(58 Reviews)
100% Recommended

LaVonne Markus

Stillwater, MN
Bespoke Travel (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.

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River Cruising - A Great Way to Travel

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AmaDolce in Passau

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).  The river cruise operators do a fantastic job and take care of everything for you once you arrive.  There are many river cruise operators that offer fabulous options to many parts of the world.  These can include some alcoholic beverages and tours to all-inclusive options.  It is a wonderful way of traveling to several destinations and only unpack once. We had a tour at each port we stopped at with a guide, as well as free time to explore on our own. The guides were very knowledgeable and personable making a great experience for all. On the tours, you receive a VOX which allows you to hear your guide without having to stay really close to hear.


This is a fantastic way to travel and you meet people from many areas.  We are still in contact with people we have met on our river cruises.

My Travel Stories

Christmas Market Cruise

I had an opportunity to cruise with AMA Waterways on the Rhine River in December.  We traveled from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam visiting towns and Christmas Markets along the way.  It was a beautiful time of the year to visit the cities and markets.  Everything was so festive with all the decorations,...Read more.

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My Reviews

20 of 32 people found this review helpful
A fabulous trip
LaVonne spent lots of time with me helping me plan our trip. She was very patient and gave good advice when I was confused or unsure of something. I had a small problem with a reservation while in Scotland. I emailed LaVonne, and she took care of it for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.
By  Barbara  from  Stillwater. Mn
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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9 of 11 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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14 of 22 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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20 of 35 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 61 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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Destination Expert:

  • Danube
  • Mekong
  • Irrawaddy River
  • Amazon River
  • Yangtze River

Travel Specialist:

  • River Cruises
  • Luxury
  • Luxury Cruises
  • European Culture
  • Christmas Markets

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  • Viking River Cruises
  • Avalon Waterways
  • AmaWaterways
  • Tauck
  • Delta Vacations

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  • Travel Leaders Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Kiwi Specialist
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