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Daniel Oppliger-Surprise,AZ

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An independent agent with Going Places / Davisville Travel, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
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Avalon Waterways River Cruise Specialist

When investigating European river cruises, I asked myself "What is the difference?" The difference is amazing once you step on to an Avalon Suite ship. The bed is angled and facing the river. By doing this and adopting the "French Balcony" concept, the cabin is automatically larger, about 200 sq feet,' We have sailed on Avalon Waterways, Budapest to Amsterdam and are very familiar with many of the ports and activities available on Avalon. We have also traveled extensively in Europe.

My Travel Specialties

Avalon European River Cruise Specialist

Rather than rehash many blogs on river cruising we are going to concentrate on the things that made our Avalon Waterways river cruise so special.

We arrive in Budapest two days early. We stayed off the water about a mile for about a quarter of the price of river front luxury hotels.

Read more from my Avalon European River Cruise Specialist bio.

Daniel & Shirley

Adventure Tour and Cruise Expert

I am fascinated by the unique, the unusual and the adventure of travel. It's the reason I organize trips around the world that are designed to delight all your senses!

One of my first excursions was trip to the Baja Peninsula for 85 people in an RV caravan to view the total solar eclipse...
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Daniel near Pucon Volcano Chile

My Travel Albums

Italy Rome Florence Venice
China is to Be Experienced
Walk of the Sacred Way
25 Plus Years of Travel Experiences
Turkey Yacht Charter
Avalon River Cruise Waterways
Dinner aboard Avalon Expression

My Travel Stories

Offbeat Places to See in a China Adventure

China is a place to go because it is so different. A quality tour will be full of experiences and not just being bussed from site to site.  A quality tour skips “shopping opportunities” and allows for authentic shopping and interaction with the locals. “Shopping opportunities” on...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

Turkey Yacht Charter Sailing Cruise Special

Dear Dan, We're finally home and finished traveling for the moment, so I wanted to give you a little report on the trip to Turkey. In a word, it was great. There were a few surprises, but it all worked out very well. The Tussock yacht was beautiful and the crew couldn't have been better. There was a traditional Turkish dish served at each meal, all very well prepared and delicious, and the wine and drinks were abundant. (Well, a few of the passengers griped when they ran out of gin, but vodka and tonic seemed an acceptable substitute to me.) It was booked as a astronomy, nature and archeology cruise. One of the best things about the trip was the good people we met. You know Alan and Gail, and we couldn't have asked for nicer travel companions. You seem to have a feel for the kind of travel we like best. Whatever you do, I wish you great success. And we thank you for launching us on another fine holiday.
Janet D, Playa del Rey, CA

Holland American -Singapore Solar Eclipse Cruise

I'm sorry that I did not get a chance to write sooner. Still trying to catch up from the trip. All went well. The group was an interesting bunch and a good time was had by all. Singapore is an exciting place, but way too hot and muggy to properly enjoy. We took advantage of several excursions and they all paid off well. The eclipse was perfect. Sailed to a clear spot and got a nice place on deck to watch the whole thing. Accommodations pretty good, but not as nice as the Dawn Princess. Food on ship good. Food on land a bit spotty but recognizable. I want to thank you for arranging the drink packages for me and Cathy. They worked out well for both of us. With the high temperatures, we drank a lot of water. Those flights are so long and the planes more uncomfortable than ever. Once again, thanks for everything. Another successful trip! Bob
Bob W Somers Point, NJ

My Reviews

15 of 27 people found this review helpful
A very memorable trip
Frequent and accurate communications. He suggested someone I could share accomodation with and saved both of us a significant amount.
By  Brewery Man  from  Shotley Bridge, United Kingdom
Traveled to  USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thanks T. We have matched several men and women over the years to save them both money. I hope you enjoyed my talk in Idaho Falls.

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14 of 28 people found this review helpful
An Amazing Tour Experience
I found Daniel to be courteous and thorough in his approach to organizing the many tours he schedules. I was especially impressed by his attention to detail - working well in advance to ensure a smooth transition between client, tour manager and venue operators. I also thank him for his confidence in me as an enrichment speaker and eclipse guide during the recent eclipse tour of August 2017. It made my contribution all that much easier having Daniel's expertise backing me up. I highly recommend Daniel and his company to anyone looking for a well run and value added tour package.
By  'Astro-Dave' Reneke  from  Sydney Australia
Traveled to  Wyoming ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thanks Dave, I think you may have left a note earlier. Ok not to approve.

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15 of 31 people found this review helpful
Total Eclipse Cruis: Turkey
My wife and I toured Turkey in 1999 on Tropical Sails’ Eclipse Cruise. It was our best vacation ever! We got to explore Greek ruins, enjoy local food and culture, and see a total solar eclipse all while living on one of two 80 foot “gulets” (sailboats.) Our twenty or so fellow travelers made a good-sized group, and our ship’s crew was professional, friendly and the crewmen were also good cooks! All of Dan's arrangements for the ships, our knowledgeable tour guides, shore transportation along to historic sites on the Aegean coast, in Istanbul, Gallipoli, and on the Black Sea were smooth and problem free. Experiencing the total solar eclipse from our gullet (boat) while on the Black Sea was simply awesome! We look forward to traveling with Tropical Sails again!
By  GlenL  from  Ft. Collins, CO
Traveled to  
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 26 people found this review helpful
All Three Times Were A Charm!
It has always been a pleasure. We have done three eclipse tours with Dan. The first was in 1998 with Star Clipper in the Caribbean. Then came Holland America in Indonesia in 2016. Finally last summer we actually did a land trip to Idaho for the Great American Eclipse. We got the post card for the Indonesian and Idaho eclipse in 2015 the day I was raking snow off the roof. We immediately booked them both. His agency is a delight to work with. Every step is planned well in advance, and the process is simple. All three adventures were flawless - including seeing the eclipse! All three experiences were very different, but we felt comfortable, safe, and appreciated. The mix of people on all three trips was incredible, and everyone found someone to be close to.
By  Charlie  from  Cohasset, Massachusetts
Traveled to  Idaho Falls ~ Idaho ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Daniel Oppliger responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I wish I could have been with you on the first two trips. As you know we had multiple groups for each tour.

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14 of 31 people found this review helpful
Encouraging, knowledgeable, but not pushy
My husband and I booked our MSC cruise to the Caribbean through Dan. He was great. He suggested the cruise line as he was looking for best options all around, including price. It was perfect for us and we had a great time. Dan presented the material and was encouraging but was not pushy and I really appreciated that. He also followed up with a reminder and well wishes and a few things for us to be sure to pack and that was helpful and showed me that he didn't just book us and forget us. We will definitely work through Dan on another excursion.
By  Hooked on Cruises Now  from  Peoria, AZ
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Destination Expert:

  • China
  • Austria
  • Turkey
  • Bavaria
  • Amsterdam
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Costa Rica
  • Wurzburg
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Vienna

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • All Inclusive
  • Couples & Romance
  • Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Groups
  • Religious

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • AmaWaterways
  • MSC Cruises
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Globus
  • G Adventures


  • Avalon River Cruise Specialist
  • Riu Resorts Specialist
  • Marriott Hotels Specialist
  • Solar Eclipse Travel Specialist
  • MSC Cruises Specialist

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