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From: helene2121@comcast.net [mailto:helene2121@comcast.net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 6:36 PM
To: cara@206tours.com
Subject: 2012 Italy Pilgrimage - June 27 - July 9th


Dear 206 Tours,

I cannot express enough how phenomenal our tour guide, Gaia, and our Priest, Father Alves were in our pilgrimage journey. They provided the “best” spiritual guidance which I believe could of not happen without them. The hotels, transportation, and all arrangements were well planned but I definitely believe that was due to Gaia’s management. She was always on top of everything to make sure our pilgrimage journey carried on effortlessly. She was thoughtful, kind, and always had a willingness to help in whatever circumstances crop up. Her compassion for her job cannot be express enough in this letter.

Great job, Gaia – I will never forget you and hope to see you again. Thank You for the wonderful experience. I would definitely book another trip through 206 Tours.

Blessings,
Helene Gomes



From: Anne Hedges
Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2012 10:22 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Rome & Medjugorje | July 12-20, 2012


It was a wonderful pilgrimage!! It was very well planned and the tour guides were superb!

Karin in Rome is amazing and wonderful.

And Franjo in Medjugorje was in Ivan's first prayer group and still is. He is one of them and shares the information.

Fr. John in Rome and Fr. Kevin in Medjugorje were both very nice. Fr. Vincent and Fr. Henrique are a 10 plus on the scale of 1-10 for priests, with 10 being the best ever. They are amazing priests and we were so fortunate! Thank you again for a great pilgrimage!! I would definitley go again with your company and would recommend you to others.

God bless all of you!

Sincerely,
Anne Hedges & daughter

 

   
   




From: Delores Irlbeck
Date: July 28, 2012 3:51:59 PM EDT
To: <Sandra@206tours.com>
Subject: Thank you!


Hi Sandra,

Recently, I returned from Medjugorje with 206 Tours and wanted to tell you how grateful I am for the experience your company helped to provide for this pilgrimage. The travel experience went smoothly and the materials, including our bags and Magnificat were very helpful. Our tour guide, Ivanka, was so welcoming and not only did she bring a beautiful depth of spirituality to our pilgrimage, she also brought a wealth of Croatian history for which we now have a greater appreciation. This was my first pilgrimage to Medjugorje and hopefully just the beginning of more to come. Thank you for all you do to make these pilgrimages possible.

Sincerely,

Delores Irlbeck



From: Sister Susan Clark C.S.T.
Sent: July 25, 2012
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Portugal, Spain and France Tour 40, June 20th to July 2, 2012


Dear Rinda and 206 Tours,

A personal "Thank You" to you for all you did to make our trip such a blessing. I would also like to thank Stefanie for helping to finalize the arrangements.

It seemed Our Lord hand picked each person on our pilgrimage. We were so fortunate to have had our guide Javier Gomez and Father Peter Dugandzic guiding us with prayer, excellent information and patience from Lisbon through Fatima,Portugal, Spain, and on to Lourdes, France.

One of the highlights of my pilgrimage was having the honor of leading a decade of the Rosary in Fatima and partnering with Edith to lead the singing of hymns for our Masses celebrated along the way especially in the Grotto at Lourdes where Father Peter officiated at the English Mass.

A special cake in celebration of 50 years as a Carmelite Sister of St. Therese was an unexpected and joyful surprise! Thank you Javier for your thoughtfulness. Father John Breslin joined us in Paris and was a delight to visit with as we continued our pilgrimage.

I feel very blessed and hope to again have the privilege of going on another 206 tour. Of course, I'll spread the news for others to come too!

God bless you in your ministry,

Sister Susan Jane Clark C.S.T.

 



From: Lucille Hess
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:07 AM
To: rok@206tours.com; 'Milanka Lachman'; 'Eva Relyea'
Subject: Medjugorje | July 15-23, 2012

Dear 206 Tours,

All was beautiful! Our accommodations were comfortable and friendly. Our tour guide, Franjo was fantastic. He and his son Anthony took care of making sure all of the pilgrims were going at their pace when we climbed or went for walks. His stories and witness of faith were enjoyed by all in the group. The pilgrims all enjoyed each other’s company and the prayerful nature of all of the group. Having Father Enrique Salvo, Father Vincent Dudling, and Father Jack O’Kane enriched our experiences too.

The pilgrimage was another rich time of grace! I appreciated all the work 206 Tours did behind the scenes and at the scene to make sure we were cared for, comfortable, and had ease of travel. Our flights and connections all were perfect.

One of the pilgrims had been to Medjugorje with another tour group last year and experienced this pilgrimage with a grateful heart for its spiritual focus! Of the people who came on this pilgrimage with me from New Jersey, all are counting the days until they return to Medjugorje! They all are sure they will travel with 206 Tours.

Thank you for all you did to make this pilgrimage so successful!

God bless you!
Sincerely,

Lucille Hess


   
   




From: Karen Schlichting
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:26 PM
To: samantha@206tours.com
Subject: Italy | June 17-25, 2012

Thank you so much for going through with our tour even though it was a small group. Our tour guide Karin was unforgettable. I would request her any time I traveled to Italy. What a fun spirit! My Mom is suffering from Parikinson’s and this was a very important trip for you and you made it 5 star. Thank you so much. Also I appreciated Father Jasanski. He did whatever we asked of him! I look forward to booking with you again and would recommend you to anyone. One thing though if you could allow more than 50 min flying into Amsterdam.

Thank you so much!
Karen Schlichting



From: cathy buchanan
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 4:40 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Medjugorje | July 15-23, 2012


Dear Samantha,

My Medjugorje pilgrimage was exceptional and very blessed! Our local guide from Medjugorje, Franjo Zubac, was incredible and a very prayerful and spiritual man. He led us on a very beautiful and prayerful pilgrimage that was very powerful. He was extremely knowledgeable about Medjugorje and had some very beautiful stories and experiences that truly enhanced the trip. Our spiritual advisor Fr. Jack was a very holy and prayerful priest. He dedicated his week to us and made sure our spiritual lives were nourished. Thanks you for all your behind the scenes work to make the trip go so smoothly.

Peace & blessings,
Cathy



Pilgrimage to the Shrines From: taeubel
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:51 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: The Way of St. James --- June 25- July 5, 2012

Dear Samantha,

Please also convey this message to Milanka.

My husband and I were not quite sure on taking this trip in the beginning. It was with prayers and preparation that we finally decided to sign up with 206 Tours. Since I had a great experience with another pilgrimage with your tour last year to Poland which was excellent, I convinced my husband about taking this tour with me for The Way of St. James.

This was beyond our expectation. We had a wonderful guide in Jesus Vivas. He was organized & detail oriented, but also caring and understanding. He was knowledgeable in every way and we felt very blessed to have such a guide with us who is also devoted to our Lord. Fr. Carlos was wonderful. Each homily that he delivered inspired us to be more Christ like.

The bus was comfortable and we felt very safe having Pedro as our driver. The food was excellent and the accommodations were good. We especially love Hotel Compostela. There is no question that I will use your tour again for other pilgrimages in the future. I also recommended your company to some of my friends who are also interested in doing The Way.

God bless you and your staff and wish you continued success.

Victoria and Andreas Taeubel



From: G A & S KLEIN
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 1:44 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Pilgrimage to Italy | June 26- July 5, 2012

 

Dear Samantha,

Words cannot describe what George and I experienced on our Catholic Shrines of Italy Tour. Our pilgrimage was THE MOST beautiful event we've ever encountered, besides the birth of our children. First of all, our tour guide, Gaia Meuti, is an exceptionally spiritual and knowledgable person. She was extremely organized and went our of her way to make all transitions smooth. She arranged the best experiences for us along our pilgrimage. As a result of her efforts and kindness, we now consider her, along with our fellow pilgrims, family friends. We plan on keeping in touch with everyone! Fr. Alves was phenomenal! His masses were absolutely beautiful.

The best part of our pilgrimage was when George and Fr. Alves surprised me with a renewal of our marriage vows at St. Peter's for our 26th wedding anniversary! It was very touching, spiritual, and brought tears to everyone's eyes, especially mine and George's. We feel so very blessed by this pilgrimage and the people we toured with. We loved our group, Fr. Alves, and Gaia so much, that we wanted to continue on with them, instead of taking our side trip to Sicily. As expected, Gaia tried to help us, but in the end, it would have been too expensive for us to handle.

We cannot say enough about what a treasure you have with Gaia. I am heavily promoting 206 Tours amongst interested friends and co-workers and will highly recommend Gaia as their guide. We have also invited Gaia and her family to our home if she ever wants to visit Florida. When we looked at our 206 Tours catalog after we returned home, I was disappointed in not seeing Gaia or Fr. Alves' pictures in it. You may certainly use this letter and pictures attached.

Our trip to Taormina, Sicily that you arranged for us was also amazing. I have never seen a more beautiful beach and mountain area in my life. Pictures do not do it justice either. Everywhere we went was absolutely breathtaking, especially seeing Mt. Etna. Our hotel there was top knotch. All who work there were so kind to us and most accomodating. Meals were the best ever and served just as we requested.

All in all, your company is exemplary and will be highly recommended by us. We are hoping and praying to go back someday soon. We will certainly book through 206! Please keep doing what you do so well. Keep us in your prayers, so that we may be with you all again soon. May God continue to bless you and increase your good works. Thank you from the heart for our most wonderful, "peek at heaven", trip!

Blessings,
Stephanie Klein

   
   
   
   
   
   



From: Joe Rangel
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 12:04 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Pilgrimage to Italy ~ June 26- July 5, 2012


I would like to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to see the Shrines of Italy on June 26 - July 5, 2012!

Your guide, Gaia, provided safe transportation and beautiful hotel accommodations.

I did find a peace in this spiritual journey.

Thank you very much.

Joe Rangel



From: Father Tom Coughlin, OP Miss.
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:06 PM
To: cara@206tours.com;
Subject: Deaf Apostolate - Holy Land | June 13-22, 2012


Dear Cara:

The Holy Land tour June 13-22 2012 was simply fabulous. We all had a magnificent time. Your tour 206 did an outstanding job in making arrangements for everything, A to Z. the best part of all was the assignment of Rami the tour guide. He was an excellent tour guide and we all are very pleased with him and his hard work in showing us around. He was one of the best tour guides I have ever seen. I highly recommend him to any of your future tours. He is simply outstanding and has such a pleasant and friendly personality.

Attached you will find a group photo and I hope it is helpful for your public relations purpose. Also I will like to begin making arrangements with Tours 206 for the "Footsteps of St.Paul" pilgrimage in 2014. Let's start working. Thank you Cara for everything.


May God bless you.


Father Tom Coughlin, OP Miss.
Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate
143 Honeysuckle Lane, San Antonio TX 78213-2527




From: Greta Smith
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:52:08 -0500
To: Milanka Lachman<milanka@206tours.com>
Cc: Yaritza<yaritza@206tours.com>; Sandra<sandra@206tours.com>
Subject: Pilgrimage to Mexico Group - Our Lady of Guadaloupe


Hi Milanka:


I just had to write and let you know just how much I appreciate my whole experience with 206 Tours! You have been fantastic.

Yaritza and Sandra have been very helpful. Yaritza was very supportive and encouraging and her belief in the goodness of God and the aid of the Blessed Mother was very evident whenever she had to boost my spirits. She made me realize that faith should always be steadfast and I thank her for that.


Thanks for everything and as Yaritza will say the Blessed Mother will be with us during our pilgrimage. I am definitely sure of that and I am very excited. Some of the pilgrims have been to Mexico but not on a pilgrimage so we are all excited.


My regards to the staff and continue this work of evangelisation. You and your staff are blessed.


God bless

Greta
Nassau, The Bahamas



From: On Behalf Of Dr. Nadia Arora
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 9:27 AM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Pilgrimage to France | June 25- July 2, 2012


Dear Samantha,


I absolutely loved my tour experience! Everything was so well-organized and so well taken care of. I was pleased with hotels, with food.

Our guide, Javier, was very personable and tried his best to make sure we all are comfortable.

Father Peter was an exceptionally good spiritual guide, very knowledgeable. I really appreciated that he knew a lot about Ukrainian catholic church and rites.

I went to Lourdes looking for a miracle, and Mother of God did bestow it on me - my health is significantly better and continues to improve.


I hope to go to Lourdes next year again, this time with my 3 children and my mother. I will certainly consider 206 Tours for this trip.

Thank you for your assistance.

Please stay in touch.

Nadia



From: Elisa Hanson
Sent: July 10, 2012 11:15 AM
To: Linda Antonelle
Cc: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: our Italy trip


Hi Linda - just wanted to let you know that our family experience in Italy was more than I ever expected. The culture, food, scenery and architecture was just breathtaking.

I will give you a short breakdown of our personal feelings - some of which may be helpful information.

Hotel info:
Hotel Cicerone - very nice; clean; staff friendly; dinners good.

*Hotel Fontebella - clean; terrible air-conditioning (slept with wet towels on my body); staff not friendly; only ate one dinner there as portions and meal very limited.

*Hotel Astoria Palace - dirty rugs; very dirty, depressed neighborhood. Coming out of the bus, I stepped in dog feces. We took a cab to a nicer area in the evening by the water which was very nice. Breakfast started out nice and each day we were offered less and less. Dinner OK - buffet style but I only ate there one evening.

(*206 Tours response to our pilgrim's letter: This was a custom pilgrimage which included hotels that we do not normally offer our clients and were booked by a special request. 206 Tours has strict quality control policy with all our standard hotels. 206 Tours pride's itself on our 1st rate pilgrimages and reputation)


Hotel Della Valle - very nice; beautiful pool. (This was the first hotel with a pool - we were dreaming of having a pool, especially in Assisi where is was about 100 degrees). Nice dinner/breakfast.

Hotel Villa Esperia -- OMG!!!! heaven...saved the best for last. spectacular view/ first class room, pristine clean. I am still dreaming of it. As a matter of fact, we found an oil painting that captures the exact view we had from our room. We swam in the Mediterranean and the pool was wonderful.. Breakfast was fine - we ate dinners out at wonderful restaurants.

Tour guides were excellent; informative and very friendly. We loved our main guide (Luca). He was extremely patient as it was not easy to orchestrate 44 people some with canes and ages ranging to 89!

Our personal day in Florence was wonderful as well. We had a great escort and guide. We invited them to lunch, but just the escort, Emmanual joined us. We sang songs and played games on the way back. The ride to Florence took 3 hours, but we were fortunate to see everything we wanted to see. I thank you for planning seeing DAVID. It was extraordinary. I understand why people told us not to see it because of time limitations. There was a three hour wait - but our guide had reservations so we walked right in!!! That was the highlight - not to mention the Duomo!

I could go on and on about this trip - but in summary; I think for us, the three highlights were being indoors in a private audience with the Pope; I am still dreaming of our lunch in Fontanasalsa in the olive garden where I can still taste the capanata. They even served stuffed zucchini flowers!!! that my grandma made and then.... Taormina! Too beautiful for words...We tried to capture every moment of our stay there. Up until midnight before we left, we sat at an outdoor cafe, listening to a jazz musician while eating gelati!

On another note- I think people should have been warned about the intensity of this trip. As my husband described it - it was much like "boot camp". Lots of steps; climbing and walking - not to mention the heat! We are amazed that many of the people (some elderly and some heavy or with canes) survived this without getting ill or hurt. I was so relieved that my mom decided not to join us on this trip - she would have never been able to withstand it.

Another thought that may be helpful - the brochure mentioned carry-on bags from JFK to Rome weight 30 lbs. However, the flight from Rome to Sicily weight limit was 17 lbs. Many of us had to quickly take out items and re-shift weight at check-in.

All in all - I can't believe how much we experienced in a two-week trip. It captured so much in such a short period of time and we will always be grateful for this experience. My husband took 4,000 pictures!!! I'm sure we will be re-visiting our stay with pictures as I don't think he missed anything!

Thank you so much for your expertise in planning this trip. I hope my "survey" was helpful. I think I covered everything. If you have any other questions, let me know.

Until next time....
xxxx Elisa
God Bless...xxoooooo



From: Abby
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:27 PM
To: rinda@206tours.com
Subject: Pilgrimage June 20-29


Dear Rinda,


Our pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and all sites between was inspiring and worth every moment.

The expertise of your staff and the care to detail was exceptional. Our group "family" was amazing. The activities at times seemed exhausting, but all was beyond rewarding.

The enthusiasm of all the guides, especially, Javier Gomez, is well remembered. When one is experiencing so many overwhelmingly beautiful experiences in breathtaking locations, it is essential to have people around you to explain the surroundings. Javier helped all of us understand so many aspects of the journey. He is priceless.

Our Spiritual Director, Father Peter Dugandzic, was exceptionally well suited for his role. His attention to the liturgy, traditions, and his explanations regarding doctrine, enlightened us all. I can personally say that this pilgrimage was a transformative, as well as valuable experience.

I sincerely recommend 206 Tours.


Love and blessings,

Abby McGurty





From: Fran Gargano
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 9:59 AM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: St Frances de Chantel pilgrimage with Fr. Cappuccino- Italy & Sicily- June/July 2012


Dear Amanda,

I wish to thank you and 206 Tours for the wonderful trip to Italy & Sicily that I went on from June 25-July 8.
The tours, the hotels, the food, the people, and Fr. Greg, Fr. Tony and the group from St. Frances de Chantel all made this experience so wonderful and memorable for me. We became a family by the end of the trip, and I would love to do another trip with them again.

Thank you for the book Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly that was part of our tour travel bag. I read it on the trip and finished it. It truly was helpful on my journey to God. My intention is to continue to read spiritual books and keep my relationship with the Lord alive on a daily basis.

Rome was spectacular! Our audience with the Pope was so exciting! I kept asking myself if I was really there or was it all a dream. Each city that we visited was amazing. To walk in the footsteps of the saints of our Catholic Church was truly humbling and I believe it should be the goal of everyone to experience it at least once in a lifetime.

My sister and I searched for the house that our grandmother lived in as a child in Agrigento and found it with the help of a tour guide that the hotel contacted for us. That was the icing on the cake!

Our flights were wonderful! Alitalia flight attendants were very courteous, the food was plentiful, and takeoff and landing were so smooth!

I can't thank you enough for all your help in making this such a memorable experience for me.


May God continue to bless you and 206 Tours.


Fran Gargano :)




From: Diana McGinty
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 1:21 PM
To: 'Linda Antonelle'
Subject: Shrines of France


Dear Linda,


We returned last night from our 12 days in France. It was all great. I’m so tired still because I averaged 4.5 hrs of sleep each night because we were having such a good time.


Our hotels were all wonderful, no complaints from anyone about the accommodations or locations. Service was very good at all of them.


Javier was great for our group…everyone loved him. Javier and I were on the same page from the start and I really enjoyed working with him. He was great at taking wonderful care of all needs of our group. But we had wonderful local guides everywhere we went. No one was disappointed in the pilgrimage.

I’ll talk with you this week, all went very well and we all had a fabulous experience.


Father George and I are planning on flying up as Milanka suggested to visit all of you on Monday, October 22 in your office.


Looking forward to talking with you.


-Diana




From: Robin Costanzo
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2012 13:21:55 -0400 (EDT)
To: 206 Tours
Subject: Way of St James


Hi!

I just got back from your Way of St. James tour. It was wonderful! Everything was very well organized, and I especially appreciated the daily walking maps. Our guide, Jesus, was great! All the restaurant arrangements went smoothly and the food was fantastic. Jesus was always there to show us the right path, and he made the trip fun. I hope that I'll get to go on another tour with your company, and I'd love to have him as the guide! The bus driver, Pedro, was very nice too and helped with all our made suitcases.

Thanks for such a great trip!


Robin Costanzo



From: Laurie Forster
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2012 11:56 AM
To: samantha@206tours.com
Subject: Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain & Lourdes | June 20-29, 2012


Dear Samantha,


This was my second pilgrimage with 206 Tours, and once again, I remain totally impressed with the organization of detail and level of professionalism displayed. The hotels and food were above standard.

More importantly, our local tour guide, Javier, was extremely competent, accommodating and knowledgeable of so much! Combined with his sense of humor, he offered us a feeling of security & had complete patience traveling from one country to the next that there was never a doubt about our itinerary. His knowledge of the Catholic faith is beyond admirable and he was more than willing to share it with us.


And finally, and most importantly, was the spiritual leadership from Fr. Peter. He very graciously led us in the rosary and shared his spirituality and love of God during phenomenal homilies at Mass each and every day.

Thank you for the opportunity to travel to such holy places with complete peace of mind.


God bless you all,

Laurie Forster

 



From: Patricia Mach
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2012 2:23 PM
To: milanka@206tours.com
Subject: EOHSJ


Milanka,

last year when it showed up on the 206 web site that you had been invested into the EOHSJ, and by Card. Foley, I tried to reach you to congratulate you. I too was invested into the order by then Archbishop Foley of Milwaukee, Wis. in 2008. It is a wonderful group. I fell in behind them for the Eucharistic Procession at the IEC2012. Watching the video feed from Ireland I actually found myself in the procession. That was a most inspiring trip you put together with Father Ed Murphy. Looking forward, God willing , to going with him to Medjegorje next year.

God Bless you ,your family and your work

PAT MACH



From: Kristin Shields
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 3:24 PM
To: samantha@206tours.com
Subject: Return home


Dear Samantha,

We had a wonderful, spiritually enriching time. I can't believe just how close we were to Apparition Hill, the visionaries, and the center of town. As 206 tours was recommended to us, I would recommend them to anybody.

Peace,
Kristin Shields



From: Sr. Mary H Bernard
Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 9:54 PM
To: rinda@206tours.com
Subject: pilgrimage


Dear Rinda,

I am back from my most wonderful Pilgrimage with 206 Tours to the IEC (Eucharistic Congress) in Dublin. The trip was just overwhelming in all ways. The devotion and honor given to the Eucharist by people from all over the world was most impressive. God was so good to us as to turn off the rain during the three outdoor Masses. It was truly inspiring. The visits to other places of Ireland were great but Knock was special. Our chaplain Fr. Murphy was a special priest the kind you don't meet too often.

I even finally met Patrick McKenna. Have a nice picture of the two of us.


Sr. Mary Henry Bernard (aka) Helen Bernard

Have a Blessed Day


Sr. Mary Henry Bernard & 206 Tours Patrick McKenna
The Parish of St. Kevin, Glendalough, Ireland




From: Alvaro Interiano
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 3:35 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Pilgrimage to Medjurgorje | June 20-28, 2012


Samantha,


I really enjoyed the 206 Tours pilgrimage to Medugorje.

- the food was great
- the accommodations were fantastic
- the tour guide was wonderful
- the schedule was well planned
- the transportation was wonderful


I am thinking about some of the details and pretty much everything was fantastic. I really am looking forward to being able to take a group to Medugorje especially with your tour company. Pretty much everything was taken care of.

I can't really think of any feedback to help you improve the tour.

It will take some time to really unpack all that God was doing while I was there !

again thank you!


sincerely,

Fr. Alvaro I.



From: Kristin Shields
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 3:24 PM
To: samantha@206tours.com
Subject: Return home


Dear Samantha,

We had a wonderful, spiritually enriching time. I can't believe just how close we were to Apparition Hill, the visionaries, and the center of town. As 206 tours was recommended to us, I would recommend them to anybody.

Peace,
Kristin Shields




From: Sibyl Kobza
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 11:52 AM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Brian Grady's pilgrimage- Holy Land- June 2012


Amanda,

Please know that we had a fabulous time on our tour. It was spiritually enlightening and most fulfilling. Our guide, George, was great with his knowledge, flexibility and his ability to quickly read the group's needs.

Our bus driver was fantastic in safely driving in the narrowest of places - amazing! We have begun to share our experiences and have already recommended 206 Tours to others. We are also looking forward to sharing time with 206 Tours in the future. Thank you for everything. Have a most blessed day!


Sibyl & Laura Kobza



From: David Kordecki
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 1:25 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Brian Grady's pilgrimage: Holy Land - June 2012


Amanda:

Thank you for your follow up email. On behalf of Cindy, Ray and Rita, I would like to thank you for all of your assistance in making our pilgrimage to the Holy Land a success and quite uplifting spiritually.

George did an outstanding job as our guide and friend. I have attached a few pictures of our family for you to enjoy and share. The older couple (at Cana) is Ray and Rita and the other is Cindy and me in the Sea of Galilee. I have also attached a photo of me with George.

Thank you again for all of your assistance. I would highly recommend (and in some cases already have) 206 Tours for those interested in the future.

God Bless you and your entire team.

 

David Kordecki

   




From: Jo Faraj
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 1:08 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc; fouad faraj; jo faraj; Albert Faraj; Fouad Faraj-Musleh; George Faraj
Subject: The Holy Land - June 12- 21, 2012


Dearest Rinda,

This is our last full day in Beit Sahour! It has been so amazing beginning with the incredible pilgrimage: being instructed about each of the Holy Places by such a knowledgeable personality as is George Maklouf. He makes each Holy site come alive for you. Our kind driver, Abid, with a brand new bus, so helpful willing and desiring to care for each of his pilgrims on board. Then to have such a holy spiritual man of God, Fr John Gillis, who tells it as it is, which by the way, so urgent and needed in these times. One experiences his deep love for God and his faithful following of Jesus Christ. Then our visit with the family is like the cherry on top of the sundae! Fouad has been so overwhelmingly joyous like a kid given free reigns in a toy shop!

There just not enough words to express this most precious pilgrimage which has injected life into each mystery of the holy rosary and our walk with God.

Thank you Rinda for your helping us step by step to get this time prepared and that throughout the pilgrimage all moved along smoothly and never did we feel pressured nor rushed, just filled with God's loving presence.

Thank you, Thank you and thanks to 206tours and their tremendous efforts to bring each Pilgrim closer to God.
May God bless this tour company, 206, always!!

A huge hug and will be in our prayers,


Jo Faraj
Honduras





From: Bob and Lil Pokorny
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:28 PM
To: samantha@206tours.com
Subject: Deaf Group to the Holy Land with Fr. Coughlin June 13-22, 2012


Dear Cara,

This was the experience of a lifetime!! Bob and I had a wonderful time.. For the first time we felt "normal" we were able to understand everything without hesitation!!! Fr. Tom was so wonderful and helping enrich our spirituality. He truly is an amazing priest and I don't think we would have had such a wonderful time had it not been for him! Brother Adam was wonderful as well. Our tour guide, Rami Munayer, was spectacular and out of this world! We could not have had a better tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and explained everything in depth. I cannot say enough good things about him.

Thanks again and God Bless,
Bob and Lil Pokorny



From: Ali Bombino
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 7:02 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Brian Grady's pilgrimage - Holy Land - June 2012


It was definitely an awesome trip. George was very knowledgeable, the driver was the best, and the person in charge of 206 in Jerusalem was very inspiring with his words of wisdom.

Marcie was also instrumental in our church in guiding the people ahead of time together with Fr. Grady.

Fr. Grady was a highlight for me and I am sure for others as well. He related the sites to the Gospels with deep spiritual direction and knowledge.

Amanda, you organized everything to a T. I especially appreciate your help getting me aisle seats taking into consideration my health concerns. THANKS. You also answered my emails promptly and eased my mind when I had concerns.

I would have loved a little more prayer time, for example-adoration.

Very well done 206 Tours- many wonderful memories were formed, and friendhips were born.


God bless,
Ali



From: Elaine Luzzetti
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 2:22 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: IEC Ireland with Fr. Edward Murphy -June 2012


Hi Amanda,

I had a wonderful trip to Ireland. Fr. Murphy's Masses were super & one homily was like hearing from St. Louis Demonfort. One parish priest looked like St. John Vianney! The chapel at the monastery we visited was an art treasure that should be shared with the world (I'm a museum docent.) The opening Mass at the Eucharistic Congress was like the church universal.

The dinners in Zetland & Ennis were like the heavenly banquet. I thought the Lord was going to show up any minute & start waiting on us!

In many ways I needed a foretaste of heaven & this trip did it for me : )

Thanks so much for all your efforts.

Love in the Lord,
Elaine Luzzetti



From: Joan Priolo
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 1:27 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: IEC Ireland with Fr. Edward Murphy -June 2012


206 Tours did a fantastic job! The hotels were wonderful, and the food was outstanding. Our tour bus driver, Greg, was a good guy. He shared lots of stories about the history of Ireland, and did a very good job getting us around to the different sites. The IEC was such a treat! Having the hotel within walking distance was a bonus! It meant we could go easily back and forth to the different events. The shrine at Knock was beautiful, simple and spritual. Being able to attend mass in the different churches with Father Muphy, Father Monihan and Monsignor Beeson was so meaningful. I feel so blessed and enriched. Thank you for putting it all together!!!

God bless you!

Joan Priolo



From: Darlene
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2012 5:24 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy Land || June 12- 21, 2012


Hi, The pilgrimage was wonderful. This was an extremely Holy time, thanks to our guide, Rimon and our priest, Father John. Ramon shared his love of our faith and the Holy Lands with us. We were given extra Bible reading's in preparation for the next day. At most Holy sites we were also read an appropriate verse from the Bible. Father John not only offered daily mass but also gave us the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance while in the Holy Lands. Father John also was very clear on our religious beliefs and on some of the teachings of our Church in relationship to what we were doing at any specific site.

The only things I could have done without was the floating in the dead sea. However, most of the other Pilgrims did enjoy the experience. I don't know if I will be give the opportunity to go again, but I would include the village of Magdala on future tours. We did get to drive by and see what was available at this time.

The hotels were clean and the food was healthy and good.

So you see, who could ask for anything more!

Thank You for a spiritual Pilgrimage, God Bless all of You,

Darlene



From: Bob & Pauline Hoaglund
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:41 PM
To: 'Amanda Fortunato'
Subject: Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland June 2012


HI AMANDA,

JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THE WHOLE TRIP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS THANKS TO ALL OF YOU AND OUR WONDERFUL PRIEST FR. ED WHO IS TRULY AN INSPIRATION OF HOLINESS. WE PRAYED MUCH, LAUGHED MUCH AND TEARS AT THOSE SPECIAL TIMES….THE FOOD WAS EXTRAORDINARY AND EVERY HOTEL NOT A COMPLAINT FROM ANYONE BECAUSE THEY WERE CLEAN, LOVELY AND ACCOMODATING.

WE ALL LOVED THE CHURCHES, MUSEUMS AND SIGHTS AND MEETING THE OTHERS ON TOUR WITH US. SEVERAL TOLD US THEY HAD BEEN ON OTHER PILGRIMAGES AND TRAVELS WITH GROUPS BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST ONE WHERE EVERYONE WAS ALWAYS ON TIME WITHOUT EXCEPTION AND NO ONE GOT LOST…..THANKS IN GREAT PART TO DEACON BOB WHO IS WELL ORGANIZED.

THE HOTEL FR. ED TOOK US TO WAS BEAUTIFUL….INSIDE AND OUT….THAT WOULD BE HIS FRIEND…ZETLAND HOUSE….HE PULLED ALL THE STOPPERS OUT FOR US….AND ONE OF THE DAYS WE CELEBRATED MASS IN A GROTTO BUILT ON THE GROUNDS BY HIS WEALTHY FRIEND IN HONOR OF OUR LADY…HER LARGE STATUE ARRIVED THE DAY BEFORE OUR ARRIVAL.

AT THE OLD GROUND OUR FRIENDS PICKED….ALSO VERY NICE….. THEY ARRANGED FOR 10 MUSICIANS, DANCERS, SINGERS AND ORGANIST AND TEACHER OF IRISH DANCE….FOR OUR GROUP AND A DOZEN OTHERS WHO ARRIVED TO PARTICIPATE…..WHAT A TIME AND A GIFT. NO ONE WENT TO BED EARLY THAT NIGHT…TOO MUCH FUN!

OUR DRIVER WAS JUST GREAT AND INFORMED…..I WOULD HAVE ONE SUGGESTION FOR YOUR GUIDE BOOK…..MUCH LESS CLOTHING THAN LISTED…..MOST OF US OVERPACKED NEEDLESSLY.

AGAIN, THANK YOU AND 206 TOURS FOR SUCH A MEMORABLE TRIP DESPITE NOT THE BEST OF WEATHER…..BUT THAT IS IRELAND! WE ALSO WERE ABLE TO TAKE DANA AND DAMIEN SCALLON TO DINNER AT OUR HOTEL…THEY ARE FRIENDS.

IN HIS MERCY AND JOY,

PAULINE HOAGLUND




From: Paul Horrigan
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:37 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: IEC Ireland with Fr. Edward Murphy -June 2012


Good Day Amanda:


Pat and I had a wonderful trip and it exceeded our expectations from a spiritual and social perspective. Fr. Murphy was brilliant in his ability to infuse the group with the spirit and to allow us all to avail of the Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and a general feeling of spiritual growth and enjoyment. The composition of the group, that is the Boston group led by Deacon Bob and Pauline Hoaglund and the Ohio et al group that was combined with us, made for great synergy and fun. It could not have been better overall. The transportation, housing accommodations, food, ticketing, etc was very well planned and went off basically without a hitch. The 206 Tours, the driver Greg that was assigned, the spiritual director, Fr. Ed Murphy, the Hoaglunds and all the participants made for a great trip. We even combined some music and dance the last two nights, one in Connemara and one in Ennis, to top off the spiritual with the social. Thanks for your coordination and if the opportunity comes again to go on a 206 Tour, if it fit, I would be there. We appreciated your openness and response to all our questions and we also appreciated your spirituality and professionalism.


Best Regards,


PAUL M. HORRIGAN



 

From: Msgr. Larry Beeson
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 9:23 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: IEC Ireland with Fr. Edward Murphy -June 2012


Amanda,

The pilgrimage went extremely well. Father Edward Murphy was a great tour guide. The hotels were excellent as well as the food. The International Eucharistic Congress was a great success. I was so privileged to attend. The touring went very well. Our Coach driver was so entertaining!. It rained most days but that is Ireland. You couldn’t do anything about that. The group was very cohesive and helpful. I really appreciate all that you did to make our tour so enjoyable and successful.

Msgr. Larry Beeson


 

From: Laurene
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 6:45 PM
To: Yaritza
Cc: Sandra@206tours.com
Subject: Medjugorje


Dear Yaritza,

Once again our pilgrimage was very enriching. Our tour guide, Ivanka Petrovic is a very spiritual woman. She helps us to understand the history of the country and the significance of Our Lady's presence.
Father Sean's Mother was a wonderful roommate. We had such fun!

We are already looking forward to next year.

Blessings to you,
Laurene




From: Mary Kallarakal
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 7:27 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy Land May 26 -June 4 , 2012


Dear Rinda,

Thanks so much for providing me a wonderful trip to the Holy Land. I was in the company of a great group, caring for each other. Fr. Ed S. was an extra nice priest helping with our spiritual needs, and at the same time humorous in times of leisure. Nadel, the tour guide was very knowledgeable, also the bus driver, Muhammad, very courtious. I really appreciate the great service of 206tours and will choose you as my tour agency. I already recommended 206tour to my friends.

Thanks again.

Mary Kallarakal
Silver Spring, MD



From: Katrina De vinci
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:40 PM
To: rinda@206tours.com
Subject: The Holy land and Rome || May 26 -June 7, 2012


My trip to Holy Land was amazing.

I had an excellent pilgrimage. The priest was great and really clarified the theme for a lifetime spiritual journey for the best.

Nadel the tour guide in the Holy Land was extremely knowledgeable and courteous. The bus driver was courteous.
Karen in Rome just made us feel at home in Italy. She is just a wonderful kind and warm person, and an excellent host. She takes time for each and everyone and takes care of every detail.

I have recommended 206 tour to all my colleagues at work.

Thanks for a wonderful spiritual vacation ...

Katrina De Vinci



From: Ben De Luna
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:18 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy land and Rome || May 26 -June 7, 2012


Dear Rhinda,

We are back at home safe and sound and so grateful to 206 Tours and especially Nadal! Thank you!!!! Our trip to The Holy Land was truly a pilgrimage experience that will live in us for the rest of our lives, as we read the Bible everyday and it has come to LIVE for us. As we read we envision the many places and people we saw and met and where Our Lord lived some of His days. We were so at home with Nadal! The arrangements and timing and his information were so precise that most of us did not even think about our itinerary, we just did as Nadal asked, "Come to me". (smile) We had a wonderful and most down to earth Spiritual Director in Father Serena and consider him a new found friend and a great part of our Pilgrimage. We made great friends in Christ, and were all sad to leave The Holy Land.

The Rome experience was not as intense and emotional but there were great visions and history come to live for us. One suggestion on this part of the trip is that after a long day at St. Peters Square, the Vatican Museums, and Basilicas the group be provided with motor coach transportation back to the hotel, as it was a long and arduous walk back.

Once again, thank you for a wonderful and stress free pilgrimage and experience.


Ben and Linda De Luna
San Marcos, Texas



From:
Roshan Sethi
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:06 AM
To: Milanka
Subject: Medjugorje & Fatima - A word of thanks.

Dear Milanka,

Javier, was God sent to us.   What a Man, God bless him.  He went far and beyond his duties.   Courteous, knowledgeable, prayerful and sooo helpful, to all. Special thanks to him from all of us. What a soul.  God Bless his family. All want to claim him our brother in Christ.  So especial.  Brought pastries for us, had a cake for me on my birthday after dinner.  These small touches were very dear to me.   God Bless the work you do, to take us to all these wonderful sights of the blessed Mother and Our Lord.
Until next time,

Prayerfully,
Roshan Sethi



From:
Barbara Wick
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 5:08 PM
To: Christine Braun
Subject: Pilgrimage Arrangements

 

The pilgrims all embarked on their venture yesterday and am happy to report that they are safely in Medjugorje for their first dinner and evening in Mary's Village. I know they are making lasting memories and I appreciate all Rinda, Stephanie and your efforts to bring this all together. As much as I was as I was dissapointed in not going, am grateful that my son Scott was able and willing to go in my place. Am having many flashbacks of previous trips so actually feel that I am with them. Thank you for your help in making this pilgrimage possible for my family. They met the priest, who is their director and bonded immediately with him. Thank you for choosing him, God bless you in your efforts to bring pilgrims to the special village of Medjugorje. 

Barbara 

 



From: Carhy and Sarah Garwood
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2012 5:25 PM

To: Christine
Subject: Rome & Medjugorje || May 17 - 25, 2012

 

Dear Christine,

 

My daughter and I had an incredible spiritual journey with 206tours.
I would definitely recommend traveling with this company and hope to make
future trips with 206tours!

Everything ran so smoothly. I never worried about any arrangements, which included
flights,lodging, meals, tours..we were just able to relax and soak it all in.

We  were really touched by the warmth, compassion of our tour guide in Rome, Marianna.
Also Fr. Edwin was wonderful making us feel like a cohesive group, getting to know everyone
and relating our trip to our spiritual development. We had wonderful conversation and fellowship.

Our tour guide in Medjugorje, Slavenka was incredible! Very warm and personable and filled with
so much love and knowledge of her community.

Our lodging in both countries was excellent!

Thank you for a trip we will never forget and will always cherish in our hearts.


God Bless you,
Cathy and Sarah Garwood



From:
Fr Dairo E Diaz
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2012 3:51 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy Land || May 26 -June 2 , 2012


Hi Rinda,
Thank you very much for your help. The pilgrimage when very well. 
Mr Orsini & I are very grateful for your professional service. 

God bless you. 

Fr. Diaz



From:
Deacon Mike and Pat Hodges
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2012 6:25 PM
To: Samantha Godfrey
Subject: Medjugorje | May 9-18, 2012

 

Samantha:

 

Our tour went very well. The local guide was very well versed in both the local and national history. We enjoyed the side trip to Dubrovnik as well the local church and monestary. The museum was most interesting and we heard a little more about the status of the church under the various regimes. Our tour leader was excellent and even though my wife walks with a cane she was able to climb to the Blue Cross where some of the apparitions occurred with my help and another woman who was on the tour with us. This was a major feat for us and it was truly the high point of our pilgrimage. My wife is walking much better due in part to the walking that was required to go to Mass and the other religious events. The trip was long but we were well cared for by both Luftlansa Air Lines and Croatian Air. While the trip was tiring it was well worth our time. As a Deacon my spirits were very much uplifted and I was spiritually renewed. Thank you for arranging such a special time for us. As bonus we got to meet and be with a very special group of people and we look forward to seeing them in the very near future at a time and place that will be forthcoming from our group leader. Once again thank you.

 

Deacon Mike & Pat Hodges


 

From: Larry I    
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 4:09 PM
To: Milanka
Subject: El Camino 14 May 2012 // 24 May 2012

 

Dear Milanka,

I would like to express my gratitude to Father Harrington and Javier for an inspirational pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. Javier is a true professional whose wit compassion and acts of charity earned him high praise within the group.Fr Harrington was a true spiritual guide along the long and winding road to the Cathedral. His daily sermons were spiritual in theme and motivational in design. In addition Fr. Harrington was always accessible and made a conscious effort of walking with and listening to the needs of each group member. We all became one family. And we are all linked to the commonality of human experience. Fr Harrington and Javier was the thread that connected us as one. In closing I would also like to express gratitude to Tani (our bus driver) Maria and Claudio our site guides.

Kudos to 206 tours for hiring compassionate selfless guides.

Sincerely
Larry I



From:
Paul Nungester
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 1:41 PM
To: christine@206tours.com
Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Paris || May 9-21, 2012

 

Christine,

 

Sorry for responding so late but as soon as we returned life kicked into high gear.

Mary and I wish to thank 206 Tours for yet another wonderful pilgrimage experience.  This is our third one and all 3 were terrific.  There are not enough words to describe the joy, beauty, and God filled moments that we experienced during the trip, and of the universality of our Catholic faith.  Mary and I are now pilgrimage junkies and 206 is the only group we will use.  She is already looking at trips to Greece, Ireland, Mexico and Poland.  As money and time become available we will go again.

 

What makes 206 so special is that everything is arranged and organized.  We just sit back and enjoy the sites.  There are many aspects to praise but one in particular stands out.  In each of our tours the guides were part of our group. 

 

They didn't just point out the areas and tell us to go see them.  They walk with us, tell us about each site, pray at mass with us, eat with us and sleep on the bus when we do.  Jesus our tour guide on this tour (he assured us that was his real name) was priceless.  He was educational, motivating, encouraging, spirtual, and fun to be with for 2 weeks.  Moving 20-30 or more people across 3 countries in Europe is an arduous task, but he was always positive and understanding.  I told him it is like "herding cats" who all want to go 20 different directions and do their own thing.

 

Tour 40 was the longest tour we have taken.  Due to the long bus rides, it was wonderful for Jesus to have DVD's available for us to watch.  We watched videos on Lourdes, Bernadette, Fatima, and several documentaries.  This helped educate us and to pass the time.  Also, we were treated to lunches several times and that was very nice.

One area that may be improved is down time, specifically at dinner in the evening.  Due to the lateness of starting dinners (usually 7:30-8, but sometimes later) it was difficult to do anything in the evening like shopping or visiting local sites like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Every moment is packed and can sometimes be tiring but we love it.  We did have a couple of afternoons off in Fatima and Lourdes and that was nice.  Still, the evening meals often take so much time that it usually too late to do anything but crash in the hotel.  We know that typically lunches aren't included but perhaps a lunch could be exchanged for a dinner and free time given in the evening to wander or tour individually, depending on the locations of course.  This is just a suggestion not a complaint. 

 

We loved everything on our tour.  It more than met our expectations. Keep up the good work and know that you are always in our prayers.  God bless.

 

Paul & Mary Nungester



From: Margarete Gielow
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:08 PM
To: Christine Braun
Subject: || The Way of Saint James || May 14- 24, 2012


Dear Christine,

The pilgrimage to Santiago will be for ever in my heart. I know now, that no matter what, I will have the courage to face it. To Fr. Jay, Javier and my new camino family and 206 Tours.


Thank you
Margarete Gielow




From: Hyacinth Yee
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 2:51 AM
To: yaritza@206tours.com
Subject: 206 pilgrimage to Rome (May 1-14) with Fr. Leo


We, Jim and I, want to take this time to let you know we returned from our first 206 pilgrimage to Rome (May 1-14), and felt so spiritually blessed, and thankful to 206 tours for the amazing work you all do. Please thank Rinda and Stephanie for all the help they gave us in arranging flights from Canada. Please forward a message to Gaia Meuti for being an amazing tour guide and for helping me fulfill a prayer request to see the little museum on Purgatory (Piccolo Museo del Purgatoria) at the Sacred Heart Parish in Prati, Rome (Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio). All the holy places we visited during our pilgrimage testified to the love of God for his people. Our spiritual director, Fr. Leo, and all our group members really touched our hearts with their sharing, and Diane's Mandolin playing during Mass was beautiful. We miss our little group gathering each evening. We want to thank all the other tour guides, and for our bus drivers (forgive my spelling ) Settismo and Johnny. God bless you all and thank you.

Hyacinth and Jim Yee


 

From: M. Kumpis
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 4:43 PM
To: Stefanie Meyer
Subject: Medjugorje || May 20


Hi, Stephanie -

I just got back from the Medjugorje tour yesterday. Thanks so much for making the arrangements. Everything worked beautifully - the flights, tour guides, and accommodations were all wonderful!


Thanks for making that a great experience,

Margy Kumpis



From: Marietta Advincula
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 3:49 PM
To: Christine Braun
Subject: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes & Medjugorje || May 9 - 22, 2012


Christine,

I am very pleased with my first experience with 206 Tours. The guides, Jesus Vivas and Slavenka Jelavic were both excellent, courteous, considerate, and best of all know the areas giving us excellent background information. I consider myself blessed and priveleged to have had Fr. Murphy at Medugorje. He is a very special person indeed. Also, the accomodations were excellent.

I am attaching a picture showing my two friends who were very kind to stay with me during our climb up and down the Cross Mountain. Being the oldest in the group, their wives sort of asked them to look after me. without them and a cane of course, I would not have made the Apparition and Cross mountains. The hill at Lourdes' station of the cross was an excellent preparation for me for the Medugorje mountains.

Next year, I plan to join the 2013 202 Ireland Tour, God willing. I would like to go in August close to when the Lady appeared at Knock (21st ?) Kindly send me the schedule when it becomes available.

Peace, Hope, and Joy to You in Jesus and Mary
Dr. Marietta M. Advincula

 



From: Fran Black
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2012 5:43 PM
To: christine@206tours.com
Subject: The Way of Saint James || May 14- 24, 2012


I am familiar w 206 Tours and religious pilgrimages but this trip was more than I could have prayed for and Xavier was an excellent guide. The group was so wonderful and I know we bonded on levels only a few can appreciate. I will never forget the daily events of last week.

Fr. Jay was a holy priest and made each Mass a special memory.
I will let my son, Sean send the pics

God bless,

Fran Black


 

From: Harrington, OP, Fr. Jay
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:21 PM
To: milanka@206tours.com; rinda@206tours.comj
Cc: javier@206tours.com
Subject: Back from Santiago de Compostella


Dear Milanka and Rinda,

I have just returned from the wonderful 206 pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Thanks for allowing me this unforgettable experience. Javier Gomez has done a splendid job as Tour Guide and I look forward to working with him again at any time. The group of pilgrims was also high in his praise. He is joyful, selfless, compassionate, funny, devout, sensitive and well organized. But you already know that. When Air Europa Airlines lost my luggage for several days, Javi had his staff working diligently to recover it. Those who assisted in the trip, Pedro and Tani our bus drivers, and Maria Jesus and Claudio, our on sites tour guides, were all very professional.

On a related matter, I found a novena to St. James on the web and provided copies to everyone on the trip. We incorporated the Prayers of the Faithful into the daily Masses and the other material was then available for their reflection. Javier suggested that I send it to you. He recommends it as a useful resource for this pilgrimage. I also prepared another resource containing prayers and a couple songs which I have also attached.

I look forward to serving with 206Tours again at some point, and I would be delighted to serve again with Javier. All of us pilgrims agreed that he helped to make this pilgrimage a spiritual experience and an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord through the intercession St. James the Apostle. Thanks again.


Sincerely,

Fr. Jay Harrington, OP



From: Wiese, Linda
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:53 AM
To: Yaritza
Subject: Medjugorje with Wayne Weible April 12-20, 2012

It was truly a remarkable and life changing trip. 206 Tours and our tour guide - Slavanka - did an outstanding job. We had a week of rain and they had so many things planned for us to participate in if we choose to - to keep us busy. It was nice to have Wayne Wieble as our tour guide and Mary as his assistant. We met so many wonderful people and made some lifetime friends. You just have to go and experience it. No words can describe what will happen to you in Medjugorje. If ...no, when I go again, it will be with Wayne and 206 Tours.

Linda Wiese, Florence, KY

 



From: A OLIVEIRA
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 10:13 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: || The Holy Land || April 28 - May 7, 2012


Thank you for asking for feedback about our tour to Israel. Only one word can describe this pilgrimage: MAGNIFICENT! The itinerary was impeccably executed! All of the hotels we stayed in, where exceptionally comfortable and left us with fond memories and a few extra pounds. Our tour guide, Mr. George A. Sa íd was extraordinarily competent and an amazing source of information. Mr. Sa íd was passionate and his love for the Holy Land and his faith was in itself, a source of inspiration. Additionally, father Tony Mugavero made this, a very spiritual journey.

Finally, the staff of 206 Tours is the most professional, patient, and efficient group I have dealt with in a long, long time. What a pleasure... a trip of a lifetime! I will treasure this Tour. Thank you 206!

You can see my pictures at tonydeo.shutterfly.com. 206Tours may download any and share or use them in any trip promotions. This is the least I can do! Thanks again!

Mr. and Mrs. DeOliveira

   
   
   
   
   
   
   




From: Fride Vedde
Date: May 19, 2012, at 6:08 AM
To: <michael@206tours.com>
Subject: Walk the Camino with James Twyman

Hello Mike,

I returned to Norway just a few days ago, and know I will be processing my impressions and insights from our trip for some time yet... But I would like to share some of my thoughts on my experiences with Tours 206 with you:


Over all our accommodation and meals were very satisfactory.


A highlight was the apartments in Arzua, which was a perfect resting place for two nights. Likewise its restaurant served fabulous food and outstanding service (to illustrate this, let me just mention that they took the effort to make glutenfree croissants for me, something I did not know even was duable!).

Also the personal service of the hotel owner in Melilde was memorable. In addition to their excellent food, he served a special 'magic potion' which included the charming reciting of its 'recipe', to all our amusement.

Let me also add that I also really appreciated the accommodation, food and service in Sarria (a different accommodation than mentioned on your website outline of the trip).

In fact, the only accommodation which was a disappointment to me, was the hotel in Santiago de Compostela. The hotel itself was nice, but unfortunately located outside the city centre. Given the short stay and tight program, I really would have appreciated a more central accommodation, which would have enabled me to explore old town on my own (something the original hotel location on your website program offered). After all, Santiago is Santiago... Not just another stop on the way.

But when all is said and done, perhaps the one indispensable ingredient on our trip was our guide, Javier Gomez. He is a living encyclopedia in Catholic history, and never tired of answering questions. His honesty and sense of honor was admirable and highly appreciated. Javier balanced being professional with being personal, and had an eye for detail which made us all feel seen and taken care of. From knowing who preferred tea/decaf/espresso/cafe con leche at the local restaurant, to calculating how long it would take an individual to get to the next meeting spot (based on the geography and their physical capacity). There he would be anxiously waiting for the last one to arrive, ready with a hug and encouragement. His firs-aid kit was always close at hand, to assist those in need. And you could always rely on him to take care of unforeseen events.

In short, Javier's leadership and dedication to our well-being was simply outstanding. In fact, we would fondly argue about whether he was a 'shepard's dog' or 'hen mother', and have to settle for both...! :)

It would be unfair not also to mention our driver Tanni, who's competent driving skills got us comfortably from place to place, and who's stoic patience, flexibility (always accommodating access to our things in the bus when remotely possible) and sense of humor was an invaluable asset.

When it comes to not having received the distributed travel information ahead of time (see below), I think this is due to signing on in the last minute (a week before the trip). I could have requested the info myself before traveling, but really your quick reply to my questions were all I needed to get hooked up with the group. From then on all my needs were taken care of! Thank you!

Summasummarum, I had an absolutely most extraordinary trip. Doing El Camino de Compostela ended up being a transformational experience in my life. It is something I have desired to do for more than a decade, and I felt that I did it with the right people at the right time, thanks to 206 Tours and James Twyman!


Yours Sincerely,
Fride Vedde



From: serap basol
Date: May 18, 2012 8:19:51 AM EDT
To: <michael@206tours.com>
Subject: camino peace walk thanks

Dear Michael,

I wanted to let you and everyone in 206 tours to know that we had a wonderful trip. Thanks to all of you who has worked hard on arranging this trip. Everything went smoothly, i enjoyed it a lot and most of all my appreciations for Javier (our amazing guide) and Tani (our driver) for their loving care, patience, attendance on our every needs, queries and fatigues  it was a magical trip.

So once again thanks to you all!

Sincerely,
Serap




From: Fr. Crowley
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2012 11:06 AM
To: rinda@206tours.com
Subject: Medjugorje || May 6 -14,2012


Dear Rinda:

Thank you for your e-mail received. The Pilgrimage went very well thank God. All of the Pilgrims enjoyed a very good experience. While many of them had been there previous - it was evident that they came away with a deeper appreciation of what Medjugorje is all about. The group bonded very quickly and we all enjoyed a great sense of unity and sharing. Slavenka our Tour Escort was excellent. Her interaction with the Pilgrims and her profundity of wisdom and knowledge made the Pilgrimage all the more special.

Dragica and Marinko could not have been more kind. They are the essence of "hospitality'. It was my first time staying with them and I was deeply touched. We all had the privilege of attending Ivan's vision at his Chapel on Sunday, May l3. It was a special moment! I too received a special grace during that vision. Ivan mentioned afterwards that Our Lady had prayed for each priest individually during his apparition. What more can I ask for? They were a rather private couple. All in all I was happy with the Pilgrimage. If there was anything negative I wanted to express it would be the lack of time to process the whole experience. Thank you again Rinda for making this possible. With much gratitude and thanksgiving.

Fr. Pat Crowley, ss.cc.



From: Mary Ann Wertz
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:23 PM
To: 'Samantha Godfrey'
Subject: Medjugorje | May 6-14, 2012

Dear Cara,

The whole thing was outstanding in every way. Our guide, Dragan, was really special and went out of his way constantly to make our experience perfect. He even took us up Apparition Hill a 2nd time because we wanted to go in the evening. The Pansion Sulic was great and we loved the staff esp Irene the lady who served us and a girl named Rose who helped us with anything we needed. We also had perfect weather which helped. Everyone wants to go back! But we want to visit Lourdes before we return to Medj.

We relished every minute……….Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Thanks for everything – 206 is a gift!

MaryAnn



From: Mary Williams
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:00 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Cc: Larry Williams
Subject: Medjugorje || May 6 -14,2012


Rinda,

The pilgrimage is a wonderful renewal of faith--Charlie and Gertie Carpenter are deeply spiritual, thoughtful and organized. Marenko's and Dragice's pension was outstanding--- as always! Father Pat Crowley was available to each of us and - at times was the only English speaking priest hearing confessions--he was a blessing! Especially appreciate flying Lufthansa --head and shoulders above the rest!

But, Rinda, your personal attention to adding our granddaughter, Rory K. Finn, to the pilgrimage at such a late date was a special gift. It had to be orchestrated by Blessed Mother!! Thank you so much.

Will always consider 206 tours for future pilgrimages.


Konnie (Mary C. ) Williams



From: Angela T. Pisano
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:54 AM
To: Yaritza
Subject: Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Salzburg March 19-28, 2012 with Fr. Frank Nelson


Dear Yaritza,

The trip was wonderful. The hotels the sights, the restaurants were all beautiful. I think that I enjoyed it also because I would never have picked these countries to visit if it were not for you and Fr. Frank. I just loved every minute of it.

Thank you again for such a wonderful Pilgrimage.

Angela T. Pisano



From: Meredith Ann Murray
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:05 PM
To: Michael Riccobono
Subject: Camino of Santiago


Dear Michael,

I want to tell you how MUCH I appreciate the TLC offered to all of us on the Camino of Santiago by Xavier, our guide extraordinaire and Tani, the bus driver. They went way beyond the call of duty to take good care of the 12 of us. They were always kind, considerate, generous and pleasant. I would love to take another tour with them - any time!!


Blessings,
Meredith




From: Fr. Leo Manglaviti
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 9:21 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi and Rome || May 1 -10,2012


Rinda,

The pilgrimage was most wonderful, especially the people. Gaia Meuti is a real gem - knowledgeable, good-humored, and reverent. The other guides were also very good, especially Mary Ann.

Also, the staff and services of the Quirinale Hotel and the Savoia Regency Hotel were outstanding.


It was a deeply faith-filled and joyous experience.


Blessings,
Fr. Leo, SJ



From: Guy Mommaerts
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2012 8:26 PM
To: Michael Riccobono
Subject: James Twyman Group!


Just a little note to inform you that Javier (our guide) and Tani (our driver) were absolutely great during this adventure.

They made this trip a real pleasure even though at time the going was though. I will take any other trip with them in charge.

Love and Peace
Guy Mommaerts



From: Mariusz Marek Olbrys
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2012 6:24 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Fatima, Spain & Lourdes || April 25- May 4, 2012


Thank you, Rinda.
Everything went well.
Many God's blessings

Fr. Mariusz




From: Angela Pacheco
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2012 5:45 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: | Fatima, Spain & Lourdes || April 25- May 4, 2012


Dear Rinda,

Thank you for all you did in preparing my itinerary for my Pilgrimage Tour #37 to Fatima, Spain & Lourdes. I was very grateful to make all my connections and found that being in a small group of pilgrims was what I needed. The Pilgrimage was a very grace-filled experience. Each place we traveled to and visited had its own beauty and special graces. However, being in Fatima & Lourdes where our Blessed Mother appeared were very special for me. I was moved by the faith of the pilgrims from all over the world to honor our Beloved Mother and to pray for healing and special intentions. Highlights were the evening procession with the recitation of the rosary in different languages and taking a "Lourdes bath".

The weather turned out to be very nice. I thought it was going to be raining most of the time. However, we had plenty of sunshine! This made the tour more enjoyable. It was wonderful having Fr. Mariusz as our spiritual guide. He was a joy to be with and appreciated having daily Mass on our pilgrimage. Our Tour Guide, Jesus, was also wonderful! He really went out of his way to be attentive to us. I was also pleased with our bus driver and other local guides. It was a blessing to walk the journey with other pilgrims. I enjoyed each one in our group. At the last minute I was trying to get email addresses to connect with my pilgrim companions. One suggestion I might make is to have a list of the names of those participating on the tour, and, if possible, their email address.

Thank you again for making all the arrangements for me on this tour. I was very pleased. May God continue to bless you and all at 206 Tours for your efforts in trying to please future pilgrims.

God's peace & love be with you,

Sister Angela Pacheco, CSJ




From: DUNG NGUYEN
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 3:36 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject:| Fatima, Spain, Lourdes, Paris, Nevers and Lisieux || April 25 - May 7, 2012


Dear Rinda,

Our first pilgrimage with 206 Tours was wonderful. The hotels were great and in excellent location. The cities we visited were picturesque and so special with the witnesses of the saints throughout the centuries . We enjoyed the trip very much. Thank you especially for Father Mariusz Olbrys who we love dearly because of his kindness, thoughtfulness, and his love for the Lord and His saints. We would like to hear from you if there is any trip in the future accompanied by Father Olbrys so that we can joint him. We're looking forward to the next journey with 206 Tours.


Best regards,

DanThanh Le and Dung Nguye



From: REMY AUDITOR
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:15 AM
To: Yaritza
Subject: Spain, Medjugorje and Prague April 24-May 6, 2012 with Fr. Thanh Dao


Hello Yaritza,

Thank you for your inquiry. It was indeed a very memorable pilgrimage for me.

The accommodations were great and comfortable. The meals were good, and the best of all is our stay at Prague. The hotel was excellent, and the meals were the best for me, this was in hotel Diplomat.

I applaud 206 always for a good service and good accommodations. The tour guides were very good and friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed so much the company of Javier V, our tour guide from Madrid, on to Montserrat.

I will post some pictures soon. Yes, definitely I only join tours , pilgrimage organized by 206 tours.

Thank you again for excellent job.

Sincerely,
Remy Auditor

   
   




From: Betsy Williams
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2012 9:13 PM
To: 'Amanda Fortunato'
Subject: Pilgrimage to Italy & Sicily with Fr. Rich Toohey & Fr. Marc Solomon


Hi Amanda,

My pilgrimage to Italy was fabulous! Luca, our tour guide was excellent , he went above and beyond for our group. He was extremely organized, knowledgeable, and very pleasant to be around. All the sites we visited were so beautiful. I loved going to daily mass.

Although the hotel we stayed at in Palermo was fine, the area in which it was located, was a little sketchy. All the accommodations were above average.

For me, the papal audience was the highlight. We packed a lot in in two weeks, it was all fantastic.

I did have to fly home separate from the group, and my connection from Rome to JFK was a bit tight, but I made it. It was indeed a memorable pilgrimage.

Thank you and God bless,


Betsy Williams



From: Waldemar Betancourt
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 12:54 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: San Giovani Rotondo, Assisi and Rome - Apr 17- 26, '12


The pilgrimage to Italy was an experience that exceeded my expectations by far. I had planned such for slightly over 4 years, and was not sure with whom or with what company I was to pick in order to invest a considerable amount in cash (to travel and to expense), and if such would be 100% thrust worthy in their offerings. But after travelling, arriving, staying, visiting, and returning back, I was overwhelmed with the service received.

I would never had imagined or thought that our small group would encounter in the Holy Sites, the very special secluded areas visited such as the restored Abbey of Monte Cassino, the tombs of martyrs, the relics of saints such as Catherine of Siena, San Padre Pio in Giovanni Rotondo, Saint Francis in Assisi, St. Claire in Assisi, and the visit inside St. Michael’s Grotto, the Porziuncola, and others.

I would never have imagined that we were to celebrate and have a complete Mass next to the burial sites of St. Benedict and Saint Scholastica, or to have an everyday Mass celebration in the Basilicas, Cathedrals, or even in the Tombs of St. Callisto. Also, we were granted time for ourselves to wonder around the different places, and even in Rome.

The Wednesday Papal audience was something I would have never imagined, even the guide was very helpful and knowledgeable when she instructed us where to sit, thus having the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, ride just in front of us!

Also, the group members were very friendly, and felt as if each member was part of the family.

The Guide, Karin, was excellent, superb, friendly, dedicated, very knowledgeable, always aware to our needs and concerns, highly professional, willing to help us with any situation that would arose.

Father Damien was superb and very accessible to guidance, offering facts and data of the different sites we visited. Also was available for personal counseling.

The whole trip was great, extraordinary, unforgettable! We had such a wonderful group of people to travel with, including the drivers, and the Museum Guides!

I will certainly opt to take a spiritual journey with 206 Tours in the future, possibly to the Holy Land in 2013 or 2014.

Waldemar Betancourt

 
 
 
 




From: Mary Johnston
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 12:33 PM
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Portugal, Spain & France


My Dear Milanka,

First of all, the Lourdes trip was over the top. It was so great that I want to do the 12 day trip again next year.

I have to say, this was the best trip I have had. I thought I could never top the Holy Land, but this did it. People ask me what was the best thing, and I tell them, "the next day", because it just kept getting better all the time. Our guide and I really clicked and he said he would plan a trip for me for next year. I told him to get it planned because I want to get flyers out ASAP.

Milanka, I just can't express how great this trip was, of course being with Penny is always wonderful. Both priests were great. All the people were wonderful. One man may got to Poland with me. I really can't say what was the highlight because is all was so wonderful. I know the bus ride was long for some people, but I ask what would want to cut out? My answer is NOTHING!!!!

The only problem I had was I fell in my room in Lourdes and had to go to the hospital, but even that worked our great. By noon of the day I fell, I could not put any weight on that leg, the next morning there was no pain at all. But of course, we were in Lourdes.

Our guide, Jesus is such a wonderful young man. After I fell, I told him "I fell for you!"

I am still absorbing the entire trip, I am the type of person who needs to take this type of trip at least twice to really be able to absorb it all. So I am already looking forward to next year!

Thank you again for all you do for people like me; without you and your company, I would not be where I am in my faith life, I am still a baby crawling, but at least I am at that point!

Prayers,

Mary Johnston

 
 




From: Carol Saracinskas
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 5:46 AM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Pilgrimage to Italy & Sicily with Fr. Rich Toohey & Fr. Marc Solomon


I wanted to write you/206 Tours a personal thanks for providing our group with a wonderful vacation and memories. It was organized and for the most part was perfect.If anyone did not have one of the best times of their lives it was their fault, so thank you again, Carol Saracinskas Father Rich Toohey trip



From: Fr. Joseph Nahas
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 6:53 AM
To: Cara Manise
Cc: Penny Abbruzzese
Subject: Santiago... Fatima... Lourdes etc.

Dear Ms. Manise and everyone at 206 Tours,

Christ is risen!

Thank you so much for considering me as Spiritual Director for the Spain/Portugal/France Pilgrimage and for the stipend, which I received upon my return. The trip, locations visited, lodgings, and our tour guide (and driver) were exceptional. Everything was top-shelf, and every pilgrim was blessed and grace-filled by all of the shrines and holy places we visited. The comments by one and all throughout the trip were of amazement.

On a personal note, I would like to extend my gratitude to Penny, whose holiness and kindness I am sure you are well aware of; she kept everyone at ease throughout the trip. I (and the whole group really) were very impressed by the professionalism and accommodation of Jesus, our tour guide, who is a very conscientious and personable lead. On that note, I would like to send him an email if you would be so kind as to forward me his email address. Miguel, our bus driver, was also a pleasure, always on time, and a dexterous driver. Last but not least, thank you for your hard work. Don’t think because you are in the background, you are forgotten. I well realize the effort and difficult task you had in putting this trip together. God bless you for your diligence.

Believe me, from take-off to landing, everything was wonderful.
Again, I send you my gratitude, prayers and blessings.

Keep up the good work. I am a humble servant,

In Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Joseph A. Nahas




From: On Behalf Of MaryLou Slome
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:03 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Lourdes, Lisieux, Nevers and Paris || April 16-23, 2012


Good morning, Rinda,

Where do I start???? It was an amazing trip!!! Thanks to you and your exceptional worldwide staff!

I have been on several pilgrimages before, but never on one with so much attention to detail! Our tour guide, Jesus, was attentive to every need of his "flock" as Jesus was in the gospels. He was cheerful, easy going, and eager to please and help us. He was especially reverent as he assisted as altar server at some of the Masses. (There were times in the tour that my 87 year old Dad needed to walk more slowly, have a cab or stay behind because of the walking and Jesus was very accommodating to him.)

The guides at each site were amazing---filling us with added details, stories, and facts of the places we were visiting! In Nevers, we were especially blessed to have Isabelle as our guide-----she was so inspiring----she brought me to tears! She gave such a powerful tour----her words were like homilies!! Several of us {including the accompanying priest and my Dad, the deacon} commented how we wished we had recorded her words for future listening!

Having priests as part of the tour was wonderful. Our priest in Paris, Fr Charles, turned out to know my grandfather in New Hampshire many, many years ago...in fact my grandfather---a local doctor----brought him into the world some 70+ years ago...what wonderful stories he had to tell!

Thank you for the reverent priests throughout the tour!

Organized prayer and movies on the bus were constantly keeping us on focus to our next destination.
The hotel accommodations were very comfortable and well located for touring the sites. The food was delicious. Occasional lunches at the convents were a treat---very fresh and yummy!!!
Breakfast at Le Marceau Bastille in Paris was terrific!

My only complaint/worry was when we arrived in Lourdes at our hotel. Our arrival there preceded the other tour with Jesus, which was to join us. We didn't know this and us newcomers became worried when the front desk staff did not know if/when Jesus would arrive...and there was no sign/note was on the bulletin board to give information.

Your company's attention to detail in their booklets and preparation recommendations was very helpful!
I would love to travel with you again....and will start saving right away!

Thank you for my new "prayer family"---we all met such wonderful people!!

Would you be so kind as to send me 4 tour booklets citing all the varieties of available tours you have to share with friends---several co-worker in my parish wanted to learn more about 206tours.


Many, many thanks and God bless you all, much love,

Mary Lou Slome




From: Walsh, Teresa A
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 2:24 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Poland April 10-18, 2012


Dear Rinda,

This Pilgrimage was the best...I came back refreshed in mind, body and soul.
being able to be at the Cathedral for mass on Divine Mercy Sunday was wonderful. And the group of people in our group were the best. Father Kaspar and all the people from Alaska were so supportive and I feel now that I have made friends for life with most of them. Thank you so much. I look forward to traveling with you on another Pilgrimage next year....God willing.

God bless you and all the folks at 206 Tours and thanks again.

Teresa



From: Jane Thompson
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:36 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject:|| Medjugorje || April 15-23, 2012


Dear Rinda,

The pilgrimage was terrific! I came home with a sprained ankle and a terrible cough & cold, but the trip was wonderful nonetheless. Everyone had a deeply spiritual experience. Ivan was our guide and he was perfect in every way, that is, kind, patient, informative, very helpful when I sprained my ankle and so wiling to meet all our needs. 206 Tours has certainly confirmed our confidence. The flight arrangements were exact and we all agree that Austrian Airlines was the finest airline we have ever flown. Professional staff, great food and attentive to our needs. When we flew from Sarajevo to Vienna, the flight attendant put me in first class first row because I was on crutches...very kind of them.

Once I'm up and about, I will forward pictures and other points of interst to you. More feedback to follow from the other pilgrims.

Thank you Rinda for such competent and excellent planning. I plan on coordinating more pilgrimages to Medugorje in the future. Many people have expressed a serious interest in Medugorje so I will give ample time in the future when planning this.

On behalf of myself and my fellow pilgrims, we thank you and Stefanie for making our pilgrimage successful in every way. 206 TOURS is the only way to go!!

May God bless you and all that you do,

Jane Thompson

 



From: Barbara Sherman
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:44 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: || Fatima, Spain and Lourdes|| April 11-20, 2012


Thank you for your letter, Rinda. My husband and I had a wonderful time on the
tour. We would be pleased to recommend your company to others who would
want to tour Europe, etc. We really had a wonderful time and I know we will
receive many graces from going. I should have taken your advice about an
umbrella...the tour guide was most kind in letting us share his one evening.
The hotels and food was fit for royalty!! We feel privileged to have been able to
make the trip.

Thank you,

Barbara & Chuck Sherman

 



From: Mary Mitchell
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:14 PM
To: Yaritza
Subject: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with Wayne Weible April 12-20, 2012


Hi Yaritza,

It was a lovely pilgrimage.
I especially liked our tour guide in Medjugorje. She was very nice and knowledgable.

I will recommend your company, if someone asks.

God bless you,

Mary Christiansen



From: Bob Acacio
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 2:30 PM
To: Yaritza
Subject: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with Wayne Warble April 12-20, 2012


Hi Yaritza,

Our trip was wonderful! Even though it rained 7 of the 8 days we still experienced everything we hoped to and left with an intense sense of Peace. We look forward to our next trip.

Thanks for your help,

Bob Acacio




From: Gail Paranzino
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:59 PM
To: yaritza@206tours.com
Subject: Our Trip to Medjugorje with Fr. George Nixon


Yaritza:
Our trip to say the least was perfect. Our hosts in the village welcomed us as if we were family. We were lucky
enough to have a priest (Fr. George Nixon) traveling with us. To express all that happened and how spiritually
uplifting it was would take volumes. Instead I send these pictures (Each worth a thousand words..:-)).

God Bless
Peter & Gail Paranzino

 
 
 
 

 

 



From: sue
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 2:59 PM
To: 'Yaritza'
Subject: Medjugorje with Fr. George Nixon April 9-17, 2012


Dear Yaritza,

I just got back from the most wonderful visit to Medjugorje.
Our accommodations and tour guide was the best ever.
I loved Marinko and Dragica and their kind hospitality, not to mention the great food!
I wanted to take Dragan home with me in a suitcase. He was a great guide and FUNNY!!!
He made the rainy week comfortable and enjoyable.
I wish I could repeat the 7 days all over again.
This was my 8th visit to Medjugorje and they have all been so very different.
This was in the top 3! So thanks so much for putting together a great Pilgrimage.

God Bless,
Sue Wilkinson


 

From: Deacon Patrick LaBella
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:17 AM
To: Liz Shea
Subject: Medjugorje pilgrimage with Al Barbarino group


Dear Liz,

The pilgrimage was indeed and wonderful reflective experience. Our guide was wonderful, she was very knowledgable and informative on the history of not only Medjugorje but also of the past history of the surrounding region. We had spirituality and faith sharing each day which was a nice opportunity for the pilgrims to express their feelings of what they were experiencing throughout their time there. Al was wonderful as were the host family. In all this was truly a lovely faith filled holy time for us all.

Be well and my best to all the staff.

Best always,
Deacon Patrick LaBella



From: Martinez, Eliliana
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:47 PM
To: yaritza@206tours.com
Subject: Fr. Frank's Nelson's Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Salzburg March 19-28, 2012

this tour with father Fran Nelson was fantastic. I love Poland and the people. To be in the birth place of John Paul II and Santa Faustina. To be able to see where the Divine Mercy came alive it was amazing. I love the group, the Filipino sisters and brother from Califonia are incredible. Thank to father Nelson for his guidance during this pilgrimage. We were bless with the weather and I made many friends this group was great. Thank to 206 tour for all your service. God bless you all.

Eliliana



From: Linda Elsner
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2012 3:59 PM
To: Yaritza
Subject: Fr. Frank Nelson's Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Salzburg March 19-28, 2012


Dear Yaritza,

This was my first visit to Europe, and without question the most moving, enjoyable, spiritual journey of my life. I was sometimes overwhelmed with feelings of awe, gratitude, humility and grace. To walk where saints have walked, to visit their resting places, to feel their presence- it was an amazing experience. The visit to Auschwitz and Birkinau brought me to my knees-I put away my camera after a few photos because I felt somehow that I was intruding-that this excursion into the horrors that men wrought should not be experienced through a camera lens, but with my eyes, and all my senses. I will never forget that day. Fr. Frank provided much spiritual guidance-his daily masses were so comforting. Chris, our guide, was so knowledgeable, and so compassionate- a gentle man who taught me to love the countries we visited. I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

Thank you,

Linda Elsner

 



From: KD Hadley
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2012 7:33 AM
To: 'Rinda Kanidinc'
Subject: Holy Land - March 2012



Dear Rinda,

Thank you for the chance to give you feedback on Tour #111 The Holy Land – March 17-26, 2012.

We booked with 206 Tours simply on the strong recommendation. Owing to a sudden family situation, it was essential we go much earlier and that we return through the USA.

This all happened because 206 Tours lived up to their world-wide reputation and not only took us on board quickly, but delivered the best organised, best conducted and most spiritual journey we could ever have experienced. My wife, Clare, and I will never be the same again.

But why were we so impressed and taken aback spiritually? Well, it all started on Day 1 at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv and leaving the same Airport on the final day was only a transition to the rest of our lives. Spirituality was the focus throughout the pilgrimage – and the sacred sites we visited, plus the commentary that our wonderful Tour Guide, Nidal Jonaidi, gave us were so stimulating and so memorable. The depth of Our Lord’s love for us, how much He suffered for us, and how much He wants us to persevere to the end started to seep into our minds in a way that simply stemmed from being on such a wonderful pilgrimage.

(Incidentally, Nidal’s ongoing links back to the Old Testament were a highlight of each day and he is to be commended.)

On the day-to-day organisation, not one thing came adrift! And that’s a compliment one could rarely give with over 30 people being cared for over 10 days or more. Timing, comfort and enjoyment were the key elements day by day – Nidal did his job and he enjoyed it; our driver, Imad, did his job in a most professional way; and all the hotels gave top service in every department.

To top off our journey, we travelled with happy, vibrant people from the USA – Australia and the USA have always had strong ties and every person on the pilgrimage was a pleasure to be with. We thank you, 206 Tours, for being so very, very professional.

As if all the foregoing was not enough, suddenly we have your President, Milanka Lachman, and Linda....with us! And what a bonus – little wonder Milanka was inducted into The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and that she made such an impression on His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. And we became 206 Tour pilgrims without even knowing these wonderful things about your President.

Before I finish, Fr. Mickey Bancroft gave us wonderful liturgy each and every day – we could only contemplate a pilgrimage with a Priest on board, and Fr Mickey reflected the love of Christ for us every moment of the journey. We were truly blessed and we will pray for him, our pilgrim friends and all at 206 Tours with special enthusiasm that comes from ‘Down Under’.

As members for over 50 years of a Parish staffed by Order of Saint Augustine, we especially commend your choice of St Augustine’s words, The world is a book, those who do not travel read only a page,”


Yours in Augustine

Kevin (and Clare) Hadley



Fr. Mickey Bancroft, 206 Tours Pilgrims & Linda Antonelle (206 Tours Director of Sales)



From: Elizabeth Stewart
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:05 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: | The Holy Land || March 17-26 , 2012 (you can post/share this)

March 29, 2012

Hi Rinda and Milanka,

As a frequent, global traveler I seldom participate in group tours. This Holy Land program was an exception because of logistics and the renowned reputation of 206 Tours. This was a beautiful pilgrimage made more special with the support and leadership of Nidal and Father Mickey. I truly appreciate Nidal's knowledge and passion, his objectivity and his patience with us. Father Mickey was just as wonderful -- providing spiritual guidance and support along the way. In addition, our driver Imat, was highly reliable --keeping us safe and on schedule. These are exceptional individuals -- humorous, kind, and knowledgeable. It is a privilege to have made this spiritual journey with them.

It was both a surprise and blessing to have met Milanka and Linda onsite. We were able to express our gratitude for their program personally. These pilgrimages are not just a business -- these are also part of the mission for the 206 folks. Their passion and commitment is evident in the thoughtful design and planning of the itinerary, their constant attention to their pilgrims, and the kindness they have for their local providers. Safety, satisfaction, and value -- these are the attributes that they aspire for in their program for their pilgrims/travelers. And they have exceeded all expectations.. on a daily basis, no less.

I truly appreciate this journey and I look forward to many more with 206 Tours.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Stewart


Nidal (206 Tour Escort), Milanka Lachman (206 Tours Founder & President)
Elizabeth Stewart (206 Pilgrim) & Linda Antonelle (206 Tours Director of Sales)




From: Marie Guay
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:18 AM
To: Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with Doreen Duquette Oct 31-Nov 11, 2011


Dear Yaritza,

The trip was better than I ever imagined it could be. Doreen was fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to travel with. If I ever have the blessing of being able to go back to Medjugore again, it will be with Doreen. She is truly an asset to your company. Slava and the family we stayed with were exceptional. It was the experience of a lifetime with the best people. God is good. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Many blessings,
Marie




From: Daria Faber
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:51 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy Land || February 21- March 1 , 2012

Dear Rinda,

The trip was great. Everything was perfect. I am so happy that we picked 206 tours. Our guide, driver, and the priest were superb. Please use them again, if they are available. We don't know when we can travel again, but 206 will be at the top of our list.

Thank you for everything,
Daria Faber



From: Escalon, Juliet
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 6:18 PM
To: 'Rinda Kanidinc'
Subject: The Holy Land || January 16-25, 2012


Hi Rinda and Mike,

Blessedly awesome!!!!! These are the words to describe our pilgrimage to the Holy land last Jan 16-26, 2012 thru Tour 206. Fr Vinny Chirichella provided a spiritually filled pilgrimage experience – from the morning prayers, rosary, daily Mass at the different Churches to our nightly prayers - they were so special. Fr Vinny’s homily were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Despite his youth, we felt his anointing by God – we can feel the holiness. Waleed, our pilgrim guide is the best! He is so knowledgeable re: the Bible. Both my husband and myself has been studying the Journey of the Bible Timeline by Jeff Cavins so this pilgrimage brought to life the salvation history of my amazing Catholic faith. Our scheduled visits just seemed to be so smooth in almost every way with Waleed’s coordination of the different scheduled visits and knowing to adjust as needed. No wasted time – only time well spent. We also had the best, accommodating and thoughtful driver - Mamoud. I really felt this pilgrimage is God’s gift to us and the rest of the pilgrims are gifts to us, too. We all connected and cared for each other. Every single one was great! I felt like I have another family. This has been one of the best pilgrimage I have been blessed with. During the whole pilgrimage - despite being supposedly winter in the Holy land – a light rain occurred only for one day the whole trip – and it happened when we were either inside the restaurant eating yummy food or inside the church. The spread of food in front of us was incredible! The hotels were great especially the Maccabean Hotel at Tel-Aviv. The food was delicious. The flights and connections went smooth. It was just awesome! Thank you for the experience and would definitely recommend to others to book their pilgrimages through your group.

From the very start prior to the flight Mike Alessi from Tour 206 was so helpful. I knew then that this would be a great pilgrimage and it was! May our gracious God continue to bless your tour company so that you can bring more of God’s people closer to Him.


Warm regards,
Juliet B. Escalon



St. George Monastery

 



From: lisa carlone
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2012 7:12 PM
To: rinda@206tours.com
Subject: The Holy Land || February 21- March 1 , 2012


Dear Ms. Kanidinc,


This pilgrimage was truly a gift from God. We were blessed with warm, hospitable people; beautiful weather; and excellent accomodations. I would recommend 206 Tours to anyone. It was a life-changing experience.

Thank you, and may God continue to bless you in this work.


Kind regards,

Lisa M. Carlone

 



From: Fr. David J. Klein
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 9:42 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Diocese of Camden - Holy Land- February 2012


Dear Amanda,

I can only say the pilgrimage from February 7-16, 2012, with Fr. Hughes was one of the better pilgrimages I've had the pleasure of taking.

Everything was handled well from beginning to end, and I have strongly recommended 206 Tours to others who have expressed an interest in traveling to the Holy Land. I have been to Israel four times, and I think the accommodations on this trip were among the best, as were the restaurants providing lunch and dinner. That would be especially true for the Leonardo Hotel in Jerusalem.

George Said is an excellent guide, and I enjoyed some of the things that were different on this pilgrimage than on others, especially praying the Stations of the Cross early in the morning followed by Mass at the Holy Sepulchre. Having done that in the middle of the afternoon on previous trips, it is not nearly as prayerful as the early morning experience. The new location for baptismal renewals at the Jordan River was also a much appreciated experience than that at Yardenit.

The bus driver Yaser was excellent as well.

It was also a great pleasure to have met Gabriel at his home in Jericho. That was another "first-time" experience. The gifts of a stole and a cross are much appreciated, and a very special part of this year's pilgrimage I will not soon forget.

God bless all of you at 206 Tours for the wonderful experience of this Holy Land pilgrimage.

Fr. David J. Klein



Gabriel Khano, 206 Tours representative in Jerusalem with our beloved priests of the Camden Diocese




From: Marlene Yaniglos
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:20 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Guadalupe and Mexico City || February 2-7, 2012


We had a wonderful time, very spiritual and awesome. Travel to Mexico City and Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Miguel del Milagro and other churches was so deeply spiritual. Our group was so good and Father Gilbert is the best spiritual director. We enjoyed praying and touring with him. Please let us know when he has a group going anywhere, and we would love to travel with him. Thanks for all you do.

Marlene & Jim Yaniglos




From: Susan Erdman
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 3:29 PM
To: Yaritza

Hola Yaritza,

The tour to Guadalupe and Mexico City was wonderful......Kristin, Fr. Ben and Fr. Bruce were terrific! I was longing for a special pilgrimage trip with like-minded people and this wonderful experience actually exceeded all hopes so thank you for 206 Tours!! I told Kristin that her calm acceptance of our first flight from Memphis being cancelled really set the tone for me.......travel is a challenge and a metaphor for life so expect things not to always go as planned.

Our tour guide in Mexico - Roberto - was also awesome!! So high marks for everyone!!

Susan Erdman

 




From: Agnes Di Gruccio
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 1:30 PM
To: rinda@206tours.com
Subject: The Holy Land || January 16-25, 2012


Dear Rinda,

It was an amazing trip. A trip of a life time. Walking in the foot steps of Jesus and on the shore of Galilee Biblical stories came to life, people and places took place in my imagination. Being there was a powerful experience. It has made my directiion and spirituality more stablle and close to Jesus. I was extremely impressed with everyone kindness and concern. Our tour Guide Walee was wonderful He was knowledgeable kind and available.We all had the most unforgettable time ever with so many blessings for all of us.

Thank you,
Agnes

 



From: Kristin Walker
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 7:45 PM
To: Milanka Lachman; Sandra Savic-Lippold; Yaritza; Patrick McKenna
Subject: Pilgrim’s Place Pilgrimages – Guadalupe - January 2012


Dear 206 Team:

Our group had such a special time in Mexico...truly a blessing for each one of us. I am sending some group photos... It has been such a pleasure to work with you guys...I look forward to many more years of life-changing pilgrimages to come! You remain in my daily prayers; please keep me and Pilgrim's Place in yours.

Many blessings,

Kristin Walker
President/Executive Director
www.pilgrimages.com/pilgrimsplace




From: Fr. Vincent Chirichella
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:35 AM
To: Rinda 206
Subject: The Holy Land || January 16-25 , 2012


Rinda,

The trip was amazing! Our tour guide Waleed was incredible. When I go back I will use only him if he is available.
I will send you a more detailed e-mail about the total experience Hotels, Food, etc. everything was great.

Blessings....
Fr.Vincent



From: Chito Perez
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:23 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Medjugorje || January 15-23, 2012

Dear Rinda,

Thank you for your letter dated Jan 26, 2012 and for the opportunity to provide feedback about the pilgrimage.

The reason I went to Medjugorje was because Pope John Paul II "invited me". I was reading the book on Blessed John Paul II entitled "Why He is a saint" by Slawomir Oder and Saverio Gaeta. In the book, Pope John Paul II commented to one of his friends that Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world. This "invitation" was good enough for me to visit Medjugorje, even though I knew that the Church had not "sanctioned" the apparitions there. I had no expectations of Medjugorje. Two of my friends tried to dissuade me from going. However, JP II's invitation was good enough for me to book a pilgrimage with Tours 206, who arranged our pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in April 2011. After the pilgrimage, I now understand why John Paul II said what he said about Medjugorje.

The pilgrimage was such a blessing and I could feel graces flowing wherever we went. It was so thick, one could slice it like butter. Everyday just got better and better. We had daily Masses in English, mountain hikes to Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain, daily Rosary in the Church, the International Mass daily, and Eucharistic adoration twice. The piety of the locals was also something to behold. The long line of confessions including many young people was an inspiration and the reverence during Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration was quite moving.

We also met many English speaking "locals" including Patrick and Nancy Latta, Joseph, Alexandra. They told us about their lives before Medjugorje and spiritual experiences and conversions. These stories were truly moving.

Our daily schedule was set up professionally by Slavenka who explained where we were going each day the day before. The pace of the pilgrimage was designed to give us lots and lots of time to pray by ourselves and with the local faithful.

The accommodation was excellent. The Pansion Dubrovnik was right across St James Church so we could visit Our Lord and Our Lady whenever we had free time and we took full advantage of it. The staff of Pansion Dubrovnik were all excellent and went out of their way to provide for our needs and "wants", like ice cream. The wine and food was excellent too.

Our spiritual leader, Fr. Robert Villa was great. He made himself available to all for spiritual direction, Mass celebrations and Confessions. While we were taking a walk a group of 4 young Italians asked him if Fr. could hear their confession in Italian. Since Fr Robert spoke Spanish he could also understand Italian and 4 souls received supernatural virtues and many graces at their Confession.

Slavenka is a truly great guide and we were fortunate to have her. She was punctual, helpful, very cheerful, informative with lots and lots of first hand experiences/stories and has a great sense of humor. When Sean's luggage went missing, she arranged to get it to Sean on the following day. She knew everyone and made all the arrangements without our noticing it. She was never in a hurry, made good suggestions and all went very smoothly. The most important asset she has is that she is a soul of prayer and we also benefited from this.

The best thing about the pilgrimage for me was the graces I received from Jesus through Our Lady and through the Church. The pilgrimage has also become a good talking point to raise the topic of Confession without being too direct or confrontational with people I know and meet.

Now for the negatives - there were none. Even the 4 hour stopover in Frankfurt was a blessing - we had time to pray before getting to Medjugorje!!

We were blessed with perfect weather through the week we were there. The little snow that fell on Friday was all melted by the next day.

Thank you so much for making this trip a memorable experience which I'll never forget. Thanks also to Mike Alessi who made all the flight and accommodation arrangements for us.

I just noticed that It is now 11:40 EST or 20 minutes to 6 in Medjugorje.

May Our Lady continue blessing your fantastic work in Tours206. We will keep you in our prayers. Thank you for keeping us in yours.

Kind Regards,

Chito and Pilar Perez

Jan 26, 2012
Tours 206 pilgrimage to Medjugorje Jan 15 to 23, 2012.




From: Fr. Robert Villa
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:38 PM
To: Rinda
Subject: Medjugorje : January 15-22 , 2012

Rinda,

First of all, I want to thank you for having the confidence in me to be part of the Medjugorje tour this last week. It had been my dream, since I was 13 years old, when I first heard of the apparitions, to one day be able to go on pilgrimage there. I consider it a miracle that this was fulfilled in an unexpected time.

This was a very uplifting pilgrimage. Although I was not expecting a miracle to happen, it did happened! What was the miracle? To be in a place where the people truly manifest their committed love to Christ and his Church. I never thought a place like this could exist under the skies. I fell in love with the faith of the Croatian people. As a priest, this was very hopeful and spiritually uplifting. I received a very concrete message in Medjogorje: “The church is very much alive and has the power to transform the world.” This is what I brought back to my parish and my ministry. Thanks to this pilgrimage, I have new hopes and dreams for my ministry.

The group of pilgrims was very pleasant and friendly. In five days we grew into a tight family. It was amazing to see how we all looked after each other and made sure we were all benefitting from the graces of the pilgrimage. Every moment was very well planned and thought out. And of course, Slavenka made a huge impact on us. She embodies what a tour guide on a pilgrimage ought to be. I pray she continues with this ministry for many, many years.

Once again, thank you for trusting in me and I hope God gives me the opportunity to work with you again.

In Christ,
Father Robert Villa



From: Fr. Raymond McDaniel
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 11:39 AM
To: 'Liz Shea'
Subject: Italy

Dear Liz,

Everything on our pilgrimage was just great! People came back tired but refreshed in their Catholic faith, which is all we can ask for. Everything worked out beautifully.

Fr. McDaniel



From: Araneta, Alicia D.
Sent: tuesday, january 03, 2012 3:12 pm
To: amanda fortunato
Cc: sandra@206tours.com; 'linda antonelle'
Subject: spiritual army of god the father: poland czech republic, medjugorje & italy december 2011


Hi Amanda,

Our pilgrimage was a very enriching one. We were able to attend the midnight mass inside st. Peter's basilica officiated by the pope. We thank fr. Sabino for his connections and charm. How many people can be given that chance -- it was the first time for our driver [in 50 years] and our tour guide [in 29 years] too! We were all so thrilled. Victor, april, fr. Sabino and myself were seated close to the altar.

Victor and april, frank batino and marilyn batino were the four brave souls who climbed the steep, rocky/muddy apparition hill in medjugorje the first day when there was a water/mud runoff because of the rain. I got up to the foot of the apparition hill to wait for them. Didn’t want to risk not making it all the way because i know victor will not leave me behind. Mother mary heard victor’s prayers for the others as it was sunny the next day.

Slavenka was so kind to take the pilgrims back there again – most of them made it to the top and they were really thrilled!

The audience with vicka was awesome – i wish i recorded all the testimonials! I have many, many more – but will have to tell you that next time.

Everyone in the group was extremely pleasant, helpful and appreciative - no complaints, no whining, no gossiping. It was a joy to witness everyone was taking care of each other – and very happy. We prayed and sang and watched movies in the bus. Fr. Sabino’s homilies each day touched our hearts.

Our guides: yanush was good and took care of all of us. He suggested and consulted with victor and myself . We were quite pleased. Slavenka is our favorite. Her spirituality and her knowledge of everything about medjugorje is very evident. She is extremely pleasant and helpful. Jim wayda had problems with his luggage. Slavenka had it delivered right the very next day.

Our other tour guide, marguerite, was great and very, very pleasant to be with. The pilgrims decided that we need to tell her how much we appreciated all her guidance and patience [with taking our group photos and giving us comfort breaks] with a little gratuity, on the day we left rome [through valentina]. Valentina took time to take care and accommodate of all our needs – 11 pilgrims were lost in rome and like a good shepherd, went out there to find all her sheeps!

All our drivers were great – very precise in each and every curve and turn, safely taking us to our destinations. Our favorite was angelo, our driver in italy.

Now on the accommodations –
1. Prague – 3.0check-in was cumbersome – we had to sign a form and put our passport numbers before we can get our keys.
2. Krakow – 4.0. Staff here were very efficient and pleasant all the time.
3. Medjugorje – 3.5. Pension dubrovnik served the best food, soups, etc. The pension house is right across the church. The people of medjugorje are special, their spirituality and devotion to mother mary is very, very contagious. We all like to go back, given another chance – soon!
4. San giovanni rotondo – 5.0 . A patio overlooking the beautiful mountains of san giovanni. We enjoyed some after dinner coffee and hot chocolate in the lounge after dinner. Staff was courteous and efficient.
5. The ferry. The cabins were tiny – we had to keep moving our luggages if we need to move to the bathroom, etc. But i checked with the night person in charge and found out that all cabins are the same – no upgrade. I was told that may be the other ferry will have some larger cabins.
6. Rome – 3.0. Fr. Sabino and tour guide, valentina, was not very pleased with the service on the 1st night. The banquet manager did make it up each night until our departure. The hotel was gracious to provide us a room and some party implements [paper plates, spoon and fork, plastic tumblers] to celebrate our christmas party and prayer buddy revelation.


All in all, 206 tours proved how much they love their clients!


Blessings and mucho hugs to you all,

Alicia d. Araneta

 




from: Caroline Studdard
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:52 AM
To: Liz Shea
Subject: Pilgrimage to Italy with St Peters Catholic Church & Fr. McDaniel


Dear Liz,

Thank you for your note welcoming me back from the wonderful pilgrimage to Rome. I definitely feel more spiritually enriched as well as receiving affirmation of my Catholic faith. The Catholic Church was always the uppermost part of my life and seeing and hearing its history in person in Rome and all the places visited was so comforting. I visited the Holy Land last year at this time and it was the same feeling for me to be able to be where Jesus walked and then visit where the faith was carried on to Rome and beyond.

Our guide, Gaia was wonderful. She shared and witnessed her love of the Catholic faith with all of us and made the places we visited more vivid. Her vivacious personality and loving care for us was delightful. Of course our spiritual director, Fr. Raymond McDaniel was the icing on the cake as well.

There isn't anything of the trip I would suggest you change, it was all perfectly planned out for all of us. Johnny, our bus driver, was outstanding, I and the others were so amazed at his ability to maneuver the bus in all the tight and high places we visited. St. Peter's was awesome, but I was most moved by the visit to Luciano to view the Miracle of the Eucharist. Please don't take that trip out of the itinerary.

Thank you again for a wonderful pilgrimage, I will highly recommend your tour to my friends.

God Bless you and all of the team,

Caroline Studdard



From: Donna Hess
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 4:39 PM
To: Liz Shea
Subject: Italy with St Peters Catholic Church & Fr. McDanielLiz:

I am still on the "high" from my trip. It was absolutely wonderful. My favorite experience was to see the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano. It was a very touching experience. Assissi was perfect. I have nothing negative to say about the trip. Gaia was the perfect tour guide.

Thanks,
Donna Hess


 


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