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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 Segel

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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!

Eric Montijo
Eric Montijo
17:30 13 Oct 19
Sarah made our trip an easy and enjoyable experience. Will definitely use her services again.
Linda Nastari
Linda Nastari
03:59 24 Sep 19
My girl friend and I just returned from our trip to Portugal and Spain. Sarah designed a great itinerary for us complete with restaurant and shopping recommendations. We ate at most all of the restaurants and they were great! It was nice to not have to wonder where the good restaurants were! Every step of the way Sarah was responsive to our needs, no matter how big or small, getting back to us within 24 hours. She is very professional, knowledgeable and kind. We felt like she really wanted us to experience all of what is wonderful about Spain/Portugal. I would highly recommend Spain Savvy for your travel adeventure.
Dan Castilleja
Dan Castilleja
16:25 22 Sep 19
Sarah and her company are THE BEST. This was a first trip for us to Portugal, her planning, selection of hotels and places to eat, even walking tours was just perfect. We had two small changes during our trip that we asked Sarah to make, she did so quickly and seamlessly. Sarah, thank you immensely for your time and effort and attention. You were there when we needed you, and we have great memories because of your guidance and selections for us. Dan & Lorie
Anne M
Anne M
03:39 31 Aug 19
I cannot say enough good about Sarah and Spain Savvy. I was working with another luxury travel agent on a last minute first-time trip to Spain with my husband and 3 grown children and the trip planning process was not going well. It was my first time using a travel agent to plan a major trip overseas and the agent I was using had very little knowledge about Spain. Exasperated, I discontinued the services of that agent and began researching other travel agencies and was excited when I discovered Sarah who specialized in Spain travel. I decided to give her a call hoping there was a slim chance she would be able to help me salvage our family trip. She quickly understood my situation and rearranged her schedule in order to plan my trip in a matter of a few days (while I had spent a couple months talking to the other agent and waiting a week at a time to hear back with every iteration of the trip). Sarah understood exactly what I wanted and executed my trip beautifully and right on budget. She knows Spain well and was able to get us the private tours and tickets to everything we wanted even on short notice. She was always accessible and personally touched base with us almost daily throughout the trip to make sure everything was going according to plan and met our expectations. She even personally met up with us during our time in Seville. Also, the travel app she used was awesome. Nice to have our itinerary and electronic travel documents all in one place. I highly recommend Spain Savvy and only wish that Sarah could plan our trips to other countries throughout the world that we intend to visit. If you're looking to plan a trip to Spain, look no further.
Lara LaDage
Lara LaDage
23:59 09 Jul 19
During the planning phase, Sarah was prompt and thorough, which was greatly appreciated. The itinerary she created for us was very well-organized and specifically tailored to our interests and budget. Also, Sarah made additional suggestions that we wouldn’t have thought of such as renting a car and driving to interesting locations within 2 hours of Sevilla. The app was very helpful, particularly the navigation option when we were driving or navigating the city. I liked that I could access my itinerary offline and all the necessary documents were accessible on the app. During our time in Spain, Sarah made herself available to us without being obtrusive, and our vacation ended up being absolutely perfect. As a bonus, we had the pleasure of sharing a meal and chatting with her about her wealth of experiences as an expat. We highly recommend Spain Savvy and will definitely be using this company again in the future.
Armaan I.
Armaan I.
00:52 05 Jul 19
Spain Savvy was a fantastic way to travel through Spain and Portugal. We were able to thoroughly enjoy all of the nuances and history of Spain without the headache of planning each excursion. Sarah was easy to work with, timely, and always willing to help!
Armaan I.
Armaan I.
00:52 05 Jul 19
Spain Savvy was a fantastic way to travel through Spain and Portugal. We were able to thoroughly enjoy all of the nuances and history of Spain without the headache of planning each excursion. Sarah was easy to work with, timely, and always willing to help!
Himanshu Chatterjee
Himanshu Chatterjee
18:54 02 Jul 19
I would highly recommend Spain Savvy for travellers who want a custom made travel itinerary and need recommendations to stay in the heart of the city & to eat at restaurants popular with the locals. The digital itinerary developed and shared by Sarah had every last detail you'd need for the trip.
Miriam Mills
Miriam Mills
02:29 29 Jun 19
Sarah is very responsive, full of ideas, fun to work with, and she tailored our trip exactly to our specifications and interests.
Sarpreet Basra
Sarpreet Basra
17:18 22 Jun 19
We recently made our first trip to Spain and used Spain Savvy to help us. Sarah Gemba was very helpful in every step of the way. She stayed in touch with us when we were there and assisted with restaurant reservations, add-ons, etc. She definitely picked the highlights of every city that we visited. We couldn't have known about some of these places without her help. Will highly recommend her to family and friends.
John Reeves
John Reeves
19:25 19 Jun 19
“Sarah, thank you for arranging such a great trip. The early part for my sons on their own was awesome, and the parts that we joined them with the three separate guided tours you arranged had guides that were equally wonderful and enthusiastic. The best parts of the trip were in part from their insights. I highly recommend Spainsavvy.John Reeves, June 2019”
Christy Texeira
Christy Texeira
10:43 16 Jun 19
Using Spain Savvy took the headache out of trying to perfectly plan our first overseas trip as a family. The business is so well organized and communication was always exceptional! Our trip was so much more enjoyable with the help of Spain Savvy! I would highly recommend their services to all!
Christine Flouton
Christine Flouton
20:06 02 Jun 19
After researching exhaustively on-line and despairing in my efforts to arrange a first trip to Spain, I thought there must be someone who excels at this. I found Sarah Gamba and Spain Savvy, and was outrageously happy with everything she planned. We started with a questionnaire about where I was going to go in Spain - Madrid and Barcelona as my first entry into Spain - and Sarah asked me what I wanted to do in each city. I gave her my dream wish list of things to do, and amazingly, with a week total, 3.5 days in each city, she literally checked every item on my list. In Madrid, there were tours of the Prado, and a night of tapas, flamenco dancing, and a special detour to see the flamenco guitars being made, plus gardens, open food markets, the royal palace, the first restaurant in the world featuring suckling pig, vermouth bars, and exposure to the most wonderful, civilized culture and history. Then after a short flight to Barcelona, I was treated to a private half-day tour of all the Gaudi sites, and access to another Gaudi house in the afternoon, plus the Picasso museum, spots for the best gazpacho in the world, the Frank Gehry sail, and once again, incredible food and drink and wonderful people and adventures. I can't say enough for the service that Sarah provided. My itinerary was clear and well-planned, with regular breaks and free time scattered amongst the planned events, and and all the hotels and passes and arrangements so I had no queues or anything to worry about. And some unexpected surprises and treats that Sarah thought I would like. I loved it all, and when I found that Spain Savvy also specializes in Portugal and Morocco as well as Spain, I immediately started thinking of my next trip with them. After anticipating a trip to Spain for at least 15 years, my dreams all came true that week. Thank you, Sarah and team, for your exceptional care and service. I was simply delighted and highly recommend Spain Savvy..
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
22:17 10 Apr 19
Spain Savvy and Sarah did a phenomenal job developing an itinerary that fit everything we wanted to do with our week in Spain. We had great communication with Sarah before and during our trip. Her recommendations for hotels and restaurants were perfect. Spain Savvy provides an app based itinerary with offline options. It included the day by day schedule and necessary digital documents. We would definitely use Spain Savvy again!
Deborah Aiges
Deborah Aiges
14:45 08 Apr 19
Sarah recommended that we visit Zahara de la Sierra and Vejer de la Frontera in southwestern Spain. Both towns were spectacular, both in terms of visual beauty and the accommodations and food! Through Spain Savvy we also visited southern Morocco which was just incredible. Thank you, Sarah!
Vera Suarez
Vera Suarez
13:59 23 Mar 19
My husband and I normally arrange everything ourselves and this was our first experience with a travel planner. Sarah was awesome and now I'm spoiled. I can't recommend Sarah enough. We were a party of eight with four kids between 3 and 11, FYI. Two of the most amazing things about using Sarah is that 1) she arranged childcare so the adults could experience some of the late night dinners without the kids (the kids loved the sitter, BTW), and 2) having reservations at amazing restaurants really made every dining experience enjoyable! Also, we didn't have to wait in long lines to buy tickets, as ours were already purchased. This was the first time we travelled to Europe with our daughters (3 and 5 yrs old) and we were worried that it was going to be more work than enjoyable. But, we think this is our best vacation ever! I credit that to Sarah and her planning. Sarah was great to work with and very responsive to our questions and comments.
Hugh Abernethy
Hugh Abernethy
19:10 23 Jul 18
My family and I were delighted by the Spain vacation itinerary developed by the team at Spain Savvy. The hotel recommendations, the restaurant reservations and tours were superb. Spain Savvy took time to understand what we were looking for in a trip to Spain. They balanced active tours with time to recuperate. This trip was our third trip to this beautiful country. We wish we know about Spain Savvy before the first two trips! If you want someone to thoroughly understand your needs, develop a comprehensive itinerary - CHOOSE SPAIN SAVVY!
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