Laney Sachs 

Stamford, CT United States
Ortensia Blu Travel Adventures, an independent affiliate of Gifted Travel Network
Travel Specialties
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Independent Tours
  • Escorted Tours
  • Family Travel

Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • Italian

My Background

It all started with a backpack, a sleeping bag, a Eurail pass and a well read copy of Let's Go Europe.

From that very first college trip, I was hooked on travel. So many incredible countries to see, each with its own unique culture, food, wine and people. Over the years, I've returned to visit Europe many times. (But this time with a rolling suitcase and hotel reservations.) Israel and the islands of the Caribbean are waiting for repeat trips. And every year, I try to add another country, city or state to my list that I've visited. There are so many more cities, countries and islands to explore!

But for me, Italy was truly magical and a place that would change my life forever. I started Ortensia Blu in 2011 importing non perishable food products to the U.S, including extra virgin olive oil from Lake Garda. Hand painted ceramics from Umbria and table linens from Tuscany followed.

Traveling to Italy on buying and exploring trips became a regular and normal part of my life. I went off the beaten path, seeking out special experiences. Along the way I'd include a visit someplace else - Germany, France, Austria, Portugal, England and a few other countries. Friends and family wanted to travel with me and share the experience. And friends of friends and family asked for recommendations and advice on what they should see and do, especially in Italy.

Nothing makes me happier than arranging awesome trips for people and sharing my expertise with them.

Places I Have Traveled


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Our trip to Morocco


Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2019

It was so easy to work with Laney. Extremely thorough and leaves no question unanswered. Our trip was wonderful and stress less. We can’t wait to use Laney to plan our next trip!

Laney Sachs

By: mark

Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2019

Friendly and professional.

60th birthday Prosecco tour

By: Kris

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2019

Laney was amazing to work with for our Prosecco tour!! She attended to every detail beyond what I could have imagined or dreamed of myself. The variety of experiences during our time together created so many remarkable memories. Both Laney & Monica worked tirelessly to accommodate our every need and challenge during our time together. Our accommodations in Asolo and during our travels were first class. I cannot imagine traveling to Italy without the guidance of these 2 women. I will remember this trip and these adventures for the rest of my life. Thank you Laney & Monica!!

Awesome Italian Prosecco Region Experience

By: AnnetteA

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2019

Laney was an amazing tour advisor who put together an outstanding trip. This experience was outside the typical "touristy" experience. We were really immersed locally and behind the scenes. Every detail was managed beautifully. If you want so experience Italy from a completely different experience and the road less Laney.

it really was a business trip

By: PS

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2019

Reservations for our group were all complete, confirmations were checked and our trip was hassle free.

France 2019 Trip

By: Ian

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2019

Laney was great. She tailored our France trip to be interesting and unique. Guided foot tour and gourmet tour of Paris. Bike riding and cooking class in Provence and boat ride on the Mediterranean all interesting and fun. This is the value add from Laney and Ortensia, because even if I had the time and effort to research the trip I would not have the knowledge and experience to make it so fun and easy. Unique, easy and enjoyable.


By: LCat

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2019

Thank you Laney for a fantastic trip! The planned itinerary was perfect. We saw what we wanted while still having time for relaxation and our own exploring. Tour guides and drivers were invaluable. This is definitely the way to visit Europe.

5-Star experience!!!

By: Scooter One

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2019

Awesome- she is a great pro. Great trip.

Piedmont Italy

By: Kim

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2020

Laney is outstanding! She listens and understands what her clients need and desire -then puts together a fantastic, top notch and memorable trip!

bedsonline is a question

By: AJ

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

She is great. However our last trip had 3 hotels booked on Bedsonline. The way that works with hotels is problematic. When we arrived at our first hotel, they didn't have our 2 rooms in their system as the process requires the hotel to check emails and then book the rooms. we were lucky that the front desk person found the reservation and accommodated us with a 2 rm suite instead of the 2 separate rooms that were booked. which I guess was lucky as that was the only way they would have had an available room. We decided to check the other two hotels that day and it took some time for them to find our reservations but they did find them. I am not sure I would like bedsonline to be used again, just direct reservations with the hotels seems to be more trustworthy.

Laney is incredible!

By: Katherine DeBease

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

We are so glad we worked with Laney! Our trip was full of incredible sites, tours, experiences, and everything was perfect. When we had a bag go missing, she helped get us in touch with the right people.

Great Service

By: Kurt

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

Laney arranged my hotel for a recent business trip. The hotel was everything I needed and perfect for the trip. It was a good location; close to the airport and local restaurants. The hotel had all the amenities I needed and nothing I didn't need. I'd recommend Laney to anyone looking to plan a trip!

Italy vacation

By: Carlos1963

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2019

Wonderful !!! No words can describe the amazing And professional service we experienced in working with Laney. She was attentive, engaged, knowledgeable, etc. we have already recommended Laney to others, specially two tourists we met in Rome Thank you so much for taking care of us Carlos Diaz-Sampol

Great trip!

By: Conchita

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2020

I have worked with Laney on several of my trips. I cannot express how wonderful it is to work with her. She works closely with you to make sure your trip goes smoothly. If I ever encountered a problem she get back to me immediately. She is truly one of the best travel agents I've ever worked with.

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