Trish Gastineau CTC, MCC

Fort Myers, FL United States
Simply Customized Travel, an independent affiliate of Travel Experts, Inc.
Travel Specialties
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • River Cruising
  • Independent Tours
  • Family Travel

Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • German

My Background

Thank you for coming to my page. I love what I GET to do & I'm so happy you're here! :)

My love affair w/Europe started when my Dad was in the Navy. I always begged & pleaded for him to move us to Europe when he "re-upped"! Sadly, that never happened.

Living in Europe one day is still a goal, but for now I travel every chance I get. I love the culture, the art, the architecture the food & the people. I average 4 International trips per year, and as of 2018 have sailed on 8 River Cruises.

I'm a Life-Long-Learner & since 1993, I've earned my Master Cruise Counselor & Certified Travel Counselor degrees, and multiple Destination Specialist designations. I'm also proud to be an Award-Winning River Cruise Specialist & a Tauck Certified Agent, (membership is less than 1% of agents!)


  • River Cruising for Individuals, Groups, & Non-Profits
  • Planning & Escorting Small to Large Group Travel
  • Customizing Unique Travel Experiences & Adventures
  • Company Incentive Trips
  • Mentoring & teaching
  • Speaking at conferences & meetings on a host of subjects.
  • Reading, Working Puzzles, Mah Jongg & Playing Cards
  • Having Silly Fun

Please call or email me TODAY :) - 239-494-5226 or

Helping People, Making New Friends, Learning New Things & Having Fun!

Places I Have Traveled


Virtuoso Alliances
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Highly Recommended

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

Thank you for the planning and quick turnaround on our short trip to Disney world!  Our trip was perfectly planned and all I had to do was make a quick call to Trish and she took care of the rest!
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Wonderful travel agent!!

By: happy travels

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2014

Trish was wonderful from the minute we started planning until long after I had returned.I had not traveled out of the country in years and need some special guidance and lots of support. She helped me plan my trip, which was effortless on my part, and recommended a fabulous! resort that was just what I needed. When I ran into some issues she was very available to help me.I will definitely use her services again,and recommend her to all my friends!!
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Relaxing Vacation -- no thinking required!

By: Jenny

Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2014

Trish planed a seamless trip to Mexico for me and 3 friends. Everything went off without a hitch. The resort was great and the transfers to/from the airport were smooth.
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Professional, competent, helpful - highly recommended

By: PP

Reviewed on: 21 May 2014

It is a pleasure to work with professional and competent people since you know that everything will be taken care of - even the things you don';t know that you need to know!Trish is so easy to work with, and ensured that everything went smoothly - starting with navigating the maze that is frequently an obstacle when trying to use airline points and fnishing with identifying tour guides in both the Czech Republic and Romania.!
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Highly recommend

By: Betty

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2014

I have been planning vacations with Trish for 20+ years.  She takes the time to listen to what you want in a vacation much you want to spend, how much activity you want or what kind of food & drink you like.  She thinks of everything and is a dream to deal with.  I never hesitate to refer people to her because I know she will take great care of them.  She will never book something for you that she wouldn't book for herself or her own family members.  She has integrity and truly enjoys helping her clients plan the perfect vacation.  Virtuoso is lucky to have Trish on their team.
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Highly Recommend

By: Rose

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2014

The trip was perfect. Trish made sure that there were no surprises. She made sure that our room was located near everything so my husband did not have far to walk to dining room etc. She checked on us during the trip to make sure we did not need anything. There is not one detail that I think she missed. Our flights were planned to meet our needs and we had no problems. The cruise was more than I had expected, I could not have asked for anything better. Prior to leaving she meet with us, explained each excursion we had planned on taking and made sure all our questions were answered. This is the second trip Trish has planned for us. We will definitely use Trish for our next trip. She is the best, she wants you to have the best experience possible and does everything in her power to make it happen.
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Highly Recommend

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Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2014

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Recommend Highly!

By: Bev H.

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2014

This was my 1st trip to Europe and I can honestly say that it was the most enjoyable trip/vacation that I have ever experienced! That was due to Trish's experience and expertise, if something  even surfaced it was quickly and efficiently taken care of before it became a 'problem'!I can't remember ever taking a vacation that I had absolutely NO complaints what-so-ever!Trish is the best!!!
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Highly recommended

By: mike64

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our recent river cruise on Amawaterways. Trish was excellent to work with in deciding which cruise line and itinerary best suited our desires. We are frequent travelers and Trish shared many options and provided her insights into the pros and cons of each. We settled on an Eastern Danube cruise which took us to several former soviet republics that we had not visited before. Great experience all around. She also was helpful in planning our individual pre and post cruise extensions.
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Wonderful caring agent

By: jacky27

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2014

Trish was very caring, answered immediately all my concerns. I enjoyed the trip.
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Attention to every detail

By: kcreech

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2014

Trish did an excellent job of helping plan the perfect trip. She coordinated 3 peoples different goals and made us all happy. All details were handled and communicated to me before the trip in an organized fashion which made everything easy to find. Everything that was within her control was handled professionally and correctly. Even flight cancellations and plan B's were handled timely and efficiently. I absolutely would recommend Trish if you are wanting a professional travel planner who is organized and friendly.
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Held our hand every step of the way!

By: Hat Lady

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2014

My husband and I have not travelled internationally until now. We were excited and apprehensive. Trish Gasteneau helped us to make wise choices and arranged a trip that was trouble-free and all we had anticipated. The weather for our Rhine River Christmas Markets river cruise was less than ideal. Every detail of our trip went off without a hitch. The ship recommended by Trish was fabulous. The food was delicious and plentiful! The staff were Ritz Carlton quality. And we made some wonderful new friends. We are planning an Alaskan cruise in the near future, and Trish will be "in charge" of that adventure as well.
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By: dog

Reviewed on: 01 May 2015

TRISH IS THE BEST She will help you any time you call her
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Trish and Avalon make a dream come true

By: DH

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2015

Trish arranged a totally unique travel experience for my daughter and I. The hotels she selected were within budget and all 4 star. Our aim was to tour Italy ,France and London. The tour company she used for the Italy portion was superb. Their tour experts were very knowledgeable, professional with a sense of humor for the history lessons and paced the tours in a very hot 42 C climate making the walking tours easy for everyone. Trish had suggested to cruise at the end of the trip to have the most memorable moments. She was so right! The Avalon cruise from Arles to Chalon sur Saone was a dream come true. Trish took the time to get to know me and what I was looking for in a European trip which was to be my once in a lifetime dream. She did absolutely everything down to private drivers and train tickets. All we had to do was pack our bags. I have already recommended Trish as an exceptional agent to a collegue who wants to book a river cruise.
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Rhine River Cruise

By: Mike G

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2016

Our Tauck River Cruise we took on the Rhine River was one of the most exciting and enjoyable trips we have taken in our lives. Trish did an amazing job putting the whole trip together and the trip was seamless. Her expertise and advice is the reason she is planning our next two trips for 2017 and 2018.
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Advisor Trish Gastineau

By: Rachel

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2017

Trish was fantastic! This was my first trip with Trish and I will work with her again! I have let my friends know about her also. She made sure that I had her personal cell # for while I was on my trip if I needed anything, that level of caring was wonderful!
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By: Karhy

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2017

Trish took care of all our travel arrangements and all went well. She followed up with me, making sure we had all needed travel documents. We will certainly use her services again
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New England/Canada

By: Chuck

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

She is the best. Gives you exactly what you want.
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Travel Specialist

By: Suzy Q

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2018

Working with Trish was like having our own personal concierge. She was always available for questions both before and during the cruise. She was so accommodating and helped smooth out all the little wrinkles and bumps along the way. Made for smooth sailing!
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Eastern Europe Getaway

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 14 May 2019

Trish is wonderful to work with. Very knowledgeable and thorough. Our trip was perfect. Just the right amount of scheduled time and free time. Beautiful, conveniently located hotels in the right areas for wandering safely at night.
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