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Travel News for the Week of April 21

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Hi Everyone,

The National Parks offers free entry 5 times a year.  They just had their first free entry day but there are four more this year:

Wednesday, June 19. Juneteenth National Independence Day

Sunday, August 4.  Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

Saturday, September 28.  National Public Lands Day

Monday, November 11. Veterans Day

Some of the more popular parks can change up to $20 per person to enter on a normal day. If you are planning to take  advantage of one of these free days, it would be wise to arrive early and check for potential timed entries. -CNN

Amsterdam just passed tight restrictions on hotels.   A new hotel cannot be built unless another closes and the new hotel must be more modern and sustainable than the one that closed. –Travel Weekly

If you are thinking of traveling to Canada, you will need to make sure you have nothing on your record.  Having a DUI in your past may very well mean that you will be refused entry into Canada. Double-check your situation before you travel. -Travel Weekly

Walt Disney World and Disneyland recently updated their policies for guests with disabilities, and those who lie and misuse the program will be banned for life.  The resorts announced changes to their Disability Access Service last week to keep up with the rapidly growing number of requests and continue to accommodate those who truly need the service. Requests for Disability Services have tripled over the past 5 years.-USA Today 

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1250841    Collette

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.  Uniworld River Cruise

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system and I will publish the dates as soon as I have them.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of April 14

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are thinking of going to Brazil next year,  from April 10, 2025, you will need a visa to enter the country.  You will be able to apply online instead of visiting a consulate.  The cost will be $80.90 for a visa valid for 10 years.   You will also need to provide additional info.  A letter of intent should detail the purpose of the trip, the dates, and cofirm where you will be staying. Proof of US residence and return tickets must be provided.  The biggest irritation is that you will have to provide proof of income in the form of the last three checking or savings account statements or your last 56 payslips.  Travelers will need an average of at least $2000 showing in their account or get a sponsor to sign for them.  The amount would not be an issue for the average visitor but that requirement seems very intrusive to me.  Applicants will also need to provide additional information, according to the Brazilian government’s website..  I can’t imagine the tourism won’t take a hit with thieve onerous requirements.

Several people have asked if they need to apply for a visa for Europe.  They were referring to the ETIAS that was supposed to begin this year for countries in the European Union.  That requirement has been moved to next year

This week Princess Cruises announced that they will be enhancing their dining options across its fleet to give guests more flexibility and choices. They will be offering three table service options:  Traditional (early or late dining), Reservable, or Walk in any time.   The changes will go into effect September 14.  Dining reservations that have already been made for voyages sailing September 14 or beyond for any ship except the Sun Princess will be cancelled.  You will want to go the Princess app and choose your dining choice.  Voyages before September 14 are not affected.

 

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1250841    Collette

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.  Uniworld River Cruise

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system and I will publish the dates as soon as I have them.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of April 7

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

American Queen Voyages has been a mainstay for river cruising here in the States.  Unfortunately, they recently declared bankruptcy and put their ships on the market.   Luckily, American Cruise Line purchased all four of American Queen’s ships so you will still see those ships on the rivers.

Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral was severely  damaged in April of 2019.  The restoration will be complete and visitors will be welcomed back beginning December 16 of this year. it will be open from 7:45am-7:45pm daily.  Notre Dame is now accepting bookings for pilgrimage groups and will accept bookings for cultural groups beginning in June.  There is no admission charge to visit the cathedral.

Disney will invest 60 billion dollars in their parks in the next 10 years. As part of that expansion,  they are currently researching a new expansion at Disney World in Florida.  It will be approximately 14 acres and we don’t yet know what the expansion will be called. Stay tuned.

In other news, I was surprised to learn that hundreds of people try to bypass security each year.  Last year, at least 300 people tried to bypass security.  One of the methods used was  that people tried to enter the secure area of the airport at the point where passengers exit.  Very few of those people were successful but what are people thinking??-Travel Pulse

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.   Pricing available shortly

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system and I will publish the dates as soon as I have them.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of March 31

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

When you are trying to decide how to secure your luggage for your trip, make sure that if you are flying, you use TSA approved locks.  They are not difficult to find as any place that sells luggage also sells locks.  Look for the TSA approved logo on the lock packaging.  Newer suitcases often have built in locks and you will notice an extra slot so that TSA can access your luggage if they need to do so.  If you try to fly with a lock that is not approved, TSA may need to cut the lock off  and may, while doing so, damage  your suitcase.

Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a bucket list item for some travelers.  If you are planning a trip to the Galapagos  be aware that Ecuador will  double the fee from $100 per person to $200 per person beginning August 1 to visit these islands.  The adjustment is meant to ensure that tourism in the Galapagos remains sustainable and mutually beneficial for both the environment and their local communities.

If you live in Lansing, the airport just announced that Breeze Airways will begin nonstop flights to Orlando and Ft. Myers this October.    I really hope that works out as Lansing seems to really struggle to get good flights out of their airport. This will give people another options to get to Florida. The Orlando flights, at least, are scheduled to operate year round.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Easter!

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.    https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.   Pricing available shortly

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system and I will publish the dates as soon as I have them.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of March 24

By Blog

Hi Everyone,   I am sorry that we could not publish the blog last week.   My computer crashed on December 11 and we are just now getting some function back.  I lost a great deal of functionality and will be working on getting the remainder of  my contents back.   I am hoping this publishes normally  this week.

People ask me if you can carry batteries on an airplane.  The simple answer is yes but it depends on the type of battery.  Here are the battery rules from the TSA;

  • Dry cell alkaline batteries; typical AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, button sized cells, etc.
  • Dry cell rechargeable batteries such as Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Nickel Cadmium (NiCad).
  • Lithium ion batteries (a.k.a.: rechargeable lithium, lithium polymer, LIPO, secondary lithium).
  • Consumer-sized lithium ion batteries [no more than 8 grams of equivalent lithium content or 100 watt hours (wh) per battery]. This size covers AA, AAA, 9-volt, cell phone, PDA, camera, camcorder, Gameboy, and standard laptop computer batteries.
  • Up to two larger lithium ion batteries (more than 8 grams, up to 25 grams of equivalent lithium content per battery) in their carry-on. This size covers larger extended-life laptop batteries. Most consumer lithium ion batteries are below this size.  If you have concerns about the amount or size of your battery and whether you can carry it on or must check it, see TSA.gov and look for the article Travel Tips Tuesday and the article Safely travel with Batteries.

Royal Caribbean just cancelled stops at Labadee as the violence has grown in Haiti.  If you have a Royal Caribbean cruise I’m the near future you may want to check to see if they are just going to have a sea day or if they are going to add an alternate port. Royal will most likely not be the only cruise line making adjustments in that area.

 

I saw this funny quote on one of me feeds regarding airport scanning:

“Since they’re scanning me anyway, sometimes I wish airport security would just tell me how my bone density is doing.”

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.    https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.   Pricing available shortly

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system and I will publish the dates as soon as I have them.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for the Week of March 10

By Blog

The United States Department of State has issued a Level 4″Do not Travel”   advisory  for Haiti which is beset by gang-related violence that includes periods of sustained gunfire. Several areas in the capital city of Port-au-Prince have been affected. It also includes areas around the airport, the seaport and the U.S. Embassy.

If you need to apply for or renew your passport, Delta Township Clerk’s office released their 2024 Passport Drives: April 11,  May 6, June 4, July 10, August 15, September 9, October 8, November 13, December 12.  The office will offer extended hours on these dates from 5-7pm. These evening hours are in addition to their normal daily hours.  You must call for an appointment but it is great that the Township is willing to help guide people through the process.

More and more cities are charging a fees to either enter their cities or visit landmarks.  Be prepared before you go as these are attempts to try to reduce overcrowding and are probably not going away.  Venice charges day visitors entrance fee which they recommend purchasing online before you arrive.   Seville, Spain will be charging a fee to experience the Plaza de Espana square in Seville.   The Louvre art museum in Paris has raised ticket prices by almost a third, ahead of the Paris Olympics.  There’s a new $13 charge for climbing Japan’s famous Mount Fuji which follows Japan’s 70% price hike for tourist rail pass.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.    https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.   Pricing available shortly

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for the Week of March 3

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Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago I watched a story on the evening news that showed luggage handlers throwing wheelchairs around with total disregard for the chair or the user that will have to deal with the damage.  I was appalled and apparently enough other people were that the Transportation Dept. has proposed new rules with penalties up to $125,000 for mishandling of a wheelchair.  It would also require training for airline workers who load wheelchairs onto aircraft or who help transport flyers in wheelchairs.

A few month ago, France eliminated short haul flights in their country. Spain has now followed suit. the country is pushing to ban domestic plane routes where passengers are instead able to take a train in less than two and a half hours. This may include private jets as well as commercial airlines.

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, get ready to pay a bit more.   Beginning September 27, the lowest price ticket will cost $119. beginning September 27, 2024.  Tickets can go as high as $184 depending on when you visit.  Disney does offer several promos so it would be beneficial to check any availability  for your time period.   Disney is also giving people who stay at their resort hotels a big perk: free entrance into their waterpark.-Travel and Leisure   

The Transportation Security Administration continues implementing  its facial recognition at airports nationwide. United Airlines and Delta will soon be offering TSA PreCheck customers a touchless  ID experience during bag drop and security checkpoints.  This will allow select TSA PreCheck travelers to avoid using a physical ID or boarding pass to verify identity.  Instead, travelers can get a quick facial scan when checking bags and passing through the PreCheck lane.-The Points Guy 

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.    https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.   Pricing available shortly

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of February 25

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Hi Everyone,

Beginning on Feb. 20, 2024, American  Airlines raised its checked bag fees.

The new fees for domestic flights are:

  • $35 for the first checked bag purchased online
  • $40 for the first checked bag purchased at the airport
  • $45 for the second checked bag purchased online or at the airport

Short-haul international flights, including Canada and Mexico routes, will see a different fee structure:

  • $35 for the first checked bag purchased online or at the airport
  • $45 for the second checked bag purchased online or at the airport

With this move, American now holds the title of the most expensive checked bag fees of all the major U.S. network airlines.-2/20/24.  Typically, when one airline does something like this, the others follow  and as I am writing this I saw an article come across that United is raising their fees as well.

Heading to a Mexican beach this winter?  Keep your eye out  as the Portuguese Man o’ War is in the region.  This is a jelly-fish like marine animal that can deliver a painful reaction if stung.  The good news is the this marine animal doesn’t tend to stay in one place for very long.  If you see one in the water or even washed up on the shore, give it a wide berth.

Portuguese man o' war washed up on a beach.

Photo courtesy of Travel Pulse

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.    https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them, Also, America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is amazing.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for the Week of February 18

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you want a chance to stay at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, time is running out.  The hotel will be closed on April 2 and demolished to make room for a Major League Baseball stadium that will  be built on the site.  The hotel has been in operation for almost 67 years but will make way for the Oakland Athletics new stadium.

TSA Precheck is a great program that usually allows you to get through airport security a little faster without the hassle of taking off your shoes or jackets , or taking your electronics out of your bag.  There, however, is no guarantee that you’ll always be able to use it. However, if your boarding pass does not include your TSA Precheck info you can always ask at the airline’s desk before  going through security to see if they can add it.  TSA Precheck needs to be renewed every 5 years.  When it is time to renew your Pre-check account, make sure that you are dealing with the actual PreCheck website.  Scammers have infiltrated some of these programs  so you want to be sure that you are on the actual PreCheck site.  If you have Global Entry, then you automatically have pre-check and it will renew on the same time line as your Global Entry account.

If your cruise itinerary includes a visit to a the cruise line’s private island, it is fun to get off the ship for a little while.  A nice buffet luncheon is usually included as well as plenty of loungers to enjoy the beach but not much else is free.  You may be able to use your cruise card for drinks or island excursions  but typically there are also small booths set up on the island that are run by locals and you will need your credit card or cash to make purchases from them.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of February 11

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

One of the latest scams involves hotel bookings.  Hackers have been targeting hotel booking sites.  They send emails to a hotel asking them to click on a link which downloads malware.  The hacker steals customer reservation data, credit card info, and other details. The imposter then pretends to be the hotel and messages guests with another payment link. For users it is almost impossible to detect that it is not the hotel but a criminal behind the email or message.  The most important thing to remember is that anything can be faked.   If you receive a suspicious email or communication you should contact the hotel directly.  Do not respond to the email and do not use the phone numbers in the communication.  Representatives impersonating hotel staff may make things seem urgent-that is a red flag. -Fodor’s Travel

If you have a Norwegian cruise that visits Venice, you will want to check your itinerary.   Norwegian is cutting the canal city from its cruise itineraries.  “Due to the restrictions on large cruise ships sailing into the Venice Lagoon and dock at the usual piers, large cruise ships calling to Venice are required to anchor outside of the lagoon and utilize tender boats to access the Port of Venice,” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson told T+L. “While we have made every effort possible to maintain these calls to Venice, the tender operation and overall experience this provides our guests has fallen short of the standard we aim to deliver.” -Travel and Leisure

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in Italy but it has always been a little difficult to get there due to lack of good air options close to this amazing place.  That will change soon as Salerno prepares to open an airport in July. The airport is 28 miles southeast of the town of Amalfi and only 13 miles from the city of Salerno.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn