Onced we decided to travel to Andalucia, I researched three travel advisors and it quickly became evident that this agent and her company was the right choice. Our agent's grasp of our unique interests and travel preferences was immediately evident, and her recommendations for sight seeing, special excursions, destinations, hotel accommodations, when to take a train and when to rent a car were all on target. Our agent requested a Skype conversation early in the planning phase, which enhanced our working relationship and enabled her to get to know us a little better when customizing the experience for us. She effectively and meticulously planned an itinerary that allowed appropriate time to experience each city/village, and minimized jumping to different hotels during our time in Andalusia. She also provided insight on navigating the region during the busy holy week period, offering guidance on the best ways to experience this important cultural highlight, yet ensuring that we would avoid Sevilla, for example, when it would be the busiest. Her pre-travel itinerary was very thorough, including all details related to accommodations, ground transporation, car rental, as well as restaurant recommendations, hiking excursions and sights to visit on the self-guided portion of our trip. Our agent's grasp of our unique interests and travel preferences was immediately evident, and her recommendations for sight seeing, special excursions, destinations, hotel accommodations, when to take a train and when to rent a car were all on target. She also checked in on us at various points within our journey... even when we were in another part of Spain that we planned independently.
The difference between working with this company and a U.S.-based tour operator is significant. This agent lives (and spent her life) in the region, has personally vetted and established relationships with related travel suppliers in the area, and has personal, in-depth knowledge of each place we visited, the culture, the tiniest mountain villages, and the most beautiful, small beaches, and this can not be matched. After this experience I would absolutely recommend this company and Zicasso.
The history and architecture of the Andalucia, the ability to experience the culture, and the day spent with our agent while touring Cordoba and a nearby family-run, award winning olive oil mill were the highlights of our time in Andalucia. Her insight and her knowledge of olive oil production (and its importance to the region) enhanced our excursion, and the subsequent lunch at a local, authentic tapas restaurant was a fantastic addition to the day. We very much enjoyed Sevilla, and the three nights we spent there (using it as a home base for our day trip to Cordoba) allowed us to maximize time in this charming city. Our private guide at The Alhambra was also fantastic, as was our visit to the small village of Zahara de la Sierra. The food, particularly in Sevilla, was wonderful, too.
We spent six days touring cities and towns in Andalucia and were on the go from early morning until evening... by choice. If we were to do it differently next time, we would have allowed an overnight in a beach destination so that we could re-group, relax and enjoy the Mediterranean before heading to Barcelona. We specifically made it clear to our agent that we wanted to be active and take in all of the sites that we could during the six days in the region. Our agent did provide the names of her favorite beaches to visit , which we did one afternoon. I don't fault her for building more time (or a seaside overnight) into the itinerary because we made it clear that we were not interested in this. After six active days, and seeing the beautiful sea (along with stunning mountain views), we would add this component to our next visit to the region.
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