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From: Mary Hadenfeldt
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman; Sandra Lippold; Patrick McKenna
Subject: The Shrines of Italy on April 20-29, 2015


Wonderful experience. Alessandro is amazing, hope you are paying him what he is worth! Giovanni the bus driver was very good and cautious, we saw some crazy driving in Italy, but did not have to worry with him at the wheel! And Father Jim was a blessing. Thank you for providing these tours!


Mary Hadenfeldt



 


From: Adriana Rodriguez
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
To: Sandra Lippold; Milanka Lachman; Patrick McKenna
Subject: Turin & The Shrines of Italy on April 18-29, 2015


Hello,

I enjoyed every part of the pilgrimage. The Holy Sites were amazing and so spiritually enriching. Both Alessandro and Fr. James made the pilgrimage a wonderful experience and made us all feel like a true family in Christ. The entire tour was very well organized. I plan to recommend 206 Tours to my friends and other people that are interested in pilgrimages. Thank you for the opportunity to join a 206 Tours pilgrimage. It was a true blessing.


Adriana Rodriguez





From: Ellen Miller
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Shroud of Turin & The Shrines of Italy on April 18-29, 2015


Dear Suellen,

Thank you so much for all your help in arranging our Pilgrimage with 206 Tours.
It was fantastic; the tour guide Alessandro was lovely. He was always putting our needs first and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Father James (our spiritual leader) was amazing. I loved his common sense and practical ways of assisting all of the group. I'm already missing my new friends and hope to stay in touch with them long after the tour has ended. I have now been overseas four times since 2011 and this was the best trip. 206 Tours enabled us to experience some amazing religious sights and opportunities will stay with me hopefully forever. 206 Tours made sure everything was 1st class. I would recommend 206 Tours to anyone wishing to undertake a Pilgrimage in the future. If it is possible, I would certainly travel with 206 Tours again. Thanks again for everything.


Best wishes
Ellen Miller

 



From: Deborah Leath
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Shroud of Turin & The Shrines of Italy on April 18-29, 2015


I loved all of the tour...our guide, Alessandro treated us like very special family
and was attentive to all our needs. I could not have asked for a better experience.
206 is the best! HAVE A BLESSED DAY!


Deb

 



From: Roseanne Bell
Sent: Saturday, May 02, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez; Elise Devery
Subject: Our Pilgrimage


Our trip was amazing! I’ll give you a full recap later, but for now I just want to say that Ines did a lot to make the pilgrimage successful. She is absolutely wonderful! She’s professional, knowledgeable, friendly, patient, caring – I could go on and on. We all love her! 206 Tours did a great job putting the trip together. The itinerary was wonderful and exactly what we wanted.



Roseanne

 



From: Celna Aurellano
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: The Holy Land & The Shroud of Turin: April 12-23, 2015


Hello Bika,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 206 Tours organization for making our Holy Land Pilgrimage very special and memorable! Our guide George S.'s knowledge of the details was truly amazing and he was very intense and passionate in sharing all the wonderful stories. Father Terry, our spiritual director, made the perfect team with George, each complementing the other with their funny anecdotes. Although Father Terry was very funny and always upbeat, his daily mass service was beautiful, solemn and touching. We loved the hotels and all the wonderful meals. Imad, our excellent driver, was also very helpful and enjoyed teaching us Arabic greetings. I was deeply moved when we touched the actual birthplace of Jesus as well as the rock of Calvary at the Holy Sepulcher Church where Jesus was crucified and died. To think that we 'Walked in the footsteps of Jesus' is an experience we will forever cherish. We even renewed our wedding vows at Cana! Thanks to the many wonderful new friends we met and we even had special celebrations for Duncan and Ann Vincent's 25th Wedding anniversary and Father Terry's 25th Ordination Anniversary. We also continued on to the special exposition of the Shroud of Turin. Special thanks to our guide Juan Carlos for his outstanding help. He even went out of his way to make sure our check in for our flight home went smoothly. Thank you 206 Tours for consistently being the best! This is our second pilgrimage with 206 Tours and we are amazed at your organization and attention to details. We only have superlative words of recommendation to all our family and friends. Now, we just have to plan our next pilgrimage with 206 Tours!


Till the next one,
Celna Aurellano



From: Arminda Argandona
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul

Hello Bika,


The pilgrimage was absolutely outstanding, the best of the best, I am so grateful to 206 Tours for letting me be part of the group, I only have words of thankfulness for the overall arrangements, Hotels, Transportation (first class coaches), the Tour Guides at different sites, the gentleness & caring of them all, of course the experience of being in all these ancient as well as the Holy places, make me feel like I am part of the History now. The trip to the Holy place of the Blessed Mother’s House in Turkey was a breathtaking experience, the Holy Mass celebrated there; just at the time we arrived there, another group it happen to be there as well with their Bishop and the local Priest; we mingled with them and we had the most wonderful and solemn Mass ever. Also the Holy place of Patmos, the cave of Saint John was amazing, I couldn’t believe that I was there, I was trying to figure it out how St. John was able to write so many pages as it has the Book of Revelation, no doubt that it was Divine Revelation.

I am just highlighting the places that impressed the more spiritually, not diminishing the importance of all the places we’ve been before, following the Footsteps of St. Paul, they all great places to visit and be part of the Bible Story (even only in our dreams)

Thank you very much, may God bless you all who made this pilgrimage possible. I definitely will be engaged in another tour, I am thinking of Ireland (In the footsteps of Saint Patrick and also I want to visit the Blessed Mother of Guadalupe in Mexico) I will let you know when I am ready.


206 Tours, you are the BEST!!!

Arminda

 



Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Fr. Joy
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: RE: Welcome Home! | Pilgrimage to Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul with Greek Isle Cruise: April 17-27, 2015


Thanks a million for this outstanding pilgrimage. It is beyond words how well you have arranged this pilgrimage, nothing would stop me from if ever get a chance to go. You guys are the best pilgrimage organizers, and so proud of you all.

I am back with lots of spiritual enrichment. Some highlights are:


1. Where Lydia was baptized
2. The prison st.paul was kept
3. Meteora monestary
4. Areopagus and everything in Athens.
5. The Mary's house ( rated the 1st)
6. St. Johns home
7.all those islands and the cruise.

I am impressed to the maximum. I am so grateful for you to have allowed me to be its spiritual director.

No one on earth would do such a beautiful job. I have some pictures I like to share with.

Prayers.
Fr Joy



From: Fr. Peter
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Thank You!

Dear Rinda,

I just returned from a two week pilgrimage as the spiritual director to Fatima, Lourdes, and the stroud of Turin. The trip was very uplifting for me and I always enjoy seeing the pilgrims grow in a deeper faith in the Lord and His mother Mary by walking through holy sites. The pilgrims were from all over the USA and we truly had a nice group. Little did they realize how much they inspired me. I liked speaking with them and loved hearing about their lives of faith.

For the first part of the journey, we were blessed with Javi as our guide. Javi had a wonderful personality and had a tremendous knowledge of the various places and sites. He worked very well with the people and seemed to be liked by many. Personally, I found him to be a delight to work with and enjoyed laughing and chatting with him. He truly took personal care of the people and guided us with compassion and love like a dad. He is a keeper and does great work for 206 tours. I would travel with him again... Well done!

The second part of the journey was with our director, Jesus. Jesus and I traveled together in the past and I was glad to see him; almost like seeing an old friend. Jesus is a wonderful tour director and once again he proved to me that 206 is a great company because they hire well. Like Javi, he is a keeper! Jesus showed great love for the people. He is/was kind, funny, and very easy going with the people. I am always impressed over his great love for God and the Holy Mass. He served the mass and did so with love and devotion. I would highly recommend him because he is a deeply spiritual man that loves his job and faith.

Thanks for allowing me to help out as a spiritual director. Please know that I would like to serve again if you are in need and if my schedule allows me to. Thanks for helping me with isle seats because being tall it's tough being stuck in the middle or near a window. Blessings and until we meet again.

God Bless!
Fr. Peter

 



From: Mary
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Feedback | Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, & Lourdes on March 5-14, 2015.

Hi Donna,

Sorry for the late response. My daughter Amy and I had a WONDERFUL pilgrimage. Our escort was Jesus and he was great. He was efficient and pleasant and we both enjoyed him a great deal. Jesus especially helped me when I had a minor health crisis. He was calm and got the job done. He is a very spiritual man with a great personality who added a lot to our trip.

The reason I went on this pilgrimage was to pray for a miracle. One week earlier, I had gotten a devastating diagnosis that I have a half dollar sized hole in my jawbone due to the radiation which saved my life from cancer 22 years ago. The options for treatment, range from extracting half of my bottom teeth, to cutting out dead bone, to removing my bottom jaw and grafting in part of my shin bone. Plus, all the doctors told me that I may never heal from the surgeries...that I could very well be going from the frying pan to the fire. Needless to say I was terrified and overwhelmed. I prayed for peace, clarity and hope.

I chose this particular pilgrimage because I wanted to see Lourdes, Fatima AND St. Ignatius of Loyola's home. Our first stop was in Lisbon, and the first church we went to was the Basilica of St. Anthony, a church that I didn't even realize was on the itinerary. The homily at the mass went something like this.

"Most of us think of St. Anthony when we lose something. 'Tony, Tony, turn around. Something's lost and must be found.' But I want you to think of him a bit differently. I want you to pray to St. Anthony when you want to lose something--like your fear, or your pride...."

WOW! Pray to St. Anthony to lose my fear! It's like God was reading my mind and reached out to comfort me. :-) And then, we took a tour of the Basilica. They have two relics of St. Anthony in the church, and guess what one is?? His jawbone. Goodness! God was so sweet to send me such a personal message and so quickly, letting me know how much He cares about me. I prayed and my fear about the future left instantly and I have not worried since. What will be, will be. All will be well and God will be glorified. God is so good!

