Planning your next vacation? You came to the right place!

 
E. Clarke Travel has been in business for 40+ years as an owner-operated agency. We have have a physical presence Closter, New Jersey.
Our philosophy is to act as a team of destination specialists using our collective knowledge. As a result, we can ensure that we always provide the most comprehensive service to our travelers. Every client is paired directly with an individual travel counselor. The travel counselor will customize every detail throughout the process in order to ensure a memorable planning and travel experience.

E. Clarke Travel places a premium on personal contact with our clients. Our goal is to make travel dreams come true and build memories that last a lifetime. 
 

Meet the Team

Karen Essafi

Karen Essafi

President & Travel Counselor

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Karen, a veteran of the travel industry, has been planning travel for over 30 years. Her passion for travel has taken her to the four corners of the world. From sipping sundowners at sunset on the Serengeti to chasing the blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands, travel has been a driving force in her life since before she can remember.

Karen’s first-hand experience and long-term relationships with hoteliers & tour guides around the world allows her to create highly specialized, tailor-made itineraries for her clients.

Nike

Nike

Mascot In Chief

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Simply the cutest, the most gentle, the smartest and … the most spoiled dog!

Meet Nike at our Closter location where he “works” every day from 9am to 3:30pm.

Wahid Essafi

Wahid Essafi

CEO

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His goal is to create a team of travel professionals with a true passion for travel and a sincere motivation to serve our clients.

The world is becoming a smaller place and the internet is overwhelming. Now more than ever, I believe that a good travel consultant is extremely valuable.

Deanna Cavaliere

Deanna Cavaliere

Travel Counselor

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With a serious devotion to travel, Deanna has a lot of knowledge when it comes to exploring the world. With a background in luxury concierge and guest services, she can really narrow it down with great recommendations in each itinerary. Her travels have brought her to most of the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. She also has a passion for Italy which she has been many times and where some of her family resides. Deanna has done extensive domestic traveling that she plans to expand this year!

Deanna is very eager to plan and recommend your next itinerary filled with many restaurant and tour recommendations.

Lori Banks

Lori Banks

Travel Advisor

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Lori’s love and appreciation of exploring interesting destinations began as a child and grew exponentially during her long, successful career in the fashion industry. An avid photographer, Lori, her camera and keen eye have traveled extensively from coast to coast (more than 35 states including Hawaii and Alaska), as well as to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, England, France, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands.
One of Lori’s favorite trips, as evidenced by her stunning photographs, was her visit to the Amalfi coast where she reveled in the exquisite beauty of Capri, Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi and Ravello, and of course, the amazing Italian cuisine! Planning trips with Lori are all about creating wonderful, immersive experiences that capture the unique essence of each destination, from cultural highlights to rich historical and architectural perspectives.
A former editor and director of research, Lori’s astute communication skills and exceptional attention to detail provide clients with high-touch, personalized travel planning expertise. Whether you are looking to plan an all-inclusive family or couples’ getaway to the Caribbean or Mexico, a European land tour or river cruise, or something more exotic, Lori works closely with clients to plan memorable trips.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
Marlene Finkel

Marlene Finkel

Travel Counselor

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Marlene has been a team member of E. Clarke Travel since 2003 and believes that to experience the world through travel is one of the greatest gifts there is. She has traveled extensively through Italy, France,Spain,the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Baltic including Russia, Central & South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and of course, the United States including Hawaii and Alaska.

Her greatest reward from her work is helping her clients make memories to last a lifetime, whether it be for a honeymoon, special anniversary or birthday or just to see the world. She specializes in honeymoon travel to Italy, Hawaii, Tahiti, Thailand and Bali.

Marlene handles all your travel needs as a travel concierge taking care of every detail to ensure a flawless and memorable experience for her clients as well as using all her industry contacts to make sure her clients are VIPed to the max!

Karen Rybak

Karen Rybak

Travel Counselor

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Karen Rybak has been a travel consultant with American Express for over 28 years, previously earning the prestigious American Express Pacesetter award for exceptional sales and service; one year achieving the highest travel sales in the country. She is a specialist on the Caribbean, Europe, and all types of cruising – from 3 or 4 night jaunts to 100+ day World Cruises and everything in between.

She is a Tauck Certified agent. Karen has also helped scores of couples begin their lives together with a storybook honeymoon in paradise.

Contact Karen today to begin planning your trip of a lifetime.

Donna Moore

Donna Moore

Travel Counselor

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Donna Moore has been a travel consultant for over 20 years and is ready to help plan your next vacation. She has cruised over 25 times to a variety of cruise destinations and can recommend the cruise ship and itinerary that’s right for you. Donna also has extensive knowledge of the Caribbean and many US destinations.

If you’d like to cruise the high seas, relax under a palm tree, or see firsthand what makes our nation great, contact Donna today to begin planning your trip of a lifetime.

Laura Monahan

Laura Monahan

Travel Counselor

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Wanderlust is used to describe Laura as she is often daydreaming of ancient cities and fascinating towns. Taking her first solo flight at the age of seven, Laura has enjoyed adventures near and far. From getting engaged in Ireland, camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, and vacationing in France, Italy, and Spain, she views the world as a place that must be explored!
Laura enjoys dynamic cultures, exciting cuisine, and the one-of-a-kind adventures each place has to offer. Always trying to navigate her space like the locals, Laura loves researching and planning trips with an opportunity to connect with the people and the land.
Vendula Hosek

Vendula Hosek

Executive Assistant

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Travel business is what brought Vendula to the United States from her native Czechoslovakia. She worked for an official Czechoslovak travel agency CEDOK when it was still a socialist country.

She met her future husband in New York and after a brief return to her homeland to get the legal part in order, she returned to the United States. Family vacations across the United States and abroad became highlights of their summers from the early ages of their children.

Even though she has not worked in travel industry again until E. Clarke Travel, foreign countries and cultures as well as beauty of the United States remained her passion.

She hopes to contribute by her strong work ethics, attention to detail and pure enjoyment of working in travel environment.

Diane Scozzafava

Diane Scozzafava

Travel Advisor

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Ever since Diane was young, she has been excited about immersing herself in new cultures and exploring new places.

She did a school report in 3rd grade on Egypt and dreamed of exploring this amazing destination and in 2001, her dream was
realized by exploring this area on a Nile Cruise and touring of all of the temples and seeing one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza.

She loves planning vacations to highlight cultural aspects, fun activities, nature, history and wonderful cuisines to enjoy.
She has traveled on 6 cruises to the Caribbean and Europe. In the Caribbean, she has really enjoyed Barbados, St. Maarten & St. Lucia. For international travel, some of her favorites are Italy, France, Egypt, Switzerland & Greece. For domestic travel, she has been to 29 states and some that stand out are California, Tennessee, Utah, Colorado & Washington.

She enjoys hiking with her family and has hiked many of the National Parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain & Bryce Canyon.

She also enjoys photography and takes pictures of her travels so she can relive the moment by viewing the photograph of the travel destination.

Travel, Wander & Explore!

Read what our clients say about us:

Deanna was AMAZING! She planned the most perfect trip to Greece for our honeymoon and we will be forever grateful. We visited 3 places in two weeks and every location was perfect —we even got upgraded to the honeymoon suite in Santorini, which was out of this world gorgeous! We cannot wait to book our next trip and would recommended her to anyone and everyone. Thanks again!
 
Blakelee H.June 2019

There is such a misconception that booking a vacation online is easier and less expensive than using a travel agent. Our recent experience booking a Punta Cana vacation with Kristyn at E. Clarke Travel was so easy and such a pleasant experience. She found exactly what we were looking for at The Hideaway, an all inclusive including a swim up pool, top shelf liquor, 24/7 concierge, 6 5 Star restaurants, a private beach, a spa and much more. The package also included non-stop flights and airport transfers. I highly recommend using Kristyn at E. Clarke Travel!

Tony M., from Ridgewood, NJ