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Gracious Getaways

Mrs. Lael Hazan, ECC, STE, VTA
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4471 S. Shade Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34231



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Travel Specialization
Airline, All Inclusive, Amusement/Theme Parks, Art & Antiques, Art & Culture/Music, Barge/Canal/River Cruises, Castles/Villas, Cruising - River, Cruising/Cruise Lines, Culinary/Cooking/Gastronomy, Customized Travel, Disney, Eco-Tourism, Educational, Family Fun
Destination Specialization
Antarctica/Arctic Region, Canada, Caribbean, Croatia, England - United Kingdom, Europe - Northern, Europe - Western, France, Israel, Italy, Middle East
Languages Known
ASTA Certification
Lael Hazan, exceeding expectations in delivering fabulous dream vacations to happy clients all over the world.
About me
Lael Hazan has always been interested and passionate about history, food and travel! She holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz with highest honors in western European history with a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She also has dual graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Growing up she joined her family on adventures throughout the United States and Europe and even studied in Mexico during college. Lael married into Italian cooking royalty when she wed cookbook author Giuliano Hazan, the only child of the doyenne of Italian cooking Marcella Hazan. Since 2000 Lael and her husband have run Cooking in Italy, with two locations, one in a Renaissance Villa near Verona Italy, and the other in the heart of the super Tuscan region, near Bolgheri. She has become an expert on Italy and European vacations. In addition to exceeding expectations while assisting her clients in planning their travel, she lectures on Italian food history and writes for multiple publications and blogs. With her husband she has also traveled and taught Italian cooking throughout the world and on many cruise lines. She specializes in concierge travel experiences and has happy clients who have traveled the world. She has multiple destination certifications and is: an expert cruise counselor through CLIA, an ASTA verified agent; and Signature Travel Network expert.
Why I love my job
Meeting wonderful people who are interested in the world around them.
Favorite Destinations
A visit to Venice Italy is an ever changing experience. Getting lost while discovering new squares with stunning jewels of architecture or sitting outside one of the baccari and watching the parade of people are two of my favorite activities.
About my most memorable vacation
Our family spent the holidays together on a marvelous cruise through the Panama Canal. Each of us was able to enjoy a multitude of activities at our interest level as well as enjoying needed togetherness time. For some, learning about the history of the canal and how it was produced was eye opening; while others felt that meeting the indiginous Embre people was a life changing experience.


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Signature Travel Network

Host Agency Association

Host Agency Association
OASIS Travel Network


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