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What Our Clients Say
We are two Dutch nurses who were on an extended leave to discover Asia. We were living in Luang Prabang (Laos) when the Corona-virus crisis hit. Borders were closing and we needed to get back to family urgently. We tried to book tickets online, but our credit cards wouldn’t clear. Fortunately, we met Bob from… GlobeBleu. Bob helped us immensely and trusted us. He paid for our tickets back to Amsterdam. When our Luang Prabang to Bangkok flight cancelled, he paid for another ticket to get us there the night before. Bob was calm and reassuring at all times – he even drove us to the airport and waited at checkin to make sure we made it off! He checked-in on us all the way to Amsterdam. You can trust Bob! Read more “Rachel and Jonah, Amsterdam, NL”
Friends & Family Trip to Cuba: Dear Susan and Bob, Thank you both for helping me to fulfill a long awaited bucket list trip to Havana for our group of fourteen guests. My grandmother who didn’t want to go, cant stop talking about the trip and all the amazing food. We were a big and… slow moving group, but everyone had a good time. The 10 and 6 year olds were asking their father if they could host their birthdays in Cuba. The classic cars were a hit with all the youngsters. There was literally something for everyone! LOVE LOVE LOVE the villa, service was magnificent, I also loved the party at the house, the salsa dancing with 21 dancers. Some of the days were too long though. With such a big group, we probably should have done one more dinner at the house… I can’t wait to return! Read more “Eboney H, Cambridge, MA USA”
Glamping/Hiking tour in Normandy and Brittany: Hi Bob, Thanks for organizing an unusual trip for us – hiking coastal trails, including the famous “sentier des douaniers”, in Normandy and Brittany. We came to you out of desperation after several other “experts” fell short. You admitted that it was out-of-the-box but researched, went to tourism offices… in Normandy and ordered trail maps and guides. It worked! We loved Castelbrac and the guide in Dinard and St Malo. Had a great day on the coastal trail and at Mont St Michel — the guide there was wonderful and kept us there until 6! Restaurants there are tourist traps though – just thought I’d mention. We loved the D-Day tour with Marie And La Chaumière in Honfleur. Êtretat was also scenic – we loved the cliff-walk. Our driver Timothy was great – very helpful and flexible. You did a great job and we will book with you again! Read more “John D, Charleston, WV USA”
Bob planned a bespoke trip for our family of five to include culture, education, and plenty of challenging activities. We climbed great mountains, rode the most amazing singletrack in Switzerland and France, and ice climbed on Mer de Glace. It was an incredible trip, and one we will all remember forever.
Our 12 day trek was magical — a true “Crazy Rich Asians” experience in Singapore, an educational enlightening in Laos and the amazing elephant walk in Chiang Mai — GlobeBleu made every moment special! Did I mention how uniquely historic the “Golden Triangle” jaunt was? Loved it!!
We have known Bob for years and traveled with him in London and India. His reputation for putting together magical trips, including those we experienced with him, is the reason we chose to travel to Bhutan with GlobeBleu. Everything was perfect for us – the driver, the experienced local guide (both are required in Bhutan),… the hotels, and the itinerary. We even got to meet the King serendipitously (not planned in the itinerary, LOL), when he stopped to talk to us in the receiving line during the Thimpu Tsechu festival. Bob and his local Bhutan-based Globebleu team were very responsive to our needs and requests for changes in the schedule.
Read more “Natalie L, Reston, Virginia”
We enjoyed our trip. In Paris, Federico was great – both entertaining and informative. Both driver and guide in Normandy were excellent. The hotel and village were special. We truly are enjoying ourselves! You have done well !
Honestly, our trip was meant to be and certainly was a highlight in what proved to be a very challenging year. Our trip to France was the pinnacle! We have the pictures as a screensaver on our television, so we talk about it all the time. We are grateful.
It’s hard for… me to tease apart all the elements of exceptionalism. Let me try to name a few off the top of my head: Beaune – Started off great when Patrick, our driver, who was super kind and patient with me as I tried to speak French after sleeping not a wink. Hotel Le Cep – cozy and quaint Both wine tours – the more casual cycling tour of Côte de Beaune and the more intimate tour of Côte des Nuits. Perfect way to see up close the landscapes and to experience the wine (and food!) of the area. All of our favorite things. Lyon – Hotel had perfect location. We loved opening the windows and looking on to summer night dancing and film screenings in the square. Martine was a great tour guide. Both knowledgeable and good company. She told us about the Resistance Museum which we went to during our down time. Heavy content but so worthwhile. Kind of fell in love with the city. Nice – First, thanks for going to the extra effort on the hotel room. The view…wow. And great energy around this location. The bike tour was lovely introduction to the city (only potential change is for the tour company to consider regular bikes in densely populated areas). And the cooking class I would highly recommend. The inclusion of the market tour beforehand was almost as valuable as the cooking lesson itself (I brought some things like fig jam back with me and have since recreated). The lesson was well calibrated in terms of complexity, breadth, and teamwork. The other gentleman joining us was a hoot and we had a great time.
We really LOVED the trip and are so happy we connected with you after to speaking to multiple people who offered us a trite itinerary biased around their limited knowledge. Your ability to really hear where we wanted to go, to match us to these very particular experiences, to suggest places we wouldn’t know to look for, and to help us be both fancy and frugal…it all was exactly what we needed.
Read more “Kristy H, Seattle”
Bob was single handedly responsible for the amazing time we had in France.Every time we go anywhere, we say “way to go, Bob.” We are singing your praises to all of our friends. You’re fabulous. We look forward to speaking with you about our next big trip. Thank you!
We had a wonderful time in both Paris and the Riviera. All 3 hotels – Raphael in Paris, Trianon Palace in Versailles and Belles Rives on the Riviera – were excellent choices. I can’t imagine having a better time than we did. The whole trip was perfectly planned from start to finish and I can’t… thank you enough for that. Our driver/guide here in the Riviera, Anthony, was excellent! He was very nice and knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed him. Also, Moshe and Beatrice were awesome. We are heading back to reality tomorrow and I really appreciate everything you’ve done to make our anniversary trip so memorable. It truly exceed our expectations! I’m sure we will be going back at some point and when we do I will get back in touch.
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Bob and his team at GlobeBleu did a fantastic job with our 3 week trip to France – Paris, Provence and the Riviera. The hotels, restaurants, guides and group activities that Bob suggested fit perfectly with our group. We had two families (9 people) on our trip so handling the logistics and keeping everyone happy… was no easy task. GlobeBleu made sure that we were looked after throughout the trip and were quick to make any adjustments that we asked for. Their knowledge of the country and ability to match that with the needs/wants of our group were spot on! I would highly recommend GlobeBlue’s services to anyone traveling in France.
Barry B from Atlanta
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Our multi-generational family of 5 adults thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Paris. Thank you so much for arranging a great trip for us.
The guides were great! We enjoyed spending almost 4 full days with Norma. She is friendly, outgoing, respectful, warm, has a sense of humour, and shows no arrogance at all. She… proved to be very knowledgeable about French history. She was a very good anthropologist of the French way of life dating back hundreds of years.
Frederico is a wonderful fellow, charming friendly, self deprecating, warm and has a sense of humour. We loved this guy. Probably one of the best guides we have ever spent time with. His knowledge of art, and his interpretations of the art bought the Louvre and the Orsay to life for us. We could not get enough of him, as we so focused on everything he was teaching us.
Our driver Gonzalo was wonderful fellow, attentive, contributed knowledge, was always on time and ready to pick us up. Best driver we have ever enjoyed. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
The lunches you arranged were terrific. We especially enjoyed the Barbizon lunch. Quintessentially French village and restaurant and delicious French food.
The wine and cheese tasting was spectacular. One of our best events. The sommelier Vincent, was amazing and knowledgeable. The cheese and wines delicious. Thank you.
The Park Hyatt was great. Attentive service, delicious breakfast, great comfortable rooms, excellent location. They gave us a connected room for our suite which was great. We loved this hotel. My wife commented she liked it better then the George V.
The Parisien boat cruise was a very special way to end our trip. We had the front table at the bow, THANK YOU!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our last evening in Paris with the cruise.
All the venues were interesting and we enjoyed them all. Thank you for doing a great job of putting this trip together. I am very happy with the services you provided.
Read more “Stephen B, Montreal, Canada”
Bob and his team were fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed all the Guides that joined us either walking in the city or meeting up with us at the different museums. Their knowledge was priceless and their friendliness made our trip even more memorable.
The car service was impeccable and allowed us to see even more… of the city swiftly and safely.
The experience with Chef Thomas was one of the major highlights of our trip; it is quite inspirational to witness greatness, attention to detail, passion and excellence while experiencing amazing food delights in the most fascinating settings.
I will always connect with Bob before going to Paris!
Read more “Louise M, Boston, MA”
Bob Preston and his team at Globe Bleu arranged a fabulous trip for my family this past June, 2013.
My driver/guide to the Loire Valley was fabulous. I really enjoyed her and she did a great job explaining the two chateaux, their differences, and not rushing me from place to place. I was especially… pleased with the lunch reservation at Auberge du Bon Laboureur – a much better selection than the original one at L’Orangerie.
Olivier, our driver/guide in Normandy, was amazing. Faced with a “strike” by the guides at Mont St. Michel, he took us around himself, explaining the various bits and pieces of the church. He was very flexible on our second day when I asked him to arrange a visit to a cheese farm/factory rather than our original plan to go to Honfleur. With just a few minutes’ notice, he had called an organic farm, arranged a tour, then proceeded to “fill the gap” between our visit to the Bayeux tapestry and the farm with a stop at the Pegasus Memorial and lunch at the first building liberated by the British. The D-Day visits were well-thought out – especially as I hadn’t thought to visit other cemeteries than the American – and yet, the most chilling aspect of my visit was the stop at the German cemetery. Last, but not least, he did a great job at Giverny, getting us past the crowds quickly and explaining the key points of Monet’s home.
Moshe, our driver in Paris, was a dream. I’m not sure if he had spider-sense, but he was always there whenever we exited our restaurant – we never had to call him on his cell. He got us in and out and to our destinations on time and with no stress. He confirmed our dinner reservations whenever we were running late or made them earlier if the boys were starting to starve. Further, he was very accommodating when I decided to visit the Orsay on Sunday morning rather than go to mass. I really can’t say enough about him – he was professional, polite, and a pleasure to spend time with.
Overall, I would have to say that this was one of our best trips ever! There was just enough for us to do without feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Things were well planned out, yet there was room for flexibility. I loved how the dinner reservations were taken care of and I didn’t have to worry about what I was doing when.
Thank you so very much for an excellent trip that we will be talking about for years to come.
Anne and John U. from New York
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Bob organized an absolutely spectacular 10-day group trip to the Galapagos and other spectacular destinations in Ecuador, including Guayaquil and Quito. There were 23 of us on the trip. Everything was just top notch – stayed in the best accommodations available at each locale; we had wonderful tours with local guides; all organized events and… dinners were spectacular; there was VIP treatment for all flights and transfers. GlobeBleu agents are truly masters at organization and attention to detail. This is a five star organization and you can rest assured that they will create for you a magnificent vacation/travel experience.
Read more “Joanne W, New Orleans, LA”
Our clients loved the tours!! They were very impressed with the guides, they loved the locations that they were brought to…and they raved about the wines. Very impressed with the quality of the wines they were able to test – I don’t think they really understood until someone on their barge mentioned… something about the winery/wines they visited – so then they were doubly pleased!!
So I very much look forward to working with you again….
Read more “Nancy D”
Bob did a great job arranging for a 5 day trip to Paris and Versailles in August. I worked directly with him (he was recommended by Wendy Perrin) and he was easy to work with, flexible and had many good suggestions. He obtained a marvelous suite upgrade at Le Bristol and difficult to obtain restaurant… reservations. We especially loved l’Arpege, which Bob recommended to us. Bob’s guides (for the Louvre, Versailles, d’Orsay and others) and drivers were extremely knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the day in Champagne and especially our guide Sandy. I would definitely use him again.
Read more “Francis R, Arlington, Virginia”
Wanted to share with you that I just had a nice chat with Paul and they really enjoyed the trip. They complimented all the guides who can make or break the trip so I was very happy to hear that they were impressed. Every day was good – they particularly had fun doing the market… tour so thank you very much for recommending that.
This couple was a referral to me and you have won me a new client, I so appreciate that!
All the best,
Read more “Marsha D”
We had a wonderful time in both Paris and the Riviera. All 3 hotels – Raphael in Paris, Trianon Palace in Versailles and Belles Rives on the Riviera – were excellent choices. I can’t imagine having a better time than we did. The whole trip was perfectly planned from start to finish and I can’t… thank you enough for that.
Our driver/guide here in the Riviera, Anthony, was excellent! He was very nice and knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed him. Also, Moshe and Beatrice were awesome.
We are heading back to reality tomorrow and I really appreciate everything you’ve done to make our anniversary trip so memorable. It truly exceed our expectations!
I’m sure we will be going back at some point and when we do I will get back in touch.
Bobby B from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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PARIS – LOIRE – MONACO FAMILY TRIP I ran into our clients at a party – they had a very nice time on the trip. Highlight was the hot air balloon. The guides and your team’s services were fantastic.
Thanks for all of your efforts!
We had the most fabulous time on our trip. Each part was just wonderful. Our hotels were all great and our guides were all so fun and informative. Each day was just perfect.
We especially liked the hotel in Burgundy. So beautiful and the owners were so nice!
Thank you again for all… of your help!
Rudi Steele Travel in Dallas
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I did want to let you know I heard from our clients. She said they had an amazing time!
The kids enjoyed every bit of it.
She thanked me and you very much for helping her arrange the tour and that she loved all four properties.
Thanks for all your… help!
Angela Malek, Travel Consultant from Corporate Travel Services in Dearborn, MI
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Have a look at the client’s feedback!
Now that I’m slowly getting back to life in Dallas I wanted to stop and say THANKS for a great trip to France!! We had such a wonderful time. The hotels were awesome and the places we visited were fantastic! The last hotel was beautiful… and in the middle of horse country, loved it!!
The tour guide was also so awesome.If you ever have anyone that needs a guide through Normandy I would highly recommend him. You may know him already, but if not we were so impressed!
Kyle and Laura also had a GREAT time and now what to move to France! Thanks again for all you did to make this trip so special and a memory we will carry with us forever!
Best regards, Laura May CTC, Luxury Travel Advisor from Precision Travel (Virtuoso) in Dallas
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The client LOVED the touring – especially the guides!
I’ve been meaning to write you about our trip; we sort of hit the ground running when we returned and haven’t stopped since! Our flight from Dulles was delayed because of heavy rain, but that was the only significant problem we had. … All of the private tours and drivers you and Diana arranged were superb. In fact, we all agree the tour of Tivoli with Paola and the two days with Annie were the highlights of our trip. Paola was just a delight; she reminds me of a good friend who is from Poland. They both have the same engaging personality and sense of humor. She was a fantastic guide for Hadrian’s villa and Villa D’Este. Certainly our lunch with her at Ciocco in Tivoli was one of my favorite moments. The other favorite is our visit to Monet’s garden in Giverny–what a lovely place. Annie was an amazing guide as well, and Madison in particular appreciated her knowledge of French history and art. She gave us an excellent chronological survey of French art in the Louvre. Madison said he was familiar with most of the paintings she showed us and was very glad to see them in person. We were glad to have the private tour of the highlights of Paris as well since it did rain that day. Personally, I thought Paris was beautiful in the rain!
Thank you for all your input and work to arrange the trip. We had a grand time and look forward to our next trip!
Read more “Heinke M, Roanoke, VA”
Hi there Jacqueline,
Just wanted to let you know that our clients RAVED about Globe Bleu, and were especially complimentary about their Paris driver Eric. Thank you so much for taking such good care of them and making us look good!!
Christine C from Platinum Travel (Virtuoso) in Louisville, Kentucky
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Today is my day!!! Many thanks for everything you did for this group of 40 – because of your excellent service, now I am very very relieved and happy! I just received an email from the head coach and look at the great comments.
“Rose, great job on the trip. The… second week in Caen was unbelievable. Joseph worked hard and the guide was tremendous. I want to compliment Joseph on his ability to get things done and his positive attitude. He was an asset to have on the trip. The guide you provided in the Normandy region is second to none. She was in depth when she had to be. She read the group extremely well and was very energetic. The guides in Paris were very good; however, I think that Joseph made the difference in Paris. He adjusted their style and made them more understanding of the group they were dealing with. I will sit down with you and do a complete review; however, this is to say “great job”. Many thanks for everything.”
Rose La, Voyages LaPara, Montréal
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I loved the great expertise and service Globe Bleu gave to us, and our client, THANK YOU!!
This review was posted by the traveler to Wendy Perrin’s Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist page for Robert Preston
Recently my wife and I spent three weeks in France celebrating our 50th anniversary. Wanting to make this a very special occasion I researched the web extensively, and using your CNT article of 12/2012… contacted Bob Preston to put together and coordinate our trip. We wanted an itinerary that included everything from air travel, hotels, sightseeing, ground transportation etc. Bob responded immediately, and by both phone and Emails we constructed a trip that more than met our expectations. It even included a six day private barge cruise in the South of France. Working with Bob and his company before we left was a real pleasure as he and his staff gave us the information we needed to make us feel comfortable before departure.
We wanted a trip that had a combination of guides and structured sightseeing with plenty of free time to explore on our own. Having lived in Europe for four years, and traveled extensively for a number of years this was important. We hit a few small glitches during the trip (not due to Globe Bleu), and Bob or his people responded immediately when contacted. In fact, one evening I contacted him by Email before going to bed and he responded by phone to me within five minutes with an answer. I was amazed. My wife became ill a few days into the trip, and he was very helpful with some advice for a doctor etc.
All in all the trip was fantastic. The written itinerary that had our hotel reservations, train tickets and times, car drivers cell nos. and times of pickup and all of the information we need for each day. It was seamless, and gave us the opportunity to enjoy our trip to the fullest without worrying about the details that usually accompany a trip of this magnitude. Our drivers were friendly and knowledgeable and the hotels that Bob chose all met our expectations. The guides for some private sightseeing in Paris were exceptional.
We would highly recommend Bob Preston and Globe Bleu for anyone wanting a great travel experience handled by professional specialists.
Read more “Richard M, Monterey, CA”
I had a lovely call from the client yesterday and she couldn’t sing your praises highly enough!! They had a wonderful time in Chicago and were particularly impressed with the guides and drivers you arranged for them. They enjoyed the restaurants you suggested and also the “Book of Mormon” although she did… say it was right out there!!! The architectural tour of Chicago was also wonderful and she said the entire stay was a true highlight of their holiday.
Thanks again for the effort and personal touches you made with their itinerary. They were extremely happy which makes me happy too as the client is a personal friend and also a valued client who has been very supportive for years.
I look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Cheers and Best Regards
Anna W from Lidstrom & Clyne Travel in Melbourne, Australia
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I have just had a meeting with the clients, now that they are over the tough jet lag.
The itinerary, guide and hotels you arranged for them in the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy and Paris were perfect. They could not have been happier.
They enjoyed that region of France and would… love to return. The Australian guide in Normandy they enjoyed particularly, and all got along very well.
Thank you for everything, and I hope they get the chance to return to France.
We will certainly use your services again.
Dianne R from Travel & Cruising Expert in Robina, Queensland – Australia
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Thank you for your email regarding our recent trip. I had intended to email you this week to report that all was excellent. I have only recently returned from the USA.
All three guides were excellent, and I wish to commend them all. The accommodation at Yosemite was excellent, and happy… to report that we visited and departed just in time, although photos reveal a little smoke haze at end of the day. Our guide, Ashley, enabled us to see the best of Yosemite in a day and that would not have been achieved if we were on our own. Her excellent guiding made the day so productive, pleasant and interesting.
Our guide in Washington DC was exceptional, and made a very enjoyable evening on our walking tour.
Cliff, who guided us in NY, also enabled us to see many places of interest and the best of NY within 4 hours.
When travelling on a time schedule, as most of us do, a private guided tour enables one to see the best of a destination and learn the facts in a short time. This also enables one to obtain the best out of their travels.
Thanks, Aaron, for arranging this programme for us.
Thanks to Globe Bleu for a most enjoyable and entertaining dinner at VTW, Las Vegas.
Sandy M from MTA Travel in Australia
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The family had a wonderful time for 2 weeks at the Villa in the French Basque Country. Everything was perfect. It was very warm and humid so they made good use of the pool. They can’t say enough about the owners and the chef. The food was phenomenal and the owners went above and beyond… to fulfill their requests. All in all a very good report. Thank you for making us look so good!
Rita G from Stellar Travel (Virtuoso) in Bellevue, WA
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Just a quick note to say thank you for your great work in making my client’s trip to France a success and magical experience. The clients had a WONDERFUL trip! Here is what they wrote me:
We truly had a trip of a lifetime! Spending four nights in Nice was a great way… to kick off the trip. The hotel was perfectly located. Our day trips with guide, Ingrid, took us to Antibes, St. Paul de Vence and Monaco. We spent plenty of time at the beach and relaxed. The wine tasting and lunch at Bruno were phenomenal. The accommodations and staff at the Auberge were super. We had an amazing dinner there and relaxed at the pool. The day trip with guide Sebastian to Aix en Provence and the Luberon region where we stopped off at Loumarin, Roussillon and Gordes was among our trip highlights.
Travel was made super easy with all of the transfers. In Paris, Regina had a perfect location. We went to the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Invalides, Rodin, and L’Orangerie in Paris. We also spent time on the Seine, went to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triumph and Notre Dame. Lunch at St. Germain and taking the kids by Hotel De L’Academie, where we spent a part of our honeymoon in 1999 was fun! The park across the street from the hotel had a carnival, so our final activity was taking the kids on a huge ferris wheel at night overlooking the sights.
It was a fantastic trip, with a perfect balance of activities/relaxation, that has left numerous lasting impressions on all family members. Merci beaucoup from the bottom of our hearts!!!
I really enjoyed working with Globe Bleu and I hope we get a chance to work together again soon!
LuAnn B, Travel Consultant from Let’s Travel Together in Houston, Texas
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The clients loved you!!!! And Catherine…thank you very much! Here is what they had to say:
“I just wanted to assure you that we had a spectacular trip, even with the flight change and luggage snafus. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. By the way, the tour… guides were impeccable, especially Catherine. They were always early for our excursions, and they were helpful and congenial.
Catherine took us to Eze, Villefranche, St. Paul De Vence, Antibes, a winery tour, the old town in Nice and just was very knowledgeable and fun. We all really liked her. Not that we didn’t like the others, we just spent more time with Catherine.”
Rebecca F from Corporate Travel Service in Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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As posted to Condé Nast Traveler:
We recently traveled to Paris for six days with our 6-year-old son. Both my wife and I have traveled extensively around the world and have stayed in everything from the Peninsula Hong Kong and Villa Feltrinelli to B&B’s and hotels we would rather forget and from Mombo Camp to… a camp in the middle of the Amazon whose name I can’t even remember. Especially with the advent of the Internet, we take some pride in making almost all of our own travel arrangements.
Having said that, being long time readers of Condé Nast Traveler, we have always wondered exactly what these A List travel agents bring to the table and if they would be worth the premium we were certain they would charge. So when we decided to take a trip to Paris this summer, we started our research, took the plunge and ended up getting in touch with Bob Preston.
Although we booked our own hotel, Bob arranged the following for us:
– VIP airport transfers including plane side pick up
– half day trip to Giverny
– private after hours tour of the Opera Garnier
– full day for fashion and jewelry shopping
– half day for shopping at Clignancourt
– private kids tour of the Louvre
Needless to say the trip was outstanding. Everyone we worked with was professional, knowledgeable, personable, etc. However, I would like to point out that at this level, those were just my minimum expectations. Again, we have never worked with an A List travel agent before so I have no reference as to what is “normal” at this level. I can only give feedback on my expectations (which are pretty high) and what Bob delivered.
Here are what I think were the highlights of Bob’s services and what he brought to the table:
1. Efficiency. This trip was probably the most efficient trip we have ever taken. We read a lot about how a travel agent can make your trip “seamless” but it is something that we had to experience to truly understand. It was so efficient that I think we were probably able to knock two days off the trip, which was a savings for us both financially and perhaps more importantly time-wise.
The time efficiency is important to us in two ways. (1) We cannot afford to go on vacation for a month so our time is important and efficient use of that time without getting exhausted is crucial. (2) We were also traveling with our 6-year-old son and we have always believed that if you travel with a child and you bring him to places like museums, you need to plan your day – especially transfers – carefully because the kids will get tired and exhaust their attention span. The extra 30 minutes you spend on a bus or hailing a cab could have been better spent inside the museum.
In a nutshell, time is money and Bob certainly maximized whatever time we had, without exhausting us.
2. Part of what I think contributes to the above mentioned efficiency is having an “efficient team” working with you. It is a great help when the driver knows all the guides and they can call each other to make arrangements for you on the fly.
For example, during our “shopping” day, we decided to make an extra unscheduled stop at another store. This is nothing that we could not have done if we had our own private car. However, getting to the store required the crossing of a square. When coming out, our guide noticed that the store had a back door to the street. She called our driver to come around and pick us up at the back entrance so we would not have to walk back to the parking lot.
3. Pre-screening and selection of “appropriate” guides. We can go to a city and select guides from recommendations on the Internet, books or magazines. However, there is always an element of uncertainty as you never really know what you will get. And even if you get a “good” guide, you never really know if that person is the best or not.
Bob did a fabulous job selecting guides for us. They were all obviously very qualified but also importantly, completely fluent in English. It may not matter as much if it were all adults on the trip but as we had a child, complete fluency in English is more important so that he has easy communication with the guides to maximize his experience.
Our guide for the fashion shopping day was superlative. Bob told us that he felt that she was the best in Paris and I find it hard to disagree.
But perhaps the bigger surprise was how I was equally impressed with the guide we had at the Opera Garnier. As I mentioned, we were with a 6-year-old. When touring a “non kid-friendly” place like the Opera, a 6-year-old presents a challenge to the tour guide. Needless to say he had his moments of running around or otherwise just acting like a 6-year-old. The guide was amazing in that not only did she try to make the tour interesting for our son, but at no point could you ever see any sign of irritation or bother on her that there was a 6-year-old “disrupting” her tour. I think it is different for something like the Louvre kids tour which is really meant for children. But giving us someone who can handle a 6-year-old was the perfect example of not only choosing an excellent guide but an appropriate one as well.
4. Access. One of my expectations from Bob was to give us access to things that we otherwise would not have access to.
Our visit to Cartier was highlighted by their bringing out items from a special exhibition they were having of vintage pieces from the 1910s and 1920s. Hermes and Chanel treated us like royalty even if their stores were filled with customers and were literally like markets. And perhaps most impressively, Bob was able to get us access to the showroom of Joel Arthur Rosenthal, which is something we had asked for but were not sure he would be able to deliver.
At the end of the day, I think the obvious questions are if I would recommend Bob to someone and if I would use him again.
Recommend? I think it depends. As is often pointed out in the magazine, the use of A List travel agents is not for everyone. It is for a specific clientele. But for that clientele, without a doubt I would recommend his services.
Would I use him again? Absolutely. As I emailed him after our trip, he has demonstrated to me that it is worth our time and money to enlist the services of an A List travel agent, with the caveat that he has set the bar extremely high for anyone else that we might consider engaging with in the future.
Miguel R. from Manila (Philippines)
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Dear Bob and Marie-Lys,
I have heard back from our esteemed wine-aficionados. As you can see from the note below they had a wonderful time! Thanks again, so much! I will be offering the similar itinerary to other club members and will of course be in touch.
It all was great. The driver/guide… in Avignon was terrific and the places we visited were perfect for us. The hotel accomodations were perfect and the two big dinners were delicious. We really enjoyed our visit to Lyon. It is a real find for us. So, thanks for the help and the trip. We really appreciated all the effort and thought that went into the itinerary.
Ken N – Manager at Cardoza Bungey Travel in Palo Alto
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Everything about the Grand Prix arrangements was great – they loved the seats!
Thank you for taking such good care of our clients.
Adriana C from American Express Platinum Travel Service, Brazil
I have just spoken to Bob and Gwen, they returned to Melbourne yesterday.
He was absolutely full to the brim of praise for the way the whole itinerary went. He said that everything went really smoothly, all the people they dealt with were really professional and friendly.
He commented on… the tour of the World Trade Centre Site, that they had priority entrance, just to mention one of the things they loved.
He loved the combination of cities, San Diego, New Orleans then New York and was hard pressed to name a favourite place or event because it was all so good.
I can’t thank you enough for putting this together for them. Their son is a favourite client of mine and I really wanted this trip for his parents to run smoothly.
I will definitely be passing on this feedback to my team.
All the best
Kate, Mary Rossi Travel.
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I want to send you the email from our client and thank you for helping him with his trip to Paris and the architecture tours.
Have been meaning to e-mail you. Had a great trip. The guides were excellent. Very informative and just what I wanted.
In Paris I was upgraded… to a wonderful junior suite with three balconies overlooking the city (Louvre, Eiffel Tower etc.) and wondered if you had anything to do with it.
All in all it was near perfect. I can’t think of too much I would have changed.
Thank you so very much for all your help!
Happy new year!
Dan D from Rudi Steele Travel in Dallas
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I have just finished working with Denise at Globe Bleu.
I had a group of high profile Chinese Real Estate investors visiting the Southeast. Most of them did not speak English. Their primary focus was visiting Senior Real Estate developments and shopping centers. They visited Kiawah Island, Charleston and Miami.
Denise… was amazing. She found Mandarin interpreters and guides. She set up various real estate visits including senior developments and shopping centers.
In addition planned evening cruise in Miami plus full day of fishing. There were changes along the way. Nothing was too difficult . Every request was met.
Restaurant reservations were made..and changed. Movie tickets acquired. Changes were made. Her one objective was to keep the clients happy.
The goings and comings were monitored and I got a full report . I cannot recommend Denise more highly. She is professional, caring and a delight to work with.
I look forward to working with Denise again when the group comes back to visit the Northeast and anywhere else in the states. I am eager to try the services of Globe Bleu in France.
Any questions, feel free to ask me. Denise is a true find!
Paula K from New Act Travel in Los Angeles (Virtuoso)
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Greetings from today almost sunny Lucerne and I hope you are doing fine….we have heard from our clients and I am very happy to send their feedback:
We had a perfect trip to France. Thank you so much for helping me put together a last minute trip and all the special… details that were included to make us feel like a princess. It was a bit fancier that my usual trips so I hope I can come back to reality soon . The hotels were just lovely. Have you been to them? If not, you should take a trip and visit. I did get a little nervous the night before our TGV train was to leave for Paris with the strikes but our particular train fortunately was not affected. I stayed awake that night trying to determine a Plan B all for nothing!! All the ladies were very happy and so a BIG thank you for your work.
Thank you so much for doing such great work for us and I do look forward to working with you on many more projects.
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My clients just returned from France and had a WONDERFUL time. Thank you so much for making “the trip of a lifetime!”.
They LOVED all of their guides and felt that each of them went above and beyond. She told me about their guide in Paris who had not been to… the Escadrille de Lafayette, and completely went out of his way to contract this sight and was able to procure a private tour with the curator. He also studied up on this sight to make sure he knew it extremely well. They were very impressed.
The guide in Normandy was great and had a passion for WWII history, which they loved. He was a very lively character which they thoroughly enjoyed. He too went above and beyond and spent time over the 8 hours with them on one of their tour days.
The female guide was very knowledgeable and they very much enjoyed meeting with the wine makers in the Loire Valley…she said they were FABULOUS!
So thank you again for your assistance. I very much appreciate the attention to detail and personal care that they received.
Rayanna C from Santa Barbara Travel
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Thank you again for all of your hard work and as you can see below, it worked!!!
I hope your fall season is beautiful and bountiful. My husband and I returned from our Europe trip 5 days ago; I am now over jet lag. This email is to… thank you for the work you did. We had a fabulous time. Please extend my appreciation to Norma at Globe Bleu as well, for I know she played a significant role. Everything was quite perfect. We were so very impressed with the drivers and guides we had, and the hotels were great as well.
On our last night in Rome, we returned to the Regina Hotel Baglioni. The welcomed us with a great surprise: a complimentary upgrade to the Penthouse Suite!! For this, my additional and eternal thanks are coming your way. It was a fantastic way to end our trip and we felt like royalty!
It was a pleasure working with you and Globe Bleu again. You make my life so easy and also make me look good in the process. I look forward to working with you again soon. All the best,
Kathleen S from Altour in Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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Hola Dario – Our trip to Monte Carlo and the Riviera was the perfect break. I loved the rugged walks, beaches, great meals, discovering fabulous villages in Liguria and most of all – the adrenaline rush of the Ferrari ride on the winding roads above Monaco! The villa rental was perfect. Thank you for everything… and your hospitality!
Marcelo from Buenos Aires
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Just a quick note with comments from our clients on the Cannes Film Festival. “Susan, just a quick note to say that Cannes was AMAZING – the screening was definitely a “wow”. We splurged (again) and got an official car/driver and had them take us right up to the red carpet, got… out in front of the paparazzi, and walked the stairs like the stars do. It was surreal – Brad Pitt sat 2 rows behind us and we got some awesome photos – will send those asap. Globe Bleu could not have been more helpful. We had some mixup with our American Pavilion passes, so they comped us dinner that night at the Majestic Hotel – a 7 course meal, wine, etc. – it was over-the-top. Then they got us another day pass to the pavilion in addition to that. They were always just a phone call away and I can’t compliment them enough. Thanks for all your help – we love everything so far, including the Monaco Grand Prix and Roland Garros.” They were very happy with your services! Thank you so much for taking good care of them!
Susan W, Custom Travel Advisors (Virtuoso)
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I spoke to the client yesterday and wanted to share our conversation. She said “This was the best week of my life.” They loved everything and said the trip went like clockwork. She thought La Cheneviere was wonderful and the dinner excellent. Of course, they were thrilled with Le Bristol in Paris.… The guides and drivers were great and being in Normandy for D-Day was an added touch!
Thank you for planning this!
Suzanne T from Blue Sky Excursions in Boca Raton
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A quick note to advise that I caught up with our clients Dr & Mrs X today.
Their stay in New York was a huge success and they were really delighted with everything that Globe Bleu did for them. They were especially glad to meet Laura on their arrival day (this went down very… well) and were conscious that she had waited due to their delayed arrival. I understand that she also personally escorted them to one of the galleries one day, so thank you for the special attention.
The NYC guide Cliff seemed to be a star – as were the drivers who they said were faultless. They also commented that the art expert who escorted them at the galleries was fabulous, and that she really knew her work. The opera and theatre was a success – and they even seemed to enjoy the musical Memphis! All dinners and restaurants that you recommended went well, and they enjoyed their dining out.
They felt that they saw more than they ever hoped to see given their age & mobility level, so you really made it happen for them!
Thanks again for everything.
Michael N from Brighton, VIC Australia (Virtuoso)
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Just heard from our clients, they had a wonderful time and said the guide was excellent. Here is what they had to say:
“Our trip to the Loire was excellent! Frederic was great. He found out about a friends death during our day but stuck with us and remained very professional.… He got us into a French restaurant after the tour and we had a memorable meal.. He was excellent with the kids and was very knowledgeable. He told many interesting stories to keep us interested and of course the scenery was amazing. Thanks for the great recommendation.”
Wendy van T from TierOne Travel in Calgary
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Bonjour Ilana !
I wanted to let you know that I just spoke with our client. He and his family enjoyed their trip to Normandy, and especially appreciated the guide Philippe. Thank you for arranging such an excellent trip!
Marybeth H from San Juan Capistrano, CA
We loved our trip to Panama. The tours and the guide were superb. The choice of restaurants was delicious. The hotels – on the beach and in the city – were somewhere between heaven and earth. Last but not least, that VIP airport service is a perfect way to begin your luxury experience!
Michael… W. from New York
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Our clients are back home. Your guides were OUTSTANDING!!! As you know, they expected a lot, but they were so pleased. Great job!! Until next time.
Heinke M from McDade Travel in Roanoke, Virginia
Just wanted to give you a “head’s up” that I heard from clients who have just returned from France, that Globe Bleu did an incredible job. These are very discerning clients, only want the best (are also willing to pay for it) but have no tolerance for inferiority. On my side, Globe Bleu was a… pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend them.
Gail R from Largay Travel in Wellesly, Massachusetts
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Bonjour Francesca and KC, Merci beaucoup for taking care of my 4 ladies!!! They loved Paris- especially your hotel Francesca. KC, the guides were fabulous and everything you arranged was perfect!!! This was their first time to Paris and they were VERY nervous about their getaway without their husbands. You make our job so easy… and make us shine!!! Here’s to a very long relationship with Globe Bleu and the Esprit Saint Germain!!! Warm Regards from California.
Lynda T Garrett of Alpine Travel of Saratoga
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Aqui está o feedback dos nossos clientes no Janeiro: “A viagem foi maravilhosa, sem nenhum senão. Os guias excepcionais. Todos com muito conhecimento, muito educados, e tudo fizeram para agradar. Os programas culinários sugeridos foram excepcionais. O chefe francês, você não imagina o sucesso. tudo super bacana. O programa do perfume, apesar de muito caro,… valeu cada centavo pago. Você pode recomendá-lo tranquilamente, e a consultora que fez o workshop é maravilhosa. Você vê que são só elogios. Pode dar os melhores feed backs para os seus parceiros europeus. Os motoristas todos excelentes. Mais uma vez muito obrigada por todo o seu trabalho.”
Ligia Pereira Lopes from Prime Tour, São Paulo Brasil
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I wanted to thank you for your expertise and assistance in providing an amazing experience for one of my best clients in New York City for her 40th birthday. Every detail was perfect from beginning to end. My clients request for a personal shopper, make-up consultant, dinner reservations, theatre tickets and tours were just as… requested and went well beyond my clients expectations. I will definitely be working with you and your company for future vacation requests for my most important clients !! Thank you!
Leslie B from Global Travel Advisor Travelwizard in San Raphael, CA
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Thought you would like this feedback from the client! Plaudits to you for making this such a memorable experience! I could never have done it without you and can’t wait for the next time we can work together to provide yet another extraordinary journey for my clients! Thank you – thank you!
Gayle H… from New Canaan TravelWorld
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Dear Shelly, Thank you again for making me look like a “STAR”. I just got back from Scotland and saw the email from our clients….wonderful and as you said, the guides are great. Thank you again. I am spreading the word about your company and hopefully you will be hearing from our Altour family soon.… Word travels fast around here. I hope to work with you again soon. All the best.
Kathleen S from Altour
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As promised when I come across a service purveyor that really makes an impression on our clients I share the wealth. In the last year several of our clients have used Globe Bleu for their travel needs in France, Italy and Spain. They have come back to us with rave reviews. Globe Bleu has been… very responsive and formed respectful, appreciative relationships with our clients.
Deanna W (formerly Weiss) Director – Concierge Services & Special Handling Unit Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management – New York
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I want to let you know that the clients had a wonderful time in the Normandy area! They commented particularly on how much they enjoyed their guide and appreciated his flexibility! Thanks for everything!
Ann C from New Canaan Travelworld
Buenos días Bob! Hoy regresaron de viaje los clientes VIPS y me llamaron expresamente para darme las gracias por los servicios que tuvieron durante todo su viaje en Paris…especialmente estaban sumamente agradecidos porque a su llegada a pesar de que su vuelo tuvo un retrazo de varias horas, les enviaste un coche para que los… fuera a recoger. Que los guias fueron especialmente pacientes con los niños, que pudieron aprovechar su tiempo al máximo, que los restaurantes que les escogiste fueron verdaderas experiencias culinarias. ASI GRACIAS POR HACERME QUEDAR SUPERBIEN CON MIS CLIENTES VIPS
Marta S from Guatemala,Virtuoso Member
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Hi Shelly, Happy Bastille Day! Our group very much enjoyed their stay on the Left Bank in June – everything worked out well with your driver. They were pleased that one of your Paris staff called to check on them – and then ended up helping them get some rail tickets; that was nice! Thank… you again for all your help with them. Hope to have occasion to work with you again soon. With thanks and warm regards.
Jill C, Burke Travel in Kansas City
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“My wife and I visited Normandy for three days in May 2010. We wanted to see the real Normandy, not only the war sites. Globe Bleu’s guide was the answer. That’s my wife, Karen, with Jacques in the photo. He became our friend!
Maldon W from Christchurch, New Zealand
Hi Shelly, I spoke with our clients this afternoon. They had a wonderful time in France. They loved Jerôme and were very happy with all drivers and guides. The Carlton upgraded them to a two bedroom suite. All in all, she said it was the trip of a lifetime! Thank you for all your help… in putting it together. You always do such a great job!
Fran H from Rudi Steele Travel in Dallas
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Dear Denise, We were very pleased with the overall arrangements made by you for our trip. You were wonderful and very professional. You were also very kind in helping with the acquisition of the underwater lights, thank you very much indeed! The drivers/guides provided were very attentive and polite, also deserving of our effusive thanks.… Excellent. Again, thank you very much for your service and my best regards to Bob Preston. We did not expect less than perfect from Globe Bleu! Eng.
Jeferson D. from Sao Paulo
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First of all, I will like to send you all my gratitude for the help received during my stay in Paris with the cosmetics company incentive group. I have always believed that efficiency, professionalism and support can be measured in times of crisis … and let me tell you that the way you helped us,… supported us and found a solution during the airport closures and volcano were really outstanding. Marie Lys was incredible arranging drivers, buses and van for the luggage in really short time……..I appreciate very much all your help, and your preoccupation calling me and calling my office in Lima and give them all the information. The success to get everyone on time in Madrid to take flights to cities all across Latin America were thanks to all your effort. Thank you very much, thank you also for your preoccupation having water and sandwiches for the ladies…..Marie-Lys, you were really amazing. Also thank you for the great seats you confirmed for us at Moulin Rouge! They were the best! Everything was fine, the restaurants selected by you, the photographer, the guides, everything!
Talia Rizo P from Lima, Peru
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Hi Denise, Thank you again for everything. Here are translated comments from our clients: “I would like to thank you for all your help and tips. The trip was amazing and perfect. The hotel was great and the tickets for the parks worked very well for us. The only thing was that it was raining… during the VIP TOUR so we needed to interrupt it at 3pm. It was the best trip that I had with my family!”
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Hi Shelly, I received comments from the client’s secretary shortly after their return. They said that everything was PERFECT and that there was not one detail that they would have changed. They think I am a Rock Star of a travel agent for putting together such a wonderful girls’ package. It is always to look… good in a client’s eyes and I could not have done this without the expertise of Globe Bleu. So from all of us Merci beaucoup!
Linda Van B, Montecito Village Travel in Santa Barbara
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In regard to the family booking over the Christmas & New Year in France, I must congratulate you Norma for your professional assistance in securing the accommodation over this difficult and peak period in Megeve. Globe Bleu was excellent in organising their transfers to/from Geneva and the clients were very impressed in the arrangements to… the extent she e-mailed me from the hotel to thank me for the organisation. Here is her e-mail: “Hi John Just a quick note to let you know that the trip has gone very smoothly to date – so thank you very much for all your hard work to make it so easy for us on holiday. We have had a wonderful time, the transfers have all been very successful, the accommodation perfect and we have even had great snow and beautiful weather….which is very lucky!!”
John C from Sydney
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My clients, a family of four just returned from a Christmas vacation to France. Globe Bleu worked closely with me. I felt very comfortable with the trip suggestions. The details were specific and the trip went off exactly as planned. Thank you for making my clients’ vacation a very special memory. I will not hesitate… to recommend Globe Bleu and look forward to my next booking.
Lizbeth S. from Four Seasons Travel, Wilmington NC
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Client feedback: “We had an amazing trip! The driver and the guides were outstanding. During our trip we needed to make some changes and they were done effortlessly. Many thanks for making our trip a once in a lifetime experience!” I could not have done it without Globe Bleu! It was a pleasure to plan… and work with a professional and attentive staff. Documents are the best! Client loved the travel bag. Looking forward to working with you again!
Lynn C from New York
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Hi Bob – My clients had a great time on their shore excursion in Monte Carlo… it was one of the highlights of their trip. Thank you.
Koni K from Protravel International, Sherman Oaks, California
Dear Shelly – our clients (family with children) had a wonderful trip to Paris/Versailles and loved the tours. Hope to do business again in the near future.
Nuny G from Valerie Wilson Travel, New York
It’s always so great to get an email like this from a client: “We had a GREAT trip. Everything was awesome. The hotels were well located, your restaurant suggestions worked out very well. The guides made a HUGE difference and optimized our time and exposed us to things that would not have been achievable on… our own (worth every penny). Thank you very much for your help making this an outstanding vacation!”
Mary Jo from New Canaan TravelWorld
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Denise, I wanted to share this lovely report from our clients, Thanks again, and looking forward to more trips together with Globe Bleu! Here is what the clients had to say: “The Loire Valley is simply amazing and not the hot-spot for tourists that I supposed it would be. It doesn’t have the draw of… Provence but we were thankful for that. Beautiful weather, humid but not like the tropics, my skin simply loved that area. Even in September wisteria was still blooming! The chateaux were amazing, Chenonceau the most beautiful thing aside from Versailles which we visited on our next-to-last day in Paris area.
Wynette B from Dimensions in Travel, Novato, CA USA
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I just want to say how lucky I feel to have found Globe Bleu for my clients travelling to France. It is great to have a very responsive contact here in the States who gets back with immediate feedback for requests. Proposals are thorough and include pictures that excite clients about what is being offered.… I have just had the first of many clients whom I have booked with Globe Bleu return from Paris. They had a wonderful time and everything was flawless. The happiness of my clients is the most important thing; but there are additional benefits I have found through my relationship with Globe Bleu. The documents provided were comprehensive and beautifully packaged. Globe Bleu contacted my clients while traveling and provided feedback to me about how the trip was progressing. That is peace of mind in a big way!
