Testimonials Archive 2011

We have received a lot of positive feedback from our guests all over the world who have chosen Tour De Force as their tour company in Russia.

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Our Tour guide was Katherine and driver Vladamir, in St. Petersburg. Katherine was an amazing font of knowledge and made our whole experience a wonderful memory.

Yvonne Coumbe, yvonnejcoumbe (at) msn.com
August 28, 2011

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We found the tour most interesting and informative. Vladimir was a very attentive and congenial host and is obviously extremely knowledgeable. We would not hesitate to recommend you and him.

Barry Volans, barry (at) volans-aims.freeserve.co.uk
August 26, 2011

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We all in our Group thanking you for the Great Service at St. Petersburg. Our Guide Mrs. Katia was very nice and knowledgeable. She took us where we wanted to go and enjoyed lunches. Our driver Jury was also very nice. We will recommend Tour De Force to all our friends.

Pradhan Ramesh, rameshp_66 (at) yahoo.com
August 26, 2011

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Tour guide was very knowledgeable ... Excellent! Almost enjoyable 2 days - everything was so informative - we got good knowledge of Russian history. Our guide was fabulous she deserves a praise!

Maria Downs, Victor Paul & Dianna L Janule, Patrizia Izsak, Eitan Dokhanian, Sandra Moreschi, Geoffrey & Heidi Ashmead, Ian & Karen & Laura Bain
August 20, 2011

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Hi Victor and Bella,
Just a note to say thank you for the most amazing time we had in Russia - St Petersburg was a 'wow' city, and our tour guide jenny was amazing!!
Our only wish was, that we could have spent more time there! So much to see and do!!
Our driver was amazing - always there waiting for us, in our spotless van, offering freshly bottled water, and stopping just at the right times for the bathroom.
What a beautiful city you live in - one of the highlights was having tea with the Jewish family - it really was so touching and moving for me to see our people living in total freedom! The short walk to the Jewish Сentre in which they work was amazing, as was the visit to the Shul - i found it was very emotional there!
We just loved the hermitage and all the art works, as the magnificent palace of Mr Peter!! How grand it must have been to have lived in those times - the only thing that disturbed us was the fashion of not washing and the usage of the snuff boxes!!!!!!
Jenny was such a knowledgeable lady, and could answer every question that we asked. I will highly recommend her to all and everybody that i know, that will be travelling to Russia in the future.
The ballet was great - we soon realized that this was company no 3 and not no 1, but enjoyed it all the same!! Company no 1 is at this very time, touring our home town, cape town is South Africa!!!!!!!
Grateful thanks to you Victor, for all your time and patience and good advice.
We hope and pray that we will be able to revisit your very special country again, and that we will be able to call upon your services.
You are a most professional and efficient company to work with.
Grateful thanks once again.

Sandy Gottschalk, sandygottschalk (at) gmail.com
August 19, 2011

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Alex is a major asset to your business and to the experience of intelligent travellers.

Kendall & Gam Rose, krose (at) strategicgroup.com
August 19, 2011

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Margarita was great, enjoyable and so informative. I must mention her name to all our friends and future tourists!

Joseph & Giti Zelmanovitz, joezelmanovitz (at) aol.com
August 18, 2011

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Elena was very accommodating. The driver kept us safe on the busy St. Petersburg streets.

Kevin & Wanda Woodworth, wandawoof (at) gmail.com
August 17, 2011

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Katya is brilliant - very friendly and helpful - an excellent guide. Our driver was an excellent driver - we felt very safe with him. Thoroughly enjoyed our 2 days!!!

Northcott Deryl, deryl.northcott (at) aut.ac.nz
August 16, 2011

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Our guide, Kate was very knowledgeable about all aspects of our two-day tour with included «the Hermitage», the summer palace, the Peterhof Park and general history of St. Petersburg & new + old Russia.

Don and Ruth Wilson
August 14, 2011

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Eugenia es una exelente guia. Perfecto Ingles y Espanñol y  muy simpatico y amygable. Excellent! Our time in St. Petersburg exceeded our expectations because  of Tour de Force and our guide Eugenia. She is a Fantastic historian and Story teller in English + Spanish! Amazing!

Patricia Diaz de Leon, pdiazdeleon1 (at) comcast.net
August 14, 2011

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Victoria is such a professional our guide who makes each visiting place very enjoyable. She was friendly and knowledgeable. She even gave us an overview of Russian history and the 2 Russian dynasties. St. Petersburg is so impressive. I wish to visit this place again.

Kwok's Family, philip.h.kwok (at) gmail.com
August 13, 2011

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I'm now back at work unfortunately with only my memories of the wonderful time that we spent in St Petersburg last week. The two days of touring with Lisa and Vladimir were great.  You have a real asset in Lisa; her enthusiasm and knowledge are fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and we really enjoyed meeting her. All of your arrangements from the tickets to lunch and of course our welcome gifts were excellent.  The weather could have been better though!
I have already recommended you to one of my colleagues who has a friend that is planning to go on a Baltic Cruise. I'll also put an entry on trip advisor for you.
Thank you once again.

Pamela Grant, Pamela.Grant (at) Haslers.com
August 8, 2011

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Our guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and her English was very good. She was very accommodating. We were delighted with your services. Many Thanks.

Marilyn Lois & Philip Barry Sommers, msommers (at) optonline.net
August 8, 2011

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Lisa was the epitomy of what a guide should be. Knowledgeable, polite, personable- and a lovely person. Our driver did exactly what was expected of him. Thank you. Made the tour a pleasure.

Laurence & Sara Seeff, Howard & Dina Taylor, howardctaylor (at) hotmail.com
August 4, 2011

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Bella, it was a pleasure meeting you and putting a name to a face.
Victor, we had a terrific time in St. Petersburg.
Olga Seredina's guidance, wealth of knowledge, attention to timing throughout our busy schedule, personality and, above all, true professionalism was nothing short of SUPERB!
Although we filled out the hard-copy questionnaire during our tour, we wanted to put a kind note on your online testimonials website, as, all too often people indicate when things are less than expected but very seldom do they go back after an event and voice their positive feedback on a job that was really done well. This may assist your team in the future as many people read reviews of companies before making their decisions on using a specific company's services. However, we were not able to access a testimonials insertion page on our tour de force account page - kindly send us the direct link where we can add a few words.
Well done to all of you! We had a wonderful time, have great memories of the day we celebrated my mom's 60th birthday, will certainly be back to your exquisite city and, most importantly, look forward to using your services in the future as well as recommending them to friends and family!

Tal & Yeenon Katz, yeenon8 (at) yahoo.com
August 2, 2011

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Had a Fantastic trip. Olga was terrific. Very informative, very educational BUT most importantly was fun! Will recommend!!!

Eliyahu, Dana and Azriella Freiman
August 2, 2011

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I have now been back in Australia for a few weeks.  I just wanted to tell you that the guide you provided for me on my first day at St. Petersburg was excellent.  His name was Vladamir.  He not only had a very thorough knowledge about art and history but  was also very helpful.  Thanks to him I was able to go on the Metro by myself afterwards from the city to my hotel.  The Hermitage was as magnificent as I had been told and I was fortunate to have Vladamir to show it to me.  I also read "Onegin" as he recommended and enjoyed it very much.
I had fun at the cossack show although I almost did not get there in time for a good seat.  The food and drink at the interval was very generous.
However, overall it was a good experience and I would love to return one day.
Thank you for all of your help.

Carol Carney, carolcarney9 (at) gmail.com
July 31, 2011


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What a great introduction to St. Petersburg. Exceed our expectations. Wonderful, knowledgeable guide and excellent driver. Nothing too much trouble.
We returned from our cruise yesterday and I am writing now to thank you and your staff for the most memorable visit to St Petersburg last Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th July.
Eugenia and Vladimir could not do enough for Brian and I and they are a credit to your company. It is difficult to say what the best was. I must say we did enjoy the trip on the Metro and of course the Hermitage was breathtaking as were the palaces and the other tours.
Pamela and David are now on their way to you. They are leaving Amsterdam today and I know how much they are looking forward to seeing St Petersburg next week.
Many thanks again and I will be posting a note on Trip Advisor.
Kind regards and every good wish for the future.

Jacqualyn & Brian Conner, jacqualync (at) btinternet.com
July 26, 2011

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Our guide, Alex was wonderful and so informative & especially about our Jewish heritage. We felt so privileged to have Alex us our guide! Thank you Bella!

Stan & Li Boiskin, stan (at) kazak.co.za
July 20, 2011

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Linda & I would like to express our sincere thanks to you for organizing what proved to be a wonderful and memorable visit to St Petersburg.
We could not have had a more attentive and knowledgeable guide. Alex was quite amazing with the depth and width of his command of the architectural history of the City but also of the artistic treasures which he was anxious that we should see. It was a pleasure for us to be with him.

Martin Lewin, martin.lewin (at) btinternet.com
July 19, 2011

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Absolutely outstanding three days. Eugene was fantastic extremely knowledgeable. The tour was perfect from start to finish.

Edwin & Rebecca Mowbray, ted.mowbray (at) rbc.com
July 19, 2011

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We were warmly welcomed. Elena was such a pleasure to be with. Very knowledgeable guide. Everything was perfect! So well planned and organized. Tour De Force exceeded our expectations. Petersburg is spectacular! The Best!!

Bob Baarson, baarson (at) comcast.net
July 19, 2011

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My husband, Ben and I, had a tour with your company July 15/16 which I booked after receiving recommendation about your tours from a friend of mine.  We were extremely satisfied with our tour and our guide, OLGA, was outstanding. She made our two days the success that they were. The sights are there but the person that shows you them and guides you all days for two days is what makes the tour exceptional-OLGA was that person. We not only felt that we saw the sights but we felt like we got to know about Russia, Russians, the culture, arts, people, foods etc. and etc.  OLGA is the BEST.
Olga was not only knowledgeable about St. Petersburg but her personality sparkled and she was very approachable about questions that could be interpreted wrong which she never did-she received every question friendly and answered all.
If Olga displays your 'staff', you have a successful business.  Thank you for giving us a wonderful tour of St. Petersburg.

Ben and Karen Cornelius, benkaren1 (at) att.net
July 15, 2011

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Olga was early & so friendly-organized. She made sure everyone was comfortable.
Her knowledge was very impressive. She was so thoughtful and resourceful in helping with my mother, who had difficulty in walking. Fabulous sights with historical significance so useful.
Bus was comfortable, clean and always close by! Olga gave us so much info and shared many stories. We could feel her love to St. Peters. This city is so full of history, so beautiful. It was a great. We thoroughly enjoyed your gorgeous city! We will certainly come back one day.

Catherine & John Cave, Valerie & Gavin Marshall, john (at) takeoffnow.com
July 15, 2011

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Elena and Vladimir were wonderful, patient and did a great job. Elena was fantastic and adjusted the trip to fit our wishes.
Would highly recommend your company and the driver and guide. It was worth every penny.

William, Kathryn, Scott Summers & William, Carolyn, Nancy Nash, nacnash (at) comcast.net
July 13, 2011

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Olga is very knowledgeable of Russian history. She has a warm smile and is very friendly. The weather was perfect. The highlights of the journey were the Boat Ride and Peter and Paul Fortress.

Couple Oxley & James Hubert
July 13, 2011

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Katya did an amazing job. We enjoyed the whole day and appreciated all of her knowledge on history and art throughout the tour.

Alison Manning
July 10, 2011

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Katya was an incredible tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and kind. Great day! I would not change a thing.

Maria Peckham, mariapeckham (at) yahoo.com
July 8, 2011

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Thank you Tour de Force for making our visit to St. Petersburg so memorable. Elena was fantastic-So knowledgeable, kind , considerate. We enjoyed being with her.

Maurice & Jenifer Katz, dkatz (at) kglobal.com
July 07, 2011

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Our guide Vika was friendly flexible, informative and her English is excellent. The driver was good. All together - an excellent and most enjoyable tour. Thank you. Metro and tram experience was a good chance to see Russian people.
We couldn't have wished for a better tour.

