What they’re saying about us

Their Wish-list

A family of four seeking adventure in Portugal over Christmas and New Year’s. Love the outdoors, history, architecture, fine wine and charming boutique hotels with local character.


Algarve Portugal: photo courtesy of clients
Photo: Algarve Portugal, courtesy of Suz

Our Expertise

✔ Teamed up with a trusted partner, a local expert in Lisbon, and created a special itinerary that included staying at the most charming boutique hotels and inns in the region
✔ Opportunities for hiking along the gorgeous coast of the Algarve
✔ Strolling the ancient neighborhoods of Lisbon and nearby enchanting villages
✔ A private winery tour and accommodations at an exclusive estate in the Alentejo region and an overnight stay in flamboyantly romantic Seville
✔ Capped off their itinerary with a festive New Year’s Eve dinner in Lisbon on their last night

 

Travelers’ Memories

If you’re like us, people who love to travel and explore but are too busy to plan the details of the adventure, we have your answer….Russ DiTusa. From booking the hotels, to wonderful restaurants, and something completely different every day, Russ helped us get the most out of our visit to Portugal and Spain. Russ has connections with the locals and was able to make suggestions that maximized our travel plans. Every place we went we were treated as though we were VIP’s with constant upgrades and special treatment.

We had no idea that working with Russ would provide us with such amenities and peace of mind. While working with Russ, there was no question too big or too small for his immediate reply and incredible follow-through. He gave us suggestions and really listened to our feedback and budget constraints. Before our trip, he created a booklet that included each day of our travels. It was complete with pictures, directions, and interesting facts and sites to see. We were most impressed but even more appreciative. We are already thinking of the next adventure that awaits. Without a doubt, it will be through DiTusa Travel Group! Obrigada….Thank you!

– Suz, Joe, Ben and Danny

 


Their Wish-list

A Girlfriends Getaway in Austin, Texas with the best accommodations within their budget – breakfast included. Walking distance to great restaurants, shopping, live music and a nice spa. Girls just want to have fun.

Austin Texas by Jim Nix
Photo: Austin Texas by Jim Nix. CC.

Our Expertise

✔ We knew just the place they were looking for
✔ We booked them a great hotel in a location to do everything on their check list – walking distance from the hotel
✔ Included enough fun-packed ideas to shake a stick at

 

Travelers’ Memories

We all know how to click on travel sites to get the best deal at a future destination. Unless you have been there before, you don’t necessarily know if you’re getting the best location, the best accommodations or any upgrades from purchasing off a third party website. My girlfriends and I were traveling to Austin for the first time. None of us had ever been there so we hired Russ to help us sort it out. He found a wonderful hotel right in the heart of Austin with a complimentary buffet-style breakfast, complete with omelet bar. Not only did he locate the best hotel in the area, but he gave us a list of all the best restaurants, outdoor activities to do and local spas close to our hotel along with an Austin, Texas guide book. It was exactly what us friends needed for a much deserved girls weekend! The internet has made it so easy to book online but you lose the personal touch of an advisor like Russ’s expertise and love of travel. I would highly recommend Russ and DiTusa Travel Group to anyone!

– Tami M.

 


 

Their Wish-list

Mom and her son want an exciting getaway that combines outdoor adventure with luxurious Western-style accommodations.

Gateway Canyons, CO
Photo: Gateway Canyons Colorado, courtesy of DiTusa Travel Group

Our Expertise

✔ We chose two high-end, luxury lodges appointed beautifully with every comfort imaginable
✔ Exclusive amenities available through DiTusa Travel
✔ Outdoor fireplace on a private patio; Front porch with rocker facing the river
✔ A private, guided hike through one of the most awe-inspiring National Parks in the world

 

Travelers’ Memories

Russ, I want to thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip to Gateway Canyons, Colorado and Sorrel River Ranch in Moab, Utah for me and my son. It was exactly what we wanted – the perfect balance of activity and lovely relaxing accommodations. Gateway Canyons Resort was exceptional and our accommodations included both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a private walled patio with Jacuzzi. The staff was attentive but not overly so.  We did  5-6 hour hiking trips each day, some quite strenuous

Sorrel River Ranch was a wonderful retreat that gave us the privacy we needed in a spectacular setting with close proximity to Moab and activities.  We especially liked our luxury cabin with a front porch nicely equipped with a rocking chair facing the Colorado River. The last hike of the trip was the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park with John, our wonderful private guide you arranged. John was very informative and provided us with insight into this part of the country while leading us on a hike that was awesome!! Thank you for all the research and useful information you provided. I look forward to planning my next trip with you.

– Bonnie S.

 


 

Their Wish-list

Honeymooners, very interested in Hawaii. Not sure which island to pick for a 1st visit, where to stay or how to fill their week with romantic relaxation, some extreme outdoor adventure and a round of golf.

Hawaii. Photo by Curtis and KellyPhoto: Hawaii, courtesy of Curtis

Our Expertise

✔ Maui
✔ We decide to send them to a gorgeous, full-service resort located on one of the best beaches on the island
✔ Organized a sunrise viewing 10,000 feet up Haleakala with a bike ride down the mountain, through our favorite suppliers
✔ A day trip to Oahu’s North Shore for a sky diving adventure
✔ And, of course, a round of golf on a championship ocean-side golf course
✔ Ho’omaika’i ‘Ana, Curtis and Kelly!

 

Travelers’ Memories

Thanks to Russ we had the most wonderful honeymoon we could ask for! Russ set EVERYTHING up for us, including a sun rise bike trip that took us 10,000 feet down a mountain, a skydiving trip to Honolulu and a round of golf at a Championship PGA Golf Course in Maui. Russ was always ready and willing to answer any calls, texts, and emails whenever I had a question or concern prior to leaving. He even met face to face to give me a travel case filled with all important information I needed while we were on the island. By the end of this experience, he is more than a travel agent to me, he is a friend. The adventure he set up for us was a once in a lifetime experience and he was more excited to hear that than if he traveled to the island himself. Thank you again Russ and we look forward to our next adventure!

– Curtis and Kelly

 


Their Wish-list

A couple already had part of their trip to London planned and booked; they needed help with logistics, site-seeing suggestions, guided tours, dining reservations and a side trip to Amsterdam.

Hotel Exterior - Boat
Photo: Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, courtesy of Hotel Pulitzer

 

Our Expertise

✔ We helped them select some organized tours based on their interest
✔ Gave them some great dining recommendations
✔ Booked their train from London to Amsterdam and back
✔ Accommodations in one of our favorite hotels (one of the Top 25 in Northern Europe) comprised of 17th century canal houses, perfectly located in the historic part of the city center

 

Travelers’ Memories

I cannot say enough about the help Russ provided my husband and I on our trip to Europe. We were celebrating our 10th anniversary and we both wanted the trip to be so special. We started to plan a few things on our own but I was so overwhelmed with all the small details. I called and chatted with Russ and he pretty much took over from there. Within just a few hours he had 3 hotel options and tour options. He went through each in detail with me and ultimately arranged an absolutely exquisite hotel for us in Amsterdam in a perfect location (close to the city center and other Amsterdam highlights) with a gorgeous canal view! The service was impeccable and we loved our room! Russ arranged for a hotel credit for us which we used at the hotel restaurant (outstanding food) and arranged a canal tour for us that left right from our front door. He also arranged and purchased rail tickets for us from Paris to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to London and helped us secure 5 really amazing tours – 1 in Paris, 2 in Amsterdam and 2 in London. The tours were not something that I had thought of doing but when Russ walked us through some of the options I knew we couldn’t pass them up. We walked away with knowledge that you just can’t get on your own. Russ gave us restaurant recommendations and shopping recommendations in all three locations. The list goes on. I would 100% recommend Russ and DiTusa Travel Group as well as refer him to friends and family. I would not travel again to a dream destination without his guidance and patience. It just takes the guesswork out of trips of a lifetime! Thank you again for all you did for our trip – it really was amazing.

– Laura and Bill

 


 

Their Wish-list

Over worked small business owners in need of a short respite.

FourSeasonsChicago
Photo:  Four Seasons Chicago, courtesy of Four Seasons Chicago

Our Expertise

✔ A long weekend at one of Chicago’s most famous ultra-luxuriant hotels
✔ Exclusive Virtuoso amenities including complimentary spa treatment
✔ A list of suggestions for dining and shopping in one of America’s greatest cities

 

Travelers’ Memories

Russ put together a beautiful getaway to downtown Chicago for my wife and I. Great accommodations and dining ideas. 5 star service! Thank you!

– Bart

“‘Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

– – Dalai Lama – –