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."
Barcelona and Priorat
"Hola Ramon, Alanna and I had an amazing trip thanks to your help, the itinerary you put together for us and our wonderful guides! We can't thank you enough and we've been telling our friends and family about the great experience as well. Manel and Rachel were great guides! They were very nice, they were on time and worked hard to stay on track with our timeline so we could see everything that was on the itinerary. We were very impressed with how much we were able to fit in! They also gave us so much local information that really made the experience unique. Our absolute favorite was getting out of the city for a couple of days and visiting all of the wineries in the Priorat region. That side trip was so interesting, relaxing and fun! We still can't believe how fortunate we were to get to meet with the different winemakers for our own private tours and wine tastings and of course as you said, the wines were excellent! We even took home a few bottles ourselves. The next time you talk to Rachel and Manel please pass along the message to them that we had a wonderful time with them! We don't really have any negative things to say about the whole trip, everything really worked out perfectly for us! Anyway, I hope you don't mind if we pass along your contact information to others who have asked for it! We are scheming to try to plan our next trip to Spain and maybe we can go to Madrid or the Rioja region next! Muchas Gracias!"
"Dear Ramon, thanks very much for the itinerary you organised for us. Pablo was great and Jesus is definitely not an experience to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed the bread making and were fascinated by the water mill. The baker himself was delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, loved Jerez and the winery and the visit to the Jamon factory/farm was the standout experience of the whole trip. Overall we loved it and really enjoyed the hotels you chose. I would have no qualms about recommending your service to my friends - and I was very impressed by the way you kept a check with the various guides on our progress."
Basque Country and Rioja
"Hi Ramon, my husband Peter and I really enjoyed the trip and were very happy with it. We are so glad we added the day trip in San Sebastian. It was very well executed, and we loved our tour guide, Jon. He was very knowledgable about the area. He grew up nearby and has lived there most of his life. He was energetic and fun. Zumaia was stunning, Getaria was quaint and had old charm, and of course San Sebastian was breathtaking. The Pinxtos tour was delicious and so much fun, and Jon talked his way into a supper club and the gentlemen let us have a tour and let us try some of their food and wine! He really went above and beyond, and we cannot recommend him and the tour enough. Overall, this day trip was absolutely gorgeous and we got to do so much in just 8 hours. The wine tour of La Rioja was great as well. Alberto, our tour guide, was very kind and knowledgeable. We liked that some of the bodegas we visited were modern, and some were older. It was a nice mix. We enjoyed the architectural component as well, and each bodega's design was very different from the next. It was very interesting to see the small village of LaGuardia, compared to the bigger town of Logrono. Alberto listened to our requests and concerns, and made changes to the tour appropriately, which was very much appreciated. The lunches on both days were very tasty and enjoyable. On one day, we had some time in between bodegas, and he took us to a boutique hotel with a great wine selection so we could try some wines by the glass. It was a nice touch and a good use of our time. We really enjoyed the tour at Marques de Riscal. That tour was different and very interesting! We highly recommend that one. We just returned to the states and we are reeling from our beautiful, delicious and wonderful honeymoon! Thank you for listening to my very specific requests and planning all of this for us. We really enjoyed it. Thanks again!"
"Hi Ramon, just wanted to let you know that Mr. & Mrs. King had a wonderful time with your guides and everything was just perfect. They really enjoyed everything that you proposed for them and can’t wait to go back to Portugal! Thank you and best regards!"
North of Spain- Galicia-Asturias-Santander-Basque Country-Rioja and Madrid
"Will unpack today (arrived from our final 3 days in Madrid late last night) and put my home in order then e-mail you in the next few days. My comments and those of my traveling companions will be full of praise. You envisioned what we wanted in a vacation and delivered beyond our expectations. Many thanks!"
"Hi Ramon, we were very happy with the trip. Alberto was a first class guide. Extremely knowledgeable on both the area and wines. And he was a pleasure to have as company. He is clearly respected at the wineries. All of them were of a high quality. We leaned a lot about wine making and Rioja and had a very enjoyable holiday. Thank you!"
"Hi Ramon, many many thanks for doing the quotes and your prompt replies. Still after almost 8 years, I think you and your company are still the best, always replying promptly and always giving good advices. I hope to tour with your company again in the near future. Thank you for the great support."
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!"
"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."