Jean Grobe

Gloucester, MA

Solo and Group Travel Specialist - Adventures etc.


Are you looking for foreign independent travel, trying to plan a group experience, or a simple getaway? Do you want cultural immersion or just want to relax and be anonymous?  My promise is to help you sort through the immense travel options and focus on the details for a fabulous vacation.

I am the Onwer and Founder of Connections Adventure Travel.  Sharing my experiences and expertise has become the most amazing  full time job.

 Personal travel has taken me surfing in Hawaii, driving cattle in Wyoming, falconry and golf on the Irish countryside, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, exploring in Costa Rica, pony trekking in Iceland, cycling through the US, and Europe and eating my way through Paris!   And every girl needs a spa weekend. Canyon Ranch perhaps?

Let me share my knowledge and work with you on your next travel experience.


Favorite Quote:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

My Reviews

38 of 67 people found this review helpful
Authentic Ireland Adventure
Jean coordinated an amazing vacation to Ireland for our group of 4 couples. Just the right mix of local culture and sightseeing. We stayed in Country Clare at an authentic farm with so much charm yet updated to provide all the amenities needed. Our itinerary included local venues (like a true hurling showdown between counties at a local pub) mixed with some great excursions to must sees like the Cliffs of Moor. Jean booked out some great golf locations for our guys at some of the top Ireland courses. She also researched the rental car situation and got us a great deal as well as ensuring we were covered because no insurance in the US would cover us! (who knew) Jean specializes in really getting to know you personally and understanding what you need to make a vacation great!!! She pays attention to every detail so that their are no surprises (except the awesome ones). We were so thrilled with our authentic view of Ireland!!!!
By  Laura22  from  Gloucester, MA
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32 of 63 people found this review helpful
a fabulous florence trip
we met with jean at the last minute for help in planning our trip to florence. she jumped right in and locked up a fine airfare, quickly found several apartments for us to choose from, and began to check on several tours and activities that our family was interested in. her enthusiasm matched our own, and she never wavered from trying to ensure we’d have a great experience. our apartment turned out to be within walking distance of virtually all of florence. it was spacious, clean, quiet and comfortable. additionally, jean booked us for some great stuff: a guided bus trip to san gimignano, siena and chianti country, a private tour of the uffizi and l’academia, and a cooking class. each was great in their own unique way. our leaders [irina, joanna, francesco - respectively] were knowledgeable, fun and took care to find out our own interests. we would never have found this level of expertise without jean’s experience, hustle and determination. to sum up, my family of four had a fabulous trip, due in no small part to the work of jean grobe.
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23 of 49 people found this review helpful
Splendid Adventure!
Jean planned an absolutely awesome Croatian adventure for us. Every detail, from early stages of planning through to the flight home, was planned meticulously and communicated clearly and in a timely fashion. Jean took the time to find out what we wanted to do, and planned a perfect trip that included all that we wanted. AND she did this all on a really impressive budget. We will definitely be turning to Jean again for future trips.
By  sassfactor  from  Ottawa, ON
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27 of 58 people found this review helpful
Customized Planning at its Best
We wanted to trace my husband's ancestral roots in France and see the country in depth, so we sketched out a 23-day road trip by ourselves, but we needed expert help in ensuring that our wants were realistic, that our car rental was reasonable and that our accommodations were memorable. We got all that and more! For example, Jean and her contacts in France managed to get us a a very comfortable Peugeot sedan on a short-term lease, which saved us many dollars. Our itinerary was tightened up and our accommodations included two spa hotels, a bed and breakfast, two wine-producing chateaux, a manor house and a five star hotel--what fun! Jean was unfailingly cheerful and very responsive to our questions and concerns; we would recommend her without reservation.
By  Liz and Marc  from  Hampton, NH
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19 of 47 people found this review helpful
Jean does the heavy lifting
Jean has planned two trips for us. Each time the flights and accommodations have been perfect and within budget. I appreciate the leg work that goes into planning a trip and know the I be in good hands with Jean's plan and idea's. I like the idea of just getting on the plane knowing I will have the right accommodations on the other end.
By  Mark  from  Boston, MA
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Destination Expert:

  • France
  • Florence
  • Machu Picchu
  • China
  • Fiji

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Arts & Culture

Top Travel Partners:

  • G Adventures
  • Abercrombie & Kent


  • Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
  • Cape Ann Chamber Business person of the Year

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