Frequently Asked Questions

Magical Spain & Portugal Private Travel is American owned since 1998, by Dan O’Beirne and Ariel Harris. Bilingual American Dan O’Beirne kicked things off while working as a teacher & guide in Madrid in 1998. American Ariel Harris, came on board post S11 as a partner. His sister Rachel Harris joined next. Expect access to insider experiences, people, and places on a chauffeured fun upscale adventure, tailor-made to YOUR unique interest, with the help of our network of 150+ insider contacts in Iberia.

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The truth is, our exclusive Spain luxury adventures are not for everybody. But if you are a discerning world traveler, and desire a luxury cultural, active, or foodie vacation to remember, we’d love to help. Also if you are a BUSY person, who desires to go beyond the travel books and beyond the online guides, we will customize our unforgettable private adventures. with your favorite people sans stress.

If you can appreciate that customized quality and bilingual services cost more than mass-market mediocrity, then let’s talk. If it’s a good fit, we’d be delighted to help you.

Our private tours in Spain are high-end, private adventures that are designed so our guests experience more in less time with their favorite people, their way. Typically there is a blend of the best cultural fun, gourmet food, history, art, architecture, natural beauty, and more. Our trips are personalized for people of all ages to their style. Past clients include:

  • Groups of friends or family, affinity groups like wine clubs, companies, people celebrating special occasions or anniversaries. 
  • First-time travelers to Europe, as well as experienced travelers.
  • Foodies, wine aficionados, or folks who enjoy cultural fun or history.
  • Our clients are 85% from the USA and Canada, the other 15% hail from Australia, India, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and more!
  • Our guides are all bilingual and excellent English speakers.

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Best of Spain Private Tour

Andalucia Luxury Tour

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Our private tours are 100% custom-designed to fit your style and ultimate travel dreams. This benefits discerning travelers as they get access to exclusive Magical Spain insider experiences. Our trips are typically run between February and November.

We design your ideal adventure based on your dates, style, and passions (food, wine, sports, medieval villages, urban style, cooking classes, dance, guided walking tours, helicopter or yachts, shopping, yoga, action/adventure, art, etc…) The daily plan is based on your desired amount of free time, preferred morning start times and desired pace (linger-longer to hurry-up).

Next, see our customer favorite Spain private luxury tours:

Best of Spain Private Tour

Andalucia Luxury Tour

Northern Spain Private Tour

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We look for quality,  comfort, location, and service for our discerning, upscale customers…. Based on your taste in hotels, we can offer modern urban luxury hotels or unique historic character hotels that include medieval castle or monastery options. Spain offers world-class hotels with 5 stars, ultra-luxury 5-star GL, and deluxe 4-star properties. Rooms options include superior, junior suite, suite, and presidential suites. Other options include Spanish villas or even medieval castles!

The truth is travelers visit sunny temperate areas of Spain year-round…. Spring, Early Summer, and Fall are perhaps the most popular most years but with the cruise ship expansion, even July and August are now busy for us.

For spring flowers, consider mid-March, April, May. June to September is quite popular as is October. For wine lovers, the harvest time is September and October (earlier down south). If avoiding the seasonal European crowds is your thing then we suggest February and March, or October & November. For beach weather and crowds, the best in summer. While the weather has been hard to predict there is a bit more chance of rain in the fall and winter.

We accept major credit cards: Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Bank Transfers.

Spaniards are very friendly BUT, unlike most of Europe, English is NOT widely spoken nor understood especially outside of the luxury hotels and more so outside of Madrid, Lisbon, and Barcelona. If you travel on your own, you might expect to have some frustrating, time-wasting experiences due to communication and cultural miscommunication. Of course, this is one problem you will not have with our hand-picked guides and our daily support while touring with us in Spain.

You can contact our personal tour planners by filling in the form on our contact page, or at the bottom of this page!

Yes, absolutely! You can call our agents anytime on this number: +34 919 04 98 08

It doesn’t cost anything! Our itinerary planning service is completely complimentary, get in touch with our team today by visiting our contact page and start planning your tour! 

Through our excellent partners, we not only organize tours of Spain and Portugal, but we can also organize private custom tours of France, Italy, The UK & Ireland… with more Magical destinations added every year! 

Contact our team today to start planning your private European break!

Yes, absolutely …. We have never seen a Spanish hotel without this, even the backpacker hostels!  

Taxes (which are too high) are included.

Gratuities, unlike the USA, are not a big part of this culture. For example, waiters, guides, drivers are paid a real wage, & do not live on tips. So as it would add unnecessary cost to the tour price, it’s not included.

We confirm your accommodation and rooms as far in advance as possible – generally once you’ve confirmed your tour booking after paying your flexible tour deposit fee. 

Your tour planner will let you know your room types in your custom itinerary, if you’d like to upgrade and change your accommodation for any reason, just tell us and we’ll make the changes to your itinerary and quote!

Our tours always reserve the best available standard seats. Note these are very modern high tech bullet European trains (unlike the Amtrack I have taken from DC to Baltimore to see family sometimes)

We normally use the very modern VUELING airline. This is a very short flight of around 1 hour. We can reserve the best available seats on request.

Yes, we often do this! Do note most meals are around 2+ hours later than in the USA.

We believe it’s your tour so we adapt to your desire for more or less physical activity We can include more motorized transport or more walking. That said, a basic level of health, energy, and ability to walk at your pace on some cobble-stone and some inclined terrain is ideal. Private walking tours are mostly over the level ground but include some uneven or cobblestone terrain. The pace is up to you and includes time for the guides to describe what you are seeing. Please consult if you have any questions.

