Travel News for Week of November 19

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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

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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

 

Travel News for Week of October 29

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are going to be traveling outside the U.S. keep in mind that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in coordination with air carriers, implemented the latest phase of enhanced security measures at all last-point-of-departure airports at 105 countries around world.  All passengers on flights bound for the United States are now subject to expanded security screening procedures prior to departure. The procedure changes being implemented vary by airline, but may include personal security interviews conducted by airline employees, questionnaires and heightened screening of personal electronic devices.  Make sure you are getting to the airport in time to get through the expanded security.

You may have seen this on the nightly news this week:  The National Park Service has proposed an increase in admission fees Tuesday for 17 national parks in an effort to fund upgrades to its aging infrastructure.   During peak-season – the parks’ busiest time of the year, typically from May to September – entrance fees would cost $70 per vehicle and $50 per motorcycle, with people on foot or bikes paying $30. That’s almost double the current rate, where drivers pay $30 per vehicle at parks such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. At others, the price increase jumps from $25 to $75. The plan also includes a park-specific annual $75 pass for any of the 17 parks.   Annual $80 passes for federal lands and parks would not change, though entry fees for commercial operators would go up.  This proposal hasn’t yet been approved but it is definitely on the table.

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      3 seats left.

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

 

Travel News for October 22

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

I found an interesting article from Airlines and Airport:   A flight attendant advises that you should never drink the water as water lines are airplanes are rarely cleaned so that coffee or tea you are drinking may be suspect.

When I fly, I like the aisle seat.   Did you know that there is a button under the armrest close to the hinge that will lift that armrest out of your way, giving you a little extra room?

One last tip—this one from an article article in The Sun that involved interviewing numerous flight attendants—the tray tables are among the least hygienic surfaces on the plane (well, besides the bathroom surfaces, most likely.)    One attendant noted on Reddit that it’s not unusual for people to change their baby’s diapers on that tray table.  Not all tray tables get wiped down thoroughly in between flights.  When they are wiped, the cleaner is almost always using the same cloth to wipe down every tray table on the plane.

Boeing’s 747 planes are being retired from service in the US.   Most planes will be retired by next month.    You may still see a few 747 cargo planes, some charters will still fly the 747s.   Of course, the President has a 747, but for the rest of us, another era in air travel is over.

Here is the latest on Caribbean ports, updated 10/16/2017:   Of nearly 100 ports in the Caribbean, almost 85 percent are open and fully operational. This number is expected to rise to over 90 percent in coming weeks.

Travel News for Week of October 15

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Getting through customs when arriving home from overseas travel can be a very quick or very long experience, depending on a variety of factors.    One of the best things you can do to speed yourself through customs is to get Global Entry clearance.    Once you have it, you just head to a kiosk, get your receipt, and hand it to a customs officer and you’re off to collect your baggage.   This past trip, it took less than 1 minute to clear customs.  There is also a Mobile Passport Control (MPC) which allows U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to use the Mobile Passport app to expedite their entry process into the United States. It is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for eligible travelers with a smartphone or tablet to submit their passport information and answer CBP inspection-related questions prior to CBP inspection.    It  is free to use. The app streamlines the traveler inspection process and enables CBP officers to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions.  You can download the app at the Google Play store or the Apple Store.   Keep in mind that not all airports allow this app yet.

Keep in mind that there are several things that can delay your trip through customs:   Don’t bring back food.   If you have visited a farm or anywhere animals are present, you may have to have your shoes disinfected.    If you have a connection, know what that connecting flight is and where you are going!   Don’t use your cell phone to text or make calls.   It could be confiscated.  If you are traveling with a pet, be prepared to show vaccination records.

Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night / per room pet-cleaning rate is:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

A maximum of two dogs per guestroom can be accommodated. Each Guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.   Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.

While dogs will be allowed to stay in Guest rooms, they will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.    This dog-friendly option will be available to Guests with reservations Oct. 15, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018.

 

 

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    Early payment discount expires  this month.   4 seats left.

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 most important 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 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, 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.     Will open for deposits September 27.

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

 

Travel News for Week of October 8

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve  travelled much at all, you know that there are certain things to be aware of, especially in the larger cities.    For instance, pickpocketing is rampant in some cities.     To avoid becoming a victim here are some precautions you can take.   Wear a money belt or security pouch under your clothes.   If you are carrying a purse, carry it across your body and make sure it is snapped and zipped up.   Do not set your purse down in a restaurant.   Keep it on your lap.   Most pickpockets are looking for easy victims so make it a little more difficult for them and they will most likely choose someone else.    Be careful in crowded places like airports or train stations where you have your hands full and may be distracted while  searching for directions.  Understand that pickpockets may not look like what you think.   Many of them are well dressed individuals.

If you do become a victim, hopefully you have taken the precautions that we have mentioned in other blogs  and have the 800 number for your credit cards.    If your phone has been taken, make sure you call your carrier and suspend your service.   File a police report.   Chances of getting anything back are remote but having that on file may help you with insurance or getting your passport replaced if that’s been taken.

Planning a Disney trip in the near future?    Disney just released their latest promo: Play, Stay, Dine and save up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 1-March 10, 2018 when you book Oct. 3-Dec. 22, 2017.

Conde Naste Traveler had an interesting point this month entitled Some of the Stuff You Don’t Have to Schlep Thanks to the iPhone: Books, newspapers, magazines, camcorder, watch, music player, camera, address book, translator, alarm clock, games, maps, atlases, movie player, flashlight, compass, notebook, pens, credit cards, speedometer, pedometer, radio, GPS navigation.       I wonder why our suitcases are still so packed!

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    Early payment discount expires  this month.   6 seats left.

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 most important 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 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, 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.     Will open for deposits September 27.

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

 

Travel News for Week of October 1

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Delta Air Lines announced it will become the first global carrier in the United States to offer free mobile messaging. Starting today, Delta will offer its customers the opportunity to access free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The service will be available on more aircraft than any other carrier.   American Airlines is going to do the same but I haven’t seen the start date for them.

October is Plan a Cruise Month and the cruise lines are offering a variety of special promotions.   If a cruise is in your future,  this is a good time to take advantage of some of the specials.

If you are planning a Caribbean cruise in the near future and are worried that none of your ports will be open, you may be worrying for nothing.   Tourism is the number 1 industry in most islands so getting up and running is critical to the health of the population.    It is absolutely true that Puerto Rico has been devastated and it will be some time before they are back to normal.  Our prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico as they continue to struggle to get the aid they need.   The US and British Virgin Islands have also been hard hit but they are working hard to get back up and running.    The western and southern Caribbean islands were mostly untouched by the hurricanes so those ports are just fine.    Cruise ships are adjusting their itineraries on a daily basis to insure that things run as smoothly as possible.   Most importantly, there are a lot of islanders that have had their homes demolished, and their livelihoods disrupted.    When it is safe to return to an island, cruise ships and tour operators are doing so, and the sooner that happens, the quicker people’s lives can be put back together.

If you are thinking about holiday travel, Smarter Travel reminds us  that there are certain days that you will need to avoid:

Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest time of the year for airlines. The worst days to fly are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (this year, November 22) and the following Sunday (this year, November 26).  The further away from these days you can travel, the better off you’ll be.

The biggest year-end holidays fall on Mondays in 2017, making for a plethora of “worst” holiday travel days. For Christmas they’re Friday, December 22, plus the 23rd and 24th. For New Year’s avoid Friday, the 29th, and Tuesday, January 2nd.

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    Early payment discount expires  this month.   6 seats left.

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 most important 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 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.

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, 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.     Will open for deposits September 27.

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   We are in the process of scheduling an information meeting for this trip very soon.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of September 24

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Last week I mentioned that we had just finished a river cruise through the Burgundy and Provence regions of France.    We were privileged to participate in a pilgrimage right after the river cruise that took us to Fatima, Burgos, Fatima, and Barcelona.    I have included a few pics of our time on the river and also in Fatima.  I’ll include a few more next week.   We have small passageways in the town of Viviers, a hospital for the indigent in Beaune,  a castle in Lyon at night, another passageway in Beaune.

                      

Getting through airport security can seem like it takes forever, but if you have “SSSS” printed on your boarding pass, you’re in for even more screening.  Business Insider points out that this stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection and it entails a 10-30 minute additional screening that could include any of the following: a thorough search of your bags, a full body pat down, and questions about your travel plans.  This is a risk-based passenger prescreening program that enhances security by identifying low and high-risk passengers before they arrive at the airport by matching their names against trusted traveler lists and watch lists. Secure Flight is a risk-based passenger prescreening program that enhances security by identifying low and high-risk passengers before they arrive at the airport by matching their names against trusted traveler lists and watchlists,”  If you get this type of message frequently, you may want to check to see if you are on a watch list by mistake.

September marks the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Awareness Month, since this year is particularly important ahead of some impending passport changes.   Your passport is valid for 10 years, and a child’s passport is valid for five. However, many countries require you to have validity through six months after your return date in order to travel. So, check your expiration date this month and mark down when you should renew your passport, especially if you travel overseas frequently. Passports can take anywhere from four to six weeks to renew, or three weeks via expedited service that’ll cost you an extra $60.

A few things to keep in mind if you’re applying for a passport this year:

• Check to see if you’re eligible to renew by mail; this is the fastest and easiest way to get your new passport.

• As of November 2016, a passport photo is no longer valid if you’re wearing glasses.

• An invalid photo is the No. 1 reason a passport application is rejected, so make sure to follow these photo-taking tips before you submit your application.

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    Early payment discount expires next month.

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 most important 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 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.     Current 10% discount extended to September 30 based on 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, 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.     Will open for deposits September 27.

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

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of September 17

By | Blog

Hi everyone,

We have all been saddened by the weather catastrophes of the past few weeks with the fires out west, the hurricanes that ravaged the Houston area, much of Florida, and the Caribbean.    Many of us, especially those of us with homes in those areas, were glued to the TV.   There is much work to be done in all of these areas.  My prayer is for the families who have lost loved ones, and  that those whose lives have been impacted horribly will be able to recover quickly.

I have also seen the enormous bravery of first responders who risked their own lives to help others.    While we are quick to criticize them, they are the people we turn to when we need help.

I was happy to see that many of the cruise lines pitched in to assist.   Several lines have taken ships to the Caribbean to bring back stranded passengers.    They have filled their ships with supplies for those affected regions as well.   Royal Caribbean took 1500 hundred of their employees who work in Miami out to calmer waters along with their families and pets, and several hundred displaced tourist.

We just finished a great river cruise on the beautiful S.S. Catherine sailing from Tarascon, France to Lyon, France.     This region of France is beautiful, with small towns and vineyards all along the river.

Faster TSA lines are coming.   New technology that allows 3D imaging could eliminate the need to throw away your water and will allow you to keep your personal electronics in your bags.   The manufacturer claims that the new scanners could increase the number of passengers screened per hour from 180 to 500.    Hopefully, this new technology will arrive soon at your favorite airport.

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    Early payment discount expires next month.

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 most important 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 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.     Current 10% discount extended to September 30 based on 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, 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.     Will open for deposits September 27.

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

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn