For the past 15 years we have traveled often, either using travel agencies or planning trips on our own. Three years ago I used Zicasso to locate a travel agency in Greece and was thrilled with the results. So when it came time to plan our Spain trip, Zicasso helped me locate this travel company and due to the excellent service both before and during our 16 day trip to southern Spain, this latest trip was probably the best one we have taken. This travel agent quickly contacted me after receiving my referral, and during the 4 months of planning, continued to be available both through email and phone calls in order to plan and then tweak the details of this trip. She customized this trip according to my interests, art, music, culture, food and history, including the Jewish(Sephardic) history of Spain. We received recommendations of hotels, restaurants and activities, and several itineraries were suggested. Our hotels were 4* boutiques hotels, all located in the the most interesting areas of the cities, and convenient for exploration on our own. My travel agent arranged for private guides and private drivers, all of whom were personable and knowledgeable and offered their own recommendations when asked, as well as changing plans according to our interests. In addition to the paper itinerary provided, she also assisted me in downloading an app for my phone so that all of the information, including documents were readily available electronically. One of the best features of this travel agency, however, is the fact that this agent met us several times while we were in Spain, acting as a tour guide for a small privately owned olive oil factory, driving us to Lucena, one of the oldest Jewish communities in Spain, and several times for lunch or coffee. She was also available any time we needed by phone or app,( what's app) and was able to change plans when we re requested , always a plan B if needed. My agent was a joy to work with during the entire process, and it was so reassuring to know she was just a phone call or a text away.
Difficult to narrow down the most enjoyable or memorable. WIthout this travel agent's extensive knowledge of Andalucia, we never would have seen the white villages, and specifically the village of Genalguacil(The Town Museum) outdoor art display throughout this tiny town. Highights also include the Flamenco show at the Museum of Flamenco in Seville, the beautiful town of Ronda with it breathtaking views, where we attended a flamenco guitar concert by Paco Seco in his Guitar House and where we spent over an hour one day with Paco sharing his guitar secrets with my guitar playing husband, Loved visiting the Sephardic museums in Sevilla and Cordoba and Madrid, as well as the PIcasso Museum in Malaga and seeing Picasso's Guernica returned to its home in Madrid. The tapas, and food in general , was amazing and we even became accustomed to eating dinner at 9pm, by Spain's standards, and early dinner!
This was a 16 night trip which, by our design, required 6 different hotel stays. It's difficult to say if I would eliminate any of the hotel stays, but it did require being on the move, sometimes after 2 days. If I had more time, I might have either added a few more nights to several cities, or made one or two a home base and made day trips, if close enough. However, staying in each city provides the opportunity to get a better feel for its unique qualities. So, all of that being said, I have no regrets and thorougly enjoyed this marvelous trip with an amazing travel agency. Kudos to this travel planner, her staff and all of her efforts to make this an amazing experience.
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