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“Denise curated an amazing once-in-a lifetime birthday safari trip that took our breath away. Every aspect and trip detail was taken care of for us and was meticulously and perfectly executed. We highly recommend!”

Thank you again for everything, it was fantastic all around!!

-WB and AB



We originally were supposed to go to Hawaii in 2020, and then again in 2021, but Covid had other plans for us.  Denise was fantastic at working with us to make sure it would happen, and still be the trip of our dreams.  We just came back from our honeymoon, and it was hands down, the best two weeks of our lives.  

Denise worked with us to understand our priorities for the trip, helped us figure out what we wanted, and then perfectly selected the best hotels and excursions to create our dream honeymoon.  

Her recommendations allowed us to experience the best Hawaii could offer!




I wanted to surprise my husband with a trip to Ireland to connect with his heritage and relatives and Denise delivered an itinerary that was beyond my expectations. She arranged fantastic tours and beautiful accommodations all over the southern half of Ireland, while also ensuring we had time to explore on our own. Despite the uncertainties of pandemic travel, Denise was so thorough – we knew exactly what to expect, what paperwork was needed, and felt very safe and well prepared the entire time. Denise has planned several trips for us in the past and I now can’t imagine taking a trip without her expertise and thoughtful planning – there is simply no better way to travel!


2018 Advisor Contest

“We just returned from a 10-day vacation in Portugal which was extraordinarily crafted by Denise.  She put together the entire itinerary according to our specific needs.  She also organized a wonderful dinner with Fado music that emphasized authenticity.  Along with our stay, Denise kept us informed and updated on all travel-related changes.  Denise’s combination of strong professional and personal skills made our communication effective and fun!  

Being under Denise’s care, we felt we were truly on vacation!

We have already recommended Denise to several friends!

-AS & BM

2018 Advisor Contest

Machu Picchu and the Galapagos.  A trip of two weeks, 11 flights, one cruise ship, zodiac rides, multiple hotels and meals.  A spectacular trip all beautifully choreographed by Denise”


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“Denise really takes time to understand what we like and what we don’t like, putting together wonderful personalized experiences that we will treasure for years to come”



“I highly recommend Denise for any travel, especially Africa. She put together a dream vacation for a friend and I and two teenage girls to Africa. It exceeded every expectation I had. All camps were beautiful, we were always looked after, saw the MOST amazing wildlife I could have imagined, and made sure everything about our trip ran smoothly. We are already looking to book another trip through Denise. Thanks for making this dream come true!!!!!  



“Denise was a gem! Her knowledge of the cruise industry was critical to helping us secure the right cruise line and itinerary for our family of 5. Denise took the time to get to know what we were looking for out of our vacation, our style of vacationing and helped us customize a fabulous trip that exceeded the expectations of all 5 of us! (parents, teens and tweens!). Denise follows up after booking and does extra research to ensure you are maximizing your experience. She is always available and is not afraid to redirect you/offer advice based on her extensive travel knowledge. We love working with Denise. She puts the FUN back in vacation travel planning!”



“I will be sending all of my friends to Denise from here on out. She was outstanding from start to finish. Her expertise and service went above and beyond. She was knowledgeable about the area and resorts and made great recommendations. She really took the time to work with us in creating the perfect honeymoon, keeping our wishes and budget in mind. We didn’t have to worry about anything on our trip. Any little hiccup, her team had already known about and handled for us. She was in contact with us during our trip and made sure everything went smoothly. She worked with the resorts and we wound up getting upgraded everywhere we went! I really can’t say enough about how wonderful Denise was. I hope to work with her again in the future and will never go to anyone else for my travel needs”.



“When I told Denise we wanted the trip of a lifetime, she delivered! Our trip to South Africa, Vic Falls and Botswana couldn’t have been any better. Great attention to detail, service and recommendations. We didn’t have to lift a finger and she made it all happen. I will use Denise again and recommend her to all my friends”

—TM & BM


“From the Caribbean to European adventures, Denise is our go-to for vacation planning. She always gives numerous hotel and activity options for us to pick from,  and it is more than gracious and flexible with any changes. She really listens to the type of trip we are looking for and comes up with the perfect itinerary every time. We can’t wait to plan our next trip!”



“Denise recommended a small boutique hotel in Paris that we had never heard of, and it was absolutely wonderful!  My wife and I were on a no-kids trip and this was the perfect small, romantic hotel with first class service.  My wife cannot eat gluten, and Denise notified the concierge in advance, who provided a list of restaurants that could accommodate her dietary needs.  Denise even arranged to have gluten-free bread along with the complimentary cheese plate!   We had such a great time and would recommend Denise to anyone, she’s super knowledgeable and goes above and beyond!”



Denise is amazing at what she does.  She is so knowledgeable and asks the right questions to uncover what is really important and what experiences will bring you the most joy.  

She booked a fantastic 10-day trip for nine of us to Spain and we literally felt like we experienced more than we could have imagined.  Every detail was planned and we just had to show up and enjoy.  I will never use anyone else!

-The P Family


Denise/Luxury Travel Adventures designed a delightful trip for us through Portugal (Lisbon and the Algarve) and Spain (Sevilla, Ronda and Barcelona).  Our guides and drivers were timely, friendly, and knowledgeable, and made us feel like family.  We enjoyed local foods, culture, and outdoor activities while learning the history of these very different—yet historically similar—cities. The hotels were luxurious, well-located and provided excellent service as well as comforts for relaxing and rewinding.  

We absolutely recommend Denise and look forward to planning another trip with her!” –AR



Denise went above and beyond helping us plan my number one bucket list travel item – a trip to Africa. A year ago we gave her a list of things we wanted to see and do in Africa and a budget and she made it all happen and then some! Our accommodations were top notch, no detail was spared and she had a few surprises planned along the way. The tour guides were fantastic and the safari lodges were nothing I could have imagined existed. If anyone is thinking of planning a trip of this magnitude we highly recommend Denise to help you with your planning. At the end of the trip my husband wanted to know what was my new number one bucket list to do was and I without hesitation said, “To return to Africa, and Denise will plan it!”



“When planning a 15-day trip to Italy for my husband and I, I wanted expert advice and help. Denise at Luxury Travel delivered that and so much more. She discussed different cost levels with us, gave us different options and then helped us put together the most amazing trip. We spent 6 incredible days in Rome planned completely by Denise. She really knew Rome and arranged our stay in a wonderful hotel in a prime location, private tours of the Vatican and Ancient Rome, a side trip to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, as well as suggestions for places to eat and other sights to see on our own. She also arranged, at our request, a small group Tauck tour which took us to Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre, etc. We had a wonderful vacation. We would most definitely use Denise again”.

–Lisa B


“Denise helped us plan and book the honeymoon of our dreams and she was incredible from start to finish.  She was impressively thorough, very patient with all of our questions and quite literally thought of every detail.  All of our tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable, the hotels/resorts were top notch and we received exceptional service.  We were congratulated on our honeymoon and each hotel added very sweet touches to our stay (wine, champagne, chocolate, flower petals on our bed, etc).  We felt like royalty and were continually impressed at each stop, especially at the perks that we were afforded by her strong relationship with the travel vendors.  Despite our complicated itinerary (8 flights and 3 destinations), everything was seamless and we had no problems at any point during our two weeks of travel.  We would not hesitate to use Denise for future travel plans – she has customers for life!”



“Paris and Normandy were on our bucket list, and Denise created the perfect vacation. We spent 4 fun packed days exploring Paris, with Denise arranging just enough tours to give us as base, but plenty of time to explore this beautiful “city of lights” on our own. The boutique hotel she arranged was wonderful and in the perfect location. After a few days in Paris, we embarked on an AMA River Cruise that had wonderful stops in cities along the Seine on the way to Normandy and a memorable experience. Thanks for a wonderful trip. We are ready for our next one!”



“The trip was fantastic – everything went well.  The cooking class: I absolutely loved this. It was a fantastic experience.  It is exactly the kind of foodie experience that we love.  The food was great and it was fun that we helped prepare a lot of it. There was a group of about 12 of us and we really enjoyed meeting the other people. We talked all through the cooking as well as lunch. This was one of my favorite experiences during the trip.  It was such a wonderful time and given how rare it will be to have this kind of time together until the boys get older it was just perfect!   Thanks for all your help!”



“Curaçao was beautiful and an unforgettable trip. The beach was amazing and the sunsets were breathtaking. It was the perfect place to get engaged. Thanks so much to Denise for getting us upgraded rooms;  the ocean view and stocked mini bar made even hanging out in the room fantastic. She really took care of everything, even letting the hotel know about my food allergy. She made it completely stress free. We look forward to her helping us plan our destination wedding!”


“Normally, I prefer to plan my own trips so I had never worked with a travel advisor before. However, Denise came highly recommended so I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did! Denise saved me tons of time and effort! She is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. Having travelled extensively, she was able to give me advice on how to get the most out of all our destinations. The entire trip ran very smoothly and we couldn’t have been happier



“I have traveled around the world, 3rd world etc., but even I felt planning the kind of extensive African adventure I wanted for our group (2 adult females and my 2 teenagers) was beyond my capability. Which country? What time of year? Where exactly to stay? What should we see? We told Denise our priorities (variety of game experiences and lots of wildlife, def Botswana, Vic Falls) and she gave us options at different pricing tiers and worked with us to create the perfect…ly magical 3+ week journey. We saw EVERYTHING — lionesses and cubs, wild cheetah, leopards, scores of elephant and zebra families, white rhinos, and even 2 crossings of the wildebeests and zebras on the Mara river. Denise was ALWAYS available to us to answer any questions or help us through unexpected itinerary changes (even though she was traveling herself to Dubai) and she had every last detail whipped into shape in no time. In a country (like India) where travel can be sketchy, Denise had all our ducks in a row and we felt safe and cared for throughout both by her communication with us and the friendly, courteous guides hired. Needless to say we also stayed in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and the African hospitality was fantastic. My 17-year old daughter says “best vacation ever Mom” and my 14-year old says “the nicest people live in Africa.” Doesn’t get much better than that. I will definitely travel with Denise and Luxury Travel Adventures again and highly recommend it to all. Now if I could only get through the 2000+ amazing pictures I took…” 

– JC

“Denise was an absolute professional to work with from start to finish. From the very beginning of vacation planning for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Uganda, she gave me complete details with price/amenity comparisons for all options discussed. I know she put tireless hours into the plan but made it look easy. It was completely seamless for me. Everything was better than advertised in my estimation, even if Uganda is not a true “luxury” destination. I would recommend Denise for any major vacation plans. It was such a relief knowing I could just show up and everything was taken care of”


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