Dear Hannah and all at Weekend a la Carte I just had to write to thank you for our fabulous Palio trip - what an experience! The hotel was ideal - comfortable, well located and with helpful staff who went the extra mile (even providing a packed breakfast because we were leaving early). Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging - and clearly loves Siena. He brought the city and the Palio to life. We had a bit of a hiccup with visiting the tower to view the Proves, but he was able to arrange an alternative. Finding our own way to the Contrada dinner added to the sense of adventure, and we made new friends in the process. Visiting the Contrada museum and joining a Contrada dinner made us feel a real part of the event - and our seats on the day could not have been better. We are going to take some time to come back down to earth - an amazing event that we feel privileged to have been part of. Amanda and Geoff Daniels.
We had a marvellous time in St. Petersburg. It was an extraordinary, fascinating visit. All the arrangements worked well. Our itinerary went like clockwork. All this was largely due to the care and vigilance of our lovely guide Eugenia who could not have been more caring, interesting, delightful and informative. We had two drivers while we were there, the first just for the trip into St. Petersburg from the airport, the second, Vasili, was an excellent driver, efficient and courteous. The Astoria was very, very comfortable - five star - in every sense. Our only 'complaint' was the cost of a litre bottle of sparkling mineral water which was the equivalent in roubles of around £12.50. Otherwise, the restaurant was good value and not overly expensive, the staff throughout the hotel delightful and nothing was too much trouble. Outside the hotel (where everyone spoke very good English), very few people spoke the language but somehow we managed to understand and be understood and the Russians we encountered were welcoming and helpful everywhere we went. I would rate the trip a firm 10 out of 10. Anything less would be unfair. With best regards, Susie.
I would like to say a huge thank you for our very organised and hugely professional trip to the Tiepolo Ball in Venice. We had an amazing time and everything ran very smoothly from the beginning to end, there wasn't a single thing that wasn't organised 100%. I have recommended you to many friends. Thanks again. Claire Moore
Well, we have returned from an unforgettable experience. Thank you to your team and the office in Jordan. Our holiday was more than we could have imagined. Flights, hotels, and Mohammed, our driver and guide. The itinerary (with a few brilliant tweets and suggestions) from Mohammed, was flawless. Everything we wanted to see we did, and more; again all thanks to Mohammed. Everything we wanted to see we did, and more; again all thanks to Mohammed (the man in the know). Thank you again for this wonderful holiday and express our thanks and appreciation to Mohammed. Louise xx
The break gets a brilliant 11 out of 10 from us. Well organised, logistically sensible, great locations and accommodation , brilliant outings and we saw the aurora! That and the meal at Abisko were particular highlights. Booking again. I'm sure we will .......... Cheryl
I just wanted to drop a quick mail to thank you for all the arrangements for our Venice trip. We both had a fantastic time and everything went like clockwork. From the picking up by our own water taxi we were made to feel special. The hotel went out of their way to make our stay special even changing the tasting menu to address Helen's allergy and they were always very helpful. We loved the costumes and the Tiepolo ball was excellent and all in all made for an unforgettable experience. All of our friends were very jealous when we showed them all the pictures. We will certainly look for similar trips in the future based on this experience. Thank you once again.
Jill and I had never been on a holiday where everything had been arranged for us prior to arrival, and were a little sceptical as to how things would run. This was a trip on our bucket list and was taken for our thirtieth wedding anniversary treat. In short it could not have been any more perfect and was the trip of a lifetime from beginning to end, your planning and attention to detail was absolutely perfect, Iceland was incredible, the Icelandics were wonderful, the hotels superb, and the tours fantastic. We shall be returning to Iceland with you at some point and we will actively recommend you to all our friends and family without hesitation.Thank you so very much. Our best regards Tim & Jill Marsden
I thought I would drop you a line to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip to the Venice Carnival. It was an amazing experience. We were very pleased with the organisation provided by Week-end a la Carte and would certainly use your company again. Everything went like clockwork, which we really appreciated. All in all, we had a fantastic time. So many thanks again for all the attention to detail. We will certainly recommend you to our friends!
We were fortunate to have the same guide as you Abigail, Kamil who sends his regards. Top man knows his stuff and is a credit to his company. Ten out of ten for him and for the holiday itself. Many highlights for us both but for me the Omani people we saw/talked to were very friendly and pleased that we were visiting their country. The final days drive through mountains and the dinner will live long in our memory. Thanks for your efforts on our behalf; how you find such good local companies/guides is amazing. ATB. Keith & Vicki. PS Spoke to a couple out there via Audley not too happy with guide or itinerary. Believe it or not they live in a village near us !!
We had an absolutely splendid time in Moscow. Everything went so smoothly and the Russian staff were excellent. Julia was waiting for us in arrivals as promised and took us (with the help of Sergei our driver) to the hotel and made sure we were booked in and everything was correct. Irina then met us at 7pm to take us to the boat. She was absolutely excellent at telling us what we were seeing and about life in Moscow. Both she and Sergei were very good at answering our questions. The Ballet was amazing, the best we have ever seen. We will certainly recommend your company to others who are interested in this type of break.
We had the most amazing time in Venice at the Carnival. Everything arranged by Weekend-a-la-Carte was well organised perfectly planned. Our whole trip was fantastic! Thank you.
It was wonderful, Pullman, Orient Express and the hotel Metropole in Venice. I have always wanted to go to Venice and it did not disappoint. The whole experience of the water taxi from the railway station to the water taxi on the last day to the airport will not be something I will forget. Many thanks for making my big birthday surprise truly wonderful.
Abigail's phone call at the Airport to keep us informed was so very welcome and we arrived to the most amazing snow blizzard any of us have ever experienced! Such fun especially since Saeli and Magnus met us because we could hardly see each other let alone be able to find the road! Everything was just amazing and the management and staff at Hotel Ranga were beyond welcoming, and spoke very highly of Abigail. Saeli and Magnus took us on an amazing trip the following day and it was just one new and amazing experience after another for the rest of our holiday. Iceland was such a wonderful surprise and the locals were so friendly. The food was without doubt some of the best in the world! France could learn a thing or two and coming from me that's saying something as I'm half French and quite passionate about my heritage. Our lobster feast tour on Sunday 10th March was quite exceptional and our guide with Arctic Adventures was simply the best. So knowledgeable and could not possibly have done more for us. Infact to top off probably one of our best holidays ever we got to see the famous Aurora Borealis for over 2 hours and he told us such amazing sightings only ever happen 2 or 3 times a year. So how lucky were we! We don't remember the name of our guide that night but if you do get to speak to him soon please extend to him our sincere thanks and rest assured we will post a tripadvisor message, but I'll need my husband to do that because I've no idea how it all works. To Abigail, you and all the staff at Weekend a la Carte, please accept our sincere thanks. We found you on line by pure accident but will never use another travel firm ever again. Your service to us has been first class and excellent value for money. Thank you all for making my 50th Birthday one I will cherish forever and never forget. Best wishes to you all and look forward to our next trip - booked by yourselves of course. Helen and Ami Norian and the rest of our fellow intrepid explorers!
The holiday exceeded expectation in almost every way. Guide Kamil Al Raise - super, thoughtful and kind guide with a good understanding of the social and political aspects of the country, good and safe driver, never appearing to be in a hurry and prepared to stop whenever asked. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Al Bandar Hotel fantastic. Dolphin watch well done, safe and enjoyable. Coastal escapade and turtles, what a beautiful country. The hotel at the Turtle reserve was quite a step-down from Al Bandar, but the location was perfect for the turtle watch. Dhows and Dunes, fantastic. The Desert Nights Camp was outstanding, so good we would have liked to stay an extra night. Return to Muscat for flight, enjoyed the day immensely. For the short break that we had, we were delighted with the overall holiday. We would use you again, and recommend you to our friends. Regards Geoff and Sylvia
My husband had a memorable 50th birthday. We really enjoyed staying at the Mattarahkka Lodge, all the staff there were fantastic, its spotlessly clean, amazingly comfortable/warm beds, good food and everything ran very smoothly on the whole. We had a wonderful display of the lights on the Saturday whilst in the hot tub too. We also were lucky at Abisko too so really couldn't have asked for more. Kind regards, Jo Gilling
We loved the remoteness of the cabin. Not having anyone else around and no lights in the vicinity which we thought would be great for the Northern Lights. The guides are fantastic. Magnus was a wonderful guide and Siley a superb host, and his girlfriend, whose name escapes me; a marvelous cook. When you thank them please send our wishes we miss them! I would rate the break an 8. If we had seen the lights it would have been a 10. Alison.
Efficient service. Car transfers on time. Lovely Hotel, you should use The Square again. Rooftop restaurant superb. Perfect seats at La Scala. First class tour guide for the Duomo and the Last Supper.
We've travelled with you twice now and found your service / administration to be excellent. The house we had booked became unavailable just prior to the trip, which was disappointing. However, we were given various options and, in truth, loved the house we ended up with. Saeli was an absolute star - met by the waterfall as arranged and everything with him went as clockwork. The food he (and his wife) cooked for us was quite simply astounding - way too much in truth (fantastic hospitality) but fantastic flavours and variety. We loved all the meals provided. Magnus, our SuperJeep guide, was also great - very personable and at no point rushing us, letting us enjoy our time with no pressure to be anywhere at any time. Hotel in Rekjavik was very nice - good size room, nice food in the hotel (we had dinner there and breakfast) and a happy hour in the bar, which was handy as drinks are expensive out there. Transfers to Blue Lagoon bang on time and hassle free. Blue Lagoon quite pricey for the short time we were there - shame they don't open until 10am. In summary, we had a super trip - thank you. The trip with you isn't the cheapest but we recognise that you take care of everything - all arrangements ran smoothly, local representatives were superb, excursions all catered for etc. Our experience in Iceland mirrored the smooth administration in Sweden - hats off to you for running a tight ship with your local agents. Regards Mark and Sahdona.
I am pleased to report we had an excellent time in Verona. I was very impressed with the efficiency and organisation of the trip. This includes the service from first contact with your organisation when seeking advice right through the booking process. The pick up and return to the airport was in a comfortable vehicle and went smoothly. The concert seats were in an excellent position and the hotel very comfortable and friendly. I was impressed with your organisation and would certainly use it again in future. Regards, Geoff Conner.
We had the most amazing time on our holiday! Everything was wonderful. There aren't enough adjectives to describe it. The places we stayed in, the people we met who looked after us, the activities, the scenery .... well, words fail me to be honest! It certainly was a very special holiday and a terrific way to 'celebrate' a special birthday. What an experience! All our friends have been blown away by Tim's photos and they all want to go now. We can't praise Weekend A La Carte enough for the way the trip was organized. We liked the fact that you knew all the people and had been to the places to ensure good standards for your clients. We have been singing your praises since we got back and actually, whilst we were there - to folks we met who were on similar trips but with different agencies. Our itinerary and the accommodation you arranged were far superior e.g. in the IceHotel where we had a room with a sculpture, rather than a plain one. A HUGE thank you for all your hard work and careful consideration for your clients. The only problem is that we want to go back and do it again! Best wishes from Tim and Anne ...... aka very satisfied clients.