About Blue Parallel

Blue Parallel is a bespoke luxury travel boutique.

Virtuoso Travel+Leisure A-List 2009-2018

Our mission is to take discerning, time-constrained travelers to the most spectacular natural and cultural wonders of Latin America and the Mediterranean.

We create private, tailor-made journeys that focus on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, insider access experiences and extraordinary outdoor adventures.

Since launching in 2003, we have become the go-to service for luxury travelers searching for top-of-the-line Latin American or Mediterranean experiences. We have been selected as an A-list Top Travel Advisor by Travel + Leisure every year since 2009, and are proudly part of the leading luxury travel network Virtuoso and their Ultraluxe Community (a by-invitation-only membership for the industry’s most exclusive services and providers). We have hosted numerous eminent travelers since our inception, and are frequently featured in prestigious international publications.

The Blue Parallel Difference

Outdoor Adventures

Girl biking in Patagonia with mountain backdrop during private Patagonia tour

Blue Parallel journeys feature breathtaking outdoor adventures, led by expert guides or even accomplished athletes. Scuba diving in the Belize Reef, biking through olive groves in the Dalmatian Islands, ice-trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking along the awe-inspiring caldera in Santorini, rafting on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica and playing polo in Buenos Aires are only a few examples of what we can offer. We take great satisfaction in designing custom-made adventures of a lifetime.

Insider Access

View of the Alhambra Palace in Granada with backdrop of snowcapped mountains during luxury Spain tour

At Blue Parallel, we open doors to unique opportunities that match our travelers’ interests. Our team travels year-round throughout Latin America and the Mediterranean, seeking out the most intriguing insider experiences, and developing invaluable relationships with esteemed scholars, acclaimed artists, Olympic athletes, renowned chefs, directors of historical and natural landmarks, as well as with local leaders in politics and business, to name just a few examples.

Privacy

Private camp in desert during luxury Morocco tour

Staying at a fully-serviced estate in the Uruguayan countryside, chartering a yacht in the Galapagos Islands and taking a private train ride to the Devil’s Throat at Iguassu Falls are just some of our exclusive Latin American highlights. As for our Mediterranean portfolio, how about staying at a luxury camp for two in the Sahara Desert or an after-hours tour of the Alhambra in Andalucia? We can provide all these ultimate exclusive experiences and more, so that our travelers can enjoy some of the world’s most spectacular sights without the crowds.

White Glove Service

An al fresco gourmet lunch with views of Santorini during luxury Greece trip

Blue Parallel travelers are assigned a dedicated team comprised of:

  • A personal travel expert in our offices
  • A personal host in each destination
  • Expert on-site guides and scholars
  • Behind-the-scenes logistical experts to monitor every step of the journey

We are on call for our travelers 24-hours a day during their trip, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience. Whatever happens, our team is one step ahead, and we provide the flexibility to change the program during the journey, if need be.

Our Story

Blue Parallel was founded in 2003 by Emmanuel Burgio. Emmanuel is French, was born in Holland and raised in the South of France. After his studies at the London School of Economics, he worked in investment banking in New York City. Later, he decided to take a year-long sabbatical to explore the world and his experiences inspired him to share his passion for adventure and discovery, by creating Blue Parallel.

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The company initially launched with exclusive long weekend escapes from New York to Machu Picchu. While in Peru, Blue Parallel travelers would explore the Peruvian Andes, hike the last portion of the Inca Trail, visit the ruins of Machu Picchu and discover the fascinating city of Cusco.

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The encouraging feedback on our original Peruvian adventures led to the gradual expansion of our offering across the key natural and cultural World Heritage Sites of South America. As part of this expansion, we were fortunate to work on a multi-destination project with world-renowned National Geographic photographer Bobby Haas, where we planned the logistics for his dizzying aerial photographic book of Latin America (Through the Eyes of the Condor).

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In 2007, we solidified our position as the go-to travel service for top-of-the-line Latin American experiences, through extending our reach to Central America with journeys to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, as well as Guatemala, Belize, Panama and Costa Rica.

In 2013, building on our success in Latin America, and responding to the demand of our loyal clientele, we embarked on a new chapter and expanded into the Mediterranean; a fascinating region rich in cultural and natural wonders. Emmanuel’s deep family roots and strong personal contacts throughout the Mediterranean made the region a natural addition to our portfolio.

Seventeen years on from our launch, we now operate in over 20 countries, with offices in Latin America and Europe, staffed by an international team of luxury travel experts who have a track record in delivering highly personalized services to discerning travelers.

Blue Parallel was founded in 2003 by Emmanuel Burgio. Emmanuel is French, was born in Holland and raised in the South of France. After his studies at the London School of Economics, he worked in investment banking in New York City. Later, he decided to take a year-long sabbatical to explore the world and his experiences inspired him to share his passion for adventure and discovery, by creating Blue Parallel.

The company initially launched with exclusive long weekend escapes from New York to Machu Picchu. While in Peru, Blue Parallel travelers would explore the Peruvian Andes, hike the last portion of the Inca Trail, visit the ruins of Machu Picchu and discover the fascinating city of Cusco.

The encouraging feedback on our original Peruvian adventures led to the gradual expansion of our offering across the key natural and cultural World Heritage Sites of South America. As part of this expansion, we were fortunate to work on a multi-destination project with world-renowned National Geographic photographer Bobby Haas, where we planned the logistics for his dizzying aerial photographic book of Latin America (Through the Eyes of the Condor).

In 2007, we solidified our position as the go-to travel service for top-of-the-line Latin American experiences, through extending our reach to Central America with journeys to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, as well as Guatemala, Belize, Panama and Costa Rica.

In 2013, building on our success in Latin America, and responding to the demand of our loyal clientele, we embarked on a new chapter and expanded into the Mediterranean; a fascinating region rich in cultural and natural wonders. Emmanuel’s deep family roots and strong personal contacts throughout the Mediterranean made the region a natural addition to our portfolio.

Seventeen years on from our launch, we now operate in over 20 countries, with offices in Latin America and Europe, staffed by an international team of luxury travel experts who have a track record in delivering highly personalized services to discerning travelers.

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Five stars

"Once again, a great vacation. A very high level of overall satisfaction - we're already planning a return to 6 Senses to make up for the time we cut short. No grand touring - just wallowing in the luxury of it all. I give high praise to everybody who looked after us. First class all round."

Hal Marryatt & John Alchin

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Five stars

"Thank you both for an UNBELIEVABLE trip that I know my mom and I will never forget. The sights in Argentina were breathtaking, the activities were incredible, and everything was planned out really well. Our last minute change to Buenos Aires on the 30th was a really great move as well. I appreciate your mastery behind some of my most memorable family trips, and look forward to our next!"

Andrew Axelrod, Chief Operating Officer for the UN Foundation

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Five stars

"Trip was amazing. Going to Patagonia is like going to Mars—otherworldly. The hotel was incredible. I’ve never seen a property quite like it. They do a superb job and I’d recommend to anyone looking for an adventure. We hiked. Hard! It’s a physically taxing trip, so great for people interested in athletic activity. Even this time of year, it’s essential to bring down, layers, beanie, gloves. It can get quite cold. Guides, meals, service-- all first rate. We had a great time in Buenos Aires. The bike tour and lunch spot you sent us to were favorites. The “palace” part of the hotel is the place to stay, if at all possible. It’s like two different hotels conjoined. The VIP service at the airport was great."

Susan Crown, Susan Crown is a philanthropist and CEO of Owl Creek Partners.

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Five stars

"We LOVED Croatia! GORGEOUS country, wonderful people and the weather was perfect. The water on the Adriatic was amazing and CLEAN. All the boats we chartered were top-notch and comfortable and the crews were fantastic-warm and fun. The Blue Parallel folks were always attentive and available and the guides were excellent. (Especially Carolina in Croatia, the woman who toured Korcula with us, and the woman in Dubrovnik). Thank you for the fabulous planning that went into our trip to Croatia and Montenegro. We LOVED our time in both countries and were blown away by how beautiful the settings were and the quality of our guides, services, and itineraries! It was the perfect trip and a perfect plan. Everything went according to how we designed it with some flexibility along the way. You guys truly are the BEST and we wanted to let you know how much we loved our time in the Balkans! Thank you as well for the fabulous books and prep material prior to our trip. It was very special. I would highly recommend this vacation to anyone!!"

Ricky Strauss, President of Content & Marketing for Disney+

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