Category Archives: Testimonials

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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

 

John Gearhart, PA, USA

“This past summer I engaged Just Explore to provide an itinerary and all the arrangements for a vacation tour in Andalucia and Madrid with my 14 years old daughter. It was on very short notice and I was concerned as to whether we could get desired accommodations, guides, travel reservations (rail, car, air), etc., but it all went extremely well.  Rosa Lara worked quickly to suggest itineraries.  The final recommended itinerary worked out well logistically, giving us plenty of time for sightseeing, personal guided tours, time to explore on our own and time for relaxation.  The drivers and guides were personable, helpful and the guides passionate about their venues.  There were no glitches of any kind.  Many thanks to Rosa for an enjoyable trip and we appreciated her checking in with us along the way as we did have to make a few minor changes (due to our wishes) and these were done smoothly.

John Gearthart
Swarthmore/PA
Summer 2016

Sandra & Mark, Auckland NZ

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“We had a fantastic 13 days touring Madrid and Andalusia. All of the arrangements for travel, hotels and guides went off without a hitch.  Rosa Lara recommended some extra visits in Montilla which were well worth it and things we would not have thought of.  We would highly recommend Just Explore and her team to anyone”

Sandra & Mark Hayes
Auckland, NZ
Summer 2016

Benjamin & Jessica, New Jersey, USA

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“We were very happy we chose Just Explore to help us plan our honeymoon. They had all the knowledge necessary to set up a luxurious honeymoon, and were intimately familiar with all of our destination cities. They were very receptive to our requests and did not try to steer us towards standard tours but were focused on providing a trip tailored to our individual requests, which exceeded our expectations. We were provided with private guided tours at many of our destination cities, which included admissions to the most important sites, which allowed us to bypass the ticket lines. Rosa Lara was very accommodating with our requests, provided options for our accommodations, and always very quick to respond to any questions, especially during the trip. We were happy with all aspects of our trip from the hotels, to the guided tours, and recommendations for sights and restaurants. But our favorite memories are of the full day guided tours planned for us: one which allowed us to visit an olive oil farm and winery in the Montilla region and another which allowed us to experience several of the small white towns in Andalusia. Both trips provided us with unique experiences we would not have found on our own. They also occurred on our travel days as we moved from city to city. Sometimes on touring trips the travel days can be the most stressful and exhausting. But on this trip, these days were our favorite”

Benjamin Grace
New Jersey
Summer 2016

David & Jessica, NY

“Rosa put together a fantastic custom trip for us.  We told her what we wanted to see and how long we had, and she arranged everything — from our airport transfers, to each hotel, to full day tours of Ronda and the white villages and the amazing Gorafe desert.  When we wanted to do something she didn’t already have a good choice for, she found us a fantastic guide to the salinas in Cabo de Gata. Everything went completely without a hitch, and we had a fantastic time. Thank you so much!”

David Siegel
New York city
Summer 2016