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Client Letters
Testimonials, Pilgrimage Experiences, What our clients say about 206 Tours

 


From: Mark Hansen
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: May 29 - Jun 9, 2016

I had found 206 Tours via an internet search. I was very impressed with the responsiveness and the thoroughness of the staffs’ response to my questions and later phone calls. We received a very thorough briefing pack prior to taking off. I appreciated your offices willingness and ability to accommodate pour particular situation (as we were flying in from Asia). The meticulous attention to detail was also evident in the arrival meeting and subsequent organization of the tour. When we needed to alter the tour itinerary (e.g., to accommodate a holiday in Jerusalem) the re-organizing was efficient and seamless. We visited all the sites promised and more. I also felt taken care of and cared for. If anything, there was too much food on the tour! I have to say a word about the tour guide, Shafik, is EXCEPTIONAL! His knowledge of salvation history and the Old & New Testaments equaled anything I’ve seen with theologians. He brought the Gospels to life. I can’t say enough good things about him. He made this a truly holy pilgrimage. He was also very gentle in style and informative to all. My wife is not a Christian and Shafik laid out salvation history and the Gospels in a way that really resonated with my wife – and indeed with the entire group. He is so rooted in the Christian history and community of the Holy land. I have a strong sense that his connections there helped greatly in facilitating our group’s having mass in the Holy Sepulchre itself- one of the highlights which I will long remember! In summary, I felt extraordinarily blessed at the end of our pilgrimage – a great guide, a kind & caring priest and a wonderful group of pilgrims. I will definitely consider another 206 Tour pilgrimage for myself and will certainly recommend you to my friends. Again, thank you and your team so much for a truly wonderful pilgrimage in the Holy Land. It really was the Fifth Gospel. Please let me know about your ability to do a dedicated Holy land pilgrimage. And please do continue to use Shafiq as a guide – he made this an exceptionally deep and spiritual pilgrimage.


God bless,
Mark Hansen and Seow Yan Ong





From: Woods, Nancy
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City: July 7 - 12, 2016

Good Morning!

We thoroughly enjoyed our 206 Tours Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe! This was our 5th 206 Tour and we wouldn’t use any other tour group! The guides are outstanding, the service and hotels and meals are first class, and of course, having a priest with us is the best part!
I’ve attached a photo of my husband at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico….he has an incurable bone marrow cancer and he climbed to the top! More importantly, we felt so blessed and strengthened on our journey with cancer through the many wonderful visits to churches and shrines! There is another photo of our “group 3”….we had buddy groups to be sure we were all accounted for! Thank you for all you do! We’re already planning another pilgrimage for next year!

In the Trinity,
Nancy







From: Marina Logue
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City: July 7 - 12, 2016

To all the staff from 206 Tours,

I thank you for the excellent service. My trip to Our Lady of Guadalupe was perfect. Our tour guide Roberto was very nice. Msgr. John our spiritual director was very nice. The people in our group are all nice. This is my first trip with 206 tour. I have been in pilgrimage to Europe, Holy land and more from other tour company. I would recommend 206 Tours! In Mexico 5 star hotel, restaurants we dined in great. I give the 206 tour 9.5 out of 10 score. Continue the good service.

God Bless you all.
Marina




From: Mr. & Mrs. Ramirez
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City: July 7 - 12, 2016

Hi Bika,

My husband and I had a fantastic time, this is my 2nd tour with 206 tours and so far I have been extremely satisfied coming back excited to share with the family, friends and colleagues knowledge learned, people I met, the sites visited and experiences felt during the trip and the desire to do it again. For my husband this is his first tour a skeptic and now is a converted supporter of 206 Tours and is already talking about which tour to book for next year. Monsignor Sabia such a pleasant and delightful person full of knowledge, approachable and so easy to talk to, Roberto our Tour Guide no words can describe the pleasure and the great job he did in taking care of the whole group, he is so hard working and committed that at 3:30am on our departure day he was at the hotel to ensure we got to the airport, to 206 Tours; Roberto deserves a nice bonus for his commitment to his duties, the people on the tour and the company that he represented so proudly. Until next year 206 Tours, you will definitely be hearing from us we look forward to booking with you again.

Warm Regards,
Deolinda and Gary Ramirez




From: Fr. Carlos
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
To: Bika Stevic Melissa Mulligan
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, & Switzerland

Hello Bika & Melissa,


Sorry, it took me awhile before I reply to your email. Overall, the trip went well and my fellow pilgrims really enriched themselves with culture, history, and spiritually renewed. I am so happy with my group. They were all very cooperative and well behave. Yes, not always so perfect but the beautiful experience covers those minor imperfections. 206Tours never disappoint my expectations and I am willing to serve as your company spiritual director/chaplain if you need one. Again, thank you so much.

God bless,
Fr. Carlos







From: Msgr. Baker
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Optional Post Tour to Rome with Monsignor Baker - Jun 19-28, 2016

Yaritza,

The pilgrimage went very well. We all especially enjoyed George, our guide in the Holy Land. I was impressed by how Catholic the Pilgrimage was with the availability of Mass each day, the times for prayer and the faith-filled explanation provided by the guides. Thanks to you and the staff at 206.

In Christ,
Msgr. Baker




From: Darla
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Salzburg: June 20 – July 5, 2016.

Dear 206 Tours,

I have been on several pilgrimages with other companies. I love 206 tours! I thought the hotels and food was above what I expected
Our tour guide, Chris was exceptional. I will definately call your company when I plan on another pilgrimage. Thank you for everything!

Darla Koch





From: Fr. Paciorek
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to All Italian Shrines: June 6 - 19, 2016


Dear 206 Tours,

The pilgrimage to the shrines of Italy on June 6 – 19 during the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016
was a powerful spiritual event for everyone who participated.

According to my calculation our group crossed 24 Doors of Forgiveness:
June 7 - Basilica Sacre Cuore,
June 8 - St. Mary Major, Basilica of St John the Lateran, Holy Cross,
June 9 - St Peter’s Basilica, Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, in Rome 6;
June 10 - Montecassino 1;
June 11 - Santa Maria Delle Grazie, The Sanctuary of St. Pio (The Shrine of St. Pio) San Giovanni Rotondo 2;
June 11 - Santuario S. Michele Arcangelo (the Grotto of Michael the Archangel) in Monte Sant’Angelo 1;
June 12 - the Church of St. Longinus (the Eucharistic Miracle) in Lanciano 1;
June 13 - Basilica Papale di San Francesco (St Francis), the Porziuncola, St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, Cattedrale Di San Rufino in Assisi 4;
June 14 - the Basilica of St Dominic, Basilica of St Francis in Siena (the Eucharistic Miracle) 2;
June 15 - the Baptistery and the Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa Primaziale Di Pisa) in Pisa 2;
June 16 - Holy Cross Basilica, Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence 2;
June 17 - Basilica di S. Giustina, Basilica Del Santo (St. Anthony) in Padua 2;
June 18 - Cathedral Basilica San Marco in Venice 1;

The organization of the tour was outstanding, and the participants composed one lovely family. We had the common prayer using the Magnificat, daily Rosary, and Eucharist at the altars in the Holy Places, which marked our incredible spiritual journey. In Italy we met during the pilgrimage the American Groups without priest, they asked me for confession. I recommended them for the future to take 206 Tours. Many times in the hotel we have the prayer before meal together with others groups.

Thank you for trusting me to be a spiritual leader for this pilgrimage
Fr. Paciorek




From: Brian R Seeber
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2016
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Jordan and Holy Land Pilgrimage

Hello,

I want to thank all of you at 206 Tours for your efforts and prayers to get us to Jordan and Israel when it looked impossible to accomplish that. Our pilgrimage was a blessed and spiritually invigorating, although very demanding, experience. Petra was the marvel I hoped it would be, and I am thankful that you were able to think outside the box and rearrange things to make our time in Petra possible. It was an exhausting and in some ways hair-raising rush to get to this and that airport as weather and strikes seemed to conspire against our going, but so worthwhile in the end. The private car arrangements to get us from Amman to Petra worked like clockwork, as did the arrangements you made for our additional days in Jerusalem and transfer to the airport for our flight home. Your staff in Jordan and Israel knew how to anticipate and reassure in a way that was very encouraging to us. Thank you for your efforts and prayers. All of you at 206 exhibit a prayerful commitment that is obviously not merely business.

Brian R. Seeber



From: Robert deCiutiis
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2016
To: Ingrid Gomez
Subject: Fr. Calloway’s to Rome & Southern Italy, June 20-28, 2016

You guys rock! I loved the trip to Italy. Tt was beautiful on so many levels. God Bless the work you do!

 


Robert deCiutiis








From: Gene and Mary Murphy
Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2016
To: Milanka Lachman & Chris Wright
Subject: Family Reunion Grp – Italy - June 2016

Milanka & Chris,

Our family trip was a once in a lifetime journey together which could not have been more joyful or rewarding, perhaps because we started with mass and ended with mass Sunday evening. We all came away with precious memories and a more meaningful understanding of our faith.
While it's hard to top the papal audience with His Holiness, ancient and Christian Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi coast, a number of us were completely taken by the treasured but peaceful majesty of Assisi and the courage and marked faith of St. Francis. Thanks for all your planning, guidance and personal suggestions in making our trip a glorious success, and for our hotel accommodations. We all loved Vanessa who is not only a skilled, outstanding guide but delivered pointed, inspiring religious messages to our family on several key occasions. In parting, she also highlighted to our grandchildren how blessed they were to be part of our family, and urged them to take advantage especially in today's world of example and advice from older family members who have their best interests at heart. We cannot think of a greater way to have celebrated my 80th birthday than this moving, truly unforgettable tour in Italy with all our family.

