My husband Marc and I signed up with Zicasso for a 16 day trip to Spain. Neither of us had been to Spain before and despite much research, travel books and visits to another agent in our home state of Washington - we were overwhelmed. Zicasso hooked us up with this travel agent. Her English was great - which was good because our Spanish was not. Our travel agent emailed us questions about our activities, travel styles etc. We communicated by email and phone and she sent us a very professional suggested travel itinerary which was VERY helpful to get us moving.
I highly recommend this travel agent. She is professional and no detail was too small. Our pretty extensive trip was completely stress free. She was available 24/7 by text and phone to answer any questions, from how to tip, to good restaurants, to answering questions on local customs in the area. We had our tickets to the Prado, Alhambra and Sagrada pre-booked as well as all our internal train and plane tickets. Soooo nice not to have to hassle with any of it! I had a friend travelling at the same time who was not able to get into the Alhambra.
Our agent arranged a drop off and pick-up for a great bike ride between our Cordoba and Zahara stays and a sherry and olive oil tasting that was very intimate and nice. We had a really nice guy drive us from Zahara to Ronda and it was a like a personal tour. I just don't think we would have experienced Spain in the same way without this travel agent. She needs to expand to other Countries so we can use her for all our trips :)
It's hard to choose the most enjoyable part as every day was so different and great. We visited Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Zahara, Ronda, Granada and Barcelona. I guess the most enjoyable was the olive oil and sherry tasting in Montilla (outside of Cordoba) - which is ironic because it was a last minute add-on. Our agent and her assistant took us to a olive oil mill run by a local baker and his sons. We had a lovely personal tour and tasting with one of the sons and gained a new appreciation and knowledge of olive oil as well as the new Spanish entrepreneurs. We then visited the small Lagar Blanco sherry winery where the owner explained the process and we had a unbelievable tasting with the best tapas I had in Spain made by his mother. Just the vintner, his mom, our agent, and her assistant and us. It was really special.
I don't think we would do too much differently. We would definitely use Zicasso and if it was in Spain, we would use this company. We had more personal tours that we normally would, but in retrospect they gave our trip so much more depth. We also chose to spend two nights in Zahara and perhaps I would have exchanged that for an extra night in Granada. We really loved Granada.
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