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About Totally Spain



2014/03/27 Art Geuss, Anchorage, Alaska
9 night Madrid & Estepona vacation with side trips to Granada & Tangiers

Hi Olaia, Thanks for the prompt reply and I was able to print all of the tickets and documents. I think you did a fantastic job once again ( my third time using you and Totally Spain ) I will highly recommend you and your company and hope your supervisors appreciate what an excellent, valuable employee they have with you. Maybe, you can show them my pleased reply and thank you !!

2014/04/17 Jacquie Lovell & Tom Mathews, Ventura, CA, USA
13 night Barcelona & Portugal tour including Sintra, Oporto, Aveira, Coimbra, Obidos & Lisbon with numerous additional activities

Hi Belen; WOW! ALL THE INFORMATION FOR OUR TRIP ARRIVED TODAY. We couldn’t be more pleased I have used a lot of travel agents and never had the exceptional service you provided! The attention to detail, maps, food guides, tours - it all is fabulous. Please use us as a reference and let us knowhow we can post a comment on your web site. We hope you expand your business to include France and the rest of Europe. Many, many thanks

2014/05/26 Richard Carr & party, Australia
21 night Custom tour featuring Madrid, Rioja, San Sebastian, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Granada, Cordoba & Barcelona and over 30 additional activities and services

Hi Belen, We are just sitting in the Barcelona airport about to head home. I just wanted to send you a brief email to thank you for organising our absolutely fantastic holiday in Spain and Portugal. We have had the best time, the food wine accommodation has all been great. What has been outstanding has been the attention to detail by you, All travel arrangements went without a problem the mix between tours, gastronomic experiences and the guides was amazing. All guides were great but the 4 outstanding ones were Fabio in Barcelona and Adriana in Lisbon , Ignaco in San Sebastián and Rosanna in Madrid. We had to best time with them. It seems that you also arranged for the weather to be perfect as it only rained on one day. ……..We will definitely be recommending you and your company to all our friends in Australia.

2014/05/26 Therese Atkins & party, Victoria, Austraia
One week custom tour of Madrid Seville and Granada by high speed train and with multiple tours and activities

Hi Belen. I am thrilled to say that the large package that you sent with the documentation for our trip to Spain, arrived at my home today. I have had a quick look through, and all the relevant tickets and vouchers are there. I am also very pleased that you have included so many extras, like maps, translations, and suggested attractions, etc. I look forward to having the time to read everything more thoroughly. It has certainly made me even more excited about our upcoming trip. And now I can relax a bit knowing that I have all the information and documentation that we need. What a wonderful and thorough job you have done for us. I will certainly be "singing your praises" to our friends, and any other travellers looking for advice. Thank-you so much for a job well done.

2014/05/27 Janice Conrad, New York, USA
9 night Private Tailored vacation to Barcelona, Zaragoza, Rioja & Bilbao with various activities

Hello Olaia – I wanted to let you know how much fun Jon and I had in Spain. The trip you planned for us was perfect. We enjoyed all of the tours (with the exception of the Cava Tour – oops) and the accommodations were fabulous. We subbed in the Miro Museum for the Cava tour, and we were glad we did. The museum is spectacular, and to think we almost missed it . . . .! We’d like to return to Spain and we’ll certainly contact you if/when we do. Thank you for everything.

2014/06/03 Greg Nichols, Calgary, Canada
18 night custom tour of Lisbon, Barcelona, Granada, Rota, Seville, Caceres, Plasencia & Madrid with mulitple private tours and activities

Hey Belen! Jen and I have now been back for over a week now and have almost adjusted to being back in our own time zone! While it seemed like a nice long vacation while we were on it, reflecting back, it seems like not long ago we hadn’t even started planning it and it’s already gone. It was a fantastic trip and I thank you for the excellent itinerary that you and your team put together for us………..We thank you very much for all the work you put into the planning – there’s no way it would have been a great a trip had we attempted to plan it on our own or on the fly. Very much appreciated.

2014/07/14 Pamela & Robert Brown, Michegan, USA
16 night custom tour of Madrid, Andalusia & Portugal (Obidos, Oporto & Lisbon) with multiple pre-booked activities

We hardly know where to begin describing the amazing vacation to Spain and Portugal that you planned for us. We shared your name and that of Totally Spain with other travelers for their use in the future, professing that our last two trips to Spain, planned by you, are our favorites and that there will certainly be more in our future. A copy of this email will go to Fodor’s to make them aware of your excellent service.Everything that you scheduled went perfectly. The hotels were excellent and made us feel welcome and spoiled. Each hotel provided amazing service and a wonderful breakfast. This was our 6th trip to Spain and each time we have enjoyed our visit. Our 2010 Northern Spain tour staying in Paradors and traveling by rental car and the 2014 Spain-Portugal tour planned by you are the finest of all vacations we have taken. We can’t thank you enough for your work on our behalf and we will contact you for our next trip to Spain.

2014/07/14 Walter & Debbie Bower, Knoxville, USA
9 night Madrid, Seville & Lisbon with multiple excursion including Gibraltar & Tangiers

Hello Olaia, I just wanted to email you and let you know that our family really enjoyed our Spain vacation. Thank you for all of the arrangements. Everything went smoothly and you did a great job. If we ever visit Spain again, I will definitely contact you for arrangements.

2014/07/26 Phil Sheehan, Ontario, Canada
9 night private Custom Tour Barcelona, Granada, Tarifa, Madrid with excursion to Tangiers

I want to send you a note to express how much we enjoyed our recent vacation. The hotels and transportation you arranged were above expectations. We came away with a real appreciation for the country and the people. I want to particularly acknowledge our guide in Tangier. The half day we spent with him was a high point of our trip

2014/07/28 Dale Sonnenberg, USA
Short getaway to San Sebastian, Basque Country with private Rioja tour

Olaia, We returned home last night and I just wanted to let you know that our stay in San Sebastian was wonderful. We also wanted to tell you that Manuel was a great guide on our Rioja trip. Thanks for all your help. I will be happy to refer our friends to you in the future.

2014/08/07 Dr. Joanne Marien, New York, USA
9 night Private Tailored vacation to Madrid, Lerma, Rioja & Cantabria Tour

Thank you, too, for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. Each of the accommodations was quite nice, and the combination of older and newer properties was a plus as well. In addition, your thoughtfulness in helping to determine an overall itinerary was most helpful as were the informational materials you sent along to us. We found so many treasures in the north of Spain: it was wonderful. I'd definitely use your services again and would highly recommend them to others…….Thank you so very much for everything. By the way, do you handle travel arrangements elsewhere, or exclusively in Spain. You are a top-notch professional who goes well above and beyond to do your job well.

2014/09/06 David & Kay Robinson & party, Ohio, USA
10 night Private tour Madrid, Seville, Estepona, Granada, Seville & Cordoba with numerous private services & activities

Dear Olaia, My family had a wonderful time in Spain this summer. I wanted to again thank you for making it such an easy and enjoyable trip. The accommodations were wonderful and we enjoyed all the private tours. What a beautiful country. We are planning on traveling other countries next summer and hope we are lucky enough to find someone who was as knowledgable and easy to work with. Your help made the vacation stress free.

2014/09/15 Richard Slutzky, Maplewood, USA
8 night Private Customized Madrid & Andalusia Tour by high speed train

We just returned from a fantastic trip made better by your planning. All of the hotels were very comfortable and well located. The train rides were coordinated perfectly and we had no problems with them whatsoever. The information you provided was extremely helpful and was spot on. We used the maps and information to our best advantage. Thank you for your help in making our Spain trip a very memorable one. I am happy to be a reference if you need one. Your services were very helpful to my wife and me. Thank you very much.

2014/09/23 Michael Gallup, New Hampshire, USA
12 night Private Custom Tour of North Spain from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela

Olaia, we have returned home after a perfect trip to northern Spain. Thanks for all the help. The itinerary was perfect. You did a great job and if you ever need a reference here in the USA I would be pleased to provide one. Our only disappointment that was that the Altamira caves museum was closed unexpectedly for a local function; but that was out of our control. We loved the cities of northern Spain and could not have been more impressed. My favorite part of your country. Michael Gallup

2014/09/24 Dermot Mather, Kildare, Ireland
17 night Camino de Santiago Tour

Hello Olaia, I just wanted to let you know that we all got back from our Camino trip safe, and in one piece with the odd blister !! …………it was a pleasure to deal with you and totallyspain, from our arrival at Biarritz airport to the taxi dropping us off at Bilboa airport and everything in between it was just perfect. It is refreshing to have our trip organised in such a professional manner by yourself and for everything to go perfectly as planned. Already I am looking forward to walking another section of the Camino next year and I will be in touch with you in the spring of 2015 to assist us in planning the next stage. Congratulations once again Olaia to you and Totallyspain for a job well done.

2014/10/09 Gloria Furst & party, USA
Comprehensive 11 night tailor made trip to Barcelona & Bilbao with numerous day excursions & private tours

I can't say enough about our recent trip to Spain. Working with Totally Spain was a fantastic experience from the planning stage all the way through to the final day of the trip. Belen put together the perfect independent tour for my husband and myself. We stayed beautiful hotels right in the middle of the historic districts. Everything was so well planned out that we were not stressed at all about where to go, how to get there or what to see. We were provided with maps, a history of the cities we were in, suggestions on what to see and where to eat. The tours that were set up for us were very informative with smaller groups that allowed us to ask questions. We both agree that this is the best trip we have ever taken, and we have traveled quite a bit.

2014/10/11 Colleen Nelson, Bermuda
Review of 17 night Custom Driving tour of covering Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca, Toledo, Caceres, Zafra, Merida, Trujillo, Plasencia & Barcelona

Hi Olaia, We had a wonderful trip. Everything went seamlessly, from the hotels to the car and train journey…… Altogether a wonderful trip. The Spanish way of life almost forces one to take a break in the aftenoon. For me, this is a very good thing as I am generally too busy, and really needed this break. Thanks for all you did to organize it for us! We would. not hesitate to recommend Totally Spain to anyone wanting to take a vacation in Spain.

2014/10/11 Skye Freeman, New Jersey, USA
13 night Madrid, Andalusia and Barcelona custom tour with various touring activities

Totally Spain was the perfect agency to take care of my first trip to Spain. Belen was my representative and she was very informative throughout the whole process. The travel packet sent to my home was super detailed, containing not only a map of Spain, but also a map of each city I was visiting with my hotel, the train station, and certain places of interest clearly marked. There was also tons of great information about the city histories and recommendations for tapas bars and restaurants included, as well as information for several museums I'd expressed an interest in visiting. Even the majority of transportation was arranged for me, which saved so much time. Thanks to Totally Spain, I was able to spend time in Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Granada, and Barcelona. I was even able to make a stop in Figueres to enjoy the magnificent Dali Theatre-Museum. Overall, this was an amazing 2 week trip to Spain, and I simply cannot wait for my next visit!

2014/10/12 Primila & Charles Lewis, Oxford, UK
Tour Review of 18 night Private Spain & Portugal Tour

Dear Olaia, This is to thank you and Totally Spain for organising a truly memorable trip to Andalusia and then to Portugal for us. In Spain your expertise and professionalism was very apparent and much appreciated…….We liked all the places in our itinerary and all the hotels you booked for us, and had no problems with language or friendly help in each one. All the hotels were very well located and we could walk just about everywhere we wanted to go…….We will happily recommend Totally Spain to our friends and families. Our thanks and regards to you and your team.

2013/02/11 Stuart Cole Ohio, USA
Review of his 11 DAY Private Custom Tour of Portugal & Andalusia Spain

I would highly recommend Belen of Totally Spain as a vacation planner.

We originally attempted to plan our trip of Portugal and Southern Spain by ourselves and it immediately became clear to us that we were in well over our heads. Thanks to Belen, we were able to enjoy exceptional guides, first rate hotels in the perfect part of the towns in which we stayed, and drivers who took us to and from the airports/train station. All this at a price well within our budget!


Dear Stuart
Thank you for your very kind feedback. We appreciate your custom and it was a pleasure to be involved in arranging your trip to Spain & Portugal.
I would also like to thank you for sharing your experience on our blog.  ( READ ABOUT STUART´S TRIP ON OUR BLOG )

2013/03/04 Colin Craven, Ontario, Canada
Tour Review of his 12 DAY Bespoke Private Tour of Andalusia - Tarifa, Jerez, Seville, Ronda, Granada, Nerja & Malaga

Buenos Dias Ana,

Thank you so much for your considerable help and expertise in organising our 11 day vacation. In spite of the inclement weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our first full vacation in your beautiful country and will certainly be returning in the near future…… All the events you booked were excellent and we enjoyed all of them. Thank you again, I have already given your info to several other friends contemplating a vacation to Spain.


Dear Colin
Thank you for your very kind feedback. I´m delighted that you were pleased with the trip I arranged for you and I am grateful that you would considering referring Totally Spain to friends.
With best wishes  Ana

2013/03/05 Diane & Brent Markham USA
Review of their 6 DAY Custom Tour of Paradores in Catalonia, Navarra & Basque Country

Hi Olaia,

We can't thank you enough for the wonderful trip you organized for us. The vehicle was perfect for four adults. Picking it up at the Barcelona Airport was a breeze. The Paradors were awesome. The information packets you sent to the Cardona Parador had a wealth of useful information. Once again we can't thank you enough for all your help. Trust us we will be recommending you and your company. 


Dear Diane & Brent
Thanks so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to organize your trip to Spain.  Please don´t hesitate to get in touch with me again if I can be of assistance in the future.
Kind regards

2013/04/11 Bill Dombrowski, Colorado USA
Tour Review of his 15 DAY Tailor Made Tour of Barcelona, Girona, Basque Country, Rioja

Hello Belen,

We just returned from our Spain holiday. We had a spectacular time. We enjoyed your country so much. The people we met were friendly. The local cuisine was the best. This was all due to your expert planning skills. The itinerary you planned for us was spot on. We spent the just the right amount of time at each location. We enjoyed everything you booked for us. The accommodations, the tours, all were exactly what we hoped for. The Casa Rural host were gracious. The staff at the hotels excellent as well. We especially enjoyed Caserio Iruaritz and the fantastic meals Francisco prepared for us. We will recommend you and Totally Spain to anyone travelling to Spain. Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful, problem free holiday!


