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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

Ilustration for top travel agents a list in Europe.

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Europe

Czech Republic & Slovakia

Nathalie Nagy
New Favorite: The Kempinski Hotel River Park, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Just a few minutes’ walk from Old Town, it’s an unexpectedly modern property with white leather couches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a cigar club that doubles as a hip bar at night.
Years as Agent: 15.
Other Specialty: Honeymoons.
Fee: From $150.

England

Ellen LeCompte
Insider Clout: Clients who stay at the Ritz, on Piccadilly, in London, get immediate membership to the private Ritz Club. With top Bordeaux-born chef Philippe Vandewalle in the kitchen, it’s one of the hottest seats in town. Added bonus: the gambling is legal and the lounge, unlike almost every other in the city, stays open until 6 a.m.
Years as Agent: 20.
Other Specialty: United States.
Fee: $250.

Tammi R. Van Volkinburgh
New Favorite: Van Volkinburgh praises the Stafford, in London’s St. James’s neighborhood, for its intimacy and perfect location, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. The renovated carriage-house rooms and junior suites overlook a cobblestoned courtyard.
Years as Agent: 20.
Other Specialty: Safaris.
Fee: From $300.

Susie Worthy
Insider Clout: Last year, Worthy was granted exclusive access to give tours at Highgrove House, the residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, in Gloucestershire. She’ll take you through Prince Charles’s progressive and sustainable English garden, followed by a champagne toast at the estate’s Orchard Room.
Years as Agent: 34.
Other Specialty: France.
Fee: Varies.

France

Craig Loupassakis
Top Tip: “Road trips are a great way to see a country,” says Loupassakis, who touts Auto Europe as the best—and most price-conscious—car-rental agency abroad. In Provence, his favorite day excursion includes a driving tour from Uzès to Pont du Gard to Nîmes.
Years as Agent: 47.
Other Specialty: Italy.
Fee: $150.

Germany

Elisabeth Landry
Top Tip: Don’t miss Berlin’s traditional holiday Christkindlmarkt, when bratwurst stands, glühwein tastings, and vendors selling local crafts take over Gendarmenmarkt Platz, in Mitte.
Years as Agent: 30.
Other Specialty: Italy.
Fee: From $200.

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