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Yuri Ihnatov

I've been in tourism for 10 years. 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."

Roadside views in Andalusia
7 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

Spain is an ideal road trip destination, as each region offers various activities, such as historical city strolls, hiking routes, foodie walks, and river cruises. These five itineraries focus on northern and southern Spain, traversing scenic Basque Country with its world-class gastronomy and coastal views, and exploring Andalusia's lively culture and slow-paced villages.

Costa Brava, Spain
The Best Things to Do in the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a scenic stretch of Catalonia's coastline, extending from the French border in the north to the town of Blanes in the south. Dotted with rugged coves, medieval villages, sandy beaches, vineyards, and the works of Salvador Dalí, many travelers flock to this picturesque region of Spain. Explore the countryside with yacht excursions, e-bike ventures, and kayaking trips, or visit beloved towns and cities like Girona, Cadaqués, and Figueres.

Spain
Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid to Andalusia - 7 days

In a single week, you can enjoy the road trip of a lifetime.  The destination is Spain, and beginning in Madrid you'll drive south to Seville, the capital of the culturally rich Andalusia region. You'll tour many Moorish landmarks and even take a trip to Granada to see the mother of them all, the 9th-century Alhambra palace.

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Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 7 Days

With a full week, you can experience both the highlights of Spain's most famous cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Not only that but on this seven-day whirlwind itinerary, you'll also find time for day tours to historic towns outside the nation's capital. And when you do finally end up in Barcelona, prepare yourself for a delicious food tour and sunset sailing experience on top of visiting its most famous neighborhoods.

Spain
10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days, you can easily hop between three of Spain's great cities—Seville, Barcelona, and Madrid make a great pairing. Alternatively, you can combine the exploration of one major city with a region, like the Costa Brava or Basque Country. Go on a coastal road trip in Catalonia, indulge in a foodie tour, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Andalusia with the unique itineraries below.

The Royal Alcázar of Seville
Best of Spain Highlights: Seville, Madrid & Barcelona - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary checks off Spain's three most exciting cities for an adventure you won't soon forget. Kick-off in Seville where you'll explore Moorish architecture and other top sites in the historic center. Then, train to Madrid (by way of Córdoba) and wander through the elegant streets and El Prado Museum. Finish in cosmopolitan Barcelona for beachy vibes and a private tour of La Sagrada Familia.

Favorite experiences

Private 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...

Surfing or SUPing in Valencia

Learn to surf or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with an experienced instructor in coastal Valencia, which features a gorgeous beach right in the city and several others nearby. Your instructor will tailor the surf or SUP lesson to your skill level, so you can have a safe and comfortable experience as...

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...

E-Bike Tour of San Sebastián

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 in Seville

Dig deep into Spanish culture 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 or Triana district is an excellent place to...

Spanish Guitar Experience in Ronda

Enjoy a Spanish guitar show at the Ronda Guitar House. Fall under the spell of the Spanish guitar with some of its finest performers, and journey back in time to the different regions of Spain. The Spanish guitar embraces many musical styles, including classical, romantic, flamenco, jazz, and...

Recent trip reviews for Yuri

Southern Spain - Fast Paced
Spain | Nov 18 - Nov 26, 2022

Landon
Landon G.
Mexico | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

This trip has changed my perspective on traveling! I usually wing it with minimal research ahead of time. This was the first time I have had a complete itinerary set up for me and it was great. It allowed my wife and I to meet people and see places that we would have never found.

The highlights of the trip for me were our Flamenco tour and out city tour in Granada. There was so much more to learn about Flamenco and the gypsy lifestyle than we expected. And the fact that our guide was... read more

This trip has changed my perspective on traveling! I usually wing it with minimal research ahead of time. This was the first time I have had a complete itinerary set up for me and it was great. It allowed my wife and I to meet people and see places that we would have never found.

The highlights of the trip for me were our Flamenco tour and out city tour in Granada. There was so much more to learn about Flamenco and the gypsy lifestyle than we expected. And the fact that our guide was performing at the end of the tour really made it unique. She introduced us to the culture and brought us to some great local places. I would change a thing.

Our tour with Pedro in Granada was also a blast. He was very passionate and prepared. Of all the tours he was the easiest to talk to and was very accommodating. After getting to know us he made some last-minute tweaks to the tour to show us a local spot that most people try to avoid. It was a genuine experience, and I would recommend him to anyone.

Our driver who Yuri coordinated for us was also a very cool guy. He drove us to Granada, and we talked the whole time. He shared great tips on things to do in town. The tapas are included in every bar and there are some many spots to check out.

I definitely recommend southern Spain to anyone. Very safe, clean and packed full of history.

The only things I would have changed are:
-The hotel Petit Palace Puerta de Triana which had a very strong odor throughout the building and our room. We choose to sleep with windows open.
-Our guide to Seville’s Cathedral & Alcázar was a little quiet and seemed kind of rushed. Nice guy but not quite the typical outgoing guide personality.
- Now that I know the spots, I personally would prefer another night in Granada and maybe skip Malaga.

Hotel Reviews
Petit Palace Puerta de Triana
Seville

Very clean and cute, great location but during my stay the entire building had a very strong drainage odor. I had to leave my windows open in the room.

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Casa Morisca Hotel
Granada

Very cool place! And located in some of the coolest nighttime views I had during my trip. It is on the edge of town but still close enough to all the bars and tapas.

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Málaga Premium Hotel
Málaga

This place is right in the heart of the downtown area. The only thing to consider is cars cannot drive to it. You will need to wheel your luggage for a few blocks, but the walkway is very easy.

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Catalonia Ronda
Ronda

Of all the hotel I stayed at in southern Spain, this one felt the most luxurious. Very clean and friendly staff. The hotel on the top floor is really good too!

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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hey, Landon.
Thank you so much for the review. It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip. I'll take into account your review of the guide in Seville's Alcazar.

Yuri and Kimkim are perfect!
Spain | Nov 17 - Nov 25, 2022

Kim
Kim R.
Keller, TX | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

I was nervous to use kimkim and now we are complete sold. We traveled to Barcelona, Madrid, and Mallorca for 9 days. Yuri, our travel specialist, is absolutely wonderful. He was quick to correspond and when I was nervous he reassured me on the processes. My husband didn’t know what everything we were doing on the trip. After trains, plains, and shuttle services, he said it was one of the best experience he’s ever had and grateful for this vacation. Everything was taken into... read more

I was nervous to use kimkim and now we are complete sold. We traveled to Barcelona, Madrid, and Mallorca for 9 days. Yuri, our travel specialist, is absolutely wonderful. He was quick to correspond and when I was nervous he reassured me on the processes. My husband didn’t know what everything we were doing on the trip. After trains, plains, and shuttle services, he said it was one of the best experience he’s ever had and grateful for this vacation. Everything was taken into consideration, and I was able to have meetings with Yuri when I had questions. He helped when we were lost on one excursion. It was our mistake, but he was able to connect us. We had shuttles, hotels, and excursions all set up for us and I was able to pick out the hotels around the areas we wanted to explore.

The hotels were in ideal locations and we walked everyplace to eat and explore. Everyone at the hotels were beyond accommodating to our needs. They made the guest experience unforgettable. We appreciate everyone's kindness to help make this trip a memorable one.

Excursions: Tapas tour (Mirko), Gothic Tour (Ann Marie), Iberico Ham class (Santi), Paella Cooking Class, and Wine Tasting. Beyond our expectations and sincerely delightful to learn from all these brilliant instructors.

Thank you again. We hope other people get to experience a wonderful vacation like this.

Hotel Reviews
H10 Madison
Barcelona

H10 was perfect for our first stop in Barcelona. We liked the location it was close to the Gothic Quarter. It was quiet but close to businesses if you wanted it. The morning breakfast was delicious and lots of choices. The wait staff always had a smile on their face and helped us through the menu. They entire team met us with such kindness, explained where to explore on the map, helped us with some laundry that needed to be done, and gave us recommendations on where to have some local wines. We couldn't have asked for a better place.

Authenticity & Character
Hotel was clean, bright, and so much character.
Location
We love that it was quiet but close to everything.
Staff
Everyone was wonderful! I wish I knew everyone's name. From the wait staff to the front desk (Alberto ?). No one made us feel less because we didn't speak english and they had a lot of patience.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fresh and clean. I am very particular about this and they did a fantastic job.
7 Islas Hotel
Madrid

Loved 7 Islas Hotel. It's in a location that is easy to walk around and lots of fun tapas restaurants. They gave us great recommendations for places to eat and would call ahead for reservations for us. This place has little clutter and minimalist which was perfect for us. The downstairs bar had fantastic drink and our bartender who works all the time was so kind to us. If you have a chance, try the apple crumble dessert with a cappuccino (so yummy).

Authenticity & Character
Unique and different from the other hotels and I love that it wasn't a replica of other places.
Location
This was a little more busy than our other stay but the hotel was quiet when we came in so it was perfect. Close to shopping and dining.
Staff
Absolutely fantastic. There was one restaurant they recommended that had the best dinner (pork, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes dish) and wine out of our entire stay in Madrid.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable.
Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Palma de Mallorca

LOVE the hotel! This was towards the end of our Spain tour and what a surprise. The beautiful architecture of the hotel, the sauna, and the roof top terrace were just some of the perks in this hotel. Watching the sunset while having a glass of wine before heading to dinner was one of the most memorable times of our trip. The staff was absolutely kind and helpful. We loved talking to them and they helped us through every part of our stay. We only wish it would have been longer.

Authenticity & Character
The decor and architect with the court yard of the hotel is such a treat.
Location
Perfect for walking around the area but also quietness.
Staff
So accommodating and they make you feel heard and important.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was so clean and spotless. It smelled clean and great beds.
Hotel Regina
Barcelona

This was towards the last part of our stay. It's a beautiful hotel in downtown Barcelona. It's a great hotel and is super busy. They have a great bar and room service and if you need anything such as groceries are right across the street. The room was a little hot so having the balcony door opened helped. What I learned is that when the AC is on in a hotel it's on for everyone. So when it's turned off and it's winter the heat is on. You can't regulate your own room. This is on all the hotels I stayed in. With that said, then you have a window open. If the noise of outside doesn't bother you then you are fine. I can sleep like that and most people can. This hotel had a great and friendly staff. You can go outside and get anything you need. Everyone is super friendly.

Authenticity & Character
Such a cool and historic hotel.
Location
Close to everything. Reminded us of New York.
Staff
They were super welcoming. Received a note and some fruit upon our arrival. The room service was delicious.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and beds were comfy!
Activity Reviews
Evening Tapas Walk in El Born
Barcelona

Loved our tapas event. Mirko was a great tour guide. Our first thought was to go out eat, drink, and watch flamenco dancing. We were so tired from our trip and he adjusted to our energy. We saw places we would have never visited and wen't back another time too because we loved it so much. We went to three different restaurants and learned about the different types of food, culture, and how the area is divided up. We were so glad to meet him and he was the start of our 9 day trip.

Quality of Experience
Everything was set up ahead of time. They had a table when we arrived. If we needed anything, Mirko helped us or got it for us. He would call ahead before the next restaurant so they would be ready for us. We learned about what we were eating and what was a common dish in the area. Such a great treat!
Food
The food was delicious. We went from authentic dishes to the new.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mirko was absolutely wonderful.
Transport
We walked everywhere.
Private Walk in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Barcelona

Ann Marie was a perfect guide! She showed us all around The Gothic Center and much more. We were able to go into stores, museum, and the chapel. She accommodated our request for tour and adjusted as needed. She is a wealth of knowledge and we didn't know how much history was surrounding us until we were done. What's cool is we weren't expecting to get what we received and it was a lot of unexpected history and information that we are grateful to learn and appreciate the culture a lot more. We had so much fun and learned so much.

Quality of Experience
Everything. Ann Marie was such a pleasure to learn from.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We walked from our hotel. 5 min. walk.
Jamón Ibérico Workshop
Madrid

Santiago (Santi) was such a great instructor! We learned so much and had the best Iberico ham tasting. The quality of pigs, how they are raised and how you will have different taste from the same pig. We learned that this is an art and it takes years of experience to understand. We learned that this is only from Spain and which one to choose next time we are out dinning. Such a great experience.

Quality of Experience
Lots of fun. Loved that it was a private class so we could ask questions and interact more. Great wine and ham.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff was kind and let us have our class while others had lunch.
Transport
We walked to restaurant. 15 min. walk from hotel.
Paella Cooking Class & Market Visit
Madrid

This was such a great class! We thought it was a private class and it ended up being a group class which ended up being a blast! Our instructor, Angel was so knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. We took a trip to the market and learned about what to buy for our paella, dessert, and also Sangria. We all worked together but also made some delicious food that we can try and recreate at home. Delicious food, conversation, and drinks! They also send you home with the recipes.

Quality of Experience
We had so much fun and learned so much! The food tasted so good we can't wait to try it again.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Angel was fun, always keeping it interesting and he was prepared for us too!
Transport
We walked. It was about a 20 min. walk from our home.
Wine Tour of Mallorca's Famous Fincas
Mallorca

Tucked away at a beautiful estate, is a little slice of heaven. We tried different wines, walked around a beautiful estate, and learned about their new wines and projects. This family has been making wines for decades but did it for trade. They made the wines to barter and trade on their island they live on. Now, this is newer and they are bottling their wines. It's just a serene time with yummy tapas and wine.

Quality of Experience
That it's family owned and they care about what happens to their wine and estate.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everyone was so kind and knowledgable about the history of Mallorca and wine.
Transport
They came and picked us up at our hotel.
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hi, Kimberly!
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much!
It's very helpful for me to help others choose the proper guides and experiences.
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip!
See you soon on kimkim! :)

Our guides were for our tours were great. Th...
Spain | Nov 9 - Nov 19, 2022

Suha
Suha M.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Our guides were for our tours were great.
They were very knowledgeable and efficient.
The hotels we chose from the list were amazing.
Great choices to chose from. The wine tour to Rioja was wonderful. Iker did a great job as our guide for the day.
All the drivers were on time and we felt very organized the whole trip. read more

Our guides were for our tours were great.
They were very knowledgeable and efficient.
The hotels we chose from the list were amazing.
Great choices to chose from. The wine tour to Rioja was wonderful. Iker did a great job as our guide for the day.
All the drivers were on time and we felt very organized the whole trip.

Hotel Reviews
Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Barcelona
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Hotel The Principal
Madrid
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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Hi, Suha!
It was a pleasure helping you have a great trip to Spain! Thank you for your kind words about our activities and guides.
Hope to see you soon on kimkim, planning your next trip to one of 60 destinations in the world.

