Vicky Malakoff 

Bend, OR United States
Destination: Uncharted, an independent affiliate of Largay Travel
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Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Food & Wine
  • Independent Tours
  • Spa Vacations
  • Safari
  • River Cruising


Destinations
  • Germany
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • United States - All
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Selling Travel Since
2017
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German

My Background

Vicky Malakoff, the founder of Destination: Uncharted has been a lifelong fearless explorer who's traveled the world many times over. Under her guidance and leadership, we deliver the opportunity to anyone who wishes to see the world like a local, through the careful crafting of custom itineraries most people would never think to pursue on their own. It also helps that Vicky was born and raised in Germany, and has also lived in France and England, which qualifies her and us as your top European vacation experts.

Imagine being a 5-year-old member of an expatriate family living in Nigeria where a family vacation was a safari adventure in which you were egged on by your mom to stand just steps away from a elephant for a terrifying snapshot with your brother. Or maybe your mother is aiming her camera to photograph a giraffe in Kenya and she “accidentally” captures a perfect shot of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Perhaps you travel to Turkey where you have the juxtaposition of the bustling bazaars of modern Turkey with the Greek ruins of Ephesos. There you reflect on how you are walking over the same flagstones that Greek soldiers trod some 2,000 years before and can scarcely wrap your mind around it. The previous describes just a fraction of some of Vicky's travel experiences as a young person that has defined her lifelong interest in travel and the reason why exotic and fearless travel is her passion.As the founder of Destination: Uncharted, designing incredibly unique travel itineraries for people who dream to be immersed in authentic culture while on vacation is Vicky's primary goal. She has traveled the world – 28 countries and counting – and identified the best ways to visit countries in a way to that allows you to feel what it’s like to be a local.

Vicky's personal expertise has afforded her the skill set to figure out where to go, where to stay, how to get from A to B, and what to do along the way. She's always looking for ways to venture off the beaten path to find more intimate, local experiences. Imagine taking a cooking class, or having locals take you around to their favorite dining spots, offering you an immediate view of the destination from a different angle. Walking, taking the subway or renting a bike puts you on eye-level with local life, rather than observing from a motor coach. This is the definition of the ultimate immersive travel experience and Vicky is so pleased to be able create travel experiences for anyone willing to be fearless.

As travel advisers, this is the approach we offer to you. Based on an initial consultation that establishes how you like to travel and what you are passionate about, we design your dream vacation experience. Destination: Uncharted takes care of all the details – booking you into the right hotels, securing restaurant reservations, buying attraction tickets in advance to help you skip the lines, and making sure there’s someone to get you to the right place at the right time. All you have to do is show up and enjoy!

Places I Have Traveled


Memberships 

Virtuoso Alliances
  • Saveur Advisory Board
  • Virtuoso Wanderlist Specialist

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Great experience

By: Jules


Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2019

Vicky listened to what we wanted out of our vacation, recommended excursions and accommodations which we took. She was spot on! Very in tune and responsive.

Bucket list trip to Israel

By: History Pilgrims


Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2019

Vicky was understanding of a tricky connection, and helped us find a flight on an alternate carrier.

Vicky gave us a trip of a lifetime

By: kapu


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2019

As an avid self planned traveller all my life, you would think I would have done this "northern lights thing" by myself. But the minute my husband and I decided to go for it, Vicky was the first person to come to my mind. My goal: catch northern lights; my dates: fixed, The rest: Vicky. She found the perfect place for us at Lyngen Lodge. With the logistics and small hurdles we faced, Vicky was right on top of it, informing us, planning alternatives and getting us where we needed to. She even planned out our transit day in Tromso. We showed up with nary a worry and enjoyed the whole experience. It was truly magical. The five days we spent in the arctic gave us everything from physical adventurous stuff like dog sledding, snow shoeing to relaxing stay at a beautiful lodge. Vicky chose this place for us as it has a high probability of northern lights and despite the forecast , the skies cleared out for a couple of days for us to catch the lights. Thank you Vicky!

Vicky Malakoff is great!

By: Micki


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2019

Vicky was prompt, caring, thorough with good suggestions.

Spectacular Vacation

By: Ginny


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2019

Vicky met with us several times prior to our trip. I would give her a thumbs up on every aspect. She found places that were perfect for us and took the hassle out of all the transfers that we were dreading. We were able to enjoy everything without having to worry about how to get from here to there. We have already recommended her to several of our friends!

Vicky is the best!