Hi Bill
Thanks so much for that terrific review.  I really enjoyed working on your trip and am so glad that we were able to meet with your expectations. I hope we may have the chance to work again in the future.

2013/04/27 JADE Expeditions Group of 22 from USA
Review of 16 DAY tour Exploring the World of Hispanic Culture

Good morning Ken,

Just a quick note to say that we returned home late last night from Barcelona and that everyone had a wonderful time in Spain. Your program, hotel choices were excellent and everyone was prepared for us, guides were on time and all went smoothly. Carlos is an excellent tour manager and took care of everyone's needs. I will respond with more details later after I catch up with all of my correspondence but wanted to say that the quality of what you provided for us was outstanding with many pax saying that it was their best trip ever.


Dear John
Many thanks for your feedback following the tour.  It was a pleasure to put together this Group Tour for Jade Expeditions and I´m happy to know that it went so well.  I hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again somethime soon.
Yours Sincerely



2013/05/01 Irene Chia, SINGAPORE
10 day Private Custom Tour of Barcelona, San Sebastian & Madrid

Dear Ken

On behalf of all the party, I would like to express to you how much we have enjoyed our Spanish tour you organized. We would like to commend you on the itinerary and all the places/sights you have selected. The guides were particularly outstanding in all aspects- they were very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly and the drivers were punctual and friendly. Be rest assured that you will be highly recommended by us all.


Dear Irene
Thank you for your kind review of your trip.  It was a pleasure to organise the tour for you and your friends. I´m delighted that you felt that our arrangements lived up to your expectations.  I hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again sometime soon.
Yours Sincerely

2013/05/08 Vicky Caldwell Group from CA, USA
11 day Bespoke tour of Madrid & Surrounds, Andalusia & Ribera del Duero Wine Region


the group had a wonderful time in all the venues we visited. The restaurants were very good. The guides we had were top notch. We had lots of fun. We haven't laughed so much in a long, long time. And we haven't learned so much in a long, long time. That was due to the quality of your guides. We would never have appreciated the treasures of El Prado, the Mesquita in Cordoba, the Alhambra, or the treasures of Toledo, Avila, Segovia or Madrid without the insights provided by your guides. I will enthusiastically recommend Totally Spain to friends and acquaintances considering a visit to Spain. I'm not sure when, but we will return. I look forward to working with you again.


Dear Vicky & Steven
Many thanks for writing.  I´m really glad that you were so satisfied with the trip which I planned for you and your friends.  I appreciate the review and also that you chose Totally Spain to plan and coordiante everything for you.
Best wishes

2013/05/31 Judy Hinsliff Matlock UK
9 day Custom Tour of Northern Spain - Cantabria, Asturias & Leon

Dear Olaia

I am writing to say how much we enjoyed our trip and how well it all went. Every aspect of it was well organised, and nothing went wrong……. We were amply provided with information on the regions we visited, together with local maps, which were all helpful….I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone. I have to admit it felt like a leap in the dark, when sending off the payment for the holiday, as one hears some horror stories of dealing with companies on the Internet - but my faith in you was very amply rewarded.


Dear Judy
Thank you for your kind feedback and for trusting your trip to Totally Spain. I hope that I may be of assistance to you sometime in the future.
Best wishes Olaia

2013/06/11 Michael & Niamh Vambeck, Donegal, Ireland
Review of 7 DAY Honeymoon touring Paradors in Galicia

Hi Ken

Many thanks for all that did for us on honeymoon it really was fantastic, we arrived home last night and both of agree it was the best holiday we ever had.


Dear Michael & Niamh
It was a pleasure. Thank you for your very kind feedback and for also for sharing your experience on our blog.  ( READ ABOUT MICHAEL & NIAMH´S HONEYMOON ON OUR BLOG ). 

2013/08/08 Paul & Jocelyn Sharpe Sheffield UK
7 day Custom Tour of Santander, Aviles, Leon & Burgos

Dear Olaia,

We wish to express our gratitude for your wonderful organisation of our recent holiday in Northern Spain. The hotels you selected were of the highest quality (especially the parador in Leon) and the documentation that you provided was excellent. We intend to return to the region sometime in the next few years and will not hesitate to engage your services again. Best wishes

2013/09/15 Moira Reid UK
14 night Custom Driving Tour of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria & Leon

Hi Olaia,

This is a belated update on how we enjoyed our holiday... we LOVED it. My husband is keen for us to do something similar next year !! The parador in Leon was fabulous but we loved stopping at all the wee places along the way as well. Particularly enjoyed our stay in Cudillero. Thanks again for all your efforts.



2013/09/24 Chris & Julie Roberts Bristol UK
8 night Custom Trip through Andalusia


We have just returned from a wonderful trip around Andalucía. We thank you and your team at Totally Spain for making the arrangements for us. Everything without exception went to plan: all the ticketing was perfect, taxis arrived on time, your advice about trains/car hire was very valuable (and saved us a significant cost) and the supporting information was immensely helpful (particularly the translation document for the food!). In all you made the trip more relaxing and enjoyable – we could ask for no more. We would be happy to use your services again and to recommend you to others. In a word, the trip was estupendo!

2013/09/27 Brad Pleiming Group of 24 from Minnesota USA
Review of 11 DAY Custom Group Tour from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela

Hi Ken,

Wow, our trip to Northern Spain was fantastic. You made it a reality. Thank you for working with our group of 24 to make each day a memory. Our tour guide, Carlos, was super a great person and respected by all of us. Many members of our group felt you provided special treatment and a personal touch in meeting with the group. They were impressed. If any clients want a first hand personal endorsement of Totally Spain, you may use my email address. As I begin to tell people about our trip, I find myself liking the trip even more. When I tell them about various things we saw and did it just makes the trip so meaningful. I know as a group we will be talking about this trip for a long time. You did it. Thank you.


Dear Brad
It was terrific to meet you and the group as you passed through Cantabria.  I thoroughly enjoyed arranging the tour for you and I look forward to hopefully another encounter in the not so distant future.

2013/10/14 Debra & Jeff Merle, Makawao, Hawaii
Review of 20 DAY customized tour staying in 10 beautiful locations across Northern Spain

Dear Olaia, Thank you! We would like you to know that we have given your name to countless people and told them what an amazing job you did booking us into the most charming places we could have imagined! We would never have found those places on our own. The host and/or hostesses in the places we stayed were the nicest, kindest, most helpful people - and we think and talk of them often. Thank you so much for working with us and for all that you did to make our stay in Spain PERFECT! You come from a beautiful country with the nicest people - no matter where we went people were incredibly kind to us and so patient with our terrible language skills(!) We could ask complete strangers on the street for directions and more often than not they would walk us to where we were going! We could ask waiters to order for us and they would bring us the best meals we could possibly imagine. We will go back to Spain again one day soon. Thank you Olaia - for all your hard work - you are so good at what you do :)

2013/12/03 Deb Sewall, Maine, USA
9 night Barcelona, Granada, Seville & Madrid tour with multiple services & activies

Hello Olaia, Our trip to Spain was a wonderful experience, one we will never forget. Much of its success was due to your help in booking excellent hotels, guides, entrance to sites, and transport. All worked beautifully, and thanks to your guidance, it was a much better trip than we could have accomplished on our own. Again I want to thank you for all your help, Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season

2012/07/01 Bob Cook & party, Georgia, USA
13 night Madrid and Southern Spain tour by high speed train and with multiple activities

Olaia, Well, we have completed our wonderful trip to your country and we had a delightful trip. All our plans worked out perfectly and we want you to know that we appreciate your help with the planning and setting up all of our reservations. The hotels and paradors were great. Thanks again for all you did and know that we will recommend you to our friends.

2012/09/30 Kathy McCraine, Prescott, USA
9 night Custom vacation Madrid, Rioja & the Basque Country with various touring activities

Dear Olaia, I just wanted to thank you again for helping us set up our recent trip to the Basque country of Spain. We were delighted with all the hotels we stayed in, and everything went very smoothly. The highlight of the trip was our Pinxtos tour with Iñaki. He did far more than we expected and made our stay in San Sebastian a truly fun experience. If we have the opportunity to return to Spain (I hope!), we will contact you again, and certainly recommend your services to others.

2012/10/12 Rhoda Payne, Kansas, USA
12 night Private Custom Tour of Madrid & Southern Spain

We have returned from our trip to Spain and I want to report that all your planning went perfectly. We greatly enjoyed the culture of Spain. All the guides were very good and we especially enjoyed our day with Roger……I thank you greatly for all your many prompt e-mails to my questions and hope we have another trip together.

2012/11/19 Paul Perton & Party, Gordon's bay, South Africa
24 night Custom tour featuring 11 locations in Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Spain

Hi Olaia. Di and I had a fantastic trip - due in no small part to your assistance. Thank you. You can see my blog about our trip here: There are lots of additional photographs here: The Spanish trek :: www.p a u l p e r t o n.c o m

2011/05/15 Sandra Peskoe, Brookline MA, USA
7 night tour of UNESCO World Heritage cities in Castilla & Leon

Hola Ana,

Matt and I arrived back from our marvelous trip to Spain. We had a great time in Madrid and on our UNESCO World Heritage Parador tour. Everything went smoothly and even the weather cooperated quite well. We walked around a lot, saw so much art, toured old castles and churches, and of course drank much solo café! We want to thank you for all of your assistance with the arrangements and guidance with planning and reservations for our Madrid/Spain holiday. We’ll definitely recommend Totally Spain as a resource to contact when travelling to Spain.

Kindest Regards, Sondra & Matt

2011/05/20 Sandi Husted & family, Bryanston, South Africa
12 night Bespoke tour featuring Madrid & eight different locations along the Camino de Santiago


I would like to thank you from the very bottom of my heart for the absolutely wonderful holiday you helped us plan to Spain and especially the Camino. Each place was super , some a little better than others but more than I ever expected . The accomodation in Santiago, Sarria and El Sedor were particulary fantastic. Next year I would like to return and walk on my own - perhaps from A Coruna – and I would like to get to Finisterre – I hope you will help me once again plan an incredible journey - I fell in love with Spain all over again and for a brief moment believed I was the 18 year old who had lived there in 1968.

Muchas gracias. Sandi

2011/06/06 Kathy Boyd & family, Kansas USA
Customised Madrid & Camino de Santiago Tour with hiking, biking & private tour guide


just found time to let you know how fabulous our trip was! Every detail was planned to perfection. Having Christine guide through the Prada was amazing. Manuel was wonderful. He not only got us safely from destination to destination, but suggested menus and such along the way.

Allison and I very much enjoyed both our hike and bike ride.  All in all a very pleasant, enjoyable vacation for all three generations. Thank You so much! Kathy

2011/06/14 Louise Hamil & family, Virginia USA
17 night Tailor made trip featuring Barcelona, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Cordoba & Madrid


My daughter and I had a wonderful time in Spain. We could not have done it without your help. The travel route and cites were terrific. The trains were also a great surprise in terms of speed and locations. The information packets you provided by city were extremely useful and we did many of the things you recommended--especially the walking tours.    The hotels were in excellent areas of the cities and allowed us to walk everywhere.

  I am happy to recommend Totally Spain and you to anyone considering a trip similar to mine. I appreciate all that you did. Hopefully my daughter will spend a semester in Madrid and I can work with you again. Thank you.

2011/06/15 Janet George & friends, Oregon USA
15 nights Custom Vacation featuring Madrid, San Sebastian & Barcelona, hotels, private tours and visits and HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE!!


We want to say thank you so much for your assistance in helping plan a fantastic trip to Spain (June 15-30, 2011). You and Totally Spain understood our priorities and put together trip recommendations that fit our budget and our interests—and even exceeded them!..........We “totally enjoyed” our Spain trip. We highly recommend your company to other travelers that appreciate advice from professionals who love their homeland.

Thank you, again.



2011/07/08 Sandy Weekley & Family, Pennsylvania USA
8 night Custom Spain tour featuring Madrid & several Andalusian Cities

Hi Belen,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We had a wonderful trip and thanks to you everything went very smoothly. With 5 different hotels and 4 different trains, we didn't have any trouble and best of all, no surprises. Your comments and recommendations were very accurate and I felt well prepared before we left.............All in all, a great trip. Again, many thanks! I will be recommending Totally Spain to everyone.

2011/08/13 Emily Yoffe & family, Maryland, USA
Bespoke 14 night tour of Barcelona, Granada, Ronda, Seville, Cordoba & Madrid with all hotels, transport, private tours and special activities


I have been remiss in not writing to you about how wonderful our trip was. The hotels were in perfect locations and charming, our guides were sensational (esp. Oriol, Jim, and Frederico), all the special activities you chose were great. We were in such good hands with you and your team and you all made our vacation one that will be a lifetime memory. They also sent us to fantastic restaurants -- oh, the food! We feel we have only scratched the surface with your wonderful country.

I'm so glad Mimi got in touch with you. I know she will have a great trip. Thanks again for everything, Emily

2011/09/26 Carol & Michael O´Ryan Brisbane, Australia
18 night Custom Tour featuring Madrid, Andalusia & Barcelona, hotels, transport, guides and tours

Dear Olaia,

Thank you for all the bookings you made for us and all the suggestions in the planning process. I would never have been able to do all the plans and bookings myself. The standard of accommodation and their wonderful locations, the information sheets, all the vouchers, just made the trip relatively stress free. 18 days in Spain just wasn't long enough! I hope we can come back again some time. I will certainly recommend your company to others! In fact, I have already. Several tourists we met asked us how we planned out trip, as they were either finding it difficult by themselves, or were part of an unsatisfying group tour.

2011/10/25 Mimi Swartz & family, Texas USA
Fully inclusive custom trip featuring Madrid, Barcelona, Seville & Granada with all transport, activities & private guides


Just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us. We had a tremendous time in Spain, and were so, so sorry to leave. All our guides were terrific--particularly Federico--and all your advice flawless. Also, the reliability of the drivers made the trip stress free. Thank you again--I will tell all my friends about Totally Spain! All best, Mimi

2010/05/13 Scott Cordell, Iowa USA
Custom tour of Madrid, Asturias, Cantabria, Navarra & the Pyrenees

Dear Olaia,

We had a great trip in Spain. Thank you for setting us up so well. Your service, booking and inclusion of maps and information was very helpful. The hotels were superior and the car rental went very well. Without your organization and planning we would have seen a lot less and been considerably more stressed out. Thank you for doing a great job! Sincerely

2010/06/24 Dara & Terry Larkin, Dublin Ireland
Two weeks in Asturias & Cantabria

Hi Ken,

The trip went very well and the two of us were delighted with the accommodation and the locations. It is really a lovely part of Spain particularly the proximity of the mountains to the sea. We enjoyed Cangas de Onis very much and availed of the opportunity to swim in the river in the town on a few occasions.

Thanks for all the organising you did and we will give Totally Spain a "plug" when describing the holiday to friends.

2010/06/25 Pamela and Robert Schafer-Brown Michgan USA
11 nights touring the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias & Galicia

Dear Olaia,

We feel that we must write to tell you of the immense pleasure that we have from the trip. Our previous trips to Spain and Italy were nice but there always was the issue of checking in to our hotel and checking out. Your voucher system made this the simplest of procedures, no confusion and quickly handled everywhere we stayed. The Hotel Domine in Bilbao, each Parador and the Hotel Monumento in Santiago de Compostela were each in the best possible location to allow us to walk or drive to those places we wanted to experience. The maps you provided made our driving much easier than we expected, taking us to our desired location every time.

We were treated in a friendly, helpful manner by all we met. From the tiniest village to the larger cities, people were eager to share their culture and language with us. Totally Spain will be the company we use when we return to Spain in the future and the company we will recommend to others who wish to travel there. Thank you for your friendly professional help. Yours,



2010/06/Allan & Anabel Westray, Bucks UK
17 night tour of Rioja, Castilla y Leon, Asturias & Cantabria

Dear Ken

We had a marvellous holiday and thoroughly appreciated all your recommendations. We would not have stayed at the superior room in Leon and had that amazing experience of the convent and cloister just where we slept, if you had not suggested it. We would not have even visited Santillana de Mar without your recommendation and it was a great place to stay and visit that part of the coast.

The Paradors are an amazing experience and the one at La Granga in particular was quite beautiful. I must also mention the Casona at El Pitu just outside Cudillero. What a lovely place! The lady owner was delightful and her receptionist couldn't have been more helpful. We felt really at home there and everything was so personal.

Many thanks too for the maps, brochures, etc. - all very helpful to make the very best of each stay. We are glad to let you know that our dear old Austin Healey motored 2,127 miles up hill and down dale, round hair pin bends, through extreme heat and did not let us down once. The Spanish loved her and hooted, waved and photographed her at every opportunity! With best wishes from us both

2010/07/13 Nick & Regina Silitch, New York USA
Custom tour of Castilla y Leon, Rioja, Basque Country & Madrid - 20th anniversary celebration


THANK YOU for a SPECTACULAR trip...we loved each stop....Segovia magical....Lerma a beautiful hotel and the visit to Burgos stunning....the next day we toured castles with the ones in Coca and the Castle de la mota...I think...?? The one in Ribera Del Deuro with the wine museum in it..our favorites....then on to Laguardia...the one in the North...a perfectly preserved walled town in the middle of also had the good fortune to stumble on the summer palace in La Granja on our first day..and drive through soaring mountains and the national parks in Northern Burgos...lakes and mountains that rival Yosemite Park in the US...but that barely rate a footnote in Spain...then on to San Sebastian....a wonderful hotel with great service...great walks up the mountains...legendary beaches and wonderful food!!!! Amazingly through all of this time the weather was cool and sunny...then finally Madrid and the tour with Frederico...the perfect way to see Madrid in a short short was Superlative in every way...and your notes and the effort that you put in shone through at every turn....if you or Totally Spain ever need a reference...let us know!!! Thank you for a spectacular 20th anniversary trip....and lest you forget!!! You put the trip together with 1 Weeks notice!!!!!

2010/07/14 Traveor Abbott, Addlestone, UK
Custom tour of the Basque Country, Cantabria & Rioja

Hello Ken,

Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our break in Spain and to compliment you on the excellent preparatory notes which you provided. The menu translations were invaluable - still didn't avoid the odd unrecognisable meal reaching the table - and the maps and other notes were really helpful...........all told, a really good visit to a part of Spain which we've never thought about visiting before, but will probably revisit sometime in the future. Thanks again - hope the business has a good Summer.

2010/07/25 Bruce Miller & family, Sherman Oaks, California
Bespoke tour featuring Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada & Barcelona

We arrived home yesterday from the trip you so ably planned for us.

The hotels were all great, and so were the guides you arranged. My one daughter, who normally is pretty lukewarm on things, called the trip "magical."

Again, thanks for all your help and patience with my many questions. Please feel free to use me as a reference anytime. Sincerely

2010/07/30 Claire L. French, Surrey England
Holiday in the Basque Country & Cantabria

Hi Ken,

Thank you for all your help with our Spanish trip. Everything went so smoothly. I can't believe how efficient the buses were - thank you for the timetables. Hotel in Bilbao was great, we did the old town, funicular and of course the Guggenheim.  Honestly, everything you arranged for us was so perfect that I will not hesitate to call you again if we are lucky enough to return to Spain and will certainly point other folk in your direction.  Best wishes



2010/07/31 Claire Grossi, Virginia USA
2 week Custom Tour of Madrid, Andalusia & Barcelona

Hi Olaia,

Thank you so much for all of your effort in putting together our fabulous trip to Spain. We loved everything! The hotels were clean, quiet, comfortable and in great locations.......The tour guides were also excellent. We had substitutes on the first two tours 1/2 day city private tours--they were great though. The last two, as you had scheduled were fantastic......The group tours were also good. We enjoyed the Avila and Segovia tour very much.... The pacing was also perfect....... All of our connections worked perfectly. We loved the fast train--a very efficient system. We returned Wed to a ton of pictures, and lots of memories. Thank you so much--we very much appreciate your efforts!

2010/08/11 Donna Mc Ervel Hertforshire, England
5 night Coastal Break in Cantabria

Dear Olaia

Just a note to say we really enjoyed our holiday in Noja. We thought your company & you were great and have told everyone how inpressed we were. Fab break thanks again.

2010/08/11 Ellen Pollak, Texas USA
Northern Spain Tour

Hi Belen!

We arrived home late Sunday after a wonderful trip. Thank you for your help. The information packets for each city were very helpful. The advance tickets for the Guggenheim were priceless! The trip to the Dali museum was amazing......The hotels were very praise for your advice and a job well done!

2010/08/21 Kate Harris, Oxen UK
One week in the Basque Country & Cantabria

Hi Ken

Just to say we had a glorious holiday..... Everything worked smoothly and we very much enjoyed getting to know this part of Spain. Many thanks for your advice and help in booking. Best wishes

2010/08/22 Diane & Phillip Ferguson, Dublin Ireland
Tailored self drive tour through Asturias, Cantabria & the Basque Country

Hi Ana

We have just returned from Spain. We had a lovely time. The weather was perfect and the area was beautiful. Thank you for all your work and brochures. All the hotels were just as described. You were perfectly right not booking breakfast in Deba we had lovely breakfasts in the café on the beach – coffee, buns and freshly squeezed orange juice.....We loved the hotel in Somo and would recommend it to everybody - wonderful beach. We also enjoyed Gijon as the hotel was so well located...... Thanks again – till next year Regards



2010/09/14 Susan Loop, Connecticut USA
Custom tour through castilla y Leon, Cantabria, Rioja & Catalonia


I just wanted to tell how much we loved each parador and the lovely hotel, Casa del Marques.  Thank you for all of your wonderful suggestions. I will definitely contact you again........ I continue to recommend your services and Totally Spain to any friends who might be travelling/planning a trip in that area.

2010/09/23 David Smith, Glasgow Sctoland
Custom Self Drive Tour through Cantabria, Castilla y Leon & Extremadura

Dear Ana,

My wife and I arrived back from our holiday in Spain last night and I want to thank you for all your arrangements regarding itinerary, hotels and car hire. Your service to us was excellent, including the choice of accommodation, the length of stays and the amount of travel between different cities.

The Paradores were wonderful, especially that in Trujillo, and we have never stayed in hotels so beautiful and well run. You also provided us with excellent materials concerning each location and offered good advice in response to specific questions.

Although we had originally planned to stay in Caceres we were so glad that we actually visited there from Trujillo which turned out to be the highlight of our entire visit to Spain. Also, we arrived in Burgos on the day of a festival to celebrate El Cid and so enjoyed a large market, a medieval festival and a historical pageant in the main plaza which brought our visit to a great conclusion. We loved Spain and its warmth and wide open spaces, also the sense of community in the evenings as families turn plazas into demonstrations of social and community life.

We also made it to Madrid and I fulfilled a long-held desire to see the collection in the Prado - it did not disappoint!

One small suggestion: it would have helped to know in advance that many of the hotels charge for parking. This can mean significant additional costs and we would have liked to have been aware of this from the start. However, this did not detract from a brilliant trip and we are extremely grateful to you for all your help. We will certainly recommend TOTALLY SPAIN to other friends here. Warm good wishes.



2010/09/23 James Lang, Redding USA
Bespoke Tour from Barcelona through the Pyrenees to Santiago & south through Portugal

We had an excellent experience through out Spain and Portugal. We very much enjoyed all the hotels and Paradors you selected for us. Thank you for helping to make our Spain/Portugal adventure and memorable and enjoyable experience. We will contact you for help in arranging future trips to these countries.

2010/09/25 Ken Wallis & Lewis McKim, Richmond Canada
Custom Tour combining Southern Spain & Portugal

Dear Olaia,

I just wanted to send you a brief e-mail to say thank your for arranging such a perfect holiday for us!! We loved Spain and hope to return again in the near future. The hotel properties were excellent...especially the one in Cordoba.

2010/10/01 Michael & Kim Jones, Portland OR
Two weeks touring Madrid & Andalusia


Just returned from Spain on Thursday. We wanted to drop you a note to thank you for all the work you did to make our vacation a success. We especially appreciated you getting us an upgraded accomodation in Sevilla. The two-bedroom apartment overlooking the Plaza de Triunfo and Sevilla Cathedral was a delight. In fact, all our accomodations, train tickets, rental car, and tours went beautifully. We enjoyed the vacation of a lifetime.

We will definitely refer you to all our friends considering travel in Spain.

2009/03/14 Barbara Bochner, California, USA
Custom Itinerary featuring Madrid and Castilla y Leon

Dear Ana

Lindsay and I had a wonderful trip to Spain and all of your arrangements worked out perfectly. Thank you so much! We were lucky with lovely weather and felt like we saw and did as much as we could have in our limited time frame....

Your plans all worked out very well and we appreciate all that you did to make our trip a success. I will recommend your company to anyone travelling to Spain.

2009/03/30 Judy and Bob Glock, Marana, USA
Tour of Paradores combined with Barcelona stay

Dear Olaia,

Just a note to thank you for all your help with this trip. We just got back home today. it was a wonderful trip. I just loved your beautiful country and found the people we met to be so friendly and helpful and thank you so much for all the arranging you did. We loved the Paradores and the small places in which they were located. The last nights hotel in Madrid was perfect as we just walked to the train station.

Everything you did made it so enjoyable. If you should need a U.S. referral, pls do not hesitate to give my name. Thanks again.



2009/05/21 Nicole Elliott, Delaware, USA
Custom Trip featuring Barcelona and a varity of locations in Andalusia

I just wanted to send you an email to tell you that we are home, from the best trip we've ever had!!! It was everything that we were hoping it would be, and more. I simply cannot thank you enough for the work and effort that you put into planning our vacation so perfectly.

We fell in love with every city and the accommodations were all amazing. The only issue that we encountered was that our rental car was too small and we had to upgrade but, it was such a minor detail. There just aren't enough positive words to describe how great the entire trip was. I would love to write a review* for your agency, please tell me how I can go about doing that.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

* Copy of full review available on request.

2009/05/28 Anagaile and Rico Soriano, Ontario, Canada
Customised Independent tour of Madrid & Andalucia

Hi Olaia,

Just returned from our enjoyable 2 week Andalusian trip and had an amazing experience including art, history, architecture, culture and food. The hotels we stayed in were excellent and clean; breakfast was good; the locations were very close to major sights and loved the fact that it was central to everything including places to eat (tapas bars and restaurants), shopping, and enjoy the city.......

You also were very helpful in answering questions and helping us plan our our route, suggestions, and help modify the itinerary several times to ensure we make the most of our time.

Thank you so much in helping us with our vacation! We are already thinking of our next trip to Spain - the Basque area. I hope to use your services again in the future!

Muchas gracias.

2009/06/13 Rick Caro, New York, USA
Customised Group Tour of the Basque Country & Madrid for Harvard Business School Graduates


Sue Denison and I were so appreciative of all you did to create a magical week for 13 couples and then so helpful for the 7 couples who extended onto Madrid.

The hotels, tours, meals and activities were well thought out and extremely well executed. Although Sue tries to work out so many of the details ahead of time, the need to adjust to a variety of unforeseen needs, to buses who can not stop in certain places, to rain, to special dietary requests, to timing issues, etc. was paramount.

You were superb in your responsiveness and flexibility. We all loved Spain and want to come back again -- probably to the South next time. 

You really made for a great vacation and lasting memories. Thanks so much.

2009/06/27 Martin Blackburn, Birmingham, UK
Comprehensive 12 night tour of Andalusia

Dear Ana

I just wanted to thank you for once again organising a superb holiday for us. It went without any problems at all and all the hotels you chose were exceptional. The three of us all had different favourites but the hotel in Cordoba and the Parador in Granada were particular favourites.

Thank you for all your help and support in the organisation of the holiday - we had a great time.



2009/07/01 Zach & Janelle Holmboe, Oregon, USA
Tailor-made Two Week Tour of Barcelona, Navarra, Rioja & the Basque Country.

We wanted to thank you, and especially Belen, for the most amazing trip. Our 2 weeks in Spain were among the best of our lives, and it was the perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary……… Our trip exceeded even our high expectations. We would strongly recommend Totally Spain to anyone planning a visit to Spain. The professionalism, expertise and customer service was absolutely second-to-none.

Thank you Totally Spain!

