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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Jo Ann Buening

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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River Cruising Specialist

Jo Ann, on one of the great rivers of Europe
Jo Ann, on one of the great rivers of Europe

Let me help you experience the relaxation of cruising down the river! Certainly, river cruising is one of the fast growing segments in travel … and I can see why. While I feel there is a place for ‘ocean’ cruising as well as ‘river’ cruising, I can say first-hand that after recently completing over 25 cruises in my career, I have fallen in love with river cruising. With the smaller vessels that are used, shore excursions included, open dining and just the peace that is felt when rolling down the beautiful rivers and viewing the landscapes close-up, I feel this is such a great way to travel. If you are looking for a type of travel that is ‘easy’, this is it. Not only can I tell you first-hand what to expect when you travel on your first river cruise, I have also studied and done countless hours of training to learn virtually everything there is to know about several of the suppliers offering river cruise opportunities. I’ve become a Viking River Cruise Master Specialist, Avalon Waterways Specialist and Uniworld Specialist. Let my knowledge help to make planning your next river cruise an easy one!! Over the past several years, I have sold many river cruises and along with my vast knowledge and connections, I also continue to enhance the value I bring to my clients’ vacations through the various discounts or ‘value-adds’ I can secure. Please check with me for details as these can be significant. In addition, my services don’t stop once the river cruise is booked. I will work to ensure you receive your travel documents with plenty of time to prepare for your journey. I enjoy going over your documents with you and providing first-hand advice about currency, what to expect on a daily basis, pointers that will help you prepare for the unexpected, answering your questions and taking time to listen to any concerns you may have. I get just as excited about your trip as you do and can’t wait to hear about your river cruise when you return back home. Please consider booking your river cruise with me. As I always say … planning your journey is part of the trip! Let your river cruise experience begin with me, your River Cruise Specialist. Thank you.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Viking River Cruises Master Specialist
Avalon Waterways Specialist
Elite Cruise Counsellor/Luxury Cruise Specialist
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Specialist
Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 8 Reviews

A Joy to Work With

Reviewed By Kaps - Marshfield, WI | Traveled to England ~ Europe
JoAnn has always been very helpful, providing timely information and various options to choose from. We live a couple hours from LaCrosse and we choose to work with her for our travel needs. Typically a small group of 6-8 travel together and she has been excellent at arranging cruises, tours, and before/after stays to extend the fun.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jo Ann Buening responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy working with your group as well!!
11 of 26 people found this review helpful
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Viking Grand European River cruise

Reviewed By JM - Tomah , WI | Traveled to Prague ~ Czech Republic ~ Europe
We have been working with Jo Ann for 9 years, and her assistance with ALL our travel needs, and even a couple Crisis situations, has been stellar!! She makes a serious effort to really know her clients- their interests, preferences, special needs, and comfort level with traveling within the USA and abroad.
She is excellent in searching out the answers to all questions, and providing good advice, both from a personal and a professional perspective. We absolutely would not travel without Jo Ann's knowledge and expertise to guide us. We cannot speak more highly of her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Jo Ann Buening responded:
Clients like you are why I LOVE my job!!
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Great trip

Reviewed By Jerry - Onalaska Wisconsin | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
Great person to work with
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 25 people found this review helpful
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Great Travel Guide!

Reviewed By MommaLouie - Winona MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Joann was extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy with our group of 8. Her experience really helped guide us to a perfect vacation. She KNOWS Alaska inside and out! We were exptremeky pleased with her services and she took the time to deal with all of our requests!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 23 people found this review helpful
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The advise and recommendations were excellent

Reviewed By Skip - Onalaska, WI | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
I appreciate the thorough and attentive attention I have received. Jo Ann's support has been very timely and professional. I am looking forward to my next trip which she has provided a great deal of information and support.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 27 people found this review helpful
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Bucket list trip

Reviewed By Michelle - La crosse wi | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Jo Ann Buening is very knowledgeable with Alaskan cruise. She took the time and sat down with several of us to go over documents. She had suggestions of sites to definitely see.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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China

Reviewed By Jerry - Tomah Wi | Traveled to Beijing ~ China ~ East and Southeast Asia
My wife & I first had contact with Jo Ann in 2008 when we booked an Alaskan trip with her. (Jo Ann is an Alaskan trip expert). We were so impressed with her efficiency that since 2008 we have booked 8 river cruises to Egypt, China, Russia, Grand European, Holland, Portugal, France X 2, and 2 ocean cruises to the Mediterranean & Baltic countries. Jo Ann is always very thorough when planning a trip and she will go over all the specifics of the trip.
She has always been available to help us even when we were out of country. The day we were to leave Cairo Egypt in 2010 was the same day all European airports closed due to an eruption of a volcano in Iceland. There was a lot of confusion in Egypt about how we were going to get home. The communications systems in Egypt was not the most efficient. We were eventually able to fax JoAnn from Cairo and within an hour she replied with specific instructions for our return. She kept in contact with us until we were safely back home.
GREAT SERVI
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Excellent Cruises Planned by Jo Ann

Reviewed By John and Andrea - Stone Lake, WI and Sedona, AZ | Traveled to Baltic Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Jo Ann is extremely knowledgeable and efficient. She has found many wonderful cruises for us. She has an excellent relationship with the top cruise companies. She pays attention to detail and makes sure all the "i"s are dotted and "t"s are crossed. She quickly gets to know your likes and dislikes so her suggestions and recommendations are tailored specifically to you. She is friendly and easy to work with. We will continue to use
Jo Ann for all our travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 24 people found this review helpful
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