Val Kittson & Jane Munzell - The Waterway Travel Team at Connoisseur Travel

We’re focused on getting you places.

Val Kittson and Jane Munzell share a passion for travel and in September of 2012 they came together as The Waterway Travel Team. Val and Jane are customer focused purveyors of fine travel on oceans, rivers and land. Let their expert knowledge work for you to get you where you want to go. They handle all aspects of your travel experience from start to finish including transfers, excursions and air and will provide you with high-touch individualized service.

Val and Jane are group travel experts, managing both small and large groups with their expert planning services. Whether it's a family or friend reunion, or a group of travelers who share a love for almost anything you can imagine (wine, golf, food, history, health and wellness, crafting, etc.), they take care of every detail while simplifying the process for you. Women Wandering the World is a travel group organized by Jane and Val that brings inquisitive, knowledge-seeking women together who enjoy exploring with other like-minded travelers. If you’re interested in traveling with a great group of women, you can get more information here.

They can also take your business meeting and incentive travel to a new level. Take your team to fabulous destinations to experience team building and educational seminars or reward your sales team or clients with a luxurious trip they won’t soon forget. Val and Jane will find the perfect venue and handle all aspects of the travel experience from start to finish. We customize each trip to meet your company’s needs while offering the utmost in customer service to you and your travelers.

Working with Val and Jane provides peace of mind in knowing your travel plans will be seamless form the planning stages right through to the return home.

Have an idea for a group? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll explore the possibilities together!

We’re looking forward to working with you!

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Have you heard of Uniworld River Cruises? Uniworld offers a luxury experience and is now offering their "Best Offer," with 30% savings on select sailings. Here's what Holly and Rich E. of Germantown, MD have to say about their Uniworld experience along with their Barcelona visit after their cruise to Provence:

"We had the most wonderful vacation - thank you so much for helping us with this. The SS Catherine and the crew/staff were wonderful and attentive. We so enjoyed all of our meals and the wines pairings. The waitstaff were entertaining and attentive. Interacting with them and learning where their homes were was interesting and fun. The excursions offered were so wonderful. We learned about each of the villages/towns/cities we visited and the guides, well they were beyond wonderful. The stories told about the history of the area and the commentary that went along was at times hilarious! Our guide in Viviers, Frances, was the best - not only did she live in the village, she opened her home to us to allow us a glimpse of the homes that have existed for hundreds of years. What a treat. We did participate in some of the additional excursions and had the pleasure of seeing a chateau built in 1190 and still operating as a vineyard. The Comet's family is living in the chateau and gave us the history of how it had grown and changed over the centuries. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of boeuf bourguignon with cheesy potatoes paired with his family's wine. Such a wonderful experience.

Barcelona is a really beautiful city and we toured the Picasso Museum, the Sagrada Familia - this was unbelievably beautiful and something not to be missed. The Park Geull, the public area only - we missed being able to tour the park itself because of the timed entries requirement but something to catch the next time we visit. The area around the Picasso Museum was fascinating and we wondered around for hours - having paella on La Ramblas and wondering through the market. So much to see and do. We had dinner at a waterfront restaurant - had to see the Mediterranean Sea!

We are definitely going to do another river cruise with Uniworld! We just need to determine the when and the where."

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Call us at 866.595.3667 and ask about our additional special offer if you book now for 2019.

The Edge is a beautiful ship. We had a great evening and morning. More information to come, but we wanted to share with you her most unique feature - The Magic Carpet. Situated on the outside of the ship it is raised and lowered to become an extension to various decks. On Deck 5 it becomes an open air extension of Raw of 5, a fabulous seafood restaurant. Use it to board a tender on Deck 2. It has a full bar with comfortable seating. It's a destination unto itself!

Sailaway out of Port Everglades on the new CELEBRITY EDGE. Join us over the next two days as we experience all she has to offer!

Have you been considering a river cruise? We are offering almost 30% off current pricing on a few more cabins on the Enchanting Rhine on the May 20th, 2019 sailing. Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the beautiful AmaKristina. This is an incredible value that doesn't often present itself. Call us for details at 866-595-3667 or visit

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We know you have high expectations, and so do we. Let us help you find the best cruise to fit your needs. Below are just a few of our favorite and most popular cruises that we can personalize for you. We know you have high expectations, and so do we. Let us help you find the best cruise to fit your needs. Below are just a few of our favorite and most popular cruises that we can personalize for you.

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Have you considered a Uniworld river cruise? Contact us to help you find the cruise that's right for you! There’s a moment on every Uniworld Boutique River Cruise when it becomes clear. A moment when you realize that this journey is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and beyond anything you could have expected.

AmaMagna, Debuting on the Danube in May 2019

For all you river cruisers out there, check out AmaWaterways' ground breaking AmaMagna - she most definitely will not disappoint!

Luxury knows no bounds on board the extraordinary AmaMagna featuring 5 bars, 4 unique dining venues, the Zen Wellness Studio and the one and only Water Sport...

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Join us for one of our upcoming seminars and learn about Viking, AmaWaterways and Uniworld river cruise lines and discover the more about each and which is the perfect choice for you. We will be at Total Wine on Monday, September 17th in Leesburg and Tuesday, September 18th in Gainesville from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Light refreshments, soft drinks and a wine tasting will be served. Registration required as space is limited.

Register at or call 866.595.3667 to reserve your space.

10 Things You Should Never Do On a Cruise

Some fabulous advice on planning the perfect cruise - if you're thinking about planning a wonderful family vacation or romantic getaway, give us a call and we'll find the cruise that's right for you! Newbie and experienced cruisers alike can make mistakes, whether it’s at the time of booking, on embarkation day, or on the water. Here are our tips for avoiding 10 of the most common cruising pitfalls.

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Arriving in Monaco near the bottom of the cliff that holds the Prince’s castle overlooking the sea is really magnificent. The number of cruise ships shuttling people to land, in addition to the choppy seas that couldn't be felt on the Quest, but made tendering a sporting event in itself, made for a very busy port on race day. We're not big race fans, but we were lured to town to experience the vibe of the gathering of those who faithfully follow Formula racing.

We didn't have tickets for the race, and while they could be purchased on race day, we opted to forego tickets since we arrived into town just as the race was starting. We worked our way up the hill with the loud sound of the powerful engines evident all over town. We could see a sliver of the race from far away which I must admit, did not quite scratch the itch, but it'll have to do. We made our way back into town, which was lined with vendors selling all sorts of race paraphernalia. We were able to watch the rest of the race on a gigantic screen in a crowded area of town set up just for that.

After the race thousands of people moved from their track-side seats into other parts of town which became congested quickly. Friends we met on the ship stayed on in Monaco to enjoy drinking champagne and shaking bottles and releasing the bubbly randomly into the air. These festivities were included in their ticket price of around 1,500 euros each to be in a balcony hotel suite overlooking nearly a third the track (which is actually a great view). They ambled into town when post race champagne festivities quickly ended to find Liam Gallagher from Oasis live in concert just in front of the Monaco Maserati dealership. As you can already surmise, this was not the day to sightsee in Monaco, but an 18 hour port stay allowed passengers to stay in town into the wee hours if they chose. All aboard for departure was not until 2:30 a.m.!

We enjoyed the Quest so much, we returned to take part in the “White Night" festivities around the pool that included a dinner menu of lobster tails, various meat, fish and vegetarian entrees, salads, cheeses, pastas, beautiful ice sculptures, wine and desserts as well as dancing to the Quest orchestra in the open air venue.

Earlier in the trip we enjoyed massages in the onboard spa. The Quest is equipped with a great workout facility with various complimentary classes throughout the day.

Packing, along with saying our goodbyes to several new friends finished off the evening.

After our last delicious breakfast on the ship it was time for disembarkation. It was a simple process with no wait on the Quest. I would highly recommend having transfers booked in and out of Nice. Relying on a taxi at the stand promises to be a wait unless you hit it just right. An Uber when cruise ships come in can be 2-3 times a normal rate because if the high demand. We can book private or shared cars to alleviate the hassle.

Sadly we're nearing the end of our journey and are off to the train station to take the TGV (high speed train) back to Paris before we fly home. Flying from Nice back to the U.S. is preferred if you don't care to spend time elsewhere. The timing of the train schedule and the almost six hour train ride costs an extra day away from home, so flying and booking early is the way to go. Nice is not far from Monaco, so prices increase and availability decreases the closer you book to race time.

We'll be posting more about Azamara cruises in the next couple of days. It's the perfect product for some, whether it be for a future year’s Grand Prix or perhaps a purely relaxing or culture filled vacation with their longer port stops. The experience on board was top notch.

Thanks to those who came along with us on Facebook!

Waking up with our stateroom facing Monaco, on race day provided much excitement. We, and many enthusiasts, anticipated this day. The first task was to flip on our television/information center and order our in-room breakfast. If you order enough, or in our case too much, you'll find two well-trained servers delivering your breakfast to your linen covered table on your balcony. Tres bon!

Without being onshore yet, the excitement builds. Luxury cruise ships line the water, and yachts sail by and anchor close to shore. Breakfast includes helicopters flying overhead delivering race goers to town from surrounding airports. The sounds of race car engines can be heard with the running of Porsche and other races prior to the big F1 race this afternoon. Tenders are bobbing on the sea, carrying excited passengers to shore. We will make our way to town.

St. Tropez is a small, vibrant town with a beautiful marina that was buzzing with activity when we arrived. We opted to sleep in and go into town around 1 p.m. We've never encountered more than 10 or so guests on a tender and Azamara runs two tenders between ship and port continually, so we've not had to wait. Thirteen hours in port again, allows us many options.

Every designer is represented in its own storefront. We moved past Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and all the rest in favor of finding a little shop where sandals can be custom fitted and handmade. The famous shop has been hand making sandals for St. Tropez goers for nearly 100 years.

Many well behaved and fancily coiffed dogs walk nicely with their well coiffed owners around town. More gelato, beautiful tasty pastry and outdoor cafes line the streets and the waterfront . Today we opted for a taste of the famous Tarte Tropezienne, a sponge cake with a cream filling. We took it to go and had it at the Mosaic Cafe on the ship, a delightful coffee shop where you can have your choice of specialty coffees made to your liking. Small bites can accompany your coffee, served by cheerful staff in a lovely setting, compliments of Azamara.

A visit to St. Tropez might be incomplete without a trip to one of the gorgeous beaches frequented be the rich and famous. The beach is lovely and had many visitors on a perfect-weather afternoon.

It's a lovely group of friendly people on the ship. We've seen a couple of teens and one baby, several 30 somethings, but mostly 40s-70s as you’d expect. I have my 18 year old with me and she's having the time of her life! Most we've met are looking forward to race day in Monaco. More on that later.

A special dinner then into the onboard casino for a little blackjack rounded out our day.

Perfect day in Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Lovely shops, dining and architecture are abundant in these quaint towns. A quick ferry ride between the two towns with cobbled streets and twelve hours in port allowed us time to see both. Others enjoyed a visit to Cinque Terre. The coastline of Italty is breathtaking - rugged, mountainous and buildings centuries old built into the cliffs. Gelato, pastries and lunch made from fresh ingredients delighted the palate. Back to the port to be greeted be Azamara's crew serving iced water, lemonade and cold towels. A quick tender back to the Quest and we are ready for some fine dining and entertainment on board. Smaller ship cruising is a completely unique experience.

We boarded the Azamara Quest in Nice with a warm welcome and enjoyed a fabulous al fresco lunch overlooking the yachts and beautiful view from the ship. A bottle of wine, fruit and chocolate covered strawberries awaited us in our stateroom. We already love assistant waiter Russell and our stateroom attendant Giri, both ready to serve our every need. A trip to the spa for a tour, and then to the onboard library to choose a book to read over the next several days. Now it's time to relax on the cushioned loungechairs poolside. Heading to Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy tonight when we leave port at 11 PM.

[05/23/18]   Come along with us this weekend as we head to Nice, France to board Azamara Club Cruises. We'll visit Santa Margherita, Liguria, Italy, St. Tropez, and Monaco Monte-carlo.

7-night Bermuda Cruise

Are you still looking for the perfect graduation surprise or summer vacation? It's not too late start off your summer with a great vacation. With four in a family mini-suite aboard the Norwegian Escape, you can enjoy dining and entertainment for just $1,400 per person AND you'll receive a complimentary beverage package for the parents and receive $200 credit for the family toward a shore excursion each day you're in port on the beautiful island of Bermuda. It's an easy same day drive to the departure port in New York. If you're thinking about another destination let us help you sort through the many choices. Give us a call at 703-887-9926. Roundtrip New York City

Val Kittson & Jane Munzell - The Waterway Travel Team at Connoisseur Travel

RSVP for Monday evening's MeetUp. We'd love to meet you and have you consider coming along on one our Women Wandering the World trips.🌏🚢✈

Have you considered travel to Machu Picchu or a Western U.S. Pioneer Adventure? Join us on May 14th to hear what G G Adventures and Trafalgar Travel have to offer on these two great trips. We'll also be providing updates on some great group pricing on our Spa Cruise with Celebrity Cruises sailing in February, 2019. Join this great group of Women Wandering the World as we embark on exploring wonderful destinations. If you have questions, just give Val or Jane a call at 866-595-3667

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