(18 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Mary Orban

Falls Church, VA

European Vacation Specialist

I became a travel agent in 2010, following a 30 ­year career as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  My passion has always been travel, foreign languages, history, and culture, so this is a natural fit for me!

I received a BS degree in French and German from Bowling Green State University and then took my first overseas trip to study for three months at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. The experience opened my eyes to different people and cultures, and I learned that, for the most part, people are more alike than different. As Mark Twain wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry,and narrow­mindedness.”

I then worked in a hotel in Innsbruck, Austria, for three months.  The following year I attended the Philipps-Universität in Marburg an der Lahn, West Germany, for nine months. While in the U.S. Navy, I was assigned to duty stations in Naples, Italy, for 28 months; Pusan, Korea, for 18 months; and Stuttgart, Germany, for 33 months.

Now I love to book cruises and European vacations, especially to the countries where I have lived (France, Germany, Austria, Italy) or often visited (UK, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland).

My firsthand knowledge of destinations is a valuable asset. I take great care in arranging every aspect of a trip, and I am willing to spend whatever time is necessary with my clients to ensure that they are adequately prepared, especially when they are traveling some place new to them.

I have taken numerous short and long cruises, as well as transatlantic cruises, sailing on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, Azamara, and Viking River Cruises.

  • My river cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg opened my eyes to what life had been like in Soviet Russia.
     
  • As an animal lover, I thoroughly enjoyed my safaris in Kenya and South Africa.
     
  • The highlight of my tour to Morocco was spending a night in a Berber tent in the Sahara and getting up to ride a camel into the desert and watch the sunrise over the sand dunes.

These are the kinds of memories I want to help you make!

NOT an order taker, Mary is the ideal travel agent

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In October, 2014, Mary arranged a week long trip to Paris, France for my husband and me.  We credit our trip's success to having Mary as our travel agent. Mary possessed a detailed and intimate knowledge of Paris gained from numerous trips over the years. More importantly, Mary sat down with us one evening and shared her vast knowledge. She made us at ease about traveling on our own to the “City of Lights.”

Throughout our travels, we have found many travel agents to be no more than glorified order takers. Mary is NOT an order taker. She is the ideal travel agent!

My Reviews

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Mary Orban: a highly recommended travel agent
Mary Orban booked a trip to Paris for us in Oct. 2014. We were delighted with the trip and we particularly enjoyed the hotel Mary selected for us. Mary spent an evening with us answering all our questions and alleviating our concerns. We highly recommend Mary and plan to use her services in future travel. Chris and Walt Opaska
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very detail oriented
Mary provided us with a very detailed itinerary that was so helpful. She exceeded our expectations in all areas.
By  Sam  from  fort worth texas
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Planning with Mary was worry free
When our flight was cancelled a month ahead, Mary contacted us to let us know and found us great flights. She made sure that our connected flights were easy to get to with a choice of lay over times. I didn't have to worry about anything as I knew Mary had everything under control.
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Excellent travel agent
Great service, always a quick response even to the most mundane of questions. Made travel arrangements for two of our River Cruises. Delivered the tickets personally! Definitely recommend Mary O.
By  susie68  from  Jackson Wyoming
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Wonderful ideas
I asked Mary to plan a trip for me to Nepal last year. She had a number of wonderful suggestions and had obviously spent a good amount of time looking into it. Mary asked me a lot of questions to determine what kinds of things I liked to do and what my goals were for the trip. Then she tailored the specifics to suit my needs. I had a spectacular trip which included a trek in the Himalayas, an ultra-light flight, and a bath with an elephant in Chitwan National Forest. Mary has traveled extensively and was a former Navy captain. I highly recommend her for travel guidance.
By  Mary A  from  Washington, DC
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Destination Expert:

  • Germany
  • Paris
  • Italy

Travel Specialist:

  • European Culture
  • Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Military

Top Travel Partners:

  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Avalon Waterways

Certifications/Awards:

  • Accredited Cruise Counselor
  • Certified Travel Associate
  • Verified Travel Agent

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • German

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