"We had a wonderful time at the Australian Open and we thought the level of service you provided us was second to none. We were very comfortable in our hotel suite and we thoroughly enjoyed trying new eating experiences from your information package. Above all, we were delighted with our seating at the tennis matches and we thoroughly enjoyed the matches we saw on both Hisense and Rod Laver Arenas. We would love to go to the French Open one day, but as our youngest child is only 13, we will need to leave that dream for a couple more years at least. We are very keen to come back to the Australian Open again next year and we would love to book through you again if you are organizing another trip. Thanks so much Soha for an unforgettable experience."
Claire, Auckland, New Zealand, Feb 12, 2012
"Thank you so much for putting together such an exciting trip. The time and care you took with each step was truly appreciated. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and can’t wait for the next adventure! We want to go to the French Open next year, so please contact me at the appropriate time so we can plan accordingly."
Dianne T., Atlanta, Georgia, February 2012
"Hi Soha. Just dropping a note to tell you how much I enjoyed my stay in Melbourne through Travels with Soha. All aspects of the trip were great. The accommodation, the seats at the tennis matches and the city and wine tours were first rate. I really liked the wine tour. I was impressed with your knowledge of wine. I really enjoyed the two bottles of wine that I purchased on the tour along with a complimentary bottle from the Marriott. I assure you that I did not drink all three bottles at once. I will definitely consider a future vacation through your company. Keep me in mind for the French Open in 2013 and possibly a future Wimbledon after that. What a great men's final at the Aussie Open! One of the best ever."
Nick V, BC. Canada, February 2012
"Just returned with the most amazing tour to the Australian Open Tennis Tournament. I booked the tour through "Travels With Soha", it was my first Open to ever see and my first time in Australia. The company booked everything for me and left no detail out. I had amazing seats for all the matches. I had private tennis lessons, with a renown tennis coach, at the very private and prestigious Kooyong Tennis Club, where the Australian Open had originated. It was even arranged for our group to play with the formerly highly ranked and famous Wayne Ferreira, in a very fun doubles match. The hotel which was arranged for us had incredible views and was within a 10 min. walk to Rod Laver Arena, and trams were available to us free of charge to get to the Open. We were able to get into the finest restaurants through the tour company, even when the hotel concierge could not get us the reservation. One group who booked through the agency, coming from Hong Kong arrived at 10 AM and required a number of rooms and Soha made sure that they could check in right when they got to the hotel and did not have to wait for a room, which normally would be at 3PM. One person in a group had to leave a day early, and it seemed impossible for the person to make such arrangements, but the tour director, made the arrangements seemingly with ease. The tour director's knowledge of tennis, of the behind the scenes in sites of the games and players, and the knowledge of Melbourne and its attractions, restaurants, and transportation made this experience one to remember for a lifetime."
Beverley Hayes, San Francisco, February 6, 2011
"The trip was fabulous! We had the best time, and everything went perfectly! Your guide in Paris was great, we really enjoyed her. Eze was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Thank you so much for recommending that .... what a treat! Can't wait to start planing the next trip."
Caroline R. NC., August 2010
"Fantastic job this year at the Australian Open ... In spite of my last day sickness I still had a wonderful time. Thank you for always committing so much time and energy. It shows you really care about your clients. I will definitely be in for next year."
Jeff H, San Francisco, February 27, 2010
"Brett and I would like to thank you for organizing this wonderful trip for our family. We all enjoyed our private tour. She was knowledgeable and quite good with children. The hotel was located in a great area. The children liked Nathalie and had a great time without us. We all know how hard you worked to organize this vacation for us. Everything was perfect, and we look forward working with you again."
Lynn G. Manlius, New York, August 5, 2010
In the News
Inside TennisOctober 2010
Travels With Soha: From Paris to Melbourne
Don't call Soha Yamin a "travel Agent". She prefers "trip designer" And for a good reason. Yamin has been crafting trips to the French Open since 99, when she embarked on her first journey with eight members of San Francisco Tennis Club. And she has been going back ever since. But these aren't your ordinary pack-em-into-the-tourist-bus excursions. Yamin tailors each trip to the wants/needs of the group. For her it is all about the personal touch. "I don't sell tickets; I sell a week of experiences." explains Yamin of her boutique, anything - but-traditional travel Agency, San Francisco based Travels with Soha. "I bring the best of the city to people."
You are not just dropped at the hotel and left to fend for yourself. Yamin, who speaks four languages, makes her clients feel at home in the City of Lights, guiding them on exclusive wine tasting, themed walking tours and sight seeing sejourns. "The trips are very exclusive." she says. "I am very passionate and work with my clients to make sure everything is to their liking."
In 2011, Travels with Soha will head Down Under to the Australian Open in Melbourne, a city, like Paris, that Yamin knows intimately. Accompanying the group, which will be a dozen travelers, will be former touring pro and collegiate coach Lan Bale, who will serve as resident court side expert. Also on tap are a wine tasting lunch, a private tour of National Gallery of Victoria and an architectural walking tour. Yamin handles the Airline booking, visas, hotels, etc.
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2000
PARIS for the Petite,
by Helen Bartlett (film producer and writer who lives in Venice, California)
Inspired by 'Madeline', a 2 1/2-year-old leads the way
"We wanted to do things in Paris that we would all enjoy as a family, so we ruled out the typical kid-oriented excursions like amusement parks, zoos and Disneyland Paris. A friend advised us to call Travels With Soha, a San Francisco-based travel agency run by Soha Yamin, who specializes in organizing itineraries for families in Paris. She put together a great list for us that would take many trips to Paris, and recommended a fine bilingual baby-sitter so that Tony and I could enjoy some time on our own."