(60 Reviews)
100% Recommended

LaVonne Markus

Stillwater, MN

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

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

Peru and Machu Picchu

Has Machu Picchu and Peru been on your 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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Amazing Machu Picchu

Luxury Travel

Have you considered doing luxury travel by private jet?  You would have the opportunity to cover more area and do it in comfort.  How about Africa with a small group?  You could go from Abu Dhabi, to Addis Ababa, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, to Chobe National Park in Botswana,  Phinda Private...
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Safari up close and personal

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...
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Europe Scenery

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. After your first visit you will want to make a return trip to see more.

I spent time in the Top End and Darwin. Darwin has a very compact...
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Luxury Cruising

I had an opportunity to take an inaugural cruise on the Regent SS Explorer, the most luxurious ship in the world. The ship was beautiful from the restaurants, to the dining rooms and the suites. The staff on board were extremely friendly and helpful and made all of us feel extremely relaxed. The Regent...
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Regent SS Explorer

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

South Africa

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.  After such long flights, it is nice to stay put and rest for one or two nights before you begin the remainder of your trip.

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African Penguins at Boulder's Beach

Dreams Come True (Made Just For You)

My passion is to travel and experience many different cultures of the world first hand. Then, use that knowledge to create an experience that is uniquely designed just for you.

As a specialist in individualized travel experiences, I am able to plan a trip of a lifetime for you. All aspects...
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My Travel Albums

Safari in East Africa
Adventures in Peru
India & Thailand Explorations
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

Post Corona Virus Travel

We are all wondering what post corona virus travel will look like.  I believe that it is going to be people wishing to travel by themselves, with their family and friends, along with a private guide and driver.

Taking a private tour, it will be based on your preferences and travel style. It...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

27 of 39 people found this review helpful
Great trip to Switzerland
We enjoyed the trip. As far as moving around to different seats on the bus, most people didn't think that should have been a big deal.
By  Ted  from  Champlin, Minnesota
Traveled to  Switzerland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 48 people found this review helpful
Retirement Celebration - Royal Carribean Cruise
This was our first trip to Italy and it gave us comfort working with a travel agent and agency just in case there were any issues. She provided valuable information as we were making our plans.
By  Dan & Kathy  from  Forest Lake, MN
Traveled to  Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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38 of 64 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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33 of 54 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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33 of 55 people found this review helpful
Amazing Trip
Informative, prompt with answers for any and all questions, great recommendations
By  Brandon  from  Hayfield
Traveled to  Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • Peru
  • Danube
  • Sydney
  • Africa
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Zambia
  • Vietnam
  • Croatia
  • Mekong
  • Cairns
  • South America
  • Kenya
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Portugal
  • Irrawaddy River
  • Machu Picchu
  • Tanzania
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • England
  • Spain
  • Amazon River
  • Ayers Rock
  • Lima
  • Asia
  • Thailand
  • Greece
  • Zanzibar
  • Yangtze River
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Nazca
  • Europe

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury
  • Luxury Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Safari
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Arts & Culture
  • European Culture
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Christmas Markets
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Hiking & Backpacking
  • Historical Sites
  • Nature

Top Travel Partners:

  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Globus
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • AmaWaterways
  • Avanti Destinations
  • Silversea Cruises
  • G Adventures
  • Insight Vacations
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Tauck
  • Delta Vacations
  • UnCruise Adventures

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