(151 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Diane Michael

Winston Salem, NC

Are You Ready For The Vacation You Deserve?

Picture an escape where every need is not just met but anticipated, where meticulous preparations are made before you embark on your journey. Imagine a tailor-made vacation, crafted to transform your aspirations into reality. When it comes to planning your vacation, my foremost commitment is helping you discover the perfect destination that promises uniquely enriching adventure, yielding memories that will endure for a lifetime. Recent years have underscored the importance of having a dedicated advocate by your side, especially when the unexpected arises. My role is to ensure that every detail is meticulously addressed, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the experience and forge unforgettable memories. It would be my privilege to be entrusted with curating the vacation of your dreams. Reach out to me for a complimentary consultation, and let’s begin crafting an extraordinary journey that exceeds your expectations.

My Travel Specialties

Planning Authentic River Cruise Experiences

Are you ready to embark on a journey of discovery through the world’s most iconic wine regions, from the renowned Bordeaux in France to Austria’s UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, Germany’s Riesling rich Rheingau and Moselle valleys, or Portugal’s picturesque Douro Valley?

If you crave a transformative...
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European River Cruise - the BEST way to see Europe

High-End, Boutique, and World Cruise Expert

Embark on a journey beyond the ordinary with me, your dedicated guide to the world of opulent voyages. With a passion for crafting unparalleled travel experiences, I specialize in curating luxury cruises that transcend expectations and elevate your journey to a realm of sophistication and indulgence.

Whether...
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Cunard Queen Victoria "Roaring 20's" night

Experience The Wonders Of Alaska

Dreaming of a wilderness adventure where moose roam free, glaciers calve into the ocean, and the Northern Lights dance across the night sky? Look no further – I am Diane, your dedicated Alaska Travel Specialist, ready to turn your Alaskan dreams into an unforgettable reality.

With a passion...
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Flightseeing Over Denali National Park

Antarctica Expedition Specialist

Are you dreaming of embarking on the ultimate adventure to Antarctica but feeling overwhelmed by the myriad of options available? Look no further! I specialize in curating unforgettable Antarctic experiences tailored to your unique preferences and desires.

At Luxury Travel Destinations, we...
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The Beauty of Antarctica!

Expert in Luxury Expedition Cruising

Guiding you through extraordinary expeditions to destinations like Antarctica, the Galapagos, the Amazon, Iceland, and the Arctic, I partner with prestigious cruise lines such as Silversea, Seabourn, and Atlas Cruises. Driven by a deep fascination with expedition cruising, I aim to provide clients...
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Antarctica - Shetland Islands

Your Hawaiian Islands Destination Specialist

Aloha! I'm Diane, your dedicated Hawaiian Islands Destination Specialist, here to turn your dreams of a tropical paradise into an unforgettable reality. With a deep passion for the enchanting beauty and diverse cultures of Hawaii, I am your go-to guide for crafting the perfect Hawaiian getaway.

Imagine...
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Haleakala National Park Sunrise

Custom-Crafted Luxury Private Tours

Indulge in the Ultimate Exploration with Our Custom-Crafted Luxury Private Tours

Welcome to a world where your travel dreams become a reality. I am Diane, your dedicated guide to bespoke luxury private tours, where every detail is tailored to your desires. Immerse yourself in the pinnacle of...
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Pompeii ... A Long Awaited Bucket List Vacation!

Expert In Group Travel Experiences

Hello! I'm Diane, and I specialize in curating exceptional group travel adventures. Whether you're organizing a corporate retreat, a family reunion, or any group excursion, I'm here to transform your collective vision into an unforgettable reality.

Envision smoothly coordinated group trips...
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Group to New Zealand

My Travel Albums

Rhodes, Greece
Drach Caves Palma de Mallorca Spain
Delos, Greece
Florence, Italy
Dutch Netherlands
Monaco--Village of Eze, Nice, and Old Monaco
Mount Pilatus, Switzerland
Marseille, France
Marseille, France
Barcelona, Spain
Avalon River Cruise
St. Lucia
St Lucia
Ama Sonata River Cruise
St Stephen's Cathedral. Passau, Germany
Budapest
Breisach, Germany - Visit the Black Forest
Strausburg, France - See the Astronomical clock
Rudesheim, Germany - See the Segfried’s Mechanical
Heidelberg, Germany- See Heidelberg Castle
Koln (Cologne), Germany - See Cologne Cathedral
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Take a canal cruise
Cunard Queen Victoria
Roaring 20's Night
Rome & Pompeii
Trevi Fountain at night!
Alaska Adventures
Beautiful colors!

My Travel Stories

Visiting the Gems of Southeast Europe

Visiting the Gems of Southeast Europe on the AmaVerde was an eye-opening experience that made me appreciate the freedoms afforded to all Americans. Upon visiting Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania, where the remnants of communism remain, the joy of having been liberated is immensely evident...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

50th Wedding Anniversary

We had hit an impasse on where to go on our 50th wedding anniversary trip. We needed guidance and advice. Diane provided us that and more. She is super knowledgeable and dedicated to making her client’s trip experience wonderful! Most important she really listens. The Regents Caribbean cruise was just what we needed, relaxing and still adventurous with new destinations. Plus some pampering. Highly recommend. Thanks Diane. We are ready to plan our next trip for our 51st anniversary!
Deb M. Stokesdale, NC

Plans Worked Out To Perfection

The travel plans are complex anytime you go overseas. We just felt that we were being so well taken care of, all plans worked out to perfection. Everything was wonderful, and we really enjoyed our trip. A great time to unplug from work and it was an awesome itinerary. We always felt that Diane was with us, supporting us so faithfully from the time we decided to take the trip, all of the way through to the time we came home from it. Whenever we had a question, even while we were overseas, she was so responsive and always ready to help. With Diane, you definitely cannot go wrong. If you are looking for TA with excellent travel knowledge and integrity, look no further. I definitely will be asking for Diane's help in the future!
Andy & Debby

Diane works hard to make dream vacations come true

If you are looking for a travel agent that will take care of you from start to finish look no further than Diane Michael!! Diane has planned and booked several trips for our family and she never disappoints! Diane is always available to answer questions & always follows up in a timely manner. Diane works hard for you to make dream vacations come true!!
Margie H. Lenoir, NC

Excellent Overseas Travel

The travel plans are complex anytime you go overseas. We just felt that we were being so well taken care of, all plans worked out to perfection. Everything was wonderful, and we really enjoyed our trip. A great time to unplug from work and it was an awesome itinerary. We always felt that Diane was with us, supporting us so faithfully from the time we decided to take the trip, all of the way through to the time we came home from it. Whenever we had a question, even while we were overseas, she was so responsive and always ready to help. With Diane, you definitely cannot go wrong. If you are looking for TA with excellent travel knowledge and integrity, look no further. I definitely will be asking for Diane's help in the future!
Andy S. Archdale, NC

Numerous Trips!

Diane did a great job scheduling our trip to Zion/Grand Canyon/Vegas. We did a lot of moving around and she made sure we were well taken care of. Diane has done numerous trips for us, including my parents anniversary trip to Hawaii, a girls trip to Jamaica, etc. We love using her because she gives great advice and really helps you stay within the budget you set. Thanks so much Diane!
Leah B, Cornelius NC

Kauai Honeymoon

Diane did a tremendous job for us on our honeymoon trip to Kauai. She had everything mapped out for us, transportation, accommodations, several excursions. even a scooter for me as I have a bad limp. Nothing was left to chance. It was the perfect honeymoon, delayed by Covid 10, and my wife and both agree it was the best vacation we have ever had. My hats off to Diane. and he has my upmost praise. I can recommend her without any reservations (Pun intended)
Kenneth H, Boone NC

Over 10 years

Diane is excellent to work with. She organized my trips for well over 10 years. I’m a person who asks many questions and she’s always quick to respond and so helpful.
Richard S, Mooresville, NC

Germany Vacation

Diane is a wonderful travel agent. She is responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. On a trip to Germany, she helped with a very unhelpful local tour, even though we were many time zones away! Highly recommend Diane. We have used her a number of times and continue to come back for her help.
Sharon C, Lexington NC

Europe Vacation

I've worked with Diane on several European vacations and can't say enough about her responsiveness and determination to do everything she can to ensure we have a fabulous trip. She has connections that allow us to personalize our trips in ways we couldn't do on our own - want a private driver, Diane will arrange it; want to see a sheep dog demonstration in Ireland, Diane will arrange it; want to build your own watch in Switzerland, Diane will arrange it; want a private tour of Pompeii with an archeologist, Diane will arrange it. And once you are overseas if you run into a problem, no worries! She is always available to solve the issue, whatever it may be. I highly recommend her services. You will not be disappointed!
Sabrina G, Greensboro NC

Princess Alaska Cruise

This is the first cruise that Diane has helped me with. It went so smoothly that I would never consider booking another cruise without her help. She was available anytime I needed her, and eased anxiety that I had about traveling.
Connie & Ron

25th Anniversary in Hawaii

Diane, I just can't thank you enough for all you did to make our Hawaii trip wonderful. I've been telling everyone about how you met with us a year in advance to help us plan & make sure our 25th anniversary celebration was spectacular! I wasn't sure about doing a cruse but The Pride of America was definitely the way to go!!! The private tours you helped us book made our trip so much more enjoyable and we both are looking forward to returning one day. As always, great job! Please be sure to send me a supply of your business cards to share with my family & friends. Thanks again!
Jill & Todd - NC

Christmas Markets River Cruise

When we were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany because of 6 feet of snow on the runway in Munich where we were supposed to be picked up by the cruiseline, Diane spent the majority of the night with the cruise line and airline trying to get us to the ship on time. I had also met 14 more people in the same predicament and Diane helped them also. Since then, Diane has booked two other cruises for us and we just would not go with anybody else. She answers emails within five minutes she will meet us near where we live rather than her home office. There is nothing she would not do to help you out. I would not use another travel agent. You would be most pleased!
Susan & Chuck

Ireland Chauffeur Driven Tour

I just wanted to thank you for helping us have the vacation of a lifetime. We had the most awesome time and CIE was fantastic. Thanks again and hope to travel again soon. If so, we will certainly be contacting you.
Maryellen - NC

Viking River Cruises Dream Trip

Diane Michael was a true professional in organizing the Grand European Tour on a Viking longship for my son and me. She made sure all our questions were answered promptly and that all necessary documents were in our hands before departing. It was a wonderful trip and Diane was responsible for it being so stress free. Thanks again, Diane!!!
Jeanne - NC

Custom Italy Dream Vacation

Many thanks to Diane on helping us plan the dream vacation to Italy. We were handed off to 4 destinations without a glitch. The tour guides and staff were most friendly and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be using Diane again in the future.
Greg - North Carolina

Viking River Cruises Grand European Cruise

Amazingly just yesterday we shared your name with our friends as to what a super travel agent you are. All of our questions were answered before our trip so we knew what to expect. Also when we ran into a slight snag we called you and within a very short period of time everything was resolved. Thank you Diane for wonderful planning and a great trip.
Steve & Sara Howlett - Virginia

50th Anniversary Celebration Cruise

We had hit an impasse on where to go on our 50th wedding anniversary trip. We needed guidance and advice. Diane provided us that and more. She is super knowledgeable and dedicated to making her client’s trip experience wonderful! Most important she really listens. The Regents Caribbean cruise was just what we needed, relaxing and still adventurous with new destinations. Plus some pampering. Highly recommend. Thanks Diane. We are ready to plan our next trip for our 51st anniversary!
Deb & John

Cunard & Seabourn Cruises

Diane Michael is a true joy to work with. She has booked all our trips on Cunard and Seabourn flawlessly. Her attention to detail and dedication to customer service is exceptional. We have recommended her to all of our friends and family. Diane knows the business and how to interact with the line to secure the best accommodation’s and fares. She keeps abreast of fare adjustments and other offers the average traveler would never benefit from. Diane is the best and most dedicated travel professional we have ever known.
Bill and Anne Alexander - Virginia

My Reviews

53 of 77 people found this review helpful
Our Alaska Cruise was fantastic!
We had a great experience with a Diane. She is knowledgeable and very easy to work with. We look forward to booking our future travels with her. She’s a real professional!
By  Joyce   from  Winston Salem, NC
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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57 of 91 people found this review helpful
Best Family vacation we've ever had
Diane was so helpful , her experience and professionalism made us feel at ease with our travel experience. She gave gave us answers to questions that we didn't even know to ask.
By  Hep   from  Winston- Salem
Traveled to  Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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45 of 68 people found this review helpful
One of the best trips ever!
Diane is such a great person/agent to work with. She knows exactly what to look for and makes sure all the little details are included for us, things we don't think about. We have/will always use Diane for our travels!
By  Charlotte  from  NC
Traveled to  Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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43 of 66 people found this review helpful
Trip of a lifetime!
Diane and I sat down and reviewed all the possible ports of call and what we could do in each place. That was so helpful and proved to enrich our experiences. She also helped chose a room and shared some of her experiences. She answered all our questions from that day until the day we left. We are back just one week and would like to return.
By  Elaine  from  Winston Salem, NC
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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40 of 63 people found this review helpful
41st anniversary trip to Hawaii
Diane was very professional and worked with me to obtain exactly what we were looking for in the trip to three islands—Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu. She was prompt in returning phone calls and/or emails. We had a missed connection on way home and she immediately started looking for flights. It was comforting to know we had someone we could trust if we had any problems. Thank you, Diane.
By  Shorty  from  Roxboro, NC
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Alaska
  • Maui Island
  • Antarctica
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Denali National Park
  • Honolulu, Oahu
  • Austria
  • Netherlands
  • Hawaii
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Glacier Bay
  • Kauai Island
  • Eastern Europe
  • Ecuador
  • Amsterdam
  • Juneau
  • Hawaii Island
  • Africa
  • Hungary
  • Skagway
  • Molokai Island

Travel Specialist:

  • Bespoke Travel
  • Expedition Cruises
  • Luxury
  • Luxury Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • World Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Couples & Romance
  • Cruises
  • Adventure
  • Escorted Tours

Top Travel Partners:

  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • AmaWaterways
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silversea
  • Tauck
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Cunard®
  • Kensington Tours
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Seabourn
  • Globus
  • Micato Safaris
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Viking

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTA
  • Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Group Travel Specialist
  • Avalon Waterways Specialist
  • AMAWaterways Specialist
  • Luxury Cruise Specialist

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