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Travel News for Week of May 9

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Hi Everyone,

Apple Leisure Group which includes familiar tour operator names like Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations among others is working in the Dominican Republic to vaccinate hotel staff in their branded properties,  On April 28 they hosted the first of several vaccination days for for company executives and staff across 11 properties in the country.  Ninety percent of the staff received the COVID-19 vaccine thanks to the initiative launched by the company.  All staff vaccinations are scheduled to be completed by the end of May and they are working on the entire tourism sector workforce.    “Apple Leisure Group and its portfolio companies are committed to rebuilding better travel, with this vaccination campaign being the latest of many priority efforts executed thus far across our lines of business” said Alejandro Reynal, president and CEO of ALG.  “Protecting resort employees is crucial as they are at the front lines of what we do, and their safety extends to the millions of guests welcomed at all AM Resorts branded properties and ALG Vacations brands.”

Iberostar also announced that they have begun vaccinating their 3000 employees in the Dominican Republic as well!

Some very encouraging news from The Washington Post on Thursday:

Europe’s coronavirus vaccine campaign is at last sprinting ahead.  Supply concerns have eased.  The E.U. is now administering roughly the same number of daily per capita doses as the United States, trending up while America trends down.   They owe much of their turnaround to Pfizer-BionTech which has ramped up vaccine production as other options have faltered or come too slowly.   Mostly using Pfizer, France’s pace of daily doses has increased 60 percent over the past month, Italy has accelerated by 90 percent and Germany by 145 percent.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale, Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.   Call for availability.    http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588           Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call  if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours     You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home.  Call for Availability   Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary is the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

New!   September 7-15,  2022  Tentative Date.  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land    Join us as we embark on an extraordinary journey.   We will begin our journey in Tel Aviv  and then travel to the port city of Jaffa on our way to Caesarea. We next visit Nazareth, Cana, and our day in Tiberias for 2 nights.  We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll make a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum.  We will visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and much more.  Optional extension to Petra.    Ready for booking!

2023

New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi

June 17, 2023   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I was only able to get 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   I have 5 cabins remaining.  Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis,  and sail to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of May 2

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

The United States Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that they were extending the REAL ID full enforcement to May 3, 3023 because of the COVID-19 impact on the enforcement.  After that, every air traveler 18 and older will need a REAL-ID compliant driver’s license, a state-issue enhanced driver’s license or a passport to get through TSA security checkpoints for domestic travel.  According to the DHS, the pandemic “significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL-ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards with many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity.   While this is probably a good decision and for the right reasons, the deadline for the REAL- ID has been extended so many times, who knows when it will really become effective.

There is good news on the cruise front.   The CDC has announced that cruises can begin sailing by mid-July if  the cruise lines follow the updated CDC guidelines and if 98% of the crew and 95% of the passengers have been vaccinated.

Also, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said the European Union will begin welcoming vaccinated American tourists this summer. “All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines approved by European officials”, she said.   I am very happy to see this as it is a great step forward but we will still want to take a look at the destination country to see how they are doing with their vaccine distribution and COVID count.  We also need to confirm the travel status that our government gives the destination, as right now there a great many destinations on the Do Not Travel list.  Hopefully, that will resolve itself in the coming weeks.  Still a breath of really good news.

A few weeks ago, I thought it might be a good idea to get my vaccination card laminated to protect it.  I just read an AARP article that has changed my mind.   The article stated that in addition to the information about your vaccinations there are also blank spaces to record future shots in the even booster shots need to be given.  Keep your vaccination card in a safe spot, make copies, but do not laminate.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale, Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.   Call for availability.    http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588           Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call  if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours     You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home.  Call for Availability   Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary is the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

New!   September 7,  2022  Tentative Date.  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land    Join us as we embark on an extraordinary journey.   We will begin our journey in Tel Aviv  and then travel to the port city of Jaffa on our way to Caesarea. We next visit Nazareth, Cana, and our day in Tiberias for 2 nights.  We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll make a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum.  We will visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and much more.   If you would like to be put on the list, let me know as this will be firmed up in approx. 2 weeks.

2023

New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi

June 17, 2023   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I only have 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis,  and sail to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of April 25

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are interested in how the cruise industry is preparing their return, this video is a very interesting look at the industry and the challenges they faced and continue to face. Norwegian Cruise Line has prepared a series of videos and this is the first in the line.   It is a little lengthy but it is a very good look at the last months for them.  I enjoyed it, and hope you have the time to take a look at it as well.

In the all-inclusive world, Sandals just announced that they will open three new resorts in Jamaica in the Ochos Rios area.

Hawaii is beginning to see an uptick in visitors.  Right now, out of state visitors must have a negative COVID-19 try prior to within 72 hours of departure in order to bypass Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine.  The test has to come from a trusted partner which they have listed on their website.   Hawaii is beginning to test a vaccine passport for in state residents who want to travel to different islands and if successful, may open this to out of state visitors sometime this summer.  Hawaii’s situation is unique and changing so best to keep up to date on current regulations if you intend to travel to this wonderful state.

News today that was somewhat positive is the announcement that fully vaccinated individuals can travel to Europe this summer, but it is predicated on the U.S. reaching herd immunity so I guess we still just wait and see.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588           Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call  if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours     You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

New!   September 7,  2022  Tentative Date.  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land    Join us as we embark on an extraordinary journey.   We will begin our journey in Tel Aviv  and then travel to the port city of Jaffa on our way to Caesarea. We next visit Nazareth, Cana, and our day in Tiberias for 2 nights.  We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll make a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum.  We will visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and much more.   If you would like to be put on the list, let me know as this will be firmed up in approx. 2 weeks.

2023

New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi

June 17, 2023   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I only have 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of April 18

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

Tour operators are beginning to travel to some countries that have opened their borders.   Globus announced that they would start touring in Croatia, Costa Rica,  and Ecuador as well as offering tours in the US. Tauck just announced that they will fully restart US tours on July 1.   They are already offering limited touring on some itineraries in the US.  Collette is also ramping up and is offering a great sale right now.

Cruises out of the US are still up in the air but cruises have been sailing overseas and several cruise lines will begin to sail the Caribbean this summer, using foreign departure ports.

The Eiffel Tower reopened after 104 day Coronavirus Shutdown.  Unfortunately, visitors to the Parisian landmark will have to climb 674 steps because the elevators are still closed.

If you are planning a trip to Disney, all guests, including resort hotel guests must have both a valid ticket or pass, and and a theme park reservation to enter one of the parks.   Before purchasing a ticket, make sure that the park you want to visit is not at capacity.   As soon as the ticket is purchased, you must make a reservation.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588       I have two spots left.     Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call  if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours    I do have a few seats left if interested.  You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

New!   September 2022  Tentative Pilgrimage to Israel.  More info soon.

2023

New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi

June 17, 2023   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I only have 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for April 11

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

With vaccine availability  becoming more widespread, we are seeing an uptick in people interested in travel!   I have been busy booking trips for people these past couple of weeks!  (Far better than a year of cancelling those trips.)   I have found that space on cruise ships for 2022 is tight.  We now have a full year of cancellations behind us and a good share of people whose voyages were cancelled in 2020 or 2021 are now using their cruise credits to rebook for 2022.  Combine these passengers with new reservations, and it is becoming difficult to find good rooms.   Don’t delay if you are thinking of booking a cruise for next year.

Last week I mentioned that Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have decided to resume cruising from the Caribbean as U.S. ports remain closed.   This week, Norwegian joined them and will be sailing from the Dominican Republic.  It appears that the cruise lines have been able to negotiate affordable air to their port cities. At the same time, the Governor of Florida announced that he is suing the U.S. government and the CDC to allow sailing to resume from Florida ports. The saga continues.

At least in the short term most, but not all,  cruise lines are only accepting vaccinated passengers.  Those who are accepting children are allowing them to board with a negative COVID test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.  No one knows how long these requirements will be in place.

Hawaii’s Safe Travels program means that everyone over age 5 entering the state must present proof of an approved Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure to receive an exemption from a 10 day quarantine.  That may change as Hawaii is working with several companies to develop a system that would serve to verify vaccination records.  Once in operation, travelers with proof of  Covid vaccination would be eligible to enter Hawaii without testing or quarantine.

If you are looking for a great tour, tour operators are having great spring sales right now.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588       I have two spots left.     Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call asap if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours    I do have a few seats left if interested.  You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

2023

New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi

June 17, 2023   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I only have 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

 

 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of April 4

By Blog

Happy Easter!

The big news this week is the CDC’s announcement regarding travel and those who are fully vaccinated:

Federal health officials gave the green light Friday for fully vaccinated people to resume travel as an estimated 100 million Americas have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and evidence mounts of the shots’ effectiveness.

For domestic travel, people who are 2 weeks past their final shot do not need to get a coronavirus test before or after trips and do not need to self-quarantine after travel.  They must still follow recommended public health measures, such as wearing masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

For international travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested before their trips unless it is required by the destination. For their return to the U.S., fully vaccinated people should get tested and have a negative result before boarding an international flight back to the United States.

Also, the CDC has announced the next phase of guidance for the cruise industry as they work toward a return to the U.S.  This requires cruise lines to establish agreements with the ports where they intend to operate so they know they have an infrastructure to manage a COVID outbreak, establish protocols for routine testing of staff and crew working toward vaccination of crew and port personnel , increase reporting frequency of COVID-19 cases to daily, conduct simulated voyages populated by volunteers to train ships crews and port personal on COVID operating procedures.   The CDC also wrote without equivocation that COVID-19 vaccinations efforts will be critical in the safe resumption of passenger operations.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588       I have two spots left.     Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call asap if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours    I do have a few seats left if interested.  You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

2023

New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi

June 17, 2023   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I only have 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 28

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

As vaccines become more available, more countries are beginning to open.  Thailand has just announced that they will lift their quarantine requirements for foreigners.  Last week I mentioned that Iceland is opening and Delta just announced new flights to Iceland.  The Seychelles are opening for vaccinated visitors as well.

It looks as though the CDC is holding to a November date for cruising from the US. Unless something changes, it looks like that will be the soonest we see large cruise ships departing the US.   Smaller river cruise ships have already begun sailing in US waters.   Some cruise lines are departing from ports in the Caribbean so that they can begin sailing.  Cruises that depart from Europe are also beginning to sail.

One of the trips that I love is the National Parks of America.  It is on our schedule this year.   Here is a little clip  of some of the things we’ll see on this  trip:

national-parks—derek-moscarelli.html

Just a reminder:  If you are holding travel vouchers for trips or flights that were cancelled, please double check your expiration dates.   Some of these vouchers were only good until the end of this year, although some companies have voluntarily extended their expiration dates.  People are booking for 2022.  I’ve already had to place people on waitlists for trips they want, so I would encourage you to make certain you don’t lose anything by waiting.

We have a Tulips and Windmills river cruise scheduled for April of 2022.  When I spoke to Uniworld this week, there were only three rooms left on our cruise so don’t delay if this is on your radar for next year.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588       I have two spots left.     Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

Rescheduled!! September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call asap if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours    I do have a few seats left if interested.  You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   T This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have just a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 21

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

Each week we see a little more positive news on the travel front.  Bookings are beginning to come in for our company, some countries are opening, and people are beginning to think about travel.  It has been our position since the start of this mess that everyone has a different degree of comfort, and people will travel when they feel comfortable doing so.   Many of the Caribbean Islands are already open, with restrictions and testing.  Mexico is open.  The latest country to announce the they are going to open to Americans is Iceland.  Greece is opening next month.  Both countries will require people to be vaccinated.

There has been an interesting development on cruises.  As you know, the CDC has not given permission for cruising to begin from the U.S.   Royal Caribbean  and Crystal Cruises just announced that they will begin Caribbean cruising this summer from the Bahamas.  Royal will begin with Adventure of the Seas in June and Crystal will resume sailing in July.  Celebrity announced that they will begin sailing  from St. Maarten in June on the Celebrity Millennium.

Key information:

  • Bookings open March 24th for Adventure and the 25th for Millenium
  • Both ships offer back-to-back 7 night itineraries in the Bahamas
  • Vaccinations are required for adult guests. Guests under 18 must present proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure. Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley expects “this requirement and other measures to evolve over time.”
  • Sailings on the Millenium start at $1,999/person for a veranda stateroom, including airfare and taxes
  • Ships will sail 50-60% full to start

One of the trips I most enjoy is our Shades of Ireland trip.   Although it is supposed to take place this May, it will be moved to May of 2022.   If you have a desire to see this wonderful country, join us.   Here is a Collette video that gives you a little hint of what we will see.  (Don’t worry-very short.)

https://fb.watch/4gV1o04atl/

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588       I have a few spots left.     Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

Rescheduled!! September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise,    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, and Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.  Uniworld River Cruise

September 12-24, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call asap if interested. Uniworld River Cruise

September 25- October 6, 2021     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours    I do have a few seats left if interested.  You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight.  Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Trafalgar

October 30,-November 8, 2021   Sunny Portugal  This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below:  $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!   Highlights of this trip include:  the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao.    Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623     Collette Vacations

November 6-17  Spotlight on the French Riviera:  Unpack and stay in one place!   Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes.  Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit!  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478           Collette Vacations

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

January 12-  Tropical Costa Rica  Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife.  Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose.  From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy.  We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches.   From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds.  Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano.  Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       Collette Vacations

April 4-15, 2022    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit  your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!  Trafalgar 

April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth.   From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. Uniworld River Cruises

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.   I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days.   Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   T This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.  I have just a few spaces left if you are interested.    Collette Vacations   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours.  Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour.  We will escort as many as we can,  but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Passport

By Travel Tips
  • Check to make sure your passport is valid for all countries you will visit.
  • Many countries require your passport to be valid during and beyond the length of your stay (usually a minimum of six months), so check your itinerary.
  • It’s a good idea to carry an additional passport photo in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need a replacement while on vacation.
  • Email yourself a copy of the front page of your passport. That page will be a big help if you need to replace a passport.
  • Continue to monitor the ever-changing passport rules.
  • Remember that you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times. A money belt worn under your clothing is a good place to carry your passport.

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Testimonial

Fuller Travel rocks! Lynn and Skip Fuller are fantastic! My wife and I have traveled with Fuller Travel twice. A tour of Italy in 2010 and an Alaskan land/sea cruise in 2011. Both were “awesome,” thanks to Fuller Travel. We will fondly remember those two trips for the rest of our lives! We highly recommend making your vacation plans with Fuller Travel. We look forward to traveling with them in the future.

~ Ron and Lynn, Holt

Packing Tips

By Travel Tips

Most people pack too much when traveling. The following may help you when trying to make packing decisions:

  • Lay out all your items before packing so you can reevaluate while looking at everything.
  • Color-coding your clothing will help you mix and match.
  • Pack items such as socks, belts in your shoes to save space.
  • Pack items tightly so they don’t move around and wrinkle.
  • Dry cleaning bags placed between layers of clothing help minimize wrinkling.
  • Rolling rather than folding items helps to save space and minimize wrinkling.
  • Pack toiletries in zip lock bags to avoid spills.
  • Remember that individual containers containing more than 3 oz. of liquid must be checked.
  • Do not pack medication, money, jewelry, or travel documents in your checked luggage.
  • Pack sunscreen and insect repellant. It will be much cheaper to buy that here than at your destination.
  • Take a few zip lock bags for carrying wet items or for keeping things dry.
  • Pack an extra pair of glasses or carry your prescription with you.
  • Make sure your name, address, and telephone number is inside your suitcase. If attaching a luggage tag to the outside, make sure it is a tag with a cover to conceal your personal information.
  • Lock your luggage with TSA approved locks to prevent tampering. It’s important to have the ability to lock your luggage while touring, not just for the flight.
  • If traveling overseas, make sure you know what type of adapter you will need for the electrical outlet.
  • If you have food allergies, carry a card (preferably in the language of the country you are going to visit) to alert restaurant staff.

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Testimonial

Fuller Travel “spoils you”.  To say “you get your money’s worth” is putting it mildly. Fuller’s planning provides one with a trip packed with the perfect mix of adventure, sightseeing, learning (if one is interested) and “surprises” that we never encountered in travels through other agencies.  It is no secret what is at the “top” of most lists, and Fuller knows and “will not rest” until they find the best bathrooms (yes), great hotel rooms, and great meals where one would least expect it….in the “middle of nowhere”. Thank you Fuller Travel!

~ Luisa, Grand Ledge