Susan & Trevor Boag and Katherine & Geoffrey Schofield, gskms34 (at) hotmail.co.uk
July 7, 2011

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Eugene was very good, professional, friendly, accommodating (flexible) gentle and soft. Passionate about his job, excellent service. We've enjoyed our 2 days extremely. As it happened - a small group made a lot of difference. Thank you.

Margaret & John Chan, megchan (at) internode.on.net
July 1, 2011

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Thanks to you for 2 wonderful days last week on the 24-25-th June. The tour guide Kate was very good the driver was good and I will recommend you without any hezitation. The tour was the highlight of my Baltic Holiday. THANK YOU

Norman Balls, nballs (at) toucansurf.com
June 24, 2011

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Elena is the best guide! She is well - organized, patient, knowledgeable, energetic, friendly and cheerful, like sun shine. She made our visit so enjoyable! We adore her! We love St. Petersburg! Lunch at «1913» was delicious!
If we come back, we will find her to help us again!! Thanks to all!

The Denning Family, rosa.chau (at) kingsbridgehk.com
June 24, 2011

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Elena was outstanding - we could not have had better. She was:

  • Punctual
  • Knowledgeable
  • Energetic
  • So pleasant

Her English is outstanding. It has been a most enjoyable experience to see St Petersburg with her. Thank you!

Nola and Charles Miller
June 23, 2011

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I have been home a week from my trip to your part of the world.  I want to tell you how very wonderful your tours were that I booked.  Kate was a wonderful host and guide.  We were very happy to spend the 2 days with her. She was so knowledgeable about everything and so pleasant to be with.  Please pass on my thanks for her work.
Also,  your entire staff working at the pier and  were so nice and organized.  It must be very stressful to meet the ships every day and sort out the people.  Your staff did an excellent job. We were very happy with the ballet and thank you for arranging the tickets for us.  It was a special event I won't forget.
I know you are busy, but I wanted to tell you I was very happy with the tours and will pass on your info to anyone I meet who is headed in your direction.  I learned from fellow travelers they used your company in some of the other cities on our cruise.  I will check it out for future reference.

Dennis Sieting, dclaytons (at) aol.com
June 18, 2011

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Our guide was fantastic, helpful and knowledgeable. Enjoyed discussing more than just history and culture with her. Her English is excellent.

Mr Marc Beder, mwbeder (at) gmail.com
June 17, 2011

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Thank You for all the arrangements. We have had wonderful 2 days. And look forward to Moscow and the guide from Tour De Force.
Thank you Bella, your charm, administration and ideas have made our vacation, and Elena + Vladimir have been so good + have made 4 friends who will be asking for them in the future.

Douglas Pillemer and Wolf Cesman
June 14, 2011

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We had an absolutely wonderful time in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and the organization of everything was fantastic. Our guide, Elena was so superb and nothing was too much trouble for her.  She took us to the Synagogue, which wasn't on the itinerary and went the extra mile in anything that we wanted. She was pleasant and obliging and her knowledge of the city and her command of the English language were astounding. The driver too was very good and was always there to collect us on time.  He took 2 of us to the Ballet and then back to the ship with such grace. Incidentally the Swan Lake ballet was such a treat and we were very glad that we made the decision to go.
I would certainly recommend Tour De Force to anyone doing the St Petersburg tour and want to thank you and your company for making it the highlight of our cruise.

Val Mazinter, valmaz (at) global.co.za
June 9, 2011

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We had lovely two days in St Petersburg, such fabulous sights, but HOT!!!!! Elena, our guide was wonderful, our driver absolutely fearless LOL We were so lucky to have just the two of us on the tour. Elena jumped all the long queues...
The only bit of worry was at passport control.
I was ok, just showed my Tour de Force ticket & was let into Russia.  However my Daughter-in Law was subjected to much more scrutiny by her officer. In the end the officer phoned to see if Tour de Force existed! All ok in the end.
Victor, maybe I will get to St Petersburg again one day.
If you get to England, then it would be nice to meet you in my country.

