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Linda Gartner

Cincinnati, Ohio Travel Agent
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Linda Gartner

Linda Gartner

Cincinnati, Ohio Travel Agent
A Full-Service Travel Leaders Associate Agency
Years of Experience: 5
24 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Leisure and Group Travel

Linda Gartner – Leisure and Group Travel Consultant Interests: Europe.  I began my second chapter of life career as a travel consultant with Prestige Travel of Cincinnati, Ohio in November of 2015. Prior to this new chapter I was a JH choral director at Sycamore Junior High for 34 years!  

I have traveled to 12 European countries and over 44 European cities. Additionally, I have visited several destinations within Canada, the Caribbean, Taiwan and Mexico.

As an agent with Prestige Travel I hope to share my knowledge and passion for travel with you. I will do my absolute best to insure that YOU have a love of travel, too! Thanks to my affiliation with Travel Leaders I can research the best possible pricings, experiences and offerings for you and your family.  My varied background in travel also makes me a great resource for you and your group—of any size!

As a former Choral Director, I have taken literally thousands of students, staff members and parents throughout the Mid-West, to Washington D.C, and to 9 countries and 32 cities in Europe. (Group travel is unlike anything you have ever experienced; there is always someone different to talk with at breakfast!) I have led groups of 2-8 charter buses, navigating to attractions in cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis and Cleveland. AND I have taken 9 tours of Europe. One of my most favorite group travel memories was taking a group to sing mass at St. Peter’s in Rome – a true highlight of my travel and choral music career. I will forever cherish the memory of leading in song this group of 108—inside the World’s largest cathedral — and then escorting them to sing, once again, for thousands of people on the piazza outside!

Besides leading large groups, I’ve planned trips with my husband and sons to Hawaii, Italy (7 trips!), Spain, France, the UK,  Greece, San Francisco, Wine Country, Seattle, the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Rockies, Taiwan, Mexican resorts in Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun, on cruises in the Caribbean, and for an extended stay on St. John, USVI.

Because of my varied experiences in trip planning, I would like to help plan your ideal vacation — whether you are a family of two or twenty.

If I had to pick a favorite destination, it MUST be Italy. Not only have I led choral groups throughout this wonderful country multiple times, but my family has vacationed there four times, as well. One of those great Italian trip memories was a three-week experience that highlighted pasta, wine, cappuccino, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gelato and, of course, some Italian history! Cities like Bologna and their famed arches, Ravenna and the breathtaking mosaics, Siena with its magnificent cathedral, and Lucca home of the BEST opera composer, Giocomo Puccini, should be included on everyone’s Italian travel list! And, obviously, Rome, Florence, and Venice shouldn’t be missed; but what about Verona the home of Juliet, Sorrento and its football size lemons that soon become Limoncello, Montalcino in the heart of Tuscan vineyards and Orvieto, a hidden gem? Do not forget Monopoli a true undiscovered GEM!  We’ve had fabulous experiences and made wonderful memories in all of these locations. The Italians are like no other!

In the fall of 2019, I escorted a group of 14 on a Wine and Dine Trip throughout Tuscany and the Lake Como region.  We ate, we tasted wine, we ate again.  It was another wonderful experience.  Group travel!!!  Some of the people on the group knew some of the people on the group....!  BUT no one knew everyone.....until the END!  Lots of laughter, lots of adventure!  Have you ever walked the rooftop of the Duomo in Milan?  We did!  Have you ever had a private tour of the Ferrari museum?  We did!  Have you ever sat in an Italian garden restaurant where the owner MADE you deposit your cell phone prior to being seated so that we all actually TALKED?  We did!  GREAT TIMES!

It would truly be my pleasure to help you plan your trip — from the very beginning to the very end of your travels. I will treat your wants as if they were my wants, researching the best possible pricing for the best possible experience! If you’re on a tight budget, I will help find you the most outstanding experiences available within that budget. If you want a luxury vacation, I will help find you the most sumptuous accommodations and unique opportunities.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn about the world through travel. Where would you like to go first?

Linda

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My Reviews

Rating: 5 24 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Awesome from start to finish

Reviewed By Happy Travellers - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
She did such a terrific job for us on every level, put together a wonderful trip in a short amount of time, and was there for us no matter what question we had or when we had it! Her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm made for such a great experience from the day we contacted her to the post-vacation visit to tell her all about it, and we can't wait to plan our next trip with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
31 of 46 people found this review helpful
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Tour of Italy

Reviewed By Cindy - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
It was a pleasure to work with Linda Gartner when planning our family trip to Italy this past summer. She is a true professional! From beginning to end, she was instrumental in planning and coordinating our trip. We started with a meeting to discuss our interests while traveling in Italy, and she quickly sketched out a starting-point itinerary. We tweaked that itinerary until we were completely satisfied and excited for our upcoming trip! Linda took care of everything we needed for our international trip, from airline tickets to rail tickets, to planning excursions including a private tour of Tuscany and our private wine tasting at a lovely vineyard! Bellissimo! The hotel she suggested in Positano was breathtaking! Also, after experiencing a family emergency at home, she and her colleague worked quickly and diligently to get us home on an earlier flight! Given all this, her attention to detail and extensive knowledge of Europe, I would HIGHLY recommend working with Linda Gartner!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
23 of 31 people found this review helpful
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European family vacation.

Reviewed By The Simon Family - New Lenox, Il | Traveled to Europe
Our family’s experience planning our first trip to Europe with Linda Gartner was one that exceeded our expectations! We were referred to her by a friend who has worked with Linda over the years. From day one, Linda was informative, patient, upbeat, and organized. She went beyond our expectations giving us advice and planning our trip so we would have a great experience.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
18 of 28 people found this review helpful
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Awesome trip on very short notice.

Reviewed By Bob Stevens - Cincinnati | Traveled to Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
Knowledgeable. She has been there, done that, as a traveler so she is able to have valuable input to guide to the new traveler that may save them angst and money. Also able to show the client how to be the most efficient with their time.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
20 of 32 people found this review helpful
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Europe with Teens

Reviewed By The Grimes Family - Mason, OH | Traveled to Europe
Linda was a joy to work with while planning our family trip to Amsterdam, Paris and London! She gave us some great ideas and destinations that we hadn't thought of, and made our journey fun and care free. Keeping a family with teens on the move and interested is no small task, and Linda was able to help us create some great memories!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
THANKS, Grimes Family! It's so easy to come up with great ideas and great destinations when working with GREAT people! I look forward to working with you again! Linda
15 of 23 people found this review helpful
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European Adventure

Reviewed By Meredith - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Santorini ~ Greece ~ Europe
Such a delightful experience! She answered every question and helped us achieve exactly the trip we wanted. I'd do it one million times over.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
15 of 23 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Trip!

Reviewed By Jim - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Just returned from an amazing trip to Italy & Greece and have to say Linda nailed it! The itinerary, hotel locations, tour recommendations - everything was absolutely perfect. The entire trip was completely seamless from start to finish due to Linda's planning and expertise. If you're planning a trip I would highly recommend working with Linda. She is a great resource especially if you're not familiar traveling abroad. Thanks for all of your help!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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A Wonderful European Adventure

Reviewed By Kim Kramer - Mason, OH | Traveled to Rhine River ~ On the River ~ At Sea
Linda has helped me plan several trips for myself and my family (Viking riverboat cruise, Punta Cana and a couple of ocean cruises). She has done an excellent job of handling all of the stress that can come with planning a vacation, allowing me more time to prepare and enjoy the trip. She is very knowledgeable and a great resource .
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 32 people found this review helpful
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Amazing European Adventure

Reviewed By Post - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Working with Linda was amazing. She completely understood what my sister and I wanted out of our trip and was extremely helpful in helping us achieve everything we wanted!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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"The 60 year old Birthday Celebration"

Reviewed By Debbie - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Boston ~ Massachusetts ~ USA
"The 60 year old Birthday Celebration!"
What a pleasure to have worked with Linda. We were her first customers,
certainly, we will be back! From the get-go, Linda was very professional and
thorough on all accounts. From Suggestions to solutions, to send off.
All events went perfectly as planned. Our trip was so much fun! The only time I contacted Linda on our excursion, was to send pictures and saying thanks again and again.

We plan to take another trip in the fall of 2017. Linda is already working on it!
Thanks again Linda,
60's and counting.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
19 of 33 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Wine and Dine tour through Italy

Reviewed By Sharon - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
It was so easy! Prior to the trip, she communicated regularly to the group to let us know deadlines for invoices, etc., She does all the work. We just show up and enjoy! I can't say enough how amazing this experience was for us. The amount of planning that went into the trip was so obvious once we got started. We went from Sept 5-16. The vacation was Wine and Dine through Italy. And we did just that! We wined and dined in Orvieto, Florence, Siena, Modena, Bologna, Como, and Milan. With that much in the itinerary, you would think that the trip would be exhausting. But the planning was impeccable…therefore very, very easy. So…would I recommend you contact or travel with Linda? You bet. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. I can’t wait to go on her next one. Hope to see you there with me!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Grazie mille, Sharon! Traveling with great people is always a winning equation. ....ESPECIALLY in ITALIA! So glad you have wonderful memories! Yes, let's do it again! Kindest regards, Linda
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Our unforgettable trip to Italy!

Reviewed By Linda / Lip - Cincinnati, ohio | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Very helpful, took into planning the type of trip we wanted. This was our first trip to Italy, and she planned some wonderful tours- just the right amount! Linda is very knowledgeable and gave us good advice about our travels. So glad we used her. The vouchers made everything so much easier, and she took explaining each one. I recommend Linda highly!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Dear Linda, thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a pleasure working with such NICE people! Ciao e grazie mille! Linda
8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Flawless!

Reviewed By Len - Waynesville, Ohio | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Linda helped plan a trip to Italy and Greece for my daughter and me a couple of years ago. The trip was one of the best of my life. The itinerary was well chosen, and every activity and transition was flawless.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Dear Len, what a joy it was to plan that trip for both of you! What a memory you now have. Thank you for being a great repeat client!!! I hope to re-create for you when the time is right! With great appreciation! Linda
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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A trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Angela - Loveland | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Spent 14 amazing days in Italy and would not have changed a thing. Linda thought of everything! We will us her expertise again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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The trip of a lifetime!!

Reviewed By Ralph - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Linda was great to work with. She met with us to figure out what we were hoping for our trip and then put together a terrific package. She is definitely an expert when it comes to Italy, and found some terrific side trips during our visit. We visited and toured family owned vineyards and wineries, stayed at a castle in Tuscany and spent time in the big cities. All the hotels Linda booked for us were first rate and put us within walking distance of everything we wanted to see.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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Our dream trip finally realized

Reviewed By Robin - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Working with Linda was so easy. She was professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. She was responsive to our questions and gave us a wonderful vacation in Italy. Our lives are so busy that planning a trip on our own would have been difficult. Linda gave us a trip that included some planned tours and plenty of relaxation too. It was truly customized for us. We would absolutely work with Linda again and we have already recommended her to friends.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
13 of 23 people found this review helpful
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The Best Made Plans

Reviewed By Mike - Wilmington | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
Linda has gone above and beyond our expectations for our travel agent. She has taken it upon herself to really understand our needs, our plans, and our imaginations for the trip. Thru her leadership ability, her travel knowledge, and her desire to efficiently work with us, , she has been not only a grade A travel agent, but a trusted friend who we have leaned on extensively in making hard decisions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Dear Mike and Patty! Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean so much! One of the greatest perks of this job is having the opportunity to meet so many people. I'm extremely thankful that our paths have crossed and we WILL get you "across the pond" when it is safe to do! Stay safe, stay healthy, travel later! Linda
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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First Time Abroad

Reviewed By Emily - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Europe
Fall 2018, I decided to make the plunge into planning a Europe trip for my parents, sister, and myself. Immediately I knew I would need the help of a travel agent, as my family is not very savvy when it comes to vacationing, and we have never left the country. A quick google search serendipitisouly led me to Linda, and I am so glad it did because she was perfect for our family. Right away she made an appointment with me to show me her special European map that highlightedall the places she had been. She helped set the framework for the trip by saying she liked to pick 3 or 4 cities and plan a loop. We talked about the goals for the trip, picked the cities with each family member in mind, and then she went from there. Linda was flexible with giving choices but also making expert decisions herself when I felt overwhelmed. She stayed in touch throughout the entire planning process, giving many updates and tips for the trip. Vacation was the best ever, especially for our first time abroad.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Emily! It was my pleasure helping in your travels to Europe. What a wonderful daughter/sister you are! It is ALWAYS about the memories you make. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your BIG adventure! Stay safe/stay healthy and thank you for being on that front line that we all need so much! Linda
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Grazie Mille !

