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Travel News for the Week of January 21

By January 21, 2024Blog

Hi Everyone,

Going to Vegas soon?  You should know that standing or stopping is now banned on pedestrian bridges on the Las Vegas Strip.   People often pause to take photos on these bridges but a new ordinance that went into effect this week prohibits people from standing or stopping on the bridges and up to 20 feet surrounding connected stairs, elevators, and escalators. . Penalties could be 6 months in jail or a $1000 fine.-AP

Did you know that you can set a fare alert  to notify you if your airline’s price decreases?   Since the pandemic, most change fees have been eliminated.  When purchasing a flight, make sure you are not in basic economy and that your fare is changeable. Many reservations will say, “changeable but not refundable”.   You can set an alert with Google flights or SkyScanner or other fare alert programs.  You don’t really have anything to lose and may get a nicer fare if you watch that pricing.-Fodors, Laird 1/15/24 

Airline lounges are becoming more and more crowded and lines to enter are getting longer.   You don’t need airline status to get into some lounges as credit card companies have gotten into the airport lounge business.  American Express and Chase Sapphire are two of the companies building lounges for their card holders.    If you have a premium card, it may be worthwhile to check them out.

This week Venice announced a fee for day visitors to Venice, Italy.  The fee is supposed to begin on April 24 and you can get the pass online before travel. Right now it is only for people just visiting for the day but all the particulars have not been released.  Stay tuned.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto   Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice.  While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’.  Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite),  and Torcello.  you will  discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua.   Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.

May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle.  If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two.  If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle.  This is not the same tour that we normally do.  This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path.  We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens.  Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached.  Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where  you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula.  Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night.  See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon.  Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24.  Collette

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !