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Peter & Sharon Johnson

Thank you Leon for all of your efforts in arranging our trip to NZ. Your recommendation of Grand Pacific was spot on - no one could expect a better service than we experienced. The flight over on NZ Airlines was very pleasant and included drinks (some alcoholic) & a meal which was quite good considering the circumstances they have to produce them in. We were surprised that our seats included complimentary on board movies. We only realised this when our neighbours had to pay $10 to select some of the more recent movies. Also the seats had more leg room than expected. We were met at Auckland airport by Grand Pacific and transported to our motel which was very grand with a humongous square bed. The tour director (Jo Moore) went above and beyond expectations in all aspects and the coach drivers on each island (they did the commentary and were extremely knowledgeable and informative) were very professional. We really appreciated that they delivered our bags to our rooms and then collected them again each morning. Jo was particularly meticulous in checking that all begs were there before any were loaded onto the bus. We changed seats each day in a system that made sure everyone got a front seat and that you were not seated near the same people all of the time. The inclusions in the tour were really great and the Tour Director always asked who was interested in doing the optional excursions. She would then ring ahead to book you on the tour and made arrangements for us to get us to the particular event right down to being at the take off point to iron out any little problems which may occur. I believe we saw a great cross section of New Zealand and were able to take in all of the main attractions offered in NZ. We had a great lot of co passengers who got on together extremely well and many new friendships were made. ALL IN ALL LEON YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE TOUR COMPANY AND AIRLINES CANNOT BE FAULTED AND WE HAVE NO HESITATION IN RECOMMENDING YOU TO ANYONE FOR ANY TOURS IN AUSTRALIA OR ABROAD. MANY THANKS.

11 March 2020 at 12:30 pm
Catherine & Adam Rolfe

Leon organised a brilliant family holiday for us. We went to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Luzern, Locarno, Rome and Dubai. Every aspect of our trip went well - accommodation met our needs and requests, transport was highly organised (including relevant transfers), and the tours were perfect. The quality of information, provision of relevant vouchers, and the detail via the app made our travel seamless. Thanks Leon for helping organise such a great trip - your attention to detail, your knowledge of areas and your calm and sensible approach made all the difference.

13 January 2020 at 12:51 pm
Desley and Tom Young and Naughten

Tom was told by the doctor to have a break. We chose the Pacific Dawn P&O cruise rather than book a unit at the coast. To our surprise it was value for money, extremely well organised, clean thoroughly efficient. The food was wonderful, Decor exceptional. We loved it. Staff were very polite and dedicated to their jobs. 3 day comedy shows were brilliant. Health discussions were interesting too. It was a great break and makes it hard to return to the real world. Certainly makes us want to go on a longer cruise. Thankyou Leon it was smooth sailing all the way.

19 December 2019 at 09:05 pm
Desley and Tom Young and Naughten

Tom was told by the doctor to have a break. We chose the Pacific Dawn P&O cruise rather than book a unit at the coast. To our surprise it was value for money, extremely well organised, clean thoroughly efficient. The food was wonderful, Decor exceptional. We loved it. Staff were very polite and dedicated to their jobs. 3 day comedy shows were brilliant. Health discussions were interesting too. It was a great break and makes it hard to return to the real world. Certainly makes us want to go on a longer cruise. Thankyou Leon it was smooth sailing all the way.

19 December 2019 at 09:05 pm
Lou Keevers

Thanks again Leon for your research and booking of my flights. You always manage to get me the best possible deals. Love the MTA app and the reassurance of the notifications and messages. I’ve honestly lost track of how many trips our family have booked through you now, however, the fact that we never consider doing it any other way is testament to your efficiency and experience. Thanks so much Leon.

23 September 2019 at 04:41 am
George Samios

Hi Leon Thankyou once again for a great holiday of Greece ,Ireland & london

21 September 2019 at 01:24 pm
Rhonda Geitz

A very big thanks Leon for organising our birthday celebration tour of Switzerland and Italy. We had the most amazing and hassle free trip, all thanks to your invaluable travel knowledge that included fabulous itinerary and tour recommendations. Leon took the time to find out what our individual interests were and what type of travel we were seeking to do. Again, thanks for all your careful consideration in arranging our tour - now to plan the next one!!

