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Anthea Gilchrist

Plano, Texas Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Australia, South Pacific, Europe Travel Designer

Orvieto, Umbria
Orvieto, Umbria

There are tourists. And then there are travelers. The latter are the ones who want to truly explore and get to know a country. My specialty? It is crafting custom-designed, seamless trips for travelers that are sophisticated and non-touristy.

And you can be assured that if you book with me, your trip will be meticulously planned out. I am known for my great attention to detail and for listening carefully to my clients so that I can create adventures that are unique to each individual.

 So what does that mean for you? It means that instead of booking you into a generic chain accommodation, I will find you that gem of a boutique hotel to stay in. It also means that I will recommend restaurants that show off the local cuisine or book you authentic experiences.

For example, if you will be heading to Australia -- a country I am intimately familiar with -- I will craft an itinerary that may include a trip to an Australian Rules football game or suggest the best places to try meat pies. That way, you can get to know the "real" Australia.

I am also an expert at traveling with children. As the mother of six children who have had passports since the day they were born, I understand the tricks of globetrotting with multiple children and will share them with you. Because as you know, when your children are happy on vacation, that means you can also be happy.

 And while I love booking travel to all destinations, I do specialize in designing custom itineraries to:

  • Australia. I grew up in the Land Down Under and have lived and worked in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney
  • The South Pacific. While I was living in Australia, I was able to travel extensively through Asia.  
  • Costa Rica. My new favorite. We travel here frequently and are in the process of building a house in Costa Rica. 
  • Europe. Like all good Australians, I took a year off to travel throughout Europe. 

In addition, I also specialize in: 

  • All-inclusive bookings
  • Multi-generational group travel
  • Wine tours
  • Organizing team sports travel
  • Honeymoons
  • River cruises

So if you are looking for an agent who can make your travel vision a reality and create a customized journey that will exceed all of your expectations, please contact me. 

My Travel Experiences

Barossa Valley
Australia

My Reviews

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Best trip ever!

Reviewed By S Miller - Bay Village, Ohio | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa
We cannot express how wonderful our trip to South Africa was because of Anthea and Seamless Travel. It truly lived up to its name. All of the many transfers, (9)multiple flights, choosing a safari were all perfect and seamless. Our drivers and guides were engaging, knowledgeable, very helpful. All of our accommodations were beautiful, even on Safari! Can't wait to return!
Highly recommend!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

My Experience

Reviewed By Rogers - Plano, TX | Traveled to Mexico ~ Mexico
Our family has used Anthea exclusively over the past 6 plus years and she is simply wonderful. Her travel knowledge seemly knows no bounds as she has recommended outstanding destinations all over the world. We get professional, timely information about all our trips. Her attention to detail and personalized service makes her a leader in the travel field. Once you book a trip with Anthea, she is totally devoted to making memories and she stays engaged throughout your journey. We have used other travel agents in the past but we didn't know what we were missing. She has a dedicated family for life.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Thank you Tim. As I always say, I love your family's passion for travel, and your ability to know what you want. With your attention to detail together we create the ideal trip. Always want the best of the best for your family. Until your next great vacation.
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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Amazing trips always

Reviewed By Aussie AL - Dallas Tx | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Anthea is professional , informative and a very experienced traveler who has a wealth of knowledge whatever your needs are from the beginning to the end of your vacation to when you return home, I have used Anthea multiple times . I highly recommend her to all my friends and family. Gold star service 5 star rating .
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Always my pleasure to assist you. Love your adventurous spirit and spur of the moment trips.
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Many, many trips.

Reviewed By Ulm Family - Seminole, FL | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
We have used Anthea's travel services for over 4 trips at this point. The trips have been to all different destinations and we have always been highly satisfied with everything.

We went to Canada for US Women's Soccer World Cup. Flights, rental cars and accommodations were all amazing and priced well.

We went to Australia and New Zealand for a three week trip. There were many, many flights, transitions, hotels, excursions booked etc. ALL were ready for us when we arrived and the accommodations were amazing. We even had an excursion not show up in Australia- and Anthea got us a full refund.

Our son lives in Australia and we will only book his flights home with Anthea. She gets great prices and can change things on a dime as life sometimes throws us curves- no issue for her.

I recommended Anthea for a friend of mine- she loved her and her customer service as well.

We have used her services for smaller local trips as well- same great service.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
It is always my pleasure working with the Ulm family. Love your sense of adventure and your families love of travel. So excited to plan your next trip.
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Our relaxing Cabo getaway!

Reviewed By Liz - Plano, TX | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Anthea was wonderful to work with! She listens to what you're looking for and goes above and beyond to make sure it's taken care of. We loved our trip and she gave us exactly what we were looking for! Looking forward to working with her for years to come!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Forever Grateful. Amazed at the Custom Planning

Reviewed By Brooke - Southlake,Texas | Traveled to Europe
Seamless Travel is a spectacular agency to plan your vacations. Every detail is is attended to ahead of time so that, as stated by the company name, it is seamless. My mother, sister and I put our vacation to Europe totally in the hands of Seamless Travel. We were amazed at the results of their custom planning. Every time we visited a new destination it was like opening a delightful present. Every last detail was thought of and presented first class. I never imagined that a agency would really take the time and make the effort to create a vacation that was so customized and special. The accomodations brought us to tears with joy everytime we reached a new destination. These ranged from hotels that were gorgeous, a converted montosory hotel (so beautiful!), to to a countryside villa. Seamless arranged special treats at every arrival as a welcome package! I can say with all of my heart we will always be thankful to this company for putting together such a memorable and special trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Brroke, Thank you for your trust and allowing me to create an amazing itinerary to Italy and Paris for you. Your mom truly is the sweetest and I wanted to ensure her dreams was fulfilled. Your sister words after the trip truly touched my heart. It is clients like you that allow me to truly love what I do. Thank you once again. Did I hear that Germany is on the list for next year? Can't wait to create another amazing journey for you. Anthea
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Family Vacation Bliss

Reviewed By Flynn - Frisco, Tx | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Anthea provided a unique personal touch to our vacation with many choices and tailor made options that made our decision so much easier.

Looking back I'm glad Anthea supported us through the process and helped us choose an excellent location and vacation that we will remember forever.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
It truly was my pleasure. The smiling photos of your family, and especially the face painted princess photos are priceless. Anthea
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We only travel if Anthea plans it !

Reviewed By Rudi - Plano | Traveled to Mexico
We gave Anthea some broad outlines of what we wanted for our Honeymoon Vacation and boy, did she ever deliver ! Every tiny detail was taken care of in the run up to our trip, down to providing us with water bottles for the journey and watertight see through bags for our phones once we hit the beach. Anthea was in contact with us during the weeks before we took off, to make sure everything was running smoothly and once we arrived it was obvious that not only had she found the most perfect place for us, but also that the resort was well prepped for our arrival. It's the little things, the personal touch, outstanding professionalism and expansive knowledge that she brings to vacationing, that we will never have anyone take care of any of our trips but Anthea. She made me look like a genius in front of my wife, for whom the exact destination was a surprise and you can't put that into $.
We are eternally grateful for her making our Honeymoon such an all around success !
Thank you Anthea !
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Thank you for your trust and allowing me to plan your bae-moon. It was so wonderful to see your beautiful smiles while on vacation. I was thrilled to see you taking full advantage of the property we choose. You guys are the absolute cutest couple. Cant wait for next years adventure. Anthea
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great Vacation in Spain!

Reviewed By Heidi - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
Anthea was great! Fun to work with and very knowledgeable and experienced in planning our vacation in Spain! She made our trip stress free!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Thank you for allowing me to create an itinerary to Spain for your family and your birthday. I absolutely loved your sense of adventure and the tors that you chose along the way. What wonderful memoreis for your family.
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Our "Impossible Dream" Comes True.

Reviewed By Diane - Edmond, OK | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Anthea,

We have had time to catch our breath and looking back on the memories we shared, myself and two daughters, and the absolutely amazing European vacation you planned for us, I have to pinch myself and say did this really happen!! Did we really go all those incredible places and not experience a moment of disappoint or distress. Our transportation included air, bus, train, rental car, and cars w/ drivers, everything went just as planned.
Our accommodations were just perfect! Seamless found hotels that were not only charming and elegant but easy to access sights and shopping. The favorite was a 7day stay in a villa, with an infinity pool overlooking rolling hills and a Castle below.The tours and guides were both knowledgeable and fun in every instance. We had a need for special services and these were provided.
We are thinking Germany next year and Seamless and Anthea will be who we call to plan our next Dream Vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

It doesn't get any better.

Reviewed By Wilco Ravestijn - Dallas Texas | Traveled to
Vacations should be fun, smooth, full of memorable experiences that are unique to you. What you don’t want is a cookie cutter list of events you are assigned to attend. If you want the best trip of your life, you have found the person who will custom tailor your trip. Anthea has arranged a number of great trips for us ranging from up to 6 people and for large groups up to 80. One of them we travelled to Europe with our 2 soccer teams and their families. We visited the best restaurants that provided us with a local flavor and ambiance. We saw unique sights, attended amazing events and everything was so well planned and organized all well within our budget which allowed us so much room to enjoy ourselves. We stayed at the perfect hotels that were all in the heart of it all allowing us to meet the locals and really experience life as usual. Enjoy your next trip and live the dream.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Always love fully customizing with you and perfect vacation. I have the best clients who wish to explore and experience a city. Lets get to another soccer game in Europe :)
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Outstanding service, and Willing to go the Extra Mile

Reviewed By Fabulous Anthea - Dallas Texas | Traveled to
Anthea Gilchrist is one of the most comprehensive, intuitive and knowledgeable travel individuals I have ever known to help my family and my company achieve amazing travel arrangements for all occasions. With ease and affordability, Anthea and her staff make things happen that others can only wish for. Transfers, hotels, cars, amazing destinations and all with outstanding communication and cheerfulness mean that my family will only go to one name for any kind of travel or excursions- Anthea Gilchrist is our choice, in the states, out of the states, one person or an entire group. Fabulous is all I can say
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Fantastic week in New Zealand

Reviewed By Aileen - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Anthea planned a wonderful week in New Zealand! Anthea asked great questions about the things we like to do and planned a week for us to see and do as much as possible. Anthea was also great responding to any emails and phone calls.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Amazing Trip!

Reviewed By Smith Family - Southlake, Texas | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
I could not have booked this trip without Anthea!
Everything was so organized. When your railing from one location to another it can be stressful but at every stop we had a private transfer waiting for us.
Every hotel Anthea chose for us was perfect and we loved not having to think about details but instead relax and enjoy our vacation as she had it all planned out. Our favorite excursion was the Vespa tour through Tuscany!
Thank you Anthea for an amazing family vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
Stephanie, it was truly my pleasure working with your family. I love your sense of adventure and style. Your photos of your trip were amazing. I cant wait to help plan your next family vacation. Lets chat up for coffee. Anthea
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Unforgettable Honeymoon!

Reviewed By MN - Frisco, Texas | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We could not have went on a trip like this or get exposed to the A&K service without Anthea! Even on our trip, Anthea was there to make sure everything went smoothly. All of the hotels and excursion she choose for us were perfect and gave a real feel for country and the history. This was an unforgettable experience! Thanks Anthea!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
it was my absolute pleasure planning your custom honeymoon. Together we crafted an amazing itinerary. Thank you for allowing me to be creative. The tours we choose were unbelievable. I am looking forward to the next adventure we create for you and your beautiful wife. Amazing way to start a life filled with wonderful moments and memories. Anthea
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

She is one of the best

Reviewed By Linda H - Dallas-Fort Worth, TX | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
Anthea beautifully personalizes each itinerary to the specific interests of her clients . Her warmth and unstinting enthusiasm for travel make her a delight to work with. She is a goldmine of information, which she mixes with imaginative ideas and possibilities of travel. Having worked with her once we have come back to her again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Fantastic Agent and Trip

