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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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Worldwide Adventure Expert

Whether I am sailing the Danube or Yangtze on a Viking River Cruise, 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 and Australia. Don't forget South Africa - fantastic!

My Travel Specialties

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.  

We...
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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...
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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

Experienced River Cruiser

I love taking river cruises.  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...
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AmaDolce in Passau

Africa

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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Game Viewing

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

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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Myanmar

My Travel Albums

South Australia
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 
Adventures in Spain and Portugal
Greece
Ephesus
Africa
Elephant herd on the Zambezi River
Korea Journey
Toshogu Shrine at Nikko
Japan
Kegon Falls at Lake Chuzenji in Nikko Natl Park

My Travel Stories

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 

This is an easy destination to travel to - a two hour flight to Toronto and another two hours to Halifax.   We drove from Halifax to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island and spent time visiting the Anne of Green Gables area and seeing a play in Charlottetown.  The scenery is beautiful and it is not very...Read more.

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

Korea/Taiwan

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

4 of 7 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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8 of 15 people found this review helpful
Great Mediterranean Experience
This is our 5th trip with Lavonne Markus as our Travel Leaders. As always we were very satisfied with her attention to detail and her listening to our preferences. From the choice of airline seats to finding us a trip that fit our itinerary desires. The trip we wanted was initially full, but Lavonne kept checking and found a cancellation vacancy for us. This was our first ocean voyage with Viking and all details were in good order. We had priviously done four River Cruises with Viking-all arranged by Lavonne. We have been very satisfied on all of the trips.

Dan & Dottie Brumm
By  Dan & Dottie  from  White Bear Lake, MN. 55110
Traveled to  Barcelona ~ Spain ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
A carefree trip
LaVonne was a pleasure to work with. When we stopped in at Travel Leaders we kind of knew what we wanted but weren't sure of everything we had to do to get our trip booked. We explained to LaVonne what we wanted and she took over from there. She showed us our options, explaining them all, and made all the necessary bookings. All our flights got us where we needed to go, our land tour went off without a hitch and the cruise was a great way to end our 2 week adventure. We looked at booking our trip online but there were questions we couldn't find answers for. LaVonne had all the answers and even gave us ideas on excursions to take. We walked out of there feeling great knowing our trip was finally booked and everything was in place for a great trip. Thank you Lavonne for a great trip; 2 weeks of fun, adventure and relaxation. We couldn't have had such a great time without your help!
By  mnmrxmas  from  Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 8 people found this review helpful
Best trip EVER!!
Lavonne took care of all the details of our family trip. This involved coordinating flight schedules from 2 different airports and arriving at 2 different terminals at our destination! We landed within minutes of each other and Ground transportation to our resort was readily available. Lavonne answered any questions that came up prior to the trip and made our whole vacation experience a complete and very enjoyable experience!!
The resort exceeded all of our expectation!!!
By  grammie  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • England
  • Sydney
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Europe
  • Zambia
  • Vietnam
  • Germany
  • Darwin
  • Queenstown
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Bay of Islands
  • Beijing
  • Italy
  • Auckland
  • Greece
  • Milford Sound
  • Xian

Travel Specialist:

  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury
  • River Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Christmas Markets
  • Safari
  • European Culture
  • Historical Sites

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Insight Vacations
  • Travel2
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Avanti Destinations
  • Globus
  • Delta Vacations
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Monograms

Certifications/Awards:

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

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