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"We had a great time on our tour. Antony was a wonderful guide. We loved his French accent. The weather was perfect. St. Paul de Vence was awesome. Thanks for everything and have a Merry Christmas."

Bob and Kim G., Smithtown NY, November 2007

"Thank you. We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour in Nice. Our driver-guide, Jean-Luc, was excellent. We would be most pleased to use his services again. Our private tour was easily the best of any taken on our entire trip. I would recommend your service from beginning to end. Thanks again!"

Lois T., Westminster MD, November 2007

"We had a great time and the guide was excellent. He took us to beautiful places where normal shore excursion tour will probably not. We definitely will keep your organization in mind for future European travel. Cheers."

Raymond C., Fort McMurray AB Canada, November 2007

"I just wanted to write and tell you what a wonderful time we had exploring the French Riviera, with the help of your tour guides. We all were very pleased with what we saw and did. The drivers/guides were exceptionally helpful and friendly and we certainly could never have done it on our own. Thank you very much for a memorable experience :-)"

Lori B, Masspequa Park, NY, November 2007

"Thank you! It was wonderful and Jean Luc was very amenable, patient and kind."

Anita K., Encinitas CA., November 2007

"We want to thank you for the great job you did on planning and organizing our trip to Europe. The eight of us had a great time as well as being pleasantly surprised at how well the trip was organized, how gracious our drivers and guides were how pertinent your suggestions were. We will be having friends go in the spring and will be referring them to you."

Denise Anglin and William Peare, Roslyn, WA November 2007

"I got home yesterday. The tours were wonderful. You have spoiled us."

Diane A., Abilene TX, November 2007

"Everyone enjoyed all three tours. The guides were friendly and easy to understand. They were very knowledgeable, too. I even recommended Travels with Friends to our travel agent."

Alex S., Antrim, New Hampshire, November 2007

"The trip was excellent. We very much enjoyed all the guides. Having our own tour really made the trip. When we took one of the ships tours in Sicily the final day, it was no where near as good as having our own guilder. Thanks again so very much. We will be recommending Private Shore Trips and I am sure we will be utilizing your services again in the very near future."

Sue Ellen J, Roseville MI, October 2007

We, my family of eight, just used Private Shore Trips for our Mediterranean cruise and I can not tell you how happy we were. Seeing those bus loads of people leaving the cruise ship for tours with no individual say on what they will see or do. Private Shore Trips worked with us, made each port of call unique to our taste. The guides where there waiting for us, each guide was knowledgeable about there city, the history and lay of the land. We saw and did things we would have never been able to do otherwise on 12 hour port of calls... We will probably never use cruise excursions again.... you will think the same once you have used Private Shore Trips. Thanks again.

Brian and Alex F., Hollywood FL, October 2007

"The tour was terrific. The driver was very informative and took us where ever we decided to go. I will highly recommend your company to all my friends if they need a guided tour. Thanks again for all your help!!!!"

Len N., San Rafael CA, October 2007

"We all had a marvelous time & all the arrangements made with you went perfectly. Anthony even helped us book a restaurant for our evening meal on Saturday - he could not have been more helpful." Linda B., Glenrothes Fife UK, October 2007 

"We have just returned from Nice and had a wonderful weekend. I would like to pass on to you all that this trip was made good by your wonderful staff and the Saturday trip to Monaco etc, was (in the words of one of us) just magical. I will not have any hesitation in recommending you to anyone. Thank Anthony and Angelina very much indeed for the Saturday trip. Keep up the good work."

Brenda M., Glenrithes Fife, Scotland, October 2007

"Thanks for arranging the Nice tour for us, the driver Antony was wonderful and professional, we were very happy for his service, please forward this message to Antony's office for me. Will recommend your service to everyone that needs private tour for Nice. Thanks again."

