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Jo Thompson

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I provide expertise from over 26 years as a travel professional. With the support of a world leading travel company I can tailor make unique holidays for memories of a lifetime.

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Canyonlands Tauck tour

03 June 2019

I thought I would share with you Sally and Glenn's fantastic review/blog of their trip to America and their Tauck Canyonlands tour..... The whole trip was superb with information provided, an app to put on your phone detailing each day and so much more. Rick our tour executive was amazing and Kirk our driver was superb. Every day was fantastic, the attention to detail was great we never had to check in, our luggage was in our rooms on arrival and collected on departure. All accommodation was of superb quality. All excursions were exclusively for our group of 26. We never had to queue or wait for anything. Table reservations were made each night for dinner and we could choose at what time and with whom we wanted to eat. There was no monetary limit on what you could spend, a la carte or snack, whatever you wanted. All soft drinks and tea or coffee were included as was bottled water in our rooms and on the coach. The scenery was amazing, Rick would talk to us as we travelled between canyons and we were supplied with leaflets and additional information daily. We had plenty of time to explore on our own or with our fellow travellers, no being herded around in a group. There was enough down time that you never felt overwhelmed. Time to visit the pool for a quick dip or just put your feet up and reflect on the day so far. All gratuities were prepaid and at every hotel the mere mention of Tauck meant nothing was too much trouble. I cannot criticise any part of our Tauck tour and would recommend them as a company. We are looking at their New Zealand tour for 2021.

Jersey FAM trip

17 May 2019

I recently went on a short FAM trip to Jersey to visit a number of hotels and see the sights of this beautiful island. The flight was so quick at just 25 minutes from Southampton and I could immediately see the benefit to such an easy journey. The island has so much to offer for a few days or a week and will be somewhere that I will revisit with my family. On arrival, we visited St Brelades Bay with the beautiful Fisherman's chapel to see the coloured murals inside and the scenery was stunning. A short drive along the coast took us to St Helier. We viewed the Pomme D'or hotel overlooking Liberation square and the harbour. An historic hotel and a favourite for those wanting a top hotel in the centre of the town. We were staying at the Merton hotel, a family friendly hotel with a great Aquadome and surfing pool. The restaurant was buffet style but offered a lot of choice. Our first full day was of exploration.... A coach tour of the east coast took us past Gorey castle and up to Rozel bay to see the sandcastle sculptures. After lunch at the Radisson Blu hotel we visited the War tunnels. This extensive tunnel network was used as a hospital during WW2 and was made by prisoners of war and islanders. It was really interesting and told the story of the occupation with some harrowing tales. Our evening was a treat. We got to eat at the 5 star Grand hotel for some amazing fresh oysters and Chateaubriand steak. Our final day was spent at Jersey zoo, run by the Durrell foundation and home to some critically endangered species. We were guided by a keeper and got to see the gorillas being fed. The zoo houses the largest population of Livingstone bats in the world at 61 and the keeper stressed how their care and dedication to endangered species had a worldwide effect. The tropical butterfly house was wonderful as they were free to fly amongst the tropical plants. Some would even land on you! The zoo has a large number of tented accommodation for nature lovers or families wanting somewhere unusual to stay. I can imagine these are very popular with families as you got extra time in the zoo and they were quirky and fun with separate kitchen and bathroom areas. Not the standard camping experience! Before our flight home we stopped on the beautiful west coast to see Corbiere lighthouse and view the Atlantic hotel. This hotel overlooks the wild, unspoilt west coast and is a favourite for golfers too. A luxury hotel offering gorgeous sea views and a beautiful restaurant. Jersey has something for everyone and it is on my list to visit in the future and let my clients know all about this gorgeous island...

Family fun in Florida

29 January 2019

What a fantastic trip to Florida we had! Luckily, we chose a great time of year to visit with scary Halloween at Universal, Orlando and the not so scary at Disney. Disney then changed to Christmas with a huge tree welcoming you to magic Kingdom. Travelling with my family and my sister, brother in law, niece and nephew was great fun as we were all so excited to experience everything together. My niece Grace was so overwhelmed at Harry Potters Diagon Alley that she shed a few tears of joy and then again when arriving at Magic Kingdom. I will admit that I always get emotional at the Disney fireworks! We stayed for our first week at Hard Rock Hotel, onsite at Universal Orlando. This was definitely the best choice with two boys who loved the large pool and lively 'rock' ambience. Grace studies music so loved the celebrity memorabilia dotted around the hotel. The location was perfect as we could walk through the pretty gardens or take a boat to the entrance of both main parks and the new Volcano Bay Waterpark. Staying at the Hard Rock also gave us Queue Express so no waiting for us! The Harry Potter Worlds in both parks are outstanding and the train ride on the Hogwarts Express made it even more magical. You can truly immerse yourselves in all things Harry Potter. Eating lunch at the Leaky Cauldron was fun with the moving pictures and witches serving staff. Pumpkin juice and Butterbeer were definite favourites. There are so many incredible rides and 3D experiences at Universal it is hard to choose a holiday highlight! The look on my sister’s face after riding 'The Hulk' rollercoaster must be one of my highlights. She only went and rode it again... but it is an awesome ride! Moving to Disney's Polynesian Village for our next stay was also a great choice. The resort overlooks the lake and Magic Kingdom. The proximity to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom made it easy to travel between all parks and watching the Halloween fireworks from our resort beach was unforgettable. Onsite at the hotel was the 'Ohana' restaurant where we had a character breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. The dining plan included within our stay enabled us to dine in some top restaurants across the Disney parks including the 'Coral Reef' aquarium restaurant, 50's Prime diner and three character experiences. An onsite hotel allowed us free time to relax by the pool before returning for the evening firework shows. Great value for money with all included and some incredible family memories. To finish our Florida holiday Pete, Rowan and I sailed on the Disney Dream for a four-night cruise to the Bahamas. This is a must for any Disney fan as the memorabilia onboard is amazing. The ship has incredible children’s zones with Oceaneer Club and Lab. Rowan got to pilot the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars area and take part in several messy games. His favourite area was the Disney Infinity room to play on the game consoles with any character he chose. We also took part in a detective trail using keys to unlock clues from moving artwork dotted around the ship. This was so interactive and fun that the adults all got involved too. The outside deck areas were plentiful with plenty of space for relaxing. The choice of activities was endless from wine tasting, cinema, sports and riding the water flume around deck. Food was plentiful with a different dining room every night. We dined in Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace and Animators Palate. The service was five star and Animators Palate was our favourite with the artwork coming to life with characters from Finding Nemo. We decided on our arrival back to Port Canaveral to hire a car for the day. This was so easy as the car rental company collected us from the cruise terminal and took us to our SUV. We drove to Kennedy Space Centre as it was only a 15-minute drive away. We learnt so much about space and exploration. The Saturn V rocket was huge, and we got slightly queasy on the launch simulator. A great day out for any space enthusiasts. The roads back to the airport were straightforward and this encouraged us to have car hire on our next visit to Florida. Looking back at our family holiday it's not hard to see why Florida has so many repeat visitors. We have only touched on a wealth of attractions to see and do...even more reason to return in the future!

My customer stories

Sent by Sandra Foster

Nothing is ever too much trouble for Jo she goes over and above to make our trips away so enjoyable and memorable, such a lovely lady and professional in everything she does, thanks for the friendship we have made over the years ????

Sent by Louise Ramplin

Thank you for organising the perfect family getaway for us. With great flights, great accommodation and some lovely extras, the holiday really felt tailored to our needs. You definitely go the extra mile for your clients and we can't wait to start planning our next break with you!