Michelle B from CTA McCabe World Travel, Inc. Virtuoso Agency McLean, Virginia
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“Just wanted to let you know that I just spoke with our VIP client about the trip to Paris/Monaco. They had a great time and he was very impressed with Globe Bleu services. The private pre-dinner tour of the Baccarat was fabulous and much appreciated, they enjoyed meeting Dario and Norma and were also appreciative… of Dario’s texting check-ins…
Valerie E from Savannah
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“Congratulations – our VIP client, Expert and President of a US Wine Company – a HIGHLY discerning and informed client – liked the Alsace wine tour you arranged this summer. From our client : The lady who met us at the airport was exceptional. She eased through the airport like she owned the place. In… Strasbourg, our guide and driver were perfectly nice and professional. The driver also acted as guide on the Alsace wine tour. It met and occasionally exceeded our expectations. We will use Globe Bleu again.” Dan D – Rudi Steele Travel (Virtuoso)”
Dan D – Rudi Steele Travel
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Kudos to you all. Here is some feedback from our client. Peter S. Carideo, CTC President – CRC Travel, Chicago, IL www.crctravel.com Conde Nast Traveler 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 World’s Top 125 Travel Specialists ——— We are home after our fabulous week in Paris. The trip was more than I could have wished… for and my mother could not have been happier. The ground arrangements were superb, from the meet/greet to our ride back to the airport. The sequencing of our day trips was perfect from a historical perspective…
Peter C from Chicago
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Thank you Globe Bleu for the top notch service provided for my clients’ South of France Honeymoon . Your assistance in arranging VIP service at every turn made my job easier and my clients very happy. The Bentley rental, the private yacht charter to St Tropez and the creative idea of arranging massages to provide… a changing area for their special dinner in Monte Carlo are a few of the things that helped create a unforgettable honeymoon. As a luxury travel specialist I would not hesitate to use your services again.
Diane Hoffman the Owner Hoffman Travel
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J’ai découvert Venise pour la première fois, c’était Magique ! Notre petit groupe a vraiment apprécié l’organisation d’Globe Bleu et ses conseils. Le San Clemente Palace restera parmi les plus beaux hôtels que j’ai fréquenté sans oublier les petits déjeuners sublimes. —— I discovered Venice for the first time – it was magical! Our small… group really appreciated Globe Bleu’s organisation and recommendations. The San Clemente Palace will remain among the most beautiful hotels I’ve been to, not to mention the sublime breakfasts…
Clarisse from Paris
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Merci Globe Bleu pour ce superbe voyage à Venise qui fait toujours rêver. Très agréablement surprise d’être surclassée en Suite Junior au magnifique San Clemente Palace. ———– Thank you Globe Bleu for this superb trip to Venice, which always makes one dream. Very nice surprise to be upgraded to a Junior Suite at the magnificent… San Clemente Palace.
Martine from Paris
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Solo quería enviarte una rápida nota de un inmenso agradecimiento por hacerme disfrutar con y enseñarme tanto de esta fantástica ciudad que es París. Se puede ver claramente cuanto a ti también te apasiona, ver la dedicación y las ganas con las que realizas tu trabajo, realmente me despertó una gran curiosidad por la ciudad,… por conocer más, sin mencionar la diversión y la perfecta organización que hiciste de mi viaje. Estar en la casa de Monet y en sus jardines para mi fue una experiencia extraordinaria y sentirme en sus pinturas además de ver las originales fue increíble…también la Torre Eiffel de noche es imponente y los demás lugares también. Definitivamente volveré pronto para que puedas mostrarme mas de París y porque no de otros lugares también. Para todos aquellos que consideran a Darío y Globe Bleu para la organización de su viaje; háganlo; estarán muy agreadicidos. Gracias de nuevo por la gran hospitalidad.
Mariano from (Buenos Aires), Argentina
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I really enjoyed the Paris Highlights Tour. The luxury coach was very comfortable (leather seats, tables, etc), Elisabeth – your tour guide extremely knowledgeable and the company very enjoyable. We hit all of the highlights and the amount of time allotted for the tour was just right!
Suzette E from New York
Thank you for pulling together at short notice two trips for two families this summer. Both groups were traveling with children and your arrangements of special Louvre and Versailles tours geared to the children was a big success. The biggest coup is one of the family members (very VIP) really wanted a cooking class in… Provence.
Sandee L from Los Angeles
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Thank you so much for the extraordinary trip you organized to Paris and Normandy for our VIP clients. They were so pleased – loved the VIP airport treatment, Raphael Suite, private yacht cruise, dinner at the Cercle Interalliee and wine tastings. Your guides in Paris and Normandy are excellent.
Jim H, President of Town… Place Travel from New Jersey
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Thank you Globe Bleu! We are back safe and sound from an incredible summer escape to Paris and the Amalfi Coast, though I was worried that I would never get my husband out of Italy. We spent our first and last day in Paris. Minutes after unloading our bags, we hit the road, à pied,… down the Champs Elysées to see, once again, the breathtaking architecture and monuments. Somehow, each time is like the first time. Paris is so beautiful! Then off to Sorrento and, just as in Paris, minutes after unloading our bags in the hotel, we hit the road down to the village. We never stopped. Jet lag or no jet lag, not even sure I felt it, there was so much to see, eat and drink, that we just kept going! I don’t want to bore you with details (all wonderful to us) on our smashing journey through the Campania region with a few boat stops along the Amalfi Coast. If there were hills or steps to climb, we climbed to the top of every town we visited, and found the best views and no tourists at the top! My mountain goat of a husband just would not stop climbing! Once again, merci, obrigada, and grazie for your warm hospitality!
Marina C. from Rio de Janeiro
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What a wonderful adventure! I still can’t believe all that Globe Bleu was able to arrange during my short visit to Paris. My makeover at the exclusive Maison Calavas salon was such a treat. I love my beautiful customized compact featuring my new “signature” cosmetics. What particularly impressed me was Globe Bleu’s ability to open… doors to behind-the-scenes experiences. I shall never forget my tour of Cartier’s “hidden” atelier where the very high-end custom jewelry is made – or the chance to wear a $10.5-million diamond necklace for an hour! Getting to tour Musée Baccarat with the curator was another experience I’ll long remember. All these wonderful places – Maison Calavas, Cartier, Musée Baccarat – treated me like a queen, offering me Champagne while I shopped (and boy did I). The people couldn’t have been warmer or more accommodating. Also fabulous: the food! Being able to dine at Cercle de l’Union Interalliee – a prestigious private club most travelers could never gain access to – was impressive…as was my intimate dinner cruise (2 Michelin stars) on the Seine. When I return to Paris (soon, I hope!), I definitely want to stay at the Raphael again. Nothing beats eating breakfast on a private terrace overlooking the Arc de Triomphe!
Anita C. from Seattle
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Our clients have just returned from their trip to the Champagne region and called this afternoon to let me know how everything went. Overall, they had a wonderful time. They loved the driver and especially Les Crayeres – they couldn’t say enough about this hotel. There was a lapse in communication with the second hotel… about inclusions. Apart from that, they said everything was wonderful. Thank you for taking such good care of them!
Fran H from Rudi Steele Travel Inc, Dallas
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I just want to pass on the positive feedback from our small group from Brisbane on their Paris trip in mid-April. In particular, they found the cooking school (in the home of a French chef) and the trip to Versailles fabulous. I also had great feedback from our clients in late March on their tour… from Lake Como to Venice, which was very good! Jenny G from Brisbane Read more “Jenny G, Brisbane”
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