(22 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Mary Ann Mari, CTC, ECCS, VTA, DS.

Temecula, CA

River Cruise and African Safari Specialist

I have been 26 years turning my passion for travel into a career. In that time I've been lucky enough to visit over 140 countries and quickly come to realize I have the most fulfilling job in the world.

In addition to personal experiences, I'm continually expanding my travel-related education to ensure I have the credentials and knowledge to best serve every one of my clients.

Two of my proudest achievements are my designations as a Certified Travel Counselor and an Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar, coveted titles only bestowed on the most accomplished agents in the travel industry.

In addition, I'm a destination specialist in numerous areas including France, Tahiti, Australia, Cancun, Malaysia, Tasmania and Hawaii with a focus on the exotic and unusual.

Looking for an adventure? I can help you put together a unique itinerary that reflects your zeal for outdoor activities, thrill-seeking excursions and underwater exploits you'll never forget.

  • sail through the Panama Canal
  • stroll through Morocco's bustling Kasbah
  • straddle the equator in Ecuador
  • survey the Nasca Lines in Peru
  • take a river cruise down the Yangtze in China
  • go gorilla trekking in Uganda
  • climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • spend quality family time while on Safari in Kenya
  • check out the most revered historical sites in Europe
  • cruise and kayak in and around Antarctica

From dive trips to cruise vacations to escorted tours and spa stays, I've done it all and gained the insider knowledge necessarily to direct you towards the coolest locales, the best deals and, most of all, the experiences most ideal for your individual tastes.

For vacationers looking for a little more independence and privacy, I operate a portfolio of oceanfront condos that offer up both a great location and the chance to self-cater and accommodate a group of friends or family members in one convenient place.

Whether you're peering down through the clouds from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro or shielding your eyes from the glare of the sun on sandy beach in the Mediterranean, travel offers you a chance to experience life and gain a difference perspective.

I'm so proud of getting to play a part in that journey, and I very much look forward to helping you begin yours.

My Travel Stories

Amsterdam still exciting after all these years~!

Just spent 10 days in the Amsterdam and Rotterdam areas of Holland.  First visit was back in 1973 to see the Tulip Fields and Keukenhof Tulip Gardens while wondering throughout Europe.  I've been back many times over the years but these are two cities that never get old.  Walking the Red Light District,...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

First Trip to Africa

Thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime, truly!! And, yes, Africa is magical, we would love to return some day. Everything went so smoothly, it was so reassuring knowing that when we got off the plane, a driver was waiting for us! All the transfers were timely as well, never a hitch. :) Cape Town: Such a beautiful city and loved the Table Bay Hotel, that breakfast was UNREAL and you selected a great room for us with both the bay & Table Mountain views. Durban: The Oyster Box Hotel!!!!!!!!!!! The cutest, fanciest hotel we’ve ever had a chance to stay at!! It was a prime location. Overall, AN AMAZING TRIP and we thank you so much for arranging everything so seamlessly for us!! On a side note, we also had a great time at Zulu Nyala too :) With two games drives every day (0600-0800 & 1600-1800) we were able to see many, many animals in their natural habitat: Thank you thank you thank you for helping us with the fun adventure!!
xoxo Carolyn & Scott, CA

My Reviews

57 of 89 people found this review helpful
Mary Ann has always been the best!
We have used Mary Ann for many years. We have made personal arrangements for domestic and foreign travel. I have also used her for my companies annual trips for medium sized groups including a cruise one year. Again she is the best and you can count on her giving you the best deal and staying on top of all the arrangements.
By  Mike  from  Hemet, CA
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50 of 87 people found this review helpful
She did all the planning; we had all the fun!
Mary Ann planned two trips to Paris, one for me and a friend, the other for my husband and me She found us the greatest little hotel just a block from the Eiffel Tower. She made sure we saw all the high points: Versailles, museums, boat ride on the seine. She made our travel very easy!
By  Char  from  Hemet CA
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52 of 92 people found this review helpful
Alaska made easy.
Took the Millianum cruise ship from Toronto, Canada. Then went up to coast to Alaska. We stopped at various ports and shopped or took a tour. We saw beautiful scenery, saw bald eagles, moose, beavers etcs. We saw the glaciers and hiked near them. The ships rooms were very nice, we had a port hole view. Good food on the ship and a good buffet too. Mary Ann helped us with all our airline plans and the planning of the trip. She made it easy for us to plan. Mary Ann has traveled all over the world and very knowledgeable.
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53 of 96 people found this review helpful
Understands the needs of clients
Mary Ann makes traveling so easy, she knows exactly where we want to stay and what we want to see. She works with you to plan each trip, listens to your needs and then gives you options. She will suggest side trips or adventures that you have no idea existed, things that allow you to really enjoy your vacation. I can't imagine letting anyone else plan a trip for me, she knows us, our likes and dislikes. Plus there is nothing better than getting off of a plane on a new adventure and there is someone with your name on a sign, and you know it's going to be awesome.
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47 of 86 people found this review helpful
Mary Ann has traveled the world so she knows from direct experience
Mary Ann knows her stuff. She has traveled extensively herself so knows many parts of the world. She particularly excels at making arrangements for small groups. We went on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia in which Mary Ann also participated. The accommodations were excellent as were the planned meals. The guides were also friendly and very familiar with the local customs and history. I would use her services again.
By  Dennis  from  Orange County, CA
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Destination Expert:

  • Kenya
  • France
  • Germany

Travel Specialist:

  • Safari
  • River Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Viking
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Tauck


  • CTC
  • Princess Commadore
  • Marriott Hotel Specialist
  • Dive Travel Specialist
  • Hawaii Destination Specialist
  • River Cruise Specialist

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