We thoroughly enjoyed Fatima and Lourdes. The weather for the trip was 8 & 1/2 cool, sunny days with blue skies and gentle breezes, and 1 & 1/2 days of cold, rainy weather in Lourdes. But you know, it didn't dampen our spirits a bit. A matter of fact, Lourdes was my favorite spot, rain and all. I particularly loved the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Gorgeous and very sacred.

Thank you so much for planning such a wonderful pilgrimage for us...worry free! God bless you all and see you soon!

Mary Ann B.



From: Lyn Stowers
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015
To: Sammie Gough
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to The Shrines of Italy on March 16-31, 2015!

Happy Easter Monday!

The tour was absolutely wonderful. I can think of nothing that would have made it better.

Your staff and the local guides were incredible. I cannot say enough good things about Matilde and Fr. Diaz. I feel that that the time spent on tour was truly a pilgrimage. Even though our days were packed and often overwhelming, there were parts of every day that touched my soul. I have no hesitation to recommend 206 Tours to anyone - provided they are able to walk! Please also give my thanks to the transfer companies. The drivers were early, polite, helpful and always had the necessary size vehicle. My thanks to all of you at 206 Tours for such a amazing experience.

May the blessings of Easter stay with all of you during this joyous season,
Lyn Stowers



From: Dana Brant
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Greg & Vicki Oden

What a privilege and honor to have been a part of the pilgrimage. Our spiritual director, Fr. Greg could not have been better. Our guide and bus driver in Israel were exceptional. Usama and Imad were so kind and took care of every last detail. Never did my husband or I feel unsure about anything. Usama was so very knowledgeable and he always had an appropriate response to any question our group asked. I would definitely use 206 again if I get the opportunity for another pilgrimage. I will be recommending you and Usama as a guide. I am blessed because of this great experience to walk where Jesus walked. It was truly an emotional experience that I cannot put into justifiable words!

God bless you all!
Dana Brant




From: Esmeralda Garcia
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Deacon Pete | Holy Land Pilgrimage | February/March 2015

Amanda,

I would just like to say THANK YOU for such a wonder and spirtually filled trip that you arranged for our group and for that added peron ( Frank) he was an Angel . All the places that we went were so moving, cause I never would that thought that I one day would be walking in Jesus footsteps!!!! That was AWASMAN. Keep up you wonderful work that you and your company do us the PILGRIMS and may the Lord continue to Bless all of you in your work. I will continue to encourge other pilgrimes to take this Wonderful Journy and to use Tour 206 to do this.May God Bless you and all you family.

A VERY GREATFUL PILGRIM,
ESMERALDA G. GARCIA



From: Marcie Girolamo
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Cc: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Marcie Girolamo & Fr. Brian | Spain | March 20-29, 2015

Thank you! It was quite an amazing pilgrimage on so many levels. Luckily, I was journaling the whole time and kept very detailed notes so that I can continue to let this pilgrimage unfold in my life. A definite highlight of course were the tombs of St. Teresa and St. John but also the little town of Agreda. That might just be my favorite stop on the entire trip. I know that Javier Valdivieso also really loved visiting there. It was his first time! Fr. Brian bought her works - The mystical city of God – for Javier Valdivieso to read. He loved it. Very few pilgrims seem to go there. It was a tiny town – very humble. The sister spent quite a bit of time talking to us in the parlor and they even gave each of us a small piece of her habit that was actually on her body! A second class relic…amazing!!

I cannot say enough about this town and the stop and how it moved all of our pilgrims quite intensely. I would suggest considering adding it to some of your trips…specially if you have a group that is extremely devout.

The accommodations were fine in all of the towns. We absolutely loved Montseraat the most because of the breathtaking beauty and the simplicity of the rooms and also there was chapel access for us.

The type of people that we take on our groups – are not the normal tourists. Most are deeply spiritual people - looking for a lot of prayer time. Myself and Fr. Brian Grady included. The one downside is that you have to move around so much and it's often not as prayerful as one would like. This is okay, but it would be simply wonderful if we could stay at places that had a chapel or that had a church nearby that we could get into early in the morning to pray before we get on the bus to start the day. This would allow many of us to start the day having had prayer time – We can talk more about this as we plan our next trip.

Javier Valdivieso is like a living history book! He teaches us so much as we go around and has such a beautiful outlook on life. The fact that you can see what a spiritual man he is – comes out when he is explaining the places concerning the faith to our group. He truly makes these trips so special and prayerful. He is patient and kind to all our pilgrims – even the ones that tend to be needy –and he never gets worried or frazzled about anything! I have done 206 Tours with two other guides – both that were fine but none that even came close to making it the experience for our people that Javier Valdivieso does. He really loves our Lord and he loves his job at 206 as well!

We would like to plan a trip to France next year with 206 – having Javier as our guide. He said he was allowed to do France. We are thinking next fall – but I will get back to you. It doesn't need to be planned yet...and obviously right now we want to start to plug our Mexico City trip in February. Father and I will talk about all of the must-see places in France and send you a list and then you guys can put something together. I'm wondering if perhaps we could stay at places like Montserrat or places that have chapel access ? We can talk…

Lastly, thank you for taking care of my parents! One suggestion I have is to be sure that every Pilgrim has given you their passport information prior to departure. It was 100% my parents fault for not seeing that it expired – the five for the year 2015 truly looked like a six so you can see the mixup – but had they sent their stuff to you perhaps it would've been caught. The good news is they did they did not miss Avila, or the Camino or Agreda. Those three things were the highlight for my mother. The final item on her bucket list before she passes from this world was to walk on the Camino.

Now it is complete. :-)
Marcie



From: norman ducas
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Italy with Fr. Mark & Matthew Leonard

Hello, Yaritza

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback of our recent pilgrimage to the shrines of Italy.Diane and I want to recognize the professionalism and expertise of our group leader Alessandro. He both cared for us, and cared about us.He took a personal interest in our well being. On Friday afternoon he lead us on an excursion that was not in the official program, to the churches of central Rome, such as San Luigi dei Francesi and St. Augustine near Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and the Spanish Steps. On Monday evening he lead us on a passagiata through the streets of Assisi and on Wednesday afternoon to the San Damiano church and the hermitage. He took a personal interest in our well being from the time he met us at the airport through to the boarding of our plane home. Matthew Leonard provided us with insightful lectures, a witness and a testimony that strengthened and illuminated our faith.

Father Mark celebrated the Holy Mass everyday for us. He also provided his testimony and spiritual guidance. We feel very blessed to have had him as part of our group. The accommodations were excellent, especially at the Giotto Hotel in Assisi and the meals were delicious. Two evenings in Rome we walked to nearby restaurants where we enjoyed the local cuisine. What a treat! The daily schedule was chock full of activities. The only part that we found lacking was our tour of the Vatican museums. We were rushed through and did not have the chance to see the Raphael Rooms, nor did we see the paintings in the Pinacoteca. We would definitely consider taking other pilgrimages with your company. Next year we would like to take a tour of Paris and Normandy, visiting Chartres, Lisieux, Mont Saint-Michel, Bayeux, the WWII cemetery, Honfleur, and Rouen. We are also considering the Carmelite Pilgrimage in Spain.
We look forward to enjoying more travels.

Sincerely
Norm & Diane Ducas




From: Grace Donovan
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Paris

Donna,

I had a wonderful pilgrimage; it was a time of spiritual growth and renewal. Fr. Carlos was a great Spiritual Director and our tour guide, Jesus, kept us on time and took care of the whole group hotel and meal arrangements. This was my first pilgrimage with 206 tours and I was impressed by the organization and efficiency. Accommodations and meals were very good. Above all, I was surprised at how well we bonded as a group and were able to share from our life experiences and faith. Thank you for making this an unforgettable experience.


Blessings,

Grace Donovan



From: LaChita Calloway
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to France with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC March 16-23, 2015

Yaritza,

Our pilgrimage to France was fabulous! LOURDES, baths were open. Nevers & Lisieux - Very special, loved every minute! Paris- Checked all the right boxes-Amazing. Every step we took the pilgrimage to France just kept getting better! Our guide Javier is so very knowledgable, humble, & entertaining. He makes everyone laugh & very accommodating/patient, 20 new pilgrims added to the family. Hotels were top notch. Food- Excellent! Tour Guides- So nice! & historically accurate. Feel free to use any of my pics on my wall. I must have taken 300 between my iPhone & camera:). 206 Tours is just the best of the best for pilgrimage. It was overjoyed to spend time with Fr. Don & all the other pilgrims. I made new friends & every one was very nice :) loved to see the Joy & Peace , Charitable Acts of Kindness we all shared for one another in Faith, Hope, & Love as pilgrims on our journey from the very moment our pilgrimage began!!! Thank You! JMJ, 206 Tours & Fr. Don Calloway, M.I.C., & All our newest family of pilgrims. Have A Happy & Blessed Easter.


Love,
LaChita

 



From: Chloe Giampaolo
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To: Sammie Gough
Subject: message from Chloe re: pilgrimage

Hello Sammie,

Words fail to express my joy and gratitude for the wonderful experiences I had in making this spiritual journey!
Jesus, Slavenka, Fr. Carlos, and my driver Zdenkoin Medjugorje / Split were the best! The tour group I was with as far as Lourdes was lovely and we ll had a good time together. I have a strong feeling that Our Lady wants me to return to Medjugorje in the not-too-distant future. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all that you did to make my pilgrimage a success.


Wishing you God's choicest blessings,
Chloe Giampaolo



From: Angie McGraw
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land on March 9-17, 2015.

Dear Donna,

I apologize for the delay in responding to your email. As you can imagine, it takes a bit of time and effort to get back in the swing of things after being gone.The Holy Land Tour surpassed all of my expectations! Hands down, the best part was our guide, Usama. He was knowledgeable, passionate, considerate, professional and best of all CATHOLIC! The group, a blend of a Missouri parish group and those of us "independents", was wonderful; I know that this was the group of people God chose to accompany me. I say this because I had hoped to go with the February 8 group and then was unsure if I could do the March 8 departure due to health issues that arose that week. All hotel accommodations were very good. The itinerary was busy and very full. Frankly, I don't think we missed a thing. In fact, when given the option of a few hours on my own in Jerusalem, I returned to the hotel because I couldn't think of anything we hadn't seen. Our bus driver was very good too! Overall, my pre-trip experience was good. I would highly recommend 206Tours to anyone interested in a Catholic pilgrimage.


