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Ria Maratheftis

Bayside, New York Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

The Travel Nook® Group Tours & Travel

     Born to Greek immigrant parents and a mom who is blind, my entire life has revolved around guiding & hospitality. We traveled a lot growing up.  Each road trip was about exploring & sharing.  As I grew older, each journey got longer, more intricate & more memorable than the last. 

     This passion continued & I've been committed to providing travelers with peace of mind, quality service & amazing memories professionally for over 15 years. I launched The Travel Nook® in 2014 & am very fortunate to work with the most reputable hoteliers, airlines, cruise lines, tour providers & transportation suppliers. I continuously research, educate myself & inspect destinations to bring you the most current developments, travel trends & best product for your budget. Some of my highlighted services include:

  • Multi-Generational & Family Vacations
  • Ocean & River Cruises
  • Customized Group Tours
  • Student & Youth Educational Tours
  • Custom Concierge Bucket List Travel
  • Foodie, Music & Sports Tours

   Don't see your destination or have special need or request?  Just ask!  I have a great team & we'll make it happen seamlessly!  So whether you're a group leader, or on tour with a large organization, traveling solo or with your family -- You'll receive the care, attention & a remarkable travel experience from the early planning stages to well beyond your return.  Every step of the way.  

Why I do what I do?

Immersing myself in local Curacao culture. 2013
Immersing myself in local Curacao culture. 2013

Imagine the delight when my busy day is interrupted by a phone call or media share from clients thanking me, while still away? How about the joy of booking a child's trip, their college venture, honeymoon & then new family trip?  How wonderful to be part of a family's history as they grow!  Our guests are well informed & are taken care of throughout their entire journey.  That's something NO online service provides.  This peace of mind sets us apart & keeps them coming back.  I love what I do.  And although I may never be a millionaire, my passion for making memories has made me rich.

My Reviews

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Amazing Family Adventure Time

Reviewed By Brenda - Melville, NY | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
From start to finish, Ria and the Travel Nook were ultimate professionals. She planned a cruise in a limited time frame for my family of 16. Ria has a wealth of knowledge and she was always willing to answer any or all of our questions and concerns. Ria's attention to detail for 16 people of various ages was outstanding. She personalized the trip of all of our needs. She even made sure the youngest traveler felt special by having his birthday celebrated by the staff. If that is not enough, she personally visited my elderly parents to explain the amazing details of our once in a lifetime vacation. I highly recommend the Travel Nook!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Brenda, I appreciate your positive feedback about our travel services. Group travel requires lots of attention, as no two families are alike. We do take pride in catering to our guests’ needs the best way we can. Thank you for being such a great group leader! We welcome you to The Travel Nook family and look forward to planning your next adventure! Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Southern Sunsets!

Reviewed By Bennyboombatz - Ronkonkoma, NY | Traveled to Fort Myers ~ Florida ~ USA
PERSONALIZATION! The key part of that word is person, which is what you get when you work with Ria on your vacation. She is a specialist with many, many years of being in the business. Ria has vast resources to customize and personalize your specific vacation. I had worked with Ria on my vacation and will continue to do so in the future. If you are looking for someone to book your next vacation, look no further and book with Ria!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Benny, Thank you so much for your continued loyalty. Sometimes revisions are necessary... And many times they are blessings as we ended up with an ideal itinerary & one happy family! We are thrilled to have been part of your family outing & look forward to hosting you again soon. Best always, Ria Maratheftis
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A wonderful vacation

Reviewed By Jerry - New York | Traveled to Charleston ~ South Carolina ~ USA
Ria was extremely helpful and was available to help resolve any issues that came up during our vacation. Not only did she book the trip we wanted, but, she also provided helpful tips on where to go and what to see while at our destination.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Thank you so much for your positive review. Destination guidance is just one of the services we offer that separate us from other agencies. We give you the basics, and leave you plenty of freedom for awe, exploration & discovery on your own! We look forward to planning your next journey!
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Awesome

Reviewed By AMD - New York | Traveled to
Ria was so fantastic. She is caring and very, very attentive. She had every detail figured out and even came over to my Mom's house to personally hand her baggage tickets. She even helped her decide between outfits. We could not have asked for anymore. Thank you again Ria for everything!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Thank you so much for the opportunity to hosting your mom on her first cruise ever! The process is often overwhelming & it was a pleasure (and so sweet) to attend to her concerns, inquiries and yes... outfit selections! Home visits & hand-delivered documents are often part of our personalized service and what sets us apart from online booking agencies. Thank you for acknowledging our dedication to our Travel Nook family!
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Personality and Professionalism: best combo!

