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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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Incredible India

I just returned from a wonderful tour of India and visited Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.   Yes, 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 Akshardham, a Hindu Temple, a city tour of old...
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Taj Mahal

Exciting Thailand

I spent three nights in Bangkok, where the traffic and noise are extreme.  We visited some temples including the Marble Temple and a gem factory where we were able to watch the craftsmen make rings and necklaces out of gems.  The following day, we went to the Floating Market which is a one-and-a-half-hour...
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Elephant Sanctuary

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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Elephant at the Zambezi River

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

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

Your Guide to Genealogy

Are you looking to do some genealogy work or go back to an area where your family came from?  Let me help you.  I just went to France on the Mediterranean to visit areas where my husband grew up.  On the fiftieth anniversary of landing in New York, we went to New York City and visited the pier where...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


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

14 of 24 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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19 of 34 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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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
A fabulous trip
LaVonne spent lots of time with me helping me plan our trip. She was very patient and gave good advice when I was confused or unsure of something. I had a small problem with a reservation while in Scotland. I emailed LaVonne, and she took care of it for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.
By  Barbara  from  Stillwater. Mn
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 11 people found this review helpful
The all inclusive resort exceeded our expectation
LaVonne did a great job finding a great resort in a very short time frame. Everything went super smooth from beginning to end.
By  Lombo  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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10 of 17 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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Destination Expert:

  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • India
  • Thailand
  • England
  • Peru
  • Sydney
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Europe
  • Zambia
  • Vietnam
  • Germany
  • Darwin
  • Queenstown
  • Agra
  • Delhi
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • China
  • France
  • Bay of Islands
  • Beijing
  • Chiang Mai
  • Africa
  • Kenya
  • Italy
  • Ayers Rock
  • Auckland
  • Jaipur
  • Tanzania
  • Greece
  • Adelaide
  • Milford Sound
  • Xian

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:

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


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

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