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Yuri Ihnatov

I've been in tourism for 11 years. Visited 87 countries. Been a guide in 50+ countries with big and small groups. Brought celebrities for photoshoots in the Namibian desert, drove motorcycles through Costa Rican jungles and trekked 4000km in Nepal.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I always try to create an experience, a story to remember, and a few adventures along the way for my travelers. No matter what you like: history and culture or nature and outdoors fun I will always try to help you create your personal story.
I fell in love with Spain at first sight in 2004. Since then I've done dozens of trekking routes along the magnificent mountains in the Basque region and national parks on the coast, bathed in countless beaches, and drove motorcycles all around the country. The rich history, architecture, and nature of this wonderful country are awe-inspiring. I hope to share my love for Spain with kimkim travelers."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since my first trip to Nepal, where our guide got lost with all of our warm clothes for 3 days, I have decided to become the best trip organizer ever. That is what I've been doing for the last 10 years. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My first solo recon mission as a guide in Nepal was in 2012 when I lived with locals and discovered trekking destinations on foot for 3 months. The best days were when I crossed the series of passes in the Makalu region, where you don't see anyone for 3-4 days, and overnight in a tent at the altitude of 6000m in freezing -37C. First morning warm sunshine after a very cold night and magnificent view on one of the highest peaks in the world. The best morng of my life."

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Favorite experiences

Coastal Walk Along St. James Way

Hike along one of the most scenic stretches of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route with a private walking tour. The St. James Way offers an easy section outside San Sebastián, meaning you can partake in a tradition that attracts travelers worldwide. This stretch features impressive...

Prado Museum Visit with an Art Historian

Whether an art expert or novice, visiting the Museo Nacional del Prado with an art historian is one of the best ways to make the most of your time at the museum. After meeting your private guide at your accommodation, you'll stroll through the streets of Madrid, making your way to El Prado....

Costa Brava Villages: Cadaqués, Figueres, Begur & Palafrugell

Renowned for its stunning coastal villages and rugged coastline with numerous idyllic coves, ports, and beaches, the Costa Brava runs from the Spanish and French Mediterranean border down to just north of Barcelona. A day trip exploring some of the Costa Brava’s most charming villages and beaches...

City E-Bike Ride

Feel like a local while pedaling on the bidegorris (the name of the bike lanes in Basque, in reference to their red color, as bide means "lane" and gorri means "red"). You'll hop on an easy-to-ride bike and cruise around the city, visiting the most iconic spots further away from the central...

Tapas & Flamenco Night

Dig deep into Spanish culture with a private guide and enjoy a quintessential evening with delicious tapas and wine, passionate flamenco, and a stroll through an authentic Sevillian neighborhood. Flamenco was born in Andalusia, so Seville's historic Jewish Quarter and Triana districts are...

Live Spanish Guitar Show

Enjoy a live, traditional Spanish guitar concert with Ronda Guitar Music. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Begin the experience by exploring a collection of guitars from around the world an hour before the show. Next, be enchanted by the soulful performance of resident guitarist, Paco Seco,...

Recent trip reviews for Yuri

A Memorable Trip
Spain | Apr 8 - Apr 21, 2024

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Janet G.
Canada | Reviewed on May 17, 2024
Everything about this trip was memorable. Working with Yuri to craft our ideal tour was a pleasant experience. Based on our goals, he made recommendations which we took into consideration and communicated with him by KimKim email and a scheduled phone call. As active seniors with specific ideas of what we wanted to see (we did our homework), the group travel experience of other companies wasn't for us. But because we aren't as young as we used to be, having Yuri's recommendations of hotels,... Read more

Everything about this trip was memorable. Working with Yuri to craft our ideal tour was a pleasant experience. Based on our goals, he made recommendations which we took into consideration and communicated with him by KimKim email and a scheduled phone call. As active seniors with specific ideas of what we wanted to see (we did our homework), the group travel experience of other companies wasn't for us. But because we aren't as young as we used to be, having Yuri's recommendations of hotels, tours and guides gave us extra support on this trip and alleviated stress. We traveled to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda and Granada -- Kim Kim arranged flight & train tickets. We really appreciated the driving service between some of our destinations because instead of navigating a rental car, we could relax and enjoy the scenery. We had a glitch but Yuri and the Kim Kim Team solved the problem. Familiarity with WhatsApp and, for Canadian travelers, having a local Esim was essential for us. Through food, art, wine and history tours we learned so much about the Andalusian culture and all guides were so generous with their time and knowledge. We do recommend that if your guide is not meeting you at the hotel, do exchange photos for ease of identification in crowded plazas. Also, in advance of a private tour, discuss what you are seeking to see and learn so that your guide knows more about your goals.

Hotel Reviews
7 Islas Hotel
Madrid

A great location in Madrid and walking distance to art museums, shopping and El Retiro Park. We enjoyed the hotel's artistic ambience, our quiet and spacious room and the professional and attentive staff. The breakfast room was bright and spacious, with an extensive selection and a barista who makes excellent coffee. Special thanks to Ruben at the concierge desk. Be sure to reserve at Angelita, a short walk away. Thank you 7 Islas!

