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“I have to say that all 6 in our group agreed Tom, our guide in Kotor, was their favorite guide in all of the ports of call we visited on our cruise----and there were many good ones in the 10 days we were on the Oceania Italian Escapade cruise onboard Marina. He was totally charming, had a great sense of humor, and was passionate about the history and culture of his country. The drive was spectacular, and our driver was very careful to take the turns carefully to maximize our comfort. What an amazing setting for the city on a very long fjord with mountains all around! We had frequent photo/viewing stops along the way and really enjoyed the visit with the ham and cheese maker in the mountain town of Cetinje. Had the best cappuccino of the whole trip at the bar there as well. We also found the museum of Nicholas I in Njegusi charming and interesting-----all in all a wonderful day in Montenegro. Forgot to mention that our tour of the old walled city earlier in the day spurred us on to return to climb the wall to the chapel on the side of the mountain before we had to be back to the ship to head out of the harbor. Thanks for connecting us with Tom and for a great tour!

Anita C., Indianola, WA - Oct 2013


The tour went very well. We were very pleased with our guide whose name was Orcun. The vehicle was very comfortable and would certainly recommend your company to my friends. Thank You”

Michael S., Brooklyn NY - Nov 2013


The tour was fantastic - our guide Nono was well informed and very personable. I would recommend your company to my friends. Thank you! ”

Harriet H., Swarthmore, PA - Oct 2013

Marseille and Toulon

The tours you arranged for me in Marseille and Toulon went very well. You organized everything perfectly, and the two guides were quite knowledgeable. Thanks for your service.”

Thomas M., Arlington, VA - Oct 2013


“The tour in Vigo was wonderful Maria was very good and my entire group thought she was very knowledgeable we loved the tour thank you very much.”

Stu G., Lake Worth, FL - Oct 2013


My clients, Brenda & Vaughn Lee enjoyed their tour! Thank you very much and I'll remember you in the future!”

Travel Agent Shirley M. - All About Cruises, Henderson NC - Oct 2013

St. Tropez, Amalfi

All the tours were great, we had a wonderful time and your guides were excellent, very professional. We are keeping your information for future tours and also to recommend you to a friend. ”

Ada R., Coral Gables, FL - Oct 2013

Malaga, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena

Wanted to let you know that all our tours and tour guides were wonderful. Everything went perfectly, and the rest of my group was very happy. Thanks again for our help!

Susan M - Brewster NY - Oct 2013


We had a wonderful experience. Our tour guide was great, knowledgeable and made it an exceptional tour. We will definitely use this tour service again. ”

Jo Ann R., New York, NY - Sep 2013

Venice, Kotor, Sorrento, Porto Venre

The Knecht party had a great time and ALL tours went really well. It was a pleasure to work with you and hope to send more business your way. Thank you again for all your “last minute” help!”

Travel Agent Denise P., Travel Leaders, Palm Coast FL - Sep 2013


Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but we just arrived home from our cruise yesterday. Everything went great on our private tour from Ravenna to Bologna. The tour guide (sorry, her name escapes me) was great and insightful and took us to a local restaurant that was a big hit. We will definitely keep you in mind if we need a tour on our next vacation. Thanks again”

Richard P., Tobyhanna, PA - Sep 2013

Monaco and Marseille

“We had 2 wonderful days of tours, our drivers / guides were knowledgeable and patiently waited while we explored our destinations on foot. I was very pleased with the total package and have you at the top of my list for when we plan our next trip.

Dolores O., New Syma Beach, FL - Sep 2013


“Our family of eight was on a Carnival Cruise that ended in Venice, and we hired Private Shore Trips for a tour of the city on the last day of the cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and feel that we saw the most we could see in the time we had, and really can’t imagine a better tour or guide. We were picked up on time at the dock and after a short walk we climbed into a water taxi to tour the grand canal, which was spectacular. Our guide Erica is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the area and its history, and her English is excellent. She gave us a tour of the highlights of Venice, including Saint Mark’s Square, and allowed some time for us to visit the amazing Saint Mark’s Basilica. After that we were treated to a delightful Gondola ride, and then we were on our own to wander among the shops and restaurants of Venice, which we thoroughly enjoyed. This tour exceeded our expectations, and far exceeded any shore excursions offered by the cruise line. We highly recommend privateshoretrips.com and would not hesitate to hire them again.

Martha O., Fayetteville GA - Sep 2013

Istanbul and Villefranche

“Both tours were great! We and our friends were very satisfied and will definitely recommend you to our friends. Thanks again!”

Patty and Tony M., Bonita Springs, FL - Sep 2013


Everything was wonderful. One of our favorite days spent on land. Guide was very knowledgeable and easy going. I would definitely recommend to friends and would not hesitate to use again if we return to the area again. Thank you for your pre-planning help.”

Liz and Mark D., Nesconset NY - Sep 2013

Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallinn

“It was just FABULOUS! And we could not be more thrilled to have had the chance to meet these wonderful people who took us through their cities and showed us with such pride how rich their lives and their history has been.

We ate it up and tried to memorize every bit of information. They were truly "professional tour guides" and gave us everything we could possibly handle. We loved it.

Everything went perfectly and our flights over and back went without a hitch. (which is always a bit by luck) We had a huge suite at the front of the ship with all kinds of special perks for the cruise and we spent most of the time in the room because of the view.

The weather was perfect except for a little light rain in Germany. But we had sunshine in all the other ports and we understood it was a big deal in Russia.

My parents were troopers and they LOVE their private shore trips! They brag about this type of touring to everyone they know and they are, by far, your biggest fans! We can not wait to call you again to book as many tours as possible with "Travel with Friends". Because that is truly what it is: Travel With Friends!

I would love to write again for your web page. Just give me some time to recover. :) Sincerely - A very happy traveler!”

Margaret M., Norman OK - Sep 2013


“The trip was fantastic. It was one of the best days of my groups vacation. Very educational. Tom, as he had us call him, was fantastic. Spoke very good English and was a great tour guide.”

John D., Ogunquit ME - Aug 2013

French Riviera

“It was wonderful. Jerome showed us everything. We wanted to see and was very informative, and I'd recommend private shore trips to anybody. If you have a fan page on FaceBook let me know and I'll give you a review. Thank you for a very enjoyable excursion!”

Patricia J., Richmond CA - Aug 2013

French Riviera

“Everything went well. Thank you! The kids really liked Monaco. Bonnie S., Mendham,NJ - Aug 2013

Cork - It was excellent. We can't thank Roselyn and Jerry enough. They were excellent. Couldn't have asked for better!”

Tim M., Chicago IL - Aug 2013


“Everything that was in the control of the guide and driver were excellent. The exception being that there was a major traffic accident on the major freeway between Genoa and Santa Margherita which meant that the visit to Portifino could not be undertaken due to time constraints. Everything that could be done by the guide and driver was done. Thank you!

Chris F., Mildura Australia - Aug 2013

French Riviera

“Everything was great! Thanks for organizing the trip! Cheers.”

Ryan C., Hong Kong - Aug 2013

Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca

Everything went well, your guides are very well informed and friendly. If I have a chance to visit Europe by cruise ship, i will use your service again. :)”

Hendrick D., Singapore - Aug 2013

French Riviera

“Very good service! The tour guide / driver was very knowledgeable! Thank you very much!

Eliad C., Hong Kong - Aug 2013

St. Petersburg

“My clients enjoyed their shore excursion and were very happy with the tour and the tour guide. They had a wonderful time and all went well.

I will not hastate in contacting your company if I should need shore excursions for my clients. I also gave your name to the rest of the agents in our office. Again , thank you for your services!”

Travel Agent Irma E., Just Travel, Novato CA - August 2013


The tour was great! Thank you very much!

Eduardo B., Miami FL - Aug 2013


“Phillipe was the "hero" of our family with his timeliness, his wonderful attitude, his English ability and his generally accommodating manor. My kids applauded him loudly at the conclusion of our time with him. He was nothing short of superb. He even accompanied us on foot to the Paris train station, having parked the bus, and waited until we were comfortably established there with tickets and seating, before departing us. He was A+.

Our guide - Alex - was also A+. He captivated us with his knowledge and his engaging personality. He was superb! All in all we had a very good experience with your organization and we thank you.”

Tom M., Ponte Vedra Beach FL. - July 2013

Duborvnik, Santorini, Corfu

“Many thanks. We enjoyed each of the guides. Many thanks for arranging to have these same guides we had used before with your help.

They each were very professional and adjusted things for our grandsons, two teen age boys who were with us this time.

For some reason we used another tour company on another of our stops and it was a disaster. Yours have always been perfect and we have recommended your company to several friends.

We also had fun with our driver in Naples although we did not use him as a guide at Pompeii. We did the audio tour, which is a bit difficult to follow. However I would not suggest a guide at Pompeii. It is just too large and too much to see. I think I would recommend the audio tour, but with a little better planning than we did. We were lost several times.

We are going to Scandinavia and Russia next summer with the same family so we will be back to you for recommendations when we get that going.

As always thanks for your help”

Harrison T., Lake Forest, IL - July 2013


Just received great reviews on the tour and guide for the ROME tour today!! Good job!!

Travel Agent Karin Z., Uniglobe Ambassadour NewHouse Travel, Mississauga Ontario - July 2013

French Riviera

"Everything was great! Our driver was waiting for us at the pier when we arrived and we were off to see the surrounding area in the comfort of a new and very clean vehicle, and with a driver who was knowledgeable and above all very personable. All in all a great experience!”

George N., Buena Park CA - July 2013

Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Barcelona

They said everything went perfectly!! Thanks for all of your help!

