Monthly Archives: July 2017

Mary & Mark, Ilinnois-USA

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“Long-time friends returned from Spain raving about their trip, Rosa Lara and Just Explore Travel.  Drawn by their fantastic reviews we contacted Rosa to help us with a month-long trip to Spain, our first visit to that country.  This was a big change for experienced travelers who generally do all the planning themselves.  What a great decision.  From our first contact, Rosa was gracious, responsive to our needs and worked with us to lay the foundation for one of the loveliest trips imaginable. The engagement began with a Facetime meeting making the interaction personal and easy.  She skillfully guided us in clarifying our thinking to assist in her planning.  You are working directly with the founder and owner of the agency and you feel the pride and commitment she has to her work.  Rosa wants her clients to enjoy their visit to Spain and works diligently to accomplish this goal.  If you are seeking personalized service, the opportunity to really structure your trip in a way that is fulfilling to you, this is the company to work with.  Rosa knows how to work within different budgets, can arrange private and small group tours, and we found that her services allowed us to have a more relaxed and robust visit than we would have had on our own.   Although we have traveled extensively throughout the past 35 years, this is the first time that we have used a travel agency to assist through an entire trip.  We loved working with Rosa.  She made the entire experience easy, fun, and enabled us to focus on the joy of being in Spain rather than the details of traveling. We were very satisfied with the services.  We look forward to working with her again on our next visit to Spain”.

Mary Bushman
Illinois, USA
Summer 2017

Joel & Michele, Pennsylvania-USA

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“I was thrilled with the fantastic service provided by Just Explore. Since our first Skype conversation with Rosa Lara, our travel manager and owner of the company listened to our wishes and customized the perfect dream trip for two independent travelers. She is an extraordinary planner and our 8 days were unforgettable! Without her, we would never have been able to experience so much. It was really a seamless and stress free time. Our private guides and drivers were friendly, articulate, and knowledgeable. We never felt rushed. Rosa had arranged all of the normal tourist attractions in addition to unique experiences (cooking class in Seville, a visit to a family run oil farm in Montilla, her hometown, then a sherry winery and finally and evening in Granada enjoying tapas and wine so that we could discover the hidden places where the locals go) Rosa made you feel as if you were part of her family and we were so happy to finally meet her.
I was also thrilled with the APP she recommended to use to have access to our itinerary, all travel contacts, restaurant, bar tips and additional unique sites at my fingertips without using any data on my phone.”

Joel E.
Pennsylvania, USA
Summer 2017

Bernadette’s family, Kentucky-USA

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“My two daughters and I have just gotten home from the most wonderful trip we have every taken.  It was a trip we did not want to end.  We did not want to return home, we wanted to stay in Spain.  Rosa Lara from Just Explore planned an outstanding trip for us.  We will be forever grateful to her for all her had work responsible for planning this wonderful and unique trip for us.
We visited six cities on our journey through Andalusia.  We learned about olives and the production of olive oil by visiting an olive orchard.  We visited two wineries learning about the cultivation of both white and red grapes.  The events that Rosa included in our itinerary were both because we requested them and some that she suggested that  we were thrilled to include.  The Flamenco in Seville was breath taking and the food tasting tour in Madrid was lots of fun.  The hotels that Rosa arranged for us were all conveniently located, very comfortable, picturesque, and quaint.  I could go on and on…. The only change to our trip we would have made would be to have made it longer.  We will return to Spain and when we do we will ask Rosa Lara to plan another trip for us”

Kentucky, USA
Summer 2017

Lynnette’s family, Oklahoma-USA


“My two daughters and I could not have asked for a better vacation to southern Spain. The drivers to and from the airports and between Córdoba, Granada, and Seville were on time and friendly. The tour guides in Cordoba, at the Alhambra, in Seville and to Ronda were knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed them all. We especially enjoyed the olive mill and winery tour and lunch.  Ronda was beautiful! The week was stress free because everything was arranged and went smoothly. We appreciate how organized it all was. We will be back soon I hope!”

Lynnette A.
Oklahoma, USA
Summer 2017

Harry & Diana, California

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“What a fabulous trip!  Excellent communication prior and during the trip. Comfortable transportation. Very knowledgeable guides and perfect accommodations, type boutique hotels which gave us the true flavor of the country since they were all historical buildings. Our host Rosa, was so special that we cried when we said goodbye…. We would suggest to  anyone that wants to explore Andalucia to use this company. It  is a must for the best experience and service.”

Harry H.
California, USA
Summer 2017

Nancy Carol, Pennsylvania-USA

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“We are very pleased with the service we received from Just Explore. They are professional and pay a lot of  attention to every detail. Despite our ambitious goals, specific dates and budget considerations, Rosa Lara, our local agent put together an itinerary that accomodated us perfectly. As a first-time visitor to Spain and amateur photographers we appreciated her suggestions for places that we hadn’t previously considered. I’m glad that we followed her advice. She came with us to Granada and took us along the way to visit the beautiful natural park of the Subbetica, where we stopped to take pictures and have a coffee at one of the towns’s plazas (such a local atmosphere) completely off the beaten paths”.

Nancy C.
Spring 2017


Scott Plaza & friends, Vermont-USA

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“We can not be more grateful to have found Just Explore and ultimately Rosa. Right from the start we knew Rosa was the one to plan this trip for us when she listened to everything we said in the initial stages. We were very ambitious so it required much planning with many transfers and hotels, not to mention all the tours and fun and exciting things Rosa had planned for us. Not only did she plan them but joined us and when not close by continued to check in. Top notch personal service! Rosa is the reason we had a smooth and trouble free trip. Thank You thank You for taking us through Spain for the trip of a lifetime. Adios my friend. May our paths cross again one day!”

Scott P.
Spring 2017

Tim’s family, Minnesota

“From the very start of our travel plan, Rosa Lara listened to our ideas, offered appropriate suggestions, and then put together a first rate plan. During the course of our trip to Spain, there were routine updates and follow-ups and we always felt like there was someone to go to if an issue arose. Rosa is very energetic and attentive.  I would highly recommend using this company and their service – it is first rate”

Tim C.
Minnesota, USA
Spring 2017

Andalucia Cultural & Garden Group Tour, May 2017

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“Had a great trip with Just Explore attending to all the details.  All arrangements went without a glitch. As our tour guide and coordinator, Rosa Lara was gracious and open, and a delight travel companion. Besides covering the obvious high points in the various cities we visited, Rosa brought us to incredible “special places” that I’d never expect to find without her. I have no reservations about recommending Rosa and Just Explore for a guided tour to Spain.  Five Stars!”

Joanna Knobler

“We recently returned from a trip to Andalusia organized by Rosa Lara, manager of Just Explore. We had a delightful experience, the area is full of history, culture and art, the tours were perfectly organized, always on time, and the hotels and meals were very good.  We travel frequently and all the arrangements were up to our expectations.
The art historian guides were knowledgeable and cordial.  The driver was a plus for the trip:  prudent, skillful, cordial, attentive, and very also very knowledgeable.
Travel Manager Rosa Lara  is very professional, energetic, organized, generous with her time, and always attentive that we all have fun.  Our group was homogeneous and we got along very well, which was a plus to the trip.
We are delighted to have chosen Just Explore on our trip to Andalusia.  We would choose it again on another tour.”
Mireille Calderon
Chicago, USA

Jordan M, North Carolina


“  I never thought of having handcrafted travel but it was incredible and would do it again in a heartbeat. Rosa Lara did an amazing job of fitting a lot into a two week vacation, which allowed us to make the most out of our time in Spain.  She fits in the perfect balance of tours and free time. She was attentive to email and coordinating the perfect itinerary prior to our departure, the online app to view the itinerary during travel was super helpful. Thanks again for the great trip!”

Jordan M.
Spring 2017