Declan hails from the Wild Northwest coast of Ireland in a little county called Donegal. He is a very experienced tour director having guided countless groups throughout Europe. He has a passion for travel and exploring different cultures having lived a nomadic lifestyle traveling all over Europe and beyond during his twenties. He currently splits his time between Paris and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, in the heart of the French Alps. He enjoys trail running, skiing, and escaping into the great outdoors. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management and delivers a number of outdoor leadership programs in Spain every year for university-level students.
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I’ve been working with the team members of Navigo for a number of years prior to the company being established. I believe that the people at Navigo are dedicated, honest, and decent people and I want to support their mission in providing unforgettable travel experiences for their clients.
I love guiding groups through my homeland of Ireland. It is a special feeling to see my country through the eyes of others. However, as far as cities go, my favorite Navigo destination has to be Paris. There is simply no other city like it. For me visiting Paris is like stepping into a painting. Its beauty and its rhythm evoke a sense of wonder like no other. I’m a romantic at heart so I feel right at home there.
By nature, I’m competitive, and I love to move so I’m a lover of sport in general. However for me, soccer is number one. I grew up playing soccer every day before, during, and after school. I played at a semi-professional level in my twenties and still play competitively. Bringing soccer groups to watch professional soccer matches is a specialty of mine.
We are committed to taking the hassle, stress, and wasted expenses out of travel and to fill it with fun, adventure, relaxation and peace of mind. Hear what our players, families, and coaches are saying about their Navigo Sports Tours experience.
For our trip to Cuba, we could not have asked for a better experience. Working with Nate Marchand and Brad Hosey was very easy and reassuring that we were in good hands. We told them certain activities that we wanted to do on our trip and they made it happen! They took control of the challenging parts of figuring out the logistics and specifics of our trip for a large group of people and made it very easy and memorable for us!
Kelsey SusallaDirector of Softball Operations | University of Michigan
Michigan Softball took its first-ever international trip to CUBA! The fantastic staff of Nate Marchand and Brad Hosey were well prepared, and attended to all the details. Our team had a wonderful experience and most importantly got to experience the incredible culture of the Cuban people. I would call upon Brad and Nate again in the future!
Carol HutchinsHead Softball Coach | University of Michigan
Our nine day trip was part cultural, part baseball and finally, a little down time that was needed by all. Action packed, exciting and rewarding are just a couple words that come to mind when thinking about our experience. “First Class” is what comes to mind when describing the planning and execution done by the guys from Navigo. If you’re even remotely thinking of going abroad and you haven’t called Brad or Mike from Navigo, you’ve already made your first mistake! Already looking forward to our next trip!
Matt TynerHead Baseball Coach | Towson University
In many ways, a trip like this is a leap of faith and Navigo Soccer Tours exceeded all of my expectations in every aspect. From the 18 months of planning, plane reservations, last-minute cancellations and last-minute additions, your determination to adjust air reservations and flights, the meticulous planning on your end of every day and every event, meals, transportation, everything was top notch. The experience & memories of our trip will forever be part of us and your efforts to assure they are fond memories are very much appreciated. I very much look forward to discussions regarding the summer tour of Spain and Portugal. We’ve got to get busy again planning, only 24 months before we are off again!
Joe TannerHead Coach | Cecil Soccer Club
Navigo Soccer Tours provided us with a completely customized tour of Costa Rica. We had the luxury of 24-hour assistance from our tour guides and bus driver. They were extremely knowledgeable about the culture and were flexible when unforeseen obstacles appeared! My players had the experience of a lifetime, both exploring a new country and bonding as a team. I highly recommend Navigo Soccer Tours for your next trip abroad. You will not be disappointed!
Lauren SalernoWomen's Head Soccer Coach | Lebanon Valley College
We spent years planning our trip of a lifetime to Ireland and Mike and the staff at Navigo Sports Tours more than made that happen. I was amazed by their local knowledge and organization. When we go on our next trip, we will, without a doubt, use Navigo Soccer Tours!
Daniel HoganHead Coach | Cocalico High School
Our long-term partnership with Navigo has helped us transform our program from a bottom-half conference team to a top 25 National competitor. Fostering opportunities for your team to have international experiences and gain cultural competency is worth every penny. Traveling as a team not only opens up educational and interactive moments for your group, but it also enables the team to build new relationships and deepen existing ones. Nothing creates a coherent feeling like shared experience and Navigo facilitates the prime stage for this endeavor. Through carefully curated meals, tours and competition, our itinerary was both dynamic and engaging. When you book Navigo, you realize the most powerful recruiting tool—highlight appealing offerings to prospective student-athletes and their parents alike.
Andrew GamarraHead Women’s Soccer Coach | North Central College
I have had the opportunity to work with Navigo’s staff on two foreign trips. As a professional in sports operations, I found their work and attention to detail to be outstanding. They understand how college teams operate and are well trained and connected throughout all parts of the world, allowing them the ability to create a specialized tour for any type of team/group. Navigo are the only people I’d go to for future foreign tours!
Michael PalmerDirector of Softball Operations | University of Illinois
Our team had a great time exploring and enjoying all of what Costa Rica had to offer. The staff and people we worked with on our trip were very informative and did everything they could to make sure our experience was a great one. The trip was filled with various activities for us, which helped the group better understand the culture and take in all of Costa Rica. The schedule throughout the week was well balanced with activities and downtime for the group to relax and enjoy. I plan to take another trip with this group and would highly recommend them to others looking to take their team somewhere.
Matt CorreiaUniversity Head Men’s Soccer Coach | Salem State
Our experience with Navigo Sports Tours was perfecto. When planning an intercollegiate athletic team’s trip abroad for 40 student-athletes, coaches and family, members it is difficult to know who to trust. Having the assurance of a quality experience was important to us. Navigo Sports Tours delivered far more than we expected to receive right from our first moments of arriving in Spain. The sales team did a wonderful job of working with us on a desired itinerary and finding a price that fit our budget. Their operations team was very thorough in the process of ticketing, communications with our entire group prior to our departure, local ground transportation locally and meals and lodging. Our trip leaders were experienced, hard working, flexible and personable. Northwest Nazarene UNiversity Section:
John ShackelfordDirector of Tennis | University of the South
Our team had an amazing time and life-changing experience on our trip to Cuba! We can’t wait to travel again and will definitely be contacting Marcos to help us organize our next trip. The level of customer service and care was above and beyond what we expected from start to finish. Marcos was incredibly helpful and flexible in the pre-trip process, and all of the staff that traveled with us made our trip special. Thank you!