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European, Culinary & Luxury Travel Specialist

I open new doors to discerning travelers like you. I'm passionate about helping you travel well while discovering the world's amazing destinations in unique and personalized ways. Personal service and attention to detail are my hallmarks. Together, we'll craft customized travel plans that allow you to be your best travel self, not simply another number on a cookie cutter trip.

My Travel Specialties

European, Culinary & Luxury Travel Expert

I first went to Europe in second grade with my parents, and it left a lasting impression that continues to inspire me today. I traveled with my family extensively throughout my childhood, and I always knew that traveling would be my focus in life.

I grew up in Wisconsin and currently live in...
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Beautiful Korcula, in Croatia

Luxury Hotel Barge Specialist

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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Landing on a Glacier in Denali National Park

Boutique Small Ship Cruise Specialist

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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Boutique Cruise Ship in Croatia

Luxury River Cruise Specialist

Luxury river 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...
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Luxury River Cruise Along the Danube

European Culture & Culinary Travel Expert

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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Minerve in Southern France

My Travel Albums

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
China!
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
Abbaye de la Bussiere, luxury Burgundy hotel
September Cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean
Beautiful Korcula in Croatia
Rhine River Cruise
Sun Deck ofRiver Cruise Ship in Basel, Switzerland
Alaska Inside Passage and Denali
Totem Pole Museum in Ketchikan
Croatian Coastal Cruise
Mosque in Bosnia

My Travel Stories

The Serene Islands of the Greek Aegean

Whether you're looking for unspoiled sandy beaches, unhurried island life, distinctive luxury, or unique history and culture, Greece's 230 inhabited islands - and nearly 6,000 uninhabited ones - offer something for every traveler. ...Read more.

My Reviews

27 of 36 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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4 of 5 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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9 of 17 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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11 of 21 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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2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Trip of a Lifetime That Exceeded our Expectations!
Ted was patient, yet thorough and gently aggressive to get the trip planned, which is something we needed
By  Sheila and Don  from  Forest Lake MN
Traveled to  Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Alaska
  • Europe
  • France
  • Mediterranean
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Baltic Sea
  • Burgundy
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Carcassonne
  • Croatia
  • Iceland
  • Beaujolais

Travel Specialist:

  • European Culture
  • Luxury Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Castles & Cathedrals
  • World Cruises
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Wine Country Vacations
  • Arts & Culture

Top Travel Partners:

  • American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Cunard Line
  • Hurtigruten
  • Rail Europe
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Windstar Cruises
  • Globus
  • Ponant
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
  • Tauck
  • Yachtico
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Blount Small Ship Cruises
  • Delta Vacations

Certifications/Awards:

  • Cunard Commodore
  • Oceania Cruises Specialist
  • Silversea Cruises Expert Agent
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Specialist
  • Seabourn Cruise Line Specialist

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • French

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