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Travel News for the Week of December 3

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Hi Everyone,

Iceland, Denmark, and Ireland top the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index for 2023. The three most peaceful countries  came out tops in acceptance of the rights of others, equitable distribution of resources, good relationship with neighbors and free flow of information.  Iceland has been found to be the most peaceful country in the world for every year since the index began 17 years ago.-CNN 

400,000 tickets for the 2024 Paris Olympics were released this week.  If you are thinking of traveling to Paris during this time, prepare yourself for crowds and  very expensive hotel rooms.   Hotels are already hiking their prices for the dates of the Olympics and ParaOlympics.   The Olympics will be held at various venues in and around Paris, including the Seine River.

If you think airlines are the only ones guilty of overbooking, think again.  Passengers in Brisbane trying to board their cruise ship were turned away as the cruise line was overbooked.   They had booked a “guarantee” room and when they arrived there were no rooms left.  It happens. Guarantees happen when cruise ships begin to get full.  Just like airlines, cruise ships have no shows and they want to fill those rooms so they book people in”guarantees”.  Normally, this is no problem, but once in a while everyone shows up!

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

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 will be taking deposits beginning December 1.   This is a very popular cruise so it is important to deposit early.

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.  Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for the Week of November 26

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!   As we move toward Christmas , the Christmas Markets are opening.  While the US does have some Christmas Markets, the tradition is a long one in Europe.  The first recorded Christmas Market was held in Vienna in 1298 and the tradition has spread across the world.   Tour operators and river cruise lines now plan trips around the European Christmas Markets and they sell out very quickly.

Here are a few of the oldest and the best:

  • Wiener Christkindlmarkt, Austria  Reindeer rides, ferris wheels, and nativity scenes encapsulate the season. Although there are around 20 Christmas markets in Vienna, the Wiener Chrstkindlemarkt is one of its oldest and most traditional.    It is held in front of the City Hall and features an ice rink, and a giant maple tree decked out with hundreds of glittering hearts. Austrian sausages, gingerbread cookies,  and homemade Christmas punch are among the offerings along with plenty of stalls full of traditional Austrian products.
  • Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland   Most Swiss towns have festive markets but Basel is the biggest  and reportedly the best around.  Separated into two different sections at Barfusserplatz and Munsterplatz  there are over 250  decorated stalls selling Christmas spices, decorations, and candles. Family attractions include the Christmas fairytale forest  and a festive train.  Attendees can also take a walk up the stairwell of St. Martin’s tower for incredible views of the light illuminating the old town.
  • Strasbourg Christmas Market, France.  Strausberg’s markets began in 1570. It is spread over more than 10 locations, including a section of the UNESCO world heritage site of Grand Ile. The market lights up the city with thousands of lights and ornaments.  The market draws over 2 million people each year and features hundreds of wooden chalet stalls selling everything from decorations and presents to local Alsatian wine.-CNN,11/22/23

I have sent people to the Christmas  markets on river cruises and they all say it was an experience of a lifetime.  if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Christmas markets, go!

On another note, if you are traveling during the Christmas holidays, you may want to pre-book your spot at an airport parking lot.  Most airport lots will be full over Christmas but you can call ahead to insure there is a spot for you when you arrive.  Also, make sure that you have your airline phone number with you so that in case of an issue, you can call them immediately.  You may not realize that you can also chat with your airline and it may be much quicker.   Download your airline’s app to make this simpler.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

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 4-12,  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 will be taking deposits beginning December 1.   This is a very popular cruise so it is important to deposit early.

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.  Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of November 19

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are planning a cruise or a tour to the Caribbean, you may want to leave your camo clothing home. Wearing camouflage is illegal in some Caribbean countries.   Many of those countries only want their military in camouflage.  If you are stopped, you may be fined. The rules typically apply to camouflage of any color or pattern, and to both clothing and accessories.

Aruba has announced the successful demo of the Aruba Happy One Pass program and will install it at their international airport in the coming months.  This AHOP is a digital travel credential system that allows visitors to hold their data on their mobile devices and share it directly with immigration officials to create a hassle free travel experience centered around privacy.  Once installed the new system eliminates the need to show your physical passports.

JD Power just released its annual report on the best and worst airports in the U.S.  The 5 best major airports in the US:

  1. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  2. Minneapolis St Paul International Airport
  3. Harry Reid International Airport
  4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  5. Miami International Airport

The worst airports in the US:

  1. Newark Liberty International Airport
  2. Toronto Pearson International Airport
  3. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  4. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  5. Boston Logan International Airport

I just pulled a fraction of the information from SmarterTravel.com  Airports were divided by size of the airport.   The complete report of the Annual North American Airport Study can be found on jdpower.com

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

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 4-12,  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 only have 15 rooms so if you are interested, let me know.

