(24 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Linda Gartner

Cincinnati, OH

Leisure and Group Travel

Linda Gartner – Leisure and Group Travel Consultant Interests: Europe.  I began my second chapter of life career as a travel consultant with Prestige Travel of Cincinnati, Ohio in November of 2015. Prior to this new chapter I was a JH choral director at Sycamore Junior High for 34 years!  

I have traveled to 12 European countries and over 44 European cities. Additionally, I have visited several destinations within Canada, the Caribbean, Taiwan and Mexico.

As an agent with Prestige Travel I hope to share my knowledge and passion for travel with you. I will do my absolute best to insure that YOU have a love of travel, too! Thanks to my affiliation with Travel Leaders I can research the best possible pricings, experiences and offerings for you and your family.  My varied background in travel also makes me a great resource for you and your group—of any size!

As a former Choral Director, I have taken literally thousands of students, staff members and parents throughout the Mid-West, to Washington D.C, and to 9 countries and 32 cities in Europe. (Group travel is unlike anything you have ever experienced; there is always someone different to talk with at breakfast!) I have led groups of 2-8 charter buses, navigating to attractions in cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis and Cleveland. AND I have taken 9 tours of Europe. One of my most favorite group travel memories was taking a group to sing mass at St. Peter’s in Rome – a true highlight of my travel and choral music career. I will forever cherish the memory of leading in song this group of 108—inside the World’s largest cathedral — and then escorting them to sing, once again, for thousands of people on the piazza outside!

Besides leading large groups, I’ve planned trips with my husband and sons to Hawaii, Italy (7 trips!), Spain, France, the UK,  Greece, San Francisco, Wine Country, Seattle, the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Rockies, Taiwan, Mexican resorts in Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun, on cruises in the Caribbean, and for an extended stay on St. John, USVI.

Because of my varied experiences in trip planning, I would like to help plan your ideal vacation — whether you are a family of two or twenty.

If I had to pick a favorite destination, it MUST be Italy. Not only have I led choral groups throughout this wonderful country multiple times, but my family has vacationed there four times, as well. One of those great Italian trip memories was a three-week experience that highlighted pasta, wine, cappuccino, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gelato and, of course, some Italian history! Cities like Bologna and their famed arches, Ravenna and the breathtaking mosaics, Siena with its magnificent cathedral, and Lucca home of the BEST opera composer, Giocomo Puccini, should be included on everyone’s Italian travel list! And, obviously, Rome, Florence, and Venice shouldn’t be missed; but what about Verona the home of Juliet, Sorrento and its football size lemons that soon become Limoncello, Montalcino in the heart of Tuscan vineyards and Orvieto, a hidden gem? Do not forget Monopoli a true undiscovered GEM!  We’ve had fabulous experiences and made wonderful memories in all of these locations. The Italians are like no other!

In the fall of 2019, I escorted a group of 14 on a Wine and Dine Trip throughout Tuscany and the Lake Como region.  We ate, we tasted wine, we ate again.  It was another wonderful experience.  Group travel!!!  Some of the people on the group knew some of the people on the group....!  BUT no one knew everyone.....until the END!  Lots of laughter, lots of adventure!  Have you ever walked the rooftop of the Duomo in Milan?  We did!  Have you ever had a private tour of the Ferrari museum?  We did!  Have you ever sat in an Italian garden restaurant where the owner MADE you deposit your cell phone prior to being seated so that we all actually TALKED?  We did!  GREAT TIMES!

It would truly be my pleasure to help you plan your trip — from the very beginning to the very end of your travels. I will treat your wants as if they were my wants, researching the best possible pricing for the best possible experience! If you’re on a tight budget, I will help find you the most outstanding experiences available within that budget. If you want a luxury vacation, I will help find you the most sumptuous accommodations and unique opportunities.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn about the world through travel. Where would you like to go first?


Customer Testimonials

Vacation in Germany

We couldn’t be happier with the trips that Linda Gartner planned for us this past summer. We gave her a huge task, calling truly last minute to put together a weekend trip to Florida and a large trip to Germany!! She couldn’t have been more helpful, excited, efficient, energetic and wow does she know how to get things done! She led us through every step, from choosing what cities to go to, what to see when we’re there, where to stay, how to get from place to place, even good things to eat that were not to be missed. Every time we called, every question we had, she immediately took care of whatever we needed. She thought of every detail. We honestly, literally could not have done it without her. Both trips were absolutely wonderful and we’re so grateful to her. She has a passion for travel and a gift of working with people. We’ve already told her we’ll be calling her regarding our next trip, and we can’t wait!
The Miller Family, Cincinnati, Ohio

My Reviews

23 of 30 people found this review helpful
Tour of Italy
It was a pleasure to work with Linda Gartner when planning our family trip to Italy this past summer. She is a true professional! From beginning to end, she was instrumental in planning and coordinating our trip. We started with a meeting to discuss our interests while traveling in Italy, and she quickly sketched out a starting-point itinerary. We tweaked that itinerary until we were completely satisfied and excited for our upcoming trip! Linda took care of everything we needed for our international trip, from airline tickets to rail tickets, to planning excursions including a private tour of Tuscany and our private wine tasting at a lovely vineyard! Bellissimo! The hotel she suggested in Positano was breathtaking! Also, after experiencing a family emergency at home, she and her colleague worked quickly and diligently to get us home on an earlier flight! Given all this, her attention to detail and extensive knowledge of Europe, I would HIGHLY recommend working with Linda Gartner!
By  Cindy  from  Cincinnati, OH
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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30 of 45 people found this review helpful
Awesome from start to finish
She did such a terrific job for us on every level, put together a wonderful trip in a short amount of time, and was there for us no matter what question we had or when we had it! Her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm made for such a great experience from the day we contacted her to the post-vacation visit to tell her all about it, and we can't wait to plan our next trip with her.
By  Happy Travellers  from  Cincinnati, Ohio
Traveled to  Germany ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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18 of 28 people found this review helpful
European family vacation.
Our family’s experience planning our first trip to Europe with Linda Gartner was one that exceeded our expectations! We were referred to her by a friend who has worked with Linda over the years. From day one, Linda was informative, patient, upbeat, and organized. She went beyond our expectations giving us advice and planning our trip so we would have a great experience.
By  The Simon Family  from  New Lenox, Il
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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20 of 32 people found this review helpful
Awesome trip on very short notice.
Knowledgeable. She has been there, done that, as a traveler so she is able to have valuable input to guide to the new traveler that may save them angst and money. Also able to show the client how to be the most efficient with their time.
By  Bob Stevens  from  Cincinnati
Traveled to  Normandy ~ France ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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13 of 19 people found this review helpful
Amazing Trip!
Just returned from an amazing trip to Italy & Greece and have to say Linda nailed it! The itinerary, hotel locations, tour recommendations - everything was absolutely perfect. The entire trip was completely seamless from start to finish due to Linda's planning and expertise. If you're planning a trip I would highly recommend working with Linda. She is a great resource especially if you're not familiar traveling abroad. Thanks for all of your help!
By  Jim   from  Cincinnati, Ohio
Traveled to  Greece ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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