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Why Spain Savvy

Experience Authentic Spain

Spain Savvy is about giving travelers the chance not just to visit Spain, but to delve into its culture and walk away with a deep understanding of the country and its people.  We go beyond the usual cliches and offer unique experiences and personal recommendations to make your trip truly unforgettable.  Forget about logistics – we will take care of all the details so you can focus on taking in the sights and sounds and connecting with the special people who will make everything come alive.

It can be overwhelming to plan an itinerary to a country you’ve never visited.  We will do all the legwork to craft a complete, customized itinerary based on your trip length, budget, interests, needs and wishes.

We specialize in Spain but can also provide authentic, memorable experiences and travel planning assistance in Portugal, Morocco and other European countries.

Each client who contacts us is provided with a truly unique, one-of-a-kind, personalized product.

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Client Testimonials

A Professional and Friendly Relationship

I would soon be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!” – George Orwell

We are proud to share some of our client stories in this section, where you will learn how people have benefited from the services of Spain Savvy. Our goal? To make YOU our next client success story. Reach out to us today to make it happen!

Bravo to Sarah Gemba and Spain Savvy for creating a wonderful experience for us in Spain. Sarah was very attentive to our particular interests and based on one pre-trip conversation and a few emails, she curated a fantastic itinerary for us. Her hotel and restaurant recommendations were spot on, and the pace of the excursions we went on was just right for our short time (nine days) there. It was the perfect pace of sightseeing and having some down time to experience the culture. We even had time to take a cooking class. We are already planning a trip to Portugal next year and will definitely have Sarah coordinate our time there as well as a possible return to Spain!

Susan Sims

Sarah was an absolute dream to work with. She planned an amazing 2 week trip for my friend and I in Barcelona, Mallorca and San Sebastian. She arranged all our flights and hotels for us, and even helped with last minute changes to extend my trip. She is extremely well organized and sends detailed itineraries for each location we were in with recommendations for restaurants, excursions, sites and other places and activities not to be missed. She checked in with us in each location to make sure all travel, hotel and rental car arrangements went smoothly. She even helped us fix a parking ticket along the way! She is very quick to respond and so easy to work with. Her dedication to her clients is absolutely remarkable. I can’t recommend Sarah enough for your next trip to Spain. And when I get back there some day, she will be the first person I reach out to to!

Lauren Kalette

Sarah helped make our 10 day trip to Spain a great success and very memorable. Sarah is a wealth of information: her guidance, suggestions and expertise helped us create the trip of a lifetime. Sarah is very responsive, understanding and very accommodating. Sarah booked all of our reservations in advance, which was a huge time saver. We encountered extremely long lines at all of the major sights. Thanks to Sarah, we were able to skip the long lines and walk right in to each location. In addition to creating our itinerary, Sarah delivered the most personal touch, when she offered to meet us in Seville and show us around! We spent an enjoyable afternoon with Sarah and her children, and was able to explore Seville from a local’s perspective. That afternoon was by far the highlight of our trip! Moreover,every restaurant that Sarah suggested was delicious- definitely stick with Sarah’s recommendations, she won’t steer you wrong. We highly recommend Sarah as a travel agent, she will help make your vacation all that you want it to be.

Mikki Miller

I had the pleasure of working with Sarah Gemba on a group trip to Spain and Portugal for Princeton University. Sarah was highly engaged with our trip organizers and worked closely with us from the start. She was an integral parting of the trip planning process and her deep knowledge of the destinations she offers helped us greatly in designing an excellent program for our students and faculty. Sarah is knowledgeable, professional and responsive. She knows how to create an intriguing group program and provide a seamless travel experience. She responds quickly to situations that occur during the trip and she is adept at fixing things that need fixing along the way. I look forward to working with her again on our group programs.

Susan Godfrey, Princeton University

My boyfriend and I wanted to do an affordable but awesome European vacation and landed on going to Spain. We were on the fence about using a travel agent at all, but a friend referred us to Sarah, and promised us our trip wouldn’t be as good if we didn’t work with her. We knew our friend was right from our first contact with Sarah! She asked us what our interests were, what our budget was, how adventurous we wanted to be on this trip, and in record time sent us back suggested activities and day trips based on our conversation. Her suggestions were spot on and absolutely no further planning was required. Sarah handled EVERYTHING. She booked our museum tickets, bus tickets, and hotels. Anything she couldn’t book ahead of time, she gave us detailed directions on how to do it when we got there, and this was all BEFORE we even landed in Spain! When we actually arrived, Sarah met us at our hotel and gave us our folder with everything we were going to need for the trip. We felt so much more confident as tourists knowing we had Sarah we could call for help. The trip went so smoothly, and not worrying about the logistics let us truly relax and take in the sights and the culture. We felt like we had a true local and genuine experience in Sevilla and Granada and know that we wouldn’t have been able to achieve that without Sarah’s help!

Annie Gruenbaum

Sarah booked train and bus tickets for my wife and I for our honeymoon, as well tickets to the Alhambra. Very useful as some of the websites are tricky to navigate for non-Spanish speakers. More than that, she gave us restaurant and sightseeing tips throughout our itinerary (Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona) and even gave us a last-minute pointer to a very intimate flamenco show one night in Seville! Professional and efficient service, and a good person to boot! We recommend her without reservation…no pun intended.

Manu Ranguchari

My husband and I just returned from Andalucia, where we celebrated our 30th Anniversary and enjoyed everything this area of Spain had to offer. We worked with Sarah Gemba to plan our trip. She is a gem and an absolute delight to work with. From start to finish, our experience working with Sarah was excellent. She took the time to learn about our interests and preferences, and created an itinerary that aligned with our goals. Sarah was very reponsive. She communicated with us throughout the planning and while we were in Spain. We even met for coffee, which was an absolute delight! She anticipated every need and was always one step ahead, confirming and checking in while there. She also went above and beyond, arranging little extras throughout the trip to mark the celebration of our anniversary. The trip was spectacular! Everything was in order and went without a hitch. It was so nice not having to worry and knowing Sarah was a call away if needed. We recommend Sarah without reservation and are already talking with her about our next trip.

Tracy Sawicki

Sarah Gemba is the Fairy Godmother of travel! After over a decade of international travel with small children, I only wish we had thought of enlisting a travel agent earlier! Sarah found a flying route that had never occurred to us on our own, and it was both easier and less expensive than our usual trip. She was helpful every step of the way – noticing when our seat selections inadvertently split up our family, and calling the airline herself to correct the seating configuration because we were busy packing. She was friendly and efficient and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her! Sarah is a wealth of information about travel to and within Europe, and we are all grateful for her professional services, which definitely took the stress out of travelling. We can’t wait to have her wave her «magic wand» for our future trips. Thank you Sarah!

Caitlin Doggart

Sarah worked seamlessly with me to put together a wonderful trip to Andalusia.

Eric Lowry

Sarah filled in the blanks of our vacation in Spain. As we wanted to spend time in Valencia during the Fallas Festival, and to see the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, she pulled together our tours, flights to and from Mallorca, our rental car and all our pick-ups and drop offs in various places. She was available to guide us to restaurants, local sites and such. She connected us to Andres in Valencia and Albert in Mallorca, both top historical guides for their city who we consider our friends. We enjoyed each of them so much. In Barcelona, she selected Mariona, an expert on Gaudi, who took us past the lines and gave us facts and answered our questions with ease. We were over the top thrilled with the personal care Sarah gave us, and it made our trip to Spain so pleasurable, full and memorable.

Shirley Remsen

We spent a week in Spain to visit our daughter who was studying abroad. Sarah was great. She guided us to fabulous hotels, organized day trips with knowledgeable and wonderful guides and took care of our transfer and transit needs. She will help you and you will love your trip more because of it.

