Paula M. from Westlake Village, CA; traveled to Iceland
Yes, the trip was incredible! The scenery was indescribably, breathtakingly beautiful, the activities were a blast and our guide Bjarni (not sure if that’s the right spelling), was fabulous!
Most all the guides on our outings were great, and Bjarni was terrific, a great driver in some tough weather, able to pivot when whale watching was canceled, and take us dog sledding (The people and dogs at Snow Dogs Iceland, made this a high point of the trip), and finding a terrific and unusual restaurant for dinner one night in Myvatn.
Please convey our thanks to Spiced Destinations. It was so much better than we ever anticipated!
Peter F. from Northfield IL; traveled to Iceland
“The trip was fantastic. We got so lucky with the weather, only two cold and rainy days. Very active - we need a vacation from the vacation. All the hotels were great. The activities all worked very well - the jet ski trip was magical with a pod of dolphins circling and playing with us, the ATV ride and picnic in a cave in the national park were truly unforgettable, we ended up adding a second whale watching tour in our "off" morning in Reykavik and saw a dozen Minke whales and a humpback! Lots of great hikes and scenery. Please send our best to Spiced Destinations. We will be tired tonight but at least the sun will actually go down for the first time in two weeks. “
Derek S. from Zionsville, IN; travelled to Iceland
Hi Alex the trip was amazing! We really had a wonderful time and all of the tour help from your group was really excellent and spot-on for the time we had there and all of our conversations. There were some glitches with the tablet but that got worked out, and Dori (the owner there) really helped out a lot and was fun to deal with. We definitely want to go back!
Carol Andrews, Andrews Travel; traveled to Morocco
I just got home from my first trip to Morocco, taking a group of 13 people.
The trip was perfect from start to finish. Spiced Destinations did a fabulous job planning our itinerary and all of our hotels and riads were perfect.
Before we left, they gave us lots of helpful information about food, packing, tipping... and once we arrived, our local guide took great care of us. He went out of his way to make sure we saw and did everything we wanted to do. He was the perfect combination of experience, knowledge, local connections, humor and patience. We all loved him.
Morocco is such a unique destination with varying landscapes, food, and sites. I have never been to a country where the locals were more welcoming and happy to see us. We felt very safe wandering through the colorful souks shopping till we dropped. I am so glad we went now because it was like having our own private experiences everywhere. While I am sure it is amazing anytime, we had many of the sites to ourselves- no crowds, no waiting in long lines making for perfect photo ops and VIP treatment everywhere.
One of the highlights was riding camels in the desert to watch the sunset. It was surreal! The desert camps are a don't miss.
If you have a bucket list, Morocco needs to be on it! Spiced Destinations will handle all of the details for you so all you have to do is enjoy your trip.
Betty Earll from Wayne Griffin Travel & Cruise Service, from Arlington Heights, IL; traveled to Brazil
Spiced Destinations made our FAM trip to Brazil memorable in every way. The level of hotels, sightseeing, meals and service were all superior. The in country destinations had a great mixture of city and nature. It was hard to decide which I liked best. We enjoyed a wide variety of fun and learning experiences, which were both destination and personally enriching. Traveling in a small group with other agents was also so beneficial. The trip made me realize that South America has more to offer than most of my clients are aware of and that I need to help them have a new perspective on Brazil. Much appreciation to Spiced Destinations and Eitan for the wonderful Brazil FAM.
Diane N. from FROSCH Travel in Deerfiled, IL; traveled to Brazil
Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to experience Brazil. It far exceeded my expectations. What a beautiful country and the people are truly warm and friendly. The fam has opened my eyes to a new destination to sell and add to an amazing South American itinerary. From the amazing sights, museums, food and wine and nature and wildlife, it can’t be missed.
Spiced Destinations is outstanding in every way. The meticulously planned itinerary was a perfect balance of organized activities and leisure time. We were able to get a true sense of the culture and daily life through the activities we were immersed in, such as the music and dance lessons planned. We then were able to go out into a local club and restaurant to enjoy what we learned. The trip to the local market to learn and buy the local foods and spices for our cooking class and lunch was amazing and delicious! It is a memory I will not forget.
The guides were spectacular and fantastic. They were always cheerful and helpful in every way. They were a wealth of knowledge that made our trip such a fun and learning experience. I can not recommend them enough. The hotels were always in perfect locations and
luxury beyond belief. I truly look forward to selling Brazil and Spiced Destinations to my clients without hesitation.
Marilyn Z. from Chicago, IL; traveled to Peru
You did it again! We had a wonderful time in Peru! The landscape was awesome, the food delicious, our accommodations luxurious in most cases, the culture fascinating and the Incan ruins left me speechless. Our guides were superb and possessed a wealth of knowledge about everything it seemed. Flora, fauna, history, environment, economics, they knew it all. Our tight schedule went without a hitch and for that I hope you send Eitan our heartfelt gratitude. Most importantly, our altitude pills worked extremely well, so we suffered no ill-effects at all. In fact, I think I may have achieved a new level of physical fitness from climbing up and down the uneven stone steps at the various Incan ruins! A value add!
I guess, most importantly, the Peruvian people were extremely kind and attentive. From drivers, to bus boys, to the wait staff in restaurants, hotel clerks, and everyone else we met, all seemed genuinely intent on making us feel welcome and valued.
I’m so glad we accepted the challenge of Peru. It was definitely one of those trips of a lifetime. Thanks for making it all happen for us!
Richard Engle of Protravel International, Chicago, IL; traveled to Colombia
My experience with Spiced Destinations in Colombia was excellent. Spiced manages to track down the BEST guides, the most UNIQUE experiences, and the most reliable transportation options. It’s clear to me that this company focuses on the details that make a luxury trip true luxury….without losing sight of the big picture. We had the perfect balance of metro/rural, of up-to-date/contemporary Colombia alongside traditional, and our tour highlighted the fact that Colombia is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth. Thank you for a great journey!
Jodi Zoph, Owner of Mindful Journeys Travel; traveled to Colombia
I just returned from an incredible journey through Colombia led by Spiced Destinations. As a small tour operator Spiced Destinations was able to show us the intimate life of Colombians without the cookie-cutter feel of a large operator. The guides were personable and vivacious; their enthusiasm and pride for Colombia were contagious. In every region, the tours were unique. Every day provided an undisclosed surprise whether a barbecue set up in a meadow or meeting with an art dealer who opened our eyes to the colorful Colombian art world. This trip was curated with extraordinary care and detail. I wouldn't change one aspect of the itinerary. Thank you, Spiced Destinations for your outstanding care and planning for your clients. Bravo!
Thank you, again, Eitan, for including me on this trip. Your professionalism and passion for your business is exemplary. I look forward to working with you again.
Barbara R. from Southfield, MI: traveled to Iceland
Everything worked out wonderfully. You did a fantastic job of taking care of all the details - even when we missed our culinary tour, it was rescheduled. Thanks to all for a carefree journey. BTW we ate fermented shark on the culinary tour, and it wasn’t so bad. We skipped the ram’s testicles and singed sheep head which we understand are also Icelandic specialties.
I should have added that this guide was very well informed and spoke without major prompting from us - we like that rather than having to interview a guide.