Ron Phillips 

Atlanta, GA United States
Ron Phillips Travel, an independent affiliate of Brownell Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Festivals & Events
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Escorted Tours
  • Hotels
  • Independent Tours

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have multiple years in the travel industry serving as a consultant, an advisor, and even as a tour guide in Rome, Italy.

I've lived in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Austria and specialize in travel to Europe. Currently, my wife and I live in The Hague, Netherlands giving me an even deeper insight into not only travel in Europe but how to explore the continent as a local.

I worked in the service industry for years but upon relocating to Italy I began to focus on helping first-time travelers to Europe. My attention to detail, personal-experiences, and organization has helped my clients exceed their vacation expectations.

My enthusiasm is evident in every planned journey. I will work tirelessly to search for the best option, the best value, & the best travel experience for you.

I am passionate about travel and my personal experiences living in Europe coupled with Brownell's membership in Virtuoso, means extremely competitive rates, incredible amenities, and a wide array of travel options for you!

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Highly Recommend!

By: Candy2014

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2014

Ron made preparing for our honeymoon enjoyable with no stress. It felt as though we were working with a friend instead of a travel agent. He set EVERYTHING up for us and got us into great hotels that treated us like we were their top priority. Ron even checked in with us while we on our vacation to make sure things were running smoothly. He was wonderful! I would recommend Ron to ANYONE!!!! He was a joy to work with; someone we will use again when we are ready to travel.
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Highly Recommended

By: JulesS

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2014

I would love to tell you having Ron help us make our plans and give us peace of mind knowing all was going to work out was priceless!! He stayed in contact during flight concerns for me and my sons traveling home on different days during these storms. I mean an 230am email letting us know all looked good was beyond great. I plan on using Ron over and over again and very much recommending him to all my friends. Forever grateful!! Julie
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Highly Recommend Mr. Ron Phillips

By: David

Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2014

Ron, did a great job of setting up my flight to London and return flight from Paris. He set up travel arrangements to my hotel, and that was perfect. Ron, also recommended a couple of tours that we did and they were very good. Ron, was very knowledge about what to see and do in London and Paris. He set up a PDF file with history on both cities, and what sights we had to see. He was very good of planning our trip by train from London to Paris. Ron, thanks for making our trip special. David
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Highly recommend great attention to detail

By: Doz

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2014

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Highly recommended

By: jeanne

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2014

Knowledge, flexibility, patience,creativity, responsiveness and resourcefulness characterize the aptitude and attitude of Ron as he worked within challenging parameters to create the perfect trip for us.  We will definitely work with him in the future! 
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Highly recommend

By: Rachelle

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2014

Ron handles everything beautifully. He has such knowledge of different areas, he prepares his travelers for every scenario they may come across. Excellent communication updates are provided throughout the planning process.
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servizio eccellente!

By: Mark T.,

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2014

From the planning stages months in advance, through text messages returned within seconds while I was in Italy, Ron's dedication and service proved incomparable.  He guided us to top-notch hotels in the best locations, and connected us with wonderful guides (including a private tour of ancient Rome guided by a PhD archeologist), and was always asking if he could do more.  I wholeheartedly recommend Ron to all.
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Ron is the best in the business!!

By: Ben

Reviewed on: 01 Apr 2014

Ron set me up with all kinds of amenities at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (and many other hotels before and still to come). These benefits truly do improve the quality of the vacation, and Ron is also an extremely nice guy who seems to care about his clients. I will continue to use him and only him when I plan a trip.
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Highly recommend

By: youdpc

Reviewed on: 13 May 2014

Ron did a fabulous job putting our 12 day Italy excursion together. I had no time to plan or hardly prepare for this trip and he had everything spelled out for us beautifully. He went above and beyond to work within my budget and quick planning needs. Our transitions from plane to train to boat were all seamless. I wish I had him in my pocket to take everywhere with me...even the grocery store!!I can hardly wait for the next trip!
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Highly recommended

By: Greg C.

Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2014

Ron had been extremely helpful. I had a last minute request for tour in Rome and Ron met an exceeded all of my expectations. He made the entire process seamless while continuing to communicate and follow up. I highly recommend Ron's services.
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The Best

By: Nicole

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2014

Ron Phillips is the hardest working, most thorough travel agent I've worked with.  He is seemingly available all the time, and is prompt and responsive.  He has shown himself to be extremely knowledgeable about our areas of interest (mostly western Europe) and committed to finding the best quality at the best price for us.  We have always felt we were in good hands, and we appreciate the small personal touches that Ron contributes, for example, a framed photo of us in our hotel room on a romantic weekend getaway, or a personal note from a hotel manager.  We feel we have been treated as VIPs wherever Ron has booked us.  I can't recommend him highly enough!

Excellent Customer Service

By: Robin

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2014

Mr. Phillip arranged a trip for me to Punta Cana. I decided to go at the last minutes so I only had a good 2 months to work with. I absolutely loved Mr. Phillips expertise, communication, and efficient manner in which he handle my plans. I had no problems with my reservations. I received my travel plans in a timely manner. He kept me informed of any changes and reminders. I absolutely loved the service he provided. I have recommended him to handle our next conference in Panama. Kudos to Ron.

Expert Travel Advice

By: ChipLinda

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2014

Ron's experience and insight both before, during and after our trip was outstanding. His selection of hotels, restaurants and activities were the perfect blend resulting in a trip of a lifetime. His personal interest in our trip made us feel like we were his only customer. Ron was top notch and always readily available, even providing additional information during our trip. We definitely will use his services on our next trip.
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Expert, friendly service indeed!

By: KenB

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

Ron was always available to us for every aspect of our trip, even though we planned most of it ourselves. To us, that shows his dedication and love of his work, not to mention his generosity. We would not hesitate to recommend Ron Phillips to other travelers.
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Rome in September

By: justadude

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2014

<p> I just got back from a trip to Italy and had Ron book my hotel in Rome, it was amazing! Not only did Ron personally take great care of my travel concerns, he found us an amazing deal at a 5 star hotel for a fantastic price. Ron was very professional throughout the planning and definitley helped us have a wonderful worry-free vacation! </p>

Ron is awesome

By: motokat

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2014

Ron is a great travel agent. He demonstrated great knowledge, ingenuity, timing, skill and flexibility in planning our recent trip to France. We felt like we were fully taken care of from the very first interaction to the last. He is a great communicator. Easy to reach and even reaching out to us before we even knew we needed his help with an airline strike that was going to possibly throw a kink into the works. He handled the rearrangements superbly. Very proactive. I highly recommend Ron Phillips if you are even thinking about planning a trip.
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Excellent Travel Agent!!

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2015

We have worked with Ron several trips. Each time we have been most pleased. He has gone above and beyond to make sure everything goes smoothly for our trips. Never fails to answer a question no matter how small it is. Plus the time he has spent trying to get us just the right flights is amazing. Just the fact that he has always told me I could call him at anytime during the trip if any problem came up, to me is priceless. He will continue to be our travel agent for many adventures to come for my whole family.

Perfectly planned trip!

By: Youdpc

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2014

Ron is the absolute best agent I've ever known.

Excellent friendly service

By: Hillary

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2014

Ron is a true gem. He works very hard for his clients to get the most value out of their vacation when visiting the best hotels in the world. His follow-up is excellent and he make sure that his clients are prepared well for their trip with lots of follow-up reminders. He genuinely cares and gives excellent service.

Great, efficient and friendly service!


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2015

This was our first time booking with Virtuoso, and Ron was absolutely perfect. Responded very quickly to all our enquiries, looked after detailed arrangements (including transfers, &c), and generally was very knowledgeable and friendly. We'll definitely use him again!

Ron is the best!

By: hfox

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2015

Just returned from great trip to Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Ron is always extremely patient with us throughout the booking process and works hard to get us the most value for our money in the best hotels. He always makes sure we are well prepared for travel with friendly reminders-- never had any unpleasant surprises from car rentals to flights to hotel stays. We travel often but not easy as my teen son has a severe wheat allergy and this time our other teen son had a broken leg. He always makes sure hotel managers know we have special dietary needs and we are always treated with special care which makes travel so much more enjoyable. This time we were on the fence about going after our other son broke his leg as we weren't sure if he would be uncomfortable. However, Ron assured us we would be okay and arranged to have a wheelchair waiting for us when we arrived -- we had use of it throughout the week. He is always personable, reliable and patient and a great advocate for his clients!

Amazing Trip

By: Amber

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2015

I had received Ron's name from a co-worker who never recommends anyone. He was so right on this one! Not only did Ron reply to each email quickly, but scheduled events to where everyone was on time, professional, and knowledgable. I know I will go back to Italy and use him again to again even more tours!

Top of the line

By: David

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2015

Ron did a fantastic job of arranging our trip. The venue, the staff, and the food was outstanding.

Great service

By: Chuck

Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2015

Ron did a great job setting things up, as usual. Everything worked as it should.

Expert Friendly Advice

By: Terry67

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2015

Ron, you did a great job of mapping out our trip. Great job of highlighting things to see and do. Travel arrangements were great and well thought out. Very pleased with entire trip and will continue to use you as a source for future travel. Thanks again for everything!

Expert planning for a fantastic seamless trip

By: jeanne

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2015

Fantastic combination of a great location in Edinburgh, British Open tickets, 2 week cruise of the Norwegian fjords, and additional time in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Thanks Ron, for another spectacular trip, well planned and executed!

Makes weekends so easy

By: Sorie67

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2015

Love dealing with Ron for a fast weekend get away. When we check in we always feel so special. I wasn't able to use the spa credit this time because we filled our weekend with other things and hate that I missed out. Maybe next time!


By: Ruth A

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2015

Excellent planning, communication, and follow-through.

Great Service

By: turnbostl

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2015

Ron helped me plan our September 2015 trip to Italy. His insight, patience, and travel knowledge were invaluable for helping me plan this trip. The electronic document he provided with details about our trip was very helpful. Ron always responded quickly, even though we're in different time zones. I will not hesitate to work with Ron again or to recommend him to friends and family.

Allstar Worthy Trip!!

By: Jeremy3032

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

I would recommend Ron Phillips' services to anyone travelling anywhere. Seriously. This was a special trip for my wife's birthday. I reached out to Ron with about 3 months, maybe less, before our scheduled departure and in that time, Ron and his team put together an allstar worthy trip. I expressed our priorities and Ron worked tirelessly to get us what we wanted, when we wanted it, and as cost effective as possible. Our hotel was exactly what we wanted, the tours could not have been better, and there was never a time when I felt like I did not know what our plan was for that day. I was completely at ease knowing Ron and his team had planned everything out, where as had I done so myself, I would have been a bit proccupied. His expertise was incredibly helpful and made what could have been an incredibly stressful trip one of the most stress-free of my lifetime. I will be reaching out to Ron when we schedul our next trip. You should too!

Knowledgeable, Prompt, and Very Accommodating!

By: KKO26

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2015

Ron is such a wonderful travel agent! From the first contact I had with him, he was incredibly helpful in sorting through the many possible travel options. He knows his stuff--and if he is unsure, he will find out the answer quickly. He makes sure you have all of your documentation and payments ready for your trip. Last summer, we used his expertise for choosing a hotel in Amalfi--(he checked in with us when we arrived to make sure all was well. When I mentioned that one of the Virtuoso perks had not shown up --i.e. champagne in the room--he called the hotel and we had champagne in no time at all. ) This summer, we took a Baltic cruise which we had booked through him, as well as stayed in hotels which he booked. Everything was seamless. We will definitely use him again in the future--I should mention that we are very independent travelers and usually make our own arrangements, but his vast knowledge and expertise is an obvious asset and you know you are in good hands!!

Ron is not just a travel agent but a travel advocate!!!

By: Hillary

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Just came back with family from a wonderful trip to Spain. We stayed in Hotel Arts Barcelona and Puente Romano Marbella. Ron made sure our whole itinerary flowed, with transportation and transfers so we travelled without a hitch. He helped troubleshoot all issues related to planning. He provides great PDF travel documents that summarize our whole journey so we always have all info at our fingertips. Ron's ties with Virtuoso helped us when we arrived at Hotel Arts in the AM after an overnight flight, completely exhausted. The hotel ended up giving us a room to crash until ours was ready. As we had originally secured connecting rooms and the hotel did not have them available, with Ron's advocacy, they upgraded us to a beautiful suite the next day. We had a similar situation at Puente Romano during booking but Ron advocated all along the way and we of course ended up with upgrades. Ron provides ultimate incremental value when traveling and is always there to troubleshoot the unexpected!

Great Service


Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2015

Ron was quick, responsive, and very professional. Provided helpful details anytime I asked. We were also able to check in early and stay late for our anniversary stay at the Ritz in SF. All in all a great stay, and we'd absolutely recommend Ron.

Very good, personalized service.

By: Karen50

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

I booked a first-time visit to Rome, and the hotel, tours and general advice were spot on. It was also nice to be able to check in throughout the trip with various questions about other interests. Will definitely call on Ron again to help plan a great trip!

Expert friendly service

By: David

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2015

Outstanding trip

Our new Go-To travel agent

By: Addy82

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2015

We would like to thank Ron for an excellent job planning our first trip to Italy. We have never travelled internationally so we didn't know where to start. Traveling can be stressful alone, but we were actually getting married abroad as well! We stumbled on Ron's blog on Pinterest and after reading his love and knowledge of Italy, we decided to contact him for advice on our trip. Within 24hrs of emailing Ron, he contact us and set up an appointment over the phone to find out what parts of Italy we were interested in visiting. After a few questions, Ron planned out an itinerary for us . He was very easy to contact and got to back to us very quickly whenever we had any questions. Ron booked all our hotels right in walking distance of every major attraction! Every detail of our trip was planned right down to the minute. We didn't have to worry about getting train tickets to get from city to city since Ron took care of that too. Thanks to Ron our trip was stress free. Thank you!!!

Extremely helpful

By: LanaC

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2015

Our family wanted to travel to Italy and I found Ron Phillips online. Ron lived in Rome and was so much help in planning our trip. We flew into Venice, took the train to Florence, rented a car and drove farther into Tuscany and then took the train to Rome and flew home so there were quite a few logistics with flights, hotels, trains and cars. Ron handled it all and was extremely professional. He always got back to me right away with my 10,000 questions. We would highly recommend him. It was a fabulous trip and we didn't have one problem along the way.

