comments from people who have been on a tour.
Your tours were such amazing experiences and I continue to draw inspiration form all that I learned in Italy and Spain from your tours!!
Kim Caravella, Greenwich, Connecticut
Who knew that sending money to an unknown company based on an unsolicited email for a trip to a third-world communist country with a group of people I'd never laid eyes on before would be so rewarding and fun? Not me, but I did it anyway, and enjoyed every minute. The island was so much more than I'd expected, still frozen in 1959 but filled with wonderful people, live music everywhere, and beautiful buildings. You provided local architects and city planners to add context to the European influences and colonial architecture we saw in Cienfuegos and Trinidad, as well as in Havana. I recommend this trip to everyone who wants to rediscover what was so inviting to tourists in the first half of the 20th century. Jean, you and Frank Luis (our tour guide) gave me the trip of my lifetime -- so far. I'm looking into future trips with you. Thanks again for a trip well planned and well executed.
Martha Mason, North Carolina Cuba, December 2016 (Came on a 2018 trip to Morocco)
Cuba is an amazing country with beautiful architecture, a rich history, and of course vintage cars! Jean Renoux is the perfect person on the journey to unlock the many wonders of Cuba. We had a wonderful time on our recent adventure to Cuba. We can't wait to plan our next trip.
Cheryl and Dan Ryan in October of 2015 went my Morocco Tour. In January of 2016, they came on the Cuba tour; in September of 2016, went on the Portugal Tour and in September 2017 went on the Peru Tour.
I have taken several European trips as well as domestic tours with Jean and have come back to the US each time simply in amazement. Jean has a way to bring all of the 2D art and architectural books to life in 3D. He shows you 2000 year old architecture (Pompeii) that you can see feel and touch. Jean's historical knowledge is incredible and entertaining. You stay at the best hotels and you eat at the best restaurants...he knows exactly where to go and what to do. Provence was my latest trip. It was so charming. Each day we all wondered how the heck he could out do himself with the WOW factor in our daily explorations from the day before. None of his tours are for the weary because they are energy packed days of non stop touring. Simply Incroyable!! Bravo Jean, I will see you again somewhere overseas soon!
Lora Potts, Fort Myers, FL (5th tour)
I want to take this opportunity to let you know how absolutely fabulous our trip to Provence was with you in September. You are so knowledgeable in so many areas, from furniture design to architecture history and current events. You know all the special places to go and visit, we never would have found. The light shows were particularly special. The villa and the chef were first rate and our entire group was so compatible. No hassles and I attribute that all to you expertise and great attitude. We have always been suspicious of group tours, but you made us believers! But only on your tours! We look forward to our next opportunity to travel with you .
Bruce Frazier and Richard Nielsen (First tour)
Our weeklong trip through Provence could not have been better. As we head back to the states I feel compelled to document our experience for others who have never had the good fortune to travel with Jean Renoux. From the moment we arrived we felt comfortable and cared for.
The house in St Remy was lovely and spacious. All accommodations were comfortable yet authentic.
Traveling with two of my colleagues we always felt safe as we toured the fabulous sights and inspired as we discovered something new at every stop. Our days were completely fulfilling. Our evenings filled with great regional cuisine and interesting new friends.
We felt privileged to obtain all our continuing education credits this way. We will certainly do it again!!!
All my best,
Lorraine Rogers-Bolton (3rd tour. Always travel with 2 other members of her firm)
I wanted to let you know that our trip to Morocco was fascinating! As always, you out did yourself. The trip was well organized, educational, interesting and varied.
Thank you very much for everything you did and looking forward to the next one.
Jacqueline Albarran, Palm Beach. (two tours in two years. now going on a private tour created for a group of 6 friends to Northern Italy).
“Dear Jean, Both Paz and I, want to express our fondest gratitude for providing to us and our gang the most wonderful experience that makes us wish for the next great adventure in the near future. Thank you for your great patience and friendship and professionalism.
Fondly with warm regards,”
Boris and Paz Baranovich, New York, NY 10016
(The September 2014 Croatia/Slovenia/Venice was their 9th trip with me. Went on the September 2015 tour to Portugal/Spain and the June 2016 Copenhagen/Helsinki tour, went on the September 2017 tour to Scotland and on the 2018 Tuscany Tour).
