- Richard and Anne, travelled with Spice Odyssey in 2013, 2015 and 2017
"Given it was an overseas trip to such a difficult and challenging country as India, the tour was excellent. Hotels, transfers, transport and communciation were all very good, as was the preparation we were given. The activities were wonderful and exciting. Well done yet again Marie!"
- Coral Foo, Pilgrim, “That I may see” February 2013
I first met Marie when she organised and accompanied us as our guide on a pilgrimage to India in February 2013. Marie did a remarkable job in this role. I always found her to be very work and safety conscious, diligent, competent and well organised. A trip like this requires a lot of forward planning on a day to day basis and Marie quietly accomplished this without any fuss. Marie has a caring presence about her and I found her to be sensitive to the needs of individuals within the group. She was very approachable and ready to join in activities, immersing herself in the moment. Amongst many of her varied duties, two things stand out for me. Marie managed to get all of us and our bags safely onto the train at Calcutta Railway Station. She also managed to get our group safely down onto the Ganges without losing anyone in the enormous crowds. This was no mean feat. Thank you Marie for a lifetime of unforgettable memories. I feel sure that Marie will give of her very best in any future endeavours in her capacity as trip organiser
- Annabel travelled in 2017
I have had a well enjoyed holiday that I could never have done on my own. Congratulations Marie on your efficiency, patience and organisational skills
- Suzanne travelled in 2015
The accommodation, inclusive meals, side tours, drivers, guides, the preplanning and information we received via your newsletter, the representatives in both countries, the overall cost (including the single supplement charge) and Andre's (TravelTalk) attentiveness to every email I sent him, I can't find anything to say other than to compliment you on the care taken with each of us on the journey. With Marie-in-charge, I believe everyone felt we didn't have to worry about anything, just sit back and allow it to happen. Would not hesitate to recommend Marie Fonseca and Spice Odyssey - ten out of ten all round Marie, thanks for everything....a delight in every way.
- Anne Caldwell
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have travelled there for six weeks in 2008. I feel privileged to have encountered the “colour” of India: its beauty, its joy, its sadness. It was a special time. That our six weeks went so “swimmingly well” was due to Marie’s superb organisation. Initially apprehensive about travelling to India, we put ourselves in her hands. At no time were we disappointed. Marie knows India; she loves India. It is this love that drives her to ensure that all who come under her care will leave India with a positive experience. To this end, she researches and travels extensively to ensure the best accommodation, the best food, the best experience. Marie is available every hour of the day to make sure that your needs are met. Unreservedly, I recommend Marie (Spice Odyssey) to you because of her love of India and her wealth of knowledge and experience. You are in good hands.”
- Pat Roditis, Pilgrim “That I may see” February 2013
Marie organised and led an amazing tour to India. I was very fortunate to have been part of the trip. It was her research, her knowledge, her connection and her love of India which allowed me to have a transforming and emotional journey of discovery. Without Marie's professionalism and organisation my journey would not have been so powerful. All I had to do was enjoy!