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“I know that we have been communicating a lot over the past few months and that we probably won’t be doing so again in the near future, but I want to tell you how pleased we all were with the trip we arranged and the guide we had. Everything could not have worked out better.

We were met promptly at 8:00 on the pier in Toulon by Maria holding a sign with my name. Maria was charming, which is always a plus, but she also knew exactly what she was doing. Our driver beautifully negotiated narrow, windy roads to bring us up to the highest peak in the Toulon area where we were able to get magnificent panoramic views of Cassis and the surrounding areas. It was perfect that the “afternoon vineyard tour and wine tasting” was moved to the morning. This gave us more time in Aix en Provence to enjoy a sidewalk lunch and then stroll through every nook and cranny of the beautiful town. One of our party had relatives who were living in Aix and they were able to meet them and join them for lunch.

Please pass this information on to everyone involved, especially Maria. Our thanks to you and to everyone at PrivateShoreTrips.com for a wonderful time.

Neal E., Boyton Beach FL, November 2011

Piraeus, Valletta, Messina

We just got in last night from the trip. All tours/transfers where great! We were a little rushed in Athens/Corinth, but no fault of the tour company. The ship came in 1 1/2hours late and we had a lot to see in a short time. But it worked out...we got to see everything and it was beautiful! Thanks so much for helping me get these tours/transfer together, everyone was so happy! Thank you so much for everything!

Travel Agent Lori D., Barbara’s Travel, Yucaipa CA November 2011


"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Etna North side tour you organized for us on 8th November. My daughter Victoria who was 21 said it was her best birthday ever, our guide and driver were fantastic and very knowledgeable and they gave us a really wonderful day."

Carol G., Middlesex, England - November 2011

Haifa, Ashdod and Piraeus

"Yes, we did enjoy our trip and I already started giving your name to some of my friends. Rahn the tour guide for our Israel trip was fantastic and very knowledgeable."

Evelyn S., Arlington Heights, IL, October 2011


"Our tour of Sanary and Bandol was excellent. Eva, our guide, was very good. Thank you for arranging this and hopefully we will do more business in the future."

Deborah M., Kansas City, MO, October 2011


"I cannot rave enough about our trip. We had Yuri as our driver from the port of Monte Carlo. He was fantastic! He lives in Nice and knew the area and brought us to places he knew that would please the group. He was sooo knowledgeable about the area and history. The excursion was seriously one of the highlights of our cruise. We were a group of 11 and everyone loved him! It was a great day.... thank you!"

Debbie T., Garden Grove, Oct 2011


"Thank you for helping me arrange the tour and will be in touch for future European Tours!"

Emma R., Brooklyn NY, October 2011

Kusadasi and Piraeus

Turkey was fantastic. Driver and Orntune (way he told us to say it. My travel agent friends very impressed with you coordination. Looks like more unrest for Athens tomorrow. So glad we limited to sightseeing. Athens was high-level tour. Guide was very good; however, the day was damp and the mood dampened since the strike closed the main attraction.

Bobby W., San Antonio TX, October 2011

Livorno, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Taormina and Monte Carlo

“We had a great trip and other than some weather related issues everyone returned home safely and with wonderful memories. All your suppliers did well, with the highest grades going to the guide in Florence- she was fabulous. Lawrence in Dubrovnik was a strong personality, well informed and easy to understand. Our driver guide in Monte Carlo - Silvio - was terrific - very accommodating, flexible and entertaining. Angela in Corfu was OK, but because it was pouring rain the entire tour - which is principally on foot - we became a bit distracted and wet. She tried her best - but it was rough. We couldn't get into Taormina so we docked at Messina, which worked just fine. I called the tour operator but he already seemed to know about the change. I think our guide's name was another Angela who was very accommodating, well informed and personable.

All the minibuses and drivers were excellent. I met with some of our staff this past Wednesday and mentioned how pleased I was with your company. I hope it yields you some future benefit. I will continue to endorse PRIVATE SHORE TRIPS wherever possible and if I travel with friends on future cruises I will certainly contact you. Thanks again for your help.'

Allen W. Minneapolis, MN - October 2011


We had a great time. Loved Eze. Thanks again!”

Linda M., Gallatin TN, October 2011


“The Tour went great. We were very impressed with Pisa. The guide and driver were excellent. Our visit to Florence was also exciting. The sites were amazing. We had enough time to see the areas and do some shopping and of course some eating! I really appreciated the bus being on time. With a group of 51- patience was in short supply. Thanks for your help and for the great experience.”

Miguel E., Chula Visa CA, September 2011

Copenhagen, Zeebrugge, Southampton, Vigo, Lisbon

“I am back at the desk today after a very long time away from the office. At the very top of my list of things to do is to email you and thank you for the wonderful shore excursions our group enjoyed during the recent MSC cruise. In every case, you did us proud in terms of coach, guide, punctuality etc. These things, while fairly fundamental, took on added importance when, each time we disembarked, there were at least 15 or 20 coaches retained by the ship, with all the attendant marshaling, noise and general chaos which comes with that. We always felt a little special not to (a) have our nice coach and guide waiting there for us, and (b) to be able to go about our business of the day without all the fuss. I also completely appreciate the logistics at your end given each excursion was provided by a different operator in a different country.

In terms of itineraries/inclusions, each was excellent. In hindsight I would possibly have done something other than the Cotswolds from Southampton (but what!!) – that itinerary, which was completely as we requested, involved a little too much “coach” time.

Thank you so very much, and through you please, the various guides in each of the ports we visited. All were outstanding. We wont hesitate to use your services again. Cheers!”

Travel Agent - Anne R., Wingsaway Travel, Melbourne Australia, September 2011


“The tour was wonderful, and the guide was terrific. She was very knowledgeable and accommodated our needs in every way. Comfortable coach, experienced driver--I could not have asked for anything better.”

Anne L., Brighton MI, September 2011


I would like to congratulate you on the excellent service of your tour guide for our Tour in Aix en Provence & Cassis. She was a pure pleasure...She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and she made our visit fantastic. She was also very patient and always took time to answer all our questions. She also spoke to us in French our maternal language. She also advised us on our purchases ...Wine and the best place to buy the best Calisson's in Aix.

I have only good words for your company and have already spread the news with friends and relatives. Continue your great work... You are the only company that asked for feed-back on customer service after our trip. This says a lot on your philosophy.... Thanks again. Our paths may cross again... Sincerely”

Robert F. Montreal Canada - August 2011

Warnemunde, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Nynashamn, Copenhagen

“The tours went well, the tour guides were excellent, very knowledgeable (most of them history professors moonlighting as tour guides during school breaks), and professional. Well done! The drivers were very cooperative and worked well with the tour guides. Good Team!

Next year, I will be planning for the Holy Land/Egypt cruise/tours with sidetrips to Dubai and Jordan. If you do these places, I will be in touch with you again. On behalf of my group, thank you. Lydia P., Mississauga Ontario Canada, Aug 2011

Monaco - The tour was fantastic. We really enjoyed our driver/guide. We did a lot of tours during our trip and I must say this tour was one of the best. I'll be happy to recommend to my friends.”

Shannon S., Temecula, CA, September 2011

Toulon and Villefranche

“We had a blast. Many thank you to Stephan and Pierre for the extra things they did for us. The vehicles were comfy. One minor issue was during our first excursion with Maria, she and the driver had a miscommunication regarding where to meet us. We walked and walked, changed venues couple of times. That was not fun. But otherwise, all went well.

Anthony A., Miami FL, September 2011

Kotor, Livorno, and Villefranche

We really enjoy all the tours that you booked for us. Really made our trip that much more enjoyable and we were able to cover a lot more ground. All the tour guides were absolutely wonderful. I will definitely refer you to anyone that is going to Europe. I just wish you covered more than Europe!”

Deanna B., Palatine, IL - September 2011


“We had a great trip! Thanks. Our tour in Villefranche of the five perched hilltop villages was wonderful. Silvio, our guide was delightful. We will definitely use your company again and refer to our friends. Thanks”

Ellen F., Warwick, NT - September 2011


“We were all back to Canada safely. The tour was excellent. Thanks for your arrangements. All our tour members were very happy & satisfied with the services the tour company provided. We will recommend your company to our friends. It is our pleasure to have business with you. Take care.

Raymond Y., Calgary Alberta Canada, August 2011

Monte Carlo

“Thanks. Our driver / guide, Guy was a real pleasure to be with, was very knowledgeable and, perhaps most important, very flexible when it came to what we wanted to do. He was a lot of fun to be with. I would definitely recommend him to anyone traveling to Monaco and the French Riviera.”

