(120 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Diane Michael

Winston Salem, NC

Authentic Experiences for the Luxury Traveler

Is your ideal vacation one in which your every need has been anticipated and preparations made prior to your travel? Do you dream of a customized vacation with your every aspiration brought to reality? With every vacation planned, my first priority is to help my clients find the ideal destination that will provide a unique enriching adventure creating exceptional memories to last a lifetime. The last year has shown us that having an advocate on our side when the unexpected happens is a must. I have planned all manner of vacations around the world, from safaris in Africa, to walking in the steps of Jesus in the Holy Land, to visiting the ruins in Rome and Pompeii. Making sure every detail is addressed so your only concern is to bask in the experience and create future memories is my specialty. My clients consider me a wealth of information and an indispensable asset to their vacation. It would be my honor to be entrusted with creating your vacation. CALL FOR A COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION

My Travel Specialties

Your River Cruise Expert

Have you always dreamed of indulging in a bratwurst and beer tasting event, or visiting a local winery and sampling the regional fare, or taking an immersive culinary-themed tour that gives a taste of the indigenous cuisine? 

Would you like to discover such iconic wine regions as France’s Bordeaux;...
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Streets of Pompeii!

Luxury and Small Ship Cruise Specialist

Are you more interested in the architecture of Antoni Gaudi while strolling through the streets of Barcelona or would you prefer to experience the majestic mountains of Montserrat Monastery? 

Is it your heart’s desire to float lazily down the rivers of Europe while majestic castles rest on...
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Cunard Queen Victoria "Roaring 20's" night

Alaska Destination Specialist

Have you dreamed of watching moose meandering in the streets of an Alaskan small town as you prepare to climb to the apex of the majestic mountain range surrounding Denali?

Are you looking for a rejuvenating escape where you can create lasting memories and seek meaningful connections with nature...
Read more from my Alaska Destination Specialist bio.

Iditarod Headquarters Wasilla, AK

Hawaiian Islands Destination Specialist

Have you dreamed of cruising the Hawaiian Islands so you can taste the local cuisine and experience the highlights of each island? 

Have you longed to relive the days of Pearl Harbor on a tour that provides a powerful experience of the Battle for the Pacific? 

Would the Circle of Fire...
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Haleakala National Park Sunrise

Custom-Crafted Luxury Private Tours

What is on your bucket list? 

Do you imagine yourself being personally escorted as you visit one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Peru and your excitement as the Lost Incan City, situated on the mountain ridge 2,400 meters above sea level, reveals itself to you for the first time? 

Read more from my Custom-Crafted Luxury Private Tours bio.

Pompeii ... A Long Awaited Bucket List Vacation!

Group Travel Specialist

                         GROUP TRAVEL SPECIALIST

Do you enjoy traveling with like-minded people with whom you can engage in thoughtful conversations? 

Are you celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday? 

Is it important to spend time...
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Group to New Zealand

My Travel Albums

Cunard Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Rome & Pompeii
Trevi Fountain at night!
Alaska Adventures
Beautiful colors!

My Travel Stories

Feeding Reindeer at Williams Reindeer Farm

Having always been an animal lover, a visit to Williams Reindeer Farm is one of the places I frequent when I visit Alaska. Not only can one feed the reindeer while being surrounded by a herd of these amazing animals, each one wants to lick the food out of one’s hand with those soft and moisture lips....Read more.

Customer Testimonials

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 wasnt 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

Privately Guided China Tour

My daughter Erin and myself had the chance to visit Beijing this past May. Once again, Diane at Travel Leaders came through with a wonderful tour from "Trails of IndoChina". We had a personal tour guide and driver to help us through the language and cultural differences in China. Our guide, Linda, was truly wonderful - she helped decipher, bargain and recommend! I don't know what we would have done without her. Since it was a personal tour we also had flexibility in scheduling. This allowed us to avoid crowds . We were also able to see two parts of the Great Wall: The Badaling and less touristy Mutianyu. The Great Wall was magnificent!! The entire trip could not have gone smoother.
Patti - Pennsylvania

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

Destination Wedding Success!

Diane helped my husband and I plan our destination wedding in Mexico and she was very helpful with our wedding guests! She was like my second wedding coordinator and without all of her help. I may not have made it all the way to the wedding! Having a travel agent is my number one recommendation for planning a destination wedding now that I've made it through the whole process! And I would definitely recommend Diane to anyone planning a destination wedding or any travel!!! We plan to use Diane again for our planning our trip next year for our 1st anniversary!
Chelsea - California

Honeymoon - Couples Swept Away

Everything was wonderful! The resort was just beautiful. It will be hard to take another vacation anywhere! The service was absolutely impeccable! I have attached a couple of pictures for you! Thank you so much for everything!
Carrie - North Carolina

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

Viking River Cruises Grand European

In October of 2014 we took a long anticipated trip to Europe through Diane Michael. We told her what we were hoping for and she arranged a trip of a lifetime for us. She booked us on the Viking River Cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest and it was truly what we were hoping for and much more. Diane made suggestions for extended stay in Amsterdam and a tour package which turned out to one of the high lights of our trip. From beginning to end our travel, arrangements and tours were perfect. Diane worked hard and provided for us more than we ever expected. Thanks to her we will always remember our experience as a trip of our lifetime.
Barbara & Bruce Waynesboro, VA

My Reviews

35 of 51 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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25 of 35 people found this review helpful
Exceptional from beginning to end!
Diane was exceptional to work with from beginning to end. She made our honeymoon experience one of the easiest things that we had to take care of during the wedding planning process. Even when our flights were delayed due to circumstances outside of our control, Diane was available and ready to assist us!
By  Melody  from  Winston-Salem, NC
Traveled to  Grenada ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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26 of 37 people found this review helpful
Several great trips!
Diane has helped us plan several trips. She does a great job finding exactly what we want. We have never been disappointed.
By  PJ GRAY  from  Advance N.C.
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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22 of 31 people found this review helpful
Relaxing Vacation
Diane is always so helpful and fast to get back with information. She always makes sure that we are taken care of and ready to go for our trips.
By  Stef  from  Mocksville, NC
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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35 of 59 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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Destination Expert:

  • Europe
  • Alaska
  • Oahu Island
  • Africa
  • Amsterdam
  • Maui Island
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Hawaii
  • Kauai Island
  • Mexico
  • Hawaii Island
  • Netherlands
  • Molokai Island

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury
  • Luxury Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Adventure
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Safari
  • Couples & Romance
  • Cruises
  • Escorted Tours

Top Travel Partners:

  • AmaWaterways
  • Holland America Line
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Cunard Line
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Globus
  • Monograms
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Tauck


  • CTA
  • Luxury Travel Specialist
  • AMA Waterways Specialist
  • Avalon Waterways Specialist
  • Certified Travel Specialist
  • Certified Travel Associate

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