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Tour of The Real Andalucia

Ramon, I cannot find enough words to tell you how good the trip was.  It was a bit of a leap of faith to book this trip sight unseen and without really knowing you or your company.  I was especially anxious because our friends were going as well and if it had been a bad experience, I would have felt responsible.  I assure you, it was a grand experience in every regard. Thank you and thank you.  We have already shared the information of your company with many colleagues and friends.  I hope you get business in the future from this!

Julia and the tapas tour were great.  She was informative and genuine and intelligent.  Loved her and the foods!

The cooking school and market tour were equally great.  Maria and Victor were personable and engaging and capable.  And the cooking class itself was well run and very organized.  Great experience.

Pablo was excellent.  He was relaxed and informative and I believe he enjoyed the four of us.  We enjoyed him.  As for the three days with him, Eiriz Jamon was wonderful.  Jesus was an excellent guide and we loved every minute of our time there.  The restaurant and cavern tour in Aricena was quite nice as well.  We have farms back in the States and so this was like coming home sort of.  Loved Eiriz Jamon.

Jerez and Tio Pepe was awesome.  The Cafe Royalty served a fine meal and it was a good dining experience.  Was informative learning about the history of Cadiz as well.  The guide, Melanie, at Tio Pepe was excellent.  LOVED her.

Perhaps our favorite emotional experience was the family bakery in El Bosque.  The warmth and genuine caring and passion from Franco and his father were overwhelming for us.  And the bread making experience was a highlight of the trip.  Enjoyed the cheese tour as well in that town.  Cheeses were excellent quality and learned a lot in the tour.  Enjoyed the meal at the hotel for the afternoon dining. Especially liked the local specialties.


Hotel Albanico was quite charming.  More than acceptable and great location for being in old Seville.  Clean rooms and very nice folks.

I cannot thank you enough for what you provided.  Thank you for the taxi reimbursement as well.  Kudos to all and appreciation from the bottom of my heart.


Chris


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Portugal and Spain

Thank you Ramon!  I just placed an order for the port.  This was a spectacular tasting – and it actually converted my entire family to loving ports, which I have loved for many years.  Once again, your service is as spectacular as these ports!  

If you did travel plans around the world, we would work with you every time we travel, because we have been so incredibly happy – all three times we have had the privilege of working with you - with your service.  And you can quote me on that!
David Runge
Tax Law Solutions, LLC
268 Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 1006
San Juan, PR 00918

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Basque Country

Hi Ramon
Wanted to share this email I just woke up to from Iftikhar. Thank you for suggesting this to them. Have a great Sunday.
Wanted to let you how our trip went.

Feedback from 'the guys' was "fabulous".

It was a great trip, I could go on about the food and wine, "4 to 5 bottles a day can do wonders".
Jon our tour guide fit in well in our group, he was a pleasure to hang out with. The families at the vineyard, cider house and the farm were delightful hosts.

Even the first 2 days of rain did not dampen the experience, specially the bright sunny day on the tour amply made up for it.

Thankyou for helping put together the trip.
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Portugal and Galicia

Dear Ramon:

Alive and well, gradually returning to Los Angeles time, but not rushing the body.  Seems jetlag recovery takes a bit longer the older I am.

The trip was lovely and for the most part, relaxing, as we had the driver/guides to shuttle us about.  We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the various sites and venues.

The Hotel in Lisbon was very nice, and new with a large room and bath decorated tiles that make Lisbon so uni ...great breakfast and helpful staff. The second hotel was dramatic, DRAMATIC and THEATRICAL..., stage lighting, flowing curtains...new and modern.  They seemed to go overboard with the DRAMA .great location.  In Santiago, we had a taste of "old charm and character" marked by a lovely terrace with a view of Santiago de Compestela....had it not been raining, we would have enjoyed cocktails on the terrace each night.

All hotels were very nicely located for us to walk around and discover restaurants.

Our guides were very good...Lisbon, he took us to the Museum of Tiles at my request, where we spent a good amount of time<  Guide in Porto, Pedro very nice and Patricia in Galicia very knowledgeable.  The three gave us a good feeling and sense of where we were, past and present.

Thank you for, once again, for making our trip so enjoyable.

Sincerely,

Roella

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Rioja

Hi Ramon

Thank you for a truly brilliant time in your homeland last weekend. It was even more beautiful than I expected in every way with the mountains, the farmlands, hill top towns and the vineyards & wineries.  The cycling was perfect, really something to shout about with excellent terrain, views and weather. Loved mountain biking off road through the vineyards and along the river and road biking along the quiet rolling country roads and up by the “sleeping lion” (is that what it’s called?).

The food was delicious and the tapas in Logrono great fun.


Cheers

Nick

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Barcelona and Andalucia

HI Ramon:

They did love their trip.  They enjoyed each place they visited and enjoyed all the guides.  They usually don’t say too much unless there is a problem and they didn’t seem to have any problems so I really do thank you for making their time in Spain informative, comfortable and exciting for them.

Hopefully, will be in touch again shortly with other clients that will visit Spain.

Thank you for your help and your recommendations. I appreciate it.

Best,

Natalie 

Natalie Schwartz –Luxury Travel Specialist
Leaders In Travel Ltd. – A Branch of Tzell Travel Group

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Madrid-Seville-Cordoba-Ronda-Granada-Barcelona

We traveled to Spain for three weeks from May 30 to June 20, staying in Madrid for six nights, Sevilla for four nights, Granada for two nights and Barcelona for eight nights. All arrangements for the trip were made by Ramon Ramirez at The Unique Traveller, contact information:

Ramon Ramirez
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I gave the company a list of sites we wanted to see, our travel dates, our requirements for transfers, guides and the level of accommodations we expected, as well as personal preferences for food ( my wife is a vegetarian),in country travel, and areas of each city in which we wanted to be located.

Overall, we could not be more pleased with the service provided by the Unique Traveller. Transfers went smoothly, in country air and train travel was well arranged and easily accomplished, accommodations were excellent. Each hotel was perfectly located, with excellent service and very helpful staffs. Ramon arranged upgrades in each hotel and because we were celebrating an anniversary and birthday, our hotel stays were greeted with champagne (Cava), chocolate and fruit. Perhaps the best things about the arrangements that were made for us were the guides. In each city our local guides were just perfect. Very knowledgeable, very competent and very personable. We skipped the line at all the major sites and were quickly immersed into the history and importance of each site. The guides were all helpful in recommending things to do on our own, and restaurants and shops that were off the tourist track, that were worth a visit.

In summary, our trip, which was pretty extensive and just crammed with activities, was very well arranged by The Unique Traveller. It went off without a hitch and provided everything we expected and more. All at a considerable savings than what I could have arranged on my own.  If you are planning custom travel, you could not do better than this company. We recommend them highly and without reservation.

John and Judy Manzi
Little Oak Island
Folly Beach , SC
USA

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Andalucia

Ramon,

We are back from Spain and I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time.  Our driver, Pablo was fantastic.  He was very personable, friendly and provided us with much information about sights along the way as well as recommendations for dinner in the evening.  He was always on time in the morning but was adaptable to our interests during the course of the day.  He went above and beyond in helping us resolve some luggage issues.  Our guides in Ronda, Granada, and for the olive oil and winery tour were outstanding.  I believe that all of us would agree that the best meal provided was the lunch in Montilla.  Eating in a small local restaurant was delightful.  Carlos, the owner, greeted us at the door, and served us wonderful food and wine through out the meal.  Once again thank you for your assistance in making this a great vacation.

Jana

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Madrid and Barcelona

Hi Ramon,
Trust all is well with you and thank you again for taking time-out to meet me for lunch at Notting hill Gate.

Back this Monday from our week on Mallorca at Fornalutx, which was brilliant way to finish-up our Spain holiday. We had electric powered bikes plus  a yacht at Port Soller, to get around the island.

Having said that our week in Catalan, Madrid and surrounds with Gloria and Maria was our absolute best holiday ever! Your organisation was perfect, 10/10, with airport pick-ups and drop-offs, hotel selections and actual day-to-day tours exceeded our wildest of expectations. We have fallen in love with (your) Spain! Gloria and Maria were charming, professional, personable and we learnt so much on this one-to-one basis. We felt they were like our best friends. Thank you, thank you.

You did mention that you also do wine tours of La Rioja. In 12 months we could be interested and wondered if you have any dates set at this stage and what an itinerary could look like?

Please pass on our sincere thanks and best wishes to Gloria and Maria. You may upload this ‘thank you’ to your website if you wish.


With kind regards,

James & Maureen

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Barcelona-Rioja-Madrid-Seville-Andalucia

Hi Ramon ~

We are home from a wonderful trip to Spain and just wanted to write a quick email to thank you
for all you did to make our travel seamless :)  We enjoyed the country as much this time around
as we did seven years ago and were happy to see some new places and things as well as revisit
some of the places we'd been before.  

We enjoyed our time on every private tour and the guides for each one (Gloria, Maria, and Carmen)
and we were especially happy to meet up with Alberto again in Rioja.  