Hotel Madinat
Córdoba

The cab driver dropped us off beside an orange tree and we walked 5 minutes through the narrow cobbled roads to the hotel and it was a wonderful introduction to the ancient neighbourhood. We were greeted with cold drinks and treats and escorted to our light and airy room. All staff were helpful and pleasant. The rooftop view is outstanding and breathtaking by night with a view of the Mesquita. We discovered Bar La Cavea and visited the Museo Arqueologico -- a good place to being your Cordoba experience. Walk the Puente Romano in the evening, visit the Jewish Quarter and the Mesquita, roam the winding passages -- all within walking distance from Madinat. We really enjoyed our 2 night stay.

H10 Corregidor Boutique Hotel
Sevilla

Very attentive concierge staff who deals with a considerable number of travelers but the hotel never feels crowded. A spacious, comfortable lobby area for arriving and departing and a pleasant breakfast area with a varied buffet selection. Our room was clean, quiet and had a coffee pod machine. The hotel bar is open for your late afternoon drink when other establishments are closed for the mid day break. Close walking distance to Alameda de Hercules Plaza , the Hop On, Hop Off Buses, shopping and Setas de Seville (do use your ticket to see by day and by night). Special thanks to Raul.

Hotel Montelirio
Ronda

The view from our Junior Suite was magnificent and we just spent time taking in the beautiful view of the valley and gorge. The 2nd level suite was luxuriously spacious but be aware that the bedroom is in the loft and the washroom is downstairs. The decor speaks of another decade but you are in the old town, so enjoy. Beautiful views from the restaurant (make reservations) and the breakfast room. Walk through the old town and into the gorge before the tours arrive -- so lush after the rainfall with beautiful views and so much birdsong. Be warned -- its a good workout walking back up the pathway. The hotel booked our cab for Cortijo Los Aguilares, a local winery. Highly recommend!

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Granada

A quiet enclave in an elegant historic building. We were welcomed with a bottle of Cava and appreciated the complimentary tapas from 4:30 to 6 pm in the central courtyard--a nice touch for tired tourists. A simple buffet breakfast with seating in the covered courtyard and some seating in the buffet room. If your room overlooks the courtyard, you do have wooden shutters but you might hear guests returning from their evening and talking loudly in this area. Walking distance to Alhambra and be sure to participate in the River Darro evening stroll where you can view Alhambra towering overhead. Make reservations for La Tabernilla del Darro.

Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

Our epic 2-week trip to Spain
Spain | Dec 8 - Dec 23, 2023

Ken
Ken F.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023
Our 2-week trip to Spain with kimkim was a fantastic experience. Amazingly the itinerary was provided (AI generated I believe) within an hour after submitting a free-form request. Yuri was our primary contact at kimkim, and he was directly available 24x7 the entire trip. When does he sleep? He answered our questions in minutes and sometimes in seconds. We had 4 guides in Spain and each one said they knew Yuri personally, with glowing remarks about him and kimkim. Jessica provided... Read more

Our 2-week trip to Spain with kimkim was a fantastic experience. Amazingly the itinerary was provided (AI generated I believe) within an hour after submitting a free-form request.

Yuri was our primary contact at kimkim, and he was directly available 24x7 the entire trip. When does he sleep? He answered our questions in minutes and sometimes in seconds. We had 4 guides in Spain and each one said they knew Yuri personally, with glowing remarks about him and kimkim. Jessica provided administrative assistance throughout the trip and was very responsive as well.

Changes after booking, even mid-trip, were very easy. Some vendors have a time limit on cancellations, which is reasonable. We got refunds for cancellations we requested mid-trip with no issue.

We will definitely use kimkim again, and would give more than 5 stars if possible.

Activity Reviews
Self-Guided Walk in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
Self-Guided Walk in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
Barcelona

This was near our hotel, which was fortunate since we just flew in from Atlanta and were pretty loopy. It was a lovely first taste of Spain for us, and we easily found a tapas restaurant there to stumble into!

Quality of Experience
close proximity to our hotel
Private Extended Visit to Sagrada Família
Private Extended Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona

Unless you know about the Sagrada Família, you have no idea what you are about to see. Far from just a cathedral, it is a bizarre beautiful simultaneous expression of modern art and architecture. Seriously, it looks like a bunch of gigantic cartoon spaceships, combined with an explosion of color. My guide was fun, courteous and knowledgeable. It was the perfect tour for the day after our jet lagged arrival from TN.

Quality of Experience
The experience was a surprise. I didn't expect the "wow factor" that the Sagrada Familia provides.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Lovely and intelligent guide. Enjoyed every minute.
Transport
very nice walk to the meeting location.
Magic Nights at Casa Batlló
Magic Nights at Casa Batlló
Barcelona

This is a fun experience. I didn't know much about Gaudi before the tour, and now I feel like I know him personally. We got into the Casa quickly with no wait.