Lindsay H., Palm Coast FL - July 2013


“We really enjoyed the tour of Florence from Livorno. The driver and transport were first class, especially for the return trip to Livorno where the others slept. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on all things relating to Florence. We have and will continue to recommend to all our friends that engaging a Private Tour Company is the best way to see a town.”

Chris F., Victoria Australia- July 2013


“They had a wonderful time! The driver was friendly and kind.

Travel Agent Kathy B., Cruise Ship Centers Schaumburg, IL - July 2013

Montenegro, Dubrovnik and the Amalfi Coast- Thank you very much for all that you did in arranging our tours and transportation in Croatia and Italy. Please know that the drivers and guides were excellent and all of our multiple excursions went off without a hitch. Greatly appreciated! All the best.

John S., Alexandria, VA - June 2013

Civitavecchia, Naples, Catania, Valletta, Kotor, Split

All of the tours were great! Wonderful transportation, drivers and guides. It certainly served our group much better than shore excursions through the cruise line. I can highly recommend your company.”

Dennis H, Chicago, IL - June 2013


“We had a wonderful time in Copenhagen! We would love to return for more time to enjoy all the beautiful city has to offer. Sven, our tour guide, and our driver were terrific. Sven was rather easy to understand and knowledgeable about his city. They made the most of our limited time before boarding our ship.

Debbie M. - Landenberg, PA - June 2013

Toulon, Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples

“Just read an email. Patrick said all tours superb! Thank you!

Travel Agent Debbie R, Berkshire Travel Agency - Wyomissing, PA - June 2013

Monaco/Monte Carlo

Our trip was excellent! At first we were a bit concerned about a lack direction - but Thierry understood exactly what we were looking for - and we had a great day. Our anniversary lunch on a private lanai overlooking the Côte d'Azur at Cassabela in Roquebraun Village was perfect - as was the 'quick & dirty' drive-thru of Monte Carlo -- just what we wanted! We saw all we had hoped for & more!”

Judy L. - Lander, WY - June 2013

Livorno, Villefranche, Kotor

“Today was our last excursion booked through your company. The trips in Florence and Nice were both great, with good hosts. But by far the best guide was Tom today in Kotor. He is excellent and I cannot say enough good about his knowledge and demeanor. 5 stars for him.Thanks for all”

Ken Z. - Calgary, AB - June 2013

French Riviera

We had an amazing time with Ingrid our driver/guide. The weather was not good on our tour because it was raining all day but Ingrid helped us with our schedule and we were able to go to Monaco, Nice, Villefranche, Cannes, and Eze. We stopped at all of the sights and Ingrid was very knowledgeable about the areas. We would definitely recommend her again and your company as well.”

Ross W. - Miami, FL - May 2013

French Riviera

“Our tour went very well and our tour guide, Ricardo, was excellent. He was very informative and very pleasant and accommodating. For example, when our son expressed an interest in the Grand Prix route Ricardo was more than happy to loop around so that we could see that starting line and drive a bit of the route.”

Susan F. - Danvers, MA - May 2013

French Riviera

“We had a great time! Ingrid was fantastic and very informative. No complaints!”

Lauren W. - Saint Louis, MO - May 2013

French Riviera

Our tour went very well and our tour guide, Ricardo, was excellent. He was very informative and very pleasant and accommodating. For example, when our son expressed an interest in the Grand Prix route Ricardo was more than happy to loop around so that we could see that starting line and drive a bit of the route”

Susan F. - Danvers, MA - May 2013

French Riviera

We had a great time! Ingrid was fantastic and very informative. No complaints!”

Lauren W. - Saint Louis, MO - May 2013

Kusadasi - The tour guide met us as you arranged. We found him to be knowledgable, and his English was excellent, and completely understandable.

Michael K. - Floral Park, NY - May 2013

French Riviera

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Theri. I apologize if I'm spelling his name incorrectly. The area is just as beautiful as I remember and my kids enjoyed seeing it for the first time. Everything went very smoothly and I would definitely recommend your company to anyone who is interested in touring in Europe. Thanks again for a wonderful tour.”

Julia H. - May 2013


Thanks for the follow up. Everything went well. the guide and drive were early and the guide was very knowledgeable. She got us to the boat on time, and the weather was perfect. If you need a gulet for a charter I can recommend Jere of Aurum without hesitation. The boat is spectacular and the crew outstanding. So great tour. Thanks”

Heather H. - Hobe Sound, FL - May 2013


“We had a wonderful time in Istanbul! Thank you!”

Martina C - Rosemead, CA - April 2013

Abu Dhabi

We are back in Montreal and I wanted to take a minute to thank you and to thank our driver once again for a fantastic day. All went smooth and we felt very safe. We are headed to Europe on another cruise this July. Does your company offer tours in Italy and Greece? Cheers.”

Claude D. - Delson, QC March 2013