Extended Stay Vacation
A few years ago I took a three-week vacation stay in January in an efficiency apartment on the Costa del Sol in Spain. The tour company arranged the transportation to and from and while there. They arranged the hotel room and most of the meals. The meals were not all at the same restaurant, but rather vouchers that were good in a number of local restaurants. There were a few excursions included in the cost of the tour and a few more that were available for an additional charge. There was a "program director" who was available to both lead tours and to provide local knowledge for self guided tours. And the overall cost was probably cheaper than what I could have arranged transportation, lodging, and meals independently.
Well, it must have been too cheap, because the company dropped the program. It was very popular and many of the loyal travelers with that company have expressed their displeasure with the discontinuation of the program. The company's stated reason for the cancellation was that they could not maintain the quality without a significant price increase, and I don't doubt the truth of that statement.
I have been looking for such a vacation, either through another company or independently, and I have discovered that there are a lot of bases to cover and hoops to jump through. There are a couple of other threads across thiis forum in which I have discussed various aspects of my search.
My question is, do you know of any tour company, packager, or travel agent who does, or can, put together a vacation such as what I have described? Because of my familiarity with the venues I have been searching the Costa del Sol and Malta, but I would be willing to look at other venues with similar winter climate characteristics.