Burkhalter Travel was founded in 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin. We have been serving travelers' needs for more than 50 years! Burkhalter Travel was founded on the principle on providing professional travel advice and outstanding service for the best travel value for our customers......a tenet that holds true to the present day. We have grown to become the largest travel agency in southern Wisconsin by living and adhering to this principle.
We understand that different travelers have unique service needs. Our Vacation Travel Consultants know the most popular destinations as well as those "less traveled" places that provide unique experiences. Our Business Travel Consultants understand the needs of the "road warrior" as well as the occasional business traveler. Our Group Travel Coordinators devote their entire day to cruise and vacation groups, corporate and association business meetings, incentive travel and tour groups. Our Burkhalter Tours division offers domestic and international escorted tours, including day trips and theatre tours.
Please let us assist you with your travel needs. Our knowledgeable staff will save you precious time and money while providing award-winning service."
Click on the names below to discover the areas of expertise, professional certifications achieved and travel experience of the employees in our Burkhalter family.
Burkhalter Tours- 6501 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI 53705; phone: 608-833-1525 or 800-556-9286; firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine, Tour Coordinator, Ext. 261
Join Elaine in exploring the world through group touring! Elaine has spent years developing strong relationships with tour companies located both in the U.S. and throughout the world, having started with Burkhalter Tours in 1995. As a group tour specialist, she can help you find the perfect tour. Her personal travel experiences make her a knowledgeable advisor.
Thinking about Alaska? Ask Elaine. She's been there several times - touring, cruising and fishing (ask her about the 110-pound halibut she caught)! Whether you're interested in a leisurely tour of Europe, a biking tour in Ireland, the convenience of touring in Washington, D.C., a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru, pony trekking in Iceland, or climbing the Great Wall outside Beijing, she can help you pick your next tour because she's been there. Ask for a copy of the Burkhalter Tours newsletter featuring exciting group tours to a great variety of destinations.
Kathy, Tour Coordinator, Ext. 260
After working for about eight years as a travel agent, I joined Burkhalter Tours (Fall of 2005) as a Tour Coordinator, and I'm still loving the work I do here!
In our department, we create and implement one-day excursions to nearby places of interest as well as extended group tours. When people ask me what we do here, I tell them we do it all, from Branson to Beijing. The variety keeps things interesting for us, and judging from the feedback, for our travelers as well. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to accompany one of our groups, which affords me the chance to experience our tours from our travelers' point of view-an invaluable tool when it comes to planning new tours.
I love to talk travel, so feel free to pick my brain. I have visited nearly every corner of the U.S. and I'm only two continents short of my seven-continent goal. What is my favorite destination? Generally, wherever I'm going next, but I do find myself returning to the British Isles quite often. I earned a BritAgent specialist designation several years ago, and I try to visit as often as possible to keep up my knowledge of the land of my ancestors.
I firmly believe that traveling not only expands your understanding of the world, but leads to a sense of self-discovery as well. I'm sure I'll never know everything there is to know about every place in the world, but for as long as I can, I'll keep traveling and trying to figure it all out!
Certified Travel Associate (CTA); Disney Specialist; Cruise West Specialist; Cancun Specialist; Las Vegas Specialist; Park East Safari Specialist; Certified Brit Agent.
West - 6501 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI 53705; Phone: 608-833-5200 or 800-556-9286; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny, Vacation Travel Consultant, Ext. 300
Hello! I'm Jenny and I started with Burkhalter Travel in August of 2014. I have always been in love with travel since I was young and much of my wanderlust comes from my dad who has the same love of travel as I do. I attended the Travel Academy in Minneapolis, MN and previously worked with MLT Vacations before moving home to Madison. I have traveled to several places throughout the US: South Dakota, North Dakota, Orlando, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. I have been to Disney World 8 times and to England on a tour. I dream of returning to Europe as soon as possible.
As a travel consultant with Burkhalter Travel, I want to be able to help you find exactly what you're dreaming of and any of your travel needs. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, movies, and reading.
Globus Specialist, Walt Disney World Specialist, Mexico Specialist, Hawaii Specialist, Avalon River Cruise Specialist, Holland America Specialist, Royal Caribbean Specialist, Norwegian Cruise Line Specialist.
Kristine, Vacation Travel Agent, Ext. 215
My name is Kristine and I am a Vacation Travel Consultant at Burkhalter Travel's Mineral Point Road office. With an undergraduate degree in cultural geography and business, I began my career in the travel industry designing and coordinating U.S. and Canadian motorcoach tours. I later attended travel school and have been working as a travel agent since 1988.
Although I have done some business travel, my primary focus is on vacation travel. I consider myself an expert on Japan, having lived there for one year studying Japanese culture. During that time, I traveled throughout Japan and also spent time in Hong Kong and China. I have traveled to eleven European countries and Jamaica, and have cruised the Mexican Riviera as well as touring several U.S. cities.
I learned early in my career that my clients are my biggest asset as well as wonderful assets to the company I represent. I therefore provide my clients with excellent service to assure they will return to me and that we can establish a long-term relationship.
In my spare time I enjoy folk painting, spending time at our cottage in northern Wisconsin, and reading.
Globus/Cosmos Specialist; Disney Specialist; Cayman Island Specialist; Norwegian Cruise Line Specialist; Club Med Specialist; Holland America Academy Program; Marriott Hotel Excellence Sales Specialist; Spafinder; Choice Hotels Specialist; NYC & Company Specialist; Hilton Caribbean Specialist; Brisas Hotels/Resorts Specialist; Avalon Resorts Specialist; Aston Hotels/Resorts Specialist; Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks Specialist; Austria Specialist; Alaska Certified Expert; Acapulco Specialist.
Bonnie, Vacation Travel Agent, Ext. 271
Bonnie's experience at Burkhalter Travel has been a varied one. She has been with the travel agency for 23 years working in administration, as a trip director, and as a travel agent in both vacation and group travel. Other experience Bonnie brings to her position is four years with a convention and visitors bureau and experience in the hospitality industry.
Bonnie has traveled throughout the United States, including seven visits to the Hawaiian Islands. She has spent time in most major cities and visited many of the popular tourist sights in the USA including Alaska and Denali National Park. New York City is her favorite place to visit at least once a year and enjoys booking Walt Disney World for her clients. Another favorite is cruising. Bonnie and husband, Scott Mast, a partner in Burkhalter Travel, have been on more than 25 cruises over the years, visiting many tropical destinations more than once. Mexican destinations include Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and Bonnie’s personal favorite – Puerto Vallarta. Caribbean visits include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Jamaica, Tortola and Nevis. Bonnie’s expertise internationally includes stays in China, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy and multiple visits to France and England. Bonnie has been a tour escort for one of her favorite cities – Paris.
Bonnie's strong customer service skills and travel experience make her a good source for any client.
Certified Beaches Specialist.
Donna C., Travel Consultant, Ext. 216
Hi, my name is Donna. I enjoy providing customer service with a smile and will treat your trip like it is my own. I come from an extensive hotel background and love working in the travel industry.
I am a native of Colorado, but I now call Madison my home. As a youth, I lived in Haifa, Israel for 2-1/2 years, and upon returning to North America, have lived/worked in Michigan, Canada, California, Maryland, Washington DC and Colorado.
I have travelled to Europe multiple times visiting London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Norway and Sweden. I have also had the pleasure of spending time in Indonesia and the island country of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. My second language is Persian (Farsi).
I look forward to meeting you and taking care of your travel needs!
Lori, Vacation Travel Agent, Ext. 211
My name is Lori Reed Garthwaite and I have been helping people with their travel needs for 15+ years. I recently joined Travel Headquarters as a Vacation Travel Consultant and couldn't be happier to be helping customers plan their dream vacations.
Traveling quickly became my favorite hobby after trips to Washington D.C. and to China during high school. Since then I have taken advantage of every travel opportunity that has come my way. While I enjoy every new experience that comes with each destination, I tend to be drawn to the beaches and beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean and Mexico. I've personally visited Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Jamaica, Punta Cana in the Domincan Republic, Aruba, Barbados, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas USVI, St. John USVI, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
My favorite part of my job is helping people explore ideas of where to go for their vacations. I am so fortunate to have traveled to so many wonderful places, so I enjoy using my personal experiences to help people choose their vacation destinations. I also love to help brides plan their destination weddings and enjoyed planning my own destination wedding in Punta Cana in 2009.
In my spare time, I work at a winery in southwest Wisconsin and also enjoy time with friends and family.
Dan, Business Travel Agent, Ext. 234
Laurie, Business Travel Agent, Ext. 233
Hello, my name is Laurie and I'm a business travel agent with Burkhalter Travel. I've been in the travel business since 1975, having started in Madison as a leisure travel agent. I have been doing corporate travel for about 14 years, six of which were with an agency in Chicago with very heavy corporate business. I have also arranged group travel, escorted groups, and arranged business meetings in both the U.S. and Europe. I really enjoy the fast pace of business travel.
I have traveled in Europe (England and Switzerland), to Barbados and St. Lucia in the Caribbean, and to Cancun, Mexico. I've visited many areas in the U.S. including Washington, D.C., Miami, Ft. Meyers, Orlando (Disney World), Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Monterey, Billings, and Fargo.
In my spare time, in addition to traveling I enjoy flower gardening and watching old movies. I live in Portage with my husband, Ron, and our old English sheep dog.
I look forward to helping you with your business travel!
Mark, Business Travel Agent, Ext. 232
Hello. My name is Mark and I joined Burkhalter Travel in January 2003. Prior to my employment with Burkhalter, I worked for 6 years at a large, corporate travel agency in Chicago. I was responsible for much of the VIP/International travel for my clients and have quite a bit of experience with travel arrangements throughout the world.
As an agent, I've had the opportunity to travel extensively. I've been fortunate to visit places such as West Africa, Thailand, Jamaica, Paris, London, Mexico and much of the Southern Coast of Brazil. Domestically, I've traveled throughout Southern California, Louisiana, Florida and the East Coast (having lived in New York City for several months). I look forward to serving your business travel needs.
Burkhalter Group Department - 6501 Mineral Point Rd. Madison, WI 53705; Phone: 608-833-6968 or 800-556-9286; email@example.com
Wendy, Operations Manager, Ext. 251
Hi, my name is Wendy and I am glad to be back in Wisconsin and part of the Burkhalter family! For about five years, I worked at Burkhalter as a group travel coordinator before moving to Las Vegas to get my Bachelor's Degree from UNLV. I am happy to be back in the travel world.
My international travel experience includes Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Mexico. Domestically, some of my favorite places are Hawaii, Disneyworld, Colorado, San Diego, Washington DC, Nashville and, of course, Las Vegas. I have also started touring baseball stadiums while following the Milwaukee Brewers, and I am up to 12 stadiums!
Denise, Director of Group and Incentive Sales, Ext. 255
Hello, I am Denise and I have been in the travel industry since 1998. I previously worked for a large tour operator as the Director of Sales, marketing travel promotions to TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. I have been a Tour Director for over 15 years and have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2014, I worked as a bike guide for Trek Travel and enjoyed cycling my way through Italy, France, Austria and the Czech Republic. As part of the Burkhalter team, it is my passion to provide outstanding customer service and to make your travel dreams become a reality.
Here are destinations I have traveled to with my groups: All 50 states; British Columbia and Alberta, Canada; Austria, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland in Europe; Australia and New Zealand in the South Pacific; Dominican Republic, Panama, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas in the Caribbean.
When I'm not working or traveling, I enjoy spending time cooking, biking, kayaking, golfing running and doing half marathons and triathlons.
Darlene, Group Coordinator, Ext. 252
Paul, Group Coordinator, Ext. 250
Zach, Group Coordinator, Ext. 253
East - 615A North Sherman Avenue (in Lakewood Plaza); Phone: 608-241-7500 or 800-414-7166; firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy, Cruise Specialist/Branch Mgr.
I'm Judy, Manager of Burkhalter Travel's Sherman Avenue office. I have been employed in the travel industry in the Madison area since 1980. Having worked as a travel consultant, cruise specialist and as branch manager, my training and experiences have been many.
I am a Certified Travel Counselor and an Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar - this is the highest level of cruise specialization, and there are only 13 people in the United States with this designation! In addition, I am a Destination Specialist in Latin America, Western Europe and the Caribbean. I am certified as a River Cruise Specialist and a Cayman Islands Specialist.
My cruise experiences have taken me to the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean, Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Canada and New England, the Panama Canal, trans-Atlantic on the QE2, the Hawaiian Islands, steamboating on the Mississippi River and a Star Clipper cruise.
I have traveled to Europe - Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Austria. I have also visited South Africa, Canada, Australia, the USA, and have traveled extensively in the Orient and Asia.
Certified Travel Counselor (CTC); Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC); Master Cruise Counselor (MCC); Elite Cruise Counselor (ECC); Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar (ECCS); Holland America Line 5-Star Agent Certification; Official British Tourist Authority Destination Specialist; Disney Specialist; Princess Cruises Specialist; Marriott Hotel Excellence Sales Specialist; Destination Specialist for the Caribbean, Western Europe and Latin America; Costa Rica Specialist; Trinidad & Tobago Specialist; Uniworld Grand River Cruises Specialist; Globus Specialist; Commodore Certified Travel Agent-Cunard/Princess.
Jane, Travel Consultant
Fitchburg - 3050 Cahill Main, Suite 2 Fitchburg, WI 53711; Phone: 608-441-0151 or 888-522-4269; email@example.com
Donna B., Travel Consultant
Travel has been a lifelong calling for me. My experience spans three decades. Before joining Burkhalter Travel in 2013, I owned an agency in N. Wisconsin. My primary expertise is in European travel. I have traveled throughout Europe: the U.K., France, Spain, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
France is my first love, however; I speak French and have visited all corners of the beloved Hexagon. I have organized and escorted tours throughout France.
I have also traveled in Thailand, China, Mexico and Costa Rica and cruised throughout the eastern and western Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, the canals of France, and the Danube river.
Within the U.S., I have traveled to NYC for theatre, New Orleans for the food, Hawaii for romance, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico and Montana primarily for the outdoors and especially white-water rafting.
I am happy to assist you with your leisure travel needs to help you create truly memorable vacations!
Avalon Waterways specialist; Globus Tour expert; Hawaii specialist; Jamaica specialist; Costa Rica specialist; Sud de France specialist; Thailand specialist.
Virginie, Travel Consultant
Hello! My name is Virginie. I was born in France and lived there for 26 years before moving to Wisconsin in 1995. I have been a travel agent for several years and have handled both leisure and corporate travel. I currently work as a leisure agent and love helping people with all types of travel and all destinations.
My travel experiences while living in Europe include France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Greece and England. Since I have been in the US, I have traveled to Mexico, Washington DC, Tennessee, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota. My big passion is hiking and I have also been to some of the national parks in Arizona, Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota to hike the trails.
When not working, I enjoy walking or biking the many trails the Madison area has to offer and singing.
Brenda, Branch Manager
Hello! My name is Brenda, and I've been in the travel industry since 1985 - how time flies when you are learning and experiencing this diverse industry! Over the years I have handled business, group, leisure and wedding travel. I am very pleased to be managing our Fitchburg location.
My travel experiences include Alaska; California (several times from San Francisco to Disneyland, San Diego and lots in between), Belize, Costa Rica; Mexico (Cancun, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya and Cabo San Lucas); Colorado (hosted a ski group on Amtrak to Winter Park); Nevada (Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas); Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Orlando and St. Petersburg); Texas; North and South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Bar Harbor Maine; Group escort for 2010 Rose Bowl. I have also inspected and cruised on more than 20 ships.
I live in Evansville with my husband, Mike. I have two sons, one in college and another in the Marine Corp. When not working I enjoy boating, gardening, hiking, and biking.
Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC); Collette Vacations Expert; Pennsylvania Specialist; Outrigger Specialist; Disney Specialist; Ski Specialist; Fairmont Hotel Specialist; Budget Smart Agent; Marriott Hotel Excellence Sales Specialist; Certified Sandals Specialist; Apple Vacations Specialist; Cozumel Specialist; RCCL Specialist; Puerto Rico Specialist, Secrets/Dreams/Zoetry/Now Resorts Master Agent, US Airways Vacations Specialist, Riu Partner Club Agent.
Oregon - 763 N. Main St., Oregon, WI 53575; Phone: 608-835-8474 or 800-537-0419; firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie, Branch Manager
Hi, my name is Debbie, Manager of Burkhalter's Oregon office. I have been in the travel industry since 1993 and joined the Burkhalter Team in July 1999 after moving back from Colorado. We all work too hard, and that's why I enjoy finding that perfect vacation or quick little getaway for our clients.
Of course, I enjoy traveling myself. I've been to different areas in the US including Hawaii. I've enjoyed cruising as well. And Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Punta Cana, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Grand Cayman have been great places to visit. We can't possibly travel to all the destinations out there, so I like to learn more by taking destination specialist courses.
When I'm not traveling or at work, I enjoy relaxing a little, camping, fishing and a little hiking--well more like scenic walks. I would love to help you find the perfect vacation. Please stop in or give me a call.
Caribbean Destination Specialist; Holland America Line 5-Star Agent Certification; NCL Specialist Plus; Palace Resorts Specialist; Sandals/Beaches Specialist; Alaska Destination Specialist; Germany Destination Specialist; Cayman Islands Specialist; Marriott Hotel Excellence Sales Specialist; Disney Specialist; Hawaii Destination Specialist; Las Vegas Certified Travel Agent; Britain Specialist; Cruise West Specialist; Royal Caribbean University Specialist; Kaua'i Specialist; Prince Resorts Plumeria Expert; Wedding Specialist; Alitalia Italy Specialist.
Susan, Travel Consultant
My name is Susan and I joined Burkhalter Travel in 1996. I am currently working on becoming a Certified Travel Counselor and I attend seminars whenever possible.
Over time I have been able to visit many of the destinations we offer including most of the U.S. and Hawaii, as well as popular destinations such as the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. I have traveled extensively in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy and - most recently - in Finland.
When I am not in the office or seeking out new destinations, I can be found at home working with my horse, dog sledding, or performing with the Mesoghios Dance Troupe.
Destination Specialist for North America; Caribbean Destination Specialist; Alaska Destination Specialist; Holland America 5-Star Agent.
Baraboo - 141 Third Avenue Baraboo, WI 53913; Phone: 608-356-4999 or 800-660-8359; email@example.com
Michelle, Branch Manager
My name is Michelle and I am a native of Baraboo, Wisconsin. I have always wanted to be a travel agent, ever since I was a young girl. Following graduation from travel school, I worked several years as an agent, and now I am the Branch Manager of the Baraboo Burkhalter Travel office.
I love to travel! Ask me about Hawaii and the Cayman Islands! I've been to Disney World in Orlando many times. Outside of travel, I enjoy shopping for antiques, reading and enjoying my family.
I have traveled to many great places and I look forward to helping you plan your next trip, whether it be for business or pleasure!
Marriott Hotel Excellence Sales Specialist / Disney College of Knowledge Graduate
Jeaunne, Travel Consultant
My name is Jeaunne and I am very pleased to be part of the Burkhalter Travel family! My background consists of 20 years of travel agency experience both as an agent and manager. I also have an extensive background in sales, management and marketing.
Please give me a call. I will be happy to assist you with all your travel needs.
Chalet Travel - 226 S. Forrest St., Stoughton, WI 53589; Phone: 608-873-8133 or 800-733-6970; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lou, Travel Consultant
Hi! My name is Mary Lou and I work at Chalet Travel as a travel consultant, and I have been in the travel business since 1985. I've been fortunate enough to travel to many diverse areas of the world. I've been to Kyoto, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; England; the Canadian Rockies; Barbados, St. Lucia and Jamaica in the Caribbean, and Cancun and Cozumel in Mexico. I've also traveled to many areas in the United States including Disneyland.
When I'm not working or traveling, I like to read or work out.
I hope you'll visit me at Chalet Travel in Stoughton ... I'd love to help you with your vacation or business plans.
Caribbean Destination Specialist; Holland America Line 5-Star Agent Certification; Certified Sandals/Beaches Specialist; Alaska Destination Specialist; Marriott Hotel Excellence Sales Specialist; Puerto Vallarta Specialist; Cancun Counselor; Alitalia Italy Specialist.
Olson Travel Service - 17550 W Bluemound Rd, Suite 202, Brookfield, WI 53045; Phone: 262-782-0110 or 800-847-5921; email@example.com
Nadine, Vacation Travel Consultant
Nadine has an extensive travel background, having begun her career with Eastern Airlines. She had been employed with two other agencies before joining Olson Travel. Nadine works as a leisure travel agent and has traveled most of the United States, including Hawaii, Mexico and both Eastern and Western Europe and parts of Central America. SHe will be happy to assist you with your vacation travel plans.
Dawn, Business Travel Consultant
I have been employed in the travel industry for over 25 years with the last 20 in corporate travel at Olson Travel. Prior to that, I worked as a reservationist for Funway/Funjet and served as both a vacation and corporate agent at several area agencies. I have enjoyed travel to Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean and also been on several cruises. I will be happy to assist you with your business travel plans.
Laurie has been in the travel industry for over 25 years and still enjoys coming to work everyday!! She has sent vacationers around the world, from Las Vegas to Tahiti. Being well-traveled herself, Laurie's knowledge translates into especially memorable vacation experiences for her clients. Give Laurie a call anytime...she will be happy to assist you with all your travel plans.
Travel Headquarters - 2095 John F. Kennedy Road, Ste. 1, Dubuque, Iowa 52002; Phone: 563-588-3456 or 800-383-0563; firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie, Branch Manager
Darci, Travel Consultant