Betsy Patton CTC, DS

Naples, FL United States
Travel Specialties
  • River Cruising
  • Family Travel
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

My passion is travel. It’s what I have loved to do since I was introduced to it in high school with a trip to Austria to live with a family through an exchange program. I attended Wells College in Aurora, NY and during my junior year, I spent a semester going to a college in Heidelberg, Germany. My career in travel began just after graduating from college with a position in Operations with a luxury tour company. From there I became a retail travel advisor and have been involved in that aspect of the industry for over 35 years.

My travels have taken me all over the world through Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Far East and even Antarctica. I enjoy cruising and have cruised on all of the well-known luxury lines such as Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises along with premium lines such as Holland America and Oceania. I have also experienced river cruising in Europe with both Tauck and Uniworld on the Rhine, Danube and Rhone Rivers. African safaris are another favorite journey. There is nothing in the world like sitting in solitude and seeing a pride of lions lazing in the sun just an arm’s length away! Custom itineraries are also something I really enjoy creating. The research for the perfect bespoke trip with maps, insider access, hotel descriptions, etc. can keep me occupied for hours.

In addition to a college education, I have earned my CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) through the Travel Institute, the education arm of the travel industry. In addition I have several Destination Specialist certifications for Africa, Europe and the South Pacific. Since 2003 I have been named as one of Travel + Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Super Agents. I have been quoted in several magazines and newspapers over the years including Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel + Leisure, Wall Street Journal, Ft. Myers Newspress, E Bella Magazine and the Naples Daily News.

Places I Have Traveled

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A Valuable Travel Resource

By: Chuck & Lue

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2014

Betsy and her association with Virtuoso has become our most valuable travel resource.  She has been exceptional in making arrangements for our trips, particularly our cruises.  Her knowledge and experience have resulted in a number of rewarding travel experiences.  She has been most helpful in answering a variety of questions and concerns we have had, in addition to providing thoughtful suggestions that we had not considered.  We would highly recommend her to all travelers.

Supurb ! all hotels and agents were excellent, experienced and thoughtful

By: Bill and Bekki

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2014

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Reviewed on: 15 Jun 2014

Betsy's arranged some $100,000.00plus of travel for us over the last few years without a hitch; we're delighted with her work and recommend her without reservationPete  Ward

Terrific! Extremely helpful highly recommend ,

By: Travelnut

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2014

Betsy is thorough, dependable, takes initiative in solving problems, creative and friendly

Great Job

By: Great Scot

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2014

Betsy always makes sure that all details of our trips are taken care of so there are no difficulties or surprises. If there are any problems en-route she is always available to solve any problems.

tauck french waterways

By: carmen

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2014

great trip. organized very well by Betsy handle the Air France strike we got to Paris a day earlier thanks to betsy tauck is great! second trip recommended by betsy to go with tauck daughters and husbands thought the trip was excellent could not have been better

So well done

By: TimJ

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2014

Our short trip was expertly handled by Betsy and she followed up during and after the trip to check in on satisfaction. Importantly she ensured our arrival was pleasing and a great room location! Well Done!

Another vacation to remember...

By: Mal&Jim

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2014

Betsy has helped us plan and enjoy our vacations for years now. Her recommendations always coincide with the destinations and desired pampering and world class accommodations we request for our travel. She combines her industry and personal experience with research and networking to provide us with the best possible vacation. Because of Betsy's efforts, our Essence of South America Tauck Tour combined with an A&K side trip to Valparaiso and the Virtuoso perks was a real winner for us.

Ambience-service-gourmet food

By: Fac

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2014

This cruise was just right for us. Great service and outstanding restaurants. We loved Seeshin particularly. I was someway indifferent to the stops. This was fine since I didn't want to be too tempted. The ship itself was beautiful.

Wonderful Trip

By: Great Scot

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2014

We enjoyed our Cruise especially the Panama Canal portion. All details were taken care of by Betsy so we had no issues to deal with. The Langham Hotel in Pasadena is one of the best hotels we have stayed in Los Angeles, and we have stayed in all the top rated ones. Betsy arranged with them that we got the normal Virtuoso upgrades and other extras.

Always expert and friendly

By: Edie

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2015

Betsy helped me plan a very long 10 week trip that included changing itineraries last minute and finding land alternatives to a cruise. She found for us the right hotels. She took the time to spell out all alternatives in accommodations and flights and ship suites(complicated for 3 "legs"). Her package for us to take on our trip gave us the precise information we needed along the way and then she added the extra History and Facts for each destination. In addition,she promptly responded to our additional requests while we were overseas. Lastly,she has a winning personality.

Loved the Scotish Isles

By: Chuck/Lue

Reviewed on: 01 May 2015

The flight to Scotland was long and tiresome, but no delays. Our travel was well planned. The cruise aboard the Hebridean Princess was exceptional. Small group of passengers; attentive crew; friendly, interactive captain; fun and informative shore visits; good food; and an overall fun and enjoyable experience. This was the beset cruise we have ever taken and we are already thinking about when and where to sail again on the "Princess". As always, our travel agent was the key to bring a complicated travel itinerary to a successful conclusion.

Excellent Expedition

By: TimJ

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2015

The NG/Linblad expedition to the Arctic was excellent, in many ways. The ship, the location, the ship's officers, the crew, the accommodations and the food! Wonderful package. Would do another Lindblad expedition on The Explorer. Perfect ship for 140 passengers. Betsy Patton at Hurley Travel made it all happen. Thanks!

Perfect trip!

By: Hootie

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

Betsy did a wonderful job in planning our vacation to Eastern Europe!!! Every detail was perfect and the entire trip worked seamlessly! I would highly recommend her services to anyone who wants the ease of travel where all of the little details are taken care of in advance, making the entire trip more enjoyable!!! Her selection of hotels was right on the mark!

First Class Experience

By: john

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2015

Our Tauck Taste of France trip was outstanding. The logistics were stress free from flight arrangements to arrival in Paris and on through to our departure in Lyon. Betsy was extremely helpful with lots of personal tips for a great trip. She went above and beyond to get us on this trip which was booked at the time we inquired about it. She worked closely with Tauck to monitor cancellations and secured our ideal accommodations when a spot opened up.

Great recommendations and planning

By: SteveB66

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

Betsy did a great job of taking our travel "vision" and creating a great itinerary - we were able to tweak it and develop a wonderful European vacation, with stops in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and France.


By: LisaC

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2015

Betsy did an outstanding job planning our entire trip. Her attention to detail in meeting our needs exceeded our expectations. Everything was wonderful!



Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2015


Excellent Customer Service

By: Kara

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2015

Betsy was extremely patient and helpful as we planned our honeymoon, with various changes in direction along the way. We ended up with a magical trip, including an incredible stop in Napa at the Calistoga Ranch followed by an extended stay Bora Bora at the beautiful St Regis, and the memories will last a lifetime. We will certainly use Betsy again.

Seaborne Canada to Boston Cruise

By: Arvel

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2016

Cruise was excellent from the service on the ship to the shore excursions and locations. We also had fine weather. Two Seabourne drawbacks 1. No Salad course. Salads were offered as an extremely small appetizer or an entry like Caesar Salad. 2. Covers on bed came up to half chest height for average person. Had to use bedspread for full coverage. If one pulled out the tucked sheet or comforter ones feet eventually hung out. I guess this is Seabourne's way of cutting back in small ways.

Everything was excellent!

By: Chuck

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

Betsy consistently does an outstanding job with all aspects of our trip! No problems.

An Icelandic experience

By: Prince

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

Everything went well, the quality of the food on the ship was very good. The accomodations were a bit tight but adeguate. The Tauck host was very competent and knowledgeable and the daily trips were well planned and informative. The weather cooperated except for one day when rain and low clouds made sightseeing impossible but that is Iceland. We would reccomend this trip to others.

excellent service

By: nancy

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2016

a great trip... Betsy was there for me the whole way..

Excellent planning and attention to detail!

By: Eileen

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2016

The trip to China was a lifetime experience. We had an excellent tour guide who provided great insight during every visit during our tour and handled all the logistics in a flawless manner. The hotels were top notch and the sites visited were very worthwhile. The only criticism was age and the condition of the ship which seemed dated with a musty smell throughout including our stateroom. The problem was mitigated by placing a dehumidifier in our room. On a positive note the service, food, and entertainment on board the ship was excellent.

Excellent Recommedations!

By: Kara

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2016

Our trip to Europe was incredible. The hotels that Betsy recommended were top notch, and we were so pleased. Villa D'Este in particular treated us so well, and made us want to return to spend more time there. Our room was upgraded, the minibar was included, the breakfast was exceptional, and the service overall was exceptional.

Travel Support expert!

By: Tim j

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Betsy is very detail oriented and focused on a successful trip for her customer in every way

last minute tickets to see Princess Diana's gowns

By: jan

Reviewed on: 08 May 2017

Betsy was terrific. She got us some tickets to Kensington Palace with less than a week to go and we were the first people into the exhibit! It was great. She also recommended an excellent hotel in London, One Aldwych, which had great service and a very convenient location. Walked everywhere! Thanks Betsy!

domingo rep

By: carmen

Reviewed on: 17 May 2017

great. very professional knowledgable

Great trip

By: Lynne

Reviewed on: 25 May 2017

Very easy to work with. Very knowledgeable.

Cruise to Spain, Portugal and France

By: jlll17

Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2017

Betsy was outstanding in helping us plan this trip from start to finish, including cruise, hotel, and air bookings. In addition, she recommended some outstanding restaurants and helped secure tough reservations. This included the Gordon Ramsey restaurant in Bordeaux which resulting in an amazing experience!. Betsy is a real pro and goes above and beyond normal travel advise and bookings.


By: Leah

Reviewed on: 06 May 2018

Always answered any questions and helped us plan a very nice trip

Awesome River Cruise!!

By: DR

Reviewed on: 29 May 2018

Betsy is a true Pro. Every aspect of my recent European River Cruise was handled flawlessly as she was sensitive to the individual needs of everyone in my Group. If you are considering a vacation, don't hesitate to contact Betsy, you'll be glad you did!! Thanks again for a great trip!!


By: Jpojr

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2018

Very knowledgeable, easy to work with

Expert advice

By: craballey

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2018

We depended on Betsy to get us on the right ship, in the right cabin, and on the right itinerary. She did everything perfectly. We loved the ship, the cabin location and the stops that included two with Virtuoso. It was our first vacation with Betsy and will definitely use her again. It was the first time in a LONG time since we've used a travel agent and we're convinced this is the way to go in the future.

Had a great trip

By: Sam

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

Betsy is always professional and helpful. I usually ask her a ton of questions even up to the week prior and she gets the answers I need. We've done two trips with her in the last two years. I would recommend Betsy to our friends.


By: jpojr

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

Excellent.....very responsive and creative.

Excellent trip advisor!

By: jm

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

It was an extreme pleasure to work with Betsy. We have worked with her before and she is always knowledgeable and attentive to detail. Betsy will work diligently to get the travel plans that are right for you!

Betsy Pattin

By: Maureen

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2018

She’s the best! So responsive and creative.

Viking Trip

By: Dennis

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

She was great. Very customer focused.

The Best

By: Gerry

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2018

Betsy is an outstanding Travel Advisor. She lead us to a tour that was exactly what we wanted and provided us with excellent and useful advice.

Betsy Patton Review

By: Dr Tim

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

Very good advice, very thorough and helpful. Gave us advice and allowed us to make our choices.

American Cruise

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

As always, she was responsive to our request, timely with response and complete with all follow up.

Helpful but not overbearing

By: Happy Camper

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Betsy was generally responsive and shared relevant information in a timely way, with one exception. She did not alert our group to a deadline for choosing land excursions but one of us caught it so it was inconsequential. I also learned later that Tauck is very flexible about signups for excursions. Guests are welcome to change their minds up until the last moment.

Travel adviser

By: Nan

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2018

Wonderful..I have worked with Betsy before and plan to do so in the future. She is very knowledgeable and always available.
Not Recommended

Had no clue

By: Jane Doe

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2018

Little unnerving

Ireland and Scotland

By: Chuck and Lue

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2018

Well planned airline connections, excellent Virtuoso hotel in Dublin and a fantastic cruise on a small ship in the Hebrides. Betsy is always accessible and has good ideas and insights.

outstanding travel advisor

By: Helen

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

Betsy is very accommodating and helpful with taking care of our travel plans. She goes above and beyond to make our trip memorable

Silver sea cruise

By: TJ

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2019

Betsy was fantastic in making this whole cruise work, just a couple of months before the cruise embarked

Cultural Cuba

By: Lean

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2019

Betsy is very good with communication and responding in a timely manner! She helped us get a voucher applied to our next trip.


By: Dennis

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2019

It was Excellent working with Betsy. A great professional.

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