Jim G., Bellaire, TX – August 2011


”My family and I enjoyed the Florence tour with Giuliano so much. He was informative, energetic, friendly, and courteous. We absolutely loved him and would recommend him so highly to future clients. He was terrific with children. We felt lucky to have him. Sincerely”

Myra B., Brooklyn NY - August 2011

French Riviera, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples

“Just wanted to thank you for expedited reservation and amazing experience during all excursions. We liked all drivers/guides, however Umberto and Luca stood out as phenomenal. Umberto has so much knowledge about everything and we not only saw but learned a lot about many different topics. Luca was very helpful and consciences about my disability and needs. I will make comment on your web site but this was one of the best experiences we had. We even talked to other people who took Disney excursions and they told us we were lucky to have the private tour when we told them about our experience.

I am so thankful to you and your associates in Europe for making our trip a huge success and something we will always remember. I have already recommended your service to one of my friend and hope to spread the word.”

Prajna and Ashish K., Acton MA - August 2011

French Rivera

We had a perfectly wonderful tour with Katherine and Thierry. Our time with them couldn't have been better. Thanks for your help.

Marilyn H., Greenwood Village, CO - August 2011

French Riviera

We had a wonderful time in Villa France with Yorgy. It was a really good tour and he was very knowledgeable and courteous. We will definitely do business with your organization again.”

Fausto M., Clifton NJ – August 2011

Athens and Kusadasi

We had a wonderful time and your services were fantastic. I will absolutely recommend you to my friends! Thanks again”

Nicole A., Montreal Quebec – August 2011


“We had a very enjoyable trip. Thank you for arranging our Ljubljana excursion. We were surprised to have that big bus all to ourselves. Needless to say, it was a very comfortable trip for us and our guide Tatianna was very knowledgeable and helpful. I have a friend whose family might be planning a cruise and I am recommending your company to him as I was very pleased with your responsiveness and service. We will definitely contact you next time we are able to gather the family for a cruise again."

Celest A., Birchwood Place, Hong Kong – August 2011

Toulon and French Riviera

“Rafaelli was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed all three of our shore trips. If you ever need us as a reference, please let me know. We could not have been happier!”

Susanna and Jack Q., Washington DC - August 2011


"We had a great time in Copenhagen with our guide- he did a nice city tour and allowed us time to take lots of pictures. We had a good schedule, not too rushed...good timing with the canal cruise, he was there to pick up as promised. The ice bar was a whole lot of fun--it was great! Thanks for the set up and short notice for a great time in a great city!"

Laurie F., Gainesville, VA - August 2011


“Thank you so much for your arrangement...We had a great time in Monaco. The Driver Guide was so wonderful. The only thing is that she does not like our kids to eat in the car. I hope we did not get her upset. Other than that we had so much fun. You are so great with respond to email and I will definitely recommend to all of my friends. I also will look for you for any of our trip in the future.”

Cindy P. and Lena T., Sunnyvale CA – July 2011

Livorno and Civitavecchia

"Both day trips we undertook in Europe through your company were fantastic. Prompt, efficient and flexible service. Both driver guides went beyond what we had expected and delivered a memorable experience for us in both Pisa/Florence and Rome.

If you could pass on our thanks once again to your European counterparts, we would appreciate it. In particular, Fabrizzio in Livorno and Lucca (the Gladiator) in Rome should be commended on the exemplary quality of their service. Thank you once again for your organisation and we have already started to expose the virtues of your company. "

Graeme and Gayle P., Willoughby Australia - July 2011

Cannes - The shore trip was awesome! The driver guide was nice and professional. The itinerary was perfect! Just wish we could have been in port longer. We'll definitely want to use your service in the future. Thanks.

Darla W., Humbold TX – July 2011

Toulon and French Riviera

"My family and I were very impressed with your service. The drivers on both days were on time and very friendly and knowledgeable! The cars were comfortable as well. Will highly recommend your service and will use your company in the future!"

Anita M., Paradise Valley, AZ - July 2011


"I want to thank you for arranging the one day private tour with Alp in Istanbul. He was absolutely the best in every way. He was prolific, smart and fun, gave us so much insight into the city and the culture - and suggested things to our one day itinerary which was not on the schedule. I will absolutely keep you in mind for any future travel. Your service was professional and so reliable. Istanbul was fantastic with Alp's expertise and knowledge."

Nancee H., New York, NY - July 2011

Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Piraeus and Venice

"We were very pleased with our tours and the quality of the service, guides, and vehicles! The guides were very knowledgeable and personable. They were able to key into our interests and focused the tour to accommodate that. One of the biggest concerns (as I'm sure you know), when hiring a private tour company in connection with a cruise, is getting back to the ship on time. We were so pleased that the tour guides and drivers were very aware of this and made every effort to return us to the ship in good time. In addition, it was a pleasure working with you in setting up the tours and finding out information. You responded promptly to my emails and provided lots of good information. The use of the tours arranged by your company were the highlights of our trip. When we did have questions and called the number provided, the response was prompt. It was good to have a contact number once we were actually traveling.

I already have passed your information to two people I know will be traveling in the Mediterrean before the end of the year. If we were to make another trip like this past one, I would definately look into booking through you. I plan on posting something on Trip Advisor as soon as things slow down a bit around here. Sincerely, "

Linda T., Fresno CA - July 2011

La Spezia

"I am happy to let you know that of our entire 15 day cruise throughout the Mediterranean, our day in the Cinque Terre was the highlight of our vacation. Everyone in our family agreed that the guide you provided us with, Gabriele, was one of the best we experienced. His passion for, and knowledge of, the Cinque Terre left us wanting to spend more time in what has to be one of the most beautiful and interesting places we've ever visited. We also thoroughly enjoyed our cooking lesson and lunch at the Buranco farm. Laurie (sp?) was a great host and lots of fun to spend time with. Whenever circumstances (and budget...) allow we know that the Cinque Terre is a place to which we'll want to return. We can't thank you enough for providing us with a set of memories we'll cherish for a long time. I would be happy to provide referrals to anyone asking about Private Shore Trips. You guys are the best."

The Thomas Family, Atlanta IL - July 2011

Civitavecchia and French Riviera

“Thanks for the welcome home. Have been meaning to email you to let you know just how happy we were with your service. Everything has been such a delight...from our first contact with you, thru the wonderful service we received from the local companies that provided the drivers.

We and the folks who joined us at the last minute, were completely satisfied with the prompt, courteous, fun, knowledgeable driver guides..as well as the clean comfortable vehicles.

We would very much like you to know how much we appreciated the driver guides..especially Luca "the Gladiator" in Rome. He went way above and beyond in anticipating our needs, and taking care of my wife who is somewhat handicapped, and uses a walker to assist her. He really should be commended for representing the company so well. The same goes for the driver guide in France..outstanding!

Rest assured we, and the couple who joined us will be touting Private Shore Trips to all our friends. I will also strongly recommend you folks to my travel agent. Thanks again....this is the first time I have set up shore excursions myself, and you made it very easy for me.

Ray G., Newport Beach CA - July 2011

Toulon and Cannes

"We had a great tour guide in Toulon, Eva who was great. Also a very nice guide in Cannes who convinced us to avoid the 45 minute trip to Monaco because we had young kids w us and instead took us to an open air market then two villages--we would have never known about them. Each guide was nice, on time, had clean vehicles and got us back in time. Thank you, it was a great time."

Steve B., New York NY - July 2011


"We had a great time in France during our cruise stop in Toulon on our tour. Our driver, Eva, was awesome and the three of us enjoyed being with her very much. She lives in the area, so was very knowledgeable and knew the roads and towns well. She gave us plenty of free time, but was also there to help point things out and get us through the language barrier. Had a great time in Sanary and Bandol, shopping, wine and olive oil tasting, markets, as well as eats along the way. She took us to a village on one of the mountains for a great view and a fantastic lunch together. She spoke highly of your firm and we will sure call you in the future when we are in need of your services."

Scott F., Katy TX - July 2011

Athens and Kusadasi

"Just wanted to let you know that we are back home and were very pleased with arrangements in both Athens and Kusadasi. In both places, we had very comfortable minibus with knowledgeable guide. Will recommend your services to friends - actually, I have already told my travel agent to go and check out your website."

