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Ted Blank-Stillwater,MN

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Are You Seeking More from a Travel Advisor?

Most travelers are content to follow the crowd. But, is that enough for you? Are you interested in taking the same vacation as your friends or family members? Or, do you prefer to follow your own path? Are you looking for a travel advisor who possesses the expertise, intuition, insider knowledge, and connections to turn your vacation into the trip of a lifetime? As a specialist in tailor-made vacations and luxury cruises, I open new doors to discerning travelers like you.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Cruise Guru

The world is calling you to discover it.  From the remotest undiscovered corners, rich with hidden secrets and natural treasures, to a rediscovery of destinations you thought you knew, full of unique twists and rewards, luxury cruises offer discerning travelers like you both authentic discoveries...
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Cunard's Luxurious Queen Elizabeth in Europe

Discover More on a Luxury River Cruise

Luxury river cruises allow you the opportunity to discover unique, off-the-beaten path destinations without the crowds that can characterize large cruise ships. I find that the intimate size, personal service, and unique destinations of these cruises make them a great option for well-seasoned travelers...
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Panoramic View Along the Rhine

Experience Authentic France by Luxury Canal Barge

Luxury cruises by hotel barge along the quiet canals of France and Europe offer the very best way to discover the country's beauty, history, culinary delights, and wines. 

Barges operate primarily along the network of canals and small waterways that meander through the countryside.  Luxury...
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A Luxury Canal Barge Moored in France

Tailor-Made Journeys

You understand that extraordinary vacations aren’t simply a function of dollars and cents, and you know that they certainly aren’t just pulled off the shelf. 

Journeys of a lifetime are carefully designed with imagination, creativity, attention to detail, experience, and insider knowledge. 

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Riquewehr, in Alsace, France

Discover Alaska - the Last Frontier!

Alaska is the land of glaciers, mountains, and some of the most unique wildlife viewing in North America.  Alaska is also a vast land, ranging from the temperate forests of the Inside Passage and Southeast to the icy vastness of the Arctic.  In between, small villages, glaciers, stunning natural beauty,...
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Flightseeing in Denali National Park, Alaska

Enjoy Intimate Luxury on a Small Ship Cruise

For me, cruising on a boutique small ship cruise is like enjoying a fabulous meal at that local gem of a restaurant - the one that is just off the beaten path enough that it's never packed with tourists, but serves amazing food!

As a Boutique and Small Ship Cruise Specialist, I help seasoned...
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Up Close and Personal on a Boutique Cruise Ship

Discover Europe!

Europe is a rich, diverse, and fascinating place full of rewarding travel experiences, culture, great food, local beers and wines, and history everywhere.

As a European Travel Expert, I have the knowledge, expertise, and connections to make your trip rich and memorable. My personal travels...
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Along the Rhine in Germany

My Travel Albums

Yachtsman's Caribbean by Small Ship
Beautiful Caribbean Sunset - Windstar Cruises
A Day in Skagway, Alaska
White Pass & Yukon Railroad, Skagway, Alaska
A Day in Strasbourg, France
Cathedral of Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Seeking the Harmony of Terroir
Dining with a view
Crossing the Atlantic in Style - by Ship
Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2
An Introduction to French Canal Barge Cruising
Dining room on a French Canal Barge
By Barge Along the Nivernais Canal in France
Canal barging is an authentic French experience
You'll Feel Special on a Cunard Luxury Cruise
Onboard Queen Mary 2
In Queen Victoria’s Footsteps
Queen Victoria's desk at Osborne House
Two Days in St. Petersburg, Russia
One of the many canals in St. Petersburg.
Views of Portugal
Alcobaca Monastery in Portugal
Escape from It All in Greece
A lovely beach on the Greek Island of Symi.
Unmatched Style and Discovery on Queen Elizabeth
The Queen's Room with Nightly Dancing
Rollin' on the River with UnCruise Adventures
Deluxe cabin on UnCruise Adventures' SS Legacy
A quiet tropical park in Hong Kong
Exploring Southern France by Luxury Barge
Comfortable accommodations on a French hotel barge
Royal Clipper Mediterranean Cruise
What a great place for a glass of wine!
Venice and Milan, Italy
La Scala Theater in Milan
Barging in Burgundy
Hotel barge Luciolle on the Canal du Nivernais
September Cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean
Beautiful Korcula in Croatia
Rhine River Cruise
The Canals of Amsterdam
Alaska Inside Passage and Denali
Totem Pole Museum in Ketchikan
Croatian Coastal Cruise
Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo

My Travel Stories

Transform Your Next Trip into an Extraordinary One

None of us ever seems to have quite enough time to travel as much as we’d like.  Time always seems to be against us, whether it comes in the form of professional responsibilities or personal or family commitments.  Americans in particular seem particularly prone to this affliction, with study after...Read more.

My Reviews

42 of 58 people found this review helpful
Un-Belizeable Vacation!
Ted listened to what we wanted in a vacation and gave us a few options to choose from with different price points to meet our needs.

Our trip and itinerary was laid out perfectly . Everything went smooth and we had a very relaxing get away without any worries. Ted thought of everything. The resorts were fabulous, our excursions were personal - no big crowds and our experience was priceless.

As a seasoned traveler himself, Ted knows the ins and outs of how to get an exceptional vacation that is worth every penny.

I am a believer that you get what you pay for and I will not take another vacation without Ted's assistance.

If you are planning a vacation, contact Ted. You will be glad you did!

By  Jenny V.  from  Forest Lake, MN
Traveled to  Belize ~ Central America
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!

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24 of 34 people found this review helpful
Great trip
Ted did a great job with our trip. He went above and beyond with his help and tips. I won't use anyone else. Alex
By  Alex  from  Forest lake mn
Traveled to  Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
I was happy to help, and am glad you had a great trip!

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23 of 36 people found this review helpful
The Trip of a Lifetime, that Exceeded our Expectat
Our trip was amazing. Ted planned everything and it all worked perfectly and with little stress, as we were alone in Normandy with a rental car. Ted gave us a list of places that we could visit and we hit as many as we could. Normandy area is emotional, beautiful and the villages were charming. The places we stayed were fabulous, food was amazing. In Paris the same thing and Ted had given us direction on places to try to see. The Finesse Barge on the Burgundy Canal that Ted steered us to, was out of this world. We made fast friends with the crew, were treated like royalty, ate delicious food prepared by an extraordinary chef, and saw amazing country side and villages - along with delightful tours. They gave Don a wonderful birthday party, both at lunch and on the barge. Our hotels were over the moon delightful, and Paris was the most delightful city I have ever seen. It really was a dream come true for us.
By  Don and Sheila  from  Forest Lake MN
Traveled to  Paris ~ France ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight helping you put together this trip, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it so much!

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24 of 38 people found this review helpful
Amazing Greece and 4 day Agean Cruise
Ted is very knowledgeable, energetic, fun to talk with and great at communicating with his clients. He always has ideas for what to see and do where we are traveling. He is always making sure we have what we need to have the best trip possible. I highly recommend Ted and have already booked another trip through him (we just came back two weeks ago from Greece). When my husband experienced a fall in Greece, Ted responded to my text immediately and called our travel insurance people to notify them. I was grateful for his assistance and are glad we booked with a travel agent as savvy and on top of things as is Ted.
By  Jeanne and Bob  from  North Branch MN
Traveled to  Greece ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It is a pleasure to work with you!

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13 of 20 people found this review helpful
A Well-Planned Trip
Ted helped my family of four squeeze in as much as possible on a 8-day trip to Italy to attend a wedding. Before the festivities, we wanted to do as much as we could. Can we do Rome and Florence in 3 1/2 days and still have fun? Yes! Can we throw in Pompeii, a foodie tour, and a day of rest? Yes! Ted gave us an itinerary that was easy to traverse but packed with fun, hooked us up with a couple of great guides, and gave us good advice on catching a red-eye flight out of Naples. Everything went according to plan. When the time comes to travel abroad again, we will ask Ted for guidance.
By  Kay  from  St. Paul, Minnesota
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourselves!

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Destination Expert:

  • France
  • Alaska
  • Europe
  • Croatia
  • Mediterranean
  • At Sea
  • British Columbia
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Burgundy
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Washington
  • Baltic Sea
  • Carcassonne
  • Spain
  • Banff
  • Beaujolais

Travel Specialist:

  • European Culture
  • Luxury Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Adventure
  • Historical Sites
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • World Cruises
  • Cruises
  • Luxury
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Luxury Hotels
  • Bespoke Travel
  • Castles & Cathedrals
  • Rail

Top Travel Partners:

  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • AmaWaterways
  • Cunard Line
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Tauck
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Delta Vacations
  • Star Clippers
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Island Destinations
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Insight Vacations
  • Monograms
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Windstar Cruises

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • French

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