This trip was as cultural and gastronomic enriching as much as sightseeing.
Spain | Aug 24 - Sep 4, 2022

RICARDO
RICARDO R.
Rockledge, FL | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

We had an overall great experience with the places chosen and the guides. We came home with a greater appreciation of the different cultures in the Spanish country.
In Madrid, Hotel 7 Islas was centrally located. The room and the breakfast buffet were good. Both Carlos with the tapas tour and Isabel with the city walk were excellent. Picking up the rental car took more time than expected, which made us a little stressed about making it on time for the wine tasting in La Rioja. We don't... read more

We had an overall great experience with the places chosen and the guides. We came home with a greater appreciation of the different cultures in the Spanish country.
In Madrid, Hotel 7 Islas was centrally located. The room and the breakfast buffet were good. Both Carlos with the tapas tour and Isabel with the city walk were excellent. Picking up the rental car took more time than expected, which made us a little stressed about making it on time for the wine tasting in La Rioja. We don't know if a later wine tour was feasible at all. We did see other groups arriving later for their wine tasting. A later tour would have been better to allow us to eat breakfast in the hotel and enjoy the drive without stress.
The wine tour in Marques de Riscal was good. The hotel Finca de los Arandinos is beautiful and the food was great, but it is very remote.
The trip to Bilbao was easy. The hotel Miro was excellent, the staff was very friendly and the location was central. Our guide Zorione was great. She went above and beyond the city sights, giving us an insight of the Basque culture.
In the Basque countryside tour we met Diego. He proved to be a good friend for 3 days. It was a real cultural experience, enhanced by Diego's company.
The stops between Bilbao and San Sebastian with Diego were great. Hotel Catalonia in San Sebastian was excellent and had a great location. The breakfast buffet was the best. The pintxos-hopping was a real culinary experience. The day off in San Sebastian was a good choice. It allowed us to rest a little and enjoy the beach. The visit to Pasai Donibane was relaxing. We had more pintxos with Diego.
The train ride to Barcelona was uneventful. Gran Hotel Havana was centrally located. The staff was nice. The market tour was enjoyable. The tour of the Sagrada Familia with Mari was very educational.
The Monserrat tour and cava tasting with Nuria was also educational. Nuria took the time to talk about the Catalonian culture past and present.
All the guides and transfers arrived on time.
We are very pleased with Kim Kim's service and the choice of guides. We truly recommend Kim Kim to travel in Spain.

Hotel Review
Catalonia Donosti
San Sebastián

The hotel is centrally located. The staff is friendly. The room was spacious with a good sized bath. The breakfast buffet is excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Madrid

Carlos was a good guide. We enjoyed the food and the company.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
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Guided Visit of Madrid: History, Culture & Architecture of the Capital of Spain
Madrid

Seeing Madrid from a historical perspective, walking with Isabel was a great experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Flamenco Night
Madrid

I found the show kind of boring. There were no castanets and no dancing in couples. The individual dances felt too long. They even explained that the show is improvised.

Quality of Experience
Privately Guided Visit of Bilbao
Bilbao

Zorione was a wonderful guide. She shared with us the Basque culture past and present.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day Excursion to Hondarribia & Pasai Donibane, with a Txakolli Winery Visit
San Sebastian

These small villages are very pleasant to visit. They are a rest from the busy city lifestyle.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Diego was phenomenal.
Transport
La Sagrada Familia Private Visit
Barcelona

Our guide Mari explained really well the evolution of this masterpiece.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Day Trip to Montserrat & Penedès Region Wine Tasting
Barcelona

It was a great day trip from Barcelona. The mountains are spectacular. We had a great time with our guide Nuria, who talked at large about Catalunya past and present.

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Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Hola Ricardo y Liana! Gracias por vuestras palabras y feedback tan detallado! I'm so glad to know that you had a great time discovering the different cultures and parts of our country with your guides and that you enjoyed the balance between the different activities and places that you visited. It was truly a pleasure to help you create this amazing experience, so thank you so much again! Best regards, Bea.