Le S., Langly BC - Canada, October 2007

"Anthony, our guide / driver was considerate, thoughtful and all-round nice - all this made our day trip a very pleasant and enjoyable experience around Monte Carlo / Eze / St. Jean Cap Ferrat. It was also smooth dealing with you. I'd recommend Anthony specifically and your services in general to my other friends / family next time. Thanks and please thank him again for me if you have a chance."

K.W., Hong Kong, October 2007

"Our tours were great....Sylvie in Florence was amazing....I would use your services again. Thanks."

Colleen M., Ontario Canada, October 2007

“Thank you. We had an absolutely lovely trip. The guides and drivers you provided were great. Everybody especially liked Stefan in Cannes, but then also Tanya in Lisbon was a joy. All were very informative and had nice personalities. We had Suzanne in Barcelona and she was great also. Thank you so much for adding pleasant memories for all of us.”

Marlene S., Boonsboro MD, October 2007

"The trip was fabulous, and our tour guide you arranged for us was the best in class! Thanks again!"

Sandy G., Wichita KS, October 2007

“Everything was wonderful. All the tour guides were wonderful. I look forward to working with you next year when I take out more groups. Sincerely”

Mary Ann Garofala, Journey Tours, October 2007

"Thanks for your follow up. It is indeed tiring with a big group, but the arrangements you did for us were great and made less stress for me. It was very good, the guides and bus drivers were always there before the excepted time. All went well and my people were very impressed with your services. Definitely I will use you again and actually have told the consultants in my office to use your services. 

Thank you for all your help in making my trip a success and certainly my group thought I am a genius in making all the arrangements. But you know your partnership made it possible and a successful one."

Travel Agent Lee Chew, Step by Step Vacations , Alberta Canada, September 2007

"We had an excellent day, as expected, given our previous experience. Our guide, Melina, was very knowledgeable and looked after us all really well. I have recommended your services to a couple of people we met on our cruise. As for us, we will certainly use your company again - not for us the experience of being herded around with a coach load of other tourists - we are now getting used to the personal touch."

Janet D., Merseyside, England October 2007

"Our European vacation turned out great. The Athens tour met all of expectations. The minibus was clean and the driver very good. The pickup was on time and the tour guide excellent. She was well informed, had excellent English and the presentation interesting and informative. She was especially good in the museum where we learned as much in a couple of hours as a couple of days on our own. We will definitely recommend you to our friends."

Hank L., Williamsburg, VA, September 2007

"Well we are home and have had a trip of a lifetime. We would like to thank you very much for making our day trip in Athens and Cape Sounion with Elsa a wonderful day. She was there about an hour before we disembarked (we could see her on shore while we were on deck) and then when passengers began disembarking was waiting with our Family sign. She was a lovely person as well as a very informative guide. She was very passionate and knew her history very well. We had a great day, and learned with enjoyment, a great deal about Athens and Cape Sounion. Pass on our best wishes and a big thank you to her, and to you thank you for organizing a special day. We have already been passing on the link to Travels with Friends here in Australia, and would not hesitate to contact you again should we be going on another holiday requiring guides or shore trips. Thanks again for making our holiday special."

June and Andrew T., Redland Bay Australia, September 2007

"We contracted for Izmir Private Tour, Option 3 on 12 Sep 2007. We had limited time ashore and requested to be met as early as possible. It was with great joy that we were greeted by “Dennis” of Kusadasi holding a sign having our name. In a short time we were under way in a very clean, comfortable van that easily accommodated the five of us with a smooth, cool ride and large windows to see sights. Dennis spoke English very well. We had an outstanding tour of Ephesus and places along the way. This private tour was everything we had hoped for and a superb introduction to Turkey. Dennis was extremely knowledgeable, polite, on time, organized and eager to please. He knew exactly where to take us so we could avoid time-consuming conflicts with other groups. The driver was outstanding too. He got us in and out of very tight areas and returned us to the NCL Jewel exactly on schedule. The tour was a truly memorable highlight of our entire cruise and we would highly recommend this private tour to anyone!"

