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Mary Stephens

Washington, District of Columbia Travel Agent
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Mary Stephens

Mary Stephens

Washington, District of Columbia Travel Agent
Christopher Travel LLC, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
Years of Experience: 3
11 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Alaska Travel Specialist

Alaska is full of adventure and beauty!
Alaska is full of adventure and beauty!

I approach creating itineraries for my clients like an artist faced with a blank canvas. I want to bring together all of the elements of a trip to create a seamless and exciting masterpiece of a journey. To accomplish this, I will use the experiences and expertise that I've gleaned from having traveled to more than 45 and almost every U.S. state. Then, I will  use my creativity to personalize each itinerary to a client's individual needs and traveling style.

My specialty is helping clients with those travel arrangement that they may find too daunting or time-consuming to do on their own. I especially enjoy helping travelers planning trips to Alaska where I am currently living.  As a resident of Alaska I have unique insight and expertise to help you plan your trip.  Alaska is a vast and diverse destination and offers so much for families, couples, and groups to explore and discover.  I can help you work through all the possible options to plan the best Alaska vacation to suit your needs and those of your fellow travelers. 

I also have a passion for organizing travel for large groups, such as a family reunions. For most people, coordinating a vacation for numerous travelers can be extremely challenging. I, on the other hand, thrive on crafting exciting and personalized multi-generational itineraries.

So, are you ready to make your vacation dreams come true? Then please contact me. I would love to show you how I can turn your ideas for your next adventure into reality.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Thai the Knot Specialist
100% New Zealand Silver Specialist
Inspired by Iceland Specialist
Aussie Specialist

My Travel Stories

Entrance to Denali National Park
Denali in Autumn
Salcha, Alaska
The Museum of the North
Fairbanks, Alaska

Denali National Park with Dogs!

Most people visiting Denali National Park are there for a day or two and they take the National Park bus into the park take some beautiful pictures and move on to their next destination. When you are travelling to Denali National Park with dogs though this itinerary is not possible, but... Read more from my Denali National Park with Dogs! story.

A Cabin in the Borreal Forest of Alaska

When we moved to Alaska we had to quarantine for two weeks.  As we were driving through Canada into Alaska the area around the border is very remote.  I found a lovely little cabin for rent and we geared up for two weeks in the forest.  

It was the most relaxing two... Read more from my A Cabin in the Borreal Forest of Alaska story.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska is the gateway to exploring the far northern stretches of the North American continent. Although the second largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is never the less a small town with a friendly atmosphere.

There is no shortage of things to do in Fairbanks. It’s a perfect destination for those looking to... Read more from my Fairbanks, Alaska story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 11 Reviews | 100% Recommended

2 Weeks in Europe

Reviewed By Lisa - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to Europe
Mary was great. I was looking for some general guidance on tours in Europe and she provided several excellent resources. She also helped me ID airfare - didn't book it for us, which was fine, but found a great rate that I tracked down. Terrific!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Trip to Yellowstone!

Reviewed By Kellie - Collingswood, NJ | Traveled to Yellowstone National Park ~ Wyoming ~ USA
Mary was very easy to work with and helped us plan a great vacation to Yellowstone! We booked a few different hotels for our stay and the one offered better pricing if we booked it directly ourselves. I was very impressed that Mary suggested we do this, forgoing her commission on that part of the itinerary, in order to save us money. We will be working with Mary again for future trips!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Grand Canyon family fun!

Reviewed By JB - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Arizona ~ USA
Mary was very helpful in planning our family vacation to the Grand Canyon and Sedona - she was very knowledgeable of the area and offered many options for us to choose from, very easy to work with and very responsive to inquiries!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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Would not have been possible without her help!

Reviewed By Mitchells - Capitol Heights, Maryland | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Best Decision EVER! Mary, thank you again for all that you have done for my family!
I will use your services again for the family's next trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Amazing family adventure!

Reviewed By Jayne - Watchung, NJ | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Mary was incredibly helpful in guiding us through the planning process for our first family trip to Iceland. We just told her the kinds of activities and experiences we wanted and she did a fantastic job creating a really diverse and exciting itinerary. We were especially grateful for her recommendations about accommodations - every place we stayed in was perfect for our needs. Thank you Christopher Travel for taking such wonderful care of us - we can't wait to start planning our next family adventure!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Great Destination Wedding Accommodations

Reviewed By Beverly - Burtonsville,MD | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Working with Mary in planning the accommodations for my daughter’s destination wedding was a great experience and she was easy to communicate with and well organized. Her willingness to accommodate the demands of our group was great and I look forward to using her services for my future travels.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Dream Honeymoon

Reviewed By Joe - Springfield, VA | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Mary was amazing! We got our dream honeymoon; something we didn't even think was possible for our price range, and didn't have to deal with the hassles of most planning and research. We'd highly recommend Mary for any travel you're planning and could recommend her more strongly, highly or positively.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Mary is the Best!

Reviewed By Joe D - Minneapolis | Traveled to Roatan ~ Honduras ~ Central America
When my wife and I decided to take our 8 & 10 year old girls on our first-ever cruise, we were instantly overwhelmed with all of the myriad choices available for cruises. Which ship? Which ports? Which locations? The list went on and on. Blindly we reached out to some travel site looking for a good travel agent and while the first 2 that popped into my email were no good at all, along came Mary and her wonderful ability to ask us the right questions about what exactly we wanted. While we did not know 'exactly' what we wanted, we did have a good idea of what we did want. From there, Mary was able to expertly craft the perfect cruise for us! Coupled with her connection to the Project Expedition excursion site (so glad we decided NOT to go on the excursions the cruise ship offered...way to many people), we ended up coming back home with the love to cruise and will be planning our next cruise in a year or so, and will totally use Mary again for this next cruise vacation. Highly Recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Perfect itinerary-Had a wonderful time!

Reviewed By RJC - New Jersey | Traveled to Easter Island ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
The islands of the South Pacific are just beautiful. The food was delicious and the resorts Mary chose were the best. The snorkeling off the islands was thrilling and the Moai of Easter Island were awesome. A perfect adventure!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Perfect trip for 6 to 46 year olds

Reviewed By Jeff R 1996 - California, MD | Traveled to Niagara Falls ~ Ontario ~ Canada
Very informative and helpful!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful trip to Oman!

Reviewed By Rebecca - Arlington, VA | Traveled to Oman ~ Middle East
Working with Mary was an absolute pleasure! She was super responsive, listened carefully to what we were looking for, and was able to plan a honeymoon for us that fulfilled our vision. We wanted a trip that was both relaxing and adventurous and Mary was able to make that happen! Even though were were Mary's first clients to travel to Oman, she did a great job finding great places for us to stay and fun adventures to go on, and really made sure everything was taken care of!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

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