Designer Travel - Canada Specialist

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About Designer Travel

At Designer Travel, we have a passion for travel and customer service. The business was set up in 2008 by former directors of the Co-operative Travel, Amanda Matthews and Karen Pocock, whose company now provides a personal travel service to discerning customers. Our prices are always competitive but our expert service is never compromised. We act as an agent for ABTA or ATOL protected products, which means you can book your holiday in the knowledge your money is safe. Designer Travel is part of the Independence Group, an industry association operated by Hays Travel, ABTA’s largest independent travel group. Simon Gemmell is one of our most experienced travel business associates, and he specialises in world-wide tailor-made holidays and cruises. Having travelled several times to Canada, one of his favourite destinations, he will be able to offer you a first class service for all your holiday requirements.

Simon’s Business and National Travel Awards

Simon received the Designer Travel Business Development Award for 2013 & 2014 and also received a prestigious National Agent Achievement Award 2014 for excellence in the UK retail travel industry.

Aspire Award 30 Apr 14 2

Personal Note from Simon

Canada and Alaska is a fabulous holiday destination and is an easy one for me to book for clients as I am so enthusiastic about the beauty of the contrasting countryside, and the Canadians themselves who say they always  offer ‘a warm welcome’ which is absolutely true! Organised tours, fantastic tailor-made itineraries can be produced with or without a car to suit your aspirations and budget – don’t hesitate to contact me for any further information even if you are only in the early stages of planning your holiday to Canada and possibly Alaska.


Banff - Bow River (RG)

Selection of Past Client Testimonials

A small selection of Testimonials from clients who visited Canada booked by Simon of Designer Travel

Tour of The Rockies including Rocky Mountaineer Train and Alaskan Cruise

Escorted Tour to Banff and The Rockies including The Rocky Mountaineer Train, Alaska Cruise, Vancouver and ‘home pick up’ service

Hi Simon

Thank you for your email and card and for all the effort you put in for us organising our trip. I loved Canada and Victoria. We had glorious weather, even in Skagway!


Brenda T

Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountaineer Train and Alaska Cruise

Tailor-made Package (not escorted) to Banff, Icefield Parkway, Jasper, Rocky Mountaineer Train, Alaska Cruise, Vancouver and Kewlona including recommendations of hotels and what to do and see

Dear Simon

I am still rather high as it was all so wonderful and went so well that I can hardly believe it. There wasn’t a thing I would have changed quite frankly, as it was perfectly balanced. I seemed to go seamlessly from one place to another, thanks to your very efficient planning. Somehow, everyone was there waiting to welcome me at every step. It was definitely worth going Gold Leaf on the Rocky Mountaineer. The whole experience was magical and I took some marvellous photographs.


Jill R (France)

Canadian Rockies – Rocky Mountaineer Train – Vancouver Island

Tailor-made Package (without car) to Banff, Icefield Parkway, Jasper, Rocky Mountaineer Train, Vancouver and Vancouver Island including recommendations of hotels and what to do and see 

Hi Simon

Sorry it’s taken us so long to get round to sending you a testimonial, but here it is below.

We had wanted to visit the Canadian Rockies for many years and our holiday there did not disappoint. There were so many highlights: breathtaking views from the top of the Banff Gondola; thrilling white water rafting on Bow River; an amazingly scenic coach journey across the Icefields Parkway to Jasper; in Jasper, a fascinating safari trip to the beautiful Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake; the spectacular journey on the Rocky Mountaineer (we were very happy with the Redleaf service); looking over Vancouver from inside the wind turbine at the top of Grouse Mountain; the glorious displays of flowers in the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island; an abundance of wildlife, including bald eagles, bears (actually, only two of these), bighorn sheep, elk and wolves – we even saw caribou just wandering down the street in Banff! What a wonderful variety of experiences. Looking at our itinerary, a Canadian friend said we had planned the trip very well, not knowing we had actually planned nothing ourselves! Being given a complimentary upgrade in almost all the hotels we stayed in was the icing on the cake. Thank you, Simon.

Mary and Gary P

                                                             Calgary Stampede – The Rockies – Alaska – Vancouver Area

Tailor-made Holiday to Calgary Stampede – Banff – Columbia Ice field – Jasper – Rocky Mountain Train – Vancouver – Alaskan Cruise – Vancouver Island

Thank you so much for arranging the most fantastic holiday.

The Sandman at Calgary was in a great position but was the most basic of all the hotels and was looking a bit tired but was fine for us. The Calgary Stampede tickets worked well and the stampede itself was brilliant. The Fox Suites at Banff were lovely. The Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf was to die for and so professionally run. Thank you for getting the upgrade at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver on the return and all the coach transfers worked well. The Oswego hotel at Victoria was also a super choice and of course and we were lucky with the weather for our cruise to Alaska which was fantastic as well.

I will keep in touch and come back with more detailed account.

Fiona & Brian P

                     Holiday to the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, using Premium Rouge Class with Air Canada Rouge

Thank you for your efficient service yet again on our latest trip which was to Canada. Both Elsie and I got a pleasant surprise when we checked in at the Royal York in Toronto to be allocated a suite (2 bedrooms – kitchen – sitting room) instead of the lead in room grade we paid for. Thank you for arranging this FREE room upgrade with the hotel, really appreciated.

All the best,


Elsie & Stewart M

All testimonials can be authenticated by the Directors of Designer Travel or by the clients themselves.