Our Journeys



Alessandra Gardino Ranghiasci Montgomery


Born in Genoa, Italy, Alessandra was raised to be a world traveller. Her father, an active mountaineer from Piedmont, made sure that Alessandra grew up with a passion for nature, and knowledge of the Italian and French Alps. Her mother, heiress to the historical Central Italian palace Palazzo Ranghiasci, instilled in Alessandra a profound love of European arts and culture. These family traditions have allowed Alessandra to fully develop her passion for art, food, wine, archeology, and of course, adventure.


After graduating, Alessandra became a corporate executive in the Mediterranean’s competitive tourism industry. There, she helped to implement diverse tourism programs in Southern Europe, and other locations as far as the Caribbean Sea. From the very beginning of her career, however, Alessandra harbored a dream of building a company that introduced curious, active travellers to diverse, fascinating cultures and some of the world’s most amazing art.  That dream became a reality in 2003 with the creation of MG Expeditions, now Customized Journeys. With 15 years of experience in the customized travel industry and a deep knowledge of European culture, Alessandra is well equipped to lead travellers on tailor-made, discovery journeys that are simply unforgettable.


Alessandra speaks Italian, French, Spanish, and English.




About Customized Journeys, formerly MG Expeditions

We were founded in 2003 in the USA as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). We now have offices in Portland, Oregon, and Genoa, Italy.

Small group sizes – usually only 15 members – and a limited number of trips each year allow Customized Journeys/M&G to concentrate on personal service and a commitment to sustainable tourism in relatively fragile parts of the world.




New website coming soon!

Hi Friends & Travelers,

Big changes to our website are on the way this year! At times, our website might be down or some pages may be “under construction”. If you have any questions on itineraries or other materials, feel free to email us at info@customizedjourneys.com. We can send you full copies of itineraries and answer any other questions you may have.

Looking foward to seeing you on an upcoming or future trip!!

The Customized Journeys Team