About Us

Welcome to Sunset Vacations and Travel Planning. I am Denise, owner, founder and principal operator since 2007. Because two different agencies absconded with my commissions and I don’t give up, I decided to open my own doors and run it my way.

Travelling with my family, my spouse, and my friends has brought me great delight and satisfaction over the years and I wish the same strong bonds and memories for you.

My goal is to simplify travel-planning through an equal exchange process where I acquire your ideas and expectations for your trip relieving you of the worry, hassle, stress and time that accompanies Do-It-Yourself planning. My impeccable attention to detail, expert insight and recommendations, and unparalleled service results in a flawless, dream-come-true trip designed just for you!

Sunset Vacations Denise Koranek
I choose to focus my expertise on Groups, Cruises and Tours worldwide plus trips to Europe, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands and Central America.

Whether your goal is escaping the stress of your daily life, reconnecting with loved ones and deepening the bond of lifelong relationships, adventure and discovery with eye-opening experiences or forging new friendships, smiles and laughter, I want to help you attain that goal while achieving a great return on your investment.

Why Book with Us?


Experienced Travel Agents

Over 17 years of experience booking travel for our clients plus the benefit of worldwide connections that bring you unexpected extras and privileges.

Professional & Friendly Staff

Say hello to stress-free, human-centered travel. We listen to your wish list to create that luxury experience that exceeds your expectations, custom-crafted with care and precision.

Save Time & Money

Your time is money! We create unforgettable travel experiences for discerning clients who choose to relinquish the worry, hassle and stress of do-it-yourself planning.

On Call 24/7

That means a timely answer to all of your questions and a travel advocate you can count on once you embark on your journey.

Our Customers Say the Nicest Things!

Cruise to Alaska

We had a wonderful trip to Alaska that Denise helped us plan on Princess Cruises! It was our first cruise and she was so helpful answering questions and walking us through the process. Looking forward to planning our next trip with Denise to England! ~ M. Jones

Stress Free in Costa Rica

My family had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica made possible by Denise. She made the process smooth, seamless, and stress free by handling everything from flights to airport transfers and helping us chose a resort that was perfect for our family. She checked in with us several times to make sure everything was going smoothly. Planet Hollywood’s all-inclusive amenities and service were amazing and the food was over the top phenomenal! We have a lifetime of memories of our time in CR and can’t wait for Denise to help us plan our next adventure! L. Cox ~ Ira, TX

River Cruise Experience

Denise originally booked our Rhine River Cruise for mid October 2021. Circumstances necessitated that we postpone the trip until April of 2022. Denise worked to maximize the value of our original booking and reschedule the trip with minimal additional outlays. She also helped to co-ordinate our flights with those of a companion couple. She kept us informed of the Covid requirements for the trip and shared info on testing locations. Guidance on available excursions and help with a car rental were sincerely appreciated. Great Trip! John and Kathi ~ Amarillo, TX

Rhine Cruise

Denise was able to help us put our Rhine cruise back on the calendar after we canceled the same trip last fall. She put it all back together for us again and then kept us updated on Covid protocols - when and where and how to get tests done, etc. She also lined us up with our car rental for our extended stay following the cruise. Her hotel recommendations were top notch. We had a wonderful trip with our friends! She knows her business!" ~ Dianne & Jack

Perfect Honeymoon

Shout out to Denise for planning the perfect honeymoon! She listened and combined our 'opposite' wish lists and planned the perfect getaway filled with romance, adventure, beauty and relaxation. She took away all the stress by planning every detail from scheduling our flights, choosing our seats, organizing transportation, excursions and even scheduling our Covid tests! She gave us a list of what to pack for where we were going and links to all of the necessary documents to complete ahead of time. Her service and attention to detail didn't stop there, as we were greeted to our room with a surprise gift along with a text reminding us to contact her if we needed ANYTHING! She reminds us of why there are Travel Agents and why we should use them! We had ZERO stress and spent minimal time in planning. Her experience, knowledge, talent, level of service and expertise is phenomenal! Thank you Denise! This is a trip we will never forget! Patsy and Chris ~ Yoakum, TX

Denise is a Mexico expert!

A big shout out to Denise and a BIG thank you for hooking us up with a vacation that set the bar super high! If you think you can just find a "deal" in Mexico, don't believe it. Trust your travel advisor! Denise planned this trip for us and has always been amazing to work with for our travel needs! Reid & Kacie ~ College Station, TX

Dominican Republic getaway

We just had the BEST time in the Dominican Republic and would recommend it to anyone. We loved the staff, the beautiful grounds, the restaurants, lovely comfortable room, beach, peaceful and restful but had activities if you so desired to participate. I want to go BACK!!  Thank you for all your help. Cheryl H. ~ Weatherford, TX

Honeymoon in Hawaii

I cannot recommend working with Denise highly enough. She recently planned me and my wife's honeymoon to Hawaii and we had the most amazing experience. After our initial consultation and a few emails back and forth, she took care of EVERYTHING for us: flights, hotels, excursions, recommended activities - we are fairly inexperienced travelers but our trip could not have been easier or better planned. Thank you again, Denise! You created a honeymoon experience for us that we will remember for the rest of our lives.  Adam ~ The Colony, TX

Hurricane in Dominican Republic

Denise LITERALLY saved us during our vacation. As always Denise was amazing during our vacation planning this year. When we told her we wanted to go to the Dominican Republic in September she reminded us it was hurricane season...we should have listened. When our resort was hit by Hurricane Fiona, and we needed to leave the resort ASAP, Denise came through working late to find us a safe place to go. She never disconnected from us making sure along the way we were ok. She truly cares! I would give her 10 stars if I could!! Brianna ~ Round Rock, TX

Jana B. Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

Denise planned our destination wedding and honeymoon to Puerto Morelos, Mexico. We could not have asked for a better travel agent to work with for our special wedding week. Denise helped us find an amazing resort. She arranged all the resort bookings and transportation for us and nearly 70 guests. Everyone arrived and departed safely, and had a crazy amount of fun during their stay. I believe that is quite an accomplishment for foreign travel involving such a large group. She was always responsive with questions, emails, and helping us communicate with the resort when we needed more info about the wedding. We would highly recommend her to any other couples thinking about a destination wedding since having her help made the event a lot less stressful. Thank you, Denise! James and I are so grateful for your help and expertise. Jana B. ~ Boulder, CO

K Brown Gross Destination wedding

Destination Wedding

We had a wonderful time at The Grand. It was pretty perfect, actually! The wedding day, ceremony, cocktail reception and dinner went off without a hitch and the weather was perfect. I am very thankful to you for your assistance, attention to detail as well as helping us keep the deadlines throughout the planning process. I've learned that I’m not good at planning or being the 'point person', so again, thank you! Also, we are very grateful to you and your partners in assisting those in our party that missed their flights. K. Brown Gross ~ Johnston, IA

We are still talking about our amazing company trip to Orlando, FL!

Sunset Vacations & Travel Planning truly provides stress-free travel.  Denise has organized our company incentive trip for several years now. Many times we have 100 people attending and we all have peace of mind. Denise is the most thorough and detail oriented travel advisor! ~ T. Smith, Crop Quest ~ Dodge City, KS We are still talking about our amazing company trip to Orlando, FL! You took the stress away and created a wonderful travel experience. I greatly appreciated the communication throughout the planning process and keeping us organized. It was unforgettable! C. Israel, Crop Quest ~ Dodge City, KS

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Birthday Trip with 15 Friends

Sunset Vacations helped me plan my dream vacation to celebrate my birthday with a group of 15 friends and it was everything I wanted and MORE! I'm a planner by nature, but for this trip I truly wanted someone to take the reins and make it happen without me having to lift a finger. I shared exactly what I was looking for and she came back with narrowed down options which made it easy for me to pick. Upon arriving at the resort, I realized how the little details I mentioned almost a year prior they had truly taken into consideration. I asked for a fun resort, adults only, great pools, great atmosphere, but not too crazy, great nighttime entertainment and the most important...great food! Everything was taken care of for us and it was perfect. Ana E. ~ Grapevine, TX

Her service is invaluable!

Denise has now planned two trips to the Caribbean for us. Her service is invaluable! Our most recent trip was during the covid-19 pandemic and we could not have handled the planning on our own, given the differing travel restrictions of each potential location. Denise is 5 stars - fun, professional, helpful, and above all genuinely wants you to have an OUTSTANDING VACATION! I look forward to our next trip with Denise! Preston B. ~ Charleston, SC

You’re an absolute gem

My first time dealing with Denise, I found her to be professional, personable and a pleasure to work with. When we decided to go on a "once-in-a-lifetime dream cruise" in April/May 2020 it was a no-brainer that we would once again seek Denise's expertise. Thinking about how to cancel such a monumental trip (due to COVID-19) was stressful and overwhelming; Denise contacted all our suppliers and dealt with them on getting us refunds, future cruise credits, moving dates, etc. Soon disappointment turned into excitement as Denise was able to re-book us for 2021. She worked many long hours in not only planning our trip, but in tackling this unforeseen issue that had never arisen before. Thank you, Denise. You're an absolute gem and we couldn't do it without you! Wendy P. ~ Southlake, TX

We couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.. we couldn't do it without you! All the questions we ask you.. that we don't have to find answers to.. and all the amazing tips you provide are invaluable! Enjoyed all our ports and seeing 4 different countries! The bike ride was probably one of our favorite events. Loved Vienna.. and Passau. So enjoyed cocktail hour and dinner and being able to visit with so many interesting people. With only 57 guests onboard our river ship and a full staff, we were extra spoiled! Kelly and Steve ~ Evergreen, CO

Let Denise handle it all!

Denise takes the pain out of booking travel plain and simple. You think it’s no big deal and you can handle every detail yourself, but there's always something lurking you forgot that can be a deal breaker. Give yourself a break! Let Denise handle it all! I made friends in our Sunset group that will last a lifetime and I’m anxious to sail again on Scenic Opal. Hands down the best vacation I’ve ever taken. Dorothy F. ~ Round Rock, TX

Denise has expertly planned our adventures

From Alaska, Grand Cayman, Canada, and points in between, Denise has expertly planned our adventures. For the second time, she coordinated a trip to a place we had never been - the Canadian Rockies. The excursions she introduced us to were extraordinary - hikes to Mt. Temple, views of Banff from a Gondola and treks through the beautiful national parks. Our accommodations were top notch with unbelievable views in Banff in particular. We especially appreciate her attention to detail and thoughtful execution of our vacation dreams! Thank you Denise, for another homerun! Gary and Robin ~ Southlake, TX

Denise was wonderful and professional

Denise was wonderful and professional in helping to book and plan our trip. She was timely in her responses to all the questions that either I had or my wife and she was very easy to get into contact with. There was a slight hiccup at check-in, but one email to Denise and the issue was resolved without any stress. This right here is a testament to the care she has for each and every one of her clients that entrust their dream trip with her. Denise will go far and wide to find exactly what you are looking for in a trip and she will do everything imaginable to accommodate your wants and desires. Denise will definitely be our travel agent for the foreseeable future! Rob and Shari ~ San Antonio, TX

Trip of my childhood dreams

I am so grateful for Denise helping me to arrange the trip of my childhood dreams. I am now 61 years old, but I finally made my trip to Egypt with her assistance. As a boy I had always wanted to visit the Temple of Abu Simbel. I can remember reading the National Geographic articles and looking at the beautiful photographs as the engineers moved the temple stone by stone, rescuing it from the rising waters created by the Aswan Dam. In high school, my second English research paper was on the Great Pyramid at Giza. Denise helped to make all of my dreams come true plus additional bonuses. The two personal guides I had, one for Upper Egypt and the other for Lower Egypt, were Egyptologists. Denise came highly recommended by an administrative assistant in my office, and I had no idea what an expert travel planner she would turn out to be! Her planning exceeded my expectations. Dan G. ~ Portales, NM

