Below are just a few of the many testimonials, and feedback emails we get from folks who have visited the wonderful Paradors . . .Thank you for your email on our return, and yes we had a superb five days, all the Paradors were super, I don’t know which we liked the best, they were all different with different things to offer, the views of the bay at Hondarribia were lovely, Siguenza was really and truly a Castle, as was Jean. We had a very memorable stay at Granada and our tour around the Alhambra was superb. The food at all the Paradors was excellent and the service very good and the castles nice and warm.Your advice on how far to travel each day was good, as we could travel leisurely, stop and admire the views and still arrive in good time for dinner. The weather was very changeable, from bright warm sunshine to snow but very enjoyable.Once again our grateful thanks to you for arranging this for us and making our 40th wedding anniversary very special and different.Regards to you all at Adios! Josephine Gornall
What wonderful information you sent! Getting excited about our trip….many thanks for all your help. Sharon
Sorry this took so long. We returned last week. Everything was terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Gary and Gina;Thanks for all your help in making our trip such a wonderful experience. We had a great time with perfect weather and everything worked out just right. Our hotels and paradors were great and our flights were on schedule. Again, thanks for all your help. We will recommend you to others. We do have some family members who plan to go to Spain within the year.Shandry
Thanks! Yes, we made it back and we’re back to the daily grind. We nearly missed the flight back because we didn’t realize their time change was that week-end! All went well, we enjoyed driving to the paradores and seeing the landscapes. Darien did the driving and I navigated and got directions. My favorites were Segovia and Toledo – what a view!
I’ll send you some pics from the home computer.
__________Gray–Thanks again. We’re really looking forward to our adventure in Spain, thanks to you!!~~~Connie
__________We are very happy with your service.
Thanks for all you help and thorough work. Adios,
Mark E. Wollam
How sweet of you to write to me.I loved the trip. I loved the places we visited. How beautiful and sophisticated. Loved the traditional clothes people wore for the Feria and the tapas and paella – well I’m sure you know all about that.Thanks again for everything.I would send photos but have no clue as to how to do that on the computer – not well versed in all of the functions.
I am back!! Just wanted to let you know that everything went great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to thank you for making my reservation a memorable one. We loved all the paradores and the hotel you chose. I can’t express how nice and pleasant everyone there were. Very helpful and nice and informative. I cant choose which was my favorite, they allhad a special characteristic that made it very nice. The Madrid hotel was in an excellent spot. If I ever go back there I will choose the same one. The staff were great. The food was out of this world, believe or not we did not gain any weight, we walked so much that all that food and drinks just went out of our bodies with all that walking.I will send you some pictures.Again I would like to thank you for choosing those paradores for us. They were great.I will talked to you soon.Adios
Thanks Gary,You made my day ( and next week in Spain…)Ulf
We had a very good trip with perfect weather
for us i.e. sunny but not too hot. Santiago de Compostela was amazing, as was our room in the Parador. Baiona we enjoyed best of all thanks to the position of the Parador mainly right on a beautiful Bay, and we had a lovely room. Tui we enjoyed least of all as we found the town scruffy, run down and with lots of graffiti. The Parador was OK and the cathedral was worth seeing, plus a pleasant riverside walk. Cambados was quite good. On the second day we discovered an Old Town with a very grand church in it which was well worth seeing but we hadn’t known it was there – ?lack of local information.
We are grateful for the care you took with our Booking and everything ran smoothly for us at the Paradors which we like and appreciate so much. I am going to try to forward a picture to you of us at Baiona. Peter and Audrey
__________We’re back. To summarize, Northern Spain is absolutely the greatest place to go. All of your arrangements went off without a hitch. The car was absolutely perfect, a Ford diesel and just the right size. I believe the time of year had a lot to do with the exact request.
We loved San Sebastian and would go again. We must return to Madrid for at least a week. Everything we were able to see was within walking distance of the Opera hotel including Prado museum.
More later, Regards Ralph
Hello Gary, We had a fantastic visit to Spain. The Paradors were the highlight, Cordona was superb, Tortossa almost as good but not quite!. The weather was fabulous, no rain and sunshine all the way. We traveled over 1800 Km in a hire car and arrived home in time to entertain our friends from Seneca South Carolina who are going to contact you re Paradors on their return to the states.Thank you for your help with our reservations.RegardsTillie
__________We just got home 4/25 and are still trying to catch up. We had a great trip and are most grateful to you for all your help. Everything worked out except that the first day we went to Seville there was a taxi strike and town was crowded for Semana Santa preparations. We managed to park the car near the train station and figure out what bus to take from there. We loved Seville all the same. Had a great lunch and walked miles to get a bus back. We probably could have walked to the train station. The result was that we didn’t go back the second day but spent the time really enjoying Carmona and we did love it. The Parador arranged for us to have a driver in and out of Seville that night so that we could see a Flamenco show.Spain has so much to offer and it seems so under appreciated. Of course, they have come a long way in terms of prosperity in the last 25 years. The country to the South is so beautiful and how we would have loved to see anddo more. Did stop in Consuegra and in Anteguerra but otherwise kept to the route. The Hotel Opera was plain but we liked and the location was perfect. Even Rheta said she had come to appreciate it.I have 29 rolls of film to sort through (half are from our Elderhostel trip up north – Burgos to Santiago) and then will send you some pictures. I have a scanner so no problem.We hope that we can go back but no plans at the present.More later. Sarah
Just a short note about our recent 6 night Parador trek. We had a great time. Lerma was exceptional. Leon was great (although the air conditioning left a little to be desired). We loved Montforte and had a great dinner there. Santiago was also exceptional. Baiona was the most beautiful of all.
