Debra Stern DS

San Jose, CA United States
Why work with an advisor? 
 97%
Recommended
39
Reviews
 
Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • Safari
  • Beach & Sun


Destinations
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Australia
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand
  • View More...
Selling Travel Since
1980
Languages
  • English

My Background

I love to travel! I have been in the business of planning memorable vacations since 1980. I love assisting clients with their dream trips all over the world.

I love to help clients’ travel dreams become a reality. As a Virtuoso travel advisor, I have access to our global network of hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, private guides, and more to create personalized, customized trips for you. If you book through me, I can access Virtuoso exclusive experiences such as private shore excursions or behind-the-scenes tours, plus lots of hotel perks, such as room upgrades, spa and dining credits, and free breakfast. I look forward to hearing from you!

River Cruises, Ocean Cruises, Safari's and Custom Vacations are my specialties.

Please call me at 408-881-0371 for your next vacation.

Places I Have Traveled


Reviews and Recommendations for Debra Stern

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Helpful and knowlegable

By: eileen wolk


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Always have been satisfied with the advice andservice Debra gives us.

Flights for Poconos, Pa Trip

By: Jean of San Jose


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

A pleasant experience. She is very knowledgable, organized, and efficient. She is a very thoughtful and caring human being, too!

Travel Agent

By: Happy traveler


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

It was very easy working and planning a trip with Debra. She is very knowledgeable and helpful, had many great suggestions and recommendation. Our trip occurred without one clutch. We won't hesitate to recommend Debra our friends.

Debra Stern

By: Koko


Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

I have been using Debra as my travel agent for over ten years. Her work is meticulous and thorough. I have had no problem with her or with her work. I have recommended her to several friends of mine and have no hesitation in doing so in the future.

Tennessee

By: Cory


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Working with Debra is great. She does a great job of taking care of everything.

Rendezvous on the Seine

By: Marion


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2017

Debra shows a personal interest in the type of vacation you’re interested in. She makes herself available when questions arise. I always feel comfortable that she covers all bases and my vacation will go as planned as far as she can control.

Rocky Mountaineer

By: Ntraveler


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

Debra is great; professional, detail-oriented, cost-conscious, friendly and very knowledgeable.

Debra

By: P


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2017

Smart, experienced, great advice, and, in one word, wonderful.

Switzerland Trip

By: Jim Wagner


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

From our first discussions of this trip and after our visit to Debra's office in San Jose, we felt a comfort that we were with someone that understood our desires of how this trip should play out. Now that we're home, we realize how much effort Debra put into seeing that our accommodations were mostly above of our expectations, our travel connections were all on time and her advice of things to see and do added such a pleasure to our travels. Couldn't have been happier with the results of this trip.

Outstanding

By: DeeDee


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

We have used Debra over the years. She is extremely organized, knowledgeable and detail oriented. Have recommended her to several friends.

Camino

By: pattycakes


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Absolutely wonderful,she is extremely knowlegeable and professional.

great review

By: jag


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

as always Debra is great to work with. She knows just what I'm looking for and keeps me up to date on any changes to my trips. I consider Debra not only my travel agent but a friend

Debra's The Best

By: cookie


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

Debra Stern is a real professional trip advisor. She knows all the ins and outs of travel and is helpful all the way through any trip we have taken. She always gets us the best deals and looks out for us. I highly recommend her to any traveler in search of a top notch travel agent.

Great trip

By: Star


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

Debra is great. We have used her multiple times. Every experience has been excellent. Her attention to detail and her familiarity with various options makes her a valuable travel advisor.

Viking River Cruise, Amsterdam to Switzerland

By: Jenwren


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

Fantastic! She’s on top of, or ahead of, every detail. Very organized and thorough.

Hawaii 2017

By: FionaK


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Debra is fantastic! She made sure our trip was exactly what we wanted. I have used Debra several times in the past and will definitely use her again in the future.

Services provided

By: JeanC


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2017

Overall, service was good; but not quite at level of previous service. For one, our return flight was changed and we weren't notified until we saw it on our final travel documents which arrived just about 1 week before our departure date. We were routed through Chicago instead of Philadelphia (as I recall). It seemed a better connection as far as useful time for us; but we later noticed that we needed to go from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 at O'Hare. We had to really hustle to make this flight. We also had to change our transfer pick up time to make the best use of our vacation time because of the flight change. Overall, it was a great vacation--just not as perfect as our previous cruise vacation!

2017 Provence and Paris trip

By: Bruce S.


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

We have worked with Debra for 8 or so European trips for my wife and I or for as many as 10 of our family members. Debra is a perfectionist, all have gone exactly as planned with absolutely no unpleasant surprises. She is pleasant, thorough, knowledgeable and a true professional. We look forward to working with Debra for any of our future travel needs.

Hawaii-Maui Trip

By: Arlene


Reviewed on: 14 Dec 2017

Excellent. We have used Debra for 17 years for our travel needs, and she always works within our budget to create a wonderful vacation.

Ray & Joan Flores

By: Ray


Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

Trip coordinated by Fred Smith, Personal interface with Debra was very satisfactory.

Celebrity cruise

By: Koko


Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

She is easy to work with, proficient, and meticulous. She responds promptly whenever I have questions or concerns regarding our trip. She presents us a number of options that we can choose from and her suggestions are almost always right on the mark.

A Jewel of a Travel Professional

By: Frank


Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Having flown millions of miles and visited six continents over a 50+ year period, I can lay claim to be an experienced and discerning traveler. It was a joy to work with Debra in planning a forthcoming trip and found the experience absolutely delightful. Debra is unquestionably a consummate experienced travel professional who is very knowledgeable as to how to put these itineraries together. Importantly, she also demonstrates the attention to detail that is critical in minimizing the ways in which her clients could experience difficulties which is an invaluable service not too frequently encountered.

Laos

By: LLR


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Debra has been consistently professional with the several occasions she has helped me.

Aus.NewZealand

By: Cory


Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2018

As always Debra was helpful and efficient in helping us plan our trip.

Debra Stern

By: Nanni


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2018

Debra is absolutely awesome. Always exceeds our expectations and goes out of her way to make our travel extraordinary. She is the BEST!!!

Patagonia

By: Bob S


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2018

Debra has always been most efficient and responsive to any questions. Trip proceeded with no complications or interruptions

Work with Deb

By: Lance


Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

Always professional and on top of issues. Helpful & creative in how to get a good travel bargain.

Review of Advisor

By: I


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2018

Debra is responsive and easy to work with. We have found her helpful suggestions have been helpful to us. She has helped plan our last 5 trips.

Debra Stern is the Best Travel Agent EVER

By: pat


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Working with Debra Stern is an absolute delight. I have recommended Debra to other friends and they totally concur. From the planning stage to the arrangements to the travel documents, Debra is helpful, pleasant, and efficient. For me, part of the fun of travel begins with my conversations with Debra.

Debra Stern - The BEST

By: Rose


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

Debra is a true professional that was able to help us with whatever questions or needs we had. I had an injury on our cruise ship and she arranged for a wheel chair at the airport for me. We have been using her services for several years. Her expertise can't be beat. She is organized and methodical. When our documents arrive, they are complete. She adds a special touch with luggage tags that include the ships information and what cabin we are in. I highly recommend Debra for any travel needs.

Indochina & China trip

By: Laurie


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

We have used Debra twice now for month long trips, combining two A&K tours. Debra was great answering all our questions and concerns about traveling in certain areas, time of year to go, immunizations and visas. She searched for the best airfare connecting trips and to and from home. She has traveled a lot herself. She has always been very responsive in returning phone calls and answering email.

Europe 2018

By: guy


Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2018

wonderful and helpful

Best travel advisor

By: Sato


Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2018

As always Debra was great to work with and was her usual efficient and helpful self. Everything went very smoothly and all details were covered. We hope to keep using her for all our travel needs.

Extra Mile With a Smile

By: Halcyon Days


Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2018

Debra makes travel easy...researches trips that never happen, jumps in to assist with emergency medical, takes charge of every detail. And through all this, she is unfailingly pleasant, innovative at planning and a friend besides!

Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun

By: Bonnie


Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2018

Ms. Debra is very to easy to work with - she takes every possible step of the trip; from when you leave your home, to airport, to getting on the plane, to your final destination and return to your home, like she would be traveling on her own trip! She listens to what you want to get out of each trip and then makes sure you are well taken care of. She is like an angel on your shoulder!

Amazing trip to Ecuador and Peru

By: PK Larson


Reviewed on: 11 May 2018

Debra was a perfect advocate for us. Her thoughtfulness, and attention to details, made for seamless travel and a magical trip. To be honest, this trip was our largest purchase, after our home and two cars, and we were anxious about the cost. Would this trip be worth it? Thanks to her help, it was definitely worth it! She helped us balance our desires with our budget and still created something amazing.

Debra

By: Pat


Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

Planning a trip with Debra is always a delight, and I can relax knowing that all details will be expertly and efficiently finessed.
Not Recommended

Nightmare

By: Kathleen Lynch


Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018

Horrible from beginning to end! She failed to assist us when the cruise company downgraded us from a balcony to an inside cabin stating that it was due to a computer glitch . When we cancelled for medical reasons she sent us a verification letter that contained another clients information and "blew it off" when I called her about it. She was not helpful with submitting the information to the Insurance Co and failed to submit Direct Travels information with the packet to the insurance co. This required my personal trip to the travel agency to ensure that it was faxed. I would NEVER recommend her or the agency to anyone.

Great travel professional

By: Jls


Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

She is great at finding the perfect flights.

Working with Debra Stern, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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