Transportation between sites was always on-time and each driver was very polite and helpful. Each guide was well-prepared and extremely informative and friendly and welcoming: Teresa in Madrid, Joaquin in Cordoba, Maria in Seville, Roberto and Paco in Granada, and Maria and Craig in Barcelona. We experienced so many wonderful sites, too many to mention, but the highlights were: Prado and Royal Palace in Madrid, Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar in Cordoba, Cathedral and Alcazar in Seville, Alhambra and Albaicin in Granada, and Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell in Barcelona followed by a day trip to Montserrat and a winery near Barcelona. Our trip also included several meals and a Flamenco show, and we thoroughly enjoyed these as well as the sight-seeing planned in each city. Also, Sam and his colleague Fran checked in with us during the trip to make sure everything was going smoothly--and, of course, everything did go very smoothly thanks to the attention to detail by our travel agent! The accommodations were very nice and always in a convenient location in each city. Overall, we had an amazing experience, and would highly recommend Sam and kimkim to anyone. We have no regrets and only wish we had more than ten days to spend in Spain.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata

Sevilla

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Hotel is in a great location close to historical sites and shopping. However, if your room has an outside view, it can be noisy during the night. The staff were friendly and hotel was new and clean and nicely decorated.

Tips for future travelers

While the view of the street was nice, choose an interior room for less noise during the night.

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New and nicely decorated.

Hotel NH Califa

Córdoba

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Hotel was good--clean and convenient. However, it could use some updating. Staff was friendly.

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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

Granada

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Hotel was in a quiet, secluded street. Building was old with lots of character. Staff was extremely friendly.

Tips for future travelers

Highly recommend.

Location

Close to shopping and sites in center of city,
Cleanliness & Comfort

Beds weren't the most comfortable on our trip.
Staff

So friendly and helpful
Authenticity & Character

Beautiful building and rooms.

Gallery

Barcelona

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Great location, very helpful staff, comfortable beds and climate control.

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A little farther from tourist sites, but easily reached by taxi or walking.
Cleanliness & Comfort

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Very helpful as this was our last hotel of the trip and we had documents that we needed printed out.
Authenticity & Character

A modern hotel. Nicely decorated.

H10 Puerta de Alcalá

Madrid

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Nice location, great breakfast, helpful staff. Hallway noise could be heard in rooms.

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Activity Reviews

Private City Tour of Seville

Seville

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We toured the Cathedral, Alcazar and explored a neighborhood with our guide, Maria. She was very informative and made the experience so much fun and informative.

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Guide was fun, informative, and well-prepared.
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Private Tour of Park Güell & Sagrada Família

Barcelona

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Parc Guell is fun and whimsical place to visit. Sagrada Familia is just too amazing for words. If you only have time for one place, go to Sagrada Familia. Also, our guide, Sandra, made the place come to life.

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Took taxis, but had no issues.
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Private Flamenco & Tapas Tour

Seville

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Flamenco show was so much fun and interesting. Tapas tour was also informative and our guide explained the traditions and food choices to us. Delicious!

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Restaurant choices were excellent.
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Private Tour of Córdoba

Córdoba

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Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar were fascinating and came to life with our guide.

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Day Trip to Montserrat & Wine Tour

Barcelona

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A great day trip from Barcelona. Nice to see the countryside and experience more culture away from the city.

Food

Stopped at a restaurant in a small town and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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Guides, drivers and staff

Craig transported us and was a great guide for our day.
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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bruce,
Thank you so much for writing your review! Both Fran and I really appreciate your words and we're so happy you had such a good time! I'm also delighted Janell was comfortable thanks to the wheelchair assistance. It was a real pleasure to meet you all in Seville and I wish you guys a great 2022!! Un abrazo fuerte, Sam

Patricia, our KimKim Travel Specialist, was perfection personified · Spain - Dec 16 - Dec 24, 2021

Traveler: Jacqueline L. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

I cannot provide enough superlatives that capture how beautifully my family's trip to Spain, (and side trip to France) unfolded. While very well traveled, and having used Trip Advisor incessantly for many years, I had been unaware of kimkim.com, until I saw it mentioned in a travel magazine. Learning of its origins and creators, and then reading excellent reviews about it, I thought I would give it a try. I generally arrange all of my family's travel, but have been feeling overwhelmed in... read more

I cannot provide enough superlatives that capture how beautifully my family's trip to Spain, (and side trip to France) unfolded. While very well traveled, and having used Trip Advisor incessantly for many years, I had been unaware of kimkim.com, until I saw it mentioned in a travel magazine. Learning of its origins and creators, and then reading excellent reviews about it, I thought I would give it a try. I generally arrange all of my family's travel, but have been feeling overwhelmed in the past year like many, and decided it would be nice to have a little bit of help "in country", in connecting some of the dots and details. That said, I didn't have very high hopes because cause in the past I have tried a couple of travel agents and been sorely disappointed. Because of my experience in traveling and preference for exacting detail in hotels and itinerary overall, I have found I have to explain too much to an agent. They also tend to want to designate something "typical" or popular for the average tourist.
Well… from the very first encounter with Patricia to our last communication upon arriving back in the States, I could not have been more blown away by the excellence and professionalism offered by Patricia and her associates.

We first exchange some letters and I explained the basics of what I was after. She suggested a phone call to better communicate; I found kimkim's set up of arranging a phone call via the website worked beautifully. Phone calls seem to route through Palo Alto headquarters and the connections were always excellent. At any rate, Patricia was so intuitive fom the get-go. I never felt guilty or pressured when I expressed atypical things like my family doesn't generally like to have a tour guide at attractions. We prefer to just be together and educate ourselves via audio guides or internet searches. She started to get a real sense of our travel preferences and really ran with it. She suggested hotels but knew that I had done a lot of research and respected my considerations. We had such a wonderful back-and-forth regarding selections and I was so impressed at her savvy, warmth, and kindness. I always felt throughout the 7 or 8 weeks of planning that Patricia had my back with every detail. Kimkim has a wonderful platform for sharing every detail of the itinerary, including what is and is not included in the final cost proposal.

Our trip was only 9 days and fairly full. I always felt confident, though, because Patricia had placed the entire detailed itinerary right on the cell phone she provided upon our first hotel check in. An in-country local phone might seem like the smallest detail, but It was seriously the smartest travel luxury I think I've ever been given. I could text Patricia on it at any time and it was unreal how quickly I would hear back from her. What travel agent is that responsive any time of the day or evening?!

We centered in Barcelona, with side trips to Montserrat, the Pyrenees for skiing, the coast, Girona, Perpignan, France, and Port Aventura. So much of it was simply stunning, and always culturally-enriching. There were quite a few times that questions would arise, due to language barrier or a typical international travel snafu, and my husband and I were absolutely blown away at the convenience of having that phone. Patricia would think of a suggestion for a dinner reservation and make it intuitively, just knowing that places would be filling up around the holidays. Then she would check in with me as to whether we were interested. We always were. I just felt like she read my mind and was saving me the trouble; so refreshing not to have to be "Mom the Travel Director" every minute! Her business partner and the driver, Omar, they assigned to us for all of our transiting, pick-ups and drop offs (except for when we rented our own car) were also fabulously professional, sharp, and proactive.

Some real challenges were presented because of changing Covid protocols and requirements, and I thought it spoke volumes that Patricia's team were so adaptable and helpful in overcoming these obstacles (twice very late in the evening!), making it as easy as possible for us. Whether just to check in that all was going well, or calls and texts related to troubleshooting, the level of enthusiasm and responsiveness from Patricia and her team was almost shocking. Such an incredibly high bar was set that I'm almost afraid to arrange a trip to a different part of the world because I will miss her level of service! That stated, I will definitely look to kimkim in the future, since this trip was so seamless.

Do not hesitate- in fact, RUN to arrange a trip to Spain or Portugal and request Patricia and her company Your Trip to Spain and Portugal via kimkim!!

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jackie,

Thank you for your amazing review and your kind words!!! It was a pleasure helping you organize an unforgettable trip to my beautiful country!!

And I will be here when you are ready to plan the Canary Island or a trip to Portugal!!

Best,
Patricia

Marina was a wonderful trip planner! She was ... · Spain - Dec 20 - Dec 25, 2021

Traveler: Mika K. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

Marina was a wonderful trip planner! She was knowledgeable about the cities in Spain we wanted to visit, offered detailed guidance, took care of all the details and was exceptionally responsive. She selected hotels that were perfect for us and provided all the resources and information we needed to have a wonderful trip. She checked in with us all week, even on Christmas day! Thank you, Marina! read more

Marina was a wonderful trip planner! She was knowledgeable about the cities in Spain we wanted to visit, offered detailed guidance, took care of all the details and was exceptionally responsive. She selected hotels that were perfect for us and provided all the resources and information we needed to have a wonderful trip. She checked in with us all week, even on Christmas day! Thank you, Marina!

Hotel Review

H10 Casa de la Plata

Seville

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

Beautiful, clean, fresh, excellent service, amazing location.

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mika, thank you so much for such a fantastic review and kind words! I am pleased to read that you had a blast and have left Spain with lovely memories of your family Christmas trip. It certainly was a pleasure to help you plan this trip and look forward to working with you in the future. Have a lovely end of the year! Marina :-)

Marina was great help in selection of cities ... · Spain - Nov 15 - Dec 15, 2021

Traveler: Jim and Carol D. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

Marina was great help in selection of cities and help along the way. Our first stop in Girona was magnificent and Carmen was an elegant host.

