Planning Your Vacation

At Blue Sky Destinations we know that planning your vacations can be stressful.

You love to travel, but you aren’t interested in a cookie-cutter experience. And even when you know where you want to go, the vast number of options for how to get there, where to stay, and things to do can be overwhelming – and putting it all together can be a time-consuming challenge.

It doesn’t need to be that way.

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Why Choose Us?

At Blue Sky Destinations, we are your expert travel guide. We take the time to listen and understand the vacation experience YOU want. Then we use our years of experience and on-the-ground connections to curate the trip that is right for you. Our clients are relaxed and delighted because we take care of all the details. Travel becomes stress-free and easy!

Our professional planning includes destination advice, flights, itinerary planning, hotel, tour and restaurant recommendations, and anything else that will make your trip a delight. You can sit back and relax while we design a vacation that allows you to explore, unwind and reconnect!

Client Testimonials

Meet Kira Gartner!

After a lifetime of loving travel and exploring the world, Kira Gartner founded Blue Sky Destinations in 2007 to help people plan trips that allow them to relax and immerse themselves fully in a destination. For years she has been providing hands-on service to her clients helping them plan exciting and memorable vacations.

When you work with Kira you are getting your own personal travel concierge!

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Services We Provide

At Blue Sky Destinations, we take care of every aspect of your vacation planning, including:

  • Complimentary in-depth travel consultation
  • Advice about best times and dates to travel
  • Comparing cruise lines and itineraries
  • Destination recommendations
  • Itinerary advice and planning
  • Hotel, resort, and villa recommendations and booking
  • Flight recommendations and bookings
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Car rentals
  • Train reservations
  • Tour and sight-seeing recommendations and bookings
  • Restaurant suggestions
  • Passport and visa support
  • Comprehensive printed itinerary
  • Available 24/7 during travel to provide assistance if needed

Our professional research and planning fee includes all of the above and anything else that will make your trip delightful and memorable. You can sit back and relax while we design a vacation that allows you to explore, unwind and reconnect!

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Off to Mexico tomorrow!Now that I am fully vaccinated, I am taking the opportunity to do a 4-day training in at the Moon Palace in Cancun.Look for more photos of Mexico in the next few days, and perhaps even one or two "Facebook Lives"! I'll also be able to experience the current safety protocols and let you know how all of that is working. If you have any travel questions for me, pop them in the discussion below and I will be happy to address them!The Yucatan is filled with some of the world’s most spectacular stretches of coastline you’ll ever see - which is the reason why beaches are always a go-to in the peninsula. The waters of the Mexican Caribbean with its oral-crushed white sands and turquoise waters can be found on the east coast while if you trudge up north, you will find sleepy fishing villages with sandy streets and wildlife-rich surroundings rimming the southern edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Longing to be a beach bum? Head over to one of several low-key islands off the Caribbean coast, where you get to experience life as it moves at a refreshingly slow pace. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Top 4 Sites in FlorenceFlorence is a city that is teeming with Italian history and culture. Everywhere you turn, you'll find plenty to see and experience. However, there are some sights you absolutely must-see!The Duomo is one of the most recognizable structures in the city and hard to miss thanks to its size. For an equally as impressive structure, head across the iconic Ponte Vecchio for the Pitti Palace. Once home to the Medicis, the palace features the sweeping Boboli Gardens, which are a great place to picnic and spend the afternoon. Finally, you cannot go to Florence without going to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's incredible statue, The David. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid the long lines.Have you ever been to Florence, or is it on your bucket list? DM or email me today! ... See MoreSee Less
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When you are visiting the beautiful sites of Italy - look up! You'll generally see something beautiful!This photo is the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.Architects known to have worked on the design of St. Peter's Basilica include Donato Bramante, Raphael, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Michelangelo, the architect, responsible for designing the main dome of the Basilica, was also a sculptor and a painter, who became one the greatest artists of his time. The high, domed ceiling is ornately decorated with painted stucco depictions of Christ, several saints, and numerous other heavenly hosts. Gilt trim borders each image and creates an awe-inspiring grandeur throughout the entire space. The use of grandiose designs and decorations is common throughout Baroque architecture; it facilitates the desired overwhelming effect felt by the viewer. Artist or not, if you see St. Peter's Basilica's ceilings you can’t help but marvel! I’d love to help you plan your trip to Rome so be sure to pick up the phone and call me or send me an email. ... See MoreSee Less
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Testimonials

Aubrey H

Kira was a delight to work with from the first moment we spoke to her. She had FABULOUS tips and suggestions, helped us save money on car rentals, etc and was always available for any questions we had. I would HIGHLY recommend using her expertise – we definitely will be contacting her again in the future!

Aubrey H.

Ephrata PA

Michael W

Kira was instrumental in creating a family trip for us which included finding accommodations and tours. She got us a great deal for an 8-person van we used from Firenze until our return to Roma! Additionally, she was a great resource for traveling with a child (as she had traveled to Europe with four!). Kira was involved in choosing the tour guides we used in each of the cities we visited and was available to consult via email during the trip which was very helpful. I would recommend Kira without hesitation for anyone’s upcoming travel needs!

Michael W.

Baltimore MD

Ellen N

We had a fabulous family adventure to Italy and I can’t imagine that we could have pulled it off without Kira’s help. We didn’t do an “arrive in Italy and join a tour group.” Our trip was custom-made for traveling with a family of 6 including a 1 1/2-year-old. Our apartments were booked and individual tours to a few requested sites were arranged. Kira’s suggestions and advice served us well. Ultimately we had an amazing trip with wonderful memories for a lifetime.

Ellen N.

Smithville TX

Brooke P

Kira planned our 2018 trip to Disney World because we were so overwhelmed. She made it a truly seamless, stress-less, enjoyable experience for us so that we could have the best time as a family. In 2019 Kira planned our trip to Negril, Jamaica and again – we were blown away by how easy she made it for us. She was able to help with little details as well as recommend fun excursions to take. Kira will plan our 2020 trip to Italy because we are so confident that she just “gets” our family and understands how we like to vacation. I cannot recommend Kira enough!!

Brooke P.

Lafayette Hill PA

Hilary B

Kira was exceptionally helpful. She went above and beyond to help us with our complicated itinerary, securing the cheapest flights at relatively short notice. Way cheaper than we could find! She was unbelievably available when we found ourselves stranded after midnight at the airport (canceled flight). In the middle of the night, Kira was there for us, helping us sort flights for the next day, including our onward connections.

Hilary B.

Bryn Athyn PA

Justin W

She is incredible to work with. Very responsive, easy, and takes care of everything.

Justin W.

Schwenksville PA

Ruth T

Kira is amazing! She is knowledgeable, available, and fun to work with. We have the pleasure of traveling often and we would never make a move without Kira’s advice. Once the trip is planned, her services are not over! I remember one time, we were in San Francisco, leaving in the morning for Hawaii and the airlines were having a computer glitch. We called Kira, who answered immediately. Considering the time delay, we were shocked ourselves. She advised us through the process and everything worked out fine! Kira Gartner is a traveler’s best friend!

Ruth T.

Philadelphia PA

Karen S

Kira helped us set the itinerary, figure out all the travel connections and found great accommodations. We had 2 weeks and multiple priorities and it all came together beautifully. It was such a help – I can’t say enough good about working with her!

Karen S.

Philadelphia PA

Liz S

Kira understood what we wanted and asked the right questions. She set up our trip from start to finish. We always felt taken care of.

Liz S.

Ventura CA

Mikenna M

Kira was so great to work with! This was my first time with a travel agent and as someone who is very controlling it was hard to imagine someone else planning our trip…That being said Kira took care of everything and made it easy for me because after talking to her for 5 minutes I knew I could trust her to plan a wonderful vacation.

Mikenna M.

Warren Ohio

Shannon L

She was great!

Shannon L.

Tucson AZ