Personalized, hand-crafted experiences for a small circle of travelers.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Saint Augustine
Paul and Christine Niskanen
Paul and Christine Niskanen

About Paul and Christine

Inheriting his love of travel from his mother, Paul traveled the United States from coast to coast well before he began primary school.  While he has visited well more than 100 countries and every continent, his passion is to dig deeper into the cultures he and Christine visit to meet the people, hear their dreams, solicit their opinions… all in an effort to understand their point of view.

Travel + Leisure magazine has named him to their annual ‘A-List’ of approximately 130 travel specialists in North America since 2005.  Paul was also a member of their prestigious Travel Advisory Board for 10+ years.

After Paul creates the structure of each journey, Christine adds the details, the grace notes, that transform a good journey into something special.  When you find a little gift on your pillow one evening or enjoy a break for time for yourself, you’ll recognize Christine’s handiwork.  It’s no surprise that company’s such as Cunard, Royal Caribbean and Holland America have asked Christine to join their advisory boards.

Regardless of the Signature Journey you select, with Paul and Christine nearby, you’ll soon feel comfortable in your new environment.

We craft and host unique travel experiences throughout the world. Based upon our extensive travels and our trusted network of local (and influential) travel contacts in more than 70 countries, we assemble a number of travel components (hotels, villas, cruises, river cruises, excursions, private visits etc.) to create a Signature Journey. Our goal is to guide our small circles of travelers (typically 12-14 guests) deeper into the cultures of the regions we visit than they would experience on a standard tour; often, these are experiences that travelers would be unlikely to find or enjoy on their own. Along the way, we travel at a high standard and enjoy the camaraderie of interesting guests.

The map below shows just a few of the marvelous destinations we have explored with our Signature journeys circle of travelers. 


Savor the Pleasures of Provence and Normandy

Though we may dream about April in Paris; even better, however, is Provence (and Normandy) in the middle of May. You’ll find the weather is a bit warmer and dryer and we’ll be there before summer’s swarm of travelers: can you imagine a more pleasant time to savor the legendary pleasures of France?

 May 18-31, 2018

Depart for France on May 18.


La Dolce Vita, The Sweet Life

A luxurious Tuscan villa, Bologna and the Stunning Italian Lakes Enjoy Italy’s Alpine Lakes from a grand hotel on Lake Maggiore And savor southern Tuscany from the comforts of Villa Il Pozzo

Depart for Milan on September 8, 2018

Depart for home from Florence on September 22 

The Big 5 and Great Migration

A luxurious Tuscan villa, Bologna and the Stunning Italian Lakes Enjoy Italy’s Alpine Lakes from a grand hotel on Lake Maggiore And savor southern Tuscany from the comforts of Villa Il Pozzo

Cape Town:  Arrive in CPT on July 16, depart for Johannesburg on July 19

Safari:  Arrive in Johannesburg on July 19, depart from Nairobi on July 30, 2018.

Our Circle of Travelers

We travel as a small circle of travelers; often about 15 guests, rarely more than 20. This size often allows us access to private homes and other activities inaccessible to others. New guests are quickly and warmly welcomed. Single travelers will quickly enjoy a comfort level.

We strive to bring you deeper into the local culture. With us, you’ll not just see the region we’re visiting, you’ll experience it. Depending on the specific journey, these experiences could include a visit to a local family in their home, a village baker talking about his life and sharing his pastries, an after-hours private visit to a museum or a private concert. Regardless of the event, you’ll return home feeling that you’ve experienced more and connected with the people.

We avoid the trappings (and mentality) of group travel such as matching flight bags, banquet room dining, regimentation, long bus trips and frequent changes of hotels.

We like to travel in comfort. We select well-located 4- and 5-star hotels, excellent restaurants (with a choice of menu whenever possible), extra space in our motor coaches and top-rated cruise ships and riverboats.

We provide you with detailed information well before you depart both in print as well as electronically. You’ll know what to expect in terms of clothing, climate, flights and baggage, cultural tips; in short, you’ll soon feel comfortable in your new environment.

You’ll feel comfortable traveling with seasoned travel professionals. We will meet you at your arriving airport and be with you until it’s time to say goodbye. We’ll look after the details while you enjoy your journey to the utmost.


With a combined 70 years in the travel industry,
Paul and Christine are seasoned experts capable of
creating the kind of adventure that guests call

Paul and Christine Niskanen




10260 SW Greenburg Road, Suite 400

Portland, OR 97223 USA


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800-231-4419 (toll-free)