Quality of Experience
Ancient Bath Experience
Ancient Bath Experience
Spain

ARIA administers your experience very efficiently. The greeter and helper makes what could be an otherwise awkward experience into a comfortable one. This was a highlight of our visit to Spain. Everything was top shelf treatment, including the massage and baths.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private 2-Hour Walk in Seville
Private 2-Hour Walk in Seville
Seville

The guide was amazing. She was fun and knowledgeable. Nice 2-1/2 hour walk with tons of education about the city.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Give her kudos and a raise in salary.
Transport
Ultimate Flamenco Experience: Dance Lesson, Museum Visit & Flamenco Show
Ultimate Flamenco Experience: Dance Lesson, Museum Visit & Flamenco Show
Seville

OMG so fun. Be ready to be seen while you take the lesson, since the space is visible while folks are seated for the show. I was so surprised at the quality of this museum/show/school. This is an amazing and very unique experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
our teacher (also a show performer) was extremely patient and kind.
Private Day Trip to Cádiz & Jerez de la Frontera and Sherry Tasting
Private Day Trip to Cádiz & Jerez de la Frontera and Sherry Tasting
Seville

Carlos is now our friend. I can't say how much we loved him and the trip. He loves music and we played each others' spotify music on the way to Cadiz. He is easy to interact with and he deserves kudos for the quality of service he provides.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Carlos is the best
Transport
Carlos is an extremely skilled driver.
Vineyards, Wines & Tapas in Penedès
Vineyards, Wines & Tapas in Penedès
Barcelona

Very personal and interesting experience at three wineries. Learned a TON about wine making. The guide had a very good rapport with us and made the day fun. Beware of the amount of alcohol you can taste on this trip, so go easy. This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Spain.

Quality of Experience
Personal encounters with winery owners, sitting down at the table with them. Wow, very fun and educational.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide was truly exceptional in every way.
Transport
Great driver and guide!
Private Walk in Madrid
Private Walk in Madrid
Madrid

A little long at 4-1/2 hours of walking, but worth every minute. This guy entertains as well as teaches. He's fun, nice, and likes to talk. He takes you through the town and you see all the tapas bars, visit if they are open. I recommend if you want to have a good long fun walk and feel like you really know Madrid.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Replied on Dec 27, 2023

Thank you, Ken. For a wonderful review! I'm truly glad you had a great time in Spain. Come back to plan your trip next time to kimkim.com!

PS. I'll sleep when I'm retired. :))

Seamless, organized and an unforgettable trip
Spain | Oct 2 - Oct 14, 2023

Laurence
Laurence C.
Country Club, FL | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2023
From the early planning stages all the way to the final day of the trip, everything went smoothly and according to schedule. Kimkim makes traveling to foreign countries easy and saves you a lot of stress for planning the finer details. You just choose your budget and based on that they will recommend stay and activities accordingly. The activities that are recommended are usually fantastic, as my wife and I were pleasantly surprised after each one. They even plan the pick up from airport to... Read more

From the early planning stages all the way to the final day of the trip, everything went smoothly and according to schedule. Kimkim makes traveling to foreign countries easy and saves you a lot of stress for planning the finer details. You just choose your budget and based on that they will recommend stay and activities accordingly. The activities that are recommended are usually fantastic, as my wife and I were pleasantly surprised after each one. They even plan the pick up from airport to hotel and vice versa for you from ahead of time. All the companies that they use are pretty solid and very very communicative. All in all we had a great 10 year anniversary celebration and all thanks to Kimkim it was hassle free and full of fun wonderful surprises. Will definitely use Kimkim in the future and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to travel but sucks at planning.

Hotel Reviews
Sir Victor Hotel
Barcelona

In the heart of city center Barcelona and easy to just step out and walk into the hustle and bustle. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel itself was very clean and full of amenities. The gym was fantastic and rooftop bar and pool was great as well.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Palacio de Villapanés
Sevilla

The most amazing hotel experience we’ve ever had period. A must if visiting Seville.

Authenticity & Character
It used to be a palace that was transitioned into this 5 star hotel. They kept a lot of the original structure and designs
Location
Everything is within walking distance, although adjust a tad far from city center
Staff
Top notch
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were spacious and just plain outstanding
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

Already wrote some specifics about the proble...
Spain | Sep 29 - Oct 7, 2023

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Daniel H.
Port Washington, NY | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2023
Already wrote some specifics about the problems we had on the self-guided day driving from Toledo to Cordoba - activities recommended were not properly researched and proved to be a waste - otherwise, the trip was excellent - hotel rooms were all excellent, clean, pretty, well-situated, with lovely helpful staffs- tours all were done professionally with quality guides, all on time, all proficient Read more

Already wrote some specifics about the problems we had on the self-guided day driving from Toledo to Cordoba - activities recommended were not properly researched and proved to be a waste - otherwise, the trip was excellent - hotel rooms were all excellent, clean, pretty, well-situated, with lovely helpful staffs- tours all were done professionally with quality guides, all on time, all proficient

Hotel Reviews
Room Mate Alba
Madrid
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Parador de Toledo
Toledo
Location
be careful - had issues with navigation on the I Phone
Las Casas de la Juderia Hotel
Córdoba

So Charming! Perfect location -

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Gravina 51
Sevilla
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cortijo La Organic
Ronda
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
Granada
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Madrid Wineries Trip
Private Madrid Wineries Trip
Madrid

Our guide Pepe was very personable - did not get involved much once we were at the wineries, but he took us to 3 very different places so it was a great variety - the people at the wineries were charming, welcoming, and generous with the tastings

