Buy lottery tickets! Sell your house! Do everything in your power to join Billy and Kato on next year’s Lisbon trip. BEST HOLIDAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE – the wines, the food, the art + architecture, the people, the scenery, the creative force, the surprises…
Leigh D., Toronto
The 2013 Billy and Borolo Tour was our second trip with Billy and Kato, having done Lisbon in 2012. Again, what a wonderful trip. When travelling with Billy and Kato, its not just a tourist trip, it is an experience that you don’t forget – great food, great wine, see and do things that tourists don’t get to do and, most of all, lots of fun with 12 new found friends. Ireland is next!
Don and Sue Scott, Ottawa
Your Lisbon tour exceeded my expectations in every way. You did an incredible job of packing each and every day with the best tours, meals and interesting descriptions. Your choice of hotel, transportation and all events were outstanding. Please use me as a reference to anyone who is interested!
Besty Shea, Toronto
We can say that, thanks to your knowledge of Lisbon and its people, and thanks to your love of the creative spirit, and thanks to your hard work researching interesting places and events, and thanks to your enjoyment of wine and food, and thanks to your great organizational skills, we experienced Lisbon in a way that would have been impossible for just the two of us, or on a conventional tour. Hats off to you! We would not trade the week for all the tiles in Portugal.
Darlene and Philip Zylberberg, Sudbury
I was fortunate enough to be with Billy and Kato on their 2013 Piedmont wine tour in Italy. I couldn’t imagine how they would match, let alone improve on that experience when in 2014 I joined them again on their Lisbon trip. Well, by golly….they did. They seem to have a knack for putting a disparate group of travellers, albeit wine lovers, together and making the experience quite something special. I would highly recommend joining them on any of their endeavours.
Wally Anderson, Simcoe
Our trip to Lisbon with Billy and Kato exceeded all of our expectations! The well-planned itinerary included many surprises and was the perfect balance between organized activities and free time. Many of the sites, activities and excursions were ones that we would never have discovered or experienced on our own. The meals and wine were wonderful!. We loved every minute of the trip and couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you so much for a wonderful week in such a beautiful city.
Barbara Smith, Executive Director/Directrice général, National Youth Orchestra of Canada/Orchestre national des jeunes du Canada
Exceptional all round gastronomical, cultural and just plain fun tour. I can’t think of a better way to experience the Piedmont wine country than joining Kato and Billy. The variety of wine tastings and daily activities are a testament to their thorough advance research and genuine desire to assure a wonderful memory for all. ‘La dolce vitae’ indeed.
Brenda Smith, Ottawa
A week in Lisbon was our second trip with Billy and Kato and once again we enjoyed a terrific trip. Billy and Kato are wonderful hosts and had carefully planned activities that showed Lisbon and the surrounding area at its best, but left us enough free time to explore our own interests in the city. The accommodations were amazing, beautifully appointed, comfortable, and well located. We ate in great restaurants, ranging from upscale winemaker’s dinners to more humble but excellent establishments in the Alfama area. Billy introduced us to the many styles and varieties of wonderful Portuguese wine, through impromptu and organized tastings. We visited places in and out of Lisbon that we would not have otherwise seen and the thought and care put into making the week special was clear from the moment we arrived in Lisbon. We would not hesitate to recommend Billy and Kato’s tour – travelling with them is indeed an exceptional experience.
M.M. and B.C., Kingston
I was so impressed with the attention to details – from the unbelievable food, the (copious) high quality wine, the marvelous accommodations, the camaraderie and all the personal touches. As someone who has never considered myself a ‘group traveler’, it far exceeded my expectations.
Dr. K. Henderson, Fergus
We recently had the opportunity of traveling to Ireland on a trip organized by Kato Wake and Billy Munnelly of Billy’s Best Bottles. It was one of the most enjoyable weeks of our lives and we give all the credit to Kato and Billy. The trip was superbly organized. fairly priced and with a perfect combination of organized events and free time. And, most importantly, a huge helping of good fun.
Bill & Sharon, Stratford
Thank you, both Billy and Kato, for our wonderful experience in Ireland. It wasn’t a tour, but a trip “home” to meet the locals of West Cork. My wife, Diane and I have travelled on a number of tours with highly respected tour companies, but those trips do not compare to the experience of our trip with you to Ireland. It will always be fondly remembered as one of my favourites. We’ll be seeing you both again if you keep doing the trips to foreign lands for good food, great company and wonderful wines. I think Lisbon is next on my list for 2014.
A. Madden, Brampton
The Irish trip was arranged obviously with much thought and care and the result being, for me and my husband, a grand combination of a beautiful castle to call home, delicious food and wine, very interesting trips, time to explore but equal time to relax, and the crowning glory new acquaintances who became friends. Billy and Kato are a special couple who obviously enjoy what they are doing and they do it so well. Thank you Billy ad Kato for a holiday that was so different and so memorable.
Julia Lake, Oakville
One must eat & drink to survive so you might as well go crazy with it and did we ever! Complimented by accommodations fit for royalty, specially selected cultural excursions and of course great craic, Billy & Kato delivered a wonderfully unique, Irish experience of a lifetime!
Heather Peacock, Toronto
I truly believe my trip to Ireland was one of the best times of my life.
Chris Rogers, Prince Eward County
Billy and Kato are the best tour guides on the planet! We did and saw so much, but never felt rushed, and got to see all the non-touristy stuff that made our Ireland trip the best week of our lives. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Dr. Mike Mandel, Toronto
Nicky and I want to thank Billy and Kato, for the best trip ever. The days were filled with adventure and surprise, you were never quite sure what village or castle you would end up in, but it was always amazing, and the evenings were fit for Kings and Queens. We will be in line for any upcoming destination that Billy and Kato have picked, they just excel at creating an magical journey, our memories of Ireland will always warm our hearts…..thanks to Billy and Kato.Slan go foille!
Ken Walton, Toronto
I’m not sure we all REALLY appreciated some of the things we saw or places we ate or people we met as much as we should have because there was so much going on. I’ve been googling things from cards and napkins we picked up and MY GOD..you two did a superb job at showing us the best of Lisbon and area in a week!!!!
Wendy and Wayne Rider, Stratford
Gerry and I had a GREAT time with the whole Lisbon trip, and have many wonderful memories. Thanks for making it so great!
Polly Mosher, Oakville
The Italian Wine Tour in Oct. 2012 was FIRST CLASS ! Billy & Kato thought of everything. It was interesting & fun filled.I’d go again in a heartbeat.
Mary Anne Perkins, Milford, Ontario
To be on a tour with the talented excursionists Billy and Kato, is to experience both the depth and lightheartedness of other cultures. The Munnelley’s are well loved, so doors open for them and their travelling companions – like meeting the uber cool, movie star Mayor of Barbaresco on our recent trip to Italy!
Heather Peacock and Mike Mandel, Toronto
Thank you for our very special experience in Piedmont. Your planning and attention to detail were impeccable and everywhere in evidence. The venues were beautiful and beyond expectation. The schedules were ideal – never a dull moment and even civilized departure times! And the food….wow! We were thoroughly spoiled with the wine – the variety and we learned so much and loved Billy’s refreshing approach. We were privileged with the calibre and wine events provided and quickly realized it was because of Billy’s unique regard in which he is held. Kato did so much behind the scenes and was such a delight to meet. She has a great gift of mixing, hinging people together and taking a genuine interest in each. What a team! Again, many, many thanks!
Hally and Hugh Simmons, Ottawa