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Kathy Tolchinsky

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

An Insider’s View of Europe

During our more than six years based in Vienna, my husband and I took advantage of our time there to explore much of Austria, Italy, Spain, and Germany. In fact, we did so much that our local friends would often call us to see what was going on.  

American travelers tend to avoid Europe in winter because it is cold. However, the holiday markets are a wonderful opportunity and give you a chance to be a part of something truly local. The markets are really fun, with free concerts, traditional music, and dance and great crafts for sale. Even on the coldest nights, locals gather to enjoy hot cider, spiked punch, and other local drinks. Almost every major city and even small towns host Christmas markets and many offer rides and special entertainment for children.  Whenever you visit, there will probably be a festival or event where you can take part in the local culture. For example, Vienna has free concerts and movies in its main square year-round, with traditional food and crafts booths. 

The distances are much shorter in Europe, so it is easy to visit five or six countries in a single trip. If you prefer not to drive yourselves, trains are very convenient. I am currently planning a three-week trip for a family. I am planning activities where they will interact with people from different backgrounds and I am sure the children will return with a new perspective and appreciation of the U.S.  

When I plan your trip to Europe, I think through every detail. I will advise you on local customs, and let you know which countries require long pants and covered shoulders to enter their churches. I will also remember to tell you if the countries you are visiting require a special “vignette” or toll sticker. The penalty for not having it is quite high, and unless the rental company is aware that you will be crossing a border they may not remember to tell you.   

I bring personal experience acquired during my years of living and traveling Europe plus the expertise and clout that comes with working at Protravel to every European trip I plan. I’d love to use my insider’s vision to plan your next Europe adventure.

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

The Most Relaxing Family Vacation!

Reviewed By Denise - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to California ~ USA
Kathy is such a delight to work with, and she really does more than just help you book a trip. She provided us with magazines with plenty of activities and information of places to visit while on vacation. She made sure that the hotel gave us 2 rooms next to each. Kathy really goes out of her way to ensure even a little family beach vacation is wonderful!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Denise! It's my goal to help you have the most hassle-free vacation possible. I'm happy that you and your family were able to take advantage of your time away. Looking forto helping you again soon. I truly appreciate your business. KDT
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful

in the future

Reviewed By Yalewine - Glenview, IL | Traveled to Portugal ~ Europe
first class service and advice. Knows all the hidden treasures
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you so much. It’s a pleasure working with you and your friends on your trip. So sorry you were preempted this time. Hopefully we will get you somewhere wonderful in the very near future!
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

We have yet to book a tour due to the pandemic

Reviewed By Granite - Scottsdale | Traveled to France ~ Europe
Kathy is patient and a good listener with an understanding of the basic needs of her clients and their wishes.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Mark. So sorry that your river cruise didn't work out for this summer. I'm looking forward to helping you and your wife plan that incredible vacation in the (hopefully) very near future. I appreciate your business! Thank you for entrusting me with your travel plans.
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

The exciting trip that will have to wait

Reviewed By Mark - Sister Bay, Wisconsin | Traveled to Nazareth ~ Israel ~ Middle East
Kathy is very friendly, and professional. She's always working to get the most advantageous pricing, while not sacrificing quality. She takes the time to get to know her client, so that she can better accommodate their travel needs and wants. Her contact and follow-up is spot on. We definitely enjoy working with Kathy, and appreciate her insight, and knowledge.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thanks so much for entrusting me with your travel. It is a pleasure working with you both. Looking forward to working with you to find more fabulous vacations.
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5 of 10 people found this review helpful

Beautiful trip to a luxury hotel in Puerto Rico

Reviewed By Jason - Cleveland, OH | Traveled to Puerto Rico ~ USA
Everything was great
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Hi Jason, Happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your winter getaway. Glad that I could be of help and look forward to helping you plan other adventures in the future.
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7 of 14 people found this review helpful

The most memorable trip I will ever take!!

Reviewed By Bert - Solon | Traveled to Belarus ~ Europe
It was a pleasure working with Kathy. She handled all the arrangements and put us in a great hotel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you so much! I know how much this trip meant to you and my apologies again for the rocky start. I’m glad to know it all worked out and you enjoyed the trip.
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3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Trip to Greece

Reviewed By MB629 - Cleveland, OH | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
We had our honeymoon to Greece planned for this June 2020. Unfortunately due to pandemic we are not able to go. Leading up to and during our cancellation Kathy was extremely helpful and accommodating. She helped us to find many great hotels, tours, cooking classes, boat trips and transportation. We are sad to be putting this dream trip on hold, but cannot wait to rebook in the future. Thank you Kathy for all of your help!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Monica! I know how much you and your husband were looking forward to this fabulous honeymoon. And it was fun planning this trip for you. When the time is right, I'll be here to help you plan a different dream getaway. KDT
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6 of 15 people found this review helpful

Great 60th birthday present

Reviewed By Gab - Scottsdale | Traveled to Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Very easy and was informed of travel plans/changes when necessary
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you for choosing to plan this milestone birthday with Protravel. I appreciate your flexibility when the airlines changed your schedule. I look forward to helping you both plan future memory making adventures in the future. Happy to know that you enjoyed your trip.
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10 of 23 people found this review helpful

The best trip we have ever taken!!!

Reviewed By Melissa - Palm Beach Gardens, Fl | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Kathy was simply amazing!! We have been on cruises before and had done the planning ourselves which was always a disaster. Kathy made it easy and fun!! She helped with every aspect of our cruise from beginning to end!! We just had to show up!!!

Would never plan another trip without her help!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thanks so much, Melissa. It was fun to help you plan this special cruise for your husband’s milestone birthday. You’re a pleasure to work with and I’m looking forward to helping you and your family plan many more memorable vacations.
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

Looking Forward to An Exceptional Trip

Reviewed By StevieB - Beachwood, OH | Traveled to Europe
Very easy to work with. She's a seasoned traveler, who's experienced most of what we are inquiring about. Kathy is very detailed and doesn't let anything sit unattended. So far, everything we've requested has happened. Her follow-up has been tremendous.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Steve! You and your wife are a pleasure to work with.
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4 of 12 people found this review helpful

No complaints!!

Reviewed By Amy S. - San Mateo | Traveled to New York City ~ New York ~ USA
Easy to work with Kathy. Always was available! Attention to details!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Amy! It was a pleasure to help you and your family plan your winter break getaway....
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6 of 16 people found this review helpful

Effortless

Reviewed By MAB - Dallas, TX | Traveled to Europe
Kathy was able to arrange our most detailed requests. She was always available and wonderfully proactive.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you! You're both a pleasure to work with. I appreciate your business. Happy, healthy 2020!
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10 of 24 people found this review helpful

Upcoming Canadian Rockies vacation

Reviewed By Bob and Tammy - Solon, Ohio | Traveled to British Columbia ~ Canada
Our experience with Kathy Tolchinsky has been excellent. We are so excited for everything she has booked for us!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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8 of 23 people found this review helpful

HONEYMOON = AMAZING

Reviewed By Sarah - Detroit,Mi | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
She went above and beyond for me to plan myself and my husband the best honeymoon!!!! Thank you again kathy!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
My pleasure, Sarah. The beginning of your happily ever after will be spent in an idyllic place. Wishing you the best as you begin this new chapter in your lives.
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9 of 25 people found this review helpful

Can't Wait to Explore the Canadian Rockies!

Reviewed By Bob and Tammu - Solon, OH | Traveled to British Columbia ~ Canada
Our experience with Kathy has been fantastic. She provided great suggestions, was very responsive, found some great hotel perks and saved us money. We have never used a travel agent before but from now on we will use Kathy to help us plan our vacations!
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thanks so much for allowing me to help you plan your anniversary trip. Working with customers such as yourselves makes work fun! Enjoy your trip and send photos!
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8 of 24 people found this review helpful

A dream trip come true!

Reviewed By Lauren - Syracuse, NY | Traveled to Vienna ~ Austria ~ Europe
Kathy was a significant help to me when planning our trip to Vienna. She is knowledgeable, extremely professional and thoroughly articulated information, suggesting the best of the best sights for us. Her personal advice was key to our having an active and exciting trip. She answered all questions and provided excellent advice. She will be my go-to advisor for all trips moving forward!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Dear Lauren, thank you for the kind words. I'm happy to hear that you and your husband had a wonderful trip. It was my pleasure to help you plan your time in Vienna. Happy to help anytime!
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5 of 21 people found this review helpful

Family Summer Sabbatical

Reviewed By Keri - Scottsdale, AZ | Traveled to Europe
Kathy is a dream. She's made planning our family sabbatical such a joy.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Kathy Tolchinsky responded:
Thank you, Keri. It's been fun helping you and your family plan this once in a lifetime experience!
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