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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

The combination of the two places where I grew up (Madrid and a small village in Badajoz, Extremadura) has made me a passionate traveler almost from birth. Unknown destinations visited by travelers who ran away from clichés and unusual places have always caught my attention, and from my point of view, these are the places that best allow you to get to know a culture and its traditions.

I firmly believe that each of the trips we make changes our life (even just a little), and that is why I rely on experiences when I have to choose a new destination and the activities to enjoy there. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in a favela in Cape Town and listening to the real stories of the people living there absolutely changed my mind. Since I started traveling (through most of Europe and several destinations in Africa), I have felt the need to share these amazing and very diverse experiences with all the people who allow me to do it and create in them a memory for a lifetime.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Custom-made itineraries and unique trips based in local experiences and the culture of Spain and Portugal."

How did you get involved in travel?

"As I had to travel a lot between Madrid and Badajoz as a child, I started to get curious about all the places I passed by. That curiosity grew and over the time I began to take trips that allowed me to know different destinations and cultures. I decided to guide my career in the world of tourism, and for 4 years I have turned my passion into my job, organizing trips that create memories in the lives of others."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It’s really difficult for me to choose just one experience, but as we are talking about unique experiences probably I have to talk about the first time I lived a Flamenco show at a private and really small Sacromonte Cave, in Granada. Flamenco has always been special for me and could sound like “a cliché” in our country, but to watch a live show in such a magical and familiar place was absolutely memorable. "

Lunch with a view along Porto's riverfront
Portugal for Foodies: Porto, the Douro Valley & Lisbon - 6 Days

In under a week, this whirlwind itinerary checks off three of Portugal's culinary hotspots with a perfect balance of food tours, wine tasting, and sightseeing. Eat like a local on a journey through Porto's vibrant gastronomy scene, sip world-class wines in the scenic Douro Valley, and end in Lisbon for a lively tour of the capital by tuk-tuk.

Sunset over golden cliffs and beaches of the Algarve
Ultimate Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary combines the culture and cuisine of Portugal's two largest cities with the rural countryside and golden beaches of the Algarve. Immerse yourself in Porto's thriving gastronomy scene with a food tour and cooking class, then head into the vineyards of the Douro Valley for a day of wine tasting and river cruising. Transfer south to Lisbon to tour the capital's streets by tuk-tuk, then continue to the Algarve to hike coastal trails and explore hidden beaches by catamaran.

Ponta da Piedade near Lagos
Portugal Castles, Beaches & Vineyards: Lisbon to the Algarve - 15 Days

Discover all four corners of Portugal in this epic 15-day road trip. Start in Lisbon, where the sounds of live fado music will lead you on a drive north to Porto and the wine country of the Douro Valley. Turn south and stop in historic towns like the Knights Templar-built Tomar and ancient Roman Évora on your way to coastal Lagos, where you'll beach-hop under the spectacular cliffs of the Algarve.

Madeira's lush coastline
Lisbon, Porto & Madeira - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary starts in Lisbon, where you'll savor local treats and traditional music as you explore the capital by foot and tram. Hit the road and head north to Porto, where world-class wine cellars and riverside views await, then hop over to Madeira to end your adventure among the verdant, volcanic landscapes of Portugal's "Island of Eternal Spring."

Explore the Douro Valley and sample wines as you go
8 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week and a day, there's ample time to plan a relaxing or action-packed trip to one, two, or even three regions of Portugal. Plan a gourmand's self-drive adventure in historic Lisbon, Porto, and the Douro Valley wine country. Immerse yourself in the magnificent volcanic landscapes, misty forests, and golden beaches of the Azores or Madeira. Or lace up your boots for an in-depth hiking experience of the Algarve coast, including the fairy-tale palace at Sintra.

Photo courtesy of Mercure Porto Centro Aliados
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Porto

Porto's hotels echo the city's history, with locations dotted through the historic city center. Stay in a former manor house or comfortable guesthouse, with options at all points along the pricing spectrum and plenty of spots to enjoy a glass of the city's signature wines.

Recent trip reviews for Beatriz

Family trip to Barcelona and Valencia
Spain | Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2022

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Jackie E.
Ridgewood, NJ | Sep 02, 2022

Barcelona- our stay at Be Mate Gracia was incredible- great location (thank you Bea!), and great space for families. The reception and all staff there was so helpful and kind and attentive throughout. I would highly recommend them.

Our bike tour was great, great guide!

Unfortunately our tour guide for our day trip to Girona-Costa Brava- Pals was so nice, but way too chatty and the tour was not geared towards children at all. My kids were SUPER bored. Pals was an amazing last stop... read more

Barcelona- our stay at Be Mate Gracia was incredible- great location (thank you Bea!), and great space for families. The reception and all staff there was so helpful and kind and attentive throughout. I would highly recommend them.

Our bike tour was great, great guide!

Unfortunately our tour guide for our day trip to Girona-Costa Brava- Pals was so nice, but way too chatty and the tour was not geared towards children at all. My kids were SUPER bored. Pals was an amazing last stop though.

We did Montjuic on our own which was nice but I would not recommend Poble Espanol- pointless.
Casa Battlo was one of our favorite places in Barcelona, along with Oassis restaurant for delicious salads across from our hotel.
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Valencia was magical- we loved the city and did a bike ride on our own which I recommend. Although Mon Suites Catedral was clean and in a fabulous centrally located area (the Old town), it was very loud, and the beds were terribly uncomfortable. As a result, I would NOT recommend that place to anyone.

Special thanks to Bea for being so attentive to all of our needs during the trip!

Hotel Reviews
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Barcelona

Great location, great for families, great staff, super helpful, super comfortable beds!!

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Mon Suites Catedral
Valencia
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clean but the beds were NOT comfortable. felt like sleeping on a table
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Guided Bike Tour
Barcelona
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Flamenco Night
Barcelona
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Day trip to Medieval Girona and Costa Brava
Barcelona
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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

Wonderful experience
Portugal | Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2022

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Julia L.
United Kingdom | Aug 29, 2022

We loved every minute of our trip. Beatriz recommendations were spot on, and the trip went exactly as we would have hoped (and more!). All the experiences were truly great.
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We loved every minute of our trip. Beatriz recommendations were spot on, and the trip went exactly as we would have hoped (and more!). All the experiences were truly great.

Hotel Reviews
Almaria Ex Libris Chiado
Lisbon

Incredible place, lovely service, perfect location. As a family of 4, we were really comfortable.

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Lovely staff that went above and beyond
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The apartment has everything you need, in addition to breakfast and a well stocked fridge
Flores Boutique Hotel
Porto

Beautiful hotel, centrally located, vibrant rooftop bar with excellent food.

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Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
Sítio da Atalaia - Lagos

Very comfortable, brand new villas with swimming pools and breakfast. A car is needed to get around, but it is very easy to get around.

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Really friendly staff
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Activity Reviews
Sintra For Young Explorers
Lisbon

Wonderful day trip, our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We really enjoyed this day.

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Algarve Sunset Experience
Portugal

We had the best time, beautiful sites, thoughtfully planned, away from the masses. Very friendly and knowledgable tour guide, overall great experience.

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Private Porto Family City Tour
Porto

Our lovely tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient with our little girls. We loved our day.

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Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

Beautiful area, must see. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We really enjoyed our day.

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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 29, 2022

Hi Julia! I'm so happy you and your family had a great time around Portugal! Thank you so much for your kind words to all of our guides, this helps us continue improving each day. It's been really easy to work with you creating this adventure and it would be a pleasure to help you again in the future! Best regards Bea.

Bea and Karin were fantastic, especially thie...
Spain | Aug 9 - Aug 18, 2022

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Jeff S.
Los Angeles, CA | Aug 26, 2022

Bea and Karin were fantastic, especially their response time to all our messages. Really made a difference in our trip. read more

Bea and Karin were fantastic, especially their response time to all our messages. Really made a difference in our trip.

Hotel Review
Hotel Casa del Poeta
Sevilla
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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 26, 2022

Hi Jeff! We are really thankful for your words to our team, we always try to give our best to our travelers and we are happy to be there for everything that is needed. Thank you again! It was a pleasure to work with you. Best regards to both, Bea.

KimKim came though again! This trip to Spain ...
Spain | Aug 9 - Aug 18, 2022

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Naomi S.
Los Angeles, CA | Aug 22, 2022

KimKim came though again! This trip to Spain was our third using KimKim (the others were Greece and Costa Rica) and we could not have been happier. Beatriz and Karin at Espiritu Travel really listened to what we wanted and created the perfect trip. We were in regular contact during our trip to make sure everything went smoothly. It was truly a world-class experience. Thank you! read more

KimKim came though again! This trip to Spain was our third using KimKim (the others were Greece and Costa Rica) and we could not have been happier. Beatriz and Karin at Espiritu Travel really listened to what we wanted and created the perfect trip. We were in regular contact during our trip to make sure everything went smoothly. It was truly a world-class experience. Thank you!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Barcelona

Location is great. View of cathedral is wonderful except for the Samsung ad. Remodeled room was nice. Stay away from the “classic” rooms with dingy carpets. Lobby is gorgeous. Staff are helpful, but we had problems with the Wi-Fi and a/c.

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Bless Hotel Ibiza, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World
Santa Eulalia del Rio

Truly deserves to be a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Staff is world-class. Rooms/view/Facilities are incredible. If you want hedonistic luxury, this is for you.

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Hotel Casa del Poeta
Sevilla

Unbelievably charming. Gorgeous antiques everywhere you look. Attentive staff. Central location. A/C works great! No complaints whatsoever. Perfect boutique hotel. And I’m picky.

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Gran Hotel Ingles
Madrid

Gorgeous design. First class staff. Wonderful location. Due to the age of the property, most rooms are on the small side. Nice spa, and a massage after a long day of walking was perfect. Chic bar. Alex the bartender made our stay extra enjoyable.

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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 22, 2022

Hi Naomi and Jeff, thank you so much for your kind words to our team and for your feedback! It's been truly a pleasure to work with you to create this awesome experience around Spain and I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip, that's what we strive for and always our best reward. Sending you my best regards, Bea.

Portugal Cities Friendly and All Uphill--Wear Hiking Shoes
Portugal | Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2022

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Gail P.
Bedford, NH | Aug 18, 2022

Kimkim schedule in Lisbon became confused when we tried to confirm food tour. Resulted in hurry- up-and-wait in blazing sun; finally made connection with delightful guide two hours off schedule.
Enjoyed provided dining and fell in love with fado music. On our own we walked (always uphill) to the Botannical Gardens--impressive green oasis in the middle of the city.
Bullet train to Porto great experience. 203 km/hr and smooth as silk.
The cabbie in Porto (not Kimkim) could not find... read more

Kimkim schedule in Lisbon became confused when we tried to confirm food tour. Resulted in hurry- up-and-wait in blazing sun; finally made connection with delightful guide two hours off schedule.
Enjoyed provided dining and fell in love with fado music. On our own we walked (always uphill) to the Botannical Gardens--impressive green oasis in the middle of the city.
Bullet train to Porto great experience. 203 km/hr and smooth as silk.
The cabbie in Porto (not Kimkim) could not find hotel--tried to drop us in the middle of a street. But we stuck with him until a passer-by pointed out where the hotel was (name and number hidden). Our excellent assigned guide walked us all up and down over the old city and market areas. We were able to talk ourselves into a reservation at the highest restaurant in town, where we enjoyed the sunset and an excellent meal.
Kimkim-provided transport to and from train station and airport excellent, on time, and friendly.
We would have liked to visit the sea shore--maybe next time.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Lisboa
Lisboa

Simple accomodations, friendly and informative staff, excellent breakfast. Elevator very welcome. Centrally located between uptown and downtown, on main avenue. Be ready to walk.

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Porto Charming Hotel
Porto

Tiny accommodations, but not uncomfortable. No lobby. Very friendly staff. Two/three rooms per floor, steep steps, no elevator. Simple but ample breakfast. Location 15-minute walk to tourist markets, 30 minutes (down- and then up-hill) to large cathedral plaza overlooking harbor and shore. Good guide, knows everybody in town.

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Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

Wonderful up and down countryside laced with vineyards . Narrow, lightly traveled roads. River Douro at bottom of valley carries port-wine freighters, sightseeing ships and large cruise ships. We stopped at a small vineyard along the road and were treated to a tour of growing grapes, curious pigs, gaggling geese, alert dogs, and a traditional farm kitchen probably a hundred years old. Just the two of us, and I don't drink wine. So my sister got to taste four different vintages, and I ate all the cheeses and meats and olives on the bountiful charcuterie plate!

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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 18, 2022

Hi Gail, thank you so much for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the tours and that you had a great time with all your guides and drivers that show you the cities. Hope you travel to Portugal again soon to visit the sea shore :) Best regards, Bea.

Very well thought out trip plan, great picks ...
Spain | May 17 - May 22, 2022

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Shahenaz E.
Wakefield, NY | Aug 03, 2022

Very well thought out trip plan, great picks for both our hotels and activities. Beatriz, our local specialist really catered to our needs and was very helpful whenever we contacted her. read more

Very well thought out trip plan, great picks for both our hotels and activities. Beatriz, our local specialist really catered to our needs and was very helpful whenever we contacted her.

Hotel Review
Las Casas de la Judería
Seville
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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
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Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 03, 2022

Hi Shahenaz! Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, I really appreciate it :) It was truly a pleasure to work with you to create this trip and help you along the way. Sending you my best regards, Bea.

City and the Coast - A Perfect Catalunya Experience
Spain | Jul 7 - Jul 17, 2022

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David M.
Marlborough, MA | Aug 02, 2022

Our trip to Catalunya was fantastic. Working together with Bea translated into a perfect mix of city culture and relaxing fun on the coast.

We absolutely loved our tapas tour to kick off our first day in Barcelona. It was a PERFECT introduction to the Catalan culture. Another food orientated experience we enjoyed was a cooking class. The experience was special because we were welcomed into the chef's home with a small group. The personal and semi-private atmosphere with other people from... read more

Our trip to Catalunya was fantastic. Working together with Bea translated into a perfect mix of city culture and relaxing fun on the coast.

