Michelle Bemis CTC

Mc Lean, VA United States
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Family Travel
  • Safari
  • Spa Vacations
  • River Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Travel has been a factor in my life since I was a young girl.

When I was 16 I had the grand opportunity to tour Europe for 6 weeks—I bought a gold charm in every country I visited. I still make this purchase and now I have a necklace that allows me to relive each exciting adventure and is inspiration to plan fabulous travel experiences.

Being recognized as a top agent in Virtuoso for VAST (Virtuoso Active and Specialty Travel) sales is my happiest award. I have also been recognized by Travel + Leisure as an A List agent for adventure travel. Travel Agent has also recognized me as one of the top 25 agents. Since I love Italy I am also happy that I have been a Gold Ambassador for number sales to this amazing country.

In addition to Adventure travel I love to work with my clients to create specialized travel experiences everywhere in the world. Getting to know my clients and their desires is the challenge and fun of being a travel advisor--their smiles is the greatest gift.

As travel resumes, I have been thrilled to share my knowledge and personal experience with travel in the United States. It is great to know that we are rediscovering the best of our own country. I have traveled to 42 states and 20 National Parks and can offer personal experience to help plan a trip that incorporates the best of the US.

Places I Have Traveled

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Recommended for a Luxury Trip

By: LisaD

Reviewed on: 30 May 2013

This is the second time I have used Michelle and both times the trips were wonderful and exactly what I had hoped for. She is a good listener, and when I said I wanted a property on the sea with lots of gardens and a pool, she found it. It was really wonderful to have train, hotel and car all arranged and confirmed prior to our trip. Her access to wonderful properties is extremely valuable to me!

Wonderful trip

By: Nancy J

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2013

Michelle planned a fantastic trip to Russia for us. As always, she was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful with all of the planning. We gave her a huge challenge to set up this trip with only a two week lead time and she really came through. We love Michelle and the excellent service she always provides.

Highly Recommended

By: Marilyn and Allen

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2013

Michelle served as an outstanding travel/tour agent in reserving our Spring 2013 Tauck Tour for Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons. There were several exceptions that required understanding and approval by Tauck, and Michelle served as a very effective middle-person to resolve them to our complete satisfaction. We have consistently used her services, and that of McCabe World Travel, for the past six years. All AOK. She is very attentive to client needs. Five stars.

She plans the best trips

By: clunger

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2013

The care that Michelle takes on all of our trips is amazing. I would never have anyone else plan a trip for us.

Very highly recommended

By: Al

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2013

Michelle has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful for several different cruises. Never steered us wrong

Highly recommended

By: Rougher63

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2013

I am quite satisfied with the planning of my recent trip to Krakow and Warsaw, Poland and Paris, France. This includes choice of hotels and airline flights, as well as the recommendation for hiring a private guide for a tailored tour of Warsaw.

Highly recommended

By: Al

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2013

Michelle was a real find! With her able assistance, we made the right choice for an Alaska cruise---Regent! She is very knowledgeable. She answered every question promptly and helpfully. No detail escaped her. She is a gem! We'd work with her again anytime!

highly recommened

By: dede

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2013

always takes care of all the details and makes our trips a pleasure with no hassles


By: Experienced two

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2013

The most recent trip was to Hawaii. All of the resorts were great. The sigth seeing was really awesome. We visisted three islands. All in all good trip. The only issue was the late nigth filgth out of Kona. Michelle informed us of the issue but we did not heed or advice.

Noted for Solving Difficult Problems Easily

By: mcleandave

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2013

I first picked this agency because of a Washington Post article about its Great Reputation. We have given Michelle B. several several Difficult Problems over the years, and she has allways handled them effectively & smoothly

Highly recommended

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2013

Michelle Bemis is thoroughly professional, knowledgeable, prompt & friendly.


By: Al61

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2013

Great travel agent highly recommended! Michelle has been indispensable in planning and guiding our three most recent group cruises. Her ideas are creative, and she consistently follows through with thorough planning and preparation. She has been unfailingly responsive to our travel needs and a pleasure to work with.

Australia and Asia trip

By: Lizzy11

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2013

Great! Very helpful with trip planning. Great experience!

Highly recommended

By: Eduardo38

Reviewed on: 19 May 2013

Michelle with Betsy Walsh and other Virtuoso personnel did a great job arranging our Disney vacation in Florida for our family and especially for our five year old grandaughter. She had a magical time and we truly enjoyed how well all the travel arrangements worked.

Very Highly Recommended

By: Tutor10800

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2013

Our trip to Thailand is the second trip that Michelle Bemis, of McCabe World Travel, arranged for us. It was absolutely superb. The hotels were unique, and among the best we've stayed in anywhere. The local guides were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating to our needs and wishes. The schedule of sightseeing and time among the various cities we visited was well paced. We would highly recommend Michelle and McCabe Travel.

Highly recommend

By: Dean

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2013

Michelle did a great job of finding a vacation that fit into our time frame and budget. All her recommendations were well thought out for our needs. She answers questions very promptly, even on weekends! Makes all the arrangements from start to finish so that we can totally enjoy our trip. Is willing to help with travel problems before, during and after the trip. Is a pleasure to work with and to talk to. Michelle will definately be the person that we will use to make the arrangements.

By all means, highly recommended!

By: Tom McNicholas

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2013

Michelle helped our family of 10 plan and execute a most memorable cruise on Princess Line from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Alaska in July/August 2013. We could not have asked for better service, recommendations or arrangements from Michelle. Thank you McCabe World Travel. We look forward to our next adventure.

Exceptional Travel Agent

By: Kokomo

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2013

During many years of international travel; My wife and I have never met such an experienced,perceptive and knowledgeable travel agent and now a valuable friend. We just returned from a remarkable trip to the British Isles which involved a cruise and private touring as well. The trip,arrangements and planning were superb down to the side of the ship which would provide the best views of each port! Wow! I cannot refer Michelle to enough friends,colleagues and family.

Simply the best! Highly recommended!!!

By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2013

Family trip to Hawaii was perfect/flawless! Three spectacular virtuoso hotels, ideal air, virtuoso benefits, welcome treats! Michelle is simply the best at what she does. She really understands and cares about her customers and does everything humanly possible to make sure they enjoy every minute. She is patient, kind and extremely knowledgeable. And, she also has a great sense of humor. The real question, is how do we thank her!!!

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2013

Michelle has helped me with many trips. She does a great job!

Highly recommended

By: Al22180

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2013

Michelle has always been knowledgeable and helpful, recommending great trips, finding great deals, and making the whole process easy for us.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2013

Michelle did a superb job in all aspects of planning our trip. From the Airline tickets, the private guide tour in England to the great cabins on the cruise ship. She is the best!

By: Kokomo too

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2013

When it comes to incredible travel experiences, Michelle Bemis always delivers. Whether a cruise, land trip or personal travel, Michelle provides comprehensive and fabulous service. Her personal approach to travel planning is faultless. No matter a "wow-factor" stay or just a weekend getaway, Ms Bemis' broad experience and variety of contacts around the world make her the absolute best of the best. We wouldn't consider a trip without Michelle and McCabe World Travel.

Highly Recommend!

By: 3gsplady

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2013

Michelle booked a 10 day Cruise/Tour on Princess to Alaska for us. She took care of every last detail including selecting our staterooms and making sure our children were directly across the hall from us. The trip was perfect and we will use her for all of our future travel needs! Some friends took the same trip booked thru an online booking and there was no comparison to how the two trips went. Thank you, Michelle!

Highly Recommended!

By: MJ on Travel

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2013

Michelle is a fantastic travel agent and trusted advisor. Anything arranged through her will be expertly handled with care, and a first class experience you can count on.

Sicily & Turkey

By: RP33

Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2013

Michelle did a fantastic job organzing my trip and following-up on all the details. The guides and hotels she choose where wonderful and my whole family loved the trip. When one of the operators made a small error Michelle made sure to follow-up and secure a refund. She's the best!!

highly recommend

By: dede

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2013

excellent help and arrangements always and a pleasure to deal with

Highly recommended

By: Rougher63

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Trip was cancelled though no fault of Ms. Bemis. She did a good and thorough job preparing for it, and I will use her services again.

Highly Recommend

By: B&G

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2013

We would highly recommend Michelle Bemis as your travel agent for your next international or domestic trip. She has helped us travel to different countries in Africa and Asia, and each trip has been seamlessly organized for us. Michelle uses her vast network of connections overseas to make sure that trips are organized down to the smallest detail for her customers. We will continue to use her services and expertise for future vacations.

Highly Recommend

By: Angela

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2013

Although I live in Chicago, Michelle is always the person I go to help plan a vacation. Michelle either knows the area we want to visit and hotels or knows someone who does. Her advice about whether to rent a car or hire a driver is invaluable. Her planning on the number of days in any one destination before moving on to another is always right and a logical progression. I always recommend her to others and receive such thanks because they have the same experience.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2013

Michelle is very personable and willing to assist at any moment. And the amazing thing, she does it all with a smile!

Highly Recommended

By: Yosef

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2013

Michelle arranged a wonderful trip for us to the Inn at Perry Cabin for my 50th birthday. Her attention to detail, such as birthday wishes, wine, and chocolate in the room, made the always enjoyable Virtuoso experience truly exceptional. I highly recommend Michelle and a Virtuoso trip.

Excellent Hotel Recommendation

By: BH

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2013

A friend recommended Michelle when she heard of my difficulty in located a decent hotel in Venice. The hotel recommended by Michelle was perfect for me --- easy to locate (I spotted it from the Alilaguno as we docked at San Marco).

Highly recommend

By: AmyBDC

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Michelle is a superb travel agent. She gives excellent advice but most importantly she attends to every detail. Also, if anything goes wrong when you travel, she gets it changed. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Highly Recommended

By: RB

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2013

Michelle was extraordinarily knowledgeable and helpful to our researching and setting up our trip to Paris. All of her recommendations were superb. The result was a memorable vacation in Paris.

Peru and the Galapagos Islands

By: john

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2019

Excellent in all respects; very efficient, organized attentive to details. The best travel agent I've ever worked with!

By: Barry61

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2013

As always Michelle did an outstanding job for our cruise on Princess Emerald. The pre cruise assistance was through and complete. I am always comfortable that she will do her best for us. At the end of our cruise there was an accounting issue and she pitched right in an made sure it was resolved to my favorable, satisfaction. I am pleased to recommend her any time there is an opportunity.

highly recommend - she is simply the best!

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Highly Recommended

By: Fran (and Kurt)

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

My husband and I often cruise with a group of 50 or more friends and Michelle Bemis is the group's "go-to person" for handling every detail - from the beginnings of a destination idea to the execution of the finalized plan and our return trip home. We have also used Michelle for several family vacations for 10, both on cruise ships and at island resorts. Every time, everything has worked out exactly as we imagined. We wouldn't use anyone else.

Highly recommended

By: Edh

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Michelle always does an excellent job. We use her for all our travel. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and always responsive to requests in a timely manner.

Recommended highly

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Michelle is the consummate professional. Her expertise is tremendous and she takes a personal interest with each client in planning the trip, as if each trip is the special trip of a lifetime. I would recommend her without hesitation.

Always Highly Recommended

By: MJonTravel

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

This was just a short cruise (because that's all the time we had) for a milestone anniversary celebration. Short trip or not, I always turn to Michelle for the best travel advice.

Highly, highly, highly recommended!!

By: LattieBeis

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Unfailingly responsive and dependable, Michelle is the perfect professional to help you plan your next adventure, big or small. She always pays close attention to both our wish list and budget request, then delivers a fabulous trip which maximizes both. Michelle is engaged and engaging, a dream to work with.

Highly Recommended

By: Kiwi

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

This is the second vacation Michelle has helped me plan. Her good advice on the first one led me to seek her guidance on the second. Michelle is knowledgeable, helpful, sensible, responsive, and very efficient. I would not hesitate to call her to plan future vacations.

Ref Trip to Europe in conjunction with another tour

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

She made great arrangements per our continual changes. The side trips and hotel transfers and airport arrangements were all done professionally. Would use her again.

Five stars out of five!

By: Amy

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Michelle is an outstanding travel agent. I have used many agents and have not ever found an agent as responsive as Michelle. She works round-the-clock to deliver outstanding service to her clients. In China, she booked our tour guides and two hotels -- one in Beijing and the other in Shanghai. What impressed me most is when I emailed Michelle to say that we did not care for our guide in Beijing she immediately got to work and had our guide changed.

Absolutely th Best Travel Agent around!

By: Barry61

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

I thought we did this before but it is always a pleasure to write reviews of people that are simply the best. I am always comfortable that Michele will do it the best. She is always through and complete in her work. I look forward to getting her assistance the next time I cruise.

highly recommend

By: Ginny

Reviewed on: 19 Dec 2013

Michelle is very professional, efficient, knowledgeable, and pleasant. She is easy to reach and returns calls in a timely manner. She has been extremely helpful in answering questions, finding the right person to help with flights, travel insurance - all running very smoothly. I would definitely recommend Michelle Bemis to friends and associates.

Best we've ever used! Way above the crowd!

By: Fran in VA Beach

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2013

We've used Michelle Bemis many times, over the years, for planning resort vacations and cruises involving both my family and my husband's Naval Academy classmates. She has always been amazing in her response time and her attention to detail. We don't have to remember details and deadlines, because she does that for us.

highly recommended

By: ed

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2014

Michelle always does an excellent job and makes sure everything is taken care of.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2014

Michelle is very good - always get us best price and best suites.

Michelle Bemis

By: Bobbie

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2014

Michelle is INCREDIBLE!!!!  She goes out of her way to do everything possible to make the trip a success.  She answers emails instantaneously, solves all problems and makes the trips fun for us.  We couldn't take a trip without her.  She has endless patience and is so much fun to work with.  Also, Michelle makes a point to understand individual clients.  She anticipates our problems./questions and truly understands who we are as individuals.

Does a fine job - goes the extra mile.

By: Alann

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2014

Michelle is very experienced and helpful.  She puts a lot of time and effort into finding the right cruise for you and the right match of accommodations and transportation.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2014


Highly recommended!

By: DoreenBill

Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2014

Michelle recommended a perfect place for a family vacation - took care of all the details- then rebooked one flight at the last minute when a work crisis required my husband to join us late

Outstanding........The best of the best!!!!

By: peanutluvr

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2014

Michelle Bemis has been our travel agent for over thirteen years. She always takes the time to listen andthanks to her suggestions and great advice, we have experienced some of the most memorable trouble free vacations of a lifetime.We've seen more of the world with the best Virtuoso affiliates we could ever have imagined. Can you picture waking up in the morning and seeing the pyramids right outside your window?! Perhaps  a room upgrade and a cash credit for your cabin. Thank you Michelle and although we've moved 1,200 miles away, you will remain our one and only travel agent.

Always a Perfect Trip when Michelle Plans it

By: Angela

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2014

We live in Chicago and ALWAYS use Michelle to plan our trips. It doesn't matter if we are doing a weekend getaway or a trip to Italy. The same thought and suggestions evident. At each hotel, we are greeted warmly and if possible receive an upgrade. We have never been disappointed in her selections and if I have found something that I find interesting, she takes my suggestions into account.  I always wanted a travel agent who actually knew the destinations we were going to and now I have just that with Michelle Bemis

Highly Recommended

By: Tony

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2014

With out a doubt the perfect person to call when planning a trip.  Her knowledge and expertise is outstanding and she is so pleasant to work with.  Patient and helpful in assisting with ideas and suggestions to make our travel experience most enjoyable and trouble free. 

Fantastic Trip to Scotland

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2014

Dear Michelle…FANTASTIC… What else can I say…the flight, the Hotel(amazing), the transfers, the day trips, the Wonderful city of Edinburgh…All of it was Perfect….(even the weather) You do a fantastic job of preparation and coordination. I can’t thank you enough….

Highly recommended!

By: Dean

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2014

Michelle did a great job of organizing our trip, including flights, tours, hotels, and cruise. She responds to e mails and phone calls very fast. Helped us out with a flight delay and a pricing issue with the cruise. She is the only one I will consider to make vacation plans! A+++

Recommend without any reservations

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2014

Michelle continues her excellent assistance and consistent attention to all details.  I recently planned a trip with "numerous moving parts"--never again.  I realize that I much prefer a trip that has been planned and booked 100% with Michelle.  She is responsive and dedicated to her clients.


By: Bill D

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2014

She is a saint put here to handle all the difficulties you can face on a family cruise. 2 couples had to cancel due to health. She was there for us and worked through the many changes that these cancellations created. The information and paperwork and attention to detail and FOLLOW UP was  extraordinary.I have seen her in action before with our travels and continue to see the dedication she has to her customers and eliminating problems before they occur. I have recommended her to others before this Alaskan Cruise and others have told me she was delightful to work with on their adventures.Thank you Michelle for caring!!!

Another Superior Cruise!

By: Barry61

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2014

The trip went excellently. The direct flights were chilling going but very convenient. The cruise went good. The weather could have been a little better but that is not Michelle's domain. I look forward to next time.


By: Frank Ontario

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2014

I hope my original submission went through as the internet was not taking it from what I could see. Great job by the agent. All went well and it was greatly enjoyed meaning the trip to Glacier national Park with intermediate stops. AMTRAK has its own schedule which no agent can control but from our perspective all was done very well. More to come.

Another lovely vacation

By: Kim

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2014

Michelle helped us plan a beautiful trip to Paris and river trip on the Seine. The hotel in Paris was gorgeous and we were very pleased with AMAwaterways. Well done, Michelle!

Great Choice

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2014

When I told Michelle that I wanted to go to Africa, she immediately suggested a Tauck tour. We took her advice and it was of our best all-time trips. Michelle responds quickly to all emails, even if she is at home or on the road or the high seas. Excellent agent.

Flexible, Creative & Great Follow Through

By: Kelly & Kent

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Our recent trip to Croatia and cruise along the Dalmatian coast was all the more pleasurable in the planning and execution thanks to Michelle. We've depended on Michelle and the McCabe World Travel Team for a variety of adventures, and they are always seamless in their execution. Logistics, properties, the right amount of time and the assurance that all is taken care of - it's a great partnership that we count on.

Wonderful trip!

By: Bob and Peg

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2014

Michelle - It was so good to have you and Marsha along with us on the trip. It was truly a great experience and the tours you arranged were exceptional. We look forward to the next '61 gathering!

Gives great peace of mind.


Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2014

For this Big Adventure we were confident we were in great hands with Michelle and McCabe. All the little things were handled and there were no worries at all. The trip was excellent, wonderful locations, weather okay with exception on an unfortunate storm front and Michelle was with us all the way. I had an unfortunate slip/fall on the ship resulting in injuries and her guidance was priceless. Our Group from the USNA Class of 1961 has explored the world with her and my husband and I cant wait for the next excursion.

Super nice

By: Tony

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2014

Great time out at the Homestead. Snow was fun. Hotel is super.

Another Great Trip!

By: MJonTravel

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2014

Our recent Quantum of the Seas cruise was just the thing we needed after a long year without vacation. As always, Michelle offers wise counsel and expert service. I highly recommend Quantum of the Seas, a completely new kind of Royal Caribbean cruise experience. And I highly recommend Michelle to everyone I meet that asks if we use a travel agent.

Simply the best!

By: Her biggest fan

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2015

MIchelle is simply the best! A great listener, she is responsive and creative and is responsible for putting together many of your family's best memories. She has never let any of my referrals down either...regardless of their budget. You all are extremely lucky to have her on your staff.

Great vacation planner!

By: Dean51

Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2015

Michelle did a great job of planning our vacation, right to the last detail. She is always helpful and reachable. Our vacation planning hero!!

Trip to Nepal & India

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2015

Michelle continues to do a superb job handling our international trips. Her wide range of contacts, detailed understanding of the areas to be visited, and her attention to detail set her apart from other travel advisors. We would be lost without her.

Continued excellence!

By: John64

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2015

The trip was well planned and magnificent in all ways including hotel, dining reservations and overall experience. I know that I'm always in good hands with Michelle Bemis and this served as just another example.

The make it happen guru

By: Goldy girl

Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2015

Whatever it is that you need or want , Michelle is there working it for you. It doesn't matter how big or how small the request . She always keeps you updated as the process moves along. A gem

Wonderful experience.

By: Billy 74

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

The Taj in London is a first class property. The staff is first rate and they go out of their way to insure that you enjoy your stay. A hearty breakfast was delivered to our room every morning. The location could not have been better. In summary, this is the way every vacation should be planned and executed.

