Travel Agent
Gracious Getaways

Lael Hazan, MCC, STE, VTA
Preferred Mailing

4471 S. Shade Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34231



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Travel Specialization
All Inclusive, Amusement/Theme Parks, Art & Antiques, Art & Culture/Music, Cruising/Cruise Lines, Culinary/Cooking/Gastronomy, Customized Travel, Disney, Eco-Tourism, Educational, Family Fun, Family/Multi-generational, Historical, Leisure Travel, Lifestyle/Family/Specialty, Luxury Travel, Meeting/Events, Resorts, Scuba Diving/Water Sports, Tours
Destination Specialization
Antarctica/Arctic Region, Caribbean, Central America, England - United Kingdom, Europe - Northern, Europe - Western, France, Israel, Italy, Pacific Islands - Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, etc., South America, U.S. - Alaska, U.S. - Florida
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 Northern Italy, a cooking school near Verona Italy in collaboration with Marilisa Allegrini of the Allegrini wine family. She has become an expert on Italy and European vacations. In addition to exceeding expectations in 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.
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 and 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 recent 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.


Consortia / Franchise

CruiseOne, Signature Travel Network

Host Agency Association

Host Agency Association
Oasis Travel


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