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Known for expertise in academic travel, I was delighted to learn that Celestial Voyagers will help design and organize specialized tours for very small groups or even individuals as well. Researching edible flowers for my recent book, I was pleased with the detailed and comprehensive plan for our trip to Oaxaca, Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebration which focused on our specific requirements. Francoise listened to our goals and selected perfect tour operators, guides and hotels. Wonderful staff to work with and would highly recommend!
As Coordinator of Pennsylvania State University Brandywine Global Programs, our campus study abroad program, I am very pleased to write in support of Celestial Voyagers Customized Travel, and its founder and president, Francoise Cornu.
I have known Ms. Cornu for twenty years, and as an instructor of courses including study abroad, I have worked with her and her company since 2000, when I first taught a course called the Arts in London. Since then, I have worked with Celestial Voyagers to design and deliver courses in Seville, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Ireland, and Greece.
In 2010 I became Coordinator of Penn State University’s Brandywine campus education abroad program, and my steering committee and I have worked with Celestial Voyagers almost exclusively to design and deliver 2-3 programs per year, comprised of 2-6 courses each, with embedded travel abroad. From 1994 to today, approximately 2,000 Penn State students, from campuses all over the state, have taken our education abroad courses and worked with Celestial Voyagers. Our traveling groups are typically 20-40 participants, and we have reached 120 students on one of our Italy programs. Destinations have been primarily in Europe; however Celestial Voyagers has also arranged for our courses including travel to Morocco, Japan, Argentina, and Guatemala.
When I traveled to Spain and Guatemala for my one week study tour experiences, it allowed me to gain an understanding of the country’s culture and language. I was able to use what I learned in my language classes and apply it in a real world setting. I saw the difference between the countries and the United States on many different aspects from the food, to the people, and the environment. I think that CelestialVoyagers provided all the things that we needed to have a great trip. The programs that they created truly enhanced our educational experiences.
For more than 20 years I have had the pleasure and good fortune to work with owner Francoise Cornu and her marvelous professional staff of travel experts at Celestial Voyagers. As a university faculty member at Penn State University, having planned educational trips to Europe, Asia, and South America for well over 1000 students over the years with this agency, I learned from our first trip in 1995 that Francoise takes pride in delivering all the services required in the increasingly complicated area of travel. She has developed extensive personal experience in the many safety and risk management hurdles involved in working with large university infrastructure administrators, procedures and curriculum requirements, to say nothing of demanding and sometimes unrealistic professors! Francoise often personally accompanies larger student groups and her enthusiasm and interest in the students is always evident and much appreciated. There has never been a problem she was not able to solve. I high recommend Celestial Voyagers to any institution that is looking for professional educational travel services.