We loved the accommodations in La Guardia and Javea and the charm of the place we stayed in Seville. We also were so happy with your suggestion to stop in Mojacar for lunch on our drive up the coast.  It was an incredible place and we had one of the best views and best meals (at Napoli) ever there! They were kind enough to serve us even though they had just closed for siesta.

We had many special memories and, in spite of too much rain during the trip, enjoyed every minute!
Thank you again Ramon.  We will refer people to you whenever we have an opportunity.  You are truly an expert on travel in Espana!

Scott and Cindy Smith

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Barcelona-Priorat-Rioja-Ribera del Duero

Hi,

The trip went really well.  Most of the hotels and wineries had previous contact with you, which told me that you had some experience at this.  I also liked your selection of hotels and their proximity to the attractions that we were visiting, especially in Barcelona & Gratallops.
The tours also went very well.  Many were private tours, some with the winemaker or owner, which I particularly appreciated. 
The trip was outstanding.

Doug Welsch

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Andalucia

Hello Ramon,

Yesterday we returned home from our amazing Spain adventure. I wanted to thank you for putting together a great itinerary for us. The kids loved Spain and we hope to go back again sooner than later. I thought I would share some highlights and feedback. Hopefully it is helpful for you.
All of our guides were wonderful! Thank you. We especially liked Maria in Granada and Andres in Grazalema, but again, all were great. The transportation was a good mix of train (to Sevilla), rental car (all around Andalucia) and plane (Granda to Barcelona). We were glad we did it that way.
One of the highlights of the entire trip for all of us was the cooking class in Sevilla. Maria was amazing and our chef was great. (Photo attached). This weekend a home we will already be cooking our own Salmoreja and maybe Paella.
Zahara de los Atunes was another highlight. Splitting the trip with a few days at the beach/pool was great. We could have stayed another day.
We tried to schedule a little too much going from Zahara de los Atunes to Grazalema to Ronda all in one day so we missed the bike ride. We regretted that mostly because we really loved our guide, Andres who took us Kayaking and around Zahara de la Sierra. It would have been very fun to visit his village.
Ronda was Darci's favorite city. We ended up spending most of the day there before heading to Granada. We were glad we rented a car for this part of the trip.
I loved the Alhambra. Even with the long tour, the kids did really well. Our guide, another Maria, was great.
Thanks again for putting together an amazing trip for us. The kids loved it. Darci and I had an amazing time. We truly had a great time and look forward to visiting Spain again.

I will gladly recommend you to future friends planning their Spain adventure.

Cheers,

David and Darci and Abbi and Maia

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Madrid+Rioja+San Sebastian

Hello Ramon,

Sorry this email reply is so late. I wanted to respond to you with Richard and Sundays are the only days we don't work and can sit at the computer together...
We had a terrific time in Spain. Thank you so much for making the trip so special and memorable. Our group has given us very positive feedback and they continue to send pictures and wonderful comments. We have a get-together to talk about the trip on the 31st at Ken and Sheri's house and only one of the travelers won't be able to make it because she lives in Iowa now.
Everyone is telling us they want to come on our next trip to Spain. We are thinking of sometime in 2017. You will have to tell us what itinerary you recommend.
If you want to want to talk on the phone, I will be available tomorrow morning from 7:30am to 8:30am (3:30pm to 4:30pm UK time). I will also be available on Tuesday morning from 6:30am to 7:30am (1:30pm to 3:30pm UK time).
Thank you!
Mar & Richard

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Barcelona- Rioja+ San Sebastian

Ramon we just checked into the Alma Barcelona and all I can say is WOW.  The sleek interior, the warm welcoming staff, the comfrey lounge chairs we sat in for registration, the glass of Cava we each received and not to mention the finger print room key, it hard to say what we enjoyed the most.  We only checked in 1/2 hour ago so I'm sure there are many other surprises to continue to Wow us.  Thanks  you so much for sourcing out the best experiences for our trips.   James said it in the range and to say hello to Maria.

Hugs,

Anita

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Rioja

Hi Ramon

I wanted to say thank you for organising a fabulous trip in Rioja.  The itinerary was excellent and gave us a really good understanding of the area and its wines.  The selection of vineyards visited gave us a chance to see the different approaches (both traditional and modern) to wine making.  The hotels and restaurants were of a very high standard and our guide Inma was an excellent choice.
We had a wonderful trip and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would happily recommend you and your company to anyone thinking of visiting Spain.
Best wishes,

Chris & Kevin

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Rioja- Basque Country

Hi Ramon,

We made it back to Arizona safe and sound last night. We wanted to sincerely thank you for a truly fantastic and memorable tour of Spain. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and simply loved everything that you planned for us. It was really great to meet you. We hope that someday in the future our paths will cross again. We enjoyed getting to spend time with you and talk to you. We wish you the best of luck.

Best regards from Arizona!

Penny and Shawn Bowen

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Hello Ramon

I feel badly about writing this email but these guests have decided to postpone their trip to Spain.

You have been wonderful to work with and as soon as they plan to travel or if I have any other guests who intend to travel to Spain I will get in contact with you immediately.

I always feel badly when this happens could I do understand the amount of time and effort we all put into planning trips that do not come to fruition.

It's been great to meet you and I'm looking forward to working together again!

Tricia
A world away travels

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Hi Ramon,

Unfortunately the clients have decided on their own arraignments.  I am sorry about this and appreciate the work you did with quoting & itinerary. I hope to work with you in the future ( and have the booking confirm!) as I appreciate the timely response and fair pricing you offered, as well as the great accolades that my co-workers offer about you.

Kind regards,
Sheri
Big Planet Adventure

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Hi Ramon:

We had an incredible custom trip which incorporated all our individual and group needs by Ramon and unique traveler I would highly recommend Ramon and his company to anyone going to Spain on vacation    The combination of special wine tastings, incredible restaurants and meals. Tapa tours and cooking classes along with the diversity of old and new hotels made the entire experience a beautiful lifetime memory.  

Ramon and Annabelle have fun and engaging personalities and they made the trip that much better.

It was worth every cost and I will use their services again .

Cheryl 

Hi Ramon

it was a pleasure for us to have you show us around ‘your’ Rioja and something we both enjoyed greatly.

We arrived back in Melbourne this morning at 5:00 am, 28 hours after we left Bilbao on Monday. We were fortunate to get an upgrade to First Class with Emirates on the leg from Madrid to Dubai but still it is not easy and we have both been very subdued today.

Both Arzak and Elkane were superb and Juan Mari in particular was very generous to us – we have a photo with the three of us - as was Alphonse in helping with the choice of menu. Arzak was special and the table at Elkane was the choice in the restaurant and I’m sure it showed some of your influence.

The transfer from San Sebastian was smooth and the driver a lovely gentleman. So all up a great trip and one we will remember.

We expect to see you again, maybe even in this part of the world and will always quote you to friends.

Best wishes

 Peter 

Hello Ramon,

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to you as well.

You have offered us superb service, and we will be contacting you for our next enquiry for Spain

Thanks again!

Warmly,

Jill Fost

Sales Manager
 
The Travel Society
Toronto, ON  M5T 2C2

Hi Ramon,

'Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to Spain, as we returned just yesterday. The tours and guides that you coordinated for us were just perfect!!!

Thank you again for all of your assistance. We will certainly recommend your services to all of our fellow travelers.

Wishing you Happy Holidays,

Patricia

Hi Marcelle,

Honestly I wouldn't miss the festival. It was fabulous.This was our second trip to Rioja. We were also there four years ago in July for the battle of the wines which is also a spectacular event.
There certainly are crowds at the festival but our group included an 83-year-old woman who came with her son. She had the time of her life and didn't have any problem with the crowds.
We did not go to the Basque country on this trip but we been there previously. San Sebastián is awesome.
Ramon does a great job so I have no reservations about recommending him.
If you want to talk further don't hesitate to call me on my cell phone 2106015333
Best regards
Jeff Kavy

Hello Ramon

Hope you are well - back in London?

Anna emailed the other day saying the trip was fabulous and talked about how wonderful you are! So, thanks once again for your hard work and hope they were nice people. She was very pleasant to deal with over email.

Have a great day and I am so happy we finally met!


Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Active Gourmet Holidays

Dear Ramon

 

Thank you so much for time and help on our recent trip.  I know that we got to do and see things that many tourists do not because of your knowledge of the country. 

Overall it was a great experience.  Shari and I could have stayed another two weeks and could easily see ourselves returning and staying longer than two weeks.  Shari, I think, to Barcelona, and me to Rioja.

Bruce

Good morning, Ramon,

I spoke to Dr. and Mrs. Deal last night and wanted to thank you for taking such great care of them.  They loved everything about the tour.  The said the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.  The outstanding point was the luncheon at the winery, so thank you for recommending it.

Please pass on my thanks to your guide. 


Regards,
ROSEMARY BURKI
G. Travelers

Ramon,

Thanks for following up. Rachel and Antonio ( think that is how you spell it)  were perfect. They both had a lot of knowledge about the regions and were very informative. I would recommend them both many times over.

I have been on many private wine tours with difference guides and Rachel is one of the best we have toured with. Her knowledge of the region and her connections are very impressive. Kelly and I look forward to working with her again in the future.

Thanks again,

Bryan

Hi Ramon:

The dinner was fantastic - everyone enjoyed it.

We also had a wonderful time on the trip and thank you for all your services.  It really was a unique trip and we hated it to end.

Thanks again.

Karen.  

Hi Ramon,

Just wanted to pass on this lovely feedback we had from the client who recently staying at Hotel 1898.


Big thank you for arranging all that, it was a fabulous break in a magnificent city staying in a great hotel.  Faultless service, charming staff, amazing breakfast buffet (only once had a better one and that was in a five star hotel in Paris!), beautiful room and perfect location. What more can I say?  The Traders will absolutely love this trip.

Thanks again


Obviously great to hear this and she will spread the word about how lovely the hotel is.

Thank you for your help in arranging this and please pass on my thanks to the hotel.

Have a great weekend.

Thanks

Emma


Emma North

Account Manager | 

Hi Ramon,

We have been back for a few days now...

The trip was really special. Thanks again for your work in creating such a wonderful itinerary and being an excellent guide with us, in person. We were also very very happy with Andoni in the 2nd half of our trip.

Take care

David

Ramon,

If you wish to feel like a very special guest of Spain, explore with Ramon.  While sharing his passion and spirit of his  native land, you will be transported through Spain's rich countryside of the Rioja area while enjoying the many bodegas, cuisine and regional flavours of its culture. 

You are the very best guide and oh so, so patient-God will reward you someday for putting up with our group of crazy but fun women and I bet you will never have another group quite like US!!!!  Ana Abel (A little bit) is an absolute sweetheart and beautiful on top of all her other great qualities.  Please tell her hello and many, many thanks for everything you both did to make our trip so very special.

Keep in touch and hope to see both of you in California in the very near future.


Kindly,

MARILEE IRWIN

Thank you and please thank Gloria!

From Yoshiko:

Love love love Barcelona. Tour and guide Gloria was fantastic. Market was a feast for eyes and tummy. 

2 for 2, thanks Ramon… I put a note on our SmartFlyer intranet how excellent you are so hopefully you'll be hearing from more of our agents this year!

Michelle

Hi Ramon

They had a wonderful time and appreciate your hard work and how everything worked so smoothly! They loved the food and drink the most! The restaurants were lovely and wine free flowing!

I know this hasn’t been the easiest job for you! I have worked with them for 7 years and out of all my clients they are the most high maintenance! You should see what we have to do over here for all 35 parks!

Thank you for your patience and guidance and when I get some more clients will be in contact! I also would like to do this trip myself!

Thanks again.

Regards

Lisa XXX

24-28 September 2013

 Dear Ramon

I would just like to write a few words to thank you for helping my wife Niki in the organisation of my 50th birthday present of a gourmet wine tour of Rioja. On our arrival at Bilbao airport it was great to meet you & even better when you dealt with all of our luggage. As you are now aware Niki doesn't travel light!

Our first stop was The Dinastia Vivanco Museum, which gave us a great insight into all aspects of wine production from the historical perspective & how the wonderful liquid is physically produced today.

You then took us to the Marques de Riscal hotel for a two night stay. As you arrive at the hotel, it really does have the wow factor (I'm still not sure about that roof..) and from the minute we entered the hotel, the welcome was amazing & nothing appeared too much trouble for the team.

It really is a lovely hotel right in the middle of a working vineyard. Our room, which was even more special with the upgrade to a suite was also just perfect. The views over the surrounding countryside were ones that you’d never tire of. We had a very special dinner that night with of course the accompanying glasses of Rioja (also something I'd never tire of!).

The winery tours that you arranged for us gave a balanced view of current methods of production & ageing in use today. I prefer the nice clean ones whereas Niki preferred the older cellars complete with dust & cobwebs! The subsequent tasting of the wines was also very insightful & again provided a balance between new & old wines.

You then took us to the Hotel Hospederia de los Parajes. This was a very quaint hotel, which was also excellent & in the middle of a pedestrian square with other bars & restaurants, which were great for people watching. You were right, suite 401 was delightful! The food & service here were also fantastic, we really felt pampered, particularly on our last day which was our wedding anniversary & the meal on the last night was superb.

My goal was to see grapes on the vine & the finished bottles on the table & everything in between you achieved all of this and more.

We are so grateful

Fondest regards

 Peter & Niki Allen

Hi Ramon,

Our encounter with Unique Traveller, specifically with Ramon was a very pleasant one. We first contacted him through email and his response was always quick and often insightful especially when The entire trip from Madrid to Rioja and then finally Barcelona was tailor-made to what we wanted to do and well-balanced with recommendations from Ramon. He was cautious with our costs and always recommended value for money options when it came to hotels, transportation and tours. 

In Madrid and Barcelona, everything went smoothly and according to plan. The recommended group tours were very good and hotels were  clean and centrally located in a safe area (which was important to us as first time travellers to Spain). The highlight of our trip is without a doubt, the private winery tour in the Rioja region where Ramon was our guide. The hotel, private tapas tour and selection of wineries were fantastic! One of the things we valued most was his local knowledge of the region and because of his relationships with the locals, we felt that we were accorded preferential service at wineries and restaurants. The experience is one that we will remember fondly for a very long time. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much that we have been thinking of making another trip to Spain ever since we got home. Thank you Ramon!

Regards,

Anna & Soo Hon

 

 Ramon,

I want to thank you for the amazing job you did for us, on two separate occasions, in planning trips to Spain.  

Our first trip was to the Rioja region in Spain for wine tasting.  You listened carefully to our desires and preferences, and built an itinerary that was exactly what we had hoped for!  The hotel you chose for us in LaGuardia, the restaurants you recommended, and the specific wineries you arranged for us to visit, were the perfect choices and made for a very memorable experience.  You were a great host, and looked after every detail as if this trip was for your own family “ and indeed, you made us feel like family.  In fact, we all had a drink in your honor, when I recently hosted a "Rioja reunion dinner" at my home in Colorado during which we had a chef prepare some of the same tapas you chose for us, and we drank some of the very same wines we tasted on the tours you had arranged.  It was nice to relive the experience!

The second trip was for my three children, to opening weekend in Ibiza.  The kids consider this the best trip of their lives “ and they have all lived abroad and traveled extensively - so this is a very high accolade.  Your recommendations for hotels and clubs (including Pacha, Ushuaia, Space, and DC10) made for exactly the kind of experience they hoped for, and I lived vicariously through them as they sent me photos each day of the arrangements you had made for them.  I particularly appreciated the help you provided on the "little things" that made a very big difference to their enjoyment of the trip - such as ensuring that they had local transportation to get around Ibiza that was timely and cost “effective, in arranging for them to get early check-in upon arrival and to extend their stay at the penthouse suite at Pacha at the cost of a regular room, and in assisting my daughter when she lost her passport.  I can honestly say that I felt much more comfortable as their Dad being 5,000 miles away, because I knew that you were looking after them and would be able to assist them if the need arose “ and it did!

 Ramon, we appreciated your high level of professionalism, the careful attention you paid to all of the details of our trips, and your ongoing efforts to ensure that our experience was exactly what we had hoped for.  We look forward to working with you again.  

 Kind regards,

Dave

18-22 September 2013

Hi Ramon

I wanted to tell you how much we all enjoyed our Gourmet Rioja trip. It truly was excellent. Your suggestion to visit the Asturias region gave us the opportunity to see another part of Spain which we would never have thought about.  In particular the wonderful restaurant in Cudillero were we had the best fish we have ever tasted. Reluctantly, after such amazing accommodation in Oviedo, we travelled to San Sebastian for 2 days, which was quite remarkable and more fantastic fish and tapas.

The highlight of course was Rioja, where you personally looked after us so well by introducing us to all those wonderful vineyards and making sure we experienced the gastronomic delights in the best of places. For instance, the Tapas trail in Logrono, where you took the time to make sure we experienced the very best. The Los Parajes restaurant in Laguardia, were we celebrated our wedding anniversary with a gastronomic experience in a private room with no expense spared was wonderful.   We all enjoyed your company during this festival time and would like to thank you for making our holiday memorable.

I would certainly recommend The Unique Traveller, in fact if you could put together a 7 night plan for the Santiago De Compostela/ Vigo area that would be wonderful.

We shall look forward to hearing from you.

With very best wishes.

Margaret and Mike McCarthy.

Exclusive Private Rioja gourmet wine tour 22-25 October 2013

Hi Ramon

The trip was most enjoyable thanks, the quality of the tours were excellent and they all felt very personal to our tour, meeting the owners who themselves were lovely people was also a great touch and my knowledge of Rioja wine and the region has improved no end.

All the  meals we had were very good.  You done a great job of keeping us entertained from the start of the day through to the early hours.

