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Travel News for Week of January 19

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Hi Everyone,

In the last couple of years there has been a push for mainstream cruise lines to get into the expedition market.  Viking Cruises is the latest cruise line to throw their hat into the ring. They have  announced that they are building a line of exploration vehicles capable of  travel to Antarctica and the Arctic, and also to the Great Lakes in the winter, beginning in 2022.  Viking Octantis will sail the Great Lakes in January of 2022 and reservations are being taken already.  The ships are designed to fit through the narrow locks on the St. Lawrence River and will carry 378 guests.   Because the itineraries are in cold destinations, the cabins will not have balconies.   On the Great Lakes, the 13 day Canadian Discovery will include stops in Toronto, Quebec, Cap-aux-Meules, Halifax, and New York.  The Niagara itinerary will include Toronto, Detroit, Traverse City and Milwaukee.

One of the chores to accomplish before leaving on an international trip is to find a place to exchange money into the local currency of your destination.  There are some countries that readily  accept the US dollar though, either because they’ve adopted the currency, or it is used alongside the local currency.   Here are just a few:  Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Panama, Barbados, Belize, and Costa Rica.

News out of Venice, Italy:  After suffering from extreme high tides just a few weeks ago, Venice is now dealing with extreme low tides. According to the BBC, the canals right now look more like mud trenches.  The low tides are not as rare as the once-in-a-lifetime flood from last year.   I hope that Venice is able to get back on track quickly.

Disney Cruise Line is offering travelers who book their sailing by February 14 the chance to pay only half the required deposit when booking.   To qualify, travelers must book a 4 night or longer Disney cruise departing between June 2-May 31, 2021, with the remaining deposit balance due at final payment.    While this doesn’t really save you any money, it does allow you to hold onto it for a little longer.

 

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.  Stunningly beautiful scenery.  Enroll now!

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

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 stop at historic Portsmouth as we work our way down the coast to Boston.   Enroll now!

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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

 2021 

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 the 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!

Coming soon!  May, 2021  Shades of Ireland

Coming Soon!  August, 2021  Charming French Canada

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!

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of January 12

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Hi Everyone,

This week, I’d like to mention a few packing and travel tips:

  • Use a packing list.   I  know it is difficult to take that extra step but a good reason to use it is that when you are ready to close your suitcase, put that list on top of everything and take a picture of it.   Should your suitcase get lost, you will have some proof of what was in it.
  • Never check essential items.  Passports, medications, money, credit cards, jewelry, pricey souvenirs,  and electronics should also stay with you.  It’s not a bad idea to have a change of clothes in your carry on, just in case your bags take the scenic route getting to you.
  • Use packing cubes.  They really do work.   Some people use compression bags which I haven’t tried but may be worth a try.
  • Take spare Ziploc bags.   You never know when you might need them.   They weigh nothing and can serve a multitude of purposes.
  • Remember that loose lithium batteries must be packed in your carry on.
  • Double check the TSA’s list of prohibitive items before going to the airport.
  • Make sure that you give your suitcase a unique identifier, especially if it is black.   Of course if you are traveling with me, I will give you luggage grips that clearly identify you as part of our travel group.
  • Remember that the three most important things to keep close are money, medications, and your passport!

I get a lot of questions about where to buy different items for travel.  Here is a list of places that I frequent.   You may have your own.

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.  Stunningly beautiful scenery.  Enroll now!

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

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 stop at historic Portsmouth as we work our way down the coast to Boston.   Enroll now!

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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

 2021 

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 the 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!

Coming soon!  May, 2021  Ireland

Coming Soon!  September 2021  Charming French Canada

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!

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of January 5

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Hi Everyone,

Many tour operators and cruise lines are working to eliminate single use plastics.   It is really important to do this as inconvenient as it might be.  The plastic in the ocean are killing sea life.   As many of you know, we live part time on the coast and have see first hand the damage done to our sea life.   There are many ways that we as travelers can reduce plastic use while traveling.  Last year, a United Nations report indicated that 127 countries have adopted some type of legislation against plastic bags.   Consider packing a reusable cloth bag in your luggage.   Many hotels are eliminating personal size toiletries.  Consider bringing  your own in containers that are refillable.  Bring refillable water  bottles.   One hundred billion single use cups with plastic lids are thrown away each year.   Even small steps will lower our environmental impact  and make a difference in the destinations we visit and the world we share.

If you are planning a trip to Disney this year, it’s a great time to plan.  At Disney World, visitors can enjoy a free Disney dining plan with the purchase of a non-discounted minimum 4 night package with Park Hopper option that includes staying at a select Disney Resort Hotel.  This offer is valid for the next 10 days for arrivals most nights June 27-28, July 5-7, and August 20-September 8.  The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.  Disneyland in California has a great promo as well.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s largest in terms of passengers since 2000, went smoke-free starting January 2.   All smoking rooms inside the airport are now closed.  Many US travelers are already accustomed to smoking bans in public buildings.  However, foreign travelers who are used to smoking in their home countries and airports might find the ruling difficult.

 

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.   Enroll now!

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

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 stop at historic Portsmouth as we work our way down the coast to Boston.   Enroll now!

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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

 2021 

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 the 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!

Coming soon!  May, 2021  Ireland

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!

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of December 29

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!

Fodor’s Travel has a few good suggestions for all of us that even seasoned travelers often forget:

  • Make a list of travel necessities a week in advance.
  • Double check your passports and travel documents to insure they are valid and up to date.
  • Get Travel Insurance.
  • Travel with vitamins and immune system boosters.
  • If you have dietary restrictions, don’t depend on the airlines.  Bring your own food.
  • Pack small travel size snacks.
  • Get a refillable water bottle.  Most airport restaurants will give you ice water.
  • Airplanes are notoriously cool so dress in layers.
  • Don’t take carry on luggage that you can’t handle. If it’s too heavy for you, it’s too heavy for the flight crew.
  • Expect the worst when it comes to security lines.  It’s better to have to wait a little while at the gate, then get stuck in a long line at security and miss your flight.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.  A headache is one of the first signs of dehydration.
  • Never enter a lavatory without your shoes on!
  • Wear compression socks for flights lasting more than three hours.

Do you ever wonder if that airplane blanket they give you for long haul flights is clean?   My rule of thumb is that if it’s sealed in plastic, it’s probably been washed.  “American Airlines states that all blankets are rewashed and repackaged after every use.”-Smarter Travel   I just have to assume that other airlines are doing the same thing.   If you are nervous about it, though, bring your own blanket.

Is there something you would like to see in the blog?  Email me suggestions for topics and I’ll work on them: lynn@fullertravelservice.com

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff. Enroll now!

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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

 2021 

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 the 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!

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!

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of December 22

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are traveling over the holidays, take your patience.   Hopefully, the weather will be good with no cancellations or delays.   I have included a link to a chart  from Smarter Travel that details your rights should your flight be cancelled.   These same rules apply to any time of the year that you travel.

https://www.smartertravel.com/uploads/2019/06/ST-Cancellation-Fees-Guide.pdf

Traveling internationally on American Airlines?  They have added a feature to their mobile app that allows you to scan your passport allowing you to check your luggage and go directly to your gate without having to have your documents rechecked by a customer service rep.

Taking a cruise?   There are some things that you should never try to hide from from the cruise line.  Cruise Critic summarizes the most important:

  • Pregnancy.  Most cruise lines will not accept a passenger over 24 weeks into their pregnancy.  Should complications arise, cruise ship medical facilities are not equipped to help mom or  a premature newborn.
  • Contagious medical issue.    Most people book cruises quite a few months in advance so there is no way to tell if you’ll be sick at boarding, but if you do come down with something when it’s time to board, don’t lie to the cruise lines.  Most lines will make you sign a statement that you are well.   If you are not feeling well, the ship’s medical officers will evaluate you and they may just ask you to stay in your room for a few days to avoid spreading your illness.  If you really are too ill to travel, you have hopefully purchased travel insurance.
  • Food Allergies.    These are becoming increasingly common, and in many cases, can be very serious.  Let the cruise line know in advance and they will work with you.  Most cruise lines can accommodate just about anything within reason as long as you give them notice.
  • Weapons.  Cruise lines strictly prohibit weapons onboard so even if you have a permit, firearms need to be left behind.  The same rules apply for knives.  Many lines also prohibit any sharp objects such as scissors with blades longer than 4 inches.  Leave your can of Mace home as well.

