Bettie Lee CTC

Houston, TX United States
Why work with an advisor? 
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising


Destinations
  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
1978
Languages
  • English

My Background

35 years experience as a leisure and corporate travel consultant. Traveled to 106 countries and all 50 states. Extensive cruise travel and widespread travel around Asia, Extended stays in many European countries, I have been on 7 African safaris.

Places I Have Traveled


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Did a good job

By: Young75


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

Betty did a good with air arrangements and everything directly in her control. Some of the overseas arrangements did not come off as planned.

Highly Recommended

By: Blondie


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2013

Bettie Lee is the greatest. She has been organizing my trips for the last seven years. Couldn't do it without her. Always plans safe and upscale journeys for me. Has great ideas and works out the tiniest details. So very pleasant and accommodating. What a gem!!! Would recommend her to any one who wants the best.

Awesome Agent

By: Diana


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2013

We are very pleased with Ms. Bettie Lee's service in our trip in the summer. She helped us to arrange all our travel needs in very timely and detailed fashion. Because of personal reasons, we had to change our air tickets back and forth countless times. She was always there to assist us, even on weekend and on her vacation days... She made our Africa Safari trip such a wonderful experience! We will definitely go to her again in our future travel need, and highly recommend her to our friends!

Highly recommended

By: joycetrav


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2013

Bettie always plans a great trip for us. She lets us know in which city the Virtuoso trip will take place. Our most recent Virtuoso trip to Kotor and Budva was very diverse and interesting. We saw the ancient method of olive oil pressing, ate wonderful vegetables, cheese, bread and wine. We toured a wine cellar and tasted the wine. Bettie's knowledge of places to visit, things to do, and trip planning is excellent.

Highly recommended

By: Gene C


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Bettie always does a bang-up job, leaving no leaves unturned nor any detail overlooked. The Virtuoso experience is always without comparison.

A+

By: JA


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

She is the best person and travel agent I have ever known. That is for a very long time! She did all the travel arrangments for my late husband when he was CEO of Marathon Manaufacturing.There is no one better.

Deauville and Normandy

By: Buddy


Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2013

Fall in Normandy perfect with no crowds. Enjoyed Hotel Normandy. Each morning horses from the race track are exercised on the beach. Highlight Mont Saint Michel. Guide was the easiest one to understand we have had. Bayeux for tapestry that commemorates 1066. Honfleur, beautiful fishing village for lunch. WW II American cemetery closed by President. Saw landing beaches and memorial at Caen. Would recommend trip.

Highly recommend!

By: BarryH


Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2013

As usual, Bettie did a fantastic job planning our Bavarian trip! Every detail was perfect. The Virtuoso Hotels were superb. She knows exactly how we like to travel, and she always delivers. We have recommended her to several of our friends, and they have all agreed that she is simply the best. Thank you.

Recommended

By: George


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

The trip was a routine one, and everything went as scheduled.

Highly Recommended

By: Michael42


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

We have used Woodlake since Bettie bought the company and have been pleased and impressed with the service and attention we receive. We would not consider using anyone else for our travel plans.

Highly recommended!

By: Tricia O


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Bettie did a fabulous job of putting together a last minute trip for my mom and me. Every detail was taken care of, and the Silverseas is an unbelievably great cruise line.

Highly recommend

By: Frannie


Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Bettie Lee was skillful in getting our trip done and was always easy to contact. Would recommend her for any complicated trip.

Outstanding

By: GHe34


Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2013

A consummate professional. The best in the business. Extremely knowledgeable.

Highly recommended

By: Jesse


Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2013

As always Bettie was knowledgeable responsive and helpful in all aspects of planning the trip

Highly recommended

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2014

Bettie, doesn't a great job of planning our family trip.  She take care of all the many details to make our cruise relaxed 

She is greaaaat

By: HB


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2014

Bettie is so competent that she can plan a great trip here or abroad? I would never think of using anybody but Bettie as she is so very knowledgeable of the places tho go and see wherever you are. I've never had a bad experience when she planned my trips! Jerry Ann Woodfin Jcosta

Highly recommend

By: Ljuenke


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Bettie did an amazing job planning our honeymoon. Every moment of the trip was unbelievable! The hotels that we stayed in were awesome. If you are looking for a fabulous trip, contact Bettie, she's the best!!

highly recommended

By: auntiem


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2014

very detailed very precise best travelbook for client that I have ever seem....

Highly recommended

By: keith


Reviewed on: 17 Jan 2014

Very professional, responded very quickly, easy to work with.

The best

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2014

You can always be comfortable that every aspect of trip has been addresses and properly handled.A great attribute of Bettie is her attention to detail.

Have recommended Bettie to many others

By: george


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2014

Travel booked through Woodlake Travel is always well-planned.

Highly

By: R.J.


Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2014

This is the first time we have her plan our trip. We are very impressed with her professional knowledge. Her response is very prompt. So far we are very happy with her service.

Highly Recommended

By: Emm2014


Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2014

She's excellent planner with great attention to detail. She's aware of all the best options for any trip. Nothing is left to chance, all the bases are covered.She's taken care of all the family travel arrangements for the last 30 years.

excellent and promt service

By: ted64


Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2014

Highly recommended

By: ld


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2014

Bettie is the greatest!!!  Would recommend her to anyone who only likes the best.

highly recommend

By: Frannie


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

She was a great help and when we had to cancel because of health reasons, she was most helpful in that regard.

Highly recommend

By: Traveltwo


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2014

Especially impressed with the guides we had. A total of six guides in New Zealand and Australia.   All were excellent.

Highly recommend

By: Em


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2014

great preparationCollateral very organized

Highly ecommended

By: Tim


Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2014

Bettie recommended Regent for a long time. We were reluctant because of an unfortunate experience with their sister company Oceania! As it turned out we had the same misunderstanding with Regent on our room! We called Bettie and she immediately got the problem fixed. I am certain we could not have done it on our own. Regent proved to be a nice cruise line and we value Bettie as our agent!

Highly Recommended

By: LG


Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2014

Bettie was exceptional in the planning of our vacation. She was available for any request we had or any little hitch we came across. She has planned several vacations for me and I would highly recommend her services.LG

Expectations exceeded

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 31 May 2014

Bettie Lee did everything that I could have asked for and more   I have used her many times in the past and will use her again

highly recommend

By: doc


Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2014

Overall I would recommend very highly - couple of minor problems. She did not inform me of parking problems in Florence (she arranged personal tours there and arranged rental car) which would have avoided some hassles, and when asked 4-5 questions in an email, she occasionally would answer only 2-3 questions which would prompt another email. But overall very pleased and I would use her again.

By: Honeybee


Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2014

she is great!!! Need I say more!

Highly recommend Bettie, knowledgable, experienced, well traveled!

By: Bobbye &Robert


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014

Our first experience using a travel agency, the trip was fabulous. Weapplaud Bettie Harding for this success.Everything went according to plan, all contacts were friendly, servicesperfect. We loved our trip. Bettie was wonderful, so efficient andattentive to details. Traveling well is a skill, Bettie has the fine knowledge of knowing what it takes to make a trip memorable and is sensitive to her clients needs and wants. Thanks Bettie!

Highly Recommended

By: BethC


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2014

Bettie was a great resource for ideas and options for our family vacation. Bettie was knowledgable, organized, efficient and available as we were in the planning stages. Our reservations were perfectly executed and her recommendations were top-notch. I highly recommend Bettie, and Virtuoso!  

Highly recommended

By: Burney H.


Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2014

Terrific!

By: Jeanne & Jack


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2014

We enjoyed the Ireland tour with the University of St. Thomas, it was filled with great historic sites, wonderful food, time to relax and time to revel in Irish hospitality!  The company was warm, friendly and lots of fun to be with.  Both Bob and Maryann Ivany were the perfect hosts, always making sure our needs were met and all were having a good time!

Great Trip - Great Resort!

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2014

Had a wonderful and relaxing trip to Pelican Hill where Bettie got us a fabulous room with an ocean view. The breakfast spa credits were very much appreciated as was the welcome basket of fruit that was delivered upon our arrival. Thank you so much for all of your help and hospitality!

JDG

By: JDG


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2014

The Tauck river cruise was fabulous!! The one difficultiy that we encountered was on the Paris to Nice segment. We checked to make sure that our luggage was in the airport. It was, but we had to pay 120 euros to ship our luggage to Nice because we had a cheap one way ticket that did not include shipping luggage. I never heard of that before. One of the best trips that we have had with Tauck.

A wonderful trip!

By: Off to New Hampshire


Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2014

My trip was just wonderful. Everything had been so beautifully planned and I could just relax and enjoy myself. I will definitely get Bettie Lee to plan a future trip.

Simply, the Best

By: Barry


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2014

A great 3 weeks in the UK. Everything Bettie recommended and booked was perfect as usual. Wonderful hotels, Michelin starred restaurants, garden and castle tours were memorable. Kudos for Bettie!

Great trip

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2014

Bettie Lee is perfect as always!! Thanks Ed Peine

Great service

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

We had a great trip that was flawlessly planned. Great ship and wonderful accomodations

Over-the-top Expertise and Service

By: Karen J


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2014

When I want to have a world-class travel experience, Bettie Lee is the "go-to" person. Not only does she have exquisite taste, Bettie is the rare travel professional who combines extensive knowledge with common sense. Our cruise with Silversea was predictably wonderful-- this cruise line consistently delivers superior service with flair! Bettie booked the cruise, but her greatest help was assuring that our pre- and post-cruise experiences matched our time on board the Silver Whisper. Bettie selected two boutique hotels-- the Hotel le St James in old-town Montreal and The Lowell in NYC-- and both were superb. Thank you to Virtuoso for the lovely amenities that added to our hotel stays, and MEGA-thanks to Bettie for her invaluable counsel and friendship.

France

By: buddy


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2014

I had expert advice and counsel.

BREATH TAKING

By: CORY


Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2014

I had a great trip, matt did a great job at tending to everyones needs. i would definately use tauck again and even more so if matt would be the tour director :) great job 100% of the way. matt went above and beyond my expectations

Rosewood San Miguel

By: Jackie V


Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2015

Loved the Rosewood San Miguel - suite was very elegant and would stay there again for sure

Wonderful Trip

By: Pa Joe


Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2015

Our trip was fantastic beginning with our flight on Air New Zealand. What a service-oriented organization catering to every whim. New Zealand is a beautiful, lush country with nice ports and panoramic views of the ocean. In Australia, Melbourne has a big city feel while Sydney is a gorgeous port. We had the opportunity to tour the Sydney Opera House while there. Bettie organized a tour for the afternoon which included the bays of Sydney and a few beaches. On our return, we flew Qantas which is a good airline, however didn't come close to Air New Zealand.

Great trip

By: ed


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2015

The trip was perfect as always Thanks you

Trip of a lifetime!

By: Ronny


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2015

Thank you Bettie for your help with our recent trip to Europe. It was absolutely the trip of a lifetime for us! All of the hotels were excellent and your recommendations for everything from restaurants to tours to places to visit were spot on. We got very fortunate with the weather and every day got better than the next. Two weeks flew by but we have great memories that we will cherish. Thanks again so much and we will definitely look forward to your guidance for future trips.

Made all the difference

By: David 64


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Had a very complicated two week trip to you Europe, combination of business and vacation. Simply could not have come together without Bettie's help. At every hotel we received an upgrade and other complimentary benefits. The car services were always on time, courteous, and flexible. When traveling to foreign countries Bettie's seemingly limitless contacts makes all the difference. Wouldn't think of going back without her help.

Expert and Knowledgeable!

By: Eich3


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2015

Bettie helped us plan our recent trip to Japan. She was especially valuable since she had been several times and could help us decide which places to visit within the time frame of our trip. There are so many things to do and see in Japan, and it was most beneficial to have someone knowledgeable help us narrow down the list. She connected us with JTB for the portions of the trip when we wanted a tour guide. Using an agent who can connect you to a trusted tour agency is a huge plus in our book. Bettie is efficient, helpful, pleasant and responsive - all important qualities. She also shares in our enthusiasm for our trips, which is a wonderful bonus! </p>

Superb, kind and professional service.

By: Baron


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

First, Bettie has been our travel agent for over ten (10) years and we have never been disappointed. Her knowledge of our destination, professional handling of all reservations and pleasant results are always very gratifying. The Four Seasons Resort - Jackson Hole was fantastic. My wife and I had our own room and our son and his family had their own room. We actually stayed at the Four Seasons Resort-Jackson Hole twice on this trip. On our way to Yellowstone National Park, we stayed one night. Upon our arrival, we were graciously met when we drove up, the luggage was quickly unloaded, we were quickly escorted to the front desk, the Manager (Michael Mestraud) was very pleasant, and best of all, we were advised that our rooms had been upgraded. Upon arrival to our upgraded rooms, we were pleasantly surprised at the size, cleanness and the view - to mention a few of the amenities. A coupled of month’s prior to the trip, we reserved a table for our first night dining in the main di

The Best!!

By: Grateful Traveller


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2015

Experienced, Capable, Attentive, Well-informed, Well-travelled, Top Performer all the way

It was exactly that, efficient, friendy service!

By: Ames


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2015

Bettie made several suggestions, rental car for one, that worked out to save us money. She also was a great help in deciding the most convenient route and flights. She is a great agent.

Great Tauck Trip

By: AsgJdg


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2015

Trip was wonderful in spite of occasional rain and colder weather than we expected. The Tauck guide was very informed about the places we visited. In fact she was one of the original planners of this trip along with Ken Burns. Lots of history in the Hudson Valley. We even went to Sleepy Hollow and the area was all decked out for Halloween.--Great trip would highly recommend it

Problem solver

By: Barry


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2015

Just spent 3 weeks in China, Hong Kong, Zander Kyoto, Japan. The China portion was an AK tour for four of us. The middle part failed to provide the level of service we felt like we had paid a substantial fee for. I contacted Bettie while she was in Europe, and she quickly contacted AK in Hong Kong..They immediately started taking a hands on approach to assure our standards were met for the rest of the trip. Our guides were superb, our tours more tailored to our desires. Although we could not have a do over for the subpar portion of the trip, AK stepped up and performed well for the remainder of our time.. We appreciated their response, and we are especially pleased with Bettie Lee's prompt and effective intervention. Without her jumping right, in our trip would have been a real expensive disappointment. Windows on Japan did a wonderful job guiding us through Kyoto. Thank you, Barry Harrell MD

Perfect as always

By: Ames


Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

What can I say. Everything worked beautifully and we had a great trip. Thanks Bettie!

Well done!

By: Joyce75


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2016

Hosts Helen and Richard were on top of it all. Did a great job aboard ship and on shore activities. Bettie Lee was her usual superb self in organizing trip. Always available, helpful and knowledgeable.

Always finds the answers!

By: JR


Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2016

Bettie is always gracious about taking phone calls at the worst times and find the answers to our little concerns and last minute details which seem wrong but always work out just a she said they would!

Very thorough and professional service

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2016

Bettie Lee has been our advisor on several trips over the last 10 years and I have recommended her to others. She is professional, provides timely service and has personal recommendations on most everything I ask about. We have always been pleased with the results of her advice.

Perfect vacation for our family

By: Claudia


Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2016

Dubrovnik was a beautiful and amazing trip! We enjoyed being able to walk to town, dinner and the beach from our house. We also felt having a few scheduled excursions and a few free days was the right mix for our group. Dubrovnik was a charming and safe place for our 20 year old children to explore on their own. It was nice that we could plan different day activities and meet up for a delicious dinner in the evening. Dubrovnik had the right amount of relaxing, fun activities and history for us. Thank you!
Not Recommended

Review of St. Laurence Cruise

By: Baker


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2016

We rated the cruise pretty low. Most of the shore excursions were pretty poor. Content was missing and on several they had audio problems and on one they never got it working, One excursion was canceled and on one the guide didn't show up and was replaced while we waited. Food was average. Our suite was very nice and the service was good.
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A great trip

By: Bee


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2016

Thorough and efficient.

Excellent, well planned trip

By: DavidT


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2016

We just returned from 2 weeks in Italy. The trip was delightful and all arrangements, which were made by Bettie Lee at Woodlake Travel, were perfect. We stayed at the Portrait Roma, Castello Banfi- Il Borgo near Montalcino, Portrait Firenze and at JK Place Roma when we returned to Rome at the end of our trip. All of these are upscale boutique hotels, which is what we requested, and Bettie did a great job meeting our preferences. Our favorite was Castello Banfi which is located on a 7500 acre estate about 20 minutes from Montalcino. Banfi is the largest producer of Brunello and they make some very fine wine. We did a cooking class there with 6 other guests and Chef Dominico, and it was great fun and we prepared quite a feast. The other hotels were lovely and extremely well located- both for shopping and exploring Rome and Florence by foot. Thank you, Bettie, for helping us organize a great trip.

Great trip

By: Mollie


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2016

Experience of a lifetime that I got to share with my daughter.

All handled gently and professionally

By: Marshal


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2016

Outstanding service from travel advisor. Hotel almost outstanding as well. The lack of a business center was a MAJOR PROBLEM for me. Even with over 100 channels available, The Golf Channel was not available. These two issues would prevent my return.

Always the absolute best!

By: realtortb


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2017

Bettie has once again arranged for a fabulous trip for us from beginning to end. After her recommendation of hotels on our flawless Europe trip two years ago, we decided to use the same chain in New York. She quickly made the arrangements we wanted and we were absolutely delighted. My 24-year old adult son said: Mom, everything Bettie does is top-notch! I think he is spoiled for life. I personally experienced the best tea ever. Everything was done with the utmost attention to perfect service. We love Bettie (and MO, of course!)

Disney

By: MGM


Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2017

Bettie planned a recent trip to Disney World. She arranged VIP, dinners and fun events for the kids...even got our room upgraded. Everything was fabulous. Thanks Bettie!!

Spain

By: Patti & Don


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2017

Very knowledgeable !!!! Made excellent choices for our trip.

Spain and Morocco

By: Bee


Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2017

Bettie Lee has advised on many trips and once again she gave wonderful advice. The hotels were wonderful and we had a wonderful experience. Her suggestions more than met our expectations. Thank you Bettie!

Thank you Bettie!

By: Ronny S


Reviewed on: 08 May 2017

As usual, Bettie made a superb plan for our recent trip to Israel and Italy! We always have total confidence in her selections for accommodations, guides, restaurants, travel, and activity suggestions and and this trip only confirmed this belief. In Israel she set us up with Kenes Tours who did an excellent job with our visit there. In Italy, Bettie booked us a two of the most fabulous hotels we have ever stayed in. The Hassler (in Rome) was very nice but the San Pietro (in Positano) was our all time favorite. And we were very fortunate to have secured upgraded suites at both thanks to our booking through Bettie. It definitely pays to use a Virtuoso agent. We stayed in six different hotels, had three plane trips, two train trips and three different drivers during this trip. I am pleased to say that there was not one issue throughout our journey. Thanks Bettie.

Rrr

By: SD


Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2017

Bettie helped us find the perfect hotel for our trip to London.

London/Paris Trip coordinated by Bettie Lee

By: Khaki Lano


Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2017

She was readily available and gave excellent recommendations.

Trip

By: wood worker


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2017

Excellent as always!!

travel

By: CCF


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Bettie knows the best places to stay!

China

By: Brenda


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

Excellent. Have used Bettie many times and she is thorough and efficient.

Explorer

By: Linda G


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

Great to work with

Travel agent

By: Theresa


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

Great Efficient

Essence of Japan

By: Billy


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Bettie has always been very helpful. Above and beyond our expectations.

Japan

By: McLellan


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

She is great! Very Knowledgeable.

Exemplary Assistance

By: Spike


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Satisfactory. She helped me with several alternative trips and helped me change a cruise on Silversea without a problem. She also battled with the trip insurance company that at first refused to permit to transfer coverage from one trip to another. Bettie went to bat for me and was successful in having the insurance company change its original position and making it do the right thing.

absolutely

By: nova scot


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

very timely. needed to respond quickly

A Wonderful Trip to Antarctica

By: Fred


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

She went over and above everything I expected from a travel agent.

Regent cruise 12-16

By: I D


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2018

Great Handled everything well

Scandinavia Trip

By: Linda


Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2018

Working with Bettie Lee and her group is very easy. They are always willing to look at options and offer suggestions that will benefit. And they keep working until they have an itinerary that you want.

Virtuoso should be honored to have Bettie Lee as a member.

By: Happy Traveler


Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

We have used Bettie for over 30 years and are pleased with her help. We are friends and I have only good comments.

Trip

By: Keith


Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

Easy to work with. She always finds the ideal location and accommodations for us

Bettie Lee is the Best!

By: Mindy


Reviewed on: 23 May 2018

Ms. Lee has never let us down. From recommending the perfect hotels to taking care of all the arrangements, we can count on her to be professional and always knowledgeable. Thanks to her we had a fabulous visit to Sydney, Australia. Thank you, Ms. Lee!

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