Micheline C., Verdun, Quebec Canada - July 2011

French Riviera

"Thanks it was perfect and he was outstanding. One of best trips ever." Troy R., New York, NY, July 2011

Villefranche (French Riviera)- "We had a great time. Our time in France and Monaco was great Thanks to Richard. He was pleasant, very knowledgable and did his best to accommodate several in our group who could not walk long distances. If we ever travel like this again, we would not hesitate to use your services again. I know we were a little nervous about booking the tour since we did not know anyone else who had used your services. All in our group were very pleased we took the chance."

Judy S., Warren, NJ - June 2011


"We really did enjoy and have a great time in our visit to Messina & Taormina. The tour guided was very good, with a good Spanish and did a great job showing us everything of interest and managing our group of 19. We received a very good service from your company, I already did some referrals to a friend that have plans to visit Europe in a cruise ship next year. Thanks for the good service we received."

Heidi D., San Juan Puerto Rico, June 2011

French Riviera

"We enjoyed the Private Shore Trip greatly. It was so wonderful to be able to stop and take pictures at places we wanted. This is the best kind of excursion. It is so much better than large group tours. This is the way to go."

Roberta H., Midland MI., June 2011


"Yes, the tour went really well. They raved about the tour guide and said she was very knowledgeable. The only thing they would have liked was to eat lunch earlier, but they loved the restaurant that she took them too and were treated exceptionally well by the staff there. Thanks for all your help with this booking; I will be sure to call you the next time I need a private tour!"

Travel Agent Ellen Tetu – Uniglobe Tour "N" Travel, Landenberg PA, June 2011

Istanbul, Naples and Rome

“A huge THANK YOU for wonderful tours and amazing guides we had in all 3 cities -- Alp in Istanbul, Tony in Naples, and especially Luca in Rome! All of the guides were very knowledgable, warm, and welcoming, and they made our time in their city a wonderful experience.

Alp seemed to know everything about everything -- there wasn't a question he couldn't or wouldn't answer for us, even our questions concerning Islam. We had a very interesting morning visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the underground cistern which he allowed us to substitute for the grand bazaar which is closed on Sundays. He led us to a great Turkish restaurant near the water for lunch, and helped us order a huge variety of delicious Turkish dishes. There couldn't have been a better way to finish the day than our private boat cruise on the Bosphorus. The weather was perfect, and having the boat to ourselves made us feel like royalty! It was a great day.

Tony, our driver/guide in Naples, was outstanding as well. After our tour of Pompei, the drive to Positano and Sorrento along the Amalfi coast was stunningly beautiful, and Tony somehow managed to stop and allow us out for pictures along the way! We loved his stories about the area, everything from his family traditions to the local food and drink. He took us to an amazing restaurant for lunch, high on the hillside in Positano -- it was our favorite meal of our trip. His love for his hometown (Sorrento) was incredibly contagious, and we look forward to going back soon.

We had high expectations for Luca -- my sister and her family had him as their guide last summer, and we used your company's services because of their great experience. He surpassed our expectations and met the challenge he set for himself when we met him -- to make Rome our favorite stop on our cruise. His carefully laid out itinerary for us allowed us to see all of the major sites as well as some wonderful surprises, including a special peek through a keyhole in the door of the Knights of Malta and the best gelato we ever tasted. Our tour was not supposed to include the Sistine Chapel, but Luca (who seemed to be a friend of everyone in Rome) found us no-wait tickets for the Vatican Museum! It was an amazing day for all of us -- and then we got back on our ship, only to realize that my 17 year old son had left his camera in Luca's van. We called the emergency number, they called Luca, and "the gladiator" fought his way back to the pier to deliver the camera just before the ship set sail. In a word, he is a gem.

We hope your future clients find our feedback useful, and more importantly, we hope to be your future clients soon :) Thank you again for everything”

Randi and Jim P. Westport CT - June 2011


Our tour in Malta was nothing short of fantastic! We were so happy with our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and so kind. I am providing your information to our Travel Agent so that she may refer other customers to your business with complete confidence!

