Travels with Friends LLC was originally created to sell small group European travel lead by the company founders Steven Hurley and Roger Tinsman. In 2007, the Private Shore Trips website was created to focus on selling private tours in Europe.


Private Shore Trips now offers flexible and customizable tours in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Alaska. 

Steven Hurley is a Partner and the Founder of Travels with Friends LLC. Before creating Travels with Friends, Steven was a key Travel Consultant at a multi-state full-service travel agency. He has earned the CTA -Certified Travel Associate designation, as well as France Destination Specialist, Bavarian Ambassador and Portugal Specialist. 

Ken Diaz is a Partner for Travels with Friends LLC. Before becoming a partner, Ken worked for the Brookstone Corporation and managed their Corporate Sales Department. He was responsible for creating and administering their Consumer Promotions, Customer Loyalty and Performance Programs. Ken brings over 20 years experience in customer service and program management.

News and Articles

Home of Wealth - "Minimalist Travel - Private Shore Trips" by Tracy Freese

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Living There - "3 Top Shore Excursion Companies"

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Link:  http://www.livingthere.org/the-3-top-shore-excursion-companies/

Recognition Blog "Shore Excursion Guides at Private Shore Trips"
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Link:  http://re-cognition.info/travel/shore-excursion-guides-private-shore-trips/

Wanderful Experience by Ellen Bernardino
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Link:  http://www.wanderfulexperience.info/2014/04/review-private-shore-trips-private-port.html#more

OSSN Article "Your Passion = Your Niche" by Steven Hurley
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Link:  http://www.ossn.com/newsletter/2008mar/passion_niche.asp

Poshbrood Article "Royal Caribbean’s Western Mediterranean Cruise: Liberty of the Seas" by Susan Quinn
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Link:  http://www.poshbrood.com/destinations/detail/royal_caribbeans_mediterranean_cruise_liberty_of_the_seas

USA Today "Tours of Ostia From Civitavecchia, Italy" by Lisa Mercer
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Link:  http://traveltips.usatoday.com/tours-ostia-civitavecchia-italy-101306.html

USA Today "Messina Sicily Tours" by Rob Wagner
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Link:  http://traveltips.usatoday.com/messina-sicily-tours-100606.html


Agency Details


Travels with Friends LLC is a Registered Seller of Travel in the State of California, CST # 2065029-40, and is a participant in the Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF). Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. California law requires Sellers of Travel to have a trust account or bond. This business has a client trust account.


Mailing Address: PO Box 1801, Burlingame CA 94011 USA

Telephone: 1-800-644-7814