Testimonials

Making new friends and creating lasting memories! A look at a few of the testimonials from our past guests helps solidify our status as a reliable company. Nagel Tours is proud to have an extremely high percentage of repeat clientele that have joined our Frequent Traveller Loyalty Program, which allows you to accumulate membership rewards that help you reduce the cost of future trips. Frequent travellers are the basis of our success, and we always look forward to seeing familiar faces!

Frequent Traveller – Congratulations Vickie Murphy on your 50th Tour!

We at Nagel Tours are very honoured to have many repeat travellers, all members of our Nagel Travel Club. We have different levels of accomplishment, with differing benefits attached to each.

In this photo, we are pleased to award Vickie Murphy on the occasion of her 50th tour with Nagel – she is now part of our Grand Diamond Plus level! Vickie has travelled with us since 1998, often repeating her favourite tours. “50 isn’t the end”, Vickie says, “I have planned as far as tour 55″.

Thank you very much for travelling with us so much Vickie!

In photo, from left: Driver Eric Longbottom, Vickie Murphy, Tour Director Sharon Galloway

Frequent Traveller – Vickie Murphy

Reflections of a Frequent Traveller
Now here am I to tell you a tale!
Nagel Tours rates high on the scale!
Everything is arranged from the moment of booking.
They do the driving; you do the looking.

Ride an aerial tram, a train, a cable car
Our ride was comfortable, the best we’ve experienced by far.
The drivers are courteous,always have a “Hello”,
Storing your luggage in the bins below.

Keep the coach clean, use trash bags, wipe your feet!
Give everyone a different view, rotate your seat.
Tour guides are friendly, they give you your keys
Always, always smiling, they know their ABC’s.

Travel bags are given out when you board
Ladies! Shop, shop, will them with your horde.
Birthdays, Anniversaries shared – add up to many a year.
Onboard movies, lights to read by. Sorry! NO Beer.

Visiting, stories, puzzles, Bingo! Help time slip away
Greet old friends from a previous tour – make their day.
Water, for a fee, is available courtesy of driver/tour guide
The comfort station, at the back, gives you a rough ride.

You do not need a partner, you can always go single,
You are welcomed when dining, we all mingle.
Rooms were clean, with full bath, and a comfy bed,
Continental breakfasts, picnic lunches, help keep us fed.

Wake up call at six, bags out by half-past, departure at eight,
Shower in haste, comb your hair, hurry, hurry, cannot be late.
There are many miles to travel and new sights to see,
Like 17 mile drive, or the Santa Barbara Fig Tree.

Some sights are free and for others you must pay,
Pier 39, Cabot Trail, Gateway Arch, Cruises of the Bay.
California Rose Parade, Queen Mary ship, San Diego Zoo,
Freemont Street, Cape Spear, Graceland are a few.

Butchart Gardens offer fountains, flowers and High Tea,
View Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sydney-by-the-Sea.
Chemainus is quaint and has murals on the walls,
Old Florence has antiques, Monteray Aquarium many halls.

Coombs Country Market has goats grazing on the roof,
Visit Signpost Forest in Watson Lake – leave a sign as proof.
Cathedral Grove has 800 year old Douglas Fir trees,
Algodones Mexico is a place you can bargain with ease.

San Simeon has Hearst Castle with the Neptune Pool,
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park is pretty cool.
Solvang is a Danish town with many windmills,
Virginia City is a Wild West place – no frills.

There was a variety of entertainment from which to choose,
Wild West shows, Diamond Tooth Gerties where you can lose.
Daniel O’Donnell, Halcyon Hot Springs, Street car 23,
Victoria IMAX theatre, Palm Springs Follies, Grand Ole Opry.

Camera buffs have ample opportunities to shoot
Sea otters, rocks, jelly fish – fellow passengers to boot.
Scenery was picturesque – Oregon Coast has the Sea Lions Cave,
Where you can watch the pups frolic and misbehave.

Weather conditions – rain, snow, fog or sun,
Does not prevent you from making some fun.
Your time together comes quickly to an end,
Hugs good-bye, photo to remember a friend.

As a result of the very careful plans you made,
A treasury of memories your holiday has paid.
The last night was the Dinner of Farewell,
Friendship, laughter, wine to toast – ring the bell!

Composed by: Vickie Murphy, Airdrie, AB
Vickie has travelled extensively on 50 Nagel Tours in the past 21 years.

Frequent Travellers – Ken and Mabel Yeo – January 2014

We love travelling with Nagel Tours and always come home with good memories! From the wonderful reservation staff to the knowledgeable tour directors and drivers, we have experienced worry-free travel to many amazing Nagel Tours destinations. The many discounts earned over the years have certainly helped us financially when it comes to experiencing more destinations. Our favourite all time tours are Deep South Texas & Louisiana and California Scenic Pacific Coast. Along the way, we’ve met many people and made new friends that we still keep in touch with, including tour director and driver team, Judy and Ken Baggett (who now call us mum and dad). We look forward to travelling again soon.

Ken and Mabel Yeo, Bragg Creek, AB-6
Ken and Mabel have travelled on nearly 40 Nagel tours in the past eighteen years

Frequent Travellers – Mel and Janine Wenger – 2014

The owners and staff are always friendly and helpful. They treat us like family. We have always had safety conscious drivers and informative hostesses. Mel doesn’t have to drive through big cities anymore and Janine doesn’t have to read the map. We sure see a lot more and have made good friends.

Submitted by: Mel and Janine Wenger, St. Albert, AB
Mel and Janine set their goal to take their 40th trip with Nagel Tours during our company’s 40th Anniversary, which they did in April 2017 on our Victoria Stay Awhile. They have continued to travel with us, and are looking forward to more trips with us in the coming years

Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands)- July 17 2018

Nagel has a NEW tour going to mystical Haida Gwaii
Those magical islands which across Hecate Strait lie
Tour originated from home of Stollery Hospital, Edmonton
Where stands a totem pole carved by Haida Ben Davidson

Travelled Yellowhead Highway westerly towards Mile Zero
Marilyn imparted her knowledge to us, all we needed to know
We saw wildlife, historic sites, communities and stands of trees
Followed lakes, crossed rivers, saw videos, caught some ZZZ’s

Made a stop at Mt. Robson Provincial Park, BC’s oldest park
Saw pine beetle destruction, beasties lay eggs under the bark
Overnighted in the rich cultural, vibrant city of Prince George, BC
Their celebrated, official mascot, is the welcoming figure, Mr. PG

Passed Fort Fraser, site of last spike (1914) on GTP Railway
Lunched in alpine-themed Smithers, under mountain Hudson Bay
At Hazelton, BC we visited the K’san Historic Village site
Guided tour of the longhouses, was interesting, gave us insight

Stayed overnight in Terrace, BC, city symbol is the Kermode bear
It is home to the University of Northern BC, established 1975, there
Visited the Nisga’a Lava Bed Park, a simply amazing stop
Toured Nisga’a villages, educational stops, way over the top

Spent night in Prince Rupert, BC, known as the “City of Rainbows”
Ferried across water, saw Skidegate, up close, unloading problem arose
Used Queen Charlotte village as the base for the next three days
The long-awaited visit has just begun, to learn the Haida ways

Visited Haida Heritage Centre, very educational, and Longhouse Gift Shop
Forestry Museum, Golden Spruce Trail, St. Mary’s Spring – thirsty stop
Naikoon Park, Misty Meadows beach, we picnicked, and combed the beach
Old Massett town, Tlell Stone Circle, a geographical marvel, built to teach

Saw Delkatla Wildlife Sanctuary, hangout for Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl
Balance Rock, Jungle Beach, Rainbow Wharf, Birdhouse Tree, eagles, NO owl
“Elephant cage” antenna, monkey tree, Tow Hill volcano and the Blowhole
Travelled through “mushroom forest”, saw old totems and memorial pole

Tasted a Haida feast, everything, except dessert, came from the sea or land
Were entertained by Haida dancing, song and music, enjoyed the band
Our time on Haida Gwaii has quickly come to an end, what a pity, Pity!
Ferried back across the water to spend two nights in Prince Rupert City

Visited Sunken Gardens, Museum of Northern BC, and Cow Bay for lunch
Pacific Cannery Historic site, saw Shoe Tree with hanging footwear, a bunch
Travelled the journey west, in reverse, closing the gap to our home town
Stopped at the Ancient Forest, near McBride, excellent stop hands down

Farewell dinner was in Hinton, last night out, time for handshakes and hugs
Laughter and talk, toasts to share, home tomorrow, lift your mugs

Hawaa (Haw’aa) Nagel

Composed by: Vickie Murphy from Airdrie, AB

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