God Bless,
Angie

 



Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Re: Welcome Back! Italy with Fr. McQuesten & Matthew Leonard


Hi Yaritza,

Yes, we are happy to share with you our wonderful experience with the 206 Tours pilgrimage to Italy. It was a fabulous trip! First, let me say how truly exceptional our tour director, Alessandro is. You are blessed to have him as a part of your company. He was patient and kind and immensely capable. A very knowledgeable and devout Catholic, he kept us well informed and in a "pilgrim" state of mind, always inviting us back to the heart and practices of the Church. He was gracious to the easiest AND most difficult in the group. He made the experience a relaxing one for us as we were confident that all the details were taken care of; he never seemed to stress out or become frustrated when one of us was tardy or missing or needed direction or a helping hand. Truly he was a gentleman and a blessing! A small example is I simply mentioned that "today" is Jim's birthday and he arranged to have the restaurant bring the dessert cake out with a candle on it and then began us singing Happy Birthday. It was thoughtful and special for us! Similarly, he helped organize a celebration for a couple's 50th anniversary and a woman's 70th birthday.

As for the itinerary of the trip we felt it was just about the right pace with enough free time to ourselves and yet we still covered many of the major sites of Catholic Rome. I must say we are thankful that we came in a day early, though. We explored many sites on our own that day and then we were well rested to join the group in the afternoon the next day. It was perfect, including the flight details you kindly arranged and the transfer at the airport. We were even able to attend Mass at one of the Station Churches the morning before the group arrived, joining a couple of hundred religious and possibly another hundred non-religious at 7am at St. Peter's first church in Rome: St. Pudenziana. This may be an option to consider and offer for Lent of next year.

The hotels were very comfortable and accommodating with delicious breakfasts and prompt courteous service. In addition, the dinners at San Giovanni Rotondo and Assisi were well prepared and varied nicely. My only suggestion is that, if possible, it would have been nice to eat in the community one night at each of those two locations. Engaging in the community with the "locals" at their dining establishments is always a lovely experience. That being said, we truly enjoyed the dinners and atmosphere of the small, quaint restaurants in Rome. From start to finish: our experiences with you and your office, the spiritual director - Matt Leonard, Alessandro, the local guides and the fact that a priest was able to join us were positive and joyful experiences. One thing that I would suggest is rethinking the times of the lectures given by the spiritual director. At such a late hour of the day, particularly after we all have had a glass of wine or two we were quite tired. All of us wanted very much to hear what he had to share but the lectures typically began a little later than we would have liked.

As for the sites/locations themselves, each stop was truly worthwhile and holy. It was simply a joy to learn about and experience the places where so many holy men and women walked and served the Lord!
Jim and I did a lot of reading, studying and watching DVDs of the locations and people that we were going to visit and that effort enhanced our experience immensely. Where others were remarking that they were overwhelmed, we felt that we were being reminded of what we already learned while gaining a little more info that we may have missed in our own preparation. Of course, physically being at the sites enriched our knowledge and experience of it a hundred-fold. I would recommend others do the same in preparation for the pilgrimage.Thank you again for helping to make our trip so memorable and enjoyable. We will happily recommend your company to all our friends and family as they consider their own pilgrimages!

May the joy of the Lord be with you and yours this Lenten season and throughout the Easter season.
Sharon (and Jim) Pierson



From: Frank Saad
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: RE: Welcome Back! Italy with Fr. McQuesten & Matthew Leonard

Yaritza,

We found our trip to be a blessing that changed us! Alessandro is a Superstar Director! He was available 24X7 to respond to our needs and he was highly professional in his approach. Alessandro exhibited spiritual leadership that made the trip very special. We will look for Alessandro on future trips. I will remember him referring to us as Family for a long time to come! Matthew Leonard was also a Superstar! He is an outstanding speaker and attended all locations with us. Matthew is deeply spiritual and he engaged with the entire group. One of his outstanding emotional speeches had a life changing effect on my wife! The venues for Masses was truly spectacular and the church/museum visits were outstanding. Our bus driver Mauro was very skilled and professional. The tour guides were very insightful and in many cases endearing. Titziana in Rome had brilliant artistic and religious insights. Restaurant selections were very good and the Giotto in Assisi was truly 5 star. Hotel locations were also very good. Friday night dinner in Rome with singers will be remembered for a long time to come.


My one major complaint was the hectic pace. I understand the itinerary was packed with highlights but going from 6 AM in the morning to attending Matthew's talks at 8:30 PM made for an exhausting day. More time for reflection would have been appreciated. The bus was very comfortable at 1/2 capacity. A completely full bus would have been cramped.


Thanks for a memorable event.
We will return to 206!



From: Butler, Denise
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015
To: sales
Subject: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Paris (Tour 40)

Dear 206 Tours,

I wanted to tell you I had a wonderful tour. I went on the tour to Fatima, Spain and Lourdes. Our tour guide, Jesus, was the best. Very knowledgeable, and knew the areas well that we were visiting. He kept us on track, was very personable with a great sense of humor. He was great helping pilgrims (pushing wheel chair, helping others get to destinations), and me personally with an injury I had incurred in the airport. Our bus driver was exceptionally nice and helpful for all travelers, and brought us safely to all destinations. Our priest was present for everyone, right on target for guidance, keeping us focused. The tour was well planned, hotels very nice, meals exceptional. The tour was tight, always on a timeline, but we were able to experience and see some amazing sites. I highly recommend 206 Tours, and would personally use them again, if opportunity arouse for me to take another tour.

Thank you very much 206, Pedro, Father, and especially Jesus for making this a wonderful tour.

Dee Butler

 



From: marsha belvo
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Welcome Back! Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Greg Oligschlaeger & Vicki Oden



It was a most fabulous trip. We were blessed along our journey. The memories will be with me for the rest of my life! Thank you for offering this wonderful experience. 

Marsha Belvo




From: Frank Domeracki
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Deacon Pete Rodriguez | Holy Land Pilgrimage | February/March 2015


Hi Amanda,

I can sum up my feelings about this pilgrimage in one word: SPECTACULAR!

The entire trip was an experience I will cherish the rest of my life. Deacon Pete and his group are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They welcomed me and made me feel accepted from the beginning. In fact, in the middle of the trip, a few people decided to “knight me" an “Honorary Hispanic” and made my name Pancho. I treasure my new friendships! I hope and pray we can bridge the geographic distance and stay in touch to some degree. I could go on and on about how wonderful these kind and God-loving people are, but I think these comments will help you understand how I feel.

While I felt the love and presence of God throughout the pilgrimage, I experienced 4 profound experience where I truly felt the awesome presence of our loving God. The most profound my time with the people on the trip, Deacon Pete, our guide Nadi, and our bus driver, Akrim. This scripture passage will sum up what I mean. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. Jesus was on the trip with us!

Our 206 Tours guide, Nadi, was a gentleman like no other. For example, I was not aware this trip was going to be in Spanish until I arrived in Tel Aviv. My thought when I was told this was, “Well I’m here by the grace of God. I am open to see what God has in store”. Well, Deacon Pete and Nadi graciously decided to do in Spanish with English recaps. Nadi was immediately open to this despite the fact it would require more effort and work on his part. As the trip progressed, Nadi, Deacon Pete, and the group did some things in Spanish with English recaps and some things in English with Spanish recaps. This included the daily Mass. Everyone was open to this. (Some of the group said early on that while they knew Spanish, they would prefer things be said in English as they would comprehend better. ) I think the use of both Spanish and English allowed us to bridge our different upbringings and cultures. Nadi knows his stuff. He is very knowledgable. He had each days events coordinated in a way that we never had to wait for anything more than a few minutes, if that. Usually, we were admitted to Holy Sites as soon as we arrived. Nadi cared about us, got to know us, and made the trip exciting and fun. Towards the end of the trip, I realized the following: Nadi and our bus driver, Akrim, made each of us feel so special. I believe it can be challenging for people who do their “job” over and over again, such as the same tour over and over again, to project the sense of newness and excitement like it is their first time as well. Nadi and Akrim have the knowledge, skills, talent, and personalities to make any pilgrimage exciting and project newness and excitement to each and everyone there. Please thank both of them for me. I would gladly go on any tour with them again.

Sincerely,

Frank Domeracki



From: Todd St.Romain
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Holy Land (March 9-17, 2015)

Donna,

I have never made a pilgrimage in my life. I really did not know what to expect. The travel arrangements and the extra amenities included in the VIP package were superb. The pilgrimage itself was enlightening and life altering for me. I had no idea of the magnitude of such a journey. It is like a veil has been lifted from me. Our guide, Usama added much value to the trip. He is very passionate about his faith and his work. I certainly look forward to more pilgrimages in my future.

May continue to bless you and 206 Tours.

Todd St. Romain


 

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From: Matthew Leonard
Date: March 19, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman, Patrick McKenna, Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Alessandro


Milanka, Patrick, Yaritza, and everyone at 206,

I'm preparing to leave Assisi and just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for all the work in putting this trip together. It's been beautiful.

 

In particular, I want to commend Alessandro. He was absolutely phenomenal! Everyone adored him and was always on top of every detail, going above and beyond every moment.

 

Of course, the same can be said for all of you,as well. God bless and I pray we all work together more in the future.


Matthew



From: Deacon John
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015
To: Liz Shea; Linda Antonelle
Subject: Thank you.

Liz and Linda,

I want to thank you both for the GREATEST TRIP EVER..  All of the people had the greatest time with no issues. 206 Tours IS THE GREATEST.After meeting with the Latin Patriarch, I came to the conclusion that I will be organizing a Holy Land Pilgrimage every 2 years and I will always use 206 Tours. You are great professionals who have done a phenomenal job helping me organize the trip of a lifetime for all the people who went on this trip. Also, our Tour Guide Jack Hasai is the GREATEST TOUR GUIDE EVER....  I and the group have nothing but HIGH PRAISE for the job he did.  Nassir our bus driver did a wonderful job as well. Please pass on my comments to the highest executives in 206 tours.  They are free to call me at any time if they have any questions.
God Bless you for work that you do.

In Christ,
Deacon John
St. Francis Church




From: Fred Marion
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Holy Land Pilgrimage with the Deacon John Hunt group

I just returned from my Holy Land Pilgrimage with the Deacon John Hunt group.  Our trip was from 3/5 - 3/14/15.  Naseey was our bus driver and he was clearly someone whom I felt comfortable with after seeing him weave our large bus through pretty small openings. 

Jack Halis was our tour guide.  Jack was pleasant, informative, open to questions, and willing to point out changes in the itinerary that might make our trip more enjoyable.  His deep knowledge of the major sites we visited was something that surely is hard to come by.  He coupled his biblical knowledge with recent news about archaeological finds.  He interjected his information with spot-on delivery of witty humor.  It's easy to see why Scott Hahn has and will be using 206 Tours. Jack's a 'keeper'.  I highly recommend Jack and 206 Tours for groups seeking to go to the Holy Land and have a genuinely unforgettable pilgrimage.



Fred Marion

Dracut, MA




From: Msgr John
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015
To: Chris Wright
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land w/Msgr. James P. Swiader

Good morning Chris,

My apologies for not replying sooner, especially since the entire pilgrimage with my good friend Msgr. Jim Swiader and parishioners from Garden City was FABULOUS!! In every respect, in every place, in every way. Our guide, Rimon, was encyclopedic in describing each of sites, and so much of the background and historical information about each place. I also came away with a new appreciation for the Franciscans, who so wonderfully care for the shrines, but whose involvement in nearby ministries of education, child care, health care, and low cost housing is little short of heroic. Good Friday's annual collection for Shrines in the Holy Land takes on a new impetus for me -- and hopefully, for the parish. Saying Mass at a site each day, renewing Baptismal promises at the Jordan River, seeing couples renew marriage vows at Cana, the pilgrims' special prayers for Msgr. Swiader and I in the Upper Room -- all of them were unforgettable, and very special!

Rimon arranged for a few stops at various shops in Bethlehem and Jerusalem -- quite sufficient for those who wished to purchase some religious articles and souvenirs. My olive wood carvings arrived yesterday, wonderfully packed, and in excellent condition. The Hotel accommodations were fantastic and quite convenient. The food was excellent. Milanka and Patrick were most helpful with their suggestions at our preliminary meeting in January. It was a pleasure meeting them. While we have not met, it is a pleasure speaking with you. Thank you for your courtesies to me. Thank you for a wonderful trip, one which I will not soon forget! All the best for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter!


Gratefully,

Msgr. John


 

From: Mary McDonald
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Feedback | Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: February 8-17, 2015

 

Dear Donna,

It was an amazing trip! We were nervous at first, as we have never been with a tour group before. We would usually go on our own, but we were truly blessed to be able too go on such a beautiful tour. Our tour guide, Jack, was an excellent guide! He truly loves what he does, and Father Brian was wonderful too. You can really see the love of our lord in him. Thank you so much for everything. We have already started to look at what pilgrimage we want to go on next


Blessings,
Mary



From: Lynn
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Raymond | Italy Pilgrimage | December/January 2015

 

The trip was spiritually fulfilling and both our guide Jesus, and our driver were excellent. Fr. Raymond was very supportive and a wonderful spiritual presence. Because of my walking with a cane, the hills and stairs were difficult, but fellow pilgrims were very helpful in assisting. I had to skip some of the more difficult areas to navigate and both Fr Raymond and Jesus were most gracious about my limitations and arranged for taxis when necessary. I have been to Italy several times and this pilgrimage afforded me to see things I'd not viewed on prior trips. Thanks for all the wonderful information you provided.


Lynn





From: Helene Knapp
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
To: Katherine
Subject: Welcome Back! Pilgrimage to Guadalupe & Mexico City with Fr. Donald | December 8-13, 2014

Katherine,

I had the BEST birthday of my life when I went on the tour to Mexico city with my daughter and 56 other wonderful , compatible pilgrims, and the amazing Fr. Calloway. I enjoyed every day of the tour. The hotel and meals were lovely, our tour guides (two Roberto's) were patient , informative, and always good-natured and available.The sites were well chosen and the daily Masses with Fr. Calloway were absolutely beautiful. Such appropriate and meaningful homilies!I found Mexico City to be very beautiful and saw churches that could rival those of Europe. I came home with a deep love for St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. On my birthday, Dec. 9, the hotel made me a huge birthday cake and 56 people serenaded me with the birthday song loud and clear Also, at one of our lovely lunches, a mariachi-type band honored me and I have a photo with them wearing a huge sombrero just like theirs. I appreciated the two informative booklets you provided for us and my travel accomodations. In fact, it was a perfect tour in every way. it was difficult for me to return home to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season after such serenity and inspiration. thank you to all who worked hard to provide this exceptional experience. I have raved about 206 tours to all my friends!!


Gratefully,

Helene Knapp



From: Butch Polasek
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Raymond McDaniel | Italy Pilgriamge | December/January 2015


It was a great trip. Father McDaniel was great and Jesus did a fabulous job. I appreciate what you did for us with our last minute decision to stay three extra days. The trip exceeded my expectations. Assisi was a real surprise and I would have like to spent more time there. The only negative I saw was that several people struggled due to health issues or age with the walking. Fortunately for us we enjoyed it and it was great exercise for us.


Butch




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From: dianne arellano
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 27- January 5, 2015!



Hello Donna,

It's been a few weeks now since my family and I returned home from our pilgrimage to The Holy Land. All we can say is that it was a dream fulfilled for the three of us, and we are constantly reminiscing about how wonderful and truly special everything was. To have finally been there, physically, on the land that is so immersed in history, culture and religion, was simply incredible. We were so very blessed to have Fr. Nowak as our Spiritual Director, leading us in the footsteps of Jesus, bringing the Gospels to life, guiding us in prayer and reflection... and keeping us laughing with his fantastic sense of humor! And let me say, celebrating daily mass in the most sacred places on earth was a bit surreal! Nadi, our guide, was great. He is intelligent, knowledgeable, and very helpful... what a great asset to your team! Every pilgrim in our small group was lovely, and it was quite special to see other younger people sharing this experience with their parents as well :). We would, without hesitation, encourage and recommend 206 Tours to anyone considering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Thank you for providing such exceptional service, from beginning to end! There was not a single facet of the tour that did not meet our expectations, you actually exceeded them... by far!

I've attached a few photos that you are more than welcome to pick and choose from :).

 

Kindest Regards,
Dianne, Patricia and Roger






From: Jack Gieryic
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Raymond McDaniel | Italy Pilgriamge | December/January 2015


Dear Amanda,

It was above our expectations from accommodations to fantastic tour guide.  Jesus was the BEST!! It gave us the opportunity to not only see holy sites but also to see the countryside, talk to local people and experience the delicious food and drink we hear so much about the country of Italy.  We highly recommend this tour for anyone who would like to get out and about on a daily basis.


Our individual guides in the cities were exceptional, especially "T" in Rome ("Mama Mia").  
Jack & Deanna Gieryic




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From: Linda Piso
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015
To: Jennifer Norris
Subject: Holy Land & Rome: December 27, 2014-January 8, 2015


I was apprehensive when I began to search for a tour agency to lead me on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Searching the internet for an agency to handle such a sacred journey seemed odd, for many reasons. At the time of my search I was not yet Catholic and would not be Catholic when the pilgrimage took place, but more importantly, I was transitioning from being a blissfully happy wife of 17 years to a suddenly broken hearted widow. After reviewing numerous tour companies, a little voice in my heart kept whispering, "journey with 206".


The wisphering had to be the voice of God. From the moment I left my home alone in Pittsburgh and arrived in Tel Aviv, I knew I was on a first class God lead Pilgrimage. Not only was I blessed with the opportunity to do a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land followed by three days in Rome, the blessings extended to the group of people I was with. Each member of our 24 person group was a blessing. From Fr Nowak and Deacon Sean, I could not have ask for more spiritual and bible backed guidence. Our local Israeli guide Nadi, a Christian, could not have been better! His infectious smile and silly jokes were an added benefit to his highly educated explanations of history and current events at these sacred spots. In Rome, Alessandro, our local guide was so approachable and he went to great lengths to keep us on track and show us as much as possible during our 3 day visit. He willingly stayed up well past 11 pm walking the city after dinner with group members - that is truely going the extra mile! Add to the fact that he got us so close to Pope Francis for the general audience, I could have touch him if I hadn't be awe struck! I will never forget the warmth I felt when Alessandro smiled in celebration of my successful completion of the 27 step climb of the Holy Stairs on my knees! Everything, from the minute I left my home til I arrived back home was even better than what the tour information on line promised.

The accommodations were much better than expected, the food was delicious and plentiful, we saw more than I actually anticipated! So, I want to thank you for the 5 star treatment, I want to thank my group for the loving arms and generous spirit they offered so readily. I really believe I've made life long friends and IT's because you all know what you are doing there at 206Tours.com.

Please feel free to share my email address with any person wanting a personal recommendation of 206Tours, and if you feel appropriate, publish any of the attached photos.

Linda (Pittsburgh, PA)





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From: Rogelio and Aleli Duque
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
To: Jennifer Norris
Subject: Holy Land, Rome & Fatima: December 27-January 8, 2015


Hello 206 tours,

We just got back last night from the trip that was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Words cannot express how we feel at this very moment but 206 tours you did an excellent job of arranging such a pilgrimage. Our guide in Israel Nadi and driver Joseph, In Rome, Alessandro and our local guide Ulysses and in Lisbon,Santarem & Fatima - Felippe and Louise,they all did a very wonderful job in showing us and explaining to us the significance of the sites that we were seeing. Our spiritual director Fr. Nowak was so wonderful and the masses that we have had in the holiest sites are so spiritually enriching. Nothing to complain about our hotel accommodation or the food that we were served or on anything.They were all fantastic. New friendship were created and we are looking forward to doing another pilgrimage with you and I will not hesitate to recommend 206 to my friends and family. I am attaching some pictures and you are free to share it in your site. Thank you again so much. May God continue to guide and bless you.


