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!
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Michelle Eagleton
Middleton, Manchester, 03 February 2019
10/10 Customer Service Score; You made things so easy Gary and were so lovely in the process. We felt in safe and knowledgable hands with you and also felt you cared about getting us the right holiday. Thank you.
Sent in by Diane Willmott
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire, 23 January 2019
Gary always goes above and beyond helping to get us exactly what we are looking for and never disappoints! 10/10
Sent in by Carole Wood
Rochdale, Lancashire, 04 December 2018
Congratulations, well deserved , you're amazing for your clients, really go out of your way for them. You help my mum Joyce and auntie Maureen every time. Hats off to you keep up the good work. Thank you from Joyce’s daughter Carole
Sent in by Norah Cozens
Hyde, Greater Manchester, 04 December 2018
Many many congratulations Gary. You truly deserve it. You work so hard to please your customers and to meet their individual needs. Please put my testimonial on your website. Well done.
Sent in by Michelle Walker
Rochdale, Lancashire, 02 November 2018
Gary was amazing - took all the hassle out of planning our holiday. I will definitely be using him again!
Sent in by Elizabeth Bull
York, 25 October 2018
Gary takes the worry out of travelling I am able to recommend his talents to any discerning traveller
Sent in by Craig Stack
Poynton, Cheshire, 16 October 2018
Having used your services on a number of occassions now, I felt compelled to write a small note to say thank you for the fantastic job you do. Starting with the small things like sorting out the luggage labels through to the larger ones you organise, like Champagne on the flight, flowers in the room and even once a room upgrade, your attention to detail is incredible. Combined with the knowledge that through Travel Counsellors should disaster befall the holiday we are covered, every experience we have had through yourself has lead to a stress free perfectioin. I therefore have no hesitation at all in recommending you in the future and will actively do so. Thank you and best regards.
Sent in by Martha King
York, 11 October 2018
Thanks so much for organising Liz Bull’s and my Italian holiday. The price, flights, hotels, transfers and ferry were perfect. No hiccups and just peace of mind. The wine and fruit were a welcome treat too, thank you so much! To top it all off the weather was fabulous and Naples and Sicily were everything I’d hoped for! Finally, I was delighted with how easy it was to venture further a field from Naples and Palermo on public transport. It was hassle free. Thank you again Gary. You are ace.
Sent in by Sharon Cheney
Stockport, Cheshire, 14 September 2018
Very professional at all times. Went out of his way to search for many different vacations. Received quotes very quickly and he was very informative.
Sent in by Catherine Blake
Birmingham, 23 July 2018
Gary booked flights for an emergency trip abroad for a traveller with a disability. A suitable flight identified with good flight times. Advice given on accessing wheelchair support throughout the journey due to mobility issues of the traveller. Trip completed with no problems. A big thank you to Gary for taking care of everything with added assurance of the protection offered of booking through Travel Counsellers.
Sent in by Melissa Robinson
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Cheshire, 12 June 2018
Myself and my Mum have just returned from a trip to a Friends Wedding In Rhodes, Greece. We booked this through Gary as we have used him before and trust him to attend to every detail implicitly. We were not disappointed, Gary took care of everything from our check-in details , reserved seats, transfers and itinerary and even hand written luggage tags ... Fantastic. Service was above and beyond an already high expectation. The Fruit and Wine that were waiting in the room on arrival nice and chilled in our room was the icing on the cake, Thank you Gary our Personal Travel Counsellor, we will be booking with you again and will not hesitate in recommending you to others. Melissa and Carol xx
Sent in by Kerry Gilham
Stalybridge, 05 June 2018
He is very helpful and succeeds what you ask of him. Always looking to add the little extras to ensure the organising of the holiday runs smoothly taking away the stress - thanks once again Gary
Sent in by Steven Scanlon
Hyde, Greater Manchester, 31 May 2018
10/10 Score - Hi Gary You always deliver a great holiday experience for us both. Cheers Steve & Kathryn
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.
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