Denise Schwab CTA

Lake Forest, IL United States
Passionate Pursuits Travel, LLC, an independent affiliate of Lake Forest Travel Bureau
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Honeymoons
  • Sports & Outdoors
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising

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Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • French

My Background

Denise has had a passion for travel since birth. After a lifetime of traveling the globe (as a child, adult and mother of four children), Denise realized the impact that her travels had on her life, that she had been enriched in ways that she would never have imagined. "Travel connects me to the history, the arts, culture, nature and most importantly, it connects me to people...those from other areas of the world and especially to those with whom I travel."

Denise's passion to help others share in the amazing enrichment of travel led her to found Passionate Pursuits Travel, LLC. Her commitment is to provide customized experiences that offer the greatest Return on Life. Denise's services, experience, passion and accessibility go beyond that of a typical travel agent.

Places I Have Traveled

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Comprehensive, knowledgeable, and prompt

By: jpc

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2014

We started planning a trip to Italy 2 years ago and reached out to Denise to help us. We wanted to include an experience in a Tuscan Villa during the vacation. Denise provided expert advice with extensive supportive information including comprehensive reviews and descriptions of hotels and properties. She communicated with us frequently and was always on the ball regarding the important deadlines for decision making, payment, etc. She worked tirelessly on arranging all of our tours and transfers to assure as smooth and hassle free trip as possible. English speaking guides were arranged for all important transfer points and the tours. I will definitely use Denise again for my vacation planning.

Expert knowledge with outstanding follow up

By: Jackie

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2014

Denise planned a Backroads biking trip starting in Barcelona We rode for 5 days in the Pyrenees ending at an incredible inn on the Costa Brava. All the accommodations were superb. She did a great job making this trip both affordable and memorable. Would not think of taking another trip without her assistance. Would certainly recommend Denise.

No worry travel

By: Old Farters

Reviewed on: 08 Dec 2014

Traveling on both sides of Thanksgiving could have been a nightmare. It wasn't because of well selected flights and departure times. I didn't swear at TSA once! Excellent planning.

Amazing Vacation!

By: ToddandNatalee

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2015

Denise planned our honeymoon for us and we are so happy that we were referred to her by friends. She was incredibly informative and made the planning process very enjoyable. She was always quick to respond and was very patient when we needed time to make decisions. We are looking forward to using Denise's services again. We spent 7 nights at Secrets Royal Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and had the blissful, luxurious week we had envisioned for our honeymoon. We felt very prepared upon landing in Punta Cana and had no issues/confusion during our week. We met some couples who had the "honeymoon package" but nobody had the extensive package that Denise found for us. Her attention to detail helped make an already amazing week, extra special. Thank you Denise!

couldn't have been better

By: meggie

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2015

Denise did a wonderful job of lining everything up and that is to her we got a great room w fabulous view. breakfast included and a $100 hotel refund Loved the Ojai Inn and spa. and the town. great restaurants in Ojai and neighboring town which is 5 minutes away. not golf this time around. but course looked stunning the service and staff and the Inn were all great

Superb, Professional, Expectations Surpassed

By: Old Fart

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2015

We wanted a two week cruise in the Caribbean with variety and exciting destinations. We did not want to worry about the many complex details to make this happen, such as travel connections, shore excursions, insurance, documents and payment schedules. She handled all of these, involving us only when there were decisions to be made and after she had carefully examined and presented the alternatives. That made it quite easy for us, and allowed us to enjoy the anticipation of a great cruise without any hassle. The trip went off very smoothly, so her planning proved to be excellent in the execution.

a good family trip

By: larry 25

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2015

With the exception of the wrong type of vehicle picking us up at the airport, and only one crib in the villa, instead of two, everything went smoothly. The only other thing that was inconvenient was the lack of a shower in the master bedroom. It had a hand held sprayer, but nothing to mount it on which made for a difficult shower. It was great to have breakfast cooked for us, and the chef we had come in to cook was excellent. Thank you!

Thorough & Professional

By: Old Fart

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2015

Denise makes the planning and booking of a major trip so easy. Many issues come up and she knows how to handle most of them immediately, or in some cases, she says she doesn't know and gets back to us with the answers. She has an easy manner about learning your preferences and adapting the itinerary to complement them. I recommend her to all my friends.

Friendly and responsive

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Trip was well planned and with minimum of hassles.

Great European Trip!

By: Jack15

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2015

Denise is the best. She planned a 2-week European trip between Spain and Italy for us. One of the highlights of the trip was surely our stay in Tuscany at Castello del Nero, a Virtuoso spot. The hospitality and service, amenities, views, food and most definitely the wine are all incredible! Her attention to detail combined with her knowledge made it an unforgettable experience. We cannot thank Denise enough for planning the trip of a lifetime!

Perfect all around!

By: honeymooner1216

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2016

Denise was amazing and helped plan the most unbelievable honeymoon for us in St. Lucia! We could not have asked for better service or a better trip. It was the vacation of a lifetime and Denise helped make that happen!

Expert friendly efficient well planned service

By: Pjg

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2016

Denise is the ultimate travel agent, she was concerned for every detail and did well in putting it all together. She also helped plan our 6-week in Europe trip last summer. We stayed at great hotels and all flights were well arranged.

Excellent service, very detail oriented

By: Anastasia

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2016

Denise's recommendations could not have been better. We stayed at two properties on this vacation, both were fabulous, and couldn't be better situated as far as location. She is one of the better travel agents have ever worked with. She knows her stuff but is not pushy. Denise is efficient, thorough, professional and courteous. I would highly recommend her and will be using her again.

Practically Perfect in Every Way

By: EvanS

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2016

Denise helped us plan an incredible trip to Europe. It was my first time going overseas, and I am so grateful she had everything all planned out and taken care of for us! We were fully prepared, and owe that all to Denise! She made sure we knew local customs, currencies, and must-sees in each city we visited. She was also readily available not just in the weeks leading up to our travel, but during as well. She is dependable, friendly, extremely well-organized, and comprehensive. We will absolutely continue to book all of our vacations through Passionate Pursuits Travel!

A Travel Agent You'll be Happy With

By: Bookworm

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Denise is a professional, knowledgeable and flexible travel advisor. She gets back to you in a timely fashion and offers you a variety of choices when you select a destination. She is very patient in answering questions and offers suggestions when you are trying to make decisions. I highly recommend her for all of your travel needs.

Outstanding Travel Advisor

By: Gung Ho

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2017

The key word for Denise is THOROUGH. She leaves no stone unturned in planning a trip. She believes she is creating memories for her clients and has only the highest of standards. She also is budget conscious. Her followup is unparalleled. She is the only advisor we'll ever use.

Great trip

By: M

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Denise was excellent to work with! The itinerary, hotels, tour guides, travel arrangements, everything was great. Thank you.

Fantastic Fashion Week in NYC

By: Alwaystime4travel

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

Denise is always spot on in her recommendations. Every hotel she has ever booked me into around the globe has been excellent. Her care to detail from making sure my room preferences are met to texting and/or emailing me just prior to my trip to make sure I am on top of all the details. I have recommended her to many and without exception everyone has thanked me for that recommendation.


By: Jocko

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2017

I have never seen the combination of incredible attention to detail and amazing creativity. She's so professional. Everything was smooth as silk. Will definitely call her again. Virtuoso amenities are wonderful.


By: Steve

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

Proffesional, Knowledgable, Patient, Pleasant

Trip to North Carolina

By: Jones

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

Was great to have arranged wheelchair for us in airport both going and coming home.

Silver Wind

By: LL

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Efficient , she made good recommendations and followed up on questions quickly


By: Traveller

Reviewed on: 07 May 2018

Denise is a true professional. She planned our South American cruise down to the smallest detail. Her follow up in the planning process was superb. Her selection of shore excursions couldn’t have been better. Her attention to our budget was perfect as well. She is our Travel Planner for life!

Flights to and from Africa

By: Zion

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Excellent. Very responsive and accurate. Looked for best price and times for flights.

Italy trip

By: Ray & Vick

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2018

Denise, Set up the travel, hotels, tours and details for our recent trip to Italy. She did a terrific job, every detail was right on the mark not a hitch and we had the best time. the hotels were the best places we have ever stayed. The travel was easy and the timing was right every time. Drivers and tours were great. I would recommend Denise to anyone and everyone. For a good time call Denise

Denise Schwab

By: lloracman

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2018

Denise was easy to work with, we are currently working with her on another trip.


By: Carroll

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2018

We have not taken our China trip yet but have found from previous trips assisted by Denise to be very nice and yes we would recommend others to work with her.

Tokyo & Seoul

By: Steiner Party of 3

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2018

Another incredible trip under our belt made possible by the guidance of Denise Schwab. Arrangements were perfect, and special accommodations for traveling with a toddler were made ahead of time. Denise is always extremely organized, professional, and knowledgeable when it comes to international travel! No doubt we will continue to plan and book all our adventures exclusively with Denise.

Arrangements she makes


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2018

Does exceeds in the way she handled our trips would never use any one else

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