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LaVonne Markus

Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent

Worldwide Adventure Expert

Whether I am sailing the Danube or Yangtze on a Viking River Cruise, 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 and Australia. Don't forget South Africa - fantastic!

My Travel Specialties

Elephant camp in Myanmar

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 ... Read more from my Unbelievable Myanmar - SE Asia at it's Best bio.

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. I spent time in the Top End and Darwin. Darwin ... Read more from my Australia Specialist bio.

Europe Scenery

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. ... Read more from my Europe Specialist bio.

AmaDolce in Passau

Experienced River Cruiser

I love taking river cruises.  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 ... Read more from my Experienced River Cruiser bio.

Game Viewing

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.  From there we flew to Madikwe Private Game Reserve for a three day safari where we were able ... Read more from my Africa bio.

New Zealand

New Zealand Specialist

As a New Zealand Specialist, I have been fortunate to visit New Zealand twice. I have spent time on both the South and North Islands of New Zealand. After arriving in Christchurch we were able to see the improvements that have ... Read more from my New Zealand Specialist bio.

Myanmar

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 ... Read more from my International Travel Specialist bio.

My Travel Experiences

South Australia
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 
Adventures in Spain and Portugal

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 ... Read more from my WOW - Wildlife, Outback and Wine story.

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 

This is an easy destination to travel to - a two hour flight to Toronto and another two hours to Halifax.   We drove from Halifax to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island and spent time visiting the Anne of Green Gables area and seeing a play in Charlottetown.  The scenery is beautiful ... Read more from my Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island  story.

Spain and Portugal with Insight Vacations

I just took a fabulous trip with Insight Vacations to Spain and Portugal.  We began our trip in Madrid, then on to Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Lisbon.  We had a tour director on the bus with us all the time, as well as local guides in each city we visited.  ... Read more from my Spain and Portugal with Insight Vacations story.

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.

Provided by 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.

Provided by 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.

Provided by Dan M, Maplewood MN

Korea/Taiwan

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!

Provided by 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!

Provided by Lou L. of Stillwater, MN

My Reviews

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Best Travel Agent

Reviewed By kobe - Stillwater, MN | Traveled to Caribbean
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.....
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 15 people found this review helpful

Great Mediterranean Experience

Reviewed By Dan & Dottie - White Bear Lake, MN. 55110 | Traveled to Barcelona ~ Spain ~ Europe
This is our 5th trip with Lavonne Markus as our Travel Leaders. As always we were very satisfied with her attention to detail and her listening to our preferences. From the choice of airline seats to finding us a trip that fit our itinerary desires. The trip we wanted was initially full, but Lavonne kept checking and found a cancellation vacancy for us. This was our first ocean voyage with Viking and all details were in good order. We had priviously done four River Cruises with Viking-all arranged by Lavonne. We have been very satisfied on all of the trips.

Dan & Dottie Brumm
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Worry-Free Honeymoon

Reviewed By Courtney L - St. Paul, MN | Traveled to Europe
Lavonne did a great job of helping us pick the right trip for our honeymoon, and all travel logistics ended up being absolutely seamless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

A carefree trip

Reviewed By mnmrxmas - Oak Park Heights, Minnesota | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
LaVonne was a pleasure to work with. When we stopped in at Travel Leaders we kind of knew what we wanted but weren't sure of everything we had to do to get our trip booked. We explained to LaVonne what we wanted and she took over from there. She showed us our options, explaining them all, and made all the necessary bookings. All our flights got us where we needed to go, our land tour went off without a hitch and the cruise was a great way to end our 2 week adventure. We looked at booking our trip online but there were questions we couldn't find answers for. LaVonne had all the answers and even gave us ideas on excursions to take. We walked out of there feeling great knowing our trip was finally booked and everything was in place for a great trip. Thank you Lavonne for a great trip; 2 weeks of fun, adventure and relaxation. We couldn't have had such a great time without your help!
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4 of 8 people found this review helpful

Best trip EVER!!

Reviewed By grammie - Stillwater, MN | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Lavonne took care of all the details of our family trip. This involved coordinating flight schedules from 2 different airports and arriving at 2 different terminals at our destination! We landed within minutes of each other and Ground transportation to our resort was readily available. Lavonne answered any questions that came up prior to the trip and made our whole vacation experience a complete and very enjoyable experience!!
The resort exceeded all of our expectation!!!
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Aloha! Great trip

Reviewed By Croix girl - Stillwater, MN | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 7 people found this review helpful

A great time!

Reviewed By SSC - Wisconsin | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA

I was in on the 'tail end' of our expedition to Alaska, but from those encounters, I found Lavonne to be helpful, attentive to details and willing to answer any questions that I had. We had a wonderful trip on the Coral Princess and our accommodations were very good. My thanks to Lavonne for all she did to make our trip easy to take! Our flight connections were also very good.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 17 people found this review helpful

Pleasant experience

Reviewed By Connie - Oakdale, MN | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Have worked with LaVonne for many years, mostly on trips to Hawaii. She is very patient and competent.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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3 of 8 people found this review helpful

Relaxing Trip

Reviewed By Sarah - Maple Grove, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Very easy to work with - I give her my requirements and she send back different options very quickly.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 16 people found this review helpful

Viking Rhine River Cruise is a "Bucket List" trip.

Reviewed By Tom - Stillwater, MN | Traveled to Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 15 people found this review helpful

Trouble free travel

Reviewed By Larry - Arden Hills , MN | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Been working together for at least 10 years. She is very patient and competent. Friendly personality. Good follow through.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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6 of 16 people found this review helpful

Awesome Help with Personal & Group Travel

Reviewed By Kenton - St. Paul, MN | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
LaVonne has been my travel consultant for 3 years. She is professional, knowledgable, responsive, attentive and very pleasant to work with. I recently returned from a 3-week trip to India followed by one week in Paris. The trip to India was with a group of Univ. of MN students on Study Abroad. She skillfully negotiated group rates for us. She was knowledgable about tour companies in India and particulars about traveling in that country. On the way back I stopped in Paris. Every detail of my stay in France was taken care. All I had to do was enjoy myself. She booked the shuttle to and from the airport. She sent me a list of hotels to choose from covering a wide range of prices and locations. She also sent me a list of tours. I choose two so I could visit the French countryside. It was so relaxing to walk around Paris and tour the country without a single care knowing that LaVonne had handled all the details. Thank you LaVonne for arranging all my travel experiences!
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6 of 16 people found this review helpful

Best trip EVER

Reviewed By Sarah - Bentonville, AR | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Lavonne was incredibly responsive to all requests I had for her. Even if I'd gone a few weeks with no questions (or answers!) she always got right back to me with what I needed. She compiled all of the documents I needed for my travel so it was easy to print out and keep together. And then she didn't forget about us once we were over in Europe, as some of our tour times changed.

She also set us up with a fantastic tour company in Rome and a WONDERFUL agri-tourismo in the hills of Sienna. We wouldn't have found it without her and it was the highlight of our time in Italy.
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6 of 16 people found this review helpful

Trip of our Lifetime - Viking Star - New Ship

Reviewed By Warren and Dottie Sterling - Maple Grove MN | Traveled to Mediterranean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
LaVonne has done a couple of trips for us and is really really good at what she does. With this last trip she had double the work as I broke my ankle shortly before we were to leave and had to reschedule. It was our trip of a life time and she had put much effort into making it be the perfect and wonderful experience for us. She was right there working with us when the insurance reimbursement was slow coming in. And, she found the same cruise leaving in three weeks with one room available. Everything that needed to be done was accomplished perfectly and there were no hitches along the way. LaVonne truly cares about her clients. She offers options but never sways us with her own opinion unless we ask for it. We appreciate her extensive knowledge about the offerings as well as her problem solving abilities when we run into a snag. We will use her for all of our future travels and trips as we are able to take them.
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7 of 19 people found this review helpful

Great trip, everything we thought it would be.

Reviewed By Warren - Maple Grove, MN | Traveled to Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Very patient in working with us. Any questions were answered promptly. Had to cancel the first trip and she helped us get our refund after the insurance company took an extremely long time in processing our claim. Excellent travel agent, will be using her again.
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5 of 16 people found this review helpful

Treated Like Royalty

Reviewed By S&B - Osceola | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
LaVonne has always helped us find the exact type of resort that we would enjoy. She works with you to determine what type of experience you would like and then finds it for you. I have recommended LaVonne to other family members and friends and she has always found what they wanted.
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