Debbie Aras 

Farmington Hills, MI United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Escorted Tours
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • Air Travel

  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • United States - All
  • France
  • Mexico
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have been with Gateway Travel since December 2001. However my journey began in February 1978 with Book Couzens Travel.

In the 30 plus years I have been a travel agent I have been afforded priceless experiences. The earliest and still the most memorable is flying with Mother Teresa back to Italy.

I feel that a trip is designed to make lasting memories. Therefore I make sure the componants I book live up to their expectations.

Places I Have Traveled

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Highly recommend

By: Katy

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2014

-Always gets back to you in a timely manner -Gets deals that you cannot see on-line -Puts your mind at ease, and always willing to answer questions. -Nice to work with!

highly recommend

By: irwin60

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2014

Debbie was great to work with as always and the Riu Bambu and Punta Cana are great this time of year. Weather was excellent.

Attentive and Personal

By: Trina

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2014

Planning a group trip is never an easy thing, but with Debbie's help it has gone more smoothly than I had ever imagined.  Debbie has been very attentive to every one of our travel needs and extremely patient with our ever-changing plans. All reservations have been book promptly and she always keeps us informed on changes. She is a delight to talk to and gives each traveling member the best personal service.  We are very pleased to have Debbie's assistance with booking hotels over seas and air travel.  It has been a delight working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a travel agent.   

Excellence Punta Cana

By: Brian357

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2014

Highly recomended

By: Neal

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2014

Always very helpful and cheery!

Vacation Planning Made Easier

By: LOParadise

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2014

My husband and I have been utilizing Debbie’s expert travel services for years. Her in-depth knowledge and insider tips are invaluable; she always presents us with a myriad of quality vacations options at affordable prices. Not only is Debbie efficient and dependable, you will always hear a happy,pleasant tone when you call with questions.  She finds the perfect balance between listening to your wish list and  designing a vacation that exceeds your expectations. I highly recommend Debbie to all my family and friends.

Great job!

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2014

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Highly recommed

By: KathyK

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2014

Debbie has always been very helpful in planning all of our trips. If there is ever a problem she has taken care of it for us very quickly. Debbie has been the best to work with and we will definitely be using her for our future trips.

The only travel agent that I deal with!

By: Janora

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2014

She's always on top of things - never has failed me - easy to communicate with and always follows thru!

Highly recommeded

By: Ace

Reviewed on: 24 May 2014

Extremely knowledgeable and very detailed. Would recommend to others.

Most efficient and has a handle on my tastes in scenery, activities, food and resorts!

By: Janora

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2014



Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2014


Great All-Inclusive Resort

By: Shay0307

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2014

The hotel was fabulous, the food was amazing, and the staff was exceedingly friendly. Overall we had a great time time and would recommend the trip to anyone.

Knowledgeable about all aspects of travel!

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2014

Debbie has booked perhaps nine foreign trips for me, two of which were cruises. She never missed a beat on getting them booked, procuring trip insurance, and seeing that travel documents were all in order and timely received. The follow up was consistent both before and after travel, and I recommend her highly.

Always excellent, professional service

By: JP

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2015

We have used Debbie Aras for our travel arrangements before, and will do so in the future because she is excellent at helping with our needs and budget.

Aruba Trip

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful time in Aruba, besides the weather being perfect the Ritz Carlton was wonderful as well as the staff. Our room was beautiful and clean, however, we did have a hard time getting the cleaning and turn down service scheduling right. We ended up calling for service every time we left for the day to get the room cleaned because it would not be cleaned when we came up at the end of the day to get ready for dinner. 4pm is much too late for cleaning service to be done. The food at the restaurants was also very good and we enjoyed the adult pool which was patrolled by the staff to make sure families were aware of the age limit. Was glad that our room was on the side of the hotel where the elevators were although it was still quite a long walk to our room. However, if you had a room on the other side of the hotel we heard from other guests that it was an unbelievable long walk to get to the elevators.

Great Service/Bumpy ship

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2015

First Silversea cruise-----service was great everywhere except the Pool Grill. Food was excellent in La Terraza, OK to good in The Restaurant and bad at Pool Grill. This ship (Silver Cloud)has a lot of motion ---rolling side to side and bouncing up and down---there were high winds at times but this was by far the most motion I have experienced on 4 cruises. I would go on another Silversea cruise if the price was right on a desirable itinerary. I did feel Silversea was not quite up to the level of Regent and Seabourn.

Fabulous Source of Information

By: LOparadise

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2015

Debbie Aras provides first class service and is very prompt on returning all calls/emails. I find her to be thoroughly professional and has in-depth knowledge that comes from years of being in the travel industry. Her recommendations are always spot-on and very helpful. Debbies listens to your idea of a great vacation and translates that ideal into a perfect getaway. I recommend Debbie to all my family and friends. We have used her expertise for years and she is the first person we call when it is time to book on next adventure!

