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Pedro Luis

Hello everyone :)
Every single time I have the opportunity to travel, my goal is to fully experience the destination. I truly believe that the essence, the context & the materialization are the key factores to fully unveil an incredible and memorable travel experience.
- As a local and travel expert, I know the essence of each destination.
- By experiencing/knowing the essence of each place/destination, I know the context in which they flow.
- Due to the relationship I have built with local suppliers over the years I know exactly how to materialize the essence in the right context.
This is me - I care, so you can travel carefree!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Places: Portugal Mainland; Portuguese Islands (Açores & Madeira); Mainland Spain; Spanish Islands.
Activities: Walking Tours; Winery Visits & Tastings; Boat Trips; Hikes; Hot Air Ballooning; Thematic Dinners/Meals; Self-Drive Trips; Private Driver Trips; Exclusive Activities; among others"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was born and raised in Sintra and since I was then I won the taste for traveling and exploring the world. By the time I reached 18, I decided that I wanted to assist others with their trips and enrolled in Tourism Degree to acquire not only skills, but also the knowledge needed to achieve my goals within this work field. Since then, I never stopped doing what I love and now, more than ever, I am really happy for sharing my experience with travelers through my own company."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Memorable experiences are the ones that change the way you see the world! They´re funny, they´re frightening and they´re fascinating.
Something that is still remarkable in my life, dates back to a few years ago when I applied to volunteer program to help other people. I realized that you don´t need that much to help people around you. Having that in mind, I try the best I can to share this idea with people around me.
Tourism is a business from people to people and it will only make sense if you care about the others."

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Recent trip reviews for Pedro

Great trip
Portugal | Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2024

Kimberly
Kimberly M.
Amesbury, MA | Reviewed on Apr 20, 2024

We had a great trip to Lisbon and Porto. Pedro was great at helping us plan and available for questions in advance of the trip. 5 star private group experience. We left time to explore on our own as well,

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Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Apr 22, 2024

Dear Kimberly,
Thank you so much for your review - it was a pleasure to welcome you in our lovely country.
Safe Travels :)
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

The KimKim team, especially Pedro, made our t...
Portugal | Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2024

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Erica W.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

The KimKim team, especially Pedro, made our trip to Portugal smooth, exciting, and fulfilling. We especially loved our walking tour guide in Porto (Bernardo - amazing) and our drivers (Miguel from Lisbon to Sintra + Porto & Pedro to the Douro Valley). Every location we saw was wonderful for its own reasons. Thank you for organizing a great trip with our group and making adjustments when we asked!

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Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Apr 16, 2024

Dear Erica,
Thank you so much for your kind words and review - it really means a lot.
I will be happy to share your comments with everyone involved :)
It was my pleasure to assist the six of you on your trip to my lovely country.
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

A Little Slice of Paradise
Portugal | Mar 27 - Apr 9, 2024

Douglas
Douglas B.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024
Pedro was, and is, an Excellent specialist for planning and executing our trip to Portugal. During the trip preparation phase, Pedro guided us through exploring what we like, our expectations, interests, time in country, budget considerations and personal preferences. From there, we conducted a series of reviews and revisions until we, and Pedro, were satisfied with our trip. Prior to our travel, Pedro made final coordination with us and answered any final questions we had. Additionally,... Read more

Pedro was, and is, an Excellent specialist for planning and executing our trip to Portugal. During the trip preparation phase, Pedro guided us through exploring what we like, our expectations, interests, time in country, budget considerations and personal preferences. From there, we conducted a series of reviews and revisions until we, and Pedro, were satisfied with our trip. Prior to our travel, Pedro made final coordination with us and answered any final questions we had. Additionally, Pedro walked us through our daily rhythm of communication with him via WhatApp. During execution of our vacation, the communication were smooth and Pedro took care of any issues that arose.
A couple of highlights and accolades;
Personal Guided Tours of Lisbon and Porto were interested and helped us understand the history and culture of Portugal. Day trips to Cintra (City of Palaces), and Obidos/Nazare were fascinating and we highly recommend these visits. If you like Wine: the Douro Valley Experience is a Must Do! However, been cognizant of the Port wine, it has a kick and they serve it like water ; >
One of our Favorite Parts of the visit: Algarve and Lagos. The scenery of the Southern Coast of Portugal is BreathTaking and the weather was beautiful (Sunny, Warm, and low Humidity). We highly recommend a boat tour of the Coast thru the Caves with Panoramic Views….it was wonderful. We could have stayed in the Algarve area another week and still would want more time!
A couple of shout outs:
Pepe: Our Driver for most of the Trip - Absolutely Outstanding - He took care of us and provided details of Portugal throughout our travels.
Evo: Our Driver in the Porto area - congenial, caring, and knowledgable. Evo would not quit until we were fully satisified
Margarida: Our walking tour guide in Lisbon. Fantastic! She set the standard for the right mix of history, stories and culture and took care of us through rainy weather.
Joao: Our tour guide and story teller in Evora was a delight;

Pedro: We haven’t been this satisfied since we had a whole lemon meringue pie to ourselves. Thank You Pedro!

Constructive Comments: There is a lot of walking, which we enjoyed, but be prepared. Hotels in which we stayed were First Rate, Five Star; however, anything short of two nights in one place became challenging and we felt rushed. We recommend to slow your pace and enjoy the Portugal culture.

Overall an Outstanding Trip and Experience from Planning thru Exectuion.

Hotel Reviews
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa—A Leading Hotel of the World
Lisbon

We enjoyed our stay at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade. It was very nice and we experienced a great customer service. The only downside was having to wait for the check-in, but they let us use the spa before the check-in to compensate the waiting time.

Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
Porto
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
M'ar de Ar Aqueduto
Évora
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cascade Wellness
Lagos

A Great Retreat with Breathtaking Views of the Southern Coast and Atlantic Ocean!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cascais Miragem
Cascais - Portugal

This hotel was the last one of our trip and it was very unique being right on the coast, the view was amazing. I highly recommend staying at least two nights to have time to recharge.

Activity Review
To Eat Suggestion: Baía do Peixe
To Eat Suggestion: Baía do Peixe
Cascais

The boat tour on the coast of the Algarve was a pleasant activity to do to enjoy the views of the coasts. However, we couldn't enter the cave for safety due to weather conditions, which made the activity be shorter and less interesting.

Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Apr 11, 2024

Dear Douglas,
Thank you so much for your detailed review, your kinds words really mean a lot - I will be happy to share your comments with everyone involved :)
I look forward to assist you again on a second trip to Portugal so that you can spend more time and better enjoy the beautiful Algarve region.
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

Stress-free trip
Portugal | Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024

Ashley
Ashley B.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on Mar 17, 2024
Pedro, our local booking agent was fantastic, the communication from him & his team was incredible. Everything was well planned and perfectly executed. He connected us with some wonderful local people. No stress for us, all we had to do was show up at the correct time and location. All transfers and tickets were coordinated. Read more

Pedro, our local booking agent was fantastic, the communication from him & his team was incredible. Everything was well planned and perfectly executed. He connected us with some wonderful local people. No stress for us, all we had to do was show up at the correct time and location. All transfers and tickets were coordinated.

Hotel Reviews
Condes de Azevedo Palace
Porto

Loved this place! It was like having an AirBNB with the services of a hotel. The location was great, it’s an easy walk to most things in Porto and yet perfectly quiet at night. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with all of the staff, particularly Diogo. The place itself had a full kitchen with a washer, living room, and 2 floors - 2 bedrooms upstairs. This would be a great place for anyone who needs to stay for a long period of time. The breakfast offered was always good and a little different each day. Note: This might be a challenge for someone with mobility issues as there are steps to enter the hotel and several steps to get up to the bedrooms. Traveler tip: If you are relying on wi-fi during your travels, ask the hotel for their travel phone device that has maps and recommendations loaded - nice feature but we didn’t know about it until last night there.

Authenticity & Character
They did a beautiful job renovating while keeping the structure & elements of the palace in tact.
Location
We liked that it was located in a place where we could walk easily to most areas and yet, just outside of the central city’s busy/noisy area.
Staff
Everyone was so friendly and always willing to be helpful. We interacted with Diogo, Marissa & George the most - all of them were great. And the ladies at breakfast, never got their names, but very sweet and they made a great breakfast every morning!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were comfortable, it had modern accommodations and it was quiet.
PortoBay Marquês
Lisbon

It was clean, quiet and safe with all the normal amenities. Staff was friendly. We loved our little “suite” set-up. Had one main shared door and then each room had its own locking door - perfect for families or friends traveling together.

Authenticity & Character
Let me share that there is nothing wrong with this hotel. The 3 stars is only because it didn’t feel like a special Portuguese hotel. It felt like many American hotels but with a bidet. It was more business like and perhaps that’s the majority of their guests?
Location
It’s a good location for sleeping quietly, we were on the inside walls (so no view, but we didn’t care about that) but because it was on a side street & deadend it was super quiet for sleeping which we appreciated. It’s a little bit of a walk to get to where “downtown” Lisbon is.
Staff
Rating both front desk & restaurant, everyone was professional and helpful. The only reason for dropping a star is that I didn’t really get to know them. The one who was a standout was Katiya, she was incredibly helpful and friendly, she personally gets 5 stars.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Housekeeping did a fantastic job! Beds were comfortable, blackout curtains and really quiet to sleep at night.
Activity Reviews
Porto's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour
Porto's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour
Porto

We were given a great overview of Porto. Sara was a lovely guide and knew her history. She told us tips along the way that helped us navigate on our own afterwards.

Quality of Experience
It was a private tour, we could go at our own pace and ask as many questions as needed.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sara was lovely and knowledgeable!
Seamless Discovery - The Ultimate Douro Valley Experience with Private Driver Service from Porto
Seamless Discovery - The Ultimate Douro Valley Experience with Private Driver Service from Porto
Portugal

We loved our ride to Douro Valley. Ivo was our driver but he’s also a guide and knows both Porto & Douro Valley. We learned so much from him. He’s the BEST!! One of our favorite moments was going off the beaten path and seeing an area that we would have never seen on our own.

Quality of Experience
The entire day out there was lovely.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ivo is a great conversationalist, he’s funny and he’s knowledgeable about the area. And he’s a skilled driver! There are some tricky roads with no guardrails and he knew how to navigate. We especially loved that he took us off the beaten path (with our permission of course).
Transport
Comfortable ride with a great driver! Thank you Ivo!!
Scenic Voyage along the Douro River aboard an Exclusive Boat
Scenic Voyage along the Douro River aboard an Exclusive Boat
Douro Valley

The boat was perfectly fine, the Captain was pleasant and the ride on the river was relaxing. We only did an hour and that was plenty of time. We got lucky with nice weather but there is an enclosed cabin if it were to rain and they have blankets on board too. The reason for the 3 stars is it was a private boat trip and nothing special l. We had to download an app which made it feel impersonal. I could understand having to use an app with a public boat trip where everyone speaks a different language but this trip was just for us. It just wasn’t special.

Quality of Experience
Ditch the app for private trips.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Talk more with the guests.
Transport
Everyone was on time and the boat ride was calm & safe.
Indulge in Elegance on a Guided Winery Tour Infused with Tastings and a Delicious Lunch
Indulge in Elegance on a Guided Winery Tour Infused with Tastings and a Delicious Lunch
Douro Valley

First we had lunch and then did a winery tour with a tasting. The restaurant within the hotel, was fine dining with beautiful views. Wine pairing with delicious food. I traveled with college aged daughters who had not tried wine before, this added to the fun of the experience. The wine was great! Many options to pick from for the tasting and can also make purchases. The grounds were simply beautiful even in the off season.

