WHAT DOES "BESPOKE" MEAN ?

WHAT DOES “BESPOKE” MEAN ?

adjective be-spoke [bih-spohk] — made to individual order; custom-designed: a bespoke jacket.
verb be-speak [bih-speek] — to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater.

founder

Marie-France Gravel

Marie-France was born with an itch to explore, and an enormous appetite for travel.

With more than twenty five years of experience in the travel business, it’s an area of deep experience and expertise. Marie-France began her career in Adventure Travel, working for G Adventures for several years (1996-2000) in a range of roles – kayaking guide, tour leader, researcher, travel consultant and product development. As a solo guide, she spent six months guiding kayaking tours in Belize, followed by a year in South America, leading 35-day active trips in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Wanting to get back to her roots, she moved back to La Belle Province and founded Diva Expeditions, a travel company specializing in women’s active trips in Mont Tremblant, where she spent 6 years (2000-2006) running downhill ski programs, evening snowshoe tours and full moon cross-country ski trips in Mont Tremblant National Park. She also founded ‘The Diva Tour’, a non-for-profit fundraising event for local women’s charity.

In 2006, Marie-France returned to Toronto to work with the active luxury travel company Butterfield & Robinson for more than 2 more years (2008-2010) first as bespoke trip planner, then as a guide in Europe (mostly France and Spain), and Latin America.

After leaving Horizon & Co, Marie-France successfully tackled an unusually wide sweep of projects and work. She volunteered with Doctors without Borders to assist with fundraising efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She also joined Medcan (Canada’s leading preventative and wellness healthcare clinic) where she was brought onboard to shape and build an infrastructure to support a new travel division for Medcan by crafting extraordinary active travel experiences tailored exclusively to Medcan clients, and their personal fitness goals.

She also did a stint at Horizon &Co, one of Canada’s oldest and most storied travel companies, as a senior travel designer, where she hosted Horizon’s VIP clients on a President’s Cruise, planned and orchestrated (for 2 consecutive years) private groups to the most coveted and iconic golf tournament in the world – The Masters; and spent a month on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi in Northern Patagonia hosting ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ ski vacations in partnership with Exclusive Resorts.

Marie-France founded Bespoke Travel Design, a luxury bespoke trip planning company, in 2010.  Specializing in creating exceptional tailor-made experiences (Journeys) around the globe, for a portfolio of discerning travellers.  Bespoke Travel Design supports sustainable and responsible travel practices and through its proud affiliation with TTI Travel, is one of only six “by invitation only” Virtuoso member companies in Canada.

a few places marie-france has been…

Marie-France’s travel bio

Marie-France was born with an itch to explore, and an enormous appetite for travel. 

Upcoming Trips:
Lapland, Arctic Circle – January 2020
South Africa & Botswana Safari – Feb 2020
Italy: Dolomites, Venice and Prossecco Region

Just back from…

2019:
Portugal – Algarve, Lisbon and Surf Retreat
Morocco – Fez, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech and Agafay Desert – Oct 2019
Spain – Madrid, Balearic Islands (Mallorca & Menorca) and Barcelona – June 2019

2018
Belize – Jan 2018
Mayan Riviera, Mexico – July 2018
Colonial Mexico – including San Miguel de Allende – May 2018
Eastern Canada Expedition Cruise – May 2018
Cayman Islands – April 2018
Paris, Cannes and French Riviera – Dec 2018

2017
Australia: Sydney, Western Australia, Perth and Ningaloo Reef 
Australia: Tasmania – Maria Island Walk, Freycinet Walk and Arkaba Walk – April 2017
Grenada – July 2017
Quebec City – July 2017
St Lucia – Feb 2017
India: Ladakh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Varanasi – Oct 2017

2016
Antarctica – 20 Day expedition in Falkland Islands, South Georgia – Dec 2016
Argentina – Nov 2016
Mayan Riviera, Mexico – April 2016

2015
Fogo Island, Newfoundland – May 2015 – www.fogoislandinn.ca
St Lucia – June 2015
Cannes, France – Nov 2015
Patagonia: Chile, Argentina – April 2015
Mexico: Mayan Riviera – Feb 2015
Italy: Genoa, Portofino, Cinque Terre -Jan 2015
Arizona: Miraval Resort & Spa – March 2014
Italy: Milan, Como, Guarda, Verona & Venice – Jan 2014
Colombia: Bogota, Cartagena, Santa Marta – Feb 2013
Mayakoba – Sept 2013
Italy: Puglia – Oct 2013

Previous travels:
Australia, Ireland, Iceland, England, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, USA and so many more … 

Our passion is travel.

Every year, we attend several trade events around the world, that bring together the world’s best suppliers and buyers in high-end travel for: networking, nurturing existing relationships, seeing what’s new in the industry, and finding new hidden gems.

We also travel extensively every year, doing site inspections, visiting hotels around the world, and sampling the best activities the regions have to offer, so that we can plan your trip with confidence, knowing we have been there … and sharing our travel experiences with you.

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