My husband and I are seasoned travelers, speak Spanish and in our 80s. For a trip from Barcelona to Andorra to visit relatives and across northern Spain, we did not want the hassle of renting a car, figuring out routes, parking or making hotel reservations for 2 nights at mulit-destinations. What if I get the date wrong? How will I know which hotel? How do we get from Barcelona to Andorra to Santiago--bus, train, plane?
We also wanted the spontaneity of individual travel instead of a tour. I was so pleased when Zicasso connected me to this travel agency! All questions above solved immediately. Drivers were prompt, polite and enjoyable to talk to (English and Spanish). Guides were excellent and there where we needed them-- Leon, Bilbao for art and history, San Sebastián for walking on the Camino, Santiago for cruising the Tapas Bars and later exploring the coast to Biarritz.
The pacing was good--plenty of time to explore on our own. Best of all was the communication with our agent and her staff. Their responses were quick, clear and concise.
As a family or as an active/aging couple, This is the way to travel!
Arriving at our first stop, Santiago, and staying in the Parador, was a great way to begin our trip. Walking on the Camino (although 2/3 of it was on city streets) would have been unremarkable if we had not been accompanied by a local guide to tell us of the amazing history and current fascination with this popular trail from France across Spain.
We loved the old neighborhoods in Santiago, Bilbao and San Sebastián and the high mountain peaks of Picos de Europa. It had just snowed the night before, so the views were quite spectacular--a nice contrast from sea to mountains. My husband enjoyed the Basque country--the food, customs, history, museum in Bilbao and buying a new boina (beret). The Guggenheim with an excellent guide was even better than I ever imagined.
I would consider staying in the Parador in León (connected to the magnificent Cathedral), perhaps instead of staying in Oviedo. Other than that---NADA!
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