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The Top Travel Agents and Tour Operators of 2013
Condé Nast Traveler

by Wendy Perrin

The custom trip designers collected here represent the best blend of destination knowledge, insider connections, consumer advocacy, and value for your dollar that I've found in more than two decades of scrutinizing the travel industry for this magazine. They have the expertise and clout to get you the rooms with the best views and the savviest English-speaking guides, not to mention VIP perks. They have almost all been road-tested by Condé Nast Traveler readers, editors, or both. Of the more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators who have tried to break onto this list since its inception 14 years ago, only a tiny fraction have made the grade—this year, 146 specialists. Getting into this group is, statistically speaking, tougher than getting into Harvard. Staying on it is tougher still: It requires not only an absence of valid reader complaints but also ongoing positive assessments.

SMALL-SHIP EXPEDITIONS: ASHTON PALMER
A veteran of more than 100 voyages, including 50 to Antarctica and dozens in the Galapagos and on the Amazon, Palmer is a former small-ship expedition leader and guide who knows the inside scoop on the different companies (he’s worked for them, after all), can pinpoint whom each cruise is right for, can advise on how to maximize your time once aboard, and is honest about the downsides. He’s lived in five countries, including expedition-ship playgrounds such as Indonesia and Australia.