Greg and Nancy B., Phoenix, AZ - June 2011


"Helen and I had a great time on our tour. We visited Nice and loved the Russian Orthodox Church. The time we spent in St. Paul de Vence was the best part of our vacation. Helen liked it so much that we booked a shore excursion that allowed us to go back there two days later. We had lunch at Chevre d'Or in Eze and it was the most beautiful dining location that we have ever experienced. The town of Eze was as enchanting as St. Paul de Vence. Doing a private tour allowed us to customize our day to meet our interests. That was very beneficial. Our tour guide Richard was very knowledgeable and friendly. We really enjoyed the time that we spent with him. Thank you for helping us out. We will gladly recommend your service to any friends who are traveling in France."

Bill H., Jacksonville FL - June 2011

Venice, Kotor, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Santorini

"Our trip was fabulous. Our flights were on time, the weather was great and the sites so amazing! Our tours and guides were excellent. I don't have their names handy but all were extremely knowledgeable and we loved their passion for their countries. Should we venture back to Europe we will definitely contact you again. I will surely recommend your company to anyone traveling in Europe."

Louise R., Rocky River OH - June 2011


“Trip was great and our Split tour worked out very well. The guide and the driver were fabulous. The guide was very informative, interesting and obviously very well informed. We were also glad that we had a small tour group – it works so much better and everything seems more personal. Thanks for all your help.“

Isabel J, Dorchester Ontario, June 2011

Civitavecchia and Livorno

"Our trip was fantastic. Private Shore Trips delivered as promised! Our driver guide (Alberto) in Rome and our driver guide in Florence (I'm so sorry I can't think of his name) were exceptional! Thanks once again for getting all of our arrangements taken care of on such short notice."

Valerie X., Mt. Vernon, IL - June 2011

St. Petersburg

"Six hours in St Petersburg seemed like an impossible mission, but Natalie helped us make use of every minute. We even fit in an incredible lunch of pierogies at a tiny cafe no tourist could have ever found. We saw everything on our list and even more. Natalie's English was perfect and her knowledge of the city and its history was remarkable. Truly an amazing day that we would recommend to everyone."

Liz B., Saint Paul, MN - June 2011

Villefranche, Civitavecchia and Naples

"Great tours with very fine tour guides. We would all do this again with your company."

David C., Gainesville, FL - June 2011


“The guide was great and we enjoyed the tour. I will certainly recommend you in the future.”

Julie S, North Miami Beach FL - June 2011

French Riviera, Livorno, Naples

“We had a great trip, the weather was perfect and the sights were amazing! Adam was our guide in Villefranche. He brought us to a beautiful town with an amazing view (can't remember the
name!) way up the mountain, and then to Monaco at the end of our day. It was the day after the Grand Prix so it was very congested there, but he made the trip pleasant. He was very nice but the other guides were more chatty during the drive between sights. Of course, he answered all of our questions.

Matthew was our guide in Florence and was very informative all the way there and back. The lines at the Academia museum were like Disneyland, so it was refreshing when we could walk right in, because of the reservations that were made in advance. I did bring the confirmation of the payment for those, which came in handy since they did try to charge us again. All was resolved quickly when I showed them the confirmation. He directed us to a jewelry store to purchase a souvenier or two, and they were most helpful. I am sure they were eager to sell to us an item to bring back home too!

Anthony was our guide in Naples and was WONDERFUL! He brought us to Sorrento and Positano, and stopped a few times to point out beautiful sights along the way, and gave us some history of the area. He made us feel as if we had come to visit he and his family! Of course, the stop at a restaurant in Positano where they served us what was picked out of their garden that day was the highlight of the day! The food was wonderful and the view fabulous.

I would absolutely refer you to someone traveling abroad. Having someone meet us at the ship and deliver us safely back was great and we didn't feel 'part of a herd' with the tours from the ship!”

Amy M, Sauquoit NY, June 2011

Stockholm, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and Keil

"Everything was more than expected, coaches were comfortable, guides were very good, lady from Stockholm on second place, and the very best Sibylle from Hamburg. I will (have already) tell about you guys to all of my friends, and also to some travel agents in Croatia that I know. The prices are little high, but the service is excellent."

