From: Dr. Nagi Bustros (212) 722-0434
Date: 8/30/2017
Good afternoon Vicky,
Thanks a million for helping us plan our family reunion in Greece for all our family members. Everything was well organized and thought out. We can't wait to begin planning our next trip! Thanks again.
From: Celeste Pouncy (732) 448-6316
Date: 6/19/2017
Dear Vicky,
Our group trip to Dubai on Feb 24 - March 3, was perfect! All of the group participants are very happy. Thank you very much for organizing this trip very well and carefully.
We will book our next group vacation with your company. Thank you so much for everything.
From:Alicia Antoine (347) 605-3052
Date: 4/17/2017
Dear Vicky,
Our trip to Italy was magnificent. The hotels in Florence and in Venice were the best. All of the tours we took were super.
Thank you very much for everything. We will be sure to reccomend your company to our coworkers.
From: Fr. Vasile Mihai (912) 660-8171
Date: 9/12/2016
Hello Maria,
Our trip to Italy was great! We had a really nice time.
The only issue we had was the flight delays, which we know is not your fault. All in all, we had a good vacation.
Thank you again for all of your help.
From:Mike Himani
Subj: Best rates from your company!!
Hi Vicky,
We enjoed our trip very much. I am an internet expert and found the best rates from your company. even better than expedia the trip was well organized. thanks a lot 
regards, mike
From: Jackie Johnson (760-438-1472)
Send: 11/25/2014
To: res@
Hi George,
From the email below you will see that the clients wont be going to italy over Christmas after all. Too bad, since I think that the tour you offer is an excellent value, and much less than they would have paid if they booked the same hotels and your included transportation between cities.
I did receive your package yesterday. I want to thank you for the excellent monthly planner. The date book is the best I have ever had from a tour operator. I had purchased one for 2015 but yours is the one I will use on a daily basis. THANK YOU for all your interest in my booking and your help in this matter.
Jackie Johnson
Travel Agent
From:  Thomas Parsils []

Sent: June 4, 2014


Subj:  Pilgrimage package to Israel and Jordan


Hi Vicky,


Thanks for you good work on our 2 weeks trip to Israel & Jordan.  We really appreciated all your effort.  Everything was fantastic as planned. 


Thomas Parsils



From:  Pamela Hilliker []

Sent: Friday, May 9, 2014

To: Vicky Mediterranean

RE:  Package to Greece and Israel


Hi Vicky,


The package to Greece & Israel was fantastic.  We really enjoyed your package, the good service, and we are ready to book Greece for 2015.  Thank you Vicky you did a very good job.


Pamela Hilliker

Tel: 313-322-0958


From: Jerry Wang []

Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:57 pm

To: Vicky Mediterranean



Hi Vicky, please forward this to George as well.
The Greece trip was fantastic.  Everything went well without any problems whatsoever.  Thank you very much and I will recommend you guys to organize any European trip for all my future clients. 
Pick up at the airport went without a hitch.  Received the information packet from your Greece office at the hotel.  Wasn't sure what the schedule was until I got to the hotel.  The Stanley is OK.  Not the most luxurious hotel.  Most of the rooms smelled of smoke...even though it was a non smoking hotel.  Some rooms are smaller than others.  Breakfast was good and the hotel staff was very helpful.  The location was not the greatest.  It was in a downtown area that might not be safe for women tourist traveling alone.  But it was very close to the subway, which was awesome.  You probably know of better hotels than the Stanley.
The 4 day classical tour was fantastic.  Our tour guide Demitra was fantastic.  Fun, intelligent, informative....can't say enough about her.  She made the entire tour.  All the hotels were wonderful, with good breakfast and dinners.  The only complaint some of us had was the lunch.  We had to pay for our own lunch, but had no choice in the matter.   All the lunches were at predetermined areas by the tour.  I think everyone would have been happier if the lunch was included in the price, if they had to keep the venues.  If not, drop us off in the downtown area and let us eat on our own.
The Tholos hotel in Santorini was excellent.  Fantastic views and service.  Spyros and Elena at the front desk were wonderful.  Always helpful and friendly.  The staff at the Tholos were better than any hotel that I have ever stayed in.  I highly recommend this hotel for all of your future clients.
Overall, had a wonderful time in Greece.  Thank you for all your work in organizing this trip.  You guys are wonderful.
Jerry Wang



From:  thomas parsils []

Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:26 PM

To:  Vicky Stephanou Reko Tours

Subject: Trip feedback


Dear Vicky,

Thank you for the trip that you arranged for my extended family to Greece and the Greek Island Cruise.  We really liked it very much, our experience in Greece, and we definitely will keep you in mind for your next trip to Israel and Jordan.


Thomas Parsils




To: Sunny Vacations Reservations <>

Subject: Re: Group to NYC at the BW Prospect Park from April 28 - May 4, 2013

Date: Thu, July 4, 2013 9:52 am


Hi George, Hi Vicky

I hope everything is well for you in Brooklyn.

All our students were super happy with the trip, and that's also thanks to you.  The hotel was gre3at, its staff super helpful and kind, and we felt at home in the neighbourhood!


We plan on repeating it with next year's tenth graders.


Thanks in advance





Date: 9/26/2012 4:04.43 P.M. East Daylint Time

Subj: wonderful trip to Turkey



Hi George,

We are back from a wonderful trip to Turkey and I would like you to know that we had a very comfortable trip, everything was very well arranged, right from our arrival in Istanbul to our departure from Izmir. The local tour operator and there guides were very professional and were on time with all itinerary and tours.
Thanks again for organizing a great trip for me and my wife.
God bless.
Mike Himani


From: Michelle Ingram []

Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:28 PM


Subject: Flight Information

Hi Vicky,


I hope you are doing well. First of all, thank you for all your help during

our trip cancellation in September. We did receive the full refund through

our Tripmate travel insurance company. I did want to touch base with you in regard to

the flight information you gave us. I think with the returned flight, you

mentioned we would receive our refund plus an additional free flight. If

that is still correct, how can I redeem the free flight? Thanks again!


Michelle Ingram

District Manager, Aldi Inc.

(601) 953-5355




From:  Darlene Baker []

Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 7:53 AM

To: V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: Italy tour


Thank you for your help in regards to setting up our tour.  We had a great time.  We were able to meet with our family in Forino and a wonderful time together.

Darlene Baker


From:  Tania Acosta Mendoza []

Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 4:33 PM

To: V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: Greece Tour

Dear Vicky,


On August of this year I went on a tour with Mediterranean Vacations. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, after discovering what my interests were and where I wanted to travel they helped me choose the perfect trip for me.  The tour departed from New York with only one connection to Greece, The flights were on time, relaxing and enjoyable.  When we arrived to city of Athena, there was a very nice and kind Greek driver waiting to take us to the hotel. The hotel room was very comfortable with a nice view of the city.  The next day early in the morning we were transported to port of  PIRAEUS to begin the cruise through the Greek Islands.  My cabin had an ocean view and the ship was comfortable and well equipped.  Once on board, we could enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner buffet, which included fresh fruit, a variety of cheeses and meat and of course the flavor and style of Mediterranean cuisine.  During our cruise, we visited several islands: Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos and Santorini.  Each island that we visited, was wonderful, where were served their typical native dishes, drinks and refreshing beverages also typical of each island.  When our cruise was over we came back to port of Piraeus where we had time to tour the beautiful city of Athena.  In Athens we visited The ACROPOLIS and its PARTHENON, while there we enjoyed the sunset and as it began to get dark we watched as the city seemed to come alive with beautiful lights which were simply captivating.  In this city We enjoyed once again the Greek food accompanied by the house wine which was wonderful with a pleasurable aroma, and of course we couldn't miss the typical Greek dessert.  It was a wonderful vacation, I thoroughly enjoyed each part of it: the food, the cruise through the islands, the restaurants and the tourist places that we visited. I really want to thank Mediterranean Vacations for making my vacation so enjoyable and full of good memories. 

Tania Acosta


From: Martha Kerr []
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:54 AM
To: V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations
Subject: RE: Your return from Egypt
Sensitivity: Confidential

It was an exciting time to be in Egypt.  The people are so optimistic about their future.  We didn't have lines anywhere we went.  Hany in Cairo was great, we had a wonderful Guide in Cairo (Ronda) and I feel like we saw it all.  The least helpful guides were in Sharm el Sheik and Abu Simbal.  Alladin, our guide on the Nile trip, was passionate and single minded.  It was his way or the highway.


