Experiences

Curating Exceptional Journeys

We redefine what it means to travel opulently, elegantly and luxuriously. As a company and a brand we represent a team of individuals who are committed to producing only bespoke travel experiences -- imagine it as travel haute couture. Whether it's arranging a ski-in, ski-out Villa in Courchevel, a sun-soaked week on the Amalfi Coast or a private tour of Angkor Wat, we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients do not feel bound by the typical constraints of travel; if a destination excites you, it excites us.

Our goal is to help you envision your ideal trip and then design it with your personality and preferences in mind. We’ve dismissed the typical “cookie-cutter” travel advisor model in favor of a highly customized approach like no other.

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Inspire

If a client wants to learn how to cook authentic, local Tuscan cuisine, we’ll reach out to a chef who partners with us. From there, we’ll arrange for our client to take a class in that chef’s personal home, where he or she will share generations-old recipes as you’re guided through elaborate and memorable preparations.

Adventure

If you’re feeling more adventurous, we might send you to visit a Maasai tribe in Kenya. Despite limited contact with the outside world, they’ll be eager to introduce you to their way of life, share a meal with you and allow you to join them as they engage in the traditional singing and dancing rituals.

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Spiritual Journeys

Finally, for clients looking for a more spiritual experience, we may offer an opportunity to share a Morning Prayer with Buddhist monks in Laos. Amid the sound of drums, symbols and chanting, it is possible to switch off your brain for a moment, and simply exist in the now.

Exclusive Access

Booking with Discover 7 gives you access to our exclusive relationships with many luxury travel companies such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Singita Safaris and many premier jet companies. These relationships provide elite access to additional availability and amenities for Discover 7 clients. We are also a Virtuoso member, allowing us to enhance your stay at properties around the world.

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Philosophy

A Stay Unlike Any Other

We believe that you will find no other advisory that will as creatively, efficiently and accurately ensure that your sojourns, romantic getaways, and holiday plans proceed flawlessly. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients' needs, wants and desires. Our goal is to immerse our clients in local culture, while simultaneously providing a top-luxury experience.

Itineraries

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

We uniquely prepare each of our itineraries based on the preferences and predilection of individual clients. No two itineraries are exactly alike, just as no two clients are exactly alike. Our advisors would be glad to speak to you about planning your bespoke trip.

Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
Paro Valley, Bhutan
Ultima Thule Lodge
Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Andes Mountains
Patagonia (Chile), South America
Colmar
Alsace, France
Sénanque Abbey
Provence, France
Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Khufu)
Giza, Egypt
Arusha National Park
Tanzania, East Africa
Fly Fishing
Motueka River, New Zealand
Heli-skiing
Verbier, Switzerland
Avenue of the Baobabs
Menabe, Madagascar
Salar de Uyuni
Potosí, Bolivia

Local FootstepsTM

Don't Just See the Sites, Explore Them

Our clients have access to a small group of hand-selected local experts and expats in cities around the globe. Local Footsteps specialists have lived and breathed the culture of their regions for years (or a lifetime) and possess a passion and breadth of knowledge that can only be developed over decades. They offer advice about restaurants, shops, culture and other experiences that cannot be found in a guidebook or on the Internet. Our specialists are available to communicate and brainstorm with as you create your trip and would be delighted to provide a guided tour when you reach your destination.

We are rapidly expanding our list of cities. Please check back soon for more destinations.

Henrietta

London, England

Henrietta, a native of Bristol, has lived in Madrid, Paris and Melbourne. However, she still says London ...

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Isabelle

Paris, France

A Franco-American born and raised in one of the great cultural hearts of France--Versailles--Isabelle ...

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Lise

Tuscany/Florence, Italy

Lise first traveled to Tuscany on an art scholarship to study printmaking. After completing her master's ...

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Rachid

Fes & Marrakech, Morocco

Rachid, a native Moroccan Berber, has been conducting tours of Morocco for elite travel advisories for over 25 years. ...

