WOW! What a trip we have just had with INSIGHT VACATIONS.
Starting with a pick up by limousine from home to airport and back again after an 11-day whirlwind tour of Northern Spain, flying to Madrid. Out of a total number of 38, we two were the only English travellers, the rest hailing from most parts of America, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Venezuela and with a Portuguese driver and Spanish Tour Director.
The group was also varied in ages and relationships: grandmothers with granddaughters, sisters, parents and married children, friends, singles and married couples. It made for an interesting and eclectic mix.
We stayed in the best 5* hotels and were taken to small, ethnic restaurants to sample the local foods.
After Madrid we took in Santiago, Oviedo, Santander, San Sebastian and Barcelona, with an optional excursion to Biarritz in France. We visited churches, cathedrals, shrines, museums and art galleries, including the Prado Museum and the Guggenheim. Saw the running of the bulls in Barcelona and tasted the glorious wine from the vineyards in Santiago.
Throughout the tour we were kept amused and informed, not only by the tour Director but also our fellow travellers. A fair bit of stamina is required to keep up, but it was somewhat comforting to note that the 4 younger members of the group aged between 11 and 17 also found the going tough at times and requested frequent stops for ice cream.
On our final evening in Barcelona, we sampled paella in a local restaurant, collected the group photograph, exchanged email addresses and vowed to keep in touch. Whether we do or not, we shall not forget this memorable trip – the lovely people in the group, the fascinating places, the wonderful scenery and the Tour Director, who did everything possible to make it all go smoothly.
Thank you, INSIGHT VACATIONS!