As the resident Iberian specialist at Heritage Tours, Ally Lewing designs more than 200 custom Spain and Portugal itineraries every year for her luxury-focused clients. She can tailor your travels to focus on a specific area of interest — the experimental gastronomy of Catalonia and the Basque Country, for example, or the Jewish history of Portugal — unlocking private tastings, tours, and other exclusive experiences along the way. Lewing can also put together generalist and family-focused itineraries, introducing travelers to the best of the Iberian Peninsula with her insider connections and deep knowledge of the region.
Lewing also makes a point of visiting Spain and Portugal herself every few months. On her radar now? The gorgeous Costa Brava, in northeastern Spain, which is an increasingly popular destination for her clients. Examples of exclusive experiences she has curated in this region include a deep dive into the life of native son Salvador Dalí with an art historian, or studying the science of the Mediterranean diet with a plant biologist.
"I am usually the planner for trips with my family and friends, but last year’s stresses led me to seek out an agent to take on the task of helping me put together a family trip to Spain. I am so grateful to have found Heritage Travel. Ally Lewing and her team put together a great itinerary for us, including some very fun experiences like a private tapas-tasting tour in Madrid. I was especially impressed with how smoothly everything went on the trip — we felt completely taken care of from the moment we arrived at the airport in Barcelona. I was very impressed with the logistics. We decided to move a lot on the two-week trip and had a ton of different guides, drivers, trains, airport transfers, hotel reservations, etc. The fact that there was not a single hiccup — not one late driver, missed connection, confusion at check-in — is very impressive." - Deborah Person