Harold B., Mount Calvary, WI September 2007

I am back from my wonderful trip and I just wanted to say "thanks" for all of your help. Everything went very smoothly and our guide was perfect. We enjoyed him very much and he was not only informative, but very nice to have with us. I will always recommend your company in the future to anyone that may be coming that way. Thanks again.

Trina P, Lawrenceville GA, September 2007

"The excursion with Private Shore Trips from Cannes to Monaco on the French Riviera was terrific. It was far superior to our excursions arranged by the cruise line during our 8 port visits."

Travel Agent Fred N., Cruising for Members, September 2007

"I certainly did enjoy my vacation, and want to thank you for the excellent service you provided, as well as the additional recommendations you were kind enough to research for me. The private tour exceeded our expectations. The driver was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous. Also, the hotel you suggested in Nice was perfect. I will surely consider your services in the future, and recommend them to others. Thank you."

Eleanor W. Wilmington, DE, September 2007

"Thank you for your assistance in booking our tour in Cannes. Please mention our thanks to our guide PASCALE. He was extremely nice, courteous, knowledgeable and funny. He made our tour through Nice, Monaco and the other cities, very enjoyable."

Albert V., Oxnard CA, September 2007

"I want to thank you and your organization for making our family reunion cruise a success. Each and every one of our 9 trips was perfect. Your staff in Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseille, and Villefranche were excellent and very knowledgeable. The guides/drivers were terrific with suggestions to keep the children in our group happy yet satisfy the adults. I truly appreciated your flexibility. Working with our group of 24 was a challenge and you rose to the occasion, especially when you alerted us to the cruise line change in itinerary saving our day trips. I particularly want to thank you for arranging the Flamenco Dancer Dinner and the birthday surprise for my 7 year old daughter. They took her on stage and had her dance with them. What an experience! I recommend your organization highly and without reservations. Thank you making our vacation perfect."

Dr. Lisa M. Sheppard MD, Princeton JCT NJ, September 2007

"Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but the holidays make things so crazy. We had the time of our lives. The tours were beyond our expectations. Our guides for both trips were waiting on the pier for us. The Vans were roomy, beautiful and thankfully air conditioned. We were brought into the city centers where the larger tour buses were not allowed due to their size. It was amazing the knowledge of our guides and their English was wonderful.

We started with Villefranche, John Luke just seem to know it all. We saw sites of art and John Luke guided us through the history of each as if he were there. Oh and the perfume factory was amazing, of course I could not leave without purchasing some, I wear it and it takes me back to France. We went to a wonderful local restaurant, the food was great and even though there was a line we were seated within moments, thanks to John Luke.

Then there was Florence and Pisa. Our guide Stefano was wonderful. There was so much art, and the history that Stefano gave us was amazing. Stefano took us to a little cafe for lunch where we got a taste of local Italian cuisine which was absolutely delicious.

Both our guides spoke English well and were so knowledgeable of the areas we toured. We would have never experienced all that we did without their expertise, and knowledge.

I can not thank you enough for the memories you gave us that all of us will cherish forever. I will most certainly contact you for future travel. I also told my family and friends that when they travel abroad they must contact you.”

Paula C., Chepachet RI, September 2007

"First of all, we want to Thank you for your service it was first class, all of our tours were great, all of the tour companies used were great, and we had a super time. The guides we had in each port we great, and we appreciated the vast amount of information we were given.

I have rated the ports in terms of our favorites;

1) Naples: Amalfi Coast and Pompeii 
2) Kusadasi Turkey 
3) Florence and Pisa 
4) Highlights of Rome
5) Nice/EZE/Monte Carlo/Monaco
6) Highlights of Athens

We look forward to using Travels with Friends in the future, and we have already recommended using your services with our Travel agent, who will be passing your name on to her clients that are planning a European holiday.

Thanks again for all of your assistance in setting up our tours! It was a wonderful dealing with a very professional organization!"

John E, Kitchener Ontario, September 2007

"We had a wonderful trip. It was go-go-go most days and we actually got overloaded with ruins and history, if you can believe it. As for the tours;

Monaco was excellent- we changed our itinerary at the last minute to include St. Paul rather than time at the casino. Our guide, Antonin?, was very accommodating and he was a delight as a guide. He gave us as much or as little time as we desired at each stop and was a wealth of information. He even managed a stop at the post office in Monaco on our way back so we could mail some postcards. Grade-A

Florence- Our guide (a young woman whose name escapes me) was also wonderful. She was very informative and we ran her ragged in Florence with our different destinations and desires. She was up to the task and was perfect in her timing and her suggestions of what to see and how best to see it. Grade- A+

Athens - Our guide here, Helen, was very good. She was very informative and we saw so much in one day. Her only fault is she was almost too "intellectual". She was very detailed about things, especially in the museums. I don't know that I should call this a fault, for she was incredibly informed and wanted to share all of her knowledge with us. We were all in "information overload" and tired by the end of the day. I would recommend her for future tours. Grade-A-

All in all, the tours went perfectly. All were on time and the vehicles and guides were as good or better than expected. Thank you for booking these tours for us. I will definitely recommend your service to anyone I know.

John H. Sun Lakes, AZ September 2007

"We had a wonderful time, the 3 tours we took were great. Santorini was great, Demtra was fantastic, she did a great job. The Florence tour was with Letta, she ran a little late because of traffic but she did great job too. Last was Frank in Nice, he gave us a wonderful tour. The vehicles were good, let me know if you would like me to do a testimony for you sometime. Thanks for the tours."

Jerry B., Fort Worth TX, September 2007

"We arrived home last night and we want you to know that our trip and all the private tours were fabulous. Everyone was there on time, flexible and informative. We could not have asked for more. I have given your e-mail address to dozens of friends and recommended the service. We are so, so, so glad we did not participate in any of the excursions for the cruise ship. The groups were too large and too impersonal. Thanks so much for all your work."

Marv and Peggy G. and Dave and Deb R., Malibu CA, August 2007

"Just got back from our cruise in the Med and wanted to drop you a line. We took 4 excursions while traveling the 12 days in Europe. 2 of those tours were average at best and 2 were outstanding. You should be happy to know that the two outstanding ones were booked by "Travels with Friends ". Our last two days on the trip brought us to Cannes and Livorno. In both cases the driver/guide was prompt, courteous, and very helpful. We got to experience much more in these two tours than any cruise line excursion could possibly provide. No comparison. I will never ever book another tour with a cruise line if a private tour is available. For almost the same money one gets so much more."

William B., West Palm Beach, FL, August 2007

"The tour was great. The driver was very informed and provided us with many tidbits of local information. I would recommend this to anyone."

Ben R. Wantagh NY, August 2007

"She was a wonderful guide – all in all a fabulous experience, thank you."

Kathy R., Redwood City, CA, August 2007

"In Rhodes we also had an absolutely wonderful guide. We had a great day and lunch with him and were very pleased. English was excellent. In Olympia, we were all getting pretty tired and told our guide we were like a shortened version of the original sight as it was still very hot. He did an absolutely wonderful job stopping under trees and keeping his explanations short and directly to the point, but very informative. We then went to the museum where it was cooler and talked for a while and learned a little more. Great trip."

Pam N., Indialantic FL, July 2007

"Our trip was unforgettable. We were delighted with our driver. She was friendly and very professional. I would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Thanks again!"

The Robledo's, Culter Bay FL, July 2007

"Ann met us in Villefranche and was so lovely...We spent the day with her and had a great time touring just the most beautiful places...Eze is somewhere you can't describe to people...Nice was incredible as was Monte Carlo, Monaco and driving the Grand Prix track! We fit in everything we wanted to see without feeling rushed."

Annette R. and Family, Melville NY, July 2007

"We enjoyed the tours that Travel with Friends provided in Turkey. Our guides were very knowledgeable and met all of our expectations. We will certainly use Travel with Friends again and would be happy to recommend your services to our friends."

Pat L., Toronto, ON Canada, July 2007

"In Istanbul we once again had an absolutely wonderful guide. We spent a nice day in the City and the guide joined us for lunch so we were able to get some real insight into Turkey. He was great."

Pam N., Indialantic FL, July 2007

Amalfi Coast and Pompeii - "Can't say enough about this day and the Guide. The guide we had was so passionate about Pompeii, knew his stuff and made you feel like you were back living there 2000 years ago. The teenagers with us on this trip were amazed and loved every minute of the visit. The driver navigated the curves and tight streets like a pro and always made us feel very comfortable."

Mike F., San Diego CA., July 2007

"The Vatican was just incredible. Our guide dropped us off to meet our Vatican guide. She had just a wealth of knowledge about the Vatican. We could have spent the whole day there. I was just amazed by how much she knew. If I went back, I would definitely request her. She was above and beyond what we expected. By end of that tour, I felt like she was one of our friends! I think we might have spent an hour longer there than expected, but she kept in contact with our other guide to let him know where we were. After we were done with that it was time for lunch. Our guide wanted to take us to a place away from all the tourists restaurants. He took us to an Italian restaurant that had the best pasta we all have ever had in our lives. We are still talking about it! We then went to the Trevi Fountain and then it was time to go back to the ship. It was hard to take the ship tours after being spoiled with our wonderful private tours. Next time we go somewhere, I will definitely email you and set up more tours. Thank you so much for all your help. I will definitely recommend your company."

Debbie S., Scottsdale, AZ., July 2007

"I just got back from the Mediterranean cruise and wanted to thank you and everyone from your company for the wonderfully arranged tours at the ports I booked for. We had a great time and your tour guides and/or driver guides were fantastic! A special mention has to be given to Matilda from Naples…..she was more than a tour guide! She was extremely professional and was very informative, and she brought us to the best restaurant in the Amalfi coast!"

Doris L., Vancouver BC, Canada, July 2007

"Then Florence and a guide named Daniel. Daniel was nothing short of wonderful and we had a great time with him, learned a lot about the City and thoroughly enjoyed our day. We would recommend him to anyone and are still talking about the day we spent with him."

Pam N., Indialantic FL, July 2007

"Gianni in Rome was great also. We squeezed so much into one day in Rome that it was incredible. Who knew that our cruise ship would be beached in Civitavecchia for another three days! We could have spread it out accordingly.
Gianni was very knowledgeable about Roman history and having him drop us just steps from all the best sights was wonderful! "

Annette R. and Family, Melville NY, July 2007

'Our driver was a charming companion. Overall, it was exactly as planned, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. While I may not be going to Europe again soon (one never knows), I will not only keep you in mind but definitely recommend you to friends."

Anita G., New Windsor NY, July 2007

“Thank you for all your help – we LOVED our tours. It was a big leap of faith booking it on line and everything went perfectly – thank you for that. Our tour guides were all wonderful! We hope to be in Europe again soon and we will definitely keep this in mind.”

Suzanne P, Bedford NM, July 2007

"All of the guides made you feel welcomed in their hometown and were willing to answer any questions we had. I want to thank you for your help in arranging these tours and will gladly recommend your service to anyone needing excursions."

Mike F., San Diego CA., July 2007

"Both of our trips at Civitavecchia and Villefranche were wonderful. The
tour guides were great and the transportation was roomy and comfortable for
all 10 of us. I'll definitely use your service if I ever need a tour again
in Europe. We had a fantastic time."