Joan Kelly, devon.dumpling (at) gmail.com
June 9, 2011

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Great! After our 2 day visit we had a feeling that we visited all major sights of St Petersburg. Lisa was a wonderful guide, always helpful, very knowledgeable and polite.  We were very happy to have her as our guide.  We will recommend her 200%!!! Anyone who has Lisa as a guide is very lucky!
 
Arias Petterson, ariaspetterson (at) hotmail.com
June 8, 2011

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Our Guide Lisa was terrific and made for us an excellent & authentic experience. She is so knowledgeable and personable that we all have fond memories of this trip to St. Petersburg. Yes the tour is well organized and the sights are magnificent but the guide and driver ultimately were the reasons for our enjoyment. Great time!

Mr. Sydney Sweibel
June 6, 2011

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Elena is very knowledgeable and a delightful guide. We enjoyed everything.

George and Eileen Adams
May 28-29, 2011

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Our guide, Elena, was very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, helpful. Her English was excellent, she was well organized. The driver too was very good, careful in the traffic. Just a short note to let you know that our tour in St. Petersburg was excellent. Our tour guide, I think her name was Elena (not sure) was excellent. She spoke beautiful English, was very knowledgeable, and was extremely efficient & organized.
We will definitely recommend Tour De Force to our friends.
Thanks again.

Susan and Aires Barreto, rohive (at) yahoo.com
May 28-29, 2011

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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and our guide Olga was very informatory and delightful.

Barbara Shur
May 28-29, 2011

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We wanted to change our journey at the last minute. The office and our guide were very good and made the change for us. Our driver was careful. Our guide was very knowledgeable. It was a great day!

Daniel Rodriguz
May 25, 2011

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Jenny (guide) was 110 % excellent, knowledgeable, amazing. Definitely want to return.

Michael Barttlett
May 21-22, 2011

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Had a wonderful time. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. We would have
been completely lost without a guide. Very much enjoyed ourselves.
 
Angela Myers
May 20-22, 2011

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We were recommended to use your company by friends and we certainly not disappointed. Our guide, Jenny, was full of information and brought it all to life for us. We enjoyed her company.We would like to thank you very much for arranging such a wonderful 3-day tour for us in St. Petersburg.  We appreciated having the same guide, Jenny, on each of the days.  She was an excellent guide and gave us a lot of information and also had such a good sense of humor.  Please thank her again for us.  The city is very beautiful and we found the history fascinating. We will certainly be recommending your services to anyone we hear who is visiting St. Petersburg.
All good wishes.
Thank you.

Jean and Alan Garelick, genie.jeannie (at) btopenworld.com
May 20-22, 2011

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I enjoyed deal with your company. Victor was great about responding to my e-mails. Olga was a wonderful guide. Olga was very information and patient with our group. Thanks for making our experience in St. Petersburg wonderful!

Osborn Lusie, rosborne(at)cruiseone.com
May 18, 2011

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Driver was excellent too. Meal stops were good perhaps too long. Sorry we did not get into Peterhof. Thanks for stop at the Choral Synagogue as it added dimension to the tour. Thanks for the warm sunny weather. Metro was surprisingly experience. Thank you!

Herbert M. Eder
May 12, 2011

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The guide Julia did an excellent job for arranging and explain everything for us.
The driver, Andrew, is very polite and drives carefully. The lunch on the 13-th was wonderful.

Peaggy Shen
May 12, 2011

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Julia is excellent. She is knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We will definitely recommend her.

Karen Shouse
May 02, 2011

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I liked explanations of history. This made the tour so much better. Our guide was very knowledgeable
and interesting.

Nicholas Dalkin & Janine Barter, niklad63 (at) hotmail.com
April 21, 2011

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Our guide, Eugene was perfect. She is very smart. Am goius to tell all my friends to ask for Eugene. Personally as their guide.

Carl Poster & Priscilla Wood, logiewoods (at) yahoo.com
April 05, 2011

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Impressed with efficiency, personality and information of Victoria, also impressed with driver. Time has been very enjoyable and relaxed and friendly, secure and confortable.

John & Heather Walker, john.walker (at) gcalegal.co.nz
January 28, 2011