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Hilton Smith

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Travel Expertise

Favorite experiences
  • Visiting Tibet and smelling yak butter candles, getting lost in Potala Palace, and more
  • Crawling inside the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Visiting the Hermitage Museum of Peterhof Palace in Russia
  • Traveling through the Drake Passage
  • Going on a safari in South Africa
Most recent trips
  • Italy
  • Vietnam
  • France
  • Antarctica
  • South Africa
  • Canada
Specialties Certifications
  • Signature Travel Expert
  • Great Britain Expert
  • Ireland Travel Expert
  • Iceland Travel Expert
  • Australia Travel Specialist
  • New Zealand Specialist
  • Switzerland Travel Specialist
  • Celebrity Cruises Five Star Academy
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruise Expert
  • Crystal University Graduate

I have no greater passion than exploring our Earth or collaborating with others to do the same.

Hilton Smith

Hilton's Story

The diversity of our planet is endless. My deep passion is to explore as much of it as possible. My excitement, wonder, and joy of discovery knows no bounds. My fascination with the many iceberg shapes in Antarctica was completely different than crawling inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Nevertheless, both were mind-blowing. With visits to all seven continents and well over 100 countries, I still have the personal goal of experiencing the amazement of one new country yearly. This is in addition to my return to many old favorites.

I’ve been a travel agent since 1978, thanks to the persistence of my cousin who was a travel agent. I love custom-designing vacations that best fit your requirements. I also like to present you with exciting experiences you might otherwise have missed had you not had the input of a professional travel advisor.

Some of my favorite travel experiences have been climbing the Great Wall of China, exploring the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet, climbing into the Great Pyramid of Giza, and seeing every star in the sky from the Amazon Clipper outside Manaus, Brazil.

I have an undeniable fervor for every aspect of the travel experience; the planes, trains, and ships that transport you and the unique and special accommodations, from a tent to a five-star hotel or resort. After four years in the Air Force, I became a commercial plane enthusiast. In 2006, it was a thrill for me to attend the Farnborough Air Show outside London, where I was able to get an exclusive, inside tour of an A380 test aircraft from an Airbus test pilot.

I like to remind my clients that many times it’s what you don’t know that makes the difference between an “off-the-shelf” travel experience that has been done a dozen times before and a unique and stimulating adventure that will stay with you forever.

Hilton's Travel Journals

Nov 10, 2023 Avatar Hilton Smith Hilton Smith

A Real Connection to the Sea

Cruising is growing in two directions these days. Megaships hold 7,000 or more and smaller luxury vessels carry around 900...

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Sep 18, 2023 Avatar Hilton Smith Hilton Smith

Adventure Under German Skies

Focusing on one country in Europe has its rewards.  My two week August adventure in Germany could be more in depth and fulfilling than lumping several countries together. With warm, mostly sunny weather, exploring Hamburg, Berlin and Munich gave us the variety and stimulation we...

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    • Abu Dhabi & Dubai
    • Alaska
    • Antarctica
    • Arctic
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium & the Netherlands
    • Belize
    • Bermuda
    • Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet
    • Bolivia
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • British Isles
    • Cambodia
    • Canada
    • Caribbean
    • Central Europe
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Czech Republic & Slovakia
    • Denmark
    • East Africa
    • Eastern Europe
    • Egypt
    • England & Wales
    • Ethiopia
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Galapagos & Ecuador
    • Germany
    • Greece & Greek Isles
    • Greenland
    • Guatemala
    • Hawaii
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia, Bali & Borneo
    • Ireland & Northern Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Jordan
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    • Laos
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mediterranean
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • Myanmar
    • Namibia
    • United States
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Panama
    • Patagonia
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Puerto Rico
    • Russia
    • Rwanda & Uganda
    • Saudi
    • Scandinavia & Nordic Countries
    • Scotland
    • Singapore
    • Slovenia
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • South Pacific & Oceania
    • Southeast Asia
    • Southern Africa
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Tahiti & French Polynesia
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • Türkiye (Turkey)
    • Uruguay
    • Vietnam
    • Western Europe
    • Zambia & Zimbabwe
    • Adventure Travel
    • Custom Travel
    • Cycling Vacations and Bike Tours
    • Destination Weddings
    • Escorted Tours
    • Expedition Cruises
    • Family Vacations
    • Food and Wine
    • Genealogy Travel
    • Group Travel
    • Honeymoons and Romance
    • Hotels and Resorts
    • Incentive Travel
    • LGBTQ Travel
    • Luxury Travel
    • Ocean Cruises
    • Private Travel
    • Rail Vacations
    • River Cruises
    • Social Impact & Voluntourism
    • Solo Travel
    • Spa Vacations & Wellness Travel
    • Space Travel
    • Sports Travel
    • Villas and Homes
    • Wildlife Encounters
    • Yacht Vacations