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Cleopatra Islar

Cheverly, Maryland Travel Agent

An independent agent with KHM Travel Group in Brunswick, OH, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Travel Professional & Global Cruise Specialist

My name is Cleopatra Islar. I am an author, speaker, and group travel and cruise expert.

Learning new cultures and languages is my passion. Therefore, after working with international development organizations for over 35 years, and traveling to various countries, I authored and published My Odyssey from Guyana to America - via Africa

My Odyssey is a timeline of wanderings, tragedies, triumphs and new beginnings. This book became the catalyst for C&G Global Connections Travel.

Services include facilitating the following:

  • Destination weddings
  • Group and family cruise travel
  • Reunions
  • Retreats
  • Solo travel
  • Safari travel


I have worked with a wide range of clients, including:

  • Wedding parties
  • Church groups
  • Companies
  • Avid travelers

Because of my relationships and training from top suppliers, I know exactly where to go to find the most updated prices, newest products, and special promotions.

This helps me to better assist my clients in planning their vacation, business travel, retreat or cruise, and to make wonderful memories.

Expert Guidance:

With years of industry experience, I have both the knowledge and first-hand experience to help my clients decide which destination or resort is best for their needs.

I provide a wide variety of travel options from a number of different travel suppliers to countless popular destinations.

Plus, I have all the travel information needed - from the best attractions to see, the most exciting activities to do, and the most affordable ways to get there.

Value

I understand that some clients may feel limited by their vacation budget. That's why I am dedicated to helping them receive the best possible value. Best of all, they'll receive all of my professional guidance at no extra cost!

Personalized Service

As a personal Travel Agent, I'll devote time and effort to making sure my clients are happy with their travel options. If they need any assistance, I'm just a phone call or e-mail away. My clients receive the immediate attention they not only need, but also deserve.

Time Savings

I know exactly where to go to get information needed, and can find travel options within seconds.

Planning a vacation with me will save my clients both time and money because with some effort and organization, I'll handle all of their travel arrangements.

Unbiased Information

My clients can be assured that I'll do my best to make their travel experience as wonderful as possible. When they book travel through me, I work for them, not the travel supplier. 

My main concern is always my clients and their unique needs.

Client Testimonials

Beautiful Island of Martinique
Beautiful Island of Martinique

"This was one of the best vacations that I've had in years. Cleo took care of every detail. We stayed on a stable part of the ship, had a balcony, and had anytime dining. Our 6 year old loved Camp Carnival.

All excursions were thoughtfully planned. I didn't have to worry or plan anything, I was along for the ride. I highly recommend the Carnival Pride Cruise to friends and family. I will do it again in a heartbeat."  - John R.

"My contact with Ms Cleo has been a wonderful experience. She is a wonderful agent. She made sure that our trip to Jamaica was the best. She was patient with my questions."

My Reviews

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

Absolutely Fabulous!

Reviewed By Isabel - Springfield,Va | Traveled to London ~ England ~ Europe
What a wonderful trip, everything went as planned. I would definitely recommend, Cleopatra Islas to my friends. Many thanks Cleo!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for choosing C&G Global Connections Travel. It was an absolute pleasure working with you.
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

35th Wedding Anniversary/Ft Lauderdale FL/Hilton Beach Resort

Reviewed By Timmy - Springdale, MD | Traveled to
Shout out to "C & G Global Connections Travel" for a great job in planning our recent 35th Wedding Anniversary celebration at the Hilton Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They took care of everything for us. Upgraded our seats on Spirit Airlines; secured a Junior Suite with a great ocean view at the Hilton; even had a Anniversary Card and some chocolate covered strawberries sent to our room on our actual anniversary. This isn't the first time that we received their special attention to details. They planned our trip to Hawaii in 2014. That trip truly was a trip of a lifetime. We'll be saving our dollars in hope of a vacation next year using "C & G Global Connections". Great job Cleo & Gerald. Ya'll good people!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

First Class, all the way!

Reviewed By Zandra - United States | Traveled to
I went on group cruise to Alaska via Vancouver coordinated by Cleopatra. I was very impressed by the service and the professional manner it was executed. Cleopatra went above and beyond to make the trip stress free, memorable and enjoyable. I will definitely use her services again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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I asked & received

Reviewed By Swicy - United States | Traveled to
I asked for a trip with all the bells and whistles, Cleo found what I was looking for, put the wheels in motion & I was pleased with the prices, and services. I would definitely use the services again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Relaxation and fun for the whole family!

Reviewed By Have Kid, Will Travel - Washington, DC | Traveled to Playa Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Cleopatra is well organized and responds to questions and requests in an incredibly timely manner. I have some flying anxiety and prefer to fly non-stop flights only, and Cleopatra was able to find us a non-stop flight that didn't appear on any of the regular search-engines. A wonderful experience all around and would definitely make use of her expertise for future travel plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for choosing me to meet your specific travel needs. It was a pleasure working with you to plan and execute the perfect family vacation. I look forward to helping you with your future travel plans.
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The Most Beautiful Trip.

Reviewed By Genae - Cancun | Traveled to Mexico
Ms. Cleopatra was an exceptional travel agent to myself and my spouse. She was fast on her feet whenever I needed.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for choosing me to help you plan a wonderful vacation. I look forward to helping you with your future vacation travel plans.
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The best family vacation by far

Reviewed By Cherif - Waldorf, MD | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
This was the best family vacation trip by far. The Island was wonderful and kids friendly. It was a stress free for my family. All we had to do was pack and travel. Would definitely use her services again for my next family vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for sharing feedback from your recent family vacation and for your review of my services. I look forward to helping you with your future travel needs.
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Best trip of our lives

Reviewed By Bert - Clarksville TN | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
It was great she always answer every questions. She gave on time information and it was correct. You could always reach her even on weekends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for taking time to submit a review. It was my pleasure working with you.
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A great experience

Reviewed By SK Heard - University Park | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She helped whenever their was a situation needing her assistance. Also assisted in online confirmations, document retrieval and change of travel plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank You! It was my pleasure working with you. I look forward to working with you for your future travel needs.
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Creating Memories!

Reviewed By Satisfied/Happy Family - Clarksville, Md | Traveled to Baltic Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea & Mediterranean countries
Thank you for continually working with our family in planning all of our exotic vacations! Looking forward to many more opportunities as we create family memories!!! Job well done, Cleo & highly recommend your services without reservations!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for your review and recommendation of my services. It has been my pleasure working with you and your family. I look forward to helping you plan more exotic trips in the near future.
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

I felt like a VIP!

Reviewed By Sherri C - Washington, DC | Traveled to Europe
From beginning to end my trip to London and Paris was fabulous. Transportation, accommodations, and tours arranged were high quality. I truly felt like a VIP! I am sold, I will definitely use Cleopatra Islar for all of my future travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
I am always grateful for feedback from my clients - especially when they have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of their vacation. Thank you for your review of my services. I look forward to servicing your future travel needs.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Dream Honeymoon!!

Reviewed By Keita Marville - Columbus, OH | Traveled to
Our South Africa honeymoon was a life changing experince and more than we ever expected it to be. Cleo was nothing short of amazing in planning our dream honeymoon. We had several changes that needed t be made during the planning stages and she work tirlessly to make sure our requests were still met. This was not easy as we were making adjustments during their busy season but she got it done. My wife and I would recommend booking with her and if you are looking for a getaway vacation, no matter how long, she'll make sure each day is action packed and you'll walk away with an amazing experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

CLEOPATRA MADE A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS An EXTREMELY MEMORABLE ONE!!

Reviewed By SIMONE - London, England | Traveled to
Cleopatra has been exemplary in her organisation of our 7 day trip to Las Vegas. Our stay in the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo was faultless. We visited the Santa Monica Beach during our Los Angeles trip. The show, Hitsville was a Hit with me. The food at the Mandalay Hotel and other eateries was superb. Overall...it was a delightful and glorious trip!!! Well done for an excellent holiday!!!! Can't wait for another trip!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Cleopatra arranged our group travel and the trip was awesome.

Reviewed By Cancun - Cancun, Mexico | Traveled to
Cleopatra did all of the work, the flight and hotel was easy and awesome. Cleopatra arranged round trip travel from the airport-hotel that worked out very simple with no problems. The hotel staff worked hard in ensuring we had a comfortable stay along with the food at the resort was top-notch. All I can say now is thanks and looking forward to doing business with you again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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European Honeymoon for my son

Reviewed By MFW - Maryland | Traveled to
Cleo was wonderful in helping to plan my son's honeymoon. I gifted he and his bride a trip to Paris and Rome. Cleo was flexible as I had many requirements and made many changes to the itinerary! She was always professional, kind and caring in her approach. My son and my new daughter-in-law had a fantastic time and we are all grateful that we entrusted Cleo to handle the arrangements.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Trip to Punta Cana

Reviewed By zj - Washington, DC | Traveled to
Cleopatra planned a trip for my husband and I to Punta Cana in June. She is very knowledgeable and very quick to respond. The service she provided was excellent and we had a wonderful time in Punta Cana.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Cleopatra planned the trip of a lifetime!!!

Reviewed By Auntie Neen - Phila. | Traveled to
Our trip to South Africa was well planned through careful research and follow up. Cleopatra's attention to detail is AMAZING and was reflected in every aspect of this trip. Each day brought new memories that surpassed those of the previous day!! If you want a well planned, memory filled vacation, Cleopatra is the right lady for the job!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

South Africa

Reviewed By Cliff B. - Washington DC | Traveled to
I want to thank Ms. Islar and her team for successfully planning a ministry trip for our group to Johannesburg, South Africa. The entire trip was a success from departure to arrival and returning the USA. I will be calling on your services for our future travel needs. thanks a mil. !!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Cleopatra lifted a heavy weight of my shoulders.

