Girls Trip to San Antonio, TX
It was great, embassy suites was awesome & perfect location. Happy hours were great as well??Stayed on go, took hop on/hop off bus, river walk was terrific, ate some great Mexican food, great drinks. It was perfect, thank you Tammy for making our girls trip a memorable one!!Connie H.
Nick & Terri Barlotta
Leo Locke, Donna Franca ToursTammy McDaniel, Tammy’s JourneysDear Tammy and Leo,We are writing to express our thanks to both of you for wonderful job you did arranging our trip to Sicily from May 24-June 5th this year. The trip was absolutely fantastic; ALL our drivers and guides were courteous, professional and very friendly; they made our journey a pleasure! We flew into Rome and were driven to the train station in Naples by a gentleman from Scalici Drivers, where we were picked up by a driver (DiSarno) and taken to our hotel. Both drivers were skilled, courteous and professional. The next day Luigi (from DiSarno), drove us to Pompeii and Herculaneum, where our guide Guiseppe (Gata guides) provided excellent information. We especially enjoyed the trip to Sorrentino winery for the wine tasting and lunch. Our driver and guide both recommended we see Pompeii and Herculaneum first, then go to lunch, which turned out to be a perfect suggestion. We were able to enjoy our meal and completely relax after sightseeing; the views from the winery were just beautiful. These gentlemen made our day very special.The next day, we met our guide Ettore (Travel etc…), at the Piazza Garibaldi 91, and took a small bus down the Amalfi Coast, with stops in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. It was a rainy day, but we got beautiful photos in spite of the weather. Our driver was amazing on those wet, winding roads! Our guide was very informative and amusing; he kept everyone entertained on the journey. We enjoyed the cathedral in Amalfi and had a great lunch at “La Piazetta” in the piazza near the church. That evening, we took a taxi to the port of Naples, and boarded the Tirrenia line ferry to Palermo. We had calm seas and rested well on the ferry. Rosanna (from Casablanca) met us at the ferry in Palermo and discussed our itinerary with us; originally, we had chosen to stop and see the temple of Segesta on the way to Erice and Trapani. Rosanna suggested we could proceed with our original plans, or since the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento was included in our trip, we could see the cathedral in Palermo (Monreale) first, then drive by the temple of Segesta on a back road from which we could to take photos. This worked out perfectly; Monreale was amazing, and we got great photos of the Temple of Segesta! Rosanna also gave us the name of a good restaurant within 5 minutes of our hotel and recommended a local white wine which was delicious. She was very thoughtful and considerate; her suggestions made our stay so nice! We enjoyed touring Erice and Trapani; the Albergo Vitorria hotel was very nice! My husband’s paternal grandfather was from Trapani, and we found a street called “Via Guiseppe Barlotta, and we took Nick’s photo there?. Vincenzo (from Casablanca) drove us from Trapani to Agrigento the next day; we enjoyed our hotel, the IH Kaos very much; the view from our balcony was lovely and relaxing. We toured the Valley of the Temples the next morning with our guide Michael and were fascinated with the history and scenery there. Vincenzo asked if we would like to see the “Scala dei Turchi” after our tour of the temples; we agreed and had a wonderful afternoon there, climbing the “Turkish Stairs” and taking many photos (note, this was not on our itinerary, and Vincenzo’s suggestion added a beautiful afternoon to our visit!). We had a late lunch in a restaurant by the sea, then Vicenzo drove us back to our hotel to relax and eat dinner; the hotel restaurant was very good!Vincenzo drove us to Taormina the next morning, telling us about places we may want to visit on our return, and talking to us about the history of cities we passed. We really enjoyed our time in Taormina; the Teatro Antico was amazing. We had a great time at the cooking class (Sicily Activities) at the Porta Messina restaurant; the chefs (Giovanni and Luca), were so much fun, and very kind! We loved sampling the dishes we had made. The sights, piazzas, shop, street life and picturesque views make Taormina a delightful place to visit, and we would love to return! We were driven from Taormina to Nicolosi by a driver from Sibius; he was excellent on those roads! Per our itinerary, we were to travel to the Etna funicular location on