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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
10 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Luxury Specialist

Tai O is a tiny fishing village on Lantau Island.
Tai O is a tiny fishing village on Lantau Island.

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 -- from flights to cruises to accommodations to excursions -- 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 countries and from the countless bookings I have completed. I will then 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 to explore exotic, bucket-list and obscure ports by sea, as cruising is one of the easiest ways to visit several destinations on one trip.

And I'm also an expert at incorporating pre- and post-cruise travel into an itinerary. For example, one of the more complex itineraries I have created for a client began with a journey to remote Easter Island. From there, I arranged for the couple to fly to Tahiti, and then I coordinated their return to New York City on an Oceania Cruise.

I also have a passion for organizing travel for large groups, such as a family reunions. For most people, coordinating a cruise or a vacation for numerous travelers can be extremely challenging. I, on the other hand, thrive on crafting exciting and personalized multi-generational itineraries. I find that cruises, again, tend to be the best solution for large group trips as they offer something for every age to enjoy. Plus, I can also tailor the excursions I incorporate into the itineraries to appeal specifically to each group.

I have numerous certifications, including but not limited to the following:

  • Thai the Knot Specialist
  • 100 % New Zealand Silver Specialist
  • Inspired by Iceland Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist

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

Barcelona: Tibidabo

To continue with different options for a pre or post cruise stay in Barcelona I want to talk about Tibidabo.  Tibidabo is one of my favorite places to visit in Barcelona.  High on a hill overlooking the entire city there is a one of the most beautiful Basilicas and a small amusement ... Read more from my Barcelona: Tibidabo story.

Alaska Family Reunion Cruise

Family reunion cruises are one of my specialities and it was a lot of fun to plan one for my own family.  We did a seven day Alaska Cruise with Princess.  

Ketchikan:

In Ketchikan I went canoeing on Lake Harriet Hunt with my youngest daughter through an independent tour operator. Honestly, in all ... Read more from my Alaska Family Reunion Cruise story.

Barcelona Gothic Quarter

I've spent a lot of time in Barcelona. To be honest it's not a place that ever particularly called to me, but as circumstances happen I have found myself here quite a bit and have fallen unequivocally in love with the city.  I am here for a month right now.   I've also done ... Read more from my Barcelona Gothic Quarter story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 10 Reviews | 100% Recommended

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!
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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!
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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.
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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!!
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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
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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