We always enjoy hearing back from our clients...
Thank you very much for planning the best vacation we have ever had!
We have been asked a number of times what our favourite city/town was, what our favourite activity was. We start to answer, only to look at each other and say, we can't choose a favourite. Karen you understood exactly what Fred and I wanted in a vacation, our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We will never tell anyone the room number at VSM. We hope to be able to return and visit at some point in the future. The meals were fabulous. We had a pasta dish one evening and it had a lemon sauce ( not heavy cream based ) and it was the best pasta we had on the entire trip. Do you think that VSM would give me the recipe - I doubt it, but if not the recipe, some key ingredients!!!
There was nothing we would have changed. Karen if word of mouth is any form of advertising, please know we have spoken very highly of your expertise in planning memorable vacations.
We are looking at a possible France/Italy trip possible September of 2015. I will absolutely ask you to plan (if you are ok with that). Not sure how long the trip will be at this time,but I know where to contact you.
Again, our thanks.
Fred and Sandra Harnett , March 2015
Our trip was great.
Everything went smoothly. The places you booked for us in Venice, Rapallo (near the Cinque Terra) and Florence were all excellent. Your recommendations and advice were most helpful.
Especially good was the pear ravioli at Ciro in Florence! Nice call!
Thanks very much for your assistance, it really helped.
Stu & Cathy Nelson, Surrey, BC June, 2013
Karen, Thank you again
Richard & I want to thank you for all the help you have given us in planning our France-Barcelona trip. You have given us a wealth of information which I am still digesting and I know we will have a richer holiday because we consulted you. I look forward to further contact in the future.
Janet Larocque St. Albert, Alberta June, 2013
Karen, Thank you again. I am so looking forward to what you have planned for us. Each time I look at our itinerary, it makes me want to stay longer and I begin to think of our next trip. I know that I say “I” but I speak for both of us.
Jennifer & Wayne C. Surrey, BC - April , 2013 (3rd trip)
Sherry and I wanted to tell you what a most outstanding vacation we had in Italy in September and October. The hotels you booked for us in Amalfi, Castellabatte, Napoli and Rome were excellent and perfectly located. We also very much enjoyed our stay at the agriturismo in the countryside near Sarteano. You organized every detail of our trip including where to stay, where and when to rent a car, where and when to travel by train , what to see, where to eat and what not to miss. Everything went smoothly. Thank you so much Karen. We had an unforgettable holiday and we owe it all to you.
John and Sherry Armstrong,
Vancouver - October 2012
The hotel that you organized for us in Rome was lovely and just a perfect location. You were right that our friend’s recommendation for the other hotel was quite far out and would have made walking to everything quite a feat. The hotel was close and very accessible. We enjoyed the terrace and some afternoons came back and just sat for an hour on the terrace to rest before heading out again. We had fabulous weather in Rome. Actually the hottest of the whole trip. Thanks again Karen for your help and letting us draw on all of your experience.
Laurie McClelland ,St Albert, Alberta - Oct 2012
I’ve had just a quick peak at the package…….wow, it looks fantastic. I might have a couple of questions once I have a chance to review it all on the weekend. I know you have spent much more time than the 5 hours you have billed planning our trip I am certainly impressed with all you have done – and yes, would certainly recommend your services to others .
Elayne P. Surrey, BC - Aug 2012
Just got back last night. Had a wonderful trip. The lodging you selected was wonderful, and we stayed very busy visiting all the sites. The highlight of the trip for me was seeing the colosseum and I loved Rome in general. La Sovana was absolutely gorgeous! When I rounded the corner and saw the Duomo in Orvieto it gave me goosebumps. I'd never seen anything like that. Of course the Duomo in Florence was no slouch either.
When we visited Pienza (the restaurant you love there was great by the way) we drove out and saw the Vitaleta chapel and the "Gladiator" house. Awesome! And when we left Orvieto we drove over to Civita di Bagnoregio. What a cool little town...but quite a hike up to it.
I asked for an automatic car but got a standard...made the trip that much more exciting given I had not driven one in 25 years, especially on those roads!
Thanks again for everything...it was such an incredible trip. Spain was great too!
C. Crow, Arlington, Texas - June 2012
We just got back from our wonderful three weeks and the nest on the lake was the highlight. We loved the area, spent one day in Como, out to dinner at the hotel you recommended and then cooked two nights on the deck. WE did two of the small villages by ferry; it was wonderful we had sunny weather etc. The rest of the trip was also great. We had some very cold weather in Barcelona and Amsterdam but we just kept walking. I am not sure if you have left on your trip. Have a great time and thanks again for your help.
J. Lucas, Vancouver, BC - May 2012
Thank you so much Karen. This looks great. This is very helpful. As always, we appreciate your insights and words of wisdom. I will let you know if we are able to go in September or if we have to wait. As you say “fingers crossed.” Enjoy your vacation!
Jennifer C, Langley, BC - May 2012
What experiences! The hotels couldn't have been planned better. The restaurants have never missed a top rating.
The hotels are all excellent and perfectly located. They give a taste of the old world with all the conveniences of superb upscaling in the rooms.
Thanks, Karen, for your wonderful planning for us. Don't know how we would have possibly accomplished all the incredible varieties of sensations had it not been for your sharing of your life experiences in this amazing part of the world.
C. Stringer, West Vancouver - October 2011
Thank you for the incredible package. We are more inspired than ever and are buried in exploring everything and every resource you have provided.
Chris & Adrienne S.
C. Stringer, West Vancouver - May 2011
Karen we are so happy that we used your services. It is such a pleasure to travel to a foreign country knowing that your hotels and restaurants have been pre-approved! We will certainly recommend your service to friends and family.
A Stringer, West Vancouver - October 2011
Our trip through Italy in the month of September 2011 was "A trip of a Lifetime !"
We totally enjoyed every aspect of our trip so well organized by Marcus Travel . We especially enjoyed the hassle free arrangements with all of our hotels that were well located and reasonably priced . Some of our accommodations were , by our standards , 5 Stars ! and were just fantastic . The Quirinale , ' roof top garden patio suite " apartment in Roma and the Vineyard Country Inn at La Sovana Agriturismo near Chiusi were life changing experiences for us . We were totally impressed beyond words , really enjoyed them , alot !!!
We were also very impressed by the excellent restaurant recommendations in each city that we visited with dei Frescobaldi and The Golden View Open Bar in Firenze ranking as two of the best restaurants we have ever eaten in anywhere.
We highly recommend Karen Marcus of Marcus Travel for any personal and professional travel arrangements .
Ciao. Jerry and Susan , St . Albert, Alberta - September 2011
A few comments made by the client during the planning of their trip….
And, on their return:
It was an amazing trip, everyday way different and each place we visited unique in its own way.
The agriturismo was spectacular and so convenient for all the day trips you suggested. We did have our challenges a few times but it was all part of the adventure. We met some wonderful people and the hotel staff was eager and ready to help.
We have certainly provided your name to people and I hope you hear from them as it will certainly help them to have an enjoyable and successful trip. Hope to work with you again.
C & J Murray, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - September, 2011
All in all, it was a wonderful trip. All of the accommodations were great and very central. I am already looking forward to going back.
The accommodations are a big part of our vacations. Thanks to you, it was a memorable trip.
A. Malhotra, San Diego, CA - August, 2011
Thank you for the incredible package. We are more inspired than ever and are buried in exploring everything and every resource you have provided.
C. Stringer, West Vancouver - May 2011
Karen, as I have mentioned, we can’t thank you enough for what you have done. A custom made vacation based on what we are interested in. We are so looking forward to our trip. You have taken all of the guess work out of it. We can just study up, sit back and enjoy!
J. Clary, Langley - March 2010
J Clary's comments on returning:
We had an absolutely fabulous vacation! We cannot thank you enough and had a toast in your honor on our last day. The planning that you did for us, made it so simple. We could spend all of our time just enjoying our trip. When people ask what we liked the most, it is so hard to say because it was all wonderful and the experiences so different.
We have learned that we love the cities. We walked for hours and just enjoy the energy and atmosphere. Tuscany/Umbria was great (we put 800 km on in 4 days). We especially liked Orvieto and also went to Assisi which we really enjoyed as well. The Amalfi Coast! What can we say. We were welcomed like friends. We were sad to leave and let them know that we would be back. (Nicola wanted me to say hi to you and Glenn for him. He told us that they always have so much fun with you.)
I probably can’t say enough about the impact your planning had on our trip. It was a springboard for us to work from. As I mentioned before, you took all of the guess work out for us and we could just enjoy. Everything went so smoothly. We just had to turn up. All of the tips that you provided for eating, site seeing, language survival, and transportation were invaluable. We packed so much into the short time that we had. When we left, we were talking about what we want to do next time—it will definitely include the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Florence, Tuscany/Umbria so it will obviously have to be longer, because we want to see more….
J. Clary, Langley, May 2010
Hi Karen. We can see that you are very passionate about Italy! Your suggestions and comments were very helpful and we're sincerely thanking you!!
S. Des Ruisseaux & C. Francoeur, Montreal CANADA April, 2009
Thank you so much Karen. I can't imagine what we would have done without your help!
A. Harvey, Vancouver, BC April 2009
I just received your package…you did an amazing job! Thank you for all your suggestions & help in putting my trip together.
L. Hodgson, St. Catherines, Ontario May 2008
I cannot tell you how pleased I am with your services! I actually have already passed your name along to one person here in the Netherlands. I can assure you, I will be passing it along to everyone I know. Fortunately, I know a lot of people who love to travel.
There is no way that I could have figured the logistics out for this trip in the time frame that you did! Not to mention the sightseeing, dinner reservations, and hotel reservations you organized for us. We are ready to go…yesterday!!! Thank you so much. You may use me for a reference anytime.
Wendy and Tony B. (Netherlands & Georgia, USA) June 2008
Karen was instrumental in planning our first trip to Europe, Italy, France, and England. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and were both excited and overwhelmed with the choices and details. We cannot say enough about Karen's assistance in planning. She is knowledgeable, creative, and sensitive to our budget and our likes and dislikes. She planned a trip that flowed including hotel, train reservations, taxi advice, places to eat, sites to see, and language, dress and etiquette tips. The trip was absolutely successful and went smoothly. It is one of our special memories and Karen made the difference. I am looking forward to working with Karen again on planning our next trip.
John and Gillian Lucas | October 2007.
I am disappointed that you can't take on our trip. From your website your background and tastes seemed so suited to how I envision this trip. I do thank you very much for your page of helpful tips and information.
Sandy B. Summit, New Jersey | November 2007
Tim and I send a big thank you for all of your help with our trip to the Amalfi Coast. We returned last evening (reluctantly!) after a wonderful week on the Amalfi Coast. As you promised, the accommodations were superb...we loved the view, the staff, the location and the food. We never would have found such a gem without your assistance. We followed your suggested itinerary, transportation and lunch spot recommendations and couldn't have been more pleased. The limo transfers to and from Naples were flawless. The hotel in Naples was lovely and located close to many of the tourist attractions. All in all, we had the perfect 25th wedding anniversary celebration trip. Even the weather was divine.
We can't thank you enough. We'll sing your praises to all we know in this neck of the woods and will contact you again for any future travel in Italy or France. All best,
T. Tuerff McLean, Virginia - October 2007
The trip you put together for us was definitely a wonderful all-round experience. Your expertise and advice enabled us to have a “once in a lifetime” vacation instead of a “cookie cutter” vacation!
Thanks again for all your help (and patience!) in putting our trip together. I’m dropping your name all over the place to potential travelers!
H. & D. George | September 2007
I had a fabulous trip and everything you recommended was wonderful. I immediately fell in love with Amalfi and my only disappointment was not having more time there. The hotel in Amalfi was amazing and I would go back to stay there in a heartbeat. All my trains reservations were in order and I had no problem finding out where to go to get my connections. I wasn’t in love with Rome as much as Florence but still had a nice time that last night.
I would recommend you to anyone traveling to Italy.
Libby M. (Toronto) - June 2007
Thank you very much for all your help. I believe that your guidance is making a big difference on how we are planning for this and we greatly appreciate it.
Milo A. (Palo Alto, California) - April 2007
Thank you for your informative email with wonderful advice! Do appreciate it very much.
S. Jayaraman | April, 2007
Our trip was great. The car recommendation was fine; we had everything waiting for us.
Our accommodation in Biaritzz at the Radisson was just fine, it was as you might expect. Good amenities, location, rooms were alright, not really that “special” though. However, both our other hotels in Tours and Paris were spectacular. The Chateau in Tours was unbelievable, the food amazing, the grounds beautiful, and the service, rooms, excellent. Our Paris Hotel was also excellent. Three blocks from the Champs D’Elysees and very clean, modern, updated, spacious and the service great. All front desk people spoke English too, very helpful.
I have passed your name onto a friend of mine, J Stuart, you will likely hear from her. She is going to France next summer. Although our hotel in Biariitz wasn’t perfect, it was good value and the surf town is so charming and the beach so fun for families. Thanks,
Tamara B. (W. Vancouver, BC) - September 2006
This is very kind of you to do this for us! Le Anfore looks very charming....how long would it take to get from Lucca to there do you think?
Thank you again for all of the valuable information and I will certainly keep you in mind for our next trip to France or Italy and I will pass you name along to friends who are going as well.
All the best and thanks again
L. Mihan (London, England) - September 2006
Thank you so much for your help! Your information is invaluable! This will be very helpful to me. Again thank you so much for the help you have provided to date. I really appreciate it!
R Theilmann (Doha, Qatar) - September 2006
Our trip was wonderful and I want to thank you for all the good advice and pointers that you provided.
The hotel was a charming and delightful place, stunning views and good dinners. We really looked forward to coming home to our hotel, after a day of touring the area or just sitting around when the sun encouraged us to stay and enjoy the view. It was good and predictable, a quiet dining room with a lovely atmosphere.
The drive to Napoli was first class. The limo company you arranged did a great job, a fantastic car, more like a limo that glides across the mountain range.
R. Adler, Australia | July 2006
I have just gone over our correspondence and want to thank you for all the arrangements made for us. The trip looks quite exciting. Also I want to thank you for all the detailed info in the package. The timetables are great to have on hand. Warmest Regards,
R.R. Adler Melbourne, Australia | March 2006
Thank you for your response. Unfortunately I need to postpone my trip until December. It was very exciting to hear from someone who has experience with feet on the ground. I will regroup and set dates for my December trip and let you know. It seems you are worth every dollar you charge
C. Crosson Knueppel USA. - March/06
The planning was impecable; the details amazing and the trips ones which we will remember forever. You're knowledge of both Italy and France is incredible and it became even more apparent when you were able to direct us to the best parking lot in one of the small towns. Some of the "jewels" we've experienced thanks to your expertise are Sperlonga, St. Paul de Vence, Le Hameau, Otranto, San Michele, Arathena Rocks, Rome (of course) and so much more. You just outdo yourselves each time you plan another of our trips.
C.Grant. - Vancouver, BC | November 2005
What luck we were able to go on this fabulous trip Thank you!
C & A Nagati, Coquitlam, BC | October 2005
We couldn't have done it without you. Fabulous trip. We would like to do it again!
E & C. Berno, Vancouver, BC | October 2005
"Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work to make our first trip to Italy into a trip of a lifetime. We had so much fun. The hotel was truly a “gem” and what a perfect location The tour in Rome was fabulous (and for us a really enjoyable way to see the city). The boat trip & the cooking class wonderful too. And as for the company, what can I say – a great group to travel with."
Margot Orr. Vancouver, BC | October 2005
The holiday planning was superb!!!!!!!!. Your selection of hotels, Pompeii, Villa San Michele, Gennaro and the Donna Assunta boat rental and of course, the cooking course at Mamma Agata were wonderful. . You went above and beyond and we will be forever thankful for all of your expertise in planning the trip of a lifetime. Ciao.
S. & G. Crampton, Richmond, BC | October 2005
"I thought I would drop you a line before the memories of our trip to Italy fade away, and also to thank you for your suggestions during our planning stage. As you know we have taken many cruises where everything is planned for you. This is the first time we have planned a whole vacation of this complexity. I was overwhelmed by all the information on the internet and didn’t know where to begin. Thanks again for all your help."
Cheryl C. Coquitlam, BC | June 2005
"Brenda and I want to thank you for organizing our first trip to Italy. Everything was terrific... the food ... the hotels ... the tours and so on. Your details were spot on. Guides met us on time ... the spots you recommended were terrific ... and our hotels could not have been better. You made this first trip to Italy a real pleasure and very easy. As exptected, the food was a highlight. Even if I did pay $14 for a coke in Venice. The train trips were another highlight. We like travel by train and something we don't do here at home. Amalfi was another highlight, what an incredible little place. We sat in the town square for hours, just watching people."
N. Stowe, | June 2005
Would like to thank you for the advice given as it helped immensely in choosing a place to stay and also places of interest to see. We took the trip to Capri - lovely but too many tourists. Without your help we would have had to take pot luck and I would imagine this could be a trap for the unweary. After booking the San Michelle we left NZ feeling quite confident with your help we had made the right choice. I just loved the San Michelle and Nicol and his family were congenial hosts. The view from our balcony was just a dream - the sunrises and sunsets out of this world. Wow factor indeed!!!!!
Valerie Gerstgraser, New Zealand | January 2005
Thanks for your help in itinerary planning & hotel recommendations. In the end, I was overwhelmed with all the decision making and was just busy with life ,in general, so I went to a local travel agent . When we decide to do another trip I will definitely call & consult with you. You could not get your vast knowledge & experience of France & Italy from another travel agent.
L. MeLelland St. Albert, Alberta | August 2004
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