What Our Clients Say About 206 Tours...... 2008

From: Kim Bellone
mon - fri
9am - 5pm EST

Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:05 AM
Subject: Rome Pilgrmage w Fr. Mickey Bancroft

Dear Milanka,

I've just returned from my pilgrimage to Rome. (My very first pilgrimage). Saying it was a wonderful and spiritually fulfilling experience just doesn't begin to describe my feelings.  Our guide Gaia was a gem. We had a large group (44 pilgrims) and she took wonderful care of us all. (We all volunteered to be her guide when she comes to NYC in January). She always had a smile on her face and was extremely helpful, informative, fun and VERY patient.  Our spiritual leader, Fr. Mickey Bancroft (also, another precious gem) made each day blessed. The masses at the Catacombs (my favorite moment of the whole pilgrimage experience), St. Peters tomb at the Vatican (Very emotional) and the Peace Chapel at Assisi, were all both beautiful & spiritually fulfilling. (I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about them). He made sure to include as many of us as possible, in all of his masses, as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. (That is one experience I will never forget).  He also always had a ready smile on his face, was available to answer our MANY questions and always made sure to spend time with all the pilgrims. Fr. Mickey made this a truly blessed experience for us all.  

We were very fortunate to have beautiful weather for the whole week, blue skies and relatively warm weather (for us New Yorkers at least), mid to high 50’s each day. It only drizzled/rained for a few minutes on the last two nights of our pilgrimage. (Not even worth opening the umbrellas). The hotel Michelangelo was wonderful. We had a perfect view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from our balcony. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.  

The whole pilgrimage from the first minute was an experience of a lifetime. My ONLY complaint was that it had to end. I am eagerly awaiting Fr. Mickey’s next pilgrimage with 206 Tours.

Thank you and your staff for putting together such a wonderful pilgrimage. I look forward to my next pilgrimage with you. Until then Pax et Bonum.

Warmest Blessings,

Kim Bellone, West Babylon, NY

From: Kim Bellone

Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 7:05 AM
Subject: Rome Pilgrmage w Fr. Mickey Bancroft

Dear Milanka,

I've just returned from my pilgrimage to Rome. (My very first pilgrimage). Saying it was a wonderful and spiritually fulfilling experience just doesn't begin to describe my feelings.  Our guide Gaia was a gem. We had a large group (44 pilgrims) and she took wonderful care of us all. (We all volunteered to be her guide when she comes to NYC in January). She always had a smile on her face and was extremely helpful, informative, fun and VERY patient.  Our spiritual leader, Fr. Mickey Bancroft (also, another precious gem) made each day blessed. The masses at the Catacombs (my favorite moment of the whole pilgrimage experience), St. Peters tomb at the Vatican (Very emotional) and the Peace Chapel at Assisi, were all both beautiful & spiritually fulfilling. (I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about them). He made sure to include as many of us as possible, in all of his masses, as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. (That is one experience I will never forget).  He also always had a ready smile on his face, was available to answer our MANY questions and always made sure to spend time with all the pilgrims. Fr. Mickey made this a truly blessed experience for us all.  

We were very fortunate to have beautiful weather for the whole week, blue skies and relatively warm weather (for us New Yorkers at least), mid to high 50’s each day. It only drizzled/rained for a few minutes on the last two nights of our pilgrimage. (Not even worth opening the umbrellas). The hotel Michelangelo was wonderful. We had a perfect view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica from our balcony. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.  

The whole pilgrimage from the first minute was an experience of a lifetime. My ONLY complaint was that it had to end. I am eagerly awaiting Fr. Mickey’s next pilgrimage with 206 Tours.

Thank you and your staff for putting together such a wonderful pilgrimage. I look forward to my next pilgrimage with you. Until then Pax et Bonum.

Warmest Blessings,

Kim Bellone, West Babylon, NY

From: Joan Mangino 
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:27 PM
To: 'Sandra Savic'
Subject: Nov 29 - Dec 13, 2008 trip

Lourdes, Medjugorje, & Rome
With Spiritual Leader:  Fr. Richard Fineo
November 29-December 13, 2008

 Dear Sandra and 206 Tours,

I just arrived back from my pilgrimage to Lourdes, Medjugorje and Rome.  I want to sincerely thank you for putting a trip of a lifetime together.  Our Spiritual Leader, Fr. Richard Fineo was excellent and made the trip a blessed pilgrimage.  I was extremely impressed with our tour guide “Jesus” in Lourdes and Slavenka in Medjugorje.   I will forever recommend “206 Tours”. 

God bless you all and have a Merry Christmas!

Joan Ryan Mangino

From: Mary A B.
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 7:48 AM
Subject:  The Holy Land tour







From: John
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 3:39 PM
To: Liz Shea
Cc: 'Sandra Savic'
Subject: Re: Fr. Fineo's pilgrimage to Lourdes, Medjugorje and Rome

Thank you for the document, Liz.  And thanks for organizing such a wonderful trip.  Bonnie and I believe it was the trip of our lives, and we have done a lot of traveling.  Father Finneo was incredibly good - so holy and so entertaining.  And your tour guides in Lourdes and Medjugorje were outstanding.  Our tour group was small, and the people were wonderful.

We hope you and your loved ones have a blessed Christmas too, and we wish you a blessed, happy and healthy 2009.

Best regards,

John K

From: Barbara M
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 3:25 PM
Subject: Holy Land Pilgrimage

Greetings to all,

Thank all of you at 206 Tours for your hard work to put together this incredible pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  I regret I waited so long to travel to this holy place.  I hope I will be able to go again. Our guide Joseph was very knowledgeable about the entire history of the Holy Land.  Thanks to Joseph I will continue to expand my  knowledge of my faith.  He was very gracious and had a great sense of  humor.  He made us feel like valued guests instead of a group of  strangers.  Also thanks to Tony, our driver. This was my second pilgrimage with 206 Tours and I highly recommend 206 Tours for anyone who wants a spiritual journey.  My experiences  have been wonderful.  I have met many wonderful people through the journeys--fellow pilgrims, guides, spiritual leaders, drivers and  others.

I look forward to my next 206 Tour.

May the Peace and Joy of the Holy Family be with all of you and all 

those you hold dear.

Barbara M.

To 206 Tours,

My husband and I want to thank you so much for assisting us in experiencing such a spiritual pilgrimage filled with miracles!!! . What was so unique about our journey was our tour guide, Javier!! He is truly filled with the Holy Spirit and he had a strong desire for all of us to immerse ourselves in Jesus' love through our Mother Mary. Javier made sure that we were surrounded by holiness and sacredness throughout the entire pilgrimage. I have made many pilgrimages in the past and nothing compares to this one. Our tour guide was our angel who was our fellow pilgrim and he guided us closer and closer to Jesus and Mary.

This pilgrimage was a true conversion experience that we treasure in our hearts and share our experiences with all who will listen.( I am still unable to share our experiences without shedding tears of joy!) Our hearts are filled with love and we are very grateful to God for the graces we have been given. We dearly love Lucia, Francisco, Jacinta, Teresa de Jesus, John of the Cross & Ignacious of Loyola who are our brothers and sisters in Heaven! 

May Jesus and Mary continue to bless all of you and Javier who do God's work through evangelization in such a beautiful way.

Peace and all good,

Yolanda and George R.

From: Kelly S.
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2008 15:00:48 +0000 (UTC)
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy Land and Egypt - November

Good morning Rinda: 

I had a wonderful pilgrimage!  I completely enjoyed myself from beginning to end and felt completely safe!  Joseph Eideh, our tour guide in Israel, was awesome.  He was very informative about the history of each of the holy places as well as a great guy to have met.  Tony, our bus driver, was fantastic.  It's difficult for me to put words to my experience.  It touched me beyond belief.  We didn't have a whole lot of time at each of the sites, but I know it was because we were trying to fit in as much as possible in a few days.  I'm definitely making plans to go back to Israel and have Joseph & Tony apart of the team again.  It was incredible!!!

In Egypt, our tour guide was Max & he too was fantastic explaining the history at each of the sites.  Kiro, our tour escort from the Sinai Peninsula through to Cairo was wonderful.  He took care of getting all our visas & did a wonderful job overall.  I didn't catch the driver's name, but for as crazy as traffic is in Cairo, he did a great job getting us everywhere.  It was absolutely amazing to see the pyramids & the Sphinx.

I would (& have) recommend this tour to friends & family.  It was the first time I've ever left the country & it was AMAZING!  The local people were all very friendly and an absolute pleasure to meet.

The only thing I would do differently is I would prefer not to fly with United Airlines again.  What should've been a 40 minute flight home from Chicago turned turned into a 28-hour flight.  There were a lot of problems & reps for United didn't really keep us abreast of the issues.  A few of the problems were a result of the weather here in Michigan, which I know United has no control over, but there were also a lot of mechanical problems with the plane.  I felt their customer service was severely lacking.  The flight attendant was wonderful.  All the passengers were really very frustrated with the whole situation but she remained friendly, helpful & bent over backwards to put us first.  Unfortunately I don't remember her name, but she made the whole situation a little more palatable.

The flight from Chicago to home aside, the trip overall was tremendous & I didn't really want to come home.  The tour staff in both places were the best and very helpful.  I truly appreciate the opportunity to make this pilgrimage & am looking forward to doing it again through 206 Tours.

Thank you for everything.

Kelly J. S.

From: Brenda
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: ... Back From God's Country ...

Dear Milanka and Rinda,

Thanks to all of you at 206 tours for this wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I have just experienced the ultimate pilgrimage!

This was my very first pilgrimage to this holy place, and I can't believe I waited so long to go there. What continued to come to mind was: Ad Jesum per Mariam, which means "To Jesus Through Mary". I have visited many shrines of our Blessed Mother Mary and also that of the Infant Jesus of Prague and the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Poland, before I saw the Holy Land, where Christianity began. It was just like our Blessed Mother led me to go on this pilgrimage.

If one can only do a single pilgrimage in their lifetime, it should definitely be that of the Holy Land. It's God's Country! There were only 13 pilgrims, with Fr. Neil Buchlein as the Spiritual Director. Joseph, our tour guide, was very kind, helpful and knowledgeable and he also had a great sense of humor. For our daily Masses, there was no need for a Eucharistic Minister, but I felt so honored to do the Reading and Responsorial Psalm twice, one at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and the other at the Church of St. Lazarus in Bethany. It was humbling to see all those places mentioned in the Bible. For me, the other highlights were the Mass and the visitation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Mass at the Basilica of the Agony (The Rock of the Agony upon which Jesus prayed and sweated blood the night before His arrest, is located in front of the Altar), the Way of the Cross at 6 AM (we were the only pilgrims there), the Mass outside the Church of St. Peter's Primacy (overlooking the Sea of Galilee, where Fr. Neil gave the most beautiful meditation), the visit to the Church of the Beatitudes and its beautiful surroundings, the awesome panoramic view of Ein Karem from the beautiful Church of the Visitation with the colorful plaque tiles of Magnificat in different languages, the boat ride at the Sea of Galilee, and the visit to the Church of the Pater Noster on the Mount of Olives (where we saw the richly decorated colorful tile plaques of Our Father in different languages).

We were just around the altar during all the Masses. It was such a great feeling, especially at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Basilica of the Agony.

Although we were a very small group, we used a regular bus and we had an excellent driver named Tony. The weather was also very nice. Travelling there in November is great!

It was a first visit for the majority of us in the group. It's great to have made new friends! There were five of us, who became part of the Falafel Club, because we ordered falafel for at least 4 or 5 of the lunches during the 10-day tour. The best hotel was the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem. It also had the best food.

Thank you very much and I hope to travel with 206 tours again.

May God continue to bless all of you!

Love, joy and peace,

From: Tierre
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 4:16 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Fatima,Spain,Lourdes,Medjugorje Pilgrimage Nov 2008 Feedback!

Hello Rinda and everyone at 206 Tours,

I just wanted to say that my experience for my 1st pilgrimage was fantastic! I had faith that I would receive healing and I did!  God works in wonderful ways! Thank you Jesus and Mary! Plus.....

 I  want to thank Javier Gomez as our tour guide for the European Pilgrimage  he was Outstanding!You can see he has a great love and  devotion to our Blessed Mother which was wonderful to see ( he wasn't just a tour guide with a bunch of people in a bus) He really provided for our pilgrimage, wonderful and inspiring  European history on our Catholic faith, excellent hospitality, and a great sense of humor. To continue the running  joke on the bus - Im still  looking for Mr. Right,  you never know he might be in Spain !:-)

 Javier PS: Your son will make a great Pope one day with having you as his father to guide him!

Javier  was also great in helping to provide  Fr. Madison everything he needed for our daily Mass. Fr. Madison was also wonderful. I wasn't sure when I first decided to do this pilgrimage if  I should go with a priest and a group of people I didn't know,other than with my parish priest and parishoners that attend St. Augustines in Pleasanton, California. can proudly say, it  was a privilage to be on  the same tour as Fr. Madison, his love for Christ and Mary was very evident. And my fellow pilgrims were a blessing!

Now for Medjugorje - By far for me the healing came from there! Seeing Vicka her prayers over me I know Our Lady was present! Fr. Jozo (He was truly a BIG part in the healing process - OUR Lady was Ever So Present)and my favorite by far the-HOLY HOUR!!!! was the highlight for me! Christ's presents was THERE!!!! Our Mothers presence was THERE! The Pain in my Heart ..... GONE! I left Medjugorje with wanting to feel HIS  presence every day  like that! Hmmm... I might have to move to Medjugorje! :-)

 Of course I am greatful to Dragan  and the ladies of the Bevanda House, they were Excellent! Dragan provided history about his country  and the Catholic faith that I had no idea about! I have developed a great appreciation for the Croatian people and those in the religious vocation from the past to the present. May Our  Mother Mary  continue to bless them!    And, the accommodations what a surprise, very comfortable and the food, let me just say it was  like being at grandmas house- with home cooked meals! It was the Best!

 And I can't forget,  Fr. Mundakal (Fr.Joe) loved him! Very spiritual and his love for our Blessed Mother and Jesus was also evident! Thank you, Fr. Joe for walking  up Apparition Hill with me at 5:00am in the morning ( the same morning I was  leavening back to the States) It ment a lot to me! I now can say I walked up Apparition Hill to say goodbye to Our Mother!  Fr. Joe I didn't say anything to you that day before we left, but when we reach the statue of Our Lady and we only had a few minutes to pray before we had to go back down ( so I could make it back to the bus),Im positive Our Mother Mary waved to me!I know it was still dark out and it was early in the morning and OK I had about  3hrs of sleep But Im positive that while praying and thanking Her, saying goodbye I opened my eyes to look at Her, I saw Her extended hand that she holds the Rosary in was waving to me, ever so slightly! - I blinked and looked again and Her hand was still moving! Like I said it was dark, early in the morning and I had about 3 hours of sleep so my eyes could have been out of focus ( All thought I do have slightly better than 20/20 vision - perfect I know!) so were my eyes playing tricks on me? No, I like to think that She was saying and waving goodby for now! :-)

And last but not least to The Pilgrims on the tour - GOD placed me with the best Catholic pilgrims with the most spiritual  and caring hearts, minds and souls I have ever met!  GOD knew that those special peopleshould be with me on this tour! Thank you,Caroline, Bruce, Connie Loraine, Sister Margaret, Joanne, Loraine,Ed, Mary, and everyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will never forget you all and will have you all in my prayers! ( and yes when mister right (Catholic of course) comes along YOUR all invited to the wedding! GOD BLESS  you all with Health, Wealth , Love, Joy and Peace in your lives!

Thank you Rinda and Stephanie, Kristy  for all your help with all my questions I had prior to leaving for the pilgrimage! May God continue to Bless you all!

Walking Towards God,


From: N. Angeles
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 9:23 AM

Hi, Rinda!

We are back from that wonder filled pilgrimage to France. It was a spiritual
journey where we learned so much and our Lady truly walked us through with
great joy.

Javier is an excellent tour escort and never left us even during the time of
transition to a new carrier. He went beyond our expectation and that we are
truly grateful to him.

From our hearts, we just to say THANK YOU 206 TOURS, thank you Rinda, Paul
and Stephanie for making our pilgrimage a great success!

(You were in our intentions during our pilgrimage).

God bless,


From: E. Conway
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:25 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Paris - NOVEMBER

Our pilgrimage of 11/2 to 11/14 was great!

We gained spiritually in many ways!

1) Our guide, Javier Gomez, provided us with detailed information on both the strategic and tactical elements of each stop, his spirituality was evident to us all, he shared himself and his family with us in a very warming manner and he "mother henned" us with departure issues as we returned home. He made a great difference to all of us!

2) We found some of the information on St. Burnedette at Nevers to be a great summary of our spiritual journey when we read some of her thoughts while in the Convent, especially, her desire to know how saints solve or handle there own spiritual issues.

3) The visit to St Catherine Laboure's Paris (Rue de Bac) home, gave us thoughts, information and booklets and prayers on the Miraculous Medal (Immaculate Conception Medal) to stir ourselves and others at home.

It is an understatement to say that this has been a good trip! Thanks to 206 Tours.

E. Conway

From: Mr. and Mrs. Murphy
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:08 PM
To: 'Milanka Lachman' Cc: 'Eva Manise-Relyea'; 'Stefanie Meyer'; 'Paul Orobello'; 'Kristin Shea'
Subject: Lourdes, Paris, Nevers and Lisieux - NOVEMBER

This was our first pilgrimage and it was more than we expected. The hotels we stayed at were comfortable, clean and friendly. The breakfasts were typically European but satisfying. The dinners were great and we had time to enjoy and relax from a busy day. Fr. Martin, our spiritual director provided us with the perfect religious experience each day of our journey. Knowledgeable and gracious locals hosted each of the shrines we visited. Our guide was the best. Javier (Francisco Javier Gomez Alonso) was always available and had a depth of knowledge that added substance to our stay. We will always be indebted to Javier for his help when our flight home was cancelled and he worked with us to get another flight home. Overall, this was a deeply spiritual and rewarding trip and will recommend 206 Tours to others.
Tom and Sarah M.

From: Fr. William Elder
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:02 AM
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Holy Land, Nov 2008


I can't stress enough that you have a real find in our guide Mourad.  He is absolutely amazing.  When you are with him, you think of Jesus.  Like Our Lord, he is a native of Nazareth, a very devout Christian.  A very peaceful, caring, faith-filled man.  Very patient and caring with each individual pilgrim, giving special attention to those who need it.  Always attentive to the needs of the pilgrims, and very respectful to the priests.  When he greeted us at the airport, he welcomed us as his guests by giving each of us a gift: a package of mustard seeds, which immediately got us thinking about what Our Lord said re having faith the size of a mustard seed.  He also has a master's degree in archeology and is an encyclopedia of knowledge about the holy sites.  I hope he will be available for 206 pilgrimages in the future.

Thank you so much for this tremendous, life-changing experience!

God bless,

Fr. Bill, or as Mourad calls me, Abouna Bill!


From: Avelina
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 12:54:58 -0500
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Fatima, Spain and Lourdes - NOVEMBER

Dear Rinda,

           It's hard to find words to let you know what's are in our hearts and how we felt but be very sure we have enjoyed and have a wonderful time. For me alone I have to renew my devotion to the Blessed Mother to pray the rosary again every day. Again I say thank you, I remain.

Truly yours,

From: Tom T

Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:05 PM
Subject: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Nov 08


This was my third time to Medugorje with 206tours. When I leave this country 206 will always be the first and only call. 

We had a prayerful and blessed pilgrimage.

Everything was perfect. Great job by all at 206tours.

Please extend my THANKS !!! to ALL !!!    

Peace to all,  

See You In My Prayers.   

Tom T

From: C, Ma Helenita
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:16 AM

Hi Milanka,


I have been in several of your pilgrimages and  the last one I have been too

was in Israel. All the pilgrimages that I have been to help me a lot specially

with the way I pray and understanding the

Bible specially after going to Israel because when you go to Israel

you actually see and be part of the Bible. This pilgrimages also help

me with my healing as a matter of fact the last PET scan that I had

was clear.

Thanks and hope to see you soon


Maria C


Thank you for making this pilgrimage to Mexico City happen. We had a wonderful time.The hotel was very nice. Everyone there was wonderful.Our tour guide, Arturo, was the best. Thank you for hiring him for our trip. Additionally our driver, Luis, was excellent. He did a perfect job of moving us around, and he kept his vehicle immaculate.This was our second trip with 206. Hopefully there will be another in our future.



From: Vicky O
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 7:15 PM
To: Stefanie
Subject: MICLV Oct 27-Nov 6 Medjugorje Sarajevo and Dubrovnik

Dear Stefanie:
I am very happy that I went to this wonderful Spiritual Pilgrimage, thank you for all your support and the good service that we had. I came feeling happier and richer in my spiritual life, I hope I can go again in the future and thank you for everything.
God Bless,
Virginia O

From: Toni D

Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:09 PM
To: Sandra Savic
Subject: Re: Welcome Home Wayne Weible Pilgrims!!


The trip was Amazing!  The accommodations were above and beyond my expectations. Iko and Anna made us all feel at home and fed us so well.  Slavenka, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable about the history and current events of Medjugorje.  She is so adorable and patient.  The experience of having Wayne so involved on this trip was also a blessing.  Travel arrangements went very well until the last leg of the trip, when we were delayed in Vienna because of a sick passenger on board.  We missed our connecting flight in DC, but were able to get onto another flight that same night - thanks to the Austrian Airlines ticket agent.  The United agent we were sent to originally could not find us another flight until the next morning, but we decided to check with the Austrian agent and she was able to book us on an AA flight with no problem.   Thank you so much for everything.  206 Tours is a first class travel agency.  This was my second pilgrimage and I will definitely book a third with your company as well as recommend anyone who is thinking about a pilgrimage to contact 206 Tours.

Thanks again for your patience and assistance.


Toni D

From: Janet D
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:03 PM
Subject: RE: Welcome Home!!


Dear Sandra and Liz- or as they say "Praised be Jesus and Mary!"
Thank you for everything.  We had a wonderful time.  I do have one more question....
Fr. George stayed with us in Santa Maria House.  He was so kind and wonderful.
Again thank you,

From: Father Charles M
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2008 20:16:27 -0500
To: 'Milanka Lachman'<>
Subject: Hello from Fr. Charles

Dear Milanka,

What can I say?  The trip was wonderful and Rimon was fantastic. He was wonderful.  It was my best trip to Israel.  Thank you so much for the olive wood statue in our hotel room unexpectedly.  It was beautiful.  It was of the good shepherd.  Thank you for your kindness.  Also thank you for the complimentary water and chocolates the first night in Jerusalem. 

Peace and blessings,

Fr. Charles

 From: Sesinando N C
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: Feedback for Grace Magbaleta Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct 12-26, 2008

Hi Kristin,

My apologies for the delay in sending this note.

Our pilgrimage is wonderful and full of blessings, and my expectations were all met in very respects. Lots of thanks to 206 Tours  and its staff. We had excellent and knowledgeable  guides in Israel and Egypt. Your representative in Israel is very generous!  Sam (your Egypt representative) did a very excellent job in attending to our needs.  Also, both our drivers in Israel and Egypt are great and caring. The hotels and services (food, etc)  are excellent as well.  

Personally, I look forward, God willing, to be able to take future spiritual  journeys with 2006 Tours.
Once again, thank you and God Bless You!
Nanding C


Dear Stefanie and Milanka,

Even though my Mother and I got sick during our pilgrimage, it was very special indeed.  With having Slavenka as our personal escort and then traveling to Sarajevo w/Dragon (ms?) as our tour escort was more than we could have asked for from our Heavenly Father through Our Lord Jesus and Our Blessed Mother!!!

From the absolute, incredible care of the personnel from Delta and Croatia Airlines for my Mother, to the Shrine Clinic in Medjugorje, to the staff at the Dubrovnik (Ragusa) Pension - it was "par excellence".  Slavenka arranged for the Cenacolo to carry my Mom up Apparition Hill - an experience she will never forget.   Even tho' I thought I would not be fasting while on this journey, it did happen and for that we were able to offer for a multitude. 

The most sobering aspect for Mom and I was the visit to Sarajevo, and most necessary as we both believe that it deepened our understanding of the message of our Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace.   Our prayers have an urgency and profoundness and a renewal of the meaning of "praying with the heart" and sense of purpose, if you can understand what I mean by this.  It is not easy to explain to others.  If I have the opportunity to speak, I will say what is written of our Blessed Holy Father, Venerable Pope John Paul II and his exhortation of peace while visiting Sarajevo and Beirut -

"In the same places trampled and violated by hatred, Pope John Paul II went to trace - personally, after having spiritually covered it step by step - the furrow of a new path. He went to assert, challenging protocols of caution and cohabitation, the right which, beyond his own merits, every man deserves: that of knowing that he is loved. That he is not alone.

And John Paul II went to Sarajevo and Beirut to strengthen - and possibly extend to all places - this dramatic cry for peace."

Slavenka knew that Dragon was the perfect person for us to explain these situations and if we are able, he would be the next person to bring to the U.S. to go around and speak of what he shared with us as he is one person who grew up in Sarajevo, served in the military and is a wonderful communicator with truth, conviction and charity - understanding that humor is a gifted tool indeed. 

What is revealing is how pilgrims are needed to go into Sarajevo, bearing the image of God.  Who knew that we would make them happy with our pilgrim visit?  We were able to send our greetings from the Diocese of Las Vegas to the Cardinal via the Franciscan Priest at St. Anthony's Franciscan Church and how we embraced that beautiful nun who assisted us at the Church.  They are the soldiers of Christ!

To the point, I can no longer think of a pilgrimage that would not include a day visit or overnight in Sarajevo and a visit to Dubrovnik.  With the assistance of Sylvia as our guide in Dubrov, it was great as well.  This time, as we stood in the "war room", we learned more about the sufferings of the people during the siege, again, bringing us to the deep.

It is always a humbling experience to be an observer as the pilgrims and our spiritual director, Fr. Mugagga begin to enter and open up to the innumberable graces given.  Both Perla and I are fully aware that without your care and love of the work that you do to provide these rewarding experiences - it would not happen.  We know that you can only do so much and the rest truly rests in the opening of the pilgrims hearts to enter into prayer - that relationship with God.  How pleased our Blessed Mother is with these responses!

Again, it is difficult for the pilgrims to leave the little hamlet of love, prayer and peace.  I think of a Mother bird who helps her young ones leave the nest, when they may be reluctant to do so.  But it is when they extend their little wings and fly out of the nest that their lives actually begin.  May the pilgrims who we actually had to kind of "shove out of the "nest", that they may open their little wings and soar and share this experience with others and not fall to the ground and land in a heap.  I think they all got their "wings" and will also be able to fly back when ready for renewal, if need be.

Again, thank you from my heart, my Mother's heart.

Peace and Blessings,


Dear Stefanie and Milanka,

No body could say it better than Mirla did. She truly speaks for me. It was an incredible spiritual pilgrimage with many, many graces and blessings. The whole experience was outstanding. Each time I go, it is different with new experiences. One of the things I was amazed at was how quickly I saw the transformation of the pilgrims taking place. The group was a small intimate and loving group which grew more loving as the days went by. Mirla's mom was a special blessing and inspiration for us. The visit we paid to the "Z" family. The beautiful person that helped us with Fr. Mugagga's visa. To meet with his lovely mother and brother, to visit the funeral site of their beloved husband and father and to experience the reverence, love and devotion they hold for their deceased loved ones, truly was very heart moving and touching experience for me, having just lost my own mother, I was moved deeply to tears. The whole pilgrimage was perfect including the weather. I could not possibly add any more to this than Mirla has so eloquently expressed. I want to repeat that without your care and love of the work you do to provide these rewarding experiences this could not happen. We are deeply and forever grateful to God for being so blessed in working with you, in knowing you and having your friendship. 



May God and Our Lady, Queen of Peace continue to immensely reward you!

With much love and prayers,



Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 9:36 PM
Subject: Spain and Lourdes pilgrimage

Live every day with enjoyment - we don't know what tomorrow will give us

Our tour was wonderful and we were very satisfied with the service your company provided.  The hotels were very clean and nice.  The food was good and we had a great time.  We would feel very comfortable recommending 206 Tours to anyone.  We were especially impressed with our tour guide, Juan Carlos, and cannot say enough good things about him.  He was considerate, helpful, fun, informative and VERY patient!  He tried to make sure everyone was taken care of and went out of his way to handle any problem that came up (although there were few).  Our bus drivers were also very considerate and helpful.  Our only complaint would be that we didn't have enough time in some places, however, that could be that there were too many of us (45) and also too much packed into too little time.  Since this was our very first tour we didn't know what to expect and next time we will. If we have the opportunity we will definitely take another tour.  

Thank you for a wonderful journey!

From: Barbara L. S
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 2:02 PM
To: Liz Shea; Sandra Savic
Subject: RE: Welcome home from Spain and Lourdes pilgrimage.


Good Morning Ladies,

Thank you for the wonderful letter and wanting to know my experience with you. This was my first Pilgrimage, my first tour using a tour group and you made it so easy. I did not have to worry about anything because everything was taken care of by all of your wonderful and great staff. I will recommend 206 Tours to others wanting a Pilgrimage or other travel. When I had questions you were right there to give me the answers and your e-mails were fast and efficient. I could not think of anything I would have changed on our trip it was perfect and one day I do want to go back to Spain. Our tour guide was the best anyone could have asked for, Juan Carlos. He was there for all us no matter what the problem, I know on several occasions he went over and above the call of duty. You have a great employee with him at the helm. He made everything so much fun, even getting up early to leave for the airport was a great time. His sense of humor was the best because nothing seemed to get him down, he took everything in stride and took care of whatever it was. My special thanks to all of your staff, the hotel staff, the local tour guides, bus drivers and any one else I may have missed, you all made this trip for me very very special and one that I will never forget. You are the best at what you do so keep on doing what you are doing.

May God Bless each and every one of you.

Happy Holidays to all of you and to your families.

Best Wishes,

Barbara S

From: Fr. Tony S

Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 2:54 AM
Subject: Israel


Dear Milanka

Everything is so beautiful here in Israel.

Raymond is a wonderful tour guide and the tour company couldn't have been more accommodating to us.

Everyone on pilgrimage is absolutely pleased beyond belief.
I am personally so grateful. This has been an experience of a lifetime.

I cannot wait to share it with you when I return.
You are in my prayers and in my heart!
Father Tony

From: Fr. michele b
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:42:59 +0000
To: Rinda Kanidinc<>
Subject: RE: The Shrines of Italy - OCTOBER


I am pleased to inform you that we really had a wonderful trip.

The weather was nice and mild, although we had rain on the last day in Siena. The group was lovely, the organization perfect, and the tour leader and guide excellent.

Thank you again for having me.

Fr. Michael

From: Grace M
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:13 PM
To: Kristin Shea
Subject: RE: Upon your return from Holy Land and Cairo  Oct 12-26, 2008


Hello Kristin,
We are back.  We had a marvelous and awesome pilgrimage.  Thank you, Jesus and Mama Mary. Thanks to 206 Tours specifically to you and Milanka.
Several days before departure, I prayed that the Lord give us the same guide as when we were in Israel in 2000.  I didn't remember his name but I could picture his face clearly.  We got to Ben Gurion Airport and lo and behold, the guide who met us was Waleed Hazzan, the guide I've been  praying for.  God knew the desires of my heart and I trusted in Him.
Waleed is an exceptional guide, very knowledgeable, explained things so clearly, he made the bible come alive.  Some called him a walking Encyclopedia.  Everyone in the group was so impressed with him that they said if they came back to Israel, they'd request for Waleed to be their guide again.
Our driver Ramzi has super driving skills.  We felt comfortable in the bus knowing he is our driver.  On top of that, he is kind, gentle, patient and very helpful, sensitive to the needs of the group.
The hotels in Israel were excellent, had great service.  The extra day in Bat-Yam was so relaxing, an opportunity to stroll the beach and enjoy the stunning views.
The same holds true for our stay in Egypt. Our guide Moussa is very knowledgeable and informative, has a good sense of humor. Our escort, Sam is patient and understanding, and sensitive to the needs of the group as well.  Our driver, Sayed is a safe driver, friendly and smiled a lot. The hotels in Egypt were very good.
The whole pilgrimage was a great blessing to all of us.  We were touched and experienced God in different ways.  We came back refreshed, renewed, and with a deeper knowledge of Him, our great God, our Lord and Savior. 
Thank you again for everything.  May the Lord continue to use your company to bring people closer to the Lord.
Serving Him together,
Grace M
Seattle, WA

From: Aurora F. V
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:28 AM
Subject: Trip to the Holy Land Oct 12-26, 2008


To: 206 Tours


  I just came back from my Holy Land pilgrimage and I am very pleased for the good service and expertise

from the tourist guide, travel director and to the driver. Hotels and food are excellent, I feel the caring and

protection to all the pilgrims. We are all safe in every places we went. Because of these I have a very

memorable and unforgettable experience in my whole life . A very special thanks and praise to Grace and

Ben Magbaleta for a very good and organize tour. Another special thanks to Father Thanh Doo for all the

masses offered to all special places. I feel renewed after this trip, I learned so many things. Hopefully this

will continue, notify me with all your tours ahead of time so I can join again. Thank you so much for having

me part of this pilgrimage.

Aurora F. V

From: Luis A
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:32 PM
To: 'Kristin Shea'
Subject: RE: Feedback for Grace Magbaleta Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct 12-26, 2008


Dear Ms. Shea,


Our Holy Land pilgrimage was overall wonderful and spiritually touching.  There were positive aspects as well as negative ones.  But overall, the experience spiritually was there.  This was especially true praying at the Western Wall and doing the Stations of the Cross on Via Dolorosa.  There was also the historical appreciation for this ancient land.  This was made possible because our Guides, Waleed in Israel and Moses in Egypt, understood our quest and provided the historical ambiance as well as the spiritual setting and we savored this experience.  Our drivers were efficient and got us to places safely and securely.  I would also like to praise our coordinator, Grace for her sheparding for Seattle and back.  When two of our members including my wife got sick, she was there for us.


The negative side of things was that the commercialism was all around and very distracting.  This was the difference when compared with our pilgrimage to Medjugorje.  Of course, Holy Land had 2000 years of commercialism in comparison.


If the visiting of foreign lands expands one’s experience as compared to the experience of those who reside there, this visit to this ancient land provides the spiritual depth on one’s faith as compared to those whose faith has been established there.


Of course, when my wife and I think pilgrimage, we shall think of 206.


Sincerely yours,


Luis & Julie A.


P.S.  Please forward to Waleed of Guiding Star (Israel Agency).  Thanks.

From: Carol and Bob B.
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:40 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Rome and Medjugorje - OCTOBER

Dear Rinda,

Our journey to Rome and Medjugorje was indeed a powerful human and spiritual experience.

First, we were pleased and astounded that, at each juncture of our journey, we were met on time and transported safely and in comfort to our destinations. Your prior planning and arrangements worked like clockwork. Accomodations were as you had described them. More importantly, the people who met us or drove us or fed us or provided lodging ...they were wonderful They seemed to take personal interest in us. At Medjugorje our hostess Natasha was charming. Her home provided a home for us in our brief stay and we will return to her house when we return (we hope to someday go back)

Our guide Slavenka was so friendly, so schooled with the history and significance of this holy place - all of which she shared as we led us from place to place. Because Slavenka held my hand, I was able to climb Apparation Mountain and experience the closeness of Our Lady. Truly The Queen of Peace is there on that rocky and rugged mountain. We did not see her; we did not see any supernatural things, but we were filled with her presence and listened to her message.

The spiritual impact of Medjugorje on us cannot be described except through the outward signs of prayer - the Rosary and the Mass - both of which are now a truly prominent part of our lives - and the inward reality that our hearts are linked to Our Lady in so many intricate and personal ways. For these we give endless thanks.

Thank you for all you provided.

We look forward to hearing from you. And with great pleasure we will recommend your services to family and friends - to everyone.

With gratitude,
Carol and Bob B.

Paula G. - Pilgrimage to Greece, in the footsteps of St. Paul. October 2008.*

Hi Paul!,

        I just wanted to say a big “thank you” for your help with our Greece pilgrimage. My mom had turned 85 years old while we were there. It was a wonderful dream come true for both of us!  Your Kindness Is Greatly Appreciated! God Bless you!


Paula G.

(The above message has been re-typed from a hand written ''thank you'' card that was mailed to our offices in New York.)


Hand Written Letter


From: M., Gary
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Sent: Oct 25, 2008 5:00 PM
Subject: RE: 20: 10-15-08 invoice

Hello Rinda,

I want to thank you for your help with my pilgrimage. It was a great spiritual experience. I already feel the effects. I am glad I was able to
help out as Spiritual Director for the LaSallette, etc. segment. Jesus was a wonderful guide, especially at Lourdes. His orientation to it in one day
allowed for everyone to focus on the elements most important to them on the next day. Since there were very different interests in the group this
lessened conflicts in scheduling elements.

Thanks also for the arrangements at the Hotel Le Marquis. It is well located. Yesterday, I went to Chartres for the windows and the labyrinth.
Today I went to Mont-St.-Michel. Tomorrow I am off to Amiens for Mass, the sculptures and the labyrinth. Monday I take the Tunnel Train back to

This was such a prayerful experience, I am considering the Holy Land/Egypt Pilgrimage in the Spring.

Fr. Gary M.

From: Msgr. John S.

Sent: Monday, October 20, 2008 11:26 AM


Subject: Tour: Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje


October 20, 2008


Dear Rinda:


Thank you for allowing me to be spiritual director of the pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje. The pilgrimage was well planned thanks to you and the staff.  It was a pleasure to work with you.


When I first met Javier and his welcome of me, I knew we would work well together.  It was a pleasure to have him as a guide. He is a humble and spiritual person. The pilgrimage was beautifully arranged for our Mass celebrations.  Javier was there to help with the various areas I celebrated Mass, introducing me to those in charge.  I cant say enough about him, I highly recommend him for all your pilgrimages. 


In Lourdes as we were both having lunch, he spoke of the women who would not be able to get lunch because they had to wait at the baths.  So after lunch we went to a store and bought enough sandwiches for all the women from our tour.  We delivered the sandwiches while they were waiting in line.  He would not Let me help pay for the sandwiches.  What a wonderful gesture on his part, concerned for the women at the baths.


Javier was also concerned for a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth, who had difficulty walking.   He made arrangements for a wheel chair so sister could participate in the processions.


All the pilgrims were wonderful.  They were willing to participate in all the spiritual exercises.  They enjoyed leading in the various prayers or singing. 


I am totally satisfied with the pilgrimage because of the spiritual atmosphere that existed among the pilgrims.  This was a special pilgrimage for me too.  I was overwhelmed with the places that I celebrated Mass. . 


Thank you again for you help with the pilgrimage.




Msgr. John S.

Saint Jude Church

Monroe, Connecticut

Dave T., Pilgrimage to Greece - September 26, 2008


Departing Cincinnati, the plane left about an hour late.

The connection in Chicago was a tight but O.K.

Changed planes in Munich for Thessaloniki.


Kostas met us at airport and took us to hotel. Great that we had time to freshen up and relax for a bit. We got together as a group and commiserated with a little wine.


Kostas was the perfect guide, very knowledgeable, with his background in archeology and his study of comparative religions.  Everyone really enjoyed his information and banter. All the hotels were just great and the food was very good.  We had a good sampling of the Greek foods. We had a wonderful Mass in Phillipi and experienced the ruins.


Our bus driver Vassilli was very good.  We saw some beautiful country on our bus trip to Kalambaka and Delphi.  The monasteries were especially awesome even though we experienced a little light rain.  The ruins of Apollo were quite interesting.


Athens with Kostas as a guide just couldn’t have been better.  His knowledge of the sites was inspiring. We have some great group pictures, one on the steps Paul climbed to Mars hill and preached. Then on to the marvelous Acropolis and the Parthenon. Wow.


Well then we had a free day and some of us decided to go to the Archeology Museum. We took the subway and spent about 3 hours in the Museum.

On the way back to Syntagma square one of the single ladies in the group was pickpocketed.  I told all of them in a meeting before we left that they should have a money belt and keep it under their shirt inside their slacks or pants. Only have out what you need for that day.  Well she had about 300 Euro and 100 US, two credit cards and her passport all in a money belt. Then decided to put that in a fanny pack.  Well while on the subway from Omonia square to Syntagma square a woman with a child bumped her and picked the money belt from the fanny pack. She realized it as soon as we got off the train and the door closed. The woman and child stayed on the train.

The rest of the group went on, she and I went back to the hotel, got her copy of the passport, we immediately called the credit card companies, and took a cab to the Embassy. The Embassy was closed for siesta. We had to call the passport office and then they let us in. We filled out the forms, left and got 2 passport photos, paid $100 and received another passport. A record 3 hours from the time the pocket was picked to delivery of a new passport. Wow.

Back to the hotel and a glass of wine.

The next morning we bused to the pier and boarded ship.

Mykonos was great but the time was too short. We walked to the area of ‘little venice’ but it was already too dark to see much.

On Patmos we saw the monastery and John’s Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Then on to Kusadasi, Mass at Mary’s house and great tour of Ephesus with our tour guide.

Back on board we experienced some very strong winds and choppy seas. Some got ill. Then the most disappointing event, we were not able to tender into Santorini because of the wind and seas.  We only saw it from the ship.


Overnight back to Piraeus and the airport. The flights home were a problem. The plane into Chicago had to pull up and go around because another plane was on the runway. That took about another 30 minutes on a very tight connection. We were told at the gate that we would not make it, that the plane would not wait.  Well we went anyway and rushed as much as possible and barely got on the plane. One person did not have a seat and was about to go on another plane leaving in 30 minutes when the gate attendant asked if someone would get off, allowing the other person to get on the plane.

We all arrived in Cincinnati together.

All things considered, it was a very good pilgrimage with just a few bumps.

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