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Genuine Andalusia

Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
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About Genuine Andalusia
Genuine Andalusia offers comfortable private tours of Southern Spain and beyond, to individuals, small groups and families who prefer to keep a local and respectful perspective away from mass tourism. We specialize in Culture and Heritage, Food and Wine, and Outdoors and Nature and the three concepts describing our services best are comfort, beauty and authenticity.
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Denise A wrote a review Yesterday
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Ivan was fabulous at creating a fantastic two weeks trip for us all around Spain. He listened to our requests, had great suggestions and thought of so many details I would not have known to ask. He is amazing!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia
Responded yesterday
Thank you very much indeed Denise for taking the time to review your family trip to Spain with us! We have a weakness for family travel and knowing that you and yours enjoyed your trip and felt taken care of fills us with joy. We hope you will keep lifelong memories of this trip and to see you back in this part of the world soon! Warmest regards from all of us at Genuine Andalusia
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Elaine S wrote a review Jul 2022
Cheshire, United Kingdom1 contribution
We have just spent a wonderful 2 weeks in unspoilt Andalusia. Having wanted to explore the Sherry triangle for sometime, we decided to opt for an organised tour to ensure we experienced the authentic Spain. Following an email to Ivan at Genuine Andalusia we had a very helpful video conference call where he asked many questions to understand us and what we wanted from the holiday. We formed an immediate bond with Ivan – who has the ability to remain incredibly professional but is friendly and welcoming. His knowledge of the region around Jerez, combined with his sherry expertise was really helpful in us finalising a seven day personalised experience to taste sherry, eat beautiful food, explore Jerez and spend 3 days in Seville. As we had decided to spend the first week independently renting a villa. Ivan went the extra mile to provide some suggestions as to where we should stay; we opted for Conil de la Frontera which is an unspoilt small Spanish town with miles of coastline and beautiful beaches. It is well worth a visit. The planning and organisation of the whole Sherry triangle trip was meticulous; from transport to high quality hotels to the sherry tasing and restaurants. Ivan seamlessly and effortlessly managed the whole thing. He accompanied us on all the visits to growers and producers of sherry and food pairing restaurants, acting as guide and interpreter (when needed). We had the opportunity to see smaller producers of sherry rather than the big corporate brands which gave us the opportunity to spend more time with them, taste more and understand their lives and culture. The real bonus for us was that we learnt more about sherry production and tasting, whilst having an amazing, fun time. The food pairing with sherries is something we are practicing now we are home in the UK! To offset the eating and drinking we incorporated a cultural tour of Jerez and also a 36km cycle ride on a disused railway in the foot of the mountains – it was wonderful. Seville is beautiful. The tour guides Ivan provided were informative, friendly and enthusiastic about their heritage and culture. A visit to an intimate flamenco evening was a new experience for us, the four talented artists produced a mesmerising performance. The tapas tour afterwards with our guide concluded a really good evening. The cycle tour around Seville with our guide was a great way to see more of the city, and it felt very safe with cycle lanes in abundance. We had high expectations of this holiday before we started the trip and can honestly say the whole experience exceeded our expectations. Thank you Ivan, for your thoughtfulness, incredible organisation and friendship.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia
Responded Jul 2, 2022
Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to review your trip with us and for being such fabulous, enthusiastic and motivated guests! We all thoroughly enjoyed sharing our homeland with you and are very happy that you also enjoyed the experience. Southern Spain will miss your kindness, your sense of humour and your amazing outlook on travel for a long time and will be awaiting you with open arms for any future trips you may want to take. Warmest regards from all the team at Genuine Andalusia
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100EllenL wrote a review Jun 2022
Oakland, California37 contributions47 helpful votes
