We planned a week-long (no kids) getaway to Spain in early October. Our focus was great food and enjoying the culture and we thought we'd like to go to Barcelona and San Sebastian.
We worked with this travel agent and it was both an incredible trip and a great planning process. Our travel agent gathered some info from us via email and then we spoke on a Saturday. We described the type of trip we were interested in and he offered us a variety of options as well as recommendations and guidance. We changed our minds somewhat close to the trip and our agent quickly offered some new options and recommendations. The planning process was simple and we felt confident with our trip plan. He was great to work with, very responsive and knowledgeable. He designed a trip that perfectly fit our style of travel.
Trip - 3 days in Barcelona, 1 day in Bilbao, 2.5 days in San Sebastian
The trip itself was incredible.
- all the logistics were perfect. We had detailed packets of info, tickets, recommendations for each day. All guides, drivers, etc. were as expected.
- tour guides (4) were all very professional, deeply knowledgeable (and passionate about the topic) and fun to spend time with. These were private tours so they were also very flexible and accommodating to changes while on the tour
- Our agent helped arrange excellent meals (high end and more moderate) at restaurants in each city
- Our agent kept in frequent contact while we were in Spain sharing local updates. There were no issues but had there been, I expect he would have been very responsive in addressing them. We did end up canceling a dinner reservation a few days in advance and our agent quickly made the change (over a weekend) and offered alternatives.
We'd highly recommend working with this travel agent to plan a wonderful trip to Spain.
The food. We ate at both high-end restaurants and casual tapas/pintxos places in each location. The variety and quality in each city were a true highlight.
First day in Spain, keep the morning open w/out a tour. We ended up being exhausted in the afternoon due to jet lag and skipped a tour.
Make our plans earlier - this is on us, but we started planning 6-8 wks in advance, which made high-end restaurants less available. Our agent did a nice job finding us great spots, despite that.
Guggenheim - this was closed on Monday (holiday) but that's the only day that worked for our overall schedule. With better planning (see prior comment) perhaps we could have arranged the schedule to include seeing the inside.
Wine tour - we would have done 1 winery instead of 2. We like wine but are not deep wine lovers. We would have used the extra time to hang out in San Sebastian. Regardless, we enjoyed both wineries.
Book a longer trip :) .
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