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Ving

Bangkok, Thailand

Ving was born on the countryside of Ubon Ratchathani, in North-East region of Thailand, then moved to Bangkok as a small boy ...

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Lieselotte

Stockholm, Sweden

For years, Lieselotte has been a proud, certified tour guide of Stockholm ...

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Katerina

Prague, Czech Republic

Katerina first put her masterful knowledge of Prague to use as a concierge at the Mandarin Oriental ...

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Victoria

San Sebastián, Spain

Vicky has always been interested in diverse cultural experiences. At 18, she moved to London to study travel and tourism ...

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Assaf

Tel Aviv, Israel

A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father was a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family ...

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  • Henrietta

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    London, England
    Henrietta

    Henrietta, a native of Bristol, has lived in Madrid, Paris and Melbourne. However, she still says London, her home for more than 20 years, is her favorite city. She loves everything about it, from the "buzzy" feeling she gets when she walks down the street, to London's seemingly endless cultural activities. In a world where chain restaurants and shopping malls abound, London, Henrietta says, has maintained its quirkiness.

    Henrietta completed a detailed and comprehensive course of training and examinations to earn the Blue Badge, which is awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and is the highest guiding qualification in Britain. She loves taking visitors to both popular attractions such as Buckingham Palace and the Crown Jewels and local hidden gems such as pop up Shakespeare performances and quirky Bohemian markets.

    Favorite things to do in London:

    On Saturdays, strolling through the Old Spitalfields Market in East London, known for its funky wares, up-and-coming designers and delectable, homemade foods.

    Relaxing at St. James's Park near Buckingham Palace with a cup of coffee while looking out over the serene lake.

  • Isabelle

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Paris, France
    Isabelle

    A Franco-American born and raised in one of the great cultural hearts of France--Versailles--Isabelle has spent her life developing a complex body of knowledge about the European continent. She studied in Italy, spending several years in Siena and Florence while preparing her Master’s degree, and then attended Ecole Française in Rome on Scholarship to work on her Ph.D. thesis. Finally, in 2006, she received her PhD in Etruscan art from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). In addition to teaching at the University of Paris VIII and at the American University in Paris, Isabelle has experience as Communications Manager for an art books publisher and as a documentary translator for French television. As a docent and lecturer, she enjoys sharing her deep love for Paris, especially its art and history, with visitors, family, and friends. She is also an active member of the Montmartre Historical Society and recently published a book about Montmartre.

    Favorite things to do in Paris:

    The gardens of Palais Royal during the annual rose festival. A hidden and quintessentially Parisian, this park takes visitors back in time.

    Exploring the Louvre after-hours. Exploring an empty museum allows art appreciators to make new discoveries and to view old favorites without the distraction of the crowds.

  • Lise

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Tuscany/Florence, Italy
    Lise

    Lise first traveled to Tuscany on an art scholarship to study printmaking. After completing her master's degree, she returned and took up residence in an ancient stone farmhouse with no electricity or running water. To pay for some much-needed renovations, she began working as a guide in the Tuscan countryside and the city of Florence. Twenty-five years later, Lise can still be found showing travelers her favorite art museums, coffee houses and scenic vistas. Lise believes that Italy is a “living classroom of the Renaissance” and her priority is making it come alive for travelers.

    In addition to her work in Florence, Lise facilitates cooking lessons from locals in her farmhouse kitchen, which has been photographed for The New York Times. She is the co-author of Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best and The Cognoscenti's Guide to Florence.

    Favorite things to do in Florence:

    “I love to start early in the morning with a perfect coffee and pastry before going to the lively outdoor food market of St. Ambrogio, where the seasons are reflected in the colorful produce stands.”

    “Florence is a crowded city and I love to avoid the main streets and instead get to where I'm going by taking picturesque side streets, alleyways and courtyards, always rewarding with architectural detail and delight.”

    Favorite things to do in Tuscany:

    “The light the light the light. Driving or walking in the Tuscan landscape in the late afternoon is pure poetry.”

    “Every small Tuscan town has a bell tower and one of my favorite things is to climb up on high to look out over the spontaneous jumble of red roofs to the surrounding landscape, which always include stone walls, vineyards and olive and cypress trees.”

  • Rachid

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Fes & Marrakech, Morocco
    Rachid

    Rachid, a native Moroccan Berber, has been conducting tours of Morocco for elite travel advisories for over 25 years. He’s adept at offering a refined, but authentic perspective on the most engaging elements of Moroccan life and history— Islamic historical monuments, Jewish heritage sites, luxury properties, wildlife reserves, shopping, and museums.

    An expert government-certified guide, he attended Fes’s Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, and also holds a graduate degree in tourism from International Institute of Tourism in Tangier. He’s capable of holding compelling and intellectual discussions in fluent English as well as French, Arabic, Berber, German and Spanish!

    Favorite Things to Do in Morocco:

    Going to medieval areas, some of which date back to the 13th century, and sipping mint tea while talking to locals about native traditions, proverbs and history "without feeling the time passing by."

    Stopping by one of his favorite outdoor food stalls for a traditional meal of lamb and fresh salad that is as delicious as it is inexpensive.

  • Ving

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Bangkok, Thailand
    Ving

    Ving was born on the countryside of Ubon Ratchathani, in North-East region of Thailand, then moved to Bangkok as a small boy. As a young adult, he fell in love with the travel industry and has subsequently spent the last 30 years honing his skills as a tour guide. Ving’s passion for connecting his guests with Thai culture, food, and history allows him to curate deeply memorable experiences. When he’s not leading tours, you can find him relaxing and doing yoga.

    Favorite things to do in Bangkok:

    Visiting nearby farming villages and taking photographs or simply sitting under a coconut tree and watching the day pass by.

    Going to a Chinese opera and taking in the actors' vivid makeup, stunning costumes and dramatic performances.

  • Lieselotte

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Lieselotte

    For years, Lieselotte has been a proud, certified tour guide of Stockholm. A native Stockholmer, she has always been in love with her hometown and thrives on sharing her dynamic, energetic and ever-changing city. A former assistant purser on The Seabourn Spirit cruise ship, Lieselotte has been both traveling and attending to the needs of luxury clients for most of her life. Moreover, her current work as a professional freelance photographer helps her to adjust her tour focus from broad to detailed depending on the wishes of her guests.

    Ultimately, Lieselotte thoroughly enjoys meeting people from all over the world. To her, guiding them through her favorite city on the planet is just the icing on the cake!

    Favorite things to do in Stockholm:

    Visiting the Stockholm City Hall, an amazing piece of national romantic architecture; an impressive building with a lot of history and legend built into it by the magnificent architect Ragnar Östberg.

    Going to SoFo, a proper hipster neighborhood bustling with small, independent shops, art galleries, coffee shops, tattoo parlors and retro- and vintage stores. The name SoFo is a pun of SoHo in New York.

    Spending time at the Stockholm Archipelago, a stunning landscape with nearly 30,000 islands, islets, and skerries reachable by commuter boats or even by bus (on some of the larger islands).

  • Katerina

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Prague, Czech Republic
    Katerina

    Katerina first put her masterful knowledge of Prague to use as a concierge at the Mandarin Oriental.
    She prides herself on taking visitors to some of the most undiscovered corners of the city and on always knowing the best of Prague's culinary scene. In addition, she holds a license in guiding and a specialized license for Prague's Jewish Quarter.

    She formally studied art history in Prague and notably was on the management team of the largest contemporary art gallery in the Czech Republic - the DOX Centre. When Katerina is not working, she can be found watching the Czech Philharmonic or another, lesser-known classical concert. To relax, she enjoys a cup of tea in one of Prague's small, stylish cafes.

    Favorite things to do in Prague:

    Renting a pedal boat on one of the islands on the Vltava River in the late afternoon and watching the hustle and bustle on the riverbank while admiring the surrounding architecture and soaking in the sunset.

    Strolling down some of Prague's more upmarket streets and stopping into boutiques featuring local designers or visiting some of the area's small - yet upscale - galleries.

  • Victoria

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    San Sebastián, Spain
    Victoria

    A travel buff from the first moment she can remember, Vicky has always been interested in new places and diverse cultural experiences. At 18, she moved to London to study travel and tourism and then began her career by working for a Spanish tour operator. As her experience and resume grew, Vicky had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia, continuing to hone her skills as a guide and cultural expert. A speaker of Spanish, French, English, Basque and Italian, Vicky parlayed her abilities as a linguist while working as a translator in Morocco. Finally, after 5 years in North Africa, Vicky returned to her hometown of San Sebastian—her globetrotting days behind her, at least temporarily.

    Today, Vicky relishes sharing her knowledge of local history, heritage and gastronomy with visitors from all over the world. She is especially fond of taking her guests to the best pintxo bars in old town and enjoying the electric offerings along with them. When she’s not working she enjoys cooking and sampling Basque cuisine, attending the San Sebastian film festival each September, and hiking when the weather permits.

    Favorite things to do in San Sebastián:

    Admiring the colorful fishermen’s houses that line the beautiful, cobblestone streets of Hondarribia, a medieval port town a few minutes from San Sebastian.

    Enjoying views of Playa De Concha and the bay while enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book.

  • Assaf

    Director of Client Experience and Principal Guide

    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Assaf

    A life-long traveler, Assaf’s father was a career diplomat who transferred his passion for discovering new countries and experiences to his family. After Assaf left the IDF, he began traveling extensively, especially throughout North and South America. Upon his return to Israel, he attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

    Today, Assaf splits his time between satiating his wanderlust (40 countries so far and counting) and bringing the sights and sounds of Israel to life for discerning tourists. In his guided tours he focuses on history, archaeology, and culture, as well as culinary experiences.

    Favorite things to do in Tel Aviv:

    A morning jog and workout along Tel Aviv’s coast, followed by a quality coffee at one of the many excellent cafes around the city.

    Lunch with friends in the Carmel Market – one of Israel’s best food markets. It combines both traditional culinary experiences and new trends emerging out of Israeli kitchens.

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mathilde Leger
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Mathilde Leger
Director of Operations
John Petrullo
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Senior Travel Advisor
Alexa Hack
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Senior Travel Advisor
Silva Keuylian
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Travel Advisor
Lockett Reed
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Travel Advisor
Alica Benning
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Eric Grayson
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Eric Grayson

“No machine will ever match an expert tailor. Travel is just like that. Truly great journeys are mapped out by human beings.”

Eric’s first stamp in his passport came before his first birthday and he’s been traveling ever since. He’s explored the souks of Morocco, trekked across Botswana’s Okavango Delta and perused the floating markets in Bangkok. Over the past 10 years, he’s visited over 50 countries and stayed in over 100 luxury hotels and properties. 

Eric loves new places. For him, Istanbul is just as much about exploring the Hagia Sophia as it is scouting hotel rooms with the most picturesque views of the city. A consummate travel geek, Grayson realizes that his clients not only appreciate his advice on local sites, but also his analysis of a city's top hotels--right down to the quality of the linens. 

Prior to founding Discover 7, Eric worked in client services at The Carlyle Hotel, The Pierre and The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. He also designed bespoke travel experiences as an advisor for Frosch Travel. Recently, Eric founded a social networking company designed to match like-minded travelers from around the globe.

He currently resides in New York City and enjoys playing basketball, golf, and is a pilot.

Mathilde Leger
Director of Operations
Mathilde Leger

Mathilde’s multicultural background shaped the passions that define her life. She grew up in Haiti – at one time described as the Pearl of the French Empire – where she developed a lasting love for diverse cultures, cuisines, music, dance; and the culmination of all these in the annual festival of “Kanaval” where life is celebrated extravagantly.

Mathilde’s multilingual portfolio includes English, Spanish, Creole and French, a gift that enables her to live as a citizen of the world. Through her life experiences, interests and aspirations, Mathilde exemplifies savoir-faire. This, paired with her gifts of observation and awareness, attention to detail, and enthusiasm, gives her the ability to imagine and to design unique journeys for people of discerning tastes.

While she is equally at home in the colorful markets of Peru’s Miraflores, the luxury of Paris’ Champs Elysees and Versailles, and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, Mathilde hopes her next discoveries will lead her to the Aegean Sea and the timeless beauty of Greece, and to explore the complex, riveting appeal of Russia.

John Petrullo
Senior Travel Advisor
John Petrullo

A New Yorker with the bona fides to match, wanderlust struck John at a young age--leading to a lifelong appetite for adventure. That’s why, after college, he landed in New Orleans on a Vista AmeriCorps assignment. While there, he learned three truths: he would never stop exploring the world; that Frenchman Street, especially in the wee hours, is Jazz encapsulated; and that beignets are overrated.

After his time in the Big Easy, he lived in Madrid for two years and spent his weekends crisscrossing the country while learning the ins and outs of Spain's wildly intricate and disparate culture.

John loves immersion, destinations, and experiences. Whether it's a service trip to South Africa, biking through the Dutch countryside or island-hopping in Greece, he's never more at home than when he's on the move. He has traveled extensively and recommends Madrid for tapas, Greece for sailing, and Rome for spaghetti alla Carbonara.

Alexa Hack
Senior Travel Advisor
Alexa Hack

From a rustic, small town in North Carolina, Alexa credits her sense of adventure for inspiring her to explore the Amazon rainforests and summit the Preikestolen cliff.

After graduating Oklahoma City University with a BM in Musical Theatre, she began her career with Holland America Line Cruises where she visited over 60 countries across five continents, making it all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole in the process.

With a passion for travel that extends beyond her professional life, you might find Alexa immersed in creating marbled paper at her favorite cartoleria in Florence or learning to cook at the home of a Balinese family in Ubud. Now living in NYC, Alexa draws upon her background to craft exceptional and distinctive experiences for her Discover 7 clients.

Silva Keuylian
Travel Advisor
Silva Keuylian

Brought up internationally, Silva has traveled far and wide; from the remote Green Mountain in Oman to the luxurious Rive Gauche in Paris, her passport has never been out of reach. A graduate of Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, Silva decided to move to New York City to explore her love for travel and to search for new career opportunities.

Her most recent travels memories include strolling through her favorite district, the colorful El Raval in Barcelona and basking on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

Lockett Reed
Travel Advisor
Lockett Reed

Since her youth, Lockett’s sense of self has been informed by wanderlust and a burning curiosity about the world at large. After growing up in the Greater New York area, she headed west to Wisconsin for college. There, the study of history and political science only served to stoke her passion for travel, leading her to spend a year in Rome, where she used her free time to tour Europe.

Guided by three years of experience in the luxury travel industry, Lockett’s goal is to share her growing knowledge and love of elite destinations with Discover 7’s clients.

Alica Benning
Client Services
Alica Benning

From rural Arizona, Alica first traveled overseas at ten, and has since cultivated an affection for international exploration.

Alica splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, making adventure and travel a permanent part of her life and work.

One of Alica’s favorite places to visit is the busy Berlin Kreutzberg district, which seems to evolve radically each time she visits. Although she thrives on excitement, Alica is consistently drawn to her favorite cafe in Paris’s Montmartre district whenever she is in Paris, often finds shopping in the cobblestoned streets of Lille, and has never quite finished exploring the historic storybook town of Ravensburg in southern Germany.

Contact

Discover 7

147 West 35th Street, Suite 1605, New York, NY 10001
Telephone: 212.822.8998
Email: info@discover7travel.com

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