Come along and meet my friends!
Over the course of a lifetime of traveling, working, studying and living in Europe, I have made an abundance of friends and created an amazing community for my guests to step into. I am proud of our team of local experts, licensed guides, producers of wines and local regional specialties and local chefs, as they are the foundation of every trip we create.
Manlio De Monte
WWI tour guide in Northern Italy
Manlio was born and raised in Udine, Italy, in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It was therefore a natural fact of life to develop an appreciation for good wines, good cuisine and his beautiful Italy. He was educated in the classics, with an emphasis on history, literature and philosophy. Having served in the Italian Army’s Mountain Troops for several years and presently serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, his love for history, notably military history, grew as time went by. He is deeply passionate and knowledgeable about both the Great War and the Second World War, which indelibly shaped the course of history in his region. An avid reader, Manlio's Friulan upbringing spurred him to deepen his knowledge of the history that shaped his region, with a distinctive accent on the Great War events along the Italian front, which are often underestimated, misunderstood and even downright forgotten. Whenever he’s not busy playing with his dog, Matix, he enjoys travelling with his wife Audrey.
Janet Kucks, CITM
Janet Kucks is a Certified International Tour Manager living in Colorado and has been leading small group tours for about a decade. She is passionate about travel and enjoys providing personal experiences that highlight the local culture and food throughout the journey. Janet specializes in Italy, South America (Machu Picchu, Galapagos, Argentina), Switzerland and Austria, and Scandinavia. She has led travel in several other countries and plans to continue exploring new destinations. Janet is an important part of Travels with Audrey, as she is the person working on client itineraries when Audrey is out on tour with clients.
Italy in-country associate
After high school, Lucetta studied Hotel Administration in England and once back home in Italy, she started her career in the Travel Industry by working for Lusturismo Agency in Luserna San Giovanni and Torino and Ramognini Travel Agency in Pinerolo, Torino. From 1975 to 1989 she worked in a well-known Travel Agency in Torino and dedicated her time designing customized tours for small groups to Italy and throughout Europe. In 1989 she became the owner of her own company, "I Viaggi di Lucetta" in Torino, where she specialized in custom tours for her own groups to the United States, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Australia and Africa. In 2006 she also added to her long list of experiences, working as a facilitator for the President of Universal Studios and NBC during the Torino Winter Olympic Games. Today she is an important part of Audrey's team offering her expertise in all regions of Italy and helping create unique custom itineraries for clients.
Licenzed Venice Tour Guide & in-country associate
Cinzia, born in Venice, graduated in History at the University of Venice. From 1982 to 1984, Cinzia lived in the United States, collaborating with the U.S. Department of the Interior at the Golden Gate Recreation Area, then in Orlando, Florida, and working at EPCOT as an Italian Culture Representative. When she returned to Venice she began to work in tourism as a tour leader and interpreter. From 1991 to 1997 she held lectures on the City’s History and Art for the UNESCO Campaign on safeguarding Venice as well as contributing to the restoration of two 15th and 19th century paintings in the Church of Santa Maria Formosa in Venice. Cinzia recently graduated with honors receiving a Master's Degree in Economy and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities. Since 2000, Cinzia has been working as a registered guide of Venice, leading tours in English, French and Spanish and together with her husband Luigi, they share their love for their beautiful city.
Piedmont in-country associate
Former tour manager, Marco retired from leading luxury tours to Italy, Iceland and Switzerland after fourteen years to start his own company to introduce clients to his beloved home region of Piedmont, as well as neighboring regions of Liguria and Val d’Aosta. As an in-country associate, Marco makes sure the pace of the itinerary allows some quiet time to take in the vibe of the destination. He is also an advocate of local small food producers and organic farms where he likes to take his clients, exposing them to the most authentic traditions of Piedmont. With the ease of access to so many travel options, nowadays what makes the difference is the ability to plan a trip by focusing on quality, slow pace (less is more!), authenticity and interaction with locals.
Germany in-country associate
Kerstin lives in Germany. She studied English and geography at the University of Potsdam and after graduating from her Masters, applied for an internship at a local tour company and has remained in the travel industry ever since. She has always had a passion for travelling and has been to almost all the countries in Europe as well as most of the States in the United States. Professionally she is an important part of the team designing custom itineraries in Germany for our clients.
Licensed Austria Guide
Astrid grew up in the countryside and has been living in Salzburg with her husband and their 3 kids for 25 years. Her passion is travelling and sports (biking, hiking, golf and especially skiing in winter). She also loves good food together with a tasty glass of Austrian wine. Astrid studied for a university degree in Business Administration and after some experiences abroad, has been working as a licensed Austria Guide and travel agent since 2010. She is always seeking out the traditional, authentic, special and sophisticated, she speaks 4 languages (English, Italian, Spanish & French) and is very talented in organizing outstanding experiences for our guests (e.g. culinary adventures, bike experiences, behind the scenes). She still discovers new perspectives of the beautiful city of Salzburg as it offers a wide range of culture, culinary specialties, nature and history!
Croatia in-country associate
Growing up in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, Vesna decided early on that, there was nothing else she’d rather do than become a licensed tour guide. Vesna graduated from the University of Dubrovnik majoring in tourism and for 15 years worked for leading travel agencies in Croatia. In 2015, she realized it was time for something new. Together with her husband, they started their own travel agency where Vedran is in charge of transportation and Vesna organizes private tours throughout Croatia, and of course – she herself guides! Vesna is a proud mother of 3, owner of a golden retriever named Max, speaks French, Spanish and English fluently, and truly enjoys sharing the love for her country.
France in-country associate
Taking care of guests while they discover France is in Pierre’s DNA. Pierre distills 20 years of travel experience into carefully crafted trips. Today more than ever, Pierre, is looking at every aspect of how we run trips and taking steps with our suppliers to meet all safety and health requirements. Pierre lives by the moto: “people travel with people they like and trust”. Trustworthiness of a local partner is of the utmost importance, and Pierre makes it his sacred mission to deliver what was promised. When Pierre does not plan trips, he is busy coaching soccer and enjoying all sorts of mountain activities, be it in the winter or in the summer. Together with his wife and two kids, Pierre lives in France and is a very important part of Travels with Audrey.
Maria Isabel Neves Vieira
Licensed Portugal Tour Guide & in-country associate
Isabel received her degree in Tour Guiding and Tourism Management from INP, Instituto Superior de Novas Profissoes in 1980, followed by a course in Influence of Judaism in European Culture at the Department of Jewish Teaching of the Israeli Lisbon Community, and several courses on medieval art and history at the FCSH (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences). She is proficient in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Since 1980 she has worked as a Certified Tour Guide and Tour Manager for national and international companies. She is an important part of the Travels with Audrey team, providing clients unique experiences as a local expert guide and designing custom itineraries that showcase the best Portugal has to offer.
Spain in-country associate
Gunda lives in the south of Spain where she has been working in the travel industry for the last 10 years. A German native, she works together with German and English speaking clients. Her most important aim is to offer a personalized service, offering clients exposure to the authentic Spanish culture. She studied philosophy in Germany before coming to Spain, where she fell in love with the country and stayed working in the world of travel. Gunda is an important part of the Travels with Audrey's team as an in-country associate involved in the design and programing of custom itineraries, showcasing the best Spain has to offer.
Licensed Madrid tour guide
Angela is from Madrid and has been working as a guide since 1995...time flies! She loves being with people, speaking different languages and showing off her amazing country. As a local guide, Angela has specialized in Central Spain. That means Madrid and surroundings (Avila, Salamanca, Toledo, Segovia). Most of her guests tell her that they didn't expect to find so many beautiful places with such a long history in this region! She looks forward to showing you the city where she was born, its charming places, impressive monuments, great museums, and delicious cuisine. See you soon!
Licensed Cordoba Tour Guide
Maria is a graduate in tourism, and her working life since 1993 has always been in tourism. In 1996, she began to work as an interpreter and tourist guide. Over 25 years later, she has had the joy of meeting people from all over the world and still loves what she does. Maria looks forward to showing you around the city where she was born—Córdoba, with its blend of Muslim and Christian influences, world-class artisans, and unsurpassed number of world heritage sites.
Licensed Barcelona tour guide
Georgina lives in Premià de Mar, located in El Maresme—a little region near Barcelona. She loves traveling, visiting museums, drinking wine, taking pictures and drawing. She loves her city and the surrounding region, and looks forward to showing you not only the famous places of Barcelona, such as the soaring architectural marvels, but also some hidden gems from outside the city.
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