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"Travel is an Adventure, Experience it!"

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September 09, 2014

If you are looking for magical adventures without the hassle and stress of planning a trip, let the Wandering Puffin arrange your next vacation! His careful attention to detail and overall thoroughness will ensure you and your loved ones have an unforgettable experience. His vast knowledge of other cultures will inspire ideas and shed new light on the endless possibilities of travel. Always putting safety first, you are in good hands!

-- Misty C., Minnesota

 

September 03, 2014

   He was extremely helpful with planning my trip. However, I was unable to make the trip due to back troubles. I definitely would recommend him.

-- Rose L., Wisconsin

 

August 08, 2014

   I have been very impressed with his response time and the ideas he has communicated to me. We haven't at this time booked with anyone.

-- Gene C., Indiana

 

July 31, 2014

   My trip to Poland is scheduled for October..upon my initial call to Jamie I found him to be knowledgable , patient with all my questions. After describing the things on my wish list . Jamie far exceeded my expectations in planning my itinerary . If your looking for someone to help you plan a trip , this is the guy you want .

-- Tom M., New York

 

May 22, 2014

   was very knowledgeable of Poland advised me where to go . This was my first European trip and he made it go without any problems. I will book my next vacation with him

-- Brent K., Colorado

 

January 14, 2014

       Jamie was amazing! He planned a perfect trip to Andalucía for us and our two teenagers...and stayed within our budget! He went beyond the call of duty providing us with walking maps, and additional information that had special interest to us. He was responsive and patient with all of my questions. We will continue to use him and recommend him to friends and family.

   -- lisa f., New Mexico

 

December 31, 2013

       Jamie spent time with us on the phone to ensure he knew exactly what sort of experience we were looking for. He was knowledgeable about the country we planned to visit and was always prompt at getting back to us with his suggestions and helpful advice. All our documentation arrived in good time and the trip worked seamlessly - all flights, transfers, hotels, tours. We could not have been happier with Jamie and Wandering Puffin.

   -- Sarah G., Maryland

 

October 24, 2013

   Jamie did everything possible to meet our requests. He met with us 3 different times for extended periods of time at locations convenient for us that necessitated him driving significantly further to meet. He researched points of interest we suggested & sent us both detailed information as well as internet links for more info so we could provide reoccurring feedback as plans began to materilize, and most importantly he did it with warmth and conveyed pleasure. He answered lots of questions and proided extra info as to what we could expect. Consequently, our trip went quite smoothly with nothing unexpected happening.

-- Pelagie S., Wisconsin

 

September 04, 2013

   Highly responsive and detailed. Very good communicator.

-- Benjamin A., Virginia

 

August 12, 2013

   Jamie is very professional and personable. He had first hand knowledge of the travel location and put together really knowledgeable sample itineraries.

-- Sylvia L., New York

 

July 11, 2013

   very easy to work and gives ideas for side trips that I would not have thought of. Would definitely use him again.

-- Liv H., Minnesota

 

June 08, 2013

   He was very knowledgeable. He made my solo Iceland trip amazing. Couldn't have asked for more.

-- Dennis K., Illinois

 

April 26, 2013

   I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Europe. I worked with Jamie from The Wondering Puffin based out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a wonderful experience. We didn't want a super structured trip and Jamie was very accommodating to our ideas. He was quick to respond to emails, I felt comfortable calling him, and before we left we met to go over any questions or concerns. Jamie also gave us an extremely organized folder with all of the information we would need while abroad; confirmations receipts for transportation and housing, emergency numbers, pamphlets with things to do, maps and etc, We landed in Budapest, Hungary with a taxi driver waiting for us to take us straight to the hotel. After Budapest we went to Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Every transfer and housing experience went smoothly. We were very thankful for Jamie's planning and well laid out folder. His services were very reasonably priced and he tried to get the best deals for us as possible. I will for sure use his services again when planning a trip!

-- Laura B., Minnesota

 

November 23, 2012

   Very nice and knowledgeable. Good ideas and listened to my needs. Spent a lot of time pulling a great trip together for me.

-- Caryn D., New York

 

October 06, 2012

   Very knowledgeable of the area of Prague and Budapest. Wonderful warm great attention to detail!

-- Mark C., Texas

 

September 21, 2012

   Great experience...will use Jamie again when planning a trip.

-- Mark R., Pennsylvania

 

August 20, 2012

   This is the second time I have worked with Jamie and it was much improved. Better communication and service. Some problems occurred but he took ownership and repeatedly tried to solve the problems.

-- Christopher P., Virginia

 

July 30, 2012

   Jamie did a fantastic job in helping to plan the itinerary, and to book my family's accomodations and flights. We were very satisfied with the accomodations he chose for us. Jamie was extremely responsive during the planning stages of the trip and during the vacation itself. We were very happy with Jamie's role in creating a really unforgettable, custom-made vacation.

-- Elizabeth V., New York

 

July 27, 2012

   Jamie helped us plan a trip to Iceland with our grown children, who live in different cities. And he planned a Jeep Tour that was the highlight of our trip. He also made rental car arrangements. Everything worked out very well.

-- Mary Ann A., Virginia

 

July 27, 2012

   Everything was organized and I had all the necessary paperwork at my fingertips.

-- Linda G., Illinois

 

July 01, 2012

   Jamie is very professional and conscientious. My husband and I enjoyed working with him. Our trip to Ireland was fantastic!

-- MARIE W., Texas

 

June 29, 2012

   Jamie was extremely helpful in planning my trip. It was obviously he has experienced Iceland first-hand. He was aware of the most beneficial and appropriate tours and arranged these for me. He was the "eyes" that I didn't have with my lack of experience with Iceland. Jamie worked with me closely, always responding to my requests but never "pushy" about anything. I rate him very high as a travel specialist and would be happy to have him plan a trip for me in the future.

-- Jessica W., New York

 

May 07, 2012

   Jamie really knows his stuff! I was not planning on using a travel specialist,but I am glad it was Jamie.Best money I spent on the whole trip! Well,except for a larger in Budapest! Thanks for all your help!

-- Dean S., Massachusetts

 

May 03, 2012

   Jamie has been great and has answered all of our questions. He is very knowledgeable in the area of European Travel. He communicates very well and I can't wait to see our final itinerary!

-- Jennifer H., Wisconsin

 

March 04, 2012

   Jamie found us the perfect trip; it really was terrific. Areas to improve: timely, substantial answers to questions would be appreciated and he would do well to stop using robo responses, as they are annoying.

-- Christopher P., Virginia

 

February 29, 2012

   Jamie was very responsive-answering all my questions, giving suggestions-in a timely manner.

-- Maelynn M., Wisconsin

 

December 09, 2011

   Jamie listened to what I wanted and provided me with exactly that. He made some further suggestions (with no pressure) and I took him up on a few -- I'm glad I did!

-- Barbara R., Maryland

 

October 05, 2011

   We were so fortunate to hear from Jamie via the Tripology site. Our dream of visiting Italy came true after The Wandering Puffin took great care to plan the perfect trip tailored to our wishes! Looking forward to planning our Poland trip in the future with Jamie as our travel agent! No question about it!

-- Susan W., New York

 

June 23, 2011

   friendly knowlegable offered excellent suggestions

-- Margaret V., Virginia

 

June 18, 2011

   nice guy and very patient. we will use him again in the future

-- Denis G., Georgia

 

May 17, 2011

   I really had special requirements that Jamie was really skilled at handling. We were so happy & relaxed that every plan worked with organization & calm. He made our rare travel experience meaningful. Thank you Jamie. Michele Henson & Robert Verna

-- Michele H., Arizona

 

May 10, 2011

   After a long search, Jamie was a agent who finally seemed to appreciate that I was looking for an experience in Poland not just a "vacation". He seemed very knowledgable of the area and Europe in general. Although we just started working together, I am excitedly waiting on his proposed itinerary.