St. Petersberg, FL

By: Robbi

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2015

We enjoyed our stay in FL very much. We did not spend very much time in the Hilton because we had made plans each day to explore the area. We found this Hilton is more for business/conferences, not really a vacation resort. The facility was very nice and the service was good, so it did fill our needs. But I would not go back there for a vacation, even though they did have an outdoor pool. Thank you for your services Debbie, Robbi LeRoy

Friendly, efficient and always goes above and beyond. She's the best!

By: Kath

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2015

The flight was great and the 2 bedroom hotel was perfect.

Excellent trip

By: Connie

Reviewed on: 07 May 2015

It was an excellent trip. The Regal Princess is a beautiful ship with added attractions of the older Princess ships. Not that one cruises to watch television but when one has many days at sea it sometimes happens. The TV in the cabin was mounted on the wall and had many new features including many of the latest movies and all of the old Love Boat series. There was also an additional wine tasting of high quality wines(Tuscan) which is offered only on the Royal and the Regal. There are all kinds of exercise facilities on the upper decks including a tennis facility and a running track. There are also numerous shops that have a wide variety of items to purchase. I did not like the location of the Wheelhouse Bar as it is next to the Crown Grill without a full dividing wall and has no dance floor. Also, there are no stairs other than those for emergency midship from the cabins so one must use the elevator or go forward or aft. Service was excellent as well as the food. Ports of call good.

Great Personal Attention

By: MBeth

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2015

Debbie was an invaluable help with aspects of our family trip to France. I have seldom use a travel agent in the past but given my positive experience will definitely work with Debbie again.


By: Teddy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2015

Debbie is a wonderful, conscientious and knowledgeable travel agent. Our trip was well planned and very enjoyable. I would recommend her to others in a heartbeat. Her knowledge of the area is unsurpassed.

Always on the same page with my travel wants and needs

By: janushka

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2015

She has always been accessible and spot on with suggestions to make my trips successful.

Top Notch

By: Michele03

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2015

Debbie provided us with excellent service from the moment I contacted her about this vacation. She was very thorough and always got back to us in a timely fashion. She was very quick to address any questions that arose & offered excellent advice. In addition, she went out of her way to make sure every detail was taken care of, including a basket that she had sent to our room wishing us a happy anniversary. I will definitely recommend her & Gateway Travel Service to all of our friends.

Trip to New Orleans


Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2015

Trip was great, accommodations at hotel were spacious, luxurious, friendly and convenient. Food was awesome. Will be going back again soon.

Disney trip

By: Eric

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2015

Took the family to Disney for the first time two young kids 7 and 3. Debbie was great in booking us in the right Disney property where we stayed close to dining opitions and shuttle bus to the Magic Kingdom. Her advice and knowledge of Disney made made experience very enjoyable!!!

Very good

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2015

Always very helpful and will look for options. Have utilized Debbie's services for over 10 years.

New Years in Aruba

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2016

We had a great time in Aruba! The weather was fantastic (although very windy) and the hotel was great. We were upgraded to an ocean front room that was as close as you could be to the elevators, so it was perfect! The New Year’s celebration in Aruba is like no other I’ve ever experienced! They definitely know how to ring in the new year and it’s crazy! From the firecrackers going off all day long to the finale of the most beautiful fireworks I’ve ever seen! The Ritz had an enormous party on the beach with live music and lights and a huge electronic screen counting down the hours, minutes and seconds, all that we could watch and enjoy right from our balcony!

Trip to Florida

By: Jimbo

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2016

Debbie did a exceptional job in planning our trip. Every detail was taken care of. We had a very enjoyable trip! Debbie's the best!

Excellent Travel Assistance

By: Michele56

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2016

As in the past, Debbie Aras was terrific from start to finish. She made great recommendations with regard to our flights, ground transportation & hotel. She was extremely timely and sincere in trying to get us the best deal possible. Absolutely no complaints with the services she provided. Once again, she has gone over & above when it comes to offering excellent travel advice & implementing a seamless vacation!!

Everything we hoped for and more

By: Mary08

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2016

Our family trip to Costa Rica was a year in the planning. Debbie was an excellent partner in the effort from the beginning. Her research and recommendations made for a great trip. She was very diligent in needed follow-ups and solving any problems that arose. Will definitely consult with her again.

Great Trip

By: David12

Reviewed on: 26 May 2016

Debbie did a great job for us. She gave the extra effort to help get a good rate and discounts for the hotel.

Beyond High Expectations!

By: LOParadise

Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2016

We recently completed an amazing trip to the Mediterranean that included an 11 day Oceania cruise from Venice to Rome with a 2 night stay in Rome. Debbie Aras was super-efficient in organizing not only all the air and cruise details, but also securing an incredible tour guide and driver for two days in Rome. Our driver has been featured in Rick Steve’s book on Rome. The Oceania cruise was memorable with so many gorgeous ports, and gourmet dinners every night. Laura, our guide in Rome was passionate about art/history and very knowledge on all things Rome. The Capitoline Museum was a gem to visit, with an impressive range of painting, tapestries and sculptures. The crowning event of the whole trip was the Vatican tour. With Laura providing not only the history, but insider’s tips on how the museum operated, it was a fascinating tour. I highly recommend Debbie, who has an in-depth knowledge of the travel industry and contacts all over the world.

Debbie is an amazing travel agent.

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Debbie has planned about 8-10 trips for me. Each one has gone off without a hitch. Her recommendations have been on target every time. My thanks and gratitude to her and to Gateway travel.

St. Lucia trip

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2017

Our travel plans went off without a hitch and Debbie was very instrumental with making sure everything was taken care of before we even left home. The preplanning with the hotel was perfect I never had to worry about taking care of anything while we were there which made the trip that much more relaxing and enjoyable. I always recommend Debbie to my friends when they are looking to plan a getaway, she is always available and extremely helpful. My husband and I are extremely picky about our vacations and Debbie has come to know what we like and don't like and always steers us in the right direction. We have been clients of Debbie's for more years than I can remember and will continue to keep coming back. It's nice to know she is always there for us when we need her.

Punta Cana

By: Bo

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2017

Excellent as always. She is thorough and pleasant throughout the planning process. She always checks back with us after the trip as well, to follow up.

Easy planning, great trip

By: Marsha B.

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2017

Planning a trip with Debbie was so easy. We talked about what we wanted to do and she found us options to choose from. She made it easy and we had a great time.

Excellence Punta Cana

By: Happy

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2017

She was very pleasant and easy to work with. She made sure all our documentation was correct and accurate for international travel and that we would receive our Skymiles rewards after our trip. Her assistance was very welcomed in every step of our reservations.

Trip ran very smoothly

By: Susan

Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2017

Debbie was very responsive and comprehensive in her planning and organizing our cruise...

Very helpful

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

Have been working with Debbie over 10 years---she does a great job.


By: julie kutsner

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017

Debbie Aras was great and made our travel simple and seamless. I would recommend Debbie to others for travel.

Great Agent

By: Kat

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Debbie is great to work with and we have been a client of hers for many years and will definitely use her in our future trips.

Debbie Aras is so knowledgeable and so reliable!

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Debbie is outstanding...... she made certain that all questions were answered BEFORE Ihad to commit and pay for the tour. While I was about to travel back to the states she was available to answer questions about check in on a foreign carrier....gave me great peace of mind.


By: Wheels

Reviewed on: 08 May 2017

Debbie is an awesome advisor! I would highly recommend that you work with her. You will be very pleased.


By: Meribelle

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2017

Easy. Debbie is very good at her job. She's very helpful and responds quickly to questions and concerns.

Boy Scout Group Travel to Philmont Scout Ranch

By: Joe B

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

Debbie was extremely helpful in planning and preparation for our round-trip travel from Detroit to Denver for 36 members of Troop 1699. She made sure that everything went smoothly and that we did not have any issues. Many of the tools that she gave us to use in advance of the trip were of great use. All went well!

trip to Italy

By: Terry

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

One word...FABULOUS!!!!!

Eclipse in Idaho

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

Professional and "hardworking for the client" always, perfect planning and therefore a great trip!

AMA Danube River Cruise

By: Energizer Bunny

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017

Debbie is wonderful to work with. She was always available to answer all our many questions. She is very knowledgeable and eager to help us.

Travel to London and Scotland

By: Rob

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

We found Debbie to be knowledgeable, efficient and dependable. There were some unfortunate occurrences along the way, which were beyond Debbie's control, yet she got involved and insured that all outcomes turned out satisfactorily. We are planning on using her services again for our next vacation.

Christmas in Aruba

By: Jules

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

Working with Debbie is always a pleasure. She is quick to respond to all means of communication and always available. She provides continuous updates and suggestions for the trips we book with her.

Southern getaway

By: Sandra

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2018

Debbie was very helpful in putting my trip together with accommodations airfare and car rental.

punta Cana

By: Perri

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2018

Debbie has always been great to work with. She gives us plenty of options to choose from and is always available to help,


By: Kat

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2018

Its always great working with Debbie and another fun and relaxing vacation. Will definitely recommend her to others.

Excellent experience

By: Lexilui

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2018

Debbie is friendly, helpful and conscientious. She did everything to make my experience easy and hassle free. She is very professional and can answer any questions that you may have. She also monitors your trip to keep you informed of any changes. Great job, Debbie!

Scenic Trip

By: Sally

Reviewed on: 16 May 2018

Fabulous!! Debbie was very thorough, totally knowledgeable about the trip, accommodations, information I would need along the way, and how best to plan for what I wanted to see and do. Communication was excellent. I received phone calls and emails in a timely way, and was always able to get in touch with Debbie. Her advice was very useful, and thus I was able to make my plans without concern that I would be disappointed in any part of the trip. I would recommend Debbie most highly to anyone. She is a real pro!!

Celebrity Cruise

By: grendel

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

Debbie did an amazing job. She is amazing; has arranged many trips for us. She advised us regarding the tours that would be best for us in New Orleans and Key West. We would not be traveling at this stage of life if she were not advising us and arranging plans that fit our needs.

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