Italy 2015

By: Italy 2015

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2015

The trip was amazing!! My boyfriend and I enjoyed all the places that we visited. We started in Rome, went down to Sorrento, Florence, Venice and ended in Rome. We loved the stay in Florence. We spent 4 nights at the Palazzo Gamba Hotel very nice room with washer and dryer. We did the David tour and Duomo church tour in Florence. We took the train from Florence to visit the Pisa Tower, it was amazing! Dario was an excellent tour guide for Pompeii, very knowledgeable. We had a really great experience there. Prior to the trip Ron our travel agent, was prompt in his replies and provided us with suggestions on the places to go. Everything was well organized from the day we landed in Italy. The drivers / guides he employed were courteous, personable, knowledgeable, and prompt. Ron provided us with our trip summary, which was very much helpful. It included flights, accommodations, transport, tours, and expense report. We had an absolutely amazing trip, all thanks to Ron.

Personable Travel Planner

By: Brittany

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2015

Ron Phillips planned the most wonderful, personalized trip to Paris and Prague that was exactly what my husband and I were looking for.

Excellent experience and advice!!

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 17 May 2016

We used Ron for our trip to Italy. We had a flawless experience do to his guidance and extremely helpful advice. He went above and beyond to answer all questions and help me make decisions. Our trip was stress free thanks to Ron. We will continue to use Ron knowing we are in great hands and our trip will be the a wonderful experience.

Great Customer Service

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2016

Ron, Did a fantastic job helping us plan our dream family vacation to Italy this Summer!


By: Ken

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2017

Awesome service and knowledge
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By: Robin

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Ron is truly a pleasure to work with. Our last minute trip to Switzerland was a joy and went smoothly from beginning to end. We will definitely utilize Ron for planning future European trips.
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Exceptional Honeymoon

By: CraigKelly

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2016

Ron Phillips of Brownell Travel helped us plan an amazing honeymoon to Italy. We wanted an intimate honeymoon that hit the major sites in Venice, Florence, and Rome however allowed us flexibility to explore. We did not want to be part of a planned tour trip, but did want to have guided tours of several of the sites and attractions. Ron helped us plan step by step, from locations, hotels, sites, hour tours, transportation, transfers, and restaurant recommendations. This was all done remotely. Ron is incredible, he is very knowledgeable about Europe and knew Italy well. He also was very attentive to us, responding quickly as we planned and was even in contact with us during the honeymoon. There is no doubt we will use Ron to plan our next adventure.
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Amazing and Professional!

By: Stacy

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2016

Ron is a great trip planner. I called him with a rough outline of when and where we'd like to go and he created a fabulous 10 day trip to Italy. Every hotel he booked was wonderful and within our budget. He was very quick to respond to all questions during the planning phase and was flexible with adjustments we had to make due to our schedule. The itinerary was so easy to follow and full of information. The App he uses is very convenient. This was our second time to work with Ron on a wonderful vacation and we look forward to the next time.
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European VeyK

By: famtraveler

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

When starting to prepare for our family (husband, wife, 16 year old boy and 14 year old girl) vacation to Europe - I was lucky enough to get a referral to Ron. There were multiple emails that were exchanged to make sure he was accurate for what we wanted. He helped us set up our logging in both Ameterdam and Paris (and hit both out of the park). The private tour of the Lourve was by far the most impressive part of our trip. We left Europe after having what we all consider a trip of a lifetime - thanks to Ron. His tips for what to do and where to go were wonderful. I will be contacting him in the future to make more travel arrangements

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By: Jag

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Perfecr-easy to reach, very responsive, goes above and beyond, listens to client needs and matches them and then some!

Highly Recommended

By: Jul

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

We used Ron for our trip to Croatia. We had a great time with no issues, thanks to Ron. He is always there to help with any questions and more than willing to help . We have used Ron for many trips and have honestly always been beyond pleased and grateful for his time. Will continue to use Ron Phillips for our future travels.

Best Trip Ever

By: B&C

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

It was fantastic. He always responded quickly to emails, never failed to answer his phone, and provided great ideas with multiple options for hotels, tours, and restaurants. My wife and I found it amazing that he orchestrated what we considered to be a complicated trip to 4 cities in Italy with multiple modes of transportation, various tour guides, and everything went off exactly as planned, and always on time. It was an absolute joy to work with Ron and we are looking forward to arranging more trips with him in the immediate future. Thanks Ron! Bill & Carla
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By: Tony

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Ron was absolutely awesome. We had 4 different destinations over 15 days with numerous tours that required guides and drivers. All the guides and drivers couldn't have been any better. We did and saw much more then we expected. Ron was always there to answer any question. 15 days of PERFECTION!!! Thanks Ron!!

Smooth travel!

By: Lesolo

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2017

He was helpful and patient. He broke down the travel plan so you could follow it easily. I went to the islands, which was not his area per se but he reached out to his sources & made it happen. Will look to Ron for my trip. Thanks Ron!
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Ron never lets us down

By: sanibelchuck

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

We have worked with Ron for several years, on various trips around the world. He seems to have lived in or visited every great place on earth, and has wonderful recommendations which never fail to please. He also never seems to sleep, always responsive. He is a pleasure to work with. Our latest trip was to Niagara by the Lake. Ron suggested a nice hotel ideally located, the Harbour House. he also handled air travel plans, flawlessly. Next up is a trip to the basque country of Spain!

Paris trip during Bastille day

By: Jennifer

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Ron was very thorough and prompt. He was helpful with planning and very patient while we made changes to our itinerary. He kept us up to date on changes in the area that affected our trip. Our graduation gift to Paris for our daughter was money well spent and we could not have planned it ourselves.

Ron was professional and helpful

By: AmyO

Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2017

A friend told us to contact Ron after we had planned most of our trip, but he gave us great tour suggestions and switching our reservations over to Virtuoso gave us wonderful amenities we wouldn't have had otherwise. I will definitely contact him before I plan anything myself next time!

A month in France...with Ron at the helm.

By: Bonnie

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2017

Perfect. Responsive, personable, and oh so competent! We'll try never to travel without his having planned our trips.

Ron Phillips, travel agent extrordinaire!!

By: The Smarve

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

The greatest!! Our honeymoon cruise turned out even better than our wildest dreams could imagine. I highly recommend him!!

Best Travel Advisor Ever!!

By: Jessica L

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

My husband and I have worked with Ron for trips in Italy and France. We cannot recommend his knowledge, expert advice, or his services higher. Our tour guides have ranged from a PhD level professor of ancient Etruscan pottery that led us in the Catacombs in Rome to a food critic from Milan that took us to several Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factories in Emilia Romagna. Most recently, my guide in Lyon, took me to walk in vineyards in the Cote Rotie and Condrieu in the North Rhone Valley during harvest. It was amazing to taste the grapes right off the vines and then talk to the winemaker in the winery after tasting through their portfolio. The quality of services are really second to none. We cannot recommend Ron and his team any higher. He has given us some bucket list memories to have for the rest of our lives. I am already looking forward to planning our next vacation in the British Isles.

Another Great Experience

By: B&C

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We were so excited after our first trip planned by Ron in June, that we immediately contacted him for another. W just returned last week from Florence and Capri, and this was as great as the first. Every single detail was handled and executed perfectly. Every driver was punctual, polite, and professional. Ron suggested a day trip to San Gimignano and Sienna (with a guide), and we are so glad we followed his advice. We are already working on ideas for our next collaboration with Ron. Thanks again, Ron!

Berlin/ Amsterdamtrip

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

Ron helped with suggesting hotels, tours and places to visit in each city. Next he booked them for us and created an app. that had each day listed with our itinerary, This was extremely helpful and we referred to it each day. Ron has traveled widely so he is well informed on many areas of travel. With his help we were at ease with out trip abroad. Thank you Ron!


By: MizMary

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

Ron was a very helpful and informative advisor. He offered many suggestions for our extra days in Vienna and Prague as well as making sure we were on track with registrations etc. I would definitely contact him again for future travel.

Ready for my next trip

By: bubbly

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2017

We just returned from 12 days in Portugal, 12 sunny days, at that. This is our third trip coordinated by Ron. Every detail is always attended to, and he is readily available to run interference and answer questions. You can't go wrong with Ron!


By: Sue

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Ron was exceptionally helpful from the moment I contacted him! He was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects, his attention to detail, suggestions and words of wisdom in all areas, were beyond helpful and appreciated! He came highly recommended TO us and will always be highly recommended BY us!


By: John O

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017

Great! Thanks for understanding what we wanted and guiding us to it.

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By: flockolambs

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

absolutely!! Ron as been a pure dream of a travel agent. he is so knowledgeable and suggests excursions and thinks of all the possibilities to make your trips so memorable. Ron is a perfectionist and does not allow for any issues to arise and is always willing to help even when your are already on your trip.

Excellent Travel Advisor

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

We have worked with Ron many times. He's helped us a great deal and made our travels stress free with his helpful advice. We feel secure knowing he has our backs if we ever have issues. Always willing to give us his time and talents. I always refer him to fellow travelers.

Vietnam was Fabulous!

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2018

When we started to plan our Vietnam trip I knew I was out of my league. There was so much I didn't know and we were bringing our son and daughter in law along too so I was responsible for 4 people. I turned to Ron for help. I gave him a VERY brief idea of what we wanted, because we really didn't know what we wanted. He researched travel contractors in Vietnam and eventually lead us to Ansova. He patiently relayed our challenges and changes as they came up. He helped me to get an idea of what kind of trip we were looking for and then worked with Ansova to turn our rough outline into an efficient but exciting itinerary. Everyone in our party was more than thrilled with how things turned out. Ron really helped us every step of the way - it was another great experience working with him and a fabulous trip!

On point!

By: Jensi

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

This is my second trip using Ron and again, he was fantastic! The first trip was to Italy with my family and we were all so impressed with his communication, availability and knowledge of the area. The second trip was to Iceland with girlfriends. Again, his constant communication between us and the tour company was so helpful. Due to weather, our itinerary had to be changed often. I never had to make any calls, Ron emailed me and updated the Axus app so I was always kept abreast of all changes immediately. I like to say that Ron is “on call” during your entire vacation. My girlfriend’s were so impressed with how little we had to do. Ron takes care of everything no matter if the trip is a big budget family trip or a smaller more economical girlfriend trip. We have referred Ron to friends and all come back with glowing remarks of the trips he plans for them. I will use him every time I travel to an unfamiliar destination. It makes your trip stress free and more enjoyable!


By: Lil

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2018

Fantastic job The tours were great awesome transportation very organized The hotel was also great perfect location to everything Highly recommended Had a great time

italy trip

By: cbw

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2018

Ron was so helpful! He provided me with lots of insight and guidance and his attention to detail and knowledge of Italy was invaluable.


By: Jul

Reviewed on: 15 May 2018

We very much enjoy working with Ron on our travels. He always takes the time to answer any questions and make sure we are happy with our reservations. We find he makes our trip seamless. Everything happens according to plan without any issues. Knowing he's there if we have any trouble is worth everything. We look forward to contacting him on our next adventure, knowing we will be in great hands.

Easy Travel

By: San

Reviewed on: 26 May 2018

Accommodations we luxurious. Transfers were perfect.

Trip to France, Greece, and Italy

By: Bonnie

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

I’m convinced that there’s no better travel agent in the business. Period. Ron is knowledgeable, personable, easy to work with, and has saved our bacon more times yhan I can count. My friends who have also used him agree. If Ron ever retires, I’ve joked that we’ll probably have to quit traveling. On second thought, maybe that’s not a joke!

Working with Ron

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2018

Ron is great to work with for your travel needs. He is very knowledgeable and responds quickly.

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By: Geoff

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2018

Working with Ron was one of the best choices we made in planning our trip. Ron’s knowledge of the areas we wanted to see and the centrality of where he suggested and we chose to stay gave us the ability to move about those areas by foot, taxi, bus, train, and public transportation all within a short distance of the front doors of our hotel. He stayed in touch with us before and during the trip, even giving us a heads up on an area to avoid during a specific time period so we could plan our day to not be effected by a demonstration. We had a large list of places to see and things to do and thanks to Ron’s advice and planning we were able to do almost all of the list, and some of what we missed was due to our deciding to do something else, the weather, or lack of time. We also asked for two private tours and two larger group tours and our personal guides were excellent, and the group tours were either small groups in small a van or with experienced tours that avoided much of the masses.

Consistent and thorough

By: khutch

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

Ron has planned a number of trips for me over the last few years. He brings a number of things to the table: knowledge, efficiency and being extremely thorough. Most importantly, he delivers these qualities consistently - every single time. Ron will answer any question you have. Furthermore, even when bookings happen months in advance, he follows up with any new information when it happens. He always follows up with me immediately before AND immediately after the trip. Finally, if there are any issues during the trip, he always quickly responds and/or takes action when appropriate. Ron is truly a delight to work with. He is my go-to advisor for ALL of my travels!

Another Well Planned Trip

By: B&C

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2018

Ron is terrific to work with, we cannot imagine considering anyone else to handle planning our travels. This was our third trip organized by Ron, and just like the first two, everything worked to perfection! Thanks, Bill and Carla.

Amazing Response & Support

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2018

Ron was great. He was quick to respond, took great care in setting me up for success with my trip, and was right there for me every step of the way. I will definitely choose Ron in the future. While I typically love to do my own travel research and booking, sometimes there just in not enough time. I am so glad that I found this great partner for my future travel.

Excellent service

By: TK

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

Ron was fantastic to work with. He got me great rates and upgrades and responded immediately to my queries. When I had a problem with my bill at one of the hotels, he got on the case immediately to help me get my refund. I will definitely work with him again.

Wonderful trip on short notice!

By: Jensi

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2018

As always, Ron creates a wonderful and memorable trip for me. My husband had a conference in Madrid and a few weeks before his trip I called Ron to ask if it would be worth it for me to tag along even though I’d only get a few days to explore Madrid. He assured me it was worth it,then set out customizing a trip. In the few weeks before the trip, I added guests, eliminated guests, made a bunch of changes on the itinerary due to other traveler’s budget. One week before the trip we were still making changes and Ron worked his magic getting me exactly what I wanted. I’m pretty sure I made him crazy but he never expressed frustration. True professionalism as I’ve come to appreciate from Ron. My husband was only able to spend one day of touring with me after his conference and although his heart is in Italy, he now wants to go back to Spain to see more! It was a fabulous trip and I continuously recommend Ron to all of our friends. Never leave home without him! Haha!

Ron's the Best

By: Reluctant Cruisers

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2018

We have done several bookings with Ron over the last few years and think he's the best! Always helpful, responsive, candid. Couldn't ask for more!

European travel

By: SG

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2018

Wonderful! Ron is so professional, helpful and patient and has amazing ideas! He has so much knowledge and is so aware of all the little (important) details! There are so many things we would never have been aware of, had he not guided us through and handled the arrangements. HIGHLY recommend for a seamless experience!

Ron Phillips - best support!

By: Kathy and John Carbone

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2018

Ron is an incredible support for trips anywhere. We have utilized Ron’s support on three trip over past four years. He listens carefully to our requests and provides options with pros/cons of choices. When Travel has unexpected issues arise (as most travels do), Ron is absolutely amazing at supporting things no matter the location or time of day! It makes a difference to have an expert assisting. Absolutely recommend Ron for travel guidance! Will continue to reach to him for any of our travel needs. Regards- Carbones

Ron is always reliable

By: Chuck

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2018

Ron is a pleasure to work with. A quick study, always thinking ahead. Very helpful in getting plane and hotel reservations, and in thinking through details. Also stays on top of things throughout the trip.

Another Fabulous Trip!

By: Hkcunli

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2018

This was our 3rd trip that Ron planned for us. It was fabulous - the hotels that were booked were not all ones I think I would have found myself and they were all wonderful. Our grandson was absolutely floored each time we walked into a new room. He thought each was better than the last. Tours were exactly what we wanted and even our son commented about how great it was to have the "private VIP experience". Since we had 8 people in our group, it was great to have only 1 large, comfortable van to transport us between cities. A perfect trip - thanks for making us look good in our grandchildren's eyes!

Happy Travelers

By: Happy travelers

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2018

Great- incredibly ease and efficiency!!!! Absolutely no worries that Ron would not miss a single detail.


By: Rachel

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2019

I contacted Ron in November to plan a last-minute trip to Germany for my husband and I over the Christmas holiday. I knew it was late notice, but he was able to work us in. He was truly wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and always very fast to respond to emails/questions. I always felt very well taken care of. I will absolutely plan my next big trip with Ron. If this is your first time considering using a travel advisor, do it! I was on the fence originally, but it makes a huge difference in the experience (not agonizing over researching train schedules, pricing, tours, etc.). Ron presented us with options and honest information, and we were able to easily make educated decisions that we felt good about. Plus you get enjoyable perks like room upgrades which makes it all feel a little more special. I highly recommend Ron!!


By: jules

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

We have always found in traveling it is important to plan a head. To stay in great locations, have awesome tour guides ,trains purchased ,etc. With Ron we have always felt very prepared to travel to a new destination without concern. I know he has our back if ever a need comes up. That in itself is worth having a great agent that is willing to give you his time and talents.

Ron Phillips is the best!

By: Liz Lozier

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2019

Ron was fantastic to work with! He was responsive, organized and always had relavaent and helpful advice. I would highly recommend Ron and plan on using him for all my travel going forward.

Trip to Morocco and Spain

By: Lana

Reviewed on: 14 May 2019

Ron planned and executed a flawless trip to Spain and Morocco for me and my daughter. We had a hot air balloon ride over the desert in Africa, saw multiple UNESCO world heritage sites, and were looked after by amazing tour guides and hotel staff. I’m a seasoned traveler and this was my best trip yet!

Excellent Experience

By: Jeff C

Reviewed on: 23 May 2019

Our recent trip to Italy was superb. Ron recommended great hotels, some unique side trips and managed all details to perfection. He reached out to every hotel a few days before we arrived to insure our anniversary was recognized. His work made an otherwise good trip spectacular - one we will cherish for a lifetime.

London, Bavaria, Salzburg

By: Lakeliving

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2019

Outstanding!!! Swift responses and incredible attention to all detail. Great suggestions for additional options. Ron’s services make international travel easy and allow his clients to be on holiday the moment they leave their home.

Czech Republic and Hungary

By: bob

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2019

Ron recommended 2 great hotels for us in Prague and Budapest. We originally booked another hotel but we are so glad we changed as the hotel he recommended was superior in every way. We were upgraded at each hotel and the service was fantastic.


By: Tony G

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2019

Great!! Ron makes everything really easy. His recommendations are always right on point. His hotel choices and guides are the best.

Spain and Greece, June 2019

By: Don

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2019

Excellent. Ron knows Europe incredibly well. His hotel, guide, and restaurant suggestions are spot on.

Spain trip 2019

By: Joe

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2019

Ron did an outstanding job for us. We just returned less than a week ago and we can't wait to plan our next trip. Exceptional. I will use Ron again and I will recommend him to family and friends.

Awesome trip

By: Maggie

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2019

Ron is fabulous. We live working with him.

Italy & Croatia

By: DH

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2019

Ron was excellent. He was recommended by friends who had used him before and were using his services again this summer. We booked part of the trip ourselves (airb&b's in Rome & Florence) but Ron was kind enough to recommend a few places for gelato and drinks that were close to our apartment. All of the hotels that Ron booked for us were perfect for our family of 4. Working with him over the course of 2-3 months as we planned our trip couldn't have been easier. His prompt responses and well thought out emails were so incredibly helpful. We will absolutely be using Ron again and you should too!

Great Planning & Reliability

By: FamFun

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2019

Working with Ron was very easy. From the beginning he knew what questions to ask to help me figure out what our vacation goals were so that we could plan a schedule and destinations and then zero in on activities and tours. The tours, drivers, car rentals, etc were all flawless and met or exceeded expections. During the course of our travels, some unexpected events occurred such as flight delays or last minute changes and Ron was so helpful with resolving the issues. We will definitely use Ron again.

Another wonderful trip!

By: Amy O

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2019

We really enjoy working with Ron and he has enhanced our travel experiences significantly. I used to plan everything myself and it's so nice to be able to rely on his expertise. He is very responsive and does his research to make sure you are happy!

Always Perfect

By: B & C

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2019

Ron is always excellent to work with, he has great recommendations, and is able to coordinate any trip regardless of complexity. Our most recent trip again was flawless in the planning and execution.

So dependable

By: Bubbly

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2019

We have relied on Ron to help us plan many European adventures, he never disappoints. It is especially helpful that he always gives three choices for accommodations, at three different price points,


By: Empty nesters

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2019

Ron was very professional and attentive. He listened to our goals for our trip and put together the perfect vacation for us.

Ron is an expert and knows his business

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2019

We had a really good trip to Rome and Sicily and Ron was the expert who made it possible. We will definitely seek Ron’s service again on our next trip and we would highly recommend him to others.


By: Tony

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2019

This was our third trip working with Ron. His recommendations and attention to detail is unparalleled. The hotels, activities and restaurants in Hawaii were awesome. Every time we had a question about anything, he was always there with the answer. We can’t wait to work with him again on our next trip!!

Super helpful and very knowledgeable


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2019

Heard about Ron from a person sitting next to me on a flight who was raving about her trip to Italy ... she said Ron had helped her with all the details and they always rely on him for travel advice. Ron has now helped us with several trips and he is a very super resource and extremely helpful and efficient.


By: F and M

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2019

Wonderful! Makes travel easy!

Review of Ron Phillips, Travel Advisor Extraordinaire

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2019

Ron is an exceptional travel advisor. He promptly returns calls and emails; has the experience and talent to assess your travel needs and desires; provides just the right amount of detail; and somehow reads between the lines to ensure a magical and stress-free trip. Ron is someone you definitely want to connect with.

Ron Phillips is the Absolute best!

By: Bonnie

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2019

I’ve told Ron that if he ever retires, we’re going to have to stop traveling! He knows about every town or country we’ve planned to visit in Europe, the U.K., and beyond. His recommendations are always spot on. When we run into the inevitable glitch on our trips, he unfailingly fixes whatever needs to be done. We trust Ron implicitly and recommend his services to everyone we know.

It just doesn't get any better than this

By: 4 to go

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2020

Ron organized a truly off-the-charts trip through Portugal for our family. We were a group of 8, including three generations. Ron helped us to build an itinerary that would please everyone, and made it effortless. We stayed in gorgeous hotels, had exceptional meals, traveled with engaging and brilliant guides, and had unique, unforgettable experiences. Every day we marveled at the wonderful things we probably would not have found on our own, and every evening we raised a glass to Ron. Would I recommend Ron to other travelers? Of course I would! I *do*, at every chance I get! This is our second amazing trip planned by Ron, and we are all members of his fan club. Thank you Ron - this trip was a gift. We experienced new places, enjoyed delicious food and wine, learned about history and were reminded how much we love to be together as a family. The only question is "where should we go next, Ron?"

Scotland 2019

By: flockolambs

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2020

Ron is the ultimate professional and so enjoys his job which intern provides us with a magnificent experience.


By: Mark

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2020

Ron did a great job planning our trip to Munich and Salzburg. Clear and timely communication and he took time to find out what we wanted to do. He delivered on everything he said he would. Will definitely use him again.

South America

By: Tim

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2020

Ron is always very thorough in planning every aspect of our travel adventures. He anticipates what our needs will be, and he has the answers to our questions before we ask him.

Amazing service

By: klevine

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2020

Ron is one of the easiest and most thorough people I have ever worked with. He is super responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful. I look forward to working with him in the future.

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  • - 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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