If you don't want a typical full-bus tour, and understand the limitations of using a US based travel agent for an international trip, you owe it to yourself to contact Zicasso. They link you to three travel agents based in the countries of interest, who will provide local help in making arrangements that are specific to your interests.
We three couples had a good idea of what we wanted to see in Spain, but needed help in making many of the arrangements. The three travel agencies with whom Zicasso connected us all found hotels in locations within walking distance or short taxi rides from the things we wanted to see. They also scheduled pre-arranged transfers between hotels and the airports and train stations used for transportation, and purchased for us tickets to sights and day trips that needed to be arranged in advance, with "no waiting in line" privileges.
Zicasso connected us with three agencies based in Spain to whom we provided basic information about the trip we envisioned. The information we provided allowed all three agencies to submit initial quotes for their services. We had varying amounts of communications with the three, and received comparable quotes that allowed us to make our selection.
We chose to work with this company. They best understood: what we wanted to see, the kinds of hotels we wanted to stay in, and the best methods of transportation (trains, plane, and rental car). All their arrangements offered the best combination of price, travel time, and comfort. Through emails and a few phone calls with this travel company, we refined our travel plan to reflect their knowledge of what was best to see, and how best to use our time and travel money. Our requirements for hotels were limited to location and cleanliness, but not the number of stars. This company's costs for the trip were about 30% lower than the other two quotes, with no sacrifices to our tourist stops or comfort.
We could not have been happier with this travel company. Our agent and her team were both professional and personable. The six of us travelers had lots of questions, all of which this company addressed quickly and patiently. A few times while in Spain we had questions that were quickly answered by phone, texts, or emails. We could not have expected such fine service as this company provided, if we had worked with a US based travel agency.
I have traveled in many parts of the world for business and for pleasure. I had not visited Spain before this trip, but Spain has moved to the top of my list of favorite places to visit.
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Not much. Would probably skip Marbella (too built up) and that part of Costa del Sol, and instead stay someplace in Coast de la Luz. Our travel company advised us of the problems in Costa del Sol arising from too much rapid growth and discovery by too many people. They advised us to go north of Cadiz, and that was good advice that we ignored (one of the couples had relatives who enjoyed Marbella, apparently before it grew so much).
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