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Rita Pagano

"Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place", this is my motto. I come from Italy, more specifically from Naples (yes, the city where the pizza was born)!

Traveling has always been my passion, indeed since I was a child I traveled all around Europe and to several destinations in Australia. Some years ago, I had the fortune to live in Malaga and I fell in love with the Spanish culture and food (yes, I would eat the "croquetas" every day). So..here I am! l moved to Spain and now I am an adopted madrileña.

Living in Spain allowed me to visit Portugal as well. Do you know what means Saudade in Portuguese? It's a sense of homesickness and nostalgia, that hasn't a literal translation in other languages and the truth is, that is the sensation everyone feels when coming back from Portugal.

At Espíritu Travel I am a specialist in Italy & Portugal trips, thus I have the opportunity to create for you the perfect journey to discover the beauties of Italy (my beautiful home country) and Portugal and to feel firsthand what is the Saudade.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I craft and create custom-made trips and exclusive experiences in Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco too. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My curiosity led me to study foreign languages at the university, which means having a focus especially on the culture and customs of a foreign country. This is why I decided to guide my career in the world of tourism, and thanks to a Master in Tourism Management, I have turned my passion into my current job. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"One of the most unique experiences I had was in Oporto. I was visiting the cathedral Sé do Porto, and I came across a woman who was restoring one of the walls of the patio full of typical "azulejos". While she was painting thoroughly the blue tiles, a man played a traditional Fado song with his guitar. It was magic!"

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Recent trip reviews for Rita

Rita was amazing and very attentive. Thank yo...
Spain | Mar 20 - Mar 30, 2024

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Kathryn M.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2024

Rita was amazing and very attentive. Thank you!

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Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Apr 04, 2024

Hi Kathryn, thank you so much for your kind words!! I hope you had a great time in Spain and created wonderful memories with your family. It's been a pleasure to work with you on this adventure! Warm regards, Rita 🥰

Rita planned a fantastic trip for us to Portu...
Portugal | Mar 17 - Mar 30, 2024

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Uri R.
Belmont, CA | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2024

Rita planned a fantastic trip for us to Portugal, including the amazing Azores. All the logistics worked perfectly, including internal flights, car rentals, and multiple guided day trips. The accommodations were fantastic, and we loved staying in unique hotels that we likely wouldn't have found on our own. All in all, it was a perfect trip.

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Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Apr 04, 2024

Hi Uri, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. I'm so pleased you had a fantastic time in Portugal!! It was a real pleasure for me to be a small part of your journey and hopefully, in the future, we will have the chance to work together again. Thank you for choosing the Espíritu Travel family! Rita🥰

Family Trip to Rome and Amalfi Coast
Italy | Mar 6 - Mar 12, 2024

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Susan C.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024
Rita planned an amazing, customized family trip to Italy for our family. Our trip started and ended with a very smooth pick up and drop off at the airport. Our favorite hotel of the trip was the Palazza Galla hotel with its modern rooms, beautiful roof top bar with amazing views, delicious breakfast buffet and superb service. The food tour we took with Marica was fun and she were able to give our celiac daughter options at every stop but one on the tour. Giovanna was able to cover so much... Read more

Rita planned an amazing, customized family trip to Italy for our family. Our trip started and ended with a very smooth pick up and drop off at the airport. Our favorite hotel of the trip was the Palazza Galla hotel with its modern rooms, beautiful roof top bar with amazing views, delicious breakfast buffet and superb service. The food tour we took with Marica was fun and she were able to give our celiac daughter options at every stop but one on the tour. Giovanna was able to cover so much history at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum we would have been lost without a private guide. Our driver Giuseppe who picked us up from Salerno train station and stayed with us for the day until we arrived in Sorrento was amazing. He called local restaurants along the way to find us a perfect one that had gluten free pizza for our one daughter. He was full of information as we drove up the coast pointing out things we would have missed. In Ravello we had a private hike planned but it was a beautiful day and we wanted to explore Ravello, so our guide Gennsro, an expert hiking guide, gave us different options on how we could spend the day and we chose to explore more and hike less. He took us to the beautiful gardens at the Villa Cimbrone, and along a hike below the gardens explaining the lemon trees. After we went to Amalfi and explored the back streets there, then a stop in Positano to walk down to the beach and have a drink at Bar Paradise at sunset, it was a wonderful day. In Sorrento we stayed at La Piazzetta Guest, which had spacious room and the most amazing front desk staff, Caterina went above and beyond when our trip to Capri had to be canceled last minute because of the crazy weather in March. We asked Caterina about doing a wine tasting and in a half hour she had 2 options for us to choose from including transportation. We chose to go to Il Cantuccio’s brand new wine cellar for an amazing wine tasting with the most delicious food. The next day our private tour of Pompei with Gennaro was so interesting and educational. Pompei is huge and having a private guide as informed as Gennaro who could take us to all the highlights in the time we had to spend there was invaluable. The last hotel we stayed in was the Otvim, the rooms were a bit dark and the double room was small. It had a nice rooftop but the elevator was slow and when you took the stairs you ended up outside down the street from the lobby. Our favorite guide for the whole trip was Mia who guided us through the crowed Vatican pointing out all the amazing art while explaining the history of Vatican City. She knew some shortcuts to save time and explained what we would see in the Sistine Chapel before we entered so we were prepared for what we saw since there is no talking once you are inside the Chapel. Rita and her team were accommodating and flexible for our needs, we are so appreciative of her working with us on so many details. Rita and her team were extremely responsive in a timely mater to any issues that came up when we were on our trip, even on the weekends.

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Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Mar 14, 2024

Hi Susan, thank you so so much for this detailed review!!! I will share your kind words with our local guides, they will be delighted to hear your feedback. It's been a pleasure working with you and your family and I hope you created lifetime memories in Italy! I wish you all the best🥰 Rita

The most amazing experience in Spain thanks to KimKim and our agent...
Spain | Dec 5 - Dec 13, 2023

Cory
Cory C.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2024
I am way overdue on writing this review, but it was so important for me to circle back and do so because the experience we had with our KimKim agent, Rita, was beyond amazing and she, along with the KimKim team, deserves so much praise for helping us to organize the trip of a lifetime. We spent 10 days driving through the south of Spain and Rita provided perfect recommendations and guidance for hotels, tours, and many other must see items along every step of our trip. If fact, the only time... Read more

I am way overdue on writing this review, but it was so important for me to circle back and do so because the experience we had with our KimKim agent, Rita, was beyond amazing and she, along with the KimKim team, deserves so much praise for helping us to organize the trip of a lifetime. We spent 10 days driving through the south of Spain and Rita provided perfect recommendations and guidance for hotels, tours, and many other must see items along every step of our trip. If fact, the only time we did not have a perfect experience were the few times where I ignored Rita's advice (shame on me!). Our 2 tour guides where we did walking tours on the trip were simply amazing in Seville and Granada. . One of the added benefits of KimKim is the mobile app to leverage along way which also provides direct live chat service with your agent - we used it multiple times to ask question regarding the local culture - tipping recommendation for service, language uses, route changes, etc. Additionally - Rita monitored our itinerary along the way as was able to rebook an event for us which canceled their show 2 days before we arrived (we would have had no idea until we got there), but Rita was able to get us rebooked seamlessly at another venue. Based upon our experience, we will be using KimKim going forward on future trips and can not recommend this service enough. Thank you Rita and KimKim!

Activity Reviews
Guided Visit of Seville
Guided Visit of Seville
Seville

Our guide was amazing! She was very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and fund to walk the city with. My wife and I really enjoyed the 1:1 private experience and we would highly recommend it.

