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Thanks Rayleen Myers. Our trips are always well organized, she sends us with great advice, and her personal service is excellent. Looking to travel, call Rayleen. Our last trip with Larry to the Holy Land was great. Traveling with Larry is the best.—George m. Wardell
Sorry to Carlos Fida for the wrong name.—Boyd
I would like to thank Judy Mann for setting up a great trip to South America. Carlos Vida was the host and did a wonderful job sharing his knowledge. Enjoyed the holiday. Thanks again to both.—Boyd Wright
John Potter did an excellent job in arranging our month - long cruise last month. He did a nice job with the flight itineraries as well as arrangements aboard the ship. We sailed from Singapore to Rome and over 8000 nautical miles. The trip included a visit to Petra in Jordon and a Suez Canal transit; definitely the highlights of the itinerary. Overall a wonderful and interesting trip John also did a great job for us back in 2007 when we went on a Panama Canal cruise, which is why we elected to have John help us on this latest trip. In fact, we have now booked another cruise for 2020! Thank you John!—Bob and Betty Nault
Our 18 member group just returned from our Western Caribbean cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. It was fabulous! Good friends & good times. The food was excellent. The weather was perfect. Can't wait to do it again.—Mike Imbler
We just returned from a two week South American trip that included Rio, Iguaza Falls, Bariloche and Buenos Aries. The trip was better than we had hoped for! We stayed at excellent hotels, ate incredible meals and experienced the best sights and wonders that Brazil and Argentina have to offer. However the best part of the entire experience for us was Carlos Fida our guide. Carlos knows everything about Argentina. We were captivated by his epic personal experiences during the unrest in the 1970's as well as his in-depth explanations of anything or anyone that we asked him about. If someone ever has the chance of taking a tour with Carlos Fida- DON'T MISS IT!!! Thank you, Carlos!—Scott and Wendy Mears
I made the mistake of trusting Columbus Travel with booking a 3-day extension of a Viking cruise to Salzburg. The task consisted of booking a 2-hour train ride and 3 nights hotel. The agent, Jenny Schwab, wasted about 20 hours of her time and mine, worked through another agent, and ended up charging me more than double the cost of the train and hotel without ever completing the booking. Trust me: you are better off booking your own travel.—Ken Shelton
Just came back from a fantastic trip to India with Alan McKay/Dick Jensen Tours. Judy was very helpful with helping us with the details such as payments, visas, flights. I highly recommend a trip to India with that tour company. We couldn't believe all of the things we saw in just one week. Hotels, food, tour guide, etc were all wonderful.—Tia
Our March 2019 trip to Antarctica was mind blowing!! We have been talking about this trip for more than a decade and decided we wanted to include a few Latin America stops on our way there and everything was organized perfectly, we were well taken care of and the cruise to Antarctica was EVEN BETTER than we could've possibly imagined. THANK YOU for making the trip easy, stress-free and perfect!! - Debbie and friends—Debbie Hill
We just got back from an Incredible Panama Canal Cruise on the Disney Wonder. We want to thank John Potter for helping us plan our vacation and for all his great tips. The Cabin was in a perfect location for us and as you always mention, the show's they put on are spectacular. It truly was a Magical Vacation. Thank you John for all of your hard work. We are so lucky to have you as our Travel Expert.—Greg & Cindy Shoop
Joy Sanders was a joy to work with. Our airfare to Rome included five nights at the Hotel dei Mellini (****), which was located midway between downtown (Pantheon was about 15 minutes by foot) and the Vatican (about 20 minutes by foot). Everything about this trip went smoothly, and we look forward to working with Columbus Travel again.—M. U. Sowell
We loved our vacation. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversaries with my sister and her husband. We went on a Mexican Riviera Cruise then flew to Oahu for 7 days. Elaine Winslow was our travel agent. We enjoyed our vacation tremendously.—Ronald Merritt
We just want to thank Elaine Winslow for all the help she has given us in finding the perfect cruise again, In Feb. 2019 we had the best cruise ever so relaxing and fun. The staff was great along with the food. We were on the Bliss (new ship) and it was beautiful. Thank you Elaine for a great time can't wait to book our next cruise with you.—Ralph
I just wanted to take a moment and tell Elaine Winslow how much we appreciate her help with our cruise in Feb. 2019 we had the best vacation ever it was a beautiful ship Bliss (new ship) it was beautiful staff was great. My wife needed a relaxing cruise since she has been sick all of 2018. She enjoyed everything about the cruise, can't wait to book our next one. This is our 4th time using Columbus Travel and they make it so easy to book, get excursion etc. Weather was beautiful and warm. We specially like the AFT balcony rooms Thanks Elaine—Ralph Young
We just returned from a 10-day cruise to the Panama Canal and other Caribbean locations. It was an amazing trip and seeing the Panama Canal up close and personal was definitely a bucket-list destination for me. Our travel advisor, Jane McBride, did an outstanding job of working with me to help plan this vacation for 6 members of my family. She was extremely professional and absolutely attentive throughout the planning process. This was my first time using Columbus Travel to plan a vacation, and I will certainly use them again because their help and advice made planning so seamless, and gave me great assurance that I would have someone to consult throughout. Thank you very much!—Kelly Moore
In February, our family (8 adults) stayed at the Occidental Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It was a beautiful resort, which was clean and had a very friendly staff. We especially loved the monkeys. The beach at the resort was a little lacking but that was okay because the Xcaret Eco Park (which is located on the same property) has a beach and snorkeling area that were very nice. The Xcaret park was amazing, beautiful, and huge. The unlimited entrance pass is a must. We went into the park almost every day and experienced different activities every time. Be prepared for a lot of walking, we averaged 5 to 6 miles a day. The food at the resort was great. Surprisingly, we liked the buffet the best because it offered different choices every night and everyone got what they wanted. The specialty restaurants were a little disappointing, however, our favorite was the seafood place. Thanks to Jenna Samuelsen for helping us plan this perfect family vacation. .—Robert and Denise
Our cruise a couple of weeks ago went very smoothly! We cruised to the Eastern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas ship. We really liked the ship because of it's size. There were many public spaces which made the ship feel less crowded. We also thought the food, service and entertainment was top-notch. We appreciated Linda Jensen's help in booking the cruise, flights, etc. We were very happy with the way everything went. Our trip was very relaxing and enjoyable.—Brent and Natalie White
My name is Barry Newbold. Our family of 23 (children and grandchildren) recently enjoyed a wonderful vacation together in Oahu, Hawaii. We worked with Jennasea Samuelsen at Columbus travel for flight and car rental services. Jenn was OUTSTANDING to work with. She helped us through each step of the process and answered our questions very promptly. We couldn't be more pleased with the services and kind attention we received from Jennasea at Columbus. Our vacation was PERFECT and all of our travel arrangements worked seamlessly. Thanks for helping us build an unforgettable family memory. Barry and Sherry Newbold—Barry Newbold
When we decided to go to Hawaii for a second time we had to call Rayleen Myers. She did a great job for us five years ago and didn't disappoint this time. She is responsive, thorough, and her suggestions made for a wonderful vacation. Thanks, Rayleen! I'm sure we'll be calling you again.—Michael and Susie B.
We just returned from our very first cruise, and are really pleased with the trip and the service. When we started the process, Wanda took quite a bit of time to get us set up, and she found us a great rate on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Walter took over our trip when Wanda passed, and he did a good job of making sure all the details were taken care of. I called and emailed him several times, and always had a response within 24 hours. As far as the trip itself, it was great. Seven day western Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas. We got to miss 2 snowstorms and a lot of cold weather while lounging on the beaches and around the pool on the ship. We're already looking at another cruise about this time next year.—Richard Goodman
We had a very good time on the Royal carribean the Oasis ship , The workers and the food was great. We will go again. Thank you—mary goodman
My husband and I worked with Kathy Pickett several years ago with a trip to Disney World. We were thrilled with the results. We were facing some challenges in our life and wanted to make some memories with our family. We contacted Kathy again and planned a trip to Disney World with all of our children and grand children. The comments from various family members "Epic, world class" and "Magical". Everything went smoothly, there were no delays, no glitches. She always answered my questions in a timely manner and communicated with me clearly. We indeed made wonderful memories for our family. Thanks for your help, Kathy Pickett.—S. Jemmett
Mae Wellington did a great job putting together our Hawaii trip. We had never been there, and left it to her to plan it all. We told her we were interested in history, geology, and nature, and that is exactly what she packaged. She was so easy to work with! We will definitely use Columbus Travel for our next excursion. Thanks so much. Sue and Brent Reese—Sue Reese
We had never done a group tour before and were a little hesitant but had the time of our lives. We were celebrating our 20 year anniversary and I would highly recommend the Thailand tour to anyone and everyone. The special touches of a birthday cake, flexibility of adding places we wanted to see and the level of professionalism was red carpet. Thanks a million Columbus travel!—Nicholas LaFeber
Hi, We just got back from South Africa and had a great time. The only challenge you need to realize is the amount of travel time to get there and back. We went with Jensen and Mckay tours. This was our fifth trip with them in the past three years. They do provide a good value for your money but you do pay a price. In an effort to keep the price down, they cramed a lot into a short period of time on some trips. Our Africa and Holly Lands tours were great up until the last day. You really need a break before getting on a crampt plane for up to twenty hours. Our last day in Africa was composed of a five and a half hour bus trip to the airport, three hours at the airport, sixteen and a half hour flight to Atlanta, another three hours at the airport and three and a half hour flight back to Salt Lake. Over all it took nearly thirthy hours of travel time to get home. Personally, I would be glad to pay another $200 to stay the night in Johanisburge and catch the plane the next day. It has taken over a week to recover and we were both sick for two days from the exhausion. It would be nice to have a little vacation built into the adventure.—Dennis Fluhrer
We wanted to take our family to a Cancun area all inclusive resort. There were five families from three different locations that needed to be arriving about the same time but some with extended stays. John Potter from Columbus is a pro and he demonstrated it by coordinating everything just right. We had a great stay and certainly thank John for his excellent help. Martin—Martin Peterson
It gives such piece of mind to travel with Columbus. Amstar is incredibly helpful for the airport pickup and dropoff. I never have to worry about anything. They all have it taken care of for me. Thank you!—Mary
Rayleen Myers did a great job of arranging our trip to Disneyland. My grandchildren and I really enjoyed it. We flew into Long Beach Airport on Jet Blue. Rayleen arranged for our rental car, hotel, and resort tickets. Thank you Rayleen Myers and Columbus Travel.—Bonnie R.
