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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Russia

Greg Tepper
Excited About: The opening of the contemporary W St. Petersburg, which Tepper believes will attract a younger crowd to the city. He also loves the revamped Cosmonaut Space Museum, in Moscow, which charts the country’s space race from the 1950’s to the present day. “It’s still a real secret.”
Years as Agent: 18.
Other Specialty: Central Europe.
Fee: $200.

Scandinavia

Carol Arklind
Insider Clout: For several Texan clients, Arklind orchestrated a classic Scandinavian Christmas holiday, with an airport transfer by dogsled and an arrival greeting from the Finnish Santa Claus, Rovaneimi. They then attended a New Year’s Eve dinner in Stockholm.
Years as Agent: 22.
Other Specialty: United Kingdom.
Fee: From $150.

Tor Jensen
New Favorites: Across Denmark, Jensen has uncovered a host of private castles, some operated as small hotels—among these, he loves Store Restrup Manor House and Santehus Castle Hotel. Jensen can organize private receptions and viewings of the properties.
Years as Agent: 18.
Other Specialty: Thailand.
Fee: From $250.

Scotland

Claire Schoeder
Excited About: Schoeder’s a fan of the new private-hire properties opening up in Scotland. A favorite is Aldourie Castle, on the bank of Loch Ness, where the staff is at the ready to arrange cooking classes, fishing excursions, and falconry lessons.
Years as Agent: 19.
Other Specialty: England.
Fee: $200.

Spain

Virginia Irurita
Insider Clout: For a client who was curious about the lives of Spanish nuns, Irurita arranged a visit with the abbess at Santa María Real de las Huelgas Monastery, in Burgos, the most prestigious convent in Spain. The abbess spent an hour explaining the daily life of a modern-day nun, then gave Irurita’s client a tour, and even baked her a cake for the occasion.
Years as Agent: 13.
Other Specialty: Food and wine.
Fee: From $150.

Judith Wolf
Excited About: How the W Barcelona, a sail-shaped tower designed by architect Ricardo Bofills, will help rejuvenate the Barceloneta neighborhood with its 26th-floor bar, Bliss spa, and top-notch Catalan restaurant.
Years as Agent: 26.
Other Specialties: Turkey, Italy.
Fee: From $200.

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