Shalom Debbie I filled out your questionaire about the trip to India but haven’t got to the post office to send it. I think it would be quicker for me to write you now so that is what I am doing. It was a wonderful trip. I feel that I got every penny’s worth and maybe more. It was varied and interesting and there was never a dull moment.
With her quiet, calm nature Pnina, our guide,was able to keep everything running smoothly and on time. She was an unlimited source of information and stories about the various cultures and attractions. She knows her stuff and one can see that she lives and breathes India. The hotels were excellent . The guest house in Varanase, Temple on the Ganges, was basic but clean and comfortable, similar to kibbutz rooms (at least a few years ago). Most importantly, it was close to all the action and we didn’t need to get on a bus every time we wanted to go out.
I will surely consider Eco again when planning a trip. Please thank Pnina again and all of you at Eco for a memorable trip.
My Hebrew writing skills are weak, at best, and so I am writing to you in English, following our return from Montenegro,Bosnia-Herzegovina on July 16. ————————————- The trip was superb, for many reasons. Lior Bear, with whom I have traveled to Vietnam-Cambodia and Burma-Laos, is one of the very finest tour guides ever. On all levels, he was superb.Knowledge and presentation—excellent, clear, historically, accurate, well presented. Organization – always clear, always available and helpful Human qualities – extremely positive, gracious, generous Leadership – first class. We felt like participants in a “grand experience” and not like sheep who were following a leader. Even with a variety of personalities, likes and dislikes, the level of “good feeling” was pervasive throughout the 8 days. Lior has personal qualities which rise above the mundane and silly or negative issues which can emerge in any trip and it is very obvious, FROM ALL OF US, that we shared a first class learning and exciting trip. Even when it was possible that plans needed to be changed, he made the necessary arrangements quickly and thoughtfrully and we just moved along to the next part of the trip.
Elisha Shemer, who “forms the group” is to be complimented as usual for organizing a group of relatively compatible travelers. His commitment (and friendship) are an important ingredient in the group dynamic and its success. An unexpected asset was the driver, known as Marco, whose driving skills were matched with fine human skills.
I joined this group because of my long friendship with the Shemers AND because of my feeling about having Lior Bear as the tour guide who adds so much to the fine experience in so many different ways.. When he is available again, I will consider strongly the option of traveling with him.
שלום לך ברק, הטיול לבאלי היה לעילא ולעילא מכל היבט. מאד מאד נהניתי, התרגשתי, הופתעתי, ולמדתי. התכנון של הטיול היה מצוין ואפשר לעכל את הדברים שחווינו. הימים לא היו דחוסים ואפשר היה ליהנות מהמקומות בהם שהינו. המדריך המקומי דווי מצוין. איש טוב ונדיב. העניק לנו מהמסורות, הדת ואורח החיים בבאלי בנדיבות שקד להביא אותנו לטקסים מרתקים ומרגשים. המלונות היו טובים וכך גם התחבורה. תודה לך ברק על טיול מיוחד שלא ישכח. שנה טובה לך,