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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PACIFIC HOLIDAYS

Explore Asia with its rich history, unique cultures and stunning physical beauty. Stroll through the bustling streets of an ancient Indian capital, ride atop an elephant in the forests of northern Thailand, or escape to idyllic Bali. Lounge on a pristine beach in the Philippine Islands, or cruise China’s Yangtze River or Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Rest in the felt tent home of your Mongolian herdsman host, or relax in the comfort of a Hong Kong or Singapore high-rise hotel.

Discover the magic of the South Pacific, experiencing firsthand New Zealand’s Maori heritage or a Fijian dance performance. Cruise Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, or enjoy a spectacular sunset over Ayers Rock, sacred to Australia’s Aboriginal people. Sunbathe on Tahiti’s romantic island of Bora Bora, or retreat to the enchanting Tahitian paradise of Tahaa, with its magnificent turquoise lagoon. Cruise the mystical regions of Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River, or circle the Pacific on an odyssey taking you through the South Pacific and well into Asia.

Journey to Latin America with one of Pacific Holiday's travel packages, your gateway to a variety of cultures and geographic wonders. Enjoy cosmopolitan Buenos Aires or the natural beauty surrounding the Argentine city of Bariloche and majestic Iguazu Falls. Visit Peru’s ancient Machu Picchu, tour Chile’s acclaimed vineyards or fascinating Easter Island. Ride a cable car to the top of Rio de Janeiro’s Sugar Loaf Mountain, or relax on one of Rio’s world-famous beaches. Cruise the Amazon River, marvel at the glaciers while on an Antarctic cruise, or have a close encounter with wildlife in the Galapagos.

Your Own Dream Vacation or Honeymoon

Pacific Holidays offers a broad and innovative selection of itineraries to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America, including a variety of web-only specials. We invite you to browse through our many travel packages, which have been specially designed, based on our thorough knowledge of these regions. Find one that matches your needs, or let our professional tour specialists help you use it as inspiration for creating your own unique vacation dream or honeymoon. Pacific Holidays is committed to making your travel luxurious, while maintaining group travel value.

Contact one of Pacific Holiday's tour specialists at 800-355-8025, or e-mail sales@pacificholidaysinc.com, to plan your dream vacation or honeymoon.

  • Why Pacific Holidays

    Pacific Holidays , a leading US National Tour Operator for Asia , the South Pacific and Latin America , and a New York City based corporation in business since 1993, is a member of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) , International Airlines Travel Agents Network (IATAN) , Pacific Asia Travel Association New York Chapter (PATA) and Brazil Tour Operators Association (BTOA) .

    Pacific Holidays participates in the ASTA's Tour Operator Program (TOP), agrees to adhere to its stricter membership standards and abide by a tour operator code of ethics. ASTA T.O.P (Tour Operator Program) program requires the active member to maintain $1 million Errors & Omissions (E&O) policy naming travel agents as additional insureds. Adherence to the TOP Code of Ethics sets Pacific Holidays apart from other tour operators, enabling agents and consumers to find reputable suppliers. Pacific Holidays pledges itself to conduct its business with integrity, treat travel agents and consumers in a courteous and professional manner, and strive to perform to the clients' expectations.

    Pacific Holiday has earned accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for the company's commitment to its customers and to the travel industry. BBB accreditation signifies that Pacific Holidays is a trustworthy business that bases its business practices on integrity and performance. The BBB ensures that high standards of trust are not only set but maintained. This accreditation shows that Pacific Holidays meets the highest standards of business ethics and supports the BBB's time-honored message of promoting "Trust" in the global marketplace.

    Pacific Holidays is an ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) bonded agency contracting with most major carriers to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America, such as:

    Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Air China, China Airlines, Air India, Qantus Airways, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Pacific, Taca Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Brazilian, Aerolineas Galapagos and Aerolineas Argentinas.

    Pacific Holidays is often on the top 10 lists of recommended US tour operators of government tourist offices stationed in North America . Pacific Holidays tour programs are constantly featured on the official websites of Singapore Tourism Board, Malaysia Tourism Board, China National Tourist Office, Korea National Tourist Office, Japan Tourist Office, Taiwan Visitors Association, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Philippine Department of Tourism, Fiji Visitors Bureau, Tahiti Tourisme and many others.

    Pacific Holidays, Inc, was honored with a TravelAge West 2012 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Best Tour Operator, Asia, as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards. The WAVE Awards give travel agents in the Western U.S. the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners. Honoring travel companies that “go above and beyond,” the awards are made based on a review that includes product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

    Combining extensive experience and knowledge of its varied destinations with flexibility in creating custom itineraries, Pacific Holidays offers high-quality yet affordable travel. To plan a dream vacation or honeymoon, contact one of Pacific Holiday's tour specialists at 800-355-8025800-355-8025 FREE, or e-mailsales@pacificholidaysinc.com

  • Testimonials
    Tahiti 2015
    Ruta

    The trip was fantastic… My clients liked it very much. Thank you for your help.
    Rosalia G.

    Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok 2014
    Hi Sharon,

    We returned from our November Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok tour that you and Lisa at Mansion Travel packaged for us.  Just wanted to drop you a note that the trip went smoothly and we were both extremely pleased with the hotels and guides.  

    Overall, an excellent trip.  We are planning for our next trips in 2015 and looking forward to booking more trips with Pacific Holidays soon.

    Thank You & Happy Holidays!
    David & Margie M.

    New Zealand and Fiji 2015
    Hi Viktor,

    I just want to share our experience on our trip as well others who had the purchased this trip through Groupon.  Most of us were first time purchasers of inclusive trip with Groupon and we all had positive experiences.  

    The hotel  accommodations and staff were superb.  The itinerary was pretty smooth and organized.   We didn’t encounter any major issues.  

    Thank you again. I highly recommended this trip to all my friends.  I’m happy with the service you provided.

    Sincerely,
    Vivanie and Sean M.

    Tahiti 2015
    Ruta,

    I just wanted to thank you for organizing this trip so perfectly. All transportation and expectations were met. The trip was truly amazing and unforgettable. Not a single flaw in all of the details.

    Thanks!
    Jessica V

    Dubai 2015
    Dear Jake

    Yunieski and I had a GREAT time in Dubai and thank you, yet again, for getting us to and from and in-between.  It was a wonderful trip and you put it together for us in an easy, efficient, and stress-free way.

    Thank you so much!

    Duncan

    New Zealand & Fiji FAM 2015
    Marta,

    After 3 days, I’m about to get back to normal! But, it was all so worth it … loved New Zealand -- what a beautiful place … and so much to do and see.

    It was a great trip. Pacific Holidays did a wonderful job of planning the trip. We got to do so much.

    Please keep me on your mailing list for future FAM trips. Again, thanks so much,

    Nell

    New Zealand and Fiji 2015

    Hello, Ruta,

    I just wanted to let you know that Bob and I had a marvelous time on our trip to New Zealand and Fiji.  It was a great "appetizer" to a longer trip down to New Zealand.  We are hoping to return next year and maybe take our son and family along for a two-week visit.

    We would be interested in other travel packages you handle.  Our time to travel is generally flexible and we want to see the world.  

    Again, thank you for the great service.  I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

    Best Regards,
    Bob and Anne A.

    New Zealand 2015

    My friend and I started from a Groupon offer to New Zealand.  The original offer only included the North island and I wanted again to try to get to Milford Sound.  We contacted Pacific Holidays, and over the course of working with Elena, we were able to expand and lengthen the original Groupon trip.   

    My friend and I had a good time, appreciated the itinerary Elena set up, and noted that she gave us realistic driving times between each town that we visited in New Zealand over 2+ weeks.  Elena patiently answered all our questions.  I would work with Elena and Pacific Holidays again.

    Lora

    New Zealand 2015
    Hi Ruta.

    Just wanted to thank you for all you did with the trip planning for us. We had an incredible trip, and everything went very smoothly. We enjoyed the sights …  appreciated the ease of the itinerary that you emailed us, very helpful.

    Thank you again for all your responses, assistance and guidance.

    All the best,
    Nathalie M.

    New Zealand and Fiji 2015

    Hi Elena,

    We came back from our trip yesterday and everything was great. The New Zealand and Fiji tour we purchased through Groupon was what we expected and more.

    We were happy with the hotels, car and flights, and they met the description provided.

    Regards,
    Sandra R.

    Hong Kong, Bangkok & Singapore 2015
    Dear Sharon,

    On behalf of Glenn and myself, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent Asia vacation package that you put together for us.  We were extremely pleased with the flights, the hotels, breakfasts, airport transfers in Bangkok, and the entire tour package that you put together for us.

    We both greatly enjoyed a hassle-free vacation, and we really appreciate all the effort you put into selecting the right elements to create an outstanding vacation package for us.

    Thanks so much,
    Mark H.

    Tahiti 2015
    Ruta

    The trip was fantastic… My clients liked it very much. Thank you for your help.
    Rosalia G.

    Indonesia FAM 2015
    HI Peggy,

    I want to tell you how much I enjoyed our Fam trip. We all really enjoyed each other’s company and are continuing to keep in touch.

    The highlight of the trip for me was seeing a traditional Balinese wedding. The guide was very nice and allowed us to depart late that day, due to that we were all so interested in the ceremony, which was at the Lor hotel. I will send you a few photos as they are among my favorite.

    Our guide was a special guide and person. I wish Bali was not so far away. It was very interesting the difference between Jakarta and that area and the island of Bali.

    Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts putting this wonderful trip together.

    Indonesia FAM 2015
    Dear Peggy,

    Indonesia was a great discovery for me, beautiful experience, nicest people and hospitality. Great destination for all kind of travelers seeking of culture, water activities, shopping, and food.

    The whole trip was perfectly coordinated. Congratulations, very professional!!

    Thank you very much … we really learned a lot. I'm so touched by the people and the whole destination experience. W are so ready to promote and sell!!!

    Our trip companions were the best!!!

    Mariela

    Dubai FAM 2015
    Morning Peggy!

    We so enjoyed the trip!  We had a great time!  Dubai and Abu Dhabi are amazing! A world all unto its own...

    We so enjoyed meeting Marta and all the others...nice folks!

    Thank you so much for all your help.

    All the best,
    Lynn

    Dubai FAM 2015
    Hi Peggy

    We are home!  I want to thank you again for an awesome trip to Dubai. I learned so much and had a great time.

    The group worked out very well together. The hotels were nice, the air flights were great. Well, what more can I say ... Awesome!!!

    Thanks again for everything.

    Barbara

    Hong Kong, Macau and Bangkok 2014
    Hi Sharon,

    We returned from our November Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok tour that you and Lisa at Mansion Travel packaged for us.  Just wanted to drop you a note that the trip went smoothly and we were both extremely pleased with the hotels and guides.  

    Overall, an excellent trip.  We are planning for our next trips in 2015 and looking forward to booking more trips with Pacific Holidays soon.

    Thank You & Happy Holidays!
    David & Margie M.

    Tahiti 2014
    Hi Elena,

    I want to thank you for making the arrangements for the most incredible vacation of our lives.  All the air travel and transfers went perfectly.
     
    The InterContinental Moorea was an incredible resort hat exceeded my expectations in every area.   The people who worked there were wonderful.  They and everyone on the island made us feel special and took great care of us.

