Denise Burcksen 

Rockville, MD United States
Luxury Travel Adventures LLC, an independent affiliate of Cruise Vacations International
Travel Specialties
  • Safari
  • Honeymoons
  • Food & Wine
  • Adventure
  • River Cruising

  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • Botswana
  • France
  • New Zealand
  • View More...
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I now sell luxury travel after a career in Marketing and Sales with global brands such as National Geographic and Time Warner.

My strength is listening to what type of experience a client is looking for, and designing and executing every detail  to provide my clients an experience that surpasses anything they could have thought of!   I am also there for my clients every step of the way:  before, during AND after their trip. 

In these tech-savvy days, a seasoned advisor also serves as a highly valuable filter for all the information out there on the Internet.   My goal is to provide above-and-beyond service and expertise, while also securing amenities that clients could not get on their own.  

My travel philosophy is best summed up in the words of the great Mark Twain:  "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."

Places I Have Traveled


Virtuoso Alliances
  • Priority Travel Specialist

Reviews and Recommendations for Denise Burcksen


of 12

Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by

Perfect - down to the last detail!

By: P&L

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2014

Denise did a fabulous job preparing and organizing our trip to Italy. She listened to what we wanted, made suggestions to enhance our experiences, and followed through with all of the details. Had a absolutely wonderful vacation, with no preplanning stress. Denise did all of the work so we could have all of the fun. Looking forward to our next vacation! Denise is great, we highly recommend her to anyone planning a trip.

Africa 2016

By: TravBug

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2016

Denise went above and beyond helping us plan my number one bucket list travel item - a trip to Africa. A year ago we gave her a list of things we wanted to see and do in Africa and a budget and she made it all happen and then some! Our accommodations were top notch, no detail was spared and she had a few surprises planned along the way. The tour guides were fantastic and the safari lodges were nothing I could have imagined existed. If anyone is thinking of planning a trip of this magnitude we highly recommend Denise to help you with your planning. At the end of the trip my husband wanted to know what was my new number one bucket list to do was and I without hesitation said, "To return to Africa!".

Exceptional planning for our family trip!

By: Joanna6

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2016

Denise, from Virtuoso travel in Rockville helped us plan our family trip to Dubai, Cape Town, Kapama Buffalo camp and Victoria Falls. The trip was incredible and the accommodations she booked were very nice and luxurious. Denise's exceptional planning made our trip wonderful. We were really impressed and very appreciative of how much time Denise spent with my family and me to get a better understanding of exactly what we were looking for in a vacation. Once we decided on our itinerary she continued to help us plan and was always available to answer my many questions. Denise was able to share her personal experience at each hotel, safari, airline as well as with our planned excursions. Denise had a complete understanding of our "travel" likes and dislikes prior to presenting us with a draft itinerary tailored to our family. We are very glad we chose to work with Denise and Virtuoso, we will definitely book our next trip with Denise!

Denise is fantastic!

By: Amy

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2016

Denise was great. Patient and very thorough helping us plan our trip.

Amazing expert service

By: Lucille

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2016

Denise is so knowledgable and easy to work with. I look forward to booking many more vacations with her.

Expert, Superb Service!

By: EmandChris

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2016

I will be sending all of my friends to Denise from here on out. She was outstanding from start to finish. Her expertise and service went above and beyond. She was knowledgeable about the area and resorts and made great recommendations. She really took the time to work with us in creating the perfect honeymoon, keeping our wishes and budget in mind. We didn't have to worry about anything on our trip. Any little hiccup, her team had already known about and handled for us. She was in contact with us during our trip and made sure everything went smoothly. She worked with the resorts and we wound up getting upgraded everywhere we went! I really can't say enough about how wonderful Denise was. I hope to work with her again in the future and will never go to anyone else for my travel needs.
  Loading comments. Please wait...

Made the trip easy!

By: Dusty

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2016

Denise helped us with our trip to Greece and a tour of the islands. She helped us ID a cruise line that would meet our needs and still accommodate our 24 year old son. It was great. Thanks Denise. You made it easy for us.

Absolutely superb

By: indi429

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2016

Denise was absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. She was incredibly thorough, and literally thought of everything. There was no detail too small. She was very quick with email responses, was very knowledgeable of the area we wanted to travel to, and efficiently put together the honeymoon of our dreams. From the moment we left, everything was seamless and we were well taken care of by all of the tour guides and hotels. As a bonus, everyone knew it was our honeymoon and had sweet surprises for us to make us feel extra special. It was obvious Denise went the extra mile and we could not have been happier with our trip. The tour guides were fantastic, the hotels were top notch and exactly as advertised. We had the trip of a lifetime and would not hesitate to use Denise for future trip planning.

Denise gets it right overtime!

By: Pam

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2016

We have worked with Denise on a number of vacations, and she did not disappoint when helping us plan our Pacific Northwest trip. As usual, her recommendations and efficiency was top notch. Knowing that we enjoyed biking, Denise coordinated a Backroad's trip exploring the Victoria Islands. With the tour team taking care of all the details, we had the flexibility to enjoy the beautiful countryside with others in our group, but also had time to explore on our own. Never having been to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we knew 5 days was not enough, so once off our bikes, Denise arranged fantastic stays in Whistler and Vancouver. As usual, Denise had anticipated our needs, and all arrangements were flawless. Thanks again for helping us have one more wonderful vacation with lasting memories.

Amazing Family Cruise on the Norwegian Getaway

By: Schwen

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2018

Denise was a gem! Her knowledge of the cruise industry was critical to helping us secure the right cruise line and itinerary for our family of 5. Denise took the time to get to know what we were looking for out of our vacation, our style of vacationing and helped us customize a fabulous trip that exceeded the expectations of all 5 of us! (parents, teens and tweens!). Denise follows up after booking and does extra research to ensure you are maximizing your experience. She is always available and is not afraid to redirect you/offer advice based on her extensive travel knowledge. We love working with Denise. She puts the FUN back in vacation travel planning!

Disney Cruise

By: Lulu

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

I have been on a number of cruises and know they can easily booked online. Life is different now with work and kids, such that I don't have the time to spend planning. Denise made the process of booking a Disney cruise completely painless for me. She took care of all the minor details that not only made booking easy, but eliminated headaches during the embarkation and disembarkation process. People that regularly attend Disney vacations know the "ins and outs" from experience, but I was privy to this information as well by working through Denise. She was able to lock in the desired timing for events such as dinner and salon visits to include snagging one of the coveted cabanas on the private island, which is apparently near impossible to get. Her dedication to ensure we had a great family vacation made it a success. I value her opinion and input enough to not only plan my own future vacations through her, but to recommend her to friends and family.

Trip of a Lifetime

By: S Africa

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Working with Denise was a great experience for us. First and foremost she LOVES what she does and her enthusiasm was inspiring. We found Denise to be a great listener, flexible, knowledgeable, patient and a skilled problem solver. As you can imagine a trip of this magnitude with multiple flights, hotels, safari camps, tours, requests, personal idiosyncrasies and requirements is no easy task. However in the end the trip flowed seamlessly. We had a truly amazing time and would do it all again in a heartbeat. I highly recommend Denise.

Working with Denise Burcksen, 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

Explore with the Best

Virtuoso Advisors are constantly pushing the boundaries in unique travel experiences.
Alliance programs are unique tailored experiences exclusive to travelers working with Virtuoso Travel Advisors.
learn more
  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • Botswana
  • France
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Maldives
  • French Polynesia
  • United Arab Emirates