Well what can we say the trip was superb from start to finish, and will definitely go down as a trip of a lifetime. The choice of companies that you deal with are excellent and we were glad to find that we weren't part of a large group of people and just a number. The Wilderness cabin was fantastic and the chef who came to prepare our food did not disappoint (I will forever look at Rudolf slightly differently now!). I thoroughly enjoyed the snowmobiling trip, my husband now thinks I'm a bit of a demon driver. The Rallaren was relaxed and comfortable and we were glad that we made the choice to go and see the IceHotel and eat at the Old Homestead (praise to you for managing to get us the table) but not actually stay at the IceHotel, the Rallaren comfy bed and fab power showers suited us just fine! On a final note the arctic clothing/equipment which was given to us was excellent quality and certainly kept the cold out. I have already recommended you to a friend at work who is also thinking of ideas for her husband's 40th!
We had the most FANTASTIC holiday, perhaps the best holiday I have ever had. We were looked after impeccably by your representatives over there who were both charming and efficient, the food was impeccable - amazing every night, the accommodation was amazing, the dogs were the best thing of the whole trip and our guide was second to none ..... we are both so excited about how incredible it was and will certainly be recommending you in the future to all of our friends. It was a brilliantly thought out and planned trip and the level of service we received from everyone over there was just amazing. we felt like kings and queens. Your guys did not let us down one bit, the whole thing was better then we could have possibly expected. You even planned the weather perfectly (!!!!) which was beautiful every day. Thank you so so much and we will certainly be in contact again in the future to use you for any other special trips we take.
We had a truly wonderful trip to Jordan. The country and the people were a delight. It was a very memorable experience and we would like to go back again. This is in large part down to yourselves. We were really impressed by the arrangements and how everything went so smoothly, reservations, pick ups and the flights. The hotel choices also were very good. We found the guides provided very friendly and helpful. Finally thank you and to Kevin so much for giving us a great holiday.
Just back from Italy, where we had a totally splendid holiday, partly thanks to Weekend a la Garte! Got your letter today, and glad to report that we thoroughly enjoyed the Palio experience. My only difficulty is explaining it to people who ask how was your holiday? How can you explain (succinctly) the preamble to the Palio, along with the excitement of the day? We got thoroughly caught up in it, and it became clear to us as we spoke with Italians later on in the holiday (we spent a week afterwards in a villa in the hills) how privileged we were, not only to have seen it from where we did (undoubtedly the best seats in the house), but also be involved with the contrada dinner etc.
To be honest, we approached this holiday with a little trepidation after our experience of getting our visas. What would Russia be like? Bureaucratic, negative, unhelpful etc. We found the exact opposite. I am very pleased to tell you that we had a really enjoyable trip. Both flights with BA were on time and the cabin crew were good. The programme was full, excellent and very interesting. It accomplished its aim as it included the major tourist attractions. It was well organised. The Astoria Hotel was 5* standard and we were given a very comfortable room overlooking a small park and the council square. The staff were good and the cuisine was excellent. Above all our holiday was made truly memorable by our guide Elena Melnikova. We cannot praise her sufficiently. She was excellent - 11/10!!! She was very enthusiastic, friendly and well organised. She looked after us at all times. She was very informative and made Russian history both enjoyable and understandable. We would definitely book a future holiday with Weekend a la Carte if we find one of interest.
Thank you for organizing an amazing weekend that we will genuinely never forget. We have vowed never to return to the Palio itself because nothing could beat this experience. I have already recommended your company to others and we would also consider other weekends of interest with you. In brief, it gave my wife a natural break as she normally deals with everything from holiday destination, hotels, insurance, car hire etc. Secondly, as a horse lover, the Palio was the key reason for the trip. Not only did you clearly have a crystal ball and put us with the 'Selva Contrada' for the dinner - but they won the Palio! We were fortunate enough at the dinner to be placed in the middle of a lovely, large Italian family, including a couple who spoke English. This made the atmosphere that much better and with the winning contrada, Friday PM turned into a unique celebration. The hotel was just right and the staff very friendly and helpful.
The trip was amazing thank you, it exceeded all our expectations which were already high as we were so excited. The hotel was well situated and lovely, the seats we had for the Palio were amazing. The Weekend a La Carte group gelled really well and we had a great time, laughed ate and drank far too much! The icing on the cake was that the contrada whose dinner we attended won so we really felt part of everything.
We had a fabulous trip. I cannot fault your organisation and would gladly recommend you to anyone considering a weekend break. Everything and everyone was where it was supposed to be when it was supposed to be. The service at the hotel was faultless and the location was superb. Even my husband, who frequently travelled abroad on business could find little fault.
The visit was the most wonderful experience, every single part of the weekend was perfect; from the airport pick-up to hotel to opera. Absolutely nothing could have been improved on in any way and I would like to genuinely thank you for all that you did. I am now a husband with oh so many brownie points ....
