(13 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Gwynne Chafer

La Crosse, WI

Italy Destination Specialist

"Over 30 years as a travel professional, to help you create the perfect getaway." My niche is selling Italy and as a Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist, I have visited Italy numerous times and have experienced it from north to south and from east to west: I really enjoy selling the different areas of the country. From the archaic ruins of Rome, to the hidden beauty of Venice and from the ancient streets of Pompeii to the medieval walls of Assisi ... I have experienced Italy!

It is hard to describe the feeling of standing in the Colosseum, where so many years ago, the gladiators fought for their lives, or visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, where Michelangelo (considered one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen) is entombed.  I have also visited some of the "off the beaten path" areas of Italy, where I have enjoyed cooking classes, truffle hunting, soaking in the thermal springs of Saturnia, drives through the backroads of Tuscany, and a leisurely lunch with Ercole Moroni, a leading international florist and creative designer.  A hike to Tiger's Nest in Bhutan, is one of my proudest moments!

In addition, I have visited many other destinations worldwide, including having walked on the Great Wall of China; kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland; I have stood at the 'Gateway to Purgatory' in Poland as I toured Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps; and found myself amazed beyond words at the animal life (close-up) in the Galapagos Islands.  I have also traveled to many other areas of Asia, including India (several times), Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Cambodia, Bhutan and Japan. A visit to India will truly change your life.  

A recent visit to the Ukraine, with emphasis on visiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the abandoned town of Pripyat, was fascinating for me...especially as a photographer.  The haunting images of forsaken apartments, schools, recreational areas; the infamous ferris wheel and bumper cars from the "May Day" Celebration that never came, have been etched into my mind forever.  I cannot imagine the fear and apprehension the families of Pripyat felt the day they were told they had to leave everything they owned behind, including treasured pets.  They were never able to return. Wondering through desolate apartments, I came upon one with a ramshackle piano in the middle of the room...who played this?  A young son or daughter?  Walking through the school buildings, you cannot believe the tens of thousands of books scattered throughout every classroom and hallway, the educational posters left on the walls; similar to any school here in the United States.  Traveling to destinations like this is often called "Dark Tourism," and not for everyone.  It is for me.  I learn up close about events that have shaped the history of our world.  Hopefully our world is able to learn from them. 

Traveling the world allows us to gain insight into different cultures, religions and food, as well as explore ancient ruins, natural wonders and historic landmarks that most people only read about.  I pride myself in my attention to detail, and the knowledge I have gained throughout my years of traveling.  By working with me, we will do more than create a vacation, we will create an experience, and one that you will never forget. 

Testimonials ... Why my clients work with me ...

With a new friend - in Poland
With a new friend - in Poland

"Hi, Gwynne. We had an awesome trip and have you to thank for it. You were so 'on top' of things and kept us advised of everything. On the trip, I heard horror stories from other couples that didn't have the neat experience we had with you. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for all you did to make this a very memorable trip." Jan H. "Hello, Gwynne. Everything went like clockwork. Thank you so much for everything you did to make our trip so wonderful. Your expertise and organizational skills were greatly appreciated." Richard R. "Gwynne - Because of you, we were able to quickly turn what could have been a not-so-good vacation into a GREAT vacation. I will be recommending you to all my friends!" Peggy M.

My Travel Stories

Incredible India

Wanderlust.  Webster’s definition of this word is a “strong desire to travel.”   This is me.  I’m barely back from a trip, and I’m thinking about my next great adventure. 

This desire to travel to far off places began in 1989, while living in Buffalo, New York.  I was fresh out of travel school,...Read more.

My Reviews

41 of 68 people found this review helpful
Magnificent 50th Anniversary family trip
Gwynne was very accommodating in planning a rather complex family trip for 14 people, 5 of whom live overseas. All of Gwynne's arrangements went off without a hitch.
We are totally satisfied and highly recommend Gwynne's services. We'll use her again.
By  LJ  from  Genoa, Wisconsin
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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37 of 63 people found this review helpful
The Trip of a Lifetime!!
Gwynne was recommended to me by a friend when they learned we planned on visiting Italy. We had many details such as meeting my daughter who was already in Italy, and having my son leave earlier than the rest of us, and also having a large number of people making different payments and also needing various different requirements while traveling...a bit overwhelming for me to plan since I had never been to Europe before!! Gwynne was invaluable to the process of planning our trip!! She provided everything we needed even before I knew it was needed...She recommended beautiful hotels and priceless experiences. We visited Florence, Rome and Paris, and Gwynne provided us with private tours with lovely, knowledgeable tour guides. She arranged a cooking class and food tastings, gave us lists of restaurants in different price ranges with all of their contact information. Everywhere we went we had transfers to and from our hotels, airports, train stations and tours! Best experience ever!
By  Colleen R  from  Sun Prairie, WI
Traveled to  Florence ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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24 of 40 people found this review helpful
The easiest planned vacation ever!
Gwynne was amazing. From day one she answered every question I had. She was able to get me a deal that I couldn't come close to getting with any online site. She is truly wonderful at her job. When I was concerned about a flight due to a hurricane coming in, she promptly changed my flight and sent me the updated itinerary. Thank you again Gwynne.
By  SandiR  from  Athens, Ohio
Traveled to  Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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41 of 74 people found this review helpful
Our Travel Agent for many years
Gwynne has been our travel agent for many years. She is a delight to work with, is attentive, thorough, and proactive. Our most recent trip was to France. She arranged air, hotel, train tickets including detailed guidance on verifying tickets prior to boarding, and a map. She has always made whatever travel arrangements we needed even if she was under a deadline for other responsibilities. If she is away, she provides a backup plan "just in case." All details are efficiently handled well in advance of the start of any trip. Several times over the years, when some misadventure befell our flight plans, she rescued us by re-booking for us so we could journey on. It's just so nice to know, whatever travel arrangements I might need, Gwynne will handle it.
By  Traveler  from  Tomah, WI
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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27 of 50 people found this review helpful
Fantastic Family Trip to Switzerland
Having known Gwynne for many years, when our entire family of 15 wanted to plan a trip to Switzerland she was the only call we made. She offered great advice from the very beginning as we were planning our itinerary, selecting cities and fine tuning the details. She was quick to reply to any questions or concerns we had through the entire process. You could feel she wanted to make sure we had the best travel experience possible - and we did. Thank you Gwynne!
By  Thompson Family  from  Lake Mills, WI
Traveled to  Switzerland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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