I am not Ivan’s spouse, parent or child. I’m not his childhood/high school/college best friend. I’m an incredibly satisfied customer who recommends him whole-heartedly! To start with, he listened to us: what we were interested in and what we were not interested in. He then built our trip to Andalusia around our skeleton ideas, adding so many personal touches that, while it did make our trip longer (we’re retired so it didn’t matter) made it SO, SO much better. What did he add? A sail on the Bay of Cadiz. A cooking class, where we had a fabulous lunch eating what was cooked. A tour of a tiny sherry maker in the countryside including lunch with him and his wife. A visit to a vintner in a tiny (and I mean tiny) village - and he prepared lunch for us. A tapas tour with him - OMG, we ate SO much and it was all delicious! Flamenco dancing in a very small venue, as opposed to the big ones - so much better! HIs goal is to let you learn about Andalusia and its people. He arranged for guides (including himself in some cities) in most of the places we visited. We toured other, smaller places on our own. The guides were all delightful, charming, friendly and spoke English very well. They each loved their country, region, city but did recognize short-comings - there was no white-washing of reality. The highlight for us was the opportuinty to meet “real people” with different opinions. We not only talked about where we were, the history, art, architecture, etc., but about economics, wedding plans, politics, clothes, even bitcoin. Another thing Ivan arranged for us was providing drivers to get us from place to place. We did not have to worry about narrow streets, where to turn left or right (which meant no fights in our car!) or finding a place to park the car. It made for a very relaxing trip. The drivers were all professional and pleasant, with some speaking English and some not. They were all fully informed as to where we were going that day and there were no hiccups. Finally, he gave us hotel and restaurant recommendations in each city, all of which were much appreciated. - we liked every place we stayed. We booked the hotels ourselves, but it gave us an excellent place to start figuring it out. Ivan himself: I would like to become his best friend. He was charming, fun to be with, very knowledgeable, and creative. You can’t go wrong hiring him.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia
Responded Jun 14, 2022
It's me who must whole-heartedly say a big GRACIAS for being such amazing guests all the way. Your review says it all about you. We all at Genuine Andalusia thoroughly enjoyed planning your trip and being your hosts and would really love to have you as neighbours, so we could catch up from time to time and keep enjoying quality times together. I would like you to know how much we all learned from your incredible outlook on travelling, on learning, on keeping active and on life in general! You left a beautiful energy in this part of the country and you will be remembered for a very long time as a truly delightful couple of adventurous, fun, interactive and grateful guests. Thank you very much indeed for choosing us for this trip and for making it so special for us too. Warmest regards
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Voyage630003 wrote a review Jun 2022
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The mostly flawlessly planned and seamless trip I ever went on. I have traveled all over the world and usually plan my trips myself. I found Genuine Andalusia while researching my trip to Andalusia and had a zoom call with Ivan. He has the unique ability to really understand and tease out what kind of trip would work for us. I wanted a non touristy trip and that’s what Ivan delivered. We did things that I would never of been able to do without Ivan. Visiting small villages, empty beautiful Mediterranean beaches that we had to bike to and learning about the flora and fauna of the area. All the guides were professional yet warm and welcoming. It went beyond all out expectations!!!!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia
Responded Jun 12, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience through this review. It is truly rewarding for all of us at Genuine Andalusia to get feedback like this! We always try to curate trips specifically suited to the preferences and expectations of our guests and we are really happy to know that we succeeded! Thank you very much indeed for opening up and for letting us know what you really wanted this trip to be. This helped us immensely to craft the right trip for you, which is what we always aim for with our guests. Warmest regards
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Beth A wrote a review Jun 2022
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This was a vacation of a lifetime. Working with Ivan and his team was fabulous, from the very first conversation. Ivan was interested in us. He got to know us and our family's activity preferences and interests and goals before suggesting the itinerary. In particular, he researched and then took into account one of our traveler's specific medical needs in locating our hotels in appropriate cities with appropriate medical professionals (if needed). Ivan was a clear communicator and a kind friend. I feel that the trip was the perfect combination of art/culture/history, as well as adventure and sport. There were no surprises and no moments of stress. A fabulous experience, all around. I cannot recommend Genuine Andalusia highly enough.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia
Responded Jun 6, 2022
Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to review your experience with us! It was an absolute pleasure for us to plan and conduct a trip suited to your preferences, expectations and needs. We believe that every traveler is different and therefore every trip should be different too! Thank you also for your lovely energy, for sharing your amazing outlook on life on life with us and for being such fabulous guests all the way. Spain will miss you! Warmest regards from all of us at Genuine Andalusia
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