We loved every experience and probably tried to do too much.  The bus ride to Alexandria and back was very long and tiring, and I'm guessing that's partly because it was the end of two weeks and we were getting worn down.  I've had friends say they took the train from Cairo to Alexandria and it was a wonderful experience.  You might think about it for future trips.  The traffic in both Cairo and Alexandria probably added two hours time to the three hours between the two cities.  I'm guessing you'd miss that if you were taking the train.


I'm not sure I can give you a highlight.  The pyramids are awesome, the Red Sea was wonderful and the snorkeling was amazing.  The idea of being at Mt. Sinai was quite romantic.  The Nile cruise was fine.  I was disappointed that we didn't get a Felucca ride (our guide said there wasn't enough wind, but the other guests on the boat went on feluccas.


We added a Felucca ride in Cairo so we didn't miss the experience.


Thanks so much for doing above and beyond in our planning, changes of plans, changes of people, last minute decisions, etc.  I know there is still some accounting to clean up and I'm guessing your accounting department is all over it. 


The Nefertari Hotel in Abu Simbal is practically falling apart.  Not a great place to stay but we enjoyed it anyway.

Sometimes the tacky hotels make you appreciate the nice ones all the more.  i'm sure the lack of tourists make it difficult for these guys to stay in business, much less make improvements in their property.  We had a wonderful dinner that night at the Nubian House in Abu Simbal.  Quite wonderful.


I'll share more when I get my stamina back.


Thanks again,




From: Tania Acosta Mendoza []


Date:  Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:11 PM

Re: Your trip to Greece


Hello Vicky.
Thanks for writing to me.  My travel was nice and fun. Everything was well. The transportation, the hotel and the cruise.  
I hope I can travel with you in the future too.
Thanks for all.



From:  Red Sky Travel []

Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 7:37 AM

To: Vicky Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: Trip to Spain


Dear Vicky,


Thank you for planning our wonderful trip to Madrid & Barcelona perfectly!  I had no idea that those beautiful cities were like walking through an art history and architectural design course!  The museums were beyond belief, the tours you planned were fabulous and allowed us to get an overview of each city .. especially Toledo .. I would have missed out on that city if you hadn't suggested that tour!  The tapas, the wine and all the outdoor restaurants .. amazing and so much fun!  Everyone was so nice, taxis on every corner, I even brushed up no my Espanol!  The hotels were great .. I'm ready to go back!  Thank you for all your help.  I'm planning another trip soon.  Patricia Stevens 8/21/2011.


Tish Stevens



From:  Red Sky Travel

Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 4:10 AM

To:  V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject:  Trip to Greece


Kelly's trip to Greece was a wonderful trip!  Thank you for your hard work!  Hope to plan something with you soon.





From:  Ruie Pritchard []

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 4:57 PM

To: V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: RE: Egypt trip in April-May 2011


Hello Vicky,


Our trip to Egypt was just stupendous!  What is so bad for the Egyptians was good for us.  There were no crowds.  We never had to wait in lines or stand in hot coach parks.  The Nile tour boat would hold 120 people and there were only 35 on it.  We encountered no hostility or threats whatsoever beyond what are the common hassles of traveling some places--the constant harassment by aggressive vendors.  But this is just part of their culture and we learned to say "No thanks" in Egyptian, keep our eyes down and stick with the group.


I feel like it was a last chance to see this unusual country at a time of change.  We had a security guard travel on all of our busses everywhere we went.


I am happy to let your other clients know that it is still a safe place to travel.


Ruie Jane Pritchard, Ph.D.
Coordinator of English Education

Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction, & Counselor Education
College of Education, NC State

402 C Poe Hall   Box 7801  Raleigh, NC 27695-7801
919-515-1784 Tel. work

919-845-7761 Tel. home
919-515-6978 Fax work



From:  Peggy Fragopoulos []

Sent:  Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 7:23 AM

To:  V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations


Subject:  Spain


Our recent trip to Spain, organized by Mediterranean Vacations, was fantastic.  All arrangements took palace as scheduled; our modern but old-world hotels were located within minutes of downtown and close to local transportation.  Our guides spoke many languages and we easily communicated our needs and desires.  In addition, we visited Tangiers, Morocco and felt safe because of careful planning.  I highly recommend this most professional tour company to meet your needs.


Peggy Fragopoulos - 2Travel4less




Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2011 1:31 PM


Subject: Israel-Egypt Tour


We went on Sunny Vacations Mediterranean Vacations to Israel and Egypt.  It was great.  All the guides and representatives of the company that was contracted out by Sunny Vacations were very nice, informative, and caring to us.  We had a great time.  We visited the areas of importance of each country.  In Israel, we saw all the areas where Lord Jesus inhabited.  His birthplace, youth, early ministry.  His last supper, the betrayal in the Garden of Gesemene, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven.  It was fantastic.  We visited Masada and swam in the Dead Sea.  We saw the city of Acco in Northern Israel, and received a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, the old city, was fabulous.  It is extremely historic, and a must for everyone to visit.


Egypt was equally historic.  The Kings were very egotistical.  Abu-Simbel was fantastic.  The Valley of the Kings was truly amazing.  The Great Pyramid was an engineering masterpiece.  The temples built by the Kings, the Obelisks, statues were gigantic.  Aswan, and Cairo were littered with ancient history.  The Nile river trip is a must.  The food was fantastic, especially on the Kibbutz in Northern Israel.  All in all, we saw biblical history that we will never forget.  The trip, hotel stays, guides, information received, scenery, was A-1.  We highly recommend Sunny Vacations Mediterranean Vacations.


Blessings, Curtis & Alberta





Date: 5/27/2011 11:03 28 A.M.


Subject:  Trip to Greece


Even though I felt I had to change my trip from Egypt to Greece at the last minute, which caused a few headaches, now I am glad I did, I don't even want to go to Egypt.  If anything I would like to go back to Greece.  Thanks to you everything went well.

The country was absolutely beautiful and so rich in history and tradition.  The food and wine was exquisite especially in Crete!  The ship Luis Majesty and the crew were very helpful and the boat was always clean.  I made a lot of new friends.  This is my first cruise and I loved it.

Overall, I enjoyed my trip and can't wait to go back.  I have told several of my friends about the trip.  I want to see more of the Greek Islands as well.  I am already saving my money for next year maybe in early May or August.


Take care.





From:  Red Sky Travel []

Sent:  Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:10 AM

To:  V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject:  Hello


Vicky ... she had a wonderful trip!  Thank you for your had work!  Hope to plan something with you soon. 






From:  Martha Kerr []

Sent:  Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:54 AM

To:  V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject:  Your return from Egypt


It was an exciting time to be in Egypt.  The people are so optimistic about their future.  We didn't have lines anywhere we went.  Hany in Cairo was great, we had a wonderful Guide in Cairo (Ronda) and I feel like we saw it all.  The least helpful guides were in Sharm el Sheik and Abu Simbal.  Alladin, our guide on the Nile trip, was passionate and single minded.  It was his way or the highway.


We loved every experience and probably tried to do too much.  The bus ride to Alexandria and back was very long and tiring, and I'm guessing that's partly because it was the end of two weeks and we were getting worn down.  I've had friends say they took the train from Cairo to Alexandria and it was a wonderful experience.  You might think about it for future trips.  The traffic in both Cairo and Alexandria probably added two hours time to the three hours between the two cities.  I'm guessing you'd miss that if you were taking the train.


I'm not sure I can give you a highlight.  The pyramids are awesome, the Red Sea was wonderful and the snorkeling was amazing.  The idea of being at Mt. Sinai was quite romantic.  The Nile cruise was fine.  I was disappointed that we didn't get a Felucca ride (our guide said there wasn't enough wind, but the other guests on the boat went on feluccas.


We added a Felucca ride in Cairo so we didn't miss the experience.


Thanks so much for doing above and beyond in our planning, changes of plans, changes of people, last minute decisions, etc. 


We had a wonderful dinner that night at the Nubian House in Abu Simbal.  Quite wonderful.


