"I just want you to know that we had absolutely the best
tours that were booked through you. When we did one through the ship, we really
noticed the difference and missed our small van. Everything was handled
expertly and after meeting the first one, I never had any worries from then on.
You handled the last minute change from Athens to Crete and everyone was
thoroughly impressed that you were able to put together something and actually
came through. Thanks again, you made me look good !”
Travel Agent Donna Ratte,
Cruise Holidays of Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA – November 2010
"I have to tell you that this was the best of all the shore
trips we have ever set up. Pascal, the driver guide was entertaining, attuned
to our wants, and even suffered a flat tire, changed it, got in and said “Well
I won’t make the pit crew at the Grand Prix, but we are underway”. He knew the
area, was extremely versed, and was the best I have encountered in ten
extensive years of travel. The three other couples with us were equally
impressed with the trip. Thanks for your help – I’ll post to the port reports
on Cruise Critics. There is some hesitation about using a US broker for trips,
and I do not understand that hesitation. This was the best of the best!"
Bob J., Port Charlotte, FL - November 2010
"Our guide (Thierry) worked out great. He met us right on
time and we had beautiful weather for the drive to Nice and Eze. Can't thank
you enough for your help. Happy to recommend your company any time."
Barb J., Glen Ellyn, IL - November 2010
"We had a excellent tour with Guy, who showed us all that
we wanted to see and more. One of our group who is a car nut was thrilled with
the drive around the Grand Prix route, and we all loved the visit to Eze. As
usual with a cruise ship visit, there is never enough time to see all you want
to, but there is always the next time. You may be assured that you are on our
list to contact when we are next in an area you service."
Dave C., Mowchow, NB Canada - October 2010
"Yorgi was a great guide….very knowledgeable, very
personable, careful driver, and we enjoyed him a lot! Thanks and I shall
recommend private shore trips."
Gretchen S., Graham TX - October 2010
"Our trip was wonderful! The excursion in Kusadasi was
excellent. The guide was personable, knowledgeable and very accommodating
toured Ephasus and an ancient Turkish village. He brought us to a rustic
restaurant in the mountains that we enjoyed very much. I can not understand why
more people would not take private tours !!! I have kept your information and
have no problem referring your services in the future. Thanks Again”
Phil B., Eli Lilly Canada - September 2010
"We had a wonderful time on our trip and our tour with
y'all to St. Paul de Vence, Nice, Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo was terrific.
Everything worked as planned and we enjoyed getting acquainted with the French
Riviera. Thanks much!"
Carolyn K., Austin TX - September 2010
"Our Bilbao excursion was great. We were only sorry that
our ship didn't have a longer stay as we would have loved to see more. Our
guide - Sergio- was excellent. You had mentioned that we would have a mini bus
for about 12 pax, so imagine my surprise when they showed up with a full size
bus!! I have been very impressed with your service and the extremely quick
response to all of my e-mails and will be sure to recommend you to the other
agents in our office."
Travel Agent - Maureen H. - Beatty Group International -
"We had a great time, and our driver Aladdin was very good.
We will recommend your company to others. It was a great day and we saw so
much. Thank you for your help."
W. Long, Charlotte NC - September 2010
"The tour was fabulous, the
guide was terrific with a wealth of knowledge. We will definitely recommend the
tour and the guide (Eshter). Thanks for helping. The cruise has been
Travel Agent Margie S., Margie’s Travelrite, Monroe Township, NJ
- Aug 2010
"The tour you set up for us was great! So much so that we
actually tried to set up another with you , but you didn't have enough time. We
now know we can depend on you and the quality you offer. Many thanks."
Ellen and Marc F.Warwick NY - August 2010
"The tour was great and the guide was great. First class
and responsible. I would be please to recommend you as well as use your
Bryan G, Thornhill Ontario Canada, August 2010
"We had a great time on our cruise. Ana, our guide in Oslo,
was wonderful. We wish we had more time in Oslo; it was a short stay. The
weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful."
Michele J., Jamestown KY., Aug 2010
Riviera and Civitavecchia
"I am still trying to get back on US time but I wanted to
let you know that we were thrilled with the quality of both of our trips. The
drivers were personable and knowledgeable and we all had a great day. I will
definitely recommend your site to our friends when then travel in Europe.
Thanks for all your help."
Merle K. Bloomfield CT - August 2010
"We very much enjoyed our day in Slovenia. Juray was
wonderful – very knowledgeable and oh so nice. Really, it was a delightful day,
the perfect mix of action and seeing, and culture and history. My two teenagers
are tough critics, and they were very pleased. Thank you!"
D. Brown - Dallas TX - July 2010
Kusadasi, Istanbul, and Piraeus
"I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic time we had
in Greece and Turkey. The drivers and guides were prompt, smartly dressed and
very courteous. Their English was excellent and knowledge of the areas we were
touring, superb. The vehicles were also very clean and comfortable. I cannot
thank you enough for making our visits to these places a ‘once in a lifetime’
experience. I will certainly be recommending you to all my friends."
Claire C., Mermaid Waters Queensland Australia - July 2010
London, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Kiel
"We have been using your services for several years now and
as usual every stop was perfect. Uniformly all stops this year were excellent.
There were two highlights I need to mention.
Our guide Hakan in Stockholm was
simply the best I have ever had in 15 years of travel. He had all from the 9
year old to the 85 year old enthralled.
Our guide Klavs in Copanhagan was
the second best guide ever. He is a retired gentleman who went back to train as
a guide. He offered so much more in the way of experience and perspective. I
can not recommend him highly enough. He accessed the group on our initial
meeting and said lets make a few minor changes which were super. We had lunch
on the coast. Hit sites not planned and still hit all the planned sites. He
took us off the beaten track to a Boy Scout camp where the scouts had a complete
replica of a working Viking village. What a hit for us to really see how they
lived and to put it all into perspective. Kids climbed and explored everything.
The planning in St Petersburg was
perfect and the guides perfect. Lunch in a box really was successful. We had
picnics in the palace parks. It was so much more relaxed. We saw everything,
shopped till we dropped and still finished early. ."
Princeton Jct. July 2010
"Mike and family returned to
the US last week and were extremely happy with their shore trips. They
remembered everyone's names - who made their trip so much exciting. Thank you
very much for all your help and will contact you for any future requests.”
Travel Agent - Jolanta S., Director of Leisure, PLANET ONE
TRAVEL – Houston TX – July 2010
"The clients loved the tour and were very pleased with
everything. I will definitely contact you again in the future when I have
clients needing tours!! Thanks for all of your help with this - I know we
didn't give you much advance notice, and you still took care of it!!"
Linda D, The World of Travel, Del Mar CA - July 2010
"Our private shore excursion in Helsinki was excellent. The
vehicle was modern, comfortable and air conditioned (we experienced extremely
high temperatures across the Baltic cities!). Our guide (Mareet) was charming,
knowledgeable and spoke word-perfect English. We really enjoyed our day in
Helsinki - it was one of our favorite stops. Thank you again for your excellent
service. I would definitely use you again and recommend your services."
Annette B, La Jolla CA - July 2010
"We have returned from our Mediterranean cruise and just
want to thank you setting up our tour of Cannes, Nice, Eze and Monaco. The
guide was great and kept us on pace. We love Nice, and of course, Eze was so
unique! Definitely, a place to come back to! Again, thanks so much."
Lynn C, Monroe GA, July 2010
"The tour was one of the highlights of our trip. The tour
guide was excellent."
Scott J. - Napa CA - July 2010
"Thank you so much for booking the tour guide for us in
Monaco! He was GREAT!! When we got off the ship he was waiting for us. The car
was comfortable and air conditioned and the driver couldn't have been nicer. He
took us to many beautiful sites and told us so much about what we were seeing!!
I will definitely keep you in mind for my next vacation and I will let my
friends know about you as well. Thanks again!!!"
Lori B. - New York NY - July 2010
"It was fabulous! We had wanted the one shuttle van to fit
12 people and that one was already booked due to our late request. Instead we
had 2 smaller vans and in the end that was better for us because the smaller
vans could get to places the larger one could not! Everyone in my party agreed
that this day was the best day of all our excursions. Our two tour guides,
Yannick and Pasquale were excellent! I would highly recommend your company and
would use you again ourselves. Thank you!"
Dianne G., Machaniesville VA - July 2010
"I was ill the day of the Villefranche shore trip and was
not able to go so my information is second-hand but the other nine of the
family had a very good time. Three of those that went had been to Monaco/Monte
Carlo and Nice before. None (except my husband) had been to Eze before. All
nine of them (children included) said they had a really good time and the tour
guide was excellent. My husband's words: "Everything about the day was
Pat D, Austin TX, July 2010
"The tour was great. We really enjoyed our time in Split. I
will keep your contact information for our next trip. Thanks!"
Brenda H, Hollis NH, July 2010
Livorno, Civitavecchia and Naples
"Just wanted to take a minute to say thank you on behalf of
my self and my family for the wonderful shore excursions you arranged for our
trip to Italy. Our three drivers, Guiliano, Luca and Pualo could not have been
nicer. All three were prompt, courteous and very helpful. Their input into the
order and timing of our various stops was invaluable in enabling us to see so
much of the three area we vistited. In addition, their suggestions for local
places to dine and shop added greatly to our stay. Each driver also provided
some special "secret" moment to our day. In Rome, Luca took us to an
area that housed the embassy buildings of ambassadors to the Vatican. He
stopped at one particular building and brought us up to the wooden entrance
gate and had us peer through its keyhole. Seen through the hole was the Vatican
dome framed by a series of vine covered arbours. It was a spectacular sight
that we would never have found on our own or had seen if we traveled on the
large cruise line excursion ship. Our Naples driver, Paulo, took us on a
breathtaking tour down the Amalfi coast and stopped at a quaint cafe tucked
into the hillside overlooking the Mediteranean coast for lunch. It was a
spectacular dining experience. Everyone in our family agreed that selecting
"Travels with Friends" was one of the best choices we could have
made. We will all certainly be recounting the wonderful time we had to friends
and other family members and will most assuredly recommend your company to
them. Again, many thanks for helping to make our trip even more
John K., Easton PA, July 2010
Malta, Sicily, Civitavecchia and Genoa
"Just got back from our trip
and wanted to write you a few quick words to explain our experience with the
tours you coordinated: “Excellent”
The guides (and drivers) were on
time, accommodating and knowledgeable. In Malta, Josefine was superb. She knew
her culture and spoke clearly and with great English. We really enjoyed the
Blue Grotto. In Sicily, our guide had so much information about her culture and
was multilingual making it easy for our elderly who only spoke Spanish.
In Rome, Danilo was fun, honest and
flexible to our requests he was available at all times and kept us on time to
return back to the ship. Loved it!
In Genoa, Fluvio and in Marseille,
Natalie were also available to answer our questions and directing us to places
I know the rest of the group share
my thoughts and you might here from some of them as well.
After many emails of planning with
you and Steve, I would like to thank you both for making our trip a success. I
would recommend Private Shore Trips to anyone traveling in the near
Gisela C, Miami
FL, June 2010
Barcelona, Cannes, Dublin and Lisbon
"Just a short note to say how pleased we all were with each
of your affiliates. each was on time, courteous and knowledgeable. We couldn't
have asked for more. many thanks for your help."
Harrison T, June 2010, Lake Forrest IL
Civitavecchia, Naples and Villefranche
"Now, back in USA, I wanted to let you know, that we did
have a great time, and the tours organized with your vendors were excellent. Is
not easy to move a Group of about 40 people, with different ages and interest,
and fortunately, your people there, showed a very high professionalism in all
events and keep the group interest at all times. It has to be remarked, that
your guide in Rome, Mr. Danilo was outstanding and fun at the same time, and we
all enjoyed their explanations and jokes very much. We are already talking
about organizing another cruise, and will certainly be in touch with you guys
Gabriel B, June 2010, Miami FL
"Amalfi Coast and Pompeii were
great! The guide, Maria, was very patient and knowledgeable. What a beautiful
please Amalfi Coast is! I would highly recommend this tour as well. And by the
way, thanks again for putting this one together so quick for us. Thank you
again. I would highly recommend your services!"
Rico H., Menlo Park, CA June 2010
"It was wonderful! Our guide's name was Luca Millori and he
was really good. I really wanted you to know that because most of our group of
14 have traveled extensively and he was one of the best tour guides we have
ever had. He was very thorough in making sure our needs and wants were met and
his knowledge of the area was extensive and was presented in a manner that even
our teenagers and college age kids loved it! He actually talked the whole way
into Florence from the ship really giving us some great history. The place he
took us to lunch was wonderful and believe me that is saying a lot to please 14
people. He was very pleasant and happy and really interacted with all of us.
Like I said we have traveled extensively around the world and been on many
tours and he was really the best! We did a private tour (with another company)
of Rome today and as we all said it wasn't near as good as Luca's tour. Thanks
again for your help and we will be sure to recommend your website."