Thanks for your assistance in this truly great travel experience. John
Good Afternoon Gary,
My wife and I have concluded our vacation to Spain. It was fantastic. The Paradore at Vic was exactly what we were looking for this trip . . . a nice quiet retreat that was easy to reach on the train.
At some point in time in the near future, we would like to rent a car and tour some of Spain using different Paradores as our stop-off points. I will contact you when we are ready to schedule that trip.
I have told a lot of people about the Paradores and the service you provided in making the arrangements.
Thanks again for helping to arrange part of what turned out to be a GREAT vacation for my wife and I. Karl Kuch
Many thanks for all of your trouble! We Can’t WAIT for our visit to Spain! – Keithly
__________Gary, we received the package and it looks so thorough and accurate.Thank you very much. We are excited about the trip.
Ralph and Vickie –
__________Gary-A belated thank you for making the arrangements for our trip to Spain last month.Briefly stated – WE HAD A GREAT TIME.
The paradores were spectacular. The restaurants at Carmona and Jaen were exceptional. We didn’t eat at the parador in Nerja because the seaside eateries were great.The hi tech hotel (petit palacio?) in Sevilla was great – a 22nd century cocoon in a perfect location. The Alhambra Palace beautiful and also in a perfect location. The hotel in Madrid fine (not fancy, but competent – we were out on the town in Madrid late anyway) in a quiet but central location.Also, your recommendations were very helpful. With your input, Steve Ricks book, the LonelyPlanet Guide and asking around we ate very well and tried everything.We were fortunate not to try to spend time in the north – it rained up there for the entire two weeks we were in the country. Andalucia had beautiful weather the same two weeks.We’ll call you when we head back for the northern tour.regardsBill and Patricia Herman
Gary, thanks for your help in arranging our accommodations in Spain. The parardors were fabulous. Spain is a wonderful country, great weather and we had great time. Muchas Gracias. Peter McCanna
__________Just wanted you to know I have had 2 calls from my niece in Spain (Beredimas) They are having a great time and are thrilled with the Paradores. Thanks for your help with this last minute trip.__________
Gary – Thanks a million. You and your agency did a fantastic job for me.I will make sure I recommend you to anyone interested in Spain.
Gary,Thank you so much for your help. We’ve printed out all copies so we should be good to go. You really helped us plan a wonderful trip!Tim
Dear Gary,Thanks for the vouchers, etc. We just may send you a pic or two. How pleasantly personal you are! Good job.A. G. Fralin
Gary:We’ve just got back from the Spain trip. We thoroughly enjoyed staying at each and very Parador that you recommended. My wife and I very much appreciated your professional help in arranging lodging ccommodations and also helpful tips on transportation. You made our trip so much easier and enjoyable.Returning from Granada to Madrid, we took the new train service provided by Altaria line. It goes directly to Madrid with only a few stops. It takes about the same time (3.5 hrs) as the AVE connection which requires transfer at Cordoba. The train looked quite new and the service was superior to that on AVE which we took on the way to Seville (from Madrid). Abit cheaper too. The first-class seat cost 89.10 Euros per person vs. over 100 Euros for AVE.
Muchas gracias! Kisoon & Moonyoung Park Chicago, IL
I have made copies of all vouchers. Staying in a Spanish parador is a dream I have had for 32 years ever since I studied in Spain. This trip is a 30th wedding anniversary celebration and a dream come true.
Thank you! Nancy Ladenburger
Good morning, Gary!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your advice, patience and hard work in helping me with the parador choices. Your expertise was truly appreciated.
Chris Talbot | Travel Exchange – A Virtuoso Agency
__________Thanks again for your assistance. We are really looking forward to it!
Angela and Robert Coelho
__________Thanks so much for your help on all of thisThank you – Julie
__________Thank you again for all your help with this. We are looking forward to our stay.Regards, Garth Smith
It was difficult at times putting together this trip independently, but your helpfulness and input certainly made it easier. You are very professional and I want to thank you again for all that you have done.
__________We had a superb time in the Parador in Santiago. It was truly a wonderful place to stay and we also made excursions into the areas around Santiago including Finnesterre and Orense and Corunna. These trips however had to be found since the Hotel did not push the tourist potential all that much However we drank your toast with a Ribiera wine and thanked you for your good administrationAll the best Joe and Margaret and Lawrie and Mi
Hi GaryWe had a fabulous time, thanks to all of your expert planning.Thanks for getting back to me. Spain was wonderful.Thanks.Fran
Gary, We had a great trip in Spain most recently. thank you for your helpand for the arrangements. There was no difficulty at any of the Paradors. Iwould highly recommend people to stay in the Paradors. Each one is unique.The booklets you sent were very useful. Carol Jankowski
__________Our trip to Spain was wonderful. Everything worked perfectly. I’m going to write ITN magazine about our trip and will tell everyone how great you were to work with, that you saved us a lot of money and if someone is going to Spain to stay at Paradors through your company. Our trip was fantastic, a little rain every day, but nothing that stopped us. And we found the north so different from the south.
(We like the northbetter.) It was so nice we think we’ll go back to Barcelona in September so we can really "do" the city.