I'll share more when I get my stamina back.


Thanks again,





From:  Ruie Pritchard []

Sent:  5/7/11 8:50 P.M.



I just returned from my Egypt trip.  The trip was wonderful once we got there.  Our tour guide, Mohamad Monsour was excellent and if you can request him in the future please do.


Thanks for all of your assistance.


Ruie Jane Prithcard, Ph. D.

Coordinator of English Education

Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction & Counselor Education

College of Education, NC State




Sent:  5/10/2011 11:28:45 A.M.



Hi George,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how pleased my clients were with the Egypt/Jordan trip.  I have been told that the group felt safe the entire time they were in the middle east.  They found the Egyptians they had contact with to be very friendly and helpful.  I am so pleased with the job you have done with the Egyptian trip for my clients!  Thank you for a job well done!  Everything was excellent and my clients are very, very happy. 




From: Tish Stevens []
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:41 PM
To: V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations
Subject: Re: Hello

Hello Vicky,

Kelly  loved Greece, and had a wonderful time and the weather was on her did a great job.  Thank you so much!!!  I'll be in touch!!  Tish


Have a Great Day



From:  Alexander Miller []

Sent:  Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Subject: Trip to Turkey


Dear Vicky,

I hope you are doing well.  I understand from Sean, Bengt and our students that you had a great trip, even though the weather could have been a bit nicer!  Our students had a wonderful time, and I appreciate the hard work you and George did to make alternate arrangements so quickly and so successfully.


Alex Miller III

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Director, University Scholars Program

Raleigh, NC 27695-7306



Subj:    Group to Egypt

Date: 3/19/2011




Dear George,


I would like to thank you very much for organizing our group on March 5 - 16 to Egypt.  Everything was so smooth and nice despite our previous concerns.  It was planned properly, and was a very enjoyable trip.  Your land operator was excellent.  For sure we will organize another group this fall.


Yours truly,

Eva, Group Leader




Subj:    Re:  Hello from Istanbul

Date:    3/7/11 9:49:25 AM EST




Dear Vicky,


Thanks for this report, and for all of your help in making the arrangements for the trip to Turkey.  I wish I was there, too.


Best wishes for the remainder of the trip.





From:  Kenneth / Crystal Thomas <


Date: Monday Nov. 8, 2010


Hello Vicky and George!!!!!!!!

Please forgive me for not reporting in earlier, but I am finally on it and am touching base to give Mediterranean Vacations / Sunny Vacations a rave review! 
From the moment we made contact with Tariq at the arport in Cairo, our Egypt experience was FANTASTIC! 
God bless Naggar Travel for assigning our group to the dynamic "Memo" (our tour guide) and Nancy (Anis - our Egyptologist) duo --  a young, knowledgable and delightful married couple. We were no doubt given royal treatment in many instances! For example, our first evening in Cairo was spent in the home of Nancy's mother who graciously hosted dinner for our group of 8. She served scrumptious Egyptian fare, including tasty desserts, and coffee or tea to those who expressed interest. What a way to start our trip!!!!! The hospitality and inclusion into their "private life" will always be a special memory. Needless to say Nancy and Memo were efficient throughout our stay, delivering instructions, facts and sidebars with simplistic, yet informative wording.
Our trip was all that we anticipated, and so much more; it is hard to put it all down in words. Thanks to our wonderful guide and egyptologist, we could all receive proficiency certificates as Egyptian officianados!  The sights and wonders were awesome, and although we have hundreds of pictures, the reality of what we saw and learned, can not be captured and portrayed by the lens - the Great Pyramid and Sphinx, the Nile, Alexandria and the Mediterranean, the numerous temples and tombs, and the cultural landscape of the country today . . . one simply has to see it to absorb and appreciate it in all its splendor! 
A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone at Mediterranean Vacations for the role they played in coordinating our trip with Naggar Travel, the various hotels - Mercure le Sphinx (Wow), Movenpick Aswan (WOW!), Mena House (Double WOW!!!), the King of Thebes - Queen Nabila cruise line, other guides and hosts. The smoothly coordinated days and excursions were impressive, and already have our clients ready to book with us again for our next venture!!!! 
I think we've decided on Italy and surrounding countries for spring / summer 2011. We'll be in touch!
Also, although we have had a couple of individuals inquire about travel to Egypt they have not given us specifics about when or how many might be in their group. When we know more, we will contact you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Be Blessed in all that you do,
Ken (KT) and Crystal Thomas



From  Evita Quiambao Singson []

To Vicky and George

Date: 9/29/2010


Dear Vicky and George,


Thank you for organizing our trip to Greece! We had the best time seeing beautiful Greece and all the arrangements made our stay very enjoyable, hassle-free and memorable! From the moment we arrived in the airport, to all of the arrangements throughout our 12-day tour of Greece went smoothly . This is the 2nd time I am using I have had a trip organized by you (after Egypt) and I have to say that the preparation was very thorough and detailed and you have been very responsive and accommodating. I will definitely go back to organize many more dream trips.



Thank you!

Evita Singson






From Evita Quiambao Singson []


Date: 9/21/2010


Dear Vicky,


We had a great time. Overall our experience was great. There was no hitch or delays in any of the arrangements and the experience was memorable. I blogged on my experiences on my FB page if you would like to take a look. Probably my only surprise was the Delphi Art Hotel which was an old, kind of strange hotel in a not-so nice area.


Next year? We may consider going to Cancun, Mexico, Spain, and also have plans to go to South America… we have not decided yet. I get your email blasts so I will keep in touch.


I will send you a nice email. Probably over the weekend when I in the plane, on my way to the US for a business trip.


Thanks for all your help and best regards.








Subj:  Egypt testamonial

Date:  7/17/10


Hi, Agi,


I had a wonderful time in Egypt with my 11 yr. old granddaughter.  She had the experience of a life time!  She got to ride a camel, see the pyramids, King Tut, (I liked the other tombs), ride in a hot air balloon, belly dance, etc.  Every guide was polite, extremely helpful, professional and one even invited us into him home!  That was a treat!  The trip was coordinated perfectly, the food was great, as was the Egyptian wine!! All the Egyptians seems to take special care with my granddaughter and made her feel like a queen.   It was my 2nd trip with this company and I am looking forward to my third.......thank you for excellent service!!  Tish Stevens
Tish Stevens

Red Sky Travel






Subj:    My thanks!

Date:    4/19/2010 6:08:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time




Dear George-

On behalf of the University Scholars Program at North Carolina State University, thank you so much for the excellent travel package that you arranged for my students, particularly at such a reasonable cost.  Our 8-day trip to Greece and Turkey was extraordinary in every way.  All of the 31 undergraduate students who participated on the trip have told me how thoroughly they enjoyed it.  You will not be surprised that they also wish to return to Greece in the future.  Several mentioned it as a possible destination for their future honeymoon celebrations!
I wanted to especially thank you for the way in which you accommodated our special request to arrange for our flights to depart from and return to Raleigh, NC, where NC State University is located. That made it possible for us to successfully build this trip around our Spring Break, and I appreciate the work that you did to arrange that. And  I was very impressed with the phone calls you made on the day of our departure to "check in" with me to ensure that everything was in order.  Thank you for that added courtesy, which I deeply appreciated. 
Thanks also for the excellent hotel accommodations that you provided before and following our cruise of the Greek islands.  The Acropolis Select and the Amalia Hotel were ideally located, extremely comfortable, and both had very friendly and helpful staffs. I would recommend both hotels without reservation to future travelers. I'd also like to compliment the guide you provided for our tour of Athens and the Acropolis: George Rostandis was absolutely remarkable.  His knowledge was extensive, and he also had a wonderful wit and sense of humor. In short, he understood and knew exactly how to interact with these students, and he did so beautifully.
Thank you, George, for working so hard and so successfully to make this, our first trip to Greece, such a success.  I hope to have the opportunity to travel with you again in the future!

