Trip of a Lifetime - Eating and Drinking Through France and Spain
We intended to do this trip for our honeymoon several years ago, but at the time the U.S. Dollar was very weak compared to the Euro. Fast forward a few years and with a stronger dollar, we celebrated our 5th year wedding anniversary with the honeymoon we always wanted!
Our goal was to eat and drink our way through France and Spain and we had a very complex and aggressive itinerary in mind. We first looked to Zicasso to find the right travel agent to assist us and we are so glad and fortunate to have met and worked with this agent and her company in Madrid, Spain.
Zicasso matched us with several travel agents that all seemed very capable of helping us plan our itinerary. Through emails and Skype conversations we chose this agent and her team primary because they understood most what we were trying to accomplish and our travel lifestyle. Our agent was very knowledgeable of the places we wanted to visit and understood why we were traveling and how we wanted to travel. We didn’t want to rush through our trip and definitely wanted time to ourselves to relax and enjoy the cities we visited.
Over the course of several months, our agent collaborated with us on the itinerary. She was always giving the right amount of positive input and suggestions without being overbearing. Through it all, our agent was very accommodating and patient with us. Trip planning was a learning process for me as I have never been to Europe and our agent was a fantastic guide. She made sure we had a great balance of activities and free time to truly enjoy the trip.
During the actual vacation, our agent was also very engaged as she checked in on us, again without being obtrusive, and she made sure any little bumps we encountered were handled immediately. We really appreciated her involvement throughout the trip and believe that we would not have gotten that level of attention and service with other travel agents.
The biggest compliments about our agent and her company came from the hotel proprietors and the tour operators who said that our agent was a true professional and that their interactions with her and her team were all very pleasant, efficient and precise.
Thank you to our agent for a trip of a lifetime and the honeymoon we always wanted!
Included in our vacation package:
Having our minds and taste buds blown away by the tasting menus at Troisgros, Arzak, and Mugaritz.
Also, San Sebastian is a very special city . . . we hope to go there again.
The place we stayed at outside of Bordeaux is a magical bed and breakfast, it is the epitome of charm and the owner was a superlative host.
Extend the trip by another week or two, take a cooking class in San Sebastian, bring an extra battery for our camera, and pack less clothes.
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