Salmanca was also excellent. Hotel Rector was amazing.

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Jim and Carol, thank you for taking the time to do the review! I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay at Girona and Salamanca. It has been my true pleasure helping you plan your trip to Spain. I look forward to working with you in the future. Marina:-)

10/10 would do it again! · Spain - Oct 19 - Oct 27, 2021

Traveler: Chris P. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Sam and his team did a wonderful job from start to finish. They were able to understand what we were looking for in our trip and did everything possible to accommodate us. Communication was clear, thoughtful and timely throughout the process. The guides he found to show us around the Costa Brava and Barcelona were awesome! During the trip itself, Sam's team made us feel taken care of and looked after. Each activity from kayaking to museum tours was amazing!

I would highly recommend using Sam. He brings the exactly what you are looking for to plan your next trip!

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate you leaving a review. Lets just hope next time you come down to Seville and we can meet in person! Un abrazo fuerte

Miss You Already Spain - We'll Be Back! :-) · Spain - Oct 10 - Oct 20, 2021

Traveler: Kathy D. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Thank you Patricia and team! You planned an ideal first visit to Spain for us. You made sure that we saw the most important highlights of Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona, but also included really authentic 'non touristy' excursions. The private tours you arranged were wonderful. All of our guides were knowledgeable and really made an effort to customize our experience. Highlights included Carmen's extensive knowledge of history and politics related to the sites we saw in Madrid. In... read more

Thank you Patricia and team! You planned an ideal first visit to Spain for us. You made sure that we saw the most important highlights of Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona, but also included really authentic 'non touristy' excursions. The private tours you arranged were wonderful. All of our guides were knowledgeable and really made an effort to customize our experience. Highlights included Carmen's extensive knowledge of history and politics related to the sites we saw in Madrid. In Seville, Aldara's tour of Triana, the flamenco show, and the traditional tapas at a local bar was fantastic. She is truly an absolute joy! In Barcelona, we enjoyed seeing sites with Elena and loved our day trip with Mariana to visit two local wineries. All of the hotels were conveniently located and our transfers were on time and the drivers were extremely professional. Patricia checked in frequently to ensure things were going smoothly and adjusted our dinner reservations to accommodate our last minute needs. She even booked our PCR tests so that we would have no issues with getting our results before returning to the US. Patricia's service was EXCELLENT from the first inquiry to our flight home. We highly recommend her! We loved Spain more than we ever thought we would and we know it was due to Patricia's careful planning and her knowledge of the best things to see and do.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Kathy,

I am thrilled that you had a fantastic time in Spain travelling with us!! Thank you for your oustading review, I really had fun helping you plan an amazing trip for you and your family!
Best regards,
Patricia

Trip of a lifetime.... · Spain - Oct 16 - Oct 31, 2021

Traveler: michelle F. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Sam was a dream to work with when planning my trip of a lifetime to Spain! I was able to provide Sam with my goals and interests, and he tailor-made the perfect trip for me. It was packed with traditional Spanish culture, art, food and drinks. I was able to see the vast landscape that Spain offers through adventure filled day trips. Every details was taken into consideration. The accommodations, drivers, tour guides, and food was phenomenal! While I was in Spain, Fran was always a text away... read more

Sam was a dream to work with when planning my trip of a lifetime to Spain! I was able to provide Sam with my goals and interests, and he tailor-made the perfect trip for me. It was packed with traditional Spanish culture, art, food and drinks. I was able to see the vast landscape that Spain offers through adventure filled day trips. Every details was taken into consideration. The accommodations, drivers, tour guides, and food was phenomenal! While I was in Spain, Fran was always a text away if I had a question or just need a recommendation on a place to visit! They truly are the dream team! I can't wait to someday share the special country with my family. I will be sure to use kimkim in the future! I could not recommend them enough.

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle!
Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! Its wonderful to read how much you enjoyed yourselves and it was a pleasure to host you here in Spain!
Un abrazo fuerte,
Sam

Doug

Barcelona , Gibraltar 2021 · Spain - Sep 20 - Oct 9, 2021

Traveler: Doug A. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Our first trip to Spain and second time using Kimkim and their local experts. Patricia did an excellent job sorting out our requests and building a perfect trip. Connections, shuttles, and guides all fit our plans very well. All the recommendations were spot on, Costa Brava, Girona, Llfranc, Barcelona, Seville, Ronda, Gibraltar and Granada all set for us to enjoy and not worry about details. The ability to contact someone in country and that knows the area is invaluable, we had a few... read more

Our first trip to Spain and second time using Kimkim and their local experts. Patricia did an excellent job sorting out our requests and building a perfect trip. Connections, shuttles, and guides all fit our plans very well. All the recommendations were spot on, Costa Brava, Girona, Llfranc, Barcelona, Seville, Ronda, Gibraltar and Granada all set for us to enjoy and not worry about details. The ability to contact someone in country and that knows the area is invaluable, we had a few last minute requests and Patricia always came through. I could go on and on but the real review is that we will be returning to Spin and will be using kimkim and Patricia @yourtriptospainandportugal again. Thank you.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Doug, Hello Dixie,

Thank you for your review!!
It was a pleasure helping arrange this trip for you, and meeting with you in Barcelona!
I hope really hope that we can keep helping arrange and assisting in creating amazing trips if you are planning to get back to Spain or in Portugal!!

Thanks very much. Best,
Patricia

Great 3 week trip to Spain · Spain - Oct 10 - Oct 30, 2021

Traveler: Amanda A. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

Marina worked extremely hard to put together a last minute trip to Spain. We were traveling with our 6 yo son, and she was able to incorporate family friendly activities and tour guides that included fun stories and activities for kids. Great communication, friendly, responsive, and professional. We had a great trip and highly recommend Marina and Karin. Thank you!

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Amanda, thank you for this review and for posting all these great photos! :) I am so please you had a blast and have left Spain with lovely memories of your family trip. It certainly was a pleasure to help you plan this trip and look forward to helping you plan another trip in the future. Marina :-)

Anadalucia 2021 · Spain - Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2021

Traveler: Chris C. - Local specialist: Marina Courtaut

Marina put together a great itinerary that met my goal of lots of active time out of the cities, while still seeing the cultural highlights in each place I stayed. All of the guides were very good, but a Rachel who was our guide for Caminito del rey was truly outstanding.

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Marina Courtaut, local specialist, responded to this review:

Chris, thank you for taking the time to do the review! I am pleased to read that you had such a great time in Spain. It has been my true pleasure helping you plan your trip to Spain. I look forward to working with you in the future. Marina:-)

Karin planned our trip across Northern Spain ... · Spain - Aug 31 - Sep 8, 2021

Traveler: Catherine G. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

Karin planned our trip across Northern Spain that we had wanted to do for many years. Although we had some specific places that we wanted to see, Karin was able to recommend several places that we would never have found, and that absolutely delighted us. She hired guides that were knowledgable, friendly and flexible, and twice when an emergency came up for them, another was substituted at the last minute, which was also great! We could never have done that. I recommend Karin, and Espiritu... read more

Karin planned our trip across Northern Spain that we had wanted to do for many years. Although we had some specific places that we wanted to see, Karin was able to recommend several places that we would never have found, and that absolutely delighted us. She hired guides that were knowledgable, friendly and flexible, and twice when an emergency came up for them, another was substituted at the last minute, which was also great! We could never have done that. I recommend Karin, and Espiritu travel with Kimkim

Hotel Review

San Francisco Hotel Monumento

Santiago de Compostela

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

Housed in a former Franciscan Monestary, this hotel is very comfortable, but not luxurious. It has a wonderful atmosphere, and is located a block from the Cathedral and other attractions. I would stay there again gladly.

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Catherine, thank you for taking the time to do the review. I am pleased to read that you had such a lovely long await trip to northern Spain and that you were able to see some hidden gems.

First Trip to Spain · Spain - Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2021

Traveler: Don H. - Local specialist: Paula Aradas Trapote

I have an interest in Medieval history and specifically the Knights Templar. Spain's rich history includes the Templars, so it was high on my list of places to visit. Susana and Paula immediately got what I was looking for and put together a great itinerary that allowed me to not just see but experience Medieval Spain and the Templars.

Because of my interests in learning more, it's important that the local guides are knowledgeable about the history and the legends. Each of the local guides... read more

I have an interest in Medieval history and specifically the Knights Templar. Spain's rich history includes the Templars, so it was high on my list of places to visit. Susana and Paula immediately got what I was looking for and put together a great itinerary that allowed me to not just see but experience Medieval Spain and the Templars.

Because of my interests in learning more, it's important that the local guides are knowledgeable about the history and the legends. Each of the local guides Susana arranged was excellent. Not only were each of them very knowledgeable on the history, but personable, flexible and great storytellers. It was like traveling with a good friend rather than a guide I had never met before.

The attention to detail was suburb. The detailed travel book came in handy a number of times. The hotels were great and in the middle of what I was going to be seeing. Susana kept in touch each day to ensure I knew what was happening the next day, plus she happily stepped in a couple of times to solve minor problems, like when I got off at the wrong train station. She immediately called a local taxi company to transport me to the right station and interpreted with the taxi driver.

I would be remiss in not thanking Leo the taxi driver Susana arranged for me in Peniscola. Not only was he an excellent driver, but went into the clinic with me to translate and make sure I got the right COVID test. When I forgot my passport in the hotel, he drove me back to the hotel and back to the clinic.

I know that I'll be returning to Spain as there's much more I want to see and learn about. I will definitely use the great team at KimKim again.

Spain in September · Spain - Sep 4 - Sep 11, 2021

Traveler: Susan S. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

My daughters and I traveled throughout Spain and had a wonderful trip. Patricia was our travel agent and she was great. We never had an issue with transportation or drivers. Our tours were so interesting and we didn’t have any problems because Pati was on top of everything from tickets to needed documentation. She set us up with wonderful tour guides, they were all so knowledgeable and nice!
I especially enjoyed a winery tour in Rhonda and flamenco experience in Seville.
I will be using KimKim again for future trips.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Susan,

Thank you for your lovely review! It was my pleasure to help you with tour trip to my beatiful country, and I am very happy you enjoyed all the experiences that we put together for you and your daughters!
Indeed the Boutique winery in Ronda is trully unique, and our flamenco guide in Seville is the best!

I am really happy you had a wonderful experience and trip!

Best,
Patricia

A huge thank you to Patricia and her team. We... · Spain - Jul 24 - Aug 15, 2021

Traveler: Paul R. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

A huge thank you to Patricia and her team. We were a family of 4, trying to put together a trip to multiple locations in Spain, in the middle of the pandemic. Without Patricia this would not have been possible. She made it all super easy, set us up in amazing hotels, arranged personal bespoke experiences and brought her considerable knowledge of the area to bear. In addition she stayed in constant communication throughout the trip, checking in and fine tuning the agenda along the way. We... read more

A huge thank you to Patricia and her team. We were a family of 4, trying to put together a trip to multiple locations in Spain, in the middle of the pandemic. Without Patricia this would not have been possible. She made it all super easy, set us up in amazing hotels, arranged personal bespoke experiences and brought her considerable knowledge of the area to bear. In addition she stayed in constant communication throughout the trip, checking in and fine tuning the agenda along the way. We could not be happier with the service we received and wish her and the team all the very best for the future. Would not hesitate to use her again.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Paul,

Thank you for your review, and thank you for your kind words.

It was a pleasure arranging this trip for you and your family! I really hope it had a mix of time to relax, discover and create lifetime memories.

Paul, If you wish to discover any other regions within Spain or Portugal, I will be more than happy to help you plan your next trip!

Best regards,
Patricia Marques
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WOW - Great trip and even better guide! · Spain - Jul 22 - Jul 24, 2021

Traveler: Brad H. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

WOW - what a trip. Nine family members ranging from 17 to 85 traveling to 5 of the 8 Canary Islands. First off, the itinerary had something for everyone. We felt the process of arranging the trip was very easy, even with us a half a world away in the US. Then Covid hit and we had to push the the trip a year. Gilles was very helpful taking our deposit from a year ago and working with all the Hotels to ensure we didn't lose it. Then once we arrived to the island we were assigned a guide for the... read more

WOW - what a trip. Nine family members ranging from 17 to 85 traveling to 5 of the 8 Canary Islands. First off, the itinerary had something for everyone. We felt the process of arranging the trip was very easy, even with us a half a world away in the US. Then Covid hit and we had to push the the trip a year. Gilles was very helpful taking our deposit from a year ago and working with all the Hotels to ensure we didn't lose it. Then once we arrived to the island we were assigned a guide for the week. His name was Eden and he rocked. Eden was tasked with managing everything, from touring, logistics, arranging our meals, and just dealing with 9 type A Americans that all had our own options and needs. I have traveled all over the world, and Eden was by far the best guide (and now I call friend) I have ever had the pleasure meeting or working with. He went above and beyond. He even spent an entire Ferry ride with my 24 year old daughter while she was sea sick. He held ice on her neck and never left her alone! Amazing is just one of many words I would use. Our trip was awesome, Eden ensured that and really cared about everything. If you go (and you should), request Eden - he made our trip a 5 star adventure.

Matt

Sam and his crew did a bang up job on our las... · Spain - Jul 6 - Jul 19, 2021

Traveler: Matt D. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Sam and his crew did a bang up job on our last minute trip. All the accommodations and arrangements were top notch. They even helped us get fast PCR test appointments on the weekend for our onward travel. A great time for our family!

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Muchas gracias for your review Matt! It was a pleasure to host you guys and to meet you in Seville! Im so glad to hear you guys enjoyed yourselves so much. Un abrazo grande

Eileen

Magical Sisters Trip to Northern Spain · Spain - Jun 18 - Jun 30, 2021

Traveler: Eileen S. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Words can't express our gratitude and sheer joy we experienced using KimKim, but most important part was having Sam Lister aka our guardian angel tailormade our 14 Days of Northern Spain into reality!

Sam put together a trip of lifetime discovering Northern Spain from Santiago de Compostela, Cangas de Onis, Bilbao, LaGuardia and San Sebastian. Every aspect of our trip was planned to perfection to experience each region to the max.

My sister and I had private transport throughout our trip,... read more

Words can't express our gratitude and sheer joy we experienced using KimKim, but most important part was having Sam Lister aka our guardian angel tailormade our 14 Days of Northern Spain into reality!

Sam put together a trip of lifetime discovering Northern Spain from Santiago de Compostela, Cangas de Onis, Bilbao, LaGuardia and San Sebastian. Every aspect of our trip was planned to perfection to experience each region to the max.

My sister and I had private transport throughout our trip, and had dedicated tour guides in each city to ensure we immerse ourselves with the local cuisine, learn the history behind customs, and enjoy the most beautiful vistas while hiking Pico de Europa or San Sebastian.

Our trip started in Santiago de Compestela where we stayed at Parador de Santiago a five star renovated 15th Century Building right next to Cathedral of Santiago. During our stay we saw a few pilgrims finish there trip. We had a lovely tour guide named Eva who gave us a private walking tour of Santiago. We were also fortunate to be able to see the renovations that had been completed in the entry to Cathedral. Another day we went on a day trip to Ribeira Sacra with a boat ride and winery visit.

On our private transport to Cangas de Onis we stopped at a lovely seaside village Cudillero, and had lunch at Casa Julio where they bring the fish for you to pick what's been caught that day. Food was amazing and the wine divine.

We stayed at Hotel Parador de Cangas de Onis another renovated building that used to be San Pedro de Villanueva Monastery. Our guide Jose Miguel took us to Picos de Europa a majestic view all around, and to enjoy a stroll along the shores. We also visited a cider brewery and enjoyed the lovely village of Cabrales.

Our next stop was Bilbao where our private driver took us to lunch at a lovely coastal village of Castro Urdiales at a restaurant named Asador del Puerto (we recommend ordering the fish of the day). We stayed at Hotel Vincci Consulado de Bilbao, which overlooks the Guggenheim Museum and the river. Our tour guide Susana took us on a private tour of Bilbao, and the most scrumptious Pintxos. Her insight into the city culture, history and hot spots were very insightful, plus we really enjoyed her company and asked her to join our sisters trip! We also visited the Guggenheim, and enjoyed the local stores and antique jewelry shops around the city.

Our next stop was Laguardia which is home to more bodegas then people! We stayed at the renovated historic palace Hospederia De Los Parajes. We were so lucky to be in time for the celebration of San Sebastian. We got to see the local wear their traditional gowns, and be part of the celebration. Also, at midnight they had fireworks show outside the castle fortress. Our local guide Marina was the most amazing person, and expert on local wines. We had a private tours of various vineyards in La Rioja region. We also enjoyed a delicious local meal of lamb chops with great wine to wash it down.

Our final stop was San Sebastian. We stayed at Hotel de Londres which is ideally located right on the beach front of San Sebastian. We had our local guide Iaeaki take us to city center, and old part as well to enjoy best pintxos in town, paired with the best Spanish wines and drinks. We also did a private hiking tour along the Basque coastline looking down Bay of Biscay. Trust me after all the amazing food, wines and drinks we had on our trip we needed the exercise!

Our last night was spent in Madrid at the Gran Hotel Ingles. Great hotel within walking distance to Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park, and shops. I highly recommend eating at Dis Tinto food is out of the world!

Throughout our entire trip Sam made sure that we had a wonderful experience, and all our travels went without a hitch. Sam even made sure when AA changed their policy for coming back to the USA, he scheduled our COVID-19 test for us. Everything Sam planned was perfection.

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Eileen!
Thank you for such a detailed review! It reflects a lot of what you did which is lovely to read! And i also love the photos!! Thank you so much for sharing and for choosing to travel with us. It was a pleasure to host you both xx

Jennifer

Barcelona/costa brava · Spain - Jul 3 - Jul 10, 2021

Traveler: Jennifer S. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

It was my first trip out of the US and my bf’s first time to Spain. Sam did an amazing job with all our bookings! He was excellent in picking the best hotels& activities within our budget. He didn’t try to oversell. Our hotels had great views of the cathedrals in the gothic district/Bacelona and sea views in costa brava. The activities arranged really made our experience memorable. Sam was available throughout our trip for any questions. I was impressed with the service during booking and... read more

It was my first trip out of the US and my bf’s first time to Spain. Sam did an amazing job with all our bookings! He was excellent in picking the best hotels& activities within our budget. He didn’t try to oversell. Our hotels had great views of the cathedrals in the gothic district/Bacelona and sea views in costa brava. The activities arranged really made our experience memorable. Sam was available throughout our trip for any questions. I was impressed with the service during booking and throughout our trip. Sam took almost all the stress out of traveling to a new country for us. We will use kimkim on our next trip!

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jennifer!
Thank you so much for your kind words! It really was a pleasure to be able to host you guys! I'm so glad you had such a good time with us. Please do keep in touch and hopefully I can buy you guys a beer in Seville some time soon!!!

Every aspect of the trip that Patricia planne... · Spain - Feb 12 - Feb 23, 2020

Traveler: Eileen c. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Every aspect of the trip that Patricia planned for us was flawless. The guides and drivers, particularly Miguel, Daniel, and Inma were so knowledgeable and concerned with our experience and comfort. I have travelled extensively in Europe, individually, as the leader of student groups, and as part of a travel group, and I can say unequivocally that this was the best trip I have taken. I loved meeting Patricia and I especially thank her for her terrific work.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Eileen,
Thank you for your review!
It was a pleasure arranging an unforgettable trip to Spain for you Pat, and Grace!
And, it was lovely meeting you in Barcelona.
Thank you for your feedback and for your kind words!

Eileen, If you wish to discover any other regions within Spain or Portugal, I will be more than happy to help you plan your next trip!

Best regards,
Patricia Marques
Owner

Our trip to Spain, planned by Patricia of Your Trip to Spain · Spain - Feb 12 - Feb 23, 2020

Traveler: Pat K. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Our trip to Spain, planned by Patricia of Your Trip to Spain, was perfect in every way. Every place we visited was memorable: Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Ronda, Granada and finally Barcelona. All of the hotels we stayed in were centrally located as we requested, just steps away from main attractions. In Madrid, we were so close to the Plaza Mayor. In Seville and Granada, very close to the cathedrals and historic areas. Every driver was on time, and all the guides were exceptional:... read more

Our trip to Spain, planned by Patricia of Your Trip to Spain, was perfect in every way. Every place we visited was memorable: Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Cordoba, Ronda, Granada and finally Barcelona. All of the hotels we stayed in were centrally located as we requested, just steps away from main attractions. In Madrid, we were so close to the Plaza Mayor. In Seville and Granada, very close to the cathedrals and historic areas. Every driver was on time, and all the guides were exceptional: Carmen in Madrid, Inma in Toledo, Enrique in Seville, Laura in Cordoba, Daniel in Granada, Mar in Barcelona. Special mention of our driver/guide Miguel. We spent two days with him in Seville and our day driving to Granada. He went out of his way to show us a small mountain village and a castle off the beaten track. His suggestions for lunch were perfect, and we really enjoyed his company. We learned so much about Spanish history, art and culture. I give this tour a 5 star rating and highly recommend Patricia.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Pat,

Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure organizing this trip for you, and I am very happy you enjoyed everything that we put together for you!
And thanks for your time on Saturday to meet up with me, it was lovely meeting you and getting to you and your friends a little bit better, as well as to hear your feedback!

Again it was a pleasure having you here traveling with YourTripToSpain.

Best regadrs,
Patricia Marques

Wendy

Our experience of a lifetime in Spain · Spain - Jan 23 - Feb 1, 2020

Traveler: Wendy S. - Local specialist: Ramon Tormos

We had a wonderful trip to Spain. Ramon listened to our interests and created an outstanding itinerary! Ramon checked in with us daily, inquiring about our travel and providing us with the names of our guides and a phone number in case we needed. In Madrid (Pablo), Toledo (Almudena), Cordoba (Joaquin), Sevilla (Elena), and Malaga( Julian) we learned about Spain's rich history from our knowledgable guides with a passion for Spain. Almudena surprised us with a visit to her beautiful home... read more

We had a wonderful trip to Spain. Ramon listened to our interests and created an outstanding itinerary! Ramon checked in with us daily, inquiring about our travel and providing us with the names of our guides and a phone number in case we needed. In Madrid (Pablo), Toledo (Almudena), Cordoba (Joaquin), Sevilla (Elena), and Malaga( Julian) we learned about Spain's rich history from our knowledgable guides with a passion for Spain. Almudena surprised us with a visit to her beautiful home where we were greeted with hot tea and an extravagant table of baked goods and Marzipan. Our tour guides were personable, considerate and accommodating to our needs. Ramon listened and was sensitive to my needs by having our guides provide transportation when the extent of the walking would be too much. Helio, our driver to Malaga , was very kind and professional. The hotel accommodations were luxurious and all in ideal locations with beautiful views. Our room in Cordoba had the original mosaic ceiling. We feel very fortunate to have experienced Spain through the eyes of people who love their country! We loved experiencing the culture, history, and sights of Spain. Some highlights included meandering through the gardens, touching the stone that has withstood time, learning about the religious and Jewish history of Spain, the cooking class, markets, museums in Madrid, listening to a group singing and playing guitar in the street, wandering the narrow streets of Toledo and sampling the tapas, wine, churros with chocolate, and ice cream. An experience of a lifetime that we will always hold dear. A special thank you to Ramon and kudos to kimkim!

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Ramon Tormos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wendy and David,
Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for choosing us to discover Spain. But above all, thank you for being as you are.
We wish you the best!
Ramón.

Andalusian Spain during Christmas and New Year 2019 · Spain - Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Antonio N. - Local specialist: Angela Vigil

It was less than a month away when we finally decided on Andalusia, Spain as the destination for our family trip during Christmas and New Year 2019. Being last minute and high traffic period, I turned to kimkim for help in connecting with our local Spain travel specialist Angela for her expert advice. She was fantastic in helping to reshape our itinerary based on understanding of our hopes and needs as well as logistic challenges of traveling among various cities sometimes during public... read more

It was less than a month away when we finally decided on Andalusia, Spain as the destination for our family trip during Christmas and New Year 2019. Being last minute and high traffic period, I turned to kimkim for help in connecting with our local Spain travel specialist Angela for her expert advice. She was fantastic in helping to reshape our itinerary based on understanding of our hopes and needs as well as logistic challenges of traveling among various cities sometimes during public holidays. Paloma and Samuel were also very helpful during our stay in Seville during new year eve and New Years day. Our best guide by far was Victor in Malaga during our first stop. Malaga also turned out to be our favourite stop as a family which included visits to Frigiliana and Nerja. Such picturesque seaside towns! Returning to Granada/Alhambra was amazing, as well as walking through the major sights and city of Seville. Cordoba was inspiring as a first time visitor but regretfully we didn't have enough time there. Jerez's visit was a breath of fresh air from the monuments with equestrian school and Sherry tasting. Ronda was definitely worth the trip over and Marbella was such a relaxing town to end our amazingly colourful trip. Great introduction to the fascinating richness of culture and history, art and architecture of southern Andalusian Spain for our family. All thanks to Angela and Carameltrail!

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Angela Vigil, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Antonio,

Thank you so much for your nice words! All Carameltrail team are very happy that you had a great winter holidays in Spain. We are happy that you have enjoyed Andalusia, not only the big highlights but also the small towns. We are sure you and your beautiful family will treasure lovely memories.

All the best and if there is anything I can help you from Spain, please let me know 😊!

We wish you a very Happy 2020!
Angela

James and Rocio were always on top of everyth... · Spain - Dec 22 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: javier p. - Local specialist: James Monro

James and Rocio were always on top of everything. Tour was well thought out and we had a great time. Andalusia Region is so beautiful, we will be back for sure.
Local hotels and guides were also amazing, we couldn't ask for more.

Highly recommend this trip and also its crew.

Palomares Family

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Javier & family,
Thanks very much posting this great review!! It was a real pleasure to plan the trip with you and then have you travelling with us over this festive period. We're thrilled that you enjoyed it and experienced the real Andalusia. Hope to see you back here soon!
James & the Tailormade Andalucia team

We had a wonderful experience using KimKim an... · Spain - Dec 25 - Dec 31, 2019

Traveler: colleen N. - Local specialist: Laura Carpinelli

We had a wonderful experience using KimKim and Laura as or local guide/planner. This was a last minute trip for us and all was planned within a month of the trip. I was very impressed with the organization and support of the planning process and the local providers. We loved our guides...Jose in Madrid, Victor in Seville, Elana in Cordoba and Salome in Toledo. All were knowledgable, energetic, passionate about their cities and a pleasure to spend time with. We also loved our boat cruise on the river in Seville!

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Laura Carpinelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the awesome review, Colleen! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon. Cheers!

Incredible Canary Island Hopping Experience · Spain - Dec 15 - Dec 23, 2019

Traveler: Linda S. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

This was a visit to various Canary Islands over eight days and it was incredible, thanks to my primary guide, Gilles (& his colleague for two days, Carlos Garcia). It was mostly in Spanish since I speak the language, and it added so much, culturally. Gilles arranged my lodging and land/water transportation. I spent full days immersed in learning as I visited each island via hiking, walks, talks, food, culture, art, geology, history. It’s exactly what I was yearning for and I’m so appreciative... read more

This was a visit to various Canary Islands over eight days and it was incredible, thanks to my primary guide, Gilles (& his colleague for two days, Carlos Garcia). It was mostly in Spanish since I speak the language, and it added so much, culturally. Gilles arranged my lodging and land/water transportation. I spent full days immersed in learning as I visited each island via hiking, walks, talks, food, culture, art, geology, history. It’s exactly what I was yearning for and I’m so appreciative that Gilles & Carlos provided me with such richness. Everything was special. I’m sure I will return to visit the islands I missed. Thanks so much!....Linda

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Gilles Audenaerde, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Linda,
I hope you had a good trip back.
Thank you very much for your review. And thank you for the time we shared. We are very happy that you enjoyed it so much.
Enjoy your family and I hope I will see you again.

