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Story Land & Sea

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1988
Headquarters
  • Centennial, Colorado
Trips
  • 11

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Story Land & Sea Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

K

Recommends

Truly a memorable experience! July 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Small group travel is the best way to go! This is my first experience with Story Land & Sea and it won't be my last. The attention to detail that this agency provides met all of my expectations and more. There was a wonderful balance between "touring" together and personal time to explore locations on our own. The professional guides that were provided in each location were exceptional and the location of the hotels made it feel like we were locals. Truly a memorable experience!
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G

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I strongly recommend the extension July 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We absolutely loved our Cities tour of Italy. David Douglas was an incredible captain, making sure everything was perfect. The trip
far surpassed our expectations in every way.
Hotels were in great locations and rooms were excellent. The restaurants chosen were fabulous, as were the tours in each city.
I strongly recommend the extension to the Amalfi Coast! It is breathtaking!
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J

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Enhance your experience May 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I am a travel agent and have traveled with Story Land & Sea on 3 of their trip offerings. In addition, I have sent countless couples and groups with them to taste the riches of the cultures,and explore the history of destinations only imagined. Story is a first class tour operator that has dedicated English speaking Tour Captains - as well as local guides to enhance your experience. Can't say enough about the service they provide.
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J

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A Great Value May 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Finished my 1st tour with Story to Italy. They have a great team from office staff to tour captain and there choice of hotels,food, local tour guides. What a Great Value. Thank you!!

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M

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Trip such a wonderful experience November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We went to London, Paris, and Rome in September, 2015 with this company. Our Tour Captains were Ryane Moates and Mark Story; and they made our trip such a wonderful experience that I know we will take future tours with them again. I love the fact that this company deals with small groups of travelers. I highly recommend Story - Land & Sea by Queenslander for your next vacation!!
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Stride Review

Story Land & Sea is a travel company centered around small group tours both off and on land. It was founded by Mark Story in 1988 and after much success, expanded to a full operation in 2003. It remains family-owned in Centennial, Colorado and prides itself on its family values, which they reflect in their services.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Story Land & Sea distinguishes itself by its main focus on small group tours. With no more than 16 people on each tour, Story Land & Sea establishes an individualized and memorable experience. The company also utilizes the multiplicity of activities in each location, providing a wide-range of things to do in each itinerary. This also encompasses their pricing options which vary from luxury to affordable.

Who Travels With Them?

As mentioned above, Story Land & Sea provides a well-rounded pricing range. Prices start at about $1,200 and can reach to about $5,000 depending on the desired tour. Individuals who choose Story Land & Sea average between 35-55 years of age. Story Land & Sea also provides discounts for groups of 8 members or more.

Where Do They Operate?

Story Land & Sea operates in Western Europe, Africa, Mexico, Australia and the Pacific. They also have tours to the Galapagos Islands. The company does offer specifically focused tours of Italy as well.

Why Travel With Them?

Those who want to feel culturally immersed in their surrounding should travel with Story Land & Sea. The fact that each tour group does not extend past the count of 16 means that each individual is able to get a more personalized experience. The “tour captains” have a pristine expertise of the subject matter while also not being intrusive on the experience. Story Land & Sea prides itself on putting the guest first and exceeding their expectations.



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From Story Land & Sea

Our History

Mark Story, the founder of QueensLander, now Story Land & Sea®, began leading and hosting groups of people on tours and cruises starting in 1988. After many successful years of creating exciting group adventures as a part-time proprietor, Mark expanded the company to a full-time operation in 2003. When you travel with Story Land & Sea® your travel event is covered by our Tour Operator Professional Liability Insurance which includes a 1 million dollar "Errors & Omissions" policy. We require proof of liability coverage from our partner suppliers as an extra means of protection.

We choose to offer our guests only the finest in quality Italian hotels, and clean, comfortable economy hotels on certain itineraries. We offer select and a la carte dining in off-the-beaten-path restaurants owned and operated by Italian. We provide unique entertainment in the Italian cities and feature more admissions than other leading tour operators as well as gratuities on most of our Story branded travel events. We've found that our guests prefer our gratuities for our Tour Captains to remain optional and therefore they are at your discretion. Every trip is under the guidance of your travel host, the Story Land & Sea® Tour Captain. Your Captain is there to ensure your Italy tour is truly the vacation of a lifetime. They are friendly, service-driven professionals who care about your satisfaction throughout Italy!

By going the extra mile in providing outstanding service, knowledgeable guides, great menus and amenities, we believe you'll come back to us again and again.

Compare us with the larger companies and you'll see the Story Land & Sea® difference: personal service, genuine caring individuals who go the extra mile...we call it, "The Story Way."

I'd like to know more about your experiences in travel both with us and with other companies. Please drop me a line at Mark @ StoryLandSea . com (no spaces).

A Family of Brands

In addition to our luxury brand, Story Land & Sea®, we also operate Savvy Affordable Tours®, Walks by Story®, and premiering in 2017, Story Africa® and in 2018, Story Small Ships®.

Why should I go with Story Land & Sea® over other leading brand names?

Other than the size of our group, the variety in our itineraries, the location in the Italian cities and quality of our hotels, the type of Italian dinners we include and the service-driven nature of our tour Italian and American staff...hmm, what else is there? Oh yeah! You'll never be on a large bus, you'll never scamper after your tour director who is 40 plus people ahead of you, and you'll always be treated as our guest throughout your Italian vacation.

Our Philosophy is Service-Driven

We strive to provide a personal service unmatched in the Italy touring industry. From our pre-trip conversations and consultation, to on-tour experience in Italy, and to our follow-up after the tour: service-driven is our goal.

Associations:

National Tour Association; Cruise Lines International Association; National Association of Career Travel Agents

5 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,479

Highlights

  • Enjoy a round of golf, or two, at Cabo's many lush golf courses
  • Amazing Deep Sea Fishing - Cabo San Lucas
  • Experience Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas
  • Amazing Cabo San Lucas World Famous Arch & Lover's Beach
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9 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,278

Highlights

  • Discover Great Australia
  • Experience Australia’s Aboriginal people, learn to paint Outback-style, taste fair-dink (genuine) bush tucker
  • Experience visiting Ayer's Rock, Uluru
  • See the Great Barrier Reef up close, this is one of the most stunning experiences
  • Enjoy the shops of Kuranda and enjoy the Market
  • Explore massive Sydney
  • Visit amazing Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world
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Highlights

  • Explore and discover new experiences throughout the Central Serengeti
  • Experience game drive in the Central Serengeti with your Namiri Guides
  • Discover Arusha
  • See the Ngorongoro and gather to watch the sun set over this magnificent wonder of the world
  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world
  • Amazing Safari in Namiri Plains
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10 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,979

Highlights

  • VIP Entrance to Vatican City with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peters' Basilica
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain and other amazing sites
  • Story Exclusive Culinary & Chef-Prepared Dining Experience in Marlon Brando's former apartment (Included in Deluxe package and Class-Budget if dinner package selected)
  • Our winery experience includes a dramatic luncheon experience
  • Experience in Venice: Your Story Begins with Venice Skyline
  • Renaissance Florence: Walking Tour, The Baptistery, Signoria Square, Admission to the Galleria dell' Accademia art museum to see Michelangelo's David and the other magnificent works of art
  • VIP Entrance to Galleria dell'Accademia for tour and in-person visit to see Michelangelo's
  • Enjoy our Story Exclusive stay at our Italian villa. Features Tuscan hill-towns, beautiful wineries and great dining experiences.
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