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 I would like to send a note to thank you for your help in coordinating our tour in Spain. The hotels chosen are well located with good facilities. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurants reserved in both Toledo and Segovia were excellent. I would definitely recommend your service to friends who will visit Spain in future.

Yvonne Wong, Hong Kong

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I recently completed a customized tour of Spain. We had a wonderful time and wanted to let you know that all the arrangements were fabulous! The drivers for our transfers were great. The tour guides were excellent (in particular, we really enjoyed our time with Fernando in Toledo). Thanks for all your assistance in making this a memorable experience!

Kimberly Dodd, MA, United States

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Regarding our recent tour to Santiago de Compostela, I just wanted to tell you how pleased my friends and I were with the arrangements. The restaurant was superb, the food delicious, extremely good value for money and the service was very professional. I would highly recommend it. As to the tour itself, our guide, Romina, was excellent. In addition to her high quality professionalism, she was absolutely charming and definitely responsible for the success of our visit to Santiago. I will definitely resort again to your company if the occasion arises in the future. Again, many thanks for a most successful visit.

Magdalena Guimaraens, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

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Our guide in the Alhambra was really excellent and she was really helpful in providing a wheel chair for me. The choice of the restaurant Mimbre as meeting point was a very good idea. Wehad a nice meal and were easily found by our guide.

Leslie Ann Lafitte, Berlin, Germany

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We returned home on Friday and want to thank you for such an amazing trip. Victor, our driver, was superb. He took care of whatever we needed and made sure we were safe and got to our hotels on time. The accommodations were wonderful. We enjoyed the variety, the quaintness, and great service. We truly enjoyed every aspect of our trip. The afternoon tour of Finnesterre was the perfect ending, and we were happy we included it. Our tour guide in Santiago was also terrific. The restaurant in Santiago was also top notch, and the staff was superb, and spoke English.

Thanks again, and please let us know if we can help other prospective clients as we are happy to recommend you and the trip.

Marilyn Foust, VA, United States

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We took a day cruise up the river Douro this past June. Having just returned to the UK we wish to thank you for a superb day. The cruise was fascinating and the service absolutely great. Many thanks and congratulations to all the very helpful staff involved.

Alan Robertson, Scotland, UK

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Thanks so much for arranging our ride from Seville yesterday. We had a delightful ride with Alfonso. The horses were great, the countryside beautiful and he was charming! I will be sure to leave a comment on Trip Advisor.

Miriam Eaves, NY, United States

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I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we had on the tour of Penedes. Paddy was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and showed us some really interesting and beautiful places, not to mention the amazing food all day!

Sharon Tanner, CA, United States

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We were very pleased with all the tours, drivers, and guides that you provided for our trip. They were all extremely professional, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I will recommend your firm to all my friends who will be visiting Spain in the future.

Joan Butt, CA, United States

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I could not let the joy of our trip to Barcelona and our adventures taking a Mediterrean cruise fade away.

I just want to follow-up with EATour to let you know that we had a wonderful time in Barcelona. We enjoyed the Barcelona by Night Panoramic City Tour & Live Flamenco Show. First, let me say that we enjoyed our driver (Christian). He was very professional and an outstanding driver and tour guide. He shared so much historical information about the sites that we visited. Please thank him from Margaret & myself for a great time!

Second, we also enjoyed the Dinner & Flamenco Show too. The food and sangria were great. The dancing, singing and music were fantastic. The DANCERS WERE AMAZING!!! WOW!!! :-)

Please share our comments to Christian our driver, the restaurant and those "AMAZING FLAMENCO DANCERS"! We took plenty of pictures of the show -- lots of great memories.

We have been passing the word around to our family and friends about the tour and show! Thanks Again!!

Martia Johnson, MD, United States

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The trip was wonderful and you did a terrific job putting together the program for us. There was lots to see and do and all of our senses were fully engaged.

The drivers from the various transfers were very professional - all were prompt and most helpful. The private tour guides were excellent! The excursions were most interesting.

Barcelona was wonderful. What a beautiful city and it had so much to offer. We liked it much more than Madrid. I do have to say however, Madrid has amazing architecture and excellent restaurants.

In closing, I was be remiss to not mention that all of the hotels were great.

I would certainly have no hesitation recommending EATours to anyone that is planning a trip to Spain/Portugal.

Thanks again for taking such good care of us. You created a wonderful holiday for us!

Sam Mikail
Newmarket, ON, Canada

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1st Trip...

Every pick up was on time and in a squeaky clean new Mercedes Vans as we were a fully-luggaged party of 6. The drivers were charming, well informed, tolerant/indulgant of children and a complete pleasure at every moment. The tour portion of our trip that they arranged was perfect. Fabulous hotels. Fabulous restaurants......let them order. We can honestly tell you that we did not have one single complaint.

We had driven from Lisbon to Porto on our own. Then EuroAdventures took over. They had booked us in Porto, Baiona and Santiago de Campostela. George was our first driver and Sean was the second. We were driven right to the best spots, dropped off, shown where to shop, taken to great restaurants, and checked into our next hotel without our ever having touched the luggage.

