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I really had a wonderful tour and have had a lot of opportunities to talk about its highlights. The unexpected was that I was the only native English speaker in the group, most were Spanish, but most Europeans speak some English so that was ok. There were 2 German women my age who have lived in Barcelona for 50 years and their English is quite good and we enjoyed one another a lot. I liked the European immersion, something I haven't had for a number of years. The hotels were all excellent, well the Vilnius one was maybe B+ compared to the rest. I loved the hot, sunny weather, but the last couple days it cooled off a bit. Our guide, whose name I can't think of right now, was terrific, a young woman in her 30s, very articulate, smart, knowledgeable, great sense of humor; I think she is Latvian. In the Baltic states our tour group got split, the Spanish in one and I and the German women grouped with an English-German group which was ok. Riga is my favorite of the cities we saw; the renovated art nouveau buildings are absolutely stunning plus there was a wonderful organ concert in a 13th century church that has one of the famed organs in all Europe --5000 pipes. I liked the bus tour as a way of getting a sense of the landscape in the countries visited. I love borscht and am not a fussy eater so liked the often-simple meals. Of course the standard breakfast buffets in hotels can set you up for the day. Also, as it happened 3x our hotels were very near an Orthodox church and every day there was a mass going on. I am so drawn to that hypnotic music and unusual liturgy so found that a good personal add-on experience.
I definitely recommend this tour to others. I can look up the guide's name to give her due credit when I get home tonight from my bookstore.
The Callahans had a great time and loved the spas. She said some of the hiking was a little tough, but they made it!!! For next year they are thinking of maybe going to Norway....so I may be back in touch with you
Thank you for you help .
I have just spoken with my clients, and they had a wonderful trip. They were very complimentary about the accommodations especially and said it was the most beautiful country they had every visited and the people were exceptionally friendly.
Thank you for your help.
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I wanted to thank you for two fabulous tours for my group!. In Stockholm. Anna Marie was such a wonderful tour guide. We loved the tour and the feedback from my people was so positive.
In Copenhagen, because the ship ended docking so far out, we didn’t have time to shop and were a little disappointed about that. But over all it was amazing in both cities.
I look forward to contacting you again when I have guests going to the Baltic.
Sonshine GroupUlla, Thank you for a well planned day in Copenhagen and the guide Sevven that met us was wonderful. The airlineslost our luggage and he was most helpful with that. So sorry that he could not be our guide the whole time. The guide we had for the all day tour was nice and very well versed in the history of everything. Thanks again for a great day. geanie
Edward MorrisseyJuly 24, 2015
Thank you so much for your help on this trip. It was really invaluable!
It was a really great family vacation. Here are some thoughts about the Norway portion specifically"
First stop Bergen: A really great city to visit. Was a good choice to be our first stop, Very picturesque and lots of authentic Norway restaurants and a great view. The hotel was nice - but strangely said they had no air conditioning - but one of our rooms had it while the others did not. It was warmer than normal when we arrived, so the first few nights the rooms were very warm. But, it was a great location and we had enough room for 3 of us in our room.
The boat ride to Balestrand was very nice.
Balestrand: This was a very neat hotel and nice area. It really was just a place to stay and catch the boats - but a great view of the mountains and fjords. My son liked Balestrand best. They have a great dinner and breakfast buffet here.
The day excursion to the glaciers was great!
And then the train ride and trip from Flam to Oslo was really nice with great views (mostly to Flam) .
Oslo: We really enjoyed Oslo, especially the Nobel Peace Prize museum and the Viking museums. The shopping was very nice here as well. This was my favorite hotel - very nice and comfortable!
It was all in all a really great trip.
Thank you again!
Charles RemusJuly 6, 2015
Hope you had a great 4th weekend.
I have heard from the clients to know that they really enjoyed their two days of touring and how pleased they are with the arrangements.
Thank you for your efforts and it was good to work with you. I look forward to working with you again.
Hi Ulla, I meant to write you immediately when the Kinneberg’s returned but you know there is always an emergency which needs to be handled first.
anyway, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! they loved everything you did for them, the hotels were good, everything was easy, on time, clean and the food
was delicious and the beer was wonderful. They were so relaxed and happy they even enjoyed the forced overnight Icelandic arranged on their return.
You make me look so smart and it was really all you. Thanks so much!!!