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We are a travel agency composed of professional home-based agents and independent contractors throughout Central Florida serving customers both locally and across the nation.  

“Every client a friend…or becomes one.”

We believe your travel dreams are special. We share in your appreciation for travel by passing along all of our personal insider knowledge. Our services go beyond the typical travel agency because of our 40 years of experience and expertise.

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Hi there! We’re Bill and Peggy Applebee,  owners of Great Escapes Travel.

There are advantages to working with us as your travel advisors:

  • You receive complimentary benefits when you travel with a Virtuoso agent and take advantage of special promotions.

  • When you need international air flights, you benefit from our insider access to special fares that you won’t find on the Internet.

  • We maintain relationships with the world’s leading travel and adventure companies.

  • Knowing that you want to travel your way, we are experts in planning independent arrangements. Our custom vacation options are endless. Tell us what personal touches you would like to add and we will fine tune your vacation to make it a memorable experience.

Chris Schwenk 

 Cruising, Destination Weddings, Custom Tours 

Direct 407-915-5703  Mobile 352-988-3808

Mary Rose Unrue 

Italy and the Mediterranean, custom luxury travel experiences, corporate travel               management

Direct (407) 328-4153

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  Get to know more  about Great Escapes

  • Opened 2003 in Winter Park, Florida. Moved to Lake Mary 2011

  • Agency Founders – Peggy Applebee, William Applebee and Phyllis Dale have been in the travel industry in excess of 30 years each

  • All agents are dedicated professionals with at least 25 years of experience in the travel industry

  • Member of the prestigious Virtuoso Network with offices in over 60 countries worldwide

  • Member of Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Member of Cruise Lines International Association

  • Member of ASTA – American Society of Travel Agents

  • Named Agency of the Year by American Cruise Lines in 2010

  • Florida Seller of Travel Member #ST 36059

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What it means to be a Virtuoso

VIRTUOSO travel agencies are uniquely chosen for their knowledge, dedication to service and experience level necessary to provide professional travel planning at every level.  They are able to meet the demands and requirements for even the most discriminating client.  Owners and managers have chosen only those agents who meet these criteria and apply these standards to all customers on every occasion.  The VIRTUOSO organization ties together agencies of high standard with an international network of offices dedicated to offering unique and dependable services worldwide to their customers.  As a member, GREAT ESCAPES TRAVEL has access to many special and value-added amenities to personalize and add value to every vacation experience

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