We Know the United Kingdom & Ireland

Whether you’re planning your first trip (or fifteenth) to any of the British Isles, your desire is Across the Pond Vacations’ number one focus. Our knowledge, experience and access enable us to plan the vacation of a lifetime, just for you.

So what is “the vacation of a lifetime”?  It’s whatever YOU want it to be. 

We custom plan every itinerary for every client, tailoring the hotels, attractions, and transportation to exceed your expectations. With 25 years of experience in UK and Ireland travel, we combine what you want with what we know to give you the best of what the region has to offer.

And the best part… you relax while we do all of the planning.

Prior to your trip you’ll receive a binder from us which contains your day-by-day itinerary and all vouchers, tickets, confirmation pages, etc. that you will need for your trip. Welcome to a seamless and carefree vacation…courtesy of Across the Pond Vacations.

Ready to Go?

Contact us by phone at 310-791-6101 or complete our simple inquiry form to get started. The vacation of a lifetime awaits!

Anne Marie Clark of ATP Vacations

Anne Marie Clarke

Born and raised in Southern California, Anne Marie was lucky enough to enjoy the finer side of travel from her youth. Her father worked as a Financial Director for a major airline, which meant the family was often treated to luxury travel experiences. By the time she’d reached high school, she’d had the opportunity to visit a number of different countries including Canada, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and of course, Great Britain. Domestic travel included a number of different states, including her favorite, Hawai’i! It was in these formative years when Anne Marie was bitten by the “Anglophile” bug. She fell in love with all things British and Irish. (In her 30’s, she fell in love with something else that’s British – her husband!) Since that time, Anne Marie has worked in the travel industry in a number of different roles including Travel Agent, Hotel Sales and Catering Manager, Captain’s Secretary on a luxury cruise ship, and as an Event Planner, organizing conferences across the country. She has traveled to the U.K. and Ireland multiple times and has loved every moment as CEO and Co-Owner of Across the Pond Vacations since 2008. When she’s not busy custom-designing amazing luxury vacations, Anne Marie enjoys spending time working with a local animal rescue, walking at the beach, reading, sailing, spending time with family and friends, and of course, traveling. Anne Marie lives in Southern California with her husband and their 3 four-legged “kids.”

Simon Clarke, Owner of ATP Vacations

Simon Clarke

A native Englishman, Simon was born in Nottinghamshire, the home county of Robin Hood. (And like Robin Hood, Simon was a keen archer in his youth.) But his real passion has always been for hiking and traveling, having been to Germany, France, Portugal, Kenya, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, and Holland. Simon worked as a Walking/Hiking guide in Great Britain, he has seen the country thoroughly and up close, from its northernmost tip in Scotland, to the most easterly area in Suffolk, to the furthest point south west in Cornwall. He has also extensively explored Ireland and Wales, which he also loves. In 2004, Simon emigrated to the United States, where he and his wife co-founded Across the Pond Vacations in 2008. Simon enjoys a good pint of British ale with his mates, loves Indian food, Cross Fit, and is a Manchester United supporter. He also serves as the lead volunteer for an organization aiding the local homeless population. He still hikes but hasn’t quite acclimated to the hot Southern California climate in comparison to Britain. Simon has a great interest in the history of Rock music. A master at trivia, he’s often teased by family and friends as the guy who knows a little bit about almost everything.

Jill Glossinger

Jill Glossinger

A native of Michigan, Jill has lived with her husband and two sons on the other side of the world (in China) and across the country, moving homes 6 times in the last 8 years. Her love of travel has driven her to visit over 40 states and almost 20 countries. (And since most of the travelling has been by air, she has come to measure a flight’s length by the number of movies she can watch during it.) She welcomes a good luggage packing challenge, be it in a couple of suitcases for the plane or the trunk of a car for a weekend getaway – being a master organizer, she will make it all fit! Jill enjoys working on the fine details of a project and takes great pleasure in producing incredibly thorough information for Across the Pond’s clients, bringing together the hard work of the team into one fantastic document that clients take with them on their journeys. In her spare time, Jill chauffeurs her boys around town, enjoys doing home improvement projects, and manages her interior design and decorating business with her Bichon Frisé always by her side.

Christie Albrecht

Christy Albrecht

Originally from Wisconsin, Christy, an Anglophile, is excited to now work in the tourism industry having recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Known around our offices as The Master of Organization, Christy’s attention to detail, her (quirky) love of spreadsheets, and ability to manage tasks both large and small are the perfect combination to work alongside the Across the Pond Vacations team! She is constantly striving for the utmost in efficiency and improvement. When she’s not keeping the Across the Pond Staff on their toes, she loves to spend time watching British television and movies, writing novels and essays in numerous genres, and ballroom dancing. Christy and her husband moved to California in June of 2019.