2 independent reviews for Spain self drive holiday, Rioja & Pyrenees

Reviews for Spain self drive holiday, Rioja & Pyrenees

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review 9 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Hiking in Pico de Europa, Big festival in San Sebastian. The hotels were all great

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Know what you want from your guides so the tours can cover what you want in the time allotted

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I definitely saw the support of local people in Asturia - cheese makers and cider maker stops. Not so sure that I saw emphasis on local at other stops. Our guide Alex in the Picos de Europa area was excellent in all categories giving us lots of great information and vision of what goes on in the area. There was a desire to keep some of the best parts of rural life that are challenged by changing demographics in the village and environmental realities in the mountains.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a superb time. Enjoyed all parts. We were surprised however that the tour operator never communicated directly with us during the trip. We did have 3 tour guides but we would have small suggestions on how the guides (except Alex who was outstanding in every way) could improve the experience.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Gail, Many thanks for taking the time to post a review following your recent trip to Spain with us. We're delighted to hear you had such a good time. It's particularly rewarding to hear that you were able to get a real insight into local life in the Picos (and it's fair to say that one gets closer to local life here than in the more cosmopolitan Basque region). I'm really pleased that Alex was able to give you that insight, he's a great guy and aside from one of our founders, our longest serving Picos guide. Thank you for mentioning the point about not being contacted by us during your trip. That is a conscious decision on our part; the thinking being that people are generally asked for feedback so much these days that it's quite nice to have a break while you're on holiday! Because we know our local partners look after our clients so well, and all travel equipped with our 24/7 contact in case of need, we tend to wait until after the trip to request feedback. That said, this is certainly something we can and will discuss for future trips. In any case, if you did have any other comments to share with us they would be gratefully received, so please do send them over. Thanks again for taking the time to review, it is so lovely to read you enjoyed the holiday. I hope we might have you travel with us again some time, please do get in touch if you're planning another trip to Spain, Portugal or Latin America. Best wishes, David

review 7 Jul 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

This holiday was so packed full of fantastic memories.........From the moment we arrived in Bilbao with the awesome Guggenheim Museum and delicious tapas, through to the final day when we walked down to the beach in Barcelona to paddle in the Mediterranean Sea like a couple of teenagers!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go with an open mind, and enjoy the real Spain.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All the hotels we stayed in, apart from the first night, were family run hotels. The spanish people are very proud of their cuisine, and much of the food we ate had been produced very locally. Although we had a hire car, we spent most of our days walking rather than driving.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was truly a superb holiday, with so much to offer to everyone. We were able to explore nature at its very best, along food and wine, art and culture, and also to learn a little about the spanish people themselves. Well done the operator - we'll certainly be back!

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Janet, Many thanks for taking the time to post your review, we are absolutely delighted to hear you had such a great time in Rioja and the Pyrenees. Your comments sum up pretty much exactly what we hope to achieve with this trip, and indeed every holiday we make, so that's lovely to hear, thank you. It's our firm belief that it's the combination of the great outdoors, the cuisine, the arts and the people which make Spain so enriching. From the Picos de Europa, to the Camino de Santiago, to Andalucia, all of our holidays are designed to immerse our clients in the real Spain and its secrets, so we're very happy you got to experience this. As you know, we have plenty more trips to entice you, so I hope we can help you get under the skin of Spain again very soon! All the best, David

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