When we were in Baiona we met another family from CA that was exhausted after driving from Santander through the mountains to Santiago de C and Baiona. EuroAdventures squeezed a favor in for them and got them Drivers for their next 2 legs back down to Lisbon.

We called them mid-trip when we were very disappointed with another hotel we booked on our own and they found us a fabulous vineyard hotel in the middle of nowhere (which is where we needed to be to go shooting the next day.)

I obviously recommend EuroAdventures very very highly.

My husband was only with us on part of this trip and when we go back I guarantee that we will book the entire trip with EuroAdventures. We were in Spain and Portugal for a month. The time that we were guided was more than well worth the guide fees and the hotels were the 'finds' that cost as much as a regular hotel but are truly a cut above. And I say that after having booked many of our hotels ourselves.

I can go on and rave forever - but if you have any questions just write me again. Boy was that worth it!

2nd Trip...

Wow! What a great trip! The segment in Ribera del Duero was the absolutely best part. Thank you so much!

You booked us one dinner at the fabulous hotel.

Anyway - thank you again for the great tour. We will be back.

Susan Muncey
Houston, TX, United States

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Just a quick message to say thank you for arranging the trip to Toledo for us. The team had a wonderful few days in Spain and the trip to Toledo was a definate highlight for many. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensley and we had a wonderful afternoon in Toledo together.

Please pass on a special thanks to the driver and guide who really went out of their way to make the trip such a wonderful experience. The driver made a special detour via the airport on our way to Toledo, in order to pick up one of our team members who had been delayed in joining us due to a death in his family. So it was fantastic that we were able to include him on the trip.

The tour guide was wonderful as well - I had many comments from the team praising her.

All the best,

Yvonne (BP Gas Limited)
London, England, United Kingdom

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We just returned from the tour. Our guide in Toledo was supurb! Can you give me his full name. When I return I would like to use him again. Great choice of restaurant for lunch and nice driver. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Beverly Hughes
St. Petersburg, FL, United States

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Hope this email finds you well and preparing for a great weekend. We have been back in the states since August 13th from the Queen Mary 2 cruise. We had a wonderful time and explored numerous countries and learned a great deal. However it is always nice to get home.

I wanted to send you some photos of our time with you in Vigo. We truly had a wonderful time with you all and realized that Vigo, Bayona and Galicia have a lot of offer and we would love to come back.

Also I wanted to express our sincerest thanks to you for your wonderful tour Sean as well as the tapas and wine which were wonderful. You are so well educated and familiar with so much about that Vigo and the entire region that it was a true pleasure to spend the day with you. Our whole family feels the same. You were the most informative out of all the tours on our entire trip! It would be a great pleasure to tour again with you and honestly hope that we will on your 2008 ship that we spoke about.

Mike it was great working with you on deciding what to do in Vigo and working out special packages for us there and the other countries we visited. It was great to meet you, unfortunately we didn’t have too much time after the tour, so that we will have to do on our next visit, or when you decide to come to Florida for a visit, please contact us and we will show you the area and sights!!

About the other ports:

Barcelona Spain– Guide was good, informative, personable, he was genuine and very helpful, he allowed plenty of time for anything, and we had a great lunch at Tragaluz that Mike referred us to.

Lisbon Portugal – Guide was great. Very knowledgeable, born and raised in Lisbon and very intellectual and knew a lot about everything there was to see. He was younger (such as you) and was hip and related to us younger people great as well as the parents (such as you did). He was our 2nd favorite next to you!!! We would 100% request him again

I wanted to pass this on in good faith, not in anyway a reflection of you, but just so you know for the future on reviews of these guides. This is however just our opinion. However we may have just been SUPERLY spoiled by you!!!

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments or are interested in seeing any other photos from our wonderful journey to your part of the world on the Queen Mary 2.

Take care and forward us the info on the 2008 trip you mentioned to us!

Take care and please come visit!!

Sincerely,

Sandy Rule
Tarpon Springs, FL, United States

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My wife and I have now returned from our Honeymoon to Spain. I just wanted to drop you a quick note and say how much wwe enjoyed our hike on the cliffs of the Costa Brava. Our guide, Trevor, was outstanding and we enjoyed our time with him.

Thanks so much.

Arch Bell
Austin, TX, United States

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Just wanted to thank you for all you did in such haste to put together tours for our little group from the cruise ship. Everything/everyone was wonderful--and worked out very well. All of the guides and drivers were great!! I would certainly recommend your agency to anyone looking to do what we did.

Thank you,

Martha Forbes
Dunedin, FL, United States

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Just some feed back for you. All your tour guides on all our private tours have been excellent in Spain. Very very good and enjoyable, willing to stop wherever we want, very helpful with suggestions and very good personalities.

Thank you,

Shari Carruthers
Laguna Niguel, CA, United States

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What a FABULOUS trip! I must say that was one of the best trips our community has been on. The guide that picked us up at the airport was very informative and accommodating on the pick up and return. The hotel was great. We really enjoyed the pool, courtyard and most of all... the air conditioning! The dinner was fabulous. The dinner/Flamenco dance was wonderful. Members sure enjoyed the traditional Paella dinner. The half day tour guide was amazing. He really worked with our (sometimes lagging) group and was very informative. We were really impressed with him. He even helped us to locate the ticket agency for bullfighting in Santa Maria and a few members rented a van and went to a bullfight while all the rest went to Isla Magica and got soaking wet on the rides!