Julianne M., Los Angeles CA., July 2007

"I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with our guides but also how terrific the web site is. I can honestly say that your guides went out of their way to accommodate us. My husband is 80 and has trouble walking but they made sure he saw and did what he was able to. The cruise line mass merchandises their excursions and they really do loose something. This was spectacular to have private guides and the pricing was certainly less than anything the cruise offered. In some ports they don’t even offer the private car and guide so this was a vacation saver for us since you gave us the opportunity to see sites we never would have. Thank you and continued success." (Lisbon and Barcelona)

Jill D., Bronx, NY, June 2007

"We have only fond memories of our experience with your tour operators. We would highly recommend Travels with Friends for anyone! We will use your company again when we try to repeat this trip. Thanks so much for your good work!"

Annette R. and Family, Melville NY, July 2007

“Both tours were good (Athens and Nice). Athens was great because we were picked up in a twelve-passenger mini bus (Mercedes, I believe) which had an aisle from front to back, two seats on one side and single seats on the other, plus we had a driver and a guide , with a microphone , who talked to us the entire time - the female guide spoke very good English. In Nice and the French Riviera we had only the driver/guide in an eight-passenger SUV - we were taken all over the area (Nice, Eze, Monaco, St Paul de Vance) and our driver was pleasant and informative. In short, we were very pleased with the service and certainly would recommend your company to anyone, including in Dallas the Cruise travel agency we used to book our cruise.”

Abe W., Dallas TX, June 2007

“Just wanted to let you know the trip was fantastic. Our private tours scheduled through you were great. Much better than the ones we scheduled through the cruise. The guides were friendly, personable and really made the trip! The entire process of coordinating these tours through you exceeded our expectations. We'll be glad to be a reference for you if ever needed.” (Naples and French Riviera)

Greg L., Louisville KY, June 2007

“I can't say enough about each tour and guide you booked for us. As my group said "I batted 1000".

You took care of me in Villefranche, Athens and Naples. All of the mini busses were very very nice and clean. Comfortable with lots of room. And our guides were very pleasant and knowledgeable. Amazing how many facts they can retain and spit out about all the history especially of the Acropolis and Pompeii. We did run into a terrible heat wave in Athens but I know you don't control the weather.

Thanks again for everything and I will most certainly call you if we need private tours in Europe sometime in the future. I will also recommend you to any of our friends that have a need for this. We could never imagine taking another cruise tour again. Private is the only way to go.”

Kathy S, Spring TX, June 2007

"Our trip overall was great and the tours worked out wonderful. Each of the tour drivers was prompt, prepared, friendly and so accommodating! They were informative all along the route and were good about making suggestions and altering the time frame here and there when we requested. We felt that we really covered a lot of ground and now understand why we were so tired at the end of every day. We surely made the most of our time there. I don't really have any suggestions, as the itineraries seemed about as full as they could be and well thought out in terms of how they were sequenced. I thought the drivers were quite careful (we took note of it), considering the crazy way everyone over their drives." (Rome and French Riviera)

Christina S, Shelby Twp., MI, June 2007

“We had a fabulous trip and our shore excursions in Barcelona and Villefranche could not have been better. We have been recommending you to our friends”.

Kevin and Barb K., Dubuque IA, June 2007

"The three tours arranged via your company were excellent. Our whole group enjoyed the land tours very much. We will certainly use your services in the future. Thanks again."

Stanley W., Lake Forest Park, WA, June 2007

"We enjoyed every tour very much!"

Joan, O., Maitland FL, June 2007

“I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the trip was!! The tour guides you provided were Great and we'd strongly recommend your company to fellow travelers. 

The Highlight was Brandis....the Pizza restaurant in Naples! Mike and I already have plans to go back there next year! Let me know if there's anyone that needs any information regarding your tour company and I'll be happy to oblige!!”

Jennifer S., Westminster CO, June 2007

"Florence: Sylvia was fantastic. She got us in to the head of the line to to see the David in about 5 minutes, took us to a great little restaurant for lunch, steered us away from some sites that weren’t all that great, and was a delight besides. She is absolutely tops.