We absolutely loved our tapas tour to kick off our first day in Barcelona. It was a PERFECT introduction to the Catalan culture. Another food orientated experience we enjoyed was a cooking class. The experience was special because we were welcomed into the chef's home with a small group. The personal and semi-private atmosphere with other people from around the world was wonderful.

One of the highlights was our private Gaudí Architecture Walk. It. was. fabulous. Our guide was excellent and continuously responded to our interests and needs. We also enjoyed having the flexibility in our schedule to explore. Our lodging was in the thick of the activity on La Rambla, but we also enjoyed taking the public transportation and getting to other parts of Barcelona. We went to the beach and up to Park Gruel, both very "outdoorsy" for an urban location.

Once our trip shifted to the beach, we loved the relaxing vibe of the coast. We were still able to tap into cultural experiences such a Dali's museum and home while kayaking the next day. After a few days in the city, it was a perfect transition for our vacation.

We loved working with Bea and KimKim for our vacation. Providing a downloadable app that held our itinerary and all important links, etc. was impressive. We could easily contact KimKim during our trip and we appreciated this availability.

Monica M.

Hotel Reviews
Alta House Begur
Begur, Girona

Perfect location. The room was meets all your travel needs. The breakfast is very nice as you can take it outside to the pool area. The pool was wonderful because it was so hot. Even though the A/C is fine, it was nice to dip into the pool after a hot day. The lounge on the roof was a wonderful bonus. Wonderful! Everyone was very nice and professional. Note - you can't park there, you need to park in one of the lots outside the city. Not a far walk at all, but good to know.

Authenticity & Character
It was modern and minimalist. It was 100% fine.
Location
On a quiet, quiet street within a minute to the center of the evening activity. Really perfect.
Staff
Very helpful, very professional.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean, but the rooms aren't the kind of room you stretch out in and relax. The pool is for that. Or the roof top lounge is for that.
Hotel Maritim
Roses

Everything was clean and professional. Great location.

Authenticity & Character
Everyone was very professional and the hotel was well run. It had many amenities such as the lounge, pool, and breakfast/dinner room.
Location
Right. On. The. Beach.
Staff
Very professional.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean. Not a super room to relax in. Had amenities such as a safe and refrigerator, but it wasn't super comfortable to relax in during siesta. I am guessing this would change dramatically for the better if you stayed on the ocean side. ;)
Arc La Rambla
Barcelona

Very professional and helpful. Our room was on the lower end, I believe, so we were in an "inside" room. Whereas this felt like a negative, I will admit the room was very, very quiet. Located on La Rambla, it was impressively quiet. The front desk people were always helpful and polite. We appreciated them a great deal. The breakfast was wonderful. The common room was also helpful to sit and relax and plan your day.

Authenticity & Character
Everything was professional, clean, and to a high standard.
Location
Right. On. La. Rambla.
Staff
Always helpful and in a good mood.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Well, the room had a window to an air shaft. Not ideal. But we used the common room to sit and relax in couches, etc. As already mentioned, I believe this room was super quiet and we appreciated that.
Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Barcelona

This is the best idea for one of your first nights in Barcelona. It was fun, educational, and culturally enriching. We loved our guide and we loved sharing the experience with a handful of other people from around the world. What fun! Perfect!

Quality of Experience
Interactive, engaging, educational, cultural!
Food
I liked getting to know the tapas that I enjoy and the tapas I would not choose.
Guides, drivers and staff
Guide was a perfect mix of causal and teacher. Loved her.
Gaudí Architecture Walk
Barcelona

An amazing 4 hours. Our guide taught us about Gaudi while we immersed ourselves in the architecture. I liked that we did not go into every house/building. It was not needed. We went into one and that was very thorough and interesting. The guide was excellent at working with us as far as how fast we went or when we needed a break. This experience proved the value of a private tour vs a group tour.

Quality of Experience
Personal and extensive.
Guides, drivers and staff
Guide was fantastic. She was very good at her job and we were comfortable asking questions or for more/less time at different places.
Flamenco Night
Barcelona

Bravo! What a wonderful experience! It was the most culturally authentic experience of our time in Barcelona. I enjoyed the smaller, more personal theater and the energy of the show. Also, the show is not super long, it is a perfect amount of time to include in an evening. The tapas afterward was excellent in that as you spill out of the theater you don't have to start to figure out where you are going to eat. The transition is perfect. Add it to your itinerary. You won't regret it.

Quality of Experience
Authentic x 1,000
Boquería Market Visit & Cooking Class
Barcelona

Fabulous! We enjoyed all 3 parts of this experience. First, a tour of the market. Second, the chef cooked different tapas and explained the food in the different areas of Spain as we ate and drank. Finally, we prepared our meal under her watchful guidance. All 3 parts were engaging, intriguing, and educational. The chef was extremely personable, fun, yet professional. To add to this, the shared small group experience was delightful.

Quality of Experience
It is a great concept and the chef makes in a win.
Food
Come on, a chef prepared it.
Kayaking Excursion
Spain

We enjoyed our kayak excursion very much. Nile, our guide, was terrific. He made the trip personal to our needs and interests. It was also a good amount of time. This is a great activity for a vacation on the coast.

Quality of Experience
We were kayaking in and out of rock caves. What's better than that?
Guides, drivers and staff
Nile was terrific. We lucked out with this super young guy.
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 02, 2022

Hi Dave and Monica, Thank you so much for your kind words to the entire team and for taking the time to write this review! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed every part of your trip and the activities, this is what our team always strives for and all your feedback helps us improve :) It has been a true pleasure working with you to plan your trip to Catalunya. Best regards, Bea.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Barcelona and Costa...
Spain | Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022

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Brian G.
Memphis, TN | Jul 19, 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our Barcelona and Costa Brava vacation. We wanted an active vacation and the Barcelona bike tour with Jane was an invigorating and educational highlight as was our kayak tour with Joel in Platja de Llafranc. Everything was organized and easy to follow from Beatriz. We already want to go back and would definitely use Kimkim again! read more

We thoroughly enjoyed our Barcelona and Costa Brava vacation. We wanted an active vacation and the Barcelona bike tour with Jane was an invigorating and educational highlight as was our kayak tour with Joel in Platja de Llafranc. Everything was organized and easy to follow from Beatriz. We already want to go back and would definitely use Kimkim again!

Hotel Reviews
Arc La Rambla
Barcelona

Great location to explore all of old Barcelona and our room and bathroom was surprisingly large. Air conditioner was not quite strong enough to keep up with the heat of July.

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Alta House Begur
Begur, Girona

Great location and the rooftop bar at sunset is a must! Very clean and comfortable.

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Activity Review
Guided Visit of Barcelona by Bike
Barcelona

Jane was fantastic and took us to historical buildings to explore that we never would have seen otherwise. Great pace and plenty of stops to rest and learn.

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Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 19, 2022

Hi Brian! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! I'm so glad you enjoyed every tour with your guides and discovered amazing places on the way. It's been truly a pleasure to help you organize this trip. Best regards, Bea.

