Just wanted to let you know that we've just finished our 8 hour private tour of Rome, the most organized and informative tour we've ever experienced. Roberto and his wife both lead the tour and she spoke as he drove. They explain all the places you see very thoroughly and then send you on your own into the places to experience at your own pace. They drop you off at the curb of every stop and even provide you with a cell phone when you go into the Vatican in case their "secret entrance" happens to be closed that day. You use his phone to call and then he just picks you up and takes you to another avenue of entrance. We didn't have to call and the door he spoke of was unlocked and we bypassed the entire crowd. With the tour there is no waiting in any lines and he and his wife are a very classy couple who did this extremely well. He dropped us back to our hotel presenting a bottle of wine as a gift. I can't say enough how enjoyable and how informative this was for our entire family. THANK YOU MELANI!!!
--Lawrence and Tracy Niesen., Midwest City, OK
I was very pleased with Melani, my personal travel agent, she was very helpful, personable, and prompt with my bookings and answering any questions I had!
--Jessica Wenthold, Dallas, TX
Tonight we booked our cruise through Melani, a great travel adviser. I suggest her to all my friends and family. We leave July 7 for a great 7 day trip. She got a better deal than I could get and upgrades. Thank you, Melani. We will celebrate 40 years in style setting sail on our actual anniversary day.
--Gary Hoeffken, Oklahoma City, OK
Melani helped us with our 10 year wedding anniversary trip. She thought of everything, and even gave us a personalized itinerary booklet to review prior to our departure... She went the "extra mile" and researched restuarants that would accomomodate my special dietary needs. Melani makes travel a pleasure. I like that she thinks of the things that I would not have thought of myself. Besides being a pro--because she has been to so many places around the world and has personal experience--she is also a really good person. These days, integrity and doing what you promise go a long way for me. She makes each client feel like an individual, not a number.
--Mary Steichen., Edmond, OK
The cruise was great and we really enjoyed it! My favorite places were the dog sled ride and the quilt shop in Sitka. The Fairmont was a nice hotel, but don't send anyone short there. The toilets are low and the beds high. The ship itself was great and the staff was greater. I will see if I can post any of the pictures on FB.
--Elizabeth Caudle, Ardmore, OK
Melani, you were so right! Uniworld treated us royally. Five stars! Thank you for helping me surprise my wife with the cruise!
--Ed Glinsky., Edmond, OK
Melani, Thank you for an awesome Branson get-a-way. I enjoyed it so much. Do you ever do family reunions? I truly am sold at letting someone else do the planning - setting up the shows and meals - no worry, just get on the bus at the right time. Thanks for a great trip and memories that were made. I'm 70, and want to travel before my legs refuse to move.Love the CD. I play it at night, LOL, Hah!
--Mary L., Edmond, OK
Melani, you always do such a nice job!
--Rev. Bill Pruett, Oklahoma City, OK
I am rather late doing this but I am glad it worked out that way. I traveled to Italy on the Father Goin and Father Stansberry pilgrimage. This was such an incredible experience that I find it hard to put into words. I traveled the month of October and there has not been one single day go by that I have not had a fond memory or have become more aware of what I really experienced. This trip just sticks with you; it continues to bless me everyday. I enjoyed our group very much. Melani did a fabulous job! Everything ran so smoothly. I hope to travel to the Holy Land with her in the future. I wish every Catholic had the opportunity to do something like this.
–Cherie Strickland., Kingfisher, OK
Awesome trip. Melani was always there to help when needed and was very knowledgeable and courteous. We went to all the places in Italy that I ever dreamed of. I really enjoyed the Vatican and all the Basilicas and churches. Also enjoyed going to all the beautiful churches we had Mass. I feel so blessed and priviledged to have been there. The trip was really wonderful and I’ll always remember it. It was even more special going with some of my family. You did a wonderful job putting it all together. I want to thank you for all your hard work and I do appreciate all you did to make things go so well. I cannot think of anything I did not like. The food everywhere was very good.
–Kathy Roberts, Hayden, ID
The trip was fantastic. We saw and traveled a lot. Guides were knowledgable and patient with our group. Can’t say I didn’t enjoy everything! It was all wonderful!
–Judy Sanders, Kingfisher, OK
Everything was spectacular, so it is very hard to pick. The whole St. Peter’s complex was incredible and having our Mass there early in the morning was special. So cool, how there are countless Masses all being said at the same time in the Basilica. Enjoyed saying the Rosary as we drove through the beautiful country. The Divine Mercy church around the corner from our hotel in Rome was a special place, too.. I thought the trip was very well organized and thought through. We had a very enjoyable group of people with different backgrounds, experiences, etc…but with the common thread of loving our Catholic faith.
–Mary Lough, Oklahoma City, OK
Enjoyed it all! Excellent!
–Steve and Sue Reel, Oklahoma City, OK
This was our first group tour, and it will be hard to beat!
–Richard and Sharon Reuth, Oklahoma City, OK
I really enjoyed the way Melani would hang back and make sure all the group was together and not leave anyone behind. Pietro, our driver and Pat, our guide, were excellent. Everyplace was enjoyable and educational. This tour was one of the best!
–Ray Bruza, Blanchard, OK
Melani, you always put together such fun, wonderful trips! I have traveled on many, many tours. This was the best – very organized. I would not change anything. Everything was great for such a large group – very friendly and helpful of each other. Liked it better than last year.
–Elena Bruza, Blanchard, OK
Our guide, Pat, had an amazing knowledge of history. I had never been on a tour before. Enjoyed it all. I don’t think I ca point out any one experience as better than another. I enjoyed them all. Excellent.
–Sylvester Reiman, Missoula, MT
Melani was a very charming lady. Our guide, Pat, was a sweet lady. Everything was new to me, and there wasn’t any place I did not like.
–Lesley Sullivan, El Reno, OK
We took this trip because we wanted to see Italy, south of Rome. It was wonderful! We felt like we fit in with the group and really enjoyed them. The priests were great! Thanks, again! It was a joyful journey. I appreciate the help with the gluten free dinner entrees. Trip exceeded expectations.
–Mike and Faye O' Meara., VA
The trip was great. George, our guide, was top notch, the best! His knowledge made the trip outstanding. I enjoyed Jerusalem, Jordan, Sea of Galilee, Wailing Wall, Temple Mount, Petra, Holy Sepulchre, St. Anne Church, the Light and Sound Show at the Tower of David, Museum model of Jerusalem, and Mt. Nebo.
–Jan Wiles, Oklahoma City, OK
I enjoyed the whole Sea of Galilee area, Petra, the Grotto where Jesus taught his disciples the Our Father, and then we joined hands and recited the same prayer. Compared to other tours, this one had more history and religious sites included, faster paced more meals were included.
–Pat Bates, Oklahoma City, OK
My family had a wonderful time sailing the British Virgin Islands on the Shiwara. Thanks, Travel Overtures, for all your assistance. I didn’t know who to call or which company to go with. You were thorough and found all the information I needed. You stayed in touch with me and with the charter company throughout the entire time. I really appreciate all that you did.
–Yvette Walker, Oklahoma City, OK
I do thank you for helping me to make some of my moms days ever so memorable.. You have done an EXCELLLENT JOB!!! Thank You!! Wow, the Fairmont is just breath taking and a step into the rich side of life…lol…I know my mom will never forget this trip!! I cannot thank you enough!!
–Anne Caudle, Guthrie, OK
Melani, Thank you for all your help with my stay in Rome! The monastery was waiting for me, accommodations were great, and everything went very smoothly!
–Tim L., KS
Hi Melani, I wanted to let you know we had a great trip! The cruise was everything we dreamed it would be. The ship itself was nice. We enjoyed our service and the food was delicious. We were able to sit with all our family at the formal dinners. The excursions we did were all fun. We went horseback riding in Half Moon Cay and that was an amazing experince. Riding in the water was something we won”t forget. So fun. The girls went parasailing in Nassau and loved that. We all went on a cattamaran and snorkled. That trip was amazing. Saw a ton of fish and enjoyed the rum punch afterward. Oh, almost forgot – the shows were all enjoyable. The comedians were hilarious. Great trip, would do it again. Thanks so much for the champagne and strawberries.
—Mary and Bobby Burger, Edmond, OK
Melani, we want to thank you for all you did giving John and I a most memorable vacation. Every thing went very smooth as far as getting on and off the ship. The meals, entertainment, ports, etc were great. Thank you for the lovely bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, that was so sweet of you and such a surprise. If there was one thing I would say I didn’t like was the size of the swimming pools. There were 3 small ones and were packed all the time. When we took our cruise 14 yrs ago, there was a nice size pool and seemed that people really hung out together. But if that was the only thing I have to complain about, I still rate the whole trip and experience a 10++. Again, thank you for all your time and efforts plus the wonderful gift.
—Alice and John Robin, Arcadia, OK
Thanks for a great trip to Las Vegas!
—Melissa Brevetti, Edmond, OK
Melani, thank you for all your hard work. I appreciate you so much. Pat, the tour leader, gave us 110%. It was a blessed experience. It was a mystical event. We drove from Tuscany into Umbria, past Perugia to the foot of Assisi. There, the most intense, complete rainbow I’ve ever seen arched over Francis’ city. I will never forget the rainbow over Assissi. I said Mass at the Vatican for the pilgrims who traveled with me. A humbling and moving experience.
—Rev. Jim Goin, Chickasha, OK
We celebrated Mass on the alter built on top of Saint Felicity’s relics which were in view. What an emotional experience. Wonderful pilgrimage to Italy; ten days of unbelievable experiences including
seeing the Pope!
—Melissa Briscoe, Edmond, OK
The tour director was excellent, very professional, and very attentive. Often went out of her way to help. Thanks for putting together such an awesome experience and making so many transitions from one place to the next so smooth.
—Marcia Hogsett, Oklahoma City, OK
Our tour director was very patient and attentive to individual needs of the tour group members. All guides were knowledgeable, courteous, and attentive to participants’ personal needs. I appreciated the “free” times, because they allowed me to reflect on my personal experiences and the real purpose of the pilgrimage and the homilies given by Father…I enjoyed everything about this trip.
—Claudine H., OK
Guides were the best. Everything was smooth and information was right on target. We will travel this way, again.
—Glenn and Rita Wallenberg, Oklahoma City, OK
Nino in Rome was very knowledgable and extremely entertaining. Also enjoyed our guide in Florence. Pietro [driver] was very timely and experienced.
—Anthony and Lindsay P., OK
Great job, Melani! Appreciate your work! I loved everything. I loved being able to go to Mass. The trip was beyond expectations. Pat, the tour manager, was great! She really worked hard to accomodate us all (special needs, side trips, wake up, roundup of people). The winery – gracious hospitality and the food and scenery were great! It was a wonderful trip. There was wonder each step of the way.
–Sue Ryan, Oklahoma City, OK
Pietro [driver] was incredible! Wine tasting was amazing! Pat [tour manager]
was great, great, great – 10+! Enjoyed the shroud in Turin, cathedrals in Florence, Siena and Orvieto – cathedrals and ambiance; Rome – ambiance and Assisi, overall.
–Steve and Carla Frehlke, Oklahoma City, OK
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