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VIP Travel - Testimonials
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Tucker and Awo:

Florian is the best! Florian gave us a tour of old Santo Domingo and Isle de Saona. Honestly, the experience would have been totally different without Florian. His funny anecdotes and stories about the places and culture made our visit very enjoyable.

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Flia. Palma:

Experience at Saona island is great. The personal attention of the guides and the tour of the majestic scenery will make a unique ride and inovidable time. I fully recommend simply EXCELLENT.

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mike and jenn:

My wife and myself hosted our wedding at the stunning Kakua Restaurant. After our dinner we asked the manager for her recommendation of tours and things to do on our honeymoon, without any form of hesitation she immediately mentioned her friend Florian and Soana Island. We contacted Florian and quite quickly ironed out our private excursion for the day. He was promptly waiting in the lobby at 830AM with a big, bright warm smile. His warm welcome was followed by the immense glow and happiness he had for this Island followed by his story of how he immigrated to Dominican from his native Germany after simply feeling at one with the people and the place. For anyone who has travelled of resort you can easily see why he made this life decision.
He was extremely well versed on the history, geography and social aspects of the country answering every question both my wife and myself had for him. He also was extremely informative on the terrain and the local dependence on its natural resources. Florianís biggest asset and gift for us though on our day trip was his social skills with us and the locals. A radiant glow was beaming of him the entire day you could see his happiness and passion for the place and its people. I have been very fortunate to have travelled the world and I must say this was the first excursion I have taken where I left at the end of the day feeling like a part of his family and so profoundly impacted by his story and his knowledge.
I highly recommend that if anyone wants to get away from the big group tours from the hotels to give him a call! you will not regret the decision. Although he was our guide for the day he also gave my wife and myself without being asked a healthy boundary of privacy amongst our journey over to the island and also whilst on the island. He happily took photos for us and was there when we needed his guidance. At every stage of the trip his insight, happiness and friendship was nothing short of outstanding. Once arriving back to the main land we showed Florian a bit of our Canadian culture with drinks over the harbor before heading back to the resort.
This 45 minutes at the harbor were the most impactful and really summed up the kind of experience we had with him. It was as if we were sitting with a long lost relative catching up on memories and tales. His words and happiness have left a lasting impression on both my wife and I. To pin point a few of his quotes throughout the day:
"Step into my office" (said whilst standing at the front of the catamaran with nothing but crystal clear Caribbean water below and glistening son above)
"Donít just dream your dreams, Live your Dream" (said in the context of just being happy to be in a place that truly brings you warmth and happiness regardless of material possessions or belongings)
For anyone reading this I strongly advise coming with your heart and mind open to Florians life and world. Although not a native Dominican his passion and love for this country bellows out of his every breathe and you will leave with his knowledge and insight to why this is truly one of the most beautiful countries and people in the world. As a side note he took plenty of photos of both my wife and I and immediately shared them that evening via email with us and he is also a master of the photobomb!!! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our day with Florian it was a privilege and joy to spend our time with him and he made the experience extra special with his love and kindness. We will be back soon and canít wait to spend more time exploring and getting to know the island with our newest comprade! muchas gracias... DO NOT HESTITATE -- CALL HIM! you will not be let down.

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Eva und Marie:

Hey Florian,vielen, vielen Dank f√ľr die Photos :) Wir hatten so viel Spa√ü in der Dom Rep, nat√ľrlich mit viel Rum saufen :D. Bei euch hat es uns allerdings am besten gefallen :).

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Island Saona Patty:

What a day and what a sunburn, if you planning going to Island Saona, don¬īt forget hat, cream and glasses, it¬īs a must. We had an amazing time and an unforgettable day spend with Florian, he is so kindful and helped us in all kind of questions, has 22 years of experience in DR!!! Absolutly recommendable this trip...see you next year.