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Katie DeFilipps Scottsdale, AZ Luxury Travel Agent
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15 Reviews | 100% Recommended
Agency
Protravel International Scottsdale
Destinations
Italy, France, Tahiti, United Kingdom, Egypt
SPECIALTIES
Luxury River Cruises , Food & Wine, Luxury Ocean Cruises , Arts & Culture, Overwater Bungalows
Suppliers
AmaWaterways, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, Paul Gauguin, Tauck
Certificates & Awards
Certified Travel Counselor , Certified Tahiti Specialist , AMA Waterways Specialist, Tauck Specialist

Katie DeFilipps

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent
Luxury Travel Advisor

My view of travel has always been global because my father worked for an international airline.  I was lucky enough to enjoy family vacations far from ordinary right from the start and visited countries such as India, China, and Hong Kong. After college, I was employed at travel agencies in Nebraska and Arizona before pursuing a career in outside sales. I never lost my love of exploring the world, and that's why I'm excited to share that passion with my clients.  During my travels, I have learned to expect the unexpected and appreciate the experiences that come from any surprises. What's better, for example, than wandering the cobblestone streets found in most European cities and not caring if you get lost? There are so many discoveries to be found where least expected.  I have a deep appreciation for history, culture, and art, which has led me on trips to more than 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Malta, The Great Wall in China, and the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.  I am particularly familiar with Italy, having visited many, many times over the past decade. Two of my favorite places are Florence for art history and shopping and the Amalfi Coast for breathtaking views and relaxation. I also enjoy experiencing the world thru river cruising.   Sailing inland waterways allow for local cultural immersion and a unique viewpoint.  For a relaxing vacation, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and the surrounding South Pacific islands are idyllic and beautiful. I value my client relationships; my number one goal is to turn your travel dreams into unique, seamless, and unforgettable experiences.

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Certificates & Awards

Certified Travel Counselor
Certified Tahiti Specialist
AMA Waterways Specialist
Tauck Specialist

Travel Experiences

Photo and Videos

Trulli : Dry Stone Hut with a Conical Roof
Trulli : Dry Stone Hut with a Conical Roof
A Journey thru Puglia to the Amalfi Coast
Blue Waters Surround the Islands: No Filter
Blue Waters Surround the Islands: No Filter
Just another day in Paradise:The Islands of Tahiti
Cité du Vin
Cité du Vin
Bordeaux: It's all about the Wine

Reviews

89 of 143 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Melissa G - Glendale, AZ | Traveled to Europe
Katie is the best agent out there!
I had a very complicated, international, family trip that Katie planned for me. Katie was knowledgeable, organized, and patient! We traveled to many different countries and family members flew home on different dates and times. Katie handled all the plans (and changes...she’s patient, remember?!) like a pro! I highly recommend Katie.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katie DeFilipps responded:Thanks for the kind words! I enjoyed planning your family vacation to England and Scotland, so happy to hear everything came together like clockwork!
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92 of 152 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Inma - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
One of the best trips of our lives!
I had a wonderful experience working wth Katie. She provided me with very helpful information about the type of trip I wanted to take. She took the time to get me the best deal. My daughter and I had a fantastic trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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84 of 138 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Mimi - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Massachusetts ~ USA
Fall Foliage: Sensory and Visual Delight
Katie”s attention to detail and follow up are outstanding.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katie DeFilipps responded:Thank you so much! I enjoy working with you!
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88 of 149 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Erica - Scottsdale | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Incredible Trip!
She was absolutely wonderful to work with. It was our first cruise and she guided us to the line that would be a perfect fit for us. There were details in booking we never would of thought to do if we had done it on our own. We will definitely be using her again for our next cruise!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katie DeFilipps responded:Thanks! It was a pleasure to work with you on your first cruise! I'm so happy that you both had a great time!
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88 of 149 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Al - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Galapagos Islands ~ Ecuador ~ South America
Katie's The Best!!!!
Katie DeFilipps has been our "Tour Specialist" for a number of years. She is thorough, detailed, professional and extremely courteous. We have never had a "glitch" with Katie. She will travel to your home and meet at odd hours (evenings and week-ends) to complete the necessary paperwork for any trip. Katie always has a smile on her face and projects a positive, can-do attitude. We highly recommend Ms. DeFilipps for any of your travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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88 of 149 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By AG - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Best travel planner
Responsive, accommodating and a pleasure to work with
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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95 of 168 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Sue - Scottsdale AZ | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Loved our trip!
Katie was wonderful, knowledgeable, and did a fantastic job providing my daughter and me with options. She made our trip, which was my daughters 16th birthday trip, very memorable!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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81 of 144 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Scottsdale Resident - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
Fantastic Trip!
We found Katie to be an excellent travel planner. Not only is she very professional but she excels at the details. She made our trip both memorable and hassle free. We are ready to plan our next trip with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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83 of 148 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Sandy - Scottsdale, Arizona | Traveled to Scandinavia ~ Europe
Every trip with Katie is wonderful!
Katie gives her all for each trip you book with her. She goes above and beyond and no request is too small for her to take on.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katie DeFilipps responded:It's a pleasure to work with you, thank you!
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82 of 148 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Betty - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Best trip ever!!
Katie is very knowledgeable, professional and extremely organized! She is a true joy and pleasure to work with. If she does not know an answer to a question, she researches it thoroughly and gets backs with an answer in a very timely fashion. Katie has great ideas and little tips that will help make your trip run smoothly. I would highly recommend working with Katie!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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29 of 43 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By L & S - Salt Lake City, Utah | Traveled to Middle East
Excellent Help from Katie
Katie is helpful and responsive and follows up before, during, and after our trips. We often make our own plans, but when we want something more complicated, we turn to Katie. She is professional and knows how to untangle knotty situations (such as my husband having ALL his credit cards and passport pickpocketed the first day of our trip) so our trip can go on. She also procured a refund for an element of our trip that was not at all as advertised by the vendor. We have used her professional services for travel in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Alaska.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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23 of 36 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Mike - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Katie planned a most memorable trip!
In May 2022 we traveled to Paris, Rome, Positano, Capri, Loire Valley and back to Paris. Katie handled all of our flights, the cars with drivers, the private tours, the private boat trip to Capri. She did it all with very minimal effort on our part. And as we were ready to depart Paris, the COVID bug got us and Katie jumped in to cancel flights and rebook us after our extra 7 days in Paris. Just a pleasure to work with!

Mike & Brenda
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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85 of 160 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Jean - Huron South Dakota | Traveled to St. Remy de Provence ~ France ~ Europe
The Best trip Ever was a family trip to France
Katie is the "crème da la crème" when it comes to assisting with anything related to travel. She is knowledgeable about everything from transportation reservations to housing options to extra travel tours to ground transportation etc. There isn't an aspect that she can't help with. She is available for assistance even while you are traveling. It's like she is on call 24/7. There is a high level of confidence in the plans made with Katie's guidance. She is prompt and professional in her role as one's advisor.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katie DeFilipps responded:It's always a joy to assist you and your family!
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24 of 41 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By M & M - Phoenix AZ | Traveled to Bora Bora ~ French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
Amazing Trip / Amazing Travel Agent
Katie was amazing, we started working with Katie and planned our trip to Bora Bora well over a year in advance. Katie was there from beginning to end answering any questions we had especially around any Covid restrictions and processes we needed to go through. Katie listened to us during our initial conversations and provided several options for us to pick from.
We ended up staying at the Intercontinental Thalasso SPA; well worth it the staff there is amazing !! we will definitely go back.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katie DeFilipps responded:Thank you M&M! I am so happy that all worked out and you had a wonderful vacation. It was a pleasure to work with you! KD
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74 of 141 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By Teri - Palos Heights, IL | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
The best trip of our lives
Katie went the extra mile to make sure our trip went smoothly and we didn't have to worry about a thing. She is very knowledgeable and organized. I would highly recommend her as one of the best travel agents in the business.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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