P.B., Keller, Texas
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Diana. She planned the trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me, and I didn't have to lift a finger. Amidst trying to prepare our house to sell and move across the country, and my daughter having major brain surgery, and my husband working out of state, I had absolutely NO time to plan a trip to Italy. I gave Diana my budget and generally what we liked to do and she did everything. From transportation, to hotels, to private tours, to restaurants, to suggestions for time exploring on our own, Diana got it all exactly right. The the tour guides were so highly educated and over qualified I felt like we were getting a master class in Italian history and it made such a difference in how much we appreciated what we were seeing and visiting. The hotels were incredible and everyone from top to bottom was friendly and helpful to us. We felt so pampered and spoiled that I never imagined could be possible on our budget. I definitely want to go back as soon as possible and this time tour southern Italy and you can bet I will be calling Diana when...more
"As I stepped out (of our spiffy black Mercedes), my granddaughter squealed, "That's my Grandmother! "
C. M., Charleston, South Carolina
I've had time to reflect on what a fabulous trip you planned for me and my family. I am overwhelmed by how perfectly every detail was planned and executed exactly according to your itinerary. Every plane, driver, guide was on time; all 3 of my guides were outstanding.
Pamplona's Gran Hotel La Perla was deluxe - our room next to Hemingway's. My arrival drew a crowd: no vehicles are allowed in the Plaza del Castillo but my driver had the steel guard posts lowered so our spiffy black Mercedes could solo across the Square to the La Perla where persons had gathered to see who the celebrity was. As I stepped out my granddaughter squealed, "That's my Grandmother!"
So glad to see San Sebastian in 4 hours with great guide who was a native. She walked as fast as I do. Skipped lunch so driver could drive me around Bilbao in daylight. My room at Domine Bilbao overlooked the Guggenheim Museum.
My guide in Barcelona, Lali, was terrific - also a native. She made Picasso come alive for me!! Loved her, loved the city.
And Silvia in Florence was absolutely fantastic. We...more
H.M., Pleasantville, New York
Our family of six had the Positano/Amalfi Coast dream trip of a lifetime, thanks to Diana Dopson and D*Lux Travel! Diana has exceptional relationships with extraordinary people in Positano, listened to our interests and then helped us customize our trip to meet our goals - boats, beaches, cooking, winery, restaurant reservations, town and excursions such as Pompeii, Capri, the Vatican and more. Our adult children range in age from 18 - mid 20's and we designed our trip to meet everyone's dreams -- the right amount of touring, history, culinary and wine experiences, and relaxation. We met Diana when we were recommended to her when we were unable to find a villa (last minute). Diana found an incredible villa for us! Everyone she put us in contact with was gracious and professional, and went out of their way to provide the best possible trip. We already recommended Diana to a friend, who planned a similar trip for her family, and we both say we will absolutely work with Diana Dopson again!more
J.F., Potomac, Maryland
The whole Italy trip is one of my life’s highlights.more
Y.L,, Houston, Texas
Best vacation EVER! Working with Diana Dopson was a pleasure, We spoke about what my husband and I wanted to see/tour, transportation, and hotels in Italy, she arranged everything for us and our trip was perfect! .... What can I say breathtaking and thanks for the memories! We look forward to working with Diana on our next vacation! Thank you Diana for EVERYTHING!more
M.L., Austin, Texas
We just cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you did planning our trip to France and Italy. We sang your praises every step of the way! Every time we got to another amazing hotel or a driver was waiting to whisk us away to our next location, we were so thankful for you. Even if we had lucked out and found one or two good hotels, we would have second guessed ourselves but using your recommendations, we were not only thrilled with everything, we knew that we were in the best possible places.... With our busy work schedules and young kids, a trip like this is not something that will happen very often for us so we are just so grateful that we were able to make the absolute most out of it and you get all the credit for that.more
Joy Roberts, Spicewood, Texas
Ciao! Returned recently from a fabulous journey conducted by Diana Dopson! We had a very complicated itinerary for six people in two different hotels in five different cities (London, Florence, Pienza, Positano, and Rome)! We also visited other cities along the way, as well as the Isle of Capri!
Everything went off without a hitch every step of the way. Diana stayed in contact with us and communicated any changes such as names of drivers or anything we needed to know. We had excellent weather for two weeks except for two days, which Diana was on top of and had substitute excursions based on the weather. We loved all our guides and drivers and were very well taken care of. As we all told Diana, we couldn't have done it without her!
We highly recommend Diana to anyone wanting a well-coordinated trip!more
Don Martin, Austin, Texas
After the passing of my wife I took my older children on a Spring Break week to Florence for “bonding time” and a break. How to fit it all in? Diana to the rescue, setting us up with places to go, personal guides, a chef and even a day’s travel through the hill towns and hidden wineries and olive presses of Tuscany. It was a magical week that could not have been more perfect. She catered to the desires of each of the of our own individual desires and whims. We never could have done it without Diana’s astute help, guidance, willingness and uncanny ability to stop on a dime to change various plans sometimes on the spur of the moment to do something completely different and new. It was a special time for our family. (And coincidentally has turned me into a hard-core Limoncello aficionado).more
Claire Kahn, Austin, Texas
I went on the BFree Yoga retreat to the Amalfi Coast and it was the MOST MAGICAL and INVIGORATING TIME OF MY LIFE, a truly unforgettable trip! The trip started in Sorrento, the most beautiful place on Earth. We went on guided hikes, bike tours, boat rides and practiced yoga in incredible surroundings. We had a day trip to Naples and Pompeii where Diana arranged for a guide to show us the highlights of the city, food and museums. The second half of the trip, we were transported by private boat to Positano, and Diana arranged for hiking, fine dining and exploration. It would be impossible to do as many activities as we did without Diana’s preparation and organization.
Diana is not only an invaluable resource for traveling in Italy but she is the most fun, compassionate and even-keeled person. Diana went above and beyond all expectations with a week full of incredible activities that transpired so seamlessly.
I never imagined a trip being so incredible. My heart overflows with gratitude towards Diana for arranging this magical trip. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!more