Joan Schwartz 

Glencoe, IL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Honeymoons
  • Hotels
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising

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  • English

My Background

It was my Greek father, who taught me my love of the Mediterranean. From moussaka & souvlaki overlooking the Parthenon, to pasta & la dolce vita in Rome, you can count on me to create an exceptional Mediterranean Odyssey.

But my travel experience doesn’t stop there. I also have extensive corporate travel experience as well. For many years I was the exclusive agent for the Life Division of Kemper Insurance, and Mc Donald’s Corporation. I managed not only their daily travel but their meetings and conventions sending large incentive groups to many worldwide destinations.

Over the past 35 years I have serviced clients from coast to coast providing the highest level of personalized service and expertise.

I look forward to offering the same high level of service to you.

Places I Have Traveled

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Highly Recommended

By: Alsofrom

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2013

Everything was as described and all went well with trains, planes and automobiles. Loved the charming artsy hotels in walking distance of everything.

Highly recommend

By: Mark

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Joan has helped us put together several trips, and they have always been exactly what we were looking for. She pays close attention to what you want in the trip and then finds a way to implement everything. She has always been a great help to us.

Great Customer Service

By: Leslie3258

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2014

Listens to your wants and responds with several options. Second trip booked and both were fantastic!

Highly recommended

By: Scott

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2014

Joan is fantastic

By: Pat71

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2014

We have used Joan for travel for many years and she has never let us down.  This recent trip was wonderful and Joan did a great job working with the cruise line to get our transfers straightened out.  You can be sure that Joan will be our go-to person for all future travel.

She's the best!

By: Bev

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2014

After booking trips for me for 10+ years, Joan knows my likes and dislikes and has once again worked her magic. She found us a resort in southern England that was pure delight. My whole family loved it - from our 28 year old daughter to my 86 year old mother! Joan takes care of all the details so our trips run smoothly and we can relax on our vacations. If we need to get in touch with her, we know she's available. On one of our last trips, we decided to change hotels at the last minute from one that I was staying at for a conference. Joan was able to handle it internationally without blinking an eye and within hours we were settled into our more comfortable accommodations. I can't imagine planning a significant trip without consulting Joan.

A perfect escape,

By: alan1

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2015

Joan knew just what we were looking for and put together the perfect winter getaway. Her tour counterpart followed up and responded immediately when we ran into a glitch. A great vacation!

Fantastic trip

By: JazSpi

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2015

The guides, hotels and itinerary were wonderful. Would use Joan again.

Great Service

By: zubes91

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2015

We were very pleased with Joan's service. She is a wealth of information. She responds quickly to questions and concerns. We look forward to working with Joan, again.



Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Joan assisted my family on a recent trip to Italy. She is hardworking and professional, always going the extra mile to ensure that her clients know what they want and get it. She proved invaluable in rescheduling our entire trip due to a family member's injury. She used her contacts on the ground in Italy to get nonrefundable deposits refunded and, when that wasn't possible, she made sure that we could forward the deposited amount to future dates of our choosing. Joan is a high end professional who works tirelessly to make sure her clients have the best possible experience.


By: Jb

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2015

Very well organized. Have had some great experiences that we would not have been able to do on our own. Everything has worked without a hitch.

Greece Getaway

By: Soph

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2015

Everything was lovely and perfect - flights - transfers - Joan knows her stuff thank-you so much



Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2015

This trip was a last minute Spring Break trip. I have young children, and I needed somewhere safe (and not wild and crazy). As always, I asked Joan for suggestions, and she recommended SF and the Fairmont. It was a FANTASTIC vacation -- hotel and amenities were great, the trip plans she put together were great, and overall, it was the excellent service from Joan that I have come to expect and rely on. I book all of my travel through her for good reason -- she is GREAT!

Excellent! Perfect as always


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2015

Joan is always awesome! A true pleasure to deal with. I count on her for all of my business travel and personal travel. She always finds great deals and has great ideas for every travel need. I literally would be lost without Joan!

Great service - no details left to chance

By: Fran

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2016

Our vacation to Australia and New Zealand was a wonderful experience in no small part due to Joan's planning and arrangements. She is very customer focused and left no details to chance. Joan has become a permanent part of travel experience.

Great agent!

By: Bliss

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2016

Always a pleasurable experience!

Joan Schwartz to the rescue

By: David

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2016

Joan helped us with an emergency re-booking from China. She was extremely responsive and executed our booking very quickly and found us a last minute fare which was very reasonable. Without her help, we would've been stranded in China for an extra couple of days.

An expert in her field!

By: Blisky

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2016

Ahh, Joan is the best at what she does , going the distance for her clients!!!

December Denver

By: David

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2017

Everything went very smoothly. Joan Schwartz arranged perfect accommodations, flights and a car for us.


By: Chief

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

She is simply the best!

Amazing and Efficient

By: Blondie

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2017

Our planned girls getaway was fabulous. We booked activities ahead of time through her so made our trip easy. Travel with no worries....

A Magnificent Honeymoon in Italy

By: Bill A.

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

Joan was extremely easy to work with and helped with all of our needs. She was attentive and extremely detail oriented.


By: Fran

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2017

She is terrific - took care of all the details.

Always helpful

By: Pfanda

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

We have been working with Joan for many years and she never lets us down. This trip was no exception. All was just fine. I have referred friends to her and they too have had some wonderful trips that Joan has planned.


By: Bliss

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2017

Joan is awesome at what she does!! Love her!!


By: Greg

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

Very professional and easy to work with. Really understood what we were looking for in our trip.


By: John

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

Excellent to work with.


By: Sam

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

She did a Great job

Joan Schwartz

By: John

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Great to work with. Very thorough, very helpful.

Joan's Terrific

By: Me

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Joan's great. She's very accommodating, very responsive and and I have found that she works to get the best for her clients.

Excellent service

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2017

Joan was amazing to work with. She booked my honeymoon so quickly after another agent failed me. She was patient with my millions of questions and concerns and handled my anxiety with ease. I would recommend her in the future and already have.

A job well done!!


Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2018

She’s the best!!!

Excellent Interactions

By: pat

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2018

I have nothing but good things to say about Joan-every trip she has planned or assisted with has been a dream and this one was no exception. I have and will continue to recommend her to my friends with travel needs.


By: sbl

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2018



By: Joy

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

Easy and efficient.

Best trip!

By: Adam

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2018

Joan was excellent! She anticipated our needs and picked out locations that were nothing short of amazing! Our first trip to Italy was incredible thanks to her organization and help in selecting activities and hotels.

We Love Joan Schwartz

By: Hackman

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2018

Perfectly professional. Extremely easy to work with.

Beyond Expectations

By: Bev

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Over the past two decades, Joan has gotten to know our travel likes and dislikes and every trip gets better and better. However, we were traveling with other couples for our Africa trip and she had to negotiate many different personalities, budgets, timeframes, and preferences. She handled it all with aplomb! She reassured us every step of the way, stayed on top of due dates for travel documents, made suggestions and sent out countless itinerary revisions. During the trip we kept remarking about how smoothly everything had been coordinated and how taken care of we felt. We were never left wondering how to accomplish border crossings and immigration, transfers, and never had to carry our own luggage! We also thank Joan for enlisting the invaluable services of Larry Rednour to assist in every step of the Africa itinerary. However, it was Joan who knows the way we like to travel and made sure we were happy and felt accommodated. Happy is an understatement. Exuberant is better!


By: Karyn

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2018

Joan did a great job on our Istael trip. The Israeli agency Lakeshore uses is very thorough. Our guide was excellent. Transportation and accommodations were outstanding, we were stuck in Eilat due to a flash flood which closed the airport for several hours. Travex people were there to assist us and make sure we were taken care of. Also texted us at 1 am to make sure we boarded our very delayed flight, The trip was costly but worth it, I would book another trip to Israel using Lakeshore and Travex the Israeli agency.

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