God Bless!
Gene and Mary Murphy




From: LaChita Calloway
Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2016
To: Ingrid Gomez
Subject: Fr. Calloway’s to Rome & Southern Italy, June 20-28, 2016


Our pilgrimage to Rome & Southern Italy was truly magnificent! As each new day dawned we were ready to seize the day. Beautiful vistas around every turn! Javi, our tour director, & Fr. Calloway M.I.C., our spiritual director, were the best, as were our informative guides & great drivers! I met so many wonderful pilgrims & shared lots of laughs, & memorable moments on our journey together! Thank You 206 Tours & staff for putting this tour package together! Shared pics on Facebook

LaChita (Fr. Calloways Mom)



From: Gene and Mary Murphy
Date: July 3, 2016
To: Milanka & Chris Wright
Subject: Murphy Family Italy trip Jun 25, 2016 - Jul 3, 2016

Milanka & Chris,

Our family trip was a once in a lifetime journey together which could not have been more joyful or rewarding, perhaps because we started with mass and ended with mass. We all came away with precious memories and a more meaningful understanding of our faith. While it's hard to top the papal audience with His Holiness, ancient and christian Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi coast, a number of us were completely taken by the treasured but peaceful majesty of Assisi and the courage and marked faith of St. Francis. Thanks for all your planning, guidance and personal suggestions in making our trip a glorious success, and for our hotel accommodations. We all loved Vanessa who is not only a skilled, outstanding guide but delivered pointed, inspiring religious messages to our family on several key occasions. In parting, she also highlighted to our grandchildren how blessed they were to be part of our family, and urged them to take advantage especially in today's world of example and advice from older family members who have their best interests at heart. We cannot think of a greater way to have celebrated my birthday than this moving, truly unforgettable tour in Italy with all our family.

God Bless!

Gene and Mary




From: Carolina Johnson
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016
To: Ingrid Gomez
Subject: Fr. Calloway's to Rome & Southern Italy, June 20-28, 2016

This trip was spectacular! Thank you for asking. I have zero complaints. Javier was great and Fr. Calloway was awesome to all of us. The cathedrals and tour sites were easy to get into, food was great and we were so close to Pope Francesco. I don’t know how a trip this full of events could go so very well, but it exceeded my expectations!

God Bless,
Carolyn Johnson

 



From: Josie DeStefano
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: FIT Josie DeStefano | Lucerne, Milan, Portofino, Barcelona & Madrid | June 9-25, 2016

Hi Amanda!

Thank you for helping us plan the most amazing vacation! All of your planning and booking was perfect! The tour guides and drivers we had were simply awesome! We were able to see such beautiful sights, especially Cathedrals, churches, Montserrat, and we added more Holy Doors to our collection! It is so good to be back, with lots of great memories to hold for a lifetime! We are extremely grateful to you, Milanka and 206 Tours for helping make it all happen! Enjoy your summer and we will b thinking about attending one of 206’s Pilgrimages to Fatima in 2017!

May God Bless you,
Josie





From: Kathi Carey
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016
To: Alexis Donnelly
Subject: Pilgrimage with Fr. Perez to Fatima, Spain & Lourdes May 29- June 7, 2016

Thank you 206 Tours for providing a beautiful pilgrimage. Participating on a pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy brought extra blessings to us. Passing through Holy Doors and ending with the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica was transforming. I have to say that the pilgrimage stretched me physically, mentally and most importantly spiritually. Having daily Mass in such historical sites brought me into a closer presence with Jesus. The tour guides were all wonderful. Our guide, Matilda, who traveled with us from the beginning to the end, was so knowledgeable and her gentle spirit and compassion always came through. One instance that stands out especially was when one day we had an exceptionally long day and she turned around and smiled at my friend and I and started the first few words of "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee." That stuck with me! I now have gotten in the habit of singing it when situations are trying. I would recommend 206 Tours to anyone who is seeking to draw closer to our Heavenly Father and be transformed by His love. I would stress to anyone thinking of a pilgrimage to remember that it is not a vacation. In a pilgrimage, there is work involved in allowing God to cause a transformation within you... you are traveling down road to get closer to God. I am already saving up for my next pilgrimage! God bless all that are involved with 206 Tours!

Sincerely,
Kathi Carey






From: Sr. Mary
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: May 28 - Jun 7, 2016

My pilgrimage to the Holy Land was even better than expected. I am grateful to 206 Tours, for all that they did, from beginning to end, to make all the many details go so smoothly. Before the pilgrimage, the staff at 206 were all very helpful and gracious to all of my questions. The material that was sent ahead of time, and its timing gave me the appropriate information to prepare for the journey.The duration of the tour, and the sites visited, met my needs and I was grateful that there were no night activities. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The meals were more than enough for me, with some of the lunches leaving me feel bad that I could not finish them. I appreciated the food that had been prepared, and did not want to waste it. I understand, though, that was a sign of the hospitality of those who prepared the food. Our Tour Guide, Shafik, was excellent and I would strongly recommend him for future tours. He had much to share, and was very clear in his explanations, and was very familiar with the Scripture. Shafik was sensitive to our needs, and very gracious in taking care of all of us. Having a small group of companions on the pilgrimage was certainly an asset. The pilgrimage was spiritually enriching to me, and I have been able to take time on my return to reflect and pray on this journey. Thank You - to everyone at 206 Tours for all that they did to make this pilgrimage a journey of a lifetime.

Gratefully,
Sr. Mary




From: Maria
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: El Camino Pilgrimage - May 13-23, 2016

Hi Donna,

Sorry this is so late, but it is difficult getting back into the swing of things. Our trip with Javier and Fr. Bob was wonderful! Way beyond our expectations. We can't say enough about Javier, other than we would love to sign up for another trip with him. His knowledge of history is amazing. Javier and my husband Bob really got to understanding each other by the end of our journey. "Two people cut from the same cloth" Fr. Bob was also so knowledgeable about the church and really helped us make this journey a true pilgrimage. Because of his background and the fact that he was married with seven children made it feel like he was one of us. Not a priest that lives a different life. We enjoyed the pace that was set for everyday. The hotels along the way were a welcome place to rest our feet. The San Francisco in Santiago was excellent! The food everywhere was excellent. This was the best trip we had ever taken. The only suggestion we might have is about the mass at the cathedral. It was so overcrowded. But not much you can do about that. We felt the mass before we entered the city and walking together was a perfect end to our journey. Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip! We look forward to taking another trip with 206 tours. Well done!


Maria and Bob




From: S&B G
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Rome & Medjugorje: June 4 - 14, 2016

Our 206 Pilgrimage tour to Rome and Medjugorje exceeded our expectations! We sincerely appreciated the attention to detail and the quality of the guides and accommodations. In Rome, Alessandro (Alex) was knowledgeable, organized, helpful, and amiable. We were especially impressed with his ability to manage our group and adapt to needs that arose. He modeled respect and love for all of us every day. We were sincerely blessed to have Fr. Piotr as our Spiritual Director. The General Audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, daily Mass with Fr. Piotr, the Sistine Chapel, and the meals together each evening were highlights in Rome. Medjugorje is a very special, spiritual place. Our guide, Slavenka, climbed Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain with us, prayed with us, and shared information about the people and events in Medjugorje. We visited people who have been changed forever by the messages of Our Lady. Medjugorje is a spiritual journey of prayer and adoration. We have returned home with a renewed Spirit! Another highlight of this 206 Tour was sharing this journey with other Catholics. We met so many spirit-filled, inspiring people! Some were one their 2nd or 3rd trip with 206 Tours. Thank you for organizing tours that enrich our faith journey. We are looking forward to our next tour with 206!

Sincerely,
S&B G






From: Allison Moffatt Intertek
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Medjugorje | June 3-11, 2016

Hi Amanda;

Our guide, Ivan, was exceptional. I have always had great guides in Medjugorje but his expertise and love of history was a great addition to the usual information given. Jelka’s pansion is the best! She and her husband, Drazon, treated us like Kings and Queens. Please push their pansion if you can as attendance has been low this year for them. The pansion is so clean, warm and welcoming. The food was fabulous. The cleaned our rooms twice while we were there even though we said it was not necessary. Everyone liked the 206 bags and they were very sturdy. One lady brought back a bunch of rocks from Apparition Hill with no problems. Sarajevo airport was VERY strict about luggage weight, including carry-ons. My big bag was 2 kilos over and they made me take items out of the bag and put it in a friends suitcase. It was a little tight on the way to Medjugorje between Munich and Sarajevo. Our flight was late and we only had about an hour to change terminals. Thankfully an attendant was waiting for our group and 2 other passengers and helped us get there. We had an awesome spiritual vacation as Fr. Peter would say. I really appreciate all your help and coordination for our pilgrimage, it was a dream come true!

God bless you,
Allison



From: Sr. Patricia SBS
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: May 28 - Jun 7, 2016

Dear 206 Tours,

Thank you for the opportunity to share about my experience on the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land May 28 - June 7, 2016. I do not think there are enough positive adjectives to describe how wonderful the pilgrimage experience was for me. Everything was perfect down to the smallest detail.

Travel Arrangements: The flight schedules were excellent and so was Delta Airlines. I appreciated so much having the TSA - Pre-Check status for our boarding passes. Grateful too for the one piece of checked luggage allowance. Since I am not an international traveler that experience was quite interesting. Both in Tel Aviv and at JFK there were "angels" that offered assistance when Sr. Mary and myself were not sure where to go or what to do. The 206 Tour Bus was a wonderful vehicle that transported us throughout the pilgrimage. We were always happy to board it after much walking about!!!

Food and Accommodations: Everything was just wonderful in every way. The hotels were all very accommodating and comfortable. It was a real treat in Tel Aviv and in Tiberias to have a balcony to view the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The buffets at the hotels were delicious and healthy with a great variety of foods. It was a treat to be able to have a glass of wine at each evening meal. The lunches that we were served in the various area restaurants as we journeyed through the Holy Land were outstanding. Each restaurant provided so many tasty local treats/foods. Absolutely marvelous. I really enjoyed eating St. Peter's Fish head and all!!!

Pilgrims on the Journey: Our group of 15 were just a wonderful group of people that seemed to bond very easily and quickly as we looked out for each other and enjoyed each others company. Each person was a person of faith who brought much to this journey.

Spiritual Director: Fr. Juan was a very affable person. We were all grateful to be able to celebrate the Eucharist in so many sacred spots on this journey. Each day Father would share some spiritual insights in his homily.

206 Personnel: The 206 Personnel in every way were outstanding in their knowledge and care for us.

Airport -When we arrived at the airport on Sunday (Sr. Mary and I came a day early) Anna and Joseph(?) met us at the arrival hall with the 206 sign. We were very happy to see them. We had a pleasant ride to the hotel. In checking in there seemed to have been some mix up on the hotels part regarding Sr. Mary and I arriving a day early. Anna was terrific. She was determined in her very nice and professional way that we would have the right room that evening and we did get it!

Driver - George who was our driver for the bus is an outstanding driver. He is very safe, calm, and considerate of others on the road. I was just amazed how he handled all the curves of the land and the traffic of the cities. He was just excellent.

Tour Escort - Shafik was our tour escort. As I reflect back on those wonderful days Shafik stands out. He is an outstanding escort in every way. He has a very pleasant personality, good sense of humor, and very considerate of the needs of those who are part of his group. Through his knowledge and sharing he made this pilgrimage a truly enriching spiritual experience. It is obvious that Shafik is very very well versed in the history of the Holy Land back to the very ancient of times. However for me what made it so enriching was not just the head knowledge he shared but it was obvious that he has a deep faith life, he is a man of prayer. His love of God, of Jesus, of his Catholic Faith was a true inspiration for me and I believe for all who were part of the group. It was a privilege to be in his presence as we journeyed together the steps of Jesus. He told us at the beginning that we would encounter the Fifth Gospel as we journeyed those days. As I reflect now at home, I am beginning to understand the wisdom of those words. He did all he could to make sure all was going well on our trip to the very last moment when we took us as far as security would allow him into the airport at Tel Aviv. We were truly blessed to have him as our escort on this pilgrimage.

Over all Experience - This was a life changing experience for me. I do not think I can really articulate sufficiently what these days have meant. It will take a life time of slowly unfolding all that I experienced. To walk where Jesus walked, to see what Jesus saw, to hear what Jesus heard is to receive a very intimate gift from Him that invites me to witness ever more fully to His love and mercy for us all. Thank you 206 Tour Company for doing everything possible to make this journey so gracefilled. May God bless each of you and the work you do in sharing God's message of love with others.

Gratefully,
Sr. Patricia SBS



From: Kevin
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Pilgrimage to Krakow & Rome with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC | May 11 – 20, 2016

Katherine,

I think we both felt it was the trip of a lifetime for us as husband and wife. We were truly blessed beyond our greatest expectations. The food, the accommodations, the transportation, the sites chosen, and the guides - especially the guides (including our Spiritual Guide, Fr. Calloway) were fantastic. Olga and Thomash in Poland, and Sylvia and Max in Rome were blessings for us. It wasn't just their ability to speak English (although they did very well). It was their knowledge and friendliness that were so great. They felt more like friends to us than guides. And how could I ever forget Arthur and Massimo, our bus drivers in Poland and Rome, respectively. They handled their respective buses with such care while navigating the crowded and narrow streets - like as if they were compact cars. Incredible! Our fellow pilgrims, too, were amazingly warm and friendly. Within minutes we felt like we had been friends for some time. Your agency truly has managed to master the ability to rise above simply providing sightseeing events and turning them into spiritually blessed events. I was overwhelmed with joy at so many of the sites (including seeing our Holy Father, Pope Francis), and wept in solidarity with those who were killed at the Concentration Camp, Auschwitz.


Lastly, as I said, Fr. Calloway was a joy to be with. He was patient with all the pilgrims and never made my wife or I feel like we weren't as much a blessing to him as he was to us. So if I had to rate the pilgrimage on a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the highest, I would have no choice but to say that it was a 10+++! In baseball terms, it was a grand slam!

God Bless,
Kevin and Lois Dark







From: Ammie and Jerome Laguilles
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage Feedback/Photos: All Shrines of Spain, Fatima, Lourdes, and Paris (21 days)

We have just completed our 21-day pilgrimage to All Shrines of Spain, Fatima, Lourdes, and Paris. Undoubtedly, from the moment we arrived in Barcelona and celebrating our first Mass with Fr. Eugene, we got the feeling that an experience that would be immensely enriching, both spiritually and personally, is ahead of us.


As we recall the day-to-day activities included in the itinerary, everything happened almost flawlessly. We had several memorable moments, and we are highlighting some of them. The “abbreviated” El Camino walk to Santiago de Compostela and greeting fellow pilgrims with the familiar and friendly “buen camino” was simply great! We could have walked more. Nonetheless, witnessing the Botafumeiro swung reverently inside the Cathedral of St. James, at the end of the International Pilgrims’ Mass, was a mesmerizing sight to behold! At Fatima, an experience of a lifetime was being able to lead a decade of the Rosary in English at the Apparition Chapel before the Candlelight Procession. On May 13, 2016, we witnessed the most solemn and prayerful celebration at Fatima: the 99th anniversary of the first apparition on May 13, 1917. The rain did not deter approximately 250,000 pilgrims (including locals) from attending this big event. At Lourdes, our spiritual experience was tremendously enriching: attending Mass at the Grotto with Father Eugene concelebrating; participating in the Rosary/Candlelight Processions twice; receiving the Sacrament of Penance; submerging in the healing Bath; praying the “life size” Stations of the Cross; participating in the Eucharistic Procession/Blessing of the Sick; and other activities that time allowed. Spending some time for Eucharistic Adoration at the Basilica de Sacre-Coeur in Paris was spiritually gratifying as well. And Le Mont Saint-Michel was just an awesome sight! Attending Mass with the monks/nuns at the Monastery, was a special blessing. Last but not least, “entering” about 15 Holy Doors during this Jubilee Year of Mercy was only made possible through this spiritual journey. Of course, we cannot get over some of the gastronomic indulgencies, such as partaking in the delicious pulpo dish at a Tapas place in Santiago de Compostela. And who can forget the authentic La Mere Poulard’s mouth-melting omelette at the Le Mont Saint-Michel village? La Mere Poulard is considered a high-end restaurant, but it was definitely well worth it. Unfortunately, we cannot get a “wind” of the omelette’s “secret recipe”!

This is our 5th pilgrimage with 206 Tours; so far, the best! Thank you 206 Tours staff for meticulously arranging the logistics of the pilgrimage: from the round trip flight arrangements to the choice of hotels/meals during the entire 21 days. The complimentary lunches were a most welcomed surprise. We convey our appreciation to Father Eugene Grytner, our Spiritual Director, who had kept us focused spiritually and had made us laugh constantly with his one-liners. We are most grateful to Juan Carlos, our Tour Escort…for the guidance, caring, and personal attention given to every pilgrim. His ever-accommodating ways are very much appreciated. A big “thank you” to Pedro and Nelson, our motor coach operators, for their professional demeanor and for keeping us safe and comfortable at all times. Our hats off, also, to the local guides who demonstrated extraordinary expertise in their areas of responsibilities. Well done, 206 Tours!!!



We are looking forward to another 206 Tours pilgrimage in the near future!
Ammie and Jerome Laguilles




From: Bob W Petrey
Sent: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to El Camino: May 13-23, 2016

Compliments to 206 Tours!

We wanted to say thank you for providing our group such an excellent and knowledgeable tour escort as Javier. His familiarity with the Camino shows that he is a seasoned tour guide which made everyone feel comfortable like we were one large family. His outgoing personality proved to be an added bonus. We also wanted to say Francisco, the tour escort trainee was wonderful. He was always there to offer assistance whenever needed. We know he will make an outstanding tour escort. David our driver was always prompt and cheered us on at each check point. Last but not least we were truly blessed with Fr. McElwee as our Spiritual Director. He encouraged each of us with his homilies and conversations throughout the day.Again thank you for putting together such a dynamic team. It was greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Robert and Guadalupe Rita Petrey



From: Yesenia
Sent: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
To: Sammie Gough
Subject: Tour 112| Pilgrimage to The Holy Land & Medjugorje| June 19-July 2, 2016

Hi Sammie,

I just wanted to compliment 206 Tours for the wonderful presentation of documents. I must say it is the best presentation I have seen so far in the 18+ years I have been in the travel industry! I was greatly impressed!

Have a wonderful blessed day!
Yesenia



From: Eileen Christopher
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Paris May 9 - 22, 2016

My wife and I wanted you to know about the beautiful tour we experienced through your company. Modes of travel and accommodations and meals could not have been better.The holy sites were beautiful and spiritually uplifting. We would like to personally acknowledge our tour guide Juan Carlos. He was full of facts about the many locations and made sure that everyone was comfortable and was able to see everything.We were struck by his genuine holiness concerning the saints while still being able to make us smile. After a few days he had us all feeling like a big family. When we got to Paris it was our 44th wedding anniversary and Juan Carlos and the group toasted us with champagne at dinner. You are blessed to have him as a member of your family,

Sincerely,
Jim & Eileen



Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: France Spain & Portugal | May 2016

Thanks Amanda!

We had an amazing pilgrimage. I can’t say enough good things about our guide Vanessa and our driver Joao. Vanessa was the best guide that Fr. Ray and I have encountered, and not by a little, by a lot. Same with Joao. He left dinner midway in Nevers to offer to drive two of us to the train station to pick up Sarah Schachterle when we couldn’t get a cab. They both went well beyond what was expected and became like family for all of us. We will definitely work with you again in the future. God bless!

Sincerely in Christ,
Rich Olon




From: Jeanne Holderman
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Fr. Fernando Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City | May 19-24, 2016

Elise,

Wonderful experience - well managed and professional. Accommodations were first-class. Our guide and driver took excellent care of us!

Regards,
Jeanne Holderman



 

From: Fernando & Zenaida Pascual
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016

To: 206 Tours
Subject: Classic Italy Tour May 2-15, 2016

The whole concept of how 206 Tours can manage the intricacies and complexities of promoting and arranging a pilgrimage tour came into being and has been an enigma to us after our exhilarating and unforgettable 14 days experience, spiritually and emotionally, in our Classic Italian Catholic Pilgrimage tour. Hotel accommodations are superb. Bus tour driver is respectful, amiable, and above all very cautious. Local tour guides are well-informed, conversant, very familiar with the place and could answer any question anyone of us has. Our official tour guide, Matilde is fabulous, terrific, wonderful, well-rounded, lovable and had shown at all times that she is taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of all the members of the tour. You couldn’t ask for more. Our Spiritual Leader, Fr. Francis is a pious, accommodating, and a lovable priest whose company anybody would feel comfortable with. We have a quality time bonding with each other and doesn’t stop after the tour. We are still in touch with each other up to this point in time. Most impressive as well, is the precise, synchronized timing of the details in the itinerary. Bus pick-up, breakfast and dinner, meeting with local tour guides, masses at the churches, cathedrals and basilicas are well-coordinated, with Matilde of course on the helm.

Thank you 206 Tours.
Fernando & Zenaida Pascual






 



From: Kelly Bransome

Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Fr. Posey & Fr. Hoyos Pilgrimage to Spain May 14, 2016 - May 24, 2016

Hello Katherine,

The tour was superb - 4 stars! The accommodations were first class and the guides were both knowledgeable and friendly. Ana, in particular was a most caring and flexible person.

My recommendation would be to move back the flight time for the departure. It was no fun to rise at 2:30 am on the last day. Attached is a favorite photo from Montserrat that you may use.



Blessings,
Kelly Bransome








From: Valerie Sistare
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
To: Linda Antonelle
Subject: Pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes

Hi Linda, Sandra, & Yaritza,

Sorry I haven’t emailed before now. I think I am still processing all that we saw and experienced. It was truly a blessed pilgrimage. 22 people

who came together and blended well. Some were first timers, some who were hurting physically, some spiritually, and most in total awe! The

hotels were wonderful—great locations, top notch rooms, very friendly staff and wonderful food! Thank you for arranging all the special places where we had Mass. John & I led a decade of the international rosary in Fatima with our son, Fr. Brian beginning it with the Our Father. We also had 4 men from our group carry Our Lady’s statue. What an honor! And what a nice surprise in Montserrat. Juan Carlos was able to get us right up front. Santiago de Compostela really got our adrenaline going. Juan Carlos had us walk through the “forest” to get a real feel of The Way. We are already talking about a Fall 2017 pilgrimage there. When we entered the Cathedral of St James, I was like a little kid with my mouth open. And then the procession for Holy Mass began and out walked my son and Fr. Ray with the Archbishop from Czestochowa. Fr. Brian pronounced the Gospel in Spanish! The thurible left us speechless in the end. The farewell dinner was unbelievable!! You thought of everything. We would have been satisfied with just the appetizers, but then more food kept coming—beautiful presentations and so delicious! Juan Carlos was wonderful. Informative, fun, spiritual, and a true professional. He was compassionate and caring. When someone was struggling he was right there to help out. It seemed like we had known him for years. He definitely went out of his way to make us have a blessed pilgrimage. He paid attention to every detail making sure no one had any food that they were allergic to. The tour guides were very informative and interesting. Everyone enjoyed them—no complaints! There seems like I should say so much more, but I can’t put it into words. Thank you for all you did to make this happen. We were truly blessed by all of you @ 206 tours.

May God continue to bless your ministry—because that is what it is—a ministry!
Valerie

 



From: Pam Heid
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Fr. Posey & Fr. Hoyos Pilgrimage to Spain May 14, 2016 - May 24, 2016


Hi Katherine,

It was a very, very memorable pilgrimage. Ana and Miguel were wonderful.

Blessings,
Pam Heid



From: Joan Sutton
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Fr. Posey & Fr. Hoyos Pilgrimage to Spain May 14, 2016 - May 24, 2016

It was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide Anna was terrific. We would certainly recommend 206 tours.

Joan Sutton



From: Carolyn Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Pilgrimage to Krakow & Rome with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC | May 11 - 20, 2016

Hi Katherine,

My pilgrimage was fantastic with Fr. Calloway’s group to Krakow and to Rome! Fr. Calloway’s Masses are very spiritual and heart-felt with a real world message that is applicable to all of us that attend. Olga, in Krakow, worked like a tank insuring we were on track for every event. Of course, being so close to Pope Francis was spectacular! My hotel rooms in both Krakow and Rome were spotless with excellent service. The food was great in each country. Transportation was very efficient. Every tour we took was well planned with no waiting – even to the Vatican to see the Pope! We breezed through every single site. The tour guide, Sylvia, in Rome went out of her way to accommodate many of us with loaning her personal Euro’s and information until I was able to get back into my room-safe. I appreciated both tour guides personal assistance during my stay. Thank you for such in-depth spiritual pilgrimages with great service, hotel rooms and excellent food. I felt safe and in good hands the entire tour.


Regards,
Carolyn Johnson



From: Rick Thomsen
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
To: Elise Devery
Subject: Fr. Fernando Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City | May 19-24, 2016

Hi Elise,

I thoroughly enjoyed the pilgrimage! Such a memorable and spiritual experience. Roberto, our tour guide was great as was Nika, our driver. For the most part everything went very smoothly. The only glitch was lunch the day we toured the City Center. The restaurant was not prepared for us and we ended up waiting and then had to break up into smaller groups and were seated as tables became available. That was the only hiccup I recall. This is my second pilgrimage with 206 Tours (last June my wife Michele and I went to Lourdes and Medjugorje with Carmine and Lucy). I always enthusiastically recommend 206 Tours. I was talking with some of the other pilgrims on our trip and we were remarking was a great value our pilgrimage package was.

Thank you so much for making these Catholic Pilgrimages available. We plan on making future pilgrimages and using 206 Tours.

Best regards,
Rick Thomsen




From: Fr. Patrick
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Medjugorje on May 5-13, 2016.

Our trip was absolutely wonderful and as always Slavenka was awesome. We stayed at Grace Hotel which was top notch and the staff, especially Ivan our waiter, were all wonderful. I know all of the people in our group were well pleased.

Peace be wit you,
Fr. Patrick



From: Robert Giugliano
Date: May 21, 2016
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Holy Land Pilgrimage | May 1 - 11, 2016

Dear Milanka,

Once again, thank you for your responsiveness to our concerns and for inviting Fr. Sullivan, OSA to be our spiritual director. He is a truly pastoral priest who connected and related easily with all of us and whose Masses and homilies were moving and brought us into the spirit of the Pilgrimage, i.e., a deeper knowing and loving of Jesus so as to follow him in the course of our daily lives. He has many years experience as a giver of parish retreats and missions along with his experience of being a pastor at a large urban church for many years. He relates easily, is genuine, sincere, at ease, with a good sense of humor; a mature priest who loves his ministry. Everyone in our group enjoyed his company and pastoral presence and he made himself available for private consultations. He is a real spiritual asset for any pilgrimage you may want to invite him on.

I cannot say enough about our tour guide, George! Among his many remarkable gifts is his spiritual enthusiasm and his sense of being a tour guide in the Holy Land as a ministry. His faith is very much a part of his identity as he was taught by the Christian Brothers. His love for the faith was evident in how he discussed the sacred sites and his wonderful blend of quotes from the Old and New Testaments. He is a true leader who got us to where we needed to go with humor and ease, on time and usually ahead of the crowds. He related well and easily with everyone; he was patient and kind and answered everyone's questions. He lives in the the Old City where he an his wife are raising two daughters in the faith. Again, he is a real asset for any pilgrimage you may want to invite him to guide.

George, our bus driver, was excellent!!! He got us safely to and from all the sights. The meals, including the lunches on the road at local restaurants, and accommodations, most especially the Notre Dame, were excellent. Thanks for your hospitality on our last day by giving us some extra time in Jerusalem, the drive with George to Jaffa for dinner and then to Tel Aviv for our flight home. We have been singing the virtues of 206 Tours to all we've told about our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Thanks again and Christ's Peace to you and all at 206,
Bob




From: Mullin, Sheila
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Buen Camino – on The Way of St James

I recently returned from the El Camino and must tell you that it was the best trip of my life. It started with our sweet, fun loving, intelligent guide “Val” and continued with our helpful, kind driver “Dave”. Our small group was truly diverse and we all came together to form a small loving family. The trip was super organized and Val reached out to every person insuring we were so well cared for each day. The pilgrimage was so wonderful that I truly will say it was difficult to say Goodbye. This was our second pilgrimage with 206 and I would highly recommend everyone travel with 206. The food, the arrangements, the people and places we got to see and enjoy was just over the top. I hope this email gets to Val and Dave’s supervisor to insure they realize the fantastic employees they having working and representing 206. They truly were a gift. Thank you… cannot wait for our next experience with 206… Buen Camino

Sheila Mullin



From: Janice Rutten
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy: May 2 - 14, 2016

The Shrines of Italy was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. It was so well planned and thought out. Our tour guide, Matilde, was amazing. She was knowledgeable, kind, helpful, good sense of humor, and could not have been better. The bus driver, Mario, was where he was needed to be and navigated the narrow streets like the veteran he obviously was. Fr. Francis was wonderful. Such a sweet and holy man. We had wonderful Masses and he was just a joy to be around. The hotels were great and we saw places and things that I would have never have been able to see otherwise. Thank you!!

Janice Rutten




From: Fr. Diego
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: El Camino April 15th thru 25th 2016

It was a very very good spiritual experience to me and to the rest of the group. It was for me part of my annual priesthood retreat and I am very grateful to have chosen El Camino. I had very deep spiritual moments thru out the walks, and when I was celebrating masses in those ancients churches and holy shrines and thru out the encounters with others walkers and conversations with the people of the group. I would like to say that our guide Balvanera, was a very dedicated lady doing an excellent job, taking care of all our needs like masses, food etc. and always present thru out the walks. Thank you very much and May God bless all of you.

Fr. Diego



From: Rosalie
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Ireland "In The Footsteps of St. Patrick" - May 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this pilgrimage. It was a wonderful experience. The many sites we went to were very interesting. The ruins were just unbelievable. I would have liked to see more of the modern monasteries, however. John, our tour guide was so great. He gave us so much local and Irish information. His stories were fun to hear and his singing was awesome. Father Daemon was a great spiritual father. It was wonderful to have morning prayer, the rosary in the afternoon, and mass everyday. Father would give us a "lesson" each day in our Catholic faith or interesting stories about saints and such. Morris, our coach driver, was excellent. He was a very good driver and really looked out for us. I always felt safe with him. I could say many more things about this trip of a life time, but I don't want to bore anyone.

Peace and love.

Rosalie Webster






From: Joseph Nistler
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land on May 1-10, 2016

Dear Donna,

Concerning our Holy Land Pilgrimage, I just want to say that we were very pleased and enlightened by the experience. We were delighted and felt blessed to have George Stephan and Father Sullivan as our tour guide and spiritual director. George was outstanding in his knowledge of the tour sites. We couldn't have been more satisfied with a tour guide. Father's homilies were very inspirational and it was wonderful to have him with us. I was impressed with the overall tour and wouldn't hesitate to use 206 again.

