Our Personal Guest 212/319-1354; home.covad.net/~ourpersonalguest. OPG has expanded to cover various countries but is best known for providing encyclopedic, personal knowledge of India.
Pacific Experience 800/233-4255; www.pacificexperience.com. Plans itineraries throughout the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand, directing you to the best fishing lodges, sheep stations, wineries, and dive sites in this part of the world.
Rare Earth Explorations 212/686-7411; www.rareearthexplorations.com. A six-year-old company specializing in eastern and southern Africa and India, with particular emphasis on wildlife tours.
Select Italy 847/853-1661; www.selectitaly.com. Focuses on customized cultural tours, such as Venice's Jewish heritage or Italian glassware.
TCS Expeditions 800/727-7477; www.tcs-expeditions.com. Known for round-the-world private jet tours, TCS also creates independent itineraries and maximizes sightseeing time by flying from one destination to the next.
Trans Africa Safaris www.transafricasafaris.com. Founded more than 80 years ago, this company can arrange everything from exclusive vineyard visits to safaris on game preserves.
Ventours International 91-22/285-5793. Based in India; can put together a picnic in the desert with acrobats and camels, or private shopping expeditions for antique dhurrie rugs.
And keep in mind... Virtuoso 800/401-4274; www.virtuoso.com. An easy way to find the best consultant for you is to contact this 50-year-old organization. Virtuoso is the agent for 6,000 high-end travel planners, plus a extensive network of foreign representatives.