__________i did get the vouchers and printed them, and we aregetting more excited by the day for our first trip tospain. thanks for your help!
donna hunt (hope to get some good shots to share)
Hi Gary–you certainly keep long hours and do such a great job. We are lucky ducks we found you on the web!! Thanks again–The Edwards
__________Gary, The vouchers and all the wonderful info arrived yesterday. Just wanted to thank you for your excellent service and all the special help. I will definitely recommend you and your agency. We’re really looking forward to the Paradors this trip.Adios, Candy
__________Thanks so much for your assistance in organizing our delightful trip through Spain. We had a wonderful time and loved most of the hotels and beautiful towns. Thanks also for your recommendation of Guadalupe. Our room was awesome and we just loved the quaint feel of the place! The only place we weren’t thrilled with was Caceres, but that was our last stop and I think we were a bit tired out by then. Our room wasn’t nearly on a par with any of the others, but we had a most memorable meal at Atrio in town. If you haven’t eaten there, we would highly recommend it.
Thanks again for your help. Best regards,
__________GaryThanks for the vouchers, we have printed them off and will
take them with us!Will certainly send you some photos when we get back.Thanks for all your help. Best wishesRoy and Jacky Foggin
Hello Gary…We’re back from our honeymoon. Everything was just wonderful – particularly the Parador in Toledo. We are SO in love with everywhere we stayed. We even went to dinner at the Parador in Avila one night. Thank you so much for all of your help. We’ll send along pictures as soon as we download them. Warmest regards, Mana
I wish to thank you and express my appreciation for the excellent itinerary and selection of hotels that you booked for us. Our trip went off like clockwork, without a single glitch, and was immensely enjoyable.
We shall certainly use your services again and recommend you to others.
Best regards, Beverley de Silva
I just wanted to thank you for the last minute trip coordination. We loved the Parador at Aiguablava and could have stayed there much longer. The Parador Vic Sau was nice. Unfortunately the grounds were somewhat neglected. They had not mowed the lawn, or cleaned the tennis court in a while. They were readying the property for a June 1 pool opening so the pool area was closed. The staff, however, was very helpful and friendly.
Again, thank you for all your help. We look forward to working with you again.
Dear GaryMy apologies for taking so long to say what a wonderful time we had in Santiago and we made a toast to you and all of us thank you
for your organizing the holidayThe parador is truly a wonderful hotel a very special place and we have recommended our friends to contact you in due course. Must do it again soon !Kind RegardsJoe and Margaret FitzGerald
________Hello Gary,Just got back from our wonderful trip and wanted to let you know thatParador Jaen was truly "once in a lifetime experience", it was absolutelygorgeous and the people there were very nice and polite. It really made usfeel special,,,,I will send you some pictures,,,,,but thanks again foryour help ….Kind regards.Marisa Berard and Alberto ALvarezMiami, Florida________
Thanks Gary!The more I read about it the more I can’t wait. You have been very helpful and prompt and I appreciate it.
Gary, Hi I was just following the kids trip when I realized had them checking out of Madrid on Sat.
I know that their flight doesn’t go until Sunday. I’m not concerned, their big kids but I would like to know that they can get the same rate if they stay another night. I also noted that you advised them to stay at the last parador for two nights , maybe they will, anyway you did great job . I did talk to them the second day and they were very happy. Thanks Daphne________
Received and copied vouchers. Thank you for your help. I will be recommending your website to others. P&L
Hi, Gary! Thank you so much for your help, we are so looking forward to our trip. I will certainly keep you in mind for any future trips and will tell my friends about your friendly manner, super prompt response and knowledgeable service. Sometimes, just when you thought you’d give up on customer service, along comes a lone light in the deep umber. Thank you so much, Gary!Margarita and Ed
Thank you for all your amazing work!Very very best! Erica
________Hi Gary:Thanks so much for your help. We had a great time in Spain.Thanks, Maggie
________Hi Gary,Received your email and will make copies of all vouchers on Monday. Thanks for your help. We are looking forward to our trip! -Sue
Hi Gary, Frank and I just wanted to thank you for putting together a wonderful trip to the paradors and pousadas of Spain and Portugal….The accomodations were wonderful and your vouchers enabled us to have a hassle free check in and excellent rooms…We will do it again in the future but wouldn’t even try without your expertise. We would recommend your service to anyone who is looking for a dream trip to Iberia…Penny
________Gary – Hope your trip to Spain was as wonderful as ours. We ended up with a great room everywhere we went. Having the 3rd person might have been a smart thing; rooms were large! The sights were absolutely amazing. We took a lot of pictures but only a few of the hotel rooms.
We have you on our "must contact" list for the next Spain vacation. There are so many more Paradors and sights we want to see. The Paradors have spoiled us!!Thanks again for all your help! ~MaryAnne Watson
We got home from our wonderful vacation late last night and I wanted to send you a sincere thank you for helping make our trip so successful and enjoyable! You really helped us experience smooth logistics from picking up the car which was a perfect size for us to the maps and directions you included which were immensely helpful and finally the wonderful paradors! They were a real treat and everything was confirmed and in order for us when we arrived at each one.
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the paradors and had wonderful and different experience at each one. The Alhambra Palace Hotel was a real treat for our first stop in Spain. So luxurious and omfortable! The Cordoba Parador was also very comfortable and roomy. The kids really enjoyed the beautiful pool and we enjoyed the scenery. Cuenca was a real experience, staying in an old converted convent and experiencing crossing the hanging bridge into the old town – It was a real medieval feel! And the rock formations at Ciudad Encantato was a real treat as well. Segovia probably had the most beautiful view of them all (and we had beautiful views at all of our paradors and the Alhambra Hotel). We couldn’t get enough of the view of Segovia at that parador and the kids liked that one the best because of the 2 pools and ping pong. All of the accomodations offered the comforts of home and the food was very enjoyable as well. The Hotel Medina was very centrally located for us and they were very accommodating. They even made reservations for us at the Cafe of Chinitas and we had great seats for the Flamenco, which was extremely entertaining! It was right around the corner from the hotel which was very convenient. We ended up having dinner there as well and thoroughly enjoyed the show. I wanted to stay to the end but the kids were falling asleep at 12:45AM so we had to leave a little early, but what a show!! We really were awestruck by the talent and entertainment! Thank you for your recommendation.