With best regards,
Alex Miller



In addition to my message below, I wanted to add a personal and heartfelt thanks for the remarkable kindness you showed in providing me with such a significant upgrade aboard the Aquamarine cruise ship. My cabin was wonderful, and I appreciate your generosity in making that upgrade possible. And when I received your gift of a wonderful bottle of wine, I drank a toast in your honor!
With my sincere thanks and warmest regards,





From:  Donato DiGregorio - The Travel Guys []

Sent:  Tue, Mar 23, 2010 4:41 pm

To: Vicky Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: RE: For Next Year (2011)




Thank you again for a most wonderful trip for our NC State Scholars Program to Athens and the Greek Isles. 

The only thing missing was You!  We  regret you were not able to go.  Greece can be so beautiful!




From:  Donato DiGregorio - The Travel Guys []

Sent:  Thursday, February 25, 2010 4:59 pm

To: Vicky Mediterranean Vacations

Cc: Joe Tooley

Subject: RE: Hotel change in Athens

Importance: High


Vickyl, this is terrific, I believe the chancellor and the university will be put at ease.  A very special thank you for making this happen!  I really appreciate all you have done for this Trip.




Sent: 2/24/2010 7:33:46 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Egypt 2010

Dear George & Vicky and all the staff of Mediterranean Vacations,       
I'd like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your tour company on my 1st tour to Egypt on February 9-17, 2010.  As an agent, it allowed me to shine in the eyes of my group of 12 clients, which hopefully will allow for future business with them.  I received many thanks for sharing this trip with them, many of them are looking forward to our next trip!!  Although there were last minute changes to our itinerary, beyond anyone's control,  we were able to go with the flow and make it work. Thank you for making this a smooth transition. (George, I apologize again for waking up your family so early in the morning..I did not think of the time difference) Egypt is a 7 hours ahead of EST...Travel agents it is of utmost importance to keep your lines of communication open with your tour operators before your journey, never take for granted any question as being too small...Especially when visiting a new destination.
 We started our Journey meeting up at JFK and getting acquainted with our travel buddies in our group. After our 11 1/2 hour plane ride we arrived at the The Pyramid Park Hotel which the staff was very accommodating to our group, we were very comfortable, the daily breakfast was delicious and the restaurants in the hotel were very nice.  We even got a chance to witness an Egyptian style wedding in our hotel (Those folks know how to party!!) My clients put a hurting on Egypt's economy (in a good way)  They shopped and shopped!!! From Jewelry, Essential Oils, Egyptian Cotton, Alabaster from originals to those inspired by originals...LOL picked up plenty of souvenirs along the way too....
Our English speaking Egyptologist Sam and The Tour Manager Mohammed were phenomenal!  Sam explained the various places we visited like we were literally there. He stayed with us and made sure we were ok throughout the entire trip. (I had a client suffering with the after effects of chemo/radiation treatments and he did everything he could to make sure she was comfortable.)  It was nice to also have security accompany us during all of our tours! Mohammed made sure everything behind the scenes was taken care of..We were even able to get a 5:00 pm Check out since we had a late flight...To other travel agents, and travelers I would like to suggest to your group before the trip to put money aside for tips/gratuities.  For a 7 day journey and based on a 13 client trip at least $25 per person total for the porters/security $25 for the maids at the hotel and cruise ship and $5-7 per day to the Egyptologist and Tour Manager.  We are visiting their country and this is how they make most of their income.
Where shall I begin??? It was such an awe inspiring trip. Beginning with Cairo experiencing the Pyramids, The Sphinx, The Sound and Light Show, Museums and the Camel Ride (I had to get plenty of pictures.  No one would have believed I was on a camel!!) The entire group then took the optional trip to Alexandria which was breath taking. The highlights there were the Library and the Catacombs it was amazing!!  The museum tour was very captivating learning about Alexander the Great. Learning about the Greco-Roman era.  It is such a beautiful city, very refreshing to be surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.


We then flew to Aswan to sail for 4 days & 3 nights on the Nile Symphony cruise down the Nile River.  Before we set sail we visited the High Dam, Old Dam, The Philae Temple and the Granite Quarries...All I can say was WOW!! After a very long day on the tours it was good to rest in the nice comfortable suites on the cruise. We sailed overnight to Edfu and had the opportunity to visit The Temple of Horus The history surrounding the construction of this temple made me want to do further research

just amazing!! .Our final city was Luxor and I guess for me it was saving the best for last!! We visited Queen Hatshepsut Funerary Temple , Valley of The Kings & Queens, The Luxor Temple & The Karnak Temple.  The greenery was beautiful.. Again the food on the ship was delicious... Breakfast Lunch & Dinner!! We had great entertainment on the Ship (I think I am going to take up Belly Dancing..LOL) and had a good time partying we even had a party where we all bought Egyptian Fashion and danced the night away!! We met great people and a good time was had by all..

We flew back to Cairo to the Pyramid Park Hotel for 2 days, visited the most beautiful mall I've ever seen named City Stars attached to the InterContinental Hotel..It was a little city of it's own.  Very upscale, reminded me of Park & 5th Avenues in NY and Rodeo Drive in CA.  I would have liked to stay a little longer but we had a 12:30am flight back to JFK and had to get going back to the USA!!
Just a word of caution, this was a very fast paced trip it is not for the weary and tired, take your vitamins, don't drink the water or leafy green lettuce.  Take plenty of toilet paper with you, (seriously)  the public restrooms don't have any, there will be a lady at the door waiting for a tip and giving you one sheet of T.P. had to get used to that but I had my tissue I just gave her a tip to be nice...The selling on the Street and the Markets can be very overwhelming especially the little kids they just pull at your heart strings (too cute) hard to say no, but you would after a day or so LOL I learned la shokran meaning "No Thank You" very fast....And when you shop Always Bargain!! Our dollar went a long the Egyptian Pounds. February was a great time to go to Egypt not too hot it was just right!!  You will be taking 100's of pictures and videos, take plenty of batteries (I would suggest Lithium batteries for digital cameras). I would also suggest an MP3 player to record all of the information and education you get from the Egyptologists on the tours
This was most certainly a trip of a lifetime and believe me it will not be the last time I visit Egypt it is so much more to explore...I am working on my next trip now!!
Thanks Again Mediterranean Vacations!!
Vivian Williams
No Limit World Travel
Atlanta, GA USA







Sent 2/2/2010 4:24:44 PM EST

Subj: Egypt


Our group of attorneys and corporate executives visited Egypt in October 2009 and the weather was very bearable.  The trip was absolutely wonderful!  From the flights to all the sights.  The places we visited were unforgettable.  We enjoyed the Nile River Cruise and the staff was extremely helpful.  And our hotel, the Intercontinental Le Sphinx, was indeed a beautiful oasis.  We did not want to leave.  Our tour guides were extremely informative and helpful.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  This was indeed a trip of a lifetime.  It is highly recommended that you take one of our tours to Egypt offered by Mediterranean Vacations.  Remember to bring comfortable shoes and lots of film for your camera.  You will be glad that you did.  You will never forget your trip to Egypt.


Thanks to George and his staff at Reko for everything.


Patricia Rosier

Attorney at Law




Subj.    Re: Return flight Oct. 24

Date:    11/2/2009 1:03:04 pm Eastern Standard time


To:        rekoto


Hello George

I am back home after a long month travelling and one week with your company in Greece.


Hotel and airport pickups were excellent!  First class


Hotel and cruise I have some comments that could be improved.

Visiting Athens and Cruise the Islands in Greece was fantastic; I would definitely RECOMMEND!!


Overall; I was pleased and would consider booking with you again.




Evaristo Piedrahita



To: RekoTours

Sent: 10/30/2009 9:04:02 A.M. Eastern Daylight time

Subj: Re: ref pat rosier





Egypt:  The group had a wonderful time.  The enjoyed the Nile cruise.  The hotels were very nice, a little far from Cairo but everyone was pleased with both of them.  Tours were well coordinated and extremely informative.  Overall, group was pleased and satisfied with the trip.  The travel guides/escorts were very nice and hospitable.  Would definitely recommend the Sheraton Dreamland Hotel.  Will post comments on your site asap.








Subj.    Fwd: Return flight Oct 24

Date:    10/23/2009 12:30:01 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time




Hello Agi


We have had a wonderful time in Greece, all services provided by you have been exact and rewarding for our journey

Evaristo Piedrahita






To:    agi Mediterranean Vacations <

Date:  Wed, Oct 21, 2009 12:25 pm


Hi dear friend,
It has been a whirlwind since we returned.  So I apologize for not
getting back to you.
I LOVE TURKEY!   In fact, I wish I would have extended it another
week and saw more.  The cave hotel was out of this world.   The
people and the culture was fantastic, so was the food.
We really liked Greece.  However, it was a bit of a let down after
seeing Egypt.  So much of greece has been destroyed.  But it was
truly wonderful.  Mykonos was my favorite island.  I probably could
live there.  We enjoyed the ferry rides and everything worked out
really well.   Except, we never did make it overnight to George's
home island.  Not quite sure what happened.
I was going to call you to tell you to keep you eye open for a
'good' deal (money is tight since we did 2 big trips this year.)
Larry and I would really like Costa Rica for a week.   But also
keep us in mind if any good airfare/trips come your way to
South AMerica.   we have never been there before and I would
like to do the Amazon, Peru, and all the touristy stuff.
We are leaving today for Toledo.  O

ur little granddaughter turns
Also, my son Jeff is now in NYC.  He works for Iron Mountain.  The
plant is on Long Island.  He will be needing housing soon as his
roommate from West Point will be moving to EWR. 
I'll call you next week and we can talk.  Tell me when the best
time for you to talk is...what are your hours???
Love, prayers, and Blessings for making our trip FANTASTIC.


From:  Jackie Johnson ,>


Subject:  Egypt Trip Report

Date:  Sat, Oct. 3, 2009 4:24pm




Per our telephone conversation upon our return from Egypt, I am sending this email regarding out trip.



he accommodations in Cairo were very nice and everyone was very accommodating.

The tour director, Joseph, was very helpful and had most everything organized well.  Those picking us up and meeting us in our various locations were always very prompt and easy to find.

The cruise ship Princess Sarah was very nice.  The entertainment was enjoyable.

The food on the trip was not exception, but actually much better than expected!  After all, we were in Egypt!


The Egyptologists were very informative and gave us an overload of information!  It was all very interesting and something we had always dreamed of seeing!  The Egyptian people are very friendly and we felt safe at all times.


Jackie Johnson



From:  Richardson, Kim

Sent:  Friday, September 11, 2009 2:21 pm

To:  V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: Re. Richardson


hello Vicky,

We had a fabulous time in Egypt and on the Nile River cruise.  Having ou

r tour guides were a definite asset to assist with insight, wisdom and logistics.  They were friendly and welcoming.  I wouldn't have wanted to take a trip like this without them.  We can't thank you enough for the opportunity and for your coordinated efforts to ensure our tour was one we could remember for a lifetime.  Ehab the tour guide on the cruise points, and Haney on the Sonesta.  Both were instrumental to making the trip a successful one.  It was a sorrow when we parted from our last tour guide representative at the airport in Cairo and driver from Luxor to Hurghada.  I highly recommend your tour package for years to come for anyone making travel plans outside the US/internationally!  We felt we had private diplomats and 1st class service.


Kim Richardson



Sent: 6/23/2009 8:32:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: (no subject)


We would like to thank you for the great trip

to Egypt, everything was perfect. The guides were fantastic and we found out quickly how difficult it is to travel after we left the organized trip to travel on our own.
Do you have any orgainzed trips to southeast Asia, the Vietnam area, Thailand, Cambodia? We would be very interested and are planning to travel to that area in November.
Again thank you very much for the wonderful experience.
Regards, Joe and Sharon Graham.

Subj:  Re:  the Egypt Vacation Package

Date:  6/12/2009 12:00 A.M. Eastern Daylignt Time





The group really enjoyed the trip. The Tour guide was great the Tour manager was great they both were easier to work with Friendly Knowledgeable I will recommend this trip to my follow co-worker and anyone else that would like to listen
Cruise ship was friendly clean and we had good food
This was my first time on the riverboat and I really enjoy myself and I will do it again
Transportation was great the bus driver were friendly
Hotel in Cairo was very nice
thank you again
I can wait to plan my Hawaii trip with you Agi you are a pleasure to work with


From:  Deborah Manna []


Date:  Thursday, 4 June 2009

Subject:  Egypt 5/23


After a wonderful trip to London and meeting up with friends we have not seen for over 20 years and taking the double decker bus around the city, we left for Cairo and arrived just past midnight on May 21st.  We were greeted by the tour director who arranged for our hotel room to look out at the pyramids in Giza, wonderful.  We walked around the area, but it was a bit scary because there are no traffic lights and even though there are lanes on the roads they mean nothing people just drive where ever it suits them and if they want to pass they just kind of beep, maybe put on their blinkers and go usually the person behind slows down a bit and everyone is happy.  Pedestrians just kind of fit in between the speeding cars.  Joe said it reminded him of how the chariot races in ancient Rome must have been.I did not see any fender benders through they are all very considerate of each other.  We meet a couple (from Germany - he was American and she was Swiss)  with two children, so Joe had somebody to play with in the pool!!  We also played golf with the pyramids as a backdrop very breath taking.  The hotel arranged for a lovely buffet dinner outside with belly dancers and singers... and believe it or not I did find something to eat and Joe found someone to dance with him!


These days were filled with touring, our wonderful guide Mina picked us up at our hotel.  He was 26 and a graduate of a 4 year program with a degree.  With all the history and soooo many facts to know you have to be very knowledgeable and able to deal with all different personality types.  We traveled with friends Joe and Sharon, the two Joe's were wanderer's Sharon strolled taking it all in and I was with him step by step asking questions and trying not to get lost!  We started out going to the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx, the three pyramids were generational Cheops, Chephren and Micerinus with each one a bit smaller than the next.  We got to climb a bit on one, Joe Manna did go into one-empty but he wanted to experience it! Saturday afternoon we went to the Egyptian Museum and see all the treasures that have not been stolen from Egypt!!  No pictures allowed, the building was build in the mid 1800's and is stuffy and not airconditioned.  So after the glow of seeing everything you realized you were sticking to yourself!! 



From: Deborah Manna []

Sent:  Wednesday, June 03, 2009 5:36 PM


Subject:  A Brief note


Vicky, I wanted to write you a brief note to tell you we had a wonderful trip.  I cannot imagine anyone who had the opportunity to go to Egypt would not agree that it was indeed outstanding.  It was an opportunity we never thought we would have and you made everything easy and economical.  We have been there and back and still cannot believe We were in Egypt!!

The company you use as the tour agency in Egypt was phenomenal!  We have business cards and it is my intent to send them a personal thank you, but I wanted to let you know how great they were.  As you know we arrived in Cairo just past midnight and I was apprehensive about getting to the hotel at that late hour.  Not only was there someone in the airport to meet us, but at that late hour  he escorted us to the van where we were pleasantly greeted by the driver and Tour Director.  Mr. Ashraf William was there to give us the run down of our time in Cairo  He gave us his cell number for any questions and was there several days later when our guide came to show us around Giza and Cairo.  Our Guide, Mina Farouk was fabulous, the fact that he was proud of his heritage and loved what he was doing came through each time he spoke about the wonders we were seeing.  
Mr. William accompanied us to the train station for our over night trip to Luxor, and even though we encouraged him to go home at the late hour, we were ever so grateful that he stayed with us and saw us on the train instead of leaving, because all the announcements were in Arabic.  When we arrived in Luxor we were met at the train station by another representative and taken to the ship, everything was first class and we were treated so wonderfully!  Our guide for this leg of the trip Karim Sayed was a knowledgable young man with excellent English as did almost everyone we met.  The ship was lovely and I was amazed at the spacious cabin.  The only thing I could say about the tours we went on was there might have been to many!!  A lot to see - but it was not hurried and there was plenty of time for rest between the morning and afternoon stops.  It really was nice to be able to come back to the ship have lunch and get refreshed for the afternoon tours.  The cruise was great, truly a floating hotel!  The food and entertainment  was way more than expected.  The ship's staff were attentive and such fun!    
But of all the sites we saw, I can tell you it was not the pyramids that impressed me most, it was the people of Egypt, they were friendly, intelligent, helpful, curious and had the greatest sense of humor.  I can not tell you how much we appreciate your putting together our trip of a lifetime!  Thanks Again,  Joe & Deborah Manna     




Date: Mon June 1, 2009


Thank you so much for your kindness when speaking to you on the phone.  I have wanted to go to Greece for several years.  When my grown daughters graduated College I sent them both to Europe.  Their most favorite place in the world was Greece.