Hi, We just returned from an Eastern Caribbean Cruse on Holland America's Osterdam. In the past we have traveled with a group and others in our group made arrangements. This year we celebrated our 50th anniversary and wanted to cruise but all of those we have gone with in the past were not interested for various reasons. We see Larry G. on channel 2 all the time so we got in touch with Kathy Pickett who was able to help us get every thing lined up, even with us using Delta Sky Miles she was able to help us arrange hotels, and transfers. The cruise was great as were the destinations and shore excursions.—Gordon & Margo Hicks
Rayleen Myers was friendly, patient and helpful. We were grateful to her for making all of the arrangements we were not sure about, flights between cities, hotels and car rentals. The activities she booked for us were were fun and we did’nt have anything go wrong, everything went according to the plans we had a great vacation. Thanks Rayleen & Columbus Travel—Michelle Ward
Kathy Pickett Rocks!! We had never been on a cruise before and had many questions. Kathy arranged everything and always cheerfully responded to our many calls with the information we desired.—Michael & Vicki Mori
I was stationed in Iceland many years ago and have always wanted to go back. I finally decided that this was the year. I contacted Joy Sanders, since she has experience with European tours. But not Iceland as it turns out. Still, she gamely accepted the challenge and put together an amazing trip. For me it was the trip of a lifetime. Iceland is amazing! Just as the were the good efforts of Joy, who really lived up to her name! We could not be more pleased.—Lane & Kathy Johnson
Linda Jensen has been our Travel Agent for many years. Our first cruise we went on 5 years ago for our 30th Anniversary. We were referred to her by my husband coworkers. She is always so polite and patient with any questions we have. I would not want to plan any trip without her help. In September we went on Alaskan cruise. Linda Jensen helps us every step of the way. We had a wonderful time. Actually all 4 cruises in 5 years have been perfect. Thank you Linda Jensen. Paul and Patti Ottoson Riverton, Utah!—Paul and Patti Ottoson
This was my first time using a travel agency and Jennasea was AMAZING!!! She was able to find flights, hotels and car rentals cheaper than I ever could. I would spend hours trying to look for some great deals and Jennasea/Columbus Travel easily beat those prices. They were very helpful and gave us a lot of options to work with. We kept changing things and they were able to keep up with us. We had a great vacation in the Boston MA area and everything went smoothly. My next trip will be through Columbus Travel. Why put so much stress trying to budget and find deals when you can have someone else do it for you? The best part is, it didn't cost me any extra to have a travel agent.—Jeff Demke
Hello All, Just returned from our England-Scotland trip with Abby as our host, what a delightful lady! If you have ever wanted to see these countries I strongly suggest taking this trip. The local guide 'Mike' that assisted Abby with lots of local tidbits, British humor and his local Scottish guide friends were great. We also enjoyed making friends with many of the other folks that selected this trip. As for my wife Shelley and I, we have fond memories to share with family and friends. And special thanks to Kathy Pickett for contacting us when a consolation came up. We had such a good time we plan to take a river cruse next. Thank You Columbus Travel,—Ted Milton
Over the last year Jenny Schwab has booked 3 cruises and a trip for 4 to San Diego for me. I think she is amazing. Jenny looks for the best fit for me, is understanding and not pushy when I change my mind or say that won’t work. She’s efficient, organized, patient, commincates well, and most importantly listens to what I want and can afford. When I started traveling more last year and contacted other places I was very frustrated. I was told there were no cruises available, can’t you find someone to go with you, and other rude and disappointing statements. When I called Columbus Travel and was connected to Jenny she listened, made suggestions, booked me on my first cruise and my solo adventures began. Three cruises later I am always thinking of where next and wondering why on cruises others say to me that they could never go alone because they don’t want to pay double. Strange as I know I am not paying double when we carefully discuss what we are paying. I sure hope Jenny is not retiring soon as I plan to book my entire retirement with her. Lynne McCue-Hamilton—Lynne McCue-Hamilton
We have gone through columbus travel for many vacations and or flight reservations. We use John Potter in Bountiful, Utah. He is absolutely amazing. He goes above and beyond for us and when I need to make changes or rearrange he helps with no argument and makes sure everything is taken care. Thank you for all your help and for always getting us the best deal possible with or without notice. Will recommend for life. And will us for life. Kari Shelton—Kari Shelton
This year, for my husband's birthday I wanted to give him the Alaskan cruise he's always dreamed about . Linda W. created a certificate for me to give to him on his birthday and walked us through the whole planning process. She's always cheerful and great to work with. I'll definitely come see her again.—Debbi Randall
We just returned from our Greece tour (with 3 day cruise). This was the fifth vacation tour we have booked with Columbus Travel. Our travel agent was again Elaine Winslow . She again did a fantastic job coordinating all aspects of our vacations. We have been so impressed with her commitment to insuring our tours were properly coordinated we are already planning 2 European tours with her for next year. Thank you so much Elaine.—Paul Tenhet
We had the best person helping us plan our trip. Rayleen listened to what we wanted and worked to get us the best cruise ever! I had taken the Alaskan cruise before with my friends and Rayleen helped plan that one as well so when hubby said he would like to take it she was the only person I could go to. If you have never taken that cruise I highly recommend it. Alaska is such a beautiful state and there is so very much to see. If you are lucky you might be able to see a lot of wildlife but the cruise and all the excursions that are offered are out of this world. We came home so very happy and exhausted from everything we did! Thank you Rayleen and Columbus Travel!—Steven & Carol Hill
We had a wonderful experience. John Potter and Columbus handled all of the details and we didn't have to worry about a thing. It was a very pleasant experience, and we would definitely use Columbus Travel in the future.—Denise J Huppi
Husband and I used Columbus Travel to arrange an Alaskan land and cruise vacation. Columbus Travel was great. Wanda Bush was very helpful and friendly. They made all the arrangements. We were very happy with their services. We will be using them for our future travel. Btw the cruise ship was thru Princess and they were fantastic also.—Dolores Warg
June 10 thru 17 2018. Fantastic western Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Getaway out of Miami. Joy Sanders handle our reservations for my wife and I and my four siblings and their spouses. She did a great job lining up our eating reservations involving the specialty restaurants that were part of our cruise package. We had a great time. My sister and her husband were celebrating their 50 Wedding Anniversary and she made sure the cruise people were aware of it and they went out of there way to acknowledge this life event.—Dennis Paxman
We just returned form the Empire of the Inca expedition. we saw so much and learned about the Inca culture, the Guides from Coltur Peru were excellent. We had a great experience!—Penny
Recently returned from another wonderful cruise through the tremendous services of Columbus Travel. The glaciers and Alaskan scenery were so majestic and serene. My wife, who prefers the warmer climates on the planet, came home in awe for the beautiful rainforest of Alaska. Columbus Travel’s Rayleen Myers, who has assisted us on several cruises over the past decade, is so helpful in making recommendations and arrangements. She’s become our trusted, ‘go-to’ vacation planner and advisor. Her fun, out-going personality, her experience traveling to many destinations on the compass, her thorough, professional work ethic has been a joy in planning our vacations. And Larry Gelwix (and his wonderful wife Kathy) is the consummate host as he leads Columbus tours throughout the world. He truly knows his stuff and is so patient with his tour patrons. He’s a man of high values and integrity. Can’t say enough good about the services of Columbus Travel and associates. JD Smith—Jim Smith
I just want to say how great Rayleen Myers is, and we have appreciated her help in all our travel plans. We just got back from an Alaska cruise that was amazing, thanks to her help in planning the whole trip. We have also loved having her help in other excursions we are planning. Larry Gelwix was also a genius at making fantastic tours, and I felt like we received real personal service by Columbus travel. The whole operation is top notch, and I would not use another travel service.—Lewis and Sharon Gardiner
We totally enjoyed our Alaska cruise with Larry in June 2018. Jenny was very helpful in making the arrangements for our first cruise ever. Larry was a delight throughout the entire experience. Our arranged excursions were fun to be able to be with some of the others from our area who were also on the cruise. Can't wait to make arrangements to go on another.—Bill and Deana Spence
Columbus Travel made our 1st time in Hawaii a family vacation a great experience to remember. Jane our travel agent was great to work with, made the trip less stress and just enjoy the trip. There was a miscommunication about complimentary breakfast at the hotel but the travel agency paid for it with no questions ask. I will probably use this travel agency for the next trip in the future... Chuck—Chuck
Columbus Travel made our 1st time in Hawaii a family vacation a great experience to remember. Jane our travel agent was great to work with, made the trip less stress and just enjoy the trip. Their was a miscommunication about complimentary breakfast at the hotel but the travel agency paid for it with no questions ask. I will probably use this travel agency for the next trip in the future...—Chuck
This is our second trip that Joy Sanders has booked for us. Last year it was 2 weeks in England and Scotland, and this year it was pre & post stay plus a Viking river cruise. Both vacations went off without a glitch, our hotels & B&B's were wonderful and having everything pre-paid made it for a less stressful trip. Thank you Joy, and we will be booking our next trip with you.—Sandra & Kelvin Porter
Our first cruise and we decided on Alaska. Missy Riffle and Marlyse Bingham handled all of the arrangements and did a superb job. They both were very patient with first time cruisers and answered all of our questions. Definitely will use the service again.—Tom Gamaleri
Joy Sanders was our travel agent. I believe we handed her a complicated and difficult assignment- day by day drive through Norway, and Sweden to farms important to our family history. She was so diligent, considerate and full of great suggestions throughout the process. We just returned from a 2 1/2 week dream trip that went flawlessly thanks to her planning. Each reservation was met with a "yes, you're all taken care of", whether lodging, car or train reservations. The trip was spectacular and virtually care free because of Joy. The only hiccup was being pick pocketed in the Copenhagen train station...... Warn clients to take that seriously; apparently it's a real problem there. Thank you Joy, we're so grateful for your help and can recommend Columbus Travel highly.—Michael & Sonja Price
Linda Wangsgaard was the travel consultant for our sons and his wife trip to Hawaii who are both deaf (Jeff and Melanie Hanks). Linda was awesome in arranging their travel and they had a marvelous time. Our special thanks to her.—Ron Hanks
Rayleen at Columbus Vacations was a great travel agent and provided us great service in booking our trip to Hawaii.—Laurie Rainey
My husband, daughter and I recently returned from an 8 night cruise from San Juan to Bayonne, New Jersey. Linda Jensen was so helpful, as she always has been. She has helped us with vacations many times in the past, and her service has always been superb. We cruised on the Celebrity Summit, and stopped in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and had 2 days in Bermuda. It was a wonderful combination of stops. We hadn't been to any of these places before. We got a nice taste of the Carribean, but my favorite was Bermuda. I would go back there in an instant. The island is beautiful. Be aware, however, that beach season doesn't start there until June. The temperature was 70, which was pleasant for other activites, but too cold for the water. It didn't stop us at all. We had a great time.—Holly Perkins
My wife now has a stamp in her passport. We were able to book a trip to Cancun for our 25th anniversary with Columbus Travel and it was amazing. We had a swim out suite at the El Dorado Seaside Suites and it was worth every penny. We spent the days enjoying the sunshine and the night enjoying the local entertainment. We didn't worry about anything, everything was taken care of for us. Jane did a spectacular job of arranging the trip for us and was really patient when original plans were changed and found us a great vacation that suited us to a 'T'. We are looking forward to our next great adventure with Jane and Columbus Travel.—Robert Shurtliff
Our Hawaiian adventure was amazing and we loved it. Thanks Rayleen for booking this great trip for us. We had a wonderful "50th".—Joyce Lawyer
Our family of eight recently returned from an Oasis of the Seas cruise. We loved the ship, entertainment, and rooms. Even though there are 6,000+ people on board it didn’t feel like that. We especially liked our day on Jamaica but all the stops were fun. The food was very good. Our family basketball team won the tournament and proudly wore Gold Medals around the ship—including photos. Our travel agent John Potter did a great job advising us on room selection and completing our any-time dining reservations. It was a fabulous week!—Leann Belnap
All we can say is WOW regarding our recent April 10-16, 2018 tour to Beijing, China! I don't know how we packed so much into 6 days but it was all wonderful. The accommodations were very comfortable and what a breakfast buffet at that Convention Center. May, our guide, went above and beyond to make certain all of our needs were met. We felt safe and excited every day with the itinerary. I think there was more to the itinerary than originally planned but it very much exceeded our expectations. Thanks for a wonderful week. Looking forward to more tours once we recuperate from this one...HA!—Kay Spearman
Just returned from China. Everything was great. Enjoyed the entire trip. Our tour guides were well informed and made the trip so interesting.—Gerald
I returned last week from Beijing. It was way more than I had anticipated. Loved Bill, and our Chinese tour guide June. Everyday was filled with wonderful activities and great food. I think it was a great mix of sightseeing, learning and enjoying the Chinese culture, great food and shopping. The only downside, was that I would have appreciated more frequent communication with my Columbus agent.—Maureen
We just returned from Beijing and had a wonderful time. Both of our tour guides were amazing and made this trip a huge success and we returned home with lifelong precious memories. We will definitely travel with Columbus Travel again in the future.—K and A
I forgot to include in my first comment that the package Rayleen booked for us at the Hamilton Novotel and the Auckland Airport Novotel included breakfast and parking, if I remember correctly.—Dustin and Amy from Omaha, NE
We contacted Rayleen Meyers about 2 1/2 weeks before our flight to New Zealand to ask if she could help put together an itinerary. She was very responsive which was crucial given the short amount of time we had. When the first quote came back we were disappointed at the seemingly limited amount of things that we would be able to do with our time. We asked her to remove the tours and entrance from attractions and just book a car and hotel. That quote came back and I was surprised it was still so expensive. I looked at the hotel websites myself and found that they charged for parking and breakfast. I asked Rayleen to see if she could downgrade the hotels to a level that would include parking and breakfast. This is where things got a little stressful. We were a week away from departure. The next quote was not much cheaper, and I noticed that it seemed that the itinerary wasn't conducive to all the things we had wanted to do that were further north. My husband and I hadn't had the time to look into where we would want to book hotels instead, so I was frustrated that I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere. Finally, with less than a week before we departed my husband and I were able to sit down and try to map out an itinerary. When we started to look at hotels further North where things we were interested were (Cathedral Cove, etc) we got overwhelmed and saw how good of a deal the very first quote Rayleen had given us was. We also realized nothing had been put on the itinerary for the Monday that we would be there so we would have time to drive up North and explore a bit. Feeling terrible about our flip-flopping I sent an email to Rayleen asking if it were possible to book the first quote. Monday morning she responded and said there wasn't enough time to get all of those bookings approved before our Thursday departure. I felt terrible for the position I put her in! I didn't realize that there would be some leg work on her end after we paid for a quote, I just assumed everything was already available and we just needed to pay. I did ask if we could book the final quote she had given us, for just the hotels and the car. She worked quickly and got it all settled for us! I so appreciate her graciousness and patience with us!! We had a wonderful trip! The Novotel at Hamilton was beautiful. I wish we had taken the time to rent some bikes and ride the riverwalk there. The Novotel Rotorura smelled terribly of sulphur from their natural hot springs they had on their first level and it didn't seem as nice as the Novotel Hamilton, however there was a very helpful employee at the front desk who helped us decide which attractions to see. If I had to do it again, perhaps I would have just spent all the nights in Hamilton and drive to the attractions we were interested in. We did Hobbiton, Hamilton Gardens, saw the LDS temple, and drove to see Waitomo Caves (I would recommend definitely touring Ruakuri Cave; Waitomo Cave was crowded and groups were pushed through quickly). In Rotorura we did Tamaki Maori Experience (which was similar to the PCC in Oahu so I felt like we could have skipped it. The best part about it was our funny bus driver!!!) and we were pleasantly surprised to find out about the Redwoods and went for a walk there. We also went to Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland which was awesome! We didn't end up with time to see Cathedral Cove, but we did get to hike to Wairere Falls which was beautiful, and also a bit strenuous! The Novotel at the Auckland Airport was amazing! It was luxurious even! It was so convenient to be able to walk across the street to return our car in the evening, and walk across the street early the next morning to check in for our flight, and walk back to get breakfast at the hotel. I'm so glad we booked our car and hotels with Columbus Travel. I felt like we ended up with nicer accommodations than we would have booked for ourselves, and it was a reasonable price!—Dustin and Amy from Omaha, NE
We just got back from a Jordon, Isriel trip and it was amazing. Well worth the money and packed full of sights to see. I would have preferred a little down time considering the average age of our group, the time change and the trip there and back takes it's toll. I realize that when you go that far you want to see all you can see, but toward the end we were too tired to really enjoy what we were doing. The short four hour lay over at the hotel before catching the bus at mid-night for a 4 am flight made the fourteen hour trip home exhausting. We have been home for four days now and we are still warn out. This is our third trip with Columbus Trvavel in the past three years with another one planned for October. A river crouse this time. Should be more of a vacation. Thanks Columbus Travel and Allen McKay. Dennis and Judy—Dennis Fluhrer
Recently returned from a cruise to Cabo and couldn't have been happier. Linda took amazing care of all our needs and had great advice for making sure our trip was perfect. We can't wait until we book again. Looking forward to working with Columbus Travel in the future.—Bryce
My wife and I wanted to do something adventurous for our 30th anniversary and had never been on a cruise. We're really glad we did! It was a Carnival, out of Long Beach, CA, which gave me a great excuse the day before to visit a longtime pal who lives there. Once aboard, the hardest decisions were choosing among the multiple fun activities and great food options! The excursions were a blast. Our favorite was horseback riding in Ensenada, Mexico. And Joy Sanders, at Columbus, made it easy to plan and enjoy a surprisingly economical, worry-free, and exciting adventure! -- Jeff and Jenny S—Jeff Straley
I was very pleased with the service Missy provided for me. She was always available to answer my questions and get back to me because of a limited time restraint. I had a wonderful carefree vacation. I did not have to worry about anything travelwise. Thanks a lot Missy—Roger C. Allen
The trip we took to Patagonia that was arranged by Carlos & Judy was one of the best organized vacations that we have ever taken. The lodging, escorts, and guides that they choose for us were all just first rate. All details were attended to and everything worked out just as planned. Thank you for a great trip—Mike Long
We just returned from a vacation that Joy Sanders helped us set up. We went to Panama Jack Gran Porto in Playa Del Carmen Mexico. We had a wonderful time, the resort was just want we had hoped for and was a positive experience in every way. The hotel was clean, well cared for and the staff was amazing to work with. We can't think of one negative thing about the resort etc. We loved the direct flight and the help Joy gave us. We definitely will go to this all-inclusive resort again. Blair and Lorrie—Blair and Lorrie Ward
Trip was very good just not long enough. Wish I would have been told to go a little longer. Hotel we had a little problem with the room but the front desk took care of problem very well.—Dan Mechling
Linda Jensen has helped us plan family vacations to Disneyland for the last 4 years. There have been from 10 to 17 of us each time, and she has been so patient, personable, kind and helpful. She is very knowledgeable about the hotels and flights available, and helped us get the best deals possible. We also booked an Alaskan cruise a couple of years ago where we tried to coordinate plans with my brother in Minnesota and everything went smooth as can be because of Linda. We will continue to call on her whenever we plan a vacation.—Kathleen U Woody
Kathy Pickett is knowledgeable and fun to work with. She showed us how to get the best deal and had information that helped us decide when to go. We felt like she was available to help us while we were on our trip if we needed any help. She was great to follow up when we got bad bc. Thanks, Kathy!—Sherry Devenberg
Outstanding. Linda W was great to work with. The package she sent had everything highlighted and it all went smooth. This was the first time I used them and I will be doing it again. Thanks for everything.—willard scott
We just returned from a 14-day Panama Canal Cruise with 6 couples. Judy Mann arranged our trip and did an amazing job. We loved all of the ports we visited as well as our time on the ship. Costa Rica and Cartegena were our favorite ports. The one-day passage through the canal was beautiful and so interesting. An agent came aboard and talked about how it was built and pointed out the features of the canal and what was happening as we went through. To understand the significance of the canal and how it was built, be sure to read "The Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough and/or watch a DVD before you go. This was one of our favorite vacations. It is definitely worth putting on your bucket list.—Susan Westover
The Kent and Terri Cragun family just returned from Cancun (January 3- 9) at the Ocean Coral &Turquesa Resort for our 50th Anniversary with our family of ten. When we called Marlyse for her help, she was so helpful. From flight plains, bus to and from the resort.. The rooms were above our expectations and the FOOD was wonderful. I would highly recommend Columbus Travel as sell as Marlyse Bingham for a wonderful memory. Thanks for making the Memory Kent Cragun—Kent Cragun
Rayleen did a fantastic job in helping us plan our family's Christmas in New Zealand trip! She helped us incorporate our "must see" items into an itinerary, made some suggestions, and then left us several open days to fill as new places of interest came up. She did a wonderful job arranging transportation, tours, and finding hotels that were in the perfect location in each city. She even notified us while we were en route of some airline delays. The detailed, printed itinerary we received in the mail before we left had all the information we needed and made it so easy to find addresses, phone numbers, and tour information as we traveled. We will definitely contact Rayleen again when planning our next big adventure!—Lori P.
John Potter helped us book our cruise through the Panama Canal from Miami to L.A. He and Columbus Travel were great to have working with us. The ports of call were wonderful, the Panama Canal was an awesome experience the temperature was 90-95 the day we transited the Canal, remember to take your hat up on deck if you plan on spending 6 or so hours. We had good time and there was plenty of food without purchasing the restaurant specific package. The entertainment was good. We were on an NCL cruise. As a heads up if possible try to keep your cabin away from the buffet dining area, we were one floor below and could hear scraping of chairs, tables or something and other noises like dropping of pans or something else all night. Our cabin was 11121. We were somewhat disappointed with NCL after having cruised with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 20 years ago. To be fair I cruised with NCL in 1985 and had a good experience. When we go to Alaska we will probably try Holland America, we have heard good reviews from others about them, if not we will try RCCL again. But a huge Thank You to John Potter, Columbus Travel and the travel show on Saturday from 11AM to 1PM on KNRS 105.9, Thank you John—Ron and JoAnn Stewart
Linda was so helpful. We had a group going on a cruise and she took care of all that we needed. Even a welcome home note. Thank You Linda. I will be calling again. Shari Alvey—Shari Alvey
We recently completed our trip with the Avalon Danube Christmas markets. The trip went reasonably well except for our connections from Amsterdam to Nuremberg. I would not recommend traveling into Amsterdam in the winter because of fog....numerous flight cancellations. It took us 8 hours to get from Amsterdam to Nuremberg. After arriving in Nuremberg, we traveled to Munich via auto, after some delay getting our rental car. Upon arriving back at Nuremberg to catch our river cruise, apparently there was some confusion about our pickup time at the airport. We ended up waiting almost 3 hours for our pickup. Elaine Winslow did a nice job setting our cruise and finding good business class flights for us. The cruise was not exactly what we had expected, but we enjoyed it for the most part. It was advertised as a Christmas Market cruise but we found we seemed to have spent more time getting "tours" of the area and less time actually touring the Christmas markets.—Helmut Bambl
We have sailed on multiple cruises with Columbus and have never had a problem. Recently we returned from the Eastern Caribbean and had a great time. We have always worked with John Potter and find him informative, helpful, friendly and prompt. We love working with John and enjoy his attention to our needs. We are planning our next cruise already and can't wait to make a simple call to John have everything taken care for us. FYI, if you ever plan a trip to Disneyland, John is your man!—Scott McIlrath
We recently returned from the Cuba and Bahamas cruise that Larry Gelwix hosted. We booked with Judy Mann, she is an excellent and knowledgeable travel agent. She was able to answer all of our questions, provided accurate documents and responded to emails and phone calls in a timely manner. I have booked with other travel agencies in the past, but Columbus Travel truly goes above and beyond! They provided: - comprehensive travel arrangements (one stop shopping for cruise, hotel, transportation) - easy reservation process - timely emails regarding any updates or changes - accurately processed the required VISA and travel insurance - held a pre-cruise question/answer meeting - provided personalized travel documents (including durable luggage tags) - offered a guided tour in Cuba - hosted a private get together during the cruise (including hors devours and drinks) - and then a welcomed us home with a personalized letter. These are steps that the typical travel agency doesn't provide. Thanks Columbus Travel for a wonderful vacation experience!—Raylene and Glen Brown
My husband and I recently returned from our cruise to Cuba and the Bahamas. We had and enjoyable time. On our sea day Larry hosted a get together with all the guests that booked this cruise. It was fun to meet everyone and visit and get to know one another. Larry is a wonderful host. While on the cruise my husband had an issue and Larry, along with another gentleman, were able to help him. I am so grateful for Larry's kindness and his compassion. I love Columbus Travel and recommend them to everyone for their travel needs. Judy Mann is an amazing agent. Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. We will continue to use them for as long as we are able to travel. Thank You......Karen and Chad Paulsen—Karen Paulsen
Rayleen set us up in the Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger on the island of Maui...beautiful island with plenty to do and see...gorgeous beaches with good snorkeling...close to Molokini for awesome snorkeling...Haleakala Peak was amazing (we didn't get up at 2am to be in time for the sunrise...we went during the day...awesome drive up, great trails, breathtaking views)...road to Hana wonderful as well (but narrow road, gets busy, especially coming back in the late afternoon...consider coming back a bit earlier in the afternoon, or better yet, brave the road around the back side...the rental car companies are against it, but the locals say the road is fine, and it is pretty over there!) The Royal Kahana is right on the beach, so great views, sound of the waves and all...the ocean has risen the past couple years, though, so you have to leave the hotel and go to one of the many nearby beaches...the staff was friendly and helpful...rooms nicely put together and the kitchenette has everything you really need to fix meals there... Enjoy!—Eric Derr
My wife and I just returned home from a fabulous week in Playa Del Carmen. Katherine was amazing and took care of every detail. She made sure everything was booked as requested and then followed up a couple of times as well just to make sure everything was OK. I am a Hotel manager and spent the last 20 years with full service Marriott. I know the difference between great travel agents with genuine care and concern and those who just look for their pay check. Katherine treated us like family. Our all inclusive hotel was great with clean rooms, very friendly service and amazingly good food. I was also upgraded to an amazing suite and thanks Katherine if you influenced that! We have been on 20 cruises and stayed in hotels everywhere, and none were better than this. We can't wait to go back, and be sure I will be calling Katherine to make the arrangements!—Paul and Michelle
From the beginning of our Beijing China trip everything went great! Katherine at Columbus Travel walked us through the preliminary items, passports, visas etc. Then when we got to China it was wonderful! Not sure what we expected of Beijing but it was great. Clean, modern, safe and very enjoyable. We have been on other tours with other companies but this one was tops. Our Chinese tour guide "Jack" was exceptional, great english and great history and cultural lessons on China, we loved being part of "Jack's Family." We loved eating in an old part of the city with a Chinese family and visiting a Tea House and learning how important teas are in the Chinese culture. Silk factory, jade factory and pearl factories were great too, along with the Chinese Acrobats! We had a medical problem in our group while we were there and "Jack" and our tour host Doug knew just what to do. Thanks to Columbus , and Dick Jensen Alan McKay tours for the wonderful experience! We would do it again...and just might!—Dave and Marilyn
We just returned from an amazing cruise from Hawaii to Tahiti (Oct 2017). How we enjoyed the excursions offered by Columbus! They were well-organized with excellent guides who shared their expertise with us. From the minute we boarded the flight in Salt Lake until the moment we arrived home, we were well taken care of and looked after by Larry and Cathy Gelwix. What great people they are! How we enjoyed getting to know them along with the other Columbus Vacationers in the group! Updates were given regularly and we were always kept up-to-date on key information. The optional Sunday devotionals and "Forever Strong" discussion were added highlights of this trip. The buses used on excursions in Hawaii and Tahiti were very nice! Transportation on the islands of Nuka Hiva, Fakarava, Bora Bora, and Moorea was good as well. All vehicles seemed well-maintained. The beautiful scenery was more than can be described in words, yet the wonderful Polynesian people, their music, their food, and their warm welcomes made this trip unforgettable. We look forward to Columbus trips in the future.—Garn & Diane Morrell
My wife and I recently returned from a cruise from Honolulu to Tahiti with Larry. It was a trip of a life time. Rayleen Myers was our agent and she was just wonderful. She made sure we had everything prepaired for a stress free trip. Larry and his wonderful wife Cathy kept us all informed about any changes and we're always so willing to help with anything they could do to help. The shore wxcieaions were wonderfull. What a great value the whole trip was!—Jeffrey S Long
We scheduled a vacation through Columbus travel because they never disappoint. Marlyse Bingham arranged our travel and we arrived in Cancun, Mexico within 15 minutes of our son and his family, who flew in from Colorado. We also recommend using Columbus because of the Travel Protection Insurance, which gives us comfort knowing we are protected before and during our travel. We have had to use this coverage in the past due to a family emergency and will not travel without it, Marlyse helped us look at travel options and best days to travel. We actually ended up staying one extra day at an all-inclusive resort to save on our flights home and ended up with a better deal for the package plan! Thank you Marlyse and thank you Columbus Travel. We will be in touch in the near future to plan our next adventure!! Rhonda H.—Rhonda H.
Katherine was great to work with. They whole process was smooth from the start to finish. That really allowed us to focus on packing and planning the excursions. We took the 7 day cruise on NCL Pride of America. The overall value and ease of planning it was great. Thanks for making it special for us.—thomas m dickerson
We just returned from a Globus tour to Italy. We had a wonderful time. The hotels and food were excellent. The bus was much better than airline seats. The travel guide was well educated and kept the group together and on time. The flight that was booked by Columbus Travel left us enough time to get our connecting flight even though our flight was delayed. I would definitely book with Columbus Travel again.—Karen Faddis
Just returned from an Alaskan cruise and three day land tour which we absolutely loved. We were on the last tour of 2017 and the weather was perfect and we were lucky enough to see Mt. Denali. Didn't see any bears. Wanda was our travel agent and she was very helpful in every way and very pleasant to work with. She followed through with everything she said she would do. We have traveled with Columbus Travel several times and Wanda is the best. Thank you Wanda.—Joe and Pat Frint
Alaska was our first cruise (we had talked ourselves out of this several times). We absolutely loved Ketchican (salmon fishing), Skagway (except the train, we'd thought we'd get to do something other than just turning around at the end and come back) & Juno (Mendenall Glacier), wishing we'd arranged for more time on land though. Glacier Bay and the College Fjords were spectacular. Anchorage and Fairbanks were beautiful. Our cruise ship steward was awesome, as well as the staff at the buffet and dining. It was great not to have to worry about our luggage. People in Alaska are great! We learned so much about the culture, environment, etc.—Jen and Brent
We and our son just returned from a trip to Maui. All of the travel arrangement (e.g.; Delta Airlines,Hotel, etc.) were made by Columbus Travel. All of our expectations were met, even beyond our expectations. We typically travel to Hawaii every other year, utilizing one of our Time Share properties, paying our airlines costs, etc.; and, although we have quality Time Share properties in all of the Hawaiian Islands, we could not resist utilizing Columbus Travel and associated discounted costs. As such, we possibly could utilize Columbus Travel in the future; and, we strongly recommend Columbus Travel as being professional, dependable, knowledgeable, and forthright!—John and JoAnn Bone
We recently returned from a wonderful trip to London and Paris. John Potter helped us look at different guided tour options with Globus and made all of the arrangements for additional days on our own in both cities. Everything came together better than we could have ever imagined. Air, ground and hotel accommodations as well as the guided tour was outstanding. We have used Columbus in the past and will continue to use them in the future.—Doug & Peggy W.
I was very happy with the way that I was treated by Elaine. I was happy with the arrangements that she made. I will be using her again in the future.—nancy black
All went beautifully on our Bermuda cruise sailing on the Anthem of the Seas. We lucked out on the weather, the ship was great, and we loved our room mid-ship. Thanks Linda for suggesting the room. We also appreciated the documents you sent to us as we prepared, including color copies of our luggage tags. We will certainly continue to work with Linda, as we have with each of our 17 cruises over the past 10 years. Thanks so much!—Jeffrey and Diane S.
We just wanted to let John know what a great time we had on our cruise to New Zealand. Thank you so much for the time and the effort you spent making everything perfect. We look forward to booking a cruise with you again.—Shane and Janet T.
Joy was so right to suggest going to Nuevo Vallarta. My family vacation was perfect! The Marival Residences with the two bedrooms was just what we needed. Taking an only child on vacation can be a challenge, but a family resort made it easy. Lots of kids at the pool and ocean made making friends a piece of cake. The children would find each other each day and plan exciting things to do. All we had to do was watch the water fun. We also loved the restaurants and found the food interesting and good. And anything you wanted to drink was available. What more could we want? Yes, I would go again, and when I do, you will be the first one I call to make it happen. It was so painless, and the price was right!—Jaylene C.
I just wanted to express our appreciation for the excellent customer service provided by Missy Riffle. She assisted us in planning a family vacation to the Big Island. This was by far the best vacation we have taken yet. We will definitely be using Columbus Travel and Missy Riffle again for future vacations!—Susan H.
We had never been on a cruise before and was nervous when we called. Rayleen Myers answered our call and put us at ease right away. We had 2 different ideas of where we wanted to go with our 2 granddaughters. She looked at both ideas and called us back to let us know which one would be the best. She took care of all of the details and was so patient with all of our questions. We have recommended her to friends and decided if we go on another cruise we will call her.—Don and Louise M.
I recently returned from an Alaskan cruise that I shared with my best friend. It was awesome in every way! Elaine Winslow has helped us with a few vacations and she does such an outstanding job. I am amazed at her ability to remember all those details in a timely manner. You are lucky to have her. We look forward to future vacations with Columbus and Elaine!—Brenda F.
I just wanted to drop Wanda a note and thank her for her hard work on our trip to pick up our missionary. We had a wonderful time and everything worked out great. We had one pretty happy Momma. Again, thanks for all your help and I will be contacting you soon to start planning a family trip to Hawaii for next summer.—Travis F.
Kathy was extremely helpful from the start. She made sure we understood what we were buying. There was nothing hidden. We knew what we were doing when purchasing our Alaska cruise, the excursions, insurance and transportation. She was also very friendly. She knows what customer service is all about. When we're ready to travel again Kathy and Columbus Travel will be our source. Thank you for a fabulous experience.—Dave and Melani P.
Rayleen Myers helped book our trip and she was AMAZING!!! I will always use Rayleen. Our cruise was so awesome! The ship was beyond amazing. They had wonderful shows, games, and entertainment. They had rock climbing, flo rider, mini golf, zip line.... I could go on and on! We love the ship and cruise line. Our ports were awesome! Bahamas was a little quick but still fun. St Thomas was fun and nice because our phones worked :) Our favorite was St. Maarten. We had a blast there. You can go to both the Dutch side or the French side and there were a ton of activities to choose from. We cannot wait to go back :)—Kami M.
Thank you for helping to organize and plan this trip. Your knowledge and experience were very helpful. Thank you for all the last minute planning and such. It was all delightful.—Ashley S.
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