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I wanted to say a BIG thank you to Jessica Linna for helping Ryan and I plan our trip of a lifetime to Italy! It was amazing. She answered all of my questions in a timely matter, and made sure we had plenty of time with layovers to get through security and customs! I can't thank her enough! I will be contacting Jessica in a few years to help book our next vacation! Thanks again Jessica, it was a pleasure working with you and can't wait til next time!

Vegas Fun

I would like to say that my girlfriend and I had a fun and fabulous time in Vegas. LaMacchia Travel was great and a big "thank you" to Cassidy Karnes and Deanna Pedersen for taking care of us! Oh yeah, we loved the Paris hotel!


Fantastic Honeymoon

I just wanted to say a quick thanks to Deanna Pederson and her associate Tom for helping us with our amazing honeymoon. We stayed at the Secrets Playa Maroma in Cancun from 10/25-11/1/2014 and had a fantastic vacation. Do not hesitate booking this resort for your trip. Deanna booked the trip for us, and with all the extra honeymoon amenities we felt like royalty. Tom assisted us on the Saturday of our departure when we had a 12 hour delay at O'Hare. A Despite the inconvenience, he kept us in the loop and even contacted us after work hours to see how things were progressing. We could not have been happier! And with the vouchers we have received from Apple for the delay, we will book again!!

Great Trip!

The trip was great.  We loved the river cruise.  Everyone was older than us, but such interesting people!  Holland was my favorite.  We even caught one tulip field, on its last leg, but I saw it!  The garden was beautiful.  So many flowers in one spot!  Here are a few pictures.  Thanks for all your help Jodi Minorini & LaMacchia Travel!


I just want to say a quick thank you to Maria Bonanno for her help in getting us to Ireland. It was the most perfect vacation my husband and I have ever been on, we are still feeling the whirlwind of excitement. Your help from picking the package, packing, what to expect, and arriving back home was spot on. I can't wait to do it again!

What a great time!

Just got back from a family vacation in Mexico. What a great time! I booked the trip, as I have on several occasions through LaMacchia travel agency. I just wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude towards them. Their professionalism, attention to detail and most importantly, keen insight into my unforeseen needs was top notch. As a small business owner who works directly in the public eye, I stress these characteristics to my own staff. I will use them again and suggest them for each of my friends.

The whole trip was WONDERFUL!

The whole trip was WONDERFUL! All of us said it exceed our expectations in the numbers of animals we saw, the accommodations and the food. Our guide, Semu Mbise, was outstanding; so knowledgeable and accommodating. He had 9 years of experience and we never had any issues where we felt in any kind of danger.


Probably the nicest place was Kitela Lodge, which is only about 1 year old. Had a swimming pool, spa (which we took advantage of one afternoon when we didn’t have a drive) and beautiful grounds; they raise their own coffee, fruit and vegetables. The owner was there and he served champagne and had open bar all night on New Year’s Eve, which was pretty special just being in Africa. Probably one of the nicest places any of us stayed at anywhere.


We also loved the Mbuze Mawe tented camp. We got to see a dance troupe that performed our first night there. The service was impeccable with all of our meals a la carte and served under metal domes that the lifted off at the same time. Since the dining room was also tented, it was pretty humorous when a baboon or rock hyrax would run across the top as we were eating. We also found out that baboons knew how to unzip the tents and actually came in on one of the guests, who had a banana in her room.


All the places we stayed were very unique, which made it fun to experience different lodges.


The weather was outstanding: mid 70’s to low 80s during the day and probably 60s at night. The first couple of days in Tarangire were a little steamy, but after that it was perfect. Our guide said that it was cooler than normal, especially in the Serengeti.


The animals were outstanding: saw hundreds of elephants, lots of zebras, giraffes and thousands of wildebeests. The best were the prides of lions (one had 3 cubs that we watched for about an hour with no one else around), 6 leopards – which is a lot since they are nocturnal, and 3 cheetahs, one of which we were within 10 feet of and he was just hanging out. We did see 2 rhinos, but they were several miles in the distance (not sure how our guide managed to navigate the rutty roads and still spot animals none of us would have seen.


The only glitch we had was our return to O’Hare, which was on time, on that Monday of the “polar vortex”. We had to wait 3 hrs. to get our bags due to equipment problems and the fact that the crew couldn’t be outside for any length of time.


I would highly recommend Kensington. Our guide told us they only have 15 vehicles in the country, which explains why we never saw any others. I thought the length of the time was about right, although I have to say I was sad when we had to leave.


It truly was the trip of a lifetime. Thanks again so much for your help on setting all of this up.

Thank You!

I just wanted to say thanks to Leslie our travel agent, who went above and beyond in planning a cruise for my wife and I. She put a lot of time and effort into looking up different options for the trip, and for flights as well. It made for a stress free vacation and is very much appreciated. Thank You again!

Great time in Mexico!

Hello!! I want to let you know that Joe and I had a GREAT time in Mexico! It was one of the best vacations we've ever taken. And it all started with the service I received at LTA, continuing on with the service Joe and I received at the Seaside Suite resort. We really can't thank you enough. 

Looking forward to our next vacation! XOXO

Maria was a huge help to us!

We contacted Maria Bonnano to help us plan our trip to Italy and Frace. She helped secure wonderful hotels and arranged all of the transportation. She was so helpful and friendly and sent us special greetings just before we left. I would definitely work with Maria again. Thanks you!!

Italian Treasures

We would like to thank Maria Bonanno and LaMacchia Travel for helping us plan our trip to Italy. We were gone the last week of September and the first week of October. Everything went off without a hitch. All the cities we visited were incredible, also the additional recommended excursioins were worth much more than the expense. The Hotels were terriffic and the ground transportation  superb. We will recommend LaMacchia Travel Agency to any and all who inquire about our trip. Thanks again for all the help.

Jerry and Barb Grevenow


Most Perfect Disney Family Vacation

Thanks to Jessica, our Disney vacation was flawless.  She knew our needs and gave honest opinions and recommendations.  I had made so many changes along the way and she was always helpful and patient.  She made everything work out perfectly, that we did not encounter one problem during our trip.  Working with her is easy and fun.  We were returning customers of hers and will only go to and recommend her to others.  I also appreciate LaMacchia's Disney Day with a rep there to answer any questions.  That was also very helpful and gave us a start to planning our dream vacation. Thanks to all at LaMacchia!

It was Amazing!

It was amazing! I loved the resort and I would recommend it to anyone. The staff was amazing and the food was great. The swim up bar was open until 2am so that was awesome. And the staff kept it open later some nights,  the rooms were gorgeous! they were featured in Architectural Digest.   You were great to work with and I look for ward to booking my next trip with you. I attached some photos. 

Destination Wedding

Thanks again for all you did for us.  You made the planning of our destination wedding very easy.  

3 Generation European Vacation!

Thanks to LaMacchia Travel Agency for planning such an amazing 3 generation European vacation for the Petersen-DeRousse family! Jessica you are the best ever and we are thankful for all you did to ensure there would be no bumps in the road...only the best memories ever!

Punta Cana was Awesome

My husband and I just returned from an 8 day stay at the Riu Palace Bavaro; we had the TIME of our life! I have to say I use Tripadvisor for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and was a bit hesitant after reading all of the reviews, regardless, most of the reviews have a lot of truth to them, you just need to go, experience it yourself and ENJOY ALL the RIU has to offer.
We arrived at the airport after a non-stop flight from Chicago, security and customs arriving were a breeze...We booked our vacation through Apple and our bus was waiting for us...30-35 minutes later we were at the resort....Bus ride was nice, showed a lot of the local flavor as we drove through town to get oceanside.

Easy Peasy

Nothing can be easier than having someone book everything for you and for a low cost fee.  Thank you Jodi for yet another wonderful Alaska vacation.  Mike and I are ready to start planning for another cruise.  All the planning was well worth it, everything went so smoothly.  We had so much fun and tons of relaxing as well.

Amazing Honeymoon

When considering a registry both my new husband and I knew we didn’t need any traditional items…one family can only use so many mixing bowls! While doing a little research we came across La Macchia. A honeymoon registry was exactly what we were looking for! I was so surprised that they would not only do our registry but they also did not take a percentage of our gifts like so many other companies we had spoken with prior to finding La Macchia.

Our families found it so easy to gift us with a contribution towards our honey moon…..the whole staff was amazing.  

Three days after our wedding on May 25, 2013 we set out for Riviera Maya, Mexico. The travel was so easy! La Macchia had thought of everything including informing us about the aggressive timeshare salesman in the lobby of the airport. We arrived to find everything in order with our hotel. Our swim up room was amazing!

Even though, we were caught in the tail end of a hurricane 3 days after arriving the resort staff bent over backwards to make sure we had an amazing trip.

We would book again with La Macchia in a heartbeat! Thank you so much for making sure our honeymoon was amazing.  

Epic Vacation

Epic Vacation!

   For our son’s high school senior year springbreak we wanted to take him on an “epic” vacation.  He would be going off to college in the fall and we wanted to have a vacation that we would all remember for years to come.  We truly got that experience and much of that can be attributed to Tom Karnes of LaMacchia Travel.

We were thinking of going somewhere in Europe but did not have anything specific in mind.  We met with Maria Bonanno and Tom Karnes at LaMacchia to begin planning our vacation.  Tom suggested we consider joining a group already organized through our son’s school to travel to France and Italy.  We decided to join the group so our son would be with other students his age and with whom he was familiar.  A group of approximately 60 adults and teenagers travelled by plane, train and bus through France and Italy.  The entire trip was fantastic and flawless. 

We had just the right amount of scheduled events and free time so we could explore on our own.  We had a tour director who escorted the group throughout the trip. He was personable, knowledge and fun.  In addition, we had local guides with us when we toured local attractions.  They were also knowledgeable and highlighted the various locales. 

This trip was exactly the “epic” vacation we hoped to give our son.  We made friends with the others that were on the trip and have memories for a lifetime.  In fact, we are already discussing where to go next in Europe.  We will again plan our vacation through LaMacchia Travel.  

Thank you LaMacchia for this truly wonderful European vacation.  

Tom and Christine Genthner

Exception Customer service still exists here!

I recently planned a destination wedding with another agency.  Upon doing so and immediatley after sending wedding invites the hotel in which my wedding and all invites were sent for was sold out.  Meaning my wedding party did not have rooms.  Thinking that was a bad situation my agent quit leaving all my guests clueless on who to contact. After horrible customer service, I got in contact with La Macchia Travel Agency. They promptly started cleaning up the mess.  They greated me immediatly with solutions  and provided me with new information to send my guests.  My guests and I recieved above and beyond phenomenal customer service! An agency who truly cares about their people.  Thank you so much Katie Roscioli! 

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