Mary Lou Yeager CTC, MCC

Williamsburg, VA United States
Royal Travel Center, an independent affiliate of McCabe World Travel, Inc.
Travel Specialties
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Fiji
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Beyond my 39 years as a travel advisor, my background in creative writing and theater relates to working with clients and understanding their stories. As in writing, I love the creative process when it comes to trip planning. You’re the main character in your travel story, which I am creating for you. Like an interior designer creates a dream home, I love designing my clients’ dream trips.

I’ve lived in Spain and the Philippines and seen the world in many ways. I adore Australia (its unique food, wine, history, and scenery), France (for the food, wine, language, and history) and the United Kingdom (my ancestry). I love food- and wine-centric travel, and have an interest in World Wars I and II. And, I must add Croatia to my list of favorites. After a recent visit which included a seven night Adriatic small ship cruise, I love the destination. It is a perfect extension for Italy. Idyllic islands, history, architecture, food and wine and beautiful folks.

My expertise is in group and specialty travel; I’ve planned trips for Kiwanis International to Japan and France, and for Clan MacFarlane and Atlanta Old White Rugby to Scotland. If you love Outlander, call me! I’ve traveled to Scotland extensively and can plan a custom tour to the sites where the television show was filmed.

I am so excited about sending you to Australia. Just returned from a fabulous array of experiences. Canberra and its phenomenal War Memorial Museum; Melbourne and its Hidden Secrets-the Lanes and Arcades. The Mornington Peninsula with wines and wildlife sanctuary. Your chance to hand feed a lovely kangaroo. The Yarra Valley: South Australia- the breathtaking Barossa Valley and likewise Kangaroo Island. Stay at the very special The Louise in the Barossa and indulge in the Appelation Restaurant's fabulous wine-pairing dinner. Then for the incomparable. Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Goes beyond description. This Aussie Specialist looks forward to planning your custom holiday to OZ.

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Mel

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2013

Mary Lou was terrific... responded to all requests. She obtained several perks for us at the hotel and we were very pleased with all the arrangements.


By: Scott B

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2014

Mary Lou helped us set up our honeymoon to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It was reasonably priced and we got everything we could ask for: flight, transfer, and an all inclusive resort. The trip was fantastic and one we won't forget. Mary Lou was pleasant to work with. She was very thorough with us and kept good communication both through phone and email. I definitely recommend using her to help plan your next trip!

Terrific Tour guide

By: BoxterS

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2014

Our Tauck tour of the Canadian Rockies was absolutely wonderful. Weather was great for end of July-early August. landscapes, mountains, waterfalls were beyond imagination. Our Tour Director did a fantastic job paying attention to the smallest detail and was very knowledgeable! Likewise, the bus driver put safety first and always got us to every destination on time. We would highly recommend the Glacier and Canadian Rockies tour and consider it the best of our three Tauck tours.

Professional, works hard, and loves what she does

By: Bill and Pat

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2014

Mary Lou is the only travel agent we will ever use! She put a trip together for us to Peru and Bolivia and we could not have been more pleased! She knows what she is talking about, is a true professional, and is dedicated to ensuring that her clients are satisfied.

The Perfect Trip!

By: Mary & Gary

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2014

We came to Mary Lou for assistance in planning a trip to England to attend a once in a lifetime event (complete with British royalty). From the choice of airline, to ground transportation, and especially lodging, Mary Lou chose exactly what we needed to travel successfully and comfortably with our 88 year-old, disabled mother. Everything came off with the precision of a military operation, which allowed us to enjoy our trip to the fullest. We now have memories that will enrich and sustain us for the rest of our lives. In our opinion, this was the perfect trip. We would recommend Mary Lou to everyone; she is a true professional and we appreciate her efforts on our behalf.

Great trip and great help from ML

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Mary Lou planned our 24 day European travel. It was first class all the way. Our visits to Amsterdam, Prague and Munich were met promptly by knowledgeable drivers, our guides, tours and dining experiences could not have been better. the Tauck tour was great.

Great experience!!!!

By: Gabbi

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2015

Wonderful westward trip...Tauck and Mary Lou made it perfect. Seeing our beautiful country is a long over due adventure!!!

New England-Cape Cod

By: Sandra

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2015

Unfortunately, medical problems caused me to cancel my trip. But Mary Lou was most helpful in planning the trip and then following through for me quickly and efficiently when I had to cancel. I had no problems with receiving refund. Hope to book this trip again through her.

Perfect hotel recommendation!

By: Skippo9

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2015

Once again, Mary Lou came thru with the perfect hotel in Brussels. The Hotel Amigo not only is in the best location in Brussels, but the service and accommodations were first class. I highly recommend you use Royal Travel for your next trip!

Extremely helpful and timely! Always good advice.

By: Jackson

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

We just completed a cruise with Oceania called "Amazon Adventures." It was a wonderful cruise and excellent in all aspects. Mary Lou suggested we go on a wait list for this years cruise as we were book for 2016. It came through and she worked with us to get visas, tours etc. in a short period of time. Highly recommend Mary Lou Yeager and Oceania Cruises. We are booked for our 7th cruise in 2016!!!!

Excellent planning

By: JC

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2016

Mary Lou did an excellent job in coordinating the details of our 27 day cruise from Venice to Miami including air, Airport transfers and working with the cruise line. Highly recommend her service!!

Fantastic South Africa adventure

By: Bud

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

We worked with Mary Lou for our flights and visit to the Cape Town area. We previously purchased at a charity auction a Safari in a game reserve outside the Kruger Park. May Lou did a wonderful job for us. She was prompt, arranged for some fantastic private tours and found us some terrific flights on Emirates. We loved what she did for us!

Excellent Advisor

By: GMissyZ

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

I have palnned several trips with Mary Lou's amazing help. She takes the time to get to know you andfinds out what you really want to experience on your trip, and then she goes to work. Mary Lou will do everything for you or advise you on options and how-tos: totally up to you. She recommends upgrades only when the value is truly there. We've always been pleased.

Fantastic 2017 Rhone River Cruise

By: Mickie

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

Mary Lou created a fabulous adventure for us! We thoroughly enjoyed the river cruise and the tours after the cruise were wonderful. Mary Lou responded to our requests with perfect tours. The wine tour at Chateau du Petite Thouars was beyond our expectations. Mary Lou was a dream to work with and we look forward to planning many future trips with her!

The trip that took my breath away!

By: Mary Beth

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

Starting my trip, from the moment I arrived at the San Diego airport, to ending my trip arriving back at the San Diego airport, the entire journey for the 10 days was as smooth as still waters! So much so, I arrived home totally nourished! Mary Lou and I go way back to our "navy wife" days in the Philippines. I have watched with delight Mary Lou's travels on Facebook and then in my life, when I was able to travel, I called her. Being a first time traveler and having much faith in her professional experience, she analyzed my needs and set up an all inclusive trip from start to finish for me. The Tauck river cruise on the Seine. She made it all so perfect, with every detail carefully falling into place!!! One by one! She's the best! And I look forward to continued travel with Mary Lou. Sincerely, Mary Beth Fenick

An excellent advisor!

By: Rita

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

We have worked with Mary Lou for years and she always recommends the loveliest hotels - we have been so happy with her choices for us from Ireland to Italy to France to Eastern Europe and even river cruises. She works very hard to make sure everything is covered, and that here are no surprises.
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The Best!

By: Jilly

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Charming, personable, accurate, detail oriented. The Best!

Highly recommended agent

By: JC

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

Outstanding in all respects

Best of the best

By: Anna banana

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2017

She is thoughtful proactive very competent. I had and will have total confidence in her.


By: Linda

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2017

Mary Lou Yeager was very pleasant to work with. She listened well and gave good advice. She always responded promptly with good suggestions. Our trip was created for us, I guess by Mary Lou working with Swain Destinations. It was always unclear to me what was planned and reserved by Mary Lou vs. Swain Destinations. In the end it doesn't matter who arranged what part of the trip, the trip turned out to be wonderful!
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Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2018

Mary Lou is super! She is always on top of everything and so fast and efficient in all things dealing with any trip that we have worked with her on over the past years. We have recommended her over and over to friends. She is the best!
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The best!

By: Phoebe

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2018

She is always attentive to my needs and any details. Never pushy and always upbeat. I often recommend to my friends.

Sociaety Island

By: Paul & Sandy

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

Our experience working with Ms Yeager has been excellent and very satisfying. She has provided us with good options and followed up with requests in a timely manner. We can only wish for more trips like our Society Island experience.
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