Who We Are

Who We Are

Oasis is a premium travel company specializing in custom-made, first-class journeys to the more intriguing and less traveled parts of the world.  Our itineraries foster a deeper appreciation for cultures abroad and focus on the true essence of experience.  Our uncompromising, firsthand experience in the field allows us to hand craft itineraries and steer travelers to the people and places that are remarkable, inspired and personally meaningful, all while sacrificing nothing in the way of comfort and safety.

Immaculately Designed Itineraries

Immaculately Designed Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully constructed explorations that include expertly guided and engaging excursions with unique access to rare antiquities, sights and ordinary, off-the-beaten-track places. Sightseeing – from special access museum tours, elephant treks, scenic excursions of ancient ruins, home visits, musical performances, wine tastings and the like – is planned to give thorough insight into historic culture, while allowing time to reflect, time at leisure and time to embrace the unexpected.

Small Groups

Small Groups

Limited to just 10 – 15 guests

Oasis prides itself on its discerning clientele: small, congenial groups of individuals with diverse backgrounds, similar tastes and interests, and who share an innate curiosity and spirit that often produce lasting friendships.  Our small group philosophy allows for more freedom and flexibility.  We know that spontaneity and innovation are key in embracing new travel experiences.

 

Guest Lecturers & Tour Directors

Guest Lecturers & Tour Directors Make The Difference

Oasis combs the world for unique individuals, distinguished experts, scholars, and guest speakers whose lectures and discussions enrich and deepen the travel experience. Specialists in art, archaeology, religion and culture, they provide and nurture the framework of our learning experience.  Our world-wide web of field specialists, guides and local hosts share a profound desire to impart their knowledge and favorite stories, offering an insight which is more by friendship then by a service and something no guidebook or travelogue can impart.  We also believe that personal attention is the key to an inspired travel experience, so our Tour Directors become the catalyst during the journey.  Richard Koegl, the founder and Executive Director of Oasis, often travels as Tour Director. His passion for travel is surpassed only by his desire to share his enthusiasm and knowledge with others.

Richard Koegl, The Founder

Richard Koegl, founder and CEO

For almost three decades, Richard Koegl has journeyed extensively, back and forth to over 120 countries on all seven continents.  His world is a daily immersion in cultural and educational realms which he passionately shares with fellow travelers and friends.   His art in knowing how to piece together the ever-changing world for both the novice and expert traveler can reveal experiences that transcend the typical.  Cookie cutter is not in his lexicon.  Richard creates journeys that he painstakingly custom crafts for guests who desire a profound and richer experience while traveling.

Richard spent 10 years living in France, at first studying classical music in Paris, and then working as a travel photographer and cultural tour guide.  He became Director of the European office of Butterfield & Robinson, a high-end adventure company, and later worked as Cruise Director and Expedition Leader on luxury small ships and yachts.  Here he designed and ran land and sea itineraries for America’s leading cultural, educational and scientific institutions including the Smithsonian, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Alumnus, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

As a renowned and widely sought after photographer, Richard continues to shoot regularly for tour operators and America’s leading agencies.  His imagery has appeared in premier travel magazines and brochures which include the Peak Adventure Travel Group luxury brands of Country Walkers, TCS & Starquest Private Jet Expeditions, and Travcoa.  Richard’s photographic mission is multi-faceted:  by employing journalistic and artistic styles, he documents his subjects and presents to the viewer, suggesting that we see the world in new ways, away from our preconceived notions of how things ‘should be’ seen and experienced.  His imagery is rich in texture, sensually breathtaking and always armed with an underlying sense of humor.

When not traveling Richard lives in his native Toronto and is regularly invited to speak as a luxury travel expert at Universities and symposiums.  Even in his downtime he is always designing new adventures for the truly intrepid.  Some of his recent travelers have included Mr. David Rockefeller, Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Safdie, and Mrs. Hiram Bingham IV.

Premium Accommodations

PREMIUM ACOMMODATIONS

Chosen for Quality, Location, Atmosphere & Services

We believe that a journey should not end at the door to your room.  Hotels are often destinations in themselves and we spend a great deal of time selecting properties around the world.  What kind of hotel we chose depends on where you are, and what’s available.  But whether it’s a 5-star luxury property, an intimate lodge, boutique architectural gem, or a mind-blowing villa, our hotels are unique, exclusive and hard to leave.  The hotels we use capture the most authentic expression of the spirit of a place, and are above all the right place to stay for the destination.  To stay anywhere else would be to miss an essential piece of where you are.  And for Oasis it’s not just enough to stay in the right hotels: we choose priority rooms or specific rooms of preference and stop at nothing to provide the best of comfort with the assurance of maximum safety.

 

Extraordinary Food

Extraordinary Food

We believe that eating and drinking well is an integral part of traveling and one’s personal diet should be enhanced rather than displaced while abroad.  The best food is always local:  whether at a starred restaurant, multi-course smorgasbord, local cantina serving fresh fish seaside, or a picnic of crusty baguette, cheese and wine – we find the very best and celebrate it.  We work hard to provide choice and the freshest regional cuisine possible.  We know that heavy meals repeated day after day take their toll and for that we purposely give you the opportunity to explore the local eateries on your own, with our in-the-know suggestions of course.  Every destination as a flavor, every place a specialty and taste.   So whether dining informally, being guests at a diplomatic residence or private home, or eating in a hole-in-the-wall that serves simply the best homemade pasta you’ve ever tasted (and no one knows about, yet), it’s all part of the journey, often unexpected moments that will linger until well after you’ve returned home.

 

Getting There

Getting There

Every journey begins the moment you leave home for the airport. Air travel has evolved in a way that is less user-friendly than it was say five or even fifty years ago. As we like to say, “everything starts with air: if we can’t get you there, you aren’t going”. To understand air routes, ticketing, fare basis, taxes and surcharge levies it takes an expert, and someone with years of tried and true experience. Kathii Benn at K. Benn Travel, Oasis’ exclusive administrative operator, is simply the guru of air travel and with over 30 years experience, an expert on almost every destination worldwide. Kathii knows the best routings, connections, airlines, seat configurations and fares. We are constantly asked why anyone would use a travel agent to book air flights when it’s so easy with the internet. For starters we are human and not a search engine that has been programmed. We intrinsically know how to get you from where you are to where you’re going and can save valuable time, money and aggravation down the line. We know your itinerary and tailor your flights accordingly, providing the best possible options on the spot. We not only get you there with peace of mind, we get you home despite unexpected delays, changes and cancellations. Personal service that doesn’t stop when you hit the ‘send’ button.

Partners

K. Benn

K. Benn Travel

Oasis’ exclusive administrative operator is Kathii Benn, President of K. Benn Travel, a full service travel agency with a team of professionals that are ready to answer questions, respond to special requests and impart years of experience to travelers who want to explore beyond the tourist clichés.  Richard Koegl and Kathii Benn have been working together for more than two decades and are a rare and unrivaled duo.  They are two of the most well traveled specialists in the business and absolutely love what they do.

 

Fathom Expeditions

Fathom Expeditions

Fathom Expeditions Inc. is an Antarctic and Arctic cruise operator running custom small ship trips on exclusive 12, 50 and 100-passenger ships. Fathom is run by Dave German, a hands-on expert who custom designs and accompanies his journeys.  Oasis and Fathom Expeditions share the same philosophy and dedication to detail.  Fathom Expeditions offers a selection of cruises annually and are custom charter specialists for Antarctica, Svalbard, the Northwest Passage, Galapagos and South Georgia Island.  For more information on the expeditions offered by Dave German, contact Fathom at 1 800 621-0176 or info@fathomexpeditions.com and visit their website www.fathomexpeditions.com for more details.

Virtuoso

Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 330 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel advisors in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.  K. Benn Travel is one of only a select few in Canada, and through global connections can offer the very best hotels, cruise lines, airlines and specialty tour companies. This means access to exclusive travel offers that you can’t get on your own, along with the best value for the money.

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