Reviewed By Marge Dee - Oakland Gardens, NY | Traveled to
Ria recently helped my family with planning for a road trip from New York City to Sarasota, Florida. She has a warm friendly personality and she approached out trip with a true feeling of caring about our needs. Her recommendations regarding restaurants and attractions along the way were completely on point and added to our enjoyment. She even gave us packing tips and recommended a navigation app which we found very useful. She was quick to respond to questions by email or phone calls. Ria is charming and knowledgeable and I will definitely seek her expertise on my next trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Marge, Thank you for your positive review! Road trips are trips that remain with us forever. We've spent lots of time on the road and are so happy to have made your Florida road trip a pleasant one. Now that you'll be making college trips to Chicago you've hit the jackpot with great destination opportunities! We're ready when you are! Thanks so much, Ria Maratheftis
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Very helpful and knowledgeable

Reviewed By Kristina - Albany, NY | Traveled to Singapore ~ East and Southeast Asia
Ria helped me book a trip to Singapore in July 2017. She was great! She even helped me find a cheaper flight than I had found when searching for the dates I was looking for. When receiving our tickets in the mail, Ria gave me the heads up that I should receive them, and had everything covered in the package. The tickets came in an organizer, where I was able to store all our important papers for the trip. It even had a checklist of what to pack to make sure we did not forget anything on our trip. This was very useful to us, as there were things on the list we hadn't even thought to bring originally. The package even included luggage tags for our suitcases. I've worked with many travel agents before, and none of them were as knowledgeable and helpful as Ria was for our trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Kristina, We're so pleased to hear about your experience working with us. We pride ourselves on preparing our guests with the best itinerary to suit your needs & all the information to make for it to go smoothly. All you have to do is enjoy! We hope you'll share your experience with friends & family and contact us to assist planning your next exotic adventure! Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Wonderful trip made better....

Reviewed By rhkfreespirit - New York, NY | Traveled to Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
We had a wonderful Viking Cruise on the Danube through the help of Ria at the Travel Nook. Ria is truly a professional who made sure all the travel plans were booked and in sync with us and Viking from the time of the booking until the end of our trip. She provided great information in preparation of our first time river cruise and gave us the attention of a valued client when we had just met her through highly touted recommendations.

We can't wait for another adventure using her expertise and guidance
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
RHK, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed working with us. We invest lots of time and care into our Guest's itineraries. We work hard to make sure you don't have to! We do hope you enjoyed your first river cruise experience so much that your friends will join you next time around! An official... "Welcome to The Travel Nook family!" We look forward to planning your next journey. Ria Maratheftis Owner, Operator The Travel Nook
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Ria to the Rescue

Reviewed By Queen Bee - Wantagh, NY | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
My husband and I have planned our vacations with Ria of The Travel Nook several times. Most recently, we took a cruise with all of our children, grandchildren and significant others. After locking everything in for a cruise to the Bahamas, my daughter announced that she was pregnant and her doctor told her not to travel to the Caribbean because of the Zika virus. Ria was able to reschedule the entire group on a cruise to Bermuda instead without costing us extra money. We enjoyed the vacation of a lifetime, thanks to the Travel Nook. I can't even imagine working with anyone else.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Mary, We thank you for your kind words and continued loyalty. Multi-generational trips are one of our favorites to plan, and despite the hiccups we are so thrilled that we were able to accommodate your family's needs without incident. It is very rewarding to be part of all these wonderful memories & your family history as your family continues to grow! Yours in hospitality, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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flight times perfect

Reviewed By Rob - FLUSHING | Traveled to Miami ~ Florida ~ USA
Friendly, confident and and helpful in planning the trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Rob, So glad we were able to help you with your first cruise vacation! We look forward to hosting and assisting you with your future travel needs! Best, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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My Daughters Sweet Sixteen

Reviewed By Richard - New York | Traveled to
From the minute I step on the plane until I came home my family trip was outstanding. Ria put together a package together for my daughter Sweet 16. It was everything my daughter wanted. Everywhere we went we were given the royal treatment, we had no issues, and they were waiting for us. My son has a peanut allergy and every place we ate knew it and took care of my son, And that is why you would choose Ria as your agent. I have been on many family vacations but by far this was the least one I had to worry about because Ria was in charge of the entire trip. I felt completely relaxed.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Richard, Thank you for your positive words. We are so delighted that you chose us to coordinate your daughter's sweet 16th birthday vacation! We are sure the memories will remain with her for years to come. We look forward to having you back with us soon for your family's next milestone celebration! All the best, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook.
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2nd Surprise Honeymoon...Success!

Reviewed By TheColemans - Maryland | Traveled to
As the recipient of this surprise trip I rate the trip, the itinerary and Ria's availability across the states A+++. We arrived at 8:00pm local time and she was responsive with a solution to our concern about the airport shuttle; seriously! How many travel agents are awake awaiting the safe arrival of their travelers? The week was planned as I would have planned it and I am a fanatical trip planner when I go away. We got to see all the key sites on Ria's recommended tours, without incident. The room of our hotel (centrally located in the Financial District) hosted the most amazing view of the city; we settled in and rose to the view of Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge; breathtaking and hard to leave after a week! Seeing Alcatraz was on my bucket list; The Travel Nook met and exceeded my expectations of our trip to San Francisco. This was a trip my husband and I needed and it was planned to perfection. This is our 2nd trip with the Travel Nook and definitely not our last.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Coleman Family, Thank you for acknowledging our personalized services and attention to detail. Planning a surprise vacation is so exciting for us! The anticipation of the reveal & the joy it brings is so rewarding. We know these are memories that will remain with you forever and we are grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of them. We look forward to celebrating more of your family milestones in the future! All the best, Ria Maratheftis
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She made it really special

Reviewed By Queen Bee - Wantagh, NY | Traveled to
My husband and I needed to get away after a particularly stressful time in caring for aging parents. The timing coincided with our wedding anniversary. Ria saw to it that every detail was taken care of, along with a couple of lovely anniversary surprises. Thanks to Ria, planning our trip was completely stress-free and the vacation itself was delightful.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Queen Bee, How lovely to hear we were there for you when you really needed it. Life is full of stressful times, and planning a vacation shouldn't have to be one of them. Thank you for allowing us to plan your special and relaxing event. We look forward to hosting you for your next milestone celebration. Happy Anniversary! Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Life saver!!!

Reviewed By Dani - New York NY | Traveled to
Ria is a huge blessing.. She has helped my family on numerous occasions from flights to excursions. She is fabulous and I wouldn't plan a trip without her help!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A LIFE SAVER!

Reviewed By Rebecca - Cedarhurst, NY | Traveled to
Initially I was going to book my trip to Ireland on my own but decided to use Travel Nook. Smartest thing I ever did! I got the lowest fairs possible. Ria's excellent advice saved me time, money, and complications. I had to contact her at crazy hours, and she was always available. I was able to count on her for last minute changes and hassles. This was a rather complicated trip and Ria took ALL the stress away!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Rebecca, We are so happy we were able to make your Ireland trip a success! Part of our services include advising you on particular products or options suitable for your specific travel situation. Being accessible is also something that sets us apart. We are happy to have taken the burden off your shoulders, and your pocket... Leaving you all the time to enjoy in Ireland with your family! Looking forward to your next adventure! Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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NYC Trip

Reviewed By Rich - New Youk, NY | Traveled to
Theresa and I want to Thank you so much for our weekend. We had a great time. Everything was perfect, the meal, the room, and the play. It was the perfect romantic weekend!!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Richard, It was such a pleasure to plan your long overdue adults-only New York City weekend. We were happy to take all the hassle off your shoulders, so all you had to do was enjoy. We can't wait to plan your next Broadway getaway! Best, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Disney expert extradinaire (sp?)

