Ralph Iantosca CTA, DS, LS

Irving, TX United States
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Family Travel
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts


Destinations
Selling Travel Since
1990
Languages
  • English

My Background

I am Ralph Iantosca, I cater to the serious traveler, not the tourist. My 3 favorite ingredients when designing a trip are to be sure the trip is Authentic, Innovative and most of all Memorable. I am a travel advisor, not a transactional travel agent. I offer a very direct, transparent approach when collaborating with you.

I entered the travel industry in 1990 and have never found anything else more exciting. My career started with the International Travel academy in Vancouver, then with Horizon Air. In 1993 I began with AAA Travel until 1998,moving over to American Express Travel until 2005. I hold a CTA degree(Certified Travel Associate), DS (Destination Specialist), and LS (Lifestyle Specialist) from the travel institute. In 2003 & 2004 Travel & Leisure magazine placed me on their"A-list" for top 125 agents in the Nation. Dallas “D” Magazine rated me top adventure honeymoon specialist in 2004 & 2005. In mid-2005. Virtuoso invited me to become a member in 2010 and am now my agency is an affiliate with Travel Experts, a Virtuoso agency.

How I work: My fees vary, depending on the needs of the client. Complex itineraries are from $150 per hour. Night & weekend advising is from $275 per hour. I consider my clients to be “partners in the process “of planning. Ask me about long term strategies (retainer based) to plan and manage your bucket list. I have been to all 7 continents and have the real experience you want.

I love to tailor extensive itineraries which often include remote, exotic destinations for the serious traveler are culturious and active. If you are wanting to visit the Silverback Gorillas in Rwanda, take a walking safari in Zambia, Ride horses in the Okavango Delta of Botswana, take a helicopter viewing the Glaciers in New Zealand, ride in a zodiac from an expedition ship and step ashore in Antarctica, or just play with sea lions in the Galapagos, look no further. I adore the cultures around the world. Some of my favorite are found in Peru, Bhutan, Thailand, India, South Africa, Kenya, Patagonia and more. Glamping and Luxury Lodges are also something I love.

I have a lot of experience withthe Luxury Cruise Market. I also enjoy tailoring private shoreexcursions from luxury ships like Silversea, Seabourn, Sea Dream, Crystal,Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. I know all the best suites on these ships.

Africa, FormerAPTA Dallas Chapter President 2003-2008 (Assoc. for the Promotion of Tourism toAfrica) Countries I have personally visited many times: Botswana, Kenya,Morocco, Rwanda, South Africa, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, andZimbabwe. Ballooning, Horseback, Trekking Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Wine Country,National Parks, Capetown and more. I’ve been going to Africa since 2000.

Antarctica, life changing. An emotional connection I won't forget. I didn’t think Iwas going to love it and can’t wait to get back. The light, colors,mountains, glaciers, icebergs, waters, whales, wildlife, you must go!

Galapagos, I am a Destination Specialist (DS).Galapagos is such an enlightening place. The islands are all different, andwhat I love most is the wildlife. Since the wildlife has never been threatened,you can get very close and have unique experiences. I have been with Lindbladand Silversea expedition there.

Montana & Alaska. Living and growing up in thesespecial places gave me my passion for adventure and active travel. I lovedesigning and selling unique trips to these places. I don’t do well with bigcruise liner travel to Alaska, I would prefer to send you to a cool lodge, onan expedition vessel, and really have you touch the destination, as theseplaces will really touch you.

My Bucket list is still very long, ever changing and I can’t wait for more great experiences. Coming up- Camp Leakey and the Orangatuns with Si

Places I Have Traveled


Memberships 

Virtuoso Alliances
  • Priority Travel Specialist

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By: scc


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2013

Ralph did an excellent job. Everything worked like clockwork. I really enjoyed meeting Ralph and going over our travel arrangements in person. I will give Ralph a call when we plan our next trip.

excellent trip

By: vj


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2013

The trip was wonderful. Great hotel, restaurants and shopping well planned by Ralph. A joy to work with and very knowledgeable.

highly recommended

By: vj


Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2014

This resort, Hermitage Bay, in Antigua was perfect. Nice beach, lovely staff, great food, wonderful rooms. One of our favorites ever and Ralph found it for us!

Very well-organized, flawlessly executed trip

By: Mary Toole


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2014

This trip was designed for us to experience the maximum delights in the small expanse of three weeks.  We were met at every transfer by a guide or driver, and never left to our own devices to find our way around.  Ralph made reservations at all possible wonderful sites and restaurants, and is extremely knowledgeable about his subject!This trip was everything we wanted and more.  And it was planned in the right order--we did the most energy-intensive parts first, then wound down with the 3 nights on the Zambezi Queen at the end, to relax.  I would recommend Ralph (and did) any time!

Ralph Rocks!

By: Call Val for Value


Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2014

Our recent (July 2014) stay at the Ritz Carlton Dallas could not have been more perfect! The room was beautiful and, best of all, it was ready for us upon arrival! We had marvelous service. The Asprey toiletries are awesome! Thank you, Ralph, for arranging another spectacular experience!! Oxox

Best of the Best

By: Mikie


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2014

If you want to have no problems, then Ralph is the guy. If you do have a problem, then Ralph is really the guy!! By the way.... He's a Hotel whisperer.

Trip planning flawless

By: Greg


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2015

I recently took a family trip with 5 of my siblings and spouses. The logistics of 11 people can be complicated, but Ralph and Sylvia handled the details very professionally and competently. The proof was in the flawless execution of all the flights and transfers. Thanks for you help in making this a memorable trip for all of us.
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Best Travel Agent!

By: wende


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2015

Ralph was instrumental in getting our reservation and rate at the Breakers. We had a wonderful time!
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St. Martin

By: Valarie


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2015

Loved the trip and Ralph
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Sea Dream II

By: Valerie


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Ralph and his team are always a pleasure to work with. Great attention to detail with our best interests always in mind. We have used Ralph for several years and many trips, and he has always performed admirably. You go girl!
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Outstanding 1st Adventure with GoGirl Travel

By: Frisco Travelers


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

We visited Spain & Italy during early March 2017 and were absolutely delighted with everything Ralph Iantosca and the GoGirl Travel staff did to make our first trip to Europe something we'll never forget. The tours and guides arranged for us were outstanding, and the restaurant recommendations were also stellar. The couple of minor hiccups that occurred were addressed immediately with complete satisfaction. This was a 5-star trip organized by a 5-star travel agency. I couldn't recommend them more for people that want to travel in style and be pampered along the way.

mexico

By: valarie


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2017

Hannah was just great as well as Ralph

SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE

By: RB and MT


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2017

Absolutely fantastic.

Ralph is the bomb!

By: leora


Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2017

love working with Ralph! he is knowledgeable about all the destinations he sends me to and if not, he finds out everything i need to know. If I have an issue on the trip, I text him and get an immediate response. Ralph is such a professional and truly cares about his clients experience. He wants everything to be perfect and always goes the extra mile!

Sicily

By: Debi


Reviewed on: 26 May 2017

Absolutely wonderful. Wouldn't plan a trip without him

Sicily Trip with B & R

By: Ann Ploetz


Reviewed on: 29 May 2017

Ralph has a great attention to detail and a flair for picking the best destinations. He forges great relationships with the various hotel and tour operators, which really benefit his clients. All the details that make a trip work are handled in a seamless fashion, transaparently for his clients. And, if something should go amiss (which is normal on any travel experience). Ralph quickly gets the correct resources involved to resolve the issue. He's the best!

Last Minute Trip to May

By: Anson


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2017

Working with Ralph is the easiest. We decided to take a last minute trip to Hawaii for the start of summer and he was able to get us the room we wanted when it wasn't available. I know when booking a trip through Ralph I will never be let down and the trip will be excellent. There is no one better in the business.
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Ralph Iantosca

By: Thom & Dacia


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2017

Ralph is a pleasure to work with and has a masterful handle on traveling options and recommendations.
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Inside Passage

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Very good. He is organized and easy to talk to.

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Ralph was great to work with. His knowledge of the destinations gave us special insight when planning the trip. He was able to give us several budget options along with recommendations for tour operators that made the trip special. His staff was very helpful in the planning and obtaining all the documentation needed for our trip to Moscow. Ralph and the staff really made this our "trip of a lifetime" We will always use Ralph's agency when planning future trips

Ralph's Expertise & Dedication Are Unsurpssed

By: jcgarrigue


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Ralph has consistently found us the best available travel options, including better flights and hotel stays, all while remaining mindful of and working with our trip-specific travel budget. This Summer, just before taking a last-minute trip, once-again we turned to Ralph to make the impossible a reality. Not only did Ralph work quickly to find us the perfect hotel room in the perfect hotel, he also managed to find a better price for our hotel stay than was advertised. While planning a recent trip to Vietnam, Ralph found us better flights, including round-trip business-class seats to and from Asia for almost the same price we would have paid for standard economy seats. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Jerrys

By: Jerry


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

It was great! He knows what we want and how we want it.

easy to work with

By: flip


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

Ralph is easy to work with. We told him our likes and dislikes and left the planning to him. We truly enjoyed not having to book anything and just having an itinerary sent for approval and wham, it is done.

Windows to Japan

By: Sammie


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2017

Ralph is extremely responsive. He quickly and efficiently designs itineraries which address our desires. He has a great personality and is easy to work with. Based on years of experience he has a multitude of resources at hand. Often, he knows what we want better than we do.

Napa

By: DPhill


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2017

Ralph was amazing! We gave him the challenge of putting together a last minute trip to Napa during the busiest time of the year. He quickly went to work and put together an unbelievable experience that exceeded our expectations in every way - memories that we will never forget.

Italy Trip

By: Steve


Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2018

This was the third time we have worked with Ralph. He is the best! When we planned our trip to Italy, he gave us a number of hotel and activity options, which allowed us to custom tailor our itinerary. We have high expectations, and he somehow exceeds them on every trip.

Another Fabulous Vacation

By: Steve & Theresa


Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2018

This was our second time working with Ralph Iantosca. Both were European vacations, and both times, Ralph's services were excellent. The level of detail put into our planning to ensure that everything runs smoothly is exceptional. Ralph identified perfect experiences for our family, including great restaurant recommendations and excellent private guides in the cities we toured. We will definitely continue to use his services!

Spectacular Africa

By: chitownmb


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2018

Ralph picked out outstanding lodges which had both great accommodations, food, and wildlife viewing. Bisate Lodge in Rwanda, our headquarters for gorilla trekking, was especially spectacular featuring rooms literally fit for royalty (designs based of living quarters of tribal kings) with views of the volcanoes. We also got to experience some amazing and interesting cultural experiences, sing and dancing with the locals. The travel times were long but well organized and flowed more or less seamlessly. I would work with Ralph anytime (actually the 3rd trip he has arranged for myself and my wife) and recommend him to anyone.

Working with Ralph Iantosca, 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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  • Peru
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  • Kenya
  • Zimbabwe
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  • South Africa
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