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About Encore Journeys

I’m Carole Schaffer. More than 15 years ago, I founded Encore Journeys to share my love of travel and connect with other wanderlust individuals.  Travelers who value noteworthy experiences interwoven into a seamless trip.

From an early age, my parents, sister, and I traveled around the U.S., a tradition I have continued with my own family.

Then I went to Europe. I had the most incredible trip. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to share that feeling of awe and wonder with others. I’ve traveled to over 40 countries and counting. 

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.

I relish collaborating with travelers like you when designing heart-felt trips.

I excel at helping you make new discoveries and authentic connections.

I love curating elevated travel experiences so you can have the vacation of your dreams

Like planning your house, think of me as your architect. You come to me with your trip ideas, I produce the plan and you get to pick the details. Being innovative adds the spark in your vacation.

Let’s collaborate!



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Italy, Culturally Immersive Vacations, Customized vacations






We delight in planning vacations and making travel dreams come to life. In our process, we get to know you—your likes and dislikes, so we can deliver the trip you’ve been longing to experience.

You want your trip to be exceptional, personal and designed just for you. We do that by incorporating your interests into every vacation we plan.

What makes your trip memorable is our meticulous attention to details and our explementary global connections. We put the awe into your trip.

Our trips often include those special moments that take your breath away that you’ll never forget. Nothing delights us more than having you return with amazing memories.

Are you ready to break out of your everyday routine and experience a great vacation?

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“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 Carole made the process so easy.  Her insights of places to stay that I would never have considered, like Ashford Castle, added extra special touches.  I especially liked the organization of her service and how straight-forward everything was.  She’s very patient and honest and helpful.

I was able to create my own trip, without getting stuck with a tour.  Carole’s research, organization and thoroughness was remarkable.  I loved that I could create my own vacation while working with her.  She is easy to work with, listens to what people want and works 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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain