Excellent trip to Spain - Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2022

Traveler: Bruce H. - Local specialist: Sam Lister

I found kimkim with a Google search, and was impressed with the positive feedback given by former travelers. Now, I am the one giving the positive review without any hesitation! Our trip to Spain was planned excellently and with attention to detail by Sam. We certainly had some anxiety due to COVID restrictions, but decided to go ahead with the trip and had a wonderful experience. In addition, my wife had a fracture in her foot that limited her ability to walk distances, but wheelchair... read more

I found kimkim with a Google search, and was impressed with the positive feedback given by former travelers. Now, I am the one giving the positive review without any hesitation! Our trip to Spain was planned excellently and with attention to detail by Sam. We certainly had some anxiety due to COVID restrictions, but decided to go ahead with the trip and had a wonderful experience. In addition, my wife had a fracture in her foot that limited her ability to walk distances, but wheelchair assistance was arranged for her when possible. Transportation between sites was always on-time and each driver was very polite and helpful. Each guide was well-prepared and extremely informative and friendly and welcoming: Teresa in Madrid, Joaquin in Cordoba, Maria in Seville, Roberto and Paco in Granada, and Maria and Craig in Barcelona. We experienced so many wonderful sites, too many to mention, but the highlights were: Prado and Royal Palace in Madrid, Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar in Cordoba, Cathedral and Alcazar in Seville, Alhambra and Albaicin in Granada, and Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell in Barcelona followed by a day trip to Montserrat and a winery near Barcelona. Our trip also included several meals and a Flamenco show, and we thoroughly enjoyed these as well as the sight-seeing planned in each city. Also, Sam and his colleague Fran checked in with us during the trip to make sure everything was going smoothly--and, of course, everything did go very smoothly thanks to the attention to detail by our travel agent! The accommodations were very nice and always in a convenient location in each city. Overall, we had an amazing experience, and would highly recommend Sam and kimkim to anyone. We have no regrets and only wish we had more than ten days to spend in Spain.

Hotel Reviews

Hotel H10 Casa de la Plata

Sevilla

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Hotel is in a great location close to historical sites and shopping. However, if your room has an outside view, it can be noisy during the night. The staff were friendly and hotel was new and clean and nicely decorated.

Tips for future travelers

While the view of the street was nice, choose an interior room for less noise during the night.

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New and nicely decorated.

Hotel NH Califa

Córdoba

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Hotel was good--clean and convenient. However, it could use some updating. Staff was friendly.

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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

Granada

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Hotel was in a quiet, secluded street. Building was old with lots of character. Staff was extremely friendly.

Tips for future travelers

Highly recommend.

Location

Close to shopping and sites in center of city,
Cleanliness & Comfort

Beds weren't the most comfortable on our trip.
Staff

So friendly and helpful
Authenticity & Character

Beautiful building and rooms.

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Barcelona

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Great location, very helpful staff, comfortable beds and climate control.

Location

A little farther from tourist sites, but easily reached by taxi or walking.
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Very helpful as this was our last hotel of the trip and we had documents that we needed printed out.
Authenticity & Character

A modern hotel. Nicely decorated.

H10 Puerta de Alcalá

Madrid

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Nice location, great breakfast, helpful staff. Hallway noise could be heard in rooms.

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Activity Reviews

Private City Tour of Seville

Seville

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We toured the Cathedral, Alcazar and explored a neighborhood with our guide, Maria. She was very informative and made the experience so much fun and informative.

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Guide was fun, informative, and well-prepared.
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Private Tour of Park Güell & Sagrada Família

Barcelona

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Parc Guell is fun and whimsical place to visit. Sagrada Familia is just too amazing for words. If you only have time for one place, go to Sagrada Familia. Also, our guide, Sandra, made the place come to life.

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Took taxis, but had no issues.
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Private Flamenco & Tapas Tour

Seville

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Flamenco show was so much fun and interesting. Tapas tour was also informative and our guide explained the traditions and food choices to us. Delicious!

Food

Restaurant choices were excellent.
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Private Tour of Córdoba

Córdoba

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Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar were fascinating and came to life with our guide.

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Day Trip to Montserrat & Wine Tour

Barcelona

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A great day trip from Barcelona. Nice to see the countryside and experience more culture away from the city.

Food

Stopped at a restaurant in a small town and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Craig transported us and was a great guide for our day.
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Sam Lister, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bruce,
Thank you so much for writing your review! Both Fran and I really appreciate your words and we're so happy you had such a good time! I'm also delighted Janell was comfortable thanks to the wheelchair assistance. It was a real pleasure to meet you all in Seville and I wish you guys a great 2022!! Un abrazo fuerte, Sam