Mimi Seagel

Google Reviews

Marla Rzeszotarski
Marla Rzeszotarski
19:09 27 Jul 22
Contacting Spain Savvy was the best decision I've ever made for my travel planning!! Sarah and her team went above and beyond to create the most memorable trip ever for my family. Sarah took care of every request that we had and she really took the time to listen to us to create a trip that was tailored just for us. Sarah was there every step of the way - both in planning this trip and during our travels - in case we needed anything. Plus Sarah's handy travel app was the most convenient item that we took on our trip ;-). We can't wait to plan our next adventure with Sarah and Spain Savvy!
Michael Seidman
Michael Seidman
20:51 19 Jul 22
During these uncertain times, Sarah was a great resource planning our trip and providing near instant expert ideas and support when we needed help mid vacation with dinner reservations, bags that didn't make the connection, itinerary changes due to circumstance. I am a fan of Spain Savvy services.
Meg Prestigiacomo
Meg Prestigiacomo
18:19 17 Jul 22
Sarah did an amazing job with our family trip to Spain! She crafted an itinerary that matched the our families interests and was meticulous with every detail. From the ongoing communication, quality of accommodations and restaurants to to the creativity with all of the activities we enjoyed, they were all excellent! We would highly recommend Sarah for your trip to Spain!
Anne Potter
Anne Potter
16:29 07 Jul 22
They did an outstanding job coordinating our last 7 days in Spain. Could not have been better. Sarah was helpful before, during and after our trip.
Mary Spencer
Mary Spencer
21:07 03 Jul 22
We often question and regret the choices we make. I can honestly say that booking my travel with Spain Savvy was one of THE BEST choices I have ever made!! Sarah booked and navigated a wonderful week in Barcelona and Mallorca Spain for me and my family celebrating my daughter’s high school graduation. Sarah handled everything from lodging, transportation , tours , restaurant reservations etc. Sarah was always available and responded to emails in a very timely fashion. Sarah was also in contact with us every step of the way during our vacation. Booking your travel with Spain Savvy will take the worry and stress out of planning. I am thinking of next venture to that part of the region so that I can use Spain Savvy services again!
Vicki Blodnik
Vicki Blodnik
19:51 27 Jun 22
Sarah was the best. Every aspect of the trip was amazing and she understood they type of trip we were looking for. They planned every detail of travel that we needed and wrapped everything up into a simple itinerary. Thanks so much Sarah and team!
Jose Criado
Jose Criado
23:48 26 Jun 22
We just returned from a 12-day trip to Spain that was originally scheduled for March 2020. During the past 2 years we have worked with Sarah and her staff to coordinate the trip. Sarah has been attentive, responsive and demonstrated high degree of professionalism during these difficult times. My wife and I traveled with our two teenagers and everyone had a wonderful time. Sarah designed an itinerary that included everything from a Tapas, Tavern and History Tour in Madrid to a walking/bike tour in Sevilla to a guided exploration of the White Villages. The guides she selected for the tours not only showed their expertise but were also warm and we always felt we were with a friend rather than in a traditional tour. The restaurants she recommended were outstanding and the location of the hotels helped us manage our time more efficiently due to their ideal locations. This is the first time we work with a travel planner and it has been our most productive, fun and efficient (time management) trip. I highly recommend Sarah and Spain Savvy!
Elaine Wessel
Elaine Wessel
16:11 07 Jun 22
My husband and I used Spain Savvy to plan our honeymoon trip to Spain in May 2022. We visited Madrid, Seville, and Mallorca, and it was amazing! This was our first time ever using a travel planner, and it was a great decision to work with Spain Savvy! Sarah and her team have a knowledge of the cities that allowed for personalized recommendations for dining, attractions, and activities in each location. The accommodations were wonderful, and we appreciated that Spain Savvy was able to secure upgrades and other exciting activities (food/wine tour, horseback riding) that we would not have been able to easily do ourselves. Additionally, the travel planning app that contains schedules, tickets, reservations, and other information (even when you don't have wifi) was super helpful and we used it daily throughout our 9-day vacation. Sarah was always very professional and polite, and we appreciated that she and her team were dedicated to giving us a memorable and unique experience. Would recommend!
Susan Skinner
Susan Skinner
16:54 29 May 22
Spain Savvy did a great job organizing our trip to Barcelona. The hotel accommodations were just what we were looking for. The guides were very personable and informative. All transportation arrangements worked seamlessly and the restaurant recommendations were top shelf. Most importantly, Sarah was responsive and accessible both in the planning stages and the trip itself. She made things easy for us and I would recommend you contact her if you are considering traveling to Spain
Dori Upton
Dori Upton
15:47 19 May 22
My husband and I had an absolutely fabulous trip all over Spain with the help of Sarah at Spain Savvy. She put together a 3 1/2 week food and wine tour of the best parts of Spain. We started with tours of wineries in Ribera del Duero, Rioja, more wineries down the eastern side of Spain, then in wineries in Mallorca, and all the way down to Seville for the Sherry tasting. The food in Spain is great! We had amazing meals from the local spots to Michelin star restaurants. Sarah arranged for all our transfers and our guides were terrific. Thank you Sarah for an amazing trip.
george summers
george summers
13:29 16 May 22
Kudos to Sarah Gemba and SpainSavvy. Our trip was meticulously planned. Our guides were knowledgeable and our hotels perfect. It must be satisfying to have a job that yields so much happiness for curious travelers.
Laura Keanon
Laura Keanon
10:33 16 May 22
Sarah's expertise meant the difference between a pleasant but arduous travel experience and delightful, invigorating, wondrous, seamless, trip in which we could be confident that each day would unfold according to the plan contained in her superb app. From the outset, she was more than a trip planner -- she was sincerely engaged with us. She listened carefully to our wish to move slowly and experience deeply; to stay in centrally located but quiet hotels; to focus on the history and culture of Barcelona and Andalucia.She responded promptly and respectfully to our questions during our year of trip planning. She stayed in touch with us throughout our days in Spain to make sure that all was well. Even took time to meet us in Seville. Her friendliness, enthusiasm and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of travel in Spain were crucial elements in our trip's success.She knows many of our guides personally and chose them to suit our needs. Each of them offered their extensive knowledge but also their individual outlooks on many topics.If I am fortunate enough to be able to travel again to Spain -- or to France or Italy or Greece -- I will not hesitate to work with Sarah again. She's a gem.
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