Naples: Pascuale was entertaining, enthusiastic, and a real joy to travel with. He took us to Positano, Amalfi and Pompeii. Our guide in Pompeii, Stefano, was the highlight of the whole trip—what a place, and he was incredibly interesting and informed. I could imagine living in Pempeii, so vivid was his description of daily life there."

Roger M., Washington DC, June 2007

“Our private tour was very enjoyable. The driver we had was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We all had a excellent time. Our wives enjoyed a little shopping, our lunch in a country French restaurant was truly memorable. The van we had was very comfortable. This tour was a good start to a very enjoyable cruise. Thanks for the great service.”

Rich S. Fort Lee NJ., June 2007

“We were very pleased with our tour guide – He was very knowledgeable and we had a memorable day. We were supposed to have lunch in Monte Carlo and due to heavy rains, we did not stop there. Our guide suggested another area “St. Paul” (a medieval village) on the East side which he said would not be rainy. He was absolutely correct and we enjoyed a lovely lunch there in picture perfect weather. Our tour was terrific and my husband and I will always remember our special day along the French Riviera. Thank you.”

Nancy R., Kinnelon NJ, June 2007

"We loved Anthony! He was wonderful, very flexible and recommended a great place for lunch. We’ll keep you on our list for next time."

Marcia H., Saratoga CA, June 2007

"All the guides were very knowledgeable about each of the place we went (Rhodes, Athens and Katakolon). We wish we had more time in Greece. There are too many places in Greece to visit."

Amelia V., San Diego, CA, June 2007

"Helen was very informed, bringing the city to life for us. She could have used a bit more organization to her presentation, but her tangents about Greek mythology and the countryside we passed through were fascinating." Athens and Corinth

Roger M., Washinton DC, June 2007

"We truly enjoyed our two private tours arranged through your website. We were spoiled by our first one in Athens, since we were greeted with both a driver and a guide with a mike in a mini-bus. Great. The Nice tour was very good as well. We ended up having a nice lunch in Antibes, and we did walk up to the Chateau Eza for a look from the restaurant terraces. I will recommend your services to anyone, happily. Our trip was truly enjoyable - the only downer being the crowds, especially Venice, Rome and Athens - best to go in April or first two weeks in May, or in the fall. For your info, we were very happy with the Celebrity cruise line and more specifically with the Millenium ship. Again, dealing with you has been a pleasure, and we hope to "do business" with you in the future. Thanks and best regards,"

Abraham W. Dallas TX May 2007

"We had a wonderful time. Our private tour was great--Christina did an excellent job. I will definitely recommend your company to others."

Kristen L., Houston TX, May 2007

“Thanks so much for your kind and very professional follow up! Yes, we did enjoy the private driver-guide to Monaco. We spent a very informative 5 hours with him. He did include Eze Village on our itinerary, which, even though I had visited before, was once again just as charming.

“Our trip was amazing and both guides were wonderful. We have friends leaving on the exact same cruise this Saturday. I know that they have booked their excursions thru you because of my recommendations. 

Kamil (Istanbul) and Ester (Kusadasi) were both outstanding. They were prompt, which is always key for me. Additionally, their knowledge was outstanding. We had excellent tours on both stops. The only regret is that we did not have enough time! Thanks again for your help and we will certainly continue to use and recommend you.”

LuAnn R, Norcross GA May 2007

"The two tours that we took were wonderful and I would certainly use Travel With Friends again when I return to the Mediterranean. I was a little nervous especially doing everything by the internet, but not after meeting Yannick (in Villefranche) who was very accommodating. Even though we could not go to Monaco and Monte Carlo due to the race, Yannick make the tour very interesting and enjoyable. Paul in Rome also did a great job especially with the weather and the senior citizens in my group. I would highly recommend Travel with Friends to anyone traveling to Europe."

Joel J., Philadelphia, PA, May 2007

“Our trip to Greece and Turkey was great. The guides and transportation booked through your company were excellent. Thank you for your follow-up. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends and associates.”

