These travel agents did a yeoman's job, working with me to coordinate the details of our 14-day trip to Spain. I had provided a lengthy list of places we wanted to go & sites we wanted to see. As a traveler (vs. a tourist), I do a lot of research before contacting an agency, & typically want to check-out a few tourist attractions, but mostly want to visit other, off-the-beaten-path places. I was disappointed that so many of the places on my list could not be included in our itinerary, but this is not unusual in my travel experience. But I was even more disappointed to meet-up with our numerous guides at each of our city/town visits, who took us on standard walking tours of central city landmarks, many of which were not on my original list of places to visit! In other words, places I wanted to visit on my original list were not possible because we were being shown the standard tourist fare. We visited & learned the histories of more museums, artifacts, cathedrals and palaces than our brains & interest could bear.
Each of our guides was amazingly well informed about everything they showed us. Their knowledge and pride in their work and of their country was palpable. And, since my agent tried very hard to create an itinerary based on my list, I am assuming that "the system" isn't equipped to satisfy customized requests such as mine.
The guides were delightful, and each treated us like royalty. Accommodating the different personalities & interests of 4 travelers must be more than a notion, and it was fun to see each guide's approach.
We enjoyed the diversity of architecture, scenery, and food in all the places we visited. Hotel accommodations were outstanding.
Flamenco, day of Gaudi & Sagrada Familia, Cuenca rock formations, beautiful Cadaques, Valencia beach & dining, Dali's story, shopping, magnificent Alhambra, all readily come to mind when I think about our trip. Also, learned a lot of history.
Would spend another day in the south & one day less in Madrid & Barcelona. As African Americans, we were looking for more details on Moorish history & culture, but none of our guides was able to provide more than a few words.
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