16 September 2019 at 08:51 pm
Mary Rutledge

My partner and & I just completed a 6 week trip around the world. This trip was organized by Leon Bruggemann and we cannot fault his work. We had the most fabulous trip. Leon’s preparation and organization was spot on. We think his work planning and booking our trip was first class. Everything went very smoothly without a single hitch. Thanks so much Leon for having it all so well put together. We will certainly be traveling again by and by and Leon is our preferred agent in a heartbeat. Thanks so much Leon. Cheers.

02 July 2019 at 08:32 pm
Helen Judd

Had a wonderful cruise with friends and family. Thanks Leon for booking (at short notice) the cruise for us.

27 May 2019 at 06:28 am
Heidi & Peter Thompson

Thank you Leon for organising our trip to Honolulu for 8 wonderful days to celebrate Peter's 50th. The accommodation was perfect for our family and the location was two blocks from the beach. The invaluable knowledge you provided before leaving was excellent. We loved the beach, shopping, scenery, people and the pineapples (they were amazing). The best by far was Pearl Harbour which we visited twice as we didn't have enough time during the tour. The USS Arizona memorial is still not open, but they are hoping to have it open by the end of the year. They still take you on the boat and give a talk but you don't get off..was disappointed, but can't be helped. The night flight over was horrible as we didn't sleep much, but soon forgot when we went for a walk and checked out the area. Had breakfast at 'Barefoot Cafe' as recommended by you, and it was delicious. Would recommend Charley's Taxi from airport to Waikiki as it's a set rate of $29 plus tax - $30.50. There's a free call number provided. They are there waiting at the airport and on our return we rang 30 minutes before needing one and they came to the hotel at the time organised. Thanks for a well organised trip...had an awesome time and would highly recommend Hawaii. Heidi & Peter

21 April 2019 at 12:30 pm
Ian & Penny Campbell-Wilson

Thank you Leon for booking our delightful trip on the Princess Dawn. Your recommendation of choosing cabins on the 10th level was excellent. No noise whatsoever, staff great, we enjoyed the Waterfront Restaurant - utilised the Pantry for breakfast and lunch. Great coffee at all points on the ship. Very prompt and friendly embarking and disembarking. All staff very friendly and compenent. Thank you Leon.

17 April 2019 at 04:45 pm
Scott & Donna Thompson

Thanks to Leon for organising our trip to Lord Howe Island. A great destination for a holiday with beautiful scenery, friendly people, and lots of natural attractions to experience on tours, snorkeling, kayaking, walking etc. Accomodation was well located, and the weather was great (until we tried to leave and our plane couldn’t land. Flew home via Sydney minus our luggage!) Overall a great holiday. Highly recommended both Lord Howe, as well as Leon as the travel agent. Climbing Mt Gower was just one of the major highlights.

16 April 2019 at 08:16 pm
Angela Walker

Hi Leon. Thank you for an effortless holiday. The most stress was what to pack. We had a fantastic time on carnival spirit. so easy getting on and off the ship both in Sydney and day trip destinations. The staff on board the Spirit go out of their way to make everything right for you, from Artwell our waiter at dinner to Wayan our cabin stewart and even Chloe the cruise director take time out to meet and talk to as many people as she can. You have a wide choice of food to choose from and even eating health is not a problem if you choose to. Definitely recommend going to the Nouveau restaurant. The children had a ball. We didn't see our 15 year old son and our 11 year old daughter floated between the kids club, water slide and other fun activity happening on board. The shows on each night where great. The Red Frog bar with the Manilla band playing where great and kid friendly up to 10am, which was perfect because we where ready for bed then. We where not fussed on Noumea but loved the Isle if Pines and Mare. The snorkeling at Mare was beautiful and the sights at the Isle of Pines where just what you expect paradise to be. When Carnival Spirit comes up to Brisbane next year definitely recommend for families. Once again thank you for a hassle free holiday. Angela and the family

10 October 2018 at 11:31 am
Vicki Matthews

Thanks for the welcome home Leon. Had a great trip, the Dreamliner is a much smaller plane and not so many people on board which is great. Because of the fewer numbers we were able to leave both Brisbane and Vancouver earlier as the plane was loaded much quicker. Wouldn't say the food was super but it was adequate and the staff were friendly. I'm still coming to terms with the fact we don't need paperwork to board a plane these days! Cheers Vicki

05 October 2018 at 03:39 pm
Ian Darnell

Great trip and well planned by Leon. The only bits we could not plan were spoilt by Sydney's non-tourist friendly attitude. They need to do a lot of work to improve their image. I think they think it is Sydney so people will come. After Perth and Darwin, they need a lot of work to make the place worth returning to. However well done again Leon. Next trip on the drawing board

03 September 2018 at 02:12 pm
S & T Miller

Have used Leon to book a number of travel experiences now and always found him excellent to deal with and ensures all aspects of the trip is covered. Have just returned from a 3 week trip to the USA which was excellent. Leon is always a pleasure to deal with. Many Thanks S & T Miller

02 July 2018 at 10:36 am
Bob SNOW

Thanks Leon. We had a great holiday in Rome, Sicily and England. As on previous occasions when you have booked flights for us, all the flight arrangements went extremely smoothly and your advice on seating locations on the planes was very useful. Thanks again, Bob Snow.

17 June 2018 at 09:17 am
Heather Gould

Thank you so much. All the arrangements went like clock work. The Keio Crowne Plaza hotel in Tokyo was especially nice. We had a bit of a walk to validate our JR rail pass it was probably a km away from the hotel but we saw a bit of the city. We couldn't use the rail pass on the subway but all was good. Kyoto is a beautiful city and we were glad that we had time there. Heather Gould

22 April 2018 at 03:34 pm
Heather Gould

Thank you so much. All the arrangements went like clock work. The Keio Crowne Plaza hotel in Tokyo was especially nice. We had a bit of a walk to validate our JR rail pass it was probably a km away from the hotel but we saw a bit of the city. We couldn't use the rail pass on the subway but all was good. Kyoto is a beautiful city and we were glad that we had time there. Heather Gould

22 April 2018 at 03:20 pm
Eleanor Freeman

Excellent two weeks in New Zealand with Kirra Tours. Transfers were organised and punctual, the hotels were first class and the tour guides were excellent. Everything went to plan. I would highly recommend travelling I New Zealand with Kirra Tours. Many thanks, Eleanor Freeman

09 April 2018 at 08:17 pm
Dave & Carolyn Vardy

Thank you Leon for organising our Christmas New Year trip. London pre-Christmas was very busy with people Christmas shopping. We fitted in plenty of sightseeing around London, a trip on the river Thames and a night at the theatre (Lion King) which was fantastic. The train trip from London to Paris then Zurich and on to Lucerne was unbelievably quick. It was a grey day but saw the French countryside. Lucerne was beautiful – two days we tripped into the alps - plenty of snow – fantastic scenery and food. Everything went as planned. Hotels top class. Fly to New York – very cold (as low as -20c). Central Park was white – plenty to do and see – every day full with lots of walking (and freezing). Theatre again to see ‘’Cats’’. Train trip to Washington, DC was pleasant. Washington a fantastic place, the Discover DC tour was tops. Would recommend it to anyone going to Washington – lots of history there. Then to Los Angeles – temperature more pleasant and scenery greener. Full day tour (A Day in LA) saw all the main sights. Really top tour and knowledgeable driver. Thank you very much Leon for your expertise in organising flights, rail, transfers, accommodation, day tours and suggestions, Everything was very well organised and went according to plan without any hitches making for a very pleasant holiday.

16 January 2018 at 09:48 pm
Richard McKillop

Thankyou Leon for all the work you did for our holiday. Both Lyn and I enjoyed our time in Tasmania. All our accommodation was excellent. Our two boat trips one around Bruny Is was so exciting, fast and breath taking then we did the trip World Heritage up the Gordon River was again breath taking and much calmer in the big cat. Again thankyou for helping us have a wonderful holiday.

27 October 2017 at 09:25 am
Glen Reid

Can't thank you enough Leon for helping organise our "Trip of a lifetime" for Janet and I ..... 4 days in Paris followed with the 5 days in London was a real adventure and we crammed in sooo much, it was so exciting. The trip to Giverny to see Monet's Garden was special as was so many other things... the Louvre Tour, Eiffel Tower Dinner, trip to Colchester and Tollesbury, hop on hop off bus in London.....all memorable with no problems and great tour guides. The accommodation in Paris was spot on!!! as was London!!! great locations and excellent service. The next phase was the Trafalgar 16 day tour of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales exceeded our expectations with a brilliant Tour Director, Charles, and an equally brilliant Coach Driver, Wayne, set the pace for an exciting and fun tour. Once again, many thanks for your guidance, advise and experience ..... fond memories forever...... shall start planning our next adventure!!!! we are hooked !!!

