Marilyn Bennett 

Columbia, SC United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Honeymoons
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Marilyn has over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry. She specializes in customized independent and small group travel. She has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, Caribbean, Asia and Africa and has lived in Alaska and Hawaii. If you need help choosing the perfect destination, cruise or tour, Marilyn would love to share her passion for and knowledge of travel with you.

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more than we expected

By: susan72

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2015

Wow, we really had a great time. Imagine 2- 60 somethings hiking to waterfalls snorkeling swimming, more hiking, 9 a.m. snorkeling, and then the Panama Canal. It was a wonderful trip, thanks so much Marilyn, we loved every minute. FYI the boat was terrific-especially deck 5.

Punta Cana

By: Ellen

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2015

Wonderful trip. Beautiful resort with exceptionally nice people. Nice restaurants with good food. Good entertainment. Only negative was that there was no elevator.

Jewel Runaway Bay Jamaica

By: GS

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2015

The Jewel Runaway Bay Resort was a good value. The best experiences we were for the extras that we bought-- the Rise and Shine and Beach Rendezvous cabanas. We did NOT get the oceanfront resort we requested but they gave us two adjoining rooms. The resort is a 90 minute drive from the airport. Now that we know this we would probably pick a closer resort next time. Service was best for the extras we purchased. Otherwise there were two bad servers and the rest were good. The rooms were nicely appointed and they kept the refrigerator well-stocked. My soap in the bathroom was never replaced in the four and a half days we were there which is strange for a hotel. Otherwise housekeeping was good. Food and beverage was good for the most part, except for this ridiculous restaurant that would be considered their upscale one, called "Platinum". Overall although the beach and pool activities were wonderful the distance from the airport just adds to the travel time.

Rhine River Cruise

By: Ken Bickel

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2015

We had a good trip traveling down the Rhine River with my sister and brother in law and another couple, Kerry and Frances Brown. I really liked Amsterdam and our hotel there was excellent. We boarded the ship and took a canal cruise there and had an excursion to the tulip farm and another to a castle. The ship was brand new. The crew and staff were great. The cruise director was from Holland and was very good. The return trip had a 6 hour layover in JFK and that made for a long day but other than that, everything was fine.

Marily Bennett

By: Janet

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Marilyn was great to work with and helped adjust on the fly. Her experience was evident and will use her again.

Excellent Service Always

By: TracyA

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2015

Marilyn has been helping us plan vacations for the last 10+ years and all of the vacations she has helped us with have been fantastic and worry free. We will continue to use Marilyn for our vacations in the coming years.

Fantastic Travel Planner!

By: Kelly Group

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2015

Thanks Marilyn for your expertise in helping us plan this vacation trip and helping us to budget it out so that the cost was not overwhelming. Our trip to the Breathless resort in Punta Cana was wonderful. We went on 6/22/15 and stayed for 5 days and 4 nights. Everything was great, including the flight, transportation to and from the resort, and the return back. I can't say enough about how beautiful the resort was and how accommodating the staff was. You made the planning easy and seamless and were always available for our questions. We met so many interesting people during our trip that we have recommended this particular trip and your agency to all of our friends. Can't wait for you to plan our trip next year!!!

Every time is well planned trip!

By: Lori 27

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2015

This is the third trip Marilyn has planned for us. It went smoothly again. All tours on time, all drivers on time, all hotels were very nice!

Marilyn knows just what we will like!

By: Howard & Ellen

Reviewed on: 26 May 2016

Very exciting trip and it gave some down time to relax each afternoon. Enjoyed it tremendously!

Loved Carmel!

By: FB

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2015

Marilyn helped us plan (another) great trip! Carmel and Big Sur were absolutely breathtaking! I am so glad she recommend them to us. Fantastic hotel in Carmel - right on the side of the mountain. Perfect view. #CanYou SpellPamered?? San Francisco was beautiful too and we were able to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't miss the Trolley ride - especially since everything is uphill (both ways) in 'Frisco! I'm already planning our next trip! Marilyn makes it easy.


By: Erik T

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2015

Every last detail was planned out and the entire trip was fantastic and flawless. Perfection!

Professional, expert assistance

By: Gail07

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2015

Marilyn was very professional and provided expert assistance planning our trip from beginning to end. We are very appreciative of all that she did to make our vacation a memorable one.

Great service!

By: Pam

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2015

We are always pleased with the service Marilyn gives us. This last trip was wonderful


By: Jf

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

Awesome trip. Will use this agent again

Great service!

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2015

The trip was excellent! It was the perfect package for our family and plenty of time to accomplish everything we wanted.

Great Trip!!

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2015

Arrangements were superb. Accommodations were great. Prices were very reasonable.

Once Again!

By: Miller Time

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2015

Once again we had a fantastic and flawless adventure thanks to Marilyn. A+ as always!

Great family vacation in "paradise"

By: Kay Belle

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

This trip for our family of 10 for the Thanksgiving holidays was wonderful. The accommodations were fine, the food excellent and the surroundings beautiful. There was something to do for all ages-from 6-74. Our travel agent, Marilyn Bennett, has planned many trips for us and has never let us down and this another feather in her cap. We will probably repeat next year.

Highly Recommended

By: Rested and Renewed

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2016

I highly recommend Marilyn Bennett. She took the time to listen to our desires and exceeded my expectations. Do yourself a favor and avail yourself of the skills of this gifted agent.

Simply Fabulous


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2016

Another fantastic trip! Kudos Marilyn.

Excellent Service


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2016

Marilyn is a wonderful travel agent. She knows exactly what we like when we travel and sets it up that way. We are typically able to just leave it in her hands and do not even check behind her. Most everything flows as it should. Nothing is perfect, but it has nothing to do with her efforts or skills. I will continue to put all of my vacations in her hands for years to come, well, as long as she lets us.

Marilyn is great

By: JackandLinda

Reviewed on: 01 May 2016

Viking river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam very good. They had great staff and good shore excursions, although it was crowded when they took all four buses at the same time to the same place. Marilyn's bookings of airplanes and hotel were great.

Costa Rica

By: RD

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2016

great trip, thanks

timely service

By: novice

Reviewed on: 06 May 2016

My initial flight arrived late because of luggage problems so missed the connection. Emailed Marilyn and she promptly responded with excellent advice and help. Rest of the trip went smoothly as planned and we had an awesome time. Thanks, Marilyn

Fantastic experience

By: EW

Reviewed on: 10 May 2016

Marilyn was wonderful to work with!!! I'll be working with her again and would recommend her to anyone.

Awesome Trip!

By: Erik T

Reviewed on: 16 May 2016

St Thomas was everything Marilyn said it would be and then some. My wife and I had a wonderful and relaxing time with many memories that will last us a life time. Fantastic 16th wedding anniversary present!

Quick and Courteous Service

By: jliving

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2016

Marilyn did an excellent job in setting up our honeymoon. All of our questions were quickly answered and she made sure all details were given proper consideration. I would highly recommend using Marilyn for your next trip!

Excellent Trip Planner

By: Harold

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2016

Marilyn took my wish list and planned the perfect vacation! She knows the business and takes care of every request on the spot!

Best Travel Advisor Ever!

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

Marilyn Bennett has advised me on numerous trips, some simple, several exotic and complicated. The most recent was a Tauck river cruise commencing in London, then on to the Seine. As usual with trips she has booked for me, there was not a single glitch. When I begin planning a trip, I consult with Marilyn, and she often has suggestions which enhance the travel experience. I do not consider going to anyone else.

Wonderful trip

By: Gailb

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2016

We had a wonderful trip and appreciate Marilyn's assistance with the arrangements. She is an expert in the travel industry and can be trusted to maximize the enjoyment of your trip.

Perfect recommendations and trip package

By: Honeymoon traveler

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2016

Marilyn sat down with my husband and me and listened to all of our travel wishes. She then put together a perfect vacation that combined three trips. We spent time in Rome, had a 7 night cruise of the Mediterranean, and ended with a vacation in Barcelona. She was very conscious of our budget, yet we felt absolutely spoiled on our vacation. We could not have planned, executed, or afforded a trip like this without Marilyn.

Always helpful!

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2016

Marilyn always points us in the right direction with plenty of insight into what to do to enjoy the trip.

Bahama Cruise

By: Ellen

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2016

This was an excellent cruise. The ship was nice and the dolphin excursion in Nassau was awesome. Half Moon Cay was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The service on this ship was wonderful. The whole family had a great time.

Good Trip

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2016

The trip was to the UK and Ireland. The flight from Atlanta to London was on Virgin Atlantic airline. The coach seating is woefully tight. At a minimum purchase extra leg room or upgrade to business class. The tailored tour of HMS Victory and HMS Mary Rose at Portsmouth was great as seen by this old sailor. The tour in Newcastle of Hadrian's Wall would have been better with a more knowledgeable guide. We did not get to Edinburgh, Scotland because of weather sailing concerns. Londonderry and Belfast are sad cities still wrestling with the Protestant/Catholic divisions. Dublin was a wonderful city although one day is far too short. Liverpool was an unremarkable city although the day visit to Chester was nice. Cobh, Ireland, was of interest as my ancestors immigrated from there. Portland gave us access to Stonehenge although it was a 2.5 hour one way drive. Oceania Cruise line amenities were delightful as always.

Marilyn was very helpful, and pleasant to work with.

By: Dick

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Viking river cruise was great. They do everything first class, and go out of their way to make the clients happy. The flight connection going over was less than desirable, and very fatiguing........Charlotte to Chicago to Frankfurt to Basel. Coming back was better, Amsterdam to Munich to Charlotte

Always finds good deals for us!

By: BobHo

Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2016

We have been using Marilyn for 20+ years! We enjoy her knowledge and expertise on our trip ideas.

Mississippi River

By: Marilyn

Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2016

Everything was well planned and very clear. Marilyn kept us well I for,ed.

Oasis cruise

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2016

Vet well thanks. Enjoyed it!

Top notch and first class!

By: C&W - ETM

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2017

Thank you for another job well done! It is nice not to have to worry about anything when we go on vacation because you have it all planned out for us. Keep up the excellent work!

Disney Cruise

By: gib party

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2017

Marilyn was very efficient, personable, and professional. She was thorough in her explanation of travel requirements and needs. Always returned phone calls promptly and was very informative.


By: Old Folks

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2017

She always does a great job. Would not use anyone else. Hope she never retires.

Cruise on Oasis of the Season

By: Mary Jo

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2017

Marilyn is great to work with. Covers everything for us.

She got the job done

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

She was able to understand our desires and deliver a travel product.


By: C&W

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2017

Working with Marilyn is flawless. Every detail is covered and well thought out. The trip went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. Thank you Marilyn!


By: FrancesP

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2017

Marilyn was awesome! We decided to go to Vegas at the last minute....I called her one morning right when they opened and she had us booked by lunch!!! Great service....everything went very smoothly on the trip....and we greatly appreciate Marilyn!

Disney Cruise

By: Tracy

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2017

Marilyn is always very helpful and makes sure everything is set up and ready to go for your trips.

Caribbean trip

By: John

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2017

Responds rapidly to all questions and gives knowledgeable advice. Makes booking very easy.

Lovely Time in St. Lucia

By: God's Gift to Drywall

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Marilyn is a true professional and very knowledgeable about the travel industry. Her opinions and insight is most helpful in planning a vacation to remember. Thank you!

Sailing on the Danube

By: Happy traveler

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

Marilyn''s expertise, knowledge and client service are exceptional. She coordinated a river cruise on the Danube for three couples including separate airfare, car rental and hotels for a personal post cruise visit to Salzburg. Everyone had a wonderful time and are appreciative of all Marilyn did to make our vacation so special.

Tour of National Parks

By: B&M

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2017

She listens to what you have to say and then makes recommendations. Easy to work with and VERY knowledgeable. Always has "time" even when we drop in with no appointment.

Italy 2017

By: Jenni

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2017

Marilyn was hard-working and professional. She really listened to what we wanted out of this trip and made it happen for us. Our confidence in her has only increased and we will definitely use her again!

