Sylvia Kortan 

Toronto, ON Canada
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Travel Specialties
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • United Kingdom
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
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Selling Travel Since
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My Background

I was born and grew up in Santiago, Chile. I came to Canada in 1971. Graduated from University of Toronto and worked in I.T. for 7 years. I lived in Belgium and Germany for 2.5 years with my husband and young family. Visited many new places and immersed ourselves in the local culture. Once back in Canada I started in the travel business when our children were in school.

Travel is all about the experience, what you can't google. I try my best to match my clients wishes and budget, to give them great value and honest advise.  My best reward is a positive feedback from my clients.

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Highly recommended

By: Jim12

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2013

Sylvia has arranged a couple of trips for us and we have been completely satisfied with everything she has done for us. We have already referred friends to her and they have also been pleased.

Such great work

By: Janey62

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2013

Sylvia is a consummate professional and organized a complex 3 week trip to Florence, Rome, Sicily and London for us. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. A month before leaving I found myself requiring an urgent heart procedure and was forced to cancel the trip. she made all the arrangements for my companion to go with someone else in my place at the last minuteand was very helpful dealing with my refund and travel insurance. would highly recommend this agent,

By: Winger14

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2013

Sylvia organized our trip with great attention to detail and to suit our particular needs and interests. She gave us good advice and was patient with us in planning our trip. We have recommmended her highly to many of our friends. She is a treasure!

Highly recommended

By: Alex

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

I have been knowing Sylvia for over 10 years and she was always exceptional in regard to knowledge, speed, thoughtful suggestions and reliability. She is well versed in many travel destinations and able to think of every detail and share her suggestions. I would highly recommend her.

Highly recommend

By: Momo

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Very personable and thorough in detail planning. She is also a delight to travel with.

Highly recommended

By: Anita

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2013

Sylvia has been the most knowledgeable and efficient travel agent I had to deal with so far. She is very thorough and all information is at her fingertips and up to date. She always finds the most cost effective ways for our travels. I have recommended Sylvia to a number of our contacts and friends, knowing that they will be fully satisfied with her travel arrangements.

Highly Recommended

By: Raf2112

Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2013

Sylvia is an extraordinary professional in the travel industry. She has assisted my family and I in our travel for years and most recently booked a cruise for us. Sylvia is extremely knowledgeable and anticipated our every need making sure that our cruise experience was excellent, and indeed it was. I recommend Sylvia wholeheartedly and without reservations (no pun intended.)

highly recommend

By: sn

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2014

Sylvia has planned several amazing adventures for us over the past couple of years and each time she has come up with an unforgettable trip.  she is very knowledgeable about our destinations and takes care to 'think of everything' for us.  our trips have been fantastic as she really tries to individualize the trips to our needs.  we always feel well taken care of in our destination countries and I know that is because Sylvia has taken care of it all. 

Excellent service

By: Silvia

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2014

I recently had the pleasure of arranging a vacation through Sylvia Kortan. She was a great resource, very knowledgeable and came up with good suggestions based on the information I provided her as to what we wanted, our needs, likes and dislikes and our budget. She recommended a vacation that met our needs and we had a wonderful time! I will definitely engage her next time I'm planning a trip.

highly recommended

By: paul

Reviewed on: 12 May 2014

Excellent experience, excellent service

By: AlexK

Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

This was our first river cruise, so our expectations were  uncertain. The trip turned out to be very enjoyable, both from the ship experience and the itinerary.Sylvia was very helpful throughout the trip selection and booking . When a small problem arose from the tour operator she went well beyond our expectations to rectify it.We highly recommend Sylvia to anyone wishing excellent service and  knowledgeable professional advice.

Recommend Unconditionally


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2014

Ms Kortan was there for us from our first contact to assist in arrangements for our trip. She assisted in making important choices for the trip and contacted us on our return for our comments about our experience. Ms Kortan will again be our first call when we decide to to take another vacation.