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The Spanish climate varies with more rain in the greener Atlantic-influenced north and less in the Mediterranean south and east. Iberia is crisscrossed by mountain ranges so the temperature varies with altitude. So in general weather is somewhat similar to California. Urban locals often dress up a bit for even simple dinners out but your style is your call.

  • A  LIGHT RAIN-PROOF JACKET OR SWEATER IN SPRING AND FALL
  • COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES (SUITABLE FOR COBBLESTONE STREETS)
  • CASUAL & SOME SMART CASUAL FOR EVENING
  • PERSONAL MEDICATION
  • CAMERA, FILM AND BATTERIES
  • 1 OR 2 ATM CARD (+ PIN CODES)
  • CREDIT CARDS
  • ELECTRICAL ADAPTOR
  • PASSPORT & COPY
  • FOR 97% OF RESTAURANTS, JACKETS ARE OPTIONAL. PANTS FOR WOMEN ARE FINE.
  • BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR FLIGHT’S BAGGAGE REQUIREMENTS/ALLOTMENTS.
  • BE SURE TO INCLUDE AN ADAPTER FOR YOUR DEVICE CHARGERS.

European Spain is one of the LEAST violent counties (much lower than our USA) in the world but, like Italy and France, one should take care with public transportation as pickpockets are alive and well. Our private chauffeured transfers resolve this worry.

  • CRIME RATES AND GUN USE REMAINS LOWER THAN IN THE USA.
  • MONEY BELTS PROVIDE CONVENIENCE AND SAFEKEEPING OF MONEY, ETC.
  • BE SAVVY IN ITALY, SPAIN, AND FRANCE – AVOID PICKPOCKETS BY AVOIDING MAJOR CROWDS.
  • CARRY MODERATE AMOUNTS OF CASH EACH DAY
  • USE THE HOTEL SAFE FOR VALUABLES, AIR TICKETS & PASSPORTS (SOME EXPERIENCED TRAVELERS SAY THEY RELAX & ENJOY TRAVEL MORE WITH VALUABLES AT HOME.)
  • THE CURRENCY FOR EUROPE INCLUDING SPAIN IS THE EURO.
  • EXCHANGE RATES MAY BE MORE FAVORABLE WHEN CHARGING PURCHASES.
  • CASHING TRAVELERS’ CHECKS REQUIRES TIME IN LINE AND A PASSPORT.
  • ON ESCORTED PRIVATE OR GROUP TRIPS, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO TIP THE TOUR DIRECTOR AT THE END OF THE TRIP: 10 – 20 EUROS PER DAY PER PERSON IS TYPICAL. THE AMOUNT, OF COURSE, REMAINS ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. OUR GUIDES REALLY APPRECIATE THIS AND A PERSONAL MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK IS ALWAYS NICE.
  • TIPS ARE NOT SUCH A BIG DEAL IN EUROPE. SO TIPS FOR RESTAURANTS, DRIVERS AND BAGGAGE HANDLING IS YOUR CALL. IF YOU ARE HAPPY, A MODEST TIP IS A MAX OF 5% AT RESTAURANTS. PLEASE FORGET THE 15-20% USA-STYLE TIPS AS THE PROS ABOVE DO GET A LIVING WAGE, UNLIKE US SERVERS IN SOME AREAS.

Imagine you are hungry for a unique meal experience, you could take cooking classes, buy cookbooks, and experiment in the kitchen burning a few things until you get it right or you could go to a restaurant and pay a professional to create a unique meal experience without any hassles. We have created unique Spain travel experiences for 20+ years so our 7000+ customers concentrate on enjoying their vacation without wasting valuable time or energy with maps, planning, tourist traps, driving/getting lost, language problems, siesta, fiestas, or the eternal “manaña mentality”.

Absolutely! We tailor visits to Spain based on your interests. Please contact us with specific interests.

Yes, we are delighted to work with all types of affinity groups. Contact us for details.
It´s your call, we offer access to numerous fun food and wine experiences for your private group:

  • INVITATION-ONLY PRIVATE BASQUE COOKING CLUB MEAL.
  • PRIVATE COOKING CLASSES WITH CHEFS OR FAMILIES AND MEALS.
  • GOURMET CHEESES, CHARCUTERIE, AND OLIVE OIL TASTINGS.
  • VISIT ARTISAN CHEESE MAKERS OR EVEN A 100% NATURAL FOIE GRAS FARM
  • FUN SPAIN TAPAS TOURS IN SEVILLE & MADRID WITH A GUIDE.
  • SPAIN’S TOP MICHELIN STARRED AND UNKNOWN REGIONAL RESTAURANTS.
  • WINERIES OF THE RIOJA, RIBERA DEL DUERO, TORO, BIERZO, ALBARIÑO, ANDALUCIA AND OTHERS WINE REGIONS OF SPAIN.

The southern and coastal of Spain is largely a Mediterranean climate and similar to California. Northern Spain has more Atlantic influence and is cooler. Of course, there are variations between the beaches and the many elevated areas and mountains ranges that provide regional diversity in Iberia. Contact us for more details.

Say Hola to your Private Expert Tour Planner in Spain

Hola from Spain! I’m Dan O’Beirne, founder of Magical Spain.

Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

Step 1

Fill out the form with the destinations, wish-list, & personal preferences for your perfect trip. If you would like your tour planner to offer some inspiration, then we are happy to provide a suggested itinerary which we can then refine with you until you are 100% delighted with it.

Step 2

Soon after receiving your request, your personal tour planner will be in touch to begin planning your custom tour. You will then receive a tailor-made tour itinerary which can be revised an unlimited number of times to ensure total satisfaction and the perfect vacation.

Step 3

Your officially licensed private guide will meet you at the pre-arranged starting point of your tour. You can count on us for 24/7 in-country support and everything else necessary for a wonderful vacation and seamless tour experience. Welcome to Iberia!

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