What People are Saying

Lidia & Stephen Rocco and Eileen & Sal BarresiDiane helped me and my husband and another couple plan an amazing trip to Ireland! We went to her with lots of questions: How do we travel? Where do we stay? What do we see?, etc. and she guided us every step of the way. We sorted through several customized tour programs, and chose a self-drive option. Diane procured our airline tickets, and ordered our rental car. She suggested routes, overnight stops, and must see attractions. We decided upon a mix of hotels and B&Bs. All were up to high standards of cleanliness. Staying in the B&Bs was great because we met so many locals. The Irish are so friendly! Diane prepared all of our travel documents, and reviewed everything. She even went above and beyond and gifted us with a travel adapter, and tickets to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, which is a MUST. We enjoyed walking right past all those people waiting in line to purchase tickets! Everything went smoothly from beginning to end, and we had the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Diane!

Lidia & Stephen Rocco and Eileen & Sal Barresi

Elizabeth & Jack SilkOne word…AMAZING!!
From start to finish, Diane’s expert travel advice, assistance with travel issues and devoted time made our first trip to Europe absolutely amazing. We will be forever grateful. We went to visit our daughter, who was studying in Florence, and Diane created an itinerary for us that included a visit to Siena, with a drive through the Tuscan countryside, and a wine tour in Chianti. While in Rome we had a private Vatican tour and visited the Colosseum.
We also included some time in Paris during this vacation, and loved people watching on the Champs-Elysees, seeing the Eiffel Tower, and so much more. A day did not go by in which I didn’t pinch myself to be reminded that I was really there. Diane was incredibly kind, patient and helpful with all the changes that were made throughout the planning of this trip. We would highly recommend using Diane in planning any trip.


Elizabeth & Jack Silk

Sarah & Linda SmithersDiane was such a wonderful person to work with! My mom and I wanted to take a trip through the country side of England and Scotland, but with both of our work schedules, we were unable to plan all of the details of the trip ourselves. We reached out to Diane to help us plan our vacation, and through lots of phone calls and emails, she worked with us until we had the perfect trip planned. We started in London, went to Bath, drove through the Cotswolds, took a train to the Lake District, then went up to Scotland and to the Isle of Skye. Working with Diane was such a pleasure. We greatly appreciated her patience with us in figuring out the best possible trip. She really helped make this the trip of a life time! We will definitely be using Diane next time we plan a vacation.

Sarah & Linda Smithers

Ann & Tom SchaeferI can't say enough great things about Diane. She planned a trip to Ireland for my husband and I, and we had the best time. My husband likes to research and plan - I'm more of a "let's go" kind of traveler. Diane did all the work and we just got to enjoy the trip! Her expertise was incredibly helpful with so many details - where to stay, renting a car vs. tour bus, even the converters for the electrical outlets. We were able to really enjoy the people, places and experiences of Ireland! We'll be contacting Diane for our next travel adventure.

Ann & Tom Schaefer

Cheryl & Tony DiCiero and Claire & Tom DawsonMy husband, Tony and I, along with our friends, Claire and Tom, have always wanted to see the Amalfi Coast in Italy, so when we decided we were ready to plan our trip, we called Diane. She was recommended by my cousin who had worked with Diane for her trip to Italy and had an amazing time. After talking with Diane and explaining what we wanted to see and do while in Italy, she put together an itinerary for our dream trip. We had drivers and guides who were wonderful and went on tours that were amazing. We even had a bottle of wine in our room to greet us in each city! Everything was seamless. The only thing we had to do was be where we were supposed to be at the right time. Claire said it the best when she said that her vacation began at the very start, when she did not have to worry about the planning and logistics of the trip. Thank you Diane for your expertise and careful planning of our trip. It was truly a dream come true.

Cheryl & Tony DiCiero and Claire & Tom Dawson

Diliana DeJesusAfter I received my Master’s Degree from Boston University, I wanted to celebrate by fulfilling a life-long dream to see Europe. Diane was recommended to me. My original plans included traveling with a friend, but when she couldn’t travel, I decided to go on my own. Diane was great at soothing some of my anxiety about traveling alone. She worked with me to find the best tour of Europe that included cities that I wanted to visit and stayed within my budget. I decided to add an extra day in London at the end of my tour and she set up a city tour that visited all the sites and made sure that I had a transfer all set in place to get to the airport the next day. It was great to travel knowing all the logistics had been taken care of and all I had to do was enjoy myself. Traveling alone also forced me outside of my comfort zone and made me connect with my travel companions in different ways. I had an amazing time and made wonderful new friends from various parts of the world that I still stay in touch with. Friends from Australia are already planning a visit to the US for a reunion next year. Thank you Diane for these treasured memories!

Diliana DeJesus

Carla, Mia & Corinne Diane was a superb partner with whom to plan our Mother and Daughter trip to Italy for my daughter’s graduation. We sped into Venice in an arranged vaporetto and never stopped moving. From our hotel overlooking the canal being serenaded by the passing gondoliers to arranging first class rail travel, Diane minimized our travel time so we could live "la dolce vita". Our second stop was Florence which we used as a base for day trips in Tuscany - touring Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Diane’s recommendations for in-depth tours of the art and architectural and wonders of Florence were fantastic - even for this architect! An all day cooking class with folks from all over the world while overlooking the hills of Florence capped off our Tuscan tour. Rome was next and Diane’s recommendation for a small group tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was unique and included just opened access to the home of the Roman Empire’s first emperor, Augustus Caesar and viewing of 2000 year-old frescoes. Our 12 day trip was a precious gift of time together that my daughters and I will never forget and Diane’s guidance and invaluable advice made it happen.

Carla, Mia & Corinne

Marguerite & Bill RinoneWhen Bill and I decided to travel somewhere special for our 50th wedding anniversary, we picked Ireland. With the help of Diane she made several suggestions regarding different tour companies. We wanted to see as much of Ireland as possible. She went over each tour with us, the duration of each tour, and the different places we would see. And with her help and advice, we selected Brendan Tours. Because of Diane's commitment to her clients, Bill and I had a wonderful time, went to amazing places, decided I loved Guinness beer, (of course Bill already loved it) and met wonderful people on our tour bus. They were from all over the country. It was quite an experience. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on the history of Ireland. No matter where we were she never made anything boring. Every hotel we went to had a bottle of wine or some delicious pastries ready for us (compliments of Diane). It was a nice surprise. Bill and I would highly recommend Diane. Thank you Diane for all of your help putting our Ireland vacation together. Thank you for your patience, your expertise in the travel business, answering all of our questions, and your thoughtfulness.



Marguerite & Bill Rinone

Patrick & Katie McKallagatThank you so much Diane for planning such a beautiful trip to Italy for us! It was an experience of a lifetime and I'm so happy we were able to go! Thank you for making it so stress free for us! A few of our hotels had a bottle of wine waiting for us from you! Such a sweet and thoughtful touch. The private transfers made it so nice and easy for our transitions from place to place. Thank you again for all your hard work you put into this trip.


Patrick & Katie McKallagat

Karen, Vinny, Lynne & JohnA big thank you, Diane, for our unforgettable trip to St. Andrews, Edinburgh and London. Everything was perfect! The guys getting to golf where it all began at St. Andrews, the fascinating Military Tattoo Festival in Edinburgh, and walking through Buckingham Palace and the streets of London. We were all so lucky to travel with you as a friend and as our travel guide. The itinerary you planned for us was fantastic! Our days were filled with sightseeing and our nights with great food, drinks, and laughs. Looking forward to another adventure...


Karen, Vinny, Lynne & John

Lance Parker & Cody LegerWe thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ireland and Scotland. Diane was very attentive to our desires. We had just the right balance of the city and the countryside/castles and attractions. I would definitely recommend A Travel Boutique for anyone who wants a customized tour experience from a seasoned professional.

Lance Parker & Cody Leger

Andrea PaganoHappy Birthday to us!
This year I turned 50, my husband will be 50, my mom will turn 75 and my dad will be 80. My husband and I decided to celebrate with a trip to Italy with my parents. I have always wanted to visit the place where my dad grew up and Diane helped us organize my dream vacation. We started our fantasy on the beautiful Amalfi Coast where we stayed in Sant Agata and traveled to Positano, Sorrento, Naples, and Capri. I am still trying to decide which place was most beautiful. The second day we were there, Diane arranged for a private driver to take us to Mirabella Eclano, the town where my dad grew up. We met his cousin in town and followed him to the farm where my dad grew up. He showed us the fountain where my dad drew clean drinking water from and my grandmother hand washed their clothes. Later he took us to the farm where he and other cousins live with their children. The day was spent eating massive amounts of delicious homemade Italian food and listening to Italian conversation that my husband, mom and I could not understand. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget! I truly felt like I was in a wonderful dream.
We ended our vacation in Taormina, Sicily, another beautiful place with amazing landscapes and fabulous food, of course. Thank you Diane for making this a wonderful birthday year.

Andrea Pagano

Emily Held & Casey BethayDiane helped to make this trip everything we dreamed of and more! Not only did she walk us through prep every step of the way, she always had time to answer questions and provided us with invaluable, first-hand knowledge to make sure we made memories to last a lifetime. Her recommendations for hotels and B&B's were terrific and she even went above and beyond to welcome us at our first location with some wine! I cannot wait to book my next trip with Diane…but for now I am reliving the amazing moments from the breathtaking Ireland and London journey she arranged for us!

Emily Held & Casey Bethay

Gail Pettenati, Julie Constantine, Sheila TullyDiane exceeded all of our expectations when it came to planning our vacation to Italy. The hotels she chose were simply beautiful. They boasted charm, magnificent views and fabulous locations as well as a knowledgeable, courteous staff. We received correspondence from Diane regarding flights, itineraries, and travel information, during and after the booking process. All of the tips she provided from her first-hand experience were so helpful. We had the perfect balance of scheduled activities and downtime to just enjoy the Italian lifestyle. It is evident that Diane loves travel because it is translated into the planning of her client's vacation. We can't wait to go back! ~ Gail Pettenati, Julie Constantine, Sheila Tully, Olivia Pettenati & Jacquelyn Burke.

Gail Pettenati, Julie Constantine, Sheila Tully

Mary WhiteThank You Diane for all your planning and information for our trip. I can not begin to tell you how grateful we all are for your time and patience. I had a wonderful trip to Rome with my sisters. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been to and the fun we had will be talked about at every gathering we have for years. Again Thank you. The Gibson Girls will never forget it, as I am sure Rome will never forget us..... it was so fun... — Mary White, Dot Chambers, Kathy Gibson, Kathleen Gibson, Patricia Gibson-Decker and Ann Gibson.

Mary White

Lisa AstorI was planning my first trip to Italy with my mom and we wanted to see all that the country had to offer, but had no idea how to begin going about it. Diane was a God send ~ she helped boil down everything on our list to what was critical to see and took into account our preferences and "must haves" to find us the perfect place to stay in each city. She created an itinerary that was the perfect mix of planned tours and free time so we could explore the beautiful country on our own. All in all, she planned the trip of a lifetime across Sorrento, Pompeii/Naples, Florence, Rome, Venice and Milan. Throughout the entire process, Diane was there for us, not only as we planned the trip, but she went out of her way to check in while we were there to make sure everything was perfect. If you're looking for someone that will truly book the trip of your dreams and save you from all the stress, look no further than Diane.

Lisa Astor

Meghan Flannery & Patrick GroganWhen we decided to travel to Europe there was a mixed feeling of excitement for the trip and concern about how to put it together. Though we had a rough idea of the countries (France, Italy, Greece) we wanted to visit, we were very unsure of what sites to see, where to stay and how to arrange the logistics of travel. We were fortunate to find Diane and utilize her to plan our perfect European vacation. Diane was always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everything would be perfect, really listening to our wishes and collaborating with us to capture absolutely everything we were looking for. Diane went above and beyond to make sure our trip was flawless, including reaching out to our hotels during the trip to inquire about room upgrades and leaving us welcome notes and wine at new destinations. We had the most memorable, amazing vacation and couldn't have done it without Diane's help.

Meghan Flannery & Patrick Grogan

Marc deLisle & Shannon CarusoWhen my (now) husband and I were seeking help in planning our European honeymoon, we turned to Diane. She set up an initial meeting with us to discuss where we would like to visit and various activities we would like to partake in during our 2 week getaway. The Amalfi Coast of Italy (Sorrento & Positano) and French Riviera (Nice & Cannes) were a must. We also knew we wanted to attend a cooking class and experience the local culture with a wine tour. Diane was extremely responsive and quickly completed our itinerary which was a great help as we were busy with our '2nd job' of wedding planning. When we reached each hotel, there was a bottle of champagne waiting for us from Diane — a special touch. We highly recommend Diane due to her research, listening to our wants/needs, likes/dislikes and aiming to please. It was an overall pleasant experience!

Marc deLisle & Shannon Caruso

 

 

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