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Our guide was amazing!
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The knowledge the guide had of the city and its history were amazing.
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Guided Visit of  Alhambra & Generalife Gardens
Guided Visit of Alhambra & Generalife Gardens
Granada

Our guide in Granada was spectacular! My wife was unable to make the tour so it ended up being only myself and the tour guide and we had an amazing time. His knowledge of the Alhambra was amazing. It was a very enjoyable and educational experience and I would recommend it to anyone who plans to visit the Alhambra.

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Great experience from start to finish!
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Our guide was amazing!
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The transportation to the Alhambra was luxurious and the driver was great!
Flamenco Show in a Sacromonte Cave
Flamenco Show in a Sacromonte Cave
Granada

This show was amazing! The location and performers were very entertaining and professional. The entire experience felt very authentic and natural. I would highly recommend it.

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Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Mar 06, 2024

Hi Cory! Thank you so much for your kind words, I feel so pleased to be a little part of your lifetime trip to Spain! I hope you created lovely memories around Spain with the help of our entire team and guides. I'll forward them your positive feedback. It's been truly a pleasure🥰 I wish you and Tracey all the best. Until the next trip!!
Rita

Trip to Lisbon Perfect for Three Generations!
Portugal | Feb 18 - Feb 23, 2024

Brook
Brook W.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024
This was my first time working with a travel agent and I'm now a convert. My sons (9 and 11 years old), mother and I had a wonderful time in Lisbon, Sintra and Tomar! Rita was very responsive when planning our trip (she even made multiple versions of the trip for us when we weren't sure if my mother and/or father might be joining us) and very helpful when during the trip there a problem with one of the reservations (not Rita's fault). It was nice to have someone on the ground to deal with the... Read more

This was my first time working with a travel agent and I'm now a convert. My sons (9 and 11 years old), mother and I had a wonderful time in Lisbon, Sintra and Tomar! Rita was very responsive when planning our trip (she even made multiple versions of the trip for us when we weren't sure if my mother and/or father might be joining us) and very helpful when during the trip there a problem with one of the reservations (not Rita's fault). It was nice to have someone on the ground to deal with the problem, make changes to our plans and process refunds for us (so I didn't have to spend my vacation making phone calls and adjustments). The accommodations (My Suite Lisbon) that Rita recommended were perfect for us. Having more space (two bathrooms, a bedroom, a living room with bunkbeds, a kitchenette and a small outdoor patio) made the trip relaxing, gave my sons some space to stretch out and allowed us to have a leisurely in-room breakfast every morning and a take out dinner one night. The location was in a wonderful, cobble-stoned neighborhood (Barrio Alto) within easy walking distance of sites, bars and restaurants while being away from the noise of the bars (and so making it easy for my sons to fall asleep). The activities and day trips Rita arranged for us were wonderful. The day trip to Sintra with Little Lisbon was a particular stand out. The trip was tailored for families with children and our guide really made the trip interesting and interactive for all three generations. In Lisbon, Rita provided some suggestions of places we wouldn't have found on our own (including a family-friendly bar with rooms decorated with old toys). Our day trip to Almoural Castle (including approaching it via boat and getting to explore inside) and Tomar and the Convent of Christ (former Knights Templar strong hold) was a wonderful way to end to our trip. Working with Rita and KimKim was well worth it!

Hotel Review
My Suite Lisbon
Lisbon

This small hotel on a cobble-stoned side street with a wonderful location close to sites, restaurants and bars is perfect for families. It is very close to many sites while being quiet at night (so your kids can sleep). The kitchenette and living room in our suite gave us extra space to spread out a little and the daily breakfast in our room allowed us to have a leisurely morning.

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Activity Reviews
Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour
Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour
Portugal

Our Tuk Tuk driver was an amazing guide and made sure to take us to her favorite pastel de nata cart on the tour.

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Private Excursion to Sintra for Young Explorers
Private Excursion to Sintra for Young Explorers
Lisbon

The tour guide was amazing! She made the trip interactive and interesting for all three generations of our family. She even got us the local pastries to try during lunch.

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Portuguese Cooking Class in Lisbon
Portuguese Cooking Class in Lisbon
Lisbon

The cooking school mishandled our reservation and did not change it (as they had confirmed via email) which led to us having to reschedule the class itself and cancel a different activity. That being said the class itself was a lot of fun and both my sons (9 and 11) enjoyed being part of making the 9 (delicious) dishes we then ate for lunch. Since the class does take a full three hours, I would recommend doing it at night so that you can spend a full day seeing the sights before cooking.

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Private Day trip to Tomar: Knights Templar
Private Day trip to Tomar: Knights Templar
Lisbon

Our guide for this trip was more of a private driver than a guide. She didn't offer information or historical context on the places we were seeing and didn't seem to know much about the history and interesting stories of the areas we visited but was otherwise nice. She is definitely much more of an adult-only guide. She didn't really talk to or engage with my sons (9 and 11). Perhaps I was spoiled by the previous guide from Little Lisbon (who took us to Sintra) as she proactively offered the history of the area and interesting stories about the inhabitants of the people we were seeing. The trip to Almoural castle via boat and exploring inside it were a great start to the trip. We all really enjoyed the view from the water and then exploring the castle on our own. My mother was not able to access some parts of the castle due to steep treacherous stairs but she enjoyed the parts she could see. Our driver recommended a delicious small restaurant for lunch and then (when I mentioned my older son wanted to try as many Portuguese pastries as possible) took us to a pastry shop specializing in three pastries only made locally for dessert. Our driver did not come into the Convent of Christ with us (She said the signs inside were self-explanatory and offered only a very general overview of how the site was named) but we loved the convent itself and my sons enjoyed finding "secret" small passageways, stairs and rooms through out it.

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Rita
Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Mar 01, 2024

Hi Brook, thank you so much for your kind review! It was a pleasure to help you organize your trip with your family and be your contact while in-country to accompany you along the way while you were discovering Lisbon. We will pass on this feedback to our local team of guides and hotels to continue improving our itineraries. Hopefully, we can get in touch in the future for more adventures! 🥰 Warm regards from the Espíritu Travel family, Rita

I had an amazing trip! Rita did a good job
Portugal | Nov 17 - Nov 30, 2023

Bryan
Bryan B.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Dec 07, 2023
I had an amazing trip! Rita did a good job of booking exactly what I wanted, and it all worked out in the end. I specifically stated that I wanted Hilton hotels to take advantage of my Diamond status. She did what I asked and all of my Hilton hotels gave me free upgrades to incredible rooms. It only elevated the luxury that I requested. Starting from my pickup from the Lisbon airport. Marcus arrived to take me to my hotel. He was very nice (5-stars!) and got me to the hotel on time. He and... Read more

I had an amazing trip! Rita did a good job of booking exactly what I wanted, and it all worked out in the end. I specifically stated that I wanted Hilton hotels to take advantage of my Diamond status. She did what I asked and all of my Hilton hotels gave me free upgrades to incredible rooms. It only elevated the luxury that I requested.

Starting from my pickup from the Lisbon airport. Marcus arrived to take me to my hotel. He was very nice (5-stars!) and got me to the hotel on time. He and I had a wonderful chat; he was new to Portugal (from Brazil) and so he had a lot of insight as newer person living in Portugal. I was able to meet up that night with a local for a homemade dinner. This is a highlight of the trip. Sofia and Carlos were so nice and welcoming and I had a great night with them. I almost wish that could be done in other cities like Porto. The meal was bacalhau a Bras and it was so good! I thought about it days later.

My tour guide Filipa took me around lisbon, gave me my first taste of Ginjinha and Eduardino. It was a nice walk around the city. I also got an escorted tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril. Paulo Pires was my driver. We stopped at his wife's cafe for a little breakfast that was delicious, and from there the tour went well. I sat in the front seat with him and we just had a ball. He is a must use in the future for others. It was great to have a one-on-one guide so that things were at my own pace, including lunch.

