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Arlene Esprit

Arlene with Oliver, Esprit’s Entertainment Director and a great pianist.

“Eva, you’re a genius! You definitely know how to get a girl turned on to travel! Getting on the Esprit in Venice was an adventure into Luxury Land! I had to hold back the tears of joy, it was so incredibly awesome! From the luggage guys (in white shirts and turquoise ties!) to the ‘this way please’ escorts, to the butler, maids, water sports director and the glass of champagne as soon as we stepped on board, I have never been made to feel so welcome and so absolutely pampered! The amount of friendly, smiling staff around is incredible! When we get down to our room another surprise- a tray of chocolate covered strawberries. Nice touch! Also a Nespresso machine in our room, the bar stocked with chocolates, water, wine and champagne (and any bottles of liqueur you ask for). Beautiful room with all the amenities that even I could dream of. Tons of space to put away clothes. Can’t wait to explore the ship. This is definitely travel done right!!! Eva, I will put my trips into your hands any day!!” – Arlene Taveroff. D.D.O., Quebec

“Hi Eva!
Having a great time! Hotel is terrific and the service is excellent.  The highlight has been Paola (guide in Rome)- she is truly amazing. A fountain of knowledge and funny, too. We had a wonderful time with her. You were right: She really brings Ancient Rome to life.”

Our guide Paola keeps the group captivated on a day tour in Rome.

Our guide Paola keeps the group captivated on a day tour in Rome.

-Dabney Cortina, Virginia, USA

“Dear Eva, I, who am generally never happy with any service am proud to support you and your company. On every occasion, no matter how last minute or extravagant our request, you have always come through with reservations at a fair price. The customer service is expeditious and I wish that everyone could achieve your level of client satisfaction. We will continue to come to you for travel ideas and hotel bookings. Thanks for all your help.”

-Steven Goldberg, Montreal, Canada

“Eva,Frid, Larry and Gail

Gail and I want to thank you for helping us arrange our trip to Italy. It was my first time in Europe and with Eva’s help and recommendations, the trip exceeded my expectations. Starting from Rome then traveling to Florence, Cinque Terra and the Tuscany region was an incredible journey. The accommodations were outstanding. The warm welcome we received from the hotels and the B & B owners were above & beyond. While in Tuscany, our tour guide Michelangelo took us to incredible restaurants and beautiful sights. Thanks again Eva for your expertise and covering every detail of our trip. We look forward to arranging future trips with you.”

-Larry and Gail Frid, Toronto, Ontario

“Dearest Eva, Thanks once again for all your organization and personal care. I appreciate it. The cruise was simply splendid! I quite liked the idea of waking up to a new city or country for that matter, every day. We didn’t take any excursions but did everything ourselves with private car/ taxi and with jeep rental in Ibiza. Saw things that no excursion would have covered. All in all, a remarkable experience with lots of ballroom dancing with a wonderful band every night. Suzanne was very happy which is very important for me.

Thanks once again and do stay in touch.”

-Amir Shafi, Paris, France

“The trip is amazing. Our holiday was truly spectacular from start to finish. We IMG_2348had every element we wanted, including beautiful views, comfortable and lovely accommodations, smooth transfers with nice drivers, activities, and delicious food….over our budget (!!) but luxurious and unforgettable. We LOVED Tuscany. The Dionora is a very special place, a real gem. If we had known we would have stayed there the whole time. Michelangelo was an amazing guide all around and provided an authentic Italian experience. Again you did an excellent job and we really had the most perfect trip. Thank you so much!!! We feel so very satisfied, refreshed, rejuvenated. A tough place to beat!!!”

– Natalie Dayan and Daniel Martz, Montreal, Quebec

“Another amazing trip! We just finished our five days of Safari! The experience has been beyond belief. The staff at Camp JabulaSouth Africani and SabiSabi are truly special. Our guide in Cape Town, Steve Martin, has been absolutely fabulous! Extremely flexible and accommodating. Best trip ever! We want to come back!”

Olga Huk, Montreal, Quebec

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“Dear Eva, So glad we were able to join your trip! Wonderful cruise and dancers.” – Lilian and Joep Paternnostre, Waynesboro, Virgina

“Dear Eva, You are simply the BEST! Thank you for your amazing energy, enthusiasm and love.” –Lynda Hamilton, Toronto

“Dear Eva, The best things in life can’t be bought or held in our hands, they must be felt with our emotions. Thanks for givings us a great big taste of what we love so much. Your hard work in making this trip materialize is very much appreciated.” –Dr. Ronit Mooallem, Montreal, Quebec

“Dearest Eva, thanks a lot for a wonderful experience of a lifetime to remember” -Herman and Dinah, Phoenix, Arizona

“You’re the best. Amazing cruise. Grazie.” – Rosie, Montreal, Quebec

“Eva, Fun to meet you and get to know you. Thanks for everything.” -Martha Weise, Waynesboro, Virgina

“Thanks for a wonderful experiences. Here’s to many more.” -Annie Lebedeva, Toronto, Ontario

“Pour ce moment inoubliable de ma vie.” -Danny Arbour, St. Constant, QuebecDSC_0137

“You sure know how to travel. Here’s to more.” -Arlene and Alan, Montreal, Quebec

“Thank you for a wonderful cruise. I am ready for the next one.” -Ada Lopez, St. Lazare, Quebec

“Thank you for wonderful memories. Let’s drink and make some more. Lots of love. xoxo -Martin-Luc and Mel, Montreal, Quebec.

“Thank you for inviting us to be part of such a wonderful experience.” –Love Anthony and Vivien, Toronto

“Hi Eva, what a wonderful experience you have given us all. Your energy is exceptional.” -Love from Marilyn, Montreal, Quebec

“Eva, Glad to be able to join you and your crew on this cruise. All in all, it was a great time.”– Hank and Alren Macellaro, The Villages, Florida

“Eva, had a blast. Let’s do it again!!” – Rick and Lucille, Scottsdale, Arizona

“Thank you for making us a part of your team.” -The TLCs xxoo – Ottawa, Ontario

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“Well Eva what can I say, from

the moment we met at the the airport my dream Holiday started right there, we were a perfect group for our amazing trip, humor galore. When the gates opened at Villa II Paradisino, I thought I had died and gone12963647_10205680082672590_8920863529880473603_n-1 to heaven, so beautiful. Costanza our host, and all of her lovely family made us feel so welcome, and as for the food, out of this world. Our two tour guides Francesca & her husband were just wonderful extremely knowledgeable they really made our trip interesting and fun. The second hotel was equally great beautiful room typical of Tuscany and very clean. I don’t think we missed anything of the beauty of Tuscany whether it be the surrounding Villages or vineyards the magnificent views while driving the country side, we saw it all. This trip was so well put together and thought out, a trip with you anywhere in the world, is a must more than once, for sure. Thank you again I will never forget my trip to Tuscany. My love to you, –Marianne Bernstein, Toronto, Ontario

“Dear Eva,
What a wonderful trip you put together for us. From the very first minute we arrived our transfers was waiting for us to Constanza waiting for us, our lovely accommodation at the Villa Paradisino the breakfast which Marianne is still dreaming over. Our wonderful guides Francesca and Michelangelo who could not have been more pleasant and knowledgeable. The second vineyard was great. The restaurants chosen were very nice.  We loved sitting in the garden at the San Quirico hotel and the service was very good. Breakfast was not nearly as good as at the Villa but we were spoilt by Costanzas wonderful cooking. All I can say is I would not have changed a thing. I look forward to making another trip with any time.  I missed you today. Hope all is well. Best regards, Pat.”

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Pat Bernstein, Montreal, Quebec

“This has been more than a planned vacation. I doubt DSC_0846very much that this wonderful cultural adventure could be replicated.  For someone like me who has NO sense of direction it was the most perfect experience. The planning and time dedicated for this breath-taking trip I just can’t imagine. Eva you’re amazing. Thank you.From the hotel choices to our most knowledgeable warm and friendly guides I have no words. I cannot begin to describe the experience other than AMAZING.

Every turn in the road gave jaw-dropping views, every alleyway took us into the heart of each city we visited. The food, oh the food, so much and all so delicious. Every vacation must end but I think this one will hold a special place in my memory book. Thanks again Eva.” – Pam Barrett, Merrickville, Ontario

“We just returned from South American adventure and I wanted to write to thank you for your wonderful guidance, suggestions and organization. I am certain we could not have navigated such a successful, interesting trip without the very personal attention you provided. From the moment we stepped off the plane to be greeted by your guide until the last day of our trip, the depth of your knowledge and the richness of your recommendations were obvious, including your restaurant recommendations. Every guide we encountered was articulate, knowledgeable, personable and extraordinarily warm. Where did you find these folks? I feel they will be friends forever and added such a personal touch to our vacation. So thank you for allowing us to tap the depth of your experience and I look forward to working with you in the future.”

–  Mark and Janie Davis, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Thanks so much for planning our wonderful trip to Costa Rica. Most accommodations and transportation exceeded expectations. IT was lovely sitting in the adult ara the springs drinking pina colladas after an exhausting and wonderful 3 hour hike and 2 hour zip lining. Wish we had another day here.”

-Bari Levingston, Arlington, Virginia

“Hi Eva,

Thank you for arranging such a wonderful journey. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. The staff at Belmond were truly first class and always by our side to guide us.