-- Bernie B., Michigan

 

May 03, 2011

   Jamie was very helpful with all aspects of the trip. The hotels were great, the tour was great, the train was a relaxing way to get from Prague to Budapest. It was wonderful to have someone meet us at each airport, hotel, station for transfers to the appropriate place. I would recommend him to friends and family.

-- Julianne H., Massachusetts

 

March 29, 2011

   Excellent we could ask for more! highly recommended!

-- Maria Fernanda C., Minnesota

 

January 07, 2011

   Jamie was most professional, knowledgeable, and helpful before, during and on completion of our trip. I didn't know such a travel agent existed! I'll plan all future trips with him and am recommending his services to my family and friends. Thank you, Jamie!

-- Mary K C., Tennessee

 

October 13, 2010

 

   Very attentive to our needs, provided useful information above what we've received from other agents in the past (e.g. maps of the terminal showing where to meet our drivers). Always returned emails and phone calls very promptly. He worked hard to get and keep our business.

 

-- Tony D., Virginia

 

October 07, 2010

   Jamison was absolutely invaluable in this venture. We could not have planned it without him.

-- Jennifer N., Tennessee

 

September 10, 2010

   Jamie was incredibly helpful and was great support for my solo trip! Not only did he have great recommendations on Iceland, but he also got me better deals than I had found during all my research. I was very impressed! So easy to work with and I would definitely use him again!

-- Kim F., New York

 

September 02, 2010

   Jamie was extremely patient as I changed my plans so many times. He suggested things that I had not thought of and it seemed he knew exactly what I wanted in the trip.

-- JoAnn L., Alabama

 

August 14, 2010

   Jamie was exceptional. Helpful, informed and flexible.

-- Gillian F., Texas

 

March 30, 2009

   I wasn't sure exactly what itinerary I wanted to follow on my trip to Europe. I gave Jamie ideas of where I wanted to stop, but he also added in places he thought would fit well into my trip. Thanks

-- Laurie M., Illinois

 

July 05, 2008

   Jamie was flexible and willing to include whatever we wanted. Hotels were very convenient. All time schedules and directions were clear and correct.

-- Barbara T., Arizona

 

December 03, 2007

   Mr. Bachrach was most helpful from the early planning stages to our actual departure. The arrangements he made for us were very helpful and I would not hesitate to use his services again.

-- Robert R., Kansas

 

Jamie has been our family and my employee’s travel agent since 1997. Jamie has booked all our flights, accommodations and rental cars throughout the United states and abroad. Whenever we need fast and complete service he is there for us no matter the circumstance. I am not one to deal with these online bargain saver outfits. We tell Jamie what we need and he takes care of every detail. We consider him more of a friend than a travel agent. Business travel or vacations he's our man.

--Charlie Wallace

 

I just got back from Jamaica last week. I have a great tan, am relaxed and caught up on my reading. My last Wandering Puffin adventure was complex and this one was easy; 4 of us traveled to Jamaica to Breezes Grand Negril. Every last detail went off without a hitch. We met some other Minnesotan there that weren't so lucky. They looked quite miserable on the wearing long pants and sweatshirts while their bathing suits vacationed in Ft Lauderdale. Do yourself a favor and let Jamie assist you with your next travel adventure. He is so good at those small details that can mean the difference between a good adventure and a FABULOUS adventure. Thanks again, Jamie!

