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Behind the Scenes with Indagare: Spain

At Indagare, we believe that each trip should be unforgettable and every single vacation is designed specifically for each member. Pairing our in-depth destination expertise with knowledge of your needs, we match you with the best and most appropriate itinerary, hotels, guides and restaurants. Here, we dive into a behind-the-scenes look at the trip-planning process for the Turley family's incredible trip to Spain. We talk to Travel Specialists, Caroline Hansen and Emily Pariseau, who orchestrated the memorable journey, as well as Indagare member Muffy Turley, who reflects on her favorite Indagare-planned experiences from Madrid, Salamanca and Mallorca.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to Spain. Our specialists can book you at the hotels that are right for you, plan great meals and activities, arrange behind-the-scenes access and introduce you to our favorite guides.

The Request

Travel Specialists Caroline Hansen and Emily Pariseau tell us about Muffy's travel request and explain the planning process below:

"Indagare member, Muffy Turley, wanted to visit Spain this summer because her son was studying in Salamanca. She planned to spend a week taking Spanish language courses in Salamanca, but was also interested in exploring different parts of Spain with her son and husband afterwards."

The Solution

"We planned a trip for Muffy to Shanghai and Beijing earlier this year, so we knew she loves interesting hotels with a sense of place and likes to explore a city's local culture. We suggested she visit Madrid for its breadth of cultural offerings and end her trip at Cap Rocat in Mallorca, a relaxing but sleek retreat built into an old military fortress. In Salamanca, we recommended the Grand Hotel Don Gregorio ( as it is authentically Spanish, beautifully detailed and had a great location near her son's summer program. Muffy prefers a flexible schedule rather than planned touring, so we provided her with a curated list of our favorite shops, restaurants and activities, each personally vetted by our team."

The Indagare Advantage

"Since Caroline had recently scouted Spain, we had insider knowledge on the hotels in the regions Muffy was visiting, and she was able to make the most informed decisions when choosing her accommodations. Also, because she is an Indagare member and is given perks at these hotels, Muffy and her family received the best service and welcome gifts at each property."

Member Testimonial

"Thanks for helping me organize a lovely trip! I found Indagare as the Memphis editor of The Scout Guide, and as soon as I started reading the site, I loved it! Our first big trip though Indagare was to Shanghai and Beijing, which would have been very difficult to navigate without all of the team's expert planning and help with hotels, restaurants and guides. This summer, my son James was studying in Salamanca, Spain for a month, and I decided to join him and take Spanish language classes in Salamanca for the last part of his summer session. I also wanted to travel more in Spain afterwards, so I turned to Indagare for help deciding where to go. We decided that I would begin in Madrid by myself, visit Salamanca with my son, return to Madrid as a family and then cap off the trip in Mallorca with my husband.

"Starting off in Madrid, I stayed one night at Only You, which was a really lovely hotel and had a great location. The next day, I took the train to Salamanca where Indagare recommended the Grand Hotel Don Gregorio, a fabulous boutique property housed inside a 15th-century palace. I wandered the Plaza Major, the picturesque and bustling town square, and dined at authentic tapas spots with my son.

"After a week of language classes, we returned to Madrid where highlights included visiting the Prado Museum, lunch at the Principal hotel and drinks at the Circulo de Bella Artes rooftop. We enjoyed the Spanish rhythm and routines, and Indagare provided us with an excellent list of restaurant and shop recommendations.

Published onAugust 28, 2017

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