Phil Alvarado, Band Director (Rowlett High School)
"As a high school band director of 250+ kids, I need a travel coordinator who is professional, hard-working, informative, caring, trustworthy, and "connected!" Marilyn Lowe, owner of Connect Tours & Cruises, along with her staff, is all these and more! They always go "above and beyond" to make sure every detail of our trip is covered. Great planning is essential to any successful trip! Connect Tours provides detailed itineraries that cover your trip every step of the way. As Connect customers, we always travel on the best charters, stay in the nicest hotels, eat at great restaurants, and receive exemplary customer service throughout the trip. Activities are well planned and the kids always have a great time! Best of all, Connect Tours & Cruises offers all this at competitive pricing! You won't find a better deal for what you get than with Connect Tours. I have been traveling with Connect Tours for the past 15 years and have always had at least 90% participation from my band because they know they are in for a fantastic time at a great price!"
Ann Lee, Director of Music (First United Methodist Church of Conroe)
"Just when I think my choir has had the ultimate tour experience Connect Tours & Cruises delivers again and again. From the accommodations to the itinerary to the tour escort and driver, Marilyn and her staff go the extra miles to offer top quality tours. This is helpful especially if you like to customize your own tour rather than accept the standard fare most companies offer. There is no guaranty that any travel will be trouble free. I just know that Connect Tours & Cruises will always do the right thing promptly and professionally."
Betsy Heathcock, Austin Angels Director (Stephen F. Austin High School)
"The Angels Dance Team has been traveling with Connect Tours & Cruises for over 17 years. Their staff's professional approach to all aspects of our travel have always afforded amazing experiences for all of my dance teams past and present. They have always gone out of their way to make sure our trips are affordable and enjoyable for the Angels, their parents, school administrators and/or course the directors. I would recommend this company to anyone that travels with large groups. You and your students will truly have the experience of a lifetime."
Bruce J. Beach, Band Director (Franklin High School)
"It has been my pleasure to work with Connect Tours & Cruises for over 15 years. In that time, our band trips have been incredible. The personal service that we receive is second to none. It is so comforting to walk in a strange/different place in the US and know that all my arrangements have been taken care of. Anytime a colleague asks about trips, I simply give them the Connect Tours phone number, which I have memorized. They then call me back and are grateful for the quality of service and assistance that the staff provided. I can say, without any reservation, that the hotels, bus companies, restaurants, parks, performing venues and other activities that the staff at Connect Tours have arranged are always best. And when there is a problem or situation, they are quick to find the solution! This is a first class company that provides first class service. You will not be disappointed ... I never have!"
Courtney Nelson, Gold Duster Director and Dance Teacher (Jersey Village High School)
"I have used Connect Tours for 10 years. They have planned travel for my groups that have ranged from 8-300 travelers.Traveling in state and out of state, they have done an amazing job and have not left a stone unturned. Connect Tours is there every step of the way, from the planning stages all the way through the end of the actual trip. Their professionalism and positivity is an extreme comfort when traveling with sizes of all groups! I would not use anyone else in the business!"
John Palmer, Artist (John Palmer Fine Art Gallery)
"Marilyn Lowe was responsible for booking a fabulously successful trip to Greece for me and a great number of my art collectors during the Summer of 2007. From high-end accommodations in Athens to the perfect lodging on a remote Greek island, Marilyn made sure that every detail was executed with perfection. Travel, tours and accommodations were all superb and totally in line with the group budget. It was a lengthy trip and sometimes there is stress associated with group travel. Marilyn is a master about resolving a situation to everyone's complete satisfaction. I would highly recommend using her & Connect Tours for your travel adventures!"
Marissa Thurman, Theatre Arts Director (Del Valle High School)
"As a high school theatre arts teacher, I have to say that I was so happy with the staff at Connect Tours. I took my students on a trip to Tucson, Arizona and we were all amazed at how professional and reliable our tour host was. Everything was set up for us in advance and our tour guide tailored every part of the trip to fit our needs exactly. I never worried about a thing and Ramona, our host, took excellent care of us and made us fee like celebrities everywhere we went. I cannot wait to plan our next trip with Connect Tours & Cruises!"
Philip A. Hooper, Director of Music & Fine Arts (John Wesley United Methodist Church)
"The care with which the staff of Connect Tours has always treated me is exceptional. Whether a group on an international concert tour or a small group of seniors on a domestic trip, the treatment is always first class. The itinerary for our Michigan trip to Mackinac Island and the Tulip Festival was simply outstanding; Hotels and meals all wonderful. Again and again Connect Tours proves themselves to be a leader in customer service."
Ron Hufstader, Ph.D., Director of Bands (University of Texas at EI Paso)
"When the UTEP Symphonic Winds was invited to perform for the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio, I immediately called Marilyn Lowe and Connect Tours to organize our trip for us. We did a four day tour for which Connect Tours organized everything. The buses were clean and comfortable and the drivers were courteous and prompt. The hotels were very nice and the personnel was always hospitable. The entire trip, down to every detail, was so well done and the people of Connect Tours were so friendly and so highly competent that I will immediately go back to them for our next tour."
Susan Winkler, Assistant Director (Mountainside Master Chorale)
"I have used Connect Tours since 1995 and they have coordinated both international and domestic trips for my chorale group. They are efficient, thorough in their planning, and extremely pleasant to work with. And above all else, they are honest."
Tisha Smith, Stars Director and Dance Teacher (West Brook High School)
"Not only the best travel agent I've ever been acquainted with, but also one of the finest professionals in any field!! I will always use Connect Tours and, moreover, any chance I get, I will refer friends, etc. to them … If for no other reason that knowing that they, too, will receive great service.The staff at Connect Tours took care of every detail for me and my team! Even when I wanted to make an on the spot change in NYC, it was taken care of."