10th wedding anniversary

Denise planned a very special trip for my husband and me on our 10th wedding anniversary. We wanted to see London and Paris for the first time, and since we had small children, I had no time at all to wrap my head around planning the trip. Denise carefully planned a truly first-class experience for us, arranging the very best guides and tours for us of WW2 sites, Normandy beaches, Monet's Giverny, Windsor Castle and sites around Westminster. She skillfully conquered our ambitious itinerary, making sure we had convenient transfers to and from our destinations. The hotels she reserved for us were also outstanding, and she thoughtfully communicated with them we were celebrating an anniversary. Overall, we were fortunate to see so much in ten days and thanks to Denise, we never missed a beat and we will be talking about that trip for the rest of our lives. I highly recommend Sunset Vacations for your trip-planning needs! Erin and Scott ~ Hurst, TX

A perfect honeymoon and exactly what we were wanting.

Denise was such a pleasure to work with when planning my honeymoon!! It took so much stress off my husband and me knowing that she was taking care of all of the planning details. During the initial consultation she was very thorough in understanding what we were wanting out of a honeymoon and our budget and from that point forward she took care of EVERYTHING. Everything from dates, to flights, to transportation to our resort from the airport was taken care of and coordinated by Denise. The resort we stayed at that she suggested to us was nothing short of heaven on Earth! A perfect honeymoon and exactly what we were wanting. She was very knowledgeable about many resorts and was able to give us insight to resorts to help our selection process be easy, knowledge that we wouldn't have had if we had tried to plan on our own. Working with Denise made a potentially overwhelming process 100% stress free. We will definitely use her for future vacations!! Conner and Jacey ~ Weatherford, TX

You did a perfect job!

Denise as usual you did a terrific job of organizing my New England cruise. You are very knowledgeable and helpful with resolving issues and questions. You did a perfect job! You covered every detail and request quickly and accurately. You’re the best. Tom B. ~ Amelia Island, FL

Group trip for 81 people

Denise – thank you for all of your help planning our ESOP trip to Orlando, Florida! We are still talking about how it truly was an amazing trip. Planning a trip for 81 people could have been a nightmare - you took the stress away and helped create a wonderful travel experience. I greatly appreciated the communication throughout the entire planning process, and keeping us organized with everything that we needed. The trip was an unforgettable experience – and my favorite part was spending time creating memories with my coworkers and their spouses. Thanks again!! ~ Corey I. ~ Dodge City, KS

Attention to Detail

Once again Denise was instrumental in our family’s Hawaiian cruise vacation planning. Her attention to detail gathered our family from across the United States, allowing stress free traveling for everyone. Her recommendation for Shore Trip excursions provided opportunities to explore the Hawaiian Islands beyond the traditional tourist hot spots – creating true highlights and memories for our trip. Denise’s expertise ensured that we were able to relax and enjoy family time together. Thank you Denise for your knowledge, dedication and utmost patience while working with our family planning our vacation. Ann and Wayne ~ Coeur d'Alene, ID

Everything went like clockwork!

Denise is incredible. We were in Central Europe two and half weeks and everything went like clockwork. She is very thorough, detail oriented, and has immense knowledge of European travel. She arranged a river cruise, driver, tours and hotels. All of these activities were first class. We highly recommend Denise and Sunset Vacations and Travel Planning!! Mike and Renee ~ Edmond, OK

5 Star Honeymoon!

Five Stars! Denise arranged a wonderful Honeymoon experience for us in Jamaica! Our Beachfront Beach house with plunge pool on the balcony was outstanding! Denise recommended adding Club Mobay. It was well worth it and greatly reduced any stress of navigating a foreign airport. We were met as soon as we got off the plane and escorted through customs skipping the two hour lines. Our resort provided outstanding service and a relaxing atmosphere. Daniel S. ~ League City, TX

Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

Denise assisted me in not only finding the location for my wedding, but she also helped in every travel detail to make sure it was perfect for me and my guests. She understood my expectations of finding the right location for a destination wedding, spending hours both on and off the phone. I felt totally comfortable and sincerely taken care of by Denise throughout the entire process. When we were in a different country she was accessible when a travel issue arrived. While she had no power over completely fixing it, she assisted where she could. I felt Denise was knowledgeable in locating the right place and negotiating the contracts to get me the best deal with the resort. She was a gem in making my wedding flawless until the end! Kristen S. ~ Austin, TX

Denise literally took all the stress and worry away

We found Denise through a friend and are glad we did! She was so helpful in helping us find a perfect honeymoon getaway. We had scoured the internet and were overwhelmed with options to the point of paralysis. She asked us to complete a questionnaire and scheduled a 20 minute phone consultation with us and voila, found us just what we were looking for! She then kept us updated as she finalized all aspects of our reservation, and literally took all the stress and worry away. Melissa S. ~ Washington DC

Denise is extremely professional

Denise is extremely professional and prompt. She takes the time to find out what kind of an experience you are looking for and she suggests ways to get the best experience for your money and time. Using her own travel experiences, she is able to create a terrific vacation tailored just for you and your family. Her travel reports with everything from restaurants to eat at, tours, sites, weather and packing lists, etc. are extremely helpful. I have planned many trips over the years for my family of 6. It takes a lot of work and having Denise do the planning helped me to enjoy the whole trip from start to finish. Cara K. ~ Nolensville, TN

You really knew what would make us comfortable

Thank you Denise for guiding us through our first cruise. We were always hesitant to take the plunge but with your encouragement and spot on recommendations, we looked like pros!  You were especially helpful in the excursion planning - with so many awesome choices, we really needed your guiding hand.  When an excursion fell through, you were right on top of it pointing us to more options. The cruise line, Oceania, fit our life/vacation style to the tee. You really knew what would make us comfortable - their service, and of course FOOD, was super throughout our trip.  When our fellow travelers found out that we were on our first cruise, they all commented that we definitely picked the best.  We did admit that we had help!  We can’t think of a single thing we’d change. We may become regulars now on the cruising circuit! Gary & Robin ~ Southlake, TX

Group Travel

Denise takes the pain out of booking travel plain and simple. You think it’s no big deal and you can handle every detail yourself, but there's always something lurking you forgot that can be a deal breaker. Give yourself a break! Let Denise handle it all! I made friends in our Sunset Rhine River group that will last a lifetime and I’m anxious to sail again on Scenic Opal. Hands down the best vacation I’ve ever taken. Dorothy F. ~ Round Rock, TX

Dorothy F.

She was so caring in helping us find a perfect honeymoon getaway

We found Denise through a friend and are glad we did! She was so caring in helping us find a perfect honeymoon getaway. We had scoured the internet and were overwhelmed with options to the point of paralysis. She asked us to complete a questionnaire and scheduled a 20 minute phone consultation with us and voila, found us just what we were looking for! She then kept us updated as she finalized all aspects of our reservation, and literally took all the stress and worry away. M. Beene ~ Washington DC

I appreciate you listening to our preferences when helping us select our tours.

Thank you for your assistance planning our family's vacation in Alaska. The cruise was wonderful as were all of the excursions. I appreciate you listening to our preferences when helping us select our tours. You provided us some unique experiences and adventures that we'll never forget. We loved the seaplane/fly fishing trip, whale watching, and the small group tour to the Yukon, Alyeska Mountain, and so much more. Thank you for your attention to detail and for helping us create a family vacation that has given us memories for a lifetime. D.L. ~ Carlsbad, CA