Have a Merry Christmas!  This is such a special, sacred time of the year that however your family celebrates the holidays, I hope it is wonderful for all of you!!

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478

 2021 

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 the 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!

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!

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of December 15

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Hi Everyone,

I know I have mentioned this is the past, but shred your boarding passes.   All a hacker needs to access a lot of your information is a simple barcode scanner.    Once your barcode is scanned, the scammer will have your name and flight details as well as your full airline account number. Sometime, additional details belonging to the account such as email address, phone number, and more, are also available.  For the full story check out the December 5 article in the travel section of the Huffington Post.

Laptops, phones, passports, and all types of important and expensive items get left on planes.    If that should happen to you, here are some good suggestions:

  • If you are still in the airport and haven’t exited the pre-screened security, get back to your gate as quickly as possible.  If the plane is still there, politely explain your situation to the gate agent and they should be able to retrieve your item.
  • If you are still in the airport but have left the secure area, go directly to the baggage desk or the customer service desk and ask them to radio the cleaning crew on the plane.   Have your ticket handy so you can give them your flight number and any additional information they need. You’ll also need the gate number, seat number and a specific description of the missing item.
  • If you’ve left the airport, contact the baggage service department of the airline.  If you are still close to the airport consider turning around.  If it’s been longer than two hours, your next step is to call the airline’s customer service line and file a lost and found report.  -Smarter Travel

Disney will celebrate the grand opening of their newest resort, the Disney Riviera Resort.   Disney is actually live streaming the event at 9:55am tomorrow.  to watch, visit Disney Travel News.  The live stream will be the lead story tomorrow!

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Early booking discount expires in 10 days.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478

 2021 

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 the 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!

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.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit in approximately very soon!

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of December 8

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Hi Everyone,

Federal officials want to expand facial recognition to all travelers as they enter or leave the country, including previously exempt American citizens. A filing from the Department of Homeland Security revealed a proposal to require  all travelers, not just foreign nationals or visitors, to be photographed for facial recognition before being allowed to enter or leave the US.  The DHS uses the biometric facial recognition system to prevent visitors or travelers from fraudulently using US travel documents, and to identify criminals or suspected terrorists.  As might be expected, there has been pushback to the proposed regulation in Congress so we’ll have to wait to see how this plays out

My favorite river cruise line, Uniworld, is embarking on a new adventure.   They have announced plans to expand to South America for the first time in 2020.   They will offer two new itineraries on the Peruvian Amazon onboard the Aria Amazon.   The new itineraries include the 15 day Peruvian Amazon & Machu Picchu Exploration that starts off with a land portion in Lima staying at a 5 star hotel, followed by a 7 night cruise through the Amazon rainforest.   The trip ends in the heartland of the Inca Empire with visits to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco.  The 11 day Peruvian Rivers and Rainforest Discovery itinerary  gives guests the chance to explore the capital of Lima and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve as well as sail the Amazon River roundtrip from Iquitos.

Most of us now have credit and debit cards with chips in them.   They are supposed to be more secure and for the most part, they are.   There is, however, a new pickpocketing scheme that allows someone to use a small card reading device to steal your credit card information just by being close to you.  You can purchase special RFID blocking wallets  to block those devices or if you don’t want to do that,  you can just purchase some RFID sleeves.  They are very inexpensive.  You can get a package that has about 20 of them, including a few for your passport.    Several places sell them but Amazon has many choices.

Check out the two new tours for next year that are available for a limited time at a reduced price.   Sunny Portugal and Spotlight on the French Riviera tours are both off season at great prices.  Scroll down for the information and a link to the itinerary.

2020-2021

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Early booking discount expires in 10 days.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

NEW 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

NEW November 14- November 22, 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. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478

 2021 

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 the panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an option 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 the your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Alberabello, San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!

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.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit in approximately 2 weeks.

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of December 1

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   It is always great to be able to take a day to reflect upon the blessings we’ve been given.   Of course, the after Thanksgiving mania has begun.  Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday, one doesn’t quite know when to shop any more.

A few weeks ago, I told you that Delta was piloting new amenities on their long haul flights.   They have now begun to implement these changes which are really nice.   It begins with a complementary Bellini and hot towel just after take off.    Economy passengers will now receive a complimentary bottle of water after boarding.   When it comes to meal-time, fliers can choose from a menu that includes wine, and the tray tables are now covered for you.   The food comes on a smaller oval tray so you can keep your phone or book beside you.   Delta has partnered with Ben and Jerry’s to provide ice cream for dessert.   Before landing, warm pastries are offered with coffee or tea and a farewell piece of chocolate.  In addition, there is a snack bar in the rear galley if you have a craving mid-flight.   Right now these amenities are being offered only on long haul flights so don’t expect this on your domestic flights.-Smarter Travel

This week, Fodor’s listed a few suggestions for improving your airport experience and air travel:

  • Get a refillable water bottle.   Many airports are now offering filling stations once you get through security.
  • Pack your own snacks but be careful of fresh fruit or vegetables as they could get confiscated or you could get fined at your destination.
  • Organize with reusable bags.  You must be careful of plastic though as some places are banning plastic.   Check out Stasher Bags.
  • Bring a portable battery charger.   These are really handy and if you’ve read some of my back posts regarding the hacking of airport chargers, you’ll be happy to have your own.
  • Come prepared with your own sanitizer or bacterial wipes.
  • Take a photo of the outside and inside of your suitcase in the event it loses it’s way.

2020-2021

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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.

2021 

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 the panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an option 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 the your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Alberabello, San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  We will be ready for deposit Friday.

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.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of November 24

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Hi Everyone,

Pepsi or Coke?   Carnival Cruise Line is switching to Pepsi.    Beginning in January, the line will switch from Coca-Cola products to beverages from PepsiCo, In.   In a press release, the line stated that the new beverage offerings would encompass everything from Starbucks to a wide selection of iced teas, sparkling water coffee and sports drinks, juices, and soft drinks.   Pepsi branded products include Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, Mtn Dew, Starbucks, Sierra Mis, and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar, among others. 

This past spring one of our groups had a flight delay of 24 hours in Europe.   In addition to feeding us and putting us up for the night, when we returned home we received significant compensation (in excess of $600).   While none of us were  happy about the delay, the extra compensation did lessen the sting, thanks to the EU 261 regulation.   This regulation insures passengers rights  for flight disruptions for flights that depart from or arrive in EU airports whether they are European Union planes are not.    The airlines must compensate passengers in case of overbooking, technical problems, and other factors deemed within its control.  However, if extraordinary circumstances lead to cancellation or delay, you are not entitled to compensation.  Poor weather conditions, civil unrest, security risks are not reasons for compensation.   Compensation is based on the flight distance and duration of the delay (less than 2 hours won’t get you any compensation).   This compensation does not happen automatically.  After you reach your destination, you must contact your airline to find out the process for the refund.

Walt Disney World is bringing  back their 4-Park Magic Ticket.  This is a great option if you are not staying on site at Disney World.  A four day, 4 park ticket includes 1 day at the Magic Kingdom, 1 day at Epcot, 1 day at Hollywood Studios, and 1 day at Animal Kingdom over a 7 day usage window. Clients who purchase the 4-Park Magic Ticket can also upgrade their ticket to include one admission to either Disney water park and one admission to the all-new NBA Experience at Disney Springs.  The 4-Park Magic Ticket is valid through Sept. 30, 2020.

As we move toward Black Friday, Cyber Monday, keep in mind that tour operators and cruise lines are having their own sales.   Now might be the time to look into your next trip!

2020-2021

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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.    Ready for deposit.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.

2021 

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, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito!   Will be ready for deposit next week.

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.  We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn