Claire Hearn 

Carolina Beach, NC United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Independent Tours
  • Safari
  • Food & Wine
  • Ocean Cruising

  • Rwanda
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
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Selling Travel Since
  • French
  • German

My Background

I genuinely appreciate your interest and promise to give you the same level of attention to detail that I'd give to planning a trip for my own family!

In the past year, I have arranged trips to all parts of the United States and the rest of the World, including Italy, France, Great Britain, Mexico, various parts of Africa, Japan, The Maldives, The Caribbean, The islands of Hawaii as well as to Costa Rica, Disneyland, New Zealand, trips to go Leaf Peeping, sports team itineraries and rock bands on US tours!

I specialize in crafting individual trips and family vacations as well as group and multi-family reunions or gatherings. I can offer a full vacation service - trains, planes, cars, private and group tour operators as well as hotel, villas, travel insurance, spa and theatre bookings, excursions and any special needs or arrangements - nothing is to big or too small to be included!

I also have several long-term business clients whose personal travel needs I facilitate and even manage some of their business events.

My area of specialty is building premium unique vacations for families which fit your budget. Year round travel in the States, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe France, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Turkey) or even further afield (The Maldives, Africa and India).

I am able to leverage the fact that I’m from the UK, have traveled extensively in the States and Mexico as well as having worked and traveled across Europe organizing events and visiting some of Europe’s elite hotels and spas for almost 20 years. As well as the major attractions, I offer the experiences and restaurants that only the locals know about. If your itinerary involves multiple destinations, I’ll help you plan so that you can focus on having the time of your lives and manage all of the logistics and minimize the transfers so that you have a hassle free holiday.

Think of me as your travel personal trainer. If you have a broad idea, tell me what you want and let me develop a really unique itinerary. Want to use miles for flights? No problem. Change your mind and want to spend another day at that spa? Easy. Want to look for a new sports experience that you’ve never tried with the kids, a private tour of Parliament, or a family cooking class on the Amalfi coast? How about a search for that elusive leopard on a private wildlife reserve? I can offer ideas and hands-on advice. And if you’re starting from the other end of the spectrum and you know you need a break but aren’t sure where, let me come up with two or three really different ideas that will change the way you think of a vacation.

Places I Have Traveled

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BEST Travel Agent in the North Shore!!

By: ML Fitch

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2014

What can I say about Claire...Patient! Yes, I made so many changes and asked so many questions and she just smiled (I imagined from my computer) and happily went along her way to find a way to make it all work for me within my crazy timeframe. Thrifty! Yes, I told Claire that I didn't want to stay at the high-end typical hotels, but rather the local places that were well-thought of and offered the best of customer service...Claire found them and then some! BEST customer service at these hotels ever! Innovative! Yes, I asked Claire to fit every dream location on my wish list into my 8 extra days. She was able to pull it off and make it a relaxing experience. I was in three locations, had three flights, and saw all the major sites on the eastern half of Australia...and still had time for visits with the locals and wonderful meals along the way.  I can't tell you what a pleasure it was dealing with Claire. I highly recommend her for all your travel needs!!

Trip of a Lifetime!

By: Jane

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2014

We had an awesome time on trip Claire organized for us. Everyone had fun from age 12 to 18, and the adults too!!! So fun. Love the special behind-the-scene type experiences!

Mexico Scuba

By: Ted

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2015

Everything was seamless. Great hotel selections. Pre-arranged scuba trips, including private boats, so that everything worked perfectly!

Expert Friendly Service!

By: Annette

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2015

Working with Claire is so easy! She is so well traveled herself and has alot of great advice.

very personal and helpful service!

By: katief

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2015

claire was incredibly helpful all the way through our travel planning process. i couldn't have asked for more professional or attentive service! she is the best!

5 Star Resort

By: Nikki74

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2015

We had a wonderful vacation at GBC! Beautiful suites with wonderful staff who provided amazing service. Highly recommend this resort. Claire was very helpful with planing our trip and answering all our questions prior to travel.

Norway and Sweden the way we hoped they would be!

