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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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Worldwide Adventure Expert

Whether I am sailing the rivers of Europe or Asia with Avalon or Viking, enjoying an escorted tour of Greece with Globus, exploring Alaska on a Princess Cruisetour, or sailing around the Greek Isles, I love to travel and experience the different areas first hand. My favorite destinations include England, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Greece, China, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, India and Thailand. Don't forget South Africa - fantastic!

My Travel Specialties

Bucket List - Machu Picchu

Has Machu Picchu and Peru been on your bucket list of places to visit?  What an amazing area to visit whether you would like to trek the Inca Trail or travel by train from Cusco.  Fly from Lima to Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley stopping in route at the Pisac Market for its handicrafts, then...
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Unbelievable Myanmar - SE Asia at it's Best

My son and I took an unbelievable trip to Myanmar (former Burma) for a river cruise on Avalon. We started in Yangon (former Rangoon), a large, bustling city.  We took a tour of the city and did some shopping.  The street food was great, you just need to make sure you only eat the cooked foods.  

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Elephant camp in Myanmar

Australia Specialist

My experiences were fabulous and there is so much more to see. Australia being about the same size as the U.S., it takes several trips to see all of Australia. I spent time in the Top End and Darwin. Darwin has a very compact downtown area, good for walking around and visiting museums as well as shopping....
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New Zealand Specialist

As a New Zealand Specialist, I have been fortunate to visit New Zealand twice. I have spent time on both the South and North Islands of New Zealand. After arriving in Christchurch we were able to see the improvements that have been completed since the earthquake and the vibrancy of the city. From...
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New Zealand

Safari Experience

I had an extraordinary trip to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  I began in Johannesburg for two nights and visited the Nelson Mandela sites, which were fascinating.  From there we flew to Madikwe Private Game Reserve for a three day safari where we were able to see the big five as well as many...
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African Penguins at Boulder's Beach

Independent Travel

Do you like to travel, but not necessarily with a tour?  Let me help you set up your independent travel.  I will work with you to set up the hotel, car, rail travel, tours, insurance, etc.  We discuss what you would like to do, then I will work to prepare an itinerary that will fit within your time...
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Europe Specialist

I do many independent travel arrangements to Europe as well as tours.  With my many opportunities of travel to Europe doing individual travel as well as group travel with a tour operator, I am well qualified to assist you in your plans.  There are many tour operators who offer a variety of vacations...
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Europe Scenery

River Cruising - A Great Way to Travel

River cruising is fabulous!  I have had the opportunity to take two Viking River Cruises and two Avalon River Cruises. I have cruised with Viking in China and the Danube in Europe.  I have also taken two Avalon River Cruises one from Amsterdam to Vienna in Europe and another in Myanmar (formerly Burma)....
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AmaDolce in Passau

International Travel Specialist

My passion is to travel and experience different areas of the world first hand.  I have been fortunate to have taken river cruises with Avalon and Viking; ocean cruises with Regent, Princess and Royal Caribbean; touring with Globus and Insight; and traveling independently.  I have explored Myanmar...
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My Travel Albums

India & Thailand Explorations
Genealogy in France
South Australia
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 
Adventures in Spain and Portugal
Elephant herd on the Zambezi River
Korea Journey
Toshogu Shrine at Nikko
Kegon Falls at Lake Chuzenji in Nikko Natl Park

My Travel Stories

Incredible India

I just returned from a wonderful tour of India. We made stops in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. There was a lot of traffic and horn honking, as well as cows, monkeys and mules walking around the streets.

We were able to see some unbelievable sites such as: 

Customer Testimonials

Aussie and New Zealand Specialist

LaVonne is an Aussie Specialist. She has many years and experience sending clients to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji. Her organization and attention to detail is imperative in making sure that every trip goes to plan. LaVonne’s expertise and knowledge will ensure you have an amazing trip.
Ward Reid, Travel2

Cinque Terra

I know I told you I would let you know how the trip went after we returned, but I wanted to let you know while I'm sitting here on my large balcony (veranda) with a crank out awning less than a couple of hundred feet from the Mediterranean enjoying a glass of wine from the Cinque Terre, that you could not have found us a better room. It''s the best room they have, was only occupied once before us, is on three levels, with everything new--including a large shower with a deluge shower head and separate wand, couch, chair, desk, refrigerator, safe, service beyond belief and three windows and a walk out door on a corner room overlooking the sea. I'm going to include a few views of our room for your reference. Thank you so much for this ideal, once in a lifetime experience with excellent food, good weather and clock work connections. I'll keep you posted as things get better...if that's possible.
Joe S. of Chisholm, MN

Italian Honeymoon

My wife and I planned our Honeymoon to Italy with LaVonne’s help. We were travelling to seven different cities over the course of nearly two and a half weeks, needing travel and hotel accommodations in all of them. Working with LaVonne made the whole process incredibly easy and painless. Our trip was AMAZING and everything went perfectly, thanks, in no small part, to all of LaVonne’s work and planning. We couldn’t have done it without her, and we will absolutely be working with her for any other trips that we have coming up in the future.
Dan M, Maplewood MN


My clients were attending a conference and add some vacation time to it. Here is what they said out the trip. Excellent! Many happy memories!!! Here are a few pics of some amazing places. Thanks again LaVonne! We'll be back again for more travel planning!
Karen M of Stillwater, MN

Tauck River Cruise

My clients did The Rhine and Moselle river cruise and this is what they said: My wife and I have been clients of Lavonne for many years, and have been completely satisfied with her trips. Our latest one was on a river cruise in Switzerland, Germany and Holland. Most enjoyable trip we have had on a River Boat!
Lou L. of Stillwater, MN

My Reviews

16 of 27 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent
Very Professional, Easy to work with, close to home that I can stop by with any questions.. Knows what is going on with my travels and keeps us updated with any changes...
When we had to cancel our cruise in 2014 due to a emergency medical situation, she was on top of things, making it easy to make other arrangements which was a very big help...When we rebooked the following year, she was right there making the arrangements for us. We enjoy working with her and will continue to do so.....
By  kobe  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 14 people found this review helpful
Special trip for our Anniversary.
Always there for our questions, pleasant and knowledgeable to work with.
By  Shari  from  Stillwater, Mn.
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 20 people found this review helpful
Worry-Free Honeymoon
Lavonne did a great job of helping us pick the right trip for our honeymoon, and all travel logistics ended up being absolutely seamless.
By  Courtney L  from  St. Paul, MN
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 20 people found this review helpful
Aloha! Great trip
Lavonne Markus was a pleasure to work with. She is very efficient. She always answered every email and phone call.We often stopped in the office with requests, and she happily accommodated us. We enjoyed our excursions with Shore Trips, which she recommended.
By  Croix girl   from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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21 of 38 people found this review helpful
Viking Rhine River Cruise is a "Bucket List" trip.
Lavonne makes everything seamless. Arrangements are quick and easy. We can always contact her quickly and get results, if we have any questions or concerns.
By  Tom  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • England
  • Peru
  • Danube
  • Sydney
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Europe
  • Zambia
  • Vietnam
  • Germany
  • Mekong
  • Cairns
  • Queenstown
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • South America
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • China
  • France
  • Irrawaddy River
  • Bay of Islands
  • Machu Picchu
  • Africa
  • Kenya
  • Cambodia
  • Italy
  • Amazon River
  • Ayers Rock
  • Auckland
  • Lima
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Greece
  • Yangtze River
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Milford Sound
  • Nazca

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury
  • River Cruises
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Arts & Culture
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Christmas Markets
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Hiking & Backpacking
  • Safari
  • European Culture
  • Historical Sites
  • Independent Travel

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Globus
  • Insight Vacations
  • Travel2
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Avanti Destinations
  • AmaWaterways
  • Delta Vacations
  • Intrepid Travel
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • G Adventures
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Tauck
  • Cox & Kings
  • Monograms
  • UnCruise Adventures


  • Travel Leaders Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Kiwi Specialist
  • Travel Leaders Luxury Specialist

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