You helped make our visit to Spain be most enjoyable and a wonderful experience for my family, one they will never forget and will have so many fond memories of, and for that I will be forever grateful to you. Thank you for all of your recommendations and thoroughness in making sure our trip was nothing but exciting and enjoyable. We will be talking about you and the Paradors with all of our friends, none of which have been to Spain yet.
Thank you again Gary and take care. It was wonderful working with you.
Christine and Paul Porrini
What a wonderful packet of information for this trip. I am just about to finish Michener’s "Iberia" as well as consuming Michelin guides, Karen Brown, etc. But your information is the best! I can’t thank you enough for your good advice and help. We will report back on our return to the USA.
________Gary: I received everything. Thank you for all the
help in putting this trip together.Rob Weaver
Thanks, Gary. I sure do appreciate all your help.
, we received them. And thank you also for all of your help and kind advice in coordinating this trip; we really appreciate it very much. We are really looking forward to our visit. Gary
Rene and Julie Frontera
Hello Gary!Thank you for invoice and voucher to Parador of Tortosa. We will bring it with us. Thank you for your great engagementWe are very satisfied it has been a pleasure to correspond with you.Kind reagardsBengt Sjöberg
________Gary, we are back from our vacation. The parador was great. I’m looking forward to more trips to Spain.Thank you for making it possible.
We had an absolutely wonderful trip to
and the Paradors were amazing. I will send you a few photos from my home computer. I want to thank you for your very professional and good advice. We did not have one problem on the entire trip! I consider that an amazing feat. I would most heartily recommend you and Adios to anyone traveling to Spain . Spain
Thanks so much for your good advice and super help in planning the trip.
We returned Sunday from our trip to
and I just wanted you to know we had a marvelous time and loved the accommodations you recommended. I especially loved the Paradore in Carmona, the town was so wonderful and the fortress we slept in was just magnificent. I’m ready to move there!!!! We also very much loved the Spain , the location and the hotel itself was terrific, just palacial. Our night in Alhambra Palace was also an inspiration, the Paradore was absolutely gorgeous with the view of the city, etc. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, other than more time! Toledo
Thank you so very much for all of your help in organizing everything, all of your suggestions and advice was greatly appreciated.
Rene and Julie Frontera
Gary, We have received all the paperwork. Thanks for all your help, you’ve been terrific!
Gary thank you so much I really appreciate all the work you have done for me and
’s. Believe me I am telling all my colleagues about your company. We
are the largest agency in
and I know everyone will be thrilled to know
Muggsy Manning Hildreth
Bon Voyage Travel
1640 E. River Rd., Suite 115
Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-232-5543 Fax: 520-797-2408
Thanks again for all your help with our bike trip in Northern Spain, including stops at the Cangas and Limpias Paradors. We had a great time and loved your spots — especially Cangas. Attached is a photo of us as we were departing Cangas. I’m on the left in blue. We may head to Spain again next year to bike in the Gerona region….so you may hear from me again!
You made the reservations process very easy for us. I appreciate that. Thank you.
Pine Street Group L.L.C.
1500 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101
Hey Gary, We got our Spain package. Thanks so much. For someone like me who likes to be organized, it is awesome! Christy Brannon
Gary–wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our super trip to Spain–would go back tomorrow if that were possible. You really set up a great itinerary and we loved it all. Of course, some paradors were better than others but they all were special in different ways. The one in Avilla was so unique in that it seemed to be part of the wall itself.. The one in Plasencia was overwhelming in its grandeur . . .We are not big city people but loved Madrid–so beautiful , cosmopolitan but also friendly. We had a guide who was quite knowledgeable and spoke good English take us through the Prado which was a good idea since it is so huge and overwhelming. Everyday I relive the trip–especially the Madrid part! . . .Anyway, just wanted you to know that we loved it and thank you immensely for setting up such a wonderful itinerary and trip.
Warmest thanks, Mary Lou and Bill Edward
Dear Gary,Our trip to Spain was fantastic, as I’m sure you expected. Thank you so much for all of your help and especially for your recommendation of the Parador in Cangas. We loved the Parador, the town of Cangas, and the entire region, which was one of our favorites. Thank you again for all you did in helping us to plan our trip and especially for the changes you made for us after our mother became ill.Yours truly,Patty Paul
Congratulations on the new arrival! A very exciting time for you and your family!
We did take the train to Manresa and the bus to Cardona and loved our visit to the Parador. It was wonderful!
Now back home and at work…hoping for another trip to beautiful Spain in the near future.
To Gary!In September you attended our stay at Parador Castillo de la Zuda. The 23 october we arrived pretty late at about 11.oo p.m. Sitting on our balcony in the warm dark evening with small lights from the little towm below, dogs barking, cicados singing – it was an enchanted evening. Then we had three exiting days at this beautiful old castle. We would very much like to stay some more time at a Parador hotel.
Many thanks to you Gary. Here come some pictures from Parador Castillo de La Zuda.Kind regards from Elisabeth and Bengt Sjöberg
Gary……thanks so much for your prompt and super efficient help in planning this trip for us…..we thank you for your thoughtfulness…….thanks a bunch, Gayle
Gary,Merci, Gracias por todo. Received all of the invoices and Parador vouchers that you sent me. … And they printed out fine. It looks like a great trip! Good job. Ed
Just confirming that I have received your e mail and have printed off all the hotel invoices. Many thanks for all your help. Looking forward to visiting that part of Spain. Regards Renza
I hope this finds you well. Happy Easter (belated). Before I say anything else, let me preface my comments by stating that this was a tremendous vacation. We will never forget it and realize how fortunate we are being able to enjoy trips such as these. I am sure we will be contacting you again. And I am pretty certain that a couple of my colleagues will be contacting you as well.
