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Darla Orchard

River Falls, Wisconsin Travel Agent

Go To Group Guru

I have been on 14 cruises, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Norway and the Panama Canal, as well as 2 River Cruises on the Nile and Yangtze Rivers. I have walked on the Great Wall of China, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef and saw the Pope in St. Peters Basilica. And yet I still have a lot of items to check off my travel bucket list. If you want help crossing items off your bucket list, give me a call!

My Travel Specialties

Group Travel Specialist

For bookings that involve coordinating travel for multiple people, using a travel agent can save you time, money and frustration. Let me help you plan your next destination wedding, family reunion or school group.

... Read more from my Group Travel Specialist bio.
El Dorado Wedding Setup

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses

Considering a destination wedding? If you want to get married on the beach with sand between your toes. Let me help you plan your dream wedding. I can match you to the perfect destination for you and your guests. Remember, dreaming is a ... Read more from my Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses bio.

Sail Away with Your Family and Friends

Thinking about a family getaway ... why not cruise the Hawaiian Islands? Putting together a group trip can be tough, but I can help. From choosing the right cruise line, itinerary and cabin. Let me help your group navigate the waters of ... Read more from my Sail Away with Your Family and Friends bio.

My Travel Experiences

Nile river cruise
Egypt Nile River Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise
Viking Yangtze River Cruise in China
On the way to the Flam Railway
Hurtigruten cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Egypt Nile River Cruise

Sunday May 14, 2005: Minneapolis to New York Depart Minneapolis on a Sun Country flight at 6:30am arriving New York JFK at 10:05am. Took a shuttle van to the Millennium UN Plaza hotel. Went sightseeing for rest of the day. Sunday May 15, 2005: New York – Cairo After more sightseeing in New York, ... Read more from my Egypt Nile River Cruise story.

China Yangtze River Cruise

March 8th & 9th, 2006, Wednesday & Thursday 13 ½ hour flight not as bad as I was thinking it would be. United had individual movie screens at each seat. They then played at least 5 different movies throughout the flight. I barely slept and didn’t read any of the magazines I ... Read more from my China Yangtze River Cruise story.

Mexico Cruise with NCL

Darla and Judy (from our Red Wing office) cruised onboard the Norwegian Star from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Friday, December 5th We took a red eye flight out to LAX. We arrived around 11:30pm and took the free shuttle to our hotel, the Courtyard Los Angeles ... Read more from my Mexico Cruise with NCL story.

Customer Testimonials

Client Wedding in Jamaica

For our wedding and honeymoon, we decided to stay at Couples Negril in Jamaica. The wedding planning was stress free and easy since we met with the wedding planner when we landed and had options of venues, flowers, music, and cake at the resort. The wedding package was very reasonable and our week long trip at an all-inclusive cost much less than most people spend on their wedding alone. Every night there was a show to watch with dinner, from reggae to fire dancers, along with several restaurant options. The entire staff was beyond friendly and there were many different events to do daily. We went snorkeling, took a catamaran ride, went horseback riding, and still felt like we could have done more if we had stayed longer. We hope to go back to the same resort again someday!

Provided by Aly J - Buhl, MN

Client Cancun Honeymoon

Hey Darla! I’m so sorry it took me so long to get back to you!! We had a blast!! The wedding went perfect and the honeymoon was everything I could have hoped for! I can honestly say I have NO complaints about the resort! It was perfect for what we paid. The room was a little smaller than I thought but again, we got a good deal so it was just fine :) all the restaurants were super good! We really like The Old Barn. (More American type food there). The staff was super awesome and fun! They treated us very well! I liked that we were close to the downtown area of Cancun, we went there exploring a lot. We did the snorkeling excursions on the catamaran boats and over to the Isle Mujeres. It was amazing!! It was an exhausting but fun day. I really have no complaints! It was perfect and I can't thank you enough for helping us out with booking the trip!

Provided by Jenna V - Hastings MN

Client Review - Cancun Wedding

We had a fantastic time in Cancun for our wedding and honeymoon! First of all our travel agent was amazing! Darla was indispensable to us in planning our trip. Cancun was incredible. Our resort staff were very welcoming and accommodating. Our wedding ceremony was beautiful and romantic, and easy for us to plan as the resort did everything. I only wish I could have kept my bouquet, it was gorgeous. The only thing that could have made our trip any better was having another day to stay, we absolutely loved it there! We would highly recommend Darla to help you plan your trip, she knows travel!

Provided by Cassie E - Alexandria MN

My Reviews

43 of 77 people found this review helpful

Always ready to help!

Reviewed By KT - Northfield MN | Traveled to Casablanca ~ Morocco ~ Africa
I have worked with Darla for many years and she has always provided excellent service. We get good fares and excellent service. She thinks creatively - doesn't just settle for the first thing that pops up in her system.

In fact, when she left the travel business for a while, I was truly at a loss. I'm delighted she is back and helping me to sort out all of the travel needs for our busy College.

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
KT it is a pleasure working with you. I am so glad I am back. I truly enjoy working with you and 'our little darlings'!
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33 of 64 people found this review helpful

Great customer service!

Reviewed By Bethjock - River Falls, WI | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Ms. Orchard has remarkable patience answering a myriad of questions. She's excellent at organizing details as well as finding remarkable deals. Our family trip had complications with family members that we needed answers for. Darla got those answers for us. Our vacation plans went off without a hitch and we came back with terrific memories. I would highly recommend her as your travel agent!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Beth! I do have fun planning your trips!!
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

A great, perhaps once in a lifetime, experience!

Reviewed By Tony - Springfield, Illinois | Traveled to Norway ~ Europe

I found Darla Orchard to be completely helpful with my travel arrangements. She showed experience with traveling and was very good at answering my many questions as I had not traveled overseas before for many years. She went out of her way to schedule my travel arrangements in the way that I needed them to be.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Tony! I loved Norway when I was there and that is what made planning your trip so fun!
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5 of 11 people found this review helpful

Our wonderful 25th Anniversary Dream Vacation

Reviewed By Sue - River Falls, WI | Traveled to St. Lucia Island ~ St. Lucia ~ Caribbean
The best travel agent ever
I wanted to share just how helpful Darla has been in our travels. Because one of our trips was International, I had a myriad of questions. She was always so pleasant to work with. She got back to me promptly and was always so helpful. We went through many brochures to pick the perfect place to celebrate our big day. It is important to us that when we have questions the person return a call quickly. She did that in every instance. Working one on one with her was a joy. I would highly recommend Darla to anyone with future travel plans.
Thanks so much Darla for the great service on the many trips you arranged.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Sue! It's such a pleasure planning your trips.
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5 of 11 people found this review helpful

Beautiful Wedding, Great Resort, Easy Planning

Reviewed By Rhonda - Hammond, WI | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Darla was prompt and efficient on our travel needs. We requested a few changes in the itinerary and Darla quickly adjusted them. I would definitely book with Darla again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Rhonda!
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3 of 8 people found this review helpful

Two Fabulous Trips

Reviewed By Sue - Cannon Falls, MN | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA, Disney World
Darla helped us plan two trips in 2016: a three-generation trip to Disney World and a trip for the two of us to Alaska.

For the Disney trip, Darla got us a suite in the Bay Lake Lodge with a view of the Magic Kingdom. We were able to see the nightly fireworks from our balcony. She made dinner reservations at a variety of restaurants, most with appearances by Disney characters and all with great food choices. Our grandkids still talk about their Disney vacation.

Darla and I worked together to create a fabulous 2 week trip to Alaska ending with a 7 day cruise from Seward to Vancouver. Every stop on our tour - from gold dredge tours to riverboat cruises to train rides to sled dog tours went off without a hitch. Our itinerary showed us where and when we should be for our next stop. We enjoyed 4 days in Fairbanks, 4 days in Denali National Park, 4 days in Anchorage and 4 days in Seward before boarding our cruise. It was the trip of a lifetime!

Darla is great to work with!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Sue. I loved helping you plan both of those trips.
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1 of 5 people found this review helpful

Well-planned trip.

Reviewed By Mike - River Falls | Traveled to Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
Good follow-through. Pleasant and professional.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Mike. It was a pleasure working with you!
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

A great cruise

Reviewed By JP and son - Prescott, WI | Traveled to Copenhagen ~ Denmark ~ Europe
Darla was very helpful in the planning of our trip. She was provided information and was very professional in making our reservations, creating documents and responding to questions we had.
I especially appreciated her time connecting with the cruise company to adjust a transfer that would suite our plans better.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thanks JP! I loved helping you plan your trip with your son. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time.
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0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Romantic honeymoon

Reviewed By Mr. And Mrs. Wilber - Minnesota | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Very attentive and helpful. Darla made sure all my questions were answered.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon!
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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

Amazing Destination Wedding!

