I have always had a keen interest in European Travel, ever since I went to Tuscany on a school exchange as a teenager. I studied languages at university and have worked in travel ever since, both overseas and in UK based roles. I have lived in Northern Italy, the Spanish Pyrenees and the French Alps, and worked as a tour guide in Rome, Florence and Venice.
Since working for Scott Dunn I have been lucky enough to visit a large number of our destinations, from the sun-kissed Greek Islands to the stark volcanic landscapes of South Western Iceland.
What my guests have said
"Very impressed with the local knowledge that James Ferguson has of all 3 cities visited and in the level of professionalism he offered us throughout the booking and vacation schedule."
"James a pleasure to deal with and very attentive."
"The quality of people I have dealt with and service and advice received in the UK office has been exceptional. Time is precious to us so we wanted to make sure we were getting the best advice whether as a couple but also when traveling as a family - we wanted to deal with a company that gets to know us and our tastes and we feel that Scott Dunn has so far stood out as a company that can help with that personal level of service and knowledge."
"Thank you for arranging our trip to Marrakech to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The arrangements were flawless and the wonderful hotels exceeded our expectations. The personal touch really made the difference for us. I would have no hesitation in using your services again for extra special vacations in future."
"I wanted to write to thank you for our wonderful trip to St Petersburg. Our guide was amazing, so passionate and incredibly knowledgeable. If we ever travel to any other part of Russia we would certainly try to have her as our guide. The whole trip went very smoothly without any problems whatsoever. She looked after us like were were here family. You arranged a perfect itinerary and organized it to perfection. The hotel was also excellent. I cannot praise your organization of our journey highly enough. We will not hesitate to use you for other trips and will recommend you to our friends. Once again James thank you so much for organising a trip that has created wonderful memories for life."
"We have been very impressed with you efficiency in booking our vacation. Very responsive and most helpful. Would highly recommend you!"
"Very knowledgeable, extremely patient and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile."
"A brilliant vacation, thank you so much for organising it and coming up with all the suggestions and also accommodating my additions. We had the best time and packed so much in! We saw the Northern Lights but in fact the highlight for me was snowmobiling on top of a glacier in bright sunshine. We were the only people on the glacier (or so it felt). Or maybe it was seeing the Geysir spout every 5 minutes on the dot. Or Pingvellir. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was snorkeling in ice cold water! Still I did it."
"James you are a wonderful travel agent. I have elected Scott Dunn as my favorite travel agent now after experiencing how you care for your clients!"
"I appreciate all your effort in trying to put together a program me in such a short notice. I shall tell you that this was probably one of the best experiences I have been offered when booking a vacation break, and as such I must thank you for all that you have made. Although we did not speak on the phone you fast understood our preferences and adjusted the offer accordingly. Given this experience I surely recommend Scott Dunn to friends."
"James was excellent and, on reflection, we should have taken his advice re his preferred hotel recommendation in the mountains - it would have been more peaceful."
"James Ferguson was brilliant - knowledgeable and was spot on with his recommendations and suggestions."
"James Ferguson was brilliant and the way that he responded when we needed to change rooms was fantastic. We would use Scott Dunn again because of James!"
Favourite places I've been
- If you have been to Tuscany, Venice or the Amalfi Coast already why not consider a trip to Sicily, Puglia or Basilicata? Discover beautiful landscapes and beaches and discover the real Italy, away from the crowds.
- Travel to Moscow on a Friday. When you arrive all the traffic will be heading in the other direction and the hotel rates over the weekend are half what they charge business travelers visiting the city on week days.
- Some of the best fish restaurants I have eaten at during my travels at Scott Dunn are in Reykjavik. It’s only 3 hours flight from London, and the natural wonders of the volcanic south of Icleand are so close – ideal for a city break with a difference!
My hot picks
Enjoying the view of sunset over the caldera from your private plunge pool is an experience not to be missed.
Play 9 holes on the par 3 golf course, swim in the enormous and often deserted pool, before enjoying a meal made of the freshest local ingredients. A perfect day in sunny Puglia!