I’m usually a do-it-yourself kinda guy, and this is the first time that I’ve used a travel agency to help me plan one of my trips. What a difference it makes! Boutique Travel crafted an excellent itinerary that allowed me and my friends to take in the historic and natural sites of Turkey, while also finding time to relax on the beach in Mykonos. Without their help arranging transportation and tour guides, we would have been stuck taking the bus or a taxi. On our last day in Turkey, our driver managed to save us from dealing with an hour of bad traffic by taking a lesser-known route, allowing us to catch our flight on time. Boutique Travel provided us with excellent hotel bookings, with my favorite being at the Sentido Resort in Kusadasi.
If I had any complaints it would be that I gained a lot of weight eating all the food at the restaurants they kept recommending. I will be booking my next trip with Boutique Travel!
~Jason C. San Francisco, CA
Where do I start on the compliments about Boutique Travel and specifically about Ellen who helped my husband and I plan our Moorea and Bora Bora French Polynesia BabyMoon trip?
We met Ellen at the Santa Clara travel expo which we attend every year. This year, because we are expecting our first child, we were looking for a possible babymoon destination. We initially looked at Hawaii and Mexico and even booked a trip to Cabo. Then, because my heart was set on Bora Bora, we still stayed in touch with Ellen.
She was not pushy at all. She gave us all the necessary info to help us make our decision. She also worked well within our budget which was very hard to do and got the best prices on airfare, hotels, transfers etc for us.
Ellen is thoroughly professional and very thorough. She sent us a detailed package of our itinerary with some excellent tips and she went out of her way to respond to our emails and any queries we had even while we were on our trip. She took into account that I was in my 2nd trimester and accommodated our requests for everything that made me feel comfortable. She even reached out to one of the top restaurants there and got us (otherwise hard to obtain) reservations through the chef.
We travel internationally all the time and never book through an agency but are so glad that we did this time and that Boutique…moreso that Ellen was there to help us. Thank you so much for making this special time in our lives so memorable!
~Kinjal N. Milpitas, CA
My husband and I used Boutique Travel (Ellen) for our 10 year anniversary to Tahiti. Ellen was excellent! In the initial planning phases she knew all of the right questions to ask to help us tailor our trip to our desires and budget. When we started on our destination after months of planning, we couldn’t believe how everything went so smoothly. Tahiti is not a place you want to try to plan on your own, with island transfers, boat taxis, etc. We overheard many other travelers complaining about how their agents messed things up all along the way- Ellen got everything right. Everything! It was the vacation of a lifetime and we absolutely could not have done it without Ellen and Boutique Travels’ help
~Mary Beth W. San Anselmo, CA
Michelle from Boutique set my wife and me up with the honeymoon trip of a lifetime to South Africa. She understood our cost constraints and helped us meet them.
She picked great hotels and venues for us. We had a wonderful African experience.
My wife and I are relatively experienced travelers, with over 30 countries visited between the two of us, and we rarely use travel agents, but in this case, it was well worth it.
~Kalama B. Portage, MI
I worked with Ellen’s team this time to plan a trip to Tahiti and Bora Bora. All I can say is WOW!!! I can’t even say enough- she booked me in some of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen- the Sofitel private island being my absolute favorite! I saw more fish than I have ever seen- swam with sharks and stingrays… Incredible! I can’t wait to go back- Tahiti is what dreams are made of.
~Eric C. Long Beach, CA