The opera was spectacular and we felt very special walking in on the red carpet - we were just 9 rows from the front and what a wonderful experience. I couldn't understand a word, but it really didn't matter. It was hard to believe that no microphones were used in such a vast space. The hotel was comfortable and I would definitely recommend it - as I work for a well known hotel chain, I'm very picky, just can't help it, it's in the blood!! Our driver, the same one that picked us up on our arrival, arrived to take us back to the airport on the dot as planned! I will definitely recommend your company to others and should we have occasion to want to do something similar I will certainly be in touch.
We had a wonderful time .... amazing hotel and the most spectacular scenery and very friendly, laid back atmosphere.... thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! ... only gripe was it wasn't long enough!!!
We had the most amazing time; our guides were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble and from the way we enthused about it, friends and family reckon they'd love to do it too! It certainly was the holiday of a lifetime. Thank you for organising it so well and we'll certainly be in touch in the future.
We had a fantastic trip. Our itinerary had to be reshuffled due to some unforeseen circumstances but this was done without any fuss and all our needs/preferences were met so no complaints at all. The thing that really stood out for me was the small groups. During our stay at the Icehotel we saw a lot of very big groups going out on dog sleds and snowmobiles and I can't imagine the experience was anywhere near as rewarding for them as it was for us. Each of the guides that took us out was very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer all our queries and really added to the experience. Thank you for organising a wonderful holiday for us.
The trip to Verona was a 70th Birthday present for my Mother and Aunt. They had an absolutely wonderful time and has been a real once in a lifetime experience for them. They haven't stopped talking about it since their return. I would like to send you our thanks for being so helpful and the trip fully meeting with our expectations.
We have had an extraordinary holiday. It was really wonderful - exciting, breathtaking and absolutely fantastic. It was a birthday to remember, and we have so many stories to tell, especially that we saw the Northern Lights and we can't believe we did so much in just a few days. All the people who looked after us deserve the highest praise, and we shall definitely go back - hopefully for longer next time.
We had a wonderful trip to Vienna and were very pleased indeed with the arrangements. Everything went to plan - all the cars arrived on time, the concert tickets were there at the hotel, and the hotel was lovely; indeed the room allocated to us was excellent. We shall certainly endeavour to use you again and will have no hesitation in recommending you.
Well .... WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! What an incredible trip! This was a trip of a lifetime. If anyone ever has any doubts about spending the little extra, then all I can say is spend it with Weekend a la Carte - You won't be disappointed, it's worth every single penny of your hard earned pounds. Everything was taken care of, transfers, luggage, excursions we didn't have to worry about a thing. Hotels were of a very high standard and I can highly recommend a stay at the Rival in Stockholm and the Arctic Eden in Kiruna (go for the suite its stunning). Petri takes care of everything and you just know after meeting him that you're going to have a good holiday. The staff and guides were genuinely friendly and knowledgeable. The arctic clothing provided was second to none and came in all shapes and sizes. Our trips were in small groups therefore personalised and nothing was too much trouble. Big thanks to Hans for our fantastic snowmobile trip who took us through the wilderness to places that very few people see, even showing us some of his family history. The dog sledding with Nicholas and his dogs was great fun and hands on. All the dogs are really friendly and love the fuss and attention. Must experience a night in the Ice Hotel (cold but unique!). However the highlight was at the Sky Station at Abisko. (This is a must). As you climb to the top in the chair lift the sky is filled with more stars than you have ever seen before. With no light pollution and a cloudless sky the Northern Lights were bright and vivid, we were very fortunate as they were on display all night. (Perfect back drop for a proposal!!!). I can't thank you enough for putting together this experience.
We had a lovely time in Jordan everything was wonderful. We loved the jeep ride in the desert, we had a great guide and took some magnificent photos, the meal at the camp was delicious. The last 2 days at the Kempinski Hotel were absolutely fabulous, the hotel surpassed our expectations and we actually cancelled one of our trips so as to have more R & R time there on Thursday. We had a wonderful holiday our driver was very pleasant and we were extremely well looked after.
I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you very much indeed for all your assistance in organising the trip for Ben and Sarah last week. I am delighted to advise that the trip was a huge success and they are now engaged! They returned bubbling with enthusiasm about everything they had experienced and had an absolutely wonderful time. Ben stressed how extremely well looked after they were throughout the trip and that the excursions they went on were second to none (significantly better than those being taken by many other guests at the hotel!) and that he wouldn't hesitate to use your company again in the future. Very many thanks, once again, for making this such a memorable trip for them - I can now relax, knowing that it was a success and that his proposal was accepted! I certainly hope to be in touch again, but this time for myself and my husband.
The whole trip felt very personal, as a result my husband's 50th birthday will be a very happy memory for us all. We are also impressed by your organisation and would have no qualms in recommending Weekend a la Carte to our friends or using your services again.