Rogelio & Aleli Duque





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From: Caroline Dixon
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 27- January 5, 2015!


Dear Donna,

We were so delighted with our trip! It was very well organized. We loved Nadi our tour guide and loved our priest Father Shemak. We were very lucky to have both of them on our trip with us. They made it all the more incredible and memorable!!! All the places we visited were fantastic - we couldn't believe we were at these sites! My 4 sons also loved the trip!! They were the youngest ones on the trip! We will never forget this unforgettable trip and 206 tours made it very special and we didn't have to worry about a thing!


Thank you so much,
Caroline Dixon




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From: Ellen Miller
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Shroud of Turin & The Shrines of Italy on April 18-29, 2015


Dear Suellen,

Thank you so much for all your help in arranging our Pilgrimage with 206 Tours.
It was fantastic; the tour guide Alessandro was lovely. He was always putting our needs first and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Father James Starbucks (our spiritual leader) was amazing. I loved his common sense and practical ways of assisting all of the group. I'm already missing my new friends and hope to stay in touch with them long after the tour has ended. I have now been overseas four times since 2011and this was the best trip. 206 Tours enabled us to experience some amazing religious sights and opportunities will stay with me hopefully forever. 206 Tours made sure everything was 1st class. I would recommend 206 Tours to anyone wishing to undertake a Pilgrimage in the future. If it is possible, I would certainly travel with 206 Tours again. Thanks again for everything.


Best wishes
Ellen Miller

 

 


From: Celna Aurellano
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: The Holy Land & The Shroud of Turin: April 12-23, 2015


Hello Bika,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 206 Tours organization for making our Holy Land Pilgrimage very special and memorable! Our guide George S.'s knowledge of the details was truly amazing and he was very intense and passionate in sharing all the wonderful stories. Father Terry, our spiritual director, made the perfect team with George, each complementing the other with their funny anecdotes. Although Father Terry was very funny and always upbeat, his daily mass service was beautiful, solemn and touching. We loved the hotels and all the wonderful meals. Imad, our excellent driver, was also very helpful and enjoyed teaching us Arabic greetings. I was deeply moved when we touched the actual birthplace of Jesus as well as the rock of Calvary at the Holy Sepulcher Church where Jesus was crucified and died. To think that we 'Walked in the footsteps of Jesus' is an experience we will forever cherish. We even renewed our wedding vows at Cana! Thanks to the many wonderful new friends we met and we even had special celebrations for Duncan and Ann Vincent's 25th Wedding anniversary and Father Terry's 25th Ordination Anniversary. We also continued on to the special exposition of the Shroud of Turin. Special thanks to our guide Juan Carlos for his outstanding help. He even went out of his way to make sure our check in for our flight home went smoothly. Thank you 206 Tours for consistently being the best! This is our second pilgrimage with 206 Tours and we are amazed at your organization and attention to details. We only have superlative words of recommendation to all our family and friends. Now, we just have to plan our next pilgrimage with 206 Tours!


Till the next one,
Celna Aurellano



From: Arminda Argandona
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul

Hello Bika,


The pilgrimage was absolutely outstanding, the best of the best, I am so grateful to 206 Tours for letting me be part of the group, I only have words of thankfulness for the overall arrangements, Hotels, Transportation (first class coaches), the Tour Guides at different sites, the gentleness & caring of them all, of course the experience of being in all these ancient as well as the Holy places, make me feel like I am part of the History now. The trip to the Holy place of the Blessed Mother’s House in Turkey was a breathtaking experience, the Holy Mass celebrated there; just at the time we arrived there, another group it happen to be there as well with their Bishop and the local Priest; we mingled with them and we had the most wonderful and solemn Mass ever. Also the Holy place of Patmos, the cave of Saint John was amazing, I couldn’t believe that I was there, I was trying to figure it out how St. John was able to write so many pages as it has the Book of Revelation, no doubt that it was Divine Revelation.

I am just highlighting the places that impressed the more spiritually, not diminishing the importance of all the places we’ve been before, following the Footsteps of St. Paul, they all great places to visit and be part of the Bible Story (even only in our dreams)

Thank you very much, may God bless you all who made this pilgrimage possible. I definitely will be engaged in another tour, I am thinking of Ireland (In the footsteps of Saint Patrick and also I want to visit the Blessed Mother of Guadalupe in Mexico) I will let you know when I am ready.


206 Tours, you are the BEST!!!

Arminda

 



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From: Fr. Joy
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: RE: Welcome Home! | Pilgrimage to Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul with Greek Isle Cruise: April 17-27, 2015


Thanks a million for this outstanding pilgrimage. It is beyond words how well you have arranged this pilgrimage, nothing would stop me from if ever get a chance to go. You guys are the best pilgrimage organizers, and so proud of you all.

I am back with lots of spiritual enrichment. Some highlights are:


1. Where Lydia was baptized
2. The prison st.paul was kept
3. Meteora monestary
4. Areopagus and everything in Athens.
5. The Mary's house ( rated the 1st)
6. St. Johns home
7.all those islands and the cruise.

I am impressed to the maximum. I am so grateful for you to have allowed me to be its spiritual director.

No one on earth would do such a beautiful job. I have some pictures I like to share with.

Prayers.
Fr Joy



From: Fr. Peter
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Thank You!

Dear Rinda,

I just returned from a two week pilgrimage as the spiritual director to Fatima, Lourdes, and the stroud of Turin. The trip was very uplifting for me and I always enjoy seeing the pilgrims grow in a deeper faith in the Lord and His mother Mary by walking through holy sites. The pilgrims were from all over the USA and we truly had a nice group. Little did they realize how much they inspired me. I liked speaking with them and loved hearing about their lives of faith.

For the first part of the journey, we were blessed with Javi as our guide. Javi had a wonderful personality and had a tremendous knowledge of the various places and sites. He worked very well with the people and seemed to be liked by many. Personally, I found him to be a delight to work with and enjoyed laughing and chatting with him. He truly took personal care of the people and guided us with compassion and love like a dad. He is a keeper and does great work for 206 tours. I would travel with him again... Well done!

The second part of the journey was with our director, Jesus. Jesus and I traveled together in the past and I was glad to see him; almost like seeing an old friend. Jesus is a wonderful tour director and once again he proved to me that 206 is a great company because they hire well. Like Javi, he is a keeper! Jesus showed great love for the people. He is/was kind, funny, and very easy going with the people. I am always impressed over his great love for God and the Holy Mass. He served the mass and did so with love and devotion. I would highly recommend him because he is a deeply spiritual man that loves his job and faith.

Thanks for allowing me to help out as a spiritual director. Please know that I would like to serve again if you are in need and if my schedule allows me to. Thanks for helping me with isle seats because being tall it's tough being stuck in the middle or near a window. Blessings and until we meet again.

God Bless!
Fr. Peter

 



From: Mary
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Feedback | Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, & Lourdes on March 5-14, 2015.

Hi Donna,

Sorry for the late response. My daughter Amy and I had a WONDERFUL pilgrimage. Our escort was Jesus and he was great. He was efficient and pleasant and we both enjoyed him a great deal. Jesus especially helped me when I had a minor health crisis. He was calm and got the job done. He is a very spiritual man with a great personality who added a lot to our trip.

The reason I went on this pilgrimage was to pray for a miracle. One week earlier, I had gotten a devastating diagnosis that I have a half dollar sized hole in my jawbone due to the radiation which saved my life from cancer 22 years ago. The options for treatment, range from extracting half of my bottom teeth, to cutting out dead bone, to removing my bottom jaw and grafting in part of my shin bone. Plus, all the doctors told me that I may never heal from the surgeries...that I could very well be going from the frying pan to the fire. Needless to say I was terrified and overwhelmed. I prayed for peace, clarity and hope.

I chose this particular pilgrimage because I wanted to see Lourdes, Fatima AND St. Ignatius of Loyola's home. Our first stop was in Lisbon, and the first church we went to was the Basilica of St. Anthony, a church that I didn't even realize was on the itinerary. The homily at the mass went something like this.

"Most of us think of St. Anthony when we lose something. 'Tony, Tony, turn around. Something's lost and must be found.' But I want you to think of him a bit differently. I want you to pray to St. Anthony when you want to lose something--like your fear, or your pride...."

WOW! Pray to St. Anthony to lose my fear! It's like God was reading my mind and reached out to comfort me. :-) And then, we took a tour of the Basilica. They have two relics of St. Anthony in the church, and guess what one is?? His jawbone. Goodness! God was so sweet to send me such a personal message and so quickly, letting me know how much He cares about me. I prayed and my fear about the future left instantly and I have not worried since. What will be, will be. All will be well and God will be glorified. God is so good!

We thoroughly enjoyed Fatima and Lourdes. The weather for the trip was 8 & 1/2 cool, sunny days with blue skies and gentle breezes, and 1 & 1/2 days of cold, rainy weather in Lourdes. But you know, it didn't dampen our spirits a bit. A matter of fact, Lourdes was my favorite spot, rain and all. I particularly loved the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Gorgeous and very sacred.

Thank you so much for planning such a wonderful pilgrimage for us...worry free! God bless you all and see you soon!

Mary Ann B.



From: Lyn Stowers
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015
To: Sammie Gough
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to The Shrines of Italy on March 16-31, 2015!

Happy Easter Monday!

The tour was absolutely wonderful. I can think of nothing that would have made it better.

Your staff and the local guides were incredible. I cannot say enough good things about Matilde and Fr. Diaz. I feel that that the time spent on tour was truly a pilgrimage. Even though our days were packed and often overwhelming, there were parts of every day that touched my soul. I have no hesitation to recommend 206 Tours to anyone - provided they are able to walk! Please also give my thanks to the transfer companies. The drivers were early, polite, helpful and always had the necessary size vehicle. My thanks to all of you at 206 Tours for such a amazing experience.

May the blessings of Easter stay with all of you during this joyous season,
Lyn Stowers



From: Dana Brant
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Greg & Vicki Oden

What a privilege and honor to have been a part of the pilgrimage. Our spiritual director, Fr. Greg could not have been better. Our guide and bus driver in Israel were exceptional. Usama and Imad were so kind and took care of every last detail. Never did my husband or I feel unsure about anything. Usama was so very knowledgeable and he always had an appropriate response to any question our group asked. I would definitely use 206 again if I get the opportunity for another pilgrimage. I will be recommending you and Usama as a guide. I am blessed because of this great experience to walk where Jesus walked. It was truly an emotional experience that I cannot put into justifiable words!

God bless you all!
Dana Brant




From: Esmeralda Garcia
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Deacon Pete | Holy Land Pilgrimage | February/March 2015

Amanda,

I would just like to say THANK YOU for such a wonder and spirtually filled trip that you arranged for our group and for that added peron ( Frank) he was an Angel . All the places that we went were so moving, cause I never would that thought that I one day would be walking in Jesus footsteps!!!! That was AWASMAN. Keep up you wonderful work that you and your company do us the PILGRIMS and may the Lord continue to Bless all of you in your work. I will continue to encourge other pilgrimes to take this Wonderful Journy and to use Tour 206 to do this.May God Bless you and all you family.

A VERY GREATFUL PILGRIM,
ESMERALDA G. GARCIA



From: Marcie Girolamo
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Cc: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Marcie Girolamo & Fr. Brian | Spain | March 20-29, 2015

Thank you! It was quite an amazing pilgrimage on so many levels. Luckily, I was journaling the whole time and kept very detailed notes so that I can continue to let this pilgrimage unfold in my life. A definite highlight of course were the tombs of St. Teresa and St. John but also the little town of Agreda. That might just be my favorite stop on the entire trip. I know that Javier Valdivieso also really loved visiting there. It was his first time! Fr. Brian bought her works - The mystical city of God – for Javier Valdivieso to read. He loved it. Very few pilgrims seem to go there. It was a tiny town – very humble. The sister spent quite a bit of time talking to us in the parlor and they even gave each of us a small piece of her habit that was actually on her body! A second class relic…amazing!!

I cannot say enough about this town and the stop and how it moved all of our pilgrims quite intensely. I would suggest considering adding it to some of your trips…specially if you have a group that is extremely devout.

The accommodations were fine in all of the towns. We absolutely loved Montseraat the most because of the breathtaking beauty and the simplicity of the rooms and also there was chapel access for us.

The type of people that we take on our groups – are not the normal tourists. Most are deeply spiritual people - looking for a lot of prayer time. Myself and Fr. Brian Grady included. The one downside is that you have to move around so much and it's often not as prayerful as one would like. This is okay, but it would be simply wonderful if we could stay at places that had a chapel or that had a church nearby that we could get into early in the morning to pray before we get on the bus to start the day. This would allow many of us to start the day having had prayer time – We can talk more about this as we plan our next trip.

Javier Valdivieso is like a living history book! He teaches us so much as we go around and has such a beautiful outlook on life. The fact that you can see what a spiritual man he is – comes out when he is explaining the places concerning the faith to our group. He truly makes these trips so special and prayerful. He is patient and kind to all our pilgrims – even the ones that tend to be needy –and he never gets worried or frazzled about anything! I have done 206 Tours with two other guides – both that were fine but none that even came close to making it the experience for our people that Javier Valdivieso does. He really loves our Lord and he loves his job at 206 as well!

We would like to plan a trip to France next year with 206 – having Javier as our guide. He said he was allowed to do France. We are thinking next fall – but I will get back to you. It doesn't need to be planned yet...and obviously right now we want to start to plug our Mexico City trip in February. Father and I will talk about all of the must-see places in France and send you a list and then you guys can put something together. I'm wondering if perhaps we could stay at places like Montserrat or places that have chapel access ? We can talk…

Lastly, thank you for taking care of my parents! One suggestion I have is to be sure that every Pilgrim has given you their passport information prior to departure. It was 100% my parents fault for not seeing that it expired – the five for the year 2015 truly looked like a six so you can see the mixup – but had they sent their stuff to you perhaps it would've been caught. The good news is they did they did not miss Avila, or the Camino or Agreda. Those three things were the highlight for my mother. The final item on her bucket list before she passes from this world was to walk on the Camino.

Now it is complete. :-)
Marcie



From: norman ducas
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Italy with Fr. Mark & Matthew Leonard

Hello, Yaritza

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback of our recent pilgrimage to the shrines of Italy.Diane and I want to recognize the professionalism and expertise of our group leader Alessandro. He both cared for us, and cared about us.He took a personal interest in our well being. On Friday afternoon he lead us on an excursion that was not in the official program, to the churches of central Rome, such as San Luigi dei Francesi and St. Augustine near Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and the Spanish Steps. On Monday evening he lead us on a passagiata through the streets of Assisi and on Wednesday afternoon to the San Damiano church and the hermitage. He took a personal interest in our well being from the time he met us at the airport through to the boarding of our plane home. Matthew Leonard provided us with insightful lectures, a witness and a testimony that strengthened and illuminated our faith.

Father Mark celebrated the Holy Mass everyday for us. He also provided his testimony and spiritual guidance. We feel very blessed to have had him as part of our group. The accommodations were excellent, especially at the Giotto Hotel in Assisi and the meals were delicious. Two evenings in Rome we walked to nearby restaurants where we enjoyed the local cuisine. What a treat! The daily schedule was chock full of activities. The only part that we found lacking was our tour of the Vatican museums. We were rushed through and did not have the chance to see the Raphael Rooms, nor did we see the paintings in the Pinacoteca. We would definitely consider taking other pilgrimages with your company. Next year we would like to take a tour of Paris and Normandy, visiting Chartres, Lisieux, Mont Saint-Michel, Bayeux, the WWII cemetery, Honfleur, and Rouen. We are also considering the Carmelite Pilgrimage in Spain.
We look forward to enjoying more travels.

Sincerely
Norm & Diane Ducas




From: Grace Donovan
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Paris

Donna,

I had a wonderful pilgrimage; it was a time of spiritual growth and renewal. Fr. Carlos was a great Spiritual Director and our tour guide, Jesus, kept us on time and took care of the whole group hotel and meal arrangements. This was my first pilgrimage with 206 tours and I was impressed by the organization and efficiency. Accommodations and meals were very good. Above all, I was surprised at how well we bonded as a group and were able to share from our life experiences and faith. Thank you for making this an unforgettable experience.


Blessings,

Grace Donovan



From: LaChita Calloway
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to France with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC March 16-23, 2015

Yaritza,

Our pilgrimage to France was fabulous! LOURDES, baths were open. Nevers & Lisieux - Very special, loved every minute! Paris- Checked all the right boxes-Amazing. Every step we took the pilgrimage to France just kept getting better! Our guide Javier is so very knowledgable, humble, & entertaining. He makes everyone laugh & very accommodating/patient, 20 new pilgrims added to the family. Hotels were top notch. Food- Excellent! Tour Guides- So nice! & historically accurate. Feel free to use any of my pics on my wall. I must have taken 300 between my iPhone & camera:). 206 Tours is just the best of the best for pilgrimage. It was overjoyed to spend time with Fr. Don & all the other pilgrims. I made new friends & every one was very nice :) loved to see the Joy & Peace , Charitable Acts of Kindness we all shared for one another in Faith, Hope, & Love as pilgrims on our journey from the very moment our pilgrimage began!!! Thank You! JMJ, 206 Tours & Fr. Don Calloway, M.I.C., & All our newest family of pilgrims. Have A Happy & Blessed Easter.


Love,
LaChita

 



From: Chloe Giampaolo
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
To: Sammie Gough
Subject: message from Chloe re: pilgrimage

Hello Sammie,

Words fail to express my joy and gratitude for the wonderful experiences I had in making this spiritual journey!
Jesus, Slavenka, Fr. Carlos, and my driver Zdenkoin Medjugorje / Split were the best! The tour group I was with as far as Lourdes was lovely and we ll had a good time together. I have a strong feeling that Our Lady wants me to return to Medjugorje in the not-too-distant future. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all that you did to make my pilgrimage a success.


Wishing you God's choicest blessings,
Chloe Giampaolo



From: Angie McGraw
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land on March 9-17, 2015.

Dear Donna,

I apologize for the delay in responding to your email. As you can imagine, it takes a bit of time and effort to get back in the swing of things after being gone.The Holy Land Tour surpassed all of my expectations! Hands down, the best part was our guide, Usama. He was knowledgeable, passionate, considerate, professional and best of all CATHOLIC! The group, a blend of a Missouri parish group and those of us "independents", was wonderful; I know that this was the group of people God chose to accompany me. I say this because I had hoped to go with the February 8 group and then was unsure if I could do the March 8 departure due to health issues that arose that week. All hotel accommodations were very good. The itinerary was busy and very full. Frankly, I don't think we missed a thing. In fact, when given the option of a few hours on my own in Jerusalem, I returned to the hotel because I couldn't think of anything we hadn't seen. Our bus driver was very good too! Overall, my pre-trip experience was good. I would highly recommend 206Tours to anyone interested in a Catholic pilgrimage.


God Bless,
Angie

 



Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Re: Welcome Back! Italy with Fr. McQuesten & Matthew Leonard


Hi Yaritza,

Yes, we are happy to share with you our wonderful experience with the 206 Tours pilgrimage to Italy. It was a fabulous trip! First, let me say how truly exceptional our tour director, Alessandro is. You are blessed to have him as a part of your company. He was patient and kind and immensely capable. A very knowledgeable and devout Catholic, he kept us well informed and in a "pilgrim" state of mind, always inviting us back to the heart and practices of the Church. He was gracious to the easiest AND most difficult in the group. He made the experience a relaxing one for us as we were confident that all the details were taken care of; he never seemed to stress out or become frustrated when one of us was tardy or missing or needed direction or a helping hand. Truly he was a gentleman and a blessing! A small example is I simply mentioned that "today" is Jim's birthday and he arranged to have the restaurant bring the dessert cake out with a candle on it and then began us singing Happy Birthday. It was thoughtful and special for us! Similarly, he helped organize a celebration for a couple's 50th anniversary and a woman's 70th birthday.