Porto was great. My tour guide walked me around to all the great places I shouldn't miss. I walked that route she showed me two more days. I had the delicious francesinha with my friends I met up with who live in Porto. The Se Catedral Hilton was a lovely hotel. The room was great. I would like a screen on the window so I can open it without worry about bugs coming in. Otherwise everything was good. The staff remember me instantly, and the room service was great.

Driving was a panic for me initially, but it went well. Gave me a chance to see myself driving around the country. I want to do that again. I visited the Duoro Valley, and stayed in a winery with the food. Qunita do Tedo has a great restaurant. The serveres are very nice. The steak was so delicious I had to eat it twice.

I also visited Evora and had a great tour of a vineyard. I returned home with over 1,000 euros worth of wine.

This adventure was just what I wanted. Rita did such a good job. I recommended this to other, and I will likely be back to plan another trip. Please make sure I am made aware of the countries you support.

Hotel Reviews
Sé Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection By Hilton
Porto
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Évora Olive Hotel
Evora
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Meliá Lisboa Aeroporto
Lisbon
Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon - Fontana Park
Lisboa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Quinta do Tedo
Douro Valley
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dinner With a Local
Dinner With a Local
Lisbon
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Food
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Get to Know Lisbon with a Local
Get to Know Lisbon with a Local
Lisbon
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Evening of Fado
Evening of Fado
Lisbon
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Tour and Tasting at Taylor’s Port Cellar
Tour and Tasting at Taylor’s Port Cellar
Porto
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Private Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Private Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Portugal
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Privately Guided Visit of Porto
Privately Guided Visit of Porto
Porto
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Évora Food of the Gods Experience
Évora Food of the Gods Experience
Évora
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Food
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From Porto to Douro Valley stopping in Amarante
From Porto to Douro Valley stopping in Amarante
Portugal
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Wine Experience in the Douro Valley & River Cruise
Wine Experience in the Douro Valley & River Cruise
Douro Valley
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Local specialist: Rita Pagano
Rita
Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Dec 11, 2023

Hi Bryan,
thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review and for your feedback, which I will make sure to forward to our team of local guides, who will be more than happy to hear that you had a great time with them! It was a pleasure to help you with this trip to Portugal. Hopefully, we can get in touch again in the future as we also support Italy, Spain, and Morocco. A great thank you from the family of Espíritu Travel! Warm regards, Rita😊

Another Successful KimKim Travel Experience
Spain | Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2023

Phil
Phil R.
Pelham, AL | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023
This was our third vacation in Europe using KimKim, and like the previous trips, they delivered! Our multi-city self-drive adventure in Andalucia was well coordinated. Our KimKim agent, Rita, arranged our rail and car transportation, secured professional walking guides, and made excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and day excursions. Rita was a supportive partner in respecting our travel expectations and budget. Her thoughtful planning included unique experiences in... Read more

This was our third vacation in Europe using KimKim, and like the previous trips, they delivered! Our multi-city self-drive adventure in Andalucia was well coordinated. Our KimKim agent, Rita, arranged our rail and car transportation, secured professional walking guides, and made excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and day excursions. Rita was a supportive partner in respecting our travel expectations and budget. Her thoughtful planning included unique experiences in Andalucia such as a tapas bar sampling, authentic flamenco, a Spanish guitar concert and a most memorable cooking experience. We look forward our next travel adventure with KimKim.

Hotel Reviews
Petit Palace Puerta de Triana
Seville

This hotel was in a great location, right in the heart of everything. The parking situation was a bit confusing, as they had a garage that we didn't know about in advance. Some advance notice about the parking would have been helpful, but the staff was able to direct us to a public parking lot nearby

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Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel
Malaga

The GPS had us going in circles trying to locate this hotel, as it was in a pedestrian-only zone. We ended up having to call the hotel for directions to a nearby public. Otherwise, it was a lovely hotel in a wonderful location. No complaints!

