Testimonials

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A Dream Birthday Celebration Come True

“Julie Harris once again planned a trip of a lifetime for me and my husband. My husband and I had never been to Italy and wanted to celebrate our 40th birthdays with a week long celebration. Julie listened carefully to our ideas for the trip and then added her expert advice and knowledge to make sure our all our travel plans reflected our desires to have a “taste of Italy.” She planned a trip through Rome, Tuscany and Florence that felt luxurious but yet stayed with in our strick budget. Each property we stayed at was warm, welcoming and made us feel right at home. It was hard to say goodbye to each location. The private tours were extremely educational, personal and allowed us to get a true glimpse of the Italian culture both long ago and today. We appreciated the phone calls to check in with us during each of our stays to make sure we were well taken care of and to remind us of upcoming important events in our itinerary, It was a birthday celebration to never forget. Thank you Julie!”

Jennifer Myers
Davidson, NC 28036

  • Julie is great!

    By: Keith Anthony, Davidson, NC
    , 10 Oct 2017

    Julie is great!

    Always love working with Julie! She loves to customize packages for her clients and does a great job!

    By: Keith Anthony
    Davidson, NC


  • Nicaragua

    By: Katie Grimm Charlotte, NC, 12 Aug 2017

    She was great to work with! She offered a lot of suggestions that we had never even thought about. She sent us to a great hotel. She was fabulous at booking our flights. I would highly recommend her.

    By: Katie Grimm
    Charlotte, NC


  • Thank you, Julie

    By Peggy Griffin, July 12,  2017

    Julie was super nice to work with. She was very patient and answered all the many questions I threw at her. This was my first overseas trip and she made it very enjoyable and trouble free.

    Peggy Griffin
    Raleigh, NC


  • A Wonderful European Cruise

    By Martha Sue, 25 Jun 2017

    Recommended – My husband I appreciate everything that Julie did to make our trip a success. She is very knowledgeable about the cruise providers and helped us choose the best one for us. She arranged a fabulous personal guide for us while we were in Amsterdam. We certainly will contact Julie again as we hope to plan another trip very soon.

    Susan Palmer
    Rock Hill, SC


  • Last Minute Save

    03 Apr 2017

    Working with Julie was a pleasure. With three weeks notice I asked Julie to arrange an unforgettable, last minute vacation for a family of four… I provided a list of priorities, and she asked for a couple days to put some options together. My family has literally travelled the world. My 17 year old daughter said it best, “Of all our adventures, this was my favorite.” Julie made it easy..no hassles, no surprises, just exactly what we wanted. Her advice, professionalism, and follow through to ensure everything went smoothly was invaluable. I won’t waste my time planning my own travel in the future.

    Jason Bately
    Davidson, NC


  • Charlotte Neal
    Julie was so helpful. She listened to my wishes and totally granted them. I wanted to find a tropical paradise within a certain price range. The trip to St. Croix was amazing. I cannot wait to use Julie again for my next trip.

     

    Charlotte Neal
    Davidson, NC

  • March 4, 2017

    Julie was great to work with. She took her time to get to know our group and researched multiple options for us based on our needs. Thanks to her the travel is very smooth and we stayed at a fabulous resort.

     

    Toni Shope
    Cornelius, NC

  • Julie is the BEST!

    07 Jan 2017

    As usual, Julie had everything planned right down to the transfers for this big trip to AU. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the week before departure because of an injury. And here, Julia really shined – handling all the travel insurance claim for us down to the last detail – making this refund experience smooth for her clients. Thank you Julie! You have all our travel business!

    By : DB/GMTravel (Gwen Miles)


  • Julie is the BEST!

    October 2, 2016

    We cannot speak highly enough of Julie! Having worked with her on several trips now, she is simply the BEST! takes care of every detail, watches out for her clients while they are travelling, she always answers every question and has expert knowledge of so many locales. We trust her explicitly to deliver the best in service wherever we are traveling. We hope you will pass this along to Julie – she is a real asset to your company in every way.

    By: Davidson Travelers (Gwen Miles)


  • Julie is the BEST

    October 06, 2016

    nancyJulie is the perfect travel agent! She’s a stickler for details, cares deeply about her clients and their travel experience, and communicates thoroughly and often. She booked our cruise and planned extra nights before and after so that our anniversary trip was ideal. We’ve met her in person on several occasions and she’s a real sweetheart as well as competent professional.

