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Jina Kim

15 November 2015

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"Local Insider Guide and Driver were superb"

Excellent planning and conduct of the trip from pre-t thru entire trip Our Local Guide, German (pronounced Herman) was so knowledgeable and in tune with every aspect of the trip, from human culture and social challenges to all the challenges and successes for Costa Rican environments. The concept of sustainability was so evident in the coffee and cocoa plantations and the representatives of both of those were so personable in sharing every aspect of their production. Beyond that, or insider, German, was expert in bird identification and ecology which added so much to the experience. The hotels were all excellent although we did not favor the highly processed and bland food except that the fruit every morning was the best ever, so fresh and flavorful, and the coffee was superb. The food at the off-hotel places that our guide took us was wonderful, genuine and so enjoyable. All the people were so friendly and respectful and informative Our driver, Geraldo, was a gem! Very little English but we all had some Spanish and he had such a friendly, respectful and fun attitude and great driving skills. And with our small group, if we exclaimed "there's a sloth!! or "Monkeys!!" He immediately found a safe place to pull over and joined us with German to view and enjoy. German had a spotting scope and with that we could really see the monkeys, sloth, and many birds. We think the trip was carefully planned and a good value. It was our first guided trip and we do expect to enjoy more with Culture Trip

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"Greece Odyssey Experience, recommend this trip"

I have been on two culture trips, Portugal and Greek odyssey. Both have been great. I traveled with my 3 adult daughters. We returned from Greece a month ago., June 3rd. Our accommodations were perfect, had a new guide upon arriving at each destination, which we enjoyed, all friendly and very knowledgeable and eager to converse. Our ferry trips to Naxos and Santorini were comfortable, with reserved seating inside. We were met promptly and easily at the pier upon arrival by our guide and driver. We visited the busy , tourist side of Santorini and the next day was taken to an organic farm on the quiet side of Santorini , enjoyed a tasty picnic dinner and stayed for a beautiful sunset. Our favorite was a three night stay in Naxos. We could easily walk to beach, town , shops, restaurants, A very relaxing experience. Culture trip provides excellent travel opportunities for a fair price.

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"Expertly Guided, Perfectly Organized, Beautiful Locations. Enchanting!"

Had a wonderful trip. Culture Trip responded quickly when I had an issue with a prebooked hotel and they made things right. Everything was well planned and ran smoothly. Our local guide (Francesco) was absolutely amazing. The places we went to were beautiful and not too crowded. We had guided tours along with plenty of time on our own, which made the trip enjoyable without feeling rushed, The group on this trip were also amazing and I had a great time getting to know them. A group number of 10 was perfect, not too few people but not too many. Having never been to Italy before, this trip was a perfect introduction and I will definitely use Culture Trip again for future adventures.

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"Soulful Korea"

I highly recommend the Soulful South Korea trip. It was a busy trip but an excellent way to see a variety of cities and other areas of South Korea and to take part in a variety of activities - some perhaps once in a lifetime - all wonderfully organised by our Local Insider Yong. As someone who is not particularly fit I was initially concerned about the amount of activity involved in the trip but I found this to be manageable and Yong, who went above and beyond to support our group and also to give us as authentic an experience of Korea as possible, was able to be flexible regarding the activities when necessary. It was a brilliant introduction to a beautiful and interesting country, shared with a wonderful group of people. I will definitely be returning to South Korea.

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"Best 1st trip overseas - Soulful South Korea"

This Soulful South Korea trip has been AMAZING! We loved everything about it, all thanks to Yong! (our tour guide) He was very informed, wise, knowledgeable, and being able to offer various choices to choose from. He was personal but also professional! He does what he does BEST! Thank you for making our trip the most memorable one ever! One thing we would like to alter, would probably be, if for people who love pamper sessions like we do, is the Visit to Centum Spa Land Jjimjilbang. We would do a whole day of it! Or maybe start in morning side of the day to get more out of the day. But other than that, we are really thankful for having the opportunity to visit a place with so much wonder and magic! Thank you, we have loved every moment of it! And we will definitely visit South Korea again!

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