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Sari Gartner

San Diego, California Travel Agent

The Nature of the South Pacific

Dressed to impress, you arrive in Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, an ancient forest with creatures and plants found nowhere else on earth. You come to a clearing under the tree canopy fringed with handmade chandeliers casting gentle beams over a dining experience like no other, where you are served creative versions of Australia’s traditional fare with dishes that include locally sourced ingredients and game. This is one of many unusual and wonderful experiences that I can arrange for you in the South Pacific.  

As a certified specialist in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti, I can tailor a trip to your interests that goes far beyond ticking off the boxes of the main tourist attractions. Based on your time, budget and interests, I can create an in-depth itinerary filled with iconic and exotic experiences.  

You need not be a fitness buff to enjoy nature. With the right guide, even a foray into a forest is a learning adventure. Plus, eco-lodges throughout the region immerse you in nature in as much luxury as you desire. The snorkeling and diving are legendary throughout the South Pacific, but non-swimmers can observe the reefs and sea-life from a glass-bottom boat. 

In New Zealand, I usually suggest families share one of the edgier adventures because they provide indelible memories that bind families together. Among the highlights for one family was visiting a glow worm cave. You put on wet suits, descend via a short zip line into 50-degree water and go spelunking through in inner tubes. For a time, you are in complete darkness and then you enter a cave lit only by glowworms.   

At Cape Kidnappers farm and lodge, you can join a shepherd and his dogs to muster and shear sheep or hike into a pine forest with a researcher to monitor the kiwi birds;  you actually hold the chicks in your hands as you measure them. You also can explore the rugged coastal terrain in an off-road vehicle or take a horseback ride to survey the fields and pastures before dining on gourmet farm-to-table cuisine.  

Australia is huge and multi-faceted and I can help explore it in ways that are meaningful to you. In Sydney, you might get a behind-the-scenes look at the Sydney Opera House. Or you can learn about the continent’s unique wildlife and plants at a luxurious eco-lodge. Some of the most exclusive are on private islands in the Great Barrier Reef, while inland, you can be immersed in tropical rainforests and the mysterious “Red Center” of Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), where you can learn about Aboriginal culture.   

Fiji is wonderful for both families and couples. Here, private island resorts provide all-inclusive havens where you can enjoy snorkeling, sea kayaking, and other sports, visit a traditional village and participate in a meke, a feast with traditional dance, music, and foods. The Fijian people are incredibly welcoming and there are wonderful resorts at a variety of price points.   

For many, French Polynesia, with its over-the-water bungalow resorts, fantastic spas, and mélange of French and Polynesian cultures, is the epitome of romance. The sharp-peaked, volcano-formed islands draped in dense tropical foliage rightfully make these islands a dream destination. Many couples cruise through the islands and then settle in for a few nights on one of the islands to round out their experience.   

If the South Pacific calls to you, I can arrange authentic experiences that will fulfill your dreams.

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A Full Service Travel Agent

Reviewed By Rich & Pam - Ft. Collins CO | Traveled to Myanmar ~ East and Southeast Asia
Sari takes care of your travel plans from start to finish. She doesn’t miss any detail in planning and communicating with her clients. Each trip we have taken with Sari’s planning has been stress free and full of wonderful sights and experiences. We will continue to use her as our Travel Agent as long as we travel.
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A trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Debbie - Highlands Ranch, CO | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Very professional and easy to work with, explains things very well and answers questions thoroughly
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a dream come true

Reviewed By snooks - highlands ranch, co | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
Sari has planned numerous trips for myself and my extended family, domestic and international and every detail, cars, hotels, flights, drivers, sightseeing, adventures of all sorts and not one detail is ever overlooked, I have some mobility issues that Sari takes into consideration that I am well cared for and safe. Sari's attention to the smallest detail is what makes working with her such a joy, chose your location and she will take care of EVERYTHING for you and you will have a fantastic experience.
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Best Trip Ever! All thanks to Sari!

Reviewed By Mickey - Lone Tree, CO | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Working with Sari is fun and easy - she is so knowledgeable, thoughtful, and articulate. She listened to all I had to say to understand what I wanted from the trip - even when it didn't all make sen se! She got me to think about things I hadn't and re-think things I thought I had completely thought out! She worked with me from conception and initial planning through all phases of the trip as well as a complete post-trip debrief! Though I can't image how the whole experience could be improved, she says that the debrief will make for an even next trip. Bottomline: Sari is the best - I have and will continue to recommend Sari to friends and family
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SE Asian Trips

Reviewed By Fodman - Powell Butte, OR | Traveled to Cambodia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Sari is amazing. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed. She always stays in contact and is extremely helpful no matter the task, be it airline reservations, hotels, trip suggestions, etc. I have referred her to others who will say the same things.
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A Fabulous Trip All Thanks to Sari!

Reviewed By Karen - Mead, CO | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
We were looking for someplace tropical to go that hadn't been damaged by the hurricanes. Sari put us onto Turks & Caicos which we had not even been aware of. She helped us at every step of the way from identifying the location, orchestrating our travel arrangements and snorkeling/scuba excursions and getting us incredible accomodations, far beyond our expectations. We truly were blown away by the unit she acquired for us. All in all, an incredible trip.

We've used Sari for several other trips (Hawaii; Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea; Danube River cruise) and in every case, she has exceeded our expectations. Aside from being extremely well-informed about destinations, she is a great listener, patient and helpful in addressing any concerns and always quick to respond. With every trip we have taken, we have always traveled knowing she is watching out for our safety and doing her level best to ensure we have a top-notch experience. A tremendous travel resource!
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A once in a lifetime experience!

Reviewed By Jan - Fort Collins Colorado | Traveled to World Cruise ~ Other
My first experience working with Sari convinced me that I will always call her before making future travel plans. She's professional, personable and thorough. She listened to my wants and expectations for pre-cruise travel and made arrangements accordingly. I have recommended her to friends.
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Once in a Lifetime

Reviewed By Woodsie - Fort Collins, CO | Traveled to Myanmar ~ East and Southeast Asia
Sari is truly a professional. From the initial planning of the trip to the pick up at the airport, she is with you. One of the first trips we planned with Sari, yes, there have been many; my companion and I were going to Asia and needed visas, vaccinations etc and was completely on top of it. She helped with our visa process etc.
Sari is truly a professional. She has a comprehensive knowledge of destinations, cruise lines, restaurants and hotels. She always finds out what we are
Sari is truly a professional. She has a comprehensive knowledge of cruise lines, touring companies, hotels, transportation transfers and restaurants to meet the expectations of her clients. She asks her clients what their goals for the trip are, putting her client first. Sari seems to "love" the world and thus wants to help people travel and become more knowledgeable about people in other cultures. Thanks Sari! We can't wait for our next adventure!


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Myanmar

Reviewed By Dr.K - Fort Collins Colorado | Traveled to Myanmar ~ East and Southeast Asia
Very thorough on all details. This makes one relax and confident that you understand all of the travel issues
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Our trip went exactly as planned.

Reviewed By Diana - Castle Rock, CO | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Everything went as planned without any concerns. Sari was always available to take care any of our questions. This was our first international trip and was perfect.
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