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Kellie Bishop

Charlottesville, Virginia Travel Agent

Superior Destination Knowledge

I'm Kellie Bishop, President and Chief Possibility Officer at Travel Leaders in Charlottesville, VA. I am a curious and avid traveler, and love to explore the world! I have traveled to over 40 countries and have extensive destination knowledge and contacts. I am constantly exploring new locations and properties for my clients. My passion for travel and bringing my clients superior service, will provide the foundation for planning your perfect, luxurious dream vacation or honeymoon.

My Travel Specialties

Cooking lessons at La Mirande, Avignon, France

Luxury Travel Specialist

Whether you dream of exploring Europe by river, swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos, the thrill of an African safari or a trip by private jet, I have the expertise to weave all of the pieces into your perfect journey. ... Read more from my Luxury Travel Specialist bio.

Kellie at  Key West Village Beaches Turks & Caicos

Honeymoon and Anniversary Expert

I love helping couples plan their honeymoons and anniversaries. I start each meeting putting my pen down, folding her hands and closely listening to what the couple has been dreaming about. Then I ask questions to get a complete picture ... Read more from my Honeymoon and Anniversary Expert bio.
Toasting the Captain on  Viking River Cruise

River Cruising and Luxury Travel Specialist

I have been a travel agent for almost 4 decades, providing thousands of clients from all over the world with exemplary professional service. I promise to bring my joie de vivre, warmth and wealth of knowledge to each client meeting. I ... Read more from my River Cruising and Luxury Travel Specialist bio.

My Travel Experiences

Breakfast at Le Meurice, Paris
Luxury Travel Specialist
Viking Cruise NIght, May 2016
Royal Palace in Cambodia
Where in the World is Kellie?!

The Bow

I travelled with my mother to Cambodia and Vietnam this past October. Our flights were on KAL~Korean Air. The Koreans, Cambodians and Vietnamese greet guests and one another in such a lovely ceremonial way. The put their hands together in a prayer type fashion and bow; a ... Read more from my The Bow story.

Customer Testimonials

A Great Experience!

Kellie, Got back early this morning from our trip. I really wanted to thank you for all of your help. All of the travel, hotels, etc you helped set up were perfect. The hotels were all amazing. It was a great experience and Molly and I truly enjoyed the entire trip. Thanks so much for your help.

Provided by Michael, North Carolina

HATS OFF TO KELLIE BISHOP AT TRAVELLEADERS

I love travel and especially cruises! Just unpack once and you are on your way to a different city every day. I took many bus tours when I was younger and lots of big ship cruises but no more. I have taken river cruises in Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia and on most of the rivers in Europe and would highly recommend them.. I just recently took a 15 day ocean cruise on a small (900+passengers) vessel. That was so enjoyable that there is another one planned for 2017. The small ships are wonderful. I have sailed on ships from several companies and Kellie works with all of them .She has arranged all of my travel including pre and post hotels and air transportation. She is widely traveled herself and can give you a worms eye view of the many places she has visited. I could not ask for a more dedicated, knowledgeable and personable travel agent. Give her a call if you have a destination in mind and she has probably been there.

Provided by A very satisfied client in Charlottesville, VA

Wonderful Viking River Experience

As children who grew up during and after WWII who had parents and relatives who served in Europe, my wife and I often talked about visiting France, the Normandy beaches and the American Memorial and Cemetery. In 2012, we contacted Travel Leaders and Kellie Bishop to help us make that a reality and to assist us in planning the trip. The result was the most wonderful travel experience Sue and I could have imagined. Included were a couple of nights in Paris, and Viking river cruises on the Seine (Paris to Normandy) and Rhone (Paris to Avignon) rivers. Beyond the endless photo opportunities, the service on Viking exceeded our expectations; from the meals, to the accommodations, to the many guided tours, and the courtesy and helpfulness of the crews. Without qualification, if you are planning to travel anywhere in the world, and wish to have a predictably great experience, Sue and I recommend that your first contact should be Travel Leaders and Kellie Bishop; the best of the best.

Provided by Tom and Sue Weaver

Travel Guru!

"Dear Kellie, Just wanted to thank you again for your kindness, PATIENCE, and expertise in helping me book flights yesterday. It's never easy with our family. So glad that I could use some of my miles sitting in my lowly account. You definitely are a stellar travel guru!"

Provided by SC from Charlottesville

Fabulous!

Dear Kellie, Just a quick note to tell you how fabulous the Tauck tour to New Zealand was, and how grateful we are to you for making all of the arrangements. It was a care free, once in a lifetime trip that we will never forget. It was top of the line all of the way (accommodations, travel, and cuisines), and we had plenty of time to enjoy things on our own with new found friends. Without the tour, we would have missed so many beautiful sights and wonderful adventures. We truly appreciate your attention to details and your constant availability. Thanks again.

