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Travel News for the Week of September 17

By September 17, 2023September 24th, 2023Blog

Hi everyone,
The big news this week is that Delta is changing how to earn status with them and how you can access the Delta Sky Clubs. If you have a Sky Club membership you may have already been contact by Delta.  If not, here is a bit of information about the changes:

Your status will be based on how may MQDs (sum total of the SkyMiles Member’s spend on Delta-marketed flights in Main Cabin or above ) You will also earn on purchases of car rentals and hotels booked on  If you have a premium card like the Delta Sky Miles Reserve American Express you will earn 1 MQD for each $10 spent.  Status  boost and MQD Waiver will end on December 31.   The news doesn’t get much better as far as entrance into the Delta Sky Clubs.  Starting February, 2025 Sky Club Access will be limited to 10 visits per 12 month period unless you spend $75000 on your card during the previous year.
To earn  Silver Medallion status in you will need to earn 6000 MQDs in 2024,   Gold Medallion status will require $12000 MQDs. Platinum Medallion status will  require $18000 MQDs.  Diamond Medallion will require 35,000 MQDs.

Last week I mentioned that I was doing a tour called Painted Canyons.   We are at the end of our tour now and it has been an amazing week.  We began our journey in Denver and drove across Colorado to experience the Colorado Monument on our way to Utah.  We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at a winery in Colorado and learned how to always choose the best wine. In Utah we stayed a two nights at a place called Red Cliffe Lodge near Moab, Utah.  We watched the Colorado river flow by our cabins I was greeted by a huge buck when I opened my curtain in the morning. We visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, Capital Reef National Park, Bryce and Zion National parks before ending our trip in Las Vegas.   I’ve tried to include a few pictures but it’s difficult to put into words how beautiful this part of the country is.  I heartily recommend this tour.

Red Cliffe Lodge, Moab

Red Cliffe Lodge, Moab

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon
 Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park

Bryce Canyon


Zion outside our hotel


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

 July 10-20, 2024 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 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain.

New Tour! September 21-October 2, 2024 Italian Vistas. Short notice tour.   All reservations for this tour must be made by  mid January.  This is due to availability issues in the month of September.  

We have scheduled an informational Zoom meeting for October25 @4:00pm.  There is no obligation and no pressure but you will learn a lot about this tour and the areas we’ll visit.   My Collette Rep and friend, Ed McKenna, will walk us through this fabulous tour.  You can register for the meeting at–uqzkpGNB6_VJsFpOj0Ugh8ypPFYuR

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the charm of the Sorrento Coast embark on a spectacular Italian getaway.  Visit the amazing city of Rome and Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Pisa, and Venice, The trip will end in Stresa in the Lakes District.  Collette

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.

Spring 2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.  Dates will be announced soon.