You may have heard that the European Union is preparing to open its borders next week to people who live outside the European Union. While the list will not be released until next week there is a very good chance that the United States will not be on the approved list. This is due to the fact that our Covid-19 numbers have not been brought under control. How long that ban lasts is anyone’s guess. Hopefully, we’ll get Covid-19 under control in the near future so that travel to Europe can begin again.
Tour Operators and Cruise lines have been working hard during this pause to develop policies that will help to promote health awareness and practices for both crews and guests. Among the many policies that the Travel Corporation (Trafalgar, Insight, Brendan) has developed is to place a Wellness Director on each tour bus to insure that all health policies are being followed on the tour bus and at each hotel, restaurant, and site that is visited.
Norwegian Cruise line just released this video that gives us a preview of some of the policies and protocols that they are implementing:
American Airlines announced this week that they will end the practice of blocking the middle seats on July 1. As more people begin to travel customers will begin to notice that flights are now much fuller on American, United, and Spirit. American will continue to notify passengers when this flight is getting full and they will allow them to move to more open flights when available.
October 6-14 Autumn Colours Join us as we fly into Boston and weaver our way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord. We’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee and Woodstock on our way to the White Mountains where we’ll stop in Conway and up to bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On our way back to Boston we’ll stop at historic Portsmouth as we work our way down the coast. I have a few seats left on this amazing trip. Nonstop air to and from Boston.
October 31-November 9, 2020 Sunny Portugal This is an amazing tour at offseason pricing. $2999 per person double occupancy includes air from Detroit. Visit Lisbon Cascais, Obidos, Sintra. Enjoy the stunning coast of the Algarve and enjoy Lagos where Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering cliffs. Explore Faro, the gateway to the Ria Formosa lagoon landscape, and much more. I only have 20 seats for this tour. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623
November 7- November 15, 2020 Spotlight on the French Riviera Enjoy this wonderful tour while staying in the same hotel. You will be based in the beautiful city of Nice but will have an opportunity to explore a different area each day. You’ll explore Nice but also Grasse, St. Tropez, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Cannes, Antibes and St. Paul deVence among other areas. You will be home before Thanksgiving! Again, this trip is $2999 per person double occupancy including air out of Detroit. Again, limited amount of seats. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478
January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise This is a full transit 15 day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit; Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in San Francisco. Taking deposits.
April,6-17, 2021 Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito! Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of Palermo. where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city. There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market. We will then travel to Taormina by way of Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples. Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay. The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”. We will then cross the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria. Here you will have an opportunity to visit your family villages located outside Cosenza. After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure. Taking deposits!
May 9, 2021 Shades of Ireland One of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone, and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle. Time to deposit. Tour is half full.
May 30, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise Paris and Normandy This cruise begins and ends in Paris. Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet, the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, Honfleur. See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.
New Date !! June 12, 2021 National Parks of America Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona. We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ. We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks. Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons. Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue. Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful! From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation. Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks.
July 17, 2021 Alaska Cruisetour: Join us as we take an 11 day southbound cruise tour. We will fly into Fairbanks, visit Denali Wilderness Lodge, Denali McKinley Lodge, and then take the train to our cruise ship for a 7 night southbound cruise. Experience the Hubbard Glacier, cruise throughGlacier Bay National Park, and visit Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver. This is an amazing cruise tour. Although there are spaces on the ship, the lodges are getting full as they serve more than one ship at a time. Do not delay.
September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers. We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from Frankfurt. Taking deposits now!
New Date! September 25, 2021 Discovering Poland We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow. Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378
February 11, 2022 South American and the Chilean Fjords This 18 day cruise will begin in Buenos Aires for a two night stay. We will then travel to Montevideo, Uruguay. Enjoy a day at sea before arriving Puerto Madryn where we will learn of this city’s Welsh heritage. After another day at sea we will arrive in the Falkland Islands and Port Stanley. Come face to face with penguins as you explore the rugged beauty of these islands. We will then sail the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Our next port is Ushuaia where we can enjoy the tranquility of this end of the world city or visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. From there we will sail to Punta Arenas. We’ll cruise the Amalia Glacier and the Chilean Fjords before arriving at Puerto Montt where we will discover the Germanic traditions and scenic landscape dominated by the Osorno volcano. Our last two days will be spent in Santiago, Chile before boarding our plane for the return to the U.S.b This is an ocean going ship but is much smaller than your typical ocean ship. This cruise will sell out quickly. If you’ve cruised with Viking in the past you will receive a double past passenger discount in June.