Far From the Madding Crowd

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for your expert leadership skills…It was a first tour for me and I was anxious about what to expect but I was soon at ease with your expert organisation, guidance and clear informational instructions”. C. Goode (UK) King Ludwig’s Castles, Palaces and Gardens, Bavaria, 2019

“I have never known a more attentive and helpful tour manager…absolutely the best I have ever had. Thanks a million for coping so magnificently with a coach full of croakers –  you managed to keep everyone happy and engaged.” B. Crossley (UK) Grand Tour of Italy 2015

“…thank you being our tour guide. This was my first trip abroad and you helped make it memorable..I really appreciate the hard work you put into making our stay enjoyable” D.Woodhall (USA), Tour of England and Scotland 2016

..thank you so much for leading us round this tour.  We have never had anyone so well organised and given us so much information at the start of the tour and also your hints on reading etc at the end.  We have been on many Tours and whilst the Tour Managers on the whole are very good – you come into the class of excellent. We hope that we will meet up again on another trip.” Corinna & David Steer, Foothills of the Himalayas Tour 2018

“….tour manager in a million, ready smile, good companion and goes the extra mile nothing too much trouble” Tour of Uzbekistan 2019

“Chris was excellent, his knowledge first class..made sure all the group were secure and well briefed. I don’t think he could have done anymore..he was excellent to be with on this tour” Seine River Cruise 2019

“Chris was a font of knowledge, his enthusiasm and care were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. I don’t know how he managed to be so tolerant and cheerful. One of the best tour managers I have encountered.” Puglia Tour 2018

Chris, was excellent. His knowledge was astounding not only of the Puglia region but generally, which added so much to the holiday. At times with some of the situations he found himself having to solve, I thought he had the patience of a saint. Cannot praise him highly enough and hope we encounter him on any future tour.” Puglia 2018

….was the best… He gave all he could to look after and make everybody’s holiday special! His knowledge of the areas visited superb, he was also very humorous.. We cannot speak highly enough of his help and kindness, as my wife was unfortunate to fall and break her wrist whilst walking with the group just before the end of the holiday. Chris saw to everything for us, we cannot thank him enough and we would like to say that he deserves your thanks as well!” Mr and Mrs Thomas, Tour of Puglia 2017

I just wanted to thank you again for all the energy you put into our trip to Poland. It was a massive learning experience for all of us.  Personally it was a joy to finally talk to someone who’s seen and appreciates the Slav Epic. All my friends are bored with me raving on about what a unique experience it was. Thanks again” Ol Rapport, Tour of Poland 2017

…one of the most enthusiastic and informative tour guides we have had. He had a thorough and in depth knowledge of the history of Poland…kept us well informed of day to day programmes. We were able to contact him at any time if necessary. He also provided us with a comprehensive book/film list about Poland.” Tour of Poland 2017

Chris was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and able to excite and enthuse us too. He went way beyond any other tour manager has….his knowledge of Central European history and politics is encyclopaedic .” Tour of Poland 2017

“Chris was extremely caring and bent over backwards for all on the tour…one of the best Tour Managers we’ve experienced” Umbria Tour 2019

“..thank you for your wonderful guide skills, knowledge and patience with us this week. May god bless you greatly” Vicki Seevey (USA) . Tour of England

“It has been a Grand Tour and you have done a great job with  a splendid sense of humour. Thanks for a jolly good show, never has one did so much for so many” Randall Choat  (USA) Grand Tour of Britain  

“We have to say that Chris was an exceptional tour manager and xxxx should look after him. Nothing was ever too much trouble, all problems were sorted out immediately and always happy to help out with any information we needed. On our long coach journeys his information was good and never intrusive.” Grand Tour of Corsica 2018

“Chris was excellent & seemed to be so energetic and everywhere, keeping everyone aware almost beyond expectation..a great asset to the company” Sicily Tour 2019

“We have been on many trips with many tour companies and we are of the opinion that Chris was the best we have had. His knowledge of places and history were excellent, his organisation good and his chasing of the hotel to improve food and provide my wife with the correct meals was excellent.” Tour of Tuscany 2018

“We didn’t have the opportunity to thank you when we arrived at Gatwick, we would like to thank you properly for making the tour so enjoyable for us….very impressed with your knowledge and are full of admiration for the way that you dealt with the problems that cropped up. As a Social Secretary of our local U3A I know it is not easy to deal with a coach of OAPs…Sicily exceeded my expectations , thank you once again I hope we have the pleasure of touring with again one day” Elaine and Ray McPhie, Tour of Sicily 2019

Chris Belsten was everything a tour manager should be…addressed every complaint, no matter how trivial, with urgency and was totally empathetic to all in his group. His enthusiasm was contagious. My first time on a group tour and he enhanced the whole experience.” Parma, Ferrara & Bologna 2018 

Really impressed with his knowledge of Sicily. Had time for everyone in this large party. Full of admiration for the way he dealt with problems with one guest throughout the tour.” Tour of Sicily 2019

“Chris Belsten is the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had. He worked very hard to ensure that we had the best experience of our holiday and made sure that we were safe and comfortable.” Tour of Sicily 2018

“Thank you for the effort and patience you made each day, your positive attitude, your interesting commentary and all the little things you did to make everyone’s trip a happy and success..We feel fortunate that you were our tour director. Grand Tour of England

“Chris was so enthusiastic…he researched the trip very well, very knowledgeable in all aspects – history, art, etc… extremely capable and one of best tour leaders we have ever had.” Tour of Uzbekistan 2019

“..I have had the time of my life, you are full of energy, saving up for three years was worth it” J. Buchanon (USA) Tour of England and Scotland 2011. 

“Thank you for being such a fantastic Tour Guide..you were hardworking, charismatic, passionate, which made having you as a tour guide an absolute pleasure..your knowledge was astonishing, I found you really made my studies come to life.” L + R Skellut (USA) Best of Britain Tour

“Thank you for a wonderful trip, your knowledge base is phenomenal, your caring concern, consideration for each and one of us”. Barry and fran Primer (Canada) Best of Britain

“We will remember your kindness and patient..we found all your explanations about the history and knowledge very interesting.” G and Francis De Waal (USA) 2013 Grand Tour of Britain 

“You have realised my long life dream…your history lesson along the way was a bonus. When my family and friends ask how I enjoyed the experience of this trip I shall reply wow!!…Its been very professionally handled by you and I’m very grateful..May your life be long and exciting” Olive and Dickie (USA). England and Wales Tour

“Thank you for your extraordinary skills in organisation and local knowledge. Our best trip together” Jan & Lester (USA) Grand Tour of Britain

“I wish to express my appreciation for your professional and expertise as pour guide. You knowledge of Britain and Ireland have added depth to my first experience of the UK  that I had not expected and I thank you for that. I know from experience that organising and managing groups take considerable skill patience and attention to detail which you have displayed in quantity and quality during this trip…thank you for your patience and effort in dealing with me….I wish you the best in the future and thank you for making m UK experience a unique one”  N. Mott (USA) Tour of Britain & Eire

“Your expert and professional tour directing has made it more than expected. With attention to detail..thanks to your academic ability to explain.” Carol Frank Auth (USA), Tour of Britain

“You are a fabulous Tour Director..we learned so much from you..we especially enjoyed hearing about life here today” Mike & Linda USA, Britain and Ireland Tour, 2014

“It was an honour and pleasure to have met you, you were an excellent tour guide and made this trip so special.“ C. Stillsteiner (USA) 2011, Tour of England and Scotland

“Please pass along to the company how much we learnt from our experience with you” B. Devlin (Canada) 2011, Scotland Tour

“You have made the tour very enjoyable and with such ease, though I’m sure it took so much work”, T.CHAN (USA)

“Just to thank you for all your hard work helping to make the “The Grand Tour of Italy a wonderful holiday experience” A Harlow, 2016 (UK), Grand Tour of Italy

“An excellent tour manager from the minute we met him… Very organised, friendly and Knowledgeable. His enthusiasm was catching. He had researched well and was very knowledgeable. He was very caring and approachable Well informed, enthusiastic, helpful.” Tour of Uzbekistan 2018

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