Monthly Archives: October 2016

Gail & Mike Fry, Florida-USA

img_9543 img_9523img_9552 img_9702

“We were originally planning to join a small group tour to Spain, but the dates did not work for our schedule. We found Just Explore online and from the beginning we worked closely with Rosa Lara, the tour designer. With only a few phone conversations were able to put together our dream of going to Spain. Rosa was very helpful in selecting accommodations, tours and activities that would suit any lifestyle.
Spain was absolutely marvelous, and every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectations. She was great to check in with us each day, and to assure that the accommodations and tours met our needs. We are happy to say that each day was a new adventure and even greater than we imagined it could be. She was efficient and thorough and absolutely delightful to work with. The hotel choices were fantastic in regards to location, as well as the rooms. The local specialist tour guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining and made the trip enjoyable. They helped us experience the culture, history and arts of Spain, as well as the cuisine. The drivers were top notch and had extremely clean cars. We can’t say enough about about Rosa and this wonderful itinerary of travel. She is efficient, professional, polite and informative. This allowed us to relax and soak up the beauty and wonders of Spain. Honestly, we feel like this was the most organized tour we have been on and we covered more ground than we could have alone”

Gail & Mike
Pensacola, Florida
Autumn 2016

Richardson family, Arizona-USA

img_9719 img_9717 img_9712 img_9724

“From start to finish Rosa Lara offered top notch service!  She was in continually contact with me as we planned our itinerary, offering me options for making our trip appropriate for our family of 7.  She found us the best hotels/apartments for our family in each area of Spain that we visited.  While on our trip, she was in constant contact with us to make sure everything was to our liking and running smoothly.  We even had the opportunity to meet her and her husband for dinner one night – they were absolutely lovely!
All drivers and tour guides that were booked with Just Explore were on time, extremely accommodating to our needs, and professional.
Most notable was the help she offered in trying to help us locate our lost luggage with Iberia airlines.  She was persistent in finding out information from the airlines and insisting expedited service to get the bags to us. She was also helpful in offering recommendations on the best place to shop for clothes while we were without our luggage.
If you are considering traveling to Spain, I HIGHLY recommend using this company.  Your service will be professional, hands-on and personal”.

Heidi Richardson
Arizona, USA
Autumn 2016

Robert Carso & friends, Illinois-USA

img_9537

“Rosa Lara deserves a 5 star rating as she did an outstanding  job of meeting the criteria that we discussed with her when planning our trip to Spain. She was extremely helpful in suggesting unique locations and sites which allowed us to experience Spanish culture in both the northern and southern parts of the country.  Due to her in depth knowledge of the country and its attractions, the itinerary she provided was personalized and resulted in a truly memorable trip.  In addition, we were very pleased with the quality and location of the hotels she recommended, and the local guides and the drivers she arranged were very knowledgeable, friendly and well spoken.  Special kudos to our driver and sometime tour guide for four days of our trip!”

Bob Carso
Illinois, USA
Autumn 2016

Gloria & Stephen, Montreal-Canada

img_9469 img_9470
“Once again thank you for your invaluable help in creating our sensational trip to Spain!
We loved every minute of it. Córdoba and Ronda stole our hearts and the drive over the   mountains to Granada was another exceptional experience!
Your hotel choices were wonderful, exceptionally well located, clean, well staffed and most comfortable. We also appreciated the delicious breakfasts!
Your guides  were not only knowledgeable but a true delight to spend time with.
Your  complete understanding of our desire to pack as much into our trip as possible was reflected in the excellent and efficient way that you organized all of our travel connections be it train, car or plane.
We were so glad to have had the opportunity of meeting and spending time with you in Córdoba. This encounter only confirmed what we already knew. Spain was all the more special  because of you!
Just Explore can count on our word of mouth advertising and we look forward to planning our trip to the north in the not too distant future”
Gloria & Stephen
Montreal, Canada
Autumn 2016

Denicia Land, Oklahoma-USA

“We spent eight days in Spain and saw Madrid, Seville, Ronda, Granada and Barcelona. Everything was perfectly planned. The drivers and guides were professional and punctual. Our hotels were lovely. Rosa Lara, our travel agent could not have done a better job planning our trip and we are so thankful!”

Denicia Land
Oklahoma, USA
Autumn 2016

Glenn & Caroline Howard, Toronto-Canada

img_9448 img_9464 img_9466 img_9465

“Our trip to Spain exceeded our expectations on every level. The accommodations, private tour guides and private transportation made the experience effortless on our part as everything was arranged beforehand by the wonderful Rosa Lara. She chose lovely hotels, entertaining and knowledgeable guides and beautiful locations for us to visit.
There were so many enjoyable parts of the trip! Of course, we loved the spectacular architecture and scenery of Spain but we also enjoyed the personal touches that Rosa arranged like the champagne in our room on the first evening. We loved the day we spent with Rosa touring  an olive oil farm in Montilla, the visit to the vineyard with a wonderful lunch, drinks in Granada overlooking the Alhambra capped off with a visit to a fun wine bard off the beaten track. Rosa showed us places that we would not have found on our own and made the trip that much more special for us.
We have not stopped raving about our trip since we returned to Canada. Thank you Rosa for such a memorable vacation! ”

Glenn Howard
Toronto, Canada
Summer 2016

Janie Stancyk, Florida, USA

img_9504 img_9509  img_9512 img_9508

“As two couples travelling to Spain for the first time, we could not have been more pleased by the itinerary and service we received from Rosa Lara and Just Explore. During the planning stages, she was flexible, creative and willing to organize unusual trips, such as our excursion to Doñana National Park. Upon arrival, we found that every aspect of our experience that Rosa had a hand in was carefully organized, with all those nagging logistical details taken care of. She responded quickly to our questions and efficiently took care of any last-minute changes. Our lodging in every city was more than adequate and reasonably priced. Drivers were always on time and courteous. Our guides were friendly and spoke good English, and were especially helpful in getting us through the masses of tourists at the popular places we visited. Each of our guides had a degree in either History or Art History, and their expertise greatly enhanced our understanding of the buildings, sculpture and art we saw. But the best part was having the opportunity to travel with Rosa herself as she guided us from Granada through Ronda and Grazalema to Seville. Her friendliness and wonderful sense of humor immediately put us all at ease as she graciously and efficiently got us from one place to another. It was truly like travelling with a favorite cousin, and we all had a great time. After we left Spain for Portugal, where we didn’t have anyone like Rosa to help us, we understood all the more how much she had done to make our trip as worry-free as possible. We wouldn’t hesitate to ask Just Explore to help us explore Spain further, and we will be happy to recommend Rosa and Just Explore to our friends.”

Janie, Steve, Wendy and Douglas
Florida, USA
Summer 2016

Aarathi Reddy, NY-USA

img_9332 img_9358 img_9331 img_9430
“Our recent trip to Southern Spain was one of the most enjoyable trips to Europe to date.  We visited the following cities over a 10 day period: Grenada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Malaga, and Madrid.  Booking through Just Explore was a seamless experience and the careful attention to detail carried out by its Director Rosa Lara ensured that everything was executed flawlessly.  Rosa took care of everything end to end including all transfers and logistics, curating a very unique itinerary, picking great centrally, located hotels in each city, selecting informed local guides in each city, and choosing fantastic restaurants that we would not have found ourselves.  I personally like the ease of a guided tour, as I don’t want to have to make the multiple arrangements on my own or constantly be worried about trip logistics.  However, I’ve been on other guided tours with large tour operators and I find them to be very impersonal and the schedule too regimented.  Rosa ensured that we had a very relaxed pace but were still able to pack in a lot of activities along the way.  I also preferred the smaller and more intimate size of the group.
The entire trip was amazing, but my personal favourites included the Alhambra in Granada, and visiting a local family owned winery and farm cooperative where we could watch grapes being pressed to begin the wine production process. I personally felt a lot of confidence in knowing that Rosa had vetted every part of the experience from checking out each hotel in advance to carefully selecting top quality entertainment options. I am looking forward to booking another Spain vacation with Just Explore and I would recommend them to anyone who chooses Spain as their travel destination”Aarathy Reddy
New York, USA
Summer 2016

Joanne Tuner, London UK

img_9333 img_9439
“I was looking for a small tour of Andalucia that didn’t use big hotels and lucky for me I found Just Explore’s Classic Cultural Tour.  Rosa Lara was a delightful, efficient and enthusiastic host who had obviously worked hard to develop an itinerary which illustrated her knowledge and love of Andalucia.  She also made it clear that the itinerary was flexible and she would try to include any special interests we might have. Rosa accompanied us herself during the week which was an added bonus – her enthusiasm was contagious. Our specialist guides were personable and informative and  our driver was exceptional – a guide as well as a driver. Rosa had found some excellent hotels which contributed to our feeling of being immersed in Spanish culture. Not only was Rosa relaxed and personable, but she demonstrated an ability to deal with  problems in a competent and good natured way.  If you are looking for a stress-free tour of  Andalucia I would highly recommend Rosa Lara and Just Explore”.
Joanne Turner
London, UK
Summer 2016