What the New York Times said:
Ms. Grimm, who is half Mexican and has a master’s degree in art from New York University, will lead groups in and around Oaxaca…..Activities will include demonstrations by master wood carvers, rug weavers and ceramists, meetings with painters, and visits to museums and ruins…..Next year, Ms. Grimm plans tours to Veracruz, Puebla, Cuernavaca and Mexico City in January and to Morela, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.….
What the San Francisco Chronicle said:
Jean Grimm Art & Culture Tours is leading a tour of Mexican Colonial Cities. Participants will travel to Morelia, Patzcuaro, Uruapan, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende..…High-lights include a visit to Mexico’s copper center, Santa Clara del Cobre; a trek to the extinct volcano, Paricutin; a tour of a traditional weaving center; a visit to Diego Rivera’s boyhood home..…artist’s studios and work-shops, museums, haciendas and market places…..homes and gardens…..
Mardelle Mikus of Paradise Valley, AZ writes about Masterpieces of Mexico: In And Around Mexico City, February 2007:
If you are looking for exclusivity of fabulous opportunities unavailable to most travelers to Mexico, then Jean Grimm of Mexican Art and Culture Tours is a must for your on-target Mexico tour planner. From excellent hotels to delicious dining experiences, itineraries can be tailored made to your interests whether they be visits to notable artists, fascinating cultural events, significant historical sites, and important sight-seeing venues. Our trip, "Masterpieces of Mexico: In and Around Mexico City" was incredible.
Jean Grimm goes the extra mile when planning a tour tailor-made to the needs and interests of the group. I highly recommend Mexican Art And Culture Tours in terms of knowledge of Mexico and trip planning expertise.
Dilys Williams of Paradise Valley, AZ writes about: Haciendas, Homes, Architecture & Crafts, July, 2006:
As an attendee of one of Jean Grimm’s trips to Mexico last year, I can only speak in the highest terms of the experience.
As a tour leader she is not only extremely knowledgeable and well connected but possesses a calm unruffled manner that keeps everyone relaxed and confident in her abilities to handle any and every situation. She speaks Spanish fluently, knows the “right” people to gain access to interesting locations not included on the average tour where we were treated like special and important people.
Wherever you go on one of Jean Grimm’s tours you will make the right decision by choosing one of her tours.
"Thank you for putting together such a wonderful tour. As I have been telling all my friends and family, it was much better than I ever expected! You and Marge really are a great team."
J.R., Newport Beach, CA Architecture and Interior Décor, 2005
"The tour exceeded all our expectations."
W.K., Albuquerque, NM, Architecture & Interior Decor, 2005
"It was a great treat to be allowed inside such beautiful homes and to meet architects and artists, art collectors. I’d happily take this tour again!"
J.A. San Francisco, CA Architecture & Interior Décor, 2005
"All the restaurants and attractions were wonderful. Hotel de Mendoza was perfect, close to everything."
R.K., San Francisco, CA, Guadalajara, 2005.
"As a member of the Politics and Prose tour, I want to thank you again for setting up such an excellent trip. It was fabulous -- and Alex's presence made it so -- I've had a lot of tour guides in my long life, but he was the best. He kept his cool, was so accommodating, and knowledgeable. I will gladly recommend both of you to any friends going to Mexico. Again, thanks."
V. L., Washington, DC, Colonial Cities, 2004
"Tonie and I want to thank you so much for the tour to Mexico. We really enjoyed the people, the art, the fantastic houses and the hospitable people that made their homes available to us. You did an outstanding job as usual. We want to be considered on your next tour."
P. and T. G., Newport Beach, CA, Architecture and Interior Décor, 2004
"What I most liked were the people, the places we visited, and the food. The artisans whom we visited were marvelous. Alex was a great guide."
M.B. Tempe, AZ, Colonial Cities, 2004
"You, Pablo (the guide), Oaxaca, the hotel, the other tour members, Monte Alban and Mitla, the food, the villages, the crafts, the zocalo. We liked it all, but especially liked the special things you bring to your tours, Jean – you are caring and sensitive to our needs, and your many contacts bring us events over and above the average tours."
M. and S.K., Berkeley, CA, Oaxaca, 2003
"Of the major trips I’ve taken to Mexico, the recent tour of Oaxaca is simply the BEST!!! So, mil gracias Señorita Jean."
S.B. Hacienda Hts., CA, Oaxaca, 2003
"It is always a pleasure to travel with you and you give your heart and soul to meet your travelers requests. We had a splendid trip. Thanks."
L. and C. S., Dunnellon, FL, Chiapas, 2003
"Jean Grimm tours have a special intimate quality about them which I find missing in most tours. As it is an art group there is a sharing of ideas about what we are seeing and experiencing and this gives the experience a kind of totality, and you return from your tour feeling enriched. I look forward to joining Jean on future Art and Culture Tours as I know I won’t be disappointed."
D.A., Los Angeles, CA Conquistador, 2003
"You know how I feel about your tours – you are a dear person and a great tour director. You are so well connected in Mexico and take us to such wonderful places and an added plus, you have Alex!"
C.W., Scottsdale, AZ, Colonial Cities, 2002
"Visiting the villages and watching the crafts people do their thing. The Day of the Dead. The chocolate factory, eating authentic food (3 kinds of mole!) The Day of the Dead was an experience we’ll remember all our lives – so glad we were able to see it."
C.C., Scottsdale, AZ, Oaxaca, 2002
"The trip was truly outstanding, fabulous beyond any expectations I had for it. My mind is still reeling with memories. Fervent thanks for my fourth once-in-a-lifetime visit to Mexico."
K.W. AZ Conquistador 2001
"You certainly have excellent connections with some very fine artists - and historians - that is what interests me most of all on any trip and I shall look forward to learning about future art tours."
D.A. CA Conquistador 2001
"I so enjoyed the Conquistador tour. It really was wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work. As I mentioned to you on the trip, your trip was great for a single woman. You provide lots of opportunities to see things together in safe groups along with opportunities for the more adventuresome. Even when exploring in smaller groups or by myself I felt better knowing I had your cellular number that I could call at any time if needed. I do hope you will be able to get continuing education credit set up for the trips; I learned so much. Your trips would be a real resource for educators that need to continually keep showing they are doing continuing education."
C.L. TN Conquistador 2001
"Did I have a good time on Jean's "Grimm tour"? Does a dog bark at night?"
J.F. AZ Oaxaca Day of Dead 2000
"I must say it was one of the most enjoyable trips, especially meeting and seeing all of the crafts people."
H. R. MA Oaxaca, August 2000
"It was a pleasure and joy to see Oaxaca, the beautiful crafts and the crafts people/artists. I enjoyed the local cuisine and the relaxed pace of dining."
.S. NJ Oaxaca August 2000
"Thank you for a most wonderful trip. Perfect!"
G.W. AZ Colonial Cities 1999
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip. We can hardly wait for the next one."
S. A. CA Colonial Cities 1999
"I really loved the visits with the artists, seeing their homes, hearing their stories, looking at their work - This was personal and spontaneous, not 'tourist stuff'."
J.A. CA August Oaxaca 1998
"I'd do it again in a flat minute."
O.R. AZ MexicoCity/Puebla 1996
"I liked your ability to find out who, what, where how and why. You picked out the best for us to see."
S.S. AZ Mexico City/Puebla 1996
"The tour inspired me to paint again after three years. It was inspiring to see all that quality art in a city that seemed full of textures, colors and layers."
A.C. Barcelona Mexico City/Puebla 1996
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