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Catalonia Ronda
Ronda

This was by far the best hotel of the trip. It felt luxurious and was in a fantastic location. I felt like I was living the high life staying here. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Activity Review
Spanish Cooking Experience
Spanish Cooking Experience
Granada

This was an unexpectedly delightful experience. Meeting the chef at a market and getting to shop for our ingredients was a fun twist. We ended up spending about six hours with her at her farm, which was more than we anticipated but didn't interfere with our plans. It was a great day, and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves cooking and doesn't mind spending a bit of extra time on it.

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Local specialist: Rita Pagano
Rita
Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Nov 03, 2023

Hi Phil, Meredith & Jennifer,
Thank you so much for your kind words!! It was a real pleasure for me to be a small part of your journey to Spain and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip. I will be more than happy to work with you again in the future for the next adventure! Best regards from the Espiritu Travel family! :) Rita

Rita made our Last-minute trip planning easy
Portugal | Oct 4 - Oct 19, 2023

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Tammy W.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023
Rita made our last-minute trip planning very easy and I'm so grateful for her help! We had to cancel a trip to Morroco and decided on Portugal with very little time to plan. This is what she planned for us: Porto food tour- fabulous guide Gabriel and great food- 100% enjoyed. Douro Valley winery visit and river cruise. Overall a lovely experience but I think they were some issues with our guide. He was friendly and on-time but I think a bit confused about where and when we were supposed... Read more

Rita made our last-minute trip planning very easy and I'm so grateful for her help! We had to cancel a trip to Morroco and decided on Portugal with very little time to plan. This is what she planned for us:

Porto food tour- fabulous guide Gabriel and great food- 100% enjoyed.

Douro Valley winery visit and river cruise. Overall a lovely experience but I think they were some issues with our guide. He was friendly and on-time but I think a bit confused about where and when we were supposed to be. He was actually a driver and not a guide. Communication was difficult. We were supposed to do a winery tour and then a river cruise but he went to the cruise first and arrived early and we had to wait an hour. Then we went to the winery, but we were late and missed the tour and the beginning of lunch. The winery (host, food, wine) was lovely and very enjoyable but I wish we would have had the whole experience.

Private day excursion to Braga & Guimaraes. Wonderful experience. Marlene was so kind and informative. She made sure we had a lovely day with great sites and great food.

Private morning tour of historic Coimbra- Bruno was fabulous. We enjoyed the education and the company.

Private bike tour of the Rio Formosa. Everything on this trip was so good but this was actually the low point. The first disappointment was that this tour began an hour-drive away from where we were staying- and I didn't realize that until maybe the day before. I wish Rita would have pointed this out and asked if that was an acceptable amount of travel (we had been doing a lot of driving). In planning, I was unsure that this was an activity that we would enjoy but Rita assured me that the area was beautiful and should not be missed, so I went with her advice. And again, our guide was very frienddly and warm and I think trying to do his best. What we did though was a very slow, three-hour bike ride through a marsh (kind of stinky and not scenic) with a guide who seemed to not know much about the area. He really was trying to be informative about the wild life but he had picked up a park brochure and would stop the ride to tell us the names of various birds we should look for- but nothing more. He didn't seem to know where the birds should be or really anything about them. And we rode soooo slow that I really think it was an effort to make the tour last three hours. It was uncomfortable.

Private walking tour of Lisbon. Hugo was AMAZING. So knowlegable and friendly. We saw so much with him that we would have otherwise missed.

Day excursion to Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. So this is hard to evaluate because it was a super rainy day and I think that impacted what we did. Rui was lovely- informative and friendly and he really made the best of things. We only had entrance tickets to one palace- and that was on us because we booked so late. I think a lot of the tramping about that we would have otherwise done was just not possible on a day when it was raining buckets. Nice lunch and beautiful drive.

Rita also arranged airport transfers and a rental car- we booked our own accomodations. She was very responsive throuout the entire holiday via the trip plan s app.

