Encore Journeys - Creating culturally immersive vacations for discerning clients




Putting together all the pieces of an expertly planned vacation takes time and knowledge. This is why working with an experienced and certified travel advisor is so important. Your vacation represents an investment in time and money, why put that at risk? Online booking engines and call centers work strictly on volume and don’t take the time to provide quality service to you. At Encore Journeys, we take the time to get to know your travel vision–incorporating your ideas with our suggestions and expertise to create a flawless, culturally immersive vacation designed just for you.


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Welcome to Encore Journeys

Are you struggling to create the vacation of your dreams? Do you feel overwhelmed by the massive amount of information you need to sift through while planning such a trip? Or worried about missing something extra special or unique?

As a boutique travel agency, we specialize in hand-crafted vacation experiences for discerning travelers and groups. Our exclusively designed, customized itineraries are for people like you–those special individuals who seek something beyond the ordinary.

At Encore Journeys, we help travelers discover the distinctive culture, scenery and flavors of each location. Our amazing supplier partnerships allow us to provide exclusive and unique experiences, upgrades and amenities that are not available online. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled devotion to excellent customer service.

Let us take the travel-planning stress away from you. We’ve been arranging vacations for discerning people like you for over 15 years. Because every client is different, every trip is tailored to each client’s interests. Why not break out of your everyday routine and let us help you make new discoveries?

River cruises, European river cruises, Ocean cruises, Expedition cruises, Alaskan cruises, Hawaiian cruises, Danube cruises
Ancestry Trip, Roots Vacation, Family Tree, Genealogy Trip, Family vacation
Customized Vacations, Independent Travel, Cruises, tours, luxury vacations
Group Travel, Golf Groups, Wine Clubs, Culinary groups, Garden clubs, Knitting groups
Carole Schaffer

Meet Carole Schaffer

My passion for travel began at a young age and I want to share that passion with you. For me, travel isn’t just about seeing things. It’s about the journey of connecting with people and places that touch your soul and makes you yearn for more. As the owner of Encore Journeys, I design trips that help you explore our world with new wonder and appreciation.

As a certified and experienced advisor, I provide advice and information enhancing your trip like you never imagined. I’ve been designing vacations for over 15 years and every detail matters. My network of trusted partners allows me to create those experiences you’ve been seeking. I’m there for you every step of the way and even help you to protect your travel investment.

When working with me, you’ll soon find out that planning your vacation is all about discovering the things which will make you rave about your journey. The special moments that take your breath away that you’ll never forget. Nothing delights me more than having contented clients who return with amazing memories!


Encore Journeys. Culturally Immersive vacations, European Vacations, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, Tahiti

Our anniversary vacation to Italy was fantastic!  I think we most enjoyed relaxing with a glass of wine and taking in the beautiful views from the terraces of our hotel rooms in Rome and Positano.  I loved working with you since I did not have the time to research hotels, flights, tours, etc. and then make all the arrangements.  I was also concerned about finding reputable service providers in a country I was not that familiar with.  Working with you took away all the anxiety, so we could focus on what really excites us, like finding perfect little restaurants and good wine!

I liked that you took time to understand what kind of experience we wanted and what our budget was.  All of our expectations were met and the trip ran smoothly. We appreciated that you did not try to dictate what we should do, but helped guide us so we could get the maximum enjoyment out of our trip.  And, we were pleasantly surprised to find you had upgraded our hotel room in Rome to one of the best suites!  We can’t wait till you can arrange our next trip!  — Lisa & Thomas Breuer


My husband, our three teenagers and I had the most fantastic time visiting our ancestral home of Ireland.  When we started talking about this vacation, I was a little overwhelmed, but you made the process so easy.  Your insights of places to stay that I would never have considered, like Ashford Castle, added extra special touches.  I especially liked the organization of your service and how straight-forward everything was.  You’re very patient and honest and helpful.

I was able to create my own trip, without getting stuck with a tour.  Your research, organization and thoroughness was remarkable.  I loved that I could create my own vacation while working with you.  You are easy to work with, you listen to what people want and you work hard to help them achieve the goals of their trip.  I would tell others that they don’t have to plan an important trip on their own, Encore Journeys can customize it for them! —  

Renee & Malcolm Bradford

Our family used Encore Journeys to book a large family trip.  I had never used a travel agency before and I was a little leery of using one.  Plus, I was worried about everything turning out well. Your calming manner, enthusiasm, sureness and never ending willingness to answer questions is the reason I went ahead with the trip. Your recommendations and tips were always something I wouldn’t have thought of.  I liked that they had experience to be able to tell me what it would be like and prepare me for the “unknown.”  Carole shared her experience and expertise in a way that made me feel excited about a vacation I was uncertain about. And her excited manner really got me excited, too!  Our trip turned out great and we still talk about the many memories our family shared.  – Jenifer and Dan Goehmann

Olga and I would like to thank you for all of your help and guidance in planning our exciting 18-day genealogy trip to Germany. We were able to find and visit and the villages, homes, churches, and grave locations of eight of our 16 great-grandparents. Your combined local and on-site genealogy guides, with out trip starting in Wiesbaden and ending by the North Sea, were wonderful? Our “new” cousins greeted us with hugs and kisses, family gifts and warm hospitality. You helped us to make such a major “jump” forward in our multi-family finds! We are most appreciative of your and feel we now have also gained a new and close friend! – Olga and Bruce Hausser

Are you ready to experience your dreams?