About Casto

Want better travel experiences and memories?

 

Casto Vacations creates tailored trips to the destinations you love and takes the complexity out of making it happen so you can focus on being excited about your trip.

 

Do you want a compelling trip that fits your wishes?

 

Putting the right elements in at the right places not only determines how exciting planning for a trip is for you is but also the quality of those future memories you’re about to experience.

 

We’re a real, live network of people who believe in the excitement of booking experiences to connect you to the world.

 

We’ve have been inspiring people to travel the world since 1975.

 

We live and breathe travel.

 

. Plan your next adventure. And get excited.

Maryles Casto

Founder

Maryles founded Casto Travel in 1974. Drawing from her early experience as manager of in-flight services for Philippine Airlines, Maryles turned her company into the largest privately owned travel management agency in the Western United States. She built a smart company with strong talent and a unique culture, a powerful reflection of what she symbolizes to her teams and to the world.

Under her leadership, Casto Travel has been ranked in the Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco and has won numerous entrepreneurial and service awards. Maryles was appointed as a member of the Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, of the Republic of the Philippines in 2004. In May 2006, Silicon Valley Business Journal ranked Casto Travel second in revenues among Silicon Valley Women-Owned Businesses. In 2014, as a result of her service and commitment to the community, Maryles received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Silicon Valley Boy Scouts of America.

Maryles extended Casto Travel operations into the APAC region, where she oversaw all operations and client management. With two offices in the Philippines, there were more than 150 employees that offered support to clients. Maryles is now the founder and chairwoman of MVC Solutions, which owns Casto Travel Philippines. She continues to be globally involved and serve as a source of knowledge, insight and inspiration in several capacities, including client interactions, organizing exclusive journeys, providing leadership and strategic vision for the company and mentoring.

Active in civic, philanthropic, and industry organizations over the course of her career, Maryles currently serves on the board of directors for Silicon Valley Creates, The New Ballet – San Jose and the Commonwealth Club of California (at one point serving as board chair). She recently served on the El Camino Hospital Foundation, as International Chair on the Committee of 200 (she is still a member), and is a founding member of the International Women’s Forum – Northern California (serving on their board in 2017).

Marc Casto

Senior Vice President, FCM Travel Solutions USA

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Marc is Senior Vice President, FCM Travel Solutions USA (formerly President & Chief Executive Officer of Casto Travel). He leads the company’s operations and directs strategic corporate planning, sales endeavors, and information technology development. His direct duties also include oversight and management of all international development, notably expansion within Asia through Casto Travel Philippines, Inc.

As a highly engaged person within the industry, Marc serves at an executive level on multiple travel and other industry related boards. Marc has served as the Chairman of the Board for the San Jose Visitors and Convention Bureau / Team San Jose, the Commonwealth Business Travel Group, and the ASTA Corporate Advisory Council. He has also held board positions for Business Travel News, CTAP, American Society of Travel Agents, the Mayor’s Task force for San Jose Airport, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, as well as numerous hotel advisory boards.

Marc has been recognized by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Silicon Valley.” In 2014 he was the recipient of the Barbara O’Hara Advocacy Award by ASTA, and the same year as a “Distinguished Citizen” by the Boy Scouts of America. In 2016 ASTA also honored him as the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Paul M. Ruden Award for Industry Champions.

As a native of California, you can frequently find him out in the hills hiking with his kids or sneaking off to the coast to go scuba diving.

Magda Alarcon

Vice President, Corporate, Concierge and Groups

Casto icon Magda Alarcon, an industry veteran since 1978, is a Vice President at Casto Travel and oversees the Corporate, Concierge and Groups divisions.

Ms. Alarcon joined Casto in 1988 to start the VIP service desk, then moved up to become the San Francisco Branch Manager in 1993. She also served as General Manager and Director of Corporate Operations before her VP position.

Ms. Alarcon, who lives in the Bay Area, relocated from Honolulu in 1983, where she started her travel career.

“Magda’s post as Vice President is a well-earned progression in her career at Casto,” says founder Maryles Casto. “In her time here, Magda has repeatedly proven her ability to keep the corporate department focused on providing exceptional customer service to each client, every time.”

Fabio Castellotto

Team Manager & Luxury Travel Advisor

Known for

His passion and expertise for travel to Italy and the Mediterranean Area – after all, he was born and raised there!

In depth itineraries offering access to authentic Mediterranean experiences with a focus on history, culture and, of course, good food.

Trend to Watch

Lesser known regions of the Mediterranean like Sardinia, Southern Sicily, Aeolian Islands, Pantelleria, Malta and Cyprus.

In Asia, Japan and Sri Lanka are on the list of most requested places to visit.

Argentinean Patagonia, Bolivia and Colombia are solid trends in South America.

Please call us to connect with Fabio: 1 (800) 438-1777

Helen E. Land

Luxury Travel Advisor

Known for

A participatory style, knowledge of the world’s destinations, experience in and exposure to all seven continents; the ability to listen, sculpt and provide a holiday which suits the needs of her travelers. Travel planning for you means taking the time to make sure that what you wish/hope for turns into a journey which completes those elements. As Helen is known to say, “It’s often a combination of what a person thinks they want combined with the unrecognized special desires which forms the art of trip planning; let me hear from you and together we can make a trip which fulfills all those intentions.”

Trend to Watch

More destinations with special intrigues seem to be the coming trend … Uzbekistan in the Central Asian realm; Ethiopia for its ancient history and traditional retained cultures; diving destinations in far flung areas of the world … these seem to be popping into view.

Please call us to connect with Helen: 1 (800) 438-1777

Uly Silkey

Luxury Travel Advisor

Known for

Living by the motto of ‘explore, try new things, and dive deep’, she has had many profound experiences throughout the world and offers this unique insight to her clients. This belief has even led her to circumnavigate the world not once but twice and to spend six months in Southern Africa (just to specify one such area).

A key to her success is through being a diligent listener to home in on her clients’ wants and goals, and understanding how those preferences evolve as their lives change.

She also recognizes that personal touches often are what matter most. “One family I work with loves exploring on foot, so I bring their trip to life by stocking their rooms with maps and suggestions of where to go to,” she says.

Trend to Watch

Cultural Heritage journeys in places to experience the nomadic horse culture Mongolia Genghis Khan and his ancestors left behind. River cruises, not only Europe, but think about Asia too – it’s really jumping onto the scene and with good reason.

Eco Tours that get you up close and personal with the majestic and rare animals the world has to offer – think polar bears and narwhals on an Arctic adventure or afternoon tea with the grizzly bears on the deck of your resort in northern British Columbia.

Visit Uly’s profile page for more information

Maureen Murphy

Luxury Travel Advisor

Known for

Interest in remote lands from early days of travel. Trips that involve long train rides a big favorite and food destinations combined with hiking and walking also at the top of the list. Long experience of traveling with a kid allows me to be opinionated in a useful way. Love to help clients interested in theater and opera and gardens.

New Trends

Off the beaten track areas that are free from tour buses.

Please call us to connect with Maureen: 1 (800) 438-1777

Beth Marciel

Luxury Travel Advisor

Known for

Your personal travel advocate – throughout all of your adventures, in a swift and professional manner. You will benefit from my rich destination knowledge, thorough research skills, and attention to individual travel styles and budget.

Trend to watch

Central and South America – something for everyone, anytime of year. Great climate and options for all travel styles – active, historic, and beach lovers.

Please call us to connect with Beth: 1 (800) 438-1777

Stella McHugh

Luxury Travel Advisor

Please call us to connect with Stella: 1 (800) 438-1777

Jerry Feldman

Independent Luxury Travel Advisor

Please call us if you’d like to contact Jerry: 800-438-1777

Sandra Archer

Independent Luxury Travel Advisor

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