I am up for a night out in London, just need to organise some dates and I will let you know.

Kind Regards

Mark Comer
Director
MAINTENANCE 24-7 LIMITED

21 May 2013

Dear Ramon,

Thank you very much for a great Madrid/Ribera tour. It was good to meet you and get to know you. Marisol and Luis in Madrid did a great job guiding and driving. Luis made the trip to the Prado very special. We liked Lavida and the selection of wineries in Ribera.

Back home, I have regular wine events until we go to Turkey in the autumn. A summer trip to Galicia, Toro and Bierzo would be of interest.

With many thanks and kind regards,

Bernard

Dr. Bernard Dias

21, St. Leonards Road

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

UK

Ramon,

 Thanks for checking back with me, and thanks again for looking after the kids.  They had an absolutely incredible time in Ibiza.  Colin summed up the craziness in this way:  "Within 2 days of arriving, we lost one passport, two cellphones, and two voices!".  Apparently, both Claire and Caroline lost their voices from too much partying or trying to talk over the music!   because Kim and I leave for Greece late this afternoon, and the kids will be flying to meet us in the Athens airport tomorrow afternoon.  Caroline was able to fly from Ibiza to Barcelona, and she obtain a replacement passport at the US Consulate in Barcelona.

 Once again, great job Ramon.  I have on my list of things to do, to write you a very positive testimonial.

 We will see you again, and of course we will highly recommend you to any of our friends who travel to Spain.

 Dave

Dear Ramon,

We can't thank you enough for such an incredible experience.  Our 3-day private tour experience with you as our guide through Rioja was a vacation to remember!  It was such a pleasure to see your smiling face when we arrived at the train station in Logrono, have our luggage loaded into the car and immediately head for the wineries.  All the winery tastings & tours you arranged for us were perfect, all very high end just as we wanted, with wines and experiences that exceeded our expectations.    The visit to Contino was amazing…we will forever remember the special bottle of wine (I still can't believe you arranged to  present my sister with a 50-year old bottle of wine- amazing!),  our charming host and delicious meal “ the lamb grilled over the grape vines was incredible.  Our visit to Remelluri was equally as special “ the tour of the grounds, family house and having our tasting and meal at the kitchen table with the crackling fireplace and incredible view of the vineyards was simply perfect, that place was so charming as was our host.   We also loved, loved, loved staying at

the Marquis de Riscal hotel.  What a memorable place and quickly jumped to one of my all-time favorite hotels.   The architecture of that hotel was breathtaking!  I really could go on and on about how fantastic all your recommendations were and how special we felt everywhere we went, but this would become a very long thank you.  As we say in the US, you really hit a home-run with the based loaded!  Thank you again for your efforts on making this such a wonderful trip for all of us, especially for my sister for whom we were celebrating a special birthday.  When we said good-bye to you for our flight home, it felt like we were saying goodbye to a dear friend. 

Let me also add that we equally enjoyed the 2 one-day private tours you arranged for us while we spent time in Barcelona, Girona, Montserrat, Sitges, etc.  Gloria was such a delight, so personable and knowledgeable on the areas we visited.   We really enjoyed her restaurant suggestions and loved having her join us for lunch, it really was a special treat.  It goes without saying, we highly recommend The Unique Traveler to anyone that wants a special, amazing, unique and memorable experience. 

 Fondly,

Karla  (and Jim, Tia, Bev & Dona your new friends in California)

04 July 2013

I wouldn't dream of visiting a place without the benefit of a GUIDE!

WE LOVED SPAIN...you packaged our trip, the trains, the transfers, the getting to and from so that we were not frazzled or confused.  We love Spain...truly...no doubt because you put together such a wonderful "Grand Tour". 

I still want to visit the Basque area and eat my way through that part of Spain.

Until we meet again, muchisimos gracias!!!!

Roella Louie

08 October 2013

Hi Ramon!

I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you.  Things were a bit crazy trying to get caught up last week with work and home life.

Alberto was so wonderful.  We loved him and he was an excellent guide.  There is nothing we would criticize - we had a wonderful time and the itinerary was very full and we felt like we saw so much!!

We loved La Rioja and all the wine tours, the food and everything and would recommend your services to anyone who we know travelling to Spain.

Thank you so much for putting everything together for us.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to come back again!!

Take care and again, many thanks.  If you speak to Alberto, please give him our best!!

Annie

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10 July 2013

Hola Ramon,

Once again you showed why you are the best!  After talking about the wonderful time we had with you 16 months ago our friends were expecting a memorable day and you didn't disappoint them.  

We have some major decisions to make about our retirement schedule and exactly where in Espana we want to buy but after today's experience in Pamplona I can assure you that you will be part of our plans.

The el encierro was something I can now check off of my bucket list.

Regards

Anita

Hola Ramon,

 

The trip was fantastic thanks so much to you and Jeff.  The car was perfect, the hotels were truly outstanding,  I would recommend to stay at Marques del Riscal since the hotel itself is worth it, plus you could make time to visit other wineries. Le Domaine was also great, and I wouldn't skip it form the trip  The dinners were also excellent, it's funny how somehow when you stay in a hotel you try to find the best restaurant to go to, when it was clearly the one in our hotel, and you can't beat the comfort in that.    Overall everything was excellent and we did have a phenomenal vacation.  Once again thanks so much!!  I'll be sure to recommend you to our friends.

 

Saludos,

 

Jose Ramon Gutierrez | Executive Director | J.P. Morgan | Park Ave, New York, NY 10017 

18 July 2013

Ramon,

Thank you for planning such a delightful, custom tour of Spain.  Gabi and I enjoyed every moment.  I have highly recommended you to all our friends without hesitation. You provided excellent service and answered all our questions. It was a pleasure to work with you.  Also, our tour guides were exceptional, especially Jose'.  I look forward to our next tour.

Warm regards,

Tracey and Gabrielle Rancifer

08 August 2013

Hi Ramon,

 

Just wanted to let you know that I spoke to both Steven and Stephanie Kaufman today (separately), they just returned yesterday from their trip. They both loved Gloria and their tour of Barcelona and the Segway tour. It was the highlight of their stay in Barcelona and were so happy with all of the arrangements.

 

Wanted to thank you and pass on these wonderful comments.

 

Best,

Marla

13 August 2013

Hi Ramon

 We had a great time in Barcelona.  From my perspective it was a terrific success and I think Lucie was pretty happy too! 

 I suspect we won't be heading back to Spain for a while but if we do, we'll certainly get in touch.  I hope as well with you.

Best

Dan.

08 September 2013

Ramon. We can't believe a month has already passed!

We remain excited about our project and appreciate the wonderful people with whom you connected us. 

We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the outstanding professional service provided by Rachel. She is a treasure- representing her new home as an ambassador par excellence and extremely knowledgeable and refined. Elegant. She is an great asset and we hope you can continue promoting her work.

I hope this information is helpful to you as you grow your business and cater to greater spectrum of experienced clientele.

We send warmest regards to your lovely family. Your mother is dulce! And let your sister know I am eagerly looking forward to replicating her delicious rabbit dish.

Jeannette and Chris

04 October 2013

Hi Ramon. Thank you. We had a great time and enjoyed Kathy immensely. Accommodations and meals were great as were the wine visits. I have already found a couple of them in my local wine shop.  Thanks again.

Dianne

5 October 2013

Ramon: We had a great trip and are glad to refer our friends Scott and Jackie to you.  We hope to return to Rioja someday, and if we do, we will contact you.  

Bruce 

08 October 2013

 Hi Ramon!

 I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you.  Things were a bit crazy trying to get caught up last week with work and home life.

 Alberto was so wonderful.  We loved him and he was an excellent guide.  There is nothing we would criticize we had a wonderful time and the itinerary was very full and we felt like we saw so much!!

 We loved La Rioja and all the wine tours, the food and everything and would recommend your services to anyone who we know travelling to Spain. 

 Thank you so much for putting everything together for us.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to come back again!!

 Take care and again, many thanks.  If you speak to Alberto, please give him our best!!

 Annie

06 October 2013

Hi,

Please let Ramon know that the wine tour in Rioja was wonderful today.  We are looking forward to the food tour in Barcelona tomorrow.

Please thank him for trying to get us the bottle of wine from 1973.

All the best,

 Lesley

 07 October 2013

Hello Ramon,

We really had a wonderful time, especially all the tapas bars on the Saturday evening. The Liverpudlian crowd were great fun. They always know how to enjoy themselves. I am trying to persuade my friend to do this holiday. Thankyou for all you did to make the few days so enjoyable. I have recommended you to all my friends.

regards Jane

09 October 2013

Dear Ramon

Thank you so much. We had the most fabulous dinner this evening. Loved the space and Isabel was so gracious. Wine was fabulous and food amazing. Thank you!!   We are looking forward to our day tomorrow. We now have a 130 lunch appointment with the sales manager of the Nero Hotel so all has worked out 

Warm regards

Anita

Ramon you put together a wonderful vacation for us! We can't thank you enough.

We loved all of our tours and tour guides. The tours were so unique and special. We really felt like we got an authentic taste of each area we visited. Paddie, Gloria, Cathy, and Francisco were so knowledgeable, fun, and lovely people to spend time with. 

We all have quite a crush on Francisco. Can you pass along his contact information, we'd like to drop him a note. 

We also really liked all of the hotels. Your input and planning made our vacation so memorable. We all want to come back to Spain and will be in touch when we do. 

 Thank you again.

 Cheers!

 Shannyn, Dorothy, Brett and Chul

My dearest Ramon,

 So good to finally touch base with you once again.  I'm just beginning to adjust back into life here in Olympia, though as a new and alive individual.  Our trip was so wonderful and can't begin to thank you enough for all that you planned for us.  I believe I could have shortened the trip in Santa Maria a bit and spent it elsewhere but that is all about learning.  Went to Cadiz everyday and spent a day in Jerez.  I learned the buses quite well and did a good amount of walking into town and etc.  Healing and reflecting-whatever but Spain was so healing for me and I have rediscovered a new freedom and love of life.  I have you to thank for part of that and will always keep a special place in my heart for you.  I miss our fun conversations and teasing-you made me laugh.  I'm just beginning to work on the wine tour and will send you pictures as I can.  I hope they will be acceptable for you. Would love to share some of my adventures with you but don't want to take up your precious time.  I know how busy you are.   I pray this e-mail finds you well and that you are happy inside and out.  Love, Mary

Hi Ramon,

Thanks so much for your email. We all had a fantastic time and can't thank you enough for making it so incredibly special.  We definitely plan to send you some photos and in fact just finished going through them all last night.  So I hope to get you some photos this weekend  ;-) We have some really good photos of you and will include of few of our favorites from around the area as well.     I'll be back in touch!  

Karla

Hello Ramon,

 My name is Hiro Yamasaki of whom you probably know. My wife, Jane, and I spent over three weeks in Spain with Richard and his wife, Alice. First of all, I would like to express a great appreciation for your arrangement of our trip in Spain that includes itinerary, hotel, guide, etc. Richard will corresponding with you about what we felt about the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our experiences in Spain and it will remain in our memory for our life time.

Richard took the responsibility for the Spain trip. I found your tour operation in the Rioja wine region from the web and then suggested to Richard to contact with you for the tour arrangement in the wineries. His initial contact developed into your involvement of the total Spain trip. Be honest with you, we were little apprehensive as to how your involvement would turn into because we did not have a prior experience with you and the references. To me it was a half blessing and a half apprehension. Richard originally constructed a trip plan based on the informations obtained from various web sites and his past experience in the Spain trip long time ago. He has many experiences of the foreign trips and a positive attitude of that no matter how unexpected things happen during the trip, they will end up OK. On the other hands, I prefer a more structured approach with less risk. Therefore, I felt blessing of your help because you know the details of what to do in Spain.

The trip successfully proceeded in general. Kathy who was the guide of the wineries was very good and we enjoyed with her for two days in Rioja.

 Barcelona was a great interesting international city to us although the city seemed to be flooded with Gaudi's things. We stayed there five night and  enjoyed ever minute there. It showed quite a contrast from Madrid although I enjoyed there in a different way. Hotel Gran Melia in Madrid is the best hotel among the hotels we experienced in Spain. The bottom end is Hotel Els Encantats in Aiguestortes. We enjoyed the seafoods and I particularly liked Iberico ham. My impression on foods in Spain is excellent. 

Thank you again for you excellent guidance and arrangement you made for our trip. I would recommend anyone who want to make a vacation trip to Spain to contact with you without any hesitation.

  Hiro Yamasaki

 

     

 

Hi Ramon,

 

 The entire trip to Spain was terrific and for the most part went smoothly. I asked my three travelling companions to contribute any criticisms  and they were hard pressed to name any. Thank you for your arrangements. That being said here is a more detailed assessment.

 

Your choice of hotels was highlighted by their location. We were able to walk almost everywhere. From Las Letras we had easy access, by foot, to Plaza Major, Puerta del Sol, and all the museums. Hotel was very fine with an amiable, helpful staff. La Casa del Mudejar was right on the square and next to the Cathedral and not far from the Aqueduct. Our only problem was finding it by car through the windy narrow streets, but we managed. Los Agustinos was a fine hotel. The Parador at Hondarribia  and Ordesa were wonderful. At Aiguestortes, Els Encantats was simple but a fine mountain retreat. The Onix in Barcelona was, again, superbly located. 

 

 The time in La Rioja was a great highlight. The wine tours with Kathy were terrific with a good mix of the old processes of wine making, the more modern technics, large bodegas and small. The entire experience was excellent and Kathy more than helpful and guided us like we were her friends.  We all learned much about wine making but expecially about wine drinking. My wife who had been a passive drinker of blancos now says that she really understands the subtleties of taste, but now declares that all she tastes are "a little young."

 

 In addition to our time in La Rioja, other highlights included the museums in Madrid, the Cathedral in Toledo and the synogogues, eating suckling pig in Segovia, driving through small coastal towns near San Sebastian and eating whole baked turbot, the aquarium in San Sebastian. Ordesa was breathtaking and our hikes were wonderful. Likewise Aiguestortes. Barcelona is one of the greatest cities we have every been in. Its rhythms, nonstop activity and the whimsical nature of the Gaudi architecture make us want to come back . We loved the opera and the opera house itself. Supertitles in catatonian was a challenge. We went to a guitar concert played by Manual Gonzales at Basilica del Pi. I especially loved exploring the church of Santa Maria de la Mar after reading the Cathedral by the Sea.

 

 I'm not sure that we took advantage of the excellent food in the Basque country or Catalonia but we tried, the small restaurant Lo de Flor, in Barcelona,  was wonderful . Enjoyed the Flamenco show.

 

 Ramon, thanks for everything.I will try to send travelers your way and encourage people to visit Spain. If you have a need for any references let me know. I do think that my friends Roella and Susanne want to use your services next year. If you ever get to LA let me know and prehaps we can meet after all.  I know a terrible Tapa's restaurant.

 

Richard


Ramon,

Just got back from our vacation in Spain and want to thank you for the assistance you gave me to make our day in Jerez special. We were able to visit 2 wineries;  Lustau and Tio Pepe. They were very different, but both very good. My husband and I had good tours, a special tasting at Lustau and bought some sherry.

Best regards,

Merle Smith

 

Hi  Ramon,

 

 The remainder of our trip went really well. The hotels were great; they upgraded our room in Mallorca to include a private terrace. The view and beach were fantastic. Barcelona was enormous and we definitely didn't have enough time there, but we were able to see a few of the sights. 

 

 Thanks again for a great trip. I'll definitely recommend your company to my friends if you're willing to put up with more Americans. ;)

 

 Robyn

 

Hi Ramon

More happy clients!  here is some feedback that I will be posting to my website. Hope to send many more clients your way. Thanks for your hard work.

Jo Ann (FROM ACTIVE GOURMET HOLIDAYS)

Hi, JoAnn
We're back to the daily grind after a wonderful vaca in Spain, and thought I would share some comments.
Ramon was a lot of fun, and we were blessed with equally pleasant travelling companions.
The hotels were all very good, once we learned the lighting system! Concierges were all very helpful. Food was first rate and plentiful in all.
All your paperwork was perfectly set up for us not one issue. An excellent trip overall, and have many memories that we'll keep for a lifetime.
Thanks for all your work on our part, and please pass on our compliments to Ramon.
Bev and John Carnahan (16-21 sept 2011)

 

Ramon,

 

We had a wonderful time in Spain and the tour with you was an excellent experience.  Your attention to detail is wonderful and your ability to match people to a relevant and meaningful situation made it very worth while.

 

I hope you have a busy and successful season.

 

All the best,

 

Louise

 

(March 2012) Tour in La Rioja

 

 

 

Hi Ramon,

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for organising my parent's wine tour - they had an absolutely fabulous time and were so over-excited when I got home from Ibiza, that it was hard for them to contain themselves!!!!

Thanks so much for making it wonderful for them!!! I will definitely recommend your tours to anyone else looking for something similar in Spain.
Many Thanks again
Kylie

We just enjoyed a terrific Rioja trip with Ramon and Unique Traveler. Our small group of wine lovers was looking for a customized trip, with real access to top wineries, coupled with some gourmet meals…and Ramon truly delivered! We visited several of the highest-end wineries, spending literally hours with some of the region’s most famous wine makers, who seemed thrilled to spend time with us, and share their best wines with us in tastings. Additionally, on each day of the tour, we had lunch at one of the region’s best restaurants, each of which was better than the one the day before! The hotel
at Marques de Riscal was terrific. Perhaps the highlight of the trip was the tapas crawl in Logrono, led by Ramon himself! I would absolutely recommend Ramon to anyone – we were literally thrilled with the trip.


Richard G.

Hi Ramon,

We returned from Spain yesterday and it is hard to step back into the reality of everyday life. I know Cindy wrote to you bout how much we appreciated everything you did for us, and I'm sure she will once again now we have all returned home, but I wanted to take a minute and add a few more notes of thanks, too.
I wish you had been able to hear the number of times we said 'thank you Ramon' as we journied through the itenerary you had planned for us. We had so many 'surprises' as to how convenient you had made things.... each hotel was within walking distance to places we needed to go, and everything we needed was taken into consideration. That made our trip so much easier and more enjoyable. One of the best surprises was when we reached Madrid with the 'rush hour' traffic.
We thought we needed to drop the car off at the airport... when we looked at the voucher and it showed the drop-off location right by the hotel we all cheered with joy that we could so easily manage the car drop-off and check-in to our hotel together. That was pretty much the feeling from beginning in Barcelona where we were so close to the bus stops and market, to the end of our trip when we were close to the airport with shuttle service provided. Each hotel readily
welcomed us, the wine tour with Alberto was perfect, and we also enjoyed the tours you had planned from Barcelona and Madrid. You couldn't have planned it better! Cindy and I mentioned often that we wished we had a Ramon for every trip we took.

Thank you again for making this trip so enjoyable for us. You removed the stress from our travels:)
Del and Cathy Brown

Dear Ramon,
You are a very gracious host and was I glad to get to meet you. I too enjoyed your company - you make me smile. I'll have to say I missed your daily updates on the US economy the rest of my trip. As I'm sure you're well aware - it's gotten worse.

I really enjoyed the wine tour - and will recommend it to others. You have done an excellent job in picking out diverse wineries, that made the tour interesting. I also liked that the group ended up being smaller - it made it easier to get to know the others. I really liked the Hotel in Haro - very charming and comfortable. As for the food - it was amazing! I can't comment enough on how excellent the food was. I really enjoyed the tapas tours in Logrono even in the crowded streets of the festival - we would not have been able to do that without you. I liked getting to experience new food - octopus, pork foie - both which were excellent. Alberto also is great tour guide! He is very knowledgeable about wine and history of Spain and Rioja.

I am looking forward to drinking the wine that you gave us. I will think about the trip and you when I drink it.

Thanks for the offer on the advice for Spain - I will take you up on that as I do plan to return someday. Also I am planning a trip to London and Ireland next spring/summer, so I may ask you questions about London if you don't mind. If you ever need info regarding the U.S. - I will try my best to reciprocate. 

Thanks for the info about the culinary and wine tour - I will definitely pass it on.
Best Wishes,
Evelyn

Hello Ramon,
Firstly I would like to thank you sincerely for all your help in organizing our trip to Spain. I don't know what I would have done without your help.

I wish we had more time in London we are only transiting this time otherwise we would like to have met you & thanked you in person. If you are going to be in Spain in September maybe we can meet there !

Whilst we are away we leave Australia on 31.8.07 ( we are going via Beijing) we can be contacted on my mobile
0418.202215.

Thank you once again,
Kind regards,
Suzanne Windrim

 

We had a great time and loved Spain. People were very friendly. The hotel in Granada was super location with great assistance. Saw so much history, hiked to St. Michael Church and toured caves in Sacremente. The Alhambra was amazing. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and to be honest probably too advanced for our intellect which was maybe why he was so expensive. (a farmer and a banker) He would be great for professors and educators. You were hesitant about him due to expense which I don't discredit you. We made the choice and we did learn. Good experience.

 

Hotel was good in Seville. Great location! Again, they spoke English which helped us. Loved tapas and the heart of Spain with such old history. You were so kind to check on us
with phone calls, etc. I actually felt confident when flying there because of your assistance. Thank you for everything.

 

You have been great! You are good at your job! Leslie

 

Dear Ramon
It was a fantastic trip.Brenda and I had a wonderful time and appreciated the careful planning which ensured we enjoyed the wine,food and architecture.A memorable weekend ...and our thanks for your help with the wheelchair!

With our best wishes

Ernie and Brenda

Thank you, Ramond, for the excellent organisation of the Rioja winery tour. The guides you found for us were good-humoured, charming and professional. I wish you all the best with your future projects.

Stephen Allender

Dear Ramon

The pleasure was ours.....!

The Gods have certainly gifted La Rioja with perfection in all things - the sun, the gloriously fire-coloured vines covering such a dramatic landscape, the amazing buildings so fearlessly set into the very best thatnature can offer, the gorgeous wines we tasted which were so plentifully offered and the wonderful food.... and here I am running out of superlatives to describe what was for us one of the most pleasurable trips we have ever taken. Our thanks to you for the excellent organisation and I have already been recommending you to friends and colleagues who were interested in hearing about the trip.

Anthony Hemy

We enjoyed the trip very much - the choice of wineries to visit couldn't have been better. Fortunately the weather was favourable and Alan has some very good photographs. I am sorry that because of my bad cold and the late lunch for Alan on the one day - we had to finish our visit early - thank you for arranging the taxi. I hope too that you haven't caught my cold - goodness knows where I got it from! I am now backat work still feeling pretty ill, but I have some lovely memories of the holiday - thank you for arranging it
with David. I think we went at the best time of the year to see the beautiful colours of the region - certainly a lovely part of Spain to visit. I especially enjoyed the lunch on the Saturday in the traditional winery - set against the backdrop of the mountains. Many thanks, Christine

Dear Ramon

It was a fascinating and relaxing trip, with plenty of time to get to know the group - well done and thank you.

George Bird

Hello Ramon and team at the unique traveller

Pam and I had a marvellous trip to Rioja with you which managed to pack a great deal into a short space of time whilst still feeling leisurely.

Alberto's explanations were excellent and Antonio was discreetly in support whenever required.

You were quite right to insist on Maria leading us at the first winery: her vigour and enthusiasm got all the winery visits off on the right foot and was a pleasure.

Yesterday I met the well known Edinburgh modern architect Richard Murphy at the Soane Museum. He was insistent that Spain sets a very high standard in modern architecture and now has a marvellous portfolio to show off. I hope that you will be able to offer more excellent tours on these lines to the architects and to everyone in due course.

Thanks again for a marvellous tour and we hope to travel again with you soon.

Philip and Pam

Dear Ramon,

First of all my sincere apologies for the tardy reply, life has been non stop since we returned from our wonderful excursion to wineries of Rioja.
Ros and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the wonderfully creative architecture and the passion of the winemakers for their art and of course the end product.
We certainly also appreciated the wonderful guidance of Alberto and Antonio who brought significant knowledge to the tour and enhanced the whole wonderful experience.
The exuberance of the great-grand daughter of the founder of Tondonia certainly proved that genealogy is not a myth, she shared his passion and his vision for the family tradition and the determination to maintain the exceptional standards of the Tondonia.
wines.
The beauty of the Marques de Riscal Winery and the sensational hotel design will live in our memories for ever, not to mention a most agreeable luncheon and superb wines from the Bodega.
The fantastic roof line of the Calatrava Ysios Winery, so effectively reflecting the Cantabrian Mountains in the backdrop and the quality of the structure and the processes within in such an efficient and yet striking setting, were fantastic.
To be followed by another wonderful lunch at the Chateau styled Remelluri Estate and the wonderful talk from Alberto about his passion for Rioja region, the people and of course the wines!
I am not sure we were ready for the striking winery at Vina Real, the Engineering was stimulating and yet so effective for the modernity of the winery and its processes. As you know I am very fond of the Vina Real and its sister wine Contino, so the visit was all the more special for me.
All in all, the whole event was extremely professional and our congratulation to all three of you, but especially you Ramón as you went totally out of your way to make each and every one of us feel as though it was our personal tour. Also for your personal care, attention and assistance to Ernie Watkinson, when BA managed to lose his wheelchair
I have recommended you to colleague from Lantra, who I sure will be getting in touch shortly. Once again our congratulations and sincerest thanks for an absolutely super trip, which will remain withus for ever.

Regards to all of you,
Peter & Rosalind Rogerson.

Kina,
had a very good time, wine tour was the best part of the trip. Excellent guide and great tours of wineries, very good food for the breakfasts and lunches that were included. What an experience, not one other American the whole time and no English speaking people except the guide. Were on our own in the evenings and we did fine. Lots of tapas and walking around these ancient medieval towns. Fascinating. Very friendly people and even though no English very helpful when we needed assistance. My high school Spanish came
in handy.

All Euros everywhere, no point in taking any American money except to exchange no one took it even in big cities or at airports. ATM's everywhere and easy to use. Hotels did not do money exchanges there not big enough I guess, banks or ATM's only way. Even though told of pick pockets and thieves never had a problem and felt very safe physically everywhere we were any time of day or night. I would have even felt safe on my own as a single woman.

Tours on the cruise were great ie Rome, Florence etc and ship very pretty and nice but food was very mediocre (Royal Carribean). Was like eating at Holiday Inn, very standard fare and American food, steak every night on menu but no special sauces and very bland presentation, no special appetizers ordesserts. Would not go Royal Carribean again due to that. Also shows werenot as good as other cruises we have been on just a few acrobats and not much else.

