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Kira Gartner

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
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Kira Gartner

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
Blue Sky Destinations, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
Years of Experience: 15
15 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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River Cruise Specialist

River cruising takes you to the heart of Europe
River cruising takes you to the heart of Europe

Imagine seeing 3 or 4 countries on one journey - but unpacking only once.

Imagine travelling on a floating hotel right to the heart of some of the world's most romantic and historic destinations.

Imagine taking this journey with the person you love, sharing a beautifully appointed cabin with floor to ceiling views of fairy-tale countrysides.

Well, you don't need to imagine it! This is what it is like to take a river cruise on the beautiful waterways of Europe.

For hundreds of years, the great rivers of Europe were the highways of the continent. When you take a river cruise on the Rhine, the Danube, the Seine - or any of the other great rivers - you will be journeying through some of the most scenic and important towns and cities in Europe. And you will be seeing them in the most intimate way possible. 

A river cruise brings you to the heart of Europe's cities and towns. You dock right in the middle of the destination - you will walk right off the ship to the center of Cologne, Budapest or Vienna. Your excursions will take you to castles, breweries, cathedrals, and wineries. Many of the ships have bicycles ready for you to use in your explorations. Or you can simply stroll around the town or village on your own.

In order to navigate these waters, the ships need to be small in size: they hold no more than 150-200 passengers. These means that every aspect of your experience - the service, the dining, the excursions - is personal. No waiting for the buffet, no lining up to disembark for excursions. And river cruises are all-inclusive. Almost every aspect of your cruise is included: beer, wine, spirits, shore excursions, wellness activities and more.

So what will it be?

  • A romantic cruise from Amsterdam to Switzerland on the Rhine?
  • A cruise on the Seine from Paris to the beaches of Normandy?
  • A Christmas market cruise on the Danube?
  • A spring tulip cruise through Holland?

Whatever it is, I can help you make it happen! Let me know what you are dreaming of and I will find the right itinerary for you!

You can see current river cruise availability at the following websites:

  • AMAWaterways: https://www.amawaterways.com/agent/blueskydestinations
  • Viking River Cruises: http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/myagent/blueskydestinations/ 
  • Avalon Waterways: https://www.avalonwaterways.com

 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Trusted Travel Advisor
Avalon Waterways Specialist
Viking Master River Cruise Expert

My Reviews

Rating: 5 15 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Fantastic trip to Spain - North, South and Central

Reviewed By KarenS - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
Kira helped us set the itinerary, figure out all the travel connections and found great accommodations. We had 2 weeks and multiple priorities and it all came together beautifully. It was such a help- I can't say enough good about working with her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you Karen! It was my pleasure to help you plan such a memorable trip.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Planned the perfect vacation for our family

Reviewed By Mikenna - Warren, Ohio | Traveled to Castaway Cay ~ Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Kira was so great to work with! This was my first time with a travel agent and as someone who is very controlling it was hard to imagine someone else planning our trip...That being said Kira took care of everything and made it easy for me because after talking to her for 5 minutes I knew I could trust her to plan a wonderful vacation
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you Mikenna for your kind words. I had a wonderful time helping you plan your Disney cruise!
11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Complex Trip to Various European Locations

Reviewed By Hilly - Bryn Athyn | Traveled to Europe
Kira was exceptionally helpful. She went above and beyond to help us with our complicated itinerary, securing the cheapest flights at relatively short notice.
Way cheaper than we could find! She was unbelievably available when we found ourselves stranded after midnight at the airport (canceled flight). In the middle of the night, Kira was there for us, helping us sort flights for the next day, including our onward connections.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad that I was able to help you plan this complicated trip for you and your family. And after that cancellation I'm glad I was able to assist you - I was so happy when you were rebooked and on your way!
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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A family vacation of a lifetime.

Reviewed By Ronin - Ephrata, PA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
When planning a bucket list trip to Walt Disney World for a family of 11 you definitely need a travel agent. We selected Kira Gartner and what a fantastic decision. From the first phone call to the follow-up after our trip she was remarkable! Our family consists of ages 1 to 61 … and Kira made sure everyone was a priority. She helped us with resort accommodations, dining plans and reservations, park reservations that included Genie+, etc. She was very knowledgeable and detailed in her approach; however made certain we were not stressed but rather enthusiastic and excited for our vacation. We had a blast and I can assure you we made memories for a lifetime. Our grandchildren, our children and my husband and I loved every moment. I highly recommend Kira and will certainly call on her again.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Broadway experience that was second to none!

Reviewed By Luke - Cleveland, OH | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
Kira was tremendously helpful in planning a great getaway in NYC for my wife and I. She really exceeded my expectations. Was extremely communicative and responsive regardless of how many or how small our questions were.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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An excellent time away!!

Reviewed By Karen - Lakeville, Ct | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Kira was right on top of everything. Emailed often with what
we should get in order. How to do it and where to do it. She was so helpful in every aspect of our trip. Which during Covid and different protocols it was great to have her knowledge and experience guiding us. Thanks soo much Kira!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you for letting me be a part of your vacation experience!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Once-in-a-Lifetime Family Trip!

Reviewed By Michael - Baltimore, MD | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Kira was instrumental in creating a family trip for five adults and a young child. Her efforts included finding accommodations (amazing!!) in Roma & Firenze as well as tours in Roma, Firenze & Venezia. She also got us a great deal for a 8-person van we used from Firenze until our return to Roma! Additionally, she was a great resource for traveling with a child (as she had traveled to Europe with four!).

She recommended a tour of Pompeii and Sorrento that checked off a bucket list item for my mother-in-law. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

Kira was involved in choosing the tour guides we used in each of the cities we visited. We even added a tour while we were in Italy; she was available to consult via email during the trip which was very helpful. I would recommend Kira without hesitation for anyone's upcoming travel needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was so much fun to help your family with your trip, and I'm glad you had such a wonderful time.
7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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One of the best trips

Reviewed By Doctorj101 - Schwenksville, PA | Traveled to Nashville ~ Tennessee ~ USA
She is incredible to work with. Very responsive, easy, and takes care of everything.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you so much! It was great working with you and I'm glad that your vacation was so much fun for both of you.
8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Exceptional Service and Wonderful Trip!

Reviewed By Mary GS - Philadelphia, PA | Traveled to Madrid ~ Spain ~ Europe
Kira was fantastic - not only perfect on the logistics and support - she took time to understand our family's interests and personalities. She made outstanding recommendations, guided us through international COVID regulations and was available every step of the way to help us have a smooth and outstanding trip. We highly recommend Kira and cant wait to book our next adventure. Thank you!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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Great family trip

Reviewed By Cancun - Mexico | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
She was great!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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A Traveler's Best Friend

Reviewed By The Taylor Family - Philadelphia | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Kira is amazing! She is knowledgeable, available, and fun to work with. We have the pleasure of traveling often and we would never make a move without Kira's advice. Once the trip is planned, her services are not over! I remember one time, we were in San Francisco, leaving in the morning for Hawaii and the airlines were having a computer glitch. We called Kira, who answered immediately. Considering the time delay, we were shocked ourselves. She advised us through the process and everything worked out fine! Kira Gartner is a traveler's best friend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Ruth - thank you so much! I have loved having you as a client for so many years!
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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An amazing vacation!

Reviewed By 4Horsts - Ephrata, PA | Traveled to Walt Disney World ~ Florida ~ USA
Kira was a delight to work with from the first moment we spoke to her. She had FABULOUS tips and suggestions, helped us save money on car rentals, etc and was always available for any questions we had. I would HIGHLY recommend using her expertise - we definitely will be contacting her again in the future!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Our Big Italian Adventure

Reviewed By Ellen - Smithville, Tx | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We had a fabulous family adventure to Italy and I can't imagine that we could have pulled it off without Kira's help. We didn't do an "arrive in Italy and join a tour group." Our trip was custom made for traveling with a family of 6 including a 1 1/2 year old.. Our apartments were booked and individual tours to a few requested sites were arranged. Kira's suggestions and advise served us well.
Ultimately we had an amazing trip with wonderful memories for a lifetime.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thank you! It was my pleasure!
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Highly recommend Kira!!

Reviewed By Brooke Pekula - Lafayette Hill, PA | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Kira planned our 2018 trip to Disney World because we were so overwhelmed. She made it a truly seamless, stress-less, enjoyable experience for us so that we could have the best time as a family. In 2019 Kira planned our trip to Negril, Jamaica and again - we were blown away by how easy she made it for us. She was able to help with little details as well as recommend fun excursions to take. Kira will plan our 2020 trip to Italy because we are so confident that she just "gets" our family and understands how we like to vacation. I cannot recommend Kira enough!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Dream vacation realized

Reviewed By Lsmiley - Ventura | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Kira understood what we wanted and asked the right questions. She set up our trip from start to finish. We always felt taken care of.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kira Gartner responded:
Thanks - its was so great to work with you and make this dream happen for you!
5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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