2009/07/04 Nelly Rojas Schwan, Hartford, Connecticut
Comprehensive Custom Trip staying in 11 locations from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela

Apreciada Olaia,

Ya estamos de regreso en nuestras casas y descansados de nuestro peregrinaje. Todos tus arreglos fueron fantásticos y en realidad agradecemos que nos pusieras en buenos hoteles. Fue muy importante para descansar al final de las jornadas. Todos los hoteles fueron muy buenos, desde el lujoso Parador de los Reyes Católicos en Santiago de Compostela hasta los mas modestos del camino. La atención en todos fue excelente........

Estamos muy satisfechos y nos puedes usar como referencia para quienes deseen saber sobre la experiencia de tus clientes. Definitivamente ya hemos hablado no algunas personas sobre nuestra experiencia positiva y volveremos a Totally Spain cuando volvamos a España. Muchisimas gracias

2009/09/04 Elizabeth Harris, Cambridgeshire, UK
Unspoilt Spain Tour

Unspoilt Spain Tour

Hi Ken

I've been meaning to write to thank you for the holiday we organised through you in September. The arrangements worked very well indeed and we thoroughly enjoyed our time.



2009/09/04 Sam and Gretchen Wilson, Wisconsin, USA
Custom Tour of the Basque Country

Dear Ken,

Hotels, car etc were all lovely. We really enjoyed the Basque country. The service everywhere was very very nice, the accomodations top rate, and the scenery and activities were very fun. We had a really nice holiday. Everything in your package was so well organized.

2009/09/06 Robert & Tessa Payne, Newport, UK
Bespoke tour of Paradores in Northern Spain

Sorry this is so long after our return but I would just like to thank you for arranging such a lovely holiday for us. The route and Paradors you chose were superb, the weather was wonderful which always helps.

Once again many thanks.

2009/09/07 Myndi Fertal, Oregon, USA
Customised Two Week Tour covering Madrid and Andalusia


My daughter and I are home and want to thank you for a WONDERFUL trip! Everything was as you promised! The tours, the car rental, the hotels, the train tickets, everything went without a hitch.

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide (and personally mark) our City maps and all of the wonderful hints and tips about each destination. I also want to say a very special thank you for your care and lightening fast responsiveness while we were planning our 5-city Spain trip.

This was my first trip overseas and I was a little nervous about planning it. YOU made it easy and comfortable! Please consider us as VERY satisfied customers. We plan to travel to Spain again and would not consider using any other travel agent but you and Totally Spain.

Totally Spain has a gem in you!



2009/09/10 Frank Rafter, Tipperary, Ireland
Custom Tour Of Paradores from Northern to Southern Spain

I have just arrived back from Spain this evening and I thought I would drop you a mail to tell you how much we both enjoyed the trip. We always loved Paradors but even more now! In fact , we are already thinking of another trip, this time staying in more of the Historic Paradors. 

Thanks again to everyone at Totally Spain - I have told everyone how good you are!

2009/09/11 Ed Wolenski, Florida, USA
Comprehensive 10 day Custom Tour of Salamanca, Galica, Asturias, Cantabria & Madrid

Just a short note to thank you for the fine job you did with our arrangements for our just ended vacation. Everything went as planned. Your country and the people are beautifull. Thanks again for the great planning.

2009/09/11 Jeanne & Bob Turner, Lethbridge, Canada
18 day Custom tour of Madrid, Toledo & Andalusia


I want to thank you for taking care of this. It is very much appreciated....... It made our Spain experience much more enjoyable. There are so many details to take care of when you take a trip so far away from home and it was so valuable to have Totally Spain take care of so many for us so that we could focus on enjoying our time in Spain.

If you ever need a Canadian reference please contact us.

2009/09/20 Micehlle Bourgeois, Los Angeles, USA
One week Madrid & Andalusia Tour

Dear Olaia

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your assistance. We so enjoyed our trip. Hotel Mario was most helpful in getting us around Madrid. We felt very welcomed there. All of the Renfe transfers went so smoothly. Our stay in Cadiz was incredible. We were treated like queens! The hotel in Sevilla was a bit stuffy. The receptionist was not so helpful. But, our room was fine. And, Sevilla was magnificent. So, no worries. Cordoba was great. The hotel was perfectly located and very attentive. You did an awesome job. We felt that you truly thought this trip out for us.

2009/09/21 Sarah Lutkus, Jersey City, USA
Custom Driving Tour of Andalusia


I just wanted to say thank you for your help on our trip to Spain. It was a wonderful trip and everything was laid out for us and straight forward. The hotels were all wonderful and we had a great time at the flamenco show and on the walking tour of La Alhambra. Thanks!!



2009/10/01 Richards Michels, Maryland, USA
Custom Tour featuring Madrid, Toledo, Andalusia & Morocco


What a great trip! Just wanted to thank you for all your help in putting together our vacation to Spain. It was excellent! Everything from the people, the weather, the sights, and ah yes the accommodations were perfect. Our itinerary worked out very well........We enjoyed ourselves immensely and thank you and the Spanish tourism folks for a great time. Muchas Gracias!

2009/10/01 Sherard Batuwitage, London
Customised Andalusian tour

Hi Belen,

I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know we had an excellent time travelling around Andalucia. The hotels you booked for us were great as were the suggestions of things to do in the packs you sent us. We were particularly impressed by the Flamenco show you had booked for us in Sevilla. I would ordinarily not choose to go to this sort of show as I would have thought it would be a little bit too touristy, but the size of the venue in question meant it was a lot more intimate and the performers were all really impressive.

Once again, thanks for sorting out this holiday for us.



2009/10/07 Dee & Euan Dickson, York, UK
Paradores Tour in Andalusia

Hi Ana,

Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time in Spain at the Paradors. Your directions and tips were very useful. When we go again we will be in touch. Once again thank you for your help.

2008/01/21 Robert & Janet King, Montreal Canada
10 day Paradores tour of Andalusia

Dear Ken

Many, many thanks for the most amazingly organized trip! We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Andalusia - it is a lovely area with so many exciting places to visit, charming people and delicious food and drink (not to mention the lovely weather, especially compared to the horrible winter we are experiencing this winter in Canada, with record snowfalls and cold temperatures).

And we were very impressed at how smoothly all the arrangements worked. I was a bit hesitant at organizing such a holiday over the internet with a company about which I knew nothing, but I should not have worried. Everything was organized in the best possible manner, and I was especially impressed by the envelope for each stop, with concise tourist information and lots of brichures. I shall highly recommend your company to anybody I know who will be visiting that area. Thank you so much.

2008/02/22 Rebecca Srole, Sleepy Hollow, New York
7nt tour of Andalusia with private guides and flamenco performance

Dear Olaia

I meant to email you sooner. We got back last Friday nite and had such a great time! I wish I was still there. Hotels were wonderful, side trips and sights wonderful, food wonderful and people pretty great, too!

Thanks for all your help. I have already recommended your company to several people

2008/03/01 Geoff Lord, Wilmslow, England
7 nights touring Madrid, Avila, Salamanca & Toledo

Dear Ana,

We had agreat holiday in Spain. The weather was perfect sunny and very warm when we got to Madrid. All the hotels were very good and well located. We enjoyed all the cities we visited and also spent some time driving in the mountains. Our favorites were Salamanca and Madrid. Driving round and in Madrid was abit scary but we managed.

Thank you for arranging such a perfect trip for us. We will contact you again if we plan to travel in Spain.




2008/04/04 Judy Marcure, Avalon NSW Australia
14 night Barcelona & comprehensive Andalusia Tour


Most of the paradors were excellent, with Malaga a standout for its lookout over the bullring and Cadiz a real European classic. The Barcelona hotel was brilliantly located and had an excellent restaurant. The Granada parador was elegant but our room was tiny and noisy. Ubeda is stressful to drive in for people not used to tiny, poorly signposted Spanish one-way streets. Seville is a wonderful city, worth two days.

Overall, we loved the trip. A very successful 70th birthday celebration for Peter. I have recommended your services to some friends who are planning to take a trip very similar to ours.

2008/04/26 Elizabeth Keith, Scottsdale, Arizona
9 nights Madrid & Barcelona with daytrips

Hello Ken,

We had a wonderful trip to Spain. We are very jet lagged still, but elated about our trip. Thanks so much for your assistance with our lodging. The hotels were terrific. The train to Segovia left from the Chamartin station. It was a great train! We were impressed with how quickly we arrived in Segovia.

We are already talking about our return to Spain in a few years. Thanks again for your help.

2008/05/27 Rosanne Dane, York England
12 night tour from Cantabria to Galicia and back


We had a marvellous holiday in Spain despite the weather! The hotels were all fine and situated just perfectly within walking distance of everything we wanted to look at. Our favourite was the one in Santiago.

We were bowled over by the fabulous architecture (and also the storks and their nests) everywhere and the variety of styles and the sheer number of remarkable buildings and streets. If the weather had been better we would have journeyed to the coast from Santiago but it was just too chilly.

The food was good but expensive and we have absolutely masses of photographs.

Many thanks for all the info that you sent and we found the directions to the hotels very good. We would certainly come back to you for our next Spanish venture.

2008/06/06 Tony & Oonagh Godfrey, Oxford UK
12 night tour of Burgos, Rioja & the Basque Country


Everything went very well indeed.Thank you for arranging it. We were very impressed by the variety of landscape and the beauty of Northern Spain. The parador at Lerma was excellent. The casas rurales were comfortable some more so than others.

We particularly enjoyed the Hospederia las Pedrolas at Arnedillo, the host is charming. On the negative side we found driving long distances tiring (we are both in our 70s) Arnedillo to Hondaribbia seemed a bit of a slog. Another time we might stay longer in the wine growing area in La Rioja and in the Ayala valley. We liked Bilboa and the hotel was well placed.

We both thought that you led us into lovely parts of Spain which we would not otherwise have discovered.Your information pack was helpful and thorough.Again many thanks



2008/06/15 John Newson, London
50th Birthday celebration Parador Cardona

My Dear Anna

My trip went like clock work and to plan.

On the day of my birthday I tried to speak my limited Spanish to the Parador staff which they really appreciated.  They did everything as I requested through you and personally at the Castle, the room was beautifully laid out, the courses of food arrived all together and was placed in front of the right person and they were excellent.

Everyone commented on how good the food was, how good the staff were, and the evening was a total success. I would be grateful if you would email them my thanks or explain this email in Spanish to them as it was a total success and I have only fantastic memories of my 50th Birthday, I cannot praise them enough.

And could I say once again to you and your team thank you so much for all your hard work putting this together for me, without your help it would have not been the success it was.

A very humbled customer,and thank you so much.

Kind Regards John New son

2008/06/19 Alison Tatlock, St Helens, UK
Custom Tour of Madrid & Northern Spain

Hi Olaia,

I wanted to contact you to thank you for arranging the holiday and tell you what a wonderful time we all had.....My partner and myself are contemplating another trip in September so I may be contacting you again in the near future. Thank you once again.

2008/06/25 David Drury, Dyfen Wales
6 night tour of Galicia


We got back from Galicia on Monday. Everything went very well and we had a marvellous time. I wanted to thank you for all the arrangements, which were perfect and most efficient.

We had great rooms at both hotels - particularly in Baiona and if we stay there again (which we think we might) we'll be sure to try to book room 323!

We will be sure to call Totally Spain next time we want to book a holiday in Spain. Many thanks again



2008/07/02 Martin Blackburn, Birmingham, UK
9 nights Custom Tour of Southern Spain

Dear Ana

Just wanted to thank you for organising the holiday that Alan and I just took to Andalusia. We had a great time and really enjoyed the Paradors and hotels that you booked for us.

Thanks very much.

2008/10/13 Monica R. Hague BA, RN, CEN, Texas USA
Custom Tour of Aragon & the Basque Country

I have been fortunate to travel to Spain before, all over Europe and the world and I can honestly say, your booking and management of our lovely vacation was absolutely wonderfully executed. My mother and I so enjoyed our historic travels through Catalunya, Aragon, Navarre and “Euskal Herria,” the Basque Country....

I have always handled our travel arrangements in the past and yours was the first time I used a travel agency. What a relief for me as your arrangements allowed me to not worry about a thing and just enjoy traveling to all those historic places I have studied...

I do plan to use your services when we return to Spain.

2007/06/29 Sarah Hunter, Glasgow Scotland
7 nights Self Catering Noja Cantabria

Hi Belen

Just so say that we all thoroughly enjoyed our time in Noja. It was fantastic to see this beautiful part of Spain and we intend on coming back. The apartments and location ticked all the boxes, so much so that our children did not want to leave.

Thank you so much for everything.

2007/07/02 Connie Wright, Texas USA
Customised vacation to Basque Country, Cantabria & Madrid

Dear Ana

Not sure I ever thanked you for all your help with our trip to Spain this summer. Every recommendation was incredible and the maps were worth their weight in gold. I am sick they slid out of my suitcase when returning home. I just got back from Spain yesterday and could have used them for a trip to Girona and the Pyrenees. I have told many friends about your services. All of your recommendations were fantastic, especially the farm house near Santander. The Senora who runs the inn is a very dear lady and the food there was excellent.



2007/07/05 Jim McBain, Co.Tyrone Northern Ireland
8 nights touring Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda & Cadiz

Dear Belen,

I assume that by now you are on maternity leave and that a colleague is intercepting your e-mails. If so I would be grateful if he / she would pass on my thanks for the very successful way in which you organised our tour in Andalucia, 5 - 13 July. My wife and I enjoyed our trip very much. The hotels which you recommended were not only lovely in the themselves, but also very well located from the point of view of visiting places of interest. We were able to find each of them with little difficulty - our only negative experience being a puncture in Cordoba. The rest of the trip was marvellous and memorable.

Thank you for the maps and booklets which you sent in advance; these were very useful and contributed significantly to our enjoyment of our holiday. Our favourite anecdote for this hoilday comes from Cadiz, where we took the "City Tour" and sat on the top deck of the open top bus. As it passed the "Atlantic" Parador where you had placed us, the commentator said "... and on your left is the city's most prestigeous hotel where the King and Queen of Spain stay when they visit Cadiz". Our children were very impressed and so were we.

Thank you once again for providing a flawless service.

2007/07/28 Tony Boobier & family Maidstone, UK
11 nt tour Madrid, Segovia, Salamanca, Leon, Comillas

Dear Ana

Just a brief note to say that we had a terrific time. We successfully collected all the documentation from the hotel in Madrid, and everything went just fine. We didn't spend much time in the hotel in Madrid, so the location was the most important thing (as you said) , and managed to visit the flea market on Sunday morning which was an experience.

