Travel News for Week of May 10

By May 10, 2020Blog

Hi Everyone,

We are starting to see the first glimmer of hope in the travel world.   France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Germany, and Spain are all beginning to open their countries.   They are not ready for visitors but they are beginning to ease restrictions and are beginning to move forward.  The Caribbean has announced that they are now in the containment phase.   Carnival will take some short cruises yet this summer and Southwest may begin some international flights shortly.  All of this is promising and a start.

Have you ever wondered about where certain things originated?    Here is a little travel trivia from Travel Pulse:

  • The first airport hotel was opened in 1929 at  what is now known as Oakland International Airport.   Airport hotels in those days also doubled as catering kitchens .
  • The first hotel to provide soap and shampoo was the Inn on the Park in 1970 (today’s Four Seasons London.)
  • Hotel room service was first noted at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria in the 1920s
  • The Jet Age began on May 2, 1952 when passengers boarded the de Havilland Comet belonging to BOAC (the predecessor of today’s British Airways) at London’s Heathrow Airport for Johannesburg-with 5 stops along the way.
  • In 1974, a manager at Hilton’s Hong Kong property introduced minibars into the guest rooms and the amenity took off as minibar sales boosted room revenue by a significant chunk.

I’ll include a few more “firsts” in next week’s blog.

Last week I told you that we were going to attempt our first Zoom presentation in cooperation with my Business Development  Manager  from Collette, Ed McKenna.  Ed will go through the itinerary for our upcoming Shades of Ireland tour.  He’ll be able to answer questions and address any concerns.   Obviously, we’d love you to join us on this trip and  we also know that many of you have already done Ireland.   The meeting may just be a chance to reminisce about your  trip if you have already been to Ireland.  If you are thinking about Ireland this will be a good opportunity to see the itinerary.   No pressure involved.    It will be fun to see many of you on Zoom!   It is scheduled for May 15 at 9:30am.   Here is all you will need to do with your computer.  Click on one of the numbers below.





You can also join by phone:

+16465588656,,97603216570# or +13017158592,,97603216570#

Meeting ID is 976 0321 6570


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

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 7- November 15, 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  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!

 May 9, 2021  Shades of Ireland One of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone,  and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle.

May 30, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise    Paris and Normandy  This cruise begins and ends in Paris.   Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet,  the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, Honfleur.  See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris. 

July 17, 2021   Alaska Cruisetour:   Join us as we take an 11 day southbound cruise tour.   We will fly into Fairbanks,  visit Denali Wilderness Lodge, Denali McKinley Lodge, and then take the train to our cruise ship for a 7 night southbound cruise.  Experience the Hubbard Glacier, cruise throughGlacier Bay National Park, and visit Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.

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!

October 9,  2021 National Parks of America    Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona.  We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ.  We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.  Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks.   Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons.   Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue.  Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park.  Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful!   From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation.  Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore.


February 11, 2022   South American and the Chilean Fjords  This 18 day cruise will begin in Buenos Aires for a two night stay.  We will then travel to Montevideo, Uruguay.   Enjoy a day at sea before arriving  Puerto Madryn where we will learn of this city’s Welsh heritage.  After another day at sea we will arrive in the Falkland Islands and Port Stanley.  Come face to face with penguins as you explore the rugged beauty of these islands. We will then sail the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.  Our next port is Ushuaia where we can enjoy the tranquility of this end of the world city or visit Tierra del Fuego National Park.   From there we will sail to Punta Arenas.  We’ll cruise the Amalia Glacier and the Chilean Fjords before arriving at Puerto Montt where we will discover the Germanic traditions and scenic landscape dominated by the Osorno volcano.  Our last two days will be spent in Santiago, Chile before boarding our plane for the return  to the U.S.