Praise

Compliments From Our Clients…

Gwen, Wow! We had the absolute best time on our trip to Kenya. We cannot thank you enough for the work you put in organizing and planning it. Everything was better than advertised, and the whole trip was outstanding. The trip was a life-changer!” 

A.B. and L.B, Menlo Park (Client for over 5 years)

Lusting after a couple of impossible-to-get-tickets for opening night with Jonas Kaufmann at Bastille in Paris?  Simple, call Gwen and you’ll have them by sunrise.
Gilbert Pilgram Owner-chef Zuni Café

 

“Gwen – Thanks for arranging our incredible trip in Morocco.  The hotel you proposed in Marrakech, in the heart of the Medina (the older city), was perfect for us.  We were in the middle of everything, from snake charmers to the bustling shops, but able to escape to the calm of the hotel rooftop to see it all from distance.  Also, the guide for our trek days in the Atlas Mountains was amazing.   A local of the Berber community, he seemed to know every trail, mule driver and village.  Fantastic.

John R (Client for over 5 years)

“We had the most amazing New Year’s at an architecturally stunning villa in Punta Mita thanks to Gwen’s recommendation. The chef was first class, the views stunning, and the trip: unforgettable. Gwen left no detail to chance and helped coordinate 14 people on different flights from around the country to our destination. Thank you Gwen and team!”

K.S., San Francisco

“Gwen, thanks so much for putting together a stunning trip to New Zealand for us. You not only found all the best places for us to stay but you somehow negotiated the best rooms. We felt like royalty wherever we went. And we could not have covered all we did without your masterful organization of logistics and transportation. You and your talented on-the-ground local partners never missed a beat.“

Valerie and Barry McCarthy, Woodside, New York ( Client for over 5 years)

“Gwen, our most recent trip to Europe was magnificent, thanks to you! All that you had lined up for us, even down to the very last detail was A++ ! The knowledge of your guides and their expertise in navigating through the cities was truly an advantage from our perspective. Restaurants and hotels all accountable recommendations! We look forward to many more trips in the future, designed by you! Your travel recommendations inspire us to travel.”

Kate and Art Coppola,  Santa Monica & Montecito ( Client for over 8 years)

Gwen, thank you for arranging a fantastic trip to Morocco and Sicily! From our fabulous riad in Marrakech to the Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas mountains to our Palermo villa with its butler and house manager catering to our every whim, the accommodations and meals were unique and spectacular. We hiked the Atlas mountains with our Berber guide, stopping in his village to eat homemade bread and honey. While driving in Sicily, Paolo educated us about Sicilian culture and agriculture. Our Palermo guide, Marcella, was a delight.  She was informative and passionate about the art/architecture/history/landscape she showed us.  Perhaps the most memorable experience of the whole trip was the private visit to Monreale cathedral.  We have been to many cities and cathedrals and this was without a doubt one of the most beautiful experiences we’ve ever had.  Marcella arranged for us to enter the cathedral when it was unlit, and then had the lights turned on very slowly, so that the effect was like a sunrise – all accompanied by music from an organist who was arranged for our experience.  It was breathtaking!  Thanks for an unforgettable adventure.

Nicole Lederer and Larry Orr, Palo Alto ( New clients, first Journey!)

“Gwen, the Japan trip was far and away my best vacation in the past decade. Your arrangements eliminated all of the hassle, and ensured that we got to see things that we would never have thought of — or managed to find — ourselves.”

Jonathan Bass, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

“Challenging to find guides that appeal to three generations: teens, parents, grandparents; yet you did it, Gwen! Thanks. Buenos Aires with your guides was spectacular. Highlight was the new monument to the Disappeared; like our Vietnam memorial, sad and inspiring all at once.”

Reed Hastings,  Netflix, Founder & CEO (Client for over 14 years)

“Gwen, you have now sent us to Kenya, Guatemala, Vietnam, Italy and to the Galapagos Islands. It just keeps getting better. I don’t know how you do it. Actually I don’t want to know. I just want you to keep doing it. You are the best! Please do not retire.”

Tim Haley, Redpoint Ventures, Founding Partner (Client for over 14 years)

“Gwen, a long list of absolutely perfectly designed adventures: grand tour of Italy (including ‘sold out’ seats at concert in Roman Coliseum), Kenya safari, surfing villa in Mexico, awesome white water Grand Canyon adventure, London with kids! You manage to please and interest each member of our family on every adventure. Thank you!”

Jeff Brody, Redpoint Ventures, Founding Partner (Client for over 14 years)

“Gwen creates a little bit of magic for each Journey by taking the time to learn what we’re interested in seeing. She is incredibly resourceful and has excellent contacts everywhere.  The added special features that we would not have been able to do on our own made the trip perfect. And she’s terrific on the follow through!  A fantasy trip – and we got to live it!”

Susan and Joel Hyatt, Current TV,  Co-founder & CEO (former) (Client for over 5 years)

“Gwen, first of all, I want to thank you for ALL the amazing trips you’ve arranged for us. I also want to say thank you for all the hard work you continue to do, day and night, to help out with the little glitches that come along with traveling! Our trip was FANTASTIC beyond belief, and we owe so much to you for helping to make it all happen! All of the surprises were amazing, everything planned in great detail. Our guides were wonderful – all experiences deeply appreciated by all! Everything was perfect – I can’t even begin to describe it – from day one until the last day, except that we had to leave. I’m giving your name to anyone that we know fortunate enough to plan trips of this scale. Thanks!!“

Julie & Jeff Brody (and kids – they LOVED it!) (Client for over 14 years)

“Gwen, I feel so guilty for not sharing with you the extraordinary memorable trip I enjoyed with my granddaughters in New York.  The hotel you suggested was perfect for us, the girls loved sleeping in and room service.  I will stay there in the future for shopping.  The seats you organized for plays were superb.  Bentley, your photographer recommendation, was delightful and I can’t wait to see our photos. The Italian restaurant, was the right choice – the girls love pasta and location was so convenient. Extraordinary memories, thank you!”

J.K. Palo Alto

“Our trip to Italy was fabulous. The choice of hotels for us was perfect– small, elegant and personalized. All of our transfers were seamless and the Tuscan countryside was spectacular. Taking a cooking class at Villa Bordoni was a highlight. Kudos to you for a job well done!”

Sam and Leslie Pearl, Pearl Plastic Surgery Center

“Gwen- I will forever cherish remembrances of the trip I just took with my 82 and 83 year old parents to Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey. I appreciated the thought you put into details such as having my parents change planes in the US — not in a foreign country, finding flights that would originate in different parts of the US yet arrive minutes apart in the same city thousands of miles away, and arranging our seemingly ever-present guide and driver who accommodated us cheerfully and flexibly throughout our journeys. Without your help this trip would have been a struggle for all three of us; with your help it was sheer pleasure. Thank you!”

Elizabeth Still, Atherton

“Gwen- Another amazing Journey, it is hard to believe each trip is better than the last, loved the exotic flavor of Turkey- the guides were wonderful, the yacht was spectacular and cruising the Greek Islands was amazing! Thank you for every special touch can’t wait to escape again!”

A.N., Manhattan

“… the summary is, Egypt was our best trip ever. Our guide, Safa, was particularly good. The ancient tombs and temples were inspiring beyond expectations! Thank you.”

Reed Hastings, Netflix, Founder & CEO (Client for over 14 years)

“Always a challenge to fulfill the needs of various ages and genders!! Your impeccable attention to detail made our get-away “smooth sailing”. Much appreciated!!”

Deenie and Frank Brosens, Taconic Capital, NY

“How do you obtain the best seats to the French Open, hotel rooms which are sold out and reservations in the best Parisian restaurants!? Que Magnifique!”

S.S., Woodside

“The Galapagos and Ecuador trip you designed was fantastic. I loved Quito, the Hacienda, Galapagos, the hotel…everything was great down to the last detail. Santiago, our guide, was a perfect match– outgoing, funny and knowledgeable. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful adventure you planned.”

Kathleen Dixon, Dixon Communications

 “Gwen, you are simply the best!  I have been trying to get Bob to Africa for years and he resisted until you put together such a wonderfully enticing itinerary. He was blown away by the fact that one could be deep into the African bush and be in such luxury.  We loved every minute of it and could not have done it without you!  Thank you, thank you for making one of my dreams come true.”

Bonnie and Bob Biorn, Menlo Park

“Gwen, London tour guide was perfect, providing a descriptive and colorful history, on a level suitable for the adults and kept my teenage children interested as well! Your London driver is marvelous; he could double as a tour guide. Marbella, a delightful slice of civilized life on the Costa del Sol. Golf was awesome; restaurants, staff, spa, village touring, and buggy racing at Ascari was over the top! Thanks again for another expertly planned trip!”

S.T.,  Palo Alto

“Rome, Venice (especially the added surprise of remembering my son’s birthday at the Cipriani!), the Italian Riviera, and Sardinia…it couldn’t have been better! Exceptional guides, classic riva boat in Capri and the grottos–over the top; Eolo in Venice was perfect amusement for the kids, they didn’t want to depart! Thank you so much for the perfect journey, your trips are amazing!”

A.M.,  Atherton

“Our Wimbledon experience was spectacular. We will never forget the tremendous day we had thanks to you.”

Michael M., San Francisco

“We cannot begin to thank you enough for putting together such an absolutely delightful trip to Istanbul!  Everything your thoughts and hands touched, turned out perfect.  But I’m sure you’re used to hearing that! The highlights were many.  First and foremost, your guide, Sayat, has an incredible store of knowledge, and was one of the best guides we’ve ever met.  He loved to tell the stories behind the fabulous facades we marveled over.  Thank you again, Gwen, for arranging a stunning trip!”

Jeanne and Denny LeVett, Pebble Beach

“All in all, Italy was a fantastic vacation, thanks so much for all the planning and organizing! We couldn’t have planned it better if we had tried AND had a year to research it while you did it in pretty much less than a month; it was definitely a once in a lifetime trip to Italy for us. We really wouldn’t have had such incredible memories if it weren’t for your efforts!”

Sandy Yu & Harry Cheung Global Travelers