The hotel in Segovia was delightful, Salamanca was stunning, one full day in Leon was probably enough and Comillas was ok despite the rain! We travelled to Comillas through the Picos de Europa, which in difficult weather was slightly nerve racking, but made for some excellent memories. So no complaints whatsoever.

Thanks for putting this together for us so quickly and at short notice. We'll definately recommend your service and use it again.

Kind regards Tony Boobier

2007/08/23 Ann Sullivan, London England
Self Catering Cantabria

Dear Olaia

Just to let you know the apartment in Noja was fantastic. It was brand new & beautifully clean and it had every possible facility. I think it was excellent value for money. The people in charge of the apartment were friendly and very helpful too. We would highly recommend it. We stayed in a top floor apartment (not a ground floor one as you'd advised in your email) but it was large, comfortable, very clean plus the views were great. We did not get your information pack until Saturday (I think it must have been in the office but our Spanish is not good so maybe our fault?) but when we got the information pack it was packed full of everything we needed. We loved the area around Santander & we will be going back again, for sure. It is a beautiful part of Spain. Thank you very much for all your help & for finding us this lovely apartment. Very best wishes,

2007/09/11 Lesley Elliott, Crowborough, England
7 nights tour of Andalusia

Dear Ana,

We had a wonderful time at all the Paradors, it was nice to see so much of Andalusia.  Carmona and Jaen were our favourite Paradors and we would like to stay at these two for longer next time.

We were worried about driving but it all worked out to be perfect.

Thank you so much for making the arrangements, you all offer a great service, and we found the Spanish people to be most polite and helpful.

2007/09/30 Roberto Porto, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tailor made tour featuring Barcelona, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santillana, Gijon, A Coruna, Santiago, Vigo, Salamanca & Madrid

Dear Olaia

Just a few notes to say thank you. I deeply enjoyed dealing with Totally Spain, and especially you. From the very beginning I was impressed by your prompt, professional, and pleasant way of dealing with our plans, our changes of mind. The cities you picked for us, the hotel reservations, and all the informations regarding the places we were about to visit were outstanding. Santillana del Mar - recommended by you - was a beautiful surprise. We regretted not having more days to spend there. The hotel in Santiago de Compostela was, maybe, the only hotel, we felt, did not stand up to par with the others, but its location made up for its lack of comfort in the rooms. Once again, thank you for your assistance. I hope to do business with you again in the future.




2007/10/06 Roy Cage, Carmel, IN, USA
8 night tour of Andalusia

Hi Olaia,

Just wanted to let you know that our vacation in Spain was a great success. The hotels were all very good with our favorite being in Granada--it was not easy to find with the very narrow streets but it is absolutely charming and so close to the Alhambra Palace.

The materials that you supplied were most helpful in deciding what to do and see and the mini-van was perfect for our group and luggage.

Thanks from all of us for helping to organise a memorable visit to Spain.

2007/10/09 Gerald Brunworth, Texas USA
Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona with day excursions from each place


We returned Saturday from our trip to Spain and are grateful to you for your suggestions, scheduling and planning. Our trip went very well. Your choice of hotels was excellent. Above all, they were exceptionally clean and well kept. We were very favorably impressed. The other thing we appreciated about your hotel choices for us was their location. The Hotel El Prado in Madrid was located a short two blocks from a delightful plaza which we enjoyed each night we were there. What a delight. The Hotel Sorolla in Valencia was also well located for walking access to many places we wanted to visit. The Cotursa Rosello Hotel in Barcelona was probably the nicest and certainly the largest of the three and also located where we could make our way to the tour stops and sights in the city center. Excellent choices. THANK YOU!

I was surprised by the relative reasonable cost of taxis and this information would have been helpful. Obviously we were able to walk from the train to the hotel in Valencia and we took a taxi in Barcelona. Our tours to Segovia and Avila - Toledo - El Escorial and Valle De Los Caidos - the Monastery of Montserrat .. all were excellent. The guides we had were excellent. While their English was sometimes difficult to understand...they worked to make themselves clear and did a very good job. The tours were very interesting and helpful to us in understanding the history of Spain. Would suggest that you let visitors know about the Turistic buses in Valencia and Barcelona (did not use them in Madrid - probably because we saw so much on the three tours). These were excellent for getting to know the basic layout of the city and also excellent transportation (because of the locations of hotels you selected).

We always felt safe in the areas we traveled ... even late at night. The accompanying materials you sent were also helpful. You and your agency did an excellent job for us and we are grateful. Please feel free to use our comments above in any way you wish. If we travel to Spain in the future, we will be in contact. 

Thank you once again your efforts for us are appreciated.

Barb and Jerry Brunworth Sue and Jim Rader

2007/10/09 Nancy & Eric Frease San Rafael, California
14 nt tour Barcelona, Andalusia & Madrid

Dear Ken

Eric and I just returned from a wonderful two weeks in Spain, and wanted to express our pleasure and gratitude for the thoughtfully orchestrated and well paced trip you designed for us. Everything went off smoothly and without a hitch - no lost luggage or missed flights.

We liked having lodging in the middle of the cities we visited, which made sightseeing very easy. Ronda was a particular highlight; we had a spectacular room right over the gorge.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your agency to friends or use your services again ourselves. Thanks again.



2007/10/13 Kathi Haugh, Wisconsin USA
Madrid, Toledo, Chinchon, Siguenza & Javea

What an amazing vacation we had! ALL of the paradores you recommended were wonderful! Our favorites where Siguenza, Toledo and Javea. Everything was perfect! We really enjoyed the GPS and just traveling around the country. Everyone asked us how did we ever plan such a great trip, it was not the usual tourist itinerary. We always told them Totally Spain! What a beautiful country, amazing scenery, culture, history and people.

2007/11/01 Victoria Watson, Redlands California
Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada

Dear Olaia

We liked Spain very much. We covered so much, we still can't decide what we like the best! We loved the hotel in Sevilla - Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, they couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating, and the hotel in Madrid was very nicely located. Madrid is a beautiful city, and so lively! As you arranged for us, our car was delivered to us in Sevilla.

We loved Granada and the Alhambra-I got teary just looking at it. The concierge at the Marriott in Marbella was from Granada and suggested a restaurant there for our night's stay-El Huerte de Juan Ranas. She said we could see the Alhambra from there. My first look at the Alhambra was from a table at a window right across from it. It was so breathtaking, seeing it all lit up like that. I almost started crying.

Ronda was beautiful as well. I have so many stories-what an adventure. Thanks again for all your help.

2006/10/07 Tere and Michael Ludlow, NV USA
Customised Tour of Northern Spain

Belen, You are the best! In another of my many lives, I was a travel agent in the USA for many years, 1984-1996. I did leisure and corporate travel. Therefore, I can with some authority say you made our trip.

You are the expert and our trip was absolutely perfect. You did not make the weather great but you could have been blamed, so take the compliment on even the weather.

The accommodations and the upgrade in Santiago was such a nice surprise. Please let me know if I can ever be of any help to you.

2006/12/05 Joanne Michener, PA USA
Special Group trip to Murcia

Working with Belen from "Totally Spain" was such a positive experience. I was very nervous using an agency from "the internet", located in Spain, but a trip that a group of us were planning to the small town of Murcia Spain for the World Roller Skating Competition wasn't going well.

Between the language barrier, and the inaccuracies on some of the "discount travel sites" we definitely needed some help. Belen and Totally Spain were GREAT! She responded right away and took a lot of time to be sure that the hotels she was recommending were in the right part of the city to be close to the event. She even helped us communicate when we ran into difficulty getting tickets from the arena.

The prompt responses, attention to detail (there was even a package of info waiting for us in the hotel), and the professionalism were excellent. I would highly recommend this agency and especially Belen to anyone wanting a great experience in the beautiful country of Spain.




2005/03/22 Barry Elliott, Staffordshire UK
8 night tour of Andalusia staying in Paradores & other charming hotels.

We've just returned from our visit to Andalusia and we had a wonderful time.

I'd just like to thank you for the effort it must have taken to put together the detailed information you provided. I've never received such a comprehensive set of instructions,  maps and guides - they made the whole trip so much easier. The hotels you recommended were excellent, especially the Paradores in Ronda and Carmona, and all were ideally located.

We hope to return to Spain again in 2007 for a similar fly/drive holiday and we'll certainly book through Totally Spain again.




2005/04/18 Mary Nelson, Minnesota USA
11 nights touring Barcelona, Valencia, Andalusia & Madrid

Dear Belen

Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did with booking the hotels and car for our trip. We had a great time and were able to enjoy every city we visited.  Your choice of hotels was perfect. Each was in a location that gave us access to all of the sights we wanted to visit. The staff members at every place we stayed were friendly and helpful. 

I would be VERY happy to recommend you and Totally Spain to anyone who wishes to travel to Spain.
Thank you again for making our trip a great one!

2005/06/19 Susanna Fellows, Hamden USA
18 night tour of Andalusia

Dear Belen,

It was truly a trip of a lifetime! Everyone loved the variety of the hotels and the locales.

Thank you so much for the varied experience and for helping with our budget. We had had a difficult winter as my husband was sick and this truly was a memorable family trip.

2005/06/23 Terry and Maureen Brady, Bournemouth UK
10 nts touring Asturias, Cantabria & the Basque Country

Hello Ken

Just had to write to say thank you for arranging our holiday in spain this year it was wonderful and the choice and range of the hotels you recomended was exactly right.

The two nights we spent at fuente de were very good with a room with a view of the picos from our balcony perfect. Graeme and Mari made us really welcome at the Casa Zalama. Laguardia was interesting as we arrived on the last day of a fiesta with a bull run through the streets. 

Thanks again it was a great holiday

2005/07/01 Kay and Peter Righetti , Victoria Australia
8 nights touring the Basque Country

We are back home and wanted to thank you for your efforts in arranging accommodation for us in Spain.Everything went very well and your maps and general information were a great help in finding our way around. Each of the properties offered us a different perspective on Spain and each gave us a different experience.

We loved the “north coast” and would like to come back again and explore further west. This time we did not travel further west than Bilbao. We really enjoyed San Sebastian and would love to come back and stay in the town at some stage. We explored many of the small fishing villages along the coast, had some great meals and took lots of photos.

The Rioja and the township of Laguardia was superb. We enjoyed staying in the village and loved the local wine. Lezama was a real surprise. The country reminded us more of Switzerland and the accommodation was first class. The owner is a superb chef, which meant that we enjoyed dinner there on both nights. Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum were fantastic.

To then finish with the superb hotel at Hondarribia was perfect. Great views, and a classy town with lots of restaurants. We then headed to France and then home through London.

We are not sure how soon we will be back in your part of the world but we will certainly contact your company when we are planning our next trip.

2005/07/16 Cindy Egan & Carol Brownfield, Colorado USA
15 nights touring Madrid, Barcelona & the Costa Brava

Dear Alfonso,

Our trip was absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for making the best arrangements. The hotels you chose were well located, comfortable, clean, and attractive.  We thanked you many times as we traveled around your beautiful, friendly, unique country.  We put 1400 kilometers on our little Toyota Corolla.  You would have laughed watching us drive (my first time in 20 years driving a manual transmission car).  We learned a lot about Spanish street signs, one-way streets, traffic, traffic circles, speed, drivers' gestures, etc.

Please forward this email to your boss and tell him how grateful we are for making our trip the best it could be and for keeping the cost affordable for us. We will highly recommend you to anyone who asks us about our trip to Spain.




2005/07/28 Robert Goodwin, Woburn Sands UK
5 night tour of Extremadure, Castilla & Leon and Galicia

My wife and I have just returned from our happy holiday to Spain (and Portugal). All the arrangements you made were excellent: the hotels were comfortable and in the right part of the various towns, so that it was easy to visit the sights. We were particularly impressed by AC Hotels, with the Palacio de San Esteban in Salamanca being our
favourite. The view from our room to the two cathedrals was
magnificent. The paperwork and guides you provided were also most

Thank you once more for all your work. We hope to visit again,
although probably not for about another three years, when we will
certainly be in touch. Meanwhile, we are recommending you to all our

2005/08/23 John Harwood, Durham UK
Two weeks in the Basque Country & Cantabria

Just a short note to express my thanks for the arrangements you made for my wife and I for our stay in Northern Spain.

Property TBC14 was ideal both in location and accommodation and Amia was the perfect hostess. The two days in the Parador at Limpias was the icing on the cake. Everything proceeded smoothly and the maps etc you provided were excellent especially the translation sheets for the food. All in all a brilliant two weeks. Thanks again

2005/10/30 Claudia Whitehead, New York USA
10 nights touring the Basque Country

We so much enjoyed our trip to Spain. You were extremely helpful and have an excellent knowledge of the region. Thank you very much or all of the wonderful arrangements and recommendations. We plan to go to Valencia for the America's Cup sail race and will contact you then.  I will highly recommend you to any and all my friends planning a trip to Spain.

2005/11/05 Leo Martin, York UK
11 nights touring Extremadura & Andalusia

Just a few lines to say thank you very much for the holiday recommendation you gave us. The Paradors, and hotels you recommended were top class and couldn't be faulted in any way. The places we went to and visited were "real Spain" as we were looking to experience. From the winding narrow streets of Carmona, the Ocean views and lovely shops of Cadiz, the country side and towns of Extremadura, numerous lovely churches, Roman remains at Merida to the Palace and Cathedral at Seville.

The organisation for each place we stayed, collecting the hire car and everything else went perfectly. Your paperwork, maps and leaflets were also of great assistance in making our stay go as smoothly as possible.

Thanks again for providing us with such a lovely holiday and we are in the process of recommending you and your company to our friends as they ask how our holiday went .



2004/03/02 John & Holly Gilbert, UK
Self Drive Tour including the Ayala Valley, Rioja and Hondarribia

Many thanks for your efforts in organizing our recent tour to the AYALA VALLEY, LA RIOJA and HONDARRIBIA. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip despite the snow at the start and will fully recommend our accommodations and your services to friends, family and fellow travellers. The first two accommodations at LEZAMA (REF: TBC31) and the hotel in LANCIEGO (RIO15) provided excellent evening meals (and good wines!!), the hosts were very friendly, helpful and engaging, wonderful people. Similarly Patxi too was helpful and friendly but we saw less of her. We will have to explore the Ayala valley more on another occasion as the snow prevented us from seeing some of the mountain regions and precluded us from going too far away from our central base. La Rioja was predictably fascinating and we toured several Bodegas and spent time exploring LAGUARDIA, LOGRONO and HARO to get a feel for the region……….. Organisations such as yours provide an excellent means of bringing people together and enlightening their perspectives so we hope that you will continue to thrive. We will return to you for assistance in the not too distant future we are certain, possibly spring or autumn (or both) of next year as we intend to see the many parts of Spain that we have not yet visited besides revisiting some of our old haunts on the Costa’s and definitely Rioja!

2004/04/01 Mary Shakeshaft (UK)
Rioja, Basque Country & Cantabria

This is just to say we had a wonderful holiday and to thank you for all your excellent arrangements. I particularly loved the hotel in LaGuardia and that whole region. We had a superb drive from there to Santillada del Mar. The waether was beautiful except for two days. When it rains in Spain it really rains, doesn't it? We rented an Opel in Barcelona and a Renault in Bilbao and had a number of adventures, involving being rescued by charming and helpful Spanish men! Thank you again.

2004/04/15 Dana McCombie, Ontario Canada
14 nights Rioja, Aragon & the Costa Brava

Dear Belen

The holiday far exceeded all our expectations in every regard.  All the arrangements and bookings from the accommodations to car rentals, were first class and we did not encounter a single problem or  disappointment.  The charming seaside accommodation in Costa Brava was really wonderful and was the perfect spot to enjoy some relaxation and explore this lovely coast. It was every bit as lovely and peaceful as you promised and the local wine and cuisine exceeded our expectations.

To be in Rioja during the wine harvest was a special treat and we had so much delicious wine and food, it was impossible to pick favourites!  Each village we explored was even more lovely and charming than the last.

Thank you Belen for making these arrangements, setting our itinerary and making this the best vacation we can remember having.  Everything was perfect, even the weather!!  We fell in love with your country and  we cannot wait to come back.

2004/04/16 Martin Collins Kent, UK
Basque Country Tour in April

We were impressed with the efficiency with which you put together an excellent package in a rather short time, with your attention to detail, informed by your local knowledge. We spent six days exploring a different world: without seeming to try, we saw and experienced so much that was new and interesting to us, that we feel as if we had been away for twice as long. We shall recommend (in fact we already have) the region and Totally Spain to family and friends. In Bilbao, we found the restaurant L’Estraunza rather disappointing, despite the best efforts of the waiter to entertain us – he had nothing else to do because we were the only diners until a family arrived after 11pm. Lunch at the Guggenheim, however, was excellent. In Laguardia, the Posada Mayor was splendid, very characterful and very friendly. One of the sons of the family gave us a very entertaining introduction with wine-tasting, of course, to the bodega under the building. We dined in the restaurant twice and were impressed with the quality on each occasion. The best meal we had was in Calahorra, at the Taberna de la Cuarta Esquina. Very unprepossessing on the outside, we happened on it by chance, trying to find anything interesting in the town: very busy, friendly, efficient, good value and very good quality. Back in Laguardia, a charming English –speaking woman in the tourist information office opened the doors of the Santa Maria de los Reyes for us and gave a very informative and interesting talk about the painted portal which we were most impressed with. En route for the airport we spent several hours in your home town: the visit to the Artium was an appropriate way to end a visit which began in the Guggenheim. Personally, I enjoyed the contents of this gallery more. So, thank you for doing such a good job. No doubt we shall be in touch again in due course.




2004/04/23 Catherine Weber, Michigan USA
Touring Rioja, Basque Country & Cantabria

I just wanted you to know that our trip to Spain was spectacular! All arrangements worked beautifully and I thank you for all of your patience and assistance. You were right about the northern area. We all enjoyed Barcelona but all agreed that the best part of our travel was up North. I hope you will keep me on your mailing list. In future I might like to organize a group of friends to rent a country home for a week. We especially enjoyed the Parador at Hondarrabia and we would like to return to the San Sebastian area. Thank you again for helping to make our trip a success.

2004/04/25 John Zeeman (USA)
Navarra & Basque Country Tour April 2004

We're just getting settled back in Chicago. Everything went perfectly with the possible exception of the weather. We had rain for our visit to Biarritz & San Sebastian. Too bad since both were beautiful and interesting cities. The "Guided Pinchos Tour" with Gabriella Ranelli was definitely a highlight and the Paradores were exactly what we had hoped for. Thanks again for all of your help. You made a good trip even better!

2004/04/26 Dennis Moonier (USA)
One week tour of Bizkaia, Chinchon and Barcelona

We had an excellent holiday. In both France and Spain we had interesting and positive experiences. Our time in Spain was great. The B&B TBC 24 in Bizkaia was fantastic - our hostess, Maria, was wonderful - and the countryside was beautiful. The Parador de Chinchon was a good place to stay and visit Madrid and Toledo. We also visited the Palace at Aranjuez from there. Hotel BAR 08 in Barcelona was an excellent hotel, in a good location, with a very helpful staff. Thank you so much for your help. The information packet we received was invaluable. I would recommend your services to anyone interested in a Spain vacation.

2004/05/05 Aidan Semple, UK
Honeymoon in Northern Spain

We had a great 3 weeks. I think the highlights as far as hotels were concerned were Arnedillo and Hondarribia... they were fantastic. The Picos were also amazing. The weather was pretty good to us... and we managed to do some swimming in the sea, especially at the beaches in Cantabria. We will certainly be back again, when time allows. Again, thanks for your help to organise our honeymoon. We would not have managed without you.

2004/05/25 Margaret Filardo (USA)
Tour of Asturias, Basque Country, Navarra, Aagón, Barcelona, Madrid & Toledo

Just wanted to drop a note to thank you for all the effort you put into helping plan our trip to Spain. Everyone was most pleased with all of the hotel accomodations and you wouldn't believe how much luggage can be squeezed into one of those small cars with a little effort. Spain truly is a beautiful country! We loved every aspect of it, but were most fond of the north. Thank you again and we won't hesitate to recommend "Totally Spain" to any of our friends.

2004/06/09 Judy Cendan (USA)
About our documentation

We received the vouchers and the excellent guides. We have travelled extensively and no travel agent in the past has sent such a thorough and organized package of information. We definitely are very excited about the trip. Thank you so much.




2004/06/11 Kieran Gallagher (Ireland)
Bilbao & Self Catering in San Vicente de La Barquera, Cantabria

Just a quick note to say we really enjoyed our holiday. The area, people and rental property were great. The hotel in Bilbao was very comfortable and an excellent location. The rental property was in a great location too. The mountains and beaches were great. The beaches reminded me of the beaches in Donegal, but more heat and warmer water!

Llanes and Comillas were very nice towns, and San Vicente itself was a lovely spot and a great base for exploring the area. One thing that I think would be of benefit to have in a house is a toaster, we have been to a lot of self catering properties around Europe and find a toaster in most of them. This may just be an Irish need! We enjoyed our holiday very much and will return. We are recommending the area to lots of people since we came back and will gladly point them in the direction of your website.

2004/06/13 Lisa Cohen (USA)
Madrid, Andalucia & Barcelona

You did a fabulous job planning this trip.. every hotel was great and in the perfect location. My mother-in-law raved about it! Everything went smoothly, from check-in throughout. The hotel in Jerez was our favorite, though we took a while finding it! Your maps and suggestions were very helpful. We did not get to ride in Andalusia... too many other things to see and do, though we did get to the Real Escuela and really enjoyed that. I think we all liked Seville and Barcelona best, and the Alhambra was our most memorable stop, along with the Gaudis in Barcelona. The only glitch was missing the overnight train to Barcelona .. totally my fault. After all your work getting the tickets to us, I had the departure time wrong in my mind. We spent another night at the AC, and they were terrific about helping us out. You are our hero! Thank you for your time and care ... I will recommend you to anyone I know planning a trip to Spain.

2004/06/19 Michael Hensey (Ireland)
Bilbao, Cantabria & Asturias

Just a brief email to say thank-you for the extremely prompt and professional organisation of our recent trip to Bilbao / Cantabria / Asturias. I was very impressed with your organisation and on the ground all the accommodation, car etc. was very satisfactory. I will definitely recommend your company to my friends in the future. We had a lovely trouble free time in your country.

2004/06/19 Patrick & Cindy Willey (UK)
Asturias, Cantabria & Basque Country

I wanted to let you know that we had a lovely time in Northern Spain. The two posadas and hotel we stayed in were great particularly El Bosque where Isabel was so hospitable. The setting of this posada is superb with wonderful views of the Picos. It was a nice touch of yours to have some more brochures waiting for us at the Joshe Mari hotel. Thank you for that. All in all we felt the service you provided was very good and have no hesitation recommending you to others.

2004/07/07 Richard Watkins & Lynn Sarf, USA
Tour of Catalunya, Rioja & the Basque Country

We have arrived home safely and wanted to thank you again for helping us plan a fantastic trip to Catalunya and the Basque region. Our accommodations were lovely; those that were most memorable include Castell d'Emporda and Posada Migueloa. The staff at these properties just embraced us, and the accommodations far exceeded our expectations. We would not have known of them without your introduction. Your care and personal attention to our needs made our trip very memorable. We can not thank you enough. While we have only been back for a few days, we are already thinking about our next trip to Spain. Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you again in the not-too-distant future.

2004/07/12 Kevin & Joan Hussey (Ireland)
Tour of Catalunya

We had a wonderful time in Catalonia. Delighted with accommodation and all other arrangements. Thanks to you our holiday was a great success. We are currently spreading the gospel of 'Totally Spain' to all of our friends.




2004/07/24 Ben Watson (UK)
Basque Country Tour

You may remember that I booked a holiday through you and Totally Spain to the places suggested below. I would just like to drop you a note to thank you for all your help and suggestions. From the first contact with you to the final handing over of the car at the airport, the holiday could not have been better organised, the details any clearer or the information more helpful. The house at Lezama was outstanding and the hosts were unbelievably hospitable and friendly. The second house at Hondarribia was lovely and was a perfect base for exploring. We thought Hondarribia was a fantastic town. Many thanks again to you and everyone at Totally Spain. I would certainly look at using you again and would recommend you without hesitation to anybody.

2004/07/28 Barbara Jones, Canada
Parador Tour in Andalucia

I wanted to tell you that our trip through Andalusia was a wonderful success. Although very busy every minute of every day, we were able to do and see everything we had hoped: most particularly visiting the extraordinary Moorish architectural sites in Seville, Cordoba and Granada, but also appreciating the beauty of the small villages through the countryside and of the spectacular sites in which the Paradors were located (such as Ronda and Carmona), and experiencing the excitement of the bull fight in Puerto de la Santa Maria, delight in seeing the Cartuga stallions and pleasure in tasting sherry in Jerez de la Frontera to name just some of our activities! The Paradors were lovely and the food excellent (in all but that in Arcos where it was very good). Fabulous! So, thank you for your excellent arrangements, including the nice packet that provided us with all the maps we needed in each site.

2004/07/28 John & Bronagh Daly, Ireland
Tour of the Basque Country & Rioja

Many thanks for organising our recent holiday in the Basque country. We had an absolutely fantastic holiday visiting Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Laguardia & San Sebastian. Despite the weather, your maps, brochures and directions made the experience of driving around the Basque quite easy and enjoyable. All our accommadation was top-class, although the Hotel Avenida in San Sebastian probably lacked a few facilities (that is our budget kicking in !). Everything went perfectly with Europcar !! It was lovely to drop in and see your offices in Vitoria and Belen was most helpful in re-arranging some of our accommodation. Our favourite destination by far was Laguardia. We really enjoyed our time there and have little doubt that we will return again someday. We have no hesitation recommending Totally Spain and already a number of our friends have expressed an interest in your service. We wish you the very best for the future and look forward to dealing with you again sometime. Many thanks once again !!!

2004/07/28 Karen Mamont, USA
Solo driving tour of Andalucia

I think you must really know me because you gave me everything I would have picked had I known to myself. All the hotels were perfect in every way and the right assortment. And, I was impressed with the locations of the hotels you choose for me. Each one was in the perfect area for me to get around and see everything!! I absolutely adored my wonderful hotel in Ronda. What a charming, tastefully delightful place! It's a must see, must stay at!!! I referred several people to just even go there for lunch or dinner for the rest of my trip to anyone who was going to Ronda. It was so wonderful and my room opened up to the most fabulous pasture with horses and sheep. The garden where we had our most delicious meals was a dream in itself. The other hotels were charming, beautiful and wonderful service as well. And the car, I did just fine. In fact I enjoyed driving and found every destination without problem as you had explained when I previously was paranoid about my inexperience with maps. The highways are so clearly marked for each city in each direction I had no problem and loved the driving. I even liked the small amound of driving on the cobble stone streets when I went out at night from town to town. I had the most wonderful trip and you really did such a fabulous job in order to make it all work, easy, and perfect for me. I plan to go to Italy next year so I hope there is a "Totally Italy" and you book it.! I will recommend you to anyone and everyone (I have all ready begun to) who is going to Spain. I consider you totally responsible for my smooth plans and delightful trip of perfect hotels, car, and complete plan! Thank you so much!!!

2004/07/31 Jon Hunter, UK
Basque Country Tour

Many thanks for your hospitality in Vitoria. The La Blanca festival was certainly a highlight of the trip .... completely barmy. I enjoyed San Sebastian and the coast around there. I did make it to Getaria for some sardines...excellent!! Good fireworks in San Sebastian but nothing quite to match the Celdon in Vitoria. I shall email some reflections later....perhaps after Sleazyjet have managed to bring me my luggage which appears to be having an extra day in Bilbao. Adios.




2004/07/31 The Wells Family, UK
Basque Country & Cantabria Holiday

We have just arrived home after a wonderful holiday in France and Spain and I would like to say a very big thank you for your hospitality at the La Blanca festival in Vitoria - we had a wonderful time made all the more special by being included in your party. It was a tremendous evening we had such fun and really enjoyed sharing the experience with yourselves and the others, they were such a pleasant group of people to spend a few hours with. The girls are still enjoying telling their friends all about it. Thank you once again for a wonderful experience and for being such welcoming hosts.

2004/08/02 Charles & Sarah Patterson, UK
Camino de Santiago Tour

Thank you for organising such a lovely trip. Every thing went perfectly for us (& some of your other clients who we met!). Only black spot was Velguellina de Orbigo- Nothing wrong with the room but such a sad unattractive town. However the hotel in Rioja more than made up for it, it was so good. As a result next time we shall have fewer paradors, though we loved the one in Pontevedra, and more of your recommendations. What a good service you run.

2004/08/02 Julia Baeva & Family, USA
Three week tour of Catalunya, Basque Country Cantabria, Asturias, Leon & Madrid

We are finally back home in Dubai, having spent a wonderful vacation. I would really love to thank you for all you have done, big & small things. Everything was perfect: hotels were charming, information full & all your maps were extremely helpful. And the car turned up to be the same Audi A4 I used to have, so it was really easy. I hope to use your services in future. There's so much to see in Spain. And I will definitely recommend you to friends. Thank you very much again & best regards from my family.

2004/08/02 Tony Blok, UK
Tour from Northern Spain to Southern Spain

We have just returned from Spain and this email is to thank you for organising superb hotels for us. I am quite delighted with the service you have provided and am more than happy to provide a reference for you and your services should you require this.



2004/08/04 Pat & Mike Clough, (UK)
The Basque Country & Rioja

Thank you for your efforts to make sure that we had our best holiday ever. Things got off to a good start with the reception at the hotel and got better throughout the evening. Once again thank you very much for your generosity - the food and drinks were lovely and the atmosphere was fun - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope that something similar can be planned for next year.

The apartment on the coast was sensational with a balcony overlooking the bay , with Mundaka and Bermeo in the distance . We spent a lot of time looking at the view and eating meals on that balcony. An excellently equipped apartment, but no bidet - now who would have thought that any English person would remark on the lack of a bidet! Superb beaches , obviously very popular with families from Bilbao - amazed at some of the places that they managed to park their cars! We especially liked Guernika - the peace museum and the Monday market. Very few people spoke English but we met with unfailing friendship and good humour from everybody.

Back to the south and Arnedillo for the last five days. On the journey we wondered what we would find - the landscape is so bleak and rocky and the sun is so hot - but were delighted with Las Pedrolas and Ignacio. You have obviously been there and had dinner on the terrace so you know the way that Ignacio looks after his guests. Lovely food served in very pleasant surroundings . a beautiful (air conditioned ) room and a real attention to detail. The town itself had more to it than originally met the eye - we strolled the riverside paths to the hot pools several times , walked to watch the vultures , and on one cool day we ventured up into the hills for several miles. A perfect end to an excellent holiday.

2004/08/06 Maureen Mulrooney, Ireland
Tour of Cantabria

Just to say that Liam and I had a marvellous holiday in Northern Spain recently. In fact we only returned to Ireland last Friday night. The real reason I am emailing you is to thank you for all your help and assistance and to say that everything was as you said and all your directions were spot-on. Liam has been telling our friends, since our return, just how efficient you are - take a bow. We had no problems and everything went smoothly. The scenary was wonderful and the weather, as you know, was great, so what more could one want. Once again, many thanks.

2004/08/15 Peter Townend, UK
Tour from the Basque Country to the Costa Brava

Yet again Liz and I would like to thank you for your recommendations and arrangements enabling us to have another superb holiday in Spain.

The accommodation in Lanciego was lovely and the owners particularly helpful. As for Arnedillo, this was definitely my favourite. a terrific small hotel - great room, very enjoyable good food, very friendly host (despite our not speaking Spanish) - set in a beautiful location. A place I hope we can return to one day.

Thank you for recommending Zaragoza. It was just right for a 2 night city break - small enough to walk to the main sites without getting too tired. Dining in the evenings was fun as well. On the way from Arnedillo we visited Belchite and as you suggested it is a remarkable place worth going out of our way to visit.

We really enjoyed the Costa Brava and would like to thank you for making the arrangement for the alternative apartment. We also preferred Calella to Llafranc, so things worked out very well for us. One thing we did was to take a drive to Banyoles in the middle of the week - a leisurely stroll round the town, lunch by the lake, followed by a boat trip -it was the most relaxing day of the whole holiday and thoroughly recommended.

And finally, Barcelona. Yet again your choice of hotel was excellent. The hotel recommended an excellent restaurant round the corner and, being close to the fountains, it was an excellent way to finish the holiday.




2004/08/22 Richard Stilgoe & Craig Stevens, UK
Tour from Northern Spain to Southern Spain & back

I just wanted to express my thanks for arranging such a marvellous holiday for myself and Craig. Spending 2 nights in Madrid and Marbella worked a treat and it all went perfectly for us! In all destinations the accommodation was ideal; the arrangements worked perfectly, our only problem was, as you know, with the first night as we believed that the ferry was going to take 28 hours, not 36! Anyway, this email is really to thank you and the team for all of your help, we would certainly recommend you guys and would use you again!

2004/08/24 Gillian Carroll & Dave Kenny, Ireland
Comprehensive three week tour of Northern Spain

Just back to work this morning - what joy. We had a fantastic holiday and all went to plan. It´s hard to pick out a favourite spot as we saw so much and the places we stayed were so varied. We particularly enjoyed our stays in Lanciego and in San Pelayo and meeting the personalities there. Hondaribbia was also very enjoyable and then there was Cudillero .... I could go on. Its just a pity it all had to end. We'd definitely do it again though might limit ourselves to a smaller area the next time and will recommend you to anyone who mentions going to Spain. Thanks for all your help.

2004/09/02 Tony Roberts, Australia
Andalucia & Madrid tour

We arrived home last week and I wanted to thank you for your help in arranging our holiday in Spain. The Madrid hotel was in an excellent location and although only 1.5 days there we had a great time in Madrid. We managed to see the Prado, Thyssen and Palace Real (all of them great highlights), as well as hopping on and off the tourist buses (I'd suggest you push the bus for people only spending a short time in Madrid - especially the ticket which includes museum admissions).

My wife picked up a Lladro and some killer heel shoes so she was doubly happy. I can thoroughly recommend the Golf Guadalmina - provided people have a hire car, to get to Marbella for dining and shopping. We had 2 dinners at Guadalmina and, frankly, they were the best meals we had in 2 months through Europe. Golf Guadalmina is in a beautiful setting and our balcony looked over a couple of holes, down towards Gibraltar and Morocco. The pool and beach areas are very pleasant and quite peaceful.

Nerja was just the most beautiful place, with its narrow lanes, white-washed buildings and elevations above the sea. The Parador enjoys a great location, with the most fantastic views. By the time we reached the Costa Del Sol, we'd been on the go for 6 weeks and we were both well and truly ready for a very laid-back beach/ book rest, with just a bit of shopping and dining thrown in. Both places we stayed at were very good. So, thanks for your help - there's not much available in Australia and you’re advice was very good; particularly the location advice in Madrid.



2004/09/04 Craig Russell & family, UK
Basque Country & Cantabria

Just to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Spain & we were very happy with all the arrangements you made & we were very impressed with the thoroughness of the instructions on how to get from San Sebastian to Comillas & the apartment (they were very useful, especially returning to Bilbao airport when the fastest route was the one we needed). We were also very impressed with the whole pack you supplied & enjoyed reading & exploring the area around Comillas based on some of your recommended routes. The apartment was exactly as you described & although there was some noise it was no more than expected at a holiday resort of this type & it was not very busy in general so we have no complaints at all about the apartment. In fact we thought it was in very good condition & very spacious ... the boys certainly enjoyed the kiddies pool !!! Thanks again as I am sure the effort & attention to detail you put in helped us relax get as much out of the holiday as we wanted.

2004/09/04 Craig Russell (Scotland)
Tour of Green Spain

Thanks for all your help, I really appreciate it. It has been a pleasure to deal with a company so customer focused. You have answered all my questions and queries (and there have been a few) promptly and in full. That has been a big help for me and my wife when it has come to making decisions about this holiday.

2004/09/10 Linda Lee, USA
Tour of Catalunya, Basque Country, Rioja, Burgios & Madrid

We had a great trip, thanks in large part to the plans you made for us. The lodgings were welcoming, with warm and helpful hosts, and most in excellent locations for exploring. The countryside in the Basque and Rioja-Alaveysa regions was beautiful, and the brochures and guide info you sent gave us lots of options for planning our days. We had very little trouble driving around thanks to the excellent maps you sent (the only problem was Madrid, but not for lack of maps!). And the Menu translation guide was invaluable! If we were to change anything, it would probably be the length of our stays in the Basque area inns, we could probably have done with only two days each in Sojo and Aia. I'm glad we decided to include a parador, the one at Lerma is beautiful and luxurious. The city hotels in Barcelona and Madrid were so well situated that we could walk out the door and immediately be on our way to major destinations. The hostess at Hotel Larrain went out of her way to provide us with options and called to make our booking at El Fabulista bodega. I'm sorry we missed seeing you in Vitoria, we could have used some help finding our way out of the city! We actually ended up on the route over the mountains and really enjoyed the view coming over into the Rioja valley, so it worked out better that we didn't get on the major highway. One place we stumbled upon in Vitoria was the San Vicente Tower, the guide took us up the tower to enjoy the view, and then we got to walk into the space between the cathedral ceiling and the roof to see the structural beams that upheld the ceilings- fascinating! Thanks for your guidance in planning, all the touring information and for the excellent lodging and rental car arrangements. You facilitated all the details, and that gave us the freedom to enjoy the days at our own pace and based on our niclinations. I would certainly recommend your services to others who enjoy travelling independently.




2004/09/17 Cristine Davis, UK
Camino de Santiago Tour

We have just returned from the visit which you planned for us, to Muxica to see our friends, then along the camiño frances by Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Castrojeriz, Carrizo de la Ribera, Guitiriz and to Santiago; what a trip! It was a most memorable holiday, and very special. Thank you very much. You also organised the most splendid weather for us ! We particularly enjoyed the lovely welcome we got from Avelina and Angel in Castrojeriz; they are one of the best advertisements that Spain could ever have. We also very much enjoyed the Posada del Marques, but had the minor complication that the cook was on honeymoon, so there were no evening meals available. Very luckily there is one decent restaurant in Carrizo, where they looked after us very well, though our lack of Spanish was a challenge; but the loss of dining in a hotel in a community with so few tourist facilities was almost a problem. We were very impressed with the sheer thoroughness of your support for us; we knew where we were going, how to do it with the maps you provided - though as we are map addicts, we did buy some extra ones - we were grateful for the menu guide, and we had a marvellous time. We are singing your praises as we enthuse about the holiday. Thank you again.

2004/10/02 Abe Jankowitz, New York USA
13 nights touring Barcelona, Costa Brava, Galicia & Madrid

Dear Ken

We've been back from our trip for 12 days, but I only now have time to write to thank you. We enjoyed Spain immensely. The trip was aided so much by your thoughtful attention to detail and to our concerns.
Each of the hotels was terrific - small, comfortable and perfectly located. The Begur hotel was especially wonderful, for the beautiful suite, the wonderful restaurant, and the magnificent Clara.
I especially appreciated your thoughtfulness in calling both before and after the drive to Barcelona to make sure it had gone well.  Actually, Joan had given me excellent advice as to roads,  and it turned out to be a Spanish national holiday, so traffic was quite light.
As you know, even the weather cooperated in giving us a splendid trip, and I only wish I could find travel advisors as knowledgeable and helpful wherever I travel.

2004/10/03 Julian & Catherine Parrott, UK
Self Catering in Cadaques

Many thanks for your help and finding us our lovely accommodation. We have just returned from Cadaques after having a super time. Everything went like clockwork and the travel plans were exactly right. The weather was warm - just right for us as we were able to explore the area. The Cap de Creus was stunning. One problem, however - the week just flew past and we wished we had booked two!!! Thanks again for you help.

2004/10/11 Marilyn Sullivan, Michigan USA
12 nights touring Barcelona, Girona and the Costa Brava

Dear Ken

We wanted to let you know that our trip to Spain in October was outstanding. We appreciated all that you did for us to make the trip enjoyable.
I apologize for being so late in expressing our appreciation but we had a great time and it was due to your suggestions of where to stay and what to see. We are "veteran" travelers and the organization of this trip was extremely well done.



2004/10/11 Shelley Goad, Virginia USA
11 night honeymoon touring Toledo & Andalusia


Sorry it has taken me so long to respond!  Our wedding and honeymoon were wonderful.  Thank you so much for organizing the Spain portion of the trip.
Everything went smoothly and your recommendations were right on the money!  We loved our hotels in Sanlucar de la Barrameda, Seville, and Granada. We especially loved La Cazalla.  What a lovely place.  We ended up having dinner there both nights, and it was marvelous!
We've already been recommending you to many of our friends!

2004/10/16 William Moore, California USA
9 nights touring the Basque Country, Barcelona, Andalusia & Madrid.

Dear Belen

Just wanted to thank you for all of the arrangements you made for us. Everything worked out great and we were able to make good use of the packet you left for us at the Europa hotel.  The vouchers were all acknowleged with no problems and things went smoothly.  We enjoyed our visit to Spain.

2004/10/27 Mary Cutbill, Purley UK
10 nights Paradores tour in Andalusia

Dear Ken

Just to say that we had a great trip to Andalucia and everything went very smoothly. 

We particularly liked the Paradores at Arcos, Granada and Carmona (the views at Ronda were great too).

We appreciated the fact that you had taken the hassle out of all the booking for us, including seemingly making it clear that we were a family - that our rooms were always close to each other (in Sevilla we even had connecting rooms.  We also used virtually all of the information that you sent to us. 

The maps of each town were really useful and the other leaflets covered a lot of what we ended up wanting to see.  I was especially pleased that you included the leaflet on the Arabic Baths (Hamman) in Granada because I am a sucker for such things. Unfortunately we did not make it to Jerez or Cordoba but there is always a 'next time'.

So thanks for helping us organise our introductory holiday to Spain.  We will be back!




2004/10/29 Brian Phillipson, Hohenkammer Germany
10 nights Andalusia tour

Dear Belen

Many thanks for the info pack which we have now received for our trip at the end of this month. I am impressed. In fact overall, I am quite impressed with your service. You seem to have arranged us an excellent itinerary and booked us very good accomodation well suited to our needs, and it cost us very little effort - which is important to me. You have my thanks, and my congratulations on a very good service.
On a lighter note I must remember that we haven't visited any of the hotels yet, and if the weather isn't superb I just might hold you personally accountable! 
But seriously, I have been very pleased by your service in setting up our trip so well, and the info pack has added considerably to our anticipation and our preparation.

2004/11/01 Anna and Chris Kennelly, Ireland
5 night tour of the Basque Country

Dear Belen,

Just a short note to thank you for the wonderful hotels you booked for us. We really enloyed our short, but fun filled five days in Euskadi! We were very impressed with the leisurely pace of life and the wonderful food.

We hope to return again sometime and stay for longer and maybe include the Rioja region next time!

Once again thank-you for all your time and advice and of course we have spread the name to all of our friends!!

2004/11/21 Adam Fratto, California USA
6 nights touring Andalusia & Madrid

Dear Totally Ken:

Thank you so much for all your help and guidance with our trip. All your arrangements went without a single hitch, and we were constantly appreciative of your thoughtful, careful planning.  You should know that our new nickname for you is "Totally Ken," a moniker which was invoked many times in gratitude!

We were extremely happy with everything you did to make this trip a reality.  We would work with you again in a heartbeat.  In fact, our parents are planning a trip to Spain some time in the next few years, and we will definitely recommend that they ask for your help in planning the trip.

2004/12/13 John Kirschner, Batavia USA
7 nights touring Madrid, Extremadura & Castiila & Leon

Dear Ken,

I just wanted you to know that the vacation you suggested and booked was great.  My wife and I enjoyed the accommondation and cities immensely.  I will say that Plasencia is not as nice overall as Salamanca or Avila, but the parador there was outstanding.  Thank you so much for making my vacation so much easier and stress free.  The information you provided for each city and translation materials was great.



2004/12/22 David & Jean Cousar, Ayrshire UK
7 nights touring Andalusia

Dear Ken,

We had a great time. Everything worked seamlessly. Thanks for making us stay in Vejer de la Frontera. The hotel was great (very unusual layout as you probably know) with a really good restaurant. The local bars were also good.

Will be looking at possibly Madrid around easter so will contact you then.

2003/05/24 Jane Meyer (USA)
Two Weeks touring the Basque Country May/June

We're home and trying to digest all the details of the two weeks of travel in the Basque Country. Your documentation was fabulous -- so well organized and helpful. We very much appreciate the service. All the arrangements you made were excellent -- we loved the two country casas and thoroughly enjoyed our hosts at both. I practiced my Spanish on Patxi at Iketxe and he seemed to appreciate my efforts. He's really something! We would recommend your service any time!

2003/07/18 Matthew Gibson, UK
16 days Self Drive tour in Andalucia

Many apologies for not having emailed you since our return. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every place we went to, and your arrangements helped the holiday pass very smoothly. We lunched in the Parador located in the Alhambra, read by the pool with the most awesome views in the Jaen Parador, ate buckets of Tapas in Seville, enjoyed the baths of Cordoba (an excellent suggestion) and many other very happy memories. The small place in Arcos is a true gem of a place, we felt very lucky to have stayed there. Also, Ronda was extraordinary and again the views were incredible. Temperatures reached 43 at one point, but with ample fino, air conditioning and swimming we managed well. Many thanks for all your help. I would, and already have, recommend your services to anyone wanting to find an experience of Spain all too easily missed. No negatives at all, I am a very satisfied customer indeed.




2003/08/02 Des and Helen McMahon, Australia
6 days touring holiday in Castilla y Leon

We had a lovely holiday thank you, and without the information you sent we would have been a bit lost. We are so pleased that the hotels had air conditioning, as while we were there it was very hot on a couple of days. The best hotel of our entire trip we thought was the one in Segovia, very nice. And we enjoyed the places you mentioned it was a good insight into Spain. One thought that you might like to know, we thought the countryside very like South Australia; the wheat fields, the olive groves and the vines and the way that the mountains appeared was like the Flinders Ranges or The Grampians in Victoria. We would like to say THANK YOU for your advice and help.

2003/08/04 James Seager, UK
7 day tour of the Basque capitals including the La Blanca Festival Vitoria

Even before we arrived in Spain the information, help and advice you gave us was unbelievable and yet when we met you it was further surpassed. The three hotels you found for us in Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian were of the highest quality and at an amazing price and together with all your information enabled us to get the best out of these places in the time we stayed there. The festival in Vitoria was one of the best things I have ever experienced; totally unbelievable! Thank you for your hospitality during the festival which again was incredible; drinks, meal and such friendliness. Every one I spoke to could not believe the service you provide, one which is rarely seen in the tourist industry, and your company deserves every success it gets. On my return I have told everyone planning a holiday to contact you and experience the fantastic service Vicky and I got. Thank you both for making our tour the best trip we have taken! We still show friends the pictures of us on the Mayor’s balcony from the Newspapers! Looking forward to travelling with you again.

2003/08/04 Senan Wall, Ireland
12 days Self Drive Tour in the Basque Country

We just want to thank all for the work that you put into organising the holiday for us. We really enjoyed the whole trip, the accomadation was excellent and the information pack that you included was a great help on our travels around the region. The festival in Vitoria was one of the high points and we have been boasting that we were with the Lord Mayor as he got things started. Again many thanks for your suggestions and help.

2003/08/17 Helen Moore, UK
7 day touring Sevilla, Ronda and Cadiz

Thanks for such a lovely holiday. The hotels were great - the swimming pool in Ronda came as a complete and very welcome surprise and the hotel in San Lucar was very impressive. The weather was certainly very hot in particular Seville but the air conditioning over there is much more efficient than in the UK so it wasn't too bad. We were certainly very impressed with Andalucia and had a nice relaxing week.

2003/09/01 Judith and David Turner, UK
10 day touring holiday of Green Spain: Paradores & Country hotels

The holiday was a great success and we enjoyed ourselves very much - the area will definitely be in our plans for a return visit in the future. Thank you for all the work with the booking and the advice on the selection of hotels. We enjoyed our stays at all the hotels. The most impressive view was at Casa Rosario as our room was on the top floor with a large balcony outside for us to sunbathe on. Thank you for sending a copy of the Bilbao hotel voucher to us in Ribadesella - still not sure where the original one disappeared to. We were given the packet of brochures for Galicia as soon as we arrived at the Parador in Leon. That is an amazing building in its own right in a town with many impressive buildings.

2003/09/02 Tom and Mary Steventon, UK
9 day Self Drive Tour in Green Spain

I'm just writing to thank Ken and all the staff at Totally Spain for the wonderful holiday they arranged for us in September. The hotels were exactly as we requested, with friendly staff and gorgeous rooms, and the info packs on each region were very informative. My wife and I were a little nervous at the beginning, as this was our first driving holiday abroad, and also our first lengthy holiday by motorcycle, but we never had a single problem. You will be hearing from us in the new year, because we were totally hooked on both the friendliness of the Spanish people and Northern Spain as a region, and we feel we have only scratched the surface of what it has to offer.




2003/09/08 Louise Steele, UK
14 days touring holiday in Catalonia, the Pyrenees and the Basque Country.

Just a short note to say thank you for arranging such excellent accommodation for us on our recent holiday in Spain. We had a wonderful time. The apartment at L'Estartit was clean, comfortable with everything and more that I would expect from self-catering accommodation and the Costa Brava was a wonderful surprise - I'll admit now that we were nervous about it because we wouldn't normally choose a beach holiday but it was fantastic. We also loved Bilbao, and hope to go back. The Hesperia Zubilade was good and the staff there were very child-friendly and made a big fuss of our little boy.

2002/04/03 R. Watkins & R Mackin, UK
8 nt Touring Basque Country staying in Country Homes & Historic hotels

Once again many thanks for arranging one of our best holidays for a long time. We are still amazed at the variety of countryside and interesting places to be found in the Basque Country

2002/07/01 Mr J. & Mrs. S. Jackson, UK
7 nts Self Catering in Villaviciosa, Asturias

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole region especially our circular tour around the Picos, with ever changing scenery from the hot interior with warm winds playing on the reservoir to the thunder and lightening as we wound our way round the hair pin bends on our descent. Everybody was friendly and helpful dispite the language difficulties and the food was great. Many thanks and we would certainly recommend your company to anyone visiting the area

2002/08/15 A. Lickert, UK
2 week Self Catering holiday - Picos de Europa

We thought the area was absolutely stunning, and the house was really lovely, better than we had hoped for... We had acquired quite a lot of guide books and information for ourselves, but your very comprehensive pack was still welcome, particularly your own sheets on driving round Cantabria, which led us to some very charming villages and churches which we might not have found otherwise. There was plenty to do, and we did several walks, went riding, and also quadbiking, which we enjoyed especially. I am very grateful to you for your help in finding exactly what we were looking for, and in organising it for us.



2002/09/01 Jon & Jo Ann Mohle USA
3 weeks touring the Basque Country, Madrid, Segovia and Toledo

INDEPENDENTLY THROUGH TOTALLY SPAIN ITN (International Travel News) readers looking for something a little different might be interested in hearing about a 3-week independent trip my wife and I took in September ´02 in the Basque area of Spain. With email input from us, it was arranged by Totally Spain. We highly recommend this company, which is run by an Irishman, Ken Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin tailored the trip to our exact needs. We had told him we wanted a variety of lodgings with 2 to 4 night stays at each and didn´t want to do a lot of driving. Our route took us to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria and the Rioja wine country and ended up in Madrid via Segovia and Toledo. Incidentally, Spanish roads are excellent. We were accommodated at two charming country inns, several well-located moderate in-city hotels, one parador and one deluxe seaside resort. Mr. Baldwin provided us with extensive pre-trip material and maps plus museum tickets in advance. He even made a hard-to-get special restaurant reservation for us. The cost for all lodging (with breakfast) and the car rental was 1,850 US dollars per person. ** Letter appeared in International Travel news. February 2003**

2001/07/26 J Maltby, UK
14nt touring holiday Green Spain

Thank you for the itinerary you put together for us this summer. We had a wonderful time and the stress was taken out of visiting a new country through your excellent arrangements and the personal touch... The night of the festival in Vitoria was one of the highlights of our holiday

2001/08/01 T. Attwooll, UK
8 nt Self Drive tour - Basque Country

Ate best sea-bream ever at GETARIA and loadsa different fish down by the port at SAN SEBASTIAN thanks to your suggestions; enjoyed watching jai-alai everywhere we went; the fiesta in VITORIA was a great experience (including the heifer-running!), and there are no words to describe the experience of visiting the Guggenheim in BILBAO- wow!

2001/08/04 Dr. Susan Turner, UK
8 day touring holiday staying in Country homes and Manor houses in Hondarribia and Alava

The La Blanca Festival in Vitoria, especially the bull (imitation) with fireworks on its back. Caserio Iruaritz, Francisco’s cooking especially and the sound of sheep bells in the distance. The sight of the Rioja plain for the first time, the lovely room and breakfast at Palacio de Samaniego. Laguardia and Estella – another fiesta there with gigantes. Wine and food generally. The view form Aia, and the fireworks there.

2001/08/05 M Cotter, Ireland
23 dy Self Drive tour of Aragon, Navarra, Basque Country, La Rioja and Catalonia.

In AIA we had a very beautiful large room and the owners were extremely welcoming and went out of their way to be helpful. The village itself was great as there were many pubs & restaurants. The fiesta was also on while we were there and after a few days we felt like one of the locals! Next we went to SOJO, the house is fabulous and the owners were exceptionally nice, the food was excellent and we had a super time there......

2001/08/08 D. Clough, UK
14 night Self Drive holiday staying in charming country homes

At last an opportunity to thank you for the work that you put into our holiday last month. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and when the time came to leave that glorious country we were most reluctant to say goodbye. The accommodation at SOJO and AIA was superb, our hosts were welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them to ensure that we had a first class holiday.



2001/08/10 J. Forgham & L. Jenner, UK
A short break in Bilbao and Rioja

We would like to thank you for all the preparation you made so that our visit ran smoothly and everything was perfect. The hotel in Bilbao was first class and placed in a wonderful area. Within half an hour of arriving we were in the old quarter enjoying a meal and felt far away from the South East of England. The car pick up went well, upgraded to a most comfortable Seat and the drive to Lanciego, via Vitoria was superb, especially the stop off at the balcony of the Rioja where we were high above the clouds, so although no view of the area was available the sight was memorable. The Hotel Larrain was as you told us, friendly, comfortable and offered wonderful food. Rocio was a great help, booking us a trip around La Fabulista in Laguardia where we were lucky enough to receive a personal tour and tasting conducted in English. The wines and food we had were all interesting and new and the bird watching, once the fog had lifted, proved to be a success, with us finding several species we had not seen before. The storks at Logroño were particularly spectacular, as was a rare warbler we found along the bank of the Ebro at Assa, which I have since reported to the Spanish bird club. Thank you once again for your diligence in organising such a great trip, (again) and we look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

2001/08/16 D. and L. McGahan, Ireland
12nt Tour of Northern Spain

Thank you so much for the organization of our holiday. It was brilliant and has put my faith back into Spain. Everything went like clockwork and your choice of accommodation was brilliant

2001/08/27 Ann Moriarty, UK
10-day Self Drive tour in the Basque Country including Bilbao, Vitoria and Hondarribia

Many, many thanks for your help and advice. We had the most fantastic time and the memories will stay with us for a long time. We both agreed that it must be one of the best holidays we have ever had!

2001/09/13 M. Jones, UK
4 nts Bilbao & the Ayala Valley

My companions on the trip were very impressed with your excellent service! We had a fantastic time and found the Basque Country to be a lovely welcoming place full of friendly and kind people.

2001/10/20 P. Townend, UK
7nt Tour including winery visit

We had a superb trip. Thank you very much for your organisation and attention to detail... Overall, the whole holiday exceeded our expectations in terms of beautiful scenery and buildings; the beaches; fine accommodation: the friendly helpful nature of the people who are not out to exploit tourists: and of course the food and wine. Our only disappointment was that we did not have more time to relax in and see more of the Basque Country!

2001/10/31 P. Gerbie, USA
Capital City tour of Northern Spain

We had a wonderful trip through the countryside and all of the plans that you made went extraordinarily well. Our only regret was not spending more time in the GUGGENHEIM which we loved. Your directions were excellent, the hotel in BILBAO was great and dinner the first evening was outstanding.



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