Parador at Vic: We can’t forget about that great experience. As a matter of fact, the Parador at Vic was my wife’s favorite Parador (and not simply because of the name). She loved the relaxed, rural setting and listening to the bells on the cows as they grazed in the fieldsbelow the Parador as well as across the reservoir. We were actually surprised that the sound of the cowbells carried across the reservoir as clearly as it did. For both of us, we enjoyed the food at Vic the best.
Being on the ocean and being relatively remote, my wife’s second favorite place was Baiona – my second favorite place as well. We walked around the grounds and around the peninsula numerous times. We both like being be the sea . . . and there is something very different about being on the Atlantic vs being in the Mediterranean. The dining room and staffwere very friendly.
My favorite Parador was Santiago de Compestella primarily because of its location in the heart of the old city and on the same plaza as the cathedral. WOW ! !
We enjoyed Leon. The Parador was great, the plaza was fun and we enjoyed being on the river with its friendly and numerous walking paths. We also liked the fact that the city and the Parador were associated with the Knights of Santiago. Because my wife and I actually play some bocci, we enjoyed watching the men play down by the river.
I hope these comments were helpful to you. Vickie and I really appreciate everything you did to coordinate this most memorable vacation for us. Thank you, Gary. We will be in touch again. – Carl Kusch
Got it…I’ll be in touch with my clients this afternoon…and fax this either tomorrow or Friday depending on their schedule.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’m so happy to have discovered you!
We leave the US tomorrow and look forward to a wonderful adventure in Spain. Thank you for your help. Jean GrahamHi Gary,
___________Thank you so much, we have received the email. Thanks again for all your help.Heide___________
Gary Thank you for your E mail. We"ve made copies of all the vouchers. Were looking forward to our trip and appreciate your helpwith some of our accomodations.
Thanks again Mr & Mrs R C .Halliday
___________Thank you for arranging such an interesting Parador vacation. I did not know what to expect when I contacted your Travel Service on-line. All of the details of the trip were completely arranged, from the rental car to the exact arrangements we had requested. Each room had a great view, a large room and a large marble bathroom, in, of course, a fabulous historical site. The castle tower room in Alarcon was wonderful, and the Ronda Parador room, with the view, was spectacular. Cuenca, also, was a beautiful Parador in a wonderful location. All the Parador staff was very amiable, and the restaurants were all excellent in the Paradors. We stayed at six Paradors, andeach was really unique. I had researched and read everything I could find about each, and had high expectations. Each one was much better than I imagined.
We had arranged about a two hour drive between Paradors and you recommended driving on the country roads. We rented a TomTom Navigation System from Avis, and it was like having a third person in the car who knew where she was going.
My husband & I loved this vacation. We were able to visit remote parts of Spain and practice our Spanish. Everyone was very friendly. I believe we had such a successful and interesting vacation because you took care of everything so carefully.
Thank you again, Gary. We will be happy to recommend your Travel Service to anyone, and we will call you again when we select some new Paradors to see.
Our trip to Spain was amazing and such a great experience. After spending our first week in the Malaga area (which included an overnight trip to Fez, Morocco) we were off to Zafra and beyond. Each parador was unique unto itself, but what was surprising was the consistently high quality of the food. Never a language problem and EVERYONE was very helpful. What a treasure Spain has with the parador system. I also feel the value of the rooms was very reasonable even with the dollar as weak as it is.I attached a few pictures of our trip. With digital cameras and 2 gig chips, we came home with nearly a 1000 photos, all priceless.
While we journeyed throughout Spain on the route you had given us, we often thought about how fortunate we were to find you and your company on the internet.Take care and thank you so much, Curt McLees
Thank you Gary very much for your patience and excellent service.Bath-sheva & Amiad Brezner
Thanks again, Gary.
Really appreciate your advice and flexibility on all this. Have a great weekend – Randolph.
Hello GaryWe are back home.Your arrangements were perfect. Thank you.Will tell you more + photos (after I’ll do the 3 bags laundry….) Bath-sheva & Amiad Brezner
We had a great time in the Paradores, again and of course. Thanks for setting up these great Paradores. We enjoyed going to Sto.
Domingo de Calzada again after our first visit 7 years ago. The
1 nite stay in the Castle at Siguenza was very nice and we wished we could have stayed longer. Ciao,
Mark E. Wollam
Ola GaryWe confirm that we received, saved and printed the vouchers.Thank you for the excellent service – Urbain
Much thanks, Gary. All four documents came through fine. We really appreciate all of your help and thoughtfulness in making these arrangements, and for your enthusiasm.Best wishes, – M
Morning GaryJust to confirm I’ve printed off the invoice and vouchers.
Thanks for all your help – you’ve been very efficient.Kind regards Jane
Gary,Thank you for the email. All vouchers and the new invoice have been printed.We are all so excited! Thanks for all your help. We’ll send some pics to you when we return.Thanks again.Melinda and Jeff Stephan
Gary, Everything turned out great with the stays at the 2 Paradors. Thanks for your help. Wayne
Boy, you are fast!! Yes, I have received your e-mail and have made copies of the Voucher and Invoice for our stay at the Parador Cuenca. Thank you very much for your timely and friendly service. We are looking forward to our visit and I hope we can use your services again in the future.Regards, Don
Muchas Gracias, everything was there and printed. Appreciate the great service and I will send some photos.
