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Justin & ElainaA Romantic Honeymoon in Eastern Europe with Viking River Cruises
Our Honeymoon was scheduled for Spring 2018 but the magic began a year earlier when we sat down with Karen and Steve. They were knowledgeable, professional, well prepared and best of all, they were just as excited for our trip as we were. I remember looking back at Elaina with a smile from ear to ear, thinking we’re in GREAT hands here! We could tell we were in for the trip of a lifetime based on the vivid descriptions of cities, experiences and sights that Karen was able to provide for us based on her own experience on a Viking River Cruise. This helped us feel confident we were going to have a wonderful adventure and that someone would be there to guide us through the planning process with a great deal of knowledge and passion for travel. Karen set up the My Trip Route app for us on our devices which was a fantastic, accessible way for us to have all of our information and itineraries in one place. Karen even went above and beyond to pre-populate our app with advice and personalized recommendations for each stop along our way, adding a personal touch to our experience. When it finally came time for our Honeymoon, we were well informed and prepared to embark on the Viking Var (a fitting ship for a newlywed couple as in Norse mythology Var is the overseer of the oaths between man and woman!). While we planned for our Viking River Cruise to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, by day two we were sitting in a biergarten in Austria planning when we would be able to take a second journey with Viking – it was that good! The ship was beautiful. The staff were amazingly attentive and personable. And, the sights were straight out of a fairytale. We cannot recommend this mode of travel enough and nine months later we are still “waltzing”, dreaming of our next Viking River Cruise with Plan A Vacation! Prost! -Elaina & Justin
Dave & KimA River Cruise to Remember
It all began in the summer of 2013. My wife and I would be celebrating our 25th anniversary in Sept of the following year. We wanted to do something special to celebrate. Something we had never done before. After much discussion and research, we decided on a Viking River cruise. Because of the expense involved, and the logistics of organizing and booking we decided we needed help. We turned to Karen and her crew at Plan A Vacation with a list of questions. We had plenty. What time of year should we go? Who has the best rates? Should we get trip insurance? Karen answered all of these questions and even came up with a few suggestions that we hadn’t thought of. All of this done professionally, personally and with a smile. I never once felt she was trying to up-sell us, or offer us something we didn’t need. From the point of initial contact a year prior, right up until the day we returned she was there to help our group every step of the way. Sure, you COULD book your trip yourself by visiting dozens of websites offering your credit card number and personal information up to strangers. OR you could book with someone you trust. Someone you know who has the experience and knowledge to find you the best rate, and most of all, be there if something goes wrong. The biggest misconception to many travelers is that it costs more to use a travel agent. It doesn’t. Trust me, I’ve done the research. Would I recommend Karen Gill and Plan A Vacation to friends and family? You bet I would! Thanks for all you do Karen. Our trip of a lifetime never would have happened without you!!
Kim & HenryCosta Rica Amazing!
My husband and I have always wanted to go to Costa Rica so we asked our friends Liz and Larry to join us this winter. We had no idea how to go about planning such an Adventure as this trip would be like nothing we have ever experienced before. So we contacted Kimberly Gunning at Plan A Vacation and that was the end of our worries and the start to the Best Vacation we have ever had. Right from the beginning Kimberly knew what we wanted before we did. She herself had gone to Costa Rica and was able to give many recommendations which we very much appreciated.Kimberly was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and very professional. She saved us a lot of time and expense.She put together an outstanding itinerary for us with lots of excitement, travel and adventure.A few of the areas we went to see/experience were: the Rain and cloud forest, the Arenal volcano, volcanic mud bath, hot springs, fishing tour, scenic tours in the rental car and a tour of the jungle at night and bird watching during the day.Everything was organized so meticulously and went off without a hitch. We kept talking about Kimberly during our travels and appreciating her superb service. She went above and beyond for all of us. She was so excited for our trip which made it more special and exciting to experience.We loved our trip to Costa Rica and we will go back there. We will remember it fondly for years to come. But what we will remember most is how Kimberly took care of all of us so well and for that we are so grateful. So grateful that we are going to follow her on some future trips that she is planning. Our next adventure is our first cruise next winter out of San Juan, Puerto Rico to the ABC islands, etc. Can’t wait. I know we will have an amazing time because Kimberly “will take care of business” so we can enjoy our vacation. Thanks Kimberly for being the excellent travel agent that you are. It made the biggest difference in our trip. Your greatest Fans -Kim and Henry
Guy and Karin GravelineRiver Cruise on the Danube
Karen and Steve Gill introduced us to some incredible trip options for taking a river cruise in Europe in 2020. We settled on the spring trip, Magna on the Danube, and Karen came over and personally spent time with us to book the river cruise, our flights, and other accomodations before and after our cruise. The expert advice and cost savings were remarkable and her personality and interested nature make her perfectly suited for being a travel agent extraordinaire. Unfortunately our dream cruise was cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. Even then, both her and Steve spent time with us to explain our options and to protect our investment via an insurance waiver. So often in the past we have done our own trip planning because we never felt using a travel agent was any better than our own abilities. Karen Gill has changed our mind completely and we intend to use her for our future trips. Highly recommended.
LauraAngsana - Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
My husband and I had wanted to book a vacation for awhile, but with our busy schedules and stresses, we didn't have much time to dedicate to making travel plans. This is where MaryAnn Grossi, our wonderful travel agent, came in. MaryAnn was able to provide a wealth of options based on our budget, our expectations for our vacation, and her extensive travel experience. It was as if she knew exactly what kind of vacation we needed. She made it very straightforward and easy for us to decide on which trip to take. We ended up booking Angsana in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba, and it was the absolute perfect place for us to go. Booking our trip wth MaryAnn was truly one of the smartest things we could have done as the flights and transportation to and from the resort were all taken care of for us. She removed all of the typical stresses of planning a trip. The trip was absolutely wonderful. The resort was stunningly beautiful and the staff were extremely kind and helpful at all times. The resort was quiet and it made the experience very relaxing. We want send a special thank you to MaryAnn for all her help and strongly recommend her when booking your next trip.
Kieran & JackieOur Viking River Cruise!
A river cruise was always something on the back burner with us. A trip we wanted to make but we thought it was a little above our snack bracket. Nevertheless, when our friends Kim and Dave Hannah suggested to us that they had been talking to Karen Gill at Plan-A-Vacation and had come across a great deal ....well, we just had to contact Karen and get the details. We are happy to say that Karen had come across a terrific deal, well within our budget and had all the things we were looking for in a cruise. It didn't take long for us to make the decision which was made all the easier by the assistance provided to us by Plan-A-Vacation. We had a fabulous time and it was certainly a trip to remember. We would have no hesitation in recommending Karen Gill and Plan-A-Vacation for your vacation needs. We are looking forward to contacting her the next time we plan a trip or cruise.
PaulBook with Plan A Vacation
We have been using Karen and Steve for years to book our travel plans as well as getting our proper insurance for the trips also...with all the nightmares you hear about booking with the online sites, it's nice to have someone to call if and when you have any concerns...we used Expedia once and it appears once they have your money they don't care about you anymore!!
Eric & SpencerHoneymoon in the Happiest Place on Earth!
We trusted Karen to plan our honeymoon to Disney and Orlando. Anyone planning a wedding knows how tough it is to stay on top of things. We were able to hand off our dream ideas and Karen made them a reality. Every detail was organized for us so we didn’t have to worry. We’re off to Vegas for our next trip thanks to Karen.
BrendaOur Clients Experience at the Iberostar Costa Dorada
Our clients returned home today from the Iberostar Costa Dorada in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We have been to this destination ourselves and really enjoyed it. On this side of the island you will have mountains with darker sand at the beaches. It is an area full of culture, where you get to know the pulse of this great destination. Here is what our clients had to say about their experience at this property. #youdreamweplan #gowherewehavebeen #planavacation Took my daughter for her 30th Birthday to this resort and it was amazing. Staff us great all very friendly and helpful. We both got a message with the coupons the resort gave us for "$35 off each" awesome ladies at the Spa. All 3 Ala Carte restaurants we very good wish I could remember everyone's name. We did a scuba diving lesson in the pool free it was awesome Tony was very patient with us both. We always sat in Robert's section in the main buffet he was so kind and accommodating always attentive to our needs. Whats-up, Barbie, Bunny, Hulu, Pepsi-cola, Wifi, etc. with the star team made sure you always had fun at the pool. Can't forget the great bartenders Jesus, William, etc. they were all really nice. The entertaining was very good we managed to make 6 night out of 7 and enjoyed them all. First time at a non-adult only resort but saw very few kids, I kept forgetting they where there at all. We took a snorkelling trip with the diving team Chico, the driver, and the 2 scuba instructors were great. The boat trip was wavy but they always made us feel safe. On the way back we were dancing and singing, might have been all the rum and beer we drank! We went to 2 location and saw lots of amazing fish. Worth the $50 US and we also met some great people on the trip. Lots of Canadians and we love to drink beer and party! Would go back again with hubby...one of the best resort ever! They get a 5 out of 5! Snorkelling Fun in Puerto Plata