Quality of Experience
Food & wine were perfect.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Restaurant - the staff were prompt & professional and we had Eduardo as our guide, he was great and knowledgeable. He shared how he used to help stomp grapes when he was a child.
Transport
Ivo was super and knew the area and took us off the beaten path.
Lisbon's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour & Tastings
Lisbon's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour & Tastings
Lisbon

We had Pedro as our guide, he was great! Even though he's originally from Porto, he was very knowledgeable about Lisbon and its history. He was up for adapting the tour in any way that we wanted, our preference was for him to show us the highlights and give us a lay of the land so that we could navigate on our own afterwards. We enjoyed our personal conversations with him, he was very natural and adaptable. He gave us some great recommendations along the way and shared many good tips too. I should have taken notes as he referenced things because later on I realized we wanted to go to a restaurant that he recommended and had to reach back out - got our answer though which we appreciated. The tour ends on a very special note with wine tasting and pairings. It was the perfect way to relax and end the tour.

Quality of Experience
Our guide, the overall tour and the end of the tour - all super!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Pedro was down to earth and just great!
Transport
Pedro met us at our hotel and we walked from there!
Immerse Yourself in the Portuguese Culture by Experiencing a Fado Dinner
Immerse Yourself in the Portuguese Culture by Experiencing a Fado Dinner
Lisbon

This was such a unique experience to Portugal. We typically are not night owls and tend to eat dinner on the early side. We were given the option of the earlier Fado or later and chose the later because it's the one that the Portuguese people tend to join and enjoy. We wanted a local's perspective and we got it!

Quality of Experience
Quaint little place with lots of energy and life. Fado musicians were amazing.
Food
It was easy - start off with some bread & spreads. Order wine, pick a main course from either 2 fish or 2 meat dishes and your choice of dessert.
Unveil the Fairytale Villa of Sintra with a Private Driver Service
Unveil the Fairytale Villa of Sintra with a Private Driver Service
Portugal

This is a beautiful and charming town and we were happy to see it. The palace was nice but there were lines although they moved quickly. The grounds (gardens and lakes) are pretty, be sure to walk around. We didn't need a full day in Sintra, but it was nice to see.

Quality of Experience
We had the flexibility to do whatever we wanted and for however long we wanted. We chose to leave Sintra a little early and explore another area.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We had a private driver for the day, Nelson and he was great. Professional and was open to bringing us anywhere. He was so kind to let us borrow his hot spot as we were relying on local wi-fi.
Transport
The vehicle was larger than we probably needed, but super clean and Nelson was skilled at driving it through the narrow streets.
Discovering Belém's Charm on a Tuk-Tuk Ride
Discovering Belém's Charm on a Tuk-Tuk Ride
Lisbon

This was a little more touristy and scripted. That said, our driver was personable and tried to make it enjoyable for us. To discover Belem you need to drive to get out there if you are staying in the heart of Lisbon. We weren't fans of being driven in a TukTuk on the busy streets. Our driver was fine and there weren't any problems, but having done it, I think I would have chosen another option to get out to Belem.

Quality of Experience
Didn't love taking a TukTuk from downtown Lisbon to Belem, nothing against the company or driver, we just didn't feel super safe in a TukTuk. Perhaps getting out to Belem and then catching a TukTuk to show the area might have felt better. Also for us, this followed a walking tour and it wasn't necessary to hear things about the downtown Lisbon area again.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The driver was friendly and mostly knowledgeable of the area, although it felt a bit scripted vs. natural conversation. I imagine it's a bit hard to be really personable when they have to focus on driving and giving info.
Transport
They were on time, the vehicle is a TukTuk and as safe as I guess a TukTuk can be. The driver was careful. At the end of the tour, he delivered us to our hotel which was nice.
Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Mar 17, 2024

Dear Ashley,
Thank you so much for your detailed review and feedback - it is super important to us.
I am super happy to hear you had an excellent time in Portugal :)
Safe Travels,
Your Friend in Portugal - Pedro

Portugal 5star Trip!
Portugal | Feb 19 - Feb 29, 2024

Leslie
Leslie B.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Mar 02, 2024
I highly recommend KimKim and in particular Pedro if you are planning a trip to Portugal! The entire experience beginning with the initial planning to enjoying 10 days “on the ground” was exceptional. Portuguese love their country and that passion was evident in all the guides, drivers, walking tours, wine and port tastings we experienced.
I was nervous about planning a trip but doubts immediately disappeared when I began talking with Pedro. There’s nothing like talking to someone who lives...
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I highly recommend KimKim and in particular Pedro if you are planning a trip to Portugal! The entire experience beginning with the initial planning to enjoying 10 days “on the ground” was exceptional. Portuguese love their country and that passion was evident in all the guides, drivers, walking tours, wine and port tastings we experienced.
I was nervous about planning a trip but doubts immediately disappeared when I began talking with Pedro. There’s nothing like talking to someone who lives in the country and has the knowledge and resources to make the best trip happen!
I will definitely use KimKim for our next trip.
Leslie Breaux

Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Mar 03, 2024

Dear Leslie,

It's wonderful to hear about your exceptional experience :)
Connecting with someone who lives in the destination and has the necessary knowledge and resources can indeed make a significant difference in the entire travel planning process.

It's fantastic that the guides, drivers, walking tours, and tastings all contributed to a memorable experience, showcasing the genuine love and pride the Portuguese have for their country.

Once again, thank you for sharing your positive feedback. Wishing you many more wonderful travel adventures!

Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

Portugal amazing experience
Portugal | Feb 8 - Feb 21, 2024

Stephanie
Stephanie S.
Florence-Graham, CA | Reviewed on Feb 24, 2024

Pedro and his team were great to work with. They listened to ours needs and made adjustments when necessary. Our trip was streamlined and organized. It was a once in a lifetime trip!

Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Feb 25, 2024

Dear Stephanie,
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. Our team is really happy to know you had a great time. Your kind words are extremely appreciated :)
Muito Obrigado,
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

Great service!
Portugal | Dec 27 - Jan 4, 2024

Christian
Christian o.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024
Pedro was fantastic to work with in planning a memorable trip for our family of six. We set up a couple phone calls to make sure we were on the same page for our itinerary. His tips were very appreciated. He gave us ideas for restaurant reservations, shopping, and activities well in advance of our departure. Everything from hotels, drivers, and at least one daily activity was thoughtfully planned. And it was so helpful to have him easily reachable via WhatsApp as we traveled, so we could make... Read more

Pedro was fantastic to work with in planning a memorable trip for our family of six. We set up a couple phone calls to make sure we were on the same page for our itinerary. His tips were very appreciated. He gave us ideas for restaurant reservations, shopping, and activities well in advance of our departure. Everything from hotels, drivers, and at least one daily activity was thoughtfully planned. And it was so helpful to have him easily reachable via WhatsApp as we traveled, so we could make plans and ask questions on the fly.
A superstar moment was helping us arrange a boat tour of the Douro river on New Year's Day, when most places were closed.

Hotel Reviews
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa—A Leading Hotel of the World
Lisbon

By far, our favorite of the three hotels we stayed at while in Portugal. We arrived prior to our check-in time, but the front desk staff got us into two of the three rooms within 30 minutes. And they suggested a place for lunch within walking distance. The concierge was equally helpful with dinner reservations a couple days later. The breakfast buffet was outstanding: no need to seek out breakfast anywhere else. All service encounters were professional and courteous.

Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Infante Sagres
Porto

Recently remodeled but still full of historical charm. Good breakfast and great staff.

Authenticity & Character
historical charm
Location
lots of historic sights and attractions within walking distance
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cascais Miragem
Cascais - Portugal

We were only in this hotel for about 12 hours due to an early-morning international flight, so we didn't experience much. The rooms are spacious and the staff was friendly and courteous.

Activity Reviews
Tickets to Lello Bookshop
Tickets to Lello Bookshop
Porto

This cute bookshop has exploded in popularity thanks to Harry Potter, but we would like it regardless.

