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Gunes Hopson

Glen Allen, Virginia Travel Agent
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Gunes Hopson

Gunes Hopson

Glen Allen, Virginia Travel Agent
My Path Unwinding Travel, an independent agent with My Path Unwinding Travel, NC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 3
27 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Certified Luxury Travel Advisor

I am a certified luxury travel advisor who provides concierge-style planning services to busy families, taking care of all the details so that you can relax. I specialize in luxury travel and can provide complimentary amenities at certain resorts. I have trusted travel industry credentials: I am an FTA Certified Family Travel Advisor, an ASTA Verified Travel Advisor, and a Certified Luxury Specialist through both the Travel Institute and the Travel Leaders Network. Feel free to contact me for all your luxury vacation planning needs!

My Travel Specialties

Luxe Travel Expert

Enjoying the good life in the Canadian Rockies
I had my first taste of luxury travel when I stayed in a Four Seasons hotel many years ago (and enjoyed some Preferred Partner benefits through my travel advisor!). I've been hooked ever since and became a Certified Luxury Specialist through both the... Read more from my Luxe Travel Expert bio.

Cruise Expert

The Disney Wonder, docked in Puerto Vallarta
I love cruises! I've been cruising for the past thirty years and live for days at sea. I've been all over the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, along the Mexican Riviera, and up to Alaska. I've sailed on five different cruise... Read more from my Cruise Expert bio.

Disney Expert

They call me @pamperedminnie on Instagram!
I'm a Disney nut who loves to savor the finer side of the parks, resorts, and Disney Cruise Line. I've experienced club level at Disney resorts and have stayed many times at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort and... Read more from my Disney Expert bio.

Travel Background & Philosophy

The lazy river at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
From a very young age, I have been traveling with my family and always have loved to travel. In fact, my first international trip was as a toddler on a trans-Atlantic flight to Turkey with my parents. I clearly caught the... Read more from my Travel Background & Philosophy bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Super Agent
Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
ASTA Verified Travel Advisor
FTA Certified Family Travel Advisor
Travel Institute Luxury Travel Specialist
Disney College of Knowledge
Royal Caribbean Master of Adventure

My Travel Stories

Hotel lobby
Waldorf Astoria Orlando - Presidential Suite
Veranda Lounge at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
The Disney Wonder in port at Puerto Vallarta
Disney Cruise Line

Montage Laguna Beach

In April 2022, I had a wonderful nine-night stay in southern California. One of the highlights of the trip was three nights at the Montage Laguna Beach, a Forbes five-star hotel. I was upgraded upon arrival to the best view in the house: the Ocean Surf King Room. I also received... Read more from my Montage Laguna Beach story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 27 Reviews | 100% Recommended

The best bang per port

Reviewed By Ozzie - Midlothian, VA | Traveled to Canary Islands ~ Africa
Gunes got us an incredible concierge level deal from a cruise company
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Always happy to find my clients great value for their vacations, especially when it comes to luxury travel!
31 of 37 people found this review helpful
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COVID traveling, and dreaming about future travels

Reviewed By Christine I. - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Virginia Beach ~ Virginia ~ USA
Gunes provided the most professional and informative experience for us! She had answers to issues related to our travels BEFORE I even knew to ask the questions. She was always available...before, during, and after our trips....and made sure all of our needs were met. Outstanding service!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to serve you, and I look forward to planning many more vacations for your family.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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First Cruise Trip

Reviewed By MRIDULA - Glen Allen | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Gunes helped us to plan our first Cruise trip. She is very helpful, always answered my question.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
It was my pleasure to help you plan your first cruise, and I am so glad that your family enjoyed it! Cruising is such a fun way to travel, and I hope we can plan another one for you soon.
25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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Highly Recommend A Travel Expert Like Gunes!

Reviewed By RachelGB - Richmond, Virginia | Traveled to Virginia ~ USA
Gunes is so great at what she does and I'm so appreciative of her help with our family weekend getaway to a resort in Middleburg. In particular, she was great about sorting out what kinds of plans we should make for meals and activities for our 4-year old, sleeping arrangements for the baby, and was full of useful recommendations. We spent LESS working with her than we would have if we'd booked on our own at Salamander.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words! I love Salamander Resort and am so glad your family was able to enjoy your stay there.
23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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Family trip to WDW

Reviewed By Diana - Kernersville, NC | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes was extremely helpful every step of the way. I knew that she had every detail taken care of both before and during the trip, and it made everything so stress-free! Even with a last-minute date change, she took care of it all quickly and efficiently. I will definitely use her services again for future trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Thank you for your kind words! It was my pleasure to plan all the details for your Disney vacation. I love it when my clients have stress-free trips! I cannot wait to help you plan your next family vacation.
26 of 31 people found this review helpful
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Plans canceled

Reviewed By LuSyd - Georgetown, TX | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes helped plan a girls trip to Orlando that included Disney and Universal Studios. She was very knowledgeable especially with Disney and kept me aware of changes in policy related to COVID 19. She also reminded me of any upcoming deadlines and cancelation policies which ensured that I would not lose any money. I ultimately had to cancel, but Gunes was helpful in that as well.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
It was my pleasure to assist you! Of course, I am very sorry that you had to cancel, but I was happy to help you navigate all the cancellation terms and policies. That's what I'm here for!
24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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Great Spring Break!

Reviewed By LJ - Miami, FL | Traveled to Georgia ~ USA
Gunes took the time to answer all of my questions and reached out to Sea Island on my behalf several times as COVID protocols changed. Great experience!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I am so glad that you enjoyed Sea Island Resort! I'm happy to help you plan your next family vacation.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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Luxury Disney World Vacation!

Reviewed By Jana - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Amazing! Gunes was with us every step of the way, from brainstorming, to planning, to the day of and throughout our trip. She has so much helpful knowledge that she is willing to share to give us the best experience based on our personal wants and within our budgets. I was most impressed with her getting us a great package for a new Disney resort that was of utmost luxury, while staying within budget. Gunes was able to recommend flights, hotels and dates, but also gave us multiple options to choose what works best for us. She also gave us park recs and restaurant recs, and helped us make reservations as needed. She was essential in giving us a trip that we will remember fondly forever and a trip that for the first time was stress free for me because I knew she had it all handled!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I am so very happy that I was able to provide you with a stress-free vacation experience! My goal is to always take care of the details so that you can relax.
23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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A magical time at Disney and Hogworts

Reviewed By Les.lie - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes planned our trip to Disney/Universal. The trip coincided with our daughter’s birthday and Gunes made sure the Disney magic was not spared. When an issue arose with our stay at Universal, Gunes swooped in to handle it so we could focus on our time together. Since the trip occurred shortly before the pandemic hit the US, those memories have been getting us through these tough times. The kids reminisce about our adventures often.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I am so happy to hear that you all have such great memories of your vacation! It was my absolute pleasure to assist and make this a magical experience for your family.
23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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Planning the perfect family trip

Reviewed By Mara G - Miami Beach | Traveled to Kiawah Island ~ South Carolina ~ USA
Gunes has been so helpful planning the perfect trip for my family. She is thorough and accommodating and a pleasure to work with.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Thanks, Mara! It's been my pleasure to assist you with your vacation planning needs. I love helping busy families find the perfect destination for their next vacation.
22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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Multi Talented Agent.

Reviewed By Chas - St Louis, MO | Traveled to Lisbon ~ Portugal ~ Europe
Gunes invests the time and effort to understand what our travel wishes are and makes recommendations that fit the circumstances. I have booked from luxury to mass market, and each trip fits the circumstances
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Thanks so much for your review! I really like to get to know my clients and help them choose the best vacation for their needs. Here's to more travel in the future!
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Vegas baby!

Reviewed By Christine I. - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
Always excellent, insightful and efficient service! Gunes has restored my enthusiasm for working with concierge travel advisors (vs. trying to do it all on my own over the internet!). Gunes adds personal touches that make you crave planning your next adventure and she makes the process seamless and stress-free!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I really appreciate your kind words! It was my absolute pleasure to help you plan your Vegas vacation, and I can't wait to help with your next trip.
20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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No worries Mon! My trip is in great hands!

Reviewed By Abby - Montello, Wisconsin | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Gunes really hears what it is that I want in a vacation. She has the knowledge and follow through to help with all the details of my dream vacation. She is a pleasure to work with and it is a great comfort to know she will handling our travel arrangements. She was genuinely excited about my trip and that just added to he fun!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
It's been such a pleasure to work with you as well, Abby! I love to make travel planning fun for my clients. I can't wait for you to go on your trips!
20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Family vacation to Disney World

Reviewed By Christina - Palmyra, PA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes was VERY helpful, knowledgeable, prompt, and SO SWEET. . I will use for for everything in the future!! You won’t find a better agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I am so glad you and your family enjoyed your vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort! I love planning Disney trips and cannot wait to plan more trips for you in the future.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Universal Studios Christmas vacation

Reviewed By Rae - Ashburn, VA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes was very helpful in booking our Universal studios vacation. She was responsive with correspondence and made sure to update us on COVID changes taking place during our time there.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
It was my pleasure to assist you with your Universal vacation! I'm looking forward to helping you plan your next trip.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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A trip to remember

Reviewed By Leslie - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
I wanted to take a last minute trip to Universal and was having a hard time finding an avaliable hotel on the property. Gunes was able to take this headache off my hands and found that an on property hotel was reopening in time for our trip. It was a huge relief to have someone take this off my hands and book a few other experiences as well.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
It was my pleasure to assist you and take the load off!
18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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Exceptional Disney Trip

Reviewed By MBG - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes is thoughtful, organized and a great communicator. She planned the perfect vacation for my family and I had zero stress. My daughter gave the trip a 10,000 on a scale of 1 to 10!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I love that rating! Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm looking forward to helping you plan your next vacation!
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Great Winter Getaway

Reviewed By Mid Atlantic Traveler - Arlington, VA | Traveled to North Carolina ~ USA
She was very responsive and came up with some great vacation options that met our interests and budget. We enjoyed our family trip to the Outer Banks over the New Year holiday!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your holiday vacation and look forward to planning more trips for you in the future!
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Great Disney Trip!

Reviewed By Joelle D. - Miami, Florida | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes was excellent to work with when booking our Disney trip! She handled everything from start to finish and helped guide us when we asked questions about available experiences. So grateful to have worked with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
You're so very welcome! I love assisting my clients with Disney vacations and am so glad that you enjoyed your experience.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Stress Free Travel for Moms!

Reviewed By Jana Nataraj - Mechanicsville, VA | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Gunes excels in planning family trips. Once I tell her what I’m looking for, approximate dates and budget, I know I can leave it to her to get me the best experience. She goes above and beyond to make sure we have the best options and information for our travel. With both our Disney and and Nickelodeon trips, I was able to be stress free about our actual travel plans because I knew I had Gunes on my side. Gunes also is able to integrate all travel components together into a cohesive plan such as airport transfers etc so you can relax on your trip. I refuse to plan travel without Gunes ever again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Wow - thank you so much for this review! I strive to make life easier for busy families (especially moms!) by taking care of all the details and being your partner in travel. It was my pleasure to assist you, and I cannot wait to help you plan your next trip!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Memorable trip with the kids to Universal

Reviewed By Holly - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Gunes did a fantastic job planning my vacation. She took the time to get to know me and understand my goals for the trip. That allowed her to make personalized recommendations. She was responsive, organized and handled the details so I didn’t have to. My trip was so much less stressful knowing the logistics were taken care of. I had a blast and will be using Gunes again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I'm so very happy that I was able to make your vacation stress-free and that you enjoyed everything! Your kind words make me smile. I can't wait to assist you with your next trip!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Solo Escape

Reviewed By Chas - St Louis | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Gunes is a true professional, keeping an eye on key travel milestones notwithstanding the constantly changing COVID environment. This was designed as a cold weather getaway that could also be relaxing. All came together nicely, and I thank Gunes for making it all come together.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
You're very welcome, and thank YOU for your kind words! I look forward to assisting you with future trips.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Perfect Girls Trip!

Reviewed By Natalie - South Berwick, ME | Traveled to Mexico
Gunes was so patient with me! We planned one vacation over a year in advance, then changed the dates, then cancelled and rebooked a different vacation. She was fabulous in making sure we knew all our options and helped every step of the way. I can't thank her enough for a brilliant vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
Thank you for your kind words! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your vacation, and I look forward to helping you plan your next trip.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Family Vacation

Reviewed By Kristyn Ferguson - Potomac MD | Traveled to Kiawah Island ~ South Carolina ~ USA
Gunes arranged our stay at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island and took care of every detail, big and small. Thank you for arranging a stress free fantastic family vacation. From the ocean view upgrade to the thoughtful macaroons upon arrival, we had the time of our lives. Thank you Gunes!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
You're so very welcome! It was my pleasure to provide you with a premiere vacation experience, and I cannot wait to help you plan the next one.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Tahiti-Bora Bora trip of a lifetime.

Reviewed By Christine I. - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Bora Bora ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
Gunes planned a trip of a lifetime to Bora Bora and was proactive in every step along the way! This was so appreciated and essential given the ever-changing rules with COVID travel. Ultimately, we had an AMAZING experience as we were expertly guided by Gunes though all of the details from the initial booking options, to flight/transfer logistics, to international regulations & constant rule changes . We can't thank Gunes enough for her expert guidance! Before I knew what questions to ask, she anticipated our needs and made our arrangements and travels as stress free as possible.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I'm so happy that you were able to enjoy beautiful Tahiti during this bucket list trip! I am very glad that everything went smoothly and was happy to assist you every step of the way. I can't wait to help you plan more vacations in the future!
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Back to cruising again!

Reviewed By Travel junkies - Richmond, VA | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
We have had Gunes help us plan multiple family vacations at all different price points and to a variety of destinations all over the US and the world. Each experience has been top notch with excellent customer service, excellent advice, and real-time updates that have made our travels smooth and as stress free as possible. Thank you for always delivering on our high expectations!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
It's my pleasure to assist you with your journeys around the world! I'm happy that your cruise went well and am looking forward to helping you plan your next adventure.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Best Anniversary Cruise

Reviewed By Fevzi - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Gunes did outstanding job with our recent Mediterranean cruise! This trip was my 30th year anniversary gift to my wife. Gunes went out of her way to ensure that everything went well with our vacation including air travel, airport pick-up and drop-off, hotel accommodations, excursions planning, and COVID travel restriction updates. She was extremely responsive and provided timely guidance and great recommendations from the beginning until the end. I will definitely consider using Gunes’ services again in the future. She was wonderful to work with!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Gunes Hopson responded:
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your anniversary cruise and am excited about helping you plan your next trip!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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