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Highlights of Toledo Walk
Highlights of Toledo Walk
Toledo

Had a wonderful guide named Sonia - she was personable, knowledgeable, and knew when to tell us more, and when to back off with too much detail - we saw magnificent features of the city, varied sites - time well spent - would not want to do this on our own

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Self-Guided Visit to Grazalema
Self-Guided Visit to Grazalema
Spain

Interesting town to see, but we were rushed, needing to get to organic vineyard in Ronda by 12:30 - timing/spacing between activities should be better planned -

Private Walking Tour of the Mezquita, Alcázar & Jewish Quarter
Private Walking Tour of the Mezquita, Alcázar & Jewish Quarter
Córdoba

Another must-do tour, especially with a private guide as there is much to see and much to learn. Our guide did get much too wordy, with too much detail and minutiae that was not necessary, but with a guide we were able to make the most of our time

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ancient Bath Experience
Ancient Bath Experience
Spain

Fun activity after all the walking and touring - nice, self-indulgent experience in a clean safe environment run very professionally

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tapas & Flamenco Experience in Seville
Tapas & Flamenco Experience in Seville
Seville

great group experience after several private tours - fun to join others when trying tapas in multiple locations - flamenco is a different activity which some may or may not enjoy, but culturally important to witness - part of regional history

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tapas Tasting in Albaicín District
Tapas Tasting in Albaicín District
Granada

Ended up as a private tour, as we were only participants that evening - Theresa was an excellent guide, who took us away from the crowds to some hidden tapas gems - enjoyable company while walking through backstreets of Granada

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Organic Wine Tasting
Organic Wine Tasting
Ronda

charming owner of the vineyard was gracious host, but we were very late in arriving and were unable to truly enjoy the experience

Private Alhambra & Generalife Gardens Visit with a Historian
Private Alhambra & Generalife Gardens Visit with a Historian
Granada

Igone, our guide, was very knowledgeable but not boring with details and quite personable - able to see quite a lot in the time allowed - magnificent to see the castle and surrounding gardens

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

Yuri was so helpful and accommodating through...
Spain | Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2023

Bailey
Bailey W.
Ottawa, IL | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2023
Yuri was so helpful and accommodating throughout the entire planning process. I had very specific things that I wanted to do and he was able to help me plan the perfect trip to Spain. Read more

Yuri was so helpful and accommodating throughout the entire planning process. I had very specific things that I wanted to do and he was able to help me plan the perfect trip to Spain.

Hotel Reviews
Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa
Torrent - Girona

This hotel is in the countryside of Spain which makes it a prime location if you want to just chill out and relax. The staff was very welcoming and provided us with great care.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Serras Barcelona
Barcelona

The staff of this hotel were so hospitable and welcoming. All the facilities and rooms were top notch quality and the service was amazing.

Authenticity & Character
Location
The hotel is in the gothic quarter of Barcelona which makes the surrounding sights beautiful.
Staff
Sandra was amazing and very personable. Simian was also so helpful and welcoming. The entire staff treated us like close friends.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

The tours booked through Kim Kim were some of...
Spain | Aug 3 - Aug 15, 2023

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Michele E.
Ewing, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023
The tours booked through Kim Kim were some of the best tours we experienced. All of the company’s they used were exceptional. Read more

The tours booked through Kim Kim were some of the best tours we experienced. All of the company’s they used were exceptional.

Activity Review
Day Trip to an Olive Oil Mill & Carmona
Day Trip to an Olive Oil Mill & Carmona
Seville

Our tour guide Carlos was fantastic and the olive oil tour was a highlight of our trip.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Carlos was very knowledgeable and made the experience worthy
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

Bucket List trip to Spain, and our first trip with KimKim.
Spain | May 26 - Jun 12, 2023

Linda
Linda S.
Anchorage, AK | Reviewed on Aug 27, 2023
This was our first trip using KimKim. I started with Yuri planning one leg of our trip to Spain, and he was so helpful, we expanded to the entire itinerary. Yuri was so helpful all along the planning process! It was wonderful to actually talk with him on conference calls, and he was responsive to all our quick questions via chat. We had a difficult group with different interests and ages, and he was able to advise and tailor our days to please everyone! Every city was a highlight, and even... Read more

This was our first trip using KimKim. I started with Yuri planning one leg of our trip to Spain, and he was so helpful, we expanded to the entire itinerary. Yuri was so helpful all along the planning process! It was wonderful to actually talk with him on conference calls, and he was responsive to all our quick questions via chat. We had a difficult group with different interests and ages, and he was able to advise and tailor our days to please everyone! Every city was a highlight, and even the rail travel in between! We covered a lot of territory in 3 weeks. Started in Barcelona (5 days - not enough time!), train to Valencia (3 days - not enough time!), train to Madrid (4 days - not long enough), train to Cordoba (1 night - I'd recommend a minimum of 4 days!), picked up a car and drove Andalucia. Cordoba to Granada (2 nights) drove to Malaga via Nerja (2 nights), drove to Sevilla via Ronda, Seville 2 nights.

Every guide we had along the way was amazing! We particularly LOVED our evening tour of Medieval Barcelona was fantastic and we kept coming back to this area. My private tour of the Picasso museum with Montserrat informed my entire Picasso pilgrimage as we traveled around Spain. I wish we had booked guided Gaudi tours, as we fumbled along ourselves and walked SO MUCH to cover all the best locations in Barcelona (which is impossible.) I would skip the Barcelona Sailing Experience Sunset Cruise next time. It was expensive and we were trapped on the boat with a couple who drank all the Cava! Coming back here many times! Stunning place with an expansive, joyful vibe and art, art, art everywhere!

We booked our own AirB&B accommodation throughout, and Yuri checked it all for us. He advised us against the place we booked in Valencia because of the location, and we wished we had taken his advice. The Valencia Old Town Tour with Wine and Tapas in 11th C Historic Monument with Emma was a highlight of the whole trip. Planning to return here in 2 years for the Falles festival. We need much more time in and around Valencia!

We need to come back to explore the amazing city park and the Arts and Science buildings. Could spend a whole day there! The only activity I wouldn't do again was the Las Cuevas de San Jose river tour out of Valencia. When we booked it looked like this was a guided kayak trip, but it wasn't. It was very crowded and a long bus trip from Valencia.

The first class train trip to Madrid was worth it! Madrid is an incredible city, and you need a lot of time to explore. We had a private guide pick us up at the station and drive us around Madrid to get oriented. It was a good way to start, although it was a bit claustrophobic in his mini-van. Absolutely LOVED the small group tour of the Prado with Arantxa (Chefarantxalamas) and our lunch in the oldest restaurant in Madrid. Arantxa taught us so much about the food culture of Spain! The Reina Sofia was also a must, but I need more time and a guide!

Cordoba has the oldest cultural history - our guide was wonderful, and he recommended the Patio festival every year. We will go! The Cathedral Mosque at Cordoba was by far my favorite historical site. We went twice. Take a guide! Need more time here! We missed the castle Almodovar del Rio outside Cordoba because we found our favorite restaurant and stayed til closing time, La Viuda .

Granada was spectacular. Our guide, Pedro, was our favorite person of the whole trip. He even knew Yuri! He took us everywhere, was thoughtful, and knowledgeable and even found some cold medicine for one of our party! He delivered us traditional pastries baked by a friend of his the next day! We had the best day in the Alhambra and evening of traditional food. PS. I would not attempt to drive in Granada again!

Nerja - fantastic beach-side barbeque. Malaga... not enough time. Great shopping. El Pimpi!

Ronda - stay a night here.

Seville. What a romantic city! We had an amazing apartment on Don Jaun's plaza. So much to see here. Loved the Real Jardin. Loved the sunset river cruise. We were very tired here and it was getting hot (mid-June and very crowded) so we wandered the city early morning and late afternoons. Will be back here, too.

Yuri and KimKim activities where amazing. We moved a couple of activities, cancelled a couple and yuri helped with that and we did get refunds. My guidelines for our next trip. A minimum of 3 days in any city is necessary. Travel by train. Splurge on private guides with a dinner option as soon as you get to a new place, because they will share local knowledge and help plan out the rest of the trip, between activities. One activity a day is plenty! Take your KimKim guildes advice! They really do know so much about the places you will go.

Don't hesitate! I'll be using KimKim for my future trips.

Thank you so much, Yuri! We love you!

Activity Reviews
Self-Guided Walk in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
Self-Guided Walk in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Dark History Night Walk in El Born District
Dark History Night Walk in El Born District
Barcelona

It was a walking tour and we learned so much about the history of the area, including the jewish history and the Inquisition.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
So knowledgable and easy to talk to.
Private Barcelona Picasso Tour with Picasso Museum
Private Barcelona Picasso Tour with Picasso Museum
Barcelona

Highly recommended as the first Picasso guided tour you do. The Picasso Museum is incredible. I learned SO much, and Montserrat, my guide, shared a lot about Spanish culture during Picasso's time and now. We also went to a Sunday morning service in Santa Maria cathedral in English.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Montserrat!
 Gaudí's Masterpieces by Electric Bike
Gaudí's Masterpieces by Electric Bike
Barcelona

My friends did this tour and they loved it. A great way to cover a lot of ground.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bikes were good.
Ancient Bath Experience
Ancient Bath Experience
Spain

Loved this. It would be good to do this after the long flight. Will book treatments next time!

Quality of Experience
Unique spa experience with 5 different types of pool in progression to a massage at the end.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The massage could have been better.
Self-Guided Gaudí Architecture Walk
Self-Guided Gaudí Architecture Walk
Barcelona

Too much walking in the heat! Need a guide for this.

Quality of Experience
I needed transport and interpretation/background. It was HOT! don't do this between noon and 4 pm!
Sunset Sailing & Spanish Guitar in Barcelona
Sunset Sailing & Spanish Guitar in Barcelona
Barcelona

The skipper went out beyond the breakwater and then back. We had 1 other couple on the boat who were quite drunk. The live music was great!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We didn't really learn much while on board.
Transport
The boat was in good condition.
Valencia Old Town Walk + Wine & Tapas
Valencia Old Town Walk + Wine & Tapas
Valencia

Our favorite activity. This is a start-up business with young people passionate about Valencia and traditional food and wine. We LOVED Emma, our tour guide, and the 10-course tapas tasting menu was incredible. This was a small group of 12 people and the dining experience enabled us to have good conversations with them all.

Quality of Experience
Food and wine were outstanding.
Food
10 courses of traditional tapas made by their own chef in a private kitchen.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Emma was one of the best guides I have had.
Caves of San José Day Trip
Caves of San José Day Trip
Valencia

The only activity I wouldn't recommend. We loved the location and the history of the caves, but we thought it was a kayaking tour, not a row boat tour. It was a lengthy bus ride from Valencia. The tour itself was crowded, and the caves were lit with colored lights, which was a bit "cheesy."

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
This was a big-bus tour. We were handed over to the River Boat guides, who did not speak english.
Transport
We don't like big bus tours.
Madrid Half-Day Excursion
Madrid Half-Day Excursion
Madrid

Andres, our guide, picked us up at the station and drove us around Madrid. We got out several times. I wish we had bought tickets to the bullfights that night. It was a little cramped in the mini-van, with our group of 4 and the guide. We were not able to go to the bathroom for hours!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Born and raised in Madrid. I think Andres tried to do too much in the time we had.
Transport
It was a bit cramped for 4 passengers.
Prado Museum Visit & Lunch at Botín
Prado Museum Visit & Lunch at Botín
Madrid

ONe of the best tours! It was not enough time at the Prado, although Aratxa was knowledgeable and very entertaining! The aperitif at a Vermouth bar and Botin was fantastic. Best cheesecake I have ever eaten!

Quality of Experience
Excellent food and wine.
Food
Suckling pig and cheesecake Oh, my!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Anantxa nows her art history and her food! She is a chef and shares her recipes!
Evening Historical Stroll at Sunset
Evening Historical Stroll at Sunset
Córdoba

Loved this. Our guide was Marcus and he knows so much about Cordoba's history.

Quality of Experience
Amazing architecture and history, from Roman, Islamic, Jewish to Christian times.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide is a historian. Knew so much!
Walking Tour the Mezquita & Jewish Quarter
Walking Tour the Mezquita & Jewish Quarter
Córdoba

So interesting!

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Flamenco & Tapas Night
Flamenco & Tapas Night
Granada

Fantastic entertainment in a small local bar. It was very crowded and very hot!

Quality of Experience
A bit hot and crowded.
Self-Guided Visit to Nerja
Self-Guided Visit to Nerja
Spain

We followed our nose to the beach, and found a great beachside bar and grill! We didn't really see anything else.

Quality of Experience
Midday and a bit too hot.
Private Walk in Granada, The Alhambra & Generalife Gardens
Private Walk in Granada, The Alhambra & Generalife Gardens
Granada

Pedro was our most favorite guide. He is a young guy starting up his own guide business, and he is amazing. So thoughtful, local knowledge and history. We spent all afternoon and evening with him. He had special touches like home made pastries and helped when one of our party was getting a cold. He took us out to dinner later that night and we had an incredible experience on our tapas crawl! We will go back to Granada and hire Pedro again. It was also good to know that Pedro had met Yuri, our KimKim person.

Quality of Experience
Pedro! He is special!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Pedro!
Self-Guided Day Trip to Ronda & the White Villages
Self-Guided Day Trip to Ronda & the White Villages
Seville

We should have planned to stay overnight here.

Guided Historical Walk in Seville
Guided Historical Walk in Seville
Seville

We should have done a lot more guided tours in Seville. Such a beautiful city full of amazing places to see. The Real Jardin was the highlight for me.

Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

Fellow Travelers, Yuri is the One
Spain | Jul 11 - Jul 25, 2023

Robert
Robert B.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2023
Fellow Travelers,
If you are dreaming of an awe-inspiring journey to Spain, look no further than Yuri, the travel agent working for KimKim. After recently completing an utterly fantastic trip to Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, and Mallorca, I can't resist singing praises for this travel guru who made our adventure nothing short of magical.
Yuri's boundless enthusiasm for travel and profound knowledge of Spain were evident from the moment we connected. His passion for curating unforgettable...
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Fellow Travelers,
If you are dreaming of an awe-inspiring journey to Spain, look no further than Yuri, the travel agent working for KimKim. After recently completing an utterly fantastic trip to Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, and Mallorca, I can't resist singing praises for this travel guru who made our adventure nothing short of magical.
Yuri's boundless enthusiasm for travel and profound knowledge of Spain were evident from the moment we connected. His passion for curating unforgettable experiences shines through every step of the planning process. He meticulously tailored our itinerary to match our interests and preferences, leaving no stone unturned to ensure our journey was personalized and truly special.
From the buzzing streets of Madrid to the serene beauty of Mallorca's beaches, each destination held a unique charm that Yuri brought to life through his expert recommendations. His in-depth understanding of the local culture, history, and cuisine made every moment of exploration feel like a fascinating journey of discovery.
What sets Yuri apart is not just his remarkable planning skills, but also the genuine care and attention he invests in his clients. Throughout the trip, he remained just a message away, promptly answering our questions and offering valuable insights. He went the extra mile to surprise us with thoughtful gestures at each destination, showing us that we were not just another booking, but cherished travelers on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Yuri's choice of local guides was impeccable, adding a layer of authenticity to our experience. Their passion for their hometowns was infectious, and they shared hidden gems and anecdotes that enriched our understanding of the places we visited.
If you want to immerse yourself in the magic of Spain and have an unforgettable travel experience, I wholeheartedly recommend entrusting your plans to Yuri. His dedication, knowledge, and warm-hearted nature make him a true gem among travel agents. Whether you're a seasoned globetrotter or embarking on your first overseas adventure, Yuri will craft an itinerary that will exceed your expectations and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you, Yuri, for making our dream trip come true. We can't wait to see what amazing adventures you have in store for us in the future!

Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Replied on Aug 01, 2023

Oh, Robert.
Thank you so much for your review. I feel blessed to be able to organize your trip to Spain and experience this marvelous country in full.
I'm so glad that you had such a nice time there and enjoyed our activities and hotels.

Come back to plan your next trip with kimkim.

Yuri and the entire team were great. The tour...
Spain | Jul 21 - Jul 28, 2023

Shaw
Shaw H.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2023
Yuri and the entire team were great. The tours they picked along with hotel choices and transfers were bang on. I list them decide everything for me and appreciated every moment.
Will book with Kimkim again.
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Yuri and the entire team were great. The tours they picked along with hotel choices and transfers were bang on. I list them decide everything for me and appreciated every moment.
Will book with Kimkim again.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Regina
Barcelona

Decent location, good staff. The pricing of things as it’s in Barcelona is quite higher that other areas of Spain.

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H10 Casa de la Plata
Sevilla

Great hotel, superb location and would book again.

Authenticity & Character
Modern feel in an old location.
Location
Easy to get to and fairly central.
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Hotel Palacio Garvey
Jerez de la Frontera

Nice location however tight outside of a patio bar so was quite pour the first evening.

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Hotel & Spa Plaza Mercado
Valencia

Loves this place. The staff were great and location is absolutely perfect. Just outside of the Valencia market.

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Activity Reviews
Private Tapas & Flamenco Experience
Private Tapas & Flamenco Experience
Seville

This was something that so really didn’t know what so was going before I went. It was so emotional I literally held back tears. The small venue and use of genuine locals were perfect.

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Pop
Private Visit to Seville’s Cathedral & Alcázar
Private Visit to Seville’s Cathedral & Alcázar
Seville

Beautiful cathedral. Something that is a must see in life.

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Food Market, Tasting & Local Culture
Food Market, Tasting & Local Culture
Jerez de la Frontera

My guide made this amazing. She really knew a lot and was born and raised in Jerez

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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov

We truly had an epic trip to Spain!
Spain | Jun 29 - Jul 13, 2023

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Sejal S.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2023
We truly had an epic trip to Spain! Many thanks to Yuri and Adam for all of their help to coordinating this for us as the trip was fantastic! For the transfers, with the exception of the pick up from Madrid hotel to Madrid train station, all of the transfers were seamless. With the above mentioned transfer, the driver did his best to resolve and thankfully did get us to the station in time for our train to Seville. For the hotels, we were pleased with all of our selections and only had one... Read more

We truly had an epic trip to Spain! Many thanks to Yuri and Adam for all of their help to coordinating this for us as the trip was fantastic! For the transfers, with the exception of the pick up from Madrid hotel to Madrid train station, all of the transfers were seamless. With the above mentioned transfer, the driver did his best to resolve and thankfully did get us to the station in time for our train to Seville. For the hotels, we were pleased with all of our selections and only had one concern which I can detail related to Madrid. Aside from that, the stays were outstanding! For the yours planned via KimKim, the Tuk Tuk in Madrid was great fun, the private visit to Alcazar and Sevilla Cathedral in Sevilla was out of this world amazing, the boat/walk/hike/kayak in Tossa was wonderful, the private Gaudi tour of Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo was outstanding and the Hot air balloon in Barcelona was awesome!

Hotel Reviews
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments - Madrid Suites
Madrid

We spent 2 nights here in the 2 bedroom apartment. Pros: - check in was super easy and staff was amazing! - they gave us lockers to store luggage give we arrived at 9a - apartment was well appointed , clean and gorgeous with washer/dryer combo and full kitchen - beds were super comfy - location was safe and close to 24 hour bakery La Dona which was fantastic especially given that there was no breakfast included Cons: - major con is the noise at night - our unit faced the main street and so it was continual noise all night long

Authenticity & Character
the hotel room was designed to be very modern/sleek/chic and trendy. So it was authentic to match that vibe. The unt was beautiful, but unfortunately had poor insulation to external noise.
Location
the hotel is pretty close to everything with easy access to taxis.
Staff
WOW!! the staff was terrific in all ways! They stored our luggage, gave us great tips, helped arrange taxis and were all around terrific!
Cleanliness & Comfort
spacious and super comfortable. Only negative was the noise at night.
Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla
Sevilla

This hotel is not just a hotel, it is an amazing experience!! The location is excellent, literally a 5 minute walk to to the Cathedral of Seville and the Alcazar surrounded by so many tapas restaurants and shops. Despite the hustle and bustle, once you enter the hotel, it’s an oasis of calm and zen. The reception front desk team was beyond amazing! Special shout outs to Alberto, Leo, Julio and Rosa! The rooms ( patio rooms) were gorgeous and well appointed. The beds were super comfortable and the air conditioning worked without any issues. The hotel provides ice cold water as complimentary which was beyond amazing given the heat of Sevilla! Breakfast buffet was fresh and delicious with excellent service and their daily tea time/ merienda was phenomenal! The rooftop pool was terrific and had stunning views of the Giralda, Cathedral and Sevilla! Our family had the best time here and cannot wait to return!! Thank you Hotel Casa 1800!

