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Ik schrijf maar in het Nederlands is toch iets makkelijker voor mij.

Cruise Middellandse Zee Nieuw Amsterdam 19 augustus 31 augustus 2013.

Alle lof voor de door jullie geregelde excursies en de transfer.

De transfer van Marco Polo naar het schip Nieuw Amsterdam verliep bijzonder soepel. De chauffeur stond netjes op tijd te wachten met een bordje.

De rit zelf verliep snel en hij heeft ons keurig afgezet en geholpen met het in- en uitladen van de koffers.

Aangezien de kapitein wegens drukte de havens van Kotor en Dubrovnik had omgewisseld moesten jullie op het laatste moment ook het eea wisselen aan excursies voor ons. Ook dit verliep zeer goed en zonder problemen.

In Kotor hadden we een hele aardige chauffeur Marco die niet onderdeed voor een professionele gids en ons vermaakte met verhalen over zijn land. De excursie zelf was ook leuk . Hij had voor nog een extra boottocht geregeld.

In Dubrovnik werden we opgewacht door Anna (de gids) en John de chauffeur. Wederom een geweldige ervaring. Anna leidde ons door Dubrovnik en wist ons heel veel te vertellen. met John gingen we nog een tocht maken naar een prachtig deel van Kroatië waar we een rondleiding kregen.

De excursie naar Pompeï was echt helemaal af. Zeer indrukwekkend en dankzij de audiotour heel duidelijk. Ook de chauffeur was weer heel netjes en correct.

Wat me ook goed beviel is dat geen van deze mensen viste naar fooien maar wel blij verrast was als we ze achteraf nog iets extra's gaven. 

Al met al zeer tevreden en ik heb jullie al bij diverse mensen aanbevolen  die ook zeker van jullie diensten gebruik gaan maken.

Tijdens de reis had ik vaak medelijden met alle Amerikanen die als schapen in een grote bus werden gedreven door de Hal. Wij zoefden dan in onze privé auto voorbij. Veel prettiger en de prijs kwaliteit is ook goed. Wat ik jammer vind is dat de excursie naar Rome niet doorging. Je had echter gelijk Pieter het was goed te doen met de trein. Alleen was er gewoon niet genoeg tijd om alles te bezoeken dus dat doen we hopelijk de volgende keer.

Verder ben ik ook zeer blij met de informatie op jullie site. In de havens waar we geen excursies hadden geboekt was bijvoorbeeld de informatie over  hoe in de stad te geraken zeer bruikbaar.

We hebben ook hier dankbaar gebruik van gemaakt.

Nogmaals hartelijk dank voor alle service en informatie en hopelijk tot een volgende keer.

Met vriendelijke groet,

We have returned from our cruise and looking back on a wonderful holiday, above expectations. Truly an unforgettable experience.

The three excursions we booked through Shorebee did not disappoint, to the contrary: the guides we booked were always waiting for us (they were more punctual than we were in all honesty)

the cars were, as promised, air-conditioned and comfortable

the guides spoke English well, were knowledgeable and were pleasant company to be with

the program in each destination covered plenty in a limited amount of time but also allowed for some rest and refreshments

the price performance ratio was more than reasonable, for a group as small as ours (4 persons) we were not paying that much more per person than we would have for a HAL excursion done in large touring car groups

If I can go into a bit more detail:

Jerusalem/Bethlehem

Our guide Barney was just amazing. He knew so much, this was more than just a guide, this was a man with a passion for history and his adopted country and with a very healthy scepticism. And he had such a good way in sharing his knowledge with us. He is a true gem and the organisation he guides for should cherish him.

If at all possible we would be grateful to have his email address as we would like to thank him again in person.

As Barney was not allowed into the Westbank we were "taken over" by a Palestinian guide for the Bethlehem visit, he told us his name in Dutch! Gerrit!. He was the least one of our guides. Not very flexible, had a programme in mind and was difficult to convince of our preferences. The obligatory shopping there can mildly be summarised as "how to exploit tourists", incredibly expensive souvenirs.

Back to Jerusalem where Barney gave us a very interesting historical overview whilst enjoying the spectacular view on the Mount Olive, also pointing out all the different important buildings/churches/monuments. And then he took us through the city. One day was much too short, we all want to revisit.

Kusadasi

Yetkin was our guide here. He did a good job. Difficult to live up to the standard Barney had set the previous excursion! He also was much younger so less experienced. His approach was to give us the history and background of a site or artifact and to then leave us to it so we could explore the site ourselves. In Ephesus he did a good job getting around the hundreds of tourists and still allowing us to see many points of interest. The lunch included in the excursion was fun, bit touristy, but the location was great and the food to our liking. And we enjoyed our visit to a Jeweler after. Yetkin was prepared to take into account our wishes (no more shopping please) and very helpful.

Istanbul

We were taken care of by a very charming, highly intelligent, guide: Tugcan Çevik. Her background, she has spent time abroad, even lived in Italy for a while, made her very cosmopolitan and therefore excellent company for foreigners in Turkey. She spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable. It was also nice that she was willing to discuss with us issues that concern Turkey that are perhaps not always open to discussion and to give us a good insight into the Turkish society. She stayed with us at every site, sharing a lot of information. And at our request she found us a nice restaurant for lunch. We not only got on very well with her, we also learned a lot about Istanbul. Another city where one day is just not enough!

Overall I would like to emphasise that all your guides were very good in interpersonal relations, they were very nice company to be with.

We are really pleased we came across your organisation (on recommendation from a friend) and will recommend you to anyone who is considering a cruise.

kind regards

Hans S., Liesbeth K., Pieter S., Marina S - Belgium
August 2013

Onze excursie in kusadassi was niet bekend bij de touroperator dus geen ontvangst van de gids.

Na een telefoontje van ons bleek de vertegenwoordiger wel op de kade aanwezig. In no time hadden we elkaar gevonden en in de paar minuten er tussen had hij een vrije gids gevonden en na 15 min ook vervoer.

Al met al na een minder begin een uitstekende dag gehad met een hele goede gids..

We zijn zeer tevreden.

Gr.

Paul S - The Netherlands
August 2013

We really enjoyed the excursion that Shorebee arranged.  The guide that we had was very knowledgeable and he did make time for us to go to the Houses in Ephesus. We were expecting him to come in with us though and guide us through the Houses but that was not an issue.

The guide however did try to take us to a carpet demonstration and we politely refused.  We had to refuse several times though before this was agreed.  The reason why we booked with Shorebee is because we were not interested in having carpets sold to us and therefore did not do the ship's cruise excursion.

Apart from that I must say that Ali was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant.  He offered to take our pictures several times and answered all the questions that we had.

Joseph G - Great Britain
August 2013

Wij zijn erg onder de indruk van ShoreBee!

Onvoorstelbaar goed geregeld, alles klopte, alles was top!

Wij zullen het bij iedereen aanbevelen.

Wij stellen vaak wel hoge eisen, maar dit overtrof alles. Goede, rustige chauffeurs, mooie nieuwe frisse busjes. Uitstekende Engels en Nederlands talige gidsen. Mooi aan onze wensen aangepaste programma's.

Werkelijk niets om aan te merken.

Volgende reis? Zeker ShoreBee!

Hartelijk dank

Groeten

We hebben inderdaad enorm genoten van onze cruise en verblijf in venetie. Samen met de excursies van shorebee was het echt een aanrader. De excursie olympia was subliem. uitstekende gids die echt leefde voor haar job. De gids in athene was wat minder, want de gids daar was al ver (acropolis) weg terwijl we nog maar half wege waren (mijn vrouw is slecht te been) De gidsbeurten in venetie was dan weer top. echt aan te raden aan iedereen.

Bedankt voor de gidsbeurten

Shorebee was easy to deal with. The local supplier was at the meeting point as per the instructions, however we waited for over 20 minutes for a couple who never arrived. I don't think it is fair to those who turned up on time. The tour was fine, full of information and the tour guide was friendly.

We will use Shorebee also in our future travels. Thank you.

Lorne M - Australia
August 2013

Guide was English speaking gentleman (Stephen) who showed us to our clean, ai-rconditioned coach. The guide gave us detailed and interesting information on route to the various different sites. We visited the Acropolis where Stephen handed us over to another guide who took us up to the ruins, she was also helpful and informative. We really enjoyed our day in Athens and felt that the trip was very good value for money (especially compared to what the cruise ship was charging for a similar trip).

Steve B - United Kingdom
August 2013

We had a great cruise and were very impressed with our shorebee excursion from Palma.

Everything went very smoothly and our "Island Tour" was excellent!

Regards

Het is allemaal prima gegaan in Kusadasi. De gids stond bij de uitgang van de cruiseterminal op ons te wachten en de chauffeur stond iets verderop geparkeerd.

Ze hebben ons prima begeleid van en naar Efeze. We hebben een leuke ochtend gehad daar! De gids wist een hoop te vertellen over Efeze. Zeer interessant.

Ik zou een volgende keer weer een excursie boeken via Shorebee!

Bedankt!

Richard S - Belgium
August 2013