Vipin Sood & his lovely wife, Usha surprised me with a birthday cake at the temple with a priest singing me Happy Birthday. I was overwhelmed and was crying, such a surreal experience! Thank you so much, i love you you!
Now that we’ve been home for a few days and jet lag is diminishing, I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time on our trip. It was everything I hope it would be and more. I was most interested in the historical sites and the temples and found them to be even more impressive than I expected. Our appreciation for you and the people you work with is great. We were very well taken care of throughout our time there The arrangements were all good and transportation generally went very smoothly. And, when there were slight problems, Vikram (I think that’s his name), from the Delhi office, was always there to help out. In particular we wanted to compliment our first driver, Ravi. His competence was amazing and he was extremely helpful and responsive to our requests during the whole time we were together and despite the extremely difficult driving conditions at times. The other drivers were also good but Ravi was exemplary. So, again, thank you for putting it all together.
We had a GREAT trip. Will write more later but highlights: trip down Mekong, Vespa tour, cemetery at River Kwae, and our guide in Thailand was the BEST! You are the best.
Hi Mark, A little review for u on the hotels: All great places to get a good sleep and all so far excellent breakfast and other food. The lovely hotel I’m in here in Siem Reap has a great location too. Can walk thru a lovely park complete with fruit bats high in the trees, to Nat’l Museum in a short amount of time and visiting the town is also walking convenient. Really good. Even though I have enjoyed and appreciated all of the Angkor temples I’ve seen, especially at sunrise, it brought to mind how amazing the Ellora and Ajanta temples are. BHUTAN: Went to 2 days of beautifully colorful ceremony (Thimphu Tsechu) to bless all sentient beings inside of their monastery, surrounded by welcoming people dressed in lovely wine red and rich gold. Positive energy so strong! I love the Buddhist instruments played at these functions. Next day the fire ceremony in the large courtyard next to the monastary. So much color as they paraded in. Everything about being there really has left a lovely positive presence around me. More festival action is ahead for the next couple of days. There is a lot of environmental work that is done here..the country is 70% forest, they log for lumber and do re-plant.The Royal family are planting many fruit orchards to benefit the people commercially (and other trees too) and work to provide funding and schools for the poor, done in conjunction with the leader of the colorful monastery mentioned above.
We had a fabulous trip. Been meaning to stop by for a chat. Will try to make it by this week. The trip was absolutely flawless!!! Unbelievable!!!!
Hi Mark, Thank you so much. It is so nice to work with someone as professional as you. It really makes a difference in our travel experience. Have a nice weekend.
Israel & Jordan.
So awesome Mark!!!!!!! You are amazing! Thank you for all you do!!!
I was replying to an email from Bob and I asked him `hope all is going well!’ His reply- ‘Just perfect’. Thank you so very much Mark! :o)
Diana - Super Travel
Hello Mark, Thanks for the document. Until know everything ls great, specially the staff …amazing guides and very friendly assistants and drivers. My mother and Iwill send you some feedback after also about hotels. But in general everything is great, thanks for everything.
Sri Lanka & India
Over a year ago I met Mark Sood from A Classic Tours Collection at an event put on by the India Tourist Bureau. I specialize in group travel and mentioned to him that I will be going over to India to research for future groups. I was planning to go over on my own (March 2015) and when I told Mark about my itinerary he made some suggestions and I wound up planning my trip and using his company. I came back very pleased with his itinerary and the professionalism of his company. I therefore asked him to do the same thing and a little more for March of 2016. I took 35 people March 2 to March 16, 2016 using A Classic Tours Collection and all of my expectations were met and the group had nothing but praise for the organization and professionalism of the trip. Everything from bus pick ups at airports, hotels, and tours were right on time. The tour guides were not only very knowledgeable and interesting but spoke with nice clarity. I would highly recommend using A Classic Tours Collection whether you are doing a group or just one or two of you.
