Travel News for Week of December 8

By December 8, 2019 Blog

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.


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

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.

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.


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!