Russ Dunlap ACC, CTC, DS

Louisville, KY United States
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Independent Tours
  • LGBT Travel
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • United States - All
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Greece
  • Italy
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My background in travel began in cruising, working for Holland America Line as an Assistant Cruise Director for a number of years, including a summer in Alaska and visiting exotic ports "Around the World in 99 Days" on a World Cruise.

I also toured with Walt Disney World to the United Kingdom and across the U.S. as "Professor Mousecellaneous", instructing travel agents on all things Disney, side by side with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Roger Rabbit (remember him?).

For the last 20 years I've been helping many individuals, couples, and families make their travel dreams come true here at Platinum Travel. Let's work together to make YOUR travel dreams a reality!

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Robert1234

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2013

Organized, would definately use who he recommended for private tour in Rome, and very helpful and all areas.And would use him again.

Travel Expert Extraordinaire

By: Leigh

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2013

Russ is knowledgeable and professional and intuitive about our travel desires/needs. He has a wealth of knowledge from his own travel experience and his professional work. He has helped us arrange many exceptional journeys!

By: Dave, Karthy and Eleonora

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

We Have Recommended Russ Dunlap for his Excellence in Planning and Booking Our Travel Programs, and we will continue to do this. The Biltmore Hotel experience was excellent. It was the principal event of the trip. The non-stop air service also helped to make the tour most memorable.

Smooth sailing

By: Paul

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

Everything went smoothly as planned. Russ is a true professional.

Peace of mind!

By: Mrbittermn

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2013

It is easy to use the Internet to be your own travel agent. I still like using Russ because of the confidence it gives me that my trip is going to go smoothly. I booked my recent cruise through him, but more importantly having him make arrangements for my independent land travel beforehand helped me start my trip hassle-free.

trip cancelled due to death in family

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2013

highly recommended

By: jbayer0003

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2013

He gave us a great vacation! He was awesome! Thanks!

Highly Recommend

By: Mmac26

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Russ did an amazing job planning our recent trip to Punta Cana. He was able to find a great place for 22 friends to vacation and relax. He made sure everything was taken care of start to finish. The resort welcomed our group with a big sign and hosted a private cocktail party just for us. When can we go again?!

highly recommend

By: tony

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2014

Russ has organized multiple trips for us---all of which have been highly satisfactory----actually---exceptional! We have complete confidence in him and look forward to future trips.

Reliable and helpful

By: Mexico traveler

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2014

Russ was very helpful and extremely dependable when I needed info on flight info and changes .. Russ made himself accessible when needed for last minute travel plans.. I would recommend Russ to anyone traveling within the US or abroad. 

Awesome Agent!


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2014

Russ worked very hard to give us a variety of vacation options to meet our criteria.  He provided vital information that we could not find otherwise, and once we decided on our location, he took care of everything!  One of the best vacation experiences we have ever had.  Thanks Russ!!

Highly, without question, recommend...

By: Tony can,t get review area to work

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

Excellent in all respects

By: Cubbie

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2014

We went to Russ in order to get plane tickets for a trip to Morocco in October.  He went right to work, secured us a very good fare and insurance, and we had the problem out of our way within a day.  And he's a really nice guy as well!

Highly Recommended

By: Happy Traveler

Reviewed on: 29 May 2014

Russ is a professional travel agent.  He is knowledgeable and makes great suggestions.  He is willing to listen to what you want and he will give you his ideas as well.  

Worked with us on a budget and short timeline

By: Mmac26

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2014

Russ recently helped us plan our honeymoon to the Riviera Maya. We waited longer than we should have to book the trip but Russ was able to find us a great vacation within our limited budget, on the beach and all-inclusive. He made sure we had everything we needed before leaving and even was there for international moral support over the phone when we had a hiccup during check-in at the resort. Thank you Russ!
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Awesome trip as always.

By: Toddy

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2014

From the planning to the trip itself, I always know Russ will think of everything I may need.

trip to Morocco

By: John

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2014

The flights you arranged went off flawlessly. The time in Morocco was excellent, thanks to the tour arranged by Journeys Beyond Travel, a small agency that works only in Morocco that we'd really like to tell you about. Perhaps we could come out to Platinum sometime soon and tell you in some detail what our trip was like. Let us know!