By: Sgeorges3


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2019

Vicky is great - does her homework and provides a great personal touch. Very timely responses and very helpful going above and beyond expectations.

A wonderful vacation

By: Jane


Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2019

Vicky is very easy to work with. She listened to my needs and expectations and was able to fill them quickly and without stress on my part. My daughter and I had a wonderful time in Oregon.

Highly Recommended

By: Jackie


Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2019

Vicky did a phenomenal job coordinating my extended family's recent trip to Europe, which included 4 countries and 4 family groups. There were alot of moving pieces to the puzzle, and Vicky was able to get everyone where they wanted to go. The lodging accommodations at each destination were great and she gave us ample ideas of things to do and places to each at each location. Right before the trip, we were given access to an app that provided all of the information for each step of the trip, including prepayments to hotels and copies of tickets and itineraries for day trips and travel. She was always available during the planning to answer every little question we had and was very responsive while we were traveling as well when we needed her. She made it so easy to be able to take this trip of a lifetime, and stayed within our budgets as well! We were all very pleased with the service Vicky provided to us.

Family Adventure

By: ks


Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2019

Vicky was both professional and helpful. She made sure our trip was organized and thought of extra details that matched my family's needs. When we had a problem with one of our apartments, we were able to reach out to her and she advocated on our behalf.

Traveling with Vicky

By: Ellen


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

Vicky is one of the most informative and experienced travel agents I have worked with as she not only has traveled a great deal but is patient and insightful to your needs!

Bravo!

By: Sandy


Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2019

Vicky did a fantastic job planning an amazing trip to Portugal and the Azore Islands for us!

Easy and safe to deal with

By: Igor & Marina


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2019

Vicky is attentive and is doing a great job helping to plan and implement the travel dreams. Very useful app with all information.

Amazing Anniversary/Special Birthday Trip to Spain and Portugal

By: sgeorges3


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2019

Vicky and her team at Made for Spain and Portugal arranged a wonderful and most memorable two-week trip to Spain and Portugal for our group of four to celebrate my wife's and my anniversary and a special birthday. Our trip itinerary (9/21/19-10/4-19) was customized to our requests and balanced a perfect blend of solo and guided travel. We covered quite a bit of ground, (Barcelona, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, La Rioja wine country, Bilbao, flight to Porto, Porto, train to Lisboa, Lisoa, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril), all hotels were high quality (4 Star), and centrally located, and our guides and drivers made sure that we made every connection. We had a highly customized and private trip that covered far more territory in depth than comparable trips arranged by quality tour operators (Tauck), at a very comparable cost. Thank you Vicky for arranging very special and unforgettable trip!

Vicky Malakoff Review

By: alannot


Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2019

Vicky was a pleasure to interact with. She took an initial fairly comprehensive assessment of my wife and my interests, etc., and created a program that turned out to be interesting and enjoyable

Good job

By: On the go


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2019

Vicky was a terrific agent. She offered great options given the preferences we expressed. She was on top of every aspect of the trip planning process and kept us well informed. We had a lovely experience on our trip

Could not be more pleased

By: Mike


Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

Vicky was super helpful and helped us explore ideas, destinations and venues that we had not thought about. We ended up in such a great place and we could not be more thrilled for our adventures.

Europe

By: Duane Myers


Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2019

Took my first trip to Europe in November 2019. Can't imagine having to plan all the transportation, tours & accommodations on my own. Vicky did a fabulous job from start to finish. There was a glitch in one of our train rides just few days before we left for our trip. (some kind of track repair/damage issue?) Vicky handled a last minute change from train to a short flight and then helped us with the refund for the tickets when we returned home. I highly recommend Vicky's personalized services and her broad knowledge of travel.

Thailand adventure

By: Freddie


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2020

Excellent. Very knowledgeable. Did lots of excellent research to find the best activities and locations for me. Was considerate about costs. Very responsive to questions and changes.

Simply the best

By: Jeff


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2020

She pays attention to detail. She is thorough in her planning, caring and makes sure you get exactly what you want and need. She is almost always available if there is a unforeseen problem during your trip.

Top Notch Agent

By: Scott S


Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2020

Working with Vicky is a pleasure. She is usually three steps ahead and anticipates most situations that may arise. Our trip was seamless with regard to all transfers and excursions that she arranged in advance. I am already in the process of booking two more trips with her and have recommended her to several colleagues

Vicky

By: Veronica


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2020

Excellent Vicky is efficient, thorough and very pleasant to deal with.

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