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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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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 (in SE Asia), South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, China and many countries in Europe.  I sailed with Avalon on the Irrawaddy River.  It was unbelievable to visit the country, meet the people and see what life is like on the river.  Also with Avalon, I was able to cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna.  River cruising is a great way to see several places as you cruise, unpack once and enjoy the amenities on board.  The food and companions were wonderful.  With Viking, I have cruised the Yangtze River in China and the Danube from Nurnberg to Vienna.   

As an Australia Specialist, I have been to Australia a few times and seen a little bit of the country.  One needs to keep in mind that Australia is the size of the United States.  I have spent time in Sydney, the Top End and Darwin. Darwin has a very compact downtown area, good for walking around and visiting museums as well as shopping. After a short one hour flight we arrived at Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris at Mt. Borradaile, to the east of Kakadu National Park. This is a registered aboriginal sacred site with rock art paintings. It was very fascinating to bushwalk and to see some of the thousands of year old paintings on the rocks and hear about the dream time. From here a 20 minute flight took us to Bamarru Plains, to the west of Kakadu National Park. Bamarru Plains is a water buffalo station on a flood plain. We were able to ride on airboats on the flood plains to see salt water crocs, water buffalo, geese and birds. When the motor is shut off, all you can hear is the nature.

I have visited New Zealand a few times and have broadened my knowledge of the country as a New Zealand Specialist.  I have visited both the North and South Islands.  On the South Island I visited Christchurch, stayed at the Hermitage Hotel at Mt. Cook, visited Wanaka, a great location to stay and very close to Queenstown. Then we were on to Queenstown and all it had to offer. This is the adventure capital of New Zealand for almost anything you can think of. I went jet boating on the Shotover Jet Boats - what an adrenaline rush. We stayed in Te Anau which is a great location for access to Doubtful South, Milford Sound as well as many other activities. Milford Sound is a must see as you visit sites along the way such as Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. The cruise on Milford Sound has spectacular views, waterfalls and seals. On the North Island I visited Auckland, Waihiki Island, the glow worms at Waitomo Caves, took a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, Rotorua, Cape Reinga, as well as Tauranga.

South Africa was a place that I had wanted to visit, but it was not real high on the list.  I went to Johannesburg to visit the Nelson Mandela sites; flew to a private game reserve and saw the big five as well as many other animals; and then to the beautiful city of Cape Town and the peninsula.  It was a fabulous trip!  To see the animals so close to you, is very hard to explain.  I really want to go back to Africa when the opportunity arises. 

I could go on and on about many of the outstanding places that I have traveled to.  The world is a big place, with many opportunities, let me help you visit some of the places that are on your bucket list. 

More about Myself

Having been in the business since 1998 in Stillwater, MN, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling. I have taken family vacations with my husband and children; with our children, their spouses and grandchildren; girlfriend trips - I just visited Italy and took a Royal Caribbean Mediterranean Cruise;and trips with other agents, the last one to the Northern Territory in Australia. I work hard to learn more about destinations, become a specialist and then travel to that destination for first hand experiences.

My Travel Albums

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

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: 

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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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