Emily's The Best!
My husband and I recently returned from a fabulous, 3-week trip to southern Spain, made fabulous, for the most part, because of Emily from Guided Spain. We are of retirement age, and have previously used preset tours from large companies for our travels. However, none of these visited all the places we wanted to see, and/or had the dates we needed. I was lucky enough to go to Trip Advisor and find Emily. The rave reviews made me want to know more. I e-mailed Emily, and she responded immediately. In a nutshell, Emily customized a tour for the two of us, including the places we wanted to visit, during the time we had available, and adding in a few extras we would never have found on our own, e.g., an olive oil tasting at a family-owned production company, a wine tasting and lunch at a local winery, and a tour and lunch at a ham-curing plant. During the planning stages of the trip I changed my choice of cities, times and durations of visits a few times. Emily always responded to my wishes promptly and graciously. I had told her we’d like to take the speed trains in Spain. She proceeded to purchase all the tickets, and even managed to reserve seats close to where we would be storing our luggage on the train. We discussed hotels, initially starting with 4-star establishments, but then, to decrease the tour price, agreed to go to 3-stars. Emily found perfect hotels for us, all clean and with delicious breakfasts included, right in the centers of the historic parts of the cities we visited. All 7 hotels were clean, attractive, and comfortable. Emily also contracted with outstanding, knowledgeable guides for us in each city we visited, as well as excellent drivers with large, roomy sedans to drive us to and from the airport, and to various sights on our itinerary. In addition to the above, and much more, all the entry fees to museums, monuments, etc.– and being moved by our guides to the front of every waiting line! – were included in the price of our tour. On top of all this, Emily e-mailed me from time to time to find out how we were doing, to remind us of the following day’s meeting place, to give us the names of our guides and drivers, etc. In short, our experience with Guided Spain was great! And the price of our tour was not much different from what a tour with one of the large companies would have been. I cannot recommend Guided Spain highly enough, and am looking forward to having them arrange a trip for us to one of their other venues.