(202 Reviews)
99% Recommended

Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
Luxury River Cruise & European travel specialist

I have had a sense of wanderlust since I was a child, always yearning to go off and explore the world.

I will take my own personal passion for travel and use it to craft an extraordinary luxury experience for you.

Europe is my specia...
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Southeast Asia Travel Specialist

Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai Thailand

I stumbled into becoming an expert on Asia.


I never set out to be one, I have always been known for my knowledge of Europe, especially Italy where my father’s family comes from.


I had a client interested in visiting Myanmar, a country I had never heard of other than by it’s former name Burma, (from the TV show Seinfeld).


Never one to walk away from a challenge I started reading and researching, a love affair soon emerged. I was astonished by the beauty I saw online of the temples and stupas, they were not like anything I had seen in my travels before and I knew I would have to head East myself for a first-hand look.


My first trip to Asia started off in with three nights Bangkok Thailand to recuperate from the long flight and do some sightseeing before continuing on to Myanmar. I selected Monograms as my private tour guide and concierge.  It could not have worked out better, our guide took us to all of the main sites with VIP skip the line entry and also checked in on us daily.  Bangkok itself is a festival for your eyes. The detailing and adornments on the temples were almost surreal, absolutely stunning!


Myanmar was frozen in time, there were very few cars, people traveled about in ox carts, or, as I went further down the river, via small sampan boats. Giant golden stupas dotted the countryside.  The people lived far differently than I, but, at the very core we were the same. All it took was a smile and we could communicate.


Leaving Myanmar I headed over to Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Summer Palace which was a world away from Southeast Asia! Although it was modern city the antiquity of the places I visited still had a big impact. Artistically it was mesmerizing.


The following year I set off to Cambodia to join Avalon Waterways Mekong River Cruise.  We began with three nights in Siem Reap exploring the amazing Temples of Angkor. Avalon's ship was fantastic only 18 cabins, all suites where the bed faces a wall open up creating an open air balcony. There were just 20 of us on the cruise, it felt like a private luxury yacht!


I have journeyed to Northern Thailand taking care of my own elephant for the day, visited the triangular boarders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar which used to be the drug smuggling capital of Asia due to the poppy plants. I’ve chatted with women in a Padaung tribe who wear brass coils around their necks, learning that they consider it a symbol of beauty not something they are forced to endure and was blessed by a Tibetan monk.


This past December India was my destination, visiting the Golden Triangle and then sailing Ganges River followed by several days in Kathmandu Nepal.


Although I sold Asia trips before my own journey began, I feel, now that I have collectively spent about four months in Asia I have such a better understanding of how things work in the East.


From my travels I know the unwritten rules as to what could get you in trouble (like stepping on a coin in Bangkok) and what you want to do to keep yourself healthy while there.


It is one thing to read about a location, actually having been there gives me tools to draw upon when recommending locations and itineraries.


I am an avid photographer and filmmaker, let me share my personal experiences in a way that will help picture yourself in the destinations you are considering.

My Travel Albums

Thailand
Temple of Jade Buddha
River Cruise on the Ganges India with Avalon
The Taj Mahal
Mekong River Cruise Cambodia and Vietnam
Sunset on the Mekong River

My Travel Stories

Golden Myanmar

   Prior to planning my adventure all I knew of Myanmar was that it’s former name was Burma, a location that J Peterman of the tv show Seinfeld visited. One night I watched an Anthony Bourdain episode in which he visited the country and was astounded by the field of temples in Bagan. The people were...Read more.

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My Reviews

24 of 26 people found this review helpful
Patient and doesn’t nickel and dime you
We originally booked a two week Italy tour with Ann for April 2020 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The Covid virus came along so we cancelled that and booked a river cruise for July instead. Guess what? Covid still here and cancelled again. Ann patiently booked us a third time for April of 21 back to the Italy plan. Not once did she change us a change fee or complain about the extra work. Our friends agent charged them a $75 “service fee” each time to change theirs. We will always use Ann as she doesn’t nickel and dime you.
By  Paula  from  Omaha,NE
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
This has been a very frustrating and disappointing travel season for many people. I am confident that the third time will be the winner for your much awaited celebration.

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21 of 23 people found this review helpful
Tracing family roots in Italy
Ann custom built a two week trip for my son and I tracing our family roots in Italy. It was a great experience filled with history, great food, and even some days at the beach. It was really nice working with someone who understood what it meant to me to show my son where he came from. It is a trip I will never forget!
By  Gino  from  Walpole,MA
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Nothing makes me happier than helping people connect with their past in Italy. I am glad that it went so well!

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22 of 26 people found this review helpful
Cancellation of tour due to Covid-19
Although our tour ended up being cancelled because of the pandemic, Ann was with us every step of the way—from our initial inquiry concerning an appropriate tour to the refund of our deposit. She always answered every question and addressed all our concerns in a timely manner. It was a pleasure working with Ann.
By  JB  from  CT
Traveled to  Canada
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
It was a joy working with you and I know what a disappointment the cancellation was for your entire family. Hopefully in the future we can work it so you all can get to the Canadian Rockies.

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20 of 22 people found this review helpful
Best travel agent ever!
Ann has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis in keeping us informed about our cruise, which just canceled. She is the BEST travel agent we have ever worked with and are really upset that she is really taking a huge economic hit. When it is safe to travel we will definitely be using Ann again.
By  Mike  from  Acworth, GA
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for your kind words, you are such a thoughtful client, I appreciate your sentiment!

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22 of 26 people found this review helpful
Top notch adviser/agent!
Ann has handled booking for my family for years. Always professional and going the extra mile, especially when the unexpected has occurred (lost luggage, etc). She has always gone over and above to ensure that our travel has gone well.
By  Chris  from  NY, NY
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for the kind words it means a lot!

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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • Tuscany
  • Rome
  • Southeast Asia
  • Asia

Travel Specialist:

  • River Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Independent Travel
  • Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Monograms
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Certified River Cruise Specialist
  • Certified Italy Specialist
  • Windstar Star Specialist

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