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“Most amazing wine, food and culture tour of the Sherry triangle!”
Review of Genuine Andalusia

Genuine Andalusia
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Owner description: Genuine Andalusia offers comfortable private tours to individuals, small groups and families visiting South West Spain, 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. The three concepts describing our services best are comfort, beauty and authenticity.
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable in wine and have drunk our fair share of Sherry, and Ivan tailored our 3 day tour of the Sherry region taking that into account. All I can say is that we were completely BLOWN AWAY by Ivan's knowledge of wine and winemaking but also of the history and culture of the region. We left our tour so much better educated about Sherry wines and, equally important, about the unique history and culture of the region that makes the wines so special. Ivan is a genuinely kind and passionate person and we enjoyed every minute we spent with him and felt like we were leaving a friend when the tour was done. It's also amazing what access Ivan has to smaller, off-the-beaten path bodegas, winemakers, farmers, etc. We were exposed to so many unique and memorable things that would have been absolutely impossible without Ivan.
I can also imagine Ivan leading amazing tours for families, and I plan to return next year with my two daughters for a tour of Andalucía with Ivan.

Thank Jason M
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Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Jason! I have to admit that I was absolutely thrilled when you first emailed me showing such interest and proving to be so knowledgeable about Sherry, so designing and later conducting your 3 day sherry tour was truly delightful and something that I will definitely always remember.
Thank you so very much indeed again for being such enthusiastic, fun, generous and motivated sherry lovers!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last week we looked back, with a glass of sherry, iberico-ham, goatcheese and of course olives, to three weeks traveling through Andalusia organized by you. We can only come to the conclusion that is was really FANTASTIC! First our driver José: so kind, so helpful, so correct, very professional; the car was always clean. We had so much fun together however the communication was not 100% but sometimes that is not a problem because we could understand each other in a special way and one word was most of the time enough! In those three weeks José had become a friend of us. So it was really difficult saying goodbye to him. Our guides were also very good, lots of knowledge, kind, specially patience with us as we always want to have extra time for taking pictures (almost 2400 !!) and filming (about 6 ½ hours), giving advise what we could do or see more in a city, enthusiastic and speaking very good English.
And last but for sure not least you Ivan! You are exceptional in the way of organizing, contacting during the trip, nice advices and most of all because who you are. 10+ for us. You are a real ambassador for Andalusia. We had terrible weather but you, the guides and José were always our sunbeams!!! We will sure come back to Andalusia in the future to see some cities again because of the bad weather. Thanks again for everything you and your team did for us. Like we told you we travelled a lot over the world but we never had this experience with a tour company before. It was excellent!

Thank Ans-John
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Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you so very much indeed for this amazing and very touching review! We have no words to describe the super rewarding feeling that your words have given us! It was an immense pleasure for us to plan and conduct your trip through Andalusia and we will always remember you and your amazing outlook on life. We can't be thankful enough to have met you and to have had the opportunity to share our homeland with you. Thank you so very much indeed for being such incredible guests!

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

My friend and I joined Ivan for a tour of Jerez and it was INCREDIBLE. We met him at the train station and went to a local market, had a great breakfast, tried sherry from a local winery, and learnt about the incredible town of Jerez. Ivan was a terrific guide - so knowledgeable of the area and his love for the people of Jerez is contagious. This trip to Jerez was a true highlight of our entire vacation and we highly recommend Genuine Andalusia!

Thank Anna L
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Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for your great review! I am really happy that you enjoyed the tour as much as I enjoyed being your host in Jerez! I hope to see you back in Andalusia one day and to share more of it with you! Warmest regards.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We just returned from a family trip to Madrid and Seville. While in Seville we spent the night on a Tapas Tour with Ivan Ricoy of GENUINE ANDALUSIA. Ivan was FANTASTIC. Full of energy as well as fantastic information. Ivan took all 8 of us travelling together (including 2 teenagers) on an evening walking and eating tour through Seville. He took us to places where as "tourists" we would never have found or known about. Everywhere we went we were treated like royalty as every restaurant owner seemed to know Ivan and think highly of him. We ate and drank our way through the evening. Ivan and his company are a MUST when in Seville. Only problem is i now need a diet!

Thank Fries5
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Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you so very much indeed for this lovely review and for being such warm, enthusiastic, motivated, kind and generous guests! It was a real pleasure to help you connect with the essence of Seville through its food and wine. I will always treasure very nice memories of you all and of your very positive outlook on traveling. Warmest regards from Seville. Iván

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

My wife and I just returned from an excellent eight day excursion through Spain's Andalusia. Ivan prepared a terrific itinerary for us that included all of our requested locations and more. All transportation from point to point was provided by our professional and excellent driver David. Ivan selected outstanding boutique hotels as we traveled throughout the country. At every destination we were met by knowledgeable and personable guides to offer insight into the specifics of each location. Ivan accompanied us on our excursion to Tangier and our day in Jerez.
We highly recommend Ivan to anyone considering a visit to the beautiful region of Andalusia. The attention to detail and coordination is top notch. Ivan made this trip an outstanding success.

Thank Bruce S
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Ivan R, Owner at Genuine Andalusia, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

I am so very glad that you liked your tours, guides, hotels and driver. They were all selected very carefully to suit your needs and expectations and knowing that they did, is a real reward!
Your outlook on traveling, on discovering, on learning and on experiencing new places has been a big source of inspiration for us. We are very thankful to have had you as guests and we wish you many more enriching travels in the future!
Warmest regards

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