We had a great trip and especially appreciated the P. San Martin in Madrid. Although our room was across the small street from the convent and they wake the nuns (and us) at 6:30 AM it was otherwise quite quiet (which we didn’t expect because when we arrived, the street was full of people in the outdoor cafes – but they vanished at night). I plan to send you a few of our best pictures if you are interested (I only took 1080! and am sorting through). We especially enjoyed the Paradors at Toledo (what a view!), at Granada (of course) and at Carmona – but all were good. For me the surprise was that the food was only fair – I expected more spice and flavor but most of the things we ordered were pretty bland. Anyway, we had a great trip. Oh yes, we had trouble finding every single one of the Paradors – should
have printed out and studied more detailed maps. There are small signs, but if you miss one of the signs, you do not get a second chance! So anyway, thanks for helping with a wonderful trip for us.
– June Scott
___________Gary,wanted you to know we had a great trip. all our reservations were great and went as planned. we had a little snag, my husband had a kidney stone attack in seville. interesting dealing with the foreign medical system when you don’t speak the language. we survived….and trip continued as planned..we feel like we are seasoned travelers now. thanks for your help with the arrangements.annGary,
Gary, Thank you very much for your speedy action on my reservation.Mari
Buenos dias Gary ! Now that we are home and unpacked I want to thank you for everything you did to plan a wonderful trip. Things went very smoothly and with one exception we loved the paradors. Those in Granada and Ubeda were favorites. The hotel in Madrid couldn’t have been more perfect ! It’s location was super to allow walking everywhere and, as we found out, for walking to the Avis location.
One day we would like to return to explore the Basque country and would return to Barcelona in a minute ! If so, I will be in touch.
Again, many thanks. Best regards, Wendy
We had a great time Perfect The Paradores were great. Thanks
Jo Anne Duncan
Hi Gary –
Thanks so much for your help with these arrangements! I have received the email, printed the voucher and stored it in my Sevilla travel folder. Visiting the Alhambra is one of my most cherished travel goals. Thanks for helping to make it happen.
___________Thanks Gary, all printed out and ready to go.Thank you for your very efficient handling of these arrangements; I’ll be pleased to recommend you to some other friends who are planning a similar trip later in the year.I’ll pass on the request for pics to my wife – you have no idea what you’re letting yourself in for!Best wishes, Steve___________
We have returned from our fabulous trip to Spain! Thank you for your help in planning week two of trip, The Paradors. As you may recall week one was a company trip in Barcelona (with approximately 800 participants) and week two, of course, we were on our own with only one other couple. I welcome you to view the attached photo album. Our friends will be sharing their photos as well and I’ll be happy to pass them along too.
We enjoyed all three Paradors and Aguablava was the favorite by far. The trip from Aguablava to Veilha was much longer than anticipated. We had three routes to choose from (according to the front desk), the highway in France, the scenic drive in France, or the slower ride through Spain. We selected the middle ride and it took us 9 hours!
We found the staff at each Parador helpful and courteous. Although I must admit at Vic (where they understood English) the staff was most enjoyable. In fact, if you have an e-mail for Vic, I would like to forward photos taken there. You’ll see these at the tail end of the photo album.
Overall it was a great trip and we will cherish the memories for a lifetime! Thank you again for helping us plan our trip and I am happy to recommend your services to anyone wishing to travel to Spain.
All the best, Kelly
___________Gary:Perfecto – thanks for helping us out on these last minute changes. Will look for new vouchers later on. You are a prince. Maureen
A short note to thank you for your efficiency and helpfulness in arranging our stay at several paradores last month. Our trip went very well, all the bookings were as promised and the accommodations superb. We were particularly impressed at Hondarribia when we had tocut our trip short by a day and they without demur or surcharge changed our booking on the spot from 1 room for 2 nights to 2 rooms for one night. By the way, I’d strongly advise paying extra for the bay view across to France at Hondarribia.I attach a couple of photos as evidence!
Thank you again. It was first rate value for money. Stuart Hamilton
I have received everything and printed it is well. Looks great. Thank you,
And I look forward to working with you in the future.
Wehrli World Travel
522 N. Washington St
___________Thanks for all your help Gary. Hondaribbia is a very special place and the weather has been glorious.
Thanks for getting everything worked out for us. It has been a very special vacation and you can sure use us for a reference for traveling in paradores should the need ever arise.
Thank you for your final confirmation.
I will hand over these vouchers to tour leader.
Thank you doe taking good care.
Best RegardsSales & Operate Manager
Takeshi INOUE / MR
EURO SPORTS Co.,Ltd.
Wako Bldg.701 , 2-2-17 , Shibata , Kita-ku ,
530-0012 , OSAKA
Gary – we had a great trip and enjoyed the Alhambra tour. We benefited from staying after the tour for another 5 hours and walking through all of the gardens that were open to the public and some of the buildings again so I would highly recommend that to others. Our tour guide was excellent – an older gentleman – but one inevitably does have the sense of pushing along. I would definitely recommend your tour to others. Amy Wishner
Thank you very much for taking care of my last minute request so quickly and efficiently. I appreciate the value that you add by booking through an agent rather than trying to go directly to the Paradors. Whenever I have the opportunity, I will be sure to suggest your services to others.
Thank you so much for your great service! All has been received and printed.
Yes, I’ll send photos! (:o)
___________Once again thanks for the good answers . I really appreciate all you have done for us. I have told so many people about our trip . So excited.. Thanks Kevin___________
E-mail received, all pertinent copies made. we look forward to our stay with much anticipation. Thank you for your help with this booking.
we shall certainly recommend your services.
