It has been our good fortune to work with some truly wonderful individuals, and to have so many good friends! Below are just a few of the most recent letters we have received from happy clients!
PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Thank you so much for facilitating our wonderful Taste of Italy pilgrimage. I cannot tell you just how wonderful everything was. All of the accommodations were first class, the food was spectacular, the scenery, the company...WOW! Michelle and I had such a great experience.
I really want to compliment Susan. She was perfect to have with us. She was always available to answer any questions and shepherded the group with the gentlest touch, always in the background. Michelle and I found her to be such a delight, personally and professionally. You have a real gem in her!
Enza and Mary were nothing short of spectacular! Everyone simply loved them. They were both eloquent and so very helpful, especially to me regarding the radio broadcasts. They made sure that our every need was taken care of immediately. We just couldn’t be more impressed. Also, please thank Renata on our behalf. She outdid herself finding locations that were perfect for us.
Finally, working with Fr. Leo was truly a joy. He is such a great priest, and a great person. We’re so glad he thought to include us on this journey!
Michelle and I are still processing the experience. We learned a lot, that’s for sure!
Again, thanks so much for all your hard work for us and our group. May God continue to bless you in helping others encounter Christ through travel.
Yours in Christ,
Gus and Michelle Lloyd
It was a pleasure to meet you and am sorry that you had to return early due to a personal issue. This is a follow-up email of our conversation regarding the superb job Select Tours did on this pilgrimage tour of Italy. I was amazed at the locations we were able to visit, let alone, have the access to have Mass at each location. It was amazing to see your team, including Father Leo and Gus adjust the schedule to accommodate entry to such holy shrines, basilicas and cathedrals. This was my fourth trip to Italy and found this tour to be exceptional and a true bargain! My gratitude to you and Select Tours. I would certainly participate in a future trip.
Jerry and Laura Lewis
One of the hosts of the trip Gus Lloyd is a personal friend, and I am sure that he would only pick a reputable company to do business with.
I appreciate the over-the-top customer service response. I am looking forward to and will be happy to go to Italy.
Thank you for the extra communication, and I am very much looking forward to being taken care and shown Europe by professionals.
I was sorry to hear about your loss and we were praying for you (and we missed you!) I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting together this once-in-a-lifetime trip – in so many ways it was SO much more than we even dreamed it would be! We would love to go on a reunion tour! Keep us posted…
God bless you and your family,
Michele (and Bill)
It was our pleasure to meet you! The time,hard work and love put into the planning of this amazing trip was very evident. Every little detail was truly noticed and appreciated. We too felt it was a very special group.
We will definitely recommend your travel agency to anyone who will listen. You were a pleasure to deal with.
We wish you peace and happiness as you spend your life making people's dreams come true.
Stu and Karen
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
January 2015 Trip
As you know, we make every pilgrimage very unique and pride ourselves in giving people an experience they can't get anywhere else. Life-changing experiences are the goal, and we're so happy it happened when we brought our people to the Holy Land! I realize our trips are more work, and more challenging, than a typical pilgrimage. But I'm grateful for all the extra work that made it happen. We had a really great time.
Thank you for a job well done.
April 2015 Trip
Just a few of the many thoughts about the Holy Land Trip. It was a amazing time that I hope never to forget.
What I loved…
The food was amazing. Now back to living with more processed food. Ugh. Loved singing (or talking in melody) the Salve Regina, the Rosary procession, St. Joseph’s house (a show in the making) – things that pop up. I could not imagine a tour without Diana, Gilbert, George, and our first driver. It would not have been the same experience on another tour without any of them.
The dinner was amazing. Listening, eating, and sharing. Any pilgrimage without talking to people in Palestine would be a great loss.
All the churches we were able to see. It seemed like 25 or more. Able to offer Masses. It has so much history and iconography. Able to touch the caves was indescribable, especially Jesus’s tomb, the Pit that Jesus was lowered into, and the birthplace of Mary. So much closer to our Spiritual Mother (probably my biggest takeaway from Holy Land). Will be mediating on it all for awhile.
The scenery at Masada, the Dead Sea, and Haifa…gorgeous.
Having Fr. Dennis for guidance and saying Mass – we are blessed!
Lots of shopping!
April 2015 Trip
Dear Edita and Marianne,
The Holy Land pilgrimage was perfect in every way. April is truly a beautiful month in the Holy Land and everything went smoothly.
Several of my pilgrims mentioned Marianne's helpfulness in serving all their questions and needs.
Thanks so much for all you have done to make this pilgrimage such an inspiring success.
Stephen J. Binz
September 2015 Trip
Dear Edita and Marianne,
I wanted to let you know that we returned safely from the Holy Land. Our trip was exceptional! I wanted to thank both of you for putting this program for us. I can speak on behalf of the entire group and let you know that we were pleased with the entire concept of the pilgrimage. Especially we wanted to thank you for providing us with such a charismatic guide (Johnny) and his bus driver John. They were on top of everything, paying attention to small details and having enough energy to deal with the Serbs. Additionally, I wanted to thank you for adding small incentives to me and Fr Djokan during this trip (wine and chocolate at the hotel, gifts during the farewell dinner, etc). We felt truly special. No request was ignored from the moment we started working with you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I am already telling my experience to my parishioners and trying to motivate them to go and experience this once in a life-time pilgrimage.
Once again, thank you and may God bless you for all your love and support of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
We will stay in touch regarding future plans and trips.
Fr Radovan Jakovljevic
PILGRIMAGE TO SCOTLAND AND IRELAND
May 2015 Trip
I would like to say that our trip to Scotland and Ireland was totally amazing. Barry Gorman was INCREDIBLE, BRILLIANT and VERY HARD WORKING, giving us his all to make everyone happy. He is extremely knowledgable about Scotland and Ireland and their history. We learned so much from him and really enjoyed his humor. Barry needs to be recognized as an A+++++ driver and guide. The trip was very inspiring as we had Mass everyday and visited many churches. He seems to put his heart into his job. Every stop came off without an hitch. Select International, you do an excellent job. Couldn't have gone a better trip
Dick and Janice Neville
September 2015 Trip
Hi Susan, safe and sound and surprisingly no jet lag! The pilgrimage to Scotland and Ireland was extraordinary.
Barry Gorman was fantastic. His knowledge of all facets of history, architecture, and our faith made the traveling a joy. His sense of humor had us laughing and. with an insight into Irish humor..Paul Dolan and Mark our drivers(and of course,Barry) were very competent . Loved the meals, amazing hotels, great sites, well-chosen and planned Mass location. It was just perfect! Deidre, Maureen and Rob are encyclopedias. Felt I was in tutorials. What more can I say? The sights and sounds of Scotland and Ireland are etched in my memory thanks to you and Select International . Many thanks. With sincerest thanks and regards.
A. Elaine Cummings
Susan, thanks so much for a wonderful trip, everyone truly enjoyed each day, beautiful weather, sunshine every day, flowers still in full bloom, saw castles, cathedrals, mountains, quaint villages, & so much, walked a lot & climbed lots of stairs, all the hotels had nice accommodations, enjoyed the meals, The Irish people were so friendly & kind, our tour guide Barry was without a doubt the best tour guide we have ever had. Barry was so very accommodating, helpful, resourceful, devout in our Catholic faith, shared stories about his family, and the people of Ireland. Barry had a great sense of humor, so knowledgeable about everything. I have been in 10 European countries, Israel, all 50 US states, Canada, Mexico, & the islands too. Lots of tours, Ireland is my favorite, this is thanks to Barry, and the arrangements made by Select.
I was sure the trip we took to Italy with you in April was the best trip we ever had, but I think this one beats that trip. You and the team at Select are just amazing! Just knowing you all are thinking of every little detail and taking care of everything for me, lets me plan these trips without worry. I’ll be in touch soon about 2016 travel.
Well, we are all back (for the most part) and recovering from a wonderful time in Germany. Thank you for providing a great experience!
The accommodations were fine, the tour guide (Janna) was fantastic, as was the bus driver (Ralf). The local tour guides added so much to our knowledge and appreciation of the sites. Weather was unpredictable but nothing deterred us. We had a good blend of self-purchased/self-selected dining and “arranged” dining times. Janna was very flexible for our schedules and making sure that we saw what we really wanted to see. The Dresden excursion is something that should be included in all these trips!!! Well worth the time!!!
Everyone is singing the praises of the trip!!! Thank you very much for helping us make this pilgrimage!!!
