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Best of Slovakia tour

Yes Barbora I enjoyed the tour and your country very much, in fact exceeded my expectation, people, culture, history and food all a magnificent combination. The chosen places for the tour were perfect for the time allotted to it and Miroslav, the guide, was just excellent in every possible way, I felt as if I was travelling with an old friend, he is not only very knowledgeable but also flexible enough as per adapting to all my needs and requests. I am looking forward to come back to Slovakia and see a bit more of your beautiful country.
Thanks dearly

Jose from Turkey

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Lenka,

We were extremely pleased with your travel services. We found Linda a delightful guide! She was very informed, patient, thoughtful and accommodating. She went to a great deal of trouble helping me find my grandmother's home village. I cannot express how appreciative I am of her efforts. She is a very professional young woman and all three of us would use her services again if there were an opportunity to do so. Slovakia is a beautiful country and I would like to return sometime in the future.

I enjoyed also the hotels. While Nick and Diane did not particularly care for the hotel in Banska Stiavnica, I thought it was charming. I think they had a difficult time sleeping due to noise from a bar and street noise. The hotel in Levoca was very comfortable and convenient.

Thank you for making our time in Slovakia a wonderful experience. Please give our best to Linda!

Gary from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Words cannot describe the beauty of Slovakia and its people. Our tour guide, Adam, was extremely knowledgeable in the history of his country and he made it come to life for us. We went to Slovakia seeking our family roots and actually found the church in the small village where my husband's great-grandparents were married. We were very impressed with the care and restoration of the historic castles and other structures of Slovakia. The beauty of the Tatras Mountains rivals any other mountain range we have ever seen. My congratulations to Travelslovakia, s.k. for this wonderful travel experience. I suspect we shall return to Slovakia as it is worth a repeat visit.

Joseph and Mickey, USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Hi Lenka,

Barb and I had a wonderful tour of Slovakia! The tour was well organized and scheduled without any problems, so thank you very much for your efforts. Lucia was an excellent guide and was very accommodating to our requests and questions. We were shown all of the planned sights plus some extra ones that Lucia was able to fit into our schedule. Lucia was very knowledgeable and often explained information in good detail for food, customs, sights, etc. She spoke very good English and was very helpful with interpreting from Slovak to English and from English to Slovak. All of the towns and sights were fantastic; especially the castles, wooden churches and the scenery. Lucia gave us plenty of time at each location and we felt comfortable with the pace.
We found Lucia interesting and she spoke of details about the Slovak lifestyle that we would not have learned without the tour.
Again, thank you for your organization of the tour and please again express our thanks to Lucia for her wonderful efforts.
We will definitely recommend TravelSlovakia to any of our friends and relatives that may be interested in visiting Slovakia in the future.

Regards,

Andy and Barb Ftacek from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour + Visit of Krakow

Yes, we were very satisfied with our tour. Our guide Lucia was delithtful. She was well informed with all the sites in Slovakia, and more than willing to be flexible.

Gail & Jim Agnew from USA

- rating 5

Tailor Made Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Lenka,
other than the typical post-trip exhaustion all is good here. We had a great time on the trip and the students really enjoyed travelling through Slovakia. Accommodation was excellent and we were particularly impressed by the courtesy of the staff at Hotel Stela in Levoca. Meals at the hotel were generally good and filling and during the day Lucia was extremely helpful in assisting us with the best choices at the restaurant. My favourite place overall was the organic restaurant near Ruzomberok and the students enjoyed the experience as well. Our favourite sights were certainly Bojnice, Vlkolinec and Spis Castle (from the outside) and Lucia and the driver were both extremely helpful, patient and enthusiastic in helping us (they even tried to find the Slovan Bratislava stadium for us!).

All in all we enjoyed the experience, the skiing was excellent (despite the crowded slopes) and the winter activities in Hrebienok were extremely fun. I was very impressed by Slovakia and would love to go back for hiking or folk-culture research (I'm very fond of wooden sculptures representing myths and folktales).

Thanks again for the excellent organisation of our trip!

Jan from Italy

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia in 3 Days

Hi Lenka,

We had a lovely time on our trip. We really enjoyed it and we are very grateful to have Lucia as our tour guide, she was very accommodating and made sure everything was ok for us.
The accommodation was very nice too.
Overall we have a great time and the trip was worth while and the cost was very reasonable as well.
Thank you so much to you and Lucia for your patience and emails in helping us with our trip and organisation, you are very patience.
Once again a big Thank you!
Kind Regards,

Leanne Mok from UK

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Veronika,
We had a very good visit to Slovakia, although it was tiring because we were not well enough rested at the start. Miro is a very interesting personality and we enjoyed his company greatly. We hope your travel business continues to succeed.
Best wishes,

Galen and Mary from USA

- rating 5

Family History and Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Ms. Cerhova
The tour you prepared for us was a marvelous experience, and all arrangements were in place and available without any difficulties. Our guide met us on time and was easy to find at the airport in Vienna.
The guide you provided, Ms. Lucia Palenkasova, could not have been more helpful or attentive to us, and I believe she was the key to making this trip so successful for us. She had done an immense amount of groundwork and research on our ancestry on her own time even prior to our arrival, and she was the one who actually located and contacted our relatives in Levoce. She was also very flexible for adjusting our itinerary to accommodate our changing needs during the trip to visit national archive facilities for further research on family ancestors.
The Penzions you booked for us were for the most part very nice, comfortable, and hospitable, particularly Penzion Kachelman in Banska Stiavnica, and Penzion Atrium in Poprad.
Though we ended up staying only one night in Penzion Grand in Kosice, there seemed to be a few worrisome practices at this penzion for which I would not be willing to stay there again in the future.
All together, a very enjoyable, successful, and stress-free tour! Congratulations to both you and Travel Slovakia, as well as Lucia Palenkasova for her friendly, knowledgeable, and completely reliable guiding service!!
Very Warmest Regards,

Gregory from USA

- rating 4

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Ms. Cerhova
Thank you very much for your e-mail. I would like to convey to you that my week-long trek of Slovakia was beyond my expectations. It will be a very long time, if ever, before the pleasant memories are erased from my mind. I would especially like to tell you how much I appreciated what your company was able to do for me by way of transportation, guiding, accommodations, meals, and opening up to my your wonderful country and its unforgettable people. Please convey my special thanks to Cecilia for a spectactular job. I shall endeavour to do whatever I can to relay to my friends and colleagues that your company is one of the best ways to easily see and appreciate Slovakia, and at a very affordable and reasonable price.

It is unfortunate, however, that my experience with the Grand Hotel in Banska Stiavnica was less than ideal. I strongly suggest that you not use this hotel in the future. Happily, this little glitch did not diminish in any way the superb service I was given in the rest of the country. I do appreciate the compensation you offered to me by way of river rafting on the river boredering on Poland.

Again, thank you very much for your excellent service. Continue to do what you do so well.

With kindest regards,

Calvin from Canada

- rating 4

Best of Slovakia Tour

Hi lenka
the tour and lucia as aguide were excelent we love slovakia , the wiew and all the places that we visit it was so good that we plan to visit slovakia again
thanks again

Oded from Israel

- rating 5

Family History and Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Lenka,
Wow! We had a great vacation from Bratislava to the High Tatras and back. I cannot thank you enough for all that you did to personalize our Best of Slovakia Tour. Since this was my first trip to your beautiful country, it was a wonderful mix of tourist highlights of Slovakia with visits to my ancestral villages. I will never forget the stunningly beautiful castles, ruins, villages, vistas and churches we saw along the way. And I will cherish our visits to my grandmother's and grandfather's villages.
I also want to thank you for arranging the Modra majolica factory tour, where I left impressed by the craftsmanship, beauty and ingenuity of the ceramics. It was also a special thrill for us to stay at the Hutira Relax Club and meet Pán Ivo Hutira. I hope you are able to offer his penzion for future tours.
But I want to thank you especially for providing us with the remarkable Lucia Palenkasova as our tour guide. She is a knowledgeable guide, an accomplished translator and a skilled (and very safe) driver! Her patience and flexibility were a real asset. I am grateful for her ability to organize our visits to the incredible wooden churches as well as the museums and castles.
I knew our trip to Slovakia would be great but it turned out to be even better than I anticipated.
Thank you and travelslovakia.sk for making everything possible.
P.S. If you would like to see a few pictures from our trip go to youtube.com. Here's the address:

http://youtu.be/xH3sDOufXIY


Dakujem!

Karl from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Lenka,
Greetings from Vienna.
I would like to thank you for all the itinerary you have planned for us during our 5 days in Slovakia. Lucia have been very helpful too.
Hope to be in touch with you again should i plan to visit Slovakia again.

Melissa from Singapore

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia and Sheep Farms Tour

Hi Alena,
I have been meaning to write and let you know what a fabulous time we had. Our time in Slovakia was the highlight of our 5 week trip to Europe. Thank you for arranging such a comprehensive program for us which took into account our interests. The combinaion of national park walks, rafting, visiting farms and cultural sights (particularly the wooden churches and the Spis Castle) was wonderful.
We had no problems along the way and even the weather was kind....hot and sunny for all but one day. We particularly enjoyed the Penzion Fortuna in Poprad with great accommodation, good food and friendly, helpful staff.
Lucia, with her fabulous English, managed very capably to translate conversations with farmers, national park rangers and a wide variety of people we met along the way. She was always cheerful, enthusiastic, on time and full of fun with a great sense of humour and very safe driver. I enjoyed her guidance through the various Slovak menus with recommendations of traditional food as well as the out of the way restaurants we went to such as the 1st Slovak Pub in Bratislava. When people in Australia ask what was the highlight of our time in Slovakia it is difficult to decide. Every day was a new adventure.
Many thanks to you and Lucia.

Kate and Chris from Australia

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour and Ancestral Tour

Yes, I am safely back home and wanted to thank you for recommending Michal Razus as a researcher of my Slovak grandmother's ancestry and as a guide and translator.
Michal was very knowledgeable, professional, helpful and responsive to my questions and requests.
He also was honest as to when additional research may be helpful and when it likely would not be productive.
We also very much enjoyed Michal's services as a guide and translator when we were in Slovakia. I plan on using his services again to research the ancestry of my Slovak grandfather.
I would gladly serve as a reference for Michal Razus.

Karen from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dobry den pani Alena,
moji svokrovci boli s vyletom po Slovensku velmi spokojni, hlavne co sa tyka organizacie. Pocasie im nevyslo, ale i tak stravili pekny tyzden v spolocnosti Lucii,ktora bola prijemna a snazila sa vyhoviet ich prianiam.
Dakujeme

Silvia from France

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia and Family History Tour

Good morning!
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply - that's the problem with being away from home for more than a month - just way too much to catch up on when you get back!
I had a fabulous time in Slovakia - all the hotels were clean and quiet, the sites that we visited were all relevant and interesting, and Marian was a great guide.
I certainly hope to get back some day, and will definitely be recommending your services to anyone else that is interested in touring the country.
Thanks a bundle!

Kate from Canada

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia and Family History Tour

Dear Alena,
We thank you so very much! Working with TravelSlovakia this past year has been a pleasure. You have taken our interests and ideas seriously and provided exactly the experience we hoped for.
Lucia was not only our tour guide and driver but became our friend, and if we could we would adopt her into our family! Lucia made the contacts necessary in Vysny Kubin that allowed us to see the house our grandmother lived in prior to 1904, talk with a 90 year old friend of our grandmother's youngest sister, and meet and talk with the caretaker of the church where my grandmother was baptized and distant cousins still attend. We could not be more satisfied!
Please tell Martin and anyone else that might be interested that Lucia is a treasure and will serve well as a tour guide for your clients.
Alena, I sincerely hope to work with you again and certainly will reccommend TravelSlovakia to any and all we hear may be interested in Central Europe.

Jack from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Bonjour Alena,
We arrived home yesterday, a bit tired but O.K. - Merci breaucoup for the nice tour of your country and for having provided us with a very pleasant guide Lucia - It was nice meeting you and seeing your young baby - We wish you all the best, health,happiness and success

Raymond and Ninon from Canada

- rating 5

Self-guided Best of Slovakia Tour

Hi Petra and Martin,
Just to let you know we are now back in the UK after a wonderful week in Slovakia. Thank you so much for your organisation and support. If you wish me to make any specific comments about the hotels, I would be happy to do so. Also I would be happy to make a recommendation for Travelslovakia for your website.
I am hoping to arrange a further visit to Slovakia in the next two years and I will of course ask your help again.
Best wishes

Charles from UK

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia and Heritage Tour around Slovakia

Hi Alena,
We had fun in Prague over the weekend, but now I am back to work and very jet lagged. I think you are actually on vacation/working in France right now, but we just wanted to thank you again for everything. We had a wonderful time and we never could have done and seen so much (nor understood ANYTHING) without you.
Also, I was wondering, since you said you are a cook, do you have recipes for Sauerkraut soup, and Goulash soup? I'd like to try to make them at home.

Thanks again for everything we had a great time. Feel free to use us a reference if you would like to do so.
We hope to see you in the States sometime soon.
Take Care,

Marianne and James with family from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Alena,
I had a nice flight back to Barcelona. I enjoyed very much my holidays in Slovakia and you did a really great job. You have a very beautiful country and I will recommend Slovakia and Travelslovakia as well to my friends and family.
Kind regards

Jaime from Spain

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia and Heritage Tour around Slovakia

Dear Alena,
We are happily settled here at home. I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip in Slovakia and our guide Martin.
From being picked up at the airport to the last moment the guides (Marion and Martin) were always extremely professional, knowledgeable and fun to be around.
They were extremely flexible to what interested us, and seemed to take great pride and joy in showing us the country. With Martin's great help, my husband Andrew was able to find direct relatives to his grandfather. It has been one of the highlights of his life and all the relatives back home are so happy the family has grown. I can't say enough good things about the trip, and we are highly recommending TravelSlovakia to any friends or family who get the chance to visit.

As a matter of suggestion, the company may get better business if it can get a review (or seal of approval) by any of the large travel organizations in the states, such as AAA, Rick Steves, or Lonely Planet. The website is great, but I remember being very apprehensive transferring money to a foreign company that has not been deemed legitimate in the US. (Americans are really worried about online scams).
I'm sure that TravelSlovakia would be rated very highly.
Thank you again for helping make our dreams come true, and giving us a vacation we will always remember fondly.

Emily and Andrew from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia and Heritage Tour

Alena - we had an amazing trip to Slovakia. Thank you so much for everything that you did. You were an awesome tour guide and translator. All of our accommodations were great. We all really enjoyed the trip. Thank you so much for all the work that you did on contacting our relatives and arranging to meet them. That was probably the highlight of the trip. We also really enjoyed seeing the different scenery in Slovakia. I had no idea the country was that beautiful. The fields of sunflowers were so unexpected.

I am so glad that we were able to make this trip. I will definitely recommend you and Travel Slovakia to anyone I know who is planning a trip to Slovakia. I am also telling everyone I know that they must travel to your country.

We had a great journey back home. My mother and I were even upgraded to first class on the flight from Vienna back to the States. That is the way to travel.

Thank you again so much for everything.

Kelly with family from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Hi Alena,
We arrived home on August 8th after a wonderful time travelling in Europe again. We did enjoy our time in Slovakia, generally it was very interesting and Matus was an excellent guide. My husband Laurie was not feeling very well the week we were in Slovakia so was not able to enjoy it as much as he normally would.
We would have preferred more time in the mountains and less time on the castles and churches. Although they were interesting, important and in lovely landscapes, we were very keen to see more of the natural environment, especially the mountains. However this is not a criticism of your itinerary - I should have made it clearer and done some more reading myself when booking.
We thought the actual tour was well organised. Matus did a great job and was very helpful and keen to do the right thing for us. We appreciated his driving us to Krakow too.
I have suggested your company to a couple of friends who are planning to travel to Europe later this year.
Our warm regards to Matus and best wishes to you and the company.

Ann and Laurie from Australia

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dearest Alena,
So good to hear from you. I have thought of you often and my time with you in beautiful Slovakia. I am in Scotland where it is cold and rainy. Who knew I would be wanting some of the heat from Slovakia that I complained of.
Love and hugs,

Cathryn from USA

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dobrý den Veronika,
This email is to thank TravelSlovakia for our tour. All of your arrangements worked well and we enjoyed the tour very much.

Our highlights were

- The ice caves
- Driving through the lower Tatras
- Banská Štiavnica
- Wine tasting in Modra
- The wooden churches especially Hronsek

Alena was an excellent guide - perhaps we will see in her in Australia sometime.
If you ever need a reference in Australia, we will try to help.
Dakujem velmi pekne,

Allen and Bev from Australia

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Alena,
We got back home 2 days ago and received my jacket yesterday with many thanks.
We really enjoyed our stay in Slovakia and will recommend your company to our friends.Coverage of Slovakia during our stay was very good and relaxing.Your friendly manner was very warm and we felt very comfortable with you.
Thanking you
Warm regards

Kanthi from Australia

- rating 5

Christmas Sightseeing Trip around Slovakia

Hi Veronika,
Just a thank you note from the Barhams and me. We had a fantastic time in Slovakia. When we arrived in Vienna, we wanted to give up our reservations and return to your country. We can't stop talking about it, and I think you will have a few friends of ours contacting you for a trip during Easter week in April. Miro was a wonderful guide and we had a lot of fun with him. Our accommodations were perfect. We made friends with the pension families wherever we were. The Christmas dinner was so good, Chuck finished it for breakfast the next day. Miro took us to some really neat restaurants that we would highly recommend. Have a wonderful 2006.

Louise with friends from USA living in Spain

- rating 5

Best of Slovakia Tour

Dear Veronika,
I should like to say that we all had a marvellous tour and have very pleasant memories.
The tour was made so enjoyable by Mirka and Kamil. They are delightful people and really went out of their way to make the tour interesting and pleasurable. It was a nice gesture at the end of the tour that they stayed to have a farewell drink with us rather than rushing away to start their weekend. This made us feel more as friends rather than just a tour party.
However, the rooms and meals at the two following Pensions were excellent and I would recommend them to anyone wishing to experience the hospitality in Slovakia
In conclusion, the tour was excellent and met all our expectations.
I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends and colleagues visiting Slovakia. As a personal note, I will suggest that they ask for Mirka as their guide.
Best regards,

William, Jacqueline, Derek, Ros from UK

- rating 5

Sightseeing Trip around Slovakia

Dear Veronika,
We enjoyed our stay very much in your lovely country. Miro was wonderful - so patient and pleasant. We appreciated not having to worry about where to go, how to go, and how to communicate, etc. The food was delicious and the countryside, castles, museums were all very interesting. Thank you for arranging our fun trip to your country.
Sincerely,

Susan with group from USA

- rating 5