GET President John Miller shares enthusiastic feedback from travelers who recently traveled to Europe.
Many of my fondest childhood memories are “seeing the world” with my family. My parents believed that travel was an important part of my brother’s and my education. Together, we had many enriching experiences – from seeing the sites in our geography books come alive, experiencing different cultures, customs, and foods, to making new friends. Today, my wife and I try to pass the magic and joy of travel along to our sons. So when I read these two recent letters from our Guests, they brought back fond memories, and reminded me of just how much traveling abroad can enrich our lives.
Travelers Melinda and Blas just arrived home from touring Italy on the Italian Intermezzo with their children and grandchildren and wrote to Michelle, their Personal Travel Advisor…
“Thank you for all the help in planning the tour, booking extra days at the arrival and departure hotel. We have really enjoyed planning this and earlier tours with you. You are very conscientious, follow through on things you offer to find out for us, offer us alternate possibilities within the specific tour we are working on, and a pleasure to work with. Always!!
“We had a wonderful time. All of us. Even the grand kids!! Our 18 and 16-year old grandsons rated each of the hotels by the breakfast selections available. Hearing them discuss different hotels and what they enjoyed eating at each hotel. (I never saw anything they put on their plates that they didn’t each absorb like a vacuum cleaner.) They sounded almost like clinical researchers – very serious and intense.
“We are sending you several photos of our family. One is the family at a restaurant in Bellageo, the family and our Tour Director Debra DeAngelo at St. Mark’s Square in Venice, and one of us on a gondola tour of the Grand Canal in Venice. Selecting these pictures brought back beautiful memories.
“Please share this with your supervisors. We want them to know how we feel about dealing with you and how staff like you make Grand European and Insight the great organizations they have become. Thanks again for everything.”
Joe and Barbara have been on seven tours with us. Upon returning from the Britain and Ireland Explorer they wrote…
“Just when you thought you had one of the best trips, Grand European (Insight Vacation’s sister company) puts together one that cannot be missed. Barb and I have been on 7 other vacations and this was one of the best ever. The hotels were from 5 stars to old rustic and a unique flavor of traveling in the old days around the countryside. We will not even go into the food. I know myself I gained a few pounds. We tried everything from Lamb, ham hock pâté, to beef wellington.
“The scenery was beautiful. We thought England country scenery was nice but Scotland, Ireland and Wales were truly different and beautiful. Never knew there were that many mountain ranges in those countries. I could go on and on but words cannot describe the beauty we saw.
“We want to send out our personal ‘THANKS’ to Slim Benatia who met us the first night and treated us like family. He set the tone for the whole trip. He was informative, very courteous and just pleasant to be around. Of course our tour director Keith Hudson. I just cannot put into words how great he was. His knowledge of every country was outstanding. He made every effort to take care of you and make this a great experience. Of course we could not have enjoyed this if it were not for the coach drivers. Karl and Les Dover. The father and son team was fabulous. We have been to India, but these two drivers are ‘HATS OFF’. They made the ‘IMPOSSIBLE — POSSIBLE.’
“And of course Barb and I what to give a special ‘THANK YOU’ to all those who traveled with us. You made our trip great. Your concern for each other. compassion and friendliness will always stay with our memories of this trip. We look forward to traveling again with Grand European.”
This year, don’t let the headlines hold you back. Follow your heart and experience your dream vacation. Browse our carefully curated collection of guided tours and river cruises. Then call us and speak with one of our Personal Travel Specialists. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you find your dream vacation.