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Denise Schaefer

My greatest achievement is delighting my clients with perfectly curated, elite itineraries, leading to wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.


• Australia/New Zealand
• Italy
• Group travel
• Religious groups
• Honeymoons
• Destination weddings

• Cruises
• Adventure travel
• Family and multi-generational travel



What's your travel style?
I love adventure and trying new things. I love to take cooking classes when I can, and I always try to give back to the community if it's possible in the area I'm traveling, whether be it donating supplies or giving a few hours of my time volunteering. And in many cases doing both! I also love a good beach, an umbrella in my drink, and time set aside for the spa! We all need a little R&R!

What is your favorite travel destination? What is the thing that no one should miss when they visit?
My favorite destination is without question Africa. No one should miss a safari, which is of course what you go for. But if you're going to do South Africa, then don't miss a chance to go to the top of Table Mountain and explore the vast area, then take in the breathtaking views. You should also enjoy a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope 
the most southwestern point of the African continent. You then must see Boulder Beach and the penguins on the drive back to Cape Town. It's a full day, but you'd be remiss if you were to miss out on such a beautiful drive and experience.

What is the most interesting souvenir that you have ever bought on one of your holidays?
In Botswana, I went to an elephant reserve and bought a special art canvas with the footprint of one of the elephants we walked with. Dipped in ink and then foot print on the canvas. It made for a special piece of art and a reminder of what an amazing experience it was.

What is one of the most memorable experiences you have planned for a client?
I had clients go to Italy and I booked them a VIP experience with Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany at the Theater of Silence — a unique open theater in the middle of the Tuscan hills. Following the concert, they had an exclusive dinner with Bocelli at his Villa. Being huge fans, this was something they had never dreamed could happen and said they'll never forget.



• African Safari
• Italy
• The Arctic
• Patagonia
• New Zealand and Australia
• Japan



• Gorilla Trek
• Galapagos
• Antarctica
• India
• Cambodia/Laos
• China
• More of Japan


Denise is the BEST!! She goes over and above to help. She is SO efficient! She always gets back to me quickly. I highly recommend her!

Karen Z.
— Camarillo, CA

Denise has provided invaluable advice and assistance on numerous trips for us and our friends. She coordinates every aspect of our travel flawlessly. We value her opinions and suggestions on hotels, cruise lines etc. We depend on her expertise, appreciate her professionalism and can't wait to plan another adventure with her!

Jan and Steve Henninger
— Birmingham, AL

I have been working with Denise for over 21 years. She has handled my business travel as well as my pleasure travel since 1999. Denise is efficient, knowledgeable, effective and responsive in all sorts of situations, both good and bad. She stays up to date with current events, travel trends and the operators and is quick to offer recommendations no matter where you want to go. She has likely been there. We have been in some tough situations all over the world throughout the years and she has always helped us navigate a plan to get to where we needed to be as quickly and efficiently as possible. I highly recommend you give Denise a call. You will not be disappointed.

Todd Dunn
— San Antonio, TX

I have had the privilege of working with Denise on multiple trips over the last five years. From small groups of less than twenty, to larger groups of more than a hundred, Denise has helped us simplify the process of organizing tours. I cannot recommend her more highly.

Pastor Miles DeBenedictis
— Cross Connection Church and Enduring Word

Our church has a global ministry that involves worldwide travel. Denise and Plaza Travel have served our needs for many years. Denise is very accessible and accommodating through the entire process. We appreciate that Plaza Travel is a full service agency that includes air, coaches, hotels, tours and cruises. I personally recommend Denise and Plaza Travel for your travel needs.

Linda Rourke
— Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa