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Daniel Oppliger

Surprise, Arizona Travel Agent
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Daniel Oppliger

Surprise, Arizona Travel Agent
Years of Experience: 25 plus
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Davis, CA
19 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Adventure Tour and Cruise Expert

Daniel near Pucon Volcano Chile
Daniel near Pucon Volcano Chile

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 85 people in an RV caravan to view the total solar eclipse from the warm embrace of La Paz, Mexico.

What started as a unique request for one customer has turned in to an adventure that has now been enjoyed by close to a thousand clients.

I have a creative and detailed approach to designing trips. Examples include: 

  • Chartering a Windjammer Barefoot tall ship for the solar eclipse off Guadeloupe. Chartered ships included the Fantome, the Polynesia, the Legacy, the Mandalay and the new Star Clipper ship.  This led to expanding our offerings to cruise ships! While we do enjoy the solar eclipse trips, they certainly aren't the only adventures we design for our clients!
  • A two week Turkey tour for 33 people sailing in private yachts past the Ephesus, the Dardanelles and Bosporus into the Black Sea.
  • A church group sailing the Route of St Paul, Ephesus to Fethiye, Turkey combines with Seven Churches and Cappadocia tours
  • Five Country African Safari covering 3000 miles through South Eastern Africa on safaris and riding in dugout canoes.
  • Silk Road Adventure in China- From the Great Wall to the Xian City wall and Terracotta warriors we traveled by air, plane, and bus the great Silk Road of China. History came alive as we ride bicycles around the Xian city wall and camels in desert. We also zip-lined down the mountain from White Pagoda Hill.
  • China Tour and Yangtze Cruise. The Great Wall to mahjong by the Temple of Heaven, our group visited all the sites in Beijing.  In Xian we saw the Terracotta warriors, on to the Yangtze for three relaxing nights with great floor shows each night.  In Shanghai we literally played atop the Oriental TV Tower.  Onto the gardens of Suzhou and Hangzhou we toured.
  • Yunnan and the Upper Mekong- Shanghai to the Flying Tiger land of Kunming we ascended to Shangrila along the Tea and Horse Trail to  Dali, Lijiang, to the monastery in the sky.  In Xishuangbanna we took a sky ride to find elephants. We cruise  the upper Mekong between Laos, Thailand and China we relax in the upper reaches of Thailand.
  • Australia and the Great Barrier Reef  My group cruised the Gold Coast of Australia visiting ports along the way. Koalas, trains, river and reef trips all for a great time down under.
  • Star Clippers Costa Rica & Nicaragua- I took a group on a tall ship sailing cruise from Puertoarenas CR to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua visiting Coco Beach, rivers, Isla Tortuga, volcanoes- all in the elegance of a tall ship cruise.
  • Press Trips- I have organized press trips for the LA Times, Islands Magazine, London Daily Mail, ANA Inflight Magazine, Huffington Post, Istanbul Star among others.
  • USA  Solar Eclipses have always been a specialty for us. We have booked lodges in Wyoming and Idaho exclusively for our clients.
  • Chile  I recently spent 13 days in Chile touring luxury boutique properties  and securing space for our Chile solar eclipse tours July 2019 and December 2020.

In the last 30 years, I have been in 60 countries, guiding groups through exotic locations and providing them with tools to fully experience the local culture whether that means the Chinese Opera, camel rides, zip-lining or hiking off the beaten path like the exotic Silk Road, Yunnan, China and cruising on the seldom seen upper Mekong River.

If you are interested in journeys for large or small groups or for individuals, my agency will provide you with extraordinary flexibility. We have expertise in China and Turkey.  We have contacts in many other destinations.  I have been providing clients with tall ship cruises for almost two decades. I have been offering European River Cruises and unique tours to my clients.

I am open to combine and adjust travel itineraries that best works for you. I have many tours though various suppliers to meet your needs. Tropical Sails Corp is committed to offering impeccable service.

We do everything to create a special and unique experience for you, no matter what you dream up we can make it happen!

Tours of Distinction

Value is the buzz word in travel today. Tropical Sails Corp works with and vets suppliers seeking value for its clients. As a travel professional, we aim of offer tours and cruises that have many inclusions. Today river cruising is taking service to new levels by including many items in your cruise. We offer European and other exotic river cruises. We continue to be specialist in China and Turkey, including yacht charters in Turkey.  We offer all inclusive resort packages in Mexico, Caribbean, & Central America. Europe, & Caribbean tall ship  cruises and cruises.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Avalon River Cruise Specialist
Riu Resorts Specialist
Marriott Hotels Specialist
Solar Eclipse Travel Specialist
MSC Cruises Specialist

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Israel Tour with Luxury Hotels

After the flight from PHX-LAX-IST-TLV began with a tour of the ancient city of Jaffa, which has a large Arab Christian population living side-by-side with the Jewish residents. We visited the ancient seaport, from which the Prophet Jonah fled from God (Jonah 1:2).Jaffa is the city where Peter stayed with Simon the Tanner ... Read more from my Israel Tour with Luxury Hotels story.

It Was Wine Time in Chile

In Santiago, the market was our first stop.  We had a lunch consisting of ceviche, calamari, shrimp, white fish and fries.  We began lunch with a pisco sour. I returned here for lunch on the final day of the tour. The bill for four of us was over $150. Our clients received ... Read more from my It Was Wine Time in Chile story.

Offbeat Places to See in a China Adventure

China is a place to go because it is so different. A quality tour will be full of experiences and not just being bussed from site to site.  A quality tour skips “shopping opportunities” and allows for authentic shopping and interaction with the locals. “Shopping opportunities” on many tours are subsidized by ... Read more from my Offbeat Places to See in a China Adventure story.

My Reviews

Rating: 4.9 19 Reviews | 100% Recommended

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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Special trip with special care

Reviewed By Plany - Vienna, Austria | Traveled to Argentina ~ South America
Excellent service. Especially the site for watching the solar eclipse was an optimum location. As we were the onl Europeans in the group, we had several special problems (payment etc.) but all this was handled efficiently and friendly.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for your kind words. We found a faster way to take oversears payments by using VEEM. It is faster than banks and much less expensive than credit cards or Pay Pay. An Irish client used NicePay and that was fast and efficient.
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trip

Reviewed By ev - Arroyo Grande, CA - Central Coast | Traveled to Thailand ~ East and Southeast Asia
professional, detailed oriented, knowledgeable, prompt....went above and beyond 'the call of duty'
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for the kind words.
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The best trip of my life

Reviewed By Alex - Farmers Branch, TX ( Dallas area) | Traveled to Chile ~ South America
It was great to be able to speak with Daniel personally via telephone before the trip. He was informative, responsive, interested and courteous and followed up appropriately with emails and correspondence
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for your kind wordsl
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July 2, 2019 Total Eclipse

Reviewed By Umbraphiles - Mesa, AZ | Traveled to Vina Del Mar ~ Chile ~ South America
The tour was generally well-planned and managed. The tour guides were friendly and helpful. There were a few little "glitches", but that is almost to be expected with any international travel that involves chasing a total eclipse of the sun. One factor that might work better in the future is to have everyone on the tour stay in the same hotel. For our trip we had two hotels in each of the two cities visited, and since they were a fair distance apart there was often a certain amount of confusion about meeting/finding the bus/timing and so forth each time we went to one of the various events. Logistics would have been much simpler if everyone had stayed in the same lodging.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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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Nice trip

Reviewed By Pinyonj - Pittstown, NJ | Traveled to Santiago ~ Chile ~ South America
Nice trip. Beautiful happy people, great time. Dan was personally involved, answered calls and was very responsive. Maybe its the culture in Chile, but the experience on the ground could have neen a little better organized. Overall, though, a satisfied customer.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A country wide tour to remember.

Reviewed By D.G. - Summerland, British Columbia | Traveled to Chile ~ South America
The Kimal group tour of Chile was just outstanding, jam packed with a wide variety of experiences that covered an impressive range of the multi-faceted nature of the country. Very well conceived and organized.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for you kind words.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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