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Best Travel Agents in Washington

May 2013

The best way to find a travel agent is by word of mouth—friends, neighbors, and colleagues may be able to recommend someone who provides great service and inspired ideas.

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Whether Africa or Italy, travel agents now specialize in specific vacation destinations. Photograph by Inna Felker/Shutterstock.

Here are 11 recommended travel consultants and agencies. Most are known for higher-end vacations; many are part of Virtuoso, American Express, or Signature Travel Network, all of which are well regarded.

These consultants work mostly on leisure trips. Some highly reputable agencies in the area, including MacNair Travel Management in Alexandria and HRG Executive Travel Associates in DC, specialize in corporate travel—though they often plan personal vacations for business clients.

Connoisseur Travel, Foggy Bottom; 202-223-1001. This 25-year-old firm, which used to book primarily
corporate travel, has in the past two years built up its leisure business. Approximately ten of its 45 agents focus on vacations, and they include specialists in everything from European river cruises to exclusive-access experiences, such as behind-the-scenes tours of Versailles.

This article appears in the May 2013 issue of The Washingtonian. Click here for the full article and the rest of the list.