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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!
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Did you know there is a designated Delta Group check-in spot in the lower level (Level T) of Terminal 1 in Minneapolis? If you are lucky enough to be traveling with 10 or more people in your group, then you can use this fast check-in line. There is a Delta representative... Read more from my Checking in as a Group at the Airport story.
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... Read more from my Egypt Nile River Cruise story.
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... Read more from my China Yangtze River Cruise story.
Always ready to help!
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.
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'!
work travel to corporate meeting
Darla is EXCELLENT!
Thank you Dave! I love booking your groups!
National Sales Meetng
travel to Ohio
Thank you! I have enjoyed working with you!
Everything we were told it was going to be!
The resort she recommended was everything she stated it would be. The value of what we paid for the Adult Only, All-Inclusive resort was absolutely amazing.
I would highly recommend that people talk with Darla and explain to them their wish list and their budget and listen to her recommendations.
Thank you Shelly! I'm so glad this trip was everything you wanted it to be. I love working with you. Until next time!
To the Rescue!
Thank you Theresa! I hope I can always come through for your travel needs.
Great working with Darla.
The best experience ever.
Thank you John Paul!
Thank you Jacki! I look forward to helping you in the future!
A Top Notch Travel Agent
And I have loved working with you for those dozen years!
Looking forward to our trip.
Darla is the BEST!
Thank you! I love working with you and the travelers in your company.
Book a trip effortlessly with Darla Orchard!
a complicated itinerary was a must, and Darla came through with flying colors. Darla’s voice and professional presence were very uplifting and reassuring. I would highly recommend Darla as a travel agent!
Thank you Patsy! It was such a pleasure working with you. I hope I can help you plan your future travels.
First interaction with a travel agent
Thank you guys so much. You are very understanding about how the process of dealing with COVID-19 is and I really appreciate that. I can't wait to help you with more/other travel plans in the future.
The most planned trip of my life!
So helpful and ready to be of service
It was my pleasure!
Smooth throughout the process
Stuck in Miami
Month-long stay at Kaanapali Alii on Maui.
Thank you Mr. Z. It is a treat when you come in the office and I can plan something for you!
Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon!
Amazing Destination Wedding!
Thank you Denise. I loved helping you and your guests. Your wedding looked amazing!
Two Fabulous Trips
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!
Thank you Sue. I loved helping you plan both of those trips.
Darla is the best!
Thank you Terra. It is a pleasure working with you, always!
Travel to Hawaii for work
A very good trip.
Thank you TW. It was my pleasure working with you!
Our wonderful 25th Anniversary Dream Vacation
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.
Thank you Sue! It's such a pleasure planning your trips.
A great, perhaps once in a lifetime, experience!
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.
Thank you Tony! I loved Norway when I was there and that is what made planning your trip so fun!
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!
Thank you! And thank you for the flowers! It really was my pleasure working with you both.
Super fun trip, everything i expected & more!
Thank you Shelly! And now that you have your first passport, I'm hoping to help you use it for more vacations!
Great customer service!
Thank you Beth! I do have fun planning your trips!!
Thanks Beth! I do have fun helping you plan your trips. Keep them coming!
Beautiful Wedding, Great Resort, Easy Planning
Thank you Rhonda!
Our First European Trip Together
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!
Our first visit to the Pacific side of Mexico
Thank you Eric. I have fun planning your trips!
A great cruise
I especially appreciated her time connecting with the cruise company to adjust a transfer that would suite our plans better.
Thanks JP! I loved helping you plan your trip with your son. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time.
I know I'm biased, but you two are so cute! I love planning trips for you!!
A fantastic get away
The trip she planned for us fulfilled everything we were looking for.
We will be using her for our up coming trips.
Thanks Dave! I look forward to helping you plan many more upcoming trips!
Thank you Mike. It was a pleasure working with you!
Best travel agent you can ask for!
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 :)
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!
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!
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!