Barcelona mostly just a big city but hotel you found was very good and very centrally located. Good service and good beds but what they call a restaurant is a bar with a few sandwiches and not much else, no one really ate there.So all in all a very interesting and exciting trip and we saw a whole different way of life which was good.
Thanks for all of your assistance and we will be in touch again.
Carol

This one is a couple from Oregon doing a 30 day trip to Europe including our 4 day Gourmet Wine Tour

Dear Ramon

My husband and his friend had the most amazing time and have not stopped talking about it!!!
So thank you so much.

They are going to contact you directly with feedback.

Regards
Samantha Rees

Ramon,
Thank you for arranging such a fantastic trip.

The hotel was perfect and in a great location and the guide at Tordonia was fantastic as was the meal and wine at Remelluri.

The meal at Laguardia was superb and the staff looked after us very well.

The highlight for us though was the extremely professional, pleasant and interesting guide you hired. We are indeed Unique travellers and he handled us competently with a wonderful grasp of the British sense of humour! My friend constantly made no sense at all and he ignored his ramblings beautifully. I would
certainly recommend him to your British clients. 

Please pass on our gratitude and regards to his family who sound very nice.

Regards
Bryan Rees

Ramon,
Thanks very much, it was a very nice place and we had a good time.

Location is perfect, service fantastic and food simple but sufficient. Staff was very nice and helpful..........that was the best added value of the place.

Thank you very much for arranging this and we know where to find you next time.

All the best,
Wouter 

Wouter H.L. Han 
Lazard

Ramon,
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Rioja. I also wanted to tell you how much our overall enjoyment was due to the knowledge and enthusiasm of our tour guide, Alberto . The interesting choice of vineyards and restaurants really gave us a broad taste of the region, but without Alberto I don't think it would have been as enjoyable.

Regards,

Pat Zvokel
Rioja, May 7 - 10, 2008

Hi Ramon,

Thanks! We had a great time in spite of the weather. Thanks for everything.
We will recommend your company to our friends and colleagues for sure.

Susan

Dear Ramon

Just to let you know that we all enjoyed the Tour very very much and thought your arrangements were excellent; the choice of hotels and their situations, the choice of bodegas and their variety, the meals, the transport, all were really good, and Alberto was the icing on the cake! So many many thanks to you for all your efficiency and the thoughtfulness of your preparations.

We would have no hesitation in recommending you to other friends, and when we can afford it may well
come again with you ourselves.

Kind regards
Jenny and Tony

Ramon,

We really enjoyed the wine tour of Rioja. The hotels, the food, and especially our guide, Alberto, were fantastic!

One of my favourite things was the interesting contrasts of style, size, and philosophies that the selected wineries illustrated. I also was relieved that it was a very non-snobby approach to appreciating wine. I hate the pretentious way some people talk about wine.

We had dinner the first night at the restaurant (Las Duellas) at our hotel. My mother and I were both shocked at the quality of the seafood at this restaurant--as good or better than any I have had in Los Angeles, or even on Kauai, which certainly has some of the best fish in the world.

So I am extremely satisfied with the tour, and will definitely be recommending you to my
friends.

Thanks so much,
Michael Kieley

Ramon

I've been meaning to write to you but I've been very busy since I got back. First of all, thank you very much for organising such a nice trip, we both very much enjoyed it.

I thought you might like some general feedback on the tour. First up, Alberto was great- a real gentleman, who clearly knew what he was talking about and was not imposing at all. In fact, we got on so well, we thought about inviting him to stick around for an extra evening for a few drinks! The accommodation was absolutely first-class- the hotel in Haro was one of the nicest I've ever stayed in and the Marques hotel in Logrono was also excellent, the people were very friendly and helpful, we actually ended up staying an extra night there. Overall, the wine tours were very good and quite interesting, even for my girlfriend Laura who would not have quite the same passion for wine as I do! The Rioja was obviously great, but of course I knew that already! But I think it was the food which impressed me the most- I had expected a high standard but was still very pleasantly surprised! I had some of the best steaks I ever had there, also the regional delicacies such as Burgos black pudding were fantastic! Both lunches were excellent, in particular the one on the second day in the little village whose name I've forgotten at the moment.. The scenery was beautiful- Alberto told us that the wettest May in 60 years had contributed to making the region greener than usual for this time of year which was also nice!

Anyway, well done once again on the organisation- I thought the whole thing was very well thought-out and pre-planned. The bottles of wine waiting for us at the hotel was a very classy touch! I would have no trouble recommending your tour to other people, in fact, I already have done. Despite some trouble with Ryanair luggage policies, I managed to smuggle several bottles of Reserva back into the country, which I plan to enjoy over the next few months!

Many thanks again, I'm sure I will be in touch in the future about another trip at some stage!

Take care and best wishes
John

Hi Ramon

I have just had an email from clients who said they had the most amazing time ever. Thank you so much for organising a wonderful and exclusive tour for them.

Regards Jacqui
Jacqui Harvey

|UK/Europe, USA/Canada Wholesale Team Leader | House of Travel Ltd

Thanks Ramon, and also for the list of distributors.

I really enjoyed the tour - best things for me were: the range of wineries you'd chosen; learning so much about different methods of wine production; getting to taste a range of excellent wine; Alberto (he was really knowledgeable and down to earth); fantastic food; exactly right mix of organised time and free time; having your expert guidance to the tapas bars in Logrono;
I've recommended the tour already to a few friends who I think would enjoy it.

All the best
Judith

Hi Ramon
Thanks very much, we really enjoyed the trip too. I did get to the football so thanks too for your help with that.

A few comments
- we liked the group makeup of 9 guests and 2 guides
- great itinerary with a good mix of old and new wineries
- enjoyed lunch at Remelluri
- enjoyed the mix of singles and couples
- we have recommended you to others

Regards
Adrian & Gill

Hi Ramon,

Thank you for your email. Both Hans and I enjoyed the trip a lot. We will definitely recommend it to our friends. I copied Hans in this email. He will give you more feedback.

Best Regards
Jennie

Hi Ramon,

Hope you are well. Sorry it has taken us so long to reply but work has been manic since we have been back!

Thank you so much for such a lovely break, we were so relaxed and full of Rioja and good food when we left that it felt like we had been away for a couple of weeks! The itinerary
was perfect from our point of view, it was good to see the different types of wineries and learn so much from yourself and Alberto. We really enjoyed the Rioja Festival too, which
we would not have been able to enjoy as much without you!

We have loads of good photos, which I will email to you as soon as I get a chance.

Thanks again for all of your help in organising the tour and for the offer of free advice on Spain, (I am sure we will be taking you up on the offer soon). Also, thanks for our massive
bottle of wine) we have already finished one!

Take care and speak to you soon.
Sat & Clint

Hi Ramon...
You have gone above & beyond and I can't begin to thank you for doing all of this for a complete stranger. I have no doubt that your tour will be fabulous and whether you like it or not (ha ha) we will be back for another.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Again thanks so much from the bottom of my heart. You are truly a class act & I am very impressed.
Regards, Suzanne

Hello Ramon,

Would like to thank you on behalf of the people that stayed last week in the Can Bonastre.

They were so happy with everything, everyone was so kind, the food and the location were excellent, it was perfect.

They are telling everyone how good it was.

Be in touch soon no doubt.

With kind regards,

Annemarie RAYBOIS

Hi Alberto and Ramon ~
We just had to write a quick email to both of you to say THANK YOU for everything! Alberto... the wine tours, lunch, and the time spent with you was truly a highlight! You were
the perfect person to share the day's adventure with! And thank you so much Ramon for all the arrangements and suggestions you've made for us... everything has been perfect so far! We're looking forward to our tour to Toledo tomorrow and enjoying the rest of your beautiful country!

Sincerely,
Scott and Cindy

Hi Ramon ~

I know Cathy wrote on behalf of us both letting you know what a wonderful trip we had and how much we said "thank you Ramon" almost everyday! She really said it well... but I just
wanted to say again how much we all appreciated your efforts to make the arrangements to show us your beautiful country. Scott and I have worked with a couple other travel agents over the years, but you provided more service for us than we've ever experienced, somehow knowing just what we'd appreciate most! We loved all of the country and the whole itinerary, but the time in Haro with Alberto was a definite highlight... thank you (and Alberto) again for that experience. We will keep the memories of Spain with us forever.

We hope to return to Spain again and will definitely contact you and tell anyone we know planning to visit there to contact you as well. We don't get to travel frequently, but when we do plan our next trip I'll be certain to contact you.
Sincerely,
Cindy

Hi Ramon,

I thought that your hotel recommendations were excellent for Granada and Madrid and Haro.

I think the car choices were perfect, the organization and recommendations for places to go were also excellent.

The guide in Haro was wonderful, knowledgeable and endearing. We had a lovely time and great conversation. He was smart, funny and really good.

I think your locations were spot on and we had a really great time.
Julia Sears

Dear Ramon,

Just a quick note to express my appreciation to you for helping to organize the lovely break we had in Malaga and Granada. They are both great cities that we would love to return to
at some point. 
The hotels and the restuarant you selected were excellent and the guide in Granada on Saturday night was 1st class.

Thank you once again.
Best wishes,
Robbie Fraser.

Dear Ramon

Many thanks for organising such a great trip for us recently. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience to a part of Spain we hadn't been to before, Rioja. Having yourself and Alberto in charge was wonderful, with your first hand insight into the culture and knowledge of wine. The tapas evening was
one to remember.

Thank you for your kind comments about the group as a whole - I think it jelled really well and also thanks for accommodating our driving needs.

We are now back in the UK having spent a wonderful time in San Sebastian

With best wishes.
Mary and Paul

Hi  Ramon,

 

The remainder of our trip went really well. The hotels were great; they upgraded our room in Mallorca to include a private terrace. The view and beach were fantastic. Barcelona was enormous and we definitely didn't have enough time there, but we were able to see a few of the sights. 

 

Thanks again for a great trip. I'll definitely recommend your company to my friends if you're willing to put up with more Americans. ;)

 

Robyn

Ramon,

I wanted to thank you for doing such a fine job selecting wineries for our trip. They were all great, and we got to view a wide variety of wine making processes. Our limited
Spanish speaking ability was not a problem anywhere; you did a good job of getting us English speaking guides.

I think that our biggest problem was wine burn-out. We could not maintain the aggressive pace that we asked you for, and you provided. Next time we will pace ourselves a little better and not drink three bottles of wine at each stop.

I hope that you did not get too many calls from the wineries, seems like we were late to a few, and did cancel a few at the end of the tour.

We will tell anyone who is interested in wine tour to contact you and check your site.

Thanks again
Ron Muratore

Dear Ramon - Many thanks for your help! We had a great stay. We loved the location of the hotel in Bilbao and it was perfectly comforatable. Loved the museum across the street and great tapas so close. Fuenterabbia is wonderful!!! Really, really loved the town and again we stayed at the best place. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! L

Best regards,

Laura Madrid
Sales Manager
Four Seasons Resorts, Indian Ocean
Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles
2 Ranelagh Gardens
London, SW6 3PA

Hi Ramon,

Thank you for a lovely time in Rioja! We really enjoyed our tour. Also, thanks for bringing the wine box to our hotel.

I hope to arrange a tour with a group next fall. I will be in touch and tell my travel agent about you.

Take care!
Cindi

HI Ramon,

We were all very pleased with the outcome of our wine tour. I honestly can't think of anything you could do different. It was an excellent adventure. Keep up the great work.

Kathleen

Hi Ramon

We had an absolutely fantastic time and very much appreciated your humour and knowledge. Please also pass on our thanks to Alberto as he was great too.
Luckily the wine that we bought survived the plane journey home and we sampled some of the oil we bought yesterday. I also bought chorizo and green olives at Bilbao airport!!

Hear from you soon.
Thanks. Deborah

Dear Ramon
I thought the itinerary and service and your company was great. I would recommend you. If we were travelling on a more generous budget and not worried about friends budgets as well, I would have like to stay at some of the historic or luxury hotels
I'll keep you in mind for the future!

Hi Ramon.

We had a great time a thoroughly enjoyed our tours, schedule and our guide, Gamal. He has a great personality, very easy to talk with, was very punctual and knowledgeable about our tours and many other topics we asked him about. My luggage was lost for a few days, and I would like to comment that Gamal was extremely helpful in assisting me to track my bag and help me buy any necessities I required, or souvenirs that I wanted.

Our few days in Grenada was wonderful and we absolutely loved the hotel/ winery (Senorio de Nevada).

I would definitely recommend your company and use it for my future travels

Take care,
Nicole.

Hi Jo-Ann (Gourmet Active Holidays)

We had a fantastic time! Ramon was truly an excellent guide - he truly maximized our time there. The winery visits were diverse and very well done. The cooking class in Bilbao was also a lot of fun. Lots of memories on this trip. I was having some camera issues, so I will make sure you get the best picks from
the other folks on the trip.

Our group experienced all the best that the region has to offer thanks to our guides (Ramon and Alberto) We are absolutely delighted with the diverse winery selections, the exceptional food and the beautiful scenery.
I would absolutely recommend this tour.

Thanks again!
Marti

Dear Ramon
I have just had an e-mail from Lyle Lawson in Ronda. They are absolutely delighted with the room in the Parador and have best seats for the bullfight on Fri/Sat/Sun. Thank you from them and thank you from me for making this possible. Please let me know when you are back in England and I will buy you lunch at least.

Kind regards
Kay

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Dear Ramon,

 

Thank you for the outstanding tour you arranged for my clients.  They came by recently  bringing three bottles of wine from their tour  in Spain.  That was no easy task.  It made me feel really appreciated.   They gave me a glowing account of their holiday.  I'm so glad that I now have The Unique Traveleller to make arrangement for my clients who want very special  care while enjoying Spain.

 

Their comments;   "What a wonderful trip! One that goes down in the book as one of the Best!!!  Thanks to you and to Ramon for all you did to

make it that way.  We loved everything especially the wine country!!  Fabulous! The guide was outstanding.   Can't say enough.  You always go above and beyond."

 

All the best!

 

Barbara Love

Love Travel

Tyler, Texas

Hi again!

Me and my brothers would like to thank you for taking such good care of my mother and father. They we're very very happy with mothers birthdaygift.

They had an exellent time in Rioja, and would like to go back there next week. But I can't afford that...

So many thanks to you, and I will definitly write you in spring to see if you have any travelling suggestions for us.

I wish you all the best...

Best regards,

Lucas Snåre

Dear Ramon,

 I wanted to send you a quick note and let you know we had a great time in Madrid, Toledo and Penafiel.  Jack really enjoyed his visit with Mr. Lopez at Lopez Cristobal as well as our visit to Emina!  Also, Alfredo did a great job showing us around all the cities.  My husband found him engaging and knowledgeable!

 We will definitely pass on your info to our friends and family for future visits to Spain.

 Best regards,

Cindy Cope - Germany

Thank you for plannimg an amazing trip for us!  We enjoyed every minute of it!

Thanks!

Monica and Patty

Our small group of wine lovers was looking for a customized trip, with real access to top wineries, coupled with some gourmet meals...and you truly delivered!


Dear Ramon

We just enjoyed a terrific Rioja trip with Ramon and Unique Traveller. Our small group of wine lovers was looking for a customized trip, with real access to top wineries, coupled with some gourmet meals...and Ramon truly delivered! We visited several of the highest-end wineries, spending literally hours with some of the region's most famous wine makers, who seemed thrilled to spend time with us, and share their best wines with us in tastings. Additionally, on each day of the tour, we had lunch at one of the region's best restaurants, each of which was better than the one the day before! The hotel at Marques de Riscal was terrific. Perhaps the highlight of the trip was the tapas crawl in Logrono, led by Ramon himself! I would absolutely recommend Ramon to anyone – we were literally thrilled with the trip.


Richard G.
PRIVATE TOUR-LA RIOJA
MARQUES DE RISCAL

Everything was first class, and better than I could have expected. You truly are an expert at what you do. All 15 people in the group were happy and impressed- I could not have asked for anything better.


Dear Ramon

I want to thank you for a perfect trip in Catalonia. I was amazed at how wondereful everything was- all the guides were perfect and totally prompt.

All the restaurants you chose were incredible- not just great food and service, but all the staff were so nice to us, and acted as if we were honored guests. The same was true at the wineries- they had such wonderful set-ups for us- great wine, sometimes food, attractive tables- and again, we felt like honored guests. Everything was first class, and better than I could have expected. You truly are an expert at what you do. All 15 people in the group were happy and impressed- I could not have asked for anything better.
I would love it if you would keep me in mind if you ever need a contact in the states for travel insurance, coordination, or accompanying any of your groups. I would be honoreed to do more work with you at any time.
Thank you,
Kathie Wolk

Your attention to detail is wonderful and your ability to match people to a relevant and meaningful situation made it very worth while.


Ramon,

We had a wonderful time in Spain and the tour with you was an excellent experience. Your attention to detail is wonderful and your ability to match people to a relevant and meaningful situation made it very worth while.

I hope you have a busy and successful season.

All the best,
Louise Engel
March 2012- Rioja Private Tour

The service you provided was excellent and we may come back another time to do another tour...


Hello Ramon,

Carlo and I are back in Canada now and wanted to take this opportunity to Thank you so very much for everything. We had a wonderful time and Carlo enjoyed the wineries immensely......we will pass your name to our friends here in Canada and hopefully they will call you.........I will also update comments on your website as soon as I have a free moment.....>The service you provided was excellent and we may come back another time to do another tour.
Thank you again very much.


Carlo and Maria Segreti
27-30/6- Rioja Private Tour