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Katherine Culclasure

Fairfax, Virginia Travel Agent

Kindly Compass Travel, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

Europe, Alaska, New Zealand Travel Expert

Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Do you dream of traveling to Belgium and exploring it like a local? Or are your dreams about visiting Germany or some other Western European country?

If so, let me use my wealth of knowledge to help you make those dreams a reality.  Although I now live in Fairfax County, Virginia, I previously lived and worked in Belgium for more than 20 years.

 

In addition, I also worked for seven years arranging international travel along with international events at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels.  And for the past four years, I have been helping leisure travel clients, especially those who may have trouble stepping outside of their comfort zone, enjoy amazing, culturally enriching adventures.

During my time in Europe, I also lived and visited numerous other countries, including:

  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • England
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg

Another area that I specialize in besides Europe is Alaska. I have visited a number of destinations and attractions in this amazing state and have had the great pleasure of:

  • Seeing the Northern Lights
  • Taking an Arctic Circle flight to Coldfoot, which is located along the infamous Dalton Highway of "Ice Road Truckers's" fame.
  • Riding the Alaskan Wilderness train to Talkeetna
  • Dog sledding with the reigning Iditarod champion in Anchorage.
  •  Flying on a helicopter to a glacier.
  • Participating in the Anchorage Winter Festivals

In addition, I have also completed a lot of training about Alaska with Explore Fairbanks and Visit Anchorage.

New Zealand is another area that I specialize in. I am Bronze 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist. I’ve traveled all over the South Island with my daughter who works in New Zealand tourism.  I have visited many places and attractions in this amazing country.  Take a look at the activities I pursued: 

  • Cruising the Milford Sound
  • Doing a Fox Glacier Heli-Hike
  • Hiking to Franz Joseph
  • Observing Nevis Bungee Jumping from the cable car
  • Visiting Trembel Cone Ski Resort
  • Touring Queenstown
  • Exploring Iron Mountain
  • Walking Lake Matheson
  • Wandering the Wanaka Area
  • Motoring along the beautiful South Island Coast
  • Camping in several of the wonderful New Zealand Holiday Parks

Another area that I specialize in is arranging group travel. One of the best trips I have ever booked was a Dance Group to the Caribbean. I had more than 60 people attend, and I coordinated everything for the trip, including arranging private rooms for our dance classes and cocktail parties. I also arranged several private shore excursions for our group. This trip was so popular, it has now become an annual event.

As a travel agent, I always strive to arrange the best trip possible for my customers. So if you are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced travel agent, I hope you will book your next adventure with me!

My Reviews

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

Attentive and Responsive Service Start to Finish

Reviewed By Karen - Bradenton, Florida | Traveled to
This was my second trip arranged by Kathy. My first time was with Kathy and a group of dancers on a cruise to Mexico. It was my first cruise and she was there for all of us around the clock. This review will focus on my recent trip to Ireland. Kathy made the planning so easy, taking all the guess work out of exploring packages that included flight, car and BnBs lodging. I would have been overwhelmed with choices and details if she had not taken so much care in booking with all my input. She remained attentive during the trip, addressing my requests even at night and over a holiday weekend. I can't imagine a more attentive and responsive agent. You feel as if you have a caring friend there for you throughout the planning and trip.
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

An excellent detailed travel agent that goes that extra mile

Reviewed By Norma - Alexandria, VA | Traveled to
I have been on 3-trips that Kathy has planned; the most recent was a cruise to Bermuda September 2015 with a bottle of wine in our cabin. Kathy is a very detailed orientated travel agent. She covers all details to make a fun worry free vacation. All you need to do is pack your bags. She is always available if you have any questions; promptly returning emails and telephone calls. I was on an Alaska land/cruise that she organized, was such a fun trip with every detail of the trip taken care of. I highly recommend Kathy to plan your next trip. She has a lot of travel experience and is a fun person to work with - she is everything in one package. Book your next vacation with her, will be glad that you did.
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6 of 12 people found this review helpful

She makes your enjoyment her top priority!

Reviewed By SalaZartS - Bradenton, FL | Traveled to
From the moment I stepped into the cruise ship, I knew I was going to have a great adventure! After all, Katherine was on board herself; This is her BABY! I'm talking about the annual dance cruise that Katherine and her sister put together. She puts that personal touch in every detail; holds back no punches when it comes to adding fun! I haven't any regrets and anticipate going on every one of her dance cruises. I recommend Katherine for any travel adventure!
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Wonderful Alaskan Cruise!

Reviewed By Cruise Fanatic - Culpeper, Virginia | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
This was my first time in many years working with a travel agent & Katherine was great! I had only a couple of months to schedule the cruise for myself, parents & two friends. Considerations for trip were food allergies & one of my parents had issues w/walking. She made many recommendations for what excursions to look at, where she placed us on the ship very close to the elevators, & requesting a wheel chair at the ports for boarding. We decided to fly in a day earlier to Vancouver & she offered information on reputable tour guides services for the area & a nice place to spend the night. Anything she didn't know she was very quick to get back to me with the information I needed. During planning she even called me several times while out of town on personal business! Katherine was also helpful in reminding me of deadlines w/the cruise line, I was very busy w/work at the time & she gave & offered help when & where it was needed. Couldn't have done such a nice job without her!
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Germany- Perfectly Planned!

Reviewed By Cbersch - Woodbridge, VA | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Our trip to Germany was one for the books! Katherine helped us plan everything within Germany. We wanted a custom plan, not an out-of-the-box tour. She helped us choose the cities based on the places we wanted to see and selected excellent hotels.

Two things that were must-do on our list were visiting castles and going to Oktoberfest. Katherine picked a wonderful Castle day trip. It was perfect. She secured Oktoberfest tickets for us, all we had to do was show up and we were greeted by a local who gave us a history of Oktoberfest and a tour of the festival. We had a table ready and waiting for us in the tent.

All of her transportation suggestions were perfect. She is so pleasant to talk to and quick to respond.

We look forward to booking another trip through Katherine!
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Kathy was instrumental in planning a dream vacation!

Reviewed By Susan - Florida | Traveled to
With Kathy's knowledge and sincere help she guided us the whole way. Wirh the loss if documents upon arrival Kathy was there to ensure information was emailed as quickly as possible. She kept in touch the entire trip as well to ensure that we were having a great time and genuine interest to further her knowledge for the next mext fortunate folks who are guided by Kathy.
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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

Kathy made it very easy to enjoy the cruise

Reviewed By Bev - Florida | Traveled to
This my third cruise e with Kathy and she is wonderful so hope there will be more in the future.Thanks so much!!!
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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

The best travel agent

Reviewed By MM - West Virginia | Traveled to
Kathy has coordinated several trips for my family. Her enthusiasm and knowledge are indispensable. There is no better travel agent having the insight and tips for a memorable European vacation. What better agent than one that has been fully immersed in the European culture for 20 years. An added plus is her fluency in German. Whenever I need help she is there to find me great hotels, research for the best routes or economical flights, even putting those special touches to an already wonderful experience. My husband and my first cruise together was wonderful. And what a great surprise when we walked into the room and a beautiful floral arrangement was sitting there from Kathy. She is so personable and really wants you to have the most exquisite adventure. She also specializes in large groups, which I am excited about. Hoping I can get a big family reunion together when the grandkids start coming. What better way to spend a vacation together than on a Disney Cruise. She has done several Alaska cruises and taken numerous classes on educating herself to be a wealth of information to anyone interested. And if there is something she doesn't know she works hard to find every little detail about it. I am so pleased with her experience and knowledge, but mainly her enthusiasm and vigor for helping people explore other cultures and step out of their comfort zone. Book with her today. You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

An excellent tour agent.

Reviewed By carol - Parrish, Fl. | Traveled to
This is our second trip with Kathy. She proved to be extremely capable and very helpful. Even though we joined the trip from Florida and the trip began in Baltimore, she arranged a good travel experience for us. I would not hesitate to call her again for traveling.
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

She did an excellent job in taking care of the trip for us.

Reviewed By Sylvia - Upper Marlboro Maryland | Traveled to
This was our first cruise and she made it easy for us!!! Provided us continuous updates!! And was always available for questions!
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2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Highly recommend!

Reviewed By kelly - Fairfax | Traveled to
We were a small group (less than 20) ,but we had a big personality. Katherine was wonderful, kind and considerate of each of our needs, concerns for our cruise to Mexico. As we are dance group, she made sure of it that we had the necassary place to procceed with some dance courses. Her foresight and planning allowed for no disappointments and was a wonderful, memorable experience. If we had questions at any time, Katherine promptly responded with answers. We now make this an annual trip,and will only book it with her.
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1 of 9 people found this review helpful

Kathy is a one-of-a-kind Agent!

Reviewed By Becky - Florida | Traveled to
Kathy's passion for travel comes through on every level when working with her! She truly gets to know what it is that you want out of your vacation, then makes it happen. She gives great advice on what excursions would be best suited for you. I have personally had the privilege of traveling with her in a group setting. She not only is a joy to be around, she goes above the call of duty to make sure your complaints are heard and taken care of. She puts the "fun" in "funtastic"!!! :-) So if you are looking for a Kind, Compassionate, and Knowledgeable Agent I would highly highly Recommend Kathy!!!
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