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Marlene in Peru

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Sights and Soul Travels' Tour Directors

In addition to local guides, who share with the group their in-depth knowledge about the place where each tour takes us, each Sights and Soul Travels’ tour is accompanied by a Tour Director. These incredible women are there to assure that all the logistics during the tour run smoothly, they take care of all the details, and assure that everyone is enjoying the experience. Our Tour Directors are from the US, France, Poland, Germany, Iceland and Italy, speak several languages, are trained in first aid, and many of them have been working with Sights and Soul Travels for many years, so they treat the women who travel with us as extended family. Our Tour Directors are the one feature that makes our journeys uniquely special. Chosen for their charisma, expertise and affability, these women are the secret ingredient that turns a fine tour into an unforgettable experience. Their enthusiasm is contagious, their guidance consistently brings depth, excitement and substance to all the women who join them on our tours. We're proud to introduce our stars:

RENATA STUEBNER, Virginia 
RENATA STUEBNER

Renata has been leading Sights and Soul’s tours since 2008. Previously, she has worked as a Program Specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Center of Innovation in Washington, DC. She has also worked for the World Bank Group, Soros Open Society, the White House and other organizations as an interpreter for visitors from the Balkan region. She has lived in Bosnia, in the Netherlands and in Germany, and speaks several languages. In addition to travel, her interests include history, politics and art. She plays several musical instruments and loves to cook.

Tours led in the past: Amafi Coast, Austria, Croatia, Germany Christmas Markets, Holland & Belgium, Iceland, Morocco, Norway Summer, Rome, Scotland, South Africa, Tuscany, Zimbabwe & Botswana


Renata was a pleasure! Very attentive to everyone’s needs. She was helpful, knowledgeable and flexible! – Lori from Illinois

Renata kept everything running smoothly and on time. She offered good suggestions for things to do in free time and places to eat. – Barbara from Georgia

Renata is great! Very organized and caring. – Joanne from California

Renata was wonderful! She was lots of fun. She included us all and made us feel like a total group. – Sharon from New Jersey

The tour director, Renata, enhanced the tour enormously! Her stories, her humor and her patience were extraordinary. – Anna from California

Renata was professional, yet so much fun. I had the utmost confidence in her ability to handle any unexpected glitches that come our way. She is very knowledgeable as well. – Robin from Delaware

Renata was well organized, dedicated to us all and fun to be with. Hope to travel with her again. – Lesley from Florida

Renata took great care of us! – Gayle from Oregon

Renata was terrific. She focused on making sure things ran smoothly, and on dealing with surprises calmly and efficiently. She’s a very interesting woman. Fully satisfied with Renata and would gladly travel with her again. – Anne from New York

Renata was great – fun, calm, friendly! I would definitely go on another trip with her! – Ellen from Maryland

Renata was wonderful, very organized and efficient. - Susan from Pennsylvania

Renata is a fantastic TD. She was professional, thorough, fact-filled, organized, and very responsible. – Martha from California

She was great – a compassionate, caring person who also participated and seemed to enjoy learning as much as we did. – Jill from Wisconsin

Renata was the consummate tour director. I appreciated her organization, her knowledge, her sense of humor and most of all was very nice. - Cathy from Missouri

Renata is a great compliment to your organization. She makes sure everyone is enjoying the trip and she adds knowledge along the way! She is organized and a very friendly person. – Carol from Pennsylvania

Renata kept us all on schedule. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and really wanted us to get everything we could from the location. - Teresa from Pennsylvania 

The Tour Director was wonderful, very inclusive and caring. She made sure that everyone was enjoying themselves. Renata is a very interesting woman and a great Tour Director. Especially good at herding a group of women 😊 - Mary from North Carolina

Amalfi Coast was superb and Renata was a marvel – in all ways! - Lucille from Connecticut

Renata did a great job of navigating changes necessitated by the weather. I’m looking forward to traveling with her again. – Mary from Oregon

Renata was a great host. She was informative and attentive to our needs and requests – Betty from Alabama

So very knowledgeable and it made a huge difference her knowing the language, culture, history and geography. Perfect! – Charlotte from Nova Scotia

Renata did a good job, is, of course, well-schooled in language and history, is pleasant and competent and as she has done the tour so many times, there are no surprises. – Claudia from Ontario

Renata was an excellent tour leader. She was very interesting and informative about the history of Croatia, and the former Yugoslavia. I learned so much, listening to her. She was also very warm, positive and helpful. I enjoyed traveling with her, and hope to do so again. – Susan from Iowa

She was flexible and kind. She was very knowledgeable, and her personal experiences were enlightening. – Pamela from California

Renata was first rate: skillful, knowledgeable, friendly, caring. A very interesting woman whose personal experience in Bosnia put a face to the terrible history of the countries and whose language ability and cultural awareness enhanced the trip. – Ellen from North Carolina

Renata was wonderful. She went above and beyond extending her services to some of the ladies who needed additional transportation services. She was kind and is a true gem. – Sonia from New York 
Renata is THE BEST! S&S does an amazing job of seeing lots of places in a short time and at a reasonable price. - Beverly from California

Renata is a gift! I loved her sincere and gentle manner. That coupled with her genuine care and knowledge makes her so special. Thank you for your professional staff and I look forward to each and every adventure ahead! - Karen from New York

The trip to Morocco was just as wonderful as I expected it to be. The itinerary, the hotels, the group, and our wonderful guide, Renata, provided an experience I doubt anyone will forget.  My sincere thanks to you, S&S, and Renata for providing the trip of a lifetime to fourteen very lucky ladies.  Mohammed, also, was an excellent guide. – Martha from Caifornia

It was all a magnificent trip, and a beautiful country. Renata’s background and firsthand experience with the area and the wars that have plagued the country truly added to the richness of the experience. Absolutely the most beautiful country I’ve visited thus far! Really had a good time. Enjoyed everything about the trip. Thanks a bunch! – Patricia from Alberta

It was such a fantastic overview of the Roman history, with all the highlights + as always, the women we travelled with were awesome! Renata is so special. She makes everyone feel comfortable and important, and her enthusiasm is infectious. The individual guides were really amazing. – Tammy from New Jersey

I enjoyed everything about the Iceland tour. The scenery was gorgeous, the planned activities were fun & interesting, the local guide was extremely informative & professional, Renata was helpful, the women were friendly and fun, there was enough free time for individual interests, and the hotel had a convenient location with a very efficient staff. Thank you for the wonderful vacation! – Susan from Nebraska

Fabulous time. I recommend this tour company to others whether you go alone or with friends. Perfect way to see a country and make new friends. Great location of tour hotels. And Renata was a perfect mix between Mary Poppins and Julie McCoy: always prepared, with a smile on her face. – Meg from Oregon

This was an amazing trip – fun and educational. I appreciate all the care and time that went into planning every detail of this wonderful trip. Renata was the best. The trip was so much more meaningful because of her willingness to share her experiences &her knowledge of the history /area. – Meg from Oregon

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 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

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

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

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

Austria was beautiful, clean and friendly. The tour hit the best of Austria with the mountains, lakes, Salzburg and Vienna, delicious food and quaint towns. Highly recommend. Renata was great! She was so knowledgeable about the history of Austria, I was amazed. She was also upbeat, positive and very organized. – Lori from Missouri

I just returned from the Amalfi Coast tour- what a wonderful experience!!! Renata did a fabulous job as our "fearless leader." She has the patience of a saint! I hope to take another tour with her in the future. – Sarah from Wisconsin

MARTA JOCHYM, Poland 

Marta likes to think of herself as an adventurous traveler. If asked why traveling is so important to her, she would answer that it very often is a spiritual adventure that expands your awareness, connects you to other people and cultures and helps her maintain her enthusiasm for life. To take up traveling means to take up the attitude: love yourself, love your life and love the world. Marta has been working with Sights and Soul Travels since 2010, both as a guide and as a tour leader in destinations in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, and she has developed a strong following among the women who she travels with.

Tours led in the past: Amalfi Coast, Australia, the Baltics, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland & Belgium, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Prague, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Vietnam


Marta was great. Always there to greet us, to make sure our rooms were okay and to keep us organized. Very pleasant personality. – Barbara from Alberta, Canada

Marta is the most amazing tour director I have had the pleasure of traveling with! She was always ready to help and never seemed bothered. Marta was my roommate and she was the best roommate ever! I will definitely be traveling with her again. There is nothing she could have improved – she’s awesome! – Brandy from Oklahoma

Marta is fabulous. I would travel with her anywhere. She’s a real pro! – Deborah from New York

Marta was awesome! Patient, funny, great at problem solving, very much went with the flow and adjusted as needed. She kept the group upbeat and directed. – Gina from Florida

Marta was very organized, diplomatic, felt like one of the group, always in a good mood, flexible with needed changes. – Jill from Texas

Marta’s calm demeanor and support for all kept the group together and very positive. – Joan from New York

I loved Marta – she worked very hard to make sure we all enjoyed the tour. She would call after we checked in to make sure our room was acceptable. She always helped with language or culture issues. I felt well cared for. – Theresa from California

Marta did an incredible job. Her suggestions for things to do during free time was right on. She was constantly checking with individuals to make sure they were ok and there weren’t any problems. She is organized and truly cares about everyone and gladly accepted feedback. I look forward to traveling with her again. – Karen from New York

Marta was an exceptional tour leader from the moment she welcomed us in Melbourne. She was attentive to every detail and had fun alongside us. – Lisa from California

Marta was excellent. She made sure we were all happy and included. She even gave us photography assistance. – Madalyne from Texas

Marta was well organized, friendly, and made good decisions. Really enjoyed her! – Roberta from California

Marta is a warm, kind, loving, genuine, generous and fun leader. She is responsible and very well-organized. She kept us informed whenever changes were made. She always tried to find solutions to problems that came up. We enjoyed her so much as our tour director. I look forward to traveling the world with her again. - Jan from Minnesota

Marta couldn’t have done a better job. She checked on each of us as we moved hotels to ensure everything was ok. She loved taking group photos and taught us all how to pose. – Linda from California

Marta was awesome, professional, caring, interesting and interested in us! – Rachel from British Columbia

Marta was excellent - in every respect. The guide and staff of the Legend as well. – Marina from Newfoundland

Marta was perfect! Always made sure everyone was doing okay, and how to keep it that way. - Judy from Texas

Marta took care of us- she’s great! She made sure we knew the itinerary in advance and where to be when. She was an integral part of the group – one of us, not separate from us. Totally reliant, thorough, and personable. – Cathy from Virginia

Marta was fantastic.  She was very involved with all the activities and made the trip a very memorable one. She cared about everyone’s safety and happiness with each activity. Would love to do another tour with her.  – Nancy from New Jersey

Marta did an outstanding job with the logistics and keeping us on track. She is very personable and helpful. I appreciate all she did for us and I enjoyed getting to know her. – Dawn from California

Marta was amazing! She kept us on track and on time and spent extra time with us taking photos. She was a calm yet enthusiastic leader of the pack. – Mary from Oregon

Marta is pure perfection! She is always smiling and truly interested in everyone and making sure we are having a good time. I’d go anywhere with her! – Tammy from New Jersey

Tour Director was great. Available to answer questions and provide guidance but not overbearing. Tried to be flexible as schedule altered. – Sheri from Colorado

Marta was an excellent Tour Director. She was patient, pleasant, listened well and checked on everyone. I would love to travel with her on a trip again. – Jani from Oregon

Marta was such a delight – sweet, patient and kind. She was also very informative about Germany. We always knew when to be where. – Patricia from New York

The tour leader kept us informed of the schedule every day, and kept us on track with time. The bus drivers and guides were also great at every location! It was also nice for the tour leader, Marta, to take a lot of pictures! – Madeline from Michigan

Marta was a great tour leader! Worked very hard to meet needs of clients, even unreasonable requests. Kept everything on schedule, and was proactive in dealing with late clients. - Joyce from Minnesota

Marta was wonderful- on top of everything at all times. – Janet from Florida

Marta was always concerned that things were going well and adjusted the schedule when we missed the Eileen Donan Castle Tour due to a traffic accident. She was very much a part of our experience. – Janice from Nova Scotia, Canada