-- Sharon Maki

 

I must say, you were right about the Barcelona card. We used it to take the metros to Sagrada Familia, Parque guell, La Rambla, and Barceloneta beach. We loved the neighborhood our hotel was in. Quiet with lots of little restaurants and a mall  Venice truly is something special. You picked Venice for us, and we couldn't thank you enough. It really felt like living in another time in history. The service to the airport was so helpful. The woman walked us all the way from the drop off in Venice, to our hotel, which wasn't far, but was very nice. We were definitely feeling a little "overwhelmed" at the time (aka hungover, haha) and probably would have gotten lost or something. The food was out of this world! We had amazing lobster and seafood pasta one night that we will never forget! Not to mention the wine, gelato, and pizza. Brought home many souvenirs as well. We have a hard time saying what our favorite city was, but it usually comes down to Venice. What a wonderful place. thank you for giving us the opportunity to explore this magical city. Croatia was AMAZING! Wow. The beauty there is like nothing else. The old city was wonderful. We spent almost a whole day exploring and taking pictures. We found some pretty sweet beaches too  Our islands tour was well worth it. On the island of Lopud, we hiked a mile to get to the beach. It was so much fun, and worth the sweat. It was the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. The green mountains and blue water were breath taking. We would never have seen those places if it weren't for your ideas and suggestions. Thank you. Split was fun too. We did a lot of shopping and beaching  The food there was amazing as well. I had some Cuttlefish risotto that I will never forget! Mmmmm..... The people were so friendly and helpful. Zagreb! Loved it! The city was awesome. The people were awesome. We had a blast in Zagreb! Definitely a gem of a city. Even the train ride there from Split was awesome. I had no idea we would be up in the mountains and down in the valleys seeing such beautiful landscapes. We really did fall in love with the country in the week we were there. We brought home some special Brandy to share with the family while we talked about our trip. One day, we ran into a city park that had a Slovanian accordion band playing on top of their tour bus! haha it was awesome... I bet you've never seen an accordion band...? It was pretty special. Sorry to talk your ear off, but I wanted you to get a feel for what a great time we had. It's a trip that will be in our hearts forever. I will definitely keep spreading the word of the Wandering Puffin, and will definitely be in touch again in the future. You helped us make some really special memories.

--Mara & Alaina Jenson

 

My husband and I met with Jamie to plan our honeymoon. We knew we wanted to go on a cruise and it to be warm, but other than that we had no ideas because we were so busy with wedding planning. Jamie was so flexible with us and our busy schedules meeting us between crazy wedding planning. Jamie gave us some options based on the time of year (made sure we were away from possible hurricanes) and also stayed within our budget. He was very consciencious of making our whole trip memorable and exactly what we wanted. We have since planned a trip to Alaska with him and are looking forward to another great trip! Thank you so much!

--Andrea & Nathan Remington

 

Attended a wedding in Figueres, Spain. Jamie booked the whole trip for me which included the destination for the wedding as well as an excursion along the Frontiere de France, and into the Pyrenees mountains. Had a great trip. Everything pulled off without a hitch. I was on a budget and was surprised that you can travel relatively inexpensively, and travel well. Look forward to another adventure. I particularly appreciated the time Jamie took to spell out some of the unexpected things that may have come up, because they did. The heads up on those things was invaluable.

--Dave Mariette

 

I have used the Wandering Puffin for many of my vacations. Jamie has done an outstanding job for me and my family. Thank you!!!

--Andrea Verson Hemingway

 

My husband and I worked with Jamie to plan our Ireland Adventure, and could not have been more pleased! Jamie was very professional and conscientious, making our planning process simple and stress free. Our itinerary was thoughtful and wonderfully customized to our tastes and needs. Thanks to Jamie, we have countless precious memories to cherish forever!

--Marie Thérèse Woznicki

 

Thanks Jamie for a FANTASTIC trip to Paris and London. Thanks for arranging it all for us ! You are the best travel agent and everything went smoothly ! So we didn't have to worry ..just got to enjoy it!

--Stacy Boyer

 

January 18, 2012

Jamie is highly responsive to even the most unusual travel requests. I could easily have checked all of the attributes, as he's quick, efficient, savvy and of high character. For travel done right, call Jamie. Expert service.

--Pat Pitula

 

December 30, 2011

Jamison has been very good at helping me with my European travels. He handles the details very well.

--Richard Powell

 

December 21, 2011

Jamison has planned some sensational trips for my wife and I, our daughters, and my mom, too. If you want great advice, great service, and trips of a lifetime, let Jamie take a crack at planning your next adventure. He has earned my highest recommendation!

--Mike Rogers

 

December 12, 2011

Jamison and I worked very closely over the course of several months to plan out a 2-week long European vacation for 4 Americans. There were several difficulties for him to overcome: 1.) both couples were from different states, 2.) we were meeting friends over in Germany so he actually had 6 people to accommodate, 3.) We changed the travel dates halfway through the planning  process. Still, none of these challenges phased Jamie and he was professional and courteous throughout the whole process. He telecommuted with all of us over email and phone to make sure that everyone had a say in the vacation. Everyone's concerns were met with concrete answers that Jamison could give from experience. His suggested activities turned out to be our favorite memories from the trip and his insight was invaluable.

I would HIGHLY recommend Jamison to ANYONE considering a European vacation. Trust me, you can't afford NOT to hire him. Your vacation (and your life) will be made easier because of him.

Thank you SO SO SO SO SO much for your help, Jamison. I could not have done it without you!less

--Jennifer Noland

 

December 1, 2011

Provided exceptional service and exceeded expectations

--Jack Ricketts

 

November 29, 2011

Jamison did an excellent job in finding exactly accommodations and tours we were looking for. He listens we'll and has an extraordinary network and would enthusiastically recommend him!

--Paul Petersky

 

November 28, 2011

Jamie has planned numerous travel arrangements over many years. Our trips have included people leaving from differing locations for a tropical family get together to a three week/5 country African vacation. He always provides excellent service and we have never had anything but the best results. I highly recommend his services and plan on working with him shortly for our next trip.

--Debi Berns

 

November 28, 2011

Jamie is dedicated to building long-term relationships with customers. He provides a comprehensive pre and post-vacation service with detailed knowledge of the destination and activities.

 

I was an inexperienced traveler and he alleviated all of my anxieties about traveling abroad by finding out what I wanted out of my vacation, offering tips/suggestions, pre-arranging transfers and offering his support, in case, "things didn't go as planned." Jamie helped me get the very best out of my vacations!!

--Colette Schmidt

 

November 24, 2011

Jamie is a professional and a conscientious communicator. His demeanor is very personable and easy to work with as is his expertise impressive. I look forward to continue working with Jamie for our European Travel needs.

--Marie Woznicki

 

November 23, 2011

Jamie was accountable in every step of my vacation planning process for me and my wife's honeymoon. He laid out a wide variety of vacation options that were within our budget and made it easy to pick what we wanted. Jamie took care of everything and put together travel documents that helped us with getting to where we needed to be and what we needed to know for every part of our trip. Jamie has a true passion for helping people plan vacations and he certainly does deliver. Our first trip through Jamie was this past summer and we already booked a 2nd trip with Jamie for this upcoming spring. I strongly suggest booking a trip with Jamie!

--Joe McLellan

 

November 23, 2011

It has been a pleasure to work with Jamie. He did an awesome job for our travel to and around Italy! Everything went perfectly. He is now planning our next trip to Poland. We highly recommend Wandering Puffin.

--Susan Wein

 

November 23, 2011

I have used Jamie's services a few times and have been extremely satisfied with all he has done for us. He has made great suggestions and the arrangements he has made for us in Europe where wonderful. I would highly recommend Jamie to others - Thanks Jamie for making our travel adventures easier for us !!! Joanne

--Joanne Nelson

 

November 23, 2011

We have used Jamison for a number of European trips and have been exceptionally pleased. The hotels he chose were perfect for us and all travel arrangements have been seamless. I would highly recommend him for your travel needs.

--Kevin Sharkey

 

November 23, 2011

Travel Agent at Travel Advisors International American Express

If you are looking to travel to Europe there is only one person to work with and that person is Jamie! He is by far the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to planning trips to Europe!

--Rachel Mayrand

 

November 23, 2011

Jamison is a conscientious service provider. I have used him for travel services for both personal and business needs. He is able to meet short time lines and seems to be able to get other providers to do the same. He identifies his specialty as Europe; however, I have also used him for travel to the pacific region as well.

 

He is always personable, and routinely checks in to make sure both the travel and the process have been successful.

 

He has been helpful in resolving travel issues that have arisen from both travel vendors and our own change in schedules.

--Greg Tryon

 

March 21, 2010

It would be very difficult to find a travel professional who has a more focused specialty than Jamie. Of course he can assist you with a wide range of services in many destinations, but he is truly passionate when it comes to Hungary. His clients are the real benefactors of his niche as they are the ones who truly enjoy all the added value that comes from booking with Jamie. I would never hesitate to send clients Jamie's way...and don't forget to ask him what a wandering puffin is!

--Chase Bryan, MBA

 

March 9, 2010

Marketing and business development executive with focus on relationship management, social media and brand building.

As a member of our Advisory Board and a Platinum member of my loyalty program at Tripology, Jamie's collaboration has been invaluable. As a travel specialist who understands the need to showcase one's true expertise to clients, Jamie is poised to continue his successful career in travel and to please his satisfied customers.

--Veronique Deblois

 

March 8, 2010

Jamie is a detail oriented, energetic travel expert who is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. I would gladly use Jamie for all of my travel needs!!

--Dan Hardman

 

March 8, 2010

Jamie helped my husband and I plan our 2-week trip to Italy in 2009 and he didn't steer us wrong once! His recommendations were right on par with what we were looking for, yet he was still flexible by allowing us to do our own research & by considering our suggestions all along the way. This was our first trip abroad and I will surely use Jamie to book our next trip abroad as well. He's an expert in his field.

--Stephanie Collet

 

May 7, 2009

I have worked with Jamie for about 10 years now. I have referred several of my South Pacific clients to Jamie when they were looking for travel to Europe. Jamie has always exceeded their expectations and provided them with the level of service and expertise necessary to make their journeys to all parts of Europe memorable and trips of a lifetime!

--Rhonda Robinson

 

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Here are what some of my clients and colleagues have said!

April 30th -  May 10th, 2014

 

I was checking out a couple of travel agents at the time when I was looking to book my first trip to Europe. I was going to go to Poland by myself and had no idea what I might be getting myself into. I had reached out to a couple of agencies and had gotten pretty much a e mail with pretty much prices. Jamie reached out to me and we spoke on the phone for at least 45 minutes to get an idea of what I wanted to do and where in Poland I wanted to go. During that conversation he had informed me that he had been there a few times and made suggestions as where to go. After the conversation I felt comfortable in going forward with my plans with Jamie.

 

I was a little nervous on the day of my trip. I had 3 flights and was worried about making the connections. Jamie had planned it perfect. Plenty of time between the flights that I wasn’t racing from terminal to terminal. By the time I reached Warsaw I was ecstatic. It was all I had hoped it would be and more. The hotels I stayed at were great close to the attractions. His itinerary was perfect to follow as well as tips and places to see.

 

I'm now in discussions for my next European trek with Jamie and am looking forward to this new adventure.

 

- Brent K.

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June 21 - July 2, 2014

 

I used the Wandering Puffin to book a trip to Germany and Switzerland for me, my mom, and my sister. We had never traveled abroad before and Jamie’s knowledge, patience, and helpfulness were amazing. He booked absolutely everything for us on the trip and provided us with a trip packet full of every detail we could need. He can help you stay within a budget and has great ideas for things to do.

 

Due to weather issues on the way home, we had to file an insurance claim and he was extremely helpful with that as well. Jamie was recommended to me by a friend and I will recommend him to anyone else.

 

-- Katie, Missouri

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June 2014

 

Jamie has set up 4 trips for me. I have been very satisfied with all 4.  Jamie is very professional, knowledgeable and honest.  I trust his suggestions on where to go and stay. He really knows his stuff, in fact he is setting up a fifth trip for me to the UK. I highly recommend  the services Jamie provides.

 

Jack S - Minnesota

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June 2015

 

Three weeks after my first trip to Europe, I can't stop thinking about everything I was exposed to.  My wife and I originally planned a trip 4 years ago but a near death in our family caused us to cancel the trip.  We let the business of life get in the way of making the trek over to Europe for the next 4 years.  I reached out to Jamie because he had put together a handful of incredible trips for us in the past to other destinations.  I expressed to Jamie all of the things we love doing when going on vacation (adventure, being outdoors, lots and lots of exercise, etc).  He put together one of our favorite trips we have ever had the privilege to go on.  Three days in the breathtaking town of Dubrovnik, Croatia walking on the walls of old town.  This town was so easy to explore on foot and we fell in love with it the moment we were dropped off at our hotel.  Our next trip was north to Split, Croatia.  We hired a private auto transfer and the gentlemen would stop off at road side fruit stands so we could purchase these goodies to take with us on the rest of our vacation.  Split was a home base for us to do excursions like Krka National Park. It was a lush green park filled full of waterfalls.  

It was incredibly relaxing hearing the roar of the water in conjunction with the peaceful look of all the bright green.  We then took an overnight ferry from Split to Italy.  Our first stop was Florence.  Holy cow, Florence was everything we imagined and more.  This was our favorite leg of the trip.  Picture a cooking lesson followed by going down to a several hundred year old wine cellar while enjoying the fruits of your cooking labor.  Eggplant with potato and zucchini, spinach and ricotta filled ravioli, followed by chicken cacciatore, and chocolate ganache for dessert.  This was all brought together with amazing Italian red wine.  Our next excursion was a full day trip to Cinque Terra.  Cinque is five and terra is villages.

You have the opportunity to travel to these cliffside towns via train, boat, or you can do what we did and hike through vineyards and olive groves to travel to each village.  The tour was comprised of taking a boat so you can get incredible views of these quaint seaside towns painted different shades of the sun.  We ditched the boat and put on our hiking shoes and it was a full day of the most beautiful hiking I have ever done.  I kept pinching myself wondering if this was real of a dream.  It was real!  Our next excursion was the breathtaking town called Tuscany.  We were encompassed by vast seas of green, cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves, wineries, and beautiful stone homes and/or bed and breakfasts.  We traveled through this area via vespa/scooter and had the chance to visit wineries and cute picturesque towns.  Our guides took us into local cheese shops, butchers, olive oil stores, etc and we talked with the owners to learn more about their craft.  We wrapped up this amazing day with a delicious dinner at a winery.  Our next trek was to Rome and we were not ready to leave Florence.  It captured our heart.  Our favorite excursion in Rome was the Vatican.  Such rich history and being able to step foot inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica was surreal.  We used our last day in Rome to visit a spa so our muscles could recoup from all the exploring.

 

Thanks,

Bryan

 

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August 2015

 

We used the Wandering Puffin to help us plan and book our vacation to Norway, and we couldn’t have done it without him! Jamie listened to our travel desires, budget, and what we hoped to experience during our time in Norway. He provided us with a comprehensive itinerary including all our necessary documents for hotels, city passes, and transportation. His organization and attention to detail allowed us to focus on the experience rather than be stressed about how to get from city to city. Our Norway adventure was filled with culture, nature, relaxation and once in a lifetime experiences. We are extremely thankful that we were referred to Jamie and highly recommend you use him to book your next travel experience!

 

--Jaclyn and Glen

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September 2015

 

Wandering Puffin is an excellent travel agency. Every detail was planned. The itinerary was outstanding and our trip to was made so easy. Mr. Bachrach's diligence and attention to every little detail made traveling through Norway, Croatia, Slovenia and Budapest, with it's potential language difficulties, very easy.

 

My wife and I strongly recommend Wandering Puffin to anyone planning a trip abroad.

 

-- Pete Kravitz

 

 

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October 2015 - Iceland - Allan Floyd and Margaret Miller

 

 

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October 2015 - Blenheim Palace and Magdalen College, Oxford - Allan Floyd and Margaret Miller

 

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November 2015 - Orlando, FL - The Armendariz Family

 

I write this on behalf of my wife Virginia and our two sons Isaac and Giovani. We want to thank you for arranging and coordinating our Orlando adventure, it was perfect and everything went so smoothly. From the resorts that you chose for us the dining plans to the transfers you arranged for us.

 

We loved both resorts and took advantage of the pools, and even the bowling alley. Thanks for the direction on how to use the My Disney Experience app, and how to get our fast passes and make our dining reservations. This is a trip we will never forget and we look forward to our next one. Again thank you for all your work because you are the reason this was perfect, all we did is explain what we wanted but you put it together and tailored it perfect for our family!!

 

From,

The Armendariz Family

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2015 - The Keys, FL

 

We have never used a travel agent before nor had we ever been to the Florida Keys.  Jamie was a tremendous resource who provided us with options that suited our personalities and preferred activities.  We had an amazing time, stayed in great places and will absolutely use him again.  There were some snafu’s with our air travel (due to weather) and Jamie was responsive and helpful during the wee hours of the morning.  We highly recommend a trip to the Keys and have Jamie get you there – he knows his business!

 

 

 

 

 

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September 2015 - African Safari

 

Jamie, the trip was awesome, the people at Horizon and the staff are great.  Was truly a trip of a lifetime.

 

Thanks

Ann

December 2015 - England, Wales, Scotland & Iceland

 

Jamie is a phenomenal travel agent!! He helped plan our trip to England, Wales, Scotland, and Iceland this past summer and definitely exceeded our expectations! I have been on a few group tours to Europe and so has my friend from college, so this time we wanted to work with a travel agent and have a more active role in the planning process.

Jamie’s attention to detail and expertise was apparent from the initial consultation to his follow up. He was able to incorporate everything that we wanted to see and do during this trip while staying within our budgets. Jamie even made some wonderful recommendations that made this trip even more memorable! He was easy to get a hold of to discuss ideas, answered our questions promptly and the organized itineraries were very much appreciated. Everything was thoughtfully planned out so we were able to relax and enjoy our trip.

I look forward to working with him again for future travel adventures and would recommend Wondering Puffin to anyone looking for a resourceful travel agent!

 

 

Thanks

Denise

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July 2016 - Italy

 

After using Wandering Puffin for a wonderfully planned trip to Spain a few years ago with a friend, I told my husband we needed to contact Jamie when we decided to travel to Italy for our anniversary. Jamie took time over the phone to prep and offer advice and feedback on our initial ideas. He was able to give us a great itinerary to maximize our time in Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Capri and Rome. Jamie booked us some wonderful tours including skip the line Vatican Tour, Coleseum Tour and a beautiful wine and countryside tour in Tuscany. All the tours were wonderful from high quality providers. We really loved the lunch and wine tasting at a private wine maker. It was one of our favorite meals! We also had drivers booked in advance to get us from hotels to transportation that really took the stress off of us and allowed us to enjoy our precious time soaking every minute of the trip. We loved Italy and absolutely ate our way through each place we visited!

Our hotel in Sorrento was magical. We loved the beautiful sunsets, views of Capri, Mt. Vesuvius and sparking Naples from our balcony and infiniti pool. We were so happy we stocked up on Lemoncello in the Sorrento area and wine in Tuscany to bring a little bit of Italy home in Chicago.

We highly recommend using Wandering Puffin for a  flawlessly planned adventure! We appreciated the professional service, follow up and details such as printed vouchers, directions and travel documents. Gratzie, Jamie!

 

Angela & David Pollak

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