our own. The hotel staff instructed us to take the local 9:30am bus to Etna. We bought tickets and arrived at the bus stop on time. There were two buses waiting; one looked like a local bus, one a tour bus, but both buses were almost completely full, with what appeared to be an Etna tour group. We were asked to get off one bus and get on the other one. We made it to Etna and enjoyed touring the mountain, but unfortunately were unable to go to the crater due to recent volcanic activity. We spent quite a bit of time in the cafes waiting for the 4:30pm bus to return; we had the same problem trying to find one that was not already full. If we return to Etna, we will hire a driver, so we don’t have so much down time. (This was the ONLY issue we had on the trip). The Alla Pendici hotel staff was very accommodating. We found a lovely restaurant in Nicolosi built around an old wine press; it was called the “Antica Orto dei Limone.” We had a few wonderful meals there and took lots of photos of the interior. We also had a wonderful meal at the Osteria Garibaldi. Nick’s mother’s maiden name was Nicolosi, so we got some great photos of Nick there as well.The same gentleman from Sibius picked us up on June 5th to drive us to Catania. He was an excellent driver and got us to the airport on time. Overall, our trip was amazing, and we want to thank you both again for all your help in planning this wonderful trip! We apologize for the delay in getting this letter to you; please feel free to share it with the companies of all those who contributed to our amazing vacation. We will not hesitate to recommend your services (and theirs) to friends and family! Mille Grazie e Dio BenediceNick & Terri
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Phil and Sonia Chapman
Tammy, wanted to let you and your staff know we had a great and relaxing time on our princess cruise through the Panama Canal a couple weeks ago. The service, food and entertainment on board was fantastic. Weather was beautiful the whole cruise. Ports were fun and educational. The Caymans were beautiful but very crowded. There were 6 other cruise ships there the day we were in port. Flights and transfer service went great. Thanks again Tammy for all your help and super service you provided for our very enjoyable cruise and experience on princess. Phil and Sonia
Just returned from a 12 day Alaska land/Cruise Tour. Tammy handled ALL the arrangements. Absolutely perfect. No detail was missed, plus she was able to find us amazing deals--such as FREE all inclusive beverage cruise package for my group! You cannot find this type of personalized service by trying to book this type of travel on your own. Call Tammy!
Thom & joyce Gossom
Tammy,THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!We had a fabulous time in Paris and Roma. The locations of both apartments were fantastic and gave us so many options. I loved my cooking classes and have already ordered my pasta machine (LOL). The Paris shopping trip was splendid… I should have done one for Roma as well (laughing). The jazz club was perfect, Thom loved having a bike to ride in each city and the Vespa tour on Sunday was the right way to go. We also loved having one day in each place to just relax at the apartments. You made our 20th Anniversary spectacular!!
Just returned from first cruise--with 12 family members. Suggestion to all who read this--do not try to make any travel arrangements on line by yourself. Let Tammy do it for you. She ALWAYS gets a better deal!!. She takes care of every detail. She's professional, friendly, caring--offers great suggestions--takes care of everything. Start planning your next trip NOW with Tammy's Journeys!!
Rohit Trivedi GM
I just returned from a wonderful vacation on Norwegian Cruise Line, and wanted to thank you for helping me book it
Just returned from the most wonderful Viking River Cruise booked by Tammy. Absolutely perfect in every way. The hotels for the pre and post packages were amazing. The cruise was fabulous and included great shore excursions each day. I was a travel agent for many years and traveled extensively. Nothing compared to the elegance and organization of Tammy and Viking River Cruises.
Ben laurens USS MILLS DE/DER-383 reunion
To anyone who wishes a guided tour of Ft. Walton/Destin area, regardless of the size of your group.Tammy put 2 days touring together for my crew at our Reunion in October '16. Consensus from shipmates is the best tour experience we have ever had. She did a magnificent service for us. I wish she was in every city the reunion goes to in the future. Many thanks Tammy.
Robert & Terri - Customized Italy Trip
Dear Tammy;A few reflections on returning from our wonderful vacation.The Hotel Napoleon in Lucca was nice. Good breakfast and comfortable walking distance to the city center. The staff was wonderful and spoke good English. Easy drive to both Florence and Pisa.The Hotel in Volterra was good. Breakfast wasn't bad. Nice restaurant, had my first experience with Wild Boar and thoroughly enjoyed it. Again, enough English spoken by the staff to get by with. One of the reviews posted on trip advisor mentioned the fact that there was no internet in the room. They had a community room where you could get service and that was more than adequate. It is about a fifteen minute walk to the town from the Hotel and the city itself is hilly. Parking in many of these cities can be a challenge so the mobility of people should be considered here.The best hotel was Antico Borgo in Lucignano d'Arbial. This is in a thousand year old building. There is walking required to get to the rooms and steps. However, our experience here was almost like that of a bed and breakfast. Three of the five staff spoke excellent English. The breakfast was decent. And the meals in the restaurant were very good. Beware that they have limited hours. This proved to be an exceptional place to take day trips to the different parts of Southern Tuscany. Arrezzo, Pienza, Montalcino, were an easy trip. Siena was more difficult. The first day we went there we could not find a parking place. There is, however, very adequate bus service to the city. For a person exploring Tuscany this hotel is highly recommended.Finally, the Hotel La Due Fontane, was very romantic and scenic. The staff was proficient in English and gave wonderful recommendations. We managed the room with the only balcony and the view over the Piazza SS Annunziata was fantastic. The one draw back was the breakfast. Where the other hotels served fresh breakfast pastries, cheeses and meats, they were primarily processed and pre-prepared. There was unlimited coffee from a machine. The three main attractions in the Piazza are enough to keep you busy for two days. Lots of shopping and excellent restaurants. The walking is fairly level throughout the area.We appreciate all that you have done for us and look forward to working with you on Spain and Portugal. (Though I could go back to Tuscany very easily.)Terri & Robert
Tammy - Thank you so much for all your help with my cruisetour of Alaska. You took the time to make sure everything was taken care of, even the luggage tags. I suggest to anybody choosing an Alaska cruise to opt for the land tour as well. It was worth it! I will definitely use you for future travel and recommend you to all! I appreciate your dedication and hard work to assure this was a trip of a lifetime!
Angie & Cameron Clark
Tammy,We had no idea that when we came to you for our Honeymoon, that you would care so much about us and work so hard, pulling strings, calling, staying with it beyond the hours of your work day! You were and are demonstrating Integrity and Passion for your clients! You are an outstanding and rare find... Thank you so very muchAngie & Cameron Clark
Kari C. Barlow - Awesome Girlfriends Getaway
Thank you, Tammy's Journeys, for an amazing girlfriends getaway to Boston with my best college friends! We got to be history geeks for five days and enjoy everything from Little Italy and Back Bay to Salem and Marblehead. Tammy's advice was spot on, and every arrangement and reservation she made was top-notch. No surprises at all. I highly recommend this agency to anyone planning to invest in a special trip.
Don & Jean Hood - Cuba Trip
Thank you Tammy's Journeys for a GREAT TRIP TO CUBA on FATHOM!! We hope you like our turtle made from stone and shells.This will be a long email but I thought it would be the best way to share the highlights of our trip to Cuba with all of you. We had an incredible adventure and are so glad we were able to see Cuba before Starbucks and McDonalds have a location in Havana. We flew to Miami on Saturday, May 28, stayed in a lovely boutique hotel near the port, and boarded the ship “Adonia” (capacity 700 but only holding about 400 on this voyage) at noon on Sunday. Very nice cabin with a king-sized bed and lots of storage space plus a balcony with two chairs and a small table. Around 4:00 we left Miami headed for Havana, but experienced some kind of mechanical problem. The ship’s captain thought the problem was solved but the Coast Guard ordered the Adonia back to Miami in order to determine what went wrong. Some passengers thought there might be concerns over sabotage, but after a few hours back at the pier we once again set out for Cuba. This did, unfortunately, impact our itinerary but we still were excited about our tour. We arrived in Havana on Tuesday, May 31, and boarded big tour buses for our first look at the capitol of Cuba. Saw dozens of classic cars, visited Revolution Square (where the Pope held a huge open-air Mass last year), visited a cemetery (established in 1871 and still being utilized) to see some historic monuments/grave sites. On to an arts center located in an old water tank that specializes in murals painted by locals and school children. This was part of the cultural exchange required for a visit to Cuba. Our guide Jose was a former high school English teacher and very upfront about the issues facing his country. He stressed that the differences between our two countries were mainly between our governments and not our people. We found all the Cuban people to be welcoming to us. Jose told us that most people in Cuba live in small homes/apts. with their extended families, 2-4 people to a bedroom and 9 or more people in a house. It is a cash-based economy so you pay up-front for everything, cars, houses, etc. The salaries haven’t really changed since the 1980s with most people making between $30-$50 in Cuban currency per month. Very, very poor country. Cuba has about 11 million people and about 2 million live in Havana. Each person gets a ration book and monthly allotments of rice, beans, cooking oil, milk, etc. This is only enough food to last about two weeks, so most people work two or more jobs to provide for their families. Meat is hard to come by and we did see fresh cuts of beef hanging in an open-air meat market. We ate lunch at a family owned restaurant; the food was good but this part of the city was experiencing a power failure so none of the ceiling fans worked. (No air conditioning in any of the restaurants we visited.) Jose said we were having a true Havana experience since we were without power; apparently this is a very common experience in the city. After lunch we visited a Fine Arts Museum and a flea market for souvenirs before returning to the ship and the luxury of air conditioning and a shower. It is extremely hot in Cuba and we were whipped at the end of the day. Nice dinner on the ship and early to bed to prepare for our second day in Havana. Day two was a walking tour of “old” Havana’s four historic plazas. (Did I mention that it was really hot!) The street were cobble stoned and the sidewalks had lots of cracks, holes, etc., so walking was an adventure to say the least. Saw more of the classic cars as we followed a new guide through narrow streets to the squares mainly built by the Spanish in the 1700-1800s. Visited a lovely cathedral, saw shops built 200 years ago, visited a square surrounded by colonial government buildings that is where book sellers set up their wares, saw some of the businesses that provide the rationed food to the locals (who are assigned a certain store where they must go to use their ration coupons), and walked past a primary school on a small side street. We were given permission to enter the school and I was so touched to see a plastic wall decoration of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger plus a behavior chart featuring happy faces and frowny faces. Some things are just universal to the teaching profession! By this time I was literally hobbling and Don was dragging, too. Thankfully we stopped for lunch at a government-owned restaurant where we had a nice lunch and gave our aching feet a rest. At least the fans were working in this place! On to another plaza with a church dedicated to St. Frances of Assisi. Then we slowly made our way back to the Adonia and the shower. Another lovely dinner on the ship and a glass of wine before crashing with sore feet. The next day we were at sea traveling along the northern coast of the island and resting from the march through the squares. (Did I mention that it was really hot in Havana!) Enjoyed a lecture about the history of Cuba, listened to the “house” band, and kept our feet propped up when we could. At dawn on Friday, June 2, we motored into the harbor at Santiago de Cuba, a city on the southeastern coast founded in 1515. As our large white ship entered the harbor little boats starting blowing their horns, people came out on to the docks to wave at us, and even the workers at a power plant came out on their pier to welcome us to their city. At a barren concrete pier we tied up to the sound of salsa music and a delegation of local officials. Boarded buses again for a trip to yet another Revolution Square featuring a monument to one of their heroes that we were told was the largest statue in Cuba. On to Jose Marti’s tomb (the “George Washington” of Cuba) where we saw the changing of the honor guard and visited the graves of other Cuban dignitaries. Our guide this day was Jesus, a true believer in the revolution. Quick ride past San Juan Hill and on to a fort built to guard the city from pirates in the 1600s. Lunch at a tiny privately owned restaurant (fans only) and back on the bus to visit Santiago Cathedral and a view of the balcony from which Fidel announced the start of the revolution. Jesus made sure we all saw the balcony and were aware of its significance. Santiago is the hottest city in Cuba, so by this time we were all ready to head back to the Adonia and its lounges featuring cold drinks and air conditioning! Up on the top deck to watch the scenery as we left the harbor at dusk. Had dinner with a couple we met from Seattle and crashed early again. Arrived back in Miami early Sunday morning and caught a flight home (through Atlanta, of course). Tired but so glad that we took advantage of this tour. Two words describe Cuba—fascinating and hot. But staying on the ship each night (in a secure environment) and having local guides made it an incredible adventure. It was like being back in the 1950s in terms of the sights and sounds. Sorry this email is so long, but it was quite a trip. Hola from Don and Jean
We love using Tammy's Journey when we book our trips. We have confidence in that Tammy knows what she is doing and it makes our trip more enjoyable because we do not have to worry about a thing!
John and I enjoyed our trip to Costa Rica. Had a great tour manager from Collette, Guillermo Ayub. Wonderful not having to worry about accommodation, luggage, driving, keeping busy, or what we could expect around the next bend in the road. Guillermo was very knowledgable about the area and told many interesting stories. Hope to go again in another three to five years. We did have to travel quite a bit on the bus, maybe if the tour could have started in Guanacaste--but then we would have missed seeing some of the countryside and I enjoyed seeing the change in ecology of the area. Still looking at pic and remembering adventures.
Using the wonderful staff at Tammy's Journeys to plan any vacation is MUCH better than randomly surfing the web. Their personal touch and caring professional service makes planning a weekend in the US, or Mexican Cruise or 8 day tour to Costa Rica 100% perfect. Recommend you use them for all your travel arrangements
John & Jane Schroeder
Thank You Thank You. We want to express our graditude for a terrific experience. Jane has had a trip to St. Augustine on her list of wants to do. ( Now done ) Our small group was the best way to travel. We got to partake in several tours that the most people would never even know were available. Our tour guide, Ashley, from Tammy's Journeys was exceptional, she sensed that Jane was tiring out due to health reasons and immediately arranged for a wheelchair for her. From that point on she stayed very close to Jane and I ready to assist as need be. We feel that she went far beyond the status quo of most guides. We will be using Tammy's Journeys again. Thanks again, John and Jane
Thank you Tammy. At the last moment, I made a major change to my literary....including flights,hotels, tours, etc. You not only met my expectations, your attention to detail made my vacation experience perfect in every way. Thank you again. Feel free to share my contact info with your clientele.
My trip to Montana was great and I want to thank Tammy for setting everything up. The flights were great and my accommodations were excellent. I especially want to thank you for finding the Deep Canyon Guest Ranch in Choteau, MT. What a place!! This place and the people there exceeded all of my expectations. The food was great and the cabins were perfect for a Montana experience in the mountains of the Rocky Mountain Front. The hiking and horseback riding were second to none. The area also features hunting, fishing, Lewis and Clark sites, and Glacier National Park. Perfect for the outdoors type. Thanks again!Andrew Moore10/9/2015
Robert & Terri Stroud
Dear Tammy;Terri and I just want to thank you very much with the assistance you gave us in planning our trip. Your efforts made our experience one of the highlights of our life,Every aspect of the trip we would rate from very good to outstanding.*The flight arrangements were outstanding. We had ample time at each connection for easy transfer.*The Sandown House B&B was excellent. Liz was a great hostess, the rooms were well appointed, and the breakfasts were outstanding. She was very informative for the area. If we go back we will definitely stay with her.*The Best Western in Cork was our second favorite. The staff was superb! The dining was good. And access to the area was great once we got our bearings.*The Clybaun Hotel was above average. Staff not quite as good as the first two, but still helpful. The food was good, access to town a little more difficult than the Best Western but still adequate.*The Edinburgh Hotel was adequate. Staff was a little more aloof but satisfactory. Relative easy access to the centre of the city once we learned to routes.*The hotel in Shannon was a letdown, but I think that was due to the fact that our trip was almost over. The food was good.*We dined in ten pubs during our stay and all were good. We relied on the staff for recommendations. They proved excellent.*The taxis we took were good and relatively inexpensive. Three were very informative.*The car rentals were good, though a disappointment at the end when we had to pay an extra fee. *The museum in Elgin, Edinburgh, and Galway were wonderful. And free. Elgin was the best for information.In short, thank you. We didn’t do everything we hoped for but did more than enough to make this the most enjoyable vacation we have taken yet. We brought back many memories and learned much about planning our next trip. Thank you again. We look forward to planning our next trip with you. You did EXCELLENT.I have several questions to be followed up with later.Robert & Terri Stroud
Ken & Anne Fraser
Thank you, Tammy, so much for all of your assistance on our fabulous Viking Paris to Normandy river cruise! We had such a wonderful time! All of your suggestions and help in planning our trip are greatly appreciated, plus the perks you arranged for us! We look forward to planning future trips with you.
Edna and Don Sherrow
Tammy, You did it again! Another very wonderful trip arranged by you for us. Our first river cruise was outstanding. Every detail was taken care of and your suggestion of a pre-cruise stay of 2 days in Budapest was a winner. We enjoyed excellent meals, city tours, etc., etc. Thanks again for everything.
Bill and Champee Kemp
Tammy went over and above in her attention to detail for our stay in London and cruise with Princess around Ireland, Scotland and Normandy.She got us a cabin upgrade on the boat(to a Mini-Suite) and several other perks.We have used Tammy in the past and have already booked for another trip. She knows her business.
Mark & Tonya Duncan
Tammy, we want to thank you so much for planning our first cruise together to Bahamas! We had such a great time and really appreciated all the free perks on the ship you were responsible for. You helped make this first cruise experience awesome and I can't wait to book another one with you!
Phil and Sonia Chapman
Would like to thank Tammy for her great service of helping us plan our cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary on the Princess Ruby cruising the British Isles 22 July-3 August and side trip to the Tatoo concert in Edinburgh Scotland. Tammy worked out all the details and everything worked out great with no problems or issues. Her recommendations and attention to detail made the trip very enjoyable and memorable. Planning the trip with Tammy back in December 2013 we were able to get a reasonable price and great accomodations on the ship. The side trip to Edinburgh was a highlight of the trip. Tammy worked out all the details and ensured all the tours of Edinburgh and accomodations were of quality grade. Saw a lot of Edinburgh to in include the highlands in 2 days and Tatoo concert was super. Flights to and Edinburgh and return to London and transfers worked like clockwork due to Tammy's attention to detail. Thanks again Tammy!
St Augustine 3-Day Tour
We had a great time and if we'd gone on our own, we would not have done half of the things we did on this tour. It was packed with things to do, and with enough free time to explore on our own.We had a really fun group too!Sibyl
Tammy,Thank you for the wonderful tour of Tallahassee, Florida. It was worth every penny I spent!! I had a great time. The meals and accommodation were excellent; I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Governor's Mansion, Mission San Luis, the Florida Museum, and the Goodwood Museum and Gardens. What an exciting and educational experience in two days!! This trip gave me a new appreciation of Florida's rich history, culture, and government."
JIM & MARY
WE ARE FROM THE AIR FORCE ENLISTED VILLAGE AND TOOK THE VIVA 500 HISTORICAL TRIP TO TALLAHASSEE ON AUGUST 8&9 WITH TAMMY. WE HAD A REALLY GREAT TIME AND TAMMY WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO MAKE IT INTERESTING AND TRULY ENJOYABLE. LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEXT TOUR WITH TAMMY'S JOURNEYS
Larry and I want to thank Tammy for suggesting we take the cruise to 3 islands in Hawaii with Norwegian after our time on Oahu. I have never been interested in a cruise on a huge ship, but this one was great. I definitely recommend it to get a flavor of more than just one island. Tammy took care of all our arrangements. It was a fabulous vacation. Thanks Tammy!
My husband and I just completed our Paris to Normandy tour with Viking river cruises. We had an absolutely wonderful time. From the time the driver pick us up to go to the airport, to the return drive home , everything was superb. Tammy took care of all the little details going to and from and Viking ensured we very well taken care of while either on board the ship or on one of the great excursions. We are looking for the next vacation! Thanks Tammy!
Air Force Enlisted Village - Teresa & Bob Hope Village
We all had a wonderful time on your Branson Bus Trip! Tammy McDaniel is alot of fun to have as an escort. We all loved Todd Oliver and Friends! He is so funny! Thanks for making us all feel special and you kept us well fed. We all look forward going on another one of your bus tours and thanks for all you do.
Tammy was the best tour guide we have ever had, she was just great on all aspects of our week tour to Branson MO. Tammy went out of her way to insure we had everything we needed, all in all, a wonderful time with a wonderful person. We would certainly use Tammy's Journeys again.
Dr. Sarah Leatherman, HealthSource Chiropractic
Tammy- Thank you for planning the details of our recent flight! And for contacting us immediately with assistance when our layover city had a groundstop due to the weather. Your customer service is top notch!
Ted Corcoran, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Tammy made arrangements for my wife and my Mother to join a Collette Vacations tour to Ireland. Both Tammy's Journeys and Collette were spectacular. I would highly recommend them to anyone, and will definitely use both of their services again. Thanks
Tammy,Our San Francisco trip was fantastic! Thank you for coordinating the trip for us and our Louisville friends. Our flights and accommodations were perfect.
Charlie & Hazel Heifner
Tammy,Here are our thoughts regarding our “Waterways of Czars River Cruise,” which we took during the period 7 - 20 July 2012.- Overall - We are so very glad we went on the trip, and your personal attention literally “saved the day” on more than one occasion.- Thanks to you our airline schedule and flights using my Skymiles worked great.- VISA - we applied fairly early but were concerned until they arrived (in plenty of time). We used the VISA service suggested by Viking.- The “Economy Plus” is worth the charge. Although we are SkyClub members and get priority boarding, those who may not have this option will like it. Also, we liked the seats at the front of coach, and no charge for adult beverages. However, again as SkyClub members we didn’t need any more beverages by the time we got on board. Had we not been able to visit the SkyClub it would have been a different story. Even so, I wouldn’t buy the Eco/Plus just for this. It is the extra “pitch” between the seats, and a bit more of a recline which helped.- Requesting a wheel chair at selected airports was a good idea. It took the anxiety away when we landed at JFK, and we needed the service. JFK can be very confusing. Also, the wheelchair person is wheeled to the front of the line in security. Also, coming back through DeGaulle Airport, the fellow with the wheelchair was truly GREAT! I think they were happy with their tips. The wheel chair attendants deserved it.- We were met at Moscow by Viking and taken to the riverboat. This was the start of our Great Adventure. I don’t mean to be critical, but this was not representative of a true riverboat trip. We were in “Port” for 3 days in Moscow, and 3 more days in St. Petersburg. This was really about a 6 day river cruise. We would have been better staying in a hotel b/c there were a lot of riverboats both in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Due to limited dock space another riverboat was either tied up on the left side, or on the right side, and several times, our boat was in between two other Viking riverboats. So much for a Veranda! With another riverboat tied up to you the only thing to see was into the stateroom of the boat next to you. If you wanted to know if the sun was shining you had to go to the front or back of the ship.- Unlike the other river cruise in which we glided 5 to 10 mph down the channel of the river, on this “cruise,” for 2 of the days we transited the largest lake on the earth, a 7,000 SQ. MILE lake. It was so large it had white caps on it and the boat was literally tossed about on ocean-type swells. But, the boat didn’t break apart and we survived. - Your choice of the stateroom was PERFECT! We were midship away from the noise generated on either end of the ship. At the rear the engine noise was troubling. At the front the noise from the activity of the desk was a problem. Ours was great.- On the subject of ships, all the riverboats on Russian rivers are OLD! Not that the stateroom and dining rooms were old, they had been refurbished and were in excellent condition. I thought it was elegant. BUT, we were told the Russian government would not let anyone build a new ship. This seems to defy logic, but we didn’t question it. This is a big minus, however. For example, on our trip with Viking in 2009, from Amsterdam to Budapest, we were on a riverboat which had many new features. One prime example on the Grand European Riverboat Cruise, the engine was quiet. On the Russian trip the engine was so noisy no one went out on the upper deck. This was a real negative. Not only could we not use our veranda for some of the time while in port, we couldn’t use the outside upper deck due to engine noise. This was both in port and cruising.- The food, the service, the crew, and everything managed by Viking were first class (except for the ship). I don’t know how Viking gets their employees to smile so much. All of them work long hours and very hard. I fear the maximum tip I left went to management and did not make it to the hard working staff and crew. I also suspect their wages are cut and made up in tips from the passengers.- The food was superb and plentiful. Wine was included with lunch and dinner meals, and was pretty good, and I am critical of poor quality wine. No doubt they use local wines which don’t have a lot of sulfates in them. For breakfast Viking served champagne for Mimosas or straight. I am still working to get rid of the excess body fat I added on this trip.- The trip back was a long and hard one. On the return leg, we arose at 3 AM (6 PM - the evening before on FWB time) to make the 0720 departure from St. Petersburg. Sadly, this was the best connection to make it back to FWB in the same day. Thank goodness we came back Business Class. I slept about 3 hours, but Hazel doesn’t sleep on airplanes. This is also where Delta SkyClub was worth it. I slept some, especially by the time we got back to ATL. Sadly, our flight from ATL to VPS was delayed and changed a total of 7 times. Hazel kept track and without her we would have missed the last flight to VPS. We arrived home around 9:30 PM. It took a lot out of us and we recovered about a week later.- Again, a great trip. I would not trade it for ANY of the other trips I have made b/c of the experiences we had and the things we learned about Russia. Those are stories which are worth repeating, but don’t have much to do with the actual travel to and from our destination. I’ll be happy to share those with you if you would like.
Nick & Janet Chubb
At Tammy's suggestion, we booked a Collette Tours vacation to Italy. What a FABULOUS experience! Never did we expect to have so much fun with 40 people we didn't know. Great local guides in every city gave historical info as well as a 'local's' view of Italy. Absoultely a great way to get an intro to a new country or destination.
Kathy & Ken, Destin, FL
Our family trip to Costa Rica was amazing thanks to Tammy! The resort hotel was exactly what I was looking for. It was nestled in a tropical forest and secluded at the end of Jaco Beach's coastline. We were right on the beach with surfing a few steps away. The view from our penthouse suite was gorgeous. Thanks again Tammy for all your hard work!!!
Lindsey and Justin Neece
Perfect Honeymoon!!! Tammy, thank you so much for all that you did to make our trip to Jamaica amazing. It was absolutely beautiful and, thanks to your hard work, very affordable. You will definitely be hearing back from us when we are ready for our next vacation.
Sherry Harlow, APR
I recently visited Washington DC. I didn't know where to stay that would be clean and safe for my daugher and I to walk to the museums. Tammy booked us into a great hotel within my budget that met our expectations and even had a mini fridge so we could enjoy leftovers and chill bottled water. She also took care of our flight arrangements and insurance which I had to use to recover the cost of a damaged suitcase. Thank you Tammy for helping to make this trip affordable and enjoyable!
Linda Evanchyk & Mike McMain
Thanks to Tammy's hard work, our honeymoon trip to Hawaii was fabulous! The Royal Hawaiian was the best place to stay. Tammy helped with every detail. She doesn't have "work hours." She works for the client any time you need her. We made changes a few days before going and Tammy handled it with ease. She is pro at what she does and has a great upbeat, fun personality. No doubt we will call on her again for our travels!
Wow! What a great family vacation Tammy McDaniel booked for my family during Christmas holidays. She went above and beyond to make it a wonderful trip. We had flight problems from the very start due to weather and she was up in the middle of the night booking us on the next flight. Tammy was super attentive and helped make our family vacation one we will always remember.
Dr. Karyn M. Combs
Tammy McDaniel, owner of Tammy's Journey, has consistently "booked" flights with the best prices since I began doing business with her in June 2011 to the present. I encourage travelers to use her expertise and services for all your travel!
Curtis & Tressa
Our trip to Jamaica was by far the best week of our lives. The Sandals Whitehouse Resort was simply perfect in every aspect. Thank you Tammy