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Nora Blum-Maple Grove,MN

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Customized and Privately Guided Vacations

As a fan of both fabulous hotels and cultural experiences, I have traveled throughout the world enjoying the views, history and local specialties that make each destination unique. Whether you are looking for a restorative retreat or simply a little pampering, my connections can get you that beautiful beach front casita or private villa you’ll remember for years to come.

My Travel Specialties

Machu Picchu and Peru Vacations

Machu Picchu is one of those trips of a lifetime you will never forget. I was fortunate enough to make this trip in December 2013 and had the chance to experience Lima, Sacred Valley, Cuzco and Machu Picchu first hand. To make the most of the experience, I was privately guided throughout Peru with...
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Arriving at Machu Picchu

River Cruising and Guided Vacations

After experiencing both River Cruising and Guided Vacations, I can help match you to the right experience to meet your vacation desires and wishes. It can be pretty complicated to organize a big European adventure and with so many choices it's hard to know what is the right choice for you. I sincerely...
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Danube River

Want Pampering and Relaxation? Try a Spa Vacation

As a self-proclaimed "Spa Junkie", I understand the needs and desires of travelers looking for the stress reduction, pampering and relaxation of a spa vacation. Whether it is a couples retreat, a girlfriend getaway or solo travel, there are many ways to spa and every one of them are fantastic. Spas...
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Qua Spa at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

Customized guided and experiential vacations

I have been with Travel Leaders since 1997, specializing in Latin America and Europe, but never hesitate to search out new vacation experiences around the world for my clients. My specialty is customizing guided vacations to suit each travelers wishes and desires. I love guided touring because the...
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My Travel Stories

Adventure to Another World

I was lucky enough to experience a preview of Disney's Pandora - The World of Avatar.  Even if you haven't seen the movie Avatar, this new land located within Disney's Animal Kingdom allows visitors to imagine they have been transported across space to Pandora and explore the nature and wilderness...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

Exceeded my hopes and expectations

Hi Nora, The trip was perfect. Exceeded all of my hopes and expectations. We had 2 beautiful days in Machu and descriptions simply do not fully capture how amazing it all is. We're still mulling over our next trip, but since this trip was so flawlessly planned...I will be calling you when we decide. Can't thank you enough for setting up such an awesome trip for us! Kelly
Kelly H., MN

Always planning a new adventure

Nora, your expertise and diligence has made it possible for your clients to explore the world, knowing that every aspect of their journey has been reviewed and detailed. I sincerely appreciate every ocean voyage and land excursion, together with the journeys that we have coordinated throughout every continent.. The trips have been fulfilling my gallavanting dreams.... Knowledge brings understanding....and I have learned ''volumes"....
Renee B., Richfield, Minnesota

My Reviews

41 of 74 people found this review helpful
A wonderful honeymoon
Nora was SO helpful in planning our honeymoon. Everything was seamless in the travel arrangements. My wife and I were able to focus on enjoying our honeymoon instead of worrying about travel plans. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable time, and I hope that we can do it again soon.
By  Robbie  from  Fargo, ND
Traveled to  Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Nora Blum responded:
And I'll be here for your anniversary trips for many years to come.

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41 of 77 people found this review helpful
Nora is the best.
Nora knows the right way to plan a trip. We have used her expertise numerous times and she always delivers. We trust her with all our travel experiences.
By  Happy Travelers  from  Minneapolis, Minnesota
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Nora Blum responded:
Trust and a good dialogue go far to making a successful relationship and trips that are just what you imagined.

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14 of 24 people found this review helpful
Fabulous 15th Anniversary Trip!
My husband and I knew we wanted to take a trip of a lifetime for our 15th wedding anniversary and for the first time decided to seek the help of a travel agent. Nora had come recommended and we are so glad we sought her guidance and expertise!

Nora was extremely helpful and knowledgeable during all phases of planning. She was patient when I couldn't make up my mind on hotels and locations and was a steady and calm force offering thoughtful feedback and pro/con arguments for various choices we had to make. She encouraged us to stick with our original Costa Rica plan when we considered alternative destinations, and I'm so glad she offered her genuine advice. She knew what we were looking for in this vacation and made the best recommendation for us.
She also offered sage advice to not fill up our vacation with excess excursions but enjoy the luxurious amenities of our hotels. All along I felt she was trying to provide us exactly the kind of trip we desired and that's what we got! :)
By  Merkster  from  Lakeville, MN.
Traveled to  Costa Rica ~ Central America
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Nora Blum responded:
I'm thrilled your anniversary trip to Costa Rica was so fantastic and I look forward to working with you again on the next one.

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42 of 80 people found this review helpful
Nora has been helping me with my travel arrangements for over 10 years and she is absolutely THE BEST! I can always count on Nora to find the perfect destination with great accommodations - and at a price I can afford. Nora is so helpful and knowledgeable - she definitely knows Mexico and the Caribbean - my favorite places to visit! She always goes above and beyond to make sure everything goes well. And, she also asks for feedback after the trip to make sure everything went as planned. I know people who try to plan their own international trips on the internet, but are very disappointed with how it turns out. I don't have to worry about being disappointed...because Nora helps arrange my trips. She's awesome!!
By  Kimberly  from  New Brighton, MN
Traveled to  Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Nora Blum responded:
Thank you for your kind words. It certainly does help that I've been to many of your favorite places, and I do try to make sure everything goes well on all of our trips.

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42 of 81 people found this review helpful
Awesome trip to celebrate 20th wedding anniversary
Nora Blum made our wedding vow renewal trip completely hassle free. She helped us choose a resort that was modern and clean, with an exceptionally friendly staff. And she coordinated the travel plans of all our friends and family who joined us in Jamaica from all over the country. She did all the work and we had all the fun. Her recommendations throughout the process were all on point. We are forever grateful.
By  Angela   from  St. Paul
Traveled to  Montego Bay ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Nora Blum responded:
Loved working with you and your family! And I hope you all decide to make it an annual event.

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Destination Expert:

  • Germany
  • Machu Picchu
  • Maui Island
  • France
  • Peru
  • Cancun
  • Lima
  • Arizona
  • Vienna
  • Sacred Valley
  • Greece
  • Cuzco
  • Las Vegas
  • Jamaica
  • Scotland
  • Hawaii

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • River Cruises
  • Spa & Fitness
  • All Inclusive
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Adult Only
  • Couples & Romance
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Honeymoons

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  • Monograms
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Globus
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Avanti Destinations
  • Iberostar
  • UnCruise Adventures


  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Consultant
  • Travel Leaders Certified Specialist
  • Certified Luxury Specialist

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