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Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Cunard Commodore, Oceania Cruises Specialist, Silversea Cruises Expert Agent, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Specialist, Seabourn Cruise Line Specialist
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Ted Blank

Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Agent

Luxury Hotel Barge Specialist

Landing on a Glacier in Denali National Park

Luxury cruises by hotel barge along the quiet canals of France and Europe offer the very best way to discover the country's beauty, history, culinary delights, and wines. 

Barges operate primarily along the network of canals and small waterways that meander through the countryside.  Luxury barges are truly floating boutique hotels, featuring deluxe accommodations, private chefs creating gourmet cuisine, personal tour guides, and a high level of personal service.  Most barges can accommodate six to twelve passengers in luxury, either as a full boat charter or a single cabin booking..

As your captain navigates the boat from mooring to mooring, you'll have the opportunity to relax onboard and savor ambiance as well as venture further afield on private shore excursions to vineyards, historic sites, local attractions, farmer's markets, and much more! 

As a Luxury Hotel Barge Specialist, I am one of only a handful of travel agents in the United States to have experienced this amazing travel experience.  I've personally inspected nearly 30 barges, meeting their owners, enjoying their cuisine, and discovering the countryside on their shore excursions.  Contact me to learn more about hotel barging and to being planning your voyage!

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

I hate mustard.  If there’s one item on a menu guaranteed to get me to choose something else, it’s anything with mustard as an ingredient.  You could not pay me to eat mustard on a sandwich.  Do you love mustard?  Let’s agree to disagree! 

Yet, mustard – and a mustard tasting event ... Read more from my Step Outside Your Comfort Zone story.

Exploring Southern France by Luxury Hotel Barge

Southern France - the regions of Occitaine, Provence, and the Cote d'Azur - offer the best of French food and wine combined with a lovely Mediterranean climate, fascinating history, and charming local atmosphere.  Luxury cruises by hotel barge along the Canal du Midi offer the best way to discover this lovely ... Read more from my Exploring Southern France by Luxury Hotel Barge story.

Barging in Burgundy

Famous for its vineyards, fine cheeses, handcrafted mustards, charming chateaux, and  gourmet food, the Burgundy region of France is easily accessible from Paris, yet is a quiet world apart.  The best way to discover this area is from the deck of a hotel barge on one of its canals, as I ... Read more from my Barging in Burgundy story.

My Reviews

30 of 40 people found this review helpful

Un-Belizeable Vacation!

Reviewed By Jenny V. - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Ted listened to what we wanted in a vacation and gave us a few options to choose from with different price points to meet our needs.

Our trip and itinerary was laid out perfectly . Everything went smooth and we had a very relaxing get away without any worries. Ted thought of everything. The resorts were fabulous, our excursions were personal - no big crowds and our experience was priceless.

As a seasoned traveler himself, Ted knows the ins and outs of how to get an exceptional vacation that is worth every penny.

I am a believer that you get what you pay for and I will not take another vacation without Ted's assistance.

If you are planning a vacation, contact Ted. You will be glad you did!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!
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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

The Trip of a Lifetime, that Exceeded our Expectat

Reviewed By Don and Sheila - Forest Lake MN | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Our trip was amazing. Ted planned everything and it all worked perfectly and with little stress, as we were alone in Normandy with a rental car. Ted gave us a list of places that we could visit and we hit as many as we could. Normandy area is emotional, beautiful and the villages were charming. The places we stayed were fabulous, food was amazing. In Paris the same thing and Ted had given us direction on places to try to see. The Finesse Barge on the Burgundy Canal that Ted steered us to, was out of this world. We made fast friends with the crew, were treated like royalty, ate delicious food prepared by an extraordinary chef, and saw amazing country side and villages - along with delightful tours. They gave Don a wonderful birthday party, both at lunch and on the barge. Our hotels were over the moon delightful, and Paris was the most delightful city I have ever seen. It really was a dream come true for us.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight helping you put together this trip, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it so much!
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

A Well-Planned Trip

Reviewed By Kay - St. Paul, Minnesota | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Ted helped my family of four squeeze in as much as possible on a 8-day trip to Italy to attend a wedding. Before the festivities, we wanted to do as much as we could. Can we do Rome and Florence in 3 1/2 days and still have fun? Yes! Can we throw in Pompeii, a foodie tour, and a day of rest? Yes! Ted gave us an itinerary that was easy to traverse but packed with fun, hooked us up with a couple of great guides, and gave us good advice on catching a red-eye flight out of Naples. Everything went according to plan. When the time comes to travel abroad again, we will ask Ted for guidance.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourselves!
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10 of 18 people found this review helpful

Great trip

Reviewed By Alex - Forest lake mn | Traveled to Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
Ted did a great job with our trip. He went above and beyond with his help and tips. I won't use anyone else. Alex
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I was happy to help, and am glad you had a great trip!
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11 of 22 people found this review helpful

Amazing Greece and 4 day Agean Cruise

Reviewed By Jeanne and Bob - North Branch MN | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Ted is very knowledgeable, energetic, fun to talk with and great at communicating with his clients. He always has ideas for what to see and do where we are traveling. He is always making sure we have what we need to have the best trip possible. I highly recommend Ted and have already booked another trip through him (we just came back two weeks ago from Greece). When my husband experienced a fall in Greece, Ted responded to my text immediately and called our travel insurance people to notify them. I was grateful for his assistance and are glad we booked with a travel agent as savvy and on top of things as is Ted.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It is a pleasure to work with you!
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4 of 9 people found this review helpful

Trip of a Lifetime That Exceeded our Expectations!

Reviewed By Sheila and Don - Forest Lake MN | Traveled to Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
Ted was patient, yet thorough and gently aggressive to get the trip planned, which is something we needed
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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24 of 51 people found this review helpful

Ted made our trip happen!

Reviewed By Kayla - Lindstrom, MN | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
We were referred to Ted through friends. Initially, I was nervous to reach out to Ted because I've never worked with a travel agent before. He was easy to reach and very friendly. He made our fears of traveling disappear! He met with us several times to go over details and help us plan our time in each country or city that we would be in! He made our trip that we dreamed about, a reality! Btw we traveled all of Ireland and Northern Ireland, London and Paris!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to helping you plan your next overseas trip!
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12 of 40 people found this review helpful

Yah Man!

Reviewed By Dale & Lee - Marine on St.Croix, MN | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We told Ted where we have travelled in the past, what we like, and that sunny relaxation was a requirement. He offered us several choices in Jamaica, in different parts of the country, and at a variety of costs within our budget range. This preview made it easy on us! We had just a few questions and Ted took care of everything. He made sure we received all of our pre-trip info and gave us some tips for our journey. Not a single hitch in the plan and one of the best vacations we have had in years. If you are looking for an agent whose knows of what he speaks from first hand experience and is willing to tailor-make your vacation, call Ted Blank!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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