Karen Beacon

Woodinville, WA

Magical Places and Unforgettable Moments

Sumela Monestary Trabzon Turkey
Sumela Monestary Trabzon Turkey

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away".    That is the first page of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die -   a book I refer to constantly.

Embracing culture and history adds so much to your time away.    If you stay at a Westin in Istanbul you may feel you're in Chicago -  go for the history of the Pera Palace where Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express. And, if you can take the Orient Express train from Singapore to Bangkok you will never, never forget a moment of it.

A simple cruise can be enhanced by doing something just a bit different;  when your ship docks in Key West, go to lunch at Louie's Backyard.  In St. Maarten, get away from the crowds and take a cab to the luxurious La Samanna for lunch (I'll contact Orient Express and make you a reservation). 

River cruises can be amazingly different. You can expererience many exotic places incluing:

  • the Yangze river in China
  • the Danube through Austria
  • or seeing Myanmar on the Road to Mandalay

Don't rush, take enough time to put your feet up.   Have a glass of wine on the piazza with violins playing; enjoy a beer at an umbrella table in Prague; watch the people and  feel the sunshine.  Breathe it  all in. Smile at everyone. Treasure the moment.

I like to find what's absolutely right for you.   And then I like to make it better.

 

 

 

My Reviews

27 of 41 people found this review helpful
Karen is wonderful
Karen has arranged multiple trips for us. Safari in Africa and most recently a Black Sea/Med Cruise for our whole family. Karen's knowledge is so helpful and her ability to arrange extra's is wonderful. I do enjoy talking with Karen and planning our vacations. She is the only one I use for cruises :)
By  Wonderful Karen  from  Redmond, Washington
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Extraordinary travel agent
Karen has worked with us on complicated trips to China; Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and most recently a cruise from Venice to Istanbul.
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She made every wish come true
Karen was responsible for our best vacation ever--a Botswana safari with Orient Express camps, plus side trips to Victoria Falls and Capetown. Because of overbooking in one camp, she gave up her own, upgraded cottage to us and she spent the two nights elsewhere--but still didn't miss a beat in guiding our group and ensuring all of our needs were met. Her personal attention to trip detail and to each individual traveler's preferences reflect the industry's highest standards.
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My absolute favorite agent in the world!
Karen is in a class of her own when it comes to planning a trip, anywhere. She is so talented and knowledgable and finds the deals yet does it with ease. I had the pleasure of traveling to China with a group that she had organized, she was traveling with us. This was THE BEST VACATION OF MY LIFE without any doubts.
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Always rapid and clear answers to questions
From the first time we met and started to work with Karen at Cruise Holidays we felt very confident in her guidance and have now enjoyed several cruises planned with her assistance. She understands exactly what we are looking for and gets the best results for us. We've worked with several other agents at different companies prior to working with Karen and she is definitely tops.
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