Lisa and I have traveled extensively in the US & Europe and, with that said, the difference in a trip you take vs. an adventure that you relish is, Clare Isquith. Lisa mentioned to Clare that we were considering going to Argentina for a food and wine excursion as research for Lisa's fourth restaurant here in Sedona, named Mariposa Grill. Our goal was for Lisa to have an intimate culinary experience with chefs, new vintners and the diversity of the culture. The challenge was that we wanted to go in February 2014, expanding our trip to include Uruguay and Peru, but decided to do this in November 2013, leaving Clare only a couple of months to plan our trip when it would normally take far longer to make all the arrangements. Long story short - what she delivered was not just an adventure but a detailed itinerary, locations, guides and drivers that really worked for us. We are fiercely independent and this package was amazing. Only experience and team work would allow someone to put this type of package together and confirm it in such a short period of time. It gets better: a month before we were to depart, we had to change the departure for two weeks later; plus, we cancelled Peru and substituted Chile. With grace, style and patience she repackaged our adventure - 21 days of exploration, bliss, joy, cuisine and new wines. Our guides have now become our friends and we have returned with a cache of photography and video that has already inspired Lisa's next cookbook - "A Romance with Food." From our personal experience, Clare was as much a part of our journey as the actual adventure. We couldn't help but smile and remark to ourselves, "How did she know to have this in place, here?" Thank you Clare - we love you.
Scott & Lisa
"It has been a week since we returned from our honeymoon, to the ever so beautiful Dominican Republic, and as we settle into our life as a married couple, we want to express our gratitude for all you did to make our honeymoon so special and memorable. In every respect, our trip far surpassed our expectations. We were so impressed with the Secrets Royal Beach Resort in Ounta Cana, from the outstanding personal services to our elegant accommodations, with a jacuzzi on our balcony. The luxury was limitless - a perfect honeymoon in paradise - thanks to your attention to detail and eye for luxury. You really gave us such a special honeymoon, with memories that we will cherish forever, that we can't wait to see what you will have in store for our 1st year anniversary!"
Ariana and Cory Keene, NH
"I have used Clare Isquith, as my travel agent, for many years. You will never find a more conscientious, caring agent than Clare - and she delivers everything in person. Her connections throughout the travel world are always useful and often money saving - even at 5-star hotels and resorts. I highly recommend travel with Clare for she will never steer you in the wrong direction. For the record, Dottie and I had more than just a fantastic experience in our trip to South Africa."
"We want to thank you for planning the wonderful Danube River cruise for us - our very first time in Europe. In every respect, our adventure surpassed our expectations, ten- fold. The AmaLegro, its crew, staff, the high quality of the food and other services was amazing, as were the hotels that you selected for us. Needless to say, we had a great time and could not have done it without your time, effort, and expertise. We appreciate, beyond words, all that you did for us, leaving us with a lifetime of wonderful memories. We look forward to the next adventure."
With the greatest of thanks for everything,
Sharon and Garry
"Once again, you have outdone yourself and planned the perfect trip for us. The time, energy, personal attention, and detail you devoted to us and in planning our trip is greatly appreciated. You have exceeded all my expectations of what a perfect travel planner should do. Our trip to Egypt could not have been any better. We are already looking forward to our next adventure which we will plan with your help. Again, thank you for a perfect trip."
Caroline & Ed
"Thank you so much for helping make our Alaska vacation so memorable. It was the perfect trip - even better than perfect! The land and side trips that you planned for us were definitely the highlights. There is no question that you are the best and there is no question that we will be asking you to plan our future adventures. We also very much appreciated and enjoyed the wine and chocolate strawberries, the added little extra that made our trip so great. It was very thoughtful of you."
Gale, Carol, Jane, and Ammon
"How could it be, other than totally thrilling, to be standing at the "Ends of the Earth"! Here we are, at the southern most post office in South America, at the Beagle Canal (made famous by Charles Darwin), Ushuaia, Argentina, with the beauty of Patagonia in the background. This is just one of the custom-designed, special excursions that our travel agent, Clare Isquith, put together for us. Our adventure began in Valpariso, Chile aboard the most fabulous, all-inclusive SILVER SHADOW, following the path of the early explorers around South America to the Falkland Islands - another outstanding private-guided excursion - to Montivideo, Uruguay, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cruise ended there but our adventure continued on to, once again, a most special, custom-designed excursion to the magnificant Iquazu Falls, between Argentina and Brazil. The trip planning went without a hitch, the personal services were impeccable throughout our adventure, the SILVER SHADOW experience was beyond exquisite, and the hand-picked private tour guides were highly informative and added high value to our adventures, leaving us with a lifetime of unforgetable memories. It has been said that "Some people have a therapist - others have really great travel agents". We are the 'others' and we have Clare"
Garry & Sharon, Phoenix
Bill & Kathleen, Tempe
Harvey & Bobbie, Sedona
Joe, New York
Raquelle, New York
"I have long dreamed of going gorilla trekking in Bwindi to see the giant Silverbacks and their families in the wild. When my husband and I heard of Global Adventures in Travel and met Clare, discovering that she not only has traveled in Africa and is also an Africa Specialist, we knew that we had found the perfect travel agent. She expertly planned our African adventure and personally coordinated with providers in Africa to assure that the services we received were of the highest quality and that, at a minimum, fulfilled all of our expectations. We highly recommend Clare, as the travel agent who can make anyone's travel dream come true."
Sandy & Al
"We are now settled back into our busy routines but our thoughts are still of our Blue Danube River cruise and the wonders we experienced from Budapest to Prague. We want to express our gratitude for all you did to make our trip so fabulous, including the outstanding hotel accommodations that you arranged for us in Budapest and in Prague. Your expertise in handling every detail, taking care of everything to make our trip worry free, is far more than we ever expected or received from any travel agent in the past. We loved every moment in the Medieval and historic towns and cities along the way - not to mention the shopping! - and very much appreciated the highly qualified, English-speaking tour guides, with great personalities, we had in every country. We look forward to many more great times exploring places that we have only thought about before but, now, with your expertise, plan to go to."
Nadine and Jerry
"As the president of a professional association I have arranged many annual tours for my colleagues and have travelled world wide. Our latest trip this year was to Barcelona and Madrid and Clare, our agent, who did a marvelous job in putting together last year's group trip to explore the wonders of our Southwest states, handled all of our arrangements and, again, came through, exceeding everyone's expectations. The particular complications of a large group with a broad range of participants in age and location would represent a major challenge to any travel agent; however, our needs, desires and expectations were deftly and professionally dealt with by Clare and we had a terrific time. As Clare is a Spain Specialist, our agenda was crafted to an excellent level and the choice of hotels and tours was far superior to what would be expected by the average travel agent. Our guides provided a passionate and an in depth, knowledgeable view of all that we saw. The feedback that I received from the group was, in a word, "awesome." I am particularly grateful to Clare's patient and caring attention to all that was required to make our trip a truly successful one and I look forward to planning next year's group trip with Clare. Thank you so much."
Ted Laquercia, Ph. D.
The Society of Modern Psychoanalysts
New York, NY
"Thank you again, Clare, for helping with everything on our trip to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. It was a dream come true! What an incredible joy to spend our days amidst such amazing wildlife and then to come back to the luxurious treatment aboard the yacht. We think this was the best trip either of us has ever taken and, had it not been for you, it might never have happened. We really appreciated your making certain that our vacation investment and our welfare was protected by the proper insurance and very, very much appreciate you always there on the other end of the telephone or Internet to immediately fix those little things that always seem to pop up. It is a sheer delight to have a professional like you who takes such a personal interest in making every trip you plan for us not just a trip but a true adventure. Your are the best!"
Helen & Andrew
"Clare literally created our dream vacation to Europe. She took tremendous care and forethought in every detail that she planned for us in our itinerary while being completely available to answer all our questions and make any changes we desired. Because of Clare, we felt confident, relaxed and prepared. It was by far, the best experience we've had traveling and our vacation was one that we'll remember as one of the very best times of our lives."
Tom & Shondra Jepperson
"We were in the middle of planning an Alaska cruise when my sister recommended that we call Clare. Immediately, Clare took charge and lifted the whole burden of cruise planning off our shoulders. She knows the business like the back of her hand, booked everything and got us some extras we wouldn't have gotten without her involvement. We had a fantastic trip and won't hesitate to call Clare when we're ready for our next one."
Mitchell and Alicia Erick,
"My wife and I had never been to Europe, so we decided to let Clare put together a trip for us. We only had 14 days and wanted to see Iceland, England, Scotland, and Ireland. WOW what an incredible trip it was. The guides were fabulous. We saw so many beautiful and exciting places. Iceland was incredible. 21 hours of daylight was such an unusual thing to be a part of. The UK was awesome. It was so unusual to see modern London and then turn around and see castles. All the people we met were so friendly. We truly had a remarkable and memorable trip. Thanks for everything."
Fred and Diane
"Our Canoe breakfast on Bora Bora, they brought out breakfast to our dock and set it up, it was so delicious!"
"We watched a complimentary native Luau show after dinner, the dancers had so much enthusiasm, they were so much fun to watch!"
"Finally, our last destination was Tahiti and Bora Bora, after we arrived at the airport, we got draped with leis!"
"We never could have done this vacation like the way we wanted without Clare and her expertise. She picked out all the best tours, and made sure we had superior transportation between our hotels and airports. If you want it done right, you absolutely need a destination specialist!"
Yevette & Richard
Gold Canyon, AZ
"What a fantastic trip to Belize that Clare arranged for us. The Blancaneaux Lodge in the Pine Forrest was wonderful. All of the staff was so personable and attentive I don't think we have ever had such good service. By the time we had to leave, I felt like we were leaving a group of good friends. We hiked to Big Rock Falls from the lodge. We had one of our dinners in the garden where our feast was plucked from the massive garden as we took a tour before the chef got busy preparing the vegetables we had gathered. A full day trip to Tikal ruins in Guatemala was unbelievable! There are just as many ruins that have yet to be excavated as there are uncovered. What a wonderfully rich experience with the best tour guides."
"Then we were off to the Victoria House in San Pedro. Another luxurious property with our beautiful plantation suite overlooking the turquoise water of the Caribbean. Another excursion took us snorkeling at Hol Chan and swimming with the sharks at Shark Ray Alley. Then lots of relaxing, eating and drinking. Couldn't have asked for anything better than this!"
John & Carol