ABC Tours

De: eli yardeni [mailto:eli.yardeni@gmail.com]
Enviado el: Martes, 03 de Mayo de 2011 03:35 p.m.
Para: 'Julia Siri'
Asunto: Regards from Yardeni family

Dear Julia

My family and I just got back to Israel after 12 days tour in Costa Rica.

We  would like to thank you for the  most interesting and fun tour you organized for us.

Although it is a challenge to organize a tour to a family with a wide spread of ages like us (9, 18,20 years old and parents) we conclude the tour as a big success and most satisfied to all family members.

Everything worked as a Swiss clock: transportations, timetables, tours and hotels and fitted perfectly with our expectations as forwarded by you.

We highly appreciate your attitude, during the tour, taking care to special requests and the warm and good interaction with you.  

Your ability and effort to deliver the goods we forget directly to airport gate is impressive and most appreciated.  Special thanks also to Arthuro for his excellent attitude and service.

I will be more than happy to recommend you to everybody wish to visit Costa Rica.

With best and warm regards

Eli Yardeni
Israel Israel
Mobile phone +972 -54-66 55 101

From: John N. Walsh, III [mailto:jnwalsh3@walshins.com]
Sent: Jueves, 24 de Julio de 2008 12:38 p.m.
To: Shepard, Blake; Tatiana
Cc: ashepard5695@msn.com; Alison Shepard; Christy Shepard ; conwalsh@roadrunner.com; nan.shepard@edu.gov
Subject: RE:

Amen! Amen! Amen! And so beautifully stated, Shep!

Abiding thanks to you for organizing such a wonderful trip and experience. Am flying out the door but did not want another minute to pass without thanking you, Tatiana and wonderful Michael for such an unforgettable jorney for us all. You sweated all the details for the benefit of each of us; we had such fun, learned so much, became expert at Howler Monkey talk and got along so much better than other families. What a hoot! Thank you and your four amigos so much for everything you did for the rest of us. You are an expert herder of cats!


Jack USA

From: Shepard, Blake [mailto:blake.shepard@leonard.com]
Sent: Jueves, 24 de Julio de 2008 11:57 a.m.
To: Tatiana
Cc: ashepard5695@msn.com; jnwalsh3@walshins.com; Alison Shepard; Christy Shepard ; conwalsh@roadrunner.com; nan.shepard@edu.gov
Subject: RE:

Hola Tatiana,

We have also been meaning to write to you since we returned from Costa Rica. We had a FABULOUS trip. I honestly don't know what we could suggest to improve it. Each destination on the trip (Arenal, Monte Verde and Manuel Antonio) was beautiful, exotic and different form the others; our accomodations worked out well; the food was delicious; the people were wonderful; and the wildlife was abundant and on full display. We had a big group with a wide range in ages (6 to 65), and the trip offered something for everyone. It was really hard to leave and return to our regular daily lives after 9 days in your beautiful country.

While there were too many highlights to mention and everyone seemed to have a different "favorite" place or adventure, we all agreed on one thing: Michael, our host/guide/driver/interpreter/naturalist, made the trip for us. He was extremely knowledgeable, had great recommendations for things to see and do, put us in contact with wonderful guides at Manuel Antonio and MonteVerde Cloud Forest Reserve, kept us on time, put up with our singing in the van, made us laugh and got along beautifully with everyone -- all while navigating winding, hair-raising roads. We weren't the easiest group in the world to coordinate, but he handled us perfectly. He was just such an important part of our trip -- we won't forget him! I hope you will let others at your company know what a great job he did and what a truly wonderful asset he is to your company.

Let me know if and when the sandals show up -- we'll be happy to pay for postage to have you mail them to us.

Thanks again for everything. It was a memorable trip for all of us. Give our best and many thanks to Michael and his family!



De: bugsy723@comcast.net [mailto:bugsy723@comcast.net]
Enviado el: Martes, 03 de Junio de 2008 07:09 a.m.
CC: stevenrberlin@aol.com
Asunto: THANK YOU!!!!

Hi !!

Thank you sooo much for calling! I have been meaning to send you an email with some pictures from our trip. We got back from the honeymoon then immediately left for Tennessee for a friends wedding. Finally, things are getting back to normal.

I wanted to thank you for everything! Saint Germain tours were FABULOUS! We had the same driver the entire trip. He was the nicest man!

All hotels were great in their own way. They all knew it was our honeymoon too! The Peace Lodge was by far our favorite hotel. It is so unique! Next time you go back to Costa Rica you & your family has to stay here!! Tabacon was nice..but not great. The hot springs were wonderful though. We found the hotel a little boring. Plus it was too cloudy to see any action at the Arenal volcano.

Hotel Parador was gorgeous. Such a big, lush, nice property. And just as you promised soooo much wildlife. We ventured into Manuel Antonio and Quepos almost every day. The room issue was resolved so quickly, so thank you sooo much for taking care of it so fast for us. We checked in, went to dinner and ½ way through dinner they let us know of our room change and moved our bags. Thank you soo much!!

Here are some pictures from our trip…enjoy!!!!

Thank you again for everything. I am soooo sorry I didn’t email/call you sooner. USA

De: Jack Jensen [mailto:j-jensen@excite.com]
Enviado el: Domingo, 18 de Mayo de 2008 10:40 a.m.
Para: julia@saintgermaintours.com; sylvia@saintgermaintours.com
Asunto: All Seasons Trip

Sylvia & Julia,

I just wanted to send you an email to let you know that everyone in our group was very happy with the recent trip to Costa Rica. Besides the birds, animals, friendliness of the people and the beauty of the country they enjoyed your staff. Our driver, Rigo, was especially helpful with those that had some difficulty with some of the climbing and was very patient and helpful. Our guide, Gilbert, was the best guide that I have ever worked with. He is very knowledgeable and has a passion for telling others about his beautiful country. Gilbert was always very helpful and willing to adapt to our groups special needs. Costa Rica offers so much for travelers to see and do and Gilbert made the whole experience even better.

thank you for a wonderful trip,

Jack USA

From: Doug McCall [mailto:doug@sharktv.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:49 AM
To: Sue Carletti
Subject: Costa Rica Experience


Thank you for orchestrating our tour of Costa Rica. We truly enjoyed it!

Please pass along to Sylvia and her team our appreciation for the impeccable service provided by Saint Germain Tours. David, Freddy, Michael and especially Gilbert over-delivered on every expectation we had.

Gilbert’s knowledge of flora and fauna as well as his command of the English language was superb. We also appreciated his willingness to introduce us to the history and culture of Costa Rica and to answer our inquiries about current day Costa Rica.

The Hotel Gran Oro and the La Paz Lodge and Waterfall Gardens were wonderful experiences, again, exceeding our expectations.

Your input and management of our trip decisions is what put it all together. Again, thank you.

Doug USA


De: Kathleen Todd
Enviado el: Viernes, 21 de Marzo de 2008 07:43 a.m.
Para: Julia Siri
Asunto: Hi there!!

Hi Julia!

I've been so busy since I got home that I hadn't been able to write you until now. You know it is Spring break and their was a lot of problems and things to take care of. Our weather in the US has been causing a lot of problems with travel.

We had the most fantastic time! I'm in love with Costa Rica. Sylvia really planned a wonderful trip for us. It was so much but every new stop was more and more fantastic! The hotels were so wonderful. I loved the Parador and the Arenal Kiora. The Paradisus was, well a Paradisus!! It was a beautiful property but really, if someone wanted to see Costa Rica and only went to the Paradisus, they really haven't SEEN Costa Rica!!!! Michael was a wonderful driver. I couldn't believe all the driving he did, but I'm glad it was him and not me. He is very good at his job and a joy to talk to.

Julia, I cannot stop talking about our trip. I can't wait to go back and see and do more. I told Lili about the Fam you want to have and everyone is really excited. I am putting my pictures together and writing a fam log for everyone. I brought back a lot of pictures and brochures from all over. I really liked the Tamarindo Beach area. The hotel was ok but the beach was nice and we loved that town. We found the most wonderful restaurant there called the Lazy Wave.

Tel: 653-07-37 We met the French women chef that owns and runs it. It has wonderful food and the restaurant was really beautiful and quaint. You should go there sometime. The food was fabulous and one of the best we ate there.

Thanks again Julia for taking us out and treating us to that wonderful dinner! We enjoyed your company and meeting Sylvia.

Well, got to go and have a great Easter! Thanks again for the great trip.

Kathleen Todd USA
San Antonio, Texas 78213

De: isabel vartdal [mailto:isva@yahoo.com]
Enviado el: Viernes, 04 de Enero de 2008 07:20 a.m.
Para: Sylvia de ABC Tours
Asunto: Tortuguero and Costa Rica

Dear Sylvia and ABC Tours

We just wanna thank you so much for making our stay a wonderful experience. Costa Rica was an adventure, a beautiful country with very nice people and a lot to do. Especially our first driver from the Caribbean Dish to Puerto Viejo, David and the last driver from Tamarindo to San Jose, (dont remember the name..) was very nice, and drived very good.

Hotel Gran de Oro was fantastic, and the stuff very helpful!! And also Hotel Arenal Volcano Inn - I see on your website that the hotel is rated as a two stars on you comment....It should at least be three star, it was much better service and nice place than Tamarindo Diria.

Thanks again, and we will recommend all our friends to visit Costa Rica and use your company.

Best Regards from Isabel

ps. in norway its snowing and its cold...we miss Costa Rica:)

De: Lilly Chen [mailto:lilly94507@yahoo.com]
Enviado el: Sábado, 15 de Septiembre de 2007 03:16 p.m.
Para: Julia Siri
Asunto: Feedback from your trip

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Thank you for your help in organizing everything. We especially enjoyed our stay in Arenal. We highly recommend the ATV tour through La Pradera Hotel (www.lapraderadelarenal.com) We also enjoyed the skytrek zipline and the waterfall repelling through puretrek (www.puretrekcostarica.com). We were so busy in Arenal that we wished we had stayed there longer. We didn't even get to go to the hot springs there.

The excursion to Manuel Antonio was very nice and we recommend getting a local park guide at the park entrance as they are well worth it (wouldn't have been
able to find all the animals without them and the monocular lens that they have).

Freddy Fernandez our driver was wonderful. He even helped us with our laundry in the middle of the trip!

The carribean side was kind of hot and more mosquitos but we really enjoyed seeing the wild life there. We unfortunately couldn't go snorkeling at Cahuita due to the rough surf at that time (Hurricaine passed near there). We will recommend you all to our friends who want to go to Costa Rica too!

Lilly Chen USA

De: achandbp@aol.com [mailto:achandbp@aol.com] Enviado el: Martes, 04 de Septiembre de 2007 09:38 p.m.
Para: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Asunto: Re: Feedback from your trip

Dear Julia,

Our family had an incredible time in Costa Rica. Freddie was a wonderful driver and was very accommodating. All of our accommodations were excellent (Los Suenos, Arenal Kioro, and San Jose Marriott). The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy a range of activities. We took the crocodile/mangrove cruise down the river, enjoyed the hike and beach at Manuel Antonio (Freddie helped us find an excellent guide), raced all-terrain vehicles to La Fortuna falls, went rappeling down waterfalls with Puretrek, zipped across the rain forest canopy with Sky Trek, toured the La Paz waterfall gardens, and appreciated the wonderful hospitality of all our Costa Rican hosts and guides.

We were quite impressed when we learned more about Costa Rica (high literacy rates, no military, emphasis on health and education, Nobel Peace Prize winning President, ecoconservation efforts, etc). We have spoken highly of our visit and have told many friends to go to Costa Rica for their next vacation. We will definitely return for another trip in the future.

Thank you for all your help in making this a most memorable trip.

Best regards,
Angela Chan USA


From: Desh [mailto:desh@apexmyhome.com]
Sent: Domingo, 18 de Marzo de 2007 04:21 p.m.
To: info@saintgermaintours.com
Cc: 'LatinEscapes.com! Karla'
Subject: Our Tour - Arenal & Tamarindo


I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with your tour guide – “Michael”. Not only was he professional and courteous, he went out of his way to make sure that we had all the information we needed. In additional, he even called us at the hotel, almost everyday, to confirm that our trip was going well. Without Michael, our trip would not have been as pleasant. You should be lucky to have such a good worker on your team.


Desh Mallik USA

APEX Realty & Mortgage
Xceeding your Xpectations

510-484-6901 (cell)
909-627-9809 (fax)

From: Les Griffiths [mailto:shirles@rogers.com]
Sent: Lunes, 05 de Marzo de 2007 03:45 p.m.
To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Subject: Re: Att Victor

Hi Victor

Just a fast note in Enrique and Julia's absence to let you know what a GREAT job both Conrad and Christian did for us on our recent tour.

Conrad will be our Guide on the March 15 tour, and I would like to request that Christian also be our driver. I suggested this to him
last Thursday and he was very agreeable. Would appreciate you making this happen.

Best Regards

Les Griffiths Hanover Holidays Canada


De: Anita DAguilar [mailto:daguilaranita@yahoo.com]
Enviado el: Domingo, 04 de Marzo de 2007 06:42 p.m.
Para: enrique@saintgermaintours.com
Asunto: por favor de Anita y Quin..

Ola Enrique and Julia:

We hope this note finds you both well.

We are filled with gratitude to all of you at St. Germain Tours.
Our experience of Costa Rica will forever leave an image of all things of beauty. The service from your company and the
followup from the personnel was optimal.
We enjoyed meeting you and we were extremely pleased to have Michael as our driver.
Please give Michael and Tatianna our heartfelt Thanks.
Becky's personal touch of my special tour of Limon leaves me mesmerized in adventurous memory.
We would be most grateful if you could forward the photos that we took with you at the wedding dinner to
be included in our photo gallery. email address: daguilaranita@yahoo.com

Blessings, and we look forward to the next trip to Costa Rica to include the Pacific Side (though I am quite partial to Limon)
Anita D'Aguilar y Quindith Lispcome USA

From: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr [mailto:info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr]
Sent: Martes, 13 de Febrero de 2007 10:21 p.m.
To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Subject: Enviado desde: http://www.abc-costa-rica.co.cr/EN/reservations.html (





From: cmeyer41
To: julia
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 4:12 PM
Subject: carla meyer

Hi Julia,

Just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica. Michael was a fantastic driver and tour guide.


Carla    USA


From: Steve & Amity Penn [mailto:pennandarora@yahoo.com]
Sent: Jueves, 04 de Enero de 2007 09:29 a.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com; melissa@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: Thank you

Dear Julia & Melissa,

Thank you so much for planning our Costa Rica adventure. What an incredibly beautiful, diverse, and lush country!!

We had such a wonderful time! Everything went so smoothly because of your great services and attention to detail.

With great pleasure, we will recommend you to our friends in the future.

Best wishes for a happy new year!

Amity & Steve    USA


From: Jimmy Berger [mailto:jberger@strategicpartners.net]
Sent: Sábado, 06 de Enero de 2007 07:08 p.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours


This is the first moment that I have had to write to you.
We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica. Everything was really terrific and my whole family thanks you very much.
Ernesto was fantastic. He was an amazing driver, he was always on time, and he could not have been more helpful the entire week.
He was also one of the nicest men that I have ever met. You should feel very lucky to have him on your team.
Every hotel was great. The only problem we encountered was the fact that we had little or no hot water at the Peace Lodge.
It was very strange and very disappointing because it rained the entire time we were there and we were cold and tired and could not even take a hot shower or jacuzzi. I did get an email from the owners telling me how sorry they were but please let your clients know that there is a real possibility of having little or no hot water at the Peace Lodge. They are trying to fix the problem but it is going to take a while.

We hope to return to Costa Rica in the near future. I will send all my friends to you and your company for their travel arrangements.

Thanks for everything it was wonderful.

Jimmy Berger and Family   USA

De: The Cashen's [mailto:kapstreak@verizon.net]
Enviado el: Viernes, 08 de Diciembre de 2006 08:32 a.m.
Para: laura
Asunto: RE:Trip to Costa Rica

Hi Laura!

Just a note to tell you how happy we were with our trip to your country. We had a great time even if it rained for 3 days while we were in the high country. The hotels were great. We were not so happy with the Sleep Inn but the rest of them were beautiful. We didn't feel that San Jose was somewhere we would like to return to. We will be sure to recommend you to any of our friends who choose to visit Costa Rica. Again, thank you so much for all your help and for planning us such a great vacation.

Karen and Lenny Cashen   USA

De: Marilyn Schild [mailto:marilyn@presleytours.com]
Enviado el: Lunes, 20 de Noviembre de 2006 09:09 a.m.
Para: 'Enrique de Saint Germain Tours'
Asunto: Tour

Good Morning Enrique!

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our tour to Costa Rica a huge success! All of the evaluations were excellent and everyone loved Pablo, our guide. One of the ladies wrote, “Pablo excelled in all areas. We can’t say enough about his knowledge of plants, animals, customs, etc. He has wonderful people skills and made it a fun learning experience. He represents his country well and makes us want to come to Costa Rica again and invite friends to also visit this beautiful country.” Pablo did an extraordinary job of sharing information with us, keeping to the schedule and adding stops where available and where time allowed. He assisted with making sure our luggage arrived quickly to the rooms, make certain everyone was doing okay (and we had 2 81-year old ladies with the group), helped select a terrific restaurant when we had a choice and was extremely helpful to everyone. His people skills are outstanding, His positive and quick personality, and his ability to share interesting knowledge, make him a tremendous asset for Saint Germain! You could not have given us a better guide! He is truly an excellent professional guide!

The group enjoyed the itinerary and each person indicated a different attraction for their most enjoyable place to visit. The motor coach and driver were very good. We felt safe with both of them. The group enjoyed the typical meals and are probably having “gallo pinto” withdrawal. The group was disappointed that they couldn’t see either Poas or Arenal but I will make copies of photos I took last year and send those to them. That’s something “Mother Nature” controls and they all realized that.

Everything went very well while in Costa Rica; however, our flight from Dallas to St. Louis was delayed due to earlier weather conditions so we didn’t get back to our cars in St. Louis until after 2 a.m. I drove home from there so I didn’t get home until 5 a.m. That was a long day since I can’t sleep on a plane or at the airport.

Thank you so much for a wonderful tour. I will look forward to returning with teachers next summer. We are marketing those tours throughout our state and hope we have enough bookings to make them run.

Please let me know if you need additional information regarding the tour. Again, I appreciate everything you did to make it a wonderful experience!

Marilyn Schild
Presley Tours
PO Box 58
Makanda, IL 62958
Phone: 618-549-0704
FAX: 618-549-0404

marilyn@presleytours.com   USA


Sent: Jueves, 16 de Noviembre de 2006 04:01 p.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours
Subject: Re: Amy : Feedback from your trip

Hi Julia,

Trip was fantastic! We had a lovely time. I'd forgotten how bad the roads were to Monteverde- made for a great adventure. Also loved the transportation adventure from Palmar Sur to the hotel!

Sapo Dorado was a lovely place- very friendly and helpful staff and they sent out us out with knowledgable guides. Loved the tours there! Food was fantastic too.

We adored Gaia- SO beautiful. Manuel Antonio was really touristy and we got stuck with some very "ugly" american groups.. No one's fault- just the timing. We enjoyed our time in the park as well as our time just laying low at the hotel. Everyone was so friendly there- probably the best service we had for the entire trip. We went to El Avion resturant too- food was nice and the view was pretty!

Aguila de Osa was a beatiful place... It almost felt like summer camp though, in that you had to eat with large groups of people, "family style" for all meals. Would have been nice to eat alone at dinner, but it was fine. Not the best diving, as you'd mentioned visibility-wise, but we still saw many sharks, rays, and tropical fish. Corcovado park was beautiful and we enjoyed sitting outside of our room and watching all the birds every afternoon - a definite highlight for me on the trip!

Our guide in San Jose took us to a wonderful restaurant with the most beautiful view of the city.

Overall, was an amazing trip and thank you so much for all of your research and assistance. I'll be sure to send more business your way!

Thanks again,

Amy   USA


From: Allen Shenasi [mailto:allen@shenasi.com]
Sent: Martes, 24 de Octubre de 2006 08:54 p.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours
Subject: Feedback from our trip

Dear Julia,

I am sorry I was not able to send you email earlier, after return from trip I was very busy.

Regarding trip : The trip was totaly a success and all my friends were happy, espacially PABLO was verey educated about Costa Rica's environment and also he loves Costa Rica a lot. We were pleased from his service and we wish him success on his future career. We were pleased with Pablo and Freddy's services. I thank you for providing such a good service and I will use your company for our further trips to Costa Rica.

PS, Next time we will use a bigger Van!

I thank you and your husband!

Best wishes for your company's success.

Allen Shenasi   USA


From: Gordon, Julie [mailto:JGordon@irell.com]
Sent: Martes, 19 de Septiembre de 2006 01:54 p.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours
Subject: RE: Confirmation of your trip


We wanted to thank you for the excellent service you and your company provided. It was such a relief to find our transportation at the airport waiting for us upon arrival. All of our drivers were on time and friendly. We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and will definately call you for future travel plans.
Thank you again.

Julie Gordon   USA

De: Cheryl Wilton [mailto:4cherylwilton1@verizon.net]
Enviado el: Lunes, 29 de Mayo de 2006 12:00 p.m.
Para: laura@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Asunto: Thank you!

Dear Laura,

Thank you so much for arranging our Private Transfers throughout our vacation in Costa Rica. You were wonderful! We had a fantastic time and we were very impressed with the organization, efficiency, helpfulness, safety, security and friendliness of the people who took care of us.

Our driver, Alex, who took us to Monteverde, stopped and showed us two sloths up in a tree. He was so kind, friendly and helpful!

Miakel was our driver for three days and he was fantastic! He drove us from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa then to Quepos and then to our final destination in San Jose. He was a kind, friendly and wonderful person! He was so helpful, giving us information, and he stopped to show us the crocodiles and showed us many birds as we drove along. He was a wealth of information. He gave us a quick tour of Jaco, arranged Damas Island and Manuel Antonio tours and made sure we were all well taken care of and safe. He helped us in so many ways and took such good care of us and our daughters! Will you let me know if there is a way to get a note of thanks to Miakel or else please forward this to him so he knows how much we appreciate all he did for us. Miakel was an extra special driver! Please let his boss know!

Please tell whoever is incharge how impressed we were with the service and our whole experience through ABC Tours. We should have booked our whole trip through you instead of doing it on our own but I didn't know that you could be so flexible. The companies we talked to had packages that didn't go to the surf spots my daughter wanted to visit. ABC Tours was recommended by our friend who had arranged Private Transfers when they were in Costa Rica in April. Thank you so much for everything and we will definitely recommend ABC Tours to our friends too!

Thanks again!

Cheryl Wilton   USA


Phyllis Adams
Email PhyllisAdamsHarp@aol.com
Telephone 847-869-6150

Ten years later, I\'m sitting at my desk and decided to look up your site. We were there in 1996 with our 6 year old son Ben. It was truly the highlight of a marvelous trip. We sent our neighbors here in Evanston there for their honeymoon a couple of years later. My husband Monty Adams(flutist) now teaches biology & chemistry at Evanston Twonship High School and is trying to put together a trip for his students - so we may stop in in the nnext year or so. I hope all is well and that your gorgeous place is thriving!

Best regards, Phyllis Adams   USA


From: hazel jones [mailto:hazeljones71@hotmail.com]
Sent: Lunes, 17 de Abril de 2006 02:11 p.m.
To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Subject: Thank you

Dear All,

I would like to write and thank you for a trip of a lifetime.

I know you didnt invent Costa Rica itself - but you certainly know how to show it off to its very best!!! Your help in choosing some of the best hotels we have ever stayed in and location of parks (even though the 1st one closes on Mondays - when we were there?) was exceptional, the only trouble is i didn't see the Quetzal, and shall have to come back another time.

We had the best trip ever, Alexi was a perfect driver, goodness knows how on those roads! We all felt very safe with him. The bus was immaculate, and he knew just when we needed a beer stop!

As for (we found out very quickly) that well known and loved all over Cost Rica - Carlos - what can you say...... he was a mine of interesting information, a great character and very profesional in his duties. He made the trip fascinating, exciting, and truly memorable. Thank you very much both of you.

All i can say is Thank you to all your staff and we hope to see Costa Rica again in the future.

Regards Hazel and David. XXXXX   USA


From: loism57@aol.com
To: beckysmoller@msn.com
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2006 9:44 PM
Subject: Re: Costa Rica

Hi Becky, just wanted to let you know our trip was awesome! Our daughter said it was one of her favorite vacations ever. We loved Michael and feel like he's now part of our family. We actually tried calling him today to wish him a happy birthday but couldn't get through for some reason so we'll email him instead. He went above and beyond in everything, took us to great local restaurants, had fantastic suggestions for other activities, was enthusiastic, ready for anything and took care of us as though we truly were his family. I can't thank you enough for all your help in making this such a special trip. The hotels were perfect, the activities fantastic and everything was so organized and easy. We will definitely recommend this trip to our friends and look forward to working with you and Michael again so we can see more of your beautiful country. Thanks again,
P.S. Please feel free to pass along our comments to the owners of the company as it is so rare to have a vacation work this smoothly, and it is very much appreciated!

De: Jeff Jacobs [mailto:jacobs@calpoly.edu]
Enviado el: Miércoles, 05 de Abril de 2006 12:17 p.m.
Para: Enrique de ABC TOURS
Asunto: Cal Poly Costa Rica Trip

Hi Enrique,

I hope that this message finds you doing well.

I wanted to say THANK YOU for an incredible trip. We had an amazing time. Everything went well. Freddy was awesome - please thank him again for us.

The students and I were thrilled with everything - hotels, lodges, tours, food, activities, etc....

I will recommend you to everyone I know that is considering going to Costa Rica.

Once again - thank you.

Have an incredible day,


Jeff Jacobs, Ph.D.
Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
805 756 7628 office
805 756 1402 fax

From: Beatrix Cuenot [mailto:beatrixcuenot@yahoo.com]
Sent: Miércoles, 05 de Abril de 2006 11:03 p.m.

Subject: Re: Beatrix : Feedback from your trip   USA

Dear Julia,

I apologise for the delay in getting back to you. From Costa Rica I continued my trip to the USA, then back home to New Caledonia, and trying to catch up with my work.

I would like to let you know that I was extremely happy and satisfied with my little trip in your beautiful country. Our driver/guide Michael was very helpful, I am just sorry that we did not have the chance to go Salsa Dancing.
All of your tour suppliers were very professionals.
Everybody asking about my trip and they are getting very interested in Costa Rica by looking at my photos , etc. I will definitely give them your contacts, and I will contact you again, when I have the chance to organize another visit, this time a longer one.

Thank you again,

Beatrix - ( Australia )


De: michael@mikeleephotos.com [mailto:michael@mikeleephotos.com]
Enviado el: Miércoles, 29 de Marzo de 2006 01:08 p.m.
Para: enrique@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
CC: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Asunto: Recent Tour w/St. Germain

Dear Enrique -

I recently enjoyed one of your tours in Costa Rica with Paul and Adriana Fervoy and their family. I wanted to express my gratitude and praise for your company and the staff members of our tour.

You were extremely accomodating to me as I had several changes to my itinerary and I thank you for that. Furthermore, I thought the services and accomodations arranged by you and ABC Tours were perfect.

I also wanted to thank you for sending excellent guides and drivers. Our first guide Fabian was very helpful, intelligent, well-mannered and very funny. I enjoyed his tours very much.

Our second guide, Carlos Aceyut is someone whom I would recommend highly. He was extremely accomodating, well-informed about many aspects of Costa Rica, and helped the group make good choices including where to eat and shop. I enjoyed his company and would hope to tour with him again. The driver he was working with was also very helpful and professional.

I would highly recommend ABC Tours and these tour guides and drivers. They all made for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation in Costa Rica!

Sincerely, Michael Lee   USA

De: John Burns [mailto:jburns7@wi.rr.com]
Enviado el: Domingo, 26 de Marzo de 2006 03:59 p.m.
Para: Enrique de Saint Germain Tours


What a marvelous trip you put together for us with the Fervoy wedding party! One experience was more memorable than the next & the arrangements/accommodations so skillfully put together for us enhanced a most memorable introduction to your beautiful country. We so appreciated the drivers & guides you selected for our experience.

I do have one suggestion. For the lengthy grueling trip from Playa Hermosa - Guanacaste to San Jose, I would strongly recommend the private transportation ($130). We opted for the private shuttle bus ($58). We traveled on a Sun. afternoon/night & I realize weekend traffic & soccer fans returning to the city, added to the length of this trip (6 hours plus). However the bus & the driver were problematic. The driver did not secure the luggage piled to the ceiling at the back of the bus, & before we were out of the complex, several pieces of luggage hit John on the head. The bus was lacking in shocks & had no curtains to keep out the sun & heat. Opting for the more expense transport would have been the better way to travel.

To say the very least, it was a beautifully planned and executed trip. Should we or others we know ever travel your way again we would overwhelmingly use your very professional services.

John and JoEllen Burns   USA


From: Irina M [mailto:mejrisha@yahoo.com]
Sent: Viernes, 10 de Marzo de 2006 11:11 p.m.
Subject: Re: Irina :Feedback from your trip

Hi, Julia!
Thank you so much for all your help in arranging this one-of-a-kind, customised tour on the basis of your Pura Vida 2 itinerary!

We had the greatest time of our lives!

We had never seen such echo-giographic diversity in 10 days! Our 9-y.o. son
is extatic. He brought some pictures to show to his classmates. He is a very popular guy now!
I lost my voice the first day after vacation, describing our trip to coworkers ( because they asked
to ) over and over all day long!

The rescheduling of our departure from Tabacon from 7:30a.m. to 2p.m., which, I think, Tatiana took care of, made the major part of our trip, because, the entire prior day we had at Arenal, we spent on Hanging Bridges tour and Horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall, so we did not see Tabacon Hot Springs under daylight until the day of our departure. What a paradise it was! I think, it is worth to stay there for a few more hours the morning of transfer to Manuel Antonio!!!

The fact, that we added one day to our itinerary to see Poas Volcano, kept us looking forward to our last day of the trip, which felt so-o-o cool!
( People usually do not look forward to the last day of their vacation,
right? ) It was another highlight of the itinerary.

Our vacation went smoother then flowless! It was PERFECT! Two weeks later, I am not completely back to the reality, thinking of beautiful country, which you brought closer to us, it's magnificent nature and kind and intelligent people! Not being able to speak Spanish was not a problem at all! Patience and willing to help - is another great feature of Ticos.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

Irina, James and Arthur.   USA


De: Mark & Becky Jenn [mailto:thejenns@tds.net]
Enviado el: Sábado, 18 de Marzo de 2006 01:16 p.m.
Para: Enrique de Saint Germain Tours
Asunto: Thank You


We have been meaning to send you a note since we returned home. Thank you so much for all of your help with our travel plans in Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time. The destinations were all fun and the hotels were very nice. We loved the hot springs and really enjoyed the boat ride across Lake Arenal as well as the canopy tour we did. Carlos, Jose and the other drivers and guides all did a great job. I'm sure we will come back for another visit. Now if you can just fix the road to Monteverde before we return that would be helpful. :o)

Thanks again.

Mark and Becky Jenn   USA


De: William and Lydia Fervoy [mailto:billspills@voyager.net]
Enviado el: Lunes, 20 de Marzo de 2006 01:55 p.m.
Para: enrique@saintgermaintours.com
Asunto: Fervoy/Internexo trip

To: Enrique Balsevicius

My wife and I would like to express our compliments to you and your staff for the wonderfully executed and planned trip for Paul and Adriana and their family and friends from the states. We have been on other tours in Costa Rica and other countries but have never seen one done so well, considering the the many personal needs and request for a group that large.
And a special thanks to you for procuring the services of our guide and naturalist, Carlos Arceyut. He was very knowledgeable,and related very well with our group and their many personalities. He couldn't have been better suited for this excursion into the many beauties of Costa Rica.

Thanks again for your help and professionalism accorded us.

Bill and Lydia Fervoy   USA


De: Kress, Chris [mailto:chris.kress@lmco.com]
Enviado el: Martes, 21 de Marzo de 2006 02:43 p.m.
Para: laura
Asunto: RE: Hello


I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how the tours went last week. All the tours were excellent; the guides were knowledgeable and able to communicate in several languages. We really had a great time and look forward to our next trip. Thanks for you help.

Christian Kress
Lean Six Sigma PM & Master Black Belt
LM Enterprise Information Systems
500 Town Park Lane, Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
678.797.5604 office

678.644.4964 mobile   USA


From: Doron Rabinovitch [mailto:doron.rabinovitch@telrad.com]
Sent: Lunes, 30 de Enero de 2006 09:54 a.m.
To: 'Julia de Saint Germain Tours'
Subject: RE: confirmatiom of our tour

Hi Julia
Gila and myself would like to thank you for the very efficient and well organized tour you arranged for us.
We had a great time in Costa Rica

Doron Rabinovitch
Sales Director, CALA
Telrad Networks
Tel: 972 3 9157054
Fax: 972 3 9157788

E - mail: doron.rabinovitch@telrad.com   Israel


De: REVOM@aol.com [mailto:REVOM@aol.com]
Enviado el: Martes, 17 de Enero de 2006 03:52 p.m.
Para: enrique@saintgermaintours.com
Asunto: from jonathan mover

hi enrique,

my apologies for not writing sooner, but upon returning to new york, i unfortunately came down with the flu and bronchitis... i think i need to get back to costa rica soon!

anyway, i just wanted to thank you so very much again and let you know that valerie and i had the most incredible trip. it was so much more than we expected and it honestly got better every day. it's hard to pick favorites, from playing with monkeys in manuel antonio to having two 6 foot iguanas jump out of a tree and land right next to us in tortuguero to floating in the tabacon hot springs and everything in between, things could not have been more perfect.

i would like to write more, but this cough has got the best of me. plan on hearing from us again for another trip, and for sure, you will be hearing from some of our friends, since we have not stopped talking about the trip and raving about your services.

thank you, thank you, thank you... pura vida!

jonathan   USA


From: Mary Johnson [mailto:marymj@san.rr.com]
Sent: Miércoles, 23 de Noviembre de 2005 11:46 a.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours
Subject: Re: Mary & George Johnson Final Itinerary

Dear Julia,
I just want to thank you for planning a most delightful vacation in your stunning country! We really had trouble leaving the Peace Lodge, I could have spent a week or a month there!!!!! Michael was absolutely delightful, and very, very helpful!
I have already given your address and Michael's name to the cab driver we had on the way home from the airport. He has a friend who lives part time in Costa Rica and wants to visit. I have also told several of my friends about the wonderful trip you planned, so you may hear from me in the near future introducing friends!
Thanks so much for creating a really memorable trip to a most beautiful part of the world!!!!!

Mary and George Johnson   USA


Sent: Lunes, 28 de Noviembre de 2005 01:51 p.m.
To: info@saintgermaintours.com

first_name: Joel
last_name: Caplin
country: United States
telephone: 860-232-7995
information: My wife and I had a wonderful tour designed by Enrique Balsevicius. Every detail was pre-planned and executed as promised for the price we were willing to pay. We highly recommend them for anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica.

Joel Caplin and Karen Goodman   USA

Dear Enrique and Julia,

We returned few weeks ago and still under the great impression of our incredible trip to Costa Rica.

We wanted to thank you for your contribution in making the trip so incredible - everything was organized perfectly.

The plan of the trip, which was designed by you was excellent - we felt that we had the perfect time for each location: enough to see all what we wanted, resting but yet there was noting too much...

We liked all your recommendations - the hotels: starting with the nice and quiet Hotel Alta (and it's fine cuisine), The Peace Lodge - that was the jowl of the crown, the most unique and pampering hotel that we ever stayed in, Mawamba Lodge, which a bit simple in it's conditions and probably requires some improvement, but offered an excellent starting point to the fascinating water safari trips, El Establo, which offered comfortable accommodation with magnificent view and last but not least Hotel Parador, which was very enjoyable.
Also your other recommendations regarding the activities, as the Canopy, were excellent.

A big thank you we owe you for appointing Michel to be our driver and guide. It was a pleasure to be guided by Michel, who has an excellent English, wide knowledge and such a pleasant personality. He was great in giving us the right advises, recommending the activities and arranging the local guides and was wonderful with the children. We all like Michel very much and wish him success in his work for you.

Thank you again for everything and please be assured that your reputation will be known among our friends.
You can find enclosed few pictures, which can demonstrate how much we enjoyed with Saint Germain Tours.

Best Regards,

Diana and Israel Laban
Leah and Josef Gellman
lavan@netvision.net.il Israel


From: stefan zachar [mailto:gsf1941@yahoo.com]
Sent: Miércoles, 07 de Septiembre de 2005 06:21 a.m.
To: Julia
Subject: Grateful

Hello Julia-
*Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica
* I am so pleased with everything you did and provided
* The bottle of wine you delivered to The Peace Lodge for my birthday was a pleasant surprise, unexpected and very much appreciated
* Thank you, Mindy at Jerry Allen Travel and The Peace Lodge
* Your kindness makes me feel so special
* I would like you to email me at gsf1941@yahoo.com
* May I FedEx to your office a damaged wood carving, a shark I have?
* I asked your Chofer, Martin, if he would deliver it to the craftsman located in Poasito at Freddo Fresas to be repaired with the Cocobolo tree?
* Ofcourse, I need your permission
Scarlett and I both wish you well.
We hope to revisit and use your services again in the near future.
We are expecting to return Miami to San Jose in February, 2006

Stefan Zachar   Israel

----Messaggio originale----
From: endymion@tin.it [mailto:endymion@tin.it]
Sent: Martes, 16 de Agosto de 2005 04:50 a.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: R: Valentina : Feedback from your trip

Dear Julia,

sorry if I hadn't written you before, but you can imagine that when I came back, I had been very busy at work.
I'm very sorry toothet we couldn't meed, but I understand which kind of problems you had to face at work.

Any way I would like to thank you, because our trip was simply perfect and most of all, your organization was perfect: the transfer were always on time, the hotels were all very nice and comfortable (I can't say you which one I preferred: I loved all of them!)

The excursions and activities were exactely as we expected and sometimes better than we imagined (the best activity was without doubt the canopy tour, while the best place for animals and landscape was Tortuguero).
The only thing we could't enjoy (and obviously not because of you) was the walkway in selvatura: It was raining and we didn't see any bird or other animal (this probably also because we didn't have a guide: I noticed that when you are in the forest, if there is no one who indicates you the animals, you can be surronded by them and you don't see them at all!) Anyway, I'll contact you every time I have to organize a trip to Costa Rica for one of my clients (even if, actually, Costa Rica is almost unknown as destination in Italy).

In any case, I hope to contact you again If you need more comments, please let me know Best regards Valentina   

From: Tiffany Freeman [mailto:tiffanyrfreeman@hotmail.com]
Sent: Miércoles, 29 de Junio de 2005 01:32 p.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Cc: Jessica.Alvarez@cendant.com; michelle.rivera@novartis.com; NBueno@DCHUSA.com; trosado@lge.com; tiffanyrfreeman@hotmail.com

Dear Julia,

Thank you very much for coordinating the vacation of a lifetime. Everything was perfect! All the drivers were courteous, prompt and always ready to help. We were received with kindness at every hotel and the staff was always hospitable.

Everyday was an adventure, whether were going on a jungle tour or just observing the beautiful scenery as we reached our next destination. The food was superb! My favorite Costa Rican dish is the Pico de ….(the rice and beans at breakfast); (smile).

On behalf of all of us: Jessica, Michelle, Neysida and Tonisha “You did an AMAZING job and you can be sure that Saint Germaine Tours will plan our future trips to Costa Rica!” I referred you to one of my co-workers and she is hopes to visit your lovely country in February of 2006.

Thanks again for wonderful assistance and for making our first vacation to Costa Rica memorable.

Pura Vida!

Tiffany Freeman

cc: Jessica Alavarez, Michelle Rivera, Neysida Bueno, Tonisha Rosado   USA


From: Markirvine@aol.com [mailto:Markirvine@aol.com]
Sent: Martes, 01 de Marzo de 2005 04:57 p.m.
To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Subject: Thank you for a job well done

Dear Julia:
I wanted to thank you so much for the excellent job you and your company did on organizing everything for my recent visit to your beautiful country. As promised all my vouchers were awaiting me at my first hotel ( the Country Inn and Suites), all the drivers showed up at their appointed times, and the hotels we stayed in were wonderful. We arranged through you the Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio, the Tabacon Lodge in La Fortuna, and the Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero.

My wife and I found the Hotel Parador and the beach at Manuel Antonio to be one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to. The Tabacon Hot Springs is a very special and unique setting, and we loved the remoteness and beauty of Tortuguero and all that nature has to offer.
Again, a special thank you for your efforts. We will not hesitate to use your services when we return to your country, and we have referred friends to you already.

Sincerely, Dr. Mark and Cathy Daniel


Costa Rica and Saint Germain Tours!

Our family just returned from a 9 day trip to Costa Rica. We had a marvelous time and I was extremely pleased with all aspects of the help and service that we received from Enrique and his staff at St. Germain Tours. Enrique is extremely knowledgable and he was very helpful in planning our trip. He advised me on the best places to go and to stay. One place that we wanted to stay was not available. Enrique suggested an alternative, Selva Bananito, which turned out to be our favorite for the entire trip. Of all the great places that we visited (Tortuguero, Poas, Arenal, Monteverde, San Jose) this one was the most in harmony with nature. We were driven from place to place in a very new and nice Toyota van with air conditioning when we wanted it. The driver Alvarro, was extremely capable and nice and he spoke enough English to communicate well. Enrique and his assistant Yacky are completely fluent in English. His suggestion of using their driving services is a very good one. When you leave the main roads you will have long drives on some rough roads. Also there are very few road signs. It is much better to use a driver and look out the window at the beautiful scenery.

So I highly recommend St. Germain because of their knowledge, responsiveness, honesty, and quality of service. I also spoke with other larger and better known agencies. These were not very flexible, they pushed you toward certain hotels, and they charged about 20-30% more.

Barry Bochner, Alameda, California, June, 2005



From: Lissa Perlman [mailto:lissa-perlman@KEKST.COM]
Sent: Martes, 17 de Mayo de 2005 09:48 a.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours

Dear Julia,

I apologize for taking so long to say thank you for all your help. We all enjoyed Costa Rica so much and our itinerary was wonderful. Sebas was also an excellent guide. Very informative and very helpful.

Thank you again and we hope to return in the future.


Lissa Perlman
Kekst and Company Incorporated
437 Madison Avenue 19th Floor
New York NY 10022-7195
Tel: 212-521-4830
Fax: 212-521-4900   USA


From: BJDLS@aol.com [mailto:BJDLS@aol.com]
Sent: Jueves, 05 de Mayo de 2005 01:08 a.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: Thank you so much!

Dear Julia,

I just wanted to let you know that my family and I had such a wonderful time in Costa Rica!
Your country is so beautiful and the people are lovely.
Freddie are driver was the sweetest and kindest man and an excellent driver, what a crazy road to Monteverde!
Sebastian our guide was terrific, we loved him, he was is so great with the kids and helped all along the way, describing the animals, locating them and setting us up on all the excursions.
This will truly be a trip that my children will never forget.
We can't wait to hear if his baby will be a boy or a girl!

Again, Sebastian and Freddie were the best and thank you so much for all your guidance.
We hope to make it back again soon to explore another region!

thanks Julia
most sincerely,

Jackie katz   USA


From: Tammy Hager [mailto:hager10@hotmail.com]
Sent: Domingo, 01 de Mayo de 2005 04:00 p.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: What a vacation


I am writing to you concerning my recent trip to costa rica through germain tours. My step father, Richard Barlett, arranged all the plans with you (I am sure you are very familiar with the name). I wanted you to know what a great time my husband and I had in costa rica. I enjoyed everything your company set up for us. We hit all the big travel spots and got to hit some that were a bit more secluded. Thank you for accommadating such a large group of people that have different activity levels and interest.

I have to say what truly made a trip wonderful is our tour guide, Sebastian. I have traveled alot in my life and I have never met such a genuinely nice tour guy who really cares about his job. Although to Sebastian it didn't seem like just a job, he really seems to love what he does. I also have to mention Jose, our fearless bus driver, for all that he put up with and barely knew the english language (tolerating 16 loud americans over 4-6 hour drives). what really makes sebastian and jose different from other tour guides that I have experienced is that they truly care for their guests. My husband get pretty ill on the trip and one night after a 7 hour drive to manual antonio I decided he definitely needed to seek medical attention and go to the hospital. We were all prepared to get a taxi, but sebastian and jose insisted that they take us to the hospital and stay with us. I can't even tell you how much that meant to us. Sebastian stayed by our side and translated for us. When we didn't find the hospital satisfactory, sebastian then at 2am suggested going to a private medical clinic where we found an excellent physician who did help my husband. I couldn't thank both jose and sebastian enough for being so caring and going above the call of duty. I knew they were both exhausted from the long trip, but they stayed with us. My husband and I are so grateful to them both. He was able to enjoy the rest of the trip then.

I really can't say enough about Sebastian except that he is a wonderful tour guide and a great friend at this point. I will recommend your company to all of my friends and coworkers. I hope you know what an assett Sebastian is to your company! Thank you again for the wonderful trip.

God Bless,

Tammy Aungst   USA

From: Jose Mineiro [mailto:j.mineiro@mail.telepac.pt]
Sent: Viernes, 08 de Abril de 2005 04:05 p.m.
Subject: Re: Mr. Mineiro : Feedback from your trip

Hi Ms. Julia

Sorry about only answering your mail today, we just got back from Miami, USA.
How are Mauricio and Miguel? We had a Big problem with one of our friends airline ticket and Mauricio helped so much!
Thanks to him everything was resolved. And Miguel got us to the airport early...
We enjoyed Costa Rica very much.
About the Hotels: they were all great! Restaurants were all 5*****.
Only 1 suggestions: on a trip like this where so much time is spent in the car maybe a good idea to have a cold box to carry drinks.
We weren't lucky at the Sarapiqui river. The Caño Negro river is better.
To bad that not many Portuguese turists go to Costa Rica; but we will strongly recommend "Saint-Germain Tours" to them.
Sending you a picture of our group.
Thank you for everthing, until next time...

J.Mineiro, Fatima and everyone   


From: Bryan Jodi [mailto:JBryan@wsfsbank.com]
Sent: Lunes, 25 de Abril de 2005 09:26 a.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: Costa Rican Vacation


My family and I just returned from our Costa Rican vacation. We were part of the Richard Barlett group…yes, all 16 of us! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip. I am a little leery of insects and reptiles, but overall I thought the trip was excellent. I also wanted to thank you for sending us Sebastian and Jose. They were TERRIFIC!! They truly went above and beyond the call of duty for us. They were both a delight to be with for the week. I would highly recommend them to friends or family in the future. Thank you again for all of your work and for sending us through the country with our wonderful guide and driver!


Jodi Bryan

Human Resources Representative
(302) 571-7221
(302) 571-7172 (Fax)   USA

From: SANBARLE@cs.com [mailto:SANBARLE@cs.com]
Sent: Martes, 26 de Abril de 2005 08:34 p.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: (no subject)


I just had to let you know how happy we were with the trip, everything was excellent. You put together a terrific tour and needless to say your country is beautiful. I would be amiss if I did not say something about Jose and Sebastian, you could have not picked to more perfect people for our group. We kind of adopted both of them into the family we enjoyed every minute with them. I can not express how happy we were with both of them. They bent over backwards to make sure our trip was an enjoyable one and they went above and beyond what I would ever have expected from a tour guide and driver. As Chief of Police in the USA I know how important it is to surround yourself with good people and you surely have done that with Sebastian and Jose. With them as employees your company is sure to grow and prosper and I wish you and them all the best. With that said let me add one more thing, I am so thankful you allowed Sebastian to stay with us at Manual Antonio. As it worked out I am thankful they were there. My son-in-law had to go to the hospital there on Thursday night and Jose and Sebatian took him and my daughter and stayed with them until 2:00 AM. I do not know what we would have done without them because Sebastian was able to translate for my daughter and son-in-law to the doctor, something we would not have been able to do without him.That is something you do not expect from a tour company and you can surely be proud and thankful for both these gentlemen. And this is after Jose spent five hours driving. You are so fortuante to have such dedicated people. Then the next day my nephew had the unhappy experience of having his wallet stolen and Sebastian was right there trying to help. I am so glad and I want to thank you for allowing Sebastian to stay with us for the last two days because we would have been lost without him. One other thing, my other son-in-law had his 30th birthday Friday and Sebastian helped us find a birthday cake and celebrate his birthday. Words just fail to explain how we feel about Sebastian and Jose. I know I am repeating myself but you cannot go wrong with people like that working for you.
Now on a more serious side, can I offer a suggestion, if you ever use the Rain Forest Lodge again make sure the tour group is aware of the following:
(1) There is no electricity after 9:00 PM.
(2) For those females who do not like bugs this place may not be for them. But the way I looked at it if you are in the rainforest you should expect insects.
(3) No hot water.

There were just a few in our group (females) that were real apprehensive about this lodge and did not get much sleep. As for me this area was beautiful and full of interesting sights and I loved it there as well as most of our group. The stay here and at Mawamba Lodge gave me a true insight into Costa Rican life.

As for me I enjoyed every part of the trip and I want to thank you again for all your work in putting together such a good tour. May God Bless you.

Thank you

Richard Barlett

PS If you ever need me as a reference do not hesitate in providing my e-mail address.   USA


From: Mike Kowalski [mailto:mikekowalski@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Lunes, 21 de Febrero de 2005 06:52 a.m.
Subject: RE: Mr. Kowalski : Your trip

Dear Julia,

Thanks for your help with the tour arrangements. The hotel rooms and transfers were all excellent.

The hot springs at the Tabacon Resort were very relaxing and the Sky Tram and Trek http://www.arenal.net/tour/skytram-skytrek/ was fun. Our only regret was that we were not able to see the Arenal Volcano because of the clouds.

We would also recommend the Sunset Cruise in Tamarindo http://tamarindobeach.net/mandingo/ .

Our first visit to Costa Rica was very enjoyable and we plan to contact you when we return.

Mike   USA


Sent: Martes, 19 de Abril de 2005 11:02 a.m.
To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Subject: Attn.: Julia

Hello Julia!

It's been 2 weeks since I got back from Costa Rica and I just wanted to say it was all wonderful! I've already highly recommended the country and the package as well. Thanks!
Definitely need more than 9 days though. I think because of the travel time involved somewhere like Arenal or Tortuguero needs an extra night/ day to even enjoy all the activities and facilities. Next time!
I wanted to know if there is anyway you can give me the email address of the family that was traveling the same week as us, but without the reversal of the schedule. We met with them at Monteverde and San Jose. They were California, 2 children and 6 adults. The husband's first name is Scott, I believe. They had a driver named Freddy. Anyway, lovely family who asked for my work email so as to send me some digital attachments, but perhaps they lost my address, and I never got theirs. Do you think you can provide that info to me, I'd really aprreciate it.
thanks again and I hope to return to beautiful Costa rica!



From: jason vanmeer [mailto:vanmeer@hotmail.com]

Sent: Sábado, 19 de Febrero de 2005 10:16 p.m.

To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr

Subject: RE: Mr. Van Meer : Open Voucher

Hi Julia,

Deborah and I just arrived home from our best vacation ever. Thank you so much.

You must be very proud of your country and it's people. Jason   USA


January 10, 2005
From: Greg Taylor Taylor [mailto:sortofcool@mac.com]
Sent: Martes, 11 de Enero de 2005 12:23 a.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours

Dear Julia and Enrique,

Thank you for organizing our vacation for us. We had a wonderful holiday. The accommodations you booked were very nice and we had a marvelous time driving around on our own in the 4X4 Hyndai Galloper that you rented for us, In San Jose, we enjoyed staying downtown in the Amon Plaza Hotel, where it was an easy walk to the Central market and very close to the”El Pueblo” area where we had dinner two nights in a row each night in a different restaurant. We recommend “El Pueblo” to any of your travelers because there is shopping, food and nightlife all in one walking area and we felt safe with the security that they provided. The Amon Plaza had a nice restaurant as well with a nice patio area where we enjoyed breakfast in the morning and drinks at night.

Initially we were sad that we weren’t able to do the two day white water rafting trip since we booked so late, but the Expedition Tropicales that you substituted was a fun and interesting tour and we were able to see and do quite a lot in one day. The Rio Tropicales River Rafting was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation. The Pacure River was provided both exciting rafting and beautiful scenery and they were very helpful dropping us off at our rental car place afterwards.

It rained and was very windy almost all of the time we were in Arenal and Monteverde but, we ventured out in the rain and considered it part of the adventure. We also enjoyed soaking in the hot springs, even though we never were able to see the volcano. In Monteverde we rode horses to the San Luis falls, walked on the sky canopy bridges, zip-lined through the cloud forest and enjoyed our guided tours in the cloud forest reserve. We enjoyed riding the horses but would choose a different excursion because too much of the ride was on the road, though we do recommend highly a trip to the San Luis falls.

In Manuel Antonio we enjoyed the hiking tour of it’s reserve and saw many animals with the aid of the guide and his spotting scope none of which we would have ever been able to see on our own. We also went jet skiing and were able to see a family of hump back whales as well as go snorkeling. The New Year’s Eve party at the Parador Hotel was first rate with a fun band and lots of fireworks at midnight.

All of the hotels were very good about helping us to book last minute tours, but one we found on our own was the Tropical Bungee jumping off a bridge outside San Jose. We jumped off a 285 foot bridge the morning before we were scheduled to fly home that afternoon which put a nice exclamation point on the whole trip.

It was without a doubt a vacation of a lifetime and we owe it all to you. There is no way we would have been able to arrange this vacation on our own, especially on such short notice and we are very grateful that you were able to do it for us.

Thanks again,

Greg and Karrie Taylor   USA


From: Inna Gedzberg [mailto:inna123@hotmail.com]
Sent: Martes, 04 de Enero de 2005 04:55 p.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: RE: Inna : Feedback from your trip

Dear Julia
Thank you very much for arranging such a great trip for us. Everything went smoothly; we liked all the hotels, especially the first one and Montana Monteverde. Especial thanks to our driver Gerry who was very accomodating and even though he did not speak any english we understood each other perfectly well. I intend to recommend your agency to anybody who is planning a trip to your beautiful country; and hopefully we also will return sometime soon.
Thank you again.

Sincerely yours.

Inna   USA

From: Inge Fullerton [mailto:cairnmom@earthlink.net]
Sent: Miércoles, 26 de Enero de 2005 02:25 p.m.
To: sgermain@racsa.co.cr
Subject: Thanks for a great Trip!

Hi Julia,

On behalf of Christopher Blaisdell and myself, I want to thank you so much for handling our travel arrangement during our Costa Rica visit. Our trip was wonderful and we thank you for handling everything for us in such a great way.
When we come visit again, we will most certainly book our reservations through you.

Again, thank you for everything - your organization is great.

Inge Fullerton
cairnmom@earthlink.net   USA

Hi Enrique,

We are back home and cannot stop thinking about our fantastic vacation adventure in Costa Rica. We talk about it every day. We want to thank you again for the arrangements you made for our trip. Our accomodations were fantastic. The nature lodges you booked for us allowed us to see so much of Costa Rican wildlife while being treated to wonderful Costa Rican hospitality. We saw everything we had hoped to see and more. We watched monkeys, parrots, scarlet macaws and toucans. We saw crocodiles, caymans, red eyed tree frogs and green sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. It was truly incredible.

We also again want to thank our driver Freddie for taking us all over Costa Rica and showing us so much. And also for helping us with our Spanish. The tour van was very comfortable and driving hundreds of miles of roads never bothered my back. We even saved a little money compared to renting a car and could just relax and enjoy the scenery.

We hope to return to Costa Rica and we will definitely contact you to make all of our arrangements.

Best Regards,
Marisa, Denise and Gordon Weiss

dmgweiss@astound.net   USA


From: Kara Cagulada [mailto:kcagulada@hotmail.com]
Sent: Martes, 21 de Septiembre de 2004 12:26 a.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours
Subject: Re: Kara : Feedback from your trip

Hi Julia!

My family and I had a WONDERFUL time in Costa Rica! It was one of the BEST trips I've ever been on. I was very satisfied with the arrangements you made for us. Thank you for your hard work.

The drivers were on time and friendly. We had good conversations with Fernando.

All of the hotels were nice. And the breakfasts that were included were delicious.

The Sesteo was clean, but seemed scary because when we arrived at 10:30pm, it was all gated and locked up with a security guard. It just through me off because we were in a residential area. If I could do it over again, I would have preferred to stay closer to the airport since we got in so late.

Marissa and I loved the rafting trip. However, I think the 2 day-one night trip would have been adequate, instead of the 3 day trip. The Aventuras web site is a little misleading when it described the possible activities for the 2nd day. It made it seem like there were hikes that would take up a lot of time. However, we did the hikes in a short amount of time and didn't have anything to do on the 2nd day. Plus, the canopy course was being re-routed, so there were only 3 platforms, which was disappointing since they advertise 8 or 9 I think.

We took a side trip to La Paz Falls and Poas Volcano before heading to Manuel Antonio, which we really enjoyed. Then we got lost for 2 hours trying to find our way from Alajuela to the highway to Manuel Antonio. The signs are hard to follow. But we really liked the rental car!

The hotel staff in Manuel Antonio were very helpful and friendly.

We did the canopy tour in Selvatura Park in Monteverde and had a great time. There were 14 platforms.

Tortuguero was AMAZING! We had the BEST guide, Rebecca. We saw the 2 turtles lay eggs and the next day we saw 79 baby turtles make their way to the sea. It was fantastic! Mawamba Lodge had great food. However, I wasn't quite prepared for the cabin setting with just the electric fan. It was pretty hot.

Amon Plaza was a really nice hotel. My parents had a great time in the casino.

And I really liked that I could reach you or Enrique by phone if I needed you. That's important because I felt safe and I felt that you could help if something went wrong. (We had a bad experience in Spain last summer when we got pickpocketed and had to go to the police. It was hard because we couldn't communicate well with them.)

We really did enjoy everything! My friends and other family members are now curious and excited to visit Costa Rica as well and want me to be their tour guide/escort. So maybe next summer you'll be hearing from me. I really want them to see the turtles. That was the best part of the trip for me.

Muchas Gracias por todos! Let me know if you need more information.

Take Care!

Kara Cagulada   USA


From: Ann & Monty [mailto:msnow6@cox.net]
Sent: Martes, 21 de Septiembre de 2004 08:02 p.m.
To: julia@saintgermaintours.com
Subject: thanks


I wanted to thank you for your help with our recent trip. We had a great time!!!! Albiero (spelling?) was an excellent driver - very friendly and always on time.
The Four Seasons was wonderful.
I can't wait to come back!

Ann Kalhorn   USA

De: Nadine Ducaffy [mailto:nadineducaffy@wanadoo.fr]
Enviado el: Martes, 27 de Abril de 2004 04:15 a.m.
Para: julia@saintgermaintours.com

Dear Julia,

We loved Costa Rica and we did a very nice trip. Everything was perfect.
Thank you very much for your work. We appreciate it. Sorry if we changed our trip.
We hope to come again and work with you. Is was a pleasure.

Thanks you very much.

Best regards.


P.S. Be sure that we will recommand your name to our friends.   USA

From: ARASH62@aol.com [mailto:ARASH62@aol.com]
Sent: Miércoles, 07 de Abril de 2004 01:00 p.m.
To: "Julia Saint Germain Tours"
Cc: raruegg01@aol.com; scottmartin@mn.rr.com; jane.godfrey@leonard.com
Subject: Re: Arash : Have a nice Trip !

Hi Julia and Enrique.

I just wanted to send you a note and thank you for a wonderful trip.
Everything was just perfect. The itinerary was great, the hotels were good, and Freddy was fabulous!! As a matter of fact, I think you should start calling him fabulous Freddy. Walter was great too.

Please say hello to Freddy and Walter.

Thanks again.

Arash.   USA

From: Jae Danner [mailto:jaedanner@amacai.com]
Sent: Miércoles, 25 de Agosto de 2004 09:09 a.m.
To: sgermain@racsa.co.cr
Subject: Tour Feedback

I would like to tell about our experience with your tour service (Aug 21-22). We had a wonderful time, our driver Victor, did an excellent job of suggesting places that we might visit and telling us about Costa Rica, its culture and people.. He really made the vacation special for my son and myself. We would like to use your service again when we return to Costa Rica. Thankyou.

Jae Danner
AMACAI Information Corp.
tel: 312.924.3041
cell: 312.617.9544
fax: 312.924.3001   USA

first_name: David
last_name: Lebowitz
email: dlebowitz@sbcglobal.net
country: USA
telephone: 708.798.4365
information: I'm not asking for information, my wife and I just returned from Costa Rica on a tour through your organization and Eskin Tours. We just wanted to compliment you on a very well organized tour that was one of the best we have ever taken.

A big part of the success of the tour was our wonderful guide, Guido. He was tremendously knowledgable, very helpful, very concerned about the comfort and needs of all 38 of us and just plain fun to be with.

I'm forwarding a copy of this to Eskin Tours as well.

David Lebowitz   USA


From: Ronnie Tureck [mailto:eema8@earthlink.net]
Sent: Domingo, 27 de Febrero de 2005 07:21 p.m.
To: Julia de Saint Germain Tours
Subject: RE: Arrival !

Hi Julia,

We returned home last night after a fabulous visit to your beautiful country. We all want to thank you for helping to make our vacation one we will never forget. We met very gracious people who made us feel very welcome. The choices that you helped us with were wonderful. Alvaro was delightful , very knowledgeable, and eager to help make our vacation most memorable. He went out of his way to be helpful and was always on time.

We are hoping to be able to return to Costa Rica in the future and will remain in touch. Thank you again for all of your hard work.

Best regards,

Ronnie   USA


From: Markirvine@aol.com Dr. Mark and Cathy Daniel [mailto:Markirvine@aol.com]
Sent: Martes, 01 de Marzo de 2005 04:57 p.m.
To: info@abc-costa-rica.co.cr
Subject: Thank you for a job well done

Dear Julia:

I wanted to thank you so much for the excellent job you and your company did on organizing everything for my recent visit to your beautiful country. As promised all my vouchers were awaiting me at my first hotel ( the Country Inn and Suites), all the drivers showed up at their appointed times, and the hotels we stayed in were wonderful. We arranged through you the Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio, the Tabacon Lodge in La Fortuna, and the Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero.
My wife and I found the Hotel Parador and the beach at Manuel Antonio to be one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to. The Tabacon Hot Springs is a very special and unique setting, and we loved the remoteness and beauty of Tortuguero and all that nature has to offer.
Again, a special thank you for your efforts. We will not hesitate to use your services when we return to your country, and we have referred friends to you already.

Sincerely, Dr. Mark and Cathy Daniel   USA

Dear Julia,

Amazing! Amazing country and if the experience has been so perfect it is largely thanks to you and St Germain. Thank you for preparing this exceptional visit to your very beautiful country with a standard of professionalism and quality that should inspire other tour operators.

Best wishes for your continued success,

Derek and Marine
J Derek Brennan E-mail Address jdb@icys.org   USA

Hi Julia:

I just want to thank you for making all the arrangements for us to visit Costa Rica. We had a wonderful time in your country, and really appreciate your perfect handling of all our travel arrangements. We hope to arrange for a return visit in a year.

Again, thank you, and warmest regards,

dea@oxy.edu 02/12/04   USA


I would highly recommend this tour to anyone going to Costa Rica for the first time. Hats off to Enrique Balsevicius, our tour guide, who showed us the many wonders of this beautiful country. Enrique’s vast knowledge of Costa Rica’s history, wildlife and vegetation, together with his warm personality, made our trip a most memorable one. Many thanks to Julia, who made all the wonderful arrangements for our excursions and comfortable lodgings. Three cheers to Ruben, our bus driver, whose experienced driving skills successfully got us to our destinations each day through all sorts of road and weather challenges. Our appreciation to Freddie, who drove us from San Jose to and from the El Diria Hotel in Tamarind Beach on the Pacific side. Each day there brought sunny skies, a beautiful sandy beach to walk on; a lovely room overlooking exotic gardens surrounding a beautifully sculptured, scenic pool to swim in. The two weeks in total were most enjoyable!

from Anne, Joe and Renate Wolba
Toronto, Canada

Renate Wolba
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
480 University Avenue, Suite 1000
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1V2
416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836


Dear Julia,

My apologies, I meant to well before this send you a most sincere thank you for your aid in arranging our trip. It was much more than we expected. Your country is just wonderful.

We were away this week in Philadelphia, meant to get back to you earlier. We will certainly recommend you to our friends, and if we get back next year will most certainly contact you. It's late here now, expecting snow for morning.

Everything went smoothly, hotels very good, and drivers were terrific. When I get a chance will comment on places we visited and places we stayed.

Again thanks for everything,

Fondly, Raye & Bob Cooke

March 8, 2004   USA


Hi Julia!

We've been meaning to write to you before...but we have been busy 'shovelling snow'. Attached are some pictures of snow for you. The first week back after Costa Rica, Nova Scotia recieved the largest snowfall ever of 95cm!! No kidding... Boy! Were we ever sad to be back after the wonderful honeymoon we had!

We want to thank you and your company again for an excellent trip and memorable experience. This trip is all that we can talk about to our friends and family. Like mentioned before, we will definately recommend you to anyone. Also, if you want to ask us about any accomodation --- please feel free to ask. Poas rent a car was great and staff were extremely friendly. The only bad thing for us was going through Toronto on the way home. We almost missed our connection to Nova Scotia because that airport is so disorganized. We left our duty free liquor on one of the carts...(more upset about loosing a bottle of the Costa Rican drink Guaro....) Oh well...we are safe and sound and had a great time!

Attached is a picture of Fauna at Playa Grande (Las Tortugas -- one of our favorite places!) and some pictures of snow from our storm for you. (the 'bump' is our car covered in snow)

Take care and thank you again.
Fauna and George

gosborne@hfx.eastlink.ca   USA


From: Jennifer Greenberg [mailto:jgreenb1@san.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2004 10:19 AM
To: 'Larry & Becky Smoller'
Cc: sgermain@sol.racsa.co.cr
Subject: THANK YOU for Our Trip!!!

Hi Becky,

We had a fabulous time during our trip in Costa Rica!

Everything you planned for us worked out well and went smoothly. Freddie, our driver, was delightful and your advice to have a driver was a god-send. It would have been stressful and difficult without Freddie! All the hotels, Tabacon and the Canopy Tour were wonderful. Thank you for all your attention to details. I had to call the office for help confirming our departure flights and they were very warm and helpful also. They knew who we were and gave us full attention. I will gladly recommend YOU and St Germain Tours to all my friends who are now very interested in Costa Rica!

Thanks from all of us!

Jennifer, Barry, Lauren, Miranda, Chelsea & Stephanie   USA


Dear Enrique, i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your company for making our Vacation complete. From the moment we arrived to the last tour your company excelled in every department.Everything was outstanding. Special thanks go to Adonis from the tour company who was so knowledgeable and curtious it was a pleasure just to listen to him. Thanks to you also Enrique for suggesting the highlights tour which we thought was the highlight of the vacation, what an exceptional day once again thank you.

Yours Sincerely

Mr. & Mrs J McDermott   USA


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