Stella Signorello-Helton 

San Jose, CA United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Escorted Tours
  • Independent Tours

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Before getting into the Travel Biz I spent 20 years on the ice as a figure skater 15 years competitive and 5 years professional. These years entailed extensive traveling. From competitions to my own personal vacations I'd already seen many wonderful places around the world. I graduated from Echols International Travel School in San Francisco in 1986 and have been in the industry since! In these years I have added many more destinations around the Globe! Luxury and Custom Vacation Travel seems to be my calling. My specialty is definitely International Travel. The best hours of my day are spent helping my clients of *all ages* plan their Honeymoon or Anniversary trips anywhere they want to go on land or on water ~

Places I Have Traveled

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Stella - excellent service

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Absolutely wonderful as always. Stella pays close attention to client needs., pays attention to client needs and offers ideas/suggestions to ensure trip is an excellent experience.

vacation to Utah

By: Dgrillz

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2017

Always fast, easy, and accurate. Suggestions helpful too.


By: mr

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Always helpful and also works quickly

Stella is a gem!

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

As always, Stella plans every detail with amenities included whenever/wherever possible. The Delano always gives me a warm welcome, early check in, late check out. This particular trip I was upgraded to the 35th floor! I am positive this has to do with Stella's planning for me.

Special Attention and Insider Info

By: John

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

I've worked with Stella for over a decade arranging trips to atypical destinations. She has always been able find exactly what I needed, took plenty of time to find me the right flights and good prices, and seemed to be able to cooperate with the airlines so they extended their best offers and conditions. She's also kept me informed of changes, was able to trouble shoot when things went wrong, and even arranged for an upgrade when possible. She's the best.


By: California

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Very easy and extremely clear.


By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

Great communication, service and rapid reply. Highly recommend her!


By: Brian Turley

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2018

I have known Stella for years and always get the best deals and the best vacation. She has great advise and ideas to make each trip better. Stella makes it perfect every time

Absolutely amazing agent

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2018

Stella is amazing as always but this trip she raised the bar. My 12 year old niece was treated like royalty only because Stella made it happen. I am trying to introduce my niece to the world of travel, to appreciate superb service while understanding what it takes behind the scenes to make it happen...and to never take it for granted. Stella has been an important part of this education. I believe this is a trip my niece will always remember. Thank you Stella!

All good

By: m

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2018

She has always been very helpful. I strongly recommend her.


By: Jason

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2018

Stella is great. She has always been very helpful with my travel needs.

Stella - the best travel insurance to have!

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2018

As in my previous posts, Stella always watches out for me. This trip, however, she helped me even more. The hotel charged me for parking a non-existent car. I was told by the front office that they would try to reverse it. Nothing happened until Stella called on my behalf and the error was quickly corrected. Our flight home was delayed due to mechanical problems. I notified Stella and she e-mailed me options in case I ran into a problem making my connection to get home. Stella is truly the best travel insurance anyone could desire.

Italy trip

By: Gigi

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2018

Stella was great! She was very understanding of our needs, wants and budget. She was very patient with me, as I am not a a seasoned traveler and did not understand a great deal about the workings of the travel industry. She offered tips, options and suggestions, hence making our trip a perfect one!!

Always Efficient and Correct

By: Conference Goer

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

A pleasure to book business travel with.

Amazing as always

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2018

Stella always has everything organized and planned to perfection. This is not an exaggeration. I travel with confidence because I know should something unexpected arise, Stella will navigate the situation in an efficient and professional manner.

Stella is Great

By: Tempest

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

I haven't traveled in a while, and I had never been to New York. I tried booking our flights online by myself, but was overwhelmed with all the choices. I decided to call Direct Travel, and worked with Stella, who was amazing. She was friendly, polite, and knowledgeable. She made it easy for me to book our trip. She was very responsive and thorough. I have to travel back to NYC next month, and will book my trip with Stella again.


By: Steve

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Fantastic. Stella is a wealth of knowledge. Been working with her for over 10 years now.