Dario C., Varaždin Croatia - June 2011

French Riviera

“We could not have been more pleased with our tours, our vehicle or our driver/guide, Silvio. Our tours were everything that we expected and hoped they would be, and more. I cannot recommend your services more highly and our compliments to Silvio. Thank you again for helping to make our experience in the French Riviera so wonderful”

Patricia K., Miami FL - June 2011

French Riviera

I wanted to let you know how delighted Jerry and I were with our Shore Excursion from Villefranche. We thought our guide, Hamdi Mira, did a wonderful job for us. His English was very good, as he pointed out sights and provided us with some history of the area. He timed our events well so we had ample time at all the locations on our planned itinerary and he provided a couple of suggestions that made our day even more memorable. The balance of being escorted and having free time was perfect, and he was very prompt, waiting at our meeting places when we arrived. I was also very pleased at the number of photos he had taken for us as a couple. While we often use ship tours when we travel, we would not hesitate to use your services again. Thank you so much for our memorable visit to Villefranche”

Vickie B., Clarksville MD - June 2011

Venice, Kotor, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Santorini, Mykonos, Split

Thanks for the e-mail. The trip went off without a hitch. Every driver and guide that we had were great. I am sure that the trip would not have been the same without the service, care and friendliness of each and every person that we had contact with. We met wives and even mothers of a few of the guides :)

Venice would have been a nightmare getting to the hotel after the airport that first day without the pre-arrangements as suggested by you. We were looking in horror as the driver approached a square and said he would be "leaving us here" and we would be getting a water taxi. There were hundreds of people everywhere standing with suitcases!! But he actually led us to the water and we were surprised and "thrilled" when we were the only ones getting on the boat. (we had already seen more than a few stuffed with people). That driver took us to our first hotel and it took at least 35 minutes by water travelling in open water and then down the small streets to get us to the first hotel. Our first look at the city of Venice!! It set the whole Venice adventure for me and my husband who by now had taken 400 pictures.

The arrangements to get to the ship and back were also of the same high quality. The tours of each country again were the best and I think we had the guides who were the most passionate and loved their individual Countries thus providing us with a tour through their eyes, knowledge and love of their Country. You know there is one thing I would request but I am not sure of the policy. We got the e-mails of most of the guides as we took pictures that we have already e-mailed but I don't have or misplaced the ones for Athens and I have misplaced the one for the Verona drive Lino Sorrentino...are you able to ask for those and if they agree send those to me. I have pictures of us and the guide in Athens done by the photographers from the ship of the 3 of us at the Acropolis that I am sure she would like. (We were also lucky enough to actually be by the Greek President's Residence when he came..our guide had only once in her life time seen him and he was waving to the people as his car turned into the driveway. There were only about 8 people on the road once security locked it down. She was very happy about this.)

Sorry you probably did not want a narrative. But Ken the trip was great. Thank you for all your hard work and diligence in getting everything done and getting the guides. And THANKS for suggesting the airport transfers!! We have been looking at what to do for next year's adventure and we will of course contact you. We tell everyone about the private tours and how much better the experience is than going on a bus with 40 other people and then following someone carrying a coloured stick of some kind:) Thanks again :)”

Geri and Ed P., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 2011


“We had great tour. Eero was fantastic. He showed us all the sights, was very good with my dad (who had to use a wheelchair) and even helped us with a little snack at an outdoor café. A great time!”

Jaclyn W., Nottingham MD, May 2011


“Our tour in France was wonderful. Eva was very pleasant and fun. We first went to Cassis--so quaint and beautiful--and I had some wonderful cafe au lait. Then we visited Aix en Provence after a ride through the countryside--just gorgeous. Eva recommended a wonderful restaurant for lunch--a bit expensive!--but we really enjoyed it. We walked through the narow streets and did some quick shopping. Then we were off to the most beautiful winery for a tour and some wine tasting. Just a wonderful and relaxing start to our vacation! Thank you so much for you help in planning the day!”

Travel Agent - Judy C., Glen Mills, PA - Judy's Island Travel - May 2011


“We are home and all settled back in the home routine. We had a wonderful time during our time in Turkey. Your guide met us right outside the terminal building. We walked a short distance with him to a deluxe van waiting for us. The driver picked us up and inside the van were bottles of cold water. We drove to Priene and learned quite a bit from our guide. On the way to Militus we stopped at an onyx factory and got a chance to purchase some beautiful pieces. Our stops in Miletus and Didyma were as informative as the first stop. We ended our tour at a carpet weaving store where we were served lunch. Once there we said goodbye to our guide and driver. We had a wonderful time and thank you so much for all that you did to help us thoroughly enjoy our day in Turkey. We will certainly keep you in mind for our future vacation plans.