Reviewed By Denise - Roberts, WI | Traveled to Mexico
Working with Darla was extremely easy! She was very responsive to any question or request anyone in our group had. She listened to what we were looking for and quickly offered several options.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Denise. I loved helping you and your guests. Your wedding looked amazing!
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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

Our first visit to the Pacific side of Mexico

Reviewed By Eric - Eagan, Minnesota | Traveled to Puerto Vallarta ~ Jalisco ~ Mexico
Darla has been excellent to work with. She was able to guide us to some of the best resorts and places for our winter vacations. We have used her for a number of years and without exception she has never failed us. Travel knowledge is very good. I would recommend Darla to our friends
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Eric. I have fun planning your trips!
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29 of 61 people found this review helpful

Unbelievably Helpful!

Reviewed By mother of a traveling daughter - Juneau, Alaska | Traveled to China ~ East and Southeast Asia
Darla helped our family with a complicated set of travel issues for our daughter, a college student who traveled to China for a one-month class.

From the outset, Darla was wonderfully thorough and responsive in addressing our questions, and never lost her patience with the various travel options we explored. She then obtained the flights we sought, including the seat choices our daughter preferred, and helped us look into appropriate travel insurance.

THEN, after the whole trip was in place, on very short notice she helped us change the itinerary when our daughter's circumstances suddenly changed, and even helped us get (very unlikely) refunds for much of the cost of the original tickets.

While I don't think one can reasonably assume that Darla can always get refunds for changed travel, I think it is totally reasonable to assume she will be patient, careful, attentive, and helpful. Because she is all that!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you! And thank you for the flowers! It really was my pleasure working with you both.
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4 of 12 people found this review helpful

Paradise

Reviewed By Beth - Woodville, Wi | Traveled to French Polynesia ~ South Pacific
I have worked with Darla for about 5 years. It is really nice when I can find some thing about a trip I may like and send it to her and she finds out all details, prices, and alternative choices for the trips I might like. It is so time saving and she knows shortcuts I don't have access to. My latest vacation to French Polynesia Islands was over the top and I invested barely anytime into scheduling it and a lot of time fully relaxing and enjoying myself on the vacation.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thanks Beth! I do have fun helping you plan your trips. Keep them coming!
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2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Month-long stay at Kaanapali Alii on Maui.

Reviewed By The Z Family - River Falls, WI | Traveled to Maui Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
Darla has been an excellent travel agent for us being a great listener to our wishes and then one who comes up with a travel plan that more than exceeds our desires.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Mr. Z. It is a treat when you come in the office and I can plan something for you!
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30 of 64 people found this review helpful

Our First European Trip Together

Reviewed By Dave - River Falls, WI | Traveled to Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
Darla has gone out of her way to find options and make suggestions we had not anticipated. Her knowledge is vast and her good spirited mood is refreshing.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Dave. It is a pleasure working with you and your wife. And I really appreciate you following me from River Falls to Red Wing!
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30 of 66 people found this review helpful

Flawless Honeymoon

Reviewed By Ashley - Northfield, MN | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
So, I might be biased since Darla is my mother-in-law, but she is an absolutely fantastic travel agent! She organized our honeymoon to Hawaii this past August and it was absolutely wonderful! She is also planning a family trip to Iceland this June and is extremely knowledgable on any questions or concerns you may have. She loves to travel, has been so many different places, and you can tell that she loves her work through the service and help she gives!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
I know I'm biased, but you two are so cute! I love planning trips for you!!
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31 of 68 people found this review helpful

Super fun trip, everything i expected & more!

Reviewed By Shelly - Willmar MN | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Darla had all the information ready about the resort and a full travel itinery for my vacation. I have never had a travel agent go that far above and beyond.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Shelly! And now that you have your first passport, I'm hoping to help you use it for more vacations!
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24 of 65 people found this review helpful

Best travel agent you can ask for!

Reviewed By Emily Hastings - Hastings, MN | Traveled to Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I have worked with Darla a few times and is only travel agent I have enjoyed working with! She is willing to look at as many places as we need to make a decision. She is always gracious and accommodating - and we are not always the easiest group to her a decision from! I will not refer to any other travel agent... And I have worked with other travel leaders agencies in the past and they don't even come close to her!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Darla Orchard responded:
Thank you Emily! I am so glad you tracked me down and are willing to drive to come and see me. I appreciate that! And I promise if I ever move offices again I will let you know :)
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