Bob B, Ashburn ON Canada, May 2007

Thanks so much for all of your assistance! I will certainly remember your services for future use and will be recommending you to anyone who is asking after services you provide while in Europe. Thanks again!!”

Lois R, Yardley PA May 2007

"A million times THANK YOU!!! Working with you, & Travels with Friends, has been the greatest pleasure from our first communications with each other, all the way through to receiving your most welcome "Welcome Home" right on our first day home.

Our trip was wonderful . . .gorgeous weather, magnificent sights, & the whole family (My husband, myself, two sons, & two daughters-in-law) got along beautifully. You can't ask for anything more, but we did get more!

Every one of us said that our day with Pascal (the guide you had arranged for) was an absolute highlight! He was delightful to be with, he showed us everything that we had asked to see, plus so much more, and he managed to do it within the time allotted without ever making us feel rushed. The day was perfect.

Not only will we be in touch the next time we go to Europe, but we will also make sure that everyone we know that is heading that way knows what a beautiful job Travels with Friends does."

Judy Z., Mission Viejo, CA, May 2007

"We had a wonderful vacation and your guide was excellent and very professional."

Kelly N., DeWinton, Alberta Canada, May 2007

"Everything was grand! Thomas did a great job showing us Nice and the area. Thanks for all your help!"

Gale H., Indianapolis, IN, May 2007

"The Marseilles tour guide was probably the best and most professional. We were 10 so we had the mini bus. She had a mike hooked up so everyone could hear. She really gave us a sense of life in the region. She was informative and very pleasant and very interesting. The bus was immaculate and she even had a step for me to easily get in. It was a wonderful tour."

Maris L., Freehold, NJ, May 2007

“Our trip to Greece and Turkey was great. The guides and transportation booked through your company were excellent. Thank you for your follow-up. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends and associates.”

Bob B, Ashburn ON Canada, May 2007

"The tour guide at the Vatican was wonderful, he really made the paintings come alive so I really developed a better understanding of what I had seen so often in pictures and books." Christian Rome Tour

Maris L., Freehold, NJ, May 2007

"Our Travels w/Friends experience was outstanding. The van was waiting for us first thing in the AM and our driver was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed moving at our own pace and traveling in a comfortable air conditioned van. I would highly recommend travels w/friends and will definitely use your service next visit to Europe. (I did spread the word to many of our fellow cruisers!) Thanks again."

Karen E., Rockford, IL, April 2007

"The tour bus was on time and the driver was courteous and the guide was excellent. Would rather have had more time in San Gimignano than Sienna. Overall, it was very good."

Elizabeth W., St. Augustine FL, April 2007

"The tour was excellent, the tour guide knew her stuff. It is a pity that we did not take the whole day tour because when I asked the tour guide, she was already booked for the afternoon. I have already given your name to my fellow cruisemates. Thank you again. We definitely will use you again. I also told my travel agent about you."

Dewi T., La Verne CA, March 2007

"I just wanted to take a minute and let you know that I am your biggest fan….and if you ever need a testimonial, I would LOVE to provide one for you. I was so happy with EVERY ONE of the tours, tour guides and itineraries. The buses were there waiting, the tour guides were prepared and extremely knowledgeable and they were all so willing to make ADJUSTMENTS to our itineraries to accommodate the need for SHOPPING for my group. We just love every single one of them.

I did want to thank you as well for taking such expert care of the arrangements and making sure that my needs were met. My group of 39 thought I was a MIRACLE PERSON for arranging such fantastic tours in places I had never been. (OK, I took the credit but it should go to you!)

The buses were modern, clean and well equipped; the drivers were great (considering the crazy traffic in several cities) and we had an overall EXCELLENT experience. I will DEFINITELY recommend you to all groups (large and small) and use you again in the future.

Thank you again for all your help. It was ABSOLUTELY WONDERUL and we all enjoyed it so much."

Travel Agent Holly Beck, Vacation with Me, March 2007