We saw so much of the country and it was really a great trip. We flew into Porto for 4 nights, Coimbra for 2 nights, Nazare for 1 night, Evora for 1 night, Salema for 3 nights and then Lisbon for 4 nights. In hindsight, I would had skipped either Nazare or Evora and extended the one chose for 2 nights minimum. I would have skipped Evora I guess because the primary sight that I wanted to see there (Almendres Cromlech) was closed for renovations- which I didn't know until we arrived. It was a great town though- so maybe I would have just done two nights in each place? Hard to choose. It was a lot of driving for just a one-night stay in each.

Thank you Rita, for all of your help in making our time in Portugal so memorable!

Local specialist: Rita Pagano
Rita
Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Oct 31, 2023

Hi Tammy,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback, I really appreciate your words and I will pass them on to our local guides. I am so glad that you had a great time in Portugal! Hopefully, in the future, we will have the chance to work together again. Thank you for choosing the Espíritu Travel family! Warm regards, Rita

Rita put the trip together quickly and was ve...
Portugal | Sep 27 - Oct 16, 2023

Marci
Marci R.
Mesa, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2023

Rita put the trip together quickly and was very patient with us when we made changes during our time in Portugal. We were exhausted and had to eliminate some of the activities.

Local specialist: Rita Pagano
Rita
Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Oct 24, 2023

Dear Marci, thank you so much for your kind words and for taking time to write a review. It was a pleasure for me to help you plan your trip to Portugal and Spain. Hope to work together soon! :)
Warm regards, Rita

Portugal in eight days
Portugal | Sep 27 - Oct 5, 2023

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Cynthia M.
Maple Shade, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023
Guides Rui Queiroz of RPQ and Gonsailo or Eco Tuk Tours were exceptional! Just the right amount of information so we could digest what we heard and saw. Douro boat ride and trip to the winery was incredible! Sandra from Simplyb was so knowledgeable and fun. Felt a little overwhelmed by all the information but would recommend her to anyone. Porto food tour was great, maybe a tad too long as it took nearly four hours. Our guide was fabulous. Private car transfers were wonderful -... Read more

Guides Rui Queiroz of RPQ and Gonsailo or Eco Tuk Tours were exceptional! Just the right amount of information so we could digest what we heard and saw. Douro boat ride and trip to the winery was incredible! Sandra from Simplyb was so knowledgeable and fun. Felt a little overwhelmed by all the information but would recommend her to anyone. Porto food tour was great, maybe a tad too long as it took nearly four hours. Our guide was fabulous. Private car transfers were wonderful - drivers were on time, and professional.

The best outing was having dinner in a private home in Lisbon. Everyone should try it.

The total package created by Rita was the best it could be. She provided the best experiences that gave us culture, history, food and wine and fun. Thank you Rita!

Hotel Reviews
Porto Charming Hotel
Porto
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tivoli Lagos
Lagos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Borges Chiado
Lisbon
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tiny room with musty smell.
Activity Reviews
Foodie Experience in Porto
Foodie Experience in Porto
Porto
Vintage Car Tour of Porto
Vintage Car Tour of Porto
Porto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Rural Algarve
Discover Rural Algarve
Portugal

Jeep was old and uncomfortable. Not good for older people.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Wine Tasting & Lunch at a Portuguese Quinta
Wine Tasting & Lunch at a Portuguese Quinta
Portugal
Quality of Experience
Food
Chintzy on the wine. Food was very good.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour
Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour
Portugal
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner with Locals at a Local Home
Dinner with Locals at a Local Home
Lisbon

Best experience in Portugal. What a treat!

Quality of Experience
Food
Everything.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Rita Pagano
Rita
Rita Pagano
Local specialist in Madrid | Replied on Oct 11, 2023

Hi Cynthia & Joanne,
Thank you so much for such a lovely review! It was a real pleasure for me to help you plan this wonderful trip to Portugal and I am glad you enjoyed your trip. I will make sure to pass your words on to our guides and team. Hope to work with you in the future :)
All the best, Rita