Reviewed By Skimom - Montvale, NJ | Traveled to
Ria learned it was our twins first ever trip to Disney World and she helped to make it even more magical. Her recommendations were dead on from where to stay, what rides we had to try, to character meals. Her input was invaluable and our trip was that much better because we used her. I always recommend Ria for any trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Skimom, Planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be completely overwhelming and time consuming for busy families. From the Princess dinner & Jedi Academy to the Pirate's League we were so happy to help make your twins' first visit a very special one. We can't wait to plan your next family adventure! Thank you for your photos and media referrals. They are a testament to your happiness and satisfaction. They are greatly appreciated. Have a magical day!
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A Successful Family Trip

Reviewed By Family of 9 - Mount Pleasant, SC | Traveled to
Nice family trip to Universal Studios, Island of Adventure, City Walk, Legoland and Disney Springs. Lots of information and recommendations provided. Brochures forwarded ahead of time to help with planning along with dining suggestions. Detailed review of rides and shows as well as a "game plan" for tackling the crowded parks. Would highly recommend The Travel Nook and Ria! Thanks for helping our family with ALL the planning.
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Exceptional Holiday Planning!!

Reviewed By Julia - Thailand | Traveled to
"My mother & I had an amazing time in Asia!! Everything was arranged perfectly....zero hassle, wonderful accommodation, tours, & great staff. Thank you Ria for all your assistance and support throughout the planning :) You really exceeded our expectations and I truly appreciate it! I will definitely refer The Travel Nook...and be back myself!" -J &J , Conn
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Julia, We are so happy you had a wonderful experience visiting Thailand! Having accessible communication and a good support system while overseas is one of our service perks. Thank you for sharing your lovely Thailand photos with us. We look forward to planning your family's next adventure! Yours in hospitality, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Trip to Greece - family of 5

Reviewed By Alex K - Garden City, NY | Traveled to
Ria, researched our options, handled all the bookings and arranged our flights and hotels. She provides exceptional customer service and offers a personalized touch. If she doesn't know something she will tell you and then go get the answer. Our trip was uneventful which is a good thing. Everything went smoothly and all hotels and flights were as described. We highly recommend The Travel Nook.
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Best Service Ever!!!

Reviewed By effie0121 - Queens, New York | Traveled to
The Travel Nook is a great agency with a personal approach. I've used them many times and they are always very helpful and supportive. Ria handles everything with the great care and therefore coming to the agency makes you feel you are among friends. That is something that Expedia or any other online booking site will never deliver.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Effie0121 Thank you so much for your positive review and your continued loyalty. We have had lots of fun planning your family trips over the years. With a growing family, we understand you need for specific requests and support. This is what separates us from the rest. Fall has arrived and we look forward to hosting you on your next family holiday outing! Thanks for your referrals and media shares! All the best, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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She made planning stress free and easy

Reviewed By Alex - Whitestone, NY | Traveled to
Our school went on the Lancaster & Hershey Park School Graduation Trip. Ria made the planning so simple and easy for me on the school end. She explained everything form A-Z to our parents and staff. Everything was done as planned. From the bus to the hotel it was exceptional! We will definitely use the Travel Nook for all of our future trips and recommend to everyone!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We have a long history of student group tours and it's always a treat to see young minds learn, explore and have fun! Overnight school trips require specific planning with faculty and parents. You were an excellent and pleasant group leader that made our job easy. We look forward to hosting your school's next outing! All the best, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Fabulous Florence

Reviewed By Elizabeth - New York. NY | Traveled to
Ria ensured our trip to Florence was truly an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. She made great suggestions which resulted in our trip being so much more fulfilling and enriching than it would have been. She paid great attention to all the details, which allowed us to immerse ourselves and fully enjoy and appreciate everything which makes Florence great.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ria Maratheftis responded:
Dear Elizabeth, It was such a pleasure to plan your trip to Florence. We worked hard to make sure we strategically planned your must-sees without being rushed, and gave you the destination insight for you to explore during your free time at your own pace. We thank you for your referrals and look forward to planning your next international vacation! Ciao, Ria Maratheftis The Travel Nook
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Requirements and Expectations were NOT MET!

Reviewed By Family Vacation Disaster - Bayside, NY | Traveled to
A 27 person family vacation celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary, and two 80th birthdays. Needless to say, an important event! We were booked at an all-inclusive in Punta Cana with poor service across the board, awful food in every restaurant, and numerous room issues that Ria failed to address. Several family members became sick including the matriarch of the family after eating at her anniversary dinner. She was unable to leave her room for the last 4 days of her vacation. The Travel Nook, clearly failed to understand our family's needs and expectations, and thus, the vacation we were all looking forward to and worked so hard to attend was a disaster!
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