Thanks again for all your help with Seville!

Colleen Quinn (Canadian Forces)
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany

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I am settled back into my routine and wanted to share a few thoughts with you on the experience EuroAdventures facilitated. I only have one word for EuroAdventures

AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was in Barcelona more than five years ago and didn't see as much as EuroAdventures showed me. My experience was magical. Outside of the Flamingo event. I enjoyed everything. In fact, Saturday night I had so much fun that I woke up late and missed my 9 hour coach bus tour. In its place I substituted the official city bus tour on Sunday. I took the blue, red and green routes.

As for my food experience, I ended up dining at: 1) Cal PEP, 2) Ca L'Isidre, 3) Semproniana, 4) Trobador and 5) Montjuic El Xalet. Consequently, I can describe my dining experience as incredible.

I will definitely refer EuroAdventures to my friends and will make sure to continue to use your services the next time I vacation in Europe.


Walter D. Woods
Washington, DC, United States

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My wife and I felt that you did a very nice job coordinating all of our tours. We enjoyed our vacation, and your assistance was most appreciated.

Your driver in Madeira was excellent. He was very knowledgable, and he spoke very good English.

The driver in Lisbon and throughout Portugal mainland was an excellent driver.

The promptness and courtesy of the two was superb.

Thanks again.

Edward Kirby
marble falls, TX, United States

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We had a GREAT time in Seville thanks to two wonderful guides. Thanks for your good work!!

Fred Meyland-Smith
Town And Country, MO, United States

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Just wanted to tell you how wonderful the tour guides and drivers were on our tours to Vigo and Lisbon. You have a very professional operation and would HIGHLY recommend you to anyone wanting to use your services. Thank you very much again.

Norma Serrano
Los Angeles, CA, United States

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We had a fabulous time on the Camino de Santiago!

Everything worked as it should have and all contact we had with anyone associated with EuroAdventures was very friendly, very helpful and totally professional.
If you ever need a reference, any of us would be delighted to oblige.
You can be sure that we will be passing the word.
A real pleasure.
All the best.


Iain Leith
London, England, United Kingdom

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Our Andalusia trip was wonderful!! Driving in Spain is no picnic, but I did manage to get our rent-a -car and ourselves back in one piece. Our tour guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. Accomodations were very good to excellent, especially the Paradores Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera and in Nerja. Weather was great. Nerja is a wonderful costal resort and not overdeveloped. We highly recommend it. We drove to Gibraltar and back and were amazed at the overdevelopment between Malaga and Marbella. The highlight of the the trip was Granada and the Alhambra. Took over 300 pictures which I just downloaded
Sincerely,

Ken Latchis
Washington, DC, United States

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We thought we should thank you once again for doing such a fine job in organising our holiday, especially at such short notice and from a standing start. We’ve already told you most of the things we’d want to say in this email, and would only emphasise the well-balanced days, with discoveries of several different kinds, and the really interesting wine visits. But we should also add that we enjoyed the Parador in Santiago as much as you thought we would – really the perfect way to finish our holiday.

Thanks again,

Peter & Irene Casey
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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You may remember me, I booked the Cava Wine Tour with my wife in Barcelona, and then you got a spot for my friend Rocky. This was for May 9th. I wanted to write you and tell you what a wonderful time we had. Charles and George were excellent hosts. The tour was incredible and we shall remember it forever. I could go on and on, but these people were so nice, and the winery hosts so accomodating. I will recommend your agency to my friens in the future.

Geoffrey Last
Mississauga, ON, Canada

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Thanks for well chosen places to our guests. The Tapas tour was excellent and the guide was very pleasant with a good knowledge. At the winery they felt like kings and queens. The host were very freindly and everyone was happy about the place. About the flamenco, for some it was their first experience with flamenco show, but they all enjoyed the powerfull flamenco-dancers.

Best Regards

Hjordis Laksafoss (Serono Nordic)
Hellerup, Denmark

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We had a great time. Jorge was absolutely fabulous. The tours you scheduled for us were amazing. Portugal is a beautiful country with friendly people and wonderful food and drink. It was all we hoped for. We would recommend your services to anyone.

Kristy Rogers
Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Javier and Alfonso for their attentiveness to our needs, particularly Alfonso on Sunday when he took us to Italica and Carmona. It was extremely interesting and enjoyed by all.

We all got home at about 01:30 this morning so we are a little tired today but it was worth it. Seville is a beautiful city.

Overall I found the service provided to be punctual and attentive and I would very much appreciate it if you could pass our thanks to our guides.

Many thanks again and kind regards

Melanie Thompson
Tadley, England, United Kingdom

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First I want to thank you and your company for the great tour we had in the Azores. Antonio was great!

We are going to be stopping in the Canary Islands on another cruise in April. Do you have any tours on Lanzarote or Tenerife?

I did not see anything on your website but thought I would ask anyway.

Thanks.

Again, great tour at Punta Delgada!

Doug Clark
Escondido, CA, United States

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Just a short report regarding trip to Semana Santa , Granada and Seville.

