Judi Walker 

Scottsdale, AZ United States
Alliance Travel Partners, an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Ocean Cruising
  • Hotels
  • River Cruising
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

 Since 1993 I’ve worked to bring clients the ultimate travel experience. A finalist in 2012 for Virtuoso’s award for Most Innovative advisor, I have developed relationships with the best travel vendors throughout the world. Whether you are looking for a guide in China, the perfect hotel in Florence, or the ultimate luxury cruise, I have the expertise to help. I provide personalized service at every step of your journey, from concept to “bon voyage.”

My own travels have taken me all over the world, including trips with clients on heli-hiking adventures, and delighting in the cuisine of a James Beard award-winning chef in Canada. My travelers have picked and pressed olives in Umbria, attended the opening of a new Buddhist temple in Kaohsiung that contained the relic of Buddha’s tooth—even canoed the Zambezi River, dodging giant-toothed hippos the entire way. Having visited every continent except Antarctica, I have the expertise to create the unique travel experience you are looking for.

Places I Have Traveled

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Incredible service and expert planning

By: LuluTT1697

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2015

From start to finish, I've been entirely impressed by Judi Walker and the Alliance Travel Partners team. Their extensive knowledge of travel and the world, as well as very in-depth knowledge of the hotels and destinations that I was headed to was really impressive. I even called late at night and Judi still answered the phone. I have found my travel agent for life.

I keep her in on speed dial for everything I need

By: ASG Traveler

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2015

I can't imagine planning any trip without calling Judi and her team first. She knows her clients and the travel providers and provides honest opinions about what works or doesn't. Her personal relationships with many of the Virtuoso providers means I can count on personalized service that often anticipates my needs and certainly exceeds my expectations. If I have any issues, I don't stress - I just call Judi and it is taken care of without any fuss.

Wonderful Trip -

By: AB

Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2016

Judi put together a beautiful trip. It started with a night by the creek at L'Auberge in Sedona - where we were upgraded thanks to being Virtuoso clients. We drove to Amangiri - a 34 room oasis in a private valley surrounded by mesas, cliffs, and breathtaking views. We felt like royalty.

Roatan Diving Vacation

By: Xandra

Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2016

Kerry and Judi did an amazing job planning our trip to The Infiniti Bay resort in Roatan, Honduras. We spent a week scuba Diving with our two teen daughters and the resort had a wonderful dive operation we used, Infinity Divers. We had a problem With the oceanfront room they initially put us in but Kerry and Judi worked with the resort to get the problem rectified and we were moved to another beachfront villa that was just perfect . We have been a long-time clients of Judi Walker and her team and they have planned wonderful international and domestic trips for us .
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By: Sue

Reviewed on: 02 May 2016

We had a wonderful trip to Ireland. We stayed at Mount Juliet, Aghado Resort and the K Club. All of the properties were exceptional with staffs that were welcoming and accommodating. All of the arrangements that Judi made were great.
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By: Polly Bird

Reviewed on: 13 May 2016

Judy is the best. She says "if something happens, don't worry, call me." We had a problem on one of our trips - the agent in Myanmar changed plans wanted to send us some place that Trip Advisor said, no way, not even for one night. We contacted Judy and she fixed it so we could stay where we were an extra night and then continue on our trip. No problem at all. She really is wonderful. If you are looking for a travel agent, don't look any other place. Just all Judy.
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She is Always There for Us

By: Xandra

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2016

We just returned from a spectacular trip to Cozumel. Judy and her team made sure everything was taken care of. We had a little problem with scheduling our scuba boat but that was quickly resolved. I always choose to work with Judy and her team when planning my trips because I know they do the research and if they have not personally visited the property I'm staying at they make sure to make all the appropriate inquiries to plan a perfect trip.
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Treated Like Royalty

By: Phyl&Lou

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2016

Our Canadian Rockies adventure was spectacular. The views were the most magnificent I've ever seen anywhere in the world. Our tour director was enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable and catered to our every need. The accommodations and meals were first class and we had plenty of free time for hiking and exploring. I love not being treated like a herd of cattle. I prefer dining options and ordering from menus. We had a very enjoyable time and I enjoy the small groups. We felt like we really got to know our fellow travelers. I would recommend Montecito Village Travel and Tauck Tours to anyone.
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Memorable trip with wonderful hotels

By: Christiane

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2016

We had a fabulous trip and had a special welcome in each of the hotels. Our favorite hotel was the Das Stue in Berlin. Judi picked the perfect hotel for us. She really understood what kind of hotel we were looking for and the welcome was one-of-a-kind. Thank you for all of your support.

A memorable experience

By: Happy Traveler

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2016

From the planning stage to the airplane's final touchdown at home, our trip was outstanding and provided a memorable experience. Judi handled all the arrangements. Her follow up is fantastic. She even called us to set up the excursions and dining reservations. We would have forgotten to do this if Judi hadn't called us. While on our cruise, Judi set up three cocktail parties for all the Virtuoso travelers. It was obvious that the ship's staff on our cruise hold Judi in high regard. Judi's motto is "if you get in trouble or have a problem, call me." And she lives up to her motto. On this trip, I forgot the cable to my cell phone and could not charge it. However, Judy just happened to have a multiple cable which worked perfectly. On a previous trip to Myanmar arranged by Judi, the local staff tried to change our itinerary and send us some place where we were advised not to go "not even for one night." We emailed Judi and she made arrangements for us to stay where we were.
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By: ricky

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

all went as programmed and usual follow up / changes to itinerary handed with alacrity

Problem with room fixed - with a huge upgrade - in 1 phone call

By: Andy

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2016

When people ask whi we use a travel agent I usually tell them about the great hotels and "extras" that are part of Judi's Virtuoso service... After our recent trip to Mexico I'll tell them about the problem with a significantly under-functioning air conditioner... it was the same temperature in the room as outside... It was a beautiful room - we chose it in advance for the view - but because of all the glass the AC couldn't keep up and it was HOT. One call to Judi - with the phone handed to the front desk manager - and we were moved to a crazy-spectacular villa... ( we'd been offered a different room, with a so-so view). That's why we USA a travel agent - specifically Judi...
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Awesome Australia

By: Jerry66

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2016

Awesome Australia experience. Saffire in Tasmania and Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island are must see destinations. Excellent food and top guided tours in both locations. The Oyster Farm tasting (with Champagne) while standing waist deep in the bay is a not to be missed activity at Saffire. Nature photographers will want to visit the Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park while at the Southern Ocean Lodge. Other trip highlights included diving with 600lb+ grouper fish at "Cod Hole" - a 45 minute charter boat trip on the Great Barrier Reef from Lizard Island. Also, the Chef's tasting menus - served under a tent on the beach - was world class and tailored to our specific requests. Finally, both the room and service at the Park Hyatt Sydney were spectacular. John, the concierge, scored us last minute seats at a sold out production in the Sydney Opera house along with the perfect table for pre-theatre dining.


By: JnK

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

Always a delight. Judi and her team make dreams happen.

Viking River Cruise - Romantic Danube

By: Jerry

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2017

Another excellent trip put together by Judi. Her and her teams efforts are much appreciated.

minimum review

By: keegan

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

okay, when she is not out of town.

Platinum service for a Silversea cruise!

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2016

Travel advisors can be helpful. Our travel advisor (Judi Walker) solved problems with airlines(which I created) and a cruiseline (which they created) with persistence and patience. Her continual updates reassured us that we were in good hands and not to worry because that was her job!. We just returned from twelve day Silversea cruise ,Singapore-Singapore, including a side trip to Bagan. The Virtuoso tour in Phuket was one of two highlights not only due to the compatible group and hostess but a visit to a rubber plantation followed by lunch at the famous Blue Elephant featuring royal Thai cuisine. Thank you for a great trip!
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Judi is very helpful

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2017

Easy and pleasant.

Fantastic Service for over 12 years

By: Xandra

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

Judy Walker and Kerry Osborn make my vacationing and international travel planning very easy. I always consult them on ideas and itineraries. They have come through to assist with what ever we need and help trouble shoot anything that arises during and after the trip like hotel bill discrepancies and flight changes. Their hotel, air and itinerary recommendations are always the best and we love those Virtuoso upgrades and amenities. You will love handing your travel plans over to them!

Judi Walker

By: numi

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2017

Excellent - Judi takes the best care of us and gets back to us immediately whether we have simple questions or want to make a new reservation.
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Why it Pays to use a Travel Consultant

By: Marty

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2017

Judi is very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I have been working with her for ten years and it is always perfection.

First time was terrific

By: TD

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2017

This was our first trip working with Judi and it was terrific. She was extremely attentive. We weren't sure where we wanted to go for our spring break, and she was patient and listened to our "wants and needs." She took the time to answer all of my questions and was very patient with us while we reviewed all of the facts she provided. She called me prior to our departure to confirm details and called me upon our return to discuss the trip and asked for feedback. She is a seasoned agent and I highly recommend her. We will use her for our next trip for sure!

Best way to travel

By: Root

Reviewed on: 07 May 2017

Judi and her team have been helping my family and friends book travel for years. She is the best - wouldn't image traveling without her help.
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Not Recommended

Trip to Los Cabos

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 07 May 2017

Did not actually work with Judi, but Connie. In the beginning, several mistakes were made that I had to contact her to correct. When I contacted Apple vacations directly, I found out that it was offered form $350 less. Connie refused to negotiate.
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Would not recommend this company

By: Jill

Reviewed on: 08 May 2017

I have never had a worse experience booking a vacation than I did with Connie and Judi. In almost every email, I was told a different price of what my trip would cost or what my room rate would be. Connie forgot I booked an Ocean front room, then tried to get me to upgrade to one. My receipt could never be itemized, which was blamed on Apple Vacations, however, Judi compared this to a gift basket, where not everything is itemized. I thought that was extremely unprofessional and showed the lack of competence this team had. I was also told that the bride insisted using Apple Vacations, when I told by Andrea herself, that Alliance told her she had to use Apple. The amount of time spent emailing, and talking on the phone was absolutely ridiculous. I was also charged for insurance, that I wasn't even made aware of until I added someone to my room. Because I did not specifically tell them I did NOT want insurance, they went ahead and charged me for it and refused to refund me the money.
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one & only

By: nick and rita

Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

One word describes our experience for the past 8 years.....Excellent! Special thanks to Kerry Osborne who always ensured all details were addressed.

Argentina trip

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 29 May 2017

Excellent advisor

National Parks tour


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

Judi: Is wonderful to work with, always very knowledgable, prompt, and efficient.



Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017

Always the BEST - well planned an very professional

If want someone that knows the travel industry seek Judi

By: Terri g

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2017

Judi is the best. I have been working on trips around the globe with Judi for my family the last several years. She always delivers amazing results. We appreciate all her recommendations and knows the industry very well. I recommend Judi to anyone looking to experience an amazing vacation or adventure.

Trip to Naples, FL

By: TD

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

Judi is amazing! We got to hotel very late and had our favorite room "Pre-arranged" by Judi. We had been to Ritz Naples numerous times. When we checked in, the desk clerk told us we would NOT have the confirmed room and had moved us around to another room without the full sea view. We called Judi even though it was very late at night and she had a chat with the desk clerk. Then we were taken to room we had requested and which had been confirmed for us. Unfortunately, I got very sick w cold, cough, laryngitis, etc., the fourth day and had to stay in room. -- so we were glad we had our favorite Jr suite. Judi always comes through for us, our children, our grandchildren on honeymoon, etc. We have recommended Judi to many friends and they, too, have been pleased -- very much so!

Our second successful venture with Judi

By: Frogus

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

Give her a place, a date, and length of time and let her roll. We have had two wonderful trips since I found judi. My daughter has used her for planning a trip in the states, and a friend has used Judi for a cruise. Be VERY clear with her staff, and make sure you understand. That's been my only issue with using Judi.

Judi is a magician

By: Foodykl

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2017

We could say Judi Walker walks on water. She always says, “If you have a problem with your trip, call me.” And we have. This last time, she really outdid herself. She truly is a magician. Judi made all the arrangements for our recent Alaska cruise on Regent. Regent made our travel arrangements. The plane arrived in Anchorage over 2 hours late. When we arrived, I called Judi. She said there was a van waiting for the 7 people who were on our plane to take us to Seward. The captain of the ship could hold the ship for us only until 7. We arrived at the ship at 6:45. I don’t know what magic wand Judi waved, but I have never heard of a ship waiting for passengers. On board, Judi hosted welcome and departure cocktail parties, and a tour of the ship’s galley. Judi and Regent also organized a train trip in a private car with food and service in Skagway. We will never use anyone else but Judi for our travel. She outdoes herself every time.

Hotel Reservations


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

It was a pleasure to work with Judi. She is extremely knowledgeable; she does things in a timely manner; and she pays attention to detail. I look forward to working with Judi in the future.


By: David

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

wonderful experience. alway available for questions

always solid

By: wei

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

to the point. gives good varying options. not afraid to dissuade you from making a mistake. she has typically stayed anywhere she rec's to her customers. have had her plan many a trip of mine and for colleagues. everyone on my trips always more than satisfied. will continue to use her gladly.

Always wonderful expierence with Judi!

By: Christiane

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2017

As always, Judi knows exactly which hotel to choose for us. She is consistently the most professional travel agent I have ever worked with. We love her trips!

Europe vacation

By: Brian O'Neal

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

Judi and her staff are knowledgeable, friendly, quick to respond and know the best hotels in any desirable area. Highly recommended.

Love working with Judi and Team

By: laskowski@cox.net

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2017

I have been a client of Judi's for over 15 years and she and her team go above and beyond to ensure our trips are planned and serviced t the highest level.

Portugal 2017

By: Daira

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

Judi was wonderful to work with. She is friendly and easy to talk to. She listened to our hopes and desires for the trip and planned it accordingly. She was easily accessible when necessary. The trip was paced perfectly and we loved each and every aspect of the trip. We will be working with Judi again. Thank you!!

River cruise plus

By: Ron H

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017

Great! Got realistic tips and advice. Have used her on several trips, and will again!


By: mt

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Easy to work with; has expertise and great suggestions

Overalll review

By: Steve Moak

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2017

Exceeded my very high expectations .. Smart, informed, responsive and fair


By: Jabat

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017

She knocked it out of the park and planned a fabulous and memorable trip to Japan for our family. Our guides in Japan were personable, knowledgeable and well suited for our children, ages, 17, 15 and 13. We loved the new Tokyo Hoshinoya as well as the Kyoto Ritz. Judi always listens to our needs and she creates itineraries filled with unique experiences. My children said our trip to Japan was the best family trip ever!

My Trip To Spain

By: adelina mallozzi

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

it was a pleasure to have a great professional travel advisor to plan our stay in Spain. I highly recommend Alliance and all the members of the office.

Judi Walker is wonderful

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Easy and she was very helpful.


By: Circe

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

Judi and her team provide excellent service and real expertise. They are wonderful to work with and most responsive to requests and inquiries.


By: L

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Judi and her team are the very BEST travel agents.. They are easy to work with and handles even the smallest details. I’ve worked with Judi for 20 years and she has never disappointed me!

Judi Walker is fabulous!

By: Vickie

Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2017

Judi went out of her way to make sure that our trip to SW France exceeded our very high expectations. Not only did we get complementary upgrades and other perks at the fabulous hotels, Judi facilitated our getting Relais and Chateau 5C membership, which resulted in additional benefits at Relais and Chateau hotels. Working with Judi was a joy, and I would unconditionally recommend her to anyone looking to plan a trip or make travel, hotel, and restaurant reservations.


By: Nannu

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2017

Terrific. She handles everything professionally and efficiently, all the while dealing very personably. She is a top agent.

Karen Carney

By: Megan

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

I worked with Karen Carney, not Judi. Karen was great to work with. Thanks

last minute trip for funeral

By: tomtravel2

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

Judi put in a major effort to help 12 people travel out of state to attend a funeral. Everything went as planned. It was very reassuring to know someone professional would have our backs if anything went awry. I continue to recommend her to others and will use her in the future. She is an amazing travel advisor.
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Maui and Kona Adventure

By: Xlady

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

Judi and Kerry always craft and plan wonderful vactions for us and this one was no different. We love all the extras we get when booking with Virtuoso. From room upgrades to complimentary breakfast it is always appreciated. If we every have a snafu (rare) , they fix it promptly. Thank you Judi and Kerry.

Smooth Operator

By: Laura Lorenzen

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

Judi is exceptional in the way she takes the time to listen to her client’s needs, wants, and expectations (with infinite patience) and translate that into beautiful, lovely, personal experiences. She and her team are so professional, communicative, and friendly no matter where you happen to be in the world. The best thing, for me, is that Judi personally has been everywhere, and done everything travel-wise in her real life, so she has even greater insight for me. She has established personal relationships here and internationally that staff always know when I walk through the door, be it Paris, Oman, Lisbon, Barcelona, (I could go on and on). She knows everybody, but is low-key. The best.


By: Becky

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2018

Super! She is patient and knowledgeable in ever way.

Great Experience!

By: Christian San

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

Thank you Judi for everything...we had a great experience and you were very patient and helpful with all our accommodations, down to our toddlers needs. I would definitely recommend using Virtuoso/Alliance. We will use them again for our next trip. Chris and Monica


By: Debbie

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2018

Great to work with her! Loved the Casa Fuster


By: Douglas

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Judi has reliably planned some of our most interesting adventures over the years! Her team of professionals is always advocating for us.

Working with Judi Walker, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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