New Horizon- India
Hi Mark, We were just reminded on the SEML that tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of our 1995 Total Solar Eclipse in India. It was such a wonderful tour and always gives us great memories when we think about the places that we visited and the interesting hotels in which we stayed. We were fortunate to meet you then and to travel with you since then. We are very much looking forward to March 2016 in Indonesia and to traveling with you again.
Joyce and David
SOLAR ECLIPSE TOURS
1995 to 2016
I recently returned from a tour of India–Textile Tour with Deb Roberts. I must say I was very impressed. Having been to India several times before I know how difficult it can be to arrange anything, then make it happen. Your arrangements were always spot on. When there was supposed to be a bus, there was a bus; the bus drivers knew where to go; airline tickets were always correct; hotels were great (more about this later). I must congratulate you, your people in India were superb. Our guide, Balbir Singh Nar, wow, what can I say. He was patient, kind, knowledgeable and did I mention patient. Shuffling 15 women around could not have been particularly easy but he made is seem effortless, plus he was personable with a great sense of humor. A word about hotels: Delhi, The Met was a very nice hotel. Jaipur, Shahpura House was absolutely wonderful, a great experience in an old Indian mansion and much more fun. Ahmedabad, The House of MG, another great hotel. I think the experience of staying in a place like Shahpura House or the House of MG is beyond words to describe. Bengaluru, The Chancery Pavilion another world hotel like The Met…wouldn’t know you were in India. I offer my compliments to you for arranging the tour. I really enjoyed myself and saw parts of India I had not seen before. I will definitely keep your name in my mind for future trips.
Mary Ann Hayre
This is just a quick note to let you know that we got home safely, no thanks to United Airlines, who cancelled our flight from Mumbai on the 17th. Despite the stressful nature of the re booking process, we were very grateful to have your rep at the airport to help us. I don’t remember his name, but he stayed there until we all had confirmed flights. Please pass on our sincere thanks to him. Thank you too to your entire team for the trip of a lifetime. I cannot express enough gratitude for helping us to enjoy the most relaxing, fascinating, well-run vacation we’ve ever had . On behalf of all of us, I’d like to express how extremely impressed we were with how smoothly everything ran. Dan and Susan knew from the moment they arrived in Delhi that this was going to be a great vacation when they came out of the airport and saw their names on a sign. It was exactly what they needed after a stressful trip to get there. They also commented on how helpful you were in arranging their delayed pick up. Thanks to all your representatives, drivers and guides, we didn’t have to worry about a thing and could spend our time enjoying the sights and sounds of incredible India. We have memories that will last a lifetime (including dancing with the guests at an Indian wedding!). Thank you! Thanks again Mark and I’ll write again later this week with more feedback.
Dear Mark, Returned safely home from a magnificent vacation. Myanmar was truly unique and spectacular! We can’t thank you enough for arranging everything for us. Each and every hotel was wonderful and different- the Bagan location was amazing as was the villa at Inle lake. But above and beyond the hotels, the sights, the itinerary that went off without a hitch was the guide and driver in Yangon. Those two men, Mo and Yey, have to be two of the nicest people we have ever met. They absolutely stand out as making the travel experience what it was. We can not say enough about how great they were – there was nothing they wouldn’t do to make our stay enjoyable. (Example- we really wanted to visit the synagogue in Yangon and they arranged with the proprietor to have it open for us). Bagan itself was an amazing place to see and as noted above the hotel was in an outstanding location on the river. Inlen Lake was another treat – so interesting! The guide there was lovely and quite knowledgeable- great language skills. She was very amenable to adjusting when we indicated we were more interested in understanding about the people who lived on the lake and less interested in visiting the staged “craft/shopping” spots. So, in closing we thank you again for all your arrangements. We can hardly wait to book another trip with you! With warm regards,
Eli and Gwen
Hi Mark, Hello from India. I just wanted to say thank you for all your help in putting our trip together. MY stopover in Singapore was wonderful, and everything, including the hotel and bus to and from the airport, went very smoothly. Our time in India has been amazing, and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end. Thank you so very much for everything you did for us. Greatly appreciated.
SINGAPORE & INDIA
Thank-you Mark! Loved the trip and you!
Judy & Derek
Hotels, Guide, Transport, Sightseeing, Overall vacation Experience- ALL EXCELLENT. Dan best guide for entire trip.
China, Japan & Thailand
We loved our experiences in Thailand and now Cambodia. The people have been so kind. Our Thai Home Cooking experience was exceptional and we would highly recommend it for future travelers. Our drive into the hill country on the Burmese border was stunningly beautiful too. I absolutely love the Cambodian people. So sweet and gentle. Our guide through the temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom was knowledgeable and patient in giving us time to explore. Thank you again for setting up such an exciting trip!
RE THAILAND & CAMBODIA
You are the most reasonable tour operator I have worked with in my 25 years in business. Staying in communication with me during my clients travels and all information is outstanding customer service all levels. I look forward to the next occasion to do business and to continue passing your name to fellow agents.
Ruth Rudnick-Travel Agent
RE BHUTAN & NEPAL TOUR
Hi Mark, It was a great expedition. Professional and well organized. And most importantly - Successful eclipse! I will remember this day forever. Thank you for everything. best regards
SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR
Hi Mark, I hope you had a good trip back to the States. Thank you very much for an unforgettable trip and experience, I am really glad I saw the total eclipse with your group, everything was so well organized around the eclipse. And the snow mobile ride was great. Maybe I will join you again in Indonesia next year and/or the States in 2017! Kind regards,
SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR
Thanks Mark and Debika for the lovely flowers ! Classic tours and Oberoi are putting on a spectacular show for us ! All is and has been fantastic!
RE MYANMAR & INDIA TOUR
I had a great trip. India is very interesting and different from other places, I have been. Your support staff is exceptionally helpful. Great drivers & guides, I am very satisfied.
RE INDIA TOUR
I cannot thank you enough, Mark, for handling the last minute changes and so perfectly! Your service in securing a last minute India VISA was amazing, when my client lost his Passport with VISA, Then changing the entire itinerary, based on a 4 day delay in travel. You met all of my clients desires for very special sightseeing arrangements in Nepal and Delhi. You even had to make additional last minute adjustments due to Air India flight cancellations and schedule changes. My client could not have been more pleased. Plus, for another traveler, you created the best solution for accommodating a most unusual situation. He had 200 pounds of equipment from the US to Bhubaneswar. You made perfect arrangements for him during his stop-over in Delhi, with a Van driver, hotel and a bonus of some sightseeing. Then you helped make changes to his Nepal vacation on his return from India, due to Air India flight cancellations and schedule changes. This delayed his arrival into Nepal by 1 day, so you had to shift hotels and sightseeing. Again, another happy traveler. Your follow through and accessibility to me during this process was beyond the call of duty. You are an outstanding travel source for me. I look forward to working with you again in the future. Many thanks does not seem adequate, but I sincerely appreciate how lucky I was to have you in my corner. Best to you, Mark.
Diane - Travel Agent
RE INDIA TOUR
You are my person, not going any where else! We love your services!!
L. Kemp – Travel Agent
RE INDIA TOUR
The trip was incredibly wonderful. It was so great to be with my family and for them to be able to share all the experiences that took place, in all countries.
ROBERTS & HITE FAMILY
COLOMBIA & DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
You are the best.
A. COLTON- Travel Agent
You prepared for us six one the best trips we ever had to India Nepal and Tibet. I am glad to hear that you are still putting together great journeys and hope we can do business with you again. Just wanted to say greetings.
Mark at A Classic Tour planned our tour to Southern India for my husband, myself and our friends from Oregon. He did an amazing job! I don’t think a better trip could have been planned for us. He provided us with a very detailed itinerary which included a description and some history of the area we were visiting together with a brief itinerary of our trip to take with us. From the transportation to the hotels, it was the best! We stayed not only at the beautiful Taj Mahal Hotels, but Mark set us up with a stay at Mysore Mahal Palace Hotel which was the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore. And, it included a complimentary private special dinner prepared for the four of us. It was something that will always be remembered by us. Everything from the beginning to the end of our trip went extremely smooth for us. Our van trip and our plane rides went exactly as planned – everything on time! We all highly recommend that you plan your next trip with Mark as we know you will be completely satisfied with everything he plans for you. Thank you so much Mark for all that you did for us!
We had a wonderful trip in Sri Lanka. Absolutely great. Thank you very much
Had a great time. Shangri-La, Sunset and Rex were great hotels. Overall a fabulous adventure.
FLEISCHMAN & BLASE
CAMBODIA & VIETNAM
Our trip worked out very well. We had quite an experience. Thanks for the constant requests for how we were getting along during the trip.
I enjoyed the Pushkar Fair Group Tour. We were fortunate enough to see two elaborate weddings; one was across the street where we had dinner in Jaipur and another wedding was right in the same hotel we stayed at in Agra. I am glad I extended the tour to include Mumbai. Shilpa was a very good tour guide. The lunch at Khyber Restaurant, Mumbai, was my best meal.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first part of our adventure in Hong Kong. Our ride from the airport made getting to the Sheraton easy and our tours were wonderful. The tour agency left notes at the hotel to reaffirm our pick up times, the guides were on time each morning and were informative during our tours. Our adventures in Nepal were perfect. Shankar met us at the airport despite the late hour after obtaining our visas. Our guide throughout Kathmandu, was a delightful and informational guide. He shared the history and was willing to answer our many questions. During our walk in the forest we had wonderful conversations and were able to walk as friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our walks through charming Khokana, the mid evil cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Bungamati. We loved our hotel and the kind people working there. Thank you for arranging such a wonderful visit and for arranging for us to sit on the right side of the plane during take off so we could view the spectacular vista of the Himalayas 🙂
HONG KONG, NEPAL & INDIA
So far, you are batting 100%. Our two hotels have been wonderful. Our guide here in Udaipur is excellent. The guide in Delhi was very good. Meals have been terrific. Can you believe, I have nothing to complain about!!! Just want to tell you how great our radio receiving systems are. We love them!!
G. BENJAMIN, Group organizer
INDIA & NEPAL
I wanted to pass along the guides we had that made the trip so much better. Turkey, they were extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with. They added so much to the whole experience. Also, our guide for the game drives in the Mara was a pleasure to be with and really knowledgeable on the area and the animals. He was so eager to please and never in a hurry to get back to the Hotel. Thanks again for putting this all together for us. Hope we get a chance to work together in the near future. Should you happen upon any deals “too good to pass up”, keep us in mind.
J & B SINDELAR
TUREY & KENYA
Karen and I are back from Mongolia and back on LA time. We had a wonderful adventure (or as they would prefer – experience) traveling through this very beautiful country. A great time was had by both of us. We would like to discuss your proposed India trip as well as discussing air options for our April trip to the Galapagos.
F & K WURTZEL
Mark and Debika, thank you so much for your guidance in helping me apply for my Russian touring visa. The combination of your knowledge of the travel field combined with your sense of humor and of course the success of receiving my visa in plenty of time, has been another lovely experience with you two!
Thanks! We did have a very nice trip. All the things you planned went as planned (and all the things that we had no control over went well too). All other tours/guides/drivers/hotels were first rate and exactly what I asked for and expected.
R & C UNDERHILL
Thank you for setting up a wonderful trip for us to UAE and India. The people in India were wonderful…great service and always helpful. The guides and drivers were always on-time and followed your printed agenda. It was a great experience and a trip of a life time! We appreciate all your planning and travel experience.
J & M BARSHAY
UAE & India
I just wanted to let you know that our tour in Malaysia was wonderful. The guide, Larry, was terrific. Everything went smoothly and a good time was had by all. Thanks again for another job well done.
I want to generously thank-you for your effort to get my “unused day trip” refund. It makes me feel very good that there actually are ethical people in the world.
Met or exceeded all expectations. Guides were great. We have several we want to call out for compliments. And, would positively recommend to anyone. We would look forward to talking in the next week or so.
