What Our Clients Are Saying

Mary Lou has always been great for us and goes the extra mile to get us the best amenities, upgrades, etc! Love this travel agency and highly recommend to others. Have referred several friends to her and will continue to call on Mary Lou to help with travel planning!
Jen | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Marylou is priceless! MaryLou planned our trip from beginning to end. Her helpful advice and guidance was crucial to creating a wonderful travel experience. She has extensive knowledge and familiarity with the trip that she recommended and she was able to provide us with professional, courteous and skilled advice throughout. She was readily accessible and happy to answer any questions or address any concerns. Being able to rely upon her during her trip put my mind at ease and helped me relax and enjoy my vacation. I would give MaryLou the highest recommendation possible for planning your trip and helping prepare you for any contingency. I would recommend her to friends and family members without reservation. She was also able to direct me to competent and affordable tour guides to enhance my experience. MaryLou is excellent! A++++
MarkJC28 | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Marylou is the best - worked real hard for us. Our flight was cancelled the day we were traveling and we had a cruise to catch. Marylou spent most of her morning rearranging our flights so we could get out. Thanks Mary.
65Mustang | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Mary provided us with an amazing trip! Everything went superbly! She arranged everything with such ease and made it so special as she always does, to travel with Virtuoso. Would definitely use her again. Best ever!
Benhof | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Thank you Marylou for your help in making arrangements for my trip. After giving the wrong destination to you, you helped me go where I wanted to go. And you did it with a smile and patience.
Leanie | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Miraval was like Disney World for me! This was my second trip to Miraval and it was just as outstanding as the first! The services, sessions, treatments, workshops, exercise, yoga and meditation classes make for a Disney World like experience for an adult! The food is so healthy and delicious. I cannot eat dairy products and they were extremely accommodating. I Cannot wait to go back again next year!
Laurie | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Working with Lake Forest Travel has always been a good experience for me. Marylou was so helpful to me and, believe me, you need patience and lots of explanations to deal with an older woman that does not like computers. Also, Dyane helped me on the first part when somehow I was heading to Ft. Lauderdale rather than Ft. Meyers. You have a great travel service with special agents. Thank you.
Ei | Agent: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Dyane did a great job helping us plan our honeymoon. She was readily available when needed, and offered great advice! It was a pleasure working with her!
NandS619 | Agent: Dyane Shanahan
My wife and I just enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon Dyane arranged for us. Prior to the trip Dyane was easy to work with and quickly found us options that were exactly what we asked for and within our budget. She provided us insightful information to help us land at the resort that was most appropriate for us, something we did not regret upon arrival when we had the chance to see the other resorts firsthand. She provided us documents and a detailed itinerary that made our distant travel (3 flights and a boat) seamless and comfortable. The package Dyane arranged for us was the envy of other honeymooners at the resort as we had the best bungalow location and additional perks such as an island tour that turned out to be another highlight of the trip. Overall it was the trip of our lifetime made all the much better from the help and guidance provided to us by Dyane. No regrets whatsoever!
Greg | Agent: Dyane Shanahan
Linda recently helped me plan a trip to Northern California. Her knowledge of the Northern California area is vast. She has an impressive network of connections that enabled me to secure reservations at the finest hotels, resorts and restaurants. Her attention to detail is unparalleled. She monitored our trip and ensured that there were special gifts and surprises for us at each stop. She has an uncanny ability to make you feel like you are always her most important priority. She has earned my unconditional trust and loyalty. I will continue to recommended her to anyone looking for travel expertise. She is extraordinary.
Trice7989 | Agent: Linda Clark
Denise makes the planning and booking of a major trip so easy. Many issues come up and she knows how to handle most of them immediately, or in some cases, she says she doesn't know and gets back to us with the answers. She has an easy manner about learning your preferences and adapting the itinerary to complement them. I recommend her to all my friends.
Old Fart | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
Denise is the best. She planned a 2-week European trip between Spain and Italy for us. One of the highlights of the trip was surely our stay in Tuscany at Castello del Nero, a Virtuoso spot. The hospitality and service, amenities, views, food and most definitely the wine are all incredible! Her attention to detail combined with her knowledge made it an unforgettable experience. We cannot thank Denise enough for planning the trip of a lifetime!
Jack15 | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
We wanted a two week cruise in the Caribbean with a variety and exciting destinations. We did not want to worry about the many complex details to make this happen, such as travel connections, shore excursions, insurance, documents and payment schedules. She handled all of these, involving us only when there were decisions to be made and after she had carefully examined and presented the alternatives. That made it quite easy for us, and allowed us to enjoy the anticipation of a great cruise without any hassle. The trip went off very smoothly, so her planning proved to be excellent in the execution.
Old Fart | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
Denise did a wonderful job of lining everything up and that is to her we got a great room w fabulous view. breakfast included and a $100 hotel refund Loved the Ojai Inn and spa. and the town. great restaurants in Ojai and neighboring town which is 5 minutes away. Not golf this time around. but course looked stunning the service and staff and the Inn were all great.
Meggie | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
Denise planned our honeymoon for us and we are so happy that we were referred to her by friends. She was incredibly informative and made the planning process very enjoyable. She was always quick to respond and was very patient when we needed time to make decisions. We are looking forward to using Denise's services again. We spent 7 nights at Secrets Royal Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and had the blissful, luxurious week we had envisioned for our honeymoon. We felt very prepared upon landing in Punta Cana and had no issues/confusion during our week. We met some couples who had the "honeymoon package" but nobody had the extensive package that Denise found for us. Her attention to detail helped make an already amazing week, extra special. Thank you Denise!
Todd and Natalee | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
Monica listens well to our interests, offers options, helps us to select hotels, itineraries, tours. All have been excellent experiences. In addition, her attention to detail in compiling our travel materials--costs, times, accommodations, tours-- has made our trips easy and enjoyable. All arrangements proceed as planned, smoothly and well executed. She's like an invisible guide as we travel, ensuring that all is good. I have recommended her many times to friends.
Kevin | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
Two couples went to Montreal and Quebec. All the plans were exactly as we wanted them. The dinner reservations were made in advance and we never had a problem when we arrived at either the hotels or restaurants. The tours were as promised - our driving tour in Montreal was particularly good. Lake Forest Travel did an excellent job!
Vicki | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
We have used Monica as our agent for a number of years. She is a true professional - provides sound advice and helped make our recent Baltic cruise on SilverSea a wonderful vacation. No hesitation in recommend-in her.
RM | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
Her help in planning the trip and follow up to make sure that all the details were taken care of, shows a dedication to the little things that make a trip great.
Chuck the Hawk | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
Monica did an outstanding job in staying within our budget and finding accommodations that were just to our liking. She was extremely attentive to detail and responsive to our travel inquiries both before and during our trip. I would definitely use Monica and LFTB for our future travel plans both at home and abroad.
Pat | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
The trip was exactly as planned from the first.No changes were needed as a result of questions asked when the trip was planned. All recommendations were right on target.
Chuck the Hawk | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
Monica was very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations for our trip to Italy. Her first hand experience came through in the hotel and restaurant recommendations. Everything was first-class. She handled everything for us -- hotels, tours, tranportation, and restaurants. She also gave us some advice on free-time activities based on her experiences. Outstanding!
Barb | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA
Helen Varri has helped with with travel for years. She always has solid input and great recommendations. She booked Auberge Saint Antoine for us is Quebec City. Our room was beautiful with a stunning view of the Hotel Frontenac. My husband and I agree that it was one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in. The minimalist interior was so tranquil and the service was superb. Helen also took the liberty of booking us a table in the hotel restaurant, Panache, for our first night stay. After a day of travel, it was nice not to have to think about where we were going to eat. I always trust Helen with our travel plans.
Penelope | Agent: Helen Varri CTC
Traveling on both sides of Thanksgiving could have been a nightmare. It wasn't because of well selected flights and departure times. I didn't swear at TSA once! Excellent planning.
Old Farters | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
Denise planned a Backroads biking trip starting in Barcelona We rode for 5 days in the Pyrenees ending at an incredible inn on the Costa Brava. All the accommodations were superb. She did a great job making this trip both affordable and memorable. Would not think of taking another trip without her assistance. Would certainly recommend Denise.
Jackie | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
We started planning a trip to Italy 2 years ago and reached out to Denise to help us. We wanted to include an experience in a Tuscan Villa during the vacation. Denise provided expert advice with extensive supportive information including comprehensive reviews and descriptions of hotels and properties. She communicated with us frequently and was always on the ball regarding the important deadlines for decision making, payment, etc. She worked tirelessly on arranging all of our tours and transfers to assure as smooth and hassle free trip as possible. English speaking guides were arranged for all important transfer points and the tours. I will definitely use Denise again for my vacation planning.
jpg | Agent: Denise Schwab, CTA
Monica has been planning the trips for our family for years. We have been extremely happy with her expertise as well as that of her staff.
DJV | Agent: Monica Varri, CTA

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