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!

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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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The Cypress Trees of TuscanyNo other tree epitomizes the Tuscan landscape like the Italian Cypress. Often seen lining the roads across the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, these iconic trees are a symbol for the region. These tall, slim trees can grow up to 115ft high and live for thousands of years. These trees have become a mainstay in Italian gardens and villas across the region. 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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Is the Roman Forum on you Bucket List?The Roman Forum was once Ancient Rome's district of basilicas, public spaces, and temples, that made up the Roman Empire's political, commercial, and social center. It is located in a valley between Capitoline and Palatine Hills. When the Roman Empire fell, the Forum did as well. Much of its stone and marble was removed and reused elsewhere. The Forum was used as pastureland in the Middle Ages, and in the 1800s excavations began, which continue even today. The Roman Forum is world famous and a popular tourist destination because it was the forum in Ancient Rome that held the Senate House, making it the most important. The Roman Forum's size was 170-meters by 250-meters. Some of the most famous ruins in the Roman Forum include the Temple of Vesta, the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Titus, the Rostra, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, and the Curia, the Senate House. This is truly an exciting spot in Rome you wouldn’t want to miss! 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 when you’re ready to start planning.Italy, Latium, Rome, Roman Forum, Mediterranean area, Roma district, Travel Destination, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Septimius Severus, Colosseum in the background ... See MoreSee Less
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The Romantic City of VeronaIt should come as no surprise that the city best known as being home to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has also grown a reputation for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Compared to other Italian cities such as Venice, Florence, or Milan, Verona is also much quieter, offering a more laid back, authentic feel with fewer tourists and crowds. Combined with a rich history dating back to Roman times, these factors make Verona a must-stop location on any trip to Northern Italy. While here, make sure to visit Juliet's Balcony. Here you can gaze up at up at the balcony with Romeo’s eyes, read the love notes that cover the back wall, and get a photo taken with a bronze statue of Juliet. Legend has it that those who rub this statue's breast will be granted luck in love. Adding to the romance of this city is the old architecture and exquisite food. You will be sure to feel this vibe while wandering through Piazza Bra, Piazza Delle Erbe, or Centro Storico, which is home to Verona’s historic district. Also be sure to visit the Roman era Verona Arena. This well persevered amphitheater includes much of its original stone and is still operational, being the site of open-air performances during the summer opera festival. Verona’s long, uninterrupted history coupled with how immaculately it has been preserved has led UNESCO to designate the entire city as a World Heritage Site. If you are dreaming of a trip to Italy yourself, let me know and we will add Verona to your itinerary. DM me or comment below and I will get right back to you!#verona #RomanticItaly #ItalyTravelAgent #RomanticEurope ... 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