Professional and reliable

By: Grateful

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2014

Sylvia helped us to plan and execute a month long trip that included 6 locations in Europe and as many or more in Israel. She interviewed us about our destinations  and helped us to streamline our schedule in order to be most efficient.  We asked her to assist us with trip cancellation and interruption insurance. She advised us as well about car rental in Austria and Israel.Sylvia made sure to accommodate our needs.Our trip was amazing and a lot of credit goes to Sylvia. We would most certainly recommend Sylvia.

river cruise

By: song

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2014

trip was excellent except for the budapest airport transfer and Warsaw tour which did not happen.

amazing service provider

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2014

Sylvia helps us plan an extravagent trip to Europe that had to not only cover the trip but special circumstances of an anniversary. thanks so much

Terrific Service

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 24 Dec 2014

Sylvia recommended business class for our long trip to India. We were very happy that she had advised us to travel business class. It made a huge difference to our enjoyment of the trip. We loved working with Sylvia. She is so thorough and organized. Sylvia is a delightful person with whom to do business.

Friendly, supportive and efficient service

By: CarolaN

Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2015

As has been the case for many years, Syliva provided wonderful service for our most recent trip to Florida. She responded promptly and offered various sensible options of accommodation and insurance to consider. Sylvia is always friendly and personable and a pleasure to communicate with. Our trip went very smoothly as a result of Sylvia's preparations. Thank you!

Wonderful Trip!

By: Sisi

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2015

We went on a wonderful Baltic Cruise in June 2015. We first spent 5 days in London, then embarked on our Oceania Marina ship, then spent three days in Stockholm at the end. We enjoyed the amenities of the ship very much, wonderful service, great food and friendly atmosphere. We had a busy schedule, with many shore excursions, some from Oceania and others via private tour operators. All were very good. The private tours, especially in St. Petersburg were especially good, as our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable in art and architecture, and was able to get past the crowds in the museums to give us the best possible experience. I would highly recommend Ulko Tours. And I would highly recommend our travel agent Sylvia Kortan, whose expertise and attentive service is second to none! Thank you Sylvia

Professinal friendly expert

By: Jackie O

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2015

I have used Sylvia numerous times and every vacation was fantastic!


By: JP

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

Sylvia's advice regarding our recent stay at the Taj Hotel in London, England was "spot on!" She couldn't have chosen a better accommodation for us. We have come to trust Sylvia's expertise with all our travel arrangements and have recommended her to many friends

Surprises everywhere we went!

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2015

We loved Sicily. The hotel locations are excellent, though we would not return to the hotel in Taormina. The restaurant, on the other hand, we would go visit again. We loved the people at out monastery in Ragusa Province. They really helped with our daily itinerary and the food and service was special. We also loved the location of our hotel in Agrigento. If we had to do it again, we would spend one less day in Ragusa and one more in Agrigento. One suggestion is to have handy an exact description as to where the hotels are located. Their signage is small, which made it challenging in every case to find them. Teresa and I are experienced travelers and we found Sicily to be one of the most interesting places to visit, from a food, history, architecture and fascinating sites to visit perspective. We would recommend it to anyone as a destination.

Service above and beyond

By: Doug

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2015

With a Lufthansa strike looming, Sylvia went out of her way to have contingency plans in place for a business trip to Germany. Bravo! As it was, everything went smoothly, as it always does with Sylvia's planning.

Professional, reliable and friendly service

By: Carola111

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2016

Sylvia has been my travel advisor for many, many years. She is always friendly and personable, yet very professional. She responds promptly to inquiries and provides expert recommendations. I have never encountered any glitches with the trips that Sylvia arranged for me. I can highly recommend Sylvia as a travel advisor.

Trip to Italy 2016

By: Ronadlo

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2016

This lady is outstanding !!!! I love her suggestions for tour guides, accommodations, limos, etc, First class lady !! Can't say enough. Thank You Sylvia.

A wonderful unique experience , excellent

By: JR

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2016

More than I had hoped for . A great setting with 5 star service and helpful staff.

Tulum Mexico

By: Ronaldo K

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

Over the top!!!! Great place, good call, the family loved it.