    Nancy Dye
    Raleigh, NC


  • Expert in her field

    24 Sep 2016

    Julie was wonderful to work with. She took the time to explain and offer suggestions when deciding where we wanted to take our 15th wedding anniversary. Once when decided on France she was a well of knowledge since she use to live in France. She was very personable, easy to work and I would definitely use her again.

    Nikki Lacy
    Huntersville, NC


  • Bali and Korea a Trip of a lifetime
    27 July 2016

    img_5008 I have traveled all over the world. Planned trips, gone with groups, and done countless hours researching for things over the years. This trip I gave all that way and placed everything in Julie’s hands. It was a leap of faith but one I will do again. Julie made our trip to Bali and Korea seemless. Everything was thought through and double checked. We had drivers at the airports, resorts that exceeded my expectations, and local guides that were professional and fun to be around. There were a lot of moving parts, 4 resorts, 2 airlines, 2 drivers, 2 guides and exertions that gave us a true feeling of the cultures. From cooking classes to a healing ceremony, her choices enhanced the experience we were trying to create, I don’t know what else you could ask for from an agent. The best compliment came from a guide, who said Julie was on top of her game for us. There is a great amount of confidence you gain in someone, when you know they are working as hard as you would for yourself.

    By: Susan (Susan Bednarick)
    Mooresville, NC


  • Excellent Service
    15 July 2016
    have not used a travel agent in a long time, but Julie was a great resource for our trip. She answered all of our questions along the way and worked directly with our hotel on various items. By coincidence she visited the same resort about a month before we did, and she let us know we were in store for a wonderful trip. She was right. When I need a travel agent again I will definitely use Julie.

     

    Robert Patterson
    Mint Hill, NC

  • Julie did the job well!
    June 17, 2016
    Julie directed us to a wonderful all-inclusive on the Cuncan Rivera that met all of our needs. The transfer company (Amstar) was prompt and did what they were supposed to do. Julie directed us to a great travel company for an excursion to Coba and Tulum. Again, this completely met our needs. We definitely will have Julie put together our next adventure.

     

    Thomas Venner
    Huntersville, NC

  • May 10, 2016
    Just wanted to thank you so very much for all of your help in making our trip wonderful. We had an amazing journey through Rome, on the cruise and in Athens. Your assistance help make the trip seamless.

     

    Janet and Keith Anderson
    Mint Hill, NC

  • Fantastic Service!
    Once again, Julie planned a fantastic vacation for us in Costa Rica. She arranged some scuba diving at Canos Island and it was the best diving I have ever experienced. She arranged a waterfall tour that was so much fun for the whole family. Everything went without a hitch. A+ service.

     

    By: James (James Wyatt)
    Davidson, NC

  • A Dream Birthday Celebration Come True

    November 1,  2015

    Julie Harris once again planned a trip of a lifetime for me and my husband. My husband and I had never been to Italy and wanted to celebrate our 40th birthdays with a week long celebration. Julie listened carefully to our ideas for the trip and then added her expert advice and knowledge to make sure our all our travel plans reflected our desires to have a “taste of Italy.” She planned a trip through Rome, Tuscany and Florence that felt luxurious but yet stayed with in our strick budget. Each property we stayed at was warm, welcoming and made us feel right at home. It was hard to say goodbye to each location. The private tours were extremely educational, personal and allowed us to get a true glimpse of the Italian culture both long ago and today. We appreciated the phone calls to check in with us during
    each of our stays to make sure we were well taken care of and to remind us of upcoming important events in our itinerary, It was a birthday celebration to never forget. Thank you Julie!
    By:  Jennifer Myers
    Davidson, NC  28036

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  • Fabulous Service and Expertise
    August 7, 2015
    Julie provided fabulous service and expertise in helping us find a vacation spot, find the best rates for our vacation and in making travel and entertainment reservations. She was always responsive and prompt. I will definitely use her for all our travel needs.
    By: James Wyatt
    Davidson, NC

  • 15 Jul 2015

    Very well planned By: PePop (Terry Weatherford)

    Very well planned and organized. Hotels were excellent and well located for activities. Air travel was seamless and no problems incurred. the hotel accommodations, the tour sites, the travel plans, rental cars, etc. all met our expectations. The one issue on billing at one hotel was clarified and corrected promptly to our satisfaction.


  • April 15, 2015
    Julie,
    You have been wonderful to work with and as I mentioned the trip was truly special for both Andrea and I.  Your first hand knowledge of Belize was reasuring and informative.  Your ability to work an all inclusive package with Jaguar Lodge and the airline carriers demonstrated your insight into the travel industry and your negotiation skills.  I look forward to having the opportunity to utilize your services again.
    Tim Cobb
    Machiasport, Maine

  • April 17, 2015
    Julie,
    Thank you so much for all your help in making our family trip to Kauai and Maui absolutely wonderful. It was the perfect vacation from beginning to end with no “hiccups” at all. The islands themselves make it hard not to have a fantastic vacation, but it was the booking of ideal plane itineraries, car rentals, and superb lodging that made it perfect. The Fairmont Kea Lani was the perfect match for our family and we definitely felt pampered. I would highly recommend this property to all. I also appreciated the Trip Case Travel App that was set up for our trip as it made all our travel plans accessible in one click anytime of day. It was very reassuring and came in handy a great deal. You helped make traveling with small kids to a far away destination extremely “doable.” Something I was hesitant to think existed. We truly appreciate all you did to make this an unforgettable vacation for all!
    I hope you had a fantastic vacation as well on your break and were able to relax and enjoy family time! We are looking forward to our Italy trip in October and working with you in the future!
    Jenny Myers
    Davidson, NC
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  • February 25, 2015
    Thank you so very much for planning our anniversary trip! It was so far above &
    beyond what we expected!
    Beginning with our airline seats – you had the foresight to pay a little extra to get good seats instead of sitting in the center rows that was packed like sardines!
    The Condado  Vanderbilt was amazing! They have some wrinkles to work out but overall it was an amazing experience! The upgrade to a suite on the 11th floor was wonderful!  The view was beautiful.
    The breakfast buffet was one of the best we have ever had.
    The location of the hotel was good- we could walk to a lot of restaurants which was nice.
    Old San Juan was our favorite- so rich in history & good for shopping & dining.
    We took the tour of Old & New San Juan & the Bacardi factory which was good.
    Security on the island made us feel safe.
    The food was EXCELLENT in every restaurant! 1919 in the hotel was ” fine dining”- very pricey but great!
    We found some great Italian restaurants- our favorite!
    Il Dante was good but  menu very limited due to Valentines. Di Parma near the hotel was great/ outside dining – great marguerita pizza!
    Sophia’s & La Cucina in Old San Juan were excellant!
    Again thank you for doing such a great job! We will definitely remember you for our next trip!
    Blessings to you!
    Phil & Becky Gandy

    Cornelius, NC


  • Very helpful and knowledgeable
    Jan 17,  2015
    Julie helped us decided which trip would fulfill our double wants: visiting Costa Rica and going through the Panama Canal. She suggested a Windstar cruise and it was perfect. She got us there and back with extra nights at each end. There was a glitch coming back but but that had nothing to do with her and she offered helpful info via emails.
    Ann Anderson
    Cornelius, NC

  • Excellent booking!
    Jan 08 2015
    Julie did an excellent job booking the Montage Deer Valley for our family ‘s holiday ski vacation. It was truly one of our favorite trips. She was able to upgrade our room, get us free dining credits for breakfast each day, and a $100 spa credit! Additionally, she had the hotel concierge contact us early in the fall and setup all our resort activities and dining reservations. Since we were not familiar with the area and New Year’s week is such a busy time, our vacation would not have been as enjoyable and relaxing without all her assistance. Thanks, Julie!
    By: Lisa LivingstonDavidson, NC

  • Exceptional Service
    Jan. 6, 2015
    My husband and I wanted to take an anniversary trip but were unsure of where we could go and what we could do to have the best experience possible but also to stay within our budget. Julie was amazing from the get go! She put together a package for us that included a stay in the Rain Forest and the Beach, and when the rain hindered our activities at our first property, she contacted both properties and set up and early land transfer and early check in for us to get to the beach sooner!  We were so grateful for her promptness and efficiency even when we were in the midst of our vacation, and cannot say enough good things about her! Thank you Julie for providing us with the absolute best service, we will definitely be using you again!
    Jenny Brewton

    Huntersville, NC


  • Travel to Southern Africa and ebola outbreak

    There has been a lot of talk recently about whether it is safe to travel to the tourist regions in Southern Africa with the current ebola outbreak in Western and Central Africa.  I want to help to alleviate some of the fear that many people have. Some people have the misperception that Africa is like one big country, but it is actually a huge and very diverse continent.  The distance from Cape Town, South Africa from Freetown, Sierra Leone, the center of the ebola outbreak, is 5,931 miles.  To put it into U.S. perspective, this distance from Los Angeles to New York, NY is roughly 2,800 miles.  According to a recent article in Forbes, there is more of a chance that you could get ebola in the US, France, or the United Kingdom than in Southern or Eastern Africa.  There are more than twice as many flights from West Africa to the United States than to South Africa.  There have been 4 reported cases in the US so far which is more than South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Tanzania combined.  Flights into Johannesburg and Capetown do not connect through West Africa.  Typically you connect in JFK / London / Dubai / Frankfurt / Paris.  Therefore you are completely avoiding the areas where the ebola is present.  Click here for a map.


