me at Pack Creek, AlaskaDo you like to travel off-the-beaten-path, doing things that no one else is doing?

Do you want to take your brain on vacation, incorporating your passion for food or history, wildlife or music into your trip?

Would you love to have your friends say “How did you find THAT?”

Do you want to travel with confidence, knowing that your hotels and guides have all been vetted?

Are you looking for that one-of-a-kind trip but you just don’t have time to plan it?

Rare Finds Custom Travel Design Service is the answer!

We are a full-service travel design service where we create an itinerary that is 100% customized, just for you.  Pick your dream destination and Rare Finds will do the rest.

All you do is “pack and go play!”

Our 7-step planning process


1. Listen carefully to want you want.

We want to learn more about you, so your adventure caters directly to your dreams and interests.

2. Research the possibilities.

We research your requests but we always add our own secret recommendations too, which you may have not even realized were possible!

3.  Allow you to “cherry pick” what you like.

We lay out all your options, like a candy store, and you choose what you like.

4. Design a nuanced, meticulously detailed, door-to-door itinerary.

Into your Trip Plan, we incorporate your selections, pace, lifestyle, budget, special needs, and personalized requests.

5. Secure all the reservations and deliver to you a comprehensive Trip Packet.

Your Trip Packet includes your At-A-Glance (your daily schedule of guides, activities, specialty lodging, and even dinner reservations if you like), as well as a Voucher Packet (all your confirmations and receipts, in chronological order for your trip, as well as maps, menus, historical write-ups, info on customs and tipping, and more)

6. Get you ready for your adventure!

We recommend books to read and movies to watch to get you excited to go.

Would you like some packing suggestions?  Is your technology ready to travel?  Do you have currency and tipping questions?  We answer every last question so you can travel with confidence.

7. Confirm and Support

We confirm everything before you go, and remain on call while you are on the road.


Planning rates are determined by the destination, number of travelers, and personal requests you have. Our planning fee starts at $1200 for a domestic trip and $1500 for an international trip.

All custom travel plans are satisfaction guaranteed.   50% of fee is paid to get started, and the balance is not due until your Trip plan is complete.   Payment is easy with personal check as well as all major credit cards.

whale watching on Uncruise Alaska
a whale, so close, you could almost reach out and touch it!

Learn More

Schedule a complimentary 20-minute consultation with our chief travel planner, Melanie Tucker, today.

Hourly Consult

Already have your trip partly organized and just need some expert help with the final touches?  Rare Finds Travel offers hourly consults.

Cost: $125/hour, 2 hour minimum.     Schedule here….

Group Trips

Custom-designed trips for your professional or social groups are also available upon request.

Don’t miss weekend getaways and trips-as-gifts, below.


Read about Short Sojourns

Read about Travel for your Group
Read about Give a Custom Trip

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