Karen Schmiser CTC

Fort Smith, AR United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I started my career in the travel industry in 1987. In 1993, I earned the designation of Certified Travel Counselor from the Travel Institute in Wellesley, MA.

Throughout my career as a Travel Advisor, I have been fortunate to visit many destinations rich in culture, history, art, architecture, cuisine and incredible natural beauty. A few highlights of my travels have included walking on the Great Wall of China, traveling on the Hiram Bingham train to visit the breathtaking Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru, a visit to the gardens of Villa Carlotta at Tremezzo and a private boat cruise on Lake Como in Italy.

For destinations I have not experienced, my affiliation with Virtuoso grants me access to local experts around the world who arrange exclusive tours and excursions for my clients.

Whether you desire over-the-top luxury or something more scaled back, I listen to what you want in designing the trip of your dreams. I am focused on every aspect to ensure your time and money are well spent. I look forward to planning with you for many years to come.

Places I Have Traveled

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By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2014

Excellent service. Prompt, thorough, and follows up with requests in travel planning.

Highly recommend Karen

By: Rick

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2014

Karen does a great job, is very helpful,and knows the travel business inside and out!

Highly recommend...

By: Precious Angel

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2014

Awesome...perfection..so fast...the best ever...I will never use anyone else..Karen is the best...

Nice working with you

By: Rick & Mary Llew

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2014

Thanks for helping us with our travel plans!  It is always nice working with you! 

Excellent service, always

By: Cole Goodman

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2014

Highly Recommended


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2014

Karen always gets it right and has great attention to detail.We trust her recommendations and have never been disappointed. Karen has arranged several trips for us, both within the US and abroad. We have used her services twice this year and will when we travel in the future.

Highly recommended

By: Cliff/ Trinco

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

Awesome stay! Treated like royalty... Best Anniversary trip in 21Years!!

the best ever

By: Kaye 71

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2014

Karen took my info and ran with it...She planned everything to a tee...I have sent others to her because she did such a great job...Everything ran so smoothly. I will use her again...Great JOB...

Karen takes care of unforeseen problems quickly and effectively.

By: 1234

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2014

Any time a problem arises or we need a change in the middle of a trip Karen takes care of it to our satisfaction.

Job Well Done

By: James

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2015

Karen initially took the time to acquaint herself with our travel desires and wishes. As a result of that effort she has consistently provided the sage advice and professional service that we have found to be wonderfully refreshing. We never have a question, concern or worry that she hasn't quickly taken care of. She consistently gets us the best air flights with the best seating available. She consistently provides us the advice that proves she has traveled the world as we also desire to accomplish. She has recently booked us a multiple tour and air European trip that required determination and perseverance to bring all the different aspects and considerations together in a most timely manner. Additional, she always desires to hear how our last trip was and share in all our travel stories. We are trice blessed that she is our Travel Advisor.

Very responsive

By: Texas Homey

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2015

Karen was super responsive, from the start to the finish. I didn't really have a good direction for this trip. Karen was able to help with the logistics of the various cities and provided tours when I asked. We had a problem with a connection in London- I called in the wee hours of the morning US-time and she was wonderful. I would recommend her highly and will hopefully have the opportunity to work with her again.

Attention to Detail


Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2015

Karen was very helpful in planning our recent trip to Turks and Caicos. Along with arranging the details of our trip, Karen noticed that my daughter's passport was within 6 months of expiration and needed to be renewed before the trip to avoid customs delays. We had never considered the need before Karen pointed it out, but were able to get the passport renewed in plenty of time and everything went smoothly. We greatly enjoyed Turks and Caicos and the trip went off without a hitch as usual. Thanks Karen.

Expert friendly service

By: Cole

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2016

Another great trip planned by Karen!

A fantastic time!

By: Bucket list perfect!

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2016

The hotel in Amsterdam was so perfect! We were treated like royalty. The Ama Certo was a relaxing, friendly and customer service oriented. We enjoyed the whole experience!

Great Trip Coordination

By: James

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2016

Karen has provided us with superior customer service on our many foreign trips. Our most recent overseas travel could have been hindered by the latest TSA crises but she was able to coordinate our flight connections to minimize any problems. We depend on her to be available during our travel in case we need help and she is always there for us. We really enjoy sharing our travel experience with her and planning for our future travel. She is really a pleasure to work with!


By: jnm27

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2016

We were SO excited to go on our FIRST trip alone to Vegas in YEARS! When we got to the airport, American Airlines was having delays... We left FSM late, which made us late to our connection. The American Airlines reps were ANYTHING but helpful! They were trying to re-route us 100 different ways all of which would have added on about another 6 hours of traveling! We only only going to be there a few days and were so disappointed that we were essentially going to miss out on our first day there. I made 1 phone call to Karen, told her our situation and within 10 minutes, she had us re-booked on a DIRECT flight to our Vegas and we would be in within 2 hours of our original time of arrival! Couldn't have been more thankful for her help! THANK YOU!!!!


By: Cole

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

This trip was like all Karen has done for us: Great!


By: Jim

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2017

Outstanding! VERY professional, thoughtful and helpful.


By: Sneer

Reviewed on: 08 May 2017

Could not have been better or easier. Answered all questions and worked to make the travel less stressful.

If I wanted to title this I'd have added one


Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2017

Great great great

All Travel

By: Texas

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Excellent! We have used Karen as our travel agent for the past 15 years. She has arranged family travel, exotic travel, cruises, air, private guides and drivers- in other words, she can do it all! She's extremely professional, patient, and competent. Although we moved away over 10 years ago we still use her as our travel professional. You can't go wrong with Karen!

Ireland Trip

By: Peter

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

While we did most of our arrangements with Leslie Hatfield, Karen did oversee our trip. And the trip was better than anticipated.


By: Robert

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Good as always.

Car trip through the West

By: Old Folks

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

I have only positive things to say. Our trip required a room in a different city each night as well as one flight and a rental car. As soon as all reservations were made we had to delay the trip and reschedule everything. I dreaded making that phone call, but there wasn't a hint of frustration or annoyance. Reservations were immediately changed and we couldn't have been more pleased. Everything room was wonderful and things went like clockwork. I highly recommend this agency.

Excellent Service

By: James

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

Karen has consistently proven herself to be a very professional travel advisor. She is very knowledgeable and has a good grasp of details necessary for our travel. We have called her at all hours with travel problems which she is diligently tries to resolve. We know we can depend on her judgement and advice. She is always available and always helpful.

Working with Karen Schmiser, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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