As for the itinerary of the trip we felt it was just about the right pace with enough free time to ourselves and yet we still covered many of the major sites of Catholic Rome. I must say we are thankful that we came in a day early, though. We explored many sites on our own that day and then we were well rested to join the group in the afternoon the next day. It was perfect, including the flight details you kindly arranged and the transfer at the airport. We were even able to attend Mass at one of the Station Churches the morning before the group arrived, joining a couple of hundred religious and possibly another hundred non-religious at 7am at St. Peter's first church in Rome: St. Pudenziana. This may be an option to consider and offer for Lent of next year.

The hotels were very comfortable and accommodating with delicious breakfasts and prompt courteous service. In addition, the dinners at San Giovanni Rotondo and Assisi were well prepared and varied nicely. My only suggestion is that, if possible, it would have been nice to eat in the community one night at each of those two locations. Engaging in the community with the "locals" at their dining establishments is always a lovely experience. That being said, we truly enjoyed the dinners and atmosphere of the small, quaint restaurants in Rome. From start to finish: our experiences with you and your office, the spiritual director - Matt Leonard, Alessandro, the local guides and the fact that a priest was able to join us were positive and joyful experiences. One thing that I would suggest is rethinking the times of the lectures given by the spiritual director. At such a late hour of the day, particularly after we all have had a glass of wine or two we were quite tired. All of us wanted very much to hear what he had to share but the lectures typically began a little later than we would have liked.

As for the sites/locations themselves, each stop was truly worthwhile and holy. It was simply a joy to learn about and experience the places where so many holy men and women walked and served the Lord!
Jim and I did a lot of reading, studying and watching DVDs of the locations and people that we were going to visit and that effort enhanced our experience immensely. Where others were remarking that they were overwhelmed, we felt that we were being reminded of what we already learned while gaining a little more info that we may have missed in our own preparation. Of course, physically being at the sites enriched our knowledge and experience of it a hundred-fold. I would recommend others do the same in preparation for the pilgrimage.Thank you again for helping to make our trip so memorable and enjoyable. We will happily recommend your company to all our friends and family as they consider their own pilgrimages!

May the joy of the Lord be with you and yours this Lenten season and throughout the Easter season.
Sharon (and Jim) Pierson



From: Frank Saad
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: RE: Welcome Back! Italy with Fr. McQuesten & Matthew Leonard

Yaritza,

We found our trip to be a blessing that changed us! Alessandro is a Superstar Director! He was available 24X7 to respond to our needs and he was highly professional in his approach. Alessandro exhibited spiritual leadership that made the trip very special. We will look for Alessandro on future trips. I will remember him referring to us as Family for a long time to come! Matthew Leonard was also a Superstar! He is an outstanding speaker and attended all locations with us. Matthew is deeply spiritual and he engaged with the entire group. One of his outstanding emotional speeches had a life changing effect on my wife! The venues for Masses was truly spectacular and the church/museum visits were outstanding. Our bus driver Mauro was very skilled and professional. The tour guides were very insightful and in many cases endearing. Titziana in Rome had brilliant artistic and religious insights. Restaurant selections were very good and the Giotto in Assisi was truly 5 star. Hotel locations were also very good. Friday night dinner in Rome with singers will be remembered for a long time to come.


My one major complaint was the hectic pace. I understand the itinerary was packed with highlights but going from 6 AM in the morning to attending Matthew's talks at 8:30 PM made for an exhausting day. More time for reflection would have been appreciated. The bus was very comfortable at 1/2 capacity. A completely full bus would have been cramped.


Thanks for a memorable event.
We will return to 206!



From: Butler, Denise
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015
To: sales
Subject: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Paris (Tour 40)

Dear 206 Tours,

I wanted to tell you I had a wonderful tour. I went on the tour to Fatima, Spain and Lourdes. Our tour guide, Jesus, was the best. Very knowledgeable, and knew the areas well that we were visiting. He kept us on track, was very personable with a great sense of humor. He was great helping pilgrims (pushing wheel chair, helping others get to destinations), and me personally with an injury I had incurred in the airport. Our bus driver was exceptionally nice and helpful for all travelers, and brought us safely to all destinations. Our priest was present for everyone, right on target for guidance, keeping us focused. The tour was well planned, hotels very nice, meals exceptional. The tour was tight, always on a timeline, but we were able to experience and see some amazing sites. I highly recommend 206 Tours, and would personally use them again, if opportunity arouse for me to take another tour.

Thank you very much 206, Pedro, Father, and especially Jesus for making this a wonderful tour.

Dee Butler

 



From: marsha belvo
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Welcome Back! Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Greg Oligschlaeger & Vicki Oden



It was a most fabulous trip. We were blessed along our journey. The memories will be with me for the rest of my life! Thank you for offering this wonderful experience. 

Marsha Belvo




From: Frank Domeracki
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Deacon Pete Rodriguez | Holy Land Pilgrimage | February/March 2015


Hi Amanda,

I can sum up my feelings about this pilgrimage in one word: SPECTACULAR!

The entire trip was an experience I will cherish the rest of my life. Deacon Pete and his group are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They welcomed me and made me feel accepted from the beginning. In fact, in the middle of the trip, a few people decided to “knight me" an “Honorary Hispanic” and made my name Pancho. I treasure my new friendships! I hope and pray we can bridge the geographic distance and stay in touch to some degree. I could go on and on about how wonderful these kind and God-loving people are, but I think these comments will help you understand how I feel.

While I felt the love and presence of God throughout the pilgrimage, I experienced 4 profound experience where I truly felt the awesome presence of our loving God. The most profound my time with the people on the trip, Deacon Pete, our guide Nadi, and our bus driver, Akrim. This scripture passage will sum up what I mean. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. Jesus was on the trip with us!

Our 206 Tours guide, Nadi, was a gentleman like no other. For example, I was not aware this trip was going to be in Spanish until I arrived in Tel Aviv. My thought when I was told this was, “Well I’m here by the grace of God. I am open to see what God has in store”. Well, Deacon Pete and Nadi graciously decided to do in Spanish with English recaps. Nadi was immediately open to this despite the fact it would require more effort and work on his part. As the trip progressed, Nadi, Deacon Pete, and the group did some things in Spanish with English recaps and some things in English with Spanish recaps. This included the daily Mass. Everyone was open to this. (Some of the group said early on that while they knew Spanish, they would prefer things be said in English as they would comprehend better. ) I think the use of both Spanish and English allowed us to bridge our different upbringings and cultures. Nadi knows his stuff. He is very knowledgable. He had each days events coordinated in a way that we never had to wait for anything more than a few minutes, if that. Usually, we were admitted to Holy Sites as soon as we arrived. Nadi cared about us, got to know us, and made the trip exciting and fun. Towards the end of the trip, I realized the following: Nadi and our bus driver, Akrim, made each of us feel so special. I believe it can be challenging for people who do their “job” over and over again, such as the same tour over and over again, to project the sense of newness and excitement like it is their first time as well. Nadi and Akrim have the knowledge, skills, talent, and personalities to make any pilgrimage exciting and project newness and excitement to each and everyone there. Please thank both of them for me. I would gladly go on any tour with them again.

Sincerely,

Frank Domeracki



From: Todd St.Romain
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Holy Land (March 9-17, 2015)

Donna,

I have never made a pilgrimage in my life. I really did not know what to expect. The travel arrangements and the extra amenities included in the VIP package were superb. The pilgrimage itself was enlightening and life altering for me. I had no idea of the magnitude of such a journey. It is like a veil has been lifted from me. Our guide, Usama added much value to the trip. He is very passionate about his faith and his work. I certainly look forward to more pilgrimages in my future.

May continue to bless you and 206 Tours.

Todd St. Romain


 

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From: Matthew Leonard
Date: March 19, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman, Patrick McKenna, Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Alessandro


Milanka, Patrick, Yaritza, and everyone at 206,

I'm preparing to leave Assisi and just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for all the work in putting this trip together. It's been beautiful.

 

In particular, I want to commend Alessandro. He was absolutely phenomenal! Everyone adored him and was always on top of every detail, going above and beyond every moment.

 

Of course, the same can be said for all of you,as well. God bless and I pray we all work together more in the future.


Matthew



From: Deacon John
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015
To: Liz Shea; Linda Antonelle
Subject: Thank you.

Liz and Linda,

I want to thank you both for the GREATEST TRIP EVER..  All of the people had the greatest time with no issues. 206 Tours IS THE GREATEST.After meeting with the Latin Patriarch, I came to the conclusion that I will be organizing a Holy Land Pilgrimage every 2 years and I will always use 206 Tours. You are great professionals who have done a phenomenal job helping me organize the trip of a lifetime for all the people who went on this trip. Also, our Tour Guide Jack Hasai is the GREATEST TOUR GUIDE EVER....  I and the group have nothing but HIGH PRAISE for the job he did.  Nassir our bus driver did a wonderful job as well. Please pass on my comments to the highest executives in 206 tours.  They are free to call me at any time if they have any questions.
God Bless you for work that you do.

In Christ,
Deacon John
St. Francis Church




From: Fred Marion
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Holy Land Pilgrimage with the Deacon John Hunt group

I just returned from my Holy Land Pilgrimage with the Deacon John Hunt group.  Our trip was from 3/5 - 3/14/15.  Naseey was our bus driver and he was clearly someone whom I felt comfortable with after seeing him weave our large bus through pretty small openings. 

