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Travel News for Week of May 1

By May 1, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

We are seeing a trend in popular destinations requiring a fee to enter, or advance reservations, or both.  Diamond Head is one of the most sought-after and visited attractions in Hawaii.  The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is implementing a new reservation system designed to reduce hiker congestion along the narrow trail to the summit, reduce the load on the comfort stations, and reduce vehicle congestion entering and leaving the sole access tunnel at Diamond Head.  A parking fee of $10 and an entrance fee of $5 is already required.   The new reservation system was activated on April 28, allowing reservations up to 14 days in advance. After May 12, nonresidents will not be allowed to enter without a reservation.

Many of you may have airline tickets that converted to vouchers during the pandemic.   Some of them were good for 12 months but most of them are set to expire in December, 2022.   A few of the airlines are extending those vouchers until December of 2023.    The airlines that have extend vouchers due to expire this year include Delta, Jet Blue, and United.  You may want to check with your carrier to see if they will extend.

US Customs and Border Protection is marking a milestone when it comes to its programs like Global Entry.  the agency said its Trusted Traveler Programs recently topped 10 million members and is expecting a record number of applications this year. About 80% of the members are part of the Global Entry program.  If you are going to be going out of the country soon, the $100 enrollment fee which is good for 5 years, is a good bargain.  Even if you aren’t going out of the country, Global Entry comes with TSA Precheck  for its members.

2022-23 Tours

May 11-20, 2022   Shades of Ireland   This is one of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry,  the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stones and stay in a castle.    Collette Vacations    http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529 

May 15-26, 2022  Alpine Lakes and the Glacier Express with Oberammergau Passion Play    This tour is being rescheduled from 2020.  Your journey will begin at the beautiful Lake Maggiore.  You will then head to Zermatt, Switzerland.    The Glacier Express will take you into the Alps.  You’ll visit the beautiful towns of St. Moritz, Innsbrook and Salzburg. Enjoy a special Mozart Concert and its the Neuschwanstein Castle before heading to the famed Oberammergau Passion Play.   You will return home from Munich.    The passion play will not be repeated until 2030.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395     Collette Vacations

June 18-26, 2022  Spectacular Canadian Rockies   We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park. this trip is a definite departure.   I have 2 spots left.   Trafalgar

Alaska: America’s Last Frontier, August 4-12   This is a land tour.  Highlights include Fairbanks, Gold Mining, a visit to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Dog Mushing, Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Talkeetna, visit to a Musk Ox Farm, Anchorage, Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise.  I have a very limited time to offer this so call if interested.  Collette Vacations   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1088994

August 7-15   7 day round trip Venice, Croatia, andGreek Isles with Santorini, and  Mykonos.Call for pricing and availability. Norwegian Cruise Line

September 18-30, 2022 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. Uniworld Cruises   I have a couple of rooms available.

October 2-10, 2022  Autumn Colors    I have just a few openings on this tour to the East Coast.  Fly in and out of Boston and visit Lexington, Concord, Woodstock, Burlington, the White Mountains, Kancamagus, North Conway, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park before heading back to Boston along the coast.  Call for info.

2023

January 17-February 1   Panama Canal      This is a full transit of the Panama Canal through the new locks from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale.  Ports of call include Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, San Juan del Sur Nicaragua, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Locks transit, and Cartagena, Colombia before disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale.

April 29- May 10, 2023     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      Collette Vacations

June 17-23, 2023New!! Viking  Cruise down the Mississippi   Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta.  I was only able to get 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular.   I have very few cabins remaining.  Believe it or not, I could not get cabins for 2022.   We will begin our journey in Memphis,  and sail to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Right now air is being offered for $399 per person out of Detroit.   Let me know if you are interested.

July 11-22, 2023  Alaskan Cruise This is an 11 day cruise beginning in Fairbanks and ending in Vancouver.   You will experience Alaska on land for 4 days and then board your ship for a 7 day cruise to Vancouver.  Call for more info and itinerary.

Castles Along the Rhine, September 1-9  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of this wonderful region from your Uniworld ship, the S.S. Antoinette.  You will embark in Basel, Switzerland and visit Strasbourg Speyer, Rudesheim, Boppard, Koblenz, and Cologne before disembarking in Amsterdam.

New!  Rhine Getaway, September 6-13    Explore one of Europe’s best-loved rivers, the Rhine. Discover the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste the region’s renowned white wines.  Savor the various culinary traditions of Alsace. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, this journey reveals a rich landscape of beauty and culture.  Viking

Coming soon!  September, 2023   California Dreamin’    Visit Monterey, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, .   Napa Valley, and end in San Francisco.  Collette Vacations

Coming Soon, October, 2023  Spain and Portugal  Details soon