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.
Manchester Canal Street's Travel Expert and "Go to" Travel Person, and now Regular Guest Travel Specialist and Adviser on "You Tube's" Television Series "Your Manchester" with Michelle Eagleton.
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 simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
20 April 2019
Venice is magical and unlike any other place you will visit, built on water, dominated by canals and bridges with stunning architecture. There’s no such thing as just getting a cab, you will either walk or take a vaporetto (small ferry). You can also get a water taxi, but this is an expensive way of getting around and not that convenient depending on where you are located. We stayed on Venice Lido and used a private launch (courtesy of Gary Manners, see below) to get into the city. Line number one begins at Venice Lido and it takes 15 minutes to...
11 June 2018
Booking a holiday and then counting down the days until you can set that ‘out of office’ on your work email account is one of the most exciting times of the year, isn’t it? We look forward to making those memories for so long. But how protected are you? And how much do you really know about it? Having the peace of mind that no matter what, your holiday is safe is priceless and it’s not something you can find everywhere. But the minefield of financial protection is not easily negotiated so we’re trying to make it clearer to help preserve...
26 February 2018
Following on from my 10-minute presentation at BEXC in February, I thought I would give some inspiration with Easter around the corner and Mother’s Day too. Car Driving Experience Days Why not experience the thrill of driving an Aston Martin, Lamborghini or Knight Riders’ Kit Car. Yes I did say that! I can even arrange that and have been asked a few times for that one. Thrilling, adrenaline fuelled fun for anyone and everyone who loves the experience of fast cars and the freedom of driving around your own racetrack and crossing the finishing line in first place! Alternatives to speed include British...
21 April 2017
One area of my Personal Travel Specialist Business I get asked to book time and time again is for City Breaks so I thought I would write a blog about a personal favourite of mine, Venice. Italy is a fantastic place to visit with so many unique, historical and romantic cities to visit just waiting to be discovered. In Venice you get to experience one of the most romantic cities in the world, a place of "Lovers, Poets and Culture" all rolled into one. Venice and its numerous small Islands (around 100 in total ) is stretched over the Venetian Lagoon...
30 October 2015
A visit to Benidorm needn't lack contact with authentic Spanish culture. The Old Town in particular is an evocative maze of cobbled streets and inviting establishments to drink and shop in. With its blue-domed church and white houses, it manages to retain its character amongst the forest of tower blocks to the east and west. Do yourself a favour and time your visit to coincide with one of the more than 50 fiestas that occur in Benidorm every year. If you like Levante but would prefer something quieter, then Poniente is for you. There are no beach bars and fewer hotels...
03 September 2015
I have recently been looking at a fantastic itinerary for some of my customers wanting to visit South Africa, and really felt I wanted to share this with you too. I based the travel dates on Mid May to Mid June a really good time to see the Big 5 and get the best weather too. This wonderful Itinerary around South Africa, begins in Johannesburg and takes in Ulusaba in Kruger National Park and Key points around the Eastern and Western Cape including Pretoria, Capetown and Stellanbosch, this gives the opportunity to visit the Famous "Garden Route" and experience Wine...
02 January 2015
I recently visited this wonderful Caribbean Island, having visited many of the larger Islands during my 20 years in Travel and found this a breath of fresh air. If you need any information or recommendations, please let me know. I loved this island and called it my "Caribbean Hideaway" We travelled over on the local ferry from the terminal at St Kitts, and it took about 45 minutes to get over. You can get back on the fast jet boat if you have less time. Charlestown is a very interesting place to visit. Lots of shops, and plenty of Georgian-style buildings still...
Sent in by Kathleen Grady
Oldham , Lancashire, 08 February 2020
Hi Gary would just like to say thanks ever so much for booking my flights for my recent holiday to Thailand. Everything was perfect the flights, the airline Emirates. Nothing was too much trouble. And a big thank you for arranging yet another wonderful holiday, Thank you Kath.
Sent in by Lorraine Morris
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, 04 February 2020
We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Australia. Thank you Gary for organising all our flights and hotels, Everything went like clockwork. Gary was amazing, helpful and very knowledgeable. We are looking forward to Gary organising our next trip.
Sent in by Michelle Eagleton
Middleton, Manchester, 18 January 2020
Gary is just wonderful and I would wholeheartedly recommend him to others and already do. he's extremely helpful and thoughtful-the level of personal service is just great. I won't book with anyone else from now on since meeting Thank you Gary.
Sent in by Michael Leech
Disley, Stockport, 10 December 2019
Gary was and has continued to be the most helpful and nice person I have met for a long time. Thanks once again , great job done...
Sent in by Elizabeth Bull
York, 25 October 2019
Gary He always Listens to what I want to do and then finds a way for me to do it Thanks once again
Sent in by Carole Cunliffe
Rochdale, Lancashire, 23 August 2019
Gary you're a treasure for my mum Joyce, you go above and beyond to make your customers happy, she’s always praising you for helping her. Keep up the brilliant work you do, thank you for looking after her.
Sent in by Ian Brown
Manchester, 06 August 2019
A brilliant service as always.
Sent in by Michelle Eagleton
Middleton, Manchester, 01 August 2019
Gary was professional from start to finish. He made it a joy for us to book a holiday and the whole travel experience was made easy and enjoyable. He couldn't do enough for us and his personal touches were so thoughtful. He even went as far to write out our luggage tags and send them ahead of time, plus on our wedding anniversary whilst on holiday we got a lovely surprise bouquet and fizz sent from him all the way to our hotel in Santorini. His recommendations for accommodation and location were spot on and we won't be booking with anyone else but Gary from here on in
Sent in by Michelle Walker
Rochdale, Lancashire, 01 August 2019
We have just returned from a two week holiday to Cuba, which included an overnight stay & full day tour in Havana, organised by Gary. I can’t praise Gary enough; from the initial (very limited) holiday brief, booking the Havana tour just a week before going, to being checked in for the flight, Gary took care of everything. He even sent us completed luggage labels! This is the most stress free holiday we have ever had and I will definitely be using Gary next time we go away.
Sent in by Mia and Fleur Aitken
Hyde/Guernsey, 08 June 2019
My Sister and I recently went to New York for the first time. Gary took care of everything from arranging flights, a lovely hotel, airport transfers and even all our trips we wanted to do. Also arranging tickets for us to see PINK in concert at Madison Square Gardens. Gary was always available via phone or email to help and give advise about our trip, and nothing was every too much trouble. this holiday could have been very stressful to plan as we had never been before and there was so much we wanted to do during our week there but Gary took care of absolutely everything, making it a hassle free and most importantly a trip my sister and myself will never forget! I would definitely recommend Gary for any trips/holidays you want to plan and will most definitely be using his services in the future. Thankyou again Gary.
Sent in by Iain Scott
Manchester, 19 April 2019
Superb service before, during and after the recent trip to Venice. Highly recommended 5 Star...
Sent in by Anne Holdstock
Luton, 19 April 2019
Paris dream trip, great accommodation. Gary was very polite and attentive right from the start. He was patient which was lovely as I had changed my mind a few times over accommodation. He made me feel confident in him and Travel Counsellors . He reasured me about contacts if a problem arose (which it didnt) so we always felt well looked after. My trip was a personal dream of mine and he made it very special. I liked the personal touches with a card wishing us a good holiday then a postcard on our return.and a phone call to follow up. All very special and personal. Thank you
Sent in by Thomas Sharkey
Manchester, 19 April 2019
Gary Manners delivers. Gary's customer service is second to none. Trip to Venice was organised so beautifully from start to finish. Very highly recommended.
Sent in by Roger Mellor
Stockport, Cheshire, 16 April 2019
Great having a personal travel advisor to answer all the numerous questions. Gary Manners is very knowledgeable having had years of experience.
Sent in by Ian Brown
Manchester, 08 April 2019
Having just returned from a brilliant trip to Benidorm old town, I wanted to say a massive thank you to to Gary for the incredible amount of work he put into organising my holiday. My brief was for a quiet relaxing break in a small 5 star hotel and his reccomendation of Villa Venecia was perfect. An amazing hotel in a spectacular location. Brilliant flight times, personalised transfers and liaision with the hotel made this one of the best trips I have made. Fantastic Flowers and Wine , thanks again. Having recently retired I will be making many more trips and am looking forward to working with Gary, in today's internet age it is rare to find such incredible service and attention to detail. I can highly reccomendation Gary's service.
Sent in by Kate Rayner
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 25 March 2019
I am really happy with the help i had from Gary. I changed my mind a few times with dates, hotels, and timings. He was always happy to support this and always did his best to reasure me he can change it. He found me a perfect hotel. He understood my reasoning for the trip and totally engaged himself in making sure it will fullfill my memories. Thank you
Sent in by Gregory Paulson
Cheadle, Cheshire, 25 March 2019
Appreciate the personal service
Sent in by Iain Scott
Manchester, 11 March 2019
Superb service at every stage and so looking forward to my fantastic trip very soon.
Sent in by Nathan Sherratt
High Peak, Derbyshire, 19 February 2019
My partner and I have just returned from our fantastic Skiing holiday to Austria which was organised by yourself with such care. We really appreciated all the time you put into making our holiday extra special with all the little finishing touches you provide as part of your service. Everything was to a very high standard from the food , Hotel and Ski Resort. We were really impressed. Gary made the whole experience stress free and i will be recommending his services to our family, friends and colleagues in the future. We thorougly enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait for you to start planning our 2019 Ski Holiday !!! thanks again Chloe and Nathan "
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
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Thailand’s idyllic islands to the sprawling wide-open roads of the USA; the historic and breathtakingly beautiful architecture of India to the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Maldives – there’s a world of wonder out there and it’s just waiting to be explored.
Contact me on 01618 267430