My husband and I recently returned from an 18 day trip to Spain. We are very well traveled and I usually plan every detail of our trips, however, this time I decided to see what Zicasso.com was all about. I am so glad that I did. I would have never discovered this travel agency on my own. I can't begin to express how worthwhile it was to have an in-country experienced travel agency help plan our trip. Our trip was truly exceptional thanks to this company! Planning went very smoothly and communication was prompt and plentiful. Our agent made some wonderful suggestions. All arrangements were seamless! I loved the app provided to download our itinerary to my phone and tablet. It served as an excellent reference throughout the trip. When we checked into our first hotel a packet containing train tickets, maps, and other details of our trip was waiting along with the most wonderful travel tool-- a mobile hot spot!! This was invaluable both on the road and while walking around the cities and towns we visited! Our boutique hotels were exactly what we were looking for and all were very well located. We were so pleased with the private tours we booked in many of the places we visited. Our guides were amazing! Each one was extremely knowledgable, professional and charming. Their enthusiasm for what they were showing us was contagious. The information they imparted extended so far beyond what any guidebook could possibly cover. Even after our tours were complete, each guide sat us down with a city map and provided suggestions for what we might do for the rest of our day, including favorite places for lunch and dinner. Trains were so convenient, comfortable and clean and traveling between cities this way certainly beats dealing with all the hassles of flying. Overall, we were extremely pleased with our trip and with the services of our travel agency!
I have to say that the entire trip was memorable. The Spanish people are so friendly and the country is so amazingly beautiful and clean! The food and wine are top-notch and we enjoying sampling the specialties of each region we visited. Originally having little interest in including Madrid on our itinerary, we were so happy to have been persuaded to spend a few days there by our agent. We loved Madrid and look forward to returning! The Alhambra has been at the top of my "must see" list for many years. During our time in Granada, we had an extraordinary visit to the Alhambra and Generalife with our guide; truly memorable! We thoroughly enjoyed our tapas tour in Seville and tasting sea anemones for the first time--outstanding! The few days we spent touring Ronda and the white villages followed by relaxing at a small hotel in the countryside were beautiful. The Mezquita in Cordoba was fascinating and we regretted not having a private tour here. Cathedrals in Toledo, Seville, Granada, Girona, and Barcelona were amazing! Visits to the Prado, Reina Sofia, Sante Tome, Dali Museum and Picasso Museum gave us a whole new perspective of Spanish art. Our Modernist tour in Barcelona which highlighted Gaudi's work was both wonderful and enlightening! A revisit to Barcelona to see the Sagrada Familia after it is finished in 2026 and to visit Parc Guell are on our list. We also loved wandering through the charming old sections of the cities and towns we visited.
I would have been ideal to add a day in Madrid and one in Barcelona, however, we were already embarking on an 18 day journey!
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