Patti M., Monroe LA - June 2010
"I was planning on sending you a note to thank you for
arranging the tour for us. As usual, I am a little behind, slowly getting back into
my daily routine and catching up at work. Anyway, about the tour…I have never
booked a tour like this before so I was not sure what to expect. The tour was
fantastic! When we went down to the lobby of our hotel, our tour guide, Yurgi
(sp?) was already there waiting for us. He was very pleasant, entertaining, and
amenable to the requests of our varied and sometimes crazy group. He gave us
good tips about the sights and the general area of the French Riviera, and we
had a wonderful lunch at one of the recommended restaurants in Monaco. I would
definitely take another tour like this and would recommend it to others. Thank
Janice S.,Walnut Creek, CA June 2010
"Ephesus- our guide, Dennis and the driver were absolutely
great. he is very knowledgeable and experience guide. Unlike many guides who
talk only what they like to talk about, Dennis would spend time on subjects the
clients are interested in. The minibus was new and clean- probably the best one
among all the tours we took on this entire trip. I would highly recommend it!
Thank you again. I would highly recommend your services!"
Rico H., Menlo Park, CA Jun 2010
Dubrovnik, Piraeus, Villefranche
"I picked up my wallet today at FedEx. I was pleasantly
surprised that not only was my credit card still in there, but so was the cash
and my 2 pair of diamond earrings! I truly did not think I would see the cash
or earrings. Kudos to you for working with such honest people.
We had a wonderful time and the
tours where fabulous. Our favorite driver was in Nice. He took us to places
that we could never had seen or experienced had we gone on the large tour
buses. You did a fabulous job and I look forward to sending any business I can
Travel Agent -
Debbie E., “Honeymoon to Remember” Portland OR, June 2009
"We had a very nice driver guide for Cannes. I will
definitely use your service for clients. All the best."
Travel Agent - Sandra L., "We Make Travel Easy" San
Francisco, CA June 2009
"We had a wonderful trip, the "Private Shore"
excursion in Kusadasi to Ephesus & Sirince was outstanding. Our guide was
there at the pier to meet us on time, the minivan was a brand new air
conditioned Mercedes. Our guide was superb in every way, professional, pleasant
and very knowledgeable. We could not have asked for more. We felt this
excursion was well worth the money and made this one of the unexpected favorite
stops. Our thanks to you and I will happily recommend your company and look
forward to using you again."
Sian A., Katy TX - June 2010
“Let me start by thanking you for the follow up to our recent
excursion and the well wishes for our past cruise. We really enjoyed it,
everything was great. In reference to the services received by your European
Associate, I have to say it was the best! Among all the excursions we did on
this cruise (and we did 4 out of the 5 ports of call), this was excellent.
Pascale, our guide, was very knowledgeable, polite, funny but at the same time
respectful. He was by far the best guide we had. If the great service was the
same in the other ports we stopped, we would have definitely booked them with
you... Unfortunately, we had already booked them by the time I found you! Thank
you for the good service and we'll definitely keep you in mind for future
Miuking B., Doral FL, - June 2010
"Just got back at 2am this morning. Our tours were simply
wonderful and Cynthia was a wonderful guide. Barcelona was one of our favorites
and she helped us experience it to the fullest. Thanks again for all of your
Robin L., Findlay OH, June 2010
Excellent trip! Excellent tour guide!! Antonio provided
excellent info at all stops, was extremely knowledgeable and had a wonderful
personality. He made the trip that much more enjoyable. Thank you very much for
your assistance and your time. We will definitely keep you in mind for our
future European trips."
Alan E., Aurora IL - June 2010
Copenhagen, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn,
"Thanks for your great service; all excursions went well.
We're picked and dropped off on time. Your drivers and tour guides are all
excellent. We'll surely recommend and use your company again."
Mel V., June 2010, Walnut CA
“George, our guide was absolutely AWESOME! We had a great day
and saw SO much. I will certainly keep your company in mind for my clients'
private tour needs in Europe. Thanks for all of your help.
Jennifer P., Merrimack N - May 2010
French Riviera and Kusadasi
"Both Nice and Ephesus were terrific tours. Our drivers and
guides were outstanding. Hats off to both. Could not be happier. Thanks for all
your help. Will contact you for any future needs."
Bob C., Jupiter Fl, May 2010
Kusadasi, Messina, Amalfi, French Riviera
"I am glad to say our trip went well and our excursions
were very good. The two guides in Italy, Luca and Franco, were great. The
vehicles in France were vans and I wasn't crazy about that but the other cars
were Mercedes and a VW in Turkey. Would recommend your company any time."
Ian H, McCloud OK, May 2010
"Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful tour on the
28th with Brice. He was on time, friendly, informative, and easy to be around.
He changed the itenary to fit our wishes and was a welcoming host. As it turned
out, that day was our favorite day of the whole trip. We thoroughly enjoyed him
and won't hesitate to recommend you and him to friends and family. Thanks for
being a part of making our trip special."
