Welcome to Connoisseur - an experienced 'independent' Travel Agency and Tour Operator based in Edinburgh. Connoisseur Travel Services Ltd was formed in 1987 and has remained an independent travel agent offering a high quality of service to our customers.
Our aim is to provide travel opportunities for our clients, which suit their needs at a competitive cost while offering a friendly service with attention to detail.
We specialise in Ocean, River, Coastal and Expedition Cruising as well as tailormade holidays, Worldwide and European. We also offer escorted and independent tours, flights, city breaks as well as package, honeymoon and safari holidays.
Moira Scott - Managing Director
Moira has been in the travel industry since 1970 and has specialised in cruising since 1980. In 1987 Moira opened Connoisseur Travel Services. Moira has sailed over the last 30 years on nearly every type of ship/cruise worldwide – River cruise; Ocean cruise; a 'Sailing' ship round the Greek Islands and Expedition cruising to Antarctica!
Irene Darracott - General Manager
Irene has over 40 years in the travel industry and has been involved in many different roles throughout her career. These include business travel management, groups, conferencing and overseas incentive travel. Now in the position of General Manager for Connoisseur she has responsibility for the day to day management of the office. She has travelled extensively and can recommend adventures to suit everyone in all parts of the globe.
Yvonne Wintour - Assistant Manager
Over 29 years travel experience - of which 18 years have been with Connoisseur and previously Lunn Poly & Globespan. All round travel specialist with retail experience as well as groups, escorting & tailormade. Visited many Med destinations as well as Krakow, Prague, Canada, America & Caribbean. Specialist in River cruises, Hurtigruten & luxury cruising. Favourite travel moment was in 2014 escorting a Connoisseur group to China. Very memorable.
Michelle Welsh - Operations Manager
I studied tourism management at university and spent 3 years in the hotel industry before joining Connoisseur over 8 years ago. I am a cruise specialist focusing primarily on Fred Olsen, Hurtigruten and river cruising and for the past 5 years I have enjoyed being one of our Connoisseur cruise escorts onboard our group Fred Olsen departures. It's great to meet many of the customers you have spoken to at first hand. Favourite travel moment was seeing a polar bear in Svalbard.
Linda Thomson - Senior Travel Consultant
Over 35 years in travel, 11 of them with Connoisseur and previously Sibbald Travel and Scottish Express. I've travelled to Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and many European cities. Travel specialist in European city breaks, Small ship and Scottish Highland cruising, Hurtigruten & River cruises. My favourite travel moment was on safari in the Masai Mara where I saw the Big 5.
Lesley Kernan - Senior Retail Travel Consultant
I have over 20 years travel experience and just love travel. I began my career at Lunn Poly followed by Sibbalds and have been with Connoisseur over 10 years. I have travelled extensively in the Greek Islands, USA and Caribbean including Bermuda, St Maarten & Anguila. Travel Specialist in Australia, Greece and Luxury Caribbean. Favourite travel moment was Riley's Rainforest Retreat in Australia watching kangaroos and other wildlife from my balcony.
James Clark - Travel Consultant
The new boy at Connoisseur having joined the company in November 2015 . However I brought with me nearly 40 years of experience in the travel industry. Over those years I have travelled extensively in Europe, Far East, USA and the Caribbean. If I had to pick one travel highlight it would have to be cruising on the Amazon a few years ago. A wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Marine Mathieu - Travel Consultant
You will easily recognise me with my French accent. Two years ago I spent 6 months in Edinburgh to learn English and fell in love with the city, Scotland and Scottish people. Before settling down here, I worked 7 years in an independent travel Agency in Luneville, France, which was a very similar agency to Connoisseur, I am really happy working at Connoisseur and lucky to be working in a great team.
One of my favorite places is in Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula which has a mix of fascinating Mayan culture including one of the new 7 wonders of the World, Chichen Itza and beautiful beaches with crystalline waters.
Mary Wightman - Accounts
I love travel it's like greasepaint it gets under your skin. It's my other passion aside from numbers. I enjoy cruising and have over 10 years experience of the travel industry.
Favourite travel moment - People watching and relaxing on my summer holidays in Majorca - you can't beat the sun on your back - relaxing with friends and family.
Members of ...
We are a member of ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents. For more information about ABTA, its members and its consumer services. Book with Confidence. We are a member of ABTA, which means you have the benefit of ABTA's Code of Conduct. All the package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails. Other services such as hotels or flights on their own may not be protected and you should ask us what protection is available.
Connoisseur Travel Services Ltd is also a fully bonded and licensed tour operator and the air holidays featured in our brochures are ATOL protected by the bonding scheme administered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). For more information about the protection offered by the CAA, please visit www.caa.co.uk
Cruiseco provides a benchmark of excellence in professional knowledge on holidays afloat, offering unique and exclusive holidays to exotic and exciting ports of call.
SPAA (Scottish Passenger Agents' Association)
We are a member of the SPAA – Scottish Passenger Agents' Association, which was established in 1921, and is one of the oldest travel trade associations in the world.
Being members of the consortium Advantage Travel Centres provides us with exclusive offers on Package Holidays, Car Hire, Accommodation and Flights etc. at exceptional rates due to their massive buying power within the travel industry.
CLIA UK & Ireland
We are also a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland formerly ACE – Association of Cruise Experts. This affords us, once again, unique offers and ship visits.