Jim Wiedeman 

Palo Alto, CA United States
An independent affiliate of Valerie Wilson Travel - Silicon Valley
Travel Specialties
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
  • Ocean Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I specialize in luxury travel with emphasis on cruises, African safaris, exotic locations ( such as India, Bhutan and Turkey), and warm weather locals (such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Cook Islands and Fiji).

I am a Tiare Tahiti Specialist and an Aussie Specialist and have been awarded the following: Travel Agent Magazines Top 25 Agents (2010); VAST Award First Prize (2005) Virtuoso-List Specialist (2004) -Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Places I Have Traveled

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Best travel agent ever

By: Leandra

Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2015

Jim consistently goes above and beyond! He has impeccable taste and is an excellent listener. She is heads in the buff the best travel agent I've ever dealt with

Client-Focused Service

By: Trekker

Reviewed on: 27 May 2015

Jim is the consummate Travel Consultant who was instrumental in ensuring that our most recent family vacation was a success. He was always responsive to our needs and concerns and was able to expidite resolution of various problems and issues which arose during the planning process. He was always available in a timely manner and proactive in addressing potential difficulties. I look forward to contact him for our next vacation and would not hesitate to recommend him to any traveler in need of a consultant.

Great memories to last a lifetime.

By: Tom & Carol Sept 15

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2015

Jim's level of service made up for our inexperience at river cruising in Europe. We had a wonderful trip with no unexpected problems. We will always remember that trip with fond memories. Thanks Jim.


By: J Mac

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2015

Trip was great, hotels perfect, boat perfect. The only glitch was the car company that provided transportation from the boat to Rome. Jim W is the best

One of the best

By: SomeoneFromTexas

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2015

We took our first Crystal cruise last year through another travel agent (not a Virtuoso agent). After multiple attempts to try and book another one for Thanksgiving this year, I got frustrated and dialed the 800 number on the Crystal website. Jim answered. He is the best travel agent I have ever used. No request was too small for him. He helped our group of 6 with the cruise, as well as private excursions. In all honesty, I would not classify some of us as low-maintenance travelers, and he went above and beyond. Luckily for us, that 800 number call found us a travel agent for our future trips. Highly recommended!! Thank you again Jim!!

Consistently the best

By: LK 2009

Reviewed on: 04 May 2016

Jim Wiedeman has been our travel agent for many years. He is simply unparalleled in the industry. His responsiveness, travel knowledge and efficiency put him in a class by himself. This trip, like all others, was not only flawlessly orchestrated, but he found a deal where we got a fourth night free on an upgraded room; all with the usual Valerie Wilson Travel amenities. I have traveled internationally for many years and would never consider another travel agent. Jim is simply the best.

A True Travel Hero


Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2016

Jim has coordinated several trips for myself and my daughter but this most recent trip to Oahu went above and beyond. He was able to find me an affordable and convenient flight itinerary and provided us with exciting and unique activity ideas. As an added bonus our Mountain View room was boosted up to an Ocean View room at the same cost due to his agency's relationship with the Four Seasons Hotel. Toward the end of our stay, we encountered a medical emergency which caused us to extend our stay. The moment we were given medical authorization to leave Jim had our flights reserved for the following afternoon! Jim is a delight to work with! Extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, and responsive.

JW review

By: PM

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2017

Very easy to work with. He was very helpful and quick to respond.

Amazing Belated Honeymoon Trip (35 years later)

By: crsw1

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

We were recommended to Jim by a friend and could not have been more pleased. At the last minute we decided to go on an Alaskan cruise (Mid May). From the time we contacted Jim we knew we were in good hands. Jim was able to find a great stateroom (I get motion sickness) with a veranda, offer excursion options, explain all dining offerings and more. The three hour time difference (we are on the east coast) had no meaning. Jim would answer emails long after his day ended even when I told him not to. By the time all details were completed I felt as if Jim and I had been friends forever. Our "honeymoon" was a true success. We look forward to working with Jim again Carol and Stan Weinberg

Excellent Support and Help

By: UpCork

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2017

Jim was recommended to me by an friend and our experience was excellent. Jim is extremely knowledgeable and very quick to respond to questions. He helped organize favors for us that really made the vacation extra special. I am really looking forward to working with Jim on my next trip.


By: Galapagos

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2018

Very good experience. Helpful, informative and readily available.

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