Family owned and operated since 1972, Royal Travel & Tours is a leading travel agency curating exceptional travel itineraries worldwide for luxury travel, family vacations, exotic getaways and more. Through its longstanding industry relationships Royal Travel clients receive VIP privileges and value-added extras at the finest hotels and resorts in the world. Royal Travel has decades of experience servicing both leisure and corporate clients. Contact us toll-free at 800-747-7695.
Kendra Thornton - President
Kendra has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she visited the Bahamas at 3 months old. Kendra's parents founded Royal Travel & Tours in 1972 and the family business afforded her the opportunity to travel the globe and experience the evolution of the travel industry for more than 35 years. Kendra appears regularly as a travel expert on national and local news stations across the country. To see Kendra's most recent appearance on WGN-TV, click here.
Pam Berke - Travel Consultant- Denver Office
Pam has a Bachelor's degree in marketing and international studies. After her first career in business-to-business corporations, she embraced her love of and experience with travel around the U.S. and the world. Europe, Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean are her usual suspects; however, she is equipped to send a client anywhere they wish to go. Clients include couples, families, multi-generational families, alumni or other affinity groups, and those traveling to well known sporting events.
Veronique Fleury - Travel Consultant - Pittsburgh Office
A philanthropist, Veronique has been involved in organizing charity events for the last decade. Her love for planning and her passion for traveling has led her to become a dedicated and meticulous Signature Travel expert. Her wide range of travel experiences include African safaris, surfing in the Indian Ocean, hiking volcanos in Costa Rica, wine touring in Europe and California, and more recently, enjoying family friendly luxury destinations with her two young daughters. Veronique has a degree in business management and is fully bilingual in French and English.
Mary Hartman - Travel Consultant - DeKalb Office
With 23 years of experience in the travel industry, Mary has been fortunate to travel to popular destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. One of her favorite vacation destinations is Ireland, which she has visited many times, as that is her family heritage. A few of her many specialities include destination weddings, cruises, family reunions and group travel, and she has booked clients on memorable trips all over the world including to Africa, Russia, Alaska and New Zealand. Whether it is by land, air or sea, Mary can help you with all of your travel needs.
Sophia Kondos - Travel Consultant - Wilmette Office
Having lived in Italy and spent countless summers with family in Greece, Sophia has always been passionate about travel and visiting international destinations. Her diligent research in organizing vacations ensures that every client will enjoy their time away. Some favorite destinations have included Bora Born, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy and of course her homeland of Greece and its beautiful islands! Sophia also loves to plan theme based trips for the sports enthusiast, music lover, or foodie who is looking for an unforgettable experience. Her desire to truly understand the travel and vacation needs of all of her clients and to help them create life long memories is always her top priority.
Kim Launer - Travel Consultant - DeKalb Office
Specializing in all aspects of leisure travel with a meticulous eye for detail, Kim has more than three decades of industry experience. She is an expert at providing the most current resources suited to a travelers individual needs and prides herself on giving the personal touch that makes memories last a lifetime. Her destinations of expertise include Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, South Pacific, Alaska, River Boat Cruising, Destination Weddings, Family Reunions, Honeymoons, Group Travel and Luxury travel.
Melissa Lee - Travel Consultant - Glencoe office
Melissa is a consummate world traveler having traveled all over the world and lived in Hong Kong and Beijing. Her personal motto is “have passport, will travel.” She has a vast knowledge and experience of domestic and faraway destinations particularly in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Melissa is passionate and enthusiastic about planning all details of travel and enjoys helping her clients create dream getaways both near and far.
Brittney Magner - Luxury Travel Consultant - Winnetka office
A Signature Travel Network Certified luxury travel connoisseur, Brittney has drawn from her own experiences growing up in Chicago's affluent North Shore to help plan memorable travel experiences for families, couples, groups and honeymooners. A graduate of Denison University with a degree in French and Education, she pursued a career in Advertising in Chicago for almost a decade as a buyer for national campaigns. Now a wife and a mother of four children, Brittney relies upon her own travel experiences to help consult her clients on destinations in North America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.
Nancy Peltz - Travel Consultant - DeKalb Office
Nancy has 20 years of travel industry experience. She has travelled worldwide, including a month long cultural and vocational exchange to Argentina. She enjoys making escorted and independent tour arrangements for her clients. Her favorite destination is always the last place she's been!
Kandi Silk - Travel Consultant - Gurnee office
Is a Signature Travel Network certified Travel Consultant. A lover of art, nature and outdoors, Kandi especially enjoys experiencing the beauty of new places with her family of five. With 15 years of industry experience, this mother of three young children has educated her kids through travels to Mexico, Costa Rica, Disneyworld and the Caribbean. Kandi enjoys helping clients plan their family vacations, honeymoons, or any other special occasion trips.
Jaime Thornton - Travel Consultant - Columbus office
Jaime's passion for travel began when she got engaged at the Luxembourg garden during a trip to France. From that point on, she has immersed herself in the world of travel and sought out great experiences. Jaime has great inside connections in London and the Bay Area. Some of her favorite places to travel include Croatia, Barbados, Burgundy, Hawaii, Montenegro, Tuscany, Mexico and Budapest. Jaime has substantial experience with rivers cruises in northern and central Europe as well as with the U.S. Disney Resorts. Jaime has three young children, and loves to plan family trips.
Kelly White - Travel Consultant - DeKalb Office
Kelly's love of travel began when she participated in the Disney Approach to Service Excellence Internship program in Orlando, Florida. A specialist in individual, honeymoon and group travel to Disney World, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Ireland, Kelly is also committed to exploring new destinations to meet the needs of her clients. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University, and enjoys sharing her passion for travel with her spouse and young children.
Halle Vahedian - Travel Consultant - Nashville Office
Halle started her career in New York City where she lived for almost a decade designing for magazines including New York Magazine, Harper’s BAZAAR and O, The Oprah Magazine. She left NYC to join her husband in Columbus, OH where she was a Creative Director, had 2 children and traveled every chance she could. Her favorite “research” has been planning luxury vacations to The Caribbean, Europe, Israel and Mexico as well as a great deal of The United States. Her family recently moved to Nashville, TN where she is on a mission to discover "The Best of Nashville" by trying a new experience a week.
Larry Berke - Founder
Kay Berke - Founder
With over 43 years of experience in the travel industry, Kay is co-Founder of Royal Travel & Tours, and has traveled to all corners of the world. As a Spanish major in college, she lived and studied in Mexico and then worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thus began her love of travel. Kay most enjoys researching and booking independent travel for groups or individuals throughout Europe, South America and Australia/New Zealand.