Reviewed By Cincy Guy - Cincinnati Ohio | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Excellent ! Knowledgeable! Fun ! A perfect itinerary.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed By Heather - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Europe
Linda was wonderful to work with...we told her what we were looking for, what we wanted and didn’t want, and she took the wheel from there! She knew all the tricks to planning a balanced vacation with all of the important extras. We highly recommend Linda!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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The trip that will be after Covid-19!

Reviewed By Beth - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Europe
Linda helped us plan and replan (as i made a mistake) our trip -and then helped us navigate the disappointment of not being able to go b/c of Covid-19. She invested time in getting to know my kiddos interests and aligning our trip plans to their needs. Example - my son planned a 14 day trip to all his destinations--she helped me navigate the plans with him and then my daughter who was not so interested she helped figure out her love of food and sent us ideas on she could eat her way through Europe. Very conscientious, thoughtful, and wonderful to work with - despite our high maintenance profile!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Dear Beth, You are absolutely right - the AFTER Covid 19 trip! It is always so much fun to help people plan their dream trip, especially with their children! We all know that they will not be under our roof forever and the time to make memories is now. I look forward to meeting again and getting this trip on the calendar! Stay safe, stay healthy and you WILL travel later! Kind regards, Linda
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Help through Unchartered Territory

Reviewed By Cam and Chloe - Cincinnati, OH | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Linda has been absolutely amazing through the entire process of planning our honeymoon. Our experience has definitely been different than others in that we are unable to go on our honeymoon this June because of the coronavirus. She has been there for us every step of the way, answering all of our questions and has walked us through the process of deferring our honeymoon until next summer. We couldn’t recommend more working with Linda. Thank you for everything!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Dear Cam and Chloe, Thank YOU for being so wonderful to work with! There WILL be a wedding, there WILL be a honeymoon! I look forward to re-connecting and helping to make many meaningful memories for you. Linda
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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The Best Laid Plans:)

Reviewed By Mother and Son - Cincinnati, Ohio | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Linda is awesome! She was knowledgable, friendly, and truly interested in what we wanted. She asked thoughtful, probing questions to find out what we had in mind. She then provided a variety of options. She was always prompt, patient, and informative in her responses. She was diligent in finding activities that we requested, tracking down the best possible solutions. When COVID 19 came into play, she kept us updated and laid out all the possible courses for us to follow. She patiently found answers to my many inquiries so that I could be as informed as possible before choosing the path to, unfortunately, cancel our trip. She went above and beyond in attempting to plan the best trip possible and was available at any time that I had a question. Linda is very personable and someone I felt very comfortable working with. There was no pressure or condescension whatsoever, I can't wait to be able to work with her again to plan the trip of our dreams and actually be able to go on it!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Have not been on our cruise yet.

Reviewed By AG - Blue Ash, OH | Traveled to Mediterranean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
We are planning a Mediterranean cruise, and Linda has been fantastic to work with. She has so much knowledge about the area, and worked hard to include the things that are important to us. Even during the uncertain time with the virus, she was able to rebook our cruise, and even save us some money. She is very flexible, and resourceful. I would recommend working with her for your next vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Linda Gartner responded:
Anita, thank you so much for your kind words. You have not cruised YET but confident that you will. As fast as time is flying by, it will be here before we know it! I look forward to working with you and Paul for many of your future travels! Linda
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Customer Testimonials

Vacation in Germany

We couldn’t be happier with the trips that Linda Gartner planned for us this past summer. We gave her a huge task, calling truly last minute to put together a weekend trip to Florida and a large trip to Germany!! She couldn’t have been more helpful, excited, efficient, energetic and wow does she know how to get things done! She led us through every step, from choosing what cities to go to, what to see when we’re there, where to stay, how to get from place to place, even good things to eat that were not to be missed. Every time we called, every question we had, she immediately took care of whatever we needed. She thought of every detail. We honestly, literally could not have done it without her. Both trips were absolutely wonderful and we’re so grateful to her. She has a passion for travel and a gift of working with people. We’ve already told her we’ll be calling her regarding our next trip, and we can’t wait!

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