Granada.
The hotel was very good and in good location.
Pick up and transfer to and from hotel was good and on time.
The guide Robert was excellent, did his research and was a great help. A true professional and a nice person. He also got a first floor balcony from which we observed a confrada, and tickets to the Alhambra even though it was fully booked out for the next 2 weeks.

Seville.
The hotel was excellenty located, and our room had a first floor balcony that overlooked the el Macarena confrada procession on the Friday morning which went by our hotel. It was an awsome experience, taking 3 hours to pass and was the highlight of our trip to Seville.

Overall the trip to the Semana Santa was very good and I achieved my photographic goals as well as both of us having the priviledge to observe the holy week processions.

Regards

Les Sharp
Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Ty and I are now back and finally rested from our speedy trip through Sweden, Denmark, and Barcelona. I wanted to send you a quick note to say that by far the best day we had was our day with Paddy in the wine region of Penedes. Paddy was extremely knowledgeable, fun, friendly, and went way "above and beyond" to ensure the day was perfect. He picked us up on time from our hotel and dropped us off at 11:00 at night - way beyond his obligation as far as time goes. Breakfast, lunch, and his relationships with the wineries were priceless! I cannot thank you enough for coming through for us at the last minute! You can be sure that I will send people your way when vesting the regions you cover! Thank you so much for everything!!!

Kat Travis
San Diego, CA, United States

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I am a little slow in reporting back to you. Our tour of Morocco was a wonderful experience. Telling us what to expect was a great help, and we would do it again. Thank you for your insight and help in arranging both tours.
Regards,

Robert Kempiak
Naperville, IL, United States

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Back from our trip--it was excellent. You did a great job laying it out for us, mkaing all the arrangements.

The trip was grand. When we do south of Spain, will call upon you again.

Thanks

Neal Hirschfeld
New York, NY, United States

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I thank you very much for your help in organising the evening event on 08th June. It was a real success and my group had a lot of fun!
I am very happy that everything well and the guides had a great job!!! I will definitely recommend you if a colleague of mine needs to organise an event in Barcelona!
I wish you a very nice day!
Kind regards,

Karima SIALI (SigmaKalon Group)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Thanks for arranging such a great trip to Spain....we had a great time. And the weather last week could not have been better....other than a guide who was sick and unable to meet us in Salamanca...all connections were made....can't wait to plan another trip. We're already looking to find a way back to San Sebastian....
Sincerely,

John & Pat Schutze
Queensbury, NY, United States

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My family had a tremendous time on our visit to Felix Massana Rafols. Our experience will be talked about for a longtime coming. Charles was fabulous, very knowledgeable and personable. We hope to visit Spain again soon.

Regards,

Robert Leonard
Narragansett, RI, United States

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I wanted to write and tell you how much my mom and her sister's enjoyed their trip to Spain. The driver was OUTSTANDING. They were so impressed with him that they went on and on about how great he was.

The Paradores were lovely for them and they really enjoyed every day of the trip.

I can't wait to go back to Spain myself so that we can call on you to arrange a future trip. You guys are awesome!!

Thank you again!!

Donna Sangwin
Nevada City, CA United States

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I would like to comment on the recent trip our group of 4 couples did with EuroAdventures. I found your company while exploring for information on the Web, and was intrigued with the depth of your website. All the information was well presented, and there appeared to be many options. I read the testimonials, and decided to take a leap of faith and use your company to provide a custom itinerary for us including transportation, hotels and guide services for the Basque Country of Spain and also for Portugal.

From my first contact with you via email, I was continually impressed with your immediate responses - seemingly day or night! All of our requests were handled expeditiously.

When the trip actually took place in September, 2005, everything worked out perfectly. A few minor problems were solved quickly via a phone call to you which was always answered seemingly on the second ring!!! We were delighted with the equipment, drivers and hotels, and the guides were outstanding. Your suggestions for restaurants and tours, when needed, were perfect, and we enjoyed it all.

I have already recommended your company to others, and will not hesitate to do so in the future. Thank you for orchestrating a most successful holiday for our group. Now we look forward to visiting Galicia!!!!!

Mary Hormaechea
Boise, ID United States

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We had a wonderful time on the boat, drinks and food were abundant, and everyone had a lot of fun. It turned out to be exactly what I had hoped for. I think it was probably the best way to spend the afternoon given the extreme heat in the city (Seville). Esther, our guide, was great. We basically went with the flow, cruising along the river and enjoying the sun. I will be sure to recommend your services to a few other people at Microsoft who may be interested in setting up similar events, and hopefully we will have a chance to work together again.

Thanks again and stay in touch,

Stephany L'Hospital
Senior Microsoft EMEA Executives

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Sean O'Rourke was my guide and interpreter for a week in July, which I spent near As Neves in Southern Galicia, conducting interviews, doing research and taking pictures for a book that will be published in 2004 (See here a summary of the chapter).

Because I required a totally customized itinerary, working with me would have put virtually anyone in the travel business through the most rigorous professional paces. 

He understands the Celtic history of the region and, of course, represents that culture himself. Because his wife was born in Galicia (his in-laws still summer in Arbo and Sean's family visits often) and his family lives in Vigo, so he is profoundly connected to the local culture and social life. He speaks both Gallego as well as Spanish fluently as well as English, of course.

Sean arranged for me to stay in a charming private manor house (with its own dovecote, granary, and chapel) in the middle of a vineyard. It was so far off the beaten path that I would never have found it alone--and I would have missed a great experience. I had been worried about finding vegetarian foods in this part of Spain which is renowned for its seafood. But the couple who ran this little inn created dinners for me from fresh, local ingredients that were so good they made my heart sing---and served me wines I enjoyed as much (perhaps more, but that is heretical!) than the wonderful California whites that are grown just an hour from where I live.

Sean proved to be energetic and unflappable. When my camera broke, he drove me quickly and delivered me safely to get other equipment, all before the festival that I wanted to shoot began. 

He is congenial; in restaurants-and even strolling down the street--people chatted with him comfortably and spontaneously, which afforded me an intimate look at life in this beautiful part of the world. 

Sean was not only expert on the subject of Galicia, but also imaginative and collaborative. I wanted to interview the Mayor? The Priest? The woman who sells octopus? No problem. 

It was a pleasure to have Sean's help on my project. I recommend without reservation, doing business with him and his firm, EuroAdventures.

Sincerely,

Paola Gianturco ( www.celebratingwomen.com )
Mill Valley, CA, United States

Paola's new book is now available for purchasing online.

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Please allow me to provided you with a few comments regarding my recent Celtic Wine Tour. It can easily be described by one word... OUTSTANDING! EuroAdventures Vacations provided service above and beyond that which I could have ever dreamed of; and I thank the day that I found your site while surfing on the net. Sean O'Rourke and Marcos Garcia are a perfect team with a class act; and my hat is off to them. They introduced me to a part of Spain that I didn't know existed. I have been smitten and enchanted by Celtic Galicia! I shall return, perhaps forever!

Respectfully,
 
Clint Scruggs

Santa Maria, CA, United States

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A wide variety of places, ethnology museums, hike up to a lighthouse, staying in historic buildings, finding excellent food and wine, participating in the Galician Celtic music evening, winery tours during harvest activities.

Peggy & Robert Dougherty
Los Angeles, CA, United States

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This letter is in regards to the Celtic Galicia Wine Tour I recently took in Galicia, Spain.  I discovered this tour through a brief mention in Wine from Spain news magazine this spring. This was my third tour in Spain.  I chose it primarily because I love Spain's diversity and I have long been a fan of Spanish wines.

Following is a brief comment of the various categories by which I rate the tours I have taken (30+ throughout Europe, and parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas):

* Sites visited  - A wonderful mix of what I expected and never expected in Spain.  Cathedrals, monasteries, large and small cities, villages, wonderful scenery of all types, a river trip.  Museums covered art, fishing, ancient and more recent culture.  And then there were Celtic forts and thatched houses, Celtic and Roman archaeology sites.  So many tapas stops to watch the people fish or clam, or listen to local music, or just enjoy.  We traveled the more scenic routes instead of major highways. We visited small family wineries and small to large commercial concerns. This was the real thing, not just tourist rooms and sales shops.  The winery personnel were friendly and informative.

 * Accommodations  - Each place had its own distinctive quality.  There were a few excellent hotels in the large cities, but most were through the Rural Tourism effort.  These were the B&Bs or restored Manors.  The owners were obviously so delighted and treated us as guests.  Each was lovely - one with the 1800's family coat of arms proudly displayed, another atop a mountain with an unbelievable view, another with beautiful needlework of several generations.  Many had beautiful antiques.  One I thought a small palace, but it was a fortified manor.  Each was so special, I can not say for sure which stands out the most.

* Food / Wine  - No mystery meat and canned veggies here.  It was all high quality and huge quantities, which I now understand is the Galician way.  I found myself eating things I thought I didn't like, and others I never heard of - razor clams and barnacles!!!  After the first few days, I tried anything they set before me.  The home cooked meals at the manors were superb.  The restaurants were great - real local people, not tourist stops.  At one, we met some Americans visiting their Galician relatives; this was where they were taken to show off the local cuisine.  Then there was a local pub in the mountains were the pipers and other musicians gathered.  The meal was wonderful, but topped by the improvised performance they gave us.  Throughout Galicia, the seafood was so fresh and quite different than anything I've had before.  I'm not quite sure what all the meats are some like: veal, baby goat, prime grade beef etc.., I'll vouch for their tastiness and preparation.

* Personnel (professionalism, friendliness, courtesy, knowledge) - Far from just reading out of tour guides, Sean O'Rourke has immersed himself in his adopted country and truly wants you to understand and enjoy its culture.  He is well versed in the various topics covered on the tour such as Celtic forts and music, the religious pilgrimage in Santiago, Galician- Roman- Celtic history, etc. Marcos Garcia, a native of the land is Sean's business partner & bus operator, he has an impressive knowledge especially in the areas of wine making, archaeology and ancient history.  The tour was very well run, but they remained flexible so that we could stay longer in a particular village we loved or skip the beach when it was too cloudy.  They were particularly considerate of any special needs.  I myself needed a little help climbing due to a back injury.  The people at the manors and B&Bs treated us as friends.  We met their families and neighbors, and played with their pets.  It was mutually enjoyable.

