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Elaine Upton

Bethesda, Maryland Travel Agent
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DESTINATIONSCaribbean, Europe, Yucatan, USA
LANGUAGES English, French, Spanish
CERTIFICATES & AWARDS CTC, ACC, Graduate Disney College of Knowledge, Certified Tauck Agent
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Elaine Upton

Bethesda, Maryland Travel Agent

Disney Specialist & Leisure Travel Consultant

For more than 30 years, I have traveled the world while helping others explore new destinations. My passion for travel began as a young child when I went to Walt Disney World with my family and stayed in the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. This passion only grew over time, particularly as I studied French and Spanish and went on a European tour to practice my skills.

My personal traveling experiences and my extensive industry knowledge make me the best travel agent to plan your next adventure. I specialize in booking:

  • Cruises — Cruising is incredible because it seems you can hop on board a luxury liner and head to nearly any destination. I've booked popular Caribbean cruises, 110-day cruises around the world and unique cruises to unknown destinations, such as a cruise through The Maritimes in Canada.
  • European Tours — In particular, I love to book trips to Great Britain and France for my clients. However, I'm also familiar with lesser-visited destinations such as Hungary and the Czech Republic.
  • Disney vacations — I'm a Disney College of Knowledge graduate who has personally visited the Disney parks in Florida, California and France. I love helping first-timers book their initial magical trip to Disney and walking them through the process.

As I create itineraries for my clients, I find myself adding destinations to my own bucket list. Recently, I had the chance to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa for a family with young teens. Their tour included a safari in Zambia, a tour to Victoria Falls, a desert trek in Namibia and a cultural experience in Cape Town. While they were in awe of all the fantastic sights they saw during their journey, they were most impacted by the local people and their art, music, dance and delicious food.

I want to help you make memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. Contact me today to learn more!

From a happy and loyal customer...

We have had very good experiences with Travel Place and recommend it highly. Elaine Upton, who has been our contact, is a lovely person and has patiently sat with me planning at least two trips with very complicated travel planning. She is conscientious and professional and very concerned when anything has gone awry (not her fault)! It took us a while to find Travel Place but we are not going anywhere else. Diana J.

Customer Testimonials

"Could not have been better"

I wanted to send you a note to thank you for all your help and wonderful insights in planning our family vacation. Our trip could not have been better! Your hotel choices, transport arrangements and all the little details really were fantastic. I certainly would not have been able to plan nor book the locations and travel with the expertise and knowledge that you did. We’ll very much look forward to having you plan our next adventure! Thank you again,

Provided by Eric H, Chevy Chase MD

Amazing Holland and the Netherlands

I wanted to thank you very much for our trip. We had an amazing time and can't wait to go back! We look forward to working with you again for our next adventure.

Provided by S + S, Bethesda, MD

River cruise perfection

I want to thank you for doing such a great job in putting together our trip! I fell in love with Paris which I wasn't expecting and the Moulin Rouge was amazing! The river cruise couldn't have been more perfect... impeccable service, food and accommodations. Everything was so well organized I didn't have to think for 2 weeks. I also loved all the port towns we visited and Prague was so lovely and fun to walk. Thanks for holding my hand and getting me there!!!

Provided by BW, Delaware

My Reviews

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

Many wonderful trips - Budapest, Norway, Greece, P

Reviewed By Happy traveler - Washington, DC | Traveled to Norway ~ Europe
Our grown children wonder why we still use a travel agent when it's easy to book everything yourself online. Elaine has saved us many hours of time and frustration over many years making our travel arrangements for vacations to a variety of places. In addition to her own knowledge of locations, she's able to tell us about the experiences of many of her clients - a great source of advice. We'd recommend Elaine to anyone!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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21 of 40 people found this review helpful

Beyond the call of duty

Reviewed By ilanafog - Washington, DC | Traveled to Rio de Janeiro ~ Brazil ~ South America
In 2015, Elaine helped us identify and purchase an elaborate triangular itinerary—flights from Washington to Europe and then straight to Rio to attend the Olympics in August 2016.

We were pleased with the affordable price she was able to secure for the flights, which made our trip viable. However, we were even more pleased with how she helped us undo those tickets last week, when we came to the sad decision of not attending the Olympics due to the many problems Brazil is facing right now.

In addition to dealing with our kids’ disappointment of missing the games, we were very concerned about the financial implications of changing flights at this point. Luckily for us, Elaine went out of her way to figure out how to reroute our tickets and still ensure that part of the money will be refunded by the airlines.

We are extremely grateful for her effort and time, and will consider Elaine our go-to travel agent for years to come!

Washington, DC
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thanks very much, Ilana. I'm sorry circumstances forced you to cancel your trip to the Olympics, but I am glad we were able to keep it from costing you money to change the airline tickets. I will be happy to help you with future travel. Elaine
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5 of 9 people found this review helpful

Fun family vacation

Reviewed By Harrison - Bethesda, MD | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Elaine has helped our family with a number of family vacations, including international and domestic trips. Our most recent trip was to France. Elaine coordinated and booked multiple hotels, train travel and a rental car for us. Elaine is knowledgable and easy to work with. We have used Elaine's help most with creating itineraries and booking hotel and ground transportation and transfers. She also offers helpful information about tours and sightseeing options for our destinations. She understands our preferences and creates a vacation that meets our needs and expectations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 9 people found this review helpful

Splendors of the Rhine

Reviewed By Janet - Alexandria | Traveled to Europe
Very thorough, very knowledgeable and details worked out beautifully during our trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thanks, Janet. I'm glad things went well. Elaine
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6 of 12 people found this review helpful

Ongoing Travel

Reviewed By Jack - Chevy Chase, MD | Traveled to Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She is professional and courteous and prompt in arranging trips.
We like that she is willing to arrange all our travel, short trips and longer vacations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 13 people found this review helpful

Around the world and much more.

Reviewed By Bill on Block - Block Island, Rhode Island | Traveled to Ushuaia ~ Argentina ~ South America
Elaine is always very responsive and great to deal with even when our travel requests are challenging. Over many years she has booked a diverse variety of cruises for us and found us accommodations and extras. We are often pleasantly surprised by what she has found for us. At this point she anticipates our needs and desires and presents useful options to us.
She has booked 100 plus day world cruises, trips to many corners of the globe accessible by sea, plus much more prosaic Caribbean Sea trips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thank you, "Bill on Block" (I like that)! It has been a pleasure sending you around the world over the years. Here's to many more "sea days"! Elaine
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18 of 39 people found this review helpful

Elaine is the best!

Reviewed By Bud M. - Coronado, CA | Traveled to Europe
Elaine has been and is the most competent, professional and caring travel consultant we have ever dealt with. Her assistance and advice throughout many small ship cruises and hotel accommodations over the years has been nothing but superb. Elaine is the best!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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17 of 40 people found this review helpful


Reviewed By Elana - Washington DC | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa
Elaine was wonderful! I called her 4 months before my honeymoon with nothing booked and a long list of things I wanted to do, and she made it all happen! Our trip was wonderful and everything ran smoothly. A few weather dependent activities were cancelled, but we had great alternatives and that was of course out of anyone's control. Thank you Elaine for a wonderful and memorable trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thank you for your review. I am so glad you had a wonderful and memorable trip; I enjoyed working on it with you. We'll have to try again sometime for those "weather-dependent activities"! Elaine
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13 of 36 people found this review helpful

Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By CeCe - Bethesda, MD | Traveled to Southern Africa
Elaine is top-notch. Her care is personal and her investment is thorough. I would never do a large trip without her guidance and care. She helped us create an unforgettable journey through Southern Africa which included curating and footing the bill for a very special evening treat in Cape Town. This was a dream come true.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Elaine Upton responded:
Thank you so much for this review. It was a joy to plan your trip, with the help of a good Africa tour operator, and I am so pleased it was a trip of a lifetime! Elaine
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