Gloria A., Clearwater FL - May 2011

French Riviera

We were very pleased with our tour and tour guide. We will definitely keep you in mind and highly recommend you to all our friends, Best Regards.

Kathy M., Smithtown NY, May 2011

French Riviera

"Our entire trip was absolutely amazing. The shore excursions we did with Private Shore Trips were excellent. I have already been contacted by a family who is considering heading over to Europe in late August or early September. As a matter of fact, we were communicating the same day you emailed me. Your ears must have been burning Ken. I have already forwarded your contact information and have offered to make the connection on their behalf. You may hear from me again very soon Ken, before the year is over. If not, they will contact you directly, if they decide to make Europe their holiday destination. I have told them to use our name as a reference. I don’t think we caused Fabian too much grief. Thanks for your follow up Ken. Greatly appreciated. Again, you may hear from us or our connections in the very near future.”

Ralph I, Ontario Canada, May 2011


“We had a great time. Eero was a great tour guide – he really seemed to know all about Tallinn and the surrounding countryside. He really helped out with my Dad (who had to use a wheelchair for some of the time). I liked how he listened to what we wanted and needed. We had several elderly companions and they needed some extra time to walk and rest. My Aunt was a schoolteacher and asks lots of questions – Eero did very well answering them all. And finally, my husband really liked Vanil Tallinn ( a special liquor) and Eero found us a store where we could purchase several bottles. I really liked having a small group – we got closer to the attractions, a more personalized tour and could actually hear about the sites. Thanks.”

Jaclyn W., Nottingham MD - May 2011


“We had a great time. Your tour guide was wonderful. I can't remember her name, but she was perfect. Thanks again. You can us for a reference any time.”

Sterling Q., Spotsylvania, VA - May 2011

Copenhagen, Denmark

“Just back from our cruise and wanted to let you know that the private tour in Copenhagen was excellent. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide who showed us many additional sights to those we had arranged. The timings were perfect and we had lovely weather to make it even better!”

Kathryn S., Idle Bradford, England - May 2011

Limassol, Cyprus

“We had a really great experience with David in Cyprus. He tailored the agenda to our desires, and was very informative and personable. We would definitely recommend you guys again!”

Kim B., Wlmington NC - May 2011

Valencia, Marseille, Monte Carlo

“We had a wonderful time on your tours. Thank you so much for taking good care of us and taking us to such wonderful places. I have advertised your company with everyone who I know is taking a trip. Your organization is great”

Mary D., Ft. Lauderdale FL - April 2011

Marseille and Genoa

We had a great trip and both of our shore trips were wonderful. I was so glad we had arranged our own tour in Marseille since it turned out the Marseille marathon was being run that day so many of the ship’s excursions were not able to get around the city. Instead, our excellent guides, Marc & Olivier suggested we go to Aix-en-Provence first then return to Marseille to see some of the city once the streets were open. It was a perfect day and we got to see much more than we had hoped. It confirmed the value of having local guides and the flexibility of a vehicle at your disposal to accommodate last minute changes.

Our guide, Gina in Genoa was also fabulous. She was charming and knowledgeable and again we were able to see much more than we expected in one full day. Both tours were well worth it. I can’t wait to return Europe and experience more through the locals. Thanks”

Barbara C., Weston MA- April 2011


"Our group enjoyed our time in Istanbul very much. Our guide did a great job! We will use your services again!"

Paul B, Ada MI - April 2011

Lisbon, Vigo, Tenerife, Las Palmas and Funchal

“The tours all went beautifully, and the guests were extremely happy. They were particularly blown away by the wine and cheese component of their Tenerife tour. They cruise several times a year and said that we will be booking with your company for future excursions for sure. Thank you for all of your hard work and assistance in planning these tours! Cheers”

Emily G., Personal Assistant to the Ash Family, Surrey, Canada - March 2011


Malta was great – Josephine (our guide) was very good and made sure we saw the highlights along with explaining the history behind them. I definitely will utilize your services again in the future”

Mark K., Phoenix, AZ- February 2011


I just wanted you to know that our tour of Malta was wonderful - our guide was amazing and made sure we got to see everything possible in the time we had there. We loved Malta and hope to return some day. Thank you”

Kathy F., Montana - January 2011