Karen Boike

Paoli, Pennsylvania Travel Agent
Karen Boike
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10 Reviews | 100% Recommended

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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Fiji Bula Specialist, Destination Specialist - Caribbean, New Zealand Kiwi Specialist, Aussie Specialist, Disney Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

Karen Boike

Paoli, Pennsylvania Travel Agent

African Safari Specialist

Are you ready to get to the African Safari dream trip on your bucket list? From luxury safari to value trips, let me help you make your dream trip a reality! I've been a travel consultant for over 20 years and have recently traveled to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Victoria Falls, and South Africa.

My Travel Specialties

Lioness in Maasai Mara

Your travel consultant expert for African Safaris

Are you ready to get to the African Safari dream trip on your bucket list?  I put together tailor made safaris, packages or custom group trips, and can help you plan the best time of year to go, as well as add special ... Read more from my Your travel consultant expert for African Safaris bio.

Jamaica Resort

Island Getaway Specialist

Let me help you travel to the perfect getaway you're dreaming of! Are you looking for soft powdery beaches, awesome snorkeling, gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, island exploration and memorable experiences? There are great places waiting for you to experience. I can give ... Read more from my Island Getaway Specialist bio.

My Travel Experiences

Kenya Safari 2018

Kenya Safari 2018

I traveled to Kenya in April for a stay in 3 separate areas.  The flight arrived late into Nairobi, and we checked into Hemingways, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and it was a great way to start the trip!  Our guides met us in the airport and ... Read more from my Kenya Safari 2018 story.

Okavango Delta in Botswana, and Zimbabwe 2017

My February 2017 trip started in the Okavango Delta, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  The Okavango Delta is s vast inland river delta providing refuge to huge numbers of game.  I stayed in Kwetsani Camp, which has wonderful views of grassy plains that become seasonally flooded.  The Delta provides opportunity for seeing wildlife from safari ... Read more from my Okavango Delta in Botswana, and Zimbabwe 2017 story.

Africa Safari 2015

I’m not sure why I waited so long to go on an African Safari, but now that I’ve gone, I can’t wait to go back! It really is like the Nat Geo Wild shows! This is an experience not to be missed. The food is wonderful, friendly people, the scenery breathtaking ... Read more from my Africa Safari 2015 story.

Customer Testimonials

New Zealand review

"I just got back last week from Japan and NZ trip. The NZ portion was fanstastic, thanks to you. All the hotel and tour bookings were spot on, and i was able to complete all of what I wanted to do without any problem. I definitely will refer you to my friends and you've been great. I was able to attend two cricket games, visit Glow worm caves, Waiotopu Thermal wonderland, Lake Rotorua, Tamaki Maori tour, Coramandel peninsula trip, lake Taopo, Hobbiton and had a small sight seeing in Auckland as well. Thank you so much for making my trip and life easy at NZ." 3/15

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My Reviews

16 of 33 people found this review helpful

African Safari

Reviewed By Cathy - Mundelein illinois | Traveled to South Africa ~ Africa. Zimbabwe
Just returned from a two week trip/safari to Africa- using our Travel Agent Karen Boike Once again we were extremely pleased with all her expertise in planning the perfect care-free vacation. This trip took a lot of coordinating as we stayed in 4 different places and took over 10 different flights to three different countries. Accommodations and planned excursions were excellent and she provided tons of information regarding money, tipping, clothing, cameras, shots needed etc. We felt very prepared. Her Best recommendation was that we do two different safari experiences and this proved to be so worthwhile. Karen really knows her stuff and we benefit from her knowledge every trip we take.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

Anniversary Trip to New Zealand

Reviewed By Tom and Dianne - Parrish, Florida | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Karen was and is a very pleasant person to work with. At our request she made all of the necessary arrangements for a worry free first time traveler abroad to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Even after a flight cancellation during our travels outbound she responded to our situation quickly and got us back on schedule. Karen has the appropriate Kiwi certifications that gave us the confidence to book our travel experience to New Zealand with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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21 of 47 people found this review helpful

A special trip to France and Switzerland

Reviewed By Dora the Explorer - Traverse City, MI | Traveled to Europe
Karen was responsive and efficient in getting all we needed for our trip. From private drivers to train tickets to great hotels, she handled everything. She listened to our requests and made it happen, as well as offered suggestions, based on her own experience, for us to consider. We had a wonderful time thanks to all of her pre-planning.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the awesome review! I enjoyed working with you!
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11 of 28 people found this review helpful

Best trip ever!

