Travel News for Week of March 8

By March 8, 2020 Blog

Hi Everyone,

In last week’s blog I gave you links to two sites that will give you good information regarding the Coronavirus.    Those are official links and I use them myself.  or 

It is important, however, to note that cybercriminals are capitalizing on the public’s desire to learn more about the outbreak.   There are reports of phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information or to infect your devices with malware and ads that peddle false information or scam products.   For example a phishing email that used the logo of the CDC Health Alert Network  claimed to provide a list of local active infections. Recipients were instructed to click on a link in the email to access the list and then asked to enter their email login credentials which were then stolen.

It is also important to note that if you have reservations to travel in the near future, many of the airlines,  cruise lines and  tour operators are working to make changing your reservation to a later date or different destination much easier.  Many of them have also eased cancellation fees.   If you have reservations booked through our agency, please know that I am watching this very carefully. This is a fluid situation, and I am forwarding any pertinent info as I received it.

Aside from coronavirus, Smarter Travel gives us a few hints on what not to do when traveling to large cities:

  • Don’t stop in the middle of the sidewalk to check directions or take a photo.  Move to the side, out of the way.
  • Don’t take a cab or ride share during rush hour.  It will probably take you much longer to get to your destination than if you take public transportation.
  • Don’t stand on the wrong side of the escalator or moving sidewalk.  If you are just standing, stay to the side so people can get by you.
  • Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes.  Make sure you pack shoes you can walk multiple miles in, and there are plenty of shoes that won’t make you look like a tourist.
  • Don’t push your way onto public transportation.   Let people exiting get off before you try to get on.
  • Don’t feed the pigeons.  Places like Venice are imposing large fines on people who do this.  It’s bad for the birds and the city.  Pigeons carry diseases that can infect humans and the leftover food attracts rats.

Most of these “don’ts” are common sense, but it is amazing what people do in an unfamiliar environment.


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.

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 a specially designed snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.  Stunningly beautiful scenery.  A few seats remain.

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at   Enroll now.  I am still holding seats but will need to return any unsold this next week.

October 6-14 Autumn Colours  Join us as we fly into Boston and weaver our way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  We’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee and Woodstock on our way to the White Mountains where we’ll stop in Conway and up to  bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.   On our way back to Boston we’ll stop at historic Portsmouth as we work our way down the coast.   Enroll now!

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.  Again, limited amount of seats.


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 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 the 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!

Coming soon!  May, 2021  Shades of Ireland

Coming Soon!  August, 2021  Charming French Canada

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.  Taking deposits now!