Leave the Herd Behind on a Story Small-Group Journey
Small group travel is our specialty – enjoy a maximum of 16 guests on our hand-crafted True Small-Group® Tours and up to a maximum of 24 guests on a few select tour departures. We mention what travel expert and host of The Travel Show, Arthur Frommer says with his endorsement, that our small group tours are "the perfect way to see Italy." Of course, we travel beyond Italy now but we apply the same tour mentality on each destination we offer whether it's Australia, South America, Japan or Africa.
THE ORIGINAL SMALL GROUP TOUR COMPANY
We were the original small group tour company, and this means our philosophy was conceptually and has always been small group oriented. Our professional tour directors, called Tour Captains, along with our headquarter's staff all work in harmony to create and deliver travel experiences that feature unique restaurants (truly off the beaten path), along with exclusive and special access (skip-the-line) to venues that only a small group of travelers can experience.
Our mission statement clearly communicates our intent to provide guaranteed departures of our small group tours by creating entertaining, service-driven, and culturally immersive small-group itineraries that far exceed the travel industry definition of a great vacation. Many mainstream tour operators are jumping on the small group tour bandwagon by trying to modify their tours to taking fewer guests.
THE STORY WAY®
We provide the depth of experience, deluxe hotel accommodations with all of the amenities you require, service driven field staff along with a guaranteed small group experience. Other companies are copying our formula but there's a fundamental difference you will notice from the offset with us. We don't use the big buses, we only feature hotels truly "in the heart" of the cities and towns, and our small group dining experiences feature no hidden charges or exclusions. It's the Story Way®.
We provide this exceptional travel value by creating and fostering close relationships with our local Italian guides, drivers and hoteliers. We don't work with a middleman thus allowing real savings on our high-end travel itineraries. When you truly compare our small group tours and their inclusions with the larger, mainstream tour operators you will quickly begin to realize the value of our experience, service and quality.
Compare Story Land & Sea® with the mainstream tour operators' hotels, included admissions, dining experiences and professional tour management staff and you will agree with us that we offer the leading small group travel package at an exceptional value so you, too, can leave the herd behind. Visit both of our websites at or www.StoryLandSea.com.
Imagine a team of expert trip planners whose goal in life is to create unique experiences for each of our guests — now imagine all of that is told in an amazing 'Story of Travel' on your upcoming vacation with us — this passion is complemented by our adherence to a "True Small Group Tour" approach with no more than 16 adventurers.
Small group travel is our specialty – enjoy a maximum of 16 guests on our hand-crafted True Small-Group® Tours. No 'big buses,' and no 'tiny vans.' As a matter of fact we strive to be off of vehicles if at all possible. Walking is the best way to tour in our opinion.
A Special Thank You to Arthur Frommer
Story, a family-owned tour company, is based in Colorado in the USA and has an office in Bergamo, Italy. Story is all about providing distinctive, small group tours throughout Italy and the world. Our branded tours feature our True Small Group® tour experience with no more than 16 travelers on your tour. This is our most popular method of touring and we're proud to be recognized by travel expert Arthur Frommer for our small-group touring approach. Mr. Frommer describes our small group tours as "the perfect way to see Italy." We say 'thanks mate!' to Mr. Frommer for his endorsement of our approach to small group travel (www.ItalyStory.com).
Imagine a team of trip planners whose goal in life is to create unique experiences for each guest — now imagine all of that is told in the Story of Travel on your upcoming vacation with us — this passion is complemented by our adherence to a "True Small Group Tour" approach.
Story's Leadership Team
Along with CFO Jon Reid, Story is under the guidance of COO Sherry Moore led by CEO Mark Story, the company's founder.
Jon is all about the customer experience and how internal organization, fiscal balance, profitability (and a clean office, he's a clean freak), all combine to make for a wonderful Story adventure.
"I'm all about the experience for our Story guests - and that all starts months (years really) in advance with good planning and execution all based on a strong financial foundation. That's my role at Story."
Sherry has literally been on land and sea with Story leading many of Story's early themed cruises (think Cruise for the Cure, Bootcamp Fitness cruises, and Accappella Praise & Harmony to name a few). Her heart for travel and for the experience of our Story guests has pulled her to Europe's shores while making visits to hotels and Story partners while continually building the strong relationships that help Story be one of the world's most successful small group tour operators.
"I am not only the COO/Program Director for Story Land & Sea® but I am also a Tour Captain. When I am not directing the program that is Story Land & Sea®, I also get to serve as a Tour Captain and be the proud mother of two amazing children.
Mark Story, began his quest for the perfect travel experience in college with his travels to Australia. It wasn't too long after that he began creating unique and high-end travel experiences to all points on the
globe. His company was called QueensLander. QueensLander became Story Land & Sea® with a re-branding in 2015. The family-owned tour company is based in Colorado in the USA and has an office in
Bergamo, Italy. "Story is all about providing distinctive, small group tours throughout Italy and the world. Our branded tours feature our True Small Group® tour experience with no more than 16 travelers on your tour. This is our most popular method of touring and we're proud to be recognized by travel expert Arthur Frommer for our small-group touring approach. Mr. Frommer describes our small group tours as "the perfect way to see Italy."
Our founder and Executive Director, Mark Story, began his quest for the perfect travel experience in college with his travels to Australia. It wasn't too long after that he began creating unique and high-end travel experiences to all points on the globe. In addition to Australia, Italy and France are dear to his travel heart.
Vision for the Expanding Story
Story Land & Sea® continues to expand their horizons for travel experiences including their inaugural luxury small group product, Story Africa. "
This is an amazing experience, to be able to explore the far reaches of the African continent, take in the incredible sights, wildlife and especially the people. We are so blessed to be able to explore Tanzania and the Serengeti." — Mark Story
Watch our special tour of one of our high-end luxury camps 'under canvas' with CEO Mark Story below: