Great Departures founder, Rob Hill, has traveled to over 50 countries on 6 continents. He founded Great Departures' companion travel planning service, Downunderguru, over ten years ago. A former practicing attorney, senior executive, and successful entrepreneur, Rob translated his fascination and appreciation for travel into Great Departures, helping others experience what he considers to be so affirming about the experience of travel. A certified specialist by both Tourism Australia and Tourism New Zealand and a two time winner of Tourism Australia’s Opal Award for industry excellence, Rob has planned trips for clients to destinations on all seven continents.
John Faraci, Great Departures' Vice President, was born in Japan, has lived in France, has traveled to every region of Italy, and has visited every continent but Antarctica (yet). A semi-retired physician - he practiced for 28 years in Florida and still manages a rural medicine clinic in western Kansas one week per month - John utilizes his extensive travel and trip planning experience to assist Great Departures' clients. While John is well versed in travel to most parts of the world, his great love and most notable area of expertise is Italy and the Mediterranean.