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We truly enjoyed all aspects of the Princess Cruise including Stevie Jay’s coordination and Bill’s management of all travel to and from San Francisco via Chicago’s O’Hare and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We had several seasoned travelers wishing to share their experiences. Princess was outstanding with their meal plan and treating us as their special guests for the fifteen days. Highlights were our ability to chose our day trips to Volcanoes National Park, Pearl Harbor National Monument, Kolohani Plantation and Haleakala National Park. We will travel with Stevie Jay and We Travel again as long as we are mobile and enthusiastic about traveling!
I had a wonderful time. Food was great and the show, Yuletide Celebration, was outstanding! It was my first time for Yuletide Celebration, and I am looking forward to next year.
Great company. The show was awesome. Even better than last year. Loved the singers, orchestra and emcee. Really put us in the holiday spirit. The beef house dinner service was slow and found ourselves helping them!!! The trip was great.
Canyon Country: Fantastic trip. Awesome views of the national parks. Optional excursion to Monument Valley was a highlight for us. Mary Beth always provides excellent service. This tour was no exception! Bob and Cindy
By Robert Hardig for Canyon Country on 25 Oct, 19
Great trip experience. All canyons were on our "to see" list. Peter was great as our guide. Anna was super good driver and kept a really clean coach. Accommodations were well located, well appointed, pleasant and clean. Dining experiences were great. Ready to go again.
By Al Hagen for Canyon Country on 24 Oct, 19
We had a fabulous time. Transfers were effortless. Accommodations were great. Dining experiences were absolutely fantastic. Excursions were very memorable and enjoyable. Steve & Janet were very gracious hosts. All other travelers were great to spend time with. Looking forward to 2021 river cruise.
By Al Hagen for Rhine Cruise on 14 Oct, 19
It was a delightful trip. Will look forward to others to come.
The trip was very nice. Accommodations & food terrific. Steve & Janet are warm, inviting hosts
By Constance Huddleston for Rhine Cruise on 12 Oct, 19
WE DID HAVE A GREAT TIME!! All of the group were awesome and happily communicative. Janet and Stevie Jay were just as vibrant and personable as Emily. River boat accommodations were above our expectations. Truly enjoyed our "veranda" and the two coffee / pastry stations. Excursions were well coordinated with no stress. Considered taking advantage of the "all inclusive drink" offer, but instead had enough lunch and dinner drinks included. The 110v wall sockets as well as the portable sound devices were nice amenities.
By Byron Hagen for Rhine Cruise on 6 Oct, 19
I love traveling with Steve and Janet. Besides the ease of booking the trip, wonderful accommodations and sightseeing there is the comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that if something comes up that they are always there to help.
By Janice Troutt for Rhine Cruise on 6 Oct, 19
I had a wonderful day trip August 14th. The bus trip was great, Mary Beth organization was magnificent as usual, Chicago weather was spectacular, had a wonderful lunch, the play was wonderful and my Panera salad was good also. Please have more day trips. DP
Come From Away was amazing. Great seats. Very comfortable bus. Liked that we could pick a salad instead of a sandwich. Mary Beth was wonderful as always.
This show was a glorious day away , and Come from Away was a show that was , fun , poignant, and full of hope. Mary Beth was , as always , very organized and considerate of her travelers. How about a two day theatre adventure? An evening performance AND a matinee the next day! Barb
we had a great time !
Alaska is breathtaking. Our weather was perfect. Our group of 20 was very pleasant. I enjoyed every excursion. Our guides were excellent. We saw Denali, multiple times! So glad Mary Beth was with us. Only complaint - the bus to the airport was terrible.
Bus trip to Wrigley was quite enjoyable. Easiest way to get thru Chicago traffic. Great seats, comfortable bus, friendly hosts. Only thing I would change is to not show movies on the bus, as they make it impossible to sleep and difficult to enjoy a conversation or watching scenery passing by. Especially in this age of digital devices, when each individual can choose to watch whatever they prefer, there is no need to be held captive to the brightness and loudness of a movie.
A delightful trip!
By Janann Vance for West Side Story on 31 May, 19
We had a great day. Everyone was kind, courteous, and helpful. We enjoyed the performance and appreciate all the work that went into planning our day. Thank you
By Mary Wurth for Dear Evan Hansen on 20 Mar, 19
I had a great time. Good time to reconnect with my traveling buddies and see a good show. Mary Beth is always a gracious host and ensures that a good time will be had by all!
By Joan Jordan for Dear Evan Hansen on 13 Mar, 19
This show was excellent and very entertaining. The day trip was a much needed winter break for those of us who ar not snowbirds. Mary Beth was fun , organized , and clear in her communication. Would you ever consider. 2 day Chicago theatre outing? One day could be an evening show and the next a different matinee, perhaps a Tues-Wed combo. Barb from Urbana
By Barbara Hughes for Dear Evan Hansen on 1 Mar, 19
Steve, Janet and children were all very gracious and helpful in making my trip a success. Thanks to all of you!
I really enjoyed traveling through Asia on this trip. From start to finish everything was well organized and well thought out. Our hotels in Shanghai and Singapore were amazing. Transportation was provided to and from airport and to and from cruise ship. I enjoyed all the countries we visited and have loved all the adventures we experienced.
We’ve been to this program with Mary Beth in the past and she makes it so easy and fun. We look forward to many day and over nite trips. She is the best!
By Deborah Crays for Yuletide Celebration on 17 Dec, 18
It is so WONDERFUL to have Mary Beth Kurasek back to take us on our adventures! She is the consummate professional! Our comfort and enjoyment are always uppermost in her mind. Then, of course, she makes everyone feel welcome and does all she can to make our trips fun as well as great learning experiences. This trip was so enjoyable because everything went smoothly, everyone had fun and the things that we did were interesting and got us in the Christmas spirit. I encourage anyone to join the SJT experience as soon and often as possible. You will get your money's worth and have such a great time!
Wonderful trip. Good food, great people to travel with, lots of fun. Would love more day and short trips with Mary Beth. Barb and Jim
By James Hiller for Yuletide Celebration on 10 Dec, 18
This was a fantastic trip! I've always enjoyed the Yuletide Celebration and this year was no exception. The music and costumes are magnificent and the festive atmosphere in the theatre made attendance a delightful experience. Stopping at The Beef House on the way home was a delicious plus. Mary Beth did another wonderful job of providing a fun and well organized travel experience.
Trip was well organized and the show was fantastic
By Donna Prahl for Yuletide Celebration on 9 Dec, 18
We had an a good time.
By Art Orsted for Yuletide Celebration on 9 Dec, 18
This was a delightful trip! Mary Beth did a marvelous job of selecting activities, locations to visit, and restaurants for us to enjoy. I'm eager to go on my next trip her!
we enjoyed very much our trip to missouri! we saw so much in a short period of time! we enjoyed using a central location for lodging! we are looking forward to future trips with we travel!
My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Holiday in Missouri trip!! Mary Beth Kurasek always plans fabulous trips and this one was no exception! It was so good to be back traveling with her again! The accommodations were great and every experience was fun!!! Looking forward to many more trips with Mary Beth!!
It was a wonderful trip. Great excursions. Marybeth is the best, couldn’t ask for more.
All was fine and Mary Beth was great. Forget the box lunch on the way home.
By James Hiller for "Tootsie" Day Trip on 22 Oct, 18
Trip to Chicago was fine even on a rainy day. I enjoyed traveling with friend and eating at Watertower. The play was good and provided a lot of laughs. Mary Beth is the best guide!
By Carol Hutjens for "Tootsie" Day Trip on 20 Oct, 18
I want to thank our guide, Mary Beth for making the day very special for me. She was very accommodating regarding my disability. I plan to travel again with her as I know she will do everything possible to make my trip as pleasant as possible.
By Janice Troutt for "Tootsie" Day Trip on 20 Oct, 18
Enjoyed the day trip to Chicago and pre-broadway play Tootsie. I've done several other day trips with Mary Beth over the past years and she was again a gracious, informative, well organized leader throughout the trip. I also traveled with the Kanfers to Ireland and had a memorable time enjoying the beautiful sights of Ireland. Stop by the Larry Kanfer Gallery to see a number of those memories through Larry's amazing photos on display.
By Nancy Seward for "Tootsie" Day Trip on 15 Oct, 18
Ready to go again; we’ll irganized
By Rita Drechsel for "Tootsie" Day Trip on 13 Oct, 18
We had a fantastic tour guide, bus driver, and tour leaders. We had the opportunity to experience a wide diversity of activities, towns, and "off the beaten path" attractions while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Ireland. The people of Ireland were warm and welcoming and so well-versed in their country's history. The air and water across the country seemed so fresh and clean. Transportation and accommodations were clean, comfortable, and reliable. Delicious food options were available everywhere we went. It was obvious that a lot of careful thought and planning went into this trip.
We had a fabulous time. Great scenery, interesting stops, great food, great accommodations and great people. Larry and Alaina were fantastic hosts.
The trip was awesome, start to finish! Hotels were great! The experience was authentic Ireland -- we got to see places that ordinary tours of Ireland probably don't see. Instead of touring a museum featuring the bog we traveled to a bog and were able to see how peat was harvested, how it looked and felt, and how it burned. Instead of touring a museum featuring tapestry we traveled to a small building along a river where we could see the tapestry being made, see the production of the thread and such. It would be hard to top the food, especially at a pub that has been serving for 900 years! Our Irish tour guide was wonderful, and Larry Kanfer was stupendous! Five stars for sure!
We very much enjoyed our trip to Ireland. Larry and Alaina Kanfer were fantastic hosts. Our guide, Caroline and driver, Josh were professional, informative and often funny. We definitely felt welcome everywhere we went. The food, both with the group and in restaurants and pubs we found was outstanding and even the weather was much better than we anticipated. Ireland is such a beautiful country and we felt we got to see a great deal of it, learned quite a lot about Irish history and culture and had an amazing afternoon spent at an intimate pianist's home with a performance that was superb. In addition to Larry and Alaina, our fellow travelers were a delightful and friendly group which added to the overall pleasure of the trip.
This trip was incredible! We had a great guide, driver and our hosts! The scenery and food were as remarkable as the people of Ireland! We covered a lot of ground and it afforded us the opportunity to view the ever changing landscapes. I cannot wait for Larrys photos! Thanks for a great trip!
We had a wonderful time. Extremely well organized, excellent accommodations and great food. Our guide, Caroline, was knowledgeable, fun and very well organized. I would recommend this trip and Stevie Jay/Bill Owen without reservation. Stevie Jay, Larry Kanfer and Bill Owen were extremely responsive and concerned about our well being both before, during and after our trip.
Kudos to Larry, Alaina, Stevie Jay and Bill Owen for organizing everything so well! Every detail was covered so we could just sit back and enjoy. Thank you!
We had a good time. Enjoyed most of the activities. Could have skipped some of the shopping stops and the antique collector's museum. Food was wonderful. A couple of the hotels could have been better. Bus driver and tour guide were great.
We might want more open time to pursue our own pursuits.
Rich Baier asked us to add this review: "My wife and I went on the 'World war Two & Castles" trip in May, 2018. I have to say it's been my most enjoyable trip to Europe so far! Everything seemed to go right on the trip. The leader Mark was very knowledgeable and kept us well-informed and on time. He even managed to squeeze in a few extra visits aided greatly by the best bus driver ever, Coen.Everyone on the trip got along very well and, a first on any of my trips, we all went together for every meal. Would I do another tour like this? Yes, without a doubt!"
We had a great time! I love the Albanese candy factor. My children and grandchildren loved the sour gummies. The lunch was very good and the play was good. I LOVED the theater. It was roomy and comfortable. Loved having Mary Beth back. She is the very best!!
Diane and I were very pleased with yesterday's trip to the "Lady With All the Answers". We both enjoyed the play (we both read Ann Landers in our youth). The venue was very nice (intimate) and the food was also very good. It would be nice to see other plays/musicals at this location. We both liked the side trip to the "Albanese Candy Factory". We have traveled up and down I65 many times to Michigan, but never knew about this place. In the future, I suspect we will stop there again as we travel north for sports and blueberries
I had a great time. My fellow travellers were a great bunch including our bus driver and tour guides. Hotels were comfortable and much better than I remember from my 1971-1974 tour of duty. Tour guides were knowledgeable. Ed was just great. I missed the European menus the day after I was home. Great food. Looking at another trip. However, I need to get in better shape. We were on the go most of the time and castles and bunkers don't have elevators.