Hi, My name is Marie. I’m an independent travel agent and tour operator specialising in personally tailored holidays, city breaks, honeymoons and luxury travel.
I am passionate about providing a travel service that offers a high level of customer satisfaction, out of hours contact, a personal approach, supreme value and above all, a level of service that is seldom found on the high street or online.
I have vast experience in arranging all types of holidays worldwide including long-haul, fly drives, safari and all-inclusive, but my heart has always belonged to honeymoons, luxury travel and city break experiences.
A honeymoon is a very special time and the experience should be an absolute once-in-a-lifetime thing. But you don’t need the stress of organising your own Honeymoon, particularly if you have a wedding to plan as well! With my help, hundreds of couples have jetted off to their fantasy honeymoon, whether it’s to relax on the sunny shores of Mauritius or to cuddle up under the Northern Lights.
My aim is to personally manage your travel experience from start to finish. From your initial enquiry to the day you return home, I am here to answer any questions and I can arrange additional elements of your holiday such as car hire, private transfers, airport hotels, parking, airside lounges, excursions, trips, tours and more.
As part of a multi-award winning global network of independent travel consultants, I have connections with all the major tour operators as well as small, independent, niche and specialist travel companies that can’t be booked online or on the high street.
So whether you’re considering a luxury escape to the Caribbean, a multi-centre trip to the Far-East, or a cultural visit to a European city – I would be delighted to discuss your travel requirements and ideas at a time to suit you, either over the telephone, Skype or in the comfort of your favourite café.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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 Graham Carson
Oxfordshire, 26 September 2019
Marie, you are a delight to work with and we shall continue to use your services for our holiday bookings. We have already referred you to friends, family and clients and will continue to do so as from our experiences with you we can most definitely say that our travel arrangements are in safe hands.
Sent in by Peter Loverdos
Wokingham, 24 September 2019
It's great to have someone organising your holiday who really cares about your experience and puts this over profits. Marie is organised, patient, creative and able to make things happen. If we had arranged this trip without Marie's help we would have missed some great opportunities and paid more for less.
Sent in by Peter McConnell
Henley on Thames, 24 September 2019
I'm normally an independent traveller, booking and organising everything myself but I was persuaded to use Marie for my recent weekend break in Madrid and I'm so pleased I did. Not just great attention to detail but really listening to what I was looking for, hence the hotel she found was perfect. Right in the centre of the city within walking distance of both the main sights and the funky neighbourhoods, with a lovely little balcony, swimming pool and awesome rooftop bar. While she couldn't organise the weather (a bit damp!) she did organise excellent, efficient transfers and offered to check us into the flights - but my independence reasserted itself on that one! A great service, I'll be using Marie and Travel Counsellors again.
Sent in by Nutan Bhundia
London, 02 September 2019
Marie is very professional and understanding of my requirements.
Sent in by Claire Snowdon
Oxford, 02 September 2019
Marie is very efficient and I like the Company ABTA cover and the fact that I have someone to call if there are any issues. Lovely to receive the additional map/booklet of Barcelona in the post too.
Sent in by Tom Frizzell
Henley On Thames, 02 September 2019
After much frustration failing to find a last minute break, we turned to you for some help. Amazingly, you came back to us within a day with a really fantastic City break option, a great hotel and perfect flight times. You were professional, available when we needed you and offered us really great advice. You took the stress out of the research and made the whole travelling process easy which allowed us to enjoy the break as soon as we arrived at the airport! I would not hesitate to recommend your services & I look forward to booking with you again soon.
Sent in by Geraldine Romano
Southampton, 26 July 2019
Marie is very diligent and easy to work with. She is very patient and took into account all our requirements for our honey moon. She responded all our questions and concerns in a timely manner and nothing was an issue. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Sent in by Gloria O'Callaghan
Reading, 03 June 2019
We would both like to thank you very much for helping us to plan and also for arranging our holiday to Florida at the end of March. We would have found it difficult to organise a 3 week, 5 stop holiday ourselves. From Miami to The Everglades then to Naples, next to Sanibel Island and finally to Bradenton. Each place was very different but there was lots to do everywhere. We had no idea that there was a wealth of wildlife in Florida apart from the Alligators. We both fell in love with the birds which were just stunning. We saw more than 40 different species of birds that we could identify. There are so many wildlife preserves, swamps and bird sanctuaries that there is always somewhere to go. The beaches were all lovely too. Spotting Dolphins and Manatees everywhere! The weather was glorious. Bradenton was a good choice for our final week as there was easy access to lots of lovely places that we wanted to go to. We didn’t get to them all as parking can be a big problem in some areas. We did however get to Anna Maria Island and St. Petersburg which are really worth going to. Our flights were great too. We had no problems at all. Stress free. Just as a holiday should be. We really hope that you will help us plan our next adventure although we don’t know where that will be yet. We rely on your vast knowledge of where to stay and places to go to.
Sent in by Irene Keeshan
Henley, 31 May 2019
I would like to thank you for arranging a forthcoming trip with a friend of mine to celebrate her special birthday. Unusually for me, I gave you virtually no instructions but only my budget and choice of airline. The criteria was a European City Break with some sun and you suggested Barcelona, which I love! You also used your imagination to find us fantastic accommodation in a serviced apartment in a fabulous location. Thank you once again and I will not hesitate to recommend your services to my contacts.
Sent in by Irene Dallas
Henley on Thames, 19 September 2018
I wanted to thank you for arranging my recent trip to Miami with my kids. Prior to your making my booking I had explained to you that whilst I am very fussy traveler, this was not a trip of a lifetime but I had very clear ideas as to the type of places in which I wanted to stay. You came up with several options which I had not previously considered and which looked lovely on paper so I went for it. I am pleased to say that the hotels which you chose for us were excellent choices and suited myself and my kids extremely well. Thank you. I will not hesitate in availing myself of your excellent services in the future.
Sent in by Lisa Chaffey
Reading, 13 September 2018
Dear Marie - my personal travel whizz and planning guru! Huge thank you for arranging our Thailand holiday earlier this year. It was, by far, our best holiday yet! I am a huge travel fan - I work hard so that I can travel to amazing places, to see and experience incredible things. So I have a ridiculously long bucket list of all the places in the world I will visit. And I know, that you will be our ‘#1 go to gal’ for planning and tailoring our trips. I’m great at knowing where I want to go, but I’m rubbish at spending the quality time and patience required in researching and planning the perfect adventure. But that’s ok... because that’s where you come in. From start to finish you ask the right questions and get to really understand what we are looking for in a dream holiday - then you go away, do all the hard work and come back to us with different top level options. We can then confidently decide which option will best suit our needs and we leave the rest to you. Taking away all of the pressure and we get to just sit back and look forward to the break. Our Thailand trip was epic. 3 destinations, the most beautiful hotels with views that were out of this world. Sorry if I over did it with the WhatsApp photo holiday spam! You must get so jealous! From start to finish, you made sure that every flight, car transfer and ferry trip was tee’d up perfectly so we could just relax. I can’t tell you how much that is worth to us - your service is world class and every last detail was top notch. I will always be your biggest raving fan and my envious Facebook friends always know it was you that created our dream holidays. Thank you for being a travel superhero! Lisa
Sent in by Rachael Shaw
London, 11 August 2018
Marie made the whole experience so easy. She’s super friendly and has great ideas on things to do and where to stay which I hadn’t thought of. I gave her a short brief and she came back to me promptly with a quote and ideas. I feel completely in safe hands and the whole experience from initial chat to booking was really smooth. Thanks Marie
Sent in by Anne Cronin
Twyford, 03 August 2018
Marie has been really helpful and provided an excellent service. We're looking forward to our trip and staying in the lovely hotels she has found for us.
Sent in by Gloria O'Callaghan
Twyford, 16 July 2018
We wanted to say a very big thank you for helping and advising us when planning what turned out to be the most amazing holiday in Canada. Toronto was great and we wish had stayed there longer actually. There was so much to do there. However, Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake were stunning. The boat trip around the falls was totally amazing. The VIA Rail train from Toronto to Vancouver was so much better than we imagined. The ever changing scenery was awesome, especially going through the Rocky Mountains. The food was top notch too! We drove to Whistler from Vancouver and your estimate of 2 hours was spot on! Whistler is the most beautiful place with so much to do. We could have stayed for a lot longer than 6 nights. We didn’t waste a minute. The Peak to Peak Gondola was amazing. The trip back to Vancouver took a lot longer than 2 hours though as we had to stop at so many beautiful sights. Always on the look out for bears. We also went on the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish where I was brave enough to cross a suspension bridge! Vancouver is gorgeous. We found so much to do including going to Stanley Park, a boat trip around the harbour, visiting some local native art museums, shopping and our favourite trip was to Grouse Mountain where we found two brown bears that were rescued 17 years ago and have been looked after ever since. We also got to see a show with some native birds and also a hilarious Lumberjack show. We can’t express how happy we are with all of your recommendations of where to go and what to see. Also the hotels were fabulous. It was a very different type of holiday for us but we would definitely do it again. We were so busy that we could do with another holiday now! We look forward to booking through you again soon.
Sent in by Angela Thomas
Twyford, 18 June 2018
I just wanted you to know we have had a wonderful holiday, everything was lovely from leaving home, airport and flights both ways. Thank you so much for sending us on 10 days of such a relaxing time. Hotel and location was perfect in every way.
Sent in by Caroline O'Connor
Henley on Thames, 05 June 2018
Fab recommendation, super easy and efficient to book. Ideal.
Sent in by Marcia McClintock
Twyford, 05 June 2018
Amazing personal service I highly recommend!
Sent in by Annette Pepall
Twyford, 05 June 2018
Very good and clear on details, I would recommend Marie to others.
Sent in by Sally Rogers
Twyford, 15 March 2018
Being a very indecisive person, it was great to have Marie’s expertise in finding the perfect location as well as the ideal accommodation for two very different holidays last year (one with close friends, one with my partner). Thanks to her skills in finding the holiday destinations and accommodation, and the seamless organisation of the flights and transfers at the other end, she definitely took the stress out of the whole process on both occasions. Much appreciated, Marie.
Sent in by Peter McClintock
Twyford, 04 December 2017
Marie found options for us that were better value than we would have found for ourselves. I'm not a lover of looking through accommodation options and suitable flights, so to have all this done for us, and have only one booking to make was great. The personal, human interaction is also a world apart from booking through a series of web pages. I am a convert to the personal service of Travel Counsellors and Marie in particular.
Sent in by Katie Aldridge
Newbury, 09 November 2017
Dear Marie, We had a lovely time in Malta, winding down, spending time as a family and exploring the cultural heritage. The hotel was nice, exactly what we had asked for and the transfers to and from were seamless. Thank you so much for managing the whole process so carefully for us.
Sent in by Hannah Young
Crowthorne, 09 November 2017
Travel is, without question, my favourite thing to do. What is not my favourite thing, is spending pain-staking hours scouring the web to find the perfect trip. It therefore, often gets left until the last minute, I expect costing me dearly. However, thanks to Marie and her efficient expertise, my 2018 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year. She has recently helped me to organise my annual R&R trip to Dubai. Having visited friends in Dubai for many years, I was pretty sure of where I wanted to stay and Marie very quickly planned around my specific hotel and flight requests. In addition to this, she had a few alternative suggestions for me, although initially very sure of my hotel choice, her ideas were hard to ignore. I am delighted to say that with Marie’s expert knowledge and research, she has set me up in a stunning hotel which rivals my original plan for a fraction of the cost. Complete with preferred flights and transfers. The whole process from our initial chat through to the booking was extremely smooth and kept my administration input to an absolute minimum. The entire booking is held within the MyTc App on my phone which I know will be invaluable when I am standing outside Dubai airport in 50 degrees of heat wondering who the transfer is booked with. I’d highly recommend anyone to speak to Marie, not only to take the stress out of organising their travel but to inspire all of their future travel adventures. Marie, thank you for all of your help with this trip, I can’t wait to book the next one!
Sent in by Vanessa Caudle
Charvil, Reading, 13 June 2017
Marie has made booking our honeymoon to Mauritius so easy and was very quick to come back with any answers to all our questions along the way. Her knowledge was excellent and very reassuring. I would definitely recommend Marie to friends and family. Thanks very much!
Sent in by Yan Couper-Harris
Woodley, 27 March 2017
Marie has been fantastic with every step of this holiday and I look forward to my time away! I'll be recommending her services and continue to use them myself.
Sent in by David Camburn
Henley on Thames, 16 March 2017
A really great service from Marie, fast and efficient that managed to find the dog friendly destination that fitted our requirements exactly.
Sent in by Jade Nunn
Wokingham, 25 January 2017
A huge thank you Marie for all of your help throughout our decision process. We had lots of questions that you answered instantly. We have recommended you to friends already. Thank you for our honeymoon pack and the handwritten note, it was very sweet of you.
Sent in by Katy Mealing
Henley on Thames, 18 January 2017
Dear Marie, I am writing to thank you so much for booking our recent trip to Disneyland Paris. the service you provided was fantastic. All the way from the brilliant knowledge on the location, initial ideas on where to stay all the way through to providing our tickets for the flights (which we really appreciate you checking us in online on Boxing Day!). You resolved the issue of us needing particular flight times and answered every question we had quickly and clearly. The private transfers between the airport and our hotel were particularly fantastic and really made the whole experience - a truly magical holiday which will never be forgotten. I have highly recommended you to friends, family and clients and will definitely come back to arrange further holidays!
Sent in by Annie Haimes
Henley on Thames, 11 January 2017
I recently asked Marie Rowe of Travel Counsellors to organise the travel and accommodation for a forthcoming business trip to Paris. Marie was super efficient and organised things swiftly and diligently despite the travel requirements being slightly complex, making it one less chore for us to organise. Thank you Marie, we look forward to working with you again!
Sent in by Lucy Walton
Twyford, 10 January 2017
Marie was absolutely brilliant and very patient. I would definitely use her again.
Sent in by Anu Soni
Langley, 21 December 2016
Marie, I have had a wonderful time in Budapest; the flights, transfers and accommodation were just amazing. You managed to secure a great deal for us considering our budget, time constraints, and personal likes and dislikes. You made our trip easy, stress free and worth it. Although it took me a while to finalise my destination and dates etc., you were constantly supportive and patient. You were always on your toes with a willing to help attitude. Your services have a personal touch, which cannot be found anywhere else in the market. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your service and I will look forward to bringing more business your way in the future!
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