What makes RSD tour managers so special? Why is it them in particular that guarantee RSD’s success and the superb quality of our tours?
Their magic formula is first-class competence + a good dose of humanity = strong characters. And therefore the best source of support for our travellers.
We spoke to some of the 500 colleagues who work for us as tour managers all over the world. We’ve put together a few examples of what they had to say about what they like about RSD and its guests, and most importantly what they expect from themselves.
They’ve travelled with RSD six times, even seven times.
They’ve explored a lot, marvelled a lot, and really enjoyed their holidays. And they’d be happy to experience the wonders of the world with RSD time and time again. We asked them what it is that they particularly like about RSD tours, and what their fondest memories are
How RSD is effectively supporting a lovely dentistry project in South Africa
Around 160 kilometres north of Cape Town – on South Africa’s stunning west coast – is the small village of Paternoster. Many families here live on the edge of a basic subsistence. For children, this also means inadequate medical care. And this includes the care of their teeth. So out of the 300 children at the only school in the village, 95 per cent therefore need dental treatment. The „West Coast Kids“ aid project is therefore an absolute lifeline for them.
There’s a great reason for a party: RSD is celebrating its 10th anniversary! RSD started out in 2009 with a trip to Cappadocia. Today, in 2019, we are one of the largest cultural tour organisers in Europe with almost 2 million customers – and with a top collection of hugely popular worldwide holidays.
The expanses of the Pacific ocean just off the coast of South America, the fjords of Norway on the most beautiful cruise in the world, the unending ice of Antarctica or the indescribable natural beauty of Greenland …
For some months now, a one-week round trip through Northern Cyprus has been part of the extensive travel portfolio offered by RSD. Highlights include Famagusta, Kyrenia and Nicosia, Europe’s last divided capital.
New, spectacular cultural trips turn holidays into a great experience
RSD takes advantage of its many years of experience as an organiser of cultural trips and is already off to a flying start: all over the world, our travel experts are now presenting new and fascinating destinations – and at the anticipated quality.
RSD visitors can admire unique UNESCO World Heritage sites or ingenious architecture. And enjoy the charm and joie de vivre exuded by foreign countries and cultures – at colourful markets, in the romantic narrow streets of old towns or among fishermen on the beach.
RSD has acquired a fresh online look and proudly presents its new website. Plenty of striking pictures, more information, interactive and above all user-friendly operation – it all makes travel with RSD even more attractive.
Over 8,500 fatalities: that’s the sad balance of the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. Some 8.6 million people have been directly affected, including some 1.2 million children. They have been torn from their everyday lives, no longer have a roof over their heads, and many have lost family members, too. The constant fear of new quakes combined with the high level of poverty means that reconstruction work is progressing very slowly.
A Dream Trip to the Orient for the Winners
Dr Ursula Schuster and Mr Bernhard Wunder are enthusiastic: “RSD does a great job.”
The end of the one-week trip combining two different countries, “Cyprus and Turkey”, could not have had a better end for the RSD regulars Dr Ursula Schuster and Bernhard Wunder. It was the beginning of December 2014, and they had just returned from the Turkish part ofCyprus in the north of the island, where they had followed in the footsteps of the apostles, viewed ancient sites and gained fantastic insights into the historical architecture of the Roman period.
Just as it did last year, RSD has demonstrated how much it cares for children in the holiday region in and around Antalya.
RSD not only gives its travellers the chance to become more familiar with the culture, history and the magnificent natural sights to be seen in Turkey; it opens the door to personal encounters with the people there.
The international travel trade show in Berlin: the world’s biggest tourism trade show in Berlin, ITB, took place this March. And it was at this event that Christian Funk, the owner of RSD, shook hands with the then Turkish Minister of European Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
A perfectly organised RSD study trip not only involves carefully selected hotels and qualified, frequently praised tour guides. The coach drivers have to be real professionals, too: reliable and always keeping the well-being of their passengers in mind.
Our Turkish partner NBK Touristic in Antalya keeps a close eye on this aspect, always striving to ensure that the high RSD standards are put into practice locally, too.
He had come to express his appreciation on behalf of the Province of Antalya: Recep Yüksel, the assistant to the governor in the field of tourism and culture.
He was happy to take part in a group photo: side-by-side with Recep Yavuz, representing RSD, and surrounded by cheerful members of the RSD team in Antalya.
Presentation of 90,000 euro donation for desperate families in the mountain villages
Help from RSD and its tour guides
The images transmitted from the site of the disastrous mining accident were terrible: on 13 May in the western Turkish town of Soma, 301 miners died and left behind devastated families. The next-of-kin were promised support. But this help did not always reach the families quickly, especially those who live in the inaccessible mountain villages around Soma.
A photo exhibition at Antalya Airport documents how, little by little, the ancient metropolis of Patara is being unearthed.
Kilometres of sandy beach today extend along the coast of Lycia, where Patara once stood, a splendid ancient metropolis, tremendously important port and a Roman provincial capital. The Apostle Paul visited the city, which was also the birthplace of St. Nicholas. And in a photo exhibition that is well worth seeing, guests arriving at Antalya Airport can now gaze in wonder at all that the husband-and-wife team of archaeologists, Havva and Fahri Isik, has retrieved from the drifting sands of Patara over the past 25 years.
The German aircraft carrying holidaymakers from Stuttgart landed in Antalya at 2.30pm. Among the passengers on board were our RSD guests Julia and Viktor August – and they were in top holiday mood. That’s because this particular day in late November was the first of their adventure-packed cultural tour in Turkey: a week on the trail of the Apostles in Cappadocia.
When the phones start ringing at RSD, Europe gets going. That’s because our wonderful holidays, like RSD’s tour of Cappadocia or a stay in a dream hotel in Dubai, are also booked in Swedish, French and Norwegian.
We’ve got our holidaymakers convinced – anniversary of a success story
RSD has good reason to celebrate – for three years now, the dedicated team of experts has been putting together special tours for discerning holidaymakers – and at top prices. A brief glance at the statistics reveals just how popular the carefully compiled cultural and adventure tours have now become. Only recently, RSD was able to welcome its 500,000th guests on a tour in Turkey. As a token of gratitude, they received a luxury trip for two to the United Arab Emirates.
As long as we live, we will never forget that sunrise – seen from aloft as we floated in a hot-air balloon high above Göreme Valley at the heart of Turkey.
Far below us, the endless Cappadocian countryside stretched away into the distance. The gorges and bizarre rock cones the locals call “fairy chimneys” glowed in the first light of day. And more and more balloons rose into the blue sky. For about one and a half hours, we enjoyed our flight above this region, which looks truly mystic. Absolutely overwhelming!