“The tour was impressively well-researched. I would not have discovered many of the cities, villages, and historic sites in the itinerary, had I done the organizing alone, because many of the places we visited were not even in my radar. Only a local or a true insider could have done what Jose has accomplished, which is to go beyond the obvious. Also, due to the language barrier, it helped that Jose is a native Spanish speaker, also fluent in English and French. Since I have a small child and am a solo preneur, I also don’t have the time to coordinate the massive amount of details and in-depth planning required for such a 30-day trip. Jose found a baby sitter in every city we covered so I enjoyed traveling with my son, and at the same time had the luxury of leaving him at dinner hour, to enjoy long leisurely meals with the group. We had the full spectrum of dining experiences … from casual tapas bars, to meals in privately-owned estates, country restaurants inside small villages, luxury farms, in vineyards, castles, hard-to-find molecular gastronomy destinations with theatrical style, and simple seaside meals. All the accommodations chosen were properties of historical value, enriching our overall understanding of the city or town. I would recommend Jose to all my family and friends, because travel with him is far more life enhancing than merely following a generic, predictable guide book … due to the attention to detail and high standards in editing our hotels and restaurants to include only those with character and charm”.

Angelique Dominici
Paris, 25 January 2013


I have joined several fascinating tours organised by Travels & Tapas. They uncovered hidden cultural treasures and opened stately homes to us which are normally not open to the public. It proves the team are extremely knowledgeable, have excellent connections and are highly professional.

The hotels and restaurants were fantastic, the service impeccable and the logistics never faltered!
Angeles Quimson
Ascot (England), September 2012


One of our best vacations ever.  Expect the unexpected from the organizers.
The Michelin stars dazzled, the culture amazed, and the company excelled.
A delightful adventure that we would readily repeat.


Roger and Cynthia Gale
Portland, U.S.A.