Private Access Journeys Offers Customized Travel Globally

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After a year of offering customized high-end personal travel experiences in France and Italy, Private Access Journeys is expanding its service to include customized global travel elsewhere in Europe and beyond.

"Our guests travel deeply but also broadly, craving all types of travel experiences in destinations around the globe.”

This fall Private Access Journeys is taking its customized travel planning global, offering guests personal assistance in booking everything from luxury cruises and flights to wine tasting classes and personal shoppers.

For a year Private Access Journeys has been creating custom-tailored vacations for Americans in France and Italy, with Paris and Florence as their focus. Recent guests returning from Italy described their stay in a Tuscan villa as “magical” and beyond their wildest dreams.

“I want to give my clients the experiences they’ve dreamt about,” say Patti Kirkpatrick, director of Private Access Journeys. This often means adding other destinations to the mix.

As a Certified Travel Consultant with over 30 years of experience, Patti says she has learned to listen to her client closely. “I start the reservation process with a detailed phone call with the travelers. I want to understand their interests and desires, so that I can anticipate what they want before they themselves even know or articulate it.”

It is this listening and understanding that has prompted the expansion of Private Access Journeys and its offerings. “Our guests love France, and they are excited to meet our experts there and take a privately guided tour of the Louvre or a French cheese master class,” she explains.

“But after that memorable experience of Paris, they are off to their next adventure. Our guests travel deeply but also broadly, craving all types of travel experiences in destinations around the globe.”

Patti is leveraging her industry relationships and decades of experience as both a traveler and a travel professional to expand the Private Access Journeys brand.

Some of the current trips that she is arranging include a privately guided tour of the capitals of Europe for recent college graduates, a driving tour through the “heel” of Italy, an eco-centric private tour of Costa Rica and a historical driving tour of the paradors of Andalusia.

In the meantime, Private Access Journeys clients returning from Italy are raving. “It was the trip of our dreams,” said Susan and David Mongiat. “All the arrangements were perfect. Our villa in Tuscany was perfect,.” Their trip included Florence and Rome.

Kirkpatrick says she strives to bring a deep knowledge of her client to all she might book for them, from flights to city stays in South America. Theater tickets, ferry reservations, private museum guides, and drivers are all part of the services she will book to give clients a seamless experience.

“No aspect of a vacation should not be work,” she says. “The planning and anticipation of a trip should be as enjoyable as the travel experience itself.”

Private Access Journeys is a company launched by Untours, a company that has been arranging apartment-based vacations in the heart of local cultures for 40 years. See and for details.

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