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Karen Walworth

Dexter, Michigan Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX,
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS AmaWaterways, Viking and Avalon River Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Commodore, Rail Europe
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

Karen Walworth

Dexter, Michigan Travel Agent

An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX

River Cruise, Luxury and Group Travel Specialist

I have been blessed to have been part of a military family which allowed us to live for 5 years in Italy and 2 in Germany.  I was raised with an appreciation for history and new experiences.  Field trips to Pompeii and weekends in Capri are childhood memories that helped fuel my love of Italy and Europe. 

The first few years in the travel business I booked every type of travel.  It was a great learning experience.  The turning point in my focus came when I took my first river cruise.  I was sold!  River cruises are the best of the travel experiences.  You are able to unpack once, visit exceptional destinations, savor excellent cuisine, all while in a floating boutique hotel. 

Ever since this first experience I have been obsessed with river cruises.  I have sailed the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Douro and and Seine rivers.  Each river cruise line and destination have their own unique experiences.  I am able to listen to your preferences and make recommendations to best match your personal style.

Travel is meant to be shared.  It can become complicated to coordinate experiences with friends, family and others who share your passions.  I have arranged reunion cruises, family, company, wine trips and wedding celebrations down to the final details.  Helping you by adding special experiences creates memories that will last a lifetime.

I am passionate about crafting a memorable vacation experience for you

Luxury Travel

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I believe the best trips start with an open mind listening to my clients.  My recommendations come from personally experiencing the different styles of travel and destinations. 

The luxury travel experience requires an understanding of the details and special attention.  Exclusive events, individualized attention and WOW moments can make the memories even for sweet!

My Reviews

14 of 24 people found this review helpful

We wouldn't plan a trip without Karen!

Reviewed By Paul - Chelsea, MI. | Traveled to
Karen planned our first ever European trip 2 years ago (2014) for my wife and I's 35 wedding anniversary trip. She planned for us, 2 weeks in Italy and Switzerland. It was flawless! We loved it so much that we invited 5 other couples to go with us to Spain, France, and Germany for 3 weeks this year! (2016) What a blast! We started out with 3 days in Barcelona, Spain. Then a night spent in a Château in Uzes, France. Then a week on a Amawaterways river cruise up the Rhone River, from Arles, France, to Lyon, France. Then 3 days in Paris, France. And then if that wasn't enough fun, we spent the last 5 days in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany! We will never forget this trip and would highly recommend her and her services to anyone that is looking to plan a trip and wants to make sure that it will be the trip of a lifetime! Thanks Karen!
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11 of 19 people found this review helpful

Family vacation of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Kelley - Sugar Land, TX | Traveled to Europe
I was so lost trying to plan our Europe trip for my family of 7. Karen was able to book everything for us and give recommendations and choices on it all. She was fabulous and easy to work with!
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8 of 14 people found this review helpful

Travel across Europe

Reviewed By Michelle - Chelsea MI | Traveled to Prague ~ Czech Republic ~ Europe
I found Karen after receiving multiple recommendations for her services via a social media site local to my community. She was able to make excellent accommodation recommendations and tour options. I can't imagine making our trip without Karen't expertise. I would highly recommend her services.
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Best trip and learning experience ever!

Reviewed By Tod - Grass Lake Charter Township | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Karen does not leave any detail unattended to and all aspects of the trip went smoothly. It was so nice to travel and not worry about the details and just enjoy the experience. She also selected fine establishments to have our group lunches and dinners. Very nice job.
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A trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By PCJohnson - Chelsea, Mi | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Karen is the most caring, knowledgeable, person that you could ever ask for! Whether you are taking a trip to Europe for an anniversary trip, or taking a river boat cruise up a river in Europe, I would highly recommend Karen! She has done both for us, and the trips went flawless! Thanks Karen for the trips to Europe, that we will never forget for the rest of our lives!
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Karen Walworth responded:
I'm thrilled you enjoyed this (and previous) special trip. You deserve the best! I look forward to future adventures. Thank you for your loyalty. I appreciate you!
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Fantastic, amazing trip!

Reviewed By Cathy - Grass Lake, MI | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Karen was so attentive to detail and worked hard to ensure not just a comfortable but a "wow!" experience for all in the group. She secured great hotels and arranged group dinners in some incredible restaurants. It was so reassuring to have her along as part of our travel group. The gulet cruise in Greece was superb and we appreciated the research that she did to find the company in charge (Peter Sommer Travel). We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Amalfi coast with a good balance of arranged tours and "free" time. Overall, probably the best trip we have ever taken!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Walworth responded:
I'm so happy that you enjoyed this special vacation! It was a pleasure traveling with you and sharing this adventure (and laughs). Now you've given me a challenge...next one must be even better!
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4 of 8 people found this review helpful

First trip to Italy 2018

Reviewed By 1 of the 5 J's - Dexter, MI | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
A professional every step of the travel process from start to end; excellent communication skills and knowledge of our travel destination. Karen took the time and effort to get to know us and then make her decisions on what we would like to see and do and where to stay. We were very pleased with the arrangements she made for us and will definitely include her in the planning of our next international trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Walworth responded:
It was my pleasure to get to know you and help plan your custom amazing Italian journey! Your love of life, new experiences and different cultures is admirable. I look forward to helping craft your next international adventure!
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11 of 22 people found this review helpful

Graduation Vacation

Reviewed By Family - Big Rapids, Michigan | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Karen was amazing! I have worked with travel agents in the past but no one was as ever as helpful as she was. Karen took an interest in our family vacation like a close friend or relative giving her expert advise and sharing her opinions. Based on the information I gave her about us, she helped us plan the perfect graduation vacation for our daughter. She checked on everything from our airfare and airport transfers and gave us excellant choices to fit our budget. She Included a range of very nice resorts and she did all the research. Karen also made sure we arrived safely and checked to make sure we loved the resort. We couldn't have been happier with the location it was beautiful, the service and the staff were wonderful. The food at the restaurants on the resort property was fantastic. Karen did all the work for us planning our trip all we had to do was go and enjoy it.
We can't wait to start planning our next vacation with her!
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Karen Walworth responded:
I appreciate your trust with your important Graduation vacation. I'm thrilled you had a great experience, you deserve it! I'm looking forward to helping plan your next adventure. Cheers!
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Beautiful family trip... Karen is wonderful!

Reviewed By Chet and Bev Hill - Dexter, Michigan | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Karen helped plan our 50th Anniversary trip with all eleven members of our family. She met with us numerous times and she suggested Dreams in Costa Rica. She knew exactly what would make our trip fabulous!
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10 of 21 people found this review helpful

The Best Honeymoon!

Reviewed By WJG - Williamston, Mi | Traveled to Grenada ~ Caribbean
Karen was wonderful in helping us plan our Honeymoon! She had great insight into locations and took care of all of our concerns. She was always quick to respond to our questions. She was very helpful too with some last minute flight changes we needed to make and assisted us every step of the way!
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8 of 18 people found this review helpful

The Best Trip of Our Lives

Reviewed By France River Cruise - Royal Oak, Michigan | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Working with Karen was wonderful. Having an agent who is on top of offers, specializing in river cruises and knowledgeable about the places, restaurants and attractions was most valuable.

We had a one in a lifetime trip that was flawless and exceeded our expectations.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Walworth responded:
Thank you for your kind words. River cruising is my passion and I'm so happy you enjoyed it as well and created memories that will last a lifetime!
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3 of 9 people found this review helpful

An amazing, family trip !

Reviewed By Ashley - Richmond, Texas | Traveled to Europe
Our trip to Europe took 5-6 months of planning, all of which Karen and I did by phone and email. We have never met! Karen's knowledge of Europe, the train system, historical sites, as well as her expertise on "hidden" restaurants and "do's and don'ts" helped our family to have the most amazing and memorable trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Walworth responded:
I'm thankful technology allowed us to work so well together. I thoroughly enjoyed crafting your custom dream family vacation. You were wonderful to work with! I look forward to many more fabulous adventures. Thank you for making me your Travel Agent!
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7 of 17 people found this review helpful

Fantastic tour of France

Reviewed By Cathy - Grass Lake, MI | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Karen worked with us to initially present options for a land tour in France.
However, we ultimately decided to take a river cruise instead and she was very helpful in securing our spot on the Avalon "Grand France" river cruise.

As different questions came up, she worked with Avalon to get us the answers we needed. Based on her experience traveling in Paris, she provided suggestions regarding transfers from the airport and sights we should see (we arranged to come in to Paris a day ahead of the cruise).

She contacted us after we returned to ask about our trip and we are looking forward to planning our next!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Karen Walworth responded:
Welcome to the River Cruise appreciation family! I'm so happy (and not surprised) you enjoyed your Grand France experience. It was a wonderful introduction to this special style of travel. Thank you for working with me and I look forward to helping plan your next adventure!
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10 of 23 people found this review helpful

The trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Michelle - Plymouth | Traveled to Costa Rica ~ Central America
Karen planned a fabulous trip for us to Costa Rica! We spent time both on the beach and inland in the volcano region. The accommodations were top notch and the locations were gorgeous with plenty of fun to be had. We would book a trip with Karen again in a heart beat!
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Karen Walworth responded:
It was such a pleasure working with you on your family adventure! Costa Rica is a very special place and I'm so happy you created memories that will last a lifetime.
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8 of 21 people found this review helpful

Can't imagine planning a trip without Karen's help.

Reviewed By Chris - Chelsea, MI | Traveled to
Karen helped with all aspects of planning a trip to China & Japan. She addressed all needs/questions/arrangements in great detail.. She follows her clients' trips while they are away. She is immediately available to address any problems that come up during the trip such as needing to cancel things and make appropriate arrangements when serious problems arise. I can't begin to tell you how important that is when you are in a country where they do not speak English and you need to get home. Even post trip Karen was there to facilitate insurance issues for us. Can't imagine going anywhere without her assistance. Thanks again Karen!!!!!
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8 of 21 people found this review helpful

Lake Tahoe

Reviewed By Duane - Grass Lake, MI | Traveled to
Karen was great! She pulled together our entire trip. The hotel and location was amazing! We had a great time and will absolutely use her for our future vacations.
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6 of 18 people found this review helpful

Stop looking at other travel agents. Use Karen!

Reviewed By Darren - South Lyon | Traveled to Kauai Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
We used Karen to plan our honeymoon to Kauai. Considering we have never been on a vacation of this caliber we decided to use a Travel agent. Karen was excellent from day 1. We were such rookies when it came to traveling, my wife had never even been on an airplane. I'm guessing Karen saved us at least 10-15 hours of headache, research or issues. She also helped us alter our flight seating. She was always available and helpful when we needed her. Bottom line - Karen was great and I doubt our trip would have gone as smooth had we not used Side Street Travel. We will be using Karen again next year. Thank you so much!
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Karen Walworth responded:
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you for your special Honeymoon! I look forward to your next adventure.
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8 of 24 people found this review helpful

Family Travel

Reviewed By Joyc - GRass Lake, Mi | Traveled to
Karen recently booked our family vacation for us. We started with a pre-cruise stay in Montreal then did a New England cruise followed up with a post cruise stay in Boston. Karen took care of everything from wheel chair, to the tours by locals, to the hotels. Our family would highly recommend Side Street Travel to anyone wanting to create a lifetime memory. Karen listens to her clients needs and provides excellent customer service. Thank you Karen. Joyce Sager
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5 of 19 people found this review helpful

River Cruise to Germany

Reviewed By Cindy - Dexter Michigan | Traveled to
Karen made our trip absolutely seamless! She made suggestions so we could buy tickets in advance for popular sites which saved us tons of time so we did not have to wait in long lines. Karen kept us informed so we did not have to worry about a thing and could just enjoy our vacation. The cruise she recommended for us fit our needs perfectly and then she made all the arrangements for our post trip to Paris. Will use her every time I travel! She is the best!
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