My name is Gary and I would like to welcome you to my personal website at Travel Counsellors.
If you are looking for the very best personal travel specialist, here I am happy to help you.
Having worked in the travel industry for 25 years, working in both business and retail travel, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are at the heart of everything I do.
Manchester's very own award-winning personal travel specialist, available to give you the very best in efficient customer service, personal experience and unbiased advice. My holidays includes total financial protection and a level of attention to detail you never get online.
Over many years I have personally built up many close relationships with my customers. The customer testimonials on my website speak for themselves, so please take a look.
I am always on hand and enjoy visiting with my customers at home enabling me to fit around your busy schedule so I am there at a time that's convenient for you. I can be contacted on a local number, by email or via my website.
My specialist areas are tailor made travel and cruise holidays and I have been lucky to have cruised the Nile, the Med and have recently returned from cruising the Caribbean on Ventura travelling back home across the Atlantic in style! Everyone should give a cruise holiday a try, it's such a rewarding experience with the added benefit of waking up in a new destination every day. As well as cruises, I have travelled to all corners of the world including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cuba, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Penang, Malaysia Borneo, New York, Singapore, Bali Lombok and Mexico!
I am passionate about customer service and this was my main reason for joining Travel Counsellors, as we both put our customers at the heart of everything we do. I think attention to detail is very important when it comes to travel, including the best financial protection in the industry and a 24 hour worldwide duty office.
I would be delighted to help you with any of your travel plans both leisure and business - be it a one night UK break, family holiday, around the world cruise or help to plan a dream wedding abroad or find the perfect honeymoon!
At Travel Counsellors we don't want to be the biggest - we simply want to be the best!
Sent in by Linda Furness-Johnson
Royton, Oldham, 22 March 2018
Gary is the best of the best. Once he knows the type of holiday, accommodation and budget you prefer he tailor makes your requirements. What I can say from personal experience is that he is there for you 24/7 when you are away which is extremely comforting.. Wouldn’t use anyone else.
Sent in by Alexis Williams
London Colney ,St Albans, 22 March 2018
Gary has been fantastic, It wasn’t easy for him as I was very tied to dates and budget. Gary put in so much effort to find me the perfect holiday, meeting all my requirements. I would definitely recommend Gary to all my friends and family.
Sent in by Rob Southern
Wilmslow, Cheshire, 22 February 2018
Please take these words as a small thank you for putting together the most perfect getaway for myself and partner Heather. From the initial planning to the Welcome Home card all your efforts have been greatly appreciated. When I came to you about a trip to Venice, I had few ideas in mind, but your expertise afforded us an extra day in a better hotel in a fantastic location! This sums up the whole Travel Counsellor experience I have had, even with all the time in the world and perfect spoken Italian I would never have been able to negotiate such a great deal. The detailed itinerary, James Bond-esque water transfers, and pretty much doing everything apart from packing my suitcase, you took all the stress out of the getaway, and made me look like the well cultured man I pretend to be infront of my partner! Thanks once again for all your help, we'll be booking our next trip with you soon, and we have spread the word to friends and family about your great service.
Sent in by Gary Seddon
Stockport, Cheshire, 22 February 2018
Thank you Gary for all your help in organizing a wonderful holiday to New Zealand for my girlfriend. I have seen first hand what you do for people and how you do it and have been very impressed with your skills in organizing the most complex travel plans for people, big or small for many. So when my Viv wanted to go to New Zealand to visit her son, I told her there is only one man to see about this, our man at BNI, Gary Manners. Viv was immediately impressed with your thorough professionalism and attention to detail and knew right away she was in very capable hands. You took all her apprehension and stress away from travelling to the other side of the world, via Singapore with a stop over which was truly spectacular too! You have done all you said you would and a lot more in organizing memorable sightseeing trips, brilliant hotels and lots of suprises along the way too! I really have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone wishing to use a travel professional and have recommended you to friends and family already. Its a pleasure to do business with you and you really go the extra mile for your customers making us so proud to call you our friend. Thanks once again.
Sent in by Vivienne Hales
Stockport, Cheshire, 31 January 2018
Very professional, polite, kind and pleasant - made what seemed complex (several flights and accommodation) a simple arrangement. Many thanks.
Sent in by Toni Stokes
Rochdale, 29 January 2018
Fantastic service from Gary, wouldn't use anyone else, very highly reccommend. Thanks again.
Sent in by Barbara Hastings
Glossop, Derbyshire, 16 January 2018
100% attention immediately. Questions answered and holiday booked within 24 hours. Very kind and warm.
Sent in by Jean O'Keefe
Heywood, Lancashire, 08 January 2018
y Arrived home safely – had a wonderful time in OZ. All travel arrangements excellent – thank you. Will be in touch for next holiday plan.
Sent in by Kathryn Orange
Hyde, Cheshire, 21 December 2017
I would just like to thank you for all of your help and outstanding customer service recently in arranging a luxury weekend break for my husband and I celebrating a special anniversary. Your attention to detail is outstanding, your passion for people is evident and you listened to every request and deliverd 110%. The hotel you sourced for us was also exceptional at each touch point, did you speak to every member of the team because it was like they already knew us, they certainly were aware of our special anniversary. The food was outstanding, the bedroom suite upgrade - wow and to add all this you managed to get a drinks package in the room (not just any package either, fabulous). Gary, thank you so much and we would not hesitate in recommending you.
Sent in by Kim Willerton
Oldham, Greater Manchester, 19 November 2017
Outstanding service as always! Thanks again.
Sent in by Hilary Duddy
Salford , Manchester, 03 October 2017
Thank you so much for arranging my wonderful holiday to Crete. I just explained to you that I wanted a traditional Greek holiday in the sun and you researched a range of places you felt would be suitable for us. I managed to choose one from the range offered, it was a beautiful traditional Greek village, with lovely local people. I really appreciated the fact you spoke to the hotel owners and booked a VIP Suite for me with superb views. Your attention to detail made things so easy for me regarding booking the airport fast track service, The Escape lounge and a gorgeous private transfer car to the hotel and back again for us, arriving in style in no time at all. Nothing was too much trouble for you, even when I rang you on Saturday morning to ask what time the private car was picking us up as we had misplaced the return voucher and you text me with full details in no time during the day. A truly professional, reliable and heart felt service. I will certainly be coming to you for my next holiday Gary, as well as recommending you to all my friend family and clients too thanks again for a fantastic holiday experience.
Sent in by Diane Willmott
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire, 14 September 2017
Gary is so helpful and goes out of his way to find the right holiday even if you are not sure what you even want!!! He has booked a few for us now!! Such a lovely person as well.
Sent in by Paul Rotondo
Stockport, Cheshire, 30 August 2017
Gary Manners our Personal Travel Specialist from Travel Counsellors has looked after my wife and l with regards to our travel arrangements and has exceeded in all departments of his profession. Thank you Gary Regards Paul and Linda Rotondo.
Sent in by Hilary Duddy
Salford , Manchester, 17 August 2017
Excellent service from a very professional and thoroughly lovely chap! I will definitely use this great service again and recommend Gary to all my family, friends and clients. Thanks again
Sent in by Paul Sherwood
Manchester, 24 July 2017
Thanks very much for all the stuff you did, loved Dubai again and will definitely come back to you to book through for future trips!!! Kind regards
Sent in by Barbara Hastings
Glossop, Derbyshire, 06 July 2017
We have more lovely memories in the bank now to enjoy in the winter by the log fire! Thank you again for your swift attention and for our lovely in room gift, that was a really lovely surpise, and very thoughtful of you as always. Thanks for all your hard work with this trip, which was a bit of an unusual ask accommodating a pre booked event, but we are very grateful for your attention, and to know that you are there when we are miles away when we need you is really reassuring. Kind regards Barbara and Khachatur
Sent in by Simon Russell
Cheadle, Cheshire, 03 July 2017
Gary was extremely helpful in finding my family a cottage holiday in Devon despite variation on requested dates and I would not hesitate to recommend Gary to family and friends.
Sent in by Linda Johnson
Royton, Oldham, 23 June 2017
What a friendly, genuine man. Very knowledgeable. Totally dedicated to finding the requirements to fit the brief, irrelevant of budget. Always available, even out of office hours. Invaluable. Gary is to be highly recommended. We are looking forward to our holiday. Linda and Philip.
Sent in by Paul Willmott
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire, 19 June 2017
What a lovely surprise on the plane, Champagne!! Feeling thoroughly spoilt, thanks to you. We have had a fab time, wonderful weather, hotel fantastic, great people ! Thank you again for arranging everything for us and cant wait till we can do it all again, Kind regards Paul and Di
Sent in by Barbara Hastings
Glossop, Derbyshire, 08 June 2017
Gary always provides us with a happy, cheerful, service nothing too much trouble, quick and totally reliable,
Sent in by Michael Gancarz
Stockport, Cheshire, 27 March 2017
A big "Thank you" for a lot of work that went into booking our forthcoming Family holiday. I thought it only fair to share my great experience with others that I have experienced so far while booking this and previous breaks away with Gary. His personal approach and willingness to listen to our never ending changes was second to none. For those who have never used Gary's services, let me tell you, you are missing out !!! So Gary ,we hope you have recovered because we will be coming back for more!
Sent in by Louise Eccles
Stockport, Cheshire, 27 February 2017
Gary was extremely patient and helpful with my endless requests and flight changes when planning my Wedding in the USA. Highly recommend Gary to look after your travel needs.
Sent in by Kathleen Grady
Oldham, Greater Manchester, 16 February 2017
I have been very satisfied with Gary he is most pleasant and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend Gary
Sent in by Hannah Long
Stockport, Cheshire, 16 February 2017
As professional and a delight as always , thankyou so much
Sent in by Janine Cooper
Stockport, Cheshire, 09 February 2017
I can't thank you enough for the excellent service you gave us. From start to finish you were fantastic. After trawling the internet for ideas we just about gave up and then following a holiday conversation with you we contacted you and you came up with our fantastic trip to the Maldives, on our dates and within our budget too. You saved us so much stress and time as we run our own Business so time is precious to us, not only did you find us the perfect trip which you booked late one Saturday evening for us , you also checked us in, delivered our tickets and even wrote out our luggage tags!!! Fantastic Service and you really went the extra mile. You also contacted the hotel letting them know all our special requirements and they really looked after us during our stay, I can highly recommend you without hesitation to Friends, Family and Business Associates , Thanks Gary at Travel Counsellors once again
Sent in by Val Dickinson
Stalybridge, 26 January 2017
Excellent Service. Gary always goes the extra mile
Sent in by Matthew Knott
Rossendale, 11 January 2017
This is a just to thank Gary for his efficient and attentive service in booking myself and business partner to London in January 2017. After an initial consulation with Gary , he provided us with suitable, local accommodation options for the event in London we are attending, and got us First Class Travel at an excellent rate. We found Gary to be thorough, friendly and extremely professional, reacting quickly to our needs and proactively suggesting a variety of options for us. We would have no hesitation in recommending him to our friends , family and business colleagues alike. Thanks once again we look forward to booking further trips in the future with you. kind regards Matt Knott - Ingenium Games
Sent in by Nicholas Wroe
Hazel Grove , Cheshire, 16 November 2016
Just a quick note to say thank-you so much for arranging a recent trip to New York for my wife and I. You gave us a range of options to suit different budgets, advised on the best places to visit and things to do in the city and nearby. As ever the service was second to none, the holiday was completely hassle free, you checked us in both ways and everything was taken care of. You helped make this a holiday to remember and I look forward to discussing our next trip with you for 2017! Thanks once again.
Sent in by Hannah Long
Timperley, Cheshire, 27 October 2016
I was made to feel at complete ease when speaking with Gary , and totally reassured that any request was managed
Sent in by Diane Wilmott
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire, 26 October 2016
We have just booked our third holiday with Gary, so helpful and made booking so easy! So definitely would book with Gary again!
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