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Kimberly Banczak

Wausau, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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Kimberly Banczak

Kimberly Banczak

Wausau, Wisconsin Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 19
17 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Leisure, Group and Incentive Travel Specialist

Notre Dame Cathedral (before the devastating fire)
Notre Dame Cathedral (before the devastating fire)

I have been working in the travel industry for almost 20 years. I enjoy helping customers plan memorable vacations all over the world. I have focused my training to learn about popular European destinations including Italy, England, Ireland, France and Spain. I also have experience in planning trips to Australia and New Zealand. These exciting destinations have captured my interest and I work closely with my clients to develop an unforgettable vacation experience.

I am a Certified Travel Associate earned from the Travel Institute of America and a Certified Travel Specialist after completion of the Travel Leaders agent program. European Culture and Heritage was a large part of my course work. I also specialized in Luxury and All-inclusive travel. I have completed my certification with Viking Cruises and Globus Journeys.

I have taken several Avalon Waterways River Cruises on four of the major rivers in Europe.  I truly believe this is the best way to experience the cities of Europe.  The boat docks in the center of the cities and you are free to explore on your own or with an included excursion.  The ever growing popularity of river cruising is a great way for travelers to get an intimate experience of the countries/cities along the major waterways in Europe, Asia and South America.

My leisure interests and course training focus have also included the cruise industry and all-inclusive travel. I am a Commodore Specialist with Princess Cruise Lines. I am also a Disney Travel Specialist.

I have personally traveled through several countries in Europe, throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. I also enjoy traveling to Las Vegas and the US National Parks.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Book with Confidence
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
Princess Cruise Lines Commodore Agent
Walt Disney World Specialist
Globus Family of Brands Specialist
CIE Tours Ireland Travel Specialist
Certified European Rail Expert

My Travel Stories

Rhine River Cruise

My Reviews

Rating: 4.9 17 Reviews | 100% Recommended

One of our best trips . Once in a lifetime trip.

Reviewed By N/A - Mosinee Wisconsin | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Questionable at first. But turned out great.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
33 of 48 people found this review helpful
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Foreign travel made easy!

Reviewed By Sally - Cedarburg, WI | Traveled to Vietnam ~ East and Southeast Asia
Kim was truly awesome to work with on the planning of two overseas trips that my family and I recently took. These trips involved SE Asia and Scotland; two completely different areas of the world. Kim helped with Visas, flights, places to stay, guides, and activities in these locations. She was instrumental in planning for the great experiences we had in both locations. I definitely will be using Kim again and again for all of my future travels. Thank you so much Kim!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
33 of 49 people found this review helpful
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Alaskan fishing trip

Reviewed By Dean - Elcho, WI | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Kim did an excellent job with my Alaskan fishing adventure. There are so many fishing lodges on the internet, I would have never found this lodge on my own. She did an outstanding job making all the arrangements and keeping me updated on flight changes. The accommodations, staff, food and beverages and fishing were all top notch. The Anvik River Lodge is an excellent destination.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
28 of 41 people found this review helpful
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Italy Adventure

Reviewed By Howie - Wausau Wi. | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Very professional and timely service.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
29 of 46 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Trip On Our Own

Reviewed By Susan - Wausau, WI | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Kim did a great job helping us conceptualize our trip and get all of the details taken care of. She was very responsive and made a lot of great suggestions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 43 people found this review helpful
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Italy Honeymoon

Reviewed By Hilary - Rothschild, WI | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Kim was great. She was prompt with all of my questions and provided feedback.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
23 of 42 people found this review helpful
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Well organized and no surprises on our trip!

Reviewed By Mary - Wausau | Traveled to Croatia ~ Europe
It was excellent. We had no surprises on our trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
25 of 46 people found this review helpful
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A WW II History Lesson Trip

Reviewed By Travel Lover - Wausau, Wisconson | Traveled to Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
Working with Kim was an absolute delight! She was knowledgeable, reliable, organized, and prompt. From beginning to end, she provided excellent suggestions based on her long-term experience and valuable insight. In fact, we are so impressed with Kim's service she is planning our next trip plus I recommended her to my sister!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
30 of 56 people found this review helpful
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This truly was a trip of a lifetime.

Reviewed By Tim F. - Kronenwetter, Wisconsin | Traveled to Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
Kim did a wonderful job helping my wife Jane and me with our trip to Italy in October 2018. We went to Rome for the first portion of the trip and the Amalfi Coast for the second half. She gave us great suggestions and advice on how to organize our trip. We discussed our options and created a plan for what to see and what to do. She expertly organized and booked all of our arrangements and created the perfect plan. Everything from our flight and hotel to tours, train tickets, and rental car it was all so well done.
Then Kim put a packet together of all the tickets and information that we would need organized in chronological order. It was like having a playbook for our trip and was simply invaluable. Thank you Kim! Jane and I will be going to London and Paris in 2019 and will be stopping by in the not too distant future to discuss creating a "playbook" for another memorable vacation. I'll never go on a major trip again without using the expertise of a travel agent like Kim.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
24 of 45 people found this review helpful
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An Adventure of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Denise - Wausau, WI | Traveled to Africa
Kimberly is really easy to work with. Share a destination and what you want to experience and she will put together a trip for you. Our family went on an African Safari that was amazing. We saw such a variety of wildlife , our guides were so knowledgeable and the accommodations were great.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
23 of 44 people found this review helpful
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Most excellent trip - and NO stress!!

Reviewed By Krispy - Wausau, WI. | Traveled to Scandinavia ~ Europe
Kimberly expertly got my trip set up, and then was very informative when COVID interfered with the plans, more than once. During that time, she would check in with any updates, and options that I could have. I really appreciated her time, knowledge, and check-ins during that time. Finally, the trip took place, and all her work at getting it organized paid off for me. It was absolutely a flawless trip, thanks to Kim. I could not have asked for anyone better!!! In planning for my next trip - Kimberly will be the first person I call.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kimberly Banczak responded:
Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad that you finally got to enjoy your trip and that you had a fun time. I look forward to working together on your next adventure!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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European Family Vacation

Reviewed By Amber S. - Merrill, WI | Traveled to Europe
Kim was amazing to work with!! So kind, professional, prompt, and organized beyond belief!! She planned our entire European vacation from Paris, to Munich and the Black Forest of Germany, to Rome and all the things in between! She prepared an incredible itinerary for us to take with on the trip that had our plane, train, bus slips along with our tour tickets. It went so smooth and we had the absolute time of our lives! Will definitely be using her on our next trip! Cannot recommend her enough!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kimberly Banczak responded:
I am so happy that your trip went smoothly. You truly booked a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. It was wonderful working with you and I look forward to helping you plan your next adventure.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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20th Anniversary Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Francisco - Schofield | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Kimberly was not only knowledgeable, she was also very helpful in providing the right information for us to make an informed decision (especially in light of travel during the COVID pandemic, etc.). She promptly provided all of our itineraries and any necessary information for travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kimberly Banczak responded:
Thank you for the kind words. I look forward to working with you on your next adventure.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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From Amsterdam to Zurich and all in between L

Reviewed By Carol - Wisconsin Rapids, WI | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
Kimberly was very helpful. Offering suggestions and arranging everything ahead of time for us. We enjoyed working with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
26 of 57 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful River Cruise

Reviewed By New Travelers - Mosinee, WI | Traveled to Amsterdam ~ Netherlands ~ Europe
We were interested in a European river cruise. Kim was very knowledgeable. She has been on some of these, so was able to steer us toward a nice one.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 44 people found this review helpful
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Bucket List Travels in Italy

Reviewed By Judi - Wausau | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Everything was well explained and done in a timely manner. We traveled by plane, bus, gondola, open air cabs, water taxi and train. All went well. Our hotels were very good. Our tour guides did a wonderful job also. Kim was confident that we would like our Perillo tour.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 45 people found this review helpful
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The trip of our lifetime!

Reviewed By Val and Jer - Wausau. Wisconsin | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Felt so good to be in the hands of a pro. Kim covered every detail for our big trip. Wonderful service from start to finish.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
20 of 47 people found this review helpful
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.

Customer Testimonials

Golden Eagle Luxury Train through Russia

Thank you so much for handling the arrangements for my Russia trip. It was phenomenal and well worth the planning, time, and cost. It really changed my ideas about Russia and Russian culture. We are talking about a 180 degree change. The train was very nice - all the staff except for the train doc were Russian and the sweetest and most accommodating people. It was a little odd being on a train for 2 weeks, but the scenery and stops were well worth it. Lake Baikal was extraordinary - 2 people actually went swimming if you count dipping your toes in the water. Except maybe the day we went to 4 museums in a row. The food was so good on and off the train. One of the highlights was lunch at Cafe Pushkin in Moscow. I actually went and found the recipe for their Beef Stroganoff and Borscht on line. I know I keep saying it, but this trip would not have happened if it had not been for you.

Provided by Eileen G Tucson AZ

Excellent Travel Guidance

For the past six years Kim has been an excellent guide for Judy and I on our travels around the world! She helped us explore from Africa to India and from Ireland to Italy (and many places in between}. She has led us to discover one of our favorite places, The Nisbet Plantation on the island of Nevis and is currently planning our third trip to India next May. Kim always makes time to deal with the details of our travels to make our travel experiences special!

Provided by Dennis J, Stevens Point WI

Consummate Travel Professional

Anyone who has Kim as a guru of luxury travel is very lucky. Not only is she a consummate professional, she is a kind and considerate individual. Kim has planned several trips for me with incredible attention to detail and my needs as a traveler. Each trip has been wonderful and exactly what I expected. My latest trip on The Royal Scotsman, a trip through the Scottish Highlands, Wales, and England by train, was planned and made possible by Kim. She recommended I break my return trip with a stop in Washington DC. It gave me time to visit Arlington National Cemetery and old friends without added air expense. Kim and I are planning next year’s trip on the Trans Siberian Railway - a trip that includes getting from southern Arizona to Vladivostok to embark and return from Moscow. This is a trip that has to be planned a minimum of 12 months in advance. I cannot fathom how I would get this together without Kim’s guidance and her willingness to work with me on time and budget.

Provided by Eileen G, Tucson AZ

International Travel Consultant

As our travel consultant Kim has made numerous international reservations for us. She's very helpful with trip itineraries, personable to work with plus, always get back to us asap! We'll always continue to use Kim, for all of our travel needs.

Provided by Judy M, Reston VA