From a young age I knew I was meant to travel.
I remember in third grade excelling in geography and being spellbound by photos of Victoria Falls and my father's stories about his time in Irian Jaya (now Indonesia) and Australia.
My parents took me all over Europe - I vividly remember hiking in Austria, swimming in Norwegian fjords and the mountains and beaches of France.
As soon as I could, I set out on my own, hitchhiking to Istanbul and the North Cape and cycling in many European locales.
It wasn't long before I got a job in the travel industry. And after brief stints as outdoor instructor in Sweden, safari guide in Southern Africa and in the hospitality industry in Holland, I found my calling as a travel consultant in 1993 and moved to Canada.
I love what I do - I love giving you, the adventurous traveller my personal advice and making sure you get the best holiday ever, every time!
Our Experience counts
From the first time you call Adventure Coordinators, you will work with Tom Gehrels, your dedicated travel coordinator who has travelled to 103 countries and all continents. With a quarter century of travel agent expertise Tom will be in a unique position to find and book the best trip for you. From the first phone call or e-mail to the moment of departure, while you are enjoying your holiday and even after you come back, Tom will be eager to help and put his expertise and personal knowledge to work for you.
Tom, without a doubt you have been the most amazing travel assistant ever! We've been planning trips with you for 15 years (!?) and have never been disappointed. Your knowledge of travel and the world as well as your warmth and ability to figure out our particular needs and wants is exceptional. I would (and have) without any hesitation refer you to everyone I know and anyone I meet. Thank you for giving us the gift of amazing travel!
Columba & Pat, Toronto ON
Why You want to Book with Us
Remember that time your phone bill was wrong and you tried to get it fixed? And you had to deal with a call centre overseas? With a different person who had to read the notes on file each time you called? The travel industry is going more and more that way too.
Adventure Coordinators works differently - we listen to what you need, use our expertise and knowledge to find you the perfect trip and make sure each and every holiday is a memorable one.
That is our personal travel experience put to work for you!
In addition you get lots of extras - reading lists, access to our library of thousands of background articles, free advice and even the occasional joke (sorry, we can't help ourselves). And for none of that we charge.
The only fees we employ are a $100 per person professional fee to research, book, issue and service airline tickets. (Read here why this is a good investment for you). We have reasonable admin fees should you change or cancel your booking which we apply when we are finding we have a lot of extra work.
You are a real pro in the travel business who has primarily the client's interest at heart and not a set target of bookings. What impresses me in particular is that you are a most active traveler yourself who explores many of the countries and excursions before making recommendations.
Helmar D., Toronto, ON
The TICO Difference
Adventure Coordinators is registered with TICO under registration number 50023501. When you purchase your travel services from a TICO registered travel agency you are protected by an industry financed Travel Compensation Fund. Subject to the Regulation, the Compensation Fund reimburse consumers when they do not receive the travel services purchased due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of either an Ontario travel retailer, Ontario travel wholesaler or due to the failure of an airline or cruise line.
Personal travel planners have little time left to do all those other functions that makes a good travel agency run smoothly. 24/7 Emergency support, marketing, accounting, book keeping, contracting, licensing, IT and technical support are all tasks that require experts to do them well.
That is why we have teamed up with Vision Travel where a group of dedicated professionals do all that and more.
At Adventure Coordinators we work with a select group of great adventure tour operators - companies that have an established reputation and that we know and trust.
For our small-group departures we look at each operator’s trip in depth, compare them to similar trips by other operators, and will present you with those that we believe offer you the best experience.
For our tailored-for-you trips we have selected the best destination management companies in the world with a long track record and great reputations. We work closely with them to design and book a dream vacation for you.
India was magical. The Delhi office called at least once a day to find out if we were happy with the arrangements. Highlights - there were so many - the Taj Mahal and seeing a tiger were two of the top. The Bollywood show in Delhi, the dinner in the restaurant in the middle of the lake in Udaipur - fantastic, the service in the hotels, the guide in Agra. All the guides were good but he was special as was the guide in Varanasi. The Amber Fort, the elephant ride, the evening prayer service on the Ganges in our own boat, the cooking lesson, etc, etc. All in all the trip was everything we had hoped and more.
Santina, New York, NY
Despite our best efforts, sometimes things do not quite go as planned. Weather may throw you for a loop, or a family emergency may force you to come home early. Our 24-hour support phone number connects you to a team of dedicated travel professionals able to assist you with making those much-needed changes.
The Virtuoso Difference
Adventure Coordinators is a proud member of the Virtuoso network of luxury travel agencies, representing the best of the best in travel. With a portfolio of nearly 1,700 preferred partners - top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more - we use our global connections to plan the most memorable experiences for you.
A Better World
At Adventure Coordinators we believe travel has a role to play in making this world a better place. We do this by encouraging you to purchase carbon offsets for your flights and by working with specialist operators who have shown a commitment to charitable giving and minimizing their impact on local cultures and the environment.
At the same time we believe companies have a role to play in helping those in our society who are less fortunate than us and being good stewards of the environment. At Adventure Coordinators we do this by supporting (with treasure, time and/or talent) both local and overseas charities. In 2018 we supported The Toronto People with Aids Foundation, The Sick Kid's Foundation, World Vision's Mozambique appeal, Melanie's Way, Lifewater Canada, Aurora House and the Bruce Trail Conservancy.