Provided by Your friends,Jeff and Pamela

Expert Advice!

We had the pleasure of working with Kellie Bishop and the team at Travel Leaders in planning our recent two week trip to Italy. Her expert advice guided our choices every step of the way - train versus auto, Pompeii options, using the train system, travel insurance. Air travel was seamless. Every option in every category of travel was offered to us - with no pressure. Most of all, Kellie is an excellent communicator - answering questions for us immediately, regardless of how inane the questions were! Polite, courteous, informative, and, very importantly, a great sense of humor (which we ALL need when traveling out of country). I must tell you that her services, and the services of the company, were excellent Not only did she work within our budget, but she found the best values in the neighborhoods we requested, and secured guide services where needed. Thank you Kellie and team! See you down the road!

Provided by D.F., Millbrae, CA

My Reviews

37 of 69 people found this review helpful

Trip of a lifetime with my daughter

Reviewed By Michael - Kinston, NC | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Kellie was great. Having not been to Germany and having not spent a lot of time in Italy, I had no idea where to book, best ways to travel, etc. Kellie got us the best hotels right in the best parts of each town at a great price. We were right where all of the sites where, with very little to no travel needed. My daughter and I went to Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich and then Florence Italy and had the best time. We travelled by train in Germany, and really enjoyed the experience.

I'd recommend Kellie to anyone and will gladly use her again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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25 of 46 people found this review helpful

Traveling with Kellie

Reviewed By Andy - Charlottesville, Va | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Kellie Bishop is an amazing travel agent and woman! I first met Kellie when my best friend was using her for her destination wedding. My husband and I had never been out of the country. Kellie made sure we were ready with passports and that all the details were taken care of! She covered everything from places to eat and local customs to all of the lodging and flights. That was last January and we have since used her two other times for trips to Scotland and now a fourth trip to Amsterdam!! Kellie works very hard for her customers to make sure they are happy with the hotels and resorts she books. She really wants you to have a great time and will go the extra mile to answer questions and make you feel prepared (I was nervous!) and ready for your trip. I have been so pleased and will continue to use Kellie for my travel needs and I'm even happier too call her a friend!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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32 of 60 people found this review helpful

Saved my sanity!

Reviewed By Lex - Va | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Kellie was absolutely phenomenal to work with. I won a trip and she took care of every single detail and answered all of my million questions over the course of four months. On the day of the trip I was so nervous about my flight that kept getting delayed (there was only one connecting flight to cancun that day) and she got on the phone, was emailing back and fort and did everything she could to keep me at peace and on my way! We made it and had a great week!!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 15 people found this review helpful

The best trip of our lives!!

Reviewed By ChrisS - Hooksett NH | Traveled to Exuma
Great help, advocated for us to receive some Sandals specials that I was unaware of.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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36 of 70 people found this review helpful

Our AWESOME Alaska Trip and Cruise

Reviewed By J and M - Charlottesville, VA | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
From the very first moment we knew Kelly was an exceptional, professional, friendly, personable, accessible Travel Agent! We had used a Travel Agent only once before and it was a disaster. We did all the work! Kelly knew her business, gave us excellent suggestions, had copious amounts of literature, (but, not more than we needed) and gently persuaded us as to the best ideas for a first time cruise. When we made our decision, Kelly took charge of all of the requirements, bookings, dates for chosing special excursions, reservations for dinners, insurance, airlines, and the best tips for a avoiding any surprises or pitfalls. The visit to Denali and all the connections to the Cruise were seamless.
The cruise was a dream of a lifetime. Kelly suggested a smaller ship with all inclusive cost. The Regent Line was superb. The accomodations were first class all the way. We were upgraded 3 levels, thanks to a tip from Kelly. Restaurants were 5 star.
Our entire trip was absolutely PERFECT
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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30 of 59 people found this review helpful

Perfect First Trip to Italy

Reviewed By fran - Barboursville, Va | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
When we decided on Italy, Kellie came up with the perfect itinerary. We started in Venice, then on to Florence and the beautiful wine country of Tuscany. Next was the scenic and restful Amalfi Coast. The last days were saved for Rome. Every aspect of the trip was perfect. Hotels, train schedules, restaurants, places not to be missed and sights to be seen were all wonderful.
Kellie is so well traveled and able to use her experiences to put together the kind of trip she knows will make you happy. She has the gift and the desire to make you a happy traveler. My next trip will definitely have the Kellie Bishop touch!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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32 of 63 people found this review helpful

Because of Kellie, Everything Went Perfectly

Reviewed By Jamie - Charlottesville | Traveled to Europe
Kellie is everything one would want a travel agent to be. She is so knowledgeable and thoroughly competent. Kellie is personable and pleasant. She is a professional that I trust completely.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Wonderful river cruise!

Reviewed By Betsy - Barboursville, VA | Traveled to Basel ~ Switzerland ~ Europe
Working with Kellie for our first river cruise was a wonderful experience. We will definitely ask for her expertise the next time we travel. She gave us lots of helpful tips to make our cruise a wonderful experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Our Week in Heaven

Reviewed By Lee - Charlottesville | Traveled to Aruba ~ Caribbean
Kellie is the best, she takes the time to understand what is important about your trip and works hard to give you the best possible experience. She is so knowledgeable and up to speed on all aspects of travel. We always feel like we are in the best possible hands when we work with Kellie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best cruise ever

Reviewed By Jules - Arlington, VA | Traveled to Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Kellie helped coordinate flights and private tours on our cruise through the Med with RSSC. She helped us divert our cruise inclusive flights so we could arrive a couple days before our cruise left Barcelona, and depart a couple of days after our cruise in Rome. She also arranged private ground transfers in Barcelona and Rome. The transfer company she used was excellent. The gentleman who picked us up at the cruise port that took us to Rome, took us to several places in the city to see some sights. He was very knowledgeable and very friendly. His name is Georgio and we would highly recommend him. She also arranged a private tour in Barcelona with Abel. He was also excellent. Kellie is an excellent travel agent. She picks up on your style of travel right away. Budget to luxury. She has also traveled to a lot of places in the world and can personally recommend places to eat, stay, etc. Kellie will get your trip planned to the “T” You won’t be disappointed!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 11 people found this review helpful

Amazing Honeymoon

Reviewed By Kellie M. - Denver, CO | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Kellie was amazing from the initial research stages to our actual days of travel for our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica. She really took the time to understand what we were looking for and then brought it all to life. She made the whole process amazingly easy and scheduled everything down to being greeting and transferred everywhere until we were at our destination. We were so happy to have her coordinating such a fun trip for us and always felt better knowing that if anything went wrong on our travels we could call Kellie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 11 people found this review helpful

A wonderful experience. In the top three.

Reviewed By Woody - Beaufort, S.C. | Traveled to Tamarindo Beach ~ Costa Rica ~ Central America
Working with Kelly was wonderful. We explained to her what we were wanting to experience and what the occasion was and she came through with a perfect solution.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 63 people found this review helpful

Incredible Traveling Experience

Reviewed By Mimi - Earlysville, Va | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Kellie has been able to find great deals for me. She is very knowledgeable and supportive.
She has found great Bed and Breakfasts, has recommended incredible tours, and has made the traveling experience much less stressful.
She has helped me with 3 trips with grandchildren and several mission trips to Africa.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 64 people found this review helpful

Italy

Reviewed By Pat - Charlottesville, VA | Traveled to Verona ~ Italy ~ Europe
I have sought Kellie's help many times and find she always makes the travel experience so easy for the traveller (me!) She thinks of the little things that would never occur to me or that I would not be able to find. A sweet little hotel, a better seat on the plane, a good connecting flight, a better flight insurance. I would much rather have Kellie plan my trip than deal with the details myself.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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29 of 61 people found this review helpful

"OUTSTANDING",

Reviewed By don't have one - Charlottesville,Virginia | Traveled to Middle East
Everything is taken care of, from airfare to hotels, transportation, guides.I have used Kellie services for about three years and will continue and have recommended her to everyone.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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33 of 69 people found this review helpful

All that Kellie has arranged have been exceptional

Reviewed By GolfingAnne - Charlottesville, Virginia | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Kellie has helped us plan some very extraordinary trips. We truly value her travel experience and recommendations. Our trip to Italy was fantastic and every detail including drivers for extended tours, rail tickets and guides for the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica were arranged before we left. At her suggestion, we stayed in small, elegant hotels in every city. The very favorite one was in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Our room overlooked the Mediterranean and we were awakened each morning by fisherman fishing just below our window. My brother-in-law has just booked the exact trip with Kellie. Kellie has spoiled us royally and we would never plan another trip without her! If you are looking for the perfect trip, Kellie is definitely the one we would recommend to help you plan it.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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36 of 75 people found this review helpful

The best is yet to come in May 2016!

Reviewed By Brenda - Charlottesville, Va. | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Kellie worked with me last year in planning a trip to Rome. This trip would have been fabulous but unfortunately my husband required surgery and our trip was cancelled. She provided professional advice every step of the way and handled all of the paper work for the cancellation and refund. What a relief for us.

We have another trip planned with her for May 2016 to Paris and a Viking River Cruise. Again, she has been indispensable and has managed every detail, follow up, suggestions for the right time of year, not a detail has been overlooked. She responds promptly when contacted and is eager to be of service.

My physician, whom we referred to Kellie, has been very pleased. He has booked his trip and happily praised Kellie for her knowledge, professionalization, and follow thru. He is looking forward to his trip.

I highly recommend her and would not plan a trip with anyone else.

Brenda Hathaway
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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32 of 68 people found this review helpful

An Unforgettable, Wonderful Voyage

Reviewed By AMP - Charlottesville, Virginia | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Kelli Bishop is a real professional. She understood our wishes and needs, and found the best prices available.

My husband and I have been very satisfied with her services.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 66 people found this review helpful

Our special River Cruise.

Reviewed By Marci - Charlottesville, Virginia | Traveled to Europe
Kellie has helped us plan many trips over the years and there has never been a hitch in any of them. She makes suggestions to us about places we should visit that we would not have thought of. She has traveled to many of the same places that we want to visit, so she has first hand knowledge about different cities and countries, cruise lines, etc. She takes the time to investigate flights, insurance policies, hotels, room numbers and we trust her with all aspects of our travel plans. I might initially search online for trips, but would always have Kellie doing the booking and making the arrangements for us. I would never do that online. Working with someone you know personally is invaluable and gives me peace of mind.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 13 people found this review helpful

Help

Reviewed By Traveler - Cape Girardeau, MO | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Kellie was easy to work with. She listens to your needs and works to get you what you want. She is honest in providing choices and is not just trying to sell you something.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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28 of 61 people found this review helpful

The Best

Reviewed By Bill Herbert - Charlottesville, VA | Traveled to Los Angeles ~ California ~ USA
We have worked with Kellie for years as a couple and a family. Also, she provides travel services for a UVA department where I worked for 15 years.

Kellie is fun, energetic, creative, and cost conscious. She hones in on what is desired --- luxury, economy, etc. --- and doesn't try to change your mind.

We have referred friends, family to her, and everyone has been well-pleased.

Kellie's experience and knowledge make her fees well worthwhile. If you get delayed somewhere, she's there to help you get out of the tangle.

Kellie has guided us through many trips --- business and pleasure --- all over the US and several trips to Europe. The space below only allows one destination, apparently, but we've taken trips with her planning.

Overall, terrific!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 67 people found this review helpful

Years and years of great trips

Reviewed By Didi - Charlottesville, Virginia | Traveled to World Cruise ~ Other
I've been using Kellie as my travel agent for absolutely ever and hope to continue to do so for as long as I'm still able to travel. I know that I can give her a call or an email with info on what I want, and she will get exactly that for me or get back to me with suggestions for something even better. Sure, I can go online and look for stuff, and sometimes I do, but then I usually let Kellie do the booking.

I also know that if something goes sour while I'm gone, an email to Kellie will either solve the problem or she will have suggestions on how to solve it. Just about everywhereI go, she's already been herself. When I was on a world cruise, she had set up some private tours for me, and when my walker broke 2 days before one of those tours, she contacted the tour operators and they arranged for me to be taken to a medical supply store in Myanmar. You don't get that kind of assistance when you book it yourself online.

Lastly, I enjoy knowing Kellie as a person and that counts f
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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28 of 61 people found this review helpful

Alaskian cruise and land tour

Reviewed By Jan and Bill - Charlottesville, Virginia | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
We have worked with Kellie for many years and have always been very pleased with all of our trips. She always has wonderful suggestions that we would never have thought of or known how to make it happen. We are in our 70's and without Kellie we would not have been able to plan the majority of our trips. She takes care of every detail so we feel safe and secure especially traveling to places we have never been to. We had never been to Europe until last August and she planned a wonderful trip for us to Ireland, Scotland, England and France which has always been on my bucket list. The only thing left for us to do was "Enjoy"!!

Without Kellie we would not be traveling to exciting destinations. Our next trip for Kellie to plan for us is an European river cruise.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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34 of 76 people found this review helpful

super trip

Reviewed By bethann - keswick va | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
kellie is wonderful!! she took WONDERFUL care of us when we were making or reservation to go to Bahamas for my friends wedding.. I will use her again when I plan my next trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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24 of 58 people found this review helpful

Finally seeing the land of our forbears

Reviewed By Tutu and Grandad - Charlottesville, Va | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Kellie has helped us with all of our travels from a short weekend family reunion to many winter getaways in the dreary month of February. It is very comforting to know that she has personally experienced the resorts and hotels she recommends. She always seems to find just what we're hoping for including tips on where to dine, shop and special sights not to be missed. If snow is in the forecast she's on top of it and has alternative plans ready to go!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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16 of 47 people found this review helpful

Exuma, Bahamas

Reviewed By Amy - Palmyra, VA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Our experience with Kelly has been beyond wonderful. She is very attentive to our needs, likes and wants even working with two individuals who are just beginning to travel. She was very patient with us in explaining the procedures for traveling. She is the only travel agent I would ever use.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kellie Bishop responded:
Thank you, Amy!
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