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Valerie Sondergeld, CTC, DS, LS

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Interests & Specialties

A veteran of the travel industry, Val has been with Central Travel for 42 years. As you might expect, she has traveled the world, but her specialties and interests lie in the Caribbean. She visits at least one or two islands every year. She is a member of exclusive GI Vacation Consultant program with El Dorado Spa, and Azul Hotels by Karisma which are adults only and family-friendly resorts and great for honeymoons, wedding destinations, romance, anniversary and family vacations.

Val and her husband went to Couples Negril, Jamaica in November 2015 to renew t40th-anniversary wedding vows. She has first-hand experience and can assist you with this special celebration!

Val is very familiar with Couples Resorts and has stayed at all resorts at least once and at Couples Negril three times. She has arranged several weddings at the Negril location and holds the Couples Resort certification. Val has recently completed Princess Cruises "Alaska Expert" program. She also holds the prestigious Commodore status with Cunard Academy. Val is located at the Central Ave location in Toledo.

Expert Bio

Ms. Sondergeld has experienced all the major islands of the Caribbean at least once during her years in the business. In addition to a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC), she is a Certified Sandals Specialist, Aruba Specialist and has attended the American Airlines Caribbean Travel Mart that takes place in San Juan each year. She has completed both Cancun and Puerta Vallarta specialist courses with each tourism board. Many resorts offer perfect honeymoon and anniversary packages, and Ms. Sondergeld will help you find the one that is right for you. Ms. Sondergeld is also a Certified Honeymoon Specialist and over the years she has helped couples plan destination weddings in Jamaica, Hawaii, Cabo, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. She loves planning romantic getaways for all types of clients. As a Certified Sandals Specialist, she is particularly knowledgeable about the Caribbean Sandals Resorts, and has personally visited and stayed at many of these resorts. Val also loves to cruise and is a NCL University graduate, a Princess Cruise Commodore, a graduate of Royal Caribbean’s University of WOW and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Specialist Program.

MY RECENT TRIPS

Paris Bridge and Castle

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Paris and visited several hotels.  My favorite was our host hotel Sofitel Le Faubourg. This property is a Chic boutique type hotel with only 147 rooms and suites with contemporary design but with look and feel of 18th century.  It is in an excellent location to major store for shopping (expensive!) and an easy to walk to Opera area and Lafeyette Galleries which is a department store for some shopping.  The US Embassy is close by and the street is guarded but no problems walking by it.


Our rooms were deluxe room category that has one double bed, 270 sq. ft., TV, CD player, minibar, safe, work desk, free Wi-Fi and Hermes toiletries.  Buffet breakfast included each morning and was very good with wide range of food to choose from (croissants were awesome).  There is a gourmet restaurant at hotel for lunch and dinner but we did not eat here for either.  There is 24 hour room service, a spa and fitness center.  The bar in the hotel had a fireplace and very Parisian style.  There are a few local café/restaurants nearby as well. 

General thoughts on Paris:
Our tour by Walks (which is Signature) of Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle (stain glass is a must see) and the Concierge was excellent.  Violet, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable, personable and funny.  We all learned so much on the tour and would recommend it to anyone.  Walking tours are great way to see the sights and plan ahead!  Max on this tour is 15 and have headsets to hear the guide.


The metro is easy to use for major tourist sights, but difficult to use for smaller areas.  Uber was relatively inexpensive and much easier to get around.  A private transfer to Charles de Gaulle is the ONLY way to go.  The traffic was crazy and our driver was great.  Allow every bit of 3 hours with security tight and it does take time to get through it all.

Stop and enjoy a pastry and coffee.  Taste Paris and take in sights that are like no other!

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