Make Your Next Trip Extraordinary

ENGLAND: The most unusual thing we did was the behind-the-glass private tour of the Churchill War Rooms
Richard Abt | August 26, 2023

Back from a fabulous trip to London, with side trips to Windsor Castle and Oxford. I went with my wife, Marci, and 2 of our grandchildren, cousins Jake (13) and Drew(16) from 8/14 to 8/21. We worked with Jennifer Virgilio and several members of her team. Both in the planning and the execution while we were there, all members of the team were extremely responsive and helpful. The guides they chose to accompany us on private tours — Georgiana, Martin, Mark and Russell were all excellent.

The most unusual thing we did was the behind-the-glass private tour of the Churchill War Rooms. I have no doubt that the normal public tours are fine, but actually being able to go into the rooms and see the charts, maps, papers, etc. up close was an incredible experience.

Jennifer and her team added tremendous value. They selected a hotel, the Rubens at the Palace, that was just the kind of hotel Marci and I love. Her team was able to get us tickets to a Premier League match as well as show tickets. No complaints!

FRANCE: Everything worked smoothly, even when our flight was delayed...
Mary Edwards-Brown | August 23, 2023

I am very grateful for the help Jennifer provided for our excellent experience in France. Everything worked smoothly, even when our flight was delayed Jennifer’s team met us at the airport and delivered us to our destination with ease. There were no worries that we could see everything on our itinerary with a minimum of lines and delays. I will definitely use Jennifer’s services on my next trip. Many thanks to each member of her team.

ITALY: The Bocelli concert was beyond our expectations. The tickets that Jennifer and her team secured were front and center...
Susan Ketchum | August 8, 2023

My husband and I just returned from Italy. Our travel dates were July 21-31.

Jennifer Virgilio planned this amazing trip for us. Normally we would not travel to Italy in July…too hot and too crowded. However, our goal was to see Andrea Bocelli perform at the amphitheater he built in Tuscany called Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, his hometown. The theater is “silent” except for the one concert he performs there each year in July, and we felt it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The concert was taking place during the middle of our time in Italy, so we needed an agenda before and after.

We have planned other trips with Jennifer’s expert advice over the years in France and Italy and knew she would be the one to make this happen for us.

She suggested we start our trip on the Tuscan coast, staying 4 nights at the Hotel Il Pellicano. This gorgeous, iconic property overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea providing cool breezes throughout the day and evening, a welcome relief from the heat in Europe this summer. Heaven in July! We then traveled inland to the countryside of Tuscany for the next 4 nights, where we would be closer to the Bocelli concert. Borgo Pignano is an elegant country estate close to the hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano. A perfect location that we would never have found on our own. Again the temperature dropped in the mornings and evenings, making it very pleasant for al fresco dining and touring.

While at these locations, Jennifer arranged for driver/guides to transport us to several wineries. A standout was Ornellaia. Not an easy tour to arrange, and Jennifer managed it!

The Bocelli concert was beyond our expectations. The tickets that Jennifer and her team secured were front and center, 5 rows back from the stage. We will never forget it. It was more than a concert, it was a masterful production with a full orchestra, ballet company, chorus and guest artists, from opera to pop. Magical.

Because we were flying home from Rome, we stayed 2 nights at the Six Senses Hotel in Rome, which just opened in March. Another superb recommendation.

We trust Jennifer and her team to ensure all the details are taken care of, from the meet-and-greets at the airport, the professional drivers, and the knowledgeable guides. A member of her team is in constant contact with texts each day giving all the details of the next day’s itinerary, including the names of the drivers and guides. It takes away any anxiety…we just have to show up!

Jennifer’s advice is invaluable to us and we consider her a friend. We will definitely call on Jennifer again!

We have used other WOW List advisors with the same excellent results and will continue to use Wendy Perrin’s great resources when we travel.

FRANCE: Every hotel, tour guide, driver, wine tasting, and dinner recommendation was perfection
Michelle Price | July 29, 2023
Michelle Price

Michelle Price and her friend, Candi, at the Eiffel Tower.

Jennifer planned a glorious 14-day girls’ wine trip in France. Our itinerary was completely planned around our focus on wine. Every hotel, tour guide, driver, wine tasting, and dinner recommendation was perfection.

Our trip started with being met on the jet bridge by Sofiane, who was literally waiting outside the airplane door. He whisked us through passport control, helped with baggage and escorted us to the awaiting car. This was the first time utilizing the service for passport control and I am a big fan!

We had a wonderful day in Bordeaux visiting 3 Grand Cru Classe chateaux with private tours and wine tasting. Our driver, Remy, was full of wine knowledge and helped us with our French. The tasting in the cellar at Chateau Pichon-Longueville was incredibly memorable.

In Loire Valley our highlight was learning about the powerful women who owned Chenonceau castle. The highlight in Paris was a private cooking class in Veronique’s home (Cuisine Elegante). And dinner at Le Tout Paris was delicious with an incredible view of the city—including the Eiffel Tower.

My personal favorite part of the trip was Champagne. Domaine Les Crayères was an outstanding hotel and both meals were amazing (Le Jardin and Le Parc). We toured Reims Cathedral, Veuve Clicquot, and a small Champagne house, La Maison Penet (where we had a delightful lunch).

Will definitely utilize Jennifer on the next trip to France.

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