Reviewed By Scc - CT | Traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands ~ Caribbean
Karen has always guided us in directions that suit or family perfectly! She thinks of all the little things to make our trip easy and enjoyable. We really value her experience and advice especially in the places she's been to.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I appreciate the perfect rating!
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12 of 30 people found this review helpful

A Great Adventure

Reviewed By George - Lemoyne, PA | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
She was a valued partner in all aspects of travel planning for our 28 day trip to New Zealand and Tahiti. She presents suggestions and options with insights gained from her personal experience and from reports from her prior customers. She is prompt and thorough in her research on suggestions we made to her based on input from friends of ours who had been there previously. She tailors physical activities (treks, kayaking, biking, glacier climbs) to requested exertion levels. She suggested a few upgrades in accommodations that proved to be well worth the added cost as she was able to obtain room rates below those I was able to find by going direct. I have done most of our travel planning without the assistance of an agent. I found the assistance Karen was able to provide as clearly value-added.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
George, thank you for the fantastic review! It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to helping you with your future travel adventures! Karen
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11 of 29 people found this review helpful

Best Travel Advisor

Reviewed By pointmom - Gloucester Point, VA | Traveled to Mexico
Karen has an amazing amount of knowledge in the travel world. She can suggest amazing trips with more than amazing add ons for local trips when you get to your destination. Her accommodation recommendations are always 5 star and spot on. Our trips had private transfers where we always felt safe. The travel docs arrive at your home in a manner easy to follow several days before your trip. She has suggested everything from the best flight times, to 5 star airlines (we didn't even know airlines had ratings) and hotels to stay before our flights. Several of our trips included personal guides and transportation for the day or even week. These local guides were Cozumel, Mayan Riviera x 2, Ireland and best of all Thailand for 2 weeks. We have recommended her to our relatives, friends and coworkers who are always as impressed as we are. Karen we look forward to going many many more places with your help.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for taking the time to review my services. I appreciate your kind words and your recommendation of me to your friends and family! Karen
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12 of 31 people found this review helpful

Repeated excellence

Reviewed By Cathy - Chicago Illinois | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Karen has planned several trips for our family: family cruise, couples trip to Italy, anniversary celebration in Costa Rica, daughters honeymoon to Greece, and upcoming trip to S Africa. She Is exceptional in communication and working with us on our wish list and budget. Our accommodations and excursions have been amazing. Karen has so much expertise and knowledge that I know our trips will alway be stress free, unique and memorable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for giving me a perfect rating! I appreciate your comments, and look forward to working with you again soon. Karen
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10 of 28 people found this review helpful

Stress free planning!

Reviewed By Marcella - Philadelphia, Pa | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Karen was absolutely amazing to work with! I reached out to her with an idea for a trip, my budget, and dates and she was able to put together the perfect package for myself and the friend I was traveling with. She asked just a few questions about our interests and planned perfect excursions for us. When we were looking at flights, hotels, and tours on our own it was very overwhleming and much more costly. Karen was able to highight the best cities to see and the best sites to see in those cities. She was always very responsive throughout the booking process and even while we were away. We had some flight issues upon departure and she was on the phone after we emailed her at 10:30 pm trying to make sure we had the best flight and still had the seats we wanted. When things changed on the trip because of weather she was there to help us find other options and made sure we got a refund for the tour we were unable to go on. She definitely made some last minute changes less stressful!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for you for your review! I'm happy you enjoyed your Australia and New Zealand trip. I look forward to working with you again soon!
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11 of 30 people found this review helpful

Honeymoon to Greece

Reviewed By Stephanie - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Excellent experience working with Karen when she planned my honeymoon. I really appreciated her expertise, organization and quick response time in answering any questions I had.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for taking the time to review my services. I appreciate your positive feedback! Karen
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9 of 29 people found this review helpful

Celebrating 60!

Reviewed By Barb - Phoenixville pa | Traveled to Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Karen is very quick to provide information and suggestions for upcoming trips!
She has helped in finding cost effective alternatives to different locations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the review! I'm glad your group was able to make the trip a memorable celebration! Karen
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