Spain trip - 1 week
Spain | Nov 3 - Nov 9, 2022

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steve o.
Birmingham, MI | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Yuri was a fantastic Spain kimkim planner as all of our planned events and tours went extremely smoothly and very timely. Arrived in Madrid with perfect transfers to hotel, Tuk Tuk tour of the city, Tapas tour the following day and a fun Flamenco dance class with Fernando leading the way. We then moved on to Barcelona in the same fashion via train with smooth transfers.
Toured Sagrada Familia with Maria who was an excellent host. Finished the trip with a sunset sailboat ride and a live... read more

Yuri was a fantastic Spain kimkim planner as all of our planned events and tours went extremely smoothly and very timely. Arrived in Madrid with perfect transfers to hotel, Tuk Tuk tour of the city, Tapas tour the following day and a fun Flamenco dance class with Fernando leading the way. We then moved on to Barcelona in the same fashion via train with smooth transfers.
Toured Sagrada Familia with Maria who was an excellent host. Finished the trip with a sunset sailboat ride and a live Flamenco show all in Barcelona.
Have never used kimkim before but would recommend using their service as it helped tremendously with planning. Thank you again Yuri!

Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Hi, Steve!
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip to Spain. Glad that you have enjoyed it and that all went smoothly.
Looking forward to see you soon with your new trip request at kimkim.com

Barcelona and Costa Brava
Spain | Oct 7 - Oct 14, 2022

Leona
Leona V.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

The Sagrada Familia tour with our guide Danni was very interesting and he was able to answer all our questions.

We also had a great adventure on the wine tour with Catherine and her husband.

The tour to Montserrat was also good. The only suggestion we would have is to allow more free time to explore all Montserrat had to offer. Our guides, Mateo and Roger, were very informative.

The hotel choices provided by were Yuri were perfect for our purposes. We were very happy overall. read more

The Sagrada Familia tour with our guide Danni was very interesting and he was able to answer all our questions.

We also had a great adventure on the wine tour with Catherine and her husband.

The tour to Montserrat was also good. The only suggestion we would have is to allow more free time to explore all Montserrat had to offer. Our guides, Mateo and Roger, were very informative.

The hotel choices provided by were Yuri were perfect for our purposes. We were very happy overall.

Hotel Reviews
Astoria
Barcelona

We loved the location of this hotel and enjoyed the breakfast. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

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Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona

This hotel is well located near the beach.

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Activity Reviews
Vineyards, Wines & Tapas in Penedès
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Catherine and her husband were great guides
Transport
Private Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona

Loved the architecture.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day Trip to Montserrat & Lunch at a Farmhouse
Barcelona

Great experience. There is so much to see that the free time allowed was not enough to fully appreciate the location.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Roger and Mateo were great guides
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Leona, thank you so much for your review.
I will make sure that in the future travelers will have more time in Montserrat to admire and explore for themselves.

Overall we were very pleased. Yuri provided ...
Spain | Oct 7 - Oct 14, 2022

Marinus
Marinus V.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Overall we were very pleased. Yuri provided the guidance we expected and fulfilled our experience. The trip was great.
Pickup at the airport was a little disorganized but then which airport isn’t. Checkin was good but had to wait for our room. After 15 hours in airports this was unfortunate but again not surprised.
Tour of the Familia Sagrada was great. Danny was informative and helpful. What a place!
Wine tour was also great. We’ve been on many but this one was more informative... read more

Overall we were very pleased. Yuri provided the guidance we expected and fulfilled our experience. The trip was great.
Pickup at the airport was a little disorganized but then which airport isn’t. Checkin was good but had to wait for our room. After 15 hours in airports this was unfortunate but again not surprised.
Tour of the Familia Sagrada was great. Danny was informative and helpful. What a place!
Wine tour was also great. We’ve been on many but this one was more informative and extensive. Plus portion size was large compared to North American wineries.
Montserrat was good but did have it’s issues. Many unavoidable but it still made the day a little rushed. Our guides Matteo and Roger did what they could to alleviate the delays however it did take away from some of the attractions we wanted to do.
Overall though Barcelona is a beautiful, clean and friendly city. Costa Brava is also a beautiful area with much to see and do. Slightly off season definitely helped us enjoy our time.

Hotel Reviews
Astoria
Barcelona

Well located. Walking distance to many attractions or alternatively the metro was two blocks away. Service was friendly, rooms clean and typical European size. Would stay again.

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Hotel Aiguablava
Costa Brava · Girona
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A little complicated to get their
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Activity Review
Private Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona
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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Hi, Marinus.
Thank you so much for your review. I always take notes and work with our suppliers to create the best experience for our travelers. Thank you for your input it will help future travelers.
Hope to see you soon in kimkim on your new trip.

Best,
Yuri.

Great trip. Yuri was very helpful and easy to...
Spain | Jul 22 - Jul 25, 2022

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Reyna V.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Great trip. Yuri was very helpful and easy to work with. I appreciated his prompt assistance and responsiveness both before and during my trip to Spain. read more

Great trip. Yuri was very helpful and easy to work with. I appreciated his prompt assistance and responsiveness both before and during my trip to Spain.

Hotel Review
Hotel The Serras
Barcelona

Great hotel. Highly recommend.

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Activity Reviews
Private Walk in Madrid
Madrid
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Flamenco & Tapas Night
Madrid

Tapas walk was great. Flamenco didn’t feel special and could have skipped that.

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Food
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Day Trip to Montserrat & Lunch at a Farmhouse
Barcelona

Tour guide was young and inexperienced. The day was too long. We wasted a lot of time at Montserrat sight. Food at lunch was okay. In hindsight, would rather have spent the day doing something else in Barcelona.

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Food
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Needed better AC in the bus
Private Gaudí Architecture Walk
Barcelona
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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Reyna, thank you for your review. Very helpful for kimkim and future travelers. It was a pleasure to organize the trip for you. Looking forward to seeing you using kimkim for your future trips.

13 days in Spain, 2022
Spain | Sep 18 - Sep 30, 2022

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Kelley S.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

The entire kimkim experience was incredibly easy, pleasant, and perfect. After this trip, I can't imagine traveling without kimkim again.

We traveled to Barcelona first on our 13 days in Spain. We were greeted by a professional driver in the airport and transported to our first hotel. The driver was extremely kind and made the transfer pleasant after a long flight. Our Barcelona hotel, Casa Luz, was all that it was advertised to be. We had many wonderful choices through kimkim, and we were... read more

The entire kimkim experience was incredibly easy, pleasant, and perfect. After this trip, I can't imagine traveling without kimkim again.

We traveled to Barcelona first on our 13 days in Spain. We were greeted by a professional driver in the airport and transported to our first hotel. The driver was extremely kind and made the transfer pleasant after a long flight. Our Barcelona hotel, Casa Luz, was all that it was advertised to be. We had many wonderful choices through kimkim, and we were very pleased with our hotel.

We were guided on a Gothic Quarter walking tour by Theresa. The experience was incredible. She was local to the area and had incredible knowledge about Barcelona and the Jewish Quarter. We were inspired by her stories and the deep history she shared about the buildings we saw and the area generally. She also gave us great restaurant recommendations that turned out to be some of our favorite meals on the trip.

We also enjoyed the day trip to Costa Brava for sea kayaking and hiking. Our guide, Stepan, was truly amazing. He is a wonderful, patient guide, full of fun and insightful knowledge about the region. Our kayaking and cliff jumping excursion was a truly memorable and fun part of our trip! We totally recommend this excursion.

We also enjoyed a private guided tour of Sagrada Familia. Our guide, Gemma, was truly awesome. She shared such deep details about the history and construction of the Sagrada Familia, as well as connections to nature within the church that we would not have known we were seeing. She also shared local restaurant recommendations with us that were terrific.

Each of our guides and tours in Barcelona was 100% terrific and we recommend them wholly.

We next transferred to Madrid. We enjoyed the self-guided walking tour of Madrid provided by kimkim. The instructions were easy to follow and gave us a great tour of the city.

We had an extraordinary day trip to Avila and Segovia, guided by Martin. Martin was a true professor of the region and the history of the sites. Everyone would be lucky to have Martin as their guide. We had an unforgettable day-long experience at these important historical sites. We highly recommend this trip!

We also enjoyed our short Prado Museum visit immensely. Our guide, Maria, was so enjoyable and she made the art and history of the museum truly enjoyable. The Prado is huge, so having guidance to some of the most important points and art in the museum was extremely helpful to make the visit meaningful. Highly recommended.

We next transferred to Valencia. We enjoyed the self-guided walking tour. We also enjoyed our beach day in Valencia. We had a small group tour set for the second day in Valencia, but our guide didn't appear at the time in our itinerary from kimkim. We had a phone number, provided by kimkim, to contact the company. I reached out, but we were not in their system. I immediately let our kimkim consultant know of the issue, and within minutes, we were rescheduled for a private guided tour the next day. This slight error was the only thing that did not go perfectly for our trip. But it was rectified quickly, and kimkim made sure to provide a private tour for us with extra time included to make up for the mistake. I hate mentioning it, because it didn't seem to be kimkim's error. But I want to highlight how professionally kimkim responded and how they went above and beyond to correct any errors. I now can't imagine missing the the 3 hour guided tour we enjoyed so much.

Our private guided walking tour of 3 hours around Valencia, with our guide Laura, was also a highlight of the trip. She was extremely knowledgeable and shared many relatable stories about Valencia, along with its history and culture, with us. We thoroughly enjoyed this amazing tour! Many thanks to kimkim for the add-ons.

We also took the small group guided tour of the Albufera Natural Park, thanks to kimkim! We enjoyed this tour greatly. Our guide Paulino is an expert in the area, and he made sure we knew the history of this beautiful park. We had a short van ride filled with history, then some easy walking in Albufera. The surprise of the tour was a boat ride into the lagoon to enjoy the sunset. It was a meaningful and pleasant, relaxed journey to a beautiful place that is very important in the region of Valencia. We highly recommend it and enjoyed it!

Each hotel was great. We had a hard time picking hotels because each option kimkim provided was terrific.

Each of our guides was an expert and so wonderful to spend time with.

Each driver, with the exception of one, was perfectly professional. Our only sub-par driver was the driver who picked us up at the Valencia train station. He was not terribly professional, did not offer to assist with bags, played loud terrible music in the van, and was pretty dismissive. It was not a big deal, but it truly stood out after each of our other drivers had been so kind, attentive, and professional.

We especially enjoyed the ease of the transfers from hotels to airports and train stations. Kimkim arranged those transfers and set the timing, taking the guessing out of when we needed to be at each location. Kimkim provided specific instructions for each of our guided tours. The whole itinerary was easy to follow and made for a seamless trip.