 * Overall Value/Price  - A bit more than the average, but that's more than made up by the personalized service, and quantity and quality of everything included - as 28 meals in 12 days.  This is a FIND.
 
In summary, this tour is the unqualified best I have ever experienced in any category.  This is the first time I have returned from a tour with the feeling that I truly experienced the culture and ambiance of the country. It is a Gastronomic & Spirit Adventure. I will travel with EuroAdventures Vacations again as they add new tours, and have recommended them very highly to several friends.  I very much encourage you to support their efforts as EuroAdventures Vacations very much promotes the Food, Wine and Culture of  CELTIC GALICIA, Spain.

Yours truly,

Peggy Pucek
New York, NY, United States

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Let me tell you a bit about our trip you planned for us.

The Trip to Jerez was overall fantastic. Except for finding how to get through the town. Believe me even the natives were getting lost!! Javier was just great and his personal attention was most appreciated. The horse show was spectacular in a formal way as compared to the one in Torremolinos, which we saw a few years ago, which was more "Hollywood" style. The highlight of the day was the Lunch and the private room we had (thank God with the noise this group can make). The Food, wine, and service was superb. The next was the brief visit to the fair and all the celebration. If we only knew how fantastic it was we would have booked a night stay over. Tio Pepe tour, which we had visited before, was very well done and most enjoyable.

The Rioja tour was fantastic! The preparation to detail was obvious and most appreciated. The hotel accommodations in Laguardia were perfect. The lunches and dinners were true culinary delights and the wines selected were fine. The tours to the various wineries was very interesting and the whole trip overall flowed very well. The young man, Jose Antonio Roca Bellger (Joseph to us) was Muy Simpatico! His attention and concern for every one was amazing.

Madrid was most enjoyable as always and the rooms at Hotel Ambassador were great so to the location. The side trip to Avila/Segovia was another highlight. Joseph arranged for the son of Mr. Candido to personally perform the ceremony over the pig at our table and the breaking of the plate he used to cut up the little thing after. Talk about important?! 

Needless to say we had a few negatives along the way but clearly the tour was great and you can be proud of your hard work and efforts.

I will send you some of the photos I took with my new digital camera once I have put them together. Also I will send you a bit more detailed comments, which may be helpful in perfecting a perfect trip!

Our sincere thanks to all who contributed to our itinerary.

Warm Regards,

George Marinaccio
Nokomis, FL, United States

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Just a quick note to let you know we had a lovely day with our driver/guide, Aitor Cuadra. He was as pleasant and knowledgeable as we could ever want, and a great driver too. Aitor was just perfect. Thank you for hiring him for us. 

Yours truly,

Toby Haberman
Royal Oak, MI, United States

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We wanted to say thank you to you and your team for the wonderful tours of A Coruña and the Rias Altas of Northern Galicia and Santiago and Albariño Wines in the Salnes Valley, Rias Baixas. Both tours where fabulous even with 2 infants! Our tour guide Eva was very knowledgeable, pleasant, and above all patient!! We hope to visit more parts of Spain in the future and we look forward to using your tour company again! The restaurants and the places we visited where fantastic! Thanks again and please extend this to Eva and the rest of your team!

Maureen Krauss
New York, NY, United States

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This message is long overdue having returned from our FABULOUS Spain adventure one month ago, however better late than never! Thank you for the wonderful accommodations and itinerary you arranged for us. We truly enjoyed the country, people, food and drink, history and sites--and the weather was perfect. I will definitely return and hope you are still active in the travel business. (Do you or any associates of yours plan travel to Italy?)
We appreciate your first class service.

Marcia Adams
Hamilton, NJ, United States

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Remember us? Last summer you escorted my family on a fabulous three day tour of the Rias Baxias and Ribeira Sacra wine regions, leaving from our chalet in Sanxenxo. We are scheduled to return this summer on July 11th, this time with a 6 week old baby added to our crew! Our problem now is fitting into a car for the summer!

Christine Meckley
Radnor, PA, United States

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We returned home yesterday afternoon, from a wonderful trip; we certainly feel that we have discovered a new hobby in Port wine!

I must say, we found the Vintage House to be far and away one of the nicest places we have stayed in our travels; the service was incredible, the amenities were luxurious, food outstanding, and of course, the setting was breathtaking.

We loved the Porto experience so much, that we would like to do it again, with Jim's parents.

Thanks for everything. We appreciate you opening up a whole new area to us, that we will surely return to. We'll be in touch.

Christine Meckley
Radnor, PA, United States

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I have just returned from Spain. I had a very wonderful time. I am contemplating moving there. I did not miss one thing about the US and thought if I don't miss it why shouldn't I move? I have always had a desire to move to Europe. I will send you some pictures when I get them back on CD.

All of the tours and guides were great.
take care,

Elizabethe Branstetter
Montecito, CA, United States

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Hello from the windy City-Chicago! We enjoyed our short trip in Barcelona. We have to come back to really savour the beauty of the city. Our driver, Michael is really nice. He is honest. We had lunch with him and gave him a good tip.

Thanks again and Best regards,

Brenda Yonzon
Chicago, IL, United States

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Sorry that I haven't gotten back to you sooner-we are still attempting to organize our new apartment.

We wanted to thank you so much for everything. We had a truly wonderful honeymoon. The whole itinerary was fantastic. We also had a great time meeting you and going on the tour-we so glad that you were our tour guide. We will definitely contact you for any future trips to Spain or Portugal. And Ireland-we may visit there soon.

Thanks again for everything. You made our honeymoon a tremendous experience.

Jason Spangler
Baltimore, MD, United States

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I just wanted to let you know we had a really super time in Portugal. Everything you organised was brilliant, and the hotels all very nice.

Thank you so much for your help.

Kind regards,

Susan Fuhrtz
Somerset, Bermuda

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Just thought I'd drop a note to tell you we've gotten back to the states all in one piece! We had a wonderful time driving the coast, through Vigo and then on to Portugal. We actually took the ferry across from La Guardia. We stopped for the afternoon in Viana de Castelo and then through Braga to Chaves. Then on to Aveiro, Obidos (we were there for the medieval fair), Cascais, (a very nice town with great beaches) and then Lisbon. I wished I had allowed for a little more time in Lisbon as there was a lot to see but we just didn't have that much time!

Our day in A Coruña was wonderful...we had a great tour and a lot of laughs.

Thank you again for helping us plan a great time!

Hope this finds you well and  keep in touch.

Bev Bjorklund
Trumbull, CT, United States

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Thank you for all of your help- there's no way that I could have come up with something like this on my own. Know that you're making my mother's birthday very special!

Katherine Kowal
Valencia, CA, United States

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I just wanted to drop you an email to say thanks for everything. The trip was EXCELLENT!!! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so much that we really did not want to come back to the states. The recommended restaurants were great, the cooking class and tours fun, and hotels were fantastic.

Also, as Heather and I enjoyed your itinerary / activities, we would like to work with someone like you in other locations. Do you recommend anyone for southern Italy or UK/London for our future travel?

Again, thanks for your help and I will certainly pass your info onto my friends as they plan to visit Spain.

Sachin S Chitnis
Chicago, IL, United States

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Just a note to say that the hotel was brilliant, although I think we may have been a wee bit loud on the first night we arrived (hope you didn’t get any complaints!!).

There are a couple of pics, one is of four of us at the Cathedral in Seville (alongside 90,000 Celts).

We all raised a glass to you for sorting us out, and apart from the result had a fantastic and memorable time.

Thanks again

Cheers,

Alexander Divers
Glasgow, Scotland

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Sorry for the late reply, just digging out from under at my office upon my return. Overall the trip was fantastic.

All our guides ranged from very good to fantastic.

All restaurants that you sent us to that we tried were great both in food quality as well as service.

The country is beautiful and we will be back again.

Thanks for everything and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

John Busch
Brighton, MI, United States

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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Andalucia and look forward to our upcoming short stop in Barcelona with your assistance.

Happy holidays,

John Kolbisen
Half Moon Bay, CA, United States

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As we approach our 1 year anniversary, my wife and I were reminiscing about our honeymoon. We had such a great time. We hope all is well with you and your family.

Again - thank you for our dream honeymoon. Stay in touch.

Our best.

Paul Bertrand
Chicago, IL, United States

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Hi!! My wife and I want to thank you for planning a great trip for us.

All the guides were great!

Laurie and Mike Schlesinger
Scarsdale, NY, United States

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Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to Portugal.

Your selection of the Albatroz and Sheraton Algarve were excellent.

We had rooms at the Albatroz overlooking the pool with the ocean in the background. We took the train into Lisbon Saturday morning for a little sightseeing and took a taxi back. Our daughter, Stephanie, sunbathed in the afternoon while Sue and I walked along the beach. Dinner in the restaurant at the Albatroz was superb. Stephanie said that it was the best seafood meal she ever had.

On Sunday, we drove along the coast north of Cascais to the westernmost point in continental Europe, then headed south to the Algarve. The Sheraton Algarve was also wonderful. Our rooms also overlooked one of the pools with the ocean beyond. During our stay here we walked along the beach and sunbathed a lot.

Our only outing was to Sagres, the south-western tip of Portugal. The food was also very good.

The car we rented was called a Toledo. It had a lot of pick up, handled well, and the trunk easily fit all of our luggage. We were very satisfied with the car.

By the way, thanks for making the calls to Europcar and the Albatroz when we missed our connecting flight to Lisbon.

All in all, our experience in Portugal was first rate. We've been talking about a return trip in the not too distant future. If Spain is in our plans, you will definitely be hearing from us.

Thanks for making our trip so worthwhile.

Michael Gazdo
Washington, DC, United States

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I've made it back from my trip and I see that you have already talked to my mom. The trip was incredible and I will be sending you some digital pics shortly and tell you more when I get a chance.

I really appreciate everything that you have done for us. It was a great experience and I look forward to returning to España in the future.

Muchas Gracias,

Joseph Snapp
Ashburn, VA, United States

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I promised to get back to you with my comments about the trip to Spain, so here goes:

  1. We liked our rental cars (just the right size) and have figured out where the extra day of rental came from (we added a day and forgot).

  2. We loved our guides, although some were better than others. The guide in Barcelona was very knowledgeable and patient with us and our questions. He gets top ratings from us. The guide in Madrid for the Prado was also excellent. She took us to the right rooms, in the right order and gave us a great overview. Also very knowledgeable and patient. The Dali museum guide was all very interesting, but maybe we needed more context to put it all in.

  3. Your restaurant picks were good -- as I recall, we never had a bad meal.

  4. San Sebastian worked well for us, and we ended up staying there while doing the French portion of the trip. We loved the France side, which was very different and even more beautiful than the Spanish frontier in my opinion.

  5. We didn’t like Pamplona much (it was raining), but we loved seeing some of the little medieval towns around that area, especially one – which was beautifully preserved on a mountain (I forgot the name already). We wished we had a EuroAdventures guide with us there!
     

That’s it for now. Hope this feedback is helpful.

All the best and happiest holidays,

Michele Douglas de Eleta
Panama

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Just a quick note to thank you and Mike for the absolutely wonderful hotels you arranged for our first trip to Spain. We had a fantastic time & worry-free, due to your flawless arrangements.

We would enthusiastically recommend your services to any of our friends and co-workers planning travel to Spain.

Again, many thanks ... can't wait to return to Spain!!!

Best regards,

Nancy Fernandez
Half Moon Bay, CA, United States

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Agents and Operators:

I have been working with Sean O'Rourke for almost two years. I was first introduced to him with a .com company that I had been working with. I have been in the travel industry for 33 years. I know the importance of preferred suppliers. Sean is the exception. He will mark up the products as I wish. He will quote to customer directly but copies me on everything. This is the way we have it set up. I have an excellent client that was looking for something special in Spain. These clients are extremely well read. Sean was able to custom make arrangements for them that were fantastic. Here is another example of someone that I used Sean for she was an interior decorator and he was a CEO. They both had different ideas of what they wanted to do. Sean worked with them, freed me up to take care of other clients and the commission came swiftly. Part of the reason that these clients come to mind is that about a week before they left SFO she tore her Achilles tendon and was able to travel but in a wheelchair. Sean had to make special arrangements for them and their luggage. They brought tons of luggage and Sean set up so their luggage was shipped to the next city where they were do to stay. I truly believe that he is the best contact I have found in many years in this industry and he is very well connected and knows his product. If you have any other questions please feel free to call me.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Sunnyvale, CA, United States

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Haven't had a chance to thank you for helping make the shore excursion for my group such a success, they are still talking about it.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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My clients just returned home from Spain and loved the accommodations you chose! Thanks again for all your help with that!

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
McLean, VA, United States

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I just wanted to send you a note regarding my clients that just returned from Portugal.

They had a great time and everything worked very well. 

They loved the Hotel Lapa Palace, that was there favourite.

Again thank you for helping me with this package.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Cincinnati, OH, United States

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Wow.
I am very impressed
You have more to offer documentation-wise than
anyone in the WORLD!!!

I am NEVER doing another trip without you.
Maybe one to Texas, but not one to Spain & Portugal.

THANKS SO MUCH

My clients will be very impressed.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Austin, TX, United States

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Forgive me for not giving you a full report after my clients returned.
They enjoyed meeting you so much and they especially appreciated the wonderful guide you arranged in Santiago de Compostela.

Thanks so much for your concern and cooperation.

Wonderful to hear from you.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Austin, TX, United States

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I would like to thank you for the terrific job you did on this booking.  They had a wonderful time. They said the hotels were wonderful as well as the drivers and tours. 

Thanks again,

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Deerfield, IL, United States

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Trip was "perfect"

Teddy just called and said he loved the guides and everything else....
....so again, a job well done...and thank you again so much....
The best to you!

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Deerfield, IL, United States

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Can't thank you enough for your perfect choices for us and our little Andalucia group from 7-14May! Lope de Vega a particular find--wonderful location and the most lovely staff.

Looking forward to opening my desktop on your wonderful site!
You just have the best system!

Best regards and muchas gracias,

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
San Francisco, CA, United States

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My clients were thrilled with their arrangements, you'll be happy to know!

Best regards,

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
San Francisco, CA, United States

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Update on my clients...

They absolutely loved their time in the Douro Region. Everything was perfection and your arrangements brilliant. Thank you for everything. These clients are truly my most favourite clients and I am delighted when everything comes off without a hitch.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
San Francisco, CA, United States

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Kathy Dore said your tours were outstanding, particularly the guide in Madrid!

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
New York, NY

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I wanted to tell you the group got back and everything was great...they really enjoy Maria and all the local guides. The Ritz in BCN is getting a little run down, but all the other hotels were great...
Thank you for all your help.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Clearwater, FL, United States

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We are back from Spain. Thank-you for all your help booking hotel, tour and transfers Granada to Seville. We had a great time, our tour guide and drivers where very pleasant and helpful, please send our thanks to each of them.

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada

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Yesterday my clients called and thanked for the tour you have organized in Barcelona. Thanks for your good job!

(Name and Agency references available upon request)
Vilnius, Lithuania

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