Celebrity Equinox Cruise

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2017

Marilyn was very professional and catered to our all of our needs. She went the extra step to make sure everthing was the best it could be. We have used Marilyn for past travel arrangements and will do so in the future. We will not use anyone else.

Secrets Royal Beach

By: JV

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2017

Easy and quick. She took time to understand what we wanted and quickly found options that met our needs.


By: WaneO

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Marilyn offered great advice to make things as easy as possible. The cruise, hotels, and tours all were fantastic. Would not have changed a thing about our trip.

Negril Jamaica

By: Ellen

Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2017

Marilyn always knows what we would like. We love every trip she plans for us. We have recommended her to many people.

A Wonderful Trip


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

She is super - she knows many helpful things and shares them with you. I wouldn't go to any other travel agent.

Central eirope

By: San

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2017

Very helpful and found just the things we asked for. She did this all under budget.

London and Paris

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2017

Marilyn was very easy to work with Ben with all my changes.

hudson river tour

By: susanm

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

Marilyn was the best, we always count on her and she never disappoints.

Great experience!

By: DJ

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2017

Marilyn was fabulous and definitely knows her job of understanding her customers' needs. She was on top of everything and was by our side every step from start to finish. We will be seeing Marilyn again in the future for more travel.

Cancun Vacation

By: Dee

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2017

Excellent! Her expertise and attentiveness was impressive during our interactions. This resulted in a seamless and thoroughly enjoyable vacation in Cancun.

Return to the Reformation

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2017

Never any problems!

Great trip to Australia and New Zealand

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Marilyn, as always, did a great job in helping us plan this trip. She made sure we saw everything we wanted to see, as efficiently and comfortably as possible.

Oceana Cuba cruise

By: traveler

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2018

She is always great to work with. Responds to questions rapidly and thoroughly. Follows up to make sure everything is ok.

Travel Matchmaker

By: KWLamb

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2017

Marilyn has a fantastic ability to match us with the perfect trip. She blew us away last year with a perfect honeymoon trip, and then surpassed our expectations by matching us with G Adventures. On each trip, we come home saying, “that was the best trip we’ve ever taken.” I don’t know how she has gotten to know us and our travel preferences so well, but I can’t wait to book the next trip!

Best Travel Agent ever

By: Emanuel Nasui

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Working with Marilyn is the best experience you will ever have with a travel agent. She knows her resorts and always gets you the best room with a great view and great location in the hotel or resort. She also sticks with the budget you give her and also listens to what you are looking for when you go on vacation.

Working with Marilyn

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2018

Working with Marilyn Bennett was a pleasure. Anytime we had questions about anything. She always had the answers. If we called & Marilyn was busy with another client or away from her desk you can leave a voice mail & your call would be returned within 15 minutes. I highly recommend Marilyn if you're planning a cruise vacation

windstar star pride

By: mumsoos

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2018

As usual working with Marilyn was perfect. She anticipates all obstacles and problems before they happen. I send all my friends to her for their travel needs because I know she's the best.

Costa Rica 2018

By: Drywall

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Top notch! Extremely knowledgeable and professional in all aspects. Thank you very much!

San Antonio Trip

By: Cathy Pickens

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2018

Easy and perfect.

Marilyn has been exceptional for years


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2018

Working with Marilyn is wonderful. She has gotten to know us over the years and tailor trips to our needs and styles. I never worry about anything Marilyn books that she can control. I am handicapped so I worry about accurate information being provided to Marilyn. But Marilyn digs, asks questions and does her best every time. I hope to continue to have her book vacations for us for many years.

caribbean princess cruise

By: papo

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2018

Very knowledge lady, well aware of our trip needs.

River cruise

By: John

Reviewed on: 02 May 2018

Marilyn was extremely helpful in planning this cruise plus got us a great deal on airfare/hotels. When I had questions she got back to me promptly with good answers. She s a pleasure to work with.

Marilyn Bennett

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

Marilyn Bennett is so easy to work with, informative, accommodating, never too busy to answer questions, always offers good advice. She is MY travel advisor, and I always recommend her to friends for help with their travel plans.

Great job

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

Marilyn always finds great trips for us and makes it easy for us to enjoy them

Jamazing Jamaica

By: Millpond

Reviewed on: 21 May 2018

Top notch and first class! No one knows travel better than Marilyn Bennett. Many thanks for an awesome vacation!


By: Sally Patton

Reviewed on: 29 May 2018

It was fabulous working with Marilyn. She is wonderful!! I will recommend her to everyone and I'll look forward to working with her again myself. She arranged the trip of a lifetime for my husband and me - it was our honeymoon, and her advice and arrangements were impeccable. Kudos to her!

Professional, sincere, caring and knowledgeable agent

By: Tiger

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

It was a sympathy trip to my nephew's funeral. Marilyn set it up quickly (same day), was great at picking flights and seats and caring for our needs. As always, she was a pleasure to work with, giving advice and various options.

Planning trip

By: Shannon

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

Working with Marilyn was very easy. She is such a wonderful lady. She made everything easy. The suggestion she gave me were perfect for or trip. We had such a wonderful time.


By: Sam

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

Professional, knowledgeable, competent, pleasant

river crusie

By: Funn

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

excellent - the trip was perfect

Anniversary trip to Bali, Indonesia

By: DaAsia Gilchrist

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2018

Marilyn did a beautiful job coordinating our Anniversay Trip . She was knowledgeable, very professional and welcoming. Any questions I had she answered them with no problems. I would highly recommend her to all my family friends .

Working with Marilyn


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2018

It was great. She is fabulous!



Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018

Very thankful for Marilyn! It was so nice to have everything handled and not have anything to worry about! Everything went very well and we didn't have a single problem with any of our reservations, tickets, etc.

Cruise review

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

We would not start to plan a vacation without Marilyn's help. She has been our go-to agent for over 25 years!

like to travel

By: like to travel

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

Marilyn is an excellent travel agent. She worked with us for over a year to plan this anniversary trip. Unfortunately, we were unable to travel due to a family illness. Marilyn was very responsive and helpful in canceling reservations, obtaining available refunds and providing documentation needed for our trip insurance. Marilyn has worked with us in planning multiple trips. She is very knowledgeable and provides expert advice and guidance and we are so appreciative of her help!

Flying to St. Louis

By: Lynne

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2018

Working with Marilyn: so easy, quick and joyful. She was positive, happy for us and our trip. Efficient. Attentive. We'll be calling Marilyn again soon. Lynne

Top Notch Travel Agent

By: C&W

Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2018

Marilyn is the best! Everything was well planned out and went very smooth. She has extensive knowledge of the travel industry and is vital to our trips being successful.

Marilyn Bennett a pleasure to work with

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Marilyn has made our cruise arrangements for our last five cruises. She made our flight and hotel reservations. Her attention to all of the travel details made everything a very pleasant experience.

Trip to Itsly

By: Super Dave

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2018

Marilyn was exactly the agent that you want to help plan your trip. She is outstanding. Recommend her to everyone

Paris to Barcelona Trip

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

She is a demonstrated professional of the 1st rank.


By: Jim

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2018

Always good and precise


By: Bob

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2018

Smooth, very, very pleasant

Hi vacation

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2018

Marilyn was and always is Wonderful to work with for a fabulous vacation!

viking river

By: sue

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2018

fabulous service

Easy Travel via Marilyn Bennett!

By: Lynne Linder

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2018

Marilyn has made travel easy for my husband and me. So reassuring. Perfect flights at best prices. Lynne Linder


By: Sue

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2019

👍🏻It was great!

Great afterward

By: Castaway

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2018

Marilyn took care of us as soon as we came home. We had a couple issues during the trip, but those were resolved once we came back. We love using Marilyn and appreciate everything she does to help us travel.

The Best !

By: Mac

Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2019

She was extremely helpful and very professional. Would wholeheartedly recommend her as a travel agent !

Another amazing adventure!

By: C&W

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2019

Just like always Marilyn is spot on and fabulous to deal with! She makes all our trips go very smoothly and that is one less thing we have to worry about. We look forward to dealing with her in the future.

Punta Cana

By: Tracy

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2019

Marilyn is awesome to work with and always makes sure everything is organized we have been using Marilyn for 20+ years for our vacation planning.

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