We redeﬁne what it means to travel.
As a company and a brand Luminary represents a team of individuals who are committed to producing only bespoke travel experiences — imagine it as travel haute couture. Whether it’s arranging a ski-in, ski-out Villa in Courchevel, a sun-soaked week on the Amalﬁ Coast or a private tour of Angkor Wat, we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients do not feel bound by the typical constraints of travel; if a destination excites you, it excites us.
Our goal is to help you envision your ideal trip and then design it with your personality and preferences in mind. We’ve dismissed the typical “cookie – cutter” travel advisor model in favor of a highly customized approach like no other.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
We uniquely prepare each of our itineraries based on the preferences and predilection of individual clients. No two itineraries are exactly alike, just as no two clients are exactly alike. Our advisors would be glad to speak to you about planning your bespoke trip.
A stay unlike any other
You will find no other advisory that will as creatively, efficiently and accurately ensure that your sojourns, romantic getaways, and holiday plans proceed flawlessly. We pride ourselves on understanding your needs, wants and desires and our goal is to immerse you in local culture, while simultaneously providing a top-luxury experience.
Experiences designed to go deeper
Do not just see the sites, get to know them.
You have access to a small group of hand-selected local experts and expats in cities around the globe. Local Footsteps specialists have lived and breathed the culture of their regions for years (or a lifetime) and possess a passion and breadth of knowledge that can only be developed over decades.
Henrietta, a native of Bristol, has lived in Madrid, Paris and Melbourne. However, she still says London ...
Henrietta, a native of Bristol, has lived in Madrid, Paris and Melbourne. However, she still says London, her home for more than 20 years, is her favorite city. She loves everything about it, from the “buzzy” feeling she gets when she walks down the street, to London’s seemingly endless cultural activities. In a world where chain restaurants and shopping malls abound, London, Henrietta says, has maintained its quirkiness.
Henrietta completed a detailed and comprehensive course of training and examinations to earn the Blue Badge, which is awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and is the highest guiding qualification in Britain. She loves taking visitors to both popular attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the Crown Jewels and local hidden gems such as pop up Shakespeare performances and quirky Bohemian markets.
Favorite things to do in London:
- On Saturdays, strolling through the Old Spitalfields Market in East London, known for its funky wares, up-and-coming designers and delectable, homemade foods.
- Relaxing at St. James’s Park near Buckingham Palace with a cup of coffee while looking out over the serene lake.
A Franco-American born and raised in one of the great cultural hearts of France--Versailles--Isabelle ...
A Franco-American born and raised in one of the great cultural hearts of France–Versailles–Isabelle has spent her life developing a complex body of knowledge about the European continent. She studied in Italy, spending several years in Siena and Florence while preparing her Master’s degree, and then attended Ecole Française in Rome on Scholarship to work on her Ph.D. thesis. Finally, in 2006, she received her PhD in Etruscan art from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). In addition to teaching at the University of Paris VIII and at the American University in Paris, Isabelle has experience as Communications Manager for an art books publisher and as a documentary translator for French television. As a docent and lecturer, she enjoys sharing her deep love for Paris, especially its art and history, with visitors, family, and friends. She is also an active member of the Montmartre Historical Society and recently published a book about Montmartre.
Favorite things to do in Paris:
- The gardens of Palais Royal during the annual rose festival. A hidden and quintessentially Parisian, this park takes visitors back in time.
- Exploring the Louvre after-hours. Exploring an empty museum allows art appreciators to make new discoveries and to view old favorites without the distraction of the crowds.
Lise first traveled to Tuscany on an art scholarship to study printmaking. After completing her master's ...
Lise first traveled to Tuscany on an art scholarship to study printmaking. After completing her master’s degree, she returned and took up residence in an ancient stone farmhouse with no electricity or running water. To pay for some much-needed renovations, she began working as a guide in the Tuscan countryside and the city of Florence. Twenty-five years later, Lise can still be found showing travelers her favorite art museums, coffee houses and scenic vistas. Lise believes that Italy is a “living classroom of the Renaissance” and her priority is making it come alive for travelers.
In addition to her work in Florence, Lise facilitates cooking lessons from locals in her farmhouse kitchen, which has been photographed for The New York Times. She is the co-author of Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best and The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence.
Favorite things to do in Florence:
- “I love to start early in the morning with a perfect coffee and pastry before going to the lively outdoor food market of St. Ambrogio, where the seasons are reflected in the colorful produce stands.”
- “Florence is a crowded city and I love to avoid the main streets and instead get to where I’m going by taking picturesque side streets, alleyways and courtyards, always rewarding with architectural detail and delight.”
Favorite things to do in Tuscany:
- “The light the light the light. Driving or walking in the Tuscan landscape in the late afternoon is pure poetry.”
- “Every small Tuscan town has a bell tower and one of my favorite things is to climb up on high to look out over the spontaneous jumble of red roofs to the surrounding landscape, which always include stone walls, vineyards and olive and cypress trees.”
Fes & Marrakech, Morocco
Rachid, a native Moroccan Berber, has been conducting tours of Morocco for elite travel advisories for over 25 years. ...
Rachid, a native Moroccan Berber, has been conducting tours of Morocco for elite travel advisories for over 25 years. He’s adept at offering a refined, but authentic perspective on the most engaging elements of Moroccan life and history— Islamic historical monuments, Jewish heritage sites, luxury properties, wildlife reserves, shopping, and museums.
An expert government-certified guide, he attended Fes’s Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, and also holds a graduate degree in tourism from International Institute of Tourism in Tangier. He’s capable of holding compelling and intellectual discussions in fluent English as well as French, Arabic, Berber, German and Spanish!
Favorite Things to Do in Morocco:
- Going to medieval areas, some of which date back to the 13th century, and sipping mint tea while talking to locals about native traditions, proverbs and history “without feeling the time passing by.”
- Stopping by one of his favorite outdoor food stalls for a traditional meal of lamb and fresh salad that is as delicious as it is inexpensive.
Ving was born on the countryside of Ubon Ratchathani, in North-East region of Thailand, then moved to Bangkok as a small boy ...
Ving was born on the countryside of Ubon Ratchathani, in North-East region of Thailand, then moved to Bangkok as a small boy. As a young adult, he fell in love with the travel industry and has subsequently spent the last 30 years honing his skills as a tour guide. Ving’s passion for connecting his guests with Thai culture, food, and history allows him to curate deeply memorable experiences. When he’s not leading tours, you can find him relaxing and doing yoga.
Favorite things to do in Bangkok:
- Visiting nearby farming villages and taking photographs or simply sitting under a coconut tree and watching the day pass by.
- Going to a Chinese opera and taking in the actors’ vivid makeup, stunning costumes and dramatic performances.
For years, Lieselotte has been a proud, certified tour guide of Stockholm ...
For years, Lieselotte has been a proud, certified tour guide of Stockholm. A native Stockholmer, she has always been in love with her hometown and thrives on sharing her dynamic, energetic and ever-changing city. A former assistant purser on The Seabourn Spirit cruise ship, Lieselotte has been both traveling and attending to the needs of luxury clients for most of her life. Moreover, her current work as a professional freelance photographer helps her to adjust her tour focus from broad to detailed depending on the wishes of her guests.
Ultimately, Lieselotte thoroughly enjoys meeting people from all over the world. To her, guiding them through her favorite city on the planet is just the icing on the cake!
Favorite things to do in Stockholm:
- Visiting the Stockholm City Hall, an amazing piece of national romantic architecture; an impressive building with a lot of history and legend built into it by the magnificent architect Ragnar Östberg.
- Going to SoFo, a proper hipster neighborhood bustling with small, independent shops, art galleries, coffee shops, tattoo parlors and retro- and vintage stores. The name SoFo is a pun of SoHo in New York.
- Spending time at the Stockholm Archipelago, a stunning landscape with nearly 30,000 islands, islets, and skerries reachable by commuter boats or even by bus (on some of the larger islands).
Prague, Czech Republic
Katerina first put her masterful knowledge of Prague to use as a concierge at the Mandarin Oriental ...
Katerina first put her masterful knowledge of Prague to use as a concierge at the Mandarin Oriental. She prides herself on taking visitors to some of the most undiscovered corners of the city and on always knowing the best of Prague’s culinary scene. In addition, she holds a license in guiding and a specialized license for Prague’s Jewish Quarter.
She formally studied art history in Prague and notably was on the management team of the largest contemporary art gallery in the Czech Republic – the DOX Centre. When Katerina is not working, she can be found watching the Czech Philharmonic or another, lesser-known classical concert. To relax, she enjoys a cup of tea in one of Prague’s small, stylish cafes.
Favorite things to do in Prague:
- Renting a pedal boat on one of the islands on the Vltava River in the late afternoon and watching the hustle and bustle on the riverbank while admiring the surrounding architecture and soaking in the sunset.
- Strolling down some of Prague’s more upmarket streets and stopping into boutiques featuring local designers or visiting some of the area’s small – yet upscale – galleries.
San Sebastián, Spain
Vicky has always been interested in diverse cultural experiences. At 18, she moved to London to study travel and tourism ...
A travel buff from the first moment she can remember, Vicky has always been interested in new places and diverse cultural experiences. At 18, she moved to London to study travel and tourism and then began her career by working for a Spanish tour operator. As her experience and resume grew, Vicky had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia, continuing to hone her skills as a guide and cultural expert. A speaker of Spanish, French, English, Basque and Italian, Vicky parlayed her abilities as a linguist while working as a translator in Morocco. Finally, after 5 years in North Africa, Vicky returned to her hometown of San Sebastian—her globetrotting days behind her, at least temporarily.
Today, Vicky relishes sharing her knowledge of local history, heritage and gastronomy with visitors from all over the world. She is especially fond of taking her guests to the best pintxo bars in old town and enjoying the electric offerings along with them. When she’s not working she enjoys cooking and sampling Basque cuisine, attending the San Sebastian film festival each September, and hiking when the weather permits.
Favorite things to do in San Sebastián:
- Admiring the colorful fishermen’s houses that line the beautiful, cobblestone streets of Hondarribia, a medieval port town a few minutes from San Sebastian.
- Enjoying views of Playa De Concha and the bay while enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book.
Tel Aviv, Israel
A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father was a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family ...
A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father was a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (40 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.
Favorite things to do in Tel Aviv:
- A morning jog and workout along Tel Aviv’s coast, followed by a quality coffee at one of the many excellent cafes around the city.
- Lunch with friends in the Carmel Market – one of Israel’s best food markets. It combines both traditional culinary experiences and new trends emerging out of Israeli kitchens.
meet the crew
“No machine will ever match an expert tailor. Travel is just like that. Truly great journeys are mapped out by human beings.”
Eric’s first stamp in his passport came before his first birthday and he’s been traveling ever since. He’s explored the souks of Morocco, trekked across Botswana’s Okavango Delta and perused the floating markets in Bangkok. Over the past 10 years, he’s visited over 50 countries and stayed in over 100 luxury hotels and properties.
Eric loves new places. For him, Istanbul is just as much about exploring the Hagia Sophia as it is scouting hotel rooms with the most picturesque views of the city. A consummate travel geek, Grayson realizes that his clients not only appreciate his advice on local sites, but also his analysis of a city’s top hotels–right down to the quality of the linens.
Prior to founding Luminary Travel, Eric worked in client services at The Carlyle Hotel, The Pierre and The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. He also designed bespoke travel experiences as an advisor for Frosch Travel. Recently, Eric founded a social networking company designed to match like-minded travelers from around the globe.
He currently resides in New York City and enjoys playing basketball, golf, and is a pilot.
Justin was born and raised in Montana with a lifestyle that was centered around the outdoors and sports. While at Boston University, he competed in Division I Track and Field and received a BSBA with a concentration in Finance.
He began his career working in private equity and then transition to the start-up world. He has worked in many different industries and has always focused on Strategy, Finance, and Operations. He truly loves helping companies create operational efficiencies for scalable growth.
He has always had a desire to explore the world and learn about different cultures. He has been to all continents except Australia and Antarctica but is planning to check both of those off the list in coming years. He loves finding the hidden local nooks that are off the tourist maps and he is always trying to not disrupt the local energy but rather assimilate and learn something new at every turn.
Justin is interested in helping Luminary further deliver exceptional experiences for our clients. Luminary’s focus is always on our clients’ satisfaction and Justin prides himself on delivering the best possible client experience by continually improving our internal processes.
Isabel’s first trip took her to Paris at the age of seven – and her wanderlust never ceased.
Isabel’s B.A, in medieval and Renaissance literature at NYU allowed to study the plays of Shakespeare at the Globe Theater in London and the frescoes of Pinturicchio in the Vatican apartments. After completing a research master’s at the University of Edinburgh, Isabel returned to New York hoping to utilize her passion for global adventure, relentless intellectual curiosity, and love of finding a “home away from home” in every part of the world. She found her calling planning bespoke luxury travel for discerning clients.
Whether ziplining in Peru, sighting tigers in the wilds of Ranthambore National Park, or simply settling down to watch the sunset over the Louvre from her favorite Parisian bar, Isabel is a travel junkie. She never tires of the intricate architecture of Prague, the highlands of Glencoe, and will follow the sea wherever it takes her.
Born in South Africa, raised in England, and currently living in The United States, Kirsty took her first flight before she walked and has traveled enthusiastically ever since.
Before graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S degree in Business Marketing, she spent six months studying abroad in New Zealand. With the opportunity to explore the north and south islands, Australia, and luxury resorts in Fiji, this is where her love for solo travel truly began.
Kirsty has over five years of experience planning and curating bespoke travel itineraries. Whether it’s a romantic getaway to the Maldives, a family skiing holiday in the Alps, or a solo exploration of Japan’s Komodo trail, she will help get you away from the crowds and experience true luxury in your chosen destination.
Kirsty currently resides in South Carolina, but don’t be surprised if you see her spotted across the globe trying to improve her surfing and searching for the perfect margarita.
Originally hailing from San Francisco, Kat is a resident of the world. She has lived in countries across the globe including Guam, India, Cambodia, China, and has traveled to many more.
After earning her B.A. at Boston University in 2014, Kat lived in the mainland China’s countryside as a Peace Corps volunteer while simultaneously working towards her master’s degree. After earning her degree, she utilized her passion for travel to gain experience in the travel industry, excelling in various positions and focusing on the client experience. Kat brings expertise in building and maintaining client relations, navigating nuances of the travel world, and maximizing the use of technology in travel.
From white water rafting on the Ganges River in India to cooking traditional paella at an exclusive Catalan cooking class in Barcelona, Kat is always looking for ways to infuse her travel itineraries with unique experiences.
Currently residing in Boston, MA, Kat spends her free time planning her next adventures and giving travel advice to her friends and family. She is an avid dog-lover having two small dogs, a Chihuahua-Pug mix named Basil and a lazy Pug named Prince.
Charlie’s earliest years were spent living in Vienna, Paris, Copenhagen, and sleepy Hampshire, UK. This instilled a curiosity for discovering other cultures. While earning his B.A. at Cardiff University he made the most of the study abroad program to spend a year in Venice and Montpellier. Soon after, he was working in travel with Red Savannah as a luxury villa specialist. He then worked in the cruise sector before returning to high-end travel.
Charlie loves to provide his clients with the perfect trip, down to the last detail. By listening and accurately understanding the motivations behind any particular travel idea – whether it is for family time, cultural exploration—-or simply some much-needed self-indulgence – he then provides the right balance of choice and suggestion for the most rewarding time possible.
An avid traveler himself, his recent expeditions include motorcycling in Rwanda, hiking the length of the Pyrenees, a winter spent in Florence, and exploring the Dordogne region in a renovated 1980’s Charleston 2CV. While living in Paris, there was even a chance conversation with a fellow Brit, Her Majesty the Queen, outside the Louvre Museum. In his spare time, Charlie likes to cook, play chess and read books to inspire his next travel adventure.
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