Jack Halis was our tour guide.  Jack was pleasant, informative, open to questions, and willing to point out changes in the itinerary that might make our trip more enjoyable.  His deep knowledge of the major sites we visited was something that surely is hard to come by.  He coupled his biblical knowledge with recent news about archaeological finds.  He interjected his information with spot-on delivery of witty humor.  It's easy to see why Scott Hahn has and will be using 206 Tours. Jack's a 'keeper'.  I highly recommend Jack and 206 Tours for groups seeking to go to the Holy Land and have a genuinely unforgettable pilgrimage.



Fred Marion

Dracut, MA




From: Msgr John
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015
To: Chris Wright
Subject: Re: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land w/Msgr. James P. Swiader

Good morning Chris,

My apologies for not replying sooner, especially since the entire pilgrimage with my good friend Msgr. Jim Swiader and parishioners from Garden City was FABULOUS!! In every respect, in every place, in every way. Our guide, Rimon, was encyclopedic in describing each of sites, and so much of the background and historical information about each place. I also came away with a new appreciation for the Franciscans, who so wonderfully care for the shrines, but whose involvement in nearby ministries of education, child care, health care, and low cost housing is little short of heroic. Good Friday's annual collection for Shrines in the Holy Land takes on a new impetus for me -- and hopefully, for the parish. Saying Mass at a site each day, renewing Baptismal promises at the Jordan River, seeing couples renew marriage vows at Cana, the pilgrims' special prayers for Msgr. Swiader and I in the Upper Room -- all of them were unforgettable, and very special!

Rimon arranged for a few stops at various shops in Bethlehem and Jerusalem -- quite sufficient for those who wished to purchase some religious articles and souvenirs. My olive wood carvings arrived yesterday, wonderfully packed, and in excellent condition. The Hotel accommodations were fantastic and quite convenient. The food was excellent. Milanka and Patrick were most helpful with their suggestions at our preliminary meeting in January. It was a pleasure meeting them. While we have not met, it is a pleasure speaking with you. Thank you for your courtesies to me. Thank you for a wonderful trip, one which I will not soon forget! All the best for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter!


Gratefully,

Msgr. John


 

From: Mary McDonald
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Feedback | Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: February 8-17, 2015

 

Dear Donna,

It was an amazing trip! We were nervous at first, as we have never been with a tour group before. We would usually go on our own, but we were truly blessed to be able too go on such a beautiful tour. Our tour guide, Jack, was an excellent guide! He truly loves what he does, and Father Brian was wonderful too. You can really see the love of our lord in him. Thank you so much for everything. We have already started to look at what pilgrimage we want to go on next


Blessings,
Mary



From: Lynn
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Raymond | Italy Pilgrimage | December/January 2015

 

The trip was spiritually fulfilling and both our guide Jesus, and our driver were excellent. Fr. Raymond was very supportive and a wonderful spiritual presence. Because of my walking with a cane, the hills and stairs were difficult, but fellow pilgrims were very helpful in assisting. I had to skip some of the more difficult areas to navigate and both Fr Raymond and Jesus were most gracious about my limitations and arranged for taxis when necessary. I have been to Italy several times and this pilgrimage afforded me to see things I'd not viewed on prior trips. Thanks for all the wonderful information you provided.


Lynn





From: Helene Knapp
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
To: Katherine
Subject: Welcome Back! Pilgrimage to Guadalupe & Mexico City with Fr. Donald | December 8-13, 2014

Katherine,

I had the BEST birthday of my life when I went on the tour to Mexico city with my daughter and 56 other wonderful , compatible pilgrims, and the amazing Fr. Calloway. I enjoyed every day of the tour. The hotel and meals were lovely, our tour guides (two Roberto's) were patient , informative, and always good-natured and available.The sites were well chosen and the daily Masses with Fr. Calloway were absolutely beautiful. Such appropriate and meaningful homilies!I found Mexico City to be very beautiful and saw churches that could rival those of Europe. I came home with a deep love for St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. On my birthday, Dec. 9, the hotel made me a huge birthday cake and 56 people serenaded me with the birthday song loud and clear Also, at one of our lovely lunches, a mariachi-type band honored me and I have a photo with them wearing a huge sombrero just like theirs. I appreciated the two informative booklets you provided for us and my travel accomodations. In fact, it was a perfect tour in every way. it was difficult for me to return home to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season after such serenity and inspiration. thank you to all who worked hard to provide this exceptional experience. I have raved about 206 tours to all my friends!!


Gratefully,

Helene Knapp



From: Butch Polasek
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Raymond McDaniel | Italy Pilgriamge | December/January 2015


It was a great trip. Father McDaniel was great and Jesus did a fabulous job. I appreciate what you did for us with our last minute decision to stay three extra days. The trip exceeded my expectations. Assisi was a real surprise and I would have like to spent more time there. The only negative I saw was that several people struggled due to health issues or age with the walking. Fortunately for us we enjoyed it and it was great exercise for us.


Butch




Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: dianne arellano
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 27- January 5, 2015!



Hello Donna,

It's been a few weeks now since my family and I returned home from our pilgrimage to The Holy Land. All we can say is that it was a dream fulfilled for the three of us, and we are constantly reminiscing about how wonderful and truly special everything was. To have finally been there, physically, on the land that is so immersed in history, culture and religion, was simply incredible. We were so very blessed to have Fr. Nowak as our Spiritual Director, leading us in the footsteps of Jesus, bringing the Gospels to life, guiding us in prayer and reflection... and keeping us laughing with his fantastic sense of humor! And let me say, celebrating daily mass in the most sacred places on earth was a bit surreal! Nadi, our guide, was great. He is intelligent, knowledgeable, and very helpful... what a great asset to your team! Every pilgrim in our small group was lovely, and it was quite special to see other younger people sharing this experience with their parents as well :). We would, without hesitation, encourage and recommend 206 Tours to anyone considering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Thank you for providing such exceptional service, from beginning to end! There was not a single facet of the tour that did not meet our expectations, you actually exceeded them... by far!

I've attached a few photos that you are more than welcome to pick and choose from :).

 

Kindest Regards,
Dianne, Patricia and Roger






From: Jack Gieryic
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Raymond McDaniel | Italy Pilgriamge | December/January 2015


Dear Amanda,

It was above our expectations from accommodations to fantastic tour guide.  Jesus was the BEST!! It gave us the opportunity to not only see holy sites but also to see the countryside, talk to local people and experience the delicious food and drink we hear so much about the country of Italy.  We highly recommend this tour for anyone who would like to get out and about on a daily basis.


Our individual guides in the cities were exceptional, especially "T" in Rome ("Mama Mia").  
Jack & Deanna Gieryic




Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Linda Piso
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015
To: Jennifer Norris
Subject: Holy Land & Rome: December 27, 2014-January 8, 2015


I was apprehensive when I began to search for a tour agency to lead me on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Searching the internet for an agency to handle such a sacred journey seemed odd, for many reasons. At the time of my search I was not yet Catholic and would not be Catholic when the pilgrimage took place, but more importantly, I was transitioning from being a blissfully happy wife of 17 years to a suddenly broken hearted widow. After reviewing numerous tour companies, a little voice in my heart kept whispering, "journey with 206".


The wisphering had to be the voice of God. From the moment I left my home alone in Pittsburgh and arrived in Tel Aviv, I knew I was on a first class God lead Pilgrimage. Not only was I blessed with the opportunity to do a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land followed by three days in Rome, the blessings extended to the group of people I was with. Each member of our 24 person group was a blessing. From Fr Nowak and Deacon Sean, I could not have ask for more spiritual and bible backed guidence. Our local Israeli guide Nadi, a Christian, could not have been better! His infectious smile and silly jokes were an added benefit to his highly educated explanations of history and current events at these sacred spots. In Rome, Alessandro, our local guide was so approachable and he went to great lengths to keep us on track and show us as much as possible during our 3 day visit. He willingly stayed up well past 11 pm walking the city after dinner with group members - that is truely going the extra mile! Add to the fact that he got us so close to Pope Francis for the general audience, I could have touch him if I hadn't be awe struck! I will never forget the warmth I felt when Alessandro smiled in celebration of my successful completion of the 27 step climb of the Holy Stairs on my knees! Everything, from the minute I left my home til I arrived back home was even better than what the tour information on line promised.

The accommodations were much better than expected, the food was delicious and plentiful, we saw more than I actually anticipated! So, I want to thank you for the 5 star treatment, I want to thank my group for the loving arms and generous spirit they offered so readily. I really believe I've made life long friends and IT's because you all know what you are doing there at 206Tours.com.

Please feel free to share my email address with any person wanting a personal recommendation of 206Tours, and if you feel appropriate, publish any of the attached photos.

Linda (Pittsburgh, PA)





Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Rogelio and Aleli Duque
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
To: Jennifer Norris
Subject: Holy Land, Rome & Fatima: December 27-January 8, 2015


Hello 206 tours,

We just got back last night from the trip that was a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Words cannot express how we feel at this very moment but 206 tours you did an excellent job of arranging such a pilgrimage. Our guide in Israel Nadi and driver Joseph, In Rome, Alessandro and our local guide Ulysses and in Lisbon,Santarem & Fatima - Felippe and Louise,they all did a very wonderful job in showing us and explaining to us the significance of the sites that we were seeing. Our spiritual director Fr. Nowak was so wonderful and the masses that we have had in the holiest sites are so spiritually enriching. Nothing to complain about our hotel accommodation or the food that we were served or on anything.They were all fantastic. New friendship were created and we are looking forward to doing another pilgrimage with you and I will not hesitate to recommend 206 to my friends and family. I am attaching some pictures and you are free to share it in your site. Thank you again so much. May God continue to guide and bless you.


Rogelio & Aleli Duque





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From: Caroline Dixon
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: December 27- January 5, 2015!


Dear Donna,

We were so delighted with our trip! It was very well organized. We loved Nadi our tour guide and loved our priest Father Shemak. We were very lucky to have both of them on our trip with us. They made it all the more incredible and memorable!!! All the places we visited were fantastic - we couldn't believe we were at these sites! My 4 sons also loved the trip!! They were the youngest ones on the trip! We will never forget this unforgettable trip and 206 tours made it very special and we didn't have to worry about a thing!


Thank you so much,
Caroline Dixon




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