Travel in the time of Covid
Well, thank goodness 2020 is behind us! You can almost hear the sigh of relief as we embrace 2021.
Firstly, we want to take this opportunity to show our solidarity with those who have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Covid-19 has hit hard and continues to affect people, local businesses, and economies everywhere. It has changed our world and has impacted almost everyone, whether in terms of health, lifestyle, and/or income.
While almost all of us still have major day-to-day worries, inconveniences and restrictions, at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. During the implementation of the various vaccines, we all continue to persevere and take the necessary precautions. However, we can at least allow ourselves the luxury of looking forward to better and happier times THIS year! And, we can now finally start to make tentative plans for the future without fear.
Although the immediate future is uncertain, we know that at some point in 2021, we will be able to explore our world again. Travel restrictions will be lifted and with varying degrees of confidence, we will feel safe again to fulfil our wanderlust. Suffice to say, the sooner both these scenarios unfold, the better!
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Current Situation – End of State of Emergency
At the time of writing, in early 2021, there are restrictions in place for US citizens traveling to Spain and Portugal. An update can be accessed from the website of the US Embassy and Consulate in Spain.
At Madrid & Beyond
Madrid & Beyond is putting the full weight of our 21 years in business to work with local partners to i) ensure safety for those traveling with us in the near future; ii) find ways of helping one another, and iii) to share travel inspiration and practical information for our partners and clients.
Spain and Portugal are two of the world’s most fascinating destinations for couples, families, and friends. Both countries immediately conjure up magical images; the grace and passion of flamenco and fado, the creative genius of Gaudí, a night of tapas or petiscos, the magnificent art galleries of Madrid, the gorgeous turquoise waters and idyllic coves of the Balearic Islands, the raw nature of the Azores, spectacular Roman ruins, the extraordinary food scene of San Sebastian and Porto, the jaw dropping grandeur of Moorish palaces and architecture, the lure of the Lisbon lifestyle, arguably the world’s most beautiful wine region in the Douro, a freshly made Valencian paella, the zest for life in fiestas and festivals, the sumptuous seafood, stunning hilltop white villages, the allure of the Camino, traditional lifestyle and welcoming locals, mighty castles, traditional olive oil mills, the thrill of Pamplona’s San Fermines, stunning properties throughout the Iberian Peninsula, and so much more!
When the time comes, our travelers will be assured that they can fully enjoy the countries and local culture, traveling with assurance and confidence. Safety and fun will be our priorities.
Travel with Confidence
We continue to liaise with all our people throughout Spain and Portugal, confident that they are carrying out all the necessary measures to provide a secure and enjoyable environment for our travelers this year. Travelers with Madrid & Beyond are used to exclusivity, insiders’ access, luxury, and special care. We are just taking it to the next level now! Our guides are informed, knowledgeable, caring and while private guided tours will continue to be conducted in an engaging manner, new safety protocols will be adhered to.
Our Covid Promise
With regard to new bookings for 2021 and 2022, our terms and conditions will be as flexible as we can possibly make them. Travelers will have greater flexibility in making alterations to their itinerary, providing peace of mind and financial security.
Before you book, you will be presented with terms and conditions that reflect the booking conditions of all our suppliers. Each trip is different, but we will always aim to provide transparency, bearing in mind the components of each and every trip, eg some private accommodation(s) may require a non-refundable deposit.
We pride ourselves on our highly personalized service, and that will never be compromised.
OUR HAPPY CLIENTS SAY
Our only problem is that now we have grown so accustomed to using Madrid & Beyond with your expertise and personal touch, and we do not know if any other agency will ever be able to live up to our expectations.
Allison and Alton Ashy
Thank you again for everything that you did to make our trip so special. It truly was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was perfect. Your care putting the trip together for us was THE key to such a successful experience for all of us. It is hard to point out all of the highlights because there were so many perfect moments.
Every tour agency would do well to be trained by you—you are customer service oriented to a fault, responsive and flexible, detail oriented, thorough, genuinely invested in our enjoyment of our trip, and unfailingly nice.
Carrie Irvin and family
Your services were truly terrific and I would readily recommend you to anyone interested in traveling to Spain.
We were highly impressed by the care you put into our itinerary in terms of city and hotel selections, restaurant recommendations, guided tours and overall pacing.
Madrid & Beyond’s services, perfect, of course!
Raj and Laura John
This Spain travel agency is a first rate travel company, they listened to my requests and interests and prepared a travel itinerary that was perfect. My agent communicated with me numerous times before and during our holiday to make everything run smoothly, I could not have achieved this wonderful trip without her help.
Kim Fallowwill via Zicasso
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I am writing to endorse Madrid & Beyond. PCS, a division of FROSCH, is an exclusive private membership club offering the highest level of enriching and inspiring travel experiences and concierge services to discerning individuals across the globe. Our client list includes corporate executives, professional athletes, dignitaries, and other high profile, elite individuals. I hope my perspective will be helpful to you as you evaluate this world-class tour/ground operator. Madrid & Beyond has and will remain PCS’s exclusive travel partner in Spain. I urge you to carefully consider Madrid & Beyond who, quite simply, provides unparalleled travel experiences and arrangements in Spain.
Karen Schueller, FROSCH, USA, Director, Private Client Services.
Steve and I just got home, and we can NOT thank you enough for planning such a magnificent trip for us! It was even more incredible than we hoped or dreamed. All your recommendations were perfect, and the care and treatment we received everywhere were impeccable. Really…thank you, thank you, and again, thank you! We will definitely be contacting you about some future trips.
Wendy and Steve via Absolute Travel
We really appreciated the personal touches you took for us. Receiving chocolate strawberries and cava upon arrival to our room in Sevilla was very special! We also appreciate the call you made to us on our first night and that made us feel special. We are both very happy with the level of service we received during the entire process. I will definitely recommend Madrid & Beyond to any friends and family that are interested in visiting Spain.
Noah & Sharan Sevillia
Wow!! I cannot thank all of you enough!! What a perfect trip! Everything went so smoothly and each piece of the puzzle was better than the one before!! The hotels were fantastic, the drivers dreams, and the recommendations terrific!! I can’t wait to plan my next adventure!! Thank you again for everything!!
Barbara Wheat via Brownell
I would highly recommend Madrid & Beyond, and you specifically! You were always very helpful and prompt in replying to my questions. You really worked hard to find something that would fit within our budget, and allow us to benefit from your travel agency’s insider’s recommendations and knowledge of Spain. I would happily recommend you to my friends traveling to Spain.
You simplified my life considerably and took the pressure of doing the trip off my hands. Setting up the tours and getting us the hotels in the best locations was the biggest help…I felt that you provided great value for the services performed. We will have fond memories of this trip for the rest of our lives. Thank you again for all of your assistance. I think we will be doing Spain again sometime soon and we will be sure to call you when we do.
Many thanks, once again, for a great trip! We had a wonderful time from the moment we took off, to the moment we arrived back from Spain. The accomodations, dining, and stops we selected and guides we had, with the help from Madrid and Beyond met our expectations and then some.