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Bonnie Lee

Albertville, Minnesota Travel Agent
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Bonnie Lee

Albertville, Minnesota Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
18 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Adventure Travel Expert

Crack of dawn balloon ride over Cappadocia.
Crack of dawn balloon ride over Cappadocia.
Could it be any earlier? That’s all I could think of as my alarm rang out at 4:00am Cappadocia time. What was I thinking when I booked a sunrise balloon ride? Didn’t I realize that ballooning at sunrise would require me to get up long before the crack of dawn? A quick cup of coffee in the lobby of the Museum Hotel and we were off in the Atmosfer Balloons transfer van (yes that’s how they spell it, Atmosfer.) heading towards the valley and our rendezvous point.

The air was crisp with not much of a breeze. There was a sliver of light on the horizon when I spotted the sleepy balloons being awoken against their will by loud blasts of hot air being forced through their narrow neck. One blast..two blasts...three blasts. "Wake up! Wake up! Wake up" the burners seemed to shout. It wasn't long before the valley floor seemed to come alive with brightly colored balloons lifting themselves effortlessly into the morning air. All seeming to wake unlike me, with a smile on their face. It was amazingly peaceful. Amazingly beautiful.

One by one our group filled the gondola. We were quartered off into the basket, two people in each corner ready to float into the dawn's early light. "How crazy," I remember thinking to myself. "This is like The Wizard of OZ." The balloon lifted us from the desert floor. I felt like a milkweed seed as we floated over Cappadocia, light and airy and carefree. The quiet and calm of the morning seemed to be in every direction. There was no noise, no stop lights, no cars, no phones, no anything but quiet. Just us and the other balloons drifting along with some above us some below and some to our side. All of us just floating.

Below us, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia was an incredible sight when on the ground looking up at them. But from the sky, oh goodness that's where the true magic is. Such odd "little" formations looking so cheerful and happy. They seemed to be waiting indeed for the fairies. All of this can only take place in Cappadocia, at the crack of dawn, in the basket of a hot air balloon.

We ended our ride with champagne in an open field, lifting our glasses to an experience that will last a lifetime.

Back at the Museum Hotel, I watched the next batch of balloons floating on the not so distant horizon. The world below for those ballooners must have been a bit busier looking than it was for me. Without a doubt I would do it again. Without a doubt I would get up pre-crack of dawn for a balloon ride over Cappadocia, and this time, like the balloons, I would rise with a smile on my face!

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Small Hotels of the World Certification
Turkey Tourism Training
Globus Certification

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 18 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Rockymountaineer

Reviewed By mark m - Youngstown, PA | Traveled to Canada
A group of us traveled on the Rocky Mountaineer. I couldn't believe how perfect the fall colors were. Our trip was flawless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
Your trip was easy for me to recommend Mark since I did the same RM route myself. There is something about the fall weather that I knew you and your group would love!
21 of 40 people found this review helpful
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A Moose in the road!

Reviewed By LoriPete - Hanover, MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
We weren't sure which cruise line to Alaska would be the right one for us. Bonnie recommended Holland America with a tour into the Yukon. Everything was perfect, even the moose in the road.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
I am so glad you liked the Yukon. Thank you for calling and letting me know all about your experiences!
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Alaska on Celebrity

Reviewed By GramaJo - Brainerd, MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Our Alaska Celebrity cruise was just a dream before we found Bonnie. We had lots of ideas, but didn't know how to make them come true on our budget. With the help of a Celebrity Cruise sale and a call from Bonnie. Our dream came true!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
Alaska is truly a family opportunity to enjoy each other and learn all about mother nature! I hope the kids enjoyed the helicopter ride over the glacier.
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Wedding in Paradise

Reviewed By Ruth - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Bahamas ~ Caribbean
Bonnie's recommendation for our destination location to be Sandals Emerald Bay was spot on. She helped to get all of our guests booked, worked to get the best hotel contract. We were so surprised at the concessions she was able to negotiate due to our group size made our wedding so much more than we could have ever done on our own.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
And...If I remember correct...There was a perfect full moon!
19 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Palace in Playa

Reviewed By FrancisT - Minneapolis, MN | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We loved our stay at the Palace resort in Playa delCarmen. Bonnie made sure we got a great resort credit that we could use for all kinds of extras that made our trip really special.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
The resort credits sure make it so you can have a really great time doing some really great extras!
19 of 38 people found this review helpful
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Alaska Trip of a Lifetine

Reviewed By BobbiJo - Pequot Lakes, MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
We traveled with our kids and my parents and my in laws to Alaska on Celebrity. Bonnie arranged that our cabins be together and fall our private shore excursions. Talk about a trip of a lifetime, this was it.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
I am so happy you enjoyed it....
18 of 36 people found this review helpful
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Simply the BEST!

Reviewed By Betty - Maple Grove, MN | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Just the BEST time of our lives on the Avalon Cruise Bonnie helped plan for us. Can't say anything more than that. It was the best.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
I agree. The best...Avalon Cruise on a Panoramic Ship in a suite...doesen't get any better than that
18 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Hawaii on Norwegian Cruise

Reviewed By WallaceJohn - Albertville, MN | Traveled to Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Who would have thought of taking a cruise to Hawaii? Not us for sure. We wanted to see all the islands but didn't want to do all the flying and airport time. bonnie recommended an NCL cruise around the Hawaiian islands. It was perfect. It was like 1 hotel room that followed us around the islands. Who would have thought!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
I am so happy you liked it. It's a great way to see Hawaii!
18 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon at the Vine

Reviewed By Gracies - Long Lake, MN | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We went to bonnie to find help choosing a destination for our honeymoon. She recommended Secrets the Vine in Cancun because we are wine lovers and foodies. Her recommendation exactly what we needed to unwind from the wedding.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
One of my favorite resorts!
17 of 35 people found this review helpful
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Balcony with a view!

Reviewed By KaylieK - Buffalo, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Our honeymoon at Secrets Puerto Vallarta was just was I dreamed it would be. We had a BIG soaking tub on the balcony and an beautiful view down the bay. Every morning I enjoyed a hot coffee and a long soak in the tub. Thank you Bonnie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
The view down the Bay of Banderas is perfect any time of the day.....glad you enjoyed your mornings.
17 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Azul Beach Resot

Reviewed By SP - Minneapolis | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Bonnie recommended the Azul Beach resort for our family vacation. I didn't think it was possible for a resort to be so centered to kids. The resort was absolutely perfect for our family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
With little ones like the 2 of you have, I really felt the AZUL Beach would be perfect for you. I am so glad you liked it and were able to relax and enjoy!
18 of 39 people found this review helpful
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El Dorado Seaside

Reviewed By CandaceT - Albertville, MN | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
We loved our stay at the El Dorado Seaside. Every year a group of us have traveled together since high school. It's time away for all of us with , as wee get older a touch of elegance. The Eldorado had a ton more than just a touch of elegance. We loved it!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
One of my favorite places. Riviera Cancun and an El Dorado resort!
15 of 34 people found this review helpful
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Balcony with a view!

Reviewed By KaylieK - Buffalo, MN | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Our honeymoon at Secrets Puerto Vallarta was just was I dreamed it would be. We had a BIG soaking tub on the balcony and an beautiful view down the bay. Every morning I enjoyed a hot coffee and a long soak in the tub. Thank you Bonnie!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
That's what I did too on my stay! The view down the bay is beautiful.....
18 of 40 people found this review helpful
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roaming the Rockies!

Reviewed By ZoeD - Pittsburgh, PA | Traveled to Canada
Our trip through the Rocky Mountains was perfect. We traveled as a group early September, the Fall weather could not have been better. Bonnie gave us a great recommendation to travel a bit off season to get away from the crowds.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
I love the Rocky Mountaineer. Nothing beats sipping your drink of choice traveling through the Rockies.
17 of 38 people found this review helpful
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The Perfect Honeymoon

Reviewed By mrsjonq - Indianapolis, IN | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
Sandals Negril was the perfect recommendation for our honeymoon. We can't thank Bonnie enough for all her help and guidance.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
I am glad it was all you wanted it to be. Did you and Jon have your butler set up that beach breakfast? I sure hope so.
16 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Destination Wedding Dream Come True

Reviewed By S & W - Minnetonka, MN | Traveled to Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We had our destination wedding in January of 2015 at Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica. Bonnie and her office worked to co-ordinate all of our guests coming from different cities through out the United States. We had a last minute snow storm traveling out of Minneapolis the morning of our departure.

I was nervous due to the fact that it looked like our flight might be cancelled. I got a call from Bonnie around 10am the morning before our departure letting me know that they were monitoring the storm, and would update not only us, but all of our travelers to any potential issues as they might be announced by the airline. Mother nature was good to us, we all departed on time and arrived perfectly.

The wedding went off without a hitch. So much more than I ever could have imagined, because of the initial guidance that led us to Sandals Whitehouse.

S & W
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
Your group was amazingly fun to work with. Best wishes to your new life!
53 of 113 people found this review helpful
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Great service every time.

Reviewed By Kaufman Family - Monticello | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
My wife and I have booked our travel through Bonnie for many years. Through the years, the kids have grown, so the resort choices have changed, the the service has remained exactly the same, customized to us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
Mary thank you so much.
51 of 110 people found this review helpful
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Beaches Turks

Reviewed By MammaBear - St Michael, MN | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
Beaches Turks and Caicos and a beautiful house on the beach with 4 bedrooms. Mom, dad, grama, grampa and 3 grand kids all staying together but with our own rooms our own space, and with a butler no work.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Bonnie Lee responded:
The 3 bedroom house on the beach with the loft....was definitely the right size. I am glad the space was perfect for you.
16 of 42 people found this review helpful
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