Media and Press Information




Private Shore Trips, a division of “Travels with Friends LLC”, is a US based travel company founded in 2001.

Travels with Friends LLC was originally created to sell small group European travel lead by the company founders Steven Hurley and Roger Tinsman. In 2007, the Private Shore Trips website was created to focus on selling private tours in Europe. Private Shore Trips now offers flexible and customizable tours in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


Steven Hurley, Partner and Founder

Steven Hurley is a Partner and the Founder of Travels with Friends LLC. Before creating Travels
with Friends, Steven was a key Travel Consultant at a multi-state full-service travel agency. He
has earned the CTA -Certified Travel Associate designation, as well as France Destination
Specialist, Bavarian Ambassador and Portugal Specialist.

Ken Diaz, Partner

Ken Diaz

Ken Diaz is a Partner for Travels with Friends LLC. Before becoming a partner, Ken worked for
the Brookstone Corporation and managed their Corporate Sales Department. He was responsible
for creating and administering their Consumer Promotions, Customer Loyalty and Performance
Programs. Ken brings over 20 years experience in customer service and program management.

Awards / Recognition

Other Articles and News - "Different Routes to Southeast Asia" by Deserae del Campo

Travel Pulse - "5 European Flower Destinations You Must See" by James Ruggia

Trusted Luxury Cruises: Private Shore Excursions

Luxury Travel Magazine - Private Shore Trips Announces New Shore Excursions in Asia

Home of Wealth - "Minimalist Travel - Private Shore Trips" by Tracy Freese

Living There - "3 Top Shore Excursion Companies"

Recognition Blog "Shore Excursion Guides at Private Shore Trips"

Wanderful Experience by Ellen Bernardino

OSSN Article "Your Passion, Your Niche" by Steven Hurley

Poshbrood Article "Royal Caribbean’s Western Mediterranean Cruise: Liberty of the Seas" by Susan Quinn

USA Today "Tours of Ostia From Civitavecchia, Italy" by Lisa Mercer

USA Today "Messina Sicily Tours" by Rob Wagner

Côte d'Azur Vacations Guide Article "Côte d'Azur Vacations Packages"

FRANCE FIRSTS – My First Day on the French Riviera by Christie Jordon

Mediterranea cruises: Florence Introduction and basics

Go Magazine "Wonders Never Cease in Malaga, Spain" by Dulci Pitagora

USA Today "French Riviera Shore Excursions"

Travelling Guide 101: Benefits Of Taking Private Shore Excursions During Cruises

Devour Malaga


Wall Street Journal