Travel News for Week of June 17

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Hi Everyone,

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.   Hope you have a great day.

One of the biggest news events in the travel world occurred this week when Royal Caribbean announced that they had purchased a majority share in Silversea, a luxury cruise line.   It will be very interesting to see how this plays out and if Royal allows Silversea to continue to operate as the luxury product it is.

If you’ve ever wanted to cruise with Oprah, here’s your chance.   She will be aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale on a 3 day Girls’ Getaway cruise on January 30, 2019.

I just spent the last 4 days at a conference in Las Vegas.   We stayed at Caesar’s Palace as that is where the conference was held.   This conference is always a good chance to connect with suppliers as well as learn about new technologies and trends in the travel industry.  We were taken over to the new Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo) to check it out.   We also had an opportunity to see a couple of shows.    I was once again reminded that the days of old Las Vegas with inexpensive meals and lodging are long gone.   Celebrity chef restaurants are the norm these days and resorts are getting bigger and glitzier.   Las Vegas is still a destination not to be missed.

Richard Turen is a very well respected travel writer and a travel agency owner.   His is one of the columns I read regularly.    His latest column may be of interest to you as travelers:    https://www.travelweekly.com/Richard-Turen/In-travel-you-get-what-you-pay-for

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg-waitlist

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.   Only a few spots remain.   Call for info.

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise  

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of June 10

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Hi Everyone,

Hurricane season last year brought devastation to many areas of our country as well as islands in the Caribbean.   While some areas have made a great recovery, others are still struggling.  If you are thinking of traveling to the Caribbean the following info may be helpful.  If you click on the link below, you will be able to see the islands in the Caribbean that are pretty much back on track and those that are still struggling.

http://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Caribbean-islands-affected-by-hurricanes-mapped#.WxfemMpU9u8.email

The New York Times published a few suggestions this week on ways to stay healthy while traveling.   Some are common sense but it never hurts to review:

  1.  Make sure you carry your meds with you, not in your checked luggage.
  2. When you are on a long haul flight, get up and move every couple of hours.  Sitting for long periods increases the risk for deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot that forms in the legs from stagnant circulation. You may want to consider  compression socks to help boost circulation and avoid swollen feet or calves. You can find them at pharmacies or easily available online.
  3. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol while flying.
  4. Make sure you have your doctor’s number in your contact list. He/she may be able to help you remotely.

Travel tips:

  • Wash fruit, even if you plan to peel it.  The contaminants on the outer skin may transfer to your hands.
  • If you are not traveling with a computer but want to keep information safe, consider a flash drive to store emergency info.  Some are password protected and you should be able to use in a hotel computer or internet cafe if you need to retrieve info.     Another strategy is to scan info into your computer and email it to yourself so that it can be retrieved when accessing your own email.
  • We all know to look both ways before crossing the street but when you are in another country, that is especially important as traffic may be coming from the opposite direction!  Also, mind the bike paths that many times run right next to the sidewalks.   You will get run over.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg-waitlist

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.   Only a few spots remain.   Call for info.

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise  

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of June 3

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Group Travel had an excellent article this week on how to avoid being pickpocketed while traveling.   Here are a few of their tips:

  • Don’t look like a tourist.  Don’t wear clothes that flag you as a tourist. If you want to blend in, it’s not just about how you dress. It’s about how you act. Burying your nose in your phone while searching for where to go next—and how to get there—makes it obvious you have no idea where you are.
  • Invest in a money belt. Moneybelts are a great way to hide all of your cash, credit cards and travel documents where thieves cannot see them.
  • Avoid walking through huge crowds of people.   Not always possible while traveling, but an important consideration. Try to commute to attractions and visits sites at low-traffic hours, or consider alternative routes.
  • Men can put a rubber band around their wallet.  It makes it more difficult to slip it out of pockets.
  • Don’t flash your cash.  While you’re paying for things, try not to show the amount of money you have with you.
  • Don’t carry an open bag. If you have valuables in the bag, the bag better have zippers or an obscene number of knots and ties.

Disney officials announced Wednesday the location of its previously announced Star Wars-inspired resort.  According to the Walt Disney World parks blog, the new resort is currently under construction on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, just east of World Drive. The new resort will be positioned within walking distance of the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Hollywood Studios.   The upcoming Star Wars hotel was originally announced in February and will transport guests into another world where they board a starship and interact with familiar characters. Instead of just watching the story unfold around them, guests will be fully immersed in the experience.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open next year. The highly-anticipated attraction will debut at Disneyland in summer 2019 and late fall 2019 at Disney World.

Flying into Punta Cana?   The tourist tax that you used to have to wait in line to pay upon arrival is no more.   The tax is now rolled into the price of your airline ticket.   There should be a bit less congestion upon arrival.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg-waitlist

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Deposit now!

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of May 27

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Universal Orlando is building two new value properties and the first of the two, Surfside Inn and Suites, will open Summer of 2019.  The vibe at these hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. In addition to standard rooms with rates as low as $73, both hotels will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six for as little as $111 per night. You will also enjoy exclusive benefits like Early Park Admission* and complimentary transportation.

There are two days of the year that are the absolute most expensive days of the year, according to the CEO of FareCompare:   November 21st and November 25th.  That’s the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  If you have to travel at that time, don’t wait to get your ticket as prices increase the closer to departure.

Enjoy your Memorial Day but take a minute to think of all those who gave so much so that we  would have the opportunities we all have.   Whenever I visit the Korean Memorial in Washington, DC, there is a quote engraved there that simply says, “Freedom is not Free”.   I’ve seen it a hundred times.  It always impacts me.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Deposit now!

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of May 20

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are traveling this summer you may be interested in the best/worst onetime airports for summer travel.   Among the worst it is no surprise that these three have some of the worst ontime arrival/departures: Newark, LaGuardia, and San Francisco.    Among the best: Las Vegas, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Have you ever been on a flight that’s listed on your itinerary as two hours long, yet when the pilot is about to take off, he/she announces that the flying time will be an hour and a half? Padding flight time estimates is an increasingly common tactic that airlines use to improve their on-time arrival statistics—that way, even if they’re late taking off, they may still technically be on-time when they land.

Disney World is adding alcohol to the menus of all their table service restaurants.   This includes, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.

We are all aware that dialing 911 will get you help in this country.    When you are traveling outside the country, you might want to take a minute to research the emergency numbers of the countries you will be visiting.   Most  countries in the European Union use 112.   If you are traveling outside the European Union you can get up to date information at travel.state.gov

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Deposit now!

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of May 13

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

Making a step forward in the effort to phase out single-use plastics that are not environmentally friendly, Intercontinental Hotels and Marriott International are doing away with miniature toiletries at many of their brands.   The Wall Street Journal reported that Marriott International is switching from the small, giveaway bottles of shampoo and conditioner to larger, wall-mounted dispensers in 450 hotels at five brands and intends to expand the effort to 1500 hotels in North America by January.   The change will include Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites.   Marriott’s Starwood, Four Points, and Moxy brands already use pump dispensers.   IHG meanwhile, is reportedly planning to make a similar switch at four of its brands – Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suite and Avid Hotels. At IHG’s Even Hotels, which launched in 2014, dispensers rather than small bottles, are already in use.   Though many travelers have enjoyed the freebie toiletries, their impact on the environment is disastrous and the hotels should be applauded for their move. A Marriott International spokeswoman told MailOnline Travel the average hotel in its mid-range category goes through more than 23,000 tiny bottles each year. That’s the equivalent of more than 250 pounds of plastic.   The switch to wall-mounted dispensers is expected to eliminate the use of 10.3 million bottles or 113,000 pounds of plastic annually, Marriott said.

The former Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has officially been transformed to the Park MGM.   This resort is right in the middle of the strip.  There is still work to be done but the new sign signifying the transition has gone up on the building.

I know that robocalling has become a huge problem for all of us.  The do not call list registry does not seem to help either.   The latest scam is from robots calling from local numbers.   I have been getting about 15-20 of these calls a day and it is a dilemma, particularly for a business.   Most of these calls have “Unknown Number” in the caller ID box.   I am not answering any of these calls as clicking on them encourages more of them!  Of course, that means I run the risk of missing one of your calls which I obviously don’t want to happen.    Most of you know I try very hard to answer calls, or return calls promptly.   Should your call go to voice mail, please leave a message and I promise I will return your call as soon as possible.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Deposit now!

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of May 6

By | Blog

Hi Everyone,

We just returned from a great trip to Ireland.   I am going to give you a little recap of our trip. If you are not interested, just scroll down to see what’s coming up for Fuller Travel Service.

April 25-26   We left Detroit after a bit of a delay and flew to Newark for our connection to Dublin.  Things got a bit dicey as we stood in line to board.  We noticed many people joining the line and some told us they were going to Barcelona!  After questioning the gate agent, she admitted she didn’t know where the flight was going!  About 10 minutes later they announced they were indeed going to Barcelona.  Sorry, Dublin!  After some amount of time negotiating with United we finally found enough seats for our group on a flight to Shannon-at least the right country.    When we landed in Shannon, Collette, our tour operator had arranged for a bus to get us over to Dublin.     Things got much better from there!  After cleaning up and resting a bit we departed for dinner and a great show of Irish music, songs, and dancing.

April 27  Today was a fairly relaxing day spent visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral and touring Dublin including the city’s historic center.  While part of our group decided to tour the Guinness factory and then dine at the historic pub, O’Connell’s, some of us decided to find a nice restaurant and have a quiet dinner.

 

April 28  Today we boarded our bus for Waterford.    On our way, we stopped at the little town of Kilkenny for lunch.   We were all delighted with this small town with a medieval atmosphere. Arriving in Dublin, we first toured the Waterford Crystal Factory where we were able to view crystal being made. This evening we stayed in a historic hotel where we were treated to a history lesson and city tour by “Jack”, a knowledgeable and entertaining guide.  Mass was celebrated before dinner for those of us who wished to attend.

April 29  We set off for Killarney today but of course, we had to make a stop at Blarney to kiss the Blarney Stone.  Kissing the stone is supposed to make you eloquent and give you the gift of gab.   I think many of us already had that gift, but it was great fun anyway.   After leaving Blarney we traveled to Killarney where we took jaunting cars (horse and buggies) through Killarney National Park.   Our driver kept us entertained and the scenery was amazing.   We then boarded small wooden boats to an island to see a very ancient monastery.

April 30  Today we traveled along the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic roads in the world.  Words are inadequate to express the beauty of this area.

May 1  We had a great treat today as we stopped  on our way to Limerick at the farm of  Paddy and Margaret.  We were welcomed with fresh scones and tea.   Afterwards, Paddy told us a bit about the history of his farm and family.   We were all inspired by these two gracious people.

May 2   A highlight of every trip to Ireland has to be an excursion to the Cliffs of Moher.    We were very lucky with the weather today because even though it was very windy, it was clear and we had wonderful views of these 700 foot cliffs.   We then traveled through the “Burren” and into Galway for a short visit.   Tonight, some of our group were entertained at a Medieval Banquet.

May 3  Today we started moving back toward Dublin but our first stop was at the Tullemore Irish Whiskey Distillery for a tour and a taste.    We then traveled to our final destination: Cabra Castle.  This castle was our home for the night and we all enjoyed the beautiful grounds and exquisite rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4   All good things must come to an end and today we boarded our plane for our flight home with wonderful memories and many new friends.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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

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

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.  Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

April 2020    Paris to Normandy River Cruise

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn