Travel News for Week of January 6

By January 6, 2019Blog

Carnival Cruise Line just announced that they will be moving to an a la carte room service menu in mid-January. Costs will range from $2 to $5 per item for lunch, dinner and late-night service, while continental breakfast will continue to be offered free of charge.

Many of the most popular tourist cities in Europe are struggling with the numbers of tourists visiting their towns. A measure in Italy’s 2019 budget will allow Venice to charge day visitors an entrance fee to access the city center. Much of this measure is aimed at the large cruise ships that put thousands of people on the island at the same time. The charge will range from 2.50-10Euro. Overnight visitors will not be assessed the fee as they already pay a per night tax. Amsterdam has just levied a tax of 8 euro per day, for passengers arriving on a river or ocean cruise. The tax does not apply if the cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam but it is causing cruise ships to think twice about porting in Amsterdam.

One of the biggest things that travelers wrestle with is whether or not they should purchase travel insurance. Some countries are now requiring proof of insurance because they are struggling with hospital and medical bills that visitors rack up and never pay. 15 of the 26 Shengen countries now require some type of insurance for visitors, students, and expats. Other countries such as Cuba, Ecuador, Qatar, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are also requiring proof of insurance.

Disney has just announced their popular free dining package. Stay for 5nights/6 days with a park hopper ticket package and get a free dining plan. Must book your trip by February 10 and offer is good July 5-September 30. Not interested in the dining plan? Take up to 30% off May 28-September 30 if you book before March 24.

2019 Tours

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.  Waitlist. Call for availability.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea. This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.  Waitlist. Call for availability.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   Waitlist. Call for availability.

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395  

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We are ready for deposit.   I only have 20 spots for this cruise.   Call now!

June 13-21 2020   Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park, and Mesa Verda National Park. We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

August 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. The trip ends in Calgary but there is an opportunity to take a 2 day extension back to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. More info shortly.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395  

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We are ready for deposit.   I only have 20 spots for this cruise.   Call now!

June 13-21 2020   Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park, and Mesa Verda National Park. We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn