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James Monro

As great as they are, there is so much more to Spain than paella, sangría and beachside resorts!! So often the stereotypical images of a country remain just at that and bear little resemblance to everyday life for locals. It didn't take me long to realise this on arrival in Andalucia, some 11 years ago and I fell for the most authentic version of Spain with its focus on quality of life & personal bonds, its stunning landscapes and its pride in its own traditions and culture.

Travel, as a means of recreation or even as a hobby has so much we can learn from, whatever our travel 'style' is and however we prefer to 'get out there and explore'. It should clearly never just be a matter of ticking boxes and I believe that the most worthwhile experiences are those with which we feel we've seen, done or experienced something novel, eye-opening and authentic. This is where I hope to lend a helping hand!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialise in custom making complete itineraries including accommodation and private transport for couples, families and small groups around Spain. We incorporate private tours and excursions with a guide for you to get the absolute most out of your visit, however long it may be. Tell us what you're interested in and we'll do our best to organise it, be it a flamenco jamming session or a culinary tour of the White Villages! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"While growing up in the UK, I was lucky enough to visit a number of European countries and the US from a young age and so I always knew that once I had the chance, I would jump at the chance of broadening my horizons. And this I did before, during and after studying my degree in Spanish & Geography at Leeds University, and thereby develop my enthusiasm for thinking up and planning trips to a whole range of destinations.

This, combined with the local knowledge of southern Spain gained from living and working here means that creating travel itineraries for other visitors was a natural progression and a real pleasure. I truly believe that Spain, and Andalucía in particular have so much to offer as a destination and I love the challenge of creating the ideal trip for each & every visitor."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One moment stands out among the many while travelling with friends and living in Argentina for 6 months before going to University. Thanks to some contacts, we were never short of ideas or recommendations. It was while staying with local friends (of friends!) in a small mountain village in the foothills of the Andes. We were warmly taken into their home and shown the authentic (and very active!) local life in a beautiful natural setting including how to prepare the real Asado barbecue and play the complex card game of Truco. More than anything, it was ideal for that particular moment for its authenticity and sense of discovery and has left lasting memories for these same reasons."

Lisbon's colorful hilltops
Portugal & Northern Spain: Lisbon to San Sebastián - 15 Days

Combine the best of Portugal and northern Spain for 15 days of fun on the Iberian Peninsula. Zip through Lisbon by tuk-tuk and see the fantastical hilltop palaces of Sintra, then head north to riverside Porto and the Douro Valley wine country. Hop over to Spain to marvel at Barcelona's modernist landmarks and hike between the clifftop villages of the Costa Brava. Your adventure wraps up on the Bay of Biscay, enjoying the crescent beaches and renowned gastronomy of San Sebastián.

Sunset colors on Madeira
Mainland Portugal & Madeira - 15 Days

With just over two weeks to spare, you can combine the best of mainland Portugal with the lush valleys and volcanic beaches of "the Island of Eternal Spring." Start with cycling and culinary tours of Lisbon, wine tasting in the Douro Valley, and a deep dive into the history of colorful Porto. Then it's time to jet off into the North Atlantic for four days on Madeira, before returning to the mainland for some downtime at the chic coastal resort of Cascais.

Madeira's colorful coastline
Discover Mainland Portugal & Madeira - 13 Days

Portugal was once considered the "end of the world" and still feels like the earth's edge with its wild landscapes and expansive ocean views. It also reflects life beyond its borders with its mix of histories, cultures, and cuisines. Explore the mainland and island of Madeira, beginning with a tour of historic Lisbon. Sip port wine by the Douro River in Porto, then fly to Madeira to experience its pristine scenery, and finally return to the mainland and the seaside resort of Cascais for some relaxing beach time.

A rainbow over Porto
Portugal's History, Beaches & Gastronomy: Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto & Cascais - 13 Days

Food-loving and curious travelers will love this 13-day itinerary, which goes from Lisbon to Coimbra to Porto and various places in between. See the best of Lisbon on a tuk-tuk tour, wander the medieval streets of Coimbra, and experience Porto's spectacular food and wine firsthand with a cooking class and port tasting. Explore Cascais, the seaside town where Portuguese royalty once summered, and dive into some of the best waves in the world!

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona
Best of Spain & Portugal: Barcelona, Porto, Lisbon & Andalusia - 21 Days

See the best of Spain and Portugal with a harmonious mix of the "must-sees" and the off-the-beaten-track. Start in Barcelona before continuing to the country's capital, Madrid. From here, catch a short flight up to enchanting Porto for a few nights before making your way down through Lisbon, Évora, and the Alentejo region. Transfer back across the border to Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain, which is known for its flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, and cultural traditions. 

Aerial Views of Granada, Spain
Cities & Culture in Spain: Madrid, Seville, Granada, & Barcelona - 10 Days

Discover the culture of Spain's cities on this 9-day trip, starting with a tour through Madrid and an evening of flamenco and tapas in Seville. Then make your way to Granada, passing through the village of Ronda and a winery along the way. You'll explore Granada's famous Alhambra palace and gardens, then fly to Barcelona for a cycling tour of its historic districts, as well as a visit to the sites of Gaudí's.

Recent trip reviews for James

Amazing España and tailormade andalucia
Spain | Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2022

Sachin
Sachin P.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

From the moment we started planning our trip James was an amazing resource and guide. He set up a fantastic itinerary that included Barcelona, San Sebastian, Costa Brava and Bilbao. We had amazing guided private tours in each city. Some of the highlights was the Pinchos tour in San Sebastian as well as our Picasso museum tour. The cooking class in Barcelona was very memorable. This was with cook taste Barcelona cooking class and our chef with Rosa. Our Picasso museum tour guide was... read more

From the moment we started planning our trip James was an amazing resource and guide. He set up a fantastic itinerary that included Barcelona, San Sebastian, Costa Brava and Bilbao. We had amazing guided private tours in each city. Some of the highlights was the Pinchos tour in San Sebastian as well as our Picasso museum tour. The cooking class in Barcelona was very memorable. This was with cook taste Barcelona cooking class and our chef with Rosa. Our Picasso museum tour guide was unbelievably fantastic her name was Gilda

Rocio was our in country guide who was always available and made changes as necessary. We ate at some great restaurants hiked kayaked and spent amazing times with the Spanish people.

we loved every hotel we stayed at which included the Almanac in Barcelona, hotel lllondres in San Sebastian and aigua blava in costa brava

Entire team is fantastic and I would highly recommend going with him for your memorable trip to Spain

Hotel Review
Almanac Barcelona
Barcelona

Great staff Amazing pool Virens was awesome Superb location.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Everything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Cooking Class with a Guided Visit to the Boqueria Market
Barcelona

Ross I was excellent. Very educational and Interactive. We loved the food and the experience

Quality of Experience
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Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
A Pintxos Tour of San Sebastian
San Sebastian

Visiting the culinary capital of the world and taking a guided Pintxo tour was just delicious. Recommend doing this very much visiting and Sebastian

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Half Day Kayak Excursion on the Costa Brava
Spain
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Hi Sachin!
Fantastic to hear that you had such an enriching trip and it was a pleasure to plan it out with you! Many thanks again for taking the time to write and the photos show what fun you had!
Un abrazo, James

Two weeks in Portugal
Portugal | Jul 29 - Aug 11, 2022

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Gertrude L.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

This was the first time I used KimKim. It was an easy and fun experience to plan with James. He was responsive, informative and courteous. When our family (with 16 and 18 year old boys) actually went on the trip, everything ran smoothly (with the exception of one slight delay in a pick up due to a mechanical issue which was quickly solved) and all the tour guides and drivers were excellent. We booked smaller, boutique style hotels which were just what I asked…clean, quiet, and central. ... read more

This was the first time I used KimKim. It was an easy and fun experience to plan with James. He was responsive, informative and courteous. When our family (with 16 and 18 year old boys) actually went on the trip, everything ran smoothly (with the exception of one slight delay in a pick up due to a mechanical issue which was quickly solved) and all the tour guides and drivers were excellent. We booked smaller, boutique style hotels which were just what I asked…clean, quiet, and central. The one in Lisbon especially had fantastic service and a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the city. James introduced us to Rocio right before the trip and she was available to assist if we needed. She called to introduce herself at our hotel when we landed in Lisbon and text us during the trip to ask how we were doing. It was a comfort to know we could talk to her if something didn’t go according to plan. Overall, our family of four had a trip we will always remember! We learned so much about the history, food and culture of Portugal and the time spent together as a family was truly precious. Thank you James and Rocio for everything! We would recommend you to everyone who wants to plan a unique and unforgettable trip. Obrigada!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Hey Gertrude,
Fantastic to know you had such a great trip and it was a pleasure to have you travelling with us! Many thanks for taking the time to write and I hope you can make it back to Portugal sometime soon!
With our very best wishes, James

Thank you so much we had a fantastic trip and...
Spain | Jul 31 - Aug 5, 2022

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Niamh A.
Harrison, NY | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Thank you so much we had a fantastic trip and visited so many beautiful and historic palaces. Everything was so easy thanks to your team. From the collection and transport to the local guides onsite we really enjoyed the trip and it was so much more valuable because of the KimKim team. We learned a lot!! read more

Thank you so much we had a fantastic trip and visited so many beautiful and historic palaces. Everything was so easy thanks to your team. From the collection and transport to the local guides onsite we really enjoyed the trip and it was so much more valuable because of the KimKim team. We learned a lot!!

Hotel Review
Áurea Washington Irving by Eurostars Hotel Company
Granada

Fabulous hotel - Love to see a More expanded menu at the restaurant

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right beside the Alahambra and walk down to the village
Staff
Our receptionist did switch over mid check in to Prioritize other clients but did reach out to apologize.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Hi Niamh,
Great to hear that and thank you for taking the time to write! So pleased you had a great trip and felt you got the most out of the wonderful Andalucian sights & history! All the best and it was a pleasure to plan it with you and have you travelling with us!
Un abrazo, James

So impressed! We really loved our trip and th...
Spain | Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2022

Chris
Chris G.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

So impressed! We really loved our trip and the catered attention to detail. We are so grateful. Thank you for a wonderful, well thought out itinerary! read more

So impressed! We really loved our trip and the catered attention to detail. We are so grateful. Thank you for a wonderful, well thought out itinerary!

Hotel Reviews
Almanac Barcelona
Barcelona
Authenticity & Character
Location
You couldn’t pick a better location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel de Londres & de Inglaterra
San Sebastian
Authenticity & Character
The beds
Location
Loved being right off La Concha beach!
Staff
Concierge was superb
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds are a bit dated. Updated bathrooms though!
Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Hi there Chris & family,
Thanks so much for sharing your comments. I'm so pleased that you had a wonderful family holiday together and got to visit a great variety of locations in Spain. I hope you've taken many happy memories with you too!!All the best and un abrazo from Sevilla,
James

Excellent Tour
Spain | Jul 29 - Aug 9, 2022

James
James G.
Gaithersburg, MD | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Hotel arrangements and hotel staff were great. Most tour drivers and vehicles were great. Original vehicle in costa brava was sub par. Vehicle for diner in El Far broke down. Arrangement of Taxi substitute was great. Their taxis and drivers were great. Tour guides were great and very informative. We enjoyed the Prado museum and the archeological museum in Madrid. A tour of Toledo was a highlight of our tour. We enjoyed the beaches of Sanander, San Sabastain, and Costa Brava. We wish you would... read more

Hotel arrangements and hotel staff were great. Most tour drivers and vehicles were great. Original vehicle in costa brava was sub par. Vehicle for diner in El Far broke down. Arrangement of Taxi substitute was great. Their taxis and drivers were great. Tour guides were great and very informative. We enjoyed the Prado museum and the archeological museum in Madrid. A tour of Toledo was a highlight of our tour. We enjoyed the beaches of Sanander, San Sabastain, and Costa Brava. We wish you would have provided more information about how train service to Sanander works. We did not know that there would be a rush to check luggage after platform was announced. We did not know luggage would be checked.

Hotel Review
Hotel de Londres & de Inglaterra
San Sebastian

Great location on the beach. Breakfast and restaurant were great. Hotel staff were helpful. Room was clean and cleaning staff provided excellent service. Only negative was that our city view room was looking onto a construction site. Better to chose an Ocean View room if available.

Authenticity & Character
Location
On the beach
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Hi James,
Many thanks for sharing the highlights of your trip and I'm so pleased that the hotels and guides, contributed to a memorable trip with the family. I'm glad we could help make rearrangements after the a little misfortunate and hope the slight delay didn't affect your enjoyment nevertheless. We've taken note about the train station also and are to include more information for travellers. It was a pleasure to plan out the trip with you. Un abrazo, James

All our local tour guides have made our trip ...
Spain | Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2022

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Lee G.
Gaithersburg, MD | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

All our local tour guides have made our trip so interesting and unforgettable. Their knowledge and speaking skills have given us a profound memory of Span’s history, culture, and arts! They are excellent tour guides! We really appreciate your arrangements and hotel staff. read more

All our local tour guides have made our trip so interesting and unforgettable. Their knowledge and speaking skills have given us a profound memory of Span’s history, culture, and arts! They are excellent tour guides! We really appreciate your arrangements and hotel staff.

Hotel Review
Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona

The scenery from our balcony to the Mediterranean Sea and its beaches was remarkable! Hotel staff were very helpful and friendly which made us as Americans feel comfortable and enjoyable. The food from its restaurant was amazing!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Hi Lee!
Many thanks for taking the time to write the review and I'm so pleased that you've taken some wonderful memories of Spain back home with you! It was a pleasure to have you travelling with us! Un abrazo, James

Fun in Spain
Spain | Jul 30 - Aug 7, 2022

Susan
Susan B.
Brentwood, NY | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

We had so much fun visiting Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid. The guides on the walking tours were excellent and very knowledgeable. We especially liked Josep who took us through the old quarter of Valencia. He made it not only interesting but held our attention. The private cooking class in Valencia was wonderful also. We had an enjoyable evening making authentic paella, a Spanish omelet and a delicious sponge cake. In Madrid, my favorite thing to do was to see the flamenco show. ... read more

We had so much fun visiting Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid. The guides on the walking tours were excellent and very knowledgeable. We especially liked Josep who took us through the old quarter of Valencia. He made it not only interesting but held our attention. The private cooking class in Valencia was wonderful also. We had an enjoyable evening making authentic paella, a Spanish omelet and a delicious sponge cake. In Madrid, my favorite thing to do was to see the flamenco show. It was performed with such passion.
Really the whole trip was great and we really appreciated both James and Rocio for all their assistance in making our trip a reality.

Hotel Review
Gallery
Barcelona

The hotel was very centrally located which made it easy to get around the city. The rooms and public spaces were very nice and very clean. The breakfast had a nice variety and the food was very good. Everyone was very friendly and helpful there.

Authenticity & Character
Nicely decorated
Location
Central location
Staff
Very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean
Activity Reviews
Paella Cooking Class
Valencia

The cooking class was excellent and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend taking the lessons with this chef. His personality was very engaging and he was fun and organized in his presentation.

Quality of Experience
Food
Evening Flamenco Show & Dinner Reservation
Madrid

The flamenco dancing was very moving and you could feel the performers passion.

Quality of Experience
Beautiful to watch
Private Tour of Park Güell & Sagrada Família
Barcelona

We learned a lot. The guide was very interesting and explained things very well.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Private Tour of Valencia's Old Town - Afternoon to Explore the 'City of Arts & Sciences'
Valencia

It was an excellent tour with a great guide who managed to engage all of us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Private Walking Tour of Madrid & the Prado Museum
Madrid

The tour and the guide were very good. Unfortunately by this time in the trip, I think we were all exhausted and the heat had gotten to us. Any other time it would have been very enjoyable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Private Tour of the Gothic Quarter - Light Tapas before Dinner
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
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James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hey Susan,
We're so pleased that you enjoyed the trip and it all came together well. Thanks very much for taking the time to post the review too and it was a pleasure to have you travelling with us and Kimkim!
All the best and we hope to host you again soon!
James, Rocio & the Tailormade Andalucia team

Highly Recommend!
Spain | Jul 23 - Jul 31, 2022

Randi
Randi B.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

James put together a customized itinerary that was tailored to our interests. He listened carefully to what we were looking for, presented an itinerary, and worked closely with us to tweak it until it was perfect! Our drivers and guides made our vacation stress free and very informative. Most memorable were our cooking class in Barcelona, our “Cultural Triathlon” and flamenco night in Sevilla, hiking the Caminito del Rey, and visiting the Alhambra in Granada. Each hotel was beautiful in... read more

James put together a customized itinerary that was tailored to our interests. He listened carefully to what we were looking for, presented an itinerary, and worked closely with us to tweak it until it was perfect! Our drivers and guides made our vacation stress free and very informative. Most memorable were our cooking class in Barcelona, our “Cultural Triathlon” and flamenco night in Sevilla, hiking the Caminito del Rey, and visiting the Alhambra in Granada. Each hotel was beautiful in its own way. I especially loved our hotels in Sevilla and Granada!
Once we arrived in Spain, James or a member of his team were always available and checked in with us regularly to make sure everything was going well. We really appreciated that!
I would absolutely recommend KimKim and specifically Tailor Made Andalucia if you are planning to travel to Spain!

Hotel Reviews
Gallery
Barcelona

Friendly, helpful front desk staff, large and modern rooms, excellent breakfast buffet! Perfect location for walking to just about everything or using the subway. Yummy gelato place across the street!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
Sevilla

Really pretty hotel with beautiful courtyard for breakfast and lovely pool and lounge area! Restaurant onsite with good food. Very relaxing to eat poolside!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Granada

Perfect location for walking around the city. Tucked away from the noise on a small pedestrian street with lots of charm! Very peaceful, beautiful courtyard where afternoon tea and sweets are served… a really nice touch and much appreciated! Nice breakfast buffet as well. No elevator, so ask for help if your room is at the top of the stairs and your bags are heavy!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Front desk staff should offer to have someone carry bags for those whose rooms are on the top floors.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Walk of the Gothic Quarter with Tapas Dinner
Barcelona

If you love history, this is the walk for you! Very informative tour guide! Tapas dinner was fun… we went to 2 places to experience some variety.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
A Cooking Class of Spanish Cuisine
Barcelona

Great experience! Class of 12 included retirees, a family of 6, and 4 others including us. Our chef took us shopping for the ingredients at the big market and gave us a tour of the market which was an unexpected perk. We made many different dishes and then sat at a big table to enjoy the meal. It was a unique experience, one of the highlights of our trip.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Cultural Triathlon in Sevilla!
Seville

Our guide, Pilar, was exceptional. She clearly loves her city and loves to share its history and its charms! The horse drawn carriage picked us up at our hotel and took us to the Plaza de Espana. After the ride was finished, we walked to the river where our boat was waiting! The boat took us to Triana, where we learned some of the history, walked through the market, and did some shopping. It was a great trip!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Day Trip from Ronda to Hike the 'Caminito del Rey' - Ending in Granada
Spain

Very beautiful, cool experience. Perfectly safe.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Hi Randi!

Many thanks for your detailed feedback and kind words. We're thrilled that you had a great time and it all came togther well! I'm especially pleased you loved the visits in Andalucia! It was a delight to plan it with you & have you travelling with us. Good luck with the Spanish course!
Un abrazo,
James

Best Experience Ever 😊 !!
Spain | Jul 23 - Jul 31, 2022

Neida
Neida J.
Lansdale, PA | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

I decided to travel to Spain with my college friend and we had some unique requirements, which in turn led us to James.

After chatting with him and understanding his process, we knew we met the right person to guide us and get this trip pulled together, to cover the areas of Spain we wanted to visit.

With patience and knowledge, James created the trip of a lifetime for us.

I just returned, and wanted to share my feedback. If you want to travel to Spain, look no further. James and... read more

I decided to travel to Spain with my college friend and we had some unique requirements, which in turn led us to James.

After chatting with him and understanding his process, we knew we met the right person to guide us and get this trip pulled together, to cover the areas of Spain we wanted to visit.

With patience and knowledge, James created the trip of a lifetime for us.

I just returned, and wanted to share my feedback. If you want to travel to Spain, look no further. James and his team were phenomenal!

The itinerary was perfect, the details were executed with perfection and we were cared for from the minute we landed to the minute we departed. We will have lasting memories of an incredible week.

Thumbs up 👍🏻 All the way!!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

Hi Neida,

It makes our day to read comments like this!! Many thanks for taking the time to write and it was a real pleasure to have you travelling with us. We are THRILLED that the trip all came together well and that you enjoyed it so! I hope you'll remember the experience for many years to come!

Thanks again and un abrazo,
James

First Visit to Spain for 25th Anniversary
Spain | Jun 22 - Jul 1, 2022

Kelli
Kelli H.
Cedar Park, TX | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

This was our first time using KimKim, as we usually plan our own vacations. We were visiting Barcelona and the Costa Brava for our 25th wedding anniversary and didn't want to worry about logistics. This was so perfect because everything was taken care of, yet we were able to personalize our trip to fit our preferences. Our trip was 10 days total, and we wanted to do a few days cycling. James was great! He made some great recommendations based on an itinerary we said we liked and the types of... read more

This was our first time using KimKim, as we usually plan our own vacations. We were visiting Barcelona and the Costa Brava for our 25th wedding anniversary and didn't want to worry about logistics. This was so perfect because everything was taken care of, yet we were able to personalize our trip to fit our preferences. Our trip was 10 days total, and we wanted to do a few days cycling. James was great! He made some great recommendations based on an itinerary we said we liked and the types of things we enjoy. He went out of his way to find the perfect 3 day cycling tour for us. Communication was excellent beforehand and with Chaima while we were there.
We enjoyed our 3 days in Barcelona so much. Our tour guide, Maribel, for Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia was excellent! It was so much more enjoyable having a guide to explain the history and symbolism of those two landmarks. Germania was our guide for our bike tour of the city, which took us to Barceloneta Beach, and she was also excellent. Olga was great for our tour of the Gothic Quarter and tapas. We had plenty of time to explore on our own, so we think James did a great job balancing planned activities with general free time. The Gallery Hotel was very nice and had a fantastic rooftop deck. We were there for the biggest celebration of the year - the Feast of St. Joan (first day of summer, June 24) which was a surprise and very exciting.
Our cycling tour was through Cycle Catalan and Mark and Shelly were SO great to work with. We really connected with them. The bikes were top notch, and we used an app to navigate the routes. The routes were excellent as well as the accommodations in Torroella de Montgri and Palamos. Both places were lovely and the hotel dining was also amazing.
Our last few days were spent in Cadaques, including a sailing trip out of Empuriabrava, which was so fun! Our captain was Josep and Marina was his assistant. It was a really fun trip snorkeling and getting to help with the sails while learning a little more about the area.
All in all, our vacation was fabulous with no hitches (even the weather was perfect!) We loved it so much we considered moving there! I would highly recommend KimKim and Tailormade Andalucia for your Spain travel!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hi there Kelli & Clark,
We're so pleased to hear you had such a great trip and that it all worked just right for you. Cycling routes included! It is such a great area and I'm glad we didn't try to squeeze too much in. It was a real pleasure to plan it out with you and while travelling with us. Thanks also for taking the time to review the trip. All the best from Chaima and myself and ¡hasta la próxima!
Un abrazo,
James

This was an excellent trip!
Portugal | Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2022

Robert
Robert J.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

This was an excellent trip from start to finish. James was instrumental in giving us choices for our time in Portugal and easily amended the trip when we added side adventures to the original itinerary.
Hotels were beautiful with friendly staff, comfortable rooms and wonderful morning breakfasts. The restaurants that we chose for each of the three main cities had excellent cuisine, great service and atmosphere. And, of course, first-rate Portuguese wines!
Our guides and drivers on this... read more

This was an excellent trip from start to finish. James was instrumental in giving us choices for our time in Portugal and easily amended the trip when we added side adventures to the original itinerary.
Hotels were beautiful with friendly staff, comfortable rooms and wonderful morning breakfasts. The restaurants that we chose for each of the three main cities had excellent cuisine, great service and atmosphere. And, of course, first-rate Portuguese wines!
Our guides and drivers on this trip were very knowledgable and friendly. Even entertaining! They love showing off their incredible country.
We had a bit of a problem at the end of the trip, but James' team came to the rescue and all was resolved in short order.
All in all, a fantastic trip, well-designed and gave us a great taste of Portugal. We'll have many pleasant memories for years to come.

Hotel Review
H10 Duque de Loule
Lisboa

The azulejos in the lobby were incredibly beautiful and they had a great breakfast for guests. Very friendly staff and a quiet, comfortable room. If you have time, make a reservation to watch the sunset go down from the top floor patio. Great way to end your day.

Staff
Very friendly.
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Hi Robert & Vicente,
Planning the trip with you (over almost 2 yrs thanks to 'the' situation!) and hosting you for your trip to Portugal was a pleasure! Many thanks for your comments and kind words too. We're all so pleased that you had such a memorable trip and that it all came together just right!
Un abrazo from all the Tailormade Andalucia team!
Best,
James

Amazing KimKim experience!
Spain | May 30 - Jun 6, 2022

Diane
Diane B.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

My husband and I can’t say enough wonderful things about our KimKim experience in the south of Spain. From the planning stages with James who helped us create a personalized, exciting adventure, to the moment we were picked up by our driver Pepe in Malaga our Kim Kim experience far exceeded our expectations! We loved all our guides; Paco in Granada, Julian in Malaga, Juan in Ronda, Carlos on our day trip from Ronda to Seville, and Ana in Seville. Our favourite tours were when we had meals... read more

My husband and I can’t say enough wonderful things about our KimKim experience in the south of Spain. From the planning stages with James who helped us create a personalized, exciting adventure, to the moment we were picked up by our driver Pepe in Malaga our Kim Kim experience far exceeded our expectations! We loved all our guides; Paco in Granada, Julian in Malaga, Juan in Ronda, Carlos on our day trip from Ronda to Seville, and Ana in Seville. Our favourite tours were when we had meals with our guides, Julian, Carlos and Ana. It was such a fun and enriching experience for us to learn the history and wonders of southern Spain through the eyes of our local and very knowledgeable guides. Thank you for helping us make memories we will cherish. Diane and Stephen.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Gravina 51
Sevilla

This was one of our favourite hotels on our Southern Spain trip. We loved the quiet location but within easy walking distance to all the important city sites. The decor was beautiful, the staff so helpful and friendly, the rooms were gorgeous and the welcoming bottle of cava a sparkling surprise, and the breakfast was absolutely the best we had on our trip!

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Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
Granada

This was a wonderful hotel close to city Center and walking distance to a large selection of restaurants and shops.

Authenticity & Character
This hotel had a modern exterior but well preserved interior. We were in a room with a view of the courtyard which was a converted convent. Our room had an original wood ceiling that had high slopes that made the spacious room feel bigger.
Location
Staff
The check in staff and the wait staff at breakfast were all friendly and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bed was comfortable and room clean. The only thing I did not like was the strong scents the hotel used to perfume the.lobby. I found it very overpowering.
Catalonia Ronda
Ronda

This hotel was in a fabulous location over looking the bull ring and valley in the beautiful town of Ronda. The room was spacious and updated decor lovely. The staff friendly and breakfast good. The one thing I did not like about this hotel was the cleanliness of the floor in the bathroom. It was noticeably dirty and when I wiped it with a white washcloth the cloth was black with dirt. I asked the front desk to clean the floor but don’t think they did as the floor remained dirty. For me this was a real turn off! I was grateful they provided slippers as I would not want to walk on the floor in bare feet.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bathroom floor was dirty!!!
Activity Reviews
Private Guided Tour of the Malaga & the Picasso Museum with Light Tapas
Spain

The transfer from Granada to Malaga then Ronda was in a lovely Mercedes van. Our walk around Malaga which included a detailed tour of the Piccaso museum with Julian and our tapa lunch was great!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Private Tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
Granada

Our tour of Alhambra couldn’t have been more enjoyable or interesting. Our Guide Paco was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Granada and the architectural style of Alhambra. At the end of the tour he also recommended one of our favourite restaurants for lunch.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Visit La Pileta Cave and a Local Winery in Ronda with a Special Lunch! (with Driver)
Ronda

Our driver was great, he was on time and the vehicle was clean and very comfortable. The experience of going into a cave with 40,000+ year old drawings was one of the highlights of our trip! The private lunch at the organic vineyard of Vertas with the personal tour and explanation of their wine making gave us a much better understanding of just how complicated and delicate this process is and the lunch and wines were delicious.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Private Tour of Ronda
Ronda

Juan was a wonderful guide to explore Ronda with. Ronda is such an ancient and well preserved city high on a gorge with the most beautiful views. We particularly loved touring the hamman and the oldest bull ring in Spain!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Day Trip to the White Villages and Sierra de Grazalema
Spain

Our guide Carlos and our driver made this day special. We first visited the cork forest where we learned all about how to make corks for wine, we then had walking tours of two white towns, a olive oil tasting and a fantastic lunch before being dropped of in Seville. Thank you for the fantastic day!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Private Flamenco & Tapas Tour
Seville

Ana made our evening in Seville magical! Her choices of Flamenco venue and the two tapas bars were authentic and fun. It was a pleasure spending time with you Ana.

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Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Complete Tour of Seville! On Segway and on foot
Seville

Wow, what a great day we had in Seville. We first did a walking tour of the old city center with Ana and then a Segway tour of the gardens, exposition grounds and La Taberna area with Miguel. Both guides were so friendly and fun to spend time with learning about this beautiful city.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Hi Diane,
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience and all your comments! I'm so pleased that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed your Andalucian adventure!! Most of all, for me, that your Anniversary expedition was a hit!! It was a delight to plan it with you and even more hosting you! Thanks for travelling with us
Un abrazo from the Tailormade Andalucia team,
James

The perfect family vacation to Spain and Portugal
Spain | May 21 - May 29, 2022

Kevin
Kevin N.
Fruit Cove, FL | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

James and the team at KimKim were absolutely spectacular in putting together a family vacation for us to Spain and Portugal. James listened to our goals for the trip and planned out an exceptional itinerary that fit every need from transportation every step of the way, to fantastic hotel selections, both in quality and location, to perfect excursions each day. He found a perfect balance of finding the right experiences for us at every stop while not trying to cram so much in that we felt... read more

James and the team at KimKim were absolutely spectacular in putting together a family vacation for us to Spain and Portugal. James listened to our goals for the trip and planned out an exceptional itinerary that fit every need from transportation every step of the way, to fantastic hotel selections, both in quality and location, to perfect excursions each day. He found a perfect balance of finding the right experiences for us at every stop while not trying to cram so much in that we felt rushed. In Barcelona, we had a fantastic bike tour with Olga, walking tour with Eli and amazing private cooking class with Rosa. Each representative was exceptional. Victor gave us a wonderful hiking tour around Palamos on the Costa Brava and Margeurida and Peter were awesome in showing us the beauty and history of Lisbon. If we could give more than 5 stars for the trip coordination, we would. My best recommendation would be we would use this team 100% again in the future. Thank you!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona

This hotel location was amazing, right on the water and cliffs of Fornells just outside the town of Begur. The views were incredible as was the service of the staff. The rooms and everything about the hotel were spot on. We would stay there again every time. My only very minor nitpick is the need for some type of casual dining. We had dinner there one evening and it was great, like a high end restaurant. But on other days after a busy day exploring the area, unless you have a car or take a taxi into Begur, you need to have a fine dining experience on site. Again, very minor and overall this hotel is awesome.

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Location
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PortoBay Marquês
Lisbon

A perfect balance of a nice hotel well situated in Lisbon but affordable and not over the top 5 star where you feel you want to stay there to enjoy all the amenities vs. explore Lisbon. The staff was very helpful, suggesting restaurants and helping us access and print all our Covid test results so we could get back to the U.S.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
H10 Madison
Barcelona

James at KimKim booked us at the Madison and it was perfect for our needs. The location was fantastic, just a block from the Gothic historic district and easy walking to all the sites and restaurants. The staff was very gracious, warm and helpful and all spoke very good English which made it easy on us. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

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Activity Reviews
Private Bike Tour of Barcelona
Barcelona

Olga welcomed us to Barcelona with our first experience in Spain. She gave a great tour, was very knowledgeable, incredibly friendly and spoke great English. It was a perfect way to begin our immersion into the city.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Olga was tremendous. Ask for her.
Transport
Private Tour of Park Güell & Sagrada Família
Barcelona

Eli (Elisabeth) was great to be with, giving us an in-depth tour into 2 of Barcelona's most famous landmarks, the Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. Both were amazing and Eli is an encyclopedia of knowledge of the sites. Even in times of stress when we couldn't find taxis to the sites (due to a Formula One race being in town), Eli ran all over to get transportation and make our trip a memorable one.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Ask for Eli, she's super.
Transport
A Cooking Class of Spanish Cuisine
Barcelona

After 2 days of seeing Barcelona, it was a ton of fun to relax for a few hours in a private cooking class with Rosa. She was tremendous, highly engaging, obviously incredibly knowledgeable about cooking, and it would be hard to not think she was an American, her English is flawless which made communication excellent. She found the right balance of getting everyone involved to their level of experience and interest and was a treat to be with for 4 hours. A big hit on our trip.

Quality of Experience
Food
We picked the menu but the food was so unique and different. A ton of fun.
Guides, drivers and staff
If you can arrange for a private cooking class with Rosa, make it happen. Well worth it.
Transport
Experience Lisbon Walking Tour
Lisbon

Marguerida led us on a half day walking, eating tour of Lisbon and it was a lot of fun. It was our first experience in Lisbon so it was fun to begin to get a little immersion into the area. She did a great job of showing us around despite being rushed by our need to squeeze in Covid tests to be able to return to the U.S. Marguerida is studying tourism in college and will do great in the field. Very personable and knowledgeable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Lisbon Riverside Bike Tour
Lisbon

If you want a great history lesson of Portugal while taking in the sites of the riverfront area of Lisbon, take a bike tour with Peter. He's exceptional, gave us a great tour, is very outgoing and knows EVERYTHING about Portugal. All from someone who was born in England from Portugese parents and has returned to his family's homeland to teach others about the country. It was a fantastic day and great experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Make sure to ask for Peter and get ready to learn things about Portugal you never knew.
Transport
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

Hi Kevin,
All I can say is Wow, thank you so much for the very detailed review and your kind words. Rocio, the team and I are thrilled that you had such a great family holiday!! We value our team and all we work with v much and it is great to know you enjoyed their company and all the elements to the trip. It was a pleasure to have you travelling with us!!
Un abrazo,
James

Tailor-made trip to Spain
Spain | May 14 - May 22, 2022

Chanin
Chanin K.
Springfield, PA | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

Our recent family trip to Madrid and Northern Spain was my husband and daughter's first visit to the country, although I had been several times before. Despite this difficult-to-please audience—veteran Spanish traveller mixed with newbies, not to mention the short attention span of a 9 year old—James planned a wonderful trip to Madrid, Oviedo, Santander and Bilbao, complete with personalized walking and museum tours, a car for flexibility, and comfortable hotels. He was very receptive to my... read more

Our recent family trip to Madrid and Northern Spain was my husband and daughter's first visit to the country, although I had been several times before. Despite this difficult-to-please audience—veteran Spanish traveller mixed with newbies, not to mention the short attention span of a 9 year old—James planned a wonderful trip to Madrid, Oviedo, Santander and Bilbao, complete with personalized walking and museum tours, a car for flexibility, and comfortable hotels. He was very receptive to my feedback along the way and organized just the right balance of free time to planned activities, and each of the walking tours planned was engaging. Highlights included a tour of Madrid's markets and tapas with Melinda (she was accommodating of our slower speed due to jet lag and connected well with our daughter); a private walking tour of the city and the Prado with Cristina (who tailored the activity to exclude sites we'd already visited and opened our eyes even to secrets of familiar Prado masterpieces); and an architecture- and art-focused walking tour of Bilbao with Esther (who was patient enough to allow for playground and snack stops).

The only activity that I would offer feedback on would be the tuk tuk tour in Madrid, which could have been more impactful (and less grueling than a walking tour!) if it was scheduled as an initiation to the city, the day we arrived/after an overnight flight.

We also appreciated having the help of Rocio while in Spain as our in-country concierge whenever we had questions during the trip.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Spain trip, have recommended Kimkim to our family and friends, and we're already thinking about the next trip they can help us plan!

Hotel Reviews
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Madrid

This artsy hotel is very comfortable, has good breakfast included, and offers very helpful desk staff. Also very centrally-located.

Authenticity & Character
The literature quotes on the walls
Location
Gran Via, right in the middle of the city
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Princesa Munia Hotel & Spa
Oviedo, Asturias

We received a smoking room, despite being non-smokers, and our clothes smelled of stale smoke for days after. Breakfast buffet was good though.

Hotel Miró
Bilbao

Centrally located near the Guggenheim, welcoming and helpful staff, and great breakfast options.

Authenticity & Character
We didn't make use of them, but they even had bikes & helmets available for use.
Location
Across from the Guggenheim
Staff
The concierge recommended a great pintxos bar and drew us a map.
Cleanliness & Comfort
They even offered kid-sized slippers and a robe for our daughter
Eurostars Hotel Real
Santander

We only stayed for a night; the room temperature was hard to control and the minibar options were lacking, though the breakfast buffet was impressive.

Tips for future travelers

Probably not the best fit for families with kids.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right near the beach
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Private Walking Tour of Madrid & the Prado Museum
Madrid

Cristina tailored her walking tour to accommodate (and omit) the sites we'd already seen. She offered countless historical facts and trivia, and opened our eyes to even familiar works of art at the Prado.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Cristina is a fluent english speaker and offered a wealth of historical knowledge
Transport
She included a short cab ride so we could have more time at the Prado
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

Hi Chanin!

Thank you v much for the v detailed feedback and comments! And for the wonderful photos of your trip! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed discovering your family 'roots' in Northern Spain and even caught the celebrations in Madrid. Glad we managed to cater to all the tastes too!! We've certainly taken on board your comments about the hotel in Oviedo and tuktuk too, so many thanks and I hope this didn't affect the rest if the trip. It was a pleasure to plan it with you!
Un abrazo,
James

Wonderful trip to Catalonia
Spain | May 1 - May 7, 2022

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Nikki C.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

Working with James over the past two years (thanks to Covid!) was wonderful! He worked with us to plan a trip for our 8th wedding anniversary to Begur and Barcelona in May 2020, which we ended up postponing for two years, and turned into a 10th wedding anniversary trip! The accommodations he recommended and activities planned were perfect for what we like to do when we travel. We particularly enjoyed our time with Olga in Barcelona - she spoke perfect English, was entertaining and... read more

Working with James over the past two years (thanks to Covid!) was wonderful! He worked with us to plan a trip for our 8th wedding anniversary to Begur and Barcelona in May 2020, which we ended up postponing for two years, and turned into a 10th wedding anniversary trip! The accommodations he recommended and activities planned were perfect for what we like to do when we travel. We particularly enjoyed our time with Olga in Barcelona - she spoke perfect English, was entertaining and knowledgeable, and was very personable. Thank you, James, for a wonderful trip!

Hotel Reviews
Platja D'Aiguablava
Girona

We enjoyed this lovely hotel. Beautiful and updated accommodations. We had an issue with the air conditioner not cooling which never was fixed even after asking twice. However the nights were beautiful so we slept with the e sliding door open.

Tips for future travelers

Would be helpful to rent a car if you don’t want to constantly take a taxi

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Gallery
Barcelona

Loves this hotel. Great location and super friendly staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2022

Hi Nikki & Tyler!
Thanks so much for your comments and feedback. I'm so pleased that you FINALLY got to take the trip and create some lasting holiday memories! It was a long time in the making but a pleasure from start to finish!!
Un abrazo,
James
James

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

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Beth W.
Scottsdale, AZ | Reviewed on May 06, 2022

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

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!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on May 06, 2022

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

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

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javier p.
Pasadena, CA | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2020

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

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2020

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

Spain Highlights
Spain | Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2019

Jordan
Jordan E.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

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!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

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!

Upcoming Trip
Spain | Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2019

Maria
Maria M.
Blackwood, NJ | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

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.

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

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

Active trip
Spain | Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2019

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CRISTIN D.
San Antonio, TX | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

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!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

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

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

Kenya
Kenya C.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2019

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

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2019

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

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mauro c.
Occidental, CA | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2019

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!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2019

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

Barcelona 2019
Spain | Jun 12 - Jun 19, 2019

Carol
Carol P.
Charlottesville, VA | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

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!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

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

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

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Jason C.
San Carlos, CA | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

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.

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

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!