What our Clients Say
One word for you: INDEFATIGABLE!! You just keep working at it until we have the best programs possible. I am honored to be working with you, so professional, so knowledgeable, and so much fun to spend time with – Aliza Green: Chef, Author, Culinary Tour Director
In March 2018, we had the pleasure of traveling with Celestial Voyagers to Sicily and Malta with the PSU Brandywine group. To say we had a wonderful time is an understatement. Francoise, our tour organizer, and guide did a fantastic job of making our trip pleasant and inspirational. Even when we had a delay due to mother nature, she picked up the sticks and made the trip a formidable experience. The guides she hired to show us the local culture and adventure were personable and knowledgeable. Overall, it was a fun-filled, organized and executed trip. We learned so much and had a great and engaging experience. – Mary and Flynn Hudson
We have been using them for 15 plus years. The majority of their business is academic study abroad.
I cannot say enough great things about Francoise Cornu and her staff. They serve many colleges in the Mid-Atlantic reason. Additionally, they can make academic contacts for you if you do not have them. One year – we had a group of microbiology students traveling to Paris and they set up a lecture on the microbiology of cheese in a wonderful cheese shop in Paris, complete with a tasting to amplify the learning experience and the differences in the cheese.
That is just the tip of the iceberg of fantastic experiences our students have had with Celestial.
Known for expertise in academic travel, I was delighted to learn that Celestial Voyagers will help design and organize specialized tours for very small groups or even individuals as well. Researching edible flowers for my recent book, I was pleased with the detailed and comprehensive plan for our trip to Oaxaca, Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebration which focused on our specific requirements. Francoise listened to our goals and selected perfect tour operators, guides and hotels. Wonderful staff to work with and would highly recommend!
Having little experience in making group travel arrangements and leading a travel group, I thought is might be difficult to put together a special interest trip to Oaxaca, Mexico for the Day of the Dead Celebration for paranormal enthusiasts, but Francoise Cornu and Celestial Voyagers helped me make it happen. In fact, I can testify that without her language skills, attention to detail, and personal contacts, this trip would not have gotten off the ground! Anyone interested in organizing a special interest tour, large or small, will find all the skills and expertise necessary at Celestial Voyagers.
For more than 20 years I have had the pleasure and good fortune to work with owner Francoise Cornu and her marvelous professional staff of travel experts at Celestial Voyagers. As a university faculty member at Penn State University, having planned educational trips to Europe, Asia, and South America for well over 1000 students over the years with this agency, I learned from our first trip in 1995 that Francoise takes pride in delivering all the services required in the increasingly complicated area of travel. She has developed extensive personal experience in the many safety and risk management hurdles involved in working with large university infrastructure administrators, procedures and curriculum requirements, to say nothing of demanding and sometimes unrealistic professors! Francoise often personally accompanies larger student groups and her enthusiasm and interest in the students is always evident and much appreciated. There has never been a problem she was not able to solve. I high recommend Celestial Voyagers to any institution that is looking for professional educational travel services.
For close to seven years, Ms. Francoise Cornu and her team at Academic Voyagers have played an important and valuable role in the design and operation of the international field experience that Metropolitan College of New York has provided its MBA students. From Paris, to Zurich, to London and Frankfurt, we have relied on the firm to share its knowledge of local markets, book convenient flights and lodging, meet program budgets, understand our academic mission, and help ensure our students’ satisfaction with the experience. As an independent operator, Academic Voyagers offers what the behemoths in the travel agency industry cannot – genuine partnership and the personal touch!
It is a true pleasure to collaborate with the professionals at Celestial Voyagers for my speciality trips.
Together we deliver a customized travel experience that’s tailor made to provide exceptional quality services in conjunction with client budgets & trip guidelines in mind.
The travel planners are always very helpful and thanks to their high level of expertise in the tourism market and their connection to a global supplier network, I am able to stay competitive & enjoy repeat business.
As Coordinator of Pennsylvania State University Brandywine Global Programs, our campus study abroad program, I am very pleased to write in support of Celestial Voyagers Customized Travel, and its founder and president, Francoise Cornu.
I have known Ms. Cornu for twenty years, and as an instructor of courses including study abroad, I have worked with her and her company since 2000, when I first taught a course called the Arts in London. Since then, I have worked with Celestial Voyagers to design and deliver courses in Seville, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Ireland, and Greece.
In 2010 I became Coordinator of Penn State University’s Brandywine campus education abroad program, and my steering committee and I have worked with Celestial Voyagers almost exclusively to design and deliver 2-3 programs per year, comprised of 2-6 courses each, with embedded travel abroad. From 1994 to today, approximately 2,000 Penn State students, from campuses all over the state, have taken our education abroad courses and worked with Celestial Voyagers. Our traveling groups are typically 20-40 participants, and we have reached 120 students on one of our Italy programs. Destinations have been primarily in Europe; however Celestial Voyagers has also arranged for our courses including travel to Morocco, Japan, Argentina, and Guatemala.
Traveling with Penn State Harrisburg on the spring break study tours was one of the best experiences of my life. It is amazing to experience parts and cultures of the world that I have never seen before. It has fueled my passion and love for travel that I know I will continue throughout my life. I have traveled with the university to Spain and Rome. These two trips were very exceptional, and I loved every minute of them. This coming year I hope to travel again with them to a new exciting destination. As for the Celestial Voyagers, they were a beat above the rest. The tours that they had planned for us were fantastic. It was breathtaking to see the inside of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and climb to the top of a mosque turned cathedral in Spain. All of the tour guides that they had arranged for were very professional but at the same time very personable. I love traveling with Penn State and Celestial Voyagers and cannot wait to do it again in the spring of 2018.
When I traveled to Spain and Guatemala for my one week study tour experiences, it allowed me to gain an understanding of the country’s culture and language. I was able to use what I learned in my language classes and apply it in a real world setting. I saw the difference between the countries and the United States on many different aspects from the food, to the people, and the environment. I think that CelestialVoyagers provided all the things that we needed to have a great trip. The programs that they created truly enhanced our educational experiences.
I had a great experience traveling with Celestial Voyagers. This was my first time traveling internationally. Because of this program I got to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, various artworks by famous artists, and so much more. The tour guide, Roberta, was excellent. She was very informational and made you feel right at home. She covered a lot of information about each site we visited, but it was all worth taking in. Roberta also gave us suggestions about what places to try. She also told as to be careful of certain areas in Rome and to be aware of our surroundings. I would definitely travel with CelestialVoyagers again. They provided me with an amazing experience as well as value to my education.