As I reflect back on our Faith and Heritage pilgrimage to Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary, which is my fifth trip with Select International Tours, I have come to see much more clearly what my vocation is....leading pilgrimages. I may not make a living at it, but my living is so much richer and my spiritual life deepens. I have seen amazing places, met wonderful people and become a much better person for it. I thank God every day for this gift, the guidance I get through prayer to Jesus and through the intercession of our blessed mother Mary. A most special thank you to Edita Krunic at Select International Tours for taking a chance with me and making my calling a reality. My life is truly blessed! Ceci Triska, Journeys of Faith with Ceci
“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was a wonderful value for the money and I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate. The countryside was incredibly beautiful, the weather was glorious and the food awesome.” — Carol
“It was a special experience for both Jill and me. Daily Masses in extraordinary basilicas and beautiful chapels were inspirational and contributed to strengthening our faith and connection with the Church’s history. It was also special spending time with the other pilgrims. We feel stronger in our faith.” — Thad
“Since I’ve taken some Bible study classes, seeing some of these places or being at the tombs of some of these holy people really brought the Bible alive for me. My most recent class was described as being not only Church history, but our history. That is exactly how it felt for me. I was seeing or visiting places from my history, my past, which made the trip feel very personal.” — Maria
“All the works of Michelangelo was fantastic, especially the statue of David (in Florence). How talented he was to turn a piece of marble into such an incredible piece of art. I have visited Rome and many parts of Italy many times before, but I’ve never been on a pilgrimage before. So the experience was very exhilarating to me and I believe that we are all blessed to have had such a wonderful opportunity to visit with the most loving pope we have ever had. It was very moving to witness so many people greeting him from all parts of the world!” — Frances
“The daily Masses were well planned in terms of location and orchestration. The itinerary was well planned and meaningful. The daily blog was a great idea and is very helpful for those us planning to assemble a personal scrapbook of our experiences.” — David
“I appreciate all the prayer and hard work that went into making this Year of Faith Pilgrimage such a success. I have not traveled in 25 years . . . so this trip was especially stimulating for me. I found the countryside beautiful and the history, art and culture also fascinating. In the presence of the relic of St. Catherine of Siena, I was profoundly moved, and later at the tomb of St. Paul . . . my heart felt like it was on fire. I enjoyed the people who guided us and was impressed by the kindness and friendliness of my fellow pilgrims.” — Anita
“The pilgrimage experience filled my mind, heart and soul. The places we saw, the Eucharists we celebrated in these sacred places and the exchanges with so many pilgrims did have a profound effect on me. It seemed each place was more exciting than the last. . . . The entire experience was way beyond my expectations.” — Joyce
“Thank you to everyone for the hard work on the pilgrimage. I thought it went splendidly well and was a real opportunity for spiritual growth.” — Deacon Dick
“This was a life-changing experience for me. There is not one thing I would change about this pilgrimage. It was very organized with great guides and fun people. I have been talking about it since I returned. I would do it again in a minute.” — Betty
“For me, the pilgrimage was a reminder to ‘let go and let God.’ It was a message to transform our lives by making space in our hearts for God through the gift of prayer. During the Mass at St. Francis’ tomb and again at Blessed John Paul II’s altar, I could almost feel their loving presence as they shared their many gifts with us. This message of transformation and sharing was summarized with the St. Francis fresco ‘Sermon the Birds’ by Giotto: ‘God bless you, holy city, because many souls will be saved through you, and in you will dwell servants of the Most High, from you many will be chosen for the eternal kingdom.’ There were many other touching and memorable moments, but this by far was the most profound and personal for me.” -- Charlene Feldkamp of Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Burlington.
“We saw some beautiful basilicas and cathedrals and met some wonderful people in our diocese that we did not know beforehand. We made some lifelong friends and memories.” – Dave and Kathy
“Many aspects of the pilgrimage were very rewarding and meaningful, such as having all of the Masses in the many basilicas and cathedrals. So special thanks goes to the bishop, priests and deacons for that. I especially enjoyed having Mass in St. Mary Major, where Pope Francis first went for Mass after he was elected pope. The beauty and church history behind all those places was so amazing to hear about and see. . . . The day of the audience with the pope was spectacular. . . . It was also wonderful to meet many new people, both from our diocese and from other places.” — Marcia
“I thought the planning for this pilgrimage was outstanding, and our experience in traveling with this group was far better than our experience (on other tours). Assisi was a favorite of mine, I believe, because you can sense the spirituality there. Rome is also a big-time favorite – so much Catholic history and treasure there. . . . Being able to experience the atmosphere, the treasures, the art and the chapels in all the basilicas helps to provide a concrete element to the reason for our faith.” — Don
Holy Land group, February 2016
Good morning Edita,
We returned on Saturday, March 12th, from a very nice and well organized Holy Land trip.
We had no problems with our flights, i.e. no delays or problems checking in.
No problems at the airport.
Our guide (Iskandar-Alexander) waiting for us at the airport; He did an excellent job with his historical and archeological information of each place we visited. That truly helped in addition to the Prologue and Scripture reading we did to enhance our spiritual experience of the pilgrimage.
Hotels and food - excellent!
Overall, the group is very happy with all arrangements.
My hope is to take another group soon; with experience that I have now we can make the next pilgrimage even bigger.
Many thanks for everything!!! Especially thanks to you and the staff for putting this group together, so well even though it was last minute.
God bless you!!
Protopresbyter Bratso Krsic, D. Min.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Subject: A thank you to Select International Tours
Lord's Peace Select International Tours
I apologize that it has taken me so long to write to you and your company this letter of thanks. I was blessed to study for the priesthood in Rome, Italy and during those five years was a part of many tour group visits to the Eternal City. Being a part of many tour groups, small and large, simple and complicated, has given me an appreciation for a quality pilgrimage experience and fear of tours gone bad. As a new pastor of two parishes I was excited to invite parishioners to journey to Rome with our Diocesan Bishop, however I did have some trepidation concerning the quality of the tour considering the large size and variety of pilgrims, and I wondered if the cost would be considered "worth it" for my people. In addition, my father joined us on the trip, which added another layer of expectation and concern.
I have now been home from the pilgrimage for five months, and I continue to marvel at the care, precision, consideration and expertise that made the pilgrimage the best that I, my father, and my parishioners have ever been a part of. Throughout the ten days, I was so at peace and relaxed by the skill of Select International Tours. My experience had taught me that at a certain point, tours begin to unravel, and pilgrims of different needs begin to be neglected or mishandled. Within a few days of this tour, I began to realize that I too could relax and enjoy myself and never once did I have to step in or intervene. Day after day I was impressed and delighted by the great care that was taken to arrange every detail and calmly manage every possible snag. For my people too, few of whom had ever been overseas, they felt calm and well cared for, never anxious about the unknown environments. The experience we had with Select International Tours was outstanding from beginning of the proposal process to the end of the pilgrimage.
After many years of touring I believe that your company, Select International Tours, provided the finest tour that I have ever been a part of. Concerning the price it was a true value, and in fact, I am not sure how so much care and so many great opportunities were made available for the cost. If and when I lead another pilgrimage your company will be the first that I call, and I would eagerly and worry-free travel with you again.
Peace of Christ,
Fr. Kim J. Schreck Pastor of Christ the Divine Teacher Pastor of St. Rose of Lima
Ireland trip- July 2014
“It was a fabulous experience! I went thinking that this was it for Ireland, but I already know I will do another trip in 2016. Our driver/guide Barry Gorman was incredible. I will want to use him again. The hotels were great; the food was way too fabulous!
The experiences that we had was indescribable. I kept telling the group that they were all called by God that He meant for this group of people on this particular trip at this specific time. In spite of the little difficulties we went through to get there, it was overflowing with graces. You had to be blind not to see God at work.
Knock was wonderful, and Barry was gracious enough to let us stay as late as we could. So many in my group took advantage of the anointing during the healing Mass....and there wasn't a dry eye in the group. Mass at Fr. Peyton Center with Fr. Stephen was also a very moving experience. Very very moving. So many of the Masses we attended with the locals were also wonderful. The group was always tickled when we were recognized by the priest.”
Ireland Choir trip – Kilkenny Gospel Festival-2014
"We thank you Ms Prendergast for an unforgettable visit and tour of Ireland. This was our first trip abroad. Our trips to Dublin, Kilkenny and other places on the tour were awesome!
Fantastic! Outstanding! Those are just a few words to describe the Chicago Black Catholic Choir's six days of fun, important learning and fellowship as guest participants of the 2014 Kilkenny Gospel Festival!
We enjoyed good conversations, excellent traveling, amazing tours, very comfortable lodging, delicious meals and time for shopping and relaxing. The most memorable event was the mayor's reception with the host priest singing and daily Mass Performances with other choirs from all over the world. An important and very educational features was the workshop under the director of Dr. Eddie Jones.
The final highlights were our performances at the Black Abbey and St. Mary's Cathedral with other talented choirs. We are blessed, enriched and grateful for this wonderful experience." Carol and Jack
Thank you, Select International, for making this the most memorable experience for me! The combination of sites visited were so well selected some spiritual, some interesting, making the whole tour one to treasure forever!
Taking the tour to the next level was Select's representative/tour guide, Susan Prendergast! The company has a gem in her! She is the ultimate in taking care of your customers. During the planning phase, as busy as she must always be, she always responded to my questions and emails promptly. Once I met her and got to see day by day how important it was to her that we were happy, having a good time and enjoying our trip, I saw the awesome, wonderful, caring woman she is and the caliber of an employee you have!
Enza, our tour guide in Italy, was amazing as well. She is a strong, energetic, and determined woman, who also helped make this trip such a wonderful one. With her emotional goodbye, I found that she took a sincere liking to our group. We could not have had a better team!
Overall, this was a trip I will never forget! I will seek Select International if I should ever need a tour company, and I will definitely recommend this company when the opportunity arises!
Thank you for being the instrument by which these wonderful memories were made!
May God continue to bless each and everyone at Select International!
Gloria I. Rodriguez Bishop Tamayo's Pilgrimage
Diocese of Laredo Laredo, TX
Date: June, 2014
“Thank you for all that you and Select International Tours did to make this a trip of a lifetime. Our guide, George was superb. His knowledge of his homeland was invaluable. Dr. Binz was a perfect spiritual leader for our tour. I'll recommend your tours to everyone and will look forward to another opportunity to book travel with your company. God Bless You.”
Ellen Gassie Bernard
May 19, 2014
The Canonization trip to Rome organized by Select International Tours for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was most enjoyable, and our guide was most informative and helpful. Thank you for all that your organization did to assist us in making this trip the memorable one that it was for all those who participated.
Know that you and all those associated with Select International Tours are remembered in my prayers for the continued success of all your endeavors in planning universal pilgrimages and tours.
With best wishes, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Roma and San Giovanni Canonization Group, April 2014
Father Tom Ganley and Deacon Tim’s group
We are back from the Eternal City and the canonization pilgrimage, and all went very well...Tony our guide was great and the itinerary and all the places we saw was super..deacon Tim did a great job in overseeing us.
Thanks again for a great trip, everyone in our group was happy.
Fr. Tom Ganley.
Italy Canonization pilgrimage, April 2014 Domestic Church Media group
Thank you for coordinating the very recent pilgrimage to the Vatican to witness the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and the visits to the shrines, churches, and basilica's in Central Italy.
John and I sincerely appreciate your efforts, as well as the efforts of the members of the Select International Tours Team in making the journey memorable, as well as affordable.
In our opinion, all aspects of the pilgrimage turned out to be one of our best overseas trips ever. We thank you very much and may God Always Watch over You and Bless You.
Rome & Assisi Canonization pilgrimage, April 2014 The Archdiocese of Philadelphia group
Greetings in the Lord! I should be writing you first and thanking you and Select for a MARVELOUS pilgrimage. Everything was so wonderful and well conducted. Marienna was tremendous!!!! Once again, I am so VERY VERY grateful to you, Edita. God bless, Father Dennis Gill
Greetings in the Lord! I am so very grateful to you for the outstanding work you did for us during our time in Rome. Everything about your service was marked with profound care and concern that all would have a marvelous experience of Rome. I look forward to being with you in Canada. Count on my prayers for you and your family.
Father Dennis Gill
Subject: Re: Sicily & Rome Spring Break student trip update
This is a letter of thanks to you and to the staff at Select International for making this years Spring Break Sicily/Rome trip a deeply rewarding experience for all participants.
There were special touches on this trip which brought an extra feeling of care for the pleasure and security of the participants: i.e., the beautiful coach in Sicily, the stop at the Olive Press, the quality of the city and location guides, the puppet show, the complimentary ice-cream and pizza dinner, and the icing on the cake, the dinner-theater of the last night in Rome.
There was also enough free time so that members could shop, converse, and share colloquial experiences with each other.
Above all, the group felt in good hands under the experienced hand of Tony Guiliani - an expert in his profession par excellence.
Fr. Leo Patalinghug's review of the Food and Faith pilgrimage to the Holy Land!
Per the request for a review of this FIRST EVER culinary infused pilgrimage, I've noted a few of my observations below. Please review these basic summary observations and let me know your thoughts. It was a GREAT trip on so many levels. Without losing the momentum, I think it would be very appropriate to begin designing future pilgrimages.
Please stay in touch with all that I'm writing about it in my weekly email blasts during the month of February. Visit www.gracebeforemeals.com for blogging details and videos from the trip.
Blessings and Peace,
Select Travel Review of recent tour to the Holy Land
Overall A fantastic trip from beginning to end. People's experience superseded expectations. There were literally no complaints from anyone, aside from experiencing a different cultural approach to things. For example, one person thought beds at Notre Dame was too small, but then I had to tell them that's they are just too big for the bed. (HAHA). But, the quality and quantity of the trip met almost every expectation. Pilgrims seek to participate in future pilgrimage opportunities. Pilgrims loved the George as the guide, George as the driver, all of the information provided, all of the restaurants and cooking demonstrations and each historical and touristic shopping stop. Not one left anyone disappointed, but in contrast, got people more and more excited as the pilgrimage progressed. It was a very well laid out plan and I especially like beginning in Nazareth and moving in the direction from Birth to Death and Resurrection of Jesus' life. I personally enjoyed the pace of the schedule, the flexibility to move some things around - especially on the last day with the hassle of checkouts. The following are my observations on possible areas of improvement, some of which would be completed by different parties involved, including the hosts:
Good choice of hotels and appreciate only two different stays
Notre Dame did not have TV's in their room
Notre Dame ought to expand their wi-fi
Notre Dame to better organize dining rather than switching tables/sections (i.e., keep the same place throughout)
One person thought Notre Dame single beds were smaller than they expected
Chefs for Peace Involvement
A truly fantastic experience!
Falafel at Notre Dame was MUCH better idea than going to the restaurant/bar - it was more comfortable, people loved interacting with the students, and they loved the fact that it was so educational in a professional setting
Dinner at Eucalyptus Restaurant was truly a fantastic experience and the presentations by Chefs for Peace was extraordinarily well received, and the food was very good!
Armenian Restaurant was a highlight. My only recommendation would be to offer a meat or fish course for more substantial protein while reducing the starches to just 2 types
Shopping in the open market: This just needs more communication and organization. The folks loved this experience but it was very difficult to feel as if there was an actual purpose or plan, and maintaining the structure for the trip was challenging. This "issue" could be easily organized by simply planning and communication with Chefs for peace with intentional visits to various stops, predetermined small groups, and each Chef using the whispers to communicate on a different frequency or channel, or at least smaller groups for more clarity in communications, and giving almost a 'tour guide' approach to which stops would be used, how much time would be there, and some pre-explanation of next stops. Perhaps a map would be helpful as well. And, we should provide tourists an opportunity in advance to learn what they should/could purchase from these vendors.
Restaurants and Food Services
All stops were excellent, and I especially appreciated that we serviced the Christian businesses
Schwarma stop in Cana could have been better prepared for large groups as the line to order was a bit long at the start. But it was a very good stop with tasty foods.
Each restaurant offered generous portions with great variety. Well done in all restaurant selections, and especially the last send of meal at Rama's Place - quite excellent! At the last stop,
we just need to make sure we have more time there, as the food was FANTASTIC but we had airport security to endure, so it just seemed that we couldn't enjoy this as much..
GREAT, GREAT, GREAT job to all!
I just wanted to let you know the guide we had in Dubrovnik was excellent as well as the guide in Medjugorje who was out of this world.
What a joy it was to have Zeljka as our guide in Medjugorje since she is a first cousin to the visionary, Vicka. She told us so much more about the family and the parish in general. Father said it was the best trip yet. The accommodations were good, but the food in Rome was not what we expected. We understand that is not under Select’s control.
I was so surprised to meet Susan at St. Peter's. Now, it will be nice to match the face to the voice.
Medjugorje – Rome trip October 2013
Holy Land trip- Sept. 2013
Good morning Edita,
I hope message will find you and your family well.
First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your help and organization of the pilgrimage, as well as for your kindness. Your experience, knowledge and professionalism made this pilgrimage a great learning experience, for the spiritual benefit of all. For me, personally this was a much need trip, and it came at the right time, just after I did my grueling Ph.D. comprehensive exams. Although I was preparing for the exams, and trying to recruit people for the trip, Marianne Murphy made sure that everything went smooth and that everybody received the appropriate attention and information. I would prefer to work with her in the future as well, if possible.
A few comments on the different aspects of the trip:
The timing of pilgrimage: This was my first time in Holy Land, and based on the stories of the group that went for the Easter, I'm glad that we went at this time of the year. The weather was outstanding, and we did not encounter big crowds. I was able to sever for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, so my experience was complete.
Flights, Hotels and Guide: Our flights were very good, although we should look at non-stop flights in the future depending on the pricing. The hotels were good, certainly in line with the excellent price you gave us, especially the hotel in Bethlehem, which we all loved.George was an exceptional guide - very knowledgeable, helpful, professional and organized, and everybody was very pleased with him.
Food: For me personally and for the most people was outstanding.
This is really all that I can think of now. But, in general, I have no single negative impression from the Holy Land. I think that every Christian should go to Holy Land at least once in a lifetime. We owe it to our faithful to organize more pilgrimages.
All the best and thank you,
Italy- Fall 2013
Paul and I wanted to thank you for all your hard work for Bishop Sheridan's Pilgrimage.
I have to say it was a life-changing experience and I would not change one thing about it.
You and Select International did a fantastic job of planning, etc. It was also a pleasure to get to meet you and stay up late a few nights with Msgr. and the group.
Thank you for everything and God bless you!
Dear Select International Tours,
From Lourdes, France to Lisbon, Portugal Cristina Vives, our tour guide, and Veronica our driver have shown nothing but superb performances on their duties. On my twenty years of touring the European, Asian, South America and Scandinavian Countries, I have not seen such OUTSTANDING guide and driver.
Our friends in America are waiting for our stories. They would like to know our experiences on this trip. I will highly recommend your company to any of them. Again, from the rest of us, keep up your outstanding works, and you will hear again from me in the very near future. Thank You so very much. I will place you number 1 on my list.
San Diego, California 92199
Holy Land- 2013
I have to commend Select International for the excellent pilgrimage you planned for our group to the Holy Land. Our experience was fantastic, from top to bottom. Our Hotels felt like resorts, and our guide and driver felt like family. All along the way we met representatives making sure we were taken care of, and the trip was flexible to fit the ever-changing needs of our diverse group.
I was hoping to post more of a 'live blog' during the trip but, due to slower speeds, I had some difficulty uploading larger photos. Now that I'm home I'm going to write a few blog posts and create an article for our Serbian newspaper here in the US.
Thank you for all your work.
Rev Aleksa Pavichevich
St George Serbian Orthodox Church
Pittsburgh Catholic Italy Pilgrimage
Just a note of thanks for giving me the opportunity to accompany the pilgrims to Italy. Being a bus captain made the journey even more special, because it allowed me to talk with and meet so many great fellow Catholics in the Diocese.
The pilgrimage was truly was a spiritual journey, it was a wonderful experience to celebrate Mass in such beautiful places. There were so many truly spiritual moments, like seeing Our Holy
Father the Pope, to visit the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Paul and more. However, the highlight was the bond that developed among pilgrims. I feel like I made friends for life.
The pilgrims were truly into the spirit of the journey, getting to know and helping each other. I observed a joy-filled room at the gala dinner and felt the Church truly Alive in Pittsburgh.
For the Pittsburgh Catholic itself, the trip was a huge success in fostering good will. It seems that most of the pilgrims were readers. Except for the dinner at the castle in Florence, the Pittsburgh Catholic-sponsored lunch in Orvieto was the favorite meal among so many I spoke with. One fellow pilgrim, Nancy, told me she would buy subscriptions as Christmas gifts in gratitude for the meal. We received a round of applause for that meal (and the wine of course). Also, in speaking with so many people, I came away with some great feature story ideas myself and received some suggestions.
Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
September 2012 - Fatima, Lourdes and Paris
We are back from our wonderful, happy and satisfied, holy trip. On behalf of my group, myself we want to thank you for making our trip very successful and memorable.Tony our guide was great and loved by everyone.We are looking forward to the next year's trip.We want Tony again to be with us next year if he is available.Everything went okay - there was no problem at all. We had 2 optional trip,one in Toledo on our free day on Sept 16th and on our free day in Paris we arranged a whole day 9-6PM tour of Paris including boat ride in Seine river.On my birthday, we arranged lunch in Avila for a full course meal for everyone as my treat.Mario, our driver, was also liked by everyone. We tell people that we meet on our way of our tour operator which is SELECT INTERNATIONAL from New Jersey.You are doing an excellent job. Regards to Edita.
Thanks so much again.
Fatima, Lourdes and Paris trip, September 2012
Dear Sir or Madam,
On August 13, 2012, a group of 19 people embarked on a journey to the Holy Land not knowing what to expect. As we arrived at the airport, we were greeted by your guide, George, and the bus driver, Hana.
The glue that held the tour together was our marvelous guide. George is fluent in English, highly educated and familiar with the Holy Land History. Even more important, George is a gentle and gracious young man with a very positive attitude and a good sense of humor. He is a true ambassador of the Holy Land.
Hana’s patient and serene personality with the willingness to help each one of us was overwhelming. Every morning we were greeted with his smiling face and gentleness. He helped many individuals with different issues and needs.
Their energy, enthusiasm and good humor made our journey very pleasurable and memorable.How wonderful it was to share a remarkable nine days together in the Holy Land. I am so grateful to have seen the Holy Land through their eyes. It was an excellent itinerary, and it will leave us with many lasting memories. Thank You!
Germany, Austria, Switzerland- Sept 2010
Recent tour to Germany, Austria & Switzerland
My husband and I just returned from a 12-day tour to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trip was organized by our pastor, Father Jim Walther of Alton, Illinois. We had a wonderful time, and I just wanted to be sure your company is aware of the great job that was done by both our tour guide, Christopher and our bus driver, also Christopher. I am sorry I do not have their last names. We were pleased with the "local" tour guides as well, but we really appreciated the efforts of our tour guide and bus driver. Thank You!
Leonard and Mary Berg
Portugal, France- May 2012
Thank you Marienna for your kind e-mail and phone calls - I have been on retreat! The trip was excellent, and all the students had a great time - Tony Guiliani was absolutely awesome and of course made the trip enjoyable! I thank you all for the attention and choice of hotels and our final party was excellent! Overall it was excellent - great driver from Portugal and hotel in Lourdes was grand - Burgos was super! It was EXCELLENT! Take care and may divine assistance be always with you. Remain Blessed! Fr. Patrick Ike Diocesan Director of Vocation Promotion
We love your company, and we will never travel with anyone else, and your whole group is EXCELLENT. I highly recommend you to all my friends and travelers. Next year, I like would like to go to Portugal and France, but we will decide then Again, thank you to all. Sincerely yours, Romeo and the Group
Holy Land- May 2011
First off I want to say what an awesome inspirational pilgrimage we had to the Holy Lands in March/April with your company & the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I highly recommend traveling with your company & to Israel. It was a very safe trip & would recommend going to Israel to all of my friends. It was worth every penny & maybe in a few years I will be able to make another pilgrimage. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it a success.
Thanks for all of your help in the past,
Holy Land- May 2011
I would like to thank you for the wonderful Pilgrimage that you put together for our group. It was truly a spiritually fulfilling pilgrimage and enjoyed by everyone. Because of the situation in Egypt, I know this caused a lot of extra work for Select. However, everyone had a great trip, and the feedback is positive. I truly appreciate all the hard work you did on our behalf and hope that we will work together in the future. I will recommend Select to any of my travel agent friends wanting to do group travel because I know that they will not be disappointed. Many thanks again to you! Sincerely, Roseanne M.
Italy- April 2011
I just wanted to send a brief thank you note for all of the patience, organization, and professionalism you demonstrated in putting the Latin Club Italy trip together. It could not have been better.The tour-guide, Tony Giuliani, was great with the kids, very well organized, and responsible to the highest degree. All of the city guides were well informed and sensitive to the student's level and ability to concentrate. There was a near perfect balance between site visits, travel time, and down time. I think all of the students came back enriched, and I am sure that this trip will last in their memories. Greg Gichan, Latin Teacher
I cannot say thank you enough....! You have made our day. Have spoken to Father and to the manager of the Radio station to get the good news out. Working diligently to get the word out, but did not want to let the day end without sending you heartfelt thanks!
Best Regards to you and your staff that made it happen,
President GLOBAL TOURS AND TRAVEL, INC.
Italy- April 2011
I just returned from one of your organized tours to Italy. I was part of Father Sylvan s tour from April 20 to April 29. I would like to convey my thanks for a great tour. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. I would also like to commend and recommend our tour guide, Anna Sbordoni. She is one of the best tour guides that I have ever had before. She was informative, fun to talk to, and was always finding ways to make our tour one of the best. Thanks again for a great tour and a great tour guide! Clem
Holy Land- 2011
Dear Edita, Thank you most sincerely for fulfilling your promises to the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher Diocese of Laredo pilgrimage group. We had a wonderful and memorable trip. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels, staff, and food were exceptional. I thank you for your service to us. Be assured that we remembered you and your staff at the holy places. Should you wish to contact me by phone for any specifics, I will be happy to respond. I believe the 44 pilgrims will speak positively of this trip.
Sylvia S. Hernández Office of the Bishop
Italy, Switzerland, Austria & Germany- 2010
I wanted to pass along our thanks for organizing a wonderful trip to Oberammergau and Alpine Europe. We experienced many, many "Incredible Beauties" along the way. Our driver/guide, Theo, was a very caring and hospitable man. He accommodated us when we were tired, made great suggestions for how we could best spend our time, and always gave us adequate opportunity to celebrate mass in the mornings.
The itinerary was wonderful. Every stop was great. We enjoyed Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lugano, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Austria, Oberammergau, Castle, Munich, the Linderhof Romantic Road and Heidelberg. The Glacier Express was awesome. The only thing we would have changed was to make a visit to Innsbruck a couple of hours only (to see the Old Town ) so we could get on to glorious Salzburg and spend extra time there. The hotels were all very nice. All the meals were delicious; European breakfasts are amazing. The highlight, of course, was the Passion Play. It far exceeded expectations. The dialogue, acting and staging were tops; the Old Testament Tableaux, the orchestra and the chorus made this a deeply powerful and moving experience. I'm thinking I could easily return in 10 years for a repeat showing.
Our group will stay stateside next summer, but we're interested in returning to Europe in the summer of 2012. We've talked about visiting Prague, Vienna, a return to Salzburg, and a visit to other parts of Bavaria that we missed (the other two castles of King Ludwig II, the Black Forest, and possibly the Rhine River Cruise).
Please keep me on your mailing list so that we can review your company's offerings and discuss travel possibilities in the coming year. Again, thanks for blessing us with a trip of a lifetime!
Sincerely, Fr. Joe Palermo
Germany and Italy- 2011
Thanks, Edita. The highlight of the trip was in Munich where we had our own miracle. When Father Jairo elevated the host during the consecration at Mass, we could see a physical change taking place in the host. Father called us all up to the altar and showed us the host. A perfect image of Mary had appeared on the host, which we all were able to see very clearly.
We were all very touched by our Blessed Mother's special gift to us,
Germany and Holy Land-2010
Greetings in the name of the Lord. On behalf of the group and myself I just want to say "Thanks" to the Select staff. We enjoyed the trip to the fullest...We will be back next year and forever only with Select.
Love always, Bernadine Stephen
Israel FAM Trip-2010
My Dearest Edita,
Please accept my deepest and sincere appreciation for the opportunity to be part of Select International Tours FAM trip to Israel. I returned to southwest Louisiana with overwhelming memories of the unforgettable days spent with you in Holy Land. Thank you for the wonderful memories that I will cherish forever and ever! It was one of the most awesome and inspirational experiences in my lifetime...and one I will never forget.
Edita, you are a very special and unique person... you care and share those many blessings that you have been given (and that you have worked for too)! Thank you ever, ever so much for sharing them with me!
Rosina, your kindness, compassion and understanding make you an exceptional person. Select International Tours is fortunate to have you as their representative, and I am fortunate to have had the pleasure of your company during the most absolutely astounding and humbling time in my life. I look forward to giving my groups the opportunity of traveling with Select International in the future. Thanks for everything you do! I love you both... and I know God does too!
God's Blessings until we meet again, Brenda Fontenot, Elite Club Director
Hello, my friends at Select,
I started working with Select over 20 years ago when I did my first group to Medjugorje. Many groups and years later, another offer came along, another company, another deal, and away I went. I tried others, several of them actually and this year I am back and so glad. I missed working with you! You are honest; you are good, you deliver and I trust you. I promise not to leave again.
Your devoted fan! JoAnn Panatone
President A1 Travel