    The InterContinental Tahiti was a nice surprise. The resort is a perfectly maintained oceanfront park with some of the most incredible infinity pools with islands and spectacular views.  

    We did at least two different things each day and still had time to relax. The people there are the friendliest, nicest, warmest people in the world (and I do a lot of traveling).  

    We will be calling you in a year or to arrange our next trip there.

    Thanks again,
    Norman and Paula

    Nepal FAM 2014
    Hi Ruta,

    I have been wanting to tell you how much I enjoyed the Nepal Fam trip and to thank you for your assistance and to Pacific Holidays for making it all possible. Your picture has come and it brought back good memories so I thank you for that also.

    Take care,
    Natalie

    Nepal FAM 2014
    Ruta,

    The Nepal trip was really great and our guide did a fantastic job telling us about his country and its culture.  You also made it sparkle!

    Thank you ever so much,

    Marianne

    Laos 2014
    Elena,

    The Laos trip you organized for me and my friend Dan, went off without a hitch. As I've come to expect from Pacific Holidays, the accommodations were generally excellent and our local guides attentive and personable. No detail fell through the cracks. Thank you!
    We had a wonderful trip and look forward to using Pacific Holidays again and  revisiting Laos in the future.
     
    Thank you!
     
    Karen R.

    NZ and Fiji 2014
    Viktor,

    We just returned from our New Zealand and Fiji holiday and wanted to say THANK YOU!!

    We are extremely happy with how you set everything up for us. We didn't run into any problems with reservations our vouchers. We also loved every hotel stay.

    We can't thank you enough for answering our hundreds of emails before we left and setting up a trip of a lifetime. We could have never done that ourselves. The service was wonderful and we had peace of mind while traveling …  you thought of everything.

    We are telling everyone about Pacific Holidays and hope to book again with you in the future.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Lindsay and Luke

    Tahiti 2014
    Ruta,

    We had a great vacation. Thank you for putting it all together for us.

    The people were wonderful.  The colors and the clarity of the water was amazing. Better snorkeling than most of the diving I have done.

    Flights and accommodations were all really good. Bora Bora overwater suite was fantastic.
    Thanks again!

    Regards,
    Jamie

    New Zealand and Fiji 2014
    Hi Elena,

    How can I even begin to narrow down our trip into highlights?! Every day was a highlight. From Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove in Coromandel, to jet boating and a helicopter ride in Lake Taupo, everyday was pure FUN!

    If I have to say, I think one of our favorite and very unique experience was the Tamaki Village Maori cultural experience. It was unique to New Zealand and its history.  Our trip was all very busy but so much fun!

    Fiji allowed us to slow down and really enjoy the wonderful hospitality, beautiful scenery and relaxation. We went island hopping to snorkel and kayak. Beautiful!

    Thanks so much for being a part of making memories we will cherish!  We won't hesitate to reach out when we plan on going to the South Pacific again ... which we definitely will.

    Thank you!
    Chiola D.

    Dubai and Bangkok 2014
    Hi Ruta,

    Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Dubai and Bangkok trip. The excursions that we did were all top-notch.

    We were especially happy with the Bangkok arrangements.  The Century Park Hotel was beautiful and the breakfast buffet fantastic.  Our guide was very informative and the driver was really good, even in that crazy traffic!

    Thanks again,
    Nancy

    Dubai and Nepal 2014
    Marta,

    Ken and I returned last week from our holiday.  It was great and what an experience we had.  

    Our guide Dom and our sherpa Kirin were great guys and were with us every step of the way.  Dom even stayed on after the trek and got us to Chitwan and our raft trip. They both went above and beyond, and it is truly appreciated.

    Ken and I loved the trek.  It was difficult for two 62-year-old guys, but we did it and were able to do it at our own pace.  Dom was very accommodating in every way.

    Thanks so much your help on this marvelous holiday.

    Regards,
    Wendell and Ken

    Tahiti 2014
    Hi Viktor!

    I wanted to thank you again for all of your help booking our trip to Tahiti!  We had a great time!

    The waters were amazingly aqua and turquoise!  We also received the most amazing, two-story suite… I don’t know if you had anything to do with that, but I have a feeling that you did.

    Thank you for everything, I really appreciate it!

    Tiffany

    Tahiti 2014
    Dear Marta,
     
    I don't have to tell you... you know it... it was again a fabulous vacation! Incredible!
     
    This time we even decided to go back not after 5 years, but in 2016 for sure!
     
    Best regards
    Natasa

    South Pacific Islands 2014
    Hi Elena,

    We returned from our South Pacific trip last night tired but well satisfied.

    Vanuatu was a neat place -- you could safely walk into town. The cascades were a highlight, which we did via taxi.

    West Samoa was fine …. very genuine.  We really felt we were in the South Pacific. The local people throughout the trip were sincere, honest and very friendly. Savaii was laid back but great, and the resort manager was wonderful. We almost hated to leave.

    Next year we would be interested in returning to the South Pacific and exploring some other islands.  What do you suggest?

    Bottom line ---it was a great trip leaving hundreds of wonderful memories!

    Martha and John

    Tahiti 2014
    Hi Victor,

    Just to let you know we had a great time in Tahiti. I thank YOU, especially, and Pacific Holidays.

    InterContinental hotels upgraded our accommodations in Papeete and in Moorea. Le Maitai gave us the best overwater bungalow location.

    We will need your expertise in the future. Thank you so much and God bless!  

    Sabina

    Tahiti 2014
    Hello, Ruta,

    We wanted to thank you for arranging our vacation.  It was the best one we have ever had.  Really enjoyed all the islands. Few small issues, but overall excellent.

    Thank you for all your work.

    Cheers,
    Suzanne and Gunter

    Myanmar FAM 2014
    Dear Peggy,

    Congratulations! The Fam could have not been better.

    Thank you

    Maria

    Fiji FAM 2014
    Hello, Peggy,

    Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the trip to Fiji.  The people are so nice and the places we stayed were just great.  Our guide couldn't have been better.

    Learned a lot and hope to get some clients interested in visiting Fiji. It's certainly a beautiful destination.

    Thanks again.

    Margaret

    Fiji FAM 2014
    Hi Peggy,

    Just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU for a wonderful Fam trip to Fiji. Everything went very smoothly -- flights, transfers, resorts, and Captain Cook Cruise.  Also, our tour guide was exceptional. He took really good care of all of us. I would highly recommend the Warwick Hotel on the Coral Coast.

    Thanks once again for a truly wonderful trip

    Patti

    Bali 2013,
    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you very much for all your help with our arrangements for the Bali trip. We enjoyed ourselves very much.

    We enjoyed the excursions and the food. We felt very safe and taken care of.  I very much enjoyed the Ubud portion of the trip. The weather was cooler and the culture was more accessible than the beach portion of the trip … although it was nice to relax, lie by the pool, and soak in all the sun.

    Thank you for all your help in preparing us for this voyage!

    Cheers!
    Beza

    Hong Kong 2013
    Hi Sharon,

    Just a note to let you know that our clients just returned from Hong Kong. They are very pleased with all the services, hotel, transfers, tours…They had a great trip!
     
    I want to thank you for helping me putting this land package together for my clients.

    Best regards,
    Teresita

    Peru 2013
    Sharon,

    We had a magnificent time on our Peru trip. Such engaging culture, such entrancing ruins, such thrilling landscapes, such variety of nature, that every day was a new adventure.

    Our trek guide met us the first day and briefed us. Your local operator was ready to supply any gear we were missing, but we had no need.  …. The trek went very well.  Machu Picchu was of course breathtaking and sublime, perched on a massive granite spire overlooking the Andes mountains.

    Thank you so much for your help. Your recommendations were all superior … Hope to meet you soon.

    Kit

    Tahiti 2013
    Dear Ms Chan,

    Just wanted to thank you for the trip you arranged - you dealt with any hiccups in the initial arrangements, provided all necessary materials in a timely manner, and the trip itself was great.

    Frank and Jean

    New Zealand and Fiji 2013
    Hi Sharon,
     
    My clients had a wonderful time in New Zealand.  They loved the tours, the hotels were very nice, and they had a great time in Fiji.  

    Thank you so much for all your help.  They want to go back to the South Island next, so I'll be calling you.
     
    Jackie
     
    Tahiti 2013
    Hello, Elena,

    We are back from our fabulous vacation in Moorea , and my husband and I wanted to let you know that everything went very well  --  the flights, the transfers and the hotel  reservations.

    Thank you so much Elena, it was perfect! We would like to do business with you again and start planning for next year's Christmas vacation in the South Pacific.

    Again, thank you for everything, the entire family had a great Christmas vacation.

    Oleg and Sandrine

    Tahiti 2013
    Ruta,

    Thank you very much for all your help in our visit to Tahiti. We had a wonderful and very professional trip.  We want to return next year, maybe in a different time. Thanks a lot.

    Best regards,
    Maria

    Tahiti 2013
    Marta,

    I wanted to thank you for the travel arrangements to Tahiti. We had a wonderful trip and a relaxing vacation.

    The choice of hotels was perfect.  We had many people who stayed at different places tell us that our hotel had the best location for all the good restaurants and tour departures.

    Chris

    Mongolia FAM 2013
    Dear Peggy,

    Just a quick thank you for the opportunity to visit Mongolia and experience Pacific Holidays for myself. An intriguing destination, to be sure. Brought back a lot of my 4th grade history lessons (Chinggis Kahn) and expanded my horizons!

    Our guide was great. Patient, knowledgeable, kind, and has a great love for his country. Also, excellent English! And our transfers were all efficient and well-handled.

    Thank you again for this amazing opportunity! What a beautiful country!

    Best,
    Paula

    Tahiti FAM 2013
    Hi Peggy,

    Thank you so much for including me on your Tahiti Fam trip and Travel Exchange this year. I am so glad that I was able to do it. In fact, I was able to add a few more hotels to our site inspection list while we were there.

    It was great to have the Travel Exchange format so we could meet with all the suppliers that were able to come.  It has made all the difference to being able to market and sell the region to my customers.

    I'm hoping to be included in next year’s Travel Exchange and Fam trip as well.

    Thanks again,
    Loretta

    French Polynesia 2012
    Dear Elena,
     
    I just want you to know that our vacation was absolutely terrific. We had JUST the best time.
    The resorts were amazing, and all the transfers went smoothly and were very well coordinated.  THANKS  for your hard work.

    TIKEHAU was magnificent … the beach and the sea are the best ……  
     
    The most beautiful resort was definitely Le Meridien at Bora Bora. The rooms are amazing , great people!

    We really LOVE French Polynesia!
     
    Best,
    Anna

    Tahiti FAM 2012
    Hey Peggy,
     
    We are back from Tahiti. Had a great time, the group was wonderful, and everyone got along.
     
    Doug did a great job, and we saw lots. Learned tons of stuff. Now feel comfortable in selling Tahiti.
     
    All hotels were very good to us, and we enjoyed all the staff at the hotels. The food was very good, and people are very friendly and go out of their way to please you.
     
    Great Fam!
     
    Thanks again,
    Cathy

    Patagonia 2012
    Jake,

    The trip not only met my expectations, but far exceeded them. You know how sometimes you can build something up and then when it happens it's a disappointment? This trip was far and above all that I had built it up in my mind, which is saying a lot.

    Someone lately asked me, "What was the worst part of the trip?" I answered that there was NO worst part. We had the best accommodations, transportations, scenery, and food, and there were only great people. Our flights were all on time, and our baggage followed us wherever we went.

    It was the trip of a lifetime! Thank you very much for making it happen.

    Sarah

    Fiji 2012
    Joe,

    I cannot even tell you how AMAZING Fiji is. TOKORIKI is more than either of us EVER imagined!! Not only that, but we ended up getting upgraded on the long flights (going and coming) and we took over 1,000 pictures. THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking care of everything for us. Both of us grew up traveling all over the US, but nothing could have prepared us for how memorable and beautiful and unforgettable this trip would be.

    It's a good life!

    Sajata

    Thailand 2012
    Hi, Doug!
     
    The whole trip was phenomenal!!! Everything worked smoothly and perfectly. The hotels were great and in very convenient locations. The local agencies were on the ball with everything. Needless to say, we had an awesome time!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for making all this possible! Time to start saving for the next trip. We will talk to you then.  
     
    Regards,
    Jiri

    Japan 2012
    Elena,

    I want to thank you for your help with my clients for setting up their trip to Japan recently.  I heard back from them upon their return, and they were delighted that everything went so smoothly for them.

    Thanks for your hard work.  I look forward to working with you again in the future.

    Joy F.

    Peru FAM 2012
    Greetings  Peggy,
     
    Wow, Peru was fantastic. The entire FAM group was fun.  I had a great time.  I am busy telling clients about my trip.

    Thanks for all your organization for this trip.

    With kind regards,
    Rita
     
    Myanmar & Bhutan 2012
    Hi Sharon,
     
    Thought I would let you know that everything went smoothly on our trip. Every flight was on time – amazing, considering how many we had on our trip. We really enjoyed Myanmar and Bhutan. Thank you for working with us to put the trip together. I know it was complicated.

    Kathy H.

    New Zealand & Fiji 2012
    Hi Jake,

    I wanted to let you know how wonderful our trip to New Zealand and Fiji was. It's been two months since we came back and my 3.5 yr old still mentions it. She says she wants to take her grandma and aunt along with us next time.

    The accommodations suited our needs very well. We were very pleased to have rented the camper for our self-drive tour of New Zealand. It was spacious and allowed us to make meals on the road when we needed to.

    Fiji was fabulous and just what the kids needed and wanted after driving around New Zealand and sleeping at different places almost every night. Our bure was lovely and spacious. We had a relaxing and peaceful view of the ocean. The kids could just walk out and play in the sand. The resort was family and kid-friendly, with a pool and playground for them to enjoy. The food was very delicious.

    Thank you so much for helping us plan a very memorable family vacation, and with everything coming together perfectly.

    Yendre

    Bora Bora 2012
    Ruta,

    The trip was amazing.  Everything went like clockwork, and when we arrived in Bora Bora we were met by a party from the hotel. Checked right in, and made to feel at home. The accommodations were amazing and views even better.  This was a very well organized vacation and we’ll definitely consider your assistance again in the future. Will definitely recommend your services, as well. Thanks again!

    Jon L.

    French Polynesia 2012
    Hi Marta,

    We just came back at the end of the last week and I wanted to send you a quick note to say “Thank You Very Much!” for putting together such an amazing trip for us! We loved it!

    The “honeymooners” bonus was great. We had so many presents and specials! We were happy with our Tahiti hotel room, loved our Moorea bungalow, and totally were awed and amazed by our Overwater Villa (and resort in general) at the InterContinental Thalasso!

    We received excellent attention and service from the Thalasso staff, and we can’t wait to go back again (perhaps next year around this time).

     I am sending your contact to all my friends, family and co-workers who are interested in taking this trip

    Many Thanks Again!  
    Natalie
     
    New Zealand 2012
    Joe,

    Once again everything went like clockwork. All of our accommodations were great. All of our airport pickups, all of our flight connections and arrangements were just as you had them laid out.

    Thanks for your hard work in making this another trip of a lifetime.
     
    Blake H.
     
    Myanmar & Cambodia 2012
    Sharon,

    Well you really outdid yourself this time!   I have traveled with Pacific Holidays many times, but this was the best of the best, especially Myanmar -- the guides, the restaurants, the itineraries, the drivers, the hotels, the food, the people, the people, the people.

    I do not want to book with anyone but you. You are magic. I loved Cambodia, also, but Myanmar has my heart.

    Hugs, Anita

    New Zealand & Bora Bora 2012
    Hi Elena,

    Lori and Rick had a great time in both New Zealand and Bora Bora. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

    Thanks for all of your help to make their honeymoon special and enjoyable.

    Rick W.

    Sri Lanka FAM 2012
    Dear Peggy!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for an excellently organized, to the last detail, Fam trip to SRI LANKA!

    Everything was perfect!!

    All the best,
    Gabriel and Delia

    French Polynesia 2012
    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for everything you did in helping us with our vacation! It was wonderful! Tahiti is beautiful, the flights were great, and the transportation was great. InterContinental Tahiti and Moorea were wonderful...The overwater bungalow was good.

    We took a walk down the street in Bora Bora, about a 5-minute walk to the InterContinental, and we said to ourselves that when we return, we would love to stay here. Next time we are going to stay a week in Bora Bora at the InterContinental.

    Once again, thank you for all of your help, with our vacation. When we plan another one I will contact you...
     
    Jim and Becky

    Tahiti 2011
    Dear Marta,

    You planned us a wonderful Honeymoon in Tahiti!  Thank you so much for your professionalism. Everything turned out perfect and more than what we expected!  You were very detail oriented and there wasn't a single item that was missed or forgotten.

    I would highly recommend your services to all my friends and family.

    All the best,
    Alpha
     
    Tahiti 2011
    Hey Marta,

    I just wanted to thank you and your agent Lindsey Glick for helping us plan our trip. Lindsey was quick and easy to communicate with.  She made the entire process extremely easy, and we are looking forward to our trip to Tahiti and Moorea islands.  

    Lindsey is great as an agent and I would recommend your services to our friends and families in the future.

    Have a great day,
    Amee
     
    Tahiti 2011
    Hi Jake,
     
    I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU!! Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing and perfect.

    The transfers between the airport to the ferry to the island were seamless. Well planned and well organized.

    I really appreciate excellent service, and that is exactly what Robbie and myself experienced.

    Thank you again!

    Sincerely,
    Tina

    Tahiti 2011
    Hi Marta

    We had a fun time in Tahiti. Thanks for all your help!  It has been 3 months and I am itching to go on another vacation, though a shorter one.

    Thanks!
    Louise

    Tahiti FAM 2011
    Dear Peggy,

    We want to thank you and all the team for the special trip we had. It was unforgettable and highly organized.

    Jake was very good and did everything to make this trip useful. Please accept our gratitude, and pass our thanks to everybody who made this trip possible.

    Sincerely,
    Anna and Benjamin
     
    Indonesia FAM 2011
    Peggy (and Sharon Chan),

    I want to THANK both you and Sharon for a GREAT trip and adventure to Indonesia. It far exceeded my wishes and dreams. It is a remarkable country with the MOST friendly people in the world.

    Thank you both for allowing me to travel with a wonderful organization, Pacific Holidays. I look forward to doing another educational trip soon. Please keep me posted.

    Again THANK YOU BOTH. Sharon… GREAT FAM leader

    Buck H.

    El Salvador FAM 2011
    Hi Peggy,

    Once again, thanks for letting me participate in the Fam to El Salvador. The itinerary was very interesting and diverse. The country has it all: churches, Mayan ruins, volcanoes, colonial towns, beaches, lakes and great shopping. Not to mention the weather was great

    I liked staying at the variety of hotels. It was also fun trying different restaurants and sampling the local food. El Salvador is a beautiful country and has a lot to offer.

    Our guide Dionisio was great. Everyone was friendly and very accommodating. Overall, I couldn't ask for a better experience.
     
    Thank you.

    Irene K.

    Tahiti 2011
    Marta,

    Thank you for all your help with our trip.

    Everything went smoothly ... Paradise Tours (Moana) was always on time with a welcoming smile. When we go back to Tahiti (in about 3 yrs.), I'll be calling on you again. Many thanks for all your hard work.

    Marie V.
     
    Tahiti 2011
    Hi Marta,
     
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip!!!  It was organized very well. The hotels are excellent. And the food is the best.
     
    Regards,
    Maria

    Vietnam & Cambodia 2011

    The tour from Pacific Holidays was first class. In a nutshell, it was smooth and as exciting as planned.

    We were met as scheduled, without failure, by guides and drivers who got us from and to the airports with style and safety, and provided us with the travel confirmation documents that we needed. The drivers were all personable, safe, and helpful.  The hotels were all ones to which we would gladly return, and the city or area (e.g., Mekong River) tours were full of important things to see and do.

    The guides all spoke English, and in several cases they were exceptionally fluent not only in English but in the background or history of whatever places we visited. The guides were personable, very polite, and also truly responsive to our wishes, whether an adjustment in itinerary and the components of a meal. Three in particular were among the best guides that we have encountered over many years of travel:  Quang in Hanoi, Sokhary in Phnom Penh, and, especially, Monirom in Siem Reap. Rom was a true professor of history, art, culture, linguistics, sociology and more, and we could go on-and-on about his consideration and skill in making our visits to popular sights unique and comfortable.

    Evelyn says that this is the best guided tour that we have ever had in every respect -- and I agree. Thus, we love Indochina even more than we anticipated, and we intend to return and spend more time in each country.

    We would gladly recommend Pacific Holidays to others contemplating a tour such as we took.

    I will be in touch again soon about some upcoming travel plans.

    Best regards.
    Norb
     
    Vietnam 2008
    Hi Joe and Jerry,

    Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful trip. Tour was great, specifically great itinerary, hotels and guides. In particular, our guide in Ho Chi Minh City was unusually good, both in his knowledge and very fluent English!

    Thanks again for a wonderful vacation.

    Dan

    China 2008
    Andrew,

    Just wanted to thank you for a job well done with our China trip. Everything was handled well, and the people you contracted with were very concerned and efficient. They made our stay great! The hotels and their staff were also up to very high standards. Thanks.

    Michael
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  • Meet Our Staff

    Jerry Chang
    President/Owner

    After 20 years of hard work and devotion, Mr. Chang has built Pacific Holidays from scratch to its current status of a major US tour operator for travel to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America. Having lived through China’s tumultuous years in the ’60s and ’70s, Mr. Chang steadfastly pushes business through the down times and ensures that it thrives during the good times. Building on his own extensive travel experience throughout the world, he has developed innovative tour programs to various destinations. Mr. Chang treasures a close relationship with consumers and travel agents. His philosophy is: “Putting principles ahead of profits.” Majoring in the English language and linguistics, Mr. Chang was trained to be a teacher. He taught English for a few years before becoming a tour guide at China International Travel Service’s (CITS’s) Nanjing branch in 1978. With more than 30 years in the travel industry, Mr. Chang has never left the tour operation business since immigrating to the United States in 1987. To learn more about him, please click here to read his travel essay “Travel is in My Genes.”


    Marta Visu
    Vice President of Marketing and Product Development

    With a master’s degree in tourism and hospitality from New York University, Marta is a proficient travel executive, having more than twenty years’ experience in the industry with airlines, retail agency and tour wholesaler. Joining Pacific Holidays in 2007, Marta brought her strong trade connections with the South Pacific region and superb ability in sales, customer service, contract negotiations, and new product development, as well as staff management. Her whole-hearted contributions are integral to Pacific Holidays’ recent success. While she has visited many countries, she does not like to pick a favorite. Each place has its own inner beauty, its own friendly people and its own surprises ready to be discovered. I believe once you visit a new country, you inadvertently become its ambassador. I consider myself very fortunate to work in the field of my passion. Every time I plan a new itinerary or work with a client on a trip, I get to re-experience the excitement of the trip I took to that place.


    Sharon Chan
    Destination Specialist

    In a senior sales position with Pacific Holidays, Sharon has been with the company for 15 years. She is a worldwide explorer, seasoned tour leader, and a specialist in all Pacific Holidays’ destinations – in Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. Born in Hong Kong, she studied in Japan, Switzerland and Hawaii, speaks multiple languages other than English, including Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese, and is now diligently studying Spanish.


    Jake Goodhart
    Destination Specialist

    A born-and-bred New Yorker and a 2006 graduate of Vassar College, Jake has been a world traveler his entire young life, visiting dozens of countries, including South Korea, Samoa, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Jake has been working in the travel industry for more than 5 years and is a specialist in Central and South American destinations. He\'s ridden on horseback through Chile\'s Atacama Desert and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Not one to settle for mediocrity, Jake always tries to tailor trips to his clients\' interests to ensure the best vacation possible.


    Elena Cowell
    Destination Specialist

    Elena grew up in the central part of Russia. After her university graduation, she moved to the US. Now she is on a fast track to becoming a citizen of the world. She started at Pacific Holidays as a Tahiti specialist. She has visited Tahiti, hopping not only around the most popular islands of Moorea and Bora Bora, but to less developed and more authentic islands such as Huahine. But her experience does not stop there. Elena has also gazed at New Zealand\'s flawless polka-dot sheep lawns, and journeyed to Asia, where she turned her jet-setter eyes on Vietnam and the ancient temple of Angkor Wat.


    Ruta Kliucininkaite
    Destination Specialist

    Born in Lithuania, Ruta earned an MBA in labor economy and management, worked in both sales and marketing positions in tour agencies in Dubai, and later immigrated to the US. Her 15 years working in the travel industry, combined with her extensive touring around the world, gives her a unique firsthand perspective on what is required for the very best travel arrangements. She loves to explore new destinations and is eager to share her experiences and knowledge with her clients.


    Peggy Senko
    Operations

    Peggy has extensive experience in all areas of operations at Pacific Holidays, including communications, managing the air department, web management, travel agent familiarization trips, and reservations. Working on various aspects of Pacific Holidays’ destinations and itineraries complements her interest in different cultures and languages, as well as her passion for writing. After years as an editor, publications director, and music educator, Peggy finds working for a tour operator offers new insights, and she enjoys sharing the world of Pacific Holidays with others.


    Vicky Dong
    Accounting

    Vicky holds a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Finance University and an associate’s degree in accounting from the Long Island Business Institute. Having joined Pacific Holidays about 6 years ago, she is responsible for all daily financial operations. Vicky is a seasoned accounting professional with over 20 years of experience.


    Viktor is a sergeant in the US Marine Corps Reserve. He receives intensive military training and is ready to supplement active duty forces whenever needed.  But his full-time civilian career is destination specialist  for overseas travel at Pacific Holidays. After graduating summa cum laude from CUNY College of Technology with a bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Viktor immediately decided to focus his interest in tour management. A couple of years ago he joined Pacific Holidays. His  well-trained discipline, his drive for excellence and his devotion to customer service soon made him a strong addition to the sales team.  Already a pro, his goals now include even more travel to Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific to gain in-depth knowledge of the destinations and become the best professional for serving travelers to each area.

  • A Travel Essay By the President

    Travel Is in My Genes

    By Jerry Chang - President of Pacific Holidays

    If there were such a thing as travel gene, then I would have it.

    When I was 12 years old, the Cultural Revolution broke out in 1966 China. Chairman Mao Zedong set millions of young students free. We students, Red Guards of the revolution, did not have to study at school, and we were told to criticize teachers, government officials and other so-called bad elements of society. We could travel for free to visit any cities that trains and other means of public transportations could reach in China, swapping revolutionary experiences and ideas along the way.

    So, without my parents’ supervision, but with their permission (they were having problems with the chaotic situation, as they were city government officials), I, together with some classmates, took an over-crowded train heading for Beijing from my hometown city of Wuxi, not far from Shanghai. For two days, we had to stand in the car or sit on overhead luggage racks (no sleeping berths for free travel). We were actually reviewed by Mao Zedong on the Tian An Men Square, as he stood on the rostrum waving his little red book to the sea of people with red armbands and red flags.

    I returned from that trip with an even bigger ambition: to visit Yan An, a remote village in western China where Mao Zedong’s communist army was based during the anti-Japanese war. A US journalist, Edgar Snow, had visited there and later published the famous book Red Star Over China. This was a weeklong train ride (no bullet train yet, and no precision scheduling when there were tens of thousands of free young travelers) to Xi’an, the ancient capital, where the terracotta army of the first emperor of China would later be excavated. Four of us, all schoolmates, were supposed to swap revolutionary ideas and to read and copy big-character posters of criticism. Instead, we went to the ancient Drum Tower in the city center, climbed the old city wall, and tasted local hot and sour noodle soup. 

    From Xi’an, transportation was arranged to our ultimate destination in a canvas-covered military truck. No seats. Bumpy roads. No super highway at that time.  No heat in the December cold. No proper food. Only millet porridge and cornbread, occasionally, served by locals who supported students on their pilgrimage to the sacred place of revolution. When we finally reached our destination, I went straight to the pagoda on the hill overlooking the village of Yan An. The pagoda was depicted in films, artwork, and books as the symbol of revolution and the anti-Japanese war. While the pagoda looked respectable from a distance, it was dilapidated, abandoned and in serious disrepair. I managed to climb a few flights up to a higher floor, as parts of the stairs were missing. What a magnificent, breathtaking view – the waters of the Yan River rushing over boulders and rounded pebbles, unique traditional cave residences in the village, and the barren loess plateau of western China.

    When I was 15, Mao Zedong decided to send millions of unemployed young city students to the remote countryside to receive education from peasants. I did not have to go since I was one year away from the required age. But I still went. My parents were still in labor camps. And I wanted to see the world. My whole class was assigned to a farm on the northern bank of the Yangtze River on the east coast. During the week (6 days), we toiled in the rice paddies and cotton fields and lived on strict food rations with little meat. But our spirits were mostly high. On Sundays, we journeyed by foot to nearby towns for exciting local markets and fairs, to the distant county government seat, and to the vast muddy beaches on the East China Sea, now a wildlife sanctuary best known for rare migrant red-crowned cranes and Pere David’s deer.

    Later on, I was lucky to become a college student, majoring in English language and linguistics at East China Teachers’ University in Shanghai, one of the first, and few Chinese universities to re-open in the early 70s. Upon graduation, I was assigned right back to the same farm north of the Yangtze River, where I became a middle school teacher. In those eight years of studying and teaching, summer and winter recesses were the best opportunity to travel within the province and nearby regions.

    My real travel fortune arrived when the demand for English-speaking personnel became pressing, as Nixon broke the ice and China was opening to the outside world. In 1978, I was enlisted as an English-speaking tour guide by China International Travel Service (CITS) Nanjing Branch. Along with foreign visitors, I was among the first to visit the newly discovered Xi’an terracotta soldiers. Also, before the gigantic hydraulic project stopped the river’s natural flow, I was among the first to sail through the treacherous and yet spectacular Three Gorges on the Yangtze River on a newly built luxury tourist cruise ship. In my nine years working for CITS, I witnessed, and assisted others in witnessing, the greatness of China’s magnificent mountains and mighty rivers, modern metropolises and ancient towns, and archaeological sites and stunning landscapes. Travel was so fulfilling!

    It was during this time of my life that I started to grasp the art of travel planning: how to put together interesting destinations in the most enjoyable, relaxed way, while not wasting time with any unnecessary hotel stay, optimizing flight itineraries, and combining archaeological sites, exotic cultures and natural wonders.
     
    When I immigrated to the US in 1987, the only trade that I had acquired, and that I could use to make a living in this new world, was travel consulting. For six years, I sold China and other Asia destinations. Not much time for travel, since I was too busy making travel arrangements for other people.
     
    In 1993, I decided to start my own business – Pacific Holidays. Again, for the first few years, no travel, all work, as I built a business encompassing the Far East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. In 2001, we extended our coverage to the South Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and many other Pacific islands. Four years later, we launched our programs to Central and South Americas.

    In the years that followed, I participated in numerous travel agent familiarization trips and toured on my own to most Asian countries, many South Pacific islands, and almost all Central and South American countries. Now, travel took on new meaning. Wherever I went I would bring back something new, as I found the most exciting sites, optimum travel routes, most reliable partners, best-located and desirable accommodations, and innovative ideas for touring to the destinations.

    One day in early February 2001, I received a phone call from the chief of North America of Air Tahiti Nui, asking if I was available for a Tahiti agent familiarization trip. I checked my calendar and, regretfully, had to decline the opportunity.  I thought I’d lost the chance. But a few weeks later he called again, saying the departure date had changed. “Are you available this time?” Yes! My wife and I visited all three main islands of French Polynesia: Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. I was so impressed by the intriguing legends of an exotic people, the stunning beauty of the islands, and romantic overwater bungalows, that upon our return, I produced a one-color tour flyer devoted only to Tahiti. Today, Pacific Holidays is one of the very top sellers of Tahiti in the US.

    In 2008, I was invited to participate in the Excel Cebu Tour Congress in the Philippines.  At the end of the event, the bad news arrived -- we could not go to Boracay because of a recent strong typhoon that partially destroyed many resorts on the otherwise idyllic beaches. It would take weeks before the island could restore to its normalcy.  Department of Tourism staff frantically put together a Plan B. Instead, we visited the islands of Bohol and Palawan, west of the main Philippine islands and much less frequented by American visitors. One of the world’s longest navigable underground rivers, near the provincial capital city of Puerto Princesa, was provisionally chosen as one of the new seven wonders. The private island luxury resort of Dos Palmos, off the Palawan shore, was an ideal location for romance, nature, and diving. The following year, Pacific Holidays annual tour brochure introduced the Philippine tour program “Philippine Odyssey,” a 13-day/11-night tour that includes exactly the same islands and cities I had visited: Manila, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan.

    My last New Year vacation was in Colombia, an upcoming new destination for American travelers. Putting together the three locations I visited - the sophisticated capital city of Bogota, the quaint colonial town of Villa de Leyva hidden in the rolling countryside, and the scenic and yet colonial beach city of Cartagena on the Caribbean, creating a complete standalone tour itinerary for Colonial Colombia, that is now in Pacific Holidays tour brochure and website.

    Many of the tour programs Pacific Holidays offers to Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific were personally experienced and tested by me or my staff members. That is Pacific Holidays’ difference.

    Travel satisfies my curiosity. Travel overwhelms my senses. Travel inspires Pacific Holidays’ innovative touring. Today, I am always ready, “Have digital camera, will travel.”

    March 2013
    New York

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