Rob Hill

(760) 656-8750

 Great Departures founder and President, Rob Hill, has traveled to over 50 countries on 6 continents. Rob, a resident of Palm Springs, also founded Great Departures’ companion travel planning service, Downunderguru, in 2007. 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 travel. A certified specialist by the Airline Reporting Commission, 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

Vice President
(760) 656-8750

John Faraci, Great Departures’ Vice President, was born in Japan, lived in France, has traveled to every region of Italy, and has visited every continent but Antarctica (yet). John resides in Palm Springs. In addition to his work with Great Departures, John is also a semi-retired physician and an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University’s College of Medicine. He utilizes his extensive travel and trip planning experience to assist Great Departures’ clients and translates his extensive network and love of people into marketing efforts for the company. While John is well versed in travel to most parts of the world, his passion and most notable area of expertise is Italy and the Mediterranean.