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.  Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of November 12, 2023

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

It looks as though the passport wait times are coming down.   Right now the wait time is 7-10 weeks for normal delivery and 3-5 weeks for expedited.  These times don’t include mailing time.  Although this is looking better, much depends on where you live and which processing center is taking care of your passport.    My advice remains the same.   Get passports or renewals done as soon as possible.    A bit of trivia: Between October, 2022 and September, 2023 47 million passports were processed.

The Blue Lagoon , one of Iceland’s most iconic destinations, is currently closed for at least a week due to increased seismic activity.   This activity has led to magma flowing towards the earth’s surface around the area where the Lagoon is located.  The nation’s international airport and the Svartsengi Power Plant are also in that area.   I am keeping a special eye on Iceland as we are scheduled to travel there next summer.   Hopefully, this will be a short term event.  I still remember several years ago when we had a huge group in Rome and all of Europe closed due to a volanic eruption in Iceland.  Very much hoping  Iceland does not experience another big issue and that everyone in that beautiful land is okay.-Travel and Leisure. 

Brightline, the new train service in Florida, just published a Black Friday Sale for their customers.  They are not the only company publishing Black Friday sales.  If you are thinking of a cruise, an all-incclusive, or a tour, now is a pretty good time to book as you may be able to find special sales this month.

It has always been difficult for people who travel alone to book a cruise stateroom at a decent price. Typically, cruse lines charge almost twice as much for a single as they do for two people.   Norwegian may be changing that.  The cruise line will add close to 1,000 staterooms across their fleet for guests sailing on their own. NCL is introducing Solo Inside, Solo Oceanview, and Solo Balcony cabin categories for sailings departing  January 2 or later.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

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 4-12,  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 only have 15 rooms so if you are interested, let me know.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of November 5

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

I know we addressed this issue several months ago but interest is increasing for family or friends of travelers to be allowed to accompany travelers to their gate or wait for their arriving plane at the gate.  Several airports now allow this practice but people wishing to do this must be approved ahead of time, and go through security just like travelers do.    The airports allowing this practice include Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Orlando, Seattle-Tacoma, Detroit, New Orleans, Orange County,  and Tulsa. Each airport has their own rules so you will want to check the website of the airport you are using.

As Disney continued to grow its cruise line, they also ha a  need for another private island to entertain the growing number of passengers.   They just announced that their new private island will open in summer of 2024 on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.  Disney states that it will be a one of a kind island that will showcase a celebration of Bahamian storytelling, artistry, and culture with plenty of relaxation surrounded by nature.

On a personal note, we are still recovering from computer problems.  We appreciate your patience as we are not yet back to normal.  The best way to contact us in the next few days is at lynn@fullertravelservice.com or by phone. The big problem is with our sbcglobal.net account which we are working on and hope to have resolved shortly.

Also, we realize that we need a bit of balance in our lives.  As we move forward we recognize that we cannot continue to work 14 hour days, 7 days a week.  We are actually going to try to abide by  some office hours.   We will be open 9am-6pm Monday through Saturday.  We will be closed on Sundays.  If you are experiencing difficulties while traveling we will be available to assist you quickly.   We really enjoy travel and the wonderful people we have met.  Hopefully, this arrangement will help us be more effective while eliminating a bit of stress.   Thank you for your understanding.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJIMay 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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

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 4-12,  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 only have 15 rooms so if you are interested, let me know.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of October 29

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

We have all seen the devastation that occurred on the Island of Maui  this summer.   Western Maui has been closed since the fire.   As of November 1, the Hawaiian Tourist Authority announced that phase two of their reopening will occur on November 1.  this includes the areas of Kaanapali,Napili, and Kapalua  The opening will be phased in so if you are traveling, make sure to contact your resort to insure that they are open.   Lahaina is still closed. It is important if traveling to West Maui to be respectful and realize that there is still a great deal of suffering in that area.

Europe is still struggling to figure out how to manage the increase of visitors while trying to keep from being overwhelmed.  This past summer has been record breaking in terms of the number of visitors, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.   Barcelona became the latest city to ban cruise ships from docking in the city.    Cruise lines will need to dock in another town and bus their passengers to Barcelona.  If you are going to Europe, try to avoid the busy summer months.  I was in Italy in January and had a wonderful time as there were no crowds.  We were basically alone in the Sistine Chapel, and at the Academia in Florence where we went to see David.  It was cold but the trade-offs were worth it.

Delta Township is sponsoring a few  passport drives to help you apply or renew your passports:  November 15th, December 14th, January 8th from 5-7 PM at the Township Administration Building.   If interested, call 517-323-8500 for more information.

I apologize if you received a strange email from me last week.  We had some serious computer issues and a strange email was sent.   Thank you to those who alerted me but please never open something that doesn’t look right.   I appreciate those of you who took the time to let me know.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

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 4-12,  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 only have 15 rooms so if you are interested, let me know.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for the Week of October 22

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Europe would require US Citizens to complete a visa waiver form to travel to Europe in 2024.  This ETIAS was scheduled to roll out next year but this week the EU agency  responsible for the digital Entry/Exit system and ETIAS informed ministers that they need more time to implement the changes.  They are now looking at 2025 start to this program.

You may also remember that a few weeks ago Delta made huge changes to their  frequent flyer program.   The backlash from customers was severe and massive.  Delta has now walked back several of the worst changes although there will be some changes coming soon.   You can find more information on Delta.com.  The information is under news in the SkyMiles tab.

Paris is getting ready to host the Olympic Games next summer and hotel prices are averaging more than 300% higher than normal.  The city is expecting more than 11 million visitors for the Games that begin July 26, 2024.  If you are not interested in the Olympic Games, late July and early August of next year may not be the best time to visit Paris.

Our Zoom meeting regarding Italy 2024 is scheduled for October 25 at 4;00pm.  There is no obligation or pressure to sign up for the tour but it will be very informational.   Information is below in the tours and cruises section.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

New Tour! September 21-October 2, 2024 Italian Vistas. Short notice tour.   All reservations for this tour must be made by  mid January.  This is due to availability issues in the month of September.  

We have scheduled an informational Zoom meeting for October25 @4:00pm.  There is no obligation and no pressure but you will learn a lot about this tour and the areas we’ll visit.   My Collette Rep and friend, Ed McKenna, will walk us through this fabulous tour.  You can register for the meeting at     https://collette.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld–uqzkpGNB6_VJsFpOj0Ugh8ypPFYuR

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the charm of the Sorrento Coast embark on a spectacular Italian getaway.  Visit the amazing city of Rome and Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Pisa, and Venice, The trip will end in Stresa in the Lakes District.  Collette

https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1205618

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 4-12,  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 only have 15 rooms so if you are interested, let me know.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of October 15

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

We just finished our tour of Spain and Portugal.   It was a great trip filled with amazing sights, delicious food, and wonderful people. Last week I told you about our tour up to Seville.  We then moved on to Cordoba where we toured the 8th century mosque that was converted to a cathedral in the 16th century.  We then boarded the high speed train for our trip to Madrid where we enjoyed 2 nights.  We moved on to Toledo before traveling to Portugal.  We spent a night in the small  village of Elvas where we spent a wonderful night in an extraordinary former cloistered convent.  We were then off to Lisbon where we enjoyed the vibrant big city and took an excursion to the Portuguese Riviera.  I have attached a few more pics:

Alcazar in Toledo

 

Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon.

Monument to the Discoveries

View from our patio in Elvas, Portugal

View from our patio in Elvas, Portugal.

In other news,  the National Parks Service issued a warning about “love locks”.    These popular objects are padlocks that are hung from a metal fence, often bearing a couple’s names or initials and the key is then thrown into the water.  This is a concern at the Grand Canyon  as the critically endangered California condor is attracted to shiny things, and as a result some of the birds have eaten keys and have required surgery to remove them.    These love locks have been a nuisance in other cities.   At Paris’ Pont des Artes, the locks became so heavy they were damaging the structural integrity of the bridge.  When the city of Paris removed the locks in 2016 the weight of 700,000 metal objects was the equivalent of 20 elephants!-CNN Travel

This summer I posted about long wait times for renewing or applying for passports.  The good news is that it appears that the wait time has decreased now that the summer crunch is over.   Passport processing times are now two weeks faster with only 8 to 11 weeks required for routine service, and 5-7 weeks for expedited service according to the Department of State.  I would still caution you to apply early.  You don’t want a bucket list vacation to be ruined because your passport didn’t come in time.

