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Katherine Culclasure

Fairfax, Virginia Travel Agent
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Katherine Culclasure

Katherine Culclasure

Fairfax, Virginia Travel Agent
Kindly Compass Travel, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
24 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Europe and Alaska Travel Specialist

The foundation of my travel expertise is my time lived in Europe. I resided there for 20 years. In that time, I traveled extensively throughout the continent. I have also broadened my horizons to include the state of Alaska. I have planned travel for groups, whether it be family events, groups to Alaska, dance cruises or wine-theme river cruises.

My Travel Specialties

Europe Travel Specialist

Bordeaux City, Reflection Pool
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 ... Read more from my Europe Travel Specialist bio.

Alaska Travel Specialist

Dog Sledding
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 ... Read more from my Alaska Travel Specialist bio.

River Cruise Specialist

AMAStella in Vilshofen, Germany
Are you looking for a trip full of culture, great food and a bit of relaxation? If so, then river cruising is for you. I have the experience and training to match the right river cruise line and itinerary for clients. ... Read more from my River Cruise Specialist bio.

Cruise Specialist

Key West, Florida
Are you a first time Ocean cruiser?  If so, I have the knowledge to match you with the right cruise line for your premier voyage.  I am certified as a Master Cruise Line Counselor with the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA).  ... Read more from my Cruise Specialist bio.

Group Travel Specialist

Dance Group Cruise
Are you planning a group trip?  If so, I have the experience to help you with your group’s itinerary and destination.  I have arranged travel for dance groups, family reunions, wine connoisseurs and destination Featured Groups.  When working with a group, ... Read more from my Group Travel Specialist bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Master Cruise Line Counsellor
AMA Waterways Specialist
Avalon Waterways Specialist
Cunard Commodore
Princess Commodore

My Travel Stories

Tournus
Burgundy/Provence River Cruise
Beer Feast in Vilshofen
Danube River Cruise
Vineyards in the Sauternais region of Bordeaux
Bordeaux River Cruise

Scotland

I am fascinated by Scottish history and culture so the focus of my trip to Scotland was visiting its historical sites and mingling with the locals to experience its everyday life.

My time in Edinburgh was wonderful, particularly walking the Royal Mile. On this avenue, also known as High Street, we toured ... Read more from my Scotland story.

Loire Valley, France

The châteaux, the food and the wine are what the Loire Valley is all about. My experience started in Tours, France. I spent several hours in its medieval city center. The highlight of the tour was the town square and the Cathédrale Saint-Gatien. The town square takes you back in time ... Read more from my Loire Valley, France story.

Carcassonne, France

Are you interested in castles? I visited Carcassonne, France and found it to be a wonderful, peaceful place for those interested in medieval history. I stayed in a lovely 3-star hotel, enjoyed meals at restaurants offering delicious provincial food, and wandered the many shops, all of which were once medieval structures ... Read more from my Carcassonne, France story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 24 Reviews | 100% Recommended

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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
30 of 45 people found this review helpful
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
29 of 44 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
22 of 35 people found this review helpful
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Fantastic First Time Cruising Experience!

Reviewed By S.Lee - Haymarket VA | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
We are first time cruisers and chose Katherine to help us plan a vacation for June 2019 for our family of 5. She is very knowledgeable and answered all our questions via phone and email, spending lots of time going over various cruise lines, prices and miscellaneous cruising info. She led us to the best cruise line for our family's preferences . We had a great time and made lots of great memories with the kids. We loved the cruise line we chose. We will definitely be using Kindly Compass for our future trips (cruising and touring Europe in 2021). It is so nice to have someone with lots of cruising and travel experience to help us plan new adventures. Thank you, Katherine!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Fantastic cruise experience!

Reviewed By Travel and Eat - Monterey, CA | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Terrific experience planning for our Alaska cruise! We started planning over a year out. We got good deals on balcony staterooms -- and had the view of a lifetime cruising through the inside passage and on into Glacier Bay National Park. Awesome cruise!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Top 5 trip of our lives!

Reviewed By Lee - Fairfax,VA | Traveled to Miami ~ Florida ~ USA
Top travel professional, gives me travel info requested on a timely basis, is excellent about giving me options on flights, cruises, hotels, etc. Had the best cruise on a booking Katherine made! Attention to details and follow up are very good!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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Making Our Honeymoon Amazing

Reviewed By Jenna - Charlotte, NC | Traveled to Antigua & Barbuda ~ Caribbean
Katherine helped find us the perfect honeymoon destination that fit our wants and stayed within our budget. She made it easy to narrow down the choices she presented to us, and we were able to book with no issues the exact destination we wanted to. Katherine was very caring and was knowledgable about the destinations she suggested to us. We appreciate her help in making our honeymoon amazing.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katherine Culclasure responded:
Thanks for the review! It was a joy to help you with your Honeymoon.
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
12 of 24 people found this review helpful
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Terrific agent!

Reviewed By Elaine - Falls Church, VA | Traveled to Bermuda ~ Caribbean
It is a pleasure to work with Kathy. She is a travel expert on many destinations. She paired us with the perfect cruise ship and itinerary. I will definitely ask Kathy to help us book our next trip. Highly recommend!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katherine Culclasure responded:
Thanks for the nice comments. I really enjoyed working with you.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Stress free river cruise

Reviewed By Patrick - Montgomery Village, MD | Traveled to Bordeaux ~ France ~ Europe
Katherine Culclasure took care of every detail in order to make my river cruise in France very stress free and enjoyable. Not only did she arrange my cruise, she also got me a great price on round trip airline tickets. If that wasn’t enough, she also arranged a limo ride to and from the airport. She did it all! All I had to do was write a check. I will definitely use Katherine for my next vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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A Trip to Remember.....

Reviewed By Dr. B. - Montclair, Va. | Traveled to Bordeaux ~ France ~ Europe
First Class in every way!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Great vacation, making forever memories!

Reviewed By John - Concord, nc | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Katby is very knowledgeable and works fast to out together the perfect vacation package based on your desire and affordability. She also has made great suggestions that proved invaluable when choosing the right vacation destination.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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My trip was wonderful!

Reviewed By MaryAnn - Fairfax, VA | Traveled to Bordeaux ~ France ~ Europe
I had a great experience working with Kathy! No matter what question I asked was answered promptly. Kathy always updated me with new information about our trip and gave me advice about decisions pertaining to the riverboat cruise. It was my first experience with a riverboat cruise, so I had many questions!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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The vacation of a lifetime!

Reviewed By The Efaws - Mannington, WV | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Kathy planned the perfect vacation down to the finest details. Everything turned out perfectly. I’m so happy we chose her to plan our trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Katherine Culclasure responded:
Thank you! I really enjoyed helping you with your trip.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Too many sites and experiences to list, but a trip

Reviewed By Denny - Mannington West Virginia | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
My wife handled most of the details with Katherine. I just enjoyed the fruits of their work. One day was better than the next for 10 days.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 22 people found this review helpful
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Treasured Memories on the Danube River Cruise

Reviewed By Treasured Memories - Fairfax, VA | Traveled to Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
Kathy is incredibly knowledgeable about river cruises in Europe, and she is great working with multigenerations. My mother and I followed Kathy’s advice and had a wonderful time on an Avalon river cruise on the Danube River from Vienna to Munich. She took care of all the details and made the trip worry-free. It was the perfect pace for us and, because of Kathy, we knew what to expect onboard and at the ports. We loved exploring the towns along the river and making new friends. We will treasure our memories from this trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
12 of 27 people found this review helpful
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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!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
11 of 29 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
12 of 32 people found this review helpful
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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.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
9 of 27 people found this review helpful
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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!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 27 people found this review helpful
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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!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
11 of 49 people found this review helpful
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