Equator and Galapagos

By: Sandy N

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017

Sylvia once again organized an amazing trip for our family of 4, this time to the Galapagos. The travel itinerary was well thought out and well organized. Our accommodations were perfect for our family, especially as we have two children. The tour operator in Equador, recommended by Sylvia, took very good care of us and made everything easy. I know Sylvia listens closely to our needs as we travel and has always made wonderful suggestions. I look forward to our next adventure Sylvia! Thank you.

She's the best!

By: Silvia

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2017

Sylvia is a pleasure to work with. She has planned a number of trips for us in the past, always a great success. The trip we just completed was probably the most complex: A trip to South Africa and Botswana, combining city, countryside and three safaris. There were many flights and transfers involved, and several hotels and lodges we stayed at. Everything worked like a charm. Things were organized perfectly, the accommodations were just right, transfers were on time, flights pre-arranged properly etc. We had a courtesy call from the local agent in South Africa while we were on our first game reserve just to see how we were doing. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Sylvia to anyone wishing to travel in style and comfort anywhere in the world! Thank you Sylvia for making our trip so memorable.

the best agent ever

By: gitte bechsgaard

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2018

It was the best experience I have ever had with a travel agent and i felt completely taken care of at a time where my work schedule was most stressful. Sylvia is polite, generous with her time and expertise. I can highly recommend working with Sylvia Kortan.

Ecuador and the Galapagos

By: Iole

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

Amazing. Provided great advice. Organized and detailed. Answered all our questions. A pleasure. We feel very fortunate to have had her organize our trip. Thank you Sylvia! Would recommend her services to others.

Superb customer service

By: Alex K

Reviewed on: 10 May 2018

It has been a pleasure to work with Sylvia for the past few years. Her wisdom and experience in recommending the best trip that matches our interests has resulted in very enjoyable and memorable trips. On our last vacation, while we were stranded in Frankfurt Airport due to a missed connecting flight, Sylvia set up everything to get us home before the Lufthansa customer service did. That is what we consider superb care and service.

A wonderful trip

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Working with Sylvia Kortan was fantastic. She was helpful, extremely well informed, patient when we changed our minds, efficient and charming. We would recommend her without hesitation to anyone planning a trip, particularly a complicated trip with many parts. With Sylvia everything was well planned and all the bookings and plans worked perfectly. We are extremely grateful.

Working with Sylvia Kortan

By: Evie

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

She was wonderful to work with. Sylvia planned every aspect o our trip in a very efficient and timely manner . I look forwRd to working with her on my next trip.

The Best!!!

By: Strathroy

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2018

She is so great to work with, I thing that was our 5th or 6th trip. We did one on our own, never again. Sylvia is my hero!!

Baltic Sea Cruise

By: Judy Bloink

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Sylvia came through for us on everything we asked. She responded quickly and always provided excellent service

Bordeaux cruise

By: Pam

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

She is excellent to work with

Best travel advisor ever

By: Silvia

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2018

We love Sylvia. She has planned trips for us before, always excellent. She is very knowledgeable and will advise us appropriately on every detail of our plans. We trust and rely on her completely to plan our trips for us.

Sylvia kortan

By: Letty Colaljo

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2019

Very good excellent service

Best travel advisor!

By: Val

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2019

Sylvia is so lovely to work with and I can always confidently rest back knowing that she is taking care of my travel details. High recommend!

She's simply the best!

By: Val

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2019

Sylvia is so lovely to work with. She is thoughtful and responsive. She takes care of things that I would not be able to figure out on my own and takes the stress out of booking a flight. Even though I am relatively young (30) I still prefer to go through Sylvia than to book tickets myself online. Highly recommend.

Excellent travel planner

By: Silvia

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2019

We love Sylvia! She is knowledgeable and very detail oriented about everything, making our travel always a pleasure.

Trip south

By: Hazel

Reviewed on: 06 May 2019

Sylvia was great. She listened to what we wanted and was interested in yet challenged us. Her recommendation was our favourite spot. Would definitely use her again

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