Stuart Marra

Stuart Marra

The Opulent Explorer, an independent affiliate of Gifted Travel Network
Rumson, NJ United States

The travel bug bit me in the Fall of 1998 when I sailed around the world on Semester at Sea. After traveling the world for years—I’ve racked up passport stamps from 65 different countries—I wanted to put my extensive personal experience to work by helping others discover the more authentic sides of their destinations. Plus, as unique as my travels were, I always felt something was missing: personal service. The “perks” I’d get from my credit card companies and loyalty programs left me cold.

So, I founded a luxury travel agency in 2018 to bring a high-touch approach to personalized, luxury travel. In 2020 I retired, after twenty years on Wall Street, to pursue my passion for travel full-time.

My team and I are not only experts in travel—we’re experts in you. Through our exclusive connections to on-the-ground guides and artisans, boutique tour companies, and the finest properties worldwide, we’re able to craft custom itineraries tailored to your specific desires—full of “wow” moments that fuel a lifetime of memories.

And while the travel landscape looks drastically different in 2021 and beyond—I think that’s all the more reason to work with a travel team you can trust. We are not your ordinary travel advisors; we are your extraordinary travel advocates!

Finally, our affiliation with Virtuoso, the world’s leading consortia of luxury travel companies, allows us to unlock incredible value, amenities, and upgrades that loyalty programs promise yet fail to deliver—at vetted properties sure to impress.

The exclusive Opulent Explorer VODcast. This ongoing video series gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the world of luxury travel through interviews with founders and CEOs of top travel companies and products, candid discussions with our preferred onsite travel suppliers, and reviews of ultra-luxe travel experiences like private jets, villas, and more.

To learn more about The Opulent Explorer and how we design custom vacations full of insider experiences, please visit:

Destination Specialties

  • South Africa
  • Peru
  • Turkey
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Egypt
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Russia
  • Iceland
  • Antarctica
  • Colombia
  • Zimbabwe


  • Food & Wine
  • Independent Tours
  • Family Travel
  • River Cruising
  • Safari


  • English


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