Travel News for Week of January 14

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Hi Everyone,

Many of us use hotel reviewing sites to help make decisions on where to stay   This week I read an article that gave some good advice:  Sometimes the bad reviews do not tell the truth of a particular situation. But the replies from management can. When you’re looking at past guest reviews,  take a look at the reply from management to any criticism raised.  A  “lack of management response” to guest issues is very telling.  Many times there is no response,  but when there is, these responses should give the sense that problems are handled swiftly when brought to light and that customer service is paramount.

Walt Disney World will begin allowing some park goers to purchase additional FastPass tickets to guests staying in Club-level rooms.  Through the pilot program, Club Level resort guests who purchase a park ticket of three-days or longer, or an annual pass holder, will be able to purchase three extra fast passes for $50 per person, per day, to be used once per ride.  The program will be in addition to the standard FastPass+ system, which has allowed park guests to avoid long lines by reserving ride times in advance and entering through a special FastPass+ line. The extra fast passes will be able to be reserved 90 days in advance, as opposed to the traditional 60 days in advance, through the My Disney Experience app. The new option also includes preferred seating at one of the park’s nighttime shows, once per day and at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios.

If you are planning a trip out of the country, take a minute and check the expiration date of your passport.   Most of the time, passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the last date of your upcoming travel.    Several times this past year, I’ve had people call in a panic because they pulled their passport out a few days before travel, and it was either expired or close to expiration.   This is one anxiety producing situation no one needs.

One of the most irritating things about flying is the reclining seat.   Due to shrinking legroom, when passengers recline their seat, it really impacts the person in back of them.   Some airlines have plans to do away with the reclining seat or at least to limit the recline.  That won’t happen for a few years, but in the meantime, airline etiquette is to recline your seat the least amount you can to make yourself comfortable, and bring your seat back up during mealtimes.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.  Call for availability.

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.  Call for availability.

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    We will be ready for deposits later this week!

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits now!

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   We are pre-registering now for this trip.    We are only holding 20 rooms.

October 2019   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.  Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of January 7

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Hi Everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for some travel!!

In 2005, the Real ID Act established nationwide requirements for state IDs as a post-9/11 security measure. When Congress passed this act, the prospect of a vast number of U.S. travelers not being able to board planes by February 2018 because their driver’s license was determined not a compliant form of identification seemed highly unlikely.   But as the Act’s Jan. 22, 2018, deadline neared, there was increasing worry that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would implement identification restrictions that would have forced airline passengers to seek other approved forms of ID, like a passport.     The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has officially extended its Jan. 22, 2018 deadline for the implementation of the REAL ID Act. The TSA has confirmed that it would not start requiring passports to travel domestically from states not in compliance with the REAL ID Act until Oct. 1, 2020.   This is important for those of us in Michigan as we are one of the states waiting for an extension to be approved.   This means we won’t have to worry about traveling domestically without the new REAL ID until October of 2020.   Hopefully, the IDs of people in all states will meet the requirements.

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, hotels are now rethinking their policies regarding Do Not Disturb signs on guests’ doors. Hilton is the latest company to revise their policy.  They are now suggesting that a team member alert a security or duty manager if a Do Not Disturb sign or light has been in place on a guestroom door for more than 24 consecutive hours.

We learned a few weeks ago that four Walt Disney World hotels in Orlando– the Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Contemporary Resort and the adjoining Bay Lake Tower—have replaced the Do Not Disturb signs with “Room Occupied” signs.  Housekeeping and other staff will be allowed to enter the room even if the sign is on the door, but must knock and identify themselves first. Disney is notifying guests of the new policy when they arrive so as not to surprise them.

Random trivia:   Pack dryer sheets in your suitcases.    They will keep everything smelling fresh.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.m  Call for availability

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.  Call for availability.

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    We are putting the finishing touches on our itinerary and will be ready for deposits in just a couple weeks.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   We are pre-registering now for this trip.    We are only holding 20 rooms.

October 2019   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.  Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of December 17

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Hi Everyone,

The State Department is making changes designed to make it easier to access clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. The first step was the improved travel.state.gov website.  The next step will be the launch of new travel Advisories and Alerts for all countries, which will be available on travel.state.gov in mid-January 2018.    The current system of Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts will be replaced with a unified Travel Advisory for each country following a consistent format and apply one of four standard levels of advice:

Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions                                                                                                                                       Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution                                                                                                                                        Level 3 – Reconsider Travel                                                                                                                                                           Level 4 – Do Not Travel

One of the questions that I get asked very frequently is “Can I go on a cruise without a passport?”    The answer is maybe.  If you’re taking a closed loop cruise (a cruise that departs and returns from the same U.S. port), you’re only required to travel with a birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID. But, it’s still recommended that you travel with a passport.    If you should have some type of emergency and need to fly back to the US, you are going to have problems without a passport which is the reason it is still recommended.   If you’re not on a closed loop cruise, you’re required to travel with a valid passport which is the most dependable form of identification in all cases of cruise travel.

There was big news from the Mouse this week.   An article by Michelle Barran in this week’s Travel Weekly wrote: ‘The Walt Disney Company announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion which gives Disney access to the Marvel characters X-Men and Fantastic Four and also adds Avatar and National Geographic to its collection of assets.  Under the terms of the deal, pending government antitrust approval, Disney would assume ownership of 21st Century Fox’s film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000; its television units; and National Geographic, in addition to several other Fox properties.  “The agreement provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories,” Disney said in a release.  Disney also plans to integrate the resources that will be made available to the company through the National Geographic brand.   “Through the incredible storytelling of National Geographic — whose mission is to explore and protect our planet and inspire new generations through education initiatives and resources — Disney will be able to offer more ways than ever before to bring kids and families the world and all that is in it,” the company said in a release.

Note:   Our blog will not publish on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.   We will return January 7.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.m  Call for availability

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.  Call for availability.

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   We are pre-registering now for this trip.    We are only holding 20 rooms.

October 2019   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip. B  Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of December 10

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Hi Everyone,

TSA may be considering merging the popular PreCheck and Global Entry Programs.   “Delivering better security at a lower cost might be achieved by merging two of the “trusted traveler” programs that have become so popular with airline passengers,” the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said this week.   In a speech before the airport industry, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry programs, would streamline management of the two operations, and with better integration, possibly enhance security.  While this is just a proposal, new technology may allow this to happen sooner rather than later.

Luggage makers have been touting the next generation of luggage that can weigh themselves, track themselves, lock and unlock at the touch of a smartphone and even charge your electronics and double as a Wi-Fi hotspot.   Luggage is a great gift at any time of the year, but if you are luggage shopping, keep in mind the following:   Multiple airlines have instituted a “smart luggage ban.” The part of the product in question is the suitcase’s battery (usually a lithium), which must be removed in order to check your bag.

Word has it that Delta Air Lines plans to start charging basic economy passengers checked baggage fees on flights to Europe. The airline plans to charge $60 for the first bag and $100 for the second bag, a change that will apply to tickets bought after Dec. 6 for flights departing April 10 and beyond.    Delta and other major airlines have long allowed at least one free checked bag on flights to Europe. That policy will remain for other types of tickets, the airline said.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.m  Call for availability

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.  Call for availability.

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   We are pre-registering now for this trip.    We are only holding 20 rooms.

October 2019   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.   Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     This tour has a very short enrollment period.  Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of December 3

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Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of the year when we begin to think about our holiday travel.   Just a few reminders:

  • Do not wrap gifts that you are going to carry on.    They will  most likely need to be unwrapped, holding up the line.
  • Pies (may be subject to additional screening), cakes, bread, donuts, and yes, turkeys are allowed.
  • Not allowed: sauces, jellies and james, dips and spreads, oils and vinegar, soups, wine or any liquor.   Put in your checked bag if you have to but make sure to protect the rest of your contents.
  • Large electronics must be placed in a separate bin for screening.
  • For more info, visit http://www.tsa.gov

If you are going on a cruise, please note that lines are raising the cost of their drink packages.   In recent weeks, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian all raised their drink package prices.   Before purchasing, you want to do the math to see if you will drink enough to warrant purchasing a package.

Random travel tips:

  • Many times lunchtime is the best time to visit historical sites. The sites empty out and you’ll have fewer crowds to fight.
  • Try to avoid eating in a touristy area or near a tourist attraction.    Walk a few blocks in any direction and you’ll probably find better, less expensive food.
  • When getting in the security line, try to get behind business travelers.   They move quickly.   Try not to get behind families.   They take forever-not their fault, but if you are in a hurry, try to avoid them.
  • When checking in at the airport try to stand in the line next to the first class line.   When that line goes down, they will normally wave you over.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.m  Deposit now!  Cabins are disappearing.

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.  Call for availability.

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

August, 2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   More info soon. 

October 2019   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.   Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     This tour has a very short enrollment period.  Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of November 26

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

We have survived Black Friday but Cyber Monday looms.    Travel companies have great specials during this time as well so if you are thinking of traveling, this is a great time to take advantage of these short term deals.

There is nothing more frustrating than standing at the luggage carousel and realizing that your luggage is not coming out.   Airlines are doing a better job of keeping track of luggage but lost luggage still occurs.   If you find yourself in this spot, do not leave the airport without filing a claim, making sure the airlines have your contact info.  The airlines have ways to track bags, and the vast majority of misplaced luggage is returned eventually. If your bags are on the next flight, you could have them within a few hours. If they’ve been sent to the wrong airport, it could take a couple of days. The maximum an airline pays if bags are truly lost is currently limited to $3,500 per passenger on U.S. domestic flights, and a varying rate per passenger for checked baggage on international flights based on the Warsaw Convention or the Montreal Convention. In the US, if you paid a checked baggage fee for your lost bag, the airline must refund your fee. Check your carrier’s website for specifics.   Even though that is the maximum amount, most airlines will not refund anything close to that so be prepared.  The airlines typically have a long list of items for which they will not be held responsible; these include jewelry, money, heirlooms and other valuables.

Disney is making some changes on the Disney Magic cruise ship.  At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, families will experience an all-new dining experience inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment will transport your Clients to the kingdom of Corona for an enchanted evening of music and interactive fun featuring Rapunzel and the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs.

Also, teens are getting a refurbished space.  Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. At Vibe, teens can enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and check out other cool activities with new friends like a DJ spin-off and movie making.

Adults can relax at Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat that will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. It’s the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, or indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours.

The new enhancements debut on Disney Magic sailings starting March 9, 2018, from Miami, Florida.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.m  Deposit now!  Cabins are disappearing.

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.  Call for availability.

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.   Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     This tour has a very short enrollment period.  Please call if you are interested.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of November 19

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

I have spent a lot of time traveling and there are some hotel rooms I stay in where I just have to ask myself, who thinks this is a good idea?   One memorable hotel in Europe placed the glass shower right in the middle of the bedroom!  Interesting.   Turns out that the major players like Marriott and Hilton actually have labs where they experiment with room designs, as well as new technology and services which they hope will enhance their guests’ experiences.

There is a bit of pack rat in all of us.   When I first started traveling, I used a 30″ suitcase and threw in all kinds of things, just in case.   Now my 25″ suitcase is plenty large enough for any trip.   Smarter Travel has a few good tips for cutting down on overpacking:

  • Limit yourself to 3 pairs of shoes, including the pair you are wearing.  Shoes take up a lot of room and weight.
  • Leave “just in case” clothes home.   If you absolutely get a unique opportunity, go shopping.
  • Keep your clothes in the same color palette so you can mix and match.
  • If you can’t wear an item more than once, leave it home.
  • Last-minute panic packing leads to a messy suitcase, forgotten essentials, and mismatched clothing. This also gives you time to trim down after you’ve started packing.
  • Packing cubes are worthwhile.   They help you put everything in its place and you’ll know right away if you are missing something.

A little trivia…In 1967, Princess Cruises became the first cruise line to bring passengers through the Panama Canal. Now, in another major milestone, Princess’ Caribbean Princess ship has become the first megaship to pass through the canal’s expanded Neo-Panamax locks.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call for availability.

June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.m  Deposit now!  Cabins are disappearing.

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.   Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     This tour has a very short enrollment period.  Please call if you are interested.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of November 12

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Delta now automatically checks passengers into domestic flights 24 hours before departure and sends you an email or alert when boarding passes are ready.   You will need to use Delta’s app to acknowledge the mandates on restricted items, purchase bags, or make seat changes.

Disney has published their dates for the annual Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOTt Center, one of the most popular events at Walt Disney World.    Held each day from Feb. 28-May 28, 2018, the Festival’s 25th anniversary event will feature favorites like exhibits, events and tastings including:

  • Disney Character Topiaries
  • 15 Outdoor Kitchens serving creative, flavor-rich cuisine that highlights spring garden offerings
  • Garden Rocks music series – with its classic rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s. Garden Rocks Dining packages will be available for certain EPCOT restaurants – pairing a fabulous meal with reserved seating for your favorite concert
  • Garden Tours – Including Gardens of the World Tour (spring edition); the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required)
  • New interactive kids play areas
  • And – of course – the millions of extra plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and themed gardens that decorate EPCOT in spring.
  • Also returning will be our Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and hand-crafted and Festival merchandise to extend an already-packed day of adventure at EPCOT.

Universal Orlando Resort revealed this week it has two budget-friendly hotels in the works, starting at less than $100 a night, set to open in summer 2019.  The hotels will be “value-driven,” the company said, adding that rates will be less than Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel.   In partnership with Loews Hotels & Resorts, the 750-room and 2,050-room hotels will be built on a 64-acre site at the intersection of International Drive and Universal Boulevard, formerly the Wet ’n Wild water-park land.  The hotel complex will feature three pools, two food courts, coffee bars, poolside bars, fitness rooms, and car rental facilities.

It seems as though the rules for travel to Cuba change on an almost weekly basis.   The Trump administration announced new rules on travel and trade to Cuba Wednesday, impacting individual travel and banning patronage of some hotels and other tourism venues frequented by Americans.  The rules eliminate the increasingly popular individual “people-to-people” educational travel category. Now, travelers will need to be a part of a group licensed by the Treasury Department, like they were prior to the Obama Administration’s freeing up Cuba travel two years ago.  Additionally, U.S. travelers are prohibited from staying at dozens of Cuban hotels, determined by the State Department to be connected to government security services. Some of the properties included under the ban include the Paradisus Río de Oro Resort & Spa, the Royalton Cayo Santa María, the Meliá Cayo Santa María and the Iberostar Ensenachos.   Americans also will be barred from patronizing a wide array of restaurants, stores and other enterprises determined to be owned wholly or in part by the Cuban military and security services. The Trump Administration is hoping U.S. travelers instead will stay with private citizens and eat in private restaurants.  Travelers returning from Cuba to U.S. ports and airports will be required to maintain proof of their activities in Cuba.   Travelers who had already purchased “at least one travel-related transaction” (e.g. a flight or lodging) prior to June 16, 2017, will be grandfathered in and can proceed with their trip

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Seat guarantee will expire this week.

June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   Call for availability.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.   Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     This tour has a very short enrollment period.  Please call if you are interested.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of November 5

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

We just finished a great Hawaiian tour visiting three islands:  Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.     This tour was a little different from other guided vacations as there was a great balance between sightseeing and free time to allow us to enjoy the pools and beaches at each destination.  Three days were allotted to each island.   On Oahu we enjoyed a city tour, visited Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial, the Punchbowl Cemetery, as well as Oahu’s famous North Shore where we saw the famed “big wave” beaches.     Our short fight to the Garden Isle of Kauai was quite a change from the hustle of Waikiki.    We visited Waimea Canyon, considered to be the Grand Canyon of the West.  We also visited a coffee estate, and took a boat road to the Fern Grotto.   We even learned how to do the hula.    The Valley Isle of Maui was another change of pace.   Our beachfront resort served as our base from which to do a number of tours as you please:   The Road to Hana,  Catamaran cruising,  a sunrise tour of Haleakala, or we were able to just enjoy the beach or the pool.    Our last evening together was a treat as we attended a Polynesian Luau, a great ending to our tour.    This was a great way to see the islands.

The holidays are right around the corner.   If you are planning to fly, please remember a few important rules, especially when trying to transport gifts.   First of all, you may as well skip the gift wrap.   If your gift ends up getting opened for inspection, your fancy wrapping will be destroyed anyway.    Also, you cannot carry on gifts  or decorations containing liquid.  Jellies, jams, salsas, gourmet mustard and cheeses will likely be confiscated at security and should instead be transported in your checked baggage. You must also be sensitive to federal regulations regarding the transport of fruits, vegetables and plants as they may contain harmful pests.  You don’t want to be the one holding up the security line at a time when it will most likely be very crowded.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793      Call for availability.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.    https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   10% early booking discount has been extended through October.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more.    Additional info will be available soon.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.     We are taking deposits.   Tour is half full.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.     Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years,  I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip.   Even though it is a long way out,  tickets are very scarce.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395   Information meeting regarding this tour will be held at St. Gerard Church, Lansing  on November 8 at 10am.   Please call or email to let me know if you will attend.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn