Karen Listgarten

Independent Trusted Advisor

Travel Curator. World Traveler. Connector of People and Places.

TRAVELING is something everyone loves to do, but not necessarily spending the time it takes to ensure a great trip. As an experienced Travel Advisor, my role is to distill vast amounts of travel information down to those destinations and experiences that best match your travel interests (hobbies & activities) and travel style (personal preferences & budget). At VIAKU our travel philosophy is “SEE less, EXPERIENCE more.” We believe that the quality of the experiences you have while traveling is more important than the quantity of experiences. And each of those experiences should be as individual and unique you are. We like to say that we specialize as much in our clients as in the destinations. Our Curated Travel Program is designed to create, plan and deliver a one of a kind travel experience that perfectly matches your unique travel style. Think of it as the travel version of the perfect food and wine pairing. While this level of service is not free of charge, it frees you from worrying about whether or not you will love your trip. Give us a call or e-mail us. Customized Travel Planning from $300.00 per trip.

DESTINATIONS

  • Central and South America
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Mexico and Caribbean

INTERESTS

  • Customized Independent Travel
  • Food & Wine Experiences
  • Active & Adventure Travel
  • Immersive/Cultural Travel
  • Solo Travel
  • Multi-Generational Travel
  • Cruises (River, Small Ship, Luxury and Expedition)

TRAVEL PARTNERS

  • Backroads
  • CIE Tours
  • Context Travel
  • Delta Vacations®
  • G Adventures
  • Seabourn
  • Tahiti Legends
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Viking Cruises

My Travel Specialties

Honeymoon and destination wedding specialist

When planning destination weddings and honeymoons, seeing the excitement on a bride and grooms face is a wonderful feeling. I work very hard to develop relationships with many resorts to make sure your “Happily Ever After” is what you have been dreaming of!

I personally handle over 20 Destination Weddings a year and I know the planners, the process, and the travel operations to make sure your wedding is a fairy tale. Let me help you make sure your special day goes without a hitch.

Here is a link to our Sample Wedding Registry – we can personalize it just for you!

Beach Vacations to Mexico and Caribbean

I love helping my clients plan their dream vacations! From Mexico to the Caribbean, I have first-hand knowledge and experiences to help you decide and plan your next relaxing beach vacation. A few of my favorite beach destinations include The Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, and Isla Mujeres. One of my favorite experiences while vacationing was when I was able to go on a Whale Shark Tour in Isla Mujeres. It was fabulous and fun and something I will never forget!

Customized European Vacation Specialist

Nothing brings families closer together than traveling together. I have experience in planning travel for any size family to many destinations! Maybe your family has always wanted to explore the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu, discover the magic of Disney, or even just enjoy the easy going lifestyle that the Hawaiian Islands have to offer.

Let me help you in planning your next family vacation by taking care of all logistics and headaches, to make sure your family has a vacation of a lifetime filled with unforgettable memories.

KAREN’S REVIEWS

Soulful Beauty: Cuban Tourism Makes a Comeback

Thinking about a trip to Cuba? Riverdale Travel consultant Tracy SanNicolas discusses the comeback of Cuban tourism in this blog.

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Why Work With Riverdale? Benefits Our Travel Agency Offers

Why work with a travel agency when you can book your own trip? The benefits might surprise you! Riverdale Travel in the Twin Cities lists the reasons to work with their experienced travel consultants in this blog.

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My Week With Contiki

A year ago today, I was traveling overseas in Hungary and Croatia with not a care in the world. As it hits that year mark, I want to reflect on the amazing time I had. 

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