Sent by Sandra Foster

The Residencial Florescente was in the perfect location you worked your magic again, I think the 4 rooms were divided, two rooms (one of which I was in) were fine ,good size bedroom and bathroom, the only thing I was a bit disappointed with was no tea/coffee facilities or fridge. but ' hey ho' didn't soil it for me. We had a great time Lisbon was certainly a lovely city beautiful buildings with very quaint cobbled streets the weather was great, I think we went on every type of transport there was we really had a fabulous time, a big THANK YOU again for your excellent customer service you really do us proud (especially keeping 8 ladies very happy).

Sent by Sally Weavind

What an amazing trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Everything was beyond our expectations. Quitow as beautiful ,especially the old Colonial area. Magnificent buildings and our guide Roberto was extremely knowledgeable. We crossed the Equator to visit a local food market in Machachi in the shadow of the Andes! Cotopaxi, a snow capped volcano with an excellent museum and a base camp restaurant. We travelled onto Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest. A stunning location, especially for bird watchers and those interested in conservation of the forests. We loved the humming birds and butterflies, 2km gondola ride above the canopy and a bicycle ride in the trees !!! Next, we flew to the Galapagos Islands for five nights aboard the luxury catamaran Endemic. The accommodation and crew were awesome, and our guide Daniel was superb. We visited Bartolome, Floreana, North Seymour, Sombrero Chino, Santa Cruz and and Genovesa, to name most of them. Each island had a different experience, blue footed boobies, frigate birds, flamingoes, sealions, turtles, penguins, Sally Lightfoot crabs, iguanas, giant dome shelled tortoises....and so much more. The scenery was stunning, snorkelling was offered most days, kayaking, swimming, etc. The food on board was exquisite, personal service at all times, and attention to detail was above and beyond. We finished our holiday with three days at The Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz in Puerto Ayora. This was the perfect way to relax a little yet, but still enjoy a boat trip to Sante Fe Island to see the sandy coloured iguanas and a colony of sea lions in a beautiful sandy bay with turquoise water and great snorkeling with playful sealions and giant turtles. We visited the Charles Darwin Research Station and followed the Tortoise trail. The tortoise nursery and a couple of giant saddleback tortoises. Jo put together our amazing itinerary, all our accommodation, transfers, and guides were included. We didn't have to think about anything

Sent by S Weavind

Jo my TC, you are amazing. We plant the seed of an idea with a few thoughts and you come back with an itinerary that is always, comprehensive and exciting. Your knowledge and contacts mean that whenever we travel we have no worries "Jo has thought of everything, will deal with any glitches and is always at the end of the telephone, what's app or email". Looking forward to our next trip organised by Jo to Ecuador and The Galapagos. Thank you Jo, travel is now a pleasure not a constant worry about what ifs!!!

Sent by Katherine Reynolds

Jo was yet again brilliant in finding us the right holiday to book and we also soon after booking it needed to change the date and she did this very quickly and the holiday actually ended up being slightly cheaper. Jo takes all the time and stress out of booking holidays and it is such a better experience. Have recommended friends and family to book their holidays with Jo as she is so good.

Sent by Kate Reynolds

My family and I just had a wonderful 2 week holiday in Mexico staying in the Rivera Maya area. Everything about the holiday went well and was so well organised. This was all down to Jo who did the research to where best to stay and go and then book it all up including the day trips we decided to do. Our flights went smoothly both ways, our hotel was lovely and couldn’t fault it. The pools were great, the beach, the food was excellent and booking the separate restaurants was easy and they were good and the buffet was brilliant too all food was so fresh every day and plenty to choose from. Our day trips were amazing just right booking 3 over the 2 weeks and had them spread out nicely. Tulum and Coba ruins was fabulous, Xel-Ha was such fun and the Boat Trip to Isle Murjeres was so relaxing. All in all we totally enjoyed this holiday and would definitely recommend booking with Jo because she gets you all interested and excited by letting you know many options to choose from so you make the right decision.

Sent by Jo Garcia Dias

Thank you so much for planning the most perfect, once in a lifetime honeymoon. The time you took at the beginning to ensure you captured all our requirements massively paid off, our honeymoon was a dream come true. All the hotels were pure luxury, the little notes you wrote to the hotels referencing it was our honeymoon meant we were spoilt rotten at every location, even being given candle lit champagne dinners and couples massages for absolutely no cost to us. Your little updates reminding me to book in, get the required vaccinations, the app that details where to be and when - literally Jo you were the whole package. We would recommend you to everyone, you made our holiday stress free, you literally thought of everything. Thank you so much - we will definitely use you again and again and AGAIN

Sent by Sandra Foster

I would just like to say on behalf of the other ladies and myself a big THANK YOU for organising another memorable City Break for us. Prague was well worth the visit, a vibrant city steeped in history, culture and architecture, so much to see and enjoy thanks to your excellent recommendation. Everything went so smoothly , no queues at the airport as people had warned, flight on time, excellent private transfers to and from airport, Michelangelo Grand Hotel very central for sightseeing , breakfast and rooms good , some lovely local restaurants all in all a great trip thanks to you. Already planning for next year and know you will provide the usual excellent service. Anyone planning a holiday to remember I would not hesitate in recommending Jo for all your travel requirements, thanks again look forward to next year.

Sent by Sheila Jennings

I have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Santorini that Jo organised for me. Everything that Jo arranged went like clockwork and she really sorted out all my changes when BA decided to change the dates of my outgoing flight. The hotel was perfect for me, in location and facilities and I would definitely go back ! I'd be more than happy to recommend Jo to friends and family and use her again in the future.

Sent by J Matthews

Jo listens and finds solutions which fit our holiday needs

Sent by George Young

Jo is always helpful and professional

Sent by W w

Jo was very friendly, professional and helped me find the perfect break, meeting our specific requirements. We have used Jo previously and have recommended to family and friends as we know how reliable and efficient the service provided by her is.

Sent by Lorna Mills

As we head into our final 2 days of this amazing holiday in the Maldives, I just wanted to thank you for booking yet another fabulous break for us. This island is beautiful- just what we asked for and exactly what we needed - relaxation in a truly gorgeous setting with superb weather, splendid food and excellent service! Coco Palm Bodu Hithi delivers it all - and more! We have snorkelled every day and the marine life is incredible- it’s like having our own private aquarium at the steps of our water villa! We have swum with turtles, reef sharks, manta ray, eagle ray and an abundance of tropical fish. Once again, thank you for your patience, care and attention to detail in booking yet another memorable trip for us - much appreciated! Until next time......

Sent by Lorna Mills

David and I are just back from our 7 night Halkidiki holiday at the Tui Sensimar Blue Lagoon Palace and I just wanted to drop you a note to say a big THANK YOU for arranging yet another fabulous break for us! The hotel was great. We enjoyed lovely food throughout our stay at this beautifully maintained and modern resort, the main pool was fantastic and we especially liked being able to order our drinks via an app which meant we didn’t even have to leave our sun beds - this was being pampered at its best! Our suite with private pool was excellent and the bed was so comfortable. We also used the spa facilities which were very well priced and so relaxing - just what we needed to help us take time out from our busy lives. The staff were friendly, helpful and unobtrusive and the whole experience was amazing. Once again, your expertise and first class service in arranging everything for us was faultless, from your initial advice and patience in helping us to select an ideal destination and resort, to the finishing touches such as private transfer - and even selecting our seats on the flight. Everything ran like clockwork and we were able to make the most of our brief time away without having to worry about a thing. THANK YOU! I would highly recommend the sensational service you offer and I will ensure that I do so! We are already looking forward to our next trip which we have booked with you!

Sent by Barry Smith

I am writing to say a big thank you on behalf of Julie and I for all your help in arranging our fabulous 3 week trip to Canada to celebrate our joint 60th birthdays. We had decided on an ‘adventure’ trip encompassing a multitude of destinations and transport and your valuable help in putting together such a fabulous itinerary (and within our budget) made for a relaxing and trouble free trip. We stayed in 9 different hotels, had internal flights within Canada, various transport transfers, a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer and a fabulous Alaska cruise with Celebrity which all went without a single hitch – very impressive and all thanks to your expert organisation. We are grateful that you were able to assist us in making this a truly memorable celebration and also for you notifying everyone that we were celebrating milestone birthday’s, which resulted in some unexpected but gratefully received upgrades and gifts from some of the providers – a lovely gesture.

Sent by Paul Reynard

Thank you for your help in sorting out our holiday arrangements. We have been to the US many times and often made our own arrangements, on this occasion I was getting nowhere when I tried to do it myself and would probably have given up without your help. You did an excellent job of understanding our wishes and the package you put together for us worked very well. We saw the Badlands on the first day, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial the next day. Day 3 we went to Deadwood en route to Sundance. Next day we saw The Devils Tower then drove across the prairies of Wyoming to Sheridan. Then from there we went through the Bighorn mountains on our way to Cody. The following day I took a rest from the driving and we spent the day in Cody, visiting the Buffolo Bill museum in the morning and  a rodeo in the evening. From there we drove into Yellowstone Park and saw the Old Faithful geyser as well as plenty of wildlife. The following day we just drove around in Yellowstone and saw awesome sights on a memorable day seeing unique geological features and interesting wildlife. Then it was on to Idaho Falls with its waterfalls right in the middle of town, where I took the opportunity to go on a gun range with live bullets. The following day we drove around Grand Teton Park. Finally we drove down to Salt Lake City airport and flew up to Minneapolis. The 4 days we spent with the family were very enjoyable. We were blessed with fine weather, had a lovely trip down the St. Croix river on a paddle steamer one evening, and enjoyed swimming in the river from the jetty in the garden of our house. Finally, the wedding that we had travelled so far to be a part of was a delight. It was held in some beautiful gardens in wonderful weather and had a magical feel about it. Thanks once again for your help in putting together such a great trip.

Sent by K Reeve

Such an excellent service whether it’s a full package or just our flights that need sorting, Jo always checks out every detail every step of the way. The best deals and options even when her customer is forever swapping the criteria. Happy and enthusiastic every time with superb follow up before and after our trips. We love you Jo.

Sent by Becky Fullwood

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for booking our honeymoon. We changed our mind every other day with where we wanted to go but you were patient and embraced our challenges! Nothing was too much trouble! There were regular updates to keep us informed of what you had found so we could give you our thought. You had great knowledge on the areas and excursions we could do in each area. Although you had never booked a sea kayak trip to see whales, you did all the research so we didn't have to and even came to help us book it online! The fact you had separated our internal flights into a separate pack from our international flights was the reason I could find the paperwork to let hubby back into the country! I've already got the map out looking for the next adventure Jo can send us on!

Sent by Lyn Juchau

Thank you very much for your assistance in making our recent holiday so special. We were very happy with the travel arrangements you made on our behalf. The flights were exactly what we wanted right down to the extra legroom. The transfer limo service you booked was excellent in both directions with superb cars and drivers who gave us a guided tour in both directions. Our onward flight was seamless as was our return flight. Thanks to your efforts we had a great holiday with no hitches for which we are very grateful. We will not hesitate to recommend your services and will certainly consider using them again ourselves.

Sent by Diana Blakeman

Jo is brilliant, I am already recommending her to everyone I know and giving out her cards

Sent by Ian Legg

Hi Jo Big Big thank you for the holidays you've organised for us this year. Cuba was amazing and everything was spot on. We all enjoyed the holiday. Also would like to thank you for organising our amazing week in Portugal. The villa was everything we wanted, perfect position, private ground and a very well stocked kitchen, the air con in the bedrooms was much needed as we were there on the hottest week! It was everything we wanted a nice relaxing week. Perfect flight times, transfers were spot on and great service from yellow fish. Ian received a card and present from the James Villas rep - we suspect you are the little bird that told her. As always your dedication is much appreciated. Caren and Ian Legg