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Travel News for Week of May 29

By May 29, 2022Uncategorized

Hi Everyone,

Each time we take a group overseas people wonder what they can and cannot take home with them. Customs and Border Patrol are tasked with protecting the US from unsafe items when a traveler re-enters the US.  They can confiscate prohibited or restricted items when they enter the US.  Here is a good summary of what is and isn’t allowed from Smarter Travel:

  • Bakery products, many prepared foods, and certain cheeses are allowed, as well as condiments like oils, honey, packaged spices, coffee and tea.
  • Meat products are not allowed and rice should be avoided because it can hide insects.
  • Most fresh fruits and vegetables are also banned.
  • Alcohol is okay in limited quantities subject to the laws of the US and your particular state.
  • Some medications are less expensive outside of the US. Legal, controlled substances can be brought in no more than 50 doses unless prescribed by a US licensed practitioner or DEA registrant.
  • Gold was once prohibited but you can now bring home gold coins, medals, and bullion except from Cuba, Myanmar, Iran and most of the Sudan.
  • There is no limit to clothes brought home for personal use.
  • Knockoffs like a purse or watch can be confiscated.
  • Leave the cultural artifacts where you found them because many countries have laws against exporting them.
  • Pets must be healthy on arrival.  If they appear sick, the owner must pay for an exam.  Make sure they are up to date on shots and have that shot record with you.
  • If you want to bring ceramic tableware home, it won’t be confiscated but the CBP warns that the tableware can be made with  dangerous levels of lead.

When we begin to plan travel, we usually choose the airport closest to us or the one that has the most convenient schedule.    Finance Buzz analyzed domestic airports and found the 5 least expensive were Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Las Vegas,Miami, and Tampa.    The five most expensive: JFK in New York, Portland International, Detroit Metro, San Francisco International, and Dulles International.   I was surprised to see Detroit that high in the rankings.-Smarter Travel 

I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day tomorrow and take a minute to think about all those who sacrificed everything for all of us.

2022-23 Tours

June 18-27, 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.   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

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. Trafalgar


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.  Princess Cruises

April 29- May 10, 2023     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at      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. Princess Cruises

September 1-9 Castles Along the Rhine   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.

September 6-13Rhine Getaway   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

September 30-October 14, 2023 Spains’ Classics and Portugal Highlights include Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Valencia, Paella Experience, Granada, the Alhambra, Seville,Cordoba, Madrid, Prada Museum, Toledo, Elvas, Lisbon, Belem Obidos and much more. Collette Vacations  Ready for Deposit!!!

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