US Customs and Border Protection has launched a remote interview pilot for renewing Trusted Traveler Program members. That means, that when you renew your Global Entry card and are required to come in for an interview, you may be able to do that interview over Zoom. Other programs like Nexus will be integrated into the program in months to come. Not everyone will be eligible but it is worth checking to see if you are if you are required to have another interview before renewing.
The European Union has voted to add the US to its safe travel list which would make it easier for Americans to take a vacation in one of the 27 member states. Individual countries will have the authority to decide for themselves how they want to enforce inbound restrictions, including testing and vaccination requirements. This should eliminate the quarantine requirements though.
We are currently on our first tour since 2019. We are in the US and are touring some of the National Parks of the West. Despite some extremely hot weather in the Southwest (103-113) we are having a great time. Were have followed COVID protocols and are doing well. We did find that we needed to make some adjustments as the areas we are touring have really had difficulty finding seasonal employees. Many places still have very limited menus and hours. We have worked around all of it so far. What hasn’t changed is the beauty of some of our wonderful parks. Here are a few pics. I’ll upload a few more next week.
The first two are Sedona, AZ, the third is the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell. The west is in the middle of a major drought. Lake Powell, is at historic lows.
Current Trips 2021-2023*
We continue to shuffle tours around as the world situation changes. If you have questions about any of the following trips, don’t hesitate to contact me.
September 11-19, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise, Paris and Normandy This cruise begins and ends in Paris.
We have had word from Uniworld that they will begin to sail in France this summer so we are looking forward to this cruise. 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, and 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. Uniworld River Cruise
September 25- October 6, 2021 Discovering Poland We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow. Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378 Collette Vacations
October 6-14, 2021 Autumn Colours You will fly in and out of Boston so a nice, short flight. Weave your way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord. You’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee, and Woodstock on the way to the White Mountains where you’ll stop in Conway and then up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. On the way back to Boston you’ll work you way down the coast stopping in historic Portsmouth before returning to Boston for the flight home. Call for Availability. Trafalgar
October 30,-November 8, 2021 Sunny Portugal This trip includes a special off season price just like the French Riviera below: $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit! Highlights of this trip include: the Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belem, Obidos, Intra, the Cork Factory (amazing), Winergy visit, Alentejo, Monaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Azeitao. Check out the entire itinerary at http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011623 Collette Vacations
November 6-17 Spotlight on the French Riviera: Unpack and stay in one place! Highlights of this tour include Nice, St. Paul de Vence, St. Trope, Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Nice Flower Market, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Cannes. Off season rates $2999 per person double occupancy including air from Detroit! http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1011478 Collette Vacations
January 12- Tropical Costa Rica Explore lush forests, stunning waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. Our tour will begin in the capital city of San Jose. From San Jose we will travel to the Central Valley to learn the importance of coffee production to the Costa Rican economy. We will enjoy breathtaking Guanacaste and its beautiful beaches. From Guanacaste we travel to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive quetzal. Enjoy one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a gallery of over 100 hummingbirds. Walk the Hanging Bridges or zip line on one of the longest zip line tours in Costa Rica. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal for the beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano. Take a guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe called a panga. You can search for caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, and exotic birds. Journey to Zarcero before returning to San Jose for our final night. Price guarantee ends in July. Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430 Sign up deadline is July 15. Collette Vacations
April 4-15, 2022 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. Call for availability. Trafalgar
April 20-29, 2022 Tulips and Windmills during Tulip Time See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth. From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years. This tour is almost full. Uniworld River Cruises
May 11-20, 2022 Shades of Ireland This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, 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. I have a few spaces left if you are interested. Collette Vacations http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529
May 15-26, 2022 Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play This tour is being rescheduled from 2020. I can only hold the few tickets I have for 30 days. Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore. You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland. The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps. You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play. You will return home from Munich. The passion play will not be repeated until 2030. Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395 Collette Vacations
June 18-26, 2022 Spectacular Canadian Rockies We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park. Trafalgar
July 19-30 Alaska Cruisetour Take an 11 day southbound cruise tour aboard Princess Cruises. 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 through Glacier Bay National Park, and visit Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver. This is an amazing cruise tour. Sounds like the lodges may be full on this one. Call for availability. Princess Cruises
August 7-15 7 day round trip Venice, Croatia, andGreek Isles with Santorini, and Mykonos. Call for pricing and availability. Norwegian Cruise Line
New! September 7-15, 2022 Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Join us as we embark on an extraordinary journey. We will begin our journey in Tel Aviv and then travel to the port city of Jaffa on our way to Caesarea. We next visit Nazareth, Cana, and our day in Tiberias for 2 nights. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We’ll make a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum. We will visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and much more. Optional extension to Petra. Ready for booking! Collette Vacations
September 18-30, 2022 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. Uniworld Cruises
October 23-29, 2022 Southern Charm Join us on this short 6 night tour as we visit the beautiful cities of Charleston, Savannah. Visit St. Simon’s Island and spend a night on Jekyll Island. End our tour in Jacksonville, Florida before heading home. Collette Vacations
New!! Viking Cruise down the Mississippi June 17, 2023 Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta. I was only able to get 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular. I havevery few cabins remaining. Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022. We will begin our journey in Memphis, and sail to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit. Let me know if you are interested.
*Please note that Skip and I usually escort all our tours. Because of the number of rescheduled tours in 2021-22 it will be impossible for us to be on every tour. We will escort as many as we can, but whether we are on the tour or not, we will make sure that you have everything you need for your tour and will work hard to insure you are well taken care of by your tour operator or cruise line.
Have a great week!