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We had a good trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. We flew into Bozeman and enjoyed a weekend there. The hotels that Melissa chose were a good fit for us. When we had an issue at one of the hotels, I emailed Melissa and she responded right away and said that she would take care of it so I did not have to worry about it. We had 2 guides on the trip and they were both knowledgeable and knew the ins and outs of navigating the parks. The weather was great so I think it was the perfect time of year to go. Thanks for continuing to recommend great trip planners. I have used many of your recommended planners over the years and appreciate the work you all do.

We had an amazing time in Bryce and Zion. Melissa coordinated a perfect trip. From the route to the accommodations to the guides, all were fantastic. We also loved the restaurant recommendations she made for us, just wonderful. I have had Bryce and Zion on my bucket list for years and this trip did not disappoint. Even in mid-September, there were quite a few people and having Melissa take care of all the details was incredibly helpful, we really didn’t have to deal with the crowds like we would have had to on our own. Definitely recommend using Melissa if you are planning a trip (which everyone should) to Bryce and Zion.

The trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons was wonderful. Melissa did an excellent job in planning where we went and when. The itinerary and choice of hotels worked well. Additionally, she provided very detailed information on the attractions to see and where to eat in the various locations. She even included timing and directions which ended up being very helpful. Our full-day guide in Yellowstone was terrific and I’m sure we would not have been able to see nearly as much without him. We also would not have learned nearly as much about the places we visited. In Jackson Hole Melissa scheduled a Docent to take us around the Wildlife Art Museum. That was a real treat. The museum is stunning, and the Docent was extremely informative and fun to be with. I would have to say seeing a Bison walk down the middle of a two-way road was our most unique experience. We had a wonderful time and are grateful to Melissa for all the planning she did for us.

Melissa Ladvala helped us put together a wonderful itinerary for Alaska in June. She was a dream to work with. Melissa is responsive, thoughtful, attentive to details, and heard our needs. With the exception of the northern lights, she was able to incorporate just about everything on our wish list, including the Anchorage marathon, into our timeframe. She alerted me to my nephew’s birthday occurring during the trip and surprised him with his favorite dessert. All the private drivers were terrific and personable.

The highlight of the trip was Camp Denali. Due to the current road closure, we had the backside of Denali National Park to ourselves with about two dozen other guests. The staff and guides were exceptional and went out of their way to accommodate everyone. There was a variety of healthy food, some better than others. We took advantage of the different level of hikes and saw a lot of wildlife and diverse landscapes. We felt more like family than guests. The aerial view of Denali National Park was special.

We chose to take the train a few times to reduce our carbon footprint. The views on the Alaska Railroad were scenic. The meals on the train, however, did not taste good.

Our Kenai Fjord cruise was unfortunately cut short due to rough sea conditions. The crew was great and professional. While we did not get to the full trip itinerary, we appreciated that they communicated this possibility before we left for the cruise and kept us informed of the status during. We liked that they had our safety in mind and made the most of it with a focus on wildlife. The partial refund was quick and seamless.

As a backup plan in the event we did not see any grizzlies in Denali National Park, Melissa arranged an excursion to Chinitna Bay for bear viewing. Although we did see grizzlies in Denali, it was still exciting to see over 16 grizzlies in Chinitna, some digging for clams and others foraging in open meadows, and other wildlife.

Sadly, two in our group tested positive for Covid; therefore, we decided not to continue on to Glacier Bay, the last leg of our journey. The Glacier Bay lodging that Melissa had chosen reminded us of Camp Denali’s remoteness; we know we would have loved it. Melissa had arranged a private cruise of the glaciers, as well as kayaking and fly fishing. Sigh…

The trip itinerary was executed smoothly. The one glitch was our Exit Glacier tour in Seward. We felt the guide was inexperienced and the tour operator did not communicate well.

We appreciated Melissa’s quick response to our numerous emails and her handling of the Covid situation. Upon getting our call about testing positive, Melissa jumped into action – getting our rooms swapped, offering to cancel flights, sending us necessary documents for our travel insurance claims, and even offering to have food delivered to our hotel via DoorDash while we were in quarantine. We would not hesitate to use Melissa’s service for future travels.

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