It has been a month since our trip to Northern Spain and we can still remember every marvelous detail of this memorable journey. From the minute that we first connected with our travel planners, we knew that we had found kindred spirits. Not only did they satisfy our passion for food and wine but incorporated the culture and the arts that Spain has to offer. Our trip designers planned every detail from the food adventures to private winery visits, museum tours and a hike in the Picos de Europa. Although we had a general idea of how we wanted to rent a car and explore the different regions, their advice was always spot on and their recommendations ended up being the highlights of the trip.
They were incredibly responsive and available day and night for any last minute questions or changes to the itinerary. They had connections everywhere and there was always someone looking out for us when we arrived. Their deep experience in the region meant that they were sensitive to the logistics as well as the points of interest. They carefully suggested an itinerary that did not involve too much driving but kept us on track and allowed us the right amount of time to visit each area. This was especially important as Northern Spain is mountainous and you need to allow yourself more time to visit the various regions.
We can't wait to plan our next trip!
Every day was truly memorable but we will try to mention a few. The catered picnic in Retiro Park in Madrid next to the Crystal Palace was unexpected and delightful. The setting, the fabulous food and wine was just a great way to enjoy an afternoon in this beautiful city. The guided four wheel drive and hike (and local cheese tasting) in the Picos de Europa was breathtaking rand a lesson in how these mountain natives retain their way of life. The meal at Etxebarri was a once in a lifetime gastronomic experience. The night time drive through the forest to emerge at the ocean for our private dinner at Gueyu Mar was fun and delicious.The fabulous city of San Sebastian,its beautiful coastline and amazing cuisine. And then of course there were the small villages, the museum tours...tapas and pintxos...the old wine cellars...did we mention the beautiful beaches?
When we first went on Zicasso looking for a travel planner, we had a pretty good idea of how we wanted to do our trip. My recommendation is to be open to all that your experienced travel planner might suggest. The best parts of our trip were the suggestions that our trip planner had for us that we never would have thought of.
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