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Travel News for April 11

By April 11, 2021April 18th, 2021Blog

Hi Everyone,

With vaccine availability  becoming more widespread, we are seeing an uptick in people interested in travel!   I have been busy booking trips for people these past couple of weeks!  (Far better than a year of cancelling those trips.)   I have found that space on cruise ships for 2022 is tight.  We now have a full year of cancellations behind us and a good share of people whose voyages were cancelled in 2020 or 2021 are now using their cruise credits to rebook for 2022.  Combine these passengers with new reservations, and it is becoming difficult to find good rooms.   Don’t delay if you are thinking of booking a cruise for next year.

Last week I mentioned that Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have decided to resume cruising from the Caribbean as U.S. ports remain closed.   This week, Norwegian joined them and will be sailing from the Dominican Republic.  It appears that the cruise lines have been able to negotiate affordable air to their port cities. At the same time, the Governor of Florida announced that he is suing the U.S. government and the CDC to allow sailing to resume from Florida ports. The saga continues.

At least in the short term most, but not all,  cruise lines are only accepting vaccinated passengers.  Those who are accepting children are allowing them to board with a negative COVID test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.  No one knows how long these requirements will be in place.

Hawaii’s Safe Travels program means that everyone over age 5 entering the state must present proof of an approved Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure to receive an exemption from a 10 day quarantine.  That may change as Hawaii is working with several companies to develop a system that would serve to verify vaccination records.  Once in operation, travelers with proof of  Covid vaccination would be eligible to enter Hawaii without testing or quarantine.

If you are looking for a great tour, tour operators are having great spring sales right now.

Current Trips for 2021 and 2022*

June 12-June 23,  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.  http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588       I have two spots left.     Collette Vacations

July 28-August 5, 2021  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.    I have very few seats available so let me know asap.       Trafalgar

 September 11-19, 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, 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 12-24, 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.  I have two rooms remaining.  Please call asap if interested. 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    I do have a few seats left if interested.  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. 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

December 6-10   Spotlight on New York City Holiday    We will travel to NYC in early December for a spectacular tour of New York City.   Spend 4 nights in the heart of Midtown close to Central Park’s skating rink and Times Square all dressed up for the holidays.  Watch the curtain rise on a Broadway play and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the world-famous Rockettes.  Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and see the elaborate 5th Avenue window displays and the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Pricing carries a $150 discount right now. Collette  Vacations   Dates, itinerary  and pricing:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049075

December 18-25    Hawaiian Cruise  I have a few cabins available for this great cruise.  Fly in and out of Honolulu and visit Maui, Hilo, Kona,  Kauai  before cruising the Napali Coast on your way back to Honolulu.   Norwegian Cruise Line

2022

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.   Check it out at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1049430       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.  Taking deposits!  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. 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   The link to this tour is still showing 2021 but the itinerary will be the same for 2022. 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.     Check out the itinerary at   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

2023

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 only have 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis, 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!

Lynn