Karen Listgarten 

Minneapolis, MN United States
VIAKU, an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel
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Travel Specialties
  • Independent Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel

Selling Travel Since
  • French
  • German
  • Swedish

My Background

I am the owner of VIAKU, an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel specializing in customized travel planning for time-challenged executives, their families and friends.

As a former executive for the Estee Lauder Companies, I know that traveling is something everyone loves to do, but spending the time it takes to ensure a great trip??? Not so much. My value to you is in distilling vast amounts of travel information down to those destinations and experiences that best match YOUR individual travel interests (hobbies & activities) and travel style (tastes & budget).

I believe that travel at its best is transformational - allowing you to authentically experience cultures, cuisines, languages and in-country activities that will make a difference in your life. And the experiences you have while traveling should be as individual and unique as you are. I utilize my personal extensive travel knowledge and the expertise of in-destination partners to create one-of-a-kind journeys unique to each client.

Whether it’s a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary or multi-generational family trip, or an extension of a business trip for pleasure, my clients see value in entrusting their vacation planning to a professional.

For over 40 years I have traveled the globe for education, work and pleasure visiting more than 44 countries most recently visiting Spain, Thailand, Italy, Vietnam and Cambodia. Prior to working in the travel industry I worked in retail sales, operations and international marketing for the Aveda and Origins brands. I have lived and worked in London, Munich, Stockholm, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I hold an MBA / MA in International Management & Strategic Planning and International Relations from the Wharton School's prestigious Lauder Institute. I speak French and German fluently and have working knowledge of Spanish and Swedish.

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  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
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  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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  • Sweden
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