She was respectful of everyone – making sure all were included. She was a constant positive and upbeat influence on us all. – Veronica from Connecticut

Marta is amazing! She is the right combination of kind, patient and firm. – Sherry from Nebraska

Marta is always wonderful. She is calm under any circumstance and only wants everyone to have a good experience. There was absolutely no need to do anything differently. – Diana from Washington

Marta’s love for, and pride in, Krakow was evident from day one. She was always willing to listen to suggestions, and was a lot of fun to be with. – Karen from New Hampshire

Marta sets a high bar for her caring, attention to detail, and local knowledge. A wonderful tour leader who made sure to take group photos. Marta is one of the best! – Anne from New Jersey

Marta was excellent! She paid special attention to every traveler. She encouraged us to try things and encouraged conversation as well. She was definitely a big reason why we enjoyed the trip so much.  I am always happy when I travel with Sights and Soul. I have come to expect everything to be well planned, of excellent quality and fun! – Ruth from New York 

Wow – best tour guides and Sights and Soul group leader ever! Very positive, charming – a pleasure to be around and attentive to detail and group chemistry. - Paddi from Alberta

Marta was fantastic as tour leader. She handled any and all problems away from us and if a decision needed to be made by the group she gave us the info to make the decision. She was a dream tour leader. I would happily go on tours that she leads. She got me out of my comfort zone and to go kayaking and I actually enjoyed it. - Elizabeth from New York

Loved Marta! Very observant and tried to address any small issue before it became a problem. Liked how she had an intro meeting with an outline of what to expect from the trip. - Stacie from Missouri

Marta was flexible when scheduling adjustments needed to be made. She was especially careful to keep us eating at “safe” restaurants and a good advocate at hotels. Some of our free time was sacrificed to save time and to keep us in safe eating places. - Mary Louise from Minnesota

Marta was wonderful. Very organized and caring that we all had a good experience. I would love to travel with her again. - Linda from Pennsylvania

Marta was fabulous. She made sure everyone was happy and tried to anticipate everyone’s needs. She is a joy! - Tammy from New Jersey

I really enjoyed Marta. She was very professional. She made sure everyone was doing okay and took care of any problems efficiently. All the ladies in the group liked her very much. - Lynne from Illinois

This was the best group of women on any tour I’ve experienced. Marta inspired us! Raf was an incredible guide – the sights were beyond my expectations.  One of the most gratifying, fun, Sights and Soul trips. – Joan from California

Great tour – great women – great Egypt specialist – loved Marta! - Kim from Virginia

This was a most fascinating and educational trip: I greatly appreciated the knowledge of our local guides. There is nothing like actually standing next to the pyramids and the Sphinx, going down into the beautifully decorated tombs and walking through the amazing temples of Egypt and Jordan! The tour leader, Marta, was always availableif/when needed. She was calm and through and extremely even-handed in dealing with all in the group. She was organized and collaborated well with the local guides. - Deborah from Florida

Marta really took care of all aspects of the tour – I didn’t have to worry or think about logistics. Mike and Peter were absolutely delightful too.  I would also like to point out that your office team is not only professional but communicated very well by providing excellent customer service. I arrived early and stayed late for the tour and April worked hard on arranging the additional days at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Thank you! – Susan from Washington

The best experience during the tour was meeting a fantastic group of well-traveled, open minded ladies who knew how to have a good time.  Marta was the perfect guide. Her Polish lessons were fun, and she was flexible and fun too, and so this tour beat all expectations. What a wonderful country! We were able to meet its people, experience the culture, history and some nature too. – Diana from Washington

Poland is a hidden gem. Marta is the best! – Kathy from Michigan

I loved everything! So much history! I am so glad I went since my father was born there, and this was the best trip ever. Marta and all the ladies were fantastic. – Barbara from Michigan

This was a great trip. It was full of depth and richness, and I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the other women. Marta is a real treasure - she is balanced, and able to lead a disparate group of women who all got along with each other.  I know I am going to have to meet different leaders eventually, but really look forward to her trips. I have recommended your company to several people, including two individuals who will likely join up. Though there are lots of other companies, yours is well-organized, has varied programs, and feels like it really matters that we enjoy ourselves. – Meg from Pennsylvania

This trip was a dream come true. I still don’t believe I went. The women I met on the tour were great. We had a lot of laughs. Our tour guide, Marta, was the best. Every day was a great experience. I enjoyed eating gelato daily. I loved Ravello and the cooking class. – Patty from South Carolina

Pompeii was impressive, as was dining with the ladies at exceptional places with great food. Marta was exceptional, couldn’t ask for more! This was my third women-only tour group, and none is even close to this one. – Linda from Pennsylvania

From start to finish it was perfect. Marta was outstanding. The women on the tour were outstanding. The meals were outstanding. The professional local guides were outstanding. The whole trip: Bellissimo! – Kathy from Pennsylvania

I really enjoyed all 3 tours: wonderful guides, great food, everyone got along well, a memorable experience. So glad I did these 3 (Morocco, Spain, Portugal) in a row. In many cases, history just flowed and connected from one to the other. Marta, Kerry and Angela were all great tour leaders, each with a different personality and style of leading, but all equal in greatly enhancing their trip. – Andrea from Nevada

Morocco was fantastic. We hit all the “must see” places & I loved every minute. I loved Fes! And Marta really cares about each person’s comfort and happiness and it shows! – Victoria from New Jersey

First experience with an all-women travel group. I was favorably impressed. It was great! Lots to see and do every day. Great accommodations and wonderful food. Well organized, ran smoothly, plenty of variety in activities. Marta and Peter did a great job. Peter is certainly a wonderful ambassador for Scotland! – Cathy from Ontario

The Paris and Provence tour was beautiful. For me, I loved the dinner in the Eiffel Tower and going up to it. I had been to France many, many years ago and didn’t remember much. The tour exceeded my expectations, as Sights and Soul always does. It was magical, and Marta was an amazing tour leader. She is patient, understanding, knowledgeable and fun. – Tiffany from Wisconsin

The small group format is perfect for navigating places and having a personal experience. The tour was well organized with a variety of activities. Lodging and meals were just right and provide big bang for the buck. Marta was perfect: watchful, interesting & interested, prepared and organized. – Diane from Washington

I loved the magical, mystical beauty of Scotland: the beautiful Eilean Donan castle, the hike through the Weeping Glen, and the Isle of Skye! It was an experience I shall always remember. Marta was a wonderful tour leader, always prepared, respectful, she really listened to us. Peter, the driver/guide was great fun and informative. – Gene from Virginia

The tour gave an excellent overview of this beautiful country. The women were great. Our bus driver, Peter, was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and greatly enhanced our appreciation of Scotland. Marta is an excellent tour leader, who kept us informed about each day’s activities. – Annika from Illinois

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

I think that the Eastern Europe tour was fabulous in every way. The restaurants that we attended as a group were wonderful and loads of fun. Marta was always attentive and very knowledgeable about the tour cities. – Beth from New York

MARLENE BOYER, France 

Marlene was born and raised in Provence, France. After graduating from the International Commerce Institute with a degree in Spanish and English, she has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa and spent a year living in the US. Marlene has been leading Sights and Soul Travels’ groups since 2010, and has developed a loyal following among the company’s clients. Her special talents lie not only in her superb social and organizational skills, but also in her passion and enthusiasm for the destinations where she leads the tour and her caring and warm attitude.

Tours led in the past: Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Laos, Myanmar, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe & Botswana


She interacted with everyone to make sure we were enjoying the trip. – Sally Ann from Ohio

Marlene was very attentive to our needs. She was knowledgeable about Peru, customs, etc. – Orma from Pennsylvania

Marlene did a fantastic job of bringing the group together with her enthusiasm for the trip! – Char from Nevada

Marlene is a wonderful tour director! Her energy, positivity and helpfulness were just wonderful in every way! – Susan from Massachusetts

Marlene was amazing – she went above + beyond to make sure we were comfortable + enjoyed the trip! She took great care to make sure our needs were met and we were able to enjoy custom experiences. I wanted to try frog legs before the trip was over so she made the trip into a restaurant and brought them to the villa for the chef to prepare on my behalf. Just an amazing guide who wanted to make sure we got the most out of our trip! – Alice from Illinois

Marlene was a breath of fresh air as a tour director. She’s energetic, enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. Marlene’s English was perfect and she was a wealth of information. Very pleasant to be around. She made the trip what is was!! Her enthusiasm for her country shows and her knowledge is impressive. She really seemed to enjoy being around the group. I found in the past that the tour director can make or break a tour and Marlene made this tour! – Alice from Pennsylvania

Marlene was just great – kept track of us but also allowed some personal flexibility. – Jane from Washington

Marlene is a high energy person and worked tirelessly to assist participants in achieving their “must do” list. Marlene is great in recommending wines. – Alice from Georgia

Marlene added the excitement and enthusiasm that a lot of tours lack. Her knowledge of the area and her love for it made it much more enjoyable for me. She was an excellent leader. – Doris from North Carolina

Marlene was fabulous once again. Always attentive & fun, not to mention competent. – Susan from Massachusetts

Marlene was wonderful. She went above and beyond my expectations. – Jamie from Washington

Marlene was absolutely lovely – engaging, knowledgeable, kind, diplomatic and talented! We couldn’t have asked for a better tour leader. Understanding of our needs (when we were tired) and so professional yet personable at all times. She is an asset to your company! – Stephanie from British Columbia

Marlene was the perfect combination of cat herder, cheerleader, adult in the room, and friend. She should not change a single thing. – Wendy from Virginia

Marlene was GREAT! Her bubbly personality made it fun and she went far above the call of duty. Everything went so smoothly because she was so organized.  It was all hassle free. – Patricia from Arizona

I loved the tour, we saw a lot of interesting things (villages) that were off the beaten path.  I loved the Shaman, Machu Picchu, the reed islands. I liked the upscale accommodations which were nicer than I would have booked for myself, but a real treat. Marlene could not have been a better tour leader.  She was inclusive, fun, and on top off all the details. - Susan from Massachusetts

An outstanding adventure. China has so much influence on our world, it was important to learn something about them. The tour was fascinating and well designed. Hotels were top notch. The group was great, and I just can't say enough about Marlene. She was so friendly, caring and helpful. A wonderful young woman. – Paddi from Alberta

Marlene was amazing! Her personality is so engaging, and she is well versed in the arts and history. Thank you for organizing a wonderful trip. – Kathleen from Ohio

Dropping you a line to tell you that I thought the trip to Peru was a fabulous experience.  Just now sorting through pictures and remembering the journey. The "sights" we saw, the people we met, gave us a bird's eye view of the "soul" of the beautiful country.  Marlene was a great leader.  I also loved Yvette as a local guide who was with us for several days and Jean Jacques' honest approach to Machu Picchu. – Paula from Connecticut

It was more than I imagined it would be. Exploring Provence with Marlene was exceptional and meeting other women in the tour was great. Everything was just delightful! I truly loved staying at Mas des Carassins, it was exquisite and the staff was terrific. Thank you! – Theresa from New York

Marlene was knowledgeable, caring, had a can-do attitude and was always smiling. She truly is a gem. I also want to say thank you to all our other tour guides and bus drivers who made all our excursions go so smoothly. I would recommend Sights and Soul to anyone interested in traveling with a group and if the opportunity arises I would love to travel with you again. – Lois from New York

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

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

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

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

KERRY SCHROEDER-SWECKER, Nevada 

Kerry lives in Nevada, and she appreciates the great outdoors, great food and great wines. She has been leading Sights and Soul Travels' tours for over six years, with a concentration in Europe and South America. She thrives in a group environment, especially when she is able to fit all the puzzle pieces together and create unforgettable travel moments for women who travel with her. Kerry brings in excellent people skills, passion for discoveries and boundless energy to groups that she leads, along with superb organizational skills and her "can do" attitude. When not traveling, Kerry works in the medical field, and beyond her husband and her four children, her interests extend to such varied fields as yoga and literature.

Tours led in the past: Amalfi Coast, Argentina, the Baltics, Ecuador, Holland & Belgium, Iceland, India, Ireland, Norway Summer, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Venice, Zimbabwe and Botswana


Kerry was positive and caring and seemed to be as genuinely impressed with Norway as we were. – Randi from North Carolina

Kerry was wonderful. I have diet restrictions and Kerry always made sure I was taken care of. She is good at making the group cohesive. – Diane from Iowa

Kerry was great! Efficient, friendly and on top of her game. – Gail from Florida

Kerry was great! She did a fantastic job. Can’t think of anything else she could have done. Enjoyed traveling with her. – Joan from Florida

Kerry was terrific. She was very engaging, kept everything organized and on track and was flexible when any of us wanted to do our own thing. – Jonelle from Illinois

Kerry was awesome on the trip. She created an atmosphere of friendliness and openness which made the entire group feel comfortable immediately. She shared stories of her previous trips during dinner which kept us entertained. She was great at explaining exactly what we were going to be doing, and when we needed to be somewhere. – Linda from California

Kerry was friendly, conscientious and decisive. Informative too! Great director. – Gloria from Michigan

Kerry did a wonderful job. – Char from Nevada

Kerry was excellent! She was always present but stayed in the background. No mother henning on her part, really liked! – Kathy from Wisconsin

Kerry was awesome. How she managed to keep track of 18 women and still have them feel independent was amazing. – Ann Kathleen from Pennsylvania

Kerry is fantastic, she reminded everyone we were to be open & this is an adventure. She is amazing. – Tammy from New Jersey

Kerry is amazing! This was my second tour with her and I signed up for India specifically because she was the leader. Have a 3rd tour with her in July. – Roxanne from Missouri

Kerry was a super tour leader. She was enthusiastic about everything, she is both confident and competent. She even convinced more than half of our group to volunteer for roles in the “play” that volunteers put on during each cruise. Because she is leading the Egypt trip in 2019, I decided to sign up for that trip. With her leading, I know it will be great and will be safe.  – Christine from Ontario, Canada

Kerry is an absolute gem! She did an excellent job taking care of us. – Cheryl from California

Kerry was FANTASTIC! She came in early, as did we, and I truly enjoyed having dinner with her at the Japanese restaurant in the hotel. She was so down to earth and personable. She was always there to help us and I feel I’ve made a true friend. – Teresa from Pennsylvania

Kerry was a very good leader – I felt she could handle any situation that might arise. She made every effort to assure each of us was having a good experience. Would be happy to travel with her again. – Maureen from Virginia

Kerry was an excellent tour director. Well informed, caring and fun to be with. – Marilyn from Rhode Island

Kerry was GREAT. She was friendly, fun and organized! – Ellen from Massachusetts

Kerry’s enthusiasm enhanced the tour. I’ll always remember Kerry cheering me on during the hike up the volcano. – Margaret from California

Kerry is friendly, relaxed, inclusive of everyone, organized and efficient! – Delora from North Carolina

Kudos to Kerry for handling all the different personalities of this group.  She was efficient, totally a leader and kept us all in tune.  I would travel with her with no reservations. - Linda from Illinois

Kerry was amazing. She was friendly, knowledgeable, calm + very capable of multi-tasking. I’ve pre-registered for your Romania trip partly because she’ll be leading the tour. – Kathy from Ohio

The tour to South Africa far exceeded my expectations. Although all my Sights and Soul Tours have been wonderful this was my favorite! The Kapama Safaris far exceed my expectations… Magical experiences! Kerry is awesome! There was a couple of difficult ladies on this tour and she handled them professionally and patiently. After two tours with Kerry I now consider her a friend and can’t wait to travel with her again! – Denise from Indiana

I have been internet following several tour groups for women over the past few years. Sights and Soul always came to the top of my list to try. There were so many memorable experiences on this trip, it’s very hard to say which was “the best”.  I was extremely impressed with Kerry’s professionalism and knowledge of South Africa and what would enhance our tour experiences.  I always felt so comfortable being under her capable guidance throughout the tour. I felt that she sincerely wanted me (and every person in our group) to gain experiences that would appeal to my sense of travel curiosity and adventure. She is an excellent tour leader.  I would definitely consider Sights and Soul Travels for any upcoming trips. Still undecided on destinations. Well organized with just the right amount of flexibility to enhance our experiences. – Bonnie from Missouri

S&S is a wonderful women’s tour group that is exceptionally well planned. Kerry is a caring, friendly face to everyone. Exploring all the sights in a small, safe surrounding made for a fabulous trip. Do not hesitate if you are a solo traveler – you will be welcomed and never feel alone. This was my first trip with S&S and would highly recommend it. It was an outstanding experience for women who share the love of travel and adventures. - Joyce from Ohio

Excellent tour as usual. Sights and Soul is a class act. - Karen from New Hampshire

This was my 3rd trip with S+S. Each one exceeded my expectations. Seeing the animals close up and so many of them was breath-taking, but also the guides were able to provide a real feel for Arica. The tribal village was a high point. Kerry, our tour leader implies confidence. I always felt we would be on schedule and where we needed to be, yet she was flexible when needed. Thanks S+S for another memorable adventure. - Mary Jo from Virginia

This tour was much more than I could imagine it would be! The tours and meals exceeded my expectations. The accommodations were all wonderful. The Commodore was a great location, convenient to the waterfront. Camp Kapama was fabulous! The tour to a Namibian village was one of the many highlights of the trip. I really enjoyed the jeep and boat safaris – happy to have done both trips together. Kerry was great! She always asked how everything is and joined different people from the group for shopping, dinner, etc. and spent time with everyone. I can’t think of anything she could have done better. - Donna from Pennsylvania

Can't say enough about the wonderful trip.  From the hotels to the tours and the restaurants, everything was top notch and I could tell that there was a lot of thought and planning into the process. Our tour guide Kerry was fabulous, she really went above and beyond in making sure we were all well taken care of.  I will be recommending Sights and Soul and look forward to taking another trip. I have traveled with another women's travel group and Sights and Soul is by far a better company in so many ways.  Thanks for making  the trip to Holland & Belgium a memorable experience! – Kathleen from Illinois

I really enjoyed all 3 tours: wonderful guides, great food, everyone got along well, a memorable experience. So glad I did these 3 (Morocco, Spain, Portugal) in a row. In many cases, history just flowed and connected from one to the other. Marta, Kerry and Angela were all great tour leaders, each with a different personality and style of leading, but all equal in greatly enhancing their trip. – Andrea from Nevada

I felt very pampered – which can be very nice. It was good to see two countries that are so different in how they have progressed into the 21st century. Both this tour and the tour to South Africa made me want to learn more about sub-Saharan Africa. Kerry mixed well with everyone and was open and energetic. I can think of nothing that could have been done differently and would be very pleased to have her as the leader of one of my future tours. – Diana from Washington

This was my second tour with S+S. Everything from Kerry, our tour leader, guides and accommodations and food were perfect. The other ladies were friendly and welcoming. I will definitely travel with S&S again. – Karen from Oklahoma

Victoria Falls – a beauty to behold. Chobe where you can see the hippos play + eat + crocodiles lounge! What a place! This was my 5th trip with S+ST. The plan for visiting these exotic countries with a planned itinerary was set up for maximum enjoyment. Kerry did a great job. – Karla from Colorado

First of all, I have never seen such attention to detail from any tour company. I was equally impressed by the personal, prompt responses to any questions I had prior to departure. Second, the tour leader only added to the experience. Kerry was efficient, calm and caring. Having her with us, I knew that any glitches or mishaps would only be minor inconveniences.  Overall, the itinerary and the group itself was wonderful. – Laura from South Carolina

S+S Travels thoroughly impressed me and made my first overseas trip very memorable. Thank you! Kerry was wonderful, I can’t think of a single thing she could have done differently, she took good care of us, made the trip fun / enjoyable. – Sharon from Michigan

Thank you for having a tour to the Amalfi Coast. It exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful to meet Kerry and she was an excellent tour guide. Just exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the others. I will have a lifetime of great memories from this trip. Look forward to taking another trip with Sights and Souls. This was my first. – Julie from Missouri

The all woman, small, intimate group was just what I was looking for. And Kerry was wonderful, full of excitement, always kind and willing to assist anyone who needed extra help. – Barbara from Massachusetts

Argentina was fantastic - such a vibrant and exciting country! The food, the sights and the people are outstanding. Kerry is a great tour leader as she has a great sense of humour and she is patient, enthusiastic, and concerned about everyone. Thanks for another wonderful travel experience. – Pam from Alberta

Sights + Soul has been my travel “to go” group for 5 years. I am always happy and secure on every trip. Never has there been a problem. I am proud to travel with S + S! The Ireland tour was fantastic and fun, and Kerry was delightful. She is smart, energetic and fun to travel with. She is very caring. I hope to travel with her again soon! All the activities around Killarney were truly memorable. Fantastic hotel & food! My idea of Ireland! – Kim from Texas

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

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

ANNE THOMPSON, North Carolina  
ANNE THOMPSON,áNorth Carolina

Travel has always been an all-consuming passion for Anne. It started when she first traveled with her family to Greece for three months in 1972 and it continues today, not only in her individual adventures, having visited nearly 100 countries, but also as she leads groups of women on adventures around the world. Originally, she became a tour leader to meet new people who share her enthusiasm for discovering new places, new cultures and new cuisines, but she didn’t count on the fact that many of them would also become her life-long friends, as they have. Women who travel with Anne benefit from her experience, her resourcefulness, and her ability to handle successfully whatever may occur. Asides from travel, Anne is an avid reader, loves to cook and is passionate about history, architecture, and the arts.

Tours led in the past: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, England, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Jordan, Morocco, Norway Winter 


Anne is a excellent tour director. She handled everything with calm assurance and aplomb. During the free time we had, she made suggestions for activities and restaurants and made sure everyone felt included. I can’t think of anything she could have done better. – Adrianne from Florida

Anne was fantastic!! Cool demeanor, fun loving spirit. – Debby from Illinois

Anne is the perfect tour director! Her experience in the areas we visited and ability to speak Greek was an asset. She gave recommendations for places to shop and eat as well as where to take great photos – Donna from Pennsylvania

Anne was fabulous! I didn’t feel any pressure to participate in strenuous walks or activities. – Karen from Florida

Anne did a fantastic job in the tour. She was genuinely happy to be in Greece due to her heritage. The fact that she speaks the language and knows many things of Greece helps a lot during the tour. She was always helpful and enthusiastic answering any questions we had regarding Greece. She gave the best advice on shopping and always helped us to get the best bargain. – Janifer from Minnesota

Anne was excellent – she helped me relax & enjoy. I would not have her do anything differently. – Patricia from North Carolina

Can’t say enough about Anne Thompson. She has a great personality and a very good temperament to lead a tour. It’s not easy herding 15 people every day in the direction you want them to go. You can tell that she enjoys leading this tour. So just from the start, her personality is an enhancement. But she was “one of us” – yes, she was the Tour Director and gave us instructions but she also dove right in and did the tour with us as a friend and a fellow traveler. She went swimming with us, she cooked at the winery with us and for me, that was huge. Every day, there seemed to be optional things to do and Anne was right there with all the possibilities of what could be done and how you could do the optional things. She was happy to take us to do these optional things and was a part of what we were doing. – Leslie from Virginia

Anne was great! She was organized, patient and listened to the needs of individuals. – Fran from New York

Anne was fabulous! She was so organized and clear in telling us where we needed to be. She was so enthusiastic and positive that it was infectious. She did everything in her power to make sure everyone was having a wonderful time. – Amy from Massachusetts

Anne was absolutely terrific – I couldn’t ask for anyone that was more of an advocate for us – she went in the kitchen to see the catch of the day and she moved all of our airline seats to aisle seats so we’d be more comfortable!! Anne is awesome – I can’t wait to travel with her again! – Sheli from Pennsylvania

Anne was absolutely wonderful! Every i was dotted and t crossed. Handled every problem with professionalism. And the fact that she spoke Greek was an added bonus. – Carol from Maryland

There are some people in the world who find joy in extending acts of kindness to others; Anne Thompson is one of those people. Her knowledge of Greece and her organization skills made the trip most memorable. – Bettye from Maryland

It was my first tour alone as a widow and our guide Anne watched over us with care. I always felt safe. Anne was an amazing guide/director. Someone I would want as a lifelong friend. I’ll be traveling with her again. – Phyllis from Florida

Anne was a pleasure to have as our tour director. She worked hardtop make sure all women had a great experience. – Linda from Pennsylvania

Anne was wonderful. I was very worried because I missed my connecting flight in Paris to Casablanca. Anne was highly responsive with my texts, and calls and got me to the hotel safely. – Connie from New York

Anne was a great tour guide – she was fun and very organized. – Julie from New Mexico

Anne is a seasoned, patient and well organized tour director. She was superb! Anne did a great job with time management with the changes needed. She always behaved professionally. – Jan from Tennessee

It was an amazing trip with some amazing ladies. Special thanks to Anne Thompson for making the trip wonderful, fun and pleasurable. - Jolynn from North Carolina

The tour was great – loved the Snow Hotel, the city tours, my fellow sister-travelers, nighttime dogsledding, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Anne was always excited to be with us and take group photos and offer options and advice. - Risa from New Jersey

Anne did a very good job. She was responsive to all needs and issues. - Carol from Nevada
 

LISA FRANCOIS, New Hampshire  

Originally from San Diego, California, Lisa is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco. Since graduating in 2008, she has been able to share her love of travel, leading tours both domestically and internationally. Her passion for sharing the world with other women has been realized by her specializing in leading women-only and women-focused tours. She believes that we are all citizens of the world and it is important that we share our culture with others as well as experience theirs in order to better understand one another.

Tours led in the past: China, Egypt, England, Norway Winter, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Botswana


Lisa was friendly, personable and super inclusive. She looked out for all of us and was super patient with our questions and comfort break needs. – Pia from Texas

Lisa was always upbeat and fun. She made sure we all knew what was happening, answered all questions, and was always available if needed. – Karen from New Hampshire

I liked that Lisa was very much a part of the group, friendly, and approachable. – Sherry from Nebraska

Lisa was great! She was helpful and fun to be around. – Sarah from Vermont

I absolutely loved this tour! Everything from the tea time in London to exploring Jane Austen was amazing. Lisa, the tour leader, had tons of great knowledge about everything. I am pretty much telling every woman I meet to check out your tours. – Lori from Illinois

A memorable tour not to be missed. Lisa was wonderful: patient, accommodating, friendly and helpful. An asset to the tour. – Virginia from Maryland

ANGELA PEREIRA, California 

Angela was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. Her passion for travel runs in her family, and since 2009, she has been leading Sights and Soul Travels' tours to Portugal and to Brazil. She feels that traveling helps women understand each other better, as each person, no matter where they live, has a story that makes up the fabric of our world. Angela has earned her BA from the Classic University of Lisbon and has worked at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, at the Saab-Scania in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Vairon Agency in London. Since moving to the US, she has worked for the Portuguese Trade and Tourism Commission in San Francisco, where she has been able to share her knowledge and passion for Portuguese culture with the American public.

Tours led in the past: Brazil, Portugal


Angela was the kind and patient mother figure who kept us in line and on time. She is a warm, supportive soul with a lovely sense of humor. – Sherry from Texas

Angela was attentive to everyone’s needs and did a great job. – Char from Nevada

Angela was fantastic! – Maureen from Massachusetts

Angela enhanced the tour by ensuring everyone had what they needed or wanted on the trip. – Lisa from Texas

Angela was very good, very understanding, a little mother hen. Dinner at her family’s home was the best experience during the tour. – Kathy from Wisconsin

Oh my gosh!  What a warm, wonderful person.  Angela was always available to everyone, even on the last day when we were leaving for the airport at such early hours.  She worked quietly behind the scenes and made things flow smoothly.  But even more I feel like I made a lifelong friend. - Gayle from Florida

Angela is an excellent tour leader. Very competent and can “roll with the punches”. She was also very helpful to a couple of the women who became ill during the trip. I know that both of them really appreciated her help and empathy. – Christine from Ontario 

Angela is an amazing person, always available for questions and assistance when needed. She went above and beyond to make sure I was feeling well (I had a sore throat) and took care of all the details. - Tiffany from Wisconsin

I so appreciated Angela's calm demeanor, her willingness to deal with so many different personalities, her kindness and offer of assistance when I was under the weather, her enthusiasm in sharing her country and culture, and, inviting us to share a meal with her family.  It was a pleasure meeting all the women on the trip and a pleasure learning so much history and witnessing the beauty of Portugal. – Kathy from Virginia

Most women only tour groups offer Portugal with Spain. For those of us who have traveled extensively one country in depth is preferred. So this tour was perfect. The lovely dinner with Angela and her family was truly special. Angela, the tour leader, was organized, efficient, but not bossy or overreaching. She was available and treated each person with kindness and respect. She is the best tour leader I’ve had. – Valerie from New Jersey

Angela was wonderful! Kind, patient, but kept us organized and on time. She is very generous, and I enjoyed her personal comments on her experiences. Patricia, the guide, delivered fabulous information with great insight and great knowledge of Portugal. I was also extremely pleased that there were only 2 hotels with several nights at each. “Hotel hopping” would have ruined a tour. Private transfers from and to the airport are a real stress reliever, too. I forgot to mention getting to meet other women! Great fun in a small group! – Naomi from Vermont

This was my second tour traveling with Sights and Soul and I can’t rave enough about how well the tour was organized. The People of Portugal, the food and the hotels were all wonderful. I enjoyed listening to our local guides explaining the history of Portugal and Angela was wonderful, well organized and very helpful in making suggestions for places to visit during the free time. Wonderful tour, can’t say enough of this! – Sonia from New York

I really enjoyed all 3 tours: wonderful guides, great food, everyone got along well, a memorable experience. So glad I did these 3 (Morocco, Spain, Portugal) in a row. In many cases, history just flowed and connected from one to the other. Marta, Kerry and Angela were all great tour leaders, each with a different personality and style of leading, but all equal in greatly enhancing their trip. – Andrea from Nevada

Every day was a new and wonderful discovery of Portugal’s history. Portugal is a beautiful place to visit: it’s clean, people are friendly, and the historical sights are astounding. I tell everyone about Sights and Soul. Got 2 people to sign up already. It is absolutely the best women’s tour group around. They take care of planning everything perfectly. Thanks Angela and staff. – Deborah from New Jersey

The tour was very well run and informative. Angela has a wonderful spirit. Her enthusiasm is contagious. - Gayle from Oregon

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


 

ANGELA SALAMONE, Sicily 

Angela was born and raised in Switzerland, but now she calls Palermo, Sicily her home. She has been working as a guide and a tour leader for more years than she likes to admit, and she especially enjoys leading women groups through destinations throughout Italy. Angela believes that traveling in the company of other women adds an extra dimension to the fabric of the journey, making travel and discoveries more fun, relaxed and enjoyable. Angela brings in her excellent social skills, her passion for sharing the cultures of the places where she leads the tours and unsurpassed organizational skills. Angela has been leading Sights and Soul groups in Sicily since 2015, and she has developed a loyal following among our travelers.

Tours led in the past: Sicily


Angela is fabulous! She has a great sense of humor and was an encyclopedia of information! Loved hearing about Sicily. She was very clear with instructions for meeting times and activities, and very patient with all of us. – Betsie from Georgia

She was outstanding in many ways. The fact that she has lived in Sicily for many years was a plus. – Carol from New York

Angela was very knowledgeable about Sicily and traveling with her was like being with a friend who lives there. – Kelly from South Carolina

Her knowledge of Sicily was remarkable and unsurpassable. – Myrna from Kentucky

Angela’s insight as a citizen of Sicily was invaluable. - Peggy from California

Angela was an amazing tour leader. Her enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge about all things Sicilian was wonderful. I would love to do another tour with her. – Anne from Rhode Island

Angela was always looking out for us, and did everything she could to make everything go smoothly. She’s a fabulous tour director. – Susan from Colorado

She is a treasure. Always there, always aware! – Mary from Florida

Angela is an amazing tour director! Her knowledge of Sicily, her enthusiasm; her network of contacts made the trip an over the top experience! – Joan from California

Angela made us all feel as a close knit group as if was just a traveler and her. She is amazing. Best tour direct I have ever had! She makes you feel as if it is all about you, recaps things every day, adding prior days. She has an immense passion for what she does. – Dot from New Hampshire

Angela is phenomenal – a true asset to Sights and Soul, as she regularly went above and beyond to ensure the best experience for everyone. - Laurel from Connecticut

The tour was incredible. I loved the art and architecture and learning about the cultural melting pot of Sicily. All the destinations and local guides were wonderful. Angela was an amazing guide. The best experience during the tour were the dinners, which were delicious and as a vegetarian, I never felt deprived or disappointed, and they also fostered the comradery of the group. I did not know anyone ahead of time and felt always at ease. It was a pleasure to meet all the wonderful women in our group. - Lisa from Oregon

INGIBJÍRG ELIN, Iceland 

Ingibjörg lives in Iceland. She has always been fond of traveling, so she devotes a lot of her leisure time visiting places around the world. Inga's first career was as a special education teacher, however after many years teaching, she went back to school and earned another degree - in tourism management and tour guiding. She now works exclusively in tourism, both as a tour guide in Iceland and as a tour director. Since 2016, Ingibjörg has guided several Sights and Soul Travels' groups in Iceland, and we were so impressed with her knowledge, charisma and passion that we asked her to join our team of tour directors. She loves introducing people to Iceland, and considers it a privilege to work as a tour director for a tour operator who specializes in tours for women. When not sharing the wonders of travel with others, she enjoys hiking, reading and knitting.

Tours led in the past: Iceland


Great tour director! You can tell Inga loves Iceland and enjoys sharing her country. – Cynthia from California

Ingibjorg went above and beyond. I have never had a guide personally meet me at arrival. She told us so many interesting things that most guides don’t. – Jan from Tennessee

Ingibjorg was great! Her knowledge and love for her country really showed. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the Vikings. – Pat from Massachusetts

S&S couldn’t have chosen a better tour guide than the firm yet friendly/gentle Inga. Her knowledge about and devotion to her country are unparalleled. (I’m still trying to remember the encouraging expression in Icelandic meaning that better days will come…). - Ariza from California

How can perfection be improved upon, it can’t.  Inga was truly absolutely wonderful. I have travelled a fair bit and have NEVER enjoyed a tour director as much. - Sandy from Ontario, Canada

I felt that our Iceland guide, Inge, really made the trip. She was the best local guide ever. I loved her warmth, soft mannerisms, and her wonderful story telling. Inge is very special. - Diana from British Columbia

Ingibjorg was a wonderful tour director! Her obvious passion for her home country of Iceland really enhanced the tour. She was organized, always kept us informed and on schedule, while keeping a positive attitude and managing any problems. I would love to travel with her again! – Sara from Maryland

Inga did a fabulous job! – Diane from California

MARINA ROSSOW, Texas 

Originally from Croatia, Marina has lived in five countries on three continents, and has travelled to thirty countries (and counting). She genuinely loves the journeys upon which she’s embarking and she enjoys sharing them with other people. She has a great appreciation of the exposure she had to all the different cultures, and she has been passionate about travel her whole life. Marina is an enthusiastic communicator and an active listener; she encourages conversation because travel isn’t just about enjoying the sites – it’s about meeting people and sharing experiences. She believes that travelling allows us to immerse ourselves in a different world; it opens our eyes, gladdens our heart, sharpens our mind, and brightens our life.

Tours led in the past: Vietnam

Marina went beyond the call of duty by providing support to each of us. – Marlys from New Mexico

MONIKA MATLAK, Poland 

Monika lives in Krakow, Poland, and over her life she has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, having visited more than 30 countries, both individually and with groups. Her professional experience in tour directing includes management and coordination of special interest and student groups from the US, Canada and Australia, and her focus is the Italian culture, lifestyle and history. Monika believes that sharing the cultural aspects of a destination with others reveals its true nature, and she loves how traveling with other women enhances the travel experience, as each woman shares her own knowledge and perception of it. In the past, Monika had a successful career in finance and real estate and her interests include photography, art, architecture, interior design and outdoor activities.

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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