Testimonials from our clients

I will certainly continue to recommend Blowes Travel!

Jim, London , ON - (trip to Varadero, Cuba)

I think I can speak for all of us when I convey our mutual satisfaction with this beautiful Varadero Paradisus Princesa Del Mar resort on the Varadero Peninsula.

The resort has many bonuses that were important to all of us, some of which I will list: modern, clean, fresh outstanding architecture and grounds. Excellent food and variety. Superb nightly varied entertainment. Incredible beach, friendly service, terrific selection of a la carte restaurants, particularly the Japanese one.

In addition, we were all impressed with our day trip to Havana and were quite surprised how Cubans have been busy restoring their wonderful European style architecture dating back to the 1600s c/w its cobble streets and 1950s array of brightly coloured cars.

All in all it was a fantastic trip we will all enjoy remembering for years to come. Thanks again for your all your help and I will certainly continue to recommend Blowes Travel, and particularly Karen McKenzie.

Thanks Karen!
Cheers, Jim

Thank you Beth for all your help and advice on this trip!

Carol and Bob, London, ON - (trip to Jamaica)

Hi Beth,

Just wanted to let you know that our trip to Jamaica was great!

As I emailed earlier to you, I was a little uncomfortable crammed into the seat at the back of a crowded plane and the guy ahead of me had to push his seat right back! We went to see the Sunwing rep at the scheduled talk she gave about the resort and tours. I after it was over, I asked her about the seat situation and she called Sunwing and we got moved up to row2....so much better!

We were so grateful for your suggestion to use Club Mobay and for the private transfer to the resort! It saved so much time and energy in a very crowded airport and we would certainly do that again!

The Rose Hall Suites resort was wonderful and on the second day they were able to upgrade us to an ocean view room ...beautiful ocean sights from our balcony. Food was terrific, water safe, beach and grounds were well cared for, and the nightly live entertainment was super for all ages! 

Thank you for all your help and advice on this trip! We certainly will do it again but hopefully with enough lead time that we can opt for the extra leg room seats at the front! 


We would go back to the Valentin Imperial Maya in a heartbeat

Bill and Harriet, London, ON - (trip to Maya Riviera Mexico)

Hello Jennifer! We had a great vacation in Mexico and the resort was fabulous...we loved it ..great food and great service... would go back in a heartbeat.

We also took a day to take a tour of the Coba ruins. We did that through Altournative Playa Del Carmen tours available through representative at resort. It also included visiting a Mayan community and had lunch with them.. so cool.. our tour guides were great and so knowledgeable.

Thanks so much for helping us put together such a great vacation.. it was awesome!


The Koningsdam ship was the best experience we’ve had!

Carol and Harold, London, ON - (trip to )

Thank you Beth for booking our trip - a beautiful ship, fabulous weather, delicious food, and excellent service from Holland America.

Previously we have sailed on MSC, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America Maasdam.  The Koningsdam was the best experience we’ve had.

The balcony room was really good.  Bathroom was much better than any ship we’ve been on previously - probably because ship is brand new.  It had a very large walk-in shower (footprint was the size of a bathtub).  The counter was marble.  Balcony had comfortable reclining chairs, foot stool and small table.

We ate in specialty restaurants 5 nights (it’s not for everyone, but we thought it was good value at $119 per person) that were completely different experiences.

One other point worth mentioning.  The embarkation and disembarkation processes were outstanding. We boarded by 11:30 (opened at 11:00)….and all rooms were ready at that time. For disembarkation, we chose to carry our own luggage off the ship and were off at 7:25 a.m.  We have Nexus and whizzed through the customs with no line at all. We were actually trying to check in to our hotel at 8:00 a.m.!!  In retrospect, we could have easily made the same day flight at 11:10 a.m., but who would have known!

Thank you for your assistance, Jennifer, in making this a very memorable experience.

Dennis and Marianne, London, ON - (trip to Riviera Maya Quintana Roo Mexico)

We had a wonderful trip at the Valentin Imperial Maya. GREAT RESORT! We enjoyed ourselves from the time the Transat plane took off in London, until we landed. Thank you for your assistance in making this a very memorable experience. I have already recommended your services to a couple of our customers and we picked up some brochures I will drop off to you. The only thing I could suggest: Tell the men going to this resort to bring dress shoes or they won’t get into some of the restaurants in the evening.

Best regards, Dennis and Marianne

Thanks for all your expert help Jennifer in making this trip possible!

Stew and Betty, London, ON - (trip to San Francisco CA USA)

Our California Classics trip by Globus was excellent in all aspects! We went from San Francisco to San Diego. The Globus tour was very good with the best part being the Tour Director, Ken Hartford.  He is a real nature enthusiast so was most informative and enthusiastic about places like Yosemite and also well-informed and prepared about everything else as well. When stopping at towns/cities such as Sacramento and Carmel, he would distribute maps beforehand with recommended restaurants, attractions so we could make the most of our time and no one got lost!  It was a moderate paced tour with some long driving days (in order to include Lake Tahoe and Yosemite) and 7:45 and 8:00 am departures.

 We lucked out with the weather.  Apparently that’s about as good as it gets for San Francisco - warm and very clear. The only day there was fog (or the marine layer as it’s called in southern CA) was the day we drove along the 17 mile drive which was unfortunate but we saw so many other gorgeous sites that we can’t complain. I was impressed that the tour director whipped out word puzzles for everyone to pass the time when it was foggy.

 Although only one other couple in our group did the San Diego extension as we did, we are very glad we included it!  San Diego is amazing and the location of the hotel (Embassy Suites) that we stayed at was excellent as it overlooked the Bay and Coronado bridge and was central to attractions such as the USS Midway and the SeaPort Village. Our tour director accompanied us from our hotel in LA to the train station and another Globus 'meeter & greeter'  met us at the San Diego station and accompanied us to our hotel then provided info about what to do/see.  We felt well looked after.

The part of our trip we did on our own went well also.  After we arrived and picked up the car, we headed north out of SF and spent our first night at the Motel Inverness  on Point Reyes.  It was such a calm, beautiful & unique spot to stay after a long travel day. We wished that we had allocated more time to explore Point Reyes.  We spent our 2nd & 3rd nights at the Sea Rock Inn in town of Mendocino on the coast and 4th & 5th nights at the Belle de Jour Inn/B&B in Healdsburg in the heart of wine country. We highly recommend both of these beautiful accommodations with excellent breakfasts included. Mendocino is a great town with many awesome coastal views. We had enough time to explore around these areas without having to do too much driving each day.

Thanks so much for your expert help in making it all possible.

The staff on the Rocky Mountaineer train were outstanding!

Jack, Stratford, ON - (trip to Vancouver BC)

The Rocky Mountaineer tour that Agnes booked for us was so very well organized and carried out. We were certainly just along for the ride, so relaxing! The staff both on and off the train were outstanding!  The city of Vancouver has much to see and do. Transit was easy to access and people are very friendly and helpful. And we rate Agnes Segeren-Pethick a 10 out of 10!

(Rocky Mountaineer Package, Classic First Passage Banff to Vancouver with Extra Night in Banff. RM Gold Leaf Service)

Testimonial: Anthem of the Seas ship is a beauty!

Sue and Garry, Stratford, ON - (trip to New York NY)

We want to let you know what a great time we had on our Royal Caribbean cruise - from the day in New York to the cruising of the east coast.  Everything went great from the drive to New York and home again (no airports).  We had a awesome day in Manhattan and the hotel supplied 2 tours. The less expensive was already booked so went with a bus tour and half hour water tour around the harbour and the Statue of Liberty combined. Our Tour Guide was  amazing and knew so much info and was very organized.. This trip was well worth the extra $'s.  

The Anthem of the Seas is a beauty of a ship, with it being only a year old.  Our weather couldn't have been better. Did a tour in all the ports, some better than others, but it gave us a sample of the area and we always had time to explore after our tours.

I just wanted to say thanks again, Agnes, for getting us on the trip so quickly and all your help with my questions!  


Many thanks, Angie, for your hard work on our Celtic Highlights Tour

Elinor and John, London, ON - (trip to Glasgow, Scotland)

The Celtic Highlights trip by Globus Tours was exciting and air travel was great. Our bus touring driver and tour master was right on the money. The sites chosen were grand to visit. However, the two Novotel accommodations left a lot to be desired, especially the last one in Glasgow. Our room had garbage left in it, the rug was sticky to say the least. This was a real disappointment as we like Novotel on this side of the pond.

As you know Jon and I decided to do this 13 day tour by bus as the roads were narrower and driving on opposite side of road was a bit of an issue, so this Globus tour was a good choice for us. I would totally recommend this to any doing British Isles for the first time. Many thanks for your hard work.

Elinor & Jon
Vicki & Donald

We are convicted converts of river boat cruising!

Dianne and John, London, ON - (trip to Paris France)

Thank you Heather for the well wishes upon our return home from our Avalon Waterways river cruise in central Europe.

We could say it's good to be back, however because of the spectacular time we had on our Avalon river boat journey from Paris through Germany and ending in Prague we wish quite frankly we were still there. In large part due to your planning and assistance, every day of our trip was interesting, educational, and entertaining.

The places we saw and the people we met simply made for a great time that would be difficult to duplicate under any other circumstances. We are convicted converts of river boat cruising.

The analogy for us is ocean cruising allows one to see things from the highway, river boat cruising you see things from your back yard!

Again it was a great trip due in large part to you for assisting on the small things complimented by an exciting adventure of long boat cruising. Count on us to do it again.

Many thanks again Heather,
Dianne and John 


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