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"Seeing Petra for real was wonderful, as was the Wadi Rum driving experience.
Mrs Elspeth Dick"
"Every day I thought 'it couldn't get better than this' - but it did.
Mrs Jane Knight"
"The city of Trinidad contained much of what was great about Cuba in a nutshell. It was lively, friendly, very photogenic with a history that went back over 500 years.
Mr William Kerr"
"In spite of the torrential rain every minute of my stay in Bilbao, this was one of my dreams come true: I finally saw the Guggenheim Museum which I liked very much.
Mrs Sigrid Taylor"
"The tours to the battlefields and the guides themselves were brilliant.
Mr Gordon Carter"
"The most inspirational moment was the first view of Registan Square in Samakand, which was the primary reason for our Uzbek trip and the overwhelming genuine friendliness of the Uzbek people.
Mr John Bourne"
"Our Private Journey trip to Nepal was absolutely wonderful. As a couple in our sixties, the trek was an experience of a lifetime. Although we did not reach great heights, we saw village life en route and enjoyed simply tremendous scenic views. Thank you very much for an extremely enjoyable holiday."
"We have recently returned from our honeymoon in Japan and just wanted to let you know what an absolutely fantastic time we had! Our guide was fantastic, the accommodation in Tokyo and Kyoto was first class and the ryokan on Miyamira Island was an amazing experience. The trip was certainly the holiday of a lifetime, which was perfect as it was our honeymoon.
Mr & Mrs Turner"
"The whole India experience was amazing but nothing prepares you for your first sight of the Taj Mahal and sunrise.
Mr Tony Dellow"
"Walking down the Siq and seeing the Treasury opening in front of us. Then climbing all 900 steps to the Monastery.
Miss Margaret Sturmey"
"Many inspirational moments in spotting wildlife of amazing diversity in the nature reserves and alongside the road, thanks to our hawk-eyed guide. I would also mention the wonderful swim on the beach at Manuel Antonio on the last full day of the tour. You'd have to go a long way to find a better sea-swim.
Mrs Fiona Anderson"
"If we had to pick one [inspirational] moment it would be walking out of the Siq at Petra to see the Treasury. But to be honest there were so many amazing places it is difficult to pick one out.
Mr Christopher Clark"
"I have nothing but praise for this tour. I was travelling with my elderly mother and we both had the most fantastic time. The group gelled very well and we all had similar interests. Our guide (Sami) was superb. His knowledge of the subject was boundless. The coach drivers were both superb especially Hassan who managed to negotiate the roads in an exemplary manner.
"We would like to let you know that Anna and I had a wonderful holiday in Morocco and a big thank you for all the arrangements and planning.