Sincerely,

Joseph C. Nistler



From: Kralovec, Janet K.
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Jordan & The Holy Land on April 28-May 10, 2016

Dear Donna,


My friend Carol and I had an amazing Pilgrimage to Jordan and the Holy Land. Our tour guide, Sam and Talal, the driver in Jordan were great. Sam was very knowledgeable about Jordan and all the sites in Petra and was a very hospital host. He was very good about helping us with any sales we wanted to make and was always in a good mood. Talal was a great driver and we were very comfortable and safe with him during our entire visit. The accommodations and food at all the hotels were very good and the personnel were nice and accommodating. In Israel, everything worked out, the Harod’s hotel was magnificent and the Leonardo’s in Tiberias was great. Our hotel accommodations in Jerusalem at Notre Dame was fine, clean and accommodating. The tour guide, George was excellent. He was very very knowledgeable about the bible and all the sites were visited. He was humorous and made sure the group was safe and had a good time as well. We got to see a lot of important icons in a short period of time. Our driver, George, was a very good driver and kept us all safe in our travels. All in all it was an exciting and very inspiring and rewarding trip. Our spiritual director, Fr. Sullivan, was not only inspirational in all his masses, but had a wonderful sense of humor which made the trip even more pleasant. I would highly recommend 206 tours to my family and friends.

Janet K. Kralovec




From: Fr. Wilde O.S.A.
Date: May 13, 2016
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Poland: In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina: May 3 - 10, 2016


I can say that “206” runs the best pilgrimages by keeping extra close to needs of the pilgrims and in getting to the homespun informational fabric of the whole experience - and I have witnessed that on the three pilgrimages I have had the privilege to lead – Italy, Israel, and now Poland.

Fr. Wilde




From: Maria Chiu
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland - In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina: May 3 - 10, 2016

I loved the tour. It far exceeded my expectation. Our group was small (15) which allowed us to get to know one another so well that at the

end of the tour it felt like we had a family reunion. It was a fun group and I especially liked the spiritual guidance of Fr. Wilde, who not only led us in prayers and mass everyday but also entertained us with his great piano playing, singing and jokes. What a wonderful person! I also liked our tour guide Jan who was very well versed in all things Polish, from history to folklore to customs and culture of Poland. He was also very responsible and got us to all the places that were in the agenda despite having to juggle National holidays and pilgrims being stuck in the USA because of weather issues and flight delays. Our driver, even though he did not speak much English, always greeted us with a bright smile and was such a gentleman. I loved everything about this trip.

Maria J. Chiu






From: Larry Keith
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land on May 1-10, 2016

Dear Donna,

Our 206 tour to Israel (May 1-10) was outstanding in every way. The accommodations, the food, the driver, the tour guide, the spiritual advisor, and, of course, the sites. Many thanks to 206 for arranging such a complete and fulfilling journey. We are especially indebted to our guide, George, who is a true Biblical expert, and Fr. Sullivan, whose homilies were especially poignant and enjoyable. It was a wonderful way of getting to know Christ and his story more intimately. It was more than a tour; it was the journey of a lifetime.

Regards,

Larry and Carolyn Keith





From: Susie Arthur
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Jordan & The Holy Land: April 7 - 20, 2016

God certainly called us to this tour of Jordan & Israel. It has renewed our desire to learn more about our Catholic faith, read more of the Bible, & attend more daily Masses. Ed was our wonderful guide & Bible Historian in Jordan for the 4 of us, which included Fr. Murphy. Our driver was very good, & safe in transporting us. Our April tour had perfect weather for riding camels in Petra, climbing ancient Roman ruins & a Crusader castle. It was an adventure crossing the border into Israel, and Ed was extremely helpful in the process. It was thrilling to be in Nazareth, to renew our marriage vows at Cana, & overlook the Sea of Galilee & ruins from our Hotel room. Everywhere we went was jaw dropping--"We're really here?" Masses were celebrated at most of the Holy Shrines, including near the Grotto of the Nativity, aside the Rock of Agony, outside of the Church of the Beatitudes, & inside the Holy Sepulchre, a very special honor. We walked so many sites where Jesus had taught & lived, put our hands over the place where Jesus was born, & where His cross had stood on Golgotha. We said our Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa at 5am, dark & peaceful. It was a lot to process, but the highlight was receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at these Holy Sites. Thank you to Fr. Murphy, George S. our Israeli tour guide, & George our experienced driver. Never once did we feel unsafe, even when walking in Jerusalem on our own. There were no extra fees, no unpleasant surprises on these tours, & great Hotels, the jewel being Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, directly across the street from the Old City's New Gate, which we were able to take advantage of 3 different times. 206 Tours had great organization, with a terrific itinerary, and presented us with so many outstanding experiences, a lifetime of Blessings! Thank you!! We have pictures to send at a later date.

Ed & Susie Arthur




From: Charissa Vargas
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain & Lourdes: April 24 - May 3, 2016

Our pilgrimage with 206tours was excellent!

We had the blessing of having 2 priests or spiritual leaders in our trip. Fr. Jason and Fr. JohnBosco have such big hearts! They were very kind and helpful. They even volunteered to push my mom's wheelchair a few times! They didn't have to, but they insisted. Our tour guide, Valvanera, was excellent! She has such a kind heart, always in a happy mood, ready to help and made sure everybody's needs were taken care of. She is one of the sweetest and most humble person I have ever met, one with a golden heart. She went above and beyond her duty to help not only my mom, but also my dad in obtaining a wheelchair and assisted him during our tours. Our driver, Miguel, was the best driver ever! Everybody was impressed on how he was able to maneuver such a big tour bus in some of the narrowest roads and streets you can ever imagine. He was also very sweet, nice and helpful. The hotels, food, local tour guides, places we went to were also all excellent! Everybody in our group, both pilgrims and 206tours staff, were all very kind. Truly, truly good people. My parents enjoyed this whole pilgrimage tremendously, which was what I was hoping for. This tour was something all of us will cherish for the rest of our lives. Thank you 206tours for being part of this wonderful memory! May our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother Mary continue to bless you!

Charissa



From: Carol Josey
Sent: Thursday, May 5, 2016
To: Sammie Gough
Subject: Tour 37 | April 24-May 3, 2016

Dear Sammie,

We thank you for all of your help with planning our pilgrimage. Steve, Mary and I have arrived home. Mark is in Prague. His checked baggage did not arrive. I am working with the insurance company about the continued delay. I told him to go shopping and purchase clothing and whatever he needs for his stay in Prague. Our tour guide, Valvanera was fabulous. She paid attention to every detail and was smiling and kind through any challenges. The minor challenges were not the fault of the tour, but outside events. We had a very friendly and congenial group of people. I enjoyed every single person. Father Jason was great! I hope you invite him to lead other groups. I will definitely recommend 206 Tours to my friends and others who are considering a pilgrimage.

Sincerely,
Carol



From: Mark Chisam
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2016
To: Stefanie Meyer
Subject: Pilgrimage to Lourdes & All Italian Shrines: April 15 - May 1, 2016

Stefanie,

Wow, what a trip! This tour exceeded all our expectations, it was really hard to come home. Ann and I grew in our faith throughout the pilgrimage and were so blessed with our priests and tour guides. Father James was great and it was hard not having him at mass with us back home. So many outstanding examples of Saints who demonstrated what can be accomplished through faith and humility. Tony was AMAZING in all respects. He did everything you could ever ask for as a tour guide and he felt like family by the end of our trip. Lourdes was such an overwhelming experience, lots of tears and hard to put into words. I can't wait for our next 206 tour and would highly recommend your service to anyone who asks.

Mark and Ann Chisam

 



From: Mary Inghilterra
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Rome & Assisi | April-May 2016

Dear Amanda,

Our trip to Italy was wonderful. We arrived home Sunday afternoon. The flights to and from Italy were smooth as silk. The drivers in Rome and Assisi were excellent and made us feel so comfortable and welcome. They were Maximilio and Silvio. We loved the Hotel Della Conciliazione. It's location so close to the Vatican is excellent and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Thank you for all of the preparation that you did to make our trip flow so easily. I appreciate all of your help.

Mary Inghilterra




From: Araceli Torres
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Thank you 206 Staff!

On behalf of the St. Michael Staff, I wish to express our gratitude for such a marvelous experience in the Holy Land. Several of the pilgrims have already considered a second visit to Israel with 206. A sincere thanks to the 206 tour staff for all their efforts in arranging our Pilgrimage, always so enthusiastic and most helpful. Our Pastor, and Spiritual Director Fr. Fabio enriched our spiritual journey throughout the pilgrimage and is grateful for celebrating masses in the most treasured places. Furthermore, a big thanks to our tour guide Nadi who made us all feel like family. He was always very attentive to our group. Traveling to the Holy Land is a life changing experience! Having good staff and good companions is an extra blessing. We strive to promote 206 tours, and are currently doing so for another parish's pilgrimage.

 

Araceli



From: Rita Faudale
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Carroll | France | April 2016


Amanda,

So here it goes, our trip was very nice, Father Carroll being our Spiritual Leader , we could not ask for more. However, our guide Alessandro, was one of a kind. From the moment we met to the last at the airport was an incredible experience. Truly involved in the well being of all the pilgrims, anything anyone needed (if any at all) was taken care of from him. Did we come back spiritually fulfilled? We did. If there was any thing that could be better in the future would be to NOT to have only one night at the Hotels, is very tiring to fix suitcase every night to be put outside to be picked up. However. the suitcases were in our rooms as promised.

Would I recommend 206 to others

Ciao,
Rita Faudale







From: Terry Gallagher
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Jordan & The Holy Land: April 13 - 25, 2016

Hi Bika,

Thank you and everyone at 206 Tours for arranging my pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was a wonderful spiritual journey that I will always treasure. Everything was perfect, from the holy places we visited to the excellent accommodations, meals and transportation. I would especially like to thank Father Connolly, our spiritual director. His devotion to Christ, his enthusiasm and his knowledge of the Holy Land made the pilgrimage even more special. I will send some photos soon.

God bless you,
Terry




From: Maurice and Lillian Oubre
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Oubre | France | April 2016

Amanda,

The pilgrimage was exceptional. We visited a lot of interesting places that were spiritually uplifting. We had Alessandro for our guide and I can’t imagine anyone that could have been better. He was always very patient and attentive and answered our questions as best he could. He was very involved and even served as an altar boy for Father Carroll at daily mass. It was a very busy 10 days but well worth it. I can’t think of anything that could have been done better. Thank you for all you did to make our tour successful.

Best regards,
Maurice & Lillian Oubre




From: Thomas Montalbano
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: April 10 - 19, 2016

Thank you for your email, we simply was overwhelmed with the experience you provided to us. Father Murphy, George the tour guide and George our driver, well you hit a home run, grand slam home run. I can not imagine having a better team to introduce us to the Holy Land. Our fellow pilgrims were a delight to be with. We will recommend 206 Tours to our friends, no doubt! We give you 4 1/2 stars, not 5 stars because the hotel in Tel Aviv needed some upgrading. Other than that 5 stars!

