(31 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Ted Blank

Woodbury, MN

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

Exclusive Destination Weddings in Europe & Beyond

Your wedding is about your dreams.  

It should reflect your unique vision, allowing you to be yourselves and to embrace the authentic best of a destination, while enveloping you and your guests in luxury. 

Are you considering a destination wedding in Europe?  Perhaps...
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France: The Perfect Place to Tie the Knot!

Group Travel Experiences for Small Businesses

Small and medium-sized business owners tend to think of travel in terms of their next business trip, or the dream vacation that they simply can’t find the time to take. This can be frustrating, as it can sometimes seem like everyone else is taking fantastic vacations, and you’re stuck at home minding...
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Group travel is a great tool for small businesses!

Escape to a Luxury Boutique Hotel

Go "beyond the buffet" and discover the world of luxury boutique hotels and resorts in the world's best vacation spots.  From Tahiti to Mexico, the Maldives to the Caribbean to Europe and beyond, luxury boutique hotels and luxury boutique resorts offer total escapes, where you can decompress, relax,...
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Escape from it all at a luxury boutique resort.

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 Tall Ship Cruise

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

Discover Greece by Luxury Cruise
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi
A Day in Venice
The Grand Canal in Venice
Luxury Ranch Resort in the Texas Hill Country
Views of the Texas Hill Country from the Pool
Beautiful Seville, Spain
Fountain in the Parque de Maria Luisa, Seville
On the Trail of Michelangelo in Rome, Italy
The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy
In Search of the Holy Grail
The Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Five Surprises on an Alaskan Cruise
There's lots of wildlife in Alaska!
Onboard a Tall Ship Cruise
Under sail on a tall ship cruise
A Day in Alsace, France on a Rhine River Cruise
Riquewehr, France near the Rhine River
Amsterdam: A Great Place to Start a River Cruise
Windmills near Amsterdam
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

Explore the Highlights of Great Britain

Great Britain holds many attractions for the curious traveler. The unforgettable cities, historic castles, and charming countryside are sure to captivate anyone - and there's no language barrier! Enjoy the bustling cobblestone streets wrapping around magnificent architecture, an indulgent afternoon...Read more.

My Reviews

94 of 143 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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56 of 89 people found this review helpful
So much fun we didn't want to come home!
Ted was always proactive and on top of everything. He willingly and ably met our every travel request finding us great hotels, transfers, rail tickets, guides and air fares.
By  Rebecca  from  Ft Collins, CO
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight to work with you, and I look forward to helping with your next voyage!

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48 of 74 people found this review helpful
Alaskan Adventure!
Ted is a well-informed, enthusiastic, and conscientious travel advisor. We were extremely happy with his recommendations, and would not hesitate to work with him again!
By  Joe & Melissa  from  Mendota Heights, MN
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
Thanks for trusting me to plan your Alaskan adventure, and I look forward to the next one!

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71 of 120 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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68 of 114 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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Destination Expert:

  • Europe
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Alaska
  • At Sea
  • Mediterranean
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • British Columbia
  • Austria
  • Burgundy
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Baltic Sea
  • Danube
  • Carcassonne
  • Greece
  • Portugal
  • Anchorage
  • Rhine River
  • Banff
  • St. Lucia
  • Croatia
  • England
  • Beaujolais
  • Spain

Travel Specialist:

  • Destination Weddings
  • Groups
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Luxury Hotels
  • River Cruises
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Luxury
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • World Cruises
  • Cruises
  • Food & Wine
  • Bespoke Travel
  • European Culture
  • Villas
  • Castles & Cathedrals
  • Rail

Top Travel Partners:

  • Belmond
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Aman Resorts
  • AmaWaterways
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Nobu Hotels
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Island Destinations
  • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Cunard Line
  • Leading Hotels of The World
  • Princess Cruises®


  • Cunard Line Commodore
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises University
  • AmaWaterways AmaAcademy Expert
  • Certified Switzerland Travel Expert
  • Seabourn Cruise Line Specialist

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • French

Industry Affiliations:

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