Virtuoso is a network of relationships that allow you - the traveler - access to exclusive amenities, upgrades, and experiences.
Virtuoso is an organization of the top travel agencies, travel providers, and destinations worldwide; currently, 355 agencies from more than 25 countries (totaling 9,000 trusted advisors) are members.
Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type or are looking for someone to completely take the reins, when you collaborate with a travel advisor, your trips will be tailored to your needs, interests, and budget.
Not only do Virtuoso travel advisors have extensive personal knowledge of destinations around the world, they have relationships with people in those areas who can arrange experiences that make a trip truly extraordinary.
A Virtuoso advisor has access to the same (and often better) pricing than you can find online, and can secure special perks like free room upgrades, daily breakfast, and other benefits you can’t get on your own.
A Virtuoso travel advisor can get you exclusive access to events, private tours, and other extras.
“I love Canada; it’s the Canadian winters I hate. Give me the Caribbean, Disney, Miami, or anywhere warm. Our advisor made our trip to Northern California special, with daily recommendations, free upgrades at nearly every property, and welcome baskets in all our rooms. Lunch at Post Ranch Inn is like seeing Earth from the clouds."
“[My advisor] is a dear friend of mine. I trust his taste so much. He traveled to Patagonia and came back raving about it. When a girlfriend and I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been, he sent us to Patagonia, Easter Island, and the Atacama Desert on the most brilliantly orchestrated trip: 11 planes in 17 days, and not a single hitch. We just focused on the breathtaking beauty. Oh, and the explora lodges: Wow!”
“We turned to a travel advisor because we didn’t want to spend every waking hour Googling reviews. There’s definitely no going back to booking on our own, ever. Bora Bora Four Seasons upgraded us all the way out to the end of the pier, which was extremely private and gave us the best views of the mountaintop. We’re from Jersey City. You don’t get those views everyday."
“Everybody deserves to travel at their own pace. (My kids) want to do a million activities, I like to lounge, and (my husband) is really into club SCCA race-car driving. Our advisor is great about finding a happy balance wherever she sends us. Anguilla is great for families: serene, relaxing – perfect. Our advisor got us double-upgraded to a three-bedroom rooftop penthouse at Viceroy Anguilla.”
“Eight trips, five classmates, and one Virtuoso advisor – (my med school girlfriends and I) are busy physicians, wives, and mothers. We use these trips to reconnect, recharge, and renew friendships. Our advisor is always looking out for us, thinking up places we’ll love with the types of upgrades and add-ons we appreciate. That’s service you can’t get on TripAdvisor or Yelp.”
"My advisor called and put in a good word with the staff at The Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, and told them I love green M&Ms. That night at the restaurant, a huge bowl of them was waiting for me at my table. Hilarious. Also, rather than argue with the front desk about my room’s view or an early check-in, I’ll have him call. Often, I get my room at 9 AM, when it would have been 3 PM if I’d asked myself.”
“Here’s a clue why I work with my advisor: I was in a hotel on the Bosporous in Istanbul, Turkey and looked out to the place next door. I called (my advisor) and said, ‘I want to switch hotels.’ He said, ‘No, you don’t. I’ve been there and reached down with my index finger on the patio furniture and found dust.’ He’s a consummate pro.”
“Our advisor planned a perfect Napa trip for us that was so personalized. We didn’t want super-stuffy meals or a formal driver. He sent us places like to Cliff Lede Vineyards, which has a rock-and-roll vibe we really liked. [Before that], our honeymoon in the Maldives is my happiest travel moment – just getting on the boat to the One & Only Reethi Rah with not a care in the world."
“My sister was living in Nairobi when my kids were 4, 6 and 7, and I was determined to visit and take them on safari. (My advisor) was amazing. She contacted various travel companies in Africa that said no way would they take children that young on safari, but she worked closely with Abercrombie & Kent to create a private safari-tent setup in Botswana. Even though the kids were so young when they went, they still talk about it.”
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Carol Mackay & Rob Houston is an independent owner, affiliated with TPI, Trevello Travel Group Inc.