Meet Audrey

best option for authentic travel to europe

Audrey
Tour planner, Tour Manager, Driver-Guide, Owner of the company

Born in New York City, raised in Western Africa, I have studied, lived and worked on three continents (Africa, Europe and North America), and have traveled extensively throughout the world. Together with my native Italian husband, we speak 6 languages.  Western Europe is my backyard, in particular Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, countries where I have spent my life, since early childhood, visiting family, friends, studying, living and working.

I possess over 35 years of experience in the travel and aviation industry, including leading tours in Canada, the United States and Europe for various companies: Collette Travel, Gray Line, Canadian Tours International, Hapag Lloyd, Queenslander Tours, Adventure Travel West. After obtaining a certification in International Tour Management, and becoming a Tico Certified Travel Agent, I founded my own company  in 2012, first as a home-based travel agent, and then as a member of the National Tour Association, specializing in customized private guided tours to Europe.

Travels with Audrey is a fully protected company. As a member of the National Tour Association (NTA), we are required to provide proof of liability coverage with Tour Operator Professional Liability insurance.

View my certificates here:
IGA Certified International Tour Manager CertificateTICO Certificate

Why I do what I do

After years spent working for other tour companies, I came to the conclusion and the realization that many travelers to Europe were not really getting to know the people or the culture of the places they were visiting. Their stories made me realize that they were merely passing through, not having had the chance to really connect with the places and people they were visiting. And so Travels with Audrey was born:

  • To offer a solution to the frustration with mass tourism, tourist traps, hassles and wasted time of planning it yourself and risk of your missing out.
  • To solve the problem for the busy, discerning traveler, offering peace of mind and access to a better way to experience Europe.

Everyone has a different view on how to travel and what their ideal or preferred method of doing so is. I personally believe that to truly “see” a country, one must “experience” it. I believe in hand-crafting private tours in which you participate in hands-on activities, trying new foods and wines, connecting with the people, obtaining an understanding of the local culture, thus gaining personal insight and knowledge.

I believe you can do, see and experience more with one of my private customized vacations than if you tried to pull it all together yourself.

Travels with Audrey is much more than a business: it is my passion, a personal mission in life to help you understand, appreciate and connect with the beauty of Europe and its people in the most authentic way possible.

“A trip to Europe should be the experience of a lifetime, whether you have never been, or have been there many times but desire a more authentic, intimate and personal experience”.

 

Contact me to discuss ideas for your private tour to Europe