Willy Van Kemenade
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Willy Van Kemenade

Group Travel Specialist

My specialty is Group Travel. Since arriving in the Comox Valley in 2007 I have arranged many group trips most of which are escorted by my wife Cathie Hagenson and/or myself. These trips ange from a day trip to Victoria to a 2 week biking or hiking trip in Europe. It’s a pleasure to make many of these trips easy for our guests by including add-ons like home pickup, bus and ferry transfers, connecting flights, included meals, activities and insurance. For seniors this can take the stress out of travel and add to the enjoyment of the trip. Travelling in a group offers a safe, enjoyable way to travel to pursue new experiences with a chance to meet and spend time with like minded guests.

Some of the group trips I have organized in recent years include the following:

Active trips (Hiking in Austria, Biking in Canada - BC, Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia, USA and Europe, Bike and Barge trips in western Europe)

Ocean Cruises (Hawaii, Alaska, Panama, Caribbean, Pacific Coast Reposition Cruises), River Cruises in Europe, Theatre trips, Exotic countries like China, Vietnam and Cambodia, West Coast Adventure trips (Frances Barkley, Uchuck III, Whale Festival, Grizzly Bear and Whale watching), Wine tours including Vancouver Island and the Okanagan, Festival trips (Port Angeles Crab Festival, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Portland Rose Festival, Okanagan Wine Festival), Christmas getaways (Butchart Gardens, Leavenworth), Bus tours within Canada and the USA, and Rail tours. Another specialty within the “group umbrella” is destination weddings which have been arranged in Mexico and the Caribbean. I often work with special interest or senior groups to come up with unique, good value customized group trips.

With over 30 years of experience in retail travel as counsellor, manager, owner and group travel specialist, I enjoy sharing my travel knowledge and travel experiences to over 40 countries in North America, the Caribbean, South Pacific, Europe and Asia. I enjoy the challenge of arranging group (and individual) trips and creating positive memories for our guests.

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