320 S. Tryon St., Suite 115
Charlotte, NC 28202
Cookie Carney and Martha Vignati of Travel Experts are never sitting in the office all day! Mentally, they’re traveling the world. For starters, the agency is a hand-picked member of Virtuoso. It’s a worldwide network of agencies and travel advisers with first-hand knowledge of destinations. Upscale leisure travel plans require a higher level of service. Through Virtuoso, the secret ingredient is on-the-ground travel representatives, making trip planning nearly flawless. Onsites in Russia. Onsites in Italy. Relationships with hotels, airlines and cruise ships, making travel easier for clients. Destination weddings are big — Jamaica, St. Lucia, Anguilla and Barbados. Visit one of the top ten beaches in the world, like Maroma in Mexico. Go skiing in Colorado or Utah. Sip wine on a safari in South Africa. Or, do a little adventure traveling, like biking in Italy. The agency also offers corporate travel services, such as air, car and hotel bookings.
Queen City Tours And Travel
3125 Eastway Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205
Queen City Tours offers individual and group travel and tourism services. The agency is celebrating 20 years of service to the public. This special anniversary calls for special plans, like a Fall Into London tour scheduled for September. Here’s just a tasting of the offered tours: farm tours around Charleston, wine tasting tours and historical tours. The daily Charlotte tours are very popular. The agency takes claim to offering the most extensive, history-packed tours statewide. They have hosted groups from Central Piedmont Community College, Bank of America, Matthews United Methodist Church, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Jewish Synagogue, Canada, Russia and much more. Family reunions are popular. They might include a meet & greet, a local tour, shopping and a cook out. Agency owner Juan Whipple has written a book based upon his extensive knowledge of the area. It’s called Charlotte, From A Tour Guide’s Perspective. Currently, he’s working on a second book. NASCAR fans will want to know about the Coca-Cola 600 race-day package for Sunday, May 26 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Enjoy the entire day of race activities, including the mega Memorial Day celebration honoring the military, without the headaches of traffic. Queen City Tour’s John Williams says, when calling, to mention this article to receive a small discount!
Welcome Aboard Travel
5426 Camilla Drive
Charlotte, NC 28226
Imagine being whisked away on a private jet. Take a secluded drive around an island. Or, sail on a private yact, nibbling on gourmet appetizers and sipping wine. These are just some of the possibilities with Welcome Aboard Travel Agency. The agency offers cruise packages aboard majestic ships, such as Crystal, Regent or Silversea. Plan a trip around a favorite hobby, like golf, biking, fishing, wine tasting or skiing. Check out the mid-week sneak away ideas. Or, looking to reward a valuable employee, the agency has great suggestions for give away trips.
A Champagne Vacation
A Champagne Vacation owner Suzanne Smith says her vacation delight is a river cruise. Think the Danube, Rhine, Moselle or Seine. She is a specialist and can make it happen for her clients. Check the website for a publication called Essentials Of River Cruising Guide. Smith was named one of the top 25 agents for Travel Agent magazine in 2011.
119 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC 28202
Court Travel specializes in international travel. Visit Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and more. Among offered special services is the reservation of specialized event tickets. Visit a Broadway show in New York or London. Don’t miss the Chelsea Flower Show, while in London. The event features topiary forms, exotic crops, new hybrids from around the world and much more. Court Travel will handle these plans, whether it’s horse racing or British Formula 1.
Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.