"We were surprised by how secure we felt while travelling in Morocco. The Moroccan people were very friendly and welcoming. The Landscape is stunning from desert dunes to luxurious vegetation in the Atlas Mountains.
We loved to stay in the Riads they were comfortable and the service impeccable. Jean you are a person very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and full of resources. We appreciated your team who went out of their way to help all of us.
Thank you Jean for this wonderful trip."
Rodney Anderson & Claude Lacasse, 2015
"Again, I want to thank you for the most incredible Greek Tour I recently had the pleasure of being part off and wouldn't hesitate to participate again in the future. Keep me posted. Regards.
Mariel Rubin. Cyclades Yacht Cruise 2014
"What a great tour!!!! Can we do it again?" (About Morocco Tour 2015)
Mariel Rubin, in 2014 on her 3rd trip with me, went to the Cyclades. In 2015, went first to the Dodecanese Yacht Cruise and then to Morocco. Want to go on a Croatian Yacht Cruise in 2017.
Thank you for making our trip so interesting, fun, gastronomic, and just amazing!
Caron and Gary Kelly, Stuart, FL (3rd tour - Loire Valley with 11 friends - Venice Tour - brought 6 friends with them - Going to Greece in 2018 with 7 friends).
Thank You for the Cuba trip. We saw and experienced so much that we will be processing this trip for awhile.
I had always wanted to visit Cuba and now glad to say I did it with interesting companions. You are correct a vacation is needed after the Cuba Tour. It has taken the past 10 days for the experience to sink in.
Everyday I think about some facet of the trip, buildings, people, sites... surreal seems like a pretentious description, but until I find another one surreal will do. In Cuba nothing adds up.
I hope your group this week is as congenial as ours. Safe travels"
Gerard J. and Maryclaire Pendergast , New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
I was one of 7 on your custom tour of France and Germany to see the work of the famed Architect Le Corbusier.
I know that I personally had a fantastic trip. You arranged visits to 'the' top 4 Corbu buildings and many other wonderful architectural treats.
The Continuing Ed was fun, the food was fabulous, and your help and hospitality were greatly appreciated. You have my endorsement.
Regards, Jim Vignola, AIA, Gainsville, FL (Le Corbusier Tour)
Since my art school days in Scotland I have always wanted to go to Greece. A few students went and produced beautiful paintings of the landscapes, seascapes, and those wonderful island structures. So, I knew that I had to go. Unfortunately, it has taken me over 50 years to fulfill my dream. So, when Jean told us about this trip, I knew the time had come, since we have been on 5 previous trips with Jean, and each one was phenomenal. The hallmark of a Renoux trip is the small, modern Boutique hotels, great food and seeing the most important cultural centers in the area we are visiting.
The islands surpassed my expectations. Sailing, or should I say motoring, in the beautiful colors of the Aegean Sea; stopping for a pre-prandial swim in small coves, off small islands that only a seafarer would know, while Maria prepared our lunch. The food was delicious. Simple, fresh and tasty. I am a vegetarian, and a veggie-table was set up for the 5 vegetarians (some did partake of the fish).
After lunch, we would motor to the next island on the itinerary where we would berth on the seafront between 4:30pm and 5pm. If the island had a particular area that should be seen, Jean would take us there, otherwise we would wander through the streets and shops of the village, and find a place to eat.
We hadn't known any of our fellow travelers; most of us hadn't known anyone but Jean. But it only took the first evening in Athens to feel like we had known each other forever. The group was wonderful. My husband and I were slightly older than most of the others but it didn't make any difference.
The crew couldn't have been nicer - and we loved the boat, it had character. Lots of places to be alone to read, or sunbathe, or do yoga, and lots of places to congregate and talk. It was also beautiful to look at.
When we returned to the mainland, a guide took us to the Acropolis and museum, where we heard about the history of the city. The next day, we were driven to theatre of Epidaurus and the Roman ruins on the Peloponnese peninsula, crossing the Corinth Canal and the Isthmus. Names from past history!
A fabulous trip, relaxing and stimulating at the same time.
Dorothy and Peter Magnani. Queens, NY. their 7th trip. Since then went to Portugal, Denmark/Finland, Scotland, Tuscany Tour.
Thank you so much for the awesome trip and also all the great laughs. You brought a lot of joy to us and this was the best vacation of our time.
John & Margerita Dodd, Fernandina Beach, FL (Cyclades Yacht Cruise). In 2015, went to Turkey and on the Dodecanese Yacht Cruise, then to Vienna.
Just wanted to extend this thank you note on Martha and I's behalf.
The Greek Island tour was a fabulous experience; the food, the wine, the scenery, the history and the group were simply amazing... We had wonderful and unforgettable time!
Hope we can join you again in the near future.Best Regards,
Luis & Martha Victoria, Miami, FL. (Cyclades Cruise)
About the Amalfi Coast/Naples/Capri Tour.
Thank you so much for a great trip. It's still hard to comprehend how you can fit so much into a trip for us. We sincerely appreciate it!
Daniel and Patricia Biechler, Titusville, Florida. (Have been on 5 tours)
Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:35 AM
Both Paz and I, want to express our fondest gratitude for providing to us and our gang the most wonderful experience that makes us wish for the next great adventure in the near future. Thank you for your great patience and friendship and professionalism.
Fondly with warm regards,”
Boris and Paz Baranovich, New York, NY 10016
(The 2014 September Croatia/Slovania/Venice was their 9th trip with me. Went on the September 2015 tour to Portugal/Spain, the June 2016 Copenhagen/Helsinki tour, the September 2017 Scotland Tour and 2018 Tuscany Tour.
“The tour was perfectly planned and carried out. You gave us all the feeling you cared and I am most grateful.”
Edgar Tafel, FAIA, New York, NY (worked for over 8 years with Frank Lloyd Wright, was in charge of supervising construction at Fallingwater and at the Johnson Wax Building and wrote three books about his experience. Meeting rooms at the New York Center for Architecture were named after him. He took three courses and two tours to France).
“Presents art, architecture and history in a way in which it finally makes sense! His explanation of all of the marvelous things we saw, including the landscape, was perfect and to the point. Excellent! Wonderful! Brilliant! Thank you for changing my life. I see the world of design differently now thanks to you.”
Philip A. Ruggieri, R.A.,Turnersville, NJ
“Jean made history, architecture, & décor meaningful! Although I’ve taken courses in art, architecture, history and design, they never came alive and blended together like they did in this presentation. This is the only way design should be presented! Everything I have ever read or learned previously now has meaning. I can truly understand the purpose and intent of interior design and architecture as it relates to the French regions of Burgundy and Provence. I will attend every class Jean gives that I can afford the time and money to go to – it’s worth it. I realize now how much there is to learn. This tour has made me want to be a better designer and to educate others about interior design.”
Sherry Ruggieri, ASID, Turnersville, NJ (She & her husband took tours to France and seminars).
“Learned more in one week than a regular college semester. Looking forward to doing it again!”
Karen Sundeen, Clearwater, FL (Two tours)
“Nancy and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip to Provence and Paris. This trip ranks with the best vacation trips we ever taken. Your direction and "lectures" bridged the cultural gaps that existed before the trip. Your choice of hotels, cafes and restaurants was superb. This trip was a perfect blend of seeing new sights, experiencing a new culture and language, enjoying good food, and learning a lot in the meantime. Our preconceived ideas of France and the French were completely changed for the best. Please keep us on your list of future trips.” Mr. & Mrs. R. Cota, Sarasota, Florida
“Anyone considering a trip to France with Jean Renoux will not be sorry... Most important however is Jean's knowledge and his ability to plan a diversified trip.”
Mrs. B. Gafill, Siesta Key, FL
“We feel particularly fortunate to have had you as our personal guide for the trip..
I admit I learned more about art and architecture, ancient and modern, than I have ever had the opportunity to learn before.... Thanks again for a lovely trip.”
Mr. and Mrs. W. Pickle, Sarasota, FL
“The best was the comprehensive/extensive presentation of history and architecture. The architectural universities should seek his professional knowledge and services.
Thomas Albers, Apopka, FL (3 tours + many seminars)
“Best tour I’ve been on! Organization was great! The instructor was so knowledgeable.”
Kathy Gillman, Orlando, FL (went on 4 tours with her husband)
“Jean has an amazing knowledge of history and architecture – I’m inspired to learn more! This tour will help me greatly.”
Chip Murrah, Atlanta, GA
“The best feature… the instructor’s vast knowledge.
The worst… it wasn’t a month long. Don’t change a thing! It’s fantastic!”
Marcello Luzi, Philadelphia, PA (Went on three tours).
“The trip to France with you was the best trip we ever made. You certainly went out of your way to make everyone happy. Your planning, knowledge and wit made it a all an unforgettable experience. We haven't developed the accent yet, but as we put on some pounds during the trip, we are now both partly French”
Barbara & Kaj Marc-Wogau, Weaverville, NC
“Our tour guides were outstanding, polite, knowledgeable well spoken and gave us the opportunity to participate in tours to architect’s offices, city planning offices and historic sites that we probably would not have been able to see. Two university professors stood out. The opening remarks by a survivor of the communist system and Professor Scheploff’s view of architecture. This was an opportunity to see Central Europe, its history, architecture, decorative arts and local culture. For this we thank you.”
Thomas.F. Cole, Cincinnati (about a tour to Prague, Vienna & Budapest. Came also on other trips including one in Italy).
“Tour ranks significantly better than others of its kind due to instructor’s vast, brilliant and insightful knowledge of all subjects, enabling him to address specific topics in depth… An unforgettable experience to be treasured for the rest of one’s life!”
Brenda Hutchins, Winston-Salem, NC (Her husband and her hired Jean for a private tour of Provence after having taken a group tour with him to the Loire Valley).
“Mrs. G. and I thank you for the most enjoyable tour of Paris and the Loire Valley. We were impressed by your efficient tour, friendly treatment of us, your willing accommodation of our every need and whim. We appreciated your doing the many extra things for us that made the whole trip memorable. We would like to travel to France again with you as our guide. In the meantime we will recommend your services to anyone.”
Mr. & Mrs. I. Gillespie (Grand Rapids, MI)
“The best was the breadth of knowledge of the history and culture of France. The worst was having to go home. A treat for the eyes, ears and mind.”
Elias Benabib, Harbour Island, FL
We have never had a more delightful trip. The variety and interest of your choice of activities for us has been tops. And you have taken wonderful care of us. Many, many thanks. Sincerely,”
Liz & Dick Krueger, Asheville, NC
“We appreciate so much the opportunity to have shared time with your delightful tour group. You have our highest recommendation in all areas. It amazes us how we were able to see and do so much in such a short while. Jean, your historical insight was an added dimension beyond compare. You are truly a great guide!” Marilyn Vaughn, ASID, Mount Dora, FL (Took three tours, the last one in Savannah in February 2013)
The absolute best CEU tour I have taken in twenty years!”
Janet Garner, Atlanta, GA (Mrs. Garner came on a tour of the Loire Valley. The following year she took 18 employees from her firm on the same tour. Then a year later she came on a tour to Italy)
Jean organized an amazing group of Cuban architects with walking and bus tours that conveyed the real Cuban architecture and the Cuban people’s current situation. The trip was well scheduled, all parts fit into place nicely. The itinerary was well balanced between tours and time for exploring or relaxing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and attentive to our personal needs. Our accommodations sometimes needed improvements, but staying in an historic hotel was part of the educational adventure.
Jean introduced us to very good Cuban restaurants including our farewell dinner at the famous La Guarida, a marvelously deteriorating 3 story building ruin with excellent food and outside rooftop dining.
We look forward to another adventure with Jean.
Herb & Mary Staruch, Stuart, Florida - December 8 to 16, 2016
Jean, if asked to describe my recent trip to Cuba in one word if would have to be WOW! The land where time stood still. The people of Cuba are wonderful, caring and proud. The architecture is timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified. It was rewarding seeing progress being made, as slow as it may seem, the effort to preserve these wonderful buildings.
Thank you so much for putting this splendid tour together. Though I have traveled many places this is the first time ever to have gone with an organized tour group. From the very beginning starting with registration to the day of departure this tour went like clockwork. From Frank, our knowledgeable Cuban tour guide, to Freddy the bus driver, to the hotel accommodations and to your selections of paladares. Well done and look forward to the next trip with your organization.
Patrick Brown, Harrison, Arkansas - December 8 to 16, 2016