If you are planning to fly over the holidays this year, you may consider getting your air booked sooner rather than later.  Prices for these flights often jump many months before the holiday season.  if you haven’t booked your Thanksgiving flight it is probably too late to get a deal or even a seat.    If you are traveling around Christmas or New Year’s  there is still time but prices are increasing so you may want to take a good look.

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

New Tour! September 21-October 2, 2024 Italian Vistas. Short notice tour.   All reservations for this tour must be made by  mid January.  This is due to availability issues in the month of September.  

We have scheduled an informational Zoom meeting for October25 @4:00pm.  There is no obligation and no pressure but you will learn a lot about this tour and the areas we’ll visit.   My Collette Rep and friend, Ed McKenna, will walk us through this fabulous tour.  You can register for the meeting at     https://collette.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld–uqzkpGNB6_VJsFpOj0Ugh8ypPFYuR

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the charm of the Sorrento Coast embark on a spectacular Italian getaway.  Visit the amazing city of Rome and Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Pisa, and Venice, The trip will end in Stresa in the Lakes District.  Collette

https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1205618

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 4-12,  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: Cha?teau 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 only have 15 rooms so if you are interested, let me know.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for the Week of October 8

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

We are in the middle of a wonderful tour Called, Spain’s Classics and Portugal.   We have already visited the Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, and Seville. We’ll soon visit Cordoba and Madrid before ending our tour in Portugal.  Great tour, great people traveling with us.   The weather has been sunny, but hot.  It was 102  degrees yesterday. (but it’s a dry heat).

A few pics:

A beach town on the Mediterranean

Building in the Arts and Science Complex of Valencia.

The performing arts building in the Arts and Sciences Park

Plaza de España, Seville

In other news,

A record number of cruise ships have been sent to graveyards in the past few years. Thirty-eight vessels have been sold to ship breaking yards since th pandemic began.   That has left a cruise fleet that is newer, larger, and more efficient.-Travel Weekly

Starting November 14, guests planning a trip to Disney World can purchase a package that includes half-price park tickets and half-price dining plans for children, ages 3 to 9.  The savings are applicable to non-discounted, four night, four day packages from Walt Disney Travel Co. that include a Disney resort stay.  The promo is applicable for stays most nights from March 3- June 20.

2024

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

New Tour! September 21-October 2, 2024 Italian Vistas. Short notice tour.   All reservations for this tour must be made by  mid January.  This is due to availability issues in the month of September.  

We have scheduled an informational Zoom meeting for October25 @4:00pm.  There is no obligation and no pressure but you will learn a lot about this tour and the areas we’ll visit.   My Collette Rep and friend, Ed McKenna, will walk us through this fabulous tour.  You can register for the meeting at     https://collette.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld–uqzkpGNB6_VJsFpOj0Ugh8ypPFYuR

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the charm of the Sorrento Coast embark on a spectacular Italian getaway.  Visit the amazing city of Rome and Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Pisa, and Venice, The trip will end in Stresa in the Lakes District.  Collette

https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1205618

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.

Spring 2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.  Dates will be announced soon.

 

 

Travel News for the Week of October 1

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

Last week I mentioned that Delta had made major changes to their Sky Miles program.   Many of the changes negatively impacted Sky Miles participants.  The reaction by participants was loud and sustained.   Yesterday, Delta’s CEO admitted that they probably went overboard and they would be making some alterations.  Stay tuned.

The Bahamas has experienced a banner year.  They are on track to welcome 8 million visitors this year.  The Bahamas are close, and fairly easy to get to so that accounts for some of that.  You definitely won’t be alone if you travel to the Bahamas,

I am sorry this post is so short this week.  I am out on tour and will post much more next week.

2024

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.  A Few rooms remain.    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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

New Tour! September 21-October 2, 2024 Italian Vistas. Short notice tour.   All reservations for this tour must be made by  mid January.  This is due to availability issues in the month of September.  

We have scheduled an informational Zoom meeting for October25 @4:00pm.  There is no obligation and no pressure but you will learn a lot about this tour and the areas we’ll visit.   My Collette Rep and friend, Ed McKenna, will walk us through this fabulous tour.  You can register for the meeting at     https://collette.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld–uqzkpGNB6_VJsFpOj0Ugh8ypPFYuR

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the charm of the Sorrento Coast embark on a spectacular Italian getaway.  Visit the amazing city of Rome and Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Pisa, and Venice, The trip will end in Stresa in the Lakes District.  Collette

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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.

Spring 2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.  Dates will be announced soon.