John Skelton 

Birmingham, United States
An independent affiliate of Andavo Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Honeymoons
  • Family Travel
  • Ocean Cruising

  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • United States - All
  • Portugal
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Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • Italian

My Background

Starting at a young age, I always dreamed of traveling to faraway places, and experiencing life as a local. My dream came true when I had the opportunity to study abroad for a year during college. I fell in love with Italy the moment I stepped off the plane in Rome.

I ended up living in Umbria for over fourteen years, where I had the great fortune of teaching at a prestigious local university. This allowed me to travel all over Italy, as well as the rest of Europe. I have taken a night train from Munich to Budapest, flown to London for dinner, rung in New Year’s on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, taken a cruise on the Nile, and celebrated my birthday in a castle.

As someone who specializes in European travel, I love using my vast experience to help my clients. Whether it’s a week sipping wine and soaking up the Tuscan sun or a weekend shopping getaway to London, let me put my expertise and passion to work for you in creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2016

John took care of every detail of our cruise trip, from airline reservations to side-trip hotels and transportation. He anticipated our needs and kept us informed. John let us know when reservations were complete and charges to credit cards were made. He even did an early airline check-in for us! John never got tired of the many questions we had or alternatives we asked about, and he actually seemed to enjoy those questions and taking care of all of the details of our trip. I highly recommend John Skelton and will certainly request his help when our next cruise or big trip is on the horizon!

Great trip from start to finish

By: Clifton

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2016

John booked our trip from beginning to end - flight to Seattle, two nights in the incredible Fairmont Olympic hotel in Seattle (he got us one night free), transfers from the airport to the hotel, seven night cruise from Seattle to Alaska, transfers from the ship to the airport. On the ship he got us credits for spending ($300), all daily crew tips paid ($210) and free internet for the whole trip ($100). He arranged a suite when we thought they were all taken. He checked with us several times prior to departure and made sure everything was perfect. He arranged wheelchairs at each airport going both ways for my wife, who had had hip replacement surgery two months before and we did not want her to have to walk a gabillion miles. The wheelchair service was waiting for us each step of the way. Wonderful trip and all made possible by his great legwork. We did not have to lift a finger.

Outstanding Knowledge of France!

By: Jeffd

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

John's experience in Paris helped him recommend some wonderful excursions prior to our Viking cruise to southern France. The Seine River dinner cruise was magical and very worthy of it's price. The Vintage Car Tour was also fun and a good finish to the evening. We will be certain to contact him with future travel needs.


By: Annaree

Reviewed on: 08 May 2018

John was great! I am normally a huge planner, but I didn't want to spend the time or energy to plan something overseas! After a meeting with my husband and me, he put together a great itinerary for our trip! We cant wait to go! It was a huge relief to me to have it so thoughtfully prepared! Thanks John!
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Our trip to Italy...

By: Happy Travelers

Reviewed on: 15 May 2018

John created an excellent itinerary in Italy for us and really paid attention to even the little details, which to us meant a lot. His suggestions on hotels, transportation, sites, etc. were all right on with what we told him we wanted to experience. He was right on the mark with everything! During our initial conversations with him he really paid attention to what we shared were our desires for this trip. He listened very well and translated those desires into a wonderful trip for us. We would absolutely connect with him again for future travels.
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John Skelton

By: Philip

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2018

John has helped with some of the most amazing journeys of my life. Every detail was taken care of and these were simply incredible trips even with last minute adjustments.
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The BEST of Amsterdam!

By: Michael

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

At the conclusion of a river cruise along the Rhine, we wanted to experience Amsterdam at its best - so we contacted John Skelton, because we knew that HE is the best at arranging outstanding travel experiences. John handled every detail flawlessly - from the hotel transfer to the charming and elegant canal cruise. John found us a personal guide who led us through the Anne Frank House, several museums, and the deeply-moving "Christ in the Attic" chapel. John suggested the perfect hotel and a series of great restaurants, and once we made our choices, John took care of the rest. We are eager to entrust our NEXT vacation to John's excellent work.
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Best vacation ever!

By: Annaree

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2018

John did a great job! We hadn’t travelled in a while and asked John to put together an itinerary with our likes. He did it perfectly! A great balance of the Italian countryside and city life! I’ll be recommending him to all my friends
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Awesome trip - special service

By: Rick

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2018

February in Aspen was incredible - fantastic hotel, sleigh rides, dinner reservations at unique places, Virtuoso credits, welcome package in hotel room. But fixing problem saved the day. We landed in Denver and immediately received text from John that flight to Aspen is cancelled due to heavy snow. He books us on next flight. It too gets cancelled. John texted he could fix us up, and he did. Ten minutes later he texted and said car company would call in a few minutes and pick us up and drive to Aspen. I asked about luggage and he said forget it - he would take care of it. Driver called, gave us location to meet, picked us up and drove us to Aspen. Had great dinner via room service. John texted at 8:00pm and said bags were at the Aspen airport - take the baggage tickets down to concierge - everything arranged. I took the tickets to the concierge - hotel sent a car to the airport - 45 minutes later we got a knock on the door and there was the luggage. John rocks!!

Most knowledgeable travel advisor!

By: Mary Beth Shelton

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2018

John Skelton was wonderful to work with! His knowledge of Europe (and other places too!) along with his professional but friendly personality made our experience going through a travel advisor a fun one. He truly listened to what our initial ideas were for our trip to Paris, Austria and Switzerland, and then presented an initial itinerary that encompassed our thoughts plus more. After a few tweaks based on our idiosyncrasies, we had a trip plan that was exceptional. And the reality of the trip was awesome!! John's insights based on his personal experiences and professional knowledge, and suggestions of things to do (and not do!) were on point. Additionally, If we had tried ourselves to coordinate all of the fine details of travel, pick-ups, hotels, tours, etc... it definitely would not have been as well executed. His work and ideas made our trip easy and thoroughly enjoyable! I highly recommend that anyone looking to travel, make your life easier, contact John Skelton!
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Exceptional Service

By: Elaine

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2018

From the moment I contacted John until the moment I returned home, I couldn’t ask for a better experience. He was attentive to my needs and planned the perfect trip. I’m looking forward to John booking my next adventure!
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Portugal River Cruise

By: Kevin Coldiron

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2018

John is very easy to work with. He has detailed recommendations, is very responsive and flexible. He also arranged a London/Paris city tour for us in 2017. We hope to work with him again.

Southern Italy 25th Anniversary Trip

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2018

John was excellent! He worked hard to understand our preferences and to organize a trip that was perfect for us. John really listened to our requests, and was very flexible in helping us do exactly what we wanted to do. His recommended tours, drivers, destinations, restaurants, and hotels were all fantastic!
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Excellent trip!

By: Rebecca Rice

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2019

John planned a perfectly wonderful European trip for my family. All logistics were handled and went smoothly (with the exception of an Aer Lingus snafu-not his fault) The hotels were all top notch and in very convenient locations. Highly recommend!

Portugal Cruise

By: Kevin Coldiron

Reviewed on: 16 May 2019

easy and enjoyable, he was very responsive, listened to our specific needs

Enchanting River Cruise

By: Padre Mike

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2019

John Skelton knows how to take care of details! We contacted him about a river cruise on the Danube. Because of his experience and insight, he was able to direct us to the perfect itinerary on a lovely ship. He took care of our flight arrangements, transfers and hotel extensions. Prior to departure we received his helpful summary, which condensed all of our travel information into an attractive and easy-to-carry booklet. When we work with Mr. Skelton, travel is a pleasure - because HE handles the details flawlessly, and OUR only task is to enjoy the trip!

John Skelton

By: Jojo

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2019

John has planned several trips for us, all satisfactorily. He has always done his best to get us to our desired destinations with the least amount of trouble or frustration. He’s great at getting the most suited tours for our taste. We appreciate all his hard work and efforts to make our trips fun and interesting.

Helpful and accessible

By: Fred

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2020

John is very busy with his work, but manages to stay accessible. We bothered him with many travel-related questions but he responded quickly with helpful information. He’s friendly and has a good sense of humor. With his help, we’ve arranged two very special vacations.

Canada/New England

By: Swanky

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2019

Our trip was filled with pleasant surprises and memorable moments. Thank you John for making this trip special to us. John was very accommodating and knowledgeable allowing him to fashion our trip to fit our needs. We had a great time.

My experience

By: David janeczek

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2018

John is always on the job! Anytime I reach out during vacations or work travels he is there for me!
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By: KK

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2017

John was excellent, very helpful at every step. I recommend him to others.
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