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




From: Diane & Tommy
Date: July 18, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Greece Pilgrimage July, 2015

Dear Bika and Milanka,

Thank you for another wonderful pilgrimage! What I love about 206 tours is that I never have to worry about the details they are always meticulously planned out. This was a last minute trip for us and I didn't even have time to really look at the itinerary, but knew it wouldn't disappoint, and it didn't. This was the fifth pilgrimage for me, and the fourth for my son. He started going the 206 pilgrimages with me when he was 10 years old. We both love them. It has brought to life the gospels and with this pilgrimage the letters written by St. Paul. We have both grown in faith and knowledge of the life and times of Christ and his Apostles. Among the highlights of the trip were the all the ancient runs of Ephesus, Phillippi, Corinth, the House of the Virgin Mary in Kusadasi, the spectacular mountain top Monasteries of Meteora, the Byzantine art and Icon’s of the Greek Orthodox Churches and the beautiful Greek Isle’s from the cruse. In closing, I would like to say Thank You again for being a wonderful company that excels in bringing people closer to Our Lord.

God Bless,

Diane Deegan and Tommy Deegan


 

 



From: Jen R. Rasavage
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City: July 9 - 14, 2015

Our tour guide, Roberto, was outstanding, patient, kind - and a lifesaver! When I got ill on the last day of the pilgrimage, I asked him to help me negotiate getting a taxi back to the hotel so I could rest, since my Spanish is not fluent. Not only did he get me a taxi but paid for it himself as well as buy me something to drink to settle my stomach! Don't ever lose him as a tour guide!

Jen R. Rasavage

 


 

From: Louise Cronin
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul with Greek Isle Cruise: July 3 - 13, 2015

The trip went very smoothly. The hotels were fine and staff very accommodating. The tour guide in Thessaloniki, Christiana was EXTREMELY knowledgeable, accommodating, and blessed with great personal traits (sense of humor, patience, and diplomacy). The restaurant will well selected. It was an informative Christian experience with so much history. You can actually sense the sufferings and accomplishments of St. Paul and the life and suffering as a Christian which we often do not learn or remember. The island cruise was a wonderful and informative experience. The trip to Ephesus was breathtaking. guide also very informative giving us the history of the Ionians who first settled in Ephesus to the Persians who had possession to Alexander the Great freeing Ephesus in the 334BC. and on to be ruled by Egyptians Romans, etc. We were enhanced by so many cultures and art forms, myths and beliefs. Our tour guide Yiota for the island cruise was younger and had less experience than Christiana, however, she did share knowledge, was formidable in responding to questioning and researching answers that she did not have on the spot. Yiota was professional, personable, and accommodating. I see her a becoming an asset to 206 tour guide roster.

In addition to the professional guided tours our trip was enhanced by a great group of people. I was so happy Diane forwarded me the information regarding this trip.

Louise A. Cronin



From: Bill
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: July 3-13 Pilgrimage Footsteps of St Paul

Bika,

We just returned from the July 3-13 Pilgrimage of the Footsteps of St. Paul. It was a wonderful trip. 206 Tours couldn't have handled things better. Everything was first class and went smoothly. The hotels were great. The tour guides and bas drivers were terrific. The group blended together very well. We were very grateful for 206 Tours making accommodations which lessened the anxiety of the group in relation to the crisis going on in Greece right now (which by the way didn't affect us at all). We had some sharings at Mass at which many in the group shared the pilgrimage was "a shot in the arm" spiritually for them, that they had a greater understanding of St. Paul and his mission, and that they felt renewed for the work of evangelization. These pictures are of us renewing our baptismal vows at the place Lydia was baptized, the group at the port at which St. Paul entered in Thesolonika, the group at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, reading Paul's letter to the Corinthians in Corinth, and Mass in Corinth. It was a great trip.


Fr. Bill, OSA




From: Shaun McKenna
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: The Way of St. James - El Camino - Spain (A Walking Pilgrimage): Jun 29 - Jul 9, 2015


To put it simply the trip and 206 Tours was amazing. I will be you best promoter locally.

Shaun



From: Przemyslaw
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 12:28 PM
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Feedback: Pilgrimage Shroud of Turin and all Italian Shrine.


Dear Bika,

Thank you for your email. All about 206 was really outstanding. I was honored to be a spiritual director.
We had blessed time. A lot of prayers, singing, walking and giving thanks to God. Jesus and Matilda tour escorts both great.
We had couple from Australia, what a joy that they traveled with us. Thank you 206 for all you have done for pilgrims!!!!!

God bless you all,

Fr. Przemyslaw


 

 



From: Cathy Young
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Fatima, Spain & Lourdes: Jun 9 - 20, 2015

We have returned from our amazing pilgrimage June 9-20-15 to Santiago de Compostela Lisbon, Fatima, Avila, Loyola and Lourdes. Javier our tour guide was exceptional, we were able to connect with our tour within minutes upon our late arrival, due to plane cancellation. Javier's smile made all the inconveniences worth the wait. Our lost luggage arrived two days latter and the remaining part of our trip made up for the loss of time. Our Catholic Faith has come alive, with all the history of our beautiful Church, in these most unforgettable places. It's going to take awhile for this experience to settle in. The pace was fast, but no regrets here, we have seen much and so appreciate all the work that has gone into refining such a tour, to help us grow. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, we had a core group of about 25 people and it was neat to learn you can pick up on this tour at any one place you want to see. So our group grew to 35 or so at any given spot, we liked the smaller size group experience. We all became like family, it was an amazing experience. Now with some 349 pictures, putting our trip together in a photo album will help reinforce all the places we have visited and be a wonderful memory whenever we wish to revisit it. Thank you all at 206 tours for this unforgettable experience. You have touched many lives, may God continue to Bless your great works.

Gratefully Yours,

John & Cathy Young



From: Dyann M. Andersen
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Medjugorje: May 7 - 18, 2015

I couldn’t ask for a better Tour Agency!! You people are the Top Of The Line. I do not hesitate in recommending you!! I have been three years in a row and your customer/travelers are so well taken care of. This May trip I needed and received such wonderful care from your Agent, Slavenka!! She is the most wonderful lady and I think she is the “Cherry on the Top” in what she does!! And when she could not come to the hospital she send her very lovely daughter Eva, who is the nicest young lady I have seen in today’s world! I mean it, both of them are fantastic people and they truly love the Lord and Our Lady and the people they care for, i.e. customers. Of course, I am terribly spoiled having Slavenka, I love her like a Sister! I really could be a ‘one-person’ advertising person when it comes to speaking of 206 Tours.! If I can do anything, anything at all for you and company please do let me know. I welcome the chance to do something for 206 Tours and you considering you all have been just absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for your care and devotion to making 206 Tours the Top Notch company that it is!! God Be With You and your company!!

Very sincerely,

Dyann Andersen




From: Ramessar, John
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: The Holy Land: May 25- June 2, 2015

Elena and I had a most uplifting experience touring the Holy Land, walking in His footsteps, visiting his Mum’s home and the town where He grew up, sailing on the Galilee and walking the Via Dolorosa to Calvary. The spiritual director Fr Co was an excellent choice - a bright earnest priest obviously filled with the spirit – a grace to us. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helped bring to light many unknown things about the gospels for instance why Jesus waited 3 days to visit the dead Lazarus ( tuerns out the old Hebrews kept the body in a burial ante-chamber for 3 days prior to final embalmment and entombment – this prevented the odd comatose person from being inadvertently entombed alive). Thank you again for a great pilgrimage. The only cause for complaint was that it had to end and had to return to ‘normal’ life.

John



From David and Cosi
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: FIT Tampa Family | Poland and Italy | May 24-June 4, 2015

As parents to 4 young children, my husband and I are always challenged with the task of providing our children with new experiences for their spiritual and cultural development. When my parents first suggested we take this pilgrimage with them, we were simultaneously nervous and excited with the prospect! While we are no strangers to traveling, we had yet to attempt a tour "across the pond." We have been back home now for a few days (after a 12 day journey) and are still "starstruck" from our time in Poland and Italy. The children are ecstatic about sharing their stories with everyone they encounter and I am chronicling our adventures in my journal so as not to forget a single precious anecdote (and boy, are there many!). Each of my children (including our toddler) demonstrated beautiful connections with their faith when they were able to see in person what they had learned from books at home (the Holy House of Loreto, St Francis' Hermitage, etc) and my husband and I grew in our faith seeing them.

Our children range from ages 20 months to 8 years so needless to say there were many obstacles along the way. The tour guides and chauffeurs (thank you Massimo!) couldn't have been more accommodating or understanding to our needs. Whether it was adjusting a tour to their level (thank you Ella for the wonderful Dragon of Krakow story!), to helping us find a quiet place to change a dirty diaper in Loreto (Veronica, you're a lifesaver!) or giving us a "don't worry about it" look when our youngest decided to pitch a spectacular fit in St Francis' cathedral (grazie Signore Eduardo), all parties involved contributed to helping us complete this journey with their patience and kindness. There is so much more we could include about our experiences but mainly we wanted to express our gratitude for all the work and effort that went into coordinating this trip from our adventurous parents (May 24-June 4, 2015), to Amanda and 206 Tours in New York and for all those that welcomed us in their country. Thank you for helping my family in this spiritual and unforgettable journey!

Blessings,

David and Cosi



From: Gerald Foley
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Reflections on our Frassati Pilgrimage

Hi Katherine,

I wanted to share how moving and wonderful our recent pilgrimage was for both my mother and me. Neither of us had ever been on pilgrimage before, and neither of us had ever traveled overseas. 206 Tours did a marvelous job in planning and coordinating every aspect of the trip!

There is a long list of people to acknowledge beginning with you, Yaritza, and Sadie. On pilgrimage, Giovanni (our driver for most of the trip) and Gaia, our guide, were remarkably competent, professional, generous and kind. I want them on every future pilgrimage I intend to make with 206 Tours as a result of this marvelous experience. Our priests, Fr. Charles, Fr. Tony, and Fr. Dan, were such a blessing! These are holy and happy men, and our pilgrimage was especially graced by their presence and ministry. I have had a special devotion to Blessed Pier Giorgio for some time, which deepened and grew more fervent on and as a result of this pilgrimage. Pier Giorgio, no doubt, was with us on every step of our journey, and engineered so many graces and marvels for us throughout. I will journey back to Turin and Pollone in the future because of my devotion to him, but I know he is with me every minute and day that will pass between now and then. I am forever grateful to 206 Tours, to Fr. Charles, Christine, and Wanda, for making my first visit to the home of my beloved Pier Giorgio so poignant, profound, and moving. On top of this, to have had the opportunity to venerate the Shroud of Turin and to pray at Pier Giorgio’s grave leave me bereft of words but filled with gratitude and humility. My fellow pilgrims were a joy, and true witnesses of the One Lord whom we all worship and adore. I look forward to receiving their contact information; there are so many with whom I am eager to remain in touch.This pilgrimage was, for mom and for me, the trip of a lifetime in so many ways. And I am filled with joy and expectation as I ponder future pilgrimages I will make with 206 Tours. Your work is both ministry and gift! May you and everyone at 206 continue to know God’s bountiful blessings!

Yours,
Gerry Foley




From: Stephanie Nelson
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: The Way of St. James - El Camino - Spain (A Walking Pilgrimage): May 14 - 24, 2015


Hello from Austin Texas,

Life is good. But my pilgrimage to St. James will always remain one of my more meaningful journeys. I felt I was being Called to this pilgrimage for many reasons and I have to say God and I used our time together very well. I was able to spend a lot of time alone with Him. The priest and daily Mass were beautiful! Being in Spain during the spring was fantastic. The food was TOO good...I gained 3 lbs. after walking 75 miles. The “family” as Javier called us, were warm and fun companions. Javier was the best. He was caring, funny, on top of things and so helpful. He was also so spiritual. David was wonderful. In all my travels, I never had a driver who was so helpful, fun and ALWAYS had a smile for us. (A real keeper) I am so grateful for finding your tour company and I plan on using you again in the near future. Next time my husband will be with me!

May God continue to bless your work,

Stephanie Nelson




From: Coki
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: FIT Tampa Family | Poland and Italy | May 24-June 4, 2015

Dear Amanda,

We're finally back to the daily routine and there is so much to tell but I will try to be brief and see if I can organize my thoughts after visiting so many holy places. First of all, We want to thank you once more for the hard work you put into this family customized independent pilgrimage. Once more 206 and its staff did an outstanding job and rest assured that we are already talking (my husband and I) and saving money for our 5th pilgrimage in the future with 206. POLAND Amadeus Hotel; excellent, extremely clean, very delicious breakfast, staff very, very polite and informative, excellent location. Only a small detail, but we didn't mind and we would choose Amadeus a second time in spite of sagging mattresses. Ella the tour guide, very nice lady and wonderful with the children. Gabrieliño (20 month old) went running to her and gave her a hug the second time he saw her. Thank you for your prompt help in regards with the city tour and securing transportation as the children were unable to walk all the distance involved. It was much appreciated by all and 206 came to the rescue once more. ITALY, Assisi, San Pietro Hotel, again very clean, good breakfast, excellent location, good mattresses. One of the older staff members at the receptionist desk was a bit crabby with the children, but by the time we left, the children had already made a good rapport with him with their "buon giorno" and "grazie" every morning and his attitude towards us changed 180 degrees. Massimo our chauffer was the best driver of all!!! The owner of the transportation agency, Vittorio, drove us in his Mercedes (my husband, Gilda and myself) to the Portiuncula and Cascia. Our daughter and family went in a regular van with Massimo. It was very convenient and we found out after we arrived in Cascia because ten years ago in our first pilgrimage with 206, the big bus left us at the bottom of the town and we had to climb all the way to the top where the Basilica and Convent of St. Rita are. This time, they planned well and by using two cars they were able to drive us all the way to the top in front of both convent and basilica. That morning, Vittorio's wife had fallen at home and broke her foot while he was with us. We told him we were going to pray for her that day and next in Loreto, and Massimo heard us praying a Hail Mary and called him and told him and he was very happy. Our tour guide Eduardo, was the same tour guide we had 10 yrs ago and Vittorio told us that he had been working for him for the last 40 years. Eduardo answered my questions about gaining all the indulgences from the Portiuncula and the day after we returned home, we went to Mass and finished the requirements at a Franciscan Church in downtown Tampa. In Cascia, we were also able to see the Eucharistic Miracle. It was very special for our oldest granddaughter, Fausty. She made her First Holy Communion three weeks before the trip. Loreto I want to share what happened in Loreto to the tour guide, Veronica, and myself. After we exited the Holy House of Loreto while still inside the Basilica, Veronica advised us to get in line to receive a blessing from an older Franciscan priest sitting at a desk and to give a donation and take home olive oil blessed inside the Holy House. We did that. Right then, Veronica started to feel something and she asked me if I felt anything. I said no. This special anointing came to her even stronger, and she asked me a second time, and I repeated again no. No sooner had I said that when I started feeling it all over my arms and back and I told her, YESSS!! The day after we got home, after completing the requisites for the plenary indulgences from the Portiuncula, we went to visit our Spiritual Director and told him about what happened in Loreto. I asked him to bless both of us with the oil, especially my ears that were bad from the pressure in the planes. I had vertigo in Rome and was losing my balance that first day at home. Within a few minutes, my ears got well, no more dizziness and I have not felt this way in many years. I know the Blessed Mother has a lot to do with this healing. Praise be Jesus. Thank Mother Mary! Today, the rosary group in church was blessed with this oil. Hope and pray many people receive healing too. Assisi was a very special place and we felt the same PEACE as we did ten years ago. It is a place you don't want to leave. Even the children felt this peace. "Pace e bene " over and over. Roma Michelangelo Hotel. We liked it better that the hotel we stayed ten years ago. Location excellent, we walked to the Vatican several times. A superb breakfast! Staff was very busy but were polite to us. Very clean and excellent mattresses. This time we were able to visit Santa Croce and see the relics of the Holy Cross and tomb of Nennolina, the 7 yr old Servant of God, buried there. We had another healing. Fausty, 8 years old, woke up that day not feeling well with an upset stomach and was walking slowly and complaining of pain in her abdomen. After visiting Santa Croce, St. John Lateran and the Holy Steps, she could hardly walk and started throwing up. Our daughter picked her up and crossed the large avenue with her in her arms. I silently prayed to little Nennolina and Our Lady of the Miracolo to intercede for her. We were all concerned, even the tour guide. After a few minutes she told her mom she felt well and my daughter put her down. She started walking straight and when I asked her, she replied, abuelita, the pain is gone and I feel well. I then told everyone about my silent prayers. I have no doubts that Nennolina and Our Blessed Mother interceded for Fausty wellness and we were able to finish our pilgrimage with no more 'interferences'.

Once back home, my 89 yr old mom that lives alone and five hrs from us, told me she had fallen in her yard the day before we left but didn't break anything, only a black cheek and bruised knee and foot. Praised be Jesus again. I would like to tell all the pilgrims that we all need to prepare and pray and go to confession before we go in a pilgrimage. The graces are many and we need to be open to them. The nine of us, started praying for thirty consecutive days, before, during and after, our pilgrimage, three Hail Mary's and the Memorare and we prayed for Conversion, Healing and Protection and the graces that we need the most and we don't know how to ask for them. We had friends back home joining us with the same intentions that we took to all the Holy Places we visited for us and for them. We had Masses said for these intentions in Our Lady of Zchestochowa-Jasna Gora ;Lagiewniki-Divine Mercy; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Redemtorist Church in Rome. We know we have been blessed with this trip and we wanted to share these blessings with our family and friends, including 206 Tours Personnel.

We thank almighty God, Mother Mary and all the Saints we saw for their intercession and protection. Amanda, Rinda and the rest keep up with the hard work of bringing people closer to God. WE NEED IT!!

A Tampa Family

 

 



From: Clara Ponce
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Holy Land & Rome: May 24 - June 5, 2015

I had a fantastic trip, everything was perfect, I would not hesitate using 206 for my future pilgrimage. Ramy was fantastic! We had a wonderful group of people all got alone so well, no complains everyone was always on time It was just beautiful. I would definitely recommend 206 tour. I'm sending you a group picture, you are welcome to share it. I'm the front line 3rd one from left strips long hair. The size of the group was perfect!

Blessing in Christ
Clara Ponce

 




From: Mavis Aldridge
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: RECENT PILGRIMAGE

Dear Bika,

I am so glad that I decided to make this pilgrimage, and even more happy that I chose 206Tours as my agent. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the meticulous care and the rewarding experiences which you planned for all the pilgrims. Personally, I had an unforgettable journey. Ever since I learned about Mary at about age fifteen, she became my friend. I always wished I could visit even one of those places where she made her apparitions. Lo and behold! At age 80, my wish came true not just at one apparition site, but three! I broke down in tears at Fatima, then I became overwhelmed as I joined in the procession at Lourdes; I was in awe during the celebration of the Eucharist at Lourdes, and couldn't believe I was standing in the town of Lisieux, the birthplace of St. Therese. As for the art and architecture of the many churches, basilicas, and the Cathedral at NotreDame, I am still wondering if I temporarily traveled to a different dimension! I have had memories to last for three lifetimes! I would like to give special mention to our guide, Vanessa. Her patience, caring, high sense of responsibility, historical knowledge and explanation of the various places were among her admirable qualities. Congratulations 206Tours for your efficiency! You have certainly enriched my life in my advanced senior years! Thank you and many blessings to your and your staff as you continue your wonderful work!

Sincerely,
Mavis Aldridge





From: Kevin Hall
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Rome: June 1 - 5, 2015

We are very pleased with our 206tours experience. I really did not know what to expect. My hesitation was totally unfounded. The activities were quick-paced and exhilarating. Father Richard was great -- very spiritual yet able to kick-back during dinners. The dinners far exceeded our expectations. They were fantastic -- both the food quality and conversations. We hope to take another 206tour in the future, but, honestly, the cost of over seas traveling will be a deterrent.Thanks for the superb pilgrimage.

Kevin & Diane





Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
From: Christine M. Wohar
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
To: Katherine Iversen; Yaritza Rodriguez; Sandra Lippold; Elise Devery
Subject: Italy with Fr. Charles: May 24 - Jun 4, 2015

Dear Katherine / 206 Tours,

I was involved with some of the planning of this trip with Father Charles, especially regarding the visits to the places of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. So I was expecting it to be a wonderful spiritual experience for the group which it absolutely was.

What I was not expecting was to encounter someone as professional, accommodating, enthusiastic, organized, joyful and loving as our guide Gaia. What an amazing person! To move a group that size and keep everything under control the way she did was beyond impressive. I overheard many people saying things like, "If Gaia's here, everything will be okay." That was the common sentiment. She really played a huge part in making the trip as fabulous as it was. Father Charles repeatedly would say, "Now you know why we asked for Gaia!" When we visited the Frassati villa and the mountains, there were a lot of last-minute adjustments that she had to make in territory that she was unfamiliar with. I can't think of a single challenge that was presented to her that she didn't promptly resolve in a cool, calm and collected manner. In my 30-year professional career, I could probably count on one hand the people I have worked with who fall into the category of excellence that she does. It goes without saying that I would never want to bring a group to Italy without her.

As for the logistics of the trip, there was little I think you could improve on. Our bus driver was wonderful, the hotels were fine - some fabulous, the priests were solid in the Faith, even the weather cooperated! The farewell dinner was incredible and the spirit of the group was exceptional. The guide in the catacombs was not my favorite but I know they are randomly assigned. I had a little passport glitch before leaving the U.S. but I understand how it slipped through the cracks. And the only other issue I can think of was the pace we had to keep to do everything. I know from experience that it has to be that way, though, so I don't think there was much that could have changed. I would wholeheartedly recommend 206. It was a life-changing experience even for me who has "been there done that" about a dozen times.

Mille grazie!
Christine Wohar




Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
From: Julie Gregory
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul with Greek Isle Cruise: May 16-25, 2015

Greece Pilgrimage was wonderful. I personally thanks 206 for the opportunity to share another pilgrimage with my last year roommate Pat Nelson, which we have kept in touch and share this years this marvelous pilgrimage. "206 making new friends on Christ" A wonderful group very devoted Catholics which their intentions and our prayer together made my journey a little bit easier for the intersection of my husband health.
Masses were wonderful with Fr. Anthony and the great help of Deacon John, the wonderful singing of Marian Astle. The sites visited are wonderful increasing the value of our faith, food was very good as well the accommodation. Anyway highly recommended this Pilgrimage. I am attaching this pictures of the group, I am Gloria ( Julie Gregory with the green blouse.) Thanks Tour 206, Well Done.

May God continue blessing you.
Julie Gregory




From: Tom and Alison Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Re: Welcome Home! Pilgrimage to The Way of St. James - El Camino, Spain (A Walking Pilgrimage) May 14 - 24, 2015

To all who are behind the scenes at 206 Tours,

Thank you for coordinating our Pilgrimage to Santiago and the resting place of our beloved St. James. This was truly a joy filled and spiritual journey for Tom and I. It is impossible to say in a few sentences how enriched our lives have become after this experience. Walking the Camino was peaceful, scenic, and so up-lifting. We met so many pilgrims along the way and learned a little about their stories. What started as a tour "group" became family after just a few days. The 25 of meshed so well together and were supportive of one another. Our guide was SUPERFANTASTIC! Javier went over and above to see that all of our needs were met. He anticipated what we needed without us even asking. Besides being extremely knowledgeable about the Camino he is truly a special human being. I would not speak out of turn to say that everyone in our group would echo my thoughts. The priest assigned to us is such a kind and humble man. He shared so much of his experiences and faith through his homilies and interaction with each of us. I can not image having done this without Father Jaehwa. Last but not the least by far, there is one individual who always had our backs: our driver David. He met us along the way at checkpoints with smiles, hugs and always a thumbs up. We were so happy to see him.

To anyone thinking of doing this 206 Tour, please do! It is just wonderful. A word of warning: do not expect to lose weight walking the 100+ kilometers. The food is plentiful and very good. Enjoy.

God Bless,
Alison and Tom Kelly







From: Nghiem Nguyen
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: FIT Nghiem Van Nguyen | Fatima, Lourdes & Rome | May 2015

Dear Amanda,

We all like to say thank you to you and all your help to organizing for our trip, It was a big impact to our faith, Jesus Vivas Garcia guiding was perfect, through him we can see a reflextion of loves to others more than just a tour guide, we just wish if we can afford to make our trip longer, now we have to wait for the next trip. Every one of us have invited Jesus to visit Perth, Western Australia so we can meet again. In the future if I want another trip, I then will contact you.

Chao,
Nghiem




From: Tina Corteza

Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Shrines of Italy: May 19 - 27, 2015

My sister and I were extremely pleased with this pilgrimage tour. Best pilgrimage I've had. First of all, 206 tours remained true to its word of pushing through with the pilgrimage at the set date (our schedule is not flexible), regardless of how many people turned up. I know this may not have been financially favorable to the company, but it did made our pilgrimage more personal (not herded en masse), more quiet, with more chance for meditation. It felt like a family. We were able to do things that a big group cannot, like celebrating mass in the very small room housing the bones of St. Benedict and Scolastica. The itinerary was ideal. It covered a lot of places in a short period of time and still allowed us personal time to pray and meditate. Our pilgrimage tour director, Alessandro was exemplary. He was very efficient in the technical aspects (everything ran smoothly - a reflection of organization, adaptability and resourcefulness). Most of all, by his actions, he showed us he was a fellow pilgrim himself. He was a daily communicant and an altar server. He always made sure we said our morning prayers and rosary, never losing focus on what the pilgrimage was about. He even asked us to join him in the 6:45 am laud and matins by the nuns of St Clare, a routine he does on his own when he is in town. It makes a big difference when the tour director himself is also spiritual. He's the best pilgrimage tour director I've ever had!!! Most of the group members were deeply spiritual and thus helped feed one another's spirituality further. It had a multiplier effect. I came out of it stronger in faith, deeply encouraged by the sufferings and holiness of the saints, hoping to one day be as holy as them for after all, we are all called to be saints. I will definitely consider doing another pilgrimage with 206 tours in the near future. Good job!!!

Tina Corteza


 


Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Dexter Koehl
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: 206 Tours Santiago de Compostela

Where to begin? Our Camino was incredibly well run right down to the last detail yet we never, ever felt restricted. Needs were always met, seemingly effortlessly. Nothing was forgotten or left to chance. Kudos to 206 Tours but especially to Javier our leader and of course David who drove the bus but did so much more. Father Jaehwa's homilies at daily Mass were so personal and moving. Our spiritual growth on the Camino was subtle but life changing for us. Each person gets something different out of it. We felt blessed to have Mass for our group celebrated in some very special churches and chapels with significance in the history of the church.

From the first meeting in Madrid we all got along well but by the end of our Camino in Santiago we felt like family. Perhaps it was the chemistry of the people but we all know it takes more than that to create a cohesive group. Javier and David's sense of humor was infectious. Many in our group caught the "infection" and it spread rapidly. Laughter is a wonderful medicine, even or perhaps especially on a pilgrimage. The hotels were excellent. Everything was always in place on arrival - luggage appeared and disappeared as scheduled. The meals were excellent as well. We thought we would lose weight with all our walking. It didn't happen! Javier prepared a "picnic" one day that can only be described as spectacular. We will be preparing paella and Javier's sangria recipe for our annual family gathering at the beach in a few weeks. Thank you in advance.

The walking was strenuous and sometimes difficult but then again we were a good 10 - 15 years older than everyone else in our group! Mary Louise said "it was the hardest thing she had ever done but it was the best thing she had ever done". "Sin dolor, no hay recompensa". No pain, no gain. But we wouldn't trade any of it. Walking poles are a definite plus and we would recommend them to anyone taking the trip. Also, we were able to walk at our own pace and not impact the rest of the group. Go Team Turtle! We were blessed with excellent weather so we were able to really appreciate some of the most beautiful scenery, countryside and people in the world. Nothing can compare to the sounds and smell of walking. The Galicians are a warm and friendly people. We loved Spain and Galicia and every stop along the way to Santiago. Too bad it's such a long plane ride from home! Thank you for a wonderful experience. It is a memory that will be with us forever.

God Bless Dexter & Mary Louise Koehl




From: Rosemary Barrett
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Edward Murphy | Medjugorje | May 11-20, 2015

Amanda,

The trip to Medjugorje with Father Murphy was so spiritually enriching. It left a supernatural imprint on the soul. It was a pleasure to be with such wonderful people and to share the faith journey with them. How fortunate we were to experience the peace and reverence of the people of Medjugorie. Dubrovnik was an added bonus steeped in antiquity. The hotel was nicely located overlooking the Adriatic. Thank you for orchestrating the tour!

Blessings,
Rosemary Barrett



Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
From: Rosario Charito
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: All Italian Shrines, The Shroud of Turin, Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Paris: April 20 - May 16, 2015

This trip was a dream come true for me. Each shrine was amazing and different. Everyday was a grand experience. Kudos to 206 for a tour well done. Thanks for the surprises and small mementos. The beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi was really special to me. My friends and I were able to attend the early morning and evening prayers sang by the monks. That was like heaven. I was able to spend more quiet time in the Porziuncula and was definitely feeling some inner peace and happiness within those ancient walls. And there were many , many more incredible blessings.

My trip actually started with some anxiety. My 9:00am Delta Air flight from LAX to JFK was cancelled due to a storm in NY. I was transferred to an Air France 3:30pm flight to Paris then to Rome. I missed the 10:00am pickup at Rome airport and I missed the 6pm orientation. Not only that, my suitcase was damaged when I got it. I asked the guide where I can buy a suitcase and he said “I’ll show you”. I thought he meant he’ll point to me to a street where I can find a store. Instead he walked with me under the scorching noon day sun of Rome looking for a suitcase store. After walking up and down twice, I was ready to give up. But he said “wait here”. He walked further up and found the store while I cooled myself inside an air conditioned store. Half way back to the hotel, I said to Alessandro, I forgot the receipt I really need it to file a claim on my travel insurance. And he promptly left me to go back to the store: ( so embarrassed. He certainly earned two thumbs up from me. But the saga of my suitcase did not end there. Moving to our next hotel, my suitcase went missing (ugh). Of course Alessandro found it and he said to me as we were transferring to our next, next hotel “I personally carried your suitcase”. Yay five stars for Alessandro.

The next segment of our tour was with Matilde. I am impressed with the immense knowledge of Matilde and all the 206 guides. 206 must hire only top notch people. Drivers – Giovanni in Italy, David in Portugal, Spain and Jose in France – were all efficient and drove us safely to our destinations. Our spiritual directors Fr. Jim and Fr. Greg were both inspirational. Let me mention here that Alessandro contacted Matilde (twice?) to ask how we were doing and made sure my friend was improving. My friend Lorie left Italy with a bad cough. This is my friend’s story to tell. Now you understand why we are fans of Alessandro. More power to 206 and more blessings to your staff & crew. I’ve already mentioned 206 to my family, relatives and friends. God willing I’ll be able to travel with you again. Thank you once again for the wonderful, incredible and unforgettable experience.

Rosario



From: Fr. Dominic
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Poland & Prague: May 12 - 22, 2015

Praise and blessings to you and the wonderful and helpful staff at 206 who assisted in scheduling our Pilgrimage to Poland and Prague. Our entire group had a most joyful and blessed experience these past days. We were a blend of loving pilgrims from Wisconsin, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, and as far away as Australia! All of us became prayerful companions within minutes of meeting each other mainly due to the fact that all of us had a common goal to praise the Lord and His Saints, St. John Paul II, Sister Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and to celebrate Mass to honor the Infant of Prague. Olga was a most wonderful and loving guide to us, so helpful and knowledgeable and easily understandable. The group really trusted and liked her endearing personality. The local guides were very knowledgeable as well, and our driver was exceptional! Marie Fonslow from our group arranged for those who wanted to do the readings, lead our rosaries and the Divine Mercy prayers, etc., and she will forward to you some special pictures of our group soon. The sister guide who took us through St. Faustina's home, was one of the highlights of the tour. There was a chalk hop scotch drawing on the street and she actually showed us how it was done! All Sisters and guides were wonderful. Again, thank you for this wonderful and prayerful experience which we will never forget, and we hope to join 206 again in the future.

Sincerely,
Father Dominic



From: Mary Ellen Waterman
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: FIT Jim Waterman | Medjugorje | May 10-15, 2015

Hi Amanda,
This is Mrs. Waterman, Mary Ellen. It was a fabulous trip which was beyond my expectations! Our guide, Dragon was outstanding in knowledge, spirituality, care and guidance. It was the right mix of education, activities, insight and private devotion. The transfers back and forth were excellent and timely. The hotel accommodations/staff/food was excellent! Fr. Murphy provided an extra reinforcement of the importance of pilgrimage/prayer. I can't wait to return and I will definitely recommend your agency. We ended our trip in Budapest. There is a devotion spreading called,"The Flame of Love," the seer, since passed, is Elizabeth Kindelmann who is buried in the Holy Spirit Church there. Her diary has received the Imprimatur. I couldn't find any pilgrimages to visit the sites where she frequented in her lifetime. Perhaps a future tour for you?

God bless you all!
Mary Ellen



From: Kathryn Barrett
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Shroud of Turin & All Italian Shrines: May 2 - 17, 2015

The Pilgrimage was a wonderful experience. Our tour director, Alessandro, made it a delightful trip. He went beyond the call of duty to make sure were were all cared for along the way. We were also so very grateful to have Fr. Denis as our Spiritual guide. As a musician, he made every Mass memorable with his chanting and songs. My one suggestion would be to reprint your song book with more familiar hymns. Fr. Denis would be a good individual to consult for this update. The hotels for this trip were remarkable. For the most part, they were new, refreshing and quiet.The dinners in neighborhood restaurants in Rome were fantastic. The “surprise” picnics were truly appreciated. Thank you 206 for making this another memorable event in my life.

Kay Barrett



From: Nancy Edenbo
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Shrines of Italy: May 4-13, 2015

How many superlatives can I pack into one email? This was my first tour, with 206 Tours or otherwise. My sister and I planned this for two years. For you and your guides, it may be a way of life (and I am glad it is!) but for me it is now a beautiful memory. Our tour began in Rome with a papal audience (undoubtedly the high point), and from there we traveled to Assisi and then to Siena. Each day held unbelievable beauty and surprises. Our guide Alessandro kept track of everyone and everything and took care of those of us who unfortunately got a little sick. He truly made these places come alive for us and made this pilgrimage unforgettable. 206 Tours "little surprises" could be a taste of a local cookie, lunch in a stunning garden, wine tasting at a vineyard in Assisi--or dinner and opera at La Carovana! Mass each day was at a special altar and I especially appreciated that we had Mass early in the morning at St. Peter's, when it was quieter and we had the opportunity to enjoy a more meditative atmosphere. The Benedictine Abbey was especially meaningful. We were able to tour the artifacts there from the WWII bombing. Our bus driver, Mauro, was also a big part of the trip. His skill was remarkable. Riding through the Italian countryside was an experience unto itself! To say nothing of the city traffic. Every day I continue to unpack the memories from these shrines and experiences shared with my sister in Italy. We stayed in great hotels and had wonderful meals, where we got to know our fellow pilgrims and discover the best of the local cuisine. I can't thank 206 Tours enough for the attention to detail and the personal touches that made this pilgrimage absolutely beyond my expectations!

God bless,
Nancy Edenbo



From: Daniel Robinson
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Paris, Nevers, Lisieux & The Shroud of Turin: April 2015
In response to your inquiry, we had a WONDERFUL trip! Everything ran according to schedule with the tour group, and was well organized. Our guide, Jesus, was great! He was knowledgeable, personable, and kept us on task. It was a fast-paced tour...early mornings and late dinners, with little free time to spare; however, we enjoyed every minute. It was a spiritual, moving trip for both of us, and we both felt like we grew in faith. We saw amazing places and things that we would never have experienced if we had arranged the trip ourselves. It was nice to have a priest and tour guide with us throughout the journey. This was our first pilgrimage, and we knew it was not going to be a typical vacation, but we still had a level of uncertainty of what to expect. It was not disappointing in the least; just the opposite...better than we hoped for, and very spiritually rewarding. There has even been some conversation about where our "next pilgrimage" will take us! I would recommend 206 Tours to anyone looking for a Catholic pilgrimage. The preparation packet mailed to us prior to the trip was helpful, and even the backpacks are top quality!

Thank you for a beautiful trip, 206 Tours!
Dan & Sharon Robinson



From: Fr. David
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Cc: Melissa Mulligan
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague, Austria & Budapest: Apr 28 - May 14, 2015 Thank you for the opportunity to be spiritual director on the Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague, Austria and Budapest, April 28-May 14, 2015. The trip was absolutely wonder, the pilgrims prayerful, our guide, Chris and our driver, Robert fantastic. On the pilgrimages I always recommend 206 Tours to the pilgrims because these pilgrimages are truly spiritual, and therefore, true pilgrimages. Poland was an extraordinary experience because I was not aware of the depth of the Roman Catholic faith in this country. Poland is certainly a place of pilgrimage. Warsaw, Wadowice, Niepokalanow, Czestochowa, Zakopane, and Krakow, each had so much to offer. Some places, of course, more than others. I would actually consider extending Poland to include Vilnius, Lithuania, so we can have a full appreciation of St. Faustina's life journey. In this regard, many of the pilgrims, myself included, felt that our time at the Divine Mercy Shrine was not enough, in order to go to Auschwitz in the afternoon. In fact, Lagiewniki and Auschwitz should be on two separate days: Lagiewniki is very spiritual, Auschwitz is very emotional. The solution to this might be by adding one day to Krakow. If this is combined with a few days in Vilnius, the pilgrims who want a pilgrimage focusing more on the life of St. Faustina would be satisfied, myself included. I would say that the Lagiewniki experience was somewhat rushed. I am aware that MG travel made some changes to the itinerary but they overlooked that Monday was a holiday and the museum in Krakow closed which effected our itinerary. The Divine Mercy convent in Lagiewniki Monday morning is gated due cleaning which meant we could not return to the chapel until noon. I thought the work that has been done to St. John-Paul II's home in Wadowice was excellent. I told the Sister that this was one of the best museums I ever visited. It is truly worth the visit. Prague was a new experience for me, and for many of the pilgrims also, as many had never been to Prague. What a beautiful city! Both history and religion, of course with the Infant Jesus of Prague, made this visit enlightening and enriching. Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, and the Marian shrines in-between, Altotting and Mariazell, were all extraordinary experiences, each with their history. These shrines gave us a sacred place to pray.

I believe one of the most profound moments of our pilgrimage was to have a Sister of Divine Mercy talk to as at the Divine Mercy shrine in Lagiewniki. She was wonderful and we were all very moved by her discussion on St. Faustina's Diary. Her name is Sister Maria Vianneya. Chris, our tour guide, was very helpful and made sure all the pilgrims had everything they needed, especially access to the washrooms. We were well-informed of the places/regions/history, and of our itinerary on a daily basis. Robert is an excellent bus driver. Thank you to all your staff who worked hard to put this pilgrimage together, from the itinerary, to the flight bookings, especially Melisa Mulligan. Thank you once again; this is part of Europe that I have never visited, and it has been so long that I wanted to go to Poland. God bless you.

St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John-Paul II, pray for us,
Father David



From: Philipp Ehrman
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
To: Sandra Lippold
Subject: Re: Welcome back from your Pilgrimage with Fr. Calloway

Fantastic pilgrimage. I went to Mexico last year with 206 and I am already booked for Poland (Divine Mercy Sunday) next year with Fr.
Calloway. Our guide and driver were unbelievable. Please make every effort to use them for all 206 pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Don't change a thing!

Philipp




From: Radloff
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Re: Welcome Home! | Pilgrimage to All Italian Shrines: April 21 - May 3, 2015

Dear Bika,

We have just returned home from Italy and Australia where we spent 2 weeks after the completion of our "All Italian Shrines" Tour in Venice. Would you please pass on to 206 Tours that it was an excellent Tour in every way. Alessandro, our tour Guide, was very efficient and provided every comfort! I was just so amazed at how the timing and guide representatives at each venue/place was there to give us first hand information. The bus driver drove smoothly and was also excellent. Our Spiritual Director was quietly unassuming and blended into the group so well and the Mass and short homilies were all relevant and to the point. There were no hitches and we hope to do another tour with you in the future. Please convey this to your directors.

Many thanks.
Hilary & Chris Radloff


From: Anne Sheflin
Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Poland, Prague, Austria & Budapest: Apr 29 - May 14, 2015

This was a very well organized trip. Both the tour Guide and Bus Driver were off high quality. I do not go on any pilgrimages. But have been to each place we traveled. Having daily Mass was a great experience. I had not traveled with your tour before but am looking at other trips offered by 206. Father David was a great asset and his words at each Mass were very timely.

Anne Sheflin



From: Jan
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Re: Welcome Home! | Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Paris: April 26 - ...

It was a WONDERFUL trip. Much more than I ever expected. JESUS was an outstanding Tour Escort. He did everything for us. He is very knowledgeable about Portugal,Spain and France. He told us a lot of history about each town we went into. I can't tell you enough about how great he was to all of us. My friend lost her suitcase at the beginning of our trip. She was without it for 11 days and JESUS was calling the airlines everyday checking on its whereabouts. He was always there when we needed him. He truly did an outstanding job. Our bus driver was also very good, I don't know where he learned to drive but he was a terrific driver. Our Chaplin Father Stephen was TERRIFIC. He gave great homilies and said a very spiritual Mass each day.As you can see from my letter the Pilgrimage I took on your 206 Tour was very very special. I can't stop raving about it to all my friends. I will definitely recommend 206 Tours-Catholic Pilgrimages to everyone that I know who would like to take an outstanding Pilgrimage. Thank you for making my Pilgrimage so perfect.

Sincerely,
Jan Kelly



From: Olufunke Iroegbunam
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Medjugorje Mini-Stay: April 24-28, 2015

I would like to thank you for the excellent pilgrimage to Medjugorje Mini-Stay: April 24-28, 2015. My trip was a wonderful spiritual experience; I believe it was God’s special gift to me! The drive to and from Dubrovnik airport was pleasant as Zdenko, the driver, was kind enough to point out landmarks and places of interest. Slavica, our escort, was a real gem. I truly benefitted from Slavica’s depth of knowledge; she was so passionate and allowed me to gain a better appreciation of the spiritual aspects of the journey. I still smile when I think of our trip to the Apparition Hill, our 4a.m. climb up the Cross Mountain and the special gift from Our Lady…. our private meeting with Vicka in her living room!!
I have shared my experience with several friends and recommended 206 Tours as a company that can provide a wide range of Catholic pilgrimages. Thank you the wonderful spiritual journey.

Warm Regards
Francesca Olufunke Iroegbuanm



Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
From: DaisyDate: Sun, May 10, 2015
Subject: Fr. Enrique Salvo and His Mom Daisy group pilgrimage from Nicaragua to the Holy Land, with 206 Tours

In the Footsteps of Jesus was really our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Not even praying the Our Father will now be the same. This pilgrimage is something that every Catholic should do. (I visited Jerusalem before with my parents on our own and it is not compared) The daily Mass at the holy places touched our hearts. Fr. Enrique was great (mom's eyes) so Fr. Otilio. Thank you for giving us such a professional trip where history and our Catholic faith shake hands. The tour guide spoke perfect spanish and was always looking after us so did the driver. Hotels and food were also great.

In the photos you can see the Nicaraguan flag waving on the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Fr. Enrique right at the shore where Jesus after the Resurrection waited for his disciples. Singing to the Virgin Mary "Tu Gloria" a song of the Purisima the biggest Marian celebration in our country. Nicaragua is one of the most Marian countries in the world. St. Pope John Paul II was very pleased when he visited Nicaragua twice.

Couples renewed their wedding vows. Even husbands were very touched. Thank you for your cooperation and patience with this Latin group.
Hope to meet you when I visit Enrique again.

Daisy




From: Joseph Semaan
Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Re: Hello

Hello Milanka,
I hope all is wonderful with you. Usually you would expect to receive a Thank you note at the end of the journey, but I must say that the good Lord has showered me with all his Blessings so far on my journey and many thanks to you and everyone at 206 Tours for making my dream pilgrimage journey has a heavenly reality so far :) hopefully Our Blessed Mother will continue her abundant grace for the remainder of my pilgrimage.

I must be your biggest advocate, constantly encouraging everyone on my tours to visit other shrines and Jerusalem (I even ended up recruiting few pilgrims during our Papal audience) I didn't get a one on one with Pope Francis (but I will tell you the story some other time) ended up in section one, right by the gate first to see home (my camera froze but I savored the moment) At Manopello they wanted to close early (but a nun agreed to let me stay all alone locked up in the Church and venerate the veil for 21/2 hours) All the guides are superb! Jesus got me to carry the statute of Our Lady in Fatima twice! Juan got me an extra ticket to venerate the Shroud a second time (one time is surely not enough for me!) I was kind of worried few days before heading on this trip, to be all alone for so long and joining so many different groups (everyone was so welcoming and made so many friends) all thought I was either a teacher in theology or Priest! I keep reminding them of the wonderful Graces of our Pilgrimage with 206. So glad you finally added on the new web page the explanation of your company name! I spent the early part of our trip in Fatima explaining it to my new friends.

You are always in my prayers for your intentions and for the continued success of 206 tours (even though I am not done with this journey and still looking forward to Our Lady in Guadalupe) I am already planning and dreaming up my next journey (not three weeks again! I miss Kathy so much that she will joining me earlier in Paris and I may end up my trip a day earlier in Paris and meet up with her on our own)
Don't worry when I recommend 206 I always give out Rinda's name :) hope she doesn't mind All the Blessings and hope to see you soon

Joseph



From: Rose Healy
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Fatima, Spain & Lourdes: April 26 - May 5, 2015

I had one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I am totally renewed spiritually. 206 will be recommended by me. Jesus, our Guide from Spain was wonderful-it is not a job for him but a Vocation. Our Chaplain celebrated the Eucharist with great respect and gave great sermons. The Hotels were A+. It was truly a Pilgrimage, and I am grateful, that you make sure we are above all Spiritually renewed. Thanks and I hope to go on other trips with you.

Peace and Love to all.
Elizabeth Rose Healy


catholic pilgrimage feedback letter

From: John King
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Holy Land Tour & The Shroud of Turin

I have just returned from my tour and cannot begin to express how moved and spiritually renewed I feel. I have lots to share if you like but wanted to begin to express my thanks. I have included a photo taken of a tomb in Bethany. God placed the scene on my heart and a fellow Pilgrim took it for me. It will always serve as a reminder of my reawaking in Christ our Lord, and rising to renewed life in Him. Please feel free to share.

Your Brother in Christ,
John










From: Rev. Francisco
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015
To: Chris Wright
Subject: Guadalupe, Puebla, & Mexico City with The Angel Connection

Chris,

As the spiritual director for this Pilgrimage, I would like to congratulate your entire organization "206 Tours". It was a joy to associate ourselves with you from beginning to end. I particularly like to stress your professionalism, efficiency and multiple acts of kindness. The process of registration was handled very well, the accommodations in Mexico were fantastic, the driver and tour guide were EXCELLENT. I know that all my pilgrims, as well as myself, will remember this trip for a long time: so much to be grateful for, so impressed with the whole experience.

May the Lord continue to bless you. I don't say this just to pay some lip service: I will highly recommend your organization to others, and I am certain that we will choose you over other similar organizations in our future pilgrimages. Thank you again, and may our good Lord and our Blessed Mother help us all indeed, "to journey together in faith until we reach our homeland in heaven".

Rev. Francisco
Pastor



From: Gabriel
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2015
To: 206 Tours
Subject: The Holy Land: April 27 - May 5, 2015

It gives me tremendous joy to sincerely offer my thanks and deep appreciation for granting me the great privilege and wonderful opportunity to visit the Holy Land. It was a very spirit-filled and memorable event - one that I will always cherish. The tour guide, clergy and pilgrims bonded well and journeyed with minimal problems.The visitation of the various holy sites was splendid, spirit-filled and absolutely educational. It is instructive to mention that and our tour guide, Rimon, did an exceptionally outstanding job in explaining thoroughly and patiently the spiritual, social and political scenario and this assisted in making the Bible and the life of Jesus more alive. Rimon was brutally honest and certainly looked after the well-being of all. His deep concern and genuine care, coupled with his good sense of humour should be given high recognition. A noteworthy aspect of the pilgrimage is the prayerful manner in which the clergy conducted their affairs. This served as a tangible witness to the pilgrims and further assisted in making Jesus real and alive. Things were splendid and I am happy and delighted.

With renewed expression of gratitude,
Fr. Gabriel
Trinidad and Tobago



From: Fr. Joe
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman; Sandra Lippold; Patrick McKenna
Subject: The Best Shrines of France & The Shroud of Turin on April 17-30, 2015

I was very blessed to participate in another 206Tours pilgrimage. It went very well. Miguel Martin is an excellent guide and worked with the group quite well. Though I particpated in three different groups, they were all very attentive to the spiritual nature of the pilgrimage and got along well with each other. Thank you again,

God bless you all,
Fr. Joe, C.P.




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: Frank Nelson
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2015
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Thank you!

Hi Milanka,

We are back safe & sound. We had a wonderful trip and I believe all the pilgrims came back ready to move from a pilgrim to a disciple who is willing to 'tell the story' and witness to their faith. I was very proud of them- a couple who were slow moving especially- everyone cared for them together as a group. Very moving. The flights were good and on time so everything was fine there. Most people said they wanted another day in Lourdes! So, I will have to remember that for next time. Thanks again for a great trip Milanka!

Peace & Love,
Fr. Frank



From: Robert DeMartino
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Shroud of Turin & The Shrines of Italy on April 18-29, 2015

Hi Bika,

The pilgrimage was fantastic. 206 Tours did a marvelous job and it was one of the best tours I have ever taken. Our tour guide Alessandro was terrific and so was our driver Giovanni and Father Jim. My only complaint is that the time went too quickly. Many thanks to everyone who put this pilgrimage together for Joe and I and the rest of our group. The things I have seen and experienced will remain with me forever.

Many thanks,
Bob DeMartino



From: Connie Bartley
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2015
To: Bika Stevic
Subject: The Best Shrines of France & The Shroud of Turin

Thank you for arranging the pilgrimage to Lourdes and the Shrines of France and Shroud of Turin. It was my first pilgrimage and it was a great experience for me. Both our tour director, Miguel, and spiritual director, Fr. Joe, were very good.

Thanks again. God bless.
Connie Bartley



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: Thomas Hoffmann
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2015
To: Katherine Iversen
Subject: Re: Welcome Back! Pilgrimage to The Holy Land with Rev. Eric Ayers and Jackie Seyfried | March 3 – 12, 2015

Hi,
I was the oldest one on the pilgrimage and I was able to do and see everything. It was a wonderful experience spiritually and socially. Our guide, Said, was so well informed and so nice he added a lot to the enjoyment. Our driver was unbelievable negotiating small spaces and heavy traffic so skillfully. I will have so many great memories to mull over in my rocking chair. I would recommend 206 to anyone! Thanks for everything you did to help me get on board.

Elaine Hoffmann



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!

Frank Saad



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


Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

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






Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

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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