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Gran Hotel Reymar
Tossa de Mar

We spent 3 nights at this hotel! The location is wonderful and absolutely gorgeous across the street from Platja Mar Menuda. Our family had rooms with sea views. The rooms were modern. There is no ability to adjust the air conditioning which was not ideal but thankfully it was not too hot outside when we were there so keeping the blinds closed while we were out helped. Check in was super easy and the staff were terrific! We har a car and parking is a bit steep at 20 euros per day though it was unlimited valet in and out and the valet staff were excellent! The buffet breakfast was not the best and had very limited warm food options. It was also the same all 3 days which was not as great compared to the other hotels we stayed in during the course of our trip throughout Spain. The pool was nice but towels are not complimentary. Thankfully we brought our own. All in all, it was a very good stay!

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Gallery
Barcelona

We stayed at this amazing hotel for 6 nights, and it was absolutely perfect!! The location is perfect right off beautiful and luxurious Passeig de Gràcia neighborhood with easy access to 2 metro stations. The neighborhood is super safe, surrounded by trees and cute cafes and shops. We loved visiting La Rambla, El Born and the Gothic quarter but were so thankful to be able to stay at the Gallery given its calm and relaxing environment. This hotel is the perfect site as it is so close by to Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens! The standard rooms were super spacious, comfortable and most importantly safe and quiet. This hotel also has a neat rooftop bar and refreshing swimming pool. They also provide complimentary pool towels which is not standard everywhere which was a very nice touch. Despite being in the middle of everything, this hotel gave the vibes of being home. The absolute very BEST part of this hotel is the people who work there. They were genuinely happy to help in any way they could help, were engaging, responsive and always kept our comfort in mind. I have to give some special shout outs to the following individuals- Ruben, Aaron, Roberta, Ernesto, Rosanna, Auria, James, Falcon and Mateo. Aaron and Ruben checked us in and went out of their way to ensure we had all the info we needs, arranged taxis for us, advised on us on the most cost efficient ways to travel and see the various sites and suggested great eateries. Aaron answered questions ( despite me asking several times LOL) and did it with kindness. Ruben even arranged a picnic breakfast for our family as we had a 6a excursion without me even asking once he heard we needed a taxi at that time. That was beyond kind and so deeply appreciated. Auria helped us figure out the best way to visit Sitges which was beautiful by the way and is a must do if you are seeking a tranquil beach day! Ernesto was so friendly too! We had daily breakfast included in our stay and the food was fresh and delicious! The whole team led by Francesco were amazing! Everything was so clean and organized and it was just the best way to start the long days! They even gave us to go cups with the coffee beverage of our choice which was so nice! Staying at the Gallery was like staying home and we absolutely would stay there again.

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Activity Reviews
Private Tour of Madrid by Electric Tuk-Tuk
Private Tour of Madrid by Electric Tuk-Tuk
Madrid

Hector took us on the best Tuk Tuk Tour and also took us to spots where we could get the best pics! It was a terrific activity to do on our 1st day in Spain and really helped to lessen jet lag!

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Private Visit to Seville’s Cathedral & Alcázar
Private Visit to Seville’s Cathedral & Alcázar
Seville

Barbara was an awesome tour guide! She was engaging, brilliant and lovely! My family had a blast! Many thanks to Barbara and her boss Matias for a truly wonderful tour!

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Boating, Hiking & Kayaking in Tossa de Mar
Boating, Hiking & Kayaking in Tossa de Mar
Costa Brava

This tour with Ana and Theo was terrific!! Ana gave us a great tour of Villa Velle and the " castle" . The glass bottom boat was short but fun. Theo led us on a terrific hike from Cala Pola to Cala Bona. At Cala Bona, we did kayaking after a small breakfast of pastry and juice which was super fun!!

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Private Extended Family-Friendly Gaudí Tour
Private Extended Family-Friendly Gaudí Tour
Barcelona

This tour with Miguel was outstanding!! We toured Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo and it was amazing! Miguel was very family friendly and kept the family engaged the whole time with stories, history and fun facts. The tour did not feel rushed in any way which was terrific! We had time to stop for a quick lunch which was great given the duration of the tour. Miguel also gave us great suggestions on where to eat locally and he was spot on as we ate quite well affordably as well!!

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Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Barcelona

This excursion was coordinated SO SEAMLESSLY and was absolutely excellent! The driver was timely and terrific and our Pilot Nico was engaging and wonderful. We were able to have a light breakfast pre-flight and then had snacks post flight which was nice. The hot air balloon experience was exhilarating and the views were beautiful!

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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov