I want to thank you for creating your superb tour, the Jewels of Eastern Europe. This tour was one of the best travel experiences of my life. I particularly appreciated how you created a sense of community and comradeship early on by getting us to introduce ourselves by email. And then there was Marta, wow, this woman is the Michelangelo of tour leaders, in the way she set the tone of the group and the way she guided and led us so professionally, with such genuine care and concern, always calm and unflappable, so patient with each one of us. Her whole focus was on creating the very best experience she could for each of us every single day, it was all about us.
Janifer from Victoria, Australia
I just returned from my fourth Sights and Soul tour to Eastern (Central) Europe and I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate the care and quality you put into these trips. Having worked as a quality professional throughout my career, I have very high standards and am often disappointed with the services provided by companies today. Sights and Soul Travels not only does not disappoint, but exceeds my expectations every time. The weather sometimes does not cooperate, but everything under your control is always well planned, organized and executed. The hotels, food, itineraries and local guides are great and I cannot say enough about the caring tour directors who always go above and beyond to make sure each tour is the trip of a lifetime. It is rare for someone to care as much as you do and I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU!
Karen from Florida
I have nothing but great things to say about this tour: from food, hotels and the varieties of experiences, this trip was spectacular. Clearly Sights and Soul Travels does their homework. Becky, the tour leader was the epitome of patience. No questions was ever asked too often. She gave clear directions, was always there for every traveler.
Joan from New York
I loved this tour! The combination of natural beauty, artistic perfection, wonderful cities and small towns was just great. Each day brought more adventures to be excited about. The hotels, especially in Bruges, were wonderful. Adored Grand Casselburg Hotel. Food was glorious. The restaurants were so well chosen, great food and atmosphere. Finally, what a great group of women were on this tour! I’ve made a bunch of new friends with whom I look forward to traveling.
Amy from Massachusetts
This tour was amazing, from the food, sights, smells and the group of people. I have wanted to see the Netherlands and Belgium for as I can remember, and this trip exceeded my expectations and will be the trip I will always remember. Marta was amazing. She brought the tour to life and has the patience of a saint!
Tiffany from Wisconsin
Everything about this trip was well planned, the hotels, the restaurants, the activities, the sights, our tour leader – all outstanding.
Cynthia from Pennsylvania
If a picture is worth a thousand words, than being there is worth a million. This was an exceptional trip. I was swept over with emotion at the beauty of the tulip fields and the flowers at the Keukenhof Gardens. The entire tour was one great experience after another, I will definitely go with Sights and Soul Travels again. Thanks again to Marta, she was a wonderful tour guide.
Beverly from Florida
The tour was very well run and informative. Angela has a wonderful spirit. Her enthusiasm is contagious.
Gayle from Oregon
The trip was Awesome! Marvelous! Fantastic---as always. The choices of activities, accommodations, and restaurants were superb. On a scale of 10, this trip gets an 11. Thank you and many thanks to Marta who made this trip a success. The choreographing of schedules is complex and Marta made it seamless and transparent and did so cheerfully. She is a real pro at herding cats! I can't wait for the next trip with Sights and Souls.
Connie from Oregon
It was great! Loved the day trips and exposure to new parts of the Spanish culture. I know so much more about Spain now. Kerry was a great tour leader. Friendly and handled every detail of traveling . She fit in as a friend, who had answers to most every question, and took care of the details that would have been intimidating to me – navigating train stations and metro systems, handling hotels. It was so relaxing knowing that she will handle all the details.
Kathy from Ohio
It was the perfect mix of history, culture & fun. The incredible food and drink didn’t hurt, either. Kerry went out of her way to make sure everyone had the best time possible & didn’t have to worry about anything.
Beverly from Maryland
It was great. I was in awe of the sights, culture and food, and I can’t wait for the next tour! Kerry was very personable, she did a very good job as a tour leader.
Diane from Texas
I am sad to leave Portugal! I have had a wonderful time visiting and exploring the history, delicious seafood and my favorite custard tarts (Nata!). Angela was a lovely host and I had a very relaxing time! The quaint coastal town of Cascais was my favorite! I could live there. Portugal was definitely the hidden gem which exceeded all my expectations in a vacation destination!
Muito Obrigada! beijihno and besos
Julie from California
Loved it! Learned so much about the culture, religion, and history. Great experience.
Laura from Tennessee
Becky was a great tour director. The local guides were excellent. The accommodations (especially Kapama) were wonderful, as were all of the staff! I celebrated my 60th b'day while at Kapama and Becky made it very special + memorable, and I was absolutely surprised when the staff sang, danced and made me an awesome b'day cake!