  • Very responsive – best travel advisor ever!

    September 24, 2014
    From day 1, Julie was the greatest! She was recommended to us by my husband’s work colleague. At first, we wanted to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary by planning a trip to Italy on our own for sometime in June or Sept, but time constraints and the complexity of making plans prompted me to contact Julie. She was able to pull off booking a wonderful itinerary with VERY SHORT NOTICE. I first contacted her on Jul 24 and by Aug 5, she had finalized all our flights, hotels, tours, and transfers for our trip which took place Sep 8-18! Julie was incredibly responsive every step of the way, returning every call and email promptly. She really listened to our needs, made excellent suggestions, worked within our budget, and provided all the details, tips and information we needed to enjoy a great vacation (especially loved La Corte dei Papi in Cortona). Julie is a great communicator and her follow-up was fantastic! We highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future! A+++

    Eileen Caffry
    Shelburne, VT

     


  • August 3, 2014
    Julie put together an amazing trip! Our travel was seamless and her recommendations of things to do allowed our group to see everything we wanted. I would highly recommend Julie’s services!
    Beth Mozzar

    Charlotte, NC


  • June 14th, 2014

    I just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time at the Dreams Riviera Maya Resort in Cancun and I wanted to thank you for taking care of everything and organizing a really awesome family vacation for us. The Cool Tour was amazing and was definitely the highlight of the trip for the boys. We look forward to booking many more vacations through your company.

    Kind Regards,
    Sanjee

    Sanjee Singh
    Avax Consulting
    Marietta, Georgia


  • June 9 2014

    Hi Julie,

    I just wanted to say thank you for everything.  We had an amazing honeymoon.  The massages you had waiting for us were so relaxing.  You made our trip stress free. Thank you again 🙂

    Jessica Adamczak
    Huntersville, NC

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  • April 2, 2014

    I so enjoyed working with Julie! She is quick and efficient and was very helpful with our travel planning. She was amazing at helping us get our passports expedited, she got us direct flights with great departure times, and we were able to use air miles as well. She also secured an awesome property for us that met our needs for a family of five. Would totally use her again in a heartbeat! Thank you, Julie! You are the best!

    Karen Anthony
    Davidson, NC


  • Incredible Vacation March 13, 2014

    If you are looking for a wonderful travel experience, try both Julie Harris at Solis Escapes AND go to Costa Rica. My friend and I were looking for a warm-weather get-away, but didn’t want to sit on a beach for a week at a resort. Julie Harris of Solis Escapes put together the perfect vacation for us, so that we enjoyed interesting tours, learned about the ecology and country of Costa Rica, AND enjoyed beach/pool time at lovely hotel resorts.When we met with Julie for the first time, she listened to our requests, asked valuable questions, and then put together a travel package that met all our needs. We stayed in lovely hotels, enjoyed interesting tours, and experienced the people and ecology of Costa Rica.Julie Harris is a delightful travel agent – if you are looking for help in any kind of trip, I recommend that you call her.

    Barbara Dillman
    Davidson, NC


  • March 17, 2014

    Thank you Julie Costa Rica Girls

    From the first meeting with Julie to plan the trip, to the ‘debrief’ after the trip, Julie listened carefully and exceeded all expectations for our trip to Costa Rica. The hotels selected were especially nice as were the recommended excursions! Julie arranged for all transfers for the regions of the country we visited and even over bouncy, winding Costa Rican roads all went well. Thank you Julie! such a nice job – no wonder we have Julie planning another trip for us – this time to Italy!

    Gwen Miles
    Davidson, NC


  • 05 Mar 2014

    I would highly recommend Julie. She was very professional and handled a couple of last minute problems, (caused by my crew), very efficiently.


  • 17 Jan 2014

    Julie helped my wife and I set up a trip to Belize. She had been there before and was very familiar with all of the great spots to see, and memorable things to do. Her knowledge is unmatched, and she is very sweet and takes time to get exactly what you want out of your trip. It was very easy to follow the itinerary, and if we felt the need to get in touch with her with a question about the trip she was there immediately helping us. Do yourself a favor and use her service.


  • 12 Dec 2013

    Julie was so awesome at booking the cruise for my honeymoon. Seamless service, WONDERFUL attitude and an amazing spirit. I have told all of my friends that they should work with Julie when making their vacation plans for the new year. Thank you so much for everything Julie!


  • November 21, 2013

    “Last summer our family had a great opportunity to spend a month in Asia. After picking China and Vietnam we did not have much of a clue, and time was short. Julie jumped on it, quickly understood the type of travel we wanted and put together a fantastic itinerary with local guides and drivers on a reasonable budget.  Julie was knowledgeable, extremely responsive and a real pleasure to work with. (more…)


  • September 2, 2013

    “Our family takes the obligatory local beach trip every other year; but in between those trips, we explore other parts of the world, taking in all the history and local experiences we can. Let me say I don’t like the traditional beach trips: I don’t like the sand or the bugs that invariably get everywhere, so I was glad this year was going to be different. Still, we hadn’t planned a specific trip. I met Julie for a Lake Norman Woman Magazine interview and loved her approach to planning client travels. While I’ve always handled all the vacation planning myself (thus the stand-off my husband and I were having), I sent Julie an email asking if she knew anyone in Martha’s Vineyard because it  was my dream vacation since I was a child. In her interview, I had learned Julie wants to know her clients’  travel expectations, likes, dislikes, etc., so I told her my affinity for Jaws and Empire Falls, and I was honest about my husband’s and my son’s–and my–expectations and habits. Most importantly, I admitted that I was asking her for something that may be impossible at such a late date. Julie found us the perfect house to rent in the exact part of the island that I wanted (and while it may have been accidental, I believe it was fortuitous). Then, she was able to arrange our flight and bus schedules (because flying directly onto the island was beyond our financial scope), seamlessly aligning all the transportation with the island ferry schedule. And if you think “Bus?” and turn up your nose? No, it was comfortable and even had Wi-Fi! Because Julie could take these travel plans off my plate, I was able to get all my editor responsibilities finished before my trip so I was able to turn off my email throughout the trip. Really. I actually did that! And, I had time to read two travel guidebooks ahead of time to feel really prepared for the trip of a lifetime. Julie also arranged for me to talk with someone on the island about the other incidentals and helped with finding a rental car, the linen service, and the other things we’d need. And she took it in stride when we changed our minds and wanted to stay in Boston two additional nights after the island–and she helped us find a hotel. I’ll be honest: we typically haven’t considered a travel specialist in the past because of the perceived expense. But when the bill came, Lee didn’t even notice Julie’s fee–and the stress and time she spared me, in turn, allowing me to relax and enjoy the experience was worth it ten-fold! One thing I think anyone will notice in working with Julie is she is genuinely excited for you to be going on your trip. And she handles all the aspects of you travel as if it were her own. I’m spoiled–I don’t want to go anywhere else without Julie, ever again!”


  • May 6, 2013

    “Thank you!  Thank you so much for working with me to make my wife’s 40th birthday surprise very special.  She absolutely loved the yoga and surf retreat in Costa Rica.  Without your assistance, I have no idea where we would have ended up but I sincerely doubt it would have been as memorable.  The first day when I called you and we spent half an hour talking about what types of vacations my wife and I enjoy clearly indicated to me that you were unique and better than average at what you do.  You took extra steps to make sure that I had all of the information needed to make the right choice for our fabulous trip and continued to follow-up every step of the way until we left the U.S., EXCELLENT customer service.  We loved the Harmony Nosara as well as all of the staff that made our stay simply incredible.  We will definitely go back to Costa Rica and will use and recommend your services for future travel.”


  • March 27, 2013

    “When my husband and I decided to go to Costa Rica for our vacation this year, I decided to find a travel agent to help me plan the trip. We did not want to drive in Costa Rica but we did want to visit the different regions. A travel agency recommended Julie Harris of Solis Escapes, LLC. Julie helped us plan a most unforgettable vacation. She arranged the complete trip: air, hotels, transportation to/from each location, day trips, travel insurance, etc. Julie is a very good listener and it resulted in vacation memories we will always cherish. The people she worked with to set up the trip did a great job. We enjoyed our visit to each region of Costa Rica, met warm and friendly people, the drivers were always on time for pick up, and were friendly and informative. I will gladly recommend Julie to anyone I know that needs travel assistance. She paid attention to detail and was always “there”. In addition to Julie being a very nice person and easy to work with, I consider her to be a true professional. Many thanks, Julie!!”