About Us

Actually, it is all about YOU!


Your Holiday.
Your Imagination.
Your Bucket List.

Your dreams fulfilled and expectations exceeded through attention to detail and expert service.

Blackhawk Vacations will create the luxury vacation of your dreams. Our goal is to develop a long term relationship with you: know your travel likes and dislikes, what knocks your socks off, which experiences to avoid, and, most of all, what destinations are on your "bucket list". Your vacation goals are a treasure map highlighting future travel opportunities.

We are with you every step of the way: before, during and after your trip (almost like being packed in your suitcase). Going the extra step with service keeps our clients coming back.

Why us? Knowledge, Education and Experience are continued goals. Each member of our team spends over 200 hours each year in continuing education!  We continue to expand our horizons, polish our expertise and journey to newfound destinations to make your vacation memorable.

We work out of San Clemente and Garden Grove, in Orange County, Carlsbad in San Diego County, and in the Signal Hill / Long Beach Area of Los Angeles, but our clients are all over the country.  Ask about our upcoming river cruise trips to Europe (Amsterdam to Basel).

Licenses and Certifications:

CTA – Certified Travel Associate –through the Travel Institute
MCC – Master Cruise Counselor - through the Cruise Line International Association

Specialist Designations through comprehensive study programs at the Travel Institute and Travel Agent University:
Luxury Travel
Hawaii
Australia
Europe
South Africa
Argentina
New Zealand
Australia

Cruise Specialist Designations through specific Cruise lines:
Crystal Cruises
Seabourn Cruises
Oceania Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Cunard Cruises
Celebrity Cruises
Silversea Cruises

We also love river cruises, including:
Uniworld
AMA Waterways
Viking
Crystal River Cruises
Crystal Yacht

 

You may ask why travel excites me.
To say it is my passion sounds trite, so identify with a few of our experiences below:

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Trekked a glacier in Alaska

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Viewed the Amber collection at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

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Meditated at the ruins of Machu Picchu

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Stood on the aft of a ship as it sailed through the Stockholm Archipelago

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Attended a concert in the Vienna Opera House

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Danced to a gypsy band at a friend’s 2 day wedding banquet in Romania

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Sped 80 mph through 15 turns at almost 5 G's of force down Park City Olympic Bobsled track

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Witnessed the genius of creativity at factory tours such as: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, (Stowe, VT); Avon Products, (Monrovia, CA); Coors Beer, (Golden, CO), Boeing Factory, (Everett, WA); Audi Factory, (Germany); Bushmills Factory, (Northern Ireland); Portmeirion factory (Wales); Turkish Rug Factory (Cappaadocia)

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Descended 276 feet below ground level to ride the Moscow Metro

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Walked away with winnings from the Casino in Monte Carlo

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Observed the continual construction at the Gaudi Cathedral in Barcelona

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Followed in the footsteps of St. Paul in Ephesus

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Impressed by the beauty of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

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Browsed through almost 30 bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, England

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Biked down Haleakala from its crest to the ocean on Maui

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Shopped in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

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Gawked at the brothel facades in Pompeii

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Experienced 24 hours of daylight during the Summer Solstice at the northernmost point corner of mainland Europe, Nordkapp (North Cape) Norway

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Examined the bullet holes in the buildings from the Croatian War of Independence in Dubrovnik

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Cruised under the Golden Gate Bridge and past the Statue of Liberty

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Climbed to the peak of the Vatican Cupola for the magnificent view of St. Peter’s Square

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Rooted around the Old Bailey Courthouse and 223B Baker Street in London

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Stunned by the pebbly beach in Nice

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Dined with good friends at Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and were mesmerized by the City of Lights

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Shopped and imbibed at the Christmas Markets in Budapest

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Walked the paces of the original runner in Marathon, Greece

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