John G. Ellis

John G. Ellis

Owner, President & Renowned Agent

In Memoriam: 
John Ellis was synonymous with travel. He knew at an early age that he wanted to travel the world, and with that dream he became immersed in researching and studying foreign languages, different cultures, religions, music, food, and the varying arts from each region of the world. John started in the travel industry in 1954, and in 1979 opened an agency. John has been recognized by many of his peers in the industry over his countless years of organizing and escorting tours throughout the world.  What made John standout from almost all others in the industry was his personal touch for the bookings he made for his clients and groups.  It was with his incredible knowledge and contacts that elevated him to be one of the best in the industry.  He was recognized as a master of his craft and able to orchestrate some of the most incredible, memorable experiences that no one else could deliver.  He will forever be remembered as a virtuoso of travel orchestrating trips for many people over the years.  His strong, professional work ethic, and knowledge of travel is carried on through the family agency by his wife, Mila Ellis, and his daughter, Natasha Ellis Ruess, and his son John Ellis.

When we retired, our plan was to travel. I had made reservations for several different places. A cruise and a nice hotel , but no idea the best way to see Italy. I called Ellis Travel House to see if they had any ideas for me.  Turned out to be one of the best calls I have ever made. I talked to John explaining what I wanted.  He arranged the trip and it went flawlessly. He coordinated the things I had booked with the ideas he had and it was wonderful. We cruised the Cinque Terre, saw Florence, Assisi, Rome and Positano. He was able to integrate my plans with his ideas perfectly. It was a great trip.
Next, we wanted to see Spain and Greece. I had already booked a Greek island cruise. I asked John if he could arrange a trip around that cruise. If there was anything he thought we should see, to add it  and surprise us along the way. Again, he integrated everything we asked for and the surprises were really fun. They included a horse show, cooking class and a Hemingway dinner. Again, everything went off without a hitch.
We wanted to visit Africa and had booked a safari.  We had talked to John about another trip to Europe as well. John sent us to Dubai, South Africa, France and Iceland. He again integrated our ideas with his knowledge and surprises. It was a terrific adventure. There were no issues and the perfect planning made it stress free.

Choosing John Ellis as our travel advisor has been one of the best decisions we’ve made. Working with him has been delightful and will continue for many more adventures.

We have never used a travel agent before because I always liked doing the research and planning myself. With the business of a wedding, I can’t recommend it enough! Thanks to John Ellis, planning was easy. We shared our wants and he provided some of the best options. All of our travels went smoothly from air travel to car services to and from our resort and we got just the experience we were looking for.  The resort staff were friendly and hospitable. Rooms were clean and as pictured/expected. We will use John again and recommend him to friends. 


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