13 October 2017 at 01:45 pm
Christine Peterson

Every thing went so smoothly. Loved the update messages from MTA about flights. Would highly recommend Slovenia and Croatia to everyone they are amazing. Slovenia would be a great 3 - 4 day stop for anyone traveling to Italy and have a few days spare.

30 August 2017 at 07:53 am
Brenda Brown

Thank you Leon. Our trip you organized to see Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs and then our wonderful experience catching the Ghan to Darwin. Your advice was invaluable and made our travels go smoothly and stress free. We had such a great time, the colours of the centre are like no other and seeing Katherine Gorge, Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks was such a memorable holiday. We enjoyed every moment of our time in the Northern Territory.

01 August 2017 at 09:55 am
Narelle Benz

We had a lovely day. We went to Melbourne and toured the Great Ocean Road and finished with a few days on Adelaide. Thank you for helping organise our trip.

10 April 2017 at 03:00 pm
Susan Cruickshank

Feels so good to talk to a human with trusted reputation and long experience. Communication clear and timely. All details synced well, with airlines and accommodation at perfect times and places. Other great advice to round off the experience in a new city. Thanks Leon.

18 March 2017 at 03:25 pm
Jim Samios

We have just returned from a business buying trip in Sydney. Leon was exceptional in organizing everything we needed to ensure a successful time away. He suggested flying out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba , which turned out to be hassle free and very convenient. Also his choice of Hotel was excellent . The Holiday Inn Darling Harbour was a lovely hotel to stay at & ideally situated for us to attend The Gift Fair at the Convention Centre , as it was within easy walking distance. It is also very handy to China Town & Paddy's Markets. If you are thinking of doing any travelling , whether it is within Australia or Overseas we can not recommend Leon highly enough. The Staff At Samios Mini Mart

06 March 2017 at 12:28 pm
Darren Eather

Thanks Leon, Everything went perfectly well and the accommodation you recommended was excellent. Thanks

16 February 2017 at 08:16 am
Janice Thomas

Our first White Christmas rates a 10/10. Canada was the ultimate destination and in particular British Columbia and Alberta and Yukon. We chose Travelmarvel to tour with and we were well looked after. This trip would go down as probably my most memorable with a huge WOW factor attached. From start to finish this holiday was one big continual "pinch me moment". I feel like I'm a bit addicted to Canada in winter but having said that I am really keen to go back in say June when the scenery is entirely different and wildlife is in abundance. A huge thank you to Leon Bruggemann for helping us achieve our dream of a White Christmas. Your planning and advices have never let us down in past holiday projects, and this one was no exception. You're a legend Leon.

18 January 2017 at 02:54 pm
Wayne Hoger

Jenny and I have just spent a week in beautiful Vanuatu (Efate, Port Villa). We were looking for 7 days of little more than relaxing and forgetting about our busy year. Leon set us up with everything we needed to make it just that - a relaxing time. It was our first time overseas so you can imagine we were a little unsure of what to expect, but it was so easy. Leon had it all covered. For anyone interested in going to Vanuatu, we would strongly recommend Breakas Resort, especially the beach front villas. Their staff are brilliant and the dining is first class. Thanks Leon. Wayne and Jenny.

10 October 2016 at 09:09 pm
Kathy Payne

Leon, you are a wiz! Our accommodation was just what we needed, in a perfect location at a time when there were very few options due to the number of events in this particular city at the time. Thank you for your continual professional service. We will again come to you for our future holidaying needs and recommend you to others. Thanks again Kathy & John Payne

02 December 2015 at 02:52 pm
Tammy Wilkie

Had a whirlwind trip with 3 children and all of our hotels catered for us perfectly

23 July 2015 at 06:07 pm
Alan & Denise Dixon

Another great holiday organised through Leon.We had nearly 7 weeks away in UK and Scandinavia.Everything went smoothly,locations suggested were well above expectations eg Tallinn.Leon's attention to detail and knowledge facilitate wonderful holidays!

13 October 2014 at 10:54 pm

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