I saved for this trip and was ectastic about going.

Let me try and summarize what happened:

We landed in Athens on Thursday, May 14th.  There was a gentlemen waiting to pick us up and take us to our hotel.  We arrived at the Acropolis Select 1.  Everyone in the hotel were wonderful and very helpful.  The next morning, Friday the 15th we were picked up at our hotel on our way to Pireaus (Sorry if I cannot spell).  At the port there were 2 cruise lines both going to Myknonos, Crete, Kusadasi and Santorini.  At the port they told us to go on two lines.  I went on one line and Ilona Posner went on another.  They said this would be faster if we were on 2 lines.  I waited to sign some papers, (I think they were declarations, I'm not sure) They had my name, but not Ilona's.  Then the lady working there took me off my line across to the other line.  They said I was going on the Aegean Pearl.  I told them I was supposed to be going on the other ship,  They said don't worry, the ship goes to all the same ports.  I met Ilona at the end of the line and I told her that we were going on the Aegian Pearl.  She informed me that her luggage was going on the other ship.  We then had to run to the ship and take her luggage off.  We had to find it first.  After a few minutes we got her luggage.  Someone on the cruise ship, said you better hurray the Aegean Pearl will be leaving in 15 minutes.  We rushed and finally got to our ship.  Well we waited, and waited and waited until our ship finally left. (6 hours later)  The original ship we were supposed to get on, sailed right away.  By the time we arrived at Mykonos it was night time and we had 1-1/2 hours to see the Island.  All we had time for was Pizza.  The ship was very nice and credited our account 40 Euros.  That was nice, but I didn't care about 40 Euros, I wanted to see Mykonos.  Every island we went to were no more than 4 hours.

Our cruise was over and we went back to The Acropolis Select.  We stayed there for 7 more nights.  I have never been to Greece, so I did not know that our itinerary was terrible.  Our travel agent should have told us to stay at Mykonos 3 days and Santorini 3 days.  It was nice to see the changing of the guards and The Acropolis and a few other things but 7 days was way to much for Athens. 

We booked a few other things like late night in Athens which was very nice and we took a one day cruise to Hydra, Agean and I forgot the other island.  But of course we spent 40 minutes at 1 island, 1 hour and 20 minutes at another and 1-1/2 hours at the third. 

All I am saying is that Greece is beautiful, but unfortunately we did not see any island for any amount of time.  We truly were misinformed about what to do.

Of course after I came home I told several of my family and friends who have been to Greece what happened and they could not believe that we weren't told to spend a few days on each island.

Well, I want to thank you for your time and effort.  I hope we can come to some agreement about what to do in this matter.

Again, thank you Aggie.

Sincerely Carol Lisak and Ilona Posner





Egypt trip

Charlotte Dutton []

Date 2/2/09


The trip I took was incredible!
Charlotte Dutton





Subject:  Thank You

Date:  Mon, 26 Jan 2009 8:38 am


Re:  FAM to Egypt


Dear George,

The trip was outstanding.  Thank you for everything.  I will be in touch.




Renee S. Gordon

Philadelphia Sunday Sun

2256 N. 51st Street

Phila., PA 19131




From:  Louise Rutkowski []

Sent:  Monday, January 26, 2009 2:25 PM


Subject:  For George and Vicky


Good afternoon George and Vicky,
We are home from Egypt in one piece and recovering from the 12 hour flight from Cairo.  All of us are beginning to get back to normal and enjoy thinking about our trip. I will write a bit later this week about the highlights for you, you know we had a great time.

As for our Nile Cruise, it was lovely. We saw things we only dreamed of, and had a wonderful Egyptologist.  Of course we were nearly "baksheeshed" to death daily, but had good bus drivers, saw what we dreamed of seeing, and rode our camels and visited the souks and bazaars.  I will fill you in with greater detail after catching up in the office.
Thank you,

Louise Rutkowski




Subj:  comentarios

Date:  12/19/2008 1:1437 P.M.




Estimada Agi, muchas gracias por la llamada de seguimiento y excelente organización. El viaje por Egipto estuvo maravilloso. Los lugares son preciosos y la gente amable. En cuanto a la organización y logística: 100 puntos ! Todos los detalles estuvieron cuidados y esto nos hizo sentir muy bien atendidos.


Gracias y felices fiestas !


Juan Ignacio de la Rosa


Sent: 12/11/2008 10:32:12 A.M. Eastern Standard Time

Dear Agi.


I wanted to let you know how well our Egypt vacation went.  As you promised, we were met on arrival in Cairo and everything you promised happened.  Our hotel accommodations were excellent and the cruise was great.  We all had a great vacation and feel that it was a tremendous value.  We will use your organization for future vacations



Thank you



Re: Welcome Back

To: V Stephanou Mediterranean Vacations









To: RekoTours
Sent: 10/1/2008 3:12:01 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Re: greetings

Hello Steve just a little note to thank you for such an extraordinary trip to Egypt.The hotel in Cairo was wonderful and my favorite part was the journey down the Nile the boat was for my surprise very confortable and I specially enjoy the company of our tour guide Tarek Nabil he was very knowlageble and fun.In general it was a wonderful experience that I will repeat over and over again.Please extend my thanks to everybody in Caribbean Escape
Best Regard
Alfredo Brito (Miami,Fla)


RE: Tours of Madrid & Barcelona

To: Vicky Stephanou

Date: 8/20/08





We returned from our trip Monday afternoon with no problems. Thank you for arranging this FAM trip. The ground transportation was prompt, courteous, and above-all professional. The accommodations were centrally located and had all the amenities we needed including great breakfasts! Thank you very much and I look forward to future bookings with you!


M & M



From:  The Travel Center / American Express

To:  Mediterranean Vacations

Date:  Aug. 14, 2008


Re:  Booking No. 4192  DELUXE PACKAGE TO EGYPT


Dear Mr. Tsapelas,


I am writing this short note to praise your agent Vicky.


After many changes by my clients, she put together a wonderful itinerary for Ellen Tseytel & Eugene Chernyak.


The hotels were wonderful, the cruise delightful and the service extraordinaire.


As a travel agent in this day and age, I understand the frustrations of getting all the pertinent information for the clients, but of course closing the order is difficult.  Between the internet and everything elase we have to work with, vicky did a tremendous job with this booking.


I look forward to working with Vicky again in the future, and if you are able could you kindly send me any brochures which I can use o ce new clients?


Thank you for keeping your standards high.




Helene Mangot



Re:  FAM to Egypt for Regal Travel, Verna - proposal

Date:    7/30/08




George you are absolutely wonderful. I love good customer service. You and your staff have been on it to help me be successful for this potential group travel. I will stay in touch and look at some other bookings. Do you know have anything for Ghana Africa? I have a missionary group to prepare for next July 2009.


They are interested in staying in Keta (Volta Region) The actual work site is Sogakope.


Let me know!


Have a wonderful day. We will be back in touch!











Re:  Group to France


Hi Vicky


Further updates on Margaret’s group:


As per tour leader, so far everything is running good with the tour without much problem.

Group leader advised her members are enjoying the journey and happy with the accommodations arrangement.

Group coordinator also take this opportunity to reconfirm with the group leader the rest of the services

On 23July.





CC: RekoTours
Sent: 7/9/2008 10:09:06 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Re: Mediterranean Vacations - EGYPT


Hi Rhonda,

I am an outside agent in the U.S. and used Mediterranean Vacations for our trip to Egypt.
It was a perfect trip!!!  It was organized, good hotels, Nile cruise was great, guides very good.I could highly recommend the company for your trip.
As for speaking for Canada---cannot give you advice.
Jack Morgan





Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 9:45AM


Subject:  out trip


Our trip was very nice.  Our transfer was right outside of customs waiting for us in a nice, new bus--plenty of room.  We really liked the Royal Olympic Hotel.  The staff was very friendly and our rooms very lovely.  We enjoyed gathering around the pool area in the afternoon and early evenings for r and r.  Our city tour was very nice and our guide was very informative and gave such wonderful information.  One could really tell that she enjoyed her job.  Our ship was as expected and I think I mentioned that my parents upgraded their cabin for an room--my mom is claustrophobic.  We enjoyed visiting the Greek islands and found that our dollar was much better in Greece than other countries of Europe.  Thanks so much for all your work with our trip.  Our only other problem was what I had already mentioned but will copy it below.  Overall, we had a great trip.  Greece is such a beautiful country.