Travel with THE best

By: Buckaro

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2015

Michelle Bemis has been our Virtuoso travel agent for the past ten years. Although we've moved halfway across the country, Michelle remains our first and only choice as our travel consultant because of her expertise, knowledge and the friendly personal touch she offers. Our last trip was to the Canyonlands. What a trip! Bryce, Zion and Arches National Parks were spectacular and the Grand Canyon was unbelievable. The ride down the Canyon on muleback was more than memorable. We stayed in park accommodations which were the best available inside each park. We loved ever moment of the twelve days we were away. Our next trip has already been booked to Australia and New Zealand. Michelle has taken the time to send us information on both countries including the itinerary and interesting local sightseeing. Outstanding!

IC Bellagio - Villa Serbelloni and Lake Region


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2015

Well Michelle, I know that we had a very lengthy discussion of our July trip to Lake Como. However, I will reiterate that the Villa Serbelloni was among the most extraordinary and outstanding hotels that we have visited in many many years. Service was excellent, room was grand and the food was extraordinary. The town of Bellagio and Lake region were more than we had expected. Your restaurant recommendation were great. However, when United decided at 3 in the morning to notify us via iPhone that our flight back to the States from Milan was canceled, it took my wife's language skills and years of international travel to get a return flight -via Frankfurt. Most disappointing was that our fine driver who motored us from Milan to Bellagio would not give us his cell phone number in case we needed to reach him. Fortunately he lives in Bellagio and we were able to contact him to drive us out of Bellagio to catch s much earlier flight out of Milan.

Fabulous Trip to Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro

By: TG

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

My friends and I just took our 15th annual trip together to Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro. Can't say enough about the gorgeous land and sea scapes, the fabulous activities (hiking, biking, etc.) and the great guidance and assistance of our Virtuoso travel agent. Michelle never disappoints. She always has some surprises planned along the way for us! This was also our 5th trip with Virtuoso partner Exeter and our positive experience with that organization continues.

A true travel pro!

By: kd58

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2015

We've now booked 7 trips through Michelle, and have had excellent experiences each time. This trip was to four cities in Eastern Europe. Michelle booked just the right amouint of time in each city, arranged for hotels in the center of historic districts to enable us to walk everywhere, and lined up expert guides to give us the history and importance of the sights. She recommended extra sights that added value. The trip was memorable and without glitches, thanks to her expertise and planning. We will continue to use her services and recommend her to friends.

Polar Bears

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2015

Great trip with good timing. We went the last week of October when there were plenty of bears, but the bay had not frozen. If you go much later, the bay may be frozen and all the bears will be gone. This happened within the past few years when the trip in the second week of November didn't see any bears. Natural Habitat is well organized and keeps you busy.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2016

Excellent in all respects

Trip to Club Med Planned by Michelle Bemis

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2016

Our trip was excellent----well planned. We had a great time. Michelle is an excellent organizer, and she is very thoughtful in following-up with any questions and concerns.

Exactly the High Quality I expect!

By: j5harald

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Michelle has arranged a good number of complex (and expensive) trips for me and my family. Her effort on this one was a great success, which is, frankly, what I have come to expect from Michelle. Our destinations were truly awesome, and just as about as importantly, all the little transfer and planning details executed without a hitch or delay. My thanks to Michelle. I will continue to reach out to her for my travel challenges!

Great and Reliable Resource

By: T

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Have relied on Michelle's services for about 10 years. Always efficient and thorough. She plans amazing trips.

Michelle Shines Again

By: vandillenk1

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

Our recent trip to Spain, Morocco, and Portugal was another great adventure thanks to Michelle's expertise and attention to detail. She always puts us with the very best tour companies who know their area and how to best to see it. Michelle is simply top notch!

Always the Perfect trip

By: Angela

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

We have used Michelle over the years and have never been disappointed. From the simplest visit to Washington DC to a trip to Sorrento and Capri she always has great ideas and more importantly our trips are without issues. The hotels are 5 star and we are treated like special guests. I always recommend her to friends and family who have the same experience. She is a gem!


By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2016

My Cotswolds trip was wonderful....and as always, Michelle was very helpful in the planning process. She's a gem! The Savoy Hotel in London, Bath Priory and Foxhill Manor were each beautiful properties - and all made for a very memorable experience.

Great support

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2016

Michelle always does a great job

Excellent travel agent

By: AmyBDC

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2017

I have worked with Michelle for many years now. The quality of her service is outstanding. She appears to work day and night. She is she most responsive professional I have ever deal with. She gives solid advice about travel. Most recently we went to Canyon Ranch and Ritz Dove Mountain. Thanks to Michele we were upgraded to lovely suites in both places. Canyon Ranch is an experience worth having. The classes and massages are excellent. The rooms (Venetian blinds?!) and locker rooms need to be updated. The choice of activities and classes is terrific. The staff is very loyal to Canyon Ranch. The Ritz Dove Mountain is a beautiful hotel in the desert. Our suite was lovely. It was New Years weekend so the place was teeming with young kids but the resort seemed to be handling all of the commotion quite well. We loved our jeep trip in the desert. The only criticism we have is that the New Year's dinner was awful.

Super job as always

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2017

Michelle always does a great job in every area. She is pleasant responsive and always takes care of everything

Great trip!

By: Utah2017

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2017

Michelle provided complete details for travel, lodging, lift tickets and ski rentals, and the trip was successful without any issues.

Great travel advisor

By: Dean

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2017

Michelle Bemis is a wonderful person to work with and to help make travel plans. She is available most anytime we need her. Very responsive! Very knowledgeable! We have worked with her on several trips for many years and have always been happy with the plans, preparation and service. Thank you, Michelle!!

Warm Climes

By: slugger34

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

Very good. We have been working with her for many years and keep going back.

Good job

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

Michelle is excellent to work with and is always responsive

G'day, Australia

By: KD

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2017

Michelle is a rock star in our book. She listens to us and designs trips that deliver amazing travel experiences. I firmly believe she crafts experiences that we wouldn't be able to duplicate just by doing research on the Internet. She anticipates questions and provides all the info needed. And when there's a problem, she gets it resolved immediately.

Caribbean Cruise

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Easy and straightforward. She is simply topnotch. A true expert in her field.

My trip to Ireland

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 09 May 2017

Michelle is a pleasure to work with. She is friendly, knowledgeable and competent. She listens to my dreams and helps to make them happen. I know I will rely on her again for more travel.

Great Work Michelle!

By: T

Reviewed on: 24 May 2017

Michelle is great. Our trips always run perfectly and she has plenty of adventures and surprises for us.

Excellent agent

By: Amy

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Michelle is an excellent agent. My husband (who is very critical) just asked whether we are booking our next trip with Michelle because "there aren't many people who do things well these days."

Celebrity Cruise-New England

By: john

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2017

Michelle is one of the most responsive, knowledgeable, and efficient travel agents with whom I have ever worked! I have worked with her many times past and plan to do so many times in the future.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Excellent always pleasant and responsive

Cruising the Rhone

By: Bonnie

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Over the course of many years and many cruises, I continue to be extremely pleased with Michelle's attention to detail about every trip. And she develops great relationships with each of her clients. Michelle returns calls almost immediately and always has time to answer questions or concerns. It is also a delight to travel with her when she accompanies large groups.

Our trip to Ireland

By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

It would be hard to imagine anyone working harder or caring more than Michelle does about insuring that her clients have the best possible experience. She is amazing. Her boundless energy leaves me in awe. Her advice is always spot on. She knows our family having organized numerous trips for us before, and applies that knowledge with skill and concern. She put together an incredible trip for our party of eight - without the normal amount of lead time. Every aspect came off without a glitch. She has all the right contacts - in this case Celebrated Experiences assisted in the booking of properties. The contact person there was willing to give me her cell phone number - something she said she never does, but made an exception because it was Michelle.... I could write pages, but will simply end by saying Michelle is the best!! Thank you.

Re-positioning cruise to Iceland

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

It is a pleasure to work with Michelle Bemis. She is businesslike, approachable, prompt, efficient and has good ideas. She is very easy to work with. I look forward to working with her again.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

Very good, no problems

North Atlantic Cruise 2017

By: Tom & Jane

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

Could not be better!

Great trip!

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

Working with Michelle Bemis was a joy! She is very knowledgeable extremely competent and is always ahead of any problem. She is pleasant and fun to be around! She accompanied us on several trips and always added to the general camaraderie and good times. I know of no one who was a better advisor than Michelle!


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Great, always helpful

Rock Star

By: Kent D

Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

Michelle is just amazing! She crafted a fabulous trip for us, listening to our input and making recommendations based on her first-hand knowledge (after traveling there herself). Her follow-up is quick, her follow-through is complete and she's a delight to work with. The agency is full-service. We can't recommend her more highly.

Friendly and modern in Brooklyn

By: kimberly

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2017

Always a pleasure!

Mayan Magic

By: Mayan Magic

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Working with Michelle is great...you always know you will have a first class vacation whether on land or sea.....

Great trip to Canyon Ranch

By: Happy client

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

We had an excellent trip to Canyon Ranch over the Christmas break. Michelle, as always, provided excellent advice about our destination. She also works all of the time to make sure that her clients are happy. Thank you, Michelle!

Warm Weather

By: bill

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2018

As excellent as usual. We have worked with Michelle for many years and will continue to do so until she retires and/or we can't travel anymore.

Zoetry, Mexico

By: Beatle

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

FABULOUS!!! Michelle is a total pro: efficient, friendly, listens to needs/wants, answers questions thoroughly, responds promptly and finds great properties. Michelle has planned many trips for our family of 12 over the years, and many for my husband and myself; all teriffic. We look forward to working with Michelle every time.


By: tony

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2018

Great, Obviously the best travel agent in the world!!!

Trip to Indochina

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

Michelle is a pleasure to work with. She's approachable, capable, knowledgeable and prompt. She had me well prepared for my trip. I look forward to working with her again.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

Excellent support


By: John

Reviewed on: 11 May 2018

We have been using Michelle for many years and her knowledge, competence, experience of all destinations and concerns are exemplary! Her efficiency in all matters are unrivaled. I would recommend her without reservation.


By: Bull

Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

Had a great trip to Disney. Everything was set-up by our travel agent ahead of time and things went very smoothly. Great hotel and the ship arrangements were excellent. Ready for our next trip!

Great travel advisor

By: Dean

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Michelle Bemis is wonderful to work with. Extremely knowledgable in all aspects of travel. She is very responsive with questions and needs. I highly recommend!!

South Africa Trip

By: Ma and Da

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2018

Michelle is a professional of the highest quality. She could not possibly have done a better job. The trip was fabulous from start to finish and we could not imagine using anyone else to plan our future trips.

Great advisor

By: Bull

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

Superb work and great help



Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Always great! Michelle understands completely what we seek in our foreign travels and always comes through. She is a thorough, thoughtful professional who takes ownership of the planning process and guides us to the correct outcomes.

Great trip

By: ML

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2018

Michelle was a pleasure to work with.


By: Jp

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018

Great. She is always a pleasure to work with

Another Great Experience!


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2018

Recently returned from a fabulous trip to Italy. Michelle planned a wonderful and well thought out trip to several areas in Italy...the Amalfi Coast, Rome, and Tuscany. As always, Michelle came through in putting together a perfect family trip with plenty to do, but plenty of downtime as well. She is knowledgeable, organized and meticulous in her planning and always patient in her follow up....even when I am not always the easiest to track down. She has organized several wonderful family trips for me and is most certainly my go-to person for special trips. I love working with Michelle and will always recommend her to friends and family!

Legends of the West Tour with Tauck

By: John

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2018

Over many years, Michelle Bemis has been excellent in every way as a guide, organizer, efficient, timely and able to leap travel challenges in a single bound to include air, land & sea requirements!


By: Portugal in Style

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Michelle Bemis has been our travel advisor for years. She has an uncanny ability to translate our vague wishes into concrete plans. She seems to be available 24 hours a day. Her recommendations of destinations and specific locations are always spot on, and she often is able to add on nice amenities as part of our vacation package. For our most recent trip, she designed, with colleagues in Europe, a truly once in a lifetime trip to Portugal that was a perfect combination of travel, relaxation, and over the top luxury. We will continue to look to Michelle for all our high end vacations.

Michelle's the Best!

By: Michelle fan

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2018

Every detail was covered. Every possible problem anticipated so our trip(s) was perfect. Follow-up was timely and her counsel is spot on. Anything she recommended was exactly what we needed or appreciated. She's a travel pro in all aspects.

Michelle Bemis

By: Al & Ann

Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2018

Always a pleasure. Timely and knowledgeable.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2018

Great. She does an excellent job every time

Great time was had by all

By: Marty

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2019

She anticipated almost everything and when an unexpected event occurred she made sure we were taken care of.

Cancun Zoetry 2019

By: David B

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2019

We have worked with Michelle for more than 20 years. She is a gem. First, she listens, so she knows what we are looking for and tries hard to find it. Second, she is fully open to requests and changes and not wedded to her initial suggestions, so she will make adjustments if her initial ideas are not exactly what we have in mind. Third, she is honest -- sometimes you cannot get everything you want at the price you want to pay, and Michelle is always very forthright about the pro's and con's of any possible vacation. Fourth, Michelle is very responsible and responsive -- when there are snags, she and McCabe Travel are there to back us up. Fifth, Michelle is great at marshalling the resources of McCabe Travel to capture some of the vacation add-ons that make a good trip even better. She arranged a great vacation for us this year in Cancun, adding to the long list of stellar trips.

Trip to Four Seasons hotel in palm beach fla

By: A

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2019

Michelle Bemis is not only our travel advisor but my friend too after planning many wonderful trips all over the world& now lovely trips to sunny Florida

Peru cruise

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2019

Michelle always is responsive and easy to work with. Another great job on this trip

Northern India and Nepal

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2019

I enjoy working with Michelle. Always, she is pleasant, well informed and helpful. Even on my trip, when flights were rescheduled, she alerted me and gave good advice. I look forward to working with her on my next trip.

Excellent travel counselor

By: martintandler@mac.com

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2019

Efficient and thoughtful and reliable

Great hotel

By: cathy

Reviewed on: 14 May 2019

Michelle always plans the best trips

Michelle is the best. Very thorough and great attention to detail

By: Cathy

Reviewed on: 14 May 2019

Always perfect working with michelle

Celebrating 34 years of girlfriend friendship!!

By: Leslie

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2019

Michelle is a delight to work with. Organized, professional, offers select options based on client requests; efficient, thorough follow-up; We loved our stay at the Hotel Villagio in Yountville. The spa experience was the perfect way to banish jet lag and kick-off our culinary adventure. MIchelle puts the joy back in travel. Many thanks for a glorious experience. With fond regards, LEslie & Sue Z.

River trip

By: Bull

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2019

Superb advice, excellent service

Viking Russian River Cruise

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2019

It is a pleasure to work with Michelle. She is up to date with information, efficient in making arrangements and available to questions. I look forward to working with her again.

Michelle Bemis is great!

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2019

Outstanding! She was always ready and able to deal with any questions or issues!

Very disappointed in the food so if you're going for that experience; don't.

By: t

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2019

Michelle has been our travel agent for many years. She is very responsive to our ideas and needs. She's full of ideas and recommdations. I wouldn't consider using anyone else.

Always a pleasure

By: cathy

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2019

Michelle is the best. She takes such good care of us at all times.
Not Recommended

Too busy traveling

By: Dean

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2019

Unfortunately she was too busy traveling to help us with our plans. Her sub did OK, but not the same. We will probably try another travel agent for our next trip. Thanks.
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Excellent service

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2019

Michelle was outstanding ! Her recommendations were wonderful and she was very responsive when we had questions.

Very Memorable Virtuoso Hotel Visit Thanks To Michelle Bemis

By: Maxpr

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2019

Our trip went smoothly and exceeded our expectations. Michelle Bemis was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was extremely dedicated in making sure our trip flowed flawlessly. Every aspect of our hotel stay was professionally handled. 

Trip of a Lifetime!

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2019

Michelle planned an amazing trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls. We experienced the perfect balance of city life (Cape Town), nature and whale watching (Grootbos Forest Lodge), wine tasting (Winelands), safari (Singita Ebony Lodge), and Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe)--every bucket list dream! The accommodations were spectacular, the private guides made each day memorable, and nothing was forgotten--including my birthday. Michelle gave us a trip of a lifetime! I can't wait to plan the next trip with her!

Tauck Tours: Peru and the Galapagos Islands and Ireland

By: John

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2019

Both Tauck trips could not have been better organized on the part of our travel advisor, Michelle Bemis. Michelle, as always, took care of every detail with finesse. Prior to the beginning of our Tauck Ireland tour, Michelle suggested that she coordinate with "Celebrations" to put together a personalized comprehensive tour of Dublin with professional, knowledgeable and entertaining guides. It proved to be one of our most memorable adventures. We have known Michelle, both professionally and personally for at least 15 years and have always had total confidence in her ability to seamlessly manage our travel plans and accommodations. We can say that we have never been disappointed with any of her efforts. She makes our travels extraordinary with her personal touches. We have recommended Michelle Bemis to many of our friends who then booked with McCabe World and their response was the same "competent, professional, friendly and wise". Nobody does it better!

Great advisor

By: Bull

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2019

Superb , she did a great job

Africa safari

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2019

Excellent. Everything was coordinated perfectly

Surpasses Every Expectation

By: Canary

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2019

Michelle is a joy to work with and extremely conscientious. You can tell that she truly enjoys her work and wants other to have the absolutely top travel experience. She works with you until everything is perfect.
Not Recommended

Dissatisfied with Michelle

By: June

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2019

Very unpleasant. She was not personally involved in any of the planning and seemed to defer everything to her “partner” in Lisbon. To be honest I would have been happier dealing directly with the local tour operator. She was simply a middleman.

Michelle comes through again!

By: Missy

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2019

Michelle is every traveler's dream of the perfect travel advisor. She's thoroughly professional, extremely competent, and very knowledgeable no matter where our travels take us. When we have questions, she gets back to us immediately no matter where she is. She's never given us bad advice. On top of all this, she's a joy to work with!

Always a pleasure to work with Michelle Bemis

By: AmyB

Reviewed on: 15 Nov 2019

I have worked with Michelle for many years. She is an excellent travel agent. She is always available to her clients. She gives spot on advice about destinations and hotels. If she doesn't know about a certain destination or hotel, she says so and asks the person/people who do know.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2019

Michelle is always helpful and does a great job. We use her all the to time.

In a word, superb!

By: Father Nature

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2020

After making our own travel arrangement for decades, nationally and internationally, I researched and found Michelle and McCabe Travel in 2019 as we built a 6 week+ excursion of air, cruise, land to the S. Pacific and Australasia. Her experience and meticulous attention to detail - which I value and much appreciate - allowed us to experience a memorable journey and the beginning of a travel relationship we shall continue. She incorporates our travel goals, disability requirements, and always offers a palette of options for consideration. Her talent in building the land portion for our New Zealand travel resulted in our broadest smiles and heartiest joys for the trip. Now it's off to Africa, and she's expert in that realm as well. BRAVA to Michelle and her colleagues Ali and Christina and best wishes for 2020. It is our pleasure to work with them.

Rwanda and Ethiopia

By: Joy

Reviewed on: 24 Dec 2019

Michelle is a pleasure to work with. She is always available and very creative in putting together an itinerary. She is responsive to any questions at anytime.


By: Ed

Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2020

Excellent. Already takes care of everything

Great trip

By: Marty

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2020

Easy to deal with and very knowledgeable

Wonderful trip

By: Happy traveler

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2020

She is so professional. Nothing escapes her. She plans the best trips.

Michelle Bemis review

By: npj

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2020

Michelle is absolutely the best travel advisor I've ever worked with. Every detail of our trip to India was planned perfectly. She is always available to answer our many questions and is a complete delight.

Great Planning

By: Mike R

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2020

Michelle help us plan a 3+ week cross country tour. Here recommendations and advice were spot on. Hotels were wonderful and timing of visits were perfect. Highly recommend using her, we will again.

You Can Always Count on Michelle!


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2020

Michelle has demonstrated over and over the value of using a travel advisor! From the moment a travel idea strikes, she is my go to person. Her recommendations through the years have always been spot on and she works hard to plan perfect travel itineraries. She is also organized and persistent and helps you keep on track with decisions and planning (which I need!). I highly recommend planning your next big vacation with Michelle Bemis!

Midwest Trip

By: Lizzy

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2021

Working with Michelle is always a pleasure.

Well done, Michelle!

By: Kim

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2021

It is always a pleasure to work with Michelle, and this time she really came throug for us. I asked her to try to find a river cruise in the US at the last minute, and she found a beautiful room in a great place on a cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. We had a blast. Michelle is always efficient, responsive and often works wonders!

Working with Michelle Bemis, 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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