All the guides were great and we loved the driver nashunt. Your local staff went above and beyond for us. I have raved about our trip and have recommended your services to quite a few. All went better than I had expected and I would not really change anything. Feel free to use me as a reference if you wish.
J. CRAVENS & FAMILY
Jul. – Aug. 2012
WE HAD A FABULOUS TIME and everything was planned very well. We loved the Safari, and all the lodges, food, etc. Thanks again for all your help and to Classic Tours Collection for making this a memorable vacation. In particular, our drivers Hussain and Hari were amazing. Hussain also suggested we do a “bush lunch” in the crater which really turned out to be one of our highlights. It was amazing. Thanks so much for all of your help!
SARMA & VARANASI FAMILIES TANZANIA
I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU again for putting together such a great trip for the Michelle and Iman! They had a wonderful time – saw and learned a lot, and now have a lifetime of amazing memories! We are so glad everything went so smoothly, and that they were safe and well taken care of. As parents, it was definitely a HUGE comfort to know that they had an experienced agent and traveller such as yourself and Debika advising them and plotting this trip out for them with reliable personal contacts over there. Thank you again, Mark.
DAWSON & NANJI
NEPAL, THAILAND, VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
WE’RE BACK FROM INDIA and doing all the catch up things that always need doing after vacation. Overall the trip was so lovely. It was journey we’ll remember forever. I would highly recommend this trip to others. I took many pictures on the trip that I shared with friends on Face book as I went. There are people already expressing interest in taking a similar trip – If they get serious about planning, I’ll send them your way.
Thanks For Everything! We had an incredibly wonderful trip and can’t thank you enough for putting it all together on such short notice. Your attention to every detail and your regular follow up, both with us and hotel reps was truly appreciated. You have won us over as lifelong clients.
S & A NANJI
Have just returned from my sixth fabulous tour organized by Classic Tours, this time to Ecuador. As is always the case the trip is easy, the accommodations fabulous and the guide highly informative. Mark Sood has a knack for scheduling tours that are beautiful and educational in depth.
R & S ROBERTS
The trip was utterly amazing. It was, I think, our best trip ever. Often on the trip Mark planned for us – it never failed to amaze us how guides appeared seemingly out of nowhere – it was the most well oiled and efficient vacation I think I have ever taken. It was classy and amazing, the gentle way we were handed off from one expert guide to another. Favorite Moments – Varanasi sitting on the Ganges in a boat watching the Hindu evening ceremony and then again at the sunrise ceremony.
D. ARMSTRONG & FAMILY
I still think the people’s personalities are different in different areas and for me, they have made lasting impressions. I met that wonderful woman in Chennai who was my tour guide. So knowledgable and had this regal air about her. Bottom line- I do know the power of your name in India. I remember being in many different places and if I mentioned you, things definitely took an upward swing and each person, would say…he/she knows Mark Sood!
HELLO NELSON- I thought Classic Tours did a great job and I was very pleased with their service. Also, I think you should consider working for them because the both of you working together made for a wonderful journey! Thanks again.
DIANE – BURACK GROUP
Spoke with my clients and they had a great time. The drivers/transfers/tours all went very well. The guide got them always in a position to be first – riding the elephants, getting a good table at lunch, etc. So – they loved their full day in Chiang Mai – and wished they had spent another night there. Loved Laos and the hotel and the river trip. Thanks so much for arranging it!
MARYE JAYNE – Travel Agent
THAILAND, LAOS & CAMBODIA
The trip you arranged for us in Egypt was spectacular. The guides were great; they were very knowledgeable, cooperative, flexible and protective. In addition, the manager of your local office was very responsive to our desires, extending himself way beyond what was expected, to keep us company until we embarked on our journey home very late in the evening. I have spoken to many people about the excellence of your travel services and fully intend to travel with you again. The literature you provided about the history and development of the area and the sights was very informative and helpful in preparing us for each day’s exploration.
Dr. J. FABIAN
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