Linda Young DS, MCC

Greenville, SC United States
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari
  • Ocean Cruising
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising


Destinations
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Botswana
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Selling Travel Since
1988
Languages
  • English
  • French

My Background

I orchestrate travel dreams. I discover what my clients' interests and priorities are, then design a trip for them that fulfills their desires. My repertoire: I have been traveling all my life, and for the last 29 years taken at least 6 educational trips a year with cruises; tours, including custom, private and group on six continents; hotels, sights, shopping, restaurants, wineries, other special opportunities, just like my clients demand, in order to plan for them. To satisfy my own passions, I have visited archaeological sites & museums all over the world; and read histories, non-fiction, historical fiction, biographies, art books of all areas to which I travel. I have sailed on 65+ luxury cruises on six continents; many trips to Africa for safaris (love the mountain gorillas!). Other things that are important to me when I travel that I can offer insight to my clients: photography is my specialty; culture is integral to travel, and I am always looking for interaction; adventure travel, also, makes it even more fun when the venue presents itself. Having done all these things with the best suppliers worldwide, I am in a unique position to give my clients the most exhilarating experiences possible, based on their desires, and budgets, wherever they wish to roam.

Places I Have Traveled


Memberships 

Virtuoso Alliances
  • Virtuoso Voyages Specialist

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Very Thorough. Execllent Knowledge of many destinations!

By: FLK


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

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Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

we loved every moment of our trip to France.. Linda is the way to go! Thank you Linda

Highly Recommended

By: Wine lovers


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

We had a fabulous trip to the champagne and burgundy regions of France and Paris. Richard and Karen DeBondt led us on an informative and most enjoyable tour through these areas. The accomodations, transportation, food and wine were all 5 star experiences. We cannot wait for our next trip.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

By: NATE


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Linda is a true professional in her chosen field of being a travel advisor. She seems to have the pulse of what are the best options to be considered for her customers based upon their needs to enjoy a cruise to be booked.

Outstanding.

By: Carl


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Highly Recommended

By: LeeS


Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2013

Linda and her staff did a wonderful job planning our family's first trip to Walt Disney World. We had some unique requirements, and they all worked with us to get everything accomplished to our compete satisfaction. We had a fantastic time, as usual, and will continue to use Linda as our agent.

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2013

We were very pleased with the entire Linda Young staff. Our trip went exactly as planned and the Virtuoso excursion was really nice. We are already working with Linda on our next trip.

Highly Recommended

By: Jebvet


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

We love the trips that Linda puts together for us. She always does a great job and we continue to use her even though we no longer live near her office. You can count on quality places to stay and count on her recommendations for guides and things to see and do

A flawless experience; outstanding service

By: Keller


Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2014

Linda Young and her staff have organized a complicated summer of family trips, including 3 river cruises and a safari to Kenya and Tanzania.  they dealt efficiently and pleasantly with 14 members of our family, meeting individual requests, satisfying all concerns, and patiently answering all questions.  Linda's suggestions about hotels and transportation were spot on.  her follow-up was virtually instantaneous.At age 80, I have enjoyed a lifetime of travel, but never with so satisfactory an agent.Thank you for the opportunity of commending Linda Young's agency. 

Tauck River Cruise in South of France

By: Carol


Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2014

Fab, fab, fabulous!!! This trip begins in Paris and ends in Monte Carlo.  The time on the ship couldn't have been better.  Food and drink galore, great people and wonderful sights.  Go if you can!

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 07 May 2014

The Grand Canyon trip that I took with Virginia was wonderful.  What an incredible part of our country. As usual, Tauck did a great job and our tour director, Don Dunkle, was so well informed and kept us amused with his stories and a wonderful sense of humor.  He was the best ever.  Everything went without a hitch.

Outstanding Knowledge and Service

By: Val and Gary


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014

Linda and her staff arranged our Tauck trip to Switzerland.  Every aspect was handled knowledgeably and professionally.  We couldn't be more pleased with the service she provided.  We would recommend her to anyone interested in complete and careful trip planning.

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2014

Highly recommend.

highly recommend

By: Nonna


Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2014

Linda Young helped us plan an African Safari for our family.  She suggested having a private guide for our group of 10, and recommended Gavin Ford of "Africa Inscribed".  He was wonderful and the trip was beyond all of our expectations.  Thank you Linda.

tauck

By: tauck


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2014

The trip was great. Young Travel did a wonderful job in all respects. We'll do it again. Jack Kuhne

Wonderful help on France Trip

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2014

My wife and I recently enjoyed a Backroads Biking trip to part of France along with an extension in Paris. Young Travel and Cruises did a great job, as usual, in helping us make our travel reservations seamless.

Great Trip

By: Birdman


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2014

Great hotel suggestions, arrangements, and planning. Thanks!

"DOWN UNDER "

By: NORTH BAY


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2015

WITHOUT A DOUBT THE DESTINATIONS/ACCOMMODATIONS IN NZ &AUS WERE TRULY EXCELLENT....AS WAS THE ITINERARY ITSELF. THE LOGISTICS OF GETTING THERE AND GETTING AROUND IN -COUNTRY COULD STAND SOME IMPROVEMENT....STARTING WITH A VERY COHERENT FLIGHT SCHEDULE BEFOREHAND ..IN PRINT AND IN ORDER....WITH NO SURPRISES LIKE FINDING OUT IN LA THAT ONE NEEDS A VISA TO ENTER AUS FROM NZ AND HAVING TO SCRAMBLE TO GET ONE AT LAX. ALSO THE INTRA COUNTRY FLIGHTS WERE TOUGH RE SEATING AS OFTEN TIMES WE WERE SEATED IN ROWS IN FRONT OF EMERGENCY ROWS AND AS SUCH SEATS DID NOT RECLINE. ONE WOULD THINK THAT WITH ALL THE LEAD TIME AND COST INVOLVED MORE THOUGHT COULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THIS ASPECT. BECAUSE OF THE REALITY OF THERE NOT BEING AN ALTERNATIVE WE HAD TO TAKE VIRGIN AMERICA TRANS-CONTINENTAL BOTH WAYS...SIMPLY THE WORST...EVEN IN FIRST CLASS. DIRTY/UNKEPT A/C AND FOOD THAT SIMPLY WAS TERRIBLE.....NEVER AGAIN. HAVING SAID ALL THAT RE FLIGHTS. I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THE TRIP OVERALL WAS "AWESOME"

amazing trip

By: travelers2


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2015

Absolutely had the perfect trip for my birthday celebration! Every detail and minute was picture perfect and the only downside was I had to come home! Linda and Flo were spot on with our timing and also helpful hints to every special thing the Windstar has to offer. We would do this exact itinerary and trip all over again. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Windstar / Windsurf /Yachtsman Travelers2

The best travel agency there could ever be

By: Blondnan


Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2015

Linda"s agency is the very pinnacle of what an agency should be. They work as a team and took care of all of my concerns. I cannot praise them enough!!!

understands our dreams

By: DCK


Reviewed on: 10 May 2015

Linda, alerted us to this special cruise before our inexperienced research would have known about it. She helped us understand how to value the trip in terms of our happiness and the dreams for common experiences that she had learned from us. Linda made the future adjustments in our plans easy and continues to think of our "dreams" as she shares announcements.

KCF

By: KCF


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2015

A splendid experience involving 9 countries, 3 continents and over a dozen family members. Virtuoso assured premier treatment at all hotels and flawless transportation. Linda Young Travel and Cruises provided superior planning and implementation (as well as tea and sympathy) for all our participating family members. We cannot say enough good things about their staff. They are worthy of being partnered with a company of your outstanding reputation. KCF

fantastic trip

By: Bobbi and Al


Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

First, let me say that Young travel has been our travel agent for the past 20 years! The service and attention to details are always perfect. First Linda Young and Flo Banks arranged our 12 day cruise from Barcelona to Venice. Flo was able to get us a balcony at the end of the ship which was large enough for our friends who were traveling with us. Linda and Flo suggested several places we should visit during our stay in Barcelona before the cruise and in Venice and Florence after the cruise. This time we arranged private tours through Linda with Jim at CorkandTee tours. We arranged 5 private tours. The private tours were not that much more expensive than our group tours we arranged ourselves. All of the tour guides and our driver to Tuscany were so well versed in their knowledge of the different places they showed us.. Al and I learned so much from all of them. They also had great personalities and we felt like we had made new friends! A wonderful trip all around!!

Superb Trip Planning

By: Dodge 720


Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2015

Linda and Flo did a super job planning our cruise and advising us on options and excursions. My wife and myself could not ask for more out of a travel agency. I highly recommend Linda Young and her staff

Italy the right way

By: Tim C


Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2015

Linda did an awesome job. She selected wonderful hotels and even change one when she had it checked out. It just happened to be one that I requested but her network of people told her we might not be happy there. We checked for out when we were there and she was right! Everything was laid out in our itinerary down to how much to tip and who we didn't need to tip. All of our tour guides were top notch and really made the trip so much better. She has a fantastic amount of knowledge about Italy and wants you to have her love of the country. Next time we go to Italy we will be using Linda.

Very pleased with the results

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2015

Our recent trip was a combination of a Med cruise followed by 8 days in Italy. Everything was planned very well. We were very happy with our experience. The only two significant glitches were: (1) a problem with our Alitalia ticket for the Rome to Catania leg of our journey. The agent identified a problem with our tickets and sent us to the ticket purchase counter. I took about 20 minutes to resolve the issue. I still don't know what the problem was. The Alitalia agent said that it was a problem created by Delta. (2) The car (Audi) that we rented from EuropCar in Catania had a definite problem with stalling at idle speed when in "Drive". This was annoying and potentially dangerous, especially given the hectic pace of Sicilian traffic. Most of the time, when the car was put in "park", the engine would stop also. Also, the car was not very clean inside. However, I must add that, in my opinion, neither 1 or 2 were the fault of the travel agency. All in all, it was a great trip.

no response from agent

By: john41


Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2015

trip was great. I should have received a credit from the agent which I have yet to see.

Dream Anniversary

By: Jenny


Reviewed on: 26 May 2016

We recently returned from a Silverseas cruise to Asia. 2016 is a big anniversary year for us so when my husband found that Linda Young was planning a trip to Asia, he signed us up! I had always wanted to see Japan. What a trip! We saw sights and experienced events only imagined. We had two overnight land excursions - one in Beijing and one in Kyoto. We also had a special Virtuoso excursion in Shanghi. The transportation required several transfers from van, train or plane. Every detail was planned flawlessly. My husband loved having no responsibility and did not have to handle luggage. I do not like fish and was concerned about traveling in Asia. The ship offered excellent food for me and plenty of fish and exotic fare for my husband. And, did I mention we had our own butler on the ship?

Great Help at All Stages

By: Flash


Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2016

The folks at Young Travel & Cruises helped us at every step of the planning and execution of a most enjoyable trip.

Great Trip

By: ROW


Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2016

Pre cruise England and post cruise Rome arrangements were outstanding. Cruise was very good - ports, food, size of ship, crew, fellow passengers. Lucked out on weather.

Professional Service

By: TMD


Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2016

Every detail is taken care of. Insures a great trip.

Expert friendly service!

By: JP


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2016

Wonderful time & great excursions. Blessed with fabulous weather & great way to meet new friends.

Top-notch service

By: Chickymama


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2016

As always, our hotels were perfect! Restaurants met our requests exactly. All our guides were excellent but Edwin, our guide for Delft and The Hague was over the top! Even took us to his neighborhood cheese shop!

Great trip

By: Rep2413


Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2016

Our Holland America, Rotterdam, cruise from Montreal to Boston on 10-1 was great. Great ports, excellent service, etc., and to end in Boston for several days tops it off!

Wonderful cruise

By: Kim


Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2017

Working with Linda and her staff, Nancy and Flo was very easy. They provided options to every phase of our cruise. Hotels, excursions and advice on flights were included. Then they booked everything once a decision was made. Linda and her husband Stephen were the host couple on the cruise ship Muse. Her care and concern for all her guests was wonderful. We were very fortunate to have them traveling with us on this inaugural cruise of the Muse. We will definitely be calling her team again.

Danube

By: Betsy smith


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

Great, she is the very best!!!!

Trip down the Seine

By: Carol


Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2017

Linda Young was very easy to work with for this trip ! She is very gracious, friendly and answered all questions with enthusiasm. I had no doubt this would be a fabulous trip.

Travel planning

By: Mappie


Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

Best agent for pricing and getting deals and extras!

Working with Linda Young, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
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  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
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