(31 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Linda Gartner

Cincinnati, OH
Luxury Travel and ITALY Specialist

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 direc...
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No Europe in 2020? How about Santa Barbara?

The view of Santa Barbara!  Let's go!
The view of Santa Barbara! Let's go!

To those of you who are just dying to travel NOW and cannot reach the European continent, how about thinking about the lovely city of Santa Barbara, California?

When thinking of all my European travels and trying to think of a closer comparison in the US, Santa Barbara rings in first.

Think about beautiful homes on the hillside - can you say Positano? Think about the wonderful wineries - can you conjure up Tuscany? Can you envision the gorgeous vegetation, especially the flowers and the lavender?  Provence, maybe?  Or how about the stunning blue waters of the Pacific - you could be looking at the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea!

There are many non-stop flights into LAX but you could also fly into Santa Barbara's airport, SBA, only 7 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara.

Many charming boutique hotels are in Santa Barbara, just waiting to welcome you. One of my favorites is the Canary Hotel. LOVELY rooftop pool, great location and only 121 rooms. AND there is a great Italian pottery outlet only .07 miles away!

Did you know that Santa Barbara is called the American Riviera? You should check it out!  I can help you! 

My Reviews

50 of 71 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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51 of 76 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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39 of 58 people found this review helpful
Amazing Wine and Dine tour through Italy
It was so easy! Prior to the trip, she communicated regularly to the group to let us know deadlines for invoices, etc., She does all the work. We just show up and enjoy! I can't say enough how amazing this experience was for us. The amount of planning that went into the trip was so obvious once we got started. We went from Sept 5-16. The vacation was Wine and Dine through Italy. And we did just that! We wined and dined in Orvieto, Florence, Siena, Modena, Bologna, Como, and Milan. With that much in the itinerary, you would think that the trip would be exhausting. But the planning was impeccable…therefore very, very easy. So…would I recommend you contact or travel with Linda? You bet. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. I can’t wait to go on her next one. Hope to see you there with me!
By  Sharon  from  Cincinnati, OH
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Linda Gartner responded:
Grazie mille, Sharon! Traveling with great people is always a winning equation. ....ESPECIALLY in ITALIA! So glad you have wonderful memories! Yes, let's do it again! Kindest regards, Linda

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34 of 48 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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43 of 66 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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Destination Expert:

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  • Family Vacations
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