Amazing Lisbon and Barcelona trip
Spain | Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2022

Kenneth
Kenneth M.
Morrisville, NC | Jul 15, 2022

What began as panic and inability to plan our family vacation in a timely manner, turned into a great blessing. Bea was so helpful and easy to work with, she helped us create a trip to remember! In Portugal, we started with a great tuk tuk tour and then Elsa, who showed us local treats! Our most favorite was touring Sintra with Nuno who was a perfect mix of guide and friend and we had the most wonderful lunch and day of exploring. In Barcelona, Dani was amazing- took us all by surprise with... read more

What began as panic and inability to plan our family vacation in a timely manner, turned into a great blessing. Bea was so helpful and easy to work with, she helped us create a trip to remember! In Portugal, we started with a great tuk tuk tour and then Elsa, who showed us local treats! Our most favorite was touring Sintra with Nuno who was a perfect mix of guide and friend and we had the most wonderful lunch and day of exploring. In Barcelona, Dani was amazing- took us all by surprise with his knowledge and love for the city and sport, Camp Nou was even amazing for our son who cares nothing about soccer! But really, every guide and activity planned were fantastic. On our last day, Nuria was kind and flexible and able to change our tour plan without any sign of concern. We had a wonderful day to Girona and Tossa de Mar. Whatever hiccups occurred were easily solved by Bea and Marta. Our accommodations were great and conveniently located, though having now seen the city, I will opt to stay closer to Gothic area In Barcelona in the future. We had a great mix of activity and downtime with suggestions to fill in the gaps. I have already recommended to friends and will continue for many years to come. Very sincere thanks from our entire family.

Hotel Reviews
Vincci Baixa
Lisbon

Unassuming and lovely. Modern accommodation very well located. Excellent breakfast

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Hotel Regina
Barcelona

The lobby area especially roomy and beautiful. Rooms are modern and simple. Lovely staff and breakfast

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Activity Reviews
Private Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Lisbon

The whole day was perfect and a real highlight. Beautiful sights and Nuno was wonderful to spend the day with ensuring we got the best of the best!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Nuno was incredible
Transport
Privately Guided Visit of Gothic Quarter, F.C. Barcelona & Camp Nou Stadium
Barcelona

What an amazing way to better understand the heart and spirit of the city. Even if you are not a soccer fan, seeing the history of this team and it's detriment to the people was beautiful. Truly more than a team.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Dani was amazing. My 17 year was stuck to his side the whole time.
Transport
Lisbon Roots, Food & Cultural Walk
Lisbon

A schedule misunderstanding changed our restaurant options, but Elsa was great and we had a lovely evening together.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Elsa was fantastic! Lovely and very knowledgeable
Transport
Day Excursion to La Garrotxa & Besalú
Spain

We did not take this trip- instead to Girona and Tossa de Mar. Ultimately we did not want to spend this much time in the car on our last day and right before a 9 hour plane trip the following morning. Recommend for sure, but better to have a free day afterwards.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Nuria was lovely and her flexibility was much appreciated!
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 15, 2022

Hi Kenneth & Family, Thank you so much for your detailed feedback about your family trip and for your kind words to the entire team! All your comments will be really helpful for us to keep improving. I'm so glad you had a great family time and a trip to remember, that's definitely our best reward. Thank you again. Best regards, Bea

Bea was supportive, accommodating and patient...
Portugal | Jun 19 - Jun 27, 2022

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Peggy L.
Chino Hills, CA | Jul 07, 2022

Bea was supportive, accommodating and patient throughout our planning process and always cheerfully and promptly responded to our many questions and requests. We had an unexpected incident during the trip with one of transportation providers, and she was immediately available to support us. After the trip, she continued to follow up and provide updates regarding the incident. We enjoyed the trip, and I would recommend her and her agency without reservation to anyone planning on making a trip... read more

Bea was supportive, accommodating and patient throughout our planning process and always cheerfully and promptly responded to our many questions and requests. We had an unexpected incident during the trip with one of transportation providers, and she was immediately available to support us. After the trip, she continued to follow up and provide updates regarding the incident. We enjoyed the trip, and I would recommend her and her agency without reservation to anyone planning on making a trip to Spain or Portugal in the future.

Hotel Reviews
Eurostars Porto Douro
Porto
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Casual Belle Epoque Lisboa
Lisbon
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The included breakfast items were limited and the quality was not that great compared to other hotels.
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 07, 2022

Hi Peggy! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and for your kind words! It's been really easy to work with you before, during and after your trip and absolutely a pleasure. All your feedback will help us to continue improving in the future. Warmest regards, Bea.

Our guide who took us up the Duora Valley and...
Portugal | Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2022

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Deanna H.
Indio, CA | Jul 07, 2022

Our guide who took us up the Duora Valley and recommended the lunch venue was terrific, so much so that we treated him to join us for lunch. Also, the wine tasting in the valley was terrific as well, as we bought a case of wine there.

Special thanks to Beatrice who made Kimkim the terrific company that it is. She was very easy to reach if we had questions, she planned a trip that we will never forget. We told her we had 12 days and she planned them perfectly, she is so knowledgeable. We... read more

Our guide who took us up the Duora Valley and recommended the lunch venue was terrific, so much so that we treated him to join us for lunch. Also, the wine tasting in the valley was terrific as well, as we bought a case of wine there.

Special thanks to Beatrice who made Kimkim the terrific company that it is. She was very easy to reach if we had questions, she planned a trip that we will never forget. We told her we had 12 days and she planned them perfectly, she is so knowledgeable. We will recommend Kimkim and tell our friends to ask for Beatrice.

Hotel Review
Flores Boutique Hotel
Porto

The crew that work there are very knowledgeable and helpful. Great location for restaurants and sites to visit. The buffet was fresh and generous. The room was good size and was accommodating.

Tips for future travelers

I did not pick or look up any hotels that Beatrice suggested as I trusted her choices and we were rewarded with excellent accommodations.

Authenticity & Character
Everything
Location
Center city for convenience
Staff
Knowledgeable and easy to talk to.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nice count on sheets and comforters.
Activity Review
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

Our tour was outstanding!! The River tour was very interesting and felt very privileged to be able to see the wonders of the area. The Port winery that our guide set us up with was amazing. Tour of vineyard and home of wine makers was fun. The restaurant that our guide took us to we had a chef that was outstanding. A very special remembered day.

Quality of Experience
All day trips were well planned into day.
Guides, drivers and staff
Knowledgeable guides
Transport
Knew area and where they were to take us!
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 07, 2022

Deanna & George, you can't imagine how much I enjoyed your photos! I'm so happy you had a great time in Portugal and created lovely memories all around the country. Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to leave this amazing review here. It's been great working with you to plan this adventure. Warmest regards, Bea.

More than Fabulous!
Spain | Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2022

Cheri
Cheri H.
Walnut Creek, CA | Jul 04, 2022

It was wonderful working with Bea. She was thorough and helpful all along the way. I loved the Trip Plans app that we could use for the Spain portion of the trip! So easy and helpful! I loved every single thing we did. We especially loved the organic olive oil farm, the Flamenco dance, and our hotel was fantastic! read more

It was wonderful working with Bea. She was thorough and helpful all along the way. I loved the Trip Plans app that we could use for the Spain portion of the trip! So easy and helpful! I loved every single thing we did. We especially loved the organic olive oil farm, the Flamenco dance, and our hotel was fantastic!

Hotel Review
Dear Hotel Madrid
Madrid

Great location. Fabulous customer service. The rooftop bar was amazing. The breakfast was extraordinary!

Tips for future travelers

I can't recommend this hotel highly enough!

Authenticity & Character
The rooftop bar! The breakfast!
Location
It was easy walking distance to everything.
Staff
Excellent customer service all around
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tapas Culinary Experience
Madrid

We had so much fun on the Tapas experience. We went to restaurants that take time to make every item homemade. Our guides were excellent!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Flamenco Night
Madrid

Loved hearing about the history of Flamenco and also seeing the amazing talented dancers.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Train Madrid to Toledo, Guided Visit of Toledo, Train Toledo to Madrid
Madrid

It was a very fun trip and excellent history lesson! The only thing we didn't love was our guide. While he was very nice, he never ever stopped talking about whatever was on his mind.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Visit an Olive Grove & Tasting
Spain

Loved coming to this biodynamic, organic farm and learning about olive growing and doing olive oil tasting. The olive grove owner is very lovely and passionate about what she does. It was so wonderful.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 04, 2022

Hi Cheri! Thank you so much for your words! I'm so happy you enjoyed your trip with your family and every experience in the city, that's definitely our best reward. It's been a pleasure helping you plan this trip to Madrid and helping you along the way. Best regards! Bea

Beatriz is wonderful!
Portugal | Jun 19 - Jun 27, 2022

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julie l.
Little Ferry, NJ | Jul 01, 2022

Beatriz was very flexible and accommodating with the numerous changes to the itinerary. She was also very prompt and responsive to all our questions and needs. Beatriz also had many wonderful restaurant recommendations and things of interest to do while visiting the various cities. read more

Beatriz was very flexible and accommodating with the numerous changes to the itinerary. She was also very prompt and responsive to all our questions and needs. Beatriz also had many wonderful restaurant recommendations and things of interest to do while visiting the various cities.

Hotel Reviews
Eurostars Porto Douro
Porto

Amazing views! Location is slightly further from the center so if you like to be in the middle of everything, this may be too quiet for you.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tivoli Lagos
Lagos

Very odd and confusing layout. Multiple sections that involve a lot of steps if you are not in the main section of the hotel. It involves a lot of walking from the hotel to your room in one of the side sections. One of the rooms we had also had blood on the curtain and stains on the bedsheet. When we brought it up to front desk, they told us all the rooms of the same category was booked but they could switch us to another room of another category for an extra $5 euros per night! On the plus side, there’s a swimming pool and the hotel has a beach you can use via their shuttle.

Authenticity & Character
Location
close to everything
Staff
poor attitude
Cleanliness & Comfort
No blood on curtain and clean sheets
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 01, 2022

Hi Julie, Peggy, and Families, thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write this review. I'm so happy you got to enjoy and discover Portugal during your trip. Also thank you so much for the information about the hotels, this is really helpful for us to continue improving each day :) Sending you my best regards, thank you again. Bea

Portugal was sensational and Beatriz was an amazing specialist!
Portugal | Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2022

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eric b.
Sandalfoot Cove, FL | Jun 27, 2022

Beatriz was SENSATIONAL planning every part of the trip and no request was too difficult for her to accommodate...and she always did it with a smile. She stayed in touch with us via text throughout the trip and was able to make some helpful suggestions. She was always responsive to our questions and concerns. Most importantly, the tours she arranged were memorable and the team she established made the trip memorable. For example, the Fada experience in Lisbon was awesome and the restaurant... read more

Beatriz was SENSATIONAL planning every part of the trip and no request was too difficult for her to accommodate...and she always did it with a smile. She stayed in touch with us via text throughout the trip and was able to make some helpful suggestions. She was always responsive to our questions and concerns. Most importantly, the tours she arranged were memorable and the team she established made the trip memorable. For example, the Fada experience in Lisbon was awesome and the restaurant gave us front row seats. The Lisbon walking tour with Maria was perfect-she was fully prepared, arrived on time and provided a fascinating history of the Jewish Portuguese experience that we had requested. Likewise, our guide Paula led us on a Portuguese food tasting tour that was so much fun with a few other couples. All the hotels Beatriz suggested were great, particularly the Penha Longa Ritz Carlton where we enjoyed a fabulous round of golf-and all the arrangements tee times, for clubs and cart were perfect. At the beautiful Yeatman Hotel, overlooking the Douro in Porto, we experienced first class treatment along with a tasting experience that was "beyond beyond. " We ran into some rain in Douro but our guide brought us inside to the winery where we had a wonderful learning (and drinking!) experience. Finally, Porto was both beautiful and charming and our guide Daniel was charming and knowledgeable about history and in particular, the history of the Jewish people in Porto. All in all, a fabulous and memorable experience and Bea was with us every step of the way. Obrigado! Eric and Susan

Hotel Reviews
Penha Longa Resort
Sintra, Linhó

Fabulous staff, beautiful rooms and gorgeous golf course.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palácio Ludovice Wine Experience Hotel
Lisboa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
MW Douro Wine & Spa by TRIUS Hotels
Santa Marta de Penaguião, Cumieira
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Yeatman Hotel
Vila Nova de Gaia
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Evening of Fado
Lisbon
Quality of Experience
Food
Food and wine!
Guides, drivers and staff
Our guides Maria, Paula, Daniel were outstanding. Rai was good but we had bad weather in Douro, no fault of his
Transport
Transport was fine. Our driver to pick up at the airport in Lisbon was a half hour late as was the driver who picked us up in Lisbon to go to Sintra.
Get to Know Lisbon with a Local
Lisbon
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Lisbon Foodie Experience
Lisbon
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Private Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Lisbon
Quality of Experience
Arrival on time to our hotel in Lisbon to go to Sintra. Driver was a half hour late.
Guides, drivers and staff
Tour of the palace with a guide who is knowledgeable of the palace. our guide dropped us off at the park and we got somewhat lost on our way to the palace and. had no guide for the palace itself.
Transport
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Portugal
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Privately Guided Tour of Porto
Porto
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jun 27, 2022

Eric and Susan, thank you SO much for your kind words to the entire team and for taking the time to write this amazing and detailed review! As I already mentioned to you, it's been truly a pleasure to work with you before and during this trip, you made it so easy and I'm so glad you enjoyed every part of your trip, that's definitely the best reward for us! Thank you again, and I really hope we can work on a future adventure soon :) Best regards! Bea

Tour of Southern Portugal
Portugal | Jun 8 - Jun 16, 2022

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Jody H.
Canada | Jun 22, 2022

My husband and I just went on a 10 day trip to Portugal. Beatriz did an excellent job of helping us plan. She helped us set up an itinerary that suited our interests perfectly. Beatriz was very responsive to any questions both before and during our trip. If she was out-of-touch, she gave me a number to call for assistance. I really can't say enough about what a positive experience this was for us. I loved the attention to details. Here is a short summary of our tours:

*Privately... read more

My husband and I just went on a 10 day trip to Portugal. Beatriz did an excellent job of helping us plan. She helped us set up an itinerary that suited our interests perfectly. Beatriz was very responsive to any questions both before and during our trip. If she was out-of-touch, she gave me a number to call for assistance. I really can't say enough about what a positive experience this was for us. I loved the attention to details. Here is a short summary of our tours:

*Privately Guided Tour of Lisbon-Although we were late due to travel difficulties, our guide Julia was great! She gave us the highlights of Lisbon's key sites as we walked around the city. She was friendly, so positive, and informative. We learned a lot, and knew where we would want to return.

*Private Lisbon Brunch and Petiscos Tour: Our guide Alison walked us to many different cafes, shops, and the Market. We had delicious almonds and honey, delicious soup and cod, espresso and pastries, wine and charcuterie-all while learning about the city. We loved learning from Alison. This was another awesome tour.

*Dinner with Fado-So fun! Our seats were within an arm's length of the Fado singers. We enjoyed a delicious Portuguese dinner, and listened to beautiful, haunting music.

*Evora-Martin was our friendly guide for a walking tour of the historical sites in Evora. We again were delayed due to car trouble, but Martin adapted our tour so we could see the best sites. Such a remarkable place. Especially loved the Chapel of Bones.

*Discover Rural Algarve: Tour to the highest peak in the Algarve. Beautiful sites along the way in a comfortable jeep. Stopped to see and drink from a natural spring. At the top, visited a food truck. On the way back down, stopped at a place that made honey and honey liquor. So delicious!

*Algarve Sunset Experience-An evening experience to see the sunset in St. Vincent Cape. The best part were the stops along the way at the beautiful cliffs/beaches. A delicious glass of wine was served after sunset.

***Morgado Do Quintao-my favorite of all excursions. Lunch made with local products-so delicious -in a gorgeous setting. Picture green grass, a table set under the shade of old trees, a quiet pool right beside you, and food grown on the farm, It was great to meet other guests! The wine was great, too.

Every single excursion was great. I would highly recommend all of them. This was our first time to Europe. I felt so comfortable knowing I could contact Bea with any questions. All of the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to plan another trip with KimKim. Of course, I would really love if Bea would help me plan every trip. :). Thank you!

Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jun 22, 2022

Hi Jody! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Portugal as your first time in Europe, hopefully not the last! It's been truly a pleasure to help you plan this trip and I hope our paths will cross again when planning your next adventure. Warmest regards, Bea.

Honeymoon in España
Spain | Jun 7 - Jun 18, 2022

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Mark B.
Highlands Ranch, CO | Jun 20, 2022

The whole experience was easy and the perfect blend of activity and relaxation . Beatriz worked with us the entire time to ensure we had the perfect honeymoon. From the guides at La sagrada familia, el real Alcázar, and the Alhambra to the romantic winery picnic or sailboat experience with Spanish guitar it was all perfect and beautiful. Bea would send us messages and check in with us, and also give us local recommendations along the way. She even told all of the event planners it was our... read more

The whole experience was easy and the perfect blend of activity and relaxation . Beatriz worked with us the entire time to ensure we had the perfect honeymoon. From the guides at La sagrada familia, el real Alcázar, and the Alhambra to the romantic winery picnic or sailboat experience with Spanish guitar it was all perfect and beautiful. Bea would send us messages and check in with us, and also give us local recommendations along the way. She even told all of the event planners it was our honeymoon so we had extra surprises along the way, like champagne when we checked into our hotel. All in all, would definitely recommend using Kim Kim and especially Bea. Thank you so much!!!

Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jun 20, 2022

Mark and Stevie, a big big thanks to you for your kind words!!! As I already said, it's been super fun and easy to work with you during the entire process and I'm really happy you both enjoyed this special trip and hope you created lovely memories. Warmest regards, Bea

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spain | May 22 - May 29, 2022

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Chris M.
Seven Oaks, SC | May 31, 2022

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Trip!

Planning was meticulous and recommend trips were awesome. read more

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Trip!

Planning was meticulous and recommend trips were awesome.

Hotel Reviews
Áurea Convento Capuchinos by Eurostars Hotel Company
Segovia

Segovia is a great town and this hotel was a perfect base to explore it

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Puebloastur Eco-Resort Wellness & Spa
Cofiño, Parres

Beautiful property and location

Authenticity & Character
Food
Location
View
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | May 31, 2022

Hi Chris! Thank you so much for your feedback and for your kind words! It's been a pleasure helping you plan this trip to Spain to get the know Picos de Europa and its beautiful surroundings. I will be more than happy to help with a future adventure :) Best regards, Bea.

Beatriz was a great organizer and took care o...
Portugal | May 5 - May 12, 2022

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Anuradha B.
Canada | May 20, 2022

Beatriz was a great organizer and took care of all our needs and comfort. All the tours, along with the guides were just awesome. Except for one tour guide who took us on a trip to Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. He did not give us the tickets for the shuttle along with the entrance tickets to Penna palace. He did not even mention that we have to buy those tickets. We had to waste 55 minutes back and forth.
We liked all the places in Portugal. My best pick would be Douro valley as well as... read more

Beatriz was a great organizer and took care of all our needs and comfort. All the tours, along with the guides were just awesome. Except for one tour guide who took us on a trip to Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. He did not give us the tickets for the shuttle along with the entrance tickets to Penna palace. He did not even mention that we have to buy those tickets. We had to waste 55 minutes back and forth.
We liked all the places in Portugal. My best pick would be Douro valley as well as Cascais.

Activity Review
Evening of Fado
Lisbon

A romantic getaway. Beautiful music to hear along with good food. Worth the money spent. But, we should have been picked up from the hotel.

Quality of Experience
Food
All the food and ofcourse, the wine.
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | May 20, 2022

Hi Anuradha! Thank you so much for your kind words and for letting me know these small details. Of course, we would have been able to include more private transfers to arrive at your activities if mentioned, as well as we did to reach the hotels and train stations. It's been a pleasure helping you plan this trip to Portugal and helping you along the way, I'm so glad you enjoyed the country :) Best regards, Bea.

KimKim is the service I needed and didn't eve...
Portugal | Apr 29 - May 6, 2022

Emma
Emma H.
Canada | May 09, 2022

KimKim is the service I needed and didn't even know it!

We were super impressed from start to finish with the KimKim format and the complete ease of booking with the help of Bea. I used to work as a travel agent and like to plan our trips with a lot of detail and thought...but frankly I just don't have the time to do all the necessary research on a new destination every time anymore. KimKim exactly fit the niche that I needed.

Bea was great to work with - super responsive and helpful as... read more

KimKim is the service I needed and didn't even know it!

We were super impressed from start to finish with the KimKim format and the complete ease of booking with the help of Bea. I used to work as a travel agent and like to plan our trips with a lot of detail and thought...but frankly I just don't have the time to do all the necessary research on a new destination every time anymore. KimKim exactly fit the niche that I needed.

Bea was great to work with - super responsive and helpful as we planned this last minute trip to Portugal.

Portugal was amazing! We're so glad we went and are already talking about going back. Highlights were the walking food tour in Lisbon (which sadly my husband missed due to jetlag but he feels like he was there because I haven't stopped talking about it) and the entire stay in the Douro valley. Porto has some really charming elements, but we found it to be overwhelmingly flooded with tourists that this relatively new tourist destination hasn't figured out how to envelope yet. One day there is plenty. We did an e-bike tour there which we would not recommend. The guide was perfectly nice, but conceptually a bike tour in Porto just doesn't make sense. We were biking on crowded sidewalks and through narrow streets where it felt rude and/or unsafe to be biking.

Hotel Reviews
Casual Belle Epoque Lisboa
Lisbon

Location couldn't be better - hotel was clean and had a great breakfast. Room was pretty small, but you expect that in Europe.

Tips for future travelers

There are two "secret" elevators nearby that locals use to avoid the hills. We found them towards the end of our stay - both are a left turn as you leave the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Quinta de la Rosa
Pinhão

Stunning hotel! We would be very happy to stay there again. Our room was very recently refinished (it smelled like they had finished that morning) and had a couple of odd quirks. Namely the front door was abnormally short such that my husband had to duck to come in. And despite the room being HUGE, the bathroom didn't have a door on it which we found uncomfortable. Views were incredible, breakfasts were great.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Add a door to the bathroom
chic&basic Gravity
Porto

Great location, friendly staff, very clean, good breakfast. Almost too trendy...looks like it was designed to be instagrammed. A small thing, but they could use sheer curtains on the windows, it was either blackout or be fully exposed to the courtyard and guests on the other side of it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Lisbon Foodie Experience
Lisbon

Amazing! Loved it! Highlight of my trip (I say "my" because my husband missed it due to jetlag). I learned so much, the guide Daniela was superb, and it was the perfect way to spend four hours in Lisbon.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Group Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Lisbon

So, the destinations were lovely. But our "guide" Rui on this was really pretty terrible. This was originally meant to be a small group tour and we really wish it had been. Rui was our private "guide" but he was really more like a driver. He didn't have anything to tell us about about the sights even we asked him really easy questions. As soon he picked us up he started to try to sell us on booking a walking tour with him in Lisbon and using him to book stuff for Douro where we were going next. Since he didn't have anything useful to say about the sights he was more like an awkward third wheel that we wanted to ditch. We overheard some of the stuff other guides were telling their guests and really felt like we missed out.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
He was a fine driver.
Get to know Porto by E-bike
Porto

Our guide was nice and the bikes were in good condition, but we would not recommend this excursion. Porto is not at all a cycling city. We were riding bikes on crowded sidewalks and through narrow streets where it felt alternately super rude and super unsafe to be biking. Our guide mentioned that we were a small group (seven of us) and I literally cannot imagine having any more of us do that at once. Avid cyclists will be mortified and anxious cyclists will panic. Stick to walking tours.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Get to Know Lisbon with a Local
Lisbon

This was a good tour of the city and our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Through no fault of her own though she followed the SPECTACULAR guide I had had for the food tour, who is a hard act to follow and had already shared a lot of the same information. At this point we had already walked some of these spots as well, albeit with less context. I would recommend doing this tour before the food tour to help set overall context for Lisbon.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Evening of Fado
Lisbon

This vastly exceeded our expectations. I really expected this to be a tourist trap dinner and a show type deal - and I mean yes, mostly there were tourists there, but the quality of the performances and the food were very high. And a few locals even came in later on! Definitely recommend.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Wine Cellar Guided Visit with Lunch
Douro Valley

We loved everything about Quinta de la Rosa - I would just recommend leaving out the lunch portion of this or adding some expectation setting. It was a huge (delicious) lunch that ended up being the same thing as I had ordered for my dinner at their restaurant the night before. It was huge and lengthy and ended up taking a huge chunk of the day when I think we would have preferred a light salad and to move on to another tasting instead.

Quality of Experience
Food
Food was amazing, just a bummer that it was the same dish I had the night before without knowing.
Guides, drivers and staff
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | May 09, 2022

Hi Emma, thank you SO much for your comprehensive feedback and review of your trip! I really appreciate the details you put into it. All this information will be really helpful for us as we are constantly trying to improve, especially to have in mind to set some activities during peak seasons and bank holidays, like was your case with the e-bike tour in Porto. Again, thank you so much for all the information given, it's been a pleasure to help you plan this trip! Best regards, Bea.

Don’t plan a trip without KimKim! So pleased to have found this service
Portugal | Apr 12 - Apr 17, 2022

Kristen
Kristen C.
Canada | Jul 07, 2022

Bea planned an incredible itinerary and worked with us so closely to develop the perfect, custom plan for our trip. She suggested activities and accommodations we would have never found they made our trip unique and extremely memorable.
It was such a positive experience, the team was so responsive to feedback and we were so thrilled with the outcome. I had incredible peace of mind knowing every detail was taken care of and they were always there if we needed assistance.
I recommend KimKim to... read more

Bea planned an incredible itinerary and worked with us so closely to develop the perfect, custom plan for our trip. She suggested activities and accommodations we would have never found they made our trip unique and extremely memorable.
It was such a positive experience, the team was so responsive to feedback and we were so thrilled with the outcome. I had incredible peace of mind knowing every detail was taken care of and they were always there if we needed assistance.
I recommend KimKim to all of my friends and we will definitely use them again.

Hotel Review
Quinta de S. Bernardo Winery & Farmhouse
Mesao Frio

This was our most favourite place of our whole trip and we adjusted our itinerary to meet their 2-night requirement because nothing else compared in the Douro. The facilities, the views, the wine, the food, the amenities and the service were unparalleled. It’s a most special place that we’d want to return to every year. Truly a hidden gem.

Tips for future travelers

Allow yourself a few days here to enjoy the property and surrounding areas

Authenticity & Character
Third generation family working the land and making wine - so authentic
Location
Most incredible and breathtaking views of the Douro
Staff
The staff were amazing - such attention to detail and always moving in the background
Cleanliness & Comfort
Every last detail was thought of and attended to
Activity Review
Privately Guided Tour of Porto
Porto

We had the most fantastic tour with our private guide. It was hands and away the best way to experience Porto. The four hours we had together flew by and the tour was one of the highlights of our trip.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Jul 07, 2022

Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your lovely memories with us! It's been a pleasure helping you plan this trip to Portugal and I'm so glad you enjoyed every part of it :) Best regards, Bea.

Dream Trip to Barcelona
Spain | Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2022

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Pam C.
Madison, WI | Mar 30, 2022

Our family trip to Barcelona and Madrid was the perfect 10. With the exception of some rainy days everything else was planned perfectly thanks to Bea! From our arrival when customs lines were longer than expected, to one rainy day when we needed some indoor activity ideas, to planning covid tests for our return flight, Bea was available and responded quickly every time we needed her or had questions. It was so reassuring to have someone to ask questions to during our stay--and it removed any... read more

Our family trip to Barcelona and Madrid was the perfect 10. With the exception of some rainy days everything else was planned perfectly thanks to Bea! From our arrival when customs lines were longer than expected, to one rainy day when we needed some indoor activity ideas, to planning covid tests for our return flight, Bea was available and responded quickly every time we needed her or had questions. It was so reassuring to have someone to ask questions to during our stay--and it removed any anxiety we had about making the most of our time without wasting it on unnecessary google searches! The highlight of the trip was our private tour with Jordi to Montserrat and a Winery where the iconic cava is made. Jordi was informative, and friendly and a joy to spend the day with--and all we had to do was enjoy the spectacular views and countryside! Overall I was blown away by the personal planning I received before and during or trip. I would not hesitate to recommend Bea and Kimkim to friends and will certainly use their service again in the future.

Activity Review
Day Trip to Montserrat & Penedès Region Wine Tasting
Barcelona

This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. Jordi was a spectacular tour guide, friendly, funny, informative and a joy to spend an entire day with. Doing this as a private tour made it the most memorable part of our vacation. Montserrat was breathtaking and so inspirational. The wine tour was informative and entertaining and we left with some amazing cava to enjoy for the remainder of our trip.

Quality of Experience
Bea's suggestions allowed us to vere off the beaten path of typical tourists and show our son some sights he hasn't seen while studying abroad in Barcelona.
Guides, drivers and staff
top notch
Transport
clean, comfortable, on time, completely stress free.
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Mar 30, 2022

Hi Pam! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this review and thank you for your kind words :) It has been great to help you plan this amazing trip during the entire process and I'm so happy you got the opportunity to enjoy the country with your family. It would be a pleasure to help you again in the future! Best regards to you and your family, Bea.

Beatriz and the KimKim Team are Nothing Short of Magic!
Portugal | Mar 3 - Mar 7, 2022

Megan
Megan F.
Richardson, TX | Mar 21, 2022

Beatriz was extremely responsive and created the perfect itinerary for our once in a lifetime Honeymoon! She was available for any additional help while we were in Portugal which gave us peace of mind for anything from where to get a bite to eat to ensuring our drivers arrived on time. Beatriz and the KimKim team created the most PERFECT honeymoon above and beyond our wildest dreams! Thank you for giving us the most MAGICAL trip to celebrate our marriage! read more

Beatriz was extremely responsive and created the perfect itinerary for our once in a lifetime Honeymoon! She was available for any additional help while we were in Portugal which gave us peace of mind for anything from where to get a bite to eat to ensuring our drivers arrived on time. Beatriz and the KimKim team created the most PERFECT honeymoon above and beyond our wildest dreams! Thank you for giving us the most MAGICAL trip to celebrate our marriage!

Hotel Review
The Yeatman Hotel
Vila Nova de Gaia

The Yeatman provided us the PERFECT trip from being welcomed with a glass of Port upon arrival to enjoying the Michelin restaurant on our final night! We were celebrating our Honeymoon, and the staff made sure to help us celebrate with a personalized card with champagne in our room. Thank you to the entire staff for making us feel like kings and queens!

Tips for future travelers

Enjoying a dinner at the restaurant is a MUST!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Mar 21, 2022

Hello Megan! You can't imagine how happy your words make me! Wanted to thank you again for your kind words to the entire team and for letting us be a small part of such a special trip, it's been a pleasure helping you plan your Honeymoon. Warmest regards, Bea.

Bea was amazing. Constantly working with us ...
Spain | Mar 4 - Mar 12, 2022

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Benjamin G.
Tucker, GA | Mar 15, 2022

Bea was amazing. Constantly working with us both before AND during our trip to help us have a wonderful experience. We even changed activities and times while in Spain and she made it happen. I would use her again in a heartbeat and hope to do so on our next trip.
By way of background, there were 8 of us in the trip, ages 13-73. We went to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona and also north in Catalunya. We tackled around three activities per day all thanks to her! read more

Bea was amazing. Constantly working with us both before AND during our trip to help us have a wonderful experience. We even changed activities and times while in Spain and she made it happen. I would use her again in a heartbeat and hope to do so on our next trip.
By way of background, there were 8 of us in the trip, ages 13-73. We went to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona and also north in Catalunya. We tackled around three activities per day all thanks to her!

Hotel Review
CoolRooms Atocha
Madrid

Lovely hotel and great staff

Tips for future travelers

It was great for our last night before we returned

Authenticity & Character
Room design
Location
Staff
Diego!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Tapas Culinary Experience
Madrid

Raul was delightful and informative

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Mar 15, 2022

Hi Ben! Thank you so much for your kind words! It's been wonderful working with you to plan this trip to Spain and I'm so glad all of you had a great time here, that is the best reward. I look forward to helping you plan another adventure in the future! :). Best regards, Bea.

Karin was very patient in putting together ou...
Spain | Jan 15 - Jan 27, 2022

Rosario
Rosario A.
San Jose, CA | Feb 04, 2022

Karin was very patient in putting together our trip. We booked two weeks in advanced which is too short and Karin was able to make an excellent trip for us. Thank you Karin, we always remember you and Kimkim.
Once Beatriz de Pablo took over in Spain and Portugal it was an awesome trip. We told her our flight and she was able to adjust in short notice our accommodation. Beatriz make our trip so it won't be tiring for us. We have enough rest and go sight seeing, shopping, walking downtown and... read more

Karin was very patient in putting together our trip. We booked two weeks in advanced which is too short and Karin was able to make an excellent trip for us. Thank you Karin, we always remember you and Kimkim.
Once Beatriz de Pablo took over in Spain and Portugal it was an awesome trip. We told her our flight and she was able to adjust in short notice our accommodation. Beatriz make our trip so it won't be tiring for us. We have enough rest and go sight seeing, shopping, walking downtown and having tapas. Beatriz also made sure we are doing fine by texting via WhatsApp everyday, if our pickup was there. She also got all the professional guides for us. It turns our almost all out tours were private. Hotels she choose with our budget were excellent. They were very clean and comfortable and made us feel welcome. Staff at the hotel were accommodating as well, they guided us where to eat, shop, what to see on our free time.
Hello Bea, Hats off to you, you did awesome. It's a trip we can't forget. Please also thank our professional guides Cristina, Enrique, Sergio in Barcelona. Jorge in Madrid. Train ride to Toledo was excellent and the place great. It was sooo cold. But anyway we were able to change our return trip to Madrid earlier. Oh gosh, we were having a good time and I forgot the names of our guide in Granada Please so sorry. Our guide in Seville Andres who waited for us to get our antigen test and was very patient. Our driver Juan Pedro going to the Andalusian Olive Estate thank you for being an excellent guide. Now in Lisboa, our last destination this trip was suer great. Miguel our food tour guide was so professional, friendly with a god sense of humor. Maria our guide to our Lady of Fatima was to drive and guide us was very good. It was an hour and a half drive from Lisboa. Tireless woman.
Overall, five stars to all who made our trip worth remembering. Hats off to all!!!

Hotel Review
Ciutat de Barcelona
Barcelona

Easy access to shops, restaurants, points of interests. Hotel can call a taxi for you. Excellent location. Very clean rooms and we had free buffet breakfast. Breakfast selection was very good.

Tips for future travelers

No parking nearby.

Authenticity & Character
Ambiance
Location
within City Center
Staff
Friendly and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
very clean, good wifi connection
Activity Review
Tapas Culinary Experience
Barcelona

Excellent tapas. Wine or any drink you like to have. Cava was our favorite.. We went to three bars and tapa place and they were all very good. Tasted parmesan cheese cake!! Cristina was a professional guide.

Quality of Experience
we had the best tapas
Food
Awesome!
Guides, drivers and staff
Very Professional
Transport
we walked
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Feb 04, 2022

Hi Rosie! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write such a detailed review and thank you for your kind words to the entire team. It's been truly a pleasure to help you plan this amazing trip to Spain and Portugal and I'm so happy to see that you created lovely memories for a lifetime :) Best regards, Bea.