Fresco Tours first became an idea in 1999 and has since grown and developed with the support and assistance of Bilbao's city hall into the company that it is today. It is the result of two people's efforts working years in the tourism industry and their love for Spain. Fresco Tours was created with our common vision on how to share with you the essence of Spain's magnificent countryside and fascinating culture. We hope you find our enthusiasm for our homeland and our enterprise to be contagious.
Alex J. Chang
Alex is lucky to be able to call two places home. He is from the United States, but in 1996 his casa became Spain. His first exposure to Spain was in the early 90s, when he spent a semester of college in Madrid, where he developed his Spanish skills and gained insight into the Spanish culture and its people. Upon graduating from college, Alex joined an international marketing research firm and worked in the U.S. and in Spain. After working eight years in the corporate world, Alex found sharing the treasures of Spain to be much more gratifying and rewarding than writing marketing reports. Thus a new journey began: Alex decided to devote his efforts to the tourism industry. Having led his first tour in Spain in 1999, Alex brings his experience, penchant for details, and sensitivity to clients' needs to deliver the kind of quality tours that you demand and deserve.
Born in Bilbao, Lola completed her studies in tourism in 1994 and since then has always been working to ensure that travelers are treated to the very best. Whether leading visits to a historical castle, organizing vacation packages for a travel agency, attending the needs of hotel guests or directing the Public Relations Department at a 5-star hotel, Lola has always accomplished her task with not only a smile, but also a zest and dedication that is unparalleled. Her familiarity with her native heritage and customs will enhance your understanding of this fascinating country.
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Born in England, Jason first came to Spain in his teens to visit the North of Spain and Barcelona area. During the 90's, he spent a great deal of time researching Baroque sculpture for the University of Bristol. Formerly a teacher, his love of learning and sharing knowledge comes to life when he talks about the treasures of the art and architecture of Spain. His pleasant demeanor and gentle smile will surely make you feel at ease on your vacation. Jason has found the Camino de Santiago a rich and fascinating experience and looks forward to meeting you!
Originally from New Jersey, Alissa has been living in Galicia since 2001, after love brought her back to la madre patria. Although she was born in the US, her roots are both Spanish and Cuban. Alissa has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from NYU and spent years in New York City working in various Administrative roles. She is outgoing and always ready to learn new things and meet new people. Her love of travel, literature and different cultures makes her the perfect fit to the Fresco Tours.
Hailing from Atlanta, Rick has called Spain's Granada his home since 2007. After traveling and working in Central & South America for several years he decided to spend a year (or two) in Spain to solidify his Spanish. One year turned into two, two turned into four...and well, Spain is a great place to live! Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, Rick stumbled upon a career working as a guide leading wilderness trips in Virginia, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Morocco. He finally decided that having an "office" closer to home isn't such a bad idea and now primarily guides in Spain. There is nothing that he loves more than to share his passions with other travelers!
Born and raised in Georgia, Cate now calls La Rioja wine region casa! Cate has always been interested in traveling and foreign languages and her first experience abroad was in 2008 when she studied in the passionate city of Sevilla. She was hooked, so after graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in both International Business and Spanish, she knew she had to return. In 2011, the dream became reality and she made the move across the pond to the Camino de Santiago town of Logroño. Combine her infectious enthusiasm with her love of meeting new people and Cate will make you too fall in love with Spain!
A native Californian, who moved to San Sebastián in 1987, Carol is a translator by profession and a walking, hiking and history enthusiast by inclination. She has been leading tours in Spain for over 12 years, working with both teens and adults, sharing her intimate knowledge of Basque and Spanish history, culture, and customs. Traveling with Carol allows you to experience Spain through the eyes of a local with the insights of an expat!
Born in the United States, Jeffery's family immigrated to Spain when he was a young child. After completing a graduate degree in Fine Arts in Madrid, he opened up a small print studio with several colleagues from university. Afterwards, he began his career in tourism bringing to life the artistic and cultural gems throughout Spain and rest of Europe. His gentle and calm demeanor will keep you at ease during your Fresco Tour as he is always there to go the extra mile - or kilometer!
The former name of the ancient city of Granada, Elvira was born and raised there. Her enthusiasm for travelling and discovering new cultures have led her to many parts of the world. Her wanderlust has led her to travel to India and Morocco and to study in London and Poland, where she finished her degree in Business. While working as a tour guide in Granada, she has realized that what she loves most is to share her roots and her knowledge of Spain with fellow travelers. Elvira's passion for the outdoors and her cheerful disposition will help make your Fresco Tour a great one!