O'Brien Travel
1176 Roycott Way
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 275-6611
(800) 622-0211 orrel@obrientravel.com

Orrel at Plain of Jars, Laos

South Luangwe National Park , Zambia

Chiangmai, Thailand


About O'Brien Travel Service, Inc.

O’Brien Travel has a stellar reputation and has been arranging awesome vacations for our clients since 1966. Our personalized care and servicing of our clients’ travel adventures has created many wonderful relationships.  Our own extensive travel experience coupled with many years of planning expertise enables us to give you the very best advice and recommendations for truly memorable vacations.   

The O’Brien family had businesses in downtown San Jose since 1886, so it was natural for Russell M. O’Brien to open the doors of O’Brien Travel Service in that same location in 1966.  Orrel Aza came on board in 1975 and in 1990 together with Russ’s son-in-law, Paul Kloetzel, Orrel became a partner in the business and the two ran it successfully in the original downtown San Jose location until 2008.  Upon Paul’s retirement, Orrel  moved the agency to her Willow Glen home.

In addition to considerable travel experience all over Europe, Orrel’s wanderlust has taken her to remote corners of the globe and made her comfortable and knowledgeable when advising her clients.  She is the one to talk to if you want to visit Tibet or climb Kilimanjaro, do a lake crossing through the Andes,  be awestruck by Iguazu Falls, enjoy the charms of Luang Prabang, Laos or sail the Java Straits, Antarctica or the Sea of Cortez.  Orrel’s specializations include Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.  Her favorite place in the world is to be on a game drive as the sun rises or sets over the
African savannah.

Two outside agents complete the staff. Diana Mascali has been at O’Brien Travel since 1990. Her expertise is Africa where she’s been traveling since 1958 and has led safari groups for many years.  Sandy Heneghan joined the agency in 2007 and mostly handles sports groups. Both also love to help their clients select cruises. 

Personalized service and building a lifetime of relationships have been the hallmarks of O’Brien Travel.   That and the 40 years of experience planning vacations, both to exotic and European destinations are the reasons you want us to assist in your travel plans. With knowledge of most of the lines, from small intimate vessels to mega-ships sailing on oceans and rivers today, we can match you with the best ship to meet your cruising expectations. When it comes to Asia’s, Africa’s and South America’s more exotic destinations, our own experiences are invaluable assets in planning YOUR trip.

Travel is our passion and we are so lucky to work at something we love. It gives great pleasure to share your anticipation of an upcoming journey and then to hear the wonderful stories you tell on your return.

O’Brien Travel is located in San Jose, California. All business is handled by phone, email or by appointment.