Thank you Gary, for this wonderful service. It has been a pleasure and I hope to do more reservations with you in the future.
Linda PhillipsVIP TRAVELWooster, OH 44691330 264-5554
Gary..you are the best … I am so appreciative and thank you for your work on my behalf…I will send fomr back by fax asap and please let me know if you do not receive….if I can write to anyone like your manager, I would be happy to do so…..thank you again! Marcia Ko
Just received the email, THANK YOU ! Am making copies now, and if anything confuses me, I’ll write back.
We are SO EXCITED — in fact, we were just bragging about you last nite, that it was my great good fortune to find you — and I truly hope to be able to work w/ U again…BUT, BEFORE THAT, we will send you pix !!!!!!
THANKS SO MUCH,
___________Wanted you to know that the Alhambra Palace Hotel is fabulous…FABULOUS. More so than i expected, which is always wonderful. I KNEW it would be really nice from the time i had lunch here 2 or 3 years ago — but wow, it is REALLY nice. We could not have had a better two days here. AND, the Alhambra tour worked out just great…very good guide…spectacular weather…lunch at the parador, outside terrace…great walk in (up) the Albaicin, and delish tapas in front of the cathdral…and we haven’t gotten to dinner yet. Everyone enjoying every second. Sue
Thank you for all of your assistance. We are looking forward to our visit to
Granadaand the . Robert Thomas
We had a fantastic trip! Will send a few photos when I get them organized–must have 3000 from the whole Morocco/Spain trip. Weather in Morocco was perfect. In Spain we had a little sunshine, a little rain and even a bit of snow when we left Carmona. We didn’t mind the rain at all and I enjoyed driving,
especially in the white towns. Was pretty exciting driving through those narrow streets. Lana was a good navigator. We did Hop on and Off tours in Sevilla and Cadiz–both days were clear and cool. I loved Ronda. We were there on a Sunday and most of the restaurants and stores were closed and it was raining pretty steadily. We just got out there and walked and walked–through the old town, down both sides of the bridge, the bullring and museum and had a great afternoon. We found a restaurant (across the gorge from the Parador & located in a large old home) that was open and had a fire going in the fireplace. We were the only guests and were served by the fireside. Was just perfect. The only problem we had was in Malaga after we picked up the car and it really was just a good experience. It was dark, but we had good directions from the car rental; so off we went. Almost there when we were detoured by a policeman because of the celebration for the eve of the 12th night(?). Anyway, we went way out of the way along the coast before turning back. Found an open service station and got sent on the right tract again only we couldn’t read signs in the dark (they aren’t lighted like in the States) and we went way up the coast again this time on the main highway before turning around again. This time we got really lucky and found a MacDonalds. I pulled in to ask for directions and a very nice young lady told me to follow her. We did and approximately 15-20 minutes later she had us at the turn-in to the Parador. She is just one example of the many, many nice people we met. We cabled up the Rock of Gibraltor, but were unable to go across the Strait because of the weather. We tried again in Tarifa, but raining and couldn’t see anything; so drove on up the coast and into the sunshine. I’ll quit now or I’ll go on and on
forever. Hope all is well with you and you are scheduling lots of trips for customers. I’ll recommend you any time! Martha Bradley CRS, GRI
___________Dear Gary,This is to acknowledge receipt of your email and that we have made copies of the vouchers and invoice. What a busy manyou are. We appreciate your kind attention and thank you for looking after our business. Roy &
___________Gary,Just a line (or 4) to say thanks for
your excellent service, both hotels fantastic. We changed rooms at the Parador to their most modern one which was a suite, like
the original but not so dark and depressing, had to suffer a king sized bed instead of 2 singles but it was worth it.The Alahambra Palace Hotel was a real treat, incredible views, great staff etc and couldn’t have been better placed for us.Thanks, we will use you next time we go to Spain.Regards, Geoff Crick
Gary, just wanted to let you know how our trip went. Travel over and back was a breeze, travel around Spain was eventful, in that it was Holy Week and the processions in Jaen made it difficult getting to and from our hotel. I had Hertz’s never lost GPS but it didn’t know when streets would be closed. So it was very frustrating at night getting to the hotel. The Paradores were wonderful, loved Salimanca,the view fron Jaen was incredible, Unique place in Chinchon.
Ate dinner two nights in the Jaen Paradoe, becasue of the processions and the streets being closed. Not very good, pricy, and items on the menu unavailable, had great meals in Ubida and Chinchon. So I would tell anyone going there during Holy Week to be prepared and be patient. Enjoyed the cathedrals, museums, the Alhambra, the senic country side. Could not believe the number of olive groves. I drove over 900 miles. Side trips to Cordoba and Toledo. Thanks for all you r help wish we ha three more days because of how much I drove. and the weather, cold in the north and warm in the south just that’s what happens this time of ear.Jim and Marilyn
It’s been a pleasure working with you. We are counting the days.
I received the vouchers and just printed all of them. As a very organized person myself, I am impressed with how well you have prepared everything. Thank you!
Thanks again, Deb ___________
Thank you. It has been a pleasure dealing with you and your prompt competent business practice!Lizette C. Halley
___________Dear Gary–I have received the vouchers, printed them and will take them with me and I thank you for all your assistance and courtesies shown to me.
Jane M. Williams, Esq.
___________Hi Gary,I just wanted to Thank You for this Extraordinary Honeymoon you helped me put together!We went to my Husbands town of Trevino and got ancestry records. We loved every Parador ,Monastery, and Hotel. this was truly a fairytale honeymoon… We are looking to go back and seenorthern Spain, The Rock of Gibraltar, and Africa… I hope you have Paradors here too… I commend you onthese wonderful and unique places that you offer…. Thank You again ! We loved every moment ,,,, 🙂
___________Hi Gary,Yes, email received and will make copies of the invoice and vouchers. Once again thank you for your prompt and friendly service. We are looking forward to our trip.Kind Regards,John & Laurel McTernan
Hello, Gary. We are back in the States once again. All went well in Granada, just as planned. Thanks for your services. James Richard
First of all, thanks for your help and organization. All reservations and arrangements went just as planned. We were welcomed and treated well everywhere. The paradors were very special and each one a unique experience. The view from the Toledo terrace was just breathtaking (picture attached) and we really enjoyed Chinchon which is a little gem. (picture of me in the garden). We are both soccer fans and enjoyed being a part of the national excitement over Spain’s success. One night in Madrid, we could hear the entire city collectively cheer, then groan during the game’s ups and downs.As you may or may not know, we cancelled the Segovia parador and spent an extra night in Madrid. Between the heat, the driving, and some other issues, it seemed the best choice at the time. The staff at Cuenca was most helpful in assisting us with the changes, and having your detailed invoices provided all the information needed at a glance.The Opera Hotel was quirky, modern and well located. And the "sauna" across the street with men lined up at 7:30 am on a Sunday provided visual entertainment from our window.Comments that you might find useful:I took my little netbook computer and all the paradors were equipped with Wi-Fi, although Cuenca’s was erratic. Avila, Toledo, and the Opera all had computers available to clients. The staff at the Opera printed out our boarding passes for us.Three of the paradors – Toledo,
Cuenca, Segovia – have addresses that were not on our GPS and were listed S/N (without number). Luckily, we learned quickly to head for the center of town and look for the Parador directional signs.The toiletries provided at all paradors and hotels were excellent and plentiful – including toothbrushes, toothpaste -which I hadn’t seen before. We never had to ask for anything. All the paradors were air conditioned (thank goodness!), well appointed and comfortable. At Cuenca, we were upgraded to a room with a view and breakfast was included.Except for Toledo, would not particularly recommend the parador formal dining options – the dinners at Avila and Cuenca were not great but Toledo had an excellent restaurant. Avila had the best bar. The tapas were always good and we were surprised to see that they were provided when drinks were ordered.So, thanks again. I just read an article about northwestern Spain and albarino wine, so that may be our destination next time!Alyson KleiberWilton, CT
We will be leaving for Spain in just a couple of days. We want to thank you so much for all your help and valuable suggestions which made the planning for our stay of two nights each at eleven Paradors and the Hotel Colon in Barcelona for three nights, so much easier. I have recommended and will continue to recommend your valuable services to any and all who happen to mention an interest in Spain. I have thoroughly searched all the internet web sites on Paradors and I want to tell you that from the writeup you give on the history of Paradors to the writeups and pictures of individual paradors, your website is head and shoulders above the others. Yours is a "class act" and we just wanted to know how much we appreciated everything you have done.
Although I have been to Spain and stayed at Paradors before, and I am 85 years of age, I am really excited about being able to give my "new" wife these coming new and enjoyable experiences. .
Sincerely, Gordon and Lorraine Fullerton___________
Gary, We just returned from our stay at the Paradores of Segovia,Avila and Acala de Henares. All we were different but so interestingand beautiful. The accommodations were great and had fabulous views.We stayed in a medieval tower in Avila. Thanks for the great job!Pat & Steve Erlanger
___________Thank you so much for sending me all the information. You made everything so easy!!!!!!
Have a very nice day.
___________Dear GaryI have received your email and printed both vouchers .Thank you .Occasionally in life one meets or deals with a person on the phone or via the internet who shows outstanding service . You are one of these people .Absolutely committed to giving your customer the best service. It has been an absolute pleasure for me to have you handle my reservations.Kind RegardsJack Watford
We had a great trip! Thanks for your help. The Paradors were such a treat. Carmona and Granada were enchanting! Kindly, Heather
__________Hi Gary,Yes, thank you, we’ve printed the vouchers and can’t wait for our holiday!Thank you again for your excellent service,Diane Hack
I would suggest to your other customers that they request a balcony room at Siguenza. The nearby Taverna, less than a block has great roast lamb.
The modern Parador at Alcala de Henares was so modern in technology that we two tired travelers had to ask assistance to call the elevator—-needed a full finger press, not the end of the finger—then there was the set of dimmers in the room—-we quickly adjusted and loved it—-great asador a few blocks away, past Cervantes house–the Gran Asador—or La Vieja–super quarter of a lamb there with multiple courses on Sunday.
We took more than two hours to drive the 20 kilometers to the airport on Monday morning—multiple accidents—made us a tad nervous, but we had allowed enough time—zero folks at the check in desk—we were the last to check in, etc but it all went fine. Thanks for making it smooth. Rod Snow
__________Gary,I received the files and made copies for all 3 parties.Thanks for all of your help and travel advice.Alberta
We had a great time and thank you so much for arranging it.
The itinerary was perfect, longer stays in the more interesting towns.
We slept in a four poster bed at the top of the tower in Villalba,
in a room overlooking the entire town of Segovia, we were
in a suite in Limpias – could get used to it!
Spectacular scenery, wonderful food, empty roads, good hotels,
Roman remains, untouched architecture, areas which must have
been the same for generations – fantastic.
I do not know if you influenced the weather but considering it
‘green Spain’ in October the weather was generally warm and dry.
All the best Chris and Heather Mole
Thank you so much, Gary, for you assistance and patience in arranging our stays at the paradors. Everything printed out just fine. Linda Schuler
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