Sylvia from Virginia
Walking through castles was intriguing, the dining and hotels were superior, the Christmas markets atmosphere was magical, Renata was a fantastic tour leader, and the fellowship of new friends with like desire to travel made it a perfect vacation.
Cathy from Oklahoma
This tour was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. Everything was top-notch from the tour organization, leader + local guides, quality of accommodation + total experience. I compared a number of tour companies before deciding to travel to Peru with Sights + Soul. The quality of the experience – sites visited, guides, hotels, etc., provided good value.
Nancy from Ontario
I experienced so many wonderful new things it would be hard to single out one best thing. Each day brought something new. I had so longed to experience Peru that I just literally soaked it all up. Marlene was great! She went above and beyond what I thought a tour leader would do. In general, this tour exceeded my expectations! I learned so much and got to experience so much of the culture of Peru!
Rexanna from Missouri
This was my 1st time out of the US & the experience was great for a travel beginner. We were kept in the loop leading up to the trip & all concerns and questions were answered. Renata was Awesome! Loved It! I can’t wait for my next trip.
Shirley from California
I travelled with my daughter and we had a great time. We were on the go the whole time, and Renata made sure we were happy. She did this from the beginning to the end of the trip. She made us all feel like we were the only one traveling with her, and made every person feel welcome. I had no stress only enjoyment.
Elizabeth from Ontario
My first women-only tour – very unique and fun. What was the best experience? Everything! My sister and I had a ball sightseeing and being with everyone! Renata was great. Even when we had local guides, she always had something interesting to add. Smart lady!
Candy from Florida
Peru was the trip of a lifetime. Marlene was wonderful – could not have been better. I love traveling with SST.
Karen from Florida
The Peru trip was excellent. Marlene was awesome. Always looking out for us, addressed any concerns, and stayed calm in all situations. The entire tour was fantastic. The hotels were perfect and the agenda was packed, so I saw everything I wanted to see, too!
Julia from New York
A once in a lifetime experience. Money well spent. Had access to artists and events in Kyoto and Tokyo usually not available to other tours. Great group of women to travel with.
Melissa from Georgia
The Japan tour was everything I had hoped for and more. We had experiences vs. just “seeing the sights”. I also enjoyed meeting the other women. Please keep this approach to your tours!
Marilee from Georgia
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Peru - the people, the food and the sights were fabulous. On a side note, the hotel in Cusco was outstanding - I loved the blend of old and new. Marlene was a great tour leader. She is patient, enthusiastic and always upbeat! Thank you for arranging such an interesting tour!
Pam from Alberta
I can’t say enough about the Peruvian trip. Marlene’s enthusiasm and the local guides made the trip very special. The Peruvian accommodations were excellent since I so believe in nature conservation and environmental protection. The theme of Andean Women’s Culture was woven throughout and very evident. The visits to see the ancient native communities of Cuyuni and the Uros reed isles people were outstanding. The food was delicious (best & most consistent of any trips I can remember) since I could tell no pesticides or artificial chemicals. The Andean scenery, animals and botanical flowers were a sight to behold. I took over 600 photos. We were blessed with very good weather. The group of ladies were varied and fun. I made some special friendships. I came home satisfied and a smile on my face that I had seen/learned everything I had expected and much MORE.
Lou from Florida
Kerry was a fantastic tour leader. She has a great problem solving ability (a record rainfall in Buenos Aires), great sense of humor and a positive attitude. I would love to travel with her again.
Arnetta from Florida
Loved it! It was a trip of a lifetime, and I’m so glad I decided to book with Sights and Soul. The places we visited and the people we met along the way in Argentina couldn’t have been better, and I enjoyed it all. Kerry was ever helpful, and we had plenty of issues (rain and delays), and she handled them all with class and great skill.
Julia from California
When you talk to new clients who are hesitant about travelling with Sights & Soul, feel free to have them contact me and I will be more than happy to endorse your trips. Travelling with you and the other tour leaders has been absolutely wonderful for me.
Barbara from Missouri
Thank you to all the Sights & Soul Travel folks for producing this amazing experience in France!! And a special Thank You for being very responsive to our needs. Your care & concern for your clients & staff shine through all you do. See you again on the adventure trail.
Mary Ann from Pennsylvania
I am so glad I took the leap and traveled with SST. This was my first travel abroad and it couldn’t have been easier. Hotel and their staff were great and Rome was fairly easy to navigate on your own during free time. Our tour director couldn’t have been nicer; she was actually one of us in spirit.
Linda from Texas
I had a wonderful time and finally understood why girls like summer camps.
Kathy from Vermont
Austria tour was a great value, I got much more than I expected. Renata was an excellent trip leader. She was warm and friendly, always in a professional way, I really enjoyed her leadership and expertise on this trip.
Jean from New York
Such a great tour!! Poland is a well-kept secret. Fascinating history, beautiful cities and countryside, delicious food, inexpensive shopping. Lovely group of women. And Marta is terrific! Warm, friendly and caring. I hope I get a chance to travel with her again.
Lynne from Massachusetts
I really enjoyed the wine tasting and picnic in the vineyard, but meeting 12 amazing women was the best! Becky was awesome. She took time to get to know all of us & went out of her way to make our experience the best it could be.
Jackie from New Jersey
Love it! Love it! Love it! I love traveling with your groups, will always. You choose the most talented tour leaders (patient), food, attractions, all are 1st class all the way, down to transportation. I will never travel with another group.
Dean from Texas
I have traveled around the world with many different companies & Sights+Soul is right at the top with staff, itinerary, experiences and value. There were so many peak experiences in France that it is impossible to pick one, but if pressed it would be the “amazing” Becky!
Mary Ann from Pennsylvania
It was a trip of a lifetime. I wake up every day thinking I may have dreamed it. It was perfect in every day.
Kimberly from New Hampshire
I loved the variety of activities on the Austria tour: museums, boat rides, ice caves, a concert, cable car rides, and a cog-wheel railroad trip! And this was one of the nicest groups of women I’ve ever traveled with. No whiners, no complainers, no primadonnas. Everyone was friendly, inclusive and punctual.
Annika from Illinois
I just wanted to send you a quick email and let you know what a great trip and experience the France 2 trip was for me. From my initial decision to select your company for the trip to everything since then, it has been one of the best travel decisions I've made. I also wanted to let you know that Becky Ballering is a wonderful tour guide - she made the experience so easy and fun for all of us. Thanks to you and your team at Sights and Souls! I hope to travel again with you in the future.
Marilyn from Texas
We do a lot of traveling. We have traveled with many, many tour operators. S+S compares very favourably. Good planning info was provided. The guide was informed + welcoming, and she dealt with the inevitable “hiccup” very well. We would very much consider another S+S tour.
Kathy from Ontario
The tour exceeded my expectations. Paris and the Provence was a beautiful experience and Becky was always kind, thoughtful and considerate. Her help in every instance was much appreciated by myself and everyone else on the tour.
Betty from Manitoba
Ireland was wonderful. The friendly Irish people, the ancient landmarks and great experiences (Riverdance, story-telling and music, Newgrange, Dingle Peninsula) made this a 5-star tour! I especially enjoyed Tadgh, our driver/guide. He was so interesting, informative and funny, too. Joan was just a top-notch tour leader, always upbeat and pleasant! She kept us on schedule and informed. Hope to travel with her again!
Rose Ann from Texas
Thank you for a fabulous trip, Marta is a wonderful guide and so was Greg, when my head clears I will write more (jet lag). You did not leave anything out. I have been on many tours this was one of the best. As were the guides.
Shirley from Maryland
I'm back in California... and sharing my memories of this most educational trip with friends and family. Who would have thought that Poland is a culinary destination! Marta did an outstanding job.... Everyone we met was friendly and hospitable. Loved the variety of experiences we had....rafting, horse and carriage rides, major cities and the gorgeous Tatra Mtns....lots of history...
Marna from California
Poland was fabulous. I was always reluctant to go on a group tour, but this was more like traveling with a bunch of friends. Thanks for planning such an excellent experience and thank you so much to Greg, and of course Marta, for being such outstanding guides and travel companions.
Debby from Maryland
Wonderful experience, great companions on the tour. Restaurants and hotels were very good. I really enjoyed Croatia, and would love to return someday. This is my second tour with Sights and Soul, and I thoroughly enjoyed both tours.
Susan from Florida
I wanted to take a moment to send you a quick email and let you know how much of an awesome time we both had in Ireland, Joan was a wonderful leader and a true pleasure to travel with. I had a fabulous time, and cannot wait until the next trip!
Joanne from Maryland
Croatia is a beautiful country with excellent food + wine. This tour provides a mix of history + culture but the highlight for me was the two days visiting the islands near Split and Dubrovnik. The water + sun are a beautiful combination. Add in a group of adventurous ladies + Renata, a great tour guide – it was a perfect vacation!
Beverley from Alberta
We very much enjoyed the whole experience, much of which was the idea of a small group of women travelling together. Our tour guide, Marta, was first class not only in her knowledge of the cities we visited but in her very expert care she took of all of us. Your choice of hotels was excellent including accommodations, location and service; the staff in Budapest could have been a little friendlier. We loved it that all hotels were close to the city's vibrant sections for shopping, exploring and eating. Probably the biggest surprise were the amazing lunches and dinners; wonderful food with very generous menu choices in interesting and varied places, all in historic buildings. Certainly they were among the highlight of the trip.
Marcia from New York
One of the best experiences of my life. A diverse and wonderful group of women made it extra special, and Becky was fantastic. Her love of travel and enthusiasm are contagious.
Deborah from British Columbia
Greece was a blissful experience! My mom and I had a blast. Your company provided us with a wealth of historical information, fine dining and beautiful scenic views from our hotel rooms. Our tour guide, Becky, was compassionate, resourceful, and a wonderful hostess!
Tabbitha from Louisiana
I want to thank you, Becky and everyone at Sights and Soul Travels for making our Greek tour such a memorable experience. I already miss all of the other women that I got to know on the trip and will never forget all of the exciting excursions, tours, boat rides, meals and shopping expeditions we packed into 10 short days. I look forward to traveling again with Sights and Soul Travels in the near future!
Judy from Maryland
Becky did a superb job but it should have been called a foodies tour. From selecting each lunch item as we walked the Latin quarter, to the numerous wine, chocolate and tapenade tastings, the cooking class with a one star Michelin chef and lunch in a vineyard I felt I was in a dream and didn't want to wake up. In addition, our seats at the Moulin Rouge were excellent. Even the rain cooperated. Thanks to everyone who made this tour a huge success.
Lori from Missouri
The trip was fantastique, magnifique, and way exceeded my expectations. The French were pleasant and helpful, the food phenomenal, the activities were educational, exciting, and I enjoyed every minute. Becky deserves a great amount of credit for herding us around a foreign country, keeping us organized and happy. Marlene was a fabulous tour guide. She has so much knowledge and was fun to be with. It is hard to place things in 1st or 2nd place but one of my most favorite experience was the picnic at Eddie Feraud's vineyard. Everything else is just a different shade of 1st place! It was a long 28 hour trip back home but worth every minute. I look forward to my next trip with Sights and Souls.
Connie from Oregon
The Vietnam tour exceeded my expectations. The itinerary was excellent, well thought out and executed beautifully. Lunch @ the architect’s home was very special, loved the foodie tour in Saigon, and the setting for lunch on the Mekong was beautiful.
Jane from New York
The S&S Africa trip was an adventure of a lifetime! The word that came to mind daily was "awesome" and it really did not describe all the great things we did and saw up close!!! Cape Town, Kapama Southern Camp and Victoria Falls...they were all wonderful. Deon, our Cape Town guide was the best ever. Betheul, my Kapama Ranger, was great at telling stories and he taught us so much about the animals. We saw them all! It was an amazing experience. Victoria Falls and our sunset cruise down the Zambezi River was a nice end to an amazing adventure! The hippo family was great to see. I will be talking about this trip for years to come. Great job Yolanta! Sights and Soul continues to be my first choice when I'm looking for a great destination and well planned itinerary.
Suzanne from Virginia
It was all fantastic and Renata was fabulous. She made everyone comfortable, made sure to include and consider everyone's opinion and put everyone at ease. Being in Germany at Christmastime was like being in a real life Christmas card.
Tammy from New Jersey
A truly wonderful experience, providing exposure to the beauty of Lake Como and the grandeur of Venice!
Cheryll from Maine
I love traveling with you because I know you will choose some of the best sightseeing and food experiences for us, and I trust your choices in hotels. I know I will get a good overview of a destination. It’s a pleasure to learn from local guides who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. When we go to a crowded site, we usually get in the express lines.
Jan from Illinois
This was my third S+S tour and it lived up to my expectations. A good combination of guided tours + free time. Our lunch in Verona was a highlight. Met a great group of like-minded women travelers.
Nancy from Virginia
I had a fabulously fun time on my first organized group tour! It was truly enjoyable and EVERYTHING went superbly well from the flights, transportation, hotels, weather, guides, itinerary, food, food, wine, prosecco, wine, cheese, wine, new friends! There were definitely a lot of laughs and high spirits.. and Joan was the host with the most!
Julie from California