Thank you so much for exceeding our expectations!
Tom Montalbano & Mila Sumabat




From: Marie
To: Katherine
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2016
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland with Fr. Calloway, MIC | March 28th - April 5th

Good Day Ladies,

I had a wonderful time on the pilgrimage to Poland. I thought the trip was well planned out. Everything was up to my expectations. It was very organized and action packed. The meals were good. Hotels were extremely nice. I wouldn't change a thing. And yes I would definitely go on another pilgrimage with 206 tours. I will be looking out for the holy land tour! Thanks for a great experience. I thought the trip was well worth the money!

God Bless,
Marie Lewandowski




From: Chuck Bianco
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. McDaniel | Portugal, Spain & France | April 2016

Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed the tour. It was not only a wonderful time to learn and explore, but an even more important time to grow spiritually. We look forward to joining tours in the future. Of course, our wonderful Fr. McDaniel and Deacon John made the tour very special. Plus all the wonderful shrines we visited, were so impactive. But we couldn’t let this experience go by without a word of thanks and gratitude to our guide Inez, who went far above what duty commands to make this tour so wonderful for our whole part. she is an exceptional and loving person, who showed her love and concern for each of us. She set such a positive environment, that none of our party became upset with the little things that go wrong in such a trip as she took care of all of these promptly and efficiently, so that we were able to concentrate on the pilgrimage and what it meant to all of us and as individuals. She was so living that many of us wanted to adopt her and take her back to the USA with us. We also thought all of our bus drivers were superb. We couldn't believe how they could maneuver in such tight spots throughout the trip. We couldn’t let such a wonderful job go by without a word of thanks.

Chuck



From: Marilyn McGuire
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. McDaniel | Portugal, Spain & France | April 2016

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for allowing me to be a late entrant into this tour. I had a wonderful time. I especially enjoyed all of the beautiful locations that Father McDaniel was granted permission to say daily mass. Being able to go to mass in the Grotto at Lourdes was especially nice. Some of the other old churches were also amazing. I also loved the scenery especially at Rocamadour and Conques. The Alps at La Salette was also nice but since it was snowing we could not see very much of the Alps. That was a little disappointing but definitely not 206 Tours fault. We were able to have a snowball battle there though and that was fun. Our guide, Ines, was outstanding. We all enjoyed her very much and she is very knowledgeable. I would love to tour with her again

Thanks
Marilyn McGuire





From: Mary Souhrada
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Vetrano Pilgrimage to Italy, March-April 2016

This entire tip was awesome! Vanessa was the perfect tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and caring. She made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. Mario the bus driver was her perfect assistant. Father Vetrano was very best spiritual leader. I looked forward to his daily masses. cant wait to go on another pilgrimage

Mary



From: Grace
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016
To: Elise
Subject: Fr. McShane Pilgrimage to Guadalupe Mexico Apr 7 - 12, 2016

Hi Elise,

Yuki and I had a fantastic time and appreciate the excellent service at the hotel. Our tour guide Roberto was very good, patient and helpful. He did a great job. We appreciate everything also to Fr. McShane, Jennifer and Dolores from Ely, Nevada. Thank you so much. We will recommend 206 Tours to our friends.

Grace Torres




From: Bonnie Medler
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Vetrano Pilgrimage to Italy, March-April 2016

Dear Amanda,

As a part of Fr. Vetrano's pilgrimage to Italy I would like to express my thanks for a wonderful experience. We were so fortunate to have a wonderful Tour Guide. Vanessa was so knowledgeable, so caring and more than any of us could have hoped for. We had a great group which made the whole experience unforgetable. Thank you for your part in making it great!

Bonnie (Margaret ) Medler




From: Fr. Vetrano
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Vetrano | March - April 2016

Amanda,

I have been looking forward to speaking with you and telling you what a wonderful pilgrimage we had. Everyone was so pleased all you did to make our time in Italy perfect. I can’t say enough about our guide Vanessa. She was thoroughly professional and guided our group with a cheerful attitude, unceasing kindness, and a great sense of flexibility and practicality. Her knowledge of history, religion, and culture was first rate. The accommodations were super. All the restaurants selected were good quality and each had a very authentic and local flavor.
Having wine included was appreciated by all! Very happy with all you have done to make this trip special!

Fr. Vetrano




From: Malena
Sent: Thursday April 14, 2016
To: Elise Devery
Subject: Wayne Weible on a Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Medjugorje March 31 - April 8, 2016

Hi Elise,

Thank you so much for everything! It was "the journey" of my life! Spiritually and in every other aspect, everything was perfect! The hotel, the food, our tour guide Slavenka who was funny and full of great stories to tell, and even Ivan the waiter at the hotel who took the time for giving me recipes of the best Croatian soups I've ever tried. I enjoyed every minute at Medjugorje. And Wayne, the best! He was such a blessing! Many many thanks to 206 Tours. Hopefully this is the first of many Pilgrimages I will go on with your group. Thanks a lot!

Malena




From: Greg Terrebonne
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC | March 28th - April 5th

 

Katherine,

Our pilgrimage was fantastic. What a memorable experience to spend Divine Mercy Sunday at the Shrine of Divine Mercy with Father Calloway! All the places we visited are so important to my wife, Peggy, and I’s spiritual lives in relation to Saint John Paul II, Sister Faustina, Maximilian Kolbe, and Divine Mercy. This pilgrimage made maximum use of time in order to visit the most sites possible. Our guide, Bart, was very knowledgeable and very proud of his country. He was always looking after our best interests and was always available to answer any questions we may have had. Our driver was very professional and helpful. He was very good at maneuvering in and out of tight spots and getting around traffic. The places we visited on this pilgrimage have such significance in the life of the Catholic church and Divine Mercy! In other words, this pilgrimage is well-organized in order to visit them all!

 

Thanks again to you, Katherine, and the staff at 206 tours for all your efforts.
Greg Terrebonne



From: Tom, Seven Seas Voyages
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2016
To: Natasha Tosic
Subject:

Dear Natasha,

I can't tell you how much I love you folks at 206 Tours! Your organization is different from any other I have dealt with over the years.

God bless,

Tom
Seven Seas Voyages



From: Tim Lytle
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
To: Melissa Mulligan
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land on March 6 - 15, 2016

This trip was by far the best experience of my life. Having done this just before Easter has had such an enormous impact on Holy Week so far. I also want to comment on the staff we encountered. Our guide Hasam was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and caring for our needs. I can not overstate the praise I have for him, he is exceptional. In addition our driver Raid was fantastic. I drive a large school activity bus here in Colorado and understand the pressure and stress he is in. I would never even attempt to drive in the situations he calmly negotiated us through. He was friendly, professional, and very helpful. It was a wonderful trip.

Tim




From: Richard White
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Brian Grady & Marcie Girolamo | France | March 2016

Amanda,

Thank you! I’ve not yet had time to go through my photos, but would love to share 1 or 2 of the more memorable. The trip was AWESOME and the whole pilgrimage was spiritually enriching, it would be too difficult to single out any one thing. I would like to thank you & of course Fr. Grady & Marcie for all of your hard work. I would like to say a special thank you to our guide Javier who made our experience even more special through his knowledge & expertise. I brag about him every time I come home from one of these pilgrimages (it is our 3rd time with him as or guide) and to our driver for getting us to our destinations safely & in a timely fashion. I would be remiss if I didn’t also say a thank you to all of our daily guides. Thank you again, GOD Bless

Richard White




From: Craig
Date: March 18, 2016
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Rome Pilgrimage | March 6-16, 2016

Milanka,

We returned this week from our pilgrimage to Rome and, as expected, the trip was magnificent! (If you could do something about managing the weather, it would be perfect!) Everyone had a great time and the entire pilgrimage was enjoyable. We had a few elderly women from Msgr. Avila's parish who thought they could walk more than they actually could! However, with a little help from everyone, they completed the pilgrimage. (The elderly enjoy complaining, but they all had a good trip!) I can't say enough about Alessandro, our guide. He was so attentive to the group, including the elderly. He was always with a smile and ready to help in any way. He anticipated our needs and reached out to those who needed help. Of all the guides I've had on 206 tours, he's by far, the best! (I hope his tips from the group reflected it!) We talked about a trip to St. James then Fatima for my next pilgrimage. I hope he can be the guide! Thanks for putting together a memorable trip for us, again!

Peace & blessings,
Fr. Craig




From: Jude Werra
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Cc: Nora Werra
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland on March 7-15, 2016

Donna,

We find, that since we returned home, that we are constantly impressing our experiences upon people...we simply can't stop talking and showing photos...and we have only been home but a couple of days...just consider how much more we will share in the months to come!
Our priest/host, our local guide and our driver...and all of our on-site guides...the hotel and dining staff...the LOT and airport staff...staff in shops and restaurants...and in the churches and the several settings we visited...truly, everyone we had encountered, both en route and while in Poland, made us SO comfortable, informed, supported and welcome, everywhere we went. All aspects of the program and its execution came off without reason for complaint, which is something easy to say if one is only around a place for a day, but we visited many venues in our trip...and our journey was never tainted with complaints from our end...and we have been traveling widely for decades. We intend to share our experiences with all who need to hear our tales and will encourage others to visit Poland and our itineraries, with a positive endorsement of your organization's team and their skills. We need to look into other itineraries you offer to see whether they can manage to trump this Polish pilgrimage. We were so pleased to be on a Pilgrimage to Rome years ago with our Milwaukee diocese's leader, now Cardinal Dolan in NYC, while JPII was still in the Chair of St. Peter, literally with my bride at his elbow one day, in a group photo op..perhaps that is why she leads such a blessed life? So, our "following in JPII's footsteps" on this trip was a great spur to our making this trip. Perhaps another of your future itineraries will try to match up to this excellent experience?

Thank you for the experience!
Jude Werra




From: Bobbie
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland on March 7-15, 2016!

It was a pleasure dealing with 206 again. All travel arrangements went well, going and returning home. Our itinerary was excellent and we were exposed to a lot and learned a lot. Lodging accommodations were very good and staffing was efficient. The sites we visited were interesting and informative. I have a new appreciation for the Polish folks and all that they have endured over the years. I now have the three Saints that were highlighted on this Pilgrimage on my mind. Our main tour guide, Kris, did a super job and I liked his low-keyed, soft-spoken mannerism. He kept us together and kept us informed. We were busy, busy, busy and I liked that; we made the most of our time in Poland. I knew Fr. David and have traveled with him before and it was a pleasure to travel with him again. I attend daily Mass and appreciated having Mass daily at the various churches we visited. I can tell you that the other folks on the Pilgrimage loved Fr. David, especially his easy laugh and easy interaction ability. Looking forward to another 206 Pilgrimage.

Bobbie




From: Eugene Pfeiffer
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Guadalupe & Mexico City on March 3-8, 2016

Donna,

Cecile and I throughly enjoyed the 206 Tour pilgrimage Guadalupe and Mexico City 3-8 March, 2016. Roberto was fantastic, always organized, and very helpful. When a purse was stolen from one of the fellow pilgrims, Roberto handled the situation with quiet confidence, resolving the many issues involved in reporting the incident and restoring essential documentation so she could return home on time at the end of the trip. He also went out of his way to help us recover a camera we accidently left on the bus the last evening of the pilgrimage. He should be commended on a job well done. Father Peter did a great job as the Spiritual Director. Father Peter took his role very seriously but his approachable and outgoing manner made the trip a very pleasant and relaxing pilgrimage. We are looking forward to our next trip with 206 Tours and would love to go on another trip with Father Peter.

Gene and Cecile Pfeiffer


 


From: Susan Caughey
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Craig Pregana & Msgr. Stephen Avila | Italy | May 2016

Hello Amanda,

We had a very blessed pilgrimage for which we are so grateful. We had a most wonderful tour guide, Alessandro. He could not have been better! And, of course, Fr. Steve and Fr. Pregana were excellent spiritual guides. My favorite part of the pilgrimage was having Mass every day in all those beautiful, historically rich, sacred spaces in Italy! Hopefully we can join another 206 tour some day!

Sue & John Caughey



From: Claudia Nieves
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Lourdes: February 12 - 19, 2016

We had a wonderful time on our pilgrimage and we found 206 tours to be a superb company. Your company is excellent and goes above and beyond from the first communication to find out information about the pilgrimage, all the way to making sure that we were all set for our trip. Melissa and Donna provided excellent service. Juan Carlos was exceptional as our guide and provided so much great information. 
Monsignor Brian was wonderful as the spiritual director and as a priest. Everything was amazing and 206 provided everything they said and with great integrity.

Thank you very much,
Claudia 

 





From: Susie Howard
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Mexico with Taylor Marshall

Hi Yaritza,

The pilgrimage was excellent. Our local guides, Roberto and Pablo, took really good care of us. I have attached a photo below of our farewell dinner at Mexsi Bocu. Thanks again for an excellent, spiritual experience.

Blessings,
Susie











From: John O'Malley
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016!

Hi Yaritza,

May I say thankyou to all of you at 206 tours for a very enjoyable pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Dr Scott Hahn in January 2016. There were many highlights but the unexpected blessing was the tour of Magdala site and mass at the stunning church on this site. Given that there were many more women than men on this tour this diversion was most welcome for many of them and in many respects healing. It would be nice if somehow it could be incorporated in the tour. Jesus' relationship with women is a welcome discovery on this pilgrimage.

Blessings,

John D O'Malley

 




From: Sherry Ellen Curry
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016
To: Elise Devery
Subject: Pilgrimage to Mexico with Dr. Taylor Marshall, February 4 - 9

Dear Elise,

I am back for two days now but still floating from my 206 Tour to Mexico City with Dr. Marshall and 40 happy pilgrims. The pilgrimage was magnificent for the following reasons: #1 It was highly spiritual-- daily Masses and prayer opportunities in some of the most beautiful sacred spaces of Mexico. #2 It was educational--I learned so much about the history of Mexico, especially as to how it relates to Catholicism. #3 It was fun--the camaraderie between the pilgrims at mealtimes etc. was something to celebrate. Thank you for this amazing opportunity with the expertise of Dr. Taylor Marshall, our knowledgable, courteous guides Roberto and Pablo, the jovial Padre Diego and Fr. Mangum.
P.S.--Great hotel choice and last night celebration dinner at Mexsi Bocu was terrific!

Sherry Eastwood-Falls
"un monde fou entre nous"



From: Ann Whitman
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
To: Patrick McKenna, Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2016

We did this pilgrimage with Scott Hahn and cannot tell you how wonderful it was. We were on the Blue bus with Usama and Father Holland. We are doing our very best to promote your tour company. We can truly say this was the best trip we have ever had. Now the bible comes alive for us.

Ann Whitman

 



From: Mary Ellen Curry 
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016
To: sales
Subject: Mexico City Our Lady of Guadalupe Tour

My husband and I have just returned from the Feb. 4-9 pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe with Dr. Marshall.   We could not be happier with our experience. The trip was full of interesting and exciting experiences. The hotel was excellent. I especially want to say that Pablo and Roberto, our guides, were the best. They were very knowledgable and ready to help us in any way they could.

Sincerely,
Mary Ellen Curry

 



From: Ralph & Carol Kramper
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016
To: 206 Tours
Subject: The Holy Land with Fr. Kampschneider: January 10-19, 2016

Usually, expectations for an experience foil to live up. However, the 206 Tour to the Holy Land exceeded our lofty hopes. Fr. Kampschneider led us with knowledge and spiritual insights that came from his experience of God and profound preparation. Our tour guide, George, was personable and joyful and so well prepared with his wonderful educational background. Adel was the best driver we have ever seen. The cohesiveness and care and concern for each member of the group was amazing. This was a mountain-top experience and superb every way. Hats off to you for all the planning!

Sincerely,

Ralph and Carol Kramper



From: Janet Morris
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016!

Dear Yaritza,

Our feedback is that the pilgrimage was absolutely wonderful and we are highly recommending 206 Tours and visiting the Holy Land to all of our friends and family members. We are very impressed with the high level of service and quality of the experience that you provided. Just one very minor point would be that it would have been helpful to be reminded in advance to be prepared to donate through the daily collections at Mass. Even now, it would be nice to know how to support the Holy Land shrines through financial donation. God bless all of you for the work that you are doing.

Brad and Janet Morris



From: Margo Meehan
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016
To: Melissa Mulligan
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land with Fr. Kampschneider: January 10-19, 2016


Melissa,

The Holy Land Tour was awesome! We have decided that nothing could ever be any better! We loved George, our guide and our bus driver Adal. George has so much knowledge to share, I couldn’t write fast enough. We felt so fortunate to see all the places they took us. Of course Fr. Kampschneider is a wonderful shepherd. We learned so much and truly felt as if we were walking the way of the Lord. We have yet to go through all our pictures but will certainly share if anyone stands out above the other. They are all precious to us. Thank you! It couldn’t have been any better!

Tom and Margo Meehan



From: Denise McCoy
Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2016
To: Melissa Mulligan
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land with Fr. Kampschneider: January 10-19, 2016

Melissa,

We were pleased with our trip to the Holy Land. 206 Tours went beyond our expectations as far as the planning and preparation. The accommodations at both Tiberius and Jerusalem were great choices and both comfortable rooms and excellent food. Father Kampschneider was an excellent spiritual leader and we appreciated the locations where we celebrated masses. George, our guide was outstanding. His knowledge of the Bible, archeology and the land allowed him to share so much with us! I felt totally safe touring the Holy Land under his care. The places he picked for lunches were excellent choices. Our bus driver, Adel, was the best. He maneuvered the bus with ease through many a narrow and winding road. I would certainly choose 206 Tours again when we plan our next adventure! Thank you for making this pilgrimage an experience of a lifetime.

Denise McCoy



 

From: Dean Waldt
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016!

Yaritza:

There are no words to adequately describe our Holy Land pilgrimage. This was a spiritual journey and the Holy Land has come home with us.

Here is a photo of two of the great blessings on our journey, Scott Hahn and Sister Magdalit walking down the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane. Scott is reading the Gospel and Sister is leading us in song. This is the pilgrimage in microcosm. Scott blessed us with wisdom and insight into what we saw. Sister and our spiritual directors helped us focus our hearts in prayer and praise and, thus prepared, we walked where our Lord walked, knelt at the foot of the cross and wept on our knees as Fr. Luke walked out of the Holy Specular, elevated the host and proclaimed “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. We marveled, we prayed, we sang, we danced, we shared our hearts over meals with brothers and sisters in Christ. We will always have this with us. Two comments to make. First, Sister Magdalit was absolutely fantastic. The yellow bus was in love with her after one day and she became our guide, our mentor and our friend. She is the best. Second, we have never experienced the level of professionalism and competency displayed by 206 Tours. Every aspect of the trip was well planned and executed and when circumstances demanded flexibility, things happened and were expertly done. Bravo and thank you. This outstanding service allowed us to focus on our pilgrimage experience and not on the logistics of travel. It was noticed and deeply appreciated and is just as much a blessing to the pilgrims as every other aspect of the trip. Toda.

We will be traveling with you again.

 

Shalom,
Dean and Linda Waldt

 





From: Rosie Godino
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: Dec 15 - 26

Dear 206 Tours,

I’m sure my group leaders have thanked your team formally on our behalf but I wanted to express thanks at least one more time.
In particular, I wanted to thank again our tour guide Shafik, whose charism seems impossible to separate from the amazing experience of the sights and sounds of the Holy Land. I am happy to recommend him and 206 Tours with their package of excellent organisation and handy resources to future pilgrims.


Peace,

Seminarian Tyron




From: Tyron Stewart
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
To: sales@206tours.com
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016

Many blessings to you, This Pilgrimage was unbelievable I'm still waking up at 3 or 4 am wanting to to start the day. I go to sleep and dream of every place we went where Jesus walked, preached, suffered, died, rose and walked on water. I loved every day. I enjoyed our meals very much and our rooms.And our green Bus well, He had the best patient, Our tour guide "Jiovanni "I have ever seen and the smartest. God put me in the right tour bus the right pilgrimage and in the right place. May God continue to bless 206 TOURS! I pray that in the future I'm able to do it again.

Love,

The Godino's



From: John Gonczol
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City: January 7 - 12, 2016

Hello,

We had a wonderful time! 206 Tours organized this trip perfectly. The Franciscan priest was wonderful, the driver was excellent and the tour guide was very funny and well informed about the history. The people were very nice everywhere we went. Thank You again!