Gilles

Amazing Grand Canary experience! · Spain - Nov 22 - Nov 23, 2019

Traveler: Michelle L. - Local specialist: Gilles Audenaerde

My husband and were able to see five of eight Grand Canary Islands in the course of 11 days. Gilles came up with a great itinerary based on our suggestions of things we wanted to see or do on our trip. The first portion of the tour, visiting the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Islands Gilles arranged local guides for us. Both guides, Juan Miguel and 'Paco' had amazing knowledge of the history of each island and we thoroughly enjoyed our time and hikes with both of them! Gilles then accompanied us... read more

My husband and were able to see five of eight Grand Canary Islands in the course of 11 days. Gilles came up with a great itinerary based on our suggestions of things we wanted to see or do on our trip. The first portion of the tour, visiting the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Islands Gilles arranged local guides for us. Both guides, Juan Miguel and 'Paco' had amazing knowledge of the history of each island and we thoroughly enjoyed our time and hikes with both of them! Gilles then accompanied us for the last three islands, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Graciosa. Gilles is originally from Belgium but has made Lanzarote his home for 15 years. He has a great passion and love for his adopted home and has amassed a great knowledge of the history and the special features of the islands. Our days were full and some were long, but we enjoyed every minute of the experience. We met so many friendly people along the way and learned so much about the islands and the unique culture, landscapes and cuisines along the journey. We highly recommend Gilles and Grand Canary Islands!

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Gilles Audenaerde, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Michelle,
thank you again for your review. It was a pleasure to share those moments with you. Keep enjoying your travel.
All the best!
Gilles

Northern Coast of Spain · Spain - Oct 16 - Nov 1, 2019

Traveler: Janet C. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Except for the weather our trip was a wonderful experience and Sam and Rocio had no control over that. The local guides Susanna, Earnesto and Eva were so willing to share their knowledge with us and the time we spent with them enhanced our trip greatly. Thanks also for recommending hotels which were we excellently located. Thanks especially for recommending that we stay in Getaria rather than San Sebastián. We never would have thought it except as stop to visit the Balenciaga Museum. ... read more

Except for the weather our trip was a wonderful experience and Sam and Rocio had no control over that. The local guides Susanna, Earnesto and Eva were so willing to share their knowledge with us and the time we spent with them enhanced our trip greatly. Thanks also for recommending hotels which were we excellently located. Thanks especially for recommending that we stay in Getaria rather than San Sebastián. We never would have thought it except as stop to visit the Balenciaga Museum.
Based on our experienced with Sam, Rocio and the guided we have already recommended kimkim to a friend planning a trip to Greece.

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Janet,
On behalf of Rocio and myself, many, many thanks for writing your review!! We are delighted you guys enjoyed your Kimkim & Tailormade Andalucia experience!! If you guys decide to come back and travel in the South, we'll be sure to take you for a tapa or two!! We also have better control of the good weather down here!! ;-) Un abrazo, Sam

Stacy

Adventures in Spain 2019 · Spain - Sep 21 - Oct 8, 2019

Traveler: Stacy A. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

My husband and I can’t say enough great things about our experience with Your Trip to Spain and working with our local expert Patricia to plan our recent adventure. From start to finish and at every turn along the way, Patricia was the ultimate professional always making herself available throughout our travels and helping create one of the most memorable and enjoyable trips we’ve ever experienced. We are grateful for her expertise and knowledge. And, of course, we look forward to working with her again.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Stacy,
Thank you for your review!
Again, it was a pleasure working with you, and helping you plan an unforgettable trip to Spain!
I really hope it was a trip with lifetime memories, and I am ready to start helping you plan your next year's trip to my beautiful country!

Patricia Marques
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We felt well taken care of. · Spain - Oct 3 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: David L. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

The trip was quite satisfying. Dinner with view of alhambra was most memorable.
Mr. Joseba Villarino gave an out-standing Basque guided drive.
Miranda gave a great evening tour in Seville. She took us to an excellent Flamenco show.
To me the troupe is the best I have seen and I wish I have got their name and see if they have some
commercial video. The Granada Victoria is great; the hotel in Seville in only two & half star.
All in all, Patricia, you have done a good job and we felt well taken care of.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello David, Hello Edith,

Thank you for your lovely review!

I just wanted to let you know that it was a pleasure arranging your trip to Spain!
It was a beautiful tailor-made itinerary, which let you visit Madrid, the capital city of Spain, as well as discover the Andalusian region, Barcelona and the Basque country.

I put my heart in making this trip your dream trip to Spain, and I really hope we've achieved it :)

Best regards,
Patricia Marques

Trip to Spain · Spain - Sep 16 - Oct 4, 2019

Traveler: Chris G. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Sam, Rocio and the Tailormade Andalucia team provided an excellent service. They guided us very sensibly in terms of our 3 week itinerary - at the right pace and with a great mix of experiences, including local guides now and then. Our accommodation was of a very high standard... and when things weren't quite perfect they intervened to make sure things were. They were absolutely committed to making sure we had a great trip and nothing was too much trouble. So thanks again Sam and Rocio! We loved Spain and we will be back!

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris,
Many thanks for taking the time to write about your trip with us! We really enjoyed hosting you guys and I very much enjoyed meeting you personally in Sevilla!! It's great to hear you had such a good time!! Un abrazo fuerte

Kyle's 40th Birthday Trip to Spain · Spain - Sep 19 - Oct 2, 2019

Traveler: kyle l. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Our family trip to Spain was very memorable. Sam and his team were top notch and provided us with everything that we needed from hotels to transportation to specialized guides for all the things that we were interested in seeing and experiencing. They put such a personal touch on every step of the way. Each day they had us dialed in for exclusive experiences; and the tickets were Pre-paid so that we were able to go right into some of the worlds greatest attractions like last sagrada Familia... read more

Our family trip to Spain was very memorable. Sam and his team were top notch and provided us with everything that we needed from hotels to transportation to specialized guides for all the things that we were interested in seeing and experiencing. They put such a personal touch on every step of the way. Each day they had us dialed in for exclusive experiences; and the tickets were Pre-paid so that we were able to go right into some of the worlds greatest attractions like last sagrada Familia and the Picasso museum. Additionally Sam’s assistant Rocio was most helpful. She was only a phone call away the whole time and had our backs in anything that we needed, including a last minute massage.

From the very first phone call I could tell that Sam was a very special man. He interviewed me and took to heart all the things that I had requested for my family to experience in our trip to Spain. Every detail was covered and he truly has a gift for taking what’s in your heart for traveling and turning it into reality. All of the guides along the way that he had hired and set up were spectacular. They were totally professional and experts in many types of languages, historical references, and local traditions.

We had the opportunity to see five different cities in Spain within the span of 13 days. We went to Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Rhonda, and Seville. In each city there were special touches and awesome opportunities to see the best of what they had to offer. Sam‘s team even provided us with a book of suggestions for things to do, restaurants, and local hotspots. Additionally all of the transportation was included. On the first day we arrived on our trip to Spain, we were given a packet with all of the information we needed. In the packet we received tickets for train and air travel, a book that laid out each day of our trip in detail, and they even included some special gifts handcrafted by local artisans.

This was the most thorough, reasonable, worry free, informational, and smooth traveling experience that I have ever had. Thanks to Sam and his team we fall in love with Spain and we can’t wait to come back.

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kyle,
Thank you so much for writing your review!! It means a lot to myself and Rocio to read your words and hear how happy you were throughout!! As I said before, it was a pleasure to meet you and your family and I really hope we can meet up again whether it is "aquí" or in your neck of the woods!
Un abrazo muy fuerte!

Experience Spain · Spain - Sep 15 - Sep 29, 2019

Traveler: Brian H. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Our trip to Spain was all that we hoped it would be. A view of the culture, it's diversity, history and richness has made us desire to return.
Patricia did a masterful job making our desired results a reality. We had a very diverse list of things we wanted to see and experience: history, culture, nature, etc.: and she spent a lot of time refining our itinerary to maximize each one.
She booked us in small hotels right in the center of historical areas so that we could easily, in our free... read more

Our trip to Spain was all that we hoped it would be. A view of the culture, it's diversity, history and richness has made us desire to return.
Patricia did a masterful job making our desired results a reality. We had a very diverse list of things we wanted to see and experience: history, culture, nature, etc.: and she spent a lot of time refining our itinerary to maximize each one.
She booked us in small hotels right in the center of historical areas so that we could easily, in our free time, explore the everyday life of the beautiful cities and villages we visited.
Our guides, Elena, Raul, Julio, Christina, Miguel and all of the others were passionate about their love for their city, region, and Spain as a whole; and they had deep knowledge of the places they guided us through.
All of our travel coordination was seamless and not stressful. Even the one instance of a driver miscommunication was remedied within 30 min.
I cannot begin to more highly recommend Patricia and her team.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Brian,

Thank you for your review.

It was lovely meeting you in Barcelona, and it was a pleasure arranging this trip for you!

If you wish to discover any other regions within Spain or Portugal, I will be more than happy to help you plan your next trip!

Best regards,
Patricia Marques

A relaxing trip to Spain with senior parents · Spain - Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2019

Traveler: Won Sun P. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

I've been to Spain several times and love this country so much. This time, I was taking my 74-year-old parents with me to Spain. It was their first time and I wanted them to have an amazing experience and fall in love with Spain as much as I did. Instead of planing the trip on my own, I decided to use KimKim to help me plan the trip to make sure my parents would have a smooth experience. KimKim connected me with Sam's team and it could not have been better. The entire trip was super smooth... read more

I've been to Spain several times and love this country so much. This time, I was taking my 74-year-old parents with me to Spain. It was their first time and I wanted them to have an amazing experience and fall in love with Spain as much as I did. Instead of planing the trip on my own, I decided to use KimKim to help me plan the trip to make sure my parents would have a smooth experience. KimKim connected me with Sam's team and it could not have been better. The entire trip was super smooth and Sam planned everything, especially the transportation that made the most differences. My parents are old and can't walk a lot. Sam planned private cars picking us up and dropping us off wherever we went and it was invaluable. The guided tours that Sam arranged for us were amazing as well, especially José in Seville. We learned so much about the culture and food in Andalusia and José made us felt like we were spending time with an old local friend! Throughout the entire trip, Rocio stood by and ready to help whenever we needed something. The hotel room Sam booked for us in Granada has the view of Alhambra! And the hotel in Barcelona on our last day was right in the shopping district, perfect for us to do some last-minute shopping before heading back home.

I couldn't have planned it myself like this and my parents' experience in Spain would not have been the same without KimKim and Sam's team.

I definitely recommend them if you ever find yourself heading out to Spain!

Muchas gracias

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Won Sun,
Thank you so much for your review and your kind words! It was a pleasure corresponding with you and creating your trip together. It was also really great to meet you guys in person and have breakfast together when you were here in Seville. On behalf of myself, Rocio, Jose and the Tailormade Andalucia team, thank you once again for your review and for choosing to plan your trip with us! Un abrazo

Jordan

Spain Highlights · Spain - Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2019

Traveler: Jordan E. - Local specialist: James Monro

I can't speak highly enough of my 9 day Spanish experience. From the drivers, the hotel service and Rocio, who made time to check in how my trip was going.

My tour guide Delia in Sevilla was great company and her knowledge was fantastic. She really made me feel welcomed. I can't recommend her enough. Kudos to La Azotea on Calle Zaragoza, some great tapas!

Both Madrid and Barcelona were great urban escapes. My tour guide Sandra in Barcelona was an absolute joy. She was quite taken back by... read more

I can't speak highly enough of my 9 day Spanish experience. From the drivers, the hotel service and Rocio, who made time to check in how my trip was going.

My tour guide Delia in Sevilla was great company and her knowledge was fantastic. She really made me feel welcomed. I can't recommend her enough. Kudos to La Azotea on Calle Zaragoza, some great tapas!

Both Madrid and Barcelona were great urban escapes. My tour guide Sandra in Barcelona was an absolute joy. She was quite taken back by young I was compared to her usual tourists but this worked in my favour as I was taken off the beaten track! Like Delia, I can't recommend her enough.

Overall, the tour was top notch. Special thanks to James who really crafted a great itinerary. His correspondence was of the highest order. Cheers for taking the pressure of planning off my shoulders!

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jordan!
I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your adventure here in Spain. Also, great to hear that your guides added to the experience and that they made you feel extra special! Your kind words are much appreciated!
From us all at Tailormade Andalucia!

driving Spain · Spain - Sep 6 - Sep 21, 2019

Traveler: joe h. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

My wife and I recently took a trip to Spain and it was a trip of a lifetime in large part due to the creativity and attention to detail of Karin and the entire KimKim team.

Following a week on the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela we did a driving tour of southern Spain including Salamanca, Caceres, Toledo, Seville, Córdoba and Granada. Kimkim’s support was top notch from start to finish.

Creative pre-trip planning based based on our likes/ dislikes and strong... read more

My wife and I recently took a trip to Spain and it was a trip of a lifetime in large part due to the creativity and attention to detail of Karin and the entire KimKim team.

Following a week on the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela we did a driving tour of southern Spain including Salamanca, Caceres, Toledo, Seville, Córdoba and Granada. Kimkim’s support was top notch from start to finish.

Creative pre-trip planning based based on our likes/ dislikes and strong attention to detail led to an excellent experience. Karin arranged all the hotels, rental car and local guides in each city. It all cane together flawlessly. Each local guide was born, raised and still resides in their home city. Each brought an individuality to their tour and were passionate about their hometown and patient with our questions. We couldn’t help but be excited by their passion and knowledge.

We plan to work with KimKim again on our future trips.

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Joe and Diane, it has been a pleasure to help you create the trip of a lifetime!

Maria

Upcoming Trip · Spain - Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2019

Traveler: Maria M. - Local specialist: James Monro

Amazing trip! This is my second trip with Kimkim and I am already planning for the next one. My daughter and I were treated like VIPs! Every detail was anticipated and handled. Every guide ( Miguel Angel, Estephania and Christina) were professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Every driver, whether for a short ride or a day long assignment, was amazing. I can't thank David, our driver for Malaga, for how wonderful, punctual, knowledgeable and friendly he treated us all day. Please don't change anything about your services.

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maria,
Thanks very much for your comments! We're all so pleased that you enjoyed the trip and above all, felt like VIPs along the way! As you can imagine, it's very satisfying for us to hear such positive feedback about all the different elements of the trip and we sure will continue doing just as we have been ;)
With best wishes from us all at Tailormade Andalucia.
Saludos,
James

Spain in a week · Spain - Jul 28 - Aug 3, 2019

Traveler: Desiree H. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Patricia was amazing and offered me one of the most memorable parts of my trip. I arrived in Spain to Madrid and they’d organised a welcome pack with a local mobile Phone printed and itinerary with a day to day program.
The trips especially in Barcelona were absolutely amazing. The excisions were great!! Especially the Gaudi trips and the gothic quarter, with incredibly fun and knowledgeable guides but my standout was the Vintage Sidecar tour to the vineyard at Alella with Tarek. A brilliant... read more

Patricia was amazing and offered me one of the most memorable parts of my trip. I arrived in Spain to Madrid and they’d organised a welcome pack with a local mobile Phone printed and itinerary with a day to day program.
The trips especially in Barcelona were absolutely amazing. The excisions were great!! Especially the Gaudi trips and the gothic quarter, with incredibly fun and knowledgeable guides but my standout was the Vintage Sidecar tour to the vineyard at Alella with Tarek. A brilliant different fun and fabulous experience! Using KimKim makes it’s expensive and I think if you got in touch with local operators you could possibly do this at half the cost but for me it was worth it.
Patricia in particular was so helpful and I really recommend her!

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Desiree,

Thank you for your trip review and for your kind words.

It was a pleasure arranging this trip for you!

I am very happy that you enjoyed your trip and that you loved discovering my country.

Have a lovely day!

Best regards,
Patricia Marques

Active trip · Spain - Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2019

Traveler: CRISTIN D. - Local specialist: James Monro

Loved Gallery Hotel. Tremendous value!

Marie was great but is a sommelier and should be touring the city and its wine bars in her element, not tapas.

Loved our sail!

Andrew and the Priorat region were absolutely amazing. One of our best days ever!!! The meal in the village was best meal of the trip!

Craig challenged us on the hike and it was a great day. Also gave us tremendous insight into Spanish art. Meal was disappointing but the service there was great as was the view.

Overall, great trip and thanks for taking the planning research off our shoulders!

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cristin,
Great to hear from you! We're so pleased that your action-packed trip was a success and that you all enjoyed Barcelona & the surrounding areas. Your comments are much appreciated, especially to hear your highlights and that you enjoyed the time with your guides! We hope to welcome you back again soon!
With best wishes from all the Tailormade Andalucía Team!
James

Kenya

Family trip to Madrid and Surrounding · Spain - Jun 26 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Kenya C. - Local specialist: James Monro

Kim Kim was my first experience using a travel agency. I am so glad we did! James was patient with me from the start. Kindly answering all of my questions and waiting for my husband to get on board! He sent over a great itinerary and worked with me when I found out I had the dates wrong as well :)
The itinerary was exactly what we asked for, some action, some down time and very family friendly as we traveled with our six year old.
I’m not sure what I was expecting upon arrival, but James and... read more

Kim Kim was my first experience using a travel agency. I am so glad we did! James was patient with me from the start. Kindly answering all of my questions and waiting for my husband to get on board! He sent over a great itinerary and worked with me when I found out I had the dates wrong as well :)
The itinerary was exactly what we asked for, some action, some down time and very family friendly as we traveled with our six year old.
I’m not sure what I was expecting upon arrival, but James and the Kim Kim team far exceeded my expectations. Upon arrival to our first hotel we received a package with what we referred to as our “vacation bible” . It’s was beautifully packaged with fans and a leather wallet. Our first tour was an artisans tour with Julia who was super sweet and filled us in on the history of Madrid.
Kim Kim also arranged a day trip to Toledo. Our Toledo guide Enrique was genuine, hilarious and looked like Adam Sandler! He has lived there his entire life and was such a knowledgable and passionate guide! It was my favorite tour!
My favorite experience was Granada. The city is magical as well as the hotel and Alhambra. Our guide, Paco showed us a great time. If I had to choose another city to live in, it would be Granada!
Our train trips, tours, rental cars, hotels were all set up by the Kim Kim team! Did I mention we had a Spanish liaison Rocio who went out of her way to check in with us at every stop to make sure we were enjoying ourselves!
We couldn’t have asked for a better vacation and it definitely wouldn't have been so smooth and easy without Kim Kim! We are already ready to start planning our 2020 trip and will absolutely use this service again!
Thank you James, Rocio and the Kim Kim Team

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kenya!
Thank you again for sharing such detailed comments and fantastic photos of your trip. We are delighted you all enjoyed the trip and it was a pleasure to plan it with you!

With best wishes from us all,
Saludos!
James

Majorca discovery · Spain - Jul 1 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: mauro c. - Local specialist: James Monro

We had a great time, overall the experience exceeded our expectation.
James was very professional throughout the preliminary and delivered a perfect package for us.
Thank you KimKim team!

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mauro,
Thanks for your comments and of course, we are all very pleased you enjoyed your holiday on the island of Mallorca. Even more so that the trip exceeded your expectations!! It is really rewarding for us to know this!
Best wishes from us all,
James

Spain 2019 · Spain - Jun 14 - Jun 22, 2019

Traveler: Paula K. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

Sam was fantastic. His communication was superb, he listened to our requests well and provided excellent experiences coordinated by reliable, on-time, friendly, competent and helpful drivers and guides. He made us reservations at restaurants with unbelievable vistas - we couldn't believe our views in Granada and in Ronda - once-in-a-lifetime dining! Our guide in Seville was our favorite - Delia was kind, helpful, friendly, engaging and professional. The bike ride she took us on was... read more

Sam was fantastic. His communication was superb, he listened to our requests well and provided excellent experiences coordinated by reliable, on-time, friendly, competent and helpful drivers and guides. He made us reservations at restaurants with unbelievable vistas - we couldn't believe our views in Granada and in Ronda - once-in-a-lifetime dining! Our guide in Seville was our favorite - Delia was kind, helpful, friendly, engaging and professional. The bike ride she took us on was fabulous and tapas and Flamenco was delicious and captivating. The bull fight was an unforgettable experience and visiting the Bull farm on the same day was perfect timing. We loved all the towns we saw and enjoyed being in cities as well as the country side. Overall an EXCELLENT trip and we will be recommending KimKim to our friends as well as using this service again ourselves. FIVE STARS!!!

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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Paula,
Thank you very much for your kind words!! It really means a lot when we read these comments and know that we're doing things well! We're all absolutely delighted that you guys had such a good time!
Un abrazo,
Sam

Carol

Barcelona 2019 · Spain - Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2019

Traveler: Carol P. - Local specialist: James Monro

Our trip was to Barcelona and the Coasta Brava (staying in Calella de Palafrugell).
James planned a great itinerary for us! He asked the right questions to learn what we would enjoy and made great suggestions. Our favorite parts of the trip were things that we wouldn’t have done without his help in planning. (The more forgettable parts were the “must dos” that I found on lists and asked him to include!). In fact, it was James who suggested visiting the Coasta Brava and it was the perfect... read more

Our trip was to Barcelona and the Coasta Brava (staying in Calella de Palafrugell).
James planned a great itinerary for us! He asked the right questions to learn what we would enjoy and made great suggestions. Our favorite parts of the trip were things that we wouldn’t have done without his help in planning. (The more forgettable parts were the “must dos” that I found on lists and asked him to include!). In fact, it was James who suggested visiting the Coasta Brava and it was the perfect suggestion: we saw medieval towns, a vineyard that juxtaposed the old and new worlds (12th and 21st centuries), the world of Salvadore Dali, and the gorgeous coast.
We had great tour guides throughout (Gracia, Ariadna, Craig, Laia, Jose Luis, and Olga). They were all punctual and personable. They cared about our comfort (bringing water, etc.) and were willing to adjust the tours to our preferences. We loved having time to really talk to each guide and learn about the culture and people as well as the history. When we had meals included in our day, the restaurants selected were perfect: authentic, local, friendly, tasty.
Everything was seamless. Our transportation was arranged, tickets ready, etc. When there was a small error on our first day, James and our local assistant, Rocio, took care of it calmly and easily; they even apologized with a thoughtful surprise in our room despite the error not being theirs. Bad weather also required us to change plans as the last minute. After speaking with us, Rocio put together an itinerary that was better than we could have imagined! It turned out to be a highlight rather than a disappointment.
We got more out of our days by having guides. We had never done a vacation with private guides before and were pleasantly surprised by the small extras we enjoyed (learning to make tomato bread and tinto de verano at lunch (Jose Luis), eating fruit from the tree and fresh cheese from the cheese maker during a bike tour (Olga)).
This was easily one of the best, if not the best, vacation we’ve had. I’m so glad I took the gamble to work with kimkim and TailormadeAndalucia. I look forward to doing so again! Thanks, James and Rocio!

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Carol!
Thanks very much for your kind words & for writing such a detailed review! It is much appreciated and is really helpful to hear about which parts you enjoyed most!
We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday together and that all the guides added to your experience, showing you things you otherwise wouldn't find. It was a pleasure to plan and prepare the trip with you and if you ever decide to come back to Spain, we would love to hear from you again!
With best wishes,
James & Rocio

Spain · Spain - May 31 - Jun 9, 2019

Traveler: Carmine C. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Patricia planned the perfect trip for us. She communicated with me throughout the planning process and answered any messages in a timely matter. Our hotels were perfectly located, clean, and the staff were very pleasant. All of our drivers arrived on time and were courteous. Our tour guides , Elena in Madrid, Sara ( tapas tour), Damiano in Seville, Alvaro in Gilbratar, and Danahe in Barcelona were very knowledgeable and informative. I would definitely use KimKim again.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Carmine,

Thank you for your kind words.
It was a pleasure helping you plan YourTripToSpain for you and your Family!

And I Will keep you updated in regards of the souvenirs you bought in Toledo.

Have a lovely day!
Patricia Marques

Walking & site seeing in Spain · Spain - May 12 - May 28, 2019

Traveler: Jamie R. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

We had a great trip and are sending a big shout out and thanks to our local specialist - Karin Eckhard w/Espiritu Travels - and her team. We were in expert, caring hands w/Karin: she was very responsive and capable in orchestrating our 16-day trip to Spain and Portugal with "lots of moving parts". We were pretty specific in where we wanted to go and what we were interested in (architecture, history, nature, hiking/biking, food/wine, culture) and she accommodated it all! Everything went like... read more

We had a great trip and are sending a big shout out and thanks to our local specialist - Karin Eckhard w/Espiritu Travels - and her team. We were in expert, caring hands w/Karin: she was very responsive and capable in orchestrating our 16-day trip to Spain and Portugal with "lots of moving parts". We were pretty specific in where we wanted to go and what we were interested in (architecture, history, nature, hiking/biking, food/wine, culture) and she accommodated it all! Everything went like clockwork - all the drivers and guides were on-time and prepared, all the hotels and activities were ready and waiting for us. The drivers and guides were wonderful company and very well informed - we loved spending time with them and learned a lot.

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the lovely review! It was a pleasure helping to create your trip to Spain and Portugal. :-)

Far out trip · Spain - May 3 - May 8, 2019

Traveler: Diana S. - Local specialist: Alfonso Nuñez

The local guide team designed a program that suits us - a group of 3 couples. From our arrival until we depart there was not a dull moment. The hotel rooms are comfortable, the places they took us are fun, and most of all the fresh and top notch foods we tasted were just heavenly! Highly recommended for all who wants to experience Basque Country.

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Alfonso Nuñez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Diana. Yes, it was a very complete trip and we all had a great time sharing our culture with all of you.
See you again...

Krystal

From Bilboa to San Sabastian on to Bourdeaux. · Spain - Apr 15 - Apr 18, 2019

Traveler: Krystal R. - Local specialist: Alfonso Nuñez

I worked with Alfonso from Basque Lands Way Company to curate a custom 3 day experience for a group traveling in Basque country. We had a limited amount of time and wanted to visit Bilbao, La Rioja and San Sebastian with activities throughout and Alfonso made it happen. He was great to chat with online and he captured everything I wanted in the itinerary he created for our group. Ivan (a.k.a. the most interesting man in Spain) was our group's tour guide during the three days. He picked us... read more

I worked with Alfonso from Basque Lands Way Company to curate a custom 3 day experience for a group traveling in Basque country. We had a limited amount of time and wanted to visit Bilbao, La Rioja and San Sebastian with activities throughout and Alfonso made it happen. He was great to chat with online and he captured everything I wanted in the itinerary he created for our group. Ivan (a.k.a. the most interesting man in Spain) was our group's tour guide during the three days. He picked us up from the airport in Bilbao and from their the fun began! Over the course of three days Ivan brought us on city tours, pintxos experiences, wineries, mountain bike riding, and hiking. With having a local guide, we avoided any tourist traps and 90% of the time we were the only tourists around. It was an ideal way to experience a new country, truly getting to experience the local culture. Ivan was full of knowledge and had a great chill energy that is ideal for managing groups of people. I cannot express how much of a luxury it was to have someone familiar with the local culture and language handling all the ins-and-outs of your trip experience for you. From ordering food, drinks, dealing with bike rentals, having water bottles and snacks for the hike, whatever it was, Ivan thought of it and was always prepared every step of the way. It allowed myself and the rest of my group to not have to think at all and just relax and enjoy experience. Ivan is a super fun and nice guy who's company was a highlight of the trip. I hope to visit Basque country again and would not hesitate to book with Basque Lands Way.

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Alfonso Nuñez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Krystal.
Ivan, me, or other members of our Basquelands Way team, will be really happy having you travelling with us again in a future. Meanwhile, enjoy wherever you go!
Warm regards.
Alfonso

Family fun in Spain · Spain - Apr 13 - Apr 19, 2019

Traveler: Jason C. - Local specialist: James Monro

It was a delight working with James on my family's recent trip to Andalucia. He was very helpful in guiding us through our options for traveling in the area. His knowledge and expertise of our travel options, as well as his flexibility and helpfulness in adjusting our itinerary to meet my family's specific needs, were essential in ensuring that we had the best experience possible. Our trip also included some slightly more challenging travel that involved the very busy (while delightfully... read more

It was a delight working with James on my family's recent trip to Andalucia. He was very helpful in guiding us through our options for traveling in the area. His knowledge and expertise of our travel options, as well as his flexibility and helpfulness in adjusting our itinerary to meet my family's specific needs, were essential in ensuring that we had the best experience possible. Our trip also included some slightly more challenging travel that involved the very busy (while delightfully fascinating) Santa Semana week in Seville, with young kids in tow, which James helped us navigate through.

On our arrival, the Tailormade Andalucia team made us feel thoroughly welcomed and made themselves available to our needs. Communication was prompt and effective, and all the right expectations were set for each step of the journey. James did a great job setting up our travel logistics, and everything has gone smoothly.

I would strongly recommend James and the Tailormade Andalucia team for your future trip to Andalucia.

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James Monro, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jason,
Thanks very much for your kind words and we appreciate you taking the time to review your trip to Andalucía. We're delighted that you and the family had a great time and that everything went smoothly in this busy time of year! Of course, I hope you'll take many happy memories with you and we would love to welcome you back in future.
Best wishes from all your friends at Tailormade Andalucia!

Mallorca sailing trip · Spain - Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2019

Traveler: Paul A. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

Paty was the best host. Every detail was perfectly arranged. She was always available during the trip for any questions.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Paul,

Many thanks for your kind message.

Paul it was a pleasure working with you and helping plan YourTripToSpain.

I hope you and your family had a lovely trip in Mallorca, and a great holiday!

Have a lovely day.

Best regards,

Patricia Marques

Discovering lower part of Spain · Spain - Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2018

Traveler: ayesha a. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

First of all, this was my dream trip which is well organized and to new places which I really wanted to visit. I usually plan all of my leaves and it takes a lot of time and effort to select the places, hotels, type of tours and other. For this trip and by sudden I saw kimkim team and decide to let them plan my trip with my husband. It was really easy to use this web to plan and complete all the payment through the website. Also, connecting me with Karin who is really really supportive and... read more

First of all, this was my dream trip which is well organized and to new places which I really wanted to visit. I usually plan all of my leaves and it takes a lot of time and effort to select the places, hotels, type of tours and other. For this trip and by sudden I saw kimkim team and decide to let them plan my trip with my husband. It was really easy to use this web to plan and complete all the payment through the website. Also, connecting me with Karin who is really really supportive and well known of the places we’ve visited. The plan was reviewed 2 times with few changes, and Karin did the thing I like (activities, changing the hotel, and agreed on the timing). Karin was available all the time I need her help and support. Few things happen at the beginning with the transportation but we handled it. All of the hotels were really nice and lovely. All of our tour guides were helpful, kind and know the places we visited and give a lot of information which helped us understand everything. We’ve loved: the private city tour of Granada by bike and the Las Alpujarras tour. Others are nice too.

I would like to thank Karin for her effort from day 1 till we are back in the air plane she was asking and communicating with me. I would like to thank all of the tour guides for their professionality and kind. I told everyone about kimkim team .

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ayesha, thank you very much for the lovely review and it has been a pleasure working with you to create your dream trip. I am so pleased that it was memorable and thank you for sharing some of your photos with us. I will be sure to pass on your comments to the guides that worked with you and all the places that were able to visit in Spain.
I hope that I have the opportunity to plan another trip for you in the future.
Warm regards,
Karin
Espíritu Travel

Panchali

Basque country · Spain - Sep 8 - Sep 15, 2018

Traveler: Panchali D. - Local specialist: Alfonso Nuñez

This turned into a fabulous solo trip to Basque Country!!!
Alfonso created a well organized itinerary for me, just the way I wanted it.
I had plenty of time to see Bilbao and San Sebastian. Part guided and part on my own. I had a private tour of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum that was incredibly in depth.
All the hotels, bus tickets, taxis were well taken care of. No stress at all.
He took me on an amazing food tour in San Sebastian to taste pintxos for the first time in the Old Town. A very... read more

This turned into a fabulous solo trip to Basque Country!!!
Alfonso created a well organized itinerary for me, just the way I wanted it.
I had plenty of time to see Bilbao and San Sebastian. Part guided and part on my own. I had a private tour of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum that was incredibly in depth.
All the hotels, bus tickets, taxis were well taken care of. No stress at all.
He took me on an amazing food tour in San Sebastian to taste pintxos for the first time in the Old Town. A very memorable experience indeed.
He was attentive and knowledgeable. I felt assured that he stayed in communication the whole trip so that I didn't have any glitches.
I would highly recommend Alfonso for any trip to Basque Country. A very nice experience overall.

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Alfonso Nuñez, local specialist, responded to this review:

It was a pleasure having you among us.
I hope you continue discovering new places in the world with such an open mind mentality.
See you around,
Alfonso

Essential Basque Country - 5-Day Itinerary · Spain - May 2 - May 2, 2018

Traveler: Mary W. - Local specialist: Iñaki Rubio

Inaki was really wonderful. He was very good at giving us a full experience on all the many facets of the Basque country. He is very enthusiastic about his country and is extremely knowledgeable. I had a great time and he was very, very good. Was attentive to our needs and gave up choices. The Cooking Lesson and the Pintos tour was a lot of fun. He also did a video of our trip for us. What a nice touch!

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Iñaki Rubio, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Mary for your words. It was great to meet you here in the Basque Country. I enjoyed it too.

All the best.

Inaki

Essential Basque Country - 5-Day Itinerary · Spain - May 2 - May 2, 2018

Traveler: Judy M. - Local specialist: Iñaki Rubio

Inaki was fantastic. He has very attuned to our needs. We were four woman and he kept us all happy. He had made special every where, so no matter where we went to sight se, cook or eat he knew someone and we were given the royal treatment.

We would all use him and again and have already written to our friends who will be coming his area.

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Iñaki Rubio, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Judy,

Thank you for your words. It was a pleasure to have you here. I enjoyed spending those days with you. Happy to hear you passed a great time. I hope we meet again one day. Best regards. Inaki

Danielle

A guided tour of the French Basque Country · Spain - Apr 26 - Apr 29, 2018

Traveler: Danielle B. - Local specialist: Iñaki Rubio

I feel so fortunate to have discovered Inaki Rubio and his company, Just Follow Me. The tour that I took with him of the French Basque Country was the highlight of my trip to Spain. I had suggested a few places that I would like to visit (specifically St. Jean de Luz, Espalette, and the Le Petit Train de la Rhune), and he helped me to plan a day that I will always remember. Inaki was the ideal host, as his knowledge of the area was evident throughout the tour. I am fascinated with learning... read more

I feel so fortunate to have discovered Inaki Rubio and his company, Just Follow Me. The tour that I took with him of the French Basque Country was the highlight of my trip to Spain. I had suggested a few places that I would like to visit (specifically St. Jean de Luz, Espalette, and the Le Petit Train de la Rhune), and he helped me to plan a day that I will always remember. Inaki was the ideal host, as his knowledge of the area was evident throughout the tour. I am fascinated with learning more about the Basque culture, and he answered all of my questions, sharing anecdotes and history with me. I really appreciated his flexibility, as we were originally going to take the train up to the top of La Rhune and hike down, but I changed my mind when I realized that the weather was a bit too cold and windy. So instead I was able to spend more time in Espalette, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz, and Hondarribia. I also appreciated that he showed me some interesting places to visit in San Sebastian, and even offered to help me make reservations at a local restaurant. I will definitely be recommending Just Follow Me to all of my friends and family, and I hope to take another tour with Inaki when I visit the area again in the future.

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Iñaki Rubio, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for those words Danielle. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you. My best regards. I hope we meet again one day. Inaki

Spain · Spain - Jun 30 - Jul 11, 2017

Traveler: Amelia B. - Local specialist: Iñaki Rubio

We toured a vineyard with the ninth generation winemaker, hiked along the Camino de Santiago, learned local favorites at a cooking school, saw the Running of the Bulls, and had a Pintxos tour with a native. I could not have planned this trip on my own, and there are no travel companies who sell a tour that happened to be exactly what I wanted. I loved being able to customize the trip on KimKim!

Inaki's recommendations were fantastic! I so much appreciate his guidance in planning a trip that included so many highlights that could not have been arranged with out the expertise of a local guide.

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Iñaki Rubio, local specialist, responded to this review:

Great to hear Amelia. Thank you for your feedback. All the best. Inaki