Thanks for reading this long review. We cannot recommend kimkim highly enough. We will be traveling with them again. I have already recommended the service to many of my friends.

Thank you kimkim for a truly remarkable and memorable vacation! We cannot wait to travel with you again!

Hotel Reviews
One Shot Recoletos 04
Madrid

This hotel is on a quiet street. We had an interior room, but windows on two sides. The beds were comfortable and the room itself was quiet, clean, and perfect for our needs. The hotel is in a very nice area and we felt exceptionally safe there.

Authenticity & Character
This hotel has old elements in a modern feel. It was perfectly updated and comfortable.
Location
This location is near the French Embassy, and walking distance to great shopping and restaurants. It is in a very nice area in the city that feels sophisticated and quiet, and residential. It was truly enjoyable to be there.
Staff
The front desk staff and the breakfast staff at this hotel was very proficient and welcoming. They made everything easy. They were happy to store our bags.
Cleanliness & Comfort
This hotel was very clean and comfortable. The beds were great, the shower was terrific. We opted for breakfast included at this hotel, and it was a huge breakfast every day with more food than we could eat. The breakfast dining area was lovely and relaxing.
Plaza Mercado
Valencia

This hotel was terrific! We were very pleased with our choice. The only observation we had was that our room was on the first floor. We could hear noise from the reception area downstairs at times. If you are looking for very quiet rooms, ask to be located higher up and away from the staircase.

Authenticity & Character
This hotel has a modern feel in an historic area. The restaurant in the hotel feels like a charming Mediteranean throwback. But the rest of the hotel is very sleek feeling, including the room and spa.
Location
This hotel is right in the middle of everything. Restaurants and shopping are all around. It is walking distance to the bus and train station. The location is excellent.
Staff
We had lots of questions and the staff addressed them all. We scheduled massages at the spa, we needed a taxi and the staff responded, and the staff gave us instructions to get to the beach on our own. They were extremely helfpul and friendly. They spent individual time with each guest that we saw who needed their help.
Cleanliness & Comfort
We had a junior suite at this hotel, and it was terrific. The hotel itself was very clean. We enjoyed the spa greatly, and it was also quite clean. The spa is really not to be missed, especially the Latin baths.
Praktik Èssens
Barcelona

We stayed in this hotel the final night of our journey. We loved it.

Authenticity & Character
The hotel has an old feel with a modern flair. It was perfect and understated elegance and charm.
Location
The hotel is located on a main street near a metro stop and tons of high end shopping, and near a Gaudi stop.
Staff
The staff at this hotel was extremely nice. They helped us with a dinner reservation, and were otherwise so welcoming and friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our room was very clean and comfortable. We had a small room, but it was perfect for our needs. The room faced a busy street, but with the doors closed you would never know Barcelona was bustling below.
Hotel Casa Luz
Barcelona

Casa Luz is a standard hotel in Europe, but the location is incredible. Our room was on a very busy street, but the room itself was perfectly quiet. The shower in the room was incredible. The room was very clean, and the beds very comfortable. The hotel has a beautiful rooftop restaurant to enjoy. The location made walking in Barcelona easy and enjoyable. The room had everything we needed for our 5-6 days in Barcelona. Highly recommended!

Authenticity & Character
The hotel brings all the character of European small hotels. It is charming and authentic, while also having all of the modern updates travelers enjoy.
Location
There is a metro stop across the street. The location is central to great restaurants and shopping.
Staff
The staff was welcoming, helpful, and friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The hotel was definitely clean. Our beds and pillows were extremely comfortable.
Activity Reviews
Gothic Quarter Walk & Churros
Barcelona

Our guide made this tour extremely enjoyable!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The only thing we suggest here is for the tour operator or kimkim to let travelers know that the meeting point under the mural of the king and queen is a Picasso. We were looking for a more realistic mural of the king and queen, so we initially had trouble understanding the meeting point.
Coastal Hike, Kayaking & Swimming in Costa Brava
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Stepan was amazing!
Transport
Private Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona

Gemma was an exceptional guide!

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Transport
Day Trip to Ávila & Segovia
Madrid

I had no idea what to expect, but this day was beyond what I could have imagined. This day was really fun, full of history, and really fulfilling.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Martin was exceptional. He is a history professor at heart and has so much knowledge and insight to the area and the sites.
Transport
Short Prado Museum Visit
Madrid

Maria made a short visit to the museum extremely meaningful!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Small Group Valencia Orientation Tour
Valencia

We actually had a private tour of 3 hours, because somehow our reservation for the small group tour did not get set. The 3 hour private tour was amazing, fun, and meaningful. We highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Laura was so knowledgeable and engaging! We had a great tour!
Transport
Small Group Albufera Tour
Valencia

This tour was really interesting. Albufera is a really important historical sight in the area, and it's beautiful. It's also an interesting natural park. The boat tour was a surprise and such a fun part of the evening. Highly recommended!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Paulino was a great guide! So knowledgeable. He had to speak three languages on the journey, and he was amazing.
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

Wow! Kelley! Thank you so much for your review!
This would be very helpful for me and future travelers. Trully appreciate your time to write all those wonderful reviews!
It was a pleasure helping you create your trip to Spain! See you soon, planning your next trip to some other wonderful country!

P.S. I've also addressed the issue with the driver in Valencia. And meeting point for Gothic Qarter tour.

Spain review
Spain | Sep 1 - Sep 10, 2022

Zach
Zach Z.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Using KimKim as a planning and booking service was extremely convenient and very helpful. The suggested activities were not “touristy” and we implemented several of them into our itinerary. The ability to book hotels, transportation, and activities all through the same website was great. However, for two of the three activities we booked through KimKim we were given incorrect information on the meeting times. For a vineyard tour we were given a time an hour later and missed the shuttle... read more

Using KimKim as a planning and booking service was extremely convenient and very helpful. The suggested activities were not “touristy” and we implemented several of them into our itinerary. The ability to book hotels, transportation, and activities all through the same website was great. However, for two of the three activities we booked through KimKim we were given incorrect information on the meeting times. For a vineyard tour we were given a time an hour later and missed the shuttle because of it. Luckily we had baked in a free day to our trip and they vineyard tour company was nice enough to reschedule us for the next day. If we had not had that luxury though we would’ve just missed the tour. The second activity was a paddle boarding lesson and for that we were given the wrong day entirely. Again, the company was nice enough to accommodate us and give the lesson on the day we showed up. I would consider us lucky though because without flexibility in our days we would’ve missed two great activities with no way to make them up. Overall I would still recommend KimKim for planning and ideation but I would be weary to recommend booking activities through the site.

Hotel Reviews
Vincci Mercat
Valencia

This hotel was in a great location, center of the city, block away from the central market, and walking distance to countless restaurants and cafes. The hotel staff was incredibly nice and accommodating, the rooms was clean and beautiful with the biggest bed I’ve ever seen. Breakfast was high quality. All around a very great place to stay.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
EME Catedral Mercer
Sevilla

The hotel design is amazing. It feels less like a hotel and more like a local apartment building. there are several atriums and courtyards throughout the buildings providing unique views and experiences for each room. Our room was spacious and luxurious featuring a glass shower, a stand alone tub, a king sized bed, and two small balconies to overlook the busy street below. There is a pool and multiple bars on the roof that provide great views of the city and adjacent cathedral. The main bar is open to the public so you get a little local flare just by heading up to the roof of your hotel. My only complaint would be that the cathedral next door sets of several sets of large bells at once every morning around 9 am. So if you plan to sleep in, think again, but if you are an early riser then this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Activity Reviews
Vineyards, Wines & Tapas in Penedès
Barcelona

The activity itself was incredible, informative, and one the best experiences we had in Spain. Highly recommend. However we were given the wrong meeting time by kimkim which made us miss our shuttle. Luckily we had baked in an extra day and the tour company was kind enough to reschedule us for another day. Otherwise we would have missed it completely.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Surfing/SUPing in Valencia
Valencia

This was a wonderful experience with a great instructor. It was a ton of fun and the Valencia’s beaches are just to die for. Warm water, beautiful sandy beach, and it wasn’t that crowded

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
City of Arts & Sciences Architecture + Rooftop Wine & Tapas
Valencia

This was easily the best part of our trip. An awesome tour of once if the most impressive architectural displays I’ve ever seen. Then 10 courses of tapas and wine on the rooftop terrace of a 33-story tower overlooking the campus and city. The food was tremendous, the wine was excellent, and the strangers we shared the experience with felt like friends by the end of the night. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and she elevated the experience even more. It was amazing!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

Thank you for your review and feedback. Happy to hear that your experience using the platform was seamless and the trip was overall a great trip! We are sorry to hear that you encountered a couple of snags during the trip, but are happy to hear our partners were able to rectify those hiccups for you. We have passed your feedback on to them for review as well. We look forward to planning again with you in the future.

Fantastic Honeymoon in Spain
Spain | Sep 2 - Sep 10, 2022

Elise
Elise V.
Cornelius, NC | Reviewed on Sep 11, 2022

We had a wonderful trip to Spain planned by Yuri! We visited Madrid, Barcelona, and Costa Brava. Starting in Madrid, our favorite places were: Retiro Park and the Palace. We had wonderful, private palace tour with Enrique. He shared so much history with us!
Our time in Barcelona was amazing! We were lucky enough to have private tours of the Gothic Quarter and Sagrada Familia. Both tours were insightful and we learned so much. It was also nice to have some free time on our own in Barcelona.... read more

We had a wonderful trip to Spain planned by Yuri! We visited Madrid, Barcelona, and Costa Brava. Starting in Madrid, our favorite places were: Retiro Park and the Palace. We had wonderful, private palace tour with Enrique. He shared so much history with us!
Our time in Barcelona was amazing! We were lucky enough to have private tours of the Gothic Quarter and Sagrada Familia. Both tours were insightful and we learned so much. It was also nice to have some free time on our own in Barcelona. One evening we had a sunset cruise which was absolutely a fantastic adventure- we enjoyed every moment.
Our time in Montserrat was unforgettable with a hot air ballon ride with Kon-Tiki. This excursion was completely worth getting up early! :) We enjoyed the hot air balloon ride, and the trip to Montserrat.
After being on the go, it was nice to go at a slower pace on our own in Costa Brava. Yuri picked the perfect Hotel for us- Park Hotel San Jorge. We enjoyed the beach, pool, spa, and restaurants there. It was nice to unwind and enjoy the last few days of our Honeymoon.
Overall, we had the most amazing experience! It was so nice to have everything planned out for us. Kim Kim made it easy! We enjoyed having guided tours, but also having the flexible schedule to do things on our own too. It was such a nice balance. Our Honeymoon was a once in a lifetime trip and we had the best experience!

Hotel Reviews
ICON BCN by Petit Palace
Barcelona

Wonderful hotel! We enjoyed our stay here. The room was spacious and very clean. The hotel staff went above and beyond to make our Honeymoon special. The daily breakfast was fantastic. The location is central to anything you'll do in Barcelona and if needed, taxis are affordable and not any trouble to get.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
They gifted us Champagne for our Honeymoon- so sweet!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Petit Palace Posada del Peine
Madrid

This hotel was in the absolute best location in Madrid. We could literally walk to everywhere we wanted to go! Take a few steps and you are in Plaza Mayor with so many restaurants and shops. Our room was a little on the small side, but it was worth it for the location. Breakfast was very good and the staff was super friendly and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Fantastic location!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Park Hotel San Jorge & Spa
Calonge

We loved our stay at the Park Hotel San Jorge! We enjoyed the beach, pool, spa, and restaurant. You cannot beat the fantastic views. From every corner of the hotel we we amazed at how beautiful the coast was. The pool chairs were so comfortable and had plenty of room. We also enjoyed having a massage outdoors. This hotel was so relaxing and comfortable.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Visit to Sagrada Família
Barcelona

We enjoyed the tour of Sagrada Familia. Our guide was so nice and knowledgeable!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Madrid’s Royal Palace Private Tour
Madrid

Enrique was very knowledgeable- we learned so much about the history in Madrid.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sunset Sailing in Barcelona
Barcelona

The sunset cruise was one of our favorite activities on the trip! It was absolutely beautiful!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Carlos was so nice!! He made sure we had a great experience!
Transport
Private Walk in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Barcelona

Albert was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. He was very passionate about the Gothic Quarter and we learned so much from him!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to Montserrat & Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Barcelona

This was a once in a lifetime experience! The Team made us feel comfortable and ready to fly! We enjoyed all of the views and appreciated the photos from the Hot Air Balloon Team.

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Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Elise, thank you for your wonderful and detailed review. Hope to see you on your next adventure with kimkim.com

Best,
Yuri

Kimkim was exactly what I was looking for - e...
Spain | Jul 15 - Jul 23, 2022

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Beth S.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Kimkim was exactly what I was looking for - easy to use and easy to communicate. I’d definitely use them again. read more

Kimkim was exactly what I was looking for - easy to use and easy to communicate. I’d definitely use them again.

Hotel Review
Hotel Boutique Molino del Arco
Ronda Málaga

This hotel is a bit outside of town, but totally worth the drive. Amazing views, cozy rooms, and extremely friendly staff made it all worth it. The hotel has been a family since the 17th century making olive oil and I loved that we had it at breakfast and was able to purchase some to bring home.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Fernando was the best!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tapas & Flamenco Experience in Seville
Seville

Our guide Costanza told us about the history of the town, and history of the dance. We love that she took us to local restaurants with excellent food that we would’ve just walked by on our own if she wasn’t with us.

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Transport
Cádiz Bike Tour
Cádiz

Fabio was an excellent host and was open minded as we took a detour on the traditional bike tour and ended up jumping off a bridge with locals into the water. He made the tour extra special for us because he listened to our needs. We loved that he was local and surprised us with photos as well.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Beth, thank you so much for your review! I'm really glad you enjoyed your trip. Would be glad to welcome you to kimkim.com at the next destination.

Our Spain Trip
Spain | Jun 23 - Jul 3, 2022

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Parimeeta S.
West Chester, PA | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Yuri. We have now reached home and I want to thank you for organizing the best trip we have had as a family to Spain. Everything was just right and even though we had the minor change at Granada, you sorted that out immediately and it was all good in the end. :) We will definitely be using Kimkim again and I hope to work with you personally again as well. Once again, thanks a million for a memorable holiday!!! read more

Yuri. We have now reached home and I want to thank you for organizing the best trip we have had as a family to Spain. Everything was just right and even though we had the minor change at Granada, you sorted that out immediately and it was all good in the end. :) We will definitely be using Kimkim again and I hope to work with you personally again as well. Once again, thanks a million for a memorable holiday!!!

Hotel Reviews
Aguilas5 SevillaSuites
Sevilla

Boutique hotel. Centrally located. Very clean, comfortable and welcoming. Highly recommend.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel YIT Casablanca
Granada

More a youth hostel than a hotel. Not clean and lacking basic amenities- for example the towels had holes and there was no hot water for the shower. Stay away!

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yuri Ihnatov
Yuri
Yuri Ihnatov
Local specialist in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Hi, Parimeeta!

Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure creating this trip for your family!