Denise Wilson





Sent:  Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:41PM


Subject:  hi steve


We truly enjoyed our FAM trip to Egypt, as I wrote to you before.

Now we are wanting a FAM to India for 2009.  What is available??



Jack Morgan

Flying Dutchman Travel



Hi Vicky,


It is Jo Collins here. You put together a wonderful package for my mother-in-law to Egypt and Israel earlier this year, they had a fabulous time and really enjoyed the personalized service that you put together.


As an independent travel agent, I received a brochure/flyer for trips with CE Vacations to Jamaica, I believe that this is also part of Rekotours (your company).


Please let me know if this is a possibility.


Thanks and regards


Josephine Collins

Rhodes Associates

555 Fifth Avenue, 6th fl.

New York, NY  10017

Tel: 212-503-0468 

Cell: 917-744-9848 

Fax: 212-503-0456





Re: new itiniary

LC Graves []

To: Vicky Stephanou

Date: June 24, 2008


I would like to let you know that everything went very well on my trip. It was very nice, the tour guides were very professional and the accommodations were great. Mediterranean Vacations is a wonderful agency.

Thanks again for all of your hard work Vicky.

I will definitely be in touch with you for future cross country travel.  


Date: 6/8/2008 11:20:25 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
From: PatMRosier
To: RekoTours



From: Red Sky Travel []
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 6:22 AM
To: Vicky Stephanou
Subject: Egypt FAM


Vicki, Good Morning!  I just wanted you and George to know that the Egypt trip was everything I expected!  Even more.  I learned so much about the country.  The hotel, riverboat, guides, transportation was excellent.  Everyone on the trip was compatible.  Thank you so much for all your help.  I can't wait to go again and now I feel confidiant about selling it.  I'll be in touch!  Thanks, Tish


Tish Stevens





Subject:  Egypt FAM

Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 12:28pm


My wife and I just returned from a wonderful 10 day FAM to Egypt with your Mediterranean Vacations.  It was outstanding---from hotels, locations, cruise, guides, food, etc.  We will certainly recommend this trip to our clients and friends.

Thank you for offering this trip to us.
Eileen and Jack Morgan



From:      Danielle McCartney []

Sent:       Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:36am

To:          Reservation

Subject:   FAM to Egypt for ITB Travel, Danielle


Hi George,

Just a note to let you know we had a good time in Egypt, the tour company you used was excellent.  I would like to do a group for next April around the same time.

Thanks Danielle


From:  Peggy Fragopoulos

Re:    Trip to Greece

Date: 3/26/08


our trip to greece was very good. . . thanks the tour guide we had out of Reko was the best i had ever had.


i am now looking for some good travel prices to return to Greece June 4.




peggy fragopoulos




From:  Merry Liff []

Re: Egypt Tour

Date:  March 25, 2008


Dear Vicky,

We just got home last night, and I wanted to email you to tell you how perfectly everything went.  Every guide and transfer showed up, and was on time.
The Hilton was fine.
The cruise ship could use a little updating, but the cabins were spacious enough and the crew most helpful.
Our guides were marvelous, and I would really want you to know one of them, Hany in Cairo, should have his employer know how very exemplary he is.
I want to thank you again for all your hard work on our behalf.  We appreciate it and I learned so very much.
Thanks again,
Merry Liff




Re: Package to Egypt for Feb 29 - March 10

Date: 3/24/08


Dear Vicky,
            Just a quick note to tell you we are back from our trip to Egypt. Everything worked out GREAT and we had a fabulous time. All the guides were on time, courteous, polite and English speaking. We want to Thank You for arranging this wonderful trip
                       Joy Rubinstein
                 Cruises Of A lifetime



From:    Peggy Fragopoulos []

Sent:    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 4:45 PM

To:        Vicky Stephanou

Subject:    greece


Our trip was great.  We were very happy with Reko. 

Thanks for your help in arranging our trip.


Thanks, Peggy


From:  James Watson []

Sent:  Friday, Feb. 1

To:  Mediterranean Vacations

Subject: Re: Package to Egypt Clients Watson & Iloputaife


Dear George,


Wahid our tour escort was great.  So were the guides in Cairo and on the cruise.  Our final guide in Cairo Abir had the best command of English and was very friendly and helpful.  We count her and Wahid as new friends.  Henni our driver in Cairo was as good as they come.  We hope he will be our driver when we return to Cairo.  Looking forward to working with you again.


Our tour escort Wahid was most helpful and professional.  He was very friendly, cordial and always smiling.  The same is true of our local tours both in Cairo and on the cruise.  Our female guide Cairo Abir had the best command of English, and was very clear in her explanations.






Date: Fri. Dec. 28, 2007 3:29 pm


     I just wanted to thank you for putting together this tour to Egypt for me at the last minute.  I had called & emailed several tours companies, & all of them said I was "out of luck" for a Nile Cruise, as well as, hotels, as everything was booked up for the holidays. Then, all of a sudden, I found " YTB Travel", & YOU were there for us!   Vicky, you were patient, friendly, & spent the time to put everything together.  Thank you so much!!!  You're the BEST!!!

     Not only were the tour guides in Egypt  knowledgeable & effecient, but they were kind & warm, especially Mohammed on the cruise from Aswan to Luxor.  Wow, he was lots of fun!  Everybody did a fantastic job & always on time.   But the very best was Mahmoud in Cairo.  He gave me his cell phone from the start & was always available...& very caring!  We loved our trip & we now LOVE Egyptians.  We also LOVE your company & plan to use it for our future trips.  We will  be sure & tell all our friends & contacts about you! (And about YTB Travel)   Thanks so much for our Holiday vacation!



Re: Package to Egypt Kinney Joan/ X 4


To: Vicky Stephanou


Hi Vicky,

Despite my reservations, our trip went very smoothly . Tours were excellent and the cruise on the Nile was perfect-- a great boat!
Thanks for all your help and Happy New Year!!
Joan Kinney    
Allison Travel



From:  Joseph Zadikani,

Re: Egypt Tours

Date: Wed. 19 Dec 2007 6:36pm


We took the 10 days trip vacation package to Egypt in December 2007. The trip was organized perfect. The company and the staff in Egypt were very professional and took care of our needs the best way possible, even when sometimes our request was a bit out of line. They went the extra mile to satisfy us in any way they could. I would specially mention the guide in Cairo Haitham Samir who took care of all our needs and requests -additional excursion - till the last moment we checked in and ready to board the airplane back to California. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We strongly recommend this package. Thank you for arranging this trip for us, it was amazing and unforgettable.


Rachel and Joseph



Re: Aegean II




This is 1 of 3 reviews of the Aegean II, I was very impressed!

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Subj: Greece 
Date: 11/29/2007 10:45:46 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Dear George & Vicky

Just wanted to let you know what a great time everyone had on the 
trip we took to Greece earlier this month.

The services provided in Greece were outstanding.  The tour operator 
there was always on time for all of the planned activities and the 
tour guides were exceptional, especially George our guide on the 
three day Classical Tour.  We all felt like we had made many friends 
by the time we left to come home and sad to leave such  a beautiful 
country with such a fascinating history.

Some of the participants had never left the U.S. before and this was 
a great educational experience for them, not only historically but 
culturally.  I think to travel is the best educational experience 
anyone can have.  I hope to do many more trips with Mediterranean Vacations who 
provided us with such an exceptional opportunity to experience that 
part of the world.

I would like to thank both George and Vicky for a job well done.

Yours Sincerely,

Wendy Keller
Transnet Travel
1011 Bay Ridge Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403



From: Barbara Reed [ ]
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 4:46 PM
Subject: Trip to Greece


We have  returned from a great  trip.  Using  various  companies and  venders does have its excitement, but Stella and  Marie  were  very helpful.  Cruise was adequate and good size to visit the islands.  Land portion was excellent and all hotels were very nice.


Thanks  again,


Barbara Reed  #3726




Subj: Package to Egypt for Burger Margaret 
Date: 8/23/2007 1:07:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Thank you for an exciting, educational, fun filled and wonderful trip to Egypt. We were pampered from the very moment we arrived in Egypt.  We were met by Haussan who took care of everything including the Visa. We were escorted to the Intercontinental Pyramid Resort and it was luxurious, comfortable and everyone was quite friendly, more than we had expected. While our rooms were being made ready it was just enough time for us to get lunch in the lounge. The diner reception in the evening was very good.
Our tour guides, Mohammad in Cairo and Aladine for 4 days and 3 nights while on the cruise, were most exceptional and very knowledgeable. I even enjoyed the camel ride (smile).  Thanks for Abraham our security escort who was with us doing our tour of the Pyramids, although we never felt that we were ever in any danger while on this trip to Egypt.
Even if they did not speak English, everyone tried hard to meet all of our needs. We were treated like VIPs in Egypt. This has been an unforgettable experience.
Now that I have experienced Egypt, I am looking forward to taking the group we have already booked with you in 2008. As a matter of fact, one of the travelers in the group plans to return on the 2008 trip with her son and grandson. How about that for loving a trip.The clients that are going in 2008 are excited and anticipating an unforgettable Egypt trip.I have assured all that I have talked to, they are in for an experience of a life time.  I'm sure the 2008 Egypt trip will be just as grand, exciting, educational and luxurious as this one.
George, my clients and I thank you very much. 
Best Regards,
Margaret Burger
Managing Partner
Dees International Travel and Tours
Tel. 215-548-3337
Fax. 215-242-6068



RE: New reservation

Simon Kwong (skwong) []

To:  Vicky Stephanou


Hello Vicky,


I just want to say thank you so much for arranging our trip to Greece.  We had a wonderful time.






Subject:  Egypt

Date: 4/25/07



As a rule i am not one to write letters after a trip.However the following is my exception.
Egypt is an incredible trip and while my group was concerned prior to booking there is only good to report.Safety was not an issue and we never felt threatned.Your representatives in Egypt made our visit fantastic.They were always on time,transportation was first class,the cruise was spectactular and the sights
something everyone should see in their lifetime.
Most important,we made friends.
mike kessler



Report on Egypt


Date: 4/14/07


Dear Vickie,

Thought I would jot off a note to let you know how the trip to Egypt went.
Everything was just great from the people who met us at the airport to the
people who took us out on tours to the Nile cruise and the train.
The tour people were just wonderful and we were completely
comfortable and welcomed to the letter of tourism.  I had a few suggestions,
If you would like my help, I will be glad to advise you where it could be improved.
Some of the vouchers were not clear and there, it could be improved.
We had a wonderful trip and made some wonderful new friends.
We were treated royally every place we traveled.
Thanks for your help.
Marilyn Daitch





Subject:    "Holidays Greetings to EVERYBODY!

Date:        Wed, 20 Dec 2006 4:15 PM


Thank you so much! 

My clients just returned from Egypt and are raving about your tour operation and Hotels.  They are VERY
Thank you and Happy Holiday to you



Sent: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 12:28 PM
Subject: Egypt

        I want to commend you and each and every member of your staff for the professionalism, dedication and services provided to my group and myself the past ten days.  You really outdid yourself.  Everything was tight.  Everyone was wonderful.  We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will be talking about this fam for a long long time.  As I sit here at my desk reminiscing the days gone by, I can't seem to get focused.  Last week I was a queen, a princess, a goddess, and cousin to half the men in Cairo and all the men in Aswan/Luxor only to be delegated to a desk in Philadelphia.  Life plays terrible jokes on you.  Jokes - Egyptians loves a joke.  We joked the whole ten days.
        We loved Mostafa.  He took excellent care of us and gave us the opportunity to see Memphis and the City of Alexandria.  Fathi (Papa Zuzu) stretched our minds and our legs to the max.  I could not imagine ever seeing Egypt with anyone else.  I am sure each of us would repeat this same trip tomorrow if we could.
        The hotel was beautiful.  I wish we could have stayed another few days there and when I return, I am definitely doing the 5-day cruise on the Jasmin.  Thanks to Mostafa and the captain, we were able to have a cake and celebrate the birthday of one of the group.  Riding the train was fun.  I expected Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes to come walking down the corridor at any time.
        By the way, thanks again for the two handsome security members who rode with us.  That was worth the fam itself.  Everything was wonderful and worth every penny.  I thank you for the opportunity to have gone on this fam and I am working hard to change the minds of Americans who think they are not safe in Egypt.
Terry N. Austin
Travel Consultant
International Tours and Cruises
313 W. Logan Street
Philadelphia, PA  19103


Subj: Egypt trip in November,2006 
Date: 1/3/2007 11:24:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)
Dear Vicky:
   I want to tell you that my wife & I really enjoyed our trip to Egypt this past November. The people were all very courteous and seemed like they really wanted to please. At no time did we feel that we may be in any danger. Spending all day with our tour guides allowed us to get to know the culture and the Muslim's point of view. The people like Americans but they don't like our government. I have a new perspective on the world and the Middle East issues from speaking to our guides.
   I would not advise to drive in Egypt because they drive like crazy compared to the US. The boat that we took on the Nile 3 night trip was OK BUT I am used to the large cruise ships. I believe there are nicer boats to take on the Nile.
  Overall, it was a great experience. Thanks for your help in setting the trip up on short notice. Regards,
Bob Becker
St John Properties, Inc.
Tel. 410-369-1210
Cell 410-404-5510
Fax 410-369-1810


From:  marcela liberman []


Subject:    FROM CAIRO










Sent:    Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:34 PM

To:        Vicky Stephanou

Subject: RE: Package to Italy



The trip was GREAT!  Everything happened as planned.


Thank you very much for setting everything up.


Regards & Thanks,

Bob Hoehl



Subj:    Our Honeymoon to Greece ATT JAMES

Date:    11/11/2005 5:03:39 P.M. Eastern Standard Time




Dear James and management at Mediterranean Vacations


With this email, we would like to thank "James" at Mediterranean Vacations, the travel agent that booked our honeymoon vacation to Greece.  He was very nice, very efficient and very helpful.

As we have never visited Greece before, we called and spoke with many travel agents and many offices.  James at Mediterranean Vacations made us feel comfortable every time we spoke with him, and he was able to offer us the honeymoon vacation we wanted, beating all the prices we had received (even lower than the internet), and he did it all with excellent treatment.

We had such a great time in Greece, it is an absolutely beautiful place totally worth to visit.

We are definitely going back and we are definitely going to make the arrangements again with "James" at Mediterranean Vacations.


Many many thank to you James for offering this wonderful honeymoon.


Yours Truly

J. Gilmour & K.Wirth


Subj:        Web Form Email

Date:        11/13/2006 7:30:10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time




Cherie Luther


Groton, CT 06340




Vicki, just wanted to let you know how great our trip to Greece was.  The transfers were perfect, we never had to wait or wonder, and the hotel in Santorini was beautiful.  Thank you so much.  We would not hesitate to travel with you again.  Cherie


July 27, 2005


Mediterranean Vacations

Attention:  Owner/Manager/James

31-05 21th Ave

PO Box 5278

Astoria, NY 11105


RE:        Flight arrangements to Greece


Dear James and the management at Mediterranean Vacations:


    With this letter, I would like to extend my gratitude to "James," the travel agent I recently dealt with at Mediterranean Vacations.  He was absolutely one of the nicest, most professional, efficient travel agents that I have ever worked with.  My family frequently needs complex travel arrangements since our schedules are very hectic, and James was able to successfully meet my urgent, last minute flight to Thessaloniki, Greece out of New York with no problems whatsoever.  He beat all prices I received from agents throughout New York and Pennsylvania and the Internet, and he did it all with first-class treatment.  I was thrilled with the kind, well-organized, express service that James provided me with and I just want to be sure he is commended for all his hard work and excellent customer service.  After dealing with James the past few days, I will be sure to make all my travel arrangements with James from Mediterranean Vacations.


    Thank you again, James, for doing such a great job!


Very truly yours,


Aubrey Morris

Legal Department

cc:    Staff at Mediterranean Vacations