Tom and Mary H. Spring Valley, CA - May 2010
"We had a great day on tour with Pascal. Weather was ideal
and he was an excellent driver and guide. Very accommodating to our desires and
interests. We went to Nice, Cannes, St Paul de Vence and even Monaco (though we
were advised on the ship not to go there because of the Grand Prix race).
Pascal made the effort to check with other guides before we drove to Monaco to
make sure the roads were not too clogged, and we really appreciated that -- and
greatly enjoyed the drive through Monaco. We'd recommend the tour to anyone
with only one day in the area. It was the best way to see and enjoy a lot of
this part of the world."
Harry V., Jacksonville FL - May 2010
Istanbul and Kusadasi
"The two tours we took with you were great and I am sending
you photos of our guides and some scenery. Kutay Berk was our Istanbul guide
and he is pictured here without sunglasses with my husband Bill. He gave us an
enormous amount of information about the history of Istanbul and the Ottoman
Empire as well as the Byzantine church. He spent a lot of time explaining the
mosaics at the church of Chora which was nice and helpful as there were so many
of them in good condition. At the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque he taught
us a great deal about the role of the sultan and the Islam form of worship.
Kutay was willing to take us to the Egyptian Bazaar and to the Rusten Pasa
Mosque which was like a jewel with all the Iznik tiles. On the way back to the
ship he drove us quite close to the Dolmabahce Mosque which I wanted to see.
Hasan Kamit was our guide in
Kusadasi and Ephesus and he was very good at relating the historical
information along with commentating on modern Turkey. When we were in Ephesus
we requested to go to through the Terrace Houses which gave us insight into how
the wealthier Romans lived. We also were made aware of how painstakingly slow
the whole process of excavation and restoration is. All the sites we visited
that day were in beautiful countryside with rich agricultural lands and
forested hillsides surrounding them. Hasan is from a nomadic family background
and he took us to a carpet store that had a large selection of carpets
including Anatolian kilims.
Both our guides were willing to
share their own personal lives with us which made our day with them very
pleasant. Ken, we have appreciated all the care and attention you have given us
and will definitely refer our friends to your tour company."
Victoria BC, May 2010
"We had a great time and thanks for all your help. I will
definitely keep you in mind for future travels."
Alon S., Burlingame CA - May 2010
"Ahhhh, Rome. Our guide, Luke, was fantastic. He tailored
the tour to what we wanted to do and see within the time allowed. He even took
us to places that only he knew about. In the Vatican, we had a guide named Olga
who was also very knowledgeable. All 8 of us decided that a private tour is
definitely the way to go and we wouldn’t hesitate to use your company again. I
would be more than happy to give you a glowing recommendation any time you
like. Just so you know, your prices were much better than Princess Cruise line
and offered more than Princess did. Our cruise included Monaco, Pisa/Florence,
Rome, Naples, Mykonos, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Athens and Venice with Princess tours
at all the ports except Rome. We all agreed that Rome was the BEST tour we
Barbara E, Calabas NC, May 2010
"We had a great day with our guide, he was friendly,
knowledgeable and prompt. Our entire group had a real good time. I will
recommend you organization to any one going to that area. If we ever go back to
the part of the world again I will give you a call to set up another guided
tour. Thanks again."
Paul C, Otto NC - April 2010
Rome, Nafplion, Izmir, Valletta
"Everything went perfectly throughout the entire trip.
Malta was a joy after Egypt! I could not have asked for anything better with
regard to price, quality, guides and buses. I'll make sure and add a good
recommend to your facebook blog when I return. Please feel free to use me for
references. As someone who has traveled for years, been a travel agent for over
18, and have used many tour companies, I can be quite critical and jaded. I
have absolutely nothing negative to say about my experience with PST or with
the companies you booked. Thanks again for everything."
Travel Agent - Kathy P, World Travels with Kathy, Denham
Springs LA, April 2010
"We enjoyed our day with your tour guide. He was very
knowledgeable and accommodating. Cheers."
Carolyn W, Excelsior MN - April 2010
"We had an enjoyable day traveling to Nice, Monaco and
Monte Carlo with Pascal. He is a very knowledgeable and engaging guide and
catered to our interests and inquiries. I would recommend him unconditionally
to others who seek to explore the areas we visited. Thank you for setting this
up for us. We will pass along your name to others, and hope to take advantage
of your services again."
Judy J., El Macero, CA - April 2010
"Our group was well pleased with the tour of Athens. Vicky
was a very fine guide and well informed. The bus driver was good and the
vehicle was very good. Thank you for a very good tour."
Grams, Lodi CA - February