By: kfam

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2018

We have been working with Stella to plan our family vacations for many years now. Stella makes travel easy. She is personable. She is knowledgeable. She works within your budget and with your family's priorities. She addresses every aspect of the trip, from flights to trains to hotels to private/group tours, with you. She spends so much time covering every detail that you never need to worry. In our case, she spent hours looking over, literally, hundreds of Vatican tours for us to decide on. (By the way, the one we ended up taking, once she narrowed them down, was AMAZING!) Stella goes that extra mile to take care of you and ensure that your trip will be the best it can be. Stella's expertise, experience and contacts across the world all combine to give you the best vacation. When the concierge in Italy personally lets her know that her guests have arrived, you know that you're being taken care of. Stella is the BEST!

Stella works wonders!

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

This review is for two July trips arranged by Stella. The first trip - Toronto Canada for baseball for my 16-year-old nephew and me. Our trip started off with a wait of 16 hours at SFO due to an Air Canada flight cancellation. Stella was on the phone with me helping me navigate this experience. When we landed in Toronto 30 hours later (it should have been a 5 hour flight), she had already alerted the Ritz-Carlton (RC) about our situation. She found us a sedan within 10 minutes as the company had understandably lost track of us. The RC checked us in quickly and kindly. I'm sure we appeared tired and dazed. Stella had pre-arranged baseball tickets waiting and the RC knowing of his passion for baseball and had surprises waiting for him. He was in total awe. My second (thankfully uneventful) trip was for business in Orlando, Florida. The combination of Stella, Direct Travel and Virtuoso had everyone's attention. Again a great experience thanks to Stella.

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By: Rudyard

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

Extremely detail oriented, Very well informed concerning our destination. And thorough. Nothing will be overlooked. Anyone using Stella with be happy with the result.

Always helpful

By: MR

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

Always helpful. Very responsive.

Thanks, Stella!

By: Lada

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2018

I have just recently started working with Stella, and am not a frequent traveler. I had never been to New York before, and was overwhelmed with all of the choices that I could have booked on my own, online. So I contacted DT and Stella eased my mind immediately. She worked within my parameters to find me the perfect flights, and explained how and why she did what she did. I feel that she did her best to get me the best price, and conducted herself with complete professionalism. At the same time, she was fun, personable and easy to talk to. I would definitely recommend her!

Yet another well planned trip by Stella

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018

Working with Stella is always a joy. She alerts the Delano that the reservation is that of a multi-repeat client and to please treat accordingly. I have never been disappointed by my hotel reception when booked through Stella. Moreover, I do have a comparison because once I booked directly with the hotel and had to wait until 4 pm to check in. Since working with Stella this has never happened again. Each trip whether domestic or abroad has Stella's stamp on it ... meaning it will be well-planned, the unusual things anticipated in advance and truly memorable.


By: Bru

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2018

She was very helpful in helping me book flights with ample time to make vonnections
Not Recommended


By: Jim655

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

We were originally informed that our international flights were business class in both directions, so we gave her the green light to book the flights. We later learned that the only business class leg was on the return flight. She tried to remedy things by purchasing economy plus seats but we had no club lounge access for our long layovers. In hindsight, we believe the flights should’ve been rebooked in accordance with our travel wishes. Hard to fathom how a specialist in international travel wasn’t abreast of Air Canada’s procedures and policies.

Stella is amazing!!!

By: Dana

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2018

I don't know what I would have done without Stella. She is amazing and incredibly helpful. So thorough with information and available for any crazy questions I had to ask of her. My trip would not have been a success without all of her help.

Another magical trip arranged by Stella

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2018

To quote my friend upon our arrival in Paris "Well, Stella has outdone herself!” When I first told you I needed to get to ClubMed in Provence, France for a 5-day Zumba Vacation. You suggested spending time in Paris before Zumba and time in Nice after Zumba. I only had a total of 10 days to be away from home. Within this short time frame, you made this trip magical from the minute we arrived. The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal with its location across from the Louvre - perfect choice. The Hotel Le Negresco in Nice - beautiful, perfect location, amazing artwork. The staff at both hotels treated us like royalty. Our Chabe Limousine guide, Laurent, arranged our day trip to Cannes by asking us about our interests. He went out of his way to find a restaurant that had a large vegetarian menu. Finally, thank you for your patience is arranging my second friend’s trip. I had no idea that she knew virtually zero about international travel. She told me that with your help she realized her dream.


By: Teri & Al

Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2018

Stella is amazing. Always keeps us informed of all details. Stella answers our questions immediately if she knows the answer and if not digs for the answer to our question. We could not be more please with working with her. She is the most thoughtful person we know. We are in our 70's & 80's , and she is the best travel agent that we have had the pleasure to work with.

The best vacation !

By: Ellie

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2019

Professional , Superior Service , personal !

Tour of Hobbiton, New Zealand

By: Arlene

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2019

Stella is our go-to resource for all our travel. She is personable, knowledgeable, and a great problem solver. The tour she arranged for us was excellent. I have recommended Stella to friends and will continue to do so in the future.

Stella, the most amazing travel agent ever

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2019

November 10, 2018, I purchased tickets to see Hamilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 19, 2019. With the performance just two months away, I asked Stella to please work her magic. The hotel search turned out to be a bit difficult as some hotels were still recovering from Hurricane Maria. Stella ultimately chose the Dorado Beach. She explained that she knew it was a more expensive hotel than we had discussed but hotel inventory was limited and demand for hotel rooms high as there were many people from various parts of the world coming to Puerto Rico for the event. At one point my sister-in-law stopped in her tracks and asked “Why is this happening? How is this happening? [referring to the multiple wonderful surprises we encountered at the hotel, the superb service and warmth of all the hotel personnel]. My response: “The reason is Stella. Stella does so much work behind the scenes, hundreds of e-mails to her contacts, planning surprises, arranging every detail. This is Stella."

Amazing week at Cabo San Lucas

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2019

This trip was my 13-year-old niece’s choice for her special week this year. Stella, working with the Paradisus Los Cabos, arranged daily surprises. Upon our arrival our room was decorated with purple balloons and there was a double serving of guacamole and chips, my niece’s favorite “food.” Each evening there was a surprise balloon bouquet, a balloon giraffe, a balloon octopus with accompanying folk tale plus decorated cookies. Stella requested a special concierge and Spanish tutor. David, our family concierge and tutor, was very special. In addition to being the creator of the balloon surprises, David taught my niece basic Spanish, the importance of delivery, of smiling with confidence and making eye contact when greeting someone. As for me, David worked with my pronunciation, fluidity and encouraged me when the going got tough. No matter where I travel, Stella gives me the priceless gift of marvelous memories to treasure and for that I thank her with all my heart.

Outstanding smooth (as in sailing), well organized trip!

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2019

Working with Stella is always a pleasure with her unmatched expertise. She made sure each of my Zumba charter cruise payments were made a day or so ahead of time in case of technology glitches (which did happen). She prepared and reviewed with me the paperwork to board the ship and to attach to my luggage prior to boarding. As a surprise, she arranged to have my favorite limousine driver assigned to pick me up from the Port of Miami. She also helped me upgrade at the last minute on my return flight to allow for a more comfortable trip. My Stella-planned trips are extremely well organized as she anticipates so many things way in advance. I have never, ever been disappointed with any of my travels arranged by Stella.

Due Diligence and More

By: Lula

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2019

Stella was such a joy to help a wandering person at almost closing time to help me book a trip. She was very busy, but took the time to get me a great deal and dates I needed. I would go back, and I would certainly recommend her. Great spirit, and full of knowledge!


By: Sandra

Reviewed on: 08 May 2019

Stella has always done an excellent job planning our trips. She researches and precisely plans every detail. I have never been disappointed with her expert work and knowledge.

Trip to London

By: Keiko D

Reviewed on: 05 May 2019

Stella provided excellent advice, support, and coordination. My trip was flawless and Stella monitored my status throughout my journey. I especially loved the hotel recommended by Stella and would repeat my stay there. I'm planning to use Stella for all my future travel.

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