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Gwynne Chafer

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent

Italy Destination Specialist

"Over 20 years as a travel professional, to help you create the perfect getaway." My niche is selling Italy and as a Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist, I have visited Italy numerous times and have experienced it from north to south and from east to west: I really enjoy selling the different areas of the country. From the archaic ruins of Rome, to the hidden beauty of Venice and from the ancient streets of Pompeii to the medieval walls of Assisi ... I have experienced Italy!

It is hard to describe the feeling of standing in the Colosseum, where so many years ago, the gladiators fought for their lives, or visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, where Michelangelo (considered one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen) is entombed.  I have also visited some of the "off the beaten path" areas of Italy, where I have enjoyed cooking classes, truffle hunting, soaking in the thermal springs of Saturnia, drives through the backroads of Tuscany, and a leisurely lunch with Ercole Moroni, a leading international florist and creative designer.  

In addition, I have visited many other destinations worldwide, including having walked on the Great Wall of China; kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland; I have stood at the 'Gateway to Purgatory' in Poland as I toured Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps; and found myself amazed beyond words at the animal life (close-up) in the Galapagos Islands.  I have also traveled to many other areas of Asia, including India (several times), Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Cambodia.  A visit to India will truly change your life.  

Traveling the world allows us to gain insight into different cultures, religions and food, as well as explore ancient ruins, natural wonders and historic landmarks that most people only read about.  I pride myself in my attention to detail, and the knowledge I have gained throughout my years of traveling.  By working with me, we will do more than create a vacation, we will create an experience, and one that you will never forget. 

Testimonials ... Why my clients work with me ...

With a new friend - in Poland
With a new friend - in Poland

"Hi, Gwynne. We had an awesome trip and have you to thank for it. You were so 'on top' of things and kept us advised of everything. On the trip, I heard horror stories from other couples that didn't have the neat experience we had with you. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for all you did to make this a very memorable trip." Jan H. "Hello, Gwynne. Everything went like clockwork. Thank you so much for everything you did to make our trip so wonderful. Your expertise and organizational skills were greatly appreciated." Richard R. "Gwynne - Because of you, we were able to quickly turn what could have been a not-so-good vacation into a GREAT vacation. I will be recommending you to all my friends!" Peggy M.

My Travel Experiences

Incredible India

Wanderlust.  Webster’s definition of this word is a “strong desire to travel.”   This is me.  I’m barely back from a trip, and I’m thinking about my next great adventure. 

This desire to travel to far off places began in 1989, while living in Buffalo, New York.  I was fresh out of travel ... Read more from my Incredible India story.

Cruising the Mekong River

River Cruising… it does bring to mind castle lined slopes and picturesque villages, doesn’t it?  These are some of the sights you will see on a European River Cruise.  Now, picture farmers bathing their cattle along the river banks, women working in the rice fields, and beautiful sunsets on the horizon….these ... Read more from my Cruising the Mekong River story.

My Reviews

The Trip of a Lifetime!!

Reviewed By Colleen R - Sun Prairie, WI | Traveled to Florence ~ Italy ~ Europe
Gwynne was recommended to me by a friend when they learned we planned on visiting Italy. We had many details such as meeting my daughter who was already in Italy, and having my son leave earlier than the rest of us, and also having a large number of people making different payments and also needing various different requirements while traveling...a bit overwhelming for me to plan since I had never been to Europe before!! Gwynne was invaluable to the process of planning our trip!! She provided everything we needed even before I knew it was needed...She recommended beautiful hotels and priceless experiences. We visited Florence, Rome and Paris, and Gwynne provided us with private tours with lovely, knowledgeable tour guides. She arranged a cooking class and food tastings, gave us lists of restaurants in different price ranges with all of their contact information. Everywhere we went we had transfers to and from our hotels, airports, train stations and tours! Best experience ever!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best Family (Out of the Country) Trip

Reviewed By Brady Bunch - Prairie du Chien | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Tremendous!! I am extremely satisfied I went this route for planning the family vacation. All her pre-vacation points were right on and made our family feel safe traveling in Mexico.
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Awesome trip!

Reviewed By Bussewitz's - Clayton, WI | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Gwynne was so helpful right from the start. We contacted her and she did the research based on what we told her and she came up with a wonderful, all inclusive family vacation for us! She reached out to us on a regular basis and the itinerary and information she sent prior to the trip was so useful! Thank you Gwynne, for the memories we were able to make! I look forward to booking another trip through you!

Thanks again!!
Kurt & Cheryl Bussewitz
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Our Travel Agent for many years

Reviewed By Traveler - Tomah, WI | Traveled to Europe
Gwynne has been our travel agent for many years. She is a delight to work with, is attentive, thorough, and proactive. Our most recent trip was to France. She arranged air, hotel, train tickets including detailed guidance on verifying tickets prior to boarding, and a map. She has always made whatever travel arrangements we needed even if she was under a deadline for other responsibilities. If she is away, she provides a backup plan "just in case." All details are efficiently handled well in advance of the start of any trip. Several times over the years, when some misadventure befell our flight plans, she rescued us by re-booking for us so we could journey on. It's just so nice to know, whatever travel arrangements I might need, Gwynne will handle it.
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Magnificent 50th Anniversary family trip

Reviewed By LJ - Genoa, Wisconsin | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Gwynne was very accommodating in planning a rather complex family trip for 14 people, 5 of whom live overseas. All of Gwynne's arrangements went off without a hitch.
We are totally satisfied and highly recommend Gwynne's services. We'll use her again.
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Fantastic trip to Italy

Reviewed By Carolitaly - Appleton WI | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
My husband and I wanted to travel to Italy but did not want to take a group tour. Neither my husband or I speak Italian and we live in Appleton, WI. Gwynne was wonderful to work with. Everything was arranged via phone, e-mail or text. It was so easy and Gwynne kept us up to date and fully informed. We would never been able to have such a unique and tailored trip without her help. She was fantastic to work with and really knew the area. We traveled on our own from Rome to Florence and ended in Venice. We had no problems and our hotels and excursions where perfect. She even set up a contact person in Italy that was always available if we had any questions. I can not say enough good things about our trip and Gwynne is the reason we had such a great time. Thank you Gwynne.
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Great Trip!

Reviewed By JK - La Crosse, WI | Traveled to Scotland ~ Europe
She is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and planned a beautiful trip for us.
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