Well-planned Air Travel!

By: Lois went to Morocco

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2014

It was a wonderful trip and the airline connections all worked well. We had time to change planes without having to wait around for hours. Russ did a great job.

Fantastic to work with!


Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2014

We loved working with Russ! He compiled the perfect vacation for us and we will be booking again in the near future! This was our first time to Europe and because we worked with Russ everything was set up and there was little anxiety about getting from place to place! What a fantastic experience for us!

Nothing to worry about - ever

By: MTodd

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2015

Every detail of a trip planned by Russ is taken care of and I never have to worry about anything. From the plane tickets to hotel to boarding the ship, all the documents are in order and ready to go well before I leave. Even for weekend get-a-ways, I use Russ to help book a hotel room. It is so simple and stress free!!! Thanks Russ for another great vacation on the high seas!

Great Cruise

By: Jean N

Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2015

The Viking cruise was wonderful. Sad note was that we did not get to dock IN Paris. Received the news less than a week from the start of the cruise. That said, the program director did everything possible to make the best of things, even to the point of changing the order of stops so that we could see Monet's home on the first day it was open for the season. The Viking experience was exceptional. The international section of the trip was on Air France (booked by Viking). Seats were rearranged on both flights, but they did finally seat us together. The return plane still had ash trays in the arm rest, the seat cushion had no cushion and the light rail glass along the side of the plane had mold and dirt in it. I will never book Air France again if given the choice. Platinum Trave, and especially Russ Dunlap made booking and getting two people matched up from two different cities a breeze. Thanks again Russ.

Superb time and accommodations.

By: Michael

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Best time for my first time trip. And great shows and restaurants. Russ always comes through.

Eastern Med. Cruise with Celebrity Cruise Line

By: Stuart

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2015

We had already chosen the cruise, but Russ was extremely helpful in deciding which shore excursions to take and in arranging a private tour of Ephesus. He also made our airline reservations which worked out very well. The luggage tags needed to be downloaded and printed on line and Russ took care of that and also had them laminated. We have used Russ and Plantinum Travel several times and are pleased with the service and will certainly continure to rely on Russ for future travel.

train trips of the old west

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2015

Really enjoyed the trip. The train rides were great You will always remember the ride up to Pike's Peak Colorado is a beautiful state. Santa Fe is an art lovers paradise Book this trip now

Great planning for an indepdent trip to Spain!

By: CraigLes

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2015

Russ did a fabulous job of planning our independent trip to Spain. Monogram travel was the perfect fit to keep airport and train transfers very easy and hassle free. The Monogram agents at each hotel made excellent recommendations on places to dine, and saved us a lot of time and hassle. As usual, Russ to the rescue! Thank you!

Pants On Fire

By: 2016now

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

Russ did a nice job coordinating the Central Europe Tour. Informative and and accessible. Provided great optional tour suggestions and dining opportunities. Very good at keeping diverse group engaged.

Only the best

By: Leigh

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2016

Russ is only the and efficient and intuitive. He knows travel; Knows the ins and outs of it; masterfully puts things together so the trip is a smooth and extraordinary experience,
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Peru trip

By: Drob

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

Fully enjoyed the trip. Saw things we did not even know about like the floating islands. Russ did a super job.
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Greaqt trip


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2016

We had a great trip, with the exception of the Stanley Hotel. Also, the Advantage Car Rental agency tried very hard to rip us off. They said that for "only" $10 per day or $130 for our trip we could get a toll pass. We spent -0- zero in road tolls. aLSO THEY WANTED US TO UPGRADE TO A SIX CYLINDER, in that the 4-cylinder would have a difficult time getting up the hills in Colorado. This nonsense, along with a car that was a piece of junk, was almost too much to take. We will never use them again.
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By: Joanne

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Virtuoso was great and provided unique amenities at our wonderful hotels.
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Professional service from start to finish

By: traveler 2016

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Russ did a wonderful job helping us plan a memorable trip! We loved our hotel accommodations and their locations . When our flight was cancelled the day before we were scheduled to leave, Russ went above and beyond to make sure we had everything sorted out and he really put us at ease . We highly recommend Platinum Travel!
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Super good service on short notice

By: cubbie

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2016

We had to go to Tallahassee for a family medical emergency on 48 hours notice, and Ilene Griffy made the arrangements (both going and coming home) efficiently and most satisfactorily. Additionally ,for the return flight, she got us a steep discount because of the medical emergency nature of our trip. Everything went very smoothly, which was important, given all the other stress we were under. Thanks so much!

PERFECT in every possible way!!!

By: Pottie Wattie

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2016

We would never, ever go on any trip NOT planned by Russ. He is patience personified; wonderfully creative; incredibly hard working; completely trustworthy; friendly and loads of fun. (Have run out of adjectives to try to explain why we absolutely LOVE him! ) We cannot even imagine any trip without Russ's ideas, check-outs, follow-ups, and itineraries. He is the irreplaceable jewel in the crown of travel. Russ retires and we stay home. Simple as that .
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Always friendly customer service


Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

I know when we book with Russ- everything is taken care of. We have probably booked 10 cruises with Russ and we have never had any problems! He does an excellent job!
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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

Russ is amazing! He goes above and beyond to make sure that his clients have everything they need before, during, and even after the trip. He never stops working for his clients. I couldn't be happier with the vacation that was planned and will use Russ and Platinum Travel again in the near future.
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Better Call Russ

By: Levi

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

Working with Russ is easy and carefree. Everything is taken care of and thought about before the trip ever begins!
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Planned by the Master and Perfect as Always!!!

By: Popo

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2017

Fun as it always is! Russ is the sole of patience, creativity and detail and does all the work while we get all the reward of a PERFECT trip.
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Russ does a great job for us every time!

By: Fred L.

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

We have used Russ for many trips, all memorable and professionally arranged. I have recommended him to many friends. I wouldn't think of taking a vacation without his guidance.

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By: Darrell E Spurgeon

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

I have worked with Russ Dunlap several times during the last ten years, he has booked many vacations both pleasure and business for myself, my company and my family. Russ has always been very meticulously very detailed very professional and has always met our expectation and our experience has been fantastic on every vacation and trip that he has planned and booked for us. I would highly recommend Russ Dunlap and his organization for all of your travel needs, business or pleasure. Darrell E. Spurgeon

Alaska cruie

By: ky

Reviewed on: 28 May 2017

We work with Russ on all the cruises we have taken. He always does a wonderful job making sure everything has been taken care of! He does a fantastic job!

Russ is the best!

By: Jim Murphy

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

He is resourceful, organized, prepared and forward thinking...two thumbs up

Iceland Adventure


Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2017

Very good. Thinks through all possibilities so to be best prepared. Having a private bus/guide for the entire trip throughout the country was invaluable. Exceeded high expectations. Trip of a Lifetime. Thanks Russ for making it happen.

Good Lifelong "Partnership"

By: Popo

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017

Well, how do you beat "PERFECT"?!!! Wonderful planning and execution, as always. A delight to work with Mr. D. Popo

Trip to Canada

By: bill

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2017

We think he is first class. He will do anything he can to make your trip a success

Working with Russ

By: Leigh Anne

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

I have been on a few trips organized by Russ. Even though I am an experienced business traveler, it is nice to hand over the details to Russ for my vacations. He follows up on what needs to be done so I don't have to.


By: Carol

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2017

Russ is the best Travel Agent in the world! He goes above and beyond what is expected. We traveled with friends from California this trip and Russ helped them as well. They were very pleased. Unfortunately, sickness affected part of our trip, but Russ was there to make sure the rest of the trip ran smoothly. And, our friends were dealing with the Napa Valley fires- and Russ was there standing by to help in any way. Fortunately, our friends did not loose their home or have to abandon the trip. But knowing Russ was there to help should that be needed eased their minds.


By: No

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2017

Working with Russ was fine.

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