(59 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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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 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 took airboats out 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. We also saw wallabies and hundreds of cockatoos. They offer fishing, photography and pure relaxation.


You also have to make a stop in Sydney. Don't miss The Rock, Sydney Harbor and, of course, The Opera House. I highly suggest an aboriginal tour for a firsthand experience.


What an unbelievable trip! Be sure to ask me about it and I will tell you even more about my Aussie Adventure.

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South Australia

My Travel Stories

WOW - Wildlife, Outback and Wine

Do you love wine, wildlife and the outback?  Then South Australia is for you!  I was just there visiting wineries, breweries and distilleries – yes, we did sample some of their products.  A great experience we had was doing a Blending Bench where you create your own blend of wine from three samples...Read more.

My Reviews

11 of 13 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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17 of 25 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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11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Had a great time
LaVonne did an excellent job setting up our trip. We had no problems and would highly recommend her to friends.
By  Ruth  from  Hudson, WI
Traveled to  Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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23 of 39 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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22 of 37 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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Destination Expert:

  • Sydney
  • Cairns
  • Australia
  • Ayers Rock
  • Great Barrier Reef

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Adventure
  • Animals & Wildlife

Top Travel Partners:

  • Globus
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Abercrombie & Kent

Certifications/Awards:

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

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