Carlos looked after our every need in an effortless and experienced manner.

To a trip of a lifetime! Forever grateful,”

-Olga Huk, Bill & Alexa Papanastasiou, Montreal, Quebec

IMG_7668We’re having a great time–the hotels have been great and we love our guide, Jimmy. The Tonka Del Inca hotel is GORGEOUS! We love this one!

– Ali Zarrow, San Francisco, California

 

 

 

“It’s such a small world” and “Everything happens for a reason” are two cliches that come to mind when I recount my introduction to Eva. By the end of an online food writing course, Eva and I were the last foodies standing…I felt an instant connection. Turns out, Eva organizes active travel excursions to many amazing IMG_1762locations including Italy.

Eva was so attentive as I described my fantasy vacation and helped make it a reality. From the hotels she booked and restaurants she recommended to the detailed “best-practices” while visiting Florence, she was spot on (ex: when heading out to the countryside, book a rental car at the airport to avoid inner city traffic). Visiting a foreign country can be quite nerve-racking, but with Eva’s guidance, my boyfriend and I felt very much prepared, grateful, and at-ease.

Her personalized service didn’t stop once everything was booked; she made sure we had everything we needed prior to departure and followed-up upon return. She was also our saving grace after missing our flight out of LAX. Within 10 minutes of contacting her with the news, she ironed out all hotel arrangements so we didn’t have to worry about losing our room (a hot commodity during June’s prime tourist season).

Italy far exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I can’t wait to return…and when I do, I’ll definitely use Eva to help craft another amazing adventure!”

-Krista Haynes, Manhattan Beach, California, USA

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We had a spectacular vacation filled with A1 choice hotels, professional guides, much attention to detail, eating incredible food and seeing sites I couldn’t believe. Everything has been perfectly thought out and wonderful. Thanks!”

Dr. Lucie Opatrny, Montreal, Quebec

“The (Chianti wine) tour was amazing. Francesca was such a great tour guide. I will recommend this to whoever visits Florence. Thank you helping us book this tour.”

-Krysten O’Bryant, Dallas, Texas

“Eva,  Thanks again for putting together a phenomenal trip. We had a tour guideIMG_2567 for 6 days that was great… And when my mom was sick, they called several times to make sure she was ok. I wouldn’t change a thing on our itinerary except one less day in Lima and 1 more in Cusco. The rest was perfect. Our last lunch, Monasterio Hotel, Cusco, Hiram Bingham train and conquering Machu Picchu. Great trip!”

Dr. Monika Volesky, Montreal, Quebec


FullSizeRender“After such a successful experience working with Eva who planned our incredible trip to Tuscany and Cinque Terre, we didn’t think twice about asking Eva to work with us in planning a trip to Nepal. We leave in a month and working with Eva has been a hassle free process. Eva makes you feel like you are her only customer! Her availability, travel and fitness knowledge, connections to people worldwide, attention to detail, ability to custom fit a trip is extraordinary! We were able to use our time towards doing things like physical training which Eva was helpful with as well. We just received our travel package with the final itinerary and it came with personalized messages. Such a nice touch! We are extremely excited for our upcoming trip and invite you to contact Eva for your next active travel adventure!”

Dr. Francine Brill, Richmond Hill, Ontario

 

“We just returned from a fantastic vacation, which Eva put together for us. The main part was a cruiIMG_4082se to Antarctica. Eva booked us with Tauck on a small luxury ship. Everything was incredible; from pre and post cruise tours through making sure that we had very comprehensive information about everything. Eva even got us a rebate on the cruise price. Eva picked the best for us from cruise to hotels. I can’t think of anything that could have been better.

The other part of our trip included Iguaza Falls and Buenos Aires. Eva recommended hotels, day trips, best area for us in Buenos Aires, and even the restaurants,

My wife and I have taken many great trips all over the world but this one certainly ranks among the best. Thanks, Eva.”

-William and Doris Steinberg, Montreal, Canada

“My Bucket List
The first note on my “bucket list” was a trip to Italy. I did not want the touristy stuff you can get anywhere, when you are one of 50 people on a bus. I dreamed of getting deep into the Tuscany region. bucket-list-tuscany I wanted to feel, to see, smell and revel in the beauty that is the vineyards, the gorgeous Cypress trees and the historic hamlets, towns and mini villages. Tasting and enjoying the best olive oils, wines and food were also delivered through the expert competence of Eva’s planning and the wonderful palate of Michelangelo.
Every item Eva and I discussed before the trip was scheduled, with the ability to seamlessly move things around as the weather and time frames allowed so that there was no rigidity in the day-to-day events. I can say that Eva has the highest level of professionalism and I am recommending her to everyone I speak to; no doubt would only use Eva again for any of my travels in the future.
Thank you so very much for an exceptional experience which I relive daily.”

-Toni Perl, Toronto, Ontario

DSC00684“Our recent trip to Tuscany and Umbria with Evia was a once in a lifetime experience. We visited the very best of Tuscany, dined at restaurants that we only dream of at home in America, walked and hiked through glorious scenery and learned more about local culture from our guide than from years of personal experience. If Italy is the trip of a lifetime for you, Evia will make sure it’s an unbeatable experience, worth every last cent.”

-Andrew Sykes, Chicago, Illinois

“Dear Eva,

I have to tell you that Alex and I are still dreaming of our vacation in Florence. We know Italy really well, but, the Villa San Michele is the most beautiful hotel in Italy and we had a fantastic experience. Thank you so much for all your help!”

-Marc-André Sola, Zurich, Switzerland

 

“My wife and I went on a trip to Tuscany and Cinque Terra organized by Eva Stelzer with Michelangelo as our guide. It was without question our most favorite vacation. We stayed at beautiful Inns , drank magnificent wines, ate delicious meals and saw scenery that took our breath away.  A favorite saying by Michelangelo when during our hikes he strolled ahead of us over a hiFrancine and Jeff Weisbrotll to stake out the next village was ” turn back, it is too ugly to see .” Of course it would turn out to be yet another spectacular medieval village with a quaint cafe for a mid afternoon Mediterranean salad. And of course wine. His company was so infectious we invited him for meals that weren’t even on the schedule. The trip got us into shape and thank goodness for that as we filled out bellies with 3-4 meals a day .

We would recommend this trip to anyone who loves seeing sights and culture away from the crowds of tourists and enjoys the outdoors through walking through beautiful trails that take you through little known villages. We recommend that you stay only in 5 star accommodations .

-Jeff and Fran Weisbrot, Toronto, Ontario


“Having now experienced Italy the Eviactive way, we won’t return without them. If you’re looking for the best of the best, great hotels, movie-like scenery, heavenly cuisine, there is only one company to guide you.”

-Maddie Bosack, Chicago, U.S.A.

Tuscan walks in the Montalcino countryside

Tuscan walks in the Montalcino countryside

“I had the best time Eva. Nothing could have been improved upon…… everything from the weather to the room service and the room to the view was absolutely flawless. You are a genius.
You probably can tell that I will be ready to go back soon….. a perfect place. My daughter was as delighted as I was, not only to just be there, but with everything in general.

I have promised to give several people your number as I don’t think anyone could have been more wonderful to work with and produced the results that made a spectacular holiday for us.

Let me know how you are… thank you a thousand times over……You are a special person with a gift to make people feel that they are your only concern…… THAT is an art.”

-Kinne, Los Angeles, California

“Eva arranged my trip to Kilimanjaro, and I was very happy with the itinerary and, in particular, the hiking group that she hooked me up with.  She was able to turn my idea into the perfect reality. “

                                                                                                                         -Howard Stupp, Lausanne, Switzerland

P1020832Eviactive planned a wonderful holiday for my husband and I in Peru. All the hotels and tours were recommended from personal experience so I knew I could trust each place and operator. Eva made a lot of personal recommendations as far as hotels, restaurants, and things to try. The private guided Lares Trek was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget hanging about in Machu Picchu. Eviactive worked hard to accommodate our dates, and planned a logical, packed but not too-packed, fascinating itinerary. I would recommend her services to everyone and definitely use her for my next holiday planning.”

                                                                                                                                     -Naomi Wohl, Toronto, Ontario

“Eva was a great resourcePortofino when my wife and I traveled to northern Italy. Her firsthand knowledge of Cinque Terre and Portofino was an amazing asset, and her recommendations were exactly as expected. Eva is one-of-a-kind travel guru whose footsteps we’ll gladly follow again.”

                                                                       -Bernie Malinoff, Montreal, Quebec

“Dear Eva,

We are having a wonderful time in Montalcino and surrounding area, Paulo and Roberto are both excellent. We had a superb hike with Roberto to the Abbey today, and then a wonderful wine-tasting and visit at the winery of a lovely couple this afternoon. All is more than well. We are so happy with everything you have planned for us. Thank you for your expertise and TLC!”

-Heather M-Blum, Montreal, Quebec

“Eva Stelzer should be called the travel guru! Eva has made every vacation a pleasure. Whether she is booking a trip, suggesting a new location or dealing with an airline issue, Eva is sure to make your vacation a memorable one. Eva offers better pricing and trust worthy itinerary’s, allowing the customer to focus on the fun stuff. Never mind American Express. I won’t leave home without booking with Eva!”

-Allyson Kassie, Montreal, Quebec