Hosts

Alan McKay

Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Ogden, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons.  Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.

Tours:  October Romantic Rhine River – October Mediterranean Dream Cruise – November Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Cruise – January South Africa Cruise and Safari – February Incredible India – February New Zealand Land Tour – March Incredible India – April China – May Civil War – May British Isles Cruise – June Fjords of Norway & Alaska

gewixLarry Gelwix

Larry Gelwix has been the coach of the Highland Rugby team since its founding in Salt Lake City in 1976. The movie Forever Strong (2008) was inspired by him and his team’s history. The Highland rugby team has compiled an unrivaled winning record since its founding in 1973.

Gelwix is best known in the Rocky Mountain area as the “Getaway Guru” and host of the syndicated “Travel Show” radio broadcast. Gelwix has been an on-air radio talk show host for more than 20 years (12 years at KSL and 8 years syndicated by Clear Channel Communications). Gelwix is also the feature on the “Getaway Guru” segment broadcast weekly on KUTV channel 2, the CBS network affiliate in UT, ID, and western WY. Gelwix serves as CEO of Columbus Travel.

Gelwix has received many awards, honors, and distinctions, including the “Best of State” award as the best high school coach in the state of Utah, the “Education Service Award” from the State of Utah Department of Corrections; and the BYU “Outstanding Service” Award.

Tours: October Romantic Rhine River

Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans is an international bestselling author with more than 25 New York Times bestsellers. There are currently more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide, including the internationally popular The Walk and Michael Vey series for Young Adults. Evans has won the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, three Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award and nearly a dozen other regional and national writing awards. Four of Evans’s books have been produced as television movies. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children.

Evans lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

Tours: Coming Soon!

kerievansKeri Evans

Keri DiSera Evans (wife of national bestselling author Richard Paul Evans) began her love affair with Italy more than a decade ago when her father took her back to the old country to find their ancestral home. Shortly after her return Keri talked her husband, Richard, into moving to Italy with their 5 children where her passion for Italia inspired another of Richard’s bestselling novels, an Italian love story called The Last Promise. Since that time, Keri has traveled nearly every corner of Italy and considers herself “a displaced Italian”. She studies the language, culture and cooking and continues to help her friends find the best sites, shopping and food in the country. Keri’s dream is to help others discover the beauty of the Italy, whether it’s in the Chianti wine country, floating the canals of Venice or walking in reverent awe beneath Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel. From small hill towns to the bustling streets of Rome, you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget. With Buon Viaggio Italy, you’ll experience the culture not just as a tourist, but as a part of a remarkable culture of the one country everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.

Tours:  April Italy

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Barry Knight

Barry often jokes that his mother would starve the family if it meant they could travel together. Always having a packed suitcase was a way of life at the Knight house. Traveling became the family’s way of growing together, and Barry decided at a young age that he wanted to prioritize his life around the adventure of traveling.

As a passionate travel professional for more than 30 years, Barry has had the privilege of traveling the world as a Tour Guide and looks forward to every tour as a new and exciting opportunity. Having escorted hundreds of tours, travelers always appreciate his conscientious attention to details, positive attitude, and genuine concern for all of the tour participants. He says the best part about his job is traveling to exciting places with great people, and making sure everyone has a memorable time fulfilling their travel dreams.

Barry and his wife call Cache Valley home and are proud parents of four amazing daughters. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer ~ so pack your bags and join Barry for a rich adventure.

Tours: November South Africa – December Rose Parade

winderTed Winder

With more than 40 years in the travel industry, Ted has directed groups in more than 60 countries worldwide.  A geographer at heart, his favorite saying is by the Prophet Mohammed – “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me where you have traveled.”  He is a Certified Travel Counselor and Life Member of the Travel Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  He currently serves as a member of the board for the Utah Tour Guide Association and is one of its founding members.  Ted’s friendliness, attention to detail and years of travel experience have made him a favorite among travelers.  He and his wife JaNae now make their home in beautiful Torrey, Utah.

Tours: October Danube

gunnAlf Gunn

Alf Gunn is an expert on travel to Brazil with incredible first-hand knowledge of the customs, culture, and Brazilian lifestyle.  Fluency in Portuguese and Spanish afforded him a 30-year FBI career followed by security consulting in Latin America.  Now a veteran of eight specialty tours to Brazil, Alf maintains email newsletter correspondence with over 2,000 Americans who have lived in Brazil.  He admits he loves to meet people and his trips go beyond sightseeing to provide unique people-to–people experiences on international cruises and in-country tours.  He and Marcia call the Pacific Northwest their home, where most of their 12 grandkids live and where he bicycles and sea kayaks year-round.

Tours: October China

Dick Jensen

Dick has been in the travel industry for over 25 years.  He started a travel agency as a college student with some friends, and it has grown from there.  Dick has been to more countries than states and is an expert in international travel.  He loves setting up his own tour packages in countries around the globe so that he can offer the most affordable and exciting packages to travelers.  Dick and his wife Greer have 3 children and are residents of Kaysville, Utah.

Tours: November China

 

Ellen Payne

Ellen has lived in Davis County, Utah all of her life except for the four years she attended college at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and then promptly went to work at building and raising her family of four daughters.  She has since added three sons-in- law and five grandchildren.

Ellen has been employed for 15 years at a religious institution.  She began traveling at a young age when her parents would put her on the train every summer to visit her grandmother in California.  She has since traveled all over the world and has hosted four trips to Israel and the Mediterranean for Dick Jensen & Alan McKay Tours.  She loves travelling looks forward to sharing that experience with others.

Tours: Coming soon!

mcguire2Bill and Diana McGuire

Bill graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science and then went on to graduate with the second graduating class of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was employed with the Davis County Attorney’s Office for 34 years where he worked as a prosecutor for 30 years and ended his career in the Civil Division of the office. Bill is an avid sports enthusiast whose main passion is golf. Diana is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science. She spent almost 30 years teaching in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Department at BYU, as both a Professor and the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program. Having recently retired, she now spends time on her other passions: piano, violin (just recently!), and being Nana. Bill and Diana have enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world and deem their five children and fifteen grandchildren to be their greatest accomplishments.

Tours: May Norway and Baltic Cruise

hansenYour Host: Steve Hansen

Steve was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. As a youth, his family did very little traveling other than camping trips to Yellowstone National Park. The world began to open up to him when he traveled to Europe at the end of his senior year in high school with a group of drama students. For six weeks they performed the play, The Miracle Worker, at locations in Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland and England. He decided then that the world was a  very beautiful and he later served an LDS mission to the island of Taiwan. While there, he learned to speak fluent Mandarin and to really love the Chinese people.

Steve later married his high school sweetheart, Janet Hansen. They are residents of Kaysville, Utah, and are the parents of five children and currently have eleven grandchildren. Steve graduated from Utah State University with a degree in business and has enjoyed a career as a financial planner for over forty years. During that time, he and Janet have had the opportunity to travel to dozens of beautiful and interesting places throughout the world and are always fascinated with each place they explore.

Tours: April ChinaJune LDS Church History

valYour Host: Val and Diane Petersen

With a love for travel and serving, Val and Diane recently returned from a Mission to COSTA RICA where they were blessed to serve, explore, and grow to love every corner of this amazingly beautiful country! Prior to their mission they also had the opportunity to travel many times to Central America & Mexico to explore archeological sites. They’ve loved their humanitarian trips to Kenya, the Amazon in Peru & Cambodia with ROTARY and YOUTHLINC.  Both retired, Val a Bank Executive and Diane an R.N., have been all over Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Holy Land, Turkey, Egypt, New Zealand, China, Fiji, Iceland, and Vietnam.  Other passions include grandkids and shopping for Diane and ATVs, waterfalls, and kayaking for Val. They’ve never been on a cruise they didn’t like. Their next goal is a US road trip in their travel trailer.

Tours: April Europe River Cruise