Sincerely
John & Elizabeth Gonczol

 



From: Jere Allen
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
To: Yaritza
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016

Hi Yaritza,
I love the idea of keeping in touch! Yes! this trip has always been a lifelong dream of mine and I finally realized it! There were so many great places and memories that touched me, it would take a whole book to list them. Our tour director, George, was the best!! I made many friends along the way and shared so much. I will definitely recommend 206 to anyone interested in a Pilgrimage!
Again, everything was so organized and went so smoothly, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Jesus Himself was definitely in this all the way!

Thanks again,

Jere Allen



From: Kerry and Laura
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
To: Yaritza
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016

The trip was incredible. Words cannot easily convey how it touched our hearts and souls. Masses were meaningful thanks to our wonderful priests. Thanks for all the hard work and a pilgrimage of a lifetime.

 


Thanks again,

Kerry and Laura



From: John
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
To: Yaritza
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016

Hi Yaritza,

What an incredible pilgrimage Debbie and I had! I tell everyone that on a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 10. The 206 team could not have served us better. The travel arrangements, the hotels, and the food were flawless. The ability to have Mass said at all the important sites without having to compete with other tours was totally unexpected. All the priests were inspirational. Scott Hahn never stopped amazing us with his wisdom and insight. And last but not least, the "Red Bus" led by George was beyond expectation. He took care of each of us like a shepherd--it was obvious that he treats his job as a ministry, and loved doing it. We could not ask for more. Yaritza, I have one request. Although we were able to get a number of emails from fellow travelers, we did not get all we wanted. Would it be possible to send out an email asking everyone if they were willing to share their email addresses, and then send out a list to all those who said "yes"? I think that would really be appreciated by most of the attendees. Thanks so much for all you did to make this trip of a lifetime happen. We look forward to participating on another

206 pilgrimage in the future.

In Christ,

John




From: Sheila McCoy
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2016!

No time now to elaborate. But in short it exceeded all my expectations. I will highly recommend 206 Tours to all my friends and family. You all took such good care of all of us, including my roommate and me when I had to go to the emergency room the first night due to a cat scratch. Can't thank you enough.

 

Sheila



From: Dan McKenzie
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Our Recent Pilgrimage to The Holyland

Yaritza,

Just wanted you to know we really enjoyed our trip with Fr Calloway 12/26/15 through 1/4/16. The weather could have been a little better (cold, windy, and rainy in Jerusalem) but it did not keep us from seeing everything on the plan. The accommodations were excellent. Food was also very good. I am going to attach a couple of pictures. The files are large, so you might need to be patient. Thanks for working so well with Sandy to get everything just right.

Dan and Sandy McKenzie

 


 



From: Knight, Eileen Quinn
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Cc: Sandra Lippold
Subject: Holy Land with Dr. Scott Hahn

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for the wonderful pilgrimage! It was awesome! The whole thing was planned with graces and blessings. I really appreciate all the behind the scenes work that you did. The flow of the entire pilgrimage was flawless. I am so happy with all that happened!

With the love I received at the Holy Land,
Dr. Knight





From: Arleen
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: The Holy Land with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC | December 26-January 4, 2016

Our trip to the Holy Land with Fr. Calloway was absolutely wonderful. Fr. Calloway is a very gifted priest and spiritual leader. Our guide, Jack was amazing. His knowledge and resourcefulness was beyond any expectation. Daily, with our agreement, he adjusted our schedule to secure last minute opportunities for the Holiest places to offer our daily Mass. I never heard him say no to a request. He always found a way to offer us the best. He worked around the stormy weather until we had a calm day for the Sea of Gallilee. I just can not say enough about how he enhanced our journey. Our driver, Nazee, was also superb. As someone who gets easily motion sick, I greatly appreciated his smooth driving and skill at maneuvering to bus. Staying at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem was a real blessing too.

Arleen Funk



 


From: Verzosa, Jude
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016
Subject: Our Holy Land experience

Dear Rinda,

I am writing you to let you know of how overjoyed my family and I are about the tour. The experience was amazing and the effects of it undoubtedly indelible. What greatly contributed to such a wonderful experience was the tour guide. Mr. Shafik was very professional and knowledgeable. To refer to him as a tour guide would not do justice to the service he provided. He has a wealth of information about history, archeology, culture and geography. This is not uncommon for a tour guide. However, it is rare to find someone who is able to tie it all in with the Holy Scripture and the Catholic religion. During the tour, I have had the chance to listen in to the other pilgrims’ various tour guides in more than a few occasions. I must say that they paled in comparison to Mr. Shafiks’ ability to share a trove of information while delivering these facts in perfect English. Lastly but most importantly, he was inspirational. I speak for the group in saying that he left all of us in awe of God and his works. We were left with seeds of wonder of the Old and New Testaments which touched our souls like it never did before. I would hope that Mr. Shafik continues to touch more souls through your tours. Thank you again for a such an amazing and life changing experience.

Sincerely,

Dr. Verzosa



From: Danette Vanover
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 7 - December 14, 2015

206 Tours,

Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!! for a most awesome Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was truly the experience of a lifetime and more. Your pre-planning details, the individual organized travel packets,the token crosses, the tour itself (which exceeded our expectations), Naddie, our tour guide, your post emails follow ups and the various certificates we received make 206 a one of kind unique agency that is above all others.

The staff at 206 needs to be commended. Your no question too small to ask policy- was evident when it came to sending a photo of the proper adapter to use while in Israel.The use of individual headsets was a perfect tool. Thou we were a group 12 + Fr Tah. Our group became known as the 12 disciples + 1. We came as far away from Australia, Washington, California, Colorado & New York. Strangers who bonded instantly as family. Even outsiders thought we were from the same parish. Naddie,our tour guide is a great person and a new found friend. He truly loves what he does. His is an encyclopedia of knowledge, well respected by ALL sects of people, full of humor and spontaneity, (he stopped by road side to pick a branch from a thorn bush) his words of caution, his attentiveness to each one in our group was always a priority from arranging special dietary meals, a lunch when Sr. Mary as he would call her had to remain behind on one of the tours, to switching out a room, or being that extra arm of walking support for Sr makes Naddie is a keeper an asset to 206. What could one say about our Spiritual Guide- Fr. Tah - nickname aka- Fr. Murphy you selected for us. What a blessing. This man truly was sent by God. It was his 1st pilgrimage on this tour as like the rest of us. Who can ever forget his humor, his sermons ,his singing voice, look of awe, his prayer fullness and of course his daily quote: "God is Good - God Loves You" He touched not just us, but others who came in contact with him. To see joy radiating from him in spite of the hardships and learning on a news channel of the devastation & massacre of his home village in Africa. We forever remember him in our prayers as he begins to serve in a few weeks as a US Army Chaplain. We ask anyone who reviews this letter to go to his website he founded Fountains of Compassion: Fountainsofcompassion.org to consider financial support for his mission.

So, if you are like me I went through various tour sites listed in my local diocesan & parish bulletin it was pure luck I found 206.
I knew this was the one for us and you too. Go for it You will be truly amazed by what 206 has to offer and so glad you chose them over all others. They are my #1 tour group.

God Bless,

John & Danette Vanover, California
Sister Mary Angelee Kowalik, Texas






From: jocelyn ybarra
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC | December 26-January 4, 2016

Hello Yaritza,

First of all, we would like to thank you all in 206 Tours for the wonderful service from booking the trip to the end of the trip. My husband John and I were very lucky to have joined Fr. Calloway in this unforgettable journey that took us through the footsteps where Jesus walked along with our Blessed Mother Mary. We enjoyed every minute of the tour, the sites, the food ( excellent), and the inspiring and powerful homilies by Father Calloway. We were very blessed to have had Fr. Calloway as our spiritual guide, Jack our knowledgeable tour guide, a walking encyclopedia,( Jack you are the best!!!), and Nazeed, a great bus driver and his great smile. We really enjoyed the fabulous dinner/party on New Year's Eve , a nice surprise, thank you 206 Tours.... We have received so many blessings and graces throughout our pilgrimage. With God's guidance we will radiate and share these blessings to those we love and those who we encounter in our path. What a wonderful way to start The Jubilee Year of Mercy. We will definitely book our future Pilgrimage tours with 206 Tours. We would like to see a pilgrimage tour that will include San Giovanni Rotondo, St. Padre Pio's town with Fr. Calloway :)

Abundant Blessings,

John and Jocelyn Ybarra

 




From: Anita Florence
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 27 - January 5, 2016

I want to thank you for a wonderful tour experience. My husband and I were on the Dec 27 Holy Lands tour. It was really great – from start to finish. We especially want to tell you how great our tour guide was – Shafiq. He was extremely knowledgeable in Scripture, archaeology, culture, politics, and language. He really brought the whole experience to life for us. And George was a really great bus driver! We will definitely recommend 206 Tours to others. And if the opportunity arises, we will use 206 Tours again. Thank you!

Anita Florence




From: Fe Prudence L Pamintuan
Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2016
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 28 - January 5, 2016

Hi! This is Mr & Mrs Lagunzad's daughter. My mom and my dad really loved it. They were so happy about their tour. My mom and my dad said that you all are so helpful, so nice and the tour guide is very knowledgeable. You really took good care of them. If ever they will have a pilgrimage again, they will choose 206 tours again.

Sincerely,
Fe Pamintuan



From: Pattie Marshall
Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Calloway, MIC | December 26-January 4, 2016

We had a fantastic time and would definitely use 206 Tours again. Our guide, Jack, was so knowledgeable and was able to arrange things that I don't think we would gotten to do without his hard work. Father Calloway was a true blessing and gives the best homilies. Our driver, Nazeeh, was always able to get in and pick us up or drop us off right in front of most places. We saw other people walking long ways to and from their bus. I don't think this trip could have gone any better. And I loved the upgrade to the Notre Dame hotel - right across from the gate into the old city, it was fantastic. I'm not able to attach many pics, but here are a few.

God bless,
Pattie






Sent: Monday, January 4, 2016
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Calloway, MIC | December 26-January 4, 2016

Hello Yaritza,

It was a fabulous trip! Full of the spirit and the graces kept coming.... a pilgrimage with Fr. Don is out of this world. He is spoiled by Jesus and Mary, therefore we ALL get spoiled! This is my second pilgrimage with him and each time spiritually growth for sure. The New Year celebration was a very nice surprise...thank you 206 Tours!

Thank you,
Sandra Koceja




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