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Virginia Barthel

West Hurley, New York Travel Agent
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Virginia Barthel

Virginia Barthel

West Hurley, New York Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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Group Travel and European Destination Specialist

There is no greater joy than sharing that passion with others! Clients appreciate that Booked By Barthel Travel is run with attention to detail, cultivated by my background in business, and that personal attention is given to every aspect of their vacation. I have achieved the certification of Certified Travel Associate from the Travel Institute; Master Cruise Counselor and Luxury Cruise Specialist from CLIA (Cruise Lines International Assoc.)

My Travel Specialties

Agent Specializing in Avalon River Cruises

My passion for travel started with my first trip to Paris as a teenager, where I fell in love with exploring different destinations and cultures. For me, there’s no greater joy than sharing that passion with others, which is why today... Read more from my Agent Specializing in Avalon River Cruises bio.

Group Travel and European Destination Specialist

Enjoying Pont du Gard in France
My passion for travel started with my first trip to Paris as a teenager, where I fell in love with exploring different destinations and cultures. There is no greater joy than sharing that passion with others! Clients appreciate that European Travel Whisperer is run with attention... Read more from my Group Travel and European Destination Specialist bio.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Circle of Excellence - sales award w/Nexion

My Reviews

Rating: 5 8 Reviews

An unforgettable experience !

Reviewed By Ginny - Margaretville | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
We were total novices with no experience traveling abroad. Virginia made it so simple! It was a multigenerational trip with 7 of us in total. Not an easy task to get us all satisfied but Virginia was able to pull it off beautifully!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
Thanks Ginny! It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your family on the trip to Italy. I look forward to helping with your next adventure!
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Fantastic trip and support during an emergency

Reviewed By David - Woodstock - Woodstock, NY | Traveled to Budapest ~ Hungary ~ Europe
My wife and I signed up for a trip organized by Virginia that included several days of private tours in the Budapest before an Avalon cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg.

At our lengthy stop-over at the Amsterdam airport, Virginia had arranged for us to use a comfortable lounge between flights.

All the transfers were very convenient, going from the airport to the Budapest hotel, to the cruise ship and then to the airport at the end.

The private tours that she organized in Budapest were very interesting and worthwhile. The hotel was in a great location at the top of Buda Hill which allowed interesting walks of historic sites in the area by ourselves.

The cruise on Avalon was absolutely first class, great food, service and activities on the ship.

Due to a medical emergency, Virginia worked with the cruise director to get me to an Austrian hospital where I spent two nights. She organized contacts with the travel insurance company and found a room for my wife to stay nearby.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
David I will never forget how hard it was to see you wheeled off the ship in pain and how grateful to see you upright again two days later in another country! Avalon indeed stepped up to the plate to assist and I was happy to help with the claim forms on our return. I look forward to traveling with you and Carmen again in the future!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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River cruising through Europe

Reviewed By Jack - Hurley, New York | Traveled to Europe
After a couple of leg surgeries which limited my mobility I was hesitate to travel to Europe. Fortunately my wife and I meet Virginia who explained the process and made it easy for us. We have had the pleasure of experiencing 5 European trips with Virginia. We have always found her to be professional, knowledgeable, caring and fun!!! Her trips are not cookie cutter typical tourist trips but well planned , interesting and informative. We can not thanks Virginia enough for opening our world to Europe. I do not give out many 5 star reviews but Virginia has earned it and deserves it.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
Thanks Jack!! It is always a pleasure traveling with you. Looking forward to our next adventure!
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Fall trip to France; Beaune,Lyon,Annecy

Reviewed By Jim - Charlotte, NC | Traveled to France ~ Europe
This was our second trip set up using Virginia ‘s services but first for a European vacation which was tacked on to a Southern Normandy wedding we planned to attend the first few days of the trip , Once again Virginia was very responsive and knowledgeable with lots of good suggestions and recommendations based on our specific interests , timetable and budget . All the accommodations were great and rental car and train arrangements went smoothly. We will use Virginia again and are comfortable recommending her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
Thanks Jim & Nancy! Glad you enjoyed the beauty of France as much as I do!
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Amazing travel experiences!

Reviewed By Kathy - Hurley, New York | Traveled to Europe
We had the privilege of traveling with Virginia four times (Danube River cruise, Rhone River cruise, Spain, and Rhine River cruise), and each trip was PERFECT! Virginia truly lives up to her tag line: "Just Pack Your Bags" and she does all the rest! Her attention to detail is unmatched, and her focus is on making sure her clients have he best travel experience possible. We LOVE travelling with Virginia!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
Thanks Kathy! Can't wait for our next trip as you are always a pleasure to have in the group!
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All the river cruises have been great.

Reviewed By terry - Hurley, NY | Traveled to Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
Accessible, always provides pertinent information and great to be with when she joins the river cruises with her group. Also makes sure all details of traveling are covered.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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A wonderful time!

Reviewed By Joann - Shokan, NY | Traveled to Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I have traveled with Virginia Barthel a number of times and each time was special but the cruise she led on the Danube stands out as one of the best. We were able to see and experience places that an average tour guide would not bother with, but these sites made all the difference for the trip. She keeps the group size small so you really feel part of a select group and you make lasting friendships.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
Thanks Joann! Traveling with the group is such a joy, especially when we have repeat guests each year. We're like a little traveling family and I look forward to our next adventure together!
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Fabulous travel times

Reviewed By Adrianna - New York, New York | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
Virginia Barthel is an outstanding travel/tour guide. She's excellent at planning and providing the optimal experience for her clients. She always looks out for out-of-the-ordinary places and experiences that make her trips so special. She takes a very personal interest in each traveler and tries her very best to let that traveler have the best trip possible. I have been on numerous trips with her and have always been more the satisfied with her expertise and caring. She is a great Travel Agent!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Virginia Barthel responded:
Thanks Adrianna! Look forward to our next trip together!! V
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