Discovering Belém's Charm on a Tuk-Tuk Ride
Discovering Belém's Charm on a Tuk-Tuk Ride
Lisbon

Driver was fun with lots of stories. He drove us to some nice viewpoints and sights.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Unveil the Fairytale Villa of Sintra with a Private Driver Service
Unveil the Fairytale Villa of Sintra with a Private Driver Service
Portugal

Nelson was the perfect driver for this experience: since he grew up in Sintra, his knowledge of the area was astounding. The line moving through the palace moves at a comfortable pace, allowing time for reading the signage along the way. The palace is so well-maintained and is a captivating snapshot of 19th century regal life. We loved the gardens and especially the Valley of Lakes area. We also made a quick visit to the Moorish Castle, walking a portion of the wall. Amazing to see Neolithic artifacts and tombs from a thousand years ago.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Immerse Yourself in the Portuguese Culture by Experiencing a Fado Dinner
Immerse Yourself in the Portuguese Culture by Experiencing a Fado Dinner
Lisbon

This was probably the overall favorite activity of our trip. The food was great (lots of fish and seafood, as expected) and very attentive service. Even if you don't speak Portuguese, the music is gorgeous. We had front row seats and enjoyed watching the guitarists. There were three singers, each performing about 20 minutes, with breaks in between. One of those breaks allowed for the dessert course to be served. Yum.

Porto's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour
Porto's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour
Porto

Unfortunately we had a rainy morning for this tour, but rain jackets helped a lot. Sara was a trooper, and tried to get us out of the rain whenever possible, but she could tell we were tired of being soggy. We appreciated her knowledge of the city and specifics about various churches, government buildings, the train station and monuments. Her recommendation for lunch (francesinhas!) was spot-on.

Lisbon's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour & Tastings
Lisbon's Historic Odyssey on a Private Walking Tour & Tastings
Lisbon

Elsa was so fun! Kept us moving at a comfortable pace, making a loop from our hotel down the Avenida Liberdade to the riverside, up through the Chiado neighborhood, and back to the Avenida for a tasty lunch. So much history and culture to see, and she gave us pointers for visiting other places on our own, such as the best funicular routes, the easiest way to the Castelo de Sao Jorge, and using the Metro escalators to climb hills.

Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Jan 26, 2024

Dear Christian,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent trip to Portugal. I am delighted to hear such kinds words - they mean the world to me.

I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you, your friends or family back on another adventure in the future.

Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

Bliss in Portugal :-)
Portugal | Jan 5 - Jan 11, 2024

Victoria
Victoria C.
Charlottesville, VA | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2024
This was my second trip using kimkim specialists and it was another great success! Pedro was able to offer lots of great suggestions for tours, sights, and activities, and worked out a great itinerary for our relatively short (6 day) visit. My daughter and I love to eat when we travel, and Pedro booked us two great food tours--one in Lisbon and one in Porto--with two very different guides who each showed us a great time, plus a night of dinner and fado. Our driver, Eric, became our best... Read more

This was my second trip using kimkim specialists and it was another great success! Pedro was able to offer lots of great suggestions for tours, sights, and activities, and worked out a great itinerary for our relatively short (6 day) visit. My daughter and I love to eat when we travel, and Pedro booked us two great food tours--one in Lisbon and one in Porto--with two very different guides who each showed us a great time, plus a night of dinner and fado. Our driver, Eric, became our best friend in Portugal while he carried us all over the coast and showed us a handful of beautiful little towns in between our two big-city destinations. We stayed in three gorgeous hotels, each outstanding in different ways, and basically just spent 6 beautiful days eating and walking and seeing amazing things, and generally having a fantastic time. One of my favorite things about using kimkim specialists is being able to communicate with them in real time while I travel; Pedro was super communicative, checking in daily to make sure we had everything we needed and knew what was coming next; he was able to get our first hotel room ready for us when we arrived, even though we were hours ahead of check-in time--that was fabulous--and even sent over a wonderful welcome package of Portuguese treats to our hotel. I could not have been happier with our experience and will certainly use kimkim again.

Hotel Review
PortoBay Liberdade
Lisbon

My daughter and I loved this hotel *so much.* Our first stop in Portugal, we were immediately delighted to find that our suite was ready at 10 a.m. when we arrived from the airport. The suite had two full baths, an enormous walk-in closet, large and comfortable living room with plenty of seating, a bedroom, and a terrace with seating: we could hardly believe our eyes 😂😂 We had two small complaints about the room, which were the lights and the temperature controls, neither of which we could figure out--the lights in particular BAFFLED us, I'd turn them on in the living room and they'd go out on my daughter in the bedroom, or vice versa--but honestly, we could've called for help if we'd really wanted to lol. The room itself was quiet, super comfortable, full of the little touches that make or break a hotel room for me: great in-room coffee service, quality products in the bathroom, a throw blanket on the couch. The lights were confusing, but there were plenty of them, which I appreciate--so many hotel rooms are dark--and the showers were fantastic. When I blew a fuse trying to plug my heating pad into the bedside outlet, reception had someone up to our room in minutes so we didn't have to sit around in the dark 😂 My daughter and I also spent a fair amount of time in the hotel bar, where we had one great dinner and several excellent drinks (try the Portuguese gins!). Our bartender, Rodrigo, was super helpful and attentive; when he heard we were headed to Porto next, he made us a list of attractions, shops, and bars to visit--that's how we learned about the Royal Cocktail Club, a fun discovery! The PortoBay Liberdade is centrally located, within easy walking distance of many Lisbon sights and destinations, and our experience there was outstanding. Cannot wait to visit again.

Location
Practically everything is walkable from here, including the metro.
Staff
Rodrigo the bartender! Housekeeping also does a great job.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Great bed and loved the big seating area so we didn't have to work in bed. Bathrooms were super clean and well equipped.
Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Jan 13, 2024

Hello Victoria,
What a lovely and detailed feedback!!
I am super happy to know you had an amazing time with your daughter during your time in Portugal.
Also, quite happy to hear you appreciate our daily checkups :)
Obrigado,
Your Friend in Portugal - Pedro

I personally really loved our walking tours a...
Portugal | Nov 29 - Dec 7, 2023

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Dedric F.
Kansas City, MO | Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023
I personally really loved our walking tours as the highlight of highlights. The whole trip had too many special moments to list but for me and what I personally enjoyed the most, seeing the cities with someone local is about as good as it can get. Read more

I personally really loved our walking tours as the highlight of highlights. The whole trip had too many special moments to list but for me and what I personally enjoyed the most, seeing the cities with someone local is about as good as it can get.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Britania Art Deco
Lisboa

This one grew on me the most with its location and staff really providing a consistent welcoming and comforting atmosphere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
PortoBay Hotel Teatro
Porto

The location was amazing but was a bit modern for my taste. Nothing bad at all just totally a question of personal taste. The staff was nice but had more of an upscale hotel feel with staff helpful but a bit distant.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Vila Galé Cascais
Cascais

Def not a super fair review because they were remodeling their entry when we arrived so getting in and out of the main lobby was a mess. The hotel itself felt a bit dated overall but the location and views (especially at sunset) were amazing. The staff also did their very best to help us feel welcome.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The front door remodeling left a lot of dust in the air and the bedroom wasn’t super comfy
Activity Review
Lisbon Walking Tour + Delicious Portuguese Flavours
Lisbon Walking Tour + Delicious Portuguese Flavours
Lisbon
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was amazing
Transport
Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Dec 14, 2023

Hey Dedric,
Thank you so much for your feeback and for spending the time to write a review - I truly appreciate it.
I am super happy to know you had a great time exploring Portugal and that our local guides had a big impact on your overall experience.
Also, we will totally check how the remodeling is going and how long is it gonna take to avoid any issues with future travelers - a big thank you.
Thank you once again for your trust.
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

Amazing Vacation
Portugal | Nov 29 - Dec 7, 2023

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Jessica F.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

We had an amazing time in Portugal thanks to Pedro and his team. Throughout the whole process they were very responsive and all of the recommended excursions were great. During our trip they gave us daily updates and were available with any additional questions we had so we could just enjoy our trip stress free. The country was very welcoming and friendly to us. I highly recommend using Pedro and his team.

Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Dec 12, 2023

Dear Jessica,
Thank you for your review and for recommending Portugal :)
I am really happy to hear that you found my services and assistance quite helpful and that you had an overall great experience in my beautiful country.
It was great to have you and Dedric traveling with us.
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro