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Daniel Oppliger

Surprise, Arizona Travel Agent
An independent agent with Davisville Travel in Davis, CA,
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Avalon River Cruise Specialist, Riu Resorts Specialist, Marriott Hotels Specialist, Solar Eclipse Travel Specialist, MSC Cruises Specialist

Daniel Oppliger

Surprise, Arizona Travel Agent

An independent agent with Davisville Travel in Davis, CA,

Avalon Waterways River Cruise Specialist

When investigating European river cruises, I asked myself "What is the difference?" The difference is amazing once you step on to an Avalon Suite ship. The bed is angled and facing the river. By doing this and adopting the "French Balcony" concept, the cabin is automatically larger, about 200 sq feet,' We have sailed on Avalon Waterways, Budapest to Amsterdam and are very familiar with many of the ports and activities available on Avalon. We have also traveled extensively in Europe.

My Travel Specialties

Daniel & Shirley

Avalon European River Cruise Specialist

Rather than rehash many blogs on river cruising we are going to concentrate on the things that made our Avalon Waterways river cruise so special.

We arrive in Budapest two days early. We stayed off the water about a mile for about ... Read more from my Avalon European River Cruise Specialist bio.

Daniel near Pucon Volcano Chile

Adventure Tour and Cruise Expert

I am fascinated by the unique, the unusual and the adventure of travel. It's the reason I organize trips around the world that are designed to delight all your senses!

One of my first excursions was trip to the Baja Peninsula for ... Read more from my Adventure Tour and Cruise Expert bio.

My Travel Experiences

Walk of the Sacred Way
China is to Be Experienced
Turkey Yacht Charter
25 Plus Years of Travel Experiences
Dinner aboard Avalon Expression
Avalon River Cruise Waterways

Customer Testimonials

Turkey Yacht Charter Sailing Cruise Special

Dear Dan, We're finally home and finished traveling for the moment, so I wanted to give you a little report on the trip to Turkey. In a word, it was great. There were a few surprises, but it all worked out very well. The Tussock yacht was beautiful and the crew couldn't have been better. There was a traditional Turkish dish served at each meal, all very well prepared and delicious, and the wine and drinks were abundant. (Well, a few of the passengers griped when they ran out of gin, but vodka and tonic seemed an acceptable substitute to me.) It was booked as a astronomy, nature and archeology cruise. One of the best things about the trip was the good people we met. You know Alan and Gail, and we couldn't have asked for nicer travel companions. You seem to have a feel for the kind of travel we like best. Whatever you do, I wish you great success. And we thank you for launching us on another fine holiday.

Provided by Janet D, Playa del Rey, CA

Holland American -Singapore Solar Eclipse Cruise

I'm sorry that I did not get a chance to write sooner. Still trying to catch up from the trip. All went well. The group was an interesting bunch and a good time was had by all. Singapore is an exciting place, but way too hot and muggy to properly enjoy. We took advantage of several excursions and they all paid off well. The eclipse was perfect. Sailed to a clear spot and got a nice place on deck to watch the whole thing. Accommodations pretty good, but not as nice as the Dawn Princess. Food on ship good. Food on land a bit spotty but recognizable. I want to thank you for arranging the drink packages for me and Cathy. They worked out well for both of us. With the high temperatures, we drank a lot of water. Those flights are so long and the planes more uncomfortable than ever. Once again, thanks for everything. Another successful trip! Bob

Provided by Bob W Somers Point, NJ

My Reviews

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

A very memorable trip

Reviewed By Brewery Man - Shotley Bridge, United Kingdom | Traveled to USA
Frequent and accurate communications. He suggested someone I could share accomodation with and saved both of us a significant amount.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thanks T. We have matched several men and women over the years to save them both money. I hope you enjoyed my talk in Idaho Falls.
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sailing on ther Mandalay

Reviewed By new - Indianapolis, IN | Traveled to St. Maarten ~ St. Martin ~ Caribbean
Daniel helped me find hotels, restuarants, and dock site for my Mandalat sailing trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you M. I was my pleasure to help with your sailing adventure.
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7 of 14 people found this review helpful

An Amazing Tour Experience

Reviewed By 'Astro-Dave' Reneke - Sydney Australia | Traveled to Wyoming ~ USA
I found Daniel to be courteous and thorough in his approach to organizing the many tours he schedules. I was especially impressed by his attention to detail - working well in advance to ensure a smooth transition between client, tour manager and venue operators. I also thank him for his confidence in me as an enrichment speaker and eclipse guide during the recent eclipse tour of August 2017. It made my contribution all that much easier having Daniel's expertise backing me up. I highly recommend Daniel and his company to anyone looking for a well run and value added tour package.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thanks Dave, I think you may have left a note earlier. Ok not to approve.
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10 of 20 people found this review helpful

Total Eclipse Cruis: Turkey

Reviewed By GlenL - Ft. Collins, CO | Traveled to
My wife and I toured Turkey in 1999 on Tropical Sails’ Eclipse Cruise. It was our best vacation ever! We got to explore Greek ruins, enjoy local food and culture, and see a total solar eclipse all while living on one of two 80 foot “gulets” (sailboats.) Our twenty or so fellow travelers made a good-sized group, and our ship’s crew was professional, friendly and the crewmen were also good cooks! All of Dan's arrangements for the ships, our knowledgeable tour guides, shore transportation along to historic sites on the Aegean coast, in Istanbul, Gallipoli, and on the Black Sea were smooth and problem free. Experiencing the total solar eclipse from our gullet (boat) while on the Black Sea was simply awesome! We look forward to traveling with Tropical Sails again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 12 people found this review helpful

All Three Times Were A Charm!

Reviewed By Charlie - Cohasset, Massachusetts | Traveled to Idaho Falls ~ Idaho ~ USA
It has always been a pleasure. We have done three eclipse tours with Dan. The first was in 1998 with Star Clipper in the Caribbean. Then came Holland America in Indonesia in 2016. Finally last summer we actually did a land trip to Idaho for the Great American Eclipse. We got the post card for the Indonesian and Idaho eclipse in 2015 the day I was raking snow off the roof. We immediately booked them both. His agency is a delight to work with. Every step is planned well in advance, and the process is simple. All three adventures were flawless - including seeing the eclipse! All three experiences were very different, but we felt comfortable, safe, and appreciated. The mix of people on all three trips was incredible, and everyone found someone to be close to.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I wish I could have been with you on the first two trips. As you know we had multiple groups for each tour.
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9 of 20 people found this review helpful

Encouraging, knowledgeable, but not pushy

Reviewed By Hooked on Cruises Now - Peoria, AZ | Traveled to
My husband and I booked our MSC cruise to the Caribbean through Dan. He was great. He suggested the cruise line as he was looking for best options all around, including price. It was perfect for us and we had a great time. Dan presented the material and was encouraging but was not pushy and I really appreciated that. He also followed up with a reminder and well wishes and a few things for us to be sure to pack and that was helpful and showed me that he didn't just book us and forget us. We will definitely work through Dan on another excursion.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

An Amazing Eclipse Experience

Reviewed By 'Astro-Dave' Reneke - Sydney, Australia | Traveled to USA
I’m proud to be associated with Daniel Oppliger and his world renowned travel company Tropical Sails Corp. Dan recently invited me and fellow astronomer Cliff Watson to host one of his sold out tours in August this year as astronomy guide for the much heralded ‘Great American Eclipse!

All places stated were visited, nothing was any trouble for the organisers and we enjoyed a fabulous coach drive throughout the tour with detailed and friendly commentary highlighting landmarks and other important points of scenic interest.

We Started from Salt lake City, traveled into Utah, and Wyoming against the backdrop of the Grand Tetons, onward into Yellowstone National Park. I had the pleasure of lecturing to and guiding a fantastic group of passengers throughout the eclipse experience. I'll always remember the camaraderie we shared.

I’ve traveled extensively with many tour companies but never felt more comfortable or confident as I have with Dan and Shirley’s company, Tropical Sails. R
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

Great tour – hope to book again!

Reviewed By Plany - Vienna, Austria | Traveled to Yellowstone National Park ~ Wyoming ~ USA
It was a great experience. Everything was well organized, and the choice of the sub-contractors was excellend, especially the choice of tour director Steve Kaverman: the right person on the right job. This man has a charisma with people. Also, the river float on the raft was a great idea. As for the clipse, the choice of the place to see it was the best idea : far away from traffic jams and places, where "everybody" tries to watch it.

Some little thing (but that's outside the reach of Tropical Sails and the subcontractors): while the accomodations were ok and nothing to complain about – in terms of value for money –, it's amazing how little space some hotels avail to the guest, not for the persons, but for the things these persons want to unpack....
All together: great! We'll recommend Tropical Sails to many!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for your kind words.
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9 of 21 people found this review helpful

Dan the man

Reviewed By GregB - Coldstream Australia | Traveled to
What a great guy and extremely knowledgeable. Had a great time when we went on our cruise and was made even better by Dans presence.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 18 people found this review helpful

First total solar eclipse

Reviewed By Tom Collins - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Idaho Falls ~ Idaho ~ USA
Daniel provided us with a complete itinerary in an area where accommodations were scarce.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 22 people found this review helpful

Gre experience with Dan and Tropical Sails Corp

Reviewed By John G - Moss Beach, CA | Traveled to Turkey ~ Middle East
1999 Solar Eclipse Gulet Sail trip (mostly motored, as the winds were not in the required direction at that time of year) from Tropical Sails. We did, and we all had the best time! Turkey was an eye-opening, positive experience.
We were on the Sultan, which was (is?) a wonderful gulet (yacht) with an expert crew (the cook was fantastic!). The location on azure seas, great food & drink, fun and enlightening shore excursions, and Dan (Tropical Sails) ensured we all enjoyed our entire trip. The itinerary was well thought out, and somewhat flexible... We didn't go on one shore excursion but stayed on the yacht and swam in the indescribably turquoise blue Mediterranean... During the walking tour of Ephesus I walked off to explore several alleyways on my own... Fantastic!
For the eclipse we sailed to the center line and had perfectly clear view!
I fully credit Dan (Tropical Sails Corp) for setting up the cruise and trip. It is one of the most unforgettably wonderful experiences of my life
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you John. See you August?
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5 of 19 people found this review helpful

Excellent Vacation by Dan

Reviewed By Art - San Francisco, CA | Traveled to
Dan helped put together an awesome vacation package a few weeks prior to a total eclipse through Tropical Sails. Exotic islands, Proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and an Eclipse all packaged together into a well organized schedule. He really went out of his way to help put this together at the last minute for me and my brother and he was very knowledgeable and responsive, keeping me informed of all possibilities. If I could give more stars than 5 I would. I highly recommend Dan.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 23 people found this review helpful

Fun Tour of Turkey

Reviewed By Chuck Kansas - Dallas, Texas | Traveled to Turkey ~ Europe
I spent a lot of time researching a Biblical Tour in Turkey. I found that the Tropical Sails company quote was 40-50% cheaper than other companies for the same itinerary… and this caused concern why so cheap??? I called up Daniel and talked with him. He was very kind and knowledgeable… and had personally been on the Turkey trip before. I decided to use him.

The trip in several ways was one on my favorites. The tour guide and driver were so kind, timely, and professional… more than I was expecting. The quality of the hotels and the food were once again more than I was expecting. A couple times I had a balcony facing the Ocean. The itinerary was just as advertised. It seems the people are working to get return customers and good reviews. I am not used to getting more than I expected.

I really think Daniel’s company is doing the research to find the best deals. I found that Daniel is an honest person. I plan to check with Daniel again to ask him what good deals he has co
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Charles, I am pleased that the tour went well. Thank you for your kind words.
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