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Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent
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LaVonne Markus

Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent

New Zealand Specialist

New Zealand
New Zealand

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 been completed since the earthquake and the vibrancy of the city. From there we stayed at the Hermitage Hotel at Mt. Cook, visited Wanaka, a great location to stay and very close to Queenstown. Then we were on to Queenstown and all it had to offer. This is the adventure capital of New Zealand for almost anything you can think of. I went jet boating on the Shotover Jet Boats - what an adrenaline rush. We stayed in Te Anau which is a great location for access to Doubtful South, Milford Sound as well as many other activities. Milford Sound is a must see as you visit sites along the way such as Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. The cruise on Milford Sound has spectacular views, waterfalls and seals. On the North Island, we visited the glow worms at Waitomo Caves and took a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set for The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. Visit my blog to see more about my trip to New Zealand. I have been arranging trips to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with Travel2 (Qantas Vacations), with great success. Travel2 is a tour operator whose agents are a great asset in assisting with setting up air, hotels and tours as well as making sure that everything fits together correctly. They also offer suggestions of things to do and see as well as more efficient ways of traveling and fulfilling the client's needs. My clients have all been extremely happy with the product that Travel2 offers. Consider making a stopover in the Cook Islands, Tahiti or Fiji on your way to or returning from New Zealand.

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North Island of New Zealand

After traveling to the adventurous South Island of New Zealand, I was excited to learn more about the cultural side of the North Island. I just returned from a week exploring the Maori Culture on the North Island, as well as wine, olive oil, food, beaches, adventure and more. ... Read more from my North Island of New Zealand story.

My Reviews

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

Special trip for our Anniversary.

Reviewed By Shari - Stillwater, Mn. | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Always there for our questions, pleasant and knowledgeable to work with.
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16 of 27 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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12 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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12 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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21 of 38 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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7 of 11 people found this review helpful

Lavonne is very helpful!

Reviewed By Literary Traveler - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to England ~ Europe
Lavonne worked with me over the course of a year and a half, helping me plan a dream literary tour of England. She was patient as I went back and forth between ideas and responded quickly to my emails and phone calls. She followed through on every task and even helped me get a refund when British Airways canceled a leg of my flight. She's very easy to work with!
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6 of 9 people found this review helpful

A fabulous trip

Reviewed By Barbara - Stillwater. Mn | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
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.
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8 of 14 people found this review helpful

The all inclusive resort exceeded our expectation

Reviewed By Lombo - Stillwater, MN | Traveled to Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
LaVonne did a great job finding a great resort in a very short time frame. Everything went super smooth from beginning to end.
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful

A trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Pat - Rochester, MN | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
LaVonne paid attention to the things I told her were important to us, then showed that in concrete ways through the various hotel and trip options she sent for us to consider. She also responded in a very timely way and communicated quickly and appropriately. I found LaVonne outstanding to work with!
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18 of 35 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
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5 of 10 people found this review helpful

Amazing Trip

Reviewed By Brandon - Hayfield | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
Informative, prompt with answers for any and all questions, great recommendations
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9 of 18 people found this review helpful

Sweet as South

Reviewed By #noregrets - Blaine, MN | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
LaVonne was willing to travel across the cities to meet with me. After our meeting she had a better idea of what my wife and I would enjoy. She recommended a Contiki tour and our trip exceeded expectations!
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12 of 24 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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15 of 30 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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18 of 36 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.
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19 of 38 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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Kathleen - Arden Hills, MN | Traveled to Tanzania ~ Africa
LaVonne helped us plan a trip to Tanzania and the Seychelles. Going on safari and climbing Kilimanjaro were bucket list items for my husband and me. Every detail was taken care of, from airport and hotel transfers, meals, and paperwork. This trip could not have happened without LaVonne and Travel Leaders.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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16 of 34 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.
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16 of 34 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.
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13 of 29 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.
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16 of 36 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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16 of 37 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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14 of 35 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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15 of 42 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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