Reviewed By Saliha - Washington, DC | Traveled to
Cleo lifted a very heavy weight out of my shoulders. during my emergency trip, Cleo understood my distress and took care of all my trip arrangements. While oversea, she helped me to make changes to trip without any problems. She is very efficient, friendly and takes care of her customers. I would highly recommend her to all my friends Thank you Cleo!
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

She exceeded our expectations in ensuring that our birthday vacation would be awesome!

Reviewed By VJ - Maryland | Traveled to
Cleopatra understood the type of vacation that we wanted and asked the questions to ensure that she satisfied what would result in her planning a wonderful vacation for us. Everything was clearly mapped out and we had no concerns from the time we arrived to the airport and returned home following our time away. We appreciate her being available as we had questions during the process and her professionalism. We highly recommend her to others and look forward to her planning our next vacation. I travel a lot and she is the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

I left everything to Cleopatra.. and she did an outstanding job.

Reviewed By Fara - DC | Traveled to
My first time on a cruise and Cleo helped my hand every step of the way. Very knowledgeable, very helpful and full of good energy that makes you get excited about your vacation! I will definitely use her again and most certainly recommend her to my friends. Lovely lady.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Extremely helpful & flexible!

Reviewed By Jenn - Washington DC | Traveled to
Ms. Cleo was extremely helpful and flexible in planning this trip. Life happened for me, and I had to change my date and she went out of her way to make sure I knew what I was booking and what types of activities were available at my destination. I felt completely satisfied with our choice on the place I stayed. I will definitely work with her again in booking another trip! :)
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My return to Zambia

Reviewed By I.B.M.S - United Kingdom | Traveled to
It has been over 22 years since being back home in Zambia, and indeed for most of my family also. A trip was organised to make this long awaited journey back home to visit friends and family we've not seen over the years. From booking the flights, accommodation and excursions, Cleopatra coordinated it all very well and I would recommend her be commended for her effortless direction. Would recommend - YES!
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She is the best!!

Reviewed By Chief - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to
Ms. Cleopatra was very professional and demonstrated patience and kindness when planning our trip to Jamaica in 2013 . We will always use her traveling agency for future travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Cleopatra Islar

Reviewed By Precious - Brooklyn, NY | Traveled to
She was very professional, helpful ,always willing to assist you in any way she can. She kept in touch with you to make sure any problems you had were resolved..
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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An excellent planner....attention to detail superb!!!

Reviewed By Simmy - London, United Kingdom | Traveled to
Cleo made sure that no "stone was left unturned' when it came to planning and executing the finer details of our trip. Little touches such as little 'welcome treats' in our rooms made the overall experience a beautiful and memorable one!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

She did all the work

Reviewed By Preciouswall - United States | Traveled to
Cleopatra was prompt with returning calls and making sure you were completely informed as to what was going on and left nothing to guessing. She did all of the leg work on just showed up.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Family Reunion to Remember!

Reviewed By Gloria - Waldorf, MD | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Ms. Islar was very helpful and primarily responsible for the selection of the cruise our family took that proved to be the best quality and most economical. Ms. Islar personally assisted each family member through the reservation process, coordinated and processed incremental payments, and kept my family abreast of the options and added features the cruise line provided. Her guidance made the whole process painless and overall enjoyable. I would definitely use her services again for any future cruises and/or non-cruise vacations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for selecting me from amongst a long list of agents on the Travel Leaders website. It was my pleasure working with you and the members of your family located in various parts of the USA. I am pleased that everything went well and I look forward to helping you with any future travel plans.
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Great trip

Reviewed By S.Kay - University Park, Il | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She was very helpful and answered questions quickly and completely. She also paid attention to details for all of us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank You! Looking forward to working With you again in the future.
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Wonderful Experience!

Reviewed By ISJENN - Decatur, IL | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Very good experience! Cleopatra Islar was very prompt in her responses to us and very easy to work with. Enjoyed the experience. If there was an issue, she was on top of it and answered questions thoroughly.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for trusting me to help you plan your family reunion. It was a pleasure working with you.
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The Royal Caribbean cruise was refreshing.

Reviewed By Luvzip - Los Angeles | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Ms. Islar was very professional and responsive to our needs. I highly recommend her for travel services and look forward to working with her in the near future.
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Great trip

Reviewed By Polly - California | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She has a lot patience and tolerance with clients
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for your review. My greatest satisfaction is knowing that I have done the best to ensure that my clients feel comfortable and have a pleasant experience while planning their vacation with me.
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Great trip

Reviewed By Polly - California | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
She has a lot patience and tolerance with clients
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Honeymoon!

Reviewed By Marc J. - Baltimore, MD | Traveled to Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
Cleopatra is very friendly and informational.

Introduced to me by a close friend and kindly offered to plan my honeymoon to Los Cabos, Mexico.

I admit I am a bit indecisive at times however Cleopatra was patient with me while deciding my honeymoon location.

There was no pressure to buy and gave useful advice on what to avoid.

I truly appreciated her wisdom in this big decision. Add to that, I have no buyers remorse :)

I'll definitely recommend and book future trips with Cleopatra!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
I am very pleased that you enjoyed your honeymoon in Cancun. It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you for using my services.
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Exceptional vacation trip from start to finish!

Reviewed By JG Family - Washington, DC | Traveled to Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We are a family traveling with the three T’s—toddler, teen-ager, and twenty-something adult. Cleopatra Islar worked with us and came up with the perfect trip to meet everyone’s needs. She offered excellent suggestions for travel destinations and ensured we had superb accommodations and travel arrangements to Jamaica including a special surprise for our wedding anniversary. This was our first experience utilizing a travel agent for our family vacation and we were truly impressed. Ms. Islar is extremely prompt, courteous, and readily available if you have any questions or concerns. We have already asked her to start planning our trip to Barbados for next year. It is reassuring to know that we need look no further than Ms. Islar for all our future travel plans.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
I truly thank you for trusting me to organize your family's vacation and am pleased that you had a remarkable and memorable experience. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and I look forward to helping you plan more amazing family vacations.
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Trip to Costa Rica

Reviewed By Brittini - Washington, DC | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Mrs. Cleo was very knowledgeable about the vacation destination and booked our flights accordingly. There wasn't any long layovers and the hotel check in was very smooth. The trip was an overall success from the hotel to our first class seats on the flight!! I was really pleased with everything and I'll definitely be using Mrs. Cleo again soon!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for sharing your experience. It was my pleasure working with you.
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3 of 8 people found this review helpful

My First and Best Planned European Vacation!

Reviewed By Ancelia - Temple Hlls, MD | Traveled to England ~ Europe
Outstanding from beginning to end. Our group of 4 went to London and Paris, a total of 10 days. Everything was beyond my expectation. Cleo did not miss a beat, she even communicate with us while we were away, to ensure everything was in order. I could go on and on, but I will close by saying: if you are looking for a Good travel agent, I highly recommend Cleopatra Islar service. I will be using her services for all my future travel plans and will recommend her to anyone looking for a travel agent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Thank you for your review of my services. I enjoyed working with your group. I look forward to helping you with your future travel needs.
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Cleo made planning as easy as 1,2,3! Job well done!

Reviewed By Jane - Meditterranean | Traveled to
Thank you for your great service and for making our Mediterranean cruise, flight and hotel hassle-free and pain-free!!! Awesome personalized planning services!!! We definitely created lasting memories for our family! Thank you for being a part of our awesome adventures! I highly recommend the Mediterranean Cruise WITH port excursions to anyone. We explored Barcelona for 4 days before boarding the Royal Carribean Vision of the Seas ship. Our kids (9 & 12 yrs old) enjoyed all excursions and took away several educational experiences/information. Kids below 9 yrs old with short attention span might not enjoy the excursions and therefore affect the parents' experiences in the process.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Overall rating is a 5

Reviewed By Sh is a gem. - New York, NY | Traveled to
Cleopatra is very profesional. She always got back to you with any concerns you had and assist you in any way she could. i.e I couldn't find my luggage due to a medical problem which occurred on the ship and she helped us through it all the way. She is very nice.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great travel experiences!

Reviewed By Anthony & LaWuan - Waldorf, MD | Traveled to Los Cabos ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
We have booked several trips with Cleo and enjoy working with her everytime. She always has a pleasant attitude, is very professional and really goes above and beyond to ensure we have a trips that are enjoyable and memorable. Our most recent trip to Mexico was one we always remember. This year we celebrated our 9th anniversary and were really surprised with extra amenities at Cleo's request that were provided by the resort. Thank you Cleo!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
Pleasing our clients is our number one priority. We are happy when our clients are happy. Thank you!
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The best trip of our lives!

Reviewed By Patrease - Lanham | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Our experience was simply amazing! I was glad to work with Cleopatra because she was very helpful with finding the right vacation for our price point and needs for a special honeymoon. I appreciated her giving us option and also recommending places that we didn't think about before.

Our stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was something MAGICAL. It was my first time out of the country and I felt so safe traveling. I also appreciated the care that we received when got to the airport in Mexico.

Cleopatra is the BEST!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cleopatra Islar responded:
It was my absolute pleasure working with you. Thank you!
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