Michael King ATC, DS, LS

Overland Park, KS United States
Great Getaways Travel, an independent affiliate of Largay Travel
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Honeymoons
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours


Destinations
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Antarctica
  • Botswana
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Selling Travel Since
2004
Languages
  • English

My Background

Now on the National Geographic Expedition team to assist clients. Do you ever truly wonder what’s around the bend of the road or just over the horizon? For as long as I can remember, I've had a sense of adventure.So, it’s no wonder I love designing and planning adventure vacations!

While home is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, I roam the world spotting the Big 5 in Africa, experiencing New Zealand, exploring Patagonia, or strolling with penguins in Antarctica,

Passionate about Africa, traveling there twice a year, I've introduced many clients to its magic and I'm recognized by the South African, Botswana, Tanzania, and Kenya Tourism Boards for my expertise.

Staying south of the Equator, another favorite destination is New Zealand and I am a certified Kiwi Specialist. Care to see the Milford Sound by Helicopter, jet boat the Dart river, golf or take a Hobbit or Lord of the Rings adventure?

I invite you to experience the world a la Michael King, a guaranteed adventure!

Places I Have Traveled


Memberships 

Virtuoso Alliances
  • Priority Travel Specialist
  • VAST - Virtuoso Active & Specialty Travel

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highly recommended

By: florida tom


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2013

never lets you down. inevitably, even the best plans sometimes go awry. Michael makes it good. this was our fourth trip with his planning and we will do more. first class all the way. expensive, but worth it.

Super

By: happytraveler


Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

Mr. King seems to have been everywhere and is knowledable about all the trips we have taken. He is able to find us good deals and always follows up to make sure he has done all he could to help us.

Very highly recommended

By: Stuart


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Michael is the consummate professional. Every aspect of your trip is planned and ready if you want. His specialty is Africa. We just returned from a trip to Zanzibar and Tanzania. He went on the safari with us. We'd go again is a heartbeat. He's also planned our past holidays and we are looking forward to our vacation in Vietnam next year.

Highly Recomended

By: J & S


Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2013

Michael was extremely helpful and on top of everything, even when there were unexpected problems. He was knowledgeable and also a great fried.

Highly recommended

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Superb job. Very well planned out.Will use again.

Highly Recommend

By: John


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Trip of a lifetime! My big bucket list trip. Michael did a fantastic job.

Another great trip - this time to China.

By: D2


Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2013

We just returned from a another great trip planned by Michael in conjunction with in country partners that he has personally vetted. His personal knowledge of the destinations, attention to detail, followup and knowing his clients travel preferences results in trips that exceed our expectations. We continue to recommend him to friends and have another extensive trip planned with Michael in 2014.

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2014

Michael did a great job putting this trip together for us. Great attention to detail in thinking through all the different options and nuances to make sure the trip went smoothly for my whole family. We had a blast, despite some of the external elements (the weather, etc.) that we had to contend with during the trip.

My Expert!

By: Dr. Marc


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2014

I put my trust in Michael to configure the vacation of a lifetime for my wife and me upon my retirement.  Billed as an expert on Australia and New Zealand (among a few others), Michael put together four weeks of unparalleled visual, sensory, gustatory and relational experiences, not to mention the (hoped for) physical challenges, luxury beyond expectation, and personal oversight during the entire trip.  I have very high expectations for people I work with.  Michael blew past them at every step.  My one "problem" is that my wife is demanding we start planning our next trip with him.  I'm not objecting...

Creative planner

By: Worldie


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

Multiple trips by Michael, with contacts all over the world.  He is able to solve routing issues, arrange side trips, etc. He can send you anywhere.

Highly recommend

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2014

so far it has been seamless. Great accommodations and tours

Highly recommended

By: aepmd


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2014

I have worked with Michael for roughly 2 years now and highly respect him and appreciate his abilities. My travel requirements are specific and often times require complicated planning in a short period of time with very little flexibility. Michael and his team have always accomplished this goal- no matter how remote or complex my travel destinations. I have been able to reach him anywhere and anytime,and he has made sure my travels are successful and stress- free. I have recommended him to multiple friends who have also had great experiences thanks to him. I have nothing but good to say about him and his agency, and look forward to working with him in the future!

Highly recommended

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 25 May 2014

Vicki25My husband and I enjoyed our vacation in France very much.  The guided tours to Versailles and Loire Valley were wonderful.  The Esprit St Germain hotel was lovely and the service was excellent. Everything was well planned and went very smoothly.

Fantastic. Easy to work with. A stickler for details

By: Scott 3728


Reviewed on: 09 May 2014

Stockholm, Sweden

By: Kevin & Amy Fox


Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2014

After travelling to Dublin, Ireland we took a side trip to Stockholm, Sweden for 4 nights.  Mike booked us a group of rooms at the Grand Hotel, the finest and best located hotel in the city.  Due to our association with Virtuoso, upon arrival our rooms were upgraded and we were given a credit of 700 SEK (approx. $100) per room for spending in the hotel's restaurants, bars, & shops.  The hotel was exquisite, the service impeccable and the location was unbeatable.  From the front door you could catch a ferry, a bus or walk to the old city.  Stockholm proved to be one of the top 5 european cities we have visited, all of which Mike has booked for us. If you are considering a holiday abroad, I would highly recommend Great Getaways, especially Mike and his associate Becky who is very accomplished at travel planning.

Once in a lifetime

By: Old Mom


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

I have traveled all over the world, on many group and private tours, and this was the grandest. It was my first time to sub-Saharan Africa, and on safari. The entire experience was planned with great care and attention to details; the season, the accommodations, the variety of camps, the transportation and the breadth of experiences. We were in Botswana and Kenya at the best times for game viewing and boy, did we ever view game. We saw everything in the kind of detail we had wished. I have some limits to my mobility and I was able, with enthusiastic help and patience from everyone, to participate in and enjoy every aspect of our trip. The guides were very knowledgable and proved very willing to go into the detail we wanted. We were able photograph and bird to our content as well as viewing the dennings, the crossings, the kills, and even a takedown. Michael King made all this possible. We got invaluable advice and support. He is not only a great agent, he is fun.

In-Depth South African Expertise

By: ShawnK


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2014

We recently had the opportunity to go on a South African Safari that Michael helped us plan. The trip turned out to be excellent almost all the way around - the overall schedule, transfers and the destinations were all fantastic and in fact they generally exceeded our already high expectations. Our trip started in Cape Town where we stayed at The Cape Cadogan hotel - which turned out to be a great choice. It's an ideal location for exploring the city, the staff was exceptionally friendly and the hotel had a lot of charm (and a great breakfast). The one slight down day on the trip was the day trip to do Whale Watching in Gansbaai...and really the issue was primarily just bad luck in not really getting to see anything on that particular day. Having lunch in Hermanus and a beautiful drive back on the scenic coastal road certainly helped improve the day. Finally Michael did a great job in selecting the Game Lodges we stayed at. Lion Sands and Madekwi Safari Lodge were both excellent.

michael

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2017

It is always a pleasure to work with Michael. I can be a bit demanding and michael is always patient and able to accomodate my requests.

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By: Me


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2017

He is great to work with - very responsive and knows my personal needs and designs the trip around those goals

Fabulous!!!

By: laurarobi


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

This was a trip of a lifetime and could not have been planned nor executed any better. The attention to detail was incredible, for example, we never waited more than 5 minutes for customs! Talk about a nice surprise. Then there were the small connecting flights which were always on time, but for once. Even then, they sent another plane and it was there within a couple of hours and took us straight to the other camp instead of stopping at another airstrip. The guides, hosts, tours and accommodations were all well above par and I would highly recommend this company to anyone. In fact, I am in the process of booking another trip for next year! Thank you, Michael King, for such a fabulous trip.

what a trip

By: safari


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2014

amazing time in Africa, 5 start hotels, 5 star safari, personal driver, never stressful

Expanding your world with precision focus

By: JNJ


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2014

Michael combines the art of designing the overall vacation itinerary with the skill of managing the discrete travel details, thereby ensuring a wonderfully “Great Getaway.” His personal site visits and evaluations of venues in advance of the trip help assure that everything is up-to-par, and enable him to provide accurate pre-trip communication. For our recent trip to southern Africa, the sequence of locations, the variety of experiences, and the pacing of events were perfect for our group. Michael understands his customers.

great

By: sandi


Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2015

great trip. room was a little small but i guess most rooms on ships are very small. silver seas did a good job in taking care of us.

Always on top of things

By: Dr. G


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Michael has arranged several trips for my wife and me and we have several more with him cooking for the next 1 1/2 years. He anticipates our interests, needs and preferences for hotels, restaurants, travel arrangements and touring. His choices of guides has been fabulous. He manages the whole trip with our input, putting everything together for memorable experiences.

Exemplary customer service

By: Happy Mari!


Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2015

Michael is a total dream to work with. My partner and I were truly delighted with the amazing first class service we received for a recent overseas trip. I had very specific requests and Michael was able to fulfill those for me and more. In fact, he went way above and beyond to help me in a pinch change my return flight whilst I was overseas. Definitely two thumbs way up. I'd highly recommend Great Getaways Travel to anyone looking for a superior travel experience at super reasonable costs.

Our Dream Vacation

By: Vicki C


Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

Michael What an amazing time we had, we are sold on Great Getaways and IC Bellagio. We felt like royalty throughout the entire trip. The service of the meet and greeters, the drivers, the tour guides were so professional, friendly and ran like clockwork. Everyone was at their post each time they were supposed to arrive and helped us feel so comfortable with their advice to integrate into a new country. Our favorites were Monica in Bellagio, Guido in Venice, Filipo in Florence (biking in Tuscany) , Cynthia in Florence, Monica in Rome and Lorenzo in Rome for our Vespa tour! Stephano was an amazing guest host in Bellagio and we could not have asked for a better home than Villa dei Sogni, the hotel JK Place in Florence was outstanding. All of the restaurants that IC Bellagio suggested were wonderful. Our tour guides, in Bellagio, Venice and Rome were outstanding with one exception (Vatican tour) which we can discuss later. We will go back to Bellagio, Florence and Tuscany again!
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Expert, detailed - personal service

By: bob s


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2015

Once again Michael set up a wonderful trip for us, this time to Paris. He is the consummate professional, detail oriented, and follows through in a timely manner. It is always a pleasure to work with him on our vacation travel needs.

Never Fails To Deliver

By: Stu311


Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2015

once again michael and damien at great getaways provided a fantastic experience. They never fail!

A Fabulous Trip!

By: KCbridger


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2015

We had a beautiful trip & loved both of the hotels that Michael booked us into. Our cruise on Seabourn was first class all the day. We loved all the perks of early check-in, dinners, breakfasts & the credit we received by being a Virtuoso Member onboard! Wonderful!

Another Great Getaway!

By: Dale72


Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2015

Just returned from a 3+ week trip to Eastern Europe. Everything was perfect - itinerary, hotels, private transportation/tours and ships. Typical of a trip planned by Michael at Great Getaways.

Great Planning and Execution!

By: Dr. Marc


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2015

Michael set up a dream week in Paris and the Loire Valley for my wife and me. It was our first trip to France. The quality of the tours, hotels, service and communication was exemplary. The flexibility of the people Michael enlisted in France and their performance was wonderful. We toured, viewed, photographed, and (most importantly) learned about the people and places we visited. THANK YOU MICHAEL!

Custom adventure!

By: BrianG


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2015

Michael created a wonderful Australian adventure for my wife and me. It is a pleasure to work with a travel advisor who knows your preferences and can tailor the details to your specifications. Michael has always done a first class job for us and we highly recommend him.

Great Trip

By: JAW


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2015

We had an excellent cruise, flights went well, Oceania was wonderful and we could have sailed longer.

Great Family Christmas Trip

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2016

Michael planned a great trip for me and my family (and extended family) to gather in Vail, Colorado the week of Christmas. The house he found for us was great, and the planning for ski rentals, masseuse, dinner reservations, catered food on Christmas Eve, and more was all very well done.

Expert Coordination!

By: Dr. G


Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2016

My wife and I had asked for a learning trip through the Far East, specifically Cambodia and Vietnam. Michael combined a small pre-planned group program with individual stops and learning tours (both before and after the group part of the expedition) to complement and add to the content of the pre-planned tour. His expertise and judgment made our three weeks much more enjoyable and educational. Despite our relative lack of travel expertise, Michael's plans and people made us very comfortable during our travels. He made our explorations a great success!

Trip of a lifetime

By: MZ & BZ


Reviewed on: 04 May 2016

THANK YOU MICHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have done a lot of traveling but this was truly a once in a lifetime experience and Michael made it easy for us. From the first time we spoke it was evident that Michael understood what we wanted and his background made it easy for him to fit our desires into an amazing trip. Whether it was what to wear, how to pack, what we needed for medical precautions, etc Michael knew what was required and helped us to plan accordingly. Michael had everything planned out: from folks meeting us at airports and getting us to the next plane to the 3 great resorts he arranged for us, it all went like clock work. It was great to actually meet Michael and Barbara at Lion Sands and to thank them both in person. As we live in Michigan and Michael is based in Kansas City we hadn't expected to be able to meet in person. Thanks again Michael from your friends in Michigan
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Amazing Trip Plannned by Great Getaways

By: Dee Dee


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2016

Michael King provided us outstanding service and support in planning our trip to Europe, as well as throughout the trip that he put together. He made outstanding hotel, tour, itinerary, transfer, and restaurant recommendations, which all turned out perfect; and was very patient and willing to work with us when we wanted to change proposed itineraries, tours, or hotels. Everything was so organized. Our itinerary was very detailed, and Michael and his team provided step by step instructions in our written itinerary on which trains to take, where to pick up tour tickets, where to meet tour guides, etc. I was amazed that they didn't miss one step on a 2 1/2 week very detailed itinerary. Michael King came highly recommended to us from friends. The services Michael and his team provided to us were flawless and I will be highly recommending Michael and Great Getaways Travel! We had a fabulous vacation, thanks to Michael King and his team, Great Getaways Travel, and their partners.

The trip of a lifetime!

By: Dr. Marc


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2016

Michael and his wife Barbara created an extraordinary opportunity to see what may be a vanishing opportunity: to see the legendary animals of southern Africa in their native environment. From the travel to the accommodations, from the highly trained and competent guides to the perfect weather (I think Michael set that up too!), from the wonderful people on the trip to our hosts at each stop everything - and more importantly everyone - just worked! The animals showed up because the guides knew how to find them. And find them they did, including a lion pride's take down of a 1200 pound Cape Buffalo right in front of us. We got sensitized to the plight of elephants and rhinos at the hands of poachers and how our presence and contributions help. The beauty of southern Africa set the stage for all the players. Congratulations to Michael and Barbara for a series of unforgettable experiences!

Fantastic planning

By: Meme


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2016

Michael planned my dream vacation to Africa and exceeded all of our expectations! He had everything arranged down to birthday cakes champagne and seranading by the Maasai. Unbelievable service by Great Getaways.

Great service!

By: BrianG


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

As always, Michael and his team provided excellent service in arranging our stay at the Bellagio. The Virtuoso amenities were very much appreciated and the property was wonderful.

A Trip Over the Top!

By: DrMarc


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2017

Michael configured and led our intrepid band of African explorers on a magical trip to southern Africa. He laid out travel and a series of stops in places I've always dreamed about. We saw two extraordinary cities in South Africa, wildlife in the real wild in two incredibly comfortable, informative and culturally connected lodges in Botswana, and a third in South Africa, with the awesome Victoria Falls in between. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, the food and accommodations marvelous, and all the other people worth the trip to meet. Our gang of ten made new friendships, with each other and the people we interacted with. And the photo ops were unequalled. Great work, Michael!!!

Another excellent trip in the books

By: Elyse W.


Reviewed on: 03 May 2017

Micheal King has planned several trips for us ... our trip to Spain was EXCELLENT ... a trip we will all remember for a lifetime. Michael listened to our travel wants and needs and found us the perfect balance between between active touring and relaxation. He planned several activities that we would not have planned if we planned this trip on our own, and those activities were perfect for us. I highly recommend Michael -- he's professional, knowledgeable and reliable.

Trip West

By: Dale


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2017

Excellent as always! I guess that's why we keep working with him.

The Spa

By: The Spa


Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2017

Michael is always a pleasure to work with. This was the simplest trip we've worked together on, given the Chatham Bars Inn is only about 40 minutes' drive from my house. Proximity aside, Michael's ability to set up a wonderful suite and activity choices made the (short in this case) trip a long weekend escape.

China trip

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

Excellent service, friendly approach, very knowledgeable expert.

China trip

By: Travel novice


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

Wonderful! This was our first trip out of the country. Michael really listened when discussing our trip: our budget was tight, timeframe was tight, we sort of knew what we wanted (a tour group with days tacked on to visit a relative), but it was broadstroke. He found the right tour for us and guided us through the visa process. He met with me right before we left to be sure I had all the documents I needed, answer any lingering questions and to be sure I knew how to contact him if I needed help. Once the trip started, he quickly responded to questions I emailed him: flight delayed, missed connecting flight, what do I do? Luggage lost, does my travel insurance cover clothing purchases? How do I connect with the tour group now that we're a day late? Nothing fazed him and these things quickly became a side note to an amazing trip. I would highly recommend Michael King to anyone scheduling a trip.

MIchael King

By: Me


Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Michael is a great advisor who takes care of all the details and allows me to fully enjoy my trip in the most luxurious fashion possible

Review of Michael and Josh

By: Cjmicallef


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Michael and Josh were excellent to work with. They were easy to communicate our needs and desires and provided solid recommendations for our travels.

Knowledgeable and Easy to Work with

By: HJB


Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

Michael was very professional and patient with our deliberation process. I'd recommend him highly for your next couples or group travel adventure.

hawaii trip

By: leawood


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

excellent services - loved the trip.

Tasmania

By: JW


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Michael kept us informed along the way as we planned our trip. Easy to,work with.

Michael King

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2017

Very professional, knowledgeable and understanding. Great job !

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