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Travelers Louise and Lee Andrews at the Hohensalzburg Fortress, overlooking the city of Salzburg, Austria.

Louise and Lee Andrews at the Hohensalzburg Fortress, overlooking the city of Salzburg.

Just back from Austria and Germany. Gwen Kozlowski was our travel adviser/planner for our 9-day trip to Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich. We stayed in the mountains outside Innsbruck, which made for a very relaxing start to the trip. Had wonderful day with Innsbruck Food Tours and another day with a history guide. We then did a salt mine visit which was so fun and interesting on the way to Salzburg. Our guide in Salzburg was awesome with great information on the city of Salzburg and went to the beautiful lake district and a ride up in the oldest cable car to do a short hike in the mountains. Munich was very interesting with most time spent in the old town and a fun pretzel-making experience. Another day out to Linderhof and Oberammergau. All guides and drivers were very good, on time, courteous, flexible to our wants. We could not have had these experiences without Gwen.

Travelers Yehuda and Tammy Schmidt enjoying their WOW Moment during their private Danube cruise in Budapest, Hungary.

Yehuda and Tammy Schmidt during their private Danube cruise in Budapest.

We are still in a glow from our amazing trip to Eastern Europe. We reached out to Wendy, who matched us with Gwen. Gwen and her team organized the trip of a lifetime! We began our trip in Budapest. Budapest is a gorgeous city with a very rich history. We floated down the Danube both day and night. We absolutely loved our WOW Moment of an evening wine tasting floating down the Danube at night, seeing Budapest’s parliament and other buildings glowing at night. Simply gorgeous! Such a small world it is! The captain of the boat lived in our area near Washington DC when he was younger. We learned about Hungary’s history and how the legacy of communism and monarchy impacts their daily life. We love architecture and our guide; Julia was able to point out fascinating tidbits along the way. We spent a day driving to the Etyek region and visited a winery that specialized in producing sparkling wine. We enjoyed meeting the owner and learned about the production process which is 100% manual. Our hotel was an easy walk to the river and to historical sites so we were able to stroll around the city on our own after our busy time with Julia, so we could explore restaurants and nightlife.

We traveled by train to Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Once again, Gwen found a hotel not close to the center of town, next to the Museum Quarter, Hofburg historic palace, National History and Fine Arts Museums. And once again, Gwen matched us with a perfect guide, Gerti. We got a behind-the-scenes visit to one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Despite a marathon run and closed subway stations, Gerti was able to playfully take us around the city. What could have been a stressful day, turned into a fun and interesting day. We visited the Belvedere Palace and Gardens and enjoyed its art collection, including the Gustav Klimt collection. When we arrived at the new “Shoah Wall of Names,” a quartet was playing music. We were very moved. We loved our food tour with Tom, and despite knowing much about Viennese food, we were wowed. We were able to see the city with our guides but also on our own as we like to ramble around and explore, we were so close to museums and the Habsburg Palace.

We love trains so off we went to Prague by a train! We are not sure how Gwen did it but once again she matched us with a perfect guide, Kamila and the perfect hotel, just a stone’s throw from the historic Charles Bridge and Prague old city. We loved storybook Prague, especially behind-the-scenes tours in so many places. Prague has a rich history and beautiful architecture. We toured historic buildings, palaces and libraries as old as any in Europe. It enriched our lives and deepened our appreciation of history and culture. Kamila also took us to the historic sites of Terezin and Lidice, both terribly impacted by World War II. She talked through our emotions with us so we felt heard and understood. It was such a powerful visit. Kamila was able to arrange behind-the-scenes visits and was able to tweak timing to optimize our visit. We loved it!

We loved our trip to Eastern Europe and highly recommend it to everyone!

We had a great trip to Poland, and we are most grateful to Gwen Kozlowski & her team for all of their efforts on our behalf. In both Warsaw and Krakow we had two fantastic guides. Both guides were filled with information, context, and stories that brought each city to life in memorable ways. Moreover, both guides were keenly interested in answering all of our history questions, and both guides always had in-depth answers. In addition our private guide at Auschwitz did a fantastic job.

Every pick-up was prompt—we never waited for anyone. Wrapping up our trip making pierogi with Marta was fabulous—another excellent Gwen suggestion. Our advice is to listen to the recommendations of Gwen and her team, as they really do know Poland and had excellent suggestions. All in all—we had a fantastic trip to Warsaw and Krakow and covered a lot. If the opportunity presents itself, we would work with Gwen again.

We recently returned from 5 days in Berlin (April 4-April 9) planned with the assistance of Gwen Kozlowski who is part of Wendy Perrin’s WOW List. Gwen provided great advice on lodging, connected us with an outstanding guide and prepared a terrific itinerary. Daniel J., our guide for 4 days, was a delight to be with on a personal level and provided expert historical context and commentary throughout our time together. Very interesting and perfectly planned day trip to Potsdam one of our days together and another day together strolling through neighborhoods. Thanks to Gwen — our trip touring was memorable and covered lots of ground.

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