Michael Distler 

Sarasota, FL United States
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Safari


Destinations
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Tanzania
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Selling Travel Since
2005
Languages
  • English

My Background

Mike is a sporting enthusiast who has been water- and snow-skiing everywhere and tried all manner of active pursuits, from wakeboarding in Nice to white water rafting and canyoning in Interlaken, parasailing in the Bahamas, hang gliding in Costa Rica and diving with sharks in South Africa.

Although Mike is game for exploring the outdoors in faraway places, he was especially moved by his experiences in Burma in September of 2007 when the military brutally retaliated against students and Buddhist monks who had been peacefully protesting. “Nowhere outside of Africa had I been so moved by the culture and people of a region,” he says. “The citizens of Burma certainly have a special place in my heart.” Although Mike’s specialty is focused on travel to Africa, he is a Virtuoso-certified consultant and Master Bellini Club Ambassador with Orient-Express. 

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Best Travel Experience Ever

By: Megbrownie08


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

My husband and I booked our honeymoon safari with Michael and could not have been happier. I was impressed from the start; our first conversation with him lasted more than an hour and was all about what we like to do for fun. From there, we received an amazingly thorough itinerary. We could not have come up with a better plan, and we absolutely had the best time of our lives. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be going back to Africa and that we will be using Michael to plan our trip.
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Do Not Miss, Highly Recommended

By: Lynne


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2013

This was the trip of a lifetime. Michael put together the most incredible South African trip. Everything was perfect from our accommodations to food and tours. We could not have asked for more. We saw more wildlife than we expected and met the most wonderful people. The trip went so smoothly. Michael did an amazing job and we can't thank him enough.

Outstanding Journey

By: Dtw2srq gal


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

This "bucket list" destination exceeded every expectation! Every stop in Peru seemed better than the last. Loved all of our journey: accommodations, transportation, guides, FOOD !, sites, and people - all remarkable and note worthy. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for arranging the trip of a lifetime. We couldn't have achieved these results without your expertise, guidance or help

amazing service

By: Michele 67


Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2015

We just returned from our 17 day trip and had another trip of a lifetime with Admiral Travel... Loved every moment... Michele

Great Service - Perfect Trip!

By: Tom & Marie B


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2015

We had wonderful, expert attention from beginning to end, resulting in super safari!

A trusted opinion!

By: ADMB


Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

We had a wonderful itinerary from start to finish. We put a lot of faith in Michael's opinion and once again he came through with an amazing trip. For all of our upcoming travel needs, we will continue to work with Michael-- and will refer him to anyone who asks!

Amazing Journey

By: tootsbear


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2016

Holy smokes!!! Our journey to Africa went way beyond our expectations! Everything was planned to perfection. The two camps spectacular. The best was our time in South Africa. Our stay at Cape Grace was everything Michael promised. Our guide, Dion, is really who set the tone for our time there. A million thanks for helping plan the trip of a lifetime!

The Africa expert!

By: John C


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

This is my third trip with Michal and each one has been better than the other. He is extremely knowledgeable and is very detailed oriented.

Outstanding!

By: MG


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2016

Just wanted to say Michael was outstanding. My wife booked the trip and I had a lot of hesitation going out of the Country, not to mention Africa. Michael not only made the trip a lifetime experience, he gave attention to all the details. Traveling that far, I got to say, we had no issues. The accommodations were beautiful, planned out, and everything fell into place. I would definitely recommend Michael to anyone wanting to travel to Africa, or for that matter, anywhere in the world. I feel we not only had a great experience, but we met friends we will probably have forever. Thanks Mike for introducing us to another part of the World and making it such a enjoyable experience.

"Epic" Vacation

By: MC


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

An amazing trip, everything about it was special. The camps were terrific, especially the staff. Overall, one of the best trips I have ever taken.

great detailed advice

By: David44


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2016

We had a great three weeks in South Africa. Starting with a visit to Victoria Falls followed by rail trip from Pretoria to Cape Town. From Cape Town we want to Franschhoek and then onto the coast and finally to Cape Town. All the arrangements of travel, pick up and hotels were without incident. Th details itinerary that was created by Michael worked in practice and we know where and when at all times.

Knowledgeable, Outstanding Servive

By: Dave023


Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2016

Michael provided outstanding service - especially for first time visitors to Africa. He made sure we knew what steps we had to take and provided all of the information needed. We had an absolutely amazing trip. My wife and I agreed that it was without a doubt the best place we have ever visited. We would highly recommend that everyone visit South Africa and take a safari. And Michael will do a great job of making sure you experience the trip of your lifetime!

Expert coordination

By: VB @SRQ


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2016

Well-organized multi-stop European trip for seasoned travelers!

First-class Advisor

By: Bfamous


Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2016

Michael was exceptionally accommodating for our family of five from the inception. Our initial itinerary required significant changes due to family schedules and both Michael and Admiral Travel (Ryan) were beyond flexible, receptive and offered beyond comparable safari experiences and first-class accommodations/staff/guides at each locale (Tanzania, Rwanda & South Africa). We were very pleased with the constant, prompt and reliable modes of communication which was not an easy task coordinating five adults in various parts of the world. Michael's demeanor was consistently friendly, calm, professional and confident. Michael was open-minded about our family's various requests and handled each with precision and expertise. Michael's extraordinary knowledge of the various countries, culture, wildlife and lodging within Africa enhanced our family vacation. Michael was readily available to ensure that our travel arrangements were executed in a flawless fashion with VIP services. Thank you!

South America

By: Tom B


Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2017

Michael helped us with our trip to Africa - not our most recent trip to South America, which was handled by Michelle Anderson. See our email to her re this trip

Very knowledgeable

By: Louie


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

Michael was helpful from the very first phone call made. He asked what we expected on this trip and gave us an itinerary that very much fulfilled all of our plans for a well thought out adventure.

Africa

By: Jfainfl


Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017

Excellent communication

great Africa trip

By: Africa Newbies


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Michael was great and easy to work with. He was helpful, and pointed us in good directions on many occasions. He was thorough, responsive, and a pleasure to work with .

Michael

By: mimi


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2017

Even though we have never met he did a great job with our trip.. Guides were wonderful and we thought our trip couldn't have gone smoother ...

Great Africa trip

By: Super


Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2017

Very organized and responsive

Tanzania and South Africa

By: David T


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

Easy, professional. Dealt with detail for each day and event.

Best trip of my life!

By: Kay C


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Michael was a pleasure to work with. He answered every question I had very promptly and accurately. He could not have been more professional or accommodating. I was extremely pleased with his service.

Excellent advice

By: Leslie


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2018

Michael put together a great itinerary for our first African adventure.

Michael is a pleasure to work with and knows Africa well.

By: MG


Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2017

We have worked with Michael twice now to put together trips to Africa and I am sure we will ask him to help us with our next trip. Michael is responsive, professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He helps us to keep track of details without losing sight of the big picture -- a great adventure. I have complete confidence in his arrangements (nothing has ever gone wrong!), his information and the choices he helps us to make. These trips are a big investment and we have been thrilled with the outcomes.

Great experience the whole way

By: Family of 5 :)


Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

Michael did an outstanding job preparing my wife and I for this African vacation. This was our first international family trip to Africa. Our itinerary included many stops in different countries. Our planned trip to Zimbabwe had no surprises! The Itinerary Michael and Admiral Travel provided and walked us through made us feel very confident navigating foreign airports, customs officials and hotels! Not to mention our Luxury African Safari was absolutely terrific!

Scotland Ireland

By: lola


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We talked to Malaka and as always was wonderful

Africa

By: me


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

Excellent. Always responsive to any question and concerns. Very professional and knowledgeable.

Michelle Anderson

By: Gail


Reviewed on: 24 Dec 2017

I loved working with Michelle! She is so very responsive to every need and supportive when issues arise. A real professional.

Africa - 2018

By: Bobbi


Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2018

Fantastic. He planned an outstanding trip with beautiful accommodations and superb guides.

wonderful

By: brooke anderson


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2018

Michael was wonderful. detail oriented, worked well with someone not good with deadlines and able to navigate the needs of our family. He listened to what i wanted and didn't try to upsell me. He respected my need for balance between extraordinary and real. I was hesistant about some of the suggestions but totally got what Michael was saying once there. He gave us something we didn't even know we wanted. So grateful.

Malaka

By: Happy


Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Worked only with Malaka. She is terrific

So thankful!

By: Kelly Dancer


Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2018

We are so thankful that we have found Michael and Admiral Travel. We are looking forward to many more trips.

Amazing Trip!

By: Becky and James


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2018

We worked with Ryan, Taryn, and Michael to plan our trip to Africa and had a trip of a lifetime! Their recommendations were incredible. They learned about our interests and tailored our trip around what they knew we would enjoy. We would definitely work with them again and again!

Over the Top

By: Javier & Jessica


Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2018

This our second trip with Michael Distler, Ryan Hilton, and Admiral Travel. Even though both were to South Africa, one 3 years ago with our kids and this one just us, they were very different and tailored to exceed our expectations. The customer service is amazing and the experience they deliver is outstanding! They take care of every detail and will make your next adventure one you will never forget!

Italy

By: Chele


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

As always Admiral travel provides the best in travel. Our Italy trip was spectacular

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By: tjm


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2018

Worked with Ryan Hilton, great!

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By: maura


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2018

I really enjoyed everything about working with Michael for our trip. His attention to detail, follow up, and thoroughness was so much appreciated. He's also sooo courteous and thoughtful. It was a real pleasure and plan to work with him in the future!

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