By: Mary G

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2015

Thank you, Claire! This was a very special holiday for my daughter (a freshly-minted college grad) and myself. Claire created a unique trip for us in the breathtaking fjords of Norway and then onto Midsummer celebrations in Stockholm. The week was without a single hitch. Accommodations were lovely, guides and drivers were first rate and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. By partnering with a Scandinavian travel specialist, Claire was able to give us both the must-see experiences we had read about AND some others that we would never have found on our own. Both Claire and our guides were flexible if we needed a little extra downtime or wanted to detour from the itinerary. We felt very well taken care of. Thanks again for a wonderful holiday and for so many happy memories!

Wonderful service

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2015

Terrific trip. Every detail was planned well.

Greek Romance

By: Celebrating our 25th

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2015

My wife and I worked with Claire Hearn to plan a 25th wedding anniversary trip to Greece recently. We just returned from two weeks in Athens and Santorini. Claire and her in country Greek colleagues helped plan a great trip. She listened to our needs and made excellent suggestions. She was flexible when we wanted to change our minds on a few things (more than once!). The trip went flawlessly - even down to the smallest of details! Excellent work Claire and team!

Easy, quick, perfect.........

By: Eric

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2015

Easy, quick, perfect.........That says it all.

Norwegian Adventure

By: EC

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2015

Fantastic trip with every detail accounted for. Claire and her Norwegian colleagues were wonderful!! The guides and other service providers (Kayak & Glacier Hiking) were always on time, professional and very attentive to our needs. Turn by turn directions for each leg of our trip through the steep mountain roads were exceptionally helpful and always accurate. We would not hesitate to put our trust in Claire!! Thank you

Great trip to Greece and London

By: jst41

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

Great trip without a single glitch. Claire did a great job.

This hotel has a lobby


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2015

It was a great stay at the Saint Regis, Rome. The hotel has a lobby where you can wait to check-in, sit a spell before going to your room, and even cavort about waiting to take on the day.

Great Service

By: Nikki74

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2016

Claire secured 2 suites for us with all the Virtuoso benefits and more. She obviously has a great relationship with the hotel and we were well taken care of.

Consistent great service!

By: Nikki74

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2016

Claire was very helpful with our Aria Las Vegas reservations!

Great service and expert recommendations!

By: ian

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2016

Claire provided advice on the perfect spot for our pre-Christmas vacation. It wasn't easy, we have 8 travelers and wanted a reasonably priced high end resort. They do exist in Mexico we found out with Claire's help.

Claire Hearn

By: Canada

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2017

Claire is absolutely knowledgeable and makes our travel wishes come true. We cannot and will not ever plan a trip without her. She's always available if there's a problem. She's a pleasure to work with.

Claire Hearn

By: Montreal

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2018

Claire always plans the most spectacular trips for us!! She’s the most incredible and knowledgeable agent we have ever worked with. When you call her she always responds to us right away.

Amazing Claire

By: Prince William

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2018

She knows the best of everything, has been everywhere, works quick and always with an amazing attitude. The world would be a better place if there were more Claire.

Africa and England


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

Claire is simply the best! She offers up unique and creative ideas while always getting the basics done to perfection. She is fast and one of the friendliest people on the planet. I could not imagine booking an important trip without her

She makes traveling so easy for us!!! She’s so knowledgeable and informative.

By: Eleni

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2019

Claire is the most incredible travel consultant to work with. She only sends us to the most places and our accommodations are incredible. If there’s ever a problem Claire fixes it right away.

A little Spain and a lot of Portugal

By: Rose and Scott

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2019

Fabulous. She put all our wishes together and then some. She worked with her contacts in Spain and Portugal and we saw everything and had a fantastic trip. We had great guides who added their favorite restaurant recommendations to us also!


By: Pete Spark

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2020

Claire was professional and super easy to work with. Great options and pricing was where it needed to be. She achieved what I couldn’t

Best agent!

By: Canada

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2020

Claire makes all of our trips extra special! She makes everything so effortless for us. I can’t imagine ever working with anyone else! She has been planning our trips for many years every trip has been so special!

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