Reviewed By Smith Family - Midlothian, TX | Traveled to Europe
I have already recommended Anthea to everyone who mentions taking a European trip! I can not put into words how awesome she was, from the very first phone call, in planning our first-timer vacation last summer. Our trip was perfect, with only a few glitches that Anthea informed us of immediately and already had a contingency plan in place. She spent time asking about our family's interests, likes, and dislikes and planned the perfect vacation. We visited four cities (London, Paris, Munich, Rome) in sixteen days. We had international flights, intercontinental flights, airport exchanges in DC, trains between cities - all without any hassle. She suggested the perfect tours and activities for our family, along with great restaurants and even where to take quiet off the path walks. We hope to go back to Europe next year and will ONLY book our trip using Anthea.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
It was my pleasure planning your families vacation. What a delight to work with you to fully customize your families first of many trips to Europe. Hope the new house is all that you dreamed.
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Couldn't have done it without her!

Reviewed By Kris Pepe - Southlake, TX | Traveled to
For years, we were contemplating a trip to Europe, but were so overwhelmed with all of the information, that we kept putting off the booking. I contacted Anthea, in hopes of some guidance. Not only did she put my mind at ease, but she made the process foolproof for us. Anthea was so excited for us that it seemed as though she was going on the trip! We wanted to visit several cities and tour the Amalfi Coast. We didn't even know where to begin until Anthea stepped in. She was a wealth of information, passing along her wisdom and suggestions. She was conscious of our budget, making us aware of discounts and travel offers. After sharing our desires with her, she put together an agenda that covered our every want and need. After Anthea planned our itinerary, I decided to throw a wrench in the plans, but she didn't skip a beat. I had found out that my husband's grandfather, was from an area about an hour from one of our planned destinations. I thought that I would surprise my husband with a trip to his grandfather's hometown. I had no idea how to pull this off. Anthea researched the area, gathered information, and planned an amazing surprise. We had a driver pick us up from the train station, and while my husband was thinking we were going to our next planned destination, the driver drove us to the very streets where his grandfather was born an raised. This lovely gentleman, brought us around the town, took us into town hall to search records, and spent the day with us, eating, talking, and introducing us to the town's people. It was amazing to say the least. Anthea put this all together. It was a highlight of our vacation. Our trip to Italy was the epitome of perfection. We owe it all to Anthea! I've since used Anthea for various other trips, and couldn't be more pleased. If you're looking for someone to help with your travels, call Anthea. We've used her for other trips since Italy, and the results are the same. We couldn't do it without her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Anthea Gilchrist responded:
What a pleasure to plan your families vacation. I still tell the story about your husband using google maps, and being very anxious about the deviation we made to surprise him with a visit to his grandfathers home town. Love that you had the adventurous spirit to pull of this surprise for him. What an amazing vacation we planned together.
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Trip of life time you seek?

Reviewed By HeatherJ - DFW TX | Traveled to
Anthea was an incredible partner in helping create a trip of a life time for our family to Australia this summer. Her knowledge of what we might do and where we might stay were just the beginning. She asked about our specific interests and customized each day for us, making sure everyone had something special to enjoy along the way. Anthea went above and beyond to add the special touches that made our trip a truly memorable experience!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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15 day European Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Denise Reynolds - Southlake, TX | Traveled to
In the past, we have always struggled over every detail of planning our vacations. On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to contact Anthea to plan a Christmas trip to Europe. Wow!!!! I will never plan another trip without her help again. Anthea planned every portion of our trip, from the minute we left our house to the minute we arrived back home. The attention to detail made this vacation absolutely stress-free, something we rarely achieve when traveling on our own. It was quite an extensive trip, including stops in six different cities, as well as, planes, trains, and automobiles. The itinerary she gave us, in the form of an app on our telephones, made this type of trip incredibly easy to navigate. In addition to the detail, Anthea presented activities that we would have never been able to find on our own, including a horse carriage ride in Austria on Christmas day! When choosing our hotels for each city, she gave us wonderful choices, crossing several price points, and made sure we were well educated on what made each of these hotels special. She made dinner reservations in advance and made sure we had transportation wherever we went. Exploring six cities in a two week period can be overwhelming, but Anthea booked tour guides in each city that were unique to our needs and wants. You can read the information in guide books, but nothing beats touring a city with someone who really lives that history and culture. And, as a side note that emphasizes booking someone unique to your needs, I have a son who just finished a study abroad in Milan. On the first day of his arrival, Anthea booked a "live like a local tour" for him, which showed him all the hot spots in the neighborhood where he would be living, from coffee shops to restaurants to even where he could get his haircut and dry cleaning done. It was a perfect start for him. We are already thinking of our next big family vacation. There is not a chance that we would do it without Anthea!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Very thorough and helpful!

Reviewed By AG - Plano, TX | Traveled to
We've used Anthea a few times now and she always goes out of her way to make sure all of the details are taken care of. We've stayed at some very nice hotels and she always makes sure we get the best deal possible. She is very knowledgeable and her recommendations have always been spot on. She has handled very large groups quite efficiently which is not always easy with us. I would not hesitate to recommend using Anthea for your travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Just the best!

Reviewed By Kate - Southlake, TX | Traveled to
We were so happy with our trip booked by Anthea, and all the personal touches were fabulous. She was very thorough and we never had to worry about anything, which allowed us to have a completely relaxing vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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RELIABLE & DEPENDABLE

Reviewed By Garry - Dallas, Texas | Traveled to
I have used Anthea on numerous trips for business & my sons soccer team... She is organized and has amazing suggestions on restaurants and touring ideas.. She coordinated the team's trip to Amsterdam & Liverpool - she was able to get the team tickets to 2 Premier League games and a Dutch game that something to talk about.... I can appreciate her cost conscious approach, she offers alternative ideas that are less expensive but still make your trip enjoyable.... I highly recommended her for any TRAVEL PLANS...
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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San Diego

Reviewed By helterloo - Plano, TX | Traveled to
Trip was planned out flawlessly... we had some business to attend to while in San Diego but Anthea made sure to help sprinkle in some surfing and other activities. She picked out some great restaurants and took care of all the arrangements so all we had to do was show up. Also got us great rates on everything as well. She and her business will be helping plan all of our trips (business and pleasure) moving forward.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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An Amazing European Adventure

Reviewed By Denise R - Southlake, TX | Traveled to
In the past, we have always struggled over every detail of planning our vacations. On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to contact Anthea to plan a Christmas trip to Europe. Wow!!!! I will never plan another trip without her help again. Anthea planned every portion of our trip, from the minute we left our house to the minute we arrived back home. The attention to detail made this vacation absolutely stress-free, something we rarely achieve when traveling on our own. It was quite an extensive trip, including stops in six different cities, as well as, planes, trains, and automobiles. The itinerary she gave us, in the form of an app on our telephones, made this type of trip incredibly easy to navigate. In addition to the detail, Anthea presented activities that we would have never been able to find on our own, including a horse carriage ride in Austria on Christmas day! When choosing our hotels for each city, she gave us wonderful choices, crossing several price points, and made sure we were well educated on what made each of these hotels special. She made dinner reservations in advance and made sure we had transportation wherever we went. Exploring six cities in a two week period can be overwhelming, but Anthea booked tour guides in each city that were unique to our needs and wants. You can read the information in guide books, but nothing beats touring a city with someone who really lives that history and culture. And, as a side note that emphasizes booking someone unique to your needs, I have a son who just finished a study abroad in Milan. On the first day of his arrival, Anthea booked a "live like a local tour" for him, which showed him all the hot spots in the neighborhood where he would be living, from coffee shops to restaurants to even where he could get his haircut and dry cleaning done. It was a perfect start for him. We are already thinking of our next big family vacation. There is not a chance that we would do it without Anthea!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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