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Visit to Spain - Ronda Andalusa

Omar,
Thanks for the e-mail. It is good to hear from you.

We had a terrific trip. Everything went like clockwork. I would especially like to acknowledge the efforts of your associate, Raif, who did everything he could to be sure that we were connected properly to all aspects of our tour. He came with us to the Prado to meet up with and introduce us to our tour guide--who was worth every penny we paid her, he met us again later in the day to be sure we connected with our evening tour to dinner and the flamenco show, and he was on hand again the next morning to see to it that we were safely off on our Ronda Andalusia tour. He planned to meet us again at the end of our tour, but, since our tour bus was headed to the airport anyhow, our guide was kind enough to drop us off at our airport hotel.

As I said above, the private tour of the Prado was expensive but well worth every penny. Perhaps it would be a steep investment for someone who was likely to be passing through Madrid again. Since there's a good chance we won't have another chance to see the Prado, we felt that the use of a private guide would maximize the impact of our one visit, and we weren't disappointed.

We were rather disappointed, however, with the evening tour, dinner, and flamenco show which we felt was not worth the $105 charge. The show was probably fine, but the dinner was mediocre at best and the service slow--so slow that we were still eating when the bus and tour guide returned to take us back to our hotel. We weren't too far away, however, and ended up walking back. Unfortunately, we took a wrong turn along the way and got to see more of late-night Madrid than we had planned. With your own representative "on the ground" in Madrid, I think you can work to find a better late night option than the one offered here.

The Ronda Andalusia tour was wonderful. The tour guide was not the best we've had in terms of personality, but she managed the tour exceptionally well. Everything ran like clockwork, and not a moment of our time was wasted. Each of our local guides were available to us immediately upon arrival. Each was exceptionally knowledgeable and easy to understand. Hotels and meals were all fine, although we felt that the hotel room in Sevilla was a little spartan. That's a minor quibble, however. Both of us felt that this tour was an exceptional value, and we would recommend it highly. The balance between structured and unstructured time was excellent; some days were exceptionally busy, but the next day almost always gave us some time to relax a bit.

With the exception of the evening in Madrid, which was only a minor disappointment, every aspect of the arrangements you made for us was exceptional. We also greatly appreciated the excellent communication ahead of time and fulfillment of the last minute request we made for the evening tour of the Alhambra. From beginning to end, we were extraordinarily well cared for by Travel In Style and would be pleased to recommend you to any potential clients for your great value and exceptional service.

Thank you again for everything.

With best wishes,
 

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