September 1, 2021
The world is constantly changing, and as Zicasso travelers return from their trips, travel reviews are coming in daily. Overflowing with tips and helpful hints, learn more about what it is like to travel now, and how you can best prepare for your next vacation with tips from our travel specialists.
From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the beaches of Portugal, you can experience culture, landscape, and the spirit of adventure as you prefer. Every trip is customized because every traveler is unique. While the way we travel the world may be changing, we know that the right travel specialist can help craft your best trip, whether now or for future travel.
The most popular destination with Zicasso travelers, we have planned hundreds of trips to Italy since the Covid-19 pandemic began. From Rome’s captivating Colosseum to Venice’s enchanting canals, Michelangelo’s David in Florence to the charming view of the Amalfi Coast, Italy is endlessly enjoyable.
With a busy summer of 2021 trips, trip reviews confirm that a fantastic vacation is possible when planning with an expert travel specialist. Jeffrey, a three-time Zicasso traveler, left this review after his trip to Italy two weeks ago.
“Outstanding vacation, and the service provided by our travel specialist was excellent. The lodging, guides, drivers, tours and restaurants were all superb. Excellent planning and execution from Matteo and his team. He handled every detail, and it took all of the stress out of traveling to a foreign country -- particularly during a pandemic. I cannot say enough good things about this travel company. It was truly a trip of a lifetime for my family and me.”
Itinerary Highlights: Renaissance Art Tour | Sunrise Balloon Flight over Tuscany | Venice Food Tour | Gondola Tour | Rome Food Tour | Cooking Class | Vespa Tour
Tips from Matteo & Daniela, Jeffrey’s Italy travel specialists:
One of the first European countries to open to American travelers, we have received nothing but glowing reviews from Zicasso travelers after their vacations this spring and summer. Island luxury, ancient Roman ruins, Venetian elegance, and mouthwatering rustic cuisine represent lasting traditions that create a welcoming ambiance.
Of the many travelers that have enjoyed Croatia over the last few months, this country surprises and delights all who visit.Catherine, a two-time Zicasso traveler, left this review after her trip to Croatia in mid-August.
“We wanted to thank our Croatia travel company for all that they did for us to make this vacation perfect. We really had a wonderful time. We just completed 11 days, 5 days in Split and 5 days in Dubrovnik which was amazing. The whole family enjoyed it, all the trips were such fun, and we especially appreciated that the logistics were all so well planned. Absolutely nothing went wrong, all tours were on time, all drivers, all cars, everything was flawless!
We valued their strong attention to detail, their communication both before, during, and after, the high level of quality in the guides and tour operators, and the hotel choices. The hotels and locations were perfect. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!”
Itinerary Highlights: Sightseeing Tours | Blue and Green Cave Excursion | Island Exploration by Yacht | Kayaking Tour
Tips from Ante, Catherine’s Croatia travel specialist:
Croatia travel tip from Brian Tan, CEO of Zicasso:
“Amongst the countries in Europe, some of the uniqueness of Croatia has been this combination of having it all. Charming coastal towns, over a thousand islands, and lots of beaches. You can sail from island to island more easily than many other destinations, and there is history, beautiful hiking scenery, national parks, great Mediterranean food, and more. In terms of friendly and hospitable people, Croatia is one of the best destinations we have ever experienced. Everyone is ready to extend a hand and make the travel experience the best it can be.”
When it comes to a trip for the fall of 2021, Spain comes with our highest recommendation. With incredible countryside, villages and cities, there is something for every traveler. Lounge on a pristine beach or sip wine in a centuries-old plaza, witness masterful artwork in a museum or embrace the stunning landscapes of Spain’s natural world.
A multi-trip traveler with Zicasso, Ellen left us a review that sums up the experience of our travelers in Spain this summer.
“Thank you Zicasso! Once again you have provided me with an incredible trip that has created lifelong memories about the people and places we met on our trip to Spain planned by this travel company! I have completed close to ten trips that have been planned by Zicasso and this one must be at the top due to the personal attention we received from our travel planner. Prior to our trip she listened to our requests and made sure to include all our interests in the itinerary she planned for us! I personally spoke to her by phone several times and she was so kind and pleasant to work with. She was flexible when we needed to change our dates and was honest about the situation with COVID-19 in her country!
She planned an amazing itinerary for us which allowed us to explore the places we visited with expert guides with expertise in the sites we would be visiting. Her attention to all the details led to each day running seamlessly and smoothly. She personally texted me each evening with the hour-by-hour plan for the following day and many evenings followed up with us to check in on how everything was going! This personal touch made such a difference to us, we felt like we made a friend rather than just a business relationship. She showed up at our first hotel to greet us upon our arrival which again, we had never had that experience in our prior travels. She arranged for an extra pinchos tour during our visit to San Sebastian and shopping in the market and cooking and eating in a gastronomy society with our guide who was a member! What a unique experience that was!!! She arranged for our Covid tests that we needed to leave Spain and again kept checking in to make sure that all went smoothly. All the private drivers and guides were so accommodating and flexible when we wanted to stop and shop for a while and helped us find unique souvenirs from excellent shops with good prices! I could go on and on about our travel planner and how she thought of everything to make this our most memorable trip with Zicasso.”
Itinerary Highlights: Private Tapas Tour | Museum Tours | City Tours | Market Tour | Gastronomic Society visit | Winery Visits | Gaudi Tour | Walking Tours
Tips from Raquel, Ellen’s Spain Travel Specialist:
An emerging destination with Zicasso travelers, interest in Portugal has been high throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Fairytale castles, colorful artisan crafts, the lingering sounds of fado, and the golden sands of the Atlantic coast capture the essential beauty of Portugal no matter the time of year.
Travelers report a very enjoyable travel experience, and this review from Tim, a two-time traveler with Zicasso, represents the thoughts shared by many who have just returned from a summer vacation to Portugal.
“We had a terrific trip to Portugal visiting Porto, Lisbon, and the surrounding areas. This travel company specializes in Portugal and was very responsive to both our budget parameters as well as to our unique interests in food, art, and culture.
Everything from the lodgings to the tours to the guides and drivers was extremely professional. We stayed in the cities and did day trips in Porto to the Douro Valley and in Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais, and to an organic farm on the outskirts of the city. Each outing was well planned making optimal use of our time. We didn't need to think about ground transportation or timing and our travel planner even allowed for sufficient free time so that we could explore the cities on our own.
Our visit was slightly complicated by requirements for EU proof of vaccination (as opposed to CDC vaccination documentation). However, nothing was insurmountable and our travel planner facilitated testing appointments for our return to the USA (72 hours in advance was required).”
Itinerary Highlights: Private Market Tour | Cooking Class | Farm to Table Dinner | Farm Excursion | City Tour | Beach Day
Tips from Marco, Tim’s Portugal travel specialist:
One of the first countries to open to American travelers, Costa Rica offers a wonderland of biodiversity that can immerse you in wild rainforest, uncover embracing cloud forest, or reveal perfect beaches.
A four-time traveler with Zicasso, Melanie shared this review after returning from Costa Rica just a few weeks ago, and many others have offered similar feedback.
“My husband and I have just returned from a three-week stay in Costa Rica, and couldn't have been happier with our trip! Costa Rica is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth; and their people are some of the nicest, and most welcoming we have ever met. Our travel company went over and above to make sure that our visit was perfect, calling throughout the trip to make sure everything was alright, and always ready to help if we needed it.
One night we wanted to try a new restaurant, and rather than call a taxi, Alex offered to pick us up and take us there! We ended up having dinner with him and his lovely wife, learning about their life in Costa Rica, and just having a wonderful evening. All of the guides that we encountered were a joy to meet, and so appreciative to be able to welcome tourists back to their country. Everyone there is very proud of their country, and rightly so. Pura Vida!!!”
Itinerary Highlights: Coffee Tour | Volcano Tour | Lagoon Trekking | Waterfall Excursion | Hiking | Whitewater Rafting | Canyoneering | Zip Line | ATV Excursion
Tips from Pablo, Melanie’s Costa Rica travel specialist:
The enticing wonders of Kenya and Tanzania immerse you in the renowned wilderness of the savanna, reveal the charm of roaming lions or a hidden rhinoceros, the adrenaline rush of watching the Great Migration or the serene silence of sunset at a remote lodge.
Over this last year, Zicasso travelers on safari have been pleased with the safety protocols in place, outstanding service, and the incredible opportunity to enjoy spectacular nature and wildlife. James, a first-time Zicasso traveler, had this to say upon his return.
"We had such an amazing experience that exceeded our expectations! Dan and Mandy were very responsive and a pleasure to work with from the beginning to the end. We put so much time and money into this trip and it was all worth it. Even with the additional complexities of covid-19. Dan and Mandy truly made it as seamless as possible for us and we couldn’t be happier!"
Itinerary Highlights: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust | Lewa Conservancy | Naboisho Conservancy | Ngare Ndare | Walking Safari | Game Drive | Zanzibar
Tips from Mandy, James’ safari specialist:
From the famous culture of Italy to the radiant landscapes of Costa Rica, witnessing the wildlife along the great plains of Tanzania or sailing the coastline of Croatia, Zicasso travelers have taken the time to experience their preferred trip now.
Our Countries Open to American